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If he repudiated the president over his rhetoric about a “stolen” election, Republicans might not vote in the January runoffs, costing the party control of the Senate and McConnell the title of Senate majority leader. Republicans lost both seats — and McConnell his title — anyway. Trump's lies about the election, meanwhile, continued mostly unchallenged, leading to the Jan. 6 insurrection on the Capitol, which fulfilled Sterling's dark prophecy.
During a Senate Judiciary Committee on "ghost guns" (firearms made at home that lack a serial number) on Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) tried to change the subject to a debate about police funding. "If you don't support abolishing the police, why do you keep voting for nominees who advocate abolishing the police?," Cruz asked his Democratic colleagues, referring to Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta and Kristen Clarke, whom President Biden has nominated to run the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.
Police have referred an investigation into graffiti on the campus of Bates College that targeted Israel and supported Palestinian rights to the state Attorney General's Office as a possible hate crime. A social media account affiliated with some Bates College students posted photos on Sunday showing what appeared to be chalk graffiti on the college's campus that supported Palestinian rights and targeted Israel, the Lewiston Sun Journal reported. The Lewiston Police Department informed the attorney general's office about the slogans for a possible investigation as a hate crime, the newspaper reported.
A young British woman was strangled to death in front of her baby daughter while her husband was tied up in another room in their home in Athens. The horrific killing of 20-year-old Caroline Crouch in front of her 11-month-old daughter is highly unusual in Greece and has shocked the country. A special police task force has been ordered to investigate the murder, with a manhunt currently underway to identify the attackers.
FBI agents were at the sprawling site of a Hindu temple Tuesday as a lawsuit filed in federal court alleged workers from marginalized communities in India were lured to the U.S. and forced to work long hours for just a few dollars per day to help build the temple. The lawsuit accuses the leaders of the Hindu organization known as Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, or BAPS, of human trafficking and wage law violations. An FBI spokesperson confirmed that agents were at the temple on “court-authorized law enforcement activity.
Tensions in Israel and Gaza escalated Tuesday following a series of Israeli airstrikes and rocket fire from Palestinian militant groups. An Israeli airstrike hit a 13-story residential tower in the Gaza strip Tuesday evening, which collapsed, Reuters reported. Palestinian militants launched a barrage of rockets toward Tel Aviv, one of which hit an empty bus.
Over 100 former Republican officials will sign a letter on Thursday declaring that if the Republican Party does not break with former President Donald Trump and change course, they will back the creation of a third party. The group is dismayed by what it says is a modern Republican Party driven by its allegiance to Trump, who continues to falsely claim the 2020 election was stolen from him. Taylor, while serving in the Trump White House, wrote an anonymous opinion piece in the New York Times in 2018 headlined: "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration."
Scores of dead bodies have been found floating down the Ganges River in eastern India as the country battles a ferocious surge in coronavirus infections. Health officials working through the night Monday retrieved 71 bodies, officials in Bihar state said. More corpses were found floating in the river on Tuesday, washing up in Ghazipur district in neighboring Uttar Pradesh state.
Jury selection continued Tuesday in the death penalty trial of an alleged serial killer accused of kidnapping and killing an Oklahoma woman more than 20 years ago. William Lewis Reece, 61, faces charges of first-degree murder and kidnapping in the 1997 killing of 19-year-old Tiffany Johnston, who was abducted from a car wash in Bethany, Oklahoma. The Oklahoman newspaper reported that District Judge Susan Stallings had potential jurors questioned one at a time, and away from others, about their opinions on the death penalty.
There comes a point in every conflict where violence takes on a logic of its own - the critical juncture where if rising tensions are not defused, they can lead only to all-out war. With two Israeli women and 31 Palestinians including nine children killed by Hamas rocket fire on Israeli towns and Israeli airstrikes in Gaza - and ill-tempered protests continuing in Jerusalem - the conflict in Israel and Palestine is rapidly reaching that point. There is now a real chance of a fresh war in Gaza or even a third Intifada.
TAIPEI (Reuters) -Taiwan's foreign minister criticised what he called China's "shameless lies" on Tuesday in an escalating dispute about Beijing blocking the island from the World Health Organization (WHO), saying China clearly did not care about Taiwan's people. The United States and the rich-nation Group of Seven (G7) have called for Chinese-claimed but democratically ruled Taiwan to attend the WHO's decision-making body, the World Health Assembly, which meets from May 24. Taiwan is excluded from most global organisations such as the WHO because of the objections of China, which considers the island one of its provinces not a country.
Attorneys for an Idaho man scheduled to be put to death for a pair of murders are asking state officials to block the execution. Members of the Federal Defender Services of Idaho's capital habeas unit filed a clemency petition on April 19 to the Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole on behalf of Gerald Ross Pizzuto Jr., who is scheduled to be executed on June 2. Pizzuto signed the clemency petition on April 9, over a month before his death warrant was actually signed.
