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If he repudiated the president over his rhetoric about a “stolen” election, Republicans might not vote in the January runoffs, costing the party control of the Senate and McConnell the title of Senate majority leader. Republicans lost both seats — and McConnell his title — anyway. Trump's lies about the election, meanwhile, continued mostly unchallenged, leading to the Jan. 6 insurrection on the Capitol, which fulfilled Sterling's dark prophecy.
A Missouri bar is under fire for a viral video that shows a man denying service to military members he believed used a fake ID. The group of service members went to LOTO Lounge near Lake of the Ozarks when the man behind the bar crumpled one of their military identification cards and tossed it in the trash, according to a Facebook post by Noel Cook on May 7. The man behind the bar was local musician Josh Weitkamp, who isn't an employee but personally connected to the business, the Lake Expo reported.
During a Senate Judiciary Committee on "ghost guns" (firearms made at home that lack a serial number) on Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) tried to change the subject to a debate about police funding. "If you don't support abolishing the police, why do you keep voting for nominees who advocate abolishing the police?," Cruz asked his Democratic colleagues, referring to Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta and Kristen Clarke, whom President Biden has nominated to run the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.
Cardinal Luis Ladaria, the head of the Vatican's doctrine office, sent a letter to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops urging them to carefully deliberate before making a decision on whether Catholic public figures — like President Biden — should be denied Communion if they support abortion rights, AP reports. The state of play: While the choice to deny Communion to individuals would be up to individual bishops, the issue has created a major division within the conference. What they're saying: Any new policy "requires that dialogue occurs in two stages: first among the bishops themselves, and then between bishops and Catholic pro-choice politicians within their jurisdictions," wrote Ladaria, prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, per AP.
Scores of dead bodies have been found floating down the Ganges River in eastern India as the country battles a ferocious surge in coronavirus infections. Health officials working through the night Monday retrieved 71 bodies, officials in Bihar state said. More corpses were found floating in the river on Tuesday, washing up in Ghazipur district in neighboring Uttar Pradesh state.
There comes a point in every conflict where violence takes on a logic of its own - the critical juncture where if rising tensions are not defused, they can lead only to all-out war. With two Israeli women and 31 Palestinians including nine children killed by Hamas rocket fire on Israeli towns and Israeli airstrikes in Gaza - and ill-tempered protests continuing in Jerusalem - the conflict in Israel and Palestine is rapidly reaching that point. There is now a real chance of a fresh war in Gaza or even a third Intifada.
A bartender at a family-friendly Kentucky business needed extensive facial surgeries after being assaulted by a woman complaining about drinks, cops say. The alleged assault happened April 2 outside Main Event, a popular entertainment center that features bowling and arcade games in Louisville, according to a citation. Ciara Pardue, 24, ordered drinks from the business and later complained there was no alcohol in them, an arrest citation states.
(Reuters) -A federal judge in Dallas ruled on Tuesday that the National Rifle Association cannot use bankruptcy to reorganize in gun-friendly Texas, dealing a serious blow to the influential gun rights group's effort to avoid a lawsuit in New York seeking its dissolution. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Harlin Hale said the NRA did not file for Chapter 11 protection in good faith, but rather did so to avoid oversight by New York Attorney General Letitia James and gain an "unfair litigation advantage" over her. In dismissing the bankruptcy bid, Hale singled out Wayne LaPierre, the NRA's longtime chief executive, for criticism.
Amid escalating violence in Jerusalem on Monday, at leat 20 Palestinians, including nine children, have been killed after Israel launched air raids on the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian health ministry told Al Jazeera. Jerusalem has been the site of unrest for the last several days as Palestinians protested against potential evictions in East Jerusalem, and Israeli police met the demonstrations, which took place at the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex, with force. Earlier Monday, Hamas fired several rockets at Israel after the group demanded Israel withdraw its security forces from Al-Aqsa; clashes inside the complex have left 300 Palestinians and 21 officers injured, The Guardian reports.
Over 100 former Republican officials will sign a letter on Thursday declaring that if the Republican Party does not break with former President Donald Trump and change course, they will back the creation of a third party. The group is dismayed by what it says is a modern Republican Party driven by its allegiance to Trump, who continues to falsely claim the 2020 election was stolen from him. Taylor, while serving in the Trump White House, wrote an anonymous opinion piece in the New York Times in 2018 headlined: "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration."
The Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday released a study showing that 99.75% of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 between Jan. 1 and April 13 were not fully vaccinated, according to data provided to Axios. Why it matters: Real-world evidence continues to show coronavirus vaccines are effective at keeping people from dying and out of hospitals. The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines have been found to be 95% and 94% effective, respectively, at preventing symptomatic infections.
