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House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday that he won't support a proposal to form an independent, bipartisan commission to study the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, almost certainly eroding GOP support ahead of a vote and positioning his party as opposed to investigations of the attack. McCarthy said he wanted the new panel to look beyond the violent uprising by supporters loyal to Donald Trump, who were trying to stop the certification of President Joe Biden's election. McCarthy pushed to have the new commission also investigate other groups, namely the Black Lives Matter groups that protested police violence in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd.
A Kentucky woman served with an arrest warrant over the weekend for alleged drug trafficking was subsequently charged with criminal abuse after investigators discovered a 4-year-old child living in “gruesome” conditions, according to police. Multiple police agencies showed up at the home of 27-year-old Webster County resident Felica Terrell Friday to serve her with an arrest warrant for trafficking. She allegedly sold drugs to a confidential informant while the 4-year-old was present, according to court records.
China is resisting bilateral talks with the United States on nuclear weapons, the U.S. disarmament ambassador told a U.N. conference on Tuesday, as Washington seeks to advance efforts to reduce nuclear arms stockpiles. "Despite the PRC's dramatic build-up of its nuclear arsenal, unfortunately it continues to resist discussing nuclear risk reduction bilaterally with the United States," said Robert Wood, referring to the People's Republic of China. "To date Beijing has not been willing to engage meaningfully or establish expert discussions similar to those we have with Russia.
With Whitehall departments now drawing up contingency plans to deal with the Indian variant, which is surging in parts of the country, Mr Cummings also questioned why MPs were “accepting a lack of a public plan” on how the vaccine task force intended to contain new strains. And in a move that will unnerve senior figures in Downing Street, he also threatened to release a "crucial historical document" on Covid-19 decision-making. The intervention comes just days before Mr Cummings is due to appear before the Commons health and science select committees' joint inquiry into the pandemic, where he is expected to be highly critical of Mr Johnson and the wider government response.
North Macedonia is expelling a Russian diplomat from the country, but authorities on Tuesday didn't give any explanation for its decision. The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it had summoned the Russian ambassador to the ministry last Friday to inform him of the decision concerning one of the senior diplomats in his embassy. The diplomat, whose rank and identity hasn't been made public, was given seven days to leave the country, the ministry said.
Several convicted murderers who had been ordered to spend the rest of their lives behind bars will get another chance at leaving prison under a policy change by the Kentucky Parole Board. Under the old rule, the board sometimes issued a “serve out” order at the first parole hearing for people serving sentences of life or life without the possibility of parole for 25 years. Inmates are eligible for a parole hearing after 20 years on a life sentence.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Legislation to create a 9/11-style commission to investigate the deadly Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol attack by a mob of former President Donald Trump's supporters suffered a serious setback on Tuesday when House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy came out against it. Repudiating a deal announced last week by the top Democratic and Republican members of the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee, McCarthy said in a statement: "I cannot support this legislation." McCarthy is a close ally of Trump.
Researchers are investigating the reports to see if the disruption to the menstrual cycle is caused by the jabs. No proof has yet been found linking the inoculations to the unusual reproductive symptoms, but a growing body of anecdotal evidence has led scientists to begin probing the reports. Professor Tim Spector, an epidemiologist at King's College London, said earlier this month that the symptom-tracker app ZOE was monitoring reports of period-related side-effects.
Federal authorities say a man on trial in Fargo, North Dakota, slashed his own throat in the courtroom Monday and died. North Dakota U.S. Marshal Dallas Carlson said the incident happened after a jury returned a partial guilty verdict against the man, who had faced terrorizing-related charges. Carlson said the man had a sharp instrument that might have been made of plastic.
Republicans trying to help their party regain power next year are growing increasingly worried that former President Donald Trump and his allies continuing to spread false claims about the 2020 election will jeopardize their mission. In the short term, some GOP officials and operatives see a need to placate Trump, still the most popular figure in the party, and his most committed supporters, a majority of whom don't believe President Joe Biden fairly won the last election, according to polls.
Sweden, which has shunned lockdowns throughout the pandemic, has seen the number of cases and intensive care patients drop fast in the recent weeks with more than 40% of the adult population now having received at least one dose of vaccine. The Nordic country registered 10,017 new coronavirus cases since Friday, health agency statistics showed on Tuesday, a decline compared to the 13,812 cases reported during the corresponding period last week. Sweden has experienced a powerful third wave of the virus with the number of people testing positive per capita among the highest in Europe for months, in stark contrast to its Nordic neighbours where infections have remained relatively subdued throughout the pandemic.
Police in Alabama have issued an arrest warrant for a man in connection with the bizarre theft of a Confederate monument that was taken from an Alabama cemetery and found in Louisiana. Selma police charged Jason Warnick with theft in connection with the mysterious disappearance of the chair-shaped monument, Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson said Monday. Warnick was already facing charges of possession of stolen property after police said the monument ended up in his New Orleans tattoo shop.
You recently claimed the California “exodus” is a bunch of hooey. Then the state lost a congressional seat and it was announced that California is losing population for the first time in history. The column explored why so many folks are so eager to write California's obituary.
