According to a new poll, California Gov. Gavin Newsom's numbers have recovered along with his state's success at handling the coronavirus pandemic.Little support left for recall effort »
Shortly after House Republicans voted to remove her from her leadership role, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., criticized House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy for embracing former President Donald Trump's false claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen. "He is not leading with principle right now," Cheney told NBC's Savannah Guthrie in an interview that aired Thursday on the "Today" show. The interview was conducted after House Republicans met behind closed doors Wednesday and stripped Cheney from her position as the House Republican Conference chair, the No. 3 spot in the House GOP behind McCarthy and Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., the House minority whip.
Amid continuing confusion and debate over mask wearing, Dr. Anthony Fauci, a top medical adviser to the Biden administration, emphasized that the time has come to let up on wearing face coverings in some situations. That confusion is no longer about whether masks work (they do, according to scientific studies) but whether they need to be worn both indoors and out, and whether vaccinated people still need to mask up as assiduously as those who have not yet been administered the coronavirus vaccine.
A 35-minute wait in line led to truck driver Clarissa Rankin making a TikTok video of herself paying $9.99 per gallon for $90 worth of mid-grade gas at an Exxon station in north Charlotte Wednesday night. “I cannot make this up,” Rankin told the Observer during a call on Thursday. Before heading home, Rankin stopped at the Exxon Mobil at 1339 W. Sugar Creek Road around 9:30 p.m. to get some gas for her personal vehicle, she said.
House Republicans voted Wednesday to remove Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., from her leadership role in response to her repeated criticism of former President Donald Trump's lies about the 2020 presidential election and his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. Cheney, who had been the No. 3 Republican in the House, had received strong rebukes from her GOP colleagues in recent weeks. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy — who had previously said Trump “bears responsibility” for the riot — accused Cheney of “relitigating the past” by continuing to condemn Trump's election conspiracies.
Israel on Thursday said it was massing troops along the Gaza frontier and calling up 9,000 reservists ahead of a possible ground invasion of the Hamas-ruled territory, as the two bitter enemies plunged closer to all-out war. Egyptian mediators rushed to Israel for cease-fire efforts but showed no signs of progress. The stepped-up fighting came as communal violence in Israel erupted for a fourth night, with Jewish and Arab mobs clashing in the flashpoint town of Lod.
Rudy Giuliani, who faces looming legal threats, has hired two attorneys who defended the disgraced sex offender and movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, following FBI raids on the former New York mayor's office and home. According to court filings on Wednesday, Arthur Aidala and Barry Kamins informed the US District Court for the Southern District of New York that they will appear on behalf of Mr Giuliani. It follows twin raids on an apartment and offices belonging to Mr Giuliani, a former mayor of New York and attorney for Donald Trump, in April.
President Biden is highlighting new efforts to encourage Americans to get COVID-19 shots, including free rides to and from vaccination sites from ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft, as the pace of shots nationally declines and he looks to meet his July 4 inoculation targets.
Scottish police ordered the release on Thursday of two Indian men who had been detained by British immigration officials, after hundreds of protesters in Glasgow blocked the path of a van carrying the detainees. Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who wants to wrest immigration powers from the United Kingdom government, welcomed the police force's actions and blamed the British government for what she called a "dangerous situation". Video footage showed the two men emerging from the back of a van belonging to Britain's interior ministry, which sets immigration rules for the whole United Kingdom.
Director Joss Whedon's Canadian wife could be deported because he's gone by the name "Joss" for so long, instead of his legal birth name "Joseph," The Toronto Sun reports. Whedon married Heather Horton in February, and is required to provide his birth certificate to prove his U.S. citizenship for her green card process. But Whedon has been using his nickname, "Joss," on his documents for "decades," including on his driver's license and his passport, meaning he can't get a copy of his birth certificate, where his name is still "Joseph," very easily.
The baby daughter of a young British woman who was murdered during a violent robbery in Greece was found crying and tapping her mother's body in an attempt to wake her up. Police who were called to the scene of the crime in Athens found the 11-month-old baby girl “patting her mother with her hands and trying to wake her up,” according to Ta Nea, a Greek newspaper. Caroline Crouch, 20, who was British but born in Greece, was murdered in front of her baby when a gang of three robbers broke into her home in Glyka Nera, an affluent suburb on the outskirts of Athens in the early hours of Tuesday.
Sen. John Cornyn is urging other senators to vote against President Biden's pick to head the agency overseeing Medicare and Medicaid. The Texas Republican opposes her not because of Chiquita Brooks-LaSure's qualifications, but because the Biden administration rescinded a 10-year extension of a Medicaid waiver that gave the state more than $11 billion a year in funding through Sept. 30, 2030. “She doesn't have any authority to force the Biden administration to undo its terrible and reckless mistake -- at least not yet,” Cornyn said on the Senate floor Wednesday.
