Capitol Illuminated For Juneteenth

Gov. Newsom said it's a reminder that 155 years later, Black Americans are still feeling the impacts of government-sponsored racism.

  • Joe Biden opens up biggest national poll lead over Trump since securing nomination as independents abandon president
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    Joe Biden opens up biggest national poll lead over Trump since securing nomination as independents abandon president

    Joe Biden has opened up his biggest poll lead over Donald Trump since securing the nomination, with a new nationwide survey showing him with a 15-point advantage in the race for the White House. Registered voters back the former vice president over the incumbent 52 - 37 per cent, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released on Wednesday. The same poll one month ago gave Mr Biden a lead of eight points, 49 - 41 per cent.

  • UN official: Catastrophe looming from oil tanker off Yemen
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    UN official: Catastrophe looming from oil tanker off Yemen

    The U.N. environment chief said Wednesday that “time is running out” to avert an environmental, economic and humanitarian catastrophe from a deteriorating oil tanker loaded with 1.1 million barrels of crude oil that is moored off the coast of Yemen. Inger Andersen told the U.N. Security Council that an oil spill from the FSO Safer, which hasn't been maintained for over five years, would wreck ecosystems and livelihoods for decades. Houthi rebels, who control the area where the ship is moored, have denied U.N. inspectors access to the vessel so they could assess the damage and look for ways to secure the tanker by unloading the oil and pulling the ship to safety.

  • Lindsey Graham Attempting to Declassify FBI Memo on Steele Source Who Undermined Dossier
    National Review

    Lindsey Graham Attempting to Declassify FBI Memo on Steele Source Who Undermined Dossier

    Senator Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) revealed on Tuesday that he is attempting to declassify an FBI memo describing an interview with a crucial source for the Steele dossier, whose comments undermined the dossier's assertions. The source was dossier author Christopher Steele's only direct source inside Russia for many of the allegations included in the dossier. The Justice Department Inspector General report released in December 2019 noted that the individual, referred to as the “Primary Sub-Source,” has since disputed various claims in the dossier, including that Trump-campaign officials colluded with Russian operatives during the 2016 election.

  • Ghislaine Maxwell secretly married but won't reveal husband's identity say NY prosecutors
    The Telegraph

    Ghislaine Maxwell secretly married but won't reveal husband's identity say NY prosecutors

    Ghislaine Maxwell has secretly married but refused to disclose her husband's identity to FBI investigators, it was claimed in court. Federal prosecutors told a judge hearing Maxwell's application for bail that she had a spouse although his name has been withheld. The existence of a husband might explain why Maxwell chose to remain in the US while being hunted down by the FBI over child sex trafficking allegations rather than fleeing abroad.

  • 'Mind-boggling decision': Some teachers and parents object as Detroit reopens classrooms
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    'Mind-boggling decision': Some teachers and parents object as Detroit reopens classrooms

    The fury surrounding the start of summer school in Detroit this week offers a preview of the emotional battles that could hit many more communities this fall. The city's main public school district made the unusual decision to open classrooms for in-person summer learning starting Monday in hopes of helping children catch up four months after the coronavirus forced schools to close. While the district says it took safety precautions to prevent the spread of the virus and stressed that no students or teachers were forced to participate in face-to-face instruction, the first two days of classes were met with protests.

  • National Association of Police Organizations president explains decision to endorse President Trump
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    National Association of Police Organizations president explains decision to endorse President Trump

    Major law enforcement lobbying group throws weight behind President Trump.

  • The California woman who refused to wear a face mask in Starbucks is considering suing to get half of the barista's $100,000 in GoFundMe tips
    INSIDER

    The California woman who refused to wear a face mask in Starbucks is considering suing to get half of the barista's $100,000 in GoFundMe tips

    Last month, a San Diego woman named Amber Gilles publicly shamed a Starbucks barista for refusing to serve her because she wasn't wearing a face mask. A GoFundMe campaign raised more than $100,000 in tips for the barista, Lenin Gutierrez. Now Gilles says she wants half of the money, telling KGTV she was the one who was "discriminated against."

  • US Navy warship challenges China in South China Sea as US blasts Beijing's 'unlawful' claims and 'gangster tactics'
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    US Navy warship challenges China in South China Sea as US blasts Beijing's 'unlawful' claims and 'gangster tactics'

    US Navy A US Navy destroyer challenged China in the South China Sea with a freedom-of-navigation operation on Tuesday. The USS Ralph Johnson sailed near the disputed Spratly Islands, the Navy said, adding in a statement that "unlawful and sweeping maritime claims in the South China Sea pose a serious threat to the freedom of the seas." The operation, one of at least six such operations this year, comes after the US State Department officially rejected most of China's sea claims, declaring its maritime efforts to assert sovereignty unlawful.

