Smiley faceStock futures mixed after Dow S&P 500 close at record highs (2021-04-18 )
U.S. stock index futures were mixed in early morning trading on Monday after the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at record highs on Friday. Futures contracts tied to the Dow slid 80 points while S&P 500 futures traded below the flatline. Nasdaq 100 futures on the other hand traded in mildly positive territory. Stocks are coming off a week of gains as earnings topped estimates and strong economic data lifted the major averages. The S&P and Dow advanced 1.38% and 1.18% last we
Smiley faceEuropean markets modestly higher at start of trading week (2021-04-19 )
The pan-European Stoxx 600 added 0.14% in early deals with travel and leisure stocks climbing 0.7% to lead gains while the food and beverage sector slid 0.4% The positive start for European markets continues the cautiously optimistic trade in Asia-Pacific markets on Monday with investors watching Alibaba's stock in Hong Kong following yet another development between affiliate Ant Group and billionaire founder Jack Ma. Hong Kong-listed shares of Alibaba slipped 1.7% on Monday after Ant Group
Smiley faceWant to work in the growing space industry? How one CEO says hiring needs to expand (2021-04-18 )
The growth of space businesses makes this the most exciting time to be involved in the industry but one CEO says private and government organizations must do more to tap the next generation of U.S. workers. I do think there's opportunities for everybody to participate in the excitement ... [and] it's a great opportunity for the government to really lean in on looking for those public-private partnerships Steve Isakowitz CEO of The Aerospace Corporation and former president of Virgin Gala
Smiley faceI paid off $28 000 in debt in 3 years and became a money coach: Here's my best advice (2021-04-17 )
Having debt doesn't make you a bad person A common theme I see with my financial coaching clients is feeling shame about their debt. They see debt as a moral or a personal failing and their feelings of shame lead them to ignore the issue. Sometimes they even keep their situation a secret from family members or their romantic partners. I've been there. When I had student loans I often felt guilty that I didn't get more scholarship money for college or felt that I was wasting the income I could
Smiley faceGold firms as softer U.S. dollar yields lift appeal (2021-04-19 )
A one kilo Swiss gold bar and US dollars gold coins are pictured in Paris on February 20 2020. Gold edged higher on Monday hovering near a seven-week peak hit in the previous session as a weaker dollar and lower U.S. Treasury yields supported prices. Spot gold was up 0.1% at $1 777.65 per ounce by 0450 GMT after hitting its highest since Feb.25 at $1 783.55 on Friday. U.S. gold futures edged 0.1% lower to $1 777.80 per ounce. At the moment the combination of a weaker U.S. dollar and ea
Smiley faceOil falls amid surging coronavirus infections in India other countries (2021-04-19 )
Oil pumping jacks also known as nodding donkeys in a Rosneft Oil Co. oilfield near Sokolovka village in the Udmurt Republic Russia on Friday Nov. 20 2020. Oil prices fell on Monday amid mounting concerns that surging caseloads of coronavirus infections in India and other countries will lead to stronger measures and hit economic activity along with demand for commodities such as crude. Brent crude was down 43 cents or 0.6% at $66.34 a barrel by 0139 GMT after rising 6% last week. U
Smiley faceDollar pinned near one-month low amid subdued U.S. yields (2021-04-19 )
The dollar was pinned near a one-month low to major peers on Monday with Treasury yields hovering near the lowest in five weeks after the U.S. Federal Reserve reiterated its view that any spike in inflation was likely to be temporary. The safe-haven greenback was also held down by improved risk sentiment amid a rally in global stocks to record highs. Bitcoin nursed losses from Sunday when it plunged by as much as 14% to $51 541 which a report attributed to news of a power outage in China.
Smiley faceWorldwide Covid-19 death toll tops a staggering 3 million (2021-04-17 )
Health workers help a person on a stretcher out of an ambulance outside the San Jose Hospital in Santiago on April 9 2021. Chile reported Friday a record of 9 171 new coronavirus infections the highest daily figure in more than a year of pandemic which is recorded in parallel to the rapid vaccination process that places the country as the third in the world. JAVIER TORRES | AFP | Getty Images The global death toll from the coronavirus topped a staggering 3 million people Saturday amid repeat
Smiley faceParties call for inquiry into Boris Johnson’s ‘failure to be honest’ (2021-04-19 )
Six opposition parties in the Commons are urging the Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle to allow a vote on an inquiry into Boris Johnson’s “consistent failure to be honest” in statements to MPs. They want Hoyle to let them table a motion saying that Johnson’s conduct should be referred to the committee of privileges on the grounds that making a deliberately misleading statement to MPs amounts to a contempt of parliament under the Commons rulebook Erskine May. Given the size of the Conservat
Smiley faceMonday briefing: Fury at plot to split football (2021-04-19 )
Top story: ‘Walk away before irreparable damage is done’ Hello Warren Murray here to help you get your week started. Football has been thrown into turmoil after plans were confirmed last night for the European Super League with six English clubs – Manchester City Manchester United Liverpool Arsenal Chelsea and Tottenham – joining the breakaway competition alongside three each from Italy and Spain. Boris Johnson and the French president Emmanuel Macron condemned proposals that w
Smiley faceUK government to unveil registration scheme to tackle foreign spies (2021-04-19 )
Britain plans to force those working for foreign governments to sign a central register in an attempt to counter hostile spy activity the Home Office has confirmed. Boris Johnson according to the Times hopes to formally announce the proposal in the Queen’s speech next month making it a criminal offence not to declare work in the UK on behalf of a foreign government. The newspaper said the foreign agent registration scheme which had previously been announced by the Home Office is part o
Smiley faceLabour will never govern unless it can appeal again to working class – report (2021-04-19 )
Labour will never get back into government unless it can reinvent itself to appeal again to working-class voters a major examination of the party’s future has warned saying the problems go far beyond Brexit or Jeremy Corbyn’s time as leader. The conclusion comes in a collection of pieces written by Labour MPs representing once safe seats which are now at risk among them several shadow ministers including John Healey the shadow defence minister who edited the report. While it is not a
Smiley faceNHS England chair faces demands to explain role in Greensill lobbying (2021-04-18 )
The Conservative peer who chairs NHS England is facing demands to explain why he helped arrange for Greensill Capital to lobby senior health service bosses with Labour describing his role as “shocking”. David Prior is facing questions over a meeting he organised between the now collapsed finance firm’s founder Lex Greensill and the overall boss of the NHS and its chief financial officer. Lord Prior – a former Tory MP health minister and Tory party deputy chair – also helped to faci
Smiley faceUK house prices surge as high demand meets record shortage of homes for sale (2021-04-19 )
A frenzy of activity has driven UK property prices to a record high this month just as the government launches a mortgage guarantee scheme to help people with small deposits on to the housing ladder. Online property portal Rightmove said the average asking price jumped by 2.1% in April to a new all-time high of £327 797 an increase of £6 733 from March. The surge was driven by a shortage of houses on the market at a time when the coronavirus pandemic is driving many families to search for
Smiley face‘A great deception’: oil giants taken to task over ‘greenwash’ ads (2021-04-19 )
Some of the world’s biggest fossil fuel companies have used advertising to “greenwash” their ongoing contribution to the climate crisis according to files published by the environmental lawyers ClientEarth. They describe the practice as “a great deception”. The files compare the adverts produced by ExxonMobil Aramco Chevron Shell Equinor and others with the companies’ operations and products overall climate impact and progress toward climate-safe business models. ClientEarth
Smiley face‘If we catch Covid we die’: UK shielders reflect on still feeling unsafe (2021-04-19 )
Sarah Spoor and her two adult sons have spent the past 14 months shielding in a one-bedroom apartment with no garden in west London. Her youngest sleeps in the bedroom his brother has a pull-out bed in the kitchen while Spoor takes the living room in another fold-out bed. All three have complex medical conditions that leave them vulnerable to Covid and despite the strain of living in such close quarters they don’t feel safe leaving home any time soon. “If we catch it we die; it’s
Smiley faceCoronavirus live news: UK study to expose young people to virus for second time; India cases top 15m (2021-04-19 )
03:58 A UK high court judge will this week consider evidence as hospitality bosses try to force the UK government to bring forward the reopening date for pubs and restaurants indoors. The case is being brought by Sacha Lord night-time economy adviser for Greater Manchester and a co-founder of Parklife festival and Hugh Osmond the founder of Punch Taverns and a former boss at Pizza Express. Pubs and restaurants in England were allowed to welcome customers again from 12 April after a national
Smiley faceJoy actually: happy reunions fill Auckland airport as trans-Tasman bubble begins (2021-04-19 )
