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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell threatened to block a bipartisan infrastructure package on Tuesday if Democrats cut off debate on amendments too quickly. “This is an extremely important bipartisan bill,” McConnell told reporters. Republicans accuse Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of attempting to rush passage of the spending bill in order to clear next week's schedule for a critical budget resolution that would give Democrats the authority unilaterally to pass a $3.5 trillion spending measure later this year.
Idaho state Rep. Priscilla Giddings (R) told the legislature's ethics committee on Monday that she doesn't think she was wrong to share an article on social media and in a newsletter to constituents that named a young woman who accused a lawmaker of rape. After the young woman, an intern at the statehouse, made the rape allegation against former state Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger (R), the ethics committee found he engaged in "conduct unbecoming" a lawmaker. Von Ehlinger, who said he had consensual sex with the intern, resigned.
A Washington D.C. Metropolitan police officer (MPD) was found dead of an apparent suicide last week inside his home in Virginia. A pattern emerges: Gunther Hashida, one of the officers who responded to the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6, reportedly took his own life last week on Thursday, the Washington Post reported. While Hashida is now the fourth officer from the Capitol incident responders to die in a similar manner, the authorities have not linked his death to the riot.
A South Carolina man whose head was stomped last week by a police officer said he is thankful for body camera footage and a second officer who immediately stepped up to say her colleague was not telling the truth. On July 26, Clarence Gailyard had been holding a stick wrapped in shiny tape, which he uses in case a dog tries to attack him when he is walking, when someone in Orangeburg called 911 and said he was carrying a gun. Orangeburg Public Safety Officer David Lance Dukes ordered Gailyard to the ground.
According to President Joe Biden's coronavirus response team, roughly one-third of all new cases in the country last week came from Florida and Texas. "Seven states have both a statewide ban on mask mandates and a prohibition on school districts from requiring masks in schools, and some states have even banned businesses and universities from requiring workers and students to be vaccinated," Psaki told reporters at Tuesday's White House briefing. "In fact, the most extreme of these measures is in Texas, where you can be fined, a teacher can be fined if they ask a student if they are vaccinated, or if they ask unvaccinated students to wear masks."
A former Afghan interpreter who worked with British forces told The Telegraph he was “stuck in Lashkar Gah” as government forces urged residents to evacuate the city amid heavy fighting. “The fight is so strong we are scared the Taliban may come to every house finding people who worked for British and American forces.” The former interpreter, whom The Telegraph has not named on security grounds, begged reporters to “raise our voice and save our lives”.
Israel will retaliate against an alleged Iranian attack on an oil tanker in the Arabian Sea — and unilaterally, if need be, according to Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. “They can't sit calmly in Tehran while igniting the entire Middle East — that's over,” Bennett said Tuesday while meeting with military officials in northern Israel. Bennett's statement would seem to raise the likelihood of a high-profile clash between Israel and Iran, a development with domestic and diplomatic significance.
In the months preceding the first known cases of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China, multiple air ventilation systems within the Wuhan Institute of Virology were not functioning properly and required renovation, lending further credence to the theory that lab workers were infected with the virus and inadvertently spread it throughout the city. The discovery was included in an an 84-page memo released Monday by Republicans on the the House Foreign Affairs Committee as an addendum to a previous report on COVID's origins. The revelation suggests the virus may have emerged earlier than previously thought, reorienting the chronology of COVID's genesis, lending credence to the lab-leak hypothesis, and further implicating China in an orchestrated cover up.
Contrary to popular belief, even senators have a sense of humor. On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) playfully cut off Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) at the last second, as they approached the lectern for their weekly press conferences at the same time. Schumer framed the lighthearted slight as just "the prerogatives of the majority," while McConnell, alongside plenty of other reporters in the room, laughed harder than NBC News' Leigh Ann Caldwell said she had ever seen.
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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.
US Capitol Police Officer Harry A. Dunn says he's faced racist abuse after testifying on the Capitol riot. During his testimony last week, Dunn said it was the first time he was called the n-word while in uniform. US Capitol Police Officer Harry A. Dunn says he has faced racist abuse online after testifying before the House Select Committee amid its January 6 Capitol riot investigation.
