Some elementary school students in the Newhall School District returned to the classroom Monday for the first time in nearly a year.
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Republican lawmakers in Georgia muscled legislation through the state House on Monday that would roll back voting access, over the objection of Democrats and civil rights groups gathered at the Capitol to protest. The bill comes after record turnout led to Democratic wins in Georgia’s presidential election and two U.S. Senate runoffs. House Bill 531 passed the lower legislative chamber by a vote of 97-72.
- The Independent
Joe Biden is expected to deny an entreaty on Monday from Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador for the US to share its Covid vaccine supply with its poorer neighbour to the south. “No,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki bluntly responded at her daily press briefing on Monday when asked whether Mr Biden would take Mr Lopez Obrador’s request into consideration. Mr Biden and Mr Lopez Obrador were scheduled to meet at a virtual summit later on Monday.
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WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the rise in cases was "disappointing but not surprising" and urged countries not to relax measures to fight the disease.It was too early for countries to rely solely on vaccination programs and abandon other measures, he said.Adding, "If countries rely solely on vaccines, they are making a mistake. Basic public health measures remain the foundation of the response."
Kourtney Kardashian admits Kim made her cry when she called her the 'least exciting to look at': 'I took it really personally'
The eldest Kardashian was getting her makeup done by sister Kylie Jenner, who asked her about the vicious argument she and Kim had in 2018.
- The Week
Following his first post-presidency speech, former President Donald Trump described the Jan. 6 rally that preceded the deadly Capitol riot as "beautiful" a "love fest." Trump spoke with Fox News on Sunday after delivering a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, in which he continued to falsely claim he won the 2020 presidential election. In the Fox interview, Trump was asked if there's anything he would have in retrospect done differently prior to a crowd of his supporters storming the Capitol building on Jan. 6, but the former president instead spoke favorably about the rally he delivered remarks at before the deadly riot. "That rally was massive," Trump said. "...It was tremendous numbers of people. Not the Capitol, I'm talking about the rally itself. And it was a love fest. It was a beautiful thing." Trump spoke at a rally in Washington, D.C., on the day Congress was meeting to certify the election results, urging his supporters to march down to the Capitol building and "show strength" before a deadly riot ultimately occurred. The House of Representatives subsequently impeached Trump for "incitement of insurrection" for his actions surrounding the riot, though he was acquitted by the Senate. In reference to the violence that occurred at the Capitol following the rally, Trump told Fox he "hated to see" it. Trump during his CPAC speech didn't back down from his false claim that the 2020 election was fraudulent, and "Republicans in Washington let out a collective groan," Politico writes, as this "puts them right back in the position of rebuking Trump or looking spineless." Trump called in to Fox News after his CPAC speech and was asked by Steve Hilton about his response to the January 6 insurrection. He tried to shift blame to Pelosi before resorting to Black Lives Matter whataboutism. pic.twitter.com/5tjXcs12hF — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 1, 2021 More stories from theweek.comTrump is back. Did anyone miss him?Trump still has the Republican Party by the throatMost awkward awards show ever?
China on Monday denied accusations by Taiwan that a ban on pineapples from the island was about politics, saying it was purely a matter of biosecurity, in an escalating war of words that has added to existing tensions. China announced the ban last week, citing "harmful creatures" it said could come with the fruit, threatening China's own agriculture. Taiwan, which China claims as its own territory, says there is nothing wrong with its pineapples and that Beijing is using the fruit as another way to coerce the island.
- LA Times
LeBron James and the Lakers couldn't be stopped in their 117-91 victory over the Warriors, but with Anthony Davis injured the road ahead will be tough.
- The Independent
Lindell equates getting coronavirus vaccine to receiving ‘mark of the beast’ pledging allegiance to the devil
Prince Harry, who shocked Britain last year when he and his wife Meghan stepped back from royal duties, told U.S. interviewer Oprah Winfrey that he had worried about history repeating itself, according to excerpts released on Sunday. The CBS broadcast network released two brief clips from Winfrey's interview of the couple, which is scheduled to air on March 7. "My biggest concern was history repeating itself," Harry said, apparently referring to his mother Princess Diana, who was hounded by the British press and died at age 36 in a car crash in Paris after her divorce from Prince Charles.
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The United States wasted billions of dollars in war-torn Afghanistan on buildings and vehicles that were either abandoned or destroyed, according to a report released Monday by a U.S. government watchdog. The agency said it reviewed $7.8 billion spent since 2008 on buildings and vehicles. Only $343.2 million worth of buildings and vehicles “were maintained in good condition,” said the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, which oversees American taxpayer money spent on the protracted conflict.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is expected to ask President Joe Biden to consider sharing part of the U.S. coronavirus vaccine supply with its poorer southern neighbor when the two leaders hold a virtual summit on Monday, U.S. and Mexican officials said. Biden is open to discussing the matter as part of a broader regional effort to cooperate in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic but will maintain as his “number one priority” the need to first vaccinate as many Americans as possible, a White House official told Reuters on condition of anonymity. Lopez Obrador has been one of the most vocal leaders in the developing world pressing the richest countries to improve poorer nations’ access to the vaccines.
