Jake Gardner, a white Nebraska bar owner charged in the fatal shooting of an unarmed Black man amid protests in May, has died by suicide, his attorneys said.Body found in Oregon »
During several of his interviews with author Bob Woodward, President Trump proudly mentioned judicial appointments and how he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have "broken every record," The Washington Post reports. The Post obtained audio recordings of their conversations, and Woodward also writes about the topic in his new book, Rage.
A wildfire burning through a swath of Los Angeles County for more than two weeks remained virtually unchecked Monday as fire managers struggled to gather resources needed to douse the inferno. The Bobcat Fire is one of scores of major fires burning across the West – including Oregon, where at least six people have been accused of igniting some of the blazes. The Bobcat Fire has burned more than 160 square miles in and around the Angeles National Forest, destroying an unknown number of homes and an iconic nature center.
A judge has blocked a US government attempt to ban the Chinese messaging and payments app, WeChat. US Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler said the ban raised serious questions related to the constitution's first amendment, guaranteeing free speech. The Department of Commerce had announced a bar on WeChat appearing in US app stores from Sunday, effectively shutting it down.
A bull rider and Oklahoma State University (OSU) student has been killed at a competition that took place in Texas last week. Rowdy Lee Swanson was thrown from his bull at the ProRodeo in Mineral Wells, Texas, reported ABC News. It was unclear what specific injuries Swanson suffered at the event organised by the Palo Pinto County Livestock Association.
The vow by Republican President Donald Trump and the Republicans to quickly fill U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat despite a looming election has revived talk among some Democrats of expanding the number of justices on the court. These Democrats, along with progressive activists, say all options must be considered to counter what would become an entrenched 6-3 conservative majority that could threaten access to healthcare, abortion, and civil rights. A plan to expand the court would likely lead to a bare-knuckles political fight with unpredictable consequences for both parties.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky. rejected the government funding resolution House Democrats introduced Monday, leaving the U.S. government on the verge of a shutdown. The current government funding package only lasts another nine days, so on Monday, Democrats released a draft resolution that would extend in through Dec. 11.
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.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed Facebook during a new interview with The New York Times' Kara Swisher. Pelosi said she holds Facebook "very accountable" for posts on the platform in support of QAnon, a right-wing conspiracy theory that claims, in part, that Democratic Party leaders are involved in child sex trafficking. "I don't know how the Facebook board of directors or their top employees can look themselves in the mirror," Pelosi said.
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.
New data obtained by The Guardian provides a more specific look at how the changes implemented by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy affected the U.S. Postal Service's on-time first-class mail delivery rate after he took over the role in June. In what North Carolina A&T history professor and former postal worker Philip Rubio described as a "remarkable graphic illustration," The Guardian shows that rates plummeted not long after DeJoy stepped in. The USPS was delivering first-class mail on time about 93 percent of the time during most of the first half of 2020, just shy of its 95 percent goal, and was averaging nearly 91 percent at the moment of leadership transition.
Sudanese officials will discuss the removal of their country from a U.S. list of state sponsors of terror with U.S. officials during a visit to the United Arab Emirates this week, the ruling council said on Sunday. Sudan's transitional government, in charge since the toppling of Omar al-Bashir last year, has been pushing to get off the U.S. list, which hinders its ability to access foreign loans to tackle an economic crisis. In August, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo raised the issue of Sudan establishing ties with Israel during a visit.
Twitter is investigating after users discovered its picture-cropping algorithm sometimes prefers white faces to black ones. Users noticed when two photos - one of a black face the other of a white one - were in the same post, Twitter often showed only the white face on mobile. Twitter said it had tested for racial and gender bias during the algorithm's development.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden warned Republicans that rushing a vote to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court before the election would cause “irreversible damage”, and vowed to nominate a black woman to take her seat. The last thing we need is to add is a constitutional crisis that plunges us deeper into the abyss, deeper into the darkness. If we go down this path, I predict it will cause irreversible damage,” he said in a speech in Philadelphia.
