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North Korea rejects AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine over side-effects, think tank says
North Korea has rejected planned shipments of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine that were being organized under the global COVAX distribution scheme due to concerns over side effects, a South Korean think-tank said on Friday. COVAX has said it would provide nearly 2 million doses of AstraZeneca's shots to North Korea. The first batch had been expected in late May but was delayed amid protracted consultations, South Korea said last month. North Korea has not reported any Covid-19 cases, a position questioned by South Korean and U.S. officials. Lee added that North Korean authorities had become concerned about the AstraZeneca vaccine after reports of rare but serious blood clotting events among some people who received it.
Donald Trump Jr. Mocks Texas At CPAC Dallas And Gets The Tumbleweed Treatment
Donald Trump Jr.’s mockery of Texas during his Conservative Political Action Conference speech in Dallas on Friday was met with crickets. Texas has always led the charge,” Trump Jr. said, eliciting cheers from the audience. “We got to work on that stuff because those people have lost their minds,” Trump Jr. added, to mainly tumbleweed from the crowd. — Kyle Ruggles ?? ? ?? (@kyleruggles) July 9, 2021Even *our* jokes are better than this — TrivWorks (@TrivWorks) July 9, 2021Tough room. ? — Kit Indigo (@kitindigo) July 9, 2021Texas-sizes cringe — Black Lives Matter KC (@BLM_KC) July 9, 2021Hold on....I'm from New Zealand but.....isn't Austin IN Texas?
Injuries continue to plague the Nationals in series-opening loss to the Giants
With two outs in the fourth, when Espino poked a single, Gerardo Parra was sent by third base coach Bobby Henlety and thrown out at home by center fielder Steven Duggar, at least five steps shy of scoring. With one out in the seventh, with runners on first and third, Parra ran on a sharp grounder to shortstop Brandon Crawford, the infield drawn in, and was thrown out by another wide margin. He thought it was hit slower and not straight at Crawford. And in the eighth, after the Nationals loaded the bases with three consecutive hits against Tyler Rogers, Parra reached for a first-pitch slider and hit into a threat-killing double play.
Surging California wildfire prompts Nevada evacuations
California’s northern mountain areas already have seen several large fires that have destroyed more than a dozen homes. Although there are no confirmed reports of building damage, the fire prompted evacuation orders or warnings for hundreds of homes and several campgrounds in California along with the closure of nearly 200 square miles (518 square kilometers) of Plumas National Forest.
World’s cartoonists on this week’s events
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Rep. Madison Cawthorn Warns Door-To-Door Vaccines Could Lead To Taking Of Guns, Bibles
along comes uber-right Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) with a warning Friday that health care workers coming to homes to vaccinate people could also be out to grab Americans’ guns and Bibles. “Now they’re talking about going door-to-door to take vaccines to the people,” Cawthorn complained in an interview with the Right Side Broadcast Network at CPAC in Dallas, adding that the plan would require a “massive” operation. Madison Cawthorn says Democrats are going to go door-to-door to every home in America and force vaccinate us, and it’s actually a dry run for when they show up to take away our guns and Bibles. — Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) July 9, 2021Madison Cawthorn says today that Biden’s plan to send people door to door to offer vaccines is really a plot to confiscate people’s bibles and guns. pic.twitter.com/h6CPdJwv9t — Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) July 9, 2021Madison Cawthorn said we are going to be going door to door to take people's guns and bibles?
Wide-ranging Biden competition-boosting executive order includes perks for consumers
Rachel Maddow reports on a new executive order from President Biden that is meant to boost competition across the economy in a way that benefits workers, but includes measures to make life easier for consumers as well.
Dangerous heat wave to bake West, potentially break records
As heat set in across the West from what could be a record-breaking heatwave, some flights at Las Vegas' airport were canceled due to high temperatures Friday. The city could match an all-time record high of 117 degrees this weekend, he said. The airport in Grand Junction, Colorado, saw an all-time record high of 107 degrees, breaking the previous record of 106 from 2005. In the face of the weekend's high heat, California officials were urging residents to conserve power and cooling centers around the state were open. The world's all-time heat record had been considered to be 136 degrees in Libya on Sept. 13, 1922.
Michigan AG to probe 'election fraud' grifters; Trump lawyers may face reckoning Monday
Rachel Maddow reports that Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel will follow up on a recommendation in a state Republican-led report that found that some false election fraud claims were so egregious and tied to fundraising schemes that they warranted investigation for fraud. Meanwhile, Donald Trump's lawyers who pushed false election fraud claims are facing possible disciplinary action in court on Monday.
Sham Surveillance Safeguards Vs. Tucker Carlson
James Bovard skewers the civil liberties watchdog board, calling it the same kind of lap dog as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The NSA later claimed that it had done earlier legal analyses that justified XKeyscore but refused to share them with the oversight board. This “finding” was kept secret from the public and the vast majority of Congress — as well as from federal judges who heard cases challenging the constitutionality of federal surveillance regimes. Edgar Hoover Memorial Vacuum Cleaner,” but that didn’t stop the civil liberties watchdog board from heartily endorsing it. The watchdog board, unlike Sen. Wyden, failed to issue any pre-Snowden warnings that federal surveillance regimes were out of control.
Eating Endangered ? Current Affairs
Pizza and grilled chicken: the perfunctory nod to ethnic cuisine in the form of a vindaloo or a paella: lots of grease—and once in a while, an endangered species. In 1973, Congress passed the Endangered Species Act, which provided a framework for funding conservation efforts and proposed the necessity of safeguarding critical habitats. In fiscal year 2016, federal and state agencies spent at least $1.6 billion on threatened and endangered species. Of course, in reality, endangered species lists and animal farming are two sides of the same coin. There’s another endangered fish that humans continue to eat in droves, except this one is much more famous: bluefin tuna.
We're building a blueprint to win back rural America
It’s time to stop talking about winning rural districts and time to start actually bringing home a win. Here’s the deal: Democrats have been losing, often by wide margins, in rural districts nationwide for decades. As long as Republicans can count on winning rural seats without a serious fight, they will always have outsized influence. Democrats need to figure out how to win these rural districts. We have a tremendous opportunity to get back on track to winning rural districts nationwide.
Street Prophets Friday: Exploring Summer (photo diary)
Like the old Rako tile factory, now mostly used by other companies this was once the heart of Czech ceramic tile manufacturing. As a young ceramics teacher, I used to visit this factory to buy clay in bulk. The outskirts of townWild mosaic tile work decorating the gate and sides of this house probably indicate that an employee of Rako lived/lives here. We started the day by helping our friends cut down a row of spruce trees that had outgrown their usefulness. I should have much more from this week to share over the next couple of my diaries.
California's oil and gas regulatory agency denies 21 Aera Energy fracking permit applications
In April, the Governor directed CALGEM to prepare regulations to ban new fracking permits by 2024. In 2021, CalGem has issued a dozen fracking permits through March 8, the agency said on its website. In 2020, CalGEM issued 83 fracking permits after an independent review by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, but also denied 57 permit applications. The company receiving the most fracking permits was Aera Energy, followed by Chevron. “Denying fracking permits is one step in phasing out oil and gas drilling in California,” Tucker said.
School Districts Must Actively Reject Assault on Teaching Truth of US History
So it is really disturbing that the White Christo-Fascists have now taken aim (again) at public education, specifically targeting “woke” teachers. Public education – and public school teachers who collectively are the most unionized of any profession and tend to support Democrats – has been a target of right-wing conservatives going back to Reagan, and the fight to force prayer in school and public tax money for parochial schools. Already, there have been literal attacks on school board members and meetings, and right wingers taking over seats on school boards. States have passed bans on teaching critical race theory but what does that mean practically? But because Texas has one of the highest populations of public school students (approximately 5 million) it carries undue influence on national textbook publishers and the content that they include — or do not include — in their textbooks.
FOX News Keeps Lying About Biden's Vaccine Outreach
However, in a rare display of honesty, another Fox News anchor delivered some factual information about the Biden outreach program. Gillian Turner interviewed Fox News contributor Marc Thiessen and presented him with what the program is actually doing. Thiessen, however, wasn't moved:Turner: In the Biden administration's defense, they're insisting with this door-to-door strategy they're not showing up with needles. x Fox News contributor Marc Thiessen complains that Trump wasn't included in the PSA featuring the other living former presidents promoting the vaccines. Thiessen went on to complain that Trump wasn't included in a public service ad that featured all of the living former presidents promoting the vaccine.
Phase One begins with stealing underpants and making previous guy House Speaker in 2022
"The Conservative Political Action Conference is the largest and most influential gathering of conservatives in the world. plan to restore Donald J. Trump in days, not years,” which involves installing Trump as speaker and ousting Biden & Harris. The value form of a commodity contrasts with its physical features as a 'use value' or good - e.g. x QAnon shirts are being sold at CPAC Dallas for $25. Some degree of confrontation is more than likely this weekend in Dallas, where Trump himself will deliver the keynote address on Sunday afternoon.
After 2 City Council Members Resign, GOP Heavy Council to APPOINT Replacements, Deny Voters Election
So the summer job was an excuse by homeless haters to push him off the city council. One Chico City Councilmember is optimistic the resting site near the airport will be O.K. 2020 was the first election that city council members were voted on by district rather than city-wide.) www.actionnewsnow.com/...x BREAKING: Chico City Council voted Tuesday night to fill the two vacant council seats through the appointment process. https://t.co/h31wtR0qlb — Action News Now (@ActionNewsNow) July 7, 2021Let voters decide —x We call on the Chico City Council to hold a special election to fill the two council seats that are now open.
Surgical Respite
So, a short time before COVID hit me, I had what was supposed to be a minor, hah, elective, hah, outpatient surgical procedure. I shrieked like a fire siren), and that the followup was badly botched, leaving me with far more damage than I went in with. I countered that I wanted New Doc to be thinking about fixing the damage, not wondering if I’m litigious. What I *don’t* have, though, is any desire to see Trump, hear Trump, read about Trump, read about people who worked with Trump, read about what Trump has done or might do or might have done or would do if he were a decent person in a parallel universe, etc. So I am awarding myself a brief period of post-surgical Trump Respite.
Cawthorn NC-11: Door to Door Vaccine effort? "They could then go door-to-door to take your Bibles."
Madison Cawthorn, making the rounds at CPAC today. I cover Madison Cawthorn’s latest antics almost weekly at North Carolina Open Thread and DKos Asheville. x Madison Cawthorn says today that Biden’s plan to send people door to door to offer vaccines is really a plot to confiscate people’s bibles and guns. 5:40More CawthornNorth Carolina Open Thread: Covid resurgence, Farm Act, CRT, Medical marijuana, Cawthorn's CornerNorth Carolina Open Thread: Cawthorn's world and moreDKos Asheville Open Thread: Reparations, Elder John Hayes dies, Cawthorn's Corner and Things to doNorth Carolina Open Thread: Deadly force disparity, Tillis treason, Nikole Hannah-Jones, CawthornNorth Carolina Open Thread: Justice, Child marriage, Art Pope, NC Trumpism and Cawthorn's CornerAll U.S. House districts, including the 11th Congressional District of North Carolina, are holding elections in 2022. General election candidatesNote: The candidate list in this election may not be complete.
Conservatives attempt to overturn another election in Loudoun
“Over the past six months, the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Loudoun County, Buta Biberaj, has made impressive improvements to her office. She has my full support as she continues to make changes that will benefit all citizens of Loudoun County,” stated Chair Phyllis Randall of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. The group holding the press conference said it intends to bring in individuals from outside Loudoun County to help their efforts to remove our duly elected Commonwealth’s Attorney. The Loudoun County Democratic Committee has worked for decades to organize communities to win an unprecedented streak of elections. We will ensure that power-hungry outside groups cannot undo that with cheap signs and hand-picked soundbites.
PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN---DAY170---Evening Shade-Friday
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 9, 2021x President Biden: "Capitalism without competition isn't capitalism. — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 9, 2021x President Biden is nominating Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to be Ambassador to India. https://t.co/6Q4YSENmOY — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 9, 2021CHARLOTTESVILLEx CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Charlottesville says on Saturday it plans to remove statue of Confederate Gen. Lee that drew white supremacists to city. — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 9, 2021NEW YORKx NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. public health officials say vaccinated teachers and students don't need to wear masks inside school buildings. @playbookdc — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 9, 2021
ALERT! Hypocrisy on the Left: Activists try to keep MTG from joining the Jan. 6 Investigation
Common Cause sent out mailers asking people to sign a petition to prevent Marjorie Taylor Green from being on the Jan. 6 Investigating Committee. Common Cause is engaging in hypocrisy if they think it’s appropriate to prevent any committee member nominated by the other party from participating. We can’t unite our country by refusing to have a dialogue with people with whom we don’t identify. We must be willing both to have a conversation and to assume each of us has valid reasons for our thinking. If MTG is out of order at any point during the meetings, then the appropriate party can respond appropriately.
Rightwing SCOTUS' Disregard of Constitution's Plain Text Signals Dark Days Ahead: 'BradCast' 7
The second states that "The CONGRESS shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation." "And I do think it's worth noting that all of the Reconstruction amendments expressly empower Congress to enforce them. What five of us say on this Supreme Court overrules what everyone says in Congress and the elected democratic branches. Stern also joins Hasen's (and my) anger in seeing SCOTUS blatantly ignore Congress's express intent for Section 2 of the VRA to prevent voting laws that result in the disenfranchisement of minorities. "The law says very explicitly that any voting restrictions that results in disproportionate impact on racial minorities is illegal."
?Classic Poetry Group:Summer Art Expo 2021 & Memorial-Some highlights,and verse?
(From 'The Song of Wandering Aengus') ?Highlights From Summer Art Expo 2022:Photography by MarsangesMarsangesMy friend, in a winter jacket in cold rainsinks away into a dark miasma. Casts a dramatic shadow, as if it had a hidden wild soul,although it just is a little peaceful insectwhose caterpillars live on willow and birch. -MarsangesMarsangesMoths: Idaea humiliata, Macaria alternata, Eupithecia subumbrataPAINTING BY RALPHDOGRALPHDOGDrawing by niemannRed watercolor pencil on yellow acrylic on bristol board. He is still very much alive in the past…All moments, past, present and future, always have existed, always will exist. But my backyard frogs and my heron overflights make him uneasy,as if out of place in the Suburbs.
Psaki to GOP: Failure to Provide Accurate Public Health Info ... is Literally Killing People
This week President Biden discussed his administration's outreach program aimed at getting more people vaccinated against the coronavirus. The details were presented by Press Secretary Jen Psaki at the Daily Briefing on Tuesday. Needless to say, that crackpot conspiracy exists only the minds of Kilmeade, his Fox confederates, and their dimwitted viewers. Let me first say that the failure to provide accurate public health information, including the efficacy of vaccines and the accessibility of them to people across the country, including So. But I would say that what this is, and what this is not, it is not federal employees going door-to-door.
Polling shows American Jobs Plan popularity 65% when Green Infrastructure included & explained
New polling on Green Infrastructure:BY MARCELA MULHOLLAND AND DANIELLE DEISEROTHThese elected officials and groups understand that the climate crisis is the most pressing infrastructure challenge our nation faces. As such, an infrastructure package that doesn’t center climate, isn’t much of an infrastructure package at all. But even if you ignore this (which you shouldn’t) and look strictly at the politics and polling, it’s clear that passing a climate-focused infrastructure package is the only electorally viable path forward for Democrats. Democrats are heading into 2022 with history stacked against them — over the last decade the party in power has only come out on top in the midterms two times — so they should be firing on all cylinders to make the case to voters that Democrats deliver results that will positively and directly impact voters’ lives.
Friday Night Beer Blog: The Almost Seventy-Percent Solution Edition
As everyone here knows, President Biden set a goal of 70% of American adults aged 18+ getting at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot by July 4. I’ll be happy to check in 6-7 weeks, although hopefully we’ll have hit 70% adults with one jab before then. The beer industry modestly (or in one case to be mentioned, maybe not so modestly) did its part to try encourage Americans to get closer to that goal, with different variations of a “beer and a shot” campaign, i.e. free beer upon proof of vaccination. Self the loser mentioned 5 weeks ago in this FNBB about NJ’s “Shot and a Beer” campaign, with many NJ craft breweries participating.
Top Comments: Notebook #7- The Morning of Independence Day Eve
Just because I haven’t been on The Tramp Trail for some time around these parts doesn’t mean that I don’t recognize new faces (plus enough old faces to keep me grateful). He looks...a little rough; anyone would look a little rough if they’ve been on the Tramp Trail for a little while. (Being on the Tramp Trail is a little different from being homeless.) It was still rather early that morning so I was content to return home empty handed of drugs, for once. (And since I remember how heavy that Chicago Tribune was, I am 100% sure that it was a Sunday morning.)
Kitchen Table Kibitzing, July 9, 2021: Cool drinks
Not hot drinks, cool drinksKitchen Table Kibitzing is a community series for those who wish to share a virtual kitchen table with other readers of Daily Kos who aren’t throwing pies at one another. Newcomers may notice that many who post in this series already know one another to some degree, but we welcome guests at our kitchen table and hope to make some new friends as well. But as blazing hot weather will be upon many of us any day now, here is a collection of cooling, nonalcoholic drinks to help beat the heat. Aguas Frescas (Mexican Fruit Coolers)Peach TeaTOASTED COCONUT HORCHATA (DAIRY-FREE & VEGAN)Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Iced Tea)Mint Iced TeaGina's Homemade LemonadeThese are sweet flavors. Of course plain water is the best hot water drink of all.
What Toyota Did After They Heard From You
You spoke out and guess what…Toyota heard and reactedDo you want to know about how they’ve just acted? They’ve reversed their policies regarding their PACand won’t give any more to those condoning theJanuary 6attack...those in Congress who refused to certify the '20 election results. Toyota responded to us all and to all our pointed insults! The bank announced it's going to ditch fossil fuel finances -their fossil fuel business connections...their monetary alliances. It’s hard work…but look at what together we can achieve!
Basketball-playing math genius wins national spelling bee, makes history as first African American
With Avant-garde’s win, the streak of at least one Indian American champion every year since 2008 is broken. “I’m hoping that in a few years I’ll see a whole lot more African American females, and males too, doing well in the Scripps Spelling Bee,” Avant-garde told ABC’s Good Morning America. After tying for 370th place in 2019, #Speller133 Zaila Avant-garde wins the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee. #SpellingBee #TheBeeIsBack pic.twitter.com/wHfYeU4CNl — Scripps National Spelling Bee (@ScrippsBee) July 9, 2021Not only is Avant-garde a great speller, but she’s also an accomplished basketball player. x This is the National Spelling Bee champion pic.twitter.com/8DnJLytG7H — tony parker (@tonyparker32) July 9, 2021Avant-garde’s talents seem to be endless.
New York City leaders want you to ignore the workers boycotting a parade supposedly in their honor
“A parade does not bring this workforce out of the poverty wages they are now being paid,” Oren Barzilay, the president of a union that represents more than 4,000 first responders, told the New York Daily News, describing attendance at the parade as like crossing a picket line. “It is far past time that the city gives this workforce the respect they deserve in livable wages. The Early Retirement Incentive was not passed, and Essential Worker pay seems to have disappeared.”The parade included 14 floats and 260 groups of essential workers, including first responders (some of them, anyway), child care workers, transit workers, delivery workers, and more. Funeral industry workers who had to deal with the many, many bodies the pandemic produced were initially left out, then included after protest. Eric Adams, the newly announced winner of the Democratic mayoral primary, did attend the parade, telling reporters, “We need to honor them [essential workers] with pay equity ... we need to show them the respect they deserve.”
History’s Verdict: Taney, Fuller, Roberts
History’s Verdict: Taney, Fuller, RobertsThree Chief JusticesTaney, Fuller, RobertsEach one for each centuryBleeding out the timeEmptying the epigraphEQUAL JUSTICE UNDER LAWFilling in four hollow wordsThree separate complete liesIn justice the People cryFour truths in three plain wordsWE SHALL OVERCOMECopyright 2021 Redfire
The Two Songs That Will Lead to Dozens of COVID Deaths In England Over The Next Few Weeks
As the sports fanatics among you may know, the England soccer team has participated in the Euro soccer tournament in the most ungentlemanly and un-English manner. Equally obviously, raucous singing and excitable reactions to England goals do not maintain COVID-safe conditions. It’s clear that Boris’s government is deliberately orchestrating a Summertime explosion of mild cases so that England reaches herd immunity by the Fall. This will initially be for those eligible for a flu vaccination. The hope is that the booster and flu vaccines can be given at the same time.
FBI’s bizarre system of categorizing domestic terrorists continues to infect Biden’s strategy
“Pursuing that goal includes reducing the factors contributing to domestic terrorism. But elsewhere, the Strategy shows a reliance on the FBI’s deeply flawed approach to categorizing domestic terrorist threats. This is a structural problem that was created in 2017, when Congress first began demanding that the FBI explain its categorization of domestic terrorism and report back with data. … By 2017, the FBI had invented a new domestic terrorism program category it called the “Black Identity Extremism movement”. But there’s not a lot in the Strategy that requires them to actually focus on violence.”The key, he says, will lay in whether the Biden administration can reshape an agency with a long history of resisting efforts to confront far-right domestic terrorism.
Republicans aren't just telling a Big Lie—they're a domestic terror threat to our democracy
So while Democrats inoculate the country, put checks in people's bank accounts, and hone their messaging for the midterms, Republicans have capitalized on the Big Lie to tilt the electoral system even further in their direction. In light of Trump's deranged fantasies of being "reinstalled," she wrote, "we need to really start understanding the Big Lie as a terrorist ideology." Rangappa also linked to a CNN clip from last week, in which she teased out why the Big Lie should viewed as a terror threat. Of course, Republicans are also pushing that threat at the highest levels of government. "We have basically a domestic terror movement which is represented in Congress and is continuing to be promoted," Rangappa added.
Voting Rights Roundup: Texas GOP unveils new voting restriction bills after Dems blocked last one
Although the bills do modestly expand the availability of early voting in smaller jurisdictions, those less populous counties are disproportionately white and heavily Republican. Voting Access Expansions? California: California Assembly Democrats have advanced two bills in committee, both of which aim to make voting easier and ensure that votes get counted. Both bills were already passed by the Democratic-run state Senate last month, but require approval by additional committees in the Assembly. The second bill seeks to ensure that military and overseas voters, including those who have disabilities, have equal access to same-day voter registration. The 4-0 ruling that the law violated the state constitutions' right to vote guarantee comes despite GOP Gov.
07.10.2021 Ian "Coming out of the haze"
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! I spent most of it in a theraflu induced haze, but the good news is, I am getting better!
Insomniacs' Vent Hole with James Corden
SPOILER WARNING: A latenight gathering for non-serious palaver that does not speak of that night's show. This 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. She told me they had really good pictures and I’ll get a report next week.
Texas holds man on $100,000 bond for voting three months before his parole ended
Now, Rogers is being prosecuted by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's office for allegedly voting illegally. So first off, let’s talk about why Rogers’ vote in the primary last year was a crime:In 1995, Rogers was arrested and sentenced to 25 years in prison for burglary and intent to commit theft. He was out on parole May 20, 2004, and his parole was set to end June 13, 2020. “Super Tuesday” was March of 2020, so this man’s crime, such as it was, is that he voted three months before his parole would have ended. Ken Paxton, fine upstanding man and good Christian that he is, is throwing the book at Rogers:His bail is set at $100,000.
PWB Peeps: In the Neighborhood: The Money Tree
“It's a money tree,” said Junie“Huh?” said Hack. “It's called a money tree because it's got little things like quarters hanging on it,” she said. “Wrapped it like a money tree, didn't they,” Hack said. “This is a money tree. “The female tree produces the dollar bills after it's pollinated by this one,” said Dr. Buddig.
previous guy has already pulled his box cutter after the Flight 93 Election
2016 is the Flight 93 election: charge the cockpit or you die. You—or the leader of your party—may make it into the cockpit and not know how to fly or land the plane. Even the White House press corps misses the chaos. “I think everyone probably misses the ease of it, having so many willing leakers,” said the young White House reporter. It claims credit for the economic progress the country has made and tells the Chinese people to be grateful.
Have you made, or snagged some good pics lately that you thought were good or funny enough to share?
I sometimes find photos (gifs/jpgs) that I think are very funny or very good commentaries, so I save them. I thought that I would share some in a light-hearted diary to try to bring a good start to our weekend. Please feel free to comment on the ones that I have shared, or even better, add your own. BTW you can no longer by Jew’s Ear Juice by that name, here is the whole innocent storyDo you have any to add?
Caught on video: Worst lawmakers urge extremists to flood Manchin
Sinema and Manchin are tools. That’s what Rick Santorum, Andy Biggs, and other white supremacists were saying to a room full of right-wing extremists. They beg them to flood Sinema and Manchin with calls thanking them for saving the filibuster. There were no calls for bi-partisanship when the GOP had full control of the federal government, or when they packed our courts. Manchin and Sinema are either incredibly naïve or truly don’t care about the people who are suffering and will continue to suffer under GOP rule.
The African American who introduced inoculations to the Western World
One piece of this disinformation campaign lost to history is that the principles of inoculation were first introduced to the Western world by a black African slave in Boston Massachusetts. In this time before modern medical treatment or a robust understanding of infectious disease, Onesimus was one of the few people in the city with the knowledge to slow the outbreak. But when Boston experienced that smallpox outbreak in 1721, Mather promoted inoculation as protection against it. He cited Onesimus’ African folk medicine as the source of the procedure. A total of 280 individuals were inoculated during the 1721-22 Boston smallpox epidemic.
Apparently 'riveted' by the AZ audit, Trump heads to Phoenix for a 'Rally To Protect Our Elections'
Now we need a rally “to protect our election [lies]”—fixed it for him. Perhaps trump, who reportedly is “riveted” by the endless and illegal weirdness in Phoenix, will conduct his own recount. The nearby building they relocated to does not have A/C, only swamp coolers, which seems appropriate for trump. Three days before trump’s June 23, 2020 rally at Dream City Church the Phoenix City Council passed a mask ordinance as Covid deaths spiked. One death that followed soon after was the co-founder of Turning Points USA, Bill Montgomery, who died a month later of Covid.
I'd like to talk about introversion....
Because we really, really, really suck at it. We also find social interactions very, very draining to the point of very quickly reaching utter exhaustion (whereas extroverts are energized by social interactions, and the noisier and more crowded and more flamboyant the better). Social interactions that can cause us to fall into dark zero-energy despair can be as simple as that one next door neighbour who wants to chat every. So I tried - I really, really tried - to explain that introversion (as well as extroversion) is genetic and something you’re born with. Thank you, thank you all, I never in a million years imagined I’d get even one hit, let alone THIS many.
Show Me on the Doll Where Critical Race Theory Touched You
I don’t know about y’all, but the first post-Turd Reich Independence Day felt pretty dang sweet to this masked drunkard. But then, just in the nick of time, along came critical race theory. And no, they couldn’t correctly define “critical race theory” if their lives depended on it, but I’m sure you’ve noticed, as the list of shit the American Right gets objectively wrong lengthens, their devotion to their disinformers only grows more fervent. Anyway, definitions are for cucks, these kids know CRT when they see it, and they see it absolutely fucking EVERYWHERE. Speaking of which HOLY CRAP LOOK OVER THERE IT’S CRITICAL RACE THEORY!
Overnight News Digest: Arts and Humanities
But first:Welcome to the Overnight News Digest with a crew consisting of founder Magnifico, current leader Neon Vincent, regular editors side pocket, maggiejean, Chitown Kev, Interceptor7, Magnifico, annetteboardman, jck, and Besame. Alumni editors include (but not limited to) Man Oh Man, wader, palantir, Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse (RIP), ek hornbeck (RIP), ScottyUrb, Doctor RJ, BentLiberal, Oke (RIP) and jlms qkw. Editors of OND impart their own presentation styles and content choices, typically publishing each day near 12:00 AM Eastern Time. From Artsy:8 Artists Who’ve Had Breakout Moments at Auction This Summer Colin Gleadell ) clocked up £313 million ($433.7 million) in 10 sales last week. London’s modern and contemporary art sales at Sotheby’s and Christie’s (with only a smattering of Impressionists ) clocked up £313 million ($433.7 million) in 10 sales last week.
Oh, look, The Former Guy thinks Kimberly Guilfoyle is 'annoying'; join the club, Biff
Donald Trump Jr.’s screeching banshee of a girlfriend? “Trump thinks Greitens is problematic, and that Kim is annoying,” said one Trump adviser. Donald Trump only supports sexual predators that he handpicks. Get them all, including the finale, Goodbye, Asshat: 101 Farewell Letters to Donald Trump, at this link. Or if you prefer a test drive, you can download the epilogue to Goodbye, Asshat for the low, low price of FREE.
Finally, Former Guy's fingers are off Social Security
CNBC is reporting here that Biden has fired Andrew Saul — the Donnie Deathcount appointee to head the Social Secuirty Adminstration who refused to resign. BTW< Saul is refusing to leave and says he “will sign back in to work Monday”. Wonder what he will do when his passwords and card keys don’t work and his email address is cancelled? Oh, Saul claims this will leave “the agency in complete turmoil”. I think that turmoil is actually the sound of a massive sigh of relief.
Biden signs sweeping anti-trust executive order to make life fairer for American workers, consumers
Make it easier and cheaper to repair items you own by limiting manufacturers from barring self-repairs or third-party repairs of their products. It directs the agencies to focus enforcement in particular "on labor markets, agricultural markets, healthcare markets (which includes prescription drugs, hospital consolidation, and insurance), and the tech sector." The order also asks the FCC to limit excessive early termination fees ISPs charge for people switching providers. Biden insisted Friday that "competition works," and has made the U.S. the "wealthiest and most innovative nation in history." This executive order, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Thursday, has the "overarching objective" of making sure the "President is encouraging competition in industries around the country."
Cheers and Jeers: Rum and Shots In Arms FRIDAY!
And now, our feature presentation…-Cheers and Jeers for Friday, July 9, 2021Note: Tonight's C&J is paired with a 1945 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild Jeroboam. “Daily Kos imploding? I’d better put on my concerned face!” It appears that the post-Yearly Kos month from hell is continuing for Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, the proprietor of the Internet's premier liberal blog Daily Kos. “Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha...psych!” Such internal squabbling comes at the same time that many prominent Democrats seem to be privately expressing concern about the direction the "netroots"—the self-described Internet grassroots movement of liberal bloggers and their loyal followers—are taking the Party. Fifteen years and fourteen successful Netroots Nation conventions later, "The" Daily Kos continues to not implode.
Biden: 'We are in a competition with China to win the 21st century'
"We're in a competition with China and other countries to win the 21st Century," the president said to a standing ovation. In its first 100 days, the Biden administration is trying to convey to China the message: "Don't underestimate the United States. © APThe Biden administration has repeatedly made clear that an important piece of America's plan to win the great power competition with China is bolstering its alliances. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a progressive Democrat from Vermont, greets President Biden in the House Chamber on April 28. © APThe Biden administration is still in the midst of a lengthy policy review of U.S. strategy on China.
Texas doesn't want to enforce its new abortion law, it wants your neighbors to do that
Your neighbors are.”So not only can ordinary citizens sue anyone getting an abortion but they do not have to be connected to them, just confirm that the abortion reported was done so successfully. “Every citizen is now a private attorney general,” Josh Blackman, a constitutional law professor at South Texas College of Law Houston said. Additionally, by offering a cash incentive to citizens, Texas is essentially bribing its citizens to violate the lives of others. According to The Texas Tribune, proponents of the law hoped to get around legal challenges including abortion restrictions in the courts. Without officials enforcing the laws, abortion providers are unable to sue officials in connection to the restriction laws.
President Biden goes on offense with visit to critical swing district won twice by Trump
Biden's visit gave Rep. Underwood an opportunity to tout Democratic successes on the American Rescue Plan along with what she plans to continue fighting for moving forward. "The American Rescue Plan saved our economy and it spared us from even worse hardship," Underwood said in a statement. x When we invest in families, we invest in our children’s futures, our communities, and the economy. I was so honored to welcome @POTUS to our community to discuss the American Families Plan at McHenry County College. pic.twitter.com/hY8UcuwULs — Rep. Lauren Underwood (@RepUnderwood) July 8, 2021x In our community, the American Jobs Plan and the American Families Plan would help create a brighter economic future for everyone.
DOJ constructing a database of images and videos to assist in Jan. 6 prosecutions
Every single piece of evidence released on the events of Jan. 6 only makes things worse. In the past six months, it’s become clear that intelligence agencies and police repeatedly downplayed the threat represented by Trump’s white supremacist supporters. And it’s become clear that rather than putting the brakes on these threats, Republicans did everything they could to encourage violence. ‘Most of all, we’ve seen that the television coverage of that day barely hinted at the level of aggressive brutality used by those smashing their way into the Capitol. Even as Republicans in Congress have tried to pass off that day as a “tourist visit,” newly released videos continue to show additional incidents of extreme violence.
News roundup: Allies, liars, backtracking, screwing over women, and fixing tech
Today in the news: Calls coming to get our allies from Afghanistan out as soon as possible. Republicans and their media allies can’t stop lying about vaccines. Toyota finally reversed its despicable decision to donate money to elected insurrectionists. Texas restricted abortion … and then some. President Biden continues to take actions to help American workers.
Biden admin announces policy limiting ICE detention of pregnant immigrants. But will it be followed?
In 2012, back in my reporter days, an ICE spokesperson told me that they didn’t detain pregnant women at all. “Several women report being ignored by detention staff when requesting medical attention or experiencing serious delays even during health emergencies involving severe bleeding and pain,” the complaint said. Teresa, one woman described in the report, was four months pregnant when she suffered a miscarriage while in detention. Yet ICE detention numbers have nearly doubled from April, despite pleas from lawmakers and advocates that it not again detain immigrants released due to the pandemic. ICE is endangering thousands through its actions, because it still has no official, nationwide vaccination plan in place.
Science, not speculation, is essential to determine how SARS-CoV-2 reached humans
Statement in support of the scientists, public health professionals, and medical professionals of China combatting COVID-19. Statement in support of the scientists, public health professionals, and medical professionals of China combatting COVID-19. 12 Joint WHO-China studyWHO-convened global study of origins of SARS-CoV-2: China part. Statement in support of the scientists, public health professionals, and medical professionals of China combatting COVID-19. All authors contributed to the 2020 Correspondence in The Lancet in support of the scientists, public health professionals, and medical professionals of China combatting COVID-19.
Most Americans Support Tough Stance Toward China on Human Rights, Economic Issues
And nine-in-ten Americans say China does not respect the personal freedoms of its people. Only on human rights-related issues – both the perception that China’s human rights policies are a major problem and support for promoting human rights in China – do Democrats and Republicans largely agree. Nearly two-thirds of conservative Republicans say China is an enemy (64%), while only 37% of moderate or liberal Republicans say the same. By a nearly four-to-one ratio, Americans think China has done a bad job handling climate change, with 45% saying China has done a very bad job. When asked whether the U.S. should prioritize economic relations with China or promote human rights in China, 70% of Americans choose human rights, even if it potentially harms economic relations with China.
The lab-leak hypothesis for COVID-19 is becoming a conspiracy theory
Though there is no direct evidence for either idea, the natural origins hypothesis has scientific precedence. The coronavirus family of viruses, that SARS-CoV-2 is a part of, have spilled over into humans (SARS and MERS) and caused pandemics. Now, the lab-leak hypothesis has taken on the rhythm and melody of conspiracy theory. SARS-CoV-2 uses its spike protein to bind tightly to ACE2, a protein on cell surfaces in humans and other animals. The lab-leak hypothesis is a scientific deus ex machina, a narrative shortcut that points a finger at a specific set of bad actors.
‘Politics was always in the room.’ WHO mission chief reflects on China trip seeking COVID-19’s origin
‘Politics was always in the room.’ WHO mission chief reflects on China trip seeking COVID-19’s originScience ’s COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Heising-Simons Foundation. Q: But what led you to use the “extremely unlikely” label? We ended up with a five-phrase scale: “extremely unlikely,” “unlikely,” “possible,” “likely,” and “very likely.” It’s more an illustration of where these hypotheses are to help us organize our planning of future studies. Now that you’ve been there, do you have more reason to say it’s “extremely unlikely” than before? Some people have said the Wuhan press conference was basically a public relations (PR) win for the Chinese government.
The Covid-19 Lab Leak Theory Is a Tale of Weaponized Uncertainty
The Covid-19 pandemic originated in the city of Wuhan, in China, in November or December of 2019. It’s the only lab in the country with Biosafety Level 4 facilities, the most secure on the BSL scale. Some scientists at that lab in Wuhan were doing coronavirus research under a lesser security grade, BSL-2 as opposed to BSL-4. These can be places where viruses evolve as they move from animal to animal. OK: Does that mean Covid-19 might have somehow leaked out of a laboratory to become a global scourge?
WHO-convened Global Study of Origins of SARS-CoV-2: China Part | Joint WHO-China Study, 14 January-10 February 2021 - World
Throughout 2020, WHO continued to discuss with China and other Member States the need to study and share information around the virus origins. The Terms of Reference for the Virus Origins Study were completed by fall 2020. Find the terms of reference of the Global Study of the Origins of SARS-COV2 here. The joint international team comprised 17 Chinese and 17 international experts from 10 other countries as well as the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE); and WHO. Find the list of the members of the international team here.
Theory That COVID Came From A Chinese Lab Takes On New Life In Wake Of WHO Report
Now, though, the lab leak hypothesis seems to have found new life. On Tuesday, the World Health Organization released a joint report with Beijing on the origins of the pandemic following a four-week investigation in China. It concluded, among other things, that the lab leak hypothesis was "extremely unlikely." But WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he does not believe the team's assessment of the lab leak possibility was extensive enough. In a joint statement, they did not mention the lab leak theory, but the Biden administration hasn't ruled it out.
Most Americans now believe the coronavirus originated from a laboratory in China
Two in five Democrats (43%) believe it’s probably true the virus had a laboratory beginning, a 10-point increase since last year (33%). Two-thirds of Independents (65%) now think the coronavirus originated from a laboratory in China, up 17 points from last year. Former President Trump has asserted since April 2020 that the coronavirus originated in a laboratory in China, but he did not provide evidence for the statements. About one in five Democrats (21%) believe the coronavirus emerged via natural mutation in the wild, something just 4% of Republicans stand behind. More Republicans approve of the Democratic president’s handling of COVID-19 than approve of his overall job performance.
Poll: 83 percent support US action against China if Wuhan lab theory is proven true
A vast majority of voters support U.S. action against China if evidence is found proving that the coronavirus was leaked from a Wuhan lab, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds. Eighty-three percent of registered voters in the May 30-June 1 survey said they support the U.S. government taking action towards China if new intelligence reveals that COVID-19 originated in a lab in the city, while 17 percent of respondents oppose any action. The Hill-HarrisX survey found strong support from voters across party lines to impose action on China if new evidence reveals the lab leak theory to be true. Eighty-seven percent of Republicans, 83 percent of Democrats, and 80 percent of independents said the U.S. should take action against China in that event. Only 18% would respond with sanctions on senior Chinese leadership and 6% want to boycott the 2022 Olympics,” Nesho added.
Kamala Harris tells Guatemala migrants: 'Do not come to US'
The proposed anti-trafficking and anti-smuggling measures will struggle to unpick the sophisticated criminal networks, which run the migrant and drug routes north. Despite much talk of creating jobs and incentives inside Guatemala, many know that Washington's plan also involves bolstering the police and security forces to better prevent migrants from leaving in the first place. And the promise of hundreds of millions in development aid will also ring alarm bells over exactly how those funds will be administered.
Glenn Greenwald rips media who 'pretended' to have scientific knowledge on coronavirus origins
Journalist Glenn Greenwald joined "Media Buzz" on Sunday to sound off on the media who "pretended to have scientific knowledge" on the origins of coronavirus, but who he says intentionally dismissed the Wuhan lab leak theory to keep "telling American liberals what they want to hear." "I think this is an extraordinary media debacle - probably one of the worst aside from Russiagate - over the last say five or six years," Greenwald said on Sunday. But the media "treated it as a conspiracy theory to the point where you should be kicked off social media." Nothing has changed, Greenwald observed, "except for the fact that Donald Trump is no longer president." "And American liberals didn't want to hear that maybe Trump was right about the origins of this virus, and so they just pretended they had scientific knowledge that that theory was a conspiracy theory," he added.
Steve Bannon gave an interview to conspiracy site linked to his billionaire benefactor
Citation From Steve Bannon's February 27, 2020, G News interviewSTEVE BANNON: It is time that we’ve got to force the world, we have to force the financial world, we have to force the business world, we have to force the media world, we have to force the political world. …The whole world -- the power in the world has been able to look away from what the Chinese Communist Party has wrought, OK? The virus, the demon virus is coming from them, OK? And it doesn’t matter if you’re a billionaire, it doesn’t matter how much money you have, what’s your political office, what’s your title is, it doesn’t matter. …This virus will take down the Chinese Communist Party, mark my words.
Scientists close to the Wuhan virologist lab break silence, push away latest conspiracies
Wuhan Institute of Virology. I am confident that science will eventually prevail by discovering the progenitor virus in nature one day!" The scientist noted that some clips of the video "unearthed" by Markson were taken from a publicity video released by the WIV in 2017. "Yet the scientist faced explosive claims on social media after he changed his conclusion. Scientists worldwide should stand together to work on this issue, as well as hobble those who wants to squeeze on this topic for their own purposes, the epidemiologists said.
Tom Cotton keeps repeating a coronavirus fringe theory that scientists have disputed
“It’s true that a lot is still unknown,” Cui said when CBS host Margaret Brennan asked about Cotton’s claims. “But it’s very harmful, it’s very dangerous, to stir up suspicion, rumors and spread them among the people. For one thing, this will create panic. Another thing is that it will fan up racial discrimination, xenophobia, all these things that will really harm our joint efforts to combat the virus.”
Trump claims to have evidence coronavirus started in Chinese lab but offers no details
And China might even tell us.”Pressed to explain what evidence he had seen that the virus originated in a Chinese lab, Trump responded, “I can’t tell you that. On Friday, Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, said: “What we have before us doesn’t suggest that (a lab in Wuhan) is a likely source”. Pompeo pressed China to let outside experts into the lab “so that we can determine precisely where this virus began”. After initially praising the Chinese government’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, Trump has reversed course in recent weeks, blaming China for not containing the virus more quickly. The Chinese government said on Thursday that any claims that the coronavirus was released from a laboratory were “unfounded and purely fabricated out of nothing”.
Lab Leak Theory Mainstreamed By Journalistic Frauds Who Love War
Comparisons to Iraq’s non-existent WMDs have been made by both critics and promoters of the lab leak theory. It's an even more potentially powerful narrative because the lab leak theory fits nicely into the new foreign policy doctrine of the United States: Great Power Competition. There are two main variants of the lab leak theory, one in which China’s incompetence is to blame and another in which it’s China’s malfeasance. It would therefore serve the American public to be critical of the motives driving coverage of the lab leak theory or risk being dragged further into confrontation. Origins of the lab leak theoryIt did not take long for the “lab leak theory” to get mainstream attention, even if dimmissive in the beginning.
THREATS AND RESPONSES: THE IRAQIS; U.S. SAYS HUSSEIN INTENSIFIES QUEST FOR A-BOMB PARTS
Administration officials also assert that the acquisition of nuclear arms might embolden Mr. Hussein and increase the chances that he might use chemical or biological weapons. Nuclear weapons are his hole card.'' the official added, referring to a potential military campaign to oust Mr. Hussein. The closer Saddam Hussein gets to a nuclear weapon, the harder he will be to deal with.'' Conscious of this lapse in the past, they argue that Washington dare not wait until analysts have found hard evidence that Mr. Hussein has acquired a nuclear weapon.
Trump Has Called Climate Change a Chinese Hoax. Beijing Says It Is Anything But.
Despite overwhelming scientific evidence that the world’s climate is changing, the president-elect of the United States, Donald J. Trump, has long been on the side of the deniers. In 2012, he posted on Twitter a couple of messages that asserted that climate change was a hoax that China had devised to secure an unfair trade advantage, presumably because the Obama administration was seeking to curb coal consumption in the United States. “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive,” Mr. Trump wrote. That message has been reshared more than 104,000 times and “liked” nearly 66,000 times. On Wednesday, a deputy foreign minister of China, Liu Zhenmin, told reporters at a climate conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, that starting from the 1980s, the administrations of Mr. Trump’s Republican predecessors — Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush — supported climate change negotiations under a United Nations panel.
“Wuhan lab” theory proponent Nicholas Wade pushed racist pseudo-science in 2014 book
Over the past month, the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal have all published editorials and op-eds endorsing the “credibility” of the theory that COVID-19 was released from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. On May 6, 2014, Wade published a book titled, A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History. In his new book, A Troublesome Inheritance, the former science writer for the New York Times states this explicitly. After all, when New York Times columnist Bret Stephens quoted from a 2005 paper by Gregory Cochran, Jason Hardy and Henry Harpending, which declared, “Ashkenazi Jews have the highest average I.Q. What could possibly account for the reliance by all three leading US newspapers on a discredited serial fabricator and promoter of racist pseudo-science in their efforts to promote the Wuhan lab “theory”?
We may never know where the virus came from. But evidence still suggests nature.
The Wuhan institute’s most recent chimeric virus used a very different coronavirus as its genetic backbone. There’s just no trace of SARS-CoV-2 in the lab, and if the SARS-CoV-2 progenitor or its building blocks weren’t in the lab before the pandemic, the pandemic could not have started there — even accidentally. This precludes the possibility that SARS-CoV-2 evolved via serial passage in cell culture, or repeated rounds of infection of other cells in a lab, as do other observations about the virus. For the past 18 months, virologists around the world have been studying SARS-CoV-2 in the laboratory, and they have not seen any evidence that it becomes more dangerous to humans in the lab. The opposite is true: The virus loses features key to transmissibility and virulence, forcing researchers to innovate new culture methods to allow the study of antivirals or vaccines.
Troublesome Sources: Nicholas Wade’s Embrace of Scientific Racism
In the second, more ”speculative” half of the book, Wade’s claims about human genetics and evolution continue, but the scientific sources disappear. Wade is not only interested in rewriting the history of human civilization on a grand scale; he also rewrites the history of scientific racism. In what is probably the most ill-judged element of his entire project, Wade decided to devote an entire chapter to the issue of Jewish intelligence and biological distinctiveness. Steven Pinker is one of the leading scientific supporters of evolutionary psychology and biological explanations for psychometric data like IQ; he is also interested in questions of Jewish intelligence. For all of Wade’s supposed concerns about the politicization of science, his book is entirely a phenomenon of the racist, far-right fringe.
The Stakes of Finding COVID-19’s Origins ? Current Affairs
Her team goes out into the wild to find bat coronaviruses and bring them to Wuhan for study. There is a giant collection of hundreds of bat coronaviruses there. The U.S. National Institutes of Health funded studies on bat coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. These may—or may not—have involved intentionally creating bat coronaviruses that were more easily transmitted to humans. We know that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was involved with gain of function experiments involving bat coronaviruses in the past.
As New Evidence Emerges For COVID "Lab-Leak" Theory, Journalists Who Screamed “Conspiracy” Humiliate Themselves
At the very least, Wade demonstrates that the “lab-leak” theory ought not to be discounted. Nonetheless, Cotton aired a version of the lab-leak theory in early 2020. Moreover, Ebright affirmed in a declaration to me his view that the lab-leak theory has actually been the strongest hypothesis about the origin of COVID since… January 2020. But that wouldn’t then justify castigating as a “conspiracy theory” his other suggestions about the potential origin of the virus. Columnist Josh Rogin also just published an article May 6 lauding congressional investigations into the lab-leak theory.
Column: The lab-leak origin claim for COVID-19 is in the news, but it’s still fact-free
AdvertisementYet the report offered no evidence linking the patients’ illness to COVID-19 research at the Wuhan lab. Biden’s directive to the intelligence agencies has been taken as a virtual endorsement of the laboratory origin claim. But the history of virological outbreaks points strongly toward a “zoonotic” transfer of the COVID-19 virus — that is, from animals to humans. The lab-leak theory gains from a superficial plausibility — especially to laypersons. AdvertisementAnother reason for journalistic skepticism was that many professional virologists labeled the lab-leak theory as implausible from the first.
Opinion : Two possible theories of the pandemic’s origins remain viable. The world needs to know.
In a letter published in the journal Science last week, the scientists insist that “greater clarity about the origins of this pandemic is necessary and feasible to achieve.” The signers included Ralph Baric of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who is an expert on coronaviruses and pioneered techniques for manipulating them that were eventually used by the Wuhan Institute of Virology. The letter was organized by David Relman of Stanford University and Jesse Bloom of the University of Washington and endorsed by Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), who chairs the House Energy and Commerce health subcommittee. The letter notes the lopsided deficiencies in an earlier World Health Organization-China investigation, and calls for a “proper investigation” that would be “transparent, objective, data-driven, inclusive of broad expertise, subject to independent oversight, and responsibly managed to minimize the impact of conflicts of interest.”
Listen, Lab Leak (w/ Thomas Frank) – Bad Faith – American Podcasts
Bad Faith · 2021-07-05Last time Brie and Virgil spoke to Thomas Frank the 1/6 riots were ongoing in the background. We also dig into Frank's enormously popular Guardian article on the lab leak theory and what it it reveals about our media that it only now considered "acceptable" discourse. Also, Brie makes Frank listen to some Pod Save America and asks him to weigh in on Obama's seeming ignorance of his own populist charm. Subscribe to Bad Faith on Patreon to join the Bad Faith Discord and instantly unlock our full premium episode library: http://patreon.com/badfaithpodcastSubscribe to Bad Faith on YouTube for video of this episode. Find Bad Faith on Twitter (@badfaithpod) and Instagram (@badfaithpod).
If Covid-19 Came From a Lab, the Media Is Part of the Scandal - The New York Times
If it turns out that the Covid pandemic was caused by a leak from a lab in Wuhan, China, it will rank among the greatest scientific scandals in history: dangerous research, possibly involving ethically dubious techniques that make viruses more dangerous, carried out in a poorly safeguarded facility, thuggishly covered up by a regime more interested in propaganda than human life, catastrophic for the entire world. But this possible scandal, which is as yet unproved, obscures an actual scandal, which remains to be digested. I mean the long refusal by too many media gatekeepers (social as well as mainstream) to take the lab-leak theory seriously. The reasons for this — rank partisanship and credulous reporting — and the methods by which it was enforced — censorship and vilification — are reminders that sometimes the most destructive enemies of science can be those who claim to speak in its name. Think what you will about the Arkansas Republican, but these were reasonable observations warranting impartial investigation.
New information on Wuhan researchers' illness furthers debate on pandemic origins
China reported to the World Health Organization that the first patient with Covid-like symptoms was recorded in Wuhan on December 8, 2019. The director of the Wuhan National Biosafety Lab, which is part of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, issued a strong denial of the report on Monday. The lab has not been aware of this situation, and I don't even know where such information came from." The source declined to say whether the intelligence report mentioning the hospitalized researchers was discussed during the briefing. One critical avenue to finding an answer would be to run genetic sequencing on the original samples that staff at the Wuhan lab were working on.
U.S. intel report identified 3 Wuhan lab researchers who fell ill in November 2019
WASHINGTON — A U.S. intelligence report identified three researchers at a Wuhan lab who sought treatment at a hospital after falling ill in November 2019, a source familiar with the matter tells NBC News. After a year and half of looking, no such host has been identified. U.S. officials say that unless China allows more access to records and people, they may never get to the bottom of it. The P4 laboratory, left, at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on April 17, 2020. Hector Retamal / AFP - Getty Images fileIn April 2020, NBC News reported that the U.S. had indications as far back as November of a possible health crisis in Wuhan.
Three Wuhan lab researchers were hospitalized in November 2019: report
Three researchers at a Chinese lab that has been scrutinized as the possible origin point of the coronavirus pandemic went to the hospital due to an illness in November 2019, according to a new report. Many health experts believe the coronavirus began circulating in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in November 2019. Researchers working in a lab in the Wuhan Institute of Virology on February 23, 2017. The letter also requested more information about the lifting of the moratorium in late 2017 and whether programs and researchers linked to the Wuhan lab were granted exceptions. White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci has repeatedly denied that the NIH funded gain-of-function research in Wuhan, but Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.)
WSJ: 3 Wuhan Institute of Virology researchers believed to seek hospital care in November 2019
A previously undisclosed U.S. intelligence report says three researchers from China's Wuhan Institute of Virology got sick enough to visit the hospital in November 2019, around the time the COVID-19 outbreak first appeared in its Wuhan epicenter, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. The report "could add weight to growing calls for a fuller probe of whether the COVID-19 virus may have escaped from the laboratory," the Journals says. That fact sheet was based on U.S. intelligence, the Journal says. China and the WIV maintain the virus did not leak from the lab. Politics aside, Politico spoke with several experts last week — molecular biologists, virologists, and an evolutionary biologist — about the lab leak theory, and they split between arguing it's possible and explaining why it's very unlikely.
Wuhan researchers sought hospital care in late 2019: US intel
Three researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology became ill enough with symptoms similar to COVID-19 that they sought hospital care in November of 2019, according to a U.S. intelligence report obtained by The Wall Street Journal. The Wuhan Institute of Virology has reportedly not provided raw data, safety logs or lab records on its work looking into coronaviruses in bats. Many consider the virus to have originated in bats before jumping to humans. “The U.S. continues to hype the lab leak theory,” China's foreign ministry told the Journal. "We must take hypotheses about both natural and laboratory spillovers seriously until we have sufficient data."
Wuhan lab staff sought hospital care before COVID-19 outbreak disclosed - WSJ
"Does it care about traceability or is it just trying to distract attention?" Asked about the report, WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said via email that the organisation's technical teams were now deciding on the next steps. He said further study was needed into the role of animal markets as well as the lab leak hypothesis. A joint study into the origins of COVID-19 by the WHO and China published at the end of March said it was "extremely unlikely" that it had escaped from a lab. Reporting by David Shepardson and Andrea Shalal; Editing by Daniel WallisOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
3 Wuhan lab workers were sick enough to go to the hospital in November 2019, report says, bolstering calls to reconsider the coronavirus lab-leak theory
Newly reported US intel found three Wuhan lab workers fell ill with COVID-19 symptoms in fall 2019. Some experts have disputed a WHO inquiry's conclusion that dismissed a coronavirus lab-leak theory. US intelligence found that three researchers at a lab in Wuhan, China, became sick with COVID-19 symptoms in November 2019 and sought hospital care, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. It was known previously that some researchers at the Wuhan lab fell ill. "The lab has not been aware of this situation [sick researchers in autumn 2019], and I don't even know where such information came from."
The origin of COVID: Did people or nature open Pandora’s box at Wuhan?
Wuhan, however, is home of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a leading world center for research on coronaviruses. Its authors were a group of virologists led by Kristian G. Andersen of the Scripps Research Institute. These are the two arguments made by the Andersen group in support of their declaration that the SARS2 virus was clearly not manipulated. In all of China, the pandemic broke out on the doorstep of the Wuhan institute. I have been using the Wuhan Institute of Virology as a shorthand for all virological activities in Wuhan.
Origin of Covid — Following the Clues
Origin of Covid — Following the CluesThe Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted lives the world over for more than a year. Its death toll will soon reach three million people. Yet the origin of pandemic remains uncertain: the political agendas of governments and scientists have generated thick clouds of obfuscation, which the mainstream press seems helpless to dispel. In what follows I will sort through the available scientific facts, which hold many clues as to what happened, and provide readers with…
China rejects report of sick staff at Wuhan lab prior to Covid outbreak
Foreign ministry spokesperson, Zhao Lijian, said it was “completely untrue” that three researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) became sick in autumn 2019. The report, based on “previously undisclosed” US intelligence, said the lab staff had become sick “with symptoms consistent with both Covid-19 and common seasonal illness”. “The United States continues to hype up the ‘lab-leak’ theory … Does it care about traceability or is it just trying to distract attention?” Zhao said. In January 2020, as China attempted to contain the spread of the virus, rumours began to spread amid the scramble for answers. But what many virus experts deemed a pure science issue was quickly turned into a diplomatic row, amid growing tensions between China and the United States.
If the Wuhan lab-leak hypothesis is true, expect a political earthquake | Thomas Frank
There was a time when the Covid pandemic seemed to confirm so many of our assumptions. There are strong hints that some of the bat-virus research at the Wuhan lab was funded in part by the American national-medical establishment — which is to say, the lab-leak hypothesis doesn’t implicate China alone. The social media monopolies actually censored posts about the lab-leak hypothesis. *“Let us pray, now, for science,” intoned a New York Times columnist back at the beginning of the Covid pandemic. Maybe the lab-leak hypothesis will be convincingly disproven.
EXCLUSIVE: Head of Haiti’s Palace Guard Subject of US Law Enforcement Investigation into Arms Trafficking
As head of the palace guard, Herard is one of the individuals most responsible for the safety of the president. He eventually entered the president’s palace guard and became head of the USGPN in February 2017 after the inauguration of Moïse. Despite Herard’s high-level presence within the USGPN, he also operates a private security company. Larco and Martin had formed a security company together years earlier, though they eventually ended the partnership. US law enforcement has been increasingly interested in the network bringing illegal weapons into Haiti and its relation to kidnappings.
TAINTED FEVER REMEDY KILLS 30 CHILDREN, POISONS 40 IN HAITI
Thirty Haitian children have died and 40 others have become ill after taking a liquid over-the-counter fever medicine contaminated with a chemical used in antifreeze and lacquer. The contaminated medicine was a children's formulation of acetaminophen, which is often given to reduce fever and relieve mild aches and pains. A nontoxic solvent, propylene glycol, is a common constituent of many drugs compounded as liquids for use by children. The propylene glycol normally put into the medicine was supplied by a Belgian and German firm, Blount said. Hemodialysis, a procedure in which a person's blood is filtered by a machine, is the best treatment for diethylene glycol poisoning.
Agrupación de Fuerzas Especiales Antiterroristas Urbanas – AFEUR
Then, unprepared for such situations, regular Colombian military units assaulted the Palace and freed many of the hostages. During the operation, Colombian military killed nearly twenty of the terrorists, but eleven soldiers had lost their lives in the operation and dozens were wounded. Agrupacion De Fuerzas Especiales Antiterroristas Urbanas (Urban Counter-Terrorism Special Forces Group) or AFEUR was formed on April 8, 1986 in response to this incident. Their members are drawn from all of the Colombian armed forces including both, Army and law enforcement. AFEUR is under the direct command of the top commander of the Colombian Armed Forces (Comandante de las Fuerzas Armadas).
Former bodyguard at Canadian Embassy linked to Haitian president’s assassination - National
Send this page to someone via emailTwo men believed to be Haitian Americans — one of them purportedly a former bodyguard at the Canadian Embassy in Port au Prince — have been arrested in connection with the assassination of Haiti’s president, Haitian officials said Thursday. The oldest suspect is 55 and the youngest, Solages, is 35, according to a document shared by Mathias Pierre, Haiti’s minister of elections. Story continues below advertisementHe would not provide additional details about Solages’ background, nor provide the name of the second Haitian American. The U.S. State Department said it was aware of reports that Haitian Americans were in custody but could not confirm or comment. 6:08 Mercenaries responsible for assassination of Haiti’s president, country’s ambassador to the U.S. says Mercenaries responsible for assassination of Haiti’s president, country’s ambassador to the U.S. saysMarco Destin, 39, was walking to see his family since no buses, known as tap-taps, were available.
Two U.S. citizens among suspects arrested in assassination of Haitian president, senior official says
Two U.S. citizens of Haitian descent, identified as James Solages, 35, and Joseph Vincent, 55, are among those arrested, according to Mathias Pierre, Haiti’s minister of elections and interparty relations. At least three suspects had been killed, authorities said, while 17 had been detained and eight others remained on the run. Officials had earlier said that four of the suspects had been killed. Other than the Haitian Americans, officials said all other suspects were believed to be Colombian nationals.
Timothy Snyder: The War on History is a War on Democracy; Diane Ravitch
"This spring, memory laws arrived in America. Republican state legislators proposed dozens of bills designed to guide and control American understanding of the past. But the most common feature among the laws, and the one most familiar to a student of repressive memory laws elsewhere in the world, is their attention to feelings....History is not therapy, and discomfort is part of growing up." "Timothy Snyder, an authority on totalitarianism, draws a straight line in this article that appeared in the New York Times from Stalin’s efforts to purge history of negative facts about the Soviet Union to the current mania among Republicans to control the teaching of American history and censor shameful facts in our history."
QuickLink: Iranian Ground Forces Receive New Weapons .While There is No Electricity , No Water No Meds No Nothing for Peaple
According to Janes defense news , the revolutionary guard murderer ground forces are receiving the latest weapons systems, including anti tank missiles , anti aircraft missiles and .......this wonderful news for the revolutionary guards comes when , there are severe shortages of the most basic needs in the entire country.
Trump to the Barricades
From Robert Reich BlogThe former guy is suing Facebook, Twitter, and Google for violating his 1st Amendment rights by keeping him off their platforms. The irony here is that in many respects Facebook, Twitter, and Google are mini-governments. I'm talking to you, lawmakers trying to prevent students from learning the role race has played in our history. Real patriotism means not flooding our politics with big money, so the voices of the people can be heard. Finally, real patriotism means using your position of power in the media to inform and educate the public rather than weaponize lies and promote extremism to get more clicks.
Oligarchy: When Brutal Capitalism Becomes More Important than Democracy
(Image by outtacontext from flickr) Details DMCAIn an oligarchy, the rich can get away with anything and average people who try to stop harm to themselves and their communities get crushed. In 2007, they reached a settlement with the government over their illegal and deadly marketing practices, promising to behave like good citizens. Then, as the Washington Post noted yesterday:"The family members -- including Richard Sackler, David Sackler, Mortimer D.A. Some years ago, Trump economic adviser Stephen Moore (before he was Trump's advisor) was a guest on my radio/TV program. I asked him, "Which is more important, democracy or capitalism?"
Debt Until You Die: How Some Senior Citizens Are Still Paying Off Their Student Loans
Crushing student loan debt is not only applicable to the young and penniless. Some senior citizens are seeing their Social Security checks garnished due to student debt they couldn’t repay. BBC News: In 2005, older adults owed $2.8bn (£1.61bn) in federal student debt. These seniors account for 706,000 households in the United States – small compared to the 22 million households with non-seniors who hold student load debt, but a growing problem. Jeszeck tells the BBC that this situation can cause considerable problems for older adults who, like Dupree, may have to extend their working life well beyond retirement age.
Online IYSSE meeting (Sri Lanka): How to fight against the militarisation and privatisation of education
On July 16, the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) in Sri Lanka will hold an online public meeting, to discuss a program to fight the privatisation of education. This military-controlled institution will function in parallel to the already existing public university system, which functions under the education ministry. This is a major blow to free public education, and a further step towards the privatization of education in Sri Lanka. They oppose students turning to the working class and building a movement to defeat the militarisation and privatisation of education. The IYSSE meeting will discuss the vital issues involved in fighting to defend free education on the basis of a socialist perspective.
Data Show Far-Right Media Could Be Fueling Growing Partisan Vaccination Gap
A new analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) shows that the Republican-Democrat divide in COVID vaccination rates is stark — and growing. In April, according to the analysis, counties that voted for Donald Trump in the 2020 election had a 20.6 percent vaccination rate while counties that voted for Joe Biden had a 22.8 percent vaccination rate. By May, the red counties had a 28.5 percent rate of vaccination while the blue counties had a 35.0 percent rate. And on July 6, KFF found, counties that went for Trump had a vaccination rate of 35.0 percent while those that went for Biden had a rate of 46.7 percent. “These findings show a widening divide of communities at risk for COVID-19 along partisan lines,” wrote KFF.
University of Sydney meeting supports students’ campaign in defence of Macquarie University academic
“We oppose the Hunger Games-style destruction of jobs at Macquarie University, the University of Sydney, and all other universities. Last year it allowed up to 90,000 university jobs to be destroyed.”The brutal “spill and fill” regime used by Macquarie University to sack Valckenborgh by forcing educators to compete with each other for a slashed number of jobs has been paralleled at other departments and universities. That includes the architecture department at the University of Queensland, where the NTEU responded by convincing five academics to take “voluntary” redundancies. Wednesday’s meeting was called to vote on the NTEU’s log of claims for the start of union-management negotiations on a new Enterprise Agreement (EA). The meeting exposed the line-up behind the union leadership by representatives of pseudo-left groups, who all hailed the deliberately vague log of claims.
Aftermath of Chemtool fire puts Rockton, Illinois residents at risk
On June 14, at around 7 am, a massive explosion occurred at the Chemtool plant in Rockton, Illinois. A fireball explodes out from a Chemtool plant in Rockton, Illinois, as firefighters battle the blaze (screengrab)Firefighters from all around the area, including Wisconsin, responded to the blaze, which could be seen for miles. On the morning of the explosion, Lubrizol called in a private firefighting company, US Fire Pump, to assist local responders. According to MyStateline.com, Chemtool’s suggestion for Loomis was to hire a cleaning company and send Chemtool the bill. As evidenced in the aftermath of the Rouen disaster, Lubrizol’s push to take over recovery efforts in Rockton serve only its corporate and profit interests.
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand
The outsourced workers were usually given a small annual pay rise, but this was stopped by the government in May 2019. Karnataka building workers demand COVID-19 assistanceConstruction workers in Hassan, Karnataka demonstrated on July 2 demanding relief package for workers for COVID-19 infected workers. Thailand garment workers demand severance payAbout 300 former Brilliant Alliance Thai Global (BAT) garment workers demonstrated in Thailand on June 28. Woodside offshore maintenance workers’ strike in Western Australia enters third weekWorkers employed by contractor Legeneering at Woodside’s LNG floating platforms Ngujima Yin and Okha in Western Australia are maintaining four weeks of rolling strikes begun on June 25. Electrical Trades Union and the Offshore Alliance (OA) members, which include the Australian Workers Union and the Maritime Union of Australia, are fighting for a decent enterprise agreement.
Delta outbreak spiralling out of control in Sydney
Long lines of cars at inner-west Sydney COVID-19 testing station [Photo: WSWS Media]NSW authorities this morning reported 50 new infections, surpassing yesterday’s record of 44. Those numbers are higher than at any time since the outbreak was first detected on June 16. This indicates that the Delta variant, among the most transmissible in the world, is circulating widely throughout Sydney, Australia’s largest city with a population of over five million. As has been the case internationally, the Delta variant is changing the age demographic of those seriously stricken by the virus. Given the Sydney outbreak has spanned a little over three weeks, the number of recovered cases is far lower.
Democrats cover up links between fascist “trainers,” US Capitol Police and other police departments
These symbols continue to be prominently displayed on the Northern Red website and on company-run social media accounts. Harrison left Northern Red in 2020 to form his own company, Hades Consulting LLC, which, like Northern Red, caters to police departments and military personnel. (Instagram-Northern Red)* Trenton, New JerseyTrenton, New Jersey police shoot targets at Northern Red gun range. It is likely that other police departments and agencies have paid for the services of Potynsky, Harrison and similar far-right paramilitary contractors. All three men are either former or current Northern Red trainers and former US special operations soldiers.
