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Republicans trying to help their party regain power next year are growing increasingly worried that former President Donald Trump and his allies continuing to spread false claims about the 2020 election will jeopardize their mission. In the short term, some GOP officials and operatives see a need to placate Trump, still the most popular figure in the party, and his most committed supporters, a majority of whom don't believe President Joe Biden fairly won the last election, according to polls.
Albert Watkins, the attorney for Jacob Chansley (perhaps better known as "QAnon Shaman"), spoke on the record with Talking Points Memo about his client's alleged role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. In the interview, published by TPM on Tuesday, Watkins used shockingly offensive language in an attempt to defend Chansley's alleged actions, saying Chansley has Asperger's syndrome, and asserting that other participants in the riot have intellectual disabilities that were to blame. "These are people with brain damage," he said.
Malaysian police said on Tuesday five suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf militant group were killed in a shootout in the state of Sabah on the Malaysian portion of Borneo, state news agency Bernama reported. The Abu Sayyaf group, whose members pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in 2014, is based in the southern Philippines and is notorious for bombings, beheadings, extortions and kidnap-for-ransom activities. Authorities in Malaysia have stepped up efforts to crack down on militant activity in recent years after an attack linked to Islamic State in the capital Kuala Lumpur in 2016 and others in neighbouring countries.
The St. Louis lawyer who brandished a firearm at Black Lives Matter protesters last year has officially entered the 2022 race for Missouri's open Senate seat. Mark McCloskey tweeted he will have “a huge announcement” on Fox News host Tucker Carlson's show Tuesday evening, but his Senate campaign website went live hours before the appearance. “Mark has never before run for political office, but he has now answered the call of public duty and is running for the United States Senate from Missouri to fill the seat of retiring Sen. Roy Blunt,” his website says.
Predictions that the Taliban will quickly overrun Afghan government forces and conquer Kabul once U.S. and coalition forces have fully withdrawn are unduly pessimistic, Washington's special envoy to Afghanistan said Tuesday. “I personally believe that the statements that their forces will disintegrate and the Talibs will take over in short order are mistaken,” Zalmay Khalilzad told the House Foreign Affairs Committee, whose members expressed deep worry that President Joe Biden's decision to fully withdraw by September will lead to chaos and intensified civil war. Lawmakers are not alone in their skepticism that a fractious Afghan government can withstand a potential Taliban onslaught.
Durham police are investigating the death of a 48-year-old man as a homicide, after officers sent on a cardiac-arrest call found him inside an apartment. It was the city's third homicide in the past week. Officers were dispatched to the 1300 block of Hudson Avenue on Monday morning, according to a Durham Police Department news release Tuesday.
A grizzly bear and cubs were wandering through Yellowstone National Park when a woman got out of her car and walked toward them, video shows. It looks like she was taking photos or videos with her phone when the bear started running toward her, according to video posted May 12. The woman gasped and walked away, but Yellowstone park officials are now investigating the incident.
If Republicans take back the House in 2022, at least one sitting GOP member of the chamber doesn't think House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is the right fit to serve as speaker — and you can probably guess who. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), who some observers believe isn't a shoo-in to hold her seat, told Politico she won't vote for McCarthy in that hypothetical situation. "I think that we've got to have leaders who lead based on principle, and that's not what we've seen from him," Cheney said.
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates summoned their Lebanese ambassadors Tuesday to protest televised remarks by Lebanon's foreign minister, in which he suggested Gulf countries provided backing to extremists. The head of the Gulf Cooperation Council, led by Saudi Arabia, asked that Foreign Minister Charbel Wehbe offer a formal apology to member states. Wehbe's remarks to the U.S.-backed Alhurra news channel caused a firestorm in Lebanon and among Gulf countries.
The closure of the U.S.-Canada border to non-essential travel due to COVID-19 will be extended once again, according to a report by CTV News. The closure was set to expire Friday, May 21, but has been extended another month and is now set to last until June 21, according to CTV. Canadian Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security had not yet tweeted about the extension as of Tuesday afternoon, as they have with previous extensions of the border closure.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The Biden administration on Tuesday gave investors two extra weeks to buy or sell securities in certain companies it deems are tied to the Chinese military, an extension it said was needed to craft a stronger policy to prohibit such trades. President Joe Biden's administration has been reviewing a number of aspects of U.S.-China policy, including a ban imposed under his predecessor Donald Trump on investments in certain Chinese companies that the United States says are linked to China's armed forces and intelligence agencies. Investors now have until 9:30 a.m. (1330 GMT) on June 11 to compete their transactions, the U.S. Treasury Department said in a notice posted on its website.
A former top American Airlines employee was sexually assaulted by a celebrity chef during a work trip and blackballed by the airline for reporting the assault, the Fort Worth woman said in a lawsuit and interview. Kimberly Goesling, 52, of Fort Worth, filed a lawsuit in the 342nd Judicial District Court in Tarrant County against the chef and American Airlines in January 2020. She originally filed the suit under a pseudonym, but she came forward and revealed her identity, filing an amended petition Friday and speaking out in a Fox News interview published Tuesday.
