A New Jersey woman can leave her banners as is after a ruling that the American Civil Liberties Union hailed as a victory for free speech.'I’m glad it’s over' »
A woman is wanted in Cleveland after going on a rampage at a local beauty store and attacking its elderly Asian owners over a failed purchase. Police said the woman was trying to buy something using a prepaid debit card, which was declined at the counter. In response, the store owners explained that they could not give her the items because her account didn't have any money.
Two Twitter accounts associated with the Arizona Senate's audit of the Maricopa County 2020 election were suspended for violating the platform's terms of usage. Twitter said the accounts were permanently suspended for violating the platform's rules on manipulation and spam, according to a company statement obtained by BuzzFeed. The @ArizonaAudit account maintained nearly 100,000 followers before it was suspended, and it described itself as the official profile of the Senate liaison for the election recount, despite Senate audit liaison Ken Bennett's past refusal to disclose who operated it.
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.
Republican lawmakers on Wednesday protested against the House floor mask mandate being reinstituted the previous evening, with several members of the minority party refusing to wear a face covering and Texas Rep. Chip Roy using a legislative delay tactic to show discontent. Many of those were subsequently fined, and the masking requirement was not lifted until nearly a month later.
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.
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.
The Republican serving as liaison between the Arizona state Senate and the private company conducting a partisan ballot review said Wednesday he intends to resign, citing his inability to back the final product. Ken Bennett, a former Arizona secretary of state, said he made the decision after it became clear he would not regain access to the Phoenix fairgrounds where the private company, Cyber Ninjas, continues its examination of millions of ballots cast last November in Maricopa County. "Right now I'm the liaison in name only," he told conservative radio host James Harris Wednesday.
Astronomers have managed to look behind a black hole for the first time and have proved that Albert Einstein was right about how these mysterious celestial behemoths behave. An international team of researchers used high-powered X-ray telescopes to study a supermassive black hole 800 million light years away at the centre of a distant galaxy. The researchers saw the usual hallmarks of a black hole, but they also spotted light – in the form of X-rays – which was being emitted by the far side of the black hole.
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.
The chief of police in Aurora, Colorado, is apologizing after video of a brutal arrest captured on the body cameras of two officers was released Tuesday. The body cam videos showed officers attempting to arrest three men with outstanding felony warrants last Friday. When two fled the scene, Kyle Vinson was left sitting alone.
For someone his political party still can't quit, Donald Trump sure had a rough day on Tuesday. The House's Jan. 6 committee heard testimony from the Capitol police who fought with rioters on that day, with excommunicated Republican Reps. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., and Adam Kinzinger, R-Il., taking starring roles on the committee. Notably, Trump didn't comment on yesterday's testimony (but he did fire off statements on masks, crime and the Ohio-15 special election).
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.
You can find them all in South Florida. Weird, noodle-shaped amphibians (pronounced “Sicilians”) have been found in the Tamiami Canal, the first discovery of its kind seen in the United States, according to a new report from the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers recently came upon one of the obscure legless creatures in the canal, about a mile south of Miami International Airport.
During the U.S. House select committee's first hearing on the Jan. 6 attack, Capitol Police Sgt. Aquilino Gonell said he was subjected to racist and xenophobic insults while he was fighting to protect the U.S. Capitol from violent rioters.
Rep. Madison Cawthorn is supporting a primary challenger to anti-Trump Rep. Adam Kinzinger. Cawthorn, a freshman Republican congressman from North Carolina, announced his support for Catalina Lauf, a former adviser at the Commerce Department under President Donald Trump, in her bid to unseat Kinzinger in Illinois's 16th Congressional District. "There is no place in the Republican Party for a Pelosi Republican," Cawthorn exclusively told the Washington Examiner on Wednesday.
The CDC said in May that vaccinated people don't need masks, a recommendation based partly on data indicating that vaccinated people were less likely to transmit the virus to others. But the Delta variant - now the dominant strain in the US - behaves differently than previous versions of the virus, Walensky said. "Information on the Delta variant from several states and other countries indicates that, on rare occasions, some vaccinated people infected with the Delta variant after vaccination may be contagious and spread the virus to others," Walensky said during a press call on Tuesday.
A viral Instagram video appears to show an Atlanta sergeant kicking a handcuffed woman in the head. The Atlanta Police Department is investigating, and said the sergeant's apparent actions were "unacceptable." The officers involved were identified as Sgt. Marc Theodule and Ofc.
Drugmaker Pfizer said July 28 that data suggest a third dose of its COVID-19 vaccine provides a strong boost in protection against the highly contagious delta coronavirus variant. The company said in an earnings report that initial findings suggest antibody levels against the delta variant were five times higher among people ages 18 to 55 and 11 times higher among those ages 65 to 85 after the third dose of its vaccine compared to after the second dose. It also said there's a potential for an up to “100-fold increase in delta neutralization” after a third dose.
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.
Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer's hearing on whether the woman who has accused him of sexual assault should be granted a restraining order has been moved to Aug. 16-18, according to a Los Angeles Superior Court filing Wednesday. The hearing had been set for Aug. 2-3 and Aug. 19 after both sides estimated at their initial court appearance last week that the proceedings would take three days. Bauer is on administrative leave from the Dodgers through Aug. 6 under an agreement between Major League Baseball and the players union, the third time his original paid administrative leave from July 2 has been extended.
Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré told MSNBC the Trump White House was complicit in planning the Capitol riot. Honoré also suggested Trump's White House was behind the delayed federal response that day. Honoré conducted a review of the US Capitol's security after the attack.
The new mask guidance announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday has sparked some frustration among fully vaccinated Americans. Many fully vaccinated people told USA TODAY they're relieved the CDC is recommending them to wear masks in indoor settings, again, where COVID-19 transmission is high. “I didn't really agree with taking the masks off in the first place,” said Candace Howze, 28.
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.
Until Tuesday, the CDC maintained that fully vaccinated people did not need to get tested for COVID-19, unless they developed symptoms. The CDC is now urging anyone who's been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 to get tested 3-5 days later, so they don't put others at risk. A new set of guidelines released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday changes the coronavirus testing protocol for fully vaccinated people in the US.
“[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."