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Lawyers for a senior executive for Chinese communications giant Huawei Technologies were in court Monday arguing evidence should be introduced which would undermine the case to have their client extradited to the U.S. Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of Huawei’s founder and the company’s chief financial officer, at Vancouver’s airport in late 2018. The U.S. accuses Huawei of using a Hong Kong shell company called Skycom to sell equipment to Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions.
The lawyer for the 'QAnon Shaman' wants to use Trump's speech before the insurrection as part of his defense
"QAnon Shaman" Jacob Chansley's lawyer has blamed Donald Trump for inciting his client to storm the Capitol building on January 6.
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It's now March, the month when the Tokyo Olympics came apart just a year ago. It will involve 10,000 runners and end in Tokyo at the opening ceremony on July 23. The focus will be on getting 11,000 athletes into the venues to perform in front of cameras, and then getting them out of Japan as quickly as possible.
After a tweet admiring a line about grief and love from episode eight of WandaVision went viral, people began making ironic memes about it.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday laid out a variety of election proposals, such as limiting absentee voting and days when Americans can vote, in his first public speech after his stinging Nov. 3 election loss. Democrats' nationwide push to register new voters, including Black voters and young people, and Trump's refusal to urge his Republican supporters to vote by absentee ballot are believed to have been factors in his 7 million vote loss to Joe Biden. At a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, Trump said Election Day should be only one day, not a number of days leading up to the actual voting day.
Donald Trump's re-emergence this weekend made one thing clear - the Republican party is still his.
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Prince Harry says the process of separating from royal life has been very difficult for him and his wife, Meghan. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Harry invoked the memory of his late mother, Princess Diana, who had to find her way alone after she and Prince Charles divorced. Diana was shown in a photo holding toddler Harry as he made the comments.
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Israel's Supreme Court on Monday dealt a major blow to the country's powerful Orthodox establishment, ruling that people who convert to Judaism through the Reform and Conservative movements in Israel are also Jewish and entitled to become citizens. The landmark ruling, 15 years in the making, centered around the combustible question of who is Jewish and marked an important victory for the Reform and Conservative movements.
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Kimberly Tilsen-Brave HeartWhile some kids are all about pizza or chicken fingers, chef Kimberly Tilsen-Brave Heart’s nine-year-old daughter’s favorite food is soup.Odds are, that’s thanks to Tilsen-Brave Heart’s array of creative and comforting soup recipes, including her signature butternut squash, pumpkin and coconut bisque. It’s been lauded as “magic” by customers of her Etiquette Catering company in Rapid City, South Dakota.Make the Meatball Sliders That Conquered New YorkMake Star Chef Vivian Howard’s Crave-Worthy MeatloafThe soup, as with many of the dishes she makes, has a deep connection to her Native American heritage and the Pine Ridge Reservation in southern South Dakota where she was born.“I’m considered Oglala Lakota—most people who aren’t familiar with Native people would call a Sioux, but that’s not something that we call ourselves,” says Tilsen-Brave Heart. “Anytime I eat the three sisters—squash, beans or corn—it reminds me of where I come from and my people.”Her recipe was inspired by a soup that her mother used to make and employs two types of squash, coconut milk, butter and spices. It’s become a staple that her own family eats several times a month.Both she and her husband Brandon, who is Northern Cheyenne, love cooking, but neither had ever intended to make a career out of it. After Brandon suffered a life-threatening work accident that culminated in a grand mal seizure, however, he left his job and they had to regroup.“I said to him, you know, it’s an opportunity to talk about our culture in a way that is attainable for the average person,” says Tilsen-Brave Heart. “Food is a way to connect with a culture of people without it being intimidating. He really liked that idea.”They started Etiquette Catering on January 1, 2018, and Tilsen-Brave Heart’s menus have been largely inspired by both her Lakota and Jewish heritage. She learned how to make traditional Lakota dishes during summers spent with her mother Joann Tall at the Pine Ridge Reservation. After moving with her father to Minnesota at age five, she also learned many cooking techniques and traditional dishes from her paternal grandmother Rachel Tilsen.