The North Korean leader, known for heavy drinking and smoking, comes from a family with a history of heart problems.Appears to have lost at least 20 pounds »
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) accused Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) Tuesday of lying about the Capitol Police officers who helped defend the building from pro-Trump rioters on Jan. 6, following Gosar's comment on the officer who fatally shot rioter Ashli Babbitt that day. Why it matters: Cheney accused Gosar, who has repeatedly downplayed the severity of the insurrection, of repeating "disgusting and despicable" lies about what happened. Gosar in a hearing with FBI director Christopher Wray on Tuesday demanded to know why the FBI did not disclose the name of the officer that shot Babbitt, an Air Force veteran, in the left shoulder as she was climbing through a broken window on a door into the Speaker's Lobby, which is located just off the House chamber floor.
A Colorado court ruled against Masterpiece Cakeshop baker Jack Phillips, after he was sued for refusing to make a cake to celebrate a gender transition. Autumn Scardina, an attorney, sued Phillips earlier this year for refusing to bake the cake in honor of Scardina's transition. The cake was ordered on the same day in 2017 that the Supreme Court announced it would take up a separate suit against Phillips, who refused in 2012 to make a custom cake to celebrate a same-sex wedding.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) outlined a list of policy demands on election legislation Wednesday, Politico reports, opening the door for potential compromise with his Democratic colleagues on their expansive election and anti-corruption bill. Why it matters: Manchin is the only Democratic senator who has not signed on to the voting rights bill, which he has said is too partisan. If Manchin is willing to compromise, it may present a way forward for Senate Democrats who say the legislation is urgently needed to deal with new election restrictions passed in Republican-led states.
The takeout drinks and outdoor construction was enabled by Wolf's pandemic emergency declaration, which the state GOP has nonsensically attacked as some kind of death blow to freedom. They therefore added a constitutional amendment to the recent primary election ballot that would give the legislature the power to overturn a governor's emergency declaration. Unfortunately (in part because it was a low-turnout primary) this amendment passed, and the Pennsylvania legislature has duly canceled Wolf's emergency declaration.
A man was found shot and killed Tuesday afternoon inside a Kansas City home, police said. The shooting was reported about 2:45 p.m. in the 3600 block of Olive Street in the city's Ivanhoe Northeast neighborhood, according to the Kansas City Police Department. Responding officers were directed by people outside on the block to a nearby home where they found the man suffering from apparent gunshot wounds, said Sgt. Jake Becchina, a police spokesman.
Two days before a South Carolina death row inmate was scheduled to die in the electric chair, the state Supreme Court granted him a stay. Brad Sigmon, 63, was initially scheduled to be executed Friday, but was granted a stay by the state's highest court Wednesday afternoon. In the order, court justices vacated Sigmon's execution notice and said it would not issue a new one until the state Department of Corrections could carry out an execution using the firing squad.
BEIJING (Reuters) -China's mission to the European Union urged NATO on Tuesday to stop exaggerating the "China threat theory" after the group's leaders warned that the country presented "systemic challenges". NATO leaders on Monday had taken a forceful stance towards Beijing in a communique at United States President Joe Biden's first summit with the alliance. "China's stated ambitions and assertive behaviour present systemic challenges to the rules-based international order and to areas relevant to alliance security," NATO leaders had said.
Progressive activists are exasperated by the failure of Justice Stephen G. Breyer to announce that he will retire at the end of the Supreme Court's current term. The agitation understandably increased after some maddening comments by the Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), on Monday. McConnell suggested that if Republicans took back the Senate, it would be "highly unlikely" that the Senate would confirm a Biden nominee if a vacancy arose in 2024.
Tevin Biles-Thomas, the brother of Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, was acquitted Tuesday of triple murder following a 2018 shooting in Cleveland. Seconds after Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Joan Synenberg cleared Biles-Thomas of his charges, the courtroom erupted in chaos as a woman charged at the man on trial. The woman, identified by WKYC as the mother of one of the victims, was grabbed by several deputies as she got close to Biles-Thomas.
A cellist, who played at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding, has been left without a British passport after it was cancelled by the Home Office when he tried to apply for a second one. Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who won the BBC's Young Musician award in 2016, had applied for a second passport to assist with visa applications and international work permits. Seeking help, please @pritipatel @OliverDowden @ukhomeoffice I applied for additional British passport to assist with visas and work permit applications, instead received in date original back, cancelled, 10th June.
Top Republicans are moving to block a Senate inquiry into the Trump justice department's secret seizure of data from Democrats to hunt down leaks of classified information, fearing a close investigation could damage the former president. Trump, who is facing a mounting crisis of legal problems and political criticism, still wields huge power among Republicans, and has hinted recently at a return run for the White House. In fiery remarks, the Republican Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell, criticized the rapidly expanding congressional inquiries as unnecessary and accused Democrats of embarking on “politically motivated investigations”.
