By unanimous consent, the Senate approved legislation designating June 19, or Juneteenth, as a federal holiday to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States.Passage all but assured in the House »
The No. 3 Senate Republican, John Barrasso of Wyoming, told a group of voters that he wants to make President Joe Biden a "one-half-term president." "Mitch McConnell's come under a lot of criticism for saying, at one point, he wanted to make sure that Barack Obama was a one-term president," Barrasso said last Thursday at an event hosted by the Ripon Society, a centrist Republican think tank, which posted the remarks Tuesday. McConnell, R-Ky., the Senate minority leader, has vowed to block Biden's agenda and sharply criticized the administration's policies.
The Chinese virologist at the center of a theory that Covid-19 originated in a laboratory in Wuhan has angrily denied the claims as "filth" in a rare interview. Dr Shi Zhengli is the Wuhan Institute of Virology's (WIV) leading expert on coronaviruses and her work has fuelled speculation over how the first cases of Covid-19 were detected in the same city. The WIV's refusal to allow an independent investigation of its laboratory or its research into coronaviruses has further fuelled suspicions that Covid-19 may have originated and leaked from the institute.
The Senate voted 53-44 on Monday to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the federal appeals court in Washington. The 50-year-old judge is filling the vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit left when Merrick Garland became attorney general earlier this year. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Susan Collins (Maine), and Lindsey Graham (S.C.) — joined the Democrats to vote for Jackson.
Key West police officers did not violate an 8-year-old boy's civil rights when they tried to handcuff him at his elementary school after he was accused of punching a teacher in 2018, a federal judge has ruled. The boy's mother, Bianca Digennaro, sued the Key West police officers and the city in August 2020 after her attorney, Benjamin Crump, posted a video of the boy's arrest on his Twitter account. “A mental health crisis at a school, and they feel it is appropriate to arrest, charge and have him become a convicted felon at eight years old,” Crump said after the lawsuit was filed last year.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday the House will move forward with investigating the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection, AP reports. Why it matters: The Senate last month failed to advance a bill that would create a 9/11-style commission to investigate the Capitol riot. Pelosi's comments come after military officials and FBI Director Christopher Wray testified earlier Tuesday on the Jan. 6 events.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -The United Nations is preparing for a likely further displacement of civilians in Afghanistan after U.S. and international troops leave the country in September, U.N. refugee chief Filippo Grandi told Reuters on Monday. Violence has been rising as foreign forces begin withdrawing and efforts to broker a peace settlement between the Afghan government and insurgent Taliban have slowed. Grandi pointed to a deadly attack last week on an international demining organization in northern Afghanistan, which killed 10 people.
A rift between conservative American bishops and the Vatican could be laid bare on June 16 as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops meets amid talk of a growing divide in the church over Pope Francis' leadership. During the virtual event, U.S. bishops are expected to approve a motion to begin drafting a document on “Eucharistic coherence” that would exclude Catholic political figures who support abortion rights from receiving Communion. If they do proceed, the bishops will have opened a breach with Pope Francis and the Vatican, which has all but instructed the bishops not to go ahead with the motion.
If you thought climbing a tree to get away from bears was a good idea, a video posted Tuesday by Glacier National Park might change your mind. Tourist Anthony James captured on video what happens when a hungry grizzly and black bear meet. “Normally agreeable when food is abundant, grizzly and black bears run into one another more often when food is scarce — like early summer,” Glacier National Park officials said.
Ethiopia is due to hold elections on 21 June despite a bloody conflict and looming famine in the north and escalating tensions among its biggest ethnic groups. Why is the election such a big deal? This is the first electoral test for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed since he took office on a pledge to end repression, although there are already concerns about the integrity of the poll.
