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Former Olympic team doctor Larry Nassar spent more than $10,000 on himself while in prison for criminal sexual conduct, paying $300 in restitution towards his victims, per a Wednesday court filing obtained by the Washington Post. Driving the news: Since being imprisoned in 2018, Nassar received deposits totaling $12,825 into his prison bank account — including two pandemic stimulus checks totaling $2,000. Nassar's government-run prison account is intended to cover things such as commissary items and phone and email expenses.
MOSCOW (Reuters) -The Kremlin said on Wednesday that U.S. President Joe Biden's assessment of Russia as only having nuclear weapons and oil was wide of the mark and betrayed a lack of knowledge about the country. Biden made the remark on Tuesday during a speech in which he warned that if the United States ended up in a "real shooting war" with a "major power" it could be the result of a significant cyber attack on the country, highlighting what Washington sees as growing threats posed by Russia and China. Biden boasted that the U.S. intelligence services were superior to their Russian counterparts and said Putin had "a real problem."
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis mocked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new guideline on mask-wearing as he vowed not to implement new lockdowns. The Republican, who is widely considered a top potential contender in the 2024 presidential race, spoke at a conservative policy conference in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, delivering a shot across the bow of the Biden administration's urgent plea to U.S. residents, regardless of vaccination status, to don face coverings in areas with high concentrations of new infections, as well as students, teachers, and staff returning to schools in person next month. “It is very important that we say unequivocally no to lockdowns, no to school closures, no to restrictions, and no to mandates," the Republican governor added.
His death came after a July 6 report was sent to Marshalltown police alleging that there was “potential sexual exploitation and inappropriate sexual contact between a former school employee and former student,” according to a news release from the police. The former staff member was being investigated by police in relation to allegations involving a former student,” Marshalltown Community School District superintendent Theron Schutte confirmed in a statement, according to the Times-Republican. Meanwhile, a third former employee within the district was also arrested in the past two months for sexual misconduct with a student.
Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed an executive order Wednesday restricting ground transportation of undocumented migrants who pose a risk of transmitting COVID in the Texas interior. The directive authorizes the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to stop any vehicle suspected of carrying migrants that may be infected with the virus and to return them back to a point of origin or a port of entry, according to a statement from the governor's office. The prohibition on transporting migrants who have been detained by Customs and Border Patrol for entering the United States illegally applies to any individual in Texas who may attempt it, other than a federal, state, or local law-enforcement official.
A federal appeals court said former U.S. President Donald Trump and his adult children cannot move into arbitration a fraud lawsuit accusing them of exploiting their family name to promote a marketing scam targeting the poor and working class. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said the plaintiffs' agreements to arbitrate claims against the multi-level marketing company American Communications Network did not extend to the Trumps, who had not signed those agreements. Lawyers for the Trump family did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Wednesday's 3-0 decision.
New Hampshire residents will not be forced to receive a coronavirus vaccination despite other states and businesses requiring one. “Every person has the natural, essential, and inherent right to bodily integrity, free from any threat or compulsion by the government to accept an immunization,” according to a new bill that Republican Gov. Chris Sununu signed into law this week. The “medical freedom” law came to fruition as some neighboring states look to boost vaccination rates via vaccine mandates.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has revised its COVID-19 testing guidance for fully vaccinated people, recommending tests after exposure even if they don't show any symptoms. Flashback: The agency previously said that fully vaccinated people did not need tests after coming into contact with an infected person unless they experienced symptoms. Driving the news: The new testing guidelines came the same day that the CDC said those who are fully vaccinated should wear masks indoors in certain areas of the U.S. that have substantial or high virus transmission.
The disturbing encounter, captured in bystander video and body cam footage released by the Inyo County Sheriff's Office, has sparked outrage and divided residents in Bishop, a city of about 3,700 people near the Nevada border. George Barlow, 32, was at an empty gas station on the Bishop Paiute Reservation when one of the Inyo County deputies first approached. On Monday, the sheriff's office released body cam footage of the shocking episode, which put Barlow in the hospital.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked by reporters on Wednesday about the Capitol attending physician reinstating a mask mandate on the House side of Capitol. When told that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy commented that the decision for the mandate wasn't based on science, Pelosi appears to have said, "He's such a moron."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that President Joe Biden does not have the power to forgive student loan debt, putting her at odds with some members of her own Democratic caucus as the pressure builds on the president to cancel $50,000 in student loan debt per borrower. "People think that the president of the United States has the power for debt forgiveness. He does not," Pelosi said in response to a question at her weekly news briefing.
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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said that inflation could be more aggressive and last longer than central bank expectations. Powell, fresh out of a two-day meeting with top Fed officials, told reporters that while inflation could be more intense than previously thought, indications are that it will settle back down in the future and the Fed is still not ready to begin talks about raising interest rates to mitigate price increases. “As the reopening continues, bottlenecks, hiring difficulties, and other constraints could continue to limit how quickly supply can adjust, raising the possibility that inflation could turn out to be higher and more persistent than we expect,” Powell said during a Wednesday afternoon news conference.