The $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure accord would institute a multiyear "national motor vehicle per-mile user fee pilot" program that, without future intervention from the White House, could potentially violate one of President Joe Biden's previously stated red lines. Top White House officials emphatically stated for months that paying for the infrastructure investments by indexing gas taxes to inflation or instituting new electric vehicle mileage fees were hard red lines for the president on the grounds that they would raise taxes on people earning less than $400,000 per year.
Gabe Imondi, a 74-year-old landlord from Rhode Island, had come to court hoping to get his apartment back. Hours later, Luis Vertentes, in a different case, was told by a judge he had three weeks to clear out of his one-bedroom apartment in nearby East Providence. Scenes like this played out from North Carolina to Virginia to Ohio and beyond Monday as the eviction system, which saw a dramatic drop in cases before a federal moratorium expired over the weekend, rumbled back into action.
Eleven more COVID-19 fatalities were recorded over the weekend in Kansas, five of them in the Kansas City area, bringing the statewide death toll to 5,266 since the pandemic began, according to public health officials. On Monday, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment recorded 11 additional deaths since the last report was issued Friday. During the same time frame, there were another 1,703 confirmed cases and 52 hospitalizations, the state health agency's data shows.
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo — who has previously come under fire for the blurred lines between his personal and professional relationship with his brother, New York governor Andrew Cuomo — drafted a statement for the latter responding to allegations of sexual misconduct back in February. The suggested statement came in the form of an email unearthed by New York attorney general Leticia James's investigation into Cuomo, the findings of which were released in a press conference on Tuesday morning. “Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women and in doing so violated federal and state law,” explained James.
A COVID-19 outbreak in Provincetown prompted the CDC to update its mask guidance for vaccinated people. An outbreak of COVID-19 cases among vaccinated people in a highly-vaccinated town in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, around the July Fourth weekend prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to change its indoor-masking guidance. Instead, it shows that vaccines are working and "prevent severe disease, hospitalization, and death," as clinical trials had previously found, she said.
On Friday, the House oversight committee released notes of a 27 December telephone call from Trump to then acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen, in which Trump told Rosen: “Just say the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me and the R congressmen.”
The Maricopa Board of Supervisors recently condemned the election audit and rejected new subpoenas. Wendy Rogers called for election officials to be placed in "solitary confinement cells" in response. An Arizona state senator has called for members of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to be imprisoned after they condemned the county's widely criticized election audit and objected to related subpoenas.
Fox News parted ways with legal analyst Andrew Napolitano. A producer at the network accused him of sexual harassment in a lawsuit. Fox News said it took "immediate, appropriate action" on hearing of the claims.
A 21-year-old man who escaped Elgin police custody last week when he was being transported through St. Charles was found Monday in Hanover Park.
To the editor: Given that our mental health services are being overwhelmed due to anxiety induced by the pandemic and its alarmist coverage, some perspective about the statistics behind the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's paper about the Delta variant is welcome. The Delta variant is as transmissible as chickenpox. Finally, the virus is waning in Britain, with 92% of the population showing antibodies in their blood after vaccination and from Delta's widely transmissible infection.
A British military agency is warning that a potential hijacking is underway in the Gulf of Oman. The warning comes as multiple oil tankers in the area have reported they are "not under command." A British military agency warned Tuesday that a hijacking may be underway off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in the Gulf of Oman, where multiple oil tankers have reported that they had lost control.
In August, some of the most fringe voices in the ex-president's sprawling universe of followers and adjacent conspiracists still seem to think Trump will be reinstated. When Trump lost re-election in November, he and some of his more stalwart supporters insisted he would soon be reinstalled for a second term, perhaps following a review of votes (which ultimately confirmed Joe Biden's victory) or an Inauguration Day military intervention (never happened) or even one of multiple alternate inaugurations in March (also did not happen). Undeterred, a faction of Trump fans predicted that he would reclaim his throne this month.
American Airlines and Spirit Airlines have canceled more than 600 Tuesday flights, the third consecutive day of major travel trouble for the airlines' passengers. American, which is still struggling to recover from Sunday storms at its mammoth Dallas hub, canceled 288 Tuesday flights, or 9% percent of its schedule, according to flight tracker FlightAware. The airline canceled 563 Monday flights and nearly 300 Sunday flights.
“[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."