Report finds extreme heatwaves would have been “virtually impossible” without global warming
Scientists from the US, Canada, the UK, the Netherlands, France, Germany and Switzerland collaborated to assess to what extent human-induced climate change made this heat wave hotter and more likely to occur. “Recent research suggests that climate change increases the chances for such stagnant high pressure systems in summer through weakening of the summer jet stream. Hence, more research is needed to understand the processes as well as potential influence of human-caused climate change on them.”The human impact in a region largely unprepared for such an extreme heat event cannot be overstated. An event like this, currently estimated to occur only once every 1000 years, would occur roughly every 5 to 10 years in that future world with 2 degrees Celsius of global warming. Human-caused climate change could be re-named “Capitalist-Caused Climate Change,” a more apt description given the science as we now understand it.
Volvo workers strike continues for second day in Ghent, Belgium
Volvo Cars workers in Ghent, Belgium continued their wildcat strike into a second day on Friday morning. The Ghent strike began with the morning shift on Thursday, when only a portion of workers started their shift. Workers gather outside the plant at Volvo Cars Ghent [Credit: Ik werk in de Gentse Automobiel Facebook]The Ghent strike developed as a wildcat action in a rebellion against an agreement reached between company management and the union. There is widespread support among the Ghent workers for the struggle in Virginia. In order to develop their struggle, the Volvo Ghent workers should draw the lessons from the struggle of their counterparts in the United States, who formed a rank-and-file committee, independent of the pro-company United Auto Workers union.
England’s Euro 2020: “National unity” in furtherance of “herd immunity”
The UK government’s organisation of the postponed 2020 European Football Championship has produced scenes of politically orchestrated insanity. Fans gather outside Wembley Stadium in London, Wednesday, July 7, 2021, ahead of the Euro 2020 soccer championship semifinal match between England and Denmark. In addition to the millions watching at home, 66,000 people were packed into Wembley Stadium in London. They are a cynical attempt to push a programme of herd immunity and weaken broader scientific consciousness and social responsibility. July 1, 2021 (Picture by Simon Dawson/No 10 Downing Street/Flickr)Behind the breathless rhetoric is a clear and reactionary political agenda.
Scotland leads Europe in coronavirus transmission
Tayside in northeast Scotland has the highest infection rate in Europe, with 1,223 new cases per 100,000 people recorded over the 14-day up to the July 7. The Scottish health boards of Fife and Lanarkshire also feature in the top 10 together with North-West England. According to the ZOE COVID Symptom Study app, 1 in 83 of all people in Scotland have COVID-19 against 1 in 159 across the UK. According to weekly data published by National Records of Scotland, coronavirus related deaths have also begun to climb, albeit from a low level. There were 21 COVID-19 related deaths in Scotland over the week ending July 4, up from 17 deaths recorded in the previous week.
RMT defends collaboration with UK government’s Rail Industry Recovery Group as opposition grows
The RMT, alongside other rail unions ASLEF, TSSA and Unite, has endorsed an Enabling Framework Agreement (EFA) with Network Rail and the train operating companies. An exposure of the RIRG’s terms of reference published by the WSWS on June 2 was widely read by transport workers. By their participation in the RIRG, the RMT, ASLEF, Unite and TSSA are endorsing its outrageous threats against rail workers. The Socialist Party’s concern is not the “capitalist media” but rail workers’ emerging opposition to the RMT’s dirty backroom deal. But the mask is slipping, social reality is asserting itself, and rail workers are beginning to see the truth.
Savas Michael-Matsas lauds nationalist forces in Donbass region of eastern Ukraine
But the claim that the Donetsk People’s Republic is a weapon in the struggle against these forces is utterly false. Pavel Gubarew (Photo: Andrew Butko, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons)The current leaders of the Donetsk People’s Republic are cut from the same cloth as Gubarev. The current interim president of the VRD is Dennis Pushilin, leader of the Russian nationalist party Donetsk Republic. Significantly, one of the speakers at the congress was the former representative of the Donetsk People’s Republic Foreign Ministry in Moscow, Darya Mitina. In the elections in Donbass on November 2, 2014, the KPDNR supported the candidacy of Sacharchenko and joined the parliamentary group of his Donetsk Republic party.
At least 52 young workers perish in Bangladesh factory fire
In yet another shocking inferno, at least 52 mostly teenage workers died in a sweatshop factory, when a blaze engulfed a multi-storey food and beverage factory, just outside Bangladesh’s capital of Dhaka, on Thursday night. A firefighter communicates with his colleagues on a walkie talkie inside the burnt food and beverage factory in Rupganj, outside Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, July 9, 2021. Almost none of the bodies recovered on Friday could be recognised, BSS reported, citing Fire Service and Civil Defence director Lieutenant Colonel Zillur Rahman. The country’s worst industrial disaster came the following year, when the eight-storey Rana Plaza garment factory complex outside Dhaka collapsed, killing more than 1,100 people. According to Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence statistics, 383 industrial fires occurred in 2020, 273 of them in apparel factories.
Notre Dame lead contamination lawsuit highlights criminality of Paris authorities, complicity of CGT union
(AP Photo/Francois Mori)In adults, lead poisoning can cause infertility, memory loss, and high blood pressure. In children, lead poisoning can cause severe developmental delay, learning difficulties, seizures and hearing loss. Furthermore, lead poisoning can occur from any contact with a lead-laden surface, meaning that the contamination around Notre Dame was a danger to anyone passing through the area. The CGT’s response to Notre Dame lead contamination was a harbinger of their crucial support to the herd immunity policy of the EU and Macron in response to COVID-19 a year later. Efforts to repair Notre Dame have been marred by controversy from its outset.
Far-right National Rally backs Le Pen as 2022 French presidential candidate
Last weekend, France’s neo-fascist National Rally (RN) assembled for its congress in Perpignan, which endorsed Marine Le Pen as the RN’s presidential candidate and president of the party. Far-right leader Marine le Pen attends a press conference in Toulon, southern France, June 17, 2021. On election night, as journalists spoke of a crisis of French democracy, Le Pen, visibly frustrated, blamed her voters. Le Pen renamed the old National Front (FN) the National Rally and demanded the RN avoid hailing the Holocaust and other crimes of 20th-century European fascism. In her address to the congress, Le Pen made clear that no profound differences separate her positions from theirs, by saluting the RN’s fascist heritage.
Combined US federal and state unemployment claims rose to 470,000 last week
According to the report, 373,000 jobless workers applied for state unemployment benefits, a slight increase over the previous week, and an additional 99,000 filed for assistance under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)The DOL report also found that more than 14.2 million Americans were still receiving some form of unemployment payment through June 19. States that have not announced plans to terminate benefits early saw a 4 percent decline in continued unemployment claims through May. This hinders the drive to utilize the pandemic to further cut wages and increase the exploitation of the working class. Even with the temporary $300-a-week federal supplement, the combined total of state and federal benefits falls far short of meeting the basic needs of working class families.
Bond market points to lower US growth
The US bond market has been sending out signals that the much-vaunted US economic recovery could be short-lived. On Thursday, the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury bond fell to 1.29 percent, down from a high of 1.75 percent at the end of March. Rising bond prices and the consequent fall in yields (the two have an inverse relationship) are generally taken as an indication of lower growth as investors seek a safe haven. A New York Times article noted that whereas the expectation had been for higher growth, the shift in the bond market pointed to a “reversal of that narrative” suggesting that a “period of slower growth” could lie ahead. She indicated that the lower bond yields reflected “an increasing sense of the downside risk to the global economy.”The meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bankers being held in Venice is expected to issue similar warnings.
CDC says vaccinated teachers and students don’t need masks
On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said vaccinated teachers and students don’t need to wear masks inside school buildings, further loosening guidelines for reopening schools even as COVID-19 cases surge throughout the country. The CDC likewise advised schools to reopen even if they cannot guarantee three feet of distance between students. Teachers condemned the CDC’s mandate, which will inevitably lead to the deaths of students, teachers and family members. Cases and hospitalizations across the US are climbing in line with every other nation that has seen the Delta variant dominate. Yet, the CDC has advised that vaccinated people should not be tested unless they are symptomatic.
Sri Lankan government uses coronavirus laws to ban protests
Addressing cooperative society representatives on Monday, President Gotabhaya Rajapakse hinted at a complete abandonment of the existing limited health restrictions. A day after the DGHS guidelines were announced, police moved to end all protests, declaring that participants were violating the quarantine laws. Five people were arrested, including Duminda Nagamuwa, a Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) leader. Thirty-one people were arrested, including several leaders of the Inter University Students Federation (IUSF) and the Ceylon Teachers Union general secretary, Joseph Stalin. Democratic and social rights are incompatible with the continued existence of the capitalist system in Sri Lanka.
Thousands of Turkish electricity workers launch wildcat strike wave
Thousands of energy workers in cities across Turkey are going on wildcat strikes against misery contracts imposed on them amid the social crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. After the April 30 action, when 2,000 Beda? electricity workers in Istanbul launched a wildcat strike defying a strike ban, now thousands of electricity workers in Istanbul, Ankara, Adana and Zonguldak have spontaneously walked off the job. Energy workers generally earn near to minimum wage, i.e., a little over 3,000 Turkish liras (US$350). The energy workers’ rebellion against the unions, defying the strike ban, is part of an international upsurge of the class struggle. On their way back, Tahir Çetin, chairman of the Independent Mining Workers’ Union, and miner Ali Faik Inter lost their lives in a traffic accident reportedly due to exhaustion, increasing workers’ anger.
Warrior Met Coal strike in Alabama reaches 100th day amid increased company violence
Warrior Met Coal miners remain kept in the dark on negotiations by the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) as their strike reached its 100th day on Friday amid intensified violence by Warrior Met Coal employees. The entire labor bureaucracy has likewise attempted to spin gold from the miners’ struggle. Workers are not complacent; this is obvious in the resolve of Warrior Met pickets, and it is increasingly obvious throughout the US. In 2016, the UMWA pushed a contract upon Warrior Met miners that resulted in the longest hours for the least pay of any unionized mine in the country. We urge all Warrior Met miners to contact the World Socialist Web Site today to take up this fight.
Union to Kansas Frito-Lay workers: Don’t ask for wage increases
To get in touch with someone at the World Socialist Web Site to discuss forming a rank-and-file committee, Frito-Lay workers can email fritolayrfc@gmail.com or text (785) 816–1505. Workers walked out after voting down a contract proposal for the fourth time this year, a deal backed by the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) union. Striking Frito-Lay workers are fighting to put an end to years of stagnating, poverty-level wages along with brutal mandatory overtime schedules, problems confronting ever-broader sections of the working class. “That the union membership rejected this fully recommended agreement suggests union leadership is out of touch with the sentiments of Frito-Lay employees. To get in touch with someone at the World Socialist Web Site to discuss forming a rank-and-file committee, Frito-Lay workers can email fritolayrfc@gmail.com or text (785) 816–1505.
As European governments demand population “live with” COVID-19 surge, workers must take up a socialist strategy
The policy of the ruling class means the continuation of the pandemic and, with it, mass death and social devastation. The only social force able to stop this war on society is the international working class. Today this forced retreat by the ruling class has ended. Everything now depends on the working class adopting a new axis of struggle and building the leadership necessary to fight for it. The working class must mount a unified fightback.
Volvo Trucks workers in Virginia reject third consecutive sellout deal, in massive rebuke of UAW
During the vote itself, workers reported that UAW officials were actively campaigning outside the union hall for a “yes” vote. Throughout the month-long strike, the UAW sought to isolate the Volvo Trucks workers, not even informing its members that the strike was taking place. Opposition to the UAW-backed agreements has been organized by the Volvo Workers Rank-and-File Committee (VWRFC), which issued a statement calling for a “no” vote. The development of the strike now requires its expansion to Volvo-Mack workers, other Volvo workers, and all auto workers. Sign up today to join the Volvo Workers Rank-and-File Committee or a solidarity committee.
Volvo workers vote down third UAW-backed agreement: Live updates
The striking Volvo workers have been encouraged by the statements of support they have received from Volvo workers and other auto workers in the US and internationally. Full Report and VideoStatement of the Volvo Workers Rank-and-File Committee calling for rejection of the third tentative agreementThis statement was published by the Volvo Workers Rank-and-File Committee in advance of the vote on Thursday. The Volvo Workers Rank-and-File Committee calls on workers to vote “no” on the new Tentative Agreement brought back by the UAW. Full ReportAustralian postal workers support striking Volvo workers in the USThe latest meeting of the Australian Postal Workers Rank-and-File Committee unanimously passed a resolution in solidarity with striking Volvo workers in Dublin, Virginia. The fight against this reaction must be advanced by expanding the Volvo Workers’ Rank-and-File Committee and strengthening its collaboration with other workers internationally.
Hyundai and GM Korea autoworkers vote to strike
On July 7, workers at Hyundai Motors, the country’s largest auto manufacturer, approved a walk-out, which followed a similar vote two days earlier by GM Korea workers. GM Korea workers rally against the US carmaker’s plan to close the plant in Seoul, South Korea, Feb. 28, 2018. GM Korea, where jobs have been slashed in recent years, voted to strike with 76.5 percent of workers voicing approval. The KMWU’s GM Korea branch has 7,635 members and 6,613 took part in the vote. Workers at Hyundai, GM Korea, and throughout the auto industry must not allow the KMWU to isolate them once more.
Miss Manners: Woman looking forward to becoming MIL, just not hers
But the hints that are being dropped leave me with one huge concern. I have always had a terrible relationship with my mother-in-law, whom I find to be an overbearing, obnoxious bully. Of course, in her turn, I suspect she considers me cold, withdrawn and stubborn, and I am certain she does not understand that there is anything wrong with her own behavior.
Carolyn Hax: Panic at the pantry! Husband eats all the good snacks.
More from Carolyn HaxFrom the archive:There’s a reason he’s with you and not her — hot or notDraw a hard line now with old friend’s overzealous spouseCouple squabbling over food need to know the cart is half-fullA 40-something who thinks her sister ruined her life? Carolyn has a live chat with readers on Fridays at noon. Read her most recent chat here. Write to Carolyn at tellme@washpost.com. Frequently asked questions about the column.
Ask Amy: Partners are feeling the heat ... differently
I maintain that many people are influenced by the number they see on the thermostat. A way to test this would be for you and your partner to trade off setting the thermostat “blind,” where one of you can’t see the number on the thermostat. You might find a sweet spot where you are both basically comfortable.
Do you need a booster shot if you had the J&J Covid vaccine?
If you got the J&J vaccine, do you need an mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) 'booster' to better fight the Covid Delta variant? We asked MSNBC Medical Contributor Dr. Vin Gupta for his take.
Breaking down CDC guidance on sending kids back to school
The CDC has new guidance on kids returning to schools and how to keep them safe from the spread of Covid. MSNBC Medical Contributor Dr. Vin Gupta helps make sense of the CDC's latest update.
Republicans struggle to make their attacks on Biden stick
Susan Page of USA Today reacts to the GOP's inability to land any real attacks on Pres. Biden, so many Republicans are relying on culture war issues to gin up their base.
Biden is still struggling to get his agenda through Congress
As the summer drags on, the president has struggled to get Congress to pass anything from his agenda after Democrats used a go-it-alone approach to get Biden's stimulus passed. Eugene Daniels of POLITICO breaks it down.
Mehdi Hasan on the most dangerous Republican member of Congress
It’s not Marjorie Taylor Greene. It’s not Matt Gaetz. The most dangerous Republican member of Congress is Paul Gosar, who is now closely aligned with a white nationalist leader banned from Twitter. Jennifer Gosar, Rep. Paul Gosar's sister, and Professor Kurt Braddock join Mehdi Hasan to discuss the danger of Paul Gosar.
Texas charges man who waited six hours to vote with illegal voting
Rachel Maddow shares details of the arrest of Hervis Rogers, who gained brief celebrity for his dedication to his civic duty when he waited in line for six hours to vote in the Texas Democratic primary in 2020, and has now been charged with illegal voting and is being held on $100,000 bail.
Valerie Bertinelli praises outpouring of 'kindness' after post about being body-shamed
After one of her posts about being body-shamed went viral, Food Network star Valerie Bertinelli is thanking her fans for their kindness and support. "There's so much kindness out there," she said in a video shared to her Instagram on Friday night. Thursday evening, the celebrity chef had shared an emotional video about a troll's comments that had gotten under her skin. “Not f---ing helpful.”Her original post was flooded with the support of her fans, including her son. In her post on Friday, she echoed those sentiments as she thanked her fans and supporters before signing off on the whole ordeal.
Feds release new videos of Capitol riot mob attacking police
As officials in Washington face growing pressure to deal with the attacks on ballot box access, the Feds are releasing new shocking video of Capitol riot mobs attacking police. We discuss it with Eugene Daniels of POLITICO.
White House Defends Arrangement To Keep Buyers Of Hunter Biden's Art Secret
The White House is defending an unusual arrangement to keep the identity of buyers of Hunter Biden’s artwork secret. The Manhattan gallery handling Biden’s art, Georges Bergès, told CBS News on Friday that Hunter Biden’s paintings could fetch between $75,000 and $500,000 each, even though Hunter Biden has no professional art training and has never before sold art on the commercial market, according to The Washington Post. White House officials believe keeping the identities of buyers secret, including from President Joe Biden and his son, would be a barrier to such influence. “What these people are paying for is Hunter Biden’s last name.”But White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended the arrangement to reporters on Friday, The Hill reported. “After careful consideration, a system has been established to allow Hunter Biden to work in his profession within reasonable safeguards,” she said.
California wildfire grows explosively, prompts evacuations
The Beckwourth Complex Fire on federal land near the town of Beckwourth prompted evacuations, a closure of part of the Plumas National Forest and presented serious danger for area campgrounds, National Forest Service officials said. Firefighters battle the Sugar Fire, part of the Beckwourth Complex Fire, burning in Plumas National Forest, Calif., July 8, 2021. The National Weather Service reported lightning strikes on the east flank of the blaze. Noah Berger / APThe warning signifies "dangerously hot conditions" and temperatures at near 100 degrees, the weather service said. The Beckwourth Complex Fire appeared to be the most serious of several brush fires burning in California Friday.
Weisselberg indictment begs the question: What’s the cost of loyalty to Trump?
Will Allen Weisselberg risk a prison sentence, or will he turn on Donald Trump? Journalist David Cay Johnston says people who choose to enter Trump’s inner circle are willing to give up their own independence. “Allen Weisselberg is a wholly-owned psychological subsidiary of Donald Trump’s criminal mind, and if you work for Donald in any high level position you have to commit criminal offenses.”
Harris Co. Judge: GOP is ‘trying to create fear’ to suppress voting
Judge Lina Hidalgo says GOP are manufacturing a myth about widespread voter fraud and passing laws that threaten democracy in support of Trump’s big lie: “The situation is dire. We need support from the federal level.” Texas State Rep. Armando Martinez adds the Texas GOP suppression session to push voter restrictions is “unconscionable” and the governor is ignoring “the fundamental needs of Texas” to go after a “political ploy.”
Capitol fencing starts to come down six months after Jan. 6 attack
Cunningham started a petition against the fence as soon as she heard of the proposal for making it permanent by the Capitol Police’s acting chief, Yogananda D. Pittman, at the end of January. Garnering over 34,000 signatures from across the region and country, Cunningham said she heard from other neighbors who wanted to work together to find better security solutions, which led to the creation of their community-based group, Don’t Fence the Capitol.
Death Valley soars to 130 degrees, matching Earth’s highest temperature in at least 90 years
The sweltering heat in Death Valley comes on the heels of its hottest June on record. And it was just three summers ago that it posted the hottest July ever recorded on the planet for the second year in a row. During that month, it hit at least 120 degrees on 21 days.
Insurrectionists saying prayer during siege shows links to White evangelicals researcher says
The Jan. 6 insurrection was fueled by the merged beliefs of White evangelicals, White supremacists, and extremists historian Robert P. Jones, author of ‘White Too Long,’ tells Joy Reid.
Gymnast Aly Raisman reunited with dog that went missing over holiday
Gymnast Aly Raisman on Friday was reunited with her dog Mylo, who went went missing over the Fourth of July weekend. On Friday, two people helped reunite Raisman and Mylo. Raisman didn't explain how the pair helped track down her dog, but she had previously warned her followers not to shout his name or chase him. "He is terrified, and the folks at Missing Dogs Mass advised that we don’t have anyone yelling his name or running around looking for him. Dogs can hear about four times better than humans and are known to startle during fireworks displays.
California wildfire grows explosively, prompts evacuations
The Beckwourth Complex Fire on federal land near the town of Beckwourth prompted evacuations, a closure of part of the Plumas National Forest and presented serious danger for area campgrounds, National Forest Service officials said. Firefighters battle the Sugar Fire, part of the Beckwourth Complex Fire, burning in Plumas National Forest, Calif., July 8, 2021. The National Weather Service reported lightning strikes on the east flank of the blaze. Noah Berger / APThe warning signifies "dangerously hot conditions" and temperatures at near 100 degrees, the weather service said. The Beckwourth Complex Fire appeared to be the most serious of several brush fires burning in California Friday.
‘You’re gonna die tonight’: Shocking new Jan. 6 bodycam video released by DOJ
Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection bodycam video newly released by the Department of Justice shows a police officer under attack by a mob. Plus, Rep. Madeleine Dean joins Joy Reid on the latest developments regarding the select committee probe.
Song of the summer? Rapper Juvenile encourages Americans to get vaccinated in new hit
Black Americans are getting vaccinated at lower rates than their white counterparts, so iconic rapper Juvenile decided to do something about it. He just remixed his '90s hit "Back That Thang Up" into a pro-vaccination anthem some are already dubbing "the song of the summer." Juvenile joins MSNBC's Dr. Jason Johnson to discuss his viral song "Vax That Thang Up" and his new company Made By Juvie.
Father's girlfriend charged with capital murder in death of 5-year-old found at Texas hotel
A Houston woman accused in the death of her boyfriend's 5-year-old son has been charged with capital murder, more than a month after she was allegedly found in a Jasper motel room with the child's body, officials said. Theresa Balboa, 29, was arrested in early June and had been charged with tampering with evidence. via KPRCBalboa has been charged with capital murder in "the atrocious death," the Harris County District Attorney's Office said Thursday. Balboa allegedly claimed that Olson's mother showed up with someone representing to be a police officer and demanded custody of the boy. The man who allegedly drove Balboa to the motel room, Dylan Walker, was also charged in Jasper County with tampering with evidence, NBC affiliate KPRC reported.
How HBCUs are changing the way America thinks about education
While conservatives work to ban critical race theory from schools, Howard University has just hired two award-winning journalists known for their writings about race and the impact of slavery on the country: Nikole Hannah-Jones and Ta-Nehisi Coates. MSNBC's Dr. Jason Johnson is joined by Howard University President Dr. Wayne Frederick to discuss the GOP's efforts to quash the honest teaching of U.S. history in schools and the recent high profile hires.
Ivanka eyed in probe? New heat on Trump kids after CFO indicted
Now that the Trump Organization and its CFO have been indicted, New York prosecutors are turning their attention to Ivanka Trump. According to a Daily Beast report, seven Trump Organization companies knowingly paid a "portion" of bonuses illegally, including a company where Ivanka held an executive role. MSNBC's Dr. Jason Johnson is joined by former New York Assistant Attorney General Tristan Snell and the Daily Beast reporter who broke the story, Roger Sollenberger.
Here are 15 of the week’s best photos
What’s left of the Champlain South tower in Surfside, Fla. is demolished; Tropical Storm Elsa makes its way past St. Petersburg, Fla.; Zaila Avant-garde, 14, becomes the first African-American winner of the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee Finals at Walt Disney World Resort; fireworks explode behind the Washington Monument during an Independence Day celebration at the National Mall. See 15 of the week’s most interesting and gripping images from around the world, selected by Washington Post photo editors.
What will become of the land the Surfside condo is on?
The possibility of selling the land for a memorial — similar to the museum and fountains in the footprint of the twin towers that honor the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 — has come up in official conversations in recent days. But when it was broached Wednesday at a hearing to discuss the various lawsuits filed on behalf of victims, a concern lingered: Would such a sale offer victims the largest possible payout for their lost homes?
As Algeria’s revolutionaries fade away, the iconic Milk Bar bomber looks back without regret
The bombing of the Milk Bar, frequented by French settlers, aimed “to create in the civilian French population the same panic” that Algerians were experiencing, she said in an interview at her son’s home in the Algerian capital last month. The Europeans “were so overprotected, it was as if there wasn’t a war. And we had to tell them: The war is everywhere. It’s not only for us, it’s also for the French,” she said, expressing no regrets.
Virginia orders five state mental hospitals to stop taking new admits amid staffing crisis
Land has said the rule allowed private hospitals to decline the most challenging cases because the public hospitals had no choice but to admit them. Since the rule went into place in 2014, she said, daily admissions at public hospitals increased from about 4 to more than 18.
GOP Sen. Blackburn warns Taylor Swift will be banned by socialists
Sen. Marsha Blackburn is doing her best to fill the blank space of Republican ideas with culture war nonsense.
Mother, daughter 'should not be alive' after condo collapse
SURFSIDE, Fla. — A mother and daughter who paramedics said “should not be alive” after what they went through during the condo tower collapse are on the long road to recovery, a relative said Friday. Angela and Edgar Gonzalez were on the ninth floor of Champlain Towers South with their daughter Deven, 16, when it collapsed June 24 in the early morning. A GoFundMe page has been started on behalf of the Gonzalez family, who were inside the Champlain Towers South when it collapsed on June 24, 2021. I could have lost 25 family members, you know, had this happened during the holidays,” she said. The little girl played with the family members she was meeting for the first time.
Haitian opposition leader hired D.C. lobbyist two days before president's assassination
But he hasn’t started lobbying yet due to Moïse's killing, which he compared to President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963. Boulos also plans to lobby the Biden administration for Covid vaccination aid and financial assistance for the Haitian government. He started lobbying Congress on Boulos’ behalf on human rights issues in 2019 but deregistered in May, according to domestic lobbying disclosure filings. Estopinan, a Republican, has foreign lobbying experience. He’s looking to hire a Democratic lobbyist — perhaps a former aide to Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s chair — to help with outreach to Democrats, he said.
Hayes: Right-wing engineers outrage over vaccine ‘coercion’
“This is an active choice by an almost incalculably cynical set of political actors to harness the power of backlash politics in pursuit of more sickness and more death,” says Chris Hayes on the right-wing mobilization against the vaccine.
GOP efforts to ban critical race theory mimic authoritarian ‘memory laws’ historian says
GOP efforts to ban critical race theory, anti-racism education, and other efforts to evade America’s racist history are similar to the enactment of ‘memory laws’ in authoritarian states such as Russia, historian Timothy Snyder tells Joy Reid.
Rep. Kim talks donating suit he wore to clean up Capitol riot to Smithsonian
“Talking to the Smithsonian, I realized it was an image that gave a lot of people some sense of hope and resilience on an otherwise tragic and dark day in our democracy,” says Rep. Andy Kim.
Biden Fires Trump Appointee as Head of Social Security Administration
President Biden fired President Donald J. Trump’s appointed head of the Social Security Administration on Friday, setting off a possible legal showdown over who rightfully holds the position. Mr. Biden asked on Friday morning for the resignations of Andrew Saul, the agency’s commissioner, and David Black, a deputy commissioner. Mr. Black resigned as requested, but Mr. Saul refused and was notified by the administration that he had been fired, an administration official said. Mr. Biden moved to appoint an acting commissioner, Kilolo Kijakazi, while the administration looks for permanent successors for the two jobs. The firing was the latest bid by Mr. Biden to oust a Trump-appointed director of an independent executive agency.
What Parents Need to Know About the C.D.C.’s Covid School Guidelines
Even when such universal masking rules are in place, exceptions should be made for students and staff members with disabilities that make wearing a mask difficult, the guidelines said. The agency recommended that students remain at least three feet apart from one another in the classroom, consistent with earlier guidance. In those cases, the guidelines said, it is particularly important to adopt other precautions, including masking, frequent virus testing and improved ventilation. The guidelines also recommend that students remain at least six feet apart from teachers and staff and that unvaccinated teachers and staff remain six feet apart from one another. But some experts said that they found the varied distancing suggestions hard to follow and that schools would need clearer guidelines.
Texas Democrats Weigh Options for Blocking Voting Bill, Including Flight
The bills unveiled on Thursday include many provisions that provoked Democratic outrage back in May. The last maneuver carries the risk of the Senate simply approving the House bill without any changes to it. Virtually all of the discussion about fleeing and denying a quorum has come from Democrats in the House, where 55 of 67 Democrats would have to leave the state to block a vote. In the Senate, where there are 13 Democrats, 11 of them would have to stay away to prevent a vote. The people with knowledge of the discussions said there had been preliminary conversations about how Democrats would leave the state to avoid being forced back to the State Capitol.
Biden Warns Putin to Act Against Ransomware Groups, or U.S. Will Strike Back
Immediately after that meeting, Mr. Biden said he told the Russian president he would respond “in a cyber way” against Russia if Mr. Putin failed to take action against groups operating on its territory. But Mr. Biden declined to say whether the United States had asked for specific action against individuals that it believes are part of REvil. While the United States and Russia have long sparred over state-sponsored attacks — including the SolarWinds espionage operation by Russia’s elite S.V.R. The White House blamed a Russian ransomware group, called DarkSide, for the attack on Colonial Pipeline that halted gasoline and jet fuel deliveries up the East Coast this spring. Until recently, the United States has largely treated ransomware as a criminal problem, indicting leading actors if it could identify them.
In Afghanistan debate, Biden’s instincts align with those of Trump
In the weeks following Biden’s withdrawal announcement, pressure has mounted even from within his party to solidify plans to assist thousands of onetime interpreters who are endangered by the U.S. withdrawal. As of this week, officials were still trying to hammer out plans to airlift some of those former employees to third countries or U.S. territories while their visa applications to come to the United States are processed.
Members of Congress demand immediate funding for Capitol Police, but face headwinds in the Senate
“We will be turning our backs on those who fought, led, and died on that day to protect us and defend this building and everything it stands for. We will be forcing the women and men of the National Guard to go without training that is necessary to achieve their mission. And we will be telling the Capitol staff who support us that we do not support them,” he said on the Senate floor in late June.
‘I was waiting to die’: Capital Gazette mass shooting survivors testify in killer’s sanity trial
Ramos, 41, has already pleaded guilty to committing the murders, but his defense attorneys spent the first seven days of his sanity trial arguing that he should not be held criminally responsible for the mass shooting. They offered the jury testimonies from law enforcement, medical experts and Ramos’s sister that they say show at the time of the attack — because of a mental disorder — Ramos lacked the ability to understand the criminality of his behavior or conform it to the requirements of the law.
Showdown in Texas as GOP tries again on voting bill
The bills contained many similar provisions to SB7, the election legislation that failed earlier in the year, which would have added several new restrictions to voting in the state. State Senate and House committees both scheduled hearings on election legislation for Saturday morning, and Republican leaders in the state insist it is a top priority after their previous failure. Dan Patrick, a Republican who is also the state Senate leader, tweeted. Both men said that, depending on if a committee vote is held this weekend, the bill could see the state House floor as soon as next week. “My Democratic colleagues have been quoted as saying all options are on the table,” state House Speaker Dade Phelan told KXAN in an interview.
Covid Live Updates: Mississippi Urges Masks for Indoor Gatherings as Delta Spreads
Live Covid Live Updates: Mississippi Urges Masks for Indoor Gatherings as Delta Spreads Educators’ unions praise new C.D.C. Africa endures its “worst pandemic week ever.”Mississippi urges ‘high-risk’ residents to avoid indoor mass gatherings as Delta variant spreads. To use the S.D.R.s, countries can agree to trade this interest-bearing asset with other countries in exchange for cash. Researchers at Imperial College London also found that from June 24 to July 5, the number of coronavirus cases had quadrupled across England and had risen eightfold in London. The World Health Organization warned last week that the games, held in cities across Europe, had driven a rise in coronavirus cases.
Haiti Calls U.S. for Troops, After Wild Day of Gunfights and Suspicion
After 24 hours of wild gun battles with suspects in the assassination of Haiti’s president, the nation’s authorities announced the arrests of 20 people and called on the United States to send troops to help protect crucial infrastructure. Haiti’s remarkable request for military assistance from the United States, a former colonial overlord that has repeatedly intervened in the nation’s affairs, is a measure of how deeply shaken the nation has been by days of chaos and intrigue. As new developments unfolded at a dizzying pace on Friday, the mystery over who was ultimately behind the assassination only deepened. On the streets, vigilantes prowled for suspects, and the police killed at least three people in gunfights. And in a brewing political crisis, suspicion has prompted what may shape up to be a standoff between rival governments.
Novak Djokovic roars past Denis Shapovalov and will play for his sixth Wimbledon title
Djokovic is eyeing something more grand: sole possession of men’s tennis history, which he could attain by mid-September if he wins Sunday and sweeps all four Grand Slam events this year by adding a fourth U.S. Open to bring his tally to 21. As an extra flourish, he also is chasing Olympic gold at the Tokyo Games, which would set him up to become the only man to achieve the “Golden Slam” of winning all four majors and Olympic gold in singles in one year. (Steffi Graf did so in 1988.)
Across U.S. government, views remain divergent on Afghan military’s readiness for U.S. troop withdrawal
But the question of the Afghan government’s ability to face looming threats of Taliban gains, which have surged since the U.S. withdrawal began, along with the specter of civil war, continues to loom over the withdrawal. Here are some of the points of tensions within the U.S. government over how to assess the strength of Afghan forces in the face of rising chaos.
Opinion : The public needs more answers on the children lost to Native American boarding schools
“Yeah, I mean, I can’t even — I can’t answer that question,” said Interior Secretary Deb Haaland when recently asked by The Post’s James Hohmann during a podcast interview if there is reason to believe there are mass burial sites in the United States like those recently found in Canada. But Ms. Haaland, the first Native American to serve as a Cabinet secretary, seems determined to find out. Never has there been a documentation of the policy that forced Native youths into boarding schools to assimilate them into White American culture, so last month she launched an initiative that will investigate the loss of life and other consequences of the facilities operated by the federal government or religious organizations between 1870 and 1970. “We must shed light on the unspoken traumas of the past, no matter how hard it will be,” she said, announcing the department will identify the locations of the former schools and burial sites, determine the identity and tribal affiliations of children enrolled at the schools and consult with tribes on future steps.
Opinion : What it will take to defeat the GOP’s voter suppression schemes
Friends, the desire to stand before a bank of microphones and say, “… and then I told Biden” might be great. But rather than devote time to leaning on Biden, better to get on with the hard work where it counts: back home, down in the trenches, mobilizing voters to get on Congress’s case. Dial up pressure on the Senate and House to act, and do it like there’s no tomorrow. Because if the forces of Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) and the legions of state GOP legislators are successful with their voter suppression schemes, then tomorrow will be worse than all of the bad old days before passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Opinion : Clarence Thomas is right about one thing: Legalized, recreational marijuana is a reality
Sensible enough, but such business still operate under significant logistical and financial disadvantages. In calculating their taxes, for example, ordinary retail enterprises are allowed to deduct both the costs of the goods that they sell and other ordinary business expenses, such as rent and salaries. But under the federal tax code, businesses that deal in controlled substances that are illegal under federal law may only deduct the cost of the goods that they sell, not other expenses.
Five myths about the Olympics
The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to begin this month under a cloud of controversy. Postponed by a year because of the pandemic, the Games are a hot-button issue in Japan, where some polls find that about 80 percent of the population opposes staging the Olympics amid a global pandemic. The Games will feature more than 11,000 athletes from more than 200 countries; they’re not required to be vaccinated. Officials announced Thursday that spectators will be banned from all events because of a new pandemic-related state of emergency. These Olympics are different because of the coronavirus, but some myths and misconceptions about the Games persist in any year.
Opinion : Hunter Biden is going about his art career all wrong
As The Post has reported, the president’s son, who has no professional training and has never before sold art on the commercial market, has struck an arrangement with a New York gallery owner under which Biden’s art — described as paintings, drawings and collages — will go on sale this fall for asking prices that are expected to reach as high as $500,000 for a single piece.
Extreme weather requires private-public sector partnership
I am exceedingly grateful for the warnings issued by the fine professionals at the Hurricane Center. They did the best they could with the tools they had, and they saved our lives. But because we did not have more time and forewarning of the magnitude of the impacts, we didn’t take most of our belongings with us. Apart from our cars and bags packed for a weekend away, we lost everything we owned.
14-year-old makes history as first African-American spelling bee champion
14-year-old Zaila Avant-garde, well known for her record-breaking skills on the basketball court, has become the first African-American champion of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The winning word was “murraya.”
Examining Britney Spears' path out of conservatorship
NBC News' Simone Boyce takes an in-depth look at what a conservatorship is and how Britney Spears might be able to get out of hers.
Elsa Floods New York, New England As Storm Moves Up East Coast
NEW YORK (AP) — The fast-moving storm Elsa lashed New York City and New England with heavy rain and high winds Friday, flooding streets, toppling trees and hindering some rail service. Maximum sustained winds from the storm were 50 mph (85 kph) by late afternoon as the storm moved northeast from Boston toward Maine. “The drainage system was just overwhelmed.”The storm came a day after a deluge flooded some streets and subway stations in New York City. Despite videos showing flooding in some stations Thursday, “we actually weathered the storm quite well,” interim New York City Transit president Sarah Feinberg said in an email. Elsa is the earliest fifth-named storm on record, said Brian McNoldy, a hurricane researcher at the University of Miami.
Tiffany Haddish Made Shocking Sexual Confession To Nicolas Cage
They say confession is good for the soul, and it seems like it was also crucial to the working relationship between Tiffany Haddish and Nicolas Cage. The actor told NPR’s Sam Sanders that Cage was unwittingly part of a watershed moment in her life. After she climaxed, Haddish recalled, she saw Cage on the screen, seemingly staring at her. Flash forward two decades or so, and Haddish found herself on a film set with Cage, unable to get the memory out of her mind. “‘I have to tell you this story, man, and once I tell you this story, it’ll be fine.’”So Haddish told Cage about his role in what she called a “momentous moment” in her life and waited for his reaction.
President Biden fired the head of the Social Security Administration.
President Biden on Friday fired the man President Donald J. Trump appointed to lead the Social Security Administration, triggering a legal showdown over who rightfully holds the position. Mr. Biden asked on Friday morning for the resignation of Andrew Saul, the Social Security commissioner, and David Black as deputy commissioner. Mr. Black resigned as requested but Mr. Saul refused to relinquish his position and was notified by the administration that he had been fired. Mr. Biden moved to appoint an acting commissioner, Kilolo Kijakazi, while the administration looks for permanent replacements for the two jobs. The firing was the latest move by Mr. Biden to oust a Trump-appointed director of an independent executive agency.
Biden administration political appointees: Who is filling key roles
The tracker does not show officials serving in an acting capacity, so positions unfilled by Biden are not necessarily vacant. All presidents appoint some temporary officials to Senate-confirmed positions to preserve continuity during transitions between one confirmed official and another. For now, the tracker includes official announcements by the Biden transition team and any picks reported by The Washington Post. During the first few months of the Biden administration, the tracker will be updated daily as positions are considered and filled. In some cases, public information on the status of certain officials or positions is inconsistent or nonexistent.
For years, this doctor has showed up after strangers’ weddings and — with permission — brought flowers back to her patients
So in 2019, she started The Simple Sunflower in Richmond, and so far has delivered more than 760 bouquets to patients at VCU Medical Center. She brought fellow students and other people into her project, and now has more than 200 volunteers on the email list. She said the idea is not new, and other cities across the country have similar programs.
D.C. agrees to pay $220,000 in legal fees to Baptist church that sued over coronavirus restrictions
The city this spring lifted all capacity and other restrictions, but the settlement addressed a case that began in September. Capitol Hill Baptist had sued, alleging the city was violating the First Amendment at the time by facilitating and tolerating massive anti-racism protests while strictly limiting the size of worship services — indoor or outdoor — because of the pandemic.
California once forcibly sterilized people by the thousands. Now the victims may get reparations.
It could be relatively easy to find and notify those inmates if the reparations package passes. But tracking down survivors of the state’s historical sterilization program could be a challenge. Even the youngest are seniors, and some may not even know they underwent the procedures. Advocates estimate fewer than 400 are still alive, down from about 800 just a few years ago. They say they expect about 150 of them to come forward.
As a high-ranking Biden aide pushes Congress to raise inheritance taxes, his brother lobbies against it
“The core element of Biden’s plan turns on taxing capital effectively, and the linchpin of that is collecting a tax on the unrealized gains at death — or they’ll escape taxation completely,” said Steve Rosenthal, a tax expert at the Tax Policy Center, a nonpartisan think tank. “Billionaires and the superwealthy create dynastic wealth by avoiding selling their stocks until death. If we just raised the capital gains tax rate, the rich would just carry their assets to death and avoid them. But if we’re going to tax them at death and induce more sales, that gives Biden much more latitude. It’s absolutely crucial to his plan.”
Former Yankee Joe Pepitone Sues Baseball HOF over Mickey Mantle's 500th HR Bat
According to Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic, the 80-year-old Pepitone's lawsuit states:"Pepitone’s Bat is a one-of-a-kind historical baseball artifact with an estimated value of more than $500,000. The Hall of Fame denies Pepitone's account, saying it has owned the bat since the Yankees donated it in 1967. Specifically, he said then-Baseball Hall of Fame public relations director William Guilfoile—who died in 2016—told Pepitone the bat was his "for the asking." While he wasn't a superstar like Mantle, Pepitone had a productive career with three All-Star selections and three Gold Glove awards. Per Kaplan, Goldin Auctions founder Ken Goldin estimates Mantle's 500th home run bat is worth "well over $1 million" thanks to Mantle's popularity and the scarcity of game-used items with such significance from that era.
New Disney+ animated series 'Monsters at Work' doesn't live up to its 'Monsters, Inc.' legacy
“Monsters at Work,” Disney’s new animated streaming series, is an office comedy. Through some inadvertent bureaucratic kindness, he’s not fired, just remanded to the Monsters, Inc. Facilities Team (MIFT). Tylor, however, thinks his academic pedigree makes him too good for them (much is made of Val having dropped out of Monsters University). It’s not a terrible premise for a show — the joke setups are easy, since the monsters’ job is to make kids laugh. One of the most daring ideas in “Monsters, Inc.” was that go-team corporate culture always turns a blind eye to profitable malfeasance.
Chiefs' Frank Clark Reportedly Charged with Felony Assault Weapon Possession
AP Photo/Charlie RiedelKansas City Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark was charged with felony possession of an assault weapon Friday after police said they saw an Uzi in the 28-year-old's Lamborghini during a routine traffic stop June 20 in Los Angeles, per TMZ Sports. Clark faces up to three years in prison if convicted, and he is due in court next week for a hearing. The defensive end said the gun, which police said they spotted in an open duffle bag, belonged to a member of his security team. Clark was booked into jail the morning of June 21, per Mitchel Summers of WIBW-TV. Clark has played six NFL seasons, four with the Seattle Seahawks and two for the Chiefs.
Federal Judge Blocks Tennessee's Anti-Trans Bathroom Law
A federal judge on Friday blocked a Tennessee law that required business owners to post signs outside gendered bathrooms if the business allowed people to use them according to their gender identity. Tennessee’s Republican-controlled legislature passed the bill earlier this year, and it was swiftly signed by Gov. The law is reportedly the first restriction of bathroom use by transgender people to be signed in any state in five years, according to The Associated Press. Trauger, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton, also determined that the law raises significant First Amendment concerns. The businesses say they are worried about driving customers away with the required signs or causing confusion.
Biden fires Social Security commissioner
President Joe Biden on Friday fired Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul, a Trump administration appointee, after he refused to resign from the post. A White House official, in explaining the commissioner's termination, said Saul "undermined and politicized" Social Security disability benefits. Saul's deputy, David Black, another Trump appointee, resigned Friday upon request. Saul was known for his staunch anti-union attitude, a stance that became more controversial as the Social Security Administration dealt with federal employee unions amid the Covid-19 epidemic.
Laci Mosley Talks Racism From 'iCarly' Viewers: 'Black Women Deserve Protection'
“I look forward to the point where being Black and getting a job in Hollywood is not a political statement,” Mosley said. She’s queer, she’s Black — and not in a stereotypical way.”Mosley had previously addressed the vitriol in an Instagram post in May. “Black women deserve protection. We’ve seen so many times Black women’s work is monetized, stolen from us, you know, and we’re abused. ... It’s time for Black women to get their share because Black women have been out here from day one fighting for everybody.”Mosley tweeted more about her experience on Thursday, writing that she hopes to “shift the narrative” away from herself and onto ways systemic racism affects communities overall.
Heather Morris Honors Naya Rivera's Legacy With A Beautiful Tattoo
Heather Morris marked the first anniversary of Naya Rivera’s death by getting a tattoo in memory of her longtime “Glee” co-star and friend. “Tomorrow is not promised,” reads the tattoo, which was reportedly designed by artist L Garza of Iron & Ink Los Angeles. Rivera went missing on July 8, 2020, during a boating trip on California’s Lake Piru. // naya’s passingheather morris’ tattoo in honor of naya ? “tomorrow is not promised” pic.twitter.com/XztZ1877Ug — ?? (@bluntgron) July 8, 2021The 33-year-old actor’s body was recovered from the lake days later. Morris was among the members of the “Glee” cast who reunited virtually in April to honor Rivera’s legacy at the 2021 GLAAD Media Awards.
Naomi Osaka makes us ‘look at the sun’ when it comes to mental health
Cari Champion, co-host of “Cari and Jemele: Stick to Sports,” remarks on how tennis star Naomi Osaka is using her platform to make sure we can no longer look away from issues of mental health
Biden admin won't accept 'partial deal' with Iran on release of American prisoners, U.S. envoy says
The Biden administration is insisting on the release of all Americans unjustly imprisoned in Iran and will not accept a "partial deal" in its negotiations with Tehran over detained citizens, according to the U.S. envoy, Robert Malley. Former President Donald Trump pulled the U.S .out of the nuclear deal and Iran has since breached limits on its uranium enrichment and other nuclear activities. President Biden has offered to return the United States to the nuclear accord if Iran returns to compliance with its provisions. It was "distasteful" to have to negotiate for the release of Americans, Malley said, as he said they had committed no crime and should simply be released without conditions. Iran rejects that portrayal and says Washington must release Iranian nationals detained in the United States.
Peter Strzok: US defense against Russia cyberattacks clearly isn’t working
Peter Strzok, former FBI counterintelligence agent and author of “Compromised,”and Washington Post political reporter Nick Confessore break down the recent Russian cyberattacks against the United States and how the Biden Administration is handling Putin’s newfound aggression
Texas State Rep. believes ‘democracy is on the line’ in her state
Democratic state representative Jasmine Crockett shares what it is like on the ground in Texas with the rise in voter suppression laws in the state’s legislature and pleads for DC to do “what DC needs to do” to end these bills from being passed in states across the country
Biden fires Trump-appointed Social Security Administration chief
President Joe Biden on Friday fired Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul after he refused a request to resign, a White House official told NBC News. A search for both commissioner and deputy commissioner will now be conducted, White House official said. The White House told the paper that a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision gave the power to replace him. This removal would be an unprecedented and dangerous politicization of the Social Security Administration. https://t.co/Y33G4YoZKf — Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) July 9, 2021"This removal would be an unprecedented and dangerous politicization of the Social Security Administration," McConnell said.
D.C. government employees prepare for return to their workplaces starting Monday
Officials continue to monitor the spread of the delta variant. D.C. Health Director LaQuandra Nesbitt said Friday that of the positive coronavirus tests that the District has sequenced, less than 1 percent of them are the delta variant. In Virginia, 88 cases of the delta variant had been detected as of Friday, up from 67 last week and 48 the week before. The delta cases are concentrated in Central and Northern Virginia, but present throughout the state, according to state data.
Faces of the dead emerge from lost African American graveyard
Under the direction of Burnston, the remains were carefully removed from the cemetery in 1979 and 1980 when nearby Route 15 was being expanded. The graves were thought by some locals to be Native American. More than half the graves had to be removed. Dozens more are still there.
Opinion : Awards buoyed former New York Times editor who mistreated freelance photographers
Bruce and others had to put up with it because, by virtue of his position at the Times, Furst was perhaps the most powerful figure in international photojournalism. Decades ago, independent photojournalists seeking overseas assignments could turn to a number of publications, including weekly magazines and even some big-city newspapers with reasonably sized freelance budgets. “Life magazine was the place in the ’60s,” says veteran visual editor Alice Gabriner. “Interestingly, the New York Times and The Washington Post are what those news magazines once were,” says Gabriner. Photo editors have also taken to seeking local photographers in foreign countries, she adds, further undermining demand for parachuting freelancers.
Opinion : Liberal democracies are running out of time to save the rest of the planet from covid
Third, good intentions need to be backed by money. The International Monetary Fund maintains that roughly 60 percent of the world could be vaccinated by mid-2022 for $50 billion, a small sum compared with the trillions the United States has spent at home. The World Bank and other development agencies should prioritize grants or at least long-term, no-interest financing. The new director of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Samantha Power, who has written passionately about victims and the voiceless, now has an opportunity to show what USAID can do. Together, the G-7 should be able to reach the IMF’s 60 percent target to safeguard humankind — and their own citizens.
Opinion : Richmond’s Lee statue, after 131 years, is an unpardonable insult
By the time of the Lee statue dedication in 1890, it was apparent to Boutwell and the Daily Traveler that the proliferation of Confederate memorials was but a symbol of the victory of the Lost Cause campaign of the South in rehabilitating notions of white supremacy. The next several decades saw the spread of Jim Crow laws and the institutional racism, South and North, that has crippled our society well into the 21st century. Only now, sparked by the George Floyd murder and Black Lives Matter protests, is the United States beginning to seriously reckon with that legacy.
Congress Wants Documents from NCAA Showing Disparity Between Men's and Women's Sports
AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, FileThe House Committee on Oversight and Reform is seeking documents from the NCAA related to the disparity between men's and women's sports. The letter mentioned the situation that developed during the NCAA women's basketball tournament in March. By comparison, Ohio State men's basketball conditioning coach Quadrian Banks posted a picture of the amenities provided to teams for the men's tournament:NBC Sports' Alex Azzi detailed further discrepancies between the men's and women's basketball tournaments. Dan Gavitt, NCAA senior vice president of basketball, issued an apology to the women's teams and vowed to do better moving forward. The NCAA provided additional training equipment and upgraded the training facilities for the women's teams amid backlash.
'Black Widow' closes a chapter as Marvel looks ahead to a new phase
After "Black Widow's" assault on the box office , what's known as Phase 4 of Marvel's meticulously planned lineup of movies is destined to be tested. JUST WATCHED 'Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,' starring Simu Liu (right), will be the next Marvel movie release. Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH 'Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,' starring Simu Liu (right), will be the next Marvel movie release. Back in 2019, which feels like ages ago, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige explained the post-"Endgame" strategy as being "about the new," from introducing characters to featuring established ones in unexpected ways. For that reason and others, the company still looks plenty powerful as it marches into this next phase.
Rev. Al Sharpton says voting rights is ‘not gonna be a one-sided fight’
President of the National Action Network Reverend Al Sharpton discusses his meeting with other civil rights leaders and President Joe Biden where he says they expressed the outrage people feel over voting rights across the country
Shonda Rhimes And Netflix Extend Deal To Include Potential Gaming Content
Shonda Rhimes and Netflix have announced they are extending their partnership to potentially include gaming content, among other additions. The expanded deal will give Netflix and Rhimes’s production company, Shondaland, the opportunity to “exclusively produce, stream and distribute feature films as well as potential gaming and virtual reality content,” Netflix said in a statement on Thursday. Bridgerton is returning for season two, only on Netflix. pic.twitter.com/yqapEULKz4 — Bridgerton (@bridgerton) January 21, 2021Shondaland’s hit Netflix Regency drama, “Bridgerton” ? the first scripted Netflix show to come out of the multiyear deal ? made waves at the streaming service. The streaming service announced in May that it was expanding the Bridgerton universe with a limited series focused on young Queen Charlotte.
37 Of The Funniest Tweets About Cats And Dogs This Week (July 3-9)
Each week at HuffPost, we scour Twitter to find the funniest posts about our furballs being complete goofballs. They’re sure to make you howl. (And if you want some more, no need to beg. Check out last week’s batch right here.)
Senate momentum builds for emergency Capitol Police funding after long delay
Senate Appropriations Chair Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) — who first identified the funding shortfall in June — issued another warning on Friday afternoon. The Vermont Democrat said Capitol Police salaries will be depleted next month and the National Guard will have to cut training absent congressional action. Increasing bipartisan urgency in the Senate to cough up emergency cash to cover the financial needs of both forces comes after the House passed a $1.9 billion emergency spending bill in May. GOP lawmakers would provide about the same amount of money for the National Guard and Capitol Police salaries, while allocating far less funding to the Architect of the Capitol. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) warned on Friday of long nights, weekends and possible work into the scheduled August recess.
Jenner insists she's leading California recall field despite polling
Caitlyn Jenner, Republican candidate for California governor, speaks during a news conference on Friday in Sacramento, Calif. | Noah Berger/AP Photo Jenner insists she's leading California recall field despite pollingSACRAMENTO — Reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner said Friday that she's leading all contenders in the Gov. Gavin Newsom recall despite polling and fundraising totals that suggest otherwise, addressing California political reporters in her first campaign press conference. In a Fox News interview earlier Friday, Jenner argued that “Gavin Newsom keeps changing the rules ... he’s like a dictator out here," she said. Asked if she wants Trump’s endorsement in the recall, Jenner demurred. Faulconer's campaign on Friday issued a release on homelessness that called him "the leading candidate to recall Gavin Newsom."
Appeals court axes FDA ban of electric shock on the disabled
A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., overturned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s ban on the use of electric shock devices on people with mental disabilities by a Massachusetts residential school. The judges’ 2-1 decision this week will allow the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center in Canton, Mass., to continue using shock devices on its residents. "We conclude that the FDA lacks the statutory authority to ban a medical device for a particular use," the majority judges wrote. After two years, the FDA announced it would ban the GED, but took another four years to finalize the rule. The Judge Rotenberg Educational Center Parents Association said in a statement that they supported the judges’ decision.
Woman stops at McDonald's drive-thru during police pursuit after allegedly striking officer with stolen truck
A Massachusetts woman was arrested after a police pursuit that ended in a McDonald's drive-thru when the suspect pulled over to order food while driving a stolen vehicle, according to Worcester police. The owner of the stolen vehicle had GPS tracking and was able to provide police with a rough estimate of the truck's location, according to police. When police began their pursuit, they encountered a driver whose vehicle had been struck by the stolen truck. When officers approached, police say Gardell backed up the stolen truck at a high speed, striking another parked car and knocking down and dragging one of the officers. Finally, Worcester officers were able to pull Gardell out of the stolen truck, despite the fact that Gardell "fought and struggled," police said.
Judge blocks Tennessee's transgender bathroom sign law
A federal judge on Friday blocked a Tennessee law that required businesses to post a notice if they allow transgender people to use bathrooms that match their gender identity. Judge Aleta A. Trauger of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee granted a preliminary injunction against the law while litigation proceeds. The communications director for the fourth defendant, Carter Lawrence, the state's fire marshal, declined comment due to ongoing litigation. Hedy Weinberg, the executive director of the ACLU of Tennessee, said the law is bad for businesses in Tennessee and harmful to trans people. The other was filed last week by Mike Curb, a Nashville record label owner, who is represented by GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders.
Easier refunds and ending surprise fees: What Biden executive order means for airlines
President Joe Biden's sweeping executive order aimed at cracking down on corporate consolidation and encouraging competition also includes some potential relief for airline passengers who've been hit with increased fees in recent years. It also orders the agency "to consider issuing rules that require baggage, change, and cancellation fees to be clearly disclosed to the customer," the document said. "Reduced competition contributes to increasing fees like baggage and cancellation fees. These fees are often raised in lockstep, demonstrating a lack of meaningful competitive pressure, and are often hidden from consumers at the point of purchase," the fact sheet said. Under existing DOT rules, passengers are entitled to a refund if bags are lost, but not if they're delayed.
From 'Avatar' to London Tipton, Asian Americans look back on characters that shaped their self-image
But for Asian Americans, the childhood favs viewed through a 2021 lens can be a reminder of what might not have been clear at the time: Asian faces are nowhere to be seen. “For me personally, I would take anything that I could get.”This lack makes the few Asian characters who exist — good or bad — all the more pivotal for the self-image of a burgeoning population of young Asian Americans. Asian women tended to be exoticized and hypersexualized, young people said, and Asian men fell into model minority territory. For young Asian Americans at the time, the rich, fashionable airhead was a nice break from the stereotypes they were used to. “Austin Powers,” a series of three comedy films from 1997 to 2002, is an example that stands out in the minds of many young Asian Americans.
Its President Assassinated, Haiti’s Future Is Uncertain - The New York Times
The killing has destroyed the Biden administration’s hopes (however far-fetched) for a peaceful transfer of power with elections presided over by Mr. Moïse. But that’s not to say that Haiti’s future is entirely up to the United States nor should it be. When the United States has stepped in, Haitians have ended up worse off. In the wake of the killing, U.S. Marines occupied Haiti and remained there for 19 years. The presidential mandate of Mr. Moïse itself was iffy, to say the least.
Opinion | Love and War, in Afghanistan
Their aspirations and can-do personalities filled us with the hope that this war would end differently than Vietnam. In turn, our presence filled them with hope that, after decades of civil war, Afghanistan could chart a different path. The first interpreter I hired fell in love with the girl next door — the only girl he knew. As the war dragged on, the love stories seemed to grow more audacious. In Afghanistan, a young man must marry to get any amount of female affection.
The Trump administration used an early, unreported program to separate migrant families along a remote stretch of the border
From July 1 to Dec. 31, 2017, 234 families were separated in Yuma, according to newly released data from the Department of Homeland Security, almost exactly the same number as were separated in a now well known pilot program in El Paso that year. Because the Yuma program began in May, and the existing data on family separations begins only in July, the number of separations there was likely higher than 234, a prospect the Biden administration is now investigating.
Opinion : The time has come to save baseball by changing the rules
Five seasons ago, there were 3,294 more hits than strikeouts. Three seasons ago, strikeouts edged past hits. Writer Jayson Stark notes that until 2018 there had never been a month with more strikeouts than hits. This April there were almost 1,100 more strikeouts than hits, and writer Tyler Kepner says this season is on a pace for approximately 5,000 more strikeouts than hits. This season, teams are shifting on 32 percent (usually an infielder in shallow right field), which will erase perhaps 600 hits.
The future of online retail looks a lot like QVC, with live streams of influencers, including dogs, doing the hawking
But some analysts are skeptical that live streams will translate to long-term sales growth, given the endless streaming options Americans already have on social media and such platforms as Netflix and Hulu. Home-shopping channels, they say, were born of an era when audiences were largely captive to their television sets. It’s no longer as simple to attract — or hold — the attention of today’s viewers, who can access entertainment on their smartphones, watches and computers at any time.
Opinion : There’s only one way for Democrats to beat back the GOP war on democracy
Every day that goes by, the problem gets worse. To take just one front in the battle, this week the Texas legislature is back at work in an “emergency” session, the emergency being that too many people voted in the 2020 election. So they’ll be considering sweeping measures to make voting harder for people who might vote for Democrats, allow Republican activists to harass election officials, and create opportunities for judges to overturn elections that come out the wrong way.
Biden defends pulling US out of Afghanistan as Taliban advances
President Joe Biden delivered a vehement defense of his decision to end the war in Afghanistan by August 31, insisting no amount of sustained American presence there could resolve the country's own intractable problems. CNN's Kaitlan Collins reports.
CNN tours Champlain Tours North with Surfside condo collapse investigator. This is what he's looking for
Allyn Kilsheimer, the structural engineer hired by the city of Surfside, Florida, to investigate the collapse of Champlain Towers South, took CNN's Rosa Flores on a tour of sister building Champlain Tours North. Crews pulled samples of concrete for testing to determine whether it was a factor in the south tower's fall.
George Conway reacts to new book about Trump administration
Contributing columnist to The Washington Post George Conway reacts to a new book detailing a tense exchange between Donald Trump and Mike Pence.
'An incredible gift': Students invent wheelchair stroller for teacher's husband
Several high school students in Maryland took home two international prizes after developing an accessible wheelchair stroller for their teacher's husband. The 10 students at Bullis High School in Potomac, Maryland developed two products which allow a person in a wheelchair to walk their child in a stroller. The second product connects a wheelchair to a stroller. King said that she and her husband were able to start using the wheelchair car seat attachment within days of their son being born. Jacob Zlotnitsky, who worked with Espinoza and several other students to develop the wheelchair stroller product, said that he was much more invested in the project than most other assignments.
2 of 3 victims found dead at Georgia country club were bound and gagged, warrant says
Two of the three victims found dead at a Georgia country club were bound and gagged with tape, according to new details released Friday. He also drove a Dodge Ram as both men were in the bed of the truck, the document said. The warrant, however, did not shed light on how Rhoden encountered Valdez and Pierson, where they were killed or why they were in the Atlanta suburb. Neither Pierson nor Valdez appeared to have any connection to the country club, police said. “We definitely feel confident there was no relationship between the shooter and Mr. Siller,” Cox said Thursday night.
Jason Momoa Rubs Sanitizer On His Bare Chest For A 'Sexy' Challenge On 'Kimmel'
Momoa, who appeared on the show via video chat, came prepared, with hand sanitizer ready to go. The actor took it a step further by squirting the sanitizer bottle all over his chest and face. Momoa later sexed up other boring tasks, including eating tuna directly from a can and ironing a shirt. “You’re welcome America,” Momoa later said with a laugh. (You can watch the entire “Jimmy Kimmel Live” segment below.)
Hilaria Baldwin Now Claims She's Culturally 'Fluid' After Spanish Heritage Scandal
If you thought Hilaria Baldwin had moved on from last year’s heritage appropriation controversy, well, think again. The yoga instructor, who is married to actor Alec Baldwin, was called out in December for repeatedly presenting herself as Spanish ? a claim publicly corroborated by her husband ? when she was born and raised in Boston by American parents. You will never quite fit in because the other parts of you shape and influence all your parts.”Instagram Hilaria Baldwin's post on Instagram. No stranger to social media controversies himself, Alec Baldwin attempted to deflect the criticism somewhat following the Golden Globes in March. The “30 Rock” actor tweeted a CNN report about Gillian Anderson’s win for Netflix’s “The Crown,” in which she played former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
Biden names more ambassador nominees, tapping LA mayor for India post
Biden also named Denise Campbell Bauer as his nominee for ambassador to Monaco. In 2019, she became the executive director of Women for Biden, a group that helped elect the president. Haas has worked in State Department positions at five different bureaus in his career, including in Mumbai, India. Biden’s fourth nominee on Friday was Bernadette Meehan, the executive vice president of global programs for the Obama Foundation. The Biden administration has said it plans to keep the ratio of career appointees to political appointees closer to the traditional 70 to 30 percent.
RSV is spreading in summer, CDC warns, worrying parents and doctors
As the coronavirus pandemic continues, doctors are now warning about another respiratory disease spreading among infants and young children. But for infants, young children and older people, RSV can be more severe and lead to bronchiolitis and pneumonia. If symptoms turn severe, parents should contact their doctor, Peterson said. Peterson wants parents to be aware that RSV is spreading at an unusual time and said infants and children with underlying illnesses should be closely monitored. "We usually talk about RSV in the winter, but we need to be on the lookout now, even in the summer," she said.
Biden's new executive order could let you fix your iPhone
And when your cell phone breaks, there’s often nobody who can do anything to fix it except the manufacturer itself. That last one in particular may change soon, thanks to a new executive order that President Joe Biden signed Friday afternoon. It can be easy to forget how much of a quasi-scam it is that only Apple is able to repair Apple products. The company restricts access to spare parts and diagnostics that would allow an independent repair shop to easily make that fix. And electronics companies broadly now include clauses in their end-user license agreements that mean consumers never really own their products thanks to bans on any modifications of software.
Biden nominates L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti to serve as U.S. ambassador to India
LOS ANGELES — President Joe Biden has nominated Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to serve as U.S. ambassador to India, ending months of speculation whether the two-term mayor would land a role within the Biden administration. "I am honored to accept his nomination to serve in this role," Garcetti said in a statement. "I love Los Angeles and will always be an Angeleno." — MayorOfLA (@MayorOfLA) July 9, 2021If confirmed, Garcetti would be the first L.A. mayor in more than 100 years to voluntarily leave office, the Los Angeles Times reported. But a recent lawsuit alleges that a top Garcetti staffer harassed one of the mayor's bodyguards while Garcetti brushed off the behavior.
Man walks up and shoots couple dining at Houston aquarium, then turns gun on himself, police say
Police in Texas say a shooting at the Houston Downtown Aquarium on Thursday night left two people dead and a woman injured. "This suspect got up, and in a very quick manner, went around the bar to the area where the male and female were together. The Houston Downtown Aquarium. Raymond Boyd / Getty Images fileThe suspect shot the man and the woman before turning the gun on himself, according to Slinkard. HPD has not identified the victims or suspect at this time, a spokesperson told NBC News on Friday.
Vaccinated Students, Teachers Can Shed Masks, Says New Federal Guidance
Vaccinated students and teachers don’t need to wear masks inside school buildings, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. The CDC recommends, however, that students and drivers continue to wear masks on school buses. The CDC’s announcement comes as North Carolina’s year-round students and teachers return to classrooms for in-person instruction this week. The new CDC guidance mostly impacts students and teachers in middle schools and high schools. “We do want to let go of interventions that have not been found to be as effective and really focus on those things that are most effective,” Perry-Manning said.
Six Things to Do This Weekend in the Triangle
Are you looking for some live music or theater you’ve been missing for the past year? Take the time to get out to one of these fun events in the Triangle this weekend and quell all your desires. Open the second Saturday of each month, this Downtown Durham event offers food, shopping, and music– all the things you need to liven up your weekend. The Honeysuckle Tea House + Cloud2Studios Live Music SeriesHoneysuckle Tea House, Chapel Hill, 5 to 8 p.m.As a part of Honeysuckle Tea House and Cloud2Studios continuous live music series this summer, singer Emily Musolino will be coming to sing at the tea house. Tongue & Groove Open Mic NightVisual Art Exchange, 10 Glenwood South, Raleigh, Sunday, 7 p.m.
Poynter: How N.C. Policy Watch Reporter Joe Killian Followed the UNC-Nikole Hannah-Jones Story From Beginning To End
I had secured an apartment in North Carolina so that I would be ready to teach that January. My editors at The New York Times had already supplied quotes for the press release of the big announcement. Killian spent 10 years at the (Greensboro, North Carolina) News & Record before coming to N.C. Policy Watch almost five years ago. That matters in North Carolina, he said, where the governing boards of universities are nearly all former Republican lawmakers, and active Republican lobbyists and activists. Join the INDY Press Club to help us keep fearless watchdog reporting and essential arts and culture coverage viable in the Triangle.
Were Haiti’s Capitalists Behind the Assassination of President Moïse?
