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Hungary’s oil embargo exemption is the latest sign of its leader’s affinity for Russia.
The European Union’s long-delayed deal to embargo Russian oil, finalized late Monday, effectively exempts Hungary from the costly step the rest of the bloc is taking to punish Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. While Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban, has cast his weekslong opposition to the deal as purely about shielding his country’s economy, it was also the latest step in what has been a decade-long turn of Hungary’s leadership toward closer alignment with Russia, at times at the expense of relations with its fellow members of the European Union and NATO. The pivot has occurred despite deep-seated suspicion in Hungary of Russian power and influence based on the history of Russian and Soviet troops brutally cracking down on Hungarian uprisings in 1848-49 and in 1956. Mr. Orban, an avowedly illiberal leader who earlier in his career was a vocal critic of Moscow, has increasingly spoken admiringly of Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin, and his brand of nationalism, expressing sympathies for Mr. Putin’s security demands to NATO. He has also painted Hungary’s interests as being distinct from the West by fanning culture wars and fears of liberal values lapping at Hungary’s borders, speaking in March about “the gender insanity sweeping across the Western world.”
They Insisted the 2020 Election Was Tainted. Their 2022 Primary Wins? Not So Much.
Mr. Brooks offered a simple answer to why he’s not worried about his race: There’s no fraud in Republican primaries, he said. “I’m in a Republican primary, and noncitizens don’t normally vote in Republican primaries,” Mr. Brooks said. Not all Republicans who spread false claims about the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election considered their own races to be exempt. Mr. Perry focused on Philadelphia as a source for fraud in the presidential race and called for additional review. By the time Mr. Trump lost the 2020 election, he and millions of his supporters were primed to believe false allegations about “ballot harvesting” and machines miscounting in America’s populous cities.
French Diplomats to Strike Over Loss of Separate Status
Mr. Macron committed to opening up the clubby world of the overwhelmingly white and predominantly male mandarins who run France after the eruption of the Yellow Vest protest movement in late 2018. The protests highlighted the disconnect between urban elites and overlooked communities in the rural hinterland or underserved projects surrounding big cities. “We are risking the disappearance of our professional diplomats.”The government argues that the change will lead to greater competence by dispensing with entrenched traditions and an attachment to status, while also giving diplomats more varied opportunities that bring them closer to the reality of French life. “Diplomats will serve as ambassadors to Burundi,” he said. “Rome or London will be reserved for friends.”
Quiz: Are these 8 travel myths fact or fiction?
Tropes about drinking the local tap water keep international travelers on their toes. On the other hand, there’s a competing stereotype of the scared traveler who sticks to all things seal-protected. “It’s really dependent on where you’re traveling,” said Adam Schrader, director of operations for the travel risk intelligence company Riskline. Lin Chen, director of the Travel Medicine Center at Mount Auburn Hospital, said travelers should check with the CDC’s traveler health page to look for destination-specific guidance. Schrader says you can also talk to locals about how to approach tap water.
Opinion | How the AR-15 conquered America, as revealed by an industry insider
Can you explain how the gun industry has used video games and other similar tactics to try to boost sales of guns like AR-15-style rifles? AdvertisementBusse: The story of Daniel Defense bursting on to the market is a case study in how the gun industry has radicalized and changed. The gun industry became like a badly gerrymandered congressional district. Throughout blue America the feeling has intensified that assault-style weapons have no place in civil society. What this middle finger says is, “You can take your civil society and shove it.”AdvertisementBusse: Nothing conveys dominance and intimidation like a loaded AR-15.
Queen Elizabeth II’s image was projected onto Stonehenge. Cue the controversy.
Some said the World Heritage Site in Wiltshire, England, should be left untouched, citing its apparent history as an ancient religious site. ?We’ve projected eight portraits of Queen Elizabeth II onto Stonehenge. While English Heritage did not comment on backlash, it said that it has beamed images onto Stonehenge before. And in November 2014, footage of World War I soldiers was projected onto the landmark as part of a military tribute. Images of the queen are also popping up in homes and shop windows and beamed onto other iconic sites — including London’s Marble Arch.
Opinion | The injustices endured by Native American youths continue to this day
But still today, countless Native American young people are being robbed of their chance to live safe and fulfilling lives. Currently, Native American youths are confined in the juvenile justice system at three times the rate of their White peers. Those odds are further compounded by disparities in health care for Native American youths. To end this injustice, our country has an obligation to support Native American youths even more fervently now after oppressing them for centuries. But we can begin to heal — by investing in solutions that free the next generation of Native youths from this painful past.
Damon Young: Understanding America’s cruelty toward women on abortion
Magazine Understanding America’s cruelty toward women on abortion Loading... (Monique Wray for The Washington Post)Share this storyThis is the second time I’ve tried to find a way to write about this. I want to write about the irony of men who’ll never experience pregnancy dictating the bodies of people who can. AdvertisementI want to write about how abortion is an apolitical act that’s become politicized. I also want to write about the people who want women who have sex to experience pain and shame, which means I also want to write about cruelty. I try to remind myself that cruelty shames and dehumanizes the people who commit it, not the people harmed by it.
The Path Forward: The U.S. Economy with Lawrence H. Summers
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20 classic French dishes everyone needs to try
(CNN) — The roots of French cooking run deep. Adobe StockThis list of classic French dishes would be incomplete without the inclusion of something from the country's extensive repertoire of patisserie. Related content 20 of the world's best soupsEscargotEscargot: Snails with parsley and garlic butter are a French delicacy. Adobe StockNot every French dish has a whole day devoted to it, but then again, the crepe isn't just any French dish. "French cooking is very technique oriented and pâte à choux is a very easy technique to master."
A$AP Rocky on the kind of father he wants to be
(CNN) Just before welcoming a child with Rihanna was earlier this month, A$AP Rocky shared some thoughts about how he planned on approaching fatherhood. In a recently published interview with Dazed just before Rihanna gave birth, the rapper said he "will always remind my children to never lose their imagination, even as adults, no matter what." "I actually love to watch cartoons -- I've watched like, 'Teletubbies,' 'Blue's Clues,' 'Yo Gabba Gabba,' 'Peppa Pig' and 'Baby Shark,'" he said. And I'm not trying to describe a saint, but realistically, I just want a cool child with cool parents." Their baby, whose name has not yet been publicly announced, is in good hands.
North America's most spectacular train journeys
Whether it's a day trip or a long-distance haul, you'll score instant nostalgia with one of these incredible North American railway journeys. Grand Canyon Railway & HotelGrand Canyon Railway offers a slice of American history. The Grand Canyon Railway ride is another way to experience the thrills of the Wild West, at a leisurely pace. Since 1901, travelers (including Theodore Roosevelt, Clark Gable and Bill Gates) have ridden the Grand Canyon Railway to take in dreamy views of Grand Canyon National Park. Along the way, you'll see Santa Barbara, the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento and Portland.
Workers consider cost of commute: 'It doesn't make sense for me'
The average US commute now costs an extra $35 a month compared to pre-Covid. Some workers are weighing the costs of getting to work against potential job opportunities. CNN's Gabe Cohen reports.
Home prices rose by more than 20% year-over-year in March
(CNN) US home prices continued to surge higher in March, as buyers raced to lock in homes before the average mortgage rate hit 5%. Home prices rose 20.6% in March from the year before, an even higher rate than the 20% growth seen in February, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller US National Home Price Index. Sun Belt cities again saw the biggest price increases among the 20 US cities tracked by the index. But for the first time in nearly three years, the city with the most rapid growth in housing prices was not Phoenix. Seventeen of the 20 cities reported higher price increases in the year ending March 2022 versus the year ending February 2022.
A stranger came out of the gloom on a Scottish island. She knew she should be with him
Working as a tour guide at Skara Brae was a dream come true. Wandering around the stone edifices, the two talked about the history of Skara Brae. 'I should be with him'After their time together at Skara Brae, Anthony and Rachael went their seperate ways. And as time went on, she resigned herself to that fact, even while she enjoyed recollecting their walk around Skara Brae at dusk. "Thanks to a certain tour guide my research focus had narrowed from Neolithic Britain to Neolithic Orkney," he says.
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.
Bobby Brown says Janet Jackson was 'crush of my life'
(CNN) Bobby Brown is happily married, but he still sounds a bit smitten with Janet Jackson. "Janet was the crush of my life," Brown said during his A&E two-night documentary, "Biography: Bobby Brown." "What was it about Janet?," he said. Her little smile, body, her dance moves, her little laugh." Brown said he and Jackson "loved each other's company" but "didn't have that long of a relationship."
Inside the Effort to Expand Abortion Pill Access
Abortion pills, which can be ordered online and delivered by mail, have already fundamentally changed reproductive rights in America. People of color, immigrants, those who live in rural areas, and teenagers are disproportionately unlikely to have access to abortion pills, says Upadhyay. Nearly two-thirds of the first 3,200 patients who have received abortion pills in Upadhyay’s study are white, compared to the national population of abortion patients, which is about 40% white. And while lawmakers have otherwise traditionally targeted abortion providers rather than patients, abortion pills—which patients can get by mail or can order online without a doctor’s involvement—complicate that dynamic. An ad promoting an event last month training people on medication abortion and self-managed abortion was rejected for the same reason.
The Turkish gambit and the future of NATO
We currently live in a fundamentally different and much more dangerous world than we did prior to February 24. Meanwhile, Turkey, a long-standing member of the alliance, has stalled the newcomers’ road to NATO by criticizing the countries for harboring, and even supporting, terrorist organizations. At the same time, the Turkish president has also attacked his country’s traditional opponent, Greece, saying Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis “no longer exists” for him, because of his stance on Turkey’s veto. Initially, Turkey was hoping that NATO’s open-door policy would also help them become a member of the European Union. Given these developments, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg should undertake robust diplomatic efforts toward negotiating an agreement among current NATO members, focusing on the non-use of the veto in cases where more than three-quarters of members support a new applicants’ entry to the organization.
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.
Map: Pedestrian fatalities in the U.S. reach four-decade high. See which states had the most.
Pedestrian deaths in the U.S. reached a count not seen in 40 years. A spokesperson for the association cited multiple factors that contribute to pedestrian deaths: dangerous driving, the lack of pedestrian infrastructure such as sidewalks, road designs that prioritize speed, vehicle size and weight, and the weather. Fatalities increased in all but 13 states, including California, Maryland and Missouri, from 2020 to 2021. According to a GHSA analysis, states in the Southwest and South have the most deaths when adjusted for population. The increase in pedestrian deaths comes amid a surge in roadway fatalities, which Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has called a crisis.
Teen arrested after posting guns, caption asking Siri for directions to nearest school, sheriff says
Anderson posted images of himself with what appeared to be a handgun, a rifle and a tactical style vest along with the caption, the sheriff’s office said in a news release. An investigation found the handgun and rifle were “airsoft guns,” which resemble typical firearms and shoot nonlethal, plastic pellets. His arrest came one day after a 10-year-old fifth grader in Lee County, Florida, was arrested on a charge of making a written threat to conduct a mass shooting. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office said it learned of a “threatening text message” sent by a student at an elementary school, culminating with the boy's arrest. “This student’s behavior is sickening, especially after the recent tragedy in Uvalde, Texas,” Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said in a statement.
Ukraine's 'unicorn' LGBTQ soldiers head for war
As volunteer fighters Oleksandr Zhuhan and Antonina Romanova pack for a return to active duty, they contemplate the unicorn insignia that gives their uniform a rare distinction — a symbol of their status as an LGBTQ couple who are Ukrainian soldiers. Members of Ukraine’s LGBTQ community who sign up for the war have taken to sewing the image of the mythical beast into their standard-issue epaulettes just below the national flag. Ukraine and its allies call that a false pretext for a war of aggression. There was much back-slapping as they joined their new unit at Kyiv’s central station for a second three-month stint. Some of the team Zhuhan and Romanova knew but the commanders were not at the station.
2 people missing, 10 rescued after group goes over dam in Virginia
Two women are missing after a group went over a dam Monday afternoon in the area of Richmond, Virginia, authorities said. The Richmond Fire Department received a report just before 3:15 p.m. that a group of people were stranded in the river, Assistant Chief Jeffrey Segal said at a news conference Monday night. Minutes later, the fire department received a report that the group went over Bosher's Dam. It was not immediately clear what kind of watercraft the group was using. Two women remain missing.
U.S. religiosity (or lack thereof) isn’t what’s driving gun violence
Let’s say these Republicans and others on the right who used similar rhetoric this week genuinely believe that religion is the answer to the societal scourge of deadly gun violence. According to international data compiled by the Pew Research Center, among wealthy democracies, the United States is easily among the most religious. Many foreign countries that are far more secular than the United States have far fewer gun deaths — because they have far fewer guns. Their lack of religiosity and infrequent worship attendance does not make the people of these countries any more violent or prone to mass murder. Closer to home, many of the states with highly religious populations routinely also have some of the highest rates of firearms deaths.
Midterms 2022: News and Updates
Courts rejected the cases and election officials were unconvinced, thwarting a stunning assault on the transfer of power. Some former election officials say they are hopeful that when election skeptics observe the process they may finally be convinced that the system is sound. Asked about her project at the Pennsylvania training, Ms. Mitchell declined an interview request and asked a reporter to leave. This year, its multimillion-dollar investment includes hiring 18 state “election integrity” directors and 19 state “election integrity” lawyers. Ms. Mitchell is no doubt connecting with some of the fringe groups and ideas some in the party once avoided.
The Next Big Addiction Treatment
It’s still uncertain how effective using psilocybin to treat addiction is in the long-term and whether some individuals are more likely to benefit than others. Still, many experts hungry for new addiction therapies say that psilocybin represents a new and potentially exciting treatment for people suffering from a disease that is difficult to address. Long after the short-term withdrawals have waned, people suffering from addiction often face living without the stress release valve that their habit gave them. Some experts say psilocybin addresses that psychological need. Back in the psychedelic heyday of the 1950s and 1960s, such drugs were evaluated for treating depression and addiction with mixed results.
Mental Health Providers Are Busier Than Ever. Here’s How to Find One.
When The New York Times surveyed 1,320 mental health professionals in November, nine out of 10 therapists said the number of people seeking care was on the rise. During a Senate committee hearing in February to address the nation’s growing mental health and substance abuse problem, Senator Patty Murray of Washington noted that nearly 130 million Americans live in places with less than one mental health care provider per 30,000 people. Even therapists can have trouble finding help. Thomas Armstrong, a clinical psychologist in eastern Washington, waited more than a year to get treatment for his youngest child, who was 2 when they started searching. If you are looking for a mental health care provider, don’t give up — there are several strategies that can help.
Cold Water Plunges Are Trendy. Can They Really Reduce Anxiety and Depression?
Why do people think cold water is key? There are several reasons to think that cold water might provide mental health benefits. This is likely why people say that a dip in cold water wakes them up, Dr. Tipton said. Several conditions, including depression, are tied to chronic inflammation, said Mark Harper, an anesthesiology consultant at Royal Sussex County Hospital, who is studying cold water swimming as a treatment for depression. Researchers know more about the dangers of cold water than its potential therapeutic effects.
How I Knew I Needed to Quit Instagram
I also knew I had to go cold turkey; moderation not only required a massive amount of energy, it failed me every time. I still felt anxiety because I am an anxious person, but I wasn’t choking on it. If something was negatively received, or I lost people, I was consumed by anxiety and felt compelled to “fix” it. The more I posted, the less I felt like my true self. And “the here and now” is where the true self lives.
Kevin Spacey to Voluntarily Travel to Britain to Face Sexual Assault Charges
The alleged incidents date from March 2005, August 2008 and April 2013. During those years, Mr. Spacey was the artistic director of the Old Vic theater in London. All the incidents occurred in London, except one from 2013, which occurred in Gloucestershire, England. Mr. Spacey is currently defending himself in a lawsuit filed by Mr. Rapp in New York. After Mr. Rapp’s allegations were made public in a BuzzFeed article, 20 people who worked with Mr. Spacey at the Old Vic theater in London, where he was artistic director for 11 years, accused him of inappropriate behavior.
Live Updates: Europe Seeks New Ways to Aid Ukraine as Fight Rages in East
Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, and Charles Michel, president of the European Council, in Brussels on Tuesday. Ukraine produces around 12 percent of the world’s wheat, 15 percent of its corn and half its sunflower oil. At the same time, European leaders are working to expand broad economic support to bolster the Ukrainian economy. The European Union will also phase out the offer of various services such as insurance to Russian entities by European Union companies, and ban E.U. firms from insuring Russian oil transfers.
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.
Esophageal cancer may be rising among the middle-aged
Placeholder while article actions loadAbout 20,640 U.S. adults will be diagnosed with esophageal cancer this year, according to estimates from the American Cancer Society (ACS). A report, however, suggests that esophageal cancer may be increasing among middle-aged people. Barrett’s esophagus, which usually develops when the lining of the swallowing tube is damaged by chronic acid reflux, is considered a common precursor of esophageal cancer. Esophageal cancer will prove fatal to an estimated 16,410 U.S. adults this year, according to the ACS. The researchers, who presented their findings at the 2022 Digestive Disease Week conference, say that more middle-aged people should be screened for esophageal cancer.
What questions do you have about the Commanders’ stadium situation? Ask The Post.
The stadium issue arose last week when it was revealed the Commanders have the right to purchase 200 acres of land in suburban Virginia. This week, the Virginia legislature considers whether to support the team’s efforts to build a stadium there. With all that swirling around, we thought it would be good to get Sam Fortier — part of our Commanders beat team — to join me for a Q&A on the stadium issue. AdvertisementWe’ll start answering questions at 1 p.m. Tuesday, but feel free to submit them early. Catch up on The Post’s coverage of the Commanders:Thomas Floyd, an editor for The Post’s Sports section, produced this Q&A.
Democrats up pressure on Silicon Valley to safeguard abortion data
The trend highlights how — without a federal data privacy law in place — Democrats in Washington have limited tools at their disposal to try to prevent tech companies from scooping up and sharing sensitive health information with authorities in GOP-led states. “Democrats must swiftly pass a strong national consumer data privacy standard that protects our personal information including pregnancy status and other health data,” Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.) said in a statement earlier this month. Privacy policies aren’t working, The Post’s tech columnist arguesOur tech columnist collected all the privacy policies for the apps on his phone. A federal privacy law could move companies in that direction. The R Street Institute hosts an event on the path forward for a federal privacy law Wednesday at noon.
Hurricane Agatha sets May record, then weakens over Mexico
Placeholder while article actions loadPUERTO ESCONDIDO, Mexico — Hurricane Agatha made history as the strongest hurricane ever recorded to come ashore in May during the eastern Pacific hurricane season, making landfall on a sparsely populated stretch of small beach towns and fishing villages in southern Mexico. Agatha was downgraded to a tropical depression by Tuesday morning, with sustained winds down to 35 mph (55 kph). Heavy rain and big waves lashed the beach town of Zipolite, long known for its clothing-optional beach and bohemian vibe. “There is a lot of rain and sudden gusts of strong wind,” said Silvia Ranfagni, manager of the Casa Kalmar hotel in Zipolite. It was the strongest hurricane on record to make landfall in May in the eastern Pacific, said Jeff Masters, meteorologist with Yale Climate Connections and the founder of Weather Underground.
The troubled legacy of feminine care products
Wellness The troubled legacy of feminine care products Washes and wipes remain popular, especially among Black women, even though doctors say they are unnecessary and potentially harmful. Diamond Redden, a Honey Pot customer, has used different intimate care products off and on, including vaginal douches, since she started menstruating. In a more recent study of about 350 women aged 18 to 34 in California, Black people also reported using intimate care products, including douches, more than other women. But the market has since become dominated by other intimate care products, such as external washes and wipes. Redden, who spends about $300 a month on Honey Pot’s menstrual pads, wipes and washes, said she wasn’t aware of the history behind intimate care products, nor did she know that doctors often don’t recommend them.
Schools are struggling to meet rising mental health needs, data shows
As a result of the rising needs, 2 in 3 schools increased the types or amount of mental health services available, the survey found. Almost all schools — 96 percent — provided at least some school-based mental health services, most commonly from a school counselor or licensed mental health provider employed by the school system. The survey found that mental health needs were acute not just for students, but for school employees, too. About 3 in 10 schools reported an increase in workers seeking school-based mental health services, and 6 in 10 reported a rise in staffers’ concern over their own or their colleagues’ mental health. Some schools responded to these heightened needs by providing additional professional development on mental health and more time to prepare for classes.
Merrick Garland's Harvard commencement speech was full of obfuscation - The Washington Post
Placeholder while article actions loadAttorney General Merrick Garland, whose slow-motion investigation of the plot to overthrow the 2020 election has frustrated defenders of democracy, spoke at a Harvard commencement ceremony on Sunday. First, in an effort to appear nonpartisan, he inoculated the party responsible for the assault on American democracy. We saw journalists targeted, assaulted, tackled and harassed.” He added: “Members of Congress had to be evacuated. Garland’s fuzzy talk disguises the culprits behind the intense campaign, well underway, to suppress and subvert American elections. But surely, he could confirm that the Jan. 6 violence was just one aspect of the coup attempt.
Qatar Airways CEO defends 160 extra daily flights at 'climate-neutral' World Cup
Abu Dhabi, UAE (CNN) The chief executive of Qatar Airways has defended a plan to operate more than 160 extra flights to shuttle spectators from the region to Doha and back each day, for what has been advertised as the first "carbon neutral" FIFA World Cup. Qatar Airways announced on Thursday it had partnered with regional carriers to allow World Cup ticket holders to fly into Doha and back from neighboring countries just for the day. Climate advocates say the decision flies in the face of the tournament's sustainability goals. "[We] have airplanes which have very low emissions compared to the normal aircraft most of the other airlines fly," including long-haul flights, he said. Qatar's economy is oil-based and has one of the biggest per capita carbon footprints in the world.
'Top Gun: Maverick' jets to new box office record
New York (CNN Business) "Top Gun: Maverick" took off at the box office this weekend — setting a new record in the process. On top of all of that, "Maverick" is the third-biggest debut of the year behind two superhero films, Marvel's " Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness " and Warner Bros.' " The Batman ." Studios and theaters couldn't ask for a better way to dive into the summer — the film industry's most lucrative season. Films such as "Scream," "The Lost City" and " Sonic the Hedgehog 2 " have helped give a boost to Paramount and "Maverick" continues that trend. As for theaters, "Maverick" is another blockbuster helping the industry rebound from two brutal years of the pandemic decimating the business.
Russian soldier sentenced to life in prison in Ukraine’s first war crimes trial since invasion
A Russian soldier was sentenced to life in prison Monday for killing an unarmed Ukrainian civilian in the first war crimes trial since Moscow's invasion began three months ago. The case drew international attention amid mounting allegations of war crimes committed by Russian forces in Ukraine, some of which have been documented by international human rights organizations. Ukraine has launched a massive effort to prosecute the alleged war crimes on its territory, and both the International Criminal Court and the United Nations have set out separate inquiries. Ukrainian Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova said this month that there were more than 11,000 ongoing war crimes cases in Ukraine, with 40 suspects already identified. “A prisoner of war cannot be prosecuted for a lawful act of war,” said William Schabas, an international law professor at Middlesex University in London.
How To Take The Ultimate Vacation In Lewisburg, West Virginia
Below, we chat with Paige Lavender, news director at HuffPost, about why you’ll want to put Lewisburg, West Virginia, on your bucket list. It’s close to where the West Virginia State Fair takes place, and it’s home to a lot of events and businesses my family frequents. You can definitely walk most of the historic downtown area, but as with all of West Virginia, it’s a little hilly. Unless you’re going to the West Virginia State Fair, I’d avoid going that week, as the town gets a little crowded then. Also, it’s so easy to get around West Virginia with a car and there are so many other great spots within a short drive of Lewisburg.
The problem with Republicans’ responses to the Jan. 6 subpoenas
It was nearly three weeks ago when the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack made a bold and historically unusual move: The bipartisan panel subpoenaed five sitting Republican congressmen. The members’ reticence led some to wonder whether the GOP lawmakers were open to the possibility of honoring the legal process. In fact, last week, 21 former House Republican lawmakers urged the subpoenaed members to cooperate with the investigation. “As part of that duty, we write to urge you to cooperate with the House Select Committee investigating the attack.”The advice was not well received. He and McCarthy then wrote a joint op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, questioning the “legitimacy” of the Jan. 6 panel.
Ukraine’s push to prosecute Russian war crimes leaves a Kharkiv mother to bury her son twice
She would shout and swear at him, while trying to physically block him from leaving the house they shared. She said a witness to the attack called the Kotenkos to let them know Russian soldiers had killed Volodymyr. By hand, they carried the bits of Volodymyr’s body that they were able to scrape out from the car and walked 9 miles back to their home. Back at their house, the Kotenkos packaged Volodymyr’s body parts into white tarps, dug a grave in their back garden and said goodbye to their son. Olga said she didn’t need a prosecutor to tell her that the killing of Volodymyr was a war crime.
House panel calls emergency meeting to advance gun violence prevention bills
WASHINGTON — The Democratic-led House Judiciary Committee is planning an emergency session Thursday to mark up a package of gun violence prevention bills and send it to the full chamber for a vote as soon as possible, a committee aide told NBC News. The meeting was scheduled even though the House of Representatives is out of session this week. "We felt like we needed to do something big and comprehensive after two mass shootings in two weeks," the aide said. "It’s inconceivable to me that we have not passed significant federal legislation trying to address the tragedy of gun violence in this nation, especially because since Sandy Hook ... the pace of everyday gun violence has dramatically escalated over the past two years," Murphy said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”"We need federal legislation. Any gun restrictions would face difficulty gaining the minimum of 10 Republican votes needed to defeat a Senate filibuster.
Eurozone inflation hits its highest level since the creation of the euro in 1999.
As inflation rates have climbed, the European Central Bank has sped up its policy response and said that the era of negative interest rates could be over as soon as September. European leaders reached a political deal early Tuesday morning on an embargo on most Russian oil imports, a once unthinkable measure that is aimed at punishing Russia but that economists say will also further hurt European households and industry by pushing prices even higher. Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, has been among the hardest hit, with inflation there rising 8.7 percent. France (5.8 percent), Spain (8.5 percent) and Italy (7.3 percent) also saw consumer prices continue a monthslong climb, prompting lawmakers in those countries to offer caps on energy prices or rebates for low-income households to offset the cost of gas and diesel. In Germany, starting in June, for example, the government will offer reductions for the price of gas at the pump and a monthly $10 ticket for public transport across the country.
Boutique condos in D.C.’s Columbia Heights offer charm, location
For Baltuskonis, the location in Columbia Heights was another plus. Columbia Heights borders 16 Street Heights to the north and the U Street corridor to the south. Schools: Marie Reed Elementary, Columbia Heights Education Campus (middle), Cardozo Education Campus (high). AdvertisementTransit: The Columbia Heights Metro station is about a half-mile north. Nearby: Meridian Hill Park, Girard Street Park, U Street corridor, DC USA mall, Howard University1435 Clifton St. NW1435 Clifton St. NW, Washington, D.C.
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.
I tried to read all my app privacy policies. It was 1 million words.
Sean Loose/Illustration for The Washington Post We The Users I tried to read all my app privacy policies. A 2019 Pew survey found that only 9 percent of Americans say they always read privacy policies. As an experiment, I tallied up all of the privacy policies just for the apps on my phone. The TLDR approachFor the past decade or so, one idea has dominated efforts to fix privacy policies: Make them simpler. AdvertisementLess is moreSo here’s an idea: Let’s abolish the notion that we’re supposed to read privacy policies.
Hear from four TJ freshmen admitted under controversial circumstances
Sarah Castillo, 15Sometimes, when kids talk at school, they say the old TJ admissions system was better. When I got older, and learned more, I pictured TJ as a big white building with supercomputers and high-tech science labs, full of really, really smart kids. AdvertisementI know there are adults who have a lot of opinions about TJ admissions, but I don’t know much about it. TJ students are so accepting. I haven’t had much free time to follow the debate over TJ’s admissions system.
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 quest to keep carbon in North Carolina’s wetlands
Climate Solutions The quest to keep carbon in North Carolina’s wetlands “Every time you lose a foot of peat, there are just so many emissions associated with that," says one federal official. Loading... Sunlight illuminates steam in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge on March 15 near South Mills, N.C. The fire began with a lightning strike on private land on June 1, 2008, and burned for nearly four months. “We need partners.”‘Those emissions reductions are real’One way advocates hope to find those partners is by demonstrating that restoring drained and deteriorating peat land can be financially beneficial. “Nobody is going to become a gazillionaire because they are sitting on drained pocosin land,” he said.
There's no evidence of Georgia election hacks but still plenty to worry about
Dominion's voting machines have vulnerabilities, but there's no evidence they were hacked in GeorgiaGeorgia’s voting machines recorded votes properly – but they have hacking vulnerabilities that went undiscovered for years. The findings are from a recent review of the voting machines and represent a mixed bag for people concerned about foreign and domestic interference in U.S. elections. Most of the vulnerabilities are also quite difficult to exploit, requiring hands-on access to the voting machines. Such independent reviews are still relatively rare — and election security advocates warn vulnerabilities in other voting systems could still be waiting out there undiscovered. There’s no evidence U.S. adversaries have ever changed votes in an election, but Kremlin hackers penetrated voter rolls in at least two states in 2016.
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.
Russia-Ukraine war live updates Russia seizes half of key city Severodonetsk; E.U. bans most Russian oil
Under the agreement, Govor will acquire McDonald’s entire restaurant portfolio and operate the restaurants under a new brand. He previously operated 25 McDonald’s restaurants in Siberia. The first McDonald’s in Russia opened in January 1990 when the country was still part of the Soviet Union. The company temporarily closed its restaurants in Russia on March 8 following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In his letter, Kempczinski did not rule out a return to Russia, although he did not specify what would have to change for McDonald’s to return.
Monkeypox patients should abstain from sex while symptomatic, U.K. says
Placeholder while article actions loadPeople with monkeypox symptoms should abstain from sex, British health authorities are recommending as the country reports 179 confirmed cases of the disease amid a rare global outbreak. The WHO said Sunday that nearly two dozen countries have reported a total of 257 confirmed cases and about 120 suspected cases of monkeypox. In Britain, which has the highest reported number of confirmed monkeypox cases in the world, according to the WHO, health authorities have suggested new measures for health-care workers and the public. AdvertisementPeople with monkeypox can isolate at home, as long as they are monitored by local health authorities, the guidance states. The United States stopped vaccinating people against smallpox — which was eradicated globally in 1980 — as a matter of routine in the 1970s.
Opinion | Can anything save the U.S. economy from a recession?
Wall Street executives, normally an upbeat bunch, are warning of a “very, very high risk” of recession. Americans rate the economy as badly as they did the Great Recession, largely because of inflation at 40-year highs. Less clear-cut is how to save the country from recession when the United States appears to be returning to a have/have-not economy. Voters might not like today’s economy and high prices, but they have boosted their spending every month this year. AdvertisementAs recession warnings pile up, it is important to keep in mind what matters to the real economy: hiring and consumer spending.
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.
Uvalde funerals begin for victims: 'One huge funeral that is not ending':
A priest in Uvalde, Texas, will lead 12 funerals for victims of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School. The first funeral will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, across the street from the site of the tragedy. CNN affiliate WFAA has more.
Canada's Trudeau proposes handgun freeze, stricter penalties
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the introduction of a bill that would place a national freeze on handgun ownership across Canada. The announcement comes in the wake of high profile mass shootings in the United States.
How to beat the market: Go ask a robot
But for a small subset of specialized hedge funds known as quants, the chaos of 2022 has unleashed a windfall. "Macro hedge funds experienced a historic quarter," says Kenneth J. Heinz, HFR's president. After all, the hedge funds making headlines lately are most notable for their losses. Melvin Capital, once one of Wall Street's most successful hedge funds, announced earlier this month that it is shutting down. In the first quarter of this year, institutional investors allocated the largest amount of new capital to hedge funds since 2015, according to HFR.
India shows no sign of slowing its purchase of Russian oil
New Delhi (CNN Business) India's appetite for cheap Russian oil is swelling, even as the West continues to hit Moscow with unprecedented sanctions. Russian Crude flows to India are expected to reach 3.36 million metric tonnes in May, according to estimates from Refinitiv. Overall, the country has received 4.8 million metric tonnes of discounted Russian oil since the Ukraine war started, Refinitiv added. Part of the reason for the price disparity: The West has shunned Russian oil. On Monday, the EU agreed to ban 90% of Russian oil imports by the end of the year.
Residents evacuated after explosions at Omaha chemical plant
A fire at an Omaha chemical plant forced some residents to evacuate their homes on Monday. The fire caused several large propane containers to explode and left hundreds of residents without power.May 31, 2022
Exclusive: First responder recounts rushing into Robb Elementary
In an emotional interview, border patrol agent Jacob Albarado recounts rushing into Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, while off duty to get to his wife and daughter who were inside the building. “I got there as fast as I could. I was trying to get toward my wife’s room and my daughter’s room,” Albarado says.May 31, 2022
‘Threat Matrix’ study reveals football and basketball players ‘suffer horrific online abuse’
The players’ well-being at risk: Players across sports share similar risk profiles and suffer horrific online abuse in the workplace impacting mental well-being, lifestyle and performance.2. The same abusive patterns: Online abuse follows similar tactics and categorization of social media abuse across sports industries and jurisdictions.3. Safety measures for players are often missing: Whilst players can be protected against online abuse, specific safety measures are often not sufficiently implemented.7. Parham says the consequences that are “doubtlessly triggered by social media abuse” include addiction to social media, anxiety, depression, sadness, pitfalls associated with social comparisons, jealousy, feelings of inadequacy, social withdrawal and isolation, suicide and sleep disturbances. READ: World Athletics finds female athletes target of 87 percent of online abuse at Tokyo OlympicsFrance star Kylian Mbappe described the psychological impact of the abuse.
EU's Russian oil ban is a big achievement, but limits of Western unity will face further tests
London (CNN Business) The European Union's historic agreement to ban the vast majority of imports of Russian oil by the end of the year is without question a major achievement. The deal, however, does have flaws that reveal the limitations of European unity and nod to headaches for the bloc further down the road. First and foremost, the deal does not include oil that is imported via the Soviet-era Druzhba pipeline to Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Vladimir Putin's key ally in the EU, started Monday by criticizing the EU Commission and calling it "irresponsible" for putting the economies of these countries at risk. He ended the day with a video message claiming: "We have managed to defeat the Commission's proposal to ban the use of oil from Russia in Hungary."
Memorial Day flight cancellations kick off summer travel surge
It was a frustrating weekend for thousands of flyers with delays and cancellations upending holiday plans. Meanwhile, drivers faced more pain at the pump with the most expensive gas prices ever recorded on Memorial Day. NBC’s Tom Costello reports for TODAY.May 31, 2022
Iga Swiatek: The 21-year-old who could break Serena Williams' record winning streak
Swiatek, who turned 21 on Tuesday, won her first grand slam title two years ago at Roland Garros. Now, with a winning streak of 32 matches and the longest unbeaten run on the women's tour since Williams bagged 34 victories in succession in 2013, she is the favorite to win this year's French Open. Though it isn't always plain sailing for Swiatek, whose winning streak was under threat at the French Open on Monday. JUST WATCHED Iga Swiatek on winning 2020 French Open Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH Iga Swiatek on winning 2020 French Open 02:33Swiatek's dominance comes at a time when there is no clear challenger to her winning streak. Ashleigh Barty, who was dominant on every surface having won Wimbledon, the French Open, and the Australian Open, suddenly retired from tennis earlier this year at 25.
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
28 Products You Need If Your Pet Has Taken Over Your Home
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How To Take The Ultimate Vacation In Rincón, Puerto Rico
Below, we chat with HuffPost reporter Sarah Ruiz-Grossman about why you’ll want to put Rincón, Puerto Rico on your bucket list. Rincón is a small town on the westernmost tip of Puerto Rico, with intimate, palm-tree-lined beaches, the best sunsets, no big hotels, and lots of taco trucks and restaurants overlooking the water. Sarah Ruiz-Grossman/HuffPost View from the hills of RincónWhat are the best times of year to visit? Sarah Ruiz-Grossman/HuffPost View from Fisheye View apartments in RincónWhat are your go-to restaurants or foods to eat while you’re there? Rincón is full of great food ? make sure to get in lots of fish tacos, mofongo and açai bowls.
‘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.
Russia halts gas supply to the Netherlands
Gazprom said it was suspending gas deliveries to the Netherlands due to its failure to pay in rubles | Nikolay Doychinov/AFP via Getty ImagesRussia's Gazprom on Tuesday morning confirmed it was "completely suspend[ing] gas supplies" to Dutch company GasTerra "due to failure to pay in rubles." That contract provided for 2 billion cubic meters of gas to be delivered through October 1. Natural gas flows through the Russia-to-Germany Nord Stream pipeline were down 5 percent early this morning, with volumes into the NEL pipeline carrying gas on to the Netherlands down 8 million cubic meters, according to Tom Marzec-Manser, head of gas analytics at ICIS. The Netherlands' climate ministry said Monday no supply interruptions to customers were expected, as GasTerra had purchased alternate gas volumes as a backup. Dutch storage facilities also currently hold some 5.5 billion cubic meters of gas, according to live data.
Kevin Spacey to ‘voluntarily appear’ in U.K. courts over sexual assault charges
Kevin Spacey has said he will “voluntarily appear” in U.K. courts over four counts of sexual assault charges and one charge of “causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent.”The actor provided a statement to “Good Morning America” on Tuesday outlining that he is “confident” he can prove his innocence. If Spacey does not voluntarily appear in the U.K., British authorities plan to seek the actor’s formal extradition from the U.S. Spacey can be formally charged following his arrest in England or Wales. “The CPS has authorized criminal charges against Kevin Spacey, 62, for four counts of sexual assault against three men,” said Rosemary Ainslie, head of the CPS Special Crime Division. “He has also been charged with causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent. Rapp told Buzzfeed News that when he was 14 Spacey made a non-consensual sexual advance toward him at a party.
Off-duty CBP agent recalls racing from barbershop to Uvalde elementary school to save wife, daughter
Albarado was at a barbershop when he received harrowing messages from his wife Trisha about a gunman at Robb Elementary School, where she teaches fourth grade. Nineteen children and two teachers were killed in the May 24 massacre, just days before the final day of the school year. Albarado was at Robb Elementary earlier in the day for an award ceremony for his second grader daughter Jada, 8. Jacob Albarado with, his wife, Trisha and daughter, Jada. He said he later learned that his wife and her students hid under desks and his daughter took shelter in a locked bathroom.
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.
Multiple shot, 2 officers hurt after gunfire erupts in downtown Charleston, S.C.
Multiple people were shot and at least two law enforcement officials were hurt Monday night after gunfire erupted in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, according to police. Several people were hit in the Memorial Day shooting and are being treated at hospitals, according to the release. One Charleston police officer suffered minor injuries in the shooting and was in the process of being released from the hospital, police said. A Charleston County Sheriff’s Office deputy was assaulted at the scene while responding to the chaos, according to the release. Officials said South Street from Nassau Street to Drake Street and America Street from Reid Street to Mary Street in the area will remain closed to process the shooting scene.
Oil prices jump after E.U. leaders agree to ban most Russian crude imports
leaders reached an agreement late Monday to ban 90 percent of Russian crude by the end of the year. Hungary is a major user of Russian oil and its leader, Viktor Orban, has been on friendly terms with Russia’s Vladimir Putin. Charles Michel, president of the European Council, said the move would immediately hit 75 percent of Russian oil imports. The European Council added that in case of “sudden interruptions” of supply, “emergency measures” will be introduced to ensure security of supply. Roughly 36 percent of the E.U.’s oil imports come from Russia, a country that plays an outsized role in global oil markets.
Master P announces his daughter has died at 29, says ‘substance abuse is a real issue’
Rapper and hip-hop executive Master P said his daughter Tytyana Miller died at 29. The music mogul, whose real name is Percy Miller, wrote in an Instagram post on Monday that his family is “dealing with an overwhelming grief” over the loss. Tytyana Miller was one of seven children Master P, 52, shares with ex-wife Sonya Miller. She was featured in an episode where Romeo and Master P are urging her to go to rehab for addiction issues. Tytyana Miller also appeared in the 2017 film “A Mother’s Choice.”
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.
A Simple Pasta That Puts Ricotta Front and Center
One of the tastiest things I ate this year was still-warm ricotta, just off the fire, at a farm in Sicily. I scooped some of the white, wobbly mass onto my plate, seasoned it with coarse salt and used a spoon to catch every drop, restraining myself from licking the plate. That ethereal ricotta also appeared in the next course as a pasta topping. Meals like this are, of course, impossible to replicate: a sublime vacation moment that can’t be transferred back to everyday life. But that doesn’t mean I can’t make a soupy pasta with fresh ricotta and lots of herbs, and enjoy it almost as much at home.
As Art Dealers Descend on Seoul, One Looks Farther South
An Andy Warhol show inaugurated the Daegu headquarters, establishing Mrs. Ahn, 64, as a source in South Korea for work of artists from abroad. Along with new exhibition space, it will feature an auditorium for lectures about art and collecting. A proud booster of her adopted city, Mrs. Ahn is also chairman of the Galleries Association of Daegu, which runs an annual art fair. (His work led the couple to settle in Daegu; Mrs. Ahn is from Masan, on the southern coast, and had been living in Seoul.) After the death of Lee Tae, the owner of an important Daegu gallery called Ci-Gong, she acquired it, and it became Leeahn.
Margot Heuman, Who Bore Witness to the Holocaust as a Gay Woman, Dies at 94
Sexuality was just as fluid and complex in the camps as in the outside world. Some female prisoners, like Ms. Heuman, knew they were attracted to women before their deportation; others discovered their sexuality once they were imprisoned. Others bartered with their female guards sex for food or safety, or sought intimacy with fellow prisoners though neither partner identified as gay. But Ms. Heuman and Dita, as Ms. Heuman recalled, were called out only once, when a group of fellow prisoners, seeing them cuddle, sneered, “That’s not natural!” Dita’s aunt, who was interned with them, brushed the slur away. Margot weighed only 76 pounds and was nearly dead from starvation and typhus; the schoolteacher sent her to summer camp and private schools and, Ms. Heuman said, nurtured her like a mother.
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.
Trash Is His Muse: Meet the Sanitation Department’s Resident Artist
At one point, Len greeted a truck mechanic, Eric Ritter, 60, who was guiding a huge tire onto a forklift. The two had met earlier when Mr. Ritter was playing his saxophone in the shop during lunch hour. Len hopes that Mr. Ritter, and several other musician-mechanics he jams with, will play at one of his art openings or for a video segment. “It’s kind of cool to have him around digging into the history of the department and exploring what we’re doing in the shop,” Mr. Ritter said. “Sanitation is weird and special in that way.”To Len, garbage collection is a natural subject for making art.
Should 5- to 11-year-olds get boosters now or wait until the fall? - The Washington Post
Placeholder while article actions loadThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended last week that 5- to 11-year-olds receive booster doses if it’s been at least five months since their first two shots of the coronavirus vaccine. The answer is not straightforward, and the CDC’s blanket recommendation does not adequately address the nuances of boosting younger children. AdvertisementBut we don’t have a study that shows a third dose is needed for 5- to 11-year-olds to reduce severe illness. Such a rationale might also apply to younger children with underlying medical diseases, but parents of generally healthy kids might ask whether it makes sense to wait until the fall. Children with chronic medical conditions should opt for their first booster dose now.
Platinum Jubilee souvenirs, from mugs to Barbies to corgi cakes
The jubilee Barbie was out of stock after three seconds, according to the British retailer John Lewis. With 70 years of service, Queen Elizabeth II is the longest serving British monarch, and first to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee. Spicer added that “tea towels, biscuit tins and special edition Platinum Jubilee English sparkling wine” have also been popular. A royal announcement…To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee we are launching, limited edition, coronation chicken crisps. Retailers are pushing corgi ornaments, corgi paperweights, corgi pillows and corgi leggings.
Prankster crashes NRA meeting, mocks group’s ‘thoughts and prayers’
He has done plenty, Selvig told them — namely, by offering his thoughts and prayers after each tragedy. We spoke directly to Wayne LaPierre at the NRA Convention and thanked him for all his thoughts and prayers. That mass shooting happened as the country was reeling from another 1½ weeks earlier, when a shooter killed 10 people in a racist attack at a grocery store in Buffalo. Neither the NRA nor LaPierre immediately responded to a request for comment from The Post late Monday. “I want to thank you … for all your thoughts and all your prayers — thank you.”Selvig turned and walked away.
'The world is watching’: Depp-Heard jury faces a difficult task
It is not clear how the outlets have determined the jurors’ races or other details, other than simple observation. “The gendered distribution of the jury makes that even more interesting.”The jury will attempt to rule on two claims. That’s even more probable considering that Heard’s team “turned a case about defamation into a case about abuse,” which might muddy the waters for the jury. “While they’ve been prohibited from accessing social media and media coverage, the frenzy at the courthouse alone is enough for them to understand that the world is watching,” she said. Complicating things further is how to determine actual damages, if the jury decides anyone is owed them.
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.
What can be done to end gun violence? Ask Post reporters your questions.
Placeholder while article actions loadTwo mass shootings have rocked America in as many weeks. President Biden, who again urged action this week, has played a central role in many of those unsuccessful efforts, first as vice president under President Barack Obama and now as president. What questions do you have about gun-control legislation, new security measures or other proposals aimed at ending gun violence? Four Washington Post reporters will answer them at 1 p.m. Eastern on May 31:Send us your question below. Aviva Loeb, an editor on The Post’s audience team, and Olivia McCormack, a news aide, produced this Q&A.
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.
Kody Clemens, Roger Clemens' Son, Set To Make Major League Debut With Detroit Tigers
DETROIT — Kody Clemens, the 26-year-old son of seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens, was brought up by the Detroit Tigers on Monday for a possible major league debut. “He’s scrambling and trying to figure out when he’s going to fly here,” Kody Clemens said after Detroit’s 7-5 win on Monday. He was like `You’re a big leaguer, kid.’”AdvertisementRoger Clemens holds his son, Kody (age 7), during a 2004 press conference. “Obviously, I’m trying to create my own career path here, but to wear his number is awesome,” Kody Clemens said. Roger Clemens was an 11-time All-Star who won 354 games in a major league career from 1984-2007 and struck out 4,672, third behind Nolan Ryan and Randy Johnson.
North Carolina man who won $10M lottery prize gets life in prison
BOLIVIA, N.C. — A North Carolina man who won a $10 million lottery prize in 2017 has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in the 2020 fatal shooting of his girlfriend. She was later found dead in a hotel with a gunshot wound to the back of the head. In a news release from the 15th Prosecutorial District of North Carolina, prosecutors said surveillance footage from the hotel showed Hill was the only person in the room with Graham. They said Hill later confessed to shooting Graham after she had been texting with other men while at the hotel. Hill won $10 million from a scratch-off ticket in August 2017, NBC affiliate WECT of Wilmington reported.
Stoops for New York’s Open Streets
Stoops for New York’s Open Streets Winnie Hu ? Reporting from Williamsburg, BrooklynHiram Durán for The New York TimesMr. Burke is in luck: On May 24, the first two stoops, made for about $55,000, will go up on 34th Avenue. Mr. Rockwell’s firm is looking to raise money to donate stoops to Open Streets in the other boroughs.
Trump Policies Sent U.S. Tumbling in a Climate Ranking
The individual metrics were wide-ranging, including tree-cover loss, wastewater treatment, fine-particulate-matter pollution and lead exposure. The United States ranked 43rd overall, with a score of 51.1 out of 100, compared with 24th place and a score of 69.3 in the 2020 edition. Its decline is largely attributable to the bottom falling out of its climate policy: On climate metrics, it plummeted to 101st place from 15th and trailed every wealthy Western democracy except Canada, which was 142nd. But the pace of reduction has been insufficient given the United States’ extremely high starting point. 1 on climate and overall, whose Parliament has made a binding commitment to reduce emissions 70 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.
Cuba Steps From Amateur Glory Into the Prize Fighting Chase
Arlen López, the Cuban boxer who won the light-heavyweight gold medal at the Olympics last summer, took a half-step back and countered with a quick, clinical left hook. López’s knockout showed the blend of power, precision, art, science and violence that has made Cuba’s amateur boxing program the world’s best. Cuban boxers have won 15 Olympic medals since 2012, compared with nine for the United States. At the Tokyo Games, Cuba entered boxers in seven weight classes, and emerged with five medals — four gold and one bronze. Six Cuban competitors fought under the banner of an upstart Mexican promotional company, Golden Ring.
Help Wanted: State Misinformation Sheriff
Colorado has hired three cybersecurity experts to monitor sites for misinformation. California’s office of the secretary of state is searching for misinformation and working with the Department of Homeland Security and academics to look for patterns of misinformation across the internet. The moves by these states, most of them under Democratic control, come as voter confidence in election integrity has plummeted. Some conservatives and civil rights groups are almost certain to complain that the efforts to limit misinformation could restrict free speech. “State and local governments are well-situated to reduce harms from dis- and misinformation by providing timely, accurate and trustworthy information,” said Rachel Goodman, a lawyer at Protect Democracy, a nonpartisan advocacy group.
Eagles, Beavers, Sea Turtles: Why N.Y.C. Is Humming With Wildlife
It would be easy to surmise that nature blossomed and the creatures came out during New York City’s lockdown last year. Funding is more critical than ever, said Ms. Heintz, Mr. Benepe and other officials. “Parks should operate as sponges, but instead they are seeing massive flooding,” said Adam Ganser, the executive director of the nonprofit New Yorkers for Parks. Park funding has remained at 0.6 percent of the total budget for decades, while other cities spend 2 to 4 percent, Mr. Ganser said. Mr. Ganser said such a move would be transformative.
Why Masks Work, but Mandates Haven’t
Advocates of mandates sometimes argue that they do have a big effect even if it is not evident in populationwide data, because of how many other factors are at play. The patterns are clear even though the world is a messy place, with many factors other than vaccines influencing Covid death rates. Almost 30 percentThe idea that masks work better than mask mandates seems to defy logic. The Covid virus is so contagious that it can spread during brief times when people take off their masks, even when a mandate is in place. So do adults: Research by the University of Minnesota suggests that between 25 percent and 30 percent of Americans consistently wear their masks below their nose.
Why the Police Took 78 Minutes to Stop the Uvalde Gunman
A timeline from the state police raised the painful possibility that had officers done more, and faster, not all of those who died — 19 children and two teachers — would have lost their lives.
Go Here, Not There: Vacation Alternatives for the Budget-Conscious
“It’s a great place for architecture buffs,” said Christina Parrish Stone, the executive director of the St. Johns Cultural Council, a nonprofit arts organization. For a date with immigrant cultures, head to Milwaukee for its series of cultural festivals held on the Lake Michigan shore. “For the most part, it seems like Switzerland,” said Tony Zgraggen, a Swiss native who moved to New Glarus in 1981. He owns Alp and Dell Cheese Store in town and performs as a lead yodeler during special events. “We don’t have the mountains,” he said, “but we have the rural areas and rolling hills.”Elaine Glusac writes the Frugal Traveler column.
How a Florida Power Project Flew Under the Regulatory Radar
“The whole energy policy dynamic in Florida has alienated the public interest,” said E. Leon Jacobs Jr., a former chairman of the Florida Public Service Commission who was elected president of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, a nonprofit environmental organization, in September 2020. Transmission data collected by the U.S. Department of Energy highlights how unusual 161-kilovolt lines are, particularly over long distances. Just 3 percent of all transmission lines in the country are 161 kilovolts, and they average five miles in length, said Mr. McCullough, who reviewed the data. The Public Service Commission, responsible for ensuring that utility investments are prudent and avoid economic waste, declined to comment about the transmission line, its funding or Florida Power & Light’s practices, noting that the rate case could be appealed. Mr. Gentry did, however, take part in negotiations regarding the rate case that included the transmission project.
When the Only Way to Get to Work Is This Slow Bus
Just beyond the reach of New York City’s frenetic, round-the-clock subway, people in a slice of western Queens wait — and wait — to board one of the borough’s slowest buses. Many of the 2.3 million New Yorkers who live and work in Queens aren’t served directly by the vast network of trains that keeps the nation’s biggest metropolis moving. The borough, the city’s second most populous, has less subway service relative to its size and population than the other four. So hundreds of thousands of people here plan their lives around the only mass transit choice they have: the buses that lumber along traffic-choked streets. One of those buses, the Q23, is among the slowest in the city.
Killer Asteroids Are Hiding in Plain Sight. A New Tool Helps Spot Them.
“They’re just random data in just random images of the sky,” Dr. Lu said. But for Mr. Moeyens and Dr. Juric, a single point of light that is not a star or a galaxy is a starting point for their algorithm, which they named Tracklet-less Heliocentric Orbit Recovery, or THOR. THOR constructs a test orbit that corresponds to the observed point of light, assuming a certain distance and velocity. If a point of light show up there in the data, that could be the same asteroid. If the algorithm can link together five or six observations across a few weeks, that is a promising candidate for an asteroid discovery.
What Happened on Day 96 of the War in Ukraine
The endorsement came as a multipronged Kremlin assault closed in on the easternmost Ukrainian-controlled city, Sievierodonetsk. Russian forces continued their pattern of bombarding cities and towns, including civilian areas, reducing them to depopulated wastelands before attempting to seize control. With the war driving up prices, the European Union countries alone have been paying $23 billion a month for Russian oil. Russian forces have held onto most of the areas they conquered in the south early in the war. And in the first weeks of the war, Russian offensives in the north aimed at Kyiv, the capital, and Kharkiv, the second-largest city, became hopelessly bogged down.
Why China Is Miles Ahead in a Pacific Race for Influence
Chinese officials deny that’s the plan. To many observers, the South Pacific today reveals what American decline looks like. Even as Washington officials have tried to step up their game, they are still far behind, mistaking speeches for impact and interest for influence. “There’s a lot of talk,” said Sandra Tarte, the head of the government and international affairs department at the University of the South Pacific in Suva. Many of the airports and hospitals still in use across the Pacific were built by the United States and its allies during World War II.
After a Bumper 2021, Companies Might Struggle to Increase Profits
As a result, profit margins, which measure how much money a business makes on each dollar of sales, rose well above the prepandemic average. On the whole, companies made an estimated $200 billion in additional operating profits last year because of that increase in margins. And now there are good reasons for investors to be concerned about profits. And corporate executives are warning that the supply chain problems that may have helped them boost profits last year have become a burden. Particularly worrisome to investors are signs that demand for some goods and services is flattening or even falling.
Wall Street’s Losing Streak Ends, but Uncertainty That Drove It Lingers
Those were gains fueled by near-zero interest rates, slashed to that level by the Fed in March 2020. All of these factors have led economists to slash their expectations for economic growth in the United States. “The world is repricing for the end of extraordinarily low interest rates and extraordinarily accommodative monetary policy,” said David Lefkowitz, head of equities for the Americas at UBS Global Wealth Management. “A lot of wealth has been destroyed in the last five months,” said Russ Koesterich, portfolio manager of the BlackRock Global Allocation Fund. “That has an effect on corporate sentiment and hiring and investing plans by companies.
The Arrow in America’s Heart
“The question that should scare us is, what will it take to make us collectively bring about this change?” she said. It was a reflection on history, the violence that we live with, and what the age requires, she said. In her version of the poem she thought of her children, she said, but it was also a wish for her students. So many had dealt with so much in recent years, being sick, caring for family members. I want the earth to be inviolable.”“It is a wish, or a prayer.”
Even as Russia Bears Down in the East, Some Ukrainians Stay Behind
BAKHMUT, Ukraine — The volunteers listened patiently to the pensioner and stuffed a frozen chicken into her shopping bag. Olena Tyvaniuk, 70, a slight woman with a stoop, explained tearfully that she needed more than food. “I need medication for him.”As the towns and cities of eastern Ukraine empty out in the face of the Russian offensive, some residents are choosing to stay on. Or, disillusioned by the longstanding corruption of Ukrainian officials, they think things can’t be worse under the Russians. There are few cars on the streets except for military vehicles; shops and banks are boarded up.
Spending a lot on storage fees? Build your own shed.
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Tuesday briefing: Memorial Day weekend mass shootings; E.U.’s Russian oil ban; contaminated strawberries; mummy discovery; and more
Across the U.S., from California to Michigan to Tennessee. Several took place at parties, and one at a Memorial Day event. At least eight people were killed and 55 injured.
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.
6 Things People Actually Need To Improve Their Mental Health Right Now
The COVID-19 crisis has likely added to this figure, leading to what mental health experts colloquially call a second pandemic. On top of that, children’s mental health concerns have been spiking, exacerbating an already bleak situation. It prompted the American Academy of Pediatrics and other medical groups to declare a national emergency in youth mental health. Paid mental wellness days and better work flexibilityPatel said both students and adults need mental health days that aren’t tied to sick days in any way as well. Decreased access to housing, health care, food access, and more greatly inhibits people’s ability to address or improve their mental health.
The Strange Coalition Poised to Score a Win Against Big Tech
The bill, called the American Innovation and Choice Online Act, or AICO, aims to curb Big Tech’s monopoly power. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has committed to putting AICO up for a floor vote by early summer, Axios reported last week. A second tech bill, the Open App Markets Act, is also moving through Congress, and would force Apple and Google to open their app stores to rival marketplaces. “People don’t want to stand with Big Tech.”Numerous polls have found that most Americans approve of legislation to rein in the power of the tech giants. The challenge for AICO’s supporters, sources say, will be to finagle the bill through a busy summer docket—especially as the Big Tech lobbying firms intensify their effort to thwart it.
Opinion | Misusing Words Like ‘Groomer’ Isn’t Just Wrong; It’s Dangerous
Finding and sharing words is excruciatingly challenging for all survivors, but especially for children. A child in danger cannot find safety if the language we use to define abuse is diluted. Language is also what helps survivors find some semblance of healing; it’s our only way out. No anti-LGBTQ education bill, book ban or health care ban, would have prevented my abuse or helped me in its aftermath. One in four girls and one in 13 boys will endure sexual abuse before their 18th birthday.
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 | I’m a Prosecutor. But I Won’t Enforce an Inhumane Law.
Almost two and a half years ago, I took my oath of office as prosecutor, and swore to protect my community from those who broke the law. The real threat, I now realize, may stem from those who write the law. If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, the rights of thousands of Virginian women will be thrown into question. While the commonwealth does not have an abortion ban on the books, our governor has said that he is “staunchly, unabashedly” against abortion and fully committed to “going on the offense” against abortion rights in our legislature. So when the court’s draft decision overturning Roe v. Wade was leaked earlier this month, I committed to never prosecute a woman for making her own health care decisions.
Opinion | We Clerked for Justices Scalia and Stevens. America Is Getting Heller Wrong.
John believes that Heller correctly construed the original meaning of the Second Amendment and is one of the most important decisions in U.S. history. But despite our fundamental disagreements, we are both concerned that Heller has been misused in important policy debates about our nation’s gun laws. Heller does not totally disable government from passing laws that seek to prevent the kind of atrocities we saw in Uvalde, Texas. Some progressives, for example, have blamed the Second Amendment, Heller or the Supreme Court for atrocities like Uvalde. And some conservatives have justified contested policy positions merely by pointing to Heller, as if the opinion resolved the issues.
Opinion | Should We Be Forced to See Exactly What an AR-15 Does to a 10-Year-Old?
There are many examples of photographs that gave history a nudge — sometimes even a vigorous one. But just as the Till photograph didn’t end Jim Crow, the My Lai images didn’t end the Vietnam War (nor did press reports of the atrocity), the Abu Ghraib photographs didn’t end the Iraq war (or even lead to high-level prosecutions), and the Floyd video didn’t end police brutality. These photographs did support, encourage and strengthen public perceptions, political movements and public debates that were already in play. And viewers who look to photographs to effect political change should be careful what they wish for: Formulating political decisions on the basis of images can be treacherous. People, not photographs, create political change, which is slow, difficult and unpredictable.
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.
More homes coming on the market for sale, report finds
Placeholder while article actions loadSome good news for home buyers: More houses are coming on the market, according to a recent report from Realtor.com. Homes spent fewer six days on the market during the week ending May 14 compared with a year ago. Buyers in many markets face competition from institutional investors who buy homes for single-family home rentals or to improve and sell. The study found that on average, 42 percent of single-family properties purchased by institutional buyers were converted to single-family rentals. For the full report on institutional buyers from NAR, visit cdn.nar.realtor/sites/default/files/documents/2022-impact-of-institutional-buyers-on-home-sales-and-single-family-rentals-05-12-2022.pdf.
Russia-Ukraine war live updates E.U. bans most Russian oil; Moscow at ‘maximum’ strength in Donbas
A French photojournalist covering evacuation efforts in Eastern Ukraine was killed during a Russian strike, French President Emmanuel Macron said. Macron, confirming the death of Leclerc-Imhoff on Monday, tweeted his condolences to his family and support for war correspondents. Before this attack, seven journalists had died while covering the Russian invasion of Ukraine. It was his second mission to Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion, BFMTV said. Oleg Nikolenko, spokesman for the Ukrainian foreign affairs ministry, condemned the killing near Severodonetsk, saying it was the latest on an expanding “list of Russian crimes against media workers in Ukraine.”
