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MOSCOW (Reuters) -The Kremlin said on Wednesday that U.S. President Joe Biden's assessment of Russia as only having nuclear weapons and oil was wide of the mark and betrayed a lack of knowledge about the country. Biden made the remark on Tuesday during a speech in which he warned that if the United States ended up in a "real shooting war" with a "major power" it could be the result of a significant cyber attack on the country, highlighting what Washington sees as growing threats posed by Russia and China. Biden boasted that the U.S. intelligence services were superior to their Russian counterparts and said Putin had "a real problem."
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.
Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D., Ariz.) said she does not support the $3.5 trillion partisan spending plan proposed by Democrats, in remarks to the Arizona Republic on Wednesday. Democrats are attempting to pass a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan alongside the $3.5 trillion proposal. Sinema said that while she supports the goals of the $3.5 trillion proposal, such as job growth for Americans, she does not back the price tag.
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.
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.
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.
When asked by @frankthorp about @GOPLeader's criticism of the mask mandate being reinstated in the House, @SpeakerPelosi responds as she's getting in her SUV: “He's such a moron.” “Leader McCarthy says it's against the science,” NBC reporter Frank Thorp noted to Pelosi.
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.
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.
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 former 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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Simone Biles shockingly withdrew from team competition at the Olympics this week after experiencing a "frightening" phenomenon known as "the twisties." Biles, after withdrawing from the women's gymnastics team final Tuesday, explained that she had "a little bit of the twisties," and her teammates "saw it a little bit in practice." This term, The Washington Post explains, refers to a "frightening predicament" similar to the yips, in which gymnasts "lose control of their bodies as they spin through the air."
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.
Halima Cisse of Mali says her nine babies were conceived naturally. A 26-year-old mother from Mali is speaking out about her record-breaking family more than two months after her nine infants were delivered at a hospital in Morocco. Halima Cisse and her husband, Kader Arby, 35, received the surprise of a lifetime when they learned they were expecting high-order multiples, completely naturally.
Michael Fanone, a D.C. Metropolitan police officer, received a threatening, expletive-laced voice message on Tuesday while he was testifying before the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. "You're a little (expletive) man," the caller says, according to audio of the message Fanone shared with CNN's Don Lemon. "I could slap you up the side of your head with a backhand and knock you out, you little (expletive)."
DaBaby appears to have a penchant for making bad situations worse after a rant at Rolling Loud that raised fans' eyebrows. Rapper DaBaby seems to have a penchant for making bad situations worse. After making homophobic comments on stage at the Rolling Loud fest Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, he offered an “explanation.”
“[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."