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Oil prices jump after EU ban on Russian oil but S&P 500, Dow and NASDAQ are down
The S&P 500 was 1.1% lower in early trading. Highlighting the worries about inflation, oil prices jumped above $119 toward their highest levels since the early days of Russia’s war in Ukraine. Crude oil prices are up 60% this year due to fears about disruptions in supplies from Russia, the second-biggest global exporter. HOW LONG WILL GAS PRICES RISE? For the first time since the dot-com bubble was deflating two decades ago, the S&P 500 tumbled to seven straight losing weeks through mid-May.
Children's funerals begin in Uvalde; police chief won't be sworn into city council as planned: Latest updates
UVALDE, Texas — Two of the 19 children killed last week in the Texas school shooting will be laid to rest Tuesday in the first of a series of funeral services for the grieving town of Uvalde over the next two weeks. The services come as Uvalde grapples with law enforcement's admittedly flawed response to the May 24 shooting at Robb Elementary School. “There is nothing in the City Charter, Election Code, or Texas Constitution that prohibits him from taking the oath of office. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., also said last week he wanted Republican lawmakers to work with Democrats on legislation "directly related" to the Uvalde shooting. The gunman in the Uvalde shooting legally purchased two rifles after his 18th birthday, police said.
Ex-Trump aide Navarro vows to sue Jan. 6 panel, Pelosi over contempt charge
Navarro is among a handful of Republicans who have invoked executive privilege to keep their communications with former President Donald Trump confidential, but President Biden rejected those claims. The House voted last month to hold Navarro in contempt for not complying with a subpoena delivered to him in early February. The decision gave the Jan. 6 committee access to presidential diaries, visitor logs, drafts of speeches and other records it had been seeking. But the justices in an unsigned opinion noted that there are lingering questions about the limitations of executive privilege. A number of Trump aides, including former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and one-time White House strategist Steve Bannon, have also ignored the subpoenas.
WNBA's Liz Cambage denies directing racial slur toward Nigerian players before Tokyo Olympics
WNBA star Liz Cambage has denied using a racial slur directed at the Nigerian women’s basketball team in a scrimmage prior to the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. WNBA STAR LIZ CAMBAGE ACCUSED OF DIRECTING RACIAL AT NIGERIAN PLAYERS BEFORE TOKYO OLYMPICS: REPORT"The incident that took place during the pre-Olympic scrimmage with the Nigerian team was handled privately, almost a year ago," Cambage said in a statement posted to her Instagram page. "I did not use the racial slur toward the Nigerian team that has been circulating." CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COMCambage, whose father is Nigerian, later pulled out from the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, citing her mental health. "I genuinely apologized to the Nigerian team and I once again, am sorry that these events are being rehashed."
Bipartisan Senate group meeting to address gun violence
Democratic and Republican senators will meet virtually on Tuesday to discuss possible legislative measures to address gun violence in the U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, is leading the talks on the Republican side after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., picked him for the job. President Biden described Cornyn as "a rational Republican," as he did for McConnell as well. BIDEN CALLS 9MM ‘HIGH-CALIBER WEAPONS,’ SUGGESTS BANNING THEMPresident Biden has also pointed to a potential ban on assault weapons, which Republicans have opposed because the term "assault weapon" does not have a set definition. A 1994 ban of semi-automatic assault weapons named which specific weapons were banned, while also including those that could accept detachable magazines and that had two features from a list of several other features.
Biden walks back bombshell Taiwan comments for third time
President Biden walked back an assertion that the U.S. would intervene militarily to defend Taiwan against China for the third time of his presidency on Tuesday. Biden stated unequivocally on Monday that the U.S. would send the military to defend Taiwan if China invaded the island nation. US MILITARY WILL DEFEND TAIWAN ‘IF IT COMES TO THAT,’ BIDEN SAYS"You talked about our adversaries, China and Russia. Biden made the statement again during a CNN town hall in October, stating that the U.S. has a "commitment" to defend Taiwan against an attack. "The U.S. defense relationship with Taiwan is guided by the Taiwan Relations Act," the White House said at the time.
Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin: GOP is the party of ‘White grievance’ and ‘toxic masculinity’
Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin cast Republicans as the party of "White grievance" and "toxic masculinity" in the aftermath of the Uvalde, Texas school shooting. 'Forces' are not the problem; one political movement encased within the Republican Party is. Rubin also characterized the GOP as a political group determined to deprive others of their rights, referencing election security and abortion. WAPO'S JEN RUBIN CALLS THE GOP ‘A MOVEMENT DEDICATED TO IMPOSING WHITE CHRISTIAN NATIONALISM’‘"Lowering the temperature" or seeking unity with those intent on dividing Americans is counterproductive,"’ Rubin proclaimed. In April, she called the party a movement dedicated to imposing "White Christian nationalism."
Taiwan military announces 'cooperation' deal with US National Guard
The U.S. National Guard is planning a "cooperation" program with the Taiwanese military, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen announced Tuesday. Tsai has not offered details regarding the upcoming cooperation, but previous reports suggest the Taiwan military may link with the Hawaii National Guard. Tsai made the announcement during a meeting in Taipei with Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill."The U.S. Department of Defense is now proactively planning cooperation between the U.S. National Guard and Taiwan's defense forces," Tsai said. Mainland China has long claimed Taiwan as its own territory, and has threatened to take it back by force. US MILITARY WILL DEFEND TAIWAN ‘IF IT COMES TO THAT,’ BIDEN SAYSPresident Biden has further complicated relations by repeatedly stating that the U.S. military would intervene if China were to invade the island.
Biden contradicts WH assertion he 'was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia' in Warsaw
President Biden appeared to contradict a previous statement from the White House claiming he was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia when he said the Russian president "cannot remain in power." RUSSIA INVADES UKRAINE: LIVE UPDATES"The President’s point was that Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or the region. He was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia, or regime change," a White House official told Fox News Digital shortly after the conclusion of the speech. BIDEN ASSERTS PEOPLE LIKE PUTIN ‘SHOULDN’T BE RULING COUNTRIES,' BUT US POLICY IS NOT REGIME CHANGE"He shouldn't be in power," Biden said of his Russian counterpart during comments at the White House. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe White House did not immediately respond to request for comment.
Biden frustrated with aides for walking back his statements, worries he looks weak: Report
President Joe Biden is reportedly frustrated with his staff in the White House and their efforts to "rush to explain" something the president has said. The White House has walked back several of the president's statements, including when Biden said that Russian President Vladimir Putin "cannot remain in power." White House spokesperson Andrew Bates pushed back on the NBC report. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., said that the White House has not been able to introduce an "intellectually honest" inflation plan. A White House spokesperson told Fox News Digital at the time that the policy towards Taiwan has not changed.
Taiwan says U.S. National Guard planning ‘cooperation’ with its military
TAIPEI, Taiwan — The United States is planning on “cooperation” between its National Guard and Taiwan’s military, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Tuesday, deepening security ties in the face of what Taipei’s government complains is a rising threat from China. The United States is Chinese-claimed Taiwan’s most important international supporter and arms supplier, despite the lack of formal diplomatic ties. China’s military said last week it had recently conducted an exercise around Taiwan as a “solemn warning” against its “collusion” with the United States. Download the NBC News app for breaking news and politics“As a result, the U.S. Department of Defense is now proactively planning cooperation between the U.S. National Guard and Taiwan’s defense forces,” Tsai said, without giving details. Taiwanese media has previously reported that Taiwan could partner with Hawaii’s National Guard for the program.
Wall St falls on inflation fears; Powell-Biden talks in focus
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., March 21, 2022. Ten of the 11 major S&P 500 (.SPX) sectors declined in morning trade. "In the U.S., it's a peak technically, but it's much more about the composition of inflation in the next few months." Dexcom Inc (DXCM.O) jumped 7% to the top of S&P 500 index after the glucose monitoring systems maker denied report of merger talks with insulin pump maker Insulet Corp (PODD.O). The S&P index recorded four new 52-week highs and 29 new lows, while the Nasdaq posted 32 new highs and 30 new lows.
Biden to meet with Federal Reserve Chair Powell amid inflation woes
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is set to meet with Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell to discuss the administration's plan to combat high inflation. The president, however, has pointed to the war in Ukraine and supply chain issues for rising prices for gas and other necessities. He said the Federal Reserve "has a primary responsibility to control inflation," adding that he would not try to influence the board's decisions. "We should level the international taxation playing field so companies no longer have an incentive to shift jobs and profits overseas. To fight inflation rates that have reached 40-year highs, the Federal Reserve raised its core interest rate in early May by 0.5 percent, which was its second hike in two months and the largest increase since 2000.
US consumer confidence slips in May amid stubborn inflation
A customer pumps gas at this Madison, Miss., Sam's Club, after filling up a gasoline container, Tuesday, May 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)A customer pumps gas at this Madison, Miss., Sam's Club, after filling up a gasoline container, Tuesday, May 24, 2022. Wholesale retail chains stores like Costco and Sam's Club tend to price their gas and diesel competitively against one another while major gas chain prices are usually higher. (AP) —U.S. consumer confidence edged lower for the second consecutive month as Americans’ view of their present and future prospects dimmed in the midst of persistent inflation. The Labor Department reported earlier in May that consumer prices jumped 8.3% last month from a year ago.
US STOCKS-Wall St falls on inflation fears; Powell-Biden talks in focus
Ten of the 11 major S&P 500 sectors declined in morning trade. "In the U.S., it's a peak technically, but it's much more about the composition of inflation in the next few months." U.S.-listed shares of Yamana Gold Inc climbed 8.2% after South African miner Gold Fields Ltd agreed to buy the Canadian miner in a $6.7 billion all-share deal. Dexcom Inc jumped 7% to the top of S&P 500 index after the glucose monitoring systems maker denied report of merger talks with insulin pump maker Insulet Corp. The S&P index recorded four new 52-week highs and 29 new lows, while the Nasdaq posted 32 new highs and 30 new lows.
Biden vows Fed independence ahead of meeting with Powell over inflation battle
President Biden stressed the importance of maintaining the independence of the Federal Reserve ahead of a rare Oval Office meeting with Chairman Jerome Powell amid an inflation crisis that has frustrated Americans. The two will focus on the state of the U.S. economy, particularly soaring consumer prices, when they meet at the White House on Tuesday. Powell has pledged to keep ratcheting up the benchmark interest rate until inflation is "coming down in a clear and convincing way." Biden vowed to refrain from interfering with the U.S. central bank and its war on inflation, despite growing fears on Wall Street that Fed officials may inadvertently trigger a recession with aggressive tightening. My predecessor demeaned the Fed, and past presidents have sought to influence its decisions inappropriately during periods of elevated inflation," Biden wrote, referring to former President Donald Trump, who frequently attacked the Fed and Powell.
How Ford’s electric pickup can power your house for 10 days
Rather it’s the technology that taps the Lightning’s battery pack to power your home or the electric grid itself during increasingly frequent climate-driven blackouts. On this day, Ford had not yet handed over electric trucks to the grape growers — it has a backlog of some 200,000 orders. While electric vehicles are often referred to as batteries on wheels, the Lightning might be better described as a mobile power strip. Ford says the Lightning can fully power an average home for roughly three days. “And some people are just truly, really interested in this product as a backup generator.”She declined to say whether future Ford electric vehicles will feature bi-directional capability.
Plans to redesign Philadelphia’s ‘corridor of death’ could gain traction amid US surge in traffic fatalities
And now, amid a national surge in traffic fatalities that federal officials have called a crisis and studies showing Black communities have been hit even harder during the pandemic, plans to redesign the city’s “corridor of death” could be gaining traction. In the wake of increasing fatalities, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has pushed a “safe system” approach, encouraging cities and states to take into account more than just driver behavior when designing roads. The Philadelphia skyline, top left, is seen at a distance as vehicular traffic flows along Roosevelt Boulevard at the intersection with North Mascher Ave, May 12, 2022, in Philadelphia. Federal officials have pledged to prioritize equity when making funding decisions in the wake of a disproportionate 23% jump in Black traffic fatalities in 2020. One of the men was a teenager when his own mother had died crossing Roosevelt Boulevard.
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(Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office)Re: It’s been 32 years since a clown shot Marlene Warren to death. However, as reported, the trial judge, Palm Beach Circuit Judge Scott Suskauer, reluctantly agreed to the delays, claiming he had cleared his schedule for the expected three-week trial. I have a duty to the public,” Suskauer told the lawyers. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)In my opinion, the judge has crossed the line of impartiality and should be disqualified from the case if he’s worried about the impact on his schedule. She is of the opinion that lots of students with loans would vote if such a program were in place.
Plans to redesign Philadelphia’s ‘corridor of death’ could gain traction amid US surge in traffic fatalities
And now, amid a national surge in traffic fatalities that federal officials have called a crisis and studies showing Black communities have been hit even harder during the pandemic, plans to redesign the city’s “corridor of death” could be gaining traction. In the wake of increasing fatalities, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has pushed a “safe system” approach, encouraging cities and states to take into account more than just driver behavior when designing roads. The Philadelphia skyline, top left, is seen at a distance as vehicular traffic flows along Roosevelt Boulevard at the intersection with North Mascher Ave, May 12, 2022, in Philadelphia. Federal officials have pledged to prioritize equity when making funding decisions in the wake of a disproportionate 23% jump in Black traffic fatalities in 2020. One of the men was a teenager when his own mother had died crossing Roosevelt Boulevard.
US consumer confidence slips in May
— U.S. consumer confidence edged lower for the second consecutive month as Americans' view of their present and future prospects dimmed in the midst of persistent inflation. The expectations index, based on consumers’ six-month outlook for income, business and labor market conditions, also declined in May, to 77.5 from 79 in April. The Labor Department reported earlier in May that consumer prices jumped 8.3% last month from a year ago. Rising costs remain the top concern for consumers, as their inflation expectations were mostly unchanged from April’s elevated levels. “Looking ahead, expect surging prices and additional interest rate hikes to pose continued downside risks to consumer spending this year," said Lynn Franco, the Conference Board’s senior director of economic indicators.
Stocks fall on Wall Street, heading for another losing month
Stan ChoeAssociated PressNew York — U.S. stocks are falling Tuesday as Wall Street nears the end of a tumultuous month, bruised by worries about a possible recession, inflation and rising interest rates. Highlighting the worries about inflation, oil prices jumped above $119 toward their highest levels since the early days of Russia’s war in Ukraine. The nearly 60% jumps for oil prices so far this year have been a big contributor to the very high inflation around the world. For the first time since the dot-com bubble was deflating two decades ago, the S&P 500 tumbled to seven straight losing weeks through mid-May. They all combined to bring Wall Street to the brink of what’s called a bear market, where the S&P 500 was on the verge of closing more than 20% below its record.
Biden to meet Fed chair as inflation bites pocketbooks
Zeke MillerAssociated PressWashington — President Joe Biden is set to meet with Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell as soaring inflation takes a bite out of Americans' pocketbooks and the president's public approval. It also represents something of a reversal by Biden as inflation has evolved as a threat. Their shared goal is to move the U.S. from its robust rebound and high inflation to low inflation and steady growth. Ahead of the meeting Biden pledged not to interfere in the Fed's decision-making, but suggested that he and Powell are aligned on addressing inflation. "My predecessor demeaned the Fed, and past presidents have sought to influence its decisions inappropriately during periods of elevated inflation,” Biden wrote.
Jill Biden says she, president settle arguments by ‘fexting’
Updated 3 timesWASHINGTON — When President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden disagree, they don’t hash it out in front of other people. She says she could soon be sharing White House living quarters with a teenage granddaughter. When Joe Biden was vice president, the couple decided to settle disagreements by text to avoid fighting in the presence of their Secret Service agents — and dubbed it fexting. “You have to be able to stand on your own two feet.”Jill Biden met then-Sen. Joe Biden in 1975, and they were married two years later. Granddaughter Naomi is engaged to be married and is planning a White House wedding reception in November.
Biden to meet Fed chair as inflation bites US pocketbooks
Updated 3 timesWASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is set to meet with Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell as soaring inflation takes a bite out of Americans’ pocketbooks and the president’s public approval. Tuesday’s meeting is the first since Biden renominated Powell to lead the central bank and comes weeks after his confirmation for a second term by the Senate. It also represents something of a reversal by Biden as inflation has evolved as a threat. Their shared goal is to move the U.S. from its robust rebound and high inflation to low inflation and steady growth. “My predecessor demeaned the Fed, and past presidents have sought to influence its decisions inappropriately during periods of elevated inflation,” Biden wrote.
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In big bid to punish Moscow, EU bans most Russia oil importsBRUSSELS (AP) — In the most significant effort yet to punish Russia for its war in Ukraine, the European Union agreed to ban the overwhelming majority of Russian oil imports. EU leaders agreed to cut around 90% of all Russian oil imports over the next six months. Uvalde grieves, says goodbyes at visitations, funeralsUVALDE, Texas (AP) — It should have been the first day of a joyous week for Robb Elementary School students — the start of summer break. Hurricane Agatha sets May record, then weakens over MexicoPUERTO ESCONDIDO, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Agatha has made history as the strongest hurricane ever recorded to come ashore in May during the eastern Pacific hurricane season. Oil traded near $120 per barrel following the agreement by EU leaders to embargo most Russian oil imports into the bloc as part of new sanctions against Moscow.
Supreme Court decisions due soon on abortion, guns, religion and climate change
During most of this term's arguments, the main question was whether the Supreme Court's conservative majority would rule narrowly or broadly. The issues include abortion, guns, religion and climate change. But the state's attorneys said the court should go further and overturn the right to abortion established in 1973. vs. Bruen)Religious schools: Do students enrolled in religious schools have an equal right to public funds if their state funds other private schools? Now, West Virginia and 18 other coal states want the court to rule that the EPA and the Biden administration lack broad regulatory authority to fight climate change.
US Memorial Day weekend marked by even more mass shootings
Days after a massacre at an elementary school in Texas in which 21 people died, the Memorial Day weekend in the US was marked by yet more mass shootings, at least 14 incidents total. Overall, gun violence over the weekend from 5am on Friday to early Tuesday saw 156 people dead and 412 injured. Among the mass shootings over the long weekend were six injured by gunfire at a high school graduation in Anniston, Alabama, and the killing of three children under 10 and a woman dead at a private residence in Mecosta county, Michigan. Five other mass shootings took place on Saturday. On Monday, the gun violence included one man dead and six injured close to a liquor store in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
Jill Biden reveals why she and Joe fight via 'fexting' in Harper's Bazaar interview
Enter 'fexting', a term they coined to describe their text battles, which Jill concedes can become quite heated. Jill was shot by famed photographer Cass Bird for the publication, which sees her posing in the White House and while attending several events'Joe said, "You realize that’s going to go down in history. Jill revealed that her 17-year-old granddaughter Natalie (left) has asked to move into the White House this summer while she completes an internship in D.C. The teenager has secured an internship in D.C. and asked her grandparents if she could move into the White House for the duration of it, news that Jill admits came as something of a shock. In two images, she is seen laughing at the camera while sporting a lilac $1,690 belted dress and $1,590 blazer from Adam Lippes.
Analysis: Joe Biden says Mitch McConnell is a 'rational Republican.' Is he right?
"I think there's a realization on the part of rational Republicans -- and I consider [Senate Minority Leader Mitch] McConnell a rational Republican, [Texas Sen. John] Cornyn as well -- there's a recognition on their part they can't continue like this," Biden respondedWhich raises an interesting question: Is Biden right? Is McConnell part of the "rational" Republican wing of the party? To answer that question, you have to first decide this: What does Biden mean by "rational"? And my inference is that Biden defines rational as a) willing to break from Donald Trump and b) willing to compromise when compromise is available. So, using that definition, let's see how McConnell fits into the "rational" category.
White House plans to spend next month focusing on the economy amid inflation concerns
(CNN) The White House this week is kicking off a month-long effort to place a heavy focus on the economy as inflation worries become the top concern for the White House before this fall's midterm elections. The administration is also blanketing airwaves with Biden's top economic officials in a concerted push to use those aides more as spokespeople to push the President's message on the economy as a majority of voters say the government isn't doing enough to fight inflation. An official told CNN to expect to see this effort to focus on the economy to continue for the rest of the month as officials want to convey to voters that Biden is paying attention to their concerns, while also preparing them to see fewer job-creation numbers as the economy stabilizes. "For month of June, we are just really communicating how in touch we are with what Americans are dealing with and how it's our number one economic priority," one official told CNN. The effort comes as the White House is facing more questions about whether the economy is going into a recession.
Ultra-MAGA candidate goes bananas during convention speech with graphic claim about 5-year-olds
A GOP candidate has taken fear mongering to new heights, claiming that schools are teaching five-year-old children to have oral sex. “I don’t think it’s nice when they’re telling your five-year-old that he can [perform oral sex on] another five-year-old,” Republican Massachusetts secretary of state candidate Rayla Campbell said at the state’s GOP convention last week. “Because that’s what’s happening in your schools!” Campbell said. “If this makes you uncomfortable, it should.”The Boston Globe tried to get her to provide any evidence that five-year-olds are being taught about oral sex, but she refused. But his criticism of Campbell apparently only went as far as how she expressed herself.
GOP Sen. Roger Marshall aids suffering migrant during Border Patrol ride-along
Marshall is seen handing the woman water and questioning her about an injury on her leg. The Biden Administration has faced increasing criticism over the rising number of border crossings from Mexico since taking office last year. Renders Aid to Victim of Biden’s Border Crisis. YouTube / Senator MarshallSen. Roger Marshall put his medical training to use and help a migrant woman suffering from the effects of extreme heat. REUTERS/Evelyn HocksteinThe Biden Administration has faced increasing criticism over the rising number of border crossings from Mexico since taking office last year.
Seniors won't see their Medicare premiums reduced midyear after all
But first …Medicare enrollees will have to wait until next year for premium reliefSeniors won't see cheaper Medicare premiums until next year, after a steep cut in the price and expected use of a controversial Alzheimer’s drug. But it would be too heavy a lift to reduce the cost of premiums midyear, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services concluded. It’s now possible a reduction in premiums for Medicare Part B, which covers doctor visits for seniors, could be announced before the Nov. 8 midterm elections. More from CMS:CMS has released a report that recommends savings from lower-than-expected Medicare Part B spending be passed to Medicare beneficiaries in 2023. AdvertisementIn November, CMS announced a roughly 14.5 percent increase to premiums for Medicare Part B, which covers doctor visits, some preventive care and other outpatient services.
Iran's enriched uranium now 18 times more than nuclear deal's limit, UN watchdog says
The International Atomic Energy Agency said that, as of earlier this month, Iran has accumulated a stockpile of enriched uranium more than 18 times the limit set out in the nuclear deal signed in 2015. The deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), forbade Iran from exceeding 300 kg of a compound that translates to roughly 202.8 kg of uranium. As of May 15, the Islamic nation had amassed an estimated 3,809 kg of enriched uranium, the IAEA found, according to Agence France-Presse. A new IAEA report noted that while the JCPOA also capped Iran's uranium enrichment levels at 3.57% – 90% is needed for a nuclear weapon – Iran currently has 43.1 kg of uranium enriched to 60%, up 9.9 kg since March. They also have 238.4 kg of 20% enriched uranium, up 56.3 kg since March.
White House economic advisor Brian Deese on inflation: The U.S. economy is in a period of transition
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailWhite House economic advisor Brian Deese on inflation: The U.S. economy is in a period of transitionNational Economic Council Director Brian Deese joins CNBC's 'Squawk Box' to discuss the Biden administration's plan to tackle inflation ahead of the president's meeting with Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell on Tuesday.
Biden's student loan forgiveness plan is 'fatally flawed,' says Purdue University president
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailBiden's student loan forgiveness plan is 'fatally flawed,' says Purdue University presidentMitch Daniels, former OMB director and former governor of Indiana, joins CNBC's 'Squawk Box' to discuss the Biden administration's reported plan to cancel $10,000 per student loan borrower.
What Cramer is watching Tuesday — bull in a bear, Biden's plan to fight inflation
DraftKings (DKNG) price target lowered to $28 from $35 at Citi. Burlington Stores (BURL) price target lowered to $220 from $292, says second quarter not shaping up better than the first quarter. RH reports Thursday, price target lowered to $550 from $650 at Bank of America, cites potential wealth contraction. Medtronic (MDT) price target lowered to $109 from $116 at Raymond James. Okta (OKTA) price target lowered to $145 from $260 at RBC Capital ahead of earnings this week.
U.S. policymakers misjudged inflation threat until it was too late
Inflation, which had been scarcely noticeable for decades, is suddenly the top concern most people have about the economy. On July 19, 2021, President Joe Biden played down the risk of persistent inflation, telling reporters that price hikes "are expected to be temporary." On June 16, the Fed revises forecasts for inflation, predicting a 3.4% rate by late 2021, up significantly from its previous estimate. The Council of Economic Advisers calls the news "encouraging" but notes that inflation could rise or fall in coming months. "There's a real risk now, we believe - I believe - that inflation may be more persistent," Powell tells reporters on Dec. 15.
Today’s Headlines: Plans for a massive new reservoir whip up old controversy
Enter email address Sign Me Up You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)CALIFORNIAEfforts are underway to rebuild Greenville, Calif., from the ashes of the Dixie fire. “We’re trying to replace trucks and vans with something that’s 90% less energy.”OPINIONAmerica needs a Memorial Day for gun-violence victims. Memorial Day is a time to remember our war dead, those in the armed services who gave their lives to protect our nation. (Los Angeles Times)Eighty-seven years ago this week, the California Pacific International Exposition opened in San Diego’s Balboa Park.
Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau proposes ‘national freeze’ on handgun sales
Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau said in a news conference Monday that he's introducing a "national freeze" on handgun sales in his country to curb the increase in homicides. Trudeau's announcement comes a week after 19 children were killed in a school shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. On Politics:Despite Texas shooting, gun control advocates fear inactionAfter Uvalde:Biden to push for more gun control but says he hasn't talked to Republicans yetCanada had a reported 743 homicides in 2020, – the highest number since 1991. Canada had initiated a 2020 law banning assault-style firearms but offered a gun buyback program to those who possessed the weapons. President Joe Biden has pushed for gun control since the Uvalde shootings, saying, "there’s only one reason for something that can fire 100 shots."
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It should have been the first day of a joyous week for Robb Elementary School students — the start of summer break. The city's mayor also told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Sievierodonetsk "is essentially being destroyed ruthlessly block by block." Delivering remarks honoring fallen servicemembers, he said “Memorial Day is always a day where pain and pride are mixed together.”“Today we are free because they were brave,” the president said. Hundreds of flights worldwide were canceled by mid-afternoon Sunday, adding to the mounting number of scrubbed flights during the busy Memorial Day holiday weekend. U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly said in an order issued late Friday that Tarrio poses a danger to the public.
EU ban sends oil close $120 a barrel, US stock futures slip
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. markets headed lower before Tuesday's opening bell after the European Union agreed to embargo most Russian oil imports by the year’s end, sparking a fresh spike in oil prices. Oil prices, up almost 60% this year, rose another 3% and neared $120 per barrel early Tuesday after the EU said it would embargo most Russian oil imports because of its brutal invasion of Ukraine. The embargo covers Russian oil brought in by sea, allowing a temporary exemption for imports delivered by pipeline. Benchmark U.S. crude oil gained $3.52 to $118.59 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Crude oil prices are up 60% this year due to fears about disruptions in supplies from Russia, the second-biggest global exporter.
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It should have been the first day of a joyous week for Robb Elementary School students — the start of summer break. The city's mayor also told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Sievierodonetsk "is essentially being destroyed ruthlessly block by block." Delivering remarks honoring fallen servicemembers, he said “Memorial Day is always a day where pain and pride are mixed together.”“Today we are free because they were brave,” the president said. Hundreds of flights worldwide were canceled by mid-afternoon Sunday, adding to the mounting number of scrubbed flights during the busy Memorial Day holiday weekend. U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly said in an order issued late Friday that Tarrio poses a danger to the public.
Trump aide Peter Navarro ordered to testify before grand jury over January 6
Peter Navarro, a top White House adviser to Donald Trump, revealed in a court filing on Monday that he had been ordered to testify before a federal grand jury and produce to prosecutors any records concerning January 6, including communications with the former president. The grand jury subpoena to Navarro, which he said was served by two FBI agents last week, compels him to produce documents to the US attorney for the District of Columbia and could indicate widening justice department action ensnaring senior Trump administration officials. The grand jury subpoena appeared to be part of a case to hold Navarro in contempt rather than pertaining to the justice department’s criminal investigation into the Capitol attack, though the exact nature of the justice department subpoena was not immediately clear. “Since the subpoena of the Committee is ultra vires, unlawful, and unenforceable, the US Attorney’s Grand Jury Subpoena is likewise ultra vires, unlawful, and unenforceable and the US Attorney must be enjoined from any actions to enforce this subpoena,” Navarro wrote. A spokesman for the select committee declined to comment.
‘Fexting’: How Jill Biden discreetly settles disagreements with Joe
When Joe Biden and Jill Biden disagree, they don’t hash it out in front of other people. She says she could soon be sharing White House living quarters with a teenage granddaughter. When Joe Biden was vice-president, the couple decided to settle disagreements by text to avoid fighting in the presence of their Secret Service agents – and dubbed it fexting. “You have to be able to stand on your own two feet.”Jill Biden met then-senator Joe Biden in 1975, and they were married two years later. Granddaughter Naomi is engaged to be married and is planning a White House wedding reception in November.
House committee calls emergency meeting to advance gun reform legislation – live
4m ago 14.48 House 'to vote on Protecting Our Kids Act'An emergency gun reform package will be presented to the House judiciary committee on Thursday as politicians grapple with the aftermath of mass shootings in New York and Texas this month that killed 31 people, including 19 elementary school children. It doesn’t include an outright ban on assault weapons, which many gun reform activists have called for following the massacres in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas. According to Punchbowl, Nancy Pelosi plans to bring the measures for a House vote next week, and the speaker is confident she has the votes to pass them. Separately, bipartisan talks between senators on gun controls will take place over Zoom today, with Texas Republican John Cornyn leading negotiations for his side. Here’s my colleague Lauren Gambino on the challenge of getting gun reform legislation through a bitterly divided Congress:
Trump ally Peter Navarro subpoenaed by January 6 grand jury after refusing to cooperate with select committee
Former Trump administration trade adviser Peter Navarro has been subpoenaed to give evidence to a federal grand jury that is investigating the events leading up to the 6 January 2021 attack on the US Capitol. As reported by Politico, the details of the subpoena were made public via a draft version of a lawsuit that Mr Navarro himself has been circulating. Mr Navarro was earlier this year held in contempt of Congress after refusing to comply with a similar subpoena from the congressional select committee investigating the insurrection, which interrupted but failed to thwart the certification of Joe Biden’s victory. Along with producing numerous documents falsely claiming the election was stolen, Mr Navarro also formulated a strategy known as the “Green Bay Sweep” with ex-Trump aide and far-right extremist Steve Bannon with the aim of keeping Mr Trump in office. In several TV appearances since the riot, Mr Navarro has described plans to have Mike Pence essentially throw the result out citing non-existent voter fraud.
Migrants have 'NO IDEA' what Title 42 is and plead for Abbott to send back to their home countries
Under Title 42, Border Patrol can expel migrants back to Mexico without hearing their asylum claims in the midst of a public health emergency. 'So I didn't find that they were ignorant about Title 42.' The lawsuit argues the CDC is violating the Administrative Procedures Act because they did not provide a notice-and-comment period for the plan to lift Title 42. Since implementation in March 2020, Title 42 procedures have stopped 1.7 million illegal immigrants attempting to illegally cross the border. Internal estimates show that once Title 42 is dropped, migration can spike from 8,000 per day to 18,000 per day – other predictions show it tripling.
Florida Democrats sense opportunity against DeSantis over soaring housing costs
Bob Graham signed the Florida Affordable Housing Act into law in 1986. Then in 1992, Florida enacted a small tax on real estate transactions and earmarked it for the State Housing Trust Fund. In his first three years as governor, DeSantis signed budgets that swept $447 million from the housing trust fund for other purposes. Though political debates often focus on the state housing trust fund, Ross believes Florida would have an affordable housing problem even if lawmakers hadn't reneged on their commitment. "People come up to me who are traditionally apolitical and say, 'What are we going to do about affordable housing?'"
Former Trump adviser Peter Navarro reveals he's been served a federal grand jury subpoena over the Jan 6 riot, but says only the former president can authorize him to testify
In a lawsuit, Peter Navarro revealed he'd been served a grand jury subpoena over the Jan 6 riot. Navarro's lawsuit said that the committee subpoena against him was "unlawful and unenforceable," and that the grand jury subpoena was the "fruit of the poisonous tree." When asked by The New York Times if he would comply with the grand jury subpoena and testify on Thursday, he responded with: "TBD." During his time serving under Trump, Navarro helped work on trade policies and the US' pandemic response. Ali Alexander, a key organizer in the "Stop the Steal" movement, was also served a federal grand jury subpoena in April and said he would cooperate with the probe.
China makes second largest Taiwan defence zone incursion this year-World News , Firstpost
Taiwan's defence ministry said that it had scrambled its own aircraft and deployed air defence missile systems to monitor the latest Chinese activityChina has made the second largest incursion into Taiwan's air defence zone this year with Taipei reporting 30 jets entering the area, including more than 20 fighters. Taiwan's defence ministry said late Monday it had scrambled its own aircraft and deployed air defence missile systems to monitor the latest Chinese activity. In recent years, Beijing has begun sending large sorties into Taiwan's defence zone to signal dissatisfaction, and to keep Taipei's ageing fighter fleet regularly stressed. Monday's incursion was the largest since January 23, when 39 planes entered the air defence identification zone, or ADIZ. A flight map provided by the Taiwanese defence ministry showed the planes entered the southwestern corner of the ADIZ before they looping back out again.
Rising US traffic deaths put focus on one Philadelphia road
The Philadelphia skyline, top, is seen at a distance as vehicular traffic flows along Roosevelt Boulevard at the intersection with Whitaker Avenue, Thursday, May 12, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)The Philadelphia skyline, top, is seen at a distance as vehicular traffic flows along Roosevelt Boulevard at the intersection with Whitaker Avenue, Thursday, May 12, 2022, in Philadelphia. Federal officials have pledged to prioritize equity when making funding decisions in the wake of a disproportionate 23% jump in Black traffic fatalities in 2020. ADVERTISEMENTAround Philadelphia, aggressive driving during the pandemic drove fatalities to 156 in 2020, a sharp increase from 90 deaths in 2019. One of the men was a teenager when his own mother had died crossing Roosevelt Boulevard.
Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau proposes ‘national freeze’ on handgun sales
Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau said in a news conference Monday that he's introducing a "national freeze" on handgun sales in his country to curb the increase in homicides. Trudeau's announcement comes a week after 19 children were killed in the tragic school shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. On Politics:Despite Texas shooting, gun control advocates fear inactionAfter Uvalde:Biden to push for more gun control but says he hasn't talked to Republicans yetCanada had a reported 743 homicides in 2020 – the highest number since 1991 – prompting change. In the U.S., a bipartisan group of senators began informal talks last week to address gun-related deaths following shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas. President Joe Biden has pushed strong for gun control since the Uvalde shootings, saying, "there’s only one reason for something that can fire 100 shots."
Bills in blue states target the fossil fuel industry for climate damage
But first:Bills in blue states target the fossil fuel industry for climate damageDemocratic lawmakers in two of the nation's most populous states are pushing legislation to punish the fossil fuel industry for its apparent role in causing droughts, wildfires and other disasters exacerbated by climate change. Here's what to know about both bills — and whether they could pass before the end of their respective legislative sessions:California eyes pension divestmentSenate Bill 1173, California's Fossil Fuel Divestment Act, would require the state’s public pension funds to divest from the 200 largest fossil fuel companies by 2030. But Fossil Free California, an environmental group, accused the two public pension funds of presenting “wildly exaggerated” cost estimates in a recent report. AdvertisementThe bill shares the same goal as lawsuits brought by Democratic-led states and municipalities seeking to hold the fossil fuel industry financially responsible for climate damage. Agatha strengthened as it passed over abnormally warm water, which is linked to climate change.
They were killers with powerful guns. The president went after their weapons.
AdvertisementThe next week in Wisconsin, Dillinger killed a federal law enforcement officer in a hail of submachine-gun bullets. Roosevelt’s firearms bill also proposed requiring newly purchased pistols and revolvers to be registered and owners to be fingerprinted. Texas banned machine guns. Rather than a federal ban on machine guns, the Roosevelt administration proposed taxing the high-powered weapons virtually out of existence. It would place a $200 tax on the purchase of machine guns and sawed-off shotguns.
Biden wants to rebuild the EPA. He doesn’t have the money to do it.
At the beginning of his term, Biden asked Congress for a big boost to the EPA’s budget, from $9.2 billion to $11.2 billion. “We have to rebuild the agency.”One area where the EPA is scaling back — rather than rebuilding — is monitoring air pollution. In Houston, the EPA is set to close a regional laboratory and relocate it to Ada, Okla., to save money on office space. “I’m happy to see the EPA budget shrink in real terms,” said Myron Ebell, the director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, who oversaw the EPA transition under Trump. “You have all this money going through EPA because of the infrastructure law, and no real authorization to hire up to staff the infrastructure programs,” said David Coursen, a former EPA attorney and a member of the nonprofit Environmental Protection Network.
The one gun step Democrats can take on their own
AdvertisementPresident Biden has tapped Steve Dettelbach to lead ATF, the federal agency tasked with enforcing gun laws and prosecuting illicit activity, including gun trafficking. The ATF is mandated, in part, to disrupt gun violence and illegal gun purchases and sales. AdvertisementFurthermore, gun dealers don't have to turn over gun sale information and gun inventory to the government. The National Rifle Association has long worked to weaken the agency and gun control groups say the Tiahrt amendment has made it difficult for ATF to enforce current gun laws. The latest on Senate gun bill discussionsA bipartisan group of senators will continue to work on compromise gun legislation this week even as the Senate is out of Washington for the Memorial Day recess.
A recession would strike at our pocketbooks — and our politics - The Washington Post
Jamie Dimon, the chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, says a recession is entirely possible. American life is beset by flashing red warning lights, but two in particular — an increase in social isolation and a lack of trust — signal that a recession is likely to make our already fractious politics deteriorate further. Let’s start with loneliness, something so common in the United States it was described as an epidemic even before covid-19 intensified our social isolation. AdvertisementThere’s a link between social isolation and an attraction to extremist ideology — so much so that Hannah Arendt flagged it when she wrote about totalitarianism. If a recession is upon us, our bank accounts won’t be the only things in jeopardy.
Opinion | Does Georgia mean Trump has lost his hold on the GOP? Hardly.
Sign up for a weekly roundup of thought-provoking ideas and debates ArrowRight Commentators’ newfound optimism centers on Georgia, where last week two of Trump’s primary targets — Gov. It’s Trumpism — and it’s become the formula employed by nearly every successful politician in the Republican Party outside a few blue enclaves. Recent polls indicate that Trump is the front-runner for the 2024 Republican nomination. The only scenario in which Trump is unlikely to win the 2024 Republican presidential nomination is if he doesn’t run. Two primary election results in Georgia and a lot of wishful thinking will not change that dismal reality.
Nancy Mace says 'giant red wave' coming in midterms: 'Biden on wrong side of every issue'
Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., ripped President Biden for being on the "wrong side" of every issue, telling "Fox & Friends First" that Democrats will see big losses in November. Mace also commented on her state's primary election, saying she looks forward to representing South Carolina going forward. There is going to be a giant red wave and that red wave starts in 2022, and it starts in South Carolina's first congressional district where I serve. WATCH FULL INTERVIEW BELOW:I will tell you, South Carolinian families are worried about inflation, they're worried about the price of groceries and food when they go to the store, they're worried about gas prices and they're worried about the southern border. We're up 20 points right now and expect to hold the line over the next two weeks and looking forward to continuing to represent South Carolina going forward.
Pethokoukis: The main thing Biden can do is state publicly he supports the Fed in the fight against inflation
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailPethokoukis: The main thing Biden can do is state publicly he supports the Fed in the fight against inflationJames Pethokoukis of the American Enterprise Institute discusses what the Fed and the Biden administration can conceivably do to help reduce inflation, as the president and Fed chair Jerome Powell get set to meet at the White House.
Inside a Biden White House adrift
Should Klain go, a potential successor is Anita Dunn, a White House adviser and Biden confidant whom he often turns to when his fortunes look bleak. (The White House didn't specify when Biden got his first briefing on the formula shortage.) Democratic lawmakers are sparring among themselves and blaming the White House for their dim prospects in November. A spokeswoman for her office said she hasn't talked about policy with a senior White House official in six months. But Biden has been leaning on White House aides to come up with a message that captures the stark choice voters face.
Biden to host BTS at White House to discuss anti-Asian hate
President Biden is set to host K-Pop sensation BTS at the White House today in part to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month and discuss the alarming rise in anti-Asian hate incidents around the country. NBC News’ Mike Memoli has the details. May 31, 2022
Biden and Fed Chair Powell to discuss inflation crisis on Tuesday
U.S. President Joe Biden announces the nomination of Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell for a second four-year term, and Federal Reserve board member Lael Brainard to serve as vice chair, as Powell stands by in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building’s South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 22, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File PhotoMay 31 (Reuters) - U.S. President Biden will meet Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell on Tuesday as historic inflation continues to drain Americans’ pocketbooks. Inflation is just one of many crises facing this White house, from gun violence to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. In a Wall Street Journal opinion piece published Monday, Biden said the Federal Reserve's main role was to control inflation. Biden said his "predecessor demeaned the Fed, and past presidents have sought to influence its decisions inappropriately during periods of elevated inflation.
‘My top economic priority’: Biden op-ed lays out plan to fight inflation
On Tuesday afternoon, Biden is scheduled to hold an Oval Office meeting with Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, and on Friday, Biden will deliver remarks on the much-anticipated May jobs report. The April jobs report showed that the United States added 428,000 jobs last month, keeping the unemployment rate at 3.6 percent — just above the lowest level in a half-century. The Labor Department also reported that inflation slowed last month after seven months of gains. “I have appointed highly qualified people from both parties to lead that institution,” Biden wrote. “The economic policy choices we make today will determine whether a sustained recovery that benefits all Americans is possible,” Biden wrote.
Memorial Day weekend marked by more than a dozen mass shootings in the U.S.
Amid calls for gun control after last week's massacre at a Uvalde, Texas, elementary school, shots rang out across the country over the Memorial Day weekend, with more than a dozen mass shootings unfolding in the span of 72 hours. According to the Gun Violence Archive, which tracks shootings in the United States, there were at least 14 "mass shootings" in the country over the weekend, from early Saturday to late Monday. The archive defines a mass shooting as an incident in which "four or more people are shot or killed, not including the shooter." A preliminary count found that gun violence — not just mass shootings — left at least 156 people dead and 412 injured from 5 p.m. Philadelphia police said they found the two women shot in the head in Port Richmond just before 1:30 a.m., NBC Philadelphia reported.
Some (but not many) in GOP evolve on possible gun restrictions
Would any Republicans reconsider their opposition to gun restrictions? The bad news is, the total number of GOP elected officials rethinking their positions is quite small. Jacobs made the remarks — a contradiction to the Republican party’s staunch stance on gun laws — during a news conference on Friday. With a Democratic majority in the House, good bills related to gun violence are already able to pass. If this GOP pair constitutes the party’s “rational” wing on possible gun reforms, it’s probably best to keep expectations low.
Jill Biden says she, president settle arguments by ‘fexting’
Jill Biden says she and the president don't hash out disagreements in front of other people, but argue instead by text. Jill Biden says she and the president don't hash out disagreements in front of other people, but argue instead by text. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden disagree, they don’t hash it out in front of other people. “You have to be able to stand on your own two feet.”Jill Biden met then-Sen. Joe Biden in 1975, and they were married two years later. “I’m going to be raising a teenager?” Jill Biden exclaimed.
How Biden, cops and advocates forged deal on police and race
Story continuesPrevious presidents, too, have attempted to make improvements to America's law enforcement system, but Biden faced particular pressure to find the right balance. Not only did law enforcement groups dislike various parts of the draft, they felt like the administration hadn't adequately listened to their perspective. In addition to Rice’s team, Justice Department officials and the White House counsel’s office under Dana Remus worked through the details. Long days were fueled by Hershey's Kisses, M&Ms and whatever else that could be scrounged from White House desks. However, the executive order requires federal law enforcement officers to prioritize de-escalation and then intervention if they see another officer using excessive force.
Jill Biden says she, president settle arguments by 'fexting'
FILE - President Joe Biden points to Mexico's first lady Beatriz Gutierrez Muller as first lady Jill Biden watches as he speaks during a Cinco de Mayo event in the Rose Garden of the White House, May 5, 2022, in Washington. Jill Biden says she and the president don't hash out disagreements in front of other people, but argue instead by text. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden disagree, they don't hash it out in front of other people. When Joe Biden was vice president, the couple decided to settle disagreements by text to avoid fighting in the presence of their Secret Service agents — and dubbed it fexting. “I'm going to be raising a teenager?” Jill Biden exclaimed.
Europe inflation spikes to record 8.1%, matching US
Inflation among the 19 countries that use the Euro spiked to 8.1% in May, setting a new record and matching the U.S.Eurozone inflation rose from 7.4% in April, surging past predictions that it would land at 7.7%. Inflation spikes have struck nearly all world economies in recent months, with the U.S. and U.K. each setting 40-year record highs in March and April. U.K. consumer price inflation hit 9% for the first time since 1982 in April, and the U.S. hit 8.5% inflation in March. President Joe Biden has faced similar struggles in the U.S., saying that lowering inflation is his top economic priority . Biden delivered a speech blaming the inflation crisis on both the COVID-19 pandemic and Russia in mid-May.
Your guide to the California attorney general’s race
The battle to become California’s attorney general is perhaps the most contested race on the June 7 state primary ballot. Gen. Nathan Hochman and Los Angeles attorney Eric Early — and comes amid debate about rising crime and the impact of decades of criminal justice reform in California. AdvertisementCalifornia Your guide to California’s 2022 primary election Here’s everything you need to know about the California primary election. The last attorney general, Xavier Becerra, sued then-President Trump more than 100 times. Kamala Harris won a U.S. Senate seat as attorney general, then became vice president.
Manjoo: It's still COVID's world. We're just living in it
I worry that COVID’s very unpredictability could inject volatility into global affairs. Eventually the world will adapt to COVID’s tricks. Nasal vaccines that are now in clinical trials may be able to curb transmission of the virus, which could deal a blow to COVID’s many variants. And after a few years, perhaps the virus’s waves may settle into a seasonal pattern that we could adapt to living with. And we have no idea what the next variant may unleash upon a world already thoroughly pummeled by the disease.
Rising US traffic deaths put focus on one Philadelphia road
Roosevelt Boulevard is an almost 14-mile (23-kilometer) maze of chaotic traffic patterns that passes through some of the city's most diverse neighborhoods and census tracts with the highest poverty rates. In the wake of increasing fatalities, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has pushed a “safe system” approach, encouraging cities and states to take into account more than just driver behavior when designing roads. Federal officials have pledged to prioritize equity when making funding decisions in the wake of a disproportionate 23% jump in Black traffic fatalities in 2020. Around Philadelphia, aggressive driving during the pandemic drove fatalities to 156 in 2020, a sharp increase from 90 deaths in 2019. One of the men was a teenager when his own mother had died crossing Roosevelt Boulevard.
Uvalde grieves, says goodbyes at visitations, funerals
UVALDE, Texas (AP) — It should have been the first day of a joyous week for Robb Elementary School students — the start of summer break. Instead, the first two of 19 children slain inside a classroom were being remembered at funeral visitations. Greg Abbott, speaking at a Memorial Day event in Longview, urged Texans to keep Uvalde in their prayers. “And as Texans, we must come together and lift up Uvalde and support them in every way that we possibly can. More on the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: https://apnews.com/hub/uvalde-school-shooting
Russian advances in Ukraine’s east mark a tipping point
© Stringer/Reuters A Ukrainian serviceman inspects the area from a building damaged by a Russian military strike in the town of Marinka in the Donetsk region of Ukraine on May 28. As the 100th day since Russia launched its invasion nears, the tide of battle in Ukraine’s east seems to be pulling in Moscow’s favor. “The recent Russian gains appear at least in part to be the products of past Ukrainian success,” noted Bloomberg News. The expansion and consolidation of Russian control in Ukraine’s east marks a new phase in the conflict, one that will test both Western and Ukrainian wartime resilience. Russian victory, on the other hand, would mark the victory of might over right, of brute tyranny over the rule of law.
Why China Is Miles Ahead in a Pacific Race for Influence
And that has left the United States playing catch-up in a vital strategic arena. China’s interest in the Pacific Islands, made more explicit by a series of recently leaked documents, starts with maritime real estate. It’s one of many places in the region where the United States is missing in action beyond signs for Coca-Cola. But Monday’s gathering in Suva was Mr. Wang’s second meeting with Pacific Island leaders in the past eight months, and more are planned. The post Why China Is Miles Ahead in a Pacific Race for Influence appeared first on New York Times.
Biden to meet Fed chair as inflation bites pocketbooks
President Joe Biden participates in a magnolia tree planting ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, May 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)President Joe Biden participates in a magnolia tree planting ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, May 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is set to meet with Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell as soaring inflation takes a bite out of Americans’ pocketbooks. While high inflation is still causing hardships for millions of households, any slowing of price increases, if sustained, would provide some modest relief. “My predecessor demeaned the Fed, and past presidents have sought to influence its decisions inappropriately during periods of elevated inflation,” Biden wrote.
War crimes investigators meet in The Hague over Russia-Ukraine war
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has denounced the apparent targeting of civilians as “genocide” and war crimes. US President Joe Biden has also called Russian President Vladimir Putin “a war criminal” who should be brought to trial. A tough road aheadThe joint investigation team meeting on Tuesday includes officials from Ukraine, Lithuania and Poland. The ICC's Karim Khan has already visited parts of Ukraine, including Bucha, and has a team on the ground in the country gathering evidence. Her office has opened more than 8,000 criminal investigations related to the war and identified more than 500 suspects, including Russian ministers, military commanders and propagandists.
Key Ukraine city 'divided in half' as EU oil embargo agreed
But the city is still defending itself, the city is still Ukrainian, our soldiers are defending it," said Oleksandr Stryuk, head of Severodonetsk's military and civil administration. Lugansk regional governor Sergiy Gaiday earlier described the situation as "extremely complicated", conceding that parts of the city were controlled by Russian forces. But as Russian troops edged closer to the Severodonetsk city centre, EU leaders at a summit in Brussels were tightening the economic screws on Moscow. Moscow has shifted the bulk of its firepower in a bid to capture the Donbas's Lugansk region ARIS MESSINIS AFPEurope is heavily reliant on Russian gas. Therefore the gas embargo will not be an issue in the next package of sanctions" Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer said.
Rising US traffic deaths put focus on one Philadelphia road
The Philadelphia skyline, top, is seen at a distance as vehicular traffic flows along Roosevelt Boulevard at the intersection with Whitaker Avenue, Thursday, May 12, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)The Philadelphia skyline, top, is seen at a distance as vehicular traffic flows along Roosevelt Boulevard at the intersection with Whitaker Avenue, Thursday, May 12, 2022, in Philadelphia. Federal officials have pledged to prioritize equity when making funding decisions in the wake of a disproportionate 23% jump in Black traffic fatalities in 2020. ADVERTISEMENTAround Philadelphia, aggressive driving during the pandemic drove fatalities to 156 in 2020, a sharp increase from 90 deaths in 2019. One of the men was a teenager when his own mother had died crossing Roosevelt Boulevard.
Biden and Fed chair Powell are set to meet as inflation dogs the global economy.
Image President Biden nominated Jerome H. Powell last year for a second term as Federal Reserve chair. Credit... Al Drago for The New York TimesPresident Biden will meet with Jerome H. Powell, the Federal Reserve chair, at the White House on Tuesday to discuss the state of the U.S. and global economy at a challenging moment. Inflation in the United States is running near its fastest pace in four decades, with prices rising for gas, food and rent. Americans have become pessimistic about the economy and their own financial prospects as their paychecks have failed to keep up with inflation. While Mr. Biden has announced some measures aimed at reducing costs, he has made clear that he is relying on the Fed, which is independent of the White House, to help tame inflation.
Post Politics Now Biden to host New Zealand’s PM, the Fed’s Powell and South Korea’s BTS
President Biden has tapped Steve Dettelbach to lead ATF, the federal agency tasked with enforcing gun laws and prosecuting illicit activity, including gun trafficking. His confirmation hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee was last week and he is gaining support among Democrats critical to his quest for confirmation. …All Republicans are expected to oppose Dettelbach with the agency serving as a boogeyman on the right and a director nomination as a litmus test among conservatives for where you stand on gun laws. But with 50 votes and control of the Senate, Democrats have the ability to confirm Dettlebach and a failure to do so would send a stark message to the country that not even the party in favor of gun control measures can muster the votes to act in response to the latest mass shootings that have shaken the country.
Biden sees exodus of Black staffers and some frustration among those who remain
Deputy White House counsel Danielle Conley and Council of Economic Advisers aide Saharra Griffin are among others planning to leave in the coming weeks, according to White House officials. The official added that the number is expected to increase as more Black staffers are brought on board and that 15 percent of Black staffers have been promoted in the last year. White House press secretary Karine Jean-PierreA number of staffers who left, moreover, said it was on good terms. A current Black White House officialIn interviews, several Black staffers expressed frustration, in part, that deputy chief of staff Jen O’Malley Dillon hadn’t done more to retain and promote some Black employees — though other officials said such concerns are misplaced. “The issues that are the highest priority for our community are no longer at the forefront of the administration’s priority list,” said the third Black White House official.
Here's what Goldman Sachs sees as the next big there-is-no-alternative-trade
That brings us to our call of the day from Goldman Sachs, who sees a budding “there-is-no-alternative” trade in commodities. Equities are now negatively correlated with inflation expectations, suggesting investors are even more worried about the risk to stocks and valuations. So convinced is Goldman, the bank’s portfolio strategy team is keeping overweight recommendations only on commodities and cash for the next quarter. Goldman sees the next leg higher for prices coming from hoarding across the space. “Though muddled macro risks are more two-sided today than in the immediate aftermath of the invasion, now is not the time to shift expectations for commodities outperformance, in our view,” the Goldman team said.
Gold on track for second straight monthly loss
Gold futures lost ground Tuesday, with the yellow metal on track for a second straight monthly loss after a surge by the U.S. dollar in May. Gold for August delivery GC00, -0.25% GCQ22, -0.25% was down $5.20, or 0.3%, at $1,852.10 an ounce, on track for a 3.1% monthly fall based on the most actively traded contract. Gold was facing a headwind “from the firmer U.S. dollar and significantly rising bond yields,” said Daniel Briesemann, commodity analyst at Commerzbank, in a Tuesday note. The ICE U.S. Dollar Index DXY, +0.24% , a measure of the currency against a basket of six major rivals, rose 0.3%. The index was on track for a 1% monthly fall after hitting a nearly 20-year high in early May.
Gold on track for second straight monthly loss
Gold futures lost ground Tuesday, with the yellow metal on track for a second straight monthly loss after a surge by the U.S. dollar in May. Gold for August delivery GC00, -0.26% GCQ22, -0.26% was down $5.20, or 0.3%, at $1,852.10 an ounce, on track for a 3.1% monthly fall based on the most actively traded contract. Gold was facing a headwind “from the firmer U.S. dollar and significantly rising bond yields,” said Daniel Briesemann, commodity analyst at Commerzbank, in a Tuesday note. The ICE U.S. Dollar Index DXY, +0.24% , a measure of the currency against a basket of six major rivals, rose 0.3%. The index was on track for a 1% monthly fall after hitting a nearly 20-year high in early May.
Here's what Goldman Sachs sees as the next big there-is-no-alternative-trade
That brings us to our call of the day from Goldman Sachs, who sees a budding “there-is-no-alternative” trade in commodities. Equities are now negatively correlated with inflation expectations, suggesting investors are even more worried about the risk to stocks and valuations. So convinced is Goldman, the bank’s portfolio strategy team is keeping overweight recommendations only on commodities and cash for the next quarter. Goldman sees the next leg higher for prices coming from hoarding across the space. “Though muddled macro risks are more two-sided today than in the immediate aftermath of the invasion, now is not the time to shift expectations for commodities outperformance, in our view,” the Goldman team said.
Here's what Goldman Sachs sees as the next big there-is-no-alternative-trade
That brings us to our call of the day from Goldman Sachs, who sees a budding “there-is-no-alternative” trade in commodities. Equities are now negatively correlated with inflation expectations, suggesting investors are even more worried about the risk to stocks and valuations. So convinced is Goldman, the bank’s portfolio strategy team is keeping overweight recommendations only on commodities and cash for the next quarter. Goldman sees the next leg higher for prices coming from hoarding across the space. “Though muddled macro risks are more two-sided today than in the immediate aftermath of the invasion, now is not the time to shift expectations for commodities outperformance, in our view,” the Goldman team said.
Gold on track for second straight monthly loss
Gold futures lost ground Tuesday, with the yellow metal on track for a second straight monthly loss after a surge by the U.S. dollar in May. Gold for August delivery GC00, -0.25% GCQ22, -0.25% was down $5.20, or 0.3%, at $1,852.10 an ounce, on track for a 3.1% monthly fall based on the most actively traded contract. Gold was facing a headwind “from the firmer U.S. dollar and significantly rising bond yields,” said Daniel Briesemann, commodity analyst at Commerzbank, in a Tuesday note. The ICE U.S. Dollar Index DXY, +0.24% , a measure of the currency against a basket of six major rivals, rose 0.3%. The index was on track for a 1% monthly fall after hitting a nearly 20-year high in early May.
US STOCKS-Futures slip on inflation fears, eyes on Powell-Biden talks
Stock markets have sold off sharply this year against the backdrop of the Ukraine conflict, surging COVID-19 cases in China and tightening financial conditions. All the three major U.S. indexes last week snapped their longest weekly losing streak in decades as signs of peaking inflation and consumer resiliency brought back buyers into the market. The benchmark S&P 500 added 0.6% this month following an 8.8% plunge in April, while the blue-chip Dow rose 0.7%. The tech-heavy Nasdaq was set for its second straight monthly loss, down 1.7% in May, as high-growth stocks tend to underperform when interest rates rise. ET, Dow e-minis were down 165 points, or 0.5%, S&P 500 e-minis were down 18 points, or 0.43%, and Nasdaq 100 e-minis were down 7.25 points, or 0.06%.
Stock Market Today - 5/31: Stock Futures Lower As Inflation Concerns Resurface: Oil Surges On EU Russian Crude Ban
Fed Chairman Jerome Powell is also slated to meet President Joe Biden in the White House on Tuesday to discuss the state of inflation. Global oil prices extended recent gains Tuesday after European Union officials reached an agreement to ban all imports of seaborne Russian crude over the next six months. WTI contracts for July delivery, which are tightly linked to U.S. gas prices, were marked $2.01 higher from Friday's close at $118.87 per barrel. Brent crude contracts for the same month, the global pricing benchmark, were last seen $1.93 higher on the session at $123.60 per barrel. Futures linked to the tech-focused Nasdaq, which id down 23.4% for the year, are looking at 3 point opening bell bump.
Biden, Democrats need Black voters to show up this fall. Will they?
“They have to be careful on this crime stuff,” said Adrianne Shropshire, executive director of BlackPAC, a progressive organization working in six swing states this year to activate Black voters. “Black voters worry a lot about crime, about gun violence. President Biden in February announced Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as his pick to serve on the Supreme Court. “Voting rights is a top-two or -three issue for Black voters,” said Cornell Belcher, a Democratic pollster who worked on President Obama’s campaigns. “People are gearing up for the fight.”It’s not just voting rights and police reform that are on the minds of Black voters.
Supreme Court decisions due soon on abortion, guns, religion and climate change
The issues include abortion, guns, religion and climate change. But the state’s attorneys said the court should go further and overturn the right to abortion established in 1973. vs. Bruen)Religious schools: Do students enrolled in religious schools have an equal right to public funds if their state funds other private schools? Now, West Virginia and 18 other coal states want the court to rule that the EPA and the Biden administration lack broad regulatory authority to fight climate change. Since the 1960s, the court has told public schools they may not promote group prayers based on the principle of church-state separation.
Russian forces close in on takeover of eastern Ukrainian province
Ukrainian forces desperately tried to block a complete Russian takeover of one of the country’s two eastern provinces Tuesday, with Russian troops clawing out incremental gains even as European leaders agreed to a partial oil embargo aimed at starving Moscow’s mammoth war machine. “But above all, we want to preserve the infrastructure of the city as much as possible.”A Russian armored unit is deployed along a road lined with buildings damaged by bombardment near the eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk. (Maxar Technologies)AdvertisementOver the weekend, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the Russian assault had already destroyed all of Severodonetsk’s “critical infrastructure.” Another city official last week said about 90% of residential buildings in the city were damaged. “The situation is very serious and the city is essentially being destroyed ruthlessly block by block,” Striuk said, adding that “the Ukrainian military continues to resist this frenzied push and aggression by Russian forces.”Elsewhere, Russian forces continued shelling Ukraine’s northeast, while Ukrainian and Russian forces traded control of parts of the country’s south. Amid the fighting, two Russian soldiers were convicted of war crimes by a Ukrainian court, which sentenced each man to 11½ years in prison.
Biden sees chance of ‘rational’ Republican approach on guns
President Joe Biden lays a wreath at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, May 30, 2022. “I think things have gotten so bad that everybody’s getting more rational, at least that’s my hope,” Biden told reporters before honoring the nation’s fallen in Memorial Day remarks at Arlington National Cemetery. Faced with chants of “do something” as he departed a church service, Biden pledged: “We will.”After the Uvalde trip, Biden spent Sunday night at his home in Delaware. As he arrived at the White House for Memorial Day events, he was asked if he’s now more motivated to see new federal limits imposed on firearms. Delivering remarks honoring fallen servicemembers, he said “Memorial Day is always a day where pain and pride are mixed together.”“Today we are free because they were brave,” the president said.
How Ford’s Electric Pickup Can Power Your House for 10 Days
Rather it’s the technology that taps the Lightning’s battery pack to power your home or the electric grid itself during increasingly frequent climate-driven blackouts. On this day, Ford had not yet handed over electric trucks to the grape growers — it has a backlog of some 200,000 orders. While electric vehicles are often referred to as batteries on wheels, the Lightning might be better described as a mobile power strip. Ford says the Lightning can fully power an average home for roughly three days. “And some people are just truly, really interested in this product as a backup generator.”She declined to say whether future Ford electric vehicles will feature bi-directional capability.
Russia's Lavrov to meet GCC ministers in Riyadh on Wednesday, say officials
RIYADH, May 31 (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will visit Saudi Arabia on Wednesday where he will meet foreign ministers from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, two Gulf officials said on Tuesday. Lavrov, who was in Bahrain on Tuesday, is expected to meet ministers from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain in the GCC headquarters in Riyadh, the officials said, asking not to be named. The focus of the talks was not clear, although the officials said the six Gulf ministers would also hold an online meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba later on Wednesday. U.S. President Joe Biden and his team have been considering making a stop in Saudi Arabia and Israel after he travels to summits in Germany and Spain in late June, sources have said. Two senior U.S. officials visited Saudi Arabia last week for talks that covered energy and other issues but did not include calls for boosting Saudi oil exports, the White House said.
Security officials opposing Big Tech antitrust bills slammed Hunter Biden laptop report
A high-profile coterie of former US military and intelligence officials who tried to discredit The Post’s reporting on Hunter Biden’s laptop are now being accused of taking money from Big Tech to spread “misinformation” about antitrust legislation, The Post has learned. “These signers are keen to have Big Tech censor so-called misinformation, yet these letters themselves are full of it,” Grassley told The Post. New York Post cover for Saturday, April 3, 2021. csuarezAs intelligence director under Obama, Clapper developed a close relationship with tech companies including Google and Facebook, which turned over user data to the FBI under his watch. Panetta, Townsend and Morrell also sent a separate antitrust letter that circulated about six months ago. “It’s Big Tech’s last gasp at trying to change a few votes,” he said, “and they’re gonna lose.”
Biden hints at banning popular handgun, GOP senator's dramatic border trip, and more top headlines
Continue reading …WHOA, CANADA - America's neighbor to the north announces ‘most significant action on gun violence in a generation.’ Continue reading …CRISIS UP CLOSE - GOP senator forced to get hands-on during dramatic trip to the southern border. Continue reading …YEARS OF ‘GROOMING’ - Woman whose pastor had sex with her when she was 16 years old finally opens up. Continue reading …‘LOOKING PRETTY BLEAK’ – CNN business correspondent said there was very little President Biden could do about gas prices. Continue reading …DANICA PATRICK’S HEALTH SCARE - Former NASCAR driver opens up on removing her breast implants, being single. Continue reading …FOX WEATHERWhat’s it looking like in your neighborhood?
Texas school shooting, one week later: Faith leaders share anguish, hope for the future
In the wake of the Texas school shooting in Uvalde one week ago today, in which a gunman took the lives of 19 children and two teachers inside Robb Elementary School, faith leaders across the nation have continued to share their outrage about the massacre. TEXAS SCHOOL SHOOTING: LIVE UPDATESThe rabbi also said, "There is a widespread sickness in our society that we cannot accept as a new normal." TEXAS SCHOOL SHOOTING EVOKES FAITH LEADERS' REPLY: WE MUST PUT ‘PRAYERS INTO ACTION’"May God Almighty," he added, "bring comfort to the grieving families and aid our country on the path toward healing its core." DOES TEXAS SCHOOL SHOOTING HIGHLIGHT NEED FOR FAITH, HIGHER PURPOSE IN KIDS' LIVES? FAITH LEADERS REACT TO TEXAS SCHOOL SHOOTING: ‘ACT OF PURE EVIL’On Sunday, President Biden and first lady Jill Biden visited Uvalde, Texas.
Uvalde begins to bury its dead in wake of school massacre
REUTERS/Veronica G. CardenasUVALDE, Texas, May 31 (Reuters) - The grieving Texas town of Uvalde begins laying to rest the 21 school children and teachers who were killed in a mass shooting at an elementary school a week ago, with two funerals scheduled Tuesday for two 10-year-old girls. Amerie's funeral was set for Tuesday afternoon at Uvalde's Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Maite's in the evening at a Uvalde funeral home. "Those kids were full of life and dreams," said one of the artists, Yanira Castillo, 34, who has lived her entire life in Uvalde. A joint funeral is planned on Wednesday for the couple, who met in high school and had four children. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterReporting by Brad Brooks in Uvalde, Texas; additional reporting and writing by Daniel Trotta in Carlsbad, California; editing by Donna Bryson and Leslie AdlerOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
War Crimes Meeting Held At Hague Over Russia-Ukraine War
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Representatives of a group of nations working together to investigate war crimes in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine are meeting in The Hague amid ongoing calls for those responsible for atrocities to be brought to justice. Since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, the AP and PBS series Frontline have verified 273 potential war crimes. Representatives of a group of nations working together to investigate war crimes committed since Russia's invasion of Ukraine are meeting May 31 in The Hague amid ongoing calls for those responsible for atrocities to be brought to justice. The meeting in The Hague isn’t the only place accountability is being sought. The ICC can’t prosecute the crime of aggression because neither Russia nor Ukraine are members of the court.
Uvalde grieves, says goodbyes at visitations, funerals
People leave a funeral home after attending a visitation for Amerie Garza, a 10-year-old victim who was killed in last week's elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, Monday, May 30, 2022. Instead, the first two of 19 children slain inside a classroom were being remembered at funeral visitations. Over the next two-and-a-half traumatic weeks, people in the southwestern Texas town will say goodbye to the children and their teachers, one heart-wrenching visitation, funeral and burial after another. Greg Abbott, speaking at a Memorial Day event in Longview, urged Texans to keep Uvalde in their prayers. ___More on the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: https://apnews.com/hub/uvalde-school-shooting
Biden pledges Fed independence ahead of meeting with Powell
President Joe Biden has pledged he will refrain from meddling on interest-rate policy ahead of a meeting with Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell. In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, Biden said he would stand aside and let the Fed do its job — though he also put the blame for rising prices on the institution.
Russians, Ukrainians fight block by block in eastern city
Russian troops pushed deeper into a key eastern Ukrainian city Monday, fighting street by street with Kyiv’s forces in a battle that has left Sievierodonetsk in ruins. In a bid to pressure Moscow to end the war, the European Union agreed to embargo most Russian oil imports by the end of the year. Moscow-backed separatists already held territory in the region and have been fighting Ukrainian troops for eight years. EU Council President Charles Michel said the agreement covers more than two-thirds of oil imports from Russia. He said the intensity of the latest fighting and the influx of Russian troops have surprised Ukrainians, who are trying to hold out until more weapons arrive.
Bonds Fall, Stocks Slide as Inflation Fears Mount: Markets Wrap
(Bloomberg) -- Stocks and US equity futures dropped, while bonds fell Tuesday as euro-zone inflation accelerated to a fresh all-time high, intensifying the debate at the European Central Bank about how rapidly to raise interest rates. Europe’s Stoxx 600 Index was set to snap four days of gains, retreating from a one-month high. Treasury yields climbed across the curve, joining Monday’s selloff in German bunds and European bonds. Brent crude oil rose above $120 a barrel after the European Union agreed to pursue a partial ban on Russian oil. Euro-zone consumer prices jumped 8.1% from a year earlier in May, exceeding the 7.8% median estimate in a Bloomberg survey.
