Rep. Adam Schiff discusses the new developments from the U.S. intelligence that suggests ex-Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort may have passed internal Trump strategy information to “Russian spy” Konstantin Kilimnik.
- Associated Press
A prominent Venezuelan opposition activist said Wednesday that his movement’s recent offer to negotiate with President Nicolás Maduro’s administration was prompted by the country’s urgent humanitarian crisis and prolonged political stalemate. Leopoldo Lopez told the Associated Press that his opposition group has not yet received a response to its proposal from the Maduro government. Lopez is close to Juan Guaidó, the opposition leader recognized by the U.S. and dozens of other countries as Venezuela’s legitimate leader.
- The Independent
The judge said they were ‘directly responsible’ for the death, even though they did not intend to kill him
- The Independent
‘It’s wrong’: AOC hits out at Biden’s Israel statement as Democrats demand end to Palestinian displacement
‘Even our allies must be held accountable for human rights violations,’ congressman says
Mr Trudeau said the watchdog report had confirmed what he had 'said from the beginning'.
PARIS (Reuters) -Paris has said it will delay a European Union financial services deal with Britain until Prime Minister Boris Johnson grants European fishermen fair access to UK waters, a source familiar with the French move said on Wednesday. The post-Brexit dispute over access to the UK's rich fishing grounds last week saw France and Britain send patrol vessels to the Channel island of Jersey as French trawlers protested there. Brexit issues were all related and not looked at in isolation, French government spokesman Gabriel Attal told a news briefing when asked if Paris was holding up the financial services deal as a lever in the fishing dispute.
- The Telegraph
Britain will bounce back from coronavirus faster than the EU, according to the European Commission’s latest economic forecast. Brussels predicts that UK GDP will increase by five per cent this year and 5.3 per cent in 2022 as the economy unlocks and vaccinations continue to rise. The spring forecast also predicted that the EU economy would begin to recover from the battering it took from the pandemic, with vaccinations picking up pace and some countries setting out plans to reopen. The average increase of GDP across the EU is less, and is expected to increase by between 4.2 per cent 4.4 per cent. The commission, pushing an unprecedented bloc-wide program of public investment to kick-start growth, was quick to say that the “shadow” of Covid was beginning to lift from Europe’s economy. Direct comparisons between the UK and the EU as a whole can be misleading given the large disparities in wealth between the 27 different member states. But this year, only France, Spain and Romania are predicted to have a larger percentage increase than the UK, which the commission said should recover to its pre-pandemic levels by the third quarter of 2022. That success, one assumes, is at least partly down to the advantage of vaccinating faster and unlocking sooner. Commission experts singled out the UK’s vaccination programme for praise in their report, admitting it had “progressed rather quickly”. “If cases continue to fall and vaccinations continue as planned, an almost full lifting of restrictions is foreseen for end June,” the forecast said.
- The Daily Beast
Reuters/Ibraheem Abu MustafaTwenty-one media outlets were reportedly destroyed this week as Israel pummelled Gaza with airstrikes that obliterated two tower blocks.The Israeli airstrikes in Gaza have been blamed for the vast majority of deaths in the rapidly worsening conflict. According to the Associated Press, 83 Palestinians—including 17 children—have now been killed, and seven people have been reported dead in Israel. Violence broke out overnight with multiple videos showing rival Arab and Jewish mobs dragging people out of their cars and attacking them on the streets.The non-profit Reporters Without Borders said in a statement that it believes 21 media outlets had their offices razed when Israeli airstrikes hit two tower blocks in Gaza City. The Al-Jawhara Tower was said to be home to 14 media outlets, and the larger Al-Shorouk Tower housed seven. Both were destroyed in this week’s Israeli strikes, with one falling on live television on Wednesday.The Israel Defense Force justified its strikes by claiming it was mere coincidence that the media offices had been obliterated as they were targeting weapons stores that were “hidden inside civilian buildings.”🔴 War, live on televisionAstonishing live coverage from Youmna Al Sayed in #Gaza, as she anticipates the bombing of a media building behind her… and then it happens.@afinighan picks up in the studio while she takes cover.