Australia reported on Monday its smallest daily increase in new coronavirus infections in more than three months, but authorities in the nation's virus hotspot of Victoria said they could not hasten the easing of curbs. The 16 new infections are Australia's smallest daily jump since June 14, while two additional deaths were reported. "This light at the end of the tunnel is getting closer every day," Nick Coatsworth, the chief deputy medical officer told reporters in Canberra, the capital.
Trump supporters Getty/Elijah Nouvelage On Saturday, lines to vote early in Fairfax County, Virginia — an affluent, left-trending area including the suburbs of Washington, D.C. — reached enormous lengths, with many voters telling reporters that they were spurred to vote by the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. But Trump supporters showed up at the early voting site to protest, as well. Photos and videos by Washington Informer reporter Anthony Tilghman show Trump supporters blocking the path to the early voting site, standing together waving Trump flags and chanting "Four more years!"
Josh Hawley, R-Mo. a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on the battle over the Supreme Court vacancy.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is closing in on securing the votes needed to potentially confirm Donald Trump's third conservative Supreme Court nominee before November's election to decide which party control the White House and both chambers of Congress. The president made clear Monday morning that he wants the upper chamber to vote before 3 November, telling “Fox & Friends” in another telephone interview that he thinks there is ample time to move his coming nominee through a process that typically includes meetings with each senator and public confirmation hears, followed by floor debate and a simple-majority vote. The majority leader has already lost two GOP members, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
Apple just released iOS 14, the newest software update for iPhones. The top three free apps in the App Store on Monday were widget-creation apps. Apple just released iOS 14, with some major updates to home-screen organization, plus all kinds of improvements to Messages, Siri, and more.
The European Union and Britain need to accelerate talks on a future trade deal since it was impossible to rule out there being insufficient progress in the talks, leading to a no-deal outcome, European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis said on Monday. "There are many outstanding issues. Progress on a number of key EU asks so far is not sufficient.
Japan's former prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has visited a controversial war memorial just days after stepping down. Mr Abe posted a picture of himself at the Yasukuni Shrine, telling his followers he had gone there to inform the spirits of his resignation. He largely stayed away from the shrine, which honours Japan's war dead, but also convicted war criminals, during his time as prime minister.
The European Union on Monday slapped sanctions on three transport companies for violating the U.N. arms embargo on Libya, including the Turkish shipping firm that operates a vessel at the center of a naval standoff in the Mediterranean Sea between Turkey and France three months ago. The Avrasya Shipping company, which is headquartered in Turkey, was “found to have violated the arms embargo in Libya.” The EU noted that the company operates a cargo ship called Cirkin, which “has been linked to transports of military material to Libya in May and June 2020.”
In Minnesota, where the contest between Trump and Joe Biden had seemed to tighten in recent weeks — and where both candidates stumped on Friday — a CBS News/YouGov survey last week had Trump running 2 percentage points behind Biden with white voters, after carrying them by 7 points in 2016. Even among white voters without college degrees — Trump's base — the president was far short of the margin he put up against Hillary Clinton there. It's the same story in Wisconsin, where Trump won non-college educated white women by 16 percentage points four years ago but is now losing them by 9 percentage points, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll.
Footage uploaded to Twitter on Sunday night - which has since gone viral - appears to show the man, who says he is from the city, remonstrating with the protesters, some of whom are white. The man, dressed in a pair of shorts, a T-shirt and a cap, accused the group of not being from Portland, which has been at the centre of demonstrations following the death George Floyd, a black man who was killed while in police custody in Minneapolis in May. Based man railing the #Portland kids for not even being from the area.
The world learned of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death as Rosh Hashanah began – a holy time for Jews that has brought both comfort and special meaning to her death for some of her supporters. Rosh Hashanah marks the start of the Jewish New Year. When someone dies then, “it feels like that person did not get another year,” book critic Ruth Franklin told USA TODAY on Friday.
“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.”