Stocks Lower As Inflation Roars, Week Ahead, Oil, Tesla and Top Gun - Five Things You Must Know
Fed Chairman Jerome Powell is also slated to meet President Joe Biden in the White House on Tuesday to discuss the state of inflation. Futures linked to the tech-focused Nasdaq, which id down 23.4% for the year, are looking at 45 point opening bell dip. Gigafactory 3, as the Shanghai plant is known, will hit 70% of its pre-Covid output pace of around 2,600 cars per week this week, Reuters reported Tuesday citing a company memo. Tesla shares were marked 1.5% higher in premarket trading to indicate an opening bell price of $770.84 each. AMC shares were marked 3.05% higher in pre-market trading to indicate an opening bell price of $14.87 each.
First Thing: Biden says pain ‘palpable’ in Uvalde
Returning to Washington on Monday morning, the US president, wearing a black suit, talked about the “palpable” pain in Uvalde. The folks who were victimized, their families … the pain is palpable. “On the day of a mass shooting and weeks after news of Roe, Democratic party leadership rallied for a pro-NRA, anti-choice incumbent under investigation in a close primary. Last Thing: man arrested after Mona Lisa smeared with cakeA security guard cleans the smeared cream from the glass protecting the Mona Lisa. Sign upSign up for the US morning briefingFirst Thing is delivered to thousands of inboxes every weekday.
While Uvalde mourns, Biden urges 'rational' action on guns
By Steve Holland and Brad BrooksWASHINGTON/UVALDE, Texas -A day after promising residents of Uvalde, Texas, action to address gun violence, U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday sought to appeal to “rational” Republicans to curb high-caliber weapons and take other federal action to prevent more mass shootings. “The idea of these high-caliber weapons — there is simply no rational basis for it in terms of self-protection, hunting,” Biden told reporters at the White House. Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, has repeatedly said gun regulations are not the solution and instead pointed to problems of mental health. Since then, mass school shootings have rocked Virginia Tech University, Sandy Hook Elementary school in Connecticut and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, among others. But the president, whose fellow Democrats only narrowly control Congress, has cited the limits of executive action and urged lawmakers to act.
U.S. will not send Ukraine rocket systems that can reach Russia, says Biden
WASHINGTON – The United States will not send Ukraine rocket systems that can reach into Russia, President Joe Biden said on Monday. The comments followed reports that the Biden administration was preparing to send advanced long-range rocket systems to Kyiv.
Biden Vows To Keep Up Pressure For Gun Reform Amid Congressional Inaction
President Joe Biden told reporters Monday that “the Second Amendment was never absolute,” and that he’ll “continue to push” for gun reform upon his return to Washington D.C.On Sunday, he and First Lady Jill Biden traveled to Uvalde, Texas to honor the 21 people shot and killed at Robb Elementary School last week. While Biden said that he doesn’t need convincing to tighten up gun restrictions — “I’ve been motivated all along,” he told reporters — he said that his power, unlike that of Congress, is somewhat limited. Congress is responding how it usually does to the mass shootings horrific enough to still rate attention: Republicans are pointing to everything but gun reform as the answer, while Democrats are calling for gun control. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) — a “rational Republican,” along with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), per Biden — has been tapped by McConnell to negotiate with Democrats on gun control regulation. “You know, I don’t think that D.C. solutions are realistic here,” Sinema said last week of reforming the filibuster to pass gun reform legislation.
Opinion | A Debate Over What Roe Did — and What Losing It Would Mean
For decades, the conservative position on abortion has been simple: Appoint justices who will overturn Roe V. Wade. The question of abortion rights will re-enter the realm of electoral politics in a way it hasn’t for 50 years. One place those Republicans may look for inspiration is to the work of the legal scholar Erika Bachiochi. [You can listen to this episode of “The Ezra Klein Show” on Apple, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google or wherever you get your podcasts.] Hers is not an argument I agree with, but it’s one that I imagine will become increasingly salient in a post-Roe America.
Opinion | The War in Ukraine May Be Impossible to Stop. And the U.S. Deserves Much of the Blame.
The rocky course of the war in Ukraine thus far has vindicated Mr. Putin’s diagnosis, if not his conduct. Though Ukraine’s military industry was important in Soviet times, by 2014 the country barely had a modern military at all. The United States started arming and training Ukraine’s military, hesitantly at first under President Barack Obama. The United States and Canada have lately sent up-to-date British-designed M777 howitzers that fire GPS-guided Excalibur shells. The United States is trying to maintain the fiction that arming one’s allies is not the same thing as participating in combat.
James Biden — presidential brother, family helper, political wild card
“You need to call me now,” James Biden wrote on Oct. 1, 2017. “Talk to a real person who knows me,” James Biden said, then offered, “Guess what? Hunter Biden did not respond to several requests for comment sent through his attorney, and the White House declined to comment. “Hunter Biden wasn’t the only Biden family member who had connections to the [Chinese] communist regime,” Grassley said in a recent floor speech. I will do better from my end, and start acting like a real friend and partner,” James Biden wrote.
Inside a Biden White House adrift
Should Klain go, a potential successor is Anita Dunn, a White House adviser and Biden confidant whom he often turns to when his fortunes look bleak. White House chief of staff Ron Klain walks on the South Lawn of the White House on May 1. (The White House didn’t specify when Biden got his first briefing on the formula shortage.) (At a news conference in September, Biden said flatly, “I don’t look at the polls — not a joke.”)The White House official denied that Biden is feeling frustrated. But Biden has been leaning on White House aides to come up with a message that captures the stark choice voters face.
Tom Cotton's rigid conservatism
It’s an understatement to say Cotton is a polarizing force in American politics. His favorite phrase to use with reporters is “no comment.”Two copies of the Bible are seen in the office of Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) And I would say Tom has facts,” said Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.). But Tom is on my list.”On the other side of the Republican coin is Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo. Last year, Hawley, Cotton and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) orchestrated a wide-ranging campaign to hold up many of Biden’s lower-level appointments.
Why we can expect more hacking of politicians’ phones
Activists against surveillance have called on governments to ban or at least heavily regulate spyware companies. And the United Nations’ human rights office called on governments last year to regulate the sale and use of spyware technologies. Macron reportedly replaced his phone and changed his phone number last year after his number was found on a list of 50,000 allegedly targeted by NSO clients using Pegasus. France is investigating the impact of Pegasus on government officials following last year’s allegations that Macron’s phone was infected with Pegasus spyware. And without an international agreement to halt the use of spyware, governments may try to out-compete the other through using the technology.
U.S. stock futures ease after a three-day break with Biden and Powell set to talk about inflation
U.S. stock futures edged lower Tuesday after a three-day break, cooling a recent rally as bond yields were rising again. Interest-rate policy will be in the spotlight with President Joe Biden set to meet Fed Chair Jerome Powell in the afternoon. In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, Biden said he would not seek to influence the Fed’s decisions. Waller said he supports half-point rate increases until there are signs inflation is cooling toward its 2% target. The core reading of the Fed’s preferred inflation gauge was 4.9% in April.
Prosecutor: 'We are fighting merely for survival.' Drugs from border overwhelming Ohio
Everyone can see we have a problem at our Southern border. Recently, the United States Customs and Border Protection had over 234,000 encounters with individuals at the southern border — 234,000 people. More:Moreno: Unsecured southern border invites problems including 'terrorist' drug cartelsIt is not just people coming across our border; the border is also a conduit for an overwhelming amount of illegal drugs. But unless and until the Biden administration gets serious about shutting down the flow of illegal drugs on our southern border, we are fighting merely for survival, not for prevention. My community, and thousands more like it across this country, are dealing with the devastation of these deadly illegal drugs every day.
Analysis: Russians feel little economic pain now, long-term outlook darkens
By Jake CordellLONDON – For Oleg Kechin, owner of a chain of barbershops, forecasts that Russia will be plunged into its deepest economic crisis in a generation feel overdone. Economy Minister Maxim Reshetnikov said on Friday there was a “demand crisis” in business and consumer spending. The economy minister said manufacturers were re-establishing supply chains broken by sanctions and said 2,000 “backbone companies” could access preferential lending programmes. STIMULUSRussia has already dipped into its National Wealth Fund, which has about $110 billion of liquid assets, to support spending, which is up 22% this year, the economy minister said. The bank’s chief regional economist, Alina Slyusarchuk, said in a note that Russia’s potential long-term growth rate was now just 1%.
New Somali president calls for reconciliation as U.S. troops return
By Katharine HoureldMOGADISHU – Somalia’s new president has applauded the return of U.S. troops to help fight a deadly insurgency and says delivering security depends on reconciliation with other Somali leaders, after a power battle splintered the security forces into rival factions. Somali legislators selected Mohamud as president this month – the country has not held one-person-one-vote elections since civil war erupted in 1991. Legislators foiled attempts by the previous president to extend his term, but the issue deeply divided security forces, who battled each other in the capital’s streets. The last major offensive against al Shabaab was in 2019. This month, al Shabaab overran an AU peacekeeping base, killing dozens of soldiers.
Russia's Medvedev calls Biden announcement on Ukraine rocket systems 'rational'
– Russian Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday that Washington’s decision not to send Ukraine rocket systems that could reach into Russia was ‘rational’. President Joe Biden said on Monday that the United States will not send Ukraine rocket systems that can reach into Russia, after it was reported Washington was preparing to send advanced long-range rocket systems to Kyiv.
AP Top Stories May 31 A
AP Top Stories May 31 AHere's the latest for Tuesday May 31st: Russian troops advance in eastern Ukraine city; Biden and Fed chair to discuss inflation; Funeral visitations in Uvalde, Texas; Chemical fire in Omaha.
Russia's Lavrov to meet with GCC ministers in Riyadh on Wednesday -officials
RIYADH, May 31 (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will visit Saudi Arabia on Wednesday where he will meet with foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries (GCC), two Gulf officials said on Tuesday. Lavrov is expected to meet with ministers of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar in the GCC headquarters in Riyadh, said the officials, asking not to be named. It was unclear what the meeting will focus on, but the officials said the six Gulf ministers will also hold an online meeting with Ukraine's foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, later on Wednesday. Two senior U.S. officials, Brett McGurk, Biden’s top White House adviser on the Middle East, and Amos Hochstein, the State Department’s energy envoy, visited Saudi Arabia last week. The two officials discussed Iran, global energy supplies and other regional issues with Saudi officials but did not ask for an increase in Saudi oil exports, the White House said.
Fighting For Survival in the Shadow of Covid-19
Health care workers here say Covid-19 completely depleted their facilities’ coffers, preventing doctors and nurses from being able to provide for patients with chronic, and often deadly health conditions. In addition, facilities throughout the country are underfunded — and have been underfunded for decades, with health care staff operating without essential medicines and equipment. That’s just a dilapidated building.”‘Sometimes it can get a bit dicey’Problems in health care delivery that were severe before Covid-19 became completely untenable afterward, health care workers here say. The World Health Organization’s ACT-Accelerator, originally formed in 2020 to fast-track Covid-19 tests, therapeutics and vaccines, has dedicated some funding — $120 million — to strengthening global health systems. There is a debate among leaders in the global health community about what to prioritize over the next several years.
War crimes meeting held at Hague over Russia-Ukraine war
FILE - Karim Ahmed Khan, International Criminal Court chief prosecutor, speaks during a news conference at the Ministry of Justice in the Khartoum, Sudan, Aug. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Marwan Ali, File)FILE - Karim Ahmed Khan, International Criminal Court chief prosecutor, speaks during a news conference at the Ministry of Justice in the Khartoum, Sudan, Aug. 12, 2021. ADVERTISEMENTSince Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, the AP and PBS series Frontline have verified 273 potential war crimes. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has denounced killings of civilians as “genocide” and “war crimes,” while U.S. President Joe Biden has called Russian President Vladimir Putin “a war criminal” who should be brought to trial. The meeting in The Hague isn’t the only place accountability is being sought.
Ranking the five Democrats most likely to win party nod if Biden doesn’t run
Whether President Biden will seek reelection next year is one of the most discussed topics inside and outside the Beltway. Biden has said he plans to run for a second term, privately telling former President Obama and other Democrats of his intentions. Democratic strategists say he would be well positioned for a 2024 run. Amy KlobucharThe Minnesota senator didn’t perform too well in the 2020 presidential election, but if Biden doesn’t run, Klobuchar could benefit, receiving support from moderate Democrats. “Because few people think Biden is going to run again.”For the latest news, weather, sports, and streaming video, head to The Hill.
Trio of Republicans target Horsford in 4th District
Annie Black, Chance Bonaventura and Sam Peters, Republican candidates for Congressional District 4, 2022 primary. Three Republicans touting their conservative credentials and public service experience are seeking the GOP nomination in Nevada’s 4th Congressional District. The winner will challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford, who faces no Democratic primary opposition in his re-election bid for a fourth term in the district that includes Mesquite, North Las Vegas, Pahrump and central Nevada counties. “Enough is enough,” said Peters, who cited illegal immigration and border security as a reason he is seeking the seat. “They are ignoring the safety and security of our country,” said Peters, who finished second in the 2020 Republican primary in the 4th District.
U.S. Supreme Court leak stirs abortion passions in Africa
Abortion rights protesters participate in nationwide demonstrations following the leaked Supreme Court opinion suggesting the possibility of overturning the Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision, in Seattle, Washington, U.S., May 14, 2022. Now, however, those activists are looking nervously to the United States, where a leaked Supreme Court ruling would, if confirmed, overturn the landmark Roe v Wade decision that legalized abortion there. Kathy Kageni-Oganga, a pastor at Kenya's Sozo Church of God, said she was praying that Roe v Wade is overturned but would still be surprised if it happened. Most U.S. experts believe that the U.S. court, with a 6-3 conservative majority including three justices appointed by Trump, will act to end or cut back abortion rights. Abortion rights campaigners fear that will worsen if Roe v Wade were struck down.
Taiwan says U.S. National Guard planning ‘cooperation’ with its military
TAIPEI, Taiwan — The United States is planning on “cooperation” between its National Guard and Taiwan’s military, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Tuesday, deepening security ties in the face of what Taipei’s government complains is a rising threat from China. The United States is Chinese-claimed Taiwan’s most important international supporter and arms supplier, despite the lack of formal diplomatic ties. “As a result, the U.S. Department of Defense is now proactively planning cooperation between the U.S. National Guard and Taiwan’s defense forces,” Tsai said, without giving details. Taiwanese media has previously reported that Taiwan could partner with Hawaii’s National Guard for the program. “In the near future, we look forward to Taiwan and the United States working together in taking new steps to develop concrete plans that further deepen our economic partnership.”
Storm Agatha, BTS at the White House, Scripps National Spelling Bee: 5 things to know Tuesday
The National Hurricane Center said Agatha was expected to dissipate overnight, but warned that the system's heavy rains still posed a threat of dangerous flash flood. EU Council President Charles Michel said on Twitter the deal covers more than two-thirds of oil imports from Russia. Scripps had 245 regional sponsors in 2020 for the bee that was ultimately canceled because of the pandemic. That number is down to 198 this year, meaning some kids faced a tougher path to the bee in super-sized regions. Another huge change: Scripps broke with longtime partner ESPN and will broadcast the competition on its own networks, ION and Bounce.
Morning Bid: Fever pitch
A trader works on the trading floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., May 18, 2022. REUTERS/Andrew KellyA look at the day ahead in markets from Saikat Chatterjee. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterThat has decisively turned the mood music in favour of the bears. Oil prices extended gains on the latest developments with Brent crude topping a fresh two-month high at $122.80 per barrel. Key developments that should provide more direction to markets on Tuesday:Credit Suisse weighs options to strengthen capital.
Did Joe Manchin block climate action to benefit his financial interests?
Nancy Hilsbos, a former coal miner living in the West Virginia county that Senator Joe Manchin calls home, barely noticed the nondescript office block she passed almost daily. People protest against Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) as they blockade the Grant Town coal waste power plant in Grant Town, West Virginia, on 9 April. They prompted demonstrations outside the power plant in April to demand its closure because of the additional pollution caused by gob. He said the Grant Town power plant revelations are likely to stoke the dissatisfaction within that part of the electorate. West Virginia voted for him in both presidential elections by the largest margin of any state except Wyoming.
Russia faces deepest economic crisis in a generation, but many have yet to feel it
For Oleg Kechin, owner of a chain of barbershops, forecasts that Russia will be plunged into its deepest economic crisis in a generation feel overdone. U.S. President Joe Biden may have promised that Western sanctions would wreak economic havoc in Russia, but Kechin’s business is still drawing in customers in the town of Saransk, which lies 510 kilometers (320 miles) southeast of Moscow.
China sends 30 warplanes into Taiwan air defence zone
Taiwan said China had sent J-11 fighter jets (file photo from August)Taiwan says it deployed fighter jets to warn off 30 warplanes sent by China into its air defence zone. The latest incident included 22 fighters, as well as electronic warfare, early warning and antisubmarine aircraft, Taiwan's defence ministry said. The aircraft flew in an area to the northeast of the Pratas Islands that is part of the Taiwan's air defence identification zone (ADIZ), according to a map the ministry provided. 30 PLA aircrafts (KJ-500 AEW&C*2, Y-8 ELINT*4, Y-8 EW*1, Y-8 ASW*1, J-16*6, J-11*8, J-10*4, SU-35*2, and SU-30*2) entered #Taiwan’s southwest ADIZ on May 30, 2022. China and Taiwan: The basicsWhy do China and Taiwan have poor relations?
The Biden Administration Is in No Rush to Help Ukraine Negotiate an End to the War
Three months in, the war in Ukraine has reached a state of paradox. “I think there was an enormous opportunity lost to explore the possibility of a neutral Ukraine,” Menon says about this period. So has fellow NATO member Turkey, which brokered peace talks between Kiev and Moscow in March. Still, it’s remarkable that a Western leader traveled to a war-torn country to try to scuttle progress on a diplomatic settlement to end hostilities. Experts told Jacobin they were skeptical that victory for either side was possible, and that the most likely outcome was a bloody stalemate — making the task of pursuing peace talks even more important.
Top Weapons Companies Boast Ukraine-Russia Tensions Are a Boon for Business
Anti-war campaigners warn that U.S. escalation, amid renewed tensions between Ukraine and Russia, could bring dire consequences, and spill into a much larger and more protracted war. ?“Who will most likely set up and teach the Ukrainian army how to use these weapons systems? The U.S. military.”Among those openly discussing the boon to profits is Raytheon CEO Greg Hayes. And of course, the tensions in Eastern Europe, the tensions in the South China Sea, all of those things are putting pressure on some of the defense spending over there. ?“They are cashing in on tensions over Ukraine as the U.S. pours weapons into the region.”General Dynamics, meanwhile, has noted that past tensions have increased demand for the company’s products.
Sen. Roger Marshall aids migrant suffering from heat exhaustion during dramatic border trip
FIRST ON FOX: Sen. Roger Marshall, R-Kansas, gave assistance to a migrant suffering from heat exhaustion on a recent dramatic trip to the southern border -- an incident that he said was a window into the "unsustainable humanitarian crisis" at the U.S.-Mexico border. It’s a hazardous area with treacherous conditions for migrants who have often traveled thousands of miles. Agents caught many of those fleeing, including one woman who Marshall said was showing severe symptoms of heat exhaustion that had the potential to turn deadly. While heat exhaustion is not uncommon at the border, the risk of that developing into heatstroke is significant. That’s heat exhaustion going into heatstroke, and once heat stroke starts, it's almost irreversible," he said.
Ukraine's courage against Russia shows free world how to stand up to Putin and Xi
China’s Chairman Xi Jinping and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin did not share that assumption. The implication of this lesson is that the Quad nations, alongside like-minded partners, must identify new ways to compete effectively against Russia and China. As much as getting China or Russia to moderate the other might appear as a nifty idea, our adversaries are coordinating joint action against the free world. Cases in point include not only Europe’s dependence on Russian oil and gas, but also India’s dependence on Russian arms. The implication is that the citizens of the Quad nations and others across the free world should be confident because they can demand better policies to compete with Russia and China.
NJ college graduate pays off $70K in student loans by starting used book business
from Rutgers University — he studied psychology and biology — with $70,000 in student loans, he told Fox News Digital in an interview. FLORIDA-BASED MOM PAYS OFF $40K IN STUDENT DEBT AFTER LIVING ‘PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK’"The profit would keep coming in, and it kept growing," he said. By the end of 2020, Oza had made $115,000 from his side business — which covered his student loans in full, and then some. The small business owner has since switched career paths. Oza also shared additional tips for anyone needing extra income or cash to pay down their student debt.
London Playbook: Now streaming — Battle of the spreadsheets — Pounds and ouches
There are another 12 Tory MPs questioning Johnson’s position, up four on Monday. If/when: POLITICO’s Esther Webber and Annabelle Dickson capture the mood among Tory MPs in their piece this morning. In his must-read Sun analysis piece this morning, Harry Cole writes: “The magic number for Boris is 180 in a confidence vote. Also on talkTV breakfast show: Former Buckingham Palace spinner Dickie Arbiter (7.20 a.m.) … Tory MP Bim Afolami (8.05 a.m.). SUBSCRIBE to the POLITICO newsletter family: Brussels Playbook | London Playbook | Playbook Paris | Politico Confidential | Sunday Crunch | EU Influence | London Influence | Digital Bridge | China Direct | Berlin Bulletin | D.C. Playbook | All our POLITICO Pro policy morning newsletters
MORNING BID-Fever pitch
A look at the day ahead in markets from Saikat Chatterjee. German consumer prices rose by a whopping 8.7% and Spanish inflation rates resumed their upward march, setting the stage for another record eurozone aggregate inflation data for May with a Reuters poll expecting a print of 7.7%. Oil prices extended gains on the latest developments with Brent crude topping a fresh two-month high at $122.80 per barrel. Key developments that should provide more direction to markets on Tuesday:Story continuesCredit Suisse weighs options to strengthen capital. Canada: March and Q1 GDP, U.S. consumer confidenceGazprom suspends gas deliveries to Dutch trader GasTerra(Reporting by Saikat Chatterjee; Editing by Danilo Masoni)
Biden repeats FALSE claim that you couldn't buy a cannon when the Second Amendment was ratified
Biden, 79, told the gathered reporters on the South Lawn: 'The Second Amendment was never absolute. You couldn’t buy a cannon when the Second Amendment was passed and you couldn’t go out and purchase a lot of weapons.' President Biden told reporters on the South Lawn that the 'Second Amendment is not absolute'The president's assertion that you could not buy a cannon at the time the Second Amendment was ratified in 1791 is false, numerous historical scholars have maintained. You couldn’t buy a cannon when, in fact, the Second Amendment passed.' Biden told the press on Memorial Day: 'It makes no sense to be able to purchase something that can fire up to 300 rounds.
Names begin circulating to replace Kirby at the Pentagon
Names begin circulating to replace Kirby at the PentagonJohn Kirby speaks during a news briefing at the Pentagon May 13, 2022 in Arlington, Virginia. But having a Pentagon spokesperson in uniform is problematic for some because members of the military are supposed to be apolitical. Kirby himself was appointed Pentagon press secretary by Defense Secretary CHUCK HAGEL in 2013 while he was still serving in uniform — a move some criticized at the time. Another factor for the administration to consider is that if Breasseale is chosen as Kirby’s permanent replacement, he would be the first openly LGBTQ+ Pentagon press secretary. For example, while Kirby was press secretary under Hagel, BRENT COLBURN filled the assistant to the secretary job.
Taiwan scrambles jets after China makes largest incursion into air defence zone since January
China has made the second largest incursion into Taiwan’s air defence zone this year with Taipei reporting 30 jets entering the area, including more than 20 fighters. Taiwan’s defence ministry said late on Monday it had scrambled its own aircraft and deployed air defence missile systems to monitor the latest Chinese activity. In recent years, Beijing has begun sending large sorties into Taiwan’s defence zone to signal dissatisfaction, and to keep Taipei’s ageing fighter fleet regularly stressed. Monday’s incursion was the largest since 23 January, when 39 planes entered the air defence identification zone, or ADIZ. The highest number of aircraft China has sent in a single day was 56 on 4 October 2021.
Russian advances in Ukraine’s east mark a new tipping point
As the 100th day since Russia launched its invasion nears, the tide of battle in Ukraine’s east seems to be pulling in Moscow’s favor. “The recent Russian gains appear at least in part to be the products of past Ukrainian success,” noted Bloomberg News. But Ukrainian fighters in the east, as my colleague Sudarsan Raghavan reported, are complaining of being outmanned and outgunned. The expansion and consolidation of Russian control in Ukraine’s east marks a new phase in the conflict, one that will test both Western and Ukrainian wartime resilience. Russian victory, on the other hand, would mark the victory of might over right, of brute tyranny over the rule of law.
Russian forces face stiff resistance in Ukraine's Donbas
As the Russian offensive continued across Ukraine's eastern Donbas region, the European Union agreed to ban most imports of Russian oil, a move intended to blow a hole in the Kremlin's war finances. read moreThey also agreed to cut off the largest Russian bank, Sberbank, from the SWIFT system and to ban three more Russian state-owned broadcasters, Michel added. The announcement came as Russian forces pushed into key objectives in the Donbas, where Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said the situation remained "extremely difficult". read moreZelenskiy said Russian forces shelled the northeastern city of Kharkiv again on Monday, as well as the border region of Sumy, which was hit from inside Russia. Russian shelling has reduced much of Sievierodonetsk to ruins, but the Ukrainian defence has slowed the wider Russian campaign across the Donbas region.
Ukraine and Russia: What you need to know right now
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy visits a place of a fight with Russian troops during Russia's invasion to Ukraine, in Kharkiv region, Ukraine May 29, 2022. read more* Luhansk region governor Serhiy Gaidai said Russian troops had advanced into the southeastern and northeastern fringes of Sievierodonetsk. But he said Ukrainian forces had driven the Russians out of the village of Toshkivka to the south, potentially frustrating Moscow's push to encircle the area. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register* Ukraine's defence ministry said Russian forces were also regrouping to attack the Sloviansk region. read more* NATO's support for Ukraine is unbreakable and Russian President Vladimir Putin will not reach his objectives, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said.
Uvalde: Visitations, funerals, and burials, one after another
UVALDE, Texas (AP) — It should have been the first day of a joyous week for Robb Elementary School students — the start of summer break. Instead on Monday, the first two of 19 children slain inside a classroom were being remembered at funeral visitations. Greg Abbott, speaking at a Memorial Day event in Longview, urged Texans to keep Uvalde in their prayers. “And as Texans, we must come together and lift up Uvalde and support them in every way that we possibly can. ___More on the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: https://apnews.com/hub/uvalde-school-shooting
Anthony Bourdain’s ‘addiction’ to Asia Argento overtook last year of his life, new documentary says
But it later emerged that both Bourdain and Argento were apparently hiding their own #MeToo-related secret. Following the Times report, Argento issued a statement, denying she ever had an inappropriate sexual relationship with Bennett. It’s not clear from the previews of “Roadrunner” how much the film deals with the sexual assault allegations against Argento. Bourdain’s musician friend Josh Homme said that Bourdain was actively searching for something “feral and wild” when he began dating Argento. But two months later, McGowan and Argento had a falling out over Jimmy Bennett’s allegations.
Rising US traffic deaths put focus on one Philadelphia road
The thought haunts Latanya Byrd years after a driver racing down Roosevelt Boulevard in Philadelphia struck and killed her 27-year-old niece, Samara Banks, and three of Banks’ young sons as they crossed the 12-lane road. And now, amid a national surge in traffic fatalities and studies showing Black communities have been hit even harder during the pandemic, plans to redesign the city’s “corridor of death” could be gaining traction. Roosevelt Boulevard is an almost 14-mile chaotic maze that passes through some of the city’s most diverse neighborhoods and census tracts with the highest poverty rates. Federal officials have pledged to prioritize equity in the wake of a disproportionate 23% jump in Black traffic fatalities in 2020. Preliminary data from the Philadelphia Police Department showed a decrease in 2021 to 133 fatalities, still above pre-pandemic levels.
Feds to probe why police delayed action to stop Uvalde shooter
But officers in Uvalde, Texas, took more than an hour to kill a shooter who massacred 19 children, a lapse of time that will likely be a key part of a Justice Department probe that could last months. The timeline of the police response is confounding for experts who say a quick response to active shooters is drilled into police. Others question why a school police chief was able to make the call to delay entry into the classroom. A U.S. Border Patrol tactical team finally used a janitor’s key to unlock the classroom door and kill the gunman, raising more questions about the choice of entry. Detectives have arrested an 18-year-old Florida man after receiving a tip that he threatened a mass shooting at a school in a social media post.
Rising US traffic deaths put focus on one Philadelphia road
Roosevelt Boulevard is an almost 14-mile maze of chaotic traffic patterns that passes through some of the city's most diverse neighborhoods and census tracts with the highest poverty rates. In the wake of increasing fatalities, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has pushed a “safe system” approach, encouraging cities and states to take into account more than just driver behavior when designing roads. Federal officials have pledged to prioritize equity when making funding decisions in the wake of a disproportionate 23% jump in Black traffic fatalities in 2020. Around Philadelphia, aggressive driving during the pandemic drove fatalities to 156 in 2020, a sharp increase from 90 deaths in 2019. One of the men was a teenager when his own mother had died crossing Roosevelt Boulevard.
Biden to meet Fed chair as inflation bites pocketbooks
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is set to meet with Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell as soaring inflation takes a bite out of Americans' pocketbooks. The White House said the pair would discuss the state of the U.S. and global economy and especially inflation, described as Biden's “top economic priority." The inflation figure was below the four-decade high of 6.6% set in March. While high inflation is still causing hardships for millions of households, any slowing of price increases, if sustained, would provide some modest relief. Powell has signaled that the Fed will likely raise its benchmark rate by a half-point in both June and July — twice the size of the usual rate increase.
Biden says job growth may diminish by TWO-THIRDS as economy 'transitions' to stable growth
The president will meet the chairman of the Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell, on Tuesday to discuss ways to bring inflation down. Real wages adjusted for inflation decreased 0.1 percent on the month, despite a nominal increase of 0.3 percent in average hourly earnings. Over the past year, real earnings have dropped 2.6 percent even though average hourly earnings are up 5.5 percent. 'During this transition, growth will look different. 'The U.S. economy may grow faster this year than China's economy for the first time since 1976,' he said.
Exclusive: Federal investigation into Trump fake elector probe expands to multiple states
If anyone from the Trump campaign had been in touch with me. The subpoenas also seek any communications with more than two dozen named Trump campaign officials, attorneys and Georgia electors. He told the FBI that he didn't have direct contact with anyone in the Trump campaign. Shepherd said he didn't have any documents to turn over, but he encouraged the federal investigators to subpoena other state party officials. FBI interview in MichiganIn Michigan, federal investigators have pursued Republicans who had similar roles in 2020 to share information about the organization of the Trump elector slates.
Kagro in the Morning podcast (AUDIO): Monday, May 30, 2022
*Memorial Day is a time for remembrance. Like, remember last Memorial Day? If you don't, we're about to remind you of it, by re-running last year's Memorial Day show, from May 31, 2021! While we are commemorating and solemnly observing, let’s not forget the 100th anniversary of the Black Wall Street race riot massacre, which is not the only Black Wall Street, nor deadly race riot of the period, by the way. People stream in over our southern borders to get their shots — if they come over in a plane, they’ll receive one.
Gun Violence Summit @ Camp David? I'm just asking. A Colorado State Open Thread, 5
The Colorado State Open Thread is for those who have an interest in all things Colorado, be they animal, vegetable, mineral or some combination of the three. The question is:Why doesn’t President Biden call a summit at Camp David to bring together the gun dealers / manufacturers / NRA / various parents and victims groups of gun violence / Congressional representatives and have them work out some sort of agreements that can bring about a decrease to gun violence? Any proposals could be hashed out at Camp David before becoming public, especially if all participants were to agree that “Anything that happens at Camp David stays at Camp David.” I realize that may be asking a lot from these professional poseurs, especially politicians and the NRA, but having Congress work within themselves isn’t getting it done. If there’s give and take, with a focus from the President, Congress and national media that are all now trying to come up with SOME sort of solution, maybe, just maybe, there might be some solutions. I look forward to reading your thoughts about why my proposal sucks, or perhaps you have ways to improve it.
Last week in Japanese News 5/22/2022-5/28/2022
This week, I will try not to get so behind and hopefully get the entire week. In addition, a crane has been used on the Yahagi River water intake facility in order to expedite the flow of water through the temporary pump. The training was held on the assumption that typhoons would cause the Tama River at Kunitachi City, Tokyo to flood and that that would inundate roads, etc. Tokyo Sky Tree was completed in 2012 and May 22 marks the 10th anniversary of its opening. A 66-year-old woman who lived in the neighborhood said, "No more than a week ago I noticed a large school of fish.
Hurricane season is on with a bang: Hurricane Agatha hits Mexico
That’s the header at The NY Times; hurricane season officially starts the first of June for the Atlantic/Gulf region, but May 15 to November 30 is Pacific season. Agatha was the first Category 2 to ever make landfall in the eastern Pacific basin, said Dan Pydynowski, a senior meteorologist at AccuWeather. This year is expected to be an above normal hurricane season in the Atlantic; President Biden had an interagency briefing earlier this month. Here is the NOAA Atlantic 2022 hurricane season forecast. Bigger and badder is the new normal — a more apt phrasing would be the season is expected to exceed historic norms.
Some Good News Out of Colorado, as Gov. Polis Offers a Midterm Strategy
Jared Polis (D-CO)Colorado is a fascinating state. And in 2018, it elected Jared Polis as its first openly gay and Jewish governor. Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family, wrote in 2020: Colorado Governor Jared Polis is Exhibiting Civility and Common Sense in the Midst of the Coronavirus PandemicOur state’s governor is Jared Polis, a first-term Democrat. Governor Polis and I disagree on many significant issues, but I have respected his leadership throughout this [Covid] crisis. (I think he’s being overly generous to today’s GOP, but it could be a tactical move.)
Hunter Biden's Chinese Firm Invested $1 Billion Into World's Largest Greenhouse Gas Emitter
China produces and uses 50% of the coal used. While it has signed on to the Paris Climate Accords, it need not reduce coal use until 2030. Joe Biden has recommitted the USA to the Climate Accords. Hunter Biden has huge investments in Chinese coal. Americans are, once again, being scammed by our political leaders.
Tomgram: William Hartung, Armed Hypocrisy
Raytheon is, of course, anything but the only major arms manufacturer reaping financial and reputational benefits from the war in Ukraine. Earlier this month, President Biden singled out Lockheed Martin for special praise when he toured the Alabama facility where it produces those Javelin missiles. On Mother's Day, for instance, Lockheed Martin CEO James Taiclet was featured on CBS's Face the Nation. More than half of that package will go for military purposes, which means the outlook for firms like Raytheon and Lockheed Martin couldn't be brighter. Putting that nightmarish possibility aside, there's another question that comes to mind (mine, anyway): Does arming Ukraine really make Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, and their cohorts "defenders of democracy"?
Scott Ritter & Ray on Ukraine, Russia, China
Recent developments, including talks with Chinese officials, have fortified Scott's view that China remains extremely reluctant to go to war over Taiwan. Scott reiterated his longstanding view that Russian forces will prevail on the ground in Ukraine, adding that recently they have been performing in a very impressive, professional way. UPDATEIn this context, the trial-balloon-type media reports yesterday afternoon, after our interview, that the U.S. is preparing to send long-range rocket systems to Ukraine, takes on added importance. This is much farther than the systems currently in Ukraine's inventory, and could put Russia itself within range. This system has been sitting atop the long list of requests from Ukrainian officials, who say it is needed to curb advancing Russian forces in the Donbas.
Mass shootings are a symptom of the declining U.S. empire's fascist reaction
The mass shootings that this country has been reeling from are symptoms of the U.S. empire's decline. This is only natural, because the imperialist social order behind law enforcement is what's producing these shootings. At least one-third of mass shooters have been trained by the United States military. White supremacist mass shooters get radicalized by the propaganda channels that are made possible by the settler-colonial structure. Mass shootings in the U.S. far outpace those in other rich countries because the U.S. is not just an imperialist country, but the core imperialist country, the one with a military budget that dwarfs those of its allies.
Don't Trade Real Liberty for Phony Security
School corridor(Image by ignat.gorazd) Details DMCAAuthoritarian politicians wasted no time using the recent shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, to justify new infringements on liberty. This is a step toward achieving the longstanding goal of many progressives of focusing the national security state on "domestic terrorists" and "right-wing extremists." Supporters of these efforts have used the Buffalo shooter's mention of "replacement theory" in his "manifesto" to attack prominent conservative commentators, most notably Tucker Carlson. Both sides fail to realize that a violation of any individual's liberty is a threat to everyone's liberty. If Congress was serious about protecting liberty and security, they would pass Kentucky Representative Thomas Massie's legislation repealing the "Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990."
We Need “Gun Control” at the Pentagon
New outcries for gun control have followed the horrible tragedies of mass shootings in Uvalde and Buffalo. As he has said, a badly needed step is gun control — which, it’s clear from evidence in many countries, would sharply reduce gun-related deaths. But what about “gun control” at the Pentagon? The civilians who have died — and are continuing to die — from use of U.S. military weapons don’t appear on American TV screens. Yes, gun control is a great idea.
15,000 Minnesota nurses prepare for fight as contracts expire
Contracts for 15,000 Minnesota nurses at 15 hospitals are heading towards expiration with no settlement for a new agreement in sight. Allina Nurses on strike at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis-June 10, 2010 (WSWS)The Minnesota nurses’ contracts come amid a massive crisis in the health care system. This mighty strike wave makes clear that health care workers are determined to fight for themselves and their patients. Minnesota nurses, like health care workers everywhere, face understaffing problems, compounded by the pandemic, that lead to high levels of stress, burnout, depression and even suicide. These committees, democratically controlled by workers themselves, should unite nurses in the Twin Cities, Essentia nurses in Duluth, along with all other health care workers.
New Zealand PM in the US promotes internet censorship, downplays pandemic
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern answers a question during a press conference at Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand. In her Harvard speech, Ardern said nothing about the role of far-right politicians, including Donald Trump, in fuelling Tarrant’s ideology. Instead, she blamed the attack on social media and promoted her government’s push for global internet censorship, dubbed the Christchurch Call to Action. According to Worldometers, New Zealand recorded 20 COVID deaths per million in the past seven days, the eighth-highest weekly death rate in the world. As the world hurtles towards war, Ardern told the media that she would encourage greater US “engagement” in the Pacific region.
Officials, media spread complacency as US enters third summer of COVID infections and death
And even with that much lower starting point, some 65,000 Americans died of COVID-19 during the summer of 2021. Tragically, the prediction that “Memorial Day gatherings” would generate another rise in infections is already about to be realized. This would mean that the actual number of new infections is above 700,000 a day, close to the all-time peak of 900,000 daily infections during the Omicron spike in January. On May 18, the county Public Health Department reported 4,384 new cases. Public health officials, however, have responded only by urging residents to wear masks in indoor public spaces, without suggesting a return to any form of mandate.
US gives Ukraine blank check for strikes inside Russia
In other words, the US is effectively providing Ukraine with a blank check on strikes inside Russian territory. The Ukrainian army has already carried out multiple strikes within Russia, killing at least one civilian and wounding dozens. The Russian Defense Ministry recently increased its troops and artillery deployments to the Kursk region neighboring Eastern Ukraine. In addition to advanced weapons systems, the US has plans to provide Ukraine with even longer-range weapons in the form of multiple rocket launchers potentially capable of striking deep inside Russia. On March 11, Biden still declared, “We will not fight a war against Russia in Ukraine.
New Australian Liberal leader doubles down on “prepare for war” call
Yesterday’s unopposed installation of former Defence Minister Peter Dutton as the new leader of the Liberal Party marks a further sharp shift to the right, and toward the agenda of war and austerity, by Australia’s entire political establishment. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Dutton is the leader of the Liberals’ most right-wing conservative faction. The most significant feature of Dutton’s first media conference yesterday as the Liberal leader was his defiant defence of his incendiary anti-China agitation in the lead-up to the election, during which he said the country had to “prepare for war” against China. Notably, Albanese, who has unequivocally committed his government to the Biden administration’s escalating moves against China, sprang to Dutton’s defence last week as soon as it was clear that Dutton would be unopposed as the Liberal leader. “Anthony Albanese looked Australian workers in the eye and said that he would absolutely support the 5.1 per cent increase in wages,” Dutton said.
Texas school shooting: Funerals for Robb Elementary School victims are underway in grief-stricken Uvalde
This week was supposed to kick off the summer vacation for Robb Elementary School students in Uvalde, Texas, but following a mass shooting last week, many people in the community are instead spending their week attending the funeral services for the 21 victims. A gathering for 10-year-old Amerie Jo Garza was held at Hillcrest Memorial Funeral Home Monday, while another visitation for 10-year-old Maite Rodriguez was at the small town's other funeral home. Uvalde’s limited resources made the volume of funeral services difficult to manage, so funeral directors, embalmers and morticians from across the state of Texas have assisted in the process. TEXAS SCHOOL SHOOTING: CASKET MAKER MET WITH VICTIMS' FAMILIES TO MAKE PERSONALIZED CASKETSDuring a Memorial Day event, Texas Gov. The couple visited Robb Elementary School and a memorial for the victims, before they met privately with the victims' families.
Tsai says U.S. National Guard planning 'cooperation' with Taiwan military
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen speaks at a rank conferral ceremony for military officials from the Army, Navy and Air Force, at the defence ministry in Taipei, Taiwan December 28, 2021. REUTERS/Annabelle ChihTAIPEI, May 31 (Reuters) - The United States is planning on "cooperation" between its National Guard and Taiwan's military, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Tuesday, deepening security ties in the face of what Taipei's government complains is a rising threat from China. The United States is Chinese-claimed Taiwan's most important international supporter and arms supplier, despite the lack of formal diplomatic ties. "As a result, the U.S. Department of Defense is now proactively planning cooperation between the U.S. National Guard and Taiwan's defence forces," Tsai said, without giving details. Taiwanese media has previously reported that Taiwan could partner with Hawaii's National Guard for the programme.
Biden to meet Fed chair as inflation bites pocketbooks
President Joe Biden participates in a magnolia tree planting ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, May 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)President Joe Biden participates in a magnolia tree planting ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, May 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is set to meet with Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell as soaring inflation takes a bite out of Americans’ pocketbooks. ADVERTISEMENTThe inflation figure was below the four-decade high of 6.6% set in March. While high inflation is still causing hardships for millions of households, any slowing of price increases, if sustained, would provide some modest relief.
Rising US traffic deaths put focus on one Philadelphia road
**HOLD FOR STORY BY CLAUDIA LAUER** The Philadelphia skyline, top, is seen at a distance as vehicular traffic flows along Roosevelt Boulevard at the intersection with Whitaker Avenue, Thursday, May 12, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)**HOLD FOR STORY BY CLAUDIA LAUER** The Philadelphia skyline, top, is seen at a distance as vehicular traffic flows along Roosevelt Boulevard at the intersection with Whitaker Avenue, Thursday, May 12, 2022, in Philadelphia. Roosevelt Boulevard is an almost 14-mile maze of chaotic traffic patterns that passes through some of the city’s most diverse neighborhoods and census tracts with the highest poverty rates. Federal officials have pledged to prioritize equity when making funding decisions in the wake of a disproportionate 23% jump in Black traffic fatalities in 2020. One of the men was a teenager when his own mother had died crossing Roosevelt Boulevard.
EDITORIAL: The myth of President Joe Biden the deficit slayer
President Joe Biden is grasping at as many thin reeds as he can in his effort to spin Americans that his administration isn’t economically incompetent. As a result, the president has moved on to touting his supposed commitment to deficit reduction. Period.” It didn’t take long for the Congressional Budget Office to put to rest the myth of Mr. Biden as deficit slayer. But even after two years of deficit reduction under Mr. Biden, the budget gap remains historically high. And as the CBO projects, its trajectory in coming years — thanks to this president — is the opposite of down.
China makes second largest Taiwan defence zone incursion this year
Taipei (AFP) – China has made the second largest incursion into Taiwan's air defence zone this year with Taipei reporting 30 jets entering the area, including more than 20 fighters. Advertising Read moreTaiwan's defence ministry said late Monday it had scrambled its own aircraft and deployed air defence missile systems to monitor the latest Chinese activity. In recent years, Beijing has begun sending large sorties into Taiwan's defence zone to signal dissatisfaction, and to keep Taipei's ageing fighter fleet regularly stressed. Monday's incursion was the largest since January 23, when 39 planes entered the air defence identification zone, or ADIZ. The most number of aircraft China has sent in a single day was 56 on October 4, 2021.
Zelenskyy says Russia hopes for famine crisis as sea ports blocked
Ukraineian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says the Russian blockade of Ukrainian sea ports prevents Kyiv from exporting 22 million tons of grain. ___KYIV, Ukraine -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has asked France not to succumb to Russian blackmail over food supplies at a meeting with French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna. But he wants guarantees that in the case of an accident with the pipeline Hungary would have the right to get Russian oil from other sources. Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria rely on Russian oil and are reluctant to impose sweeping sanctions on crude. Divisions have emerged over whether to target Russian oil in a new series of sanctions, with Hungary leading objections.
Russians, Ukrainians fight block by block in eastern city
Military analysts described the fight for Sievierodonetsk as part of a race against time for the Kremlin. That failure forced Moscow to withdraw, regroup and pursue the more limited objective of seizing the Donbas, where Moscow-backed separatists already held swaths of territory and have been fighting Ukrainian troops for eight years. Zelenskyy said Russian troops also shelled Kharkiv on Monday, as well as the Sumy region near the Russian border. He said the struggle also continued for the southern Kherson region, which has been largely controlled by Russian troops since the early days of the war. He said sanctions haven’t blocked Russian food, and he accused Russia of stealing at least a half million tons of Ukrainian grain.
Biden is 'going to continue to push' for gun compromise as White House says it's up to Congress
When a reporter asked Biden outside the White House if he felt more motivated to act on legislation now, in the wake of recent shootings such as Uvalde, he said he has been "motivated all along." "I'm going to continue to push and we'll see how this works," he said. "The idea of these high-caliber weapon, there's simply no rational basis for it, in terms of whether this be about self-protection, hunting," he said. The White House, which took a more direct role in previous legislative priorities, has said the president will observe the process as it proceeds. The president said Monday at the White House that he "deliberately did not engage in a debate about that with any Republican" during his trip.
Uvalde mayor defends local police, says Lt. Gov. Patrick's claim that he was lied to is 'not true'
As the criticism of the police response to last week's Texas school shooting deepens, Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin now says that local law enforcement has not misled anyone and Texas Lt. Gov. Immediately following the shooting that left 19 children and two adults dead, a slew of Texas officials praised the law enforcement response to the tragedy. TEXAS SCHOOL SHOOTING: LIVE UPDATESLt. Gov. Patrick told Fox News on Saturday that law enforcement's choice not to immediately confront the shooter was a "bad decision, and that decision cost lives." The Governor and I were both livid at the information initially given to Texas DPS," Patrick told Fox News Digital on Monday evening.
Uvalde: Visitations, funerals and burials, one after another
UVALDE, Texas — It should have been the first day of a joyous week for Robb Elementary School students — the start of summer break. Instead on Monday, the first two of 19 children slain inside a classroom were being remembered at funeral visitations. This week alone, funerals are planned for 11 children and teacher Irma Garcia. Greg Abbott, speaking at a Memorial Day event in Longview, urged Texans to keep Uvalde in their prayers. “And as Texans, we must come together and lift up Uvalde and support them in every way that we possibly can.
Biden highlights Fed inflation role ahead of Powell meeting on Tuesday
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S President Joe Biden said the Federal Reserve has a primary responsibility to control inflation and vowed not to seek "to influence its decisions inappropriately" ahead of a meeting with the central bank chief on Tuesday. Biden will meet Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell to discuss the state of American and global economy, the White House said late on Sunday. In a Wall Street Journal opinion piece published Monday, Biden said the Federal Reserve's main role was to control inflation. Biden said his "predecessor demeaned the Fed, and past presidents have sought to influence its decisions inappropriately during periods of elevated inflation. It faces a difficult task in dampening demand in the economy enough to curb inflation while not causing a recession.
Biden vows to ‘continue to push’ for gun laws after visiting Uvalde
© Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post People gather in Uvalde, Tex., on Sunday to see President Biden. President Biden, who spent nearly four hours Sunday visiting with the families of Uvalde victims, told reporters he would not give up on efforts to achieve “common-sense” gun legislation. Some came two hours early,” Biden told reporters at the White House. ), whose Houston-based district is several hours from Uvalde and Robb Elementary School, the site of the shootings. Jackson Lee attended church with the president and first lady Jill Biden in Uvalde on Sunday.
Russia-Ukraine war: what we know on day 97 of the invasion
EU leaders have backed a partial embargo on Russian oil after late-night talks at a summit in Brussels. The sanctions will immediately impact 75% of Russian oil imports with the aim to ban 90% of all Russian oil imported to Europe by the end of the year, officials said. The president of the European Council, Charles Michel, hailed the deal as a “remarkable achievement” that would place “maximum pressure on Russia to end the war”. European Council president Charles Michel addressed speculation of disunity within the EU in the days leading up to the agreement. The Council will “continue helping Ukraine with its immediate liquidity needs, together with the G7” European Council President Charles Michel said late on Monday night.
Ex-Trump adviser Peter Navarro SUES Pelosi and January 6 committee over 'partisan weaponization'
Former Trump adviser Peter Navarro is launching legal action against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the January 6 committee, claiming that they have no legal right to hold him in contempt of Congress for refusing to give evidence. He faces possible criminal charges after the House last month voted to forward the case to the Department of Justice. Last month, the House voted 220 to 203 - mostly along party lines - calling for prosecutions of Navarro, a trade adviser to Trump, and Scavino, former deputy chief of staff. Meanwhile, the committee has been closing in on big names around Trump as it prepares for a series of public hearings. And last month Trump's daughter spoke to the committee days after her husband Jared Kushner appeared before lawmakers for six hours.
Biden will not supply Ukraine with long-range rockets that can hit Russia
Joe Biden has said the US will not supply Ukraine with rockets that can reach into Russia, in an attempt to ease tensions with Moscow over the potential deployment of long-range missiles with a range of about 185 miles. “We are not going to send to Ukraine rocket systems that can strike into Russia,” Biden told reporters on Monday after arriving back at the White House after a weekend in Delaware. The longest range can fire missiles up to 185 miles away, but others use rockets with shorter ranges of 20 to 40 miles. Ukraine has also been pressing the UK to supply some of its own M270s, with some sources complaining that Britain has been dragging its feet. Last Friday Boris Johnson, the UK prime minister, said MLRS would enable the Ukrainians “to defend themselves against this very brutal Russian artillery, and that’s where the world needs to go”.
Accused of not supporting free speech, Elon Musk defends decision to vote Republicans in Nov
He reiterated that he would vote for Republicans in November following The Democratic Party's 'cold shoulder' to Tesla and SpaceX. He tweeted:I support free speech, but not any one candidate. However, given unprovoked attacks by leading Democrats against me & a very cold shoulder to Tesla & SpaceX, I intend to vote Republican in November. But they have become the party of division and hate, so I can no longer support them and will vote Republican. But they have become the party of division & hate, so I can no longer support them and will vote Republican.
Peter Navarro, former Trump aide, announces lawsuit against House subpoena for testimony about Jan. 6 Capitol attack
Peter Navarro, a former Trump aide, represents himself in a lawsuit against House Jan. 6 panel. Navarro is one of four Trump aides found in contempt by the House for defying subpoenas. WASHINGTON – Peter Navarro, a former trade adviser to then-President Donald Trump, announced he would file a federal lawsuit Tuesday challenging a subpoena from the House committee investigating the Capitol attack Jan. 6, 2021. Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., one of the committee members investigating the attack, said in April federal courts confirmed the panel's legislative purpose in several rulings. Navarro is one of four Trump aides found in contempt by the House for defying committee subpoenas.
Biden to meet Federal Reserve chair as inflation bites pocketbooks
President Joe Biden will meet Tuesday with Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell as soaring inflation takes a bite out of Americans’ pocketbooks. The meeting will be the first since Biden renominated Powell to lead the central bank and comes weeks after his confirmation for a second term by the Senate. The inflation figure was below the four-decade high of 6.6% set in March. While high inflation is still causing hardships for millions of households, any slowing of price increases, if sustained, would provide some modest relief. That concern has caused sharp drops in stock prices in the past two months, though markets rallied last week.
Canada moves to ban sale of handguns in sweeping bill introduced after Uvalde shooting
Canada moved to make the sale of handguns illegal under a sweeping new bill introduced in Ottawa Monday in the wake of the Uvalde, Texas school shooting. “It will no longer be possible to buy, sell, transfer or import handguns anywhere in Canada. In other words, we’re capping the market for handguns,” Trudeau said. The country has already unveiled plans to ban 1,500 types of military-style firearms and implement a mandatory buyback program of high-capacity weapons. Getty Images/Tim Krochak“In Canada, gun ownership is a privilege, not a right,” said Bill Blair, minister of emergency preparedness.
The Post Says: Biden is fiddling around while Ukraine burns
As usual, the Biden administration dithers while the world burns. But some inside the White House were worried the MLRS could be used to hit targets inside Russia, escalating the response. It’s idiotic that the administration is having meeting after meeting about limiting the range of missiles as Ukrainian soldiers fight for their lives. The head of the Ukrainian presidential administration, Andriy Yermak, said Ukrainian forces needed the weaponry “yesterday.” Slogging through red tape and the Biden administration’s own waffling not only makes things worse for Ukraine, it will cost everyone more down the road. The least President Biden can do for Ukraine is supply them with the weapons they need — now.
Biden to meet with Fed chairman on inflation, Korean pop supergroup BTS on Asian inclusion
President Biden on Tuesday will meet with Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell to discuss record-high inflation before meeting the K-pop group BTS. According to the White House agenda, Biden will first meet with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern before meeting with Powell to discuss the state of the U.S. economy. Biden has not met with Powell since November when he announced his attention to nominate him for a second term as Federal Reserve Chairman. BIDEN SAYS US WON'T SEND UKRAINE ROCKET SYSTEMS THAT CAN REACH RUSSIAThe seven-piece K-pop supergroup BTS will join Biden at the White House later in the afternoon to discuss Asian hate crimes. Last summer, popstar Olivia Rodrigo visited the White House to promote COVID-19 youth vaccination.
Former Trump aide Navarro says he has received a grand jury subpoena related to Jan. 6
Another select committee witness, Steve Bannon, was charged with contempt last year for refusing to comply with a congressional subpoena. He did not receive a grand jury subpoena before his charges were filed. According to Navarro, the grand jury subpoena directs him to appear for June 2 testimony and to produce any documents that would shed light on his refusal to testify to congressional investigators in February. A grand jury subpoena for Navarro would be the most aggressive known step that prosecutors have taken into Trump’s West Wing related to Jan. 6. Ali Alexander, the founder of the Stop the Steal group that organized events that preceded the mob attack on the Capitol that day, said last month he’s received a grand jury subpoena.
Biden sees chance of ‘rational’ Republican approach on guns
President Biden said Monday that the “2nd Amendment was never absolute,” and that after the Texas elementary school shooting, there may be some bipartisan support to tighten restrictions on the kind of high-powered weapons used by the gunman. “I think things have gotten so bad that everybody’s getting more rational, at least that’s my hope,” Biden told reporters before honoring the nation’s fallen in Memorial Day remarks at Arlington National Cemetery. Faced with chants of “do something” as he departed a church service, Biden pledged, “We will.”After the Uvalde trip, Biden spent Sunday night at his home in Delaware. As he arrived at the White House for Memorial Day events, he was asked whether he was more motivated now to see new federal limits imposed on firearms. The tree came from a sapling of a nearby magnolia planted by President Andrew Jackson in 1835.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Booed Outside Uvalde School Where Gunman Killed 21: 'Shame on You'
Greg Abbott was booed Sunday by a crowd outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, where 21 people, including 19 children, were killed by a gunman last week in the deadliest school shooting in nearly a decade. #Happeningnow Crowd Boos Texas Gov Greg Abbott as he arrives at the memorial outside of Uvalde Elementary School.#Uvalde #Texas pic.twitter.com/QWDOfXcvEw — Oliya Scootercaster (@ScooterCasterNY) May 29, 2022On Tuesday, Uvalde resident Salvador Ramos opened fire at Robb Elementary School at about 11:30 a.m. Abbott, Texas' First Lady Cecilia Abbott, Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin, Rep. Tony Gonzales and Judge Bill Mitchell all welcomed the president and his wife in Uvalde. President Joe Biden arrives at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX. People can send checks through the mail (payable to the "Robb School Memorial Fund") or donate money through Zelle to robbschoolmemorialfund@gmail.com.
Biden sees chance of ‘rational’ Republican approach on guns
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden walk across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, May 30, 2022, after returning from Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden, joined by surviving families of service members, participates in a magnolia tree planting ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, May 30, 2022. “I think things have gotten so bad that everybody’s getting more rational, at least that’s my hope,” Biden told reporters before honoring the nation’s fallen in Memorial Day remarks at Arlington National Cemetery. As he arrived at the White House for Memorial Day events, he was asked if he’s now more motivated to see new federal limits imposed on firearms. As the group used shovels to toss dirt on the newly planted tree, Biden grinned and said “shovel brigade.” He and the first lady later held hands with those gathered in a circle around the tree and prayed silently.
US Gasoline Surges to Fresh Record in Another Blow to Drivers
(Bloomberg) -- US gasoline prices surged to another fresh record, the latest blow to motorists heading into the summer driving season. Most Read from BloombergAverage retail prices in the US reached $4.619 per gallon as of Monday, according to the latest data from the American Automobile Association. However, costs have continued to rise, adding fresh pain at the pump for drivers. Nymex gasoline futures also gained in trading on Monday morning, reaching as high as 403.33 cents a gallon -- in what would be another record if they settled at that level. Most Read from Bloomberg Businessweek©2022 Bloomberg L.P.
Biden rules out sending Ukraine rocket systems 'that can strike into Russia'
U.S. President Joe Biden said Monday he would not send rocket systems to Ukraine that could hit targets well inside Russian territory, despite urgent requests from Kyiv for long-range weapons. “We are not going to send to Ukraine rocket systems that can strike into Russia,” Biden told reporters in Washington.
Peter Navarro, Former Trump Aide, Gets Grand Jury Subpoena in Jan. 6 Inquiry
Mr. Navarro’s subpoena, by his own account, was issued by a different grand jury. In the draft of the suit he said he intends to file, he argues that only Mr. Trump can authorize him to testify. He asks a judge to instruct Mr. Graves, the U.S. attorney in Washington, to negotiate his appearance with Mr. Trump. Mr. Navarro cites Mr. Trump’s invocation of executive privilege over materials related to the attack on the Capitol. “The executive privilege invoked by President Trump is not mine or Joe Biden’s to waive,” Mr. Navarro writes.
Right turn vs. free speech and other commentary
Conservative: Right Turn vs. Free SpeechGovs. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) and Greg Abbott (R-Texas) are not “marginal actors” in “the conservative movement,” notes Paul Matzko at The Dispatch. But who can we trust to fix it?”From the left: Why Doesn’t Twitter Ban Hillary? And as political pressure mounts with rising fuel costs, “the Biden administration has been begging oil-exporting countries” like Saudi Arabia to increase production instead. But with the midterms “pointing to a grim outcome for Democrats,” the real question is: Will Team Biden “stick it out?”— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board
Border Surge: Migrants Cross River Obstacles
As Title 42 continues through court proceedings, data from the United States Customs and Border Protection shows undocumented migrants continue to cross the U.S.-Mexico border at unprecedented levels. Once Title 42 expires, the Department of Homeland Security predicts up to 18,000 migrants could cross the border daily. FEDERAL JUDGE BLOCKS BIDEN ADMIN FROM ENDING TITLE 42 BORDER EXPULSIONSLocal, state, and federal resources are partnering to prepare for an influx of migrants. However, undocumented migrants continue to cross the Southwest border at record levels. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Border Patrol has encountered 1,219,920 undocumented migrants so far in 2022.
Gun control activist on MSNBC claims gun ownership is wrapped up in identity of 'masculinity' and 'racism'
Gun control activist Igor Volsky criticized gun culture as racist and built on misleading ideas about masculinity while appearing on MSNBC’s "The Mehdi Hasan Show." Volsky agreed that gun culture was prominent among Republicans but due to their ideas of "masculinity" and "racism" rather than the NRA alone. "Well, it is a force, and it’s a force because gun ownership isn’t just about the NRA, it’s about an entire identity, and it’s intertwined in many ways like a braid with our notions of masculinity, racism, and guns. It's those three issues that we have seen over decades really strengthen and grow within the conservative movement," Volsky said. Following the Uvalde school shooting, several Democrats including President Joe Biden have called for more gun control legislation.
US not interested in 'Cold War' with China, plans to increase direct communication: Blinken
Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday said the U.S. was not interested in entering into a "Cold War" with China and vowed to increase Washington’s lines of communication with Beijing. "We are not looking for conflict or a new Cold War. To the contrary, we’re determined to avoid both," Blinken said speaking at George Washington University in D.C. "Even as President Putin's war continues, we will remain focused on the most serious long-term challenge to the international order — and that's posed by the People's Republic of China," Blinken said. "Absent a clearer directive from the president himself, the inter-agency will likely remain dogged by ‘analysis paralysis’," he argued.
Uvalde: Visitations, funerals and burials, one after another
Instead on Monday, the first two of 19 children slain inside a classroom were being remembered at funeral visitations. This week alone, funerals are planned for 11 children and teacher Irma Garcia. Greg Abbott, speaking at a Memorial Day event in Longview, urged Texans to keep Uvalde in their prayers. “And as Texans, we must come together and lift up Uvalde and support them in every way that we possibly can. –––More on the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: https://apnews.com/hub/uvalde-school-shooting
Live updates | Zelenskyy says Russia hopes for famine crisis
In his nightly address Monday, Zelenskyy said the result is the threat of famine in countries dependent on the grain and could create a new migration crisis. The watered-down embargo covers only Russian oil brought in by sea, allowing a temporary exemption for imports delivered by pipeline. KYIV, Ukraine -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has asked France not to succumb to Russian “blackmail” over food supplies at a meeting with French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna. Ukraine has accused Russia of looting grain and farm equipment from regions its troops hold in Ukraine and of obstructing Ukraine’s exports of grain. An official installed by Russia in the Kherson region of southern Ukraine says grain from the area is being sent to Russia.
AP News in Brief at 6:04 p.m. EDT
Faced with chants of “do something” as he departed a church service, Biden pledged: “We will.”After the Uvalde trip, Biden spent Sunday night at his home in Delaware. Weapons from the West have already helped Kyiv's forces thwart a Russian advance on the capital in the early weeks of the war. A dad's anguish outside Texas school while shooting unfoldedUVALDE, Texas (AP) — Javier Cazares raced to his daughter’s school when he heard there was a shooting, leaving his truck running with the door open as he ran into the school yard. He spent the next 35 to 45 agonizing minutes scanning the children fleeing Robb Elementary School for his 9-year-old “firecracker,” Jacklyn. This account of the deadliest school shooting since Sandy Hook is based on law enforcement’s timeline, records and numerous interviews with Uvalde residents in the hours and days after the massacre.
Six people shot in Chattanooga, Tennessee were CHILDREN aged 13 to 15
The six people wounded in weekend gunfire in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee, were all children, police said Monday. Police said that the victims were two 15-year-old girls, three 15-year-old boys, and one 13-year-old boy. Police on the scene of a the shooting in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Saturday evening that left six children between 13 and 15 years old injuredPolice on the scene of the Chattanooga shooting. The shooting in Chattanooga was one of at least 11 mass-shootings in America over the last week, according to the Washington Post. Last Tuesday, a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.
Poll: Most Republicans believe discrimination against whites is ‘as big a problem’ as anti-Black racism
Poll: Most Republicans believe discrimination against whites is ‘as big a problem’ as anti-Black racismThe survey was conducted following the racially motivated massacre at a Buffalo grocery storeLoading the player...An overwhelming number of Republicans believe discrimination against white people is “as big a problem” as the anti-Black hate the permeates the nation, according to a new poll. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)Per the poll, 64% of Republican respondents said white people experience a fair amount of hate or discrimination in society. While 77% of Biden voters cited racism as the leading cause for the massacre, only 42% of Trump voters agreed and 40% blamed the “liberal media (such as MSNBC)” as a contributing factor, per the report. The pollster noted:Asked to choose which of eight issues played the “biggest” role in the shooting, most Trump voters pick mental illness (56%), followed by racism (15%) and liberal media (14%). Per the Yahoo News/YouGov poll, a large percentage of Trump voters agree that “Discrimination against white people has become as big a problem as discrimination against Black people in the U.S.”TheGrio is FREE on your TV via Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku, and Android TV.
White House Walks Back Biden Ruling Out Rockets for Ukraine
The White House appears to be walking back President Joe Biden's remarks that the U.S. will not send long-range rocket systems into Ukraine. "We're not going to send to Ukraine rocket systems that can strike into Russia," Biden said to reporters on the South Lawn Monday morning. Following his remarks, a senior administration official said there has been no decision yet on sending multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) to Ukraine. "Apparently, once again the Biden Administration is intimidated by Russian rhetoric," Graham tweeted. Zelensky has asked for the long-range systems, some missiles have a range of nearly 185 miles.
Ex-ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul slams Biden for not sending Ukraine missiles
“Sign a formal agreement saying we will not use these weapons in Russia,” McFaul explained. Biden shut down reports that the White House was preparing to send long-range systems to Ukraine. Yuichi Yamazaki/Getty ImagesA visibly frustrated McFaul said not arming Ukraine is “a losing strategy,” on the network. “I just think it’s a losing strategy,” said McFaul, who sounded flustered. Two, Ukraine pushes Russia out of Ukraine.
Biden vows to ‘continue to push’ for gun laws after visiting Uvalde
Choose your plan ArrowRight President Biden, who spent nearly four hours Sunday visiting with the families of Uvalde victims, told reporters he would not give up on efforts to achieve “common-sense” gun legislation. Some came two hours early,” Biden told reporters at the White House. “We will look comprehensively at Uvalde and the incident that occurred last Tuesday,” said Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex. ), whose Houston-based district is several hours from Uvalde and Robb Elementary School, the site of the shootings. Jackson Lee attended church with the president and first lady Jill Biden in Uvalde on Sunday.
Canadian prime minister proposes ‘national freeze’ on handgun sales
Trudeau’s office said new regulations to “help stop the growth of personally owned handguns in Canada” were expected to come into force this fall. Trudeau also announced a gun buyback program to offer “fair compensation” to the owners and businesses affected by a 2020 law banning assault-style firearms. Trudeau, who’s been prime minister since 2015, described the ban on handgun sales as an attempt to “cap the market” on handguns and protect bystanders. “People should be free to go to the supermarket, their school or their place of worship without fear,” he said. Canada reported 743 homicides in 2020, the highest number since 1991, and it reported its highest homicide rate since 2005.
Uvalde: Visitations, funerals and burials, one after another
UVALDE, Texas (AP) — It should have been the first day of a joyous week for Robb Elementary School students — the start of summer break. Instead on Monday, the first two of 19 children slain inside a classroom were being remembered at funeral visitations. This week alone, funerals are planned for 11 children and teacher Irma Garcia. Greg Abbott, speaking at a Memorial Day event in Longview, urged Texans to keep Uvalde in their prayers. “And as Texans, we must come together and lift up Uvalde and support them in every way that we possibly can.
Canada proposes national freeze on handgun sales and buying back assault rifles after Uvalde shooting
“As a government, as a society, we have a responsibility to act to prevent more tragedies,” Mr Trudeau said. In 2019, New Zealand banned semi-automatic weapons and bought back guns following attacks on two mosques in Christchurch that killed 51 people. The US has never engaged in a large-scale assault weapon buyback like other nations, but it did temporarily ban semi-automatic weapons, although the prohibition lapsed in 2004. Previous attempts at gun control in Canada have come in for criticism. Critics have accused Mr Trudeau of bringing back a national long-gun registry that was ended by the previous Harper administration.
Uvalde school police chief's swearing-in ceremony for city council delayed following shooting
We begin burying our children tomorrow, the innocent victims of last week’s murders at Robb Elementary School. The special City Council meeting will not take place as scheduled," McLaughlin told KSAT. next Image 1 of 3prev next Image 2 of 3prev Image 3 of 3A course guide for the active shooter training program states that "the student will be able to compare/contrast an active shooter event and a hostage or barricade crisis." SUSPECTED GUNMAN MADE THREATS, CALLED 'YUBO SCHOOL SHOOTER' ON PLATFORM, USERS SAID"A simple barricade crisis develops when an armed actor(s) isolates themselves with little or no ability to harm innocent others. The Uvalde city manager told NBC News that the meeting to swear in Arredondo as a city council member on Tuesday was "not happening."
Biden's latest economic headache: China's Covid lockdowns
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s economic troubles stand to get even worse as the sweeping Covid lockdowns in China begin to ripple through the U.S. economy. In Ohio, China policy is proving to be a focal point of one of this fall's highest-profile Senate races. “But the supply chain issues are so complex that you need a Ph.D. in economics to fully grasp them. "Part of it is that Covid has laid bare this fragility of the China-related supply chain," he said. Kevin Frayer / Getty Images fileIn the meantime, the effects of the Shanghai lockdowns are beginning to be felt.
Kissinger is wrong: We can’t give Putin a win in Ukraine
Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, now 98 years old, has jumped into the fray. In an address to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Kissinger said Ukraine must give up some of its territory to Russia for the war to end and to avoid a wider conflict. If Ukraine surrendered territory to Russia, it would likely invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to move against other countries once under control of the Soviet Union. If Ukraine surrenders, Putin will stop at nothing to invade more territories. I understand the feelings of those who say we can’t be the policemen of the world and with our $30 trillion debt we can’t afford sending troops everywhere.