Commanders rookie Jahan Dotson is a calm, steady and fast presence
Hill noticed Dotson was at his best when he appeared withdrawn. But Josh Gattis, then the passing game coordinator at Penn State, said he heard Dotson might be interested in staying closer to home. In State College, Dotson ascended each season despite having three receivers coaches in four years. Taylor Stubblefield, that receivers coach, believed Dotson could make another leap because of his competitive streak. And when Dotson arrived at the Commanders’ facility for the first time in late April, he arrived holding a football.
D.C.-area forecast: Surge of summer 90s before Thursday storms and late-week cooling
Tomorrow: Mostly to partly sunny, isolated p.m. storm? Bright sunshine drives afternoon high temperatures to the lower to middle 90s with moderate humidity levels (dew points in the middle 60s). Humidity remains on the moderate side with dew points in the middle 60s. Lingering showers and storms are possible Thursday night with lows near 60 to the middle 60s. Friday night should be mostly clear and cooler with lows in the 50s in the suburbs to low 60s in the city.
A doctor claimed he had a ‘miracle cure’ for covid. He’s going to prison.
Placeholder while article actions loadIn March and April of 2020, as the coronavirus spread and people isolated in their homes, a doctor in San Diego boasted that he had his hands on a “miracle cure,” according to prosecutors — hydroxychloroquine. But Staley had a way of getting it, he later told an undercover federal agent. Staley was sentenced last week to 30 days in prison and a year of home confinement for the scheme. According to prosecutors, federal agents began looking into Staley after concerned customers alerted the FBI to the marketing emails from Skinny Beach Med Spa. “It’s preventive and curative,” Staley said to the undercover agent, court documents show.
Jude Bellingham questions whether authorities 'care' about racist abuse directed at Black footballers
In September 2021, FIFA sanctioned the Hungarian Football Federation (MLSZ) for "numerous fans'" racist behavior during a World Cup qualifier match against England. Denise Bellingham (left), Jude Bellingham (second left), Jobe Bellingham (second right) and Mark Bellingham (right) on the red carpet prior to the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2021. Bellingham celebrates his brother's success, but is equally committed to making him aware of the obstacles that Black players face in football. Reflecting on the tournament, Bellingham says: "I think the biggest takeaway from the whole experience for me was the contrast." And he took a lot of time to kind of talk about what had happened in that situation," Bellingham says.
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.
Eurozone inflation jumps to new record at 8.1 percent
Energy prices continue to drive inflation up, adding pressure on the ECB | Ina Fassbender/AFP via Getty ImagesFRANKFURT – Eurozone inflation rose to a new record high of 8.1 percent in May from 7.4 percent in April, further aggravating the cost-of-living-crisis across the continent, preliminary Eurostat data showed Tuesday. Inflation once again exceeded the 7.7 percent median forecast and is set to spark fresh calls for the European Central Bank to act more aggressively to rein in price pressures. Core inflation — which excludes volatile components such as food, energy, alcohol and tobacco — strengthened considerably to 3.8 percent in May from 3.5 percent in April. Core inflation is watched closely as a key indicator for domestic price pressures and as a signal that external price shocks are becoming entrenched. Inflation pressures varied significantly across the region.
7 wounded in Vegas biker gangs freeway shooting, police say
Rival motorcycle gangs were involved in a metro Las Vegas freeway shooting over the weekend that injured seven people and authorities arrested three suspects, police said Monday. Sunday’s shooting on the freeway involved people associated with the Hells Angels and the Vagos gangs, police in the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson said in a statement. Officers found “multiple subjects who had sustained gunshot wounds” and six people were taken to a hospital, the statement said. A seventh injured person arrived at a hospital was confirmed to be involved in the shooting, the statement said. “As this is an open investigation, no further details will be released at this time,” the statement said.
Russia-Ukraine war live updates E.U. bans most Russian oil; Moscow at ‘maximum’ strength in Donbas
If Russia takes the city, it would occupy nearly all of Luhansk, a major part of the Donbas region. Severodonetsk: A pro-Moscow separatist leader in Luhansk on Tuesday told Russian news agency Tass that his forces have taken control of one-third of the city. Russian troops, now reportedly positioned northeast and southeast of the city, continue to capture more territory. Russian troops have been prevented from seizing Ukraine’s second-largest city, but about they occupy one-third of Kharkiv, according to the regional military administrator. The city of Kherson fell under Russian occupation in the early days of the war, and a local separatist leader said it had started shipping grain to Moscow.
‘Irreplaceable’ $2 million gold tabernacle stolen from Brooklyn church
AdvertisementWhen he entered the church, he came across the destruction, finding the Eucharist — commonly unleavened bread or wafers — strewn about the altar. Statues of angels on either side of the tabernacle were “decapitated and destroyed,” as well, the diocese said. Tumino speculated that multiple people were involved in the heist, considering the immense weight of the tabernacle. Although police said the tabernacle was solid gold, Father Robert Whelan said in a 2013 program about the church that it was solid silver coated in 18-karat gold. Whelan said in the program that it was “probably the most elaborate tabernacle in the country.”Jaclyn Peiser contributed to this report.
Liz Cheney's 'uphill' path to re-election runs through Trump
Former President Donald Trump tosses red MAGA hats to the crowd at a rally Saturday at the Ford Event Center in Casper, Wyo. Cheney's strategy is unique among Republicans who have stood up to Trump: Many have chosen to retire rather than face brutal re-election bids; others have sought to appease his base. His team said his aim — a successful one — was to create a permission structure for voters to back both Trump and Kemp. "There is no middle ground here: You are either Team Cheney or Team Harriet," said a Republican source with deep ties in the state. "Gotta think Cheney has something big up her sleeve; otherwise she's going to lose big."
A 'platinum pudding' fit for the queen: How the U.K. found its official jubilee dessert
And proof that this jubilee will be a very British combination of old and new lies in the layers of Jemma Melvin’s “platinum pudding,” which bested almost 5,000 rivals in a special bake-off to find an official dessert to mark the occasion. While contents of a trifle can vary, the layered dessert is traditionally made with sponge fingers soaked in sherry or another fortified wine. “But then when we had the trifle in front of us, I think everyone got goose bumps because it’s such a traditional British dish. Jemma Melvin’s “platinum pudding." I think you call it a ‘potluck’ in America.”As for her trifle, Melvin said, “I just want everyone to make it and if people make it around the world then that is amazing.”
'We had to literally unpolish them': 'Pistol' makeup artist on achieving the punk look
Instead of being used as tools for physical improvement, hair and makeup were suddenly severed from their typical mission: Appealing to a potential mate. If the 1970s said hair should hang long and sit smooth, the punk aesthetic demanded gravity-defying spikes and teased, knotty textures. This made the job of "Pistol" makeup artist Ivana Primorac all the more challenging. "And at the end of the day, (the cast) would take that punk look off and clean with very expensive, lovely cosmetics and go home and look like normal 21st-century actors." According to Primorac, Rooke remembered that day vividly -- she had gone to work at Westwood's Kings Road boutique after being out all night and forgot her makeup.
Elvis reimagined as an Asian American icon
But there's a good reason for this lack of depth -- Kha is not actually present in the photograph. Instead it's a cardboard cutout of a portrait of himself, propped up between the metal-edged table and blue leather chairs. As a Chinese American artist who grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, Kha's work often ruminates on how queer Asian men have been represented in photographs. Now, each summer, Kha returns to Memphis for Elvis Week, where lookalikes flock to the city to compete in an annual competition. Kha has photographed a number of people who emulate Presley over the years, but in this portrait he offers himself as the American icon.
Fire at Omaha chemical plant forces residents to evacuate their homes
A major fire tore through a chemical plant near downtown Omaha on Monday night, forcing some residents in the area to evacuate their homes and leaving hundreds without power. In photos shared by the Omaha Fire Department, smoke could be seen billowing out from the Nox-Crete facility, which manufactures chemical products, according to its website. In a tweet, the Omaha Fire Department said a nearby community center had been opened up to provide shelter to those forced to evacuate their homes. Nearly 2,500 customers were without power in neighborhoods near the scene of the fire on Monday night, according to ABC affiliate KETV, which is based in Omaha. By early Tuesday morning, the total number of outages in Omaha had dropped to fewer than 250, according to the Omaha Public Power District's website.
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.
‘Hard to believe it’s actually happening’: Shanghai to lift Covid lockdown
SHANGHAI — Shanghai authorities on Tuesday began dismantling fences around housing compounds and ripping police tape off public squares and buildings, to the relief of the city’s 25 million residents, before a painful two-month lockdown is lifted at midnight. “This is a day that we dreamed of for a very long time,” Shanghai government spokeswoman Yin Xin told reporters. Residents will have to tests every 72 hours to take public transport and enter public venues. China is alone among major countries enforcing a “zero Covid” policy of eradicating outbreaks at just about any cost. His restaurants can only do deliveries, which bring about 5 percent of revenue, not enough to pay salaries and rent.
Russia-Ukraine war live updates E.U. bans most Russian oil; Moscow at ‘maximum’ strength in Donbas
Dutch energy company GasTerra announced it will stop importing gas from Russia’s state-owned Gazprom starting Tuesday due to the Kremlin’s demand that payments be made in rubles, which the firm said runs afoul of E.U. The move means GasTerra will not receive about 2 billion cubic meters of gas it expected to receive through Oct. 1, when the contract ends. It is unclear whether Europe’s gas market will be able to absorb the loss of supply without serious consequences, GasTerra said in a news release. This is because to do so would risk breaching sanctions imposed by the E.U.,” the company said. Paying in rubles would involve opening an account in Moscow that would be controlled by the Russian regime, a combination that poses “too great a risk,” GasTerra said.
Menstrual cramps derail Chinese teen's French Open dream in loss to Swiatek
(CNN) Chinese teenager Zheng Qinwen suffered with menstrual cramps as she lost to Poland's Iga Swiatek in the French Open fourth round on Monday after taking a set off the world's number one tennis player. Zheng, 19, looked on track for a major upset when she claimed the opener in a tiebreak before Swiatek took control to win 6-7(5) 6-0 6-2 for her 32nd straight victory. "Yeah, the leg was also tough. That compared to the stomach was easy...I cannot play my tennis, (my) stomach was too painful," Zheng, ranked 74 in the world, told reporters. The first day is always so tough and then I have to do sport and I always have so much pain in the first day.
Jeff Gladney, Arizona Cardinals cornerback, dies at 25
(CNN) Jeff Gladney, a cornerback for the Arizona Cardinals, died in a car crash Monday morning in Dallas, according to the team's official website. Gladney, 25, was among two people who died in the crash, according to CNN affiliate WFAA . A preliminary investigation found that a white vehicle was speeding and clipped a second vehicle from behind. The white vehicle then lost control and hit a freeway pier beam, killing the man and woman inside, the release said. The second vehicle was also occupied by a man and woman, who were not injured.
Jan. 6 Riot Suspect Arrested After Frat Brother Reported Him To FBI
AdvertisementAccording to an FBI affidavit, in the days after the riot, Gable’s fraternity brother from roughly 15 years ago notified the FBI. Levi Gable U.S. Department of Justice“I was among the first people to make our way into the US Capitol Building,” Gable said in one post, per the FBI. In an interview with the FBI on Jan. 21, 2021, Gable denied ever going inside the Capitol, the affidavit said. However, he admitted that he traveled to Washington, D.C., on Jan. 5 and attended the Jan. 6 rally that preceded the riot. The FBI said it obtained multiple surveillance videos that appeared to show Gable inside the building.
Israel signs major free trade deal with Gulf state UAE
Israel signed a free trade agreement with the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, its first big trade accord with an Arab state and a move aimed at boosting trade between the two Middle East nations. The pact was signed by Israel’s Minister of Economy and Industry Orna Barbiva and her counterpart, UAE Minister of Economy Abdulla bin Touq Al Marri, after months of negotiations. “Done,” Israel’s Ambassador to the UAE Amir Hayek said on Twitter, replying to another tweet he posted earlier saying “the UAE and Israel will sign FTA in the next hour.”For oil-rich UAE, the deal with Israel is its second bilateral free trade agreement after signing a similar accord with India in February. The UAE has been aggressively pursuing these deals in a bid to strengthen its economy following the hit it took from the coronavirus pandemic. Israel and the UAE established ties in September 2020 in a U.S.-brokered deal that broke with decades of Arab policy that had called for a Palestinian state before ties with Israel.
NC Board of Elections Investigating Signatures on Durham Sheriff Candidate's Petition to Get on Fall Ballot
“The Durham County Board of Elections determined that 9,599 out of 15,685 signatures submitted to the County Board were valid and counted toward the signature requirement. The County Board rejected 6,086 signatures as invalid.”“This is an unusually high number of rejected signatures,” Gannon later added. County board of elections officials told her “somebody had signed different signatures” on the seven pages. “Durham needs a sheriff for all of Durham County,” Jocys told the INDY. Gannon added that both the NC State Board of Elections and Durham County Board of Elections received complaints from voters listed on Jocys’ petition.
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.
Memorial Day Massacre of 1937 Offers Stark Reminder: Media Usually Side With Corporations, Police
Other major media interpreted photos and newsreel footage as confirming the scenario of a hysterical mob attack on the police. Republic Steel was rapidly advancing out of the Depression, with its profits climbing. [The Memorial Day Massacre illustrates] how labor and its allies engineered a re-reading of news imagery first employed by Chicago officials and Republic Steel executives to condemn workers’ activism. The LaFollette report created sensational headlines and widespread condemnations of Republic Steel, and a vast tide of public sympathy for the union movement. Essentially, the major media remain almost as remote from the lives of working people as Colonel McCormick’s Tribune was from the reality of the Republic Steel strike and the ensuing massacre.
Video: Why Russia and China are ahead of US in hypersonic missile technology
Russia and China are ahead of the US in developing and testing hypersonic missile technology, especially when it comes to building wind tunnels. CNN's Kristin Fisher has the details.
Video: Gun maker behind rifle used in Uvalde shooting under scrutiny
CNN's Tom Foreman reports on Daniel Defense, the company behind a rifle used in the Uvalde school shooting, and their history of raising eyebrows with their marketing.
Resilient Rangers Forging Their Identity with Another Game 7 Win
They knocked off the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh in the second round in Game 7 on Monday night with a 6-2 win, facing Antti Raanta and Pyotr Kochetkov. Jared C. Tilton/Getty ImagesThe Rangers have proved to be an especially tough out, winning their last five games when facing elimination. The top line of Kreider, Zibanejad and Frank Vatrano and the second line of Artemi Panarin, Ryan Strome and Andrew Copp have put up gaudy numbers. Panarin and Strome team up with Kreider, Zibanejad and quarterback Fox on the top unit. Wednesday will mark the first conference final game at the Garden since Game 7 in 2015 against, of course, the Lightning.
Math books outrage China with 'ugly, sexually suggestive, pro-American' images
Some Chinese internet users have criticized the pictures of children with small, drooping, wide-set eyes and big foreheads as ugly, offensive and racist. One drawing that showed an inaccurate rendering of the stars on the Chinese flag was accused of being "anti-China." Outrage over the illustrations has dominated Chinese social media discussions since Thursday, when photos of the drawings first circulated online. Some Chinese internet users have criticized the pictures of children with small, drooping, wide-set eyes and big foreheads as ugly, offensive and racist. "Toxic textbooks sound ideological security alarm from infiltration," screamed a headline in the Global Times , a state-run nationalist tabloid, on Monday.
Why is it so risky to fly in Nepal?
(CNN) The loss of a plane carrying 22 people in Nepal has highlighted the dangers of air travel in a country often referred to as one of the world's riskiest places to fly. On this occasion in particular, poor weather is thought to have played a part, Binod B.K., an official from Nepal's home ministry, told CNN. The weather forecast for Pokhara at the time, according to Nepal's Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, was "generally cloudy with brief thundershowers." Family members of passengers on board the Twin Otter aircraft operated by Tara Air weep outside the airport in Pokhara on May 29. The Tara Air plane took off Sunday morning from the city of Pokhara, in central Nepal, and was about halfway into its 25 minute flight to the popular tourist destination of Jomsom when it lost contact with air control, Nepal's Civil Aviation Authority said.
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
Canadian Prime Minister introduces bill to prevent buying & selling handguns
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced a bill to block the purchase, sale and import of handguns in Canada. MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell speaks to David Hogg, gun safety activist and survivor of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, about the move by Trudeau and how it compares to the lack of legislative action on gun violence in America.May 31, 2022
Ukraine Live Updates: E.U. Deal on Oil Will Cost Russia Billions of Dollars a Year
Kalush Orchestra with its Eurovision trophy in Krakovets, Ukraine, near the Polish border. Ukraine’s victory at the Eurovision Song Contest brought national pride, joy and artistic prestige to the country amid the devastation of war. The trophy, a handmade glass microphone designed by the Swedish artist Kjell Engman, was auctioned in cryptocurrency, Ms. Pysarenko said. While it does not have overtly political lyrics, it has been reinterpreted as a patriotic hymn to Ukraine as a motherland. “If Stefania is now the anthem of our war,” Mr. Psiuk wrote in the video’s caption, “I would like it to become the anthem of our victory.”John Ismay contributed reporting.
Egypt unearths trove of artifacts, 250 mummies in ancient necropolis
Placeholder while article actions loadArchaeologists in Egypt announced Monday that they had uncovered a trove of ancient artifacts at the necropolis of Saqqara near Cairo, including mummies and bronze statues dating back 2,500 years. Both are ancient Egyptian funerary texts. Ancient finds have been made across the country in recent years, bringing fresh understanding of the dynasties that ruled ancient Egypt. The beer, researchers hypothesized, was used in burial rituals for Egypt’s earliest kings. The Saqqara necropolis, where the latest discoveries were made, was part of the burial grounds for the ancient capital, Memphis.
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.
Madonna makes surprise appearance at college graduation show
Written by Leah Dolan, CNNMadonna and FKA Twigs were spotted front row at the Central Saint Martins (CSM) undergraduate fashion show on Tuesday. FKA Twigs and Madonna attend the Central Saint Martins BA Fashion Graduate Show in Granary Square. When scanned, users were taken to a specially engineered Instagram filter that contained renders of the designs. This year, knitwear designer Alice Morell Evans received the grand prize for her sculptural crochet pieces. Runners up included womenswear designer Emil Dernbach and Fashion Design and Marketing graduate, Diana Sträng.
Art Basel returns to Hong Kong, scaled-back but playing the long game
That's the message organizers of Art Basel want to get out. Another notable feature was the focus on Hong Kong galleries and artists, both of which were able to claim more of the spotlight. Though the viability of the global art fair concept has also been debated upon in recent years. Indeed, just two floors above this year's Art Basel, Christie's was holding its live spring auctions. "We've had 10 years in Hong Kong... and if you think about our journey together it's been bright," said Ooi of the fair's commitment to the city.
Playbook Paris: Borne vise la Nupes— Le retour d’Hidalgo — Sanctions russes, épisode 6 – POLITICO
Ou encore : “Ils ont la radicalité des slogans et des postures, quand nous incarnons la radicalité des actes et des résultats.”Ça fait un peu peur. Dans le cénacle de ceux qui discutent avec la maire de Paris, on la joue faussement tranquille. Comme dans la corrida, on est dans la phase où on se pique pour se saigner un peu…”Tenus par le bout de la Nupes. Il se rend à 9h30 à l’Haÿ-les-Roses pour participer à un café citoyen et à une déambulation avec Roxana Maracineanu. Un grand merci à : Giorgio Leali, notre éditeur Jules Darmanin, Julie Tomiche pour la veille et Grace Stranger pour la mise en ligne.
Brussels Playbook: Russian oil embargo — EPP heads to Rotterdam — Inflation in spotlight
DETAILS: Under the proposal, only Russian oil traveling by ship into the EU will be banned by year-end, representing about two-thirds of imports from the country. Russian oil that reaches the EU via pipeline will be exempt, at least temporarily. THE GOOD NEWS: The world is waking up to the headline that the EU has agreed a deal on a Russian oil embargo. Ursula von der Leyen is due to arrive after today’s European Council; European Parliament chief and close Weber ally Roberta Metsola will also be in attendance. **AGENDA— Day 2 of European Council kicks off at 9:30 a.m.— EPP Congress in Rotterdam begins from 9 a.m.
Arizona Cardinals' Jeff Gladney dies in an SUV crash at age 25
Jeff Gladney, a cornerback for the Arizona Cardinals, died over the holiday weekend when his SUV crashed in Dallas. The NFL, the Cardinals and the Minnesota Vikings, who drafted Gladney in 2020, announced the loss in statements Monday. "We are devastated to learn of Jeff Gladney's passing," the Cardinals said. Fellow Cardinals defensive player J.J. Watt called the news "just tragic." Fellow Cardinals player Eno Benjamin tweeted: "Praying for the entire family.
The Strange and Terrifying Ideas of Neoreactionaries ? Current Affairs
Sandifer spoke with editor-in-chief Nathan J. Robinson on the Current Affairs podcast to sort things out. One of the things I do for Current Affairs is read right-wing books and review them. You could write a really good cyberpunk dystopia off of the ideas espoused by Curtis Yarvin. And so a lot of tech bro people are really, really into him because he makes them feel good. RobinsonCarlson presented Yarvin as this fascinating intellectual who is silenced by the mainstream but who has really, really valuable and interesting ideas.
The same agency that brutalized peaceful 2020 demonstrators ended the Uvalde massacre
Specially trained agents with the CBP force’s Bortac SWAT team drove from the US-Mexico border to assist responding officers in Uvalde. Bortac agents with ballistic shields were ultimately able to get inside the classroom where Ramos was hiding and fatally shoot him. finance.yahoo.com/...x "In all, as many as eighty CBP agents, including some who were off duty, rushed to the school during and after the shooting. Bortac (Border Patrol Tactical Unit) is CBP’s’s paramilitary force, an elite group of agents trained to exchange gunfire with cartels. loudly question why immigration officers were so prominent on the scene.
"GOP put giant fetus photo on Senate floor, but won't look at photos of babies killed by AR-15s"
“I’ve seen what these weapons do to adult bodies, let alone little babies’ bodies,” said Senator Tammy Duckworth in a Chris Hayes interview on 5/26/2022. “And you know, these colleagues of mine, at the drop of a hat, put a blown-up giant poster of a fetus on the floor of the Senate. Hayes started by saying there is a “learned helplessness” about dealing with gun control, and asked Duckworth how she felt. “I’m calling for us to suspend the filibuster and pass sensible gun legislation at the 51 vote threshold,” she replied. That’s the bottom line here.”For those of you who believe that Democrats will be unable to suspend the filibuster, that’s certainly a possibility.
Conversion therapy for fascist ammosexuals?
German said that “US law enforcement is failing, as it long has, to provide victimized communities like Buffalo's with equal protection under the law. Despite a clear mandate from Congress, the bureau has yet to produce statistics revealing the scale of white supremacist crimes. It said that organized groups were infiltrating law enforcement agencies, while individuals sympathetic to 'white supremacist causes' were also joining the ranks. The infection has grown to become a contagion, endemic to the whole of US law enforcement. Texas law enforcement literally aided and abetted 18 year-old Salvador Ramos’ hour-long massacre of schoolchildren and teachers.
FL-Sen: Rep. Val Demings (D) Pushes For Investigation Into Police Response To Uvalde Mass Shooting
“Well, what we must demand is a thorough and complete investigation,” Demings told Brennan. “We all know post-Columbine, there is no time to waste, that the officers on that scene are expected to go into those active shooter situations. We trained on it at the Orlando Police Department, and every sworn member, including the chief of police, went through the active shooter training,” Demings added. “So, obviously, that did not happen.”Demings also said more questions than answers remain about the police response to the shooting. “We have certainly more questions than answers, and I know that we’re gonna get to the bottom of it.”
Honoring the Fallen in Work for Peace
Over this time, Mid-Missouri Peace Works has been building up resources and alliances for peace thanks to Mark and countless unnamed volunteers and donors. Please join us for a review of the history of the Mid-Missouri peace movement, as well as, the many current campaigns under the Peace Works umbrella. With that, let’s go to the Youtube video of my conversation with Mark Haim of Mid-Missouri Peace Works. Here are a few links to further connect with Mid-Missouri Peace Works. No other individuals or organizations, including the Mid-Missouri Peace Works or any of its members, funded, contributed to or attempted to influence this report.
Street Prophets Coffee Hour: Memorial Day
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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.
Day Is Done ...
Today, Memorial Day, CBS marks the third year of inviting musicians of all ages, abilities and instruments to join in the playing of Taps at 3 PM local time wherever they feel most comfortable and meaningful. His tradition of playing Taps soon caught the attention of his neighbors who share that as soon as they heard the melody begin, they would stop what they were doing and stand at attention to pay their respects. In July of 1862, following the bloody Seven Days battles, Union Brigadier General Daniel Adams Butterfield wanted a more melodic tune than the traditional Lights Out – a rather harsh bugle call signaling the end of the day that was borrowed from the French. The next day, I was visited by several buglers from neighboring Brigades, asking for copies of the music, which I gladly furnished. https://clintonwhitehouse5.archives.gov/remembrance/taps.htmlThis more emotive Taps soon was adopted throughout the military.
Ted Cruz dinged. The massacre in Uvalde still looms large as Republican orthodoxy exposed.
And Ted Cruz felt some of the pressure at the NRA Convention in Houston. Ted Cruz fronted by Indivisible Houston's Benjamin HernandezPolitics Done Right Live weekdays @ 11:00 AM CentralVideo Zoom: LINK — Live Calls: (346)248-7799 ID:254 0 9091Beto O’Rourke and Mike Collier will make Democratic winners with two different but compatible styles. candidate Mike Collier made sure to clarify that Dan Patrick and Gregg Abbot are responsible for the Uvalde massacre. Will you subscribe to our YouTube Channel to help us get to 100,000 subscribers? It will help us deliver the progressive message widely.
Remembering the fallen.
Those 1.5 million Americans may not have been in the military, but they died because of the belief that Americans may need to violently overthrow the government, and so in my opinion the only difference between Americans who have died to guns and American service members who have fallen in battle is that the latter were afforded the opportunity to choose. Those who die to gun accidents or gun violence didn’t get to choose to face death, and that makes it important to remember that they died and why they died. Whatever a person believes regarding second amendment rights and guns, it’s just as important to remember those who did not choose to become sacrifices as those who did get to choose.
Freedom Clinics
So even if the evil governor allows choice to be outlawed, the police in Austin will take no action against the woman nor the provider. I also think we should name all of these clinics, Freedom Clinics. Or Freedom Place. Or just Freedom. Not just because of unsafe abortions; but because carrying to term is a much higher health risk than abortion.
Time for an 1873 Project for Guns
I know we are all sick and tired of the same NRA baloney and at the same time exhausted by Republicans and Social Critics trying to talk about the “good old days when men were men, etc...”. Let’s go back to the good old Western days they fetishize. In the for-seeable future there is no way we can ban guns, but we should argue to take the technology out. They love the Wild West so let them use the Wild West firearms. This meets all the gun needs except massive firepower that kills police and many, many people at a time.
"Good Germans"
Christopher Hitchens has some thoughts... This is a talk that made me understand why what we face in western democracy today has been litigated over and over since the Peloponnisan War, Inquisitions, Pogroms, death marches, chattle slavery and lynchings, genocide and such. I see more clearly what a personal, moral question this is and some societies rally, bring forth leaders, gird their loins with purpose, knowledge and organization. And some societies don't. Do your best).
They died. All We Have to do is Vote. Memorial Day Thoughts.
On Memorial Day 1997, my wife and I were in a town called Saint Avold on France’s Eastern Border with Germany. In Saint Avold there is an American military cemetery where 10,000 G.I.’s are buried, the largest number in any Second World War cemetery, many from the Battle of the Bulge. We happened to be in Saint Avold on American Memorial Day. Until a few years ago, there was just a small commemoration of American Memorial Day at the Saint Avold cemetery, attended mostly by the American staff. But through the efforts of Bertrand Cerf* and others, it has come to be a major Franco-American event, with equal participation by the French military, clergy and elected officials.
If only Republicans were as anti-abortion as they are anti-gun deaths.....
Thinking of having an abortion? Legal prohibitions are not a solution, since some women will have abortions no matter what laws are passed. Women thinking of having an abortion should seek mental health treatment. The solution for bad women having abortions is more good women having abortions. Law-abiding women should not be punished with abortions laws and restrictions just because other women have had abortions.
Can you look in the Mirror after these shootings with a clear conscience? I can!
I was recently asked to talk to a group of new donors to help Democrats get more help and was asked to help set up the function. As a political strategist, this is one of my functions of any group I am “hired to help”. Also why I always use NDA’s for all my work in case they do something stupid, I am covered. Then when Demi Lavato played the song “Confidence” (the theme song from Lucifer) I walked out on the mini stage and started talking. Their Bohemian Rhapsody became #1 4-5 times after they released it, even after Freddie died, who sang the lead.
Time for Action
Gun debate is another one of these situations . I know I'm on the right side of the D spectrum but the Gop is still miles to the right of me . Your kids will be just as dead if this gun debate drags on 40 years , and you do nothing to make your kids school a tough target . Our kids are just too valuable , to keep doing nothing , just because we can't get a national consensus on the gun debate . Anyway , I'll let everyone tear me apart and be told that we don't need any suburban women , or anyone , who ever voted for Trump or Bush we don't need , but we do .
White to move Mate in two #16
"You have to work out how White, playing as usual up the board, can force checkmate in two moves, however Black defends." *It's been noted that there are integral flaws in my presentation of these Chess Puzzles. I've enjoyed the Community response and yes, I've enjoyed the challenges. *Perhaps there's enough interest to form a Community DKos group? I'd certainly join: 20 OPENING MOVES or DKOS CHESS PUZZLES.
From Glendale AZ to Uvalde TX, conservatism and the absence of empathy
In this case, Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) gave a speech to the seniors at Arizona Virtual Academy’s graduation ceremony in Glendale. I don’t know who OK'd that.”Butler also said Lesko failed to mention the graduates and their accomplishments. If there is one feature common to all conservatives, it is a complete lack of empathy. Or do they know how hateful they are, and say what they say, because they are sociopaths who revel in inflicting pain? To whip a slave or gas a Jew, had the same moral consequences to a conservative as stepping on a cockroach.
The unrealized Promise of clean GeoThermal Energy: A TED Talk
Jamie Beard is the founder and executive director of Project InnerSpace, a non-profit focused on expanding the use of geothermal energy around the world. Previously, she founded and served as executive director for the Geothermal Entrepreneurship Organization, a U.S. Department of Energy-funded program that recruits talent from the fossil fuel industry to launch geothermal energy startups. You know, that's what's really, really exciting about it to me. (SOUNDBITE OF TED TALK) BEARD: The core of the earth is 6,000 degrees Celsius. We need to ramp up and switch over to clean energy sources ASAP — as fast as humanly, and technologically possible.
Sad, mad jukebox
Guns, vindictiveness, grief. The last two weeks have been so mixed up. 's got them images, the T.V. 's got them allIt's not shocking! That's in meIs it not in you?
Are Virginia House Democrats about to select an unvetted convicted felon as their leader?
Virginia General Assembly -- Hosue of DelegatesA month ago, a trio of ambitous members of the Virginia Legislature, elected just two years ago, led an effort to oust House Democratic Leader Eileen Filler-Corn and House Democratic Caucus Chair Charnielle Herring. But beyond the inside-baseball politics of the Virginia House is a much more concerning impact for the Democratic Party nationally. This trio has positioned, as their candidate for House Democratic Leader, Delegate Don Scott, who served seven years in Federal prison on crack cocaine distribution charges. And Republicans will plaster these facts not only onto every Virginia Democratic legislator, but on the Democratic Party as a whole. But does this mean that the 48 members of the Virginia House Democratic Caucus should say that Don Scott is the best among them to be their leader?
Kitchen Table Kibitzing ~ 5.30.22 ~ tids and bits
I’m off all drugs now, my brain is almost back and lucky for me my pups sleep a lot. Reasons to be Cheerful is a non-profit editorial project that is tonic for tumultuous times. We tell stories that reveal that there are, in fact, a surprising number of reasons to feel cheerful. Many of these reasons come in the form of smart, proven, replicable solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. The black cat neighbourhood Licking, licking on the street Licking, licking on the street You know you're not inviteed Tidbits, tidbits are all you
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.
Who Leaked Alito's Roe v Wade Draft Opinion?
PollWho Leaked Alito's Roe v Wade Draft Opinion? Sam Alito - Caricature(Image by DonkeyHotey) Details DMCAThere is a lot of talk about who leaked Alito's draft of his Roe v Wade opinion. The right is assuming that a lefty staffer or justice did it out of anger or outrage. There's speculation that a conservative staffer or justice did it tactically, to pressure any wavering justices. Exploring the above possibilities, throwing in speculation that it was John Roberts who did it.
Imagine living in a more rational, less violent, safer country Canada makes us look bad... again
Today Canadian PM Justin Trudeau proposed a freeze the sales and transfer of all pistols. They don’t have an ultra-corrupt Republican party to obstruct rational gun control. Thread ?? — Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) May 30, 2022x PM Justin Trudeau unveils the introduction of new legislation to further strengthen gun control in Canada. https://t.co/p0CGVONMqq — CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) May 30, 2022x YouTube VideoWhat lessons can Canada teach America about deadly gun violence? In Canada, residents seeking to purchase a firearm must wait 28 days before taking possession.
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.
Insomniacs' Late Night Venthole
Plotting vengeance for my waking her up to take her pictureThis Vent-Hole (hereinafter known as IVH) if lost or stolen will not be replaced or purchase price refunded. Violation of IVH rules will result in expulsion without refund. A copy of IVH rules can be obtained from one or more members wearing tie-dyed Oxford shirts after written requests. I was under the weather, which was too bad, because the weather's been very nice. Eight of us political co-conspirators sat in the sun and brainstormed about how to engage volunteers when everyone feels so broken.
Overnight News Digest: Uvalde, TX mourns this Memorial Day
Officials say he suffered a fatal wound to the neck after shrapnel pierced the armoured vehicle he was travelling in. A French journalist working in Ukraine has been killed near the battle-hit city of Severodonetsk in the east. The city - Ukraine's second-largest - faced intense bombardment in the war's first months, with images showing tower blocks flattened to rubble. Democrats in some blue states are making fresh efforts to reinvigorate proposals toward what gun control advocates call “evidence-based policy interventions”. "Shame!," gun control advocates chanted outside the venue, to which supporters of the powerful gun lobby organization responded: "Arm the teachers."
Top Comments: Memorial Day Weekend 2022 Edition
The juxtaposition of what Memorial Day commemorates with how the vast majority of Americans spend the day is always jarring to me. Memorial Day honors those who died while serving in our Armed Forces (Note it is NOT the same as Veterans Day, which honors those who served honorably in those same Armed Forces). Untold numbers of Ukrainian men, women and children have been deprived of life, liberty, and the very country they call home. Primarily white theocrats posing as elected officials and the ever-increasing title Justice work actively to take away MY rights to bodily autonomy, self-determination, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And yet, I took time to remember why we observe Memorial Day.
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.
Crowd confronts cleric at Iran tower collapse that killed 32
Congress Switchboard: 202-224-3121"In his groundbreaking new book Bottom Up: Tapping the Power of the Connection Revolution, Rob Kall invites and eases us into in a much-needed meta-level shift -- a truly basic paradigmatic shift from top-down to bottom-up. He capably and imaginatively explores the differences between these ways of approaching life, clearly demonstrating that bottom-up allows us to flourish. His vision and his book are enriched by telling references to interviews which he has engaged in over the years with bottom-up researchers, theorists, activists, and dreamers in a variety of areas. And take one step further into the bottom-up universe yourself. Bonnie Burstow, MD, author of Psychiatry and the Business of Madness and Radical Feminist Therapy, associate professor at the University of Toronto
IAN: Tuesday, May 31, 2022: Open Thread Reveries
If you are going to be away from your computer for a day or a week, let us know here. IAN is a great group to join, and a good place to learn to write diaries. We all share the publishing duties, and we welcome everyone who reads IAN to write diaries for the group! But, when you are ready to write that diary, either post in thread or send FloridaSNMOM a Kosmail with the date. So, IAN Open Thread time.
PWB Peeps Open Thread: Block Party!
Memorial Day is usually a good day for picnics, barbecues, and backyard parties. But regardless of the weather where you are, we can have a grand time right here. DancingGood foodI make my deviled eggs with mustard, honey, and a little pickle juice or a salad dressing for texture. If the skies are clear enough, we have a chance of a truly spectacular meteor shower this evening! PWBPeeps is a group that posts a daily diary and nightly open thread for animal lovers.
Defense in Depth and Ukraine's East
During the conflict in Ukraine, I’ve come to the conclusion that mainstream news media shares a lot of similarities to Russian artillery. This can be most clearly seen when some analyst hyperventilates when the map of Ukraine incrementally changes color to red symbolizing the slow crawl of Russian advancement. Yet, by any military measure, Ukraine has exacted an enormous toll on the Russian army as they continue their advance. This is because Ukraine is successfully practicing a strategy of defense in depth. This is not a new strategy but has proven to be decisive when used in a larger military campaign.
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.)
Ukraine Invasion Day 97: ??#EU countries agree to ban export of Russian oil. Severodonetsk falling.
Ukrainian counterattacks occur even as Russian forces continued to incrementally capture areas of Severodonetsk but have not yet fully encircled the city. Zelenskiy added that Russian forces “have already stolen at least half a million tons of grain” and “are now looking for ways to illegally sell it somewhere”. It may make sense for Ukrainian forces to fall back to Lysychansk and defend the western bank of the Siverskyi Donets River. [16] Russian forces will likely continue to focus on pushing towards GLOCS northeast of Bakhmut and are unlikely to attempt to capture the city itself. The focus of Russian forces at the moment is the city of Severodonetsk.
A break from the Madness and Misery. Something good has happened . . . : Kate Bush
In one of the few positives of the past week, an entire younger generation has just discovered Kate Bush:x Thanks to 'Stranger Things,' Kate Bush's 'Running Up That Hill' hits No. So in less than 48 hours:x Kate Bush’s classic ‘Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)’ is the highest new entry on the Spotify Top Songs Global chart at #106 with 1,099,174 streams. pic.twitter.com/iVlUXooZN1 — Pop Base (@PopBase) May 29, 2022This makes me very happy since, as many of us have found, her music is just otherworldly beautiful. But we’re not all bad, and Kate Bush is an intrinsic good! and here’s more Kate...“I just know that something good is going to happen...”
Canada announces new ban on buying, sale, import, transfer of handguns & buyback of assault guns
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at May 30 announcementCanada’s Prime minister today announced sweeping new legislation designed to freeze the number of privately-owned handguns in Canada and reduce the number of assault weapons currently in circulation. The legislation makes high-capacity weapons illegal by requiring all long guns to be modified so they cannot carry more than five rounds and making the sale or transfer of high-capacity magazines illegal. Maximum jail terms for smuggling or illegally transferring firearms will increase by 40 per cent to fourteen years. Strict Canadian laws restrict open carry, which requires special permits that are very difficult to obtain. The new legislation was tabled in the federal House of Commons May 30, and is expected to pass without any complications.
It's Time the NRA's Non-Profit Status is Revoked
Let's start by going after its undeserved tax-exempt privileges...www.irs.gov/…Following Mary Trump’s suggestion that we flood the IRS with these specific complaints about the NRA’s abuse of its non-profit, tax-exempt status, today, Memorial Day, I completed and submitted IRS form13909, as in the image. The text of the Description of Activities (in case the image is too small) is: “Wayne LaPierre and the NRA have continually violated the Johnson Act of 1954 in that they exclusively and actively endorse Republican party candidates, support the Republican party candidates through significant donations, and provide a platform for Republican party candidates to gain publicity. Wayne LaPierre has also used funds generated from NRA fundraising for his own personal gain, including the financing of vacations for himself and for his family members.”EIN is 53-0116130. Let’s all do it, just fill it out as I did, and we can hit ‘em where it hurts -- in the pocketbook.
Daily Space: A revolution in telescopes is bringing deep space to those without deep pockets
Multiple people can connect to this network and, using the free app, view what’s going on with the scope. After around five minutes of getting all its elements aligned and software prepped, the app asks for a target, and you’re off. And you’re going to want to know, because what each image really takes is time. You can get a good, clear image, of a really small disc with moons showing up as bright points. You’re going to want something that costs a bit more.
FEARFUL TRUMP Attacks Georgia DA Probing His 'PERFECT' Phone Call that Threatened Election Officials
A good example of that was on display Monday when Trump posted a message to his failing social media site, TRUTH Social. Trump's "truth" was framed as an attack on District Attorney Fani Willis of Fulton County, Georgia. I called to fight a Rigged and Stolen Election, and they go after me instead of the people that Rigged and Stole it. So Trump officially gave notice to these Georgia officials that he intended to hold them criminally liable for the fake offenses he is accusing them of. As reported by CNN, Willis said that..."'We're going to look at anything connected with interference with the 2020 election.
Lessons from two former first ladies: 'Democracy is not something that’s static. We need to grow it'
The garden, one of a few planned for the center, will mimic a plot Michelle Obama planted during her White House tenure as first lady. “Almost immediately after moving into the White House, she starts having her own press conferences with the women members of the press. Anna Roosevelt said she sees a similarity in the way her grandmother took to being first lady and how Michelle Obama used the platform. Anna Roosevelt said the women were both “strong partners” with their husbands and that Eleanor Roosevelt would feel right at home in Michelle Obama’s garden. “She’d hope that this would be a place where they can understand that democracy is not something that’s static.
Way to Win ad emphasizes GOP's divisive culture-war trick: Pitting Americans against each other
x How do we can take on and lower the temperature of the attacks Republicans rely on while avoiding getting dragged down into endless culture war battles? This ad by @WayToWinAF that highlights the stark contrast between the two parties is one way how. We can do it again,” the ad concludes. The ad’s real emphasis is on Republicans as the villains and voters as the heroes who already saved the country from going down a dark path once before. And once again, the ad is an effort to train voters into recognizing one of the GOP’s culture war tricks: pitting Americans against each other.
Teachers and students go to school every day planning what they'd do in a mass shooting
“All day I have been imagining what I would do if someone came into my room with a gun today,” a California teacher said. Here are two Sandy Hook teachers talking about what they did to keep their classes safe while children and teachers in their school were being slaughtered. “You know, and I don't know if that's okay, you know, teachers ... 10 years later, Sandy Hook survivor Maggie LaBanca talks life after the shooting. pic.twitter.com/ryN7L2Cag1 — Lauren Koenig (@CNNLauren) May 26, 2022This should not be a part of the school experience.
After Roe is gone, even your prenatal care will depend on what state you live in
Being unable to find this structure could indicate a brain anomaly, or just that the scan was done too early. Doctors might also pick up evidence of a heart defect but not know how severe or fixable it is. Six states currently ban or restrict abortion on the basis of genetic anomalies, some, such as Tennessee’s statute, specifically reference Down syndrome. But others, such as North Dakota’s, extend broader prohibitions based on potentially even more severe conditions than Down syndrome. These tests are currently routine for pregnant women, but whether they stay that way in the future could depend on where you live and what you can afford.
Ukraine Update: Ukraine launches legit three-pronged Kherson counter-offensive
The middle arrow is the attack around Davydiv Brid, where Ukraine appears to have advanced around 9 kilometers south. This middle prong threatens supply lines for those Russian troops in north Kherson oblast, further pressuring them to fall back. After Voznesensk, Ukrainian forces pushed Russia back 120 kilometers (75 miles), the first time Ukraine proved it could retake lost territory. Ukrainian forces got as far as Posad-Pokrovsikote and Snihurivka, until overwhelming Russian artillery halted the advance. This video shows what a typical engagement looks like, with Ukrainian artillery destroying a Russian vehicle attempting to run the gauntlet.
Life and Death
We have become estranged from its expression in our environment, and in our connection with the reciprocity of Life and Death. The acknowledgement of one half of this dyad, which, characteristically is call the Life cycle, dwarfs the other and cancels their reciprocity. Life and death, Ken Wilbur suggests, can be seen as a vibration like an ocean wave - a sine wave representing a fluid movement from peak to trough in a singular, indivisible action. Any society alert to its local environment on which it is manifestly dependent for its sustenance, will have a fuller understanding of life and death than a society in which money mediates and obscures how its food is obtained - which in either case, is inevitably through the death of other living organisms or their domestication to human needs. Robert Graves shows how the rituals associated with a mythological rather than a scientific interpretation of existence balance life and death in ways that are mutually enriching.
Sonnet: I Hope She's Worth It, Paris
'Calcaneal Osteophyte (Bone Spur)'(Image by Dr. R.S. Pradeep Raj) Details DMCAIn a cemetery full of bone starsthere's nothing to see, as there is no light,and, what's more, there is no you in sight. Just Achilles' blackened heel full of spurs --pause in the false light of lost consciousnessthat fills the interstices of made timewith spacklings of reason, mythos and rhyme;tales of evolutionary progress. What Is grows dimmer as I reach and moon;my grasp is gone, and human light has peaked;the stars go out, one by one. Close your worldly eyes and feel his dismay.
Is alcohol a problem? A test for teens
The legal drinking age may be 21 in this country, but underage drinking is still defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as "a major public health problem." The government conducts regular surveys of teenagers to gauge alcohol use and other risky behavior. One example cited: "A 5 percent increase in binge drinking among adults in a community is associated with a 12 percent increase in the chance of underage drinking." Something for communities concerned about underage drinking to consider. In fact, it's not unthinkable that a teenager whose social life revolves around alcohol has asked himself or herself if, just maybe, drinking is becoming a problem.
The stone gun
Simply sign up for a Advocate premium membership and you'll automatically see this data on every article. I was walking along the other dayAnd happened to look down,And there was a rock that looked exactly like a gun. It took a while to clean out the clayBecause the hollow cavity extendedAlmost all the way through the stone. I wonder what other of my liberal / progressiveAssumptions and convictionsWill be disproven, if I can just keep an open mind! (Article changed on May 22, 2022 at 3:09 PM EDT)(Article changed on May 22, 2022 at 3:10 PM EDT)(Article changed on May 23, 2022 at 7:35 AM EDT)
Allegiance to nature while living in a techno-sphere: A health care directive
Flower(Image by Pixabay: Zee_Shutterz) Details DMCAAllegiance to nature while living in a techno-sphere: A health care directiveby Katie SingerAfter a friend died a few months ago without a will and I learned that two thirds of U.S. Americans die without one1I updated mine and my health care directive for the first time in twenty years. And yet, we still dream that our electrified, computerized society can continue without consequences to ecosystems and public health. Survival requires skills in growing vegetables, self-help health care and conflict resolution"that many of us never learned. My health care directive comes out of this dedication. My health care directiveI consider death an ordinary, natural part of every life.
Washington Lets Others Enjoy the Thrill of War
Would you like to know how many people have read this article? Simply sign up for a Advocate premium membership and you'll automatically see this data on every article. Meanwhile Zelensky spends his days pressing flesh,Reporters so swarm they recall Bangladesh,He loves the camera and the feeling is mute'Saying what he likes with no fear of refute,Since Washington as one over him gushes,Crying the blame can only be Russia's. It's now clear as day, this was planned from way back:To Nato expand and from Ukraine attack,'Cause being just a pole in a world multi-poleIs steak without salt, like putting with no hole. America wasn't made to play second fid',And will feel much better of competitors rid.
The great intervention
It means the way we liveHas upset the balanceAnd the animals are taking action. If they need a volcano or an earthquakeTo rouse them from theirDreamless torporI will happily shake their buildings to rubble. They have hunted me since time immemorial,Driven me into remote hiding,Where mountain lion bides her time. Let me be the omenOf our intervention. Hummingbird, tic and bat,They found their way inTo the wonder and chagrinOf those can-fed deadbeats, dog and cat.
Happy Trails followed by a note
His super power was his green ring and his will and his ability to manifest things. The difference between Green Lantern and the other two was, I wanted to be Green Lantern. (Rumi's super power was his power to transcend the ego without losing himself in his spirituality. For the last decade of my life I have been winging it without a super hero. It's not quite as powerful and sexy as a green ring, but no complaints.
Sonnet: It Is...
this is what a bubble being burst looks like(Image by Darwin Bell from flickr) Details DMCAIt Is...A fantasy that nothing matters, that evil rules,that the old lass across the road and through the treeswakes up at night screaming in your dreams with six mulesladen with oak barrels full of honey, and beesdriven insane with the blues of being aliveat the end of Earth's time, anthropocene long gone,the bones of cathedrals, the gold-dipped thorns crown jive,half-buried in the sand of a new glass blown dawn. Where I live, murderers have made a paradiseout of hell, play G.O.D, kill-joysticks firingat Creation, the long journey to Man all lies,a video game filled with false idols choiring. What could I possibly know amidst such trouble? Consciousness is gossamer, the mind a bubble...
Another unendurable age
Would you like to know how many people have read this article? Or how reputable the author is? Simply sign up for a Advocate premium membership and you'll automatically see this data on every article. Plus a lot more, too. To John AshberyThe 1950s were the "unendurable age"I agreeBoy, do I agreeBut I was too young to knowHow bad it wasOnly in looking back .
An Interview with Philip Goff: Panpsychic Ponderments (UPDATED)
#####John Hawkins: I'm really interested in your work. So, you know, I think people get stuck in these kinds of dichotomies of thought, you know. People might look at you and ask: Do you mean that we can read the mind of the universe or --Philip Goff: -- Yeah. You know, consciousness comes in all shapes and sizes -- as humans, animals, bedbugs, squirrels. Philip Goff: I think maybe Darwin is a better analogy.
Article: Sonnet Sonnet
Sonnet mesh net device(Image by Kickstarter) Details DMCAThe World's Most Advanced Off-Grid Mobile Mesh Networkis now available for the desperadoesseeking escape from a world of drive-thru tacos --one more way of making fun of the poor by porkbarrel-chested organ-grinding monkeys with capsthat say MAGA, pronounced ga-ga; poor o' whiteygot dem blues he stole, like in Get Out! Peele's biteyhorror satire of stylized empathy raps. The mesh network loses social media apps,but we can still text, call, map, and see each other,a wild bunch back to seeking the lap of Motherand there's an SOS button that plays like "Taps." "We Gotta Get Out of This Place," the Animalssang, long ago; we failed, and now we're manimals.
Latest advancements in TB science in spotlight
Latest advancements in TB science in spotlightBOBBY RAMAKANT - CNSWe can prevent TB, diagnose TB, treat TB, then why did 1.5 million people die of TB last year? That is why listening to new TB science updates at CROI 2022 was in particular a ray of hope for me. Latest TB science updates included those regarding two most historically neglected areas: treatment for drug-susceptible TB (common TB when bacteria is not resistant to medicines) and latent TB (TB prevention). "Advancing TB science is vital because it is TB that is robbing us of gains made in advancing HIV treatment science and rollout. When TB is preventable, when TB is curable, then how can even one TB death occur in any sane and just society?
Secret Emergency Orders May Include Focus on Internet, New Files Show
internet kill switch(Image by Free Press Pics) Details DMCAPersonally, I thought it was a bad enough omen when President Trump was allowed to test the emergency broadcast system back in 2018 and sent a text message to -- supposedly -- every cellphone in America. You had no choice but to receive it. And there's been talk for years of an internet kill switch, which is not as difficult to do as you might imagine.
Polytheism vs Monotheism: Building Bridges Between Polytheism and Atheism
Perhaps the diversity of human sacred experience is an accurate response to the diversity of divine reality. What makes polytheism broader than either monotheism or atheismWhat makes polytheists different from both monotheists and atheists is that it applies the same critical tools it uses against atheism and monotheism to itself. Exoteric vs Esoteric theismThe more fundamentalist monotheists deny the reality of different sacred experiences and deny the existence that other gods exist but theirs. All esoteric perennialists say all sacred experience are the same, but they have different cultural meanings. There can be more than one Sacred experience.
Letters From Moscow Across the Class Divide: Impact of Sanctions, Homelessness, and Sports Fanaticism
How has each of the four classes (upper, upper-middle, middle, and working class) been affected by the departure of Yankee businesses (McDonalds, Pepsi, auto, and gas companies)? The loss of jobs in places like these would affect the working class. There would be serious implications in the closing of plants that are involved in big projects like the auto industry, which would lead to loss of jobs for the whole spectrum, from the working class till the upper-middle class. How have the sanctions from the US affected the everyday life of each class? The upper and upper-middle class may lose some of their luxuries, but I do not see them having any difficulties at all.
Letters from Moscow: Education, Health Care, Unions, and Political Parties Across the Class Divide
Parallel to state sponsored education, there is private education that is available from kindergarten until university. The Soviet Union had an immense health care system that included general hospitals, specialized hospitals, hospitals for children and babies, and clinics tied to factories and universities. According to the constitution, everyone has a right to health protection so medical care in state and municipal health care institutions is free of charge. The private health care system is much smaller and cannot be compared to the state system. The problems of the state health care system are more organizational than anything else (as mentioned at the beginning of my letter).
What's Next on the Journey Back to Sustainable Sanity?
2012 ~ transformation of consciousness(Image by Cornelia Kopp from flickr) Details DMCAWhat's next on the journey back to sustainable sanity? The next steps are to continue your individual journey, document your journey, share it with others, and invite others to be a part of this journey. o A Leap of Faith: Reviving Democracy (4/17/22) - over 900 readerso The Journey Back to Sustainable Sanity (5/2/22) - over 1,000 readerso From Words to Actions: Beginning the Journey Back to Sustainable Sanity-The Journal(5/4/22) - over 900 readersAnd, since I began the dedicated page on Facebook, (Journey Back to Sustainable Sanity), there are well over 150 visitors. Now it is time to continue to spread the word about this journey back to sustainable sanity. You might form groups to work on this journey together"groups of friends, social groups, civic groups, church groups, or perhaps even book clubs.
I led talks on Donbas and Crimea in the 90s. Here's how the war should end.
Professor John Quigley presents some options for ending the Ukraine/Russia war. These options do not seem very realistic in light of the events that are happening there. Moon of Alabama provides a summary of events for 9 May that seem to show Ukraine's resistance is collapsing. Still, it should be helpful to everyone to read about Quigley's efforts from decades ago when it was "obvious to everyone" that Ukraine was going to devolve into this crisis, because the USA wanted it to happen.
The Key Issues Within Ukraine - The Big Picture
Whilst Ukraine is not a formal member of NATO, for all practical purposes Ukraine has become a de-facto member of NATO. The US, Britain, and many other countries have supplied large numbers of weapons to Ukraine, including sophisticated ones, such as drones, and modern anti-tank missiles. The US has biological weapons labs in Ukraine, many close to the Russian border. Approximately 260,000 Ukrainian troops have been trained to NATO standards by the US military. The Russians have stated since 2008, that NATO expansion into Ukraine, is an existential threat, because the US could then put nuclear missiles in Ukraine, pointing at Russia..
Ukraine - Congress Passes The Bucks
After a lot of talk about defeating Russia in the Ukraine and an alleged lack of Russian fighting abilities Congress passed another $40 billion fund for weapons and economic support. That brings the total to some $53 billion for Ukraine. Most of the money will go to the U.S. weapon industry, the CIA and to various Ukrainian oligarchs. By expanding support to Ukraine across the board and shelving any diplomatic effort to stop the fighting, the United States and its allies have greatly increased the danger of an even larger conflict. They are taking a risk far out of step with any realistic strategic gain..
If Finland joins NATO it breaks its WWII treaty with Russia, and will no longer be neutral
Scott Ritter does an excellent video on what could possibly happen if Finland joins NATO. He discusses the "Winter War" of 1939 and Finland's subsequent entry into WWII on the side of Nazi Germany which Finland lost decisively losing 9% of its territory. The Finns entered into a treaty with the USSR where they would remain "neutral" in perpetuity. If Finland joins NATO it will violate this treaty and therefore no longer be neutral. Ritter goes on to analyze the military forces available to NATO and declares, NATO has no chance unless it uses Nukes.
The Greatest Hoax in the History of Education; Diane Ravitch
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Erdogan - The Snake NATO Cobra
Gato enervado pola presencia dun can. (Image by Wikipedia (commons.wikimedia.org), Author: Luis Miguel Bugallo Sánchez from Santiago de Compostela, Galicia) Details Source DMCAThe NATO feint toward Russia with the rekindled Nazi Nordic NATO backstab may be a sleight of hand for the surreptitious Erdogan to attack the Russian southern flank. This would unleash the cats and dogs in West Asia, and a Dragon in South Pacific. Translation: The ultimate betrayal - World War III.
The Economy of Tolerable Massacres - The Uvalde Shootings
Camera Ak Rifle Assault Rifle Edited 2020(Image by patwilson687) Details DMCAIn the United States, the economy of tolerable massacres, executed by military-grade weapons, is considerable and seemingly resilient. It's participants all partake in administering it, playing their bleak roles under the sacred banner of constitutional freedom and psychobabble. With each round of killings, a script is activated - initial horror, hot tears of indignation of never again, and then, the stalemate on reform, till the next round of killings can be duly accommodated..
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.
Q and A with Carey Gillam of The New Lede
book cover The Monsanto Papers(Image by Carey Gillam) Details DMCAQ and A with Carey Gillam of The New Ledeby John Kendall HawkinsCarey Gillam is a veteran investigative journalist with more than 30 years of experience covering corporate news, including 17 years as a senior correspondent with Reuters international news service (1998-2015). In May of 2022, Gillam helped launch a non-profit environmental news outlet called The New Lede as a journalism initiative of the Environmental Working Group. Can you explain in more detail the Environmental Working Group and why The New Lede's affiliation with it is so important? EWG was started in 1993 and has grown to be a very powerful force in terms of environmental research and education. Carey Gillam(Image by Carey Gillam) Details DMCA3.
Earth Day, and the media's point of view
Earth Day Poster Design(Image by morgantj) Details DMCAThe Columbia Journalism Review recalls how the MSM covered the first Earth Day back in 1972, during the Nixon Administration. Tricky Dick went on to fund the EPA and the Clean Water Act in response. Although, Daniel Ellsberg writes in Doomsday Machine that he almost nuked North Vietnam, so he wasn't all good, either. The CJR is a good piece to read, recalling an era when sh*t got done by public demand on its elected officials. It's all "f*ck the public now," as Ralph Nader might say.
World Drought Gets Worse - Cities Ration
On a worldwide basis, drought's impact on water reservoirs on every continent is chilling. A report from the Atlantic Council in 2021 "emphasized the impacts of drought on Ukraine's grain exports, noting that they had 'fallen sharply year-on-year during the current season due to smaller harvests caused by severe drought conditions.' 3According to the European Commission: "A severe drought has been affecting northern Italy and the Po River basin in particular." In the US, according to the Palmer Drought index, severe-to-extreme drought is affecting 38% of the contiguous US as of March 2022. But an historic drought of the Parana River dried much of it out; its waters are in the lowest level since 1944.
The Ukraine War's Collateral Damage
The world’s ruling elites have chosen to place their geopolitical rivalries above all other critical concerns, including planetary salvation. As a result, global warming is indeed likely to surpass 2 degrees Celsius sometime during this century. It’s a given that almost unimaginable calamities will ensue, including the inundation of major cities, monstrous wildfires, and the collapse of agriculture in many parts of the world..
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"?
Final Declaration: VII International Seminar For Peace And For The Abolition Of Foreign Military Bases - PopularResistan
Call for actions and initiatives every year on or around February 23, marking the "International Day of Action against Foreign Military Bases" in all countries against these military facilities. Multiply the actions of the international campaign for a world of peace, without nuclear, chemical or biological weapons and make such actions be felt at foreign military bases and facilities. Denounce the actions against the environment and the health of the populations where foreign military bases are located. Express our support to the people of the United States, which struggle for peace and reject the expansion of the military bases and interventionist actions of that government. Reject the disinformation campaigns launched from the United States and the European Union.
Billions in Gun Violence Intervention Could Pass the Senate Under Reconciliation
Would you like to know how many people have read this article? Simply sign up for a Advocate premium membership and you'll automatically see this data on every article. “Reconciliation clearly can be used for anti-gun violence programming,” Murphy said. “And Senator Manchin … cares deeply about the issue of gun violence.”Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization (more...)
Tomgram: Beverly Gologorsky, Not in Our Name
Simply sign up for a Advocate premium membership and you'll automatically see this data on every article. Just in case you missed it, former President George W. Bush ("Mission Accomplished") had a howler the other day. Today, TomDispatch regular Beverly Gologorsky, author of a remarkable new novel, Can You See the Wind?, about the antiwar movement of the Vietnam era, reminds us just how important such ongoing protests truly are. But let Gologorsky offer you a little bit of hope for our future. There are, of course, many groups working in wonderful ways to improve our lives, each of them a harbinger of what's possible.
Beto: Speaking Truth to Power
Simply sign up for a Advocate premium membership and you'll automatically see this data on every article. Well, I sorta liked Beto before. Note that while those on stage are yelling and bullying, Beto doesn't appear to even raise his voice. Beto O'Rourke confronts Texas Gov. Abbott after Uvalde shooting | USA TODAY Beto O'Rourke was removed from a Uvalde, Texas, shooting press conference after yelling, .someone has to stand up for the ...(Image by YouTube, Channel: USA TODAY) Details DMCAHe continued to speak truth to power after he was removed from the press conference.
