President Biden has launched an initiative with ride-sharing companies providing free rides to and from vaccination sites, as he looks to meet his July 4 inoculation targets.'We have to make it easier' »
When lifelong Wyoming Republican Tage Benson and Democrat Chamois Andersen met for the first time at the Owl in the Attic antiques store in Laramie this past weekend, they quickly put their political differences aside. Their home state's embattled Republican congresswoman, Liz Cheney, needed to be supported, they agreed, for standing up to former President Donald Trump and contesting his false stolen-election claims. “This is where Democrats and Republicans can come together,” said Anderson, 51, a wildlife advocate who often disagrees with Cheney on policy.
Photo: Mahmud Hams/AFP via Getty Images Rockets are launched from Gaza toward the coastal city of Tel Aviv, Israel on May 11. Photo: Anas Baba/AFP via Getty Images A Palestinian youth comforts an injured boy receiving medical care al-Shifa hospital after an Israeli air strike in Gaza on May 11. Photo: Mahmud HamsA/AFP via Getty Images Israeli emergency services transport an injured man in the town of Holon near Tel Aviv, on May 11.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has mostly stayed out of New York City's mayoral race, but she had some harsh words for candidate Andrew Yang, the presumptive favorite, on Tuesday. Yang had tweeted Monday that he is "standing with the people of Israel" amid the escalating violence between Israeli forces and Hamas, which stems from the government threatening to evict Palestinian families from their homes in east Jerusalem. Yang's words ultimately led his campaign to cancel a planned trip to help distribute groceries in Queens ahead of Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim celebration marking the end of Ramadan.
Four children missing since last year were found Tuesday, three of them barricaded with their mom in a safe room at their grandmother's Arkansas home. Their mother, Lisa Goodman, lost custody of the kids but refused to turn them over to authorities and reportedly fled the state, according to the Lonoke County Sheriff's Office. They were ages 5, 7, 15 and 16 at the time Goodman lost custody, KATV reported.
Turkey's top diplomat met with his counterpart in Saudi Arabia Tuesday on his first official trip in years, as the country pushes to repair damaged ties with the kingdom that reached a low point over the 2018 killing in Istanbul of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. “We discussed in an open and sincere way what can be done in our bilateral relations, the areas where we have problems, how we can resolve them,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters after his meeting with Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud. “It's not enough to condemn (the violence), the (Muslim) community is expecting us to take some steps,” Cavusoglu said.
Despite its standing as the world's most vaccinated country, the 115-island archipelago Seychelles is seeing a dramatic resurgence in COVID-19 transmission, bringing its daily case rate to "a higher number of infections per capita than India," The Wall Street Journal reports. To date, approximately 67 percent of Seychelles' population is vaccinated — the majority of those citizens received Chinese vaccine Sinopharm, while the remainder received Covishield, a derivative of AstraZeneca's shot manufactured in India. Authorities have not yet disclosed how many of the new cases are among Sinopharm recipients, but "the situation is being watched all over the world for what it says about the effectiveness of vaccines," writes the Journal.
California gubernatorial candidate Caitlyn Jenner told CNN, in an interview broadcast Tuesday, that she "didn't even vote" in the 2020 election. But "Los Angeles County records show she actually did cast a ballot last fall," Politico reported Tuesday night, with notarized proof. Jenner didn't leave much wriggle room, telling CNN's Dana Bash she didn't vote for president or any of the 12 ballot measures because "I didn't see any propositions that I really had one side or the other."
"A conspiracy ripping through the anti-vax world may finally drive some anti-maskers to do the unthinkable: wear a mask and keep their distance," Vice News reports. The conspiracy theory claims, falsely, that vaccinated people "shed" certain proteins that can infect unvaccinated people and cause some sort of harm, usually tied to reproduction. For those who do believe that vaccinated people can somehow infect them with vaccine proteins — one private school in Miami barred vaccinated teachers from interacting with unvaccinated students — some "anti-vax influencers" are suggesting they protect themselves by "social distancing, the very strategy the have long decried," Vice reports.
The Israel Defense Forces released video Tuesday of its Iron Dome system shooting down rockets. Hamas fired the rockets amid heightened tensions and fighting that has already killed dozens. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) released a video of its Iron Dome air defense system filling the sky with interceptors as more than 100 rockets rained down on Tel Aviv and central Israel Tuesday evening, the latest in a string of rocket attacks over the past couple of days.
Dozens more bodies have washed up on the banks of the Ganges in northern India as the country struggles with a second Covid wave. More than 50 bodies have been discovered in Gahmar, Uttar Pradesh over the past few days. On Monday, at least 40 bodies were pulled from the river some 55km (34 miles) downstream from Gahmar.