Russians, Ukrainians fight block by block in eastern city
Russian troops pushed farther into a key eastern Ukrainian city and fought street by street with Kyiv's forces Monday in a battle the mayor said has left the city in ruins and driven tens of thousands of people from their homes. Military analysts painted the fight for Sievierodonetsk as part of a race against time for the Kremlin. Weapons from the West have already helped Kyiv's forces thwart a Russian advance on the capital in the early weeks of the war. That failure forced Moscow to withdraw, regroup, and pursue the more limited objective of seizing the Donbas, where Moscow-backed separatists already held swaths of territory and have been fighting Ukrainian troops for eight years. The Russian military's focus on Sievierodonetsk has already left the city "completely ruined," Mayor Oleksandr Striuk said.
Opinion | Biden pushes police reform — but there is only so much he can do
Even as he signed the order, Mr. Biden admitted it was insufficient. Part of the point is to set high standards that local police departments might adopt voluntarily. “There’s a concern that the reckoning on race inspired two years ago is beginning to fade,” Mr. Biden said. More important, reform can curb the extent to which Americans of color feel threatened by those who wield deadly policing powers. The only acceptable choice is for the nation’s leaders — from the local level to the federal one — to keep trying.
Invoking Uvalde, Trudeau out to freeze handgun sales
The tragedy prompted Trudeau to announce an immediate ban on 1,500 types of what his government calls “assault-style” weapons, including semi-automatic firearms designed to fire quickly. Canada has seen an increase in gun violence in recent years. And gun violence accounted for less than three percent of all violent crime reported to police in 2020, according to Statistics Canada. Earlier this month, survey results from the Angus Reid Institute showed that 60 percent of respondents believe gun violence is rising in Canada. “They only care about wedging and dividing Canadians.”The Statistics Canada report pointed to data gaps around gun violence, including whether the weapons were legally obtained.
Uvalde: Visitations, funerals and burials, one after another
A heart-shaped balloon flies decorating a memorial site outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Monday, May 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)A heart-shaped balloon flies decorating a memorial site outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Monday, May 30, 2022. Instead on Monday, the first two of 19 children slain inside a classroom were being remembered at funeral visitations. Greg Abbott, speaking at a Memorial Day event in Longview, urged Texans to keep Uvalde in their prayers. ___More on the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: https://apnews.com/hub/uvalde-school-shooting
Uvalde: Visitations, funerals and burials, one after another
A heart shaped balloon flies decorating a memorial site outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Monday, May 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)A heart shaped balloon flies decorating a memorial site outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Monday, May 30, 2022. Instead on Monday, the first two of 19 children slain inside a classroom were being remembered at funeral visitations. Greg Abbott, speaking at a Memorial Day event in Longview, urged Texans to keep Uvalde in their prayers. ___More on the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: https://apnews.com/hub/uvalde-school-shooting
Stocks Seen Steady Amid Inflation Woes; Oil Jumps: Markets Wrap
(Bloomberg) -- Stocks in Asia are poised to open steady Tuesday as investors remain cautious about whether central banks can raise interest rates to rein in inflation without derailing growth. Oil gained after the European Union backed a push to ban some Russian oil. Crude oil advanced to around $117 a barrel after EU leaders agreed to pursue a partial ban on Russian oil in response to the invasion of Ukraine. European bonds tumbled after German inflation hit a record, adding to pressure on central bank policy makers to tame rising prices. Story continuesGerman inflation hit another all-time high, adding urgency to the European Central Bank’s exit from crisis-era stimulus after numbers from Spain also topped economists’ estimates.
Canada proposes national freeze on gun sales and buying back assault rifles after Uvalde shooting
“As a government, as a society, we have a responsibility to act to prevent more tragedies,” Mr Trudeau said on Monday. In 2019, New Zealand banned semiautomatic weapons and bought back guns following attacks on two mosques in Christchurch that killed 51 people. The US has never engaged in a large-scale assault weapon buyback like other nations, but it did temporarily ban semiautomatic weapons, though the prohibition lapsed in 2004. Story continuesPrevious attempts at gun control in Canada have come in for criticism in their own. Critics have accused Mr Trudeau of bringing back a national long-gun registry that was ended by the previous Harper administration.
Uvalde: Visitations, funerals and burials, one after another
Instead on Monday, the first two of 19 children slain inside a classroom were being remembered at funeral visitations. This week alone, funerals are planned for 11 children and teacher Irma Garcia. Greg Abbott, speaking at a Memorial Day event in Longview, urged Texans to keep Uvalde in their prayers. “And as Texans, we must come together and lift up Uvalde and support them in every way that we possibly can. But be assured, we will not relent until Uvalde recovers.”The U.S. Department of Justice announced Sunday a review of the law enforcement response.
After Uvalde, Biden to push for more gun control but says he hasn't talked to Republicans yet
“The folks who were victimized, their families, they spent three hours and 40 minutes with me,” Biden said Monday. I think a lot of it is unnecessary.”He said he hadn’t spoken with Republicans, so he didn't know whether they would support passage of gun safety laws. Democrats, Republicans talking gun billsSenate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said last week he wants GOP lawmakers to work with Democrats on a legislative solution for limited gun measures "directly related" to the Uvalde shooting. On Monday, Biden recalled hearings he held when he was a senator to talk about “rational gun laws” and seeing an X-ray when visiting a trauma hospital in New York. “I think things have gotten so bad that everybody is getting more rational about it,” Biden said.
Biden to meet Fed chair as inflation bites pocketbooks
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will meet Tuesday with Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell as soaring inflation takes a bite out of Americans' pocketbooks. The White House said the pair would discuss the state of the U.S. and global economy and especially inflation, described as Biden's “top economic priority." The inflation figure was below the four-decade high of 6.6% set in March. While high inflation is still causing hardships for millions of households, any slowing of price increases, if sustained, would provide some modest relief. Powell has signaled that the Fed will likely raise its benchmark rate by a half-point in both June and July — twice the size of the usual rate increase.
Biden announces more artillery, radars for Ukraine's war against Russia
The declaration is the first show of unity from the Security Council since the beginning of the Ukraine war. The ministry said in a statement Russia would continue react "harshly and decisively" to all sanctions imposed by London. Citing anonymous senior US officials, the newspaper said that of the approximately dozen Russian generals killed by Ukrainian forces, “many” had been targeted with the help of US intelligence. In a video address, Zelensky also said Russian forces were still storming and shelling the city’s Azovstal steel plant, where civilians and military forces are sheltering. Ukrainian President Zelensky said Russia was devastating hundreds of hospitals in a video address on May 5, 2022.
EU bans Russian oil; Zelenskiy calls Donbas situation 'extremely difficult'
Zelenskiyhad called the EU too soft on Moscow when it appeared leaders would not reach an agreement on the oil ban. In his nightly address, Zelenskiy said the Donbas situation "remains extremely difficult" and said the Russian army was "trying to gather a superior force to put more and more pressure on our defenders." RUSSIAN SHELLINGZelenskiy said Russian forces shelled the city of Kharkiv again on Monday, as well as the border region of Sumy, which was hit from inside Russia. HUNGARY BLOCKING EU OIL EMBARGOEfforts to agree an EU oil embargo has been blocked by Hungary's refusal to agree to a ban on Russian imports it receives through the huge Soviet-era "Friendship" pipeline that runs across Ukraine. "Why are you dependent on Russia ... Why can Russia still earn almost a billion euros a day by selling energy?"
Whoopi Goldberg jumps to guest's defense on The View - divides fans
Whoopi Goldberg jumps to guest's defense on The View - divides fans The ABC talk show often tackles controversial conversationsWhoopi Goldberg divided fans with her latest take on The View when she jumped to the defense of a particularly controversial guest. MORE: The View host makes surprising 'firing' revelation amid latest cast changeALSO: HELLO! View this post on Instagram A post shared by The View (@theviewabc)Kellyanne's comments left Whooping having to defend herThe comment got a negative reaction out of the audience, with many starting to boo her. As Kellyanne continued to defend herself, Whoopi took matters into her own hands. This is her view and she's talking about how she feels and what knows.
AP Top Stories May 30 P
AP Top Stories May 30 PHere's the latest for Monday, May 30th: Biden sees chance of 'rational' Republican approach on guns; Plane wreckage found in Nepal mountains; 2 killed, 20 injured after car barrels into Nebraska crowd; Man in wig throws cake at glass protecting Mona Lisa.
The FDA’s baby formula fiasco continues
No: The FDA’s at fault for the nation having so few formula-makers, by setting up high barriers for new plants to open even as it fails to properly monitor the big players that dominate as a result. Yes, fails: It got notification of bad safety protocols at that Sturgis, Mich., formula plant in October. Which, per former FDA big Peter Pitts, is the major difference between US and EU formula. The correct solution is to make sure the FDA doesn’t create any future shortages. Leaving the industry hyper-consolidated, with a few big players producing almost all the supply, is just asking for a crisis.
The Best Of The Media Buzz Meter: Why Biden Promised to Defend Taiwan, Followed by Inevitable Walkback
This episode of the Media Buzz Meter first aired on May 24th, 2022 …. Howie Kurtz on President Biden saying the United States will defend Taiwan if China attacks, Georgia Republican party being forced to spend against fellow GOP candidates and a top level Russian diplomat resigning over Ukraine invasion. Follow Howie on Twitter: @HowardKurtzFor more #MediaBuzz click here
Biden slammed for claiming there's 'no rational basis' for 9mm bullets: ‘We’re banning handguns now?’
President Biden faced a new round of backlash on Twitter for his comments on gun control legislation and 9mm ammo on Memorial Day. While Biden admitted that his executive options are limited, he suggested that 9mm bullets have no "rational basis" to be used for self-defense. BIDEN CALLS 9MM ‘HIGH-CALIBER WEAPONS,’ SUGGESTS BANNING THEMAccording to the ATF’s Annual Firearms Manufacturing & Export Report, pistols produced in 9mm comprised of approximately 56.8% of new pistols produced in 2019, making up about 42% of pistols produced between 2010 and 2020. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPBiden has frequently claimed that the Second Amendment is "not absolute," though the White House has insisted he is not planning to do anything about the Second Amendment itself. He has since repeatedly called for more gun control legislation.
Biden to meet Fed chair as inflation bites pocketbooks
President Joe Biden participates in a magnolia tree planting ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, May 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)President Joe Biden participates in a magnolia tree planting ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, May 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will meet Tuesday with Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell as soaring inflation takes a bite out of Americans’ pocketbooks. ADVERTISEMENTThe inflation figure was below the four-decade high of 6.6% set in March. While high inflation is still causing hardships for millions of households, any slowing of price increases, if sustained, would provide some modest relief.
Pontoon boat flipped by storm in Rockville, Minnesota
The HillWhether President Biden will seek reelection next year is one of the most discussed topics inside and outside the Beltway. Biden has said he plans to run for a second term, privately telling former President Obama and other Democrats of his intentions. The president’s allies say he is still the only one who can defeat…
EU may have deal on oil embargo; US won't provide missiles capable of striking Russia: Ukraine live updates
The European Union is near an agreement on a sixth sanction package that would include an oil embargo against Russia, a top EU official said Monday. The Times said the measure will ban all Russian oil transported to the European Union by tankers – but permit crude arriving by pipeline. That would still outright ban two-thirds of all oil imported into the bloc from Russia, based on a draft seen by the Times. Hungary relies on Russia for more than 60% of its oil and 85% of its natural gas. Russian players have said little about Russian leader Vladimir Putin's “special military operation” in Ukraine.
Biden to meet Fed chair as inflation bites pocketbooks
Associated PressWashington – President Joe Biden will meet Tuesday with Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell as soaring inflation takes a bite out of Americans’ pocketbooks. The inflation figure was below the four-decade high of 6.6% set in March. While high inflation is still causing hardships for millions of households, any slowing of price increases, if sustained, would provide some modest relief. That concern has caused sharp drops in stock prices in the past two months, though markets rallied last week. Powell has signaled that the Fed will likely raise its benchmark rate by a half-point in both June and July – twice the size of the usual rate increase.
Uvalde: Visitations, funerals and burials, one after another
UVALDE, Texas (AP) — It should have been the first day of a joyous week for Robb Elementary School students — the start of summer break. Instead on Monday, the first two of 19 children slain inside a classroom were being remembered at funeral visitations. Greg Abbott, speaking at a Memorial Day event in Longview, urged Texans to keep Uvalde in their prayers. “And as Texans, we must come together and lift up Uvalde and support them in every way that we possibly can. More on the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: https://apnews.com/hub/uvalde-school-shooting
Live updates | Zelenkyy says Russia hopes for famine crisis
KYIV, Ukraine -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has asked France not to succumb to Russian “blackmail” over food supplies at a meeting with French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna. Ukraine has accused Russia of looting grain and farm equipment from regions its troops hold in Ukraine and of obstructing Ukraine’s exports of grain. Britain has accused Russia of “trying to hold the world to ransom,” insisting there would be no sanctions relief. An official installed by Russia in the Kherson region of southern Ukraine says grain from the area is being sent to Russia. Some countries like Somalia get more than 90% of their wheat from Russia and Ukraine.
AP News Summary at 5:00 p.m. EDT
Biden sees chance of 'rational' Republican approach on gunsWASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden says there may some bipartisan support to tighten restrictions on the kind of high-powered weapons used by the gunman in the Texas school shooting. Russians, Ukrainians fight block by block in eastern cityKRAMATORSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russian troops pushed farther into a key eastern Ukrainian city and fought street by street with Kyiv’s forces Monday. A dad's anguish outside Texas school while shooting unfoldedUVALDE, Texas (AP) — Javier Cazares raced to his daughter’s school when he heard there was a shooting and spent 35 to 45 agonizing minutes there, waiting for word of her. O'Rourke bets shooting will shake up Texas governor's raceWASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Texas governor’s race candidate Beto O’Rourke is hoping the Uvalde school shooting can reset the contest in America’s largest red state. The World Food Program chief say's Russia's war on Ukraine is “piling catastrophe on top of catastrophe” for the world's poor.
Blaming mental health problems for mass shooting is 'intentionally disingenuous', expert claims
Blaming mental health problems for mass shootings is 'intentionally disingenuous' and 'insulting' to people suffering from the conditions, an expert has claimed. Dr Joel Dvoskin, a clinical psychologist at the Washington D.C.-based American Psychological Association, made the allegations after the Texas shooting. Blaming mental health problems for mass shootings is 'intentionally disingenuous' and 'insulting' to people suffering from the conditions, an expert has claimed. Official statistics from 2018 suggest around 25 percent of shooters in 2000 to 2013 had a diagnosed mental health problem. However, owing to difficulties accessing healthcare it is likely that many cases are not spotted by mental health professionals before the mass shooting.
Inflation and record gas prices are the TOP concerns for voters in swing districts, new poll shows
Sky-high inflation and record gas prices rank as the top concerns for American voters in four battleground states, a new poll suggested on Monday. A quarter of those voters blame President Joe Biden for inflation and rising gas prices, compared to 12 percent who hold Democrats in Congress primarily responsible. Biden's average disapproval across multiple polls is 54.2 percent, slightly down from the tracker's all-time high of 54.9 percent. The nationwide average gas price is now just under $4.62 per gallon, the most expensive ever recorded by the American Automobile Association (AAA)'s gas price tracker. Georgia's primary, which Kemp swept, was the first challenge to publicly pit the two former running mates against each other.
CNN expert admits 'very little' Biden can do to lower gas prices, as network makes excuses
A CNN business expert admitted Monday there was 'very little' President Biden can do amid soaring gas prices despite the network insisting that it is a 'global problem' that needs 'global solutions.' 'The unfortunate reality for President Biden is there isn't much he can do in the short term,' CNN business correspondent Rachel Solomon said. And on Monday, Solomon made sure to add that rising gas prices were a global problem. She also said that President Biden had exhausted his short-term solutions for high gas prices, including tapping into the petroleum reserve. Since, the war began, Biden has vowed to do everything to lower gas prices and ease Americans fears while doing so.
'I forgive him': Uvalde victim's uncle turns to his faith in wake of deadly school shooting
Hide Caption 11 of 39 Photos: Mass shooting at Texas elementary school Crosses bear the names of shooting victims on May 26. Hide Caption 18 of 39 Photos: Mass shooting at Texas elementary school Texas gubernatorial nominee Beto O'Rourke, bottom right, confronted Gov. Hide Caption 30 of 39 Photos: Mass shooting at Texas elementary school People react outside the civic center in Uvalde. Hide Caption 35 of 39 Photos: Mass shooting at Texas elementary school Law enforcement officials stand outside the school following the shooting. Hide Caption 37 of 39 Photos: Mass shooting at Texas elementary school Police walk near the school following the shooting.
The "What happened in your state last week?" Megathread, Week 22 : politics
Welcome to the 'What happened in your state last week' thread, where you can post any local political news stories that you find important in the comments. This is a weekly thread posted every Monday, in order to facilitate more discussion on local issues on r/politics. Since this is intended to be a thread about local politics, top-level comments that are exclusively about national issues will not be allowed. Things like "I live in X, you know what happened", "Nothing happened" or "[Politician] continues to be an idiot" isn't helpful to users and will be removed. Because this thread is about local politics, I'd like to reiterate that news about President Biden or any other national political figure is off topic in this thread and will be removed.
Ukraine: We will get the most powerful weapon so far; "Russians are afraid of it"
World Ukraine: We will get the most powerful weapon so far; "Russians are afraid of it" Mikhail Podolyak, an adviser to Ukrainian President Zelensky, said that Ukraine should soon get the long-awaited multi-barrel rocket launchers (Cs). If that happens, it will be the most powerful weapon Ukraine has ever received from the West. Podolyak: The Russians are afraid of those weaponsPodolyak said that Russia "reacts hysterically" to the announcements that the United States will send modern MLRS to Ukraine, adding that this is "one of Moscow's greatest fears." Namely, these weapons have a much greater range than any weapons currently available to the Ukrainian army. Just to recall, the Washington Post announced late last week that the United States is preparing to send MLRS to Ukraine, and the final decision should be made by U.S. President Joe Biden this week.
China Is Not the Biggest Threat to the World Order. It’s Russia. - The New York Times
The Communist Party views the United States as an adversary. It’s rhetoric over Taiwan has been little more than saber-rattling and appears restrained compared to how the United States has historically treated Latin America. But it is logical for an emerging great power like China to make plans for its defense, including potential conflict with the United States. All of these realities shape its behavior just as much as the possibility of a future confrontation with the United States. Mr. Biden should find new ways to work with China, rather than trying to coerce it to be different.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Booed Outside Uvalde School Where Gunman Killed 21: 'Shame on You'
Greg Abbott was booed Sunday by a crowd outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, where 21 people, including 19 children, were killed by a gunman last week in the deadliest school shooting in nearly a decade. On Tuesday, Uvalde resident Salvador Ramos opened fire at Robb Elementary School at about 11:30 a.m. Uvalde residents watch and some boo at Texas Governor Greg Abbott as he arrives at the memorial outside Robb Elementary School to honor the victims killed in this week's school shooting in Uvalde, Texas Credit: Dario Lopez-Mills/AP/ShutterstockGov. Abbott, Texas' First Lady Cecilia Abbott, Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin, Rep. Tony Gonzales and Judge Bill Mitchell all welcomed the president and his wife in Uvalde. President Joe Biden arrives at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX.
How to Fix the US Baby Formula Shortage
At Bobbie, an infant formula startup founded by two San Francisco moms, such a scenario meant its customer base doubled within a week. The ongoing shortage of powdered baby formula in US stores has been caused in part by pandemic-related snags in the global supply chain and high inflation. This has left supermarket shelves empty across the country—70 percent of infant formula was out of stock in the third week of May, up from 24 percent in January, according to retail data provider Datasembly. By the time they are 3 months old, more than half of infants are at least partially fed using formula. At 6 months old, three-quarters of babies consume formula.
What We Know About Monkeypox So Far
A health official uses a thermal head to screen for monkeypox cases at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Indonesia, in 2019. And White House senior director for health security and biodefense recently warned, “We shouldn’t be surprised to see more cases reported in the US in the upcoming days.”Here is what we know about the monkeypox cases so far. How is monkeypox spread? But most people who become infected with monkeypox won’t get very sick and may not benefit from treatment as a result, says Ratner. “The general population should know about monkeypox but should remember that it’s really unlikely they’ll be exposed,” he says.
Trump’s Former Lawyer Is Recruiting Right-Wing Activists to ‘Monitor’ Elections
Through what is called the Election Integrity Network, Mitchell is working with groups like the Tea Party Patriots and the Republican National Committee, according to the report. Save America PAC, Trump’s political action committee, gave the institute $1 million in 2021. Her organizing efforts in Virginia, for instance, have supported a coalition that includes a group that favors the hand-counting of ballots. It was Mitchell who, having been selected by Trump in August 2020 to lead lawsuits after the election, brought onboard lawyer John Eastman. Like Thomas, Eastman contacted state GOP legislators — this time in Pennsylvania — claiming they could just toss out valid absentee ballots.
Here's the biggest news you missed this weekend
EditorsUSA TODAYPresident Joe Biden visited Uvalde, Texas, as the investigation into law enforcement's response to the school massacre intensifies. The Bidens began their visit at a school memorial site, where students’ photos were framed by white floral arches. Boston's victory ensures it will be in the NBA Finals for the 22nd time in franchise history and for the first time since 2010. Game 1 of the NBA Finals is Thursday in San Francisco (9 p.m. What we know about the 'atypical' surge in monkeypox cases.
After Texas school shooting, we must put more resources into mental health
So until our country gets serious about addressing mental illness and increasing access to mental-health services in every state and school nationwide, the problem will tragically persist. That terrifying statistic released by the American Academy of Pediatrics means too many of our nation’s children are severely depressed and/or suffering from acute mental illness. This is something the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Children’s Hospital Association warned about while declaring a national emergency in children’s mental health in October. We’ll never know, but given the horrific alternative, we can’t afford not to provide services to those who need them. It sends billions overseas to countries that burn our flag, but somehow it can’t provide mental-health services to citizens who desperately need them?
Migrant flights, Cuomo coverup top Stefanik’s GOP probe priority list
“We’ve gotten little to no response from all of our outreach to [Homeland Security] Secretary [Alejandro] Mayorkas,” Stefanik said. One source told The Post in October that ultimate migrant destinations included locations in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, upstate Newburgh, and Bridgeport and Danbury in Connecticut. Republicans feel like Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas is leaving them in the dark with unanswered questions. In addition to the migrant flights, Stefanik also wants to subpoena Gov. Stefanik told The Post she’ll also be subpoenaing the Biden administration for additional information regarding Hunter Biden’s laptop.
Uvalde school police chief's swearing-in ceremony for city council called off following shooting: report
TEXAS SCHOOL SHOOTING: LIVE UPDATES"He was convinced at the time that there was no more threat to the children and that the subject was barricaded and that they had time to organize," McCraw said Friday. Arredondo became the chief of police for the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District in March 2020 and was elected to Uvalde's District 3 council seat on May 7, according to the Uvalde Leader News. PRESIDENT BIDEN CONSIDERING RAZING, REBUILDING ROBB ELEMENTARY SCHOOLThe Uvalde CISD Police Department hosted an active shooter training at Uvalde High School, where Ramos was a student, on March 21, just two months before the shooting at Robb Elementary School. SUSPECTED GUNMAN MADE THREATS, CALLED 'YUBO SCHOOL SHOOTER' ON PLATFORM, USERS SAID"A simple barricade crisis develops when an armed actor(s) isolates themselves with little or no ability to harm innocent others. The Uvalde city manager told NBC News that the meeting to swear in Arredondo as a city council member on Tuesday was "not happening."
Biden's refusal to send rockets to Ukraine shows 'complete lack of strategy' from White House: Victoria Coates
Former Trump deputy national security adviser Victoria Coates denounced President Biden's decision Monday not to send rocket systems to Ukraine that could potentially reach Russia, arguing on "Fox News Live" that the move shows a "complete lack of strategy" from the White House regarding Russia's invasion of Ukraine. I mean, from the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine, President Biden has repeatedly told Vladimir Putin what he will and will not do, and meanwhile, Putin's put everything on the table up to and including nuclear weapons. BIDEN SAYS PUTIN ‘NATOIZED’ EUROPE WITH WAR IN UKRAINEAnd here we are telling him, "Oh, we are not going to provoke you." It’s just emblematic of the administration’s complete lack of strategy on Ukraine. …CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPZelenskyy has a plan.
Georgia DA Could Bury Trump With His Own Words, Says Former Fed Prosecutor
AdvertisementWillis “has a good case walking in the door to that grand jury because she’s got the tape” of Trump soliciting votes after the election, Vance added. Trump called Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger ahead of the official vote certification, telling him to “find” enough votes to change his loss to Joe Biden in the state into a victory. As many as 50 witnesses are expected to be called before the grand jury. Raffensperger, fresh from his GOP primary victory for secretary of state despite fierce opposition from Trump, is slated to testify Thursday. Donald Trump blasts Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis over probe into Trump's recorded solicitation of votes for him after the presidential election.
Biden sees chance of 'rational' Republican approach on guns
“I think things have gotten so bad that everybody’s getting more rational, at least that’s my hope,” Biden told reporters before honoring the nation’s fallen in Memorial Day remarks at Arlington National Cemetery. Faced with chants of “do something” as he departed a church service, Biden pledged: “We will.”After the Uvalde trip, Biden spent Sunday night at his home in Delaware. As he arrived at the White House for Memorial Day events, he was asked if he’s now more motivated to see new federal limits imposed on firearms. The tree came from a sapling of a nearby magnolia planted by President Andrew Jackson in 1835. As the group used shovels to toss dirt on the newly planted tree, Biden grinned and said “shovel brigade.” He and the first lady later held hands with those gathered in a circle around the tree and prayed silently.
Russians, Ukrainians fight block by block in eastern city of Sievierodonetsk
Military analysts painted the fight for Sievierodonetsk as part of a race against time for the Kremlin. That failure forced Moscow to withdraw, regroup, and pursue the more limited objective of seizing the Donbas, where Moscow-backed separatists already held swaths of territory and have been fighting Ukrainian troops for eight years. In its latest move, Russian state gas giant Gazrpom said it will halt gas supplies to Dutch gas trader GasTerra starting Tuesday. The Russian military’s focus on Sievierodonetsk has already left the city “completely ruined,” Mayor Oleksandr Striuk said. In addition to the journalist, two civilians were killed in the latest Russian shelling, he said.
Biden calls 9mm ‘high-caliber weapons,’ suggests banning them
President Biden on Monday took aim at 9mm handguns, appearing to suggest that the "high-caliber weapons" ought to be banned. Recounting a visit to a New York trauma hospital, Biden said doctors showed him X-rays of gunshot wounds. A 9mm bullet blows the lung out of the body," Biden said. "Why should we allow people to have military-style weapons including pistols with 9-mm bullets and can hold 10 or more rounds," he said. The data showed that throughout the 2010s, 9mm pistols made up more than 40% of all pistols produced in the United States – or roughly four in every ten pistols.
Biden sees chance of ‘rational’ Republican approach on guns
“I think things have gotten so bad that everybody’s getting more rational, at least that’s my hope,” Biden told reporters before honoring the nation’s fallen in Memorial Day remarks at Arlington National Cemetery. Faced with chants of “do something” as he departed a church service, Biden pledged: “We will.”After the Uvalde trip, Biden spent Sunday night at his home in Delaware. As he arrived at the White House for Memorial Day events, he was asked if he’s now more motivated to see new federal limits imposed on firearms. The tree came from a sapling of a nearby magnolia planted by President Andrew Jackson in 1835. As the group used shovels to toss dirt on the newly planted tree, Biden grinned and said “shovel brigade.” He and the first lady later held hands with those gathered in a circle around the tree and prayed silently.
Biden sees chance of “rational” Republican approach on guns
“I think things have gotten so bad that everybody’s getting more rational, at least that’s my hope,” Biden told reporters before honoring the nation’s fallen in Memorial Day remarks at Arlington National Cemetery. Delivering remarks honoring fallen servicemembers, he said “Memorial Day is always a day where pain and pride are mixed together.”“Today we are free because they were brave,” the president said. He called upholding democracy “the mission of our time.”“Our memorial to them must not be just a day when we pause and pray,” Biden said. The tree came from a sapling of a nearby magnolia planted by President Andrew Jackson in 1835. As the group used shovels to toss dirt on the newly planted tree, Biden grinned and said “shovel brigade.” He and the first lady later held hands with those gathered in a circle around the tree and prayed silently.
Biden sees chance of 'rational' Republican approach on guns
"I think things have gotten so bad that everybody’s getting more rational, at least that’s my hope,” Biden told reporters before honoring the nation's fallen in Memorial Day remarks at Arlington National Cemetery. Delivering remarks honoring fallen servicemembers, he said “Memorial Day is always a day where pain and pride are mixed together.”“Today we are free because they were brave,” the president said. The tree came from a sapling of a nearby magnolia planted by President Andrew Jackson in 1835. As the group used shovels to toss dirt on the newly planted tree, Biden grinned and said “shovel brigade." He and the first lady later held hands with those gathered in a circle around the tree and prayed silently.
Florida boy, 10, claimed he'd bought assault rifles in text cops say threatened mass school shooting
'He described wads of cash and 'get ready' to commit a mass shooting,' Marceno said of the text during a W radio interview Monday, adding: 'We don't wait one second. Salvador Ramos blasted his grandmother in the face before going on a rampage at Robb Elementary School last Tuesday. The shocking incident is being investigated by the The School Threat Enforcement Team and the Youth Services Criminal Investigations Division. On May 27, Sheriff Marceno appeared in an eight-minute long video in which he criticized federal aid for Ukraine. Lee County Sheriff Marceno pictured with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on May 23In 2020, Marceno, a Republican, won a decisive election victory over Democratic challenger Robert Neeld.
Russian army could COLLAPSE amid huge losses of more than 30,000 troops, confidential UK report says
Russia's army could collapse amid huge losses of more than 30,000 troops in Ukraine, according to a confidential UK report that emerged on Monday. In the latest example of heavy Russian losses, it was reported on Monday that a Ukrainian paratrooper regiment destroyed a Russian regiment. Smoke rises in the city of Severodonetsk during heavy fighting between Ukrainian and Russian troops at eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas on May 30, 2022, on the 96th day of the Russian invasion. A victory in the region would give Russia leverage over Kyiv, the report says, while defeat would likely result in Putin being ousted as president. According to The Mirror, the confidential report says: 'Russia's attempt to achieve a speedy and decisive victory in the Donbas has not yet succeeded.
Biden is 'going to continue to push' for gun compromise as White House says it's up to Congress
Returning to Washington, Biden said the pain he witnessed in Uvalde was "palpable" and "unnecessary" and that he was -- and always had been -- committed to gun control efforts intended to reduce more violence. "I'm going to continue to push and we'll see how this works," he said. The White House, which took a more direct role in previous legislative priorities, has said the president will observe the process as it proceeds. President Joe Biden speaks to reporters as he returns to the White House from Delaware on the South Lawn in Washington, D.C., May 30, 2022. The president said Monday at the White House that he "deliberately did not engage in a debate about that with any Republican" during his trip.
Ukraine Live Updates: Europe’s Leaders Poised to Punish Russia With Sweeping Oil Embargo
It is a situation that plays to the advantage of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, who has grown friendlier with Mr. Erdogan in recent years. It hosts a major U.S. air base where American nuclear weapons are stored, and Mr. Erdogan has blocked Russian warships headed toward Ukraine. Image Mr. Erdogan met with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia in September. Credit... Sputnik, via ReutersBut under Mr. Erdogan, Turkey has increasingly become a problem to be managed. Mr. Erdogan also objects to Swedish and Finnish arms embargoes against his country, which were imposed after the 2019 incursion into Syria.
U.S. policymakers misjudged inflation threat until it was too late
What looked over the summer like a slowing recovery turns out to have been an economy that was still sizzling hot. Initial estimates for October also show the economy added 531,000 jobs, with the unemployment rate dropping to 4.6 percent. By late November, the number of weekly unemployment claims hits a 50-year low of 199,000. AdvertisementRecognition of the roaring job market comes with the realization that inflation is also soaring — and may not be temporary. Spikes in energy prices and problems with supply chains drive prices up by 6.2 percent compared with October 2020, the biggest inflation jump in about 30 years.
Biden calls 9mm ‘high-caliber weapons,’ suggests banning them
President Biden on Monday took aim at 9mm handguns, appearing to suggest that the "high-caliber weapons" ought to be banned. The president made the remarks outside the White House after returning from a visit to the site of a mass shooting in Texas where 21 people, including 19 elementary school children, were killed last week. Recounting a visit to a New York trauma hospital, Biden said doctors showed him X-rays of gunshot wounds. "You couldn’t buy a cannon when the Second Amendment was passed," Biden said. Speaking during a fundraising event in Seattle in November 2019, Biden said he supported the Second Amendment but called absolutist arguments about gun-rights "bizarre."
NRA board re-elects CEO Wayne LaPierre, signaling no change in direction
The National Rifle Association’s board of directors voted Monday to re-elect longtime CEO Wayne LaPierre, signaling that the gun rights group isn’t changing direction despite a rise in mass shootings and its own internal turmoil. Active shooter incidents last year surged by more than 50 percent from 2020 and nearly 97 percent from 2017, the FBI said last week. Guns have overtaken vehicle crashes as the leading cause of death among children and teenagers. LaPierre’s position atop the NRA has been threatened by allegations that he used its money for personal expenses, including flights to the Bahamas on private jets. New York Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, is seeking LaPierre’s ouster in a lawsuit she filed in 2020 over his expenses, alleged gifts from vendors and alleged no-show contracts for associates.
Russians, Ukrainians fight block by block in eastern city
Military analysts painted the fight for Sievierodonetsk as part of a race against time for the Kremlin. The city is key to Russian efforts to complete the capture of the eastern industrial region of the Donbas quickly — before more Western arms arrive to bolster Ukraine’s defense. AdvertisementWeapons from the West have already helped Kyiv’s forces thwart a Russian advance on the capital in the early weeks of the war. That failure forced Moscow to withdraw, regroup, and pursue the more limited objective of seizing the Donbas, where Moscow-backed separatists already held swaths of territory and have been fighting Ukrainian troops for eight years. The Russian focus on Sievierodonetsk has already left the city “completely ruined,” Mayor Oleksandr Striuk said.
Biden sees chance of ‘rational’ Republican approach on guns
President Joe Biden lays a wreath at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2022. “I think things have gotten so bad that everybody’s getting more rational, at least that’s my hope,” Biden told reporters before honoring the nation’s fallen in Memorial Day remarks at Arlington National Cemetery. Delivering remarks honoring fallen servicemembers, he said “Memorial Day is always a day where pain and pride are mixed together.”“Today we are free because they were brave,” the president said. He called upholding democracy “the mission of our time.”Advertisement“Our memorial to them must not be just a day when we pause and pray,” Biden said. Advertisement“Today’s the day our son died,” Biden said at Arlington, telling families that he knows remembrances like Monday’s can “reopen that black hole” of pain.
Biden sees chance of ‘rational’ Republican approach on guns
President Joe Biden lays a wreath at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2022. “I think things have gotten so bad that everybody’s getting more rational, at least that’s my hope,” Biden told reporters before honoring the nation’s fallen in Memorial Day remarks at Arlington National Cemetery. Delivering remarks honoring fallen servicemembers, he said “Memorial Day is always a day where pain and pride are mixed together.”“Today we are free because they were brave,” the president said. He called upholding democracy “the mission of our time.”Advertisement“Our memorial to them must not be just a day when we pause and pray,” Biden said. Advertisement“Today’s the day our son died,” Biden said at Arlington, telling families that he knows remembrances like Monday’s can “reopen that black hole” of pain.
Russians, Ukrainians fight block by block in eastern city
Military analysts painted the fight for Sievierodonetsk as part of a race against time for the Kremlin. The city is key to Russian efforts to complete the capture of the eastern industrial region of the Donbas quickly — before more Western arms arrive to bolster Ukraine’s defense. AdvertisementWeapons from the West have already helped Kyiv’s forces thwart a Russian advance on the capital in the early weeks of the war. That failure forced Moscow to withdraw, regroup, and pursue the more limited objective of seizing the Donbas, where Moscow-backed separatists already held swaths of territory and have been fighting Ukrainian troops for eight years. The Russian focus on Sievierodonetsk has already left the city “completely ruined,” Mayor Oleksandr Striuk said.
Russians, Ukrainians fight block by block in eastern city
Military analysts painted the fight for Sievierodonetsk as part of a race against time for the Kremlin. The city is key to Russian efforts to complete the capture of the eastern industrial region of the Donbas quickly — before more Western arms arrive to bolster Ukraine’s defense. AdvertisementWeapons from the West have already helped Kyiv’s forces thwart a Russian advance on the capital in the early weeks of the war. That failure forced Moscow to withdraw, regroup, and pursue the more limited objective of seizing the Donbas, where Moscow-backed separatists already held swaths of territory and have been fighting Ukrainian troops for eight years. The Russian focus on Sievierodonetsk has already left the city “completely ruined,” Mayor Oleksandr Striuk said.
Biden sees chance of ‘rational’ Republican approach on guns
President Joe Biden lays a wreath at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2022. “I think things have gotten so bad that everybody’s getting more rational, at least that’s my hope,” Biden told reporters before honoring the nation’s fallen in Memorial Day remarks at Arlington National Cemetery. Delivering remarks honoring fallen servicemembers, he said “Memorial Day is always a day where pain and pride are mixed together.”“Today we are free because they were brave,” the president said. He called upholding democracy “the mission of our time.”Advertisement“Our memorial to them must not be just a day when we pause and pray,” Biden said. Advertisement“Today’s the day our son died,” Biden said at Arlington, telling families that he knows remembrances like Monday’s can “reopen that black hole” of pain.
Wendy Murphy: Texas school shooter threatened to kill and rape girls in online messages, but nobody reported him
He repeatedly threatened to rape, kill and kidnap girls in online messages before the attack, but nobody reported him. Violence against women is so common and acceptable we hear threats against women’s lives and just move on to the next thing. We can put pressure on lawmakers to restrict guns but the killing will continue regardless because new laws about guns will not stop male entitlement — and male entitlement drives male violence. Neither party truly supports women’s equality (Democrats fake it) because control over women’s lives has always been a bipartisan male entitlement. Full equality for women will cure male entitlement, which will inhibit male violence.
Merrick Garland "fears no person," says legal scholar Norm Eisen — and he's coming for Trump
It's more accurate to perceive Trumpism as the next evolutionary (or, more properly, devolutionary) stage of the Republican Party and the overall conservative movement. But if you have a norm-transgressing figure like Donald Trump, then those journalistic norms have to adapt to that circumstance. I had said that this could lead to violence and that Donald Trump was playing with fire. Did Trumpery impose itself on the Republican Party, or was the party already afflicted with the sickness before Donald Trump? Every single one of the deadly sins of Trumpery was germinating in the Republican Party before Donald Trump.
Biden will not supply Ukraine with long-range rockets that can hit Russia
Joe Biden has said the US will not supply Ukraine with rockets that can reach into Russia, in an attempt to ease tensions with Moscow over the potential deployment of long-range missiles with a range of about 185 miles. “We are not going to send to Ukraine rocket systems that can strike into Russia,” Biden told reporters on Monday after arriving back at the White House after a weekend in Delaware. The longest range can fire missiles up to 185 miles away, but others use rockets with shorter ranges of 20 to 40 miles. The M270 tracked MLRS, and its wheeled equivalent, the M142 high mobility artillery rocket system (HIMARS), have a far greater range than anything Ukraine can deploy at the moment. Ukraine has also been pressing the UK to supply some of its own M270s, with some sources complaining that Britain has been dragging its feet.
Soaring gun violence on Memorial Day weekend leaves at least 26 dead and dozens wounded across US
At least 26 people have died and dozens have been left injured as gun violence soared across America on Memorial Day weekend. Five dead in ChicagoUp to five people were killed and 21 were injured in Chicago during the Memorial Day weekend, according to police. Another two men, 29 and 28, were fatally shot when they opened fire on each other in the Englewood neighborhood at 5.04pm on Saturday. Eight fatally shot in PhiladelphiaEight people were killed in Philadelphia, including a nine-year-old boy, while 12 people were injured. One dead in FloridaOne person was killed at the exact same nightclub in Florida that a victim was killed three years previously.
U.S. gas prices hit new record during Memorial Day weekend
U.S. gasoline prices spiked to $4.619 per gallon as of Monday — a record high, according to the latest data from the American Automobile Association. Why it matters: The new high comes during Memorial Day weekend and is about 52% higher than prices from last year, Bloomberg reports. Context: Gas prices reached high levels ahead of Memorial Day weekend. Per CNN, gas prices haven't been this high on Memorial Day weekend since 2012. The concern is high prices that are keeping people a little closer.
Joe Biden Is Ramping Up the US’s Forever War in Somalia
Soon after President Barack Obama assumed office in 2009, he authorized US drone strikes as well as the deployment of special operations forces inside the country. Southern Somalia was then subjected to an unprecedented escalation of US drone strikes, with between 900 and 1,000 people killed between 2016 and 2019. All of this occurred without the United States ever formally declaring war on Somalia. In the meantime, racialized depictions of Somalia as a war-torn country with the alleged potential to threaten US interests are instrumental in maintaining public support for renewed commitment to war. Ironically, the New York Times reports that the Biden administration’s deliberations about next steps in Somalia have been complicated by political chaos on the ground, implying that the United States somehow stands outside and above seemingly local factions and loyalties.
President Biden’s Trip to Asia
President Joe Biden’s recent trip to Asia and Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s May 26 speech on China were both meant to communicate the same message: Although determined to help the Ukrainians resist Russian aggression in Europe, the administration remains equally committed to curbing China’s rise in Asia. To counter those claims, and advance its program for isolating China, President Biden spent five days in Asia at the end of May, stopping in Seoul and Tokyo. It is largely in pursuit of this master plan that Biden spent those five days in Asia. It was here that Biden spelled out his long-term goal of a NATO-like alliance system for Asia, in opposition to China. This does not mean that the nations of Asia had to “choose” between China and the West, he went on to say—while clearly suggesting otherwise.
Biden marks Memorial Day, remembers son Beau
Biden marks Memorial Day, remembers son BeauPresident Joe Biden on Monday remembered his veteran son Beau who died of brain tumor in 2015, as he honored other Americans during Memorial Day event at Arlington Cemetery.
Florida teen charged after allegedly posting image involving guns, asking directions to ‘nearest school’
A Florida teen was arrested on a felony charge after allegedly posting pictures of himself online with what appeared to be a rifle, handgun and tactical vest, and a threatening message. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office announced Monday that their detectives received a tip about the images, which they said included the caption, "Hey Siri, directions to the nearest school." Detectives investigated and learned the weapons were not true firearms but airsoft guns, the sheriff's office said. We take school threats very seriously, if you see something suspicious, please contact us immediately." PRESIDENT BIDEN SUGGESTS RAZING TEXAS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WHERE 21 PEOPLE WERE KILLED, STATE SENATOR SAYSAnderson was placed into custody upon his arrest on Sunday.
Biden admin's 'fixation' on China 'distracts' from the 'real threat' Russia, New York Times guest essay says
A guest essay in the New York Times argued Monday that the Biden administration's "fixation" and posture on China would both make it more difficult to cooperate with Beijing and "distracts from the real threat" Russia. The essay noted that China was a "more powerful adversary" than Russia and noted China's investment in its military, history of human rights abuses, free speech suppression, and more. Russia, he said, is "constrained" by how far Vladimir Putin "is willing to go." BIDEN WARNS XI OF ‘CONSEQUENCES’ IF CHINA SUPPORTS RUSSIA, WHITE HOUSE SAYSHe contended that President Biden should figure out a way to work with China as opposed to "trying to coerce it to be different." Biden said Monday that the U.S. wouldn't send rocket systems that could possibly reach Russia to Ukraine after some have raised escalation concerns.
Biden: U.S. will ‘never fail in our duty to remember’ fallen service members
To commemorate Memorial Day, President Biden delivered remarks at Arlington National Cemetery, where he honored fallen service members, saying “we’ll never fail in our duty to remember” their sacrifice. Speaking about U.S. service members who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, the president said “there’s nothing low risk or low cost about war” for the men and women in the U.S. military.May 30, 2022
AP News Summary at 2:09 p.m. EDT
Biden sees chance of 'rational' Republican approach on gunsWASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden says there may some bipartisan support to tighten restrictions on the kind of high-powered weapons used by the gunman in the Texas school shooting. Russians, Ukrainians fight block by block in eastern cityKRAMATORSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russian troops pushed farther into a key eastern Ukrainian city and fought street by street with Kyiv’s forces Monday. A dad's anguish outside Texas school while shooting unfoldedUVALDE, Texas (AP) — Javier Cazares raced to his daughter’s school when he heard there was a shooting and spent 35 to 45 agonizing minutes there, waiting for word of her. O'Rourke bets shooting will shake up Texas governor's raceWASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Texas governor’s race candidate Beto O’Rourke is hoping the Uvalde school shooting can reset the contest in America’s largest red state. The World Food Program chief say's Russia's war on Ukraine is “piling catastrophe on top of catastrophe” for the world's poor.
A Michigan mother and children, woman celebrating Memorial Day festival: The 79 US victims of mass shootings in 6 days since Uvalde
The Gun Violence Archive defines a mass shooting as an incident where four victims are shot – either injured or killed – not including the shooter. Michigan mother and three young children shot deadA 40-year-old mother and her three young children, aged 3, 4 and 6, were shot and killed in Michigan, on Friday afternoon. Shooting unfolds at Memorial Day festivalA 39-year-old woman was killed and seven other people were injured while celebrating Memorial Day weekend at a festival in Taft, Oklahoma. The woman was shot and killed while the seven surviving victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Ohio Bureau of Investigations. Two other shooting victims also turned up at the hospital on their own.
Biden pays tribute to Beau, Ukraine and U.S. troops who died overseas in Memorial Day speech
Remarking on the seventh anniversary of his eldest child's death, the president continued: 'Memorial Day is always a day where pain and pride are mixed together. Roughly 140 others were also in attendance, comprised of members of various veterans' organizations, other military service organizations, military family organizations, Pentagon officials, and other administration officials. The president began Memorial Day with a visit to his late son's grave - the seventh anniversary of Beau Biden's death at age 46 after a battle with brain cancer. The president frequently brings up his late eldest son, a military veteran, in speeches and conversation - particularly when discussing military service or personal loss. He spent his Sunday grieving with those families in-person during an all-day trip to Uvalde, Texas alongside Dr. Jill Biden.
Biden rules out sending rocket systems 'that can strike into Russia' to Ukraine
US President Joe Biden said Washington would not send rocket systems to Ukraine that can strike well inside Russian territoryWashington (AFP) – US President Joe Biden said Monday he would not send rocket systems to Ukraine that could hit targets well inside Russian territory, despite urgent requests from Kyiv for long-range weapons. Advertising Read more"We are not going to send to Ukraine rocket systems that can strike into Russia," Biden told reporters in Washington. Pro-Western Ukraine has received extensive US military aid since Russia invaded its outgunned neighbor in late February, but says it needs long-range rockets equivalent to what Moscow's forces use. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said Monday that the Biden administration's "decision not to send these weapons is a betrayal of Ukraine and democracy itself." A US official said later that dispatching MLRS was still under consideration, but without long-range strike capabilities.
Trump angrily attacked Perdue as 'lazy' for losing his primary, report says — a criticism more often used of Trump himself
Donald Trump lashed out at his defeated endorsees in Georgia, The Washington Post reported. He reportedly insulted David Perdue — who was seeking the governor nomination — as "lazy." The losses deprived Trump of revenge on Georgia officials who disputed his election-fraud "Big Lie." Advisors to Trump told the Post that the former president now sees the candidates he endorsed in the races as "embarrassments," adding that he considered Perdue lazy. The former president campaigned for Perdue, who based his campaign around promoting Trump's election-fraud "Big Lie."
BLM Rails Against Biden Executive Order: ‘Policing’ Is a ‘White Supremacist Institution’ Rooted in ‘Slave Patrolling’
The radical activist group Black Lives Matter railed against the “white supremacist” institution of “policing,” decrying its roots in “racism” and “slave patrolling,” while attacking politicians who support “our killers,” in a series of tweets Thursday following President Joe Biden’s signing of an executive order on policing reforms. In the wake of the president’s signing an order intended to improve accountability in policing, the official Black Lives Matter (BLM) Twitter account, which has over one million followers, expressed outrage over the fact that policing continues. “Maintaining a white supremacist institution like policing costs Black lives,” the group wrote. “This continued commitment by politicians to support our killers makes them accessories to our demise.”Maintaining a white supremacist institution like policing costs Black lives. — Black Lives Matter (@Blklivesmatter) May 25, 2022In follow-up tweets, the recent policing reforms were deemed ineffective as the very institution of policing is described as inherently rooted in racism.
Feds might provide money to raze and rebuild Robb Elementary, state lawmaker says
A state senator representing Uvalde, Texas, says President Joe Biden indicated a willingness to provide federal money to raze Robb Elementary School and build another in its place following the shooting there. “He said, 'I’m not going to leave here, we’re gonna bring resources, we’re gonna look at bringing a federal grant to raze the school,'” Gutierrez said Monday on MSNBC. “Every parent that I’ve talked to doesn’t want to see this school again, is traumatized. Other mass shooting sites also have been razed and rebuilt, including the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The president and the first lady visited Uvalde on Sunday, meeting with first responders and grieving with the families of the 19 children and two teachers killed in the shooting rampage at the elementary school.
Biden: ‘No rational basis’ for purchasing high-caliber weapons
Returning to the White House on Memorial Day, President Biden said it “makes no sense” to legally purchase high-caliber weapons, adding that there’s “no rational basis for it in terms of self-protection, hunting.” May 30, 2022
Biden Will Meet With Fed’s Powell Tuesday to Discuss Economy
President Joe Biden has said getting inflation under control is his “top priority.” Anna Moneymaker/Getty ImagesPresident Joe Biden is set to meet with Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell on Tuesday to discuss the state of the economy. The central bank is currently battling decades-high Inflation. The meeting will be the first time the two have met since Biden announced Powell’s re-election as chair in November. The Senate confirmed Powell to the position in early May.
Justice Department to review police response to Uvalde school shooting
The Justice Department announced Sunday it will conduct a review of the law enforcement response to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 children and two teachers dead. “At the request of Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin, the U.S. Department of Justice will conduct a Critical Incident Review of the law enforcement response to the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24,” DOJ spokesman Anthony Coley said in a statement. The massacre, America’s deadliest school shooting since the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012, has been followed by conflicting official accounts of how it unfolded. The delayed police confrontation with the mass shooter has compounded parents’ anger, with some saying a quicker response could have saved children’s lives. “As with prior Justice Department after-action reviews of mass shootings and other critical incidents, this assessment will be fair, transparent, and independent.
Biden sees chance of 'rational' Republican approach on guns
"I think things have gotten so bad that everybody’s getting more rational, at least that’s my hope,” Biden told reporters on the White House lawn after returning to Washington. That included encouraging state “red flag” laws to keep guns away from those with mental health problems. After flying back to the White House, they hosted a Memorial Day breakfast in the East Room with 130 or so members of veteran organizations, military family groups and senior Defense Department and other administration officials. Standing at attention under a cloudless sky in the late-May heat, Biden saluted as taps played, after laying the wreath of red and white roses wrapped in red, white and blue ribbon in front of the tomb. Biden was set to deliver remarks honoring servicemembers before returning to the White House, where he was to join families in the planting of a magnolia tree on the White House South Lawn in honor of the fallen.
AP News Summary at 1:34 p.m. EDT
Biden sees chance of 'rational' Republican approach on gunsWASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden says there may some bipartisan support to tighten restrictions on the kind of high-powered weapons used by the gunman in the Texas school shooting. Russians, Ukrainians fight block by block in eastern cityKRAMATORSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russian troops pushed farther into a key eastern Ukrainian city and fought street by street with Kyiv’s forces Monday. A dad's anguish outside Texas school while shooting unfoldedUVALDE, Texas (AP) — Javier Cazares raced to his daughter’s school when he heard there was a shooting and spent 35 to 45 agonizing minutes there, waiting for word of her. O'Rourke bets shooting will shake up Texas governor's raceWASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Texas governor’s race candidate Beto O’Rourke is hoping the Uvalde school shooting can reset the contest in America’s largest red state. The World Food Program chief say's Russia's war on Ukraine is “piling catastrophe on top of catastrophe” for the world's poor.
Biden goes on anti-gun tirade, suggests there’s ‘no rational basis’ for 9mm pistols
“So the idea of these high-caliber weapons is, uh, there’s simply no rational basis for it in terms of self-protection, hunting,” the president went on. “Remember, the Constitution, the Second Amendment, was never absolute,” Biden said. “You couldn’t buy a cannon when the Second Amendment was passed.”Biden seemingly ruled out executive action on gun control. “The Second Amendment did not place limits on individual ownership of cannons,” PolitiFact stated in April when it rated his claim false. Biden called Mitch McConnell a “rational Republican.” Getty ImagesAsked whether Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) authorizing Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) to work with Democrats could lead to results, he said “I don’t know.”“McConnell is a rational Republican.
Why red tape is making Britain uglier
What would our Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Michael Gove, say? He has called for fewer eyesores and more beauty from our new builds as part of levelling up. It faces local opposition, as well as legal obstacles, despite its plans for tree-lined streets and a cricket pitch. What we’ll have instead is more identikit and badly designed, cheaply built new housing developments, plenty of which already blight the countryside, particularly the South East. Gove’s new street vote scheme lets residents have a say in whether proposals for developments are sufficiently beautiful.
Biden says AR-15 owners who say they need weapons to ‘take on the government’ would be extremely outgunned
Gun activists who claim they need the type of weapons used in a pair of deadly mass shootings earlier this month to defend themselves from hypothetical government tyranny would be hopelessly outgunned, President Joe Biden has said. “You couldn’t buy a cannon when the Second Amendment was passed and you couldn’t go out and purchase a lot of weapons [today]”. Continuing, the president said those who say they need AR-15 rifles to “take on the government” are “wrong” because the weapons they would need aren’t legal to own. “To do that you need an F-15, you need an Abrams tank,” he said. “History demonstrates ... the right was not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose”.
Florida boy, 10, claimed he'd bought assault rifles in text cops say threatened mass school shooting
'He described wads of cash and 'get ready' to commit a mass shooting,' Marceno said of the text during a W radio interview Monday, adding: 'We don't wait one second. Salvador Ramos blasted his grandmother in the face before going on a rampage at Robb Elementary School last Tuesday. The shocking incident is being investigated by the The School Threat Enforcement Team and the Youth Services Criminal Investigations Division. Amd on May 27, Sheriff Marceno appeared in an eight-minute long video in which he criticized federal aid for Ukraine. Lee County Sheriff Marceno pictured with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on May 23In 2020, Marceno, a Republican, won a decisive election victory over Democratic challenger Robert Neeld.
Biden commits $265 million for South Florida reservoir, key component of Everglades restoration
President Joe Biden has committed $265 million of federal funding toward construction of a long-awaited reservoir in South Florida that is a critical component to restoration of the Everglades. ‘Cornerstone project’A range of organizations dedicated to Everglades restoration lauded the announcement. On Tuesday, Wasserman Schultz lauded “Biden’s awesome level of support” for Everglades restoration. The money for the reservoir is coming from $350 million allocated last year for Everglades restoration. >Biden has also asked for another $407 million for Everglades restoration in the next federal budget.
Biden points to assault weapons ban as a 'rational' option for gun control
President Joe Biden, pressed on potential avenues for gun control in the wake of the devastating school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, pointed to an assault weapons ban Monday morning. He and Jill Biden visited the school and attended mass at a local church, where demonstrators nearby chanted "Do something." President Joe Biden speaks with reporters on the South Lawn of the White House on Monday. On Monday, Biden appeared to credit a federal assault rifle ban — which expired in 2004 — for reducing gun deaths previously, saying, "I know what happened when we had rational action before," adding that the prohibition "cut down mass murders." “So, it's just, as I say, I think things have gotten so bad that everybody’s getting more rational about it," he concluded.
This Memorial Day, Double-Digit Inflation Is What’s For Dinner
Inflation is plaguing American households amid the recovery from COVID-19 and the lockdown-induced recession. On Memorial Day — more than two years after the onset of COVID-19 — rising price levels are still making Americans’ wallets much lighter. According to the most recent year-over-year (April 2021-April 2022) Consumer Price Inflation (CPI) data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for food, travel, and other expenses necessary for a Memorial Day gathering are significantly higher than they were in 2021. Gas is 44% more expensive, car and truck rental is 10% more expensive, and airfare is 33% more expensive. “I expect the year-over-year inflation numbers to vary considerably this year, but the month-over-month numbers will show continued inflation,” Heritage Foundation research fellow E.J.
U.S. will not send Ukraine rocket systems that can reach Russia, says Biden
REUTERS/Elizabeth FrantzWASHINGTON, May 30 (Reuters) - The United States will not send Ukraine rocket systems that can reach into Russia, President Joe Biden said on Monday, as Ukraine pushes for longer-range weapons system to help in its fight. Ukrainian officials have been asking allies for longer-range systems including the Multiple Launch Rocket System, or MLRS, that can fire a barrage of rockets hundreds of miles away. "We're not going to send to Ukraine rocket systems that strike into Russia," Biden told reporters after arriving back at the White House after a weekend in Delaware. The Ukrainian government has urged the West to provide it with more longer-range weapons in order to turn the tide in the war, now in its fourth month. read moreBiden wants to help Ukraine defend itself but has been opposed to providing weapons that Ukraine could use to attack Russia.
Politico Article Lavishes Republican Kisses All Over Sinema and Manchin. I'm Going To Vomit.
According to Politico, Sinema and Manchin have — wait for it — “credibility” with Senate Republicans over their stance on the filibuster. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) have cut a huge infrastructure deal with Republicans and helped preserve the filibuster. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema quickly ruled out weakening the filibuster to pass gun safety legislation. If Republicans win the Senate in the fall, they will not need Sinema and Manchin. And as for the Senate Republicans...Well, here is when they slather the kisses on Sinema and Manchin.
From the GNR News room: Have a reverent and respectful Memorial Day, and a Happy beginning of Summer
Its a time of barbecues, of putting fans in windows and switching on the AC, it is, for many people, the official beginning of summer. In the past, I have been criticized for wishing people a Happy Memorial Day, and I can see where they come from. So this year I decided I would split the difference, by wishing everyone a respectful Memorial Day, and also a happy beginning of Summer. The court let stand part of the law that requires social media companies to disclose their content moderation criteria. I can’t think of a better story to end on, because we need some good news looking forward to the midterms.
New Book Explores Why “Inclusion” Can’t Bring an End to Anti-Trans Violence
By its end, the book provides a figurative version of the mace “bomb” that the Black trans revolutionary Marsha P. Johnson described carrying before her still-unsolved death in 1992. It’s one of the book’s inscriptions: “If they attack me, I’m going to attack them, with my bomb.”Johnson was prepared for the everyday war that continues against Black trans people. Through this, and other examples, the book demonstrates how racialized anti-trans/queer violence is foundational to the United States. I think writing produces audiences as much as it finds them. Even after much community organizing by groups like FIERCE and others, the piers have mostly been destroyed by the relentless gentrification of Manhattan, and yet, trans/queer life continues.
Crowd Booed Gov. Greg Abbott When He Arrived at Uvalde Memorial Site
Greg Abbott was met with boos Sunday as he arrived at a memorial site for victims of the elementary school massacre in Uvalde, which sparked a nationwide wave of grief and anger over lawmakers’ persistent — and industry-funded — inaction on gun violence. “We need change, governor!” yelled one member of a crowd gathered at Robb Elementary School as Abbott, a Republican who just two days earlier delivered video remarks at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention, arrived at the site. Now Texas Governor Greg Abbott has arrived. “After the slaughter of 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, those broken promises have never rung more hollow. The time to take real action is now.”The parents of children killed in Uvalde have echoed that message.
US rail unions seek government-imposed contract settlement
Last week, the rail worker unions participated in three days of federally mediated contract talks with the Class I railroads, in which the unions have renewed a request that the talks be declared at an impasse. The unions would have workers believe that moving towards a PEB is a tactical masterstroke which would prompt the Biden White House to impose a contract favorable to railroaders. Indeed, the unions have imposed the terms of the injunction upon BNSF workers in the most expansive terms possible, using it to threaten rank-and-file opposition with legal action. Indeed, through his allies in the unions, Biden was able last year to keep wage increases among unionized workers even lower (3.3 percent) than among nonunion workers. The rail industry is critical not only to the economy but also to “national security.” The government needs the rails to be able to move military equipment and materiel into Ukraine and to prepare for war against China.
Shanghai emerges out of lockdown after beating back Omicron
Shanghai, a city of 26 million inhabitants and China’s commercial hub, has beaten back the Omicron variant in just two months with fewer than 600 deaths. It also bears comparing the US and China on the state of the COVID pandemic considering Biden’s malicious statement. Since the pandemic, the US has reported over a million COVID deaths, with a population 4.2 times smaller than China’s. In Shanghai, the epicenter of the Omicron outbreak in mainland China, there were only 122 COVID cases reported over the last 24 hours. There were no reported deaths yesterday, leaving the total COVID deaths in Shanghai at 591.
California Chevron oil workers’ strike sabotaged by United Steelworkers in total sellout
On Saturday night, the United Steelworkers (USW) Local 5 in Richmond, California, claimed that workers had ratified a tentative agreement (TA) with Chevron. Chevron workers speak for all workers across the globe who are refusing to bear the cost of inflation expressed in the dramatic rise in the cost of food, fuel, rent and other necessities. It is for this reason that we urge workers to get involved with the Oil Workers Rank-and-File Committee. In auto, trucking, health care and across the entire working class, the grievances experienced by Chevron workers are broadly felt. To join the Oil Workers Rank-and-File Committee, email oilworkersrfc@gmail.com.
Following Uvalde massacre, Biden and Pelosi offer empty platitudes
The first funerals have began this weekend in Uvalde, Texas, for the 19 children and two teachers murdered in last Tuesday’s horrific mass killing. Many likely remembered Abbott hailing the “courageous” actions of the police during a town hall in Uvalde last Wednesday. In his speech at Delaware, Biden, referencing the two mass killings this month, said there was “Too much violence. Too much grief.”Crosses bearing the names of Tuesday's shooting victims are placed outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Thursday, May 26, 2022. As with the Buffalo massacre, when Biden spoke of the “insurrection” in his remarks to the Delaware graduates he never once mentioned the Republican Party or Trump by name.
Biden sees chance of rational GOP approach on guns
Biden sees chance of rational GOP approach on gunsPresident Joe Biden says the “Second Amendment was never absolute” and that, after the Texas elementary school shooting, there may be some bipartisan support to tighten restrictions on the kind of high-powered weapons used by the gunman.
US, China prep face-to-face talk between Lloyd Austin, Wei Fenghe: report
Austin has already said he will travel to the conference, which is being held June 10-12. Wei Fenghe is China’s defense minister. Start your day with all you need to know Morning Report delivers the latest news, videos, photos and more. Check out more newslettersThe Chinese defense ministry’s summary of the conversation said Wei warned Austin that Taiwan could have a “disruptive impact” on relations between the countries. Following Biden’s comments in Tokyo, the White House and the president insisted that the US’ policy of “strategic ambiguity” on Taiwan hasn’t changed.
Florida man Corey Anderson threatened to go to ‘nearest school’ with weapons: sheriff
A Florida man posted images of himself suggesting he was heavily armed and headed to the “nearest school,” according to authorities over the weekend. The photo was accompanied by a caption that read, “Hey Siri, directions to the nearest school,” authorities said. The Post is withholding the name of the fifth-grader at Patriot Elementary School in Cape Coral because he’s a minor. The massacre was the deadliest school shooting since 26 people — including 20 students — were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in December 2012. “To everyone impacted by the horrific elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: We grieve with you,” Biden tweeted Sunday.
Biden honors fallen service members at Arlington Cemetery for Memorial Day
President Biden led commemorations of Memorial Day at a ceremony honoring fallen US service members at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday. On Monday morning, the Bidens hosted a breakfast at the White House for service members and their families as well as veteran, military service and military family organizations. President Joe Biden arrives to lay a wreath at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty ImagesFirst lady Jill Biden and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland arrive before President Joe Biden lays a wreath at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. AP Photo/Andrew HarnikBiden started Memorial Day by visiting the grave of his late son Beau Biden to mark the seventh anniversary of his death.
Taiwan jets scramble as China air force enters air defence zone
Taiwan on Monday reported the largest incursion since January by China's air force in its air defence zone, with the island's defence ministry saying Taiwanese fighters scrambled to warn away 30 aircraft in the latest uptick in tensions. Taiwan calls China's repeated nearby military activities "grey zone" warfare, designed to both wear out Taiwan's forces by making them repeatedly scramble, and also to test Taiwan's responses. The latest Chinese mission included 22 fighters, as well as electronic warfare, early warning and antisubmarine aircraft, the Taiwan ministry said. Taiwan sent combat aircraft to warn away the Chinese aircraft, while missile systems were deployed to monitor them, the ministry said. It was the largest incursion since Taiwan reported 39 Chinese aircraft in its ADIZ on Jan. 23.
Energy crisis causing inflation problem for Americans, national security threat: Mitch Roschelle
Macro Trends Advisors LLC founding partner Mitch Roschelle weighed in on soaring gas prices on Monday, arguing that "we have to unlock our energy." "Right now Saudi Arabia is exporting $1 billion a day of profit on their oil so it’s not just inflation, it’s the national security threat that this poses," he told Fox News. Roschelle provided the insight on "Fox & Friends" on Monday as inflation sits near 40-year highs and gas prices hit a fresh record. "The reality is, they’re [the Biden administration is] doing very little, and Americans are getting fed up," Roschelle argued. Critics, though, have claimed that Biden's actions on energy policy have created a "supply problem" in the market.
CNN correspondent says Biden can't do much about gas prices: 'Options are looking pretty bleak'
CNN business correspondent Rahel Solomon said Monday that there was very little President Biden could do about gas prices, adding that the options were "looking pretty bleak." The CNN business correspondent said that "pain is widespread" and that it was "understandable" why the American people would want the president to do something to address the increased gas prices. "There is very little any sitting U.S. president can do in the short term to try to lower prices," Solomon said. Solomon said she asked Mark Finley, an energy and global oil fellow at Rice University, about any solutions to the skyrocketing gas prices. BIDEN: 'CAN'T DO MUCH RIGHT NOW’ TO LOWER SOARING GAS PRICES, ‘RUSSIA’S RESPONSIBLE'"The unfortunate reality for President Biden is there isn’t much he can do in the short term.
Taiwan jets scramble as China air force enters air defence zone
REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationTAIPEI, May 30 (Reuters) - Taiwan on Monday reported the largest incursion since January by China's air force in its air defence zone, with the island's defence ministry saying Taiwanese fighters scrambled to warn away 30 aircraft in the latest uptick in tensions. Taiwan, which China claims as its own territory, has complained for the past two years or so of repeated missions by China's air force near the democratically governed island, often in the southwestern part of its air defence identification zone, or ADIZ, close to the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands. Taiwan calls China's repeated nearby military activities "grey zone" warfare, designed to both wear out Taiwan's forces by making them repeatedly scramble, and also to test Taiwan's responses. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterThe latest Chinese mission included 22 fighters, as well as electronic warfare, early warning and antisubmarine aircraft, the Taiwan ministry said. Taiwan sent combat aircraft to warn away the Chinese aircraft, while missile systems were deployed to monitor them, the ministry said.
America's next wind powerhouse: The Gulf of Mexico?
Challenges to potential Gulf wind projects persist, including the region’s frequent hurricanes and billions of migratory birds. The area’s typical wind speeds are also lower than those of the Atlantic Coast, the biggest haven for U.S. offshore wind projects. The wind projects would help meet President Joe Biden’s goal of building 30 gigawatts of wind power capacity by 2030 — enough power for more than 10 million homes. “I don’t think you’ll see offshore wind farms that are ‘just an offshore wind farm plugged into the grid, thank you very much,’” he said. The leases will help meet New York state’s mandated target of 9 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2035 and New Jersey’s target of 7.5 gigawatts of offshore wind by the same year.
Ranking the five Democrats most likely to win party nod if Biden doesn’t run
Whether President Biden will seek reelection next year is one of the most discussed topics inside and outside the Beltway. Biden has said he plans to run for a second term, privately telling former President Obama and other Democrats of his intentions. Democratic strategists say he would be well positioned for a 2024 run. “President Biden is running for reelection in 2024 and I’m supporting him.”But if Biden doesn’t run, Warren would instantly vault into contention and her plans would likely change. “Because few people think Biden is going to run again.”For the latest news, weather, sports, and streaming video, head to The Hill.
Biden sees chance of 'rational' Republican approach on guns
"I think things have gotten so bad that everybody’s getting more rational, at least that’s my hope,” Biden told reporters on the White House lawn after returning to Washington. That included encouraging state “red flag” laws to keep guns away from those with mental health problems. After flying back to the White House, they hosted a Memorial Day breakfast in the East Room with 130 or so members of veteran organizations, military family groups and senior Defense Department and other administration officials. Standing at attention under a cloudless sky in the late-May heat, Biden saluted as taps played, after laying the wreath of red and white roses wrapped in red, white and blue ribbon in front of the tomb. Biden was set to deliver remarks honoring servicemembers before returning to the White House, where he was to join families in the planting of a magnolia tree on the White House South Lawn in honor of the fallen.
Live updates | French journalist killed in Ukraine, 1 hurt
PARIS — A French news broadcaster says a 32-year-old French journalist has been killed in Ukraine while "covering a humanitarian operation." Orban’s remarks came Monday at an extraordinary EU summit focused on helping Ukraine, with sanctions a clear focus of attention. MOSCOW — Authorities in a Russia-backed separatist region in eastern Ukraine say at least five civilians have been killed in new Ukrainian shelling. KYIV, Ukraine — A regional governor says an intense battle is going on for the key city of Sievierodonetsk in eastern Ukraine. The World Food Program chief say’s Russia’s war on Ukraine is “piling catastrophe on top of catastrophe” for the world’s poor.