Iran Building Collapse Sparks Anti-Government Protests - Reports
Congress Switchboard: 202-224-3121"Rob Kall gives readers an important wake up call to the bottom up power that they have to protect their rights, powers, and freedoms. This book helps readers see the whole elephant as opposed to the disconnected parts. Kall gives great advice as to intensifying, expanding, prolonging, and deepening connections. This bottom-up leadership will result in power to the people. This is a fascinating and insightful book, especially in this new era of digital hunting and gathering."
NY Appeals Court Rules Trump and Two of His Kids Must Testify in Financial Fraud Case
Congress Switchboard: 202-224-3121"The most effective ways to create a more inclusive, fair-for-all future will be from the bottom up. Rob Kall's book lays out how that would look with a hopeful, pragmatic vision that will change the way you see the world." Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation, a columnist for The Progressive, and the author of eight books on the politics of sports, including What's My Name, Fool? Sports and Resistance in the United States and A People's History of Spo
Diary: Dead Children
Would you like to know how many people have read this article? Simply sign up for a Advocate premium membership and you'll automatically see this data on every article. Not because they were wrong but because they refused to place their proclamations in the very real context of murdered children and women and non-combatant men. It has been sickening to read so much of what has been posted here. Not because it was absolutely wrong but because it was deeply dishonest as the work of thinking, caring, empathetic humans writing about the plight of other humans beings.
'Your way doesn't work' Acosta schools NRA board member who claimed he's praying for scared children - Raw Story - Celeb
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Clarence Thomas Failure to Resign Proves Power TRUMPS Ethics
Simply sign up for a Advocate premium membership and you'll automatically see this data on every article. Justice Clarence Thomas Has A Ginni Problem The behavior of the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is raising serious ethical red flags, and some Democrats are ...(Image by YouTube, Channel: MSNBC) Details DMCAIt's so pitiful that Clarence Thomas can't muster up the honor or dignity enough to resign. Truly amazing is how people such as Ginni Thomas can be so bat poop crazy and slopping up Q conspiracy an democracy endangering clap trap. Wow we shouldn't be surprised - we had a general in the name of Michael Flynn who is every bit as nuts. The entire legal profession lays in a trash heap on the floor until Clarence steps down.
I love My Car
Simply sign up for a Advocate premium membership and you'll automatically see this data on every article. Is our new age (the age of no responsibility and no culpability) the result of end stage, free market Capitalism? Will the war in Ukraine end and Vladimir Putin and the Russian people go on with their lives as if nothing happened? Will the lies of all the Politicos surrounding the Jan. 6th insurrection simply be amplified and the liars not punished? I guess it depends on how much one loves their car?
Russian crude oil and South Asian politics
Russian oil is being supplied to Sri Lanka to produce fuel at its sole refinery as the bankrupt nation faces crippling shortages of everything from gasoline to diesel, Bloomberg reported Friday. Sri Lanka is the latest Asian nation to accept Russian crude after Moscow's invasion of Ukraine prompted widespread condemnation and sanctions. Not surprisingly, India's Minister of Commerce & Industry, Piyush Goyal defended India's purchase of Russian oil. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar remarked last month, in response to criticism of India's purchase of Russian oil, that India's entire purchases of Russian oil for a month were less than what Europe did in one afternoon. "Despite being part of the Quad, India sustained pressure from the US and bought discounted Russian oil to provide relief to the masses."
Nuclear pollution continues in Japan under tepco fukushima a
Nuclear pollution continues in Japan under tepco fukushima and the nuclear village.wildfires, iare increasing in surrounding areas The WHO, said only a few hundred died, from Chernobyl. Americium and plutonium in the water tables of Los Alamos and santa fe. Santa fe, Las vegas nm, los alamos have mucho, nuke waste. Don't let them lie about nuclear waste there. Americans are so silly , that they flock to radioactive santa fe nm and live there.
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.
City Clerk Releases Candidate Videos
- Rocío RivasThose making a decision in LAUSD Board District 4 are out of luck as none of the three candidates bothered to participate in the program. In comparison, all of the candidates in LAUSD Board District 2 respected the voters enough to spend the time needed to create these videos. Kelly Gonez, the incumbent in LAUSD Board District 6, continued her silence as she continued with a re-election strategy that appears to be centered on running out the clock. Carl Petersen is a parent advocate for students with special education needs and public education. As a Green Party candidate in LAUSD's District 2 School Board race, he was endorsed by Network for Public Education (NPE) Action.
Un-amending the Deuce Our Forefathers Dropped
So Michael Moore is calling for. With his signature sense of angry humor, activist filmmaker Michael Moore sets out to explore the roots of this bloodshed. In order to arrive at a possible explanation, Michael Moore takes on a deeper examination of America's culture of fear, bigotry and violence in a nation with widespread gun ownership. Furthermore, he seeks to investigate and confront the powerful elite political and corporate interests fanning this culture for their own. We've had a kind of rein on the weapons in the past -- HR3355 -- which banned "assault weapons", but Congress let the legislation lapse and die under a sunshine clause.
21 Dead and Counting
Having an old impotent ghost for a president makes sense in a convoluted way. I'm really thrown off by this latest mass shooting. Every single one of them deserved to live in a world where they could go to school and feel safe. All of our problems are old, chronic problems that seem to be hard-wired into who we are. (Article changed on May 25, 2022 at 12:08 PM EDT)(Article changed on May 28, 2022 at 10:50 AM EDT)
UK Reporter Analyzes US Gun Violence in Startling Book
What if you didn't grow up amid America's gun culture, but are still a member of the race which suffers the most from U.S gun violence? click hereMartha Rosenberg Social Media Pages:Martha Rosenberg is an award-winning investigative public health reporter who covers the food, drug and gun industries. If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership. STAY IN THE KNOWIf you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content. Daily Weekly OpEdNews NewsletterNameEmail(Opens new browser window)
The Age of Relativity
Richard FeynmanObviously the invention of the door knob has far greater social impact than any of Einstein's theories. The Special Theory of Relativity (1905) is all about the behavior of light and motion relative to it. All matter comes from a primary substance; the lumimiferous AetherNiko TeslaThe Aether explains physical reality in a different way. Its negation was essential to Einstein's theories that establish an absolute and immutable value for the speed of light. Even though the elimination of the Aether is necessary to Einstein's theories, science now implies it exists.
Russia-Ukraine war: George Bush's admission of his crimes in Iraq was no 'gaffe'
It was apparently a "gaffe" of the kind we had forgotten since George W Bush stepped down from the US presidency in early 2009. During a speech in Dallas last week, he momentarily confused Russian President Vladimir Putin's current war of aggression against Ukraine and his own war of aggression against Iraq in 2003. The western media, in so far as it has bothered to report Bush's speech, has laughed along nervously too. It is intended to deflect us, the audience, from thinking about the real significance of Bush's "gaffe". They are not calling for Blair and Bush to be tried for war crimes.
Let's Get Rid of Guns, gangnam-style!
And said the Lord's Prayer also and was chastised the one day I whispered another prayer instead when my grandfather was sick. "Someone isn't saying the Lord's Prayer," said the teacher when we were done with it. A classmate once asked me what I really say during our Lord's Prayer minutes. A friend of mine in South Korea tells me that there guns are illegal and no one gets murdered. But meanwhile, let's narrow down and get rid of guns.
A Still Life: Quince in a Tender Ceramic Cup
Quince in a Cup(Image by Amelia Hawkins) Details DMCA. still from film Altered States (1980)(Image by MGM) Details DMCABut now I see a scene from Altered States. Who the hell would want to eat such a thing? Why does it make apple pie nannas sing? Why not sign up for free at my Tantric Disposition Matrix, my Substack site.
The Journey Back to Sustainable Sanity
It will be a journey of hundreds of daily actions, by thousands of people, leading to the desired destination of sustainable sanity. That does not require that we clearly understand the ultimate end of the journey although the potential goal may look daunting. In this case, at this moment in time, the purpose of the journey is to recover our sanity. And every one of us has the necessary supplies to begin that journey, a step at a time and a day at a time. The process will rely upon others seeing the positivity of our journeys and being willing to inquire how to join and begin their own journey.
Open Up the Port of Odessa
However, Russia has been blockading Ukraine's Black Sea ports including the port of Odessa. The navies of the leading NATO countries, the United States, France and the United Kingdom, should move their warships to the coast of Odessa to force Russia to lift the blockade. The Russian blockade constitutes a war crime. For nearly a year, the United Kingdom and the United States carried out a massive airlift operation that brought millions of tons of food and supplies into Berlin. Now we must use our powerful military resources to break the Russian blockade of the Ukraine's Black Sea ports.
Four Muslims arrested for offering prayers at Taj Mahal premises
Four Muslims were arrested for offering 'namaz' (prayer) at the mosque situated on the premises of Taj Mahal in Agra, police said on Thursday. Ibrahim Zaidi, the head of the Intezamia Committee at Taj Mahal, Ibrahim Zaidi said that earlier people were allowed to offer Namaz at the Taj Mahal on a daily basis. However, Superintending Archaeologist, Agra Circle Raj Kumar Patel says that the Supreme Court order prohibits offering namaz in Taj premises. But Patel failed to provide the Supreme Court Order. This is not the first time that Muslims in India face difficulty in offering prayers.
Sources of Hope in these Dark Times
· The sacred messages in most traditions foresee our times, the time when humanity outgrows its ecological niche. They also contain prophecies for our times, sometimes describing in detail events that we can recognize unfolding before us. In some, rainbow warriors or shamballa warriors- spiritual warriors of some sort- show up with energy and guidance. These people help everyone to open to miracles and receive divine guidance. I still have hope and faith that Creator will show us how to save ourselves and life on our planet.
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.
The basic premise of the US today is the need for "enemies". Real or imagined. It doesn't matter.
Chinese President Xi juxtaposed with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting in Beijing, ChinaThe following has been a long time coming i.e. Next Page 1 | 2 | 3(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher). If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership. STAY IN THE KNOWIf you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content. Daily Weekly OpEdNews NewsletterNameEmail(Opens new browser window)
New Food System Will Stop at Nothing to Control You
Congress Switchboard: 202-224-3121"You have something special and important here. Somehow you manage to teach and suggest and introduce the reader to concepts in a way that feels inclusive. Partly it might be because the subject, bottom-up, is innately understood by all of us and so it feels like you're stirring up stuff we already know. But also I think it's because you truly are practiced at connection consciousness and so it's natural for you (I'm guessing) to write about it with a desire to include us. As a reader I was learning more because it feels like you're inviting me to think with you."
US proxy wars in Ukraine, Syria, and China may be next
In the video, Black discusses the conflict in Ukraine, his views on NATO expansionism, and draws parallels with the conflict in Syria. He said the decision for war in Ukraine was made in Washington, DC. Black said that Ukraine is meaningless to Americans, and yet American lives are affected by paying billions of dollars for weapons for Ukraine. A similar case in Syria, where Radical Islamic terrorists were used for a proposed regime change, failed. "NATO's arrogance prevents a serious response to Russia's reasonable request that Ukraine never is accepted into the alliance," said Black.
Turkey can destroy NATO
The unsuccessful attempt of including Finland and Sweden in NATO has become evidence of the weakness and disunity of the Western bloc. Turkey blocked NATO membership for Finland and Sweden, citing security concerns. Turkey has always been a unique NATO ally. The non-inclusion of Finland and Sweden in NATO undermines the deterrence effect and the preventive value of the alliance's collective defence potential. A bridge between Europe and Middle East Turkey has not become.
America's Ruling Class: Candid -- But Only In Camera
That is, the power to release or not release presidential documents belongs to the current president, not whichever former president may have happened to generate those documents. The "would I be candid if what I say wasn't kept secret?" If you're not willing to be "candid" with the public you claim to work for, you're not a "public servant," you're a "public enemy." Government activity shouldn't take place -- at any level or in any department -- "in camera." It should all take place on Candid Camera.
Unraveling A Memorial Day Mystery
Simply sign up for a Advocate premium membership and you'll automatically see this data on every article. I found the general location of this cemetery on the internet, but the country-style address didn't seem specific enough to find easily. And I had one of the most amazing 1:00 am phone conversations in my life with Alan, my new cousin! So my upcoming visit to the cemeteries has become a lively adventure! I'll be bringing my stack of unlabeled family photos to see what other mysteries may unravel--stay tuned!
SEVEN - Full Documentary
Full disclosure: I do not own the rights to this documentary and I'm in no way trying to claim ownership or receive any type of compensation for this video. This film was directed by Dylan Avery (Loose Change), and produced by Kelly David, Richard Gage, and Ted Walter. All rights belong to those individuals, and whoever else was involved in the filmmaking process..
'Your way doesn't work' Acosta schools NRA board member who claimed he's praying for scared children - Raw Story - Celeb
'Your way doesn't work' Acosta schools NRA board member who claimed he's praying for scared children. Judge Journey said that the only reason people talk about guns after shootings is that politicians don't want to pay for mental health services. He commented that he was in Topeka, Kansas when the famous Menninger Foundation was defunded along with all other mental health facilities in the United States during the early 1980s. Funding mental health assistance is expensive, and no one cares about it.
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."
Turkey celebrates 569th anniversary of conquest of Istanbul
Turkey on Sunday commemorated the 569th anniversary of the conquest of Istanbul, hailing it as the momentous start of a new era, Anadolu News Agency reported. Istanbul, a cosmopolitan city, was besieged 28 times throughout history before its conquest in 1453 by Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II. Captain Giorcomo Coco, who was tasked with burning the Ottoman ships in the Golden Horn, failed and died inside his sinking vessel. The Ottoman Army started an offensive in the early hours of May 29. Finally, in the morning, the Ottoman soldiers managed to enter through the Kerkoporta door and erected the Ottoman flag on the bastion above the door.
Authoritarian Domination by 2030 in US!
Authoritarian SystemsA basic element behind any "evil" nation or national leader is authoritarianism. On the other is the authoritarian personality, that authoritarian systems tend to protect and empower. The dominate, monotheistic religious systems are authoritarian by nature with their imaginary social hierarchies for justifying superiority and inequality. As John Dean and Professor Robert Altemeyer have documented, leaders of authoritarian systems, like the GOP, tend, significantly, to have an authoritarian personality. The Russian nation consists of authoritarian politics (dictatorship), authoritarian economics (oligarchy) and religious fundamentalism.
A Diaspora of Black Resistance: Reading Caroline Elkin's Legacy of Violence
How was "legalized lawlessness," the term used by historian Caroline Elkins in The Legacy of Violence: A History of the British Empire, the rule rather than the exception, carried out by countless emissaries, merchants, officers and soldiers? As a tool of the British Empire, "legalized" violence becomes a weapon to engage "in a bloodless battle" with its subjects. " Legalized lawlessness," writes Elkins, empowers the little island nation to rule over older and larger nations with impunity. Violence is the "British Empire's midwife," as Elkins points out, "endemic to the structures and systems of British rule." "Legalized lawlessness" was a justification for the employment of white violence, systemic violence, endemic to a host of repressive policies and tactics.
Phase Three in Ukraine
Conflict in the Donbas Region(Image by manhhai) Details DMCARussia's "Special Military Operation", which began on Feb. 24, is entering its fourth month. The Russian victory in Donbass comes after weeks of intensive combat that saw the Russian military shift gears away from what has become known as Phase One. Ukraine has no organized reserves left." Russia has completed Phase One despite the efforts of the U.S., NATO, and the E.U. to supply Ukraine with a significant amount of lethal military assistance, primarily in the form of light anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons.
Save the Children Now
-Guns have become the leading cause of death among children in our country. (Auto accidents had been the leading cause of death among children for decades until overtaken by guns in 2020.) The Kids Have Had Enough(Image by Tim Anderson) Details DMCAWe adults have failed our children miserably, leaving them a world of horror ahead. Lately, article after article is suggesting that we are losing our children to depression and suicidal ideation. (See MIT Review's "A battle is raging over long covid in children") Another government report points to a rise in Covid-related depression.
What fascist Ukraine's imminent defeat means for the Zionist ideology it's tied into
When Ukraine's defeat becomes impossible for the imperialist media to deny, Zionism will be dealt a blow along with it. Kiev's officials have explicitly called for the ethnic Russians to be forcibly relocated should the Donbass separatists lose the war. When Kiev loses, Zionism will be repudiated by extension, as Zionism depends on the same ethnic-supremacist logic that Kiev uses. Such is the reasoning of the Ukrainian fascists, and those throughout the imperialist bloc who support Ukraine's war crimes out of supposed love for "human rights." The imperialists, in tandem with their Zionist running dogs, can call the liberation of the Donbass peoples a Russian "imperialist" project all they like.
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.
Inquest into fatal shooting by Ontario police finds “totally deficient” arrest planning for suspects with mental health problems
Once inside, he was informed he was under arrest for threatening a salesperson on his property a few days earlier. Babak’s sister, Elly Saidi, told CBC News, “They waited for hours, and finally the police came. However, a coroner’s inquest into Saidi’s death concluded late last month that the OPP had “totally deficient arrest planning” for people with mental health problems. In the 461 cases involving a fatal police encounter between 2000 and 2017, CBC News identified 18 cases where criminal charges were laid. In February this year, Calgary Police Service officers shot and killed Latjor Tuel, a Sudanese man suffering from mental health problems linked to his experiences as a child soldier in the African country’s civil war.
Workers Struggles: The Americas
Latin AmericaTeachers, transit workers stage protest in Colon, PanamaThe Colon Unity Coalition, in Colon Province announced last Monday that protest strikes would continue. Transit workers have paralyzed public transportation along the Province’s nine transit routes. Police attack Cordoba, Argentina city workers protesting inflationProtesting public employees in the city of Cordoba were attacked by police on Sunday, May 29, as they approached a bicycle festival race. The city workers are demanding higher wages to make up for and keep up with Argentina’s accelerating inflation (currently 5 percent per month). The demonstration brought together workers, university employees, street cleaners, transit, supermarket and health workers.
UK: Rail strike at TransPennine Express continues over pay-parity and conditions
UK rail conductors working for TransPennine Express (TPE) are continuing their Sunday walkouts begun February 13 over pay. With the introduction of new technology to scan tickets, conductors (also known as guards) at Northern are paid 2 pence a scan—a payment denied to TPE conductors. At TPE, conductors want an enhanced flat payment of £250 and £275 for Rest Day Working and Sunday working restored. TPE is owned by multi-national FirstGroup, a British transport company headquartered in Aberdeen, Scotland that includes rail and bus services across the UK and Ireland. They explained the reasons for their strike and discussed conditions at TPE and the cost-of-living crisis.
IG Metall union “social collective agreement” means closure of Vallourec steel tube plants in Germany
This was confirmed by Vallourec workers who spoke to the WSWS at the early shift change in Mülheim. But the works council did nothing until shortly before the end, he added, when the decision had already been made. Another worker reported that his criticism had been rejected out of hand by the works council. The works council and union supervisory board members and highly paid officials, who do not have to work on the production line, are profiting handsomely. But that requires a complete break with IG Metall and its works council representatives.
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.
Trader Joe’s cut retirement benefits during pandemic
Workers at the major grocery chain Trader Joe’s saw their retirement benefits slashed during the pandemic. The exterior of a Trader Joe's store [Photo by Flickr/Mike Mozart / CC BY 4.0Typically, Trader Joe’s workers receive contributions to their 401(k) plan as a lump sum equal to 10 percent of their wage. For the average Trader Joe’s worker the cut to retirement benefits is equivalent to a pay cut of around $1,500-$2,000/year. In the letter, the organizing committee stated, “Trader Joe’s has continued to slash our benefits as our wages stagnate and our safety concerns go unaddressed. Trader Joe’s workers interested in learning more about rank-and-file committees, should contact us for more information.
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.
Parents and teachers defend Seattle principal fired for exposing district’s abandonment of contact tracing
The specific allegation at issue is that I failed to follow a directive to withhold information about changes in COVID-19 contact tracing from the Cleveland community. But now, individual contact tracing is no longer offered, and the mask mandate has been abandoned since early March. Many teachers, parents and school staff are outraged by Brown’s firing. The lack of contact tracing is horrible. Contact tracing is an important part of that layered approach.
Sri Lanka faces worsening health crisis
Sri Lankan government medical officers protest outside the national hospital in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, April 7, 2022. Health workers, including doctors, nurses, paramedical staff and other medical workers have been in the forefront of these struggles. The budget allocation for defence in 2020 was 290 billion rupees, while health spending was just 254 billion rupees; in 2021 defence received 380 billion rupees with 286 billion rupees for health. This year, 373 billion rupees were allocated for defence and 225 billion rupees for health, the lowest amount for health sector in the past three years. The allies of the Sri Lankan workers in this struggle are their international class brothers and sisters who are facing the similar attacks around the world.
Sri Lankan doctor speaks out over catastrophic medical crisis
This week a Kandy Hospital surgical ward doctor contacted the WSWS to voice her concerns about the alarming scarcity of medicines and surgical equipment. It has to be executed by the medical staff and puts the lives of the patients in danger as it is a risky method of treatment. With the lack of proper medical equipment, the staff has been forced to watch patients die one by one helplessly. The threefold increase of the cost of petrol has been impossible to afford for many medical staff members here. Apart from these issues, more and more medical personnel have been forced to leave the country, further increasing the workload and need for medical staff, ultimately resulting in the downfall of medical practice in Sri Lanka.
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.
Central banks tighten interest rates amid warnings of social crisis
According to the analysis by the FT, there have been more than 60 interest rate increases by central banks in the past three months, the most since the start of 2000. The interest rate hikes are being led by the US Federal Reserve and the Bank of England. Money is flowing back to the major financial markets while emerging market bonds record their largest losses in more than three decades. That means more monetary policy tightening and central banks will continue until something breaks, either the economy or the market.”Some of the biggest rate rises have come in Latin America as central banks attempt to stop the outflow of capital. The interest rate in Brazil has been raised 10 times in the past year and now stands at 12.75 percent compared to just 2 percent in March 2021.
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.
Australian Labor government grants Tamil refugee family only insecure bridging visas
As one of its first acts, the new Australian Labor government has refused the Murugappan Tamil refugee family permanent residency, instead granting insecure temporary bridging visas. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on Saturday refused to answer questions about whether the government would grant the family permanent protection visas or residency. Labor criticised this action from the right, claiming it endangered the military operation and “politicised” the bipartisan policy of repelling refugee boats. While carried out by the Coalition, the attacks against the family were conducted under measures implemented by previous Labor governments. In 2012 the Gillard Labor government struck an agreement with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse to return all Sri Lankan asylum seekers who reached Australia by boat.
Some Omaha Residents Urged to Evacuate After Chemical Fire
The authorities in Omaha urged some residents to evacuate on Monday after a fire at a chemical plant sent clouds of black smoke billowing over the city, officials said. The fire started just before 7 p.m. at a plant owned by Nox-Crete, a company based in Nebraska that manufactures chemical products, Scott Fitzpatrick, a battalion chief with the Omaha Fire Department, said. There were no immediate reports of injuries. However, the authorities urged people who live near the Nox-Crete plant, which is south of downtown Omaha, to evacuate Monday night because smoke from the fire was threatening to blow over a residential area, Chief Fitzpatrick said. “We’re unsure what exactly is in there, but we do know there are some chemicals that are burning,” he said, adding that about 50 firefighters were still battling the blaze late Monday night.
Miss Manners: My bartending friend has to wear a tuxedo to work
Placeholder while article actions loadDear Miss Manners: My dear friend has a job as a bartender and is working a lot of banquets right now. American diplomatic history contains examples of the confusion between formal clothes worn socially and those worn by service people. Many do nevertheless, for which Miss Manners hopes their children are grateful. New Miss Manners columns are posted Monday through Saturday on washingtonpost.com/advice. You can send questions to Miss Manners at her website, missmanners.com.
Ask Amy: My 3-year-old son is asking where his absent grandpa is
Placeholder while article actions loadDear Amy: My partner “Michael’s” father, “Ned,” walked out on their family when Michael was a teenager. Michael and I now have a wonderful son together, and while we know Ned is aware of this through mutual friends and family, Ned has never reached out. We have accepted that this man will likely never be a part of our son’s life, but how do we tell our son that? AdvertisementThere is a substantial downside to this sort of trial: harsh judgment from children, family members and friends, as well as the loneliness and disappointment that so often accompanies dating. Dear Amy: I was surprised at your response to “Wondering,” suggesting explaining artificial insemination to very young children who are conceived this way.
Carolyn Hax: Brother rarely visits family. Can they make him change?
Dear Carolyn: From late high school on, my younger brother has chosen to distance himself from family. My brother is supersmart, high school valedictorian, etc., so I think he felt marginalized at school. Should there be a point where my brother just once allows the level of “family togetherness” that the rest of us expect? He felt alien in high school, came into his own in college and blazed a new trail from there — for which he got grief. If his family chose to support the man he is, instead of grieve the man he isn't, do you think he'd visit more?
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DisneyThis series follows families that have become so busy with their individual lives that they have lost touch with one another. In each episode, they take a week away from their busy schedules to reconnect and strengthen their family bond.
You won't recognize Bradley Cooper as Leonard Bernstein in his upcoming Netflix movie
(CNN) You are forgiven if you don't recognize the white-haired man in glasses smoking a cigarette in these promotional photos. He looks important but only vaguely familiar -- like a long-lost uncle, or that old guy who plays chess every day in the park. It's actor Bradley Cooper, under layers of prosthetic makeup, as aging composer Leonard Bernstein in "Maestro," a biopic currently filming for Netflix. It co-stars Carey Mulligan as Bernstein's wife, Felicia Montealegre, and Jeremy Strong (Kendall Roy in "Succession") as critic John Gruen. Carey Mulligan and Bradley Cooper in "Maestro."
Sex Pistols Crash Queen's Jubilee Party With Perfectly Timed New Video
As the United Kingdom gears up for Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations marking 70 years on the throne, the Sex Pistols have elbowed their way back to into the conversation. In true Pistols fashion, the series has divided the band’s surviving members. Frontman John Lydon ? aka Johnny Rotten ? dismissed it as “disrespectful” and was involved in a legal battle with his ex-bandmates as he attempted to block the use of Sex Pistols music in the series. “I’m actually really, really proud of the Queen for surviving and doing so well,” he said. I’m not a curmudgeon about that.”But he also predicted no future for the royals once the 96-year-old queen dies.
Hurricane Agatha strikes Mexico with sustained winds of 105 mph
Hurricane Agatha, one of the earliest and strongest hurricanes on record to strike North America from the Pacific, made landfall in Mexico on Monday afternoon, forecasters said. The storm arrived at 4 p.m. CT, landing about 25 miles south-southeast of the surfing mecca Puerto Escondido, with sustained winds believed to be as strong as 105 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. Agatha is also the earliest first named hurricane in the eastern North Pacific since 2015's Andres, according to Philip Klotzbach, a Colorado State University meteorologist and hurricane expert. Landfall may have thwarted at least some of Agatha's energy late Monday as the forecast for sustained winds brought a reduced estimate of 70 mph. The warnings mean maximum sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph, storm surges and coastal flooding.
Heddy Honigmann, Whose Films Told of Loss and Love, Dies at 70
There were no narrators in her films, no propulsive music or quick cuts to tell viewers how to experience what they were seeing. Her pacing was almost languid; she allowed her subjects to tell their stories in their own way and in their own time. And she hated the word “interview.”“‘Interviews were for subjects,’ she would say,” said Ester Gould, who was a co-writer, researcher and assistant producer on many of Ms. Honigmann’s films. Ms. Honigmann’s readers took to their roles with gusto and often confided their own erotic histories. Graphic, sensual, tender and at times very funny, the film is a rumination on desire, memory and age.
Rangers Hand Hurricanes First Home Loss of the Playoffs to Advance
The question entering Monday night wasn’t whether the Rangers could win an elimination game or a high-stakes Game 7; it was whether they could beat the Carolina Hurricanes away from Madison Square Garden. The Rangers’ rather magical N.H.L. playoff run has, for the first time since 2015, carried them into the Eastern Conference finals, where, as they did then, they will play the Tampa Bay Lightning. New York won on the road in North Carolina for the first time in the series, beating the Hurricanes, 6-2, to win the teams’ East semifinal bout four games to three. The Hurricanes entered the game 7-0 at home in these playoffs.
Kenny Moore, Marathoner and Track Writer, Dies at 78
As part of the report, Mr. Moore learned the details of Mr. Johnson’s steroid use earlier that year on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts. George Hirsch, a former publisher of Runner’s World magazine, which Mr. Moore wrote for after he left Sports Illustrated, said that Mr. Moore’s athletic past had enhanced his access to his subjects. At the University of Oregon, Mr. Moore was a three-time All-American in cross-country. In 1965, after Mr. Moore broke a bone in his right foot, Mr. Bowerman, his coach at the time, noticed that he was wearing high-jump training shoes that had little padding or arch support. Mr. Moore earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 1966.
Storm Damages Dozens of Homes in Minnesota
Rescuers were going door to door to check on residents after a possible tornado struck Forada, a city of about 160 residents in central Minnesota, on Monday, downing power lines and damaging dozens of homes, a county official said. Julie Anderson, the director of emergency management for Douglas County, Minn., said there were no immediate reports of significant injuries or deaths in Forada, about 135 miles northwest of Minneapolis. She said that while rescuers were checking on residents, they were also waiting for utility crews to clear downed power lines and ensure that those lines were deactivated for safety. “It’s a number of homes, but we don’t believe it’s in the hundreds,” Ms. Anderson said, describing the scale of the damage. “We believe dozens of homes.”
Erick Fedde takes a holiday from a strong May as the Nats get crushed
Placeholder while article actions loadNEW YORK — Like clockwork, Erick Fedde, Andres Machado and Austin Voth each recorded four outs Monday night — no more, no less — and were crushed by the New York Mets at Citi Field. But Fedde’s outing, the worst of his season, posed a bigger problem than what Machado or Voth did behind him. Fedde, though, had been the Nationals’ best starter and entered with a 1.95 ERA in May. Yet in a 32-pitch first inning, Guillorme and Lindor smacked cutters for two of what ultimately became eight New York hits off Fedde. In turn, the choice for Wednesday narrowed to Rogers for a few innings or a starter from the minors.
Canada vows to ‘freeze’ handgun sales, buy back assault-style weapons
“We are, however, facing a level of gun violence in our communities that is unacceptable.”AdvertisementThe proposed legislation came after mass shootings in Texas and across the U.S.-Canada border in Buffalo in recent weeks have revived a long-simmering debate in the United States about whether Congress might act to curb gun violence. “Unfortunately, the reality is in our country [gun violence] is getting worse and has been getting worse over the past years,” Trudeau said. The Liberals pledged stricter gun-control measures if reelected. The Liberal Party typically employs guns as a wedge issue during federal election campaigns, painting their Conservative counterparts as supportive of easing gun-control measures to gain an edge. Wortman, a denturist, did not possess a firearms license and obtained his weapons illegally.
Video: Russians strike Lysychansk, Ukraine with maximum intensity
Russian strikes in Lysychansk have increased with maximum ferocity. CNN's Nick Paton Walsh reports from the eastern Ukrainian city, where residents must decide between staying in their homes or fleeing for their lives.
Video: Uvalde School District police chief will not be sworn into city council seat
Uvalde School District Police Chief Pedro Arredondo will not be sworn into the city council seat he won in May. CNN's Nick Watt reports on the criticism Chief Arredondo is facing in the wake of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School.
Opinion: The NRA isn't the main obstacle in US gun politics anymore
That might sound like good news to gun reform advocates, who have for decades seen the NRA as the primary driver of gun absolutism in the United States. But even if the NRA went away tomorrow, gun politics in the United States would not change. In many ways, the NRA has already won: It has fundamentally transformed the Republican Party, gun jurisprudence and conservative political identity in ways that will continue even if the NRA fades. The convention went ahead with a now-familiar message that liberals and media outlets were politicizing the shooting, while calling for fewer regulations. Though the NRA does donate heavily to politicians who reflect its views, it is no longer a necessary part of gun politics.
The True Story Behind 'We Own This City'
We Own This City, an HBO Max miniseries out April 25, about a Baltimore Police Department (BPD) task force unit that went rogue, highlights some of the biggest concerns with modern policing in America. Adapted from former Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton’s 2021 book We Own This City: A True Story of Crime, Cops, and Corruption, the show chronicles the rise and fall of one of the most shocking instances of police corruption in Baltimore’s history. How the GTTF terrorized the city of BaltimoreThe wide array of crimes the GTTF’s officers engaged in is staggering. When they found out that the couple had $40,000 in a house outside the city, they went to the house and took $20,000. Some GTTF officers admitted in court that they would drive fast toward groups of people in the street and slam on the breaks.
Central banks: Too big to fail, but failing yet again
For most of last year, the West’s central bankers were convinced that spikes in prices were transitory and manageable. But now, with inflation reaching 40-year highs, and the specter of stagflation looming, central bankers are coming under sharp criticism for their complacency. The bankers say the pandemic and the war in Ukraine are black swan events that would defy any modeling, however sophisticated. The seeds of doubt regarding central bank independence — which “only became a cornerstone of central banking in the late 20th century,” according to American economist Paul Wachtel and former President of the Central Bank of Argentina Mario Blejer — were actually planted more than a decade ago. The dramatic expansion of the objectives and powers of central banks had taken them away from their main role of targeting inflation, he suggested.
How Ukraine keeps the lights on in wartime
It was immediately clear, he said, that the power grid uncoupling would become permanent: "I understood that we will have no way back to the Russian grid." Fuel and power generators were also among the "top priority" items requested by Ukraine, according to the country's mission to the EU. Both organizations receive regular updates from Ukraine's energy ministry about the supplies needed to fix broken systems and infrastructure. Paying the billsBeyond the physical damage to its infrastructure, Ukraine's power system is facing a massive drop-off in revenues as a result of low demand. “Ukraine presents a great opportunity to buy a decarbonized electricity," said Kudrytskiy, noting that the move would help Ukraine keep its power sector alive.
The in crowd? Denmark votes on joining EU defense cooperation
COPENHAGEN — Russia’s war in Ukraine has pushed Finland and Sweden to apply to join NATO, and now Denmark — already a member of the military alliance — is considering scrapping its EU opt-out on security and defense. On Wednesday, Danes will vote in a referendum on the future of the opt-out, which has been in place for 30 years. It would also be a blow to the Social Democratic government and the eight other parties that are rallying for the Yes vote. “If the Yes vote is ahead with 14 percent, it would mean the final result is relatively close but still a Yes vote,” Beach said. The EU is “something sensitive to Danes, many have the feeling that … everything we give to the EU, we lose,” Beach said.
How Europeans saw climate change in May
Not all of these examples can or should be attributed to climate change. But the perceptions of our readers — shared from across the Continent — of events that are consistent with a warming planet help us understand better how Europeans see climate change affecting them. Drought in Turin“We can clearly see the effect of climate change here in my region, Piedmont. It has been the hottest and driest winter in two centuries: it’s clear that something is changing.”The warming waters of DoverAnother reader, who requested anonymity, said climate change had affected swimming practice. Climate anxietyOne reader, who wished to stay anonymous, sent in a photo from a picture-perfect honeymoon in the Maldives.
After Orbán pipes up, Hungary skips Russian oil ban
To take account of this factor, EU leaders agreed in their written conclusions that "in case of sudden interruptions of supply, emergency measures will be introduced to ensure security of supply." Even without Hungary’s pressure, the embargo was designed to give countries long reliant on Russian oil supplies time to adjust. The Czech Republic was granted an 18-month exception from a ban on the resale of oil products. Von der Leyen first announced plans for the oil ban in a speech to the European Parliament on May 4 and predicted adoption of it within days. Officials and diplomats said that ending EU purchases of Russian natural gas is going to be even more complicated.
E.U. leaders agree to ban 90 percent of Russian oil by year-end
EU Council President Charles Michel said the agreement covers more than two-thirds of oil imports from Russia. Hungary gets more than 60% of its oil from Russia and depends on crude that comes through the Soviet-era Druzhba pipeline. But Hungary led a group of EU countries worried over the impact of the oil ban on their economy, including Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria. In addition to its need for Russian oil, Hungary gets 85% of its natural gas from Russia. Von der Leyen and Michel said the commitment by Germany and Poland to phase out Russian oil by the end of the year and to forgo oil from the northern part of the Druzhba pipeline will help cut 90 percent of Russian oil imports.
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.
Along Ukraine’s northern border with Russia, fears of a new invasion
Europe Along Ukraine’s northern border with Russia, fears of a new invasion Loading... Members of a border guard unit from the Chernihiv region stand guard at their base, which was damaged by Russian strikes in recent months, in Chernihiv, Ukraine, on May 17. Between two and eight shells land in the Chernihiv region every day, said Oleksandr Sereda, deputy commander of the region’s border guards. The video shows Russian soldiers firing a rocket-propelled grenade at the border guards’ pickup truck, then summarily executing those who survived. That we surrender?”AdvertisementPeople in Tykhonovychi and other villages are instead giving everything they have to the border guards. correction An earlier version of this article misidentified the deputy commander of the Chernihiv region’s border guards.
Opinion: January 6 hearings could be a real-life summer blockbuster
(CNN) "Top Gun: Maverick" is summer's first blockbuster , boasting breathless reviews and what will likely be the biggest box office in Tom Cruise's storied, 35-plus-year Hollywood career. But there's another potential blockbuster coming that I hope eclipses the audience for "Top Gun": I'm talking about the January 6 committee public hearings, set to premiere on June 9. Just look at the advance buzz:And while "Top Gun" was just one film, the January 6 committee hearings are expected to be an eight-episode extravaganza . But the roster of potential talent lined up for the January 6 hearings is not too shabby. If the January 6 committee hearings can help achieve that, it will truly be the biggest blockbuster of this summer.
Embattled Uvalde school police chief is free to be sworn in to council seat, mayor says
The school police chief faulted for having officers stay back during a gunman's deadly siege at a campus in Uvalde, Texas, last week is free to take his elected seat on the City Council, the mayor said Monday. He was scheduled to be sworn in Tuesday, but Mayor Don McLaughlin said the event was being postponed so the city's focus can remain on survivors. Arredondo told the Uvalde Leader-News in a story published May 12 that he was anticipating the additional role. In an interview distributed to television stations nationwide Monday, the mayor indicated that he supports Arredondo and his additional role. The mayor thanked the Justice Department in Monday's statement for committing to the review.
Probe could shed light on police time lapse in Uvalde deaths
A similar review that largely praised the response to the San Bernardino mass shooting was over 100 pages long. In announcing the review, Justice Department spokesperson Anthony Coley said it would be conducted in a fair, impartial and independent manner and the findings would be made public. You don’t need the key.”The Justice review won’t investigate the crime itself, or directly hold police civilly or criminally liable. In previous shootings reviewed by the Justice Department, non-specialized law enforcement units did not have the kind of body armor needed to fully protect themselves. In San Bernardino, meanwhile, only one of the first officers on scene had a shotgun and several did not have body armor.
Eurovision Winners Auction Off Trophy to Support Ukraine’s Army
Ukraine’s victory at the Eurovision Song Contest brought national pride, joy and artistic prestige to the country amid the devastation of war. Now, it will also help supply drones to the Ukrainian army. Kalush Orchestra, the Ukrainian band that won Eurovision after sweeping the phone-in popular vote, put its trophy and the pink bucket hat worn by its lead singer during the contest up for auction, and the items netted more than $1.2 million, the band’s spokeswoman said in a statement on Monday. “We believe that this is only the first victory before our biggest victory over the Russian aggressor,” Oleh Psiuk, the band’s lead singer, said in a Telegram message. The money is going to the Serhiy Prytula Charity Foundation, an organization founded by a Ukrainian TV presenter, and will be used to buy three drones that the army can use for surveillance, said Maria Pysarenko, a spokeswoman for the foundation.
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.
Rosaries, bouquets and tiny caskets: Uvalde begins to bury its dead
Volunteers flew and drove in from across Texas and all over the country to help with various aspects of the funerals. Morales, known as “Father Eddy,” will host funeral after funeral for the victims practically every day beginning Tuesday — sometimes two in one day, about a dozen in all. The area was carpeted with thousands of bouquets and toys, and on Monday, people were still bringing more. They should bury all the victims there, he said, and construct a big memorial in their names. “They all died together; they should be together.”Paulina Villegas in Uvalde contributed to this report.
The drama and delight of nature in a suburban yard
Choose your plan ArrowRight But just as often, nature is beautiful. This is the first spring of our new and improved yard that now has a burbling artificial stream and native plants designed to lure pollinators. I think what we had were a black and white warbler, a black-throated green warbler, a yellow-rumped warbler and an American redstart. They only stuck around for an hour or two, not long enough for me to ask them if I was right. Red in tooth and claw nature may be, but it still lifts my heart to be part of it.
Right-Wing Organization Launches Chilling Map Marking Schools As 'Woke Hot Spots'
A far-right Missouri organization has launched a disturbing map alerting followers to “hot spots” of so-called “woke” activity in the state. As of Monday, the 12 map locations all concerned educational institutions, and linked to articles, videos and tweets trashing things like critical race theory and diversity training. “The first step in fighting back is uncovering their crazy ideas — from Critical Race Theory to grooming toddlers with sexually explicit books,” the statement added. “That is why we have officially launched the Woke Heat Map — an interactive tool designed to expose the insane actions of the radical Left. Instead, followers are encouraged to interact with the organization by filling out forms on the web page reporting “woke hot spots” for the map.
'Hell To The No': Isaac Hayes' Co-writer Lashes Trump's Use Of Song At NRA Convention
Porter appeared to be unaware of the event where Trump exploited the hit song “Hold On, I’m Coming.”A statement from Hayes’ family did refer to the fact that Trump specifically used it at NRA convention. “Our condolences go out to the victims and families of Uvalde and mass shooting victims everywhere,” it read. In his speech at the convention Friday, Trump bashed gun control and hailed firearms just days after 19 children and two teachers were killed in a mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas. He then mangled the pronunciation of a list of victims’ names.
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.
Sidechat Wants to Be College Students’ Main Chat
Yousuf Bakshi, a junior at Harvard, recalled getting in line at El Jefe’s Taqueria at 2 a.m. in Cambridge, Mass., to grab a late-night snack after a recent night out. Mr. Bakshi, 20, couldn’t help noticing that nearly everyone ahead of him in line was on their phones, all scrolling through the same app: Sidechat. Posts go live without any prior approval and are only removed later if a message is deemed to be in violation of platform guidelines. While some students find the secrecy to be harmless fun, others seem to be emboldened by the anonymity and, as is common online, post caustic and hurtful comments. Now, some students, many already jaded by past experiences with similar platforms, say they are souring on Sidechat, but they are still signing on.
‘Pistol’ Tells Steve Jones’s Story. With a Touch of Showbiz.
There was just a lot of stuff I wanted to get out there, even the dodgy stuff. Most guys don’t tell anybody, they take it to their grave, and it’s very unhealthy to do that. In the book, you say you hadn’t minded playing second fiddle to Lydon, but when Sid Vicious joined the Pistols, you were left playing third fiddle. I mean, it’s OK. I’m a team player, I don’t really like being the center of attention. I don’t really like all the spotlight at this stage of the game, at 66 years old.
Abba Voyage Review: No Ordinary Abba Night at the Club
LONDON — I kept turning to my friend, wanting to tell him how young and fresh the two women that put the As in Abba seemed on the giant screens ahead of us. Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad were not actually in the room with us, but that’s the kind of stupor Abba Voyage dazzles you into. Projected on a screen that envelops one side of the spaceshiplike auditorium, the Abbatars play mostly as if it were a real concert. It would feel corny if it weren’t so triumphantly fun, and the Friday night crowd was certainly along for the ride. Abba Voyage is an exercise in symbol worship that separates itself from an ordinary Abba night at the club through state-of-the-art production values.
Would Your Pet Make a Good Therapy Animal?
“Ask yourself, does your animal genuinely love to be loved?” says Tina Mitchell, a coordinator of volunteers for the animal-assisted therapy program at the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (S.P.C.A.). To be a therapy animal, your pet needs to first master basic manners, including control of bodily functions and adherence to “sit,” “stay” and “leave it” commands (rabbits and cats are exempt from this requirement). If an animal shows any signs of fear when surrounded by unknown people wanting to touch them, they’re probably ill suited for the job. An animal wearing a vest that reads “Pet me!” might be touched by hundreds of people during a 90-minute session at San Francisco International Airport. “Some people may just not like animals,” Mitchell says.
Colombia’s Trump May Be Headed for the Presidential Palace
BOGOTÁ, Colombia — Colombia’s political landscape has shifted remarkably in a matter of 24 hours. For months, pollsters predicted that Gustavo Petro, a former rebel-turned-senator making a bid to be the nation’s first leftist president, would head to a June presidential runoff against Federico Gutiérrez, a conservative establishment candidate who had argued that a vote for Mr. Petro amounted to “a leap into the void.’’Instead, on Sunday, voters gave the top two spots to Mr. Petro and Rodolfo Hernández, a former mayor and wealthy businessman with a populist, anti-corruption platform whose outsider status, incendiary statements and single-issue approach to politics have earned him comparisons to Donald Trump. The vote — for a leftist who has made a career assailing the conservative political class and for a relatively unknown candidate with no formal party backing — represented a repudiation of the conservative establishment that has governed Colombia for generations. But it also remade the political calculus for Mr. Petro. Now, it is Mr. Petro who is billing himself as the safe change, and Mr. Hernández as the dangerous leap into the void.
What Dominated the World Economic Forum
Leaders are grappling with an energy transition that many predict will not be easy. “We need to accept that there will be some pain in the process,” said Kjerstin Braathen, C.E.O. The war in Ukraine war cast a pall over the event. President Klaus Schwab, for a Marshall Plan to help rebuild Ukraine. (The Marshall Plan was a U.S. program that helped rebuild Europe in the wake of World War II.).
The Bluest Stone
Eventually, he sent a sample to the Smithsonian Institution, the American museum and research complex, which identified it as a pectolite. Mr. Méndez said he traveled to the United States to buy equipment to grind the stone, which is harder than amber, coral and other materials familiar to Dominican artisans at the time. He also famously came up with the name for what locals had simply called the “blue stone,” combining Larissa, his daughter’s name, with mar, the Spanish word for sea. Mr. Méndez said he had been surprised by the growth of the stone’s popularity. “Every time you do a job, you want to invent something new and figure out how you can do it,” Mr. Féliz said.
Lane closure kicks off major work on Beltway widening in Virginia
The 2½-mile stretch is expected to remain a work zone for more than three years. When complete, four general-purpose lanes and two new express lanes will run in each direction of the Beltway along that stretch. She said drivers traveling in the work zone should be extra cautious and be prepared to encounter additional delays. Project officials said the shoulder lane closure will allow the contractor to create a safe work zone in the center of the highway. Transurban already operates the Beltway’s 14 miles of express lanes from McLean to Springfield in Virginia, as well as express lanes on Interstates 95 and 395 — an additional 39 miles.
An X gender on my passport won't make traveling while transgender easier - The Washington Post
In 2018, I officially changed the gender marker on my passport from M to F. By that point, I had socially transitioned, undergone top surgery and been on hormone replacement therapy for years. Now, the X marker could be affirming for non-binary people who do not experience or anticipate persecution related to their gender identity. AdvertisementAfter I changed the gender marker on my driver’s license, my car insurance provider informed me that updating my records would raise my rates. Instead of classifying ever more complex slices of gender identity, we could question the primacy of gender in our lives altogether. When a traveler’s gender, and that of the TSA agent who pats them down, is no longer a concern.
Review: At Kennedy Center, 'A Monster Calls' makes its U.S. debut
A towering yew tree walks and talks. A powerhouse ensemble conjures these eerie moments in “A Monster Calls,” the British stage adaptation of Patrick Ness’s novel, now in its U.S. premiere run at the Kennedy Center. In telling this story, director Sally Cookson employs a powerful reveal-the-theatrical-workings approach. Video occasionally washes the white backdrop, but it’s aptly abstract, evoking, rather than depicting, Conor’s nightmare and other sights. Through June 12 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. NW.
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.
Opinion | Republicans blame mental health issues for gun violence. So where’s the money for care?
Placeholder while article actions loadAdvertisementNever mind, apparently, that mental health advocates have suggested this is a scapegoat. Texas, for instance, ranks last of all 50 states in overall access to mental health care, according to the nonprofit Mental Health America. In April, Abbott transferred $211 million away from the state’s Health and Human Services Commission, which oversees mental health programs, as NBC News has noted. Texans have heard before about Abbott’s allegedly deep concern for mental health services, at least in the wake of gun massacres. To his credit, after the high school shooting, he at least signed a series of bills intended to (modestly) improve state mental health initiatives, such as by providing more mental health training for educators.
EU agrees on partial ban of Russian oil imports
London (CNN Business) The European Union has agreed on a partial ban on Russian oil imports, according to European Council chief Charles Michel. "Agreement to ban export of Russian oil to the EU. This immediately covers more than 2/3 of oil imports from Russia, cutting a huge source of financing for its war machine," Michel announced in a tweet on Monday evening. "This sanctions package includes other hard-hitting measures: de-Swifting the largest Russian bank Sberbank, banning 3 more Russian state-owned broadcasters, and sanctioning individuals responsible for war crimes in Ukraine," Michel added. EU leaders will meet again in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss the bloc's response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Memorial Day Weekend Travel Chaos
Over Memorial Day Weekend, 7000 flights were canceled due to bad weather and staff shortages. There was also no relief for those opting to travel by road either as gas is now nearly 50 percent more expensive than last year.May 30, 2022
Honoring those who served during Memorial Day
NBC News’ Tom Llamas is giving a look into how people throughout the nation celebrate Memorial Day. From the 66 Tuskegee Airmen who lost their lives in WWII to Lieutenant Colonel James H. Harvey III, who served as the Grand Marshall in the National Memorial Day Parade, we reflect, honor, and remember that freedom isn’t free.May 30, 2022
Man jumps fence to save drowning four-year-old boy
Surveillance video shows 4-year-old, non-verbal Xavier Rigney getting inside the locked gated pool at his apartment complex and into the water. Neighbor 12-year-old Maddox Westerhaus witnessed the incident and went to get his father, Tom, who jumped the fence, rescued the young boy from the water and started CPR to save his life.May 30, 2022
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard defamation trial: Summary and timeline
The defamation case brought by actor Johnny Depp against his ex-wife Amber Heard has reached its final week. Heard claims that Depp had thrown a phone at her, leaving her bruised. He also claims Heard put her own fecal matter in their bed and was physically violent toward him. 2022On April 11, the weekslong defamation trial kicks off, with Heard and Depp appearing in court in Fairfax County, Virginia. To own my story and my truth.”If you or someone you know is facing domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence hotline for help at (800) 799-SAFE (7233) or go to www.thehotline.org for more.
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.
EU leaders agree on Russian oil embargo
EU leaders agreed late Monday night on a political deal to impose sanctions on Russian oil imports. “Agreement to ban export of Russian oil to the EU,” European Council President Charles Michel tweeted from a leaders’ summit in Brussels. “This immediately covers more than 2/3 of oil imports from Russia, cutting a huge source of financing for its war machine.”The Council of the EU must still formally agree on the sanctions. An EU official said the Czech Republic got an 18-month exemption from the ban to cover the resale of oil products. Slapping an embargo on Russian oil would be one of Europe’s most significant steps in restricting the revenue available to President Vladimir Putin to wage war in Ukraine.
In The Times Archives, Finding a Mystery
Then, to my shock, I came upon a contact sheet of images of a man posing on a carousel. “This is a guy who wore two outfits for the decades I knew him,” Mr. Denson said. (Mr. McCullough died in 2013, and his family had no further information on Mike.) Mike was, as Mr. Denson put it, “very reserved.” In the photos, he looks guarded, even surly. “It was great that it was saved,” Mr. Denson said of the carousel, “but it’s definitely not the same.”
Nadal and Djokovic Meet Again, With Gen Z Breakout in Wings
PARIS — The rivalry between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic began in the quarterfinals of the French Open. Sixteen years later, it just might end in the quarterfinals of the French Open. “We have to be ready that this could be the last time they play in a Grand Slam,” said Mats Wilander, 57, a three-time French Open men’s singles champion. “I think we have to cherish this moment and not get ahead of ourselves.”No one has prospered by underestimating either player’s resilience or powers of recuperation. Nadal vs. Djokovic has been, undoubtedly, one of the best and closest extended tussles in sports: with ebbs and flows in confidence and dominance in matches across four continents and, unlike with Nadal’s less prolific rivalry with Federer, at all four of the Grand Slam tournaments.
In the Senate, Chasing an Ever-Elusive Gun Law Deal
A handful of Senate Republicans have indicated a willingness to come to the table on gun safety, perhaps to dust off the failed 2013 legislation by Senators Patrick J. Toomey, Republican of Pennsylvania, and Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, to strengthen background checks on gun purchasers. “I do believe that we will be looking at ways to improve our background checks,” said Senator Mitt Romney, Republican of Utah. “I’ve been looking at Toomey-Manchin as a piece of legislation and seeing if that would make a difference. To get to 60 votes on a gun bill, Democrats would need unanimity on their side and 10 Republicans, not the four who began negotiating last week. The ranks of Senate Republicans have grown only more conservative since the carnage in Newtown, and a vast majority of them have not budged in their opposition to any measure that would limit gun access.
Man drowns in Chesapeake Bay after being caught in a current, police say
Placeholder while article actions loadA 43-year-old man drowned in the Chesapeake Bay on Sunday after being caught in a current, police said. Officers from the Maryland Natural Resources Police responded at around 12:30 p.m. to a call at Sandy Point State Park after the man jumped into the bay to cool off and was swept away, a police spokesperson said. The victim had launched a boat with his family earlier, but they had returned after the vessel had problems and were fishing from shore when the drowning occurred, police said. The family waved for help and people in another boat pulled the victim from the water and brought him to the marina where police met them, according to the spokesperson, Laura Moses. Officers tried to revive the man, but he couldn’t be saved, police said.
Toddler caught after being tossed from window of burning D.C. apartment
Placeholder while article actions loadThe firefighter was rushing toward a burning apartment building in Southeast D.C. on Sunday night when he heard a shout overhead. The firefighter, Jared McKinney, spotted a man holding his toddler out from a second-floor window. Once inside the burning building, he heard the sound of coughing, found an adult woman and pulled her to safety. With only 6 months experience, he located and removed an adult female victim from her burning apartment. McKinney, the firefighter who rescued the toddler, said it was unusual to have this many fires and rescues, even on a holiday weekend.
Sexual misconduct report on Canadian military slams ‘deficient’ culture
Placeholder while article actions loadTORONTO — Sexual misconduct allegations in the Canadian military should be exclusively investigated and prosecuted by civilian authorities, a blistering report from a former Supreme Court justice concluded Monday. ArrowRight The government-commissioned report from Louise Arbour, who also served as the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, came during a wave of sexual misconduct allegations against top military leaders that have rocked the armed forces and eroded public trust. “The exposure of sexual misconduct in the [Canadian Armed Forces] has shed light on a deeply deficient culture fostered by a rigid and outdated structure that did little to modernize it,” Arbour wrote in the report. AdvertisementThe problem of sexual misconduct in the military is not new — or new to Canadians. Among the other leaders who have faced sexual misconduct allegations in the last year are the military’s head of human resources and the soldier who was tapped with overseeing the logistics of Canada’s coronavirus vaccine rollout.
Hear Elon Musk's plans for Trump's Twitter ban
Elon Musk disclosed what he'll do about former President Trump's permanent Twitter ban should the Tesla CEO's $44 billion bid to acquire the company become official.
Elon Musk proves once again that rules, norms don't apply to him
In a 2001 interview with CNN, Elon Musk said he was "a little tired of the internet." Elon Musk speaks to media in front of Crew Dragon cleanroom at SpaceX Headquarters in Hawthorne, California on October 10, 2019. FILE - Tesla CEO Elon Musk attends the opening of the Tesla factory Berlin Brandenburg in Gruenheide, Germany, Tuesday, March 22, 2022. (Patrick Pleul/Pool via AP, File)FILED - 13 August 2021, Brandenburg, Grünheide: Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, stands during a press event at the Tesla Gigafactory. Other rules Musk ignoresThe regulations on disclosing ownership stakes are only the latest in a long series of rules that Musk has flouted -— with little if any consequence.
Elon Musk denies sexual harassment claims
The tweet comes after Business Insider reported that SpaceX paid a $250,000 settlement in 2018 after a SpaceX flight attendant alleged sexual misconduct against the billionaire. Nicholas Carlson, the editor-in-chief of Insider, the parent publication of Business Insider, responded to Musk's denial on Twitter. "If I were inclined to engage in sexual harassment, this is unlikely to be the first time in my entire 30-year career that it comes to light," he told Business Insider. "No," Musk responded , "it was clear that their only goal was a hit price (sic) to interfere with the Twitter acquisition. The Business Insider article states that it "extended the deadline and reiterated the offer to Musk to comment on the claims.
Cannes Film Festival 2022 list of winners
Photos: Cannes at 75: Standout looks from the red carpet Now in its 75th year, the Cannes red carpet is one of the most revered fashion events on the calendar. Hide Caption 1 of 43Photos: Cannes at 75: Standout looks from the red carpet LaKeith Stanfield arrived in a suave velvet robe and jeweled brooch. Hide Caption 2 of 43Photos: Cannes at 75: Standout looks from the red carpet While Gemma Chan opted for a risqué lace strapless gown. Hide Caption 3 of 43Photos: Cannes at 75: Standout looks from the red carpet Winnie Harlow attended the screening of "Elvis" in a romantic Off-White gown. Hide Caption 6 of 43Photos: Cannes at 75: Standout looks from the red carpet While Swedish actor Noomi Rapace turned heads in a Fall-Winter 2022 Dries Van Noten look.
'I wouldn't trust them.' Energy Secretary blasts Russia for 'weaponizing' energy
New York (CNN Business) Russia has spent the past half-century attempting to build a reputation on the world stage as a reliable supplier of energy. It took Vladimir Putin mere months to cast serious doubt on that reputation. "I wouldn't trust them," US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm told CNN in response to a question about whether Russia will ever again be considered a reliable energy supplier. "They have to prove they are a reliable partner and they're certainly not doing that." "They are weaponizing energy, which is another reason why as a nation, we should move to energy sources that cannot be weaponized," Granholm said while speaking from a General Electric wind turbine testing facility in New Orleans on Tuesday.
Starbucks is leaving Russia for good
New York (CNN Business) Starbucks is leaving Russia for good. The coffee company paused its operations and stopped shipments of its products to Russia in March. Now, it "has made the decision to exit and no longer have a brand presence in the market," Starbucks said in a brief statement Monday. Starbucks will also help them look for new jobs outside of the company. Starbucks first opened in Russia in 2007.
PR stunt or show of strength? Russia slashes interest rates
London (CNN Business) Russia slashed interest rates on Thursday as a resurgent ruble — buoyed by robust oil and gas revenues and government support — takes some pressure off its wobbling economy. At an extraordinary meeting, the Russian central bank cut interest rates to 11% from 14% and said further reductions could follow. It said it expected inflation to fall to between 5% and 7% this year, down from around 17.5% this month. buying key Western technology and services. Hundreds of multinationals have quit the country, and Russia has been banned frombuying key Western technology and services.
China needs Russian coal. Moscow needs new customers
Hong Kong (CNN Business) China is buying record amounts of cheap Russian coal, even as Western nations slam Moscow with sanctions over the invasion of Ukraine. The European Union has since approved a ban on Russian coal , which is set to take full effect from August. Getting it cheapChina is not only buying a lot of Russian coal now — it is also buying it at a big discount. That compared with $475 for US coking coal reaching the port, and $423 for coal mined in China. Australian coal cost $512, and Chinese coal $496.
Texas shooting leaves Sandy Hook survivors with anger, grief and a personal sense of failure
Venelope Gil, a school bus driver, was torn about sending her daughter, a kindergartener, into Sandy Hook Elementary School that morning. “It was hauntingly similar to Sandy Hook,” said Nicole Hockley, whose 6-year-old son Dylan was killed in the 2012 attack. When she heard the news, Hockley was in a large meeting with other leaders of her nonprofit, Sandy Hook Promise, which works to prevent gun violence. Candice Bohr, who has thought about the Sandy Hook shooting every single day for the last 10 years, was coaching soccer to second and third-grade girls when she found out. She can hear Clements trying her best to tell a police dispatcher what was unfolding in a way that didn't further alarm her class.
The Rock’s Daughter Slams Haters Who Don’t Like Her Professional Wrestling Name
Dwayne Johnson and Simone Johnson attend the People's Choice Awards 2017. AdvertisementYet, when she announced her new WWE alter ego, wrestling fans on Twitter were disappointed that the daughter of “The Rock” wasn’t going by “The Pebble.”And just like a true professional wrestler, Simone Johnson, quickly fought back by retweeting someone making the pretty obvious joke. https://t.co/40ZEJ1HFSL — ava ? (@AvaRaineWWE) May 29, 2022Simone Johnson then doubled down on how tired the joke was by posting a Google search of different types of rocks. She captioned the image with “nothing in this category please xx.”AdvertisementBut, when Twitter users kept on pushing back, Simone Johnson climbed up on the ropes and body-slammed the criticism. Simone Johnson attends the 75th Annual Golden Globe Nominations Announcement in 2017 as Miss Golden Globes.
