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WarnerMedia’s French Pay-TV Channel Readies First Local Original Series With Mediawan’s MakingProd (EXCLUSIVE)
Warner TV, the French pay-TV channel and on-demand service launched by WarnerMedia, is teaming with Mediawan Group’s MakingProd for its first French original TV series, “Visitors,” a fantasy comedy by Simon Astier (“Zero Corp,” “Mortel”). The eight-part half-hour series was created, written and is being directed by Astier, whose fanboy profile and graphic universe seem […]
Leaders of environmental and labor groups - two of President Joe Biden's biggest supporters - urged the White House and Democratic congressional leaders on Tuesday to reject any bipartisan infrastructure deal that lacks strong provisions to tackle climate change and strengthen unions. The BlueGreen Alliance, whose partners include some of the country's biggest environmental groups and labor unions, said in a letter its members were "troubled by recent proposals" that are "watered down." It called on Democrats to strive for an infrastructure package that captures the main elements of Biden's proposed $1.7 trillion package.
With all eyes on the U.S. central bank this week, some investors are looking to a parade of Federal Reserve speakers to calm market volatility, saying the reaction to the Fed's June meeting was too extreme. The Fed last week signaled a potentially tougher stance on inflation and shifted projections for its first two rate hikes into 2023, sparking a selloff in U.S. stocks, boosting the dollar and flattening the Treasury yield curve in its fastest re-shaping since March 2020, according to Citi analysts. Investors are now anticipating what message will come from Fed Chairman Jerome Powell, due to speak before Congress on Tuesday at 2 pm ET (1800 GMT), as well as several other key Fed officials making appearances throughout the week.
The White House will pursue other initiatives to boost voting rights even if a contentious federal bill to counter state voting restrictions passes the Senate, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday. Democrats in the Senate this week will try to advance legislation setting new national election standards, seeking to counter voting-rights rollbacks at the state level. "Even if the voting rights bill was sailing across the finish line with support of every member of Congress, there would still be more to be done," Psaki said.
U.S. President Joe Biden held separate talks on Monday with two key Democratic senators about a bipartisan infrastructure plan and told them he was encouraged by the proposal but still had questions about how to pay for the bill, the White House said. A bipartisan infrastructure plan costing a little over $1 trillion, only about a fourth of what Biden initially proposed, has been gaining support in the U.S. Senate, but disputes continue over how it should be funded. Biden met separately with Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema and "told them he was encouraged by what has taken shape but that he still has questions about the policy as well as the means for financing the bipartisan group’s proposal," the White House said.
Authors of new book allege Trump recommended sending COVID-infected Americans returning from overseas to Guantanamo
Donald Trump allegedly recommended sending infected Americans seeking to come home from overseas, in February 2020 as COVID surged, to Guantanamo Bay. Joy comments on a new book about the former president’s failed COVID-19 response in this edition of ‘The Absolute Worst.’
- Associated Press
Congressional negotiators and the White House appear open to striking a roughly $1 trillion deal on infrastructure. As President Joe Biden jumps back into the talks this week, the question of where the money will come from looms large. Biden wants to increase taxes for corporations and those households making more than $400,000 a year.
Ireland remains on track to further ease COVID-19 restrictions in early July with the resumption of indoor restaurant and bar services despite an increase in the presence of the COVID-19 Delta variant, Deputy Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said. The more infectious variant first detected in India accounted for up to 20% of cases reported in Ireland in the last week, the chief medical officer said on Monday, describing the increase as concerning. The incidence rate has been falling steadily in recent weeks in Ireland, which has partly vaccinated around two-thirds of all adults and has fully protected around one-third.
- NBC News
The announcement follows an earlier shipment of 25 million vaccines abroad, accounting for all 80 million doses Biden promised to share with other countries by the end of June.
President Joe Biden's Justice Department is urging Congress to pass legislation to permanently end the sentencing disparities between crack cocaine and powder, a policy that has led to the disproportionate incarceration of African Americans across the United States. In written testimony submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Justice Department lambasted the "unwarranted racial disparities" that have resulted from the differences in how drug offenses involving crack and powder cocaine are treated under current law, and said the misguided policy was "based on misinformation about the pharmacology of cocaine and its effects." "We believe it is long past time to end the disparity in sentencing policy between federal offenses involving crack cocaine and those involving powder cocaine," the department wrote, noting that as of March 2021, U.S. Sentencing Commission data showed that 87.5 percent of the people serving federal prison time for drug trafficking offenses primarily involving crack cocaine were Black.
Financial regulators assured President Joe Biden on Monday that the U.S. financial system is in good shape and that financial risks are being mitigated by strong liquidity in the banking system, the White House said. White House officials said Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, and acting Comptroller of the Currency Michael Hsu, as well as the heads of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, were among those who met Biden.
- Associated Press
A federal judge dismissed most claims filed by activists and civil liberties groups who accused the Trump administration of violating the civil rights of protesters who were forcefully removed by police before then-President Donald Trump walked to a church near the White House for a photo op. U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich said Monday the claims in the suit, which alleged that Trump and then-Attorney General William Barr had conspired to violate the rights of protesters last June, were speculative and it was premature for the court to conclude whether the actions of law enforcement officers were justified.
- USA TODAY Opinion
Our View: If the For the People Act attracts only one or two Republicans when the Senate votes, rule changes will be needed to protect voting rights.
The investigation will look into all aspects of Google's involvement in the digital-advertising market.
- Lexington Herald-Leader
Deputies say the man charged had been tasked with caring for the small child while the mother was away.
- The Daily Beast
Senior Royals Now Stay Silent Believing Anything They Say to Harry Will Leak to Oprah and the Media: New Book
Chris Jackson/WPA Pool/Getty ImagesAfter the funeral of Prince Philip in March, there were acres of speculation about whether Harry had a long and healing chat after the ceremony with his father and brother.Now, it appears that there were no such deep and meaningful conversations, despite a deliberate effort to put on a good show for the media by the brothers. William and Harry talked together as they walked past the BBC’s fixed point camera, which was providing pooled coverage of the event. The
- The Telegraph
Supporters see him a returning liberation hero, who revived a long-lost dream of African nationhood from his flat in faraway south London. Critics see him as a dangerous insurgent who belongs behind bars. Like him or loathe him, though few would disagree that Nnamdi Kanu has come a long way since his days running Radio Free Biafra from a council flat in Peckham. The 52-year-old, who leads the campaign to revive the former breakaway state of Biafra, was the catalyst for President Muhammadu Buhari
- Business Insider
Kids are more likely to be vectors for fast-spreading new coronavirus strains like the Delta variant, former FDA chief says
Dr. Scott Gottlieb said new and more contagious variants mean children are likely to be a new focal point of coronavirus spread.
- Business Insider
The WHO warned that the Delta coronavirus variant is the 'fittest' strain yet and will 'pick off' the most vulnerable people
The Delta variant, which was first identified in India, accounted for an estimated 90% and 31% of coronavirus cases in the UK and US recently.
- The Telegraph
A Greek helicopter pilot who has admitted to killing his young British wife in front of their 11-month-old baby was met by crowds of protesters jeering “murderer” as he attended his first court hearing in Athens, days after making the confession. Babis Anagnostopoulos, 33, was driven to court in a police convoy amid a heavy security presence. Flanked by several armed police officers, he wore a bulletproof vest. He appeared to show no emotion when angry onlookers yelled at him, calling him a “mur