AP News Summary at 12:10 p.m. EDT
A dad's anguish outside Texas school while shooting unfoldedUVALDE, Texas (AP) — Javier Cazares raced to his daughter’s school when he heard there was a shooting and spent 35 to 45 agonizing minutes there, waiting for word of her. Nineteen children and two teachers were ultimately shot dead in the roughly 80 minutes the gunman spent inside the school in Uvalde, Texas. Russian, Ukrainian troops fight block by block in key cityKRAMATORSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russian troops pushed farther into a key eastern Ukrainian city and fought street by street with Kyiv’s forces Monday. O'Rourke bets shooting will shake up Texas governor's raceWASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Texas governor’s race candidate Beto O’Rourke is hoping the Uvalde school shooting can reset the contest in America’s largest red state. This year it will be notable for the absence of Prince Andrew, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan.
While Uvalde mourns, Biden urges 'rational' action on guns
"The idea of these high-caliber weapons -- there is simply no rational basis for it in terms of self-protection, hunting," Biden said. Since then, mass school shootings have rocked Virginia Tech University, Sandy Hook Elementary school in Connecticut and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, among others. Biden has backed multiple actions, including a renewal of the assault weapons ban imposed in the 1990s and universal background checks. Some states, including those like Florida and Connecticut that have faced a mass shooting, have separately sought to tackle some gun law changes. (Reporting by Steve Holland in Washington and Brad Brooks in Uvalde, Texas, Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Scott Malone and Andrea Ricci)
New US ambassador to Ukraine arrives in Kyiv in symbolic move
The new US ambassador to Ukraine has arrived in Kyiv, the Guardian understands, a symbolic move after the US withdrew all diplomats from the country before the Russian invasion in February. The US embassy evacuated all family members and non-essential staff in January and moved operations to Lviv in western Ukraine in mid-February. Right before the Russian invasion, the diplomats moved again, to Rzeszów in Poland. In the end, almost all western diplomats left Kyiv, either before or immediately after Russia launched its invasion. The British ambassador arrived at the end of April.
Donald Trump Jr slammed for ‘tasteless’ Facebook rant suggesting Uvalde shooter could have killed 21 with bat
Donald Trump Jr has been slammed for going on a “tasteless” rant where he suggested that Uvalde mass shooter Salvdor Ramos could have murdered his 21 victims with a “bat”. During his tirade, he lamented that guns will be blamed for the mass shooting that left 19 young children and two teachers dead. “In an incredible display of stupidity, Donald Trump Jr angrily ranted that the Uvalde killer could have killed his victims with a ‘bat’,” one person tweeted. There has not been a school shooting in the UK since. Meanwhile, questions are also mounting over the handling of the mass shooting after local officials admitted that critical mistakes were made.
Video shows children fleeing from classroom window during Uvalde school shooting
Distressing new footage shows children breaking through windows and racing out the door as they attempted to flee from a gunman who opened fire on their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, last week. In the video, dozens of officers and first responders are seen surrounding the perimeter of the building while some perch nearby a window. Students flee Robb Elementary School in Uvalde after a gunman attacked their school and shot and killed 19 children and two teachers. (ABC News/video screengrab)The footage of the gripping rescue effort arrives on the heels of federal agencies announcing there would be a formal investigation opened into the police response to the shooting at Robb Elementary School on 24 May. Students from Robb Elementary flee through broken windows and backdoors as police guide them away to safety from the site of the Uvalde school shooting.
More than 300,000 American children have been in school during a shooting since 1999
More than 310,000 American children have been in a school classroom during a shooting since the Columbine High massacre in 1999, it has been revealed. This year, within five months, there have been at least 24 school shootings whilst children are learning in their classrooms. Six days ago, a gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, killing 19 students and two children - the deadliest school shooting since Sandy Hook where a 20-year-old man killed 20 children and six staff members in 2012. Despite black students making up 16.6 percent of the school population, twice that rate - 33 percent - have experienced school shootings. He said the final piece of legislation 'in the end, could have a significant downward pressure on gun violence in this country.'
Florida boy, 10, claimed he'd bought assault rifles in text cops say threatened mass school shooting
He also warned anyone who attempts a school shooting: 'If you think you’re going to come and kill a child or a faculty member, think again. Salvador Ramos blasted his grandmother in the face before going on a rampage at Robb Elementary School last Tuesday. The shocking incident is being investigated by the The School Threat Enforcement Team and the Youth Services Criminal Investigations Division. Amd on May 27, Sheriff Marceno appeared in an eight-minute long video in which he criticized federal aid for Ukraine. Lee County Sheriff Marceno pictured with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on May 23In 2020, Marceno, a Republican, won a decisive election victory over Democratic challenger Robert Neeld.
Dramatic video of Texas shooting reveals 77 minutes gunman was inside as students called for help
That saw 19 children and two teachers shot dead by gunman Salvador Ramos, 18, who was later shot dead by cops. New video emerges in deadly Texas school shooting as Justice Department begins reviewing police response. Again at 12:16pm she called back and said there were 8 to 9 students alive,' McCraw said, ABC News reported. The video unveiled the 77 gut-wrenching minutes Ramos was inside the school building before police reached the locked door with a key and killed the deranged madman. After nearly an hour, source said federal offices defying local authorities went into the building and shooting Ramos dead.
Biden calls Mitch McConnell a 'rational' Republican who can act on gun reform after Uvalde visit
Biden, apparently sharing that optimism, called McConnell and Cornyn 'rational' Republicans - though told the press he didn't know about the status of such talks. The visit to Uvalde was Biden's second trip in as many weeks to console a community in loss after a mass shooting. A mass shooting happens. Hours after the shooting, Biden delivered an impassioned plea for additional gun control legislation, asking: 'When in God's name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? As president, Biden has tried to address gun violence through executive orders.
Biden believes "rational Republicans" could move on gun control
President Biden told reporters Monday that "rational Republicans" could act on some gun control in the wake of the recent mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Driving the news: "I think things have gotten so bad that everybody is getting more rational about it, at least that’s my hope,” Biden said. Biden said Monday he would welcome congressional action gun control. Yes, but: Biden said he has not spoken with Republicans yet about finding a compromise on gun control, “but my guess is ... they’re going to have to take a hard look.”"I know I have responsibility. The big picture: Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that there are "many more Republicans willing to talk" about gun control legislation than he'd seen before, Axios Ivana Saric reports.
Harvard University student newspaper survey of graduates finds very few lean conservative
A Harvard University student newspaper survey of graduating students found that only 6.4% of the people who responded were conservative-leaning after attending the private Ivy League institution. It found that 4% of graduates from the class of 2022 lean conservative, and 2.4% lean "very conservative." *1.4% of the graduating students surveyed identify as apolitical, according to the student newspaper. 51.8% of graduating students surveyed have a favorable view of President Biden, compared to 30.1% who hold an unfavorable view. It found that 54.1% of graduating students surveyed support "defunding or abolishing ICE," and just 15.3% support "Elon Musk's bid to buy Twitter."
Biden points to assault weapons ban as 'rational' option for gun control
Pressed on potential avenues for gun control in the wake of the devastating school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, President Joe Biden pointed to an assault weapons ban Monday morning. He visited the school and attended mass at a local church, where demonstrators nearby chanted "Do something." President Joe Biden speaks to the media on the South Lawn of the White House on May 30, 2022. Biden appeared to credit a federal assault rifle ban — which expired in 2004 — for reducing gun deaths previously, saying, "I know what happened when we had rational action before," adding that the prohibition "cut down mass murders." “So, it's just, as I say, I think things have gotten so bad that everybody’s getting more rational about it," he concluded.
After Uvalde, Biden to push for more gun control but says he hasn't talked to Republicans yet
“The folks who were victimized, their families, they spent three hours and 40 minutes with me,” Biden told reporters Monday. Democrats, Republicans talking gun billsSenate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said last week he wants GOP lawmakers to work with Democrats on a legislative solution for limited gun measures "directly related" to the Uvalde shooting. Biden on Monday recalled hearings he held when he was a senator to talk about “rational gun laws” and seeing an x-ray when visiting a trauma hospital in New York once. Ten days before the slaying in Uvalde, a gunman killed 10 shoppers at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York. “I think things have gotten so bad that everybody is getting more rational about it,” Biden said.
Biden says US won’t send Ukraine rocket systems that can reach Russia
President Biden on Monday said the United States will not send rocket systems to Ukraine that could potentially reach into Russia, after reports that the administration was preparing to send long-range systems to the besieged European ally. BIDEN SAYS PUTIN ‘NATOIZED’ EUROPE WITH WAR IN UKRAINEBiden was asked about the potential move by reporters outside the White House and said that his administration would not send Ukraine rocket systems that strike into Russia. Koffler said that another motivation for Biden could be concern about how the systems would be used by the Ukrainians. She also noted that Russia had sought to deter Washington from sending the systems to Ukraine by testing a hypersonic missile this week. "Apparently, providing Ukraine this new capability creates concerns among some in the Biden Administration that it will be seen as provocative and escalatory in the eyes of Putin," he tweeted.
Tributes to fallen soldiers pour in from politicians on Memorial Day
Politicians from both sides of the aisle across the country paid tribute to fallen U.S. soldiers on Monday to commemorate Memorial Day. "Today, we pause to remember the men and women who have paid the ultimate price to defend our freedom and liberty," Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted. MEMORIAL DAY IS A REMINDER FREEDOM 'MUST BE FOUGHT FOR AND DEFENDED CONSTANTLY'"Today, let us remember the brave Americans who have served and sacrificed for our freedom," Republican South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott tweeted. GASOLINE HITS RECORD HIGH DURING MEMORIAL DAY WEEKENDPresident Joe Biden is scheduled to address the nation at 12 noon ET at the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia on Monday. "They made the ultimate sacrifice to defend our Constitution and our democracy.
Biden says McConnell is 'rational Republican' to work on gun control with, warns executive options are limited
President Biden pointed to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. John Cornyn as Republicans he believes he can work with on gun control. Biden said there was a chance for compromise on gun control with "rational Republicans" such as McConnell, R-Ky., and Cornyn, R-Texas, during remarks to reporters Monday, though he warned that there is not much he can do on his own through executive action. TEXAS SCHOOL SHOOTING: LIVE UPDATESThe president's remarks come after multiple shootings over the last week, starting with the Uvalde, Texas shooting at Robb Elementary School that left 21 dead and 18 injured. Biden called for gun control legislation after the Uvalde shooting, arguing that the government can work to prevent similar acts of violence in the future. "As a nation, we have to ask, when in God's name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?
While Uvalde mourns, Biden urges 'rational' action on guns
U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Bide speak with Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District (C.I.S.D.) "The idea of these high-caliber weapons -- there is simply no rational basis for it in terms of self-protection, hunting," Biden said. Since then, mass school shootings have rocked Virginia Tech University, Sandy Hook Elementary school in Connecticut and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, among others. Biden has backed multiple actions, including a renewal of the assault weapons ban imposed in the 1990s and universal background checks. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterReporting by Steve Holland in Washington and Brad Brooks in Uvalde, Texas, Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Scott Malone and Andrea RicciOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Biden: Second Amendment 'Was Never Absolute'
President Joe Biden offered more of his thoughts on gun control on Monday, expressing concern to reporters at the White House about the lethality of modern weapons. “The Constitution, the Second Amendment, was never absolute. You couldn’t buy a cannon when the Second Amendment was passed,” Biden said. Biden addressed questions by reporters on gun control after the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, last week that killed 19 children and two teachers. Biden has been a part of various efforts to control gun violence over the years.
Biden to honor veterans at Arlington National Cemetery
President Joe Biden will honor U.S. service members in remarks at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday as part of a day of events commemorating veterans and their families. Before heading to the cemetery, the president and first lady Jill Biden hosted a breakfast in the East Room of the White House with members of veterans, military service and military families groups, senior Defense Department officials and other administration officials. The Bidens will be joined at Arlington National Cemetery by Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, for a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, followed by the president’s speech at the Memorial Amphitheater. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley are also expected to speak. Afterward, the Bidens will plant a magnolia tree on the South Lawn of the White House alongside the families of service members who have passed away.
Biden sees chance of ‘rational’ Republican approach on guns
Members of the media are visible in the sunglasses of President Joe Biden as he speaks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, May 30, 2022, after returning from Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Members of the media are visible in the sunglasses of President Joe Biden as he speaks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, May 30, 2022, after returning from Wilmington, Del. “I think things have gotten so bad that everybody’s getting more rational, at least that’s my hope,” Biden told reporters on the White House lawn after returning to Washington. That included encouraging state “red flag” laws to keep guns away from those with mental health problems. Later, the Bidens planned to honor families of service members killed with the planting of a magnolia tree on the White House South Lawn.
Biden points to assault weapons ban as 'rational' option for gun control
Pressed on potential avenues for gun control in the wake of the devastating Uvalde, Texas, shooting, President Joe Biden pointed to an assault weapons ban on Monday morning. The president visited Uvalde on Sunday, meeting with first responders and consoling the families of the 19 children and two teachers killed in a shooting rampage at Robb Elementary School. President Joe Biden speaks to the media on the South Lawn of the White House on May 30, 2022. Biden appeared to credit a federal assault rifle ban — which expired in 2004 — for reducing gun deaths previously, saying, "I know what happened when we had rational action before," adding that the prohibition "cut down mass murders." “So, it's just, as I say, I think things have gotten so bad that everybody’s getting more rational about it," he concluded.
Trump angrily attacked Perdue as 'lazy' for losing his primary, report says — a criticism more often used of Trump himself
Republican gubernatorial candidate David Perdue campaigning on May 20, 2022, in Plainville, Georgia, to be made the GOP nominee for governor. Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesDonald Trump lashed out at his defeated endorsees in Georgia, The Washington Post reported. He reportedly insulted David Perdue — who was seeking the governor nomination — as "lazy." Former President Donald Trump was furious that his endorsed candidate David Perdue's lost the Republican gubernatorial primary in Georgia, and lashed out at him as "lazy," The Washington Post reported. Advisors to Trump told the Post that the former president now sees the candidates he endorsed in the races as "embarrassments," adding that he considered Perdue lazy.
Biden sees chance of 'rational' Republican approach on guns
"I think things have gotten so bad that everybody’s getting more rational, at least that’s my hope,” Biden told reporters on the White House lawn after returning to Washington. Faced with chants of “do something” as he departed a church service, Biden pledged: “We will.”As he arrived back in Washington for Memorial Day, Biden was asked if he's now more motivated to see new federal limits imposed on firearms. That included encouraging state “red flag” laws to keep guns away from those with mental health problems. “The Second Amendment was never absolute," Biden said. Later, the Bidens planned to honor families of service members killed with the planting of a magnolia tree on the White House South Lawn.
AP News Summary at 11:21 a.m. EDT
A dad's anguish outside Texas school while shooting unfoldedUVALDE, Texas (AP) — Javier Cazares raced to his daughter’s school when he heard there was a shooting and spent 35 to 45 agonizing minutes there, waiting for word of her. Nineteen children and two teachers were ultimately shot dead in the roughly 80 minutes the gunman spent inside the school in Uvalde, Texas. Russian, Ukrainian troops fight block by block in key cityKRAMATORSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russian troops pushed farther into a key eastern Ukrainian city and fought street by street with Kyiv’s forces Monday. O'Rourke bets shooting will shake up Texas governor's raceWASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Texas governor’s race candidate Beto O’Rourke is hoping the Uvalde school shooting can reset the contest in America’s largest red state. This year it will be notable for the absence of Prince Andrew, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan.
Salvador Ramos took more ammunition into Uvalde elementary school than US soldier takes into battle
The gunman who shot dead 19 young children and two teachers in the Uvalde mass shooting had taken more ammunition into Robb Elementary School than a US soldier takes into a wartime battle, it has been revealed. Just eight days later, on 24 May, he entered Robb Elementary School with one of the rifles and carried out one of the worst mass shootings in American history. The governor was then met with boos and jeers on Sunday as he joined President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden at the memorial outside Robb Elementary School. On 24 May, Ramos shot his grandmother in the face before driving towards Robb Elementary School in the family’s truck. He was finally shot dead by Border Patrol agents after officials stormed the classroom.
California single dad forced to live in tents with four kids after wildfire is surprised with RV
A single dad who was forced to live in a ramshackle tent compound with his four children for months after a wildfire destroyed their home was surprised with an RV. That teacher reached out to EmergencyRV.org, an organization that gifts Rvs to wildfire victims, and shared Layla's commitment. one of the siblings said, while Eric Hatch effusively thanked Emergency RV founder Woody Faircloth. California father Eric Hatch and his four children lost their home to the Caldor Fire last year. The charity, in partnership with the California Fire Foundation, arranged for the new RV to be given to the Hatch family.
Biden says US will NOT send Ukraine missiles that can hit Russia after Kremlin warning
President Joe Biden announced on Monday that the U.S. will not be giving Ukraine long-range missiles that can reach into Russia after Moscow warned that such a move would cross a red line. Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS) that can fire missiles hundreds of miles as it fights for control of its eastern Donbas region. 'We are not going to send to Ukraine rocket systems that strike into Russia,' he told reporters. Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov warned Washington against sending long-range weapons. In the case of long range rocket systems, officials are reported to have proposed reducing that risk by only offering Ukraine shorter-range rockets, which have an effective range about 50 miles.
Biden says 'rational Republicans' offer hope for gun legislation
There’s growing pressure on Washington to act after two deadly mass shootings rocked the nation this month. Lawmakers have projected mild optimism about reaching a compromise despite multiple failed attempts to pass gun reform legislation over the past decade. An emotional Biden visited the grieving cities of Buffalo, N.Y., and Uvalde, Texas, less than two weeks apart. On Sunday in Texas, a crowd stood outside of the Catholic church where the president attended mass, chanting, “Do something!”“We will,” Biden responded. Senators will continue talks while on Memorial Day recess, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has said his chamber will address the legislation when lawmakers return on June 6.
A 9-year-old describes escaping through a window during the Uvalde school massacre as anger mounts over police response
Hide Caption 11 of 39 Photos: Mass shooting at Texas elementary school Crosses bear the names of shooting victims on May 26. Hide Caption 18 of 39 Photos: Mass shooting at Texas elementary school Texas gubernatorial nominee Beto O'Rourke, bottom right, confronted Gov. Hide Caption 30 of 39 Photos: Mass shooting at Texas elementary school People react outside the civic center in Uvalde. Hide Caption 35 of 39 Photos: Mass shooting at Texas elementary school Law enforcement officials stand outside the school following the shooting. Hide Caption 37 of 39 Photos: Mass shooting at Texas elementary school Police walk near the school following the shooting.
Biden rules out sending rocket systems 'that can strike into Russia' to Ukraine
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The United States will not send Ukraine rocket systems that can reach into Russia, President Joe Biden said on Monday (May 30). The comments followed reports that the Biden administration was preparing to send advanced long-range rocket systems to Kyiv for its fight against Russia. "We're not going to send to Ukraine rocket systems" that can reach into Russia, Biden told reporters after arriving back at the White House after a weekend in Delaware. Ukrainian officials have sought a longer-range system called the Multiple Launch Rocket System, or MLRS, that can fire a barrage of rockets hundreds of miles away. Responding to the news, Russian Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday that Washington's decision on the rocket systems was "rational".
'We will': President Biden responds to 'do something' chants during trip to Uvalde, Texas
'We will': President Biden responds to 'do something' chants during trip to Uvalde, TexasPresident Biden and first lady Jill Biden offered comfort to the Uvalde community after a mass shooting left 19 children and two teachers dead.
Teacher who survived Texas school shooting haunted by image of gunman Salvador Ramos
“I had one student laying on top of me,” she told “Today” of the 15 panicked pupils in room 102. Nicole Ogburn spotted Salvador Ramos after hearing some of the shots that police say he fired at the Uvalde school building before entering. Nicole Ogburn says the only person to blame for the shooting is Salvador Ramos. Ogburn told KENS 5 that when officers eventually reached the shattered window of her classroom, her terrified pupils started jumping out and running to the shelter of a nearby funeral home. “That’s the person that’s to blame,” she also told “Today.”
Biden rejects Ukraine long-range rocket request as Russia advances
The United States will not provide Ukraine with advanced missile systems that can hit targets inside Russia, President Biden revealed Monday – once again rejecting a request from the Kyiv government for vital military aid. “We are not going to send to Ukraine rocket systems that can strike into Russia,” the president said after arriving back at the White House from Delaware. Top Ukrainian officials – including President Volodymyr Zelensky – have requested the US and its allies provide Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS) as well as High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS). Reports last week indicated the Biden administration was preparing to send long-range systems to Ukraine. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP via Getty ImagesTop Ukrainian officials have requested the US and its allies provide Multiple Launch Rocket Systems and High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems.
Joe Biden visits grave of late son Beau on anniversary of his death
?President Biden set aside time from his Memorial Day schedule Monday to visit? the grave of his late son Beau Biden at a Delaware church cemetery on the seventh anniversary of his death. ?Other family members visiting Beau’s final resting place included the president’s grandchildren and his sister, Valerie Biden Owens. Beau Biden, a veteran of the Iraq war and the former attorney general of Delaware, died of brain cancer on May 30, 2015. First lady Jill Biden, carries flowers at St. Joseph on the Brandywine Catholic Church, where Beau Biden is buried. REUTERS/Elizabeth FrantzPresident Biden receives a hug from a church service attendee before walking to the gravesite of his son.
WH officials, top GOPers stay off Sunday shows after Texas school shooting
Dan Patrick, and the Lone Star State’s two GOP senators – Ted Cruz and John Cornyn – also declined to appear. ?A Fox News spokesperson told Mediaite that the White House also turned down interview requests from “Fox News Sunday.”“State of the Union” anchor Dana Bash said Texas Gov. As the Republican governor arrived at the school where a memorial had been erected for the 21 victims, mourners heckled him. President Biden and first lady Jill Biden visited a memorial at Robb Elementary School on Sunday. “It’s awful — he’s not doing anything about gun laws and wants everyone to own a gun,” she said.
AP News Summary at 9:45 a.m. EDT
A dad's anguish outside Texas school while shooting unfoldedUVALDE, Texas (AP) — Javier Cazares raced to his daughter’s school when he heard there was a shooting and spent 35 to 45 agonizing minutes there, waiting for word of her. Nineteen children and two teachers were ultimately shot dead in the roughly 80 minutes the gunman spent inside the school in Uvalde, Texas. Mayor Oleksandr Striuk tells the AP in a telephone interview that fierce street fighting is underway in the city as Ukrainian defenders are trying to push the Russians out. O'Rourke bets shooting will shake up Texas governor's raceWASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Texas governor’s race candidate Beto O’Rourke is hoping the Uvalde school shooting can reset the contest in America’s largest red state. This year it will be notable for the absence of Prince Andrew, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan.
Taiwan jets scramble as China air force enters air defence zone
TAIPEI (Reuters) -Taiwan on Monday reported the largest incursion since January by China's air force in its air defence zone, with the island's defence ministry saying Taiwanese fighters scrambled to warn away 30 aircraft in the latest uptick in tensions. Taiwan, which China claims as its own territory, has complained for the past two years or so of repeated missions by China's air force near the democratically governed island, often in the southwestern part of its air defence identification zone, or ADIZ, close to the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands. The latest Chinese mission included 22 fighters, as well as electronic warfare, early warning and antisubmarine aircraft, the Taiwan ministry said. Taiwan sent combat aircraft to warn away the Chinese aircraft, while missile systems were deployed to monitor them, the ministry said. It was the largest incursion since Taiwan reported 39 Chinese aircraft in its ADIZ on Jan. 23.
Biden says pain ‘palpable’ in Uvalde as funeral services for shooting victims to begin
Returning to the Washington on Monday morning, the US president, wearing a black suit, talked about the “palpable” pain in Uvalde. I’m going to continue to push.”Republicans in the US Senate have blocked meaningful federal legislation on gun control for many years. High capacity, semi-automatic military-style assault rifles were used in both the Buffalo and Uvalde shootings, both purchased legally. He recounted how he spent the next 35 to 45 excruciating minutes scanning the children fleeing school for his nine-year-old “firecracker” daughter Jacklyn. The tragedy represents the deadliest school shooting since Sandy Hook, Connecticut, in December, 2012, when 26 people were killed at the elementary school.
Gun reform’s biggest enemy is a Senate with too much time on its hands
The Senate is typically the place where gun legislation goes to die. The winds are still blowing against those who want to see comprehensive gun legislation pass, but an opportunity was there. Recess is typically an enemy of any legislation – Tea Party protesters famously confronted legislators at town halls in their states and districts as Congress deliberated on Obamacare in 2009 – but with gun legislation, the passing of time often proves deadly. He also slammed efforts to pass gun legislation and, without a hint of irony, criticized President Joe Biden for politicizing the event – ignoring the fact that he himself received millions in campaign donations from the NRA. Wherever overall public opinion might lie, any legislator seen as negotiating with Democrats is now in the conservative voters’ sights.
Biden begins Memorial Day visiting son Beau's grave in Delaware on anniversary of his death
President Joe Biden visited his late son grave to mark Memorial Day on Monday - the seventh anniversary of Beau Biden's death at age 46 after a battle with brain cancer. Beau Biden had been a Major in the Delaware National Guard and served in Iraq with the 261st Signal Brigade. He was also Delaware's state Attorney General from 2007 up until a few months before his death on May 30, 2015. The president and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden were seen bringing a pink bouquet of flowers to the grave early on Monday morning after attending a half-hour church service in Wilmington. He spent his Sunday grieving with those families in-person during an all-day trip to Uvalde, Texas alongside Dr. Jill Biden.
Texas school shooting: A 9-year-old describes escaping through a window as anger mounts over law enforcement's response
Photos: Mass shooting at Texas elementary school Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty Images Law enforcement vehicles are lined up outside the school on Wednesday. Photos: Mass shooting at Texas elementary school Eric Thayer/Bloomberg/Getty Images A Texas state trooper walks outside the school on Tuesday. Photos: Mass shooting at Texas elementary school Dario Lopez-Mills/AP Law enforcement officials and other first responders gather outside the school following Tuesday's shooting. Photos: Mass shooting at Texas elementary school Dario Lopez-Mills/AP Law enforcement officials stand outside the school following the shooting. Photos: Mass shooting at Texas elementary school Dario Lopez-Mills/AP Police walk near the school following the shooting.
Opinion | It’s time for Biden to strongly attack the White-grievance industry
— President Biden told University of Delaware graduates: “In the face of such destructive forces, we have to stand stronger. “Forces” are not the problem; one political movement encased within the Republican Party is. Their religious zealotry, fed by the myth that Christianity is under attack, means poor women cannot have access to safe, legal abortions. Like other toxic political movements, the MAGA crusade flourishes thanks to the collaboration of cynics, true believers and cult followers. Democracy’s survival demands that mainstream media prioritize candor about the nature of today’s GOP over fake balance in political coverage.
Opinion | It’s time for Biden to lift Trump’s China tariffs
Mr. Trump’s trade war has been a flop, escalating costs for Americans and generating little but ire from China. Mr. Biden himself described the tariffs as “reckless,” yet they remain. Mr. Trump put hefty ones in place on China starting in 2018, claiming they would force China to buy more from U.S. businesses and trade fairly. AdvertisementIn an encouraging sign, Mr. Biden has said several times in recent weeks that he’s discussing the tariffs with top advisers and “considering” tweaking them. The best way to force China to change is for Mr. Biden to create strong trade partnerships with other nations to make the United States less reliant on China.
The Uvalde shooting ‘stirred something’ in him. So he gave up his gun.
He unlocked his gun cabinet and pulled out his AR-15, similar to the one used by the gunman in Uvalde. It is an affinity that cuts across the partisan lines that typically define the gun debate in other parts of the country. “Maybe we are focusing our attention on the wrong thing,” Abbott said, referring to the debate over gun control. Gutierrez stood up and began shouting at the governor, urging him to convene a special session to address gun violence. And then it did.”As he visited the memorials in Uvalde, Small said, he thought of his gun cabinet at home, and one of the weapons in it.
Uvalde to Biden: ‘Do something’
Uvalde to Biden: ‘Do something’ Presented byWith help from Eli Okun and Garrett RossAs President Joe Biden departed from a mass dedicated to the victims of the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, demonstrators shouted at the president to “do something” about gun violence. Biden pointed to the crowd and said: “We will.” | Evan Vucci/AP PhotoDRIVING THE DAYBIDEN MAKES A PROMISE — President JOE BIDEN is back in D.C. this morning after spending seven gut-wrenching hours on Sunday visiting grief-stricken Uvalde, Texas. He and first lady JILL BIDEN paid their respects at a Robb Elementary School memorial of 21 white crosses honoring the 19 students and two adults murdered. — 1:45 p.m.: The Bidens will hold a magnolia tree-planting ceremony with families of service members who have died at the White House. The couple, who both worked in the Trump White House, met the day of the White House staff Christmas party in 2019.
Florida sheriff charges man, 18, with threatening ‘the nearest school’
AdvertisementAfter a tip, detectives found that Anderson had posted images of himself with what appeared to be a handgun, a rifle and a tactical-style vest, deputies said. The caption said, “Hey Siri, directions to the nearest school.”The items appearing to be weapons were later discovered to be airsoft guns, deputies said. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office described Anderson’s action as a “school-based threat” in a news release Sunday. This man intentionally instilled fear into our community as a sick joke, but be warned, this is no laughing matter,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said in the release. We take school threats very seriously, if you see something suspicious, please contact us immediately.”©2022 Tampa Bay Times.
Biden grieves with Uvalde, Zelenskyy visits warfront, plus holiday travel hassles and more top news today
Today is Memorial Day. Meanwhile, hundreds of flights worldwide were canceled by Sunday evening, adding to the mounting number of scrubbed flights during the busy Memorial Day holiday weekend in the U.S. An online booking report shows Paul Pelosi was taken into custody late Saturday in Napa County. A spokesperson for Nancy Pelosi says she will not be commenting on this private matter. Paul and Nancy Pelosi have been married since 1963.
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A dad's anguish outside Texas school while shooting unfoldedUVALDE, Texas (AP) — Javier Cazares raced to his daughter’s school when he heard there was a shooting and spent 35 to 45 agonizing minutes there, waiting for word of her. Nineteen children and two teachers were ultimately shot dead in the roughly 80 minutes the gunman spent inside the school in Uvalde, Texas. Mayor Oleksandr Striuk tells the AP in a telephone interview that fierce street fighting is underway in the city as Ukrainian defenders are trying to push the Russians out. The U.S. National Hurricane Center predicts it will make landfall as a strong Category 2 hurricane Monday afternoon or evening. This year it will be notable for the absence of Prince Andrew, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan.
Salvador Ramos: Everything we know about 18-year-old Texas school mass shooter
New details continue to emerge about Salvador Ramos, the gunman who killed 19 children and two adults in a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday. “I just want the people to know I’m sorry man, [for] what my son did,” Mr Ramos said. Ramos’s grandfather describes troubled teen and hidden gunsThe grandfather of the Texas school shooter says he didn’t know Ramos had high-powered assault rifles at home. Mr Ramos’ grandmother is reportedly in critical condition, though family said on Thursday she was now awake and able to communicate in writing. Ramos’ grandmother was in critical condition as of Wednesday morning after being transported to a hospital in San Antonio.
Biden suggests demolishing Uvalde school after mass shooting: ‘Raze that school, build a new one’
State Senator Roland Gutierrez told KSAT that the president promised to provide federal resources to potentially raze Robb Elementary School and build a new campus in the community left heartbroken by the senseless massacre. We’re going to look to raze that school, build a new one,’” said the Democrat, who represents Uvalde. Mr Biden wiped tears from his eyes as he looked at photographs of the murdered nine, 10 and 11-year-old children and two teachers. Speaking to local lawmakers, Mr Biden also said that he was “looking to get real money for healthcare” for the grieving community members. Mr Biden promised: “We will.”In the last two weeks alone, Mr Biden has travelled to comfort two communities torn apart by gun violence.
Progressives take aim at Democratic leadership over support for centrist candidates
But as progressives wait to see who will win the runoff race, they cannot help but think of what might have been if House Democratic leaders had not come to Cuellar’s assistance. “On the day of a mass shooting and weeks after news of Roe, Democratic party leadership rallied for a pro-NRA, anti-choice incumbent under investigation in a close primary. — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 25, 2022Progressives see a pattern in how party leaders and center-left groups are targeting their candidates in primaries. “It’s so abundantly clear what young people want and how Democratic leadership is willing to do the exact opposite,” he said. They are ready to keep up the fight, even if Democratic leaders attempt to stand in their way.
Texas school shooting: A 9-year-old describes escaping through a window as anger mounts over law enforcement's response
The deadly rampage at Robb Elementary marked at least the 30th shooting at a K-12 school in just the first five months of this year. It was the deadliest school shooting since the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre. Yet questions remain over whether the response from law enforcement agencies was timely enough to prevent further casualties. Alfred Garcia, whose daughter was killed in the shooting, told CNN he was in “disbelief” over how much time elapsed during the shooting before it ended and shared his frustration with authorities’ response. Border Patrol agents belonging to a specialized unit arrived to the scene around 12:15 p.m. – roughly 45 minutes after the gunman began shooting.
The Putinologist: CIA chief’s long history with Putin gives him special insight
During Burns’ Senate confirmation hearing in February, he said that, as CIA director, he would have “four crucial and inter-related priorities.” They were: “China, technology, people and partnerships.”Russia was not on that priorities list. That changed in the latter months of 2021, as Putin amassed troops along Russia’s border with Ukraine in numbers and ways that alarmed U.S. officials. As the weeks wore on, Biden administration officials decided to selectively declassify and publicize some U.S. intelligence about the Kremlin’s potential war plans. CIA Director William Burns speaks during an event at the Georgia Institute of Technology on Thursday, April 14, 2022, in Atlanta. As part of his desire to ensure the CIA’s long-term focus remains on China, Burns has established a China Mission Center, the agency’s only such center focused on a single country.
America’s hospital regulator wasn’t designed for a pandemic
Stories like Kornman’s, which health workers said occur across the country, illustrate how America’s hospital regulator, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is ill-equipped to enforce its rules. That funding went to surveying infection control at health care centers but prioritized nursing homes. “It was safer for him to go to a play in Chicago than to his doctor appointment at home.” Ann Yurcek describing her immunocompromised 12-year-old’s experience seeking health care. “CMS controls a lot of money that goes into the health care system, but its reach on the ground is pretty minimal,” Levitt said. Some hospitals are allowing nurses and doctors to go maskless as they treat immunocompromised patients, according to five patients who spoke with POLITICO.
Texas gunman’s grandmother in ‘fair’ condition after being shot, but family say she may never talk again
Texas gunman Salvador Ramos’s grandmother, who was shot in the face before the 18-year-old went on a killing spree at an elementary school in Uvalde last week, is in a stable condition now. He then barricaded himself in a classroom at Robb Elementary School where he killed 19 students and two faculty members on 24 May. “There’s blood all over,” Mr Reyes said, adding that Ramos and his grandmother got into a minor argument about a phone bill. “He was very quiet, he didn’t talk very much,” Mr Reyes told ABC News. Texas governor Greg Abbott, who went to the school to meet Mr Biden, was booed and heckled by the angry crowd.
Student loan forgiveness: Why $10,000 might be better for the economy than $50,000
The Biden administration has been considering a plan to cancel at least $10,000 of federal student-loan debt. And with about 45 million current and former students carrying $1.76 trillion in debt, some sort of debt forgiveness is appealing both as policy and as politics. But what kind of debt forgiveness, and how much for whom? What makes that a hard question is that there is not one student debt problem; there are dozens. Some advocates of student loan forgiveness argue that the overall economy would also get a boost by enabling debtors to become bigger consumers.
Mayoral candidate Gina Viola wants social services, not police officers
Los Angeles activist Gina Viola marched in the streets with thousands of frustrated Angelenos two years ago after George Floyd’s murder. She’s drawn support from leaders of Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles and left-leaning activists who agree with the central message of her campaign: Eliminating the Los Angeles Police Department over time and redirecting the money toward social services. A representative for the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union representing police officers, declined to comment on Viola’s campaign. “He doesn’t want to see any color in the city,” Viola said. Rick can unite L.A.”Political leaders in Los Angeles and some other progressive cities rushed to cut police budgets after Floyd’s death.
Inflation might motivate Republicans, but don’t expect it to win them many California elections
For perspective, the last time inflation was this bad, in 1980, voters ousted Democratic President Carter and installed Republican Ronald Reagan. In California, Republicans picked up six House seats and gained three in the state Assembly. “I do think it will be the dominant issue.”“High inflation always has an impact on elections,” says Democratic strategist Garry South. The PPIC poll found independents thinking more like Republicans on things besides inflation. Half of GOP voters are “very” or “extremely” enthusiastic about casting ballots in House elections.
Trump supporter arrested over US Capitol breach after fraternity brother tips off FBI
The eighth Oklahoman charged over the U.S. Capitol attack was turned in by a college fraternity brother who saw his 10 Facebook videos of the riot, the FBI reported. He is accused in four misdemeanor counts of illegally going inside the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, and engaging in disruptive conduct. "I was among the first people to make our way into the US Capitol Building," he purportedly posted on Facebook, according to the FBI. The FBI reported finding Capitol surveillance footage and cell tower records that place Gable inside during the riot. "The videos ... show scenes of individuals yelling or chanting while inside the U.S. Capitol building.
Donald Trump Jr blames 'crazy teachers and drug-addict mother' not guns for Uvalde school massacre
Donald Trump Jr has blamed 'crazy teachers' and a 'drug-addict mother' for causing the 'sociopath' Uvalde school shooter to go on his killing spree, rather than guns. Trump then claimed people are not allowed to say what the real cause of school shootings are, with people instead blaming guns. He said: 'We're not allowed to actually say anything about it. We all know if you actually see something and say something, you're labeled, you're bigoted, "I can't believe you'd do that", maybe you misgendered the person. You're not allowed to actually say something, you're supposed to but we all know how it really works right.
Analysis: Russians feel little economic pain now, long-term outlook darkens
A general view on the Kievsky railway station and skyscrapers of Moskva-City business centre in Moscow, Russia April 29, 2022. Economy Minister Maxim Reshetnikov said on Friday there was a "demand crisis" in business and consumer spending. The economy minister said manufacturers were re-establishing supply chains broken by sanctions and said 2,000 "backbone companies" could access preferential lending programmes. Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Friday that Moscow required "huge financial resources" for what Moscow calls its "special military operation". The bank's chief regional economist, Alina Slyusarchuk, said in a note that Russia's potential long-term growth rate was now just 1%.
The Man Who Wrote the Book on Political Tribalism Says the Problem Is Getting Worse
In 1976, 26.8 percent of voters lived in “landslide” counties — counties, that is, in which the winner in the presidential election won by more than 20 percent. Michael Kruse: Is there any way in which the Big Sort has gotten better? Kruse: The Big Sort is now the Bigger Sort. Bishop: You could see that people don’t come to a big church necessarily because of the preacher. I mean, the interesting thing about the guy who looked at the 80-percent counties: Most of the counties were Trump counties.
Analysis: Russians feel little economic pain now, long-term outlook darkens
By Jake CordellLONDON (Reuters) - For Oleg Kechin, owner of a chain of barbershops, forecasts that Russia will be plunged into its deepest economic crisis in a generation feel overdone. Economy Minister Maxim Reshetnikov said on Friday there was a "demand crisis" in business and consumer spending. The economy minister said manufacturers were re-establishing supply chains broken by sanctions and said 2,000 "backbone companies" could access preferential lending programmes. STIMULUSRussia has already dipped into its National Wealth Fund, which has about $110 billion of liquid assets, to support spending, which is up 22% this year, the economy minister said. The bank's chief regional economist, Alina Slyusarchuk, said in a note that Russia's potential long-term growth rate was now just 1%.
AP News in Brief at 6:04 a.m. EDT
He said two civilians were killed and another five were wounded in the latest Russian shelling in the war. Sievierodonetsk, 143 kilometers (89 miles) south of the Russian border, has emerged in recent days as the epicenter of the Donbas fighting. Mariupol is the city on the Sea of Azov that spent nearly three months under Russian siege before the last Ukrainian fighters surrendered. Season's 1st hurricane aims heavy hit at Mexico tourist zoneMEXICO CITY (AP) — Hurricane Agatha, the season's first, headed for a stretch of tourist beaches and fishing towns on Mexico's southern Pacific coast Monday amid warnings of dangerous storm surge and flooding from heavy rains. “The cost of living is high nowadays, making it difficult for families even to afford flour and oil,” she says.
China Is Not the Biggest Threat to the World Order. It’s Russia. - The New York Times
The Communist Party views the United States as an adversary. It’s rhetoric over Taiwan has been little more than saber-rattling and appears restrained compared to how the United States has historically treated t Latin America. But it is logical for an emerging great power like China to make plans for its defense, including potential conflict with the United States. All of these realities shape its behavior just as much as the possibility of a future confrontation with the United States. Mr. Biden should find new ways to work with China, rather than trying to coerce it to be different.
Memorial Day: Veterans launch Green Beret PAC to prevent another Afghanistan-style 'travesty'
FIRST ON FOX – Former Republican congressional candidate and Green Beret veteran Jason Bacon launched Green Beret PAC Monday, aiming to bolster several U.S. Army Special Forces veterans and other conservative veterans running for Congress in the 2022 midterm elections, aiming to avoid another "travesty" like the Afghanistan withdrawal. "It is imperative that we elect real leaders to Congress with the knowledge and experience to prevent this kind of travesty." "They are warrior-diplomats, who have learned foreign languages, understand foreign cultures, and have lived among local populations. BIDEN DISMISSES CRITICISM OF AFGHANISTAN WITHDRAWALThe PAC is endorsing Christian Castelli in North Carolina's 6th Congressional District, Pat Harrigan in North Carolina's 14th Congressional District, Derrick Anderson in Virginia's 7th Congressional District, Jay Collins in Florida's 15th Congressional District, Tyler Allcorn in Colorado's 8th Congressional District, Joe Kent in Washington's 3rd Congressional District, Don Buldoc in New Hampshire's U.S. Senate race, Mike Waltz in Florida's 6th Congressional District, and Eli Crane in Arizona's 2nd Congressional District. Each of these candidates is a Republican, and all are Green Berets, except Crane, who was a Navy SEAL.
Uvalde school shooting Tuesday updates: Gunman kills 19 children, 2 teachers in school shooting
A gunman killed 19 students and two teachers late Tuesday morning at a South Texas elementary school, Texas Department of Public Safety Lt. Chris Olivarez told the American-Statesman. The shooting is the deadliest school shooting in Texas history, and the third deadliest school shooting in modern U.S. history. Uvalde school district Superintendent Hal Harrell said school and all school activities are canceled for the rest of the year, including graduation. Robb Elementary School in Uvalde is the site of the deadliest school shooting in Texas history. This article originally appeared on Austin American-Statesman: Tuesday updates: Mass shooting at Texas elementary school in Uvalde
GOP candidates running for U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth’s seat face ‘pick your poison dilemma’ in blue Illinois
Two others have parroted concerns about election security that are often raised by those seeking to throw the 2020 election into question. “My husband served on the front lines of Ferguson,” Hubbard said at a May 1 Assyrian GOP candidate forum in Skokie. Anthony W. Williams, GOP candidate in the primary seeking the U.S. Senate nomination, speaks at a candidate forum in Skokie on May 1, 2022. GOP Senate candidate Jimmy Lee Tillman II speaks at a candidate forum in Skokie on May 1, 2022. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)Jimmy Lee Tillman II, the only Senate candidate from Chicago, is the son of former Ald.
First Thing: Biden visits Uvalde after mass shooting
Joe Biden has visited Uvalde, Texas, seeking to comfort a community devastated by the latest American mass shooting, which claimed the lives of 19 elementary school children and two teachers. Trump calls Capitol attack an ‘insurrection hoax’ as public hearings set to beginDonald Trump spoke at a rally in Wyoming on Saturday in support of Harriet Hageman. “Look at the so-called word insurrection, January 6 – what a lot of crap.”When will the committee hold public hearings? It is due to hold a series of public hearings beginning 9 June and expects to present a report before the midterm elections in November. Sign upSign up for the US morning briefingFirst Thing is delivered to thousands of inboxes every weekday.
Democrats: left v leadership battle plays out in US primaries
“On the day of a mass shooting and weeks after news of Roe, Democratic party leadership rallied for a pro-NRA, anti-choice incumbent under investigation in a close primary. This was an utter failure of leadership.”On the day of a mass shooting and weeks after news of Roe, Democratic Party leadership rallied for a pro-NRA, anti-choice incumbent under investigation in a close primary. — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 25, 2022Progressives see a pattern in how party leaders and center-left groups are targeting their candidates in primaries. “It’s so abundantly clear what young people want and how Democratic leadership is willing to do the exact opposite,” he said. They are ready to keep up the fight, even if Democratic leaders attempt to stand in their way.
10-year-old arrested for threatening school shooting in Florida
Police in Florida arrested a fifth-grade student on Saturday after he allegedly threatened to conduct a mass shooting. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office said they were tipped off about a threatening text message sent by a 10-year-old student at Patriot Elementary School in Cape Coral on 28 May. “The School Threat Enforcement Team was immediately notified and began analytical research. The US Department of Justice will now investigate the police response to the Uvalde school shooting. On 27 May, after the Uvalde shooting, Mr Marceno had said at a press conference: “You don’t get to shoot our children.
Texas gunman Salvador Ramos’s grandmother now in ‘fair’ condition after being shot but family say she may never talk again
Texas gunman Salvador Ramos’s grandmother, who was shot in the face before the 18-year-old went on a killing spree at an elementary school in Uvalde last week, is in a stable condition now. He then barricaded himself in a classroom at Robb Elementary School where he killed 19 students and two faculty members on 24 May. “There’s blood all over,” Mr Reyes said, adding that Ramos and his grandmother got into a minor argument about a phone bill. “He was very quiet, he didn’t talk very much,” Mr Reyes told ABC News. Texas governor Greg Abbott, who went to the school to meet Mr Biden, was booed and heckled by the angry crowd.
Meghan Markle Pays Tribute to the Victims of the Uvalde Shooting
Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, traveled to the town of Uvalde in Texas to pay tribute to the 19 children and two teachers killed during the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School this week. The attack was the deadliest shooting at an American school since Sandy Hook in 2012, marking a grim new chapter in the ongoing fight for stricter US gun control laws. (President Biden is expected to arrive in Uvalde, which sits 80 miles southwest of San Antonio, in the coming days.) Whether all this can turn the dial towards action on a national level remains to be seen. Read Next: Meghan Markle is All Set to Break Stereotypes Against Women in Her New Spotify PodcastOriginally published on Vogue.co.uk
Biden's latest economic headache: China's Covid lockdowns
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s economic troubles stand to get even worse as the sweeping Covid lockdowns in China begin to ripple through the U.S. economy. Just how bad those effects will be depends on whether Chinese President Xi Jinping continues his zero Covid policy throughout the country or lessens it in the face of domestic backlash. In Ohio, China policy is proving to be a focal point of one of this fall's highest-profile Senate races. “But the supply chain issues are so complex that you need a Ph.D. in economics to fully grasp them. "Part of it is that Covid has laid bare this fragility of the China-related supply chain," he said.
'It just doesn't help': GOP-led efforts to push permitless carry come under scrutiny
In Texas, where an 18-year-old shot and killed at least 21 people at an elementary school earlier this week, Republicans enacted permitless carry in September 2021. The shooting raised questions about which, if any, of Texas' lax gun restrictions could have contributed to Tuesday's violence. Kemp endorsed permitless carry in January and signed it into law April 13, allowing legal gun owners to carry concealed handguns without a permit. NRA spokesperson Amy Hunter wrote to NBC News that the NRA began to push legislation to allow permitless carry in 2003. Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonprofit organization that advocates for gun restrictions, also linked gun restrictions and firearm-related deaths after analyzing every state.
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Uvalde tells Biden to 'do something'; he pledges 'we will'UVALDE, Texas (AP) — President Joe Biden grieved with the shattered community of Uvalde on Sunday. China falls short on big Pacific deal but finds smaller winsSUVA, Fiji (AP) — China has fallen short on its bold plan for 10 Pacific nations to endorse a sweeping agreement covering everything from security to fisheries. But Foreign Minister Wang Yi has had plenty of smaller wins on his island-hopping tour of the region. Wang was in Fiji on Monday for a key meeting with foreign ministers from 10 small Pacific nations. This year it will be notable for the absence of Prince Andrew, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan.
Monday briefing: The protesters who want to intensify the US gun debate
As the convention unfolded, and Donald Trump spoke, hundreds of gun control protesters made their voices heard outside. Ted Cruz, that’s on your hands!”A bystander, filming another video which has now been viewed almost 9m times, laughs nervously. Opponents of gun control take automatic rifles to rallies (as did anti-lockdown groups, below) and threaten civil war. Their behaviour goes well beyond what anybody believes the gun control movement should adopt. In the seven years since, the gun control movement has started to close the financial gap with its opponents, and mobilised large numbers of people to march and fundraise.
Biden grieves with Texas town after latest U.S. school shooting
By Jarrett Renshaw and Gabriella BorterUVALDE, Texas -President Joe Biden on Sunday sought to comfort families in the Texas town of Uvalde following the nation’s deadliest school shooting in a decade as federal officials announced they would review law enforcement’s slow response. Police say the gunman, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, entered the school on Tuesday with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle after earlier killing his grandmother. Biden was accompanied on Sunday by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican who opposes new gun restrictions, and other local officials. “We need help, Governor Abbott,” some in the crowd yelled as Biden arrived at the school. Ramos, a high school dropout, had no criminal record and no history of mental illness but had posted threatening messages on social media.
President Joe Biden visits grieving community of Uvalde after deadly shooting
Joe Biden visited the memorial of last week's school shooting in Uvalde, Texas where 21 people, including 19 children, were killed. Dozens of people paid tribute to the victims on Sunday, with many urging politicians to respond to gun violence. rang out shouts from a crowd in the street as Biden left Sacred Heart church where he attended Mass with mourning relatives. "I think 18 year-olds shouldn't be able to buy any weapons. I think the assault weapons, I'm retired military, assault weapons are not for the public," said Sam Arredondo, an Air Force veteran.
New Australian leader Anthony Albanese focuses on countering China's Pacific influence
Despite concerns that newly elected Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese lacks foreign policy experience, he has spent his first days emphasizing that his government will re-engage with the Pacific region and work closely with the United States, Japan, and India to help counter China’s growing influence. Albanese and his Labor Party won a majority in the May 21 election, returning the party to power for the first time in nine years. Albanese found himself on a plane to Tokyo on his first full day in office in order to attend a “Quad” meeting with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, U.S. President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Texas school shooting, Battle for Donbas, Indo-Pacific tensions, Women's rights in Spain
As funerals continue for the massacre in Buffalo, New York, the news cycle has already moved on to South Texas, where a teenager shot up an elementary school classroom using an assault rifle legally purchased the day after his 18th birthday. AdvertisingWhile the United States liberally sells weapons of war over the counter, Ukraine is pleading for all the military hardware it can get. Viktor Orban's Hungary, which gets its oil by pipeline from Russia, is so far refusing to sign off on an embargo. "Only yes means yes" is the name of the bill adopted on Thursday by Spain's parliament. They were found guilty of sexual abuse but not rape, because their victim was too frozen with fear to say "no".
Biden grieves with Uvalde as anger mounts over worst US school shooting in decade
Biden grieves with Uvalde as anger mounts over worst US school shooting in decade01:22President Joe Biden tried ,to comfort families in the south Texas town of Uvalde on Sunday (May 29) after the nation's deadliest school shooting in a decade as federal officials announced they would review local law enforcement's slow response to the attack.
Wyoming GOP chair, who was on restricted Capitol grounds on Jan. 6, speaks at Trump rally
WASHINGTON — The head of the Wyoming Republican Party, who was on restricted Capitol grounds during the U.S. Capitol riot, delivered a speech at Donald Trump's rally Saturday. Eathorne had pushed for Cheney to be censured after she voted to impeach Trump in the wake of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack. NBC News has reached out to the Wyoming Republican Party for comment. Thousands of Trump supporters, like Eathorne, entered the restricted grounds of the Capitol on Jan. 6, but only a handful of defendants have been charged with misdemeanor offenses for their presence. Eathorne had a "short, questionable career as a Worland police officer" and "served as a parole officer in south Texas" before becoming the head of the Wyoming Republican party, the Casper Star-Tribune reported.
Monkeypox Virus Disease Outbreak 2022: An Alarming Situation Around the Globe
Monkeypox Virus Disease Outbreak 2022: An Alarming Situation Around the GlobeMonkeypox disease was first reported in a person who traveled to Nigeria from where he got infected. The common symptoms of this viral infection reported so far include fever, headache, chills, muscle aches, tiredness, and swollen lymph nodes. How Does Monkeypox Spread? Dr. Van Kerkhove said, ” Transmission is happening from close contact, skin to skin contact, so it is quite different from COVID-19 in that sense”. Earlier in 1972, the vaccine JYNNEOS was available for the prevention of the monkeypox virus, but then the vaccine was stopped when this disease was eradicated.
Harry Styles Pledges $1 Million to Everytown for Gun Safety
On Saturday, May 28, it was reported that the pop star pledged $1 million of his current Love On Tour to the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, with Live Nation matching the donation. The singer is set to play 42 sold-out shows in North America before the end of 2022. During his 2018 tour, he made a point of sharing a close up of the “End Gun Violence” stickers on his guitar following a show in Dallas, Texas. He performed in June, less than a month after the Santa Fe High School shooting that left ten dead. And President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrived on Sunday to pay their respects at Robb Elementary School.
AP Top Stories May 30 A
AP Top Stories May 30 AHere's the latest for Monday May 30th: Ukrainian President Zelenskyy visits Kharkiv; Biden goes to Uvalde, Texas; Shooting in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee; Fatal boat collision near Savannah, Georgia.
Crowd chants 'do something,' Biden says 'we will'
Crowd chants 'do something,' Biden says 'we will'President Joe Biden grieved with the community of Uvalde on Sunday, mourning privately with anguished families of the 19 schoolchildren and two teachers killed by a gunman. Faced with chants of “do something", Biden pledged: “We will.” (May 30)
AP News Summary at 3:08 a.m. EDT
Uvalde tells Biden to 'do something'; he pledges 'we will'UVALDE, Texas (AP) — President Joe Biden grieved with the shattered community of Uvalde on Sunday. He mourned privately for three hours with anguished families left behind when a gunman killed 19 schoolchildren and two teachers. Ukraine, Russia battle in the east as Zelenskyy visits frontPOKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russian and Ukrainian troops are trading blows in fierce close-quarter combat in an eastern Ukraine city. As China seeks big Pacific deal, many in Fiji see benefitsSUVA, Fiji (AP) — For Georgina Matilda, working for Chinese infrastructure company China Railway means that she can put food on the table for her children. This year it will be notable for the absence of Prince Andrew, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan.
America may be broken beyond repair
In an ad released last year, Blake Masters, a leading candidate in Arizona’s Republican Senate primary, cradles a semiautomatic weapon. “It wasn’t designed for hunting. This is designed to kill people.”For Masters, this isn’t an argument against allowing such guns to proliferate. “The Second Amendment is not about duck hunting,” Masters said. They took away people’s guns.” Guns, in this worldview, are a guarantor against government overreach.
President Biden suggests razing Texas elementary school where 21 people were killed, state senator says
We’re going to look to raze that school, build a new one,'” state Sen. Roland Gutierrez, who represents Uvalde, told KSAT. Sandy Hook Elementary School, where a gunman shot and killed 26 people in 2012, was torn down and replaced by a new $50 million school on the same property in Newtown, Connecticut. Biden also told Gutierrez that he’s committed to bringing mental health resources to the community in the wake of this week’s shooting. U.S. president Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden visit and lay a flower bouquet at a cross memorial in front of Robb Elementary School, in Uvalde, Texas. The president visited a memorial outside of Robb Elementary School on Sunday before attending mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church then meeting with victims’ families and first responders.
Biden visits memorial to victims of Texas school shooting
Faced with chants of “do something” as he departed a church service, Biden pledged: “We will.”At Robb Elementary School, Biden visited a memorial of 21 white crosses — one for each of those killed — and first lady Jill Biden added a bouquet of white flowers to those already placed in front of the school sign. After visiting the memorial, Biden attended Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where several victims’ families are members, and one of the families was in attendance. The visit to Uvalde was Biden’s second trip in as many weeks to console a community in loss after a mass shooting. Hours after the shooting, Biden delivered an impassioned plea for additional gun control legislation, asking: “When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? ___More on the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: https://apnews.com/hub/uvalde-school-shooting
Editorial: Biden's clarity on Taiwan is risky
“Strategic ambiguity” is what U.S. diplomats call America’s policy on Taiwan and China. The strategy is to keep the peace by maintaining ambiguity over the degree the U.S. would go to defend Taiwan from a Chinese invasion. To date, that intentional vagueness has met its objective of keeping Taiwan from declaring formal independence, which would incense China, and from China invading what it considers a renegade province. “America’s abiding interest is in preserving peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait,” Hass continued. But unlike Biden’s unambiguous statement on Taiwan, there’s more ambiguity to the new arrangement, as it’s designed to address issues like supply chain resilience, digital trade, corruption and clean energy.
AP News Summary at 2:12 a.m. EDT
Uvalde tells Biden to 'do something'; he pledges 'we will'UVALDE, Texas (AP) — President Joe Biden grieved with the shattered community of Uvalde on Sunday. to review response to Texas school shootingUVALDE, Texas (AP) — The Justice Department says it'll review the law enforcement response to the Texas school shooting. Ukraine, Russia battle in the east as Zelenskyy visits frontPOKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russian and Ukrainian troops are trading blows in fierce close-quarter combat in an eastern Ukraine city. As China seeks big Pacific deal, many in Fiji see benefitsSUVA, Fiji (AP) — For Georgina Matilda, working for Chinese infrastructure company China Railway means that she can put food on the table for her children. While no one seeking a policing overhaul thinks Biden's order goes far enough, many consider it an important step forward.
Biden met by protesters on Uvalde school visit: ‘Do something’
Joe Biden faced calls from protesters to “do something” as he visited the Uvalde community on Sunday to grieve with families left anguished and shattered by last week’s gun violence. After visiting the memorial, Mr Biden attended Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where family members of the shooting victims were already assembled. Mr Biden replied “we will” as he got into his car. During the visit, the president tweeted that he grieves, prays and stands with the people of Uvalde. US president Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden pay their respects at a memorial at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on 29 May (Reuters)The president’s visit came amid criticism and growing calls for scrutiny of police’s alleged delayed response in taking action during the hour of violence at the school in Uvalde.
WNBA players ramp up their calls for Biden to take action to secure Brittney Griner's release
WNBA players and their union leaders stepped up their calls for Brittney Griner's release from prison in Russia on Saturday, the 100th day of the US basketball star's detention. On May 13, Russian state media said Griner's pre-trial detention had been extended until June 18. On May 3, the US State Department said it had determined that Russia had 'wrongfully detained US citizen Brittney Griner.' In the immediate aftermath of Griner's detention, the WNBA had commented little on the case hoping not to inflame the situation. Since the State Department's declaration that she was wrongfully detained, however, there have been more vocal calls for her release.
The Justice Department Will Review The Response To The Uvalde School Shooting After Police Admitted They Made Mistakes
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden visited the site of Wednesday's school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on Sunday as federal officials announced they had opened an investigation into how police responded to the attack. The Department of Justice said its "fair, transparent, and independent" critical incident review had been launched at the request of Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin and would culminate in a report to be published with any findings. As they moved from picture to picture at a makeshift memorial site, the first lady touched the faces of each child and patted at her tears. Greg Abbott — who has been criticized for his defense of the state's gun laws — received some jeers as he appeared. As the governor arrived at the school, one man in the crowd shouted, "We need help!"
Japan PM Kishida's support hits highest ever as election nears -Nikkei
Fumio Kishida, Japan's prime minister, speaks at a news conference following the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) leaders meeting at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan May 24, 2022. Kiyoshi Ota/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoTOKYO, May 30 (Reuters) - Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida scored his highest approval ratings since taking office eight months ago in a weekend survey, the Nikkei daily reported, with critical upper house elections just weeks away. Support for Kishida and his cabinet climbed to 66%, a rise of 5 points from the previous April survey and the highest since he took office last October, according to a weekend survey by the Nikkei and TV Tokyo. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterA total of 61% of respondents said they "approved" of his talks with Biden. Kishida's support also rose in a survey last week by Fuji News network, hitting hit 68.9%, up 3 points from the previous month.
Jobs report, GameStop earnings, home prices top week ahead
Though the New York Stock Exchange will be closed Monday in observance of the Memorial Day holiday, investors will still have another jam-packed week of corporate earnings and key economic data related to housing, manufacturing and jobs. Ticker Security Last Change Change % I:DJI DOW JONES AVERAGES 33212.96 +575.77 +1.76% SP500 S&P 500 4158.24 +100.40 +2.47% I:COMP NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX 12131.131075 +390.48 +3.33%FOX Business takes a look at upcoming events likely to move financial markets in the coming days. Tuesday 5/31Kicking off the week for earnings will be HP, Salesforce and Victoria's Secret after the bell. Ticker Security Last Change Change % ABNB AIRBNB INC. 120.50 +6.20 +5.42%Also on Tuesday, Airbnb will end COVID-related refunds. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ON FOX BUSINESSFriday 6/3Finishing out the week will be the May jobs report and the ISM non-manufacturing PMI.
AP News Summary at 1:27 a.m. EDT
Uvalde tells Biden to 'do something'; he pledges 'we will'UVALDE, Texas (AP) — President Joe Biden grieved with the shattered community of Uvalde on Sunday. to review response to Texas school shootingUVALDE, Texas (AP) — The Justice Department says it'll review the law enforcement response to the Texas school shooting. Ukraine, Russia battle in the east as Zelenskyy visits frontPOKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russian and Ukrainian troops are trading blows in fierce close-quarter combat in an eastern Ukraine city. The U.S. National Hurricane Center predicts it will make landfall as a powerful Category 3 hurricane Monday afternoon or evening. While no one seeking a policing overhaul thinks Biden's order goes far enough, many consider it an important step forward.
Video: Uvalde resident shouts at Biden and Abbott
Uvalde resident Ben Gonzales explains to CNN's Jim Acosta why he shouted at President Joe Biden and Texas Governor Greg Abbott during their visit to the city.
Ukraine, Russia battle in the east as Zelenskyy visits front
KRAMATORSK, Ukraine — Russia claimed to have overrun a key rail hub while its troops fought Ukrainian defenders in the streets of another city in eastern Ukraine. The Russian Defense Ministry said the railroad center Lyman had been “completely liberated’’ by a joint force of Russian soldiers and Kremlin-backed separatists. Pavlo Kyrylenko said Russian troops controlled most of it and were trying to press their offensive toward Bakhmut, another city in the region. Serhii Haidai reported that Ukrainian fighters repelled an assault on Sievierodonetsk but Russian troops still pushed to encircle them. Moscow and Kyiv have traded accusations over which side bears responsibility for keeping shipments tied up, with Russia saying Ukrainian sea mines prevented safe passage and Ukraine citing a Russian naval blockade.
How Biden, cops and advocates forged deal on police and race
Previous presidents, too, have attempted to make improvements to America’s law enforcement system, but Biden faced particular pressure to find the right balance. Not only did law enforcement groups dislike various parts of the draft, they felt like the administration hadn’t adequately listened to their perspective. Senior administration officials described a sort of shuttle diplomacy, and they met separately with civil rights advocates and law enforcement groups while trying to keep everyone on the same page. However, the executive order requires federal law enforcement officers to prioritize de-escalation and then intervention if they see another officer using excessive force. As an executive order, the new policies are limited to federal agencies.
President Biden suggests razing Texas elementary school where 21 people were killed, state senator says
President Biden told a local lawmaker while visiting Uvalde on Sunday that the federal government may provide resources to raze Robb Elementary School, where 19 children and two teachers were shot and killed earlier this week. We're going to look to raze that school, build a new one,'" state Sen. Roland Gutierrez, who represents Uvalde, told KSAT. TEXAS SCHOOL SHOOTING: LIVE UPDATESSandy Hook Elementary School, where a gunman shot and killed 26 people in 2012, was torn down and replaced by a new $50 million school on the same property in Newtown, Connecticut. UVALDE, TEXAS - MAY 26: A memorial is seen surrounding the Robb Elementary School sign following the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 26, 2022 in Uvalde, Texas. The president visited a memorial outside of Robb Elementary School on Sunday before attending mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church then meeting with victims’ families and first responders.
Uvalde tells Biden to ‘do something’; he pledges ‘we will’
UVALDE, Texas (AP) — President Joe Biden grieved with the shattered community of Uvalde on Sunday, mourning privately for three hours with anguished families of the 19 schoolchildren and two teachers killed by a gunman. After visiting the memorial, Biden attended Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where several victims’ families are members, and one of the families was in attendance. Biden later tweeted that he grieves, prays and stands with the people of Uvalde. The visit to Uvalde was Biden’s second trip in as many weeks to console a community in loss after a mass shooting. Hours after the shooting, Biden delivered an impassioned plea for additional gun control legislation, asking: “When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?
How Biden, cops and advocates forged deal on police and race
Previous presidents, too, have attempted to make improvements to America's law enforcement system, but Biden faced particular pressure to find the right balance. Not only did law enforcement groups dislike various parts of the draft, they felt like the administration hadn't adequately listened to their perspective. In addition to Rice’s team, Justice Department officials and the White House counsel’s office under Dana Remus worked through the details. Long days were fueled by Hershey's Kisses, M&Ms and whatever else that could be scrounged from White House desks. However, the executive order requires federal law enforcement officers to prioritize de-escalation and then intervention if they see another officer using excessive force.
AP News in Brief at 12:09 a.m. EDT
to review response to Texas school shootingUVALDE, Texas (AP) — The Justice Department said Sunday it will review the law enforcement response to the Texas school shooting, an unusual federal look back prompted by questions about the shifting and at times contradictory information from authorities that have enraged a community in shock and sorrow. In the east, Russian forces stormed Sievierodonetsk after trying unsuccessfully to encircle the strategic city, Ukrainian officials said. “Capturing Sievierodonetsk is a principal task for the occupation force,” Zelensky said, adding that the Russians don’t care about casualties. As China seeks big Pacific deal, many in Fiji see benefitsSUVA, Fiji (AP) — For Georgina Matilda, working for Chinese infrastructure company China Railway means that she can put food on the table for her children. Celtics reach NBA Finals, hold off Heat 100-96 in Game 7MIAMI (AP) — Not this time.
AP News Summary at 12:08 a.m. EDT
Uvalde tells Biden to 'do something'; he pledges 'we will'UVALDE, Texas (AP) — President Joe Biden grieved with the shattered community of Uvalde on Sunday. He mourned privately for three hours with anguished families left behind when a gunman killed 19 schoolchildren and two teachers. to review response to Texas school shootingUVALDE, Texas (AP) — The Justice Department says it'll review the law enforcement response to the Texas school shooting. Ukraine, Russia battle in the east as Zelenskyy visits frontPOKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russian and Ukrainian troops are trading blows in fierce close-quarter combat in an eastern Ukraine city. As China seeks big Pacific deal, many in Fiji see benefitsSUVA, Fiji (AP) — For Georgina Matilda, working for Chinese infrastructure company China Railway means that she can put food on the table for her children.
Germany agrees $107 billion fund to modernize military in face of Russia threat
Germany’s government and conservative opposition have agreed to a deal that will release €100 billion ($107 billion) to modernize the army in the face of the Russian threat — a move that is likely to reverberate as far away as Japan. An agreement was reached late Sunday to create a special fund for military procurement that will also allow Berlin to meet NATO’s target of spending 2% of gross domestic product on defense. Three days after the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February, Chancellor Olaf Scholz pledged a special budget of €100 billion to rearm the German military and modernize its outdated equipment over the next few years. The €100 billion will be paid into a special fund outside the national budget. The unexpected and dramatic rethink by Germany comes as leaders in Japan debate doubling their country’s defense budget to 2% of GDP, from an informal cap of around 1%.
Florida student, TEN, is arrested for 'threatening mass school shooting'
A 10-year-old in Florida was arrested Saturday after allegedly sending a text message threatening to shoot up his school. According to the Lee County Sheriff's Office, Marquez is a 5th grade student at Patriot Elementary School in Cape Coral, Florida. Amd on May 27, Sheriff Marceno appeared in an eight-minute long video in which he criticized federal aid for Ukraine. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said in 2020 that Lee County's crime rate dropped by 18.4% during his initial tenure between 2018 and 2020. Parents of the students at Robb Elementary School showed up at the school after hearing about the reports of a shooting while the massacre was continuing inside.
In Raffensperger call, Trump hoped to disqualify Biden votes.
On January 2, 2021, former president Donald J. Trump had an hour-long phone call with Georgia secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger. Among numerous headline grabbing quotes from the former president is this well-known doozy:“All I want to do is this. In this instance, Trump wants to find 11,780 of BIDEN’s votes to disqualify. During the call, Trump alternately pressures Raffensperger to add to his vote total or lower Biden’s vote total. This distinction between adding votes and disqualifying votes needs more traction in national reporting.
TX-Gov: Watch Gov. Greg Abbott (R) Greeted With A Lot Of Loud Boos At Uvalde Memorial Site
President Joe Biden was warmly greeted when he visited Uvalde Sunday, but Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott was loudly booed as he approached the makeshift memorial at the elementary school where 19 children and two teachers were killed last week in a mass shooting. Greg Abbott on Friday gave two different speeches about gun control that went on at the same time – with two vastly different messages. He instead held an in-person press conference in Uvalde and sent a pre-recorded message to the NRA audience. And there will be laws in multiple different subject areas," Abbott added during the Uvalde press conference.