5 things to know about Germany’s historic military investment fund
Three months after Chancellor Olaf Scholz first announced Germany’s so-called Zeitenwende, or historic turning point, political leaders late on Sunday approved the main pillar of the new policy — a massive €100 billion military modernization fund. Here are five things to know about Germany’s freshly agreed military investment fund, the so-called Sondervermögen. Critics like Rüdiger Wolf, a former state secretary in the German Defense Ministry, say that’s not enough. Germany’s military procurement office has a reputation for being slow and bureaucratic. The special fund is set to be adopted by Parliament as early as this Friday.
Grief-stricken Uvalde starts tough task of saying farewell to shooting victims
UVALDE, Texas — On the day the nation sets aside to remember those killed in war, Uvalde began saying farewell to the 19 children and two teachers who were massacred in a shooting at their elementary school. Mourners leave Hillcrest Memorial Funeral Home in Uvalde, Texas, on Monday, during the visitation for Amerie Jo Garza. Funerals for the other victims of last Tuesday's mass shooting at Robb Elementary School are scheduled throughout this week and into the middle of next month. Inside the funeral home, much like throughout Uvalde, the mood was somber, said Esther Rubio, 73, of San Antonio, who was born and raised in Uvalde. When asked what should be done to prevent another mass shooting from impacting children, Rubio didn’t mince words.
Maloney vs. Nadler? New York Must Pick a Side (East or West)
As he sat in the shade of Riverside Park on a sparkling recent weekday morning in Manhattan, Representative Jerrold Nadler tried to make sense of how two powerful allies suddenly found themselves at war. A court-ordered redrawing of New York’s congressional district lines had combined the East and West Sides of Manhattan into a single district for the first time since World War II, putting Mr. Nadler and Representative Carolyn Maloney, a longtime colleague, on a potentially disastrous collision course in the Aug. 23 Democratic primary. Attempts to broker a peace settlement were made, but Mr. Nadler, over a chilled Diet Coke, acknowledged that they were somewhat halfhearted. He recalled telling Ms. Maloney in a private conversation on the House floor in Washington a few days earlier that he would win, suggesting she run for a neighboring seat.
Cardinals cornerback Jeff Gladney dies in car crash
Placeholder while article actions loadArizona Cardinals cornerback Jeff Gladney was killed in a car crash early Monday morning in Dallas, the team and his agent announced Monday afternoon. “We are devastated to learn of Jeff Gladney’s passing,” the Cardinals said in a statement. We are saddened by the tragic death of former Viking Jeff Gladney. pic.twitter.com/5bdVCXT6Gv — Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) May 30, 2022Cardinals defensive end JJ Watt tweeted shortly after learning of Gladney’s death. Rest In Peace Jeff.”AdvertisementFree agent safety George Iloka, who played with Gladney in Minnesota, tweeted: “This Jeff Gladney news hitting me different.
India’s sex workers win new rights, but still fear police violence
ArrowRight Sex workers, long marginalized in India, hailed the court’s landmark May 19 decision but said guaranteeing their hard-won rights will be an ongoing battle. That’s our biggest weapon to fight against police violence.”In recent years, more countries have moved toward regulating sex work. AdvertisementUnlike in most places around the world, sex work in India has been legal for more than three decades. AdvertisementThe consultations lasted years, as a panel drew up a list of recommended measures with input from sex workers. “The state governments will have to take very strict action against the police,” said Seshu, of the collective in Maharashtra advocating for sex workers.
French journalist killed in strike on humanitarian convoy, officials say
Placeholder while article actions loadA French photojournalist covering evacuation efforts in eastern Ukraine was killed during a Russian strike that hit the humanitarian truck he was in, officials say. Leclerc-Imhoff — the eighth journalist killed while covering the Russian invasion of Ukraine — was remembered by his colleagues at French news outlet BFMTV for his enthusiasm, care and courage. The truck was about to pick up 10 civilians when it was struck and Leclerc-Imhoff was killed, he said. The bloodied truck was marked “HUMANITARIAN AID,” inches from where the projectile appeared to have punctured the thick glass. She called the journalist’s death “deeply shocking,” and she said she has demanded an investigation into the strike on a humanitarian convoy and reporter.
Denise Francine Boyd Andrews, drug counselor whose life was chronicled in ‘The Corner,’ dies at 65
When Simon and Mrs. Andrews first encountered each other in that neighborhood, Simon told the New Yorker magazine, she refused to speak him, assuming him to be an undercover police officer. But over time, Mrs. Andrews opened up about her life and addiction, offering a window into the destruction that drugs had wreaked on her life, her family and the families around them. AdvertisementBy her own account, the Baltimore Sun reported, Mrs. Andrews first tried heroin when she was 23, the night of her sister’s funeral. By that time, Mrs. Andrews had long before established herself as a drug counselor. Donnie Andrews died four months later after suffering a ruptured aorta.
Don Warren, Commanders pro scout and legendary tight end, to retire
Placeholder while article actions loadDon Warren, a former star tight end for Washington and the current senior pro scout for the Commanders, is set to retire this week, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The move had been expected internally — Warren informed Coach Ron Rivera of his decision months ago — but it is unclear how the team plans to fill his role in the personnel department. … For 14 seasons, he was the best blocking tight end in the NFL. “Donnie was in better shape back then, but he was a blocking tight end, and if teams didn’t adjust when they brought him in, they ran the ball down your throat. In addition to Warren’s impending exit, the team lost college scout Sheldon White last week to the Pittsburgh Steelers, who named him their director of pro scouting.
Boris Johnson in danger as MPs conclude he’ll cost them votes
LONDON — Boris Johnson’s luck may finally be running out — or at least waning. But an ill-timed parliamentary holiday, which saw many MPs return to their constituencies, has hardened the mood against him. Political analyst Joe Armitage found more than 20 of the MPs in the 39 most vulnerable seats had either called on Johnson to resign or criticized him publicly. The aide said there were still MPs who were wavering and had not yet submitted letters. We are very Brexitty up here so still lots of Boris fans.”And even if a confidence vote is triggered, Johnson could squeak through again.
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.
Paul Rieckhoff: Military community ‘can be a source of strength’ as ‘tragedy’ becomes America’s ‘new normal’
Paul Rieckhoff, host of the Independent Americans Podcast, joins Chris Jansing on a “unique Memorial Day” as Americans confront new and persisting tragedies. “Tragedy is our new normal. From Covid to the shooting in Texas, to Afghanistan, to Ukraine, to Buffalo. I think all of America is hurting right now,” says Rieckhoff. “I hope our community of military and veterans and survivors can be a source of strength, a source of learning, and maybe even a guiding light on how to deal with tragedy.”May 30, 2022
'A community that needs more than hope'
MSNBC's Yasmin Vossoughian joins Morning Joe from Uvalde, Texas following the president's visit to the site of last week's mass school shooting to report on how the community is grieving following the deaths of 19 students and two teachers.May 30, 2022
Latvian PM: ‘Russia has to lose’
“Russia has to lose” in its war with Ukraine, and EU leaders should not make the mistake of pursuing “peace at any cost,” Latvian Prime Minister Arturs Krišj?nis Kari?š said in an interview with POLITICO on Monday before the European Council summit. “The main goal of ours has to be that Russia loses — and the other side of the coin is that Ukraine wins the war. In the interview, Kari?š said that some of his fellow European Council leaders were mistakenly in favor of pursuing peace at any cost. “The difficulty is that some of my colleagues have a false belief … peace at any cost,” Kari?š said. Now, in the self-interest of Germany, and France and Italy and everyone else, if we really want security in Europe, Russia has to lose, they finally have to realize they cannot operate in this way.
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.
A Son Was Lost, a Daughter Saved
UVALDE, Texas — Jose Flores and Andrea Herrera, inseparable siblings both in the fourth grade, rode the bus together to Robb Elementary School last Tuesday as they did most mornings. They said their cheerful goodbyes. He headed into Room 111, she into Room 104. His sister escaped through a window. “She survived, he didn’t,” said Cynthia Herrera, referring to her daughter and the stepson she had raised since he was 3.
An embargo would bruise Russia’s oil industry, but for now it is doing fine.
A European Union embargo on Russian oil would bite into the country’s export of crude — a cornerstone of the nation’s economy — but it may not do much damage until the restrictions actually kick in. For now, analysts say, Russian oil production is proving resilient as European buyers and others snap up the opportunity to buy crude at a discount of around $30 a barrel to Brent crude, the international standard. Kpler, a firm that tracks petroleum shipping, estimates that Russian oil production actually edged up about 200,000 barrels a day in May, to 10.2 million barrels a day, compared with April. Kpler anticipates that if the European Union reaches an agreement on the embargo, Russian production would drop another one million barrels a day, or about 10 percent, once the restrictions come into effect. The downturn would contribute to what many analysts expect to be a broad erosion in Russia’s energy industry in coming years, as major oil companies quit the country and sanctions curb imports of Western technology.
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.
UEFA commissions independent report on Champions League final chaos
Placeholder while article actions loadThe Union of European Football Associations commissioned what it says will be an independent report into the chaotic scene in which some Liverpool fans were tear-gassed and prevented from entering the Stade de France before kickoff of UEFA’s Champions League final Saturday near Paris. The start of the championship game between Liverpool and Real Madrid was delayed by more than 30 minutes. Large sections reserved for Liverpool fans were empty just as kickoff was scheduled to take place while Real Madrid fans were in place long before because most of their tickets were electronic. French sports minister Amelie Oudea-Castera also cited fake tickets and fans without tickets — not all of whom were Liverpool boosters — as a source of the problems. And Eric Zemmour, a far-right politician, said the trouble was caused mostly by local youths from the nearby Seine-Saint-Denis district and not Liverpool fans.
Russia-Ukraine war live updates French journalist killed in Severodonetsk area
BRUSSELS — The European Union is not done talking about Russian oil. In Monday morning talks, E.U. Though there has been willingness to grant concessions to Hungary and other countries that remain deeply reliant on Russian oil, Orban continues to press for more, according to E.U. The latest proposal called for a ban on seaborne deliveries but exempted pipeline deliveries, keeping oil flowing from Russia to several E.U. countries, including Hungary, according to a draft proposal seen by The Washington Post.
Martin Luther King Jr.'s granddaughter: My generation has to stand up against gun violence - The Washington Post
Martin Luther King Jr. because he was taken from my family by gun violence. Most people won’t take a 14-year-old seriously when it comes to addressing gun violence. It is my duty to speak up as a child who lost both her grandfather and great-grandmother to gun violence. Children who look like me and children who look like your loved ones are all scared. AdvertisementA staggering number of children have lost their futures to American gun violence.
Opinion | Robert McFarlane had his fall, but it’s the pinnacles that mattered
Placeholder while article actions load“He stood on pinnacles that dissolved into precipice,” Henry Kissinger said of Richard M. Nixon at the former president’s funeral in 1994. McFarlane had made himself master of this field, as he was of almost everything he ever put his mind to. AdvertisementOur tenures in the Reagan White House overlapped, but of course, the national security adviser dealt with White House counsel Fred Fielding and deputy counsel Dick Hauser, not the junior briefcase carrier in the then-nine-lawyer office. Having worked for Nixon and Kissinger, and then Ford and Reagan, advising as one of Washington’s wise old hands became his quiet and influential role. McFarlane was quiet and courageous; humble and very, very smart; slow to anger (if he ever got there) and quick to respond to requests for help.
Maryland men’s lacrosse caps perfect season with national championship
Placeholder while article actions loadEAST HARTFORD, Conn. — The Maryland men’s lacrosse team finished the job. The top-seeded and undefeated Terrapins fended off seventh-seeded Cornell, 9-7, on Monday afternoon, securing the program’s fourth NCAA title a year after their perfect season was spoiled in the national title game on the same field. Choose your plan ArrowRight Maryland (18-0) won its first championship since 2017 and its second in seven title game appearances under Coach John Tillman. Anthony DeMaio — the last link on the roster to the Terps’ previous title team — had four goals and an assist. The first of those goals put Cornell up 1-0, making this only the fifth game Maryland trailed in this season.
Cardinals CB Jeff Gladney Dies at Age 25 in Car Crash; Former 1st-Round Draft Pick
Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty ImagesArizona Cardinals cornerback Jeff Gladney died on Monday morning in a car crash, his agent Brian Overstreet confirmed to Drew Davison and Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "We are asking prayers for the family and privacy at this most difficult time," Overstreet said. "Our hearts go out to his family, friends and all who are mourning this tremendous loss." In 2021, he was charged with felony domestic violence and the Vikings released him in August. In March, a jury found Gladney not guilty of the charge and the Cardinals signed him shortly thereafter to a two-year deal.
Nepali rescuers recover 21 bodies from plane crash site
Rescuers in Nepal recovered all but one of the 22 victims of a plane crash in the Himalayan mountains.May 30, 2022
Teenager Holger Rune stuns fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas at the French Open
(CNN) Danish teenager Holger Rune completed arguably the biggest upset of the French Open so far as he beat fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-5 3-6 6-3 6-4. The victory sees Rune, ranked 40th in the world, become the first ever Danish man to reach the quarterfinals at Roland Garros, where he will face Norway's Casper Ruud. A former junior French Open champion, the 19-year-old is also the first man from Denmark to reach the quarterfinals of any grand slam tournament since Jan Leschly in 1967, according to the ATP Tour. "I have an unbelievable feeling right now," Rune said in his on-court interview after Monday's match. "I was so nervous at the end, but the crowd was amazing for me the whole match, the whole tournament."
Man drowns in Georgia's Lake Lanier over the holiday weekend
A 20-year-old man drowned while swimming in Lake Lanier over the Memorial Day weekend. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources said that its game wardens responded to the scene to assist in locating the man using side scan sonar. Lake Lanier, on the outskirts of Atlanta, was created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the 1950s, in part for flood management. Two men drowned hours apart in Lake Lanier in May 2019. No, when land for constructing the lake was acquired in the early 1950s the area was mostly farmland," the website said.
In tribute: Memorial Day 2022
Not all the memorial tributes were to fallen members of the military: People gathered at a memorial at Robb Elementary School on Monday to pay their respects to the victims of last week's school shooting. AP Photo/Jae C. Hong
20-Year-Old Drowns In Notoriously Deadly Georgia Lake
Coast Guard personnel work to recover a body after a boat collision in the Wilmington River near Savannah, Georgia. Five people were killed and four injured in a two-boat collision Saturday on the Wilmington River near Savannah, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. pic.twitter.com/838wZF9TtM — USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) May 28, 2022Warning: The below video shows a body being recovered from the water. A 20-year-old man was also found drowned Sunday in Lake Lanier at a Margaritaville resort in the foothills of northern Georgia, the Forsyth County News reported. The popular 38,000-acre lake north of Atlanta was created in the 1950s by deliberately flooding valley communities and covering up existing cemeteries.
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.
Triangle First: Durham R&B Artist Elijah Rosario “Can’t Get Enough,” and It’s Mutual
× Expand Elijah Rosario | Photo by Taylor VongsavanhThere’s a kind of alchemy that happens in a terrific electronic pop song, where all the elements—the vocal, the beat, the music, the production—jell into something greater than any one person’s contribution. This can turn lead into gold, but when the elements are already good, it can also turn gold into gems. That’s what happens on “Can’t Get Enough," the glittering new single by the Durham R&B artist Elijah Rosario. ×As Rosario described it to the INDY, making “Can’t Get Enough” was a process of building up and then stripping down, and it shows in the sure placement of every detail and ad-lib. Join the INDY Press Club to help us keep fearless watchdog reporting and essential arts and culture coverage viable in the Triangle.
Suffer the Little Children
The explicit goal was to dissuade further migration by forcing the separation of parents from children, who couldn’t join them in criminal custody. Yet the reprobates knew instantly who to blame: brown migrant babies, who were daring to drink their formula while in U.S. government custody. It’s about our children at risk, and their children as peril. No less than third-ranking GOP House member Elise Stefanik threw around the term “pedo grifters” in a tweet about formula going to migrant children. It’s about our children at risk, and their children as peril.
Turkey’s War Against the Kurds Exposes NATO’s Aggression
Elsewhere in Kurdistan, the war has been roiling for weeks — despite lack of public attention or outrage. On April 17, the Turkish army launched an invasion of the Zab region of southern Kurdistan. In Rojava, too, a low-intensity war against the civilian population and its administration has been in progress for months. Now he is also trying to use the Kurds to achieve his dreams of making Turkey a regional imperial superpower. A Turkish war of aggression with NATO’s blessing would make clear that the talk of shared values, freedom, and democracy only applies when it serves NATO’s own interests.
A Better Foreign Policy Abroad Requires a Strong Labor Movement at Home
Some foreign policy experts have questioned why “the Blob” has not pursued a corresponding strategic readjustment. The intransigence of the foreign policy elite is due to a general deficit of democratic control over American government. At least since the Cold War, foreign policy has indeed been run by an increasingly autonomous elite, deeply insulated within an executive branch that commands ever-expanding powers. While Lippmann believed that the failures of American foreign policy were caused by an excess of democracy, it seems self-evident today that the calamities of American foreign policy are due to a deficit of democracy. As Jake Rosenfeld demonstrates, labor unions are even more effective than churches in their ability to increase voter turnout among working-class people.
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.
In Fiery NRA Speech, NC Lt. Gov. Rejects Gun Reform Measures in Aftermath of Texas Shooting
Governor Mark Robinson demonstrated Friday just how difficult it could be for lawmakers to advance comprehensive gun reform measures in the aftermath of Tuesday’s school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Because that’s is what we need right now. That’s what those families need right now.” Robinson said. Authorities also revealed Friday that 19 armed officers responded to the school when emergency calls flooded in, some from children inside the school. Join the INDY Press Club to help us keep fearless watchdog reporting and essential arts and culture coverage viable in the Triangle.
The Art of Vivian Maier
In Vivian Maier Developed, Marks also takes up these questions. Who was Vivian Maier? Art is supposed to be its own reward, but Marks and Maloof and many of their art world interlocutors are baffled that Maier did not seek other rewards. And the art world generates a different problem from this question: If Maier did not develop and print her own work, are the prints from her negatives authentic Vivian Maiers? The real star of Vivian Maier Developed, of course, is Maier’s photography.
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.
Little Steel Strike: Remembering the 1937 Memorial Day Massacre
Police using guns, clubs, and tear gas attack marching strikers outside Chicago's Republic Steel plant, May 30, 1937. South Chicago, Memorial Day 1937: Mollie West was there with a group of high school seniors. “There” was the field fronting the Republic Steel plant in South Chicago, site of the Memorial Day Massacre of May 30, 1937. The La Follette hearings, which began on July 2, did more than expose the Memorial Day events. Although the Little Steel Strike ended with only Inland signing an agreement, it has earned a place in the annals of the great battles of the American working class.
Taking Real Action for Veterans
On Memorial Day, we honor the sacrifices of military service members who gave their lives in defense of their country. I became one of those veterans after being exposed to Agent Orange during Vietnam — and I am not alone. Today, U.S. active-duty service members, veterans and their families are still being exposed to lethal toxins on a daily basis. What we need now is action from Congress to compel and fund Veterans Affairs to address this issue. This Memorial Day, let’s honor service members and our veterans not by words but by action.
Under Fire for Chaos at Soccer Final, France Rejects Blame for Failures
PARIS — French authorities faced a firestorm of criticism on Monday following the chaotic scenes of confusion and violence at the Champions league final between Real Madrid and Liverpool near Paris over the weekend, tarnishing France’s image as a capable host ahead of major sporting events like the 2024 Summer Olympics. But the French government has acknowledged few failings, doubling down instead on its assertion that the chaos had been caused primarily by tens of thousands of Liverpool fans who converged on the Stade de France, the stadium north of Paris where the game was held, with fake tickets or no tickets at all. Gérald Darmanin, the French interior minister, said at a news conference on Monday that the “root cause” of the chaos was a “massive, industrial and organized fraud of fake tickets” — roughly 30,000 to 40,000, by his account, a figure he said was supported by UEFA, European soccer’s governing body. “Obviously there is nothing to be proud of with what we saw Saturday evening,” Mr. Darmanin said, but he praised French police for preventing people from being injured or crushed to death.
N.Y.C. Companies Are Opening Offices Where Their Workers Live: Brooklyn
Most workers plan to come into the office just a few days a week, the group said. About 19 percent of office space in Manhattan is vacant, the equivalent of 30 Empire State Buildings. That rate is up from about 12 percent before the pandemic, according to Newmark, a real estate firm. Even before the pandemic, it was not uncommon for companies to move offices throughout the city or to open separate locations outside of Manhattan. More than 1.5 million square feet of office space is under construction in Brooklyn, including a 24-story commercial building in Downtown Brooklyn.
$2 Million Tabernacle Is Stolen From a Brooklyn Church, Police Say
When Father Frank Tumino entered the sanctuary at St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn on Saturday for the start of what was supposed to be a beautiful holiday weekend, the cathedral’s sacred space was missing something special — worth $2 million. Someone, Father Tumino discovered, had apparently entered the church with a power saw, cut open the altar that housed the Holy Eucharist — the items used for the communion ritual — stolen the altar’s solid gold tabernacle and decapitated a statue of an angel. Holy items taken from the tabernacle had been strewn across the altar. “To know that a burglar entered the most sacred space of our beautiful church and took great pains to cut into a security system is a heinous act of disrespect,” Father Tumino said in a statement issued on Sunday by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn. The stolen tabernacle, which is solid 18-karat gold, covered in jewels and valued at around $2 million, was made the same year, according to the police.
Opinion | Virginia can provide more hope for foster children
In 2021, there were approximately 5,000 children in foster care across Virginia. In fact, Virginia is one of the three worst states in the country for children aging out of the foster care system without a permanent connection. In 2022, only about 10 percent of Virginia children entered kinship care, but the national average was more than 30 percent. Right now, a child has to enter the foster care system first and then be placed with a relative before that relative family is eligible to receive federal foster care payments. I am hoping this is one such issue and he will decide to lead on the issue of supporting relative families.
The good and bad about home medical tests
Tests to tryThe Food and Drug Administration has authorized the marketing of 100 or so categories of home medical tests. (To find the list of authorized tests, go to FDA.gov, search for “in vitro diagnostics,” then click on Home Use Tests at left.) Keep your doctor in the loopIn general, our experts recommend consulting your doctor before using a home medical test. And factors such as your age and the medications you take can affect a home test’s results. Plus, tests your doctor orders are typically covered by insurance; most of those you can buy yourself are not.
Stefanos Tsitsipas falls, Jessica Pegula advances in French Open
Placeholder while article actions loadHolger Rune, an unseeded 19-year-old from Denmark, stunned Stefanos Tsitsipas, advancing to the French Open quarterfinals in his Roland Garros debut, and Jessica Pegula became the third American woman to reach the quarterfinals Monday. The first player in the men’s top eight to lose, Tsitsipas never found a rhythm in the match. “I was very nervous on the court, being frustrated a lot,” he said, “and I knew I was this way, but I couldn’t stop being like this.”Rune was 0-2 in Grand Slam events until last wee. With Rune and sixth-seeded Carlos Alcaraz, this will be the first Grand Slam with two teenagers in the men’s quarterfinals since Hendrik Dreekmann and Andrei Medvedev at the 1994 French Open. “These kids are going to want to beat me badly because obviously they are chasing,” Tsitsipas said.
Opinion | Children couldn’t even learn during the pandemic without being surveilled
Placeholder while article actions loadA new report from Human Rights Watch reveals the startling extent to which the educational tools students used during the pandemic collected and shared their information. Many of these privacy violations were invisible; many were also impossible to avoid for any kid who wanted, amid the outbreak of a deadly disease, to continue learning. The 146 products that sold or granted access to data did so to 196 third-party companies; to whom or to how many those third-party companies then passed along the data is unknown. These findings show how the globe has settled on a default position of constant surveillance. And even when it comes to the mildest of outcomes, it’s worth asking the question: Is it necessary, and is it right, to amass this data on children when they and their parents do not expect it and have no ability to prevent it?
Video: Neighbor saves 4-year-old child from drowning
Surveillance video captured the dramatic rescue of a 4-year-old boy drowning in a pool at an apartment complex in Lawrence, Kansas.
VIDEO: Uvalde dispatch audio informing officers that a child is calling 911 in the room, 'full of victims'
CNN has obtained dispatch audio informing officers on the scene of the Uvalde shooting that a child is calling 911 from a classroom advising that the gunman is in a room "full of victims." CNN has not been able to independently confirm this video and audio. At what point this call was taken within the 78 minutes of the shooting is unknown.
Louisiana Passes A Bill That Could Free Some ‘10/6 Lifers’
Advertisement“We would have preferred a solution that included relief for all 10/6 lifers. It was routine,” Hilton Butler, an associate warden of the Louisiana State Penitentiary, told the prison’s newspaper, The Angolite, in 1980. Hundley resolved to help Pearson and the rest of the 10/6 lifers get the same second chance he was granted. As a result, several 10/6 lifers have been resentenced to time served and are now free. AdvertisementMost of the 10/6 lifers who were convicted outside of Orleans Parish and therefore don’t benefit from Williams’ resentencing effort have remained stranded.
Dutch and Danish gas buyers warn of Russian shutoff
Danish utility Ørsted said its gas invoice to Gazprom was due Tuesday and that it would not comply with the Russian ruble decree. Gazprom and Gazprom Export did not respond to a request for comment. Ørsted added that it would replace Russian gas with "purchase[s] on the European gas market" and that it had prepared for a potential shutoff by filling gas storage facilities. The Danish Energy Agency said on Monday it "does not expect problems with gas supply" as the country "has an emergency plan ready in the event of a gas shortage." Poland, Bulgaria and Finland have already been cut off from Russian gas over their refusal to adopt the new payment scheme outlined by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Angel Statue Beheaded At Church, $2M Relic Stolen
NEW YORK (AP) — Police say someone busted into the altar at a New York City church, stole a $2 million gold relic and removed the head from a statue of an angel at some point late last week. The incident happened between 6:30 p.m. Thursday and 4 p.m. Saturday at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, known as the “Notre Dame” of Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood. Camera recordings from the church’s security system were also stolen, the church’s pastor said. According to a guidebook posted on the church’s website, the tabernacle was built in 1895 and restored in 1952 and 2000. Frank Tumino, the pastor of St. Augustine said in a statement issued by the diocese.
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
Johnny Depp Plays Surprise Gig At Jeff Beck Concert While Awaiting Trial Verdict
One thing we can say about Johnny Depp is that he sure likes the spotlight. The actor and musician marked the end of a highly publicized seven-week defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard with a surprise appearance at a Jeff Beck concert at Sheffield City Hall in England Sunday. “Well ... what a surprise we got last night when Johnny Depp joined ?@jeffbeckmusic? on stage,” the venue tweeted Monday. “Wishing @jeffbeckmusic? good luck for the rest of his amazing tour and a big thank you to Johnny Depp for joining us!”AdvertisementWell…what a surprise we got last night when Johnny Depp joined ?@jeffbeckmusic? on stage ?Wishing ?@jeffbeckmusic? good luck for the rest of his amazing tour ? and a big thank you to Johnny Depp for joining us! Although Depp sued Heard for defamation, the trial has prompted a massive social-media backlash against his ex-wife, with Depp’s fans — and even some celebrities — downplaying Heard’s allegations of domestic violence.
In Harriet Tubman’s home state of Maryland, a new school bears her name
AdvertisementThrough the process, the group pitched two other potential names: Harriet R. Tubman Elementary School and Lucille Bridges Elementary School. In a community survey, a majority voted for Harriet R. Tubman Elementary School as their first or second choice. (D.C. has Harriet Tubman Elementary School in the Columbia Heights neighborhood.) In 1949, Harriet Tubman School opened as Howard County’s only all-Black high school until it closed through desegregation in 1965. She now serves as the president of the Harriet Tubman Foundation and chair of the Harriet Tubman School Advisory Council.
Russia could cut off Denmark and the Netherlands' natural gas
London (CNN Business) Denmark and the Netherlands could become the latest European countries to have their deliveries of Russia's natural gas cut off. On Monday, Danish energy company Ørsted and Dutch gas trading firm GasTerra warned Russia could turn off the taps as soon as Tuesday because they had refused to make payments in rubles — just weeks after Moscow did the same to Poland, Bulgaria and FinlandØrsted said it had no legal obligation to pay in rubles in its contract with Russian state energy giant Gazprom and that the payment deadline is Tuesday, May 31. It would continue to pay in euros, it said in a statement. "There is a risk that Gazprom Export will stop supplying gas to Ørsted... this will be a breach of contract," Ørsted said in a statement. The company said it had prepared for an abrupt break to its Russian gas imports, and had been filling up storage facilities in Denmark and Germany.
French journalist Frederic Leclerc-Imhoff killed in Ukraine
(CNN) A French journalist has been shot and killed in Ukraine, according to French President Emmanuel Macron. "Journalist Frederic Leclerc-Imhoff was in Ukraine to show the reality of the war. On board a humanitarian bus, alongside civilians forced to flee to escape the Russian bombs, he was fatally shot," Macron tweeted Monday. "I share the grief of the family, friends and colleagues of Frederic Leclerc-Imhoff, to whom I send my condolences. "This is a double crime, targeting a humanitarian convoy and a journalist," she said.
White House leans toward $10,000 in student debt forgiveness
The White House is leaning toward canceling $10,000 of student debt per borrower. In the meantime, activists have taken action to forgive debt for the people who need it most. MSNBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin walks us through what a federal response could mean for those crushed by student loans.May 30, 2022
Madison Cawthorne loses a lawsuit he should have lost
That a person looking to become a federal representative might have tried to incite an insurrection against our country should be considered disqualifying by voters. Cawthorn lied to the crowds, telling them there’d been election fraud and that Democrats were trying to silence them. He lost in a Republican primary election Tuesday, but that doesn’t make the appellate court’s ruling any less significant. In 1868, in the wake of the Civil War, the United States added the Fourteenth Amendment to our Constitution. In Greene's case, a judge didn't say the 1872 law invalidated the anti-insurrectionist clause in the Fourteenth Amendment.
Red states are unprepared for a post-Roe v. Wade baby boom
Red states are not prepared for the impending baby boom if Roe v. Wade is overturned. Texas abortion provider Dr. Bhavik Kumar tells MSNBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin how concerned he is for his state as abortion restrictions become “the most extreme ever.” May 30, 2022
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 visits Uvalde, DOJ to review law enforcement response to shooting
Al on honoring those who died in tragedy: We must live the life they would want us to live 04:37
Conspiracy theories swirl at this weekend's NRA convention
UP NEXTRev. Al on honoring those who died in tragedy: We must live the life they would want us to live 04:37
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
SCOTT RITTER: Phase Three in Ukraine
By Scott RitterSpecial to Consortium NewsRussia’s “Special Military Operation”, which began on Feb. 24, is entering its fourth month. The Russian victory in Donbass comes after weeks of intensive combat that saw the Russian military shift gears away from what has become known as Phase One. Ukraine has no organized reserves left.”Russia has completed Phase One despite the efforts of the U.S., NATO, and the E.U. Putin was very careful in trying to link Russia’s military operation to the legal authorities that existed under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter governing self-defense. Indeed, both Phase One and Phase Two of Russia’s operation were specifically tailored to the military requirements necessary to eliminate the threat posed to Lugansk and Donetsk by the buildup of Ukrainian military power in eastern Ukraine.
May 30, 2022 – Consortium News
No amount of western military aid has been able to prevent Russia from achieving its military objective of liberating the entire territories of both Lugansk and Donetsk as Phase Three begins. Read more ?
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MF Daily for Monday May 30, 2022
U.S. soldiers placing flags at graves in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, for Memorial Day, 2019. Welcome to MF Daily(Formerly known as Mojo Friday’s Weekly Open Thread — MFWOT)All are welcome to hang out and share what is happening in your life today.
The sick feeling I get every Memorial Day
I try to watch Memorial Day pageantry every year. In fact, it’s my birthday weekend and I always felt like a Memorial Day birthday gave the holiday extra significance. I hate war. One of my own young ‘uns feels the call, and yearns for that day they can throw themselves into battle. But I just tried to watch the 33rd annual Memorial Day concert from Washington, D.C. with my folks who lived through WWII.
Benjamin Hernandez, Indivisible Houston’s Board member tells how he cornered Ted Cruz in viral video
Indivisible Houston’s Board Member Benjamin Hernandez forced Ted Cruz to comment on background checks and more on a video that went viral. Benjamin Hernandez on the how & why of Ted Cruz’s viral videoWatch Politics Done Right T.V. Benjamin Hernandez is the Progressive hero who cornered Ted Cruz at a restaurant in Houston at the NRA Convention. I asked Hernandez how he got to pull off getting Ted Cruz to engage so gullibly. He and his wife went to the sushi eatery, and Ted Cruz and his entourage entered out of the blue.
Morning Open Thread: May 30, 2022 – To Die for One’s Country
Welcome to Morning Open Thread, a daily post with a MOTley crew of hosts who choose the topic for the day's posting. Because it’s Memorial Day, 2022, and “to die for one’s country” has taken on terrible new meanings. Should we consider that our million dead “died for their country”? 1893 – Elizabeth Coatsworth was born in Buffalo, New York; American poet, prolific children’s author, novelist, and short story writer. 1917 - Gwendolyn Brooks born in Topeka, Kansas, but grew up in Chicago; highly regarded American poet, author, and teacher.
The "Juvie Loophole" for Mass Murdering Children
Men under age 25 cannot rent a car, and not by law, but rather by the insurance industry's hard statistics about testosterone-fueled behavior for men under 25. Those young men also shouldn't be able to buy assault weapons, and for the same reason. I was an incel from age 12 to nearly 22, so I know how depressing that can be. Raising the age for men to buy an AR-15 clearly would save lives. Think of that as the juvie loophole to legally buy the weapons for mass murdering little children.
Major William W. Benson, USMC
“Major William W. Benson, USMC, of Springfield, Massachusetts, was the Commanding Officer on Eastern Island on whose shoulders fell the brunt of all this new work. But to me Midway will always stand out as the place I came to know and love 'Ben' Benson. There were high-ranking officers present in the Office of the Commandant, Marine Corps Headquarters, Washington, when the medal was presented to his widow, Mrs. Edna M. Benson, by Brigadier General Edward A. Ostermann. For every one of my many decades in Democratic politics I have really enjoyed the companionship and counsel of men who served in the Marine Corps. My sister, Bonnie, and me, and our Benson cousins remember him reverently again today.
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.
Kagro in the Morning is MEMORIALIZING at 9 AM ET!
But it’s Memorial Day Monday. And as you know, Memorial Day is a day of remembrance. Specifically, we’ll help you remember last Memorial Day, by airing our May 31, 2021 episode. It was a rough week, last week. Maybe throw a little something on the grill.
365 Days of Climate Awareness 290 – The Himalaya
It has continued moving north, raising the Tibetan plateau and several mountain ranges. The Indian continental plate is still moving north at 67 mm/2.6 in per yr, so the Himalaya are still growing, at an average of 55 mm/2.1 in per year. Three major river basins emerge from this giant mountain range: the Indus, Ganges and Brahmaputra. The Himalaya are sometimes called the earth’s “third pole”, because behind Antarctica and the Arctic, the Himalaya are the world’s third-largest reservoir of ice and snow. For this reason they form a vital source of water for the surrounding regions—not just the three river basins named before—which is now at risk due to global warming.
Another Day, Another Mass Shooting
Another day, another mass shooting. In this shooting two alleged gangs shot and injured six people at another Memorial Day weekend celebration. Should we expect another mass shooting later today or tomorrow. They say that we need to redflag inappropiate gun owners and increase physchiatrice treatment for potential urges and actions to commit mass shootings. May Jesus Christ, our LORD and SAVIOR, bless you and yours and keep you safe from any future mass shootings.
Memorial Day
Also Today, Rafael Trujillo was assassinated. **********On this day in history:1381 – The English Peasants' Revolt started. 1854 – The Kansas–Nebraska Act became law establishing the U.S. territories of Kansas and Nebraska, overriding the Missouri Compromise1868 – Decoration Day (now Memorial Day) was observed in the US for the first time1913 – The Treaty of London was signed, ending the First Balkan War1925 – Shanghai Municipal Police Force shot and killed 13 protesting workers. 1937 – Memorial Day massacre: Chicago police shot and killed ten labor demonstrators. (Anguilla)Canary Islands Day (Spain)Indian Arrival Day (Trinidad and Tobago)Statehood Day (Croatia)**********- Today's TunesBenny Goodman-x YouTube Video-Johnny Gimblex YouTube Video-Pauline Oliverosx YouTube Video-x YouTube Video-LennyDavidsonx YouTube Video-Gladys Hortonx YouTube Video-Zdravko Colichttps://youtu.be/IBLI7m84G4U-Topper Headonx YouTube Video-Cee Lo Greenx YouTube Video-Peter Paul Rubensx YouTube Video-Dooley Wilsonx YouTube VideoCarl Radlex YouTube Video-Sun Rax YouTube Video-Tex Benekex YouTube Video---**********Ok, it's an open thread, so it's up to you folks now.
American made bullets killed American kids.
19 Texan children died of bullet wounds. An18 year old loaded his legally purchased weapons with the fangs of death designed for a military grade weapon for just one purpose; to eliminate life. I have loudly demanded that every military grade weapon be removed from the citizens of America. Make ammunition for all military weapons available to military and police only and illegal for civilians to possess. This will allow all the “collectors of fine machines” to keep their precious toys, collectables and objects of compensation.
Memorial Day Daily Bucket Open Thread
*Open Thread*Horned Lark(The Daily Bucket is a nature refuge. We amicably discuss animals, weather, climate, soil, plants, clouds ,rocks, waters, the Earth-and note life’s patterns. The Daily Bucket is a regular feature of the Backyard Science group. It is a place to note any observations you have made of the world around you. Animals, weather, meteorites, climate, soil, plants, waters are all worthy additions to the Bucket.
West Coast Cookbook & Speakeasy Daily Special, River City Hash Mondays
West Coast Cookbook & Speakeasy is Now Open! 8am-9am PT/ 11am-Noon ET for our especially special Daily Specials; River City Hash Mondays! Starting off in the Bistro Cafe, an NRA board member was caught off guard and misfired when pressed on gun laws and the organization's priorities following the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. All that and more, on West Coast Cookbook & Speakeasy with Chef de Cuisine Justice Putnam. The Netroots Radio Live Player
A Modest Proposal: Regulate bullet sales in the same way we regulate Pseudoephedrine sales
Back in the 1980s, Pseudoephedrine was as easy to buy as aspirin. Heck, my college’s school nurse would give me some for my allergies, or when I was caught by a cold. Limited amounts, limited access, limits on frequency. Sure, it won’t stop illegal sales, or people casting bullets at home with melted lead, but it will stop sales to 18 yr old shooters with extra birthday money. Limited amounts, limited access, limits on frequency.
New Day Cafe: the Kearton Brothers
The Kearton brothers, then, went on to develop artificial hiding spots from which they hoped to photograph nature. A few of those man-made hiding spots:-An artificial tree trunkArtificial tree trunk-A stuffed sheepStuffed sheep-An artificial rockArtificial rockGrab a cup of coffeeand share what’s on your mind this morning. This is an open thread. Please join us.
Cartoon: Fight For Your Right To Know Nothing
By the same token if you begin reading this ongoing story on page 69 you will probably have a similar reaction. Instead of responding to such comments I point you to onthefencecomic.com for the previous pages. For best viewing on mobile devices, go to onthefencecomic.com for Webtoons format. Fighting the onslaught of right wing propaganda and conspiracy theories can be an exhausting voyage up a steep slope. If you enjoy reading this page every week let me know you’re out there.
Don’t ban “assault rifles”
We always seem to be in a position of needing to reframe issues. We’re much worse than the other side at framing. We need to call for a ban on “weapons of war” because that is what they are. Force Cruz and Abbott to explain why weapons of war are a good thing. “Assault Rifle” is simply too wimpy of a term.
America the Beautiful is ailing-- can we save her in time?
Scene: The patient arrives in the ER and her name is America. When questioned about precedence and their positions on Roe v. Wade during their Senate hearings, Barrett, Kavanaugh, and Gorsuch demurred. What has happened to our treasured Supreme Court that was once emblematic of the loftiest moral models our democracy had to offer? Well, the idea that we have more in common with each other than separates us is a beautiful sentiment, but does it hold? Republicans these days, street fighters by nature—they’ll bring a gun to a knife fight-- pursue power, take power, and employ power to meet their own ends.
Willamette Heritage Center: Jason Lee House (photo diary)
Jason Lee (1803-1845) was select in 1833 by the Methodist Episcopal Church to convert the Flathead Indians to Protestant Christianity. Lee arrived in Wyoming in 1834 and met with the Flatheads and the Nez Perce at the Green River Rendezvous. From here he went to the Willamette Valley to work among the Kalapuyas and establish a non-Indian colony. From the viewpoint of the missionaries, it was felt that the American settlers needed the gospel more than the Indians. More museum photo toursWillamette Heritage Center: The Boon House (photo diary)Museums 101: The Gordon House by Frank Lloyd Wright (Photo Diary)Museums 101: The Butterfield Cottage (Photo Diary)Museums 101: A Trapper's Cabin (Photo Diary)Museums 101: The Maki Homestead Cabin (Photo Diary)Fort Missoula: Homestead cabin (photo diary)Museums 101: Homestead Cabin and Barn (Photo Diary)Museums 101: The Sedman House in Nevada City (Photo Diary)
121 Americans dead from gun violence...
121As noted in the diary yesterday that is more than the typical number of gun violence deaths in an entire year in the UK. That included two mass shootings in Chicago, and mass shootings in Taft Oklahoma, Phoenix, Merced California, and the Las Vegas area (Henderson). In the US is takes a little over three weeks for gun violence to kill as many Americans as the attacks on 9/11. Until then, remember that 121 Americans died from gun violence in the 21 hours since my last diary. In the time it has taken me to write this another 4 Americans have died from gun violence, bringing the total to 125.
In My Very Humble Opinion
There are decent people who own firearms and I am not talking about them. Let’s take a look at those “good guys with guns”. Primarily I think it is because it makes them feel “big” and mollifies their feelings of inadequacy. They must be true “God-fearing” Christians because they are so afraid of God they want to be packing heat when they visit His house. It seems those “good guys with guns” are afraid of a lot of things… like those who waited outside a classroom while children were being slaughtered by another “good guy with a gun”.
Story Time Ducks and Other Amusing Things
That’s not a real duck.”“I mean, have you ever met a real duck?”“Well, no, but I heard one once. “A long time ago, before you came to live with us, when the Goat Lady’s duck got out and came into our back yard. The Goat Lady came and took her duck home.”Kiki again,“No, she’s not a goat. Ducks are pretty big, too.”“Were there any other animals there? It would be cool to hide out and see all those other animals.”“I think you are safer staying here in the house.
A Nation Cowering in Fear of Mass Shootings Is Not Free
These people volunteered or were conscripted to fight and die for their nation and deserve our respect and memorialization. Prior to the late 1970s, the NRA was a “sportsman’s organization” that supported rational gun control and mostly taught gun safety classes. Everything else flows from that corrupt cancer of legalized bribery that five Republicans on the Supreme Court embedded in the heart of American democracy. A nation cowering in fear of mass shootings is not free. Or a nation where a raped woman is forced to carry a pregnancy to term at the point of a gun.
A Not Quite Final Report on Uvalde, Texas
They all thought real, real hard. We did not think real, real hard or for a long, long time when we did this report because it was hard and there was a gun convention to go to. Many, who were not big, brave police officers, but who were outside the school, tried to tell the big, brave police officers what to do. Some wanted to call the bad guy’s guns bad guns, but no guns are bad, all guns are good. It was not that thinking kind of hard, but that other kind of hard, where your jaw gets real hard and your face gets real hard and your eyes get real hard, because you might be mad.
The Memorial Day history forgot: The Martyrs of the Race Course
During the final year of the war, the Confederates had converted the planters' horse track, the Washington Race Course and Jockey Club, into an outdoor prison. They whitewashed the fence and built an archway over an entrance on which they inscribed the words, "Martyrs of the Race Course." A New York Tribune correspondent witnessed the event, describing "a procession of friends and mourners as South Carolina and the United States never saw before." The “Martyrs of the Race Course” cemetery is no longer there. The site is now a park honoring Confederate General and the White Supremacist “Redeemer Governor” of South Carolina Wade Hampton.
How "thoughts and prayers" works
When mass shootings occur, it has become expected—more than expected, a cliché—for those gun worshippers to console themselves, saying that nothing could have kept the latest tragedy from happening; it’s all terrible; but our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims. Robert Jay Lifton, in Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism, goes into detail about the thought-terminating cliché, which precisely describes “thoughts and prayers.” His explanation sheds light on how the implementation of the phrase among the NRA crowd works. “Prayers” directly invoke God, making it feel to the person uttering the cliché that they are in the right; God is on their side. “Thoughts and prayers” defines the lane in which adherents to the gun cult can travel and beyond which they cannot deviate. 1 Robert Jay Lifton, Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism, p. 429.
Inky is no longer alone
Inky on the left with her new companions, Cleo in the middle and Katie to the right. This left her sister Inky alone. Inky spent a lot of time wandering in her chicken run, calling for her sister. Cindy (left) and Faith spending time last week with Inky who is behind the wire. Inky was a little apprehensive but they seem to be settling in now.
Watch: A view of J Pod orcas passing Lime Kiln Lighthouse from the balcony
The J Pod passes below the Lime Kiln Lighthouse on San Juan Island, Washington, on Tuesday. The resident killer whale aficionados (aka orca dorks) who live in the San Juan Islands in Washington state are always excited when the best-known of the endangered Southern Resident families, J Pod, makes at least a salutary springtime visit to the Salish Sea, its traditional summertime hunting grounds. But ever since the large population losses of 2016 onward—immortalized by the globally infamous story of the orca mother who mourned her lost calf for 17 days in 2018—both their arrival, as well as the lingering absences that underscore what a loss their absence has become, have been shadowed by ongoing concerns for their survival. Nonetheless, when J Pod made its first “official” visit to San Juan Island on Tuesday evening, the excitement and joy was so palpable that those concerns, at least for the time being, evaporated. My friend Erin Corra, who runs the Friends of Lime Kiln Society that helps run the famous lighthouse on the island’s west side, ran up the lighthouse stairs to snag video footage of the orcas cruising past from the balcony.
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.
Another typical week
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So, how many COVID deaths really?
Taking an average of the number of deaths listed above (1,010,122), we can calculate that the true number of COVID deaths is somewhere between 1,262,653 and 1,578,316 Americans. We just download and use the data on weekly reported deaths per year. Don’t forget that the number of deaths for the years from 2020 — 2022 includes deaths from other causes—the background death number if you will. Again, the numbers for the deaths from 2020 — 2022 INCLUDE the background death numbers (deaths from other causes). If I added up all the net deaths per week for the entire 2½ years illustrated in the above graph, how many COVID deaths are there?
The white headed hyena makes me ashamed to be a Georgia woman. Margie and Peach Tree dishes.
Don't eat from the Peach tree dish. pic.twitter.com/gCDHiH5Bsy — PatriotTakes ?? (@patriottakes) May 29, 2022Peach Tree dish instead of petri dish. I need to check and see if I have any peach dishes, she would be the second person my cheeseburger would zap. Now let me see if I can find some peach dishes here in the house. Please dems… Run an ad with the former guy suggesting bleach drink and this one swearing peach dishes of fake meat is gonna zap us.
Memorial Day in America
There’s a soundtrack in my head when I get too cynical, too hurt, too tired about life in this country. It always features Texas singer/songwriter James McMurtry, whose songs about growing up in the wide open spaces of red America track pretty darned near to my own Idaho history. Here’s his take on this day, for those who might be feeling a little nostalgia for a childhood that didn’t include this enormous weight. "Memorial Day"Mama keeps tryin' to get the game on the radioDaddy's gotta know the scoreThere's a big yellow thing on a flat bed trailerWonder what that thing's forWe got towels rolled up in the back seat windowKeeping us out of the sunJust a hundred more miles and we'll be at grandma'sSure is gonna be funMaybe she'll take us fishin'Maybe she'll bake us a pieRemember like she did that one timeBack before grandpa diedIt's Memorial Day in AmericaEverybody's on the roadLet's remember our fallen heroesY'all be sure and drive slowNinety eight degrees in the shade of the tool shedCan't go back in the houseThey're all in the kitchen yellin' 'bout somethingDon't know what it's aboutJoey 'n Mary said not to worrySaid it's just the same old fightHappens whenever they all get togetherEverything's really alrightIt's Memorial Day in AmericaThis is how it's supposed to beLet's remember our fallen heroesIn the land of the freeDaddy's in the big chair sippin' on a cold beerGrandma's cuttin' a switchShe overheard Mary cussin' her brotherCalled him a son of a bitchShe got a good green limb off a sweet gum saplingMan that's bound to stingBut Mary don't cry just stands there and takes itDoesn't seem to feel a thingNo Mary don't cry, you know she's a big girlWonder what made her so madShe takes those licks looking in through the den doorStaring right straight at her dadThere's a big yellow thing on a flat bed trailerDaddy nearly hit that birdThey're both in the front seatStarin' right straight aheadNeither one saying a wordThe sun's going down in the rear view mirrorGonna be d
Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: Texas political officials under pressure and feeling the heat
Greg Abbott said ‘all options are on the table.’ Two Republican state legislators on Friday urged Gov. “Texans expect & deserve this & the time demands it,” he said in a tweet, without explicitly mentioning Uvalde. We're here to report the facts.” Reporter: Uvalde parents now know that not everything possible was done to save their children. — Heath Mayo (@HeathMayo) May 28, 2022Azeem Ibrahim/Foreign Policy:Russia’s War in Ukraine Could Become Genocide Moscow is already carrying out ethnic cleansing. The report we produced on the allegation of genocide in Ukraine was built on three planks and three specialized teams.
How to turn 'I did my own research' from a red flag to a weapon against misinformation
Over the past few years, we’ve seen social media swamped with misinformation, disinformation, and conspiracies about subjects from pedophilic pizza parlors to election fraud to Ukrainian biolabs. We’ve all seen the “I did my own research” claims coming from some of the people working with the worst information out there—fatally, in many cases, during the COVID-19 pandemic. There’s so much bad information out there ranging from misinformation to Nazis pretending to be something else. And a lot of it is very sophisticated, hiding its true nature until many readers have been sucked in. Here are two simple ways to tell good information from bad.
CPAC is boosting the antisemitic Hungarian right. Who's paying them to do it?
It looks like CPAC head Matt Schlapp and Carlson feel that the time is right to drop the charade, though. Recent CPAC events in Budapest, Hungary, boasted a notorious Hungarian antisemite, one who has publicly declared Jews to be "stinking excrement," among their featured speakers. "Stinking excrement" is just one of the xenophobic and genocide-supporting rants that Hungarian television screamer Zsolt Bayer is known for. Even before the Trump era, CPAC conferences were a dodgy blend between ultra-powerful Republican elected leaders and absolute conspiracy cranks. Just as far-right militant groups sought to internationalize their movements during those days, CPAC conservatives found new appreciation for international autocrats like Vladimir Putin.
What we've lost through the digitization of music
The mix of songs actually purchased by consumers is even more tilted toward older music. As record labels lose interest in new music, emerging performers desperately search for other ways to get exposure. The kids are finding the music they like, and they’re sharing it on YouTube and other forums. Music has always been about how we relate to each other, or whether we decide to relate to each other at all. Popular music — and the shared experience of that music — helped all of us to think about things in a collective way that nothing else could.
Latvia Wisely Chose to Adopt BAV
In essence, the Vote column shows the net vote, but biased by the number of ballots submitted. This election seems to be for thirteen positions, perhaps in a legislature, and interestingly the winners turned out all to have positive net support; in fact only a single candidate with positive net support failed to win. This data allows us to easily compare, for this election, AV with Balanced Approval Voting (BAV). And the most notable advantage of BAV is when there a two-party polarized electorate is either existing or developing. In that case there would be a much more obvious difference in outcomes between AV and BAV elections.
Crowd confronts cleric at Iran tower collapse that killed 32
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To Stop Gun Violence, Form a Well-Regulated Militia
Another mass shooting, coming just a week after yet another mass shooting in Buffalo, New York targeting black people. The former New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof had an excellent editorial on gun violence published today. It was first published in 2017 and has been regularly repeated with minor updates every time there is a mass shooting, which is too often for me to remember now. You can read it here and maybe refer back to this as you read the rest of this article. the 60-vote requirement to pass gun control laws cannot be overcome with any realistic electoral outcome of the Constitutionally rural and red-state-favoring electoral college.
All I got
I had a dream last nightThat Nato decided to arm UkraineWith long range missiles. (Ukraine is about the size of TexasSo long range missilesObviously make a lot of sense.) And here is yet another offeringTo show howAs a peopleWe have lost our way:The bees built a big nest insideThe great bronze bellIn the bell tower on the green. Why is itThat the male psyche seems to believeThat things have to get worseBefore they get better? Or,If we make things worseBefore the other side makes things worse,Somehow that means we are still in control.
Crowd confronts cleric at Iran tower collapse that killed 32
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Sonnet: Memorial Day Weekend 2022
John Belushi (RIP) in the film 1941(Image by Buzz Feitshans) Details DMCASo many people have died before me,I'm disgusted to be one of the onesleft behind, to suffer, desire, but free! Big whoops. I've nothing to offer but punsand, if we're to be totally honest,which is, frankly, stupid, I'd be okaywith merely having been a spark, at best,in dear Dad's eyes, with mom, having his way. and wild kamikazes flying zeroes. Yup, billions and billions returned to dust:Only a sifted handful still discussed.
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.
Molar of ancient human Denisovan species discovered in northern Laos
The recent discovery of a Denisovan tooth in Laos represents the first fossil discovery of the enigmatic hominid species outside of Russia and Tibet. The discovery was reported in a paper titled “A Middle Pleistocene Denisovan molar from the Annamite Chain of northern Laos,” published in Nature Communications on May 17. The discovery was made in the Ngu Hao 2 cave in Huà Pan Province in the Annamese Mountains in northern Laos. Homo luzonensis fossils discovered on the island of Luzon in the Philippines have been established to have been extant 50,000 years ago. Scientists have discovered evidence of Denisovan DNA in Australian Aboriginals, Papua New Guineans and Pacific Islanders, indicating that the species was widespread throughout the region.
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.
Indigenous Organizers in Alaska Lead the Way Toward Livable Climate Future
She works toward Indigenous rights advocacy and is a member of the Alaska Just Transition Collective and the Alaska Climate Alliance. Polychroniou: Ruth, what does a just transition, from a Native and Indigenous perspective, look like in Alaska? It includes supporting Alaska Native language and cultural revitalizations while supporting unimpeachable subsistence hunting and fishing rights. The ecological harm caused by such projects leaves toxic waste, pollution and contamination, harming the health of Alaska Native peoples who live closest with the land. The Alaska Just Transition Collective is currently comprised of a number of organizations, including Native Movement, Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition, Alaska Community Action on Toxics, Alaska Public Interest Research Group, Native Peoples Action, The Alaska Center, Alaska Poor People’s Campaign and Native Conservancy.
Starbucks Workers Have Now Unionized 100 Stores
The coffee giant’s CEO “Howard Schultz and Starbucks are getting creamed in union vote after union vote,” labor journalist Steven Greenhouse tweeted Saturday. By the union’s count, there are now 100 stores across the nation that have unionized. BREAKING: 100 Starbucks stores have voted to unionize across 25 states. Workers at hundreds of Starbucks stores have filed to unionize since the first successful union drive in Buffalo, New York late last year. “Congratulations to Starbucks Workers United for winning the 100th union election at Starbucks coffee shops all over America,” he wrote.
Violence of Settler Colonialism Stretches Across Generations of Native Families
The Navajo Inn was miles north of Gallup but just south of the Navajo reservation, perched along a lonely and deadly highway. “You didn’t talk about the Gallup that everyone saw, the Gallup of the drinking and the violence and the poverty. The violence was an Indian problem, not a problem that had something to do with poverty or with misery. To follow the generations of Casuses introduced in this book is to enter their world, a world made and remade by war and occupation. The arc of the Casuse family follows the arc of US colonial war and occupation.
This week in history: May 30-June 5
Official politics were riven by profound pressures that threatened to result in the breakup of Canada into two or more states. 50 years ago: Poet Joseph Brodsky expelled from the Soviet UnionOn June 4, 1972, the Russian poet Joseph Brodsky was expelled from the Soviet Union. —from “The End of a Beautiful Era” written 1969Brodsky continued to receive great acclaim in the US where his works were published more widely than in the Soviet Union. Marshall’s speech followed the breakdown of talks between the US, Britain, France and the Soviet Union at the Moscow conference, which lasted six weeks, until April 24. The US would also offer the economic assistance to states within the orbit of the Soviet Union.
US actor Ray Liotta dead at 67: Known for Something Wild, Field of Dreams, Goodfellas
The talented American actor Ray Liotta died in his sleep May 26 at 67. Liotta is perhaps best known for Something Wild (Jonathan Demme, 1986), Field of Dreams (Phil Alden Robinson, 1989) and Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese, 1990). Ray Liotta and Jeff Daniels in Something Wild (1986)After featuring on a television soap opera for several years, Liotta moved to Los Angeles in the early 1980s. In Field of Dreams, a sentimental-fantasy film about baseball, Liotta played Shoeless Joe Jackson. Ray Liotta and Lorraine Bracco in Goodfellas (1990)As narrator of the film, Liotta as Hill provides the opening commentary that reveals so much about Scorsese and American filmmaking of the past several decades.
Dallas school district’s proposed budget cuts teacher pay while union declares “victory”
When factoring in inflation, which stands at 8.5 percent, these are in fact 3.5 to 5.5 percent wage cuts. Also part of the pay rubric involves slight increases in pay as part of the district’s “Teacher Excellence Initiative” (TEI), providing bonuses corresponding to teacher evaluations by school administrators. According to this formula, Dallas ISD teachers are evaluated in eight graduated categories which determine their supplemental pay. So those who bear much of the responsibility for the implementation of the reactionary TEI pay scheme and the attack on wages are the trade union bureaucrats and the Democratic Party. Teachers in school districts around Texas and around the US are going through similar experiences: coronavirus infections, pay cuts, austerity, the destruction of public education, and the threat of world war.
Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei holds powerful online rally against war
Under the title “No third world war! Billions for health and work instead of armaments and war!” they discussed NATO’s proxy war against Russia in Ukraine and the need for an international movement against war. Germany, he said, played a central role in not only preparing for a third world war, but in concretely organizing it. In view of the historical experiences of the working class, this was deeply rooted, especially in Germany. When a participant raised the question of how to mobilise the working class, Peter Schwarz responded that the question of perspective was central.
UK: Police attack refuse workers’ picket in Wealden, England, arresting union officials
Workers must demand the dropping of all charges against three GMB trade union officials who were arrested last Friday in a blatant attack on the right to strike. The arrests took place as a strike by around 40 refuse workers against waste management firm Biffa, in Wealden, East Sussex, entered its fourth week. The sites provide domestic waste disposal for around 70,000 homes in the district overseen by Conservative Party-run Wealden District Council in Sussex. The police attack on the refuse workers’ pickets was a conscious political decision under conditions where the strike was having substantial impact, with rubbish piling up. The attack on Biffa waste workers coincides with a strike-breaking operation organised by Coventry council against HGV bin lorry drivers.
Jacobin attempts to resurrect image of pro-war Ocasio-Cortez, DSA
Bowman)At this point, the claim that anything Ocasio-Cortez and the DSA do is “against the forces of capitalism and reaction” is downright embarrassing. Ocasio-Cortez and the DSA members of Congress voted to spend such massive sums of money to pursue the geostrategic interests of Wall Street amid mass social suffering at home. Featherstone and Jacobin present the DSA slate as the spearhead of socialism, but the DSA recipients of Ocasio-Cortez’s endorsement are not opponents of imperialist war. Other elected officials who declined to comment or did not return requests for comment included Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez; State senators Julia Salazar and Jabari Brisport; and Assembly members Zohran Kwame Mamdani, Marcela Mitaynes and Phara Souffrant Forrest. Such fecklessness is to be expected of Democratic Party politicians like those the DSA hopes to send to Albany.
Israeli ultra-nationalists and settlers attack Palestinians in “Flag March” through Jerusalem
Thousands of Israeli settlers and far right activists attacked Palestinians on Sunday as they marched through Jerusalem's Old City. Israeli thugs attacking Palestinians in Jerusalem's Old City on Jerusalem Day, an Israeli holiday celebrating the capture of the Old City during the 1967 Mideast war. They then marched through the Old City, before converging with the main march outside the Damascus Gate. Israelis wave national flags in front of Damascus Gate outside Jerusalem's Old City to mark Jerusalem Day, an Israeli holiday celebrating the capture of the Old City during the 1967 Mideast war. It has been prepared through the advocacy of communalist and ethno-religious politics, including ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, Israel’s Arab citizens and migrant workers.
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.
Contract talks break down for 70,000 Ontario hospital workers
The collective agreements between CUPE and the SEIU and the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) expired, respectively, last September and December. Hospital workers’ real wages have been steadily eroded since the hard-right Conservative government implemented Bill 124. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been over 30,000 COVID-19 infections and more than 17 deaths among Ontario health care workers. The unrelenting all-sided health care crisis, the product of decades of cuts by governments of all stripes, has fueled a mass exodus of health care workers from the profession. Hospital workers will have no right to even vote on the new “collective agreements” that will bind them for the next two years.