Donald Trump's advisers are angry at David McIntosh, president of the conservative Club for Growth, for persuading the former president to endorse a losing candidate in the special election for Texas' 6th District. Why it matters: Susan Wright's defeat Tuesday in a Republican runoff with Navy veteran Jake Ellzey dealt a blow to Trump's aura of invincibility as a Republican kingmaker. Trump advisers and allies have been ambivalent about the Club's advice and thought he should stay out of this Republican-on-Republican contest.
A dirty clay tablet inscribed with one of the world's oldest poems was looted from Iraq, smuggled into the U.S. and turned over to a London auction house before it landed in the hands of a large arts and crafts retailer for the purchase price of $1.7 million. A federal judge in the Eastern District of New York ordered Hobby Lobby on Monday to give up the rare cuneiform tablet bearing a portion of the Epic of Gilgamesh. The retail giant had bought the tablet for the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., where it was seized in 2019.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would vote to advance the bipartisan infrastructure deal. The procedural vote will advance a vehicle of the bill, which will later be replaced with legislative text. Portman and Sinema met with President Biden last month to negotiate the framework of the infrastructure deal.
Michael Fanone told Congress on Tuesday that Trump supporters had beaten and nearly killed him. The caller said he wished Fanone had been killed in the riot. A police officer in Washington, DC, received an explicit and threatening voicemail from a supporter of former President Donald Trump as he testified before Congress' January 6 commission.
Two police officers in Colorado were arrested Tuesday after disturbing video showed one of them using his gun to repeatedly hit an unarmed man on his head, choke him, and threaten to shoot him, as the man bled from his head and pleaded for his life. "You're killing me, bro!" Kyle Vinson, 29, cried out multiple times after Aurora police officer John Haubert pistol-whipped him several times while trying to place him in custody following a trespassing call on Friday afternoon. The graphic video showed streaks of blood running down Vinson's head while he gasped for air and cried that he couldn't breathe, as Haubert yelled, "If you move, I will shoot you."
Steven Crowder is a conservative YouTuber who's been demonetized twice by the platform. YouTuber and conservative commentator Steven Crowder said he had "taken a turn for the worse" on Monday to the extent that he could "physically feel death" days after one of his lungs collapsed. Crowder posted in late June that he was having surgery to correct a "genetic defect" and has been documenting his recovery on social media since the procedure in early July.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter after Sen. Krysten Sinema came out against $3.5 trillion in Democratic infrastructure spending. The New York congressman criticized moderate Sinema for "tanking" investment in childcare and climate action. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took aim at Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, a fellow Democrat, after Sinema came out against her party's $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill.
Simone Biles shockingly withdrew from team competition at the Olympics this week after experiencing a "frightening" phenomenon known as "the twisties." Biles, after withdrawing from the women's gymnastics team final Tuesday, explained that she had "a little bit of the twisties," and her teammates "saw it a little bit in practice." This term, The Washington Post explains, refers to a "frightening predicament" similar to the yips, in which gymnasts "lose control of their bodies as they spin through the air."
Republicans and the White House struck a deal on a slimmer infrastructure deal compared to last month. The new agreement cut almost $30 billion, largely the result of reductions of transit funding and an infrastructure bank, two people familiar said. Republicans struck a fresh bipartisan infrastructure agreement with the White House, but it appears to be a little slimmer than the one brokered last month.
Julie Kelly tweeted that police officers testifying at the congressional Capitol riot hearing were "crisis actors." Officers Michael Fanone and Harry Dunn offered testimony about how they were attacked while defending the Capitol. "Crisis actor" is a term used by conspiracy theorists to describe those who've been hired to lie about events as witnesses.
The central Florida county that is home to Disney World and 1.3 million people is now in a state of emergency after experiencing the largest single-day number of COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began. Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings signed an executive order on Wednesday declaring the emergency, which could be the first step toward issuing a new mask mandate. For now, though, face coverings are only being encouraged as part of an effort to avoid another shutdown.
The culture war is bad for lots of reasons — but the most decisive one may be that it turns its most passionate soldiers into blithering idiots. Just look at the response on the populist right to news that gymnast Simone Biles would be bowing out of the women's team competition at the Olympics, citing mental health concerns, after a poor start. Never mind that long before the opening ceremonies in Tokyo, Biles had proven herself to be arguably the greatest female gymnast of all time, with a combined total of 30 Olympic and World Championship medals to her name.
“[The program] stands likely to leave millions of families — disproportionately the poorest and most fragile ones — behind.”
“[Paying] families monthly, instead of one lump sum ... will provide parents with more stability knowing when cash is coming.”
“More parents will disappear from the workforce, and more children will be locked into dependency.”
“Poverty is a political choice, not an inevitability.”
“Time is running out. There are only six months until monthly payments of the credit cease."