Lisa Tetai warned her son not to take a sick day when he picked her up from Auckland airport. “I thought there might be media there ” she explains. She wasn’t wrong. As she stepped into the arrivals hall on Monday afternoon Tetai like hundreds of others who travelled to New Zealand on the first day of what has been dubbed the trans-Tasman travel “bubble” with Australia was swamped; a flash of cameras journalists buzzing with anticipation then pushing through the crowd the peop
Smiley facePub and restaurant bosses launch legal battle over Covid rules (2021-04-19 )
A “David versus Goliath” legal action gets under way at the hight court on Monday as hospitality bosses try to force the UK government to bring forward the reopening date for pubs and restaurants indoors. A high court judge will this week consider evidence in the case brought by Sacha Lord night-time economy adviser for Greater Manchester and a co-founder of Parklife festival and Hugh Osmond the founder of Punch Taverns and a former boss at Pizza Express. The case has been expedited. Pu
Smiley faceOrganisers of AJ Tracey gig fined £10 000 for breaching Covid rules (2021-04-18 )
The rapper AJ Tracey said he “didn’t expect that many people to turn up” after huge crowds gathered in a park in Manchester to see him perform. The organisers of the event on Sunday in Platt Fields park in the suburb of Fallowfield “have been fined” the mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said on Twitter. Greater Manchester police have now confirmed a £10 000 fixed penalty notice has been issued to the organiser for breaching coronavirus legislation the Manchester Evening N
Smiley faceLabour urges Boris Johnson to cancel trip to India over Covid risk (2021-04-18 )
Labour has urged Boris Johnson to “set an example” and cancel his forthcoming trip to India because of the Covid risk. Steve Reed the shadow communities secretary said because of the threat posed by new variants of the virus the prime minister should abandon plans to fly to India later this month and instead hold his scheduled meetings via Zoom. No 10 has already scaled back its plans for the trip which will be Johnson’s first major overseas visit since becoming PM in 2019 and was or
Smiley faceDid ‘eat out to help out’ cost lives? – podcast (2021-04-19 )
Last August Bob Pape and his family went on a city break to Birmingham making the most of the chancellor Rishi Sunak’s ‘eat out to help out’ scheme. The day after he arrived home his Covid symptoms began. Guardian writer Sirin Kale looks at the links between the scheme and the rise in Covid numbers Like millions of people Bob Pape and his family took advantage of the government’s “eat out to help out” scheme last August. They took a mini-break to Birmingham and ate at a handful
Smiley faceThe Guardian view on the need for news: local facts are sacred too (2021-04-18 )
Jeremy Corbyn and Sir Keir Starmer both paid tribute to Eric Gordon the founder of the Camden New Journal who died earlier this month aged 89. Their interest was natural enough as MPs in neighbouring boroughs – Camden and Islington – where the CNJ’s owner New Journal Enterprises publishes newspapers (its third title is in Westminster). But the story of this independently owned local news organisation has a significance that stretches beyond the capital. Launched after a journalists
Smiley faceLobbying act targeted powerful shadowy groups not charities (2021-04-18 )
In response to Polly Toynbee’s article (Cameron passed a lobbying act but it was never meant to curb corruption 15 April) as a Liberal Democrat minister in coalition I was involved in drawing up the Transparency of Lobbying Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014. At no point did I or any of my colleagues ever discuss introducing measures designed to target the National Union of Students because we “lived in terror” of it. What we did discuss was the risk of g
Smiley faceLeaving Afghanistan: the west has lessons to learn (2021-04-18 )
Your editorial (15 April) asserts that the Taliban were quick to take over when the Russians left. That is simply not true; it actually took seven years from the end of Soviet combat operations in 1989 to the capture of Kabul by the Taliban in 1996. The crucial event was the withdrawal of Russian subsidies to the Najibullah regime in 1992. It took a further two years for that regime to collapse and two years more of chaos and intra-mujahideen fighting to create the void into which the Taliban
Smiley faceTackle poverty and inequality to reduce crime says police chief (2021-04-18 )
Cutting poverty and inequality is the best way to reduce crime a police chief has said calling for more money for deprived areas to thwart criminals’ attempts to recruit those left desperate by deprivation. In an unusually frank interview for a senior officer given to mark his retirement as chief constable of Merseyside police Andy Cooke said that if he was given £5bn to cut crime he would put £1bn into law enforcement and £4bn into tackling poverty. Cooke who has started a new role
Smiley faceUK must level up but there is no ‘one size fits all’ answer says head of CBI (2021-04-19 )
Businesses should help “level up” the UK by investing away from London and the south-east but there is no “quick fix” to persuade firms to relocate to the poorest parts of the UK such as Blackpool or Blackburn the head of the CBI has said. Tony Danker who took over as head of the business group last year wants to encourage firms to build “clusters of expertise” across the UK. “The best way – perhaps the only way – to level up is through local comparative advantage not a
Smiley faceMatthew McConaughey may be a viable candidate for Texas governor; poll shows actor ahead of Abbott (2021-04-18 )
Matthew McConaughey commands more support to be Texas’ next governor than incumbent Greg Abbott according to a poll released Sunday by The Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler. However the film actor and political newcomer could hit potholes in either major party’s primary if he enters next year’s governor’s race the poll found. For months McConaughey has teased political pundits and TV talk show hosts with musings that he might enter politics in his home state.
Smiley facePolice in Minnesota round up journalists covering protest force them on the ground and take pictures of their faces (2021-04-17 )
Journalists covering a protest in a Minneapolis suburb Friday night were forced on their stomachs by law enforcement rounded up and were only released after having their face and press credentials photographed. The incident occurred hours after a judge issued a temporary order barring the Minnesota State Patrol from using physical force or chemical agents against journalists according to court documents. It also barred police from seizing photographic audio or video recording equipment or p
Smiley face‘In this world social media is everything’: how Dubai became the planet’s influencer capital (2021-04-17 )
On the electric blue tarmac of a helipad on the edge of Palm Jumeirah an artificial island on the Dubai coastline Busra Duran stands on tiptoes. Wearing multicoloured trainers and a pink tulle minidress the 28-year-old Turkish influencer is posing for photos in front of a red helicopter. Her husband Gökhan Gündüz snaps away as she models her pink sunglasses in the shadow of the Atlantis a blush-coloured hotel with green pointed rooftops which resembles the fake castles of Disneyland’s
Smiley faceAttack of the drones: the mystery of disappearing swarms in the US midwest (2021-04-18 )
At twilight on New Year’s Eve 2020 Placido Montoya 35 a plumber from Fort Morgan Colorado was driving to work. Ahead of him he noticed blinking lights in the sky. He’d heard rumours of mysterious drones whispers in his local community but now he was seeing them with his own eyes. In the early morning gloom it was hard to make out how big the lights were and how many were hovering above him. But one thing was clear to Montoya: he needed to give chase. As he approached the drones in
Smiley faceMost Americans want to end lifetime Supreme Court appointments (2021-04-18 )
A view of the Supreme Court in Washington U.S. January 19 2021. Susan Walsh/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo A majority of Americans want to end lifetime appointments for U.S. Supreme Court justices according to an Ipsos poll for Reuters though less than half are in favor of other efforts to reform the judiciary. The national opinion poll conducted on Thursday and Friday found that 63% of adults supported term or age limits for Supreme Court justices. Another 22% said they opposed any limits
Smiley faceIran names suspect in Natanz nuclear plant attack (2021-04-17 )
Iran has named a suspect in the attack on its Natanz nuclear facility that damaged centrifuges there saying he had fled the country “hours before” the sabotage happened. While the extent of the damage from the 11 April sabotage remains unclear it comes as Iran tries to negotiate with world powers over allowing the US to re-enter its tattered nuclear deal and lift the economic sanctions it faces. Already Iran has begun enriching uranium up to 60% purity in response – three times higher
Smiley faceDeutsche Bank source 'missing ' New York Times journalist says (2021-04-17 )
A journalist issued an urgent plea on Friday seeking help to find Val Broeksmit the adopted son of the late Deutsche Bank executive William Broeksmit who has cooperated with investigators looking into the bank. David Enrich the business investigations editor at the New York Times tweeted that a missing person report has been filed with the Los Angeles Police Department and asked the public for assistance in finding Broeksmit. Val Broeksmit @BikiniRobotArmy – a longtime source about Deuts
Smiley faceProtests planned across Russia to 'save Navalny's life' as West warns Putin (2021-04-18 )