Police said a Dunkin' store employee fatally punched a 77-year-old customer in Florida after the employee said the man repeatedly used a racial slur against him. Pujols told police that the man was “extremely rude” the day of the punch and had called him a racial slur. A Tampa Police Department report says after he was punched, the victim fell backward and hit his head on the concrete floor.
A gunman attacked a school Tuesday morning in the Russian city of Kazan, killing eight people — seven eighth grade students and a teacher — and leaving 21 others hospitalized with wounds, Russian officials said.
The Latest on confrontations between Israelis and Palestinians, sparked by weeks of tensions in contested Jerusalem and as Israel has signaled it's widening its military campaign: GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Hamas' leader says Israel is responsible for the latest round of fighting in the region because of its actions in Jerusalem. The fighting broke out on Monday after Israeli police used stun grenades, tear gas and rubber bullets against protesters at the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. On Tuesday, Israel unleashed new airstrikes on Gaza while militants barraged Israel with hundreds of rockets.
Several German states, including the capital city Berlin, are planning to loosen coronavirus restrictions in coming days after more than six months of lockdown as the number of new infections keeps dropping nationwide. Germany reported 6,125 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday to bring the total to 3,533,376, but the seven-day incidence per 100,000 people dropped to 115 from 141 a week ago, the lowest in a month. The Berlin state government agreed on Tuesday to lift a night-time curfew and ease restrictions on shopping from May 19 and to allow outdoor dining from May 21, if the seven-day incidence remained below 100 for three consecutive days.
A Texas judge rejected the NRA's attempt to go bankrupt, siding with New York state prosecutors. Prosecutors said the bankruptcy filing was an attempt to squirm out of other litigation. In August, New York's attorney general accused the NRA of corruption and negligent oversight.
Jasmine Lenard told police she was holding a knife as she was about to cut fruit for her child when Camron Brown “jumped” her in his attempt to give her a hug. The knife went through his chest as he collapsed and died on the floor on April 23 at a Fort Worth home, according to a warrant. Lenard called 911 and told the dispatcher that “he ran into the knife.”
Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard forces on Tuesday killed seven militants and dismantled their cell in the country's northwest near the border with Turkey, Iran's state-run IRNA news agency reported. Two Guard members were also killed in the shootout. IRNA said the “group of terrorists” had snuck into Iran illegally from Turkey.
(Reuters) -A Georgia prosecutor on Tuesday said the suspect in the shooting deaths of eight people at Atlanta-area spas had targeted some of his victims because they were Asian, and that she would seek the death penalty against him, according to court documents. The 22-year-old suspect, Robert Aaron Long, was formally indicted on murder charges for the deaths of four women in Fulton County, Georgia, as well as aggravated assault and domestic terrorism charges. Long has also been charged with four counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault in Cherokee County, about 40 miles (64 km) north of the state capital.
Parents have been warned about gummy bear sweets containing cannabis which are leaving children suffering from panic attacks and hallucinations. Cannabis edibles, which are packaged in wrappers similar to popular sweet brands, are being sold as gummy bears and lollipops on social media and consumed by children as young as 12. A youth charity in Surrey this week issued a warning to families about the growing presence of cannabis edibles on the streets which has left many children needing medical assistance.
The Horry County Coroner's Office has identified two brothers as drowning victims after dive teams recovered their bodies from the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway in North Myrtle Beach. The bodies of brothers Ahykeem Jones, 28, and Johnnie Magbie, 19, were recovered from the water about six hours apart, according to officials. Jones was visiting North Myrtle Beach from Henderson, N.C., and Magbie was visiting from Supply, N.C. The official cause of death for both men is asphyxiation due to drowning, said Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard.
Democratic Rep. Troy Carter of Louisiana was sworn into the House on Tuesday, adding some breathing room to the party's tight majority. Carter, 57, represents a majority-Black district centered in New Orleans that extends up the Mississippi River into Baton Rouge. The seat opened after Democratic Rep. Cedric Richmond left the position to work as a special adviser to President Joe Biden.
A 6-year-old girl was shot and killed on Mother's Day when an argument at a car club event led to a barrage of gunfire, Texas police say. Saryah Perez was sitting in the backseat of a vehicle at the San Antonio gathering Sunday when one of the bullets struck her upper torso, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said Monday afternoon. Police on Monday identified 23-year-old Andrew Ray Elizondo as the suspect in the shooting.
“If Facebook lets Trump back on Facebook and Instagram, he'll assuredly restart his assault on democracy.”
“Facebook should have known better than to believe that it could limit speech on its platform without setting a terrible precedent.”
“Providing a microphone and an amplifier for deceit isn't fighting the good fight for free speech.”
“It’s no defense of Mr. Trump’s conduct to say that the digital public square shouldn’t suppress speech by political leaders.”
“The former president no longer gets the ‘head of state’ exception to terms of service.”