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó proposed on Tuesday reaching an accord with the Nicolás Maduro regime to “save Venezuela” from its worst crisis in history, even floating the idea of lifting U.S. sanctions as an incentive to hold new elections. “We must reach an agreement to save Venezuela,” he said in a message distributed on social media. “Not just any agreement or negotiation that maintains what is in place today ... [but] an agreement that must be reached between the democratic forces represented by [the opposition], the actors that make up and support the regime and the international community.”
"Senator Paul, with all due respect, you are entirely and completely incorrect," responded Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of infectious diseases at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). "The NIH has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology," he said. Sen. Paul brought up what's known as "gain-of-function" research, a field focused on coaxing viruses to mutate and potentially increase transmissibility, alleging America was "juicing up" natural pathogens and sharing its findings with a laboratory in Wuhan, the city in China where the novel Coronavirus first emerged.
The Daily Show host Trevor Noah on Tuesday addressed the recent tensions in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine—as much as could reasonably be done in the time it takes to boil an egg. In recent days, Israeli police clashed with Palestinians at a Jerusalem mosque, nine children were among at least two dozen people killed by Israeli airstrikes, and Gaza militants fired rockets of their own at Israel, killing three. Noah, who acknowledged that there isn't “any TV show [that] in ten minutes is going to solve [the] Israel-Palestine [problem],” did make some keen observations.
A group named "Flag Officers 4 America" released a letter signed by 124 former military leaders. The letter questioned the 2020 election result and Biden's physical and mental health. One serving Navy leader told Politico the letter was "disturbing and reckless."
Gas stations in the Southeast are reporting shortages and skyrocketing prices following the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack. Governors in Florida and Virginia declared gasoline-related states of emergency Tuesday evening. Halted operations on the pipeline following a ransomware attack and panic buying are leading to shortages.
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.
While politicians battle critical race theory, the progressive dogma and its offshoot, the New York Times' 1619 Project, have already taken hold in Hollywood. This week's example is the Barry Jenkins series The Underground Railroad, now streaming on Amazon and warping America's racial history for anyone who watches it. This ten-episode program is a big-ticket item meant to confirm Jenkins's seriousness in which he dramatizes the efforts by two slaves, Cora (Thuso Mbedu) and Caesar (Aaron Pierre), to escape Southern tyranny and go north, where their struggle continues.
Paul Mitchell said that Kevin McCarthy is backing Liz Cheney's removal from leadership because it benefits McCarthy. Mitchell argued that McCarthy wants to quell dissent to win back the House majority in 2022 and become speaker of the House. "He will do almost anything to get the gavel and become speaker, short of throwing his mother under the bus," Mitchell said.
The US has authorised the Pfizer vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds amid a push to get the shot into more Americans' arms. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it was "a significant step in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic". FDA Commissioner Dr Janet Woodcock said the move was aimed at "bringing us close to returning to a sense of normalcy and to ending the pandemic".
Federal investigators in the Matt Gaetz probe are now reportedly seeking cooperation from two key witnesses: the Republican congressman's friend Joel Greenberg, and an ex-girlfriend, a former Capitol Hill intern. According to a report by CNN, the unnamed ex-girlfriend was present on a 2018 trip Mr Gaetz took to the Bahamas that is of particular interest to investigators. The Justice Department is now several months into its investigation of whether Rep Gaetz hired women for sex across state lines, which could potentially have violated sex trafficking laws.
At least nine states have announced that they will be ending participation in unemployment assistance programs directed at alleviating problems produced by the coronavirus pandemic. Among them: $300 unemployment checks, which for any state that doesn't opt out will be extended through Sept. 6. Tennessee is one of the latest states to opt out of the program, as many state Republicans argue the additional funds allow low-wage workers to make more money while staying at home.
Jenner, who is running in the California recall election, told CNN she didn't vote in 2020. Caitlyn Jenner said she didn't vote in the 2020 US presidential election, but election records obtained by Politico show that she did. Jenner, who is running in California's recall election against Gov. Gavin Newsom, told CNN this week that she skipped the 2020 election to go play golf.
While the production team has been in, he's worked from home for a year and has had enough. "I kept pestering and pestering," he says. Eventually, even though the rest of his team is still working from home, they let him back, He spent so much time in his pyjamas over the last year, once he accidentally went to Tesco's wearing them.
A man believed to be the owner of a tiger which was spotted wandering around a Houston, Texas neighbourhood on Sunday had previously been arrested and bailed on a murder charge. According to Houston police, the man named Victor Hugo Cuevas, 26, was taken back in custody and charged with felony evading arrest. A video from Sunday shows the tiger with a collar roaming around the streets of a residential area in Houston, where he comes face-to-face with an armed man who can be heard asking the owner to take the tiger back inside.
“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.”