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny attends a court hearing in Moscow Russia February 20 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/ Allies of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny unveiled plans on Sunday for what they hope will be the largest protests in modern Russian history on Wednesday as Washington warned Russia it would pay a price if he died in jail from his hunger-strike. The protest date was brought forward after a medical trade union with ties to Navalny said on Saturday he was in a critical cond
Smiley faceRussia Ukraine expel diplomats as tensions soar (2021-04-17 )
Kiev has been battling Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine since 2014 and clashes intensified early this year Advertising Read more Saint Petersburg (AFP) Russia on Saturday said it would expel a Ukrainian diplomat prompting an immediate pledge of retaliation from Kiev further escalating tensions over Moscow's troop build-up on Ukraine's eastern flank. The detention of a Ukrainian consul in the second city Saint Petersburg comes at a time of global concern of a repeat of Moscow's
Smiley facePotholes graffiti broken streetlights: Lebanon's crumbling capital (2021-04-18 )
Beirut is plunged into darkness as the penniless state electricity company Electricite du Liban rations output Advertising Read more Beirut (Lebanon) (AFP) Beirut's roads are riddled with potholes many walls are covered in anti-government graffiti and countless street lamps have long since gone dark. At night car drivers creep cautiously past broken traffic lights and strain their eyes for missing manhole covers stolen for the value of their metal. Many parking metres have been disable
Smiley faceMaxine Waters: Jim Jordan was mistreating Dr. Fauci panel (2021-04-18 )
Waters told Jonathan Capehart host of MSNBC's The Sunday Show that she saw Jordan as seeking to bully Fauci adding: “There was an attempt to basically shut him down by Congressman Jordan.” “We only have five minutes each. And he does not respect the chair. He does not respect the other members. He speaks over time ” Waters said accusing Jordan of attempting to undermine Fauci and Democrats. Waters characterized her style as “different from a lot of politicians.” In the past s
Smiley faceHalf of U.S. adults now have received at least 1 Covid shot (2021-04-18 )
The country’s vaccination rate at 61.6 doses administered per 100 people currently falls behind Israel which leads among countries with at least 5 million people with a rate of 119.2. The U.S. also trails the United Arab Emirates Chile and the United Kingdom which is vaccinating at a rate of 62 doses per 100 people according to Our World in Data an online research site. The states with the highest vaccination rates have a history of voting Democratic and supporting President Joe Biden
Smiley faceRep. Bass 'hopeful' on passing police reform legislation (2021-04-18 )
Bass is the sponsor of police reform legislation that passed the House in March on a near-party-line vote. The House-passed bill is named for George Floyd whose death in Minneapolis police custody last spring sparked national outrage over policy brutality and systemic racism. The murder trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin in Floyd's death is expected to wrap up and head to the jury with closing arguments on Monday; a verdict could come soon after. We just can't see this happen and t
Smiley face'There will be consequences' for Russia if Navalny dies Biden official warns (2021-04-18 )
In terms of the specific measures that we would undertake we are looking at a variety of different costs that we would impose Sullivan said. And I'm not going to telegraph that publicly at this point but we have communicated that there will be consequences if Mr. Navalny dies. Navalny was arrested upon returning to Russia in January and has been on a hunger strike for several weeks. Navalny's doctor warned Saturday that the opposition leader could die at any moment. Navalny blames Mos
Smiley faceU.S. China pledge to tackle climate change with 'urgency' (2021-04-18 )
Context: The statement by special climate envoy John Kerry and his Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhua comes after Kerry made a last-minute trip to Asia ahead of President Joe Biden's two-day climate summit that begins on Thursday. While the statement did not include any specific new policy actions it appeared to calm nerves among activists who have been worried that global efforts to address climate change would suffer because of the frosty relations between the two countries that are top greenh
Smiley faceAmerica First Caucus a crazy idea John Boehner says (2021-04-18 )
I have no idea how this even showed up said Boehner who served as speaker from 2011 to 2015. Meet the Press host Chuck Todd referred to the idea of the America First Caucus as the latest example of white supremacy surfacing in the Republican Party. America is a land of immigration Boehner said. We've been the world's giant melting pot for 250 years. And we ought to celebrate the fact that we are this giant melting pot. And to see some members of Congress go off and start this America
Smiley face'I doubt very seriously if they just cancel' paused J&J vaccine Fauci says (2021-04-18 )
I do think that there will likely be some sort of warning or restriction or risk assessment. I don't think it's just going to go back and say 'OK everything's fine ' and go right back he added. I think it'll likely say 'OK we're going to use it. But be careful under these certain circumstances.' The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday recommended pausing the use of the J&J shot over concerns of rare but severe blood clots. A CDC v
Smiley faceBlinken says of Afghanistan drawdown: 'The terrorism threat has moved' (2021-04-18 )
Al Qaeda has been significantly degraded. Its capacity to conduct an attack against the United States now from Afghanistan is not there he added. And of course Osama bin Laden was brought to justice 10 years ago. Biden announced Wednesday that the several thousand U.S. troops in Afghanistan will leave by Sept. 11 the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attack. A previous agreement struck with the Taliban by the Trump administration set the withdrawal date at May 1 but that deadline was se
Smiley faceThe Secrets of QAnon's Appeal (2021-04-18 )
Critics accuse QAnon’s chroniclers in the media of failing to learn Trump-era lessons about the role mainstream media plays in amplifying disinformation and extremist content. And more than any behind-the-scenes revelation about the conspiracy itself “Into the Storm” is most striking in what it reveals about how the beliefs and language of the paranoiac far right have spread like wildfire through our culture and politics — and the role the media has or hasn’t played in that phenomen
Smiley face‘Trumpiest Trumpster of the bunch’: GOP gets a gut check (2021-04-18 )
Earlier this month the Omaha World-Herald reported that former Gov. Dave Heineman was considering running a development confirmed by sources who have spoken with him. Heineman is not without Trump credentials. He was an honorary chair of Trump’s reelection campaign in Nebraska and sat on the board of directors of one of Herbster’s companies. And other contenders are already incorporating Trump into their early overtures to the electorate. In an introductory video for his campaign Jim Pil
Smiley faceBiden takes on Dems’ ‘Mission Impossible’: Revitalizing coal country (2021-04-18 )
Biden teased some of these concepts in his $2.2 trillion infrastructure package including tying labor standards to tax credits for renewable energy directing money to union-run apprenticeships targeting economic development grants to former mining towns and using overlooked programs to retool defunct factories in rural areas. Biden’s Democratic allies have floated bills that funnel a greater share of benefits to areas where coal mines and power plants have closed. “Yes we’re going to
Smiley faceBorder weed: How the hometown of tater tots became a cannabis capital (2021-04-18 )
“Colorado to our north [and] Arizona to the west has already done it ” New Mexico Senate President Pro Tempore Mimi Stewart said of legalization in January just three months before her own state followed through with passing legalization. “If we don't do it pretty soon then Texas will do it too and we will have less revenue.” When Virginia greenlit marijuana earlier this month it reignited the debate in North Carolina where lawmakers introduced a long-shot legalization bill last we
Smiley faceOpinion | How the Supreme Court Helped Create 'Driving While Black' (2021-04-17 )
As a result reckoning with police violence must include a reckoning with how U.S. Supreme Court precedent has enabled it through its decades-long campaign to empower law enforcement in the so-called War on Drugs. Litigators must continue to push the Court to revisit these damaging decisions with the goal of overturning or weakening the precedents that have put too much power and discretion in the hands of police. Federal state and local policymakers meanwhile must recognize that these prece
Smiley faceData gap threatens to complicate Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause (2021-04-17 )
Yet that effort has not lessened the immense pressure on the Biden administration to find a way forward — quickly. The administration has for months worked to reduce vaccine hesitancy nationwide and any prolonged pause in use of the Johnson & Johnson shot could undermine that effort. Frustration is also growing among governors who say the J&J vaccine — the only one-shot option available in the U.S. — is crucial for inoculating vulnerable groups like the people experiencing homelessness ho
Smiley faceNorth Carolina primary field builds with or without Lara Trump (2021-04-17 )
It’s likely to be a brutal fight for the nomination. Walker entered the race in December and has been highlighting endorsements locally and nationally including several of his former House colleagues and Sens. James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.). He’s also had the quarter to fundraise but his haul is unlikely to scare anyone off: $208 000 with just over $912 000 in the bank. Walker took a swing at McCrory this week while touting his own record having voted 97 percent of the