After that, Cherizier went back to his neighborhood, which was plagued with these kidnappers and rapists. Cherizier started to see that everything was rotten — not just the police, not just the government, but also the opposition, the bourgeoisie. So Cherizier started to get a reputation as a vigilance brigade on steroids. He started to develop a reputation, and he started to develop relationships with some of the opposition powers, such as the bourgeoisie who were opposed to Moïse. Cherizier started to see that everything was rotten — not just the police, not just the government, but also the opposition, the bourgeoisie.
The Disingenuous Defense of For-Profit Health Care Hasn’t Changed in Decades
This month marks the fifty-sixth anniversary of Medicare, signed into law by president Lyndon Johnson on July 30, 1965. Predictably, even the faint prospect of Medicare expansion has sent the private insurance racket into a tizzy, with corporate astroturf groups like the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future (PAHCF) taking out seven figure ad buys to defeat it. The kinds of arguments deployed by PAHCF — formed in 2018 with the explicit goal of neutralizing large-scale health care reform — are by this point quite familiar. More broadly, its messaging has condemned all proposed expansions of public health insurance as heavy-handed attempts to impose a “one-size-fits-all system . Though liberal and conservative politicians throughout the decades have assumed different rhetorical postures in making the case against universal health care, it’s striking how little the underlying arguments have actually changed.
Peru’s Pedro Castillo Can Break With Neoliberalism for Good
After actually running as the anti-neoliberal candidate against Vargas Llosa in 1990, Fujimori adopted Vargas Llosa’s neoliberal economic advisor Hernando de Soto and implemented the standard IMF package: deregulation, privatization, liberalization, etc. This became a kind “neoliberalism from below” and it paid major political and ideological dividends. The Fujimorismo of the ’90s is a political project combining the most antidemocratic aspects of technocratic neoliberalism and the most antidemocratic traditions of military dictatorship. Keiko Fujimori has basically been the caretaker of that legacy, adapting it to the current democratic rule of law from her seat in Congress. At the same time, that shouldn’t be taken to mean that anti-communism is somehow immutable or will always be politically effective.
Choosing Your Own Health Care Plan Has Nothing to Do With Freedom
The upside of the system, relative to national health insurance programs, is supposed to be that you get to choose your health insurance plan. This is, of course, not true for workers employed by the many companies that only offer one health plan. Back in my federal government days, we were blessed with literally dozens of health insurance options. In my most recent journey, the choices were mercifully limited to three options: the preferred provider organization (PPO) plan, the health maintenance organization (HMO) plan, and the high-deductible health plan (HDHP). If things weren’t complicated enough, there is actually yet another consideration that goes into the HDHP plan.
Miners in Ontario Are Mobilizing Against Another Corporate Rip-Off
The industrial action comes after employees twice rejected a company offer that would significantly reduce the health benefits of younger workers. Vale’s attempt to defeat Sudbury’s miners, based in one of Canada’s strongest union locals, is a clear attack on organized labor. You destroy your body, then they take your health benefits. The Vale strike came in the context of a series of layoffs and plant closures in Ontario. The Canadian Auto Workers Union, which organized thirty-two occupations between 1980 and 2009, led several of these efforts.
Striking Alabama Miners Are Done Playing Nice
“Everyone,” answered Haeden Wright, president of a local UMWA women’s auxiliary unit, a close-knit group of union members’ wives and supporters. One miner offered a simple explanation: ?“This playing nice shit ain’t cutting it.”The picket line had grown contentious before. Along with threats from police, striking miners have faced other attacks — including three separate vehicular assaults in June, in which drivers plowed into UMWA picketers. On April 1, upward of 1,100 workers walked off the job as their contract with Warrior Met expired. “Our members are the reason Warrior Met even exists today,” Roberts said in a March 31 statement.
All of Us Should Be Working Four-Day Weeks
In Iceland, the Reykjavik City Council, the trade union confederation BSRB, and the national government ran a series of trials of a four-day working week between 2015 and2019 — the world’s largest experiment thus far in shortening working hours without slashing wages. Thanks to a series of successfully negotiated contracts in 2019–2021, 86 percent of Iceland’s working population has either already moved to shortened working hours or gained the right to negotiate such reductions in the future. In fall 2021, Spain will follow suit with its own pilot of a four-day week, providing financial aid to companies that cut the working week to thirty-two hours without reducing wages. Indeed, employers ultimately have little incentive to take on the immediate costs of reducing working hours while keeping wages the same. Boosting union membership thus appears to be a necessary first step in order to maximize the positive impact of reduced working hours.
Can Catalan Pardons Pave a Way Out of Spain’s Territorial Crisis?
The Spanish government pardoned the Catalan activist and eight others who had been convicted for their role in the 2017 referendum on Catalan independence. The judges eventually dropped the initial charge of rebellion, which had been used to justify holding the trial before the Supreme Court in Madrid rather than a Catalan court. Sánchez’s pardons are partial and maintain restrictions on holding public office. During the speculation over Sánchez’s pardons, Casado and other right-wing leaders were caught off-guard when, in mid-June, the Spanish and Catalan corporate elite expressed support for any step, including pardons, that would help defuse the territorial tensions. For the past decade, Spain’s territorial crisis, relegated to the media and the courts, has divided and paralyzed the left while boosting the right.
Drought Takes Hold of California
From the Mexican border all the way north through this vast state, California is on yet another extreme heat watch, and yet another red alert for wildfires. At the same time, the West’s access to water is rapidly dwindling, as a brutal drought takes hold. The result has been a water shortage far worse than at a comparable point in the last drought, which lasted from 2011 to 2017. Where California’s water systems are now, barely two years into this drought, is where those same systems were at least three years into the previous extreme dry period, in 2014–15. Over the coming months, thousands of wells, and many small-town water systems, will fail as climate change-induced extreme heat and drought tighten their vise on the region.
Why Brazilian Workers Love Lula
In 2016, Lula’s Workers’ Party (PT) was cast from office after thirteen years in power when his chosen successor, Dilma Rousseff, was impeached on spurious grounds. Lula’s Life Story Lula’s biography is well known. This account of Lula’s life — simple, triumphant — has been recounted in movies, academic and journalistic works, and even a comic book. This was a political lesson Lula learned early, even before he was formally invested in an explicitly political life. “The best way for students to help the working class is for them to stay in their universities,” he declared.
Oil workers’ strike spreads across Iran; unions appeal for international solidarity
Thousands of workers in Iran’s vast energy industry have gone on strike to demand better wages and conditions at oil facilities. The strike is proving to be a moment that tests the solidarity between permanent full-time workers and those employed on a contract basis. One of the key demands of UMMI is that wages must be paid monthly and without delay. “Nowhere does it state that the employer can delay the worker’s wages for three months plus or suddenly disappear having made no payment. The situation for workers in Iran is exacerbated by the fact that the government does not recognize independent trade unions, making it more difficult for unions to organize.
Election officials ban German Communist Party from running candidates
The red flag of the German Communist Party flies in front of the Bundestag building in Berlin. | via DKPBERLIN—A committee of the German parliament responsible for preparing the election scheduled for Sept. 26 decided on Thursday not to allow the German Communist Party (DKP) to run for office. The actions of the Federal Election Committee present a very serious problem for the DKP—beyond just the upcoming election. Köbele said that although the decision was not an open outlawing of the party, it was in effect a “cold” party ban. “In 1933, the Communist Party was banned by the fascists, in 1956 by [Chancellor Konrad] Adenauer.
Meet MacKenzie Scott, Our New Good Billionaire
With Bill Gates’s reputation as our leading philanthropist imperiled by high-profile allegations of inappropriate behavior toward women, fellow billionaire MacKenzie Scott may be taking over the mantle as our new “good billionaire”—the super-rich model citizen whose charitable beneficence justifies the existence of the billionaire class. Even though Scott receives significant tax benefits from her charity, the public apparently is not allowed to scrutinize her philanthropic giving. Notably, Scott, while being advised by Bridgespan, has donated money to at least eight of Bridgespan’s recent clients—as well as to Bridgespan itself. These business practices may boost Amazon’s bottom line and enrich Scott, but how do they support her charitable mission to support equity and justice? MacKenzie Scott may look and feel like a new kind of billionaire, but we would do well to actually examine her actions and follow the money instead of blithely praising her words and trusting her promises.
Joe Biden Just Threw Down the Anti-Monopoly Gauntlet—but One Big Question Remains
Subscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! For more from The Nation, check out our latest issueSubscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Joe Biden just threw a big punch at corporate monopolies, one of the biggest executive branch punches of any president in the last 40 years. Since Bill Clinton became president, corporate Democrats have been in the driver’s seat when it comes to economic policy, and shut down all dissenters in the antimonopoly policy. However, one key anti-monopoly question still remains for the president: his choice as the Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division.
A Caravan of Cuban Americans Are Marching 1,300 Miles to Transform U.S.-Cuba Policy
He is neither for nor against the Cuban government; he is for the Cuban people, the Cuban families. Lazo portrays Cuba and the United States as his parents—Cuba is his mother, the United States his father. When Barack Obama became President and started normalizing relations with Cuba, Lazo thought his political work was over. The “profe,” as he is known, taught his students to sing Cuban love songs and dance salsa, winning the hearts of their Cuban hosts. Trump tried to please rightwing Cubans in Miami by reversing Obama’s openings and adding 242 additional coercive measures designed to torpedo the Cuban economy.
Controversial Brazil Environment Minister Resigns After U.S. Investigation
The United States has reported to Brazil dozens of illegal shipments of wood from the Amazon rainforest to U.S. ports, starting an investigation that resulted in the resignation of Brazilian Environment minister Ricardo Salles. In other words, the farm was a “laundry” for Ipe trees and other types of Amazon wood, according to the investigation. Meanwhile, in Brazil, Salles was targeted by the Federal Police in May in a probe that is investigating the illegal wood export. Saraiva presented a criminal report accusing Ricardo Salles of creating obstacles to a federal investigation and of defending the private interest of illegal loggers. “It’s not every day that a superintendent does this, but it is not every day that a minister promotes the defense of environmental assaulters”, he stated days before losing his position as superintendent by Brazil Federal Police decision.
Hotel execs firing up to 39 percent of housekeepers even after full reopening – People's World
The hotel industry’s plan to end daily room cleaning would cost women of color billions. hotel industry executives, using the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse, plan to cut up to 39% of their housekeepers, depending on the chain involved, even after fully reopening once the plague retreats, Unite Here reports. The report’s conclusions are based on interviews with housekeepers and hotel honchos’ public statements and spending and earnings forecasts to Wall Street investors. “The hotel industry is trying to get back to full occupancy without ever bringing back its full workforce,” he said in introducing the study. “And when you think about a hotel without daily housekeeping, that’s almost like a college dorm experience.
AFL-CIO wants workers ‘front and center’ in battling global warming
AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler says that workers must be placed front and center in the fight against global warming. CC4.0WASHINGTON—Workers, especially union workers, should be “front and center” in the battle to reverse global warming, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler says. And she made the point that global warming is here, proceeding more quickly and negatively than people realize. So is most of the Western U.S.That doesn’t seem to budge global warming deniers in corporate suites or Congress. They weren’t junked in a bipartisan green energy tax credit bill the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee, headed by Shuler’s home-state Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., approved.
Black queer socialist makes history, winning Democratic primary in Harlem
Kristin Richardson Jordan, winning New York City Council Democratic primary candidate from Harlem, marches at the head of a demonstration. Due to the relative safety of Democratic majorities across New York City districts, Jordan is all but guaranteed to win her seat after the hard-fought primary victory. Following her likely victory in November, Jordan, who is 34, will be the youngest Black woman ever to be elected to New York’s City Council. She did not receive the endorsement of the more established progressive electoral organizations, such as the Working Families Party, New York Progressive Action Network, or Our Revolution. It seems she’ll be disrupting more than just Harlem, though; come November she’ll be working to bring revolutionary change to the halls of City Council.
Greg Abbott’s Summer Special Session Sideshow
Governor Greg Abbott’s 30-day special session, which he called after Texas Republicans failed to pass legislation that cracks down on state voting laws in May, is on track to be a partisan circus. Abbott also included the restoration of funding for the legislative branch, which he defunded with a budget veto last month ostensibly as a threat to ensure that Democratic legislators behave during the special session. The regular session, which ended on Memorial Day, ended with more drama and finger pointing than usual. The autocratic ploy—which is being challenged in court—would effectively defund the Legislature beginning September 1, a move purportedly meant to force Democratic lawmakers to acquiesce in the special session. “Bottom line is that everything that needed to be done was done to fix the power grid in Texas,” he said.
Heat-Related Deaths Increase as Temperatures Rise in the West
The agency that runs California’s electrical grid asked residents on Thursday to set their thermostats at 78 degrees or higher to reduce power usage, and Gov. Gavin Newsom expanded a regional drought emergency to cover all but eight of the state’s 58 counties. He also asked Californians to cut their water consumption by 15 percent. Excessive heat warnings were in effect across inland California and the Southwest through the weekend, and the National Weather Service predicted that temperatures would approach an all-time high by Saturday in Las Vegas. A high of at least 130 degrees — just four degrees shy of the world record — was forecast for Death Valley this weekend.
Opinion | It’s Not Your Job to Save Your Kids From Boredom
But it’s clear by now that all this expensive enrichment won’t ensure kids’ success. Perhaps that’s why Gen Z has shown astute awareness of the dangers of overwork, with some high-profile Zoomers demonstrating acts of radical self-preservation. Gen Z seems to have accepted that no matter how much you love your job, your job won’t love you back. Their parents — Gen Xers and even older millennials — were late to this lesson, and if they learned it at all, it was often only when they hit a wall with burnout. Your kids may complain a little (or a lot) about losing some of their organized fun, since boredom is a feeling they’ve rarely experienced.
Covid Live Updates: Educators’ Unions Praise New C.D.C. Schools Guidance But Acknowledge Challenges Ahead
Live Covid Live Updates: Educators’ Unions Praise New C.D.C. Schools Guidance But Acknowledge Challenges Ahead Africa endures its “worst pandemic week ever,” as 16 African countries are reporting a resurgence in infections driven by the Delta variant. Africa marks its ‘worst pandemic week’ yet, with cases surging and vaccine scarce, the W.H.O. Credit... Brian Otieno for The New York Times Africa has just had its “worst pandemic week ever,” the World Health Organization said on Thursday. To use the S.D.R.s, countries can agree to trade this interest-bearing asset with other countries in exchange for cash.
U.N. votes to allow humanitarian aid to keep flowing into Syria across Turkish border
In a call between Biden and Putin on Friday, the two leader “commended the joint work of their respective teams” that led to the U.N. vote, according to a White House readout. But Biden also raised the issue of “ransomware attacks by criminals based in Russia” and said “the United States will take any necessary action to defend its people and its critical infrastructure in the face of this continuing challenge,” according to the readout.
Gas prices are high. Here's why
People are traveling more but oil supply hasn't caught up with demand. CNN's Matt Egan explains why the BIden administration needs to focus on energy diplomacy. Source: CNNBusiness
How To Love Someone Who Doesn't Love Themselves
In the canon of popular relationship advice, “love yourself or no one else can love you” gets dispensed so often, it’s reached the point of cliché. In truth, it really is a tall order to love someone else when you’re dealing with cripplingly low self-esteem or a lack of self-love. “People who deny themselves love, and love their partner too much, can result in a co-dependent relationship,” he explained. “Since we love them, we want to help them change things like this ? their low self-confidence or low self-worth,” Smith said. People who have low self-esteem often have a running inner monologue of negative self-talk that diminishes their accomplishments.
Housing crisis spurs opposition win in Irish by-election
DUBLIN — Ireland’s governing Fine Gael party suffered a loss on its home turf Friday in a by-election dominated by arguments over the country’s dysfunctional housing market. While Fine Gael’s candidate came second, Fianna Fáil’s finished a dismal fifth in a 15-candidate field in what was its worst by-election performance in history. She fills a parliamentary vacancy created when one of Varadkar’s close lieutenants in Fine Gael, former housing minister Eoghan Murphy, resigned after bearing the brunt of public criticism over the previous Fine Gael minority government’s failure to fix chronic housing supply problems. Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael united against the enlarged Sinn Féin, making it the main opposition for the first time. Staying above that fray, Bacik won 30.2 percent of first-preference votes, while James Geoghegan of Fine Gael came second on 26.2 percent.
Storm rips through Jacksonville, tears roof off business in scary video footage
Hurricane-force winds tore the roof off a Jacksonville, Florida business on Thursday as a nearby surveillance camera captured the scary scene. The footage was shot by Secur-Net USA, Inc., a video surveillance company, and captured the roof being blown off Cannon's Towing, which is just around the corner. Jim Youngblood, owner of Secur-Net USA, said he's grateful his staff wasn't hurt in the storm. "We saw it coming down the street and hunkered down," Youngblood told WTLV, an NBC affiliate in Jacksonville. The business was built to withstand a Category 3 hurricane so it's pretty beefed up."
Citing rise of delta variant, Los Angeles reports 165 percent increase in Covid cases
LOS ANGELES - Despite beating back some of the highest coronavirus rates in the country earlier this year, Los Angeles County is once again seeing an uptick in new infections. Public health officials reported a 165 percent increase in confirmed cases over the last week, with 839 new infections recorded as of Thursday. Fully vaccinated residents make up just a small fraction, 0.06 percent, of these new infections, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. in Los Angeles on July 1, 2021. Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times via Getty ImagesCalifornia public health officials recorded 2,411 new infections as of Friday with a seven-day average of 3.3 cases per 100,000 people.
Biden urges Putin to ‘take action to disrupt’ Russia-based hackers behind ransomware attacks.
Biden urges Putin to ‘take action to disrupt’ Russia-based hackers behind ransomware attacks. President Biden, right, and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia greeted each other last month in Geneva, Switzerland, during their first meeting. Mr. Biden said he told Mr. Putin that during a face-to-face meeting in Geneva several weeks ago. Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, offered few details about the call beyond what the White House released in the statement. White House officials announced some of the other initiatives on Wednesday, including action to restrict the widespread use of noncompete clauses and occupational licensing requirements that the White House has described as harmful to workers.
A Group of Scientists Presses a Case Against the Lab Leak Theory of Covid
Among other things, the scientists point to a recent report showing that markets in Wuhan, China, had sold live animals susceptible to the virus, including palm civets and raccoon dogs, in the two years before the pandemic began. The back and forth among scientists is taking place while intelligence agencies are working with an end-of-summer deadline to provide President Biden with an assessment of the origin of the pandemic. There is now a division among intelligence officials as to which scenario for viral origin is more likely. The new paper, which was posted online on Wednesday but has yet to be published in a scientific journal, was written by a team of 21 virologists. Four of them also collaborated on a 2020 paper in Nature Medicine that largely dismissed the possibility that the virus became a human pathogen through laboratory manipulation.
F.D.A. Requests Federal Investigation of Alzheimer’s Drug Approval
The Food and Drug Administration on Friday called for a federal investigation of the process that led to the approval of a new drug for Alzheimer’s disease that has spurred sharp criticism from lawmakers and the medical community. In a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services’ independent Office of the Inspector General, the F.D.A.’s acting commissioner, Dr. Janet Woodcock, acknowledged the scrutiny the agency has faced about the approval process for the drug, known as Aduhelm. She noted that the review should look at whether any of the communication between the agency’s staff and Biogen’s representatives violated F.D.A. The unusual request for an investigation of an agency’s own staff’s decision making process for an individual drug approval is likely to intensify the controversy that has surrounded the approval of Aduhelm. approved the drug a month ago, overriding the fierce objections of its own independent advisers, who said there was insufficient evidence to know whether the drug was effective.
Gene Weingarten: Weed this and reap
As soon as I got home, I hatched a plan. I would submit the substance to a scientific authority, perhaps the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, to confirm it was a semi-controlled substance, analyze its strength, interrogate it for contaminants, etc. In consultation with my girlfriend, I hatched an alternative emergency plan. It was dangerous, but the stakes were high. We do what we must for the public, and to win the Pulitzer Prize for public service.
Nationals manager Davey Martinez: ‘There was an emptiness last year’
You know, in this game, you got to endure a lot of failure. As we know, some of the best players in the world, they get 10 at-bats and get three hits. It’s the same thing as a coach or as a manager. There’s a lot of sleepless nights when I constantly think about players and how to make them better. Because I know what they endure every day, what they go through.
Will the mass robbery of Native American graves ever end?
He also took Native American bones — a practice that, historically, has been shockingly common. Meanwhile, zealous hobbyists and those looking to cash in on a lucrative global demand for Native American goods continue to ransack graves. The theft is so pervasive that there’s an active debate about whether to mark Native American burials on public and tribal lands. It took five years, but in 1990, Congress finally passed the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, or NAGPRA, which made it illegal to dig, desecrate or take any Native American remains, funerary objects, sacred objects and objects of cultural patrimony from federal and tribal lands. No comprehensive data on the world market for Native American cultural items exists, but in 2018 the U.S. Government Accountability Office attempted to calculate at least some of the export, theft and trafficking of Native American cultural items abroad.
Date Lab: A goodbye hug was denied (for social distancing concerns)
Both of this week’s subjects were dating in more locked-down times. They met up with people outdoors, even in winter. Nothing really serious came of their pandemic encounters, which was fine with them. Reid said he doesn’t burden his dates with expectations. Allison, 26, is on the same page: “I do a lot of things by myself, so for me, it’s not really worth having a partner unless they’re a strong addition to this lifestyle.” When it comes to dating, she errs on the casual or “just having fun” side.
Opinion : Wall Street is finally waking up to the reality of China
Of course, there were plenty of signs that Beijing was cracking down on its tech giants (and even setting their sights directly on Didi). But rather than heed those warnings, the New York financial gurus told their audiences and themselves that investing in China was a sure bet. Now, the financial consequences will fall not on those gatekeepers at the top of the financial industry, but on their clients — millions of unwitting U.S. investors.
Why Afghanistan’s growing chaos alarms leaders from Tajikistan to Russia
Temur Umarov, of the Carnegie Moscow Center, wrote that Washington would have to prove to Central Asian leaders that the financial and political benefits of hosting a U.S. base would outweigh the problems they would face by angering Russia and China, which also has a growing presence in the region.
Reservoirs are drying up as consequences of the Western drought worsen
Water levels at California's Lake Shasta have dropped to 37 percent of capacity. Further upstream, Lake Powell, which feeds Lake Mead, is at only 34 percent of its total capacity. California’s two largest reservoirs, Lake Shasta and Lake Oroville, are on track for potential record lows this summer, now at 37 percent and 31 percent of their total capacities, respectively. [Pacific Northwest heat wave was ‘virtually impossible’ without climate change, scientists find]On the Colorado River, Lake Powell and Lake Mead have supported the rapid expansion of population and agriculture in the Southwest. Satellite images of Lake Shasta via ESA Sentinel 2 satellite.
Biden tells Putin the U.S. will take ‘any necessary action’ after latest massive ransomware attack, White House says
“Let me say that the president is a believer in face-to-face diplomacy when possible and leader-to-leader diplomacy when that’s not possible,” she said. “And this is the first time, even though ransomware attacks have been increasing over the past 18 months, if not longer, that there has been this level of engagement.
FAQ: What does Biden’s new order about businesses and competition mean for consumers?
In the backdrop are broader economic forces that also affect wages, prices and competition in the labor force. As the economy recovers from the coronavirus crisis, some employers are offering higher pay to encourage workers to return. As businesses compete for new hires, and pay is going up, prompting some economists to say 2021 is shaping up to be the year of the pay raise.
FDA head calls for inspector general investigation of agency’s dealings with Biogen, maker of controversial new Alzheimer’s drug
Critics say there is scant evidence that the drug, which received accelerated approval from the FDA, will slow cognitive decline in patients, which is what the medication was designed to do. They have accused the FDA of bending over backward to clear the treatment, contending that regulators worked too closely with Biogen to get the drug on the market.
Sociologist Philip N. Cohen says generation labels are meaningless — and we should quit using them
But do generation labels like "baby boomer" and "millennial" mean anything? Cohen, who researches social identity, says no — and he and other sociologists want the Pew Research Center to stop using them. But do generation labels such as "baby boomer" and "millennial" even mean anything? Philip N. Cohen, a sociology professor at the University of Maryland, who researches social identity for a living, says no. In an op-ed for The Post , Cohen writes: "We in academic social science study and teach social change, but we don’t study and teach these categories because they simply aren’t real.
Opinion:The worst speech of Biden's presidency
First, Biden contended that he was bound by a 2020 Trump administration agreement with the Taliban to withdraw all US troops by May 2021. It was also predicated on the Taliban engaging with the Afghan government in real peace negations. Trump administration officials denied the allegations. The US military consists of 1.3 million active-duty personnel and yet it can't leave 2,500 troops in Afghanistan? To use another trademark Biden expression, his Afghanistan speech was a bunch of malarkey.
'What If...?' trailer features Chadwick Boseman
(CNN) Disney+ has released the trailer for their animated series, "What If...?" It features the late Chadwick Boseman as a version of his "Black Panther" character Prince T'Challa called "Star-Lord." Boseman's final onscreen role was in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom." Boseman and his "Ma Rainey" co-star, Viola Davis, made history at the SAG Awards after they became the first Black man and Black woman to win best lead actor an actress in the same year. The star also won a Golden Globe, a Critic's Choice Award and an NAACP Image Award for the role.
Chick Vennera, 'The Golden Girls' actor, dead at 74
(CNN) Chick Vennera, who starred in "The Golden Girls" and the 1978 comedy "Thank God It's Friday," has died at his home in Burbank, CA., a representative for the actor told CNN. Vennera, born Francis Vennera in New York, played the recurring role of Enrique on "The Golden Girls," and also voiced characters for "Animaniacs and Batman Beyond." Chick Vennera in "Thank God It's Friday." He worked in numerous films, including "Yanks," appearing alongside Richard Gere, and Robert Redford's "Milagro Beanfield War. He played played both a boxer and a reporter named Enrique Mas in "The Golden Girls."
The Whole 30 diet: Dietitians explain Whole 30
So what is the Whole 30 diet plan all about? On the Whole 30 diet, you eat certain whole foods for 30 days. She pointed to the DASH diet, Mediterranean diet and MIND diet as good long-term options. On the Whole 30 diet, you eat a whole-food-focused diet. Following the Whole 30 diet, in a typical day you might eat:The Whole 30 diet is similar to:Paleo diet, which can allow some unrefined sugar, Paleo-compliant treats and alcoholKeto diet, which allows dairy but limits fruitAtkins diet, which limits but doesn’t eliminate grains, legumes and sugar30 Clean, where you join a private Facebook group for a 30-day healthy eating challengeIs the Whole 30 diet effective long-term?
Apple in early talks to stream NFL Sunday Ticket games
Apple executives have held preliminary discussions with NFL leadership about acquiring the rights for the league’s Sunday Ticket package for Apple TV+, according to three people with knowledge of the discussions. The tech giant joins a number of other tech and media companies who are pursuing rights to Sunday Ticket, which gives subscribers access to all NFL games outside their local television markets. Rights for the ticket are currently held by DirecTV, which pays around $1.5 billion a year. Talks between Apple and the NFL have been ongoing for months and continued this week at the Allen & Company conference in Sun Valley, Idaho. The remaining deals will keep the vast majority of NFL games on the familiar network and cable TV channels, but with more opportunities to expand access to games on streaming.
Northern Ireland to Frost: Enforce the protocol, don’t fight it
David Frost heard an unusual message from Northern Ireland politicians and business leaders Friday: Quit exaggerating the problems associated with the post-Brexit trade protocol and commit to fully enforcing it. During a one-day visit to Northern Ireland, Britain’s chief architect of the U.K.’s Withdrawal Agreement with the EU visited Newry, a border town, where businesses are building trade with the Republic of Ireland. “People here do not trust you, they do not believe you,” she said, citing a recent poll that showed only 6 percent of Northern Ireland voters trust the British government. They accused him of selling their union with Britain down the river, pushing them economically toward a united Ireland by keeping Northern Ireland subject to EU trade laws. The lifelong diplomat — who maintained an air of detachment as he stuck to well-worn talking points — agreed with Sheehan that Northern Ireland sausages were “just as good.
Donald Trump Is a Better Community Organizer Than Barack Obama Ever Was
In 2014, as tensions were aflame in Ferguson, Mo., after the shooting of Michael Brown, then-private citizen Donald Trump took to Twitter to mock the President. “Obama is community organizing from the Oval Office on Ferguson today,” Trump tweeted with typical contempt and obvious amplification of conservatives’ favorite ding of Obama as an activist. Back then, “community organizing” was a shorthanded criticism of Obama’s non-traditional pathway to the White House and an unsubtle smack against the process of building communities and using a sense of unity to force change. But Trump, a leader of the Birther Movement against Obama and considering yet another White House run of his own, just wanted to feed the beast that was his online following, revving up for a future White House run. After all, as Obama showed us, one voice can change a room, but one room can change a country.
FDA head calls for investigation into Alzheimer's drug approval
The acting head of the Food and Drug Administration on Friday called for a government investigation into highly unusual contacts between some of her agency’s drug reviewers and the maker of a controversial new Alzheimer’s drug. The move comes after numerous calls for a probe into the approval from medical experts, consumer advocates and members of Congress. Aduhelm, Biogen's controversial recently approved drug for early Alzheimer's disease, is seen at Butler Hospital, in Providence, R.I., on June 16, 2021. The FDA has faced an intense public backlash since approving the drug, which costs $56,000-a-year and requires monthly IVs. Previously she spent more than 25 years directing the agency’s drug center.
Lawsuit says police may have lied about Breonna Taylor body camera footage
Sam Aguiar says in the complaint that he has not received body camera information that he requested from police. The lawsuit says that many Louisville officers "recorded their law enforcement activities on their body cameras." "Simply put, it would have been difficult for most of the LMPD members with body cameras and who were associated with ... events at Breonna’s ... to not have had their Axon body cameras activated at one point or another," it says. The suit says they believe "misinformation has been presented to the general public regarding the usage of body cameras" on that night. The suit says that Aguiar requested body camera information from police and has not yet received it.
Charlottesville To Remove Confederate Monuments Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A Confederate monument that helped spark a violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville is set to come down Saturday, the city announced. Charlottesville said in a news release that the equestrian statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee as well as a nearby one of Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson will be removed Saturday. Designated public viewing areas for the removals will be established in both parks where the statues are located, the news release said. The development comes more than five years after a 2016 removal push focused on the Lee statue. Preparations around the parks will begin Friday and include the installation of protective fencing, according to the news release.
Los Angeles County Sees Surge In COVID-19 Cases As Delta Variant Spreads
A surge in COVID-19 cases involving the delta variant of the coronavirus has Los Angeles County health authorities on high alert and again urging residents to wear masks when they’re inside public spaces. The county, home to some 10 million people, experienced a 165% increase in new cases compared to last week, the county health department said Thursday. The daily average case rate now stands at 3.5 cases per 100,000 people, an increase from last week’s rate of 1.74 cases per 100,000. Just under 4 million residents in LA County are not yet vaccinated, the county said, which presents a sizable risk. Ferrer continued:Overall COVID-19 trends are going in the wrong direction for everyone, and are particularly concerning given the proliferation of the Delta variant.
FDA chief calls for probe of relationship between agency and Biogen
The Food and Drug Administration's acting commissioner has called for a watchdog probe of her agency's dealings with the drugmaker Biogen prior to last month's accelerated approval of a new Alzheimer's therapy from the company. The decision to greenlight Aduhelm has drawn widespread scrutiny, and came over the objections of independent advisers to the FDA and other experts who said there was little evidence of its effectiveness. STAT reported that FDA officials worked with Biogen executives to help get the drug, which has an annual cost of $56,000, on the market. The review by the Department of Health and Human Services inspector general will establish “whether any interactions that occurred between Biogen and FDA review staff are inconsistent with FDA policies and procedures,” acting commissioner Janet Woodcock wrote in a letter made public Friday. It would also assuage concerns about any kind of inappropriate relationship between the agency and a company it regulates, Woodcock wrote.
Biden delivers a warning to Putin over ransomware attacks
Other recent high-profile cyberattacks include the digital strikes on Colonial Pipeline and the meatpacking giant JBS in May. Biden and Putin last spoke at their summit in Geneva three weeks ago, during which the American president warned the Russian dictator against striking 16 key sectors of U.S. infrastructure or harboring cybercriminals who orchestrate the attacks. Their face-to-face meeting last month was a topic of discussion when Biden and Putin spoke on Friday. The scope of Biden’s retaliatory options is broad, ranging from sanctions against Russian entities to the release of embarrassing information about Putin and his allies. The press secretary declined, however, to say whether Putin offered Biden any assurances that Moscow would crack down on cybercriminals residing in Russia.
Biden takes calculated political risk on Afghanistan withdrawal
“You look at the Republican Party today, and it's not exactly positioned to come after Biden hard on Afghanistan.”Poll after poll show a majority of Americans supports Biden’s decision. Even many Republicans, including former President Donald Trump, who pushed for a drawdown himself, back a withdrawal. “When it comes to understanding the war on terror and the dynamics we face as a nation, President Biden has consistently been wrong,” he tweeted. “I fear that his Afghanistan decision will prove to be his biggest mistake yet.”But the politics of the war have dramatically shifted in recent years. There is not a large public outcry across the country calling for withdrawal the way there was during the Iraq war.
Biden 'optimistic' after call pressing Putin to crack down on Russian-based cyberattacks
Biden said afterward that he is “optimistic” after speaking with Putin and that the two nations have increased communications to address attacks like these. During their meeting, Biden warned Putin to curb the cyberattacks and gave him a list of 16 items he considered to be critical infrastructure that is off-limits. Biden said he warned Putin that the U.S. would respond if the cyberattacks continued. During their in-person meeting, Putin denied Russia's role in recent cyberattacks against U.S. institutions. At the time of the meeting, Biden said that the success of their talks would be determined in the next few months based on whether Putin's confrontational posture toward the U.S. improved.
Statues of Confederate generals to come down in Charlottesville, years after 'Unite the Right' rally
Statues honoring two Confederate generals will finally be taken down in Charlottesville, officials said Friday, nearly four years after white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups stormed the Virginia college town to protect the monuments. The statues will be stored for now, until the City Council decides to sell, destroy or otherwise dispose of them. City efforts to remove that statues had been tied up for years in the courts. The Jackson statue has been up since 1921 and the Lee statue was first placed in 1924. White supremacist and neo-Nazi groups descended on Charlottesville in August 2017 for the violent "Unite the Right" rally to protest efforts to remove monuments to those infamous 19th century military leaders.
The Espionage Act & Julian Assange — 4: In Hot & Cold War
Part four of a six-part series on Julian Assange and the Espionage Act. By Joe LauriaSpecial to Consortium NewsWith few exceptions, American newspapers voluntarily censored themselves in the Second World War before the government dictated it. The most significant 1950 change to the Espionage Act was to remove intent and make mere retention of defense information illegal. That set Poff off on a one-man campaign to extend the reach of the Espionage Act to the entire globe. The Espionage Act thus became global, ensnaring anyone anywhere in the world into the web of U.S. jurisdiction.
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Opinion | Democrats Have a Year to Save the Planet
A century from now, our descendants may look back on the next year or so as a hinge in history. Or consider an alternative exhibit, in some side gallery, that sadly reflects on an enormous lost opportunity. Despite recognizing the epic stakes in the fight against climate change, the president goes too small, capitulates too easily. Only in the long view can we appreciate the consequence of the moment. And in the long view, we’re running out of time.
Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Omits Big Climate Measures
“Those two things must go hand in hand for it to have my support,” she said. Mr. Manchin, who represents a coal-rich state, is unlikely to support a plan designed to end demand for coal. adviser in the Clinton administration, speaking of Democrats’ failed attempt to use the reconciliation process to raise the minimum wage. Democrats could lose their thin Senate majority in next year’s midterm elections, effectively ending the road for Mr. Biden’s legislative agenda. Absent a clean electricity standard, Mr. Biden could still use regulations governing utilities and tailpipe emissions to try to tamp down emissions.
Canadian village 'devastated' by wildfires a day after temperatures topped 121 degrees
Two people have died from the fire that devastated the small Canadian village of Lytton, the British Columbia Coroners Service said on Friday. "I cannot stress enough how extreme the fire risk is at this time in every part of British Columbia," Horgan said. "It's graphic when you see the record temperatures that we've experienced in every corner of British Columbia." The nearby city of Merritt has opened a reception center for evacuees from Lytton, according to its Facebook page. It was the third day in a row that records were smashed in the area, according to ECCC Weather British Columbia.
6 crucial climate actions the Senate left out of its infrastructure deal
This is not the transformative climate deal that activists have been pushing for. A large portion of the bipartisan deal, $109 billion, injects funding into repairing and building roads, bridges, and other major projects. While it’s not clear which climate policies are on the table now, what’s missing from the infrastructure deal tells us a great deal about what could be coming next. Federal investments and tax credits for clean energy: Congress would have to follow up with serious cash to transform the grid into a clean power sector. “In effect, that means no reconciliation package, no bipartisan deal,” Beachy told Vox.
MF Daily for Friday July 9, 2021
https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/food-recipes/a35195356/margarita-truffles-recipe/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
Refuting a Gun-Hugger Argument Against Banning High-Capacity Firearms
Banning high-capacity firearms such as AR-15s will not eliminate all murders; no one is claiming it would. But it would significantly reduce the number of mass murders. But without a high-capacity firearm, it’s almost impossible to kill dozens of people in minutes. To anyone out there who opposes any new regulations of gun sales: Please shut up. You only have about five or six talking points and I’ve heard them all before.
What are you reading? July 9, 2021
In WAYR?, I note what I’m reading and comment...you note what you are reading and comment. Occasionally, I may add a section or a link related to books…I am finished reading:Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion - One of the things that I don’t like about reading on an e-reader is that you have to to think about touching the pad a few times to know your place in a book. I did not know that when I was reading the early parts of Didion “New York” essay, that I was at the end of the book. Simply a superb set of essays which, by the end, Didion is really lamenting the loss of her youth. I am reading:
Selections from Kelly Joe Phelps' Sky Like A Broken Clock (2001)
– Antoine De Saint-ExuperyMorning Open Thread is a daily, copyrighted post from a host of editors and guest writers. We support our community, invite and share ideas, and encourage thoughtful, respectful dialogue in an open forum. The diarist gets to sleep in if she so desires and can show up long after the post is published. Good morning everyone and welcome to Friday’s Morning Open Thread—which, if you’re reading this, means you’ve made it through another week. Artists I don’t know and songs I’ve never heard and each in its own cocoon of wonderfulness, truly captivating tracks.
International Events Daily Open Thread: Around the World- Central Asian Odyssey
They exhibited a lot of nomadic characteristics of Central Asia… Most of the Central Asian people are nomadic. The Mongols had taken all the characteristics of Central Asian nomads and elevated them to the highest degree. Silk Road, which actually reflects a strongly organized, subtly articulated and ambitiously scaled process of competition in and around Central Asia. The factors that determine the nature of interaction between Russia and the Central Asian states include their shared geopolitical position. In fact, the Central Asian region can be considered an intersection point between the West and the East.
Another heat wave for the West this weekend. More hot and dry conditions in the months ahead.
The western and south-western states are bracing for another scorching heat wave this weekend, lasting into next week. x At least 28 million people are slated to experience highs in the triple digits over the coming week. NWS has some suggestions on how to prepare for the heat wave -x Dangerously hot conditions are likely across the interior beginning Friday and continuing into the weekend as daytime temperatures warm to between 102°-110°F. x It will be hot, hot, HOT this weekend! https://t.co/JI2DUvhln5 pic.twitter.com/MiMmWJK5MJ — NWS Climate Prediction Center (@NWSCPC) June 30, 2021Fall and WinterIt will be another dry fall/winter for the parched Southwest this year.
Cartoon: Bipartisanship in the apocalypse
Gone was nearly all of the climate change portion of the bill that Biden proposed, which would have rolled climate change solutions into a much larger bill. Biden and the moderates are so desperately trying to get largely climate-denying Republicans on board in the name of “bipartisanship” that the sweeping measures needed to fight climate change are continually at risk of getting weakened. I sure hope Democrats are able to jam through a big climate change bill using reconciliation. Of course, that’s not as friendly and bipartisan as we’d hope, but the days of a sane Republican party are over . Enjoy the cartoon, and be sure to check out some of my behind-the-scenes videos and sketches over on my Patreon pages — where you can support my work and keep the cartoons coming!
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I’m getting a little tired of the running National Day joke, but it’s always a good stand by. And today is, among other things, National Sugar Cookie Day. As a progressive, your proper role is to celebrate by admonishing people for incentivizing vaccination with free sugar cookies. Let me first suggest some stories for you to get agitated about over the coming weekend. Even more ways to listen, live or by podcast, below the fold.
Patriot Front, White Nationalist Thugs, Defacing George Floyd and Breonna Taylor Statues
Days after a statue of George Floyd was recently unveiled on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, it was covered with black spray paint and marked with a stencil for Patriot Front, a white nationalist group. The group’s name was also spray painted in early June on a mural of Floyd in Philadelphia. In Louisville, Kentucky, the “Say Their Names” mural, created last July to honor the lives of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and others killed by police, was recently vandalized. There are so many far-right anti-government white nationalist neo-Nazi groups out there that it is difficult to keep up. How this vandalism promotes Patriot Front’s goal of spreading its ideology and increasing its numbers is anybody’s guess.
Global Climate Change
That's a problem because, in the long run, climate change is the most serious problem we face. There's abundant evidence about the climate change problem. In the June Gallup Poll, climate change rated a measly 3 percent. For this reason, the White House press secretary, and other administration press channels, did not talk about climate change. In addition, for many years, Fox News (https://www.mediamatters.org/fox-news/2021-fox-news-still-spreading-dangerous-climate-denial ) has denigrated climate change and spread the lie that human activity is not overheating our climate.
Museums 201: Stearman airplanes (photo diary)
1928 Stearman C3BThis airplane has a cruising speed of 108 MPH and a top speed of 126 MPH. Stearman PT13/17 KaydetThis two-seat biplane was originally built by the Stearman Aircraft Company which was purchased by Boeing in 1934. Stearman Model 75 “Kaydet”:These were built by the Stearman Aircraft Division of the Boeing Aircraft Company for the Armed Forces during World War II. This two-seater biplane was introduced by the Stearman Aircraft Division of Boeing in 1934. More airplane photo toursMuseums 201: Fairchild airplanes (photo diary)Museums 201: Cessna Airplanes (photo diary)Museums 201: Gliders (photo diary)Museums 201: Jet airplanes of the 1940s (photo diary)Museums 201: Bell Helicopters (photo diary)Museums 201: World War I Sopwith Airplanes (photo diary)Museums 201: World War I Fokker Airplanes (photo diary)Museums 201: The Curtiss Jenny Airplane (photo diary)
The Daily Bucket: Gall Dang It! Where my favorite wildflower gets attacked
Over past years I might see a few plants with these galls forming right as the spike begins to reach up high. This year, I'm seeing 50-80% of plants attacked. I can say 80% because one of these fine perennials has a primary spike with 4 secondary spikes arising from near the base. Related stuff I found on the web; info and photos on plant galls and here with Ohio Liatris. Taking photo of a plant not attacked I saw this insect closing in on the top.
A One Man Wrecking Crew Shouldn't Get Traction Against CRT
Hidden MessagesFor weeks I’ve watched a concerted, but hard to pin down attack on Critical Race Theory. If people were upset about the seminars, Rufo wanted them also to notice “critical race theory” operating behind the curtain. The sloppiness in Rufo’s review is where he conflates Critical Theory with Critical Race Theory. People who didn’t like Critical Theory called it “Cultural Marxism” which is an anti-semitic slur (more on this later). Marxists like Critical Theory and use it to make societal change, but libertarians and progressives can use it equally well.
West Coast Cookbook & Speakeasy Daily Special, Blue Moon Spirits Friday
West Coast Cookbook & Speakeasy is Now Open! 8am-9am PT/ 11am-Noon ET for our especially special Daily Specials; Blue Moon Spirits Fridays! Starting off in the Bistro Cafe, Marjorie Taylor Greene keeps making anti-Semitic comments because it helps her with Trump’s base. After the break, we move to the Chef’s Table where Prime Minister Trudeau says Canada will not welcome unvaccinated tourists for some time; and, Brazil cannot stand Bolsonaro more than they ever have before. All that and more, on West Coast Cookbook & Speakeasy with Chef de Cuisine Justice Putnam.
How About The Stuart Scott School of Journalism at UNC?
Walter Hussman Jr. isn’t alone in his effort. In North Carolina there is a guy named Art Pope. Walter Hussman Jr. showed none of those values with his involvement trying to influence how another foundation’s gift was received at UNC. Walter Hussman Jr. made a big splash with the announcement of his pledge of $25 million dollars to UNC and specifically the School of Journalism. UNC has another man who graduated from there who does represent the values Hussman’s newspapers claim, his name is Stuart Scott.
New Day Cafe: Friday
www.britannica.com/...Rachel Chu is a professor of economics and game theory at NYU. Singaporean food is legendary, with bustling hawker centres and 24-hour coffee shops offering cheap food from all parts of Asia…. wikitravel.org/...Rachel and Nick Young (Henry Golding) are in town for his best friend’s wedding. They are met at the Singapore Airport by his best friend & friend’s fiancee; and they go out for dinner [1:26]:That game theory comes in handy. New Day Cafe is an open thread.
Want to Learn Beekeeping in 2022?
Are you (or do you know) a current or former service member interested in entomology and/or beekeeping? Michigan State University’s “Heroes to Hives” program is currently determining interest for its 2022 course. Here’s the quick description:Heroes to Hives (H2H) is a FREE 9-month beginning beekeeping training program through Michigan State University Extension and our partners the University of Missouri Extension, University of Minnesota Bee Veterans program, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Great Plains Master Beekeeping Program. Participants will learn current, science-based best management practices for beekeeping, while working with a network of other beekeeping veterans. I’m going to ask the entomologists at our nearby state university if they’re interested in participating in the hands-on portion of next year’s training.
Caveat Emptor
There was a good diary yesterday, The Chairman of the Ayn Rand Institute Says the Surfside Condo Collapse Victims Deserved to Die, that got me to thinking. One of which was a bottle of liquid morphine with a handwritten label marked poison over the stock label. Surfside Condo is a lesson in what economist Paul Krugman calls ‘Lemon Capitalism’. Up until 10 years ago Florida had a law requiring condo inspections every five years. The Surfside Condo collapse will have consequences.
Education that uses advocacy and social justice offers more possibilities for incarcerated students
While incarcerated, Elster learned that she could apply to take classes at Feather River Community College, which enabled her to earn her associate’s degree. “I grew up in East Oakland and I was never really exposed to anything really outside of that community,” Elster told Prism. “I’d actually started preparing and writing my personal statements while incarcerated,” Elster said. Each school works with community organizations to provide a Bard College education to communities that are typically locked out of opportunities for higher education. The Just Community Leadership microcollege hopes to serve as an institution of higher education that is embedded within and created for those communities that have been long neglected.
Tokyo cancels Olympic spectators, LA holds super spreader events
All events in Los Angeles are operating at full capacity with no masks. Los Angeles and Tokyo are cities of about the same size, 10 million residents. LA has done somewhat better on vaccinations (about 50%), than Tokyo (about 25%), but neither is near “herd immunity”. LA is full steam ahead; all bars, restaurants, churches, and even arena events are proceeding with no restrictions for capacity, masks, or distancing. I’ll end the story here, it doesn’t have a happy ending for LA, or most of the US.
Prep work for the WI Senate race: Expanding the Electorate and Voter Protection Canvass (w
On Saturday, Hope Springs from Field PAC canvassed in three states: Wisconsin, Georgia and Pennsylvania. In many of these Senate states, we will be canvassing every weekend possible, where weather is not a factor. In Wisconsin, we have a pretty big list of Wisconsin volunteers from the presidentials as well as two groups who are very interested in this specific approach we are pursuing. Mentoring those who need it (like first time and newly registered voters). The ability to say, we know there are people in this house who are not registered to vote, was very helpful.
Kos Diabetes Group: Working with a Dietitian or Nutritionist
In the US you have two choices, you can use the services of a dietitian or a nutritionist. They are highly educated in the field of nutrition and dietetics — the science of food, nutrition, and their impact on human health. Your diabetes journey can be supported by seeking the advice of a nutrition professional experienced in diabetes. A Registered Dietician Nutritionist (RDN) or Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) can discuss a variety of nutrition approaches to help you manage diabetes. People with diabetes need to understand how foods and nutrition affect their bodies to successfully manage the disease.
'At no point do we stop working,' farmworkers say amid historic heat wave
Congress must pass federal heat standards as well as a path to citizenship.”Per a recent text message survey of farmworkers by the UFW Foundation, more than 40% of respondents said they’d experienced a heat-related symptom while working. And for too many, the ability to report these workplace abuses is directly hindered by immigration status. The state’s Department of Health said Thursday that nearly 80 people there have died as a result of the heat wave. “Farm worker legalization means ending the fear that farm worker communities face on a daily basis,” said Jacqueline, a farmworker from Georgia who traveled to the White House. The very food that farm worker communities pick while undergoing hazardous conditions.
Schumer bows to necessity, warns that August recess could be cut short
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hasn't made a similar announcement, having previously said that the House won't take up either bill until the Senate has passed both. So Democrats had better be ready for any eventuality, including dumping everything on infrastructure—the bipartisan package and everything else—into one big reconciliation bill. "It's possible that we could reach that point while Congress is out in August," Yellen warned in June. So, yes, it s a very good thing that some or part of the Senate's August recess is now on hold. "Maybe that will be used as a carrot on the end of a very big stick."
President Biden: It's time for Operation Warp Speed II
I propose that President Biden call his rural/underserved communities vaccine outreach program “Operation Warp Speed II” and, at the same time, double his efforts. As part of this, President Biden should address the nation. He should credit President Trump and Operation Warp Speed with the amazing achievement of funding the vaccines, reducing Covid and allowing this amazing economic recovery along with the Biden administration’s work to get the vaccines distributed and administered. Invite President Trump to make a statement encouraging vaccination, or play the clip from Fox News where he said people should get vaccinated. I realize that giving President Trump more credit than he deserves and minimizing his otherwise disastrous response to Covid may give President Trump a certain legitimacy he doesn’t deserve and potentially help him in 2024.
Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day: Greg Pence- 2021 Update
Greg Pence is the slightly more crooked brother to former VP Mike Pence, and the U.S. House Rep. for Indiana's 6th Congressional District. Did we mention he's voting on bills that show he's siding with the insurrectionists who want to hang his brother? On this date one year ago, “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day” profiled the U.S. House Representative from Indiana’s 6th Congressional District, Greg Pence, who yes, is the older brother of former Vice President Mike Pence, whom Greg would call “Bubbles” in their youth. (Frankly, that’s the most humanizing thing I’ve ever heard about either Pence, who have all the charisma of jars of mayonnaise past their expiration.) Indiana’s 6th Congressional District has a +18 Republican lean, and yes, that’s a tie for the most conservative lean of any district in the state.
While Biden works to strengthen democracy at home and abroad, Trump is still ‘doing Putin's work’
We have people within our own country who are doing Putin’s work. In the U.S., one party has become a major illiberal outlier: The Republican Party. Trump is not just Putin’s puppet, he’s unwittingly acting in the interests of the Chinese government as well. President Biden, meanwhile, has been not only working to pass progressive legislative policies, he’s been working to strengthen our very system of democracy. In other words, he’s been doing America’s work.
A deadly shooting at the Downtown Aquarium in Houston
On Thursday night, a murder-suicide took place at the Downtown Aquarium in Houston, a popular destination for children in the Houston area. Around 8pm, the gunman went to the second-floor bar and opened fire on a couple that were on the opposite side of the gunman. Around the time the Houston Police Department (HPD) were called into the scene, the gunman has killed himself via a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The relation between the couple and the gunman initially was ambivalent, but the female survivor stated that neither her nor her husband knew the gunman. The small silver lining is that the bar wasn’t crowded during the scene, although some children were present at the scene.
Oligarchy: When Brutal Capitalism Becomes More Important than Democracy
Image by Gerd Altmann from PixabayIn an oligarchy, the rich can get away with anything and average people who try to stop harms to themselves and their communities get crushed. Then, as the Washington Post noted yesterday:“The family members — including Richard Sackler, David Sackler, Mortimer D.A. But because the crime they committed was mostly against average Americans rather than against big companies or rich people, they’ll quietly retire to one of their chalets or mansions. It has transformed America from a democracy to an oligarchy, and the point of no return is now visible. And that presents a true crisis for America, because oligarchy is almost always merely a transitional phase in the evolution of full-blown tyranny and/or fascism.
PWB Peeps: Freiday Follies and Furries
The only damage is mine...I woke up a few days ago with a sore throat, and it is now a voice thief!! If you have health/behavior issues with your pootie or woozle, feel free to bring it to the community. There are some pics we never post: snakes, spiders, creepy crawlies, any and all photos that depict or encourage human cruelty toward animals. snakes, spiders, creepy crawlies, any and all photos that depict or encourage human cruelty toward animals. ? It should not need to be said, but ANY/ALL photos that imply or encourage human violence against an animal will be considered verboten!
Good News Roundup for Friday, July 9, 2021: do the next right thing
Working on the next stepWelcome ? to Friday’s Roundup of Good News! ? Out with the Bad, In with the Good ?Having tfg in office led to the deaths of so many. There`s this federal law that is designed to shield gun manufacturers from lawsuits, that this runs right up against. Here`s blue state New York today going on offense to say, hey, we`ll test it. 1, 2, 3: We open, share, and then savor the Roundup , because outreach, timing, acceleration, distractions, and the vicissitudes of memory.
Guarding Mess: previous guy still gouging taxpayers on cost of Secret Service protection
Big Lie, Big Tech, and the Big Grift goes on… and the emoluments never got examined. Former president Donald Trump’s golf club in Bedminster, N.J., charged the Secret Service nearly $10,200 for guest rooms used by his protective detail during Trump’s first month at the club this summer, newly released spending records show. The records — released by the Secret Service in response to a public-records request — show that the ex-president has continued a habit he began in the first days of his presidency: charging rent to the agency that protects his life. "Trump seems always willing to attack anyone who disagrees with him, or whom he does not see as sufficiently supportive of him. As a result, it had a ripple effect, where targeted groups (due to immigration status, race, religion, sexuality, gender, socioeconomic status, etc.)
Texas Gun Laws Reaping The Rancid Harvest They Have Sown. An Innocent Teen Astros Fan Pays Price.
I want to make something clear here-there are horriffic acts of gun violence daily nationwide. David Castro was 17 years-old with a massive intellect, a love for people, and a bright future that could have changed the world. By making a gun as easy to get as a Swiss Army Knife at Wal-Mart, it seems all efforts to protect the citizenry from gun crime has been abandoned. Out of the three people in the truck, 17-year-old David Castro was the only one struck. They have to go because it was not a throwing knife that took the life of David Castro.
Vanity Fair: 'Trump f*cking hates DeSantis' and 'there's going to be a blowup'
The sources agreed that DeSantis and Trump are on an inevitable collision course as the 2024 GOP field takes shape. “There’s going to be a blowup,” a prominent Republican said. Not only did DeSantis narrowly defeat Trump in a recent conservative straw poll, Trump also insists DeSantis would be nowhere without Trump. For much of the 2018 gubernatorial primary, DeSantis trailed Florida agriculture commissioner Adam Putnam. According to Sherman, DeSantis has also shown a semblance of a backbone when dealing with Trump.
Republicans push a claim they know is not just false, but deadly, because hate is all they've got
As NPR reports, low vaccination rates in Republican counties are creating centers of disease that threaten to spread into a fourth wave across the nation. This is particularly true of southwest Missouri, which has emerged as the go-to place for a delta variant explosion. As KMOV reports, Missouri has been ranked as the “least safe state” both on the chances of testing positive for COVID-19 and the chances of dying from the disease. Instead, as ABC News reports, Republican Gov. Carlson probably regrets making those statements on Tuesday, because they actually came before President Biden discussed door-to-door volunteers, leaving Carlson with a shortage of superlatives for his next assault.
California will experience a second grisly, punishing heatwave.
The National Weather Service has issued a heatwave warning for most of California, beginning at noon today and not ending until Monday or even Tuesday. This will be the second heat dome over the state since the beginning of summer. Less power available for other states in the West, less power for California to import during the next heat wave. “Boosted cloud cover and higher surface dew points will keep nighttime temperatures elevated and minimize nocturnal relief,” warned the Weather Service in Las Vegas. Attached is a comprehensive list of cooling centers in impacted areas of California.
Morning Digest: Progressives gained unprecedented clout in New Mexico legislature via key 2020 wins
Taylor's campaign came to an end months later, though, when former state Rep. and eventual winner Barry Moore narrowly edged her out 20.5-19.9 for the second spot in the runoff. In the Senate race, Littwin mentions that some Republicans "are encouraging" former state Rep. Clarice Navarro to run, but there's no word on her interest. ? GA-Sen: Republican Rep. Governors? AK-Gov: Former Democratic state Rep. Les Gara announced Wednesday that he had formed an exploratory committee for a potential bid against Republican Gov. House? AZ-02: State Rep. Daniel Hernandez recently earned an endorsement from the Arizona Federation of Teachers for next year's open seat Democratic primary.
Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: Nikole Hannah-Jones story arc continues to resonate
So there’s a lot of, “You know, I was a reporter.” Walter Hussman can legitimately say that—with a few important asterisks. When I was 27, I was a beat reporter going to fires, murder scenes, protests and government meetings. As a Black woman, she had to work longer and harder than I did to get ahead in newsrooms. In a new survey of 1,137 likely voters from June 30th to July 1st, Data for Progress examined likely voter support towards the components of the infrastructure bill. Voters support each individual component of the proposed bill, with notable support across parties.
Texas Republicans start another push to make it harder for Black and brown people to vote
Republicans claim that these measures are all necessary to crack down on election fraud. Texas Democrats are vowing to keep up their fight to block these voter suppression measures, up to and including walking out again to deny Republicans the quorum they need. But when Texas Democrats blocked the last voter suppression effort, they made clear that they cannot do this all on their own. “Federal lawmakers need to get their shit together and pass the For The People Act,” one lawmaker tweeted at the time. “The president understands us to be in a moment of peril in terms of our democracy.
Yes, please, Republicans—vote against Biden's tax hike on the rich and corporations!
That's right, Democratis Sen. Kyrsten Sinema who has forced this whole rigamarole of "bipartisan negotiations" because she refuses to just support her president. Rob PortmanBecause, remember, the whole point for Republicans is delay, delay, delay and stop anything good from happening. Or as GOP leadership team member Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming says, "I want to make Joe Biden a one-half-term president." If McConnell wasn't able to scuttle this deal on his own, he's now got some heavyweight conservative groups helping him out. That should mean fully funding the IRS and raising corporate taxes.
So, Is this A Conspiracy?
Congress Switchboard: 202-224-3121"Rob Kall?s Bottom-Up: Tapping the Power of the Connection Revolution takes a very holistic view of bottom-up thinking and action, from changes in our psychology to our systems of work, living and governance. As someone who's been working to make bottom-up economics a reality for over 30 years, this book reinforces the need for and potential of redirecting our priorities-- and resources--from the few at the top to the many at the bottom." Anthony Flaccavento, author of Building a Healthy Economy from the Bottom Up
Powerful interest groups join the fray on infrastructure in battle for soul of the Republican Party
As of yet the maximum number of senators who have been willing to buck him has been six. That's how many Republicans refused to grant his "personal favor," and voted for the Jan. 6 commission. With these battling far-right pressure groups lining up against one another, Politico is still going with the Democrats in disarray narrative. If Manchin is there, Arizona's Kyrsten Sinema is unlikely to be willing to stand on her own in opposition. "If you add the two plans together, it would be the biggest bill in the history of the country.
'Time is of the essence': Advocates say Afghan allies and families must be evacuated now, not August
And that’s why we’re asking the Congress to consider changing the law.” But that’s just not true, advocates and experts responded. “Biden is wrong about evacuating our allies to the United States and processing them here,” responded American Immigration Council policy counsel Aaron Reichlin-Melnick. President Biden has said U.S. forces are set to leave the nation on Aug. 31. “We need to act now to bring all these allies to Guam, if President Biden truly meant ‘speed is safety,’ it would apply to Afghan allies’ lives, not just American ones. President Biden stated that ‘speed is safety’ regarding Americans leaving Afghanistan, and that’s no less true for Afghan allies.”
Toyota halts donations to GOP seditionists under threat of an ad campaign highlighting its donations
The Republican anti-Trump group The Lincoln Project had announced earlier in the day that it planned to release an ad campaign targeting companies that were donating to pro-sedition GOP lawmakers. Toyota had originally been part of a cadre of major companies that made high-profile announcements saying they would temporarily halt donations to GOP lawmakers who voted against certification while they reassessed their political giving. The Lincoln Project not only released an initial ad but also announced a series of target markets designed to put the squeeze on the company, writes the Detroit News. The Lincoln Project subsequently said it would not air the ad and has yet to name new corporate targets. "We hope that the rest of corporate America will follow their lead—we’ll be there to make sure of it," said Lincoln Project spokesperson RC Di Mezzo.
Court rules against demolition of empty Lifta homes
Former Lifta residents, Rabbis for Human Rights, and the Jafra Association, a Palestinian heritage organization, filed a petition in March of last year that called for the courts to freeze the bidding process and the transfer of the public assets into private hands. In the original plan from the Israel Lands Authority, the survey was to be carried out by the contractors performing the construction. Activists and the Antiquities Authority wanted an independent survey, carried out by the Antiquities Authority or other independent experts. The area also has buildings from the First Temple period and the Crusader period. However, conservation experts such as Shweky are worried that the ravages of time, weather and vandals will destroy the buildings if they are not actively preserved.
Arab village of Lifta, abandoned in '48, to house new Israel homes
The development plan, once signed, will be in effect for 98 years, with the ability to extend the deal at a later point. Lifta - Mei Neftoach in Hebrew - is the western-most neighborhood in Jerusalem, was abandoned in 1948 and is the last Arab town inside Jerusalem from that time that has yet to be resettled. cnxps.cmd.push(function () { cnxps({ playerId: '36af7c51-0caf-4741-9824-2c941fc6c17b' }).render('4c4d856e0e6f4e3d808bbc1715e132f6'); });if(window.location.pathname.indexOf("656089") != -1){console.log("hedva connatix");document.getElementsByClassName("divConnatix")[0].style.display ="none";}In 2017, Lifta was declared a national nature reserve by Israel. Yakoub Odeh, 81, was eight-years-old when the town was abandoned, and expressed the anger felt by others: "We are in pain and in shock... "After years of delays the ILA published a public bid notice for rebuilding the new neighborhood in Lifta."
So, Is this A Conspiracy?
Congress Switchboard: 202-224-3121"Rob Kall's Bottom Up is a revaluation of values, not the empty mouthing of the word 'democracy' that is so common, but the application of belief in popular wisdom to every aspect of life. Actually believing that the views of more people is better, means a new way of thinking about the world that is democratic, feminist, localist, populist, and radically richer than the elitist perspectives that are more common even in the parts of the world that shout the word 'democracy' the most. Here we come to understand both the power of small groups and the upsides to internet crowd sourcing, the potential of nonviolent movements and ways in which the past has not been what we supposed. Don't just read this book; get lots of people to read and talk about it." David Swanson, host, Talk Nation Radio, author of War No More: The Case for Abolition.
Catholic Exorcist Inadvertently Helps Deists and All Freethinkers!
Roman Catholic exorcist Monsignor Stephen Rossetti (pictured above) has given Deists the ammunition/material needed for an assault against the ungodly, harmful, deadly, and irrational nonsense of Christianity. Specifically against an essential pillar of Christianity - fear. This weapon in the arsenal of the clergy of fear of Satan, demons and devils greatly benefits the clergy. Each time she said that, according to Rossetti, "Satan would burn a cross into her [skin] many times until finally he was cast out." Without faith/gullibility in large numbers of people, the "revealed" religions will fall.
The Growth of Robocolleges
In a previous Higher Education Inquirer article, I presented some frightening full-time faculty numbers at some large online universities. The business model in higher education for reducing labor power and faculty costs is not reserved to for-profit colleges. Outsourcing higher education has been a reality in US higher education for decades. To get a small glimpse of this phenomenon, these schools cumulatively have about 3000 full-time instructors for a half-million students. Devry University online: 53 F/T instructors for about 17,000 students.
China plans mass rocket launch to divert asteroid that could wipe out life on Earth
The 78 billion kilogram Bennu has a 1-in-2700 chance of hitting the EarthChinese researchers want to send more than 20 rockets from the country to practise diverting asteroids away from Earth. Scientists at China’s National Space Science Centre found in simulations that 23 Long March 5 rockets, which weigh 900 tonnes when they leave the planet, hitting simultaneously could divert an asteroid from its original path by nearly 9,000 kilometres – 1.4 times the Earth’s radius.
Sonnet: Fallen, Can't Get Up
man on a tightrope between the twin towers(Image by johnny.guernica) Details DMCASonnet: Fallen, Can't Get Upby John Kendall Hawkins. Morse tweetin' with his dashy dots: tightwirepacing wiz between beast and Über hire. First time I held roses up to my loveshe smiled and smelt and she said, "Why white dove?" The worst crime committed's a double-bind --hearsed, limed, six deep in love at the same time. Well, ain't no Nietzsche's gonna help me now --fell, falling, bim bang boom kazowie pow.
The decline of Washington's global hegemony & the looming anti-colonial revolt within U.S. borders
What do the events of the War on Terror say about what's going to occur within U.S. borders? As The Washington Post reported about the infamous revelations from 2019's Afghanistan papers: "Dark money sloshed all around. Indeed, it was nothing unusual; attempting to bribe Afghanistan officials had been central to Washington's strategy since the start of the war. These units are critical to the Houthis' ability to defend territory, harass enemy forces, and plan and launch offensives. As conditions in the core of the empire worsen, it's becoming inevitable that an equivalent armed anti-colonial proletarian resistance will emerge within U.S. borders.
Starting a New Discussion
However, there's little discussion on the pushes and pulls that are making our world less safe and how to use arms control to dampen those tensions. In addition, there's little discussion of the history of diplomacy and the various times the world was plunged into war and how many lives were lost. As writer Daryl Kimball stated in this story "Engage China on Arms Control? As stated by Kimball, Biden should work toward a bilateral nuclear security with China that takes Chinese concerns into account. However, a real discussion will not take place without leadership, perhaps from Blinken.
Hands Off Haiti!
Associated Press headline, July 8: "Biden with few options to stabilize Haiti in wake of slaying." State Department spokesman Ned Price says "It is still the view of the United States that elections this year should proceed." The way forward and out of that culpability is less, not more, interference in Haiti's affairs. If the US government really needs a "Haiti policy," that policy should include two elements: Free trade and welcoming refugees. Beyond that, hands off Haiti.
Removing The Bedrock Of Liberalism
Simply sign up for a Advocate premium membership and you'll automatically see this data on every article. The sheer volume of jargon words, and their mutual relationships, along with the usual internal bitter controversies, all serve to sow confusion. What the "Critical Race Theory" debate is really about. Scott Baker is a Managing Editor & The Economics Editor at Opednews, and a blogger for Huffington Post, Daily Kos, and Global Economic Intersection. His anthology of updated Opednews articles "America is Not Broke" was published by Tayen Lane Publishing (March, 2015) and may be found here:http://www.americaisnotbroke.net/Scott is a former President of Common Ground-NYC (http://commongroundnyc.org/), a Geoist/Georgist activist group.