🇮🇱 💥 🇵🇸 pic.twitter.com/rRx9xRmXCj— Kamahl Santamaria (@KamahlAJE) May 12, 2021 Reporters Without Borders also stated that seven journalists were hit by rubber bullets fired by Israeli troops on Sunday, and a video showed a Palestinian freelancer being attacked by Israeli cops.“Palestinian journalists, who were already struggling to work in the conditions imposed by the Israeli authorities, are once again on the front line when tension erupts,” said Reporters Without Border in a Thursday statement. “We urge the Israeli authorities to desist from this disproportionate use of forces against Palestinian reporters, who should on no account be treated as if they were parties to the conflict.”Israeli air strikes continued in Gaza overnight Thursday, while Gaza militants shot around 100 rockets into Israel. As the conflict worsens, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, and American Airlines have canceled flights to Israel, and train travel between Tel Aviv and Lod has been temporarily suspended, according to the Jerusalem Post. Meanwhile, the Israel military has started packing the Gaza border with ground troops.Mehdi Hasan and Ayman Mohyeldin Are Doing Something Radical for Cable TV: Presenting the Palestinian SideThe violence has also spilled onto the streets, with civilian mobs attacking both Arabs and Jews in cities across Israel. According to Haaretz, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday he may deploy troops to stamp down on the mob violence in the nation’s cities, and Defense Minister Benny Gantz said he’s ordered a massive police presence to move in and attempt to “cool off” the most volatile neighborhoods.Israeli President Reuven Rivlin called for an immediate end to the “madness” of street violence, reportedly saying: “We are endangered by rockets that are being launched at our citizens and streets, and we are busying ourselves with a senseless civil war among ourselves.”However, there is little sign of the violence abating. Egyptian negotiators held fresh in-person talks with Hamas leaders in Gaza and Israeli officials in Tel Aviv on Thursday, but no progress has been reported.In statements Thursday, a spokesman for Hamas’ military warned Israel: “Our conflict will reach you whenever you turn any aggression against our people.” Netanyahu said: “It will take more time, but... with great firmness, we will achieve our goal to restore peace to the State of Israel.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
- The Independent
Employees demand to know how published views on women were missed in hiring process
- LA Times
Dianne Feinstein's approval among Californians still lags, while Alex Padilla gets positive marks in new poll
Nearly half of Californians disapprove of Sen. Dianne Feinstein's job performance, according to a Berkeley IGS Poll released on Thursday. Sen. Alex Padilla has higher approval ratings, but fewer have an opinion on the state's junior senator.
- ABC News Videos
ABC News’ Bob Woodruff reports on some long-haulers, who have long-term COVID-19 symptoms, who say getting the vaccine has helped ease symptoms.
- The Independent
Justin Trudeau says by September they will have enough vaccines for everyone to be fully inoculated
- Associated Press
Republicans sought to rewrite the history of the Jan. 6 insurrection during a rancorous congressional hearing Wednesday, painting the Trump supporters who attacked the building as mostly peaceful patriots and downplaying repeatedly the violence of the day. Democrats, meanwhile, clashed with Donald Trump's former Pentagon chief about the unprepared government response to a riot that began when hundreds of Trump loyalists bent on overturning the election broke through police barriers, smashed windows and laid siege to the building. The House Oversight Committee hearing unfolded just after Republicans in the chamber voted to remove Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership post for rebuking Trump for his false claims of election fraud and his role in inciting the attack.
Entrepreneur and author Steven Bartlett, 28, is to join the BBC business investment show.
- USA TODAY
Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger told National Press Club on Monday that continued lying to voters will destroy the GOP.
- Business Insider
Americans, ready to book vacations again, could be prime targets for scammers, and 2 senators want more protections for travelers
Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Steve Daines are asking the FTC to help Americans "recognize travel scams" to avoid being duped as they book vacations.
- Business Insider
43 dead in Gaza and 5 in Israel amid riots, air strikes, and more than 1,000 rockets fired at cities
At least 14 children in Gaza and Israel were reported killed in the overnight violence between Hamas and Israeli forces.
How Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck became known as 'Bennifer,' according to their 'Jersey Girl' director
The "Gigli" and "Jersey Girl" costars were engaged in 2002 before calling off their wedding nuptials in 2004.
