Opening Day for the Orioles
Opening Day for the Orioles
Senate Republicans announced Wednesday evening that they have "reached a fundamental agreement" with White House negotiators on how to move forward with a coronavirus relief bill. The tentative framework comes amid tension in the Republican Party over how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, which is forcing states to re-evaluate their plans to reopen and to address the growing numbers of cases and deaths. The legislation remains fluid, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has indicated that he wants to keep the price tag at $1 trillion.
A German court on Thursday convicted a 93-year-old former SS private of being an accessory to murder at the Stutthof concentration camp, where he served as a guard in the final months of World War II. He was given a two-year suspended sentence. Bruno Dey was convicted of 5,232 counts of accessory to murder by the Hamburg state court, news agency dpa reported. Because he was only 17, and later 18, at the time of his alleged crimes, Dey's case was heard in juvenile court.
At President Trump's news conference Tuesday, which was supposed to be about COVID-19, he was asked an easy question. About Ghislaine Maxwell, alleged accomplice of Jeffrey Epstein, who died in prison by suicide one year ago, or so official reports say, before he could be tried on sex trafficking charges. Maxwell was arrested this month and now sits in jail in Brooklyn, accused of helping Epstein recruit, groom and sexually abuse underage girls.
Senator Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) introduced a law on Thursday that would prohibit federal funding for schools that incorporate curriculum from the New York Times's “1619 Project.” The 1619 Project, named after the year when colonists first brought slaves to the U.S., attempts to retell American history by emphasizing the importance of slavery in the country's earliest years. “The New York Times's 1619 Project is a racially divisive, revisionist account of history that denies the noble principles of freedom and equality on which our nation was founded,” Cotton said in a statement.
A Manhattan federal judge on Thursday ordered Michael Cohen to be released from prison this week after finding that authorities “retaliated” against the former Trump lawyer for writing a tell-all book about the president. “I make the finding that the purpose of transferring Mr. Cohen from furlough and home confinement to jail is retaliatory,” U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein stated Thursday, adding that “it's retaliation because of his desire to exercise his First Amendment rights to publish a book and to discuss anything about the book or anything else he wants on social media and with others.” Cohen, who was sentenced in 2018 to three years in prison after pleading guilty to lying to Congress about hush-money payments and plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, was allowed in May to serve the remainder of his time behind bars in home confinement due to concerns about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Twitter/EmilySCasey/EMSandMessyBuns Former medical students, medical residents, and EMTs are sharing their bikini selfies in protest of a study that called such imagery "unprofessional." Doctors and other medical professionals are calling the study "disturbing" and using the hashtag #MedBikini to show how harmful the study's conclusions could be. On Friday, one of the study authors apologized after the hashtag took off on Twitter.
Mexico City's regional congress on Friday approved a bill to criminalize gay conversion therapy, in a step hailed as a major victory for Mexico's gay and lesbian community. Methods applied by proponents of conversion therapy to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity have ranged from psychological counseling to religious instruction and even electroshock therapy. The practice has become widely discredited in recent years.
In November 2004, while on a combat mission in Iraq, Tammy Duckworth lost both her legs when a rocket-propelled grenade hit the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter she was co-piloting. Duckworth, a captain in the Illinois Army National Guard at the time and now a U.S. senator from Illinois, was the first American female double amputee of the Iraq War. Marissa Strock lost both her legs when her Humvee team was hit by a command-detonated IED.
Connecticut Effective June 25, the state will require a 14-day quarantine for any visitor or resident returning from a region with a transmission rate of 10 positive tests for every 100,000 residents on a seven-day rolling average. As of July 21, the quarantine rule would affect anyone coming from Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. The rule is the result of a joint travel advisory issued with New Jersey and New York.
A Republican state lawmaker posted a photo of a handgun next to pocket-size Constitution in response to Indiana GOP Gov. Eric Holcomb's mask mandate. "What if I don't comply, Governor Eric Holcomb?," state Rep. Jim Lucas wrote in his Facebook post with the photo. Other GOP officials including the state attorney general also questioned the legality of the executive order, which goes in effect on July 27.
The complicated legal history of the case against Amy Locane includes three sentences imposed by two judges, as well as numerous appeals. It stems from a crash in March 2010 that killed Helene Seeman and seriously injured her husband, Fred, as they turned into their driveway in Montgomery Township in central New Jersey. This week, an appeals court ruled that a different judge incorrectly resentenced her last year, and sent the case back for another sentencing.
Two of the British ISIS terrorists dubbed the “Beatles” further incriminated themselves in the mistreatment of Western hostages in Syria, including Americans Kayla Mueller and James Foley, in interviews obtained exclusively by NBC News. In the interviews, the two men, Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, for the first time admitted their involvement in the captivity of Kayla, an aid worker who was tortured and sexually abused before her death in 2015. Kotey said, "She was in a room by herself that no one would go in."
The Republican coronavirus relief bill includes no local aid, smaller unemployment benefits and $20 billion for farmers.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images A Miami Black Lives Matter protest organizer is facing felony charges after he was accused of stealing flags from a car during a "Cubans for Trump" caravan. Jonathan Gartrelle is being charged with two felonies; strong-arm robbery and escape, as well as misdemeanor counts of resisting an officer without violence and obstructing a public street, according to the Miami Herald. Gartelle told the Miami Herald that the charges were "overblown," adding, "Their goal is to have me in jail for two weeks, get beaten up by some officers, and distract from the movement."
Church bells across Greece tolled in mourning on Friday as the first Islamic prayers in nine decades were held at Hagia Sophia in Turkey, marking the monument's conversion into a mosque. Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan joined huge crowds in Istanbul for prayers at Hagia Sophia, sealing his ambition to restore Muslim worship at the ancient site which most Greeks consider as central to their Orthodox Christian religion. Greek criticism of the conversion has been scathing, underscoring often tense relations between Greece and Turkey.
The traditional approach to American engagement with China has failed, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared on Thursday. "What do the American people have to show now 50 years on from engagement with China?" Pompeo said. Is this China's definition of a win-win situation?
Stare long enough at those ubiquitous state-by-state charts of new daily COVID-19 cases, and you'll notice a pattern: infections seem to be peaking in the hard-hit states of Texas, Florida and Arizona. Or, as Vice President Pence might say, “under the leadership” of President Trump “our whole-of-America approach” is flattening the curve. In the coming days, Pence, Trump and others in the administration might tout these decelerating numbers as a sign that the tide is turning in America's battle against the coronavirus.
Republicans have wrapped a week of coronavirus relief bill discussions seemingly no closer to an agreement. The GOP has spent the week discussing the next CARES Act and the unemployment boost that expires at the end of the month, but haven't yet agreed with a party-wide approach to replace it. As Bloomberg's Steven Dennis writes, it's "a time crunch of their own making" that Democrats have had no problem calling out.
Why then, she asks, “don't we make adjustments in our married life?” Indian Matchmaking, a new Netflix series, follows Taparia, 57, from Maharashtra, India, to Texas, New Jersey and beyond as she tries to find suitable life partners for her clients. In some ways, the show is a modern take on arranged marriage, with contemporary dating horrors like ghosting and lacking the skills for a meet-up at an ax-throwing bar. Taparia, who started in the industry in 2005, doesn't see her role as matchmaker as neutral, but nor does she see it as coming with a responsibility to steer her clients away from these biases.