Governments must adopt a strong political declaration that the global crisis mandates
Governments must unite together to adopt a strong Ministerial Declaration at the ongoing United Nations High Level Political Forum(Image by CNS) Details DMCABecause if they do not, then we are doomed to fail to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 (for which only 104 months are left). The Covid-19 pandemic and cascading humanitarian crises warrant governments to adopt a strong enough Ministerial Declaration at HLPF 2021 which is critical for progressing towards a resilient recovery post-pandemic as well as for SDGs. The Ministerial Declaration is a major outcome of the HLPF, but sadly our governments failed to adopt one last year. To achieve this, it is an absolute imperative that the governments at the HLPF adopt a strong Ministerial Declaration this year to address these issues effectively. Even before the pandemic, a large majority of the global population was reeling under the severe impact of deep rooted injustices and inequalities.
Global Climate Change
That's a problem because, in the long run, climate change is the most serious problem we face. There's abundant evidence about the climate change problem. During the Trump Administration, it was well known that Donald Trump did not regard climate change as a serious problem. For this reason, the White House press secretary, and other administration press channels, did not talk about climate change. In addition, for many years, Fox News (Click Here ) has denigrated climate change and spread the lie that human activity is not overheating our climate.
Giuliani Isn’t Alone in Possible Ties to Foreign Lobbying in Trump White House
Giuliani, Trump’s former personal attorney and former New York City mayor, urged Trump in 2017 to drop federal charges against Reza Zarrab, an Iranian-Turkish gold trader. If the DOJ concludes Giuliani lobbied on behalf of Turkish interests, Giuliani could be forced to register as a foreign agent. The Turkish government paid the firm over $1.2 million in 2017, $1.7 million in 2018 and $769,000 in 2019. Greenberg Traurig has claimed its lobbying was ethical and that it separated Guiliani’s legal work from its foreign lobbying. Giuliani wouldn’t be the only lobbying tie Turkey had to the Trump White House.
Drugmakers’ Spending on Stock, Dividends and Executive Pay Exceeds Research, Democrats Say
And they can do it largely because Congress has imposed few restrictions on their pricing in the United States — including in the Medicare program, which is not permitted to negotiate drug prices, House Democrats say. “Despite Big Pharma’s lip service about innovation, many drug companies are not actually spending significant portions of their research-and-development budget to discover innovative new treatments,” Maloney told reporters in a conference call. 3, included in a massive bill that Democrats are preparing under what is known as the budget reconciliation process. “With the savings on the lower drug prices, we can invest in transformational improvements in American health care,” Pelosi said. It also notes that the company identified about $5.19 billion in R&D for Humira, about 7.4% of the drug’s net U.S. revenue.
Rudy Giuliani is being scrutinized for foreign lobbying. He may have been one of many in the Trump White House.
An inquiry the Justice Department has reportedly launched an inquiry into Rudy Giuliani may reveal even more undisclosed lobbying. Giuliani, Trump’s former personal attorney and former New York City mayor, urged Trump in 2017 to drop federal charges against Reza Zarrab, an Iranian-Turkish gold trader. If the DOJ concludes Giuliani lobbied on behalf of Turkish interests, Giuliani could be forced to register as a foreign agent. Greenberg Traurig has claimed its lobbying was ethical and that it separated Guiliani’s legal work from its foreign lobbying. Giuliani wouldn’t be the only lobbying tie Turkey had to the Trump White House.
Battleground Baltimore: Ghost Guns in Baltimore
And the increase in ghost guns is hard to convincingly connect to an increase in violent crime. In 2019, BPD seized 30 ghost guns and 43 obliterated guns out of a total of 2,202 guns. In 2020, BPD seized 128 ghost guns and 59 obliterated guns out of a total of 2,242 guns. This year, as of May 19, 2021, BPD seized 140 ghost guns and 60 obliterated guns out of a total of 823 guns. In particular, he explained, “ghost guns” are often invoked as part of the world of right-wing militias.
Big Pharma Spend More on Exective Pay and Dividends Than Research
And they can do it largely because Congress has imposed few restrictions on their pricing in the United States — including in the Medicare program, which is not permitted to negotiate drug prices, House Democrats say. “Despite Big Pharma’s lip service about innovation, many drug companies are not actually spending significant portions of their research-and-development budget to discover innovative new treatments,” Maloney told reporters in a conference call. “With the savings on the lower drug prices, we can invest in transformational improvements in American health care,” Pelosi said. It also notes that the company identified about $5.19 billion in R&D for Humira, about 7.4% of the drug’s net U.S. revenue. “We are committed to working with policymakers on commonsense, bipartisan solutions that address the real challenges patients face,” Newell said.
Chuck Schumer Vows to Push for Creation of Civilian Climate Corps
After being targeted by progressive climate campaigners, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer made clear on Wednesday that he will work to include the creation of a Civilian Climate Corps in evolving federal infrastructure legislation. Schumer (D-N.Y.) issued a lengthy statement outlining his support for the inclusion of a Civilian Climate Corps (CCC), which was inspired by a New Deal-era program and formally unveiled as legislation earlier this year by Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) “In the upcoming American Jobs and Families Plans legislation, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to confront the climate crisis and create millions of middle-class, family-sustaining union jobs,” Schumer said. “We must go big and bold with a Civilian Climate Corps. “I also want to enlist a new generation of climate, conservation, and… resilience workers, like FDR did… preserving our landscape with a Civilian Conservation Corps,” the president said.
Head of Dam-Building Company Convicted in Murder of Activist Berta Cáceres
Yet, land and water defenders fighting to save the planet face threats ranging from intimidation to imprisonment to assassination. On Monday, the Honduran Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, found Roberto David Castillo guilty of ordering the murder of Berta Cáceres. His conviction won’t bring Berta Cáceres back, but it might deter similar attacks and ultimately save lives. “Berta Cáceres was someone who called out Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration constantly,” Pitzer College professor Suyapa Portillo, said on the Democracy Now! As the climate emergency intensifies, we all have a responsibility to protect front line defenders like Berta Cáceres.
In Win for Overdose Prevention, Rhode Island Approves Harm Reduction Centers
Under President Trump, the Justice Department declared safe consumption sites illegal. Safe drug consumption sites operate in countries across the world and are known by many names, including supervised injection sites, supervised consumption services and overdose prevention programs. Safe consumption sites in Canada and other countries also provide pathways to addiction treatment for those who want it. During Senate confirmation hearings, Garland said he could not comment on safe consumption sites because the Justice Department’s lawsuit against Safehouse was still pending. Whether any of that money will eventually reach safe consumption sites may depend on how the Biden-Harris administration reacts to the news out of Rhode Island.
The US Government Wants Palestine to Fade From View. Don’t Let It.
While missiles in flight and buildings collapsing to rubble make for engrossing evening news, the ongoing violence in occupied Palestine is far more quotidian in nature. The rule also prohibits Palestinians from publishing any political material without prior approval from the Israeli military. The United States is directly supporting a country administering a widespread ethnonationalist project punctuated by a brutal military occupation. The United States is directly supporting a country administering a widespread ethnonationalist project punctuated by a brutal military occupation. Again, we the tax-paying public of the United States are funding this.
Biden “Dealt a Better Hand” Than Any President Ever, Stephen Miller Claims
“No president in history has been dealt a better hand on day one than President Biden,” Miller said on Fox News’ “Hannity” program. Miller went on to tout what he considered Trump’s major accomplishments, suggesting that they have helped Biden since he took office earlier this year. “Think about what President Trump left him and what it’s become,” Miller said. “He left him a Middle East that was at the dawn of a new peace, the most secure border in American history, energy abundance — and we had more energy than we knew what to do with.”Stephen Miller: No President in history has been dealt a better hand on day one than President Biden. However, the most obvious omission by Miller was the coronavirus pandemic, with the daily death rate in the U.S. at its highest during the weeks as Trump left office and Biden assumed the presidency.
Texas Pushes “Worst Voter Suppression Bill” as Activists Demand Urgent Action
And so, this is just, you know, again, one of the worst bills — this would make it the worst voter suppression bill in the country. Among them, “don’t come relying on activists to out-organize voter suppression to compensate for your legislative failures. We are litigating at the Legal Defense Fund in Georgia, challenging their voter suppression law. Twenty-five million dollars is not nearly enough to combat the kind of voter suppression that we’re seeing. The denial of the vote to D.C. is one of the oldest forms of voter suppression.
Progressives Demand Green New Deal as New York Floods and West Prepares for Heat
Indeed, over just the past weeks, the U.S. has been hit with climate emergency after climate emergency. “Firenados” are becoming more frequent in California and New York City’s subways are flooding before tropical storm Elsa has even hit the region. Most, if not all, of these emergencies have been brought on and worsened by the climate crisis. They also emphasize that strong climate provisions are vital for the upcoming reconciliation bill. “This is the very least we can do to avert the worst of the climate crisis.
Biden’s order includes 72 initiatives that take aim at very specific practices the White House wants changed.
In seeking to protect workers and consumers from what his administration views as the harmful consequences of corporate consolidation, President Biden is enlisting support from regulators across the executive branch in what the White House has described as an overarching, “whole-of-government” effort. The order takes aim at a number of highly specific practices the White House has identified as problematic in sectors as diverse as agriculture, health care, transportation and technology. It directs the Department of Health and Human Services to propose rules within 120 days allowing hearing aids to be sold over the counter. And it encourages the Federal Trade Commission to curb the power of farm equipment manufacturers who often block farmers from repairing their own appliances. It directs the Federal Communications Commission to bar internet companies from charging consumers termination fees when they switch providers.
Carolyn Hax chat: My friend blames us for her bad vacation. Did we do anything wrong?
More from Carolyn HaxFrom the archive:There’s a reason he’s with you and not her — hot or notDraw a hard line now with old friend’s overzealous spouseCouple squabbling over food need to know the cart is half-fullA 40-something who thinks her sister ruined her life? Carolyn has a live chat with readers on Fridays at noon. Read her most recent chat here. Her next chat is July 9. Write to Carolyn at tellme@washpost.com.
HBO’s ‘The White Lotus’ is the latest show to join the network’s carnival of awful rich people
On the boat ride from a larger island to the more exclusive one the White Lotus occupies, Olivia and Paula size up, with rough precision, the other guests headed to the hotel. The attractive honeymooners with their arms around each other? He’s (Jake Lacy) a Dartmouth type; she’s (Alexandra Daddario of HBO’s “True Detective”) pretty enough to work in fashion or marketing. The solitary older woman (Jennifer Coolidge) whom they guess is meeting her friends on a girls trip? “She gets on their nerves but she pays for everything so they put up with her.” The photogenic middle-aged couple (Steve Zahn of HBO’s “Treme” and Connie Britton) whose outward ease may conceal an everyday sort of insidiousness?
Bradley Beal is already impressing Team USA Coach Gregg Popovich
Everybody is interchangeable, and everybody has free rein to be aggressive,” Beal said. “We obviously have to understand that there’s only one basketball, but at the same time, everybody is unselfish. … I think obviously we understand everybody is talented. I want to be one of the best defenders on the team, and go out there and do that. So, I want to be the guy who goes out and guards and gets after it.”
Constitutional lawyers call Trump’s First Amendment defense against Jan. 6 lawsuits ‘spurious’
However, relying on such grounds could result in weakening First Amendment protections, while simultaneously “devastating” enforcement if courts interpret political intimidation laws as requiring proof of perpetrators’ intent, they wrote. Rather than apply those First Amendment tests with potentially harmful and unintended consequences to democracy, it would be better to shore up political-intimidation laws, they said, since many modern forms of intimidation do not involve threats of imminent violence but coercion of voters and elections officials.
Committee investigating Jan. 6 Capitol attack by pro-Trump mob will hold first hearing later this month
Latest: Committee investigating Jan. 6 Capitol attack by pro-Trump mob will hold first hearing later this monthA sprawling investigation: What we know so far about the Capitol riot suspectsSix hours of paralysis: Inside Trump’s failure to act after a mob stormed the CapitolProfiles of three involved in the attack: A horn-wearing ‘shaman.’ A cowboy evangelist. For some, the Capitol attack was a kind of Christian revolt. Video timeline: 41 minutes of fear from inside the Capitol siegeShow More
Opinion : Memo to celebrity candidates: It’s not as easy as you think
Then along came Trump, who took the intertwining of politics and entertainment to a new level, demonstrating that a TV personality who knew almost nothing about governance — and didn’t particularly care to learn — could essentially hijack an entire political party and use it to snag the presidency. And all without spending almost any of his own fortune.
Vegan Chocolate Avocado Pudding Recipe
Chef notesDairy products are tough on my temperamental gut, so I love how I can capture the richness of decadent pudding without the use of heavy cream. Also, as author of the cookbook, "Basic Bitchen," utilizing avocados in recipes is ingrained in my DNA. Place your avocados in a paper bag with an apple or banana for a couple of days. The pesky brown spots will make your pudding taste like actual avocado, which we're trying to avoid. The ratios of all the aforementioned ingredients will vary, so your best bet is to start with a small amount, mix everything together in a food processor and give the pudding a quick taste before adjusting.
US stocks rebound even as Delta variant worries remain
New York (CNN Business) Wall Street is sharply in the green Friday, on course for new record highs as stocks rebound from the prior session's selloff. And while the Delta variant remains a threat to the newly reopened economy, the market seemed to have brushed off its worries on Friday. Dow INDU S&P 500 SPX Nasdaq Composite COMP Theclimbed 1.2%, or some 425 points, around midday, while thewas up 1%. Therose 0.8%. All three indexes are on track to reach new all-time highs.
The threat of China invading Taiwan is growing every day. What the U.S. can do to stop it.
The question is not whether the United States should defend Taiwan during war but how to prevent war in the first place. Taken together, China’s emergence as a near-peer military competitor to the United States represents the single greatest strategic challenge facing Washington. Taiwan’s defense acquisition should be focused on systems that are cost-effective, affordable in large numbers, mobile, survivable and lethal. The threat of Chinese military aggression is no longer hypothetical; gray zone operations have already begun. The question is not whether the United States should defend Taiwan during war but how to prevent war in the first place.
11 Striking Photos You Missed This Week
We’re highlighting exceptional photos from around the world this past week. Above: Firefighters arrive at Frenchman Lake to battle a fire in Plumas National Forest, California, on Thursday. JOE SKIPPER via REUTERSZaila Avant-garde, 14, from New Orleans, wins the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee Final in Florida on Wednesday. Andrew Harnik via APHoward University Student Association President Kylie Burke (left) introduces Vice President Kamala Harris before Harris’ speech about voting rights at Howard University in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. Dmitri Lovetsky via APA woman steers her stand-up paddleboard on Ladoga Lake in Russia on Thursday.
'Staggering and heartbreaking': Condo collapse death toll now at 78, Miami-Dade mayor says
An additional 14 bodies were recovered from the partially collapsed Miami Beach-area condo building, bringing the the confirmed death toll to 78, the mayor of Miami-Dade County said Friday. "This is a staggering and heartbreaking number that affects all of us very deeply," Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said at a morning press conference. Of the 78 people confirmed dead, 47 of them have been identified and their family members notified, Levine Cava said Friday. The search and recovery teams have removed more than 13 million pounds of concrete and debris. Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said he visited the site Friday morning and thanked the teams for their work.
Grizzly shot, killed after fatal attack of California woman
— Wildlife officials said they shot and killed a Montana grizzly bear Friday that had pulled a California woman from her tent and killed her earlier this week in the middle of a small Montana town. The bear had raided the chicken coop overnight Wednesday, and officials set a baited trap nearby hoping to lure the animal back. “Based on the size of the bear, the color of the bear and the nature of the chicken coop raids, we’re confident we’ve got the offending bear,” Lemon said. A short time later, the male grizzly bear was killed in the area. Investigators gathered DNA evidence from the scene of the attack that killed Lokan and will compare it to samples gathered from the dead grizzly bear to be sure the bear that was killed was the one that attacked Lokan.
Chuck Schumer Says Democrats Are Ready To ‘Expeditiously’ Fill Supreme Court Vacancy
Senate Republicans have burned Democrats twice in filling Supreme Court vacancies. In 2016, then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) made the unprecedented decision to deny a Supreme Court seat to President Barack Obama for nearly a year, saying it was because it was a presidential election year. McConnell and Republicans kept the seat empty until Donald Trump was in the White House and could fill it with a GOP-backed nominee, Neil Gorsuch. Then, in 2020, McConnell broke from his own supposed standard for confirming Supreme Court nominees ? expediting confirmation of another Trump Supreme Court pick, Amy Coney Barrett, just weeks before the 2020 presidential election. McConnell seems intent on preventing Biden from filling a Supreme Court vacancy, too.
U.S. Capitol Police may be forced to furlough officers due to cash crunch
The U.S, Capitol Police may be forced to furlough officers as funding for their salaries has been held up in the Senate by political infighting. NBC's Leigh Ann Caldwell reports from Capitol Hill.
Where do you move after selling in a hot market? To a smaller city
Homeowners who sell in an overheated real estate market face a conundrum. Even though they often sell their homes for more than they ever imagined, they then struggle to find an affordable place to move. “Rents are back up in many of these metropolitan areas,” said Todd Teta, chief product officer at ATTOM Data Solutions. The hot pandemic seller’s market for homeowners is amplifying existing migration trends away from coastal states. “As we see these relocations, we do know that people who once could afford to live within city limits can’t,” Strohl said.
Olympic athletes face new performance anxiety: No fans in the stands
No fans in the stands could be a major hurdle for some of the U.S. athletes competing in the Tokyo Olympics. By comparison, the U.S. has recorded nearly 34 million confirmed cases and over 609,000 Covid-19 deaths — both world-leading figures. So far, at least three Olympic athletes arriving in Japan have tested positive for Covid-19, as have some staffers in the Olympic Village, according to published reports. In interviews with NBC News, former Olympic competitors and sports psychologists all said it remains to be seen how the Olympic athletes will respond when there’s only silence in the stands. “Competing without a cheering crowd could be a real challenge for some athletes,” former U.S. Olympic swimmer Tara Kirk Sell said.
Billionaires, livestreams and Stephen Colbert: Welcome to a new era of space flight
It would mark the culmination of 17 years of work by his space tourism firm, Virgin Galactic. Both the Virgin Galactic and the Blue Origin missions are suborbital flights, which means they will fly to the edge of space. Last month, Virgin Galactic obtained approval from the FAA to start launching customers into space from Spaceport America. Virgin Galactic has said tickets to space will likely cost more than $250,000 each, but final pricing has not yet been announced. Competition among companies such as Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin and SpaceX may also eventually drive down the cost of flying to space.
The Schlock-Horror Drive-In That Rose From the Grave
It was about 2 a.m. on a Sunday when the gross-out horror-comedy “Class of Nuke ’Em High” started playing at the Mahoning Drive-In. This was the last screening at TromaDance, an annual showcase of low-budget horror and sex comedies produced by the Queens-based Troma movie studio. Earlier that evening, about 600 cars had piled into the drive-in in Lehighton, Pa., but by 2 a.m., only the die-hards remained. “This is the only time I can justify driving 100 miles to see a movie,” Mr. Schmidt said much earlier in the evening. By the time the evening was over, it had been another success for the Mahoning, a 72-year-old drive-in theater that was left for dead just seven years ago.
Lionel Messi Tries to Slay His Ghosts
As soon as he was back in the changing room, away from the glare of the cameras and the eyes of the world, Lionel Messi got rid of it. Messi did not care. He had been given the trophy only a few minutes after Argentina had lost the World Cup final, after the one prize he craved more than any other in soccer had eluded him at the last. He would, he would later say, regret the defeat for the rest of his life. Seven years later, Messi returns to Maracana this weekend.
‘Our Menu Is Very Darwinian.’ Leading McDonald’s in 2021.
So we’ve talked about jobs and opportunity. We’ve talked about helping communities in crisis. We’ve talked about planet. And we’ve talked about supporting local farmers and ranchers. Those are the areas that we’ve said are specific to our business where we feel like we’ve got a role to play.
Biden to Urge More Scrutiny of Big Business
WASHINGTON — President Biden will sign a sweeping executive order on Friday aimed at spurring competition across the economy, encouraging federal agencies to take a wide range of actions, including more closely scrutinizing the tech industry, cracking down on high fees charged by sea shippers and allowing hearing aids to be sold over the counter. The order reflects the administration’s growing embrace of warnings by some economists that declining competition is hobbling the economy’s vitality, raising prices and reducing choices for consumers in key areas, while dampening pay and restricting freedom to change jobs for workers. But Mr. Biden may find challenges in addressing that competition decline across diverse sectors of the economy — including Silicon Valley, Wall Street, chain restaurants and large hospital networks — solely through executive action. Experts warn that in many areas, the president will need to work with Congress to change federal laws if he hopes to have more success than former President Donald J. Trump, who also issued competition-focused executive orders and saw limited results from them. In interviews this week, senior administration officials acknowledged the limitations of executive authority, but said the order chose actions, like directing federal regulators to take steps to boost competition in several areas, that had the best chance of success in driving change across the economy.
Did a Cuttlefish Write This?
Cuttlefish are more closely related to insects than to humans. Sepia officinalis is the cuttlefish species most commonly kept in labs. Cuttlefish hatch as miniature versions of adults rather than having a larval phase like many octopus and squid, which in his experience makes feeding and caring for cuttlefish easier. Cuttlefish can see through the walls of their translucent homes into neighboring tanks of prey animals, and after they hatch, they much prefer the prey that they saw while unborn. As a cuttlefish glides over a landscape of rocks and seaweed, neurons fire and muscles twitch and it fades into the colors of its background.
Ask Dave Jorgenson, The Post’s ‘TikTok guy,’ anything and everything
That’s all to say: Jorgenson has a unique job in our newsroom. He’s posting skits on The Washington Post’s TikTok account twice a day (like this one). On Friday at 3:30 p.m. Eastern time, Jorgenson is going to be taking your questions about his work, TikTok and … anything else you might want to know. Remember, this is a family newspaper.
How one woman cast more than a thousand actors in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
That’s largely thanks to Finn, who took on the gargantuan task of casting every actor who appears in the MCU (aside from those in “The Incredible Hulk,” released a month after “Iron Man”). That amounts to more than a thousand roles overall, she says, ranging from characters as high-profile as Captain America to those as minor as his background dancers. The job — which Finn held for the first five MCU films alongside Randi Hiller, who now heads casting for live-action projects at Walt Disney Studios — calls for a certain prescience, the ability to predict what sort of traits an actor would one day be asked to exhibit in films that have yet to be written.
Good organic wine just got a lot easier to find
Confusion persists over definitions, especially in the United States, where the government defines an organic wine as one without added sulfites. That’s why we have the “made with organic grapes” designation. Several states and private third-party organizations offer sustainable certifications with similar but differing requirements, and these focus mostly on the vineyard, not the winery. So there’s the prospect of greenwashing — wineries making claims on their labels that consumers have no way to verify. Without it, we have to take the winery’s word for it.
This $14 South African red wine will bring summertime chill to your glass
Winemaker Mike Lucia has crafted a tasty unconventional blend (the type I usually love) of pinot blanc, chenin blanc, riesling and grenache blanc, in a natural style using only native yeasts, no new oak and minimal added sulfur. His stroke of crazy genius with this wine was to add a sploosh of piquette made from the spent skins of the grenache blanc and riesling. Piquette is wine’s riposte to hard seltzer — a light, low-alcohol wine made by refermenting grape skins that would normally go to compost or be thrown away. Adding a portion to this blend gives an extra-refreshing bite to the palate and shores up the wine’s acidity. ABV: 13.1 percent.
First-time American Olympians to watch in Tokyo
SportsFirst-time American Olympians to watch in TokyoAthletes from around the country will represent Team USA and compete for their first Olympic medal this summer in Tokyo, including stars of brand-new Olympic sports like skateboarding and surfing.
Video: Rory McIlroy's Club Taken by Fan in Tee Box at 2021 Scottish Open
Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty ImagesA fan pulled off a high-risk heist of a club from Rory McIlroy's bag at the 2021 Scottish Open and managed to take a few practice swings Friday before being escorted away by security. The four-time major champion said after the round he was "surprised" by the incident but credited security, saying the situation was "handled efficiently," per Martin Dempster of The Scotsman. "At that point, the security people assigned to following the group moved in and took him away." "Security was good, but these things can happen," Rahm told reporters. Rory and I both thought it was a prank or someone who was supposed to be there."
Video: 2021 Scripps Spelling Bee Winner Zalia Avant-garde Shows off Basketball Skills
AP Photo/John RaouxZaila Avant-garde, the 14-year-old winner of the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee, is also a standout basketball player in her native Louisiana with three Guinness world records to her name. Avant-garde, who became the first African American winner of the Bee on Thursday night, owns the world records in relation to dribbling basketballs. "I kind of thought I would never be into spelling again, but I’m also happy that I’m going to make a clean break from it," Avant-garde said. "I can go out, like my Guinness world records, just leave it right there, and walk off." Thursday marked the return of the Scripps National Spelling Bee for its 93rd edition after last year's event was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Students don't need masks at school if they are fully vaccinated, CDC says
Fully vaccinated students do not need to wear masks in classrooms this fall, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. The recommendation for fully vaccinated students mirrors the CDC's previous guidance for fully vaccinated adults: no masks needed when indoors. For unvaccinated students, the CDC continues to recommend masks and other prevention measures, such as testing and proper hand-washing. The agency also says schools should consider weekly screening tests for unvaccinated students in areas with high case rates. But counties and school districts across the country are already starting to make their own decisions.
Delta Air Lines made a fabulous 'Queer Eye' safety video. The pandemic scuppered it
(CNN) — US airline Delta has revealed that the pandemic not only disrupted the aviation industry but robbed its passengers of the chance to enjoy a " Queer Eye "-themed safety video. "While we previously hoped to bring the 'Queer Eye' safety video onboard, the video was produced and filmed in 2019 prior to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, " a spokesperson told CNN on Friday. "What would the Delta safety video look like if reimagined by the Fab 5? "Wow, I'm absolutely impressed of this gorgeous safety video. In 2020, Delta teamed up with Netflix for a special episode of "Queer Eye," offering style advice to travelers.
Videos show commuters wading through flooded subways in New York City
Torrential downpours continued to pound northeast states on Thursday, leading to flash floods and stunning video of New York City subway commuters wading through hip-high waters. Viral footage of riders in New York City, struggling to get to their 1 train at the 157th Street Station, had garnered more than 8.5 million views on Twitter by Friday morning. Floods and downed trees continued to plague New York City commuters on Friday. Hurricane Elsa is the fifth named storm of 2021 and this marks the earliest No. Fifth-named storms of any year typically hit in late August or early September.
Spelling Bee Champ Is A Speed-Reading Math Whiz Who Holds 3 World Records
This year’s spelling bee champ is F-A-S-C-I-N-A-T-I-N-G.Zaila Avant-garde, a 14-year-old from Harvey, Louisiana, made history Thursday when she became the first African American winner and the second Black champion in the Scripps National Spelling Bee’s 96-year history. But that may not even be the most interesting thing about the teen. JIM WATSON via Getty Images Zaila Avant-garde competes in the first round of the the Scripps National Spelling Bee finals in Orlando, Florida, on July 8. “I’m hoping that in a few years I’ll see a whole lot more African American females, and males too, are doing well in the Scripps Spelling Bee,” Zaila told “Good Morning America” on Friday. “You don’t really see too many African Americans doing too well at spelling bees, and that’s a bit sad, because it’s like a really good thing.
Joe Biden Wants To Crack Down On Noncompete Clauses
SAUL LOEB via Getty Images President Joe Biden is taking his first big swing against noncompete agreements, which experts say depress wages and limit mobility in the workforce. President Joe Biden has railed for years against the proliferation of noncompete clauses in employment, which can lock workers into their jobs and depress wages. He criticized them while serving as vice president under President Barack Obama, and he called for a federal ban on them during his campaign for the White House last year. In many cases, noncompete clauses are only “agreements” in theory, since not signing one means not getting the job. “The Biden administration is really leaning into the issue, and it’s good for workers,” Walter said.
J.D. Vance makes 'complicated tap dance' in turning pro-Trump candidate
Time's Molly Ball joins Morning Joe to discuss her recent interview with Ohio Republican Senate candidate J.D. Vance, who was once an ardent Trump critic but is now no longer.
CDC: Fully vaccinated students and teachers do not need to wear masks in school
The new guidelines mark the first time the CDC has recommended that fully vaccinated students and teachers do not need to wear masks in the classroom. The CDC strongly recommended that all those eligible to receive Covid-19 vaccine should get the shot to help facilitate in-person instruction. Promoting vaccination can help schools safely return to in-person learning as well as extracurricular activities and sports,” the CDC said in a statement. “They should remove them one at a time and monitor closely (with adequate testing) for any increases in COVID-19 cases,” the CDC said. “It also makes clear that masking is important in the absence of vaccination,” she said, in addition to upgraded ventilation, regular virus testing, and three feet of physical distancing.
Biden administration still debating internally how to evacuate Afghan interpreters
As U.S. troops wrap up a withdrawal from Afghanistan, Biden administration officials have struggled to shape a plan to protect Afghans who worked for the U.S. government and now face retribution from the Taliban. Veterans groups, refugee advocates and lawmakers have called for an urgent evacuation and accused the administration of moving too slowly, potentially putting Afghan partners' lives at risk. Administration officials afterward said applicants for the Special Immigrant Visa program, which was set up for Afghan and Iraqi interpreters, could not legally be flown to the U.S. before their visas were approved. The administration also had to consider the human rights records of the countries accepting the Afghans, the officials added. Administration officials also were discussing the pool of Afghans to be evacuated, with the decision hinging in part on the status of the Afghans' visa applications.
TikTok algorithm prevents user from declaring support for Black Lives Matter
A series of TikTok videos have gone viral featuring a user being censored for trying to put pro-Black Lives Matter phrases in his bio on the platform’s Creator Marketplace. "Our TikTok Creator Marketplace protections, which flag phrases typically associated with hate speech, were erroneously set to flag phrases without respect to word order. "To be clear, Black Lives Matter does not violate our policies and currently has over 27B views on our platform." TikTok is actively denying creator funding for any type of content related to black folk on their app. TikTok maintains that it is committed to supporting Black creators, citing its recently launched @BlackTikTok account, run by Black TikTok employees with the intent of creating a home for Black creators on the platform.
Michigan AG to investigate bogus election-fraud claims
The Republican-led Michigan Senate Oversight Committee was unsparing, going point by point, systematically shredding one election conspiracy theory after another, exposing every right-wing claim as utterly bonkers. The Michigan Senate Oversight Committee's report specifically called on state Attorney General Dana Nessel's (D) office to consider investigating those "utilizing misleading and false information about Antrim County to raise money or publicity for their own ends." Nessel's office will be assisted by Michigan State Police, Mukomel said. At this point, it's difficult to say who'll draw scrutiny, and the Michigan Senate Oversight Committee's report did not refer to any individuals by name. That said, the Free Press' article referenced a variety of figures who've peddled false claims, held an "election integrity" fundraiser, and/or accepted financial contributions online.
Heat wave impacts 1 billion sea creatures in the Pacific Northwest
The heat wave in the Pacific Northwest is creating lasting damage to marine life. Marine ecologists Alyssa Gehman and Emily Carrington talk about the impact, and what can be done to help.
Why Toyota's reversal on Republican financial support matters
More than half the House Republican conference voted against certifying President Biden's election victory in January, prompting many corporate PACs to curtail support for the anti-election lawmakers. In fact, Toyota's corporate PAC stood out as unique: Relying on data from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), Axios reported last week that the automaker delivered more campaign contributions to more anti-election Republicans than any other. Is their willingness to overturn an American election so wrong that we should stop throwing money at them?" The Washington Post's Dana Milbank devoted a brutal column to the issue, reflecting on the automaker's indifference to constitutional democracy. Corporations need to realize that their contributions are receiving greater scrutiny, and those that choose to support these anti-election Republicans financially will face public pressure.
Former Treasury Secretary Lew explains: 'How to fix tax evasion'
Former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, who served during the Obama administration, joined Stephanie Ruhle to break down tax loopholes benefitting the wealthiest Americans. He also discussed how the IRS can reform the tax system to collect hundreds of billions of dollars they miss out on each year due to a lack of enforcement.
Schumer to Dems: Be ready to work during scheduled summer break
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) wrote to his members this morning, explaining not only what the governing majority intends to do, but also when the work might get done. The warning to senators that they should be ready to work during the August break is a step the majority leader has not previously taken. If his members need any additional convincing, I'd remind them that as recently as 2018, then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) scaled back the chamber's summer break dramatically. It's possible that Schumer is entirely sincere about members "remaining in Washington into the previously-scheduled August state work period." It's also possible that the majority leader added this line to today's letter as added motivation for senators, in effect saying, "Let's get our work done or I'll start chipping away at your summer break."
Officers sue California city over Black Lives Matter mural
PALO ALTO, Calif. — Five officers have sued the Silicon Valley city of Palo Alto, saying it allowed the creation of a Black Lives Matter mural with anti-police images that constituted harassment and discrimination against law enforcement. The mural was painted last June in the street across from City Hall following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin. The officers complained to officials that the mural violated the state Fair Employment and Housing Act. But the city “ratified the conduct and insisted that it remain and persist,” according to the lawsuit. City Attorney Molly Stump told the newspaper that the city has not been served with the lawsuit.
Like in ‘Postapocalyptic Movies’: Heat Wave Killed Marine Wildlife en Masse
But if these extreme heat waves become too frequent, species won’t have time to recover. While the heat wave over the Pacific Northwest has eased, punishing temperatures have persisted across much of the American West. Now, another heat wave appears to be building, only worsening the ongoing drought. Now, with climate change worsening heat waves and droughts, scientists say the conditions look grim without intense intervention, which comes with its own risks. (Idaho game officials first tried trucking the adult fish during a heat wave in 2015.
The Red Guardian was a ‘Black Widow’ role David Harbour couldn’t turn down
Harbour was blown away by the meet-for-lunch pitch with “Black Widow” director Cate Shortland, who said she envisioned him as Alexei Shostakov, the shield-wielding Russian version of Captain America also known as the Red Guardian. Shortland saw the character as a shell of his former self — a super-soldier who has maintained a paternal bond with the film’s title character but is now in prison, covered in tattoos, telling war stories that don’t quite add up and desperate for everyone to laugh at his overtly macho sense of humor.
Alice Coltrane's 'Kirtan: Turiya Sings'
Sound that could be felt might be one way of understanding how Alice Coltrane’s music slowly gained in resonance in the 21st century. Its eschewing of jazz forms, structures and traditions became one of its strengths. Its openness to other cultures and ability to blend together different musical traditions — North African, Indian, American — is both audacious and astonishing in hindsight. Lots of artists embraced gurus and spiritual garments during the 1960s and ’70s, but few actually embodied it completely like Alice Coltrane did. There’s a sense of conflict inherent in her music, beauty and chaos entwined, jazz tradition and the unknowable are all there at once.
Opinion : U.S. foreign policy needs to get over its fear of instability
What you need to know about the war in AfghanistanLatest: The U.S. military has vacated its most important airfield in Afghanistan, Bagram air base, a strategic and emotional milestone in a 20-year U.S. war that the Pentagon is preparing to end. But plans to complete the withdrawal appear to be slowing. Thousands of Afghans have taken up arms and joined militias to beat back the Taliban, which has launched an aggressive offensive in Afghanistan’s north and other rural areas. The uptick in violence prompted the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan to warn that the country could slide into a chaotic, multi-faction civil war and face “very hard times.”More related stories:A timeline of the U.S. war in AfghanistanAs the U.S. departs Afghanistan, will the old Taliban reemerge? The war in Afghanistan: Promises to win, but no vision for victoryHow 20 years of conflict have reshaped Afghanistan’s capital and life in itHow life under Taliban rule in Afghanistan has changed — and how it hasn’tShow More
CDC says students vaccinated against the coronavirus can go maskless in fall
It calls for at least three feet between students in classrooms, but allows for greater flexibility, saying that in schools where not everyone is vaccinated, distancing should happen to the extent possible but “schools should not exclude students from in-person learning to keep a minimum distance requirement.” Instead, it says, other prevention strategies, including indoor masking, could be used to help compensate.
Nats’ Josh Harrison endeared himself to Padres fans by giving them ‘taste of their own medicine’
“It’s good banter,” Harrison, who turned 34 on Thursday, said on the MASN postgame show after Washington’s 15-5 win Wednesday. “Nothing, you know, that’s too harsh. They’re cheering for their team, but I’m talking trash back. I don’t really get to get out there too often, so when they talk trash, [the way] my family grew up, if you can dish it, you’ve got to be able to take it. I’m just giving them a little taste of their own medicine and I think I got them a little bit.”
Giannis has been great, but the Bucks need greater
The Bucks have the size to play a bullying style, which they used to close out Atlanta. When Ayton is off the floor, they should try to take advantage. And when Ayton is on the floor, they should test him and see if they can bait him into foul trouble. It wouldn’t require an all-out commitment to post play, which is not popular (or efficient) in today’s game. It seems foolish for Budenholzer to be tricked into small ball and not play Bobby Portis, who is one of the league’s most effective big men coming off the bench.
Why Dave Martinez went with Sam Clay in ninth inning vs. Padres
Hand has fared better against righties in 2021 — an aberration compared to the rest of his career. But this was Clay’s game to extend or lose. His goal with the righties was to keep his pitches down and away to induce groundballs. He did that with Pham, spotting a sinker near the low-and-outsider corner, but Pham still poked it to right for a leadoff single. Then Tatis, one of the best right-handed batters on the planet, chopped a high grounder to third for the first out.
U.S. swimmer Michael Andrew on why he’ll go to Tokyo without coronavirus vaccine
Andrew, 22, said during a remote media availability from the U.S. swim team’s training camp in Hawaii that he chose not to get vaccinated in the month between trials and the Olympics, explaining, “It was kind of a last moment. I didn’t want to put anything in my body that I didn’t know how I would potentially react to. As an athlete on the elite level, everything we do is very calculated … I didn’t want to risk any days out, because there are periods where, if you take the vaccine, you have to deal with some days off.”
Leadership During Crisis with New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D)
New Jersey has one of the best vaccination rates in the country, with two-thirds of its residents — almost 5 million people — fully vaccinated. Join Washington Post Live on Friday, July 9 at 11:00am ET, when New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) explains how his state is handling the pandemic and why he now refers to COVID-19 as a “preventable illness.” We’ll also hear his forecast for an increase in tourism this summer and about his decision on masks in schools when they reopen this fall.
Gunman opens fire on couple at Downtown Aquarium in Houston
A man open fired at a couple, killing the man and injuring the woman, at the Downtown Aquarium in Houston. Houston Police Executive Chief Matt Slinkard speaks on the case.
China widens crackdown on LGBTQ groups and content
China's popular social media and messaging app WeChat is accused of wiping almost all public LGBTQ accounts run by Chinese university students. The sweeping move has sparked worries that there's a wider crackdown on online gay content underway. CNN's David Culver examines why there might be a broader effort at play to target LGBTQ freedoms in China and how some are pushing back.
Toyota halts donations to Republicans who opposed election certification
New York (CNN Business) Toyota said it would stop donating to Republican lawmakers who opposed certifying the 2020 presidential election results, after a political action committee called out the automaker's financial support for "seditious politicians." Toyota TM The decision to support those members of Congress has "troubled some stakeholders,"said in a press release Thursday. "At this time, we have decided to stop contributing to those Members of Congress who contested the certification of certain states in the 2020 election. " So why would Toyota support politicians who tried to overthrow very system that's been so profitable for them?" Toyota says its bipartisan PAC supports Democrats and Republicans running for Congress, and that in 2021, "the vast majority" of its contributions went to lawmakers in both parties who "supported the certification of the 2020 election."
How to get tax-free retirement savings
Of all the tax advantaged ways to save for retirement , the Roth IRA is one of the best. Before you hit retirement age, the money is easier to access than most other retirement accounts. Tax-free savings through your employerAnother option for tax-free retirement savings is a Roth 401(k)Three quarters of employers that offer a 401(k) plan allow employees to make Roth contributions, according to the Plan Sponsor Council of America. Also, unlike with a Roth IRA, federal rules require that you start taking distributions from a Roth 401(k) no later than age 72. But that shouldn't be an issue if you decide to roll your Roth 401(k) over into a Roth IRA when you leave the company.
Everything you need to know about Richard Branson going to space this weekend
New York (CNN Business) Richard Branson will boldly go where no space baron has gone before on Sunday, when he steps onto the supersonic space plane from his rocket venture, Virgin Galactic . But Branson's flight will make him the first billionaire founder of space company to actually travel into space aboard a vehicle he helped fund. Branson's flight will take off in the early hours of Sunday, July 11, weather permitting. Virgin Galactic will be posting a livestream — which will be hosted by comedian Stephen Colbert , a spokesperson confirmed to CNN— that morning. Welcome Sirisha Bandla, Colin Bennett, and Beth Moses — our expert crew members joining @richardbranson on our #Unity22 test flight.
Co-workers donate kidneys to each other's husbands, saving their lives
Ellis’ husband, Lance, 41, had kidney problems for more than a decade. “He went through his first kidney transplant in 2017. Both men were receiving dialysis and would need a kidney transplant. What were the chances that we weren’t meant to help one another?”Tia Wimbush (right) hopes to raise awareness of living organ donation. They two hope their story shows how easy living donation is and how important it is for people to donate.
Once the hub of America's longest war, Afghanistan's Bagram Airfield is now barren and empty
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — It was once the epicenter of America’s longest war. Now the Bagram Airfield is virtually deserted, a relic of America’s time in Afghanistan. But when NBC News visited the Bagram Airfield on Wednesday,some Afghan soldiers were visibly angry about the decision to pull out on the night of July 2. America's longest war has cost the lives of around 2,300 U.S. troops and left thousands more wounded. Richard Engel and Marc Smith reported from the Bagram Airfield, and Rhea Mogul from Hong Kong.
Former GOP Hill aide pleads guilty in child porn case
Prosecutors said Verastigui also fantasized online about killing children while abusing them. Last November, a Trump Commerce Department political appointee, Adam Hageman, was arrested on charges he shared a child pornography video and commented on sexually abusing children. Hageman appears to have been set to enter a guilty plea in April, but court records do not indicate that hearing was ever held. Mehta accepted Verastigui’s guilty plea, but deferred a decision on whether to accept the roughly 12-to-15-year sentencing range prosecutors and Verastigui agreed to. He was also on the payroll of the RNC from 2017 to 2018, according to Federal Election Commission reports.
Biden-allied group warns: Voters are largely clueless about POTUS’ accomplishments
The memo, obtained by POLITICO, was based off of a series of focus groups conducted in battleground states of Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. They include suburban college-educated voters who supported Biden in 2020, Black voters who support Biden but are less likely to turn out in midterm elections, and white working-class voters, particularly women. The United the Country memo had some welcome findings for Biden in addition to the warnings. Their focus groups found strong support for cutting taxes by expanding the child tax credit, with the PAC describing the policy as “a home run even among the most hard-core” Trump supporters. “He hasn't told anyone to inject bleach yet,” one focus group member, identified only as “white non-college union man” from Pennsylvania said.
Education Department urges Biden to extend student loan relief
The student loan relief, which Biden extended on his first day in office, is set to expire at the end of September. Still, student advocacy groups have urged the Biden administration not to resume collecting student loan payments until the Education Department has enacted a series of reforms to the system. The pandemic relief is saving student loan borrowers approximately $5 billion in interest payments each month, according to the Education Department. Some progressives who are pushing for an extension of student loan relief hope that it’s a prelude to the widespread cancellation of student loan debt that they’ve been seeking. Some private student loan industry players are also hoping the Education Department turns on payments this fall, at least for some borrowers.
ICE To Limit Detention Of Pregnant, Nursing And Postpartum Immigrants
There were 13 pregnant women in ICE custody as of Thursday who are now being considered for release, officials told The Washington Post. During Trump’s crackdown on undocumented immigration, no presumption of release was offered for pregnant women. The number of women who miscarried in ICE custody nearly doubled under Trump, the Daily Beast reported in 2019. Johnson’s new memo bars the use of restraints on pregnant women, except in extreme circumstances. ICE officers must obtain permission from a superior to request detention of a pregnant or nursing immigrant, the memo states.
GM Recalling More Than 400K Trucks Because Of Exploding Air Bags
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is recalling more than 400,000 pickup trucks in the U.S. because the side air bags can explode without warning and spew parts into the cabin. The recall covers certain 2015 and 2016 Chevrolet and GMC Sierra 1500, 2500, and 3500 trucks. Documents posted Friday by U.S. safety regulators say the air bag inflator can rupture or the end cap can fly off on both sides of the trucks. All three trucks were unoccupied at the time, and GM says it has no reports of injuries.. Dealers will replace both side air bag modules.
The 20 Funniest Tweets From Women This Week (July 3-9)
The ladies of Twitter never fail to brighten our days with their brilliant and succinct wit. Each week, HuffPost Women rounds up hilarious musings of 280 characters or fewer. Scroll through this week’s great tweets from women below. Then visit our “Funniest Tweets From Women” page for past roundups.
Actor Danny Trejo explores 'redemption' in new memoir
At age 7, Danny Trejo did his first drug deal. “This was what it meant to be a Trejo man,” he writes. At that moment, Trejo writes, “In that cell God killed the old me, made a new Danny Trejo, and said, ‘Now let’s see what you do with him. Trejo was so accustomed to prison that life inside felt more normal than life as a free man. “Everybody has done a movie with Danny Trejo.
Biden to deliver voting speech in Philadelphia next week
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will deliver remarks in Philadelphia on Tuesday about his administration’s actions “to protect the sacred constitutional right to vote,” a source familiar with the matter tells NBC News. New rules imposed in some Republican-controlled states will restrict when voting can happen, imposing voter ID requirements and overhauling election administration. On Thursday, Biden met with leading civil rights groups, who have called on him to take a stronger stance in support of federal voting legislation championed by Democrats, including to support calls to abolish the filibuster for voting rights legislation. Vice President Kamala Harris kicked off that effort Thursday, announcing the DNC’s $25 million expansion of its “I Will Vote” Campaign, focused on voter registration, education and turnout efforts. “We are going to assemble the largest voter-protection team we have ever had to ensure that all Americans can vote and have your vote counted in a fair and transparent process,” Harris said.
Students don't need masks at school if they are fully vaccinated, CDC says
Fully vaccinated students do not need to wear masks in classrooms this fall, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. Full coverage of the coronavirus outbreakThe recommendation for fully vaccinated students mirrors the CDC's previous guidance for fully vaccinated adults: no masks needed when indoors. For unvaccinated students, the CDC continues to recommend masks and other prevention measures, such as testing and proper hand-washing. School districts and local governments have the authority to make their own decisions, including whether to implement universal mask-wearing or ditch the masks completely, even for unvaccinated students. The agency also says schools should consider weekly screening tests for unvaccinated students in areas with high case rates.
Capitol Police salary funds are running low. A replenishment bill is stalled in Congress.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Capitol Police employees are at risk of being furloughed if Congress doesn't provide the agency more money before the end of September. The police issued a statement saying that the agency "continues to advise and work with" lawmakers to ensure they can continue to protect the Capitol and members of Congress. No Republicans supported the measure in the House and it has since been stalled in the Senate. Police officials have already detailed in prior testimony that officers have worked more overtime since the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., sounded the alarm about the stalled bill.
How Crowded Are America’s National Parks? See for Yourself.
Largely freed from domestic travel restrictions, Americans have been flocking to national parks in record numbers this spring and summer. Several parks — including Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park — have already set monthly visitation records. Hikers at Zion National Park, in Utah, have faced wait times of four hours to access certain trails. Visitors to Arches National Park, in the same state, are being turned away at the gate — “The park is currently full,” the Parks Service’s Twitter feed routinely announces — and asked to return at a later time. To capture the crowds over the Fourth of July weekend, we sent photographers to four parks: Acadia National Park in Maine; Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona; Joshua Tree National Park in California; and Yellowstone National Park, largely in Wyoming.
Here’s how a Social Security scam works.
She refused to divulge the information again, which led to this claim: “Listen, the reason I’m asking you this question is because by the end of the day, we are going to freeze all the bank accounts and all the credit cards which have been issued under your name, under your social identity. There are money laundering charges that have been pressed under your name. Like a hundred thousand dollars have been wired locally and internationally to the drug trafficking countries like Mexico and Colombia.”
A guide to stone fruit: How to choose, ripen, store and cook with it
The fruit is generally known for its balance of tart acidity and sweetness and is either a deep golden yellow or creamy white. Yellow peaches tend to have higher acidity; white peaches are milder and often slightly sweeter, but they’re generally not recommended for cooking as they can get mushy and fall apart. There are also flat versions of the fruit called donut or Saturn peaches. Because of their size, they are usually best for eating out of hand as they would take more effort to prepare compared to traditional round peaches. When it comes to taste, donut peaches are also typically sweeter and milder than round ones.
From neon to knickknacks, “the Smithsonian of the Valley” puts San Fernando Valley history on display
Take, for example, a wall of nine televisions that came from the Encino home of “Dragnet” actor and creator Jack Webb. The sets, which now sit in the middle of the museum exactly as they did in the Webb house (wall and all), were installed in the actor’s home supposedly so he would be able to watch rival programs simultaneously. Webb, who was also a producer, set each television to a different station in a different time zone, a move, Gelinas notes, that put Webb ahead of his time. Following an estate sale (Webb sold the house before he died in 1982, but the sets stayed), Gelinas was contacted about removing the wall as is: “We not only removed the TV wall, but we completely rebuilt it with all the original parts in our museum and reassembled it perfectly.” The team also painstakingly removed an astoundingly detailed three-dimensional diorama of what appears to be the filming of the chariot race in the 1959 movie “Ben Hur.” The piece was also embedded into the wall in the Webb home, and it now sits on the other side of the television wall in the museum.
Where to watch outdoor movies in the D.C. area
Details: The soccer field at Marie Reed Elementary School provides Adams Morgan with one of the most comfortable outdoor movie experiences in the area. Viewers are free to lay out blankets on the turf in front of the big screen, but if you don’t want to roll the dice on a late arrival’s head blocking your view, you can choose to relax on the terraced, bleacher-style seating overlooking the field. This year’s five-week series has a “Made in D.C.” theme. The field opens at 7 p.m., and films begin around a half-hour after sundown. Picnics are welcome, and some nearby restaurants, including Tryst and Spacycloud, are offering “Brown Bag Movie Meals” to go.
Why Palestinians are uniting around watermelon emoji
It has become “charismatic and well-meaning activists and political influencers who are setting the tones of the public debate,” Quran said. “That is terrifying the political elite and the leaders of the different political parties across Palestine. Suddenly it not the person who controls the media or weapons in the streets who can alone set the public narrative,” but “anyone who can get online and is brave enough to speak up.”
D.C. to replace collapsed pedestrian bridge over Route 295, Bowser says
The Lane Place Bridge connecting the Kenilworth and Eastland Gardens neighborhoods to Deanwood collapsed June 23 after a Mack truck traveling southbound with its subframe raised struck the footbridge, causing the structure to come loose, according to authorities. The collapse left the truck trapped beneath and led to a chain of crashes involving three other vehicles. Four of the five people treated were taken to hospitals for non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
Richard Branson prepares to take his daredevil act to space with Virgin Galactic ... and beat Jeff Bezos
After years of technical problems that delayed commercial flights — which Branson had once hoped would happen as early as 2007 — the company seemed to be making real progress in 2014. But late that year, the spacecraft came apart during a test flight when one of the pilots prematurely unlocked a device designed to reorient the spacecraft once it is in space. One of the pilots, Michael Alsbury, who was 39 and had two young children, was killed in the accident, and the other, Peter Siebold, suffered serious injuries after parachuting to the ground.
Opinion : Where did covid come from? We need to get serious about finding out.
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Opinion : U.S. athletes who protest their country’s flag are playing right into China’s hands
In a statement, U.S. Soccer said that none of the players “turned their back on WWII Veteran Pete DuPré during tonight’s anthem” adding “the players all love Pete.” Note the statement didn’t say the players would never disrespect the American flag — because that would be demonstrably untrue. The team seems most upset at the notion that anyone thought they had shown disrespect to a sweet old man like Pete. What they don’t seem to understand is that when they protest the flag, they show disrespect for Pete and all the veterans who fought under that flag. They show disrespect for all of Pete’s comrades who sacrificed their lives so they could have the freedom to play a kids’ game for a living.
Biden takes aim at Big Business in sweeping executive order to boost competition
Banning or limiting noncompete agreements and occupational licensing requirements that the Biden administration called unnecessary and cumbersome. Importing cheap prescription drugs from Canada to help drive down prices in the United States, and placing new rules on drug pricing in the United States. Banning certain broadband fees and requirements that make it harder for some consumers to change and compare internet providers. Forcing airlines to disclose “add-on fees” for things like seating and baggage, and make it easier for people to get refunds for flights. Strengthening the Department of Agriculture’s tools “to stop the abusive practices of some meat processors.”
But ‘it’s break!’: Thousands of D.C.-area kids head to summer school, sometimes reluctantly
In Montgomery County, Maryland’s largest school system, more than 52,000 students — out of about 161,000 — signed up for summer programs, some of which started this week. In D.C., where most schools are launching their “summer acceleration” academies later this month, more than 8,800 of the system’s 52,000 students registered for the in-person classes. And in Virginia’s biggest school system, Fairfax County Public Schools, 36,911 students — out of about 180,000 — are taking 2,859 different summer classes.
When mean girls grow up: How to deal with an adult bully
Offering concrete examples of behavior, she adds, is harder to refute than just accusing someone of not liking you or being mean. “If you get the response of invalidating your observations, you can reply by saying, ‘If it happened once or twice, I might agree with you, but it seems like a consistent pattern of behavior.’ ” Another option is saying something like, “That’s a relief. So, you’re saying that everything is good between us, and when those situations occurred it wasn’t about me?”
Tropical Storm Elsa drenching New England after deluging Mid-Atlantic
The initial dose of rain and storms on Thursday dropped 2.27 inches of rainfall during the late afternoon and early evening hours as thunderstorms passed repeatedly over the metro area. More than an inch and a half fell in just an hour, among the top 10 most intense hourly cloud bursts in the last 80 years. By midevening, underpasses and highways were flooding as water gushed into the subway system. This batch of rain was mostly due to a stalled front in the area, but moisture from Elsa probably intensified the downpours.
Madonna says Britney Spears’ conservatorship is ‘a violation to human rights’
CNN —Madonna is speaking out against Britney Spears’ nearly 13-year conservatorship. The reigning queen of pop posted a throwback photo of herself in a shirt that read “Britney Spears” to her Instagram stories with the caption: “Give this woman her life back. Britney we coming to get you out of jail!”Madonna and Spears collaborated on the song “Me Against The Music” in 2003. They also famously performed that same year at the MTV VMAs Madonna’s hit song “Like A Virgin” with fellow popstar, Christina Aguilera. It was in this performance in which “that kiss” between Madonna and Spears and then Madonna and Aguilera took place, making headlines across the globe.
Valerie Bertinelli posts powerful response to troll who commented on her weight
(CNN) Valerie Bertinelli has faced one internet troll too many. The actress took to Instagram with a powerful response to a follower who commented on her weight. Alongside the video, she wrote: "aren't we tired of body shaming women yet?! I was going to delete my stories because it's a little embarrassing and scary to be so vulnerable. We all could use a little more kindness and patience and grace, because we just never know what someone else is going through.
Goldman Sachs bets England will beat Italy this weekend, but...
New York (CNN Business) Here's some good news for long-suffering fans of England's football (aka soccer) team. Goldman Sachs predicts that England has a 58% chance of defeating Italy in Sunday's Euro 2020 final. Goldman Sachs GS Now for the bad news.has been wrong so far with many of its soccer prognostications — particularly when it comes to Gli Azzurri, or the Blues, as Italy is known to its fans. Goldman's Christian Schnittker and the rest of the European economics team originally forecast that Belgium would win the tournament. And perhaps Goldman Sachs should stick to forecasting GDP growth and making stock picks.
'The White Lotus' unpacks the staff-guest divide through the window of a luxury resort
(CNN) If you're itching for a tropical vacation, "The White Lotus" might cool those jets. The latest product from the dark and twisty mind of Mike White ("Enlightened") deals with class in a way few recent TV productions have, in an edgy, engrossing six-part HBO limited series that follows multiple stories in a kind of modern "Upstairs, Downstairs" fashion. The simple set-up involves a boat of luxury travelers arriving at an exclusive Hawaiian resort, where the eager-to-please staff waits to greet them. But "Fantasy Island" this isn't; rather, the guests turn to be an especially high-maintenance bunch, in ways that challenge the hotel's manager, Armond ("Looking's" Murray Bartlett, a particular standout among a terrific cast), who counsels employees about creating "an overall impression of vagueness" and the need to treat the patrons "like sensitive children." "We're just doing witchcraft," the daughter, who constantly exhibits hostility toward her parents' privilege, sneers as she seeks to deflect attention when the young women are caught smoking pot, contained in a backpack filled with drugs that becomes a significant plot point.
EU regulator: mRNA coronavirus vaccines possibly linked to heart swelling
The safety committee PRAC analyzed 145 cases of myocarditis and 138 cases of pericarditis after the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine. PRAC recommended updating the product information to include this side effect and raise awareness among health care staff and vaccine recipients. The committee also recommended restricting the Johnson & Johnson vaccine marketing authorization so that people with a history of capillary leak syndrome don't receive it. Three of such cases have been reported to the EMA, one in a person with prior history of the syndrome, following the Johnson & Johnson jab. Currently, available data "neither confirms nor rules out a possible association with the vaccine," PRAC said.
EU bets Brits will pay — in Brexit and football final
To date, the U.K. has paid its Brexit bill in full, the EU said Friday — but that won’t stop European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen from seeking payback on the football pitch. Von der Leyen, a Belgian-born German citizen, is a self-professed Anglophile who lived in the U.K. and studied at the London School of Economics in the late 1970s. But Brexit means Brexit and the U.K. is now permanently offsides, so von der Leyen will be cheering for the Italians, the spokesman, Eric Mamer, said. “When it comes to 2021, there is an obligation for the United Kingdom to pay €6.8 billion,” Ujvari said. Daniel Ferrie, a third Commission spokesman and specialist on the Brexit file, noted that a committee exists for resolving any financial disagreements.
Afghan women face increasing fears of a Taliban return
As U.S. involvement in Afghanistan comes to an end, Sky News looks at the impact troop withdrawal is having on Afghan women and young people.
Business and labor groups come together to back bipartisan infrastructure plan
WASHINGTON — A coalition of two dozen business and labor groups announced Thursday that they support the $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan developed by a bipartisan group of senators and endorsed by President Joe Biden. “We urge Congress to turn this framework into legislation that will be signed into law, and our organizations are committed to helping see this cross the finish line,” the groups said in a joint statement. Other groups that signed the statement include the Business Roundtable, National Association of Manufacturers, National Retail Federation, American Association of Port Authorities, and American Public Transportation Association. Biden announced the deal in late June, which includes $579 billion in new spending on top of previously authorized funding. Meanwhile, conservative groups have sent a letter to GOP leaders in Congress urging them to oppose the bipartisan plan.
British Cop Admits To Killing Woman Who Vanished While Walking Home
LONDON (AP) — A British police officer pleaded guilty Friday to murdering a 33-year-old woman who was abducted as she walked home from a friend’s house in south London. Wayne Couzens previously admitted kidnapping and raping Sarah Everard, a marketing executive who went missing on March 3. Couzens entered a guilty plea to murder during a hearing at London’s Central Criminal Court, appearing by video link from Belmarsh high-security prison. Prosecutor Tom Little said Couzens abducted Everard, a complete stranger, in a rented car. Despite his guilty plea, prosecutors said Couzens has not revealed where he raped and killed Everard.
Watchdog Group Calls For Supreme Court Ethics Code Amid Conflict Of Interest Fears
A nonpartisan watchdog group is calling for a code of ethics for Supreme Court justices amid concerns about conflicts of interest. Surprisingly, Supreme Court justices have no official code of conduct with clear ethical obligations, unlike other judges in America. “The Supreme Court is one of the most powerful and least accountable bodies in government, and it has no code of ethics. Interest in a code of conduct has surged recently, especially in some eyebrow-raising situations with new conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett. The foundation’s case before the Supreme Court challenged a California law demanding that major donors to charities be identified to the state.
DHS installs new leadership at its intelligence arm
The scandals marred the Trump administration and led to the departure of the office’s chief. Before those scandals emerged, Trump administration officials curtailed the ability of DHS’ Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties to oversee some of the intelligence office’s work. Under the Trump administration, officials also shut down a unit within the office focused on combating domestic terrorism. Earlier this year, DHS stood up a new team in the intelligence office to focus on that specific threat. She also provided on-air national security commentary for CNN.
2 U.S. men, ex-Colombia soldiers held in Haiti assassination
Colombia's government said it had been asked about six of the suspects in Haiti, including two of those killed, and had determined they were retired members of its army. The Haitian Americans were identified by Haitian officials as James Solages and Joseph Vincent. On his bio page for the charity, Solages said he previously worked as a bodyguard at the Canadian Embassy in Haiti. Calls to the charity and Solages’ associates at the charity either did not go through or weren't answered. Police were alerted by embassy security guards while Taiwanese diplomats were working from home.
Hungary's clash with E.U. over LGBTQ rights deepens
The law, which came into force on Thursday, has set Orban on a collision course with rights groups, the E.U. "The European Parliament and the European Commission want that we let LGBTQ activists and organizations into the kindergartens and schools. Later on Thursday, the European Parliament passed a resolution condemning the law and demanding that E.U. countries and the European Commission use every power to stop it. "LGBTIQ rights are human rights," said the resolution, referring to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people, as well as those questioning their sexual orientation.
Once the hub of America's longest war, Afghanistan's Bagram Airfield is now barren and empty
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — It was once the epicenter of America’s longest war. Now the Bagram Airfield is virtually deserted, a relic of America’s time in Afghanistan. But when NBC News visited the Bagram Airfield on Wednesday,some Afghan soldiers were visibly angry about the decision to pull out on the night of July 2. America's longest war has cost the lives of around 2,300 U.S. troops and left thousands more wounded. Richard Engel and Marc Smith reported from the Bagram Airfield and Rhea Mogul from Hong Kong.
Giant pandas no longer classed as endangered after population growth, China says
HONG KONG — Giant pandas are no longer an endangered species, Chinese officials have announced, in a massive win for conservation efforts in the country. The number of giant pandas living in the wild has reached more than 1,800, meaning the species has been reclassified as “vulnerable,” Chinese officials said earlier this week. Experts say China managed to preserve the animals, considered a national symbol, by taking measures that allow humans and pandas to coexist. In China, the giant panda has long been considered a national treasure and has been a protected species since the implementation of the wildlife conservation law in 1958. Chinese social media users were pleased with this week's news, saying it was not only proof that conservation efforts had paid off, but also an indication of the economic success of China.
Dr. Kavita Patel: The US 'should be concerned’ about the Delta variant
Kasie Hunt is joined by Dr. Kavita Patel to weigh in on the news that spectators will be banned from the Tokyo Olympics following Japan declaring a state of emergency. Dr. Patel also encourages people to get their second dose of the vaccine, even if it is delayed, with new studies showing that a single dose “barely” provides protection against the surging Delta variant.
Madonna says Britney Spears' conservatorship is a 'violation of human rights'
Add Madonna to the list of celebrities supporting Britney Spears in her quest to end her conservatorship. “Give this woman her life back,” Madonna captioned a photo of herself wearing a white T-shirt with “Britney Spears” written in purple on the front. Britney we coming to get you out of jail!”Spears and Madonna, of course, are no strangers. You know, fake it til you make it, but now I'm telling you the truth. Madonna is the latest high-profile star to speak out in support of Spears.
The CDC says Covid boosters aren't necessary. Pfizer suggests otherwise.
The CDC and FDA said those who are fully vaccinated are protected from variants, including the surging delta variant. Pfizer, however, has announced that it would seek U.S. authorization for a third dose of its vaccine, saying another shot within 12 months could dramatically boost immunity.
Dozens Die as Another Factory Fire Strikes Bangladesh
DHAKA, Bangladesh — At least 51 people died in a fire on Thursday evening at an industrial building outside the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, the latest disaster in a country with a long history of unsafe working conditions in its factories. The authorities warned that the death toll could rise as firefighters continued to sift through the wreckage. Two people inside the building, in the district of Narayanganj, about 10 miles southeast of Dhaka, leapt to their deaths trying to escape the fire, officials said. Emergency workers recovered 49 additional bodies, and at least 25 people were rescued, most of them with injuries. “We have worked so hard to control the fire,” said Dinmoni Sharma, the deputy director of the fire department in Dhaka.
Jakob Dylan has always been part cowboy-troubadour, part rabbi
Dylan quickly clarified that he’s not singing to his children there, and that it’s “not a nice song.” Without divulging details, he said it’s about people in his life who he’s helped and who haven’t shown gratitude. “I’m the one who got you in flight,” he explained, “and you’re not acting like that now.” Considering that none of his old bandmates played on this album, one is tempted to read between the lines. (Jaffee didn’t respond to a request for an interview.)
Why do we procrastinate, and how can we stop? Experts have answers.
Be aware of the “procrasticlearing” trap. Often, procrastinators are struck with the urge to tidy their space before they start working on a task — as in, “Oh, I can’t possibly focus until I clean up my office,” Rubin said. It’s one thing to spend 15 minutes straightening up the immediate area where you’re working. “But if I’m like, I need to go through all those shelves back there and alphabetize my books and dust them and maybe paint the bookshelves,” she said, you might be “procrasticlearing.” One way to know for sure is if, the moment the task you were cleaning ahead of is completed, all desire to tidy and organize vanishes. Being mindful of this tendency can help prevent it from inhaling half your day.
Where to see art gallery shows in the Washington region
Drawings, paintings and handmade books are included in “The Marvelous Mundane,” Max-Karl Winkler and Ellen Verdon Winkler’s Art Factory show. But prints dominate, not just in number, but also in the local couple’s aesthetic. Both artists play with print and bookmaking formats, using internal frames to boost pictorial drama. Several of Max-Karl Winkler’s subjects are enclosed within circles, and in his “The Checkered Scarf,” a woman’s torso, topknot and titular scarf all protrude from the oblong that contains her head. Verdon Winkler sometimes centers small renderings on vast expanses of blank tan paper, and even adapts a similar strategy to painting by splitting an oil study of oak leaves between two rectangular planes.
First Look
LIVE Washington Post LiveFirst LookWashington Post Live’s “First Look” offers a smart, inside take on the day’s politics. Michael Duffy will host a reporter debrief followed by a roundtable discussion with Washington Post columnists. Tune in for news and analysis you can’t get anywhere else on Friday, July 9 at 9:00am ET.
Pfizer suggests booster shots will be needed this year, but government officials say science will dictate the timing
“My opinion right now, however, is that current vaccination seems to be largely ‘holding,’” said E. John Wherry, an immunologist at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. “But the companies seem to suggest that their continued follow up of their trial patients shows concerning levels of waning of immunity. Not much of these data from the companies are publicly available yet. I agree that we need as much independent data and assessment as possible on this topic.”