Smiley faceRepublicans Expect GOP Midterm Gains Due to Distasteful Democratic Policies (2021-04-18 )
Republicans think the Biden administration's early failures will provide plenty of campaign ammo they can use to win both the House and the Senate in the upcoming midterm elections reports the Hill. Among the topics they will look to exploit is the border crisis massive spending for the COVID relief bill the failure to return children to in-person leadning a push among some progressive Democrats to expand the Supreme Court and others. “This is going to be like 2010 2012 2014 where we
Smiley faceTrump to Biden: Don't Use Sept. 11 As Afghan Pullout Date (2021-04-18 )
Former President Donald Trump is urging another date be selected for the pullout of U.S. troops from Afghanistan that's now set for the 20th anniversary of the 2001 terror attacks on New York and Washington. In a statement released by his office Trump objected to the use of the 9/11 anniversary for the move. I wish Joe Biden wouldn’t use September 11th as the date to withdraw our troops from Afghanistan for two reasons he wrote. First we can and should get out earlier he wrote not
Smiley faceOfficials Pledge Biden Will Raise Cap on Refugees But Old Goal Unlikely (2021-04-18 )
U.S. officials said Sunday that President Joe Biden is committed to raising the cap on refugee admissions this year currently set at 15 000 but indicated it was unlikely he will go as high as the administration's initial goal of four times that much. Biden a Democrat signed an order on Friday limiting U.S. refugee admissions this year to the historically low 15 000 cap set under his predecessor Donald Trump shelving a plan to raise it to 62 500 and drawing the ire of refugee advocates and
Smiley faceCornyn Coons: Split of Infrastructure Bill Could Win Bipartisan Support (2021-04-18 )
There may be a bipartisan fix for addressing America’s infrastructure woes. In remarks on Fox News Sunday Sens. John Cornyn T-Texas and Chris Coons D-Del. said they’re working on legislation that would include splitting the nearly $2 trillion infrastructure package. Cornyn agreed the focus should first be on “core infrastructure” — and that other squabbles over proposals for climate change and human services should be separate. “I think that if we come together in a bipartisa
Smiley faceBattle Looms Over Trump's SALT Cap On State Local Tax Deductions (2021-04-18 )
A battle is looming in Congress over former President Donald Trump’s cap on state and local tax deductions — and it could derail President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan. A group of House lawmakers calling itself the SALT Caucus wants to reverse the cap and is pushing to include the restoration as part of the administration’s massive spending bill for infrastructure. SALT — part of Trump's 2017 tax cut — put a $10 000 cap on federal deductions for state and local tax
Smiley faceEx-DNI Ratcliffe: US Rivals 'Testing Taking Advantage of' Biden (2021-04-18 )
President Joe Biden's failing foreign policy and wrong decisions are going to be tested and ultimately taken advantage of by the United States' chief world rivals according to former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe. Here's my concern Ratcliffe told Fox News' Life Liberty & Levin in an interview to air Sunday night. Joe Biden is a guy who his very close friend Robert Gates – who served as the secretary of defense with him in the Obama administration – said Joe
Smiley faceStephen Moore: US Will Eventually 'Pay the Piper' on Govt Spending (2021-04-18 )
While we are enjoying a rocketing stock market one that seems to defy gravity economist Stephen Moore says ultimately the U.S. will have to pay the piper on massive government spending initiatives. I'm enjoying this rocketing stock market Moore told Sunday's The Cats Roundtable on WABC 770 AM-N.Y. It seems to defy gravity these days. Moore a former Trump campaign economic adviser noted while President Joe Biden is certainly not preventing this rocketing stock market the ta
Smiley faceNew Migrant Facilities Crop Up to Ease Crowding Again (2021-04-18 )
For the third time in seven years U.S. officials are scrambling to handle a dramatic spike in children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border alone leading to a massive expansion in emergency facilities to house them as more kids arrive than are being released to close relatives in the United States. More than 22 000 migrant children were in government custody as of Thursday with 10 500 sleeping on cots at convention centers military bases and other large venues likened to hurricane evacuation she
Smiley facePoll: Most Americans Want to End Lifetime Supreme Court Appointments (2021-04-18 )
A majority of Americans want to end lifetime appointments for U.S. Supreme Court justices according to an Ipsos poll for Reuters though less than half are in favor of other efforts to reform the judiciary. The national opinion poll conducted on Thursday and Friday found that 63% of adults supported term or age limits for Supreme Court justices. Another 22% said they opposed any limits and the rest did not express an opinion. The poll also found that only 38% would support expanding the siz
Smiley facePompeo: UN Amb. Thomas-Greenfield's Anti-US Remarks 'Reprehensible' (2021-04-18 )
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Linda Thomas-Greenfield rebuking the Constitution as having underpinnings of white supremacy is reprehensible and disqualifying for an American diplomat to hold anti-American sentiment according to former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. America is a noble place Pompeo told Sunday's The Cats Roundtable on WABC 770 AM-N.Y. I heard our ambassador to the United Nations this week talk about our founding as fundamentally corrupt and flawed and not noble and go
Smiley faceBiden Likely to Keep Steel Tariffs If Not Use Them for Climate Agenda (2021-04-18 )
Steel tariffs were an unpopular move to some by former President Donald Trump but President Joe Biden is showing no inclination to scrap the metal import tax. In fact he might expand them to press his climate change agenda. They like the power they have and the potential to use the law for their goals: In this case climate is the big one Cato Institute attorney Scott Lincicome told the Post. While there is a glut of cheap steel production worldwide the U.S. steel industry is struggling
Smiley faceFauci Believes J&J COVID Vaccine 'Pause' Will Be Lifted by Friday (2021-04-18 )
The current pause on Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccination is likely to be lifted by Friday Anthony Fauci President Joe Biden’s medical adviser and an infectious disease expert said on Sunday. In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union ” Fauci said he believes the vaccine which caused blood clotting in six women one of whom died will be brought back with either a “warning or restriction.” “I do think we will get it back in some manner or form ” he said of the vacci
Smiley faceOn infrastructure lofty ideas are colliding with congressional reality (2021-04-18 )
Business lobbyists meanwhile are privately urging the White House to drop the $400 billion home- and elder-care provisions to cut the bill’s cost and the corporate tax hikes needed to fund it. “The home-care provisions have been heavily attacked and are just vulnerable right now ” admitted one White House adviser who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private deliberations. Advertisement Story continues below advertisement As Biden and Democratic lawmakers b
Smiley faceTwo blocks from the Federal Reserve a growing encampment of the homeless grips the economy’s most powerful person (2021-04-17 )
It’s in these brief interludes — when the most powerful person in the economy passes some of the most powerless — that Powell grapples with one of the most vexing economic conundrums facing the central bank and the country 14 months into the coronavirus crisis. How can the Fed have done so much — slashed interest rates propped up the stock market bought up $3.3 trillion in Treasurys and mortgage-backed securities — yet parts of the economy remain so broken? Powell referred to the te
Smiley faceBiden’s plan to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan prompts security concerns (2021-04-18 )
Politics Biden’s plan to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan prompts security concerns Secretary of State Antony Blinken and national security adviser Jake Sullivan defended President Biden's pledge to withdraw troops from Afghanistan on April 18.
Smiley faceKamala Harris set to showcase policy chops by touting Biden infrastructure plan (2021-04-18 )
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan the former head of North Carolina’s environmental agency will be accompanying Harris in the state. The EPA along with the Department of Energy will be key to the administration’s broader $174 billion electric vehicle push. Story continues below advertisement Harris will visit a Thomas Built Buses manufacturing plant in High Point N.C. to discuss the $20 billion investment the administration is proposing to convert the entire
Smiley faceUnited States embarks on major climate reset under Biden administration; new cooperation with China (2021-04-19 )
President Biden immediately shifted course. He restored American participation in the 2015 Paris climate agreement while recognizing that the world’s biggest economies are already lagging behind in the face of an escalating climate emergency. He issued executive orders mobilizing agencies across the federal government to focus on tackling climate change and has proposed a multitrillion dollar infrastructure and jobs plan that would accelerate the country’s transition to a greener economy.