Ukraine Invasion Day 96: no memorial day in sight
[4] Russian Telegram channels reported that Russian forces successfully seized Pasika on May 28, but ISW cannot independently confirm this claim. [5] Russian forces did not attempt to advance directly south of Izyum and are likely prioritizing an advance north of Lyman. [7] Russian forces from Izyum may join units in Lyman to conduct an offensive on Siversk or pursue a separate drive on Slovyansk. [9] Haidai stressed that Russian forces have not isolated the city, despite damaging a bridge along the Lysychansk-Severodonetsk road. [16] Russian forces will likely continue offensive operations on Bakhmut as well as the T1302 and T1303 highways to isolate Ukrainian forces in the Severodonetsk-Lysychansk area.
SRSLY? Now Trump is Calling the January 6th Insurrection 'a Hoax...Just Like Russia Russia Russia'
This one was in Wyoming where Trump is trying to oust Rep. Liz Cheney, a fellow Republican who he has declared insufficiently worshipful. In addition to his first impeachment, his second impeachment, his extortion of Ukrainian President Zelenskyy, the COVID-19 virus, the Mueller Report, climate change, the 2020 presidential election results, and his well-documented connections to Russia, Trump is now adding the January 6th insurrection. It’s another con job just like Russia Russia Russia. It’s another con job just like Russia Russia Russia pic.twitter.com/u8bJLBFXri — Acyn (@Acyn) May 28, 2022So now Trump wants his glassy-eyed disciples to believe that the riots on Capitol Hill that everyone saw on live television, never actually happened. RELATED: PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year: The January 6th Insurrection Disinformation By Trump and Fox NewsTrump may have a difficult time selling this notion that the insurrection was hoax to the populace at large.
Kemp and Raffensperger: Since when is avoiding jail for election fraud a "moral" or "heroic" act?
One of them is the elevation to near heroic status of Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger for simply following the law in 2020. So I am more than tired of hearing about how they did the “moral” or “ethical” thing by refusing to commit election fraud at Donald Trump’s request in November 2020. Again a no-brainer, because actual prosecutions for the actions Trump asked them to take are currently being pursued on the state and federal level. I’m not a criminal lawyer, but I have the feeling “finding 11,780 votes” is a least as serious a crime as presenting alternate electors. Remember: Young people are the Sleeping Giant Waiting to Save Democracy in the United States, just waiting to be unleashed.
How to Defeat the Billionaire Class
Reprinted from chrishedges.substack.comThere are ways to defeat the billionaire class and many of these tactics have been pioneered by Socialist City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant and the Socialist Alternative (SA) party in Seattle. She and the SA have adopted a series of unorthodox methods to fight the ruling oligarchs and, in that confrontation, exposed the Democratic Party leadership as craven tools of the billionaire class. The Democratic Party in Seattle is currently trying to gerrymander her district to separate her from working-class supporters. She is not interested in "cordial relationships" with big business, establishment politicians, the Democratic Party and business lobbyists. The self-identified progressives in the Democratic Party, she says, play "a role which is contrary to the interests of working people.
How To Save the Dems in the Midterm Elections
Most likely, the Democratic leadership already knows this, via polling they've commissioned. It is at least a little mysterious why pollsters have done a poll on the effect of such announcements on the 2022 and 2024 elections. This is exactly the reason why now we are staring into potential clobbering of the Democrats by the Republicans and by the right-wing in the midterm elections." I think declarations Biden, Harris and even Pelosi will make a big difference, maybe even shifts of a point or two in key races in Florida, Arizona, Pennsylvania and elsewhere. The Centrist Democratic leadership has been the biggest problem the Democratic party has had, and of course Joe Biden is at the top.
Biden hails Modi, the butcher of Gujarat, for India’s COVID policy of mass death
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)By what metric he was measuring the “success” of India or, for that matter, its “democratic” character, Biden did not say. Indeed, of the total estimated global excess deaths from COVID-19 (14.9 million), India accounts for nearly one-third. Thus, according to Biden, the “success” of the Modi government consists in having overseen the most COVID-19 deaths of any country on the planet. As Biden noted in his remarks to Modi, the populations of China (1.4 billion) and India (1.38 billion) are comparable in size. At the same time, as the American financial oligarchy demands a COVID policy of endless mass infection and death, it hails the “success” of India as a model.
Fox News Anchor Pleads For Gun Control: 'Prayers Are Not Enough'
A Fox News anchor broke rank with many of her colleagues Sunday by openly calling for gun law reform in the wake of the Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde mass shootings. “As we’ve said before, prayers are not enough. AdvertisementThe Uvalde and Buffalo shooters used AR-15 style semiautomatic assault rifles they purchased legally when they turned 18. Many Fox News hosts and pundits have offered similar explanations for the crisis. None of them were gun control.
AP News in Brief at 11:04 p.m. EDT
to review response to Texas school shootingUVALDE, Texas (AP) — The Justice Department said Sunday it will review the law enforcement response to the Texas school shooting, an unusual federal look back prompted by questions about the shifting and at times contradictory information from authorities that have enraged a community in shock and sorrow. Ukraine's leader also made a rare frontline visit to Kharkiv, the country’s second-largest city, to assess the strength of the national defense. In the east, Russian forces stormed Sievierodonetsk after trying unsuccessfully to encircle the strategic city, Ukrainian officials said. OSBI had earlier said two juveniles were injured in the shooting but said Sunday afternoon that only one juvenile was injured. Sweden's Ericsson gives Ganassi another Indy 500 victoryINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Marcus Ericsson, once a Formula One backmarker, is now an IndyCar frontrunner.
AP News Summary at 11:57 p.m. EDT
Uvalde tells Biden to 'do something'; he pledges 'we will'UVALDE, Texas (AP) — President Joe Biden grieved with the shattered community of Uvalde on Sunday. He mourned privately for three hours with anguished families left behind when a gunman killed 19 schoolchildren and two teachers. to review response to Texas school shootingUVALDE, Texas (AP) — The Justice Department says it'll review the law enforcement response to the Texas school shooting. Ukraine, Russia battle in the east as Zelenskyy visits frontPOKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russian and Ukrainian troops are trading blows in fierce close-quarter combat in an eastern Ukraine city. Sunday's march was a show of force that risked setting off a new wave of violence in the tense city.
Monday morning UK news briefing: Today's top headlines from The Telegraph
Welcome to your early morning news briefing from The Telegraph - a round-up of the top stories we are covering today. To receive twice-daily briefings by email, sign up to our Front Page newsletter for free. UK opens door to world’s top graduatesGraduates from the world’s top universities, including Harvard and Yale, will be eligible for visas to work in Britain under a new post-Brexit immigration drive to “put ability and talent first”. Jubilee ‘killjoys’ warn against unauthorised street partiesThe public was warned on Sunday night against hosting unauthorised Platinum Jubilee street celebrations in a crackdown by "party killjoys". Up to 15 million people are planning to celebrate the Queen’s 70-year reign with neighbours, dwarfing the turnout for any previous royal event.
New bid to spin Hunter Biden’s laptop
Kevin Morris’ map of thoughts about Biden’s laptop that he has shared with confidants. A third laptop belonging to Hunter was stolen by Russian drug dealers in August 2018, during a bender in Las Vegas, according to Hunter, who recorded himself telling the tale in a video on the Mac Isaac laptop. In other words, these videos are unique to the Mac Isaac laptop, confirming that it is not a clone of the earlier Ablow laptop. The publication date of the column corroborates the time stamp of the video, created 23 days after Hunter left his second laptop with Ablow. He even flew to Serbia with a film crew in November and infiltrated the set of “My Son Hunter,” an upcoming movie about Hunter’s ­laptop.
Shares in Bubs Australia jump on exports to United States, Biden tweet
Naval Academy graduation and commissioning ceremony in Annapolis(Reuters) - Shares in Bubs Australia surged on Monday after U.S. health authorities approved imports of its infant formula to help address a severe shortage and U.S. President Joe Biden tweeted "the good news". Bubs plans to ship at least 1.25 million cans of its baby formula and has 500,000 tins ready for immediate export. It shares were up 40% or 19 cents at A$0.68 in early afternoon trade, valuing the company at A$417 million ($300 million). The U.S. baby formula crisis was triggered when Abbott Laboratories in February recalled dozens of products after customers complained of infants contracting bacterial infections. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on May 19 Abbott was on track to reopen its key baby formula plant in Michigan within one or two weeks.
Heartbroken Texas town begs Biden to 'do something' after school massacre
Desperate pleas for a stop to the gun massacres plaguing the United States rang out Sunday during U.S. President Joe Biden’s visit to Uvalde, where he prayed for the 19 children and two teachers slain by a teen gunman in the small Texas town. “Do something!” rang out shouts from a crowd in the street as Biden left Sacred Heart Church where he attended mass with mourning relatives.
President Biden suggests razing Texas elementary school where 21 people were killed, state senator says
President Biden told a local lawmaker while visiting Uvalde on Sunday that the federal government may provide resources to raze Robb Elementary School, where 19 children and two teachers were shot and killed earlier this week. We're going to look to raze that school, build a new one,'" state Sen. Roland Gutierrez, who represents Uvalde, told KSAT. TEXAS SCHOOL SHOOTING: LIVE UPDATESSandy Hook Elementary School, where a gunman shot and killed 26 people in 2012, was torn down and replaced by a new $50 million school on the same property in Newtown, Connecticut. It is a must," Gutierrez told KSAT. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe president visited a memorial outside of Robb Elementary School on Sunday before attending mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church then meeting with victims’ families and first responders.
Bidens visit memorial to school shooting victims in Uvalde, Texas
The pair on Sunday laid white roses outside the site of the country’s deadliest school shooting in a decade. The first lady lingered, touching photos of the young victims at makeshift shrines. [Upsound – choir singing]The Bidens are set to meet victims’ families, survivors and first responders in a town grappling with unbearable grief. Mourners - from adults to the very young – continued to visit a memorial in the town square, comforting each other and leaving gifts reflecting the age of the victims, mostly nine- and ten-year-olds. During their visit, the Bidens also attended mass with a crowd chanting “do something” as the president left the church.
AP News in Brief at 9:04 p.m. EDT
Department spokesman Anthony Coley said the review would be conducted in a fair, impartial and independent manner and the findings would be made public. Ukraine's leader also made a rare frontline visit to Kharkiv, the country’s second-largest city, to assess the strength of the national defense. In the east, Russian forces stormed Sievierodonetsk after trying unsuccessfully to encircle the strategic city, Ukrainian officials said. “Capturing Sievierodonetsk is a principal task for the occupation force,” Zelensky said, adding that the Russians don’t care about casualties. Sweden's Ericsson gives Ganassi another Indy 500 victoryINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Marcus Ericsson, once a Formula One backmarker, is now an IndyCar frontrunner.
Christian Nationalism On The Rise In Some GOP Campaigns
Carolyn Kaster via Associated PressBut scholars generally define Christian nationalism as going beyond policy debates and championing a fusion of American and Christian values, symbols and identity. Researchers say Christian nationalism is often also associated with mistrust of immigrants and Muslims. “There’s no room for compromise, so that is the threat to democracy.”In the book, Whitehead and co-author Samuel Perry measured rates of Christian nationalism by drawing on a 2017 Baylor University survey. Christian nationalism is emerging alongside and in some cases overlapping with other right-wing movements, such as the conspiratorial QAnon, white supremacy, and denialism over COVID-19 and the 2020 election. “I see Christian nationalism as the gasping, dying breath of the older generation in America that is afraid that Christians are going to be replaced,” she said.
Ukraine suffers on battlefield while pleading for U.S. arms
Europe Ukraine suffers on battlefield while pleading for U.S. arms ‘They’re just raining down metal on us,’ said a soldier fresh from the front line where Russia is advancing Loading... Members of a Ukrainian battalion of young soldiers as they return to their base near Kramatorsk, Ukraine, on May 28. Nearby, bloodied cots sat propped against a tent and other wounded soldiers lingered about, their faces grim, their heads, arms or legs bandaged as the sound of outgoing artillery boomed across the sky. The Washington Post is withholding the name and precise location of the hospital out of concerns from staff members that it could be targeted by Russian forces. Now, he said, “Ukrainian soldiers are pulling back.”He was at the hospital to be treated for a fracture in his leg and a wounded arm. Ukrainian officials believe that any concessions to satisfy Putin now will only lead to Russia regrouping and launching a far more vicious war against Ukraine in the future.
Brian Mast calls out Biden's foreign policy on Taiwan: It is 'just uncertainty'
Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., critiqued President Biden’s foreign policy in regard to Taiwan on "Sunday Night in America." Host Trey Gowdy asked him specifically on Biden’s recent comments stating that the U.S. would get involved militarily to defend Taiwan should China invade. Because the White House was later forced to walk back those comments, Mast reprimanded Biden’s foreign policy as "just uncertainty." He also warned voters have become more concerned on foreign policy issues such as Ukraine and the southern border as inflation continues to hamper Americans. GOLD STAR PARENTS LAUNCH OPERATION 300 IN HONOR OF SON WHOSE LIFE WAS LOST IN AFGHANISTAN"When they’re looking at foreign policy, they’re looking at what’s going on in Ukraine but when they think foreign policy right now they’re thinking southern border.
Biden grieves with Texas town after shooting
STORY: It was a somber moment for U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden outside the Texas elementary school where 19 children and two teachers were killed by a gunman. The pair on Sunday laid white roses outside the site of the country’s deadliest school shooting in a decade. The first lady lingered, touching photos of the young victims at makeshift shrines. [Upsound – choir singing]The Bidens are set to meet victims’ families, survivors and first responders in a town grappling with unbearable grief. During their visit, the Bidens also attended mass with a crowd chanting “do something” as the president left the church.
For one Uvalde couple, a very welcome presidential landing right across the street
“Really, really glad.”“This is history for us,” Agnes Quintanilla said. Less than half an hour before the shooting, Agnes Quintanilla was with her daughter and granddaughter at Robb Elementary School, she said, for an awards ceremony in which her granddaughter was receiving an arts award. Before they even got home, the teacher was calling them, warning of a man outside with a gun, Agnes Quintanilla said. “Welcome President Biden,” read another, attached to a traffic cone at the end of their driveway. All their Republican friends in town might look askance at their enthusiasm, Agnes Quintanilla said, but that won’t bother her much.
Photos from President Biden visits memorial of Texas shooting massacre
President Joe Biden grieved with the shattered community of Uvalde on Sunday, mourning privately for three hours with anguished families of the 19 schoolchildren and two teachers killed by a gunman. Faced with chants of “do something” as he departed a church service, Biden pledged: “We will.”At Robb Elementary School, Biden visited a memorial of 21 white crosses — one for each of those killed — and first lady Jill Biden added a bouquet of white flowers to those already placed in front of the school sign. The couple then viewed individual altars erected in memory of each student, the first lady touching the children’s photos as they moved along the row. After visiting the memorial, Biden attended Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where several victims’ families are members, and one of the families was in attendance. Click here if you’re unable to view the photos on your mobile device.
Biden pledges action after Uvalde visit; Justice Department launches police response review: Live updates
"To everyone impacted by the horrific elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: We grieve with you. Amid the visit, the Justice Department announced it would launch a review of law enforcement's response to the mass shooting. Mike Palacios, 38, who lives down the road from Robb Elementary School, held a sign of all the victims’ names for drivers passing by. – Rafael CarranzaJustice Department to review responseWASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced Sunday that it is reviewing the delayed police response to the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting that left 19 children and two teachers dead in one of the worst campus attacks in U.S. history. Sutton, a professional school portrait photographer, has taken photos of every child killed at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday, along with the two teachers.
S. Koreans to vote this week in local elections, parliamentary by-elections
Voters mark ballots at polling booths at a voting center in Ulsan last Friday, the first day of two-day early voting for the June 1 local elections and parliamentary by-elections. (Yonhap)South Koreans will vote this week in local elections and parliamentary elections amid expectations that the results will boost or weaken the mandate of the new government of President Yoon Suk-yeol. Turnout of the advance voting came to 20.62 percent, the highest for any local elections, the NEC said. It expects final turnout for Wednesday's elections to surpass 60.2 percent logged in the 2018 local elections. The liberal party hopes to repeat the success of the 2018 local elections when it scored a landslide victory.
Georgia voters have gone to the polls 50 times in the last 7 years, and they're caught between relishing and regretting their role as the newest battleground swing state
Since 2016, Georgians have had to weigh in on 50 elections, including 20 runoff elections, 16 special elections, 10 primary elections, and 4 general elections. "It's never gonna end," Augusta, Georgia, resident James Carroll, 30, said of the intense scrutiny Georgia has undergone the past few years. Alpharetta, Georgia resident Eamon Keegan, 36, said that, for better or for worse, his home has become a "perpetual swing state." "Campaigns are going to be a full-time thing now," Keegan, who told Insider he works as a political consultant, predicted. Yard signs for candidates running in Georgia's primary election on May 24, 2022, fill up a neighborhood park in Atlanta, Georgia.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Loudly Booed At Uvalde Memorial Site
Greg Abbott as he arrives while President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden to pay their respects at a makeshift memorial outside of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. CHANDAN KHANNA via Getty ImagesPresident Joe Biden was warmly greeted when he visited Uvalde Sunday, but Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott was loudly booed as he approached the makeshift memorial at the elementary school where 19 children and two teachers were killed last week in a mass shooting. #Happeningnow Crowd Boos Texas Gov Greg Abbott as he arrives at the memorial outside of Uvalde Elementary School.#Uvalde #Texas pic.twitter.com/QWDOfXcvEw — Oliya Scootercaster (@ScooterCasterNY) May 29, 2022Greg Abbott gets booed by crowd and shouted at that we need change in our gun policies. ??pic.twitter.com/M6OiTek0ac — Dan ?? (@HStarshot) May 29, 2022Greg Abbott rightfully booed arriving at the Robb Elementary School memorial in #Uvalde.
Gov. Abbott falsely claims background checks would not have prevented Sutherland Springs shooting
On November 5, 2017, a gunman stormed the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs — killing 26 people and wounding 22 others. In a response to a question about background checks at a Friday press conference, Abbott said he believed background checks wouldn't have prevented Sutherland Springs from happening. “Look at what happened in the shooting at Sutherland Springs. A lawyer for the Sutherland Spring victims said Abbott’s characterization that the events of Sutherland Springs prove background checks are not a viable solution is misleading. Moments after hearing Abbott's take on Sutherland Springs, Alsaffar was inundated with calls asking him to correct the record.
New Mexico wildfire scar burn has forest officials worried
(Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — As more than 3,000 firefighters in northern New Mexico continued to battle the nation’s largest active wildfire Sunday, federal forest officials worried about future flash floods, landslides and destructive ash from the burn scar. The 7-week-old fire, the largest in New Mexico history, remained 50% contained after charring 492 square miles (1,274 square kilometers) in rugged terrain east of Santa Fe. A Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response team has started publishing data from its post-fire assessments. Micah Kiesow, team leader and a soil and watershed program manager with the Santa Fe National Forest, said steep mountain slopes had acted like a sponge before the fire. In Colorado, air tankers and helicopters were helping fight a new wildfire burning in the southern part of the state Sunday, the U.S. Forest Service said.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Loudly Booed At Uvalde Memorial Site
Greg Abbott as he arrives while President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden to pay their respects at a makeshift memorial outside of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. Greg Abbott as he arrives while President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden to pay their respects at a makeshift memorial outside of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. Greg Abbott was loudly booed as he approached the makeshift memorial at the elementary school where 19 children and two teachers were killed last week in a mass shooting. #Happeningnow Crowd Boos Texas Gov Greg Abbott as he arrives at the memorial outside of Uvalde Elementary School.#Uvalde#Texaspic.twitter.com/QWDOfXcvEw — Oliya Scootercaster (@ScooterCasterNY) May 29, 2022Greg Abbott gets booed by crowd and shouted at that we need change in our gun policies. ??pic.twitter.com/M6OiTek0ac — Dan ?? (@HStarshot) May 29, 2022Greg Abbott rightfully booed arriving at the Robb Elementary School memorial in #Uvalde.
Flowers, tears as Bidens stop at Uvalde memorial
ReutersUVALDE, Texas (Reuters) -President Joe Biden tried to comfort families in the south Texas town of Uvalde on Sunday after the nation's deadliest school shooting in a decade as federal officials announced they would review local law enforcement's slow response to the attack. Anger has mounted over the decision by law enforcement agencies in Uvalde to allow the shooter to remain in a classroom for nearly an hour while officers waited in the hallway and children inside the room made panicked 911 calls for help. The president and first lady Jill Biden wiped away tears as they visited memorials at the Robb Elementary School where the gunman killed 19 students and two teachers, laying white roses and paying respects to makeshift shrines to the victims.
AP News Summary at 7:59 p.m. EDT
Uvalde tells Biden to 'do something'; he pledges 'we will'UVALDE, Texas (AP) — President Joe Biden grieved with the shattered community of Uvalde on Sunday. He mourned privately for three hours with anguished families left behind when a gunman killed 19 schoolchildren and two teachers. to review response to Texas school shootingUVALDE, Texas (AP) — The Justice Department says it'll review the law enforcement response to the Texas school shooting. Ukraine, Russia battle in the east as Zelenskyy visits frontPOKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russian and Ukrainian troops are trading blows in fierce close-quarter combat in an eastern Ukraine city. A business idea was born, and her home now doubles as a workshop where she and her daughter produce dolls.
Uvalde tells Biden to ‘do something’; he pledges ‘we will’
UVALDE, Texas — President Biden sought Sunday to comfort a city grieving the killings of 19 elementary school pupils and two teachers at the hands of a lone gunman. At Robb Elementary School, Biden stopped at a memorial of 21 white crosses — one for each of those killed — and the first lady added a bouquet of white flowers to a pile in front of the school sign. “Evil came to that elementary school classroom in Texas, to that grocery store in New York, to far too many places where innocents have died,” Biden said Saturday in a commencement address at the University of Delaware. We cannot outlaw tragedy, I know, but we can make America safer.”After visiting the memorial, Biden attended Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where some victims’ families worship. Mckinzie Hinojosa, whose cousin Eliahana Torres was killed Tuesday, said she respected Biden’s decision to mourn with the people of Uvalde but wanted more.
AP News in Brief at 6:04 p.m. EDT
Uvalde tells Biden to 'do something'; he pledges 'we will'UVALDE, Texas (AP) — President Joe Biden sought Sunday to comfort a city grieving the killings of 19 elementary school pupils and two teachers at the hands of a lone gunman. At Robb Elementary School, Biden stopped at a memorial of 21 white crosses — one for each of those killed — and the first lady added a bouquet of white flowers to a pile in front of the school sign. to review response to Texas school shootingUVALDE, Texas (AP) — The Justice Department said Sunday it will review the law enforcement response to the Texas school shooting, an unusual federal look back prompted by questions about the shifting and at times contradictory information from authorities that have enraged a community in shock and sorrow. “Capturing Sievierodonetsk is a principal task for the occupation force,” Zelensky said, adding that the Russians don’t care about casualties. The Mexican got one final look for the lead that Ericsson defended and O'Ward knew not to force the issue.
Selena Gomez looks comfy in baggy sweats and sweater as she spends Memorial Day weekend in Malibu
The actress looked much younger than her 29 years when she was spotted going to the grocery store with friends in Malibu. 'Bringing attention to mental health through media or just by talking about your journeys can help,' she advised. President Biden explained that a goal of his administration was to make mental health care more accessible, via the hiring of more school counselors and psychologists. The Fundamentals of Caring actress' Rare Beauty brand provides funds to organizations offering mental health services and education to young people. Those seeking help are encouraged to call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services free, 24 hour hotline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
Planned burn by US Forest Service caused largest wildfire in New Mexico history
The Forest Service has not yet released detailed planning documents for the original planned burns that might indicate whether fire protocols were followed. Fire was reported again in the same vicinity April 9 and escaped control 10 days later amid dry, hot and windy conditions, Forest Service investigators found. Michelle Lujan Grisham in a statement called the investigation results a "first step toward the federal government taking full responsibility" for the New Mexico wildfire. Forest Service Chief Randy Moore last week announced a 90-day pause and review of protocols for planned fires that limit the buildup of flammable vegetation. Forest managers cut back trees and gather debris into mounds, preferring to burn forest fuels in the winter when planned burns are easier to control.
What Makes Katt Williams Great? It’s Not the Jokes, It’s the Performance
He pokes fun at Anthony Fauci and makes some half-baked jokes about Adam and Eve being incestuous. Williams has said he stopped performing in clubs and instead develops jokes in front of thousands of people. But whereas there are many comics who can write a tight joke, there’s only one Katt Williams. He tosses ideas out and then, through force of charisma and performance chops, makes them amusing in a way no one else could. Donald Glover clearly saw this when he cast Williams in a dramatic role in “Atlanta,” for which he won an Emmy.
Abortion-Communion controversy: Pope Francis elevates bishop who defended serving pro-choice politicians
In naming McElroy, Francis passed over Cordileone, who holds a higher rank. McElroy, one of 21 new cardinals Pope Francis announced Sunday, will be installed Aug. 27 at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, the diocese of San Diego announced. The San Francisco archbishop had previously written to Pelosi, "You are not to present yourself for Holy Communion and, should you do so, you are not to be admitted to Holy Communion." Despite Cordileone's clear declaration, Pelosi received Holy Communion at the 9 a.m. Mass at Holy Trinity in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., last Sunday. The editorial board blasted the archbishop for "punishing" Pelosi, instead of "right-wing politicians" who "[vote] against health care or funding for the poor."
Harvard University student newspaper survey of graduates finds very few lean conservative
A Harvard University student newspaper survey of graduating students found that only 6.4% of the people who responded have a conservative-leaning after attending the private Ivy League institution. It found that 4% of graduates from the class of 2022 lean conservative, and 2.4% lean "very conservative." 1.4% of the graduating students surveyed identify as apolitical, according to the student newspaper. 51.8% of graduating students surveyed have a favorable view of President Biden, compared to 30.1% who hold an unfavorable view. It found that 54.1% of graduating students surveyed support "defunding or abolishing ICE," and just 15.3% support "Elon Musk's bid to buy Twitter."
Trump's Primary Losses Puncture His Invincibility
Brian Kemp in the GOP gubernatorial primary, at a Bikers for Trump rally prior to Election Day, in Plainville, Ga., May 20, 2022. But there has been a less visible sign of slippage: Trump’s vaunted digital fundraising machine has begun to slow. Those close to Trump — and even Republicans who aren’t — caution against misreading the significance of primary losses in which he was not on the ballot. “The resounding message from the Republican voters in Georgia is: Quit talking about 2020,” Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican minority leader, told Politico. “And make the fall election about the future and about the Biden administration.”In interviews with Republican voters at Kemp events, few had become anti-Trump.
Lawmakers work holiday weekend on limited gun-control proposals
“No one law is going to save everybody,” Sen. Chris Murphy said on CBS. Some Republicans are indicating interest in emerging with legislation, spurred by the shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday that left 19 children and two teachers dead. Democrats have repeatedly tried and failed to enact new gun-control measures — such as universal background checks and an assault weapons ban — in the decade since a gunman killed 26 people, most of them first-graders, at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Multiple proposals have been blocked due to opposition from Republicans and a handful of moderate Democrats. The Bidens visited a memorial to those who were slain at Robb Elementary School and attended Mass at a Catholic church.
Ukraine suffers on battlefield while pleading for US arms
DONETSK OBLAST, Ukraine — The ambulances hurtled into the parking lot one after the other, each carrying wounded troops directly from the nearby front line. The Washington Post is withholding the name and precise location of the hospital out of concerns from staff that it could be targeted by Russian forces. They were gearing up to provide additional support for the soldiers battling the Russians head-on, preparing for a worst-case scenario in which Russian forces continue or accelerate their current advance. Ukraine officials believe that any concessions to satisfy Putin now will only lead to Russia regrouping and launching a far more vicious war against Ukraine in the future. Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Zelenskyy, told The Post that the Ukraine government refuses any plan other than a military loss for Russia on the battlefield.
Uvalde tells Biden to ‘do something’; he pledges ‘we will’
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden visit a memorial at Robb Elementary School to pay their respects to the victims of the mass shooting, Sunday, May 29, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden visit a memorial at Robb Elementary School to pay their respects to the victims of the mass shooting, Sunday, May 29, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. Biden tweeted during the visit that he grieves, prays and stands with the people of Uvalde. The visit to Uvalde was Biden’s second trip in as many weeks to console a community in loss after a mass shooting. ___More on the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: https://apnews.com/hub/uvalde-school-shooting
Matthew McConaughey Visits Hometown of Uvalde, Texas Following Mass Shooting Massacre
In the wake of the sickening school shooting in Uvalde, Texas last week, many Hollywood celebrities voiced their rage and disgust on social media. But when Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey penned a message urging people to “re-evalute, and renegotiate our wants from our needs” regarding gun rights, it was notable for a few reasons. Most germane to the current tragedy, however, is the fact McConaughey was born in Uvalde, Texas, and lived there until he was approximately 11-years-old. (Indeed, his mother was a kindergarten teacher in Uvalde, at school just four minutes down the road from Robb Elementary.) Gonzales also shared that he was welcoming President Joe Biden to the area, with the across-the-aisle hashtag #UnitedForUvalde.
President Biden Pays Tribute To Victims Of School Mass Shooting In Uvalde, Texas—The Second Massacre In Two Weeks
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden faced yet another grieving community affected by a mass shooting—this time at a Texas elementary school that killed 19 students and two teachers. The last funeral from that shooting was on Saturday, with Vice President Kamala Harris and the First Gentlemen in attendance. Before attending Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Bidens visited the memorial outside Robb Elementary School, consisting of 21 white crosses for each shooting victim. Mckinzie Hinojosa, whose cousin Eliahana Torres was killed Tuesday, said she respected Biden’s decision to mourn with the people of Uvalde. A mass shooting happens.
President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden Visit Texas to Honor Victims of the Uvalde Shooting
Today, President Joe Biden and first lady Dr. Jill Biden visited the town of Uvalde in Texas to pay their respects to the 19 children and two adults killed in a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday. The Bidens arrived on Air Force One to an airfield in San Antonio, where they greeted Texas governor Greg Abbott on the tarmac in a meeting that has already drawn opprobrium online. After the presidential convoy made its journey to Uvalde, Abbott was greeted with a chorus of boos. The first port of call for the presidential couple, however, was a makeshift memorial outside of the school, near the site visited by Meghan Markle earlier this week. The Bidens placed a bouquet in front of the memorial before pausing at a series of photos of the victims and embracing the school’s principal, Mandy Gutierrez.
See President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden visit grief-stricken Uvalde community Sunday
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden visited the grief-stricken community in Uvalde, Texas, Sunday morning to pay their respects to the 19 children and two teachers who died Tuesday in a massacre at Robb Elementary School. Survivors, families of the victims and first responders will also be paid a visit by the nation’s comforter-in-chief. Biden went to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Uvalde to attend a church service. Jill Biden wept while she touched each photo and the president also touched some of the photos. REMEMBERING THEIR FACES:Uvalde school photographers' pictures bring children and tragedy into full focusTIMELINE:How Texas elementary school shooting, deadliest since Sandy Hook, unfolded
Opinion | How the U.N. became a tool of China’s genocide denial propaganda
Her trip ended up helping China deny its genocide against Uyghur Muslims and other repressive policies, harming the cause of human rights accountability in the process. As Human Rights Watch U.N. director Louis Charbonneau rightly observed, she grotesquely praised China’s “tremendous achievements” in human rights by pointing to poverty alleviation — which is exactly how Beijing defines human rights these days. The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which Bachelet is supposed to be following, calls for a higher standard. Meanwhile, Bachelet’s long-awaited report on China’s human rights abuses in Xinjiang is still missing in action. She has undermined her credibility and the overall credibility of the U.N. system on human rights.
Biden in Texas: ‘We will’ do something
As Biden departed Mass at a Catholic church, the crowd outside chanted, “Do something!” The president, entering his limousine, responded, “We will.”Earlier as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott joined Biden and the first lady at the memorial outside the elementary school, a man could be heard loudly pleading, “We need help!”At the memorial outside Robb Elementary School, 21 white crosses bore the victims’ names. The Bidens walked along the memorial, where white flowers surrounded photos of those lost in the shooting. Biden was scheduled to meet behind closed doors with first responders in Uvalde. Biden offered no remarks to the press during his stops.
Ghost Army soldiers, whose main weapon was deception, remembered at Huntington ceremony
About 80 years later, members of the Ghost Army were remembered at a ceremony in Huntington Veterans Plaza Sunday, where veterans, officials and families honored three soldiers from Long Island who were a part of the unit. In the crowd or more than 100 people was Cynthia Sourbeck, whose father, Robert Petrucci, was one of the Ghost soldiers. “Families in [this] country are indebted to their service.”Earlier this year, President Joe Biden signed a bill that grants the Congressional Gold Medal to the Ghost Army members to recognize their service. At that time, Nick Leo, 99, of Brentwood, was one of the 10 known surviving members of the Ghost Army. “Anytime there's a conflict, he would always just say it's so stupid,” Mike Petrucci said.
After Texas shooting, schools in Connecticut and around US boost security
In the aftermath of the elementary school massacre in Uvalde, Texas, schools around the U.S. have brought in additional security staff and restricted visitors as they deal with a new rash of copycat threats. For some families and educators it all has added to uneasiness in the wake of the deadliest school shooting since the 2012 attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School. He grew up in Colorado, not far from where two Columbine High School students shot and killed 12 classmates and a teacher in 1999. The El Paso Independent School District has already encountered some reported threats that turned out to be false. FILE - Flowers and candles are placed around crosses at a memorial outside Robb Elementary School to honor the victims killed in this week's school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, Saturday, May 28, 2022.
Uvalde tells Biden to 'do something'; he pledges 'we will'
UVALDE, Texas (AP) — President Joe Biden sought Sunday to comfort a city grieving the killings of 19 elementary school pupils and two teachers at the hands of a lone gunman. Mckinzie Hinojosa, whose cousin Eliahana Torres was killed Tuesday, said she respected Biden’s decision to mourn with the people of Uvalde. Hours after the shooting, Biden delivered an impassioned plea for additional gun control legislation, asking: “When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? As president, Biden has tried to address gun violence through executive orders. More on the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: https://apnews.com/hub/uvalde-school-shooting
AP News Summary at 5:55 p.m. EDT
Biden replied with, “we will.” The president and first lady Jill Biden traveled to the grieving Texas city on Sunday to offer comfort after last week's shooting. to review response to Texas school shootingUVALDE, Texas (AP) — The Justice Department says it'll review the law enforcement response to the Texas school shooting. Ukraine, Russia battle in the east as Zelenskyy visits frontPOKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russian and Ukrainian troops are trading blows in fierce close-quarter combat in an eastern Ukraine city. Christian nationalism on the rise in some GOP campaignsPITTSBURGH (AP) — A movement known as Christian nationalism is making its presence known in many Republican primary races this year. Colombians choose a new president amid general discontentBOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombians are emerging from the pandemic to find increasing inequality, inflation and violence.
Critics Call Biden’s $10,000 Student Debt Forgiveness Plan “Woefully Inadequate”
The Biden administration will cancel up to $10,000 in student loan debt per borrower, according to sources with knowledge of the White House’s as-yet unannounced plans. While any amount of student debt forgiveness would be beneficial to a certain degree, experts have noted that the $10,000 amount will do very little to address the magnitude of the crisis. Borrowers who earn incomes higher than $150,000 (or $300,000 for married couples filing their taxes jointly) would not be eligible for the student loan forgiveness, for example. President Joe Biden intended to announce his student debt forgiveness plan earlier this week, but postponed his announcement due to the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. A more expansive forgiveness plan would result in better outcomes for a higher number of borrowers, particularly people of color, who disproportionately carry the burden of student debt.
362 School Counselors on the Pandemic’s Effect on Children: ‘Anxiety Is Filling Our Kids’
Wells High School, Portland, Ore. ‘The foundational skills for learning need to be retaught.’ Tierney Langdon, Grace Snell Middle School, Loganville, Ga. 362 School Counselors on the Pandemic’s Effect on Children: ‘Anxiety Is Filling Our Kids’ In a Times survey, counselors said students are behind in their abilities to learn, cope and relate. Jennifer Schlatter, an elementary school counselor in Brighton, Colo., said: “Anxiety is filling our kids right now. I can’t handle this by myself.”Virginia DeLong, who works with high school students in Norwich, Conn., said: “It’s just nonstop putting out fires with kids. In the last two decades, the role of school counselor has changed, from mostly providing academic guidance to teaching social-emotional learning to the whole school. “The smallest things will trigger an extreme emotional response that is disproportionate with the trigger,” said Stephanie Coombs, an elementary school counselor in Wagener, S.C.
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Arrive in Uvalde to Pay Respects to Victims of Mass Shooting
- Biden is heading to Uvalde, Texas to pay his respects following a school shooting. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden greet Mandy Gutierrez, the Priciple of Robb Elementary School, as he and First Lady Jill Biden pay their in Uvalde, Texas on May 29, 2022. - Biden is heading to Uvalde, Texas to pay his respects following a school shooting. US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden attend Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Uvalde, Texas on May 29, 2022. - The President and First Lady are in Uvalde to pay their respects following a school shooting.
Letters to the Editor — May 30, 2022
It took less than 24 hours for gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke to make a total ass of himself in Texas (“Beto points trigger finger at GOP pols,” May 26). Bodies were not even cold yet, and this moron storms a televised news conference to make a political statement promoting his run for governor. We always knew that this moron from Texas was interested more in himself than in the people of Texas and all other states as well. It showed a total lack of respect for the families of all the individuals who died that day. More and more people are seeing this phony “concern” for exactly what it is — opportunistic grandstanding to gin voters up.
Gov. Greg Abbott heckled at memorial for victims of Texas school shooting
Greg Abbott was heckled by mourners Sunday during a visit to the Texas school where 19 children and two teachers were killed. Greg Abbott visits a memorial at Robb Elementary School. “If they couldn’t save those kids, why would I rely on them to protect my granddaughter?” she said.? ?“I don’t know what we’ll do with [granddaughter] Scarlett, home-school, maybe.”?People yell at Texas Gov. Greg Abbott as he arrives with President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden to pay their respects at a makeshift memorial. Abbott as he arrives at the memorial outside Robb Elementary School.
Uvalde tells President Biden to ‘do something’; he pledges ‘we will’
By ZEKE MILLER and ELLIOT SPAGAT Associated PressUVALDE, Texas (AP) — President Joe Biden sought Sunday to comfort a city grieving the killings of 19 elementary school pupils and two teachers at the hands of a lone gunman. Faced with chants of “do something” as he departed a church service to meet privately with the families, Biden responded: “We will.”
Uvalde tells Biden to ‘do something’; he pledges ‘we will’
At Robb Elementary School, Biden stopped at a memorial of 21 white crosses — one for each of those killed — and the first lady added a bouquet of white flowers to a pile in front of the school sign. Mckinzie Hinojosa, whose cousin Eliahana Torres was killed Tuesday, said she respected Biden’s decision to mourn with the people of Uvalde. Hours after the shooting, Biden delivered an impassioned plea for additional gun control legislation, asking: “When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? As president, Biden has tried to address gun violence through executive orders. ___More on the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: https://apnews.com/hub/uvalde-school-shooting
As Joe Biden wipes away the tears, crowds urge him to ‘do something’ after Texas shootings
A violinist and pianist played Ave Maria and other hymns, before the service started and the Bidens touched the hands of members of the congregation. “Our hearts are broken,” Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller said as he invited children attending the service to come to the front of the church. On Sunday, 1,720 miles away in Uvalde, the president was once again trying to provide solace to another grieving community. On Friday, Steven McCraw, head of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said the decision - based on the belief that Ramos had barricaded himself in the classroom - was wrong. Mr Arredondo, the local police chief since 2020, had completed an active shooter training course as recently as December.
Solid gold jeweled Tabernacle worth $2 MILLION is stolen from Manhattan Catholic church
Thieves stole a jewel-encrusted solid gold tabernacle worth $2 million from a Brooklyn church - and also beheaded one of its marble angel statues. The New York Police Department (NYPD) said an unknown number of thieves stole a tabernacle between Thursday night and Saturday from St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church on 6 Avenue in Brooklyn, New York. The brazen thieves reported cut a giant hold into the tabernacle with unknown equipment and extracted an 18-karat gold tabernacle with jewels from its casing. The gold and jeweled tabernacle (pictured) was stolen from a Brooklyn church between Thursday night and Saturday. Two men appear to investigate after thieves stole a sacred tabernacle from St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn, NYAn exterior view of St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn, NY
Opinion | The C.E.O. of Condé Nast: ‘This Is No Longer a Magazine Company’
The diversity and inclusivity council, one of their first recommendations — I was very pleased to see because I had done this at prior companies I run — was to start publishing our stats, which I really, really believe in. And we’ve made really, really good progress on that. So we’re not in a position where we feel like we have to strong arm these issues because we created a center of excellence that’s really, really good. roger lynchI wouldn’t say that because we have brands that these platforms really, really want. kara swisherIt’s a bit screwed up how much money platforms make from your content, right, and now they’re competitors making content, right?
Biden missing in action as Iranians protest regime and declare 'America is not the enemy'
Police fired tear gas into the air to disperse the angry crowd of hundreds near the building site, online video analyzed Saturday shows. Videos shared online showed a massive crowd near the Metropol Building on Friday night, with lights shining on its facade. In a second video, demonstrators at street level are seen chanting: "Our enemy is here; they lie that it is America!" The United States government—both under Democratic and Republican administrations—has recognized Iran’s regime as the world’s worst state sponsor of terrorism. Iranians in Khuzestan, Esfahan and Tehran reported significant, serious disruptions to internet access, including blockages when trying to upload images of protests to social media.
Opinion: The bad news about the economy
We can expect a slowing US and world economy however as the Federal Reserve raises interest rates in order to reduce the inflation rate and as other disruptions hit the world economy. The Federal Reserve issued more dollars between December 2019 and December 2022 ($3 trillion) than in the preceding 23 years. The monetary base (currency plus bank reserves) soared as the Federal Reserve bought up vast quantities of Treasury bills and bonds used to finance Covid-19-related budget deficits. Because of the huge increase in the money supply in recent years, the Federal Reserve does not have any sure fix on stopping the inflation. Yes, we need sizable government investments and social services in order to transform our economy to be more fair, productive, and environmentally sustainable.
ABC, NBC, CNN guests weigh in on whether Congress will finally act on gun control: 'A different moment'
Media pundits debated on Sunday whether Congress will actually act and come together on a gun bill following the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting. She said that Sen. McConnell, R-Ky., doesn't often engage publicly about what he asks of his members, making this more significant. DEMOCRATS PLEDGE TO PRESS GUN CONTROL TO FOREFRONT OF 2022 MIDTERM ELECTIONSPhilips noted McConnell is a "steadfast opponent to anything that resembles gun control." At the beginning of ABC's "This Week," Jonathan Karl asked if Congress "will finally act" after "decades of doing nothing." "I met with Sen. Cornyn this morning.
Justice Department to review police response to Texas school shooting
UVALDE, Texas — The Justice Department said Sunday it will review the law enforcement response to the Texas school shooting, an unusual federal look back prompted by questions about the shifting and at times contradictory information from authorities that have enraged a community in shock and sorrow. Department spokesman Anthony Coley said the review would be conducted in a fair, impartial and independent manner and the findings would be made public. It was not immediately clear how the review would be conducted, whether law enforcement officials could be compelled to cooperate in the review and when it might be completed. Such a review is somewhat rare and most after-action reports that come after a mass shooting are generally compiled by local law enforcement agencies or outside groups. Biden has not spoken publicly about the police response to the shooting.
President Biden and first lady attend Sunday Mass alongside families of shooting victims and survivors in Uvalde, Texas
UVALDE, Texas (AP) — President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden offered comfort Sunday to a city gripped by grief and anger as they paid respects at a memorial to 19 students and two teachers slain during a mass shooting at a Texas elementary school. First lady Jill Biden placed flowers outside Robb Elementary School on Sunday. We cannot outlaw tragedy, I know, but we can make America safer.”After visiting the memorial, Biden arrived for Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where some of the families of those who were killed worship. Hours after the shooting, Biden delivered an impassioned plea for additional gun-control legislation, asking: “When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? The president and the first lady at the memorial at Robb Elementary School.
Republican politicians all over the country have repeated the Great Replacement theory
Kent is not the only Republicanto repeat the central themes of the racist and antisemitic Great Replacement theory. Members of Congress repeat theorySitting members of Congress whose seats are up for grabs in the November midterms have repeated the Great Replacement theory during this campaign season. Then they call you a racist and a bigot.”State politicians push Great ReplacementAt the state level, politicians have pushed the Great Replacement. People who have retired from politics also have stayed in the limelight using their media appearances to repeat the Great Replacement theory. We believe in the Constitution.”This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Republicans nationwide have repeated the Great Replacement theory
Justice Dept. to review response to Texas school shooting
UVALDE, Texas — The Justice Department said Sunday it will review the law enforcement response to the Texas school shooting, an unusual federal look back prompted by questions about the shifting and at times contradictory information from authorities that have enraged a community in shock and sorrow. It was not immediately clear how the review would be conducted, whether law enforcement officials could be compelled to cooperate in the review and when it might be completed. Such a review is somewhat rare and most after-action reports that come after a mass shooting are generally compiled by local law enforcement agencies or outside groups. Biden has not spoken publicly about the police response to the shooting. ___More on the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: https://apnews.com/hub/school-shootings
Justice Dept. makes decision to review response to Texas school shooting
Police walk near Robb Elementary School following a shooting, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)Police responding to Tuesday's school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, waited before killing the assailant, believing he was barricaded in a classroom. (AP Graphic)Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw speaks during a press conference held outside Robb Elementary School on Friday, May 27, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. It was not immediately clear how the review would be conducted, whether law enforcement officials could be compelled to cooperate in the review and when it might be completed. ———More on the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: https://apnews.com/hub/school-shootings
Senate Democrats express cautious hope about new gun reforms
Senate Democrats on Sunday urged Republicans to join them on comprehensive federal gun reform after mass shootings at a Texas grade school and a Buffalo supermarket but acknowledged the path to significant change will be difficult. On CNN’s “State of the Union," Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said he would encourage Republicans to have the “political courage” to support reform. An 18-year-old man armed with an assault rifle fatally shot 19 students in a fourth grade class and two teachers. Authorities said the gunman had recently purchased the weapon used in the attack at a gun shop on his 18th birthday. In the wake of the latest massacre, a bipartisan group of senators convened this week to discuss potential gun safety legislation.
Justice Dept. to review response to Texas school shooting
UVALDE, Texas — The Justice Department said Sunday it will review the law enforcement response to the Texas school shooting, an unusual federal look back prompted by questions about the shifting and at times contradictory information from authorities that have enraged a community in shock and sorrow. It was not immediately clear how the review would be conducted, whether law enforcement officials could be compelled to cooperate in the review and when it might be completed. Such a review is somewhat rare and most after-action reports that come after a mass shooting are generally compiled by local law enforcement agencies or outside groups. Biden has not spoken publicly about the police response to the shooting. ___More on the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: https://apnews.com/hub/school-shootings
Biden visits memorial to victims of Texas school shooting
Updated 4 timesUVALDE, Texas — President Joe Biden sought Sunday to comfort a city grieving the killings of 19 elementary school pupils and two teachers at the hands of a lone gunman. At Robb Elementary School, Biden stopped at a memorial of 21 white crosses — one for each of those killed — and the first lady added a bouquet of white flowers to a pile in front of the school sign. Hours after the shooting, Biden delivered an impassioned plea for additional gun control legislation, asking: “When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? As president, Biden has tried to address gun violence through executive orders. ___More on the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: https://apnews.com/hub/uvalde-school-shooting
AP News Summary at 3:42 p.m. EDT
Russians storm city, shell east Ukraine as Zelenskyy visitsPOKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Local officials say Russian and Ukrainian troops are engaging in close-quarter combat in an eastern Ukraine city. to review response to Texas school shootingUVALDE, Texas (AP) — The Justice Department says it'll review the law enforcement response to the Texas school shooting. Biden visits memorial to victims of Texas school shootingUVALDE, Texas (AP) — President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden are in Uvalde, Texas, trying to offer comfort to a city gripped by grief and anger after a school shooting. After arriving at the school, the president stopped at a memorial of 21 white crosses — one for each of those killed. No Democratic governors told the AP they supported arming teachers, but Republican governors backed a wide array of potential school security steps.
‘Do something!’: Biden visits Uvalde after mass shooting as onlookers urge him to take action
Joe Biden on Sunday visited Uvalde, Texas, seeking to comfort a community devastated by the latest American mass shooting, which claimed the lives of 19 elementary school children and two teachers. Onlookers cheered Biden but also called out to the Democratic president and visiting Texas Republican governor Greg Abbott about taking action to make America safer for their children. 0 Biden laments 'fear' and 'violence' ahead of visit to Uvalde – videoThe Texas visit came as senators in Washington DC, offered cautious optimism over a legislative deal on a package of small-scale gun safety measures. “I think there is something dying inside the soul of this country when we refuse to act at a national level, shooting after shooting,” Murphy told CBS News. On Sunday, Texas Republican congressman Dan Crenshaw knocked down new restrictions when interviewed on CNN.
What if the Wind and Sunshine Really Belonged to All of Us?
Some on the left have already suggested something slightly different from what Biden has offered: nationalizing wind farms, solar farms, transmission infrastructure, and even the whole fossil fuel sector (in order to retire it). Private wind rights, in short, tilt the energy transition toward elites—and give everyone else a reason not to support it. A legislature only has to “sever” wind rights from land rights. Why should wind rights and land rights belong together in any case? Wind rights could rest with the town, the county—or with an entirely new unit bounded by the viewshed, which might help smooth the path for offshore wind farms.
Today, Colombia Votes on a Shift to the Left
Ask anyone in Latin America and they’ll tell you: Colombian politics skew hard toward the right. Colombia’s hard-right turn is associated with one name in particular: former president Álvaro Uribe and his political movement, uribismo. And yet Colombia’s corrupt and servile political oligarchy stands in stark contrast to the courage of the Colombian people themselves. The Fog of War Colombian and international media have played a leading role in portraying the Colombian people as politically conservative. And even as both doctrines have waned, their lingering effects continue to damage the exercise of left-wing politics, freedom of thought, and social movements in Colombia.
The Justice Department Will Review The Response To The Uvalde School Shooting After Police Admitted They Made Mistakes
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden visited the site of Wednesday's school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on Sunday, as federal officials announced they had opened an investigation into how police responded to the attack. The Department of Justice said their "fair, transparent, and independent" critical incident review had been launched at the request of Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin and would culminate in a report to be published with any findings. As they moved from picture to picture at a makeshift memorial site, the first lady touched the faces of each child and patted at her tears. Greg Abbott — who has been criticized for his defense of the state's gun laws — received some jeers as he appeared. As the governor arrived at the school, one man in the crowd shouted, "We need help!"
Biden's muscular China policy improves on his predecessors - The Washington Post
The result has been a sea change in China policy, as he and Secretary of State Antony Blinken made clear during the president’s trip to Asia. Blinken later recited the traditional formula on U.S. policy toward Taiwan: “The United States remains committed to our one-China policy,” he said. It also elevated the “Quad” — an informal group of nations that includes Australia, India, Japan and the United States — and enhanced the ASEAN alliance. Beyond national security, the administration has maximized the United States’ leverage by acting in concert with allies on climate change and trade. The administration seems determined to pursue a policy that is more robust, realistic and diplomatically adept than its predecessors.
Opinion | I’m from Uvalde. I’m not surprised this happened.
First, you would be challenged to find a more heavily armed place in the United States than Uvalde. AdvertisementIn Uvalde, simply put, everything north of Highway 90 is primarily White Republican, and everything south is mostly Hispanic Democrat. About 1 in 3 Uvalde children live in poverty. President Biden and the first lady visited Uvalde on Sunday to offer comfort to the families of victims at Robb. Uvalde, the state of Texas and the United States of America failed the children and teachers who died there.
Bidens pay respects in Uvalde after mass school shooting
NEW You can now listen to Fox News articles! President Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrived Sunday afternoon in Uvalde, Texas, where they visited a memorial for the victims of the Robb Elementary School shooting before attending mass at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. DOJ TO INVESTIGATE POLICE RESPONSE TO UVALDE SHOOTING"Our hearts are broken," Garcia-Siller said. After mass, the Bidens are then scheduled to meet with the families of victims and survivors of the shooting at the Uvalde County Event Center. The Bidens’ visit to Uvalde comes after a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School.
Rep. Donalds on inflation: Biden is 'selling us out to the Chinese
Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., argued on Sunday that President Biden’s economic plans are "disastrous" for America and "empower China." Speaking during an exclusive interview on "Sunday Morning Futures," Donalds argued that Biden is "selling us out to the Chinese." The Florida congressman made the arguments as inflation sits near 40-year highs and as gas prices hit a fresh record on Sunday. Donalds argued that one reason food prices have been soaring is ‘because fertilizer is a derivative of oil production." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"It is going to hurt us on the world stage, not help us," Donalds argued.
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GalleryPresident Joe Biden tried to comfort families in the south Texas town of Uvalde on Sunday after the nation's deadliest school shooting in a decade as federal officials announced they would review local law enforcement's slow response to the attack.
Wyoming GOP chair, who was on restricted Capitol grounds on Jan. 6, speaks at Trump rally
WASHINGTON — The head of the Wyoming Republican Party, who was on restricted Capitol grounds during the U.S. Capitol riot, delivered a speech at the former president's rally on Saturday. Eathorne had pushed for Cheney to be censured after she voted to impeach Trump in the wake of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack. NBC News has reached out to the Wyoming Republican Party for comment. Thousands of Trump supporters, like Eathorne, entered the restricted grounds of the Capitol on Jan. 6, but only a handful of defendants have been charged with misdemeanor offenses for their presence. Eathrone had a "short, questionable career as a Worland police officer" and "served as a parole officer in south Texas" before becoming the head of the Wyoming Republican party, the Casper Star-Tribune reported.
Justice Department to Review Police Response to Texas School Shooting
The Justice Department will review the police response to last week’s deadly shooting at a Texas elementary school amid a renewed national debate on gun violence and calls for restrictions on gun ownership. The review was requested by Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin, the announcement from the Justice Department said. Democrats want stricter ownership rules and background checks, and this latest school shooting has brought back calls for a ban on assualt weapons. “These are serious negotiations,” he said, and lawmakers will continue to meet through early next week to find common ground. “Certainly many more Republicans are willing to talk right now than were willing to talk after Sandy Hook,” he added, in reference to the 2012 school shooting in Connecticut that resulted in the death of 20 children and six adults.
President and first lady visit site of last week’s mass school shooting in Texas
UVALDE, Texas — President Biden arrived Sunday at the site of the nation’s latest mass shooting, an elementary school festooned with flowers and photographs of the young victims, as the Department of Justice said it would investigate how law enforcement responded to the incident. Biden’s visit comes as the nation is grappling with tragedy of 19 children and two teachers who were killed in Tuesday’s attack at Robb Elementary School. The attack was carried out by an 18-year-old who was shot to death, but only after a lengthy delay by the police that has provoked community outrage.
Biden visits memorial to victims of Texas school shooting
By ZEKE MILLER and ELLIOT SPAGATUVALDE, Texas (AP) — President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden offered comfort Sunday to a city gripped by grief and anger as they paid respects at a memorial to 19 students and two teachers slain during a mass shooting at a Texas elementary school. Outside Robb Elementary School, Biden stopped at a memorial of 21 white crosses — one for each of those killed — and the first lady added a bouquet of white flowers to a pile in front of the school sign. Hours after the shooting, Biden delivered an impassioned plea for additional gun control legislation, asking: “When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? As president, Biden has tried to chip away at gun violence through executive orders. ___More on the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: https://apnews.com/hub/uvalde-school-shooting
AP News Summary at 2:43 p.m. EDT
Russians storm city, shell east Ukraine as Zelenskyy visitsPOKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Local officials say Russian and Ukrainian troops are engaging in close-quarter combat in an eastern Ukraine city. to review response to Texas school shootingUVALDE, Texas (AP) — The Justice Department says it'll review the law enforcement response to the Texas school shooting. Biden visits memorial to victims of Texas school shootingUVALDE, Texas (AP) — President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden are in Uvalde, Texas, trying to offer comfort to a city gripped by grief and anger after a school shooting. No Democratic governors told the AP they supported arming teachers, but Republican governors backed a wide array of potential school security steps. San Diego Bishop McElroy named by Pope Francis as a cardinalBishop Robert McElroy of San Diego is one of 21 new cardinals named by Pope Francis.
Biden visits memorial to victims of Texas school shooting
UVALDE, Texas (AP) — President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden offered comfort Sunday to a city gripped by grief and anger as they paid respects at a memorial to 19 students and two teachers slain during a mass shooting at a Texas elementary school. Outside Robb Elementary School, Biden stopped at a memorial of 21 white crosses — one for each of those killed — and the first lady added a bouquet of white flowers to a pile in front of the school sign. Hours after the shooting, Biden delivered an impassioned plea for additional gun control legislation, asking: “When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? As president, Biden has tried to chip away at gun violence through executive orders. More on the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: https://apnews.com/hub/uvalde-school-shooting
New Mexico wildfire scar burn has forest officials worried
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — As more than 3,000 firefighters in northern New Mexico continued to battle the nation’s largest active wildfire Sunday, federal forest officials worried about future flash floods, landslides and destructive ash from the burn scar. The 7-week-old fire, the largest in New Mexico history, remained 50% contained after charring 492 square miles (1,274 square kilometers) in rugged terrain east of Santa Fe. One of the fires was previously traced to April 6, when a planned burn set by U.S. Forest Service firefighters to clear out small trees and brush was declared out of control. A Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response team has started publishing data from its post-fire assessments. Flooding presents another problem for communities near burn scars with ash flowing into rivers and streams, according to Kiesow.
Mo Brooks unloads after Fox News host says there’s no evidence of 2020 election fraud
Republican Congressman Mo Brooks was sent into a conniption by a Fox News host who insisted accurately that there was no evidence the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump. Mr Brooks replied that between last September and the unendorsement, he and Mr Trump had many conversations that revolved around the idea that the ex-president could be reinstated in office and the 2020 election rescinded. “And I can understand him wanting to do that, OK?” Mr Brooks said. The film has been promoted by Mr Trump himself and various others, buthasalsobeenroundlydebunked. “There are some people who are despondent about the voter fraud and election theft in 2020,” he said at the event last year.
Gas hits ANOTHER all time high as gallon cost rockets to $4.61
Gas prices in the US soared to record heights again Sunday, reaching an all-time high of $4.61 per gallon. Gas prices in the US soared to record heights again Sunday, reaching an all-time high of $4.61 per gallonThe number is more than 50 percent higher than the cost of a gallon a year ago. 'The concern is high prices that are keeping people a little closer.' 'Skyrocketing prices, Biden's gas hike, and the deteriorating economy are on the ballot in November, and voters know Biden and Democrats are to blame.' The unexpected persistence of high inflation has caused the Fed to embark on what may become its fastest series of interest rate increases in 33 years.
West Virginia woman praised for using pistol to shoot dead gunman with AR-15
A woman, who has not yet been identified, shot him deadA West Virginia woman is being hailed a hero for using her legally-owned pistol to shoot and kill a criminal armed with an AR-15 after he opened fire at a graduation party last week. At a press conference on Thursday, Charleston Chief of Detectives Tony Hazelett praised the woman as a hero. This is the apartment complex in West Virginia where the gunman opened fire at a graduation party at 10.45pm on Wednesday night. Butler, the man with the AR-15 in the West Virginia shooting, has an extensive criminal history, according to local reports. The woman who shot him dead is not facing any charges.
California makes misguided plea for feds to keep state’s last nuclear power plant alive
Gavin Newsom’s administration is making a misguided plea for the U.S. Department of Energy to change the requirements of a federal fund so the aging, dangerous Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant can keep operating. The plant is currently ineligible for the funds because California fully regulates utility power generation, and the money is available only for states with deregulated energy markets. “Clinging to nuclear energy as a source of electricity as renewables like solar and wind grow by the day is not a sound, safe, forward-looking energy policy. In a 2018 deal struck between Pacific Gas & Electric, which owns the nuclear power plant, labor unions, environmental groups and others, the utility agreed to shutter the two reactor units at Diablo Canyon in 2024 and 2025. Here’s why keeping Diablo Canyon operating is concerning:It will be costly From 2011 to 2017, maintenance costs increased $110 million dollars .
New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern to meet with Biden, discuss combating online radicalization
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who successfully oversaw the implementation of gun control measures in her own country, will meet with President Biden on Tuesday at the White House to discuss a range of issues, including countering "radicalization to violence both off and online." They will also discuss the need for "countering terrorism and radicalization to violence both off and online," Jean-Pierre said. During an appearance on CBS' "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" last week, Ardern explained how New Zealand enacted swift gun control reforms following the Christchurch mosque attacks. And so then it was incumbent on us as politicians to respond to that," she explained on the show. Ardern touched on the topic during her Harvard commencement address last week, while also discussing the dangers of disinformation and online radicalization.
Blinken says China hid evidence of ‘genocide’ during U.N. official’s Xinjiang visit
Mr. Blinken expressed particular unease over the situation in China’s northwestern Xinjiang province, where he said “genocide and crimes against humanity are ongoing” and suggested Ms. Bachelet and her team were blocked from carrying out a full assessment in the province. U.S. officials and human rights activists also warned ahead of the trip that Chinese authorities would attempt to control what Ms. Bachelet and her team saw on the ground. China’s ruling Communist Party, which vehemently denies all reports of human rights violations and genocide in Xinjiang, has described the camps as vocational training and education centers to combat extremism, and says they have been closed. In a statement over the weekend on Ms. Bachelet’s visit, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu, accused some Western countries of fabricating lies about Xinjiang under the guise of human rights. “The Chinese side pointed out that essentially, Xinjiang is not at all a human rights issue, but a major issue concerning upholding national sovereignty, security and territorial integrity,” it said.
Justice Dept. to review response to Texas school shooting
UVALDE, Texas (AP) — The Justice Department said Sunday it will review the law enforcement response to the Texas school shooting, an unusual federal look back prompted by questions about the shifting and at times contradictory information from authorities that have enraged a community in shock and sorrow. It was not immediately clear how the review would be conducted, whether law enforcement officials could be compelled to cooperate in the review and when it might be completed. Such a review is somewhat rare and most after-action reports that come after a mass shooting are generally compiled by local law enforcement agencies or outside groups. Biden has not spoken publicly about the police response to the shooting. ___More on the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: https://apnews.com/hub/school-shootings
Flowers, tears as Bidens stop at Uvalde memorial
Flowers, tears as Bidens stop at Uvalde memorialPresident Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden offered comfort Sunday to a city gripped by grief and anger as they paid respects at a memorial to 19 students and two teachers slain during a mass shooting at a Texas elementary school.
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GalleryPresident Joe Biden on Sunday sought to comfort families in the Texas town of Uvalde following the nation's deadliest school shooting in a decade as federal officials announced they would review law enforcement's slow response.
Biden visits memorial to victims of Texas school shooting
A mass shooting happens. We need to do something about it.”The Bidens’ visit comes amid mounting scrutiny of the police response to the shooting. We’ve done it before.”Hours after the shooting, Biden had delivered an impassioned plea for additional gun control legislation, asking: “When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? As president, Biden has tried to chip away at gun violence through executive orders. He faces few new options now, but executive action might be the best the president can do, given Washington’s sharp divisions on gun control legislation.
The Justice Department says it will review the police response in Uvalde
The Justice Department says it will review the police response in UvaldeEnlarge this image toggle caption Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty ImagesThe Justice Department will conduct a review of the police response to the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, at the request of the city's mayor, Don McLaughlin. The Office of Community Oriented Policing will conduct the review and publish a report with its findings after the review concludes, the department said. President Biden is visiting UvaldeThe Justice Department's announcement came as President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrived in Uvalde to pay their respects to the victims of the attack. Prospects for federal legislation appear dimAs the president traveled to Uvalde, Democrats in Congress continued to push on Sunday for federal gun control legislation, despite an uncertain path forward. Bob Spitzer, author of The Politics of Gun Control, told NPR that despite the renewed negotiations, the chances of a bipartisan deal on gun legislation remain small.
Bidens visit memorial outside of Robb Elementary School to honor shooting victims
President Biden and first lady Jill Biden laid flowers at memorial outside of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, in honor of the 19 students and two teachers killed in a mass shooting. Abbott arrived at the memorial, crowds of people called for action saying, "our children need to go to school in peace. "May 29, 2022
US review traces massive New Mexico fire to planned burns
Story continuesThe Forest Service has not yet released detailed planning documents for the original planned burns that might indicate whether fire protocols were followed. The intentionally set blazes, known as prescribed burns, are aimed at limiting the accumulation of timber and underbrush that, if left unattended, can fuel extremely hot and destructive wildfires. Prescribed burns often are used in wildland areas that are too vast to thin by hand or machine. Forest Service Chief Randy Moore last week announced a 90-day pause and review of protocols for planned fires that limit the buildup of flammable vegetation. Forest managers cut back trees and gather debris into mounds, preferring to burn forest fuels in the winter when planned burns are easier to control.
Justice Dept. to review response to Texas school shooting
UVALDE, Texas (AP) — The Justice Department said Sunday it will review the law enforcement response to the Texas school shooting, an unusual federal look back prompted by questions about the shifting and at times contradictory information from authorities that have enraged a community in shock and sorrow. It was not immediately clear how the review would be conducted, whether law enforcement officials could be compelled to cooperate in the review and when it might be completed. Such a review is somewhat rare and most after-action reports that come after a mass shooting are generally compiled by local law enforcement agencies or outside groups. Biden has not spoken publicly about the police response to the shooting. ___More on the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: https://apnews.com/hub/school-shootings
Justice Department to review police response to Texas school shooting
The Justice Department said Sunday it will review the law enforcement response to the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 students and two teachers dead. The review comes amid mounting pressure and questions about the shifting and at times contradictory information about what happened in the shooting last Tuesday at Robb Elementary School and how police responded. Justice Department spokesman Anthony Coley said the review would be conducted in a fair, impartial and independent manner and that the findings would be made public. Such a review is somewhat rare, and most after-action reports that come after a mass shooting are generally compiled by local law enforcement agencies or outside groups. President Biden has not spoken publicly about the police response to the shooting.
Bidens visit memorial outside school in Uvalde, Texas; DOJ will review law enforcement response: Live updates
The review comes amid mounting pressure and questions about the shifting and at times contradictory information about what happened in the shooting Tuesday at Robb Elementary School and how police responded. Cranshaw also said that he would not support a red flag law in Texas, adding that "what we are essentially trying to do with a red flag law is enforce the law before the law has been broken." – Candy WoodallBROKEN HEARTS:In Uvalde, Biden will walk into a mix of grief, anger, political attacks and broken heartsWhat is Biden's schedule in Uvalde? Shortly after arriving, they will pay their respects to the children and teachers who died in Tuesday's shooting at Robb Elementary School. Sutton, a professional school portrait photographer, has taken photos of every child killed at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday, along with the two teachers.
Justice Dept. to review response to Texas school shooting
UVALDE, Texas — The Justice Department said Sunday it will review the law enforcement response to the Texas school shooting, an unusual federal look back prompted by questions about the shifting and at times contradictory information from authorities that have enraged a community in shock and sorrow. Department spokesman Anthony Coley said the review would be conducted in a fair, impartial and independent manner and the findings would be made public. It was not immediately clear how the review would be conducted, whether law enforcement officials could be compelled to cooperate in the review and when it might be completed. Such a review is somewhat rare and most after-action reports that come after a mass shooting are generally compiled by local law enforcement agencies or outside groups. Biden has not spoken publicly about the police response to the shooting.
AP News Summary at 1:32 p.m. EDT
Russians storm city, shell east Ukraine as Zelenskyy visitsPOKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Local officials say Russian and Ukrainian troops are engaging in close-quarter combat in an eastern Ukraine city. to review response to Texas school shootingUVALDE, Texas (AP) — The Justice Department says it will review the law enforcement response to the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 students and two teachers dead. Biden visits memorial to victims of Texas school shootingUVALDE, Texas (AP) — President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden are in Uvalde, Texas, trying to offer comfort to a city gripped by grief and anger after a school shooting. No Democratic governors told the AP they supported arming teachers, but Republican governors backed a wide array of potential school security steps. San Diego Bishop McElroy named by Pope Francis as a cardinalBishop Robert McElroy of San Diego is one of 21 new cardinals named by Pope Francis.
Biden visits memorial to victims of Texas school shooting
Zeke Miller and Elliot SpagatAssociated PressUvalde, Texas – President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden offered comfort Sunday to a city gripped by grief and anger as they paid respects at a memorial to 19 students and two teachers slain during a mass shooting at a Texas elementary school. Outside Robb Elementary School, Biden stopped at a memorial of 21 white crosses – one for each of those killed – and the first lady added a bouquet of white flowers to a pile in front of the school sign. “Evil came to that elementary school classroom in Texas, to that grocery store in New York, to far too many places where innocents have died,” Biden said Saturday in a commencement address at the University of Delaware. Hours after the shooting, Biden delivered an impassioned plea for additional gun control legislation, asking: “When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? As president, Biden has tried to chip away at gun violence through executive orders.
Texas school shooting: US Justice Department announces review into police response
The US Justice Department has said it will review law enforcement's response to the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 19 children and two teachers, amid growing anger over why police failed to swiftly confront the gunman. It came as US President Joe Biden arrived in Uvalde to console residents mourning those who were gunned down at the elementary school. Mr Biden and First Lady Jill Biden visited a memorial outside the school and attended a Catholic Mass, as well as met with first responders and mourning relatives of the dead.