Florida's Department of Health on Tuesday announced 2,805 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. More than 7.5 million Floridians have completed the two-dose series of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna or have completed Johnson & Johnson's single-dose vaccine, according to Monday's vaccine report. In Miami-Dade, 342,924 people have received the first dose of Pfizer or Moderna and 1,063,940 people have either received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine or have completed the two-dose series of Pfizer or Moderna.
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Almost 200,000 Scots face seeing lockdown restrictions reimposed within days after virus cases in two Covid hotspots continued to surge. John Swinney, the deputy first minister, said an “appropriate response” to rising case numbers in East Renfrewshire and Midlothian would be unveiled this week, increasing the prospect of the areas joining Glasgow in Level 3. In East Renfrewshire, home to around 95,000 people, the case rate per 100,000 rose to 94.2 on Tuesday, from 86.9, while in Midlothian, where around 92,000 people live, it increased to 57.3 from 55.2.
Progressives and rights groups are calling out Biden over his response to Israel. Biden has refrained from criticizing Israel over its approach to renewed fighting with Hamas. Critics say Biden's approach undermines his pledge to prioritize human rights.
MADRID (Reuters) -A Spanish study on mixing COVID-19 vaccines has found that giving a dose of Pfizer's drug to people who already received a first shot of AstraZeneca vaccine is highly safe and effective, preliminary results showed on Tuesday. The Combivacs study, run by Spain's state-backed Carlos III Health Institute, found the presence of IgG antibodies in the bloodstream was between 30 and 40 times higher in people who got the follow-up Pfizer shot than in a control group who only received one AstraZeneca dose. Meanwhile, the presence of neutralising antibodies rose sevenfold after a Pfizer dose, significantly more than the doubling effect observed after a second AstraZeneca shot.
But the continued attacks on Palestinians lives and homes in recent years have prompted many progressive Americans - such as Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, young anti-Zionist liberals and organisations like the left-wing Jewish Voice for Peace - to speak out against what they see as injustices, particularly through social media. "The support of that demographic has really opened the door for people like myself to be able to speak our truths without facing as much vitriol," says Leila. "It feels a lot less scary."
President Joe Biden cruised in a electric truck prototype for Ford on Tuesday. Biden was visiting Ford's plant in Dearborn, Mich. to promote federal investment in electric vehicles. "This sucker is quick," Biden said, according to the White House pool report.
A Kansas City elementary school has moved to online-only classes through the end of the month due to a COVID-19 outbreak, the district confirmed Tuesday. Trailwoods Elementary School moved to virtual learning on Tuesday and will not return to in-person classes until June 1, said Kelly Wachel, spokeswoman for Kansas City Public Schools. In addition, she said two classrooms at John T. Hartman Elementary, and one classroom at Phillis Wheatley Elementary, will also quarantine for the next two weeks due to COVID-19.
US Rep Rashida Tlaib says that some of her Democratic colleagues in Congress express empathy towards the Palestinians in private, but do not in public. The Michigan Democrat made the observation during an interview on MSNBC's The Reid Out on Monday evening. “It is really hard because any of my colleagues that even have some sort of empathy towards Palestinians, they do it quietly with whispering because they continue to be intimidated and bullied by those that want to continue the status quo apartheid in Israel,” Ms Tlaib told host Joy Reid.
Shortly after meeting at the White House on Wednesday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., sent an aggressive fundraising text signaling a renewed effort to target his host, the president. "I just met with Corrupt Joe Biden and he's STILL planning to push his radical Socialist agenda onto the American people," the text said. McCarthy and other Republicans said intraparty squabbles, including the drama surrounding Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., distracted them from presenting a unified front against Biden and his big spending plans.
Two US pilots were forced to eject from an F-15 at MidAmerica St Louis Airport on Tuesday. The aircraft was an F-15QA, a new aircraft expected to be transferred to the Qatar Emeri Air Force. Two US active-duty pilots ejected from an F-15 fighter jet Tuesday morning after an emergency on the runway at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah, Illinois, the US Air Force and a nearby base said.
It requires inmates on death row to choose the firing squad or the electric chair (long an alternative in South Carolina) if lethal injection drugs are not available. Mississippi, Oklahoma and Utah are the only other states that authorize use of the firing squad as a means to put someone to death. This revival of a previously discredited execution method shows the lengths to which death penalty supporters will go to keep the machinery of death running.
“We are a nation bobbing in multiple crises. Not one of them involves people taking COVID-19 too seriously.”
“The threat is increasingly concentrated among people who are vulnerable by choice.”
“This announcement would be very welcome if not for one big problem: There is no requirement for proof of vaccination.”
“Joining the protected vaccinated minority, which we hope will rapidly become the majority, is simple.”
“Instead of taking giant steps. I think we should be taking small steps toward the same goal.”