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Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh called on Republicans to skip a confirmation hearing for whoever Donald Trump nominates to fill the Supreme Court Justice seat left open following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. "I want the Judiciary Committee - that could be great if [the confirmation hearing] was skipped," he said. Mr Limbaugh's arguments are rooted in fear that the Democrats will do everything in their power to undermine the character and qualifications of a Supreme Court Justice nominee picked by a Republican president.
An Israeli court on Monday approved the extradition of a former teacher wanted in Australia on charges of child sex abuse, potentially paving the way for her to stand trial after a six-year legal battle. Malka Leifer, a former educator who is accused of sexually abusing several former students, has been fighting extradition from Israel since 2014. Leifer maintains her innocence and the battle surrounding her extradition has strained relations between Israel and Australia.
The investigation is into comments she made on a Fox News interview slamming Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is being investigated by the Office of the Special Counsel for potentially violating the Hatch Act when she slammed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden during an interview with Fox News, Politico reported.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, has faced constant threats of violence since her election in 2018. In an interview with the Times, Omar discussed "hateful" attacks against her from Fox News' Tucker Carlson, as well as the rise of Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican House candidate in a far-right Georgia district who held a gun next to a photo of Omar's "Squad" in a campaign video.
Florida governor Ron DeSantis has threatened to bring felony charges against protesters arrested on a broad range of charges targeting “disorderly assemblies" in the wake of widespread demonstrations against police brutality. His proposal would cut off protesters from eligibility for unemployment benefits and keep people imprisoned without bond if they're arrested during demonstrations until their first appearance in court, among several severe and potentially unconstitutional measures aimed at Seven or more people “involved in an assembly" that causes property damage or injury would be committing a felony, according to his proposal.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson may have reached a new low Monday night, calling the statement that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dictated just before her death “pathetic,” adding that he chose not to “believe for a second” that she said it. Following the death of the iconic liberal judge, NPR reported that Ginsburg had her granddaughter Clara Spera take down a note in her final days: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” Amid the rush by Senate Republicans and President Donald Trump to ignore Ginsburg's request and nominate and confirm a new justice before the Nov. 3 election, the president floated a conspiracy theory that Washington Democrats were actually behind RBG's dying wish.
The husband of a major donor to Boris Johnson's Conservative party has allegedly been secretly funded by a Russian oligarch with close links to Vladimir Putin, according to leaked files. Lubov Chernukhin, the party's biggest female donor, has paid to spend time with each of the last three prime ministers, having played a tennis match with Boris Johnson. Leaked financial documents shared with the BBC and other news organisations show that her husband Vladimir Chernukhin was given £6.1 million, originally by a Russian politician and oligarch called Suleyman Kerimov who faced sanctions from the US because of his close links with the Kremlin.
The newly formed U.S. Space Force is deploying troops to a vast new frontier: the Arabian Peninsula. Space Force now has a squadron of 20 airmen stationed at Qatar's Al-Udeid Air Base in its first foreign deployment. The force, pushed by President Donald Trump, represents the sixth branch of the U.S. military and the first new military service since the creation of the Air Force in 1947.
At least a third of 270 whales stranded off the coast of Australia's Tasmania have died and more are feared to be dying, rescuers say. The mass stranding on the west coast of the island was discovered on Monday. Marine biologists are scrambling to save the remaining pilot whales in a tricky operation likely to take days.
The U.S. passed yet another "grim milestone" in its COVID-19 pandemic Monday night, Reuters notes, with at least 200,000 Americans dead from the new coronavirus and an average of nearly 1,000 more dying each day. As "the country blew past estimate after estimate" of COVID-19 deaths, Politico's pandemic newsletter said Monday night, "the term 'grim milestone' in headlines became so routine that we banned it." COVID-19 deaths are rising again in the U.S. after a four-week decline, with Texas and Florida leading the news fatalities, Reuters reports, and the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation now predicts 300,000 deaths by Dec. 9 and 378,000 by the end of 2020...
In 2008, the CIA sent a team of four operators on a spy mission targeting China. None came back. Internally, the CIA officers blamed the mission failure and deaths of four of their men on Bob Kandra, the Special Activities Division chief at the time.
The postal workers union is threatening to stop deliveries in Chicago after multiple mail carriers were shot walking their routes in recent weeks. A 24-year-old United States Postal Service mail was hospitalized after being shot four times in a drive-by shooting in Chicago's southside on 10 September. The female victim, who police said wasn't the intended target, is the second mail carrier shot and wounded while working their route after a carrier was shot in Brighton Park, according to ABC Chicago.
A woman suspected of sending an envelope containing the poison ricin, which was addressed to the White House, has been arrested at the New York-Canada border and is also suspected of sending similar poisoned envelopes to law enforcement agencies in Texas, officials said Monday. The letter had been intercepted earlier this week before it reached the White House. The woman was taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Peace Bridge border crossing near Buffalo and is expected to face federal charges, three law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.