Australia’s Labor government to intensify pro-business restructuring of universities
She promised a well-heeled gathering at an Australian Financial Review Higher Education Conference that a Labor government offered the best means of escalating the business restructuring of tertiary education. Plibersek spoke of boosting “national export income” from the “tens of billions of dollars” that universities generate each year. In other words, universities must intensify their exploitation of high fee-paying international students to offset chronic government underfunding. That system became the platform for successive governments, Labor and Coalition alike, to increasingly force universities to become drastically dependent on student fees and corporate revenues. In its budget media release, it said the Coalition government refused to recognise that “tertiary education is Australia’s fourth largest export industry contributing $40 billion to Australia’s total exports.” This means further turning tertiary education into a business to serve the profit interests of the Australian capitalist class.
Chinese premier details mounting problems for economy
The Chinese economy is facing some of its most serious problems in more than three decades as the government continues to battle to end the outbreak of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 through lockdowns of major cities and other public health measures. The situation was “to some degree worse” than it had been at the start of the pandemic in early 2020 when the Chinese economy contracted by 6.9 percent. Earlier this month it was reported that industrial production, one of the key drivers of the Chinese economy, had fallen 2.9 percent in April, retail sales had dropped 11 percent and car sales had almost halved. The sector accounts for between 25 percent and 30 percent of the Chinese economy. In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, the government and financial authorities were able to boost the economy through a massive stimulus package, involving increased spending and the expansion of credit.
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.
“Nonunion drivers are getting paid better than us:” Car haul truckers in US determined to strike Tuesday night
The national contract for the Teamsters car haul division is set to expire Tuesday at midnight. In 2021, the Teamsters union signed a one-year extension to the five-year National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement that included an insulting 1.8 percent wage increase. During the last contract fight in 2017, rank-and-file workers voted down two Teamsters-backed concessionary contracts before the union rammed through a third deal. At the same time, car haulers can find powerful allies among rank-and-file autoworkers to block any attempt by the auto companies to use strikebreakers to transport vehicles. But this means taking the struggle into their own hands by forming rank-and-file committees, independent of the Teamsters union and all of its factions, including the TDU.
UN Human Rights High Commissioner condemned over China trip
Blinken’s “concerns” over Bachelet’s trip were amplified in more strident terms by Sophie Richardson, China Director of the US-based Human Rights Watch—an “independent” organisation that closely mirrors the “human rights” campaigns of the US State Department. “It is critical that counter-terrorism responses do not result in human rights violations,” she said. In broad outline, Bachelet voiced the anti-China “human rights” agenda that the US and its allies have been advancing for years. A question posed at Bachelet’s press conference on Saturday pointed to the utter hypocrisy of the US “human rights” campaigns against China and other countries. Far more egregious human rights abuses and crimes against humanity can be laid at the door of US imperialism.
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.
Sri Lanka: Oppose job and wage cuts in the public sector! Build action committees to defend workers rights!
A previous “conception paper” issued on April 25 by the Manpower and Employment Ministry outlined extensive public sector expenditure and job cuts. It declared that more than 50 percent of government income was being used to pay salaries and allowances to 1.7 million public sector employees. Through this, the paper claimed, the government could cut public sector expenditure by 300 billion rupees per annum and increase Sri Lanka’s annual remittances by $US2.5 billion. State sector workers have already shown their readiness to fight the government attacks. Our action committees support the program advocated by the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) to combat the worsening social and living conditions.
Can Peaches Still Fit in Those Pink Hot Pants?
Did people really throw garments onstage when you were performing? It’s really cool because I have a chance to make this show a little bit of a live archive, plus future-friendly, forward-thinking style. Actually, they don’t smell so bad. So that’s got a little bit of a memory. Also a little bit of a gag reflex.
‘I Love It So Much’: This ‘Cats’ Adaptation Has the Kids Singing
Heather Biddle, the theater director at J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson, Texas, wanted to put on a production of “Cats” for so long it became something of a comedy bit. Back in August 2020, following months of the pandemic shutdown and facing a year of remote learning, her students made commemorative T-shirts that read “At least we didn’t do ‘Cats.’”That all changed this month, when Biddle finally got her wish.
Vintage Cars, Part of the Pandemic Hobby Boom, Priced Collectors Out
Budget-minded vintage car collectors, competing with Americans who took an interest in the vehicles as a pastime over the last couple of years, have found themselves increasingly priced out of the market for cars that were once considered cheap fun and are now in high demand. Undeterred, however, many buyers are determined to find the next best thing. It’s a financial term that has been appropriated, and somewhat inaccurately applied, by entry-level vintage car shoppers — those with about $25,000 to spend. To their surprise, buyers are finding that the cheaper substitute can, in many ways, turn out to be the equal of the more established collectible. The latest example in that cycle of substitutes is the first-generation Mitsubishi Montero, which has become a stand-in for people priced out of buying an old Land Rover Defender.
Meet the New Class of ‘Top Gun: Maverick’
Thirty-six years after Iceman, Hollywood and Cougar took to the skies in “Top Gun,” a new team of colorfully nicknamed characters are suiting up in “Top Gun: Maverick.”This time, the aviators are recent graduates of the Navy’s elite fighter school, a.k.a. Top Gun, and they’re tasked with a near-impossible mission overseen by Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, the brash pilot played by Tom Cruise. Flying alongside Rooster, the son of the original film’s ill-fated Goose, are Hangman, Phoenix, Bob, Coyote, Fanboy and Payback, who must help destroy a foreign enemy’s uranium plant and get out alive. (Though the characters all have actual names, they’re introduced by their aviator call signs, and that’s how they’re known.) The intensive tutelage began offscreen: Cruise monitored the actors’ progress during a grueling five-month training program that culminated in the cast shooting their own action sequences from the back of real F/A-18 jets flown by Navy fighter pilots.
Rangers Aim to Give the Hurricanes an Unhappy Homecoming
Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin provided another standout performance with 37 saves and two assists, on goals by Mika Zibanejad and Filip Chytil, as the Rangers extended their season at least one more game. “It’s always great to have a goalie whose next step is to start scoring goals,” Artemi Panarin, a Rangers forward from Russia, said through an interpreter. “We have to play how we play at home,” Chytil said. Raanta has played beyond expectations since stepping in for Frederik Andersen, the Hurricanes’ lead goalie, who has been sidelined since April with an undisclosed lower-body injury. career as a backup, but he has played well in the playoffs, posting a 2.20 goals-against average, including Saturday’s loss.
A French journalist is killed by shrapnel in eastern Ukraine.
A 32-year-old French journalist was killed on Monday in eastern Ukraine when the armored bus he was riding in was hit by shrapnel from a shell, according to French and Ukrainian authorities. President Emmanuel Macron of France named the journalist as Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff and said he was in Ukraine to “show the reality of the war.” Mr. Macron expressed his condolences on Twitter. “I share the pain of the family, loved ones and colleagues,” he said. At least seven journalists have been killed and at least nine have been injured in Ukraine since Russia invaded on Feb. 24, Reporters Without Borders said last week. The city has been under heavy Russian shelling for the last three months.
Man Throws Pastry at Mona Lisa, Smearing Cream on Glass Case
A protester who faked a disability to get close to the Mona Lisa in a wheelchair stood up and smeared a pastry on its glass case on Sunday, according to the Louvre museum in Paris. The painting, one of the world’s most recognizable pieces of art, was not damaged, museum officials said. Videos on social media showed that the man, speaking in French, yelled that there were “people who were destroying the planet” and “that’s why I did it.”The Mona Lisa, painted by Leonardo da Vinci in the 16th century and perhaps the crown jewel of the Louvre’s collection, is typically swarmed by camera-wielding tourists. The painting is held behind a thick glass case, an effective shield against pastries.
Russia-Ukraine war live updates French journalist killed in Severodonetsk area
“The enemy managed to enter Severodonetsk from two directions… and controls a strip of about 100 meters,” Roman Vlasenko, the head of the Severodonetsk district administration, told Radio Liberty. “Our guys are continuing to defend.” For the past several days, Ukrainian fighters had contained the Russians around a hotel on the eastern outskirts. Severodonetsk is the largest city still holding out, and a Russian takeover there would be a major symbolic victory. Russian shelling killed two people and wounded five others as they were preparing food outside Sunday in the old part of Severodonetsk, Haidai said. “Over the past 24 hours, 14 enemy attacks have been repulsed, two artillery systems, 11 units of armored combat vehicles and 10 enemy vehicles have been destroyed.
Suicide takes more military lives than combat does. Among women, that rate is doubling.
“If you do, you’re weak, you’re on medication, it might affect my future earnings, there might be a stigma.”Deana shot herself at age 28 with a .45-caliber handgun, joining the growing number of military women who end their own lives. Suicide in the military community is at its highest rate since 1938, according to a Department of Defense report released last month. AdvertisementThe reports break down the deaths by gender, age and branch, but they hardly address the dramatic increase among women. AdvertisementWomen in the military are dealing with PTSD, isolation and an experience so common that it has its own military acronym — MST, Military Sexual Trauma. AdvertisementAnd how important it is for women leaving the military to find support in the civilian world, whether it’s for MTA, PSTD or both.
WNBA's Liz Cambage Denies Report She Used Racial Slur Against Nigerian Team
Cambage responded to a report by the Daily Telegraph (h/t Matt Logue of news.com.au) which featured accounts from multiple players on the Nigerian national team. Cambage released a statement Monday on Instagram:"The incident that took place in the pre-Olympic scrimmage with the Nigerian national team was handled privately almost a year ago. I did not use the racial slur toward the Nigerian team that has been circulating." The Daily Telegraph report noted Cambage apologized to the Nigerian team and her teammates for using a racial slur, but Cambage differed on that account. While she acknowledged apologizing to the Nigerian players in her statement, she suggested it was because of her role in the scuffle.
Amid accounts of 'appalling' and 'brutal' treatment of fans at the Champions League Final, lawmakers call for answers
(CNN) There is a blame game going on after the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool, with differing positions adopted by lawmakers in the UK and France amid allegations of "appalling" and "brutal" treatment of fans. The match was delayed by 35 minutes after Liverpool fans struggled to enter the Stade de France and tear gas was used by French police towards supporters held in tightly packed areas. On Monday, French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said counterfeit tickets were to blame for the delay, saying there was "a massive, industrial and organized fraud of fake tickets" and that "30,000 to 40,000 English fans ... found themselves at the Stade de France either without a ticket or with falsified tickets." UEFA, the governing body of European football, also said the buildup of fans at turnstiles was caused by fake tickets. Those figures have been disputed, while UK lawmaker Ian Byrne said attributing crowds and delays to fake tickets was "utter nonsense" and an attempt from French authorities and UEFA to cover their backs.
French journalist killed in Ukraine
Smoke rises in the city of Severodonetsk, where French journalist Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff was killed | Aris Messinis/AFP via Getty ImagesFrench journalist Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff was killed in eastern Ukraine where he was covering Russia’s ongoing invasion, French President Emmanuel Macron announced Monday. The journalist, who worked for TV channel BFMTV, was killed when he was struck in the neck by a piece of shrapnel. He was near Severodonetsk in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine, covering an evacuation operation, local officials said. This tragic event reminds us of the dangers faced by all journalists who report on this conflict, while risking their lives,” said BFMTV journalist Karine de Ménonville during a live broadcast. The list of Russian crimes against media workers in Ukraine keeps expanding.”Leclerc-Imhoff is the eighth journalist killed in the line of work since Russian President Vladimir Putin launched his full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24.
German chancellor accused of comparing climate activists to Nazis
Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz talks to press as he arrives at EUCO | John Thys/AFP via Getty ImagesClimate activists are accusing German Chancellor Olaf Scholz of comparing them to Nazis, something his spokesperson called "absurd." "Scholz is comparing climate activists with Nazis," wrote Luisa Neubauer, a prominent figure in the Fridays for Future movement. "The chancellor of the republic trivializes the Nazi regime and, paradoxically, the climate crisis too ... That's such a scandal." "Chancellor Scholz does not have to like the civil disobedience of climate activism — but here he compares people who campaign for the climate with Nazis." "The chancellor's comments stand for themselves and I wouldn't comment on that further," she said, and added that comparing climate activists to Nazis would be "absurd."
Glyphosate not carcinogenic, says EU chemicals agency
The controversial herbicide ingredient glyphosate does not cause cancer in humans, according to a scientific opinion published by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Monday. The agency's Committee for Risk Assessment found that "the available scientific evidence did not meet the criteria to classify glyphosate for specific target organ toxicity, or as a carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic substance." The opinion does not deviate from the stance ECHA took in 2017, when it also did not classify glyphosate as carcinogenic. Then as now, ECHA said glyphosate can cause serious eye damage and is toxic to aquatic life. The World Health Organization’s cancer research arm concluded in 2015 that glyphosate is a probable carcinogen, prompting the EU to renew it for five years instead of 15 in 2017.
Master P's Daughter Tytyana Miller Dead At 29
Romeo Miller (center) with his sisters Itali Miller (left) and Tytyana Miller (right) in 2018. Paul Archuleta via Getty ImagesMaster P and his family are mourning the death of Tytyana Miller. “Our family is dealing with an overwhelming grief for the loss of my daughter Tytyana,” Master P wrote. #MyAngel.”Tytyana’s brother Romeo Miller — known professionally as Romeo, and formerly Lil’ Romeo — also shared a note regarding his sister’s death. Paramedics pronounced Tytyana Miller dead on the scene.
Russian, Ukrainian troops fight block by block in key city
The Ukrainian military said Russian forces reinforced their positions on the northeastern and southeastern outskirts of Sievierodonetsk, 145 kilometers (90 miles) south of the Russian border in an area that is the last pocket of Ukrainian government control in Luhansk province. He said two civilians were killed and another five were wounded in the latest Russian shelling. Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk sit on either side of the strategically important Siverskyi Donetsk River. The Russian advance in Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk is part of an all-out push — executed without regard for personnel and equipment losses, said Ukrainian military analyst Oleh Zhdanov. Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said an artillery strike on a shipyard in the southern port of Mykolaiv destroyed Ukrainian armored vehicles parked there.
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.
French journalist is killed in Ukraine's Donbas region
The French news broadcaster BFM TV said a 32-year-old French journalist was killed Monday in eastern Ukraine, fatally hit by shell shrapnel while covering a Ukrainian evacuation operation. BFM TV said its journalist Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff was killed as he was “covering a humanitarian operation in an armored vehicle” near Sievierodonetsk, a key city in the Donbas region that is being hotly contested by Russian and Ukrainian forces. “Shrapnel from the shells pierced the vehicle’s armor, fatally wounding an accredited French journalist in the neck who was reporting on the evacuation. He posted an image of Leclerc-Imhoff’s Ukrainian press accreditation, and images of what he said was the aftermath of the attack. Ukrainian Interior Ministry adviser Anton Gerashchenko said another French journalist was wounded along with a Ukrainian woman who was accompanying them.
Johnny Depp gives surprise performance at Jeff Beck show in the U.K.
Actor Johnny Depp appears to have given a surprise musical performance at a concert in the United Kingdom on Sunday night as the jury in his defamation trial against Amber Heard, his former wife, prepared to continue deliberations Tuesday. "Just been to the see Jeff Beck at Sheff City Hall......Johnny Depp....guest vocals awesome set," one Twitter user wrote. The show was not the actor's first musical performance. Depp's performance came after the jury began deliberations Friday in his case against Heard as the six-week trial neared its end. Heard has countersued for $100 million after a lawyer for Depp branded her abuse allegations a "hoax."
At Dublin Airport, Staff Shortages Lead to Travel Chaos
But for many of those who had planned to fly from the airport last weekend, that would not have been enough time. Rebecca Maher, 34, had planned to travel to her partner’s family home in Italy on Sunday, but they ended up missing their flight despite arriving at the airport hours in advance. “And the staff, my heart was breaking for them, they didn’t know either what to do. People were very agitated and angry.”She described seeing a number of people, including staff members, breaking down in tears. Other anxious travelers said they were planning to get to the airport much earlier for upcoming flights.
Vintage Lovers With a Dollar and a Dream
Like clockwork, every Sunday morning at 10:45 a.m. in a parking lot on La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles, the chaos begins. Welcome, bargain-basement shoppers, to the Jet Rag $1 sale. For the uninitiated, Jet Rag is an unpretentious thrift store with a maroon facade, wedged between Rick Owens’s stark boutique and an auto body shop at the border of Hollywood and West Hollywood. For years, it’s been host to a weekly sale where every item, as the name promises, costs a mere buck. Or as Brian Allen, a regular shopper, who goes by Hurricane, puts it: “This is like church.”
Meditations for Uncertain Times
We asked the teachers of the Unplug app to create a week of five-minute meditations to help you cope with some of life’s challenges. You’ll find meditations that will calm your mind, transport you to a happier place and leave you feeling energized. Choose your meditation Taming Negative Thoughts 5:16 All Meditations Taming Negative Thoughts “Negative thinking will cause tension in the physical body that sometimes goes unnoticed.” — Alex Artymiak } ... De-stress at Your Desk 5:10 All Meditations De-stress at Your Desk “Release any fears of the day, any struggles with work.” — Zel Amanzi } ... Beat the Blahs 5:25 All Meditations Beat the Blahs “The easiest way to get out of the blahs is to visualize trying something new.” — Ben Decker } ... Inner Staycation 5:20 All Meditations Inner Staycation “Imagine being on a plane, train or a boat on your way to your ideal destination.” — Sherly Sulaiman } ...
A Balm for Psyches Scarred by War
As many as half of veterans who seek help do not experience a meaningful decline in symptoms, and two-thirds retain their diagnosis after treatment. Each received three therapy sessions with either MDMA or a placebo, spaced one month apart and overseen by a two-person therapist team. Two months after treatment, 67 percent of those who received MDMA no longer qualified for a PTSD diagnosis, compared with 32 percent who received the placebo. As in previous trials, MDMA caused no serious side effects. Fifty-six percent of Phase 2 participants no longer met the criteria for PTSD after undergoing several therapeutic sessions with MDMA.
The Sneaky, Subversive Thrills of David Sedaris
HAPPY-GO-LUCKY, by David SedarisIn the past five years, David Sedaris has published seven books — two essay collections; an anthology; two diaries, both more than 500 pages long; a visual compendium to the diaries; and an ebook version of an essay. For the imp in you.”)Depending on your point of view, this onslaught — particularly given that Sedaris likes to revisit scenarios that he’s already written about — may strike you as either overgenerous or delightful. For readers this can be eye-widening, and sometimes exciting, and surely is part of what makes Sedaris’s work such a sneaky, subversive thrill. We learn that three of the houses Hugh grew up in had also been destroyed. When you realize you’d give anything to make that other person stop hurting, if only so he can tear your head off again?”
Circling Sicily on Its Regional Trains
The idea for the project had come to me several months earlier when, on a holiday with my partner, I’d traveled by train on the slopes around Sicily’s famous — and famously active — volcano, Mount Etna. As stunning as the views from the windows were, I was at least as intrigued by the seemingly outdated diesel train, quaint and romantic, that shuttled us past lava fields and olive groves. I decided to come back for a photo essay.
What to Know Before Getting an IUD
What is an IUD insertion like? “An IUD insertion can be painful for some people, but there are interventions,” Dr. Sonalkar said. “I think it’s really important to know providers can offer local numbing medication at the time of insertion. There is no way to predict with certainty what your personal experience will be, but there are factors health care providers can use to make an educated guess. Some providers believe IUD insertions are easier and less painful among women who have, because their cervix has been dilated.
18 Vegetarian Grilling Recipes for Memorial Day Weekend
Versatile enough to cater to nearly every mood or diet, pizza is great for grilling, and J. Kenji López-Alt has outlined the best way to do it. Make sure you stretch the dough thinly, but thick enough to hold a modest amount of toppings. And remember that a grilled pizza is heated from below, so you’ll want to sprinkle your cheese directly onto the hot crust, rather than on top of the tomato sauce, to ensure it melts properly. Practice first with smaller pies before getting overly ambitious — which is a good excuse to set up a D.I.Y. Recipe: Grilled Pizza
Of Red Clay and French Existentialism
PARIS — The most prominent feature of the French Open is that this Grand Slam tournament takes place on the rusty red clay of Roland Garros, a beloved feature that is as much a part of local culture and tradition as the bouquinistes that sell art and used books along the Seine. And yet, as it so often is in the country that claims Albert Camus and Simone de Beauvoir, the relationship between France and its “terre battue” is a little more complicated. This red clay that comes from a small brick factory in Oise, north of Paris, elicits so much love. “There is no feeling like playing on it,” Levy said. “The sliding, the clay on your body when you sweat.”
Why Do Women Sprout Chin Hairs as They Age?
Q: Why do women sprout chin hairs as they age — and what’s the best way to remove them so they don’t grow back darker and thicker? As women get closer to menopause, he said, the balance of hormones in their bodies shifts, and they can start producing more male-type hormones known as androgens. These androgens, Dr. Cohen said, can transform the kinds of hair follicles that women typically have on their faces — ones that produce short, thin, light hair known as peach fuzz — into follicles that make thicker, darker hair. As for why some women sprout these hairs and others don’t, that’s often down to genetics, said Dr. Angela Lamb, a board-certified dermatologist at Mount Sinai in New York City. If you’re growing unwanted hair and your mother, sister or grandmother did too, then that’s a good sign that this kind of hair growth runs in the family.
How Serious Is Monkeypox?
Children and people with underlying immune deficiencies may have more severe cases, but monkeypox is rarely fatal. What to Know About the Monkeypox Virus Card 1 of 5 What is monkeypox? The good news is that there is no evidence yet to suggest that the monkeypox virus has evolved or become more infectious. DNA viruses like monkeypox are generally very stable and evolve extremely slowly compared to RNA viruses, Dr. Sigal said. “But my expectation is that they will not be any different.”Nevertheless, experts have some explanations for the recent increase in monkeypox cases.
From the Ancient Ashes of Vesuvius, Human DNA
In the early 1930s, archaeologists in Pompeii made a remarkable discovery: the skeleton of a man who died during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. The figure in its repose recalls the Casanova character played by Marcello Mastroianni in the 1961 film “Divorce Italian Style.” As embodied by Mastroianni, the ideal 20th-century Italian man, the “sciupafemmine” had a resigned air, touched by melancholy that suggested indolence and a lifetime of romantic disaster. “Fed up, he bolts out of their bedroom, prepares a couch and dreams of courting his teenage cousin. That is how I picture the Pompeii man.”Dr. Macciardi is part of a team of geneticists and archaeologists who reported Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports that they had successfully sequenced the genome of this hypothetically lazy Latin lover. It was the first time that a complete stretch of mitochondrial DNA from Pompeian human or animal remains had been genetically decoded.
Ron Rice, Creator of Hawaiian Tropic Lotion, Is Dead at 81
Ron Rice, a high school chemistry teacher who had been trained to explore for oil, but who instead made a fortune by concocting coconut-laced suntan lotion in a 20-gallon garbage can in his garage and seductively branding it Hawaiian Tropic, died on May 19 in Daytona Beach, Fla. His death, in a hospital, was announced by his family on Facebook. No cause was specified. A dirt-poor boy from North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Mr. Rice became smitten with Florida’s ocean shores while on a family vacation in the 1940s. (Coconuts weren’t native to Hawaii and were probably originally cultivated on islands in Southeast Asia, but the name Tropic Tan was already trademarked.)
Man in disguise attacks Mona Lisa with cream in apparent climate protest
Placeholder while article actions loadA 36-year-old man disguised as an elderly woman in a wheelchair smeared a cakelike substance on the Mona Lisa on Sunday. He has been referred to a police psychiatric unit following the apparent climate-related incident at the Louvre in Paris. Someone smashed a cake on Mona Lisa... pic.twitter.com/4NpztMCJEG — Klevis (@klevisl007) May 29, 2022One clip showed security guards escorting the man out as he yelled in French, “Think of the Earth. AdvertisementOther clips showed staff cleaning off what appeared to be white cake or cream from the bulletproof protective glass around the 16th-century painting. The Mona Lisa, housed in one of the world’s most storied museums, has been targeted before.
Agatha poised to strike Mexico today as its strongest May hurricane
The National Hurricane Center warns the storm will unleash “life-threatening” winds and an “extremely dangerous” ocean surge close to where it comes ashore Monday afternoon or evening. Both along the coast and through the interior of southern Mexico, the storm poses a threat “of potentially life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides,” according to the center. Assuming Agatha maintains its strength when it crosses the coastline, it will become just the third hurricane to strike Mexico from the eastern Pacific Ocean during May — and the most intense. Strong winds and heavy rain had begun across southern Mexico Monday morning and the Hurricane Center writes they will intensify as the day wears on. Agatha will most likely fall apart crossing the rugged terrain of southern Mexico, but its remnants are expected to enter the southern Gulf of Mexico in the Bay of Campeche by midweek.
Severe storm outbreak, tornadoes forecast for north-central U.S.
“Large to giant hail, 60-80 mph gusts, and tornadoes are probable, including the possibility for a couple strong/long-tracked tornadoes,” the center wrote. Monday’s severe weather setup is a “rare” one, according to the National Weather Service office serving the area around Minneapolis. Areas at riskThe Level 4 risk of severe weather encompasses much of western Minnesota and eastern parts of the Dakotas east of the James River Valley and along Interstate 29. Threats and uncertaintyThe combination of ingredients in place is favorable for rotating thunderstorms, or supercells, with tornadoes. Severe storms likely this afternoon through evening.
Andrew Wiggins is perfect fit in Warriors' cast of stars
Choose your plan ArrowRight SAN FRANCISCO — When the Golden State Warriors were ramping up for the season back in October, they were still viewed as a collection of questions rather than surefire title contenders. The biggest cause for uncertainty, though, was Andrew Wiggins, a starting small forward who would be critical to the Warriors’ playoff hopes. In his five-plus seasons with the Timberwolves, Wiggins reached the playoffs just once and appeared in a single postseason win. Golden State sent guard D’Angelo Russell to Minnesota for Wiggins and a 2021 first-round pick, which became rookie Jonathan Kuminga. “The playoffs are different than the regular season,” said Wiggins, whose fateful October decision has become ancient history.
Zelensky says most of the Ukrainian city Severodonetsk is destroyed
WorldZelensky says most of the Ukrainian city Severodonetsk is destroyedPresident Volodymyr Zelensky said on May 29 that Russian shelling has destroyed all of the critical infrastructure in Severodonetsk, Ukraine.
U.S. marks Memorial Day weekend with at least 11 mass shootings
At least 14 mass shootings have taken place across the United States since Tuesday, from California to Arizona to Tennessee. This Memorial Day weekend alone — spanning Saturday, Sunday and the federal holiday on Monday — there have been at least 11 mass shootings. Since the Uvalde shooting last Tuesday, at least 10 people have been killed and 61 injured in mass shootings. “Mass killings like Buffalo and Uvalde become national news, but many mass shootings do not. — Tim Kelly (@MayorTimKelly) May 29, 2022On Sunday, there were at least another five mass shootings, including one at a Memorial Day festival in Taft, Okla.
Trump's war on Liz Cheney shows 2024 will be nothing but spite - The Washington Post
Trump’s political project can now be described in a single word: spite. It’s why he went to Wyoming to campaign for Harriet Hageman — and why Hageman herself was an afterthought. All that matters is that she’s primarying Cheney, whose criticism of Trump has been unrelenting. The trouble is that one candidate after another has endured Trump’s fury and won anyway. AdvertisementThat doesn’t mean any Republican could successfully challenge Trump for the 2024 presidential nomination; his grip on the party remains too strong.
Ray Liotta, 'Goodfellas' and 'Field of Dreams' star, dies at 67
Ray Liotta, the actor best known for portraying mobster Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese's "Goodfellas" and bringing magnetically edgy energy to a gallery of crime dramas and thrillers, has died. Scorsese said in a statement: "I'm absolutely shocked and devastated by the sudden, unexpected death of Ray Liotta. Joe Pesci and Ray Liotta in "Goodfellas." In the wake of "Goodfellas," Liotta remained a respected screen artist and a recognizable face, reinventing himself in the later years of his career as a character actor who could add gravitas and swagger to any scene. Ray Liotta in "Field of Dreams."
Rafael Nadal set to meet archrival Novak Djokovic in the French Open quarterfinals
(CNN) During Rafael Nadal's long illustrious career, he has played 112 matches at Roland Garros and won 109 of them. His long-time rival Novak Djokovic is responsible for two of these three defeats in Paris. The two players, who have won 15 of the last 17 French Open titles, will meet again on Tuesday in the quarterfinals in what is one of the most anticipated matches of the tournament. They have faced each other 59 times -- more than any other two men in the sport's professional era -- and are relatively evenly matched; Nadal leads the grand slam count by one with 21 titles while Djokovic leads the head-to-head 30-28. On clay, the rivalry is more lopsided in favor of Nadal who has won seven matches compared to Djokovic's two.
The Boston Celtics beat the Miami Heat in Game 7 to reach NBA Finals for first time in 12 years
(CNN) The Boston Celtics secured a nerve-wracking 100-96 Game 7 victory over the Miami Heat to reach the NBA Finals for the first time in 12 years. The Celtics twice opened up a double digit lead and looked to be running away with the win, but buoyed by a raucous home crowd, Miami twice surged back and even had a chance to win it late. Marcus Smart was then fouled after Al Horford had secured the rebound for the Celtics and went on to make both of his free throws to secure the win and set up a Finals meeting with the Golden State Warriors. "We fought through a lot of adversity this year. We're a resilient group and tonight seemed to signify our season," Celtics coach Ime Udoka said, per Reuters.
Johnny Depp gives surprise performance at Jeff Beck concert
(CNN) Johnny Depp's defamation trial may be winding down, but he stayed in the spotlight this weekend. The actor and musician played guitar with his longtime friend Jeff Beck at a concert at Sheffield City Hall in in Sheffield, England. "Well...what a surprise we got last night when Johnny Depp joined ?@jeffbeckmusic? on stage," read a tweet from the venue, which included video of the pair performing together. "Wishing @jeffbeckmusic? good luck for the rest of his amazing tour and a big thank you to Johnny Depp for joining us!" The jury in his defamation trial with his ex-wife Amber Heard began deliberations on Friday.
Nottingham Forest: Two-time European Cup winners banish nightmares to end 23-year Premier League exile
The club was a regular challenger for honors throughout the 1980s and early 90s, but was relegated from the Premier League in 1993, its inaugural season. Joy is unconfined among Nottingham Forest's fans after the club's promotion to the Premier League. Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Europe/Getty ImagesForest’s generation-long absence from footballing aristocracy had begun to take on an air of hopeless permanence. Forest had managed only one point from its opening five games, which led to the departure of manager Chris Hughton. It’s about the club … it’s a magical football club and we’ve just reminded the world of that.”Before being appointed Forest manager, Steve Cooper (center) was a Liverpool youth coach and Swansea City manager.
Brain fog, other long Covid symptoms can last more than a year, study finds
The devastating neurological effects of long Covid can persist for more than a year, research published Tuesday finds — even as other symptoms abate. The study, published in the journal Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, is the longest follow-up study of the neurological symptoms among long Covid patients who were never hospitalized for Covid. The neurological symptoms — which include brain fog, numbness, tingling, headache, dizziness, blurred vision, tinnitus and fatigue — are the most frequently reported for the illness. Covid vaccination did not alleviate symptoms, but it also did not make long Covid any worse. That should not be interpreted to mean long Covid patients are not experiencing true illness, Sneller said.
Covid hospitalization hot spots across the U.S., in five charts
NBC News is tracking hospital stress levels and ICU stress levels, Covid case surges in each state, vaccination rates nationwide and whether the CDC recommends indoor masking in the county where you live. ET): A previous version of a map in this article mislabeled the change in hospitalization rates over the last two weeks in certain states (shaded green). Covid hospitalization counts were down in those states, not up. ET): A previous version of a graphic in this article mislabeled what the map in it described. The map is of hospital beds in use, not hospital beds in use for Covid patients.
US’s most decorated military unit: Why Japanese Americans’ history is as modern as ever
People of Japanese ancestry made up over one-third of the population, and the idea of incarcerating them was deemed impractical. Christine Sato-Yamazaki EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL VETERANS NETWORK“We absolutely grew up knowing nothing about what happened to our families, that was very common,” Sato-Yamazaki said. The apology letter was a lot more significant than the money to Japanese American families, she said. Terry Shima salutes at a ceremony honoring Japanese Veterans at the National Japanese American Memorial. Truman met with the Nisei veterans in the rain, a symbolic appreciation for their service despite feeling like foreigners in the country they fought for.
Vaccines offer little protection against long Covid, study finds
The Covid vaccines, while holding up strong against hospitalization and death, offer little protection against long Covid, according to research published Wednesday in the journal Nature Medicine. But they “offer very modest protection against long Covid,” he said. The Covid vaccines were developed early on in the pandemic, long before doctors, scientists and patients knew of the existence of long Covid. But it does underscore the need to improve vaccines and treatments in a way that could offer protection against long Covid. There is also an interest, he said, in studying whether antiviral treatments could benefit long Covid patients.
Plane wreckage found in Nepal mountains, 14 bodies recovered
KATHMANDU, Nepal — The wreckage of a plane that disappeared in Nepal was found Monday scattered on a mountainside and 14 of the 22 people on board were confirmed dead, the army said. Rescuers recovered 14 bodies from the crash site, said Teknath Sitaula of Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, the capital. There was no word on survivors, and the search of the crash site was continuing. Download the NBC News app for breaking news and politicsAerial photos of the crash site showed aircraft parts scattered on rocks and moss on the side of a mountain gorge. According to tracking data from flightradar24.com, the 43-year-old aircraft took off from Pokhara at 9:55 a.m. (12:10 a.m.
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.
Champions League final 2022: A night I’d rather forget
Deepmala Sok Appadu is a Liverpool fan who attended the European Champions League Final. We had arrived at the station near the stadium at 6:30 p.m., and I made it inside at 8:45 p.m. I don’t remember the match . We were treated like animals, and then, at the end of the match, the French riot police only surrounded where Liverpool fans were, as if we had created problems. But for now, I need to spend some time with my husband, family and friends — and forget this moment in time.
FMIA: Deadly Reality For America On Memorial Day; NFL News On Colin Kaepernick, Deshaun Watson, More
We’ve got too many people in despair in America right now to ignore our deadly reality. Regarding Kaepernick, it’s encouraging that he’s in great shape and still can throw bullets, per several reports from the workout. They both ripped the Browns’ signing of Watson for huge money with all the civil suits hanging over his head. Solis told HBO’s Soledad O’Brien during the massage, “He [Watson] deliberately grabs himself and puts his penis in my hand. And it will be interesting to see if the league allows Watson to play until the results of the civil cases are final.
Monkeypox won’t turn into pandemic, WHO says
To date, WHO said 23 countries that haven’t previously had monkeypox have now reported more than 250 cases. Scientists haven’t yet determined whether the monkeypox outbreak in rich countries can be traced to Africa, but the disease continues to sicken people on the continent. On Monday, Nigerian authorities confirmed its first monkeypox death this year, in addition to six more cases. WHO says there are typically thousands of cases reported from Nigeria and Congo every year. After smallpox was declared eradicated in 1980, countries suspended their mass immunization programs, a move that some experts believe may be helping monkeypox spread, since there is now little widespread immunity to related diseases; smallpox vaccines are also protective against monkeypox.
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 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.
Strawberries recalled in connection with hepatitis A outbreak
Strawberries are being recalled as investigators look into whether the fruit is the cause of more than two dozen confirmed hepatitis A cases in the United States and Canada. The U.S. has seen 17 cases of hepatitis A, a dozen of which required hospitalization, and Canadian authorities confirmed at least 10 cases by Friday. According to a public health notice released in Canada, that country's cases were found in Alberta and Saskatchewan. If someone is unsure where they bought their strawberries and the brand they purchased, the FDA recommends throwing them away immediately. Hepatitis A is a virus-born liver infection which causes inflammation and may impair liver function, according to the Mayo Clinic, an academic medical center.
What to know as the jury deliberates a verdict in Depp-Heard trial
What to know as the jury deliberates a verdict in Depp-Heard trialWho testified to what? What will determine the outcome? What’s the scene like in and out of the courtroom?
Memorial Day weekend: More mass shootings as America reels from Uvalde
CNN's Nadia Romero reports on mass shootings that occurred over the Memorial Day weekend in the aftermath of the shooting in Uvalde, Texas , where 19 children and two teachers were killed.
Wynonna Judd struggling with accepting her mother's death
(CNN) A month after the death of her mother Naomi Judd, Wynonna Judd is reflecting on her loss. In a recent post on the younger Judd's verified Instagram account, she wrote "There is so much happening in the world right now. So before I sat down to write this, I thought, 'No...I just don't know what to say.' Then, I heard the words from my life coach asking me, 'What do you know?' Naomi Judd died by suicide in April at the age of 76.
Tesla should be worried about this electric luxury car
Lucid Motors won Motor Trend's Car of the Year award with its first ever vehicle, the Lucid Air. CNN's Peter Valdes-Dapena explains why this 1000-horse power electric vehicle should have Tesla scared.
Master P reveals his daughter Tytyana Miller, 29, has died
(CNN) Master P and his family are mourning the loss of his daughter Tytyana Miller. The artist and producer took to Instagram with a message, writing: "Our family is dealing with an overwhelming grief for the loss of my daughter Tytyana. We respectfully request some privacy so that our family can grieve. "Our family is dealing with an overwhelming grief for the loss of my little sister Tytyana," he wrote on social media. "We respectfully request some privacy so that our family can grieve.
German government and opposition agree on €100B defense spending bill
“The special fund is coming,” Scholz tweeted on Monday, adding that “with €100 billion, we ensure that the Bundeswehr can fulfill its defense mission better than ever before. Scholz’s government had proposed the €100 billion as a special fund to keep it separate from the regular budget, which would allow Germany to formally stick to its own strict fiscal targets. Consensus is possible,” said the CDU’s Johann Wadephul, thanking particularly Lindner, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock of the Greens, and Defense Minister Christina Lambrecht of the Social Democrats (SPD), Scholz’s party. While CDU and CSU did not manage to push through their goal of enshrining an annual 2 percent defense spending commitment in the constitution, they won a crucial concession — all of the €100 billion can only be used specifically for the Bundeswehr. Baerbock and the Greens had sought in vain to soften such wording to allow some of the money to also be used for foreign and development projects or cyber defense.
Orbán demands further exemptions from Russian oil sanctions
Hungarian PM VIktor Orbán has been blocking the EU's sanctions package for weeks | Emmanuel Dunand/AFP via Getty ImagesHungary is demanding further exemptions from a Russian oil ban in case its pipeline supplies are disrupted, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Monday. During a summit on Monday, EU leaders are set to discuss a compromise sanctions proposal that includes a carve-out for Russian oil delivered by pipeline — a key request from Budapest. Under the latest plan, EU sanctions would only hit Russian oil delivered by ship, while temporarily omitting Russian oil delivered by pipeline, giving landlocked countries like Hungary more time to transition to other energy sources. The prime minister said that “in the next round” there would have to be a discussion on the kind of investments and time Hungary will need to end its dependency on Russian oil. “We need a guarantee that in the case of an accident with the pipeline … we have to have the right to get Russian oil from other sources,” Orbán said.
Florida fifth grader arrested after threatening a mass shooting, police say
A fifth grade student in Florida was arrested over the weekend after allegedly threatening to carry out a mass shooting in a text message, authorities said. In a statement Saturday, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office said it had learned earlier that day of a "threatening text message" sent by a student at an elementary school. It said its local school threat enforcement team was immediately notified and started investigating. The 10-year-old boy was interviewed and later charged with "making a written threat to conduct a mass shooting," the sheriff's office said. Andrew West / The News-Press via USA Today NetworkMarceno said his team “didn’t hesitate one second...NOT ONE SECOND,” to investigate the incident.
Ukraine Battle Expands as Kyiv Launches Counteroffensive
Kherson, a port city in Ukraine’s agricultural heartland, was the first major city to fall as Russian forces swept north out of Crimea more than three months ago. After seizing it, Moscow used the city as a staging ground for operations across southern Ukraine. But in recent weeks, Russian forces — stretched thin and taking heavy losses as they gain ground in the eastern Donbas region — have concentrated their efforts in the south on fortifying defensive positions. In a war that is increasingly becoming an arms race, powerful American-made howitzers reached Ukrainian forces this month, and Ukrainian troops recently received Harpoon anti-ship cruise missiles from Denmark. Ukraine’s defense minister, Oleksiy Reznikov, said they would be used to try to break Russia’s Black Sea blockade and to protect the port city of Odesa.
An explosion in the Russian-occupied city of Melitopol appears to target a pro-Kremlin leader.
An explosion rocked the Russian-occupied city of Melitopol early on Monday, sending plumes of smoke into the sky just outside the office of the pro-Kremlin head of the region, according to Ukrainian and Russian officials. It was unclear who was responsible for the blast, which both Ukrainian and Russian officials said appeared to target the proxy leader of the region, Yevgeny Balitsky. If Ukrainian partisans were behind the explosion, it would be one of the most brazen acts of insurgency since Russian forces occupied the southern Ukrainian city in the early days of the war. The former mayor of Melitopol, Ivan Federov, who was himself abducted by Russian forces and later freed in a prisoner exchange before ending up in exile, said that people he was in contact with still in the city were trying to determine whether anyone was injured in the attack and who might have directed it. Pro-Kremlin authorities in the city blamed Ukrainian partisans for the explosion, which they said had injured two people.
5 of our best coleslaw recipes for cool, crunchy summer sides
Head to the Recipe Finder and search “coleslaw” or “slaw” (generally used for non-cabbage versions) to see more options. Apple Fennel Slaw. Red Cabbage and Fennel Slaw With Sunflower Seeds. In this recipe, Nourish columnist Ellie Krieger dresses red cabbage with a tangy-sweet vinaigrette and adds toasted sesame seeds for a nutty crunch. While many coleslaw recipe instructions call for a short rest before serving, this version from cookbook author and pastry expert Nick Malgieri can be enjoyed right away.
How to map out your real estate strategy for today’s housing market
Even in a strong seller’s market, it is important for homeowners interested in listing their homes to have an agent who can help with pricing, marketing, contract review and negotiation. All real estate is local. Some markets, or submarkets, may be stronger or weaker than others. A local real estate professional will know your target market and will give you up-to-date information on the market and the selling prices of homes in your neighborhood. An agent can help you sift through the terms and conditions.
Opinion | Virginia politicians pick self-preservation over principle
And on that issue, William Ferguson Reid Sr. — “Fergie,” he insists — believes Virginia Democrats are missing an enormous opportunity to build their party and stand up for voting rights. Asked why they haven’t seized this opportunity, Reid said he believes it’s because Virginia Democrats are “happy with the status quo.”That doesn’t mean they like being in the House minority. AdvertisementReid says Democrats don’t have either. Right now, Reid says, Democrats are more interested in protecting their incumbents than they are in building for the future. AdvertisementWhen I asked him why Democrats have maintained a Byrd-like silence on the Goldman case, Reid said there were two kinds of politicians.
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 | Every Maryland child deserves healthy meals — at no charge
If all students received school meals at no charge, school meal debt would not exist. Regardless of family income, no child should ever have to pay for school meals. Since 2020, every child has been eligible for school meals at no charge, and schools have received higher reimbursement rates. California and Maine have passed legislation to continue providing school meals at no charge after the federal waivers expire. AdvertisementMaking it easier for families to apply for free school meals.
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.
Hungary is still holding up the E.U.'s push to phase out Russian oil
Placeholder while article actions loadBRUSSELS — The European Union is not done talking about Russian oil. ambassadors once again failed to reach a deal to phase out imports of oil from Russia because of the ongoing opposition from Hungary, keeping the issue on the E.U.’s agenda — and Russian oil flowing to Europe — for at least another day. leaders will discuss a watered down plan that would ban seaborne deliveries but exempt pipeline oil. AdvertisementExempting pipeline oil would soften the impact of the oil measures. Since Poland and Germany have already pledged to wean off Russian oil this year, the bloc could theoretically cut back further still.
Remembering the deadliest school massacre in U.S. history
Placeholder while article actions loadA version of this article was originally published on April 16, 2017, under the headline “Virginia Tech was not the worst school massacre in U.S. history. The school had been dynamited by an angry school board member, but no one knew that yet. Media outlets at the time — and as recently as 2015 — described the event as the country’s “worst school massacre.” One Virginia newspaper ran a headline with the phrase: “Nation’s Worst Rampage.”But they were wrong. “There were sights that I hope no one will ever have to look at again,” Ellsworth wrote. “I think,” Ellsworth wrote, “we had the greatest demonstration of American sympathy ever awarded a grief stricken community.”The instinct for superlatives, it seems, existed even then.
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.
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Wall Street and Main Street fear that a recession could take shape in the US in coming months. CNN Business' Christine Romans explains what a recession might look like.
Shanghai aims for business as usual but hurdles remain
Hong Kong (CNN Business) China's richest and most international city is trying to return to business as usual after a two-month lockdown , but some restrictions will remain in place. The restrictions upended business in virtually every sector and brought the city to a standstill. Concerns remainChina's economy has been hit hard by the pandemic and the government's "zero Covid" approach, forcing analysts to lower their growth forecasts for the year. "For American businesses, the number one priority is to resume normal operations as soon as possible," he told CNN Business. The reaction is "a clear signpost the light at the end of the Covid lockdown ... has turned a bit brighter," Stephen Innes, managing partner of SPI Asset Management, told CNN Business.
Sales are up and prices too. Crocs CEO says brand was 'too cheap'
Crocs CEO Andrew Rees says despite customers having less money to spend, they still see good value in its foam clogs. Source: CNN Business
The 'Great Reshuffling' played a big part in pushing home prices higher
Working from home was a significant driver of this "Great Reshuffling" and accounted for more than half of the steep increases in home prices seen during the pandemic, new research has found. Home prices grew by 23.8% during the pandemic, according to the researchers' population-weighted analysis of Zillow's home price index between December 2019 and November 2021. And the study found that remote work accounted for 15.1% of that growth. He added that the evolution of remote work is likely to have a large impact on the future path of home prices and inflation. "We were pretty shocked remote work had this impact, once we saw the estimates," Wieland said.
European unity against Russia tested as talks on oil embargo drag on
London (CNN Business) Europe's united front against Moscow is being put to the test as countries struggle to agree a ban on Russian oil imports . Officials first proposed joining the United States and others in banning Russia's oil a month ago aspart of a sixth package of EU sanctions over the country's invasion of Ukraine. An EU official told CNN that banning all seaborne oil would cover more than two-thirds of imports from Russia. But pipeline deliveries made up a much bigger share of Russian oil shipments to Hungary (86%), the Czech Republic (97%) and Slovakia (100%). Earlier this month, Hungary's Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó likened the EU's proposals for a complete ban on Russian oil to an "atomic bomb" for his country's economy .
Gas prices hit yet another record high
(CNN) Millions of Americans traveling this holiday weekend are being greeted by unprecedented prices at the gas pump. The national average for regular gasoline rose to a fresh record of $4.62 a gallon on Monday, according to AAA. Gas prices are up sharply from last Memorial Day, when they averaged $3.05 a gallon, according to AAA. And there are no states where gas prices average less than $4.10 a gallon. In spite of high prices, AAA estimates that 34.9 million people are traveling by car this holiday weekend, up 4.6% from last year.
Norwegian settles dispute with Boeing and buys 50 737 Max jets
Oslo Norwegian Air has agreed to buy 50 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft and secured options for a further 30 of the planes at an undisclosed price, ending a contract dispute between the two companies, the budget carrier said on Monday. Boeing BA Airbus EADSF The deal is a boost for, anchoring long-standing customer Norwegian to the US plane maker after the Oslo-based airline earlier this year said it would consider switching to rivalFor Norwegian, the deal marks a return to aircraft ownership after it was forced to resort to leasing deals during bankruptcy proceedings that rescued the company last year. The deal includes compensation to Norwegian as settlement for previous disputes over Max and Dreamliner aircraft deliveries and technical issues, triggering a financial gain of 2 billion Norwegian crowns ($212.2 million), the airline said. Norwegian's shares jumped 8.4% by 0857 GMT, outperforming a 0.3% gain in Oslo's benchmark index. The shares have now risen about 12% since the airline was recapitalized a year ago.
Here's what's open and closed on Memorial Day 2022
New York (CNN) Many businesses, government offices and schools will be closed on Monday, May 30 because of Memorial Day — a federal holiday honoring members of the US armed forces who have died serving the country. Here's what's open and closed on Memorial Day 2022. Post officeThe US Postal Service does not deliver mail on Memorial Day and post offices will be closed. UPS stores will be closed and there is no UPS pickup or delivery service. Most FedEx services will also remain closed Monday, except for FedEx Office locations which will operate on modified hours.
Norm Macdonald says goodbye in a Netflix special, with a little help from his friends
The posthumous release provides a fitting and deeply personal tribute, as well as a primer on the art of stand-up. Netflix has packaged Macdonald's performance, which runs a little over 50 minutes, with a half-hour discussion featuring six of his friends: Dave Chappelle, David Letterman, Adam Sandler, David Spade, Conan O'Brien, and Molly Shannon, who spend another 30 minutes or so reminiscing about him while deconstructing what viewers just saw. Chappelle calls the stark setting "very endearing," while Letterman notes that without an audience to respond to the material, "We weren't watching standup comedy. Without that audience, you don't get the full measure of Norm." While Macdonald knew his time might be short, there's nothing morbid or maudlin about the presentation, which essentially trains a camera on his face and lets him rip.
Ronnie Hawkins, musician and mentor of The Band, dead at 87
(CNN) Musician Ronnie Hawkins has died according to a post on The Band's verified Facebook page. "The story of The Band began with Ronnie Hawkins. According to The Band's website, Hawkins was born in Arkansas, but called Canada his home. He was a member of the group Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks which rose to fame in the early 1960's. "Hawkins himself was practically Toronto's answer to Elvis Presley," The Band said on their website.
Live blog: European Council summit
EU leaders gather Monday and Tuesday for their latest summit, where Russia’s war in Ukraine will once again be the focus. At issue is not just a stalled ban on Russian oil purchases, which has been held up over Hungary’s objections, but also rising energy costs and looming global food shortages — all spillover effects from Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will directly address EU leaders on Monday via video link, amid his calls for the bloc to impose more penalties on Russia and to expand military equipment shipments to Ukraine. Funding Ukraine’s rebuild is also on the agenda. POLITICO’s live blog will bring you all the news, reactions and analysis from the summit.
WHO Expert Says Monkeypox Won't Turn Into Pandemic, But Many Unknowns
To date, WHO said 23 countries that haven’t previously had monkeypox have reported more than 250 cases. Monkeypox is known to spread when there is close physical contact with an infected person or their clothing or bedsheets. AdvertisementA nurse prepares a PCR for monkeypox testing, at the Hospital Ramon y Cajal, on May 30, 2022, in Madrid, Spain. Monkeypox is related to smallpox, but has milder symptoms. After smallpox was declared eradicated in 1980, countries suspended their mass immunization programs, a move that some experts believe may be helping monkeypox spread, since there is now little widespread immunity to related diseases; smallpox vaccines are also protective against monkeypox.
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.
As Putin health rumors swirl, Lavrov denies Russian leader is seriously ill
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has denied that Vladimir Putin is seriously ill in the wake of numerous reports suggesting that the Russian leader has cancer. You can see him on the screens, read his speeches, listen to his speeches,” Lavrov said, speaking to French media TF1. Last week, a former British spy who worked in Russia for many years, Christopher Steele, said Putin was “seriously ill” and claimed his disease was “an element” in Russia invading Ukraine. In May, Former KGB agent Boris Karpichkov told the Sun — without evidence — that he believes Putin is suffering from “numerous” ailments including dementia and Parkinson’s. But experts have largely agreed so far that the evidence around Putin’s health is insufficient.
War in Ukraine adds to food price hikes, hunger in Africa
“Somalis have no place to grow wheat, and we are not even familiar with how to grow it,” he says. The U.N. World Food Program says food shortages could worsen when the lean season arrives in late summer. Even the cost of therapeutic food for malnourished children could rise 16 percent over the next six months because of the war in Ukraine and disruptions related to the pandemic, UNICEF says. African countries imported 44 percent of their wheat from Russia and Ukraine from 2018 to 2020, according to U.N. figures. In Cameroon, baker Sylvester Ako says he’s seen his daily clientele drop from 300 customers a day to only 100 since bread prices jumped 40% because of the lack of wheat imports.
Egypt displays trove of newly discovered ancient artifacts
CAIRO — Egypt on Monday displayed a trove of ancient artifacts dating back 2,500 years that the country’s antiquities authorities said were recently unearthed at the famed necropolis of Saqqara near Cairo. The artifacts were showcased at a makeshift exhibit at the feet of the Step Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara, 15 miles southwest of the Egyptian capital. Amr Nabil / APA headless bronze statue of Imhotep, the chief architect of Pharaoh Djoser who ruled ancient Egypt between 2630 B.C. Amr Nabil / APEgypt has been heavily promoting recent archaeological finds, hoping to attract more tourists to the country. Along with Russia, Ukraine is a major source of tourists visiting Egypt.
Man in wig throws cake at Mona Lisa in climate protest stunt
PARIS — A man seemingly disguised as an old woman in a wheelchair threw a piece of cake at the glass protecting the Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum and shouted at people to think of planet Earth. Videos posted on social media appear to show a young man in a wig and lipstick who had arrived in a wheelchair. The man, whose identity was unknown, was also seen throwing roses in the museum gallery on Sunday. The cake attack left a conspicuous white creamy smear on the glass but the famous work by Leonardo da Vinci wasn’t damaged. It was also damaged in an acid attack perpetrated by a vandal in the 1950s, and has since been kept behind glass.
Meet Oregon's Tina Kotek, who hopes to be America's first lesbian governor
She broke barriers once again by becoming Oregon’s longest-serving speaker, before stepping down in January to run for governor. Now, after winning the state’s Democratic nomination for governor last week, Kotek hopes to add another notch to her political belt by becoming the first lesbian governor in the United States. Like her learnings about religion, Kotek said that her coming out experience has equally shaped her success and political style. Kotek said that if elected, she would “look into” modifying Oregon’s Constitution to protect same-sex marriage, which the Supreme Court legalized nationwide in a landmark ruling in 2015. “What I would say is, let’s have dialogue, let’s work through it, let’s keep moving forward.”“That’s why I consider myself a progressive,” she added.
With ‘training wheels’ off, Josiah Gray adjusts to life in Nats’ rotation
The good was that Gray settled in and allowed just two more hits over five innings to avoid any additional damage. Although he hasn’t got up to that 100-pitch mark yet, he’s competing and he’s keeping us in games.”In 10 starts, Gray has a 5.08 ERA — not an ideal figure. Gray allowed five first-inning runs in a 6-1 loss to the Houston Astros. Martinez even sent Gray down to pitch in a few minor league games during spring training to work on that skill. There’s been some that have been really good,” Gray said.
First Amendment may stand in way of regulating social media companies
Choose your plan ArrowRight In the view of the tech companies, however, it’s those Republican lawmakers who are actually censoring. But it was noteworthy in affirming that social media sites’ “curation” of content is itself a form of protected speech. She argues there should be room for reforms that allow tech companies to be held responsible when they host or promote certain types of harmful content. Others would require social media sites to offer “transparent” alternatives to their default recommendation algorithms. “And so any regulation of that aspect of what platforms do will potentially face the same First Amendment scrutiny.”That doesn’t mean regulating social media algorithms is impossible, Llanso said.
A massive repatriation of World War II dead — and one body’s long journey
As Americans observe Memorial Day, few are celebrating the 75th anniversary of the start of the return of the dead from World War II. AdvertisementWhile the war was underway, the U.S. military banned the return of any overseas war dead. The Connolly arrived in New York harbor on Oct. 26, 1947, with the first of the war dead from Europe. Their ship shared the ocean with the Army transport Carroll Victory, making its way westward with the latest shipment of war dead. Soldiers with the Graves Registration Service, who continued to process war dead at the Brooklyn Army Base, retrieved the body.
Brides are wearing black wedding dresses. I did it years ago.
Placeholder while article actions loadI was not surprised to read about the trend of brides wearing black wedding dresses. The shift started with popular black dresses in 2020, she recalled. In “Why do Brides Wear White?” she explains that “a large traditional wedding with the bride outfitted in a princess-style white wedding gown became a symbol of the American Dream. “If you’re not wearing white to your wedding then I am,” said my nice Jewish mother in Michigan. After my wedding, I happily took my black wedding dress to a tailor to get it shortened.
Organic strawberries likely cause of hepatitis A outbreak in U.S., Canada
Placeholder while article actions loadA multistate outbreak of hepatitis A infections in the United States and Canada is likely to have been sparked by contaminated organic strawberries sold in leading grocery stores, the Food and Drug Administration warned, urging customers to throw out any uneaten batches that may have been frozen for later consumption. At least 12 people had been hospitalized with the highly contagious virus that can cause fever, nausea, stomach pain and fatigue. Those who reported infections in California, Minnesota and Canada said they had purchased either FreshKampo or HEB-branded berries before falling sick. The FDA said that the investigation into the infected strawberries was ongoing and that more products may be included as part of the advisory. HEB, in a statement on its website announcing the recall, said it has not received or sold organic strawberries from the supplier under investigation since April 16 — but that anyone who has purchased organic strawberries during the FDA’s review period should throw them away or return them to the place of purchase.
Lisa Marie Riley, whose hilarious social media posts brought joy during the pandemic, has lost her husband to cancer
(CNN) During the pandemic, one mom from Staten Island amassed hundreds of thousands of devoted followers for her hilarious videos about the basic things in life that can drive us all a little crazy. Her name is Lisa Marie Riley, better known as "One Funny Lisa Marie," and celebrities like Hugh Jackman and Meghan Trainor are among her fans. A former court stenographer, Riley created her Instagram account two years ago to bring some joy to her family after her husband David's cancer diagnosis. David died this past weekend, a spokesperson for the family said on social media. Riley told CNN that David "fought like a bull to the very end."
Jacy Nittolo remembers 'deep love' with fiancé Ray Liotta
(CNN) Ray Liotta's fiancée, Jacy Nittolo, penned an emotional tribute to the late actor days after his death in the Dominican Republic. "My life these past couple of years have been nothing but truly magical," wrote Nittolo in an Instagram post published Saturday. "Ray and I share a deep love that I will cherish in my heart forever." "He was the most beautiful person inside and out that I've ever known...and even that is an understatement." Nittolo also posted several photos of herself with the "Goodfellas" star.
Visitor to the Louvre in Paris attempts to vandalize Mona Lisa
A visitor to the Louvre in Paris tried to smash the glass protecting the Mona Lisa, and then smeared what looked like cake frosting across its surface. The incident was apparently a publicity stunt related to climate change.May 30, 2022
‘Top Gun: Maverick’ becomes Tom Cruise’s biggest box office debut
“Top Gun: Maverick” has already set a career-best opening weekend for Tom Cruise and now the movie may make history as the highest-grossing Memorial Day debut. NBC’s Joe Fryer reports for TODAY.May 30, 2022
Swimming tips to keep your family safe as summer kicks off
Swimming tips to keep your family safe as summer kicks offExperts say kids as young as 10 months should start learning their way around in the water. NBC’s Kerry Sanders dives in to highlight the benefits of swimming lessons at any age.May 30, 2022
Elon Musk weighs in on Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial
Deliberations are underway in the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard defamation trial that has captivated audiences across the world. Now, Elon Musk, who dated Heard, is speaking out, saying, "I hope they both move on." NBC's Steve Patterson reports for TODAY.May 30, 2022
Matt McConnell: America's Big Meat industry is a menace. Congress' new report on Covid dangers proves it.
Several of the country’s largest meatpacking companies worked with political appointees in the Trump administration to keep their workforces on the job. During the first year of the pandemic, over 59,000 meatpacking workers were infected with the coronavirus and at least 269 lost their lives to it, according to lawmakers. Meatpacking companies knew the risk the coronavirus posed to their workers, the lawmakers concluded. They justified operating under dangerous conditions by stoking baseless fears of a national meat shortage, the select subcommittee’s report found. But the federal government has plenty of tools to uncover and prevent abusive working conditions in the industry.
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.
France’s ex-digital minister slams Apple — and the American dream
Press play to listen to this article Voiced by Amazon PollyPARIS — U.S. technology giant Apple is acting like a traditional monopoly in pushing back against European laws targeting its dominance, former French digital state secretary Cédric O told POLITICO. Apple claims the law will significantly harm the security of its products. More competition on the railways was supposedly going to cause chaos and accidents,” O said, rebuffing the company's claims. But the government could yet appoint a new secretary of state to support Le Maire. “It’s a strong political message” to fold digital issues into arguably the government's heaviest portfolio, O said, but he added he hoped there would still be a digital secretary of state role filled after France’s legislative elections next month.
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.
Man Disguised As Old Woman Throws Cake At Glass Protecting Mona Lisa
Visitors pose in front of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa in the Louvre museum, Wednesday, May, 19, 2021 in Paris. A man seemingly disguised as an old woman in a wheelchair threw a piece of cake at the glass protecting the Mona Lisa on May 29, 2022, at the Louvre Museum and shouted at people to think of planet Earth. AP Photo/Thibault Camus, FilePARIS (AP) — A man seemingly disguised as an old woman in a wheelchair threw a piece of cake at the glass protecting the Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum and shouted at people to think of planet Earth. That’s why I did this.”Maybe this is just nuts to me?but an man dressed as an old lady jumps out of a wheel chair and attempted to smash the bullet proof glass of the Mona Lisa. Then proceeds to smear cake on the glass, and throws roses everywhere all before being tackled by security.