Here's why straight-to-streaming blockbusters might never work
As a result of the pandemic, studios started releasing movies in theaters and on streaming on the same day. But is that really a good thing? CNN Business' Frank Pallotta explains why that strategy may not become the solution for your favorite blockbusters.
City streets submerged across Virginia after Tropical Storm Elsa deluge
City workers had to be rescued from their submerged vehicles as torrential rainfall from Tropical Storm Elsa led to flooding.
Leonardo Da Vinci's bear drawing sells for over $12 million
A drawing of a bear's head by Leonardo da Vinci sold for a record price at a London auction. The sale of "Head of a Bear" surpassed the previous record for a Leonardo drawing, set by the "Horse and Rider" in 2001.
Watch: Buckingham Palace opens its gates for picnics on the queen's lawn
From now until the middle of September, ticketed guests can take their own self-guided tour of the gardens at the rear of Queen Elizabeth II's London residence.
The best savings account options, according to experts
But it's easier said than done, and deciphering all of the savings account options out there is enough to make your head spin. To help you get a jumpstart on your finances, TMRW consulted industry experts to break down four of the most common savings accounts. Traditional savings accounts can be used for both short-term and long-term savings and pay interest on the money you deposit. If you're hoping to make a nice return on your investment with a traditional savings account, don't hold your breath. The bank can also invest your MMA funds in a different way than they might with a traditional savings account.
How To Stay Safe And Cool During A Heat Wave
Here are some tips on how to stay safe and cool when temperatures are anything but that. If you are unable to find AC, officials recommend taking a cold shower, bath or sponge bath to lower your body temperature. Studies have found that a fan can make things worse if the air temperature is warmer than your body temperature or if there’s low humidity. Sponging with cool water also helps, as well as cooling them with a garden hose, but be sure to check the water’s temperature first. Don't forget about your furry friends, ensuring they have shade and fresh, cool water available to them.
I'm An ER Pediatrician. The Hardest Part Of My Job Is What Happens In 'Room 65.'
I paused outside Room 65, one of the areas I dread the most in the emergency room. “We are ready for you in Room 65,” the nurse said. Then, to myself, I said: “Not Room 65 again.” In the first six hours of my shift, I had already been in there twice. “I’ll head over to go see another patient.”Outside Room 65, I paused but quickly reminded myself I was a physician and should have a natural neuralyzer built in. I never heard about Room 65, or learned about the dreadful things faced by the children I would meet in there.
U.S. 'not walking away' from relationship with Afghan forces, says Pentagon
As U.S. Military troops leave the region, Pentagon Press Secretary Jack Kirby says the United States is not walking away from a relationship with Afghan forces.
Pentagon spokesperson warns of ‘concerning’ Taliban advances
Taliban forces have taken over nearly 10 percent of Afghanistan in the last week alone, according to the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and they now control 195 of the country’s 407 districts — while contesting another 129. It is “time … for Afghan forces to show the capacity and the capability that we know that they have,” Kirby said. “It’s not a question of whether they have the capacity,” Biden said of Afghanistan’s government leaders and security forces. “The likelihood that there’s going to be a Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely,” Biden said. “They’ve got the capacity.
Civil rights leaders meet with Biden to discuss voting rights
Civil rights leaders met with the president and vice president this week to discuss voting rights, and Melanie Campbell of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation joins Morning Joe to discuss the meeting.
Chicago man charged in shooting of 2 federal agents, officer
The shooting Wednesday occurred the same day President Joe Biden traveled to the Chicago area and discussed persistently high levels of gun violence in the nation’s third-largest city. Charging documents accuse McClaurin of shooting the other ATF agent and a Chicago task-force officer, though the charge pertains to one agent. “We will not relent in this fight against gun violence and protecting the people of Chicago,” he said. The three officers were on their way to an assignment when they were shot, Chicago police Superintendent David Brown told reporters Wednesday. With Wednesday’s shooting, 36 Chicago officers have been shot or shot at this year, Brown said.
U.S.-Russia ties are at historic lows, and Syrians could pay the price
If these vying world powers don't reach an agreement, Syrian civilians could go without food, medicine and other supplies, with aid agencies warning that many won't survive. "If they close the crossing people will die," said Mohamed Salam Khan, 45, who lives in the rebel-held enclave of Idlib. "Everything comes through the crossing," he said, adding that people felt "under a siege from everywhere" and that "people are exhausted." Workers carry boxes of humanitarian aid near Bab al-Hawa crossing at the Syrian-Turkish border. "The idea of sending aid to the Syrian population but bypassing the Syrian government is unacceptable to Russia."
Biden’s New Push
Expensive hearing aidsToday, President Biden is issuing an executive order that tries to address the economy’s competition problem. It directs regulators to take specific steps to reduce monopoly rents in multiple industries. “Having healthy competition is vital to an effective capitalist system,” Brian Deese, Biden’s top White House economic adviser, told me. The problem of monopoly rents has grown so large that even a modest reduction in them could be significant. economist, has estimated that the economy’s lack of fair competition costs the typical American household more than $5,000 a year, through both higher prices and lower wages.
Spanish Diner restaurant review: Jos? Andr?s brings comfort food to Bethesda
The girls got their wish, and Bethesda gained something special, in May: a restaurant with the exuberance of his original Spanish tapas draw, but also a greater selection of comfort foods, including a section devoted to eggs, one of the famous chef’s many passions. (Maybe you’ve heard. When he’s not minding his ever-expanding culinary empire, Andrés is saving the world.) While Spanish Diner isn’t immune to the challenges of operating during a pandemic — its early weeks were uneven, and service still needs attention — the newcomer already feels like the right restaurant at the right time.
GOP and Fox News rush to turn vaccine door-knockers into terrifying straw men
Fox News host Tucker Carlson also wrongly pitched this effort as being about forcing vaccinations. “The idea that you would force people to take medicine they don’t want or need — is there a precedent for that in our lifetimes?” he said Tuesday. Again, that’s not at all what is proposed here. But it didn’t stop Carlson on his show, where nuance often goes to die, from saying, “I honestly think it’s the greatest scandal in my lifetime, by far. I thought the Iraq War was; it seems much bigger than that.”
TV news crews are increasingly threatened with violence on the job
As he interviewed family members on the sidewalk outside the burned home, a man emerged from it shouting epithets at Collier and his station’s video journalist Joshua Saunders. The man also had two handguns — one of which he began firing. Collier, Saunders and members of the family scattered as bullets flew in their direction.
As lockdown restrictions ease, a changed London awaits the return of foreign tourists
For some people, lockdown has changed too much; for Khan, who arrived in the U.K. from India in 1991 and has lived in London since 1996, there is still much that needs to change. London’s hospitality world is desperately short of staff, a situation, she says, of its own making. “Very few people want to work in hospitality,” she says, “not because they are lazy, but because hospitality did not treat its staff properly. They have no reason to come back. We need to sell ourselves.”
The anatomy of a ransomware attack
In an analysis of publicly reported ransomware attacks against health-care providers, municipalities and schools, The Washington Post found that ransomware attacks in the United States more than doubled from 2019 to 2020. The numbers are very likely an undercount, as the true count of ransomware attacks is unknown. The numbers are very likely an undercount, as the true count of ransomware attacks is unknown. The numbers are very likely an undercount, as the true count of ransomware attacks is unknown. In April, the Justice Department created a task force to disrupt the criminal ecosystem that fuels ransomware attacks.
Athlete activism may be headed to Tokyo. Tommie Smith will be watching.
“I believe that I’m a patriot, and one of the biggest patriots, because of my belief in a nation that is changing now to represent everyone as one. A lot of lives has been lost because of ignorance in our statutes of freedom,” Smith said. “And we know that there was a lot of Black folks, including the Buffalo Soldiers, who get very little attention because of their heroism in the fight for this country, the fight for freedom. As long as it doesn’t violate the right of being a human, not three-fifths of a human.”
The Trailer: Ranked-choice winners, special election battle lines, and the Republican who wants another 2020 audit
DMFI PAC, “No Thanks.” The Democratic Majority for Israel has moved late and heavy into several recent primaries, each time against left-wing candidates who have been critical of Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. That issue isn't typically the focus of the ads, and it isn't in this one. Instead, footage of “Stop the Steal” protesters and gun-carrying Boogaloo Boys plays as a female narrator warns that, in a “polarized” time, Democrat Nina Turner would be wrong for Ohio's 11th Congressional District because she'd been critical of other Democrats. Every Turner quote in the spot is real, though one that knocks her for “rejecting Biden's plan to build on Obamacare” is complicated by the fact that the Biden-Harris health-care plan isn't in the president's budget.
The Cybersecurity 202: The Kaseya attack is a revolution in sophistication for ransomware hackers
In other cases, criminals might uncover such vulnerabilities through their own digging. Or they could buy them from independent researchers that find them and sell them to the highest bidder. Those researchers often sell such bugs to the company whose product is vulnerable or to intelligence agencies that want to use them for spying. But they've been known to sell them to criminal groups as well.
Coronavirus variants: Here's what we know
(CNN) The Delta variant of coronavirus is now the dominant lineage in the US, parts of Europe and elsewhere. The World Health Organization reports the Delta variant has been detected in 100 countries. The same researchers found a single dose of either the Pfizer/BioNTech or AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines was not effective against either the Beta or Delta variants. Antibodies in blood from just 10% of people in the study neutralized the Delta variant after a single vaccine dose. Delta carries a distinct cluster of mutations compared to other variants, including one called L452R known to increase transmissibility.
Covid-19 vaccines saved nearly 280,000 lives in the US, new research estimates
(CNN) Covid-19 vaccines saved hundreds of thousands of lives and prevented more than a million hospitalizations in the United States, according to new estimates from researchers at Yale University and the Commonwealth Fund. The researchers compared actual trends in Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths against a modeled trajectory of what those trends would have been if there had been no vaccinations. By the end of June, the researchers estimate that there would have been about 279,000 additional deaths due to Covid-19 -- about 46% more than there were -- and as many as 1.25 million additional hospitalizations if there were no vaccinations. At a briefing Thursday, White House Covid-19 response director Jeff Zients called this new research "a powerful reminder about what's at stake in our vaccination efforts." "This is further evidence that our whole-of-government strategy is working and has prevented significant further tragedy and disruption to Americans' lives and livlihoods," he said.
Pfizer says it's time for a Covid booster; FDA and CDC say not so fast
The company specified it would seek FDA emergency use authorization for a booster dose in August. Hours after Pfizer issued its statement, the FDA and Centers for Disease and Control issued a joint statement saying Americans do not need booster shots yet. The Pfizer vaccine requires two doses to provide full immunity. "Additionally, during this period the Delta variant is becoming the dominant variant in Israel as well as many other countries. It said it's also developing a new formulation for a booster dose that may more thoroughly protect people from new variants.
Automakers are tech companies now
The numbers: Shares in General Motors, which is spending $35 billion on electric vehicles by 2025, have skyrocketed over the past year, rising nearly 140%. Europe's largest carmaker is putting €35 billion ($42 billion) into electric vehicles over five years. But bigger automakers including General Motors are starting to be seen in a similar light as they commit to building battery factories. Dan Ives, an analyst at Wedbush Securities, said on Thursday that General Motors shares should be worth $85 a piece, a 52% increase from current levels. If you're the CEO of an automaker, the thing to do now is to announce a big investment in electric vehicles and watch your share price go up.
Biden speeds up U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan as Taliban gains ground
President Biden announced that all U.S. troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan by August 31st, saying “the United States did what we went to do in Afghanistan.” NBC News’ Monica Alba and Courtney Kube break down the president’s decision to speed up the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and how the Afghan military can cope as the Taliban is advances rapidly.
Dems gear up for crunch time on Biden agenda
Dems gear up for crunch time on Biden agendaBUZZER BEATER: It’s game time for Democrats, who are entering their most consequential stretch of legislating since the passage of Obamacare. But major decisions still have yet to be made, as Democrats try to land on the size and scope of President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda. A failed bipartisan result would force Democrats to write one huge spending bill marrying all their priorities.”In other words, Dems have some big decisions to make. But Dems only have slim majorities in both chambers to pull off the — as Ciara would put it — one-two-step. Biden instead is throwing his support behind Afghan leaders as he seeks to remove the country from the nation’s longest war by the end of the month.
'The housing market is crazy everywhere'
With mortgage rates at historic lows, homes across the country are being snatched up. Morning Joe economic analyst Steve Rattner looks at the housing market as the U.S. comes out of the coronavirus.
Greene, Boebert Slammed As ‘Carnival Barkers’ By PAC That Seeks To Elect GOP Women
Conspiracy theory-endorsing and frequent outrage-generating GOP Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.) and Lauren Boebert (Colo.) shouldn’t expect an endorsement from this PAC that seeks to elect Republican women to office anytime soon. The pair were dismissed as “carnival barkers” by Julie Conway, executive director of the Value In Electing Women group, in an article published by Insider this week. Greene and Boebert were the only Republican women in Congress not being supported by the group, said Conway. Conway said Republican women have “fought too hard for too long to be respected and taken seriously as legislators, policymakers and thought leaders.”“We cannot let this work be erased by individuals who chose to be shameless self-promoters and carnival barkers,” she added. “I think that they would rather draw attention to themselves, and really Marjorie Taylor Greene more than Boebert, but they’re cut from the same cloth.”
Waiting for Tish — NYPD won’t release Adams’ disciplinary records — Mayor sued over homeless moves
Waiting for Tish — NYPD won’t release Adams’ disciplinary records — Mayor sued over homeless moves Presented by Association of American UniversitiesA new-ish bit in New York political circles and Twitter feeds is naming the warmer months after whichever elected official has embraced leisure and recreation. And potential Democratic primary challengers are waiting to see if they’d face a wounded Cuomo, a vindicated Cuomo, or perhaps no Cuomo at all. WHAT CITY HALL'S READINGNYPD won't release Adams’ disciplinary records, by POLITICO’s Erin Durkin: The NYPD has refused to release disciplinary records for Democratic mayoral nominee Eric Adams despite a state law meant to lift the veil of secrecy around such documents. Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, was an NYPD cop for 22 years, retiring as a captain in 2006. — The New York State Association of Counties and New York State Association of County Coroners and Medical Examiners have relaunched their “See the Signs, Save a Life” campaign.
Biden to sign sweeping order to boost competition in the U.S. economy
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden plans to sign a sweeping executive order Friday aimed at cracking down on corporate consolidation and encouraging competition in the U.S. economy, the White House said. Families across the country are paying high prices for such things as internet service, prescription drugs and hearing aids, the White House said. Biden’s executive order seeks to ultimately “lower prices for families, increase wages for workers, and promote innovation and even faster economic growth,” it said. Under the order, the federal government would ban or limit non-compete agreements to make it easier for people to switch jobs. The president’s order will also form a White House Competition Council that will monitor progress on these initiatives.
Alaskan teen passenger causes plane to nosedive after taking over controls
The incident occurred Wednesday on a flight between Bethel and Aniak, which is about 90 miles northeast of Bethel. The Cessna Caravan had six people on board, with all five passenger seats occupied, said Austin McDaniel, a troopers spokesperson. The plane was in the process of landing when the incident occurred, about 5 miles (8 kilometers) from the airport, McDaniel said. One passenger, identified as Alice Samuelson, told Bohac the man seemed to have anxiety before boarding the plane. Another passenger described the man as being held in his seat while the pilot landed, the affidavit states.
‘The Bold Type’ is over. From ‘Gossip Girl’ to ‘Bridgerton,’ here are 12 other female-forward shows to watch.
This Starz series follows four 30-something Black women whose friendship anchors them as they navigate life, love and careers in New York City. Starring Amber Stevens West, Andrea Bordeaux, Corbin Reid and a scene-stealing Bresha Webb, “Run the World” is relatable and aspirational at once. Creator Leigh Davenport told Essence she spent more than a decade working on the concept for the project, which she hoped would portray Black women in a way she hadn’t seen on TV since “Living Single.” Serendipitously, the creator of that iconic ’90s show — Yvette Lee Bowser — happens to be the showrunner on “Run the Girls.” The first episode features a reference to “Sex and the City, but we’d be selling this hilarious and fun series short if we only focused on what it has in common with other shows about women.
Biden administration is whittling away at backlog of student debt relief claims
Former students at the Court Reporting Institute, commonly known as CRI, were never able to complete their program, with fewer than 6 percent of attendees graduating, according to the department. The agency says it found the for-profit chain lying about the time it would take to complete its courses from 1998 through its 2006 closure. which would not accept Westwood credits. Students said they often had to accept minimum- wage jobs or work that required no degree.
I.M.F. Board Backs $650 Billion Aid Plan to Help Poor Countries
VENICE, Italy — The International Monetary Fund said on Friday that its executive board approved a plan to issue $650 billion worth of reserve funds, essentially creating money that troubled countries can use to purchase vaccines, finance health care and pay down debt. The new allocation of so-called Special Drawing Rights would be the largest such expansion of currency reserves in the I.M.F.’s history. If given final approval by the I.M.F.’s board of governors, as is expected, the reserves could become available by the end of next month. “This is a shot in the arm for the world,” Kristalina Georgieva, managing director of the I.M.F., said in a statement. has warned of a two-track economic recovery, with poor countries being left behind while advanced economies experience rapid expansions.
Biden calls for efforts to lower drug prices as part of executive order to foster competition
The idea of an administration plan on drug costs exceeds Biden’s previous calls for Congress to take action this year to constrain pharmaceutical prices — an issue of substantial concern among voters. The order does not indicate what the plan should contain or whether it should lead primarily to a law enacted by Congress or to rules within the power of the executive branch, according to one person familiar with the order.
Tomi Lahren is latest to compare pandemic rules to Nazism in critiquing flight attendants’ mask enforcements
“There are so many good flight attendants out there, but there are some flight attendants out there that take their job as the mask police to extremes, becoming almost Nazis of the air,” Lahren, a host on the Fox Nation subscription service, said. “And it’s ridiculous.”
Police video shows a 6-year-old girl being rescued from a kidnapper: ‘Stranger danger is real’
The girl had been playing outside on her bike in Louisville’s Valley Station neighborhood about 30 minutes earlier last Friday evening when a man saw her, circled the block and allegedly pulled her into his car. The suspect, Robby L. Wildt, later told police he tried to console the girl as she cried, adding that he planned to drive her back to the spot from which she had been taken because he was “afraid he may hurt her,” a police citation provided to The Washington Post states.
Opinion: Rachel Nichols' words confirm the fears faced by women of color
She is the author of several books, including the forthcoming " Against White Feminism: Notes of Disruption " (W.W. Norton, August 2021). As I argue in my book " Against White Feminism: Notes on Disruption ," it is possible to be White and a feminist and not be a "white feminist." In the century and a half that has passed since, American capitalism's popularization of a Girlboss-esque model of the empowered woman has also done its part to thwart any actual solidarity or sisterhood between White women and women of color. It is not that all White women lack the vocabulary or the concepts to understand and address racial discrimination within feminism. Without doing so, Crenshaw argued, it was not possible to truly understand the situation faced by Black women, who had been discriminated against based on both gender and racial grounds.
$350M 'palace on rails' luxury train concept unveiled
Related content Riding with strangers: Life on the Lahore Metrobus'Palace on rails'A rendering of the G Train, a new luxury private train concept from French designer Thierry Gaugain. Enjoying the presentThe G Train will have a garden on board that allows passengers to "explore different atmospheres each time." Courtesy Thierry GaugainThe G Train can be split into two if those onboard decide they want to go off in different directions. The G Train can be split into two if those onboard decide they want to go off in different directions. Renewed interest in train travel has been closely linked with concerns about the environment, as travelers become more aware of their carbon footprint.
Feds agree to pay $6.1M to create database for Capitol riot prosecutions
“The government is working to provide an unprecedented amount of materials in the most comprehensive and usable format to defense counsel,” Moore and Dreher said. The order was placed under a broader contract issued last year to five companies for such services to the Justice Department. The broader department-wide contract, known as MEGA-5, is scheduled to run for up to six-and-a-half years and involve up to $1.5 billion in spending. A Justice Department spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment on the contract. The database being built for the U.S. Attorney’s Office is just one of several being established in connection with the sprawling Capitol riot investigation and prosecutions.
The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics
cartoon carouselThe nation’s cartoonists on the week in politicsEvery week political cartoonists throughout the country and across the political spectrum apply their ink-stained skills to capture the foibles, memes, hypocrisies and other head-slapping events in the world of politics. The fruits of these labors are hundreds of cartoons that entertain and enrage readers of all political stripes. Here's an offering of the best of this week's crop, picked fresh off the Toonosphere. Edited by Matt Wuerker.
Black TikTok creators refuse to be the latest Black artists erased from their art
As a result, Black creators face glaring inequalities, including in the internet marketplace, where visibility is the most valuable currency. Even the most influential Black creators have difficulty finding competitive sponsorships. In May 2020, Black creators called for a “Blackout” on TikTok to bring greater awareness to unfair censorship practices and content suppression. Despite their many contributions to shaping American culture, Black people are often overlooked — even as white Americans draw inspiration from their creative work. Perhaps it is just the spark we need to ensure Black creators finally receive their due.
U.K. police officer pleads guilty to murder of woman whose death sparked angry protests
LONDON — A police officer on Friday admitted murdering Sarah Everard, whose killing sparked anger and soul-searching across Britain about what police, government and society can do to stop male violence against women. Wayne Couzens, 48, a London officer who guarded diplomatic premises, had previously admitted rape and kidnap. Download the NBC News app for breaking news and politicsEverard, 33, was abducted as she walked home from a friend's house in south London on March 3. Her body was later found in woodland around 50 miles away in southeast England. A post-mortem last month concluded she had died as a result of compression of the neck.
Magnitude 6 earthquake near California-Nevada border felt hundreds of miles away
SAN FRANCISCO — A magnitude 6 earthquake jolted both sides of the California-Nevada border, tossed boulders onto a major roadway and was felt as far off as Las Vegas and even San Francisco, with days of aftershocks predicted, authorities said. The quake shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday was centered south of Lake Tahoe near Walker, a rural community of a few hundred households in the eastern Sierra Nevada. Sacramento also felt the shaking and so did Las Vegas, about the same distance southeast of Walker. Las month, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake rattled the eastern Sierra town of Lone Pine and sent boulders crashing down Mt. However, Thursday's temblor was the largest recorded since a magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck the area in 1994.
'It's a calling': Why Black academics choose HBCUs over other colleges
“The reality of teaching students who walked those same paths I walked was very surreal,” she said. Thomas said she made the choice to change careers for one reason: The opportunity to educate Black students at a historically Black college. Her decision put into focus the intrinsic value of Black professors teaching Black students at Black universities. “There were so many insanely brilliant Black students and faculty who were Black. We can discuss it with Black students right away ... and then they will read the material to learn more.
Chris Hayes Spots The Angle That MAGA World Is Missing On COVID-19 Vaccines
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes thinks “MAGA World” is missing a key point when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines and ending the pandemic. That is, going all-in on promoting ex-President Donald Trump’s involvement in the development of the jabs. “Now, it’s not like Donald Trump himself developed the vaccine,” said Hayes. “That Donald Trump delivered us these miraculous vaccines and we should all thank him and go get our Trump shots.”“They should be telling everyone that the vaccines were the greatest achievement of the Trump presidency,” he added. It would be “closer to true than 95% of the things Donald Trump says.”“They should be hosting MAGA rallies with mass vaccinations and a free MAGA hat with every shot,” said Hayes.
D.C.-area forecast: Scattered late-day storms, then a more pleasant start to the weekend
Low to mid-90s may return Monday and Tuesday along with high humidity (dew points near mid-70s) creating apparent temperatures around 100 degrees or higher — important because this combination of temperature with muggy dew points takes into account that our sweat won’t easily evaporate to allow our bodies to cool. Showers and storms are possible, especially during afternoon hours, when a few storms could be intense. Let’s keep an eye on this and watch radar together each day. Confidence: Medium
‘All kinds of wonder and surprises’ set D.C. Colonial apart
He wrote in a 1961 letter to Mary Ellen Monroney that is on file at the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Gardens: “I don’t want ever to have any part of another pool job where I don’t have complete control of the entire set-up. In other words, I would like very much to help you if you want me to do a complete plan of the whole layout, including terraces, walks, steps — in fact, everything from the house wall out.”
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak: 'It's time to recognize the right to repair'
Hong Kong (CNN Business) Woz is throwing his weight behind the " right to repair" movement . "If you know what you're doing ... you could repair a lot of things at low cost. Wozniak, who co-founded Apple 45 years ago with Steve Jobs, said that enabling others to retool their devices also has commercial value. "It's time to start doing the right things," Wozniak said in his message. "It's time to recognize the right to repair more fully."
These return-to-work programs could help moms reenter the workforce
For years, companies like Goldman Sachs, Cloudflare, and IBM, have offered return-to-work programs as a way to help professionals transition back into the workforce after a long break. The role of returnshipsGoldman Sachs launched a returnship program in 2008, which requires applicants to have been out of the workforce for two years or more. She added that tapping the talent that left the workforce during the pandemic will help the bank stay competitive. "Because the program launched in November 2020, the talent pool was incredible in terms of what we received," said Sandra Fernandes, who runs Wells Fargo's returnship program. "Knowing that it was very hard for professionals on caregiving career breaks to re-enter the workforce, we knew it would be exponentially harder during the pandemic."
Offices are reopening. For parents, that raises a childcare problem
New York (CNN Business) The great reopening and return to pre-pandemic life is a tale of two timelines — and parents are caught in the middle. Offices are itching to get back to normal thanks to the vaccine rollout, but the rest of the world hasn't necessarily caught up. Major companies have made clear they're expecting workers to return to the office this summer. CNN Business is omitting her last name for privacy. It's an even bigger problem now for Amanda, whose employer asked her to return in person at the beginning of June.
‘This Way Up’ Star Aisling Bea On Making A Comedy About Loneliness Amid The Pandemic
At the end of Season 1 of Hulu’s “This Way Up,” Aine (Aisling Bea) is talking to her therapist about how she’s doing. Ironically, Bea found herself having to write a new season of a show about loneliness while alone in her house at the height of the pandemic. For most of us, there isn’t necessarily a singular event or cause to our mental health problems. Taking care of your mental health and trying to grow as a person can also be somewhere in the middle, not a big transformation. She’s trying to start a small business and move herself a bit forward,” Bea said.
Dems wrestle over control of the infrastructure throttle
A failed bipartisan result would force Democrats to write one huge spending bill marrying all their priorities. House Budget Committee Chair John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) pauses for reporters after meeting with the House Democratic Caucus and Biden administration officials to discuss progress on an infrastructure bill at the Capitol. While both Budget Committee Democrats and the bipartisan group have been aiming to wrap their work by then, no one is setting hard deadlines yet. McConnell spent the July 4 break barnstorming Kentucky, saying he thought the bipartisan bill had a "decent chance" but also asking that it be “credibly” financed. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., speaks during a Senate committee hearing.
POLITICO-Harvard poll: Most Americans believe Covid leaked from lab
Chan School of Public Health who designed the poll. “Usually, our polls find a big split between Republicans and Democrats, so this is unique,” he said. Democratic lawmakers have also faced pressure to look more closely at the lab leak scenario, though they worry Republicans will stoke uncertainty about the virus origin for political gain. The finding also surprised Blendon, who said the public isn’t typically invested in such a scientific inquiry. The broad attention on the issue underscores the stakes for the Biden administration’s upcoming report on the virus origin, due in August.
Trudeau denies it, but signs point to early election in Canada
Growing in parallel to Canada’s vaccination rates is speculation about the timing of a federal election — and anxiety over how it could be as early as late summer. Should a snap vote be called, a spokesperson for Elections Canada, the independent agency responsible for administering elections, told POLITICO they’re ready to go. Changing election speculation seasonsElection speculation has been simmering since January after a winter Cabinet shuffle was interpreted by some as a sign of the government jostling toward a campaign. Election speculation has ramped up because of history: minority governments typically do not last long. Simon and Trudeau tempered election speculation Tuesday, telling reporters they have yet to discuss an election in their conversations so far.
Donald Trump Mercilessly Mocked For Ranting About Censorship -- In The Wall Street Journal
It's not the biggest takeaway from Trump's op-ed (the biggest has to do with what WSJ opinion has become) but it was still perplexing to me that Trump's use of "illegal alien" wasn't changed by an editor. AP stopped using the term in 2013, and many pubs have since followed suit.
‘We don’t like bullies, egomaniacs or jerks’: Allen West crashes Texas governor’s race
West downplayed the talk even as he organized an unprecedented anti-Covid-lockdown rally targeting the incumbent governor of the party he nominally chaired. “On day four of Allen West’s farcical campaign for governor of Texas, he finds himself 4,000 miles away in Alaska. West’s last day as party chair is Sunday. In addition to West, former Texas state Sen. Don Huffines and political commentator Chad Prather are challenging Abbott from the right, hoping to capitalize on that frustration. Florida state Rep. Chip LaMarca, a top Republican in West’s former home in Broward County, said West was sometimes his own worst enemy.
America's Afghanistan withdrawal plans didn't include Afghan translators
It’s official: After just shy of 20 years of war, the United States will be ending military operations in Afghanistan on Aug. 31, President Joe Biden said Thursday. Still up in the air, though, is what will happen to thousands of Afghan translators who will be in harm’s way once the U.S. withdrawal is complete. Among the countries still in discussion to house the Afghan nationals and their families include United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Guam, a U.S. territory, The Wall Street Journal reported. Biden says that the State Department has approved around 2,500 Afghan Special Immigrant Visas since he took office. But as we head for the exits, it's telling how far down the list of priorities this planning apparently was.
‘It’s a calling’: Why Black academics choose HBCUs over other colleges
“The reality of teaching students who walked those same paths I walked was very surreal,” she said. Thomas said she made the choice to change careers for one reason: The opportunity to educate Black students at a historically Black college. Her decision put into focus the intrinsic value of Black professors teaching Black students at Black universities. “There were so many insanely brilliant Black students and faculty who were Black. We can discuss it with Black students right away ... and then they will read the material to learn more.
Dozens feared dead after fire rips through Bangladesh food factory
At least 49 people were feared dead after a fire ripped through a food and beverage factory just outside Bangladesh's capital Dhaka, local TV stations reported on Friday. Details of the cause of the fire and how many people remain trapped inside are unclear. Distraught relatives wait outside the factory on the outskirts of Dhaka on Friday. Mohammad Ponir Hossain / ReutersRescuers were trying to recover bodies from the factory, which was locked from the inside when the fire began, The Associated Press reported, citing local TV station Ekattor TV. Reuters reported that some of the injured people jumped off the second and third floor of the building.
Live Updates: Turmoil in Haiti Could Fuel Humanitarian Catastrophe
Live Live Updates: Turmoil in Haiti Could Fuel Humanitarian Catastrophe Fears are growing that a power struggle, lawlessness and the pandemic could create a “perfect storm” that could fuel an exodus from Caribbean nation. Haiti’s interim prime minister, Claude Joseph, says he has taken command of the police and the army. Two days before his death, Mr. Moïse had appointed Ariel Henry, a neurosurgeon, as a new prime minister. Jovenel is gone,” he says, referring to Mr. Moïse by his first name, as shouting can be heard in the distance. President Moïse had been dressed in a white shirt and jeans, he said, both of which were torn and covered in blood.
Covid-19 global updates Africa suffers ‘worst pandemic week ever’ as cases surge, vaccinations lag
For seven consecutive weeks, cases have risen across the continent, according to WHO data. Infections climbed 20 percent in the seven days ending July 4 compared to the prior week, the agency said, adding that the African region also reported a sharp 23 percent increase in fatalities over the same period.
The delta variant threatens to upend the politics of the coronavirus
There’s a less clear link between the emergence of the delta variant and vaccination rates, indicated by the color of the points on the graph above. The three most vaccinated regions, though, have seen an average increase in new cases over the past two weeks of 10 percent, compared with a 30 percent increase in the least-vaccinated regions. In the least vaccinated regions, the delta variant makes up an average of 71 percent of new infections, compared to 41 percent in the most-vaccinated areas. In the least-vaccinated areas, the average number of new cases per person at this point is almost three times the rate in the most-vaccinated areas.
Texas Democrats battle Gov. Greg Abbot in round two of election law fight
Texas Democrats successfully obstructed Republican efforts to pass restrictive “election integrity” legislation during a previous session that concluded in May. Behind Texas Democrats’ Instagrammable moments with Democratic members of Congress in Washington, D.C., lurks a harsher reality. Texas Democrats’ capacity to resist at the state level is limited by their minority status in the Legislature and their total absence from any executive branch offices. This in turn enables legislative Republicans to move priority election legislation more quickly through the process of committee hearings. An overwhelming majority of Republicans — 87 percent — said the Texas election system doesn’t discriminate against people of color.
New Book Details The Only Time Mike Pence Properly ‘Lost It’ And Snarled At Donald Trump
The one occasion that former Vice President Mike Pence properly “lost it” with Donald Trump was after the former president threw a crumpled newspaper article at him, a new book claims. Pence “lost it,” wrote Bender. The then-vice president reminded Trump that Jared Kushner, the then-president’s son-in-law and senior White House adviser, had asked him to hire Lewandowski and that they’d talked about it over lunch, per the book. Pence reportedly “picked up the article and threw it back at Mr. Trump,” wrote Bender, citing administration officials. ‘We walked you through every detail of this,’ Mr. Pence snarled.
The Rebranding of ‘Trump Country’
For too long, West Virginia has made it at the top of the wrong lists. To celebrate West Virginia Day in late June, a Charleston T-shirt shop released an “ex-pat” design that says: “I used to live in West Virginia, ask me about it,” adorned with a key and U-Haul. When I talk to people about West Virginia, I tell them that it always smells like rain. To celebrate West Virginia Day in late June, a Charleston T-shirt shop released an “ex-pat” design that says: “I used to live in West Virginia, ask me about it,” adorned with a key and U-Haul. The initial idea for the program emerged in 2019, after West Virginia was unsuccessful in courting the new Amazon headquarters (it went to Arlington County in Virginia).
Young Asian American Buddhists are reclaiming narrative after decades of white dominance
“How come it’s 2021 and it’s only now that people are centering Asian American Buddhists?” she said. “The seeds for these current conversations around Asian American Buddhists and our position in American Buddhism were planted in the 19th century when the first Chinese immigrants came and brought Buddhism,” she said. For nearly a decade starting in 2007, the blog documented the erasure of Asian American Buddhists, in part by tallying the number of Asian American bylines in major Buddhist publications, to put a number on the community’s marginalization. “He was one of the first explicitly Asian American Buddhist voices,” she said. “It can be hard for Asian American Buddhists to find each other,” Han said.
Surfside condo collapse could reshape Miami's real estate market
SURFSIDE, Fla. — The deadly collapse of the condo building in Surfside, Florida, has spurred many in the region to ensure that their buildings are structurally sound. In the long term, those assessments — as well as buyers’ fears and rising costs — could lead to a reshaping of South Florida’s real estate market as a whole. “That’s going to be more common, at least for a while,” said Sepehr Niakan, a real estate broker for Condo Black Book in Miami. Maxar Technologies / via ReutersPaul Sasseville, a real estate agent for Compass Florida, said he had already received a call from a client in New York who asked whether this would be a real estate buying opportunity. But it’s not just new assessments, plunging condo values or engineering reports that lower-income residents have to be concerned about.
Biden nominates first out lesbian to ambassador-level post
President Joe Biden has nominated the first out lesbian to an ambassador-level position in U.S. history. Chantale Wong has been appointed U.S. director of the Asian Development Bank, which works to foster economic growth in the Asia-Pacific Region. Chantale Wong has been appointed U.S. director of the Asian Development Bank. Jones, an out lesbian and former Air Force pilot, ran last year to represent Texas’ 23rd Congressional District as a Democrat. Shawn Skelly, a Navy veteran and transgender woman, also awaits confirmation to become assistant secretary of defense for readiness.
How did Taiwan become embroiled in Haiti’s political crisis?
Neither Taiwan nor China accepts diplomatic relations with a country that recognizes the other, after the two split decades earlier in civil war. In 1949, after being defeated by Mao Zedong’s Communist troops in China’s mainland, Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalists, known as the Kuomintang, fled to Taiwan and took up residence. The island has since grown into a resilient democracy and a crucial cog in the global tech industry, despite not being recognized as a country by most of the world.
Probe into Haitian president’s assassination reaches beyond nation’s borders
Officials have not yet provided evidence of the detainees’ alleged involvement in the assassination, and questions remain about who launched the attack and why. Haiti’s Le Nouvelliste newspaper, citing investigating judges who had interviewed the Haitian-American suspects, Solages and Vincent, said the men claimed to be translators for the assailants, and that their mission was to arrest the president, not to kill him.
McConnell Hit With Some Home Truths After Saying He’s ‘Perplexed’ By COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) received a blunt reality check on Thursday after claiming he was puzzled by people who are opting not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. “I’m perplexed by the reluctance of some to get vaccinated, totally perplexed,” McConnell told reporters, per CNN’s Ana Cabrera, as vaccination rates slow down nationwide. Sen. McConnell: “I’m perplexed by the reluctance of some to get vaccinated, totally perplexed." — Ana Cabrera (@AnaCabrera) July 8, 2021Critics suggested McConnell look at his own party, whose members have for months routinely downplayed the threat of the virus that’s now killed at least 4 million people worldwide. https://t.co/l8r89ncYwg — Emily C. Singer (@CahnEmily) July 8, 2021And yet I’m not going do anything about it, except remain perplexed.
Texans With Disabilities Fear Voting Will Get Harder for Them as Special Session on GOP Restrictions Nears
“Texans with disabilities fear voting will get harder for them as special session on GOP restrictions nears” was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. With Texas Republicans determined to enact additional voting restrictions in the upcoming special legislative session, much of the uproar has focused on changes that could make it harder for people of color to cast ballots. Republicans have cast their proposals as “election integrity” measures to protect the voting process from fraud, even though there is no evidence it occurs on a widespread basis. But while their advocates lobbied against rules that could complicate the voting process, voters with disabilities struggled to make themselves heard during a legislative session that began before vaccinations for COVID-19 were widely available. Ahead of the special session, disability rights advocates have been working to marshal their influence.
How Labor Can Win at the Bargaining Table
Written as a “report” on new bargaining experiences in the health, education, and hospitality sectors and among journalists, Turning the Tables is essentially a comprehensive handbook for workplace organizing. The specifics of the method are presented in admirably clear prose, while the rich case studies illustrate and validate the underlying organizing method. The interviews underline the exhilarating emergence, through the bargaining process and strikes, of workers’ strategic skills and confidence. It comes disturbingly close to echoing familiar appeals for “unity” and “solidarity” from union leaders more interested in silencing their opposition than in risking what it might take to win. Organizing Organizing at Amazon: What Went Wrong?
De Blasio Cha-Cha Slides in Flatbush to Promote ‘Summer Rising’ Amid Teacher’s Union Concerns
Mayor de Blasio and school children doing the “hands on your knees” Cha-Cha slide dance move. Summer rising is billed as a “bridge” program to get students reacquainted with the classroom after a year of online and hybrid learning — essentially a summer school-summer camp hybrid. Welcome to Summer Rising, kids! This is NOT the summer school you’re used to. Summer Rising is a program for ALL students in NYC who want some education and enrichment over the summer.
In walk-off loss to Padres, Nationals are reminded there’s no such thing as an automatic out
“Just ran into a buzz saw there in the fourth,” said Scherzer, whose final line included eight earned runs and bumped his season ERA from 2.10 to 2.66. “I know a lot of attention is going to be made to the grand slam, and rightfully so, but for me, the way I process that inning is that I had two strikes on some other batters there, specifically I wasn’t able to get Machado out, wasn’t able to get Hosmer out, wasn’t able to get Wil Myers out. Those are the at-bats that extend the inning and provide that opportunity.”
South Korea reverses loosening of mask mandate, ramps up curbs as cases soar
South Korea was one of the first East Asian countries to lay a path out of the pandemic. In June, it announced plans to permit partially-inoculated residents to go mask-free outdoors, while also allowing private gatherings of up to six people and for restaurants to stay open until midnight. It had also actively sought quarantine-free travel agreements with other countries.
New Yorkers wade through waist-deep floods to reach their trains as storms pummel the city
But officials told New Yorkers to be on alert, too, since Elsa may bring additional rains and flash floods in the coming days as the storm moves up the coast. The National Weather Service warned in a Thursday tweet the floods could “continue through tonight and tomorrow for portions of the Mid-Atlantic through New England.”
Lockdowns toughen in Seoul and Sydney as Delta variant Covid-19 outbreaks grow
(CNN) The capital of South Korea and Australia's largest city announced Friday they would increase their Covid-19 prevention measures to combat growing outbreaks of the Delta variant in both cities. Seoul will raise its distancing measures to its highest level ever to counter surging Covid-19 numbers, Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum said in a briefing on Friday, with the Seoul Metropolitan Area to enter distancing level 4 for two weeks starting on Monday. In South Korea's four-tier social distancing system, level 4 is the strongest. The Seoul Metropolitan Area, with a population of 25 million people, had been under distancing level 2, which banned gathering of more than four people and dining in restaurants after 10 p.m. "Because this is the highest distancing measure, we have no place left to go," Kim said, urging the public to refrain from gathering from Friday.
Valerie Bertinelli slams troll who criticized her weight
Food Network host Valerie Bertinelli opened up in an emotional video on Thursday night about an online comment that upset her from a viewer. “Someone … decided to point out that I needed to lose weight,” she said, emotional. “So I needed that help to let me know that I need to lose weight.”“You're not being helpful,” she continued. ??"Bertinelli has long been open about her struggle with her weight and journey to self-acceptance. Valerie Bertinelli on TODAY on Jan. 24, 2020.
MEPs condemn Poland’s near-total abortion ban
MEPs on Tuesday condemned Poland's almost total ban on abortion and called on the European Union to step up its fight against what they see as more backsliding on fundamental rights in the country. Last month, Poland's top constitutional court published its reasoning on a verdict that tightened the country's already tough abortion laws. "What else has to happen so that we finally see true commitment from the European Commission for European values and for the fundamental rights of European citizens?" But the EU, she noted, has no competence over abortion rights, as a national matter. Meanwhile, some conservative MEPs criticized the Parliament's debate and labeled MEPs' concerns over the abortion ban as an ideological and unfair interference in Poland's domestic politics.
Opinion | Uganda Flattened the Curve. Now We’re Running Out of Time.
Early in the pandemic, Uganda bought itself precious time at great economic cost to protect its people from Covid-19. There were lockdowns, international travel was restricted, and border screenings were introduced to prevent entry of the coronavirus. These measures were meant to minimize the impact of the pandemic until drugs and vaccines could be found and distributed. There were more deaths reported in the month of June than total deaths reported since the start of the pandemic. But what happens when a society does everything right, buys time and flattens the curve, and then help doesn’t arrive, or it’s insufficient?
Milwaukee Bucks Wasting Giannis Antetokounmpo's Miracle Recovery
Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty ImagesAfter their 118-108 Game 2 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, the Phoenix Suns are halfway to the first championship in franchise history. He was plus-three in a game the Bucks lost by 10. With the possible exception of Pat Connaughton (who had 14 points and four threes), Giannis' supporting cast was, in a word, a disaster. Even the Bucks' center, Brook Lopez, has been empowered to put up 5.1 three-point attempts per game since he joined the team. Giannis' drives drag multiple defenders inside, which creates precious extra fractions of a second for the shooters on kickouts.
Devin Booker, Suns Withstand Giannis' 42 Points to Take 2-0 NBA Finals Lead
AP Photo/Matt YorkThe Phoenix Suns are two wins away from their first-ever championship after defeating the visiting Milwaukee Bucks 118-108 in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Thursday. Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was sensational in defeat, posting 42 points on 15-of-22 shooting (11-of-18 from the free throw line) and 12 rebounds. The first one resulted in Paul, Booker and Deandre Ayton combining for 81 points in a 118-105 Game 1 win. However, Phoenix was able to keep pace with eight three-pointers, nearly matching an NBA Finals record for a single quarter. Outside of Connaughton, the Bucks shot just 5-of-22 (22.7 percent) from beyond the arc.
1 Billion Sea Creatures Cooked To Death In Canada In Record Pacific Northwest Heat Wave
An estimated 1 billion sea creatures cooked to death off the Canadian coast in the record heat wave last week that also scorched America’s Pacific Northwest and claimed hundreds of human lives. The inland Pacific body of water stretches from the Campbell River north of Vancouver down to Seattle and Olympia in Washington state. He plans to visit the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island to check seashore deaths from the crushing heat in those areas. Such deadly heat waves are more likely to happen more frequently and with even more extreme temperatures due to climate change, Harley warned. Thousands of mussels cooked to death on a shore in Northern California after record heat in 2019.
U.S. legacy of evacuating, protecting military allies looms over Afghanistan withdrawal
Rachel Maddow reviews the recent history of the United States evacuating allies who helped in military operations overseas, and protecting them on U.S. territory, often by way of a stopover in Guam.
Activists prep for voting rights battle in Texas and across U.S.
Rachel Maddow reports on Texas Democrats returning to the state capital for a special legislative session to continue their fight against a Republican anti-voting rights bill as national voting rights activists met at the White House to plot the course ahead with President Biden.
Guam ready to help process Afghan interpreter evacuees; awaits order: Governor Guerrero
Governor Lou Leon Guerrero of Guam talks with Rachel Maddow about the history of Guam as a gateway for the United States to process allies who helped in overseas operations and have been promised protection from persecution, and Guam's readiness to receive evacuees from Afghanistan as the U.S. withdraws and makes good on promises to protect interpreters.
The Drugging of American Politics
Even that formidable effort, however, couldn’t defeat the murky politics of heroin, marked by a nexus of crime and official collusion that made mass drug abuse among GIs possible. * Finally, instead of reducing domestic use, the drug war actually helped stimulate a 10-fold surge in the number of American heroin users from just 68,000 in 1970 to 745,000 in 2019. In addition, the drug war has had a profound impact on American society by perpetuating, even institutionalizing, racial disparities through the raw power of the police and prisons. Three years later, they launched a relentless expansion of the drug war, policing, and prisons. In the 20 years since the drug war took final form under Clinton, politicians have made some relatively inconsequential reforms.
US Wars Come Home to Roost
Coleen Rowley spotlights the ever-growing list of domestic blowback incidents. Sadly, this partial listing of war blowback just continues to grow ever longer. Most recently, numerous former military officers and veterans have been charged with crimes involving the Capitol takeover. Deeper Blowback The blowback from nearly 20 years of “wars of choice” goes even deeper than such sordid tallies of direct veteran-perpetrated, domestic violence. Lionizing foreign and domestic wars contributed to the development and popularity of “warrior training” for police officers.
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ex-FOX Radio reporter Jon Decker asks President Biden "Do you trust the Taliban?"
- President Joe BidenIn a desperate plea for attention ex-FOX Radio bum Jon Decker asked the President, “Do you trust the Taliban?” at today’s presser regarding troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. He’s a veteran White House correspondent and professor at Georgetown, after all:Adweek:Fox News Radio White House correspondent Jon Decker has moved to Gray TV and is now its senior national editor and White House Correspondent. Decker joins Gray after a six-year stint as the White House correspondent for Fox News Radio. He joined FNR from SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s White House Insider, and previously worked as a White House correspondent for Reuters TV, and previously hosted PBS’ This Week in Business. What’s “Gray TV”?
Trump Devotees Still “Drinking the Kool Aid” in Obedience to His Orangeness
For those too young to remember, it’s where the phrase “drinking the Kool Aid” came from and its appropriate to the bizarre and sad relationship between Donald Trump and his cult followers. We have got to be wary of anyone who can have such control over people that they lose their ability to think independently.”Generally, “drinking the Kool Aid” suggests a person who’s been taken in by fantastical ideas or theories. But its Trump’s lies about Covid that genuinely qualify as Kool Aid in the original context of the saying. Dozens to hundreds of Trump followers died of Covid today. But Trump, unlike Jones, now has an entire political party and a massive media machine following him to the Kool Aid pails.
Photo Diary: Orlando Science Center
I always like science museums and try to visit as many of them as I can. The Orlando Science Center has a nice display of dinosaur skeletons, and also a cool collection of live animals (including Florida natives). They recently remodeled some of their displays and added some new ones. For those who don't know, I live in a converted campervan and travel around the country, posting photo diaries of places that I visit. VolcanoesA couple of young Alligators nestle up to a very old Red Eared Slider
GOP prefer chaos to voters, Psaki uses podium to frame GOP, Eddie Glaude pressures Democrats, &
Eddie Glaude wants Democrats to protect our Democrats with more urgency. GOP Congressman Admits His Party Wants “Chaos and Inability to Get Stuff Done.” In a striking admission caught on video, a Republican Congressman makes it clear the GOP is intent on getting nothing done for Americans. Eddie Glaude urges Democrats to stop acting as if the GOP is rational as they steal our democracy. He is disgusted with the lack of urgency Democrats are showing as the voting rights of many are placed in jeopardy. Podcasts: Stitcher | iTunes | Google Podcasts | Player.fm | Spotify | Tune-In | iHeartRadioLive Video: Facebook Live | Youtube Live | Periscope | TwitchMy Books, “NEW!
Detroit Public Library's Main Library to remain closed through Labor Day
Inside the Main Library of the Detroit Public Library, towards the Card Catalogue Room, from the Woodward entrance, in 2017. The Main Library of the Detroit Public Library was hit pretty badly by the floods. There was the announcement on the Detroit Public Library website that the Main Library would reopen on July 6. Indeed now that Independence Day has come and gone, the Detroit Public Library has announced on social media that the Main Library will remain closed through Labor Day, but hopefully not much longer than that. But climate change poses plenty of other threats to the Detroit Public Library and to libraries all over the world.
What Trump taught the GOP
While the drama plays out over Trumps double set of tax records, the GOP is rushing to utilize it’s own second set of books...their un-official “revised” version of the US Constitution. “...the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.”The following are absent from the revised GOP version. 15th Amendment: The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. (banning student ID)There is only one Amendment related to holding onto a deadly weapon. There are FIVE related to preserving the right to vote to every citizen.
What is your favorite song that mentions a specific place?
As noted in other Diaries that I have hosted, there are loads of songs about places. I grew up on Mel Brooks from the age of 0 basically. Because of Mel Brook’s Jewish/Yiddish elements in his schticks from almost his start there was never a Brooks movie we missed. one made with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, I am talking about the True one, with Gene Wilder and the great Zero Mostel. My favorite line that offers the name of a place occurs in the song “Springtime for Hitler” aka “Springtime for you know who”i was born in Dusseldorf and that is why they call me Rolfx YouTube VideoYour song?
CLOWN SHOW: Hannity and Dershowitz Display Their Laughable Ignorance of the Constitution
But undeterred by rational legal analysis, Fox News jumped eagerly into supporting Trump's futile legal antics. On Wednesday evening Sean Hannity invited Alan Dershowitz to comment on the litigation. Dershowitz was a member of Trump's impeachment defense team, so his prejudices and intellectual deficiencies are apparent. He began his remarks by portraying the case as "the most important First Amendment case of the 21st century," when it isn't actually a First Amendment case at all. For it to be a First Amendment case there would have to be government involvement in suppression of free speech.
Free Professional Beekeeping Training in 2022
Michigan State University’s “Heroes to Hives” program is currently determining interest for its 2022 program. As the web page states:Heroes to Hives is a unique program offered through Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Food and Farming Systems and our partner Universities that seeks to address financial and personal wellness of veterans through FREE professional training and community development centered around beekeeping. Veterans leave our program with a broad depth of beekeeping knowledge, as well as personal and professional relationships that open up new opportunities and ensure long-term peer support. The program is a combination of online learning and (for those in Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Nebraska) optional hands-on training. If you (or a veteran you know) is interested in participating in the 2022 course, here’s the 2022 interest form.
To Senator Mark Kelly:
I sent this message to Senator Mark Kelly a little while ago. Maybe something will actually happen, but my hope isn’t high. I'm sure that you know that Governor Doug Ducey is ending FPUC Pandemic Unemployment in Arizona as of the 10th of this month. This is forcing people to go out and expose themselves to a pandemic that is once again on the rise, rapidly mutating and still killing thousands of people. In addition to the dead, this pandemic is also leaving an untold number of people with long term or permanent disabilities which will drag down the economy for years to come.
PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN---DAY169---Evening Shade-Thursday
President Biden: "Our military mission in Afghanistan will conclude on August 31st." — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 8, 2021x President Biden: "We did not go to Afghanistan to nation-build." — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 8, 2021KAMALA HARRISx VP Harris is announcing a $25 million expansion of the DNC's 'I Will Vote' initiative. https://t.co/3gHlaHJbU8 — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 8, 2021PENNSYLVANIAx Penn. https://t.co/6INFA3NDVl — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 8, 2021
Native Mapuche woman will lead Chile’s new Constitutional Convention
Chile's new constitution will fully replace the Pinochet-era oneThis past Sunday, July 4th, the constituents of Chile’s new Constitutional Convention elected Elisa Loncón to lead the Convention process. Ms. Loncón is a linguistics professor at the University of Chile and a Mapuche community leader. The Mapuche are Chile’s largest population of Indigenous people, who are included in the Constitutional process for the first time in Chile. The Convention is tasked with drawing up a new Constitution, which will replace the current one that is still a vestige of the Pinochet fascist military dictatorship. The constitutional process was made possible by massive street protests in Santiago and other cities, supported by a general strike, for many months.
Seditionists or Patriots? Ok, silly question!
Lest we forget! The graphic says it all. And it’s not all “let’s pretend” like the Alamo thing in Texas(s). ? Just found via Popular Information:We need to keep the pressure on! No more “business as usual” is acceptable.
WriteOn! Conflict
Without conflict, there is no story. Conflict doesn’t mean fistfights or laser battles, necessarily. How many sorts of battles can one have? With selfWith diseaseWith friends or familyWith the lawWith criminalsWith bureaucracyWith nature (weather, animals, time...)With actual armies, or spiesAny more you can think of? What is the next conflict your characters must face in your WIP?
Pandemic Observations -- July 7, Top 40+ Nations (Indonesia & the Emerging 5th Wave):
Clovid-19It is becoming increasingly clear this week that the the world is now in the initial stage of a new 5th wave in the global Covid-19 pandemic, powered by the far more infectious Delta variant that first emerged in India earlier this year. Weekly new cases increased by 9% over the previous week, and are once more approaching the 3 million mark for the first time in more than a month. But leading the pack currently is Indonesia, which has seen a 5-fold increase in new cases over the past month to over 200,000 per week, and now stands 3rd behind just Brazil and India (and twice the number in the US). Even worse, Indonesia now appears to be in a race with Russia to see which will be the first nation aside from India and Brazil to record 5,000 deaths in a week since May — and could even overtake India by next week if their current exponential increase continues. What is most disturbing about Indonesia’s plight is the apparent ineffectiveness of the Chinese Sinovac vaccine in dealing with the Delta variant, which is the main vaccine in use there.
How Will Mayor-Elect Eric Adams Impact Education in NYC?
Adams will face a similar situation, the teacher union contract ends in mid November, and the lame duck mayor will probably pass the contract along to Adams. i. e., fixed terms for PEP members, a member selected by the City Council, more transparency, etc. Adams could follow the same pattern; select a former highly regarded Department of Education superintendent, or, seek a national figure? The plan richly funds schools: will Adams and the new Speaker of the City Council amend the current budget? If he selects a high profile PEP leadership and a well respected chancellor, with independence, education initiatives can move forward.
Top Comments: the Headwaters edition
But first: Top Comments appears nightly, as a round-up of the best comments on Daily Kos. Yet its origin: Lake Itasca State Park, Minnesota (the second oldest state park in the US, after Niagara Falls State Park on the Canadian border). In north-central MinnesotaThe other major US river empties into the Mississippi River at St. Louis, Missouri. Missouri Headwaters State Park in Montana is where the Jefferson, Madison, and Gallatin rivers merge to form the Missouri River. Surrounded by the Québec borderThe Fourth Connecticut Lake is more akin to a pond ….
COVID Surge in Unvaxxed Trump Country and US (Almost) Out of Afghanistan: 'BradCast' 7
In significantly sadder news, even as COVID infections and deaths continue to plummet in much of the country, both are now spiking in pockets of Trump Country where his duped followers are refusing to get vaccinated. Republican Governor Mike Parson just signed a law passed by the GOP-dominated state legislature to shield businesses and churches from COVID-related lawsuits. He spoke to criticism from those who believe he's pulling out from America's longest war too soon, with the Taliban already taking back control of the country as the U.S. leaves. "So now you can get not only rightwing media news, you can get your rightwing weather, that will tell you only things about the weather that you want to hear!" That includes "the unnecessary deaths of many Americans" fueled by sowing doubt about COVID-19 and spreading lies about the 2020 Presidential election.
Biodiversity declining faster than any time in human history- 1 million species risk extinction
"An international Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) launched last month. This ambitious scope of work has already been endorsed by the G7 finance ministers and, with the TNFD officially under way, nature risk will ascend quickly to claim its place alongside climate risk at the top of board agendas. One example of physical nature-related risk is pollinator colony collapse. The North American heatwave shows we need to know how climate change will change our weather theconversation.com/… . Wisconsin ‘Killing spree’: Wisconsin’s wolf population plunges after protections removed Researchers blame poaching and hunting far beyond quotas after species dropped from endangered list
Kitchen Table Kibitzing 7
Who are we to think it would be any different here, in a town which borders Mt. I thought this year would be really low-key, as my town had canceled its annual fireworks show (though San Francisco went ahead with their event). I even, for a minute, imagined them hanging out at one of the parties, maybe setting off a few themselves. Last year, her first in the house, neighbors had started with the fireworks a week ahead of time. Were the people who drive the hoity-toity cars in my community the same people who were setting off fireworks?
City Agriculture
Geotherapy Not Geoengineering, Pleasehttp://solarray.blogspot.com/2021/04/geotherapy-not-geoengineering-please.htmlNB: Geotherapy can work from flower pot on a windowsill scale to thousands of hectares and should be part of the thinking about all agriculture, urban or notBarnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles to revive its olive grovehttps://inhabitat.com/las-barnsdall-art-park-revives-historic-olive-grove/https://www.laparks.org/historic/barnsdall-art-park10 urban food forestshttps://www.agritecture.com/blog/2021/6/24/10-urban-food-forests-turning-cities-into-food-producing-oasesArchitects employ agritecturehttps://www.agritecture.com/blog/2021/6/23/can-agritecture-help-us-adapt-to-climate-change-these-architects-think-soTiny forests in big citieshttps://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/why-tiny-forests-are-popping-up-in-big-citieshat tip Howard BernsteinSolar Trees Marketplace in Chinahttps://koichitakada.com/projects/solar-trees-marketplace/https://inhabitat.com/solar-trees-marketplace-honors-nature-technology-and-chinese-culture/Urban green spaces in Dhaka, Bangladesh harbor nearly half the country’s butterfly diversityhttps://academic.oup.com/jue/article/7/1/juab008/6218512hat tip John ThackaraSustainable food production for a resilient Rosario, Argentinahttps://prizeforcities.orghttps://cleantechnica.com/2021/06/30/sustainable-food-production-for-a-resilient-rosario-prize-for-cities-2020-2021/Editorial Comment: Rosario, Argentina is the birthplace of Che GuevaraZero waste house that produces its own foodhttps://www.futurefoodsystem.comhttps://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20210629-joost-bakker-on-why-zero-waste-living-is-the-futureAI-Based Sustainable Farming Tech Startup ecoRobotix Raises $14.7 Millionhttps://cleantechnica.com/2021/06/30/ai-based-sustainable-farming-tech-startup-ecorobotix-raises-14-7-million/Editorial Comment: robots to apply herbicidesRare orchid discovered on London rooftop gardenhttps://www.treehugger.com/why-city-greening-is-so-impor
Blackfishing is absolutely insulting and infuriating!
This is a form of misogynoir that is hurtful and disrespectful because "it has the look of blackface, the sexually permiscuous Black woman trope, the caricaturization of the Black woman body, and the monetization mixed together with no apologies". I won't say I like Iggy Azalea's "new look" in her new video, "I Am The Strip Club". I won't say I like her music. As soon as she dropped the video people were very quick to call out the rapper for what some are calling Black face, others are calling Blackfishing, and I'm calling a desperate cry for attention. Blackfishing is insulting and infuriating!
How key 2020 wins gave progressives unprecedented influence in New Mexico state legislature
One of those two Republicans is Mark Moores, who won re-election 53-47 as Biden was taking his Albuquerque-based seat 51-46. We’ll now turn to the House, which is up every two years and where Biden won 47 districts compared to 23 for Trump. Democrats won a 44-26 majority in 2020 after the GOP netted two seats, but Republican state Rep. Phelps Anderson became an independent in February after he voted to repeal the state’s anti-abortion law. Altogether, there are three Republicans in Biden seats. Anderson, meanwhile, won re-election as a Republican without opposition last year in a Roswell-area seat that Trump took by a giant 74-23.
Florida parents sue Catholic school, alleging it's light on Catholicism and heavy on 'woke culture'
So, what’s an example of this school being too woke? “Who among you is a trained clinical expert in the understanding, teaching and lecturing of these highly sensitive social justice, equity, racial and sexual issues of today?,” one email from a parent reads. “None of you!”The lawsuit also references a letter Scarpo wrote to the school after the older daughter graduated. “Defendants chose to provide only one perspective – you as students should be guilty if you are white and your parents can afford our tuition – with or without financial aid.”And from the school’s perspective? Gregory Hearing, an attorney representing the school, wrote a letter in response describing the lawsuit as a “publicity stunt.” According to Hearing, the school will file a motion to dismiss the complaint as a first step.
Wells Fargo hurts consumers by eliminating personal credit lines, highlights credit bureau pitfalls
Credit scoring bureaus tend to score credit users (i.e. Closing accounts or holding accounts for limited times may have a negative impact on your credit report, but don’t worry, Wells Fargo is working on … well, they aren’t sure, CNBC continues. When it was offered, the credit lines had variable interest rates ranging from 9.5% to 21%. Much of an individual’s ability to improve his or her finances is predicated on his or her ability to maintain a high credit score. As a result, they may suffer other penalties, like higher interest rates, difficulty getting a loan, or buying a house.
Insomniacs' Vent Hole: Soccer Stompers
Soccer StompersI heard my mama cryI heard her pray the night Chicago diedBrother what a night it really wasBrother what a fight it really wasGlory be! I heard my mama cryI heard her pray the night Chicago diedBrother what a night the people sawBrother what a fight the people sawYes indeed! Scotland World Cup Squad 'Easy, Easy' (1974). Interestingly, 1975 was the last time an all English squad won the FA Cup. West Ham United FA Cup Squad 'I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles' (1975).
ICE detention numbers have climbed sharply. So have confirmed COVID-19 cases
ICE was sued over the practice of transferred detainees just days ago, after officials transferred immigrants from a New Jersey facility to unknown locations. Essex County Correctional Center in Newark announced this past April that it would be ending its contract of more than a decade with ICE. Officials could just release detained immigrants to shelter at home; instead, they transferred them elsewhere, likely adding to the numbers reported by the Times. Rather than releasing detained immigrants, ICE flew a number of people from facilities in New York and Pennsylvania to Texas, BuzzFeed News reported in April 2020. “News of Covid spreading in detention centers … feels like deja vu to a year ago except it's Biden and not Trump and instead of detention numbers going down, they're going up,” tweeted Detention Watch Network executive director Silky Shah.
FOX News 'Comedian' Callously Insults the People Who Were Injured During Trump's Insurrection
Fox is also not a comedy network. And Greg Gutfeld is only a comedian if you think that crude mockery of people who are disadvantaged or suffering is funny. The subject was Trump's January 6th insurrection in Washington, D.C. On that day more than a hundred police officers were injured, some with permanent disabilities. His monologue (video below) attacked reporters who are now struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder caused by Trump's Capitol Hill rioters. He refers to them contemptuously as "these poor souls" and maligns them for thinking that January 6th was worse than 9/11.
"Two U.S. citizens among suspects arrested in assassination of Haitian president" -WAPO
This may seem shocking to some however US was involved in assassinations as a political tool in 50’s and 60’s on frequent basis for those that did not know that. Will be interesting to learn the backstory with the two American citizens arrested although both are of Haitian descent. www.washingtonpost.com/...
previous guy joked about Khashoggi death: 'Have you ever had to take a bone saw into negotiations?'
Trump...became fixated on the conclusion by U.S. officials that the Saudi-born journalist's body was hacked up with a bone saw. 'Was there a bone saw? Was there a bone saw?'" "'Have you ever had to take a bone saw into negotiations?'" "'No Mr. President, ha ha,' and pressing, pressing, pressing, and every time, 'No, no, no, Donald, we didn't know anything about it.
IAN: July 9th 2021 We don't suck!
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! I’m glad my parents don’t really suck.” (yes, this is a good thing)So, from a parent who doesn’t really suck… hope you have a great weekend!!! I strongly suspect next week is going to suck in many ways, at least for us.
A Moment Together
I can’t really talk about everything that went on, not yet, anyway. I tried for a bit earlier tonight, started typing up a summary of the situation. I figure you can’t let yourself rule out the whole lotta love defeating the whole lotta dysfunction in the end. My mom has a similar picture on her mantle, her mother and her sister and her brothers. They’re all older, my Nana in her late seventies or early eighties and my mother and her siblings in their fifties and sixties.
Speaking of scumbags, Avenatti sentenced to 30 months....
Remember all the Democrats that were having orgasms over his “running for President”. I was embarrased being a Democrats by those throwing money at him as if a viable candidate. Wonder how many people would not admit jumping on that con man’s band wagon. For those that did, you should be embarrassed for yourselves. I hated lard-ass too but that was never going to be the answer.
Arizona Senate will recount the Cyber Ninja's recount, two lawsuits want to know WTF is going on
Now the Arizona Republic reports that the Arizona Senate will recount the ballots after Cyber Ninjas finishes its recount. The Arizona Senate will conduct its own recount of the total number of Maricopa County ballots cast in last fall's election, Senate President Karen Fann said Thursday. The Senate has purchased two paper-counting machines to serve as a check on the work done by its contractor, Cyber Ninjas, as well as the count done by county elections officials. Sen. Fann says Cyber Ninjas is a private firm so they don’t have to reveal their procedures, funding, or security measures. Yup, this process is certainly instilling confidence in the election process.
10 yrs ago Florida repealed law forcing Condo Boards to increase reserves, hire experts every 5 yrs
The Champlain Towers South reserve fund had accumulated an inadequate amount of just $777,000. The law required condo boards to hire experts and do a reserve study every 5 years. The last time the Champlain Towers South Condominium did a reserve study was in 2015. Condo Boards are made up of volunteers with no background in structural integrity, or long term building maintenance. Robaina sponsored a 2008 law requiring condo associations to hire engineers or architects to submit reports every five years about how much it would cost to keep up with repairs.
PWB Peeps Open Thread: Too Darn Hot!
