There may be reasons to worry about sky-high home prices, especially if the market is in the midst of another boom-and-bust cycle like the one that led to the global recession.What optimists say »
A 58-year-old Illinois woman heard a knock at the door after midnight Monday, and when she went to answer it, she was greeted by a hail of bullets. Right after she called out to the mystery visitor, her front door exploded with gunfire, according to the Champaign Police Department. Nearby houses and vehicles were also struck by gunfire, police said.
The Afghan president on Monday blamed the American troops' speedy pullout for the worsening violence in his country and said that his administration would now focus on protecting provincial capitals and major urban areas in the face of the rapidly advancing Taliban. Ashraf Ghani also urged lawmakers to back a national mobilization drive against the Taliban amid an intensifying war between the Taliban and Afghan government forces over the past few months as U.S. and NATO troops complete their pullout from the war-torn country. “An imported, hasty” peace process — a reference to Washington's push for negotiations between Kabul and the Taliban — “not only failed to bring peace but created doubt and ambiguity" among Afghans, Ghani said in his address to Parliament.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is facing several calls by Democrats to resign after reports surfaced that he joked about hitting Speaker Nancy Pelosi with a gavel. On Saturday night, McCarthy was reportedly gifted a large gavel by members of Tennessee's Republican congressional delegation during a dinner event. The gavel had the words "Fire Pelosi" inscribed on it, referencing the minority leader's repeated optimistic stance that the GOP will retake the House following the 2022 midterm elections.
Over the weekend, former President Barack Obama announced plans for a lavish birthday party at his Martha's Vineyard estate. The bash will attract around 500 guests, to be entertained by the rock band Pearl Jam, and served by a staff of 200. Obama is just the most recent president who adopted a plutocratic lifestyle after leaving office, partly at public expense.
A Black man who said a group of white men assaulted him and threatened to “get a noose” at a southern Indiana lake is facing criminal charges more than a year after the confrontation that earlier led to charges against two of the alleged attackers. Vauhxx Booker, a local civil rights activist and member of the Monroe County Human Rights Commission, was charged with misdemeanor trespass and felony battery for his involvement in last year's Fourth of July incident at Lake Monroe, according to court documents filed Friday by a special prosecutor in the case. Booker condemned the decision, calling it an “outrageous act of punitive retaliation and prosecutorial vindictiveness.”
With the California gubernatorial recall 43 days away and with ballots about to be mailed to voters later this month, there are three numbers you need to know to understand this race. 36 percent: That's the percentage of registered voters in California who said they'd vote to support the recall of Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, per last week's LA Times/Berkeley IGS poll. If that 36 percent looks familiar, well, it's the exact same percentage of registered voters who backed the recall in April and January, per the same poll, suggesting a limited ceiling of recall supporters in the state.
Photos of a maskless Muriel Bowser, her office said, were taken “during the indoor dinner, when she was eating or drinking.” Muriel Bowser, the Democratic mayor of Washington, D.C., is pushing back against conservative media slamming her for going maskless at a wedding this weekend after her office reinstated an indoor mask mandate in the wake of rising coronavirus cases due to the delta variant. “If Mayor Bowser was photographed indoors without a mask, it was during the indoor dinner, when she was eating or drinking,” the mayor's office told WTOP in a statement.
COVID-19 cases are rising sharply in the U.S., thanks to the more easily transmissible Delta variant, but while many Americans may have to mask up again, "I don't think we're going to see lockdowns," Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top federal infectious disease expert, said on Sunday's ABC This Week. "We're looking, not, I believe, to lockdown, but we're looking to some pain and suffering in the future because we're seeing the cases go up, which is the reason why we keep saying over and over again, the solution to this is get vaccinated and this would not be happening." Fauci, the chief medical adviser to President Biden, said "we are seeing an outbreak of the unvaccinated" now, adding that "from the standpoint of illness, hospitalization, suffering, and death, the unvaccinated are much more vulnerable."
A commission run by the wife of Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin would receive $1 billion from the bipartisan infrastructure bill, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Gayle Conelly Manchin co-chairs the Appalachian Regional Commission, an economic development partnership between the federal government and 13 Appalachian states. She works in partnership with a co-chairman from one of the states in the region (currently Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam) to lead the commission and was appointed to the post by President Joe Biden and unanimously confirmed by the Senate in April.
The world's longest Covid-19 sufferer had the disease for nearly 11 months, during which time the virus mutated 40 times, using the patient as a “gym” to get fitter, scientists have discovered. A Russian woman, known as “Patient S”, was suffering late-stage cancer when she caught Covid-19 in April 2020, suffering two serious bouts of illness during her infection. She eventually tested negative in March 2021, but during that time, doctors had sequenced the virus to see how it was changing inside her body.