MADRID (Reuters) -A Spanish study on mixing COVID-19 vaccines has found that giving a dose of Pfizer's drug to people who already received a first shot of AstraZeneca vaccine is highly safe and effective, preliminary results showed on Tuesday. The Combivacs study, run by Spain's state-backed Carlos III Health Institute, found the presence of IgG antibodies in the bloodstream was between 30 and 40 times higher in people who got the follow-up Pfizer shot than in a control group who only received one AstraZeneca dose. Meanwhile, the presence of neutralising antibodies rose sevenfold after a Pfizer dose, significantly more than the doubling effect observed after a second AstraZeneca shot.
Layoffs and lockdowns, combined with enhanced unemployment benefits and stimulus checks, gave many Americans the time and the financial cushion to rethink their careers. Nate Mullins quit his job as a bartender last November after clashing with managers over mask rules and worrying that he would spread the coronavirus to his immune-compromised sister. Mullins' unemployment checks don't match what he was making at his Oak Harbor, Washington bar, but they're enough to get by while he looks for jobs that would provide health care and retirement benefits.
A woman threatened to stab her husband over an argument about money to move to Japan before she allegedly killed their two children with a meat cleaver in a suburban Phoenix apartment, police said Sunday.
DETROIT - As tensions heat up in the Middle East between Israelis and Palestinians, metro Detroit's Jewish and Arab American communities are reacting with frustration and anger at times, but also are looking at ways to keep the peace among the region's diverse population. In Dearborn, Arab American advocates are planning three protests Tuesday against President Joe Biden during his visit to a city that is almost half Arab American. Biden is to speak about electric vehicles during a stop at the Ford Rouge plant, located in a section of Dearborn that's estimated to be more than 90% Arab American Muslim, many of them strong supporters of Palestinians.
Donald Trump's golf resorts lose a lot of money. According to a bombshell New York Times report published last year, the 15 courses he owns around the world have lost over $315 million over the past 20 years. The interesting question is why does Trump hang on to so many money-losing enterprises?
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - When California stripper Brittney, 26, walked into San Francisco's reopened Gold Club stripping venue again in April after a year, she was confronted with masked-up dancers and just a clutch of patrons. “A lot of times you'll see a lot of girls just sitting around,” said Brittney, who started stripping around two years ago to supplement income from two other jobs. Under guidelines in San Francisco, for instance, strip clubs such as Gold Club that offer food are able to reopen, but strippers and patrons must keep their masks on.
As Rep. Matt Gaetz's one-time “wingman” Joel Greenberg pleaded guilty to six federal charges on Monday, a plane flew above the nearby federal courthouse in Orlando with this banner attached to the tail: “Tick Tock Matt Gaetz.” Gaetz, who is reportedly under investigation for the same allegation at the center of Greenberg's charges—sex trafficking a 17-year-old girl—wasn't mentioned by name in the 86-page plea agreement for Greenberg. A number of problematic details in Greenberg's plea agreement could point to Gaetz—particularly if you know where to look.
US senator Tom Cotton drew criticism for suggesting the Associated Press (AP) was acting in collusion with Hamas, after an Israeli strike on a building that housed news organisations' offices in Gaza. After the 12-story building was blown-up by Israel on Saturday, the country's intelligence agencies alleged that the AP building was actually a base for Hamas — a Palestinian terrorist group. It follows the UN issuing a warning of “full-scale war” between Israel and Hamas, after days of fighting in and around Gaza.
The Kansas City Southern railroad has a long and distinguished history in this city. Now this nearly 135-year-old local institution, which was formed to connect Kansas City to the rest of the country, has announced plans to connect it to the rest of the continent by merging with Canadian National Railway. As the chief operating officer of Canadian National, as well as a native Kansan, I am excited to tell you why this transaction is going to be great for Kansas City.
Stephen Miller, former President Donald Trump's far-right immigration czar, has tweeted 10 messages in favor of New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang over the past week, and "Yang's campaign is not happy about it," Politico's Playbook reports Tuesday. Yang's campaign has been inundated with questions about why the man behind Trump's Muslim ban and child-separation policy is talking up their Democratic candidate, and the campaign would like to know the answer to that, too. "It's hurting us" and "making people question why people like Andrew Yang," one Yang campaign aide told Politico.
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden earned $607,336 in 2020, down by more than a third from 2019, new tax returns show. Vice President Kamala Harris and husband Doug Emhoff also earned significantly less in 2020, as Emhoff left his law firm. Both Biden and Harris would pay more taxes under Biden's proposals to expand social security.
Bill Gates enjoyed holding court at Jeffrey Epstein's Manhattan mansion, allegedly seeking refuge from his marriage and talking with the sex offender's circle of high-profile dinner guests about philanthropy and other worldly topics. But the Microsoft mogul may have been angling for another perk by networking with Epstein: Gates hoped the well-connected pervert could help him secure the Nobel Peace Prize, one former Gates Foundation employee told The Daily Beast. This person said members of the foundation's communications team were alerted to Gates' relationship with Epstein and were told it “was a maneuver to try to get himself a Nobel Peace Prize.
“We are a nation bobbing in multiple crises. Not one of them involves people taking COVID-19 too seriously.”
“The threat is increasingly concentrated among people who are vulnerable by choice.”
“This announcement would be very welcome if not for one big problem: There is no requirement for proof of vaccination.”
“Joining the protected vaccinated minority, which we hope will rapidly become the majority, is simple.”
“Instead of taking giant steps. I think we should be taking small steps toward the same goal.”