Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, who says she voted for then-President Donald Trump in the 2020 election because of his policies, wishes she could have her vote back.Ousted from leadership position by GOP »
Gov. DeSantis and Republican lawmakers are taking a victory lap around Florida touting their success in pushing through their agenda during the 2021 legislative session. What they consider priorities — adding barriers to mail-in voting, citizen ballot initiatives and protesting — are not only bad for Floridians, but they could be deemed unconstitutional if the several groups suing the state win in court. From 2011 to 2017, the state spent $19 million to cover expenses and fees for lawyers who sued the state, and many of those lawsuits challenged polices enacted by the Legislature, an Associated Press analysis found.
The media company of tycoon Jimmy Lai, a prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy advocate, said Friday its Taiwan Apple Daily newspaper will stop publishing a print edition next week, adding to economic fallout from conflict over Beijing's tighter control of the southern Chinese city. Next Media said Taiwan Apple Daily is losing money and the Hong Kong parent company can no longer support it because “pro-China forces” have blocked access to advertising for its flagship Apple Daily newspaper and other publications in Hong Kong. Lai, 72, was sentenced last month to 14 months in prison on charges stemming from 2019 pro-democracy protests.
An Israeli airstrike on Saturday demolished a Gaza City high-rise building that housed journalists from the Associated Press, Al Jazeera and other news outlets. About an hour before, a resident of the 12-story building received a call, purportedly from the Israeli military, warning of an impending attack but giving no explanation for why the building was being targeted. Journalists described a mad scramble to collect equipment and evacuate the building.
When El Salvador's millennial president ordered the armed forces to take control of Congress the world looked on in horror. Gun-toting soldiers intimidating MPs to approve a loan for new military hardware was widely interpreted as one of the darkest moments in El Salvador's history since a bloody civil war ended in 1992. Nayib Bukele, the leather jacket-wearing former advertising executive labelled the 'hipster Donald Trump', this month sacked Supreme court judges and the country's attorney general, tearing up what little is left of the democracy he took charge of.
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A passenger on board an El Al flight captured Israel's missile-defense system in action. The clip shows rockets, fired from Gaza, being intercepted mid-air. Over 2000 rockets have been fired from Gaza towards Israel since Monday, the IDF said.
President Joe Biden on Friday put the kibosh on his predecessor's planned “National Garden of American Heroes" and revoked former President Donald Trump's executive orders aimed at social media companies' moderation policies and branding American foreign aid. In an executive order of his own, Biden abolished the Trump-formed task force to create the new monument, which the former president proposed last year. It was to have featured sculptures of dozens of American historical figures, including presidents, athletes and pop culture icons, envisioned by Trump as “a vast outdoor park that will feature the statues of the greatest Americans to ever live."
Five months after Suzanne Morphew vanished without a trace while out on a bike ride last Mother's Day, the Chaffee County Clerk's Office in Colorado received a bizarre notification: a mail-in ballot for the 2020 election had been submitted under her name. When a Chaffee County sergeant went to the clerk's office to check out the ballot, he saw that it had been handwritten and dated Oct. 15, 2020—and included the signature of her husband, Barry Lee Morphew, on the witness line. “I wanted Trump… to win,” Morphew told FBI agents when questioned about submitting his wife's voting ballot.
Singapore announced on Friday its strictest curbs on gatherings and public activities since a coronavirus lockdown last year, amid a rise in locally acquired infections and with new clusters forming in recent weeks. The measures, which will be in force from Sunday to mid-June, include limiting social gatherings to two people, a halt on dining in at restaurants and for employers to make working from home a default arrangement for staff. Singapore's Straits Times index closed down 2.2% on Friday, its sharpest daily fall in 11 months, with drops led by firms exposed to retail and travel.
Online booking platform Airbnb is predicting a travel rebound "unlike anything we have seen before" after seeing a big jump in holiday bookings. Booking values jumped 52% to $10.3bn (£7.3bn) as customers snapped up long-term stays and rural properties. In the three months to 31 March, holiday bookings for families have also outpaced those for smaller groups or solo travellers, it said.
An Indianapolis man is behind bars accused of murder following a deadly shooting outside a downtown hotel.