Biden visits Uvalde as DoJ launches investigation into police response to school shooting
Texas Republican governor Greg Abbott was also in Uvalde on Sunday and has talked about greater security for schools, not about restrictions on guns. They were due to join mourners after the service and, later, first responders and, despite years of intransigence on Capitol Hill, there was tentative hope for bipartisan talks leading to new gun legislation being passed, at least on a small scale. “I think there is something dying inside the soul of this country when we refuse to act at a national level shooting after shooting,” Murphy told CBS News. Following the mass killing in Uvalde, the New York Times contacted all 50 Republican senators to gauge their position on gun reform. Crenshaw, a former US Navy SEAL, also claimed AR-15-style assault rifles are “more self-defense weapons” than a tool of war.
Biden arrives in Uvalde after worst US school shooting in a decade
US President Joe Biden pays respect at a makeshift memorial outside of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on May 29, 2022President Joe Biden landed in the Texas town of Uvalde on Sunday to comfort families ripped apart by the worst U.S. school shooting in a decade as the public demands answers about why local police failed to act swiftly. Official accounts of how police responded to the shooting have flip-flopped wildly, with calls mounting for an independent probe. Biden, a Democrat, has repeatedly called for major changes to America's gun laws but has been powerless to stop mass shootings or convince Republicans that stricter controls could stem the carnage. The Uvalde shooting has once again put gun control at the top of the nation's agenda, months ahead of the November midterm elections, with supporters of stronger gun laws arguing that the latest bloodshed represents a tipping point. Ramos, a high school dropout, had no criminal record and no history of mental illness but did post threatening messages on social media ahead of the shooting.
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Nuclear attack on Ukraine unlikely, but Mitt Romney says U.S. should be prepared anyway
In the early ‘70s, however, Pentagon advisers began publicly worrying over the “threat” posed by Soviet civil defense measures. Serving on the committee with people who really knew what they were talking about wasn’t the first time I had thought seriously about nuclear war. At school, we had little idea what a nuclear war might entail since we’d been raised with “duck-and-cover” as our safeguard in case of attack. The potential of nuclear war had had a greater impact on popular perceptions by 1982. ••••••••••Below is a scanned version of the Boulder County Nuclear War Education Booklet (1982).
The Texas School Massacre Means Nothing to the Gun Lobby
The calls for action are backed up by polls that show again that a majority of Americans back comprehensive gun control legislation. In fact, in the last couple of years polls show that support for tougher gun laws have dropped. There hasn't been much movement in the states either to get tougher gun control laws. In his address following the Texas massacre, Biden demanded "When in God's name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby"? Sadly, even the monstrous Texas massacre won't make Congress grow the legs to do that.
Infant formula crisis highlights breastfeeding barriers in Southern states
Despite efforts in recent weeks by the federal government to address the ongoing infant formula shortage, parents are still struggling to find formula. The Food and Drug Administration announced this week that nearly two million cans of infant formula from a United Kingdom-based company would arrive in the United States in the coming days. Earlier this month, producers of infant formula were allowed to speed up the manufacturing process, and the Biden administration called on state attorney generals to crack down on price gouging of formula, according to a White House statement. Those barriers are particularly high in the Black community and in Southern states, where breastfeeding rates are lower. There's also a geographic disparity, as Southern states overall have a lower rate of breastfeeding than the nation as a whole.
Want to Win a Union at Work? Here’s What the Amazon Labor Union Can Teach Us.
Once the two friends, Chris Smalls and Derrick Palmer, had the signatures they needed, they had to win the vote. But the hidden story of the largest single workplace union election victory in the country since 2008 is the overlooked, and underutilized, methods and tools ALU organizers deployed, far beyond free marijuana and TikTok trolling. They followed the nearly two dozen anti-union consultants around the facility, passing out disclosure forms showing their $3,200/day rates for “union avoidance” work. For example, one leader with the African Community Alliance of Staten Island used his connection with local soccer teams to encourage players who work for Amazon to support the union. The ALU shows that it’s still possible to win historic union elections, even under current federal rules.
Infant Formula Crisis Highlights Breastfeeding Barriers in Southern States
Despite efforts in recent weeks by the federal government to address the ongoing infant formula shortage, parents are still struggling to find formula. The Food and Drug Administration announced this week that nearly two million cans of infant formula from a United Kingdom-based company would arrive in the United States in the coming days. Earlier this month, producers of infant formula were allowed to speed up the manufacturing process, and the Biden administration called on state attorney generals to crack down on price gouging of formula, according to a White House statement. Those barriers are particularly high in the Black community and in Southern states, where breastfeeding rates are lower. There’s also a geographic disparity, as Southern states overall have a lower rate of breastfeeding than the nation as a whole.
Biden visits Uvalde, a city in mourning
— President Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrived in this small city of 16,000 on Sunday, as immense grief weighed on the residents, families and officials trying to come to terms with another senseless mass shooting in America. The Bidens carried a bouquet of white roses, which the first lady laid on the ground near white crosses representing each of the victims. AdvertisementThe Bidens plan to spend most of the afternoon meeting with victims’ families and survivors, and meet separately with first responders later in the day, the White House said. The first viewing and prayer services will be for 10-year-old Amerie Jo Garza on Monday, ahead of her funeral on Tuesday. Services for the other 20 victims will be held in a steady stream at least until June 8.
U.S. EPA approves emergency fuel waiver in Texas after refinery outage
REUTERS/Mike Segar/File PhotoMay 29 (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an emergency air-quality waiver through June 6 to boost supplies of gasoline in East Texas after production was cut at a regional refinery. The Biden administration has released emergency oil stocks and is considering lifting smog rules nationwide to combat rising fuel prices. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterThe Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the state's air-pollution regulator, requested the waiver because supplies in 34 counties were hurt by an outage at Delek U.S. Holdings' oil refinery in Tyler, Texas, the EPA said. Its small Tyler refinery processes about 75,000 barrels per day of crude oil into gasoline, diesel and propane, according to its website. The price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in Tyler, Texas, was $4.26 on Sunday, up from $2.77 a year ago.
Biden grieves with Texas town after latest U.S. school shooting
By Jarrett Renshaw and Gabriella BorterUVALDE, Texas (Reuters) -President Joe Biden landed in the Texas town of Uvalde on Sunday to comfort families ripped apart by the worst U.S. school shooting in a decade as the public demands answers about why local police failed to act swiftly. Biden, a Democrat, has repeatedly called for major changes to America's gun laws but has been powerless to stop mass shootings or convince Republicans that stricter controls could stem the carnage. The Uvalde shooting has once again put gun control at the top of the nation's agenda, months ahead of the November midterm elections, with supporters of stronger gun laws arguing that the latest bloodshed represents a tipping point. Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, denied that newly enacted Texas gun laws, including a controversial measure removing licensing requirements for carrying a concealed weapon, were relevant to Tuesday's bloodshed and instead also pointed to mental illness. (Reporting by Jarrett Renshaw, Gabriella Borter and Brad Brooks in Uvalde, Texas; additional reporting by Heather Timmons in Washington; Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Kieran Murray and Lisa Shumaker)
Texas authorities present timeline of Uvalde shooting
ReutersUVALDE, Texas (Reuters) -President Joe Biden landed in the Texas town of Uvalde on Sunday to comfort families ripped apart by the worst U.S. school shooting in a decade as the public demands answers about why local police failed to act swiftly. There was mounting anger over the decision by local law enforcement agencies in Uvalde to allow the shooter to remain in a classroom for nearly an hour while officers waited in the hallway and children inside the room made panicked 911 calls for help. Biden will meet with victims' families, survivors and first responders, attend a church service and visit a memorial erected at the Robb Elementary School where the gunman killed 19 students and two teachers.
Biden visits Uvalde elementary school after shooting
President Biden traveled to Uvalde, Texas, on Sunday to help console the community as it grieves from, and seeks to comprehend, last week's massacre at Robb Elementary School . President Biden and first kady Jill Biden pay their respects at the makeshift memorial outside of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden greet Texas Gov. Greg Abbott as they arrive at Garner Field in Uvalde, Texas. “Where in God’s name is our backbone?” Biden said Tuesday after the Uvalde shooting.
Christian nationalism on the rise in some GOP campaigns
Video: Religious extremists mix Trump worship with Christian nationalismBut scholars generally define Christian nationalism as going beyond policy debates and championing a fusion of American and Christian values, symbols and identity. Researchers say Christian nationalism is often also associated with mistrust of immigrants and Muslims. “There’s no room for compromise, so that is the threat to democracy.”In the book, Whitehead and co-author Samuel Perry measured rates of Christian nationalism by drawing on a 2017 Baylor University survey. Christian nationalism is emerging alongside and in some cases overlapping with other right-wing movements, such as the conspiratorial QAnon, white supremacy, and denialism over COVID-19 and the 2020 election. “I see Christian nationalism as the gasping, dying breath of the older generation in America that is afraid that Christians are going to be replaced,” she said.
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Russians storm city, shell east Ukraine as Zelenskyy visitsPOKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Local officials say Russian and Ukrainian troops are engaging in close-quarter combat in an eastern Ukraine city. No Democratic governors told the AP they supported arming teachers, but Republican governors backed a wide array of potential school security steps. San Diego Bishop McElroy named by Pope Francis as a cardinalBishop Robert McElroy of San Diego is one of 21 new cardinals named by Pope Francis. A business idea was born, and her home now doubles as a workshop where she and her daughter produce dolls. The path it took to get there serves either as a blueprint or a cautionary tale for Western water planners.
Biden arrives in Uvalde after Texas school shooting massacre
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrived in Uvalde, Texas before noon on Sunday where they will visit the scene of a deadly shooting that left nearly two dozen elementary school students dead last week. The president’s journey to the small Texas town is not his first to the site of tragedy. In 2013, a few months after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the then-vice president gave remarks at a convention to address gun violence near the site of the Newtown, Connecticut attack. Mr Biden is expected to meet with families of shooting victims on Sunday as well as local community leaders. Photos showed the first couple at an expansive makeshift memorial set up for victims at the scene.
Texas school shooting: US President Joe Biden to meet victims' families as he visits scene
US President Joe Biden is visiting the scene of country's largest school shooting in a decade to meet and comfort victims' families. The president and First Lady Jill Biden will visit a memorial at the school in Uvalde, Texas, attend a church service and also meet with survivors and first responders. It comes as investigators seek to determine how critical mistakes were made in the response to the shooting that killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School. The Texas visit is Mr Biden's third trip as president to a mass shooting site. Earlier this month, he visited Buffalo, New York, after a shooting that left 10 black people dead at a supermarket.
Memorial Day cookouts are costing $80 a house as meat prices surge 20%
Americans are forking out more cash to pay for their Memorial Day cookouts as meat prices surge, with the cost of ground beef and chicken breasts hitting record highs. This means the average American could be looking to spend more than $76 on their Memorial Day spread, DailyMail.com analysts determined. Soaring cookout prices reflect the overall increase in food prices, fueled by the pandemic and increased rate of inflation. The average American could be looking to spend more than $76 on their Memorial Day spread, DailyMail.com analysts determined. 'I'm guessing it will still be anywhere from five to 10 percent higher than Memorial Day last year.'
How ‘alternative facts’ threaten US democracy
We don’t trust unions. We don’t trust newspapers. You name it, we don’t trust it,” he says. “Trump tells people: ‘Don’t trust institutions of higher learning, don’t trust universities, don’t trust professors, don’t trust scientists,’” says civic studies professor Schaffner. Social media and an alternative realityIncreasingly, social media provides a vehicle for them to create those alternative realities.
'Going to be watching': Hurricane Agatha expected to hit Mexico on Monday. Is it a threat to the US?
Agatha, the first named storm of the eastern Pacific season, became a hurricane Sunday morning and was "rapidly intensifying," the National Hurricane Center said. It's "way too early to tell what, if anything," Hurricane Agatha means for the U.S., meteorologist Craig Setzer wrote on Twitter on Saturday. "A turn toward the northeast is expected later today, with a slow motion toward the northeast continuing through Monday night," the National Hurricane Center said. The National Hurricane Center warns Agatha is expected to produce heavy rains over portions of southern Mexico by late Sunday into Tuesday night, and hurricane conditions are expected Monday. He added: "Given the climate crisis ... we expect another tough hurricane season.
Biden to grieve with Texas town after nation's latest school shooting
President Joe Biden flew to the Texas town of Uvalde on Sunday to comfort families ripped apart by the worst U.S. school shooting in a decade as the public demands answers about why local police failed to act swiftly. "Too much violence, too much fear, too much grief," Biden told graduates in a commencement speech on Saturday at the University of Delaware. The Uvalde shooting has once again put gun control at the top of the nation's agenda, months ahead of the November midterm elections, with supporters of stronger gun laws arguing that the latest bloodshed represents a tipping point. The country is desperately asking for a leader to stop the slaughter from gun violence," said Igor Volsky, executive director of Guns Down America. Volsky urged Biden to enlist a senior official to tackle the country's gun problem and pressure Congress to pass meaningful gun reform, saying Biden had promised to be a deal maker and to tackle gun violence.
WNBA star Liz Cambage accused of directing racial slur at Nigerian players before Tokyo Olympics: Report
WNBA star Liz Cambage is accused of directing a racial slur toward members of the Nigerian national team during a scrimmage before last year's Tokyo Olympics, according to a report. And go back to where you came from," a Nigerian player told the Telegraph. Cambage, whose father is Nigerian, apologized to the African team after the incident, which reportedly wasn't well received by the players. So, before then, it was like she was one of us," another Nigerian player added. The comments by Nigerian players came after Cambage took aim at the Australian women's national basketball team earlier this month.
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GalleryPresident Joe Biden landed in the Texas town of Uvalde on Sunday to comfort families ripped apart by the worst U.S. school shooting in a decade as the public demands answers about why local police failed to act swiftly.
Biden, first lady arrive in San Antonio, will meet with families of Uvalde school shooting victims
President Biden and first lady Jill Biden have arrived in San Antonio, Texas, amid their journey to Uvalde following the Robb Elementary School shooting. Biden is expected to meet with the families of the victims and speak with local officials and religious leaders in effort to show support for the community. May 29, 2022
POLITICO Playbook: Trump’s new obsession
POLITICO Playbook: Trump’s new obsession Presented byWith help from Garrett RossOn Saturday, former President Donald Trump meandered into issues far afield from the Wyoming race. It was ostensibly a speech in support of HARRIET HAGEMAN, his hand-picked candidate to take out Rep. LIZ CHENEY (R-Wyo.) Numerous non-Wyoming MAGA celebrities, such as Rep. LAUREN BOEBERT (R-Colo.), who appeared before Trump, repeatedly pronounced Hageman’s name incorrectly. Most recently, this trend was on display in DOUG MASTRIANO’s victory in the Pennsylvania GOP gubernatorial primary (though he rejects the label). Playbook couldn’t happen without our editor Mike Zapler, deputy editor Zack Stanton and producers Setota Hailemariam and Bethany Irvine.
Biden tells Delaware grads to step up, ‘now it’s your hour’
President Joe Biden delivers his keynote address to the University of Delaware Class of 2022 during its commencement ceremony in Newark, Del., Saturday, May 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)President Joe Biden delivers his keynote address to the University of Delaware Class of 2022 during its commencement ceremony in Newark, Del., Saturday, May 28, 2022. (AP) — President Joe Biden told graduates Saturday at his alma mater, the University of Delaware, that “now it’s your hour,” as he encouraged young people in the United States to help the country live up to its ideals. Speaking to more than 6,000 graduates, and with the nation mourning victims of two mass shootings in as many weeks. His sister, Valerie Biden Owens, and his wife, first lady Jill Biden, also graduated from the university.
Elon Musk praises unnamed woman who shot dead man who opened fire on party with an AR-15-style rifle
Maja Hitij/Getty ImagesElon Musk praised the woman who used a pistol to shoot a man who opened fire on a party. In response to a report on the incident, Musk tweeted: "Wow, good for her and saving those people!" On Wednesday, Musk said he supports gun ownership but wants "tight" background checks. Tesla CEO Elon Musk praised the unnamed West Virginia woman who used a pistol to shoot and kill a man who opened fire on a party. Story continuesMusk said he supports gun ownership as a "safeguard" against tyrannical government.
Ukrainian Presidential Office: Russians hysterical after US shipment of MLRS systems to Ukraine
But as soon as it became known that Ukraine would still receive MLRS with a normal range (100+ km), the Russians immediately fell into hysterical hysteria. For reference:M270 MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) is a multifunctional complex on a crawler chassis, which can be used as an MLRS [Multiple Launch Rocket System] and as OTRK [Operational-tactical missile system]. Story continuesHimars (High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System) is a similar multifunctional complex on a wheeled chassis. Background:In recent weeks, the Ukrainian military and political leadership has insisted on supplying the Ukrainian army with modern MLRS and Himars launchers, which can be used as multiple rocket launchers with a range greater than other systems in Ukraine's arsenal. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said on 27 May that US authorities had not yet decided to hand over any such launchers to Ukraine.
Christian nationalism on the rise in some GOP campaigns
AdvertisementBut scholars generally define Christian nationalism as going beyond policy debates and championing a fusion of American and Christian values, symbols and identity. Researchers say Christian nationalism is often also associated with mistrust of immigrants and Muslims. Christian nationalism is emerging alongside and in some cases overlapping with other right-wing movements, such as the conspiratorial QAnon, white supremacy and denialism over COVID-19 and the 2020 election. But “the hair on my neck goes up” when he hears the term “Christian nationalism,” he said. “I see Christian nationalism as the gasping, dying breath of the older generation in America that is afraid that Christians are going to be replaced,” she said.
Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy says there's 'serious' talks with Republicans on gun reform after Uvalde
Democrats and Republicans in the Senate have begun 'serious' negotiations on finding a bipartisan solution to rising gun violence, Senator Chris Murphy confirmed on Sunday. It married together changes to Florida's gun laws with some significant investments in mental health and school security,' Murphy said. Murphy said the final piece of legislation 'in the end, could have a significant downward pressure on gun violence in this country.' Meanwhile President Joe Biden is in Uvalde, Texas on Sunday to meet with families of victims and survivors of Tuesday's shooting. Dr. Jill Biden will pay their respects at a makeshift memorial outside of Robb Elementary School, where the slaughter took place.
Christian nationalism on the rise in some GOP campaigns
But scholars generally define Christian nationalism as going beyond policy debates and championing a fusion of American and Christian values, symbols and identity. Researchers say Christian nationalism is often also associated with mistrust of immigrants and Muslims. “There’s no room for compromise, so that is the threat to democracy.”In the book, Whitehead and co-author Samuel Perry measured rates of Christian nationalism by drawing on a 2017 Baylor University survey. Christian nationalism is emerging alongside and in some cases overlapping with other right-wing movements, such as the conspiratorial QAnon, white supremacy, and denialism over COVID-19 and the 2020 election. “I see Christian nationalism as the gasping, dying breath of the older generation in America that is afraid that Christians are going to be replaced,” she said.
‘This shouldn’t happen in Uvalde’: As Biden flies in, town takes stock
Uvalde’s residents, most of them Mexican American, have watched television news broadcasters describe their travails in French and Japanese and politicians resurrect familiar arguments about gun control. “This shouldn’t happen in Uvalde.”Long before Tuesday, reality interfered with some visions of Uvalde as a pastoral idyll. “This is a quiet little town,” he said on Friday night while paying his respects at a memorial on the town square. AdvertisementChavez, who suffers from diabetes and hypertension, sat in a chair on her front porch as her neighbors began to run toward Robb Elementary. Terrazas, a 70-year-old auto inspector, has spent her entire life in Uvalde and was accustomed to doing favors for people.
Who is running for governor of Arizona? These are the major candidates in the race
Democratic candidates also are focusing on similar issues, including expanding education, affordable healthcare and economic development. Her campaign website lists her key issues, including vaccines and COVID-19 mandates. Neely promises on his campaign website to represent everyone and states he is running for governor "to promote greater prosperity for all working Arizona families." Paola Tulliani-ZenBusiness owner Paola Tulliani-Zen is running for Arizona governor, describing herself as "the people's choice." He wants to transform Arizona's education system, ensure affordable health care, promote economic development and address border issues, according to his campaign website.
Christian nationalism on the rise in some GOP campaigns
But scholars generally define Christian nationalism as going beyond policy debates and championing a fusion of American and Christian values, symbols and identity. Researchers say Christian nationalism is often also associated with mistrust of immigrants and Muslims. “There’s no room for compromise, so that is the threat to democracy.”In the book, Whitehead and co-author Samuel Perry measured rates of Christian nationalism by drawing on a 2017 Baylor University survey. Christian nationalism is emerging alongside and in some cases overlapping with other right-wing movements, such as the conspiratorial QAnon, white supremacy, and denialism over COVID-19 and the 2020 election. “I see Christian nationalism as the gasping, dying breath of the older generation in America that is afraid that Christians are going to be replaced,” she said.
President Biden, first lady Jill Biden travel to Texas again to meet families affected by school shooting
UVALDE, Texas — President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden are hoping to console a city stricken by grief and anger when they meet with families affected by the mass shooting at a Texas elementary school that killed 19 students and two teachers. We cannot outlaw tragedy, I know, but we can make America safer.”AdvertisementBiden was to visit the makeshift memorial outside Robb Elementary School before attending Mass at a local Catholic church. We need to do something about it.”The Bidens’ visit to Uvalde comes amid mounting scrutiny of the police response to the shooting. We’ve done it before.’’Hours after the shooting, Biden delivered an impassioned plea for additional gun control legislation, asking: “When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? AP video journalist Robert Bumsted in Uvalde, Texas, contributed to this report..
Biden called again to mourn with a city stricken by grief
UVALDE, Texas — President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden are hoping to console a city stricken by grief and anger when they meet with families affected by the mass shooting at a Texas elementary school that killed 19 students and two teachers. We cannot outlaw tragedy, I know, but we can make America safer.”Biden was to visit the makeshift memorial outside Robb Elementary School before attending Mass at a local Catholic church. A mass shooting happens. We’ve done it before.’’Hours after the shooting, Biden delivered an impassioned plea for additional gun control legislation, asking: “When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? In the White House, Biden has tried to chip away at gun violence through executive orders.
President Biden, first lady Jill Biden travel to Texas again to meet families affected by school shooting
UVALDE, Texas — President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden are hoping to console a city stricken by grief and anger when they meet with families affected by the mass shooting at a Texas elementary school that killed 19 students and two teachers. We cannot outlaw tragedy, I know, but we can make America safer.”AdvertisementBiden was to visit the makeshift memorial outside Robb Elementary School before attending Mass at a local Catholic church. We need to do something about it.”The Bidens’ visit to Uvalde comes amid mounting scrutiny of the police response to the shooting. We’ve done it before.’’Hours after the shooting, Biden delivered an impassioned plea for additional gun control legislation, asking: “When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? AP video journalist Robert Bumsted in Uvalde, Texas, contributed to this report..
'There's too much violence': Biden to meet with grieving families in Uvalde: Live updates
He and first lady Jill Biden also will visit a memorial site at Robb Elementary School, attend Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and meet with first responders. REMEMBERING THEIR FACES:Uvalde school photographers' pictures bring children and tragedy into full focusTIMELINE:How Texas elementary school shooting, deadliest since Sandy Hook, unfoldedWhat is Biden's schedule in Uvalde? President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden are scheduled to arrive in Uvalde at noon Eastern time. Shortly after arriving, they will pay their respects to the children and teachers who died in Tuesday's shooting at Robb Elementary School. Sutton, a professional school portrait photographer, has taken photos of every child killed at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday, along with the two teachers.
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Russian troops storm city amid eastern Ukraine bombardmentsPOKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Local officials say Russian and Ukrainian troops are engaging in close-quarter combat in an eastern Ukraine city. They reported that Russian forces were “storming” the eastern city of Sievierodonetsk on Sunday and that the fighting has knocked out power and cellphone service and terrorized civilians. Fighting has raged around the cities of Lysychansk and neighboring Sievierodonetsk, the last major cities under Ukrainian control in the Luhansk region. No Democratic governors told the AP they supported arming teachers, but Republican governors backed a wide array of potential school security steps. Israeli nationalists march through Palestinian thoroughfareJERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of Israeli nationalists have begun parading through the heart of the main Palestinian thoroughfare in Jerusalem’s Old City.
Trump zeroes in on school security, mental health in campaign-style NRA speech
“Unlike some, I didn’t disappoint you by not showing up,” Trump said at the start of his remarks. "Teachers, parents, school officials, and community members need to be recognizing and addressing these alarm bells promptly and very, very aggressively," he continued. In calling for increased school security, Trump echoed other Republicans in suggesting schools must transition to having only a single point of entry, implement metal detectors and employ an armed security officer at all times. Trump also said teachers should be able to be armed on school property. "As the age old saying goes: The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," Trump said.
Biden, first lady to meet with grieving families of 21 killed in Texas shooting
President Biden and first lady Jill Biden will travel Sunday to Uvalde, Texas, to grieve with the families of the 21 victims of last week’s massacre at an elementary school, huddle with first responders and attend Mass at a Catholic church in the community. “Let’s be clear, evil came to that elementary school classroom in Texas and that grocery store in New York,” Biden said. “We cannot outlaw tragedy, I know, but we can make America safer,” President Biden said. The killers in Buffalo and Uvalde were both 18 and both used AR-15-style semi-automatic rifles to carry out their carnage. Biden, speaking at the White House on the evening of the Texas shooting, called for new gun laws.
Colombians vote for president in tense, potentially historic election
Placeholder while article actions loadBOGOTÁ, Colombia — Colombians head to the polls on Sunday to vote in the first round of an uncertain presidential election that could deliver a historic repudiation of the status quo. Concern is growing, meanwhile, that losing candidates will question the legitimacy of the election results. Colombia has seen increasing violence from armed criminal groups more than five years after it signed historic peace accords with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. Election observers say it’s been the most volatile election cycle in a dozen years; they’ve recorded 581 acts of violence against political and social leaders in the pre-electoral period. And in Brazil, Latin America’s largest country, leftist former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva leads polls to unseat President Jair Bolsonaro in October.
Baby formula shortage not a problem in Mexico, parents say
Baby formula can be easily found south of the U.S. despite the shortage, parents in a Mexican border town told Fox News. As the United States deals with a baby formula shortage due to a recall and pandemic-related supply chain issues, some Americans told Fox News they're purchasing baby formula from Mexico. The shortage prompted President Biden to invoke the Defense Production Act to ensure manufacturers have the necessary supplies for baby formula production. Carla, the mother of a 2-year-old, told Fox News: "I don't know anyone who has problems finding" baby formula. AMID BABY FORMULA SHORTAGE, MOTHERS EXPRESS FEAR, ONE RECEIVING PRODUCT FROM MEXICOOne of the causes of the baby formula shortage in the U.S. was a recall of baby formula products by producer Abbot Nutrition.
Biden's low ratings aren't helping Tony Evers. But the governor is holding his own, for now.
But the gap between Evers’ and Biden’s approval ratings is significantly bigger than the gap between Walker’s and Trump’s in 2018. In other words, Evers is running further ahead of Biden’s low ratings than Walker ran ahead of Trump’s. Combining the last three polls by the Marquette University Law School (October 2021, and February and April 2022), Evers has a net approval rating of plus 5. The governor’s net approval is 30 points higher than Biden’s among voters under 30 and 22 points higher among voters 30-39. Evers’ net approval is 22 points higher than Biden’s with Republicans, 23 points higher with self-described conservatives and 25 points higher with voters who have a positive view of Donald Trump.
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Russian troops storm city amid eastern Ukraine bombardmentsPOKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Local officials say Russian and Ukrainian troops are engaging in close-quarter combat in an eastern Ukraine city. They reported that Russian forces were “storming” the eastern city of Sievierodonetsk on Sunday and that the fighting has knocked out power and cellphone service and terrorized civilians. Fighting has raged around the cities of Lysychansk and neighboring Sievierodonetsk, the last major cities under Ukrainian control in the Luhansk region. The path it took to get there serves either as a blueprint or a cautionary tale for Western water planners. The jubilee is also part of the effort to prepare the public for the day when Prince Charles takes the throne.
Christian nationalism on the rise in some GOP campaigns
But scholars generally define Christian nationalism as going beyond policy debates and championing a fusion of American and Christian values, symbols and identity. Researchers say Christian nationalism is often also associated with mistrust of immigrants and Muslims. “There’s no room for compromise, so that is the threat to democracy.”In the book, Whitehead and co-author Samuel Perry measured rates of Christian nationalism by drawing on a 2017 Baylor University survey. Christian nationalism is emerging alongside and in some cases overlapping with other right-wing movements, such as the conspiratorial QAnon, white supremacy, and denialism over COVID-19 and the 2020 election. “I see Christian nationalism as the gasping, dying breath of the older generation in America that is afraid that Christians are going to be replaced,” she said.
Christian nationalism on the rise in some GOP campaigns
But scholars generally define Christian nationalism as going beyond policy debates and championing a fusion of American and Christian values, symbols and identity. Researchers say Christian nationalism is often also associated with mistrust of immigrants and Muslims. “There’s no room for compromise, so that is the threat to democracy.”In the book, Whitehead and co-author Samuel Perry measured rates of Christian nationalism by drawing on a 2017 Baylor University survey. Christian nationalism is emerging alongside and in some cases overlapping with other right-wing movements, such as the conspiratorial QAnon, white supremacy, and denialism over COVID-19 and the 2020 election. “I see Christian nationalism as the gasping, dying breath of the older generation in America that is afraid that Christians are going to be replaced,” she said.
Gas hits ANOTHER all time high as gallon cost rockets to $4.61
Gas prices in the US soared to record heights again Sunday, reaching an all-time high of $4.61 per gallon. The rising costs have forced many families to leave the car at home during the long weekend, calling off trips so rising costs don't ensnare their inflation-affected wallets. Gas prices in the US soared to record heights again Sunday, reaching an all-time high of $4.61 per gallonThe number is more than 50 percent higher than the cost of a gallon a year ago. 'The concern is high prices that are keeping people a little closer.' At those levels, gas prices would surge past their inflation-adjusted high of $5.38, seen in June 2008, when gas prices hit $4.11, not adjusted for inflation, according to the Energy Information Administration.
Gas hits ANOTHER all time high as gallon cost rockets to $4.61
Gas prices in the US soared to record heights again Sunday, reaching an all-time high of $4.61 per gallon. The rising costs have forced many families to leave the car at home during the long weekend, calling off trips so rising costs don't ensnare their inflation-affected wallets. Gas prices in the US soared to record heights again Sunday, reaching an all-time high of $4.61 per gallonThe number is more than 50 percent higher than the cost of a gallon a year ago. 'The concern is high prices that are keeping people a little closer.' At those levels, gas prices would surge past their inflation-adjusted high of $5.38, seen in June 2008, when gas prices hit $4.11, not adjusted for inflation, according to the Energy Information Administration.
Washington state gas stations run out of fuel, prep for $10 a gallon
BusinessWashington state gas stations run out of fuel, prep for $10 a gallonGas stations in Washington state are resetting their price boards to accommodate double digits in preparation for fuel prices potentially reaching $10 a gallon, according to a report. The move comes as several gas stations in the Evergreen State ran out of fuel, the Post Millennial reported. A 76 spokesperson told the Post Millennial that the change did not necessarily mean the company was predicting gas prices would reach $10 a gallon. Gas stations in Washington state have adjusted their pumps to display double-digit gas prices, according to a report. Bloomberg via Getty ImagesMotorists in the Evergreen State are also reporting that some gas stations have run out of fuel.
Ukrainian Presidential Office: Russians hysterical after US shipment of MLRS systems to Ukraine
But as soon as it became known that Ukraine would still receive MLRS with a normal range (100+ km), the Russians immediately fell into hysterical hysteria. For reference:M270 MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) is a multifunctional complex on a crawler chassis, which can be used as an MLRS [Multiple Launch Rocket System] and as OTRK [Operational-tactical missile system]. Himars (High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System) is a similar multifunctional complex on a wheeled chassis. Background:In recent weeks, the Ukrainian military and political leadership has insisted on supplying the Ukrainian army with modern MLRS and Himars launchers, which can be used as multiple rocket launchers with a range greater than other systems in Ukraine's arsenal. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said on 27 May that US authorities had not yet decided to hand over any such launchers to Ukraine.
2024 Watch: Trump takes a hit after Georgia defeats, but still the ‘800-pound gorilla’
Former President Donald Trump, at his rally this weekend in Wyoming, pushing back against those suggesting his political demise. KEMP'S LANDSLIDE PRIMARY VICTORY IN GEORGIA A SETBACK FOR TRUMPTrump spent the past year and a half crucifying Georgia Gov. And Trump backed GOP attorney general challenger John Gordon was demolished by incumbent Chris Carr. Trump stands head and shoulders ahead of the other potential 2024 GOP White House hopefuls in early public opinion polling. Looking ahead to 2024 and a potential Trump White House run, Erickson said the former president's serious setbacks in Georgia mean "that if he doesn’t have the clout now to do something like this, he’s not going to have the clout come 2024."
Sunday Crunch: Not out of the woods — Affording life — Getting out the grain
Lewis told Sky “there’s been a bit of misinformation out there about this.”Reshuffle coming? Tory MP Alicia Kearns tweeted: “Not one constituent, ever, has asked for this. SUNDAY MEDIA ROUNDAyesha Hazarika on Times Radio, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m: Tory MP Mike Wood; Labour MP Marsha de Cordova; SNP MP Carol Monaghan and commentator Rod Liddle. Westminster Hour, BBC Radio 4, 10 p.m.: Tory MP Claire Coutinho; Labour MP Emma Hardy; pollster James Johnson and POLITICO’s own Jack Blanchard. — LONDON: London Mayor Sadiq Khan to speak at the London Government Dinner.
How Karen Bass went from South L.A. activist to mayoral hopeful
For Roldan, South Los Angeles was a tough place at the time, and her counsel was critical in keeping him from getting lost at home or on its streets. Fortunately, he found the nonprofit Community Coalition in a storefront on South Vermont Avenue and its leader and minivan driver, Karen Bass. Bass, pictured in early 2000, founded the nonprofit Community Coalition in South L.A. in 1990. Enter email address Sign Me Up You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times. Her car was nearly hit by a brick and she was heartbroken to see the destruction over the next three days spreading through South L.A. and beyond.
To deter China on Taiwan, Biden needs to reassure
Last week, in an unscripted moment, President Biden warned bluntly that if China invades Taiwan, the United States will come to the island’s defense. “We’ve made a commitment,” Biden told reporters at a news conference in Tokyo. AdvertisementWhat Biden did was to say openly what has been implicit for several years: The United States is willing to threaten force to deter China from invading Taiwan. However, it did not commit the United States to intervene militarily against a Chinese invasion; that was left ambiguous. Paradoxically, though, even as he strengthens deterrence, Biden needs to reassure China that the United States is not covertly encouraging Taiwan to declare independence.
Baby formula shortage hits Connecticut’s lower-income homes and families of color
In Connecticut, 88% of white parents start off breastfeeding their newborns, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For Black parents, that number is 84%, and for Hispanic parents, it’s 85%. AdvertisementThe disparities between Black and white parents are wider at the national level. Nationally, 85% of white parents start off breastfeeding, while 73% of Black parents do. Robyn Anderson, a pastor at Blackwell AME Zion Church in Hartford and co-founder of the Ministerial Health Fellowship, a health care advocacy network based in the state’s Black churches.
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Russian troops storm city amid eastern Ukraine bombardmentsPOKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Local officials say Russian and Ukrainian troops are engaging in close-quarter combat in an eastern Ukraine city. They reported that Russian forces were “storming” the eastern city of Sievierodonetsk on Sunday and that the fighting has knocked out power and cellphone service and terrorized civilians. Fighting has raged around the cities of Lysychansk and neighboring Sievierodonetsk, the last major cities under Ukrainian control in the Luhansk region. After Texas shooting, schools around US boost securityU.S. schools have bolstered security in the aftermath of the horrific mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. The jubilee is also part of the effort to prepare the public for the day when Prince Charles takes the throne.
Jon Stewart slams Americans for tweeting about Memorial Day but not showing up for veterans over burn pits
Jon Stewart has slammed Americans for posting about Memorial Day on social media while failing to show up in support of veterans who are sick and dying from toxic exposure to burn pits. Mr Stewart urged Americans to pressure their senators to pass the comprehensive burn pits bill as he hit out at the tokenistic shows of support for US veterans over Memorial Day weekend. Speaking to The Independent at the Washington DC rally on Saturday, he said that he trusts that lawmakers will “do the right thing”. In April, the comprehensive burn pits bill passed the House with all Democrats and 34 Republicans voting in favour of its passage. A staggering 3.5m servicemembers and veterans are estimated to have been exposed to burn pits and airborne toxins while serving the US overseas, according to the Veterans Affairs.
Kamala Harris calls for ban on assault rifles at funeral for Buffalo shooting victim
AdvertisementUS Vice President Kamala Harris called for a ban on assault weapons as mourners laid to rest the last of 10 black people killed in a racist attack at a Buffalo supermarket on Saturday. Then, speaking to reporters afterwards, she said: 'We know what works on that,' she said, reiterating support for background checks and a ban on assault weapons. An assault weapon is a weapon of war with no place, no place in civil society.' Biden is expected to head to Texas for a visit this weekend with the families of victims of Tuesday’s school shooting. 'An assault weapon is a weapon of war with no place, no place in civil society.
Biden and First Lady Jill board Air Force One for Uvalde, Texas visit to grieve shooting victims
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden boarded Air Force One early on Sunday morning for a somber visit to Uvalde, Texas, after 19 children and two teachers were shot dead inside an elementary school classroom there last week. He and Dr. Jill Biden will first visit the memorial site that was set up outside of the school to honor the victims. Much of the event after the first couple's memorial visit will be closed to press, apparently in a bid to offer privacy to those directly involved and still grappling with the fallout of the tragedy. 'Uvalde, Texas. He also remarked on the this month's mass shooting that killed 10 people in Buffalo, New York.
Biden heads to Uvalde to meet families of victims from devastating school shooting
Biden and first lady Jill Biden plan to visit Uvalde, Texas, where a gunman killed 19 students and two teachers last week. The White House said they would meet community and religious leaders along with family members of the young victims. It's a solemn task made more grueling by the serious failings of law enforcement who responded to Tuesday's shooting at Robb Elementary School. JUST WATCHED Acts of kindness lift up Uvalde community after mass shooting Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH Acts of kindness lift up Uvalde community after mass shooting 03:35"I'll be heading to Uvalde, Texas, to speak to those families. For Biden, the trip represents a somber duty to join grieving families in their darkest moments.
Strange Bedfellows: Farmers and Big Greens square off against Biden and the GOP
In 2020, NRG Energy Inc. mothballed the last remaining project capturing carbon emissions from a U.S. coal-fired power plant. Congress has signed onto that deal, too, including funding in the $1 trillion infrastructure bill it passed in November to help finance large-capacity carbon pipeline projects. A second proposed pipeline, the Heartland Greenway by Navigator CO2 Ventures, would also run under the Stockdale property. He says climate mitigation is one of the main reasons the company wants to connect its plant to the Summit pipeline. The political establishment, Democratic and Republican, is interwoven with the Summit CCS pipeline project.
U.S. House loses more 'swing' in 2022
While not all 2022 congressional district maps are finalized, one outcome is not in dispute: only roughly 30 of 435 U.S. House seats will be considered traditional "swing seats" on the ballot this November. "These two things feed off of each other and compound to absolutely eviscerate the number of swing seats," Wasserman told NPR. With a growing baseline of safe Republican and Democratic seats, both parties find it hard to command a sustainable House majority. With fewer swing seats, the House is more vulnerable to whiplash between the two parties for control, says Stanford University Professor Morris Fiorina. Swing seats also evolve.
Biden called again to mourn with a city stricken by grief
(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)UVALDE, Texas (AP) — President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden are hoping to console a city stricken by grief and anger when they meet with families affected by the mass shooting at a Texas elementary school that killed 19 students and two teachers. Mckinzie Hinojosa, whose cousin Eliahana Torres was killed Tuesday, said she respected Biden’s decision to mourn with the people of Uvalde. A mass shooting happens. ADVERTISEMENTIn the White House, Biden has tried to chip away at gun violence through executive orders. AP video journalist Robert Bumsted in Uvalde, Texas, contributed to this report..___More on the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: https://apnews.com/hub/uvalde-school-shooting
Mitch McConnell Never Puts America First
At age 80, McConnell, dubbed “the old crow” by Donald Trump, is holding his own against the former president. “If Trump is the nominee, he will run on removing McConnell as leader, and that is a certainty,” says Kessler. [House Minority Leader] Kevin McCarthy came back aboard [after criticizing Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection] and Trump forgave him. There’s no going back for McConnell.”A new book, Betrayal: How Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republicans Abandoned America, describes key moments when McConnell put personal ambition and party over country to do the lasting damage that could yet be his undoing. But one thing’s for sure: When given the choice to do the right thing for the country or the advantageous thing for himself, the old crow puts America second.
AP News Summary at 6:29 a.m. EDT
Everyone in the predominantly Latino city of roughly 16,000 people seems to know someone whose life has been turned upside down. Police inaction moves to center of Uvalde shooting probeThe actions of a school district police chief and other law enforcement officers are at the center of the investigation into this week’s shocking school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Authorities acknowledged Friday that children and teachers repeatedly begged 911 operators for help while the police chief told more than a dozen officers to wait in a hallway at Robb Elementary School. TIMELINE: Texas elementary school shooting, minute by minuteIn the hours and days since the fatal shooting of 19 children and their two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, authorities have given varying accounts of what happened and how they responded. Russian troops storm city amid eastern Ukraine bombardmentsPOKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Local officials say Russian and Ukrainian troops are engaging engaged in close-quarter combat in an eastern Ukraine city.
Inside a Dem Senator’s Plan to Install His Son in Congress
“People in Hudson County have become very cynical about how politics operate here,” warned Hector Oseguera, a lawyer based in Union City—the senator’s hometown—who challenged Sires in 2020. The scion attended the private Hudson School in Hoboken, where tuition and fees top $25,000 a year, more than half the average Hudson County resident’s annual income. The great irony, according to insiders, is that for all the exertions to secure Menendez Jr. the Sires seat, the family’s original plan was not for him to run for Congress at all. In late 2020, word surfaced that Menendez Jr. was preparing to run against Fulop. After all, when Menendez Sr. got appointed to the Senate to replace former Gov.
Allegations of industry influence rock mine safety commission
The “Network” consisted of “at least 70 independent individuals, including a large contingent outside of FMSHRC,” Rajkovich wrote in the memo. He characterized the people as trusted individuals who were familiar with industry players and could provide impartial advice. Rajkovich also wrote that he had contacted members of the “Network” individually without letting them know of each other’s work. The personnel memo does not spell out whether Lovell was part of Rajkovich’s “Network.” Lovell declined to offer a comment for this story. Rajkovich’s use of personal contacts outside the commission to help make personnel decisions is troubling, said Tom Stock, a retired long-time commission staffer who once served as the agency’s general counsel.
Opinion | What America Needs Is a Liberalism That Builds
Even so, the United States is notable for how much we spend and how little we get. Germany builds a kilometer of rail for $287 million. Union density is higher in all those countries than it is in the United States. A place to start is offered in another Niskanen paper, this one by Nicholas Bagley, a law professor at the University of Michigan. “Lawyers, not managers, have assumed primary responsibility for shaping administrative law in the United States,” Bagley writes.
362 School Counselors on the Pandemic’s Effect on Children: ‘Anxiety Is Filling Our Kids’
Wells High School, Portland, Ore. ‘The foundational skills for learning need to be retaught.’ Tierney Langdon, Grace Snell Middle School, Loganville, Ga. 362 School Counselors on the Pandemic’s Effect on Children: ‘Anxiety Is Filling Our Kids’ In a Times survey, counselors said students are behind in their abilities to learn, cope and relate. Jennifer Schlatter, an elementary school counselor in Brighton, Colo., said: “Anxiety is filling our kids right now. I can’t handle this by myself.”Virginia DeLong, who works with high school students in Norwich, Conn., said: “It’s just nonstop putting out fires with kids. In the last two decades, the role of school counselor has changed, from mostly providing academic guidance to teaching social-emotional learning to the whole school. “The smallest things will trigger an extreme emotional response that is disproportionate with the trigger,” said Stephanie Coombs, an elementary school counselor in Wagener, S.C.
Biden to seek to console Texas town devastated by mass shooting, police controversy
REUTERS/Marco BelloWILMINGTON, Del., May 29 (Reuters) - President Joe Biden on Sunday will seek to comfort a Texas town ripped apart by the largest U.S. school shooting in a decade amid lingering questions about whether law enforcement's failure to act swiftly contributed to the death toll. The Texas visit will be his third presidential trip to a mass shooting site, including earlier this month when he visited Buffalo, New York, after a shooting that left 10 Black people at a supermarket dead. "Too much violence, too much fear, too much grief," Biden told graduates in a commencement speech Saturday at the University of Delaware. White House aides and close allies say Biden is unlikely to wade into specific policy proposals to avoid disrupting delicate gun control negotiations in the Senate. Republican Texas Governor Gregg Abbott denied that newly enacted Texas gun laws, including a controversial measure removing licensing requirements for carrying a concealed weapon, had "any relevancy" to Tuesday's bloodshed.
President Biden, first lady heading to Texas to meet with Uvalde families
President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are due to touch down Sunday morning in San Antonio en route to the Texas town of Uvalde to visit with the families of victims and survivors of last week’s mass shooting at Robb Elementary School. AdvertisementIt was unclear who else Biden might confer with in Uvalde, but local officials and religious leaders are expected to be among them. Becerra, who spent much of the past week praying with victims’ families in Uvalde, said he was drafting questions for the president — hoping to ask something that might help lead to lasting change. What will be the question that will really be that catalyst for change and transformation that we really need at this moment — that not only will Uvalde need, but that America needs?” Becerra said. “Of course it wasn’t the right decision,” Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw said.
MN tax breaks, who knows? But here comes the campaign rhetoric.
Minnesota politics now enters its next phase: the extended election season. Last week, lawmakers adjourned without finishing work that leaders of both parties had agreed to get done, including tax breaks and law enforcement investments. There’s more extra money pouring into state accounts — in excess of $9 billion — than the state has ever had before. Things looked up even further when key Democrats and Republicans reached a deal on the tax package. It included an end to the state income tax on Social Security payments that some Minnesotans currently pay.
Newly-arrived Ukrainians recount escaping war, finding haven in Chicago. ‘No child should have to live through this.’
Staff offer extra English classes after school, to give Ukrainian students additional help, she said. The school will also be hosting a special summer camp for Ukrainian students, with a focus on English language learning. A parent group assists arriving families with finding housing and furniture; students from Ukraine are also provided school supplies, she said. “No child should have to live through this.”AdvertisementReturn to UkraineTo help alleviate stress and anxiety, Kachala and Raczkiewycz have started painting. Despite the devastation of war, Kachala and Raczkiewycz said they believe their country will prevail.
Train to nowhere: can California’s high-speed rail project ever get back on track?
When completed, he promised, the high-speed line through the Central Valley would take 400,000 cars off the roads, clean up the air, and create new jobs. Many of the skeptics, including Friedman, are big-city Democrats, legislators one would usually expect to embrace public investment in high-speed rail. In this 2015 photo, a full-scale mock-up of the high-speed train at the Capitol in Sacramento. The rest will follow William C VantuonoThat’s still better than the rest of the country, where every last high-speed rail project proposed during the Obama era has been dropped, in large part because of furious resistance from Republican governors and legislators. When Newsom first announced he was paring back the California project, in 2019, it prompted the Trump administration to yank back nearly $1bn in federal funding.
Senator Ted Cruz Challenged By Gun Reform Activist At Restaurant: “Is That So Hard?”
Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz was confronted by a local gun reform activist while dining at an upscale restaurant on Friday night following his speech at the National Rifle Association convention in Houston. In his speech before the NRA, Cruz blasted the slaughter at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 children and two teachers dead as “evil” while arguing against gun control. In a video shared on Twitter, Hernandez asked to take a picture with Cruz before challenging him on background checks following the mass shooting earlier in the week. When Cruz realized he had been duped, security came in to remove Hernandez, who yelled, “Nineteen children died! Ted Cruz, that’s on your hands!”Twitter content This content can also be viewed on the site it originates from.
America’s Elected Officials Don't Have an Answer For Gun Violence
How to describe the fresh, but familiar horror in Uvalde, Texas? How to index the names of the dead—19 school kids and two teachers, as of this writing—and of yet another mass killer, Salvador Ramos? Our leaders don’t seem to know; they, too, seemed to have more questions than answers. “Why do we keep letting this happen?” a rattled President Joe Biden asked in an address on the Robb Elementary School shooting Tuesday night. Is it to offer up “prayers” for round after round of victims, as Republicans—from state leaders like Texas Governor Greg Abbott to federal leaders like Texas Senator Ted Cruz—have done?
Texas school shooting reveals Democrats' weakness in Congress
There is a mindset on display here that runs to the core of the Democratic Party. While some lefty voices influenced it here and there, most of it came straight out of the Democratic Party policy establishment, which also designed the other pandemic relief packages. Obama was so desperate to get a big bipartisan bill passed that he was willing to trade devastating cuts to Social Security and Medicare for tiny tax increases on the rich. Obamacare eventually passed with zero Republican votes. The country needs a big, strong Republican Party.” She said it again recently: “I want the Republican Party to take back the party to where you were when you cared about a woman's right to choose, you cared about the environment.… This country needs a strong Republican Party.
Putin warns French, German leaders over arms supplies to Ukraine
Vladimir Putin tells France’s Macron and Germany’s Scholz that the continuing arms supplies to Ukraine are ‘dangerous’. Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz against increased arms supplies to Ukraine, saying it could lead to further destabilisation. Putin told Macron and Scholz that continuing arms supplies to Ukraine was “dangerous”, and he warned “of the risks of further destabilisation of the situation and aggravation of the humanitarian crisis”, the Kremlin said. The European leaders also urged Putin to engage in serious and direct negotiations with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to end the fighting, the spokesperson said. On May 11, the US House passed a $40bn aid package for Ukraine, that included $8.7bn to replenish US weaponry stocks sent to Ukraine.
Matthew McConaughey Meets with Victims' Families in His Hometown of Uvalde, Texas, After School Shooting
"Thank you Matthew for helping to heal our community," Rep. Tony Gonzales wrote on Twitter after Matthew McConaughey paid a visit following Tuesday's mass shootingMatthew McConaughey Meets with Victims' Families in His Hometown of Uvalde, Texas, After School ShootingMatthew McConaughey is doing what he can to help after this week's tragic school shooting that shook his hometown of Uvalde, Texas. His mother Kay McCabe taught at St. Philip's Episcopal School, about a mile away from Robb Elementary. A memorial is seen surrounding the Robb Elementary School sign following the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School Credit: Brandon Bell/Getty ImagesOn Wednesday, he signed an executive order on policing and public safety and pushed for "commonsense gun reforms." "It was a wrong decision. Uvalde, TX May 24, 2022 Shooting at Robb Elementary School kills 19 students and 2 teachers.
AOC’s New Fiancé Is Charmingly Normal
Here’s most of what we know: His name is Riley Roberts. We don’t know that much about Riley Roberts, and we don’t need to. What we do know about Roberts doesn’t fit the stereotype of a politician’s partner. We know he’s supportive and encouraging in private. Not Riley Roberts though.
Biden travels to Texas to meet with families of school shooting victims
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will travel to Uvalde, Texas, on Sunday to meet with families of victims of the mass shooting at an elementary school there this week. While there, Biden plans to speak with local officials and religious leaders, along with the victims’ families in an effort to show support for a community reeling from tragedy, the White House said. It will be Biden's second visit to the site of a mass shooting in as many weeks. Biden made a similar trip to Buffalo, New York, May 17 where he met with community leaders and victims’ families of a racially-motivated mass shooting at a grocery store in that city. Police there have faced criticism from both inside and outside the community for waiting about an hour before directly confronting the shooter.
The Donald and the Kremlin Don: how Trump’s toxic legacy helps Putin | Simon Tisdall
Even by Donald Trump’s chaotic standards, the “comprehensive peace agreement” for Afghanistan signed by the US in Doha in February 2020 was a huge own goal. In return for some mumbo-jumbo about al-Qaida, Trump pledged total, unconditional US and Nato withdrawal within 14 months. Trump hoped to benefit politically from “bringing the troops home”, even though the vast majority had already left. Today’s ongoing Afghan tragedy is but one aspect of Trump’s toxic legacy. Now Putin’s brutal imperialism threatens in turn to damage Trump’s arch-foe – Biden – by derailing his international and domestic priorities and, if Russia wins, discrediting American global leadership.
'We needed a plan, and the commander didn't have one', says Uvalde officer on school shooting failings
Joe Biden on Saturday lamented “too much violence, too much fear, too much grief” of the latest school shooting, as he prepared to visit the Texan city of Uvalde. The attack on Robb Elementary School that left 19 children and two teachers dead in a fourth grade classroom was the nation's deadliest school shooting in nearly a decade, and for three days police offered a confusing and sometimes contradictory timeline that drew public anger and frustration. Mr Biden and wife Jill’s visit to Uvalde on Sunday comes as the city, which sits halfway between San Antonio and the Mexican border, was reeling over the revelations that police gave numerous inaccurate accounts of their response to the mass shooting. “I am livid,” Texas governor, Greg Abbott, said as the inconsistencies began to emerge. “My expectation is that the law enforcement leaders leading the investigation … get to the bottom of every fact with absolute certainty,” Mr Abbott said, who described being “misled”.
Diplomats fear Russia may use Syrian aid as bargaining chip in Ukraine
Now, officials warn, Russia might try to shut it down or use it as a bargaining chip with world powers in another war, about 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles) away in Ukraine. The U.N. Security Council, where Russia wields a powerful veto, will vote in July on whether to keep the aid route open. But the corridor already appears caught up in the fallout from the war in Ukraine and the competing interests of Russia and the United States. Russia is one of Assad’s benefactors in Syria’s civil war, which began in 2011, and the aid was largely going to rebel-occupied areas. The diplomats would not describe the signals in detail and said Moscow had stopped short of directly tying the corridor’s fate to the war in Ukraine.
'There's too much violence': President Biden to meet with grieving families in Uvalde: Updates
President Joe Biden on Sunday will bring his personal words of comfort and the condolences of the nation to the grieving families in Uvalde, Texas, amid ongoing questions about the police response to the horrific elementary school shooting. He and first lady Jill Biden also will visit a memorial site at Robb Elementary School, attend Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and meet with first responders. The massacre was the deadliest school shooting since the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. "Let's be clear: Evil came to that elementary school classroom in Texas, to that grocery store in New York, to far too many places where innocents have died." NRA convention sparks protestsWhile Biden is in Texas, the National Rifle Association continues its annual convention in Houston.
AP News Summary at 3:07 a.m. EDT
Everyone in the predominantly Latino city of roughly 16,000 people seems to know someone whose life has been turned upside down. Police inaction moves to center of Uvalde shooting probeThe actions of a school district police chief and other law enforcement officers are at the center of the investigation into this week’s shocking school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Authorities acknowledged Friday that children and teachers repeatedly begged 911 operators for help while the police chief told more than a dozen officers to wait in a hallway at Robb Elementary School. TIMELINE: Texas elementary school shooting, minute by minuteIn the hours and days since the fatal shooting of 19 children and their two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, authorities have given varying accounts of what happened and how they responded. Russia takes small cities, aims to widen east Ukraine battleKRAMATORSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russia claims to have overrun a key rail hub in Ukraine while its troops fight defenders in the streets of another eastern city.
Australian company to ship baby formula to shortage-hit US
An Australian company is planning to ship at least 1.25m cans of its baby formula to the US to help ease a nationwide shortage. President Joe Biden tweeted the “good news” at the weekend, saying the equivalent of 27.5m bottles of infant formula were on the way. In a statement on its website, Bubs Australia reassured Australian customers that its infant formula supply would not be affected. The company said the US Department of Health and Human Services had advised “they are evaluating options” for getting Bubs Infant Formula products to the US “as quickly as possible.”The importing of Bubs’ products follows the relaxation of some regulations this month to mitigate one of the biggest baby formula shortages in recent history. The FDA commissioner, Robert M Califf, said authorities were doing everything in their power to ensure there was adequate infant formula available across the country.
Trump’s ‘big lie’ hits cinemas: the film claiming to investigate voter fraud
Along with Bad Guys, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Everything Everywhere All at Once, there is the title 2000 Mules. Instead, Donald Trump’s “big lie” has arrived at a cinema near you. 2000 Mules claims to be an investigation of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election. Yet 2000 Mules has been released in more than 270 cinemas across the US with most distribution provided by Cinemark, the third biggest chain in the country. But the release of 2000 Mules is very modest compared to the typical Hollywood blockbuster.
U.S. Federal Reserve says its goal is ‘to get wages down’
“Employers are having difficulties filling job openings, and wages are rising at the fastest pace in many years,” Powell complained. Inflation-adjusted wages should have grown 2.1 percent over this period if pre-pandemic trends had continued, leaving real wages well below their pre-pandemic trend. “Inflation is basically the excuse that right-wing governments have for trying to lower wage levels by blaming the inflation on rising wages,” he said. Hudson’s boss was Paul Volcker, who would go on to serve as Federal Reserve chairman under U.S. presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. And our class interest is in increasing our power over wages, so we’ve got to keep wages down, even if it causes a recession.
Solid gold jeweled Tabernacle worth $2 MILLION is stolen from Manhattan Catholic church
Thieves stole a jewel-encrusted solid gold tabernacle worth $2 million from a Brooklyn church - and also beheaded one of its marble angel statues. The brazen thieves reported cut a giant hold into the tabernacle with unknown equipment and extracted an 18-karat gold tabernacle with jewels from its casing. The tabernacle - a large structure that holds the Eucharist in the form of a blessed host - sat under a domed archway inside the church. The gold and jeweled tabernacle (pictured) was stolen from a Brooklyn church between Thursday night and Saturday. The crime took place at St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church (pictured) in Brooklyn
US imposes new trade curbs and sanctions on China over Uyghur rights
The United States on Thursday unleashed a volley of actions to censure China's treatment of the Uyghur minority, with lawmakers voting to curb trade and new sanctions slapped on the world's top consumer drone maker. Advertising Read moreThe United States has been ramping up pressure on China amid a crop of disputes, with President Joe Biden's administration a day earlier targeting producers of painkillers that have contributed to America's addiction crisis. The United States has described the campaign as genocide and, along with Australia, Britain and Canada, has planned a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Games next year over the issue. The United States had already restricted trade exports to the company, but the new Treasury Department sanctions will criminalize any US investment in it. "Unfortunately, the PRC is choosing to use these technologies to pursue control over its people and its repression of members of ethnic and religious minority groups," she added.
Opinion: The cost of Trump's chaos just keeps accumulating
His new paperback is " The Cost of Chaos: The Trump Administration and the World ", from which this essay is adapted. As it turned out, that was a fantasy that the Trump administration correctly called out. As a result, the Trump administration authorized at least double the number of US Navy ships transiting the South China Sea performing "freedom of navigation" exercises. JUST WATCHED 'Schizophrenic nature': Dr. Birx describes what it was like working in Trump's White House Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH 'Schizophrenic nature': Dr. Birx describes what it was like working in Trump's White House 03:44Trump also presided over the destruction of the ISIS geographical "caliphate" in Iraq and Syria. He and his wife, Melania Trump, were vaccinated at the White House during the closing days of his presidency.
Navajo sign water rights settlement with Utah and feds
Spencer J. Cox, left, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, middle, and Jonathan Nez, president of the Navajo Nation gather with local officials as they sign the agreement for the Navajo federal reserved water rights settlement Friday, May 27, 2022 in Monument Valley, Utah. The signing formalizes the Utah Navajo Water Rights Settlement, which became law in 2020 as part of President Joe Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure bill. One was the Navajo Nation had claims to the Colorado (River) that would impair Utah’s water rights,” U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney told The Salt Lake Tribune. The agreement also allows the Navajo to lease unused water to entities off the reservation and guarantees they won’t lose water rights not put to use. “The hard work, however, must continue until all homes across the Navajo Nation have clean water running in faucets for all Navajo families,” Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez told the newspaper.
Why the Texas school shooting won't stop the NRA convention
In 1999, on the heels of the Columbine, Colorado, school shooting that would mark the beginning of a new era, the National Rifle Association hesitated. "Our deepest sympathies are with the families and victims involved in this horrific and evil crime,” the NRA said in a Wednesday statement. Where are the calls for direct action against the NRA convention, protests outside the homes of senators who vote against gun safety? According to Open Secrets, gun rights groups spent roughly $15.8 million on lobbying in 2021 and, as of March 31, have spent another $2 million in 2022. During that same time, gun control groups spent less than a quarter of that amount.
Biden called again to mourn with a city stricken by grief
UVALDE, Texas (AP) — President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden are hoping to console a city stricken by grief and anger when they meet with families affected by the mass shooting at a Texas elementary school that killed 19 students and two teachers. We cannot outlaw tragedy, I know, but we can make America safer.”Biden was to visit the makeshift memorial outside Robb Elementary School before attending Mass at a local Catholic church. Mckinzie Hinojosa, whose cousin Eliahana Torres was killed Tuesday, said she respected Biden’s decision to mourn with the people of Uvalde. In the White House, Biden has tried to chip away at gun violence through executive orders. AP video journalist Robert Bumsted in Uvalde, Texas, contributed to this report.
AP News Summary at 12:05 a.m. EDT
Everyone in the predominantly Latino city of roughly 16,000 people seems to know someone whose life has been turned upside down. Police inaction moves to center of Uvalde shooting probeThe actions of a school district police chief and other law enforcement officers are at the center of the investigation into this week’s shocking school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Authorities acknowledged Friday that children and teachers repeatedly begged 911 operators for help while the police chief told more than a dozen officers to wait in a hallway at Robb Elementary School. TIMELINE: Texas elementary school shooting, minute by minuteIn the hours and days since the fatal shooting of 19 children and their two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, authorities have given varying accounts of what happened and how they responded. Now, Republicans are making similar points as the nation reels from the shooting that killed at least 19 children at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.
WNBA players step up calls for Brittney Griner's release
WNBA players and their union leaders stepped up their calls for Brittney Griner’s release from prison in Russia on Saturday, the 100th day of the US basketball star’s detention. “Right now, on Day 100 of BG’s wrongful detainment, we are calling on everyone to use their platforms, no matter the size, to bring attention to her wrongful detainment, to get (Griner’s wife) Cherelle that meeting with President Biden and to get our sister home,” the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) said in a statement.
McCarthy tells Jan. 6 committee he’s unlikely to comply with subpoena
Berke goes on to request information from the committee, including a more specific list of the subjects and topics the committee intends to discuss with McCarthy, along with the legal rationale justifying the subpoena request. McCarthy’s counsel also asks whether the committee is adhering to the confines of the resolution that authorized the panel. “Chairman [Bennie G.] Thompson will formally respond to these Members in the days ahead.”The House committee is on track to begin the public hearings about the attack next month. The escalatory move by McCarthy means the panel will quickly have to decide next enforcement actions for noncompliant lawmakers. House Republicans are already laying the groundwork for a number of GOP-led investigations against the Biden administration and Democrats.
Democrats should bring back the 'Contract with America' for the 2022 Midterm Campaign
Joshua Roberts/AFP/Getty ImagesIn 1994, Republican New Gingrich came up with a campaign strategy called the 'Contract with America.' Three recent events have given Democrats an opportunity to submit their Contract with America. Democrats should bring these issues to the top of the agenda with a Contract with America just like Gingrich did. It can work for the DemocratsHere is my suggestion for a Contract with America that all Democrats, at every level, should run on. The Democrat's Contract with America would be in clear contrast to that proposal.
Overnight SCIENCE News: More monarchs, compelling cockroach sex, skydiving salamanders, and condors
https://t.co/tqCx6fFwTN — NYT Science (@NYTScience) May 28, 2022x Mysterious mounds in the southwest corner of the Amazon Basin were once the site of ancient urban settlements https://t.co/xpVYwtbLMe — nature (@Nature) May 28, 2022x YouTube Videodinos started off warm-blooded and evolved into cold bloodedness“...many dinosaurs as well as their winged relatives, the pterosaurs, were ancestrally warm-blooded. https://t.co/2FITgQDQnv — Science News (@ScienceNews) May 28, 2022x YouTube Videox Mercury may have been twice its current size, and ancient pieces of the planet may be hiding here on Earth. When Charlie’s quantum state was changed, Alice’s state also changed, meaning information ‘teleported’ across Bob without passing through it. There's a lot of thought and a lot of heart that goes with that name.”x PREY-GO-NEESH KEECH KE-ME’-YEHL – CONDORS HAVE COME HOME! At around 10:30am, 2 condors were successfully released in Yurok Country, where the birds have been absent since 1892.
Mass shootings are a symptom of the declining U.S. empire's fascist reaction
The mass shootings that this country has been reeling from are symptoms of the U.S. empire's decline. This is only natural, because the imperialist social order behind law enforcement is what's producing these shootings. At least one-third of mass shooters have been trained by the United States military. White supremacist mass shooters get radicalized by the propaganda channels that are made possible by the settler-colonial structure. Mass shootings in the U.S. far outpace those in other rich countries because the U.S. is not just an imperialist country, but the core imperialist country, the one with a military budget that dwarfs those of its allies.
Russia takes small cities, aims to widen east Ukraine battle
(AP Photo/Alexei Alexandrov)KRAMATORSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russia claimed to have overrun a key rail hub while its troops fought Ukrainian defenders in the streets of another city in eastern Ukraine. The Russian Defense Ministry said the railroad center Lyman had been “completely liberated” by a joint force of Russian soldiers and Kremlin-backed separatists. Pavlo Kyrylenko said Russian troops controlled most of it and were trying to press their offensive toward Bakhmut, another city in the region. Serhii Haidai reported that Ukrainian fighters repelled an assault on Sievierodonetsk but Russian troops still pushed to encircle them. Last week Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu announced that Russia would form new military units in the country’s west in response to Sweden and Finland’s bids to join NATO.
COMMENTARY: Primary turnout points to GOP wave in November
With primary elections completed in 13 states — five of them swing states — political consultant John Couvillon of JMC Analytics and Polling found a 38 percent increase in Republican primary turnout over the 2018 midterms. And Democratic turnout was down in seven states, while GOP participation was up across the board. Yet Democratic turnout was up by only 33,000 from 2018 while Republican turnout soared by 404,000. Neither party had a contested statewide primary in Indiana, yet Democratic turnout was down while GOP turnout was up by about 15 percent.”In Georgia, Republican turnout blew past Democrats on Tuesday. While Democratic turnout rose from 553,000 in 2018 to 714,000, GOP turnout soared from 607,000 to nearly 1.2 million.
Slow police response may have delayed treatment for injured students in Texas elementary school massacre: Live updates
Officials on Friday acknowledged a catastrophic failure by law enforcement to not immediately enter the classroom amid a gunman's massacre of 19 students and two teachers at a Texas elementary school this week. “Let's be clear: Evil came to that elementary school classroom in Texas. 12:19 p.m.: A call came in from a student who said they were in Room 111, who hung up after another student told the caller to do so. WARNING SIGNS TO LOOK FOR:Eight warnings behaviors of a potential mass shooterStudents who survived Texas school attack describe sceneA young survivor of the massacre at a Texas elementary school said she covered herself with a friend’s blood and pretended to be dead while she waited for help to arrive. Teacher tells story of her classroom's escapeAs gunfire echoed down the hallway from Nicole Ogburn's Robb Elementary School classroom, she and her 15 students hid behind a shelf and held hands.
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: A cabinency of dunces
A second national discussion revolves around who actually is overseeing the current national catastrophe, given Biden’s frequent bewilderment and cognitive challenges. But one area of agreement is the sheer craziness of Biden’s Cabinet appointments, who have translated his incoherent ideology into catastrophic governance. More than 2 million foreign nationals have illegally crossed the southern border without audit — and without COVID vaccinations and tests during a pandemic. Haaland was unable to provide simple answers about when new leases will result in more supplies of oil and gas. Victor Davis Hanson is a distinguished fellow of the Center for American Greatness and a classicist and historian at Stanford’s Hoover Institution.
LETTER: Democrats love high gasoline prices
Forget that the average electric vehicle is much more expensive than the standard gas vehicle. What most people are not aware of are the costs to replace EV batteries. Replacement costs depend on the brand of vehicle and are reported to run between $8,000 and $20,000 — in some cases more. How many people will opt to spend $20,000 to keep a $10,000 car running? Maybe the Democrats will bring back the well-thought-out Obama era program, Cash for Clunkers.
Dems’ midterm prospects are bleak – but they could get worse
Democrats are widely expected to lose control of Congress in the midterm elections. Further, the vast majority of the public (80%) is dissatisfied with the way things are going in the country today. While some Democrats were optimistic that the news of Roe v. Wade being overturned would improve their political prospects by galvanizing their base, that seems unlikely. President Biden won the 2020 election by positioning himself as a steady-handed leader who could bring an end to the pandemic. Indeed, the Biden administration has frequently exhibited internal division and paralysis on immigration policy, which has angered Republicans and activists on the left alike.
Russia takes small cities, aims to widen east Ukraine battle
KRAMATORSK, Ukraine — Russia claimed to have overrun a key rail hub while its troops fought Ukrainian defenders in the streets of another city in eastern Ukraine. The Russian Defense Ministry said the railroad center Lyman had been “completely liberated” by a joint force of Russian soldiers and Kremlin-backed separatists. Pavlo Kyrylenko said Russian troops controlled most of it and were trying to press their offensive toward Bakhmut, another city in the region. Serhii Haidai reported that Ukrainian fighters repelled an assault on Sievierodonetsk but Russian troops still pushed to encircle them. Last week Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu announced that Russia would form new military units in the country’s west in response to Sweden and Finland’s bids to join NATO.