“My grandmother is Jewish and taught me how to make matzo ball soup at a very young age,” says Tilsen-Brave Heart. “I’m probably one of the only Lakota Jews that you’ve ever met in your life.”Dishes on Tilsen-Brave Heart’s lunch and catering menus include bison meatballs with blackberry wojapi (a traditional Native American sauce), lentil soup and, of course, her rich and restorative “magic” squash soup.When the coronavirus pandemic hit last March, she was also able to use her connections to the community and her wholesale partners to raise more than $60,000 throughout 2020, all of which was used to purchase meat, fresh fruit and vegetables each month for Reservation Elders. So far, Etiquette has donated more than 70,000 pounds of fresh produce and Tilsen-Brave Heart plans to continue this throughout 2021. “Pine Ridge is considered a food desert—the nearest grocery store is 81 miles away,” she says. “This [allowed] people to have really healthy foods that helps their immune systems and also helps them to stay home and stay safe.”Tilsen-Brave Heart hopes to expand this project by launching a non-profit that will provide fresh, hot foods to the Reservation with a continued focus on local ingredients.“Squash was a huge portion of our diet traditionally. Adding elements of cultural connectedness and identity to those historical ingredients I think really empowers people,” she says. “I really believe that there is healing power in it.”Here is Tilsen-Brave Heart’s recipe and tips for making her restorative and creamy pumpkin and butternut squash soup.THE SQUASHTo give this soup its rich hue and flavor, Tilsen-Brave Heart calls on a classic duo: butternut squash and pumpkin.“Butternut squash is an amazing ingredient and I think that [the pumpkin] gives it this very like earthy, magical flavor,” she says. “For some reason, I don’t think that most people recognize that you can roast pumpkin all-year-round and make it into something beautiful.”She says that, if you have the space, all sorts of squash varieties are incredibly easy to grow and produce an abundant harvest each year. “If you grow it fresh, it has so much more flavor. It has so much more body,” she says. “If you can’t grow it yourself, buy from farmers markets. If you can’t do that, buy organic because the flavor really is a huge difference.”Butternut squash and many varieties of pumpkin are native to North America, and one of the chef’s favorite varieties to include in her soup is Hubbard squash—a pale blue heirloom variety that “is humongous and looks like a dinosaur,” she says. However, pumpkins and other specialty squashes are often difficult to find in stores at certain times of the year, so she’ll instead use a can of organic pumpkin puree.To prepare the squash for the soup, Tilsen-Brave Heart first peels, cubes and tosses it with olive oil, garlic powder, kosher salt and cracked black pepper, then roasts it in the oven until tender. For a bit more depth, she’ll also often add cinnamon to her spice blend when making the soup at home—pumpkin and cinnamon, after all, are a tried and true match.THE MAGICTilsen-Brave Heart then sautés a diced yellow onion with spices in plenty of butter. The roasted squash is added next and she “lets that melt down a little bit.” It’s followed by the canned pumpkin. “You’ll see it really starting to develop and getting thick,” she says. “Then I put in the broth—I always make my own bone broth, which I try to do at least once a month.”However, it’s incredibly easy to make this soup vegetarian by subbing in vegetable stock. The same goes for the coconut cream, which is the final ingredient and can be easily replaced with cashew cream. “The cashew cream just [gives it] this really warm, nutty flavor,” she says.THE EXTRASThe beauty of this recipe is not only its simplicity, but also its versatility. “If you wanted to, you could also add whole canned tomatoes,” Tilsen-Brave Heart says. “It would add a really beautiful color and flavor.” To do so, drain the juice from the tomatoes directly into the soup mixture and then roast the whole tomatoes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and seasoned with olive oil, salt, garlic and “maybe even a little bit of oregano” for 10 minutes. Then, she adds them into the simmering soup mixture for about 10 minutes before using an immersion blender to create a uniform creamy consistency.She likes to finish the soup by drizzling a little bit of olive oil on top and adding a few roasted pumpkin seeds. “I really like roasted pumpkin seeds because I’m a texture person,” she says. “When you have the bite with the creaminess of the soup, and then a little bit of the saltiness and the crunch of the roasted pumpkin seed, it’s just a really nice treat.”Magic Pumpkin Squash SoupINGREDIENTS1 large Butternut squash, peeled and cubed1 tbsp Garlic powderKosher saltBlack pepperOlive oil1 stick Butter1 medium Yellow onion1 15 oz can Organic pumpkin puree2 cups Coconut milk4 cups Chicken or vegetable stockRoasted pumpkin seedsDIRECTIONSPreheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.In a large bowl, toss the butternut squash with olive oil and season it with garlic powder, kosher salt and cracked black pepper. Place it on a rimmed baking sheet and roast it for 20 minutes.In a large pot over medium heat, melt the butter and then add the onion, sprinkling it with salt and cook until translucent.Add the pumpkin puree, coconut milk, stock and roasted butternut squash to the pot and simmer for at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally so it doesn’t char.Remove the pot from the heat and blend the soup until smooth with an immersion blender.Top with a drizzle of olive oil and roasted pumpkin seeds.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.