Critters provide a weather report, courtesy of Cole Porter. It’s too darn hotIt’s too darn hotI’d like to sup with my baby tonightAnd play the pup with my baby tonightbut I ain’t up to my baby tonight,‘cause it’s too darn hot. I’d like to coo to my baby tonightAnd pitch the woo with my baby tonightBut brother, you’ll fight my baby tonightCause it's too darn hot! I’d like to fool with my baby tonightBreak every rule with my baby tonightBut pillow, you’ll be my baby tonight‘Cause it’s too darn hot. PWBPeeps is a group that posts a daily diary and nightly open thread for animal lovers.
Overnight News Digest July 8th, 2021
Detectives are still working to verify that each of those listed as missing was actually in the building when it collapsed. Zaila twirled and leaped with excitement after spelling the winning word, “murraya,” a genus of tropical Asiatic and Australian trees. Seven other suspected assailants were killed in a gunfight with police, according to Haiti’s director of National Police Léon Charles. Avenatti, 50, rose to prominence by sparring publicly with Trump, but criminal fraud charges on two coasts disrupted his rapid ascent. Both would require that voters have identification for mail voting and would ban drive-thru and overnight options for early voting.
New info on Delta variant; how infectious is it, "clusters" might lead to new variants, etc.
New research published this week indicates that the Delta variant replicates much faster in the respiratory tract than the original strain. With the Delta variant, that timeframe is shortened to just 4 days after becoming infected. And that puts them at almost as much risk against the Delta variant as not being vaccinated at all. An astounding 96% of Missouri’s new cases are now attributable to the Delta variant. Why The Delta Variant Is So Contagious: A New Study Sheds LightHow does the Delta variant dodge the immune system?
Jen Psaki exposes Republican assault on Democracy matter of factly at the presser. That's messaging.
Jen Psaki is effective because of the manner in which she pierces the opponent. Jen Psaki continues with the message consistencySee full episodes here. To many, the words Jen Psaki used in the preamble to her press conference would go unnoticed in real-time but would be distinctly heard subliminally. Psaki pointed out that the President and Vice-President would be meeting with black leaders of major civil rights organizations. Please join our YouTube channel to get the numbers up to open up some more features and reach more folks.
Allen Weisselberg Fired From One of Trump's Scotland Golf Courses.
Allen Weisselberg was fired from one of Trump’s Scotland golf courses today. Trump Organisation chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg has been terminated as the director and controller of one of Donald Trump’s Scotland golf courses. A notice filed on Thursday at Companies House, the UK registry of private companies, showed that Weisselberg had been terminated as a director of Trump International Golf Club Scotland, a holding company that owns Trump's Aberdeenshire golf resort, Trump International Golf Links. If I was the Sith Apprentice, I’d have long ago gotten my light saber out and taken Trump’s head off by cutting a deal with prosecutors. But Sith Apprentice Weisselberg may be more Jar Jar Binks than Darth Maul.
John Dean: Trump has set quite the trap for himself with lawsuit against Facebook and Twitter
He has to switch gears, and luckily, we have documentary evidence of how a Trump deposition would likely go. Last September, Mother Jones obtained a copy of Trump’s deposition in the Trump University fraud case. They ask probing questions, and Donald Trump is among the most probe-able tubs of goo in the whole wide world. There aren’t many things I can do faster than Donald Trump can lie, but popping popcorn kernels happens to be one of them. Get them all, including the finale, Goodbye, Asshat: 101 Farewell Letters to Donald Trump, at this link.
Toyota Reverses on Funding the Insurrectionists!
Apparently enough folks complained and according to AP, Toyota has said it will stop. “We understand that the PAC decision to support select members of Congress who contested the results troubled some stakeholders,” Toyota said in a statement Thursday. The company took input from employees and government officials, Vazin said. But the most important factor was customer feedback, he said. “That really drives our decision making,” he said.
The Chairman of the Ayn Rand Institute Says the Surfside Condo Collapse Victims Deserved to Die.
Because they rely on the government inspector.” Seder “The private owners of that building made the decision not to fix it.” Brook “Then why are we worried about it? They made a decision and they suffered the consequences.” Seder “Because there’s a hundred and fifty dead people.” Brook “People who made a decision. How many readers, who pay homeowners insurance, have had an insurance inspector visit their home? So in this case they relied on what the government inspector told them. And it leads to the ultimate irony that while Ayn Rand was a committed atheist so many evangelicals share her ‘values’.
Reality bites: Michigan voters go to war with truth and the GOP congressmen who dared to accept it
Unfortunately for Norton, the GOP-led state Senate in his own state issued a report just last month that found "no evidence" of systemic fraud in 2020. But the flood of opportunism coming from people like Norton—whether it's driven by shameless ambition or self-delusion—has entirely eclipsed reality for many voters. Audra Johnson, another pro-Trump activist who plans to challenge Meijer, seems more than keen to capitalize on conservative voters' deep-state paranoia. is going to come knock on their door,” Johnson said of the people who entered the Capitol on Jan. 6. “To say that there’s no evidence of widespread fraud I think is wrong,” Carra said, while providing zero evidence of widespread fraud.
WH press secretary on GOP-led attack on COVID-19 vaccine: ‘This is about saving lives’
As anyone who knows their history well can tell you, Nazis and communists are super best buds, since like forever. ”These are grassroots voices across the country, they are not members of the government. They are volunteers, they are clergy, they are trusted voices in communities that are playing this role and door knocking.” And Psaki reiterated that this isn’t a new initiative. It has been going on for months, and while it has not been nearly as effective as one might hope, it has had some effect in areas. Psaki ended her response by making it simple: “This is about saving lives.”The conversation about vaccine education begins at the 1:16:36 mark, or -26:00 mark—depending on how your screen reads the timecode.
Virginia's GOP gubernatorial nominee unwittingly reveals abortion position—he wants to end it
Windsor appeared on Wednesday's The ReidOut on MNBC, which showed the video and talked to the American Independent. Windsor pressed him on issues like "getting a fetal heartbeat bill here like they did in Texas, or defunding Planned Parenthood." And the abortion issue is an issue that the Democrats use to divide us," he said in the video. What you'll hear me talk about is actually taking back the radical abortion policies that Virginians don't want. That's from Youngkin spokesman Matt Wolking, and not at all cribbed from Trump's "rip-roaring" endorsement.
News roundup: Conspiracies, martyrdom, erasing history, and collusion
The Arizona fraudit is the Republican cause célèbreIn the news Thursday: The Republican insistence on bowing to the altar of Trump may cost them any hope of retaking the Senate in 2022. The martyrdom of Ashli Babbitt has taken the right by storm. Tennessee Republicans are calling Ruby Bridges’ life critical race theory because they don’t want her story taught in schools. The Democratic secretary of state from Arizona is demanding that its Republican attorney general investigate Donald Trump’s election interference in their state. Some things you may have missed:Senate GOP candidates' election conspiracypalooza dims Republican takeover hopesDonald Trump jumps on the Ashli Babbitt conspiracy theory bandwagonTennessee Republicans deem Ruby Bridges' story critical race theory in effort to ban it in schoolsArizona secretary of state puts GOP attorney general in hot seat over Trump's election interferenceAnd from the community:An unknown fatal disease is killing multiple species of birds and is spreading across the countryThe plane that saved the world
This Week in Statehouse Action: Livin' on a Prayer edition
, some Senate Republicans are actually trying to hold some of the grifters in that state who pushed the Big Lie of Trump not losing the November election accountable. She’s even bringing the state police into the mix, since this is a bona fidecriminal investigation an all. Wrecking Ball : And it just wouldn’t be a Statehouse Action update without the latest from Arizona, now, would it? Of course, this would essentially create a loophole in the state’s public records statute big enough to drive a tank through. … and “people” happens to include me, so please don’t be alarmed by any brief Statehouse Action gaps over the next few months.
In ultimate display of classlessness, Trump bills Secret Service more than $10K in May to guard him
The Post estimated that Trump actually charged $566.64 per night for a four-bedroom “cottage” at Trump’s Bedminster. A White House spokesman told the newspaper President Biden hasn't charged the Secret Service rent since he became president, but he reportedly charged the Secret Service $2,200 a month to rent a cottage on his Delaware property when he was vice president. Nearly 14% of the Secret Service workforce was infected with COVID-19 between March of 2020 and March of 2021, Talking Points Memo reported. "The Secret Service’s essential law enforcement mission required agency employees to remain in continuous contact with the public during the pandemic," Secret Service spokesperson Justine Whelan told ABC News last month. “Now and throughout the pandemic, the Secret Service was fully prepared and staffed to successfully meet these challenges.”RELATED: Newly released records show just how many Secret Service agents contracted COVID-19 under Trump
George Floyd Story
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
The happy ending (poem)
1 The mournful dog(Morning)There are the usual birds singingFrom forest and meadowAnd there is that half bark half moanOf a dog who has been guardingA hard-scrabble farmAll nightA few meadows awayWhere no one is currently livingJust the dog and some animalsI usually hear this mournful sound at duskBut also sometimes in the morningIts job is to keep the hen-killingEgg-stealing critters at bayWhich he or she does over and over and overBeing the good martyr that he isBut he can't keep his lonelinessAnd feeling of abandonment at bay2 Is there a law being broken? I feel for this dogIs there a law being broken? Should I call the Humane SocietyOr the constable? It's either that or tune out his miseryWhich I've been managing to do pretty wellUntil nowMy heart is all dented these days like a tin canThat has been kicked down the road3 The lonely wooden towerMy heart does its own moaningAs if watching from its lonely wooden towerLeonard Cohen's descriptionOf Jesus' outpostFrom which he observed all the misery in the worldBut it's not just Jesus (and Leonard Cohen)Many of us have heartsThat maintain that same vigilHearts that want to call for an intermission4 IntermissionWe can all meet in the lobbyAnd make small talkOr duck into the restroomOr stand outside and breathe some fresh airBefore we are chimed back into the theaterFor the second act5 The second act and finaleIf this isn't a tragedyWe might reasonably hopeThat things will get betterAnd maybe it will end well for the dogAnd all the other unfairness and unhappinessAnd misery of the worldWill be miraculously healedOnce everyone discovers(As we are sure to)That we can walk on the waterAnd perform other kinds of miraclesAnd in the finale all the poets will come downFrom their lonely wooden towersAnd all those who were drowningIn the second actThe seas will free themAnd everyone will join handsAnd bow deeplyFor the standing ovationAnd even the dog will come outWagging his tailFor the curtain callAnd one of the actors willDe
Sonnet: A Waterboard Poem
Sonnet: A Waterboard Poemby John Kendall Hawkins. Motherfo my jacketed straits are dire. It's a fantasy that nothing matters,lived by some, envied by others, untrue --even when the waterboarding spattersand you can feel yourself and "soul" unglue. Do I grand jete or else barrel bend? Or raise an emoji finger, hit send?
So, Is this A Conspiracy?
This is a World Economic Forum conference on "when Humans Become Cyborgs"At www.weforum.org Read the rest of the story HERE:At www.weforum.org1 1 1Rate It | View Ratingstim mcghie Social Media Pages:I'm just an ol' hippie,a peacenik.I was agaist the Viet Nam war and I naively thought we learned a valuable lesson from it.War is a last option.So needless to say I have been pretty upset the last 9 years.Where have all the hippies (more...)The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors. OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help. 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)
Catholic Exorcist Inadvertently Helps Deists and All Freethinkers!
Roman Catholic exorcist Monsignor Stephen Rossetti (pictured above) has given Deists the ammunition/material needed for an assault against the ungodly, harmful, deadly, and irrational nonsense of Christianity. Specifically against an essential pillar of Christianity - fear. This weapon in the arsenal of the clergy of fear of Satan, demons and devils greatly benefits the clergy. Each time she said that, according to Rossetti, "Satan would burn a cross into her [skin] many times until finally he was cast out." Without faith/gullibility in large numbers of people, the "revealed" religions will fall.
The Economic Aftermath of the war against the pandemic: Inflation, recession, deflation, stagflation or secular stagnati
Doctor or Nurse Wearing Medical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Against The Flag Of USA(Image by focusonmore.com from flickr) Details DMCAAfter forty some years of disinflation and declining interest rates there is some confusion about whether or not this long disinflationary decline is about to end, to be replaced with a creeping up of real wages, prices and interest rates. This could certainly be the case in the wake of the current post-pandemic economic recovery. In the longer term, we can foresee a context of significant demographic changes while economic and financial globalization will continue to show signs of abating and could even be reversed in the years to come..
Hedges: Kucinich Memoir Is a Moving Account of a Battle Against Corporate Power
"The Division of Light and Power," by Dennis Kucinich, like Robert Caro's "The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York ," is a gripping, moving and lucidly written account of the hidden mechanisms of corporate power in the United States and what happens when these corporate interests are challenged. City Hall was not only the Doric gray-stone temple on East Sixth and Lakeside Avenue in downtown Cleveland. In Cleveland, City Hall was in the shadows, a giant specter invisible to the people of the city. I brought the invisible City Hall to light, with great consequences for my city, my family, my friends and myself. Ward Seven was, he recalls, where "I went to high school, where church spires and pipe-organ smokestacks reached to a smudged sky.
Lee Camp: America's Impressive History of Bioweapons Attacks Against Its Own People BY MODERATOR July 6, 2021
Last year, Trump's racist lab leak theory was thrown out by both the Democratic establishment and most of the mainstream media. A CNBC headline screamed: "Biden orders closer review of Covid origins as U.S. intel weighs Wuhan lab leak theory." While just a couple weeks ago, Yahoo News quietly reminded us: "There's still no evidence of a Chinese lab leak." So they, uh, perpetrated a biological attack on American citizens to find out what would happen in the event of a biological attack on American citizens?! " Apparently we wanted to deter biological weapons attacks on Americans by dropping biological weapons on Americans first.
Biden Defends Ending a War He's Not Fully Ending
Biden pretends not only that the war was launched for good reason, but that it succeeded, that it "degraded the terrorist threat." The war on terrorism has taken a couple of hundred cave-dwellers and expanded them into thousands spread across continents. This has long been largely an air war, and you can't end an air war by removing ground troops. Oh, and he plans to get other nations to control an airport in Afghanistan in support of course of Afghanistan's rights and responsibilities. This effort compares with what's needed as Biden's domestic health, wealth, environment, infrastructure, education, retirement, and labor efforts compare with what's needed.)
Putin's ally is a country that doesn't want to be second
This time we will talk about China, a backwards country that turned into one of the most influential nations in the world. China is digging its talons into the crumbled Russia slowly and steadily. It will be able to formally keep its national symbols, but China will de facto rule the country. Ironically, Russia currently believes China to be its greatest ally in the fight against the West. If we look at the resources available to both nations, we can't talk about Russia cooperating with China, but instead China cooperating with Russia.
It's a Crime to Trust God
(Daylight Atheism - July 5, 2021)Fundamentalists and Republicans who dominate Mississippi put "In God We Trust" on car license plates, forcing all drivers to promote religion. "The phrase 'IN GOD WE TRUST' is rooted in hostility toward non-Christians and atheists, intended to convey the message that non-belief in the Christian god is un-American," the lawsuit says. Actually, it's a crime to trust god. Their church proclaims: "It's a definite sin to trust medical care and pills instead of the Name of Jesus." It's all about devout people who commit the crime of trusting god.
Watchdog Group Calls for Term Limits and Increasing Size of the Supreme Court
A nonpartisan government watchdog group has issued a new report detailing a number of reforms and changes that could be implemented at the Supreme Court in order to establish more public trust and decrease partisanship in the institution. Last year, the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) organized a panel of former judges and legal experts to examine issues facing the High Court. The report also suggested that term limits for justices should be considered. “A limit of service on the Supreme Court necessarily creates more opportunities for appointments to the Court,” the POGO panel on reforms wrote. Before becoming president, Joe Biden pledged to form a commission to investigate ideas for reforming the Supreme Court.
Foreign Governments and NGOs Will Try to Exploit Moïse’s Assassination
The abhorrent assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse has exposed the political instability long plaguing the Caribbean nation. The last time a Haitian president was assassinated, Jean Vilbrun Guillame Sam in 1915, the United States’s military occupation followed. The last time a Haitian president was assassinated, Jean Vilbrun Guillame Sam in 1915, the United States’s military occupation followed. Chaotic political rule, as we know well from living in the United States under the Trump administration, destroys trust among fellow citizens and in democratic institutions. The health impact extends beyond the health infrastructure of Haiti, it impacts future health and increases emigration (“brain drain”).
Online meeting: Release young Sri Lankan poet, Ahnaf Jazeem, detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act!
The Action Committee for the Defence of Freedom of Art and Expression (ACDAE) in Sri Lanka will hold an online public meeting at 7 p.m. on Sunday July 18, as part of the campaign to release Ahnaf Jazeem. The 26-year-old poet has been arbitrarily detained for more than a year, under Sri Lanka’s draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). Ahnaf Jazeem reading a poem [Source: YouTube]The Sri Lankan police have failed to even file formal charges against Ahnaf. The government’s actions are part of a broader assault on the democratic rights of the working class and other layers of the population. We urge workers, young people, students and artists to actively participate in this meeting, to join the ACDAE and to establish branches across the country that will join the struggle for democratic rights.
Australian university union celebrates “voluntary” job losses as “resounding success”
“The ‘Save UQ Architecture’ Campaign declared victory in April, forcing Management to rethink their proposal. A campaign launched by the school members against the management blueprint had won widespread support. But the NTEU channelled the fight away from a broader struggle against the wholesale assault on university workers and students, which the union itself estimates destroyed up to 90,000 jobs during 2020. Educators and professional staff members have been encouraged to take “voluntary” retrenchments to enable the employers to carry out their cuts and restructuring without igniting a revolt by university workers and students. Never before has the union been so blatant in openly hailing “voluntary” job destruction as a victory.
Australian school support workers condemn worsening conditions and union’s role
Educational support (ES) workers in Victoria are speaking out about their shocking conditions, which are the responsibility of the state Labor Party government and the Australian Education Union (AEU). The AEU has repeatedly claimed to be taking forward the interests of ES staff, who play a crucial role in the running of schools. An ES staff worker in a secondary school commented in the survey: “Our schedules constantly change to accommodate absences, changes in funding. “I think ES staff are worked to the bone… It’s like the administration wants to get their value out of you. Most ES staff feel that they are working over their hours.
Steven Soderbergh’s No Sudden Move: Many intriguing sights and sounds, except the important ones
Directed by Steven Soderbergh; screenplay by Ed SolomonSteven Soderbergh’s No Sudden Move, written by Ed Solomon, is a crime thriller set in Detroit in 1954. The new work opens with a visually striking sequence in which Curt Goynes (Don Cheadle) ambles through a gray Detroit neighborhood. Curt becomes one member of a trio of masked men that also includes Ronald Russo (Benicio del Toro) and Charley (Kieran Culkin). No Sudden MoveThe problem of the film’s essential thematic timidity and blandness finds expression as a triumph of style over substance. Between 1950 and 2011, the number of manufacturing jobs in Detroit proper fell from 296,000 to 27,000.
UK universities cut arts, languages, humanities and social science degrees
Universities in England are threatening a huge wave of course closures in the arts, languages, humanities and social sciences, derided by the Tory government as “dead-end courses”. As higher education becomes a marketplace with brutal competition to recruit students and cut costs, universities are enacting corporate-style restructuring plans, “uneconomic” courses and jobs. Last year the University of the Arts London announced the closure of its Drama Centre London, calling its funding “unsustainable”. Universities have taken advantage of the pandemic to force through many of these changes, but the cuts are driven by a deep-rooted assault on higher education. It notes that the government currently has “very limited control over the substantial taxpayer investment in higher education” since the universities receive tuition fees directly.
Trump Charged Taxpayers Over $50,000 in Rent for Secret Service This Year Alone
Former President Donald Trump charged the Secret Service nearly $10,200 in May while agents stayed at his golf club in New Jersey to protect him, new financial records show. According to public records, Trump has charged the Secret Service $50,000 in rent from when he left office in January to May. At various points in 2017, the Secret Service was charged $650 a night, The Washington Post found. In total, Trump charged the Secret Service $2.5 million while he was in office. The rates are also much higher than anything modern presidents have charged the Secret Service to protect them.
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa
The Unite union members accuse the maintenance section managers of bullying tactics by using inappropriate disciplinary measures. The GMB union members are protesting the sacking of disabled colleagues who had to shield at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) and the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria said the governor failed to comply with a memorandum they signed. More than 80 percent of the South African Municipal Workers Union members have been balloted to date. The Kenya County Government Workers Union pleaded with state governor, Wycliffe Wangamati to intervene to resolve the dispute.
NEA teachers union convention ignores a year of COVID-19 deaths and teachers’ resistance, salutes Biden
The National Education Association (NEA), the largest union in the US with roughly 3 million members, concluded its annual Representative Assembly (RA) on July 3. The teachers unions have admitted that over 1,000 educators have perished from the virus so far, but refuse to publish precise numbers or the names of those lost. Last summer, the two national American teachers’ unions, the NEA and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), cynically used the COVID-19 crisis to insist that union-administration partnerships must be expanded to embed the union apparatus more firmly in districts and government. Teachers, students, and families protest against school reopenings in New York City on Aug. 3, 2020. These immense bureaucracies had ample resources to raise the alarm at the start of the pandemic by educating and mobilizing parents, educators, students and workers nationally.
Australian Postal workers support striking Volvo workers in the US
The latest meeting of the Australian Postal Workers Rank-and-File Committee unanimously passed a resolution in solidarity with striking Volvo workers in Dublin, Virginia. The committee has been closely following the struggle in the plant and stands in solidarity with the Volvo Workers Rank-and-File Committee. The meeting passed the following resolution:The Australian Postal Workers Rank-and-File Committee (PWRFC) extends its international solidarity and support to the 3,000 striking Volvo workers at the New River Valley plant in Dublin, Virginia and the Volvo rank-and-file committee you have established. I support all the demands of the Volvo workers rank-and-file committee and its exposure of the rotten role of the UAW. The stand Volvo workers and the Volvo Workers Rank-and-File Committee have taken is inspiring.
A response to a Vale Sudbury Striker: USW doubles down on contract vote recommendation lie
The strike by 2,450 Vale miners in Sudbury, Ontario entered its sixth week Tuesday. I am a member on 6500 striking for our rights....The union only endorsed the first contract because Vale negotiators pushed them to bring it to us. At the New River Valley assembly plant in Dublin, Virginia, 3,000 Volvo Trucks workers walked off the job the same week as the Vale strike began. It must be clearly stated that if the USW is allowed to continue with this strategy, the courageous and militant stand taken by Vale strikers will go down to defeat. The strike committee should start from what workers actually need, not what Vale and the USW claim the company can afford.
Pentagon cancels JEDI contract and plans more advanced cloud-based warfare platform
At that time, it appeared that the contract would be awarded to Amazon because the company had won other major cloud computing bids with the US military-intelligence state. However, before the arrangements with Amazon could be finalized, then-President Donald Trump intervened and forced the contract to be signed with Microsoft in October 2019. Amazon sued and, in February 2020, a judge imposed an injunction on the deal with Microsoft. The conflict over the JEDI contract remained unresolved when Biden was sworn in as president. A primary concern of the Pentagon is to maintain technological superiority over international rivals such as Russia and China.
Striking Topeka Frito-Lay workers: Form a rank-and-file strike committee to expand the fight for higher wages!
To get in touch with someone at the World Socialist Web Site to discuss forming a rank-and-file committee, Frito-Lay workers can email fritolayrfc@gmail.com or text (785) 816–1505. The World Socialist Web Site and the Socialist Equality Party urge striking Frito-Lay workers to immediately begin organizing a rank-and-file strike committee, consisting of the most trusted and militant workers. It has not posted about Frito-Lay workers on its national Facebook page and has published nothing on its website. Striking Frito-Lay workers are up against a powerful and experienced corporate conglomerate, which is committed to funneling as much of the wealth produced by workers to shareholders as possible. We urge Frito-Lay workers to contact us today to discuss forming a rank-and-file committee at email fritolayrfc@gmail.com or text at (785) 816–1505.
Ukraine, UK to carry out “Cossack Mace” military exercises
In addition to Ukraine and the UK, military personnel from the United States, Denmark, Sweden and Canada will also participate in the planned exercises. While Ukraine and NATO often declare that their military exercises are “defensive” in nature, “Cossack Mace” differs in that it openly states that its forces are practicing for an offensive. The ongoing military exercises and equipment procurements signal that Ukraine is continuing the integration of its military forces with Western imperialism. Despite the obvious interference of the US, Zelensky denied any pressure from his major NATO military backers. The allegations have been regularly promoted by the United States as a foreign policy weapon against Beijing.
Israel’s “government of change” shows its right-wing credentials
Bennett, who is even more right-wing than Netanyahu, has a very tenuous grip on power. Far from being resolved, Israel’s political crisis is set to deepen. Their applications would be rejected by the Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked, notorious for her hatred of the Palestinians, pending new legislation to renew the Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law. The law, introduced in 2003 amid the second Palestinian intifada, must be renewed annually, as has happened for the past 17 years. He stated bluntly that the law was more about demographic engineering and “is of security importance.” He tweeted, “[There’s] no need to hide from the purpose of the [citizenship] law.
Families picket road to prevent the sealing of New Zealand’s Pike River mine
In March, Minister for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little announced that the government would withdraw underground workers and equipment, after they had only explored the drift or entry tunnel. It is shielding Pike River Coal’s managers and directors, who should face prosecution for the extremely unsafe conditions in the mine. In late 2016 and early 2017, several families gained widespread support when they blockaded the road, preventing the then-National government from sealing the mine with concrete. At the time of the explosion, Little, who was then leader of the EPMU, defended Pike River Coal, claiming that there was nothing unusual about its practices. We urge readers to share this article, send us statements of support and, where possible, join the families’ protest.
SEIU-affiliated trade union imposes 3-year sellout contract on 460 Amcor workers who voted “no” twice
The union also acted to block a strike that workers had voted to carry out if the second contract proposal was voted down. The local asked the Joint Board what to do, she explained, adding that the Joint Board recommended not to strike. Hanshew and the Chicago Joint Board insisted that it would not take this “drastic step” without being able to cover their own backs. The contract was voted down twice, but the International Union put pressure on the Union Board to go against the workers and accept the contract. Amcor workers face such a battle, but their struggle does not have to be isolated.
Death toll from Surfside, Florida condo collapse climbs 64 as search for survivors winds down
The death toll from the fatal collapse of the Champlain Towers South condo in Surfside, Florida rose to 64 Thursday, leaving 76 residents unaccounted for, according to Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. The letter also included an advisory to inspect the foundations of buildings, a factor speculated to be centrally responsible for the collapse of the Champlain Towers South. Burkett declared the inspections were intended to give residents “some peace of mind” until forensic investigations on the causes of the Champlain Towers South collapse bring more information. If so, what adaptation measures should be required to ensure the safety of the building and residents 40 years later? That’s a conversation that I hope we start to have given the collapse of the Surfside condo.”
US sees a rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations as the Delta variant becomes the dominant strain
According to The New York Times tracker, the two-week change has seen a 35 percent rise to an average of 15,259 daily COVID-19 cases. Yesterday, they reported over 1,660 COVID-19 cases. Arkansas is at 94 percent, and Mississippi, with the lowest vaccination rate in the nation, has seen the 14-day rate of cases rise at 86 percent. In fact, 32 states are seeing their COVID-19 infections climb, including highly vaccinated states like California, New York, and Illinois. The US should only look to the UK to see what happens when the Delta variant becomes totally dominant.
European states scrap social distancing as COVID-19 pandemic surges
The COVID-19 pandemic, driven by the Delta variant, is surging in Europe. New COVID-19 infections across Europe rose by 43 percent over the last week to 548,000, as European governments end social distancing measures. Weekly COVID-19 cases quadrupled in Luxembourg to 961, tripled in the Netherlands (to 11,480) and Greece (8,504), and doubled in Denmark (3,208). After France scrapped social distancing rules for businesses on July 1, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson aims to end mask requirements and social distancing measures by July 19. Yesterday, Russian officials rejected calls for more social distancing measures, as over 700 people die of COVID-19 every day.
Biden administration rolls out red carpet for Saudi prince implicated in Khashoggi murder
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Saudi Prince Khalid bin Salman (Twitter)The prince is the first senior member of the Saudi ruling family to visit the US since Democratic President Joe Biden took office last January. The Biden administration ordered sanctions against the assassins and the senior advisor who supervised their bloody work, but took no action whatsoever against MBS himself. At the State Department, he held talks with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland and Counselor Derek Chollet. At the Pentagon, he met with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Mark Milley. The official statements issued by the different US government agencies hosting the Saudi prince were all virtually identical.
Biden administration capitulates to Republican attacks on voting rights
Scott Applewhite)Biden has sought to counter this criticism by naming Vice President Kamala Harris to lead his efforts on voting rights and pledging to campaign publicly on the issue, but he has not actually done anything. Thursday’s meeting was the first White House event of the year devoted to the issue. While visiting in Florida earlier this week, where he met with families who lost relatives in the Surfside building collapse, Biden reiterated his pledge to take action on voting rights. That decision significantly limited the scope of Section 2 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, eight years after the high court gutted the main enforcement mechanism in the law, Section 5. They do not expect either the courts or the Congress to overturn the new straitjackets on voters being established by Republican state governments.
Volvo workers in Belgium down tools over expanded workweek
Volvo Cars workers in Ghent, Belgium walk out over expanded work weekFollowing the spontaneous protest by workers, the company announced that it was temporarily delaying the change but was determined to move forward. The work action by Volvo Cars workers in Belgium comes on the eve of a vote by 2,900 Volvo Trucks workers at the New River Valley plant in Dublin, Virginia, on the third tentative agreement proposed by the United Auto Workers. Volvo Cars is owned separately from Volvo Trucks, but plants for the two companies remain near each other in Ghent. Workers in Belgium expressed strong support for their coworkers in the US, which has enormously encouraged the resolve of the striking Volvo workers. The worker added that he had sent the video of Ghent workers supporting Virginia workers to others in the plant.
Striking Virginia workers defiant as Volvo issues threats, Volvo Cars workers walk out in Belgium
Volvo Trucks management issued a series of provocative threats against striking workers in Virginia Thursday in a last-ditch effort to bully them into accepting a six-year labor agreement worked out with the United Auto Workers (UAW). Volvo Cars is now owned separately from Volvo Trucks, but plants for the two companies remain near each other in Ghent. The action by Belgian workers shows that united action is possible. “If the Belgian workers lose their shorter workweek, the company will start with 40 hours, then it will be 50-60 hours like we’re working. “Just like the Belgian workers, Volvo said we were essential workers and forced us back into the plant after the pandemic started.
Scientists demolish “Wuhan lab” conspiracy theory of coronavirus origins
The paper, entitled “The Origins of SARS-CoV-2: A Critical Review,” was published as a preprint on Zenodo. The “Wuhan Lab” theory consists of piling speculative leaps on top of one another and claiming they add up to a convincing argument. The scientists’ response takes each of these speculations—for which there is no evidence to begin with—and explains their impossibility. With the resurgence of the pandemic caused by the Delta variant, governments around the world are doubling down on the demand that the population “live with” the COVID-19 pandemic. The Wuhan Lab theory has never been a real “theory,” in the sense of a scientific explanation rooted in empirical evidence.
Miss Manners: My in-laws’ in-laws are dictating my vacation wardrobe
I have done so when we visit this family, when we attend events hosted by them, and when my own in-laws host events to which they are invited. The reasoning is that I need to do so because their children will be present, and I should set an example (even though everyone knows I'm not a part of this religion). I am fine with this; these are not my events, so I follow the rules or stay home.
Haiti’s fate is intertwined with the U.S.
President Biden acknowledged it was “a God-awful thing to say,” but he said it anyway. “If Haiti just quietly sunk into the Caribbean or rose up 300 feet, it wouldn’t matter a whole lot in terms of our interest,” the longtime senator from Delaware said in a 1994 TV interview. He was justifying why he seemed so much more engaged in the turmoil afflicting the Balkans than the troubles facing this small country in America’s backyard, which the United States and its allies had just invaded to restore democratically elected leader Jean-Bertrand Aristide to power after a 1991 military coup. In Biden’s view, the war in Bosnia carried geopolitical relevance that Haiti — no matter its proximity to the United States or the suffering of its people — never could.
Attorneys general in 4 states looking into online fundraising practices of both major parties
“Our offices are committed to protecting all our states’ residents,” deputies in each of the attorneys general offices replied to WinRed’s lawyers in a letter included in the company’s court filing. “Political donors have the right to be safe from fraud and deception, regardless of their political affiliation or the candidates or causes they support.”
Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder fight could be off after reported coronavirus outbreak in Fury camp
After Wilder’s loss last year, his team triggered a rematch clause in his fight contract, but a third bout with Fury was postponed because the pandemic would have prevented fans from attending last year A promoter for Fury said in May that his fighter agreed to an August showdown with fellow British star Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia, only for a U.S.-based arbitrator to rule that Fury was obligated to take on Wilder instead.
Pope Francis’s surgery elevates questions about the remaining years of his papacy
But Melloni, speaking generally, said that in an era when papal resignations are in play, popes might not want to wait until the very end to step aside. If a pope’s condition is too deteriorated, his decision might not be accepted under the one requirement of canon law: that the choice be reached freely. And once a pope is truly weakened, Melloni said, the Vatican bureaucracy will want to keep a pontiff in place, as those in the Roman Curia can capitalize on the power vacuum.
Ask Amy: House and friendship are both on the market
You can try to educate your friends about how their behavior makes you feel: “You often ask me to listen to you, and I’m happy to do that but sometimes I need someone to take that same kind of time for me. I value your point of view. Can you pay closer attention during those times when I need to talk?”
El Salvador expels prominent Mexican journalist, draws sharp criticism from human rights groups
“It is yet another step in the escalating persecution of the free press not only in El Salvador, but in other nations in the region where there seems to be a pandemic of censorship and harassment and other growing signs of an authoritarian regression,” said Leopoldo Maldonado, regional director for Mexico and Central America at Article 19, a British press freedom organization.
Report warned parts of Surfside condo had zero remaining years of useful life
An independent budget review warned the Champlain Towers South condo association that its financial reserves were critically underfunded in the face of urgently needed structural repairs a little over a year before the building collapsed, a document obtained by CNN shows. CNN's Leyla Santiago reports.
Haitian official: US citizen among those arrested for president's assassination
A man believed to be a US citizen is among six people arrested in Haiti in connection with the assassination of President Jovenel Moise, a top government official said. CNN's Matt Rivers reports.
Remains of Native American children who died in boarding school returned home
Nearly 140 years after their children vanished at an indigenous boarding school, this Sioux tribe is bringing them back home. CNN's Martin Savidge reports.
Hunter Biden paintings spark ethics concerns for President Biden
The White House is facing ethics concerns over the sale of paintings by President Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden. CNN's Sunlen Serfaty has more.
FDA, CDC Say Fully Vaccinated Do Not Need Booster Shots. Yet.
Americans who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need a booster shot at this point, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a joint statement Thursday. The company, alongside vaccine co-developer BioNTech, said a third injection could significantly “boost” the antibodies that protect vaccinated people against COVID-19. The FDA and CDC, however, said those who are fully vaccinated are, so far, well protected against COVID-19 and its variants. Virtually all COVID-19 deaths are among those who are unvaccinated.”“Americans who have been fully vaccinated do not need a booster shot at this time,” they continued, adding that researchers are testing if a booster may be necessary in the future. Knowing preliminary data from some US states suggests 99.5% of #COVID19 deaths were in unvaccinated ppl.
Video shows moment Kentucky police rescue girl, 6, after abduction
Police in Louisville, Kentucky, last week rescued a 6-year-old girl who had been grabbed from her bike and put in a vehicle in a kidnapping minutes before, officials and witnesses said. Bodycam video police released Thursday shows the moment on July 2 when Officer Jason Burba approached the red sedan after the suspect was in custody, opening the passenger door and finding the child. Joe Keeling credited the witnesses with providing a good description of the vehicle and the partial plate numbers. Keeling told the station that he pulled down a street, saw the car and followed it as it pulled into a driveway. He said it was about 9 minutes from the alleged abduction to finding the car and the girl.
Some Republicans liken Biden's vaccine push to Nazi tactics
Some ultra conservative Republicans are trying to compare the Biden administration's tactics to get Americans vaccinated to those used in Nazi Germany. We discuss that with Eugene Robinson and Matthew Dowd.
Texas Democrats pledge to stop GOP's voter suppression law
The fight over voting rights between Republicans and Democrats in Texas continues with the Democrats pledging to do whatever is necessary to stop the GOP from passing new measures to block access to the ballot box. We discuss with Eugene Robinson and Matthew Dowd.
Civil Rights leaders warn against GOP-led voter suppression
Civil Rights leaders met with Pres. Biden and Vice Pres. Harris pushing the White House to react as Republicans continue to push laws aimed at voter suppression. Ashley Parker, Jonathan Lemire, and Melissa Murray all join to discuss.
Erik Hurtado Traded From CF Montreal to Crew After Refusing to Get COVID-19 Vaccine
Michele Eve Sandberg/Icon Sportswire via Getty ImagesCF Montreal forward Erik Hurtado was traded to the Columbus Crew for $200,000 in general allocation money on Thursday after he chose not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The 30-year-old from Virginia signed a one-year deal with Montreal last February that included a second-year option. Said CF Montreal sporting director Olivier Renard:“There was some interest in Erik during the past few weeks and we listened to the offers, even though we were satisfied with Erik’s work. Before proceeding, Erik also confirmed that he was not comfortable taking the vaccine, so we concluded this deal, which we felt was very satisfactory. We would like to thank Erik for his professionalism and wish him good luck in his career.”In seven games for Montreal, the forward started twice and recorded one assist.
Ryan Lochte's Charges Stemming from 2016 Rio Olympics Incident Dismissed by Judge
AP Photo/Charlie NeibergallA judge has dismissed charges against American competitive swimmer Ryan Lochte alleging that he filed a false police report while in Rio De Janiero during the 2016 Summer Olympics. Lochte's lawyer and agent, Jeff Ostrow, told Josh Peter of USA Today that the statute of limitations expired and a judge ruled that Rio prosecutors could not prove their case against the 36-year-old. “As we always suspected, they can’t win their case and the judge finally dismissed it,’’ Ostrow told Peter. “We are not going to Rio to celebrate, I assure you.’’Lochte said in 2016 that he and three other Team USA swimmers had been robbed at gunpoint at a Rio gas station during the Summer Olympics. “Whether you call it a robbery, whether you call it extortion or us paying just for the damages—we don’t know," Lochte told Lauer.
World's deepest pool opens in Dubai, part of huge underwater city
(CNN) — Already home to the world's tallest skyscraper and the world's largest mall , Dubai has just opened another record-breaking attraction -- the deepest dive pool in the world. The Deep Dive Dubai pool is filled with 14 million liters of fresh water -- the volume of six Olympic-sized swimming pools -- and is at least four times bigger than any other diving pool in the world. But the biggest star of Deep Dive Dubai is arguably the pool's underwater city. Divers can explore "abandoned" sunken city apartments and play underwater pool in the arcade. Divers can also explore the pool and the underwater city by themselves after a tour with one of the dive guides at the site.
How America fell out of love with Europe
The truth is just the opposite: The West cannot survive without a strong Europe. During the Cold War, Washington wasn’t shy about exercising its power in a more naked fashion when dealing with Japan, Indonesia or the Philippines. First, as China replaced Russia as the main rival to the United States, Europe is now far removed from the center of the action. If Europe is at risk of being taken over by Russia or China, who is in a position to stop them? The European Union would be in a position of weakness.
Red tape casts a cloud over the EU’s solar expansion plans
The bloc's higher target means a potential boom in new solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants, but the solar industry says that the effort could be undermined by red tape at a national level. It's unclear, however, if the Renewable Energy Directive's revision will solve the problem. "The existing administrative procedures are not at all severe and ensure that there's a balance between solar lobbies' money and environmental concerns." Italian improvementsConditions are somewhat better for solar projects in Italy, where it usually takes about 12 to 18 months to get the needed permits. Brussels sets the paceThe 2018 version of the EU's Renewable Energy Directive says governments should grant permits to renewable energy schemes within two years — or three in extraordinary circumstances.
Big brands step up battle against Amazon’s empire in France
A French court ruled against the U.S. tech giant's efforts to delay the case, according to a court decision dated June 22 and obtained by POLITICO. ILEC complained to the Paris commercial court about Amazon’s contracts with suppliers, which the organization says fall foul of French law. Independent traders have also long complained about their contracts with Amazon, but the size and heft of the complainants in the French case makes it notable. Unlike smaller traders selling on the U.S. platform, ILEC members — which include food brands such French dairy products powerhouse Candia — have plenty of experience wrestling with powerful distributors. Amazon is the only Big Tech company that is not under a known investigation by the French competition authority.
Elusive showman Trifonov holds keys to power in Bulgaria
In an inconclusive election in April, Trifonov’s party came second to Borissov’s GERB party, winning 18 percent of the vote. Hack off the duck’s headWhile he does not have any previous political experience, Trifonov has been a mordant critic of those in power for three decades. He joined the entirely student cast of “Ku-Ku,” one of the first political satire programs in post-communist Bulgaria. Pivot to politicsIn recent years, Trifonov’s political inclinations have grown stronger. Vyara Martinova, a 45-year-old office manager from Sofia, who voted for Ima Takuv Narod, has closely followed Trifonov’s political aspirations.
Texas Democrats ramp up fight against new GOP suppression attempt
"This is the suppression session": Democratic Texas State Representatives Trey Martinez Fischer and Jessica González explain to Lawrence O'Donnell how they plan to stop Republicans in their "round two" of "criminalizing voting."
Zaila Avant-garde Makes History With National Spelling Bee Win
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Whether dribbling a basketball or identifying obscure Latin or Greek roots, Zaila Avant-garde doesn’t show much stress. The 14-year-old from Harvey, Louisiana, breezed to the championship at the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday night, becoming the first African American winner and only the second Black champion in the bee’s 96-year history. Zaila has described spelling as a side hobby, although she routinely practiced for seven hours a day. Zaila twirled and leaped with excitement after spelling the winning word, “murraya,” a genus of tropical Asiatic and Australian trees. SPELLING BEE IS BACK!
Eric Holder: ‘There is still a fight’ for Democrats against GOP gerrymandering
Eric Holder, who chairs the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, describes how Democrats are fighting against Republican plots to use gerrymandering to draw more favorable maps in 2022, a new program designed to educate and mobilize voters to push for a “fair redistricting process” and how Democrats can expose GOP efforts to pervert democracy and “galvanize the people of this country to throw them out of office.”
Labor Secretary Marty Walsh: Infrastructure plan is ‘an investment for the workforce, our future’
The AFL-CIO and the U.S. Chamber Commerce have endorsed the bipartisan infrastructure plan. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, a former union president, says that labor organizations and the business community both want the “good-paying jobs” the Biden infrastructure plan will create.
Europe’s startup funding set for record year
The influx means that Europe's startup scene is — finally — starting to occupy a bigger space on the global stage. This year, the Continent accounted for 18 percent of total global funding for startups, their biggest ever share. The record makes Commission officials jubilant in anticipation of what one called a "spectacular" year. Sweden, one of Europe's richest breeding grounds for startups, even outperforms the U.S. when the money is calculated per capita. The EIT is determined to make innovation happen outside traditional startup hotspots like Paris, Berlin and Stockholm.
Janša tells Brussels to take a hike — and shows it how it’s done
Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša and EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell are the latest aging politicians trying to prove something by being macho in the wild. Sulky strongman Janša, 62, posted photos on Twitter of himself and Borrell, 74, conquering a Slovenian mountain as his country took over the presidency of the EU Council this month. The photos he posted do their best to show two best buds enjoying a well-earned brew after a day of climbing. Janša is the kind of guy who plants the national flag on a mountain in his own country. And if they do, there’s no telling what Janša will do next.
Zaila Avant-garde wins 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee, becoming bee’s first African American champion
The competition marked the bee’s return after the coronavirus pandemic forced its cancellation last year for the first time since World War II. Signs of the pandemic were still apparent at the event, which was considerably smaller compared with past years: Only 11 finalists traveled to Lake Buena Vista, Fla., where the final rounds were held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Preliminary rounds, typically held in the days leading up to the spelling bee finals, had instead been held virtually over the past several weeks.
Fully vaccinated people don't need COVID-19 boosters, U.S. health agencies say
People who are fully vaccinated do not need a COVID-19 booster, health and drug officials said Thursday. The agencies said that those who are vaccinated are protected from variants, including the surging delta variant. The United States leads the world with the highest reported death toll at more than 600,000, followed by Brazil and India. Research shows two doses of mRNA vaccines offer strong protection against the highly contagious delta variant. “This process takes into account laboratory data, clinical trial data, and cohort data — which can include data from specific pharmaceutical companies, but does not rely on those data exclusively.
Rep. Thompson: As chair I won’t allow Jan. 6 committee to become political pawn
Six months since the Capitol insurrection, the select committee that will investigate the attack is still taking shape. With eight of the 13 slots now filled by Speaker Pelosi, we are awaiting an announcement from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who is expected to propose five Republicans. Rep. Bennie Thompson, chair of the Jan. 6 select committee investigating the Capitol insurrection, joins Joy Reid to discuss.
Louisiana teen Zaila Avant-garde breezes to National Spelling Bee win
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Whether dribbling a basketball or identifying obscure Latin or Greek roots, Zaila Avant-garde doesn’t show much stress. The 14-year-old from Harvey, Louisiana, breezed to the championship at the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday night, becoming the first African American winner and only the second Black champion in the bee’s 96-year history. Zaila has described spelling as a side hobby, although she routinely practiced for seven hours a day. Zaila twirled and leaped with excitement after spelling the winning word, “murraya,” a genus of tropical Asiatic and Australian trees. The only previous Black winner of the bee was Jody-Anne Maxwell of Jamaica in 1998.
Man accused of stabbing Boston rabbi is charged with hate crimes
A man accused of stabbing a Boston rabbi nine times in an attack last week has been charged with hate crimes, the Suffolk County district attorney said. We are going to call that out and charge that specifically," District Attorney Rachael Rollins said in a statement. On July 1, Awad allegedly pulled a gun on Noginski, demanded keys to a school van and motioned for the rabbi to get inside. Assistant District Attorney Margaret Hegarty said investigators spoke to people who knew Awad who described hateful statements he has made. He had previously been charged with seven counts before the hate crime charges were filed.
Fully vaccinated people don't need Covid boosters, U.S. health agencies say
People who are fully vaccinated do not need a Covid-19 booster, health and drug officials said Thursday. The agencies said that those who are vaccinated are protected from variants, including the surging delta variant. The United States leads the world with the highest reported death toll at more than 600,000, followed by Brazil and India. Research shows two doses of mRNA vaccines offer strong protection against the highly contagious delta variant. The delta variant, which is more transmissible and has been linked to more severe illness in younger adults, is now the dominant strain in the United States, the CDC said last week.
White House, Facing Voting Rights Defeats, Expands Investment
“Bottom line is, as hard as it is, as many obstacles as there are, there is no alternative to strong legislative action if we want to save voting rights in America.”Ms. Harris, who was tapped this year to lead the administration’s efforts on voting rights, did not shy away from describing the daunting test the administration is facing. Nearly 400 bills that would restrict voting are moving forward in nearly 50 states, according to a tracker maintained by the Brennan Center for Justice — a point Ms. Harris emphasized to the crowd at Howard. “This is designed, I believe, to make it harder for you to vote, so that you don’t vote,” Ms. Harris said. Democrats have suffered recent defeats on the issue in the courts as well as in Congress. Voting rights activists face an uphill road to fight laws passed by Republican-controlled legislatures that make it harder for people of color to vote after the Supreme Court upheld voting restrictions in Arizona this month.
Opinion | The Nation Needs a Reality-Based G.O.P. Only the Kook Caucus Is Stepping Up.
Next year’s midterms have the potential to stock the Republican Party at all levels with rabble-rousers that make the Gingrich revolutionaries of 1994 and the Tea Partiers of 2010 look like RINO squishes. But under Donald Trump, the Republican Party set aside policy and principles to become a cult of personality. This requires embracing the fiction that the election was stolen from Mr. Trump and that MAGA loyalists are duty-bound to fight to right this wrong. Over half believe that election audits will “probably” or “definitely” reverse the outcome, according to a Morning Consult poll from mid-June. And a poll from early June found that 29 percent of Republicans consider it at least somewhat likely that Mr. Trump will be reinstated as president this year.
Trevor Bauer’s paid leave extended another week while police, MLB probes continue
Bauer has a court hearing scheduled for July 23; per his attorney, he plans to deny the accusations. Bauer’s agents have said that his sexual relationship with the woman was wholly consensual as well as brief. They claim she twice drove a considerable distance to his house for the encounters, dictated what she wanted him to do and continued afterward to message him in a friendly manner.
Western U.S. readies for scorching heat this weekend
Petersen, who is spending his first summer there, said his phone had been blowing up with alerts warning locals of the dangers of the impending heat wave. Small talk in Death Valley often revolves around tips on how to stay safe from the heat. Those facing the elements coat themselves in sunscreen. Many wear long-sleeved shirts to protect from the sun’s rays, too, he said.
New study shows dramatic gap in religious diversity between the Southeast and much of the country
One in four Americans are secularists, the authors’ research finds, and the movement is growing among the young. Chapters of the Secular Student Alliance went from 42 in 2003 to hundreds today, the book says, reflecting organizing and political mobilizing. The book argues that the core divides in the Democratic Party — between progressives and centrists, highly evident in the 2020 presidential race — has secularism “at the very heart of such battles for the soul of the Democratic Party.”
NBA Finals live updates The latest from Game 2 of Milwaukee Bucks vs. Phoenix Suns
But this is more than a magical run that may end with a historic breakthrough. The Suns are not merely a story starring Chris Paul as their savior. They are a complete team, one with staying power. It’s premature to say Phoenix can remain at a championship contention level for years to come, but it should have plenty of life as a high-caliber playoff team. The Suns were a joke for a decade, but they’re back, and if they manage this situation properly, they will be relevant long after Paul is done.
Republicans unite to defund a specific type of police
"When it comes to a certain class of criminal, there is no one softer on crime than the Republican Party," says Chris Hayes.
Chicago police lose prospective Black officers during too-long hiring process, watchdog report says
The police force “has a disproportionately high attrition rate for Black candidates, especially Black female applicants, which contributes to the low number of Black officers hired,” the OIG review concluded. It also said Black candidates made up 37 percent of the applicant pool, but just 18 percent of prospective officers invited to the police academy. In contrast, “Asian, Hispanic and White candidates increased in their proportion of the applicant pool by the end of the hiring process,” the report found. Prospective female officers who began the hiring process made up 34 percent of applicants, the report said, but only 27 percent were invited to the academy. That year, about 22 percent of the department’s officers were women, the newspaper reported.
Kurt Bardella: Nothing will matter if we don’t win voting rights fight
President Biden’s new voting rights initiatives vs. the many GOP voter suppression laws are analyzed by activists and politics experts who emphasize that this is a critical moment for protecting our democracy.
Joy Reid on ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ author, U.S. Senate candidate J.D. Vance recanting Trump critiques
‘Hillbilly Elegy’ author J.D. Vance has apologized for his negative statements about Donald Trump, as he launches his U.S. Senate bid for an Ohio seat. Joy Reid critiques J.D. Vance’s walk back in this edition of ‘The Absolute Worst.’
Nikole Hannah-Jones & Ta-Nehisi Coates: Which story will we tell about America?
“It’s not coincidental that we're having this fight right now over which story we’re going to tell about this country, and the very same people are trying to restrict voting at the polls,” says Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Happy 4th of July, America. Stop letting polarization kill you.
The cleavages in American society have become so extreme that where one lives and how one votes increasingly has life and death consequences. And no recent issue better exemplifies this phenomenon than the growing red state/blue state divide over Covod-19 vaccinations. So far, only 18 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, have surpassed the 70 percent marker for vaccinations. Decades ago, most American states saw similar improvements in life expectancy; all boats tended to rise as one. On the anniversary of our independence, America is less a country united and far more a house divided.
Entire Families Were Lost in the Surfside Collapse. Here Is One of Their Stories.
“We waited and waited and waited. Eventually, the families were escorted to what remained of the high-rise building, which had once soared 13 stories. Ms. Hurst watched as a search dog stopped in one area and began barking. She wanted to believe in that moment that the dog had found her little brother and his family, that they were under the rubble but alive. She did not know at the time that his body had already been recovered.
In Forceful Defense of Afghan Withdrawal, Biden Says U.S. Achieved Its Objectives
John F. Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman, said the military was looking at relocating Afghan interpreters and their families to U.S. territories, American military installations outside the United States, and in other countries outside of Afghanistan. In essence, Mr. Biden said the longest war in United States history should have ended a decade ago, when Bin Laden was killed. The rapid American withdrawal, he said, was a matter of safety. “Our military commanders advised me that once I made the decision to end the war, we needed to move swiftly to conduct the main elements of the drawdown,” Mr. Biden said. At another time in the country’s history, Mr. Biden’s speech, and the final withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, might have roiled politics in the United States.
Defense experts say Capital Gazette shooter was driven by mental disorders. Prosecutors say he was out for revenge.
Lewis, who interviewed Ramos for a total of 17 hours, told the jury that the defendant “has a combination of mental problems that together seem to cause this kind of violence.” The doctor also testified that, in her expert opinion, Ramos met both prongs of the test for criminal responsibility. He knew what he did was illegal, she said, but he did not and does not appreciate the “wrongfulness” of what he did or the magnitude of pain he created.
Twin epidemics in Haiti, violence and coronavirus, usher in ‘critical phase’ in wake of assassination
Haiti is one of a small number of countries in the world that has yet to rollout a coronavirus vaccination campaign — and the only country in the Americas. The country was among the 92 low- and middle-income countries offered doses through the Covax Facility, a WHO-linked effort to distribute doses. While other countries have moved forward, albeit with limited supply, Haiti has yet to receive any of the nearly 760,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine allocated through the facility, a spokesperson for Covax confirmed.
Robert Downey Sr., provocative underground filmmaker, dies at 85
“When my dad and I would do drugs together, it was like him trying to express his love for me in the only way he knew how,” Robert Downey Jr. said in an interview for “The New Breed,” a 1988 book on young actors. He later told the Times, “If my father were less of a pioneer, he probably would have been more of a father, but I wouldn’t be who I was. I think it’s valiant to make mistakes so your children don’t have to” — mistakes, he added, that included “being so stubborn that the only way I can have my self-respect is to blow off the system and not try to work within it.”
Tokyo venues for Olympics will have no spectators; Games will be held under a state of emergency
Tokyo (CNN) Tokyo venues for the pandemic-delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics will not have spectators due to the city's coronavirus state of emergency through the Games, according to the Japanese Olympic Committee. Japanese Olympic Committee Seiko Hashimoto said due to the pandemic, organizers have "no choice but to hold the Games in a limited way." However, three prefectures near Tokyo -- Chiba, Kanagawa and Saitama -- will not have spectators at Olympic competition venues, according to Hashimoto. Last month, Olympic organizers said spectators would be allowed at the Games, with a cap of 10,000 people per venue or 50% of venue capacity. Tokyo lifted its previous round of state of emergency on June 20, at the end of the country's fourth wave of infections.
Olympics 2021: NBC faces 'hell of a challenge' producing Tokyo Games after spectators are barred from competitions
Of course they'll watch," Costas said. It is unclear whether NBC will also try to incorporate artificial crowd noise into the games. "You don't realize when you're watching at home how subliminal the crowd sounds are," she said, describing it as something you "definitely need" when airing live sports without in-person spectators. She explained that the MLB had two months to prepare for implementing artificial crowd noises which gave them the ability to test sounds during practice games. The Olympics team, with less than three weeks until the games kick off, will have no such luxury if they decide to incorporate artificial noise elements.
These futuristic pods could help cities solve their traffic problems
Abu Dhabi (CNN Business) Traffic congestion is a problem for cities around the world, with some looking to electric scooters to ease gridlock, and others to AI-enabled traffic lights. But one company believes the solution is to build a network of driverless high-speed pods that ride around cities suspended from a steel track. In June, Belarus-based uSky Transport opened a 400-meter test line in Sharjah, which borders Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The interior of the uSky pod currently being tested in Sharjah, UAE. "The ground level is completely over-saturated, and people are tired of traffic jams.
Chinese tech stocks roiled by worsening crackdown
Hong Kong (CNN Business) China is not slowing down with its historic tech crackdown . Chinese tech stocks in Hong Kong took a beating on Thursday, contributing to hundreds of billions of dollars in losses that have been mounting for months. But they do come in the wake of a particularly bad run for Chinese tech, including Didi — which was banned from app stores in China on Sunday over a cybersecurity probe. The move, which was announced late Wednesday afternoon, hammered tech shares in Hong Kong on Thursday. The Hang Seng Tech Index, which tracks the 30 largest tech firms listed in Hong Kong, tumbled 3.7% to its lowest level since October.
Oreo is ready for fall with 2 new limited-edition flavors
We're barely a few weeks into summer, but the flavor masterminds at Oreo are ready to skip ahead to fall. On Thursday, the cookie brand unveiled its latest limited-edition flavors, and we are dreaming of crisp, cool days. Both limited-edition flavors will be available wherever Oreo cookies are sold and while supplies last. pic.twitter.com/WoWFzxyycE — OREO Cookie (@Oreo) July 8, 2021This is not the first time the brand has experimented with new flavors. In January, Oreo revealed the "Brookie-O," a limited-edition flavor that had three layers of brownie, cookie dough and original Oreo filling.
Pfizer to seek FDA authorization for 3rd COVID-19 vaccine dose
In August, Pfizer plans to ask the Food and Drug Administration for emergency authorization of a third dose, he said. Why might that matter for fighting the delta variant? But a single vaccine dose dramatically boosted their antibody levels — sparking cross-protection against the delta variant and two other mutants, the study found. Researchers in Britain found two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, for example, are 96% protective against hospitalization with the delta variant and 88% effective against symptomatic infection. Whether the fully vaccinated still need to wear masks in places where the delta variant is surging is a growing question.
Trump Reportedly Socked Secret Service With $50,000 Bill For Lodging At His Own Properties
The figures were based on records released by the Secret Service in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from the newspaper. No law prevents Trump from charging the Secret Service — and there are no caps on what he can charge, the Post reported. But it’s highly unusual for a former president to earn income from Secret Service charges. The Post could find only one other individual under Secret Service protection who had charged the agency rent: Joe Biden. The former president extended Secret Service protection to 13 family members and at least three of his top appointees for an additional six months after his term expired.
Trump deposition? 45 braces as Trump Org case takes twist
Trump's legal woes are skyrocketing. His lawyers promoting litigation to overturn the election now face sanctions hearings in Michigan for making false claims in court filings. Trump also plans to sit for a deposition in his social media lawsuit as the criminal probe into his namesake company continues. Dr. Jason Johnson is joined by former federal prosecutor Joyce Vance to discuss the legal storm Trump faces.
Hayes: GOP should embrace ‘Trump shot’ instead of turning against vaccine
“They should be telling everyone that the vaccines were the greatest achievement of the Trump presidency," says Chris Hayes of right-wing media. "They should be hosting MAGA rallies with mass vaccinations. A free MAGA hat with every shot. They could do that if they wanted to."
New legal trouble for Trump? Arizona eyes criminal probe for election scheme
Arizona's top elections official is calling for a criminal investigation into potential election interference by Donald Trump and his allies. Secretary of State Katie Hobbs joins MSNBC's Dr. Jason Johnson to discuss the bombshell reports revealing a campaign to intervene in Trump's favor.
Afghanistan veteran: Biden plan to remove troops in Afghanistan ‘feels wrong’
Paul Rieckhoff, Iraq and Afghanistan veteran and founder of Righteous Media, and Jeremy Bash, former chief of staff at the CIA, discuss Biden’s complicated decision to remove all American troops in Afghanistan by August 31st, a choice that will lead to major implications in an already unstable region
Opinion | The Trumpian Roots of the Chip Crisis
A quick summary might be “booming with bottlenecks.”And some of those bottlenecks reflect the mess created by Donald Trump’s trade policy. Where we are now: Employment is growing at a rate we haven’t seen since 1984. So, probably, is gross domestic product, although we don’t yet have an official estimate for the second quarter. We are, however, suffering from shortages of many items, which are crimping production in some areas and leading to sharp price increases in others. And there’s another bottleneck that may be an even bigger deal than the container shortage: a global shortage of semiconductor chips.
Scripps Spelling Bee 2021: Live Updates
In 2017, Zaila Avant-garde’s father was watching the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on ESPN. When it was over, he turned to his daughter, then 10, and asked her if she knew how to spell the winning word: marocain. Zaila spelled it perfectly. Then, he asked her to spell the winning words going back to 1999. Her winning word was “Qashqai.” (A migratory Turkic-speaking people of the Zagros mountains east of the Bakhtiari.)
Opinion | Advice for Artists Whose Parents Want Them to Be Engineers
Getting your parents to tolerate your choices may be enough. The parents of Adriana Ramírez are “still not fine and will never be fine” with her life as a poet, she told me. Pursue your dreams, but prepare a backup plan — a double major for example (one major for your parents, one for yourself). Parents, especially immigrant parents, have often worked incredibly hard to create opportunities for their children. Still, some parents have to learn that their children’s lives are not theirs, no matter what they sacrificed.
Opinion | Is the Rise of the Substack Economy Bad for Democracy?
The Substack model has no shortage of skeptics. As Will Oremus writes in Slate, commentators have historically acted as subsidies for the more expensive and less glamorous work of local reporting — and, I would add for news operations like this one, international coverage. “The Times’s digital success has been built partly on a major expansion of its opinion section; magazines such as The Atlantic and Mother Jones have relied on their best-known columnists to support their originally reported features and investigations,” Oremus writes. “It’s those personalities that Substack is going after and poaching.”As a result, the paid subscription newsletter business is likely to favor writers who already have a national platform. The intention is declarative — you, too, can make it on Substack.
Political Crisis in Haiti Deepens Over Rival Claims to Power
The political storm in Haiti intensified on Thursday as two competing prime ministers claimed the right to run the country, setting up an extraordinary power struggle over who had the legal authority to govern after the brazen assassination of President Jovenel Moïse in his home the day before. Haiti’s interim prime minister, Claude Joseph, says he has taken command of the police and the army, declaring a “state of siege” that essentially put the country under martial law. But constitutional experts questioned his right to impose it, and his claim to power was quickly challenged by a rival. Two days before his death, Mr. Moïse had appointed a new prime minister, Ariel Henry, a neurosurgeon who was supposed to take up the role this week and told a local newspaper that he was the rightful prime minister instead. The dueling claims created a volatile political crisis that left constitutional experts confused and diplomats worried about a broad societal collapse that could ignite violence or prompt Haitians to flee the country en masse, as they have after natural disasters, coups or other periods of deep instability.
Why Can’t Europeans Travel to America?
In June, the European Union officially recommended its member countries reopen their borders to American tourists after more than a year of tight restrictions. The United Kingdom has also placed the United States on an “amber” list, which means American travelers are allowed in, but must quarantine for 10 days and show proof of a negative coronavirus test. Although President Donald J. Trump briefly ordered an end to the ban on European travelers during his last week in office, President Biden quickly rescinded the move. Discussions about when to resume inbound travel have been opaque. In late June, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said it was too soon to say when the United States would lift travel curbs for European Union citizens.
How to Watch the National Spelling Bee
Eleven students will compete in the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday night, the contest that has pitted kids against orthographical nightmares for almost a century, doling out tens of thousands of dollars in prizes and promoting literacy skills in the process. The national contest was called off in 2020 because of the pandemic, the first time since World War II that the event had been canceled. This year, the semifinals and earlier rounds of the competition were held remotely, so the finals, held at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Fla., will be the first time the spellers will come together onstage. The New York Times, which has covered spelling bees large and small for almost 150 years, will continue that tradition on Thursday, reporting live on the spellers’ stories and the words they face. The finals will be broadcast Thursday at 8 p.m. Eastern time on ESPN2 and ESPNU, and should run to about 10 p.m. or slightly later.
Richard Lewontin, a preeminent geneticist of his era, dies at 92
“Even though the world is material and all its phenomena, including human consciousness, are products of material forces, we should not confuse the way the world is with our ability to know about it,” he wrote. “Like it or not, there are a lot of questions that cannot be answered, and even more that cannot be answered exactly. There is nothing shameful in that admission.”
Maryland seeks to restore Beltway, I-270 toll lanes plan to list of regional transportation projects
Asked whether MDOT was threatening local jurisdictions that had opposed the toll lanes, MDOT spokeswoman Erin Henson said the state must show it can afford its part of the region’s long-range plan and maintain its highway system. Without private financing for the toll lanes, she said, money for a new bridge must be reallocated from other projects.
Opinion : Nikole Hannah-Jones just proved the correctness of critical race theory
I have no beef with Hannah-Jones for declining a job at a journalism school that is literally named after the White man who, as he so delicately put it, “expressed my concerns” about her hiring. But, for now, I am okay with working at a university that in its early years was financed by the sale of enslaved people. I love my students and respect my colleagues, and have been part of the community’s efforts, still incomplete, to make reparations for that travesty. Sometimes, helping majority-White spaces be less racist and more inclusive feels transformative. Other times, it feels like an intellectual version of my great-grandfather’s job; he cleaned outhouses — i.e., shoveling White people’s excrement.
Opinion : An Olympics without fans is the right call. But it illustrates the ongoing cost of covid-19.
Even the Olympic Opening Ceremonies in all their kitsch are inspiring because of one perennial rite: The parade of athletes into the stadium. I love the fact that every nation has its moment in the spotlight, not just the behemoths like the United States and China, with hundreds of athletes clad in designer leisure wear. Small countries like Bhutan or Kiribati or Comoros, who may not have sent enough competitors to fill a minivan, get to parade nonetheless, waving their national flags, and to be welcomed and embraced by the lusty cheers of a standing-room-only crowd.
Opinion : While carnage grows in Myanmar, Western governments dither
That the opposition has embraced such a radical and risky course reflects profound frustration at the failure of the outside world to act decisively against the coup. While the United States and the European Union have adopted some sanctions, China and Russia have blocked action by the U.N. Security Council, and the response of Asian countries, including India and Japan, has been weak. There are steps the West could take to substantially raise the pressure, including blocking the nearly $500 million in annual revenue the regime receives for natural gas exports. member France has resisted that step; the French company Total is a partner in the gas production. The Biden administration could probably block the flow of funds unilaterally, since they are denominated in dollars, but that would contravene its policy of working in concert with European allies.
Judy Garland’s long-lost ‘Wizard of Oz’ dress turns up at Catholic University
Ripa, a lecturer in the drama department, said he had been intrigued by the “legend” of the missing dress since 2014, when he began teaching at Catholic. He liked to poke around the building in his spare time, hoping he’d come upon it. On June 7, while clearing out clutter for a building renovation, he reached for a box atop a rack of faculty mail slots near his desk. And there it was.
Undocumented and excluded workers in D.C. push for $200 million in cash assistance
Louraca Potts, 37, said that even before the pandemic, she was struggling to find work as a Black transgender woman in the District and had engaged in sex work to support herself. She said she also sometimes worked at the DC Center for the LGBTQ Community, but it closed during the pandemic. Now she is looking for a job while finishing her GED. She said she joined the Excluded Workers Coalition hoping to bring more attention to the needs of Black trans women like herself.
