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“Everything is on the table” to stop President Trump from creating a hard-right majority on the Supreme Court, Nan Aron, president of one of Washington's leading progressive advocacy groups on justice issues, told Yahoo News on Monday. This might include expanding the number of justices on the court should Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat be filled before the election or in a lame duck session should Joe Biden win. “At this point, if they ram through another justice on the Supreme Court, they're essentially saying, 'Look, these are politicians in judicial robes, we're going to see the court as a political institution,” Aron, president and founder of the Alliance for Justice, told the Yahoo News “Skullduggery” podcast.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, has faced constant threats of violence since her election in 2018. In an interview with the Times, Omar discussed "hateful" attacks against her from Fox News' Tucker Carlson, as well as the rise of Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican House candidate in a far-right Georgia district who held a gun next to a photo of Omar's "Squad" in a campaign video.
An Israeli court on Monday approved the extradition of a former teacher wanted in Australia on charges of child sex abuse, potentially paving the way for her to stand trial after a six-year legal battle. Malka Leifer, a former educator who is accused of sexually abusing several former students, has been fighting extradition from Israel since 2014. Leifer maintains her innocence and the battle surrounding her extradition has strained relations between Israel and Australia.
Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh called on Republicans to skip a confirmation hearing for whoever Donald Trump nominates to fill the Supreme Court Justice seat left open following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. "I want the Judiciary Committee - that could be great if [the confirmation hearing] was skipped," he said. Mr Limbaugh's arguments are rooted in fear that the Democrats will do everything in their power to undermine the character and qualifications of a Supreme Court Justice nominee picked by a Republican president.
The husband of a major donor to Boris Johnson's Conservative party has allegedly been secretly funded by a Russian oligarch with close links to Vladimir Putin, according to leaked files. Lubov Chernukhin, the party's biggest female donor, has paid to spend time with each of the last three prime ministers, having played a tennis match with Boris Johnson. Leaked financial documents shared with the BBC and other news organisations show that her husband Vladimir Chernukhin was given £6.1 million, originally by a Russian politician and oligarch called Suleyman Kerimov who faced sanctions from the US because of his close links with the Kremlin.
At least a third of 270 whales stranded off the coast of Australia's Tasmania have died and more are feared to be dying, rescuers say. The mass stranding on the west coast of the island was discovered on Monday. Marine biologists are scrambling to save the remaining pilot whales in a tricky operation likely to take days.
Louisville, Kentucky, police said Monday that they had canceled vacations and were setting up barricades in preparation for the state attorney general's announcement about whether he will charge officers in Breonna Taylor's shooting death. A statement from the department said all requests for vacation and days off were being canceled “until further notice” as the city awaits Attorney General Daniel Cameron's announcement. “It is important to note that (Cameron) has said there is no timetable for the announcement,” the statement added.
Florida governor Ron DeSantis has threatened to bring felony charges against protesters arrested on a broad range of charges targeting “disorderly assemblies" in the wake of widespread demonstrations against police brutality. His proposal would cut off protesters from eligibility for unemployment benefits and keep people imprisoned without bond if they're arrested during demonstrations until their first appearance in court, among several severe and potentially unconstitutional measures aimed at Seven or more people “involved in an assembly" that causes property damage or injury would be committing a felony, according to his proposal.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson may have reached a new low Monday night, calling the statement that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dictated just before her death “pathetic,” adding that he chose not to “believe for a second” that she said it. Following the death of the iconic liberal judge, NPR reported that Ginsburg had her granddaughter Clara Spera take down a note in her final days: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” Amid the rush by Senate Republicans and President Donald Trump to ignore Ginsburg's request and nominate and confirm a new justice before the Nov. 3 election, the president floated a conspiracy theory that Washington Democrats were actually behind RBG's dying wish.
Through August, the CDC had identified more than 10,900 people who may have come in contact with COVID-19 on a plane. The cases fall to contact tracers, who may be hampered by incomplete, inaccurate or stale contact information for those they are trying to reach, the CDC says. There are challenges that might explain why you might not get a call even if you were exposed: The infected passenger didn't have symptoms – even though he or she could have inadvertently spread the virus.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny demanded Monday that Russia return the clothes he was wearing on the day he fell into a coma in Siberia, calling it “a crucial piece of evidence” in the nerve agent poisoning he is being treated for at a German hospital. In a blog post Monday, Navalny said the Novichok nerve agent was found “in and on” his body, and said the clothes taken off him when he was hospitalized in Siberia a month ago after collapsing on a Russian flight are “very important material evidence.” Navalny, Russian President Vladimir Putin's fiercest critic, fell ill on a domestic flight to Moscow on Aug. 20, was brought to a hospital in the Siberian city of Omsk and was transferred to Germany for treatment two days later.
A prominent group of current and former Republicans working to unseat Donald Trump in the November elections have targeted Mitch McConnell and other allies of the president in a scathing new ad. The Lincoln Project released a video on Twitter that rounded up comments previously made by the Senate majority leader and other conservatives on Capitol Hill speaking out against filling a vacancy on the Supreme Court during an election year. That was because Republicans had refused to hold a confirmation process for Merrick Garland, a judge nominated by former President Barack Obama in 2016.
