- USA TODAY
Inmates donated the money to fundraisers supporting the families of two Anamosa State Penitentiary staff members killed on duty.
- Business Insider
Right after 'Big Four' meeting with Biden, Pelosi says an infrastructure bill will 'absolutely' be ready by July 4
The Big Four - Pelosi, McCarthy, Schumer, and McConnell - met with Biden to talk infrastructure in their first meeting together this year.
- Business Insider
Trump's defense secretary confirms he didn't approve plan to deploy National Guard until after Pence called him - over 3 hours after the Capitol riot began
Ex-Acting Defense Sec. Chris Miller testified about the Guard's response during questioning by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a hearing Wednesday.
Republican lawmakers in election battleground states have passed a wave of new voting requirements and limits this year, saying the measures are needed to curb voter fraud despite scant evidence of it in the United States. Backers of the measures cite former President Donald Trump's baseless claim that fraud underlay his decisive presidential election loss to Democrat Joe Biden in November. Democrats and voting rights advocates have sued state officials over the new laws, denouncing the efforts as partisan power grabs that will disproportionately disenfranchise voters of color.
- The Week
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) evidently can't think of a single person continuing to question whether the 2020 presidential election was legitimate. McCarthy spoke with reporters at the White House on Wednesday after a meeting with President Biden and asserted that the party has moved on from the 2020 election and that there isn't "anybody" questioning whether Biden is the legitimate president. "I don't think anybody is questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election," McCarthy claimed. "I think that is all over with. We're sitting here with the president today." This was despite the fact that Trump himself continues to falsely insist he won the 2020 election and question its legitimacy, as reporters quickly pointed out. The former president did so as recently as two days ago. House Leader McCarthy at WH just said: I don't think anyone is questioning the legitimacy of president. FACT CHECK: President Trump is continuing to question the legitimacy of President Biden. And, today Rep Liz Cheney was ousted from leadership for pushing back on Trump's lies. — Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) May 12, 2021 Earlier on Wednesday, Republicans voted to oust Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from her House leadership position for criticizing Trump over his false election claims. According to Politico, when Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) was told about McCarthy's comment, he simply responded, "What?" House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, hours after ousting Rep. Liz Cheney from leadership: "I don't think anybody is questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election. That's all over with. We are sitting here with the president today." pic.twitter.com/VK0aohLipa — The Recount (@therecount) May 12, 2021 More stories from theweek.comThe doom-loop of a falling fertility rateAn anti-vax conspiracy theory is apparently making anti-maskers consider masking up, social distancingThe real reason Liz Cheney lost her job
- The Telegraph
Jason Knauf, former communications secretary to both the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, has quit as chief executive of the Royal Foundation after several years at the heart of a tumultuous royal period. The American-born former corporate affairs executive is relocating abroad as his partner has taken up a diplomatic posting overseas. Mr Knauf found himself at the centre of the Duchess of Sussex’s legal battle against the Mail on Sunday after it emerged that he had helped the Duchess when she was drafting a letter she sent to her father, Thomas Markle. He was also thrust to the heart of a recent bullying scandal after a leaked email revealed he had raised concerns about the Duchess’s behaviour. In an email complaint sent in October 2018 to Simon Case, then the Duke of Cambridge's private secretary, he said: “I am very concerned that the Duchess was able to bully two PAs out of the household in the past year. The treatment of X was totally unacceptable.” He added: “The Duchess seems intent on always having someone in her sights. She is bullying Y and seeking to undermine her confidence. We have had report after report from people who have witnessed unacceptable behaviour towards Y.” The claims resulted in a Buckingham Palace investigation, conducted by an external legal firm, in which any current and former staff with concerns about The Duchess’s behaviour are encouraged to take part. The Duchess has denied bullying. Last month, as the Duchess’s legal battle against the Mail on Sunday continued, Mr Knauf wrote to the newspaper’s lawyers emphatically denying that he had any copyright claim over the letter she had sent to her estranged father, landing a final blow to the newspaper’s case. The letter, sent in April, a month after the Sussexes’s televised Oprah Winfrey interview, insisted he led “extensive efforts” to protect the Duchess’s privacy and reputation during her time as a working member of the Royal Family, appearing to cast doubt over her claim that was “unprotected” by Kensington Palace staff.
- The State
Police say Melissa “Missy” Poitra went missing in 2005, with her remains found in a storage unit in 2016.
- Miami Herald
Disbarments been recommended for an Orlando lawyer who rammed her Land Rover into her ex-husband’s house, told his girlfriend, “I will kill you, b----!” and spat on police officers.
- Kansas City Star
The 6-week-old boys were found safe Tuesday afternoon.
- The Independent
The judge said they were ‘directly responsible’ for the death, even though they did not intend to kill him
- Business Insider
More than 100 Republicans, including former governors and lawmakers, are threatening to form a third party if the GOP doesn't split from Trump
The group plans to release a letter outlining its threat on Thursday, The New York Times and Reuters reported.
- Associated Press
Iran's foreign minister said Wednesday that his country is ready for closer ties with regional rival Saudi Arabia, adding that he hoped recent talks between the two sides would lead to greater stability in the region. Mohammad Javad Zarif was speaking in Damascus after a meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad. Baghdad recently confirmed it hosted Iraq-mediated talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia last month.