President Biden agrees with Russian President Vladimir Putin on at least one thing: Relations between their two nations are currently at a very low ebb. Both said as much in interviews leading up to Wednesday's meeting in Geneva, which comes amid tensions over myriad issues, including a spate of cyberattacks emanating from within Russia; Putin's military adventurism along his country's border with Ukraine; and his imprisonment of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who survived poisoning with a Russian nerve agent. Biden arrives at the summit fresh from enthusiastic meetings with allies welcoming the return of the United States to conventional multilateral diplomacy.
Saudi Arabia executed a 26-year-old for protesting against the government, Reprieve said. Al-Darwish's family received no advance notice of his execution, according to human rights groups. Saudi Arabia has executed a young man over his reported involvement in anti-government protests when he was a teenager, human rights groups said Tuesday.
Florida International University President Mark Rosenberg was driving down Southwest Eighth Street, one of the busiest traffic arteries in Miami, when his phone rang. The contribution is part of a larger $2.7 billion charitable spree to 286 organizations across the country that Scott, and her husband Seattle science teacher Dan Jewett, announced Tuesday.
The UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has confirmed it is investigating Apple and Google over their dominant position in the mobile phone market. It is "taking a closer look" at the "effective duopoly" the two firms have. That includes the operating systems Android and iOS, both app stores, and Safari and Chrome web browsers.
Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene introduced legislation to reduce Dr. Anthony Fauci's salary to zero dollars and oust him from his position.
CNN correspondent Barbara Starr has branded the Trump-era Justice Department's past decision to seize her personal email and phone records, as well as those of other colleagues, a “sheer abuse of power”. In an op-ed penned for her outlet on Monday, Ms Starr accused the Trump administration of having manipulated both her and CNN when the DoJ secretly obtained her email records during a probe into news leaks. According to CNN, the DOJ informed Ms Starr on 13 May that prosecutors had procured her phone and email records dating from 1 June, 2017, to 31 July, 2017.
Chinese fighter pilots have been battling aircraft piloted by artificial intelligence in simulated dogfights to boost pilot combat skills, Chinese media reported. Fang Guoyu, a People's Liberation Army Air Force brigade flight team leader and recognized fighter ace, was recently "shot down" by an AI adversary in an air-to-air combat simulation, according to China's PLA Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese military. He said that early in the training, it was easy to defeat the AI adversary.
Trevor Reed got a long prison sentence over claims he drunkenly assaulted Moscow police officers. Joe Biden is expected to bring up Reed's case while meeting with Vladimir Putin on Wednesday. In an NBC News interview this week, Putin called Reed "just a drunk" who "got himself s---faced."
Harvey Weinstein buried his face in his hands after learning he would be extradited to Los Angeles. A judge ruled the disgraced movie mogul must face sexual assault charges in California. The moment was captured on a court livestream on Tuesday.
Senior DOJ officials were deeply alarmed by top Trump officials' fixation on the election results. Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows repeatedly asked DOJ to investigate bogus conspiracy theories. Senior officials at the Justice Department expressed deep frustration and alarm with top Trump officials' fixation on the election results in the final days of Donald Trump's presidency.
Lawyers for Christa Pike, the only woman on Tennessee's death row, are fighting to see her sentence commuted to life after prosecutors looked to set an execution date. Pike's legal team have asked the state Supreme Court to recommend that Governor Bill Lee commute her sentence. The plea comes after the Tennessee Attorney General's Office asked the high court to set an execution date for Pike after asserting that she had exhausted her appeals.
The victim, who was hit in the chest, legs and hand, was going for his own firearm to defend himself when he was shot, police said.
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A tourist from New York died from injuries sustained in a mass shooting in Austin on Saturday. 14 people were injured when multiple shots were fired in Austin's entertainment district. There is no update on the condition of another individual who was in critical condition.
The producer of a movie about the Christchurch terror attacks in New Zealand has pulled out of the project after mounting criticism over the film. Philippa Campbell apologised for her involvement and said she had not realised the hurt the film would cause. The proposed movie, They Are Us, is supposed to focus on Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's role during the 2019 shooting at two Christchurch mosques.
“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.”