How Elon Musk's Twitter takeover may help change stock market rules
The SEC rule at the center of the debate was last updated in 1968. It’s part of a broader effort by the SEC under Chair Gary Gensler to update disclosure rules to keep pace with modern trading. The SEC confirmed in a filing Friday that is investigating the Musk disclosure. Twitter in a regulatory filing this month indicated Musk had started discussing a takeover as early as March 27. He also advocates cutting the disclosure window to three days, one day longer than it takes a trade to settle.
Russian troops entering Sievierodonetsk in eastern Ukraine
Russian forces stormed Sievierodonetsk after trying unsuccessfully to encircle it, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has described the situation as “indescribably difficult.” A Russian artillery barrage has destroyed critical infrastructure and damaged 90 percent of buildings. The Ukrainian military said Russian forces were reinforcing their positions on the northeastern and southeastern outskirts of Sievierodonetsk and bringing additional equipment and ammunition to press their offensive. He said two civilians were killed and another five were wounded in the latest Russian shelling in the war. Zelenskyy on Sunday visited soldiers in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, where Ukrainian fighters pushed Russian forces back from nearby positions several weeks ago. In the wider Kharkiv region, Russian troops still held about one-third of the territory, Zelenskyy said.
5 Classical Music Albums You Can Listen to Right Now
Sadly, these seven discs don’t amount to much, either — interpretively, at least. That’s not to say that the set is unpleasant. Far from it: If you think of Strauss only as a composer to luxuriate in, Nelsons is your man. Nelsons knew this once, too. It’s plainly Nelsons’s mature view on Strauss, and fair enough.
A Russian Plane Crashed Into a House. Death Was Parceled Out Randomly.
The remnants of the plane, a supersonic midrange bomber aircraft, are scattered across Ms. Hrebnyeva’s yard. There was more: a pair of red shorts with the waistband intact but the back burned out; a tiny swimsuit; the sportswear of her 10-year-old, Denys. She had come home that Saturday morning from a shift organizing supplies for the soldiers defending the city. Ms. Hrebnyeva’s husband cursed playfully when she sent him outside to install the new lock, she said. “Everything started to shake.” She thought that she had heard shooting, she added, but it was the roof shingles coming undone.
The Women of Fleet Week Hit the Town
It takes a certain panache to wear white in New York City. And Khrzielle Vargas, a 21-year-old seaman apprentice from Fremont, Calif., was strolling through Times Square on Thursday afternoon in her white trousers, white jumper top and white sailor hat. “When you walk around the city in your uniform, you look like you’re glowing,” Ms. Vargas said. Ms. Vargas was among the 3,000 service members of the Navy and the Marines swarming the streets of New York City for Fleet Week, a Memorial Day tradition that has returned for the first time since 2019. The seven-day festival includes a parade of ships, public tours of naval vessels docked along the Hudson River and various demonstrations of nautical and aeronautical prowess by members of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.
Hitting the Right Notes When Setting History to Song
POTTER Much like “Hamilton,” “Suffs” tended to reduce both the successes and the flaws of the campaign for the 19th amendment to the personality of one person, Alice Paul. But I think it also connects with the show’s efforts to resonate with today’s politics (and the way people view America’s recent wars). More broadly, do these shows fall into a trap of trying to provide a comfortable, “relatable” place for the audience (especially the white audience)? They come off as terrified of failing to check off every box on the sensitivity list. All of this is a process we are learning from every day.
‘I Was Leaving My Midtown Office After Work on a Monday Evening’
ImageFull PieDear Diary:I was leaving my Midtown office after work on a Monday evening. I had returned from a trip that morning and gone straight to the office, so I still had my bags with me. Reaching to open the door while juggling my belongings, I noticed a large pizza box on the back seat. “There’s a box of pizza back here,” I said to the driver. As I got into the back of the cab, he opened the box and tilted it toward the plastic partition so I could get a look.
Speedy and Upbeat, Leylah Fernandez Is Going Deep at the French Open
“She’s very offensive,” Fernandez said. “I just tried to be as offensive as her and just take my chances, and the balls went in today.”That is no coincidence at this stage. “I’m thinking, especially if the U.S. Open taught us anything, that anybody can win on any day,” said Coco Gauff, an 18-year-old American who is seeded 18th at Roland Garros. “I think that was the biggest lesson I learned last year in my quarterfinal,” Gauff said. “I had a couple of set points, and I think I freaked out when some of those points didn’t go my way.
Uterine cancer may be added to the list of 9/11-related health issues
The World Trade Center Health Program, a government program that monitors and treats WTC-related health conditions, covers nearly every type of cancer. But a single type has never been added to its list: uterine cancer. Officials have proposed adding uterine cancer to the list of cancers covered by the program, and the rule change is in its final stage. Uterine cancer makes up 3.4 percent of all new cancer cases nationally and will cause an estimated 12,550 deaths this year, according to the National Cancer Institute. Nonetheless, scientific advisers and the program’s administrator say that there’s enough evidence to conclude that a plausible connection exists between dust and other WTC chemicals and uterine cancer.
5 cheery cherry desserts
Placeholder while article actions loadCherry season is nigh, so we rounded up some of our favorite dessert recipes for you to keep in mind throughout the coming weeks and months. Whether sweet or sour, fresh or frozen, these cherry desserts put the crimson stone fruit to great use. Want more cherry recipes, including drinks and savory options? “Sweet cherries are easier to find, of course, but nothing compares to sour cherries in pie,” Rose Levy Beranbaum told Daniela Galarza. The filling is made from sweet cherries flavored with a dash of ground cardamom.
How to grill plant-based meats for the best texture and flavor
You haven’t really played around with them before, but you grab a couple of packages of plant-based burger meat and links. AdvertisementZuccarello says the ATK team preferred to take their plant-based burgers a little past medium-rare (125 degrees) to avoid a mushy texture. Kliman encourages cooks to season bulk plant-based meat the same ways you would animal based-options. There’s nothing different you have to do to replicate the appearance of animal meat, Zuccarello says, noting that plant-based burgers and sausages brown and pick up attractive grill marks extremely well. “At the end of the day, when you’re eating a cooked plant-based meat, you wouldn’t know the difference.”GiftOutline Gift Article
How painter Lindsay Adams would spend a perfect day in D.C.
Placeholder while article actions loadIn D.C. Dream Day, we ask our favorite people in the area to tell us how they would spend a perfect day in the District. My mornings set the tone for my day, so on my dream day, I’d like to keep that going. On my dream day, I’d like to slow things down a bit, and take time to explore and experience some of my favorite places and things. Even though painting is my job, I’d still love to spend some time in the studio on my dream day. On my perfect D.C. day, I’d meet friends for an evening drink and catch up at Marvin’s rooftop, which used to sit at 14th and U streets.
21 summer films to get you excited about going to the movies again
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Traveling with older loved ones? Keep these tips in mind.
According to AARP’s 2022 Travel Trends report, 66 percent of people over age 70 anticipate traveling this year. Whether a bucket-list trip or staycation, “everyone benefits from multigenerational travel,” Goyer said. Ericsson encourages family members to attend this visit to support their loved one and understand their medical needs. “We want to do so much when we’re traveling,” Goyer said, “but things can take longer, or you might run into obstacles. Travel health notice information can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s interactive map showing travel recommendations by destination and the CDC’s travel health notice webpage.
Exploring Ocracoke, on North Carolina’s Outer Banks
My fascination with the remote corners of the world had taken me to Mongolia, the Himalayas and now to Ocracoke on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Accessible only by ferry or private plane, the 16-mile-long barrier island has one main highway and a single village, Ocracoke, with a population of 797, according to the 2020 Census. Our boat captain, Donald, grew up on Ocracoke Island and had an accent I instantly recognized as the Ocracoke brogue. What to doCape Hatteras National SeashoreAdvertisement252-473-2111Operated by the National Park Service, this area is the country’s first national seashore and extends from Bodie Island to Ocracoke Island. Visitors can explore the village, beach or both.
Hot dog recipes for all, including hot links and carrot dogs
As summer approaches, here’s a roundup of various hot dog and sausage recipes — including a vegetable alternative to the many plant-based options available — to enjoy as you bask in the warmth of the season. BLT Hot Dogs, above. One of summer’s favorite sandwiches gets the hot dog treatment in this recipe. The chow-chow can be refrigerated for up to 1 month, so you can enjoy it with hot dogs and sausages for many meals to come. This recipe for Chicago-style Italian sausage sandwiches relies on the trusty sheet pan for a mostly hands-off meal.
Ukrainian President Zelenskyy visits Kharkiv
Ukrainian President Vlodymyr Zelenskyy made his first official trip outside of Kyiv on Sunday, when he visited the northeastern Kharkiv region. In is nightly video address, the president spoke about the Russian bombardment of Sievierodonetsk.May 30, 2022
Bayard Steed pageant features giant horse, kids dressed as medieval knights
The colorful and historic Bayard Steed festival returned to the streets of Dendermonde, Belgium, on Sunday after an extended hiatus caused by the coronavirus pandemic.May 30, 2022
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.
EU moves step closer to deal on Russian oil embargo
Under wording put forward by EU ambassadors, deliveries of Russian oil by pipeline would continue temporarily while sanctions are applied to supplies delivered by ship. The plan, first reported by POLITICO last week, would represent a weakening of the European Commission's original proposal for a "complete ban" on Russian oil imports. The draft conclusions don't mention a specific timeline for the temporary exception for crude oil delivered by pipeline, stating the exemption should end "as soon as possible." If EU leaders agree on a political deal on the package, the Council of the EU will still have to formally agree on the sanctions. Russia supplies about a quarter of the EU’s crude oil, according to Eurostat figures.
Here’s How Day Drinking Affects Your Body Differently, According To Experts
Family medicine doctor Dr. Sandra Luyindula says that regardless of what time someone drinks alcohol, they are consuming something that’s a sedative. But here’s one way drinking during the day works in your favor, versus at night: “When people drink during the day, it’s usually with food. Besides the gut, Luyindula said day drinking can impact your mood, too. That means you absolutely shouldn’t drive home after drinking alcohol, no matter what time it is. AdvertisementIn general, Luyindula said it’s important to be aware of how much you’re drinking, no matter what time it is.
Gov. Hochul Stockpiles Donations, as Rivals Struggle to Keep Pace
Mr. Giuliani raised just a little over $220,000 from donors this filing period, with no individual donations greater than $25,000, according to state campaign finance records. Mr. Giuliani performed worse, financially, than all three of his Republican rivals, even if some polling suggests he may be leading among voters. Rob Astorino, the former Westchester County executive, raised about $600,000 this period, leaving him with more than $1.1 million on hand. Mr. Zeldin, the party-backed candidate, raised a little over $3 million, leaving him with roughly that same amount to spend in the final weeks of the primary race. “The unparalleled outpouring of grass-roots support from every corner of our state has only grown stronger,” Mr. Zeldin said in a statement.
Bill de Blasio Knows He Isn’t Loved
Mr. de Blasio believes his last year in office was his most successful, and that his administration’s management of the pandemic, one that became a model for other cites, will matter to voters. “It was sweet to be connected to family,’' he said of his brief reprieve from politics. That he believes he can build a winning coalition, which he has successfully done before, to get there overlooks certain difficult truths. Mondaire Jones, who serves in another district, grew up in Section 8 housing and made his way to Stanford and Harvard, has also announced his candidacy. Mr. de Blasio is energized for a summer of knocking on doors.
Hit Hard by High Energy Costs, Hawaii Looks to the Sun
HONOLULU — Toddi Nakagawa, who lives in a suburb of Honolulu, has spent years battling her family’s high electricity bills, which once topped $500 a month, by gradually buying more solar panels. Nearly a third of Hawaii’s single-family houses have rooftop solar panels — more than twice the percentage in California — and officials expect many more homes to add panels and batteries in the coming years. Even before energy prices surged globally this year, homeowners, elected leaders and energy executives in Hawaii had decided that rooftop solar panels were one of the best ways to meet demand for energy and tame the state’s high power costs. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has only strengthened the state’s embrace of renewable energy. While Hawaii faces unique challenges, the state’s reliance on solar carries lessons for other states and countries looking to fight climate change and bring down energy costs.
U.S. Retakes Top Spot in Supercomputer Race
Chinese researchers used to participate in the ranking process. One is a successor to the earlier Sunway machine, called OceanLight, according to a presentation Mr. Kahaner shared at a technical conference. The other machine, Tianhe-3, succeeds a system called Tianhe-1A that in 2010 became the first Chinese machine to take a No. The calculating job, estimated to take 10,000 years on Oak Ridge’s fastest prior supercomputer, took 304 seconds on the Chinese system, the researchers reported in a technical paper. “They kind of let it leak that they had machines running at exascale levels,” said Steve Conway, an analyst at Hyperion Research.
Opinion | How Illinois Is Winning in the Fight Against Big Tech
That decision is a direct result of a lawsuit in Illinois, a demonstration that strong privacy laws in a single state can have nationwide ramifications. The Biometric Information Privacy Act of Illinois sets strict limits on the collection and distribution of personal biometric data, like fingerprints and iris and face scans. Technology companies are in a feverish race to develop reliable means to automate the identification of people through facial scans, thumbprints, palm prints and other personal biometric data. The data is considered particularly valuable because unlike, say, credit card info or home addresses, it cannot be changed. Facial recognition software, in particular, has been shown to fail too often at identifying people of color, leading in some cases to wrongful arrests and concerns that the software could put up additional barriers to people seeking jobs, unemployment benefits or home loans.
The Best Place to Grab a Bite Before a Mets Game
I strongly believe that baseball is the kind of sport that you don’t need to know much about in order to enjoy it. Long before the Atlanta Braves were the 2021 World Series champions, my Georgia-born friends and I would shell out $10 to watch them play the Mets at Citi Field in Queens. Mets games are a relatively affordable form of New York City entertainment, but that affordability doesn’t always extend to the food sold at Citi Field. Underneath those well-worn subway tracks is a world of copious, no-reservation-needed eating that you’ll miss unless you disembark and walk down to Roosevelt Avenue. A veritable market — mostly featuring foods of the Latin diaspora — is teeming with options.
The Start of Summer
This holiday weekend is the unofficial start of summer, and we’re turning today’s newsletter into a summer preview. “The travel rebound is shaping up to be even stronger than airlines expected,” our colleague Niraj Chokshi reported last week. Even so, traveling this summer won’t be completely normal. If you’re returning to the U.S. from another country, you will need a negative Covid test to board your plane. Those disruptions have seemed to become more common in the past two years, because of crew illnesses and aircraft shortages.
Canada’s Military, Where Sexual Misconduct Went to the Top, Looks for a New Path
OTTAWA — Several of Canada’s top military officers have been accused of sexual harassment, and the former top commander pleaded guilty this year to criminal charges related to accusations that he committed sexual misconduct when leading the nation’s armed forces. About a quarter of the women serving in the Canadian military said they had been sexually assaulted during their military careers, according to a government census. And the government has set aside nearly $800 million to settle class action lawsuits by current and former military members involving sexual misconduct. The cascade of sexual abuse scandals has shaken confidence in the military in Canada, where on Monday the government is scheduled to release an independent review by a former Supreme Court justice aimed at addressing what critics say is a pervasive and systemic problem that has persisted despite past promises of reform. It will be the fourth report to focus on sexual abuse in Canada’s military, where victims say that abuse permeates all levels of the forces and that they are frequently punished for speaking out.
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.
Opinion | Asian and Black Communities Have a Long History of Shared Solidarity
Black and Asian communities in America today are often portrayed as in conflict with each other. But we have a long history of organizing with each other, too. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, Asian Americans working as immigrant laborers in the United States were often subjected to racial violence. Yuri Kochiyama, a friend and ally of Malcolm X, cradled his bleeding head when he was assassinated in 1965. These stories of loss, struggle, change and hope are the most powerful tools we have to understand one another and bridge what divides us.
Opinion | Why the Producer of ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Is Betting Big on Theaters
“Top Gun: Maverick” is expected to be one of the first blockbusters of the summer. But as streaming platforms proliferate and movie theaters continue to struggle, is a movie that was designed to be seen on the biggest screen possible be able to lure audiences back to theaters? David Ellison thinks so. He’s the founder and C.E.O. And David Ellison responds to Kara’s question about the news that his father joined a November 2020 phone call with Senator Lindsey Graham and Sean Hannity, among others, about contesting Trump’s loss.
Omicron Reveals the Need for Better Sick Leave - The New York Times
Even if sick leave policies became more generous at the beginning of the pandemic, those days are over for most. The United States is the only wealthy country in the world that does not guarantee paid sick days or sick leave to workers. If a person gets Covid, or another illness, in Switzerland or Australia, then they are guaranteed to receive a full 10 days of paid sick leave. Of course, just because companies aren’t mandated to offer paid leave doesn’t mean that some don’t provide it. Many Americans work part time, or hourly, and have no paid sick leave at all.
Opinion | No One Can Hide From This Weapon in the War in Ukraine
Drones carry their own moral hazards, as recent Times investigations into civilian deaths have shown. What’s more, watching drone footage can be desensitizing, and moral injury from the battlefield can be contagious to spectators. Also lost in the slew of drone footage coming out of Ukraine is the inability of outsiders to assess their authenticity and the larger situation just outside the drone’s field of view. More modern drones have been used by the United States since the Vietnam War. But it was only after the Sept. 11 attacks that modern combat drones began to project military power, after the C.I.A.
You May See a New Meteor Shower in Night Skies, or Nothing at All
To catch the shower, get away from bright city lights and find the darkest and clearest location you can, one with few hills or other obstacles on the horizon. The moon will be new that night, so its light w ill not interfere with the display. The Tau Herculids, the meteor shower from SW3, was predicted to come from the constellation Hercules — hence the shower’s name — a forecast that has since turned out to be incorrect. The first bright star you see should be Arcturus. Unlike meteor showers that are visible for days before and after a peak night, this show will not last long, if it occurs at all.
I Witnessed a Murder. Is It Wrong to Write About It?
And it’s a natural anxiety that the friends and family of the murdered woman would be pained by what you might write. Yet they don’t own the event; indeed, there’s a sense in which it really did happen to you as well. Writing about the event you witnessed will be justified if what you write has value. My elderly mother lives halfway across the country. My brother lives in the same town as my mother.
They Served. Now, Inspired by What They Saw, They Sell.
Matthew Griffin was a 4th-generation military man and West Point graduate thrust into the war immediately after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. “I grew up on ‘Rambo’ and thought the best way to serve my country was to be an Army Ranger,” he said. After leaving as a captain in 2006, Mr. Griffin found his way into the contracting world, and in 2008 was back in Afghanistan helping to set up medical clinics. One day he visited a combat boot factory in Kabul, where he was impressed to see workers making a boot that emulated a flip-flop sandal. The factory owner had invented military sandals “that adhered to their cultural norms,” Mr. Griffin said.
After Uvalde, We Must Ask: Is Active Shooter Training Working? - The New York Times
released its latest active shooter figures, Robb Elementary School was attacked. In the past two years, the Uvalde school district has hosted at least two active shooter trainings, according to reporting by The Times. Law enforcement officers need to be mentally prepared before they arrive on the scene, so they can respond immediately. Most of our more than 800,000 law enforcement officers in the United States are in small departments. We also need to re-evaluate how we advise students and teachers to react when an active shooter enters a school.
18 Cookout Side Dishes for Memorial Day
Coleslaw may just be the king of the cookout sides, and this mango-laden twist from Millie Peartree shows why. Crunchy, cool and slightly sweet, the cabbage, carrots and mango shine next to any grilled meat, particularly those with a kick. Save the mayonnaise for your burger buns: All this slaw needs is a bit of lime juice and honey to bring it all together.
Holiday weekend in the U.S. resembles prepandemic times, as experts and the White House remain wary of virus risk.
says you can end isolation five days after testing positive, so the same rules should apply when I’m traveling,” Ms. Fishman said. “It makes no sense that I can go to a wedding five days after a positive test in Miami, but if I catch the virus when I’m on vacation I can’t fly home. But strong anecdotal evidence indicates that some travelers — and travel advisers — are sharing suggestions for how to avoid getting stuck. “We had symptoms for about two weeks before testing positive. Before arriving in Canada, travelers have to fill out a health and travel form on the ArriveCAN app.
The Men Lost to 20 Bruckner Boulevard
“Despite being informed of this, the foreman, Mauricio Sánchez, used it along with a worker, Yonin Grijalva, to take debris from a higher floor. Government agencies also cited Mr. Madruga’s company, GDI Construction, once again for multiple safety violations in connection with the death of a laborer on its construction site, this time with possible penalties of nearly $125,000. And once again, the Buildings Department issued a full-stop work order at 20 Bruckner. The spokesman for GDI Construction said the company had met and exceeded the city’s demands, with extra employees on site to ensure that all “safety-related details” were addressed. He added, “Construction inherently presents risks, and though safety measures, precautions and protocols were in place on this job site, these unfortunate accidents occurred.”
Lawyer Who Plotted to Overturn Trump Loss Recruits Election Deniers to Watch Over the Vote
This year, its multimillion-dollar investment includes hiring 18 state “election integrity” directors and 19 state “election integrity” lawyers. These efforts are separate from the Election Integrity Network, said Emma Vaughn, an R.N.C. election integrity directors have been involved in Ms. Mitchell’s events. Ms. Vaughn acknowledged that party officials participate in events hosted by other groups to recruit poll workers and poll watchers. works with other groups who have an interest in promoting election integrity, but the party’s efforts are independent from any outside organization,” Ms. Vaughn said.
For NATO, Turkey Is a Disruptive Ally
WASHINGTON — When President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey threatened this month to block NATO membership for Finland and Sweden, Western officials were exasperated — but not shocked. In 2009, he blocked the appointment of a new NATO chief from Denmark, complaining that the country was too tolerant of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad and too sympathetic to “Kurdish terrorists” based in Turkey. It took hours of cajoling by Western leaders, and a face-to-face promise from President Barack Obama that NATO would appoint a Turk to a leadership position, to satisfy Mr. Erdogan. After a rupture in relations between Turkey and Israel the next year, Mr. Erdogan prevented the alliance from working with the Jewish state for six years. In 2020, Mr. Erdogan sent a gas-exploration ship backed by fighter jets close to Greek waters, causing France to send ships in support of Greece, also a NATO member.
As Ukraine Fights, Does the E.U. Owe It Membership?
BRUSSELS — With Ukraine defending European values and security against a blatant Russian invasion, what obligation does the European Union and NATO have toward Ukraine? The moral answer may be obvious, as European and American governments vow support for Kyiv and are pouring money and arms into Ukraine. Defying expectations, the European Union has acted with speed and authority, providing significant military aid and inflicting enormous sanctions on Russia. But now it is confronting a more difficult question — how to bind vulnerable countries like Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia to Europe in a way that helps them and does not create a further security risk down the road. It is a question that will hang over a summit meeting of E.U.
Retiree considers selling townhouse, buying larger single-level home
I would like to have a good idea how the numbers work before I contact a real estate agent or mortgage lender. Once you have a good handle on your income, debt and expenses, you’ve got the essential pieces of your budget. You should be able to spend 36 percent of $5,000, or $1,800 on your mortgage, real estate taxes and insurance plus any other debt you carry. If you need a referral, talk with your real estate agent or attorney. Samuel J. Tamkin is a Chicago-based real estate attorney.
From Sandy Hook to Uvalde, the Violent Images Never Seen
“We don’t want to withhold images that would help people to understand what has happened in scenarios like these, but we also don’t publish images sheerly as provocation.”In the case of the Uvalde shooting, photojournalists were not allowed on the grounds of the school, and law enforcement did not release any images from the crime scene. Press photographers were only able to capture what was visible outside the school, including the images made by Pete Luna from the Uvalde Leader News, who witnessed children fleeing a classroom after climbing through a window. Media outlets had no access to images of the shooting’s aftermath, so decisions about whether to publish graphic images from this situation are moot. Noah Pozner was among the first children buried after the Dec. 14, 2012, shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., which killed 20 first graders and six educators. Noah hid with 15 classmates in the classroom bathroom, a 4½ by 3½-foot space into which the gunman fired more than 80 rounds from a Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle, killing all but one child.
A Church, a Gathering Place for Generations, Becomes a Hub for Uvalde’s Grief
The community’s cohesion has, in a way, made the aftermath of the shooting all the more agonizing. There are funerals planned for cousins being mourned together, he said, as well as shared services for the Garcias. “Allow their love, their spiritual presence, to continue to be with us,” he said of the dead during a Mass on Saturday. “I don’t understand why,” he said. “It was beyond our comprehension for those of us on earth to understand why,” he said.
Monday briefing: Biden’s visit to Uvalde; rising coronavirus cases; NBA Finals schedule; possible meteor shower; and more
An outburst of up to 1,000 shooting stars per hour. However, it might not happen — a big clump of comet debris will need to line up just right with Earth’s path. How can I watch? If it happens, astronomers think it will be around 1 a.m. Eastern time. To see it, you’ll need a broad view of the night sky away from any bright lights.
Europe's scramble for gas could cause global LNG shortage
EU countries have been racing to buy more liquefied natural gas (LNG), an attractive alternative to Russian gas because it can be shipped on tankers, rather than delivered via pipelines. That equates to nearly 7% of global LNG demand last year, or about 25 days' worth of supply. "By shunning Russian gas, Europe has destabilized the entire global LNG market that began the year with a precarious balance after a tumultuous 2021," the report said. "A larger share of LNG demand and supply... is based on short term or flexible contracts or on the spot market," he said. "More controversially, 13.5% of European LNG still comes from Russia's arctic LNG project," Felix Booth, head of LNG at Vortexa, told CNN Business.
Pregnancy and maternity clothes needed Rihanna to revolutionize them
One of those is what I wear and how I present this new body I’m in to the world. As she told Vogue in a recent cover story that focused on her rule-breaking pregnancy fashion: “There’s no way I’m going to go shopping in no maternity aisle. It should come as no surprise that a lot of noncelebrities are also now changing up their maternity fashion. “What Rihanna is doing right now is just incredible,” Ariane Goldman, founder and CEO of maternity fashion label Hatch, told USA Today. Rihanna made me reconsider how I look at myself as a pregnant person, and how others look at pregnant people more generally.
Eurovision winners sell trophy to fund Ukraine’s war effort
The trophy, a crystal microphone, was auctioned in a raffle on Facebook. Bids were accepted both in cryptocurrencies, as well as in traditional currency, the band said on Instagram. The sale coincided with a charity concert in Berlin where Kalush Orchestra performed on Sunday evening. Pressure has been growing further in recent days as the Ukrainian army has struggled to contain a Russian offensive in Donbas. This comes as hundreds of Lithuanians raised more than 5 million euros over the weekend to buy an advanced military drone from a Turkish company Baykar.
Trump's 2024 odds aren't hurt by Georgia's election results
Trump’s favored GOP candidates for Georgia’s attorney general and secretary of state didn’t work out either. Assuming he runs in 2024, Trump will likely enter the race as the presumed nominee. In 2016’s crowded presidential Republican primary, Trump’s competitors fought against one another mercilessly — and helped to clear a lane for Trump. All this is to say, Trump’s mediocre primary showing may be giving the notoriously arrogant billionaire a reality check. But it’s not a death knell for his potential 2024 candidacy.
Trump’s endorsement isn’t nearly as potent as he pretends it is
Rep. Jim Jordan appeared on Fox News this week and declared Donald Trump’s endorsement to be the most powerful in the history of the United States. Throughout his presidency, the Republican’s endorsement proved meaningless in all kinds of contests — primaries and general elections, state and federal elections, in blue and red states — and so far in 2022, some high-profile Trump-backed candidates have also fallen short. In Nebraska , the former president went all out to help Charles Herbster win a GOP gubernatorial primary, which he lost by three points. , the former president went all out to help Charles Herbster win a GOP gubernatorial primary, which he lost by three points. As regular readers know, for Trump, the power of his endorsement is supposed to be — indeed, it must be — the stuff of legend.
Joe Manchin says the Uvalde school shooting 'feels different.' It doesn't.
“I’ve never been in this frame of mind,” Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Thursday, two days after a gunman killed 19 children and two adults at an elementary school in the small Texas town of Uvalde. There is no room for the change that would free them from their gilded cage. Manchin was reportedly distraught in 2012 after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at an elementary school in the small Connecticut town of Newtown. Toomey and Manchin are now sitting in a room with eight other senators to find some kind of compromise that would expand background checks. The NRA’s members just met in Houston, a few hours’ drive from the school where 19 children had been murdered.
D.C.-area forecast: Three hot days ahead before gradual relief
Highs: Near 87-90. Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, hot. Highs soar to near 90, the first of three straight days near or above 90 degrees. Partly cloudy at night with lows near 70. Highs both days should be in the low 80s, with lows 55 to 60 at night.
Studio in prime Adams Morgan location lists for $255,000
For example, the studio condo in the Schuyler Arms building at 1954 Columbia Rd. The Schuyler Arms also has a roof deck with expansive city views and seating. Built in 1927, the Schuyler Arms offers a prime location within walking distance of shops, restaurants and nightlife in Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle and Woodley Park. The neighborhood has a 98 out of 100 walk score, which means the community is walkable for running errands. AdvertisementThe 425-square-foot studio on the seventh floor has wood floors, a ceiling fan, window unit air conditioning, gas heat and gas cooking.
Nebraska car crash involving crowd of pedestrians kills 2, injures 19
Placeholder while article actions loadNebraska authorities said a car crash involving pedestrians has killed two and sent 19 to hospitals, including one with life-threatening injuries. The two people killed were occupants of one of the vehicles involved in the crash.
Move over, burrito. Make room for breakfast nachos.
That’s what we have with this Breakfast Nachos recipe from “Nachos for Dinner” by Dan Whalen, a man who has garnered a following by playing with ingredients since starting his blog, The Food in My Beard, in 2008. Besides, I’m a firm believer in breakfast for dinner, and an advocate of snacky suppers, too. Whalen describes his recipe collection as “pretty traditional” and “really far out” (think Italian sub nachos or lamb gyro nachos). AdvertisementStep 3Remove the baking sheet from the oven and, as evenly as possible, top the nachos with the scrambled eggs. Adapted from “Nachos for Dinner” by Dan Whalen (Workman Publishing Co., 2022).
Alexi Pappas has a complex relationship with depression. This is how she deals with the 'metaphorical scratch on your brain'
She firmly believes in the concept that mental health and physical health are one and the same. "The word 'pre-hab' is a word that we use with our physical health," Pappas says. "That's the things you do to prevent injury, and there are things we could do to prevent a mental health challenge too." While many programs have introduced sports psychologists to their teams, their impact can be limited by the stigmatization of mental health. But in many ways, a marathon is the perfect metaphor for Pappas' mental health journey: sometimes long and arduous, with the finish line improbably far off.
‘This Is Us’ explored the difficulties parents of disabled children face. There’s also hope.
That story would have challenged an important trope about parents of disabled children. My husband and I experienced that after we were shocked by news of our son’s autism diagnosis at age 3. After receiving his diagnosis, our son entered the early intervention system and we, as parents, became responsible for managing therapies and education. I was the one who organized my son’s therapy schedule and handled the schlepping to all of the appointments. Stuck in their own pain and the unspoken vulnerability that their son’s diagnosis unleashed within them, there seemed to be no room for them to hear each other.
2 dead, 19 taken to hospital after major crash in Lincoln, Nebraska
Two people were killed and 19 others taken to hospital following a major crash in Lincoln, Nebraska, police said Monday. The incident appeared to unfold as an "Americruise" event was taking place. Police said the incident had unfolded near 52nd and O Street, where an "Americruise" event appeared to be taking place. The event page also warned attendees of the risks of cruising down city streets. the event page says.
Hospitals ration CT scans, other procedures over shortage of contrast dye
Hospitals across the U.S. are being forced to ration medical scans and procedures after a lockdown in Shanghai hit a plant that produces a widely used contrast dye. Typically injected into patients' veins, it provides higher contrast than imaging procedures like CT scans without dye. In San Diego, Scripps Health said in a statement that it is limiting imaging procedures requiring contrast "to exams that are time-sensitive and clinically necessary." For nonurgent procedures, it added, alternatives like ultrasounds and MRI scans — which use a different contrast dye — are being considered. Contrast dye is hardly the first medically necessary item to be in short supply during the pandemic.
GOP Senator Berated Online For Defending Police Response To Uvalde Shooting
And in an unusual move, the Justice Department has said it will investigate the law enforcement response. “The second guessing and finger pointing among state and local law enforcement is destructive, distracting, and unfair,” he tweeted Saturday. “If not for the failed law enforcement response in Parkland, [Jaime] and others would be alive today,” he wrote. If not for the failed law https://t.co/kDgY1y0rlO — Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) May 29, 2022(2,3) enforcement response in Parkland she and others would be alive today. The facts will show that if not for the failed response in Uvalde, fewer would have been killed.
UK launches post-Brexit visa route for graduates
U.K. Home Secretary Priti Patel said the new route “puts ability and talent first, not where someone comes from” | Ian Forsyth/Getty ImagesLONDON — Graduates from the world’s top 50 non-U.K. universities will be able to apply for a dedicated visa to work in Britain, the Home Office announced Monday. The department launched a new visa route targeted at “high potential individuals” with a bachelor’s or master’s degree, who would be eligible for a two-year work visa and allowed to bring their families. Applicants with PhDs will be able to apply to stay for up to three years. The government will use the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the QS World University Rankings and the Academic Ranking of World Universities as the benchmarks for deciding which universities are eligible. Those wanting to stay in Britain for less than a year must show funds of at least £1,270.
ECB top economist lays out interest rate hikes for July, September
FRANKFURT — The European Central Bank should raise interest rates in 25-basis-point increments, said its chief economist Philip Lane, dismissing recent calls for bolder action. “Normalization has a natural focus on moving in units of 25 basis points, so increases of 25 basis points in the July and September meetings are a benchmark pace,” Lane told the Spanish paper Cinco Dias in an interview published on the ECB's website Monday. That's in line with what ECB President Christine Lagarde has also previewed. Hawks on the Governing Council, including Robert Holzmann of Austria and Klaas Knot of the Netherlands, have started to publicly float the idea of 50-basis-point hikes as inflation continues to race ahead. Eurozone inflation for May is scheduled to be released Tuesday.
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.
U.S. heat sets new records, spurring cities to take action
Even in parts of the country known for milder conditions, climate change is forcing states to confront extreme heat events. One initiative involves naming and categorizing heat waves to make it clear when people should exercise caution and what steps to take. Rivas said her first eye-opening experience with extreme heat came in 1995 in Chicago, during her first job out of college. More recently, Rivas said she has seen firsthand how extreme heat has impacted people in her community. Pang said she hopes awareness that nobody is immune to global warming and its consequences, including extreme heat, is growing.
'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.
Ukrainians see their culture being erased as Russia hits beloved sites
Ukraine’s Minister of Culture Oleksandr Tkachenko said his office has recorded more than 350 “Russian war crimes against cultural heritage” as of May 19. “Absolute evil, absolute stupidity.”Culture in the crosshairsAttacks on cultural property are not uncommon during wartime, said Richard Kurin, a cultural anthropologist and the founder of the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative. Kotlyarevsky Kharkiv National University of Arts. But whether the attacks are indiscriminate or targeted, Stone said Ukraine was at risk of losing irreplaceable cultural sites and artifacts that make up the fabric of Ukrainian identity. “This is all part of Russia’s genocide of Ukrainian culture and national identity.”Not all Ukrainians had the same foresight as Bondarev.
Russia-Ukraine war live updates Severodonetsk devastated as Moscow makes east ‘absolute priority’
On Sunday, Zelensky visited the Kharkiv area, where city officials say thousands of residents are returning each day. Then, he turned to the regional head of Ukraine’s Security Service. “I arrived, understood the situation, and fired the head of the Security Service of Ukraine in the Kharkiv region,” Zelensky said. “He did not work to secure the city from the first days of the full-scale war and only thought of himself. In another recorded speech about a month into Russia’s invasion, he described two Security Service officials as “antiheroes” and said they were “no longer generals.”
Trump Reportedly 'Stunned' By Georgia Victory Of Defiant Secretary Of State Raffensperger
Donald Trump was “stunned” that Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger handily won his GOP primary last week despite the former president’s best efforts to drive him out of office, sources told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Raffensperger stood up to Trump after the 2020 presidential election, flatly denying Trump’s order to find him extra votes to magically transform his defeat into a victory. AdvertisementRaffensperger also denied Trump’s claim that the Georgia vote was somehow rigged, declaring that several investigations had found nothing wrong with the vote. Trump endorsed U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, who got 33% of the vote to Raffensperger’s 52% (eliminating the need for a runoff). His victory was the one that surprised Trump the most, according to the Journal-Constitution.
Disturbing New York Times Cover Reveals Deadliest Detail Of American Mass Shootings
The somber black cover of The New York Times’ Sunday Review underscored the chilling American detail that ended the lives of 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas — and so many others. The cover simply repeated this single line over and over 15 times: “Authorities said the gunman was able to obtain the weapons legally.”AdvertisementEach line linked to one of 15 mass shootings in America, with death toll, in the last decade. The weapons used and legally obtained were assault-style firearms, appropriate for a war but nowhere else. Today’s cover of The New York Times Sunday Review pic.twitter.com/NoENXrigWS — MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) May 29, 2022A post of the page by The Meidas Touch PAC included no comment, but elicited thousands of stunned and angry responses on Twitter. AdvertisementBAN ASSAULT WEAPONS NOW — The Resistor Sister®???????? (@the_resistor) May 29, 2022The Texas shooter and the shooter at my high school both waited until they were of the legal age.
French sports minister blames Liverpool FC for letting fans ‘out in the wild’
Crowds of mostly Liverpool supporters remained stuck at checkpoints around the stadium, with French police using batons and tear gas to dispel fans who were queuing to get in to Europe’s premier sporting event. “There is a problem with how French authorities organized the game — and now they’re deflecting to Liverpool fans,” he said. “They want to avoid taking responsibility for what happened.”“There is a refusal [by the French authorities] to acknowledge that the Liverpool fans are the victims here,” Evain added. Organizer UEFA said thousands of fans who had bought counterfeit tickets blocked the turnstiles at the Liverpool end, creating a jam. “The footage and accounts from Liverpool fans and the media on their entry to the Stade de France last night are deeply concerning,” U.K. Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said Sunday.
2 dead, 19 taken to hospital after major crash in Lincoln, Nebraska
Two people were killed and 19 others taken to hospital following a major crash in Lincoln, Nebraska, police said Monday. The incident appeared to unfold as an "Americruise" event was taking place. Police said the incident had unfolded near 52nd and O Street, where an "Americruise" event appeared to be taking place. The event page also warned attendees of the risks of cruising down city streets. the event page says.
‘No One Is Alive’: At Least 14 Bodies Recovered From Nepal Plane Crash
KATHMANDU, Nepal — Rescue workers recovered 14 bodies on Monday after a daylong effort to reach the site of a plane crash in the rocky heights of the Himalayas, according to the Civil Aviation Authority in Nepal. The flight normally takes about 30 minutes, but the plane went down in bad weather with 13 Nepalis, four Hindu pilgrims from India and two German trekkers on board. Officials said they did not expect to find any survivors. Rainfall and fog made it difficult for rescuers to reach the site. Helicopters deployed on Sunday by the Nepali Army and private companies were diverted to Kathmandu and Pokhara because of low visibility.
Russia-Ukraine war live updates Severodonetsk devastated as Moscow makes east ‘absolute priority’
If Russian troops were to take the city, Moscow would occupy nearly all of Luhansk, which makes up roughly half of the Donbas region. Russian troops are trying to gain a foothold along the northeastern outskirts and conducting operations toward the city center, Ukraine’s military said. Russian troops withdrew from both regions nearly two months ago when they abandoned their efforts to seize the capital, Kyiv — but shelling has not ceased. Ukrainian forces have prevented Russian troops from seizing Ukraine’s second-largest city, but about a third of the region is occupied by Russian forces, according to the regional military administrator. Mykolaiv: Russian forces fired on a residential district in this southern city, according to the mayor.
Paul Wellstone’s Legacy
A fixture of Wellstone’s campaign was a beat-up old school bus painted green and white with a speaker’s platform rigged onto the rear exit. Irked, Bush asked an aide, ?“Who is this chickenshit?”While serving in the Senate, Wellstone remained an organizer.. During most of Wellstone’s Senate career, the Democrats were the minority party. ?“There are people in the White House who wake up in the morning thinking about how they will defeat Paul Wellstone,” observed a senior Republican aide confided at the time. Wellstone’s legacy is memorialized in many ways, from the the schools and affordable housing projects named after him to the numerous fellowships and awards established to honor the Wellstones’ dedication to social justice.
The Koch Brothers’ Gun-Control Disinformation
The Charles Koch Foundation, which was founded in 1974 and then changed its name to the Cato Institute two years later, would like you to know something about gun control. In a commentary titled ?“Gun Control, Myths and Realities,” their director of publications, David Lampo, writes:[T]he facts show that there is simply no correlation between gun control laws and murder or suicide rates across a wide spectrum of nations and cultures. She’s an expert who’s actually researched the issue of gun control and gun violence in Israel and Switzerland. Instead of keeping guns in people’s homes, she told Klein, in Switzerland, ?“They’ve been moving to keeping the guns in depots. As Rosenbaum told Klein, ?“In Israel, it used to be that all soldiers would take the guns home with them.
Eugene V. Debs: Socialist Internationalism Versus Capitalist Nationalism
“True socialists,” Debs wrote, “cannot at the same time be nationalists, militarists and capitalist ‘patriots.’ . The United States still hadn’t entered the war, and Debs wanted to keep it that way. If the principles of socialism have not international application and if the socialist movement is not an international movement then its whole philosophy is false and the movement has no reason for existence. True socialists cannot at the same time be nationalists, militarists, and capitalist “patriots.” They are either one or the other; they cannot be both. THE SOCIALIST MOVEMENT IF IT STANDS AT ALL MUST STAND UNFLINCHINGLY AND UNCOMPROMISINGLY FOR SOCIALIST INTERNATIONALISM VERSUS CAPITALIST NATIONALISM!
They Pick Food All Day, But Many Farmworkers Go to Sleep Hungry
Farmworkers forced to shop late at night have frequently been met with depleted shelves ever since the early days of the pandemic. For immigrant farmworkers, food is in short supply: ?“The only thing close to that place is a gas station,” Guerrero told me. Yet the need is widespread — in Idaho and elsewhere where farmworkers are needed — and even the best-organized mutual aid projects can’t meet the demand. Local food pantries try, but they’re not always an answer. Even though these immigrant communities are the primary audience for many food pantries, the canned and boxed food they provide can be unrecognizable to the people they serve.
US 'troubled' as UN rights chief urges China to review counter-terrorism policies
(CNN) UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet, whose rare visit to China was criticized by rights groups and Western countries, said she urged Beijing to review its counter-terrorism policies to ensure they comply with international human rights standards. Bachelet reiterated, however, that her six-day trip, which ended on Saturday and included a visit to the western region of Xinjiang, was not an investigation into China's human rights policies but an opportunity to engage with the government. Washington, meanwhile, said it "remains concerned" about Bachelet's trip -- which it believes China could use for propaganda purposes. Bachelet started her China trip, the first by a UN Human Rights High Commissioner in 17 years, on Monday in the southern city of Guangzhou before heading to Xinjiang. Her office said last year it believed Uyghurs in Xinjiang had been unlawfully detained, mistreated and forced to work.
London Playbook: Lovely jubilee — What Larks — Partygate continued
His spreadsheet shows there are now 34 Tory MPs who have publicly questioned the PM’s position. It is also likely that a number of less publicity-minded Tory MPs have privately put letters in unbeknownst to Lobby beancounters. Losing Gray cells: Some Tory MPs are clearly still chewing over the Gray findings and deciding where they stand. Today program: Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rink?vi?s (7.09 a.m.) … Labour MP Ian Byrne (7.50 a.m.) … Yuriy Sak, adviser to Ukraine’s minister of defense (8.10 a.m.) … Labour MP Stephen Kinnock (8.40 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
Live Updates: European Leaders to Meet to Discuss the War, as New Weapons Arrive in Ukraine
A bookshop in Lviv, Ukraine. In the wake of Russia’s invasion in February, language clubs have been popping up in Ukraine’s west. LVIV, Ukraine — The teacher sounded her words slowly, careful to show which syllable to stress: Eyebrow. Under his leadership, Kyiv strengthened its Ukrainian language law in 2019, requiring schools and public places to use Ukrainian. Ms. Onuch, the professor, said there was little data yet to support the notion that Russia’s invasion had accelerated a switch.
Nepal officials find wreckage of plane that had been carrying 22
Placeholder while article actions loadSearch-and-rescue officials in Nepal have located the crash site of a plane carrying 22 people that went missing Sunday. It showed the shattered plane on a mountainside strewn with debris, including what appeared to be a wing of the plane displaying the Tara Air flight number 9NAET in green lettering. The aircraft, a DHC-6-300 Twin Otter operated by the private airline Tara Air, went missing shortly after taking off from Pokhara, in central Nepal, at 9:55 a.m. Sunday, according to the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu. Tara Air said in a notice on its website that the plane was carrying four Indian nationals, two Germans and 13 Nepalis, along with three crew members. According to Flightradar24, a website that tracks flights in real time around the world, the Tara Air flight stopped transmitting a signal around Shikha, a mountainous area north of Pokhara.
Video: CNN correspondent recounts 'heart stopping' moment in wake of Uvalde massacre
CNN's Shimon Prokupecz recounts to Brian Stelter his reaction when he was told by the head of Texas Department of Public Safety that law enforcement officers outside of the barricaded classroom "did nothing at that time" to stop the gunman that killed 19 children and two adults.
Why a GOP lawmaker changed his mind to back some gun restrictions
CNN's Dana Bash speaks with Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) about what he sees as the fear of Republican lawmakers to switch their stance on gun restrictions and why he is open to banning assault weapons now.
Video: Chattanooga shooting witness describes what he saw
Patrick Hickey was driving for Uber when he heard shots ring out in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He describes what he saw and how he helped one of the victims.
Video: Barclays Center disturbance sends people running
No shots were fired at the Barclays Center during a disturbance that sent people running for their lives early Sunday, said the New York City Police Department. CNN's Nadia Romero reports.
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.
Ukrainian mother's video diary shows her family's life during wartime
Ukrainian mother Olena Gnes has been keeping a video diary of what her family's experience has been throughout the war. CNN's Anderson Cooper reports on her rare perspective.
Celtics' Jayson Tatum Named 2022 Eastern Conference Finals MVP
David Dow/NBAE via Getty ImagesIt feels fitting that the first Larry Bird Eastern Conference Finals MVP trophy went to a member of the Boston Celtics. Jayson Tatum took home the award Sunday after helping lead his team to a 100-96 victory over Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat in Game 7 of the back-and-forth series. Tatum finished with 26 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, two blocks and one steal while hitting 4-of-7 from three-point range. That means Tatum will have an opportunity to play in the NBA Finals for the first time in his career as a result. The 24-year-old's resume now includes an Eastern Conference Finals MVP, three All-Star selections and two All-NBA nods.
Nepal search and rescue teams locate remains of 14 passengers of downed Tara Air flight
(CNN) Search and rescue teams in Nepal have recovered the bodies of 14 people on board a Tara Air flight that crashed with 22 people on board, airport authorities told CNN on Monday. "Search and rescue teams are at the site going through the wreckage," Prem Nath Thakur, the general manager of Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport, told CNN. "After all the passengers have been found, their bodies will be sent to Kathmandu." The site where the wreckage was found is at an altitude of about 14,500 feet, an airport spokesperson said. Thakur said poor weather conditions were still a concern but efforts to locate the remaining passengers would continue as long as possible.
Playbook Paris: C’est la brute finale — Darmanin bien discret — Macron de retour à Bruxelles
Par PAULINE DE SAINT REMYPRÉSENTÉ PAREnvoyez vos infos | Abonnez-vous gratuitement | Voir dans le navigateurBonjour à toutes et à tous, nous sommes lundi 30 mai 2022. Si vous avez la reprise difficile, ce lundi matin, et la boîte mail pleine à craquer, consolez-vous en pensant à Amélie Oudéa-Castéra. L’Insoumis en chef évoquait même plus précisément un “échec complet de la stratégie policière”, de la “doctrine d’emploi de la police” et du préfet Didier Lallement. Seront représentés autour de la table : l’UEFA, la Fédération française de foot, le Stade de France et la mairie de Saint-Denis. Le président se rend à la réunion pré-sommet de Renew Europe à 13 heures, puis arrive au Conseil européen à 14h55.
Toddler fatally shot in Pittsburgh drive-by was not intended target, police say
An 18-month-old was fatally struck in a drive-by shooting that did not intentionally target the boy, Pittsburgh police said Sunday. The attack Sunday afternoon in near-80-degree weather in downtown Pittsburgh unnerved city officials, who vowed to make an arrest in the case. "I know that our thoughts and our prayers are not enough," Mayor Ed Gainey said at a news conference Sunday. "We are utilizing all available resources to find the responsible people so that we can bring them to justice." The toddler and his mother, the two occupants of a vehicle struck by gunfire, did not appear to be the intended targets, Schmidt said.
Brussels Playbook: Summit Day — Renew’s ranks swell — Šef?o in Berlin
And as EU countries continue to bicker, Russian troops are grinding through Donbas, David Herszenhorn and Jacopo Barigazzi write. TARGETING RUSSIAN ASSETS: Similarly, though EU leaders will discuss the confiscation of Russian assets, the debate is not expected to break new ground. Legal argument: “Imposing a tariff on Russian oil is perfectly legal,” Garicano said, as Russia no longer benefits from the WTO’s protections against discriminatory tariffs. FOOD CRISIS: With EU leaders in town for two days, Tuesday’s discussion is likely to focus on the looming issue of food security. **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
How to defeat the NRA’s ‘nonsensical’ talking points
The Uvalde, Texas mass shooting shows the ‘good guys’ are no match for an assault rifle. Activist Brittany Packnett Cunningham and contributing writer to The Atlantic Molly Jong-Fast discuss the gun lobby’s myths and changing America’s “culture of violence.”May 30, 2022
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.
Hakeem Jeffries posts Most Relevant Tweet of 2022
I doubt anything will top this:An extreme political party that makes it harder to vote and easier to die of gun violence is unfit to govern.
Parkland and Uvalde and Sandy Hook Elementary
The AR 15 was used at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School in Parkland, Florida and at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas and at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. Other nations also face mental health challenges and violent television programs and violent video games ... , but the United States alone has the massive amount of gun deaths every year. The problem in the United States primarily is the guns. There is a marked difference between when we had the assault weapons ban in place and when it expired. This sick treasonous fuck was once President of the United States.
Random gun violence in America
We are the only country in the world that has so much random gun violence. Some attribute random gun violence to mental illness. All we seem to be able to do about random gun violence in America is to offer “thoughts and prayers”. However effective this may be in some areas, “thoughts and prayers” has been spectacularly ineffective in preventing or even reducing random gun violence. Again, we will not solve the problem of random gun violence until we have a correct interpretation of the Second Amendment.
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.
Courts allow New York to eliminate religious exemptions to vaccine mandates
Judge Hartman has previously, in a careful decision upheld on appeal, rejected the plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary injunction on stricter school vaccine mandates. is the first, and hence the name on the decision) who claim religious objections to vaccines and are affected by the removal of the religious exemption. The main claim was that the legislature acted with religious animus in removing the religious exemption. As the court pointed out, recent jurisprudence has supported this decision regarding school vaccine mandates. Because school mandates were not created to target religion, they would not require a religious exemption under this jurisprudence.
Progressive Talking Point for Today — “Good Guys with Guns” at Schools
My elementary school - attended at a time when, thankfully, school shootings did not occur more than weekly in the United States. I will presume that the Law Enforcement Professionals of Uvalde are good and highly-trained officers dedicated to public service. So if that many “Good guys with guns” will not engage a single shooter armed with a weapon of war, it’s time to finally dismiss this lie and demand that Assault Weapons are removed from our streets. I also make the promise — I will NEVER vote for ANY candidate at ANY level that does not support halting public access to Assault Weapons. I will be telling this to all political candidates in my community, and, if you agree, I encourage you to do the same.
Observations from an immigrant on the American gun apocalypse
Each culture has its blind spots as it is part of our humanness to get used to ways of being within a lot of unspoken social norms and constructs. Lots of it and all the time, symbolized by 400 million guns, purchased presumably due to some perceived threat to protect oneself against. And this violent, frightened, and oppressive mindset has never been honestly processed for healing or reconciliation to occur on a broad societal basis. Every time there is a reckoning — from Reconstruction to the Civil Rights movement to BLM — there's a huge white backlash, rooted in... fear. Fear of the other, fear of losing control and power, fear of fear itself.
The Bullet Tax: a Targeted Solution at $100 a Pop
Then let’s make ownership of bullets, by individuals or businesses, subject to an annual property tax at $100 apiece – why just tax land? Does anyone want to do the math on the potential revenue from one bullet made at $100, wholesaled at $100, retailed at $100, and owned at the end of that year for tax purposes at $100? Direct every surplus penny from the Bullet Tax toward violence prevention and mental health programs, with funding in each jurisdiction keyed to the Bullet Tax funds collected there. Penalize any failure to pay the Bullet Tax, by individuals or businesses, as a felony with appropriate mandatory minimums, and fund enforcement with the proceeds from the Bullet Tax. You might say the Benjamin Bullet Tax isn’t a real solution.
I Did ...
I threw a stickball no hitter in my backyardI mowed a “G” into the grass for Gail, my crushI had my heart brokenI broke a heart (s)I drove hundreds of miles on my own to a new thingI opened many birthday presentsI started smokingI regretted thatI kept a comfy place for catsI rode my bike to make me feel like I was being healthyI forgot my bike and sat fat assed insteadI gave an assist to an older woman of tall stuff at the grocery storeI went to collegeI kept 40+ years lifelong friendsI complainedNo one listenedI wished of aliens to take me away probing’s ok if suchI sang and even danced on occasionI brought my glove to the ballpark, alwaysI looked at things differently with the yearsYearsI got angry, I got sad, I got happy, I got a little crazed, I told myself it would all work outI did / do lifeI wasn’t dead before it could startI wished someone would let our youngin’s do the samefrankenberrysattic.com
AntiCapitalist MeetUp: what does a (democratic) socialist politics of climate change look like?
stats.oecd.org/... Natural resources rents are estimated as the difference between the price of a commodity and the average cost of producing it. Total natural resources rents are the sum of oil rents , natural gas rents , coal rents , mineral rents , and forest rents . en.wikipedia.org/... Total natural resources rents (% of GDP) Definition: Total natural resources rents are the sum of oil rents, natural gas rents, coal rents (hard and soft), mineral rents, and forest rents. For example, Michael Hudson is a proponent for taxing rent, especially land rent. What appears in the statistics at first glance as 'profit' turns out upon examination to be Ricardian or 'economic' rent."
A pastor blames the Uvalde slaughter on teaching evolution.
Pastor Jack "pro-death" HibbsPastor Jack Hibbs, of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, blamed the Uvalde school slaughter on the teaching of evolution. We need to be unpacking that, instead of this issue of the second amendment. This man, this young man conducted himself like an animal.”Indeed, evolution does not assign Homo sapiens a special place. AddendumPeople, who think that a patriot's duty is to keep their fellow citizens safe, may wish there was no second amendment. However, the vast majority of those good folks understand that the second amendment is not going away — and neither are the 400 million personal guns already in circulation.
LGBTQ Literature: Y'all Means All: The Emerging Voices Queering Appalachia
That’s part of why I was so drawn to Z. Zane McNeill’s new edited collection Y’all Means All: The Emerging Voices Queering Appalachia. Y'all Means All is a celebration of the weird and wonderful aspects of a troubled region in all of their manifest glory! I’m not sure if it’s a coincidence that, right after reading this chapter in Y’all Means All, I came across this bumper sticker on Reddit. In this case, Mothman discourse can at least be used for identity work related to Appalachian queer, and queer-Appalachian identities. Whether or not you’re from Appalachia, Y’all Means All will certainly reshape and complicate your understanding of the region.
DK Quilt Guild: Its Too Damn Wonky!
I had hoped to have at least a finished top to show today but no matter how hard I have tried, this damn thing is WONKY! If this doesn’t work, I am just going to put it together wonky and live with it. DK Quilt Guild is a place for quilters to gather, share ideas, projects, and to make the world abetter place, one quilt at a time. Would you like to write a future DK Quilt Guild diary? I took a workshop from a quilt artist who said she took something apart 3 times, and that was it!
School Shootings
That's why no other developed country has the epidemic of mass school shootings that America does. School children in so many other countries are safer than American school children. They block gun laws, health care for all, food assistance, funding for early childhood education and college education. He points his finger at everyone but himself, yet he is the one who loosened gun laws in that state. The schools have done about all they can, and still we have more school shootings than any other country in the world.
The Two Steps To Take To Attack Gun Violence
An Eagle In Disguise Doing What Must Be DoneThere are really only two steps the country must take to solve the current mass-murder-shooting epidemic. Now, I am not naive, and neither am I unaware of the complications of both of those needed steps. So, it is time now to do WHATEVER IT TAKES to achieve those two steps, and worry about sorting it out later. They may be home-grown gun mass-murder profiteering gun-runners, but that only makes them even more despicable. It can, we can help, and so the President should declare a NATIONAL MASS-MURDER GUN EMERGENCY, and do whatever it takes after that.
Less than 6 days later, another Mass Shooting
Less than six days later, there was another Mass Shooting in Taft, Oklahoma where eight people were shot, killing one thus far and wounding seven others. Can we not just learn to talk with one another, even argue with one another without pulling out the guns and shooting and killing one another? Violence begets violence. To our almighty and powerful Father in heaven, please end the gun violence within this country. Please get each of us to love our enemies as much as we love our family and friends and as much as JESUS has loved and does love us.
Watch Me Club This Beast Into Submission Like It Was a Libtard
The red-faced, nearly teary-eyed Trump Jr. shouted that the shooter was a “sociopath” who could wreak the same havoc with nearly any other weapon. “ It’s the gun; it’s not the sociopath wielding it,” people are claiming, he complained. “He wouldn’t have done the exact same thing with a bat, or a bomb, or some sort of improvised device — or a machete?” he added. The real problem is that people are “screwed up,” and we have “crazy teachers” and “indoctrination programs” in our schools, he insisted. Did he also say, “Eric, you catch him and hold him, and I’ll club him?”www.huffpost.com/...
Update on Bar Complaints
However, some kind of deadline passed in March, and most of us who had filed complaints believed that something was afoot. I then searched to check the status of other bar complaints. Attorneys, State Bar Disciplinary officials, and academics in legal ethics. Which leads me to ask if a response to a bar complaint itself contains lies, does this constitute a new and additional charge? But—like with Giuliani—the bar disciplinary complaint itself is still pending.
Wyoming: previous guy is workshopping new material because it's easy to attack children
Trump tried out new material since it’s easy to punch downward. President Donald Trump had decided to focus his new rallies around attacking transgender children. By 2022, Politico explained that Trump's new campaign is going after minors. In a 90-minute rant in Casper, Wyoming on Saturday, Trump attacked Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who is one of the Republicans on the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Instead of discussing issues that those in Wyoming care about most, he took a different turn.
Kitchen Table Kibitzing May 29, 2022
Kitchen TableWater WellnessFrom Paul Krugman today:“Or consider the megadrought now afflicting the Western United States. Our water is pumped from underground into a 20 gallon pressure tank; a bladder creates the pressure which propels the water to the house. I hypothesized….what if the pressure tank was 6,000 gallons? One pump is inside the tank, another pressure tank is on the pad next to the big tank. A tank truck came and filled the tank 2/3 of the way with potable water so as not to stress the well initially.
Gun-Toting Teachers!
Anyone who feels that their best solution to their life’s challenges is to open fire on others is obvious a deeply troubled soul. And instead of limiting access to these weapons, they suggest arming the teachers and school staff as a viable corrective measure! -These school staff are then responsible for the safety of the students, potentially blamed for failing to stop future assaults. -If these Neo Era School Teachers (NESTers) become a governmental fighting force, well, their wages must increase dramatically! taylor greene etc, consider arming school teachers and staff instead of controlling the weapons?..
WAYWO--Open Thread
Welcome to What Are You Working On? where we talk about (and often display) our handiwork, whether yarn and fabric crafts, woodwork, metalwork, art, or anything else “crafty”. ScheduleJune 5 — openJune 12 — openJune 19 — openJune 26 — openJuly 3 — off for the holidayJuly 10 — openJuly 17 — openJuly 24 — openJuly 31 — openDo you knit? If you do anything 'crafty' please consider doing one of our Sunday afternoon/evening diaries. You can volunteer by replying in the comments or by sending me a Kos-message
Big Oil Lust Affair
Up here, even our print news-media formally support Canada’s fossil fuel industry. [“Mair on Media’s ‘Unholiest of Alliances’ With Energy Industry”, Nov.14 2017, TheTyee.ca]https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2017/11/14/mair-media-unholiest-alliancesDuring a presentation, it was stated: “Postmedia and CAPP [Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers] will bring energy to the forefront of our national conversation. Meantime, there still are reporters and editors who will (as though with big innocent fawn-like eyes) reply to such critiques as this with, ‘Who, me? Nothing requires government supervision in so many areas (and nothing has anything like the influence on government) as this industry. “What has the media, especially but hardly exclusively the print media, done in response to this immense challenge?