Smiley faceMontenegro mortgaged itself to China. Now it wants Europe’s help to cut it free. (2021-04-17 )
The Montenegro development takes place in Europe’s backyard. The mountainous nation of 600 000 is a member of NATO and is in line to join the European Union. That makes the country an especially valuable target despite its small size since China gains when it has ways to pressure countries that are part of Western institutions. NATO is adapting its security strategy to respond to China’s rise as a geopolitical actor and a major focus is Beijing’s control over significant elements of Eur
Smiley faceSouth Africa wildfire burns University of Cape Town country’s oldest working windmill (2021-04-18 )
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Smiley faceMany veterans don’t trust coronavirus vaccines. For a VA crew in the rural West that means changing minds one by one. (2021-04-17 )
LIBBY Mont. — On the morning he was scheduled to get his first shot of coronavirus vaccine Mike Jellesed woke in a fury and wheeled his pickup out of his trailer park headed for the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in town. A giant star-spangled bus that had crossed 160 miles of the Rocky Mountains from Spokane Wash. was waiting for him in the parking lot. Inside were three Department of Veterans Affairs workers and 26 Moderna syringes ready to go. Jellesed a 61-year-old Air Force veteran
Smiley faceUN Amb. Linda Thomas-Greenfield On Acknowledging America's Racist Past: Imagine Any Other Country Doing That (2021-04-18 )
Amb. Thomas-Greenfield said this week “the original sin of slavery weaved white supremacy into our founding documents. She tells @margbrennan : Our country is not perfect but we continue to perfect it. Those imperfections are part of our history we have to talk about them. MARGARET BRENNAN: This past week you gave a speech that I want to ask you about because it's gotten quite a lot of attention. You said The original sin of slavery weaved white supremacy i
Smiley face'Meet The Press' Roundtable: Nearly 150 Mass Shootings In 2021 (2021-04-18 )
'Meet The Press' Roundtable: Nearly 150 Mass Shootings In 2021 Kristen Welker Anna Palmer David French and Eddie Glaude Jr. join the Meet the Press roundtable to discuss mass shootings and the stalled debate over gun reform.
Smiley faceNunes: The Chinese Do Not Take Biden Seriously Because The Chinese Understand Propaganda (2021-04-18 )
Nunes: The Chinese Do Not Take Biden Seriously Because The Chinese Understand Propaganda
Smiley face'This Week' Roundtable: Gun Control And Police Reform Debate GOP And Dems Trade Infrastructure Proposals (2021-04-18 )
'This Week' Roundtable: Gun Control And Police Reform Debate GOP And Dems Trade Infrastructure Proposals
Smiley faceFauci on Confrontation With Rep. Jim Jordan: This Is A Public Health Issue Not A Civil Liberties Issue (2021-04-18 )
Dr. Anthony Fauci addressed the talked-about moment at a hearing this week where Rep. Jim Jordan asked when Americans will get their freedom back after the pandemic during an appearance Sunday on CNN. I don't enjoy those kinds of confrontations Fauci said. But it was very very clear that he was talking about liberties that were being restricted. This has nothing to do with liberties. We're talking about the fact that 560 000 people in our country have died. We're talking about 60 000 new in
Smiley faceGeorge W. Bush: Please Put Away Harsh Rhetoric About Immigration (2021-04-18 )
With an angry society it's hard to punch through with compassion. Former president George W. Bush tells @norahodonnell that there are absolutely still compassionate conservatives today. Tune into @CBSEveningNews this Tuesday & @CBSThisMorning this Wednesday for more — CBS Sunday Morning 🌞 (@CBSSunday) April 18 2021 Former President George W. Bush said Sunday during an interview with CBS Evening News that 15 years after a failed push at immigration reform
Smiley faceProgressive backlash on refugee cap puts Biden on notice (2021-04-18 )
(CNN) Joe Biden's swift reversals on raising the nation's refugee cap over the past 48 hours marked a rare moment of uncertainty for the new President within a carefully choreographed first 100 days -- one that underscored the power of progressives to force Biden to change course even as they face legislative setbacks in a deeply divided Washington. Biden sought to calm the uprising within his party during brief remarks to reporters Saturday after playing golf in Delaware. The firestorm follow
Smiley faceMaher: Shouldn't Liberal Media Have To Answer For Making The Audience Believe A Bunch Of Crap About COVID? (2021-04-17 )
BILL MAHER HBO: Don’t spin me when it comes to my health. Over the past year the COVID pandemic has prompted the medical establishment the media and the government to take a scared straight approach to getting the public to comply with their recommendations. Well I’m from a different school. Give it to me straight doc because in the long run that always works better than you can’t handle the truth. Now I get it doctors tell people lies because they don’t trust you to finish the
Smiley faceDemocrats' Two Reasons for D.C. Statehood: Power & Money (2021-04-18 )
This week the House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 51 a bill admitting Washington D.C. as the 51st state. This bill is flatly unconstitutional and would be tied up in the court system for years creating confusion until its inevitable defeat. Given its unique constitutional status the federal city of Washington D.C. can only become a state upon ratification of a constitutional amendment. This is not the first time D.C. has tried to become a state. In 1960 the Democrat-controlled Ho
Smiley faceJoe Biden is meeting the cold reality of office (2021-04-18 )
(CNN) After weeks of working out what he'd been left by his predecessor US President Joe Biden has finally put his foreign policy into overdrive. Simultaneously striking in several capitals his plans are in play and can't be taken back. Early results are mixed -- predictable perhaps -- but nevertheless a reality check on Biden's diplomacy now it is out on the open road. Since getting into office Biden has been shifting up the foreign policy gears pausing analyzing before implementing camp
Smiley faceMarket Surge Boosts State Pension Funds (2021-04-18 )
Rebounding from a 30-year low in March 2020 state pension plans have survived the pandemic thanks to the soaring stock market. CalPERS the nation’s largest public pension plan posted a 12.4% return for the 2020 calendar year. Overall U.S. state pension plans reached an aggregate funded ratio of 78.6% in December a leap of 16 percentage points from the 30-year low of 62.6% in March 2020 according to Wilshire Consulting an investment research provider. “The first and fourth quarters
Smiley faceRealClearInvestigations' Picks of the Week (2021-04-17 )
RealClearInvestigations Newsletters: RCI Today RealClearInvestigations' Picks of the Week April 11 to April 17 2021 Much has been made of businesses defrauding the feds of coronavirus relief funds but a year after the $2-trillion CARES Act’s passage it’s now becoming clear that state and local governments misused the money too Steve Miller reports for RealClearInvestigations. After sifting preliminary audits from a range of states Miller reports: States took a relaxed view of the la
Smiley faceMaxine Waters to BLM: We Need To Get More Confrontational We Cannot Go Away Without A Chauvin Guilty Verdict (2021-04-18 )
Why is Maxine Waters traveling to a different state trying to incite a riot? What good can come from this? — Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) April 18 2021 Maxine Waters should be arrested and charged with domestic terrorism — Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) April 18 2021 Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) whose district represents several south-central LA cities appeared at a Black Lives Matter protest in Brooklyn Center Minnesota on Saturda
Smiley faceOil company ads should carry a climate health warning say activists (2021-04-18 )
London (CNN Business) A group of lawyers want oil companies banned from advertising on television and social media unless they include tobacco-style health warnings about the dangers fossil fuels pose to the future of the planet. In new research published Monday environmental law non-profit ClientEarth accused some of the world's biggest oil firms of misrepresenting the role their businesses play in the climate crisis and overstating the speed at which they are transitioning to clean energy
Smiley faceThe realities of climate change are pushing big businesses to focus on sustainability (2021-04-18 )
New York (CNN) A consensus appears to be taking root in Corporate America: What's good for the environment can also be good for business. As President Joe Biden prepares to bring 40 world leaders together for a two-day climate summit this week big businesses have been amplifying their sustainability initiatives and making trillion-dollar pledges to fight climate change. Meanwhile consumers are increasingly concerned about business' carbon footprints and companies are feeling the pressure and
Smiley faceBitcoin suffers flash crash following week of crypto hype (2021-04-18 )
New York (CNN) After a hype-filled week for cryptocurrencies Bitcoin experienced a flash crash over the weekend plunging nearly 14% in less than an hour from about $59 000 to $51 000 on Saturday night before rebounding. Other popular cryptocurrencies including ethereum and Dogecoin also fell dramatically before recouping some of their losses. Bitcoin has skyrocketed in value this year as it gained more mainstream acceptance but the sharp price fall this weekend seems to have been triggere
Smiley faceAmerica's newsrooms are reckoning with their mass shooting coverage (2021-04-18 )
New York (CNN) At least 45 mass shootings have occurred in the United States over the past month and America's journalists are covering the stories as they unfold both on the ground and from their computers. There is a mass shooting — when four or more people (excluding the gunman) are shot and wounded or killed — nearly every day in America and journalists are responsible for covering those shootings. But race is deeply embedded in how gun violence is covered by the media. At least 100
Smiley faceUrkel actor Jaleel White is launching his own cannabis brand (2021-04-17 )
(CNN) Actor Jaleel White is joining the growing list of celebrities who have launched a cannabis brand. White known for playing Steve Urkel on the 1990s sitcom Family Matters is partnering with 710 Labs on his new line itsPurpl. It's set to launch in California on April 20 or 4/20 and includes variants of the strain Purple Urkle. White said the project comes after 20 years of hearing about his fictional TV character displayed on cannabis products. He wrote on the new brand's website th
Smiley facePeloton Tread+ owners told to stop using the treadmill in 'urgent warning' (2021-04-17 )
New York (CNN Business) A US government agency issued an urgent warning for users of Peloton's Tread+ following multiple dangerous incidents with the machine including a child's death. In a news release Saturday the Consumer Product Safety Commission said it has become aware of 39 accidents involving the treadmill including multiple reports of children becoming entrapped pinned and pulled under the $4 295 device. The CPSC said it's urging customers with small children and pets to stop
Smiley faceأكثر من 120 رجل إطفاء يحاول إخمادها.. نيران تشتعل في جنوب أفريقيا (2021-04-19 )
تتم عملية إخلاء بعد اندلاع حريق في حديقة جبل تيبل الوطنية بجنوب أفريقيا، إذ يكافح أكثر من 120 رجل إطفاء و4 مروحيات الحريق، حسبما أفادت حدائق جنوب أفريقيا الوطنية.