Insider: Conyers gets endorsements; DePerno courts House GOP; Johnson harangues circulator
U.S. House candidate John Conyers III will announce endorsements Tuesday by family members of Breonna Taylor and Jacob Blake Jr., both Black victims of shootings by White police officers in 2020. Conyers' late father, U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., represented much of the same territory in Congress for decades. Conyers' campaign said Breonna Taylor's aunt, Bianca Austin, and Jacob Blake Sr., father of Jacob Blake Jr., will attend an event Tuesday afternoon in Detroit to endorse Conyers. DePerno gets audience with House RepublicansMichigan House Republicans met with GOP attorney general candidate Matt DePerno in an off-site meeting Thursday after DePerno asked for some time with lawmakers. The meeting included the participation of Rep. Ryan Berman, the Commerce Township Republican who ran against DePerno for the GOP attorney general nomination.
Russia takes small cities, aims to widen east Ukraine battle
(AP Photo/Alexei Alexandrov)KRAMATORSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russia claimed to have overrun a key rail hub while its troops fought Ukrainian defenders in the streets of another city in eastern Ukraine. © Provided by Associated Press Debris hangs from a residential building heavily damaged in a Russian bombing in Bakhmut, eastern Ukraine, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, May 28, 2022. © Provided by Associated Press People fleeing Lysychansk sit on an evacuation train at the train station in Pokrovsk, eastern Ukraine, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, May 28, 2022. © Provided by Associated Press A Ukrainian serviceman walks past a gypsum manufacturing plant destroyed in a Russian bombing in Bakhmut, eastern Ukraine, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, May 28, 2022. Just south of Sievierodonetsk, Associated Press reporters saw older and ill civilians bundled into soft stretchers and slowly carried down apartment building stairs Friday in Bakhmut.
UAE dismantles plane of gunrunner Russia wants for Americans
The emirate of Umm al-Quwain plans a $675 million development on a island just across a lagoon from the deactivated airport where Bout's plane sits. “I had not realized that the plane was there to this day," said Stephen Braun, the co-author of a book on the gunrunner called “Merchant of Death." That's even with large green letters painted on the Ilyushin for the last 20-odd years as an aviatic billboard for another hotel. After convincing a pilot to fly the aircraft on just three of its four engines, the plane just barely made it into Umm al-Quwain. However in the years since, Russia has repeatedly floated his name in possible exchanges for American citizens held by Moscow.
Russia takes small cities, aims to widen east Ukraine battle
On Saturday, Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar disputed Moscow’s claim that Lyman had fallen, saying fighting there was still ongoing. Russia has intensified efforts to capture the cities of Sievierodonetsk and nearby Lysychansk, which are the last major areas under Ukrainian control in Luhansk. Moscow and Kyiv have traded accusations over which side bears responsibility for keeping shipments tied up, with Russia saying Ukrainian sea mines prevented safe passage and Ukraine citing a Russian naval blockade. Russia’s Defense Ministry said its navy successfully launched a new hypersonic missile from the Barents Sea that struck its target about 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) away. Last week Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu announced that Russia would form new military units in the country’s west in response to Sweden and Finland’s bids to join NATO.
Joe Biden tells students to be tolerant and see people who disagree with them as neighbors
President Joe Biden told the University of Delaware graduates to be tolerant and see people who disagree with them as neighbors rather than enemies. Biden told graduates to remember that 'democracy is a human enterprise.' 'Your generation is the most generous, the most tolerant, the least prejudiced, the best-educated generation this nation has ever known and that's a simple fact. It was his fifth commencement address at the university, where the school of public policy and administration bears his name. His sister, Valerie Biden Owens, and his wife, first lady Jill Biden, also graduated from the university.
Joe Biden’s loose lips could sink ships
They said the United States is still only committed to selling Taiwan military equipment to defend itself and claimed Biden was definitely not talking about “regime change” in Russia. CHINE NOUVELLE/SIPA/ShutterstockIn his book “The Sleepwalkers,” author Christopher Clark masterfully describes how World War I started despite no European leader wanting war or believing one would happen. Check out more newslettersAre we on the verge of sleepwalking into World War III? I mean, you know, they’re not bad folks.”Yet now we’re seemingly ready to go to war over Taiwan. So perhaps our China policy is to speak loudly and carry a small stick.
WNBA players step up calls for Griner's release
However, on May 3 the US State Department said it had determined that Russia had "wrongfully detained US citizen Brittney Griner." In the immediate aftermath of Griner's detention, the WNBA had commented little on the case hoping not to inflame the situation. Since the State Department's declaration that she was wrongfully detained, however, there have been more vocal calls for her release. Several WNBA and NBA players tweeted about Griner on Saturday. "Brittney Griner has been illegally detained in Russia since February 17th, 2022," wrote Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving.
BTS members depart for US to visit White House
BTS poses at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Sept. 20, 2021. (BigHit Music)Members of South Korean boy group BTS left for the United States on Sunday to visit the White House for a meeting with US President Joe Biden to discuss ways to deal with rising anti-Asian hate crimes. The White House has announced that BTS will meet with Biden on Tuesday to "discuss Asian inclusion and representation and to address anti-Asian hate crimes and discrimination, which have become more prominent issues in recent years." On Sunday, six members of the septet headed to the US as Jungkook left a day earlier. After arriving at Terminal 2 of Incheon International Airport around 9:30 a.m., they waved to fans and reporters before heading to board their flight.
Zelenskyy takes jab at Putin over G20 summit, hopes 'no occupiers' will be in attendance
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy took a jab at Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday and said he hopes "no occupiers" will attend the upcoming Group of 20 summit this year. PUTIN TO ATTEND G20 SUMMIT, INDONESIA SAYS; ZELENSKYY ALSO INVITED"We must prevent mass starvation, stop massacres and repressions, forever wean any state of the world from nuclear blackmail. I believe that only friend states, partner states will attend the summit, and there will be no occupiers," he said in an address to the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia. Widodo announced last month that he also invited Putin to the summit, given Russia’s usual standing as a G20 member, and claimed the Kremlin head had accepted. Russia’s war in Ukraine has lasted for more than three months, displacing millions, killing thousands and causing the greatest security threat to Europe since World War II.
Former House Speaker Paul Ryan Emerges To Bash 'Entertainer' Politicians
Former Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan emerged from self-imposed political exile to lash “entertainer” lawmakers. The measurement of success was policy and persuasion,” Ryan said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” Thursday. Advertisement“You persuade your colleagues, your country, your constituents: ‘This is the right way to go, here’s the solution,’” he told host Rebecca Quick. The measurement of success was policy and persuasion," says Paul Ryan. Ryan said in an interview last year that it was “really clear” Trump lost the election, and that the election was in no way rigged.
Navajo sign water rights settlement with Utah and feds
The signing formalizes the Utah Navajo Water Rights Settlement, which became law in 2020 as part of President Joe Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure bill. One was the Navajo Nation had claims to the Colorado (River) that would impair Utah’s water rights,” U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney told The Salt Lake Tribune. The settlement recognizes the Navajo’s right to 81,500 acre-feet of Utah water and allows them to draw the water from aquifers, rivers or Lake Powell, if they choose. The agreement also allows the Navajo to lease unused water to entities off the reservation and guarantees they won’t lose water rights not put to use. “The hard work, however, must continue until all homes across the Navajo Nation have clean water running in faucets for all Navajo families,” Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez told the newspaper.
How to end the Ukraine war before Western allies give up
Morally, Vladimir Putin deserves to keep none of his territorial gains. Russian President Vladimir Putin cannot be trusted with ending his invasion on his own promise. Even temporary, internationally unrecognized territorial gains for Putin will be a bitter pill for Ukraine. (Indeed, the Ukraine war and its aftermath may well provoke a wholesale rethinking by the West of its entanglement with China, too). And the US and allies can, must, take real steps to make sure that any future Putin incursion would get stopped cold.
Ukraine war volunteers are coming home, reckoning with difficult fight
Many entered the fight after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky personally appealed to foreign volunteers to journey there and fight. On one mission, he said, he was unable get a lock on a Russian tank with a cold thermal signature. An American volunteer named Dakota fires a Javelin missile at a Russian tank east of Mykolaiv, Ukraine, in April. He recalled how, early in the war, he saw images of his hometown on fire and left to join the fight two days later. He’s mired in divorce proceedings, initiated before he left for Ukraine, and occasionally hears from friends who update him over text about their successful tank harvests.
AP News Summary at 7:21 p.m. EDT
Everyone in the predominantly Latino city of roughly 16,000 people seems to know someone whose life has been turned upside down. Police inaction moves to center of Uvalde shooting probeThe actions of a school district police chief and other law enforcement officers are at the center of the investigation into this week’s shocking school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Authorities acknowledged Friday that children and teachers repeatedly begged 911 operators for help while the police chief told more than a dozen officers to wait in a hallway at Robb Elementary School. TIMELINE: Texas elementary school shooting, minute by minuteIn the hours and days since the fatal shooting of 19 children and their two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, authorities have given varying accounts of what happened and how they responded. Now, Republicans are making similar points as the nation reels from the shooting that killed at least 19 children at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.
Veteran U.S. judge joins calls for Supreme Court ethics code
Placeholder while article actions loadA prominent Republican-appointed federal judge on Thursday joined calls for Supreme Court justices to be subject to an ethics code, saying a failure by judges to police their own misconduct lessens Americans’ respect for the judiciary. “As a court system — federal, state and otherwise — we are under scrutiny and under attack. And because of that I think all judges should be subject to a code of ethics,” Walton said in his interview. AdvertisementWalton said he understood from Thursday’s conference, hosted by the National Judicial College, that the Supreme Court is considering such a code, “and I think that’s a good thing.”The Supreme Court did not respond to a request for comment. AdvertisementEarly this month, a deeply polarized Supreme Court vowed to launch a leak investigation after a draft opinion that would overturn the right to abortion established in Roe v. Wade sent shock waves through the national political landscape.
Biden's remarks about Taiwan prompt calls to revisit 'strategic ambiguity.' But it's a sound policy.
Strategic ambiguity is not merely designed to deter China, after all — though that is one key aim. To begin with the basics, strategic ambiguity tries to mitigate two potential pathways to war. Second, China might attack Taiwan to prevent the United States and Taiwan from becoming too closely allied. Those arrangements are consistent with strategic ambiguity, but recent hawkish rhetoric from many in the United States isn’t. In addition, the United States should work with Taiwan to counter looming unconventional threats to Taiwan, including Chinese threats to Taiwan’s cybersecurity.
L.A. County buys $750,000 worth of baby formula to distribute to families as shortage persists
Los Angeles County has purchased $750,000 worth of baby formula that it will soon start handing out at food distribution sites and through outreach programs for new mothers, officials said. The county purchased the formula to help feed babies as the nation grapples with a severe infant formula shortage, Supervisor Hilda L. Solis said in a news release. California As baby formula shortage worsens, families take desperate steps Low-income families are struggling to feed their infants amid the national shortage. Politics Biden invokes Defense Production Act to alleviate baby formula shortage President Biden has invoked the Defense Production Act to speed production of infant formula, and has authorized flights to import more from overseas. In addition, the county’s Department of Children and Family Services is purchasing $500,000 worth of infant formula that will be distributed to families served by the agency.
AP News Summary at 6:42 p.m. EDT
Everyone in the predominantly Latino city of roughly 16,000 people seems to know someone whose life has been turned upside down. Police inaction moves to center of Uvalde shooting probeThe actions of a school district police chief and other law enforcement officers are at the center of the investigation into this week’s shocking school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Authorities acknowledged Friday that children and teachers repeatedly begged 911 operators for help while the police chief told more than a dozen officers to wait in a hallway at Robb Elementary School. TIMELINE: Texas elementary school shooting, minute by minuteIn the hours and days since the fatal shooting of 19 children and their two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, authorities have given varying accounts of what happened and how they responded. Now, Republicans are making similar points as the nation reels from the shooting that killed at least 19 children at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.
AP News in Brief at 6:04 p.m. EDT
By Friday, authorities acknowledged that students and teachers repeatedly begged 911 operators for help while the police chief told more than a dozen officers to wait in a hallway at Robb Elementary School. TIMELINESometime after 11 a.m. — Ramos shoots his grandmother in the face, according to Texas Public Safety Director Steve McCraw. Biden is expected to head to Texas for a visit this weekend with the families of victim's of Tuesday's school shooting. As US mourns shootings, NRA in turmoil but influence remainsHOUSTON (AP) — For a brief moment in 2012, it seemed like a national stalemate over guns was breaking. Adam Lanza, a 20-year-old gunman, had forced his way into a Connecticut elementary school and massacred 26 people, mostly children, with an AR-15-style rifle.
‘Too much fear, too much grief’: Biden to visit Uvalde amid scrutiny of police response to shooting
Joe Biden lamented “too much violence, too much fear, too much grief” after the latest US mass shooting as he prepared to visit Uvalde, where police face intensifying scrutiny for waiting outside the classroom where a teenage gunman with an assault rifle killed 19 children and two teachers. The US president and first lady, Jill Biden, plan to travel to the small southern Texas city on Sunday. An ambulance was standing by and a state trooper assisted members of the public who came to mourn. Biden spoke about the tragedy in Uvalde during a commencement speech he gave on Saturday morning at the University of Delaware, his alma mater. Too much violence, too much fear, too much grief,” said Biden and called the Uvalde and Buffalo mass shootings acts of “evil”.
VP Harris attends the funeral for shooting victim Ruth Whitfield
AdvertisementKamala Harris said America is experiencing an 'epidemic of hate' during her moving speech at the funeral of Ruth Whitfield, 86, the oldest victim of the Buffalo supermarket shooting on Saturday. VP Harris, who was invited to speak at the memorial by the Reverend Sharpton, spoke of her grief for the community in yet another 'senseless and horrific attack.' VP Kamala Harris speaking at the memorial service providing comfort to the Whitfield family and to those gathered to remember the loving 86-year-old mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and wifeVP Kamala Harris appearing solemn arriving at the memorial service of Ruth E. Whitfield. Whitfield had been shopping at the supermarket after visiting her husband in the nursing home, her family has said, WIVB News reported. Gendron had driven more than 200 miles to carry out his attack at Tops Family market, which he also livestreamed, police said, The New York Times reported.
Opinion: The Fed is determined to stop wages from rising
In the late 1970s, monetarists promised that if the Fed would focus only on controlling the supply of money, inflation could be tamed without increasing unemployment. But the Fed has periodically shadowboxed with “inflation expectations”—raising rates over time to “pre-empt” the invisible demons, and then congratulating itself when none appeared. Now, we are also seeing rising land prices (among other things), which feeds into (somewhat artificial) estimates of housing costs. Inflation rates are reported on a 12-month basis, so once any shock hits, it is guaranteed to generate headlines about “inflation” for 11 more months—a boon for the inflation hawks. Obviously, logically, inevitably, and despite all the crocodile tears about inflation harming ordinary Americans, the Fed is determined to stop rising wages.
Inside Mitch McConnell’s decades-long effort to block gun control
“If there’s any one individual in the United States to blame for our inability to put things in place to prevent gun violence, it’s Mitch McConnell,” said Peter Ambler, the executive director of Giffords, a group devoted to fighting gun violence. “McConnell knows where his members stand and makes the tough calls to protect their interests,” a senior Republican aide said, explaining McConnell’s overall motivations in addressing gun violence and gun legislation. Brown said that the staffer clearly seemed moved by Lewis, telling him that she held him in high esteem, and by the victims of gun violence, who recounted their stories one after another. The Senate Republican leader has spent his career working to delay, obstruct or prevent most major firearms restrictions from being approved by Congress. And McConnell is the head of the Republican Senate,” Feinblatt said.
Ukraine pleads for weapons as Russian onslaught threatens to turn the tide
Ukrainian officials say they urgently need advanced US-made mobile multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) to halt Russian advances in Luhansk and Donetsk. Moscow, keenly aware of the game-changing potential of the rocket systems, has already voiced strong objections. But doubts remain about which weapons systems will be provided, and the timing of the US move. Despite the delay, he insisted it was “not too late” to send new weapons to Ukraine. Military support can reduce over time and probably the economic support will become more important as the fighting gradually subsides.”
NRA members sound off on organization's future, calls for gun control amid Uvalde shooting
The annual convention came on the heels of the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday which left 19 children and two adults dead. "While I grieve with those families and the others who have lost children in school shootings, we have to have an honest conversation," Franklin added. BETO O'ROURKE, GUN-CONTROL ADVOCATES PROTEST OUTSIDE OF NRA CONVENTION: 'SHAME ON YOU'"There's a big hole in the school system," Mark said. She said it would send a strong message to those thinking of causing harm to school children for them not "to come in this school, that we're prepared for bad people." They're people who use their guns to help you in times needed most.
Guilty Plea In Plot To Firebomb California Democratic HQ
Ian Benjamin Rogers, 46, of Napa, pleaded guilty to conspiring to destroy a building by fire or explosives, possessing an explosive device and possessing a machine gun under a plea agreement that could bring him seven to nine years in federal prison. The pair “hoped their attacks would prompt a movement,” prosecutors said when they announced the charges in July. Copeland, 38, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy and destruction of records. In a different message he said that after Democratic President Joe Biden was inaugurated, “we go to war.”Their first planned target was the John L. Burton Democratic Headquarters in Sacramento, prosecutors said. He was taken into custody then on state charges after the FBI said he sent text messages that agents perceived as threats against the unoccupied Governor’s Mansion and social media companies Facebook and Twitter.
Harris calls for unity as Buffalo lays the last shooting victim to rest
She attended the service at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Buffalo with second gentleman Doug Emhoff. "This is a moment that requires all good people, all God-loving people to stand up and say we will not stand for this. Enough is enough," said Harris, who wasn't scheduled to speak and came to the microphone at the urging of the Rev. Harris later told reporters the administration is not "sitting around waiting to figure out what the solution looks like" to the nation's gun violence problem. Whitfield was the mother of former Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield.
'We received feedback': The commercialization of Juneteenth backfires for big brands
Large corporations that initially sought to cash in on Juneteenth-themed items ahead of the new federal holiday on are now walking back their commercialization efforts after backlash on social media. "Juneteenth holiday marks a celebration of freedom and independence," the company said in a statement. "However, we received feedback that a few items caused concern for some of our customers and we sincerely apologize. On June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden signed a law that made Juneteenth a federal holiday. “Imagine how different the landscape would look if Juneteenth had been designated as a federal holiday after reparations had been paid,” he said.
Elon Musk Asks Jeff Bezos to Make an Important Choice
Elon Musk has advice for Jeff Bezos. Musk and Bezos also seem concerned about growing homelessness in big cities like San Francisco and Seattle. And Musk seems to need this rivalry, a healthy rivalry in the conquest of space with Bezos in particular. Starlink is well ahead of Project Kuiper currently, with more than 2,400 satellites already in orbit. Last month, NASA picked six satellite companies -- including Musk's SpaceX and Project Kuiper --- to develop space communication services in Earth orbit.
AP News Summary at 6:03 p.m. EDT
Police inaction moves to center of Uvalde shooting probeThe actions of a school district police chief and other law enforcement officers are at the center of the investigation into this week’s shocking school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Authorities acknowledged Friday that children and teachers repeatedly begged 911 operators for help while the police chief told more than a dozen officers to wait in a hallway at Robb Elementary School. TIMELINE: Texas elementary school shooting, minute by minuteIn the hours and days since the fatal shooting of 19 children and their two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, authorities have given varying accounts of what happened and how they responded. But Russia’s recent progress in Ukraine's eastern Donbas region could embolden Putin to keep pursuing his military goals in the country. Now, Republicans are making similar points as the nation reels from the shooting that killed at least 19 children at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.
Russia and Turkey Scramble to Avoid Conflict. And What do U.S. Democratic Primaries Mean for Moscow?
This week on the podcast:— The leaders of Russia and Turkey meet in Moscow on Thursday in a bid to de-escalate fighting in Syria which has brought the two countries to the brink of direct military confrontation. Financial Times Bureau Chief Henry Foy joins us in the studio to discuss what is at stake for both countries. The episode was recorded and edited at CM Records Studio in central Moscow. Read More:Russia’s Syria gamble under pressure as Turkey attacks in IdlibHawks say Sanders will be weak on Russia. But Putin should fear a President Bernie
China, Russia veto U.S.-led push for North Korea sanctions
1/2Russia and China vetoed a U.S.-led resolution in the U.N. Security Council that sought to place additional sanctions on North Korea in the wake of its ballistic missile tests. However, Russia and China -- which wield veto power as permanent members -- blocked the resolution from passing, marking the first time the Security Council has been split on the issue since sanctions against North Korea began in 2006. The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is the official name of North Korea. Ahead of the vote, Thomas-Greenfield said North Korea is "actively preparing to conduct a nuclear test." He also accused Washington of using the North Korea issue as "a chessman on the chessboard for their so-called Indo-Pacific strategy."
AP Top Stories May 28
AP Top Stories May 28Here are the top stories for Saturday, May 28th: Oldest Buffalo shooting victim laid to rest; Biden addresses Delaware graduates Protest at death of Black man held by police in Brazil; Football fans gather for Champions League final.
GOP Congressman, former NRA endorsee says he would support ban on assault weapons in aftermath of Buffalo, Uvalde
Jacobs made the remarks — a contradiction to the Republican party's staunch stance on gun laws — during a news conference on Friday. “If an assault weapons ban bill came to the floor that would ban something like an AR-15, I would vote for it,” he said, according to The Buffalo News. I think it’s perfectly reasonable that the age limit at least for these highly lethal, high-capacity semi automatic weapons should be 21," he said. The congressman reiterated his sentiments in an interview with The Buffalo News. Vice President Kamala Harris on Saturday attended the funeral of Ruth Whitfield, who was killed in the Buffalo shooting, saying "enough is enough."
Kellyanne Conway says the 2020 Trump campaign's China-centric 'Beijing Biden' attacks were 'foolish'
President Joe Biden listens as he meets virtually with Chinese leader Xi Jinping from the Roosevelt Room of the White House on November 15, 2021. AP Photo/Susan Walsh, FileKellyanne Conway in her new book says the GOP's "Beijing Biden" attacks didn't connect with voters. Conway described Trump's 2020 presidential reelection effort as "more solipsistic than scrappy." While campaigning for reelection in Ohio weeks before the November general election, Trump warned that Biden's ascent to the White House would halt gains in the manufacturing sector. "Put simply, if Biden wins, China wins," Trump said at the time, per The Associated Press.
Forest Service finds it was responsible for largest fire in New Mexico history
The Forest Service says it was responsible for both the blazes that merged late last month and created the largest fire in New Mexico history. The Calf Canyon Fire then merged with the Hermits Peak Fire, which was also started by an escaped federal prescribed burn, to cause New Mexico’s biggest-ever fire. “The pain and suffering of New Mexicans caused by the actions of the U.S. Forest Service – an agency that is intended to be a steward of our lands – is unfathomable,” New Mexico Gov. The Forest Service said last week it would pause prescribed burns on National Forest System land for 90 days to reevaluate its policies. “The Santa Fe National Forest is 100 percent focused on suppressing these fires with the support of the Type 1 incident management teams who are fully prepared to manage complex, all-risk situations,” Santa Fe National Forest Supervisor Debbie Cress said in a Friday statement.
Howie Carr: Just another delirious day trip for Biden, unstuck in time again
He called Zoom “Joom.” He claimed he’s convinced “North Korea” to impose sanctions on Russia. In short, it was just another delirious day trip for Brandon away from the assisted-living facility at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. “I was appointed to the Academy in 1965.”For the record, in 1965 Biden was 22 years old. So I went to Delaware.”He was referring to two Heisman Trophy winners from Navy — Roger Staubach and Joe Bellino. North Korea didn’t know.
VP Harris tells Buffalo mourners: 'We will come together'
She attended the service at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Buffalo with second gentleman Doug Emhoff. “This is a moment that requires all good people, all God-loving people to stand up and say we will not stand for this. Enough is enough,” said Harris, who wasn’t scheduled to speak and came to the microphone at the urging of the Rev. Harris later told reporters the administration is not “sitting around waiting to figure out what the solution looks like” to the nation's gun violence problem. Whitfield was the mother of former Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield.
AP News Summary at 4:49 p.m. EDT
Police inaction moves to center of Uvalde shooting probeThe actions of a school district police chief and other law enforcement officers are at the center of the investigation into this week’s shocking school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Weather's unwanted guest: Nasty La Nina keeps popping upLa Nina, the flip side of the better known El Nino weather condition, keeps popping up. La Nina is the natural but temporary cooling of parts of the Pacific that changes weather worldwide. For the U.S., La Nina is connected to more drought and fires out West, more Atlantic hurricanes and agricultural losses. In the late 20th century, La Nina hit 28% of the time.
As Biden administration leans toward $10,000 in student loan forgiveness, advocates push back
Student loan borrowers gather near The White House to tell President Biden to cancel student debt - all of it with no means-testing on May 12, 2020 in Washington, DC. More from Personal Finance:Free college is now a reality in nearly 30 states3 ways to avoid taking on too much student loan debtIs college really worth it? The Washington Post on Friday matched prior reporting that the $10,000 plan is the Biden administration's leading student debt cancellation plan in the final days of May. The White House denied to CNBC that it has any set plans to forgive student debt and said it has not made a final decision. Canceling $10,000 per borrower would cost around $321 billion and completely forgive the loans of about one-third of student loan borrowers.
Harris calls for assault weapons ban after back-to-back mass shootings
Washington (CNN) Vice President Kamala Harris called for an assault weapons ban Saturday, saying that in the wake of two back-to-back mass shootings such arms are "a weapon of war" with "no place in a civil society." It includes, let's have an assault weapons ban." An assault weapon is a weapon of war with no place, no place in a civil society." He said he needed to instead "convince Congress" to pass legislation like the 1994 assault weapons ban. Biden will visit Uvalde, Texas, on Sunday to meet the families of the children and teachers killed during the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School.
Chris Christie says Trump wants the GOP to be the 'party of me,' where 'everything has to be about him'
Chris Christie says that former President Trump wants the GOP to be the "party of me." Christie rejects such a development, arguing that the party must look to the future in order to win. He came to Georgia to campaign for Trump foe Brian Kemp, who easily won his GOP gubernatorial primary this week. "But more important than that, what we have to decide is: do we want to be the party of me or the party of us?" "The reason the Supreme Court is not taking this is not because of a lack of courage," Christie said at the time.
Russia takes small cities, aims to widen east Ukraine battle
Ukrainian servicemen walk past a building heavily damaged in a Russian bombing in Bakhmut, eastern Ukraine, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, May 28, 2022. Fighting has raged around Lysychansk and neighbouring Sievierodonetsk, the last major cities under Ukrainian control in Luhansk region. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)Ukrainian servicemen walk past a building heavily damaged in a Russian bombing in Bakhmut, eastern Ukraine, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, May 28, 2022. Fighting has raged around Lysychansk and neighbouring Sievierodonetsk, the last major cities under Ukrainian control in Luhansk region. Last week Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu announced that Russia would form new military units in the country’s west in response to Sweden and Finland’s bids to join NATO.
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AP Top Stories May 28 PHere are the top stories for Saturday, May 28th: Oldest Buffalo shooting victim laid to rest; Biden addresses Delaware graduates Protest at death of Black man held by police in Brazil; Football fans gather for Champions League final.
Biden tells Delaware graduates 'now it's your hour'
Biden tells Delaware graduates 'now it's your hour'President Joe Biden told graduates Saturday at his alma mater, the University of Delaware, that “now it's your hour,” as he encouraged young people in the United States to help the country live up to its ideals.
'This is no time to be on the sidelines,' Biden tells University of Delaware graduates
President Joe Biden delivered a commencement address at his alma mater, the University of Delaware, on Saturday. The president is scheduled to travel to Uvalde on Sunday, to meet with the families of victims of Tuesday's shooting. — On a Sunday afternoon in June 1965, research scientist Caryl Haskins addressed 1,038 University of Delaware graduates sitting in folding chairs on the campus mall. Among the graduates was Joseph R. Biden Jr., a history and political science major. Biden took the stage at Delaware Stadium south of the university's main campus to loud applause sporting his signature aviator sunglasses under sunny skies.
Opinion | Who Decides the Right Way to Protest?
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Inside Mitch McConnell’s decades-long effort to block gun control
“If there’s any one individual in the United States to blame for our inability to put things in place to prevent gun violence, it’s Mitch McConnell,” said Peter Ambler, the executive director of Giffords, a group devoted to fighting gun violence. “McConnell knows where his members stand and makes the tough calls to protect their interests,” a senior Republican aide said, explaining McConnell’s overall motivations in addressing gun violence and gun legislation. Brown said that the staffer clearly seemed moved by Lewis, telling him that she held him in high esteem, and by the victims of gun violence, who recounted their stories one after another. The Senate Republican leader has spent his career working to delay, obstruct or prevent most major firearms restrictions from being approved by Congress. And McConnell is the head of the Republican Senate,” Feinblatt said.
WNBA Players Ask for Signatures to Petition for Brittney Griner's Release
Christian Petersen/Getty ImagesThe WNBPA is asking for signatures on a change.org petition demanding the United States government do "whatever is necessary" to bring Phoenix Mercury center Brittany Griner home from Russia, where she has been detained since February. Russian officials detained Griner after allegedly finding vape cartridges with hashish oil in her luggage at a Moscow airport. The U.S. government has since stated that Griner is being "wrongfully detained." "There is one person that can go get her, and that's our president," Griner said on Good Morning America (h/t Mechelle Voepel of ESPN). Her detention was extended by a month in mid-May with a trial on drug possession charges scheduled for mid-June.
U.S. doctors reconsider Pfizer's Paxlovid for lower-risk COVID patients
Use of Pfizer's Paxlovid, authorized to treat newly infected, at-risk people in order to prevent severe illness, has soared as infections have risen. Biden administration officials have pushed for wide use of Paxlovid, which the government purchased and provides free. He said he is still recommending Paxlovid for people who have significant health conditions or are over age 75. "We have not seen any resistance emerge to date in patients treated with Paxlovid," a spokesperson said. The CDC also said it is unclear whether cases of rebound symptoms have anything to do with Paxlovid, or are simply part of the natural trajectory of COVID-19.
Making sense of a mass shooting in the middle of Texas gun country
Not even a mass shooting, Methvin and others said, is going to change that overnight. There are ways gun laws should be tightened, he added — though nobody should be coming to take away responsible gun owners’ firearms. At a vigil the night after the shooting, guns went entirely unmentioned. He said he was troubled to see President Biden and Texas Democrats blame the mass shooting on gun laws. He doesn’t hunt much anymore, preferring now to photograph “all of God’s creatures” that inhabit this patch of Texas instead.
AP News Summary at 3:33 p.m. EDT
Weather's unwanted guest: Nasty La Nina keeps popping upLa Nina, the flip side of the better known El Nino weather condition, keeps popping up. La Nina is the natural but temporary cooling of parts of the Pacific that changes weather worldwide. For the U.S., La Nina is connected to more drought and fires out West, more Atlantic hurricanes and agricultural losses. In the late 20th century, La Nina hit 28% of the time. Air travelers face cancellations over Memorial Day weekendNEW YORK (AP) — Airline travelers are not only facing sticker shock this Memorial Day weekend.
Jon Voight, Outspoken GOP Supporter, Calls For ‘Proper Qualifications for Gun Ownership’ After Uvalde Shooting
Actor Jon Voight, a vocal supporter of former president Donald J. Trump and the Republican party, has released a statement calling for stricter gun control laws in the United States. “There should be proper qualifications for gun ownership,” Voight said in a video released through his official Facebook page. One should only own a gun if they’re qualified and schooled.”Voight’s stance marks a striking divergence from the GOP platform’s typical stance on gun control. The incident is the second-deadliest shooting at an elementary, middle or high school in U.S. history, only behind the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012. And God will call on Jesus to pray for these families.”Currently, Uvalde marks the 27th school shooting with injuries or deaths this year, according to EducationWeek.
Kamala Harris calls for assault weapons ban: ‘We are not sitting around waiting’
Kamala Harris called for a ban on assault weapons in the US and the passage of much-delayed gun control legislation after speaking on Saturday at a funeral for the oldest victim of the Buffalo mass shooting earlier this month. After giving remarks at the service for Ruth Whitfield, the oldest person killed during the grocery store shooting two weeks ago, Harris called upon lawmakers to pass an assault weapons ban, while speaking with reporters. “We are not sitting around, waiting to figure out what the solution looks like,” said Harris. It includes – let’s have an assault weapons ban.”“An assault weapon is a weapon of war,” Harris added, “with no place in a civil society.”Harris also called for universal background checks on gun purchases, which is a law long blocked by Republicans in the US Senate. Citing the over 200 mass shootings that have already taken place this year, Harris urged legislators to take action.
Carolyn Bourdeaux’s Primary Loss Breaks Off a Third Member of the Gottheimer Gang
Last summer, a group of Democrats organized by New Jersey Rep. Josh Gottheimer derailed President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda by successfully decoupling it from a bipartisan infrastructure bill. The Unbreakable Nine’s numbers are now dwindling, and after Tuesday’s races, they may be down to just four or five. On Tuesday, Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux lost to Rep. Lucy McBath in a member-on-member race Georgia prompted by redistricting. The Congressional Progressive Caucus managed to delay the vote, and on October 1, Pelosi met privately with her broader caucus. The former veterinarian had never intended to vote for a multitrillion-dollar reconciliation bill at all.
Amid boycotts, US scrambling to make Summit of the Americas a success
Several leaders are threatening to boycott the summit because the U.S. has decided to not invite the governments of Venezuela and Nicaragua. "Is it going to be the Summit of the Americas or the Summit of the Friends of America? "I will attend the summit only if all of the countries in the Americas are invited without exception," President Xiomara Castro tweeted Saturday. Biden administration officials have denied that was the case, but a senior Caribbean-nation official said they made a difference in getting 13 of the 14 island nations to RSVP yes, according to Reuters. Fifteen House Democrats, led by House Foreign Affairs Committee chair Gregory Meeks, wrote to Biden Thursday expressing "concern" about the decision.
Ukraine pleads for weapons as Russian onslaught threatens to turn the tide
Ukrainian officials say they urgently need advanced US-made mobile multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) to halt Russian advances in Luhansk and Donetsk. Moscow, keenly aware of the game-changing potential of the rocket systems, has already voiced strong objections. But doubts remain about which weapons systems will be provided, and the timing of the US move. Despite the delay, he insisted it was “not too late” to send new weapons to Ukraine. Military support can reduce over time and probably the economic support will become more important as the fighting gradually subsides.”
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Signature IssuesRep. Lauren Underwood is one of the most progressive members of the House of Representatives. That created an opening during the 2018 blue wave, which Lauren Underwood took advantage of and won. In Quarter 1 of 2022, Rep. Lauren Underwood raised a healthy $763k, which means she is expecting a heavily contested election once more. (2/2) pic.twitter.com/TlJYGymbDi — Rep. Lauren Underwood (@RepUnderwood) May 12, 2022If Facebook is more your style, go ahead and follow her at underwoodforcongress. Thank you for supporting Rep. Lauren Underwood by reading this article!
Can Biden Be the Churchill for this Midterm Battle Against Fascism?
American democracy is under assault from the Republican Party. This Republican Party getting control of the Congress, many observers believe, could be a death knell to American democracy itself. The President, with his bully pulpit, has an especially important role to play. The role the nation needs Biden to play is clear, but it is unclear how effective Biden can be in that kind of a role in this kind of a battle even if he wants to. But Biden, like anyone else, can only do his best.
The Manchin Spider Enigma
He is an enigma to me. That is not good but that does not explain his position against most of the Democratic agenda, including Roe, gun control, the filibuster, etc. Could he be a republican plant and like a spider, little by little has been creating a web to capture and destroy Biden and the Democratic Agenda? I wrote the statistics about religious democrats and Republicans backwards and also, I said that in my 70 years I had not met a religious democrat. And I met one religious democrat.
I am channeling my fury into action and you can too: Saturday's GNR
And to all of you who are NOT Senate Republicans, how about some good news to keep us energized? Dow Jones Rallies On Inflation DataThe Dow Jones Industrial Average rose as stocks rallied on encouraging inflation data. Core personal consumption expenditures — the Federal Reserve's preferred inflation indicator — rose 4.9% in April, slower than March's 5.2% increase. President Biden had hoped to make the announcement as soon as this weekend at the University of Delaware commencement, the people said, but that timing has changed after the massacre Tuesday in Texas. Every President Talks About Focusing on China—Biden’s Really Doing ItJoe Biden is committed to succeeding where his predecessors failed.
The NRA's thoughts & prayers have been answered: 'good woman with a gun' stops mass shooting
We don’t know yet. We don’t know why she had a pistol, if she was a guest at the party or just happened to be there by chance. We don’t know how much training she had, or how she feels about having had to use that gun to defend herself and others. We don’t know if that apartment complex had a crime problem and no confidence in the police. The gun lobby is going to be all over this as proof more guns everywhere is the solution to gun violence.
Science has answers to why conservatives fall so easily for COVID-19 and Russian propaganda
This is why fearmongering is used more often as a persuasion technique in right-wing media, and why conspiracies are more likely to take root in conservative thought. Glut of right-wing misinformationResearchers from The Ohio State University ran a study in 2021 on political views and media bias. He said invasion talk was “hysteria” and had a chyron under him that read: “NEWS OUTLETS ARE BEHAVING LIKE STATE MEDIA AND UNCRITICALLY PUSHING STATE DEPT PROPAGANDA.” The career diplomats at the State Department were lying. Right-wing media creates conspiracy theorists by trapping them in a vortex of fear. Fox News isn’t getting any better, as seen by their latest fearmongering on “great replacement theory.” It’s too bad right-wing media outlets don’t come with warning labels.
The student loan crisis was caused by a pile of problems. It requires more than one solution
If student loan repayment was easy to navigate, and if the terms were fair, then perhaps there wouldn't be a crisis. We need to get to a place where student loan payments don’t leave borrowers feeling trapped by their loans. Blanket forgiveness or targeted forgiveness are two options that would help correct the years of government inaction that led to the student loan debt crisis. Another important feature of the Australian student loan system is that student loans are interest-free. Student loan debt is forever.
Scott Ritter & Ray on Ukraine, Russia, China
Recent developments, including talks with Chinese officials, have fortified Scott's view that China remains extremely reluctant to go to war over Taiwan. Scott reiterated his longstanding view that Russian forces will prevail on the ground in Ukraine, adding that recently they have been performing in a very impressive, professional way. UPDATEIn this context, the trial-balloon-type media reports yesterday afternoon, after our interview, that the U.S. is preparing to send long-range rocket systems to Ukraine, takes on added importance. This is much farther than the systems currently in Ukraine's inventory, and could put Russia itself within range. This system has been sitting atop the long list of requests from Ukrainian officials, who say it is needed to curb advancing Russian forces in the Donbas.
Federal government sues Alaska over subsistence
Joaqlin EstusIndian Country TodayWhen fish numbers are low, who gets to continue to harvest fish in rural Alaska? The Biden administration filed suit on May 17 against the Alaska Department of Fish and Game over fish openings on the Kuskokwim River during fish shortages. This latest tussle was prompted by the state ignoring federal authority on the Kuskokwim river, which passes through the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. Subsistence is vitally important to those villages, as it is to the economy of all of rural Alaska. 2016 (Photo by Krista Langlois, courtesy of Kuskokwim River Inter-tribal Fish Commission)Refuge managers have been working closely with the Kuskokwim River Intertribal Fish Commission, which represents 33 tribes.
After Mass Shootings, Republicans Shield White Supremacists From Scrutiny
The bill would require federal agencies to document and report domestic terrorism threats, including white supremacists and neo-Nazis inside law enforcement agencies. Thanks to Trump and others on the far right, white supremacist ideologies such as “replacement theory” that motivated the Buffalo gunman are going mainstream among GOP voters. Like other Republicans, Roy argued the anti-terrorism bill would be used by the Biden administration to target right-wing activists. It’s no secret white supremacists and far right extremists have claimed far more lives with violent attacks in the U.S. than leftists. And Republicans rejected the focus on identifying white supremacists working in law enforcement.
Biden Administration Sues Alaska Over Opening of Fishing Areas Amid Shortages
When fish numbers are low, who gets to continue to harvest fish in rural Alaska? The Biden administration filed suit on May 17 against the Alaska Department of Fish and Game over fish openings on the Kuskokwim River during fish shortages. This latest tussle was prompted by the state ignoring federal authority on the Kuskokwim river, which passes through the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. Subsistence is vitally important to those villages, as it is to the economy of all of rural Alaska. For instance, in Akiak, a village of 400 on the Kuskokwim River, a dozen eggs cost $6.65 at the Kokarmiut general store.
US aligns with European Union against the UK on Northern Ireland Protocol
The Biden administration has come out strongly against Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government in the deepening row between the UK and European Union over the Northern Ireland Protocol. It was ostensibly designed to prevent the return of a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, a European Union (EU) member state. Vehicles at the port of Larne, Northern Ireland, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021. But there can be no connection between that and doing the right thing for Northern Ireland. The democratic and social aspirations of workers and youth in Northern Ireland, Catholic and Protestant, can only be realised through a politically conscious struggle for a united and socialist Ireland.
Wall Street-Funded Super PAC Plans to Spend $1 Million to Oust Tlaib in Primary
Politico reports Urban Empowerment Action PAC announced a new campaign to “elect solutions-oriented Democrats” to Congress. https://t.co/n7l23xLGqm — Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) May 27, 2022According to Politico, Sellers — the former South Carolina state lawmaker and failed lieutenant governor candidate who regularly appears on CNN as a political analyst — is fundraising for UEA PAC. That sweeping climate and social spending package has still not passed, in large part due to obstructionist right-wing members of Tlaib’s own party. “She represents all working-class people in her district and in her city.”Imagine spending $1 million to oust @RashidaTlaib instead of on organizing in Detroit to ensure Michigan goes blue. Shouldn’t you focus on holding the Dem majority?”This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license.
Uvalde picks up pieces as shifting accounts of attack trouble officials
Muñoz criticized the Texas Department of Public Safety for its shifting accounts of what occurred at the school on Tuesday, but he cautioned against drawing too many conclusions. He said he spoke on Saturday with Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw, and that the two men cried together. He confirmed that officers waited for nearly an hour in a hallway outside the locked classroom, where authorities say Salvador Rolando Ramos was shooting children and killing their teachers. AdvertisementHere in Uvalde, a seemingly endless schedule of funerals has been released, beginning Tuesday and stretching for nearly two weeks. One of the first will be for Amerie Jo Garza, one of the 19 children killed.
Harris, at funeral for Buffalo shooting victim, says America experiencing 'epidemic of hate'
Vice President Kamala Harris on Saturday spoke at the funeral of one of the 10 people killed by a gunman at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York – and said that the U.S. is experiencing an "epidemic of hate." Harris spoke at the funeral of Ruth Whitfield, who was one of the 10 killed when a gunman opened fire in a grocery store on May 14. Authorities have said that the gunman, who is White, chose the grocery store because it's in a predominantly Black neighborhood. "And I do believe that our nation right now is experiencing an epidemic of hate." Harris’ remarks comes as President Biden spoke at the University of Delaware and highlighted the shooting in Uvalde.
Ukrainians say they're badly outgunned by Russia in the battle for the Donbas
Wounded soldiers, many of them asleep, filled beds in crowded rooms. The facility is a primary treatment center for soldiers wounded on the northern Donbas front. Ukrainian soldiers say they don't have the right weaponsThe Donbas is an agricultural and industrial region. Traffic on the roads becomes almost exclusively Ukrainian military. The geography of the Donbas makes this an artillery war, and Ukrainian soldiers say right now they are badly outgunned.
More baby formula shipments arrive from overseas in an effort to ease the shortage
More baby formula shipments arrive from overseas in an effort to ease the shortageEnlarge this image toggle caption Jose Luis Magana/AP Jose Luis Magana/APThe U.S. will distribute another 1.25 million cans of baby formula in effort to replenish the country's dire supply in the coming weeks, the Food and Drug Administration says. That stock will bring the total imported supply of baby formula product to the equivalent of 30 million 8-ounce bottles, since the Biden administration began its effort to alleviate the national shortage. During the first week of May, the average out-of-stock rate for baby formula at retailers nationwide was 43%, according to data from Datasembly. "We will not rest until our shelves are replete with safe and nutritious infant formula." The imports are part of the Biden administration's program to expedite the delivery of infant formula from abroad to stores as the U.S. market faces a shortage.
Monkeypox symptoms and how to tell if you have it: what you need to know
Scattered outbreaks of monkeypox cases have been raising alarm, and there are plenty of questions about how people can protect themselves. What are the monkeypox symptoms to look out for? People who may have symptoms of monkeypox, or who reports contact with someone who has a confirmed or suspected case of monkeypox, should contact their healthcare provider. The U.S. has 1,000 doses of the Jynneos monkeypox vaccine in its national stockpile, and also has 100 million doses of the older smallpox vaccine, which could potentially be used. The original smallpox vaccine, ACAM2000, was shown to be about 85% effective in preventing monkeypox, although there were some serious side effects.
3rd Congressional District sees primaries on both sides
Randell Hynes and Susie Lee, Democratic candidates for Congressional District 1, 2022 primary. Clockwise from top left: April Becker, Clark Bossert, John Kovacs and Noah Malgeri, Republican candidates for Congressional District 3, 2022 primary. In the last Congress, the nonpartisan Lugar Center ranked Lee as the most bipartisan Nevada member of the House at No. With a background in solar energy, Hynes said he would push for continued development and installation of panels at residences and on public lands. In Nevada, Congressional District 3 has long been a “swing” district.
AP News Summary at 2:22 p.m. EDT
Police inaction moves to center of Uvalde shooting probeThe actions of a school district police chief and other law enforcement officers moved swiftly to the center of the investigation into this week’s shocking school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Weather's unwanted guest: Nasty La Nina keeps popping upLa Nina, the flip side of the better known El Nino weather condition, keeps popping up. La Nina is the natural but temporary cooling of parts of the Pacific that changes weather worldwide. For the U.S., La Nina is connected to more drought and fires out West, more Atlantic hurricanes and agricultural losses. In the late 20th century, La Nina hit 28% of the time.
In Uvalde, Biden will walk into a mix of grief, anger, political attacks and broken hearts
UVALDE, Texas – Again, for the second time in just two weeks, President Joe Biden will be the nation’s comforter-in-chief. But in Uvalde, Texas, where a teenage gunman slaughtered 19 children and two teachers on Tuesday, he will walk into a town not just in mourning, but a conservative area where many have already been angry with him over a range of issues.
Biden urges students to take up public service in college address
President Biden urged students at the University of Delaware not to lose hope in America and take up a life of public service. “We need all of you to get engaged in public life and the life of this nation,” Biden told graduates of the school in a commencement address. “There’s one message I hope you take from me today: This is no time to be on the sidelines. Biden also reflected on the shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas. REUTERS“Let’s be clear, evil came to that elementary school classroom in Texas and that grocery store in New York,” Biden said.
Opinion: School shootings could be prevented—3 essential reads on why we’ve suffered 137 of them just this year
As the graph below shows, the frequency of school shootings in the U.S. has increased dramatically over the past few years. School shootings are at a record highThe attack at Robb Elementary School was, according to the data, the 137th school shooting to take place in the U.S. so far this year. “ “School shootings are not inevitable. The two scholars contrast this local response to school shooting in the U.S. to the national legislative action taken in countries such as the U.K., Finland and Germany, concluding: “School shootings are not inevitable. The suspect in the Robb Elementary School reportedly bought his military-style rifles shortly after his 18th birthday.
WNBA players urge President Joe Biden to bring Brittney Griner home on 100th day of detainment
Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner has been wrongfully detained in Russia for 100 days. Prominent WNBA players and the WNBPA came together Saturday to urge those in power to get Griner back home. Story continuesSue Bird spoke about efforts to bring Griner home on J.J. Redick's podcast. Brittney Griner wrongfully detained in RussiaGriner has spent 100 days detained in Russia after the country allegedly found vape cartridges containing hashish oil in Griner's suitcase. President Biden and his staff declared Griner to be "wrongfully detained" May 3, prompting more action from those involved with the WNBA.
Elon Musk Asks Jeff Bezos to Choose Between Partying and Space
Musk and Bezos also seem concerned about growing homelessness in big cities like San Francisco and Seattle. And Musk seems to need this rivalry, a healthy rivalry in the conquest of space with Bezos in particular. But the advantage of this rivalry is positive for the conquest of space and Musk is aware of it. Starlink is well ahead of Project Kuiper currently, with more than 2,400 satellites already in orbit. Last month, NASA picked six satellite companies -- including Musk's SpaceX and Project Kuiper --- to develop space communication services in Earth orbit.
Progress to fight racism in Connecticut continues two years after the death of George Floyd; leaders and activists say we have a ways to go
Advertisement“The murder of George Floyd enlightened all of us into thinking more heavily, more deeply, more sincerely about the ways we are interacting with race,” says Mercy Quaye, founder and director of The Narrative Project. This is post uprising after the murder of George Floyd. The order comes on the second anniversary of George Floyd's death, and is focused on policing. “George Floyd’s death was not in vain,” Herrington says. “We will never lose the stain of what happened to George Floyd.
Justices to rule in gun case with US raw from mass shootings
Winkler predicted the recent shootings would not do anything to change the outcome in the guns case, where the court's conservative majority has been expected to strike down a New York gun law. "Pro-gun justices are pro-gun," he said, adding it is not likely that recent mass shootings have done anything to change that. The decisions in both the abortion and guns cases are expected to be released sometime in the next month before the justices take their summer break. The gun case the court is considering involves a New York law that makes it difficult for people to get a permit to carry a gun outside the home. No matter how the court decides the New York case, other gun rights disputes are already at or nearing the court.
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Police inaction moves to center of Uvalde shooting probeThe actions of a school district police chief and other law enforcement officers moved swiftly to the center of the investigation into this week’s shocking school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Weather's unwanted guest: Nasty La Nina keeps popping upLa Nina, the flip side of the better known El Nino weather condition, keeps popping up. La Nina is the natural but temporary cooling of parts of the Pacific that changes weather worldwide. For the U.S., La Nina is connected to more drought and fires out West, more Atlantic hurricanes and agricultural losses. In the late 20th century, La Nina hit 28% of the time.
Biden Is Running Out of Options to Tame Soaring Gasoline Prices
(Bloomberg) -- President Joe Biden has vowed to do everything in his power to fight record-setting gasoline and diesel prices, but he’s up against a stark reality: There are few options for taming the surge. Americans have already begun paring their driving in the face of gasoline prices that have set near-daily records for the last two weeks, but no one should expect Biden to encourage more of that conservation. Expand Summertime Sales of Higher-Ethanol GasolineThe Biden administration has already moved to allow wider summer sales of E15 gasoline that contains 15% ethanol by waiving it from fuel-volatility restrictions. Lower Biofuel-Blending MandatesThe Biden administration is under pressure to lower biofuel-blending quotas and exempt some refineries from them altogether. Tap US Emergency Fuel StockpilesThe Biden administration is considering withdrawing supplies from emergency stockpiles of fuel, going beyond raw crude reserves.
Ukraine pleads for weapons as Russian onslaught threatens to turn the tide
Ukrainian officials say they urgently need advanced US-made mobile multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) to halt Russian advances in Luhansk and Donetsk. Moscow, keenly aware of the game-changing potential of the rocket systems, has already voiced strong objections. But doubts remain about which weapons systems will be provided, and the timing of the US move. Despite the delay, he insisted it was “not too late” to send new weapons to Ukraine. Military support can reduce over time and probably the economic support will become more important as the fighting gradually subsides.”
Biden, Wasserman Schultz Secure Funds to Start Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir Project
Last year, the President provided $350 million in Everglades restoration funding, following it up with $1.1 billion more in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. His overall funding and this move to expedite the EAA Reservoir proves that.”President Biden included $265 million to build the EAA Reservoir foundation in Fiscal Year 2022. “We extend our appreciation to U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz for her unwavering support of Everglades restoration,” said Eric Eikenberg, CEO, The Everglades Foundation. “The EAA Reservoir project is the most consequential project for connecting all areas of the Everglades. His overall funding and this move to expedite the EAA Reservoir proves that.”President Biden included $265 million to build the EAA Reservoir foundation in Fiscal Year 2022.
Russia's blockade of Ukraine ports is further complicating dire baby formula shortages in the US by preventing exports of key ingredient
Parents around the country are struggling to feed their children amid the baby formula shortage. Ukraine is the world's top exporter of sunflower oil, a common ingredient in baby formula. Ukraine is the world's top exporter of sunflower oil, a common ingredient in baby formula. Together, Ukraine and Russia export around 75% of the world's sunflower oil. The administration also launched Operation Fly Formula, a global effort to import formula into the US.
'We are cowards if we don't act': Texas, Buffalo shootings shadow hearing for Biden's ATF nominee
"Politics has absolutely no place in law enforcement," Dettelbach said. As a nominee for the ATF post, the former federal prosecutor said he would leave such legislative policy efforts to state and federal lawmakers to decide. As with all prior nominees to the post, Dettelbach faces stiff resistance from the powerful gun lobby, led by the National Rifle Association, which led the opposition to Biden's first ATF nominee, David Chipman. "I’m concerned this administration is responding to demands to focus on the ATF’s regulatory responsibilities at the expense of its law enforcement duties," Grassley said Wednesday. The 18-year-old accused attacker in the Buffalo assault allegedly chose the supermarket because it was frequented by area Black residents.
How Tim Scott rose from poverty to become our only black GOP senator
CHARLESTON, South Carolina — Tim Scott knows the hassle that comes with being both black and conservative. Recently “The View” host Sunny Hostin said that being a black Republican is an oxymoron, and Scott, who is the only black Republican in the US senate, just shook his head. Despite having risen to become the most prominent elected black Republican in the country, Tim Scott has never forgotten where he came from. While Scott may be the only black Republican senator, he’s quick to remind critics that the Democrats have just two black senators. As for being the only black Republican in the US Senate, Scott deadpans, “Let’s not forget that the Democrats only have two black senators.
Hate crime battle is persistent challenge for Biden's administration
The massacre sent a defiant message to a ceremony meant to highlight the Biden administration’s fight against racist violence. After citing successful prosecutions in hate crime cases, Garland announced “noncriminal tools” to help prevent them. Hate crimes reported against Black people jumped 43 percent to 2,755. Yet at the same time more than 60 jurisdictions with populations over 100,000 reported zero hate crimes, a circumstance ADL finds “simply not credible.”AdvertisementJake Hyman, an ADL associate director of communications, complained by email about “the persistent lack of complete and reliable data about hate crimes in this country. Garland’s toolbox to combat hate crimes does not include restraining inflammatory speech by elected officials.
Biden to University of Delaware grads, 'We can't outlaw tragedy, but we can make America safer'
President Biden gave a commencement address Saturday at his alma mater, University of Delaware, for their 2022 graduation ceremony. Speaking about recent struggles in the U.S., Biden highlighted the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 children and two teachers were shot and killed by a lone gunman. UVALDE, TEXAS SCHOOL SHOOTING: 19 CHILDREN, 2 TEACHERS KILLED, SUSPECTED SHOOTER DEAD"In the face of such destructive forces we have to stand stronger. We must stand stronger," Biden told the audience. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"The progress in our country has always been met with ferocious pushback from the oldest and darkest forces in America always," Biden told the audience.
Biden to Delaware grads: 'Now it's your hour'
“There’s one message I hope you take from me today: This is no time to be on the sidelines,” he added. Biden, who graduated from the university in 1965 with a double major in history and political science, served as a senator in Delaware for more than 30 years before becoming vice president. It was his fifth commencement address at the university, where the school of public policy and administration bears his name. His sister, Valerie Biden Owens, and his wife, first lady Jill Biden, also graduated from the university. “It feels like coming home because this is home,” Biden said, reflecting that “Some of the best and most important years of my life were spent here.”
In Georgia, 2 Black candidates to compete for Senate seat
As she left an Atlanta polling site, Wyvonia Carter said her choice in what might be the most competitive Senate race this year was not particularly complicated. Black voters were crucial in helping Democrats secure those victories and will likely be decisive again this year. The issue is less about whether Walker will break the bond that Black voters have had with Democratic candidates. “In this race, Black Georgians will not have to contend with the race issue,” said Camilla Moore, chair of the Georgia Black Republican Council. More recently, South Carolina’s Tim Scott, the Senate’s only Black Republican, was unsuccessfully challenged in 2016 by Thomas Dixon, a North Charleston pastor.
John Legend wants to transform the criminal justice system, one DA at a time
He's also throwing his support behind a number of progressive prosecutors who are running on a promise to reform a criminal justice system that they say is outdated and that disproportionately punishes and over incarcerates people of color. Most progressive prosecutors, like the ones Legend is endorsing, support eliminating the death penalty, limiting prosecutions for low-level offenses and ending cash bail. In an interview with NPR's Juana Summers, Legend discusses progressive prosecutors, the criminal justice system and President Biden's approach to policing. Politically, many opponents of progressive prosecutors seek to draw a link between the policies of those prosecutors and rising crime rates. Focus on those areas, invest in those areas and not in a more punitive criminal legal system.
'We received feedback': The commercialization of Juneteenth backfires for big brands
Large corporations that initially sought to cash in on Juneteenth-themed items ahead of the new federal holiday on are now walking back their commercialization efforts after backlash on social media. "Juneteenth holiday marks a celebration of freedom and independence," the company said in a statement. "However, we received feedback that a few items caused concern for some of our customers and we sincerely apologize. On June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden signed a law that made Juneteenth a federal holiday. “Imagine how different the landscape would look if Juneteenth had been designated as a federal holiday after reparations had been paid,” he said.
Biden tells Delaware grads to step up, 'now it's your hour'
(AP) — President Joe Biden told graduates Saturday at his alma mater, the University of Delaware, that “now it's your hour,” as he encouraged young people in the United States to help the country live up to its ideals. Speaking to more than 6,000 graduates, and with the nation mourning victims of two mass shootings in as many weeks. He bemoaned a “crisis of faith” in U.S. institutions and he pressed graduates to work to bind up the country's wounds. It was his fifth commencement address at the university, where the school of public policy and administration bears his name. His sister, Valerie Biden Owens, and his wife, first lady Jill Biden, also graduated from the university.
AP News Summary at 12:33 p.m. EDT
Police inaction moves to center of Uvalde shooting probeThe actions of a school district police chief and other law enforcement officers moved swiftly to the center of the investigation into this week’s shocking school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Weather's unwanted guest: Nasty La Nina keeps popping upLa Nina, the flip side of the better known El Nino weather condition, keeps popping up. La Nina is the natural but temporary cooling of parts of the Pacific that changes weather worldwide. For the U.S., La Nina is connected to more drought and fires out West, more Atlantic hurricanes and agricultural losses. In the late 20th century, La Nina hit 28% of the time.
Second man pleads guilty in plot to bomb Democrats’ California headquarters
A California man has pleaded guilty to multiple offences as part of a plot to blow up the state Democratic Party’s headquarters in Sacramento after Joe Biden’s inauguration in January 2021. Referring to the date of Mr Biden’s inauguration, Mr Rogers wrote: “After the 20th we go to war”. Mr Rogers’s plea agreement includes an admission that he planned to use the weapons “against the property of those whose political views differed from his, including the Democratic Headquarters building in Sacramento”. And on 5 January 2021, the night before the US Capitol was violently attacked by a mob of Trump supporters, devices were left outside the Republican and Democratic headquarters in Washington DC. While a suspect was filmed on CCTV placing the viable devices, the FBI still has not announced any progress in identifying them.
When is the US dropping pre-departure tests for vaccinated travellers?
Pressure is mounting on the US to lift all COVID travel restrictions, with hundreds of travel organisations issuing a fresh plea to the government on 5 May. When will the US drop its pre-departure testing rule? ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents) recently dubbed the pre-departure test “the single biggest barrier” to travel’s recovery. The American Society of Travel Agents recently dubbed the pre-departure test “the single biggest barrier” to travel’s recovery. “Further, since the federal government does not require negative tests for entry at our land-border ports of entry with Canada and Mexico, it no longer makes sense to keep a pre-departure Covid testing requirement in place for vaccinated international air travellers to the US,” the letter adds.
N.J. man found guilty of felony obstruction of Congress in Jan. 6 riot
Hale-Cusanelli, 32, of Colts Neck, N.J., worked as a security guard and lived on the Naval Weapons Station Earle there. The trial focused on Hale-Cusanelli’s actions on Jan. 6 and his comments afterward to a roommate and federal investigators. He and his lawyer, Jonathan Crisp, mostly did not challenge the four misdemeanor counts: entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct in a restricted area, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, and parading or demonstrating in a Capitol building. His text messages before and after Jan. 6, declaring that Joe Biden had not been legally elected, used the n-word. Of the 15 felony sentences, the average prison term handed down has been about 30.6 months, according to Washington Post records.
Trump is trapped in the past, and it’s hurting him with GOP voters
Placeholder while article actions loadDonald Trump is trapped in the past and losing his grip on the Republican Party. He remains the dominant force within the GOP, and his ideas are widely mimicked by many GOP elected officials and candidates. But the longer Trump clings to his big lie about 2020, the wearier many Republicans could become with the politics of the past. Trump prodded GOP leaders in the state assembly to launch something akin to the flawed review of the ballots in Arizona. AdvertisementA few days after the state GOP convention, divisions within the GOP over Trump’s lies surfaced again.
'It’s too much violence': Joe Biden addresses shootings in Buffalo and Texas during commencement speech
President Joe Biden called on Americans to "stand stronger" to make the nation safer while addressing the mass shootings in New York and Texas that killed 31 people combined. Biden made the remarks Saturday morning during a commencement speech at his alma mater, the University of Delaware. "And now, tomorrow I'll be heading to Uvalde, Texas to meet with each of those families," Biden said. ... We have to stand stronger, we must stand stronger. During their visit Sunday to Uvalde, they will speak with community and religious leaders as well as the families of victims.
As Colorado wildfire season heats up, low pay and slow reforms could spell staffing trouble for federal firefighting efforts
CPR News spoke to four U.S. Forest Service employees like Johnson who say low pay and other labor problems are the main reason for the staffing shortages. To slow turnover, President Joe Biden in 2021 announced one-time bonuses and raises to ensure federal firefighters made at least $15 an hour. The Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management declined CPR News’ interview requests. Officials with the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control did not respond to emailed questions about how the shortage of federal firefighters could affect the state’s firefighting response. Colorado’s wildfire season is now 78 days longer than it was in the 1970s, state fire experts say.
Russia takes small cities, aims to widen east Ukraine battle
It wasUkraine’s train system has ferried arms and evacuated citizens through Lyman, a key railway hub in the country’s east. Zelenskyy called the situation in the east “difficult” but expressed confidence his country would prevail with help from Western weapons and sanctions. She cried as she sat on a train bound for western Ukraine. A nearly three-month siege of Mariupol ended last week when Russia claimed complete control of the city. Russian state news agency Tass reported that a vessel bound for the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don entered Mariupol’s seaport early Saturday.
Will Connecticut offshore wind jobs be union jobs? Here’s what the US Energy secretary says.
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — The growing offshore wind industry is often touted as a boon for job creation, but who will do the work? Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm visited the New London State Pier facility last week to see how Orsted, energy provider Eversource and the state of Connecticut are transforming it into a hub for the offshore wind industry. It sets the terms and conditions for union workers to build offshore wind farms, with targets to ensure a diverse workforce. “We know it’s new and there’s a lot coming.”The first U.S. offshore wind farm began operating off Block Island, Rhode Island, in late 2016. Its transmission system will connect to the electric grid on Long Island, New York, making it the state’s first offshore wind farm and jumpstarting the offshore wind industry there.
Slow police response may have delayed treatment for injured students in Texas elementary school massacre: Live updates
Officials on Friday acknowledged a catastrophic failure by law enforcement to not immediately enter the classroom amid a gunman's massacre of 19 students and two teachers at a Texas elementary school this week. TIMELINE:How Texas elementary school shooting, deadliest since Sandy Hook, unfoldedFormer Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo told the LA Times that critically injured people should typically receive care within an hour before the risk of mortality increases. “Let's be clear: Evil came to that elementary school classroom in Texas. 12:19 p.m.: A call came in from a student who said they were in Room 111, who hung up after another student told the caller to do so. WARNING SIGNS TO LOOK FOR:Eight warnings behaviors of a potential mass shooterStudents who survived Texas school attack describe sceneA young survivor of the massacre at a Texas elementary school said she covered herself with a friend’s blood and pretended to be dead while she waited for help to arrive.
Joe Biden nominates 3 men to be U.S. marshals in Georgia
ATLANTA (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday nominated police chiefs in Savannah and Perry and a former DeKalb County sheriff to serve as U.S. marshals in Georgia's three federal court districts. Marshals Service in their districts, including protecting courts, transporting prisoners, pursuing fugitives and serving federal arrest warrants. Savannah Police Chief Roy Minter Jr., who has led that department since 2018, would be the marshal for the Southern District of Georgia. It includes 43 counties with courthouses in Savannah, Augusta, Brunswick, Dublin, Statesboro and Waycross. Perry Police Chief Steve Lynn would be the marshal for the Middle District of Georgia.
A Supreme Court justice’s solution to gun violence: Repeal Second Amendment
In a March 27, 2018, New York Times op-ed, Stevens praised the protesters and their call for stricter gun control laws. Urging a politically impossible effort just strengthens opponents of achievable reform.”Tribe expanded on his argument in a Washington Post op-ed, headlined “The Second Amendment isn’t the problem.” “The NRA’s strongest rallying cry has been: ‘They’re coming for our beloved Second Amendment,’” he wrote. Republican President Gerald Ford nominated Stevens to the court in 1975, at a time when Supreme Court nominations were not as politicized as they are today. And America is going to reel from one mass murder to another unless the Second Amendment is repealed or the Supreme Court drastically reduces its scope.”“As a starting point,” he added, “Democrats should drop the mealy-mouthed formulation, ‘Nobody supports the Second Amendment more than I do, but still. Just last month, President Biden declared, “I support the Second Amendment,” although he said that didn’t mean people could get any gun they wanted.
Kamala Harris to attend final funeral for Buffalo shooting victims
The last funeral for victims of a gunman’s racist attack on a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, two weeks ago will take place on Saturday afternoon as the oldest person to die in the mass shooting is laid to rest. The vice-president, Kamala Harris, and second gentleman, Doug Emhoff, will attend and the civil rights activist Al Sharpton is expected to deliver the eulogy at the service at Mount Olive Baptist church in Buffalo. She had been visiting her husband of 68 years in a nearby nursing home on that Saturday, 14 May. Whitfield was the mother of the former Buffalo fire commissioner Garnell Whitfield. After a long delay as law enforcement hesitated, the gunman was shot dead by a federal agent.
Bailout planned for British microchip giant as China deal comes under scrutiny
A US-backed consortium preparing to make an offer for Newport Wafer Fab has held talks with the £1bn Automotive Transformation Fund (ATF) about supporting high-tech research at the Newport Wafer Fab facility in South Wales. Nexperia, which is 100pc owned by the Chinese technology company Wingtech, acquired Newport Wafer Fab for £63m last year. The plant fell into financial trouble during the pandemic, allowing Netherlands-based Nexperia, which owned 14pc of Newport Wafer Fab, to exercise an option to buy it. One source said this could include former members of Newport Wafer Fab’s management team. Mr Constance declined to comment on any potential funding, but said the fund was interested in funding gallium nitride and silicon carbide projects.
California man pleads guilty to plotting to FIREBOMB Democratic HQ after Trump's election loss
A California man has pleaded guilty to plotting to firebomb Democratic headquarters following Donald Trump's election loss. On Friday, 46-year-old Napa resident Ian Benjamin Rogers pleaded guilty to conspiring to destroy a building by fire or explosives, possessing an explosive device and possessing a machine gun under a plea agreement. In a different message he said that after Democratic President Joe Biden was inaugurated, 'we go to war.' Their first planned target was the John L. Burton Democratic Headquarters in Sacramento, prosecutors said. The card says 'Trumps Everything' and has the number of '0045' repeated four times like a credit card number, a nod to Trump being the 45th president.
How Gen X Became the Trumpiest Generation
The popular image of Generation X has never quite fit in within any easy political framing. Now, though, there is no confusion: Generation X is safely Republican. In a poll released in late April by Marist/NPR that separated voters by generation, Generation X had the highest level of disapproval for Biden and were the generation most likely to say they would vote for a Republican candidate in the midterms if they were held that day. While voters have historically tended to be more conservative as they age, that has accelerated with Generation X. In fact, Tom Bonier, the CEO of TargetSmart, a Democratic data firm, told me that Generation X has now become the most conservative generation, surpassing the Boomers in their rightward tilt.
Kellyanne Conway says the 2020 Trump campaign's China-centric 'Beijing Biden' attacks were 'foolish'
Kellyanne Conway in her new book says the GOP's "Beijing Biden" attacks didn't connect with voters. Conway described Trump's 2020 presidential reelection effort as "more solipsistic than scrappy." Biden during his presidency has received pushback from China for his posture regarding Taiwan. While campaigning for reelection in Ohio weeks before the November general election, Trump warned that Biden's ascent to the White House would halt gains in the manufacturing sector. "Put simply, if Biden wins, China wins," Trump said at the time, per The Associated Press.
A Supreme Court justice’s solution to gun violence: Repeal Second Amendment
In a March 27, 2018, New York Times op-ed, Stevens praised the protesters and their call for stricter gun control laws. Urging a politically impossible effort just strengthens opponents of achievable reform.”Tribe expanded on his argument in a Washington Post op-ed, headlined “The Second Amendment isn’t the problem.” “The NRA’s strongest rallying cry has been: ‘They’re coming for our beloved Second Amendment,’” he wrote. “Not sensible gun control. And America is going to reel from one mass murder to another unless the Second Amendment is repealed or the Supreme Court drastically reduces its scope.”“As a starting point,” he added, “Democrats should drop the mealy-mouthed formulation, ‘Nobody supports the Second Amendment more than I do, but still. Just last month, President Biden declared, “I support the Second Amendment,” although he said that didn’t mean people could get any gun they wanted.