Before he drove to the grocery store parking lot, Romeal Taylor did the same thing he's done every day this summer — he holstered his 9-millimeter handgun to the waistband of his gym shorts until he could feel it hug his right hip. When he arrived at the store in north Minneapolis he spotted six other Black men, some in tactical gear, armed with Glock 23s and Smith & Wesson M&Ps. The ad hoc group of about two dozen men — including a retired firefighter, a healthcare worker and a veteran — formed in the days after George Floyd's killing in response to the local NAACP chapter putting out a call for residents in predominantly Black north Minneapolis to protect small businesses from destruction as fires and unrest engulfed the city.
In 2008, the CIA sent a team of four operators on a spy mission targeting China. None came back. Internally, the CIA officers blamed the mission failure and deaths of four of their men on Bob Kandra, the Special Activities Division chief at the time.
Spookiness has come early to Wisconsin this year, as a washed-up brain was discovered on a local beach last week. James Senda found what looked like a brain wrapped in aluminum foil and called police, who responded to the scene Tuesday morning. Many expected the brain to be human, but Wisconsin's Racine County Medical Examiner's office has confirmed it's not.
The newly formed U.S. Space Force is deploying troops to a vast new frontier: the Arabian Peninsula. Space Force now has a squadron of 20 airmen stationed at Qatar's Al-Udeid Air Base in its first foreign deployment. The force, pushed by President Donald Trump, represents the sixth branch of the U.S. military and the first new military service since the creation of the Air Force in 1947.
The postal workers union is threatening to stop deliveries in Chicago after multiple mail carriers were shot walking their routes in recent weeks. A 24-year-old United States Postal Service mail was hospitalized after being shot four times in a drive-by shooting in Chicago's southside on 10 September. The female victim, who police said wasn't the intended target, is the second mail carrier shot and wounded while working their route after a carrier was shot in Brighton Park, according to ABC Chicago.
As Canada's parliament returns and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seeks to put an ethics scandal behind him, his government will this week unveil its plans for the country's pandemic response and recovery. The last time Mr Trudeau's government held a Throne Speech - where a government outlines its policies and programmes as a parliamentary session begins - was less than a year ago. In August, he made a controversial decision to prorogue - or suspend - parliament and return on 23 September with a new Throne Speech to address the realities of the pandemic.
The family of David McAtee, a Black Louisville, Kentucky restaurateur who was shot and killed in June by cops and the National Guard during protests over the police killing of local emergency medical technician Breonna Taylor, filed a wrongful death lawsuit on Monday, just over 48 hours after the man's nephew was shot and killed in virtually the same spot. The lawsuit targets the Louisville Metro Police Department, the Kentucky National Guard, and a slew of officers and National Guard members the family says were involved in the June 1 shooting. It also names the two white Louisville cops previously identified as having been party to the killing—Katie Crews and Austin Allen.
Sweden's state-owned space company, which provides ground stations that help fly Chinese spacecraft and transmit data, said on Monday it would no longer renew contracts with China or accept new Chinese business, because of changes in geopolitics. The Sweden Space Corporation (SSC) has had contracts allowing Beijing access to its antennas in Sweden, Chile and Australia since at least 2011. It told Reuters those contracts would not be renewed.
A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. China flooded the Taiwan Strait at the northern end of the South China Sea with warplanes over two days last week in an apparent attempt to intimidate the self-governing island democracy it claims as its own territory. The drills were timed to coincide with the visit to Taiwan by a high-ranking U.S. envoy for talks and to attend a memorial service for former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui, who led the island's transition to full democracy in the face of Chinese threats.
A woman suspected of sending a package containing the poison ricin to the White House has been arrested at the U.S.-Canada border, a law enforcement official said. The suspect was taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Peace Bridge border crossing near Buffalo, New York, and is expected to face federal charges in connection with the package which was intercepted in the past week, said the official who is not authorized to comment publicly. The letter was believed to have been mailed from Canada, the official said.
The supernova explosion of a massive dying star was so bright that ancient humans would have seen it from Earth about 15,000 years ago. The supernova's blast wave continues to scream through space, heating and compressing dust and gas in a way that causes them to glow in a web of colorful ribbons called the Cygnus Loop. NASA's Hubble Space Telescope recently captured an image of the Cygnus Loop in unprecedented detail.
More than a thousand Philippine health workers will finally be allowed to take jobs abroad following President Rodrigo Duterte decision to ease their travel ban, but they are not celebrating yet and want a total lifting of restrictions. Thousands of health workers, who call themselves "priso-nurses", had appealed to the government to let them take jobs abroad, Reuters reported last week. The nurses say they feel underpaid, under-appreciated and unprotected in the Philippines.
“The SAT is emblematic of higher education’s failure to keep up with the times...Just the stuff that systemic racism thrives on.”
“These tests create unnecessary stress for young people already dealing with mental health challenges.”
“Dropping the SAT requirement makes it harder for colleges to compare applicants against a common standard.”
“The best predictor of college success overall is a simple one: high school grades.”
“What matters more is a broader push to help minority students get better educations.”