Smiley faceأرض الخيول الجميلة في تركيا.. تجول بين مداخن الجنيات في كابادوكيا (2021-04-19 )
جابت الخيول البرية جبال منطقة كابادوكيا في تركيا لعدة قرون. تقول الأسطورة إن وجودها هو الذي أعطى كابادوكيا اسمها. تعالوا في جولة بأرض العجائب الصخرية على الخيول الجميلة.
Smiley faceمنهم لواء متقاعد بالحرس الوطني.. السعودية تباشر 11 قضية فساد (2021-04-19 )
دبي، الإمارات العربية المتحدة (CNN)— باشرت هيئة الرقابة ومكافحة الفساد في المملكة العربية السعودية، 11 قضية جنائية وفقا لما نقلته وكالة الأنباء السعودية الرسمية نقلا عن مصدر في الهيئة. وفيما يلي نستعرض لكم القضايا المباشرة: القضية الأولى: بالتعاون مع وزارة الحرس الوطني أُوق
Smiley faceشاهد.. حريق هائل يلتهم جامعة كيب تاون.. وإجلاء الطلاب من الحرم الجامعي (2021-04-19 )
قالت إدارة جامعة كيب تاون إن موظفي دعم خدمات الطوارئ قاموا بإجلاء جميع الطلاب من حرمها الجامعي، وذلك بسبب اندلاع الحريق في حديقة تيبل ماونتين الوطنية. ووفقًا لمسؤولين في جنوب إفريقيا، فقد اندلع حريق “خارج عن السيطرة” في الحديقة الوطنية في كيب تاون، الأحد، مما أدى إلى إجلاء
Smiley faceلماذا يريد البشر الوصول إلى المريخ؟ (2021-04-18 )
شهدنا في أوائل عام 2021 موجة من المهمات الفضائية إلى المريخ، فلماذا أصبحت تهتم البشرية بالكوكب الأحمر فجأة؟
Smiley faceآبل تطلق صندوقاً بـ200 مليون دولار لمكافحة تغير المناخ (2021-04-18 )
تهدف شركة “آبل” لأن تكون محايدة للكربون بحلول العام 2030. تحدثت ليزا جاكسون، نائب رئيس آبل للبيئة والسياسات والمبادرات الاجتماعية إلى كريستين رومانز من CNN حول المسؤوليات البيئية والاجتماعية لعملاق التكنولوجيا.
Smiley faceسبيس إكس تفوز بعقد قيمته 2.9 مليار دولار من ناسا لبناء مركبة ستهبط على القمر (2021-04-17 )
رواد فضاء رحلة سبيس إكس القادمة: هذا ما يجعلنا أكثر قوة أوستن، تكساس (CNN Business) -- حصلت شركة سبيس إكس على عقد وكالة ناسا الأمريكية للفضاء بقيمة 2.89 مليار دولار لبناء مركبة فضائية ستنزل رواد فضاء على سطح القمر لأول مرة منذ خمسة عقود. يعد عقد السعر الثابت تصويتًا رئيسيًا على الثق
Smiley faceManhunt underway for former detective suspected of killing 3 in Austin Texas (2021-04-18 )
Police identified the suspect still at large behind a deadly shooting in Austin Texas as Stephen Nicholas Broderick a former Travis County Sheriff's Office detective who was charged with the sexual assault of a child Travis County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kristen Dark told CNN. CNN has reached out to the Travis County prosecutor for more information and is working to obtain the affidavit in the June 2020 case.
Smiley faceA Minnesota National Guard and police team were shot at in a drive-by shooting official says (2021-04-18 )
A Minnesota National Guard and Minneapolis police team was providing neighborhood security in Minneapolis when they were fired upon in a drive-by shooting the state National Guard said in a news release. No team members were seriously injured though two National Guard members suffered minor injuries: One was injured by shattered glass and taken to a local hospital while the other suffered only superficial injuries the statement said.
Smiley faceDr. Anthony Fauci: We'll get Johnson and Johnson vaccine back 'in some manner' (2021-04-18 )
Dr. Anthony Fauci director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases shares when he expects a decision to be made about the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine predicting the vaccine would come back on the market with restrictions or warnings.
Smiley face3 killed in Kenosha Wisconsin tavern shooting (2021-04-18 )
Three people were killed and two others injured with gunshot wounds in a shooting at The Somers House Tavern in Kenosha County Wisconsin Kenosha County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Sgt. David Wright told CNN.
Smiley face'Completely devastating': Family of Indianapolis shooting victims speak out (2021-04-17 )
CNN's Jason Carroll speaks to family members of Jasvinder Kaur and Amarjit Sekhon two victims of a mass shooting at a FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis where eight people were killed.
Smiley faceSee memorable moments from Prince Philip's funeral (2021-04-17 )
Queen Elizabeth II and members of the British royal family gathered at St. George's Chapel for the funeral of Prince Philip. Also known as the Duke of Edinburgh Philip was married to the Queen for 73 years. CNN's Anna Stewart reports.