A federal judge on Thursday rejected a second attempt by opponents of the proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota to invalidate the mineral rights leases needed for the project. U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden said new arguments and evidence raised by the opponents in the 2020 lawsuit would not have changed the outcome of the case, which challenged the Interior Department's 2019 decision to renew the decades-old leases for the site near Ely. The plaintiffs included the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters, Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, several businesses in the Ely area, and other groups that said the Interior Department failed to conduct a sufficiently extensive environmental review, and therefore unlawfully renewed the leases.
Canada on Thursday condemned Tehran's "unconscionable" conduct since Iranian forces shot down an airliner last year, killing 176 people, including dozens of Canadians, and vowed to keep pressing for answers as to what really happened. The comments by Foreign Minister Marc Garneau were among the strongest Ottawa has made about the January 2020 disaster. "The behavior of the Iranian government has been frankly unconscionable in this past 15 months and we are going to continue to pursue them so we have accountability," Garneau told a committee of legislators examining what occurred.
Today, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson stands in the hospital door, refusing entrance to Missouri's working poor and middle class. His decision Thursday to abandon Medicaid expansion, coming just days after cutting off federal unemployment benefits, confirms the obvious: Parson despises lower income Missourians, and everyone who votes. We had hoped for better.
Canadian National sweetened its offer to buy Kansas City Southern railroad Thursday and derailed rival Canadian Pacific's bid for the railroad that handles traffic in the United States and Mexico. Kansas City Southern said Thursday that it determined Canadian National's revised $33.6 billion offer was better than the $25 billion agreement it had with Canadian Pacific. CN's latest offer still includes $200 in cash for each Kansas City Southern share, but the Canadian railroad is now also offering 1.129 shares of its stock.
Newsmax host Greg Stinchfield has been pulled from his show for the remainder of the week. Stinchfield described Israel as the "home country" of Jewish Americans. Former Fox News host Eric Bolling announced he will fill in on Thursday and Friday nights.
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Two suspects in a Dallas homicide exchanged gunfire with law enforcement officers from a car Thursday and shot a Hill County constable before they were themselves shot, authorities said. The suspects were in a Dodge Neon and entered Waxahachie, where a city police officer first tried to stop them. The suspects led multiple law enforcement agencies on a multicounty chase on Interstate 35E, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Former Trump attorney and self-proclaimed “Kraken releaser” Sidney Powell has told prospective donors that her group, Defending the Republic, is a legal defense fund to protect the integrity of U.S. elections. But the company suing Powell over her baseless claims of a rigged presidential election says the true beneficiary of her social welfare organization is Powell herself. Dominion Voting Systems claims Powell has raided Defending the Republic's coffers to pay for personal legal expenses, citing her own remarks from a radio interview.
Wyelands Bank, part of the empire of beleaguered businessman Sanjeev Gupta, is facing possible liquidation. The development comes after Mr Gupta decided not to inject further funds into it. Wyelands belongs to Mr Gupta's GFG Alliance group, the largest client of Greensill Capital, which collapsed in March.
In the 1980s, Rabbi Meir Kahane's violent anti-Arab ideology was considered so repugnant that Israel banned him from parliament and the U.S. listed his party as a terrorist group. Today, his disciples march through the streets by the hundreds, chanting “Death to Arabs” and assaulting any they come across. This week, they took part in a wave of communal violence in Jerusalem and mixed cities across Israel in which Arabs and Jews viciously attacked people and torched cars.
Two climbers, an American and a Swiss, have died on Mount Everest, hiking company officials said Thursday, the first fatalities this season on the world's highest peak.
A Georgia man decided to skip the long lines forming outside gas stations in the wake of the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack and stop by a line of parked U-Hauls instead. A 25-year-old man drilled holes in the fuel tanks of multiple U-Haul trucks Wednesday, spilling 35 to 45 gallons of gas, the Griffin Police Department said. Surveillance images, some of which were shared on the department's Facebook, show a suspect with a fuel can walking near what is thought to be his red truck, according to police.
The Biden administration vowed Thursday to stand by Australia in its worsening trade and other disputes with China. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told his Australian counterpart that the U.S. “will not leave Australia alone on the field — or maybe I should say 'alone on the pitch' — in the face of economic coercion by China.” Like the United States and China, Australia and China are in the midst of several major disputes as Beijing seeks to apply pressure over commerce and influence.
Footage shows a mob attacking a driver they believe is Arab on a street in Bat Yam, Israel. Israeli media described the crowd as extremist Jews. Tensions are running high amid deadly clashes between Israel and Hamas this week.
“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.”