- The Daily Beast
Tehama County District Attorney's OfficeFive days after Ryan Scott Blinston had finished trimming trees at Loreen and Homer Severs’ California home last May, the 37-year-old decided to go back and take care of some unfinished business.After forcing his way into the elderly couple’s house in Los Molinos, about two hours outside of Sacramento, Blinston cut both of their throats—instantly killing 88-year-old Loreen, authorities say. While her 91-year-old husband miraculously survived, the attack marked the start of a grisly two-month crime spree, during which Blinston allegedly killed two other people he targeted while working for a tree-trimming service.“This case is different from other homicides we have dealt with. There was no fight, no jilted lover, no drug deal gone bad. None of these murders were anything like that,” Tehama County District Attorney Matthew D. Rogers told The Daily Beast on Thursday. “They were just purely random attacks of defenseless people.”At one point during a multi-county investigation into the spate of murders, Rogers said he remembers a moment “where we were like wow, we may have a serial killer on our hands.”‘SOB’ Father Arrested After ‘Remains’ of Missing Alabama Baby FoundOn Wednesday, the Butte County and Tehama County District Attorney’s offices announced several charges, including murder and attempted murder, against Blinston for the bloody crime spree. In addition to the May 23, 2020, murder of Severs and the attempted murder of her husband, who died of natural cases last year, Blinston has been charged with the June 2020 deaths of Sandra George, 82, and an acquaintance, 57-year-old Vicky Cline, both of Oroville. Prosecutors have also charged Blinston with arson, for allegedly setting Cline’s car ablaze.Blinston, who is expected in court on Thursday, was arrested about a week after Cline’s disappearance last June—while allegedly attempting to kill another individual with a hatchet—and has been in jail since.A criminal complaint obtained by The Daily Beast includes special sentencing allegations that he “used a deadly and dangerous weapon...a cutting implement,” attacked an elderly victim, and murdered several people.Authorities say that less than two weeks after Blinston attacked the Severs, he zeroed in on his next target while working on a tree-trimming crew. After the crew had left George’s Oroville property for the day on June 4, Blinston allegedly returned to her home and fatally slashed her throat.Just two days later, Cline, who worked as a waitress and had apparently turned her life around after enduring unspecified tough times, was last seen with Blinston, according to authorities. Later that night, her car was destroyed in a fire.“[You’re] so beautiful cousin!” one of Cline’s family members wrote on Facebook in 2012, eight years before her murder. “Thank you! I’ve cleaned my act up and doing alot better,” Cline replied. “I feel like the old Vicky again,” she added in another message.In a joint statement released Thursday by the Butte County and Tehama County District Attorney’s offices, authorities said, “blood and DNA evidence on and in Blinston’s car was forensically matched back to Cline.”A Butte County sheriff’s SWAT team tracked Blinston to a motorhome in an isolated area on June 14 with the intent of arresting him for torching Cline’s car. But when the officers got closer to the RV, they heard a man’s muffled screams coming from inside and loud banging sounds.“The banging turned out to be Blinston attempting to get into the motorhome with a hatchet,” said the DA’s statement.Blinston, who had met the 50-year-old owner of the motorhome that day, stayed over after telling the man he was afraid to leave after dark in case of a bear attack. He tried to outrun the police but was soon caught hiding in heavy brush nearby, hatchet still in hand, and jailed.The motorhome owner told authorities that he had been asleep and woke up to find Blinston attacking him with a knife, according to Butte County District Attorney Michael L. Ramsey. After Blinston slashed his victim’s neck, the man—whose imminent demise was almost certainly staved off by the police raid—somehow managed to get Blinston out of the motorhome and lock the door, Ramsey stated.The man was airlifted to a hospital for treatment and survived.Her Body Was Found in a Storage Unit Years Ago. Cops Finally Know Who She Is.Authorities say that on June 21, 2020, a fisherman in the Feather River finally discovered Cline’s body. Her throat was slashed in a similar manner “consistent with the other victim murders.”“The guy’s a dirtbag and he ought to be executed, bottom line,” Tom Dowd, a retired agricultural biologist who has lived in nearby Durham, California, his whole life, told The Daily Beast. “This is farming country, mostly conservative folks, there’s all sorts of people in the hills like that guy—all sorts of drug activity going on, meth, they’re kind of isolated, away from law enforcement. Those kinds of things are happening in the hills all the time around here. It’s insanity.”Sergeant Patrick McNelis and Detective Vaj Thao of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, the lead investigators on the case, were unable to comment. Meghan McMahon, the Butte County Sheriff’s public information officer, declined to comment on behalf of the department. Family members for the victims did not immediately respond for comment.For Rogers, the charges against Blinston mark the beginning of the end of one of the most “shocking cases” he has come across in his career.“The victims were well-loved in the community and the hardest part is that these crimes were really out of nowhere. No robbery and burglary—he just would go in, slash their throats, and leave,” he added.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Bystanders helped San Francisco Police arrest a parolee who assaulted and robbed an elderly Asian woman on Tuesday morning near Japantown in San Francisco. The incident: Luis Jorrin, a 28-year-old Black male, allegedly beat a 77-year-old Asian female and took her purse at the intersection of Laguna and Ellis streets at around 11 a.m., reported KPIX5. According to police records, Jorrin approached the victim from behind and slammed her to the ground before beating her.
- Business Insider
A man arrested for riding in the backseat of his driverless Tesla got out of jail, bought a new one, and did it again
"I have unlimited money to blow on Teslas. If you take my Tesla away, I will get another Tesla," he told KTVU after his first car was impounded.