Smiley faceKevin McCarthy Presses Pelosi to Take Action Against Maxine Waters for 'Inciting Violence' (2021-04-18 )
House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy on Sunday night pressed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to take action against Rep. Maxine Waters (R-CA) for “inciting violence” in remarks she made in Brooklyn Center Minnesota this weekend. McCarthy said that if Pelosi does not act he intends to take action of his own against Waters for her remarks encouraging violence in Minnesota if a jury does not find former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty in his trial in the death of George Floyd. Maxine
Smiley faceMarjorie Taylor Greene Proposes Expelling Maxine Waters from Congress (2021-04-18 )
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) announced Sunday that she plans to introduce a resolution in the House of Representatives expelling Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) from Congress for “inciting Black Lives Matter violence.” Rep. Greene was reacting too Rep. Waters’s appearance in Brooklyn Center Minnesota on Saturday night joining demonstrators outside the local police station angry at the shooting of Daunte Wright by police earlier this month. As Breitbart News reported Waters told repor
Smiley facePew: 20% More Voters Call Illegal Immigration 'Big Problem' Under Biden (2021-04-18 )
About 20 percent more Americans today call illegal immigration a “very big problem” under President Joe Biden’s direction as opposed to the same time last year when then-President Donald Trump imposed a series of controls to slow overall immigration levels. The latest Pew Research Center survey conducted from April 5 to 11 reveals the number of American adults who say illegal immigration is a very big problem has jumped 20 percentage points since last year when Trump was in office. In
Smiley faceRoger Marshall: Dems Need 'Liberal' SCOTUS to Pass 'Unconstitutional' Bills (2021-04-18 )
Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS) told Breitbart News Saturday that Democrats need a “liberal Supreme Court” to pass unconstitutional bills. Marshall spoke to Breitbart News Saturday host Matthew Boyle as House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) Judiciary subcommittee chair Hank Johnson (D-GA) Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) unveiled a bill to add four seats to the Supreme Court and give Democrats control of the nation’s highest judicial body. Marshall said
Smiley faceAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez Backs Court-packing; Says Courts Should Not Overrule Legislature (2021-04-18 )
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has backed Democrats’ effort to pack the Supreme Court by adding four new seats that would be filled by President Joe Biden arguing the courts should not be allowed to overturn laws passed by Congress. The Washington Times reported: “I do think we should be expanding the court ” she told reporters. The New York Democrat part of the progressive “Squad” collective on Capitol Hill reasoned the justices overturning laws is part of the problem with
Smiley faceWenstrup Asks FBI Why Scalise Shooting Not Labeled Domestic Terrorism (2021-04-18 )
Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) recently grilled FBI Director Christopher Wray on why — amid a push by Democrats to crack down on “extremism” — the June 14 2017 shooting of House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) that targeted Republicans was never classified as “domestic violent extremism” despite other government agencies doing so. Wenstrup recalled at a House Intelligence Committee hearing Wednesday what he remembered from that morning as Republican members of Congress practiced for
Smiley faceGarcia: Pandemic Was an 'Insidious Encroachment on Our Bill of Rights' (2021-04-18 )
Congressman Mike Garcia (R-CA) joined SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Saturday to speak about the pandemic being an “insidious encroachment” on the American Bill of Rights throughout the County. The host Matthew Boyle brought up the Congressman’s recent op-ed published this past week at Breitbart News “Time to Re-Embrace the Bill of Rights After the Pandemic’s Encroachment on Our Liberties ” which talked about how the “country consciously trades stability for liberties” and how ch
Smiley faceJarome Bell: ‘Virginia Is Going to Be America First Again’ (2021-04-18 )
Jarome Bell a Republican candidate in the 2022 race for Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District joined SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Saturday where he discussed the race and how he believes he can beat incumbent Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA). “I’m the only America First candidate here in the 2nd District on the Republican ticket that can beat Elaine Luria ” Bell explained to host Matthew Boyle. “If you really want to know where we’re going you have to know where we’re coming from and wh
Smiley faceWATCH — Maxine Waters: Derek Chauvin Must Be ‘Guilty Guilty Guilty’ or We Take to the Streets (2021-04-17 )
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) joined demonstrators Saturday evening outside the police station in Brooklyn Center Minnesota and told Americans to take to the streets unless Derek Chauvin is convicted for murder in the death of George Floyd. Waters joined protesters who are angry over the shooting of Daunte Wright 20 as he fled arrest after a traffic stop earlier this month. Officers discovered that there was a warrant for Wright’s arrest over accusations of attempted aggravated robbery and a
Smiley faceMichael Savage Warns of Civil War — ‘You Should Be Very Frightened’ (2021-04-18 )
Discussing everything from culture and immigration to race and violence foreign policy and the media as well as the economy and privacy concerns conservative radio legend Michael Savage on Friday warned of a civil war which awaits the U.S. if the left continues to launch assaults on all that Americans hold dear. On his latest weekly podcast Savage discussed a broad range of issues he sees as breeding grounds for an impending civil war. “What we are seeing is a civil war ” Savage said
Smiley faceReport: Biden Releasing Hundreds of Migrant Families a Day into U.S. (2021-04-18 )
The Biden administration is planning to continue to release hundreds of migrant families a day into the United States in coming months. The Washington Examiner obtained a document from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that reveals the plan: The 400 figure is eight times greater than the 50 families that Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement were releasing from its facilities each day early on in 2021. As of mid-March Border Patrol agents were seeing 500 people arr
Smiley faceJoe Biden Now Describes Migrant Rush on the Border as a ‘Crisis’ (2021-04-17 )
President Joe Biden finally described the rush of unaccompanied minor migrants to the border as a “crisis” on Saturday despite himself and members of his administration previously refusing to use the word to describe the situation. Biden spoke to reporters about the border crisis after a round of golf at the Delaware Country Club on Saturday. He commented on the crisis as he explained why he reversed his position on raising the caps set by former President Donald Trump on refugees. “Th
Smiley faceU.S. Agrees To Stand with China and Declare Climate Emergency (2021-04-18 )
The United States and China have agreed to cooperate and “curb climate change with urgency” in the lead-up to President Joe Biden hosting a virtual summit of world leaders to discuss the issue. The announcement of “strong pledges” by Washington and Beijing was made Sunday in a joint statement issued by the two countries. John Kerry and his Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhua agreed to the common declaration of intent during two days of talks in Shanghai last week according to AP. The two
Smiley faceCoronavirus Australia live news: NSW authorities call for more people to be tested with two new cases linked to Berala cluster (2021-01-04 )
We saw over the weekend in Fairfield that venue has been fined $5 000 as per the public health order but that venue could have made it up to $100 000 or even more than that by throwing that wedding. Do you think that's enough of a penalty? Mr Barilaro: That's actually a fair question. Firstly can I say when you have a deliberate act like the venue operators - normally we thank businesses that are working hand in glove with Government in relation with dealing with the pandemic in this scenar
Smiley faceUS politics live updates: Tapes of Donald Trump leak as Nancy Pelosi wins re-election as House Speaker (2021-01-04 )
In phone call Trump asked official to 'find' votes in Georgia AP US President Donald Trump pressured Georgia's top election official to find enough votes to overturn his defeat in the southern state according to excerpts of a recording of the hour-long call released by the Washington Post a few hours ago. The Washington Post said that during the call Trump alternately flattered begged and threatened Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger with vague criminal consequences in an atte
Smiley faceASIO red-flags Liberal Party donor Huifeng 'Haha' Liu over foreign interference risks (2021-01-04 )
A Melbourne-based Chinese businessman who has aligned himself to prominent Liberal Party MPs is facing deportation after being assessed by ASIO as a national security risk an ABC investigation can reveal. Key points: Melbourne businessman Huifeng Haha Liu is challenging a government deportation order after an adverse ASIO security assessment Melbourne businessman Huifeng Haha Liu is challenging a government deportation order after an adverse ASIO security assessment Mr Liu is a Liberal Pa
Smiley faceNSW records zero local COVID-19 cases but two cases found after reporting period (2021-01-04 )
NSW has been set a challenge to get testing numbers in the state as high as 50 000 a day as authorities confirmed two new cases of COVID-19. NSW has officially recorded zero locally-acquired coronavirus cases but two infections have been detected outside of the reporting period. The two cases will be included in tomorrow's numbers. Of the two cases found overnight one was a man in his 40s who visited the BWS in Berala in Western Sydney on December 24. The other was a female in her 40s who