At least 35 Palestinians and five Israelis have been killed as fighting between Israel's military and Hamas entered a third day Wednesday, per Reuters.The big picture: The worst aerial exchanges of fire between Israel and Hamas since 2014 come after escalating violence in Jerusalem that injured hundreds of Palestinians and several Israeli police officers during protests over the planned evictions of Palestinian families from their homes. Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.The UN has said the evictions would violate international law. Smoke billows on May 12 at Ashkelon's refinery, hit by Hamas rockets the previous day in southern Israel, near the Gaza Strip. Photo: Jack Guez/AFP via Getty Images People gather at the site of a collapsed building in the aftermath of Israeli air strikes on Gaza City on May 11. Photo: Mahmud Hams/AFP via Getty Images Rockets are launched from Gaza toward the coastal city of Tel Aviv, Israel on May 11. Photo: Anas Baba/AFP via Getty Images A Palestinian youth comforts an injured boy receiving medical care al-Shifa hospital after an Israeli air strike in Gaza on May 11. Photo: Mahmud HamsA/AFP via Getty Images Israeli emergency services transport an injured man in the town of Holon near Tel Aviv, on May 11. Photo: Gideon Markowicz/AFP via Getty Images Israeli soldiers fire tear gas at Palestinian demonstrators at the Qalandiya checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem, in the occupied West Bank, on May 11. Photo: Abbas Momani/AFP via Getty Images A Palestinian protester burns tires in response to Israeli security forces at the Beit El checkpoint early on May 12. Photo: Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Smoke billows from Israeli air strikes in Gaza City on May 11. Photo: Anas Baba/AFP via Getty Images Israeli forces and others take cover on the ground as rockets are launched from the Gaza Strip into the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon on May 11. Photo: Jack Guez/AFP via Getty Images A Palestinian man holds an injured girl awaiting medical care at al-Shifa hospital, after an Israeli air strike in Gaza city, on May 11. Nine children were among 24 Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrikes the previous day, AP reports. Photo: Mahmud Hams/AFP via Getty Images A Rabbi inspects the damage inside a religious school in the central Israeli city of Lod, near Tel Aviv, on May 11 following overnight exchanges of fire. Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP via Getty Images Smoke billows from a fire caused by Israeli air strikes in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip on May 11. Photo: Said Khatib/AFP via Getty Images Rockets are launched from Gaza into Israel on May 11. Photo: Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto via Getty Images Palestinian children inspect their damaged house following an Israeli airstrike at Al-Shati Refugee Camp in Gaza City on May 11. Photo: Mohammed Abed/AFP via Getty Images Israel's Iron Dome aerial defense system intercepts rockets above the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, after they were launched from the Gaza Strip on May 10. Photo: Jack Guez/AFP via Getty Images Israeli forces fire tear gas towards Palestinians throwing stones during a protest in Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, on May 10. Photo: Hazem Bade/AFP via Getty Images Palestinian medics evacuating a wounded person during protests in Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque compound on May 10. Photo: Ahmad Ghabarli/AFP via Getty Images Palestinians respond to Israeli forces during a protest against attacks by Israeli police on Palestinians at Masjid al-Aqsa, in Nablus, West Bank early on May 11. Photo: Mamoun Wazwaz/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Israeli forces during a Palestinian protest at Masjid al-Aqsa, in Nablus, West Bank, early on May 11. Photo: Mamoun Wazwaz/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesEditor's note: This article has been updated to reflect the latest exchanges and more photos.Like this article? Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free.
- Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“Hey mom, I need you to come pick me up. I got bit by a shark, and I’m gonna need a couple of stitches.”
- Business Insider
Bill Gates is reportedly hiding out in his mansion at a billionaires' golf club in California that costs $250,000 to join
Bill Gates has been at his $12.5 million mansion at The Vintage Club for about three months, a source told Page Six. Membership costs $250,000.
Israel killed a Hamas commander and vowed no let-up in its Gaza barrages on Wednesday as Palestinian militants rained rockets far across the border and Washington dispatched an envoy to try to calm their most intense hostilities in years. At least 65 people have been killed in Gaza since violence escalated on Monday, according to the enclave's health ministry. Six people have been killed in Israel, medical officials said.
- The Independent
Liz Cheney has been ousted from her position in the House Republican Party leadership. The party removed Ms Cheney from her post as conference chairwoman by a voice vote because of her opposition to Donald Trump’s election lies. The motion to remove the Wyoming representative was put forward by Virginia Foxx and supported by GOP leader Kevin McCarthy.
- USA TODAY
As speculation continues over a "Bennifer" reunion, Ben Affleck's longtime bud Matt Damon gave his thoughts on the rumors on the "Today" show.
Dr. Fauci's wife says she wasn't surprised by his 'sexiest man' nomination: 'I've always found him sexy'
Fauci's wife, bioethicist Christine Grady, discussed his PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive nod and caring for her husband during the pandemic on Clubhouse.
- Associated Press
When Shekinah was working as a nurse’s aide in northeastern Congo in January 2019, she said, a World Health Organization doctor offered her a job investigating Ebola cases at double her previous salary — with a catch. A WHO staffer and three Ebola experts working in Congo during the outbreak separately told management about general sex abuse concerns around Diallo, The Associated Press has learned. WHO has been facing widespread public allegations of systemic abuse of women by unnamed staffers, to which Tedros declared outrage and emergencies director Dr. Michael Ryan said, “We have no more information than you have.”