  • Georgia murder case tests whether a Black man can stand his ground against whites
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    Georgia murder case tests whether a Black man can stand his ground against whites

    William Marcus “Marc” Wilson believed he was standing his ground when he fired at a pickup truck he says was trying to run his car off the road as he drove home with his girlfriend one night last month. The pickup truck's driver then allegedly tried to run Wilson's much smaller Ford Focus off the road before, according to Johnson, Wilson “defended his life” by using a legally registered firearm to shoot at the truck.

  • Prosecutor investigating couple who pointed guns at protesters says Trump, governor 'came after' her
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    Prosecutor investigating couple who pointed guns at protesters says Trump, governor 'came after' her

    The St. Louis prosecutor who is investigating the couple who in June pointed guns at a group of people protesting racial injustice said Tuesday that Missouri's governor and President Donald Trump "came after" her for doing her job. St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner accused Gov. Mike Parson and Trump of playing politics, "spreading misinformation and distorting the truth" after Parson told reporters the president would be “getting involved” in the case Tuesday. Gardner noted that she hasn't decided whether to file charges against Mark and Patricia McCloskey, a white couple seen on video pointing guns at protesters outside their home in an upscale neighborhood.

  • McGrath outpaces McConnell in fundraising for Senate seat
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    McGrath outpaces McConnell in fundraising for Senate seat

    Democratic challenger Amy McGrath continued her blistering fundraising pace in the spring, outdistancing Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for another quarter in their bruising, free-spending campaign in Kentucky. Despite her prodigious pace, McGrath ended the quarter with slightly less money in the bank after spending heavily at the end of her bumpier-than-expected primary battle against state Rep. Charles Booker. The bonanza partly reflects McConnell's close ties to President Donald Trump, which has made him a lightning rod for Democrats across the nation.

  • 21 Best Wall-Mounted Planters to Infuse Your Space With Greenery
    Architectural Digest

    21 Best Wall-Mounted Planters to Infuse Your Space With Greenery

    Create living wall art that will freshen up any space Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest

  • 'I didn't do it': Executed federal prisoner used final words to plead innocence
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    'I didn't do it': Executed federal prisoner used final words to plead innocence

    The first man executed by the US federal government in 17 years protested his innocence in his final words before his sentence was carried out on Tuesday. Asked if he wanted to give a final statement before the lethal injection procedure, Lee reportedly said “I bear no responsibility for the deaths of the Mueller family.” Daniel Lewis Lee, 47, was executed by lethal injection on Tuesday at a US penitentiary in Indiana.

  • Philippines reports 29 new coronavirus deaths, 2,498 infections
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    Philippines reports 29 new coronavirus deaths, 2,498 infections

    The Philippines' health ministry on Thursday reported 29 new coronavirus deaths and 2,498 additional cases, the country's the biggest daily rise in confirmed infections in more than a week. In a bulletin, the ministry said total deaths had increased to 1,643, while confirmed infections reached 61,266. President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday retained partial quarantine measures in the capital Manila for two weeks until the end of July, but warned that stricter curbs would be reinstated if the rise in new cases and deaths did not slow.

  • Polish president fooled by Russian phone pranksters claiming to be UN secretary general
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    Polish president fooled by Russian phone pranksters claiming to be UN secretary general

    A Russian prankster posing as the U.N. secretary-general managed to reach Poland's president on the telephone and rendered him speechless with questions about Ukraine, Russia and his reelection on Sunday. The prankster, Vladimir Kuznetsov, known as Vovan, posted a recording of the 11-minute call on YouTube. President Andrzej Duda's office confirmed Wednesday that it was authentic.

  • An international student said the Trump administration rescinding its deportation threat is a relief, but the whiplash is unsettling
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    An international student said the Trump administration rescinding its deportation threat is a relief, but the whiplash is unsettling

    US Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced on July 6 that international students who were taking courses entirely online would not be allowed to remain in the US. The new policy was met with immediate backlash as 17 states and Washington, DC, filed a lawsuit to block the motion while Harvard and MIT led a similar suit that quickly garnered the support of 200 more universities. An international student told Insider that while she is happy about the rollback, she is still unsettled by the inconsistency of the Trump administration on potentially life-altering issues for students like her.

  • Woman Who Ran Away to Join ISIS As Teenager Can Return to U.K. To Fight Citizenship Decision, Court Rules
    Time

    Woman Who Ran Away to Join ISIS As Teenager Can Return to U.K. To Fight Citizenship Decision, Court Rules

    Shamima Begum, the woman who ran away from her London home as a teenager to join ISIS in 2015, has won the right to return to the U.K. from a refugee camp in Syria. Begum, now 20, will be able to appeal in person against the U.K. government's 2019 decision to revoke her British citizenship, which has been criticized by human rights groups who said she had been denied the right to a fair trial. Begum was 15 years old when she was radicalized by ISIS recruiters online and flew to Turkey with two school friends, before slipping into Syria where she was married to a militant.