Smiley faceWedding company fined for coronavirus breach after hundreds attend Western Sydney wedding reception (2021-01-04 )
NSW Police have fined a Fairfield wedding operator after about 600 or 700 people attended a Western Sydney wedding reception in breach of coronavirus rules. Key points: Coronavirus restrictions on weddings limited attendees to 350 which has since been reduced Coronavirus restrictions on weddings limited attendees to 350 which has since been reduced Police attended the venue after concerns were raised about the number of guests Police attended the venue after concerns were raised about the
Smiley faceDonald Trump pressured Georgia election official to change results Washington Post reports (2021-01-04 )
US President Donald Trump pressured Georgia's top election official to find enough votes to overturn his defeat in the state according to audio of a Saturday phone call obtained by the Washington Post. Key points: Georgia is one of several crucial swing states where Mr Trump lost the November 3 election to Mr Biden Georgia is one of several crucial swing states where Mr Trump lost the November 3 election to Mr Biden The President reportedly told the Georgia Secretary of State there is noth
Smiley faceJobKeeper subsidy drops today before it disappears entirely in March and some workers are worried (2021-01-04 )
Hundreds of thousands of Australians face a pay cut of up to $100 per week from today as employee wage subsidy JobKeeper is wound back. Key points: The employer subsidy payment JobKeeper drops by as much as $100 per week from January 4 meaning many workers will face a reduction in pay The employer subsidy payment JobKeeper drops by as much as $100 per week from January 4 meaning many workers will face a reduction in pay The Government is sticking to its plan to scrap the subsidy altogether a
Smiley faceKwinana bushfire emergency in Perth enters second day with warning over rubbish tip fumes (2021-01-04 )
Residents in Perth's southern suburbs have been warned it is too late to leave their homes as a bushfire continues to burn out of control in Kwinana with deadly fumes from a rubbish tip filling the air. Key points: The fire has burnt through part of the Kwinana town rubbish tip The fire has burnt through part of the Kwinana town rubbish tip Some residents have been told to stay inside to avoid the fumes Some residents have been told to stay inside to avoid the fumes The blaze has covered mor
Smiley faceHouse prices rise with regional market outperforming capital cities CoreLogic data shows (2021-01-04 )
House prices in regional Australia have risen at a higher annual rate than in capital cities for the first time in more than 15 years as COVID-19 increases people's desire to live outside the big smoke. Key points: CoreLogic data shows national house prices rose 1 per cent in December CoreLogic data shows national house prices rose 1 per cent in December Regional prices grew almost 7 per cent compared to 2 per cent growth for capital cities Regional prices grew almost 7 per cent compared to
Smiley faceSCG Test between Australia and India criticised by experts while Gabba quarantine measures remain Indian sticking point (2021-01-04 )
Cricket Australia may feel a debt to the New South Wales Government for helping to get the Indian team into Australia and this could play a part in deciding where the last Test is played according to Australian cricket legend Ian Chappell. Key points: The SCG Test is scheduled to start on Thursday with about 20 000 fans allowed on each day of the game The SCG Test is scheduled to start on Thursday with about 20 000 fans allowed on each day of the game Ian Chappell said he understood Indian
Smiley faceFines now apply for not wearing masks in Greater Sydney police will exercise discretion (2021-01-04 )
Fines can now be issued for not wearing a face mask in public indoor settings across Greater Sydney but transport authorities retailers and churches are doing what they can to help people adjust to the new health order. Key points: From today Greater Sydneysiders could be fined if they don't wear a mask on public transport From today Greater Sydneysiders could be fined if they don't wear a mask on public transport Opposition leader Jodi McKay has called for widespread mask distribution to h
Smiley faceVictoria records three new cases of locally acquired coronavirus and one in hotel quarantine (2021-01-04 )
Three new locally acquired coronavirus cases have been recorded in Victoria as the state continues to see big demand for testing. Key points: There are 36 active cases of the virus in Victoria There are 36 active cases of the virus in Victoria 32 468 test results were received yesterday 32 468 test results were received yesterday Health staff are being recalled from holidays to work at testing centres There has also been one confirmed case of the virus in a returned international traveller
Smiley faceNorway landslide rescue teams find no signs of life in wreckage as drone shows extent of damage (2021-01-04 )
Rescue teams searching for survivors days after a landslide carried away homes in a Norwegian village have found no signs of life amid the ruined buildings and debris. Six bodies have now been found in the search police said. Four bodies were discovered on Friday and Saturday and another two on Sunday. Ground search teams with dogs are being aided by helicopters and drones with heat-detecting cameras on the ravaged hillside in the village of Ask 25 kilometres north-east of the capital Osl
Smiley faceFormer war crimes prosecutor urges federal investigator to pursue Army's 'chain of command' over Afghanistan allegations (2021-01-04 )
A former New South Wales magistrate who once served as a war crimes prosecutor at The Hague says those higher up the Army's chain of command must be investigated over alleged unlawful killings in Afghanistan. Key points: The Federal Government's new Office of the Special Investigator formally begins its work today The Federal Government's new Office of the Special Investigator formally begins its work today Former war crimes prosecutor Graham Blewitt believes the process could be completed i
Smiley faceDonald Trump wants Congress to overturn the election result. Here's what will happen instead (2021-01-04 )
On January 7 AEDT we'll watch the penultimate step of the 2020 US election play out. In a flashy joint session the US Congress will gather to count and formalise the votes of the electoral college. In a normal election year it's a boring mostly ceremonial process that passes without much notice. But friends the 2020 election has been anything but normal. Which means that on Thursday AEDT there's going to be drama. What normally happens in January is pretty boring Things get a little cr
Smiley faceTropical Cyclone Imogen delivers falls of more than 200mm to Queensland Gulf communities (2021-01-04 )
More than 1 000 people have been without power in Queensland's Gulf of Carpentaria since 3:00pm on Sunday after Tropical Cyclone Imogen travelled through the region overnight. Key points: Tropical Cyclone Imogen crossed land about 9:00pm Sunday just north of Karumba in the Gulf of Carpentaria Tropical Cyclone Imogen crossed land about 9:00pm Sunday just north of Karumba in the Gulf of Carpentaria The system is expected to drop widespread rain over the coming days The system is expected to
Smiley faceFOX News Rundown Extra: The Battles Over ‘Court Packing’ And Elections Are Intensifying (2021-04-18 )
With control of both the White House and Congress Democrats feel the time if right to push their bold agenda items. That was evident earlier this week when they called for the addition of four justices to the U.S. Supreme Court. Bringing the total number up to 13. The Republican Party quickly responded by calling the proposal a “power grab” and an attempted High Court takeover. Earlier this week host Dave Anthony spoke Georgia Republican Congressman Drew Ferguson about the Democrats’ e
Smiley faceDana Perino & Emily Compagno Top 5 Life Lessons (2021-04-18 )
The FOX Top 5 podcast. From greatest Presidential quotes to favorite family traditions to guilty pleasures… Join your favorite FOX News anchors reporters and personalities every week as they pair up to share their top five lists on a wide range of topics. This week co-host of America’s Newsroom and The Five Dana Perino and co-host of Outnumbered on FOX News Channel Emily Compagno come together to share their top 5 life lessons.
Smiley faceWhat Is HIPAA? (2021-04-18 )
This week Dr. Janette Nesheiwat Family and Emergency Medicine doctor Medical Director at CityMD and FOX News Medical Contributor joins Abby in the classroom to help with her lesson plan on HIPAA. Dr. Nesheiwat explains how HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) serves to protect the privacy of patients and what it means for the management of COVID-19. Keep up with Abby after class on Twitter: @AbbyHornacek
Smiley faceKathie Lee Gifford’s Spiritual Mentor Discusses the Bible’s Numerical Code of the Messiah (2021-04-18 )
Christianity and Judaism share a great deal of history and faith. Just look at how many times the dates of Passover and Easter coincide. It’s because Jesus’s Last Supper in the upper room was in fact the Jewish Passover meal in which He makes a new covenant through His anticipated sacrifice. Instead of the lamb’s blood on the doorframes it is Jesus’s blood shed on the Cross. But there’s far more that Christians and learn by unlocking the numerical code that’s all through the Bible
Smiley faceGator Behavior (2021-04-17 )
Tyrus tells listeners what demonic animal he would consider investing in. Kat discloses that she will refuse to eat any meal inspired by drug store cat food. Tyrus and Kat agree that you should always get consent before releasing indecent reptile videos. This Just In: Kat reveals which of her pets would win in a fight. Follow Tyrus on Twitter: @PlanetTyrus Follow Kat Timpf on Twitter: @KatTimpf
Smiley faceDerek Chauvin trial: Live updates on George Floyd's death (2021-04-15 )
SEE NEW POSTS Evidence in the case now complete; closing arguments begin Monday After recalling Dr. Martin Tobin Thursday morning as a rebuttal witness the prosecution again rested its case meaning no more evidence will be introduced in the Derek Chauvin trial. The prosecution and defense are expected to deliver closing arguments on Monday. Court will be in recess until then. Addressing the jury Judge Cahill reminded jurors they will be sequestered after closing arguments as they deliberate.