President Trump on Friday commuted the three-year prison sentence for Republican operative Roger Stone, who was to report to a federal prison on Tuesday after being found guilty of obstruction, witness tampering and lying to Congress. In a statement released Friday night, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany called Stone's prison sentence “unjust.” “Roger Stone is a victim of the Russia Hoax that the Left and its allies in the media perpetuated for years in an attempt to undermine the Trump Presidency,” McEnany said in the statement.
Hollis Johnson Employees of a Five Guys restaurant in Daphne, Alabama were fired for refusing to serve a group of police officers earlier this week, the company confirmed in a Facebook post. "As we uphold our commitment to fair, respectful, and equal treatment for all customers, please know that the actions and sentiments of a few employees in Daphne, AL do not represent Five Guys or the local franchisee," the post read. The incident is the latest in a series of recent confrontations between restaurant workers and police officers amid nationwide protests against racism and police brutality.
A newly discovered comet is streaking past Earth, providing a stunning nighttime show after buzzing the sun and expanding its tail. Comet Neowise — the brightest comet visible from the Northern Hemisphere in a quarter-century — swept within Mercury's orbit a week ago. Its close proximity to the sun caused dust and gas to burn off its surface and create an even bigger debris tail.
After many years demanding the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the state flag, Black Mississippians received their wish when a bill doing that was signed into law last week. Just as the state flag had served as a symbol of white supremacy for 126 years, beginning nearly 30 years after the Confederacy's defeat, the lowering of the flag for the final time by a Black man symbolized Black Power. Mississippi's Declaration of the Immediate Causes which Induce and Justify the Secession of the State of Mississippi from the Federal Union clearly states that “our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery.”
As the coronavirus crisis hits a new peak, Miami-Dade is preparing to scale back one of its most expensive and ambitious programs to protect residents from the virus and isolation: a $70 million delivery operation that dropped off more than 8 million meals to the homes of elderly residents. The planned July 15 “sunset” of the emergency effort has charities alarmed about their ability to pick up the slack and county commissioners pushing Mayor Carlos Gimenez to spend more to extend the program. The Gimenez administration said meals will continue to be delivered but mostly through social-service agencies and charities.
The two most powerful political slogans of our era are “Make America Great Again”, and “Black Lives Matter.” “America is already great,” say Trump's opponents. “All Lives Matter,” say those who are made uncomfortable by the hint of exclusion in BLM.
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images A reporter tested positive for the coronavirus after attending two White House briefings this week, the White House Correspondents' Association announced on Thursday. WHCA president Jonathan Karl said the reporter, who he did not name, attended briefings on July 6 and July 8 and wore a mask for the entirety of the time they were inside the White House complex. Karl added that the reporter is asymptomatic, and the WHCA is contacting individuals who the person believes they came in "closer contact" with.
I worked very hard for several months to ensure the health department was the only authority over COVID-19 data, and since I was the sole creator and publisher of that data, I trusted its authenticity and accuracy above all else. I learned a hard lesson about data integrity when I was fired in May for refusing to manually manipulate that data at state leaders' request. Data is only as trusted as its keeper, and the department's credibility evaporated faster than dew on the grass in the Florida morning sun after news of my firing spread across the globe.
From a sleek electric bike to a theater-quality projector, these new products will make staying home this summer that much more enjoyable Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest
A political campaign built around making videos designed to bait the president of the United States into overreacting would almost certainly have been a total waste of time at any other moment under any other commander in chief. But Donald Trump is unlike any other president. And so for the Lincoln Project, which was created by a group of anti-Trump Republican political operatives last December, that means there is a logic to being a metaphorical fly buzzing around the president's head.
The Supreme Court's ruling Wednesday in Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru, which strengthened the legal protections that shield religious institutions from job discrimination lawsuits, could weaken LGBTQ worker protections, according to some legal experts and advocates. The case involved Roman Catholic schools in California that were sued after deciding not to renew contracts for two teachers. In the 7-2 decision, written by conservative Justice Samuel Alito, the high court held that the “ministerial exception” to nondiscrimination law applies to teachers at religiously affiliated schools whose job includes some element of religious instruction.
President Donald Trump's former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, was transferred to the same federal lockup in Otisville where he was serving time for tax evasion, lying to Congress and campaign finance crimes before the coronavirus pandemic prompted his early release, his attorney said Friday. The move late Thursday came hours after federal authorities said Cohen refused to accept the conditions of his home confinement, specifically that he submit to wearing an ankle monitor. Cohen attorney Jeffrey Levine said Cohen never refused to wear an ankle monitor but raised concerns about conditions of his home confinement that forbade him from using social media, speaking with the press and publishing a tell-all book he wrote in federal prison.