Spookiness has come early to Wisconsin this year, as a washed-up brain was discovered on a local beach last week. James Senda found what looked like a brain wrapped in aluminum foil and called police, who responded to the scene Tuesday morning. Many expected the brain to be human, but Wisconsin's Racine County Medical Examiner's office has confirmed it's not.
As Canada's parliament returns and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seeks to put an ethics scandal behind him, his government will this week unveil its plans for the country's pandemic response and recovery. The last time Mr Trudeau's government held a Throne Speech - where a government outlines its policies and programmes as a parliamentary session begins - was less than a year ago. In August, he made a controversial decision to prorogue - or suspend - parliament and return on 23 September with a new Throne Speech to address the realities of the pandemic.
Jared Kushner's coronavirus task force volunteers in charge of procuring personal protective equipment, such as masks, for virus hot spots were instructed were instructed to prioritize requests from President Trump's friends and supporters, Max Kennedy Jr., one of the volunteers, told The New Yorker. Kennedy, the 26-year-old grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, said the group had to pay special attention to Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, who he said was "particularly aggressive" in demanding masks be shipped to a hospital she favored.
More than a thousand Philippine health workers will finally be allowed to take jobs abroad following President Rodrigo Duterte decision to ease their travel ban, but they are not celebrating yet and want a total lifting of restrictions. Thousands of health workers, who call themselves "priso-nurses", had appealed to the government to let them take jobs abroad, Reuters reported last week. The nurses say they feel underpaid, under-appreciated and unprotected in the Philippines.
The day after Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton to win the 2016 presidential election, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg took the bench wearing a black necklace with crystals. Ginsburg's collars were more than a subtle statement every time she entered the courtroom. Along with her glasses, lace gloves and fabric hair ties known as scrunchies, they were part of the signature style of the justice, who died last week at age 87.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department is handling the investigation of how a firefighter died last week while battling the El Dorado Fire, which continues to burn in the San Bernardino National Forest for the third week. The firefighter was Charles Morton, 39, the Big Bear Interagency Hotshot Squad boss, the San Bernardino National Forest said in a statement Monday night. “Charlie was a well-respected leader who was always there for his squad and his crew at the toughest times,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen.
The supernova explosion of a massive dying star was so bright that ancient humans would have seen it from Earth about 15,000 years ago. The supernova's blast wave continues to scream through space, heating and compressing dust and gas in a way that causes them to glow in a web of colorful ribbons called the Cygnus Loop. NASA's Hubble Space Telescope recently captured an image of the Cygnus Loop in unprecedented detail.
A federal judge in Nevada has dismissed a lawsuit by President Donald Trump's re-election campaign that sought to block the state from sending mail-in ballots to every registered voter, a legal victory for Democrats ahead of November's election. The order adds to wins for Democrats in battleground states, including in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, where courts this month ruled that mailed ballots arriving within certain time periods after Nov. 3's Election Day must still be counted. Trump's campaign had argued the Nevada law, which includes provisions mandating that ballots received up to three days after Nov. 3 be counted even if they lack a postmark, would lead to election fraud.
A wildfire scorching its way through brush and timber from the mountains to the desert northeast of Los Angeles threatened more than 1,000 homes on Tuesday as crews across the West battled dozens of other major blazes. The Bobcat Fire was advancing at a mile or two an hour at times and continued to threaten the Mojave Desert town of Pearblossom after burning into the Antelope Valley foothill area, on the other side of the San Gabriel Mountains from Los Angeles. The blaze that began Sept. 6 destroyed or damaged at least 29 homes and other buildings, including some in the Juniper Hills area, with the toll rising to perhaps 85 when damage assessment teams can complete their work this week, authorities said.
"90 Day Fiancé" star Larissa Dos Santos Lima was detained and released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement over the weekend while preparing to move to Colorado Springs, Colo., with her boyfriend. On Instagram Sunday, the reality TV star, who was born in Brazil, thanked "everyone for all the prayers" after ICE officials took her into custody in Las Vegas early Saturday morning while she was getting into a U-Haul truck with her partner, Eric Nichols, a representative for Dos Santos Lima confirmed to People magazine. Dos Santos Lima — who appeared in Discovery's "90 Day Fiancé" and its spinoff, "90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After" — has since been freed from custody after being arrested for what her rep called "a misunderstanding" that was promptly handled by her legal team.
Former independent counsel Ken Starr reflects on the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Democratic threats.
“The SAT is emblematic of higher education’s failure to keep up with the times...Just the stuff that systemic racism thrives on.”
“These tests create unnecessary stress for young people already dealing with mental health challenges.”
“Dropping the SAT requirement makes it harder for colleges to compare applicants against a common standard.”
“The best predictor of college success overall is a simple one: high school grades.”
“What matters more is a broader push to help minority students get better educations.”