Karen Fann, the Arizona state Senate president and a Republican, has supported the state legislature's "forensic audit" of the 2020 presidential vote in Maricopa County, which was won by President Biden. Fann said earlier this month that the audit is "not about" former President Donald Trump, who continues to claim widespread voter fraud — especially in states like Arizona and Georgia — cost him the election. Mayer writes that Fann then ultimately "buckled under the political pressure and authorized a subpoena of the county's ballots."
A carrier strike group led by HMS Queen Elizabeth had its automatic identification system (AIS) position faked, researchers discovered. Nearly 100 naval ships may have had their AIS position altered, environmental group SkyTruth found. The Ministry of Defence (MOD) said there was no "operational impact" on the strike group, which included smaller vessels from the Dutch and Belgian navies, but any manipulation of AIS "could result in a serious incident".
As soon as it became clear last week that a Texas congressional candidate backed by Donald Trump would be defeated in a special election, the former president's allies quickly shifted their attention to Ohio to ward off another embarrassing loss.
A rare EF3 tornado that swept through Northeast Philadelphia on Thursday might have played a role in locating a body that matches the description of Cassandra "Casey" Johnston, a 26-year-old Bucks County woman who had been missing for three weeks, police said at a press conference on Sunday. The body was discovered near the Byberry Creek off Townsend Road in Philadelphia. The identity of the body has not been released, but “it appears to match her description,” Lower Southampton Chief of Police Ted Krimmel told reporters.
Just ahead of peak hurricane season, the National Hurricane Center is tracking a new disturbance in the far eastern Atlantic. The hurricane center said it could strengthen slightly over the next few days, but it's on track to head over cooler waters on Thursday, which could weaken or destroy it. The disturbance appeared after weeks of welcome quiet in the Atlantic and right ahead of the most active part of the Atlantic hurricane season, mid-August to mid-October.
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Country music legend Willie Nelson led more than a thousand spectators in singing “vote them out” Saturday from the steps of the Texas Capitol during a rally wrapping up a four-day march in support of Democratic state legislators who bolted for Washington two weeks ago to block GOP-backed voting restrictions. Families with lawn chairs spread out across the sprawling Capitol greens in Austin. Clergy, politicians, constituents and musicians all spoke out about the proposals to impose voter ID requirements, limit ballot drop boxes and mail voting, and strip local officials of their election authority.
Pelosi and Biden are clashing on who should renew the federal eviction ban. "It is unfathomable that we would not act to prevent people from being evicted," Pelosi said. The White House said its hands are tied given a recent Supreme Court ruling.
Christine Weston Chandler, known online as Chris Chan, was arrested on a charge of incest on Sunday. On Friday, a call leaked that seemed to involve Chandler saying she'd had sex with her mother. Christine Weston Chandler, known online as Chris Chan, was arrested and charged with incest after a leaked phone conversation spread online.
More than 300 people died in recent flooding in central China, authorities said Monday, three times the previously announced toll. The Henan provincial government said 302 people died and 50 remain missing. The vast majority of the victims were in Zhengzhou, the provincial capital, where 292 died and 47 are missing.
The House select committee on the 6 January insurrection at the Capitol, according to chairman Bennie Thompson, should “not be reluctant” to include on its witness list Republicans including the minority leader, Kevin McCarthy, Jim Jordan and others who have knowledge of or may have been implicated in the attack.
Iran's outgoing president said the government was not always truthful during his eight-year tenure. Iran's authoritarian government is not known for its transparency and has little tolerance for dissent. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who is leaving office this week, on Sunday said the country's authoritarian government was not always truthful during his eight years in office.
A Belarusian sprinter brought under the protection of Japanese authorities on Monday after making a dash for freedom at a Tokyo-area airport is reportedly heading to Poland. Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, who said her team was forcing her to return home after she publicly criticized her coaches at the Olympics, plans to seek asylum in Poland, an activist group supporting the athlete told The Associated Press. Tsimanouskaya had sought the protection of Japanese police at Haneda Airport on Sunday after she refused to board a flight to Minsk, the International Olympic Committee and Japanese authorities confirmed.
Former President Donald Trump lashed out at the release of records of his pressuring DOJ officials. The documents indicate Trump urged officials to say the 2020 election was "corrupt." In a statement Saturday, Trump repeated the election-fraud claims in his bid to overturn his defeat.
A huge Tesla battery pack was on fire for four days until firefighters managed to put it out. It took 150 firefighters and more than 30 fire trucks to extinguish the fire, they said. A Tesla "Megapack" battery pack caught fire during testing on Friday, and it took firefighters four days to extinguish the blaze, Australian local authorities said on Monday.
“[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."