Opinion : Fund the (tax) police
Among the backers of the lobbying effort are billionaire Robert Mercer and notorious charlatan Stephen Moore, both of whom have previously run into trouble with the IRS for alleged tax dodges. They’re part of a consortium that once claimed to care about cutting tax rates to supercharge the economy but has apparently dropped the pretense. Making sure taxes legally owed are actually collected is not only fairer; it also helps keeps rates down. When tax compliance is higher, the government can set rates lower and still collect the same amount of revenue.
Opinion : Legally, Trump’s tech lawsuit is a joke. But it raises a serious question.
His own answer has been no: Facebook has called for government regulation, so that rules about speech in the digital world would be given some level of democratic legitimacy. In the meantime, he also has directed Facebook to behave a bit more like a state actor, creating a kind of internal “supreme court” that can evaluate the company’s decisions on speech and, in some cases, overrule them.
Wells Fargo shuts down all personal lines of credit, sparking outrage
New York (CNN Business) Wells Fargo is shutting down all of its existing personal lines of credit, sparking outrage from consumers and advocates. Wells Fargo CBEAX A spokesperson for the bank saidmade the decision last year as part of an effort to simplify its product offerings. The bank feels it can better meet borrowing needs through credit cards and personal loans, the spokesperson said. The product was advertised to consumers as a way to consolidate higher-interest credit card debt or pay for home renovations. Wells Fargo was trending on Twitter Thursday night following CNBC's report, with consumer advocates, including Senator Elizabeth Warren , expressing outrage.
New details and arrests in assassination of President Jovenel Moïse
Less than 24 hours after the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, Haitian authorities say seven suspects were killed during a gun battle and six others are now in custody.
Fans banned from Olympics after new state of emergency declared in Tokyo
The decision to ban fans came just hours after Japanese Prime Minister Suga announced a new state of emergency in Tokyo, which begins Monday and will run through the entire Olympics.
Colossal 3D cat causes sensation in Covid-hit Tokyo
The huge feline on a 1,665-square-foot 4K screen high above Shinjuku was the idea of local businesses, and has been attracting much attention from passersby.
Kidnapped 6-year-old girl rescued with help from neighbors, police
Neighbors immediately called 911 after a 6-year-old girl was kidnapped while outside with her bike in Louisville, Kentucky. Police officers quickly located the car to rescue the little girl.
Calls mount on FDA to formally endorse Covid vaccines as Delta surges
FDA spokesperson Abby Capobianco said the agency is working quickly to assess the companies' applications, though she declined to offer a timeline for approval. "Although an authorization is not an FDA approval, the FDA conducted a thorough scientific evaluation of each of the authorized vaccines and can assure the public and medical community that the vaccines meet FDA’s rigorous standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality," she said. “It is time for the agency to at least make clear what its timeline is for approval," a former senior FDA official told POLITICO. Meanwhile, Moderna is “continuing with the FDA’s rolling submission process,” spokesperson Colleen Hussey said. More transparency around the license approval process, they say, could help assuage Americans who have cited the vaccines’ current status as authorized for emergency use as a reason they’re delaying immunization.
Biden's assault on monopolies launches Friday
Over the past week, the White House has trickled out information on various aspects of the order and how it will encourage greater consumer protections and competition. Top White House officials said the order seeks to ensure small businesses and consumers have access to fair markets. “The overarching objective with the executive order is to make sure the president is encouraging competition in industries around the country,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Thursday. That order — largely the work of Jason Furman, chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers — came near the end of Obama’s presidency. Biden’s order will go a step beyond Obama’s by offering pointed suggestions for steps to take, rather than leaving implementation entirely to the agencies.
Surfside condo collapse spurred Miami Beach to immediately order building inspections
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — While rescue teams were still frantically searching through the rubble of the Surfside condo partial collapse, building inspectors in neighboring Miami Beach were already taking steps to make sure this tragedy did not repeat. A two-pronged drive to re-inspect every high-rise in this tightly packed city of 92,000 began the day after the Champlain Towers South condominium building toppled, Miami Beach City Manager Alina Hudak told NBC News. “We have over 5,000 commercial buildings in the city of Miami Beach,” Hudak said. “Those are mostly residential condo buildings,” said Hudak, who declined to divulge the addresses. Asked if she had a message for worried tenants, Hudak said: “We tell them that the City of Miami Beach government is being as proactive as possible.
Record Pacific Northwest Heat Wave Impossible Without Climate Change, Study Says
This type of extreme heat “would go from essentially virtually impossible to relatively commonplace,” said study co-author Gabriel Vecchi, a Princeton University climate scientist. “This study is telling us climate change is killing people,” said Ebi, who endured the blistering heat in Seattle. “Without climate change this event would not have happened,” said study senior author Friederike Otto, a climate scientist at the University of Oxford. In the past, they have found similar large climate change effects in many heat waves, including ones in Europe and Siberia. That’s because climate models used in the simulations usually underestimate how climate change alters the jet stream that parks “heat domes” over regions and causes some heat waves, said Pennsylvania State University climate scientist Michael Mann.
ESPN's Maria Taylor Shares Uplifting Note Amid Rachel Nichols's Hot Mic Scandal
ESPN host Maria Taylor recently wrote on Twitter that she’s “still in the fight” as her colleague Rachel Nichols made headlines this week over a hot mic scandal, which further fueled longstanding racial issues at the network. During that conversation, Nichols suggested that ESPN selected Taylor to host the 2020 NBA Finals pregame and postgame shows ? a job she sought out herself ? because of her race. Nichols, host of ESPN’s “The Jump,” suggested in the 2020 call that Taylor was selected to host the NBA finals coverage last year because ESPN felt pressured to address its diversity problems. “I wish Maria Taylor all the success in the world — she covers football, she covers basketball,” Nichols said, according to the recording obtained by the Times. Taylor, meanwhile, has reportedly been in the midst of negotiating her contract, which expires with ESPN later this month.
Deadly road rage incidents across U.S. have police increasing presence on streets
Recent high profile reports of road rage incidents, some of which resulted in death, have law enforcement agencies across the country ramping up police presence and pleading with motorists to practice safe driving. In Irving, Texas, police requested the public's help after a man was filmed on video firing 17 shots at another car during a suspected road rage incident. "Many police departments across the country are seeing an uptick in road rage incidents. "Typically these types of behaviors lead to a road rage incident," the spokesperson explained. According to local station WSB-TV, the Atlanta Police Department said most of the road rage violence they respond to involves gunfire.
Ashleigh Barty, inspired by Evonne Goolagong Cawley, on cusp of realizing a Wimbledon dream
For Barty, it is, above all, the setting of Australian triumph a half-century ago, when Evonne Goolagong Cawley won the first of her two Wimbledon titles on Centre Court. That achievement holds such powerful meaning for world No. 1 Barty, an Indigenous Australian, as is Goolagong Cawley, that she is competing this year in a custom outfit that pays homage to the scallop-hemmed dress her idol wore in 1971.
Bitcoin miners break new ground in Texas, a state hailed as the new cryptocurrency capital
In the world of crypto mining, having all your computers shut down at once, and stay down for hours, as they did in June, sounds like a disaster. Crypto miners compete with one another the world over to generate the computer code that results in the production of a single bitcoin, and the algorithm that governs bitcoin’s production allows only 6.25 bitcoin to be produced every 10 minutes, among the perhaps 70,000 crypto mines that operate around the world. If you’re not able to generate the code, but your rivals can, you are out of luck.
Distinguished homes for sale in the D.C. region
From the Sun to distant planets to galaxy clusters and more. Images from our solar system and beyond.
Jamie Spears says in new court filing that he and other family members have received death threats
(CNN) Britney Spears' father, Jamie Spears, states in a new court filing that he and other family members have received death threats as a result of the legal battle surrounding the singer's nearly 13-year conservatorship. The revelations come after the pop star's conservator of her person, Jodi Montgomery, filed a petition on Wednesday to request additional security support due to a recent "marked increase in the number and severity of threatening posts" on social media platforms, text messages and phone calls. Jamie Spears, who is co-conservator of his daughter's $60 million dollar estate, objected to Montgomery's request in court documents obtained by CNN Thursday, citing an estimated cost of more than $50,000 a month for 24/7 security for an indefinite period of time to be paid for by the estate. The petition stated the objection was "not meant in any way to minimize the threats to Ms. Montgomery or anyone else, but rather allow the Court to make an informed decision given the serious cost." Jamie Spears, according to the filing, "has been the subject of innumerable and ongoing threats as well -- not just recently, but for years."
Tennessee Cop Knocked Unconscious After Allegedly Making Racist Remarks
Knoxville Police Department Tanner Holt, 22, was knocked unconscious by a single punch after allegedly making racist remarks to a Black man. A Knoxville Police Department officer attending a wedding reception while off duty was knocked unconscious after allegedly making racist remarks. “I didn’t know they let Black people into the reception,” 22-year-old KPD officer Tanner Holt reportedly told a Black man just moments before he was knocked unconscious. Toney, who is Black, told police that Holt repeatedly made racist remarks toward him. When Toney asked Holt to stop, Holt allegedly said he was “part of the Black community.”That’s when Toney allegedly punched Holt in the face a single time, knocking him unconscious.
Josh Lucas Is Down For 'Sweet Home Alabama 2' If Reese Witherspoon Has Time
Nearly 20 years after the release of “Sweet Home Alabama,” Josh Lucas is holding out hope for a sequel ? even if it takes a while to get one made. Appearing on SiriusXM’s “Pop Culture Spotlight” show this week, Lucas was asked about the 2002 romantic comedy. Though the actor is game to reunite with Reese Witherspoon in an overdue follow-up to the movie, he suggested audiences shouldn’t hold their breath given his co-star’s busy schedule. John Shearer via Getty Images Josh Lucas (left) and Reese Witherspoon in 2006. “I would happily make ’Sweet Home Alabama 2.’”Catch Josh Lucas’ comments on a “Sweet Home Alabama” sequel below.
‘Basic Instinct’ Director Denies Sharon Stone Was Tricked Into Not Wearing Underwear
Paul Verhoeven is disputing Sharon Stone’s account of what really happened behind the scenes of that streamy “Basic Instinct” scene. Speaking to Variety in an interview published Wednesday, Verhoeven offered praise for Stone’s performance as Catherine Tramell in “Basic Instinct,” which raked in a reported $352 million worldwide. I went to the projection booth, slapped [director] Paul across the face, left, went to my car, and called my lawyer, Marty Singer. Marty told me that they could not release this film as it was. That I could get an injunction ... Whew, I thought.”Ultimately, Stone said, she agreed to include the scene because “it was correct for the film and for the character; and because, after all, I did it.”
Matthew Dowd: Texas GOP wants to ‘restrict votes so that people can’t hold them accountable’
Matthew Dowd, founder of Country Over Party, Ari Berman, senior reporter at Mother Jones, and Kim Atkins Stohr, senior opinion writer at the Boston Globe, explain why Governor Abbott is actively trying to suppress Texas voters, even when the state is already the “toughest state in the country to vote in”
Gov. Newsom asks Californians to cut water use, expands emergency as drought worsens
Newsom, a Democrat who faces a recall election in September, expanded a regional drought state of emergency to 50 of California's 58 counties, home to about 42 percent of the population. Large counties like Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco are not included in the emergency proclamation. Aude Guerrucci / Reuters fileThe state of emergency authorizes the California Water Resources Control Board, which oversees the state water supply, to reduce the right to divert water from rivers if there is a shortage. That drought depleted groundwater supplies and changed how residents and businesses use water, including rethinking landscaping to include more drought-tolerant plants. Across the state urban water use is down by 16 percent since before the previous drought, Newsom said Thursday.
Disney debuts trailer for its Latino-themed animated movie 'Encanto,' set in Colombia
Walt Disney Studios just released the trailer for its newest animated movie, “Encanto," set in rural Colombia. The tale follows the Madrigals, who live in an enchanted place where every child gets extraordinary powers, or an encanto — except one. Latina actor Stephanie Beatriz, who recently starred in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “In The Heights,” is the voice of Mirabel. Award-winning singer-songwriter Carlos Vives penned an original song for the film, titled “Colombia, Mi Encanto.” Vives, who is a native of Santa Marta, Colombia, said in a statement: “This song is a celebration of the magical diversity of Colombia. The "Encanto" voice cast also includes María Cecilia Botero, Wilmer Valderrama, Adassa, Diane Guerrero, Mauro Castillo, Angie Cepeda, Jessica Darrow, Rhenzy Feliz and Carolina Gaitan.
Unvaccinated hospitalized patients say they regret not getting the shot
Full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak"It is heart-wrenching to see unvaccinated individuals come into the hospital with regret," said Dare, an infectious diseases physician. "Simply put, in areas of low vaccination coverage, cases and hospitalizations are up." Juarez said many of his hospitalized Covid-19 patients are "shocked" that Covid-19 truly exists and that it can make people very sick and even kill them. People can still get extremely ill — at Mercy Springfield, 29 of the Covid-19 patients are in the intensive care unit, and 27 have been placed on ventilators. Asa Hutchinson said at a news conference last month that since the beginning of the year, at least 98 percent of hospitalized Covid-19 patients were unvaccinated and that more than 99 percent of deaths were among unvaccinated people.
Pfizer to seek FDA authorization for 3rd Covid vaccine dose
In August, Pfizer plans to ask the Food and Drug Administration for emergency authorization of a third dose, he said. Why might that matter for fighting the delta variant? But a single vaccine dose dramatically boosted their antibody levels — sparking cross-protection against the delta variant and two other mutants, the study found. Researchers in Britain found two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, for example, are 96 percent protective against hospitalization with the delta variant and 88 percent effective against symptomatic infection. Whether the fully vaccinated still need to wear masks in places where the delta variant is surging is a growing question.
Afghanistan veteran: Biden plan to remove troops in Afghanistan ‘feels wrong’
Paul Rieckhoff, Iraq and Afghanistan veteran and founder of Righteous Media, and Jeremy Bash, former chief of staff at the CIA, discuss Biden’s complicated decision to remove all American troops in Afghanistan by August 30th, a choice that will lead to major implications in an already unstable region
Texas Republicans Reveal Bills of Far-Reaching Voting Restrictions
The Republican bills are the first new pieces of voting legislation to be introduced by a state legislature since the Supreme Court’s decision last week to uphold voting restrictions in Arizona, a ruling that gave states greater latitude to enact voting limits. Texas follows several other major battleground states controlled by Republicans that have passed substantial overhauls of their election laws and enacted new voting restrictions this year. Since January, at least 22 bills to make voting more difficult have been signed into law in 14 states, part of a broad, Republican-led push after the 2020 election to rein in voting access. Since the failed attempt to pass the legislation during the spring session, Republican leaders in the Legislature have signaled an accelerated schedule for the voting bills in the special session. Dan Patrick, who also serves as president of the Senate in Texas, set a committee hearing on that chamber’s bill for Saturday.
The Bond Market Is Telling Us to Worry About Growth, Not Inflation
“The overriding concern being reflected in the bond market is that peak growth has been reached, and the benefits from fiscal policy are starting to fade,” said Sophie Griffiths, a market analyst with the foreign exchange brokerage Oanda, in a research note. The evidence of a more measured growth path was evident, for example, in a report from the Institute for Supply Management this week. It showed the service sector was continuing to expand rapidly in June, but considerably less rapidly than it had in May. In one of the odder paradoxes of monetary policy, what was perceived in markets as greater openness at the Fed to raising interest rates has contributed to declines in long-term interest rates. “A weaker global economy and stronger U.S. dollar all imply greater potential for us to import global deflation.”There are silver linings to the reassessment taking place in markets.
Nikole Hannah-Jones’s tenure dispute is over. Black women professors say it’s not yet time to move on.
“For so many Black women in academia, this is it. There is no other path,” said Clark. “This is the job we have chosen to feed our families, to put a roof over our head, in many cases, to take care of family members who aren’t going to have access to the same type of material support that we have as a result of being in academia.”
Andrea Bonior: Do I have body dysmorphia?
I am getting ready to go on my first beach vacation in two years, after having spent most of my college years going regularly because I went to school on the Florida coast. I am going with friends that I haven’t had a trip with in a while, and they are people that I really like and trust. But I am sort of dreading the trip because I feel so gross in a swimsuit, and I am hating the way that my body looks. It’s not that I ever loved how I looked, I just never thought about it. And it’s not that I’ve really put on weight but I just feel so gross.
Prosecutors challenge Chauvin trial judge’s assertion that children who witnessed George Floyd’s death weren’t traumatized
In his letter, Ellison said he had the “utmost respect” for Cahill, pointing to his “tremendous efforts to reduce implicit bias in this trial.” But keeping the opinion as is, he wrote, would risk sending the message that the pain the girls “have endured is not real or does not matter, or worse, that it is a product of their own decisions and not a consequence of (the) defendant’s.”
Opinion : Tom Cotton’s slimy attack on a ‘critical race theory’ professor is full of holes
This is a strange argument. One assumes most people defending the Constitution today do so in the full understanding that it had to be amended a bunch of times to improve on some of its original defects, a capacity for rebirth and renewal that they see as a positive, one that makes it all the more worth defending.
Opinion : Conservatives are gearing up to blame Afghanistan on liberals
And that’s the whole problem. In the United States’ longest war, there was no brilliant plan left unexecuted, no decisive stratagem ignored, no course of action that would have led to victory had we only followed it. Once we decided not just to go after Osama bin Laden but to take over the country and try to secure it for a government built in our own image, our failure was all but inevitable.
Opinion : How Congress should fix the Supreme Court’s damage to the Voting Rights Act
As a practical matter, limiting nationwide preclearance to just congressional elections should do the trick in terms of preventing discriminatory election rules. Most states hold elections for state and local offices at the same time as congressional elections, using the same procedures. Thus, if a state changes its rules for voter registration or voter identification in a way that would affect an upcoming congressional election, the change is likely to affect state and local elections as well.
Toyota to stop donating to GOP lawmakers who objected to certifying Biden’s win
“Toyota is committed to supporting and promoting actions that further our democracy,” the company said in a statement Thursday. “We understand that the PAC decision to support select Members of Congress who contested the results troubled some stakeholders. We are actively listening to our stakeholders and, at this time, we have decided to stop contributing to those Members of Congress who contested the certification of certain states in the 2020 election.”
This twin is a surrogate for her sister: A Q&A with Sarah Sharp and Cathey Stoner
She was relieved to know she was likely to survive, but grieved the loss of her ability to carry more children and have a large family, like the one she grew up in on the outskirts of Nashville. (Sarah and Cathey have two other sisters.) But as she headed into the surgery, Sarah said, she felt scared, doubting if she would make it and feeling like she couldn’t trust her body anymore. This time, her sister’s offer was genuine: “If there’s any sadness in you that is grieving the loss of future children, I really will have your babies,” Cathey said.
Microsoft's latest security flaw could have major repercussions
The firm accidentally leaked instructions on how the flaw could be exploited by hackers, exacerbating the need for Windows users to update their systems immediately. The firmaccidentally leaked instructions on how the flaw could be exploited by hackers, exacerbatingthe need for Windows users to update their systems immediately. Microsoft MSFT has already rolled out fixes for Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 and some server versions. The companyhas already rolled out fixes for Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 and some server versions. Microsoft ended support for Windows 7 last year, so the decision to push an update to that software highlights the severity of the PrintNightmare flaw.
Stellantis just made an 'aggressive' $35.5 billion commitment to electric vehicles
(CNN) Stellantis, the giant automaker formed by the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and France's PSA, plans to invest €30 billion, or $35.5 billion, by the end of 2025 to expand its portfolio of electrified vehicles. The company is planning for 70% of its sales in Europe and 40% of sales in the US to be either fully electric or plug-in hybrid (but with a large majority of those vehicles being fully electric) within four years, Stellantis CEO Carlos Tevares said during an online presentation. "[The plan] is among the most aggressive electric vehicle commitments the industry has yet seen," said Karl Brauer, an industry analyst with ISeeCars.com. Among its upcoming offerings will be an all-electric muscle car from Stellantis' Dodge brand, as well as an all-electric Ram pickup. Dark images in Stellantis' video presentaion show it to have sharp corners and retro styling, much like the current Dodge Challenger.
Lil Baby in police custody in Paris, James Harden stopped by the police
(CNN) Lil Baby, an American musician and rapper with a string of collaborative hits, and another individual are in police custody in France, suspected of transport of illicit drugs, the Paris prosecutor's office told CNN on Thursday. Basketball star James Harden, most recently of the Brooklyn Nets, and Lil Baby were in Paris for Fashion Week, social media posts from the rapper showed. Lil Baby's detention took place in Paris' 8th arrondissement late afternoon on Thursday, a source close to the investigation told CNN. Harden was stopped by the police, as shown by a video widely shared on social media, but he was not detained, the source added. An investigation is ongoing, the prosecutor's office also told CNN.
Tom Brady Jokes About Tossing Stanley Cup: Everything Is Lighter After Some Tequila
Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty ImagesTom Brady, who famously tossed the Lombardi Trophy across water to another boat during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Super Bowl celebration in February, responded to a message from the NHL's Stanley Cup Twitter account after the Tampa Bay Lightning secured their second straight title Wednesday. Brady led the Bucs to a 31-9 blowout victory over the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV, and the franchise opted for a water-based celebration rather than a traditional parade. The seven-time Super Bowl champion proceeded to deliver a strike to tight end Cameron Brate on a moderately long throw across the water without losing the trophy or poking anybody's eye out, so it was no harm, no foul. Brady was later shown on video needing some assistance as the celebration moved back to land, something he jokingly blamed on avocado tequila:The Lightning continued the city's title-winning ways by clinching another Cup with a Game 5 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night. The future Hall of Famer might just need a couple of drinks first, especially since the NHL's championship trophy weighs 34.5 pounds compared to the seven-pound Lombardi Trophy.
Clippers' Steve Ballmer Becomes 9th Person to Reach $100B Net Worth
AP Photo/Mark LennihanLos Angeles Clippers governor and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer reached $100 billion in net worth Wednesday, according to Scott Carpenter of Bloomberg. According to Carpenter, Ballmer has seen his net worth grow by $20.1 billion since the start of 2021. The 65-year-old purchased the Clippers for $2 billion in 2014. According to Forbes, the Clippers were valued at $2.75 billion this year, including a 38 percent change in value over the past five years. Before his time in the NBA, Ballmer was known for his work in the tech industry as one of the first employees at Microsoft and Harvard classmate of Bill Gates.
Opinion | I Once Overlooked HBCUs. Hannah-Jones’ Decision Reminded Me of Their Power.
St. Stephen High School in South Carolina was still segregated when I graduated in 1991 and would remain that way for another decade. It didn’t matter that Martin Luther King Jr., Spike Lee and the like had graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta when my high school football coach took me on a visit there. Ironically, my first choice out of high school was UNC. Because I know they know not of what they speak. It did so by refusing to assent to the idea that the white lens is superior to all others.
Andrew Yang’s Loss Fits a Pattern. Why Do Asian Americans Struggle in Mayoral Races?
It made me question whether Asian Americans have a harder time convincing the public that they can be a strong executive. LAU: Why do you think Asian American candidates have a harder time convincing voters they can be mayor? LAU: Asian Americans in general are America’s newest demographic, with many families immigrating in the past few decades. We’re very new, and there are so many Korean Americans and Asian Americans who have never donated [to a political candidate] before or are donating for the first time. I know Andrew Yang can inspire other Asian Americans to do what he did.
Biden and Harris look to show that they’re ‘not forgetting about voting rights’
PBS NewsHour White House reporter Yamiche Alcindor, editor-at-large at the Bulwark Charlie Sykes, and New York Times domestic correspondent Nick Corasaniti discuss the president and vice president outlining their offensive strategy on voting rights while Republicans move full steam ahead on effort to restrict access to the polls
Toyota Will No Longer Donate To Republicans Who Voted To Overturn 2020 Election
Toyota is reversing course on campaign donations to lawmakers who tried to overturn the election. The car manufacturer announced Thursday that it will no longer donate to members of Congress who voted against certifying the 2020 election, according to The Detroit News. “The Lincoln Project will not sit by and watch as companies like Toyota — companies that have benefited from America’s economic strength and freedom — give money to politicians who are working to overthrow that same system,” Lincoln Project co-founder Reed Galen told The Detroit News. It is no less than a fight to preserve American democracy.”Toyota’s decision to suspend funding to lawmakers who voted to overturn Americans’ choice for president represents a win for the Lincoln Project after a period of criticism over its practices. The Lincoln Project was founded in 2019 by Republican “Never Trumpers” George Conway, Steve Schmidt, John Weaver and Rick Wilson with a stated goal of defeating then-President Donald Trump.
How January 6th trutherism puts a target on police
Editor-at-large at the Bulwark Charlie Sykes and former assistant director for counterintelligence at the FBI Frank Figliuzzi on how Republican demands to know the identity of the officer who shot Ashli Babbit puts police in danger
Pfizer To Seek FDA Approval For COVID-19 Booster Shot To Fight Delta Variant
Why might that matter for fighting the delta variant? “The vaccines were designed to keep us out of the hospital” and continue to do so despite the more contagious delta variant, he said. But a single vaccine dose dramatically boosted their antibody levels — sparking cross-protection against the delta variant and two other mutants, the study found. Researchers in Britain found two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, for example, are 96% protective against hospitalization with the delta variant and 88% effective against symptomatic infection. Whether the fully vaccinated still need to wear masks in places where the delta variant is surging is a growing question.
Arizona Secretary Of State Seeks Probe Of Alleged Trump Election Interference
Local reporting recently uncovered intense efforts to interfere with the tabulation of ballots and canvass of the 2020 election in Maricopa County. Hobbs’ request cited reporting by The Arizona Republic, which obtained public records of phone calls and text messages from Trump and his political allies in the wake of the election. Clint Hickman, who was chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, said Trump called him two times but he didn’t answer. On Jan. 2, one day before Trump called Hickman for a second time, Trump was recorded calling Georgia’s secretary of state and asking him to recalculate his state’s vote so that Trump could win. Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward also sent text messages to election supervisors that directed them “to stop the counting” of ballots.
Toyota will stop donating to Republicans who objected to election certification
The move came after an announcement by the Lincoln Project, a PAC formed by Republicans to defeat then-President Donald Trump in 2020, that it would target corporations that donated to Republicans who opposed the formalization of Joe Biden's 2020 presidential victory. "Toyota made the right choice today," the Lincoln Project posted on Twitter after Toyota's reversal. The Lincoln Project also criticized the cable company Comcast for refusing to air their advertisement and "opting instead to shield corporate advertisers," the group said in a tweet. After the mob had been cleared from the building, 147 Republicans voted to sustain the objections to the counting of the results in Arizona. "We do not believe it is appropriate to judge members of Congress solely based on their votes on the electoral certification.
Putting company expenses on personal credit card
Finally, you should not feel shame or any need to justify being unable or unwilling to cover your employer’s expenses. People with spotless credit scores and fat savings cushions are the exception in this country, and while poor money management is a popular scapegoat, many other causes are beyond individual control, including medical expenses; unemployment; rising cost of living; and decades of redlining, predatory lending, and other economic practices that have disproportionately targeted and depleted the wealth of generations of Black and Latino communities. Those of us with the luck or resources to have avoided or overcome those obstacles can still empathize with those who have not, but sometimes we need a nudge from someone in a position to speak truth to privilege.
One of the nation’s largest student loan servicers plans to cut ties with the Education Department
PHEAA, which also operates as FedLoan Servicing, began managing federal education debt in 2009 as the government phased out its role and that of other private companies in student lending. It has come under fire for its administration of Public Service Loan Forgiveness, a federal program in which borrowers must make 120 on-time monthly payments on their loans for 10 years to have the remaining balance canceled.
New scorching heat wave building across Western U.S.
Potentially more concerning will be the overnight lows, which won’t be very low at all — temperatures may dip only into the upper 70s or lower 80s in some spots. On Saturday night, Modesto is projected to fall only to 80 degrees before temperatures skyrocket again in the morning. In fact, most of the Central Valley will not fall beneath 80 degrees during the overnight period on Saturday.
We teach kids to avoid germs. We should also tell them they are germ spreaders.
What if, when we talk to our children about illness, we consistently added the other half of the message? When we tell them to wash their hands, we can explain that it’s not just to protect themselves but to protect their family and friends too. We can explain that staying home from school when they are ill protects the other children in the class, their teachers, and the bus drivers. We can model this behavior ourselves by staying home from work when we are ill — every time. (If we were really serious about protecting others, we’d ensure every employed person has sick leave and is encouraged to use it.)
Crushing heat wave in Pacific Northwest and Canada cooked shellfish alive by the millions
The Harley Lab at the University of British Columbia is looking into the mass mortality event on the shore and trying to determine just how many animals died, how animals that survived were affected, how it happened and how likely it is to happen again.
Queen Elizabeth II opens her front lawn to picnics for the first time
“The boss,” as the staff members openly call the monarch, think the people need this bit of fresh air after a wretched year: a scone with jam and cream, a cup of tea in an otherworldly oasis. And so, starting Friday and for the rest of the summer, the paying public may sprawl upon the main lawn behind the high walls of Buckingham Palace.
Opinion : J.D. Vance is scaring America’s elite. Good.
Vance has some qualities that most politicians lack these days: thoughtfulness and an authentic willingness to speak his mind. I’ve known him since before his memoir, “Hillbilly Elegy,” made him famous. He is the same person now as he was then. He is deeply concerned about the state of working-class people of all races in today’s hyper-corporate, globalized America, and he hasn’t surrendered his mind to polls or to the donor class in an effort to fit in. He is what he has always been, warts and all, and he’s offering that to the people of his home state with the belief that they will sooner trust a person like themselves than they will yet another ambitious politician twisting to meet the prevailing political winds.
Instacart names Facebook exec Fidji Simo as CEO
(CNN) Instacart has tapped one of the top female executives from Facebook to be its next CEO ahead of a possible Wall Street debut. Fidji Simo, who served most recently as a vice president and head of the Facebook App, will replace Instacart's cofounder Apoorva Mehta as chief executive of the fast-growing grocery delivery service. The hire makes Simo the rare female CEO of a large on-demand delivery company, and one that is reportedly making moves to go publicIn a letter to the Instacart community Thursday announcing the news, Mehta said Simo was "at Facebook during its transition from a private company to the public market and understands what it takes to lead and scale a transformational company." Simo, who joined Instacart's board earlier this year and will officially begin as CEO on August 2, will be inheriting a company that has experienced a tremendous surge in customer and investor demand from the pandemic. The company, which was valued at $39 billion in March, saw its valuation double twice since the pandemic began.
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov Rips Canadiens Fans: 'Their Final Was Last Series'
Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty ImagesTampa Bay Lightning superstar Nikita Kucherov took aim at Montreal Canadiens supporters during a Bud Light-fueled press conference following the Bolts' Game 5 win Wednesday night to clinch their second straight Stanley Cup championship. "The fans in Montreal acted like they won the Stanley Cup last game," Kucherov said about the celebration after the Habs' Game 4 win. Their final was last series"Kucherov was nothing short of spectacular throughout the Lightning's title run. Meanwhile, it's hard to blame Canadiens fans for their hearty celebration after Game 4. That's reason enough to go wild despite the fact they were still staring down a 3-1 series deficit at the time.
Nets' James Harden, Rapper Lil Baby Stopped by Police During Paris Fashion Week
Pierre Suu/GC ImagesNBA star James Harden and rapper Lil Baby were captured on video being stopped by police in Paris on Thursday, according to TMZ Sports. Local reports said Lil Baby was arrested on a marijuana-related charge, while police told TMZ it was an "active investigation." According to ESPN, Harden was not arrested and was never taken into custody after being briefly detained. "I don't understand," Harden is heard saying in a video that has circulated on social media. The two Americans are in town for Paris Fashion Week.
Wimbledon 2021: Ash Barty, Karolina Pliskova SF Wins Top Thursday's Results
Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated PressAshleigh Barty and Karolina Pliskova both advanced to their second career Grand Slam finals Thursday at Wimbledon. Barty and Pliskova will play in the first Grand Slam final featuring top-10 seeds in women's singles since the 2019 Australian Open, when Naomi Osaka beat Petra Kvitova. She won the 2019 French Open in her first attempt to capture a Grand Slam. Pliskova earned a quick two-game lead in the final set and held the advantage throughout that frame. One of Pliskova's two wins over Barty came in their only Grand Slam meeting at the 2016 U.S. Open.
Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard, Team USA Show Off New Uniforms Before Tokyo Olympics
Stephen Gosling/NBAE via Getty ImagesSeveral members of the United States men's national basketball team modeled their new uniforms Thursday ahead of the upcoming 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Only three of the 12 members of Team USA were not present for the photoshoot, but they had a good reason. Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker and Milwaukee Bucks teammates Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton are all playing in the 2021 NBA Finals. Durant, Green and Love are the only members of head coach Gregg Popovich's team with Olympic experience under their belts. Even so, the Americans will be heavily favored to win gold for a fourth consecutive Olympic Games when the 2021 Tokyo Olympics begin July 23.
The right's NSA conspiracy theory comes into sharper focus
What's more, Axios' report added that the outlet has not confirmed whether any communications from Carlson were actually intercepted. Under such a scenario, the NSA wasn't monitoring Carlson's communications; it was monitoring the communications of the person Carlson was talking to. If you connected with a member of Vladimir Putin's team, the NSA would probably be aware of that, too. If the reporting is correct, and something similar happened to Carlson, it wouldn't be shocking in the slightest. Perhaps the better question is who reached out to the Fox News host in the first place and why?
Atlanta charter school administrator charged with sex with a minor is placed on leave
A charter school administrator in Atlanta is on leave following his arrest last month for allegedly having sex with a minor, authorities said Wednesday. Maddox is the associate head of school at the Centennial Academy in Atlanta, about 200 miles north of where Maddox was arrested last month. At about midnight on June 26, Maddox took the minor to a hotel where Maddox sexually assaulted the victim, Livings said. They were able to locate that vehicle at the hotel,” Livings said. Deputies had no information that would cause them to believe Maddox made the trip to Southern Georgia to have sex with the minor, Livings said.
‘Barely able to keep up’: America's cyberwarriors are spread thin by attacks
The cybersecurity industry is stretched thin. Ransomware attacks are now so prolific that some companies simply cannot help every newly hacked victim get back online. Over the following two weeks, confirmed ransomware attacks briefly went “down” to just over 100 publicly confirmed new cases, said Allan Liska, an analyst at the cybersecurity company Recorded Future. It’s a problem that some in the cybersecurity industry are hoping to address even in the years to come. The National Cryptologic Foundation, a nonprofit affiliate for the National Security Agency, offers free educational materials to middle schools.
Housekeeper claims Chris Brown's dog mauled her, alleges he euthanized it to destroy evidence
Chris Brown's dog allegedly attacked a housekeeper and no one came to her side despite the worker "screaming in terror and calling out for help," according to a Los Angeles lawsuit. Hades was euthanized by Humboldt County authorities on Dec. 23, according to the housekeeper's lawsuit. Humboldt County records show they received a call about a stray dog on Dec. 18 in Miranda, California, about 600 miles north of Brown's L.A. home. That dog, identified as Hades by Humboldt County Sheriff's records, was euthanized on Dec. 24, because it was aggressive and unsuitable for adoption after its owner surrendered it, records showed. The euthanized dog was involved in a Dec. 12 attack "with serious injuries" in Los Angeles, according to Humboldt County records.
Just Like Their Marriage, Brad Pitt And Angelina Jolie's Wine Company Isn't Aging Well
One day you’re carrying a bottle of wine up to an ex-husband’s apartment, and the next you’re trying to ditch the winery you share with another ex-husband. Such is the life of Angelina Jolie, who is facing yet another hurdle in her never-ending divorce proceedings with Brad Pitt nearly five years after the couple called it quits. But now, Jolie is seeking to offload her stake in the company, Nouvel LLC, which she reportedly owned before marrying Pitt and has continued to operate long after they ended things. A court hearing regarding the dispute is set for September, as the two continue to iron out their much contested custody arrangements. Jolie recently faced a major setback in her divorce proceedings with Pitt.
Four Seasons Total Landscaping To Host Punk Show, And Twitter Is Amped
will be playing a solo set at Philadelphia’s Four Seasons Total Landscaping on Aug. 21, the groundskeeping company and others tweeted on Thursday. pic.twitter.com/VxXnVwcPgP — Four Seasons Total Landscaping (@therealfstl1992) July 8, 2021Laura Jane Grace and Brendan Kelly are playing a show at Four Seasons Total Landscaping: https://t.co/RSJrMtWer8 pic.twitter.com/5SYLFFQoqL — BrooklynVegan (@brooklynvegan) July 8, 2021According to Grace, tickets for the show, which went on sale Thursday, sold out in 17 minutes. Four Seasons Total Landscaping is now hosting concerts and I hope everyone comes to the show dressed as Rudy Giuliani and moshes super hard. — Sean Gibson (@TunafishTiger) July 8, 2021please god i hope this four seasons total landscaping story line continues to pop up in the most random ways for the next 30 years https://t.co/YEX7tVLAhT — Matt DeMichiel (@mattdemichiel) July 8, 2021Four Seasons Total Landscaping is having concerts between the orange hose and fire extinguisher now. — Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) July 8, 2021my hope is that four seasons total landscaping becoming a concert venue is the only enduring legacy of the trump administration https://t.co/TyOpHl3hOZ — BPLewis (@BPLewis) July 8, 2021Four Seasons Total Landscaping also had some fun on Twitter with the announcement.
Why Wisconsin Republicans' 2020 election review is such a mess
The good news is that Wisconsin Republicans do not intend to duplicate Arizona Republicans' utterly bonkers election "audit." The bad news is that GOP officials in Wisconsin are pursuing a related course that's nearly as misguided. Vos announced in May that he plans to hire three retired police officers to review the election. He announced at the state Republican convention on June 26 that Gableman will oversee the investigation. But GOP officials have ensured that no one else will be able to take this process seriously.
Redlining, Race, and the Color of Money
Redlining, Race, and the Color of Money Redlining, Race, and the Color of Money Redlining maps document the deep history of institutional racism in the United States. If redlining maps were not just maps of race, then what were they maps of? The HOLC didn’t refer to its documents as “redlining” maps, but rather as “security” maps. This was the motivation for creating the redlining maps: the government needed to standardize its rates for mortgage insurance. Redlining maps were meant to preserve existing residential patterns of affluence and poverty.
A Wisconsin Hog Farm Would Produce 9.4 Million Gallons of Manure a Year. Nearby Residents Live in Fear.
CRAWFORD COUNTY, WIS. — When a neighbor tells Carl Schlecht and Kat Tigerman about an industrial hog farm planning construction on the narrow ridge above their home, they think it’s a joke. The Crawford County report also notes stench, infrastructure damage, zoonotic disease and plummeting property values as potential impacts. Wisconsin state law, like its 2004 livestock facility-siting law, has paved the way for easy CAFO expansion, and some Crawford County residents fear the new CAFO is inevitable. The letter alleged an extension would violate the siting law, for which board members could face felony charges. The letter had a chilling effect on the Crawford County board, too, which tabled regulation discussions and suspended public comment.
The Uniquely Dangerous Work of Massage Therapy During a Pandemic
In this episode, we sit down with Kate from New Jersey. At the moment, Kate is working primarily as a caretaker for her parents, and we talk a bit about that work and what it means to care for our elders. Up until the pandemic, though, Kate was a massage therapist who loved her job. We discuss how Kate got into working as a massage therapist, all that the job entails, and we talk about the gross and unfair treatment Kate and her coworkers had to deal with when their employer wanted to push folks back to work before they felt safe doing so.
The Rust Belt’s New Working Class Is Just as Exploited as the Old One
Winant’s new book charts how Pittsburgh’s declining steel industry gave rise to one of the country’s most ruthlessly corporatized health care systems. But as Big Steel began its slow, decades-long fade-out, the opposite happened to health care. As every other kind of welfare spending got slashed in response to a contracted tax base, health care spending did not — and the fallout unleashed by the unfolding crisis was more or less displaced onto the health care system. Told from the perspective of care workers, the history of the past seventy years takes a far different shape than the one we’re used to. The Next Shift compels us to imagine a world in which care workers themselves had that power instead.
Watchdog Groups Ask Wake DA to Investigate Political Contributions By Former Employees of Louis DeJoy
There has been renewed scrutiny of U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, as watchdog groups have identified irregularities in political contributions to former Gov. The letter cites a Washington Post report, which stated that former New Breed employees told the paper that DeJoy urged them to make campaign contributions at fundraisers DeJoy hosted for GOP candidates. He did not answer questions about DeJoy’s knowledge of campaign finance laws. Freeman’s office previously said a review of the state campaign finance records does not warrant its investigation. Hall said the Wake County DA’s office’s initial review was incomplete without interviewing New Breed employees.
The Canadian Mining Company Dominicans Call “Worse Than Columbus”
The highway leads to a mine operated by Barrick Gold, a Canadian mining company. Barrick Gold operates Pueblo Viejo, an open-pit mine located on forty-eight hundred hectares of land, through a joint venture with Newmont, an American gold mining company. But according to residents, Barrick Gold has continued to contaminate — and in some cases has made worse — local water sources. “People call this company Barrick Gold. The mine’s tailings dam — an embankment used to store mining byproducts — is cause for profound worry.
Jessica Hopper Rescues Music From the Forces Sucking the Life Out of It
And it’s not easy to deal with the contradictions of music under capitalism, music as both art and business. In an essay about indie rock “selling out,” Hopper chronicles the stories of young musicians selling their music to pay the bills. With music executives, like all capitalists, paying musicians as little as possible, even “selling out” has become less lucrative. “We know the capitalist music world system is not built for sustainability,” she tells me in an interview. Music, like everything else, is made in a system out of which there is no way out but through, and together.
Britney Spears Is Being Exploited for Profit
After twenty-five minutes, she said the following to the presiding Los Angeles judge:The testimony of Britney Spears in the court case over her thirteen-year legal conservatorship should concern everyone. In the days before the arrangement, Spears was said to have gone five days without sleeping. This arrangement, put in place at a time of crisis, now appears to be primarily a way of stabilizing Britney Spears the industry, rather than Britney Spears the person. Across the thirteen years of this strict conservatorship, Britney Spears has carried out the full duties of a global pop star, performing live around five hundred times. This arrangement, put in place at a time of crisis, now appears to be primarily a way of stabilizing Britney Spears the industry, rather than Britney Spears the person.
No Justice, No Italian Beef: Workers at Portillo’s Food Chain Walk Out on Strike
Alleging unfairly low pay and employer mistreatment, a group of non-unionized workers at Portillo’s — a popular Chicago-based restaurant chain serving hot dogs, Italian beef and Polish sausages — staged a 7?day strike last week. The strikers — all Latino — work at Portillo’s Food Service in suburban Addison, where the food served at the company’s nearly 50 Chicago area restaurants is prepared. The strike was organized by the workers themselves with support from Arise Chicago, a 30-year-old worker center founded by diverse faith leaders. The non-unionized Portillo’s workers got the attention of Association of Flight Attendants International President Sara Nelson, who tweeted about the strike last week, saying: ?“Workers are the Labor Movement, the power and purpose. For their part, the Portillo’s workers who were on the picket lines for a week plan to continue organizing now that they’ve returned to work.
When America’s Red States Were Red
But when the Socialist Party formed in 1901, it wasn’t simply as a reincarnation of Populism. In 1912, Debs received a total of eighty thousand votes (about one-tenth of his national total) from Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas. Two years earlier, in 1910, Oklahoma party leaders campaigned against the Democrats’ successful referendum to disenfranchise black voters in the state. In 1914, lumber barons smashed the BTW in Louisiana, which effectively defeated the Socialist movement in the state. By 1918, the once-mighty Oklahoma Socialist Party was crushed.
Olympic Athletes Deserve Freedom of Speech
Subscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! For more from The Nation, check out our latest issueSubscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! So much for athletes’ rights.” Koehler is right. The group’s statement read: “The IOC’s approach to freedom of speech and expression consists of an attempt to restrict, redefine and control the way that the athletes exercise their fundamental human right. Beyond this, polling for basic human rights is unsavory at best.
Harlem Is Sending a Black Lesbian Democratic Socialist to the City Council
Kristin Richardson Jordan, the Black democratic socialist who just won the Democratic nomination for a New York City Council seat on a platform of “Radical Love,” can tell you the exact number of garbage cans—223—her Harlem district has lost in recent years. Although progressives like Brad Lander and Jumaane Williams won their primaries for comptroller and public advocate, respectively, Democratic Socialists of America lost four of the six City Council races in which they endorsed. I think she’s running for City Council.” She won, I tell them. So I think Harlem was looking for what’s closest to that. Yes, before she endorsed Maya, she endorsed a slate of City Council candidates.
‘What Would It Mean to Think That Thought?’: The Era of Lauren Berlant
Lauren Berlant, a pioneering scholar and cultural theorist, died on June 28 of a rare form of cancer. Berlant was not against optimism per se, but only the cruel kind that lands you in the ditch. It was, however, in starting a massive project on the political theory of climate change that I realized how indispensable Berlant’s thinking is for contemporary political theory. Cruel optimism persists in center-right and center-left attachments to a liberal capitalist system fundamentally at odds with climate mitigation and adaptation. I had to disabuse myself of the cruel optimism of liberated techno-utopian magic—from absolute decoupling to Promethean geoengineering.
The Fight to Transform Peru Has Only Just Begun
Pedro vs. Keiko The two candidates represented drastically different alternatives for Peru — socially and culturally as well as ideologically. This “deep Peru” also has a profoundly indigenous character (especially Cusco) and strongly rejected rule by the Lima-based oligarchy. Keiko Fujimori countered this with a blend of red-baiting, fearmongering, pork-barrel populism, and huge advertising spending in all private media. Protests in support of Fujimori’s legal campaign came from Álvaro Uribe and Andrés Pastrana of Colombia, José María Aznar of Spain, Mauricio Macri of Argentina, and Felipe Calderón of Mexico. The most notable such case was Mario Vargas Llosa, the most prominent liberal critic of left-wing governments across Latin America and the enemy-turned-friend of Keiko Fujimori.
Socialists Actually Did Very Well Among Black Brooklyn Voters
Jabari Brisport and Phara Souffrant Forrest, NYC-DSA’s endorsed candidates in Central Brooklyn, were extremely competitive with working-class black voters in less gentrified areas. But Phara and Jabari also dominated with white voters. Phara won her district’s majority-white precincts 58 percent–42 percent against Mosley, and Jabari won his by a whopping 64 percent–26 percent against Tremaine Wright. Not only are they majority-white, they’re less than one-quarter black, and white voters outnumber black voters by thirty points. But it does show that Hudson’s advantage with white voters wasn’t solely a function of conservative whites present in CD-35 but not AD-57 or SD-25.
Raskin: House panel to go beyond Trump’s role in insurrection
Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., the lead impeachment manager, arrives for the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, Feb. 9, 2021. “We satisfied the burden of proving” Trump incited the invasion, Raskin said in the July 7 session, sponsored by the Los Angeles-based Jews United for Democracy and Justice. Some 110 of the “overturn” voters have received money, as have the campaign finance committees for both House and Senate Republicans. Senate Republicans, led by Hawley and Ted Cruz of Texas, did. And it takes only 41 GOP votes to keep filibusters, and filibuster threats, going.
‘America on Fire’: A timely look at police violence and Black rebellion
| APA new book by Elizabeth Hinton, America on Fire, explores the history of police violence and Black resistance in U.S. cities during the 1960s and ’70s. In this period there emerged a “cycle” of over-policing and rebellion, of police brutality and community violence that defined life in segregated low-income urban areas. Her book is valuable for its clear-eyed assessment of familiar social phenomena:— Police violence causes community violence. The cycle of violence and rebellion can be broken, but not by the application of more violence. America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s by Elizabeth HintonLiveright Publishing, 2021, 396 pagesISBN-10: ? 1631498908ISBN-13: ? 978-1631498909
House OKs bill making it easier for workers to prove age discrimination
| APWASHINGTON—In a bipartisan vote just before the congressional recess, the Democratic-run House made it easier to prove age discrimination in employment. “The bill aligns the burden of proof for age discrimination with similar standards for proving discrimination based on race and national origin,” OMB said. The court majority—5-4 along party lines—said someone alleging age discrimination must prove age was the sole reason. “Age discrimination often intersects with other forms of discrimination based on race and gender,” wrote Hilary Shelton, the NAACP‘s legislative director. “Nearly two-thirds of women and more than three-fourths of African-American workers age 45 and older say they’ve seen or experienced age discrimination in the workplace.
Poem: ‘Late Night at the Lege’
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Despite Risks to Climate, U.S. Backs Oil Boom in Guyana
“Guyana is on track to become the second or third largest oil producer in the Western Hemisphere over the next twenty to forty years.”Since 2015, ExxonMobil has made several major oil discoveries off the coast of Guyana. Once ExxonMobil began oil production in December 2019, it sparked major economic growth in Guyana. “Despite a crash in global oil prices and economic headwinds brought on by COVID-19, Guyana’s nascent oil production made it the fastest growing economy in the world,” Lynch noted last May. Even as Guyana faces threats from climate change, U.S. officials remain focused on transforming the country into a major oil exporter. They believe the United States should take into account the ways global warming will affect low-lying Caribbean countries such as Guyana.
Governor Abbott’s Zero Tolerance on Immigration
Photo provided Kate HuddlestonHe has turned to the Texas Disaster Act of 1975 to hype his anti-immigrant campaign and grant him additional powers. Texas law enforcement has continued to hand over many undocumented immigrants to Border Patrol, but Abbott’s declaration allows the use of state law to jail them on minor charges. Where would the children of undocumented immigrants go if their parents are in an adult prison for trespassing? Six Republican governors are sending law enforcement officers to the border as a way to bolster Abbott’s anti-immigrant campaign. Where would the children of undocumented immigrants go if their parents are in an adult prison for trespassing?
Fears of U.S. intervention in Haiti escalate after dictator’s assassination
Soldiers patrol in Pétion-Ville, the neighborhood where the late Haitian President Jovenel Moïse lived in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, July 7, 2021. | Joseph Odelyn / APIn the pre-dawn hours of July 7, the president-turned-dictator of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse, was gunned down in his home by assassins. Many Haiti observers warn the stage may be set for the U.S. to resume its long history of intervening in the country’s internal affairs. Pledging to combat the corruption endemic to Haitian politics, Moïse eventually became a symbol of it himself. New U.S. intervention possibleWashington’s initial reaction to Moïse’s murder indicates that more aggressive intervention could be under consideration.
Jobless workers fight back against Republican governors’ unemployment cutoffs
Greg Gianforte announced in May that his state will no longer accept the $300 federal unemployment benefits put in place during the pandemic. That’s how unemployed workers in those states are combatting Republican governors’ callous cutoffs of $300 federal unemployment aid checks. The checks, from federal pandemic unemployment aid, go to two groups of workers. One includes “Independent contractors,” “gig economy” workers, home health care aides, port truckers and other workers not covered by regular state jobless aid programs. The governor retorted the standard GOP line that jobless checks allow too many workers to stay idle on the sidelines.
Four States Start Inquiries Into Recurring Donation Tactics of Both Parties
Four state attorneys general have begun looking into the online fund-raising practices of both political parties, specifically seeking information about the use of prechecked boxes to enroll contributors in recurring donation programs that spurred a wave of fraud complaints and demands for refunds last year. The attorneys general for New York, Minnesota, Maryland and Connecticut have sent letters to WinRed, which processes online donations for Republicans, and ActBlue, its Democratic counterpart, asking for documents related to the practices, according to court documents and people familiar with the matter. WinRed revealed the existence of the letter from the attorneys general in a Federal District Court filing this week, as the firm is seeking to stop any state-level investigation, arguing federal law should pre-empt any such effort. The letters were sent in late April, shortly after a New York Times investigation showed how the Trump operation had deployed — and then obscured with extraneous text — prechecked boxes that automatically enrolled contributors into recurring donation programs, taking out money as often as every week. A second prechecked box took out what the campaign called a “money bomb” donation.
109 Mayors, All Men. When Will New York Elect a Woman?
Many of Ms. Wiley’s supporters ranked Ms. Garcia on their ballots. But when Ms. Wiley was eliminated from the race, nearly 74,000 of her ballots were “exhausted” or eliminated in the final round because they did not name Ms. Garcia or Mr. Adams. Ms. Garcia lost to Mr. Adams by less than 8,500 votes; she may have won if a larger share of Ms. Wiley’s voters had listed Ms. Garcia on their ballots. But the major citywide offices — mayor, comptroller and public advocate — will be occupied by men, and potentially four of the five borough presidents will be men as well. Still, Ms. Wiley said on Wednesday that she and Ms. Garcia had made significant strides for women in the city.
Harris announces beefed-up DNC effort to beat back restrictive voting laws
“I want to make clear that this is about all voters … this is not about Democrats or Republicans, this is about Americans,” Harris said. “We want to help you vote, and we want to help make sure your vote is counted. And that is because our democracy is strongest when everyone participates, and it is weaker … when people are left out.”
Michael Avenatti sentenced to 30 months in prison in Nike extortion case
"Mr. Avenatti had become drunk on the power of his platform, or what he perceived the power of his platform to be. He had become someone who operated as if the laws and rules which apply to everyone else didn't apply to him," said U.S. District Court Judge Paul G. Gardephe.
Leadership During Crisis: Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan
As a civic leader and advocate, she chaired a statewide task force on consumer privacy, which led to innovative protections for identity theft. She served a three-year term on the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors and for over twenty years served on the Merit Selection Committee for the United States District Court, helping select the candidates for appointment to seven vacancies in the federal judiciary. She was a founding board member of the Center for Women and Democracy and trained women running for office in Morocco. She was the first citizen observer on Seattle Police Department's Firearms Review Board and served on two blue-ribbon committees pushing for reforms at SPD. She helped establish drug and mental health courts in King County and create a specialized federal program to provide treatment alternatives to incarceration.
Model speaks out after she says wheelchair was broken during flight
? original sound - briscalesse"@delta today I’m losing my independence only 6 weeks after my best friend lost hers. “Returning home from Minneapolis, my partner carried me off the plane to my wheelchair,” Scalesse told TODAY. “The Delta manager apologized many times and compensated our cab ride exiting the airport,” she said. Scalesse and her friend, GG deFiebre whose wheelchair was broken on a previous Delta flight. I am not bound to my wheelchair, my wheelchair is my partner in movement.
Here's the secret to perfect pasta salad every time
Use the right pasta shape and sizeShort pasta shapes work best for cold pasta salads. Anna Kurzaeva / Getty ImagesJust as certain types of pasta lead to better macaroni and cheese, the same can be said for the ideal pasta salad. Short pasta cuts, like macaroni, rotini, farfalle, gemelli or even orecchiette are great for pasta salad. If you're making a cold pasta salad, it's OK to drain and quickly rinse your pasta in cold water once you're done cooking it. totally Instagrammable) pasta salad, plan on a ratio of about one part pasta to one part mix-ins.
Scarlett Johansson Says Watching Hubby Colin Jost On 'SNL' Makes Her Panic
Scarlett Johansson, who is married to “SNL” head writer and actor Colin Jost, told Kelly Clarkson during her daytime talk show Wednesday that it’s hard for her to tune in to the show nowadays, given that she has such a personal connection to it. “I now rarely watch the show without having just a sense of not overwhelming panic, just like a slight underwhelming panic,” the “Black Widow” actor told Clarkson to laughs from the singer and the audience. Taylor Hill via Getty Images Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost attend the Vanity Fair Oscar party on Feb. 9, 2020, in Beverly Hills. Johansson and Jost initially connected through the late night comedy show in 2006, when the actor hosted and Jost was still a new writer. “I remember her being beautiful, smart, sweet, and intimidatingly sophisticated,” Jost wrote of his now-wife in his memoir.
Harris announces $25 million expansion of voting campaign
The announcement comes a week after the Supreme Court upheld restrictive voting laws in Arizona, and after 17 states have enacted dozens of new laws this year that restrict voting access, according to the most recent tally. Nearly 400 restrictive bills across 48 states have also been introduced. The investment is a way to “fight back” against those restrictive laws, Harris said on Thursday. The event opened with remarks from Jaime Harrison, chair of the DNC, who criticized last week’s Supreme Court ruling. It teaches you to be persistent, regardless of the inevitable obstacles that will come in your way.
Michael Avenatti sentenced to 30 months in prison for extortion
Avenatti represented Daniels in 2018 in lawsuits against Trump, appearing often on cable news programs to disparage the Republican president. Those political aspirations evaporated when prosecutors in California and New York charged Avenatti with fraud in March 2019. Avenatti’s lawyers said six months in prison and a year of home detention was enough punishment. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe rejected a request by Avenatti’s lawyers to toss out his conviction in the Nike case on attempted extortion and honest services wire fraud charges. “The fact that a white collar federal criminal case was brought despite this fact is itself an important mitigating factor.”
Poland’s government takes aim at US-owned broadcaster
That’s aimed at TVN, owned by Discovery of the U.S., which is applying for a renewal of its broadcast permit that runs out in September. The channel is one of Poland’s most-watched, and it also owns influential news channel TVN24. TVN has been an essential part of the Polish media landscape for over 20 years. “The TV station said in a statement that “the ownership structure of the company complies” with the provisions of Poland’s broadcasting media law. As a result, he’s been subjected to furious attacks from Poland’s state-owned TVP broadcaster, which critics say has been turned into a propaganda arm of the government.
Texas Republicans revive voting restriction bills to begin special session
As they began a special session that's expected to last a month, Republican lawmakers filed a pair of bills, dubbed House Bill 3 and Senate Bill 1. Democrats said they did so because the bill would have resulted in voter suppression, particularly of voters of color and disabled voters. Both would require voters have identification for mail voting and would ban drive-thru and overnight options for early voting. Harris County, a heavily minority and liberal area of the state, embraced those expanded early voting options during the 2020 general election. The House bill would allow early voting until 10 p.m., while the new Senate bill proposes ending early voting at 9 p.m.
Lil Baby detained in Paris by French police in drug case
Rapper Lil Baby is in the custody of French police as part of a narcotics investigation, officials said. Lil Baby, whose real name is Dominique Armani Jones, was detained with one other person in the city for allegedly carrying drugs, the Paris prosecutor's office confirmed to NBC News on Thursday. Harden, who has been seen with Jones around Paris over the past week, was not in custody. An investigation has been opened by the city’s 8th district police precinct, the prosecutor’s office said. News of the arrest was first reported by the French newspaper Le Parisien and confirmed by NBC News.
‘Not welcome’: Advocates slam Tennessee law requiring transgender bathroom signs
A Tennessee law requiring businesses to post a notice if they allow transgender patrons to use bathrooms in line with their gender identity is facing a pair of legal challenges. Bill Lee in May and took effect July 1. Activists say the new bathroom sign law is tantamount to a “Not Welcome” sign for transgender customers in Tennessee. Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David called the bathroom bill “degrading and dehumanizing” and said it could have serious health and safety consequences. In 2017, an analysis by The Associated Press estimated North Carolina’s so-called transgender bathroom, HB2, would cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years.
Remington Arms Included 18,000 Cartoons In Docs Sent To Sandy Hook Families' Lawyers
“Remington has treated discovery as a game,” Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder said in the filing. “If more proof of the ‘substance and breadth’ of Remington’s document productions is needed,” the filing goes on, “there is also this:”Koskoff, Koskoff and Bieder More irrelevant images Remington Arms included in their document production. “There are 18,459 more images such as these in Remington’s document production,” the filing continues. The lawyers are now asking that the court order Remington to produce all relevant documents, including suspected missing emails. If the avalanche of irrelevant images also included all the pertinent documents that the Sandy Hook lawyers had asked for, there wouldn’t be an issue, Koskoff said.
FDA recommends limits on use of Alzheimer's drug amid backlash
A month after approving a controversial new Alzheimer’s drug, U.S. health regulators on Thursday signed off on new prescribing instructions that are likely to limit its use. The new drug label emphasizes that the drug, Aduhelm, is appropriate for patients with mild or early-stage Alzheimer's but has not been studied in patients with more advanced disease. That's a big change from the original FDA instructions, which said simply that the drug was approved for Alzheimer's disease in general. Other Alzheimer's drugs only temporarily ease symptoms. Doctors could still prescribe the drug for more advanced patients, though insurers might refuse to pay for it, citing the FDA label.
Michael Avenatti sentenced to 2 1/2 years behind bars for Nike extortion threat
A federal judge on Thursday sentenced disgraced attorney Michael Avenatti to 2 1/2 years behind bars for his efforts to extort tens of millions of dollars from Nike. Avenatti had threatened to ruin Nike’s reputation and crater its stock price unless it agreed to pay him and his client millions of dollars, prosecutors said. He was caught on a recorded call, hurling expletives as he pressured Nike reps to pay him. “I’m not f---ing around with this, and I’m not continuing to play games,” Avenatti told Nike reps, according to court papers. But prosecutors said Avenatti deserved a “very substantial” prison sentence of eight years for callously using his high profile persona to "enrich himself."
Instacart poaches one Facebook's highest-ranking female executives for CEO
Grocery delivery app Instacart announced it has hired the head of Facebook’s app, Fidji Simo, as its new CEO, setting her up to be the first outsider to lead the start-up last valued at $39 billion. Facebook Vice President of Engineering Tom Alison will replace Simo as the head of the Facebook app, the company confirmed to CNBC on Thursday. In his most recent role, he’s led software development of Facebook Groups, one of the key growth areas for the social network. Simo, 35, and originally from France, is among the highest-ranking female executives at Facebook after COO Sheryl Sandberg and Chief Business Officer Marne Levine. Simo told CNBC in an interview this week how her decision to leave was handled by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Biden announces U.S. military mission in Afghanistan will end August 31
President Biden has announced that the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan will end Aug. 31, keeping with his commitment to drawdown by September.
Wells Fargo tells customers it’s shuttering all personal lines of credit
Wells Fargo is ending a popular consumer lending product, angering some of its customers, CNBC has learned. When it was offered, the credit lines had variable interest rates ranging from 9.5 percent to 21 percent. Corporations have used money raised in stock and debt issuance to retire bank credit lines, and consumers stuck at home had fewer reasons to use credit cards. Of the four largest U.S. banks, Wells Fargo saw the worst decline. Making the switchWells Fargo doesn’t disclose how many customers used the credit lines it is eliminating.
In a Reversal, F.D.A. Calls for Limits on Who Gets Alzheimer’s Drug
Facing sharp criticism for approving a controversial drug for all Alzheimer’s patients, the Food and Drug Administration has greatly narrowed its recommendation, suggesting that only those with mild memory or thinking problems should receive it. The F.D.A.’s turnabout, highly unusual for a drug that has only been available for a few weeks, could considerably reduce the number of eligible patients. The initial label, saying the drug could be appropriate for anyone with Alzheimer’s, encompassed about six million Americans. Medicare and private insurers may use the new label to restrict coverage of the drug, called Aduhelm. “Since the agency approved Aduhelm, prescribers and other stakeholders have expressed confusion regarding the intended population for treatment,” said Michael Felberbaum, a spokesman for the F.D.A.
Before he pitches, Nationals reliever Kyle McGowin honors those his hometown has lost
This season is McGowin’s first as a full-time reliever with the Nationals. Injuries have created a temporary spot for him in the bullpen. He’s walked 12 batters in 24 innings, including two in a multi-inning outing against the San Diego Padres on Monday. More fastball command could go a long way to setting up his oft-used slider. On Wednesday, asked to shoulder 2? innings during a 15-5 win over the Padres, McGowin struck out five and yielded a two-run homer.
Don’t be that employee: How to avoid ransomware attacks at work
Depending on their roles, some employees find their inboxes flooded with hundreds of phishing emails designed to steal the recipient’s credentials, says Ryan Kalember, executive vice president of cybersecurity strategy at security firm Proofpoint. That requires constant attention, especially as ransomware attacks become more frequent and their demands more intense. The average ransomware payment has nearly tripled so far in 2021 compared to last year, with targets doling out about $850,000, according to a report by Palo Alto Networks.
The GOP’s violent rhetoric could make future elections much more dangerous
Authoritarians use propaganda and corruption to get their people to see violence differently — as a civic duty and a righteous course of action when the nation is threatened. And so it is today with the Republican Party, many members of which have decreed that nothing is off the table, including violence, in pursuit of the goal of getting back into power and staying there for good. That is one lesson of Jan. 6 and the party’s resolute defense of it. “That’s what we f-----g need to have, 30,000 guns up here,” said one participant on that day, frustrated that he wasn’t entering the Capitol more rapidly. “Next trip,” someone answered him.
The future of ‘extended reality’ tourism is now, thanks to the pandemic
Another challenge is deploying technology without making local guides redundant. “In a site like Petra, where we heavily rely on tourism, the current situation is not easy because the community has no income,” Farajat says. “It is very important not to make the tour guides fear that augmented reality or virtual tours, or even applications and audio guides, could take their jobs away.” To prevent that from happening, he hopes that eventually it will be the tour guides themselves who sell AR/VR experiences, so they can profit from it, as well.
Biden delivers remarks on U.S. troop drawdown efforts in Afghanistan
LIVE PoliticsBiden delivers remarks on U.S. troop drawdown efforts in AfghanistanPresident Biden speaks on the continued drawdown efforts of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Naomi Osaka breaks her silence in new essay, saying her intention ‘was never to inspire revolt’
In her cover essay, Osaka reiterated her desire to skip the news conference to safeguard her mental health, although she had not anticipated the controversy that followed, with some accusing her of “diva behavior” and shirking her contractual responsibilities. She said she appreciated the encouragement she received from family and friends. “There is nothing more important than those relationships,” she wrote. She also thanked several more famous supporters who reached out, including Michelle Obama, Michael Phelps and Steph Curry.
The Daily 202: Biden finds limits to America’s deterrent powers
An Ohio school forcefully rejected claims that it teaches critical race theory. “Cue Columbus Academy, a prestigious non-religious private school on a huge campus just outside Columbus, Ohio. Tuition for pre-K ranges between $13,000 and $21,000 a year. For high schoolers, the tuition is over $30,000. Gross and Gonzalez reportedly spent months launching an organization, dubbed the Pro CA Coalition, to pressure the school into reforming.
Experts say coronavirus vaccine boosters are likely. How will they work?
ScienceExperts say coronavirus vaccine boosters are likely. How will they work? As new coronavirus variants emerge and the longevity of vaccine protection remains unknown, scientists are researching how booster shots could work.
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by Zach WasserMore than 130,000 people have become Realtors since the beginning of the pandemic. Follow one new agent as he tries to make his first sale in one of the most competitive housing markets in the country.
Restaurant workers are quitting in droves. That might not change anytime soon
New York (CNN Business) Restaurant workers are calling it quits just as people are starting to dine out again and restaurants rush to reopen. Restaurant workers have had a challenging time during the pandemic. Many workers were laid off suddenly, and some left the industry for good. Restaurants are hiring workers as they reopen their doors. "Trying to put on that friendly demeanor, even in the face of work stress and hostile customers, is linked to turnover," she added.
The anatomy of a ransomware attack
A threatening voicemail, research into company executives and finances, even step-by-step guides to using cryptocurrency. These are some of the evolving tactics of ransomware groups that have turned this cybercrime into a highly lucrative underground business. As CNN's Clare Sebastian reports, businesses and law enforcement are racing to get ahead of them.