Structural Racism in Long Island (NY) School Funding
A just released ERASE Racism report details the inequitable funding of Long Island, New York schools and the impact on minority group students. The report, "Unequal Resources for Long Island Students Based on Race," focuses on 66 Long Island school districts. school districts, on average, spend nearly $10,000 less per student each year than the predominantly white school districts. school districts face both financial and environmental stress and have significantly higher teacher turnover. The Erase Racism report also documented that the number of intensely segregated school districts on Long Island is growing.
PWB Peeps Open Thread: May is also Foster Care Month
Fostering is an act of pure love, and can also be a joyful experience. also a lot of work, admittedlyIt can be within one speciesor across species boundaries. PWBPeeps is a group that posts a daily diary and nightly open thread for animal lovers. You are welcome to join us! Here are few not-too-onerous PWB rules
White to move Mate in two #15
There was a young lady of NorwayWho hung by her toes in a doorway. She said to her beau‘Just look at me Joe,I think I’ve discovered one more way.’
Symbol of Republican Party is now the AR-15
Devolution of the Republican PartyThe Republican Symbol of the Elephant has devolved from the Elephant through the mechanized dinosaur to, now, the assault rifle, to evoke the party’s essence and replace the tusked mammal as its symbol.
Republican Cowards Are Killing Our Children
####White supremacists they createbuy the guns their donors makeradicalized with hate from FOXthey hunt our children and bypass locksweapons of war rip open our babiesRepublicans pout and call us crazynothing is done to stop the next oneRepublican fetish worships the gunno other country has this diseaseGutless Old Perverts fall to their kneesMaranda and Lexi will climb no more treesRepublican cowards are killing our children
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.
4 years ago from yesterday (Sunday). Rainbow Bridge Post. Yahrzeit memories.
4 years ago I was a very, very sad guy. Cash, the brother of Tango and my constant companion, crossed over the rainbow bridge. Not a day that goes by that I am not in someway reminded of the Brothers. I end by sharing the original post I wrote on Facebook. It is so important you give your car love and snuggles everyday since you can never tell when that sad day will come.
Ukrainian Strawberry Dumplings
(h/t not a lamb)Oh, what fun: Beryl Shereshewsky tries five world strawberry recipes, including one for Ukrainian Strawberry Vareniki and a Mexican recipe with possible Ukrainian roots. If you're not here, or anywhere else on DKos, and there are adverse conditions in your area (floods, heatwaves, hurricanes, etc. If you are going to be away from your computer for a day or a week, let us know here. IAN is a great group to join, and a good place to learn to write diaries. We all share the publishing duties, and we welcome everyone who reads IAN to write diaries for the group!
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.
Overnight News Digest May 29, 2022
NPRAfter Uvalde, mass shootings continue over the weekend across the U.S.At least eight mass shootings took place across the U.S. over the weekend following Tuesday's mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Another 765 people were forced to leave their homes, at least temporarily, according to the state government. Authorities in the neighbouring state of Alagoas had registered two deaths, according to Brazil’s federal emergency service. The hurricane comes as federal forecasters expect yet another busy Atlantic hurricane season in 2022: As many as 10 hurricanes could form, meteorologists said last week. Rights groups say thousands of politicians, activists and journalists are detained in Egypt after unfair trials or without legal basis.
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.
Giant Bird Attacks US Capitol, CNN Anchor
Beware the Giant Bird! Obviously, this is the result of some evil experimentation with atomic waste, ray guns, toxic chemicals, or space aliens. This is what happens when a bird flies in front of your live camera background shot of the US Capitol building, Oh wait. It has to be an evil fascist Republican plot or something. I’m tellin’ ya!
Patriarch Kirill sends up a carefully coded distress flare
Among other things, when Russia invaded Ukraine Kirill publicly supported Putin’s line that Russian land includes Ukraine, Belarus and elsewhere. So it’s remarkable that today at Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Kirill reacted to this week’s decision by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to break away from Kirill’s control, saying that he understood the decision, and that:We fully understand how the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is suffering today. Although a small sign by itself, this is not the only evidence of cracks in the Moscow patriarchy’s support for the invasion of Ukraine. Perhaps Kirill’s expression of sympathy for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church today is a sign of further political maneuvering within the Moscow patriarchy. 22% identified with the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU), reestablished in 1990 as being independent from Moscow.
Tweets of the Week May 22-28 2021
Charlie Kirk says the Uvalde school shooting "almost, like, ruins your day"Jan. 6 defendant argues in court that he didn't know the Capitol is where Congress meetsHerschel Walker's solution to school shootings: "a department that can look at young men that's looking at women that's looking at social media." Talking about the Uvalde school shooting, Gov. Abbott tells Texans that "it could have been worse"Attendees of Trump's saturday rally are prohibited from bringing toastersCops say they let the Uvalde shooter run loose for an hour because they were afraid they might get hurtLarry Summers says inflation is the result of Pres. Biden's "hipster" anti-trust policies
KosAbility: Who else feels like one of the only people still actively avoiding covid19? (poll)
Yesterday, I read that the number of new covid19 cases in the U.S. right now is five times higher than a year ago. Below are some resources about covid risk assessment, long covid, and psychological and social aspects of risk assessments. ‘If you’d prefer to avoid COVID & have become less cautious, it’s time to re-think.’ Wachter cited his concerns about long COVID and other virus-related risks (”heart/neuro/diabetes”). For most, their initial infection didn’t require hospitalization, but long Covid lasted months. A small #NIH study found those likely to suffer from Long COVID had Type 2 diabetes, reactivated Epstein-Barr virus, or autoantibodies when they had COVID-19.
You Do Realize You're the Government, Right?
Republican congressman Mo Brooks of Alabama said about one of the stupidest things you’d imagine a Republican congressman from Alabama could say today, and that’s saying something. As News Corpse diaried it, “Brooks Warns that Guns are Needed to ‘Take Back Our Government.’”Which quote immediately sent me down dark corridors of thought. Mo Brooks is in Congress. You’re the government.”I don’t know if this could be an effective message to get people thinking—and voting. But it’s what I said to the guy in line at the store.
Agribusiness firm altered report to build on sacred land—plantation, cemetery of enslaved people
… They came to us for our expertise, and they got a professional report that is factual,” Edwards told ProPublica in an email. “If they build this, this community will not survive,” Joy Banner told ProPublica. … The trauma of not being able to talk freely about our own history is hurting our communities,” Joy Banner told ProPublica. “We at the Corps are seeing adverse impacts,” Ricky Boyett, chief of public affairs for the New Orleans District, told ProPublica. … We need to do a little more research on those as well.”The permit for the grain elevator remains under review, Boyett told ProPublica.
Hakeem Jeffries posts Most Relevant Tweet of 2022
I doubt anything will top this:An extreme political party that makes it harder to vote and easier to die of gun violence is unfit to govern. We heard the same exact excuses from the Republican extremists three years ago, after the Pulse Nightclub shootings. Back then a few Republicans feigned moderation just long enough for the public’s anger and revulsion to die down. Much like they are doing now.
They are going to come for you, anyway
I don’t write for autocrats. I certainly don’t write for the men who carry their water. I don’t write for the special club of press or legislators or lobbyists. I write for the people and the day I stop doing that is the day I am done writing, period. Back to that epiphany:Whether I speak the truth politely or I shout it from the mountaintop with as much feeling in my chest as I can muster — the world’s merchants of hate and chaos are going to come for me, anyway.
Nuts & Bolts—Inside a Democratic campaign: responsibilities and pitfalls of protecting your seat
Let’s start localLocal races, from city, county, district attorneys, and state house are the races most directly impacted by the retirement of a Democratic official. The district, representing southern Chicago, is a solid Democratic seat. If the district you are sitting in is so solidly Democratic, you generally don’t have to worry about recruiting. Your seat is solid Republican Are you a Democratic official who held a local office? Your seat is new Let’s say your state house or county district is now divided, and there is an entirely new district that exists.
'Big enough to swing elections': Democrats target AAPI voters with new super PAC
Despite the increased violence they have been facing in the last few years, Asian Americans are making strides nationwide. But while the jump was high and AAPI voters outpaced all other ethnic groups in every single battleground state, overall participation remains low. “They’re really the nucleus of AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) communities across the community. The effort is one of the first to target the AAPI community. The AAPI community needs our support now more than ever.
Biden visits Uvalde while GOP repeats talking points: Defend AR-15s, blame lacking 'moral values'
x Greg Abbott is booed as he arrives at the memorial outside Uvalde Elementary. They had refused for more than an hour to enter the room where children were being massacred. “Having been to war and having used many many weapons of war, I don't really classify these rifles as weapons of war,” he said. “We use them, (...) but they’re more our self defense weapon.”x Dan Crenshaw gunsplains why Actually, AR-15s aren't weapons of war pic.twitter.com/tPlOTh7QJ6 — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 29, 2022Rep. Mo. (Some might argue the wide availability of AR-15s today is a more pertinent factor.)
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.
Unraveling A Memorial Day Mystery
Simply sign up for a Advocate premium membership and you'll automatically see this data on every article. The teen in the photo at front left is Franklin, Hezekiah and Catherine's grandson, who would become my grandfather. I found the general location of this cemetery on the internet, but the country-style address didn't seem specific enough to find easily. And I had one of the most amazing 1:00 am phone conversations in my life with Alan, my new cousin! And I'll be bringing my stack of unlabeled family photos to see what other mysteries may unravel--stay tuned!
Another unendurable age
To John AshberyThe 1950s were the "unendurable age"I agreeBoy, do I agreeBut I was too young to knowHow bad it wasOnly in looking back . Now here we are in anotherUnendurable ageI'm not sure when it startedOr when it will endOr if it will end in my lifetimeIt's not personal My carworks, for now Our gardenis coming up My clothesare clean There is foodIn the fridge, the pantryAnd the basement Potablewell water from the tapI like my neighbors well enoughHey, let's go fishingThere we can talkBy the river I don't fishBut if you fishThat will be good enoughI know a good spotIt's quiet and peaceful thereMy father took me fishingWhen I was littleHe baited the hook for meI didn't want to hurt the wormHe caught a sunfishJust to show me how easy it wasSilver-gold in the sunHe konked it on the headTossed it in the bucketAnd rebated his lineI said I want to go homeDefending my reason for not fishingWas endurableBut that was just the tip of the icebergKilling seemed like a big part of lifeHey, let's go fishingThere we can talkBy the river I don't fishBut if you fishThat will be good enoughI know a good spotIt's quiet and peaceful thereI had nightmaresOf the end of the world in the unendurable ageOne day we went for a family outingTo look at bomb sheltersMy father was interestedIn the hand-operated air exchangerI asked,Where is the bathroom? I was sevenBathrooms were importantI used to play in a place called Pink RavineIt wasn't pinkBut it was my favorite placeTo spend a summer afternoonWith friendsThe farmer who owned the landHad a stand-off with the copsHis son got drunkAnd hurt someoneSo the cops followed him homeThey barricaded the doorThere was an exchange of gunfireNo one got hurtBut my mother wouldn't let mePlay in Pink Ravine any moreHey, let's go fishingThere we can talkBy the river I don't fishBut if you fishThat will be good enoughI know a good spotIt's quiet and peaceful thereThe unendurable age was very much the world ofEisenhower on the dimeThat I was born into in 19
The Eurasian Economic Union Steps Up
It's always important to remember that before Maidan in 2014, Ukraine had the option to become a full member of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), and even balance it with a loose association with the EU. The Eurasian Economic Forum was established by the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council explicitly to further deepen economic cooperation between EAEU members. To really appreciate the scope of what's implied, it's important to remember that the Greater Eurasian Partnership concept was presented by Putin in 2016 at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum, focused on a "more extensive Eurasian partnership involving the Eurasian Economic Union" and including China, Pakistan, Iran and India. Putin for his part was careful to define the Greater Eurasian Partnership as "a big civilizational project. Thus, the necessity to "draft a comprehensive strategy for developing large-scale Eurasian partnership", including "a roadmap for industrialization".
On Memorial Day - Thoughts on Action & Inaction 12 & 20 Years Ago
Simply sign up for a Advocate premium membership and you'll automatically see this data on every article. I dug the following piece out from 12 years ago, when anti-war progressives were acting against "forever wars" whether run by Republicans or Democrats. Below that, I add a Ferner Footnote, with observations by Former Veterans For Peace President Mike Ferner, who drives home the point that a parade is not a protest. The simple but significant gift of presence was being offered outside the White House. Other friends like Mike and Dan, whose big brothers were killed in Korea.
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.
GUIDE: How will my state be impacted by the overturning of Roe v. Wade?
To see the state-by-state breakdown of abortion restrictions after the Supreme Court’s expected overturning of Roe v. Wade, click here. Each state’s laws on abortion are different, which means the effect of the expected decision will also vary state by state. While these regulations do not ban abortion completely, they will make it much more difficult to obtain an abortion. Ohio: Abortion will remain legal up to 20 weeks, unless the state legislature manages to pass a trigger ban prior to Roe being overturned. New Mexico: Abortion care will remain legal throughout pregnancy, and is unlikely to change, unless the Republicans win several state elections.
‘Escalation of Secrecy’: Global Brands Seek Clarity on Xinjiang
In the summer of 2019, an executive at Patagonia got a phone call from a trusted auditor working in China. A planned trip to visit some cotton farms in the region of Xinjiang wasn’t going to happen. “We saw this escalation of secrecy,” said Matt Dwyer, the Patagonia executive who oversees the privately held outdoor apparel maker’s supply chains. China’s repression of the Uyghur people is in the spotlight this week after hacked police documents detailed systemic abuse in Xinjiang. Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, is also visiting the region on a trip that faces severe limitations.
Celtics grow up, beat Heat and head to NBA Finals
By throwing their bodies around, they mucked up the game to the point that not even the defensive-minded Miami Heat could survive. The growth of Tatum and Brown mirrors that of other young teams that have advanced to the Finals. AdvertisementTatum, at 24, and Brown, just a year older, have led the Celtics to the Finals. Maybe Celtics fans were holding out for Dragan Bender — the player who was drafted next but hasn’t appeared in an NBA game since 2020. Tatum would loft the first Eastern Conference finals MVP award, named after Celtics great Larry Bird.
What to know about the 2022 NBA Finals: Warriors vs. Celtics
NBA What to know about the 2022 NBA Finals: Warriors vs. Celtics Loading... Jayson Tatum will lead the Boston Celtics against Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. (Michael Dwyer/AP)Share this storyAfter six weeks of intense playoff action, the 2022 NBA Finals matchup is finally set, and two of the league’s oldest franchises will vie for the Larry O’Brien Trophy. The Golden State Warriors (53-29) will host the Boston Celtics (51-31) in Game 1 of the Finals at San Francisco’s Chase Center on Thursday, and there are weighty stakes on both sides. That year, Hall of Fame center Bill Russell led the Celtics past his rival Wilt Chamberlain’s San Francisco Warriors in five games. Golden State enters the Finals with the top-ranked offense in the playoffs, while Boston boasted the NBA’s No.
Carolyn Hax: Boyfriend's side hustle? Selling his partner's meds
Dear Carolyn: I found out that my boyfriend has been selling my prescribed anti-anxiety medication (sedatives) to a friend of his. I hate this friend, so on top of feeling ripped off, I don’t want to do anything that would benefit him. AdvertisementNormally it's difficult to help people solve a problem when I'm told not to mention the problem. Hi, Carolyn: I was in a relationship with a controller/abuser, and I finally got out about four months ago. Advertisement— BaltimoreBaltimore: And your question raises the question, what do you have to lose by being honest?
Ask Amy: I want to apologize to my ex-wife for our decades-old divorce
Placeholder while article actions loadDear Amy: My first wife, “Stacey,” and I married young. AdvertisementOur adult children are aware of my feelings and have advised me to let things be. Your impulse to apologize, make amends or work on paying down your Karmic debt is laudable. Despite the fact that your children are advising you to “let things be,” I hope you choose to do this. Dear Amy: Thank you for your forceful response to “Perplexed Partner!,” whose boyfriend purchased Hitler memorabilia as a gift for his son.
Miss Manners: Graduation announcements seem to just be requests for money
Placeholder while article actions loadDear Miss Manners: Seems the trend lately is to send graduation announcements, but only to receive a gift. But so, Miss Manners believes, is your notion that a present is payment for entertainment. Miss Manners can guess. “I’m a restless sleeper” — as indeed you told Miss Manners you are, when in that bed — “but just tell me what time to be over for breakfast.”New Miss Manners columns are posted Monday through Saturday on washingtonpost.com/advice. You can send questions to Miss Manners at her website, missmanners.com.
Faster, cleaner, greener: What lies ahead for the world's railways
Editor's Note — Monthly Ticket is a new CNN Travel series that spotlights some of the most fascinating topics in the travel world. (CNN) — Faster, cleaner, greener and packed with advanced technology; rail is the only transport mode currently well placed to provide the backbone of our future mobility needs. All of this makes it seem an unlikely time to be talking about a "golden era" for rail travel. The 270-mile railway between Lhasa and Nyingchi entered into service on June 25, giving all regions in mainland China access to high-speed train travel. Meanwhile, awareness of the environmental damage caused by air travel has already led to a renaissance for overnight rail travel in Europe.
Toddler fatally shot in Pittsburgh drive-by was not intended target, police say
An 18-month-old was fatally struck in a drive-by shooting that did not intentionally target the boy, Pittsburgh police said Sunday. The afternoon attack in near-80 degree weather in downtown Pittsburgh unnerved city officials, who vowed to make an arrest in the case. "I know that our thoughts and our prayers are not enough," Mayor Ed Gainey said at a news conference Sunday. "We are utilizing all available resources to find the responsible people so that we can bring them to justice." The toddler and his mother, the two occupants of a vehicle struck by gunfire, did not appear to be the intended targets of attackers, the director said.
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.
Rep. Mo Brooks Says We Need Our Guns So We Can 'Take Back' The Nation
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala,) is absolutely opposed to any new restrictions on guns — even regarding military-style assault weapons — because we need them to “take back” our government, he explained on Fox News Sunday. Such action should only be undertaken in the event America becomes “dictatorial,” Brooks told host Sandra Smith. The lawmaker highlighted that slippery slope when he immediately went at it with Smith, and angrily defended his fantasy of a rigged election. Smith pointed out “on the record” that there is still “no evidence or proof provided” of a rigged election. That is absolutely false,” said Brooks, before Smith corrected him yet again.
Wreckage of plane with 22 on board found in Nepal mountains
KATHMANDU, Nepal — The wreckage of a plane carrying 22 people that disappeared in Nepal was found Monday scattered on a mountainside, the army said. The Tara Air turboprop Twin Otter was on a 20-minute flight Sunday when it lost contact with the airport tower while flying in an area of deep river gorges and mountaintops just before it was scheduled to land. An aerial photo the army posted on Twitter of the crash site showed parts of the aircraft scattered around the mountainside. The search for the plane had been suspended due to bad weather and darkness Sunday night but resumed Monday. According to tracking data from flightradar24.com, the 43-year-old aircraft took off from Pokhara at 9:55 a.m. (12:10 a.m.
Boston Celtics Beat Miami Heat in Game 7 for Trip to N.B.A. Finals
finals after defeating the Miami Heat, 100-96, in a decisive Game 7 on Sunday in the Eastern Conference finals. The Celtics won their last title in 2008, back when many of the best players on this year’s roster were elementary school students. Boston opened Game 7 on a 9-1 run, and Miami spent the rest of the game trying to catch up. After one quarter the Celtics led by 15 points, and had held Miami to 17 points, 6 of them by Butler. He scored 18 points in the second quarter and helped the Heat cut the lead to just 6 at halftime.
The U.S. Justice Department will review the law enforcement response to Uvalde shooting.
The U.S. Justice Department said on Sunday that it will review the law enforcement response to the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, at the request of its mayor, Don McLaughlin. “The goal of the review is to provide an independent account of law enforcement actions and responses that day, and to identify lessons learned and best practices to help first responders prepare for and respond to active shooter events,” the Justice Department said in a statement. Law enforcement agencies in Uvalde have faced withering criticism from parents and community leaders as it became clear that they did not intervene quickly to stop a teen gunman from murdering 21 people, including 19 children. Although officers from the local Uvalde police, the county sheriff’s department and the federal Border Patrol arrived at Robb Elementary School soon after a gunman arrived with the intent of murdering students and teachers, they were ordered not to storm the classrooms.
In Colombia, a Leftist and a Right-Wing Populist Head for June Runoff
BOGOTÁ, Colombia — Two anti-establishment candidates, Gustavo Petro, a leftist, and Rodolfo Hernández, a right-wing populist, captured the top two spots in Colombia’s presidential election on Sunday, delivering a stunning blow to Colombia’s dominant conservative political class. The two men will compete in a runoff election on June 19 that is shaping up to be one of the most consequential in the country’s history. With more than 99 percent of the ballots counted on Sunday evening, Mr. Petro received more than 40 percent of the vote, while Mr. Hernández received just over 28 percent. Mr. Hernández beat by more than four percentage points the conservative establishment candidate, Federico Gutiérrez, who had been polling in second place. Mr. Hernández’s unexpected second-place victory shows a nation hungry to elect anyone who is not represented by the country’s mainstream conservative leaders.
1 dead, 7 injured in shooting at Oklahoma holiday festival
A woman was dead, seven other people were injured, and a suspect was in custody after gunfire erupted early Sunday at an outdoor Memorial Day weekend festival, Oklahoma authorities said. The shooting in Taft, a town of about 250 in eastern Oklahoma, happened shortly after midnight, and law enforcement was already at the scene to provide security for the estimated 1,500 attendees of the annual event, said the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, or OSBI. The suspect was identified as Skyler Buckner, 26, who turned himself in after a warrant for his arrest was issued, the bureau said. It's not clear what evidence led authorities to the man, and it wasn't yet apparent whether he had legal representation. "I am grateful for @OSBI_OK‘s swift response to assist local police and am confident in Oklahoma law enforcement’s ability to bring justice to whoever is responsible for this deadly incident," Oklahoma Gov.
In Cyprus, a faraway war forces a city to redefine its Russianness
But with the ever-volatile situation, new sanctions arriving regularly and the war battering its way into a fourth month, uncertainty reigns. Many Cypriot companies working with Russians have shut down and some ex-pat Russians are eyeing a move off the island. “It was never a static city, but was a port city, an open city, a city that was constantly receiving influences from the outside world.”Back in the 1980s, when conflicts erupted in the Middle East, Lebanese businessmen flocked to the Mediterranean island. Before the war, Russians accounted for 25 percent of total arrivals in Cyprus, with the most affluent spending their summers in Limassol and Paphos. At a minimum, they wish the bloc would allow Russians to pay debts to Cypriot companies for services offered before the sanctions came down.
No quick fix: EU foreign policy needs unanimity rule
The unanimity rule has long been a familiar punching bag for those who want to see the EU transform into a “strategic” actor in international affairs. Contrary to common wisdom, abandoning unanimity would leave the EU worse off as a foreign policy actor. Indeed, in an EU without unanimity, decisions could be reached more quickly. The need to convince everyone else in the EU forces members to articulate their national positions in terms that others can identify with, and this unique deliberative character of EU foreign policy has allowed diverging national interests and priorities to be amalgamated in a single inclusive foreign policy identity. If decisions were up to votes and bargains, EU foreign policy could lose its moral compass.
The Best Stove for Your Health and the Environment
The findings beg a much larger question of whether households around the world should move to potentially safer, and more efficient, electric induction stoves. Stanford earth system sciences professor Rob Jackson and his team at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment are helping change this understanding with their January gas stove study—the first to analyze this issue. Just using one gas stove for a year emits on average 649 grams of methane—equivalent to the number of emissions released from driving 40 miles. Like electric stoves, induction stoves plug into an electrical source but they differ in how that heat is created. Until then, always turn on the hood vent or fan and open nearby windows when operating a natural gas stove.
No Grandchild? Six Years After Son’s Wedding, These Parents Are Suing
NEW DELHI — After spending their savings to have their son trained as a pilot in the United States, Sanjeev Ranjan Prasad and Sadhana Prasad financed his lavish wedding back in India, along with a luxury car and an overseas honeymoon. They assumed their investments would eventually pay off, in the form of a grandchild. They are demanding that their son and daughter-in-law produce a grandchild within a year or pay $650,000 in damages. An initial hearing on the suit is scheduled for Monday in a court in northern India. “I feel very sorry for them because I am also an Indian and I can understand their pain,” said the couple’s lawyer, Arvind Srivastava.
After losses in Ga., Trump sets sights on ousting Liz Cheney in Wyo.
— Since her father’s first victory 44 years ago, Republican Rep. Liz Cheney and her family have never lost an election in Wyoming. When George W. Bush picked Dick Cheney as his running mate, the Republican ticket won by about 40 points, twice. AdvertisementThe Hageman campaign is helmed by a coterie of Trump allies, including Murtaugh, Bill Stepien, Nick Trainor and Justin Clark. And in the interview, Trump suggested in vain that Cheney might not file for reelection, even though she ultimately did. But in the Ford Wyoming Center, plenty of Wyoming Republicans disagreed.
Fans storm field, throw flares at players after French team’s relegation
Toure and his teammates had barely begun to celebrate when a large number of Saint-Etienne fans ran onto the pitch. Saint-Etienne players hurried to the locker room tunnel, but some appeared to be injured before they could make it to safety. ?? St-Etienne were relegated from #Ligue1, and fans invaded the pitch after the final PK to attack and bombard the players with flares! Elsewhere in the league, Marseille midfielder Dimitri Payet was twice hit this season by water bottles thrown by opposing fans. One of those episodes saw fans from host Nice storm the field as a melee broke out that drew in team staffers.
France’s culture wars reignited after Macron appoints ‘woke’ minister
Woke warsThe appointment is a crowning moment for an academic who isn’t an unfamiliar figure in policy circles. A professor at the prestigious Sciences Po political college in Paris, where he specializes in African-American history, Ndiaye has advised government bodies on diversity. In February 2021, Macron named Ndiaye as the head of France’s immigration museum, with the aim of calming tensions around a highly inflammatory subject: colonial history. His previous education minister, Blanquer, had made the defense of France’s universalist model a cornerstone of his tenure, and inaugurated a think tank to combat woke concepts in French universities. Or has Macron had a change of heart on the question of French identity, it’s not clear,” said Bock-Côté.
Rockabilly pioneer Ronnie Hawkins dies at 87
LOS ANGELES — Ronnie Hawkins, the Southern rockabilly singer who helped shape and launch the Band and other Canadian rock artists, died Sunday after battling a long-term illness. The Hawk was famous for his stage presence, characterized by his robust vocals and humorous exchanges, including his signature “camel walk” dance. By the time he was featured in a CBC Telescope documentary, he was beloved by Canadian artists and audiences. “You know, I don’t know anything about Canadian politics, the price of wheat or Niagara Falls,” he said in the documentary. Hawkins recorded and collaborated with musical greats from Duane Allman to Bob Dylan -- whom he portrayed in Dylan’s “Renaldo and Clara” film.
1 dead, 7 injured in shooting at Oklahoma holiday festival
A woman was dead, seven other people were injured, and a suspect was in custody after gunfire erupted early Sunday at an outdoor Memorial Day Weekend festival, Oklahoma authorities said. The shooting in Taft, a town of about 250 in eastern Oklahoma, happened shortly after midnight, and law enforcement was already at the scene to provide security for the estimated 1,500 attendees of the annual event, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) said. The suspect was identified as 26-year-old Skyler Buckner, who turned himself after a warrant for his arrest was issued, the bureau said. It's not clear what evidence led authorities to the man, and it wasn't yet apparent if he had legal representation. "I am grateful for @OSBI_OK‘s swift response to assist local police and am confident in Oklahoma law enforcement’s ability to bring justice to whoever is responsible for this deadly incident," Oklahoma Gov.
Photos since Columbine show cycle of gun violence in schools
National Photos since Columbine show cycle of gun violence in schools Nearly 200 children and others have lost their lives in shootings on K-12 campuses since 1999 People gather for a vigil for those killed at Columbine high school in Littleton, Colo. on April 21, 1999. (Susan Biddle/The Washington Post )Share this storyAt least 185 children, teachers and other people have lost their lives in school shootings since the Columbine High School massacre in 1999, according to a database tracking gun violence at K-12 campuses by The Washington Post. Oxford High School, Oxford, Mich.Nov. 30, 2021: A 15-year-old boy opened fire at the school, killing four teens and wounding at least seven other people. May 24, 2022: An 18-year-old opened fire inside the school, killing 19 children and two adults. About this story:Reporting provided by The Washington Post School Shootings Database.
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.
From Columbine to Uvalde: The cycle of trauma after school shootings
NationalFrom Columbine to Uvalde: The cycle of trauma after school shootingsSince two high school seniors murdered 12 students and one teacher at Columbine in 1999, at least 185 others have been killed in school shootings, leaving countless grieving family members and friends. Following the mass shooting in Uvalde, Tex., family members who lost loved ones in Columbine, Sandy Hook and Parkland spoke to The Post about their shared grief, trauma and hope for action.
Watch: President Zelensky vows to regain all of Ukraine's territory
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky tells CNN's Fareed Zakaria how much territory Ukraine would be willing to cede to Russia and what he thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin does not realize about the situation on the ground.
CNN goes inside trauma unit that treated Uvalde shooting victims
CNN gets access inside the trauma unit at San Antonio's University Health Hospital, where doctors treated some of the victims from the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School that left 19 children and two adults dead.
CNN's Jim Acosta Confronts NRA Board Member: 'Isn't This Blood On Your Hands?'
CNN’s Jim Acosta confronted a National Rifle Association board member over a spate of horrific recent mass shootings and the group’s resistance to allowing legislative change that could prevent them. ICYMI: I asked an NRA board member why an 18 year old should be allowed to have an AR-15. pic.twitter.com/0bMyi9KUsd — Jim Acosta (@Acosta) May 29, 2022Acosta then pressed the NRA board member to explain why the organization decided not to cancel its annual convention in Houston, Texas, days after 19 children and two teachers were massacred by a gunman in Uvalde, just a few hours away. It came at the end of a lengthy speech that included a tribute to the dead children in Uvalde, whose names Trump mispronounced. Many hundreds of people gathered outside the Houston NRA convention over the weekend to protest and call for gun law reform.
TIME's New Cover Lists Every City That Has Suffered One of America's 213 Mass Shootings So Far This Year
This year alone, there have already been 213 mass shootings in the U.S.—and 27 shootings at schools. I’m tired, I’m so tired of getting up here and offering condolences to the devastated families that are out there. In the aftermath of three major mass shootings in just 11 days—from Buffalo, N.Y., to Laguna Woods, Calif., to Uvalde. Mavroudis took a similar approach on his Aug. 19, 2019, TIME cover, writing out the 253 cities that had experienced mass shootings that year as of that date. ”In the time it took me to carefully write the words ‘Uvalde, TX,’ that gunman extinguished so many beautiful lives.
Isaac Hayes's Family Furious Trump Used Song For His Jig At Controversial NRA Speech
The family of the late legendary musician Isaac Hayes has posted an angry tweet lashing former President Donald Trump’s use of one of Hayes’s songs at his controversial speech Friday at the National Rifle Association convention. “The estate and family of Isaac Hayes DID NOT approve and would NEVER approve the use of ‘Hold On I’m Coming’ ... by Donald Trump at this weekend’s NRA convention,” said the tweet. Our condolences go out to the victims and families of #Uvalde and mass shooting victims everywhere. Trump then mangled the pronunciation of a list of the victims’ names, which he read interspersed with cheesy funeral toll sounds. AdvertisementThe lyrics — including “Just hold on, I’m coming” — sounded suspiciously like a preening campaign song, shockingly inappropriate before the dead children of Uvalde had even been buried.
Select committee drops bid to obtain RNC records in time for public hearings
The legal fight is over a set of RNC records held by Salesforce, a third party vendor that handled the party’s data and digital operations. The select committee subpoenaed Salesforce for the records in February, seeking metrics from the RNC’s post-election fundraising campaign. The RNC quickly sued to block the select committee subpoena, claiming the effort was a guide to access to internal records and data of a rival political party. The Trump-appointed judge ruled that the select committee had sought a narrow set of records that fit their mission to unearth the truth behind the attack on the Capitol. “But the Select Committee recognizes that the Salesforce documentation will not be available on the timeline required for use in its hearings.
Rafael Nadal wins a thriller at the French Open. Up next: Novak Djokovic.
Placeholder while article actions loadPARIS — It took every shot in Rafael Nadal’s repertoire, total conviction and considerable “suffering,” as the Spaniard put it, to reach the French Open quarterfinals. At this stage in his hard-slugging career, the injuries and ailments are baggage he carries that he didn’t have in 2005, when he won his first French Open title just days after his 19th birthday. Djokovic holds a 30-28 career edge on Nadal, but Nadal leads 19-8 on clay. Djokovic won their most recent meeting on the tricky surface, ousting Nadal in the 2021 French Open semifinals en route to claiming the title for a second time. But the ninth-seeded Auger-Aliassime, who was seeking his fourth consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal appearance, weathered the Spaniard’s best.
D.C. man shot dead in Northwest, police say
One man was shot and killed in Northwest Washington early Sunday morning, according D.C. police. After a report of gunfire around 2:30 a.m., officers responded to the 900 block of Ninth Street NW and found a man with an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was transported to the hospital, where he died. D.C. police said they were waiting to notify the man’s next of kin before releasing his name.
Juan Soto looks more like himself in the Nats’ win over the Rockies
Placeholder while article actions loadIn his first at-bat of the Washington Nationals’ 6-5 victory Sunday, Juan Soto was looking for a fastball. It was a vintage swing from Soto, one that sparked the offense. Advertisement“I feel like I’ve been swinging the bat pretty well the last couple days,” Soto said. “I’ve been doing my homework, working on my swing, working on my stance and everything. Machado allowed three straight hits and a Blackmon RBI groundout to cut the Nationals’ lead to 6-3.
World’s Strongest Man 2022 Results: Tom Stoltman Wins 2nd Straight Title
NOEL CELIS/AFP via Getty ImagesTom Stoltman successfully defended his crown as the World's Strongest Man. Here are the final scores for the 10 participants:2022 World's Strongest Man Results1. Gabriel Rheaume (11 points)Full results available at World's Strongest Man's official siteGoing into the final event, the Atlas stones, Stoltman and Novikov were locked in a tight head-to-head battle. Because of Novikov's performance, Stoltman's victory was assured without needing to do anything in the Atlas stones. Licis earned his first podium trip since winning the 2019 World's Strongest Man.
Stall on oil ban shows EU capitals trying to limit pain of helping Ukraine
The proof is in the now 25 days — and counting — they have failed to reach an agreement on banning Russian oil imports, which would jack up consumer prices even more. “It’s hypocrisy to a great extent — it’s internal stuff,” a senior Ukrainian diplomat said. EU countries also could have decided individually to stop buying Russian oil — eliminating any need for the messy debate. "We can collectively say that we will finish using Russian oil by the end of 2022," a senior EU diplomat said, stressing this point on Thursday evening. "Gas is going to be even more difficult," the first senior EU diplomat said, adding that the complexities of the oil embargo have yet to be worked out.
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.
'Euphoria' Star Booed On Stage For Sharing Thoughts In Viral Video: ‘I Think Amber Heard Is Hot’
“Euphoria” star Dominic Fike is being slammed after making controversial comments about “Aquaman” actor Amber Heard. AdvertisementIn a video that’s gone viral, the actor can be seen and heard saying, “Yo, so I’m just gonna come straight out and say it. I think Amber Heard is hot, dude.”During his brief rant, the crowd at the show in Evanston, Illinois, appeared to be confused, but Fike didn’t ease up. Dominic Fike describes fantasizing about being abused by Amber Heard at a recent show:"I'm gonna be real with y'all. I actually think Amber Heard is hot… But I've been having these visions of her [where] she's beating me up.
The Pitfalls of Oven-Ready TV
They maintain that West was not a yeller and not erratic in his work and that they never saw him drinking in his office. The reason for this boomlet — call it Oven-Ready TV — is the same reason Hollywood churns out superhero movies: It’s seen as a safe form of intellectual property to invest in. “Everything’s expensive to make, and everyone wants to keep their job,” the journalist turned true-crime TV writer Bruce Bennett told me. It’s an understandable narrative decision, but also a curious one, given how easy it is to observe the real Holmes in so many venues and notice the glaring difference. (Another recent example, “Inventing Anna,” made many journalists’ eyes roll for its inauthentic portrayal of the reporting process and life at New York magazine.)
Elif Batuman Read Marie Kondo’s Book. Now Her Shelves Spark Joy.
What book should nobody read until the age of 40? As in, rereading “The Portrait of a Lady” at 40, and finding that the most relatable character is suddenly Madame Merle. In college, I could barely get through “Swann’s Way,” or really any “literary” book about childhood. Now, after years of therapy, I can reread “Swann’s Way” and see specifically what the younger me couldn’t face about childhood. I do have two recommendations for new Russian books in translation: “In Memory of Memory,” by Maria Stepanova, and “Living Pictures” (forthcoming), by Polina Barskova.
It’s Djokovic vs. Nadal, the French Open Rematch We’ve Been Waiting For
PARIS — As the kids like to say these days, it’s on. Far sooner than many may have hoped, Novak Djokovic, the reigning French Open champion, will take on Rafael Nadal, a 13-time champion at Roland Garros, in a quarterfinal match on Tuesday, the first rematch of two of the leading men’s players since their epic semifinal last June. It took some of Nadal’s greatest tennis to survive a five-set, four-hour, 21-minute thriller Sunday evening against Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada, but the match that so many crave is on the horizon. “A huge challenge and probably the biggest one that you can have here in Roland Garros,” Djokovic said, anticipating Nadal, after his fourth straight-sets win, 6-1, 6-3, 6-3, a pummeling of Diego Schwartzman of Argentina. “I’m ready for it.”Perhaps more than Nadal, who survived one of the great scares of his storied French Open career against Auger-Aliassime, the athletic and tireless Canadian with a booming serve and big forehand.
Looking Back at the Pay Phone’s New York Heyday
Scanning old newspapers for stories about New York City pay phones will bring up accounts of orphaned infants, medical emergencies, acts of extortion, abandoned stolen zoo animals, wallets lost and wallets found. As these anachronistic pieces of public space are gradually dismantled, so, too, are the theaters they once provided for these spectacles. You can always count on New Yorkers, though, to find some pocket of space on the street for life’s dramas to play out.
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.
The Strange, Still World of Cornelia Parker
Parker was born in 1956, the second of three girls in a Catholic family, and raised on a small farm in northern England. As a child, she was told very little about what was happening to her mother, who had schizophrenia and was hospitalized, Parker recalled in an interview at her airy London home. Her father was a violent man, she said, and her childhood was “quite tough.” No surprise, then, that Parker’s work is so attentive to random acts of aggression and hidden stories. She cited, for instance, an installation called “The Maybe” that Parker made with the actress Tilda Swinton at the Serpentine Gallery in London, in 1995. In that work, Swinton spent a week sleeping in a glass vitrine for eight hours a day.
Rockaway Beach Is Partially Closed. That’s Not Stopping These Beachgoers
When Barbara Lyn and a friend arrived at Rockaway Beach on Sunday morning, they found the perfect spot on the sand, near Beach 96th Street. But as Ms. Lyn waded into the surf, a city parks employee blew a whistle and shooed her out of the water. Ms. Lyn, 44, was not surprised. “To be honest, we wanted a good spot,” she said, confessing that she had known the area was technically closed to the public for swimming. “This is our rebellion.”The two friends were among those who were undeterred by the construction-related closures along Rockaway Beach, in Queens, and who still flocked to one of the city’s most popular summertime destinations to sunbathe and dine over the holiday weekend.
13 feel-good books to brighten your summer
Summer Books 2022 13 feel-good books to brighten your summer Prepare to laugh, and maybe cry — but only tears of happiness Loading... (The Washington Post Illustration)Share this storyNo disrespect meant to the downers of the literary world, but sometimes you just want a book that makes you smile. Remarkably Bright Creatures, by Shelby Van PeltIf a misanthropic octopus sounds like fun, you’ll appreciate Van Pelt’s debut novel. Chef’s Kiss, by TJ AlexanderPick up Alexander’s debut novel for the autumnal galette or cookie-crumb-crust cheesecake. Flying Solo, by Linda Holmes Holmes’s debut novel, “Evvie Drake Starts Over,” was required summer reading when it published in 2019. While there, she finds a mysterious wooden duck that leads her on — well, a wild-goose chase, which detours to an old love.
At Buffalo Thunder ride, reflection on Black history and service
The thread of covid-19 shut down the parade in 2020 and 2021, disrupting the event’s nearly two-decade history. Today’s racial divisions come well over a century after the Buffalo Soldiers faced discrimination within the military and deadly violence at the hand of civilians. Advertisement“These people served the country, and as Black men, they had so many struggles,” said Bobbie Coles, of Silver Spring, Md. “They were the last ones that got benefits and recognition.”At Sunday’s ride, organizers emphasized the Buffalo Soldiers’ spirit of service. It was, he said, meant to recreate the spirit of service of the Buffalo Soldiers — 19 of whom were awarded Medals of Honor.
Memorial Day Parade returns to D.C. with ‘Top Gun’ Tuskegee Airman
Then, he and three buddies were selected to fly in the first “Top Gun” style gunnery competition hosted by the Air Force. There are so many events and businesses and organizations that are gone from three years ago and aren’t coming back.”The last live parade on Constitution Avenue was held in 2019. But with the recent easing of the pandemic and many of its restrictions, organizers decided to hold the parade live again this year. In 1949, the Air Force held the first gunnery competition at what was then Las Vegas Air Force Base, now Nellis Air Force Base. Harvey was then stationed at Lockbourne Air Force Base, near Columbus, Ohio.
Best summer thrillers and mystery books
Summer Books 2022 8 thrillers and mysteries to read this summer These picks will keep you up all night, taking you from a slowly sinking Mexico City to the quiet streets of rural North Carolina to the city lights of New York and Hong Kong Loading... (Jentwo, a.k.a. Whatever your plans are, there are plenty of new mysteries and thrillers to accompany you. The story unfolds in alternating perspectives between Beatriz, the new wife, and the handsome young priest she recruits to help her. This is a fascinating, carefully layered mystery novel as well as a love letter to New York City and complicated families. Dawson’s thriller is a surprising, exhilarating journey of three generations of women navigating a changing world.
Girl Killed In Texas School Shooting Likely 'Bled Out' Waiting For Help: Official
One of 19 children killed in last week’s school shooting in Texas “likely bled out” in the more than an hour it took for law enforcement to confront and neutralize the gunman, a state senator said Sunday, citing the child’s family. The first responder that they eventually talked to said that their child likely bled out,” he said. The Justice Department said Sunday said it will look into how law enforcement responded to the situation. A makeshift memorial for last week's shooting victims is seen outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on Saturday. He also supports waiting periods to buy firearms, raising the age to purchase a gun, and improving background checks.
Paul Pelosi, husband of House speaker, arrested on DUI charge
Placeholder while article actions loadPaul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was arrested Saturday night on a charge of driving under the influence. Napa County records show Paul Pelosi, 82, was arrested at 11:44 p.m. Saturday and booked about 4 a.m. Sunday on one count of driving under the influence and one count of driving with a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 or higher. The Napa County Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A representative for Nancy Pelosi’s office said the speaker was not in California during the incident. On Sunday, Nancy Pelosi received an honorary degree from Brown University and delivered the commencement address to the school’s graduating class of 2022.
Opinion | This Memorial Day, remember the young lives cut short
Placeholder while article actions loadA prominent journalist of the World War II era complained once about the frequent use of the word “boys” when speaking of U.S. troops in the field. After what they’d been through, he said, they were not just a bunch of kids out on an adventure. In fact, the average age of those who died in the Second World War was about 27, and their numbers did include a good many youths. This element of vulnerability, fear and helplessness is hard to express in a Memorial Day speech or remembrance. The words that are perhaps most suited for Memorial Day were written 78 years ago by the war correspondent Ernie Pyle, whose name became known in just about every American household during World War II.
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.
Opinion | When Southern Baptist victims reported abuse, lawyers stood in the way
Placeholder while article actions loadVictims of sexual abuse at Southern Baptist institutions no doubt hoped they would find a caring reception when they took their stories to the denomination’s leaders in Nashville. Again and again, their report shows, victims and their supporters went in search of atonement only to find attorneys in their way. AdvertisementFor the victims, there is no difference between the worldwide sexual abuse scandal inside the Catholic Church and this calculated coldheartedness at the top of the United States’ largest Protestant denomination. Victim support groups have long argued that the national organization should refuse to allow churches to be part of the fellowship if they ignore abuse, fail to report abuse or hire known abusers. That’s not the way the lawyers wanted it, but it is the right thing to do.
Opinion | Virginia’s Cumberland County shouldn’t be the next Flint, Michigan
In other words, the residents of Cumberland County are worried whether this project upholds environmental justice, a concept that is enshrined as law of the commonwealth. If the Virginia Environmental Justice Act were to apply anywhere in Virginia, it would be Cumberland County, whose residents face disproportionate dangers from such a polluting project. AdvertisementSimilarly, Cumberland County, features one of the highest percentages of underserved communities in Virginia. In the context of environmental justice, fair treatment must involve real policy decisions that expel harmful projects when needed. The residents of Cumberland County deserve better.
Uvalde schools have a safety plan. The shooting showed its limits.
School security experts say it’s important to have multilayered approaches to preventing school shooting deaths because no single approach is foolproof. A school spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment on the school’s security plan. A man with an AR-15-style rifle shot through doors and unsuccessfully attempted to open several classroom doors. And in some schools, classroom doors don’t have locks, or need to be left open to cool down rooms that don’t have air conditioning. According to federal data, about 40 percent of schools did not have locks on classroom doors in the 2019-2020 school year.
Opinion: What research tells us about the aftershocks of school shootings
School shootings are happening more often . So, what do we know about the outcomes of school shootings on the young people who live through them? That means we should make mental health foundational to health care and embed it in our educational curriculum. Similarly, we need public figures and influencers to speak up about firearm safety. Join us on Twitter and FacebookI hope that if we, together as one nation, take some of the steps outlined above, perhaps we will one day live in a country where school shootings are once again unthinkable.
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.
Husband of Speaker Pelosi booked on suspicion of DUI
The husband of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs Sunday morning, according court records. Paul Pelosi, 82, was arrested at 11:44 p.m. Saturday in connection with the DUI allegation, the records from Napa County show. Nancy Pelosi's spokesperson, Drew Hammill, said, "The speaker will not be commenting on this private matter which occurred while she was on the East Coast." Paul Pelosi is a wealthy real estate investor who splits his time between San Francisco and Washington, D.C. It's not clear if he has retained legal representation in the DUI matter.
The quest for racial justice two years after George Floyd's murder
The quest for racial justice two years after George Floyd's murderTwo years after the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, where does the quest for racial justice and police reform stand?May 29, 2022
GoFundMe effort in honor of Uvalde couple raises more than $2.6 million in four days
A GoFundMe campaign started in honor of Irma Garcia, one of the two teachers killed in the Texas school shooting, and her husband, Joe, who died Thursday, has raised more than $2.6 million in just four days. Irma was a fourth grade teacher who had been teaching at Robb Elementary in Uvalde for 23 years, according to her school biography. Just two days after the shooting, Irma's husband, Joe, collapsed and died at home after he took flowers to a memorial in Irma's memory. The late couple, who were high school sweethearts, have four children, according to Irma’s school biography. "Comfort and peace will come in time as memories of your wonderful parents replace the grief and pain," another wrote.
Pelosi’s husband arrested on suspicion of DUI in California
NAPA, Calif. — Paul Pelosi, the 82-year-old husband of U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, was arrested this weekend on suspicion of DUI in Northern California, police records showed Sunday. Paul Pelosi was taken into custody late Saturday in Napa County north of San Francisco, according to a sheriff’s office online booking report. He could face charges including driving under the influence and driving with a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 or higher, the report said.
Amanda Gorman's school shooting poem is a light in a dark time
Amanda Gorman, America’s inaugural National Youth Poet Laureate, has lived through an endless onslaught of mass shootings. There aren’t words for the carnage and trauma facing Uvalde, Texas, a small town of about 16,000 people near the U.S.-Mexico border. But Sandy Hook didn’t shock us enough, and now, we have Uvalde, where 19 children didn’t return home. Mass shooters have different motivations, different backgrounds and different traumas, but they’re connected through a shared, uniquely American, ability to acquire enough firepower to achieve their murderous aim. We know instinctively that we don’t have to live in a world where mass shootings are as routine as parents packing lunches every morning, but we also know the roadblock that prevents action proven to curtail most mass shootings: conservative politicians, most of whom don’t act as if democracy is a viable form of government.
Tending Russia’s Dead as They Pile Up in Ukraine
KHARKIV, Ukraine — They lie in white and black bags at 20 degrees below zero Celsius, but the stench is still overpowering. Filled with the bodies of 62 Russian soldiers, the bags are stacked in a refrigerated train car in a secret location on the outskirts of Ukraine’s second-largest city. A spry, elderly train worker spun open the vault-like door to reveal the bloodied bags as the scent hung in the damp air. In the gloom of the darkened car, a few traces of humanity, of the soldiers who once brought Russia’s war to Ukraine, can be made out. Off in the corner, the collar of a camouflage jacket is visible through an opening, but not a face.
Marcus Ericsson wins Indianapolis 500 in an electric finish
Marcus Ericsson held off Pato O’Ward in that shootout, with Tony Kanaan finishing third. You can never take any thing for granted,” the 31-year-old Ericsson told NBC. But Ericsson, a Swede whose helmet paid tribute to late Swedish driver Ronnie Peterson, took control with 10 laps to go, opening a big lead over O’Ward and Kanaan. I wouldn’t want to be the leader of the restart,” Kanaan told NBC from his car as he awaited the shootout. “I’m exactly where I want to be.”But Ericsson held off O’Ward’s challenge and won the race for the first time.
'Top Gun: Maverick' soaring to $150 million Memorial Day weekend debut
"Top Gun: Maverick" is projected to gross $151 million over the four-day holiday weekend, according to studio estimates released Sunday — a commanding haul that gives Tom Cruise his best-ever debut at the box office. "Maverick" pulled in $124 million by Sunday morning, according to estimates from Paramount Pictures. “Top Gun: Maverick,” flying high on nostalgia for Tony Scott’s original action classic and Cruise’s generation-spanning star power, performed especially well among men, who represented nearly 60 percent of the opening weekend audience. Fifty-five percent of the audience was over the age of 35, according to data compiled by the studio. "Maverick" hands Cruise the mightiest opening gross of his four-decade screen career, topping the $64.8 million debut for Steven Spielberg's science fiction spectacle "War of the Worlds" in 2005, according to Comscore.
How 'Top Gun: Maverick' honors the legacy of Black Navy pilots
Now, he plays Navy fighter pilot Payback in the anticipated sequel “Top Gun: Maverick,” which releases nationwide Friday and in select theaters starting Tuesday. In “Top Gun: Maverick,” he returns to the naval flight academy to train a new class of pilots. He said showing a Black Navy pilot with other diverse pilots on the big screen is an important milestone. Greg Tarzan Davis in "Top Gun: Maverick." When asked about the call sign Warlock given to his character in “Top Gun: Maverick,” Parnell said he came up with his own explanation.
GoFundMe in honor of Uvalde couple raises more than $2.6 million in four days
A GoFundMe campaign started in honor of Irma Garcia, one of the two teachers killed in the Texas school shooting, and her husband, Joe, who died Thursday, has raised more than $2.6 million in just four days. Just two days after the shooting, Irma's husband, Joe, collapsed and died at home after bringing flowers to a memorial in Irma's memory. “I truly believe Joe died of a broken heart and losing the love of his life of more than 25 years was too much to bear,” Austin wrote on the campaign page. The late couple, who were high school sweethearts, have four children, according to Garcia’s school biography. Donors to the GoFundMe page expressed their condolences for the Garcia family and for the late couple's children especially.
Uvalde victims included 11 current or recent Little League players
At least six, and as many as 11, victims of the Uvalde school massacre were Little League baseball or softball players, making last week’s shooting the darkest day in league history, officials said Friday. The grim discovery was made by matching names of victims to Little League’s database of players registered to play in and around Uvalde, President and CEO Stephen Keener told NBC News. It’s just horrific.”Tanner, a Houston lawyer, said he regularly takes note of tragedies befalling Little League alumni but he couldn’t remember a time when multiple, current players lost their lives in such a single, terrible act. The victims, 9 or 10, would have likely been playing in Uvalde Little League’s “minor league” division one step below “major division,” best known for the nationally televised Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and Little League Softball World Series in Greenville, North Carolina. There’s been Little League in Uvalde since 1959.
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?
‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Lands Triumphantly on Opening Weekend
“Top Gun: Maverick” received a rare A-plus grade from ticket buyers in CinemaScore exit polls. In the United States, concerns about the coronavirus seem to have faded. 2 multiplex chain in the United States. For the first time since early 2020, Greidinger and other theater owners are going to get their wish. “Moviegoing begets moviegoing,” he added, with trailers shown in theaters one weekend fueling attendance the next.
In the U.S., Backlash to Civil Rights Era Made Guns a Political Third Rail
And just as thousands of children in America are doubtless doing today, I had imagined that pain when I was still a child myself. Though I kept up a shallow teenage bravado during the conversation, I imagined my sister and I going to different exits. My younger daughter’s day care never taught her to hide silently in a dark room so that a shooter would not find her. They do not have to wonder if their school will be the next one after Uvalde. That is a benefit that most Americans cannot access, because of choices that American governments have made.
5 Dead in Boat Collision in Georgia, Officials Say
Five people died in a boating collision on Saturday along a river popular with boaters outside of Savannah, Ga., the authorities said. Four other people were injured, among them Mark Christopher Stegall, who was charged with operating a boat while under the influence and booked into the Chatham County Jail, said Mark McKinnon, a spokesman for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Mr. McKinnon said he did not know the conditions of the other two injured people. Those injured were taken to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Ga. A hospital spokeswoman declined to comment on the patients’ conditions. The U.S. Coast Guard and local emergency medical services said at least one person was in good condition.
Alan White, Who Drummed With Yes and Ex-Beatles, Dies at 72
Alan White, a seasoned rock drummer who had worked with two former Beatles by the time he turned 21, but who was best known for his long tenure with the pioneering British progressive-rock band Yes, died on Thursday at his home in the Seattle area. His death was announced by his family. He had been a member of Yes since 1972, but, the band noted in a statement, “a number of health setbacks” had restricted his time onstage since 2016, with Jay Schellen doing most of the drumming and Mr. White joining the band late in each set. Alan White was born in Pelton, County Durham, England, on June 14, 1949, to Raymond and May (Thrower) White. He first played professionally the next year, and went on to work with a number of British groups throughout the 1960s.
Gun Safety Must Be Everything That Republicans Fear - The New York Times
I find that the gun safety debate lacks candor. People believe it is savvier to tell only part of the truth, to soft-pedal the sell in an effort to get something — anything — done. Let me explain: The truth that no one wants to tell — the one that opponents of gun safety laws understand and the reason so many of them resist new laws — is that no one law or single package of laws will be enough to solve America’s gun violence problem. In the same way that Republicans have been promoting gun proliferation and loosening gun laws for decades, gun safety advocates will have to do the opposite, also for decades. Individual laws, like federal universal background checks and bans on assault rifles and high-capacity magazines, will most likely make a dent, but they cannot end gun violence.
Opinion | America’s Teachers Offer Answers to the Education Crisis
— Lydia Austin, seven years teaching English language arts, currently at a public middle school in South Hamilton, Mass. Many aren’t willing to engage, even when teachers are being as innovative as they know how to be. I work with high school students and had a handful drop out or have to spend another year in school because they started working full time during the pandemic. — Kora Wilson, 16 years teaching math, currently at a public middle school in BrooklynTrust your gutYou know remote learning is going to leave the most vulnerable behind. — Lisa Schroer, 12 years teaching math and computer science at public high schools, most recently in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Opinion | Turning Pregnant Women and Doctors Into Criminals
To the Editor:In “Punishing Women Who Have Abortions” (Opinion, Sunday Review, May 15), Jane Coaston mentions the possibility being discussed in some anti-abortion circles of charging those who have abortions with homicide. There is another way some in the anti-abortion camp speak of punishing women who seek abortions, in this case very ill women — letting them die. This is not a majority position in the anti-abortion movement, but it is not a new idea. Doctors in those states will be placed in a horrible position, facing years of jail time if they abort the fetus, and women will die needlessly. Carole JoffeSan FranciscoThe writer is a professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at the University of California, San Francisco.
A Moment of Brightness
I’ve thought a lot about my children this week, as I think just about every parent in America has. They are life itself, and my life specifically. There were moments when I didn’t have much of an appetite, and other times when I went out of my way to cook because it was nice to have a mind-clearing task. And now, heading into the long weekend, what I want is to gather up kids and family and friends and soak in the sun — a brief reprieve from the wider world and one I’m lucky to be able to take. The recipes below are fast and bright, and while I don’t mean to suggest they’ll make all the wrong things right, I hope they deliver some happiness.
PM Update: Summerlike heat for Memorial Day
Placeholder while article actions loadSummerlike weather will continue as we round out Memorial Day weekend. Tomorrow (Memorial Day): Partly cloudy skies in the morning won’t prevent temperatures from steadily rising. Highs will top out close to 90 degrees, with mostly sunny skies setting in by the afternoon. Second tornado confirmed: The National Weather Service confirmed that an F1 tornado touched down in Charles and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland on Friday evening. This is the second confirmed tornado from Friday’s line of storms.
Maryland men’s lacrosse has unfinished business in this year’s title game
Placeholder while article actions loadEAST HARTFORD, Conn. — The Maryland men’s lacrosse team left things unfinished a year ago on Memorial Day. The top-seeded Terrapins finally have the chance to craft a different ending in their latest national title game appearance against seventh-seeded Cornell (14-4). “With this group, knowing how far they got, with so many guys back, they were driven to get to Monday, for sure,” said Maryland Coach John Tillman, whose program is playing in its seventh national title game since 2011. He led the Big Red to its only three NCAA titles, in 1971, 1976 and 1977. At age 28, Connor Buczek is the youngest head coach to take a team to the national title game, and he’s done so in his first season.
Tips for summer travel
“They aren’t paying attention to the basics of travel preparation as they did pre-pandemic.”AdvertisementI’ll be on the road with you this summer: I plan to travel to Turkey, Greece, Ireland and Britain. Here’s how you — and I — can avoid the biggest summer travel pitfalls of 2022. “Travel regulations, along with airline and event schedules, are still in flux,” warns Kimberly Greulich, founder of KG Travel Club, a luxury travel agency. Travelers often assume their travel insurance or medical evacuation membership will cover anything that might happen to them. Travel health notice information can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s interactive map showing travel recommendations by destination and the CDC’s travel health notice webpage.
What to know about international airlines
Placeholder while article actions loadFor Youngsoo Choi, booking a ticket on an international airline is an easy choice. It’s no coincidence that international airlines consistently rank higher than their U.S. counterparts, experts say. These suggest a busy summer for international air travel, though perhaps not as busy as 2019. Some international airlines doubled down on service when others were cutting back, adding new amenities that are practically unheard of in the United States. As the gap between U.S. and international airlines widens, there’s a growing realization among air travelers — if not also among airlines — that American carriers have to do better when it comes to service.
A guide to volunteering in the outdoors
In 2021, more than 16,000 people volunteered for duties that kept FWS national refuges and national fish hatcheries across the country running smoothly. Travelers interviewed for this story say they’ve found meaning and community in exchange for their time and talents through volunteering. Since May 1, they’ve been volunteering with the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex, where, as interpretive hosts, they talk to visitors about marine mammals, shorebirds and tide pools. “There’s farm fields, quiet, cows, the lake, and it’s just beautiful,” says Carmon, who learned about volunteering during a camping visit. Tharp says volunteering in nature gives people a sense of satisfaction and meaning.
9 TV shows, movies and concerts to add to your summer list
The country music trio is back on the road after the pandemic torpedoed their 2020 plans, and now have their first new album in 14 years — the fiery “Gaslighter,” inspired by lead singer Natalie Maines’s divorce — to add to the set list. Maines, Emily Strayer and Martie Maguire got the cold shoulder from Nashville two decades ago when they famously dared to be women who had political opinions, but their loyal fan base has never stopped showing up to their rollicking concerts. (June 14 - Aug. 13 in select cities) — Emily Yahr, style reporter covering pop culture and entertainment
‘Progress is possible’ on gun legislation after Uvalde shooting
Murphy was in office in 2012 when a gunman killed 20 students and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in his home state. And he was in Congress on Tuesday when a gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Tex., killing 19 students and two teachers, the deadliest school shooting since Sandy Hook. In response to mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, Tex., state and federal lawmakers on May 29 discussed the future of gun laws. The Senate went into recess without taking any votes on gun legislation. to negotiate with Democrats on gun legislation.
