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 Senate confirmed Ketanji Brown Jackson on Monday to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, an influential court that has been a springboard for future Supreme Court justices. Jackson is widely seen as President Biden's top candidate for the Supreme Court, especially given his campaign pledge to make history and nominate the first Black woman when a vacancy arises. The Senate vote was 53-44, with Republican Sens.
Prosecutors in the trial of deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi presented arguments on Tuesday that she incited public disorder and flouted coronavirus restrictions, part of a package of charges the ruling military junta is seen as using to discredit her and consolidate its control. Suu Kyi and other members of her government and party were arrested by the military after its Feb. 1 coup, and criminal charges were brought against some of the top figures on a litany of charges that their supporters and independent observers say are bogus. Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy party had been due to start a second five-year term in office after winning a landslide victory in a general election last November.
Here's a new one: The Senate GOP seems to have figured out how to kill the infrastructure bill by being for it — or appearing to be so, anyway. Politico reports the chamber's Republicans are thinking about supporting massive new infrastructure spending — worth about $1 trillion — in the belief that by passing a big bipartisan bill, they can kill off the parts of the proposal that progressive Democrats really like, like child care and clean energy. As negotiations over infrastructure spending have dragged out, Dem leadership has apparently settled on a two-track strategy — the bipartisan bill for the "physical infrastructure" stuff that both parties can agree on, presumably with enough votes to overcome a filibuster, and a second bill containing the progressive priorities, to be passed using the filibuster-proof reconciliation process.
TAIPEI (Reuters) -A U.S. aircraft carrier group led by the USS Ronald Reagan has entered the South China Sea as part of a routine mission, the U.S. Navy said on Tuesday, at a time of rising tensions between Washington and Beijing, which claims most the disputed waterway. China frequently objects to U.S. military missions in the South China Sea saying they do not help promote peace or stability, and the announcement follows China blasting the Group of Seven nations for a statement scolding Beijing over a range of issues. "While in the South China Sea, the strike group is conducting maritime security operations, which include flight operations with fixed and rotary wing aircraft, maritime strike exercises, and coordinated tactical training between surface and air units," the U.S. Navy said.
Lawmakers in Hungary approved legislation Tuesday that prohibits sharing with minors any content portraying homosexuality or sex reassignment, something supporters said would help fight pedophilia but which human rights groups denounced as anti-LGBT discrimination. Fidesz, the conservative ruling party of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, introduced the legislation, which is the latest effort to curtail the rights of gay men, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people in the European Union nation located in central Europe. Hungary's National Assembly approved the bill in a 157-1 vote.
Ministers will be advised against the mass rollout of Covid vaccinations to children until scientists obtain more data on the risks, The Telegraph understands. Experts on the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) are expected to make a recommendation against the vaccination of under-18s in the immediate future. At a meeting, members are understood to have voiced serious ethical concerns about vaccinating children, given that they rarely suffer serious illness from Covid.
A court in India has granted bail to two female activists arrested in May 2020 over an anti-government protest. Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita joined the sit-in last year against a controversial citizenship law a day before deadly riots broke out in Delhi. They were among several protesting activists who have since been charged under a stringent anti-terrorism law.
A judge has approved a $15 million settlement against a doctor in a lawsuit by the parents of an incapacitated woman who was sexually assaulted and later gave birth at a Phoenix long-term care center, marking the last of several deals to resolve legal claims over the rape. The settlement made on behalf of Dr. Phillip Gear, who cared for the woman for 26 years while she lived at Hacienda Healthcare, was deemed reasonable last week by a judge. But the insurer for Gear, who died last year, said in court papers it has no obligation to pay the amount, arguing the doctor's policy didn't cover claims arising from a sexual act.
China's government said Tuesday no abnormal radiation was detected outside a nuclear power plant near Hong Kong following a news report of a leak, while Hong Kong's leader said her administration was closely watching the facility. The operators released few details, but nuclear experts said that based on their brief statement, gas might be leaking from fuel rods inside the reactor in Taishan, 135 kilometers (85 miles) west of Hong Kong. In Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian gave no confirmation of a leak or other details.
Tunisian President Kais Saied called on Tuesday for a dialogue with political parties on creating a new political system and amending the 2014 constitution, which he described as “with locks everywhere”, in an effort to ease the ongoing political crisis. Saied's comments could pave the way for an end to a months-long political standoff with Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi, who is backed by parliament Speaker Rached Ghannouchi, leader of the moderate Islamist Ennahda party, over powers and political alliances. The Tunisian constitution, approved following the 2011 revolution, has been widely praised as a modernist constitution.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says it would be “highly unlikely” that he'd allow President Biden to fill a Supreme Court vacancy in 2024 if Republicans were to take control of the chamber.
As a severe drought in California dries out lakes across the state, officials have found the remains of what they believe to be a 1960s plane crash. The plane matches the description of the Piper Comanche 250, which went missing on New Year's Day 1965. A underwater surveying company testing equipment in Folsom Lake near Sacramento found the fully intact plane in one of the lake's deepest points.
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.
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."
A 50-year-old Tamarac man died Tuesday morning after diving the Vandenberg wreck off Key West, law officers said. Barry Beckett was diving with Southpoint Divers aboard a dive boat called the Phoenix, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. He returned to the boat after a dive and stopped breathing while aboard the boat, said Adam Linhardt, the sheriff's office spokesman.
The manager of a Shake Shack restaurant is suing New York police officers and a local police union after three NYPD officers falsely alleged that their milkshakes had been laced with bleach. Marcus Gilliam, who runs a Manhattan branch of the popular fast food chain, filed the case against the Police Benevolent Association, Detectives' Endowment Association, unidentified NYPD officers and the City of New York on 14 June. The lawsuit states that the allegations that the milkshakes contained bleach caused him to be “falsely arrested, and suffered emotional and psychological damages and damage to his reputation”.
Kevin McCarthy is perpetuating the GOP's smear campaign against Ilhan Omar. McCarthy is urging Pelosi to remove Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Pelosi has already signaled Democrats want to move on from recent misleading criticism of Omar.
Some 11,000 students at a Wuhan university and their parents attended a mass graduation ceremony held in a stadium more than 18 months after the pandemic first began in the city. The graduates in the pandemic's former epicenter were not wearing masks nor social distancing. This is because China has reported less than 20 cases per day across its 23 provinces.
Catholic bishops are meeting to decide whether to ban Joe Biden from taking Communion due to his views on abortion. Catholic leaders in America will get together this week to discuss Communion and whether Catholic politicians should be able to receive it if they are pro-abortion rights. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops virtual meeting will start on 16 June and end on18 June.
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A JetBlue passenger said a flight crew threatened to boot him from the flight after a business class passenger gifted him an eye mask. A flight attendant told him that business class customers weren't permitted to share their "Snooze Kit." A JetBlue spokesperson told Insider the company was "revisiting" the policy.
A Republican former member of the US House who was famously once dubbed “[Vladimir] Putin's favourite congressman” in a Politico profile was at the US Capitol during the riot that overtook the building on 6 January. Former Rep Dana Rohrabacher, who represented several California districts over three decades due to redistricting, was seen in a photo first posted online by a Twitter account known as “Capitol Hunters,” which seeks to identify participants in the 6 January attack. In the photo, Mr Rohrabacher is seen wearing a winter hat outside the building in the midst of a large crowd.
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?
The victim, who was hit in the chest, legs and hand, was going for his own firearm to defend himself when he was shot, police said.
“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.”