'Secret Instagram account' couple feeds college students for free
And Tom's more than 70,000 followers now have a front-row seat to a new passion in the Sullivans' lives: cooking free, whole-foods-based meals to the college students near their home in Raleigh, North Carolina. Rachael SullivanBut the Sullivans foray into feeding college student started with one person, Kevin Gallagher, affectionately called "College Kid Kevin" on both Tom's Instagram account and Rachael's TikTok. And, as Rachael shared about the unlikely friendship on social media, more college kids wanted in. "I think what they are doing is amazing and it is so nice to have them close by and sort of adopting all of us college students as their own big family." "This mini-movement is truly special and I'm glad Tom and Rachael have the opportunity to help so many other college kids my age," Gallagher told TODAY.
7 fingernail symptoms you shouldn't ignore
Symptom: Brown vertical stripe on the nailThis may be a sign of melanoma. If you are malnourished or lack certain nutrients, your body doesn’t have the material to make good nails, Rich said. People come in and say, ‘I’m taking a lot of calcium so my nails should be strong,’” Rich noted. Symptom: Ridges on nailsVertical lines on nails — or ridges — are common as you get older. “Cuticles are really important and probably shouldn’t be pushed back,” Rich noted.
'Black Widow' review: 'Black Widow' feels like Marvel's version of a Jason Bourne movie
(CNN) "Black Widow" finally reaches screens big and small after a delay of more than 14 months , during which time Marvel's banner has been carried via streaming on Disney+ . Yet what really defines the film is meeting the title character's other "family," whose members are equal parts colorfully eccentric and lethal. Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour and Florence Pugh in Marvel's 'Black Widow.' Inevitably, the climactic portion is a bit too chaotic in seeking to feature the assorted players all at once. "Black Widow" premieres July 9 in US theaters and for a premium fee on Disney+.
Megan Fox discusses her son being bullied for wearing dresses
(CNN) Actress Megan Fox says her 8-year-old son has been bullied online by people who don't agree with his fashion choices. "I don't want him to ever have to read that s--- because he hears it from little kids at his own school who are like, 'Boys don't wear dresses.'" Fox has talked previously about supporting her son's creativity. "Sometimes, he'll dress himself and he likes to wear dresses, sometimes," Fox said during appearance on 'The Talk' in 2019 . "And I send him to a really liberal, hippy school, but even there here in California he still has little boys going, 'Boys don't wear dresses,' or 'Boys don't wear pink.'"
WATCH: 12-foot snake that escaped Louisiana zoo found in mall wall
A 12-foot-long Burmese Python that escaped a Louisiana zoo was found two days later in the wall of a nearby mall. The zoo said that the snake is not poisonous.
Harris to announce $25 million DNC investment to aid voting access
WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday will announce a $25 million investment by the Democratic National Committee to support efforts to protect voting access ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. The announcement comes as Republican-controlled states around the country have passed a wave of restrictive voting rights laws fueled in part by former President Donald Trump's false claims about the results of the 2020 election. "In Congress, we are working to pass two bills into law that would protect and strengthen voting rights. Just hours before Harris' speech, Texas House Republicans again tried to roll back voting access Wednesday evening in a special legislative session after Democrats blocked a similar effort this spring. Biden and Harris are also expected to meet with civil rights leaders Thursday afternoon at the White House.
Fully vaccinated UK residents to be allowed to return to England quarantine-free
U.K. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told MPs Thursday morning that the new scheme will start on July 19. residents who are fully vaccinated through the U.K. vaccine rollout will no longer have to self-isolate when they return to England,” Shapps said in a House of Commons statement. Starting on July 19, those returning to England will still be required to take a test three days before their return, Shapps said, and a PCR test two days later. The government considers people to be fully vaccinated if they have waited at least 14 days after their second vaccine dose. The easing of travel restrictions will coincide with the U.K government revoking most COVID-19 restrictions in the country on 19 July.
U.S. plans to evacuate Afghan interpreters next month, White House says
The interpreters and translators are under threat by the Taliban for helping U.S. forces throughout the war. Biden is expected to further address the subject the Afghan nationals and special visa applicants in a speech at the White House on Thursday afternoon focused on the Afghanistan withdrawal. Afghan officials accused their American counterparts of leaving the airfield with little coordination in the middle of the night, resulting in electricity and water services being cut off and incidents of looting by locals. Nevertheless, the appearance of a botched departure and other recent developments provoked a new round of second-guessing by former national security officials, foreign policy experts and media commentators. Kirby is also expected to address the Afghanistan withdrawal in a news conference at the Pentagon later Thursday afternoon.
Bill Bratton: Solving crime issue at national, state and city level will be a heavy lift
Former NYC Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and Rev. Al Sharpton discuss a rise in crime across the U.S., what's driving the crisis and how to address it.
Biden to take executive action to lower shipping costs amid rising consumer prices
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will take executive action to create more competition among the rail and ocean shipping industries in an effort to address supply chain issues that are plaguing retailers and driving prices up for consumers. The executive order will also direct the Surface Transportation Board to allow rail shippers to "more easily challenge inflated rates when there's no competition between routes," Psaki said. Psaki said that the executive order will save American businesses money on shipping costs which in turn will lower prices for American consumers. As retailers try to adjust to those shifts and restock on goods, high demand for shipping space is pushing up prices. Consumer prices rose by 5 percent in May, the fastest year-over-year pace since 2008.
Minnesota AG asks judge to acknowledge trauma of girls who witnessed George Floyd's murder
At the request of prosecutors, Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill considered four aggravating factors in determining Chauvin's sentence. Additionally, Ellison wrote, "a growing body of research suggests that observers discount the experiences of young Black girls." Research confirms that "when Black girls do behave maturely, adults may be more likely to mistakenly view such behavior as evidence that the girls do not need protection or nurturing," Ellison wrote. The court should also delete references suggesting that witnessing a brutal murder did not traumatize the children, Ellison wrote. "Frankly, it is hard to imagine a more compelling and genuine indicium of trauma" than her testimony, Ellison wrote.
Settlement reached after ICE ended immigrant hotline seen in 'Orange Is the New Black'
Under the July 1 settlement, federal immigration authorities agreed to provide uninterrupted access to the National Immigration Detention Hotline for at least a five-year period and pay $100,970 to resolve the plaintiff's claims for attorney fees and costs. Without access to money, they find out about the Freedom for Immigrants hotline and start passing out the number to others in the facility. The hotline, which is considered the nation’s largest immigration detention hotline, receives 600 to 14,500 calls a month from people detained around the country, according to the group. “The hotline remains an indispensable tool in providing people in detention a secure way to report abuses and advocate for their freedom." But Freedom for Immigrants claimed that authorities shut down the hotline in retaliation for its advocacy work.
Full Bolton: Troop withdrawal from Afghanistan 'mistake across the board'
Former National Security Adviser John Bolton shares his perspective on the decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, says it "risks very grave danger to American national security."
The Espionage Act & Julian Assange — 3: Passing the Espionage Act
Part three of a six-part series on Julian Assange and the Espionage Act. He sent Congress a version of the Espionage Act that explicitly called for it. Though it was called an act, it never stood alone as one, but became part of the Espionage Act. In 1919, the Supreme Court heard several important free speech cases — including Debs v. United States and Abrams v. United States — involving the constitutionality of the law. The Sedition Act was repealed by Congress in March 1921 and Debs’ sentence was commuted by President Warren Harding.
WATCH: New CN Live! Episode — ‘Assange on the Brink’
Join WikiLeaks Editor Kristinn Hrafnsson; ex-Icelandic interior minister Ögmundur Jónasson; Stundin journalist Bjartmar Alexandersson; and Australian MP Julian Hill as they discuss major developments in the U.S. case against Julian Assange. There have been two dramatic developments in the U.S. case against imprisoned WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange within the past two weeks. The Icelandic newsmagazine Stundin on June 26 revealed that a key U.S. witness in the indictment of Assange for conspiracy to commit computer intrusion had changed his story. The High Court said, however, that the U.S. could not appeal the judgement of Assange’s health but only that of U.S. prisons. Based on that submission the High Court allowed the appeal.
July 8, 2021 – Consortiumnews
Join WikiLeaks Editor Kristinn Hrafnsson; ex-Icelandic interior minister Ögmundur Jónasson; Stundin journalist Bjartmar Alexandersson; and Australian MP Julian Hill as they discuss major developments in the U.S. case against Julian Assange. Friday, 9 am EDT. Read more ?
The Chart of Charts ? Current Affairs
Have you lain awake at night pondering the Current Affairs Editorial Stance ™ on crepes, sledding, growing your own, or losing elections? Wonder no more! From Issue 26, The Chart of Charts will tell you what we think of everything.
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Opinion : The country is on fire, and the biggest obstacle to action is the GOP
That isn’t to say that the politics are simple. Not every Republican is a deranged climate denier bringing snowballs to the Senate floor to try to prove that climate change is a hoax. The GOP has a diversity of opinion on climate. But while some individual Republicans want to do something, they butt up against a party consensus that emphatically rejects meaningful action, and incentives that push ambitious members of their party toward the most retrograde positions.
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Ground Temperatures Hit 118 Degrees in the Arctic Circle
Ground temperatures across Siberia have reached record highs during the region’s heatwave. Image : European Union, Copernicus Sentinel-3 imageryNewly published satellite imagery shows the ground temperature in at least one location in Siberia topped 118 degrees Fahrenheit (48 degrees Celsius) going into the year’s longest day. Other ground temperatures in the region included 109 degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius) in Govorovo and 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius) in Saskylah, which had its highest temperatures since 1936. The air temperature in Verkhojansk was 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius)—still anomalously hot, but not Arizona hot. Photo : MARK RALSTON/AFP ( Getty Images )But the ground temperature being so warm is still very bad.
Everything Is Extremely Normal and Totally Fine
Nothing to see here, just a massive crater in the middle of Siberia after methane probably made it collapse or explode. The footage showing the uninterrupted tundra marred by a pit to hell was shot in July but released over the weekend. The tundra of Siberia and in other parts of the world is undergird by permafrost, a frozen soil rich in the greenhouse gas methane. Temperatures in Russia averaged 7.2 to 12.4 degrees Fahrenheit (6 to 8 degrees Celsius) above normal this winter, with hotter pockets over Siberia. Advertisement“I think it is very likely that heat waves can and are triggering abrupt events in the Arctic,” Natali said.
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x Vimeo VideoClimate change and weather have once again collided in a way that is impossible to ignore. Heat records are being broken in numerous cities and towns as fires are beginning to spark once again. There is, yet again, abundant evidence that humans and their fossil fuel contraptions are causing climate change. Yes, it will be cold again and it will rain at some point but global warming marches on. With temperatures over 120 degrees in Canada and people dying, it’s amazing to think that people were once (and in some cases still are) denying a link between humans and climate change.
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Unwilling to wait until 2024, 'Speaker Trump' is now a thing Republicans want
And so, a new conservative scheme is born: the drive to make Trump the next speaker. We already know how those go—they goose the liberal base vote without any corresponding Republican vote unless Trump is on the ballot. And without Trump being literally on the ballot, the chances of Republicans turning out the hidden deplorables are dramatically lowered. Right now, this “Speaker Trump” discussion is floating on the edges of the political debate. “Will you vote for Trump for Speaker” could be yet another item on the conservative litmus test, to go with “who really won the 2020 election.”
Arizona progress champion Rep. Ruben Gallego on democracy, the Latino vote, and oh yeah, Sen. Sinema
Arizona Rep. Ruben GallegoArizona is ground zero in our fight for our democracy. Democrat Mark Kelly won a special election Senate seat that he must defend in 2022 in the 50-50 Senate. Arizona’s other senator, Kyrsten Sinema, refuses to budge on the Jim Crow filibuster, meaning minority Republicans can stymie most Democratic legislation. And of course, Arizona will remain a fiercely contested presidential battleground state in the near future. Today, we are thrilled to have Arizona progressive champion, Rep. Ruben Gallego, to talk about his state’s pivotal role in the battle for true democracy.
Robert Kennedy Jr. wants to dox a Daily Kos diarist and we're fighting back: An update
And at least as of today, New York law simply refuses to see it. To be clear: there is zero chance Kennedy would win a traditional defamation case against the diarist. The great folks at Public Citizen have joined the fight on behalf of the diarist, providing pro-bono representation and asking California courts to quash the subpoena. Meanwhile, depending on how the California actions play out, we may file further appeals in New York courts. It would be nice to leave behind some controlling case law in the state protecting anonymous speech.
Jared and Ivanka are so separated from Donald Trump now, they don't even know who that guy is
It’s not like they lived in Florida when Trump was in Florida, and are heading to New Jersey now that Trump is in Jersey. We then learn that Trump is wondering whether Kushner was all that effective being the guy in charge of everything at the White House. Speaking of Trump, CNN informs us that the loser former president is casting about for new people to run his rickshaw operation, as incompetent and chaotic as everything else he touches (remember his blog?). CNN’s crack investigative team reports that “[Ivanka Trump] is focused on her children, and spending time with them, period." Is anyone going to really pretend that they’d be right back at daddy’s side if he ever, god forbid, retook the White House?
Youth voters saved Democrats and America in 2020. Can they do the same in 2022?
High youth turnout is critical to our ability to win races in this state, and everywhere else. In Georgia, the Latino population is small, but their turnout was within the margin of victory. But it also means that we need to do heavy lifting to keep winning and turning out that vote. Our guest will be Ben Wessel, the former executive director of NextGen America, an organization focused on youth voter turnout. It goes live Wednesday mornings at all the usual places, including Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
He's not even hiding it! Trump wants Speaker's job if Republicans win in 2022
All this points to the conservative inability to quit Trump. But there’s another factor at play: We know that Trump can’t get his people to vote in elections when he’s not on the ballot. Without him on the ballot, even Trump’s begging and pleading won’t turn out his people. What if the conservative message is, “We get Trump back, AS SPEAKER, if you vote!” Would that turn out his hidden deplorables? Now he’s sitting there looking like a chump as Trump tells him—repeatedly—that he wants his job.
Redux: The Party of Ideas Introduces Serious Plans
"The party of ideas"? Ha ha ha ha ha ha! There are plans to put together some Republican policy proposals. Anyone that thinks that 2022 won’t be all about “critical race theory”—or distilled even further, racism—is woefully out of touch with today’s Republican Party. Like it or not, they truly are the Party of Ideas.
Nonfiction Views: Happy Birthday, Dalai Lama!
This evening, for my Nonfiction Views, I’m taking a quick overview of a number of books on Tibet and the Dalai Lama. Author Alexander Norman has a long relationship with the Dalai Lama, having been a co-author of several of his books, including his autobiography Freedom in Exile. He pulls the same trick in his new bio of the Dalai Lama (bear with me here):“It is tempting to begin our story with the first Saturday in July, 1935, when, by the Gregorian calendar, the present Dalai Lama was born….In a way, it would be more accurate to begin with the evening of the seventeenth of December 1933 [as] the death of the previous Dalai Lama is what precipitates the birth of the next….Yet there is also a case for beginning with the birth of the First Dalai Lama, since, after all, each incarnation is considered to share the same mental continuum. Thomas Laird’s The Story of Tibet: Conversations With the Dalai Lama, is an interesting take on all of Tibetan history, as it was created through 60 hours of conversation with the Dalai Lama. This story provides a good preview of what will unfold when the current Dalai Lama dies.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. attacks me and Daily Kos. This is my (way too much fun) response
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. filed a petition with the Supreme Court of Westchester County to order Daily Kos to disclose the true name of “Downeast Dem” — a blogger who libeled Kennedy on the Daily Kos platform last year. Justice Mary H. Smith ruled in Kennedy’s favor in April, ordering Daily Kos to unmask Kennedy’s incognito attacker. Judge Smith (in New York) did not order Daily Kos to “unmask” DowneastDem. Ironically, the Daily Kos founder, who has been relentlessly bobbing and weaving to dodge any confrontation with Kennedy, is suddenly challenging Kennedy to engage. Daily Kos presents itself as a serious forum for liberal debate, but the fact is that no one dares to debate Kennedy.
The U.S. owes vulnerable Afghans more than a hasty exit
In addition to SIV applicants, 2.6 million Afghans are currently registered refugees, with 85% of them residing in Iran and Pakistan. This is paltry compared to the displacement that four decades of U.S. policies have caused and will continue to cause. This was a curious statement, given that U.S. involvement in Afghanistan has spanned the entire length of Biden’s political career. In 1979, when the U.S. first involved ourselves in Afghanistan, Biden was serving as a senator on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. The Soviet Army retreated from Afghanistan by 1989, and the Soviet Union collapsed not long after.
Proposed ‘Abolition Amendment’ would close a major 13th Amendment loophole
The average incarcerated worker earns 86 cents per hour, and in five states—Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, and Texas—laborers inside earn nothing. Jorge Renaud, the national criminal justice director for LatinoJustice PRLDF, was incarcerated in Texas for 27 years. They had some 47 people in there [working on computers] and there were two Black individuals and like three Latinos. “This fight is deeply important to the soul of our nation,” said Kamau Allen, lead organizer with the Abolish Slavery National Network. Prism is a BIPOC-led non-profit news outlet that centers the people, places, and issues currently underreported by national media.
It’s past time for the U.S. to rethink its approach to the refugee resettlement program
Since the 9/11 attacks, the refugee resettlement program underwent vigorous cycles of centralization and rigid monitoring and evaluation processes that often neglected the input of local communities, refugees themselves, and resettlement front-line workers. The existing refugee resettlement model relies almost solely on partnerships between the federal government and nine resettlement agencies (RAs) that form a network of affiliates across the country. With the rise of anti-immigrant and anti-refugee rhetoric, the Biden administration must build on a more inclusive and sustainable approach to refugee resettlement. Unlike many other countries that have formalized the role of local communities in refugee resettlement, cooperative models have not been sufficiently leveraged in the U.S. resettlement program. The United States refugee resettlement program should be a source of pride.
Women working in local TV news say harassment from viewers gets out of hand
What happened to Aguilar isn’t uncommon, especially for women of color working in TV news. Workplace harassment is typically defined as any unwanted conduct that creates an uncomfortable work environment, but for local TV journalists, harassment can come from people technically outside that environment, including sources and viewers. A majority of the negative messages Williams receives come from fake accounts with no photos, and many accuse her of being an affirmative action hire. “I think people [working in TV] will lie and say it doesn’t get to them, but we’re all human,” Williams said. There’s no one simple solution to reducing or eliminating the harassment many women in TV are subjected to, but Walsh-Childers doesn’t believe the problem is unsolvable.
College-in-prison programs have many benefits, but barriers to access abound
Under the ban, the number of prison education programs plummeted from 772 in the early 1990s to just eight by 1997. In 2015, an initiative launched by the Obama administration helped offer some relief for a handful of incarcerated students. A particularly unique challenge that speaks to the uneven landscape of prison education opportunities is the frequency of facility transfers. “I think there is less [pushback] when you’re dealing with need-based financial aid, because it’s an equal playing field for people inside prisons and outside prisons,” Delaney said. However, these critiques fail to acknowledge the noted success of prison education programs and the role they play in rehabilitating people’s lives.
‘The shelter system is a broken system,’ houseless San Francisco man says
It was scary to be on the streets and wait in long lines to get into a shelter. The shelter system is a broken system. People who worked at the shelter treated us as if we had no rights, as if we were completely useless and worthless. I was able to get into a shelter and stayed there for almost six months before moving into the shelter-in-place hotel. I was able to find grief support groups in San Francisco and in Marin, which I’m thankful for.
Voting Rights Roundup: Supreme Court guts the last critical protections of the Voting Rights Act
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Supreme Court's conservatives deal historic blow to the Voting Rights Act's last remaining pillar
Arizona had largely transitioned to mail voting even before the pandemic, but the 9th Circuit observed that only 18% of Native American voters receive mail service, and many living on remote reservations lack reliable transportation options. The GOP's law had limited who could handle another person's mail ballot to just close relatives, caregivers, or postal service workers. The appeals court decision relied on Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits laws that have a discriminatory effect against racial minorities regardless of whether there was an intent to discriminate. Another critical part of the VRA was further weakened in 2018 in another Supreme Court case, Abbott v. Perez, which made proving intentional discrimination considerably harder except in truly egregious instances. While the court did not formally strike down what remained of the Voting Rights Act by ruling Section 2 itself unconstitutional, its decision came close to rendering the VRA inert for vote-denial cases.
Republican governor signs state budget with sneaky last-minute anti-LGBTQ provision
Of course, his argument goes in the opposite direction, as he suggested, “Let’s say the doctor is against abortion. Even so, in an interview with the local outlet WEWS-TV, DeWine insisted this language will not result in discrimination. “People are not going to be discriminated against in regards to medical care,” DeWine stated. If you’re juggling jobs, child care, or live with chronic health issues, wasted appointments (or even just reading up on potential providers) can quickly add up. Unsurprisingly, LGBTQ+ groups and allies are horrified by this language and are calling it what it is: discriminatory.
Goodbye Toyota
Toyota supports seditionists and abandons idealists who bought into their eco friendly cars. I love my Toyota but not the company that makes itToyota supports insurrectionists in congress and I just cannot take it. The company shares in some of the blame. I’ve owned a Toyota for so many yearsbut…next purchase they'll find me changing gears. I’m not going to help fund anti-democracy insurrectionsGoodbye Toyota until you change your political directions.
Warren and Markey have questions for hospital chain that took COVID-19 relief money and cut costs
“Even at the height of the pandemic, Tenet pursued cost-cutting measures: from April to June of 2020, Tenet slashed hospital spending by 11% or $377 million, while receiving more than $850 million of federal stimulus money,” Warren, Markey, McGovern, and Trahan point out. “While Tenet pocketed more than $500 million in profits using pandemic relief money, our patients suffered preventable falls and bedsores, dangerous delays in receiving medications and other treatments.”Nor is Massachusetts the only place health care workers are protesting Tenet’s way of doing business. At California’s Fountain Valley Regional Hospital, “We are dangerously understaffed on nearly every shift,” nursing assistant Mailinh Nguyen said in a National Union of Healthcare Workers statement. Tenet also failed to isolate COVID-19 patients from non-COVID-19 patients or dedicate separate staff to each group during an outbreak at Fountain Valley Medical Center in California in July 2020. In the final quarter of 2020, Tenet posted a profit of $414 million.”This is what a for-profit health care system looks like, and it’s dangerous for patients and workers alike.
Far-right network is okay with Mad Georgian using power of her office to harass a citizen
On June 29, Greene appeared on Steve Bannon’s War Room, which airs on far-right news network Real America’s Voice every weekday morning. But if you look at the War Room video archive at the Real America’s Voice website, the original video is still there, unmuted. And Real America’s Voice has shown it has no qualms about letting him do it. Moreover, this is more evidence that Real America’s Voice must be driven off the air. Plus, I noticed that GoDaddy hosts the Real America’s Voice domain, while it appears that Amazon Web Services hosts the website; report it for an egregious terms of service violation.
Crazed White-wing Mom claims CRT will make "Antifa Kids" attack her children
This past Spring, I decided to withdraw my children from the local public school and transfer them to a private school for the Fall. Five weeks later I posted that letter to the group FB page of the school’s parents and expected to generate a serious and thoughtful discussion. White kids are being taught that they aren't perfect? White kids are being told that their ancestors made mistakes? Do you want more white privilege or do you want actual equality?
Arizona's Democratic SoS asks Republican AG to investigate Trump's interference in election
Arizona Secretary of State Katie HobbsThis should be interesting—well played by Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat who is running for governor. The Arizona Republic is reporting that today Hobbs sent a letter to the state’s Attorney General Mark Brnovich, urging him to investigate trump’s interference in the state’s 2020 election. Normally the Secretary of State would investigate election shenanigans, and if Hobbs did Republicans would say it’s a partisan witch hunt. But the Republican Legislature just passed a law that removes most investigatory powers from her office—that is, until next year when they expect a Republican SoS. It’s all yours, GOP, investigate and alienate your trump base, or don’t investigate and tick off most general voters.
Senate GOP candidates' election conspiracypalooza dims Republican takeover hopes
Indeed, it doesn't matter whether Republicans are playing offense or defense, whether there's an open seat or a GOP incumbent, Trump’s 2020 election conspiracies are dominating campaigns and defining Republican candidates in the process. Walker has avidly backed Trump's 2020 conspiracies but he isn't exactly known for his political prowess—and that has Peach State Republicans worried. But Ducey’s dreams were dashed by his inability to illegally overturn the 2020 election results in Trump's favor. In Nevada, former Attorney General Adam Laxalt has gone above and beyond to associate himself with Trump’s election fraud lies from the get-go. Democrats on offenseIn North Carolina, Trump upended the GOP field by endorsing Republican Rep. Ted Budd, who voted against certification of the 2020 election results.
Cheers and Jeers: Thursday
Cheers and Jeers for Thursday, July 8, 2021Note: Got a text last night from the International Space Station: ”Send oxygen now! The Hometown Heroes Parade kicked off at 11 a.m. along a stretch of downtown Manhattan known as the Canyon of Heroes, which has hosted parades for over a century. So let's check in with our Democrat-led legislative branch and see how their ironclad 2020 campaign promises are progressing:House of Representatives Voting rights bills — PASSED Immigration bill — PASSED Climate change bill — PASSED LGBTQ rights bill — PASSED Health care bill — PASSED Infrastructure bill — PASSED-Senate [Beep!] CHEERS to today's edition of On What F*cking Grounds, You Idiot? -Today's Shameless C&J Testimonial GOP Rep. Chip Roy Says the Quiet Part Out Loud: "18 More Months of Cheers and Jeers…That’s What We Want!"
With Music by Charles Mingus
I’ve come to think of this post as one where you come for the music and stay for the conversation—so feel free to drop a note. Good morning everyone and welcome to Thursday’s Morning Open Thread. Good musicians (I’ve read) have a range they can tap into. This morning’s choice of Charles Mingus is someone whose wide, deep range even I can pick up on and appreciate. ????????From The Mingus Institute: One of the most important figures in twentieth century American music, Charles Mingus was a virtuoso bass player, accomplished pianist, bandleader and composer.
An enlightening conversation with a Critical Race Theory opponent, Dr. Tamzin Rosenwasser.
Dr. Tamzin Rosenwasser, an opponent of Critical Race Theory, engaged in a civil discussion that proved the faux debate's distraction. Critical Race Theory malignedSee full episodes here. Dr. Tamzin Rosenwasser, former President of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) and an opponent of Critical Race Theory, engaged in a civil discussion that proved that the Critical Race Theory is nothing but talking points and scare tactics. Note in this interview how Dr. Rosenwasser basically acknowledged the progressive position. I made it clear to Dr. Rosenwasser that it is difficult to fit even her beliefs into her ideology.
Sanctuary in America: Haven or insurrection by other means?
Statewide sanctuaries are in blue, county sanctuaries are in green, both county and state sanctuaries are in purple. “Sanctuary widened from the idea of a church to sanctuary communities who confronted immigration policies and intolerance as manifested in immigration policies,” writes Rhonda Shapiro-Rieser in the 2017 paper The Sanctuary Movement: A Brief History. These had their genesis in the gun sanctuary movement but went even further, back to the Posse Comitatus movement that began in the late 1960s. Analysis: Insurrection by other meansThe anti-federal, anti-abortion sanctuary movement has remained largely under the media radar, spreading in rural areas among small towns that rarely get national attention. By denying the jurisdiction of federal law, the nullifying sanctuary movements are actually practicing insurrection by other means.
MF Daily for Thursday July 8, 2021
A child runs on a pier next to water covered in "sea snot" in Kocaeli, Turkey. 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
Possible Bias attacks and the desecration of the Historic Indian Slave Burial Ground in Teaneck, NJ
There was also a rumor that the TTC had reached out to the State for assistance. The dumping of debris onto what was once a driveway on the adjoining burial ground site, now requires the Department of Environmental Protection to get involved due to the DPW’s actions of dumping soil on part of the burial ground, thereby possibly contaminating the surrounding soil in an environmentally sensitive flood plain. Please click on the link below to read copy of the letter to Governor Murphy. Please scroll down today's press release and letter to Governor Murphy. If you have any questions: please write question in comments and our Government Liaison, Laura Zucker, will reply.
Kagro in the Morning is LIVE at 9 AM ET!
Hello, and Happy National SCUD Day! We’re really going to have to look into how you get a National Day declared. Seems like pretty much anyone or anything can get one, if you’re not worried about being embarrassed. I’d say we should put our heads together and try to come up with a good one, but really, there’s no point in making it good. Well, happy national harrumph day anyway, I guess.
Cartoon: Billy Cosby's Fat Albert Gets Out of Jail, Free!
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Tucker Carlson and the NSA: Selfie with a Conspiracy Filter
Because the second rule of the web is, “Do not feed the trolls,” this is not about Tucker Carlson. Tucker Carlson had a weird, weird accusation that the National Security Agency was “monitoring” him and wanted to destroy his show. On July 2, April Falcon Doss wrote “The Tucker Carlson Disinformation Show” at Just Security. Now Tucker Carlson is getting offers of help from Kim Dotcom, the slightly indicted Internet pirate. Why Carlson should be stripped nakedAs David Frum pointed out, Tucker Carlson is not above Munchausen syndrome tactics.
NC-Sen: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D. NY) Endorses Cheri Beasley (D) In The Democratic Primary
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D. NY) in support of former Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, Cheri Beasley’s (D. NC) U.S. Senate campaign:x I'm proud to endorse @CheriBeasleyNC, a trailblazer who has dedicated her career to the people of North Carolina! Cheri can flip this seat blue and help us hold our Senate majority, but she needs our help. Senator from North Carolina. To start, Cheri is a trailblazer who has spent her career serving the people of North Carolina. Please, rush a donation to $12 or more to elect Cheri Beasley to the Senate in North Carolina and save our Senate majority.
Attorney General Dana Hessel has a few words for you
xAs we continue to experience severe weather, bad actors may try to take advantage of consumers cleaning up after a storm. @MIAttyGen @dananessel reminds consumers: do your research to avoid costly mistakes. For more info, review this consumer alert: https://t.co/xVDISJn4h9 https://t.co/4xbYqul9vO
Help a Teacher Get Back on Her Feet (Literally)
Forgive me Daily Kos, it’s been five years since my last Diary. They have been tough years. Out of all those topics, it is the eye opening experience of struggling to regain independence while disabled, that I must diary soon. But in this moment, I am here hat in hand, hoping the members of the community might help me share my Go fund me request. gofund.me/...
Because of RedState Governors and Republicans we may go back into another COVID induced recession
Now this is only 1 couple and is not a scientific study but I wanted to relay a message from my 90 year old dad and his 89 year old girlfriend with substantial disposable income to travel and spend money in a post-COVID USA...but wait a minute. My dad and his GF are fully vaccinated and live in a COVID free independent living condo gated community in Sarasota FL. Sadly due to low vaccination rates COVID is surging in Sarasota area and my dad is afraid to leave the gated community that does not let in anyone unless they are fully vaccinated, including workers and guests. Now all of this spending is on hold and perhaps indefinitely. Now I told my dad that one of the safest places to be right now is in Northern NJ where we have very high vaccination rates and very low transmission rates, the problem is getting here safely.
West Coast Cookbook & Speakeasy Daily Special, Metro Shrimp & Grits Thursdays
Some slow evenings when the light hangs late and stubborn in the sky,gives itself up to darkness slowly and deliberately, slow cloud after slow cloud,slowness enters me like something familiar,and it feels like going home. It’s all there in the disappearing light:all the evenings of slow sky and slow loving, slow boats on sluggish bayous;the thick-middled trees with the slow-sounding names—oak, mimosa, pecan, magnolia;the slow tree sap that sticks in your hair when you lie with the trees;and the maple syrup and pancakes and grits, the butter meltingslowly into and down the sides like sweat between breasts of sloe-eyed strippers;and the slow-throated blues that floats over the city like fog;and the weeping, the willows, the cut onions, the cayenne, the slow-cooking beans with marrow-thick gravy;and all the mint juleps drunk so slowly on all the slow southern porches,the bourbon and sugar and mint going down warm and brown, syrup and slow;and all the ice cubes melting in all the iced teas,all the slow-faced people sitting in all the slowly rocking rockers;and the crabs and the shrimp and crawfish, the hard shellsslowly and deliberately and lovingly removed, the delicate fleshslowly sucked out of heads and legs and tails;and the slow lips that eat and drink and love and speakthat slow luxurious language, savoring each word like a long-missed lover;and the slow-moving nuns, the black habits dragging the swollen ground;and the slow river that cradles it all, and the chicory coffeethat cuts through it all, slow-boiled and black as dirt;and the slow dreams and the slow-healing wounds and the slow smoke of it allslipping out, ballooning into the sky—slow, deliberate, and magnificent.
New Day Cafe: Purple Mountains Majesty
Welcome to the New Day Cafe! This is an open thread. In honor of the lyric from “America the Beautiful”, today I bring you purple mountains’ majesty.
Infotainment will destroy democracy.
Propagandists and snake oil salesmen are having a field day, even in everyday journalism facts are spun with political/personal beliefs. Social media is basically everyone wanting to be recognized, reality is unceremoniously dumped in favour of hits, likes and friends. Look at the COVID-19 responses around the democracies, when subject had a definite realism look at the lies and bullshit being spun, how many died/in ER unnecessarily? How do you sort out the hyperbole, misinformation, disinformation, bullshit and lies, who do you trust? I trust more the quiet ones reading at the table, than the ones screaming their heads off for attention.
CAN WE BRIDGE THE GREAT TRUTH DIVIDE?
“We have come to live in a society based on insults, on lies and on things that just aren’t true. I long ago gave up searching for common ground with anyone on the other side of this political divide. I get my facts from science, literature, mainstream news, and general living experiences that teach me to use human reasoning powers. We can invite those from across the divide to join us, but past behavior says they probably will not. The job is ours, and if we do it right, maybe the truth will out.
No Climate No Deal. NOAA 412.5 CO2 PPM !
We must address climate change in any infrastructure bill that is passed. We may not have another opportunity to pass legislation that addresses climate change in the near future. Climate change doesn’t mean that there isn’t cold weather or snow in any locations. Carbon dioxide and methane surged in 2020; carbon dioxide rose to 412.5 parts per million despite the economic recession which likely reduced carbon dioxide emissions by seven percent. The global surface average for carbon dioxide (CO 2 ), calculated from measurements collected at NOAA’s remote sampling locations, was 412.5 parts per million (ppm) in 2020, rising by 2.6 ppm during the year.
Indians 101: Tribes and reservations 100 years ago, 1921
By 1921, it was common to refer to Indian tribes with a vague understanding that a tribe was somehow a single governmental and political entity. Fort HallThe Fort Hall Indian Reservation was established in Idaho for the Shoshone and Bannock tribe. Indians 101Twice each week—on Tuesdays and Thursdays—this series presents American Indian topics. In most American history books, American Indians have vanished by the twentieth century, and yet many of the events of this century laid the foundation for many of today’s Indian issues, including poverty. More twentieth-century histories from this series:Indians 101: The Northwest Coast Potlatch 100 years ago, 1921Indians 101: American Indian art 100 years ago, 1921Indians 101: The federal government and American Indians 100 years ago, 1921Indians 101: Popular culture, stereotypes, crafts 100 years ago, 1920Indians 101: World War II Veterans Come HomeIndians 101: Dissolving Cherokee GovernmentIndians 101: California Indians Lose Their HomeIndians 101: The Indian Reorganization Act
Ending My Dry Spell.
I had a painting underway and was really enjoying it. Anyway, that day, and the days immediately after took a lot out of me. My husband and kids can do plenty for themselves (all three work away from home though, so most of the household chores fall to me). The painting I was working on just didn't appeal to me anymore. And what you see above is the result, the newest work in progress.
Schumer sets another deadline on infrastructure, which could expose Republicans' intentions
The $579 billion in new spending reflects a loss of about one-third of what Biden proposed in hard infrastructure, including water systems and broadband. That's not to say Democrats writing the bill can't do it themselves. The BIF reduced broadband spending from $100 billion to $65 billion. Chances are pretty good that the BIF Democrats will be betrayed by Republicans and might feel burned enough to support a big, bold reconciliation package. Sanders wants $6 trillion for the reconciliation bill, while the BIF Democrats are aiming for something more like $2 trillion.
Tomgram: Karen Greenberg, The Age of Unaccountability?
In fact, as Karen Greenberg wrote recently at the American Prospect, “The refusal to distinguish war from hostilities overall has been a landmark piece of the war on terrorism architecture. But let Greenberg tell you this sorry tale of a system that seems to become less accountable by the moment. Biden and his team entered office facing a brand-new list of irregularities and abuses by high-ranking officials, including President Trump. Similarly, the 1975 Church Commission investigation into the abuses of the intelligence community, among them the FBI’s notorious counter-intelligence program, COINTELPRO, was also a select committee project. Otherwise, this country will have to face a new reality: that we are now living in the age of impunity.
Let’s Not Parse Words: Tucker Carlson is a Racist, Plain and Simple
Time and time again, we Democrats continue to allow the fact-free, rightwing disinformation machine to brand us. Despite my efforts to remove the scales from their eyes, the stigma around socialism remains. If you haven’t been living under a rock, you’ve heard the latest whining from the White Right. But Rufo has stated that he “doesn’t give a shit” about what is or isn’t Critical Race Theory. Whatever label Carlson and Rufo put on it, if someone chooses to blame an oppressed race for their own oppression, they are practicing racism right out loud.
I will cling to my confirmation bias even if it kills me.
By now readers of Daily Kos and other progressive websites all know the meaning of “confirmation bias” and how it applies to Trump cultists, an of course to Trump himself. Once a person engages in a set of behaviors -- even something as simple as voting for someone -- the tendency is to want to have confirmation bias. To maintain that belief, a given person will systematically ignore information which challenges the bias. The article explains what confirmation bias is and then goes into detail with nine examples of ways you may engage or enounter this type of cognitive bias in your everyday life. Introduction:Confirmation bias is often still evolutionarily efficient, as reinforcing things we already believe to be true helps us make fast and accurate decisions.
Right-wing Rep. Ken Buck serves up new spin on the Big Lie, claims Google stole the election
If you are someone using even the basest of critical thinking, you have to wonder what the hell Rep. Buck is saying here. The fact that Google manipulates its search engine to help squash competition in their various enterprises is not a new fact. But Buck takes this a step further by asserting that Google is a part of the Big Lie, rigging the election in favor of Joe Biden. You can watch the clip below 1,000 times and it still won’t make a lick of sense how “you know, ‘Donald Trump. Hunter Biden?’” swayed 15 million voters to vote for Joe Biden.
Rep. Mondaire Jones leads lawmakers in urging Biden admin to bring back unjustly deported immigrants
“Paul entered the United States with his parents when he was just five years old,” legislators said. “He lived in the United States for 35 years, and worked as a financial consultant. Yet he found himself unjustly deported to Haiti, a country he was not born in and had never been to before—on the basis of a decades-old conviction for a non-violent offense. The administration is also reportedly mulling a review process that could set the stage for returning to the U.S. some immigrants unjustly deported by the previous administration, Julia Preston reported last month. “The reviews will proceed on a painstaking case-by case basis, officials said.” Advocates have also urged the administration to extend that review to immigrants unjustly deported by the Obama administration.
Predatory lender, con man, and racketeer Joel Tucker is exactly what privilege looks like
Joel Tucker, whom a top prosecutor in Kansas City once called a “well-dressed thief,” pleaded guilty last year to criminal counts of transporting stolen money, bankruptcy fraud and tax evasion. So what is it that Joel Tucker did, and how damaging were his acts? Joel Tucker had continued to buy up debt, then sell it—including making up fake debt—to debt collectors to harass victims. These victims faced having their credit damaged, and some, when pushed to bankruptcy would cite the fake debt in their filings. Why, if he had accidentally tried to pass a fake $20 the same way he passed all that fake debt, who knows what might have happened.
What We Want for the Next Generation
I also want them to be able to get meaningful work that pays a decent salary and offers healthcare and other benefits. One proposal that gives me hope for all our kids’ futures is the Civilian Climate Corps (CCC). The program is inspired by the New Deal’s Civilian Conservation Corps , but updated for the era of climate crisis. An ambitious Civilian Climate Corps could help us meet our climate goals and keep our communities safe from extreme weather. A new generation of CCC parks employees could increase access to the outdoors for all, ensuring those who come after them enjoy a direct connection to nature on a thriving planet.
Thank You For Your Love, Support, And Being A Part Of My Family
My Friends,On behalf of myself and my family I would just like to thank you for your kindness and generosity in supporting my battle with cancer and my efforts to build a top flight newsletter. I am humbled and eternally grateful for everything you have done and am determined to be stronger and continue to build a better newsletter, and grow as a person. I am working on tons more important stories, as always based on evidence and quality sources, and look forward to the continued building of what I hope will be a large scale multi-faceted progressive media organization with growing reach and influence. And I will continue to do original reporting here, as well, daily to the extent possible, so I can give back to a community that has given myself, and my family, so much. With Our Very Deepest Love And Gratitude,-Todd (ROC)
Marjorie Taylor Greene's Mini-Me joins her in shockingly offensive attention-seeking
“The people of my district are more than smart enough to make their own decisions about the experimental vaccine and don’t need coercion by federal agents. Polling and research has found that many people aren’t necessarily opposed to being vaccinated, but they do want more information or need convenience and reassurance that it won’t cost them anything. Let me be clear: the House Republican Conference condemns this language.”Your move, Kevin. (Ha ha ha, yeah, right.) You just can’t.” Trump praising Hitler plus Trump’s most diehard followers constantly talking about Nazis is … a disturbing fixation to have surfacing in the Republican Party.
The Daily Bucket. Taxis nomia, it's all Greek to me, Master Shifu.
One of the central characters is Master Shifu, portrayed as a CGI (computer-generated imagery) Red Panda. [6] However, results of genetic analysis indicate that there are probably two distinct red panda species, the Chinese red panda and the Himalayan red panda, which genetically diverged 0.22 million years ago. [62] The word w?? is Sunuwari meaning bear; in Tamang language, a small, red bear is called t?w?m. When people move into the red panda’s area, they clear forests for housing and commercial development, for farming and mining. Sometimes, red pandas are caught in traps that were intended to catch other animals, such as wild pigs and deer.
Kagro in the Morning podcast (AUDIO): Thursday, July 8, 2021
Since Donald Trump said he’d deliver the miracle cure, almost as many Americans have died of COVID as were lost in all four years of World War II, both from combat and all other causes. Once the virus is finished in their holler, it might not emerge as the same virus, but something worse. A school board meeting turned into an anti-mask riot, but why would you expect school board meeting attendees to be concerned about education? Governance is the last thing Trump voters are looking for. Donald Trump’s present legal representatives are pretty stupid also, and you know, Donald isn’t that much of a genius himself.
Pro-Life, Pro-Murdering Doctors. Pro-Gun, Anti-Choice, Radicalized, Pro-Trump Theocrats!
“Radicalized’ anti-abortion movement poses increased threat … militant anti-abortion groups gain legislative influence”“… leaders of affiliated groups such as Defy Tyrants, led by Matt Trewhella, were signatories to a statement which described murdering abortion providers as “justifiable homicide”. “pro-gun anti-abortion theocratic militant groups who seek to prosecute women who have abortions under murder statutes have gained increasing legislative influence in the US. States enacted 90 abortion restrictions in 2021, breaking the previous record of 89 in 2011. At the same time, the constitutional right to abortion has never been so perilously close to being removed since 1973, when the supreme court decided the landmark case Roe v Wade. Lots more at The Guardian: Anti-Abortion Movement Radicalized
New study links recent Northwest Heatwave to Climate Change
Those of un in the Northwest part of the US know how unusual the recent heatwave was drawing from our own life experience. Now scientists have quantified how extraordinary this weather was, and suggesting a direct casual link to climate change. During the last days of June 2021, Pacific northwest areas of the U.S. and Canada experienced temperatures never previously observed, with records broken in many places by several degrees Celsius. The full extent of the impact of this exceptional heat on population health will not be known for several months. Scientists from the US, Canada, the UK, the Netherlands, France, Germany and Switzerland collaborated to assess to what extent human-induced climate change made this heatwave hotter and more likely.
Contractor running camp for migrant kids is fire and water damage repair company, report reveals
Elkin and Mr. Mulaire witnessed no communication between case managers and children under their care for sometimes weeks at a time,” GAP said. “Many of the Servpro staff’s t-shirts bore the Servpro corporate logo found on the internet, with some including the corporate logo: ‘As if it never happened,’” the report continued. “Problematic contractor guidelines exacerbated this situation,” the report continued. “Contractors told Ms. Elkin and Mr. Mulaire that they were not permitted to interact with the children unless a child specifically approached them. Elkin and Mr. Mulaire report that contractors were often of little help.” Probably because the company was wholly unfit to provide specialized care.
HOAs and Solar Panels
The first thing they did was have solar panels installed on their roof. Those without solar panels will stick out. It’s over the placement of solar panels. They had solar panels professionally installed in October 2020, despite HOA rules that say they can only be in the back. Help homeowners being sued for solar panels!
A violent mob descended on a trans-friendly spa. Was their rage based on a lie?
Of course, trans women are women, regardless of genitalia. For additional context, Wi Spa is a 24-hour upscale spa that is decidedly LGBTQ+ inclusive. All guests are by appointment only, and according to the Blade, most trans folks are familiar to the staff. x BREAKING: Just had a gun pulled on us by transphobes at Wi Spa. Antifa, as you might remember, stands for “antifascist.”In a statement, Wi Spa confirmed it is following California law by not discriminating against trans folks.
VA-Gov: Trump's GOPer Busted On Camera Admitting His Stance On Abortion Could Cost Him The Election
Kudos to Emily Singer at The American Independent for flagging this:x YIKES. His reasoning: He needs the independent vote to ensure his victory in November. Glenn Youngkin, the venture capitalist running as a Republican in Virginia's gubernatorial race against former Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, made the comments to Lauren Windsor, who runs The Undercurrent, a self-described "grassroots political web-show" funded by the liberal advocacy group American Family Voices. The American Independent obtained the video footage from Windsor, who also shared it with MSNBC.
PWBPeeps: Nittens are in the House, Chapter 8
In early March, our favorite rescue operation (Jingle Dog was adopted from there and we support them with a small monthly donation.) That Saturday, we loaded Jingle Dog into the car and off we went to meet our potential new pup! “Our” pup looked the most of the 5 like a Labrador. He liked us, liked Jingle Dog, and Jingle Dog liked him. Out of the blue, I said to Papa, “Let’s name him “Wonder.” Papa looked up at me and understood the noun, verb, phenomenon I meant.
Time For Grassroots To Rout the Tottering Totalitarian Regime In Arizona and Turn the State Blue
The decaying extremist regime in Arizona is ripe for a grassroots push that will topple the authoritarian would-be dictators and leave the state a solid blue. Doug Ducey is an example of an Arizona politician who is rapidly sinking into quicksand with a 35% approval rating. Help stop voter suppression laws in Arizona (everyaction.com)A first step is the grassroots effort to beat back their clumsy attempts to suppress voters. Naturally, the extremists -- including at least two announced candidates for Secretary of State -- desperately want to screw up voting. If she sees progressives sweep Arizona in 2022, you can bet she will be moving left.
Thursday Good News Roundup: R Bogosity vs. D Cluosity—Oh, Yeah, Have We Got This!
There are many single-issue Republican voters who don’t care about the other issues or the factions that are concerned with them. Political positions of the Democratic PartyNote that most Democrats are in favor of action on all of these issues, supporting each other. There are, of course, clear differences on certain points between the Democrats called Progressive and those called Moderate or Centrist. Many old issues have largely fallen away, or are in that process, like opposition to marijuana or marriage equality. More and more it is impossible to avoid meeting us and seeing us in the media and more generally online.
Michael Wolff's new book: Trump wanted to use COVID-19 as excuse to cancel the 2020 elections
Earlier in July, Trump talked to his chief of staff Mark Meadows about the idea of “calling it off,” referring to the election. Right?” Trump said, per Wolff’s book. “I’m sure there might be a way, but … well …” Wolff quoted Trump as saying. Christie thought he meant the debate prep, but Trump elaborated that it was the election that he was considering canceling. You do know that, right?” Christie apparently added.
Thursday Pundit Round-up: Humanities
This Steady newsletter is barely 6 months old, and already we have written about disenfranchisement and the injustices it embodies many times. And the Supreme Court, bolstered in its majority by the destructive obstructionism of McConnell, is eager to play along. That’s not to say the needs weren’t significant, or that every state has since seen the same surge in revenue. Many Haitians repeatedly denounced the United States’ support of Mr. Moïse but said they had little power to stop it. Today, only a few things are still consistently described as exotic including: animals; places (see: exotic vacations); cars; women; and, of course, food.
Tennessee Republicans deem Ruby Bridges' story critical race theory in effort to ban it in schools
Mind you, critical race theory is a framework for interpreting law that maintains racism's reach has had particularly harmful effects on the legal system and laws that govern our society. The “Wit & Wisdom” content in question doesn’t address the theory. Watch at the 13-minute mark for Fox host Pete Hegseth's misguided take on critical race theory:Tennessee Gov. About 40 protesters opposing the “Wit & Wisdom” curriculum stopped Schwinn on a summer learning bus tour stopping in Sumner County. It tells the family story of civil rights activist Sylvia Mendez, the daughter of Mexican and Puerto Rican immigrants.
Donald Trump jumps on the Ashli Babbitt conspiracy theory bandwagon
Trump’s implication, of course, is that had Babbitt been a Black Lives Matter protester, the officer would not have been cleared of wrongdoing. We’ve repeatedly seen officers not face charges for killing unarmed Black people going about their daily business. So no, if that were the opposite, that case would not be going on for years and years. “That’s the way it has to be,” Trump said after U.S. marshals killed the suspect in the killing of a Trump supporter. “There has to be retribution when you have crime like this.”It makes total sense, in Trump’s twisted psyche, to become an Ashli Babbitt cheerleader.
Morning Digest: GOP megadonor tries to thwart McConnell's plan to thwart toxic Senate candidate
Most notably, Uihlein gave $2.5 million to support Illinois state Rep. Jeanne Ives' longshot primary bid against Gov. ? NM-Gov: State Rep. Rebecca Dow announced Wednesday that she would campaign for the Republican nomination to take on Democratic Gov. ? MN-01: Republican Rep. Jim Hagedorn announced Wednesday that his kidney cancer had returned, saying, "The new diagnosis was surprising considering that just 14 weeks ago no cancer was detected." ? VA-07: 2020 candidate Tina Ramirez announced last week that she would once again seek the Republican nomination to take on Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger. However, he was defeated four years later by Republican Rep.
Roger Stone attacking Ivanka and Jared, did somebody flip on Daddy Douchebag?
In this weeks episode of which Trump kid flips on Daddy first I think Roger Stone may be giving us a heads up as to who it is.
From mind control to murder? How a deadly fall revealed the CIA’s darkest secrets
Later, Olson met with American intelligence officers who had experimented with “truth drugs” in Europe. Less than a year later, Olson succeeded Schwab as chief of the special operations division. Gottlieb later reported that they were “boisterous and laughing … unable to continue the meeting or engage in sensible conversations”. “Since 1953, we have struggled to understand Frank Olson’s death as an inexplicable ‘suicide,’” she said. There were problems of supervision and administration.”White House lawyers offered the Olson family $750,000 in exchange for dropping its legal claims.
How the CIA created the Unabomber
When mass murderer Ted Kaczynski was a 16-year-old undergraduate student at Harvard, he took part in a behavioral engineering project run by the CIA. It was part of the US government's illegal MKUltra project, which ruined the lives of many innocent and unwitting test subjects around the world. The study was run by Dr. Henry Murray, who had each of his 22 subjects write an essay detailing their dreams and aspirations. Following the psychological attacks, the participants were forced to watch the videos of themselves being verbally and psychologically assaulted multiple times. The CIA Created The Unabomber
The CIA's Secret Quest For Mind Control: Torture, LSD And A 'Poisoner In Chief'
In response, the CIA began its own secret program, called MK-ULTRA, to search for a mind control drug that could be weaponized against enemies. Journalist Stephen Kinzer, who spent several years investigating the program, calls the operation the "most sustained search in history for techniques of mind control." Allen Ginsberg, the poet who preached the value of the great personal adventure of using LSD, got his first LSD from Sidney Gottlieb. The CIA mind control project, MK-ULTRA, was essentially a continuation of work that began in Japanese and Nazi concentration camps. So these were projects designed not only to understand the human mind but to figure out how to destroy it.
Arizona secretary of state puts GOP attorney general in hot seat over Trump's election interference
But Hobbs' formal ask of Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich is also an ingenious bit of political jujitsu. Brnovich has announced his candidacy for Senate, hoping to take on Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, and he has been laboring to endear himself to Trump as a loyal soldier to his cause. Hobbs emailed the request to Brnovich Wednesday and his office declined to comment at the time. Rep. Ruben Gallego of Arizona lodged a similar request with U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to launch an inquiry into the "pressure campaign" mounted by Trump and his allies. Their efforts "reflect a disturbing trend following the 2020 election of Trump advisors and allies, and even former President Trump himself, committing potential crimes to overturn the election," Gallego wrote.
'One of the largest human experiments in history' was conducted on unsuspecting residents of San Francisco
The north tower of the Golden Gate Bridge is seen surrounded by fog on September 8, 2013, in San Francisco. The test was a success, as Rebecca Kreston explains over at Discover Magazine, and "one of the largest human experiments in history." The unsuspecting residents of San Francisco certainly could not consent to the military's germ-warfare test, and there's good evidence that it could have caused the death of at least one resident of the city, Edward Nevin, and hospitalized 10 others. Cole wrote:Nearly all of San Francisco received 500 particle minutes per liter. In 2005, the FDA stated that "Serratia marcescens bacteria ... can cause serious, life-threatening illness in patients with compromised immune systems."
What the lab-leak theory's new credibility means for social media
Biden's statement comes amid a surge in interest in the lab-leak theory -- once dismissed as a fringe conspiracy. Q: How has the lab-leak theory become credible and what does it mean for social media? A: While the possibility that the coronavirus emerged from a Chinese lab was originally downplayed or dismissed entirely, the idea is gaining new credence. First, investigations into whether a natural origin or an accidental lab leak caused the coronavirus pandemic have yielded no firm conclusions. A new study has found that most severe Covid-19 cases had long-term symptoms, underscoring the importance of vaccinating more people.
Biden orders closer review of Covid origins as U.S. intel weighs Wuhan lab leak theory
Hector Retamal | AFP | Getty ImagesWASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that he has ordered a closer intelligence review of what he said were two equally plausible scenarios of the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic. "As of today, the U.S. Intelligence Community has 'coalesced around two likely scenarios' but has not reached a definitive conclusion on this question," Biden said in a statement. Biden's statement mirrors the unique way that the intelligence community presents its findings to sitting presidents. Biden issued this new directive as the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, still officially unknown, come under increased scrutiny. "Since the outbreak of COVID-19 last year, some political forces have been fixated on political manipulation and blame game," the statement said.
Over and over again, the military has conducted dangerous biowarfare experiments on Americans
The people of San Francisco had no idea. It was one of the first large-scale biological weapon trials that would be conducted under a "germ warfare testing program" that went on for 20 years, from 1949 to 1969. San Francisco wasn't the first or the last experiment on citizens who hadn't given informed consent. But it was the germ warfare tests that Cole focused on. Here are some of the other difficult-to-believe germ warfare experiments that occurred during this dark chapter in US history.
There's still no evidence of a Chinese lab leak. But here’s what's changed, scientists say.
What she is saying is what more scientists have grown comfortable discussing publicly: There's no clear evidence either way. The letter helped kick-start a new round of calls to investigate the "lab leak hypothesis," including demands from President Joe Biden and several leading scientists. Still, he cautioned that while a lab leak is plausible, that doesn't necessarily mean it's the most probable explanation. The team also downplayed the theory that the virus leaked from the Wuhan institute, describing the scenario as "extremely unlikely." During the WHO-led investigation this year, officials at the Wuhan institute said all staff members had tested negative for Covid-19 antibodies.
Return of the Lab Leak Conspiracy Shows Biden is a Democrat with Trumpian Characteristics on China
Return of the Lab Leak Conspiracy Shows Biden is a Democrat with Trumpian Characteristics on ChinaNow Biden and his top allies have given credence to the lab leak conspiracy, as they escalate their confrontation with China. The lab leak conspiracy has resurfaced in recent months after Trump’s former CDC Director Robert Redfield stated that he believed COVID-19 emerged from a lab. The lab leak conspiracy, like Russiagate, has been a key cog in the U.S. propaganda war against China. The lab leak conspiracy is an effective psychological operation because it is difficult to imagine evidence that could disprove or prove the claim. The lab leak conspiracy is serving similar ends in a moment of intense crisis for the United States.
A History of Bioweapons Attacks Against Itself
Last year, Trump’s racist lab leak theory was thrown out by both the Democratic establishment and most of the mainstream media. US military researchers at the Camp Detrick (later Fort Detrick) bioweapons facility, doing sketchy top-secret stuff, no doubt. Plus, why would our global nemeses attack us with germ warfare if we do it to ourselves? Hit commuters with germ warfare — they just brush it off and keep moving. Every day to a New Yorker is germ warfare.
After global warming collapses the U.S. power grid, the class war will reach a chaotic new stage
The CIA is using 2013's legalization of covert government messaging within U.S. media to make Americans more inundated with war propaganda than ever before. Department of Defense installations are 99 percent reliant on the U.S. power grid for electrical power generation due to the decommissioning of autonomous power generation capability for budgetary cost-saving measures over the last two decades. While generators would allow continued operations for a time, a long-term outage of the power grid would rapidly erode the ability to perform numerous missions as resources were diverted toward humanitarian assistance/ disaster response operations in the homeland. As Kyri Baker, an engineering professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, has assessed following the power-grid strains from this last month's West Coast heatwaves: "I would probably give our power grid maybe a C minus. This will entail the cutting off of internet and cell-phone access to the communities that the military plans to occupy.
Carlos Lazo: The Cuban American Leading the Charge to Transform U.S.-Cuba Policy
He is neither for or against the Cuban government; he is for the Cuban people, the Cuban families. Lazo portrays Cuba and the U.S. as his parentsCuba is his mother, the U.S. his father. Lazo spent a few years in Miami working in restaurants, delivering pizzas and driving trucks, but moved to Seattle in 1998 to seek more economic opportunities. When Obama became president and started normalizing relations with Cuba, Lazo thought his political work was over. Trump tried to please right-wing Cubans in Miami by reversing Obama's openings and adding 242 additional coercive measures designed to torpedo the Cuban economy.
Tomgram: Karen Greenberg, The Age of Unaccountability?
Only recently, more than 18 years after President George W. Bush launched the invasion of Iraq and quickly declared victory ("Mission accomplished! "), Joe Biden once again ordered U.S. air strikes, three of them, against Iranian-backed Iraqi militias in that country's borderlands with Syria. In fact, as Karen Greenberg wrote recently at the American Prospect, "The refusal to distinguish war from hostilities overall has been a landmark piece of the war on terrorism architecture. But let Greenberg tell you this sorry tale of a system that seems to become less accountable by the moment. True to the president's word, the Obama administration refused to hold former officials responsible for violations of fundamental constitutional and legal issues.
The Farther Reaches of Human Nature
Simply sign up for a Advocate premium membership and you'll automatically see this data on every article. Abraham Maslow, Lecture 3: The Jonah Complex A third lecture on Abraham Maslow's The Farther Reaches of Human Nature. Maslow's research concluded that psychology had been selling human nature short by focusing too much on pathology, while ignoring our positive potential. In fact, it is precisely the follies, missteps and disasters in my own life that have led me to seek an understanding of the "farther reaches" of what is possible. Maslow is primarily known for his model of a "hierarchy of human needs," conceptualized as a pyramid beginning with the most basic needs at the bottom and moving up toward more complex needs.
New HSBC evidence clearly shows Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou's 2.5-year, US-forced detention in Canada has been a geopolitica
Huawei Canada tweet(Image by Huawei Canada) Details DMCAPictured above: Huawei Canada's just released statement about Meng Wanzhou's ongoing, US-led detention, going back 2.5 years. Of course, Meng is innocent, but Western courts are corrupt finger puppets of the 1% elites and always have been. Essential reading, listening and watching expose's on the Meng Wanzhou saga,Expose': It is not fair that Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou landed in Canada, can't have Perry Mason as her lawyer, nor be tried in his mythical world of "rule of law". China Rising Radio Sinoland 210123This is it: Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou's final March kangaroo court in Canada will determine her fate and China-US relations for years to come. China Rising Radio Sinoland 210307Explosive expose' blows the cover off Huawei Meng Wanzhou's 2018 sting operation in Vancouver, Canada: The truth and consequences of connecting the dots.
Right-Wing Groups Mobilize Against Effort to Counter Tax Dodging by the Rich
The $40 billion boost proposed by the bipartisan group is presented as a way to “reduce the IRS tax gap,” the difference between taxes owed and taxes actually collected by the federal government. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen suggested in May that the gap could be as large as $7 trillion. “Our tax returns are, by law, confidential because of just this kind of shenanigans,” McConnell said in an interview. “These people ought to, whoever did this, ought to be hunted down and thrown into jail.”Deep cuts to the IRS budget over the past decade have resulted in a sharp decline in enforcement, a trend that has principally rewarded the wealthy and large businesses. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.
Arizona Secretary of State Probes Alleged Trump Calls to Election Officials
After reports that former President Donald Trump and his allies had apparently tried to call election officials in Arizona to get them to overturn election results in the state, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, is calling on state Attorney General Mark Brnovich to investigate the alleged calls. Around the same time, the Arizona Republic reported last week, Giuliani made a couple of calls to election supervisors. In one voicemail, he pleaded with the officials to help him turn the tide toward Trump. And I think there may be a nice way to resolve this for everybody.”The state Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward also tried to pressure election officials through text messages. “We need you to stop the counting,” Ward texted Hickman — an incident cited by Hobbs in her letter.
Northwest Heat Wave Would’ve Been “Virtually Impossible” Without Climate Crisis
A rapid-response scientific analysis of the Pacific Northwest heatwave that has killed hundreds of people — and more than a billion intertidal animals — indicates that the extreme temperature event “would have been virtually impossible” in the absence of the human-caused climate crisis. The group’s aim is to examine and quickly publicize connections between extreme weather events and the climate crisis to undercut denialists’ claims that the two are unrelated. As warming continues, it will become a lot less rare,” the scientists wrote Wednesday. “Odds favor anomalously hot and dry conditions to prevail into the fall.”This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.
Could Other Condos Collapse Like Surfside? Ron DeSantis Doesn’t Care to Know.
In 1977, the skyline of New York City was graced with the arrival of a new and refreshingly unique building. The chevron bracing structure made the building exceptionally light for a skyscraper, so it would sway in the wind. The rescue of the Citibank Building should be a lesson for Florida and its “What, me worry?” governor. The rescue of the Citibank Building should be a lesson for Florida and its “What, me worry?” governor. This article has been updated to reflect the latest casualty numbers from the Surfside collapse.
Biden Mocks Ron Johnson for Saying Climate Crisis Is “Bullshit”
During that event, Johnson, referring to United Kingdom climate crisis denier Lord Christopher Monckton, stated that he did not believe climate change was real. “By the way, it is.”Johnson went on, further describing actions to combat the climate crisis as “a self-inflicted wound,” and suggesting that several scientists were “laying [the climate crisis] to waste” in books being written about the subject. The senator’s comments fly in the face of the overwhelming consensus of climate scientists, who agree that the climate crisis isn’t just real, but already happening and is the result of human activities. I am not a climate change denier,” Johnson insisted, “but I also am not a climate change alarmist. While Biden’s criticism of Johnson may have made some laugh, many climate advocates are disgruntled with the White House’s insufficient proposals to address the climate crisis.
Eric Adams wins New York City mayoral primary
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has been declared the winner of the Democratic nomination for mayor of New York City, two weeks after the June 22 primary election. Brooklyn Borough President and a Democratic mayoral candidate Eric Adams greets NYPD officers, Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in New York. The victor in the Democratic primary is virtually certain to be elected mayor next November, with Republicans heavily outnumbered among city voters and especially hated after the Donald Trump presidency. This was designed to avoid any serious discussion of the issues facing the working class. This poses the urgent need for the political independence of the working class, which requires the building of a new revolutionary leadership.
Auto parts maker Faurecia kept workers on the job during fire at its Saline, Michigan plant
When fire erupted on June 28 at the sprawling parts plant in Saline, Michigan, 40 miles west of Detroit, many lines of workers were evacuated immediately as firefighters rushed to the scene to contain the blaze. The Detroit Free Press reported nothing more than a few comments from the Faurecia corporate spokeswoman for North America, Misty Mathews. Fire trucks at Faurecia Saline plant (source: Saline Area Fire Department)Faurecia has risen to the eighth largest parts supplier in the world by acquiring operations like the one in Saline, formerly run by Ford Motor Company, which the French multinational grabbed in 2012. As with the rest of the auto industry, Faurecia has made massive profits over the course of the pandemic. That’s what they tell city officials in Saline, that’s what they tell OSHA, that’s what they were telling the NLRB.”He described numerous cases of people dying at work.
Biden Urged to Stop Deportations to Haiti Following President’s Assassination
The first lady of Haiti, Martine Moïse, was injured in the attack and was airlifted to a Miami hospital in Miami. Last week, President Moïse appointed Ariel Henry to become his seventh prime minister in four years, but Henry has not yet been sworn in. Our hearts are crying for protections, because we do understand, as we serve migrants in the United States, they do not want to leave home. AMY GOODMAN: And before we end, Guerline, you live here in the United States. You are a part of what many call Haiti’s 10th department: Haitians who live in the United States.
A Great Inflation Redux? Economists Point to Big Differences.
The 1960s saw historically low unemployment while the current economy is still missing millions of jobs. According to many standard measures, the recovery remains fragile enough that government spending should lead to faster job growth, not more inflation. In the 1960s, an overheating economy gradually pushed up prices, but it was in the 1970s when inflation really took off. Inflation jumped to 12 percent in late 1974, then moderated, and hit a peak of more than 14 percent in early 1980. The immediate culprit, in both big 1970s spikes, was oil.
Food-shaped pool floats are getting ridiculous, with waffles, sushi and Crunchwraps
A pool float in the shape of the popular Taco Bell concoction — yes, it’s a real thing that you can purchase — might just be the sign that summer of 2021 is the high water mark for novelty food-related pool accessories. And if the Crunchwrap Supreme did not deliver this message forcefully enough, perhaps we should examine the additional evidence: the six-foot-long blowup version of In-N-Out Burger’s iconic french fry container for sale on the fast-food chain’s online merchandise store (it’s currently sold out). Or Panera’s new pool float crafted to resemble the bread bowls in which the sandwich company serves piping-hot soup (because who doesn’t want to think about molten broccoli and cheddar in the midst of a heat wave?
When hitting the road in an electric vehicle, plan for the unexpected
For example, most EVs have a highway speed “sweet spot” that ensures the most efficient battery usage. We learned this the hard way one night when we “lost” over 100 miles of valuable range by cruising at 80 mph through North Carolina. In addition, today’s EVs are as much computer as they are c