A woman said a Six Flags officer threatened and body shamed her over shorts that were deemed too short for the Oklahoma amusement park. Bailey Breedlove — who documented her experience at the Oklahoma City park on TikTok and Facebook — said she has since been banned from Six Flags. Breedlove said she and her family were at Frontier City Theme Park for around two-and-a-half hours on April 30 before an officer approached her daughter for rolling down a hill on her skate shoes.
Sen. Romney reportedly exploded at Sen. Josh Hawley over the January 6 Capitol insurrection. Hawley has been resoundingly criticized for raising objections to Biden's electoral votes. Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah exploded at Sen. Josh Hawley over the January 6 Capitol insurrection, The Washington Post reported.
Susan Conlin O'Neil was walking home from dinner to her Hilton Head Island condo Wednesday night when she took a step down on the sidewalk and felt a pang in her heel. O'Neil was bitten three times by a copperhead snake on the sidewalk outside her South Forest Beach home. “It felt like someone stuck an electric knife in my leg, like a volt of electricity,” she told The Island Packet.
Parents have been warned about gummy bear sweets containing cannabis which are leaving children suffering from panic attacks and hallucinations. Cannabis edibles, which are packaged in wrappers similar to popular sweet brands, are being sold as gummy bears and lollipops on social media and consumed by children as young as 12. A youth charity in Surrey this week issued a warning to families about the growing presence of cannabis edibles on the streets which has left many children needing medical assistance.
Trump is encouraging a 2020 election lawsuit in a Michigan county he already won. Antrim County's results were fully audited and hand-recounted in December, affirming Trump's win. More than six months after the 2020 presidential election, former President Donald Trump is hyping a lawsuit in a small Michigan county that he already won.
As the US reckons with the potential impact of a ransomeware attack on one of its largest fuel delivery systems, Russia has denied any role in the hack that effectively shut the pipeline down. The Colonial Pipeline was hit on Friday by an attack that saw 100GB of its data stolen and many of its computer systems locked pending the payment of a ransom to the hackers. The size of the ransom has not been made clear, and nor is it known whether the company has paid it or intends to.
A former Arizona Republican attorney general said the people running Maricopa County's much-criticized ballot recount "can't get over" losing the state in 2020. Grant Woods, who switched to the Democratic Party while Donald Trump was president, lamented what he called a refusal to accept reality among the Republican figures pursuing the recount, the Associated Press reported. The recount was ordered by the GOP-led Arizona state legislature following widespread conspiracy theories around the result.
Queen Elizabeth II carried out her first major public engagement since her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, died last month. The queen attended the State Opening of Parliament on Tuesday, which was scaled back due to the pandemic, to give the Queen's Speech, a significant address that sets out what laws the government wants to pass. The Queen's Speech usually happens once a year, typically in the spring or after an election, as part of the State Opening of Parliament ceremony, according to BBC News.
A young minke whale was rescued from a shallow area of London's River Thames on Sunday. The whale was found again on Monday and was euthanized because it was in poor condition. The injured whale calf that went missing for the second time after rescuers freed it from being trapped in the London's Thames River on Sunday has been euthanized.
The Biden administration has promised a robust response to a cyber attack that shut down a vital US pipeline, vowing to deliver an “all-hands-on-deck” effort to restore operations and avoid disruptions in the energy supply. Meanwhile, as House Republicans are push ahead with their expected ousting of Representative Liz Cheney from her leadership spot for voting to impeach Donald Trump after the Capitol insurrection, her colleague Adam Kinzinger – who also voted to impeach – compared the party to the Titanic, and warned of a “circular firing squad” over Ms Cheney's various remarks. In the strongest sign yet that Ms Cheney faces defeat in a party vote expected on Wednesday, the top Republican in the House of Representatives said he would back congresswoman Elise Stefanik to replace the Wyoming Republican as chair of the 212-member House Republican Conference.
Two NYC mayoral candidates were way off-target when asked to guess home prices in Brooklyn. Democrats Shaun Donovan and Ray McGuire were off by around $800,000 on the median sale price. A pair of Democratic New York City mayoral candidates offered drastically low estimates when asked about the median housing price in Brooklyn in interviews published Monday.
“If Facebook lets Trump back on Facebook and Instagram, he'll assuredly restart his assault on democracy.”
“Facebook should have known better than to believe that it could limit speech on its platform without setting a terrible precedent.”
“Providing a microphone and an amplifier for deceit isn't fighting the good fight for free speech.”
“It’s no defense of Mr. Trump’s conduct to say that the digital public square shouldn’t suppress speech by political leaders.”
“The former president no longer gets the ‘head of state’ exception to terms of service.”