  • Ghislaine Maxwell pleads not guilty in trafficking case
    The Guardian

    Ghislaine Maxwell pleads not guilty in trafficking case

    Ghislaine Maxwell appeared in Manhattan federal court via video feed on Tuesday, to plead not guilty regarding her alleged involvement in Jeffrey Epstein's sex trafficking of minor girls. One, in an anonymous statement read to the court, described “the sociopathic manner in which [Maxwell] nurtured our [relationships]” and said that “she would have done anything to get what she wanted, to satisfy Mr Epstein”. Long out of the public eye, Maxwell, 58, appeared unsettled, a far cry from the glamorous, jet-setting image she once cultivated.

  • Mary Trump slams Ivanka in new interview: 'She doesn't do anything'
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    Mary Trump slams Ivanka in new interview: 'She doesn't do anything'

    Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images When it comes to any notion of Ivanka Trump as a "moderating influence" on her father, Mary Trump just isn't having it. "I think she's the one who disproves that on an almost-daily basis," Mary, President Trump's niece, told The Washington Post in a new interview. "She doesn't do anything," Mary said.

  • It started like any other Kremlin crackdown. This time anti-Putin protests followed.
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    It started like any other Kremlin crackdown. This time anti-Putin protests followed.

    An unlikely protest movement has become the first major challenge to Russian President Vladimir Putin after he secured his political future in a contentious vote this month — and it may spell more trouble in the days ahead. Residents of Khabarovsk, a large city near Russia's border with China, have been up in arms for days protesting the arrest of their governor on 15-year-old murder charges. The governor whom the protests are defending, Sergei Furgal, is himself no hero.

  • How to watch for spectacular Comet Neowise – before it disappears for 6,800 years
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    How to watch for spectacular Comet Neowise – before it disappears for 6,800 years

    Skywatchers are in for a treat over the next few weeks as newly discovered Comet Neowise is paying a visit to the inner solar system for the first time in 6,800 years. The comet has been getting brighter and brighter in the early morning sky, AccuWeather said, and in the coming days, it will make an appearance in the evening after sunset. Neowise is one of the few comets visible to the unaided eye this century, an inner-solar system "intruder" that might become known as the Great Comet of 2020, NASA said.

  • How a leading left-wing academic and activist wound up in the middle of a free speech debate
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    How a leading left-wing academic and activist wound up in the middle of a free speech debate

    A once obscure internet debate over the limits of free speech and the rise of what critics call “cancel culture” has, somewhat improbably, become a significant 2020 campaign issue. President Trump tapped into conservative worries about cancel culture — the notion that everyone from intellectuals to everyday citizens can be “canceled” and see their lives upended if they become the target of an online “mob” — in a July 3 speech at Mount Rushmore. Cancel culture, the president insisted, is “the very definition of totalitarianism.”

  • Top House Republican threatens to cut funding to states, cities that don't protect statues
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    Top House Republican threatens to cut funding to states, cities that don't protect statues

    The Republican leader in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced legislation on Thursday that would cut federal aid to state and local governments if they do not protect statues, after protesters attacked monuments to people who owned slaves or fought for the Confederacy. "It is wrong to erase our history," House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said in a statement, criticizing "left-wing mobs" who have attacked statues across the United States. Under his bill, introduced with fellow Republican Representatives Jim Jordan and Sam Graves, some federal funds would be withheld if local governments do not "restore order or arrest rioters."

  • Flooded southern China braces for more storms
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    Flooded southern China braces for more storms

    Heavy rain is forecast for five more days in the Yangtze River basin, China's meteorological agency said Wednesday, in a region already devastated by flooding this year. In some good news, the water level in China's biggest freshwater lake began to recede after setting a record Monday. Floodwaters have inundated villages, cities and farms in many parts of southern China.

  • 8 Marines Earn Valor Awards for Daring Afghanistan Helo Raid with Hours of Close Combat
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    8 Marines Earn Valor Awards for Daring Afghanistan Helo Raid with Hours of Close Combat

    A Marine master sergeant blasted his way into a building filled with at least eight Taliban fighters in an attempt to save an Afghan comrade during an hours-long fight in which he braved point-blank gunfire and grenade blasts, earning him the nation's third-highest valor award. The master sergeant was one of eight Marine Raiders recognized by Marine Forces Special Operations Command for their actions during the April 10, 2019, mission in southern Afghanistan. Three other Raiders -- a major and two staff sergeants -- were awarded Bronze Stars with combat "V" devices for their roles in the raid.