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.
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.
BEIJING (Reuters) -China's mission to the European Union urged NATO on Tuesday to stop exaggerating the "China threat theory" after the group's leaders warned that the country presented "systemic challenges". NATO leaders on Monday had taken a forceful stance towards Beijing in a communique at United States President Joe Biden's first summit with the alliance. "China's stated ambitions and assertive behaviour present systemic challenges to the rules-based international order and to areas relevant to alliance security," NATO leaders had said.
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.
Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene introduced legislation to reduce Dr. Anthony Fauci's salary to zero dollars and oust him from his position.
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.
Ireland will double the quarantine period for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated arrivals from Britain to 10 days but still plans to allow people to move more freely between the two countries from mid-July, Transport Minister Eamon Ryan said. The change is due to the rapid spread of the more infectious Delta variant in Britain, which delayed plans to lift most remaining COVID-19 restrictions there by a month on Monday. "It is just to reflect concern about the Delta variant and to try and hold back the development of that variant here as much as we can and give us time to get vaccines out to give us cover against it," Ryan told reporters on Tuesday.
Patience running thin, Democratic leaders are laying the groundwork for a go-it-alone approach on President Joe Biden's big jobs and families infrastructure plans even as the White House continues negotiating with Republicans on a much more scaled-back $1 trillion proposal. A top White House adviser assured House Democrats during a closed-door session Tuesday that there would be a fresh assessment by next week on where talks stand with the Republicans. But Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced he is moving ahead, huddling privately Wednesday with the Senate Budget Committee to prepare for July votes on a majority-rules approach as wary Democrats prepare to lift Biden's $1.7 billion ...
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.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) -South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday that Johnson & Johnson would send 2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to the country by the end of the month, making up for the amount lost due to contamination at an U.S. ingredient supplier. Aspen Pharmacare, J&J's local producer, had to destroy 2 million doses of the vaccine after the contamination at a plant in Baltimore, Maryland, was discovered, the latest blow to South Africa's struggling vaccination campaign. "We have received an indication from Johnson & Johnson that it expects to deliver around 2 million vaccines to South Africa by the end of the month," Ramaphosa said in a televised address.
A 63-year-old on day six of a private boating trip Monday went into the Colorado River and became unresponsive before dying. James Crocker, from Lakewood, Colorado, was on a private multi-day boating trip through the Grand Canyon, the National Park Service said. Park officials did not say what led to Crocker becoming unresponsive.
WASHINGTON – Russian President Vladimir Putin said he could not guarantee opposition leader Alexei Navalny would leave prison alive and denied ordering an assassination attempt on the anti-corruption crusader. Putin's remarks, made in an interview with NBC News that aired in part on Monday, mark a fresh provocation from the Russian autocrat as he prepares to sit down with U.S. President Joe Biden for a high-stakes summit this week. The two leaders will meet June 16 in Geneva, amid escalating tensions over the Kremlin's cyberattacks and election interference in the U.S. and Putin's efforts to stifle dissent inside Russia.
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.
Will Texas see another blackout as residents who suffered a deadly winter storm are again asked to conserve electricity? Ann Bluntzer, acting director of the TCU Energy Institute, said she feels more confident headed into the summer months than she was in February, when millions went several days without electricity, though she noted there is a small chance of outages if there's extreme heat and extreme energy consumption. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the organization tasked with managing Texas' power grid, on Monday called on residents to reduce electricity use, citing significant strain on the grid due to forced outages at power plants combined with potential record demand.
A United States special forces veteran and his son have admitted to helping smuggle former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn out of Japan in a box aboard a private jet ahead of his trial for financial crimes. Retired Green Beret Michael Taylor, 60, and his son Peter, 28, pleaded guilty to aiding Mr Ghosn's escape in December 2019 during their first appearance at Tokyo District Court this morning. The indictment claimed that Mr Ghosn fled from his home in Tokyo's Minato Ward to a hotel in the capital and then to another in Osaka Prefecture on 29 December 2019, before he made his way to Kansai International Airport, Japan's Kyodo News agency reports.
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.
Republican Rep. Jim Jordan excoriated a top Justice Department official on Tuesday for spurning attempts by then-President Donald Trump's chief of staff to get officials to investigate several election fraud claims as his presidency was coming to a close. “That is a problem,” Jordan said. “When the chief of staff to the president of the United States asks someone in the executive branch to do something, and they basically give him the finger, I think that's the problem we should be looking into.”
Kansas City kicked-off its Juneteenth celebrations with last Saturday's JuneteenthKC Parade, and over the next weekend, people in the area will be able to attend more events that commemorate the holiday meant to celebrate the day news of emancipation reached enslaved Black people in Texas. Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, is the oldest national celebration of the emancipation of slaves in the United States. It originated when Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865 with the news about the freedom of enslaved people — more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.
An American tourist was wounded while on vacation in Cancún after Narco hitmen on jet skis sprayed a beach with bullets in an apparent turf war with a rival drug gang. The tourist, identified only as Kanya N, is a resident of Kentucky and was hospitalised after a stray bullet hit her in the shoulder when she was caught in the crossfire while relaxing under a palm-roofed hut, Vice reported. Witnesses say two gunmen fired 10 to 15 shots at the beach before escaping across the water.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law requiring daily moments in silence in schools. It bans teachers from "making suggestions as to the nature of any reflection that a student may engage in during the moment of silence." Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a new law this week that requires schools to hold daily moments of silence for students.
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.
An Asian man delivering food by bicycle in New York was stabbed in the back by another cyclist in broad daylight, in an incident that police are investigating as the latest in a series of anti-Asian hate crimes. The 53-year-old victim was knocked to the ground by the attack, but got back up and completed the delivery with a knife wound – only realising he had been stabbed when he arrived back at the restaurant. The Asian man, whose identity is being withheld, was attacked on Sunday evening when he was running an order in Brooklyn and a hooded assailant pedalled up behind him, asking cryptically: “What happened?
“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.”