Opinion: Kim Kardashian gives us a glimpse of how hard it was to be Marilyn Monroe, the star
As Amy Greene -- wife of Monroe photographer and business partner, Milton Greene -- explained , while walking down a New York City street one day, Monroe asked Greene if she'd like to witness the transformation from Marilyn Monroe the person to Monroe the movie star. They were recognizing that this was Marilyn Monroe as if she pulled off a mask or something, even though a second ago nobody noticed her." Marilyn Monroe in an airport waiting room during a press conference in Los Angeles in February 1956. Actress Marilyn Monroe sings "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden, for his upcoming 45th birthday. Kardashian could never put on a dress and be Monroe, but perhaps that's because there is no "real" Monroe to become.
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.
Opinion: Mass shootings have a lot in common with another American horror
In the case of the Buffalo shooting, this was captured on video and shared on online platforms . And like the shooter in Buffalo, he filmed and streamed video of the attack, in his case on Facebook. One striking phenomenon is so many of the perpetrators in recent mass shooting events have been young people. Now we can add to the roster of youthful mass murderers the shooter in Uvalde, Texas who was just 18. Like some other recent mass shooters, he shared his murderous plot online minutes before carrying it out.
Opinion: Take it from an adoptee — choice is what matters
Sometimes, even those who are abortion rights proponents ask my views on abortion, apparently supposing that they already know the answer. The questioners always seem to think that asking about my birth mother's choice to carry me to term is a softball question with one obvious answer. The reality is this: My birth mother's choice to put me up for adoption can only be meaningful if she had a choice between adoption and abortion in the first place. Abortion rights activists participate in a Bans Off Our Bodies rally on May 14, 2022 in Washington, DC. Take it from an adoptee: The choice is what matters.
French Open 2022 Results: Novak Djokovic vs. Rafael Nadal Set for Quarterfinals
Clive Brunskill/Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal headlined one of the most star-studded days of tennis fans will see all season Sunday as the fourth round of the 2022 French Open got underway. He's now reached the quarterfinals at the French Open in 13 straight years dating back to 2010. Nadal showcased his trademark resilience after dropping the opening set to Auger-Aliassime by storming back to win a five-set, four-hour marathon set up a quarterfinal showdown with Djokovic. His biggest advantage was defending his second serve, winning 66 percent of those points compared to 47 percent for the 21-year-old Canadian. The 18-year-old Atlanta native was downright dominate in the second set against Mertens.
No breakthrough yet on Russian oil sanctions ahead of EU summit
EU ambassadors will continue discussions in the hours remaining before leaders begin the two-day European Council summit on Monday afternoon. Hungary has for weeks been the most vocal country blocking plans for EU-wide sanctions on Vladimir Putin's oil industry, citing fears for its energy supply. Failure to agree to any action to limit the EU market for Russian oil would be a big victory for the Kremlin, which relies on such revenues to help fund its invasion of Ukraine. They want to make sure that the cheaper pipeline oil Hungary would get if the exemption applies could not be sold on to other EU countries. Orbán's government has repeatedly called for pipeline deliveries to be left out of the import ban, arguing that the focus should be on Russian oil supplied by ships.
Justin Timberlake Sells Entire Music Catalog In A Deal Worth Millions
It looks like Justin Timberlake won’t be hanging on to his music catalog “Until the End of Time.”Timberlake recently sold the entire music catalog from his 20-year career to London-based firm Hipgnosis Song Management, per a company announcement Thursday. The deal also encompasses any music the “Suit & Tie” singer released in association with movies, television, streaming, cover music or performances. AdvertisementThe agreement, which includes the rights to around 200 songs, is worth $100 million, The Wall Street Journal reported. The acquisition was made on behalf of Hipgnosis Songs Capital, a partnership between Hipgnosis Song Management and funds managed by private equity firm Blackstone. Justin Timberlake recently sold the rights to his music.
Matthew Morrison Booted From 'So You Think You Can Dance' For Breaking Protocols
Matthew Morrison arrives at the 74th annual Tony Awards in 2021. via Associated PressSo you think you can figure out why Matthew Morrison is looking for a new job? The “Glee” alum recently joined Fox’s reality dance competition series “So You Think You Dance” as a judge for the recently launched 17th season alongside Stephen “Twitch” Boss and Jojo Siwa. AdvertisementA replacement for Morrison is expected to be announced in the coming weeks. Morrison was tapped as a new “So You Think You Dance” judge in April after the network chose to overhaul the series following a two-year COVID-related hiatus. The actor was brought in to replace the long-running show’s original judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, who were not asked to return.
Photos: Mourning in Texas
Photo GalleryPhotos: Mourning in TexasMemorial tributes continue for the 19 children and two teachers shot to death by a heavily armed gunman at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24, 2022.
To Understand Elon Musk, You Have to Understand This ’60s Sci-Fi Novel
But while he may take inspiration from science fiction, as Jill Lepore has observed, he’s a bad reader of the genre. He idolizes Kim Stanley Robinson and Iain M. Banks while ignoring their socialist politics, and he overlooks major speculative traditions such as feminist and Afrofuturist science fiction. Like many Silicon Valley CEOs, he primarily sees science fiction as a repository of cool inventions waiting to be created. Musk engages with most science fiction in a superficial manner, but he is a very careful reader of one author: Robert A. Heinlein. He named Heinlein’s The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress from 1966 as one of his favorite novels.
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.
The Wild Life of William Morgan, Yanqui Comandante Turned Cuban Counterrevolutionary
“Cuba shipped a million dollars’ worth of frogs’ legs to the US last year,” William Morgan, an American expat, declared shortly after the 1959 Cuban Revolution. The story of William Morgan is an eccentric tale of dead ends, abandonment, revolution, and counterrevolution. From the Circus to the Revolution William Morgan was raised in Toledo, Ohio, in the upper-class neighborhood of West End. The Revolutionary Directorate, the Popular Socialist Party, the Authentic Organization, Morgan’s Second Front — all were fighting in the Escambray Mountains. Meanwhile, William Morgan wedded his Cuban lover, Olga Rodríguez, both clad in their olive military garb.
Will Sinn Féin’s Wins Lead to a United Ireland?
To the south, polls indicate that Sinn Féin is the most popular political party in the Republic of Ireland. As one BBC commentator pointed out, Northern Ireland was “literally designed” to prevent a nationalist victory. The hard-line Traditional Unionist Voice and comparatively timid Ulster Unionist Party picked up 7.6 percent and 11.2 percent, respectively. Adjacent to them is the purportedly neutral Alliance Party, which enjoyed a surge in votes, mostly from affluent areas surrounding Belfast. A unionist identity that means more than mere symbolic unity with Britain can hold on to its Britishness after constitutional change.
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.
Stampede Ensues After Loud Noise at Barclays Center Incites Fear of Gunman
Ten people were injured at the Barclays Center early Sunday morning when a loud noise heard on the street outside incited panic, sending throngs of people running as they tried to escape what they thought was a gunman. On Tuesday, a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at a Texas elementary school, and earlier in May, a white gunman killed 10 people in a Buffalo supermarket in a racist massacre. Crowds were leaving the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, around 1 a.m., after a boxing match between Gervonta Davis and Rolando Romero, when a loud sound was heard on the street outside the arena, according to a spokesman for the New York Police Department. People feared the sound might have been made by gunshots and frantically started running, with dozens of people racing back into the arena. Videos posted on social media show people pouring back into the Barclays Center and racing through the aisles to take cover.
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 | Truth emerges about Chinese repression of Uyghurs — no thanks to the U.N.
The timing of her visit, permission for which Beijing announced in March, creates an appearance that the document was withheld in return for access to China for Ms. Bachelet. What was highly foreseeable were attempts by Beijing to exploit a distinguished U.N. envoy’s presence for propaganda purposes. Mr. Xi lectured the visitor in their one meeting — on Wednesday, via video link. Adding injury to this insult, the official Xinhua News Agency reported that Ms. Bachelet had told Mr. Xi that she “admire[d]” China’s efforts to protect human rights, an apparent fabrication that Ms. Bachelet was obliged to deny hours later. Heavily influenced by China, a permanent member of the Security Council, the U.N. is poorly positioned to hold the communist dictatorship accountable.
Fentanyl dealer pleads guilty in Virginia after online drug bust
Choose your plan ArrowRight Akshay Ram Kancharla, 26, of Tampa, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of distributing fentanyl and faces up to 20 years in prison. Kancharla admitted he sold counterfeit medications resembling oxycodone and Xanax, and laced them with fentanyl, which is lethal in small quantities. Prosecutors said the FBI ordered and received more than 700 pills in Virginia from Kancharla. Using a special type of software, authorities were able to analyze the bitcoin address provided by farmgod1 and traced its ownership to Kancharla, according to the FBI. U.S. Attorney Jessica D. Aber of the Eastern District of Virginia said in a news conference Wednesday that prosecutors are cracking down on fentanyl dealers on the streets and online.
After Sergio Perez wins rainy Monaco Grand Prix, Ferrari lodges protest
AdvertisementFerrari lodged a protest afterward, claiming that Perez and Verstappen failed to obey pit-lane exit rules after a pit stop, according to a statement from race stewards. “We believe there was a clear breach of the regulations by the two Red Bulls going on the yellow line exiting the pits,” Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto told Sky Sports. Perez’s teammate Verstappen won, with Perez second after being ordered to cede the lead when Leclerc dropped out of that race because of engine failure. AdvertisementLeclerc was left frustrated and furious, screaming when he was told to pit for a second tire change at the same time as Sainz, his Ferrari teammate, on Lap 22. Leclerc has two wins this season, Verstappen and Perez have combined for five, with Red Bull and Ferrari winning all seven races.
Mass violence takes toll on Americans’ psyches
Choose your plan ArrowRight A third of the respondents said they would no longer go to certain public places for fear of becoming a casualty of a mass shooting. Twenty-four percent said they had made changes in their lives due to their fear of a mass shooting. Sixty-two percent of parents said they lived in fear of their children becoming victims of a mass shooting, and 71 percent said the possibility of mass violence was adding stress to their lives. Hispanics, Blacks, Asians and Native Americans all reported more stress from mass shootings than Whites. When acts of mass violence “are repeated in this way, they start to feel more and more overwhelming, and a sense of hopelessness starts to set in,” she said.
Russia-Ukraine war live updates Zelensky makes rare trip outside Kyiv to visit front-line forces in Kharkiv
Bullet Key updateUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Saturday that it is impractical for Ukraine to use force to regain all territory lost to Russia since 2014. “I don’t believe we can regain all of our territory by military action,” he said in an interview with Dutch TV channel NOS. Zelensky accused Russian forces of not caring about how many people they lose and said that, for him, “a victory without people around you” is no victory. Zelensky said the only person worth negotiating with on the Russian side is President Vladimir Putin. Zelensky also reiterated his position that no such talks are possible until Ukraine regains control over all areas occupied by Russia since its Feb. 24 invasion.
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.
'They should know the cost:' Would graphic images change the gun rights debate?
New York (CNN) There's a growing debate among journalists over how to report on the victims of mass shootings. Some argue that if lawmakers and American citizens were able to see the graphic images of dead bodies in classrooms, there could be a shift in how some in the country approach gun rights. The debate about allowing lawmakers and citizens to see graphic images of gun carnage is still theoretical — there are no photos circulating from Uvalde — but many are arguing it's time to stop sanitizing mass shootings. Lawmakers who vote against assault weapons bans should be required to see those images, Cox said. If his stories can convince even one gun owner to lock up their gun, then Cox said he may have saved a life.
Uvalde’s only pediatrician shares the horror of treating school shooting victims
The only pediatrician serving Uvalde, Texas, revealed to 'Today' what it was like to treat the wounded of the Robb Elementary School shooting, and sharing their horrific survivor stories. “The most horrible part, I guess, was just seeing parents I knew outside screaming, asking me to look for their kids. You never really get that out of your head.”Guerrero treated eight children personally that day — four of them are his regular patients. ‘I’m afraid he’s coming for me’As Guerrero made his rounds in the hospital the day of the shooting, treating the wounded and identifying the victims, he heard a familiar voice cry out to him. We seem to care about a shooting for two weeks, then sweep it under the rug.
Six people shot in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Saturday night
Six people were shot in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee on Saturday night, police said. Officers "were able to detain at least one person of interest in the incident in the moments after the shooting began," Eames added. Several people were transported to the hospital, most of whom were teenagers or in their early 20s, according to Eames. Two have life-threatening injuries and the four others who were shot sustained non life-threatening injuries, according to Eames. The city's mayor, Tim Kelly will deliver remarks at a press conference at 4:30 p.m. EST alongside Chattanooga Police Chief Celeste Murphy, according to local news station WTVC.
Justice Department to investigate police response in Uvalde
The Justice Department on Sunday said it would investigate the much criticized response by law enforcement to Tuesday’s mass shooting at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. “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,” according to the DOJ’s statement. Nineteen children and two teachers were killed before police killed the lone gunman, who stormed into the school and barricaded himself in a classroom at the elementary school. Reports in recent days about the timeline of the murderous attack have led to widespread criticism of police for not forcing their way into the barricaded area, particularly given that police were receiving 911 calls from terrified children desperately seeking help.
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.
More than 421,000 Americans died in World War II. This project aims to compile their stories.
More than 421,000 Americans died in the conflict and Milne wants to gather all their stories by Sept. 2, 2025, the 80th anniversary of the war’s end. So far, she’s researched the lives of more than 300 World War II dead, including that of Sgt. The World War II project has made her think about history in a different way. Milne’s current focus is on creating stories for all the World War II dead buried at Arlington National Cemetery, about 8,000 men and women. Once people know this is available — especially in sections rich with World War II fallen, like Section 34 — they can walk from grave to grave to grave and read each person’s story.
UEFA says it will review pregame incidents at Champions League final
Placeholder while article actions loadUEFA says it will review security issues after a chaotic scene preceded the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool on Saturday. The start of the match, which was played at Stade de France near Paris, was delayed for 36 minutes, and some Liverpool fans were tear-gassed and prevented from entering the stadium. Fans attempted to scale gates and French police warned them in a tweet “not to force entry” into the stadium. “We have officially requested a formal investigation into the causes of these unacceptable issues.”After the game, UEFA, the governing body of European football, announced that it would review the pregame incidents with the French police and the French Football Federation. “I couldn’t speak to my family yet, but I know the families had real struggles to get into the stadium,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told reporters shortly after the game.
Russia-Ukraine war live updates Zelensky makes rare trip outside Kyiv to visit front-line forces in Kharkiv
Russia’s ambassador in Britain on Sunday ruled out the Kremlin’s use of tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine, saying such weapons are “not used in conflicts like that at all.”In an interview airing Sunday morning on the BBC, Andrei Kelin said Russia has a “very strict provision on the issue of the use of tactical nuclear weapons,” adding that Russian doctrine allows their use mainly when “the existence of the state is endangered.”Moscow has inaccurately cast its Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine as one of self-defense. President Vladimir Putin’s decision days later to put Russian nuclear forces on alert heightened worries of a deadly miscalculation, although Western intelligence has not cited concrete evidence of plans to target Ukraine or its allies with nuclear weapons. Washington does not “take lightly” Russia’s threats to use tactical or low-yield nuclear weapons in Ukraine, CIA Director William J. Burns said last month. Russia warned Finland and Sweden in April that if they join NATO, Moscow would reinforce the Baltic Sea region, including with nuclear weapons, The Washington Post reported. Kelin on Sunday said allegations that Russian troops have carried out war crimes in Bucha and elsewhere in Ukraine are “a fabrication” being used by Ukraine to “interrupt negotiations.”Ukrainian judges last week found a 21-year-old Russian soldier guilty of war crimes and sentenced him to life in prison, the first verdict among thousands of investigations into possible war crimes.
Prince William takes center stage at Queen Elizabeth II’s jubilee rehearsal
In a sea of bright red military uniforms, including bearskin caps, Prince William, on horseback, inspected the Irish Guards, an Irish infantry regiment that is part of the British Army. Other royals, including heir to the throne Prince Charles, have stepped in to help support the queen at various events this year. William has also served as colonel of the Irish Guards since 2011. Soldiers from the regiment guard the royal family and its palaces, but they are also deployed all over the world. “Keep in mind that the Guards are still first and foremost fighting soldiers,” the regiment tweeted last week.
Sergio Pérez wins dramatic Monaco Grand Prix after heavy rain causes long delay
(CNN) Sergio Pérez produced a brilliant drive as Red Bull capitalized on a dramatic Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday. The Mexican driver started the race third but leapfrogged the leaders during an action-packed race. While Pérez won the sport's showpiece for the first time, his teammate Max Verstappen finished third with Ferrari's Carlos Sainz in second. Ferrari's Charles Leclerc had started on pole but finished his home race down in fourth after his team's pit stop strategy allowed Red Bull to overtake the Monegasque driver. It means Verstappen extends his lead over Leclerc at the top of the driver's championship.
'Top Gun: Maverick' soars to a big opening at the box office
New York (CNN Business) "Top Gun: Maverick" felt the need for speed at the box office this weekend. That not only jets past expectations, which initially projected "Maverick" to make closer to $80 million, but stands as Cruise's biggest opening weekend in his more than 40-year career. It's Cruise's first $100 million opening weekend and the third biggest debut of the year. Paramount said that "Maverick" is projected to make $151 million over the four-day Memorial Day weekend at the US box office. If the sequel, which has Cruise's Maverick teaching a new group of Top Gun pilots, lands at that number Monday, it'll be one of the highest openings ever for a Memorial Day weekend.
Adam Kinzinger Calls Gun Age Limits 'A No-Brainer,' Considers Assault Weapon Ban
Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger tells @jonkarl that raising minimum age for gun purchases to 21 “is a no brainer" to him. “We just raised without really so much as a blink the age of purchasing cigarettes federally to 21. Kathy Hochul (D) last week proposed a similar age restriction for her own state in the wake of the Buffalo shooting. Such a proposal is easier said than done, however, with federal courts in recent years ruling that such age limits are unconstitutional. “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.
Ray Liotta's Fiancée Speaks Out After Death: 'He Was Everything In The World To Me'
Ray Liotta and Jacy Nittolo arrive for the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards. “My life these past couple of years have been nothing but truly magical, she wrote in the caption. I asked the love of my life to marry me, and thank God she said yes!! “Luckily, I had met somebody, and it brought us really, really close, to the point now where I’m engaged,” he told People. I’ve heard that there’s a lot of people whose relationship didn’t work out because they were with each other so much.
‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Wins Tom Cruise 1st $100 Million Opening
Tom Cruise poses for the media during the 'Top Gun Maverick' UK premiere. via Associated PressForget breaking the sound barrier: Tom Cruise just flew past a major career milestone. According to projections and estimates, by Monday’s close, “Top Gun: Maverick” will likely have over $150 million. “Top Gun: Maverick” had an extremely long journey to get to the theaters. “Top Gun: Maverick,” $124 million.
Justice Department Will Review Law Enforcement Response To Texas School Shooting
UVALDE, Texas (AP) — 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. AdvertisementJustice 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. Police walk near Robb Elementary School following a shooting, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. 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 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.
DOJ to conduct review of law enforcement response to Texas school shooting
The U.S. Justice Department will conduct a review of the law enforcement response to the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas that left 21 dead. The department said the goal of the review will be to “provide an independent account of law enforcement actions and responses that day, and to identify lessons learned and best practices to help first responders prepare for and respond to active shooter events. “May 29, 2022
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
Stampede breaks out at Brooklyn's Barclays Center after false report of active shooter
A stampede broke out at Brooklyn's Barclays Center just after midnight on Sunday after a false report of an active shooting situation, according to the New York City Police Department. A crowd was leaving Barclays following a boxing match, when a loud noise was heard, the NYPD said in a statement. The loud noise reportedly spooked the crowd, causing many to start running in fear of a shooter. After investigating, police determined no shots had been fired in the area, and it is unclear what caused the loud noise. Videos posted to Twitter of the aftermath of the stampede showed shoes and hats left behind as people scrambled to flee the area.
Justice Department to conduct review of law enforcement response to school shooting
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department will conduct a review of the law enforcement response to the deadly mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, a spokesperson announced Sunday. The critical incident review, requested by Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin, will include a report on law enforcement actions on May 24 — the day of shooting. Law enforcement personnel stand outside Robb Elementary School following a shooting on May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. Dario Lopez-Mills / AP“As with prior Justice Department after-action reviews of mass shootings and other critical incidents, this assessment will be fair, transparent, and independent." Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw said Friday that police made the "wrong decision" by waiting to confront the shooter.
THE ANGRY ARAB: Lebanon’s Hung Parliament
In the 128-seat Lebanese Parliament, 65 seats are needed for a majority. But no party won an outright majority. Since the Arab uprisings of 2011, Western media have become largely uniform, with the dispatches of various correspondents replicating one another. On the Shiite front — and Hizbullah is a Shiite political party, through and through — the party won all the seats it sought, every one of them. The Saudi-funded groups (and Western-sponsored “change” candidates) harped on the matter of disarming Hizbullah, which has no bearing on the domestic Lebanese political scene.
"...better than two in the bush."
I saw a flutter and then another, among the fallen limbs of older trees after a Spring shedding storm. Olive patch on back, yellow neck, two white wing bars, warbler beak shape and distinct song. The yellow spark was easier to see but not any easier to photograph among the jumble of leaves and twigs. black “thicker” beak, black stripe from beak to eye, yellow face highlight, prominent white eye ring. As a parting gift, this is the first bird video I shot during December of 2019.
MF Daily for Sunday May 29, 2022
“Waiting for the Ice”: Near Churchill, Manitoba. Welcome to MF Daily(Formerly known as Mojo Friday’s Weekly Open Thread — MFWOT)All are welcome to hang out and share what is happening in your life today.
I know, it’s hard to believe but I can assure you it’s true; but that IS the long-term goal; to Make ALL OF AMERICA GAY AGAIN; from birth to the grave; all gay all day will be the new normal. I heard it directly from someone who heard it straight the cousin of the guy who heard it right from the all-knowing, Q himself. Sensible shoes will be frowned upon but considered sensible if the weather is icky. BEND OVER, I’LL DRIVE will be the newest version of the BUDDY SYSTEM in action. Making America Gay again will be the very last stage of the Republic just before the nukes are launched...and then it will be MAKE AMERICA GLOW AGAIN.
365 Days of Climate Awareness 289 – The Siberian Traps
Beneath the ocean they form part of the global spreading ridge system, and are erupting more or less continually. There is evidence of such ancient volcanoes in the United States—the smaller Columbia River basalts of Oregon from 200 MYA—and Yellowstone is a live modern example, though it’s likely significantly smaller than the ancient Siberian vent(s). Modern research shows, however, that the Siberian eruptions might have been rather less viscous than most eruptions of this sort, with a greater pyroclastic, ash cloud component, which would have caused worse immediate climate disruption. Current theory assigns several levels of cause to the Siberian eruptions. First was the intense global cooling due to the ash clouds from repeated eruptions.
Lukewarm take on guns, because I hate hot takes
When people lack confidence in the police, they are that much more likely to acquire guns if they don’t feel safe in their neighborhood. The Founding Fathers felt that guns were necessary, but they didn’t mean for everyone to have a gun. If we make proposals that gun owners consider reasonable, like red flag laws or raising the age limit on rifle purchases, then we can get moderate gun owners to break off from the MAGAhadeen. Just about every honest gun owner can tell you that there are certain people who just shouldn’t have guns. I think that there should be a buddy system set up for gun owners and prospective gun buyers.
How Russians closed the sitcom gap by adapting 'The Nanny' and 'Married ... with Children'
My Fair Nanny even had a Russian version of the American show’s animated opening credits. x YouTube VideoLike My Fair Nanny, episodes were adapted from the American scripts for Married … with Children. Here’s the trailer to Exporting Raymond:If anyone is wondering whether any American TV dramas were adapted for Russian television. Here are the opening credits to the Russian version of Law & Order: SVU. The Russian TV industry learned from this experience and began creating original Russian TV sitcoms, with some success.
An Introduction to Mania and Hypomania
The other diaries can be read as well, but they are more about depression than about the topic being covered today, which is mania and hypomania. The best way to introduce bipolar disorder is to tackle some myths about mania and hypomania. Truth: While there are periods of good moods, mania can also bring increased irritability and increased reckless behavior and actions. Truth: Bipolar symptoms fall into an easily grouped category of actions and emotions. Those who are depressed generally self-harm, while those with mania have the ability through reckless decisions to harm others as well as themselves.
I joke that storms come to me. But they do.
Run downstairs, because if there is large hail, the storm has very strong winds keeping them aloft. I can see the large hail stones lit by the lightning. I grabbed a handful of the hail stones. That are all large, very few small hail stones. Short video if you want to see the lightning and the yard with the scattered hail stones.
What if it were ANY other minority? ANY OTHER MINORITY?
Hint: itz not Black people? Hint: itz not Muslims. What if 99% of mass shooters were Native Americans? Hint: Itz not Native Americans either. A minority with such entitlement that it thinks of itself as the majority.
The subtle but indicative meaning of gun control laws
There is more to reducing school shootings than only passing laws to ban assault weapons and ammunition. There is also the subtle, but significant message a society gives out with gun control laws. Both England and Australia created tough gun control laws when they experienced school shootings, which not only created tough gun control legislation, but also strongly sent the message that this must stop, mass killing children is intolerable. They both have not experienced schools shootings since, because not only are there tough gun control laws now, they have sent a message to all citizens that killing children in this country is beyond the pale, a line that this country will not allow to be crossed. It is this outspoken social meaning, in addition to legislation, that inhibits future shooters from considering these heinous acts.
Let's regulate rock throwing
Let’s talk about throwing rocks. The smallest hand gun to the largest artillery piece are doing the exact same thing, throwing rocks. You may not agree with the idea of throwing rocks, and you may never throw a rock in your life for any reason, but many people will continue to throw rocks. People decided that rock throwing could lead to conquest and we have a race to develop the biggest fastest rock thrower and make as many of them as we can. I like rock throwing machines.
New Day Cafe: Sunday On A Holiday Weekend
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My Heart is heavy right now...
We have learned that the same people who complain about gas prices voted against a price gauging at. Being Pro-Life does not mean what we think it means:People saying that they are pro-life is just a ruse. We have learned that kids safety is not a priority:I feel for the families of the kids in Texas. What about the right of an 11 year old to go to school without living in fear? What about the rights of an 11 year old to go to school and not have to practice an active shooting drill?
North Carolina Open Thread: NC politicians' Uvalde response, Coping resources, Barber vs $Gen, more
https://t.co/MrZv8ZCZd7 #ncga #ncpol #wral @markrobinsonNCRALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Lt. Gov. He was among a lineup of high-profile Republican speakers including former President Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. BlueNC, 5/26/2022They didn’t die because the school has too many doors (As Texas Senator Ted Cruz has claimed). The original assault weapons ban passed in 1994 after three mass shooting events occurred within six years. On Wednesday, labor advocacy groups, community leaders and Dollar General employees from several states—including North Carolina, Louisiana and Mississippi— met to protest the poor conditions many employees say they face while receiving less than livable wages.
They are IMPOTENT.
The word is IMPOTENT. It means “unable to take effective action”...”helpless or powerless”. It is the most descriptive word to use when talking about Republican party’s stance toward the crisis of mass-shootings. Words are important, and this is the word that communicates best to the people. Republicans are IMPOTENT.
As of today there have been 17,673 gun deaths in the US this year. What is different in the US that makes us so much more likely to suffer from gun violence? Australia and the UK have stricter gun laws and their rate of gun deaths are even lower. Gun deaths by suicide are included in the numbers above, as gun deaths by suicide exceed gun deaths by murder in the US. We can shut them down by being more organized and more determined to save lives through reasonable gun laws.
Buy a Gun?
Thoughts and PrayersI feel like I’m the worst nightmare for the Extreme Right-Wing Christian Coalition Conservative Gun Activist. And then tell me what laws surrounding guns that need to be repealed. Most of our current gun laws were written and supported by the NRA. How about funding the very government agency tasked with enforcing laws surrounding guns, the ATF? So realistically, in order to move the needle just a bit on gun laws, Democrats will need to pick up at least 12 new Senate seats this November.
Urban Ag for Community Health, Security and Resiliency
However, it has become clear that we cannot rely on fossil fuel dependent, mechanized and commidified agriculture to meet local food security needs, much less build community well being and resiliency. At this time, the federal government and big ag are neglecting local production. That is where community groups are stepping up to fill in present day nutrition gaps and push us towards more local food security. The Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture has been contributing to food production in Mid-Missouri for nearly a decade. They have done a tremendous job of not only improving local production, but also integrating their work with community needs.
2022: From First Grade to Tech High School
This never-before-funded teacher in a Kansas City tech high school hopes to help her multi-lingual students in their EMT studies, with earbuds that run software based on Google Translate. PROJECT #1 Project: Help a Teacher Translate EMT Instruction Resources: Help me give my students the technology to understand the subject of emergency medicine Economic need: An Equity Focus School; nearly all students from low?income households. I have tried to help my students' need for English comprehension by providing the Google Pixel Buds A-series. Economic need: An Equity Focus School; nearly all students from low?income households. : Mrs. Lattner needed an assortment of interesting lab kits, to help bring science to life for her Cleveland middle school students.
Litany for the Victims of Gun Violence and a Prayer for Action
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OH-Sen: J.D. Vance's (R) Solution To Save American Families: Ban Pornography
Oh for fuck’s sake:Going beyond even the GOP’s own platform, Republican Senate candidate J.D. Vance told a Catholic magazine last year that pornography should be banned because it’s stopping Americans from getting married and starting families. Vance’s ideas on how to save “traditional families” should disqualify him as a viable candidate for the U.S. Senate. Meanwhile, Rep. Tim Ryan (D. OH-13) is actually focused on real solutions to protect American families:x As a dad and husband of a teacher, my heart breaks for Uvalde. — Tim Ryan (@TimRyan) May 25, 2022Health and Democracy are on the ballot this year and we need to get ready to flip Ohio Blue.
Humor (with a "Who Lost the Week?" poll)
Have a fabulous long holiday weekend .... and week ahead. A NOTE about TODAY’s POLL — regular readers are aware that my poll contestants are either (a) bad/hypocritical folks getting their comeuppance, or (b) otherwise good people who massively screwed-up. Listing the children victimized in Texas (alongside Josh Duggar and The Southern Baptists) is the subject for someone else’s poll, just not here. 1974)...... and finally, for a song of the week ...........................… one song from my misspent youth that I paid little attention to was Cherish — performed by The Association. Here is the original version … as well as the best cover version I could find: by the Four Tops.
Dawn Chorus: Back to the Chiricahuas
If racing from hotspot to hotspot to maximize species count is not your ideal birding, Earthwatch is for you. The focus is primarily on biology — birds, mammals, herps, insects and plants — but it is also used by geologists and others. The drought that has been affecting the southwest has not spared the Chiricahuas. The Chiricahuas aren’t just a owl hotspot, of course (as if that’s not enough). Lucifier Humming Bird at Ash Canyon Bird Sanctuary, a lively spot with a diverse mix of species.
Pillow Man now thinks the Georgia GOP primaries were rigged, because the results were bad for Trump
It was stoled [sic]. It was stoled [sic]. The algorithm went through Georgia in I don’t know how many counties out of 159, I think it’s like 100 and some. Maybe one day he’ll kick this new addiction and go back to, I don’t know, selling pillows? Check out Aldous J. Pennyfarthing’s four-volume Trump-trashing compendium, including the finale, Goodbye, Asshat: 101 Farewell Letters to Donald Trump, at this link.
Warzone ...USA.. Shootings in America
Graduation shooting in Georgia . Multiple teen casualties were reported after a shooting broke out at a graduation party on Saturday morning. Police in Thomaston, Georgia, confirmed to WSB-TV that they responded to the deadly incident a little before 1 a.m. www.msn.com/…ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - One person was shot and killed at a graduation party in Thomaston early Saturday morning. The second shooting victim 17-year-old Elijuan Wright and a 15-year-old were treated with serious injuries, according to police.
Ancient America: Florida, 1000 CE to 1300 CE
Henry Bowden writes:“These traders may have played a missionary role, spreading religious interest along with impressive new ceremonies while introducing new merchandise.”Temple MoundsThe structure of the Apalachee villages in Florida reflected their hierarchical chiefdom. The largest of the seven mounds at this site is 36 feet (11 meters) high and measures 270 feet and 300 feet at its base. There were two rows of benches around a central fire and a dance area that was 65 feet (20 meters) across. Grand Shell Ring SiteBy 1000 CE, the Timucua were occupying the Grand Shell Ring site. Fort Walton SiteAbout 1300 CE, Indian people at the Fort Walton site began construction of the Temple Mound.
Sunday Good News ? WineRev! ? 2 Polls: WWtW? ... AND ... Sunday Good News Roundup without a Poll?
Good morning 2thanks! The maps indicate the approximate locations of members of the Good News Roundup community in 2019 and 2021. Tech Talk for KosacksLoad-More Workaround (Revisions of 3/15/2022 in bold): On a desktop or laptop, to banish the Daily Kos Load More buttons, click this link , which opens the main Daily Kos page and shuts off the Load More buttons at the same time. On a desktop or laptop, to banish the Daily Kos Load More buttons, which opens the main Daily Kos page and shuts off the Load More buttons at the same time. After a long day, Gnusies meet in the evening shade and continue sharing Good News, good community, and good actions.
In about 48 hours it will get real bad for RU
You know most of their contract soldiers contracts expire in 48 hours. I guess Putin could try and hold them there — but that will about do it for his ability to get any more contract soldiers — and boy talk about a morale problem. It is bloody and all that in the box — but great for UKR overall operational goals. They can just play defense and be able to hold off more than 3 times their numbers. I am way too old to care — and I just like to get to the point anyway at this point in my life.
Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: The Bigger Picture
There’s a disconnect in Texas between public sentiment toward guns and the state’s increasingly lenient public policy toward gun ownership. Dan Patrick following mass shootings that had occurred around the time. Zack Beauchamp of Vox says that, in fact, mass shootings in the United States tend to lead to looser gun laws. “We find no significant effect of mass shootings on laws enacted when there is a Democrat-controlled legislature. OK, I think everyone realizes that none of what Republicans are saying about how to respond to mass shootings will translate into actual policy proposals.
Why Ella?
Ella is on the autism spectrum, and lives at home with us. Ella is not equipped to handle the pain and discomfort. Afterward, we went for a long, rambling drive, which Ella always enjoys as she listens to her Spotify playlist. Shit shit shit shit shit shit shit. I hear Ella upstairs right now, as I write this so early on a Sunday morning after another long night, whimpering in her sleep.
The Right To Write About Melania
One of many pictures of Melania cozying up to Pence2) Political figures have power over citizens, which gives citizens the right to know who they are. Pulitzer Prize–winning Washington Post reporter Mary Jordan wrote a biography (The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump) and she says Trump sent Melania to interview VP candidates and she favored Pence who was last on Trump’s list, and Trump eventually chose Pence. Melania steers Trump to make political decisions that she wants, even when Trump doesn’t want to. Therefore, Melania doesn’t deserve special treatment. Everything I write about Melania is for the public good, and whether readers agree with me or not, that is my goal.
My Grandson Was a Genius
My Grandson was a GeniusMemorial Day. The day the US of Northamerica honors its military veterans, living and those lost in battle. My grandson, Army Ranger 2Lt Travis Alan Morgado, leading his platoon in Afghanistan ten years ago was blown to bits by an IED. My grandson was a civil engineer, a graduate of the University of Washington. I want everyone to know that my grandson Travis died for his country.
Let Us Use The Power we Do Possess
Simply sign up for a Advocate premium membership and you'll automatically see this data on every article. The various reasons for moving us to war are irrelevant when they are shown to be lies to justify gratuitous mass murder. This dynamic may well be wherein lies the power of the mostly ignored many. Rehashing some of the lies promoting justifying mass murder is a bit tedious but instructive. Still, we can do this if we determine to step up to the task and not let a single innocent be killed on our behalfDon Scottenscotten6@gmail.com
Black Music Sunday: Smalls' in Harlem was truly a jazz paradise
The four most popular were Small’s Paradise, the Cotton Club, Barron Wilkins’s Exclusive Club, and Connie’s Inn. x YouTube VideoAs YouTuber Mark Jones notes:Charlie Johnson's Paradise Orchestra was the house band for the popular Harlem club, SMALL'S PARADISE, during the 1920s. x Francis Wolff on #JimmySmith: "I first heard Jimmy Smith at Smalls' Paradise in January of 1956. Two years later he brought his new organ sound to New York City and debuted at Small's Paradise in Harlem. I’ll close out our visit to Smalls’ Paradise with the R&B sound of of the aforementioned saxophonist King Curtis—who I got to hear, live at Smalls’!
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).
Three women left to die in 'sweltering' heat of apartment complex, attorney says
Lorna Barnes, a resident at James Sneider Apartments, told ABC 7 she had seen one of the women before she died. “She always had a positive outlook on everything.”Blisset said a maintenance worker found her aunt’s body when her best friend came by to check on her. "It's like my best friend, mom; mom was my father, my mother, my best friend, I mean just everything." Alderman Maria Hadden, of the 49th Ward, told ABC 7 that just isn't true. Attorney Steve Levin, who is representing Osborne's family, told ABC 7 the claim that building managers thought they couldn't turn on air is "absurd."
Ukraine update: As Russia presses in on Severodonetsk, other areas are open to counterattack
Even as a new brigade of Ukrainian forces trains in the west, President Volodomyr Zelenskyy has fretted over the exhaustion of forces in the east. Then some of those Russian forces were reportedly peeled off to deal with Ukrainian advances north and east of Kharkiv. Then more of those Russian forces were reportedly sent to assist in capturing Lyman and assaulting Severodonetsk. All of which results in a significant decrease in “density” of Russian forces near Izyum. x #Ukraine: Ukrainian forces in the East, using drone-dropped munitions, managed to destroy a Russian BTR-82A APC concealed next to buildings.
U.S. Empire, Haiti, and the Tragic Suppression of Liberation Theology
In contemporary terms, it pits liberation theology against its more domesticated counterpart. As such, today's readings connect firmly with the struggle for justice throughout the Global South and particularly in Haiti. Haiti & Liberation TheologyI reference Haiti in particular because just last week the history of that long-troubled island was brought to our nation's attention by a shocking series of articles in The New York Times. France even went so far as to force Haiti (under threat of invasion) to pay reparations to former French slaveholders for their lost "property." 2 2 1Rate It | View RatingsMike Rivage-Seul Social Media Pages:Mike Rivage-Seul is a liberation theologian and former Roman Catholic priest.
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.
How Georgia’s Latinx community is working to ‘out-organize’ voter suppression
Georgians went to the polls in record numbers during the May 24 primary ahead of the crucial 2022 midterm elections, despite renewed GOP efforts to suppress the votes of the state’s communities of color. Such laws disproportionately impact people in low-income communities and communities of color, and they are being passed at a moment when the power of communities of color to shape election outcomes is rapidly increasing. Case in point: Georgia’s Latinx community has grown by 30% over the past decade and now comprises 10% of the state’s population. In this on-the-ground report for our special series “Defending Democracy in the 2022 Midterm Elections,” TRNN’s Jaisal Noor and Jeffrey Moustache speak with organizers from the Georgia Alliance of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO), an advocacy group that helps Latinx voters unlock their political power, about how they are working to “out-organize voter suppression” by mobilizing and empowering the state’s Latinx community. Pre-Production/Studio: Jaisal Noor, Jeffrey MoustachePost-Production: Jaisal Noor, Jeffrey Moustache, Cameron GranadinoThis story is part of a series that was made possible with the support of the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous and compelling reporting about responses to social problems.
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.
Gun Lobby Intervened Against a Republican’s Gun Law. Then He Lost His Seat.
In Colorado, a spokesperson for the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners called Wist “a sellout” on Friday and said the organization had no choice but to work against him. And I don’t think you’d really think that Indiana is a hard left state, by any means. So there’s a group called the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, a very active gun rights organization. Are the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners similar to the National Rifle Association? But in Colorado, Rocky Mountain Gun Owners is the gun rights group that seems to have the most sway.
Some Republicans Fume at Michigan GOP for Defending Candidates Busted for Fraud
After spending years pushing former President Donald Trump’s “Big Lie,” the Michigan Republican Party is defending its own candidates who were caught up in a massive fraud scheme. Paul Cordes, chief of staff of the Michigan Republican Party, told the board that disqualifying the candidates over fraudulent petition signatures would disenfranchise voters. “The Michigan Republican Party candidates ran garbage operations,” tweeted Stu Sandler, political director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee and former executive director of the Michigan GOP. “The fact the Michigan Republican Party is defending all this fraud is embarrassing.”Craig called Thursday’s outcome a “travesty” and vowed to file an “immediate appeal” to the courts. Fraud is fraud, and under Michigan law, candidates are required to submit a minimum of 15,000 lawfully collected signatures.
Starbucks Workers United Wins in US’s Most Anti-Union City
The Starbucks Workers United union campaign continues to produce astounding election wins week after week. Greenville Is the Most Anti-Union City in the StateGreenville is even more anti-union than the rest of South Carolina. Intrepid worker-organizers lead the Starbucks union campaign:After resisting the company’s anti-union onslaught, Starbucks Workers United won two NLRB elections in Buffalo in December 2021. If the campaign continues to spread and win, Starbucks Workers United might challenge Greenville’s reputation as the most anti-union city in the country. Starbucks Union Is Reaching Areas Other Union Campaigns Couldn’tOver the past several months, Starbucks Workers United has won victories — often by overwhelming margins — in several locations in which unions are unaccustomed to winning.
Nobel Laureate Calls for Ending Intellectual Property Rules for COVID Vaccines
Social entrepreneur and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus on Saturday called for a comprehensive waiver of intellectual property rules for Covid-19 vaccines and treatments, declaring that “freeing” the technology “from profit and patent is the key” to a global health system that puts human lives above corporate profit. In an op-ed published Saturday in Stat news, Yunus — who’s previously joined with other Nobel laureates in pushing for an end to intellectual property barriers — pointed to the global inequality in access to vaccines. “Wealth is power,” wrote Yunus. And that means “removing barriers like intellectual property rules.”That needs to happen this month, he said, with world leaders taking a step they’ve so far refused to do in the pandemic—backing a comprehensive waiver of parts of the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement. He also called out the U.S. for backing a waiver solely on vaccines.
Apple Store Showdown: Inside the Battle for Union Representation
Apple has hired Littler Mendelson, an employment law firm, to blunt the labor push. It also has furnished store managers with talking points, including that unionizing could result in fewer promotions and inflexible hours, which was reported earlier by Vice. And employees who are on the fence or against the union push were reluctant to speak with The New York Times. In a statement, Mr. Rosenstock said the company provided numerous benefits to retail employees, including health care, tuition reimbursement and family leave. Apple has countered the union push even as online orders diminish the importance of its stores.
Lavish Projects and Meager Lives: The Two Faces of a Ruined Sri Lanka
HAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka — The international airport, built a decade ago in the name of Sri Lanka’s ruling Rajapaksa family, is devoid of passenger flights, its staff lingering idly in the cafe. The cricket stadium, also constructed on the family’s orders, has had only a few international matches and is so remote that arriving teams face the risk of wildlife attacks. And then there is the port, the biggest of all the monuments to the Rajapaksas, a white elephant visited almost as much by actual elephants as by cargo ships before it was handed over to China in the face of impossible debt. As Sri Lanka grapples with its worst ever economic crisis, with people waiting hours for fuel and cutting back on food, nowhere is the reckless spending that helped wreck the country more visible than in Hambantota, the Rajapaksa family’s home district in the south. This enormous waste — more than $1 billion spent on the port, $250 million on the airport, nearly $200 million on underused roads and bridges, and millions more (figures vary) on the cricket stadium — made Hambantota a throne to the vanity of a political dynasty that increasingly ran the country as a family business.
Green Energy Complicates the Taliban’s New Battle Against Opium
The Taliban government of the 1990s ultimately managed to reduce opium cultivation. But after the U.S.-led invasion in 2001, opium taxes and smuggling helped fuel the Taliban’s own 20-year insurgency. Now, with the Taliban back in power, the insurgents turned politicians are again struggling to eradicate opium cultivation and the rampant addiction problem that has come with it. The Taliban announced on April 3 that poppy cultivation had been outlawed, with violators to be punished under Shariah law. But stamping out opium will be more difficult than ever because of a shift by poppy farmers to green energy.
Opinion | To Fight Monkeypox, Remember the Lessons of Covid and H.I.V.
should widely release the details of its monkeypox testing protocols so that more labs around the country can develop and run their own tests for monkeypox. should also issue guidance to all labs with credentials to perform complex laboratory tests and clarify what regulatory authority, if any, they will exercise over monkeypox tests developed elsewhere. Prioritizing people at immediate monkeypox risk, such as those with a recent close contact, is essential. We cannot let monkeypox become a disease of those disconnected from health care access. As experts provide preventive care to those at higher risk, researchers must also initiate studies to answer essential questions about monkeypox transmission.
Opinion | Uvalde Needs Our Prayers
It is hard to sum up how deeply religious the response to this tragedy in Uvalde has been. Teenagers were holding signs on Main Street that read “Prayers for Uvalde.” Sam Garza told me prayer groups were popping up all over the city. There is a saying in the Christian tradition that comes from monastic practice: “Ora et labora.” Pray and work. It tells us that prayer and work, contemplation and action, are held together and inform one another. In Uvalde, I heard many times that “prayer is powerful.” I believe that.
Pope Francis Announces 21 New Cardinals
ROME — Pope Francis announced Sunday that he would create 21 new cardinals in August, selecting clerics from all corners of the world to reinforce the church’s global reach, as he has done with past choices to the rank of cardinal. Eight Europeans did make the list, though only four are eligible to vote for Francis’ successor, while the only North American is Msgr. The College of Cardinals is responsible for the election of a pope, and its composition naturally impacts the selection of future pontiffs. This is the ninth set of cardinals that Francis has tipped for a “red hat,” and of the 21 men, 16 are under 80, the cutoff age to vote on a new pope once Francis dies or retires. Five of his picks are too old to vote, including three from Italy, one from Belgium and one from Colombia.
Russia-Ukraine war live updates Zelensky makes rare trip outside Kyiv to visit front-line forces in Kharkiv
Turkey remains to be persuaded that it should back NATO membership bids from Sweden and Finland, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says. Talks with the two countries last week in Ankara “were not at the desired level,” he told reporters. Finland and Sweden abandoned decades-long military neutrality and applied to join NATO earlier this month, citing security concerns as Russia continues its war in Ukraine. Turkey, the United States and the European Union have labeled the PKK a terrorist group. Sweden has denied giving “financial assistance or military support” to Kurdish militants.
First she documented the alt-right. Now she’s coming for crypto.
AdvertisementA 28-year-old software engineer who writes Wikipedia articles for fun, White is an odd figure to make the crypto industry cower. Crypto forums on Reddit are awash in stories of people losing their life savings after investing in high-profile crypto coins and projects. Non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, a special kind of crypto technology that connotes ownership of a digital image, video or song, broadened the industry’s appeal by bringing in artists, marketers and musicians. “The crypto industry has benefited from the siloing of journalism,” McKenzie said. “Some people get a lot of joy in seeing average people who’ve bought in to crypto losing money,” she said.
Jane Lynch leads a gleeful tour of Illinois, the actor’s home state
AdvertisementA: I was born in Dolton, Ill., and went to Illinois State University in Normal, getting an undergrad degree in theater arts. A: In terms of Chicago theater, it’s an actors’ town. Here are her recommendations:? Avanti’s Italian Restaurant on the campus of Illinois State University. ? The Illinois Shakespeare Festival, live outdoor summer theater at Ewing Theatre in Bloomington, just off the campus of Illinois State University. Real Chicago pizza is thin crust with tangy, sweet tomato sauce, and no one does it like Aurelio’s.
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.
‘We are not okay’: Teachers react day after Texas school shooting
By Anna BrandMay 25, 2022Teachers around the country woke up on a school day the morning after the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Another watched students “like a hawk” every time the door creaked open. And a teacher of 40 years now thinks of his school as a war zone. Responsible for far more than the education of their students, educators across the country are once again on the front lines of crisis. We asked teachers in the U.S.: What do you want to say in the wake of the Uvalde shooting?
‘Death to Arabs’ chanted in Jerusalem march
One large group chanted “Death to Arabs,” and “Let your village burn down” before descending into the Old City. Last year, after weeks of Israeli-Palestinian unrest in Jerusalem, authorities changed the route of the march at the last minute to avoid the Muslim Quarter. But it was too late by then, and Hamas militants in Gaza fired a barrage of rockets toward Jerusalem as the procession was getting underway. Despite the recent unrest, Israeli leaders decided to allow this year’s parade to take place along its traditional route through the Muslim Quarter. Jordan controlled east Jerusalem until Israel captured it in 1967 and it remains the custodian over Muslim holy sites.
Air travelers face cancellations over Memorial Day weekend
NEW YORK — Airline travelers are not only facing sticker shock this Memorial Day weekend, the kickoff to the summer travel season. More than 1,500 flights were canceled as of 9:50 p.m EDT Saturday, according to flight tracking website FlightAware. Delta Air Lines suffered the most among U.S. airlines, with more than 250 flights, or 9% of its operations, eliminated on Saturday. Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, where Delta is based and has its largest hub, experienced heavy travel delays. Delta noted in an email to The Associated Press that Saturday’s cancellations were due to bad weather and “air traffic control actions,” noting it’s trying to cancel flights at least 24 hours in advance this Memorial Day weekend.
North Carolina Republican: NRA has been pushed to the right
The National Rifle Association’s position on gun laws has become more conservative due to pressure from grassroots gun rights organizations, Republican former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said Sunday. Asked by host Chuck Todd of NBC’s “Meet the Press” to respond to a 1999 clip of NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre arguing in favor of mandatory background checks for purchases at gun shows, McCrory argued that the NRA was a more moderate organization under pressure to go further to the right of its executives’ positions. “They’re being pushed, politically, more to the right on this political issue, as President [Donald] Trump was during his term, where he was going to institute some policies. And then, he was pushed to reverse that decision,” McCrory said.
They Did Their Own ‘Research.’ Now What?
“It was ‘she needs to do her own research,” Professor Carrion said, rather than we need to do ours. Medicine is a highly credentialed field addressing life-or-death matters which, as practiced, expects a great deal of trust from patients. For a medical expert to warn of the perils of “doing your own research” on vaccines, for example, is to either preach to the converted or to demand trust where it has already been lost. But nobody’s been around very long, which makes the idea of “researching” your way to prosperity feel more credible. Just DYORIn crypto, the uses of DYOR are various and contradictory, earnest and ironic sometimes within the same discussion.
How Do You Find an Apartment in N.Y.C. These Days?
My wife, Marcella, and I were both working from home since the start of the pandemic and we really needed more space if our apartment was going to be both our home and office. The apartments from one management company all appeared to be really well renovated and in older buildings. When we reached out, they quickly provided pictures of some units that might be coming to market, and again we were impressed with what we saw. So either we wait for it to hit the market and risk losing out on it or sign without a tour. We tracked down a floor plan and we decided it was worth taking the risk.
Will exercise, meditation or reiki help if you can’t find a therapist?
ExerciseIts benefits for improving mood and mental health symptoms have been cited in many studies. It’s not a do-it-once-and-feel-better practice, however, and effectiveness will depend on what you’re experiencing — depression, anxiety or some other condition. “The science is really strong about that.”Trauma informed yogaDesigned for people who’ve experienced trauma, trauma informed yoga (TIY) aims to restore a sense of control to those who’ve lost theirs. CBD productsAs marijuana becomes more accessible across the country, many are turning to CBD products to relieve mental health symptoms. If that alone is helpful to you, then great.”These techniques are most effective for people suffering “mild to moderate” mental health symptoms, California psychiatrist James Lake said.
Where to see art gallery shows in the Washington, D.C., region
Such found objects abound in the Washington Sculptors Group-sponsored show, which features work by 48 Mid-Atlantic artists, a few represented by more than one entry. Jenny Wu assembles small pieces of pigment in patterns to make a sculpture that’s also a painting. Sculpture Now 2022 Through June 3 at Harmony Hall Arts Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. Sally DaviesIn her Art League show, “Our Fractured Life,” photorealist painter Sally Davies employs two distinct modes to visualize pandemic-period isolation. Sally Davies: Our Fractured Life Through June 5 at the Art League, Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria.
My classmate was fatally shot decades ago. That trauma lasts.
I am a mother of two trying to make sense of the elementary school shooting that occurred in Uvalde, Tex., not far from where I grew up. I know that because I lost a classmate to a mass shooting in Texas three decades ago. My eighth-grade classmate Blanca Garcia was shot and killed at a birthday party that was attended by half my classmates. Even before the Uvalde shooting occurred, I was thinking about my middle school classmate because of an email I received weeks ago. On Wednesday, I spoke to one of my former middle school classmates, Henry Hernandez Jr., who became a lifelong educator in San Antonio.
‘Diablo Immortal’ aims to be a breakthrough hit for AAA mobile games
Placeholder while article actions loadIn 2018, longtime Blizzard game designer Wyatt Cheng announced “Diablo Immortal” for mobile devices. Since then, “Diablo Immortal” has boosted its reputation, as alpha and beta tests proved the game was a full-throated, classic Diablo experience. “I do believe ‘Diablo Immortal’ is going to change a lot of people’s minds on what they think of as a mobile game,” Cheng told The Washington Post. Let’s elevate the standards for what people can expect from a mobile game.”According to Global Industry Analysts Inc., the worldwide mobile gaming market is expected to reach $139.5 billion by 2026. Advertisement“I have three kids and they’re all teenagers and they don’t make the same distinction between console, PC or mobile,” Cheng said.
Her tribal regalia was banned at graduation. So she worked to change the law.
“It ruined my graduation day.”Principal Dennis Heaton said sacred eagle feathers were allowed on graduation tassels, but beadwork was not allowed on caps. Spencer Cox signed HB30 into law, making it illegal to prevent Indigenous students from wearing cultural regalia at school ceremonies. AdvertisementAcross town at Cedar City High School, Emalyce Kee was also told last year that she couldn’t wear a graduation cap that had been trimmed in gold beadwork by her uncle. Kee’s high school has a controversial history regarding Native American students, she said, noting that since the early 1940s, the school’s mascot had been the Redmen. Hatch said the district has 12,531 students, and 290 of them are Native American, including 17 seniors.
Comic: Life in Ukraine amid months of war with Russia
This week marked 90 days since Russia invaded Ukraine. The people, and the whole country, will never be the same. We’ll be hearing phantom sirens for years. We’ll be afraid to plan our lives for more than a week. But the main task now is to win, while still preserving our sanity.
At a time when bird-watching meant bird-killing, Florence Bailey had a different idea
“I think she’s a really interesting person,” said Lisa Alexander, executive director of an organization Bailey helped found in 1897, the Audubon Naturalist Society, in Chevy Chase, Md. Bailey decried the insatiable hunger the millinery trade had for birds. Advertisement“The history of the Audubon movement involved a lot of women naturalists,” said Alexander. “It’s women who were really appalled by the slaughter of birds for fashion and food. ).”Because of the damage they did to native birds, cats — along with English sparrows — were among Bailey’s least-favorite things.
Agatha grows to hurricane, poses dangerous flood threat to Mexico
Forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami estimate a 30 percent shot of eventual redevelopment. AdvertisementAccording to Philip Klotzbach, a hurricane researcher at Colorado State University, Agatha is the earliest hurricane in the eastern Pacific since 2015. Agatha is likely to become just the third eastern Pacific hurricane to make landfall during May on record. In the event that Agatha strikes Mexico as a Category 3 major hurricane, it would be a first for May. The National Hurricane Center estimates a 30 percent chance of redevelopment as broad low pressure again gathers.
Rams Super Bowl Champ Aaron Donald Signed Contract with Kanye West's Donda Sports
"So to be a part of that, and be one of the best first athletes to be a part of that, it's pretty dope. Kanye partnered with Pro Bowl receiver Antonio Brown to form Donda Sports this year, with Brown referring to himself as the president of the company in a February Instagram post. Brown has seven Pro Bowl selections in his career, but the 33-year-old has appeared in just 16 games over the last three years and recently said he doesn't plan to play in 2022. Donald is a much bigger star at the moment, coming off his first career Super Bowl title with the Rams. "We got a lot of different things that are planned."
Sheriff: Husband suspected in killings of woman, 3 kids
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. — A mother and her three young children were shot to death and the suspected gunman — her husband — has been hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the head, a sheriff in central Michigan said Saturday. Describing the shooting as “heartbreaking,” Miller said the children were all under the age of 10. Miller said evidence suggests the woman’s husband was responsible for the deaths. “It’s tragic by all accounts.”The person who alerted authorities was outside the home when deputies arrived and was not shot, he said. “There’s no better place I’d rather raise my kids at.”The shootings have taken an emotional toll, he said.
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
Federal judge orders ex-Proud Boys leader to be detained until Jan. 6 trial
WASHINGTON — A federal judge has ordered that the former national chairman of the right-wing Proud Boys organization remain held until his trial following his arrest and indictment in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. Releasing Enrique Tarrio before his trial would not reasonably assure the safety of the community, U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly wrote in a ruling, denying his request for release while awaiting trial. He ordered Tarrio be held at a federal detention center in Miami, Florida, the state where Tarrio was arrested in March. In a screengrab made from video, Stewart Rhodes of the Oath Keepers, wearing a cowboy hat, and Enrique Tarrio, right, in a garage in Washington on the night of Jan. 5, 2021. Kelly's ruling upheld the decision of a federal magistrate judge in Florida, who ruled in March that there were no conditions of release which could assure public safety.
Matthew McConaughey visits hometown of Uvalde after shooting to meet with families
Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey visited Uvalde, Texas, his home town, following the mass shooting on Tuesday that killed 19 children and 2 adults, according to Texas Rep. Tony Gonzales. McConaughey met with families and community members on Friday at the Uvalde Civic Center. Gonzales tweeted out pictures of McConaughey meeting with members of the Uvalde community on Friday. "Appreciate Uvalde native Matthew McConaughey helping us heal." In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, McConaughey shared a statement on social media, which doesn't directly mention gun safety but says "we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us."
Republicans offer contrasting views on gun law reform
Democrats have called on Republicans in the wake of the shooting, which killed 19 students and two teachers and injured over a dozen more, to join them in their long-stalled efforts to reform gun laws. Many Republicans have pointed to mental health, not guns, as a key driver in mass shootings. “What we have to do is stop the motivation that causes these criminals, these horrific individuals to do what they do,” Brooks said. The moderate Republican said among other changes he was open to raising the age to purchase long guns to 21. My side’s not coming forward with reasonable ways to defend an amendment that we think is very important,” Kinzinger said.
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.
For Russian-Speaking Ukrainians, Language Clubs Offer Way to Defy Invaders
A former comedian, Mr. Zelensky grew up speaking Russian, but switched to Ukrainian in 2017 before running for office. Under his leadership, Kyiv strengthened its Ukrainian language law in 2019, requiring schools and public places to use Ukrainian. Russia pointed to this law before its invasion to argue that Ukrainian Russian speakers were under attack. They were also subject to population transfers under Stalin, whose government expelled more than half a million Ukrainians to Russia. This brought many Russian engineers and technicians to eastern Ukraine, as well as specialists from other parts of the Soviet Union, and they used Russian as a common language.
This triple pea salad recipe gets extra crunch from fried farro
Triple Pea Salad With Crunchy FarroThis salad would also be great with a creamier cheese, such as burrata or feta, or with salty ricotta salata. Fold the towel over and pat the farro dry, then unfold and let the farro air-dry while you prep the rest of the salad. Step 4Trim and de-string the snow peas and, if needed, the sugar snap peas. Cut the snow peas and sugar snap peas on the bias into 1/2-inch pieces. AdvertisementStep 6Transfer the farro to the serving bowl with the vinaigrette, along with the English peas, snow peas and sugar snap peas.
With tents outside county office, Fairfax reviews pledge to end homelessness
Placeholder while article actions loadIn 2008, Fairfax County launched an ambitious “Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness,” with the goal of ending homelessness in the Northern Virginia suburb within 10 years. Nearly 1,200 people in Fairfax are considered to be homeless, according to a spot count conducted in January. The Board of Supervisors directed county staff to search for sites where more supportive housing could be developed. “Turnover is typically quite high among the staff at the shelters,” said Thomas Barnett, deputy director of the Office to Prevent and End Homelessness. She and her friend, who became homeless after her husband left, have been in their tent in Reston since February.
How I overcome jealousy in my polyamorous relationship
For most of my life, I have not felt jealous in romantic relationships. But when I became polyamorous, I felt jealous for the first time, and it made me feel insecure and scared. I was so ashamed and disappointed in myself for not being the “calm and cool” person I’d always been. But through some hard work, I’ve come to understand that jealousy is just a feeling, and it does not make me less of who I am.
Opinion | Another monster hurricane season looms as we dawdle on climate change
A recent study published in the journal Nature Communications finds that climate change made these storms far worse than they would have been without human-caused global warming. But there is increasingly little doubt that human-caused warming is heating ocean-surface temperatures, which fuel big storms. They mapped out how the hurricane season would have proceeded without climate change and compared it to what happened. The three-hour extreme rainfall rate was 11 percent higher than it would have been absent climate change, they found, and the three-day extreme rainfall accumulation total was 8 percent higher. The study’s authors noted that their results are just one indication that climate change is worsening hurricane strength in a variety of ways.
‘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.