Weekly Roundup
Those higher interest rates are continuing to weigh on the weekly MBA Mortgage Applications Index, with the latest data showing the unadjusted Purchase Index falling 16% year-over-year for the week ending May 20. This week the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas in the U.S. reached $4.60 according to AAA. Looking at the IBB iShares biotech ETF (IBB) , the weekly chart shows these stocks are starting to recover. Viewed from a different perspective, 28%-30% of Cboe's revenue stream is from recurring non-transaction revenue that includes proprietary market data as well as access and capacity fees. Data Center revenue climbed 83% YoY to $3.75 billion while Gaming revenue rose 31% YoY to $3.62 billion.
Russia takes small cities, aims to widen east Ukraine battle
Lyman, which had a population of about 20,000 before Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, serves as a regional railway hub. Ukraine’s train system has ferried arms and evacuated citizens during the war, and controlling the city would give Russian troops another foothold for advancing on larger Ukrainian-held cities. During the 80-minute call, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron urged an immediate cease-fire and a withdrawal of Russian troops, according to the chancellor’s spokesperson. Russian state news agency Tass reported that a vessel bound for the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don entered Mariupol’s seaport early Saturday. ___Follow AP’s coverage of the Ukraine war at https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine
Russia takes small cities, aims to widen east Ukraine battle
AdvertisementLyman, which had a population of about 20,000 before Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, serves as a regional railway hub. Ukraine’s train system has ferried arms and evacuated citizens during the war, and controlling the city would give Russian troops another foothold for advancing on larger Ukrainian-held cities. AdvertisementDuring the 80-minute call, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron urged an immediate cease-fire and a withdrawal of Russian troops, according to the chancellor’s spokesperson. On Tuesday, Russian troops took over Svitlodarsk, a small municipality that hosts a thermal power station, while intensifying efforts to encircle and capture the larger city of Sievierodonetsk. Russian state news agency Tass reported that a vessel bound for the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don entered Mariupol’s seaport early Saturday.
Russia takes small cities, aims to widen east Ukraine battle
AdvertisementLyman, which had a population of about 20,000 before Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, serves as a regional railway hub. Ukraine’s train system has ferried arms and evacuated citizens during the war, and controlling the city would give Russian troops another foothold for advancing on larger Ukrainian-held cities. AdvertisementDuring the 80-minute call, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron urged an immediate cease-fire and a withdrawal of Russian troops, according to the chancellor’s spokesperson. On Tuesday, Russian troops took over Svitlodarsk, a small municipality that hosts a thermal power station, while intensifying efforts to encircle and capture the larger city of Sievierodonetsk. Russian state news agency Tass reported that a vessel bound for the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don entered Mariupol’s seaport early Saturday.
Russia takes small cities, aims to widen east Ukraine battle
AdvertisementLyman, which had a population of about 20,000 before Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, serves as a regional railway hub. Ukraine’s train system has ferried arms and evacuated citizens during the war, and controlling the city would give Russian troops another foothold for advancing on larger Ukrainian-held cities. AdvertisementDuring the 80-minute call, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron urged an immediate cease-fire and a withdrawal of Russian troops, according to the chancellor’s spokesperson. On Tuesday, Russian troops took over Svitlodarsk, a small municipality that hosts a thermal power station, while intensifying efforts to encircle and capture the larger city of Sievierodonetsk. Russian state news agency Tass reported that a vessel bound for the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don entered Mariupol’s seaport early Saturday.
Which president did the best job with inflation?
Buzz: “Which president did the best job with inflation?” It’s not a simple question to answer. ToplinePresident Joe Biden has seen inflation average 6.5% in the last 12 months vs. 1.3% in 2020 before he was elected. Global tensions and economic mismanagement meshed to create 10.2% average inflation — the highest in this post-WWII history. Inflation averaged 2.6% inflation — No. Inflation averaged 2.2% inflation — the third-lowest of the 10.
In Georgia, 2 Black candidates to compete for Senate seat
As she left an Atlanta polling site, Wyvonia Carter said her choice in what might be the most competitive Senate race this year was not particularly complicated. Black voters were crucial in helping Democrats secure those victories and will likely be decisive again this year. The issue is less about whether Walker will break the bond that Black voters have had with Democratic candidates. “In this race, Black Georgians will not have to contend with the race issue,” said Camilla Moore, chair of the Georgia Black Republican Council. More recently, South Carolina's Tim Scott, the Senate's only Black Republican, was unsuccessfully challenged in 2016 by Thomas Dixon, a North Charleston pastor.
The conspiracy theory convention
The conspiracy theory convention Presented byDonald Trump doubled down on gun rights at the NRA’s meeting Friday — at a politically precarious moment that gun rights supporters won’t forget. But in recent years, the explosion of conspiracy theories on the right have changed that expectation. Then, there’s the man who might challenge him for the presidency in 2024: former president DONALD TRUMP, who doubled down on gun rights at the NRA’s meeting Friday — at a politically precarious moment that gun rights supporters won’t forget. CNN “State of the Union”: Texas state Sen. Roland Gutierrez … Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) … Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) … Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.). MSNBC “The Sunday Show”: David Hogg … Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) … Michigan state Sen. Mallory McMorrow … Marc Morial … Robin DiAngelo … Tim Wise … Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.).
Russia takes small cities, aims to widen east Ukraine battle
Lyman, which had a population of about 20,000 before Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, serves as a regional railway hub. Since failing to occupy Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, Russia has concentrated on seizing the last parts of the region not controlled by the separatists. Before the war, Sievierodonetsk was home to around 100,000 people. Russian state news agency Tass reported that a vessel bound for the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don entered Mariupol’s seaport early Saturday. Moscow and Kyiv have traded blame over which is responsible for keeping shipments tied up, with Russia saying Ukrainian sea mines prevented safe passage.
Opinion: Inflation has been pummeling the middle class for decades, but the out-of-touch CPI masks this reality
Perhaps “fake” is too strong a term to describe the data-driven consumer price index (CPI), which serves as the U.S. government’s proxy for inflation. But the narrative the CPI has long burnished—namely that, since 2000, ordinary expenses have been fairly manageable amid rising wages—is entirely debunked by new research. But, as a study done by the Ludwig Institute for Shared Economic Prosperity (LISEP) reveals, that’s no longer true. So the CPI’s heavy weighting of those luxury goods divorces it from the inflationary reality it purports to track. Bad statistics have shrouded a worrisome economic reality that affects not only the poor and working class, but those earning median incomes as well.
Gas prices have hit record highs but don't expect Biden to lower them: 'They already used their biggest bullet'
President Biden; gas prices in San Francisco, California on May 20, 2022 Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images; Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesPresident Biden is scrambling to lower gas prices ahead of the midterm elections, but he has few tools to do so. US gas prices have hit records, and the strategic petroleum release won't be able to bring them down. Gas prices have blown past record after record in recent weeks. "They already used their biggest bullet [with the strategic petroleum release]," Smith said. "Biden can't really control global oil prices even though they've given it their best shot with the strategic petroleum release," Smith said.
Essential California Week in Review: California vs. Texas on the issue of gun control
Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. Newsletter The stories shaping California Get up to speed with our Essential California newsletter, sent six days a week. Here’s a look at the top stories of the last weekFoes of gun control quickly said after Tuesday’s school shooting in Texas that gun legislation wouldn’t stop such tragedies. Since then, California repeatedly has tightened its gun laws, while Florida and Texas have moved in the opposite direction. The DMV won’t say.
Russia takes small cities, aims to widen east Ukraine battle
KRAMATORSK, Ukraine — Russia asserted Saturday that its troops and separatist fighters had captured a key railway junction in eastern Ukraine, the second small city to fall to Moscow's forces this week as they fought to seize all of the country's contested Donbas region. Lyman, which had a population of about 20,000 before Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, serves as a regional railway hub. Before the war, Sievierodonetsk was home to around 100,000 people. Russian state news agency Tass reported that a vessel bound for the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don entered Mariupol’s seaport early Saturday. Moscow and Kyiv have traded blame over which is responsible for keeping shipments tied up, with Russia saying Ukrainian sea mines prevented safe passage.
Guilty plea in plot to firebomb California Democratic HQ
Don ThompsonAssociated PressSacramento, Calif. – A California man pleaded guilty Friday to plotting to blow up the state Democratic Party’s headquarters in what prosecutors said was the first in a planned series of politically-motivated attacks after the defeat of former President Donald Trump. Ian Benjamin Rogers, 46, of Napa, pleaded guilty to conspiring to destroy a building by fire or explosives, possessing an explosive device and possessing a machine gun under a plea agreement that could bring him seven to nine years in federal prison. The pair “hoped their attacks would prompt a movement,” prosecutors said when they announced the charges in July. Copeland, 38, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy and destruction of records. He was taken into custody then on state charges after the FBI said he sent text messages that agents perceived as threats against the unoccupied Governor’s Mansion and social media companies Facebook and Twitter.
Russia takes small cities, aims to widen east Ukraine battle
Lyman, which had a population of about 20,000 before Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, serves as a regional railway hub. Before the war, Sievierodonetsk was home to around 100,000 people. Russian state news agency Tass reported that a vessel bound for the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don entered Mariupol’s seaport early Saturday. Moscow and Kyiv have traded blame over which is responsible for keeping shipments tied up, with Russia saying Ukrainian sea mines prevented safe passage. ___Follow AP’s coverage of the Ukraine war at https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine
Meet the Reclusive Software Billionaire Attacking Elon Musk
“Trillion-Dollar Ponzi Scheme.”“Deep Flaws.”“Unsafe.”The television ads for Dan O’Dowd, a software billionaire running as a Democrat for Senate in California, are not your typical campaign spots. “The software that drives cars that are going to have millions of people depending on it should be our best software, the most carefully designed and tested software,” he said. Musk enters the arenaFor Democrats, Elon Musk, Tesla’s founder, makes for an inviting political quarry. “We don’t make self-driving cars,” he said, adding that some car companies were using its software in certain low-level components. The post Meet the Reclusive Software Billionaire Attacking Elon Musk appeared first on New York Times.
Trump’s Primary Losses Puncture His Invincibility
But there has been a less visible sign of slippage: Mr. Trump’s vaunted digital fund-raising machine has begun to slow. Those close to Mr. Trump — and even Republicans who aren’t — caution against misreading the significance of primary losses in which he himself was not on the ballot. Most of Mr. Trump’s advisers believe he should wait until after the midterm elections to announce a candidacy. “He’s so polarizing,” Ms. Fickes said of Mr. Trump, “and that’s the problem.”Rachel Shorey contributed reporting. The post Trump’s Primary Losses Puncture His Invincibility appeared first on New York Times.
Jeff Bezos and girlfriend Lauren Sanchez look loved up as they attend commencement ceremony at MIT
AdvertisementBillionaire Jeff Bezos was spotted getting cozy with his girlfriend at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) commencement ceremony. Bezos and the TV personality took to a hotel room together just hours after his then-wife, Mackenzie Scott, left town. Preston, now 22, may have been a graduate at Friday's ceremony, however DailyMail.com was unable to confirm his enrollment at MIT. Billionaire Jeff Bezos was spotted getting cozy with his girlfriend TV personality Lauren Sanchez at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology commencement ceremony on FridayThe Amazon founder and TV personality Lauren Sanchez were smiling, laughing and shared a few cheek kisses while attending the festivitiesBezos smiles at Sanchez who appears to be laughing during the commencement festivitiesSporting formal attire, Bezos and Sanchez attended MIT's first in-person commencement ceremony in three years on Friday. Bezos, wearing a grey suit, purple tie and sunglasses, was seated next to his mistress-turned-girlfriend during the ceremony.
From a Gun-Free Bubble, NRA Demands ‘More Guns’ To Limit Mass Shootings
HOUSTON—The biggest names of the National Rifle Association’s annual gun show wouldn’t take the stage until mid-afternoon on Friday. Large poster boards warned attendees that firearms, ammunition, knives and “weapons of any kind” were prohibited inside the convention arena. The irony that a common-sense gun restriction was creating a firearms-free bubble inside the belly of the NRA convention was glaring, but attendees and speakers alike seemed blinded to it completely. The General Assembly arena was set up like a concert, with NRA VIPs crowding the stage in the pit. “Now is when we double down.”By the time the emotionally crippled former president took the stage, the staged attempts at grief were descending into farce.
Opinion | Let’s focus more on why people kill than what they use to do it
And those increasingly viewed as the moral leaders of our nation — professional athletes and coaches, entertainers and talk show hosts — chimed in to rip Republicans and insist on more gun legislation. AdvertisementBiden pondered why massacres are more prevalent in the United States than in other countries that also have “people who are lost” and suffer from mental illness. In fact, the notion that gun violence happens disproportionately here is misleading. Anyone who worries about gun violence in the United States should be equally concerned that we have the highest drug death rate in the world, since drugs and gun violence go hand in hand. Crafting new gun restrictions, difficult as that might be, is easier than delving into the truth that our gun violence problem has its roots in a people violence problem.
After Uvalde and Buffalo, even Republicans seem to know something has to change - The Washington Post
The dead bodies this time — from a grocery store and an elementary school — were mostly children and the elderly. Next: An 18-year-old killed 21 people, 19 children and two teachers, at an elementary school in Uvalde, Tex. AdvertisementIf my reading of social media is correct, public outrage seems finally to have reached a crescendo that might lead to change. One can stand the sight of only so many dead children. Since the first K-12 school mass shooting in Stockton, Calif., in 1989, we’ve had front-row seats to 13 more massacres.
Gas prices won't affect Memorial Day weekend travel plans, Americans say
Most Americans who spoke with Fox News said they wouldn't change their Memorial Day weekend plans despite record-high gas prices impacting their budgets. "We’re only going down for Memorial Day itself," she said of her planned visit to the Jersey Shore. "The rest of the weekend we're staying around because the gas prices are making us stay home." HIGH GAS PRICES WON'T DETER MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND TRAVEL, AAA EXEC SAYS"Spending extra money anywhere else is pretty much not gonna happen," Kathy continued. THIS IS HOW MUCH YOUR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND ROAD TRIP WILL COST WITH RECORD HIGH GAS PRICESTravelers told Fox News they felt strain from high gas prices, but wouldn't let them ruin their plans.
President Joe Biden says young people need these 3 leadership skills to change the world
President Joe Biden sees a silver lining to that, especially for recent college graduates. "You faced added challenges to maintain a sense of mission and community and purpose when a global pandemic forced ... literally everything to change," Biden said. In addition to adaptability, Biden highlighted respect and inclusivity as important leadership traits for young people to lean into, arguing that they're especially valuable right now because the world is realigning. But the leadership skills they've already learned, even unknowingly, could give them a better capacity to ultimately change the world for the better in the coming years. "No generation of graduates gets to pick what world they're ... going to graduate into," Biden said.
NRA Speakers Unshaken On Gun Rights After School Massacre
(AP Photo/Michael Wyke) Michael Wyke via APThe meeting was the first for the troubled organization since 2019, following a two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Once among the most powerful political organizations in the country, the NRA has seen its influence wane following a significant drop in political spending. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke) Michael Wyke via APTrump accused Democrats of trying to exploit the tragedy and demonizing gun owners. Outside the convention hall, protesters gathered in a park where police set up metal barriers — some holding crosses with photos of the Uvalde shooting victims. Samuel Thornburg, 43, a maintenance worker for Southwest Airlines in Houston who was attending the NRA meeting, said: “Guns are not evil.
Athens calls Iran’s seizure of two Greek oil tankers ‘piracy’
Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard said on Friday that Iranian forces "seized two Greek tankers for violations in Gulf waters," according to a statement quoted by Iranian state news agency IRNA. The Greek ministry called for the immediate release of the vessels and their crews, saying the “acts effectively amount to acts of piracy,” according to a statement. The ministry warned that the seizure would have “particularly negative consequences” in the bilateral relations between Greece and Iran and on Iran’s relations with the European Union. The two Greek tankers were seized on Friday. “A similar incident was reported on another Greek-flagged ship, carrying seven Greek citizens, off the Iranian coast,” the ministry added.
In Georgia, 2 Black candidates to compete for Senate seat
As she left an Atlanta polling site, Wyvonia Carter said her choice in what might be the most competitive Senate race this year was not particularly complicated. Black voters were crucial in helping Democrats secure those victories and will likely be decisive again this year. The issue is less about whether Walker will break the bond that Black voters have had with Democratic candidates. “In this race, Black Georgians will not have to contend with the race issue,” said Camilla Moore, chair of the Georgia Black Republican Council. More recently, South Carolina’s Tim Scott, the Senate’s only Black Republican, was unsuccessfully challenged in 2016 by Thomas Dixon, a North Charleston pastor.
Russia takes small cities, aims to widen east Ukraine battle
Lyman, which had a population of about 20,000 before Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, serves as a regional railway hub. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy reiterated that the situation in the east was “difficult” but expressed confidence his country would prevail. Before the war, Sievierodonetsk was home to around 100,000 people. Russian state news agency Tass reported that a vessel bound for the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don entered Mariupol’s seaport early Saturday. ___Follow AP’s coverage of the Ukraine war at https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine
Russia takes small cities, aims to widen east Ukraine battle
(AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)KRAMATORSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russia asserted Saturday that its troops and separatist fighters had captured a key railway junction in eastern Ukraine, the second small city to fall to Moscow’s forces this week as they fought to seize all of the country’s contested Donbas region. Lyman, which had a population of about 20,000 before Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, serves as a regional railway hub. Before the war, Sievierodonetsk was home to around 100,000 people. Russian state news agency Tass reported that a vessel bound for the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don entered Mariupol’s seaport early Saturday. ___Follow AP’s coverage of the Ukraine war at https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine
Monkeypox cases drove up stock prices for these companies on Monday
Growing concern about the emergence of monkeypox in Europe and the U.S. has sent shares soaring for several vaccine and drug companies. Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc. INO, +13.71% , which recently scrapped plans for its COVID-19 vaccine and let go of its CEO. Back in 2010 the company said it had put an experimental smallpox vaccine in a preclinical study evaluating its efficacy against monkeypox. The company has a MVA vaccine for smallpox and monkeypox that is called Jynneos, Imvamune, or Imvanex. The U.S. has already stockpiled smallpox vaccines, which can protect against monkeypox, to vaccinate the entire population of the U.S., according to Raymond James analysts.
How does the big change coming to 401(k)s impact my retirement plans? Here's what you need to know about the accounts vs. Roth IRAs
Understanding 401(k) plansA 401(k) is a retirement savings vehicle that's offered by employers. How a Roth IRA is differentA Roth IRA individual retirement account is similar to a 401(k), though with the taxes flipped. Wealthy people have long used a loophole called the backdoor Roth IRA, contributing unlimited after-tax dollars into traditional IRAs or 401(k)s, then converting to a Roth IRA for tax-free withdrawals in retirement. Your expected retirement income tax bracket. And if you have more to invest, you could consider a backdoor Roth IRA conversion.
Russia takes small cities, aims to widen battle in eastern Ukraine
Lyman, which had a population of about 20,000 before Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, serves as a regional railway hub. Since failing to occupy Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, Russia has concentrated on seizing the last parts of the region not controlled by the separatists. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky reiterated that the situation in the east was “difficult” but expressed confidence his country would prevail. Before the war, Sievierodonetsk was home to around 100,000 people. Russian state news agency Tass reported that a vessel bound for the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don entered Mariupol’s seaport early Saturday.
Can Border Patrol’s pattern of mistreating migrants without recourse be reversed?
But within minutes, as the vehicle drove along a Nogales street, she heard sirens from a U.S. Border Patrol vehicle. In 2021, 23 people were killed in Border Patrol vehicle pursuits of migrants, including high-speed chases, up from two in 2019, according to ACLU data. “I returned to Mexico without making a statement.”Members of the Border Patrol Victims Network, a group that seeks an end to what it calls a “culture of violence and impunity” within the Border Patrol, during a demonstration in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, on June 24, 2020. A long fight for accountabilityAs recently as last November, CBP defended Border Patrol’s Critical Incident Teams that responded to García Alcántara’s shooting. In the meantime, she is still waiting to learn whether the Border Patrol agent who shot her received any discipline.
Russia takes small cities, aims to widen east Ukraine battle
Lyman, which had a population of about 20,000 before Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, serves as a regional railway hub. Since failing to occupy Kyiv, Ukraine's capital, Russia has concentrated on seizing the last parts of the region not controlled by the separatists. Before the war, Sievierodonetsk was home to around 100,000 people. Russian state news agency Tass reported that a vessel bound for the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don entered Mariupol’s seaport early Saturday. Follow AP's coverage of the Ukraine war at https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine
When I found out about the brain tumour that would kill me, I faced my worst fears – but I chose to take it on
I felt good, safe and happy in the company of these friends whom I never see enough. The tumour was about 3mm in diameter and situated near the surface of the brain. “The pathology report found that your tumour is a glioblastoma.”I knew it, I knew it, I knew it, I knew it. So, despite all the cutting-edge and eye-wateringly expensive treatment I’m receiving, courtesy of a good American healthcare plan and a wonderful team of doctors, I’m greedy for more. I have no problem talking about my disease and little problem talking about my life ending early because of it.
Meet the 25-year-old gun violence prevention advocate who could become the first Gen Z member of Congress
25-year-old Maxwell Alejandro Frost could become the first Gen Z member of Congress. A gun violence prevention advocate, he's running for Congress in Orlando with the backing of top progressives. "Just last week, I was at a vigil for the Buffalo shooting," Frost told Insider in a phone interview on Friday. In 2016, he survived a close brush with gun violence himself at a Halloween event in downtown Orlando when two men nearby got into a shooting match with one another. Now, he stands a very good chance of becoming Congress's newest, most prominent gun violence prevention advocate.
Matthew McConaughey: “We Must Do Better” After School Shooting in His Hometown of Uvalde
“Once again, we have tragically proven that we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us,” he began. “This is an epidemic we can control,” he wrote, “and whichever side of the aisle we may stand on, we all know we can do better. Texas Governor Greg Abbott identified the shooter as Salvador Ramos, an 18-year-old who lived in Uvalde. As a nation we have to ask, when in God's name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? When in God's name we will do what we all know in our gut needs to be done?”
“There Has to Be a Line”: Substack’s Founders Dive Headfirst Into the Culture Wars
One day last June, Patti Smith opened her laptop, typed a brief message to the thousands of readers of her Substack newsletter, and hit Send. Four months after discovering Anderson through her Substack, Smith stood onstage with him in the darkness of Glasgow’s Theatre Royal. More recently, the company has found itself on the front lines of the culture wars. In addition to her serialized memoir and other miscellaneous writings, Smith uses Substack for audio messages, poetry readings, and photography. “It wasn’t smooth sailing,” McKenzie told me.
Meghan Markle Pays Tribute To The Victims Of The Uvalde Shooting
Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, travelled to the town of Uvalde in Texas to pay tribute to the 19 children and two teachers killed during the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School this week. The attack was the deadliest shooting at an American school since Sandy Hook in 2012, marking a grim new chapter in the ongoing fight for stricter US gun control laws. (President Biden is expected to arrive in Uvalde, which sits 80 miles southwest of San Antonio, in the coming days.) According to The Telegraph, Markle also paid a quiet visit to the Herby Ham Activity Center to support a blood drive taking place there, providing snacks and drinks for donors. Whether all this can turn the dial towards action on a national level remains to be seen.
On the Anniversary of George Floyd’s Death, Biden Is Set to Sign an Order on Police Reform
On Wednesday, May 25, two years after the killing of unarmed Black father George Floyd by Minneapolis ex-policeman Derek Chauvin, President Joe Biden is expected to issue an executive order aimed at reforming police departments across the country. Relatives of Floyd and Taylor are expected to attend the signing ceremony, along with the families of others killed by police. As of now, there exists no national registry of police officers fired or resigned for misconduct. The legislation that Biden is expected to sign on Wednesday would correct that problem, along with restricting the transfer of most military equipment to police. The executive order would also require the activation of body-worn cameras during arrests and searches, ideally leading to increased transparency in police encounters with civilians.
Meghan Markle Pays Tribute to the Victims of the Uvalde Shooting
Earlier today, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, traveled to the town of Uvalde in Texas to pay tribute to the 19 children and two teachers killed during the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday. The attack was the deadliest shooting at an American school since Sandy Hook in 2012, marking a grim new chapter in the ongoing fight for stricter U.S. gun control laws. (President Biden is expected to arrive in Uvalde, which sits 80 miles southwest of San Antonio, in the coming days.) According to The Telegraph, Markle also paid a quiet visit to the Herby Ham Activity Center to support a blood drive taking place there, providing snacks and drinks for donors. Whether all this can turn the dial towards action on a national level remains to be seen.
Anna Duggar: Is She Finally Considering Divorcing Josh?
It's been five months since Josh Duggar was convicted on child pornography charges. Of course, he's not the only one whose future is uncertain but decidedly bleak ...Josh's wife, Anna Duggar, gave birth to her seventh child just weeks before he was convicted. “Anna is a shell of a woman at the moment, but she is choosing to stay with Josh. So because of that they have told friends that they will financially support Anna and the kids." Anna and her children will presumably live on the Duggar family's property for the entirety of Josh's sentence.
Jenna Bush Hager - a former teacher - shares heartbreaking message about Texas shooting
Jenna Bush Hager - a former teacher - shares heartbreaking message about Texas shooting The Today star paid her respects in a heartfelt speechJenna Bush Hager was one of the many famous faces to share her outrage and horror following the Texas shooting on Tuesday. Loading the player...VIDEO: Jenna Bush Hager shares emotional message about working with Hoda Kotb"School should be the safest place in our country... Not all kids are safe at home. MORE: Hoda Kotb talks difficult career goodbyes with Today co-starMORE: Hoda Kotb shares fears about being an older mom: 'It's scary'Hoda Kotb - who began hosting the Fourth Hour alone - also opened up about the shooting, as she struggled to hold back tears. Jenna Bush Hager shared her heartbreak as a mom, former teacher and TexanThe teenage suspect had a handgun, an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and high-capacity magazines, according to investigators. MORE: Jenna Bush Hager reveals she's setting sail on adventure close to her heartMORE: Beloved star makes cheeky comment about Jenna Bush Hager replacing Kathie Lee GiffordMany public figures have spoken out on the senseless crime in the aftermath of the event.
Florida and America are ready for equality for all | Opinion
In Florida, where Republicans control both chambers and the governorship, we have garnered more GOP supporters for statewide LGBTQ protections than any other state. We also see extraordinary public support for LGBTQ protections reflected in local policies. Florida legislators can easily remedy this in the upcoming 2021 legislative session by passing the broadly supported, bipartisan Florida Competitive Workforce Act to establish statewide LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections. The Equality Act has already passed in the House with bipartisan support from Florida lawmakers, thanks to the leadership of Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart. Nadine Smith is the executive director of Equality Florida.
Should the federal government spend more money on conducting elections?
That’s often a tall order for small jurisdictions, where local election officials consistently report being cash-strapped. Many of the elections for which states and municipalities are responsible are federal, as in presidential and congressional; and those elections tend to attract larger voter turnouts. This became clear in 2016, when Russia interfered in the presidential election through server hacking, email phishing, and social media misinformation. The problem with that, the report explains, is there are likely many more local elections than federal ones on any given ballot, which would minimize the amount the federal government pays. Administrators would likely have to weigh races by importance, increasing the price tag for a presidential election, say, versus a local legislative election.
How several states are taking the lead on restoring overtime pay
After decades of decline in overtime pay, the Biden administration is considering action to sharply expand access in a time of high inflation. Many of the state’s workers became part of a strong middle class based on solid jobs with secure pensions, respectable salaries, and overtime pay for those who worked extra hours. The result: While most salaried workers were once eligible for overtime pay, today only a small fraction of them are. Lawmakers failed to update the state’s overtime wage threshold so that it kept pace with inflation, mirroring decades of federal inaction on that front. But the impact of the state’s overtime laws on its huge economy is difficult to assess.
JetBlue is staging a hostile takeover of Spirit. What would a merger mean for flight attendants?
This raises concerns about flight attendants being rerouted—or laid off. But seniority may also be protective, says John Samuelsen, president of the Transport Workers Union (TWU), the union representing JetBlue’s attendant workforce. JetBlue is represented by TWU, and Spirit by the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA). “We don’t take a position on a merger until or unless we determine whether it will work for flight attendants,” Nelson says. “Flight attendants are flight attendants,” she says.
Here's Why You Should Consider Enrolling in Autopay Before Student Loan Payments Resume
Because one thing is (almost) certain: student loan payments will eventually come back. Pros and cons of autopay for student loansAfter roughly two years in an automatic forbearance, it can be easy to fall out of the habit of making student loan payments every month. Your student loan payment will be withdrawn from your designated bank account, regardless of whether you have sufficient funds in there, warns Rebecca Safier, a certified student loan counselor and debt expert with Student Loan Hero. Don’t assume your student loan payments will resume on autopay when the emergency forbearance ends. Mayotte says that you should be able to see your due date by logging into your student loan account.
What Is Web3?
While it’s undeniable that energy, money, and talent are surging into Web3 projects, remaking the web is a major undertaking. “Web3 is the internet owned by the builders and users, orchestrated with tokens,” says Chris Dixon, a partner at the venture capital firm a16z and one of Web3’s foremost advocates and investors, borrowing the definition from Web3 adviser Packy McCormick. He and a16z started putting money into the space in 2013 and invested $2.2 billion in Web3 companies last year. On a more granular level, Molly White, a software engineer, created Web3 Is Going Just Great, where she tracks the many hacks, scams, and implosions in the Web3 world, underscoring the pitfalls of the unregulated, Wild West territory. “I don’t think we’re going to be able to call Web3 ‘Web3’ until after the crypto bust.
Millions of Borrowers Behind on Student Loan Payments Just Got a 'Fresh Start'
Millions of people who have fallen behind on their student loan payments just got some very welcome news. Before the pandemic, about 20% of all federal loan borrowers were in default. The department's decision to pull borrowers out of default is an important step toward fixing a broken student loan system, Abby Shafroth, interim director of the National Consumer Law Center's Student Loan Borrower Assistance Project, said in a written statement. "The Department must not squander this opportunity to fix the broken student loan system," Yu said in a statement. More from Money:Student Loan Pause Extension: Biden Confirms Payments Won't Resume Until SeptemberHow to Refinance Student LoansHow 2 Years Without Student Loan Bills Changed the Game for America's Borrowers
The Federal Reserve wants markets to fall – here’s what that means for investors
It’s this: the Federal Reserve and America’s other policy-making powers that be, actually want the stockmarket lower. It’s not that I’m treating what they say with a healthy dose of cynicism; I’ve reached unhealthy levels of cynicism. My default, so low is my trust, is now not only not to believe a word they say, it is to assume they are lying. Back in 2008, and for many years since, everyone in Policymakerland was worried about deflation, and every effort went into staving it off. But, no, in Policymakerland they are genuinely worried about inflation, and so asset prices are not going to be defended.
After lull, employers renew interest in helping workers repay student debt
Before the pandemic, student loan repayment benefits were becoming one of the most popular perks taking hold in corporate America. The percentage of employers offering student loan repayment assistance doubled to 8 percent between 2016 and 2019, according to the Society for Human Resource Management. Craig Copeland, a senior research associate at the Institute, said the two-year pause on federal student loan payments also placed employer-sponsored programs on the back burner. Google started a program in January that matches up to $2,500 in student loan payments a year for its employees. And that sunset is giving some companies pause about creating a student loan assistance program, Copeland said.
Russia claims it tested hypersonic Zircon cruise missile
Russia has successfully tested a hypersonic Zircon cruise missile, the country's Ministry of Defense said Saturday. Video shows the missile fired from the Barents Sea and striking a target in the White Sea with great precision. Russia recently completed test launches of the Sarmat – an intercontinental missile that can carry nuclear warheads, according to reports. While countries including the U.S., China, Israel, and others also boast extensive nuclear programs with evolving weaponry, Russia currently maintains the world's largest stockpile of nuclear warheads by sheer volume. The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defense reported Friday that Russia has recently begun deploying the 50-year-old tanks from deep storage.
Could abortion rights save Tom Malinowski's campaign?
There’s been plenty of talk about how backlash to the Supreme Court’s decision on abortion could give Democrats a much-needed midterm boost. Then-New Jersey Republican Senate candidate, Tom Kean Jr., speaks after conceding the race to incumbent Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) November 7, 2006 in Bridgewater, New Jersey. Jennifer Holdsworth Karp, a former political director for the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, agrees with Malinowski that abortion will be more of a motivator this year. New Jersey is one of several states that does not explicitly ban abortion at any stage. Asked if Kean is correct that he supports abortion access “right up until the moment of birth,” Malinowski called Kean’s attack disingenuous.
G-7 pledges put coal on notice, could boost climate aid
Ministers from the G-7 countries meeting in Berlin also announced a target to have a “highly decarbonized road sector by 2030,” meaning that electric vehicles would dominate new car sales by the end of the decade. The agreements, which will be put to leaders next month at the G-7 summit in Elmau, Germany, were largely welcomed by climate activists. In practice, this means countries need to phase out coal by 2030 at the latest,” said Luca Bergamaschi, director of Rome-based campaign group ECCO. G-7 members Britain, France and Italy have already set themselves deadlines to stop burning coal for electricity in the next few years. “Time is literally running out,” Habeck said, calling climate change “the challenge of our political generation.”___Follow all AP stories on climate change issues at https://apnews.com/hub/climate
As Biden fights inflation, economists warn his weapons for this battle look ‘extremely limited’
President Joe Biden says fighting high inflation is his “top domestic priority,” and his administration has touted the moves it’s making to help Americans with rising costs. Economists continue to warn, however, that every president — whether Democrat or Republican — lacks powerful weapons for battling high prices. They’re reiterating a view that they voiced three months ago, before Biden talked up his efforts to tackle inflation in his State of the Union speech. Analysts have been predicting defeats for Biden’s Democratic Party in November’s midterm elections if high prices persist. He said Monday that he was considering such a move, as U.S. inflation runs at its hottest pace in 40 years.
The red-hot U.S. housing market finally ‘offers hope’ for buyers and sellers, according to this real-estate economist
Nearly half (49%) of sellers said they plan to sell their home at $500,000 and below, with 15% of them aiming for $200,000 or less, according to a report released Tuesday by real-estate site Realtor.com. Roughly 29% of sellers are trading up, and 32% making a lateral price move. Mortgage rates jumped from just 2.75% in the fall for a 30-year fixed to more than 5.25% in mid-May. Low mortgage rates had made it easier for buyers to purchase a home despite record prices. “The distribution of sale prices points to an encouraging sign for many buyers who found last year’s housing market highly frustrating due to escalating prices,” the poll of more than 3,000 home buyers and sellers said.
As Uvalde parents seethe, recourse against police may be limited
The Texas Torts Claims Act grants permission to sue in certain limited circumstances, but according to legal experts interviewed, those wouldn’t apply in the Uvalde school shooting case. Protesters angry about gun violence demonstrated outside, including some holding crosses with photos of the Uvalde shooting victims. Maite Yuleana Rodriguez, a victim of the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, places flowers as she mourns at a makeshift memorial outside Uvalde County Courthouse in Uvalde, Texas, on Thursday. Mass shooting after mass shooting, more than 200 so far this year.
Russia takes small cities, aims to widen east Ukraine battle
Lyman, which had a population of about 20,000 before Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, serves as a regional railway hub. Since failing to occupy Kyiv, Ukraine's capital, Russia has concentrated on seizing the last parts of the region not controlled by the separatists. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy reiterated that the situation in the east was “difficult” but expressed confidence his country would prevail. Before the war, Sievierodonetsk was home to around 100,000 people. Russian state news agency Tass reported that a vessel bound for the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don entered Mariupol’s seaport early Saturday.
Gun-right fights move to the states after little federal action
AdvertisementThe NRA has won the fight over gun rights in Washington -- for now. With a six-to-three conservative majority, it is expected to overturn or significantly weaken New York state's restrictions on carrying concealed handguns. That, in turn, is likely to spur liberal states to find new ways to limit the range of public places where firearms are permitted. Since then, legislatures in half the states have removed permitting requirements, mostly in recent years and involving concealed firearms. AdvertisementAnother important state-level trend involves preemption statutes, which prevent local governments from restricting gun ownership and possession more than the state does.
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And one by one, they insisted that further restricting access to firearms was not the answer to preventing future tragedies. Adam Lanza, a 20-year-old gunman, had forced his way into a Connecticut elementary school and massacred 26 people, mostly children, with an AR-15-style rifle. A gunman killed 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday. AP Week in Pictures: GlobalMay 21-27, 2022From a midshipman from Cameroon proudly being recognized by President Joe Biden during the U.S. The selection was curated by AP photo editor Pamela Hassell in New York.
Energy secretary: US offshore wind jobs should be union jobs
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — The growing offshore wind industry is often touted as a boon for job creation, but who will do the work? Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm visited the New London State Pier facility last week to see how Orsted, energy provider Eversource and the state of Connecticut are transforming it into a hub for the offshore wind industry. It sets the terms and conditions for union workers to build offshore wind farms, with targets to ensure a diverse workforce. “We know it’s new and there’s a lot coming.”The first U.S. offshore wind farm began operating off Block Island, Rhode Island, in late 2016. Its transmission system will connect to the electric grid on Long Island, New York, making it the state’s first offshore wind farm and jumpstarting the offshore wind industry there.
US Supreme Court allows Biden administration to continue estimating monetized damages of increasing greenhouse gases
The US Supreme Court in a one-sentence order Thursday denied an application by Louisiana and other Republican-led states to prevent President Joe Biden’s administration from continuing to take account of the “social costs” of increasing greenhouse gas emissions when federal agencies draft new regulations. The social costs, according to a January 2021 executive order that the 10 states sought to block, are “estimates of the monetized damages associated with incremental increases in greenhouse gas emissions.” The order:[D]irects all executive departments and agencies […] to immediately review and, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, take action to address the promulgation of Federal regulations and other actions during the last 4 years that conflict with these important national objectives, and to immediately commence work to confront the climate crisis. The states argued the social costs of greenhouse gases through a regulatory cost/benefit analysis, referring to the Biden administration’s greenhouse gas estimates as “a power grab designed to manipulate America’s entire federal regulatory apparatus through speculative costs and benefits so that the Administration can impose its preferred policy outcomes on every sector of the American economy.”Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar’s response in opposition on behalf of the federal respondents, which asked the Supreme Court to deny vacating the stay by the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, stated that the lawsuit was premature and failed to establish its ability to succeed on the merits.
Energy secretary: US offshore wind jobs should be union jobs
(AP Photo/Jennifer McDermott)NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — The growing offshore wind industry is often touted as a boon for job creation, but who will do the work? Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm visited the New London State Pier facility last week to see how Orsted, energy provider Eversource and the state of Connecticut are transforming it into a hub for the offshore wind industry. The “National Offshore Wind Agreement” covers contractors working on those projects and future ones, with no termination date on the project labor agreement. It sets the terms and conditions for union workers to build offshore wind farms, with targets to ensure a diverse workforce. Its transmission system will connect to the electric grid on Long Island, New York, making it the state’s first offshore wind farm and jumpstarting the offshore wind industry there.
Shouldn't Hillary Clinton Be Banned From Twitter Now?
Obviously this isn’t Watergate, Hillary Clinton was never president, and Sussmann’s trial doesn’t equate to prosecutions of people like Chuck Colson or Gordon Liddy. Worse, instead of petty “ratfucking” like Donald Segretti’s “Canuck letter,” the Clinton campaign created and fueled a successful, years-long campaign of official harassment and media fraud. Trump was bounced from Twitter for incitement, but Twitter has a policy against misinformation as well. The first time the Clinton campaign fed tales about Steele and his material to the press, via the September, 2016 Yahoo! The most dangerous variety, however, isn’t from random users in porn-like chats, but the kind exposed by the Clinton campaign.
Will the Coronavirus Pandemic Ever End?
Twenty-seven months into the COVID-19 pandemic, our defenses against the coronavirus seem at once stronger and more penetrable than ever. According to some estimates, the U.S. could see a hundred million coronavirus infections this fall and winter. A third of the population believes that the pandemic is over, including more than half of unvaccinated Americans and nearly six in ten Republicans. During the current surge, COVID deaths have been steady at around three hundred a day—still too many, but near pandemic lows—and hospitalizations have risen modestly. The first is a universal coronavirus vaccine.
What Is the Fall in the Stock Market Telling Us?
After staging a rally on Monday, when the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose two per cent, the stock market stalled on Tuesday. The news media is full of stories about a bear market, which is usually defined as a fall of twenty per cent or more, but what is happening needs to be put into perspective. The pandemic bubble may have burst, but stock prices are still at very high levels. “Most household balance sheets are strong and can provide some cushion for rising prices,” Rouse said. “I understand rising prices are painful.
Will an Emergency Law Used to Keep Out Migrants Become Permanent?
Even then, however, some were skeptical about the real purpose behind the use of Title 42. (There have been more than fifteen hundred attacks, including rapes and kidnappings, against asylum seekers waiting in Mexico under M.P.P. Under Title 42, most migrants don’t even have the opportunity to apply for asylum. Throughout the rest of Trump’s Presidency, other pandemic-inspired restrictions were lifted or adjusted, but Title 42 remained in place. has acknowledged that rapid expulsions under Title 42 have made it more difficult to gather intelligence about the groups.
On Guns, Biden’s Call for Action Is a Painful Reminder That He Cannot Make It Happen
For the part of the Presidency that requires national mourning, Biden’s tragic past as a husband and father has given him a lifetime of experience. Biden, rightly, called for action. Biden’s grief and outrage were real—and also just another awful part of business as usual for the American Presidency. was able to turn the shock over the mass shooting in Texas, his home state, into quick legislative action on guns. On Sunday, Biden will fly to Uvalde to mourn in person, and undoubtedly another sad, eloquent call to action will be made.
The Baby-Formula Blame Game
Then, in October, a former employee at the Sturgis plant sent a shocking whistle-blower report to senior officials at the F.D.A. It alleged that Abbott had falsified records, shipped untested and potentially contaminated formula, permitted lax cleaning practices, and concealed information from F.D.A. inspection of the Sturgis plant did not commence until January 31, 2022. Abbott denied that its products were to blame; strangely, part of the company’s defense has been that each baby consumed a different formula product from the Sturgis plant, and that they were sickened at different times. for a reopening of the Sturgis plant, tentatively slated for June 4th; from that point, it would take another four to eight weeks for formula produced there to hit store shelves.)
Biden Vows to Defend Taiwan, But China Has The Upper Hand - The New York Times
President Biden’s recent trip to Asia nearly went off without a hitch — until Taiwan came up. Mr. Biden was asked whether the United States would respond “militarily” if China sought to retake the self-ruled island by force. I have been involved in dozens of war games and tabletop exercises to see how a conflict would turn out. Simply put, the United States is outgunned. After a decades-long military modernization, China has the world’s largest navy and the United States could throw far fewer ships into a Taiwan conflict.
'She Was Trying to Call 911 and He Shot Her': Texas Shooting Victim Amerie Jo Garza, 10, Remembered As 'Hero'
'She Was Trying to Call 911 and He Shot Her': Texas Shooting Victim Amerie Jo Garza, 10, Remembered As 'Hero'A 4th grade student has been identified as one of the victims in the Robb Elementary School mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday. Amerie Jo Garza — a doting sister who family members are remembering as a hero — celebrated her 10th birthday just two weeks before she was fatally shot, her grandmother confirms to PEOPLE. "She was a hero trying to call 911, to save her and her friends," says the grieving grandmother. "My little love is now flying high with the angels above," Amerie's dad Angel Garza wrote on Facebook. I love you Amerie jo.
Donald Trump Will Headline NRA Event in Houston 3 Days After Texas School Shooting
"It is truly an honor to have President Trump address NRA members for the sixth time," NRA Executive Vice President & CEO Wayne LaPierre said in a statement. "That's why I will keep my longtime commitment to speak in Texas at the NRA Convention and deliver an important address to America. Texas Governor Greg Abbott Texas Gov. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas Credit: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call/GettyThe Uvalde gunman died after the rampage, and it's believed that police killed him. "Aren't you slated to headline a speaking gig for the NRA in three days — in Houston, no less?"
Baby Formula Shortage Should End in Late July After 'Gradual Improvement,' FDA Commissioner Says
On Thursday, Califf testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee about the ongoing formula shortage, saying, "It's going to be gradual improvement up to probably somewhere around two months until the shelves are replete again," CNBC reports. He also discussed the reasonings behind the shortage, saying in part, "We knew that ceasing plant operations would create supply problems, but we had no choice given the insanitary conditions." Califf ended his opening statement by saying in part that the FDA "will not rest until our shelves are replete with safe and nutritious infant formula." of Baby Formula Lands in the U.S. from Europe as Operation Fly Formula Begins"We understand the situation is urgent — getting Sturgis up and running will help alleviate this shortage," the company added. As part of Operation Fly Formula, the first batch of formula imported from abroad arrived in the U.S. last weekend.
Brittney Griner’s Pretrial Detention in Russia Has Been Extended
MOSCOW (AP)—The lawyer for WNBA star Brittney Griner said Friday her pre-trial detention in Russia has been extended by one month. Griner’s lawyer Alexander Boikov told The Associated Press he believed the relatively short extension of the detention indicated the case would come to trial soon. The Biden administration says Griner, 31, is being wrongfully detained. The WNBA and U.S. officials have worked toward her release, without visible progress. More WNBA Coverage:
Brittney Griner Time Line: What Has Happened Since Being Detained
Brittney Griner is one of the WNBA’s brightest stars. Although it was not made public until several weeks later, Griner was detained for the vape cartridges containing hashish oil in her luggage. Cathy Engelbert said hours before the start of the WNBA draft, “We continue to be working diligently on bringing Brittney Griner home. “The Department of State has determined that the Russian Federation has wrongfully detained U.S. citizen Brittney Griner,” a State Department official told ESPN in a statement. “Both the WNBA and its brother league, the NBA, we have a huge responsibility to Brittney Griner as one of our players.
Brittney Griner’s Wife Was Asked If She Thinks WNBA Star’s Release Is a ‘Top Priority’ for U.S.
For the first time since Brittney Griner was detained in Russia on Feb. 17, her wife spoke out publicly about the U.S government’s handling of the situation in an appearance on Good Morning America Wednesday. “I don’t know,” she responded when asked by GMA’s Robin Roberts if she felt that freeing Brittney was a top priority of the U.S. State Department. Cherelle Griner said she first heard of her wife’s detainment from Brittney herself, who sent a series of texts after being first stopped by Russian officials at the airport. This isn’t your fault.’”When asked how Griner is doing, Cherelle said she doesn’t really know because she isn’t able to speak with her wife directly. I’m like ‘I’m really never going to see her again.’”Griner was denied house arrest and her detention was extended for 30 days on May 13.
SI:AM | One of the Most Heartwarming Walk-Offs You’ll Ever See
Robin RobertsDizzy DeanHoyt WilhelmWarren SpahnYesterday’s SIQ: Which stadium hosted the first night game in major league history on May 24, 1935? The first night baseball game was played in 1880, one year after Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, but that game was played between amateur teams. MLB’s first night game was such a big deal that then President Franklin D. Roosevelt sent the signal (via telegram from Washington) to have the lights switched on. “Larry MacPhail almost single-handedly sold night baseball to Commissioner [Kenesaw Mountain] Landis,” former Reds announcer Red Barber told the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1985. “There is no chance of night baseball ever becoming popular in the bigger cities.
SBA Offers Last Call for a Key Covid-Era Small-Business Aid Program
The SBA is offering the opportunity to request more money before the program runs out, which is estimated to be in the next couple of months. The SBA has not recently given a statement as to how much money is left. While access to program funds overtly hinges on whether a business can show financial deficits related to the pandemic, in practice, that's a farce. New applications for the EIDL program are not being accepted but appeals and reconsiderations submitted before December 31, 2021, or within six months of being declined, will continue to be reviewed. So far, there have been over a billion dollars in EIDL funds seized, criminal charges filed against more than 1,000 defendants, and 240 civil investigations into pandemic loan fraud.
U.S. Black farmers lost $326 bln worth of land in 20th century -study
REUTERS/Jim YoungMay 2 (Reuters) - Black farmers in the United States lost roughly $326 billion worth of acreage during the 20th century, according to the first study to quantify the present-day value of that loss. Land loss is a contributor to the racial wealth gap in the United States and an issue that has marred the relationship between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and minority farmers. The land loss was due to discriminatory USDA lending policies and forced sales of co-owned land called heirs' property, among other factors, the study said. In 1910, Black farmers owned more than 16 million acres of land, according to experts. The $326 billion figure is a conservative estimate, said the study authors, in part because it does not account for multiplier effects, like whether Black farmers could have used lost land as collateral to make other investments.
Demand Has Never Been Higher, but These Infant-Formula Startups Are Pausing New Orders
The shortage of powdered baby formulas in American stores has meant a surge in demand for Bobbie and ByHeart, two young, direct-to-consumer formula companies. As such, both startups have reacted by halting new customer orders entirely. It's a sensible decision, to be sure, but not one that is necessarily easy to convey to eager new customers. The company explained the decision on its website: "We are temporarily pausing taking orders from new families while we re-evaluate the pace at which we can accept new customers." House Democrats plan to convene a hearing on the formula shortage May 25.
Biden Has a Plan to Unite the Asia-Pacific on Supply Chain and Climate. Just Don't Expect It to Help Your Business
President Joe Biden just unveiled a plan to form a new alliance between the U.S. and countries in the Asia-Pacific region, offering a counterpoint to China's growing dominance there. But without also improving access to international markets among member countries, the scope--as well as the economic benefits--of the union may be limited. Along with Japan, a dozen other countries including India, Brunei, Australia, and Singapore are expected to sign on to the pact. Biden noted that other countries could join in the future should they agree to upholding the same standards. Instead, according to the framework, member countries can pick and choose which measures they want to sign on to.
How to Order Your Free At-Home Covid-19 Tests
This is usually within two to three days of the first test—most tests come with two tests per box for this reason. If you need a test ASAP, please check guide to 12 Good Rapid At-Home Covid-19 Tests and Where to Find Them. During the first round, many apartment dwellers found themselves unable to request tests because their multi-unit building was classified as a single residence. This should be resolved, but if you find this happening again, file a service request here. However, several members of the WIRED staff were unable to request tests using any of these methods.
Democrats Quietly Search for an Alternative to Biden in 2024
“And I say, ‘Well, he has!’ ”Relatively few people outside the White House totally buy it. “Is this a real question?” one disbelieving White House aide asked me on a recent evening when I brought up what might happen in 2024. This spring, when the Democratic National Committee’s finance council met quietly in Charleston and both Biden and Harris passed on attending, Buttigieg went. (A recent poll showed that New Jersey residents, who just barely reelected Murphy, think little of his White House prospects.) He joked about it at the recent White House Correspondents’ Dinner, and in 2019 he told voters it was a valid concern.
We Buy Baby Formula!
Another offers to pick up and “Pay Top Cash $$$” for baby formula of any kind. A year ago, the monopoly on baby formula belonged to the four major producers that sold more than 90 percent of formula purchased in the U.S.: Abbott, Mead Johnson Nutrition, Nestlé USA, and Perrigo. That all of these sellers are attempting to price gouge baby formula is somewhat at odds with the market’s attitude toward the necessary good. Given how essential baby formula is and how short-lived its demand (infants generally rely on formula for up to 12 months), websites like SellFormula.com launched years ago to encourage parents to trade in the products for cash. Instead of baby formula inside, there was flour.
The Supreme Court May Be About to Expand Gun Rights Even More
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on their case in November and is expected to hand down a decision in June. The plaintiffs say New York’s gun laws violate their Second Amendment rights. New York State currently has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, including regulating who can carry a gun. During oral arguments, it seemed pretty clear where the Supreme Court, which now has a conservative supermajority, stood on this issue. In every other country in the world, gun-violence incidents prompt lawmakers to drastically tighten gun laws.
President Mike Pence Would Be Worse Than Trump
But even the remote prospect of a President Mike Pence should be feared as much as any Trump redux, if not more so. What Trump ultimately did, in most circumstances, was what any Republican president in the late 2010s would have done. Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid would disappear unless Congress voted to reauthorize them. Democrats should ultimately hope Trump, and not Pence, claims the Republican nomination in 2024 because Trump is more beatable. If Mike Pence is campaigning against Biden, he will not make gaffes, slander allies, or take to social media to broadcast inanities.
2022 Midterms: A Guide to the Races Worth Watching
Primary Date: May 3The Republican Primary: J.D. The Democratic Primary: Congressman and former 2020 presidential candidate Tim Ryan easiy won the Democratic nomination. Primary Date: May 17The Republican Primary: Senator Pat Toomey’s retirement sparked a highly competitive, multi-candidate GOP primary to succeed him. Primary Date: June 28The Republican Primary: Oklahoma voters get to choose two Senate nominees this year. Primary Date: August 9The Republican Primary: Two-term incumbent Senator Ron Johnson is a conspiracy theory-spouting conservative who seems perpetually in political trouble.
Why We Keep Letting This Happen
Why do we keep letting this happen?”Biden’s plea speaks to his relative powerlessness here; the president of the United States can do many fantastic and world-historical things, but altering gun policy in a meaningful way is tragically not one of them. The United States of America, the world’s wealthiest nation, is addicted to gun violence. Democrat-run states and cities have tougher gun laws, and these do make a difference, especially when these states border each other. Plus, the National Rifle Association’s hold on the Republican Party is ironclad. Big-city Republicans, closely aligned with local police departments, are not in the streets calling for laxer gun laws.
Texas School Shooting: There Is A Future For Gun Control
But there is no more important moment this century than on December 21, 2012, when the National Rifle Association doubled down after 26 people, most of them children, were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, which remains the deadliest school shooting in the nation’s history. It catalyzed the gun lobby into action. The NRA even managed to cut off funding from the Centers for Disease Control to study gun violence. Michael Bloomberg, whose group Everytown for Gun Safety lobbies for stricter gun-safety measures, spent millions electing candidates who backed gun safety in 2018, after the Parkland school shooting, and kept on heavily spending in 2020. The gun lobby has also historically performed best at times when Democrats have been in power, making Clinton, Obama, and now Biden into convenient foils that animated their base.
Police Botched the Response to Texas School Shooting
People react outside the SSGT Willie de Leon Civic Center, where students had been transported from Robb Elementary School after a shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24, 2022. The gunman then drove to Robb Elementary School, where nearly 600 second-, third-, and fourth-graders were finishing their last week of classes. Sen. Murphy presses fellow senators in emotional speech after Texas elementary school shooting. pic.twitter.com/ts4VnbTJRH — MSNBC (@MSNBC) May 24, 2022Uvalde is the deadliest school shooting in Texas, surpassing the ten killed at a high school in Santa Fe in 2018. Biden addresses nation on Uvalde, Texas elementary school shooting: "To lose a child is like having a piece of your soul ripped away.
Biden Searches for the Political Sweet Spot on Student Loan Debt Relief
And he is reportedly on the brink of moving on one of the thornier issues out there: student-loan debt forgiveness. Biden has also been ambivalent as to whether he believes has the authority to forgive student loan indebtedness other than in limited areas. This latter issue obviously affects the net effect of his proposal on those saddled with debt and/or who won’t qualify for relief. The price tag for the level of debt relief Biden is proposing is around $230 billion. As the Post reports, the administration’s draft proposal is aimed at broad-based if limited relief:Most of the nation’s 41 million student borrowers stand to benefit.
Herschel Walker’s Response to the Uvalde Shooting Was Incoherent. So Is His Senate Bid
What we need to do is look into how we can stop those things … What about getting a department that’s looking at young men, that’s looking at young women, that’s looking at social media.”Herschel Walker's solution to school shootings involves "a department that can look at young men that's looking at women that's looking at social media." Here’s a brief list of the warning signs that Walker could be a disaster should he wind up in Congress. Walker’s most ridiculous lie, however, may be that Trump has never claimed the 2020 election was stolen. According to Herschel Walker, Trump has never said the election was stolen. “Herschel Walker is ignoring the Georgia voters and ignoring us,” Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black said during one of them in May.
Inside Taylor Hawkins’ Final Days as a Foo Fighter
Foo Fighters staged roughly 40 shows last year, and already had nearly 60 more on the books for 2022. Oliver Taylor Hawkins was born Feb. 17, 1972, the youngest of three siblings, in Fort Worth, Texas. “It was never my goal to sound like Dave,” Hawkins told Rolling Stone last year. “Foo Fighters is very much Dave’s band,” Hawkins said last year. Foo Fighters played more than 200 concerts between 2017 and 2021 and were a constant presence at awards shows and special events.
Trump Does a Little Dance at NRA Gun Celebration Days After Uvalde Massacre
The NRA played a recording of a bell clanging as the former president strained to pronounce the names of the victims. Trump echoed Republican lawmakers and conservative pundits by bashing Democrats for “virtue cycling” in the wake the massacre, blaming the shooting on everything but guns, and proposing a series of impractical solutions to the epidemic of mass shootings in America. Trump did propose ensuring classroom doors are lockable from the inside as a way to cut down on school shootings. “There is no sign more inviting to a mass killer than a sign that declares a gun free zone,” he said, to more applause. A speech where Trump read the names of the victims ends like this pic.twitter.com/fQZxrB9OiI — Acyn (@Acyn) May 27, 2022At least “Macho Man” wasn’t playing.
Our clinics meet mental health needs and lighten the load on police. Let's go nationwide.
Grant funding for behavioral health care makes no senseFor far too long, behavioral health care in our country has been funded through grants. Mental health during COVID-19 pandemicThe COVID-19 pandemic has taken a tremendous toll on Americans' mental health. The nationwide expansion of Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics isn’t the only bipartisan behavioral health win in the president’s budget. It would double funding for children’s mental health and behavioral health workforce development and provide more mental health care for veterans and seniors. This is an important moment to come together and finally treat health care above the neck the same as health care below the neck.
Biden's energy policies do nothing to increase supply as gas prices break records
THIS IS HOW MUCH YOUR MEMORIAL DAY ROAD TRIP WILL COST WITH RECORD HIGH GAS PRICESWhy are gas prices up? Democrats have run Washington for 16 months, yet they have done nothing to increase the supply of American energy. On Biden’s first day in office, he cancelled the Keystone pipeline, which would have lowered energy prices in this country. Democrats seem utterly oblivious to the pain and suffering that high gas prices are causing to families across the country. Last week I asked the Secretary of the Interior if she thought that gas prices were too high.
U.S. doctors reconsider Pfizer's Paxlovid for lower-risk COVID patients
Use of Pfizer's Paxlovid, authorized to treat newly infected, at-risk people in order to prevent severe illness, has soared as infections have risen. Biden administration officials have pushed for wide use of Paxlovid, which the government purchased and provides free. He said he is still recommending Paxlovid for people who have significant health conditions or are over age 75. "We have not seen any resistance emerge to date in patients treated with Paxlovid," a spokesperson said. The CDC also said it is unclear whether cases of rebound symptoms have anything to do with Paxlovid, or are simply part of the natural trajectory of COVID-19.
Even a recession wouldn't cure inflation, former Obama adviser says
There’s increasing talk that the Federal Reserve’s interest rate hikes will cause a U.S. recession next year, but even a recession induced by the central bank might not be enough to tamp down inflation. Furman also said markets may be unrealistic in expecting inflation to settle at a normal rate after one bad spell. While he says a recession is possible, Furman said he expects above-trend jobs growth and below-trend economic growth as productivity normalizes. One is that inflation will remain high, and the second is that it is really impacting working Americans. “I don’t think there’s a great message.
Fed will succeed in bringing inflation down over next couple of years, Bernanke says
Former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said Monday that he thinks the Fed will be successful in containing inflation. The Fed will be helped by “contained inflation expectations” — which means the public doesn’t think the high inflation over the past year will continue indefinitely, Bernanke said. Another difference from the high inflation era is that former Fed chair Arthur Burns didn’t think that the Fed was an effective tool in fighting inflation, Bernanke said. In contrast, today’s Fed has “30-plus years of low inflation, political support, and a leadership that is willing to say the Fed must take the lead in reducing inflation,” Bernanke said. The former Fed chairman said that the unemployment rate was likely to rise as a result of the Powell Fed’s actions.
U.S. doctors reconsider Pfizer's Paxlovid for lower-risk COVID patients
Use of Pfizer's Paxlovid, authorized to treat newly infected, at-risk people in order to prevent severe illness, has soared as infections have risen. Biden administration officials have pushed for wide use of Paxlovid, which the government purchased and provides free. He said he is still recommending Paxlovid for people who have significant health conditions or are over age 75. "We have not seen any resistance emerge to date in patients treated with Paxlovid," a spokesperson said. The CDC also said it is unclear whether cases of rebound symptoms have anything to do with Paxlovid, or are simply part of the natural trajectory of COVID-19.
Uvalde wasn't 'unimaginable.' In this country, it was predictable
By the time you read this, will another “unimaginable” mass shooting be the object of our outrage? A mass shooting is an “unimaginable” tragedy, perhaps, only because there’s no need to imagine them happening. Speaking of “unimaginable,” I wrote an op-ed piece taking issue with that word being thrown around by people empowered to do something about gun violence in this country. AdvertisementNational suicide plays out one murderous mass shooting at a time. After all, today’s college graduates might get relief, but what about next year’s grads, and those in the years and decades to come?” L.A. Times
Biden Close to Canceling $10k Student Debt, but It'll Take Time to Carry Out
US President Joe Biden is nearing a decision to wipe $10,000 in student loan debt per borrower. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty ImagesThe Biden administration is on the verge of providing student debt relief to most borrowers. On the campaign trail, President Joe Biden promised federal borrowers with student debt he would approve $10,000 in relief. One potential problem involves targeting debt relief based on a borrower's income. Republicans are pummeling Democrats for inching towards debt relief, calling it a bailout for the urban professionals that make up a growing part of their constituency.
Bidens to visit Uvalde, NRA convention, Indianapolis 500: 5 things to know this weekend
The White House said the Bidens would "grieve with the community that lost 21 lives in the horrific" shooting. Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the president would meet with the community and religious leaders and victims' families. Biden called on lawmakers to "stand up to the gun lobby" in remarks Tuesday following the shooting. As Texas grieves, NRA convention continues in HoustonThe National Rifle Association continues its annual convention this weekend in Houston, days after a school shooting across the state in Uvalde, Texas, left 19 children and 2 adults dead. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden traveled to Buffalo to visit with families and lay flowers at a memorial on May 17.
US issues new sanctions against North Korea after missile tests
The U.S. targeted two Russian banks Friday as part of new sanctions over alleged support for North Korea and its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. The sanctions come after what the U.S. says were three new ballistic missile launches by North Korea on Tuesday, including one intercontinental ballistic missile. The new sanctions also target a Belarus-based North Korea man who the United States says was helping generate funding for the missile launches, and a trading company. NORTH KOREA LAUNCHES 3 TEST MISSILES AS BIDEN LEAVES ASIABIDEN, SOUTH KOREA TO COORDINATE ON NORTH KOREA NUCLEAR THREAT RESPONSEOn Thursday, China and Russia vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution sponsored by the United States that would have imposed tough new sanctions on North Korea for its spate of intercontinental ballistic missile launches that can be used to deliver nuclear weapons. Thursday's vote represented the first serious division among the five veto-wielding permanent members of the U.N.’s most powerful body on a North Korea sanctions resolution.
Rep. Madison Cawthorn discloses 2021 'Let's Go Brandon' cryptocurrency purchase days after ethics probe announced
Rep. Madison Cawthorn on Friday belatedly disclosed suspected cryptocurrency transactions that earlier this month led the House Ethics Committee to open an investigation into the North Carolina Republican's possible promotion of an asset he secretly owned. Cawthorn, 26, revealed Friday that he bought between $100,000 and $250,000 worth of "Let's Go Brandon" cryptocurrency on Dec. 21. The same filing Friday disclosed that the first-term congressman sold between $100,000 and $250,000 of the "Let's Go Brandon" coin on Dec. 31. That sale potentially recouped at least what he had paid for the virtual currency before its dollar price exploded. The value of the Let's Go Brandon coin collapsed in early January after NASCAR rejected its sponsorship deal with the driver Brandon Brown.
NRA speakers unshaken on gun rights after school massacre
Once among the most powerful political organizations in the country, the NRA has seen its influence wane following a significant drop in political spending. According to a district safety plan, Uvalde schools have a wide range of safety measures in place. Kristi Noem, another potential presidential contender, said calls to further restrict gun access are “all about control and it is garbage. Outside the convention hall, protesters gathered in a park where police set up metal barriers — some holding crosses with photos of the Uvalde shooting victims. Samuel Thornburg, 43, a maintenance worker for Southwest Airlines in Houston who was attending the NRA meeting, said: “Guns are not evil.
Kyiv fears 'Mariupol repeat' as Russian forces escalate Donbas attacks
The advance of Russian forces in eastern Ukraine's industrial Donbas region raised fears that cities in the region would undergo the same horrors inflicted on the people of Mariupol in the weeks before it fell. Authorities say 1,500 people in Sievierodonetsk have already died since the Russian invasion began three months ago. Before the war, Sievierodonetsk was home to around 100,000 people. About 12,000 to 13,000 remain in the city, Striuk said, huddled in shelters and largely cut off from the rest of Ukraine. In Russia's Far East, a legislative deputy offered a rare display of opposition to the war, demanding the end of the invasion and the withdrawal of Russian troops.
Belabored: What’s Up With Inflation, with J.W. Mason
Belabored: What’s Up With Inflation, with J.W. Mason Belabored: What’s Up With Inflation, with J.W. Mason Economist J.W. Mason joins the podcast to talk about inflation and how to organize around price increases. Chairman of the US Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell, announced new measures to contain inflation earlier this week in D.C. (Jim Watson / AFP)Subscribe to the Belabored RSS feed here.
Insecurity Policy
Insecurity Policy Insecurity Policy American rhetoric during the first Cold War relied on an idealized image of U.S. institutions. If we were to reduce the first Cold War to its core features, they could be these:1. There are unmistakable similarities between global affairs in 2022 and those of the Cold War. Still, the differences are significant enough that we should not assume that a new Cold War would be just like the last one. He is the author of Neither Peace nor Freedom: The Cultural Cold War in Latin America.
The Authoritarian Danger at Home
The Authoritarian Danger at Home The Authoritarian Danger at Home Anti-China politics are providing cover for xenophobic and anti-democratic forces in the United States. In justifying the need for “strategic competition” with China, both Democrats and Republicans rely on the argument that China is an authoritarian threat to democracy that must be stopped. These trends make it easier to inflate narratives of foreign and domestic threats and increase the appeal of authoritarian visions of national unity. For Democrats, the embrace of anti-China politics represents an adaptation to political weakness in a climate of rising nationalism that provides the authoritarian right with a path to power. He is a leading progressive strategist regarding the U.S.–China relationship and the rise of Sinophobia in the United States.
Left Internationalism in the Heart of Empire
Left Internationalism in the Heart of Empire Left Internationalism in the Heart of Empire American leftists need an internationalist vision that universally and effectively joins anti-imperial and anti-authoritarian ethics. Instead, developments from the U.S. troop withdrawal in Afghanistan to the Russian invasion of Ukraine have placed left foreign policy voices on the defensive. This alternative internationalism, unlike liberal internationalism, sees the American security state as a roadblock to the global common good, and thus in need of fundamental transformation. A number of these actors emerged in the context of American foreign policy choices, even if those effects were unintended. All of this suggests that left foreign policy involves creating the conditions for the meaningful dispersion of actual power.
Where Are All the “Pro-Worker” Republicans Now?
Over the past few years, a small but highly-visible band of Republicans have publicly declared their intention to transform the GOP into a ?“worker’s party.” Sens. This reticence is particularly notable from Rubio, who already supported one Amazon union drive. The conservative case against organized laborAmong the modern Republican Party, labor unions are particularly despised. Despite these clear benefits for workers, so-called ?“pro-worker” Republicans aren’t coming anywhere close to declaring their support for this year’s union activism. This would also counter the GOP’s attempt to rebrand itself as a working class party.
No Half Measures, We Need Biden to Cancel All Student Loan Debt
The student loan payment moratorium has enabled myself and my family to stay afloat during turbulent and unpredictable times. We would be even better served by full cancellation of student loan debt. Since the beginning of the student loan moratorium, which began after the onset of the pandemic in March 2020, student loan payments have been extended six times, with this last extension shifting the restart from May 1 to August 31. If you carry student loan debt, are you happy that your payments haven’t restarted? The material benefits of this pause to student loan payments are not something to be taken lightly.
Most Price Increases from Inflation Have Gone to Corporate Profits
I have to admit that I previously understated the persistence of the price increases that started showing up last fall. Most of these price increases have gone to profits, not to labor. All this takes more time to explain than sensationalist stories about gas prices. There is clearly need for more social spending to help those being hit the hardest by such price increases. The economy’s inflation problem is being misdiagnosed and mistreated.
Buffalo Starbucks Workers Waited 6 Months Before the NLRB Finally Filed a Complaint Against the Company
But the action came six months after Buffalo workers filed their first charge against the company — far longer than the two to three months it took regional labor boards elsewhere to address allegations against Starbucks. It’s also the result of the scale of Starbucks’ alleged anti-union campaign in Buffalo: regional investigators had to evaluate hundreds of allegations against the company. With the groundbreaking success of Starbucks Workers United and the Amazon Labor Union (ALU), the NLRB’s reaction time has started to see more scrutiny. The Buffalo complaint compiles 29 filings workers submitted from nearly 20 stores in the region. Several of the fired workers described how the scale and pressure of the alleged anti-union campaign backfired to help them organize their coworkers.
Progressives Need to Resist the Domestic “War on Terror”
The post-9/11 “war on terror” was a disaster for Muslims and immigrant communities in the United States. The bill creates domestic terrorism offices within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Justice Department, and the FBI. The heads of all three agencies must regularly issue a joint report on domestic terrorism threats, incidents, and arrests and prosecutions. The bill also requires that they review and investigate hate crime charges with an eye on redefining or connecting them to domestic terror incidents. Still a Bad Idea Joe Biden’s fledgling domestic war on terror has proven a tricky matter for left-wing lawmakers to navigate.