As vice president, Joe Biden reportedly told staff not to serve one particular food item at events. The forbidden food in question: those fiber-filled leafy greens. According to The New York Times, Biden, now the president, didn't want to be photographed with leaves in his teeth.
But Gov. Mike Parson on Thursday announced Missouri won't implement the voter-approved program after the General Assembly refused to fund it. Thompson, who campaigned for expansion last year, was looking to the program as the way he and his wife, a home health aid, would finally have coverage as they grow older. Those hopes are now on pause for him and the more than 275,000 other Missourians who would qualify.
The US Department of Homeland Security has renewed a terrorism advisory bulletin following the “increasingly complex and volatile” threats facing the US, including from “individuals and groups engaged in grievance-based violence” exploited across social media and exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. Following the Capitol insurrection on 6 January and Joe Biden's inauguration on 20 January, the agency issued a bulletin warning that anti-government “ideologically motivated violent extremists” motivated by “perceived grievances fueled by false narratives” could “continue to mobilize to incite or commit violence” domestically. The new advisory – which expires on 13 August – maintains that those threats continue to spread online “with the intent to incite violence” against elected officials, government facilities, law enforcement and “perceived ideologically opposed individuals.”
A judge has allowed two prominent Capitol riot defendants to go on a family road trip. Both men were seen in pictures and videos at the Capitol insurrection, one of them holding a Confederate flag. The man pictured walking through the US Capitol holding a massive Confederate flag during the January 6 insurrection is about to head on a family road trip after a judge approved the vacation earlier this month.
A woman who was carrying hoarded fuel set herself and her car on fire Friday, police say. There has been another similar case since the Colonial Pipeline was hacked, causing shortages. A South Carolina woman who was carrying hoarded gas canisters in her car flipped over in a police chase, engulfing the car - and herself - in flames Friday, according to police.
Matt Gaetz reportedly snorted cocaine with a female escort at a hotel party in 2019, The Daily Beast reported. Gaetz faces a Justice Department investigation into whether he violated federal sex-trafficking laws. Witnesses said Rep. Matt Gaetz snorted cocaine and had sex with an escort who was paid with campaign money, The Daily Beast reported Friday.
Democratic congressman Bennie Thompson has announced that he and Rep John Katko, a Republican, have agreed on a bill to establish a commission investigating the 6 January Capitol riot. “I am pleased that after many months of intensive discussion, Ranking Member Katko and I were able to reach a bipartisan agreement,” Rep Thompson said in a statement. On 6 January, 2020, a mob of Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building, violently assaulting police officers and leaving five people dead.
Outside of a handful of states that have poured resources into piloting so-called "vaccine passport" type systems, most Americans still have few options to prove whether they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you got your COVID-19 vaccine from providers like Los Angeles County or Walmart, you can download a record of your doses to your phone.
Damon Weaver, an aspiring journalist who interviewed President Barack Obama, has died at 23. When he was 11 in 2009, Weaver asked Obama about bullying and whether he'd improve school lunches. Weaver was a communications student looking to pursue a career in sports journalism at the time of his death.
Marjorie Taylor Greene and her husband are accused of having two active homestead exemptions. Homestead exemptions offer tax breaks to homeowners, but only one per married couple is permitted. If the couple is found to be violating Georgia state law, they could face a fine of $12,000.
Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney called out Fox News in an on-air interview with the cable news channel in which she argued that they have a responsibility to say that the 2020 election wasn't stolen. Ms Cheney was ousted from her position as House Republican Conference Chair on 12 May after her relentless criticism of former President Donald Trump and his lies about the 2020 election being stolen from him. New York Rep and Trump loyalist Elise Stefanik was elected as her replacement on Friday.
China has landed its first spacecraft on the surface of Mars, according to Chinese state media. The mission, called Tianwen-1, or "questions to heaven," is the first to send a spacecraft into the planet's orbit, drop a landing platform onto the Martian surface, and deploy a rover all in one expedition. If everything went according to plan, a gumdrop-shaped landing capsule separated from the Tianwen-1 orbiter on Friday evening and fell toward Mars.
“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.”