A Russian state news outlet on Wednesday featured an expert that criticized the tie President Joe Biden wore when he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in Geneva. Tatyana Nikolaeva, a business etiquette consultant, told RIA Novosti, that Biden's light-blue tie suggested "some sort of infantilism" and said that the person who picked out the tie for the president wasn't feeling confident when they chose it, according to TIME. Nikolaeva added that Biden's tie looked like it belonged in a children's collection.
A young woman who was snatched off the street in Peru, Illinois, was found safe Tuesday, police said. A suspect in her kidnapping remains at large.
A Florida man who reported a crime has now become accused of it, according to the Orlando Police Department. The agency announced in a Tuesday tweet that James Gafford, 55, was arrested June 10 in the death of a woman found in a wooded area off the busy John Young Parkway intersection on April 21. ARRESTED: Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division's Violent Crimes Section have arrested James Gafford, 55, in the death of a woman found in a wooded area near the 1800 block of North John Young Parkway on April 21, 2021.
When developers first broached the idea in 2018 to build a five-star hotel near the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, they said the 145-room hotel would cost $63.5 million to build. The producer price index for construction materials has increased 26 percent since the luxury hotel first became public, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis. Eric Hotze, a developer behind what's called Hotel Bravo, acknowledges it has probably become more expensive to build his project.
Matt Hancock has said he "doesn't think" he is hopeless, following a series of bombshell screengrabs released by Dominic Cummings purporting to show text exchanges with Boris Johnson. Asked by a BBC reporter "are you hopeless, Mr Hancock", the Health Secretary responded "I don't think so". In a blog post exceeding 7,000 words, Mr Johnson's former right-hand-man published a series of screengrabs appearing to show several explicit exchanges that were highly critical of Matt Hancock.
A Fox News host remarked that Vladimir Putin is more accessible to the press than Joe Biden. Harris Faulkner said Putin took questions for longer than Biden and VP Kamala Harris combined. Her observation did not factor in Biden's press conference right after Putin's.
Chicago police believe two people entered an Englewood home early Monday and shot eight people — four fatally and seven in the head, according to a police report. The officers entered the first-floor apartment of the house and found four people all unresponsive with gunshot wounds to the head. Three of the surviving victims found at the scene also had gunshot wounds to their heads, the report said.
For all of Gov. Ron DeSantis' appalling political stances — from making it harder to vote by mail to picking a fight with the cruise industry over “vaccine passports” — he's consistently been on the right side of one issue: protecting the Everglades. On Tuesday, DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet rejected a judge's ruling that the planned extension of 836/Dolphin Expressway violates Miami-Dade County's development rules to protect water supply, agriculture lands and wetlands. Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried was the only Cabinet member who voted to uphold the judge's decision.
Jack B. Weinstein, a former federal judge who earned a reputation as a tireless legal maverick while overseeing a series of landmark class-action lawsuits and sensational mob cases in New York City like that of the “Mafia Cops,” has died at age 99. A federal courthouse official, Eugene Corcoran, confirmed Weinstein's death on Tuesday. The judiciary “has lost a national treasure," Corcoran said in a statement.
Billie Eilish has come under fire for allegedly saying “ch*nk” and using a mock Asian accent in a series of clips posted on TikTok this week. In one of them, Eilish can be heard seemingly saying the word “ch*nk.” User @lcxvy also included a clip in which Eilish's brother, Finneas, allegedly calls her out for “talking with a blaccent.”
A spokesperson for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says the leader will not cooperate with a probe by the International Criminal Court into the thousands of alleged extra-judicial killings in his country, all part of its bloody war on drugs. The ICC's chief prosecutor asked the court on Monday (June 14) to open the case, which she has previously said could uncover crimes against humanity, and referred to a series of Reuters investigations in her preliminary findings. On Tuesday (June 15), families of some of the dead cheered the court's move.
For the past two years, the Columbia City of Women initiative has been working to highlight the significant role women have played in Columbia, both in history and in the modern day. Columbia City of Women — a collaborative effort between the South Carolina Women's Rights and Empowerment Network and Historic Columbia — unveiled a 16-foot-tall sculpture called “The Architecture of Strength” near the northwest corner of Main and Gervais streets, just outside Hall's Chophouse and directly across the street from the S.C. State House. The stainless steel sculpture has been planned for nearly a year and was created by Greenville artist Deedee Morrison.
Tensions around Taiwan have escalated in recent months, with US officials warning of potential China action. Those warnings focus on a potential invasion attempt by China, which has increased its military activity in the area. But Taiwan and the US face a threat short of an invasion: a Chinese blockade that could cut Taipei off from the world.
“It may seem desperate at this point, but I can’t be mad at any and all efforts to get people vaccinated.”
“I won’t get rich, but I will get to live my life. That seems like reward enough.”
“Offering incentives may encourage people who are not actively opposed to vaccination but may have put it off.”
“At some point, the government is simply rewarding irresponsible behavior.”
“Sure, people should do it without needing an incentive. But what’s the alternative? Not enough people get vaccinated.”