Russia's intelligence services have 'stepped up' their war on free media, carrying out a series of operations designed to intimidate journalists in the wake of Vladimir Putin's controversial referendum victory last week. In an unprecedented case for post-Soviet Russia, prominent defence reporter Ivan Safronov was seized outside his home on Tuesday morning by secret service agents and arrested on suspicion of treason. Last week's overwhelming approval of constitutional amendments allowing Vladimir Putin to stay in office at least until 2036 was hailed by the Kremlin as a “triumph.”
The U.S. State Department warned American citizens on Saturday to "exercise increased caution" in China due to heightened risk of arbitrary law enforcement including detention and a ban from exiting the country. "U.S. citizens may be detained without access to U.S. consular services or information about their alleged crime," the State Department said in a security alert issued to its citizens in China, adding that U.S. citizens may face "prolonged interrogations and extended detention" for reasons related to state security. "Security personnel may detain and/or deport U.S. citizens for sending private electronic messages critical of the Chinese government," it added, without citing specific examples.
Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in an interview with NDTV Thursday that Uber's business will be split "50-50" between ride-hailing and other divisions like food delivery. "Our delivery business is growing at rates that, frankly, I didn't think was possible, and we have doubled up on that," Khosrowshahi told NDTV. The coronavirus pandemic has decimated Uber's core ride-hailing business, with trips plummeting as much as 94% earlier this year and the company losing $2.9 billion last quarter.
One of the seven men arrested after police said they harassed a Black family at an Oregon beach was ordered deported to Russia a decade ago, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Oleg Saranchuk and six other men were arrested on July 4 after they were accused of yelling racial slurs and made a Nazi salute at a Black family at a Lincoln City beach, according to the Lincoln City Police Department. Saranchuk initially refused to identify himself to the police.
Claim: Schools will require a deadly COVID-19 vaccine for returning students, and those vaccines will contain RFID chips. It's been four months since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. As scientists around the world race to find a vaccine to bring back life as we knew it, misinformation about how that highly anticipated drug might affect students is inspiring confusion and concern online.
Christopher Buckley's new novel “Make Russia Great Again” is a rollicking satire of Donald Trump's White House — and of a president whom Buckley told Yahoo News must not be reelected or “we're all going to be sitting in lifeboats.” “It's not really very funny when you think about it,” Buckley said during a Friday interview on the Yahoo News “Skullduggery” podcast. This latest effort skewers the Trump administration and its various enablers, including a South Carolina senator modeled after Lindsey Graham named Squigg Lee Biskitt “whose ability to adapt was beyond even Darwin's imagination.”
The American dentist who killed Cecil the lion is reported to have hunted another endangered wild animal. Walter Palmer is said to have slaughtered a protected ram in Mongolia, paying up to £80,000 for the kill. The hunter, who prompted a worldwide outpouring of fury when he targeted Cecil five years ago, was identified as one of two men in a photo with the dead Altai argali – the largest wild sheep in the world.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has criticized an independent U.N. human rights expert's report insisting a American drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in January was a “watershed” event in the use of drones and amounted to a violation of international law. The report presented by Agnes Callamard to the U.N.-backed Human Rights Council on Thursday chronicled events around the death of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and the legal implications of his killing as part of a broader look on the use of drone strikes.
New York City is starting to tentatively emerge from the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic but a revival in outdoor restaurant dining is facing a new hazard – a plague of rats. Diners are facing a surge in rat activity following a lockdown period where the rodents were cut off from key food sources as businesses including restaurants and grocery stores shut down, forcing rats to battle for snacks and even eat each other. Since 22 June, New York City restaurants have been allowed to serve people again in outdoor settings, prompting sidewalks and car parking spaces to be dotted with tables and chairs.
Mayor Park Won-soon of Seoul spoke passionately at a news conference Wednesday about his vision to create jobs and fight climate change in a post-pandemic world, part of his broader, socially conscious campaign that also called to build a city that was more innovative and safer for women. The same day, one of his secretaries went to police, accusing him of sexual harassment.
The Chinese Communist Party's new security law has criminalized any actions it deems to be subversion, secession, terrorism, and collusion with foreign entities in Hong Kong. The law spells an abrupt end to the political freedoms that Hong Kongers used to enjoy. The text of the legislation's Article 38 is blunt, and makes an unprecedented jurisdictional claim: “The Law shall apply to offences under this Law committed against the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region from outside the Region by a person who is not a permanent resident of the Region.”
A federal appeals court on Friday delayed a decision to dismiss charges against President Trump's former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett and CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge join Elaine Quijano to discuss.