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    President Cyril Ramaphosa during a pre-World Economic Forum breakfast briefing on January 18, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.Moeletsi Mabe| Sunday Times | Gallo Images | Getty Images South African President Cyril Ramaphosa could face impeachment after an independent panel found that he may have violated anti-corruption law during the investigation of a robbery at his farm. In what has become known as the "Farmgate" scandal, Ramaphosa is alleged to have covered up a $4 million theft from his Phala Phala farm in the north east of the country in 2020. Some $580,000 of this was found beneath sofa cushions, along with working with Namibian authorities to apprehend, torture and bribe the suspects. Ramaphosa staunchly denies the allegations and has not been charged with any crimes. He maintains that the cash was the proceeds from the sale of buffalo. He has confirmed that the robbery took place, but insists that the amount stolen was smaller than alleged and denies participating in a cover-up. Ramaphosa delayed a planned parliamentary appearance on Thursday to consider the panel's findings, while his spokesman Vincent Magwenya...
    BRITS are bracing for power cuts as strong gales, heavy rain and ice are set to engulf the UK today. The Met Office has issued three separate yellow weather warnings, all covering different parts of the country, with stormy weather forecast to batter the country and flooding possible. 4Ice, rain and strong gales are set to engulf the UK today| Cairngorm National Park, ScotlandCredit: Northpix 4Three separate yellow weather warnings are in place The first warning is for strong wind and covers much of Devon and Cornwall, as well as the southern coast of Wales from 6am to 6pm today. The region could see power cuts as gales of up to 80mph sweep across the South West, while the Met is also warning of travel delays and possible injury from debris swept up by the powerful gusts. At the opposite end of the UK, eastern Scotland is mostly covered by a yellow warning for ice, which was in place throughout the night and lasts into this morning. Locals are advised to take care to avoid injuries from slipping and falling,...
    Many district attorney elections across the country are taking place this year against the backdrop of rising crime, pushing candidates in even some liberal enclaves to embrace more aggressive law enforcement stances. While typically uneventful affairs, district attorney races have attracted increasing attention in recent years thanks in large part to the efforts of liberal groups to promote progressive prosecutors. Liberal donor George Soros has made headlines for pouring millions of dollars into high-profile district attorney races won by candidates who support decriminalizing lower-level offenses and lighter sentences for a range of crimes. OMAR AND SWALWELL BLAST MCCARTHY OVER CRIME IN JOINT AD Now, some races are becoming more competitive and partisan affairs. “It would be a mistake to think that the national story about crime rates doesn’t affect local prosecutor elections,” Carissa Byrne Hessick, director of the Prosecutors and Politics Project at the University of North Carolina School of Law, told the Washington Examiner. “But local conditions may overwhelm that effect, depending on the jurisdiction and the candidates who are running.” Concerns about crime have already upended several district...
    (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images,) Actor Billy Eichner, is lamenting the box office numbers for his new movie Bros, saying “straight people” didn’t show enough support. Bros, written and staring Eichner, was the first gay romcom ever produced by a major studio. It follows the story of a podcast host, Bobby, portrayed by Eichner, falling in love with a lawyer, Aaron, played by Luke Macfarlane. But this weekend, it flopped at the box office with a $4.8 million dollar debut. Eichner took to Twitter Sunday evening to share his thoughts on the opening weekend numbers: “Last night I snuck in and sat in the back of a sold out theater playing BROS in LA,” Eichner said in a Twitter thread. “The audience howled with laughter start to finish, burst into applause at the end, and some were wiping away tears as they walked out. It was truly magical. Really. I am VERY proud of this movie.” Last night I snuck in and sat in the back of a sold out theater playing BROS in LA. The audience howled with laughter...
    Joe Biden's student loan relief plan could cost the country $400 billion over the next decade as the administration prepares to unveil next steps for borrowers to apply for forgiveness as early as next month. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office noted in a letter to the Senate and House Labor committees noting the high cost of the president's relief plan, as well as reporting the plan would cause outstanding student loans to increase by $20 billion. In August, Biden announced his plan to cancel $10,000 in federal student loan debt for borrowers making less than $125,000 individually and $250,000 jointly. That forgiveness would rise to $20,000 for those with Pell Grants. The White House now says that more guidance is coming that will provide more information on how borrowers can apply for their slice of the forgiveness. Biden's announcement included extending the repayment moratorium for a fifth and final time past the previous August deadline – and making it so that student loan payments will resume in January 2023 for the first time since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic...
    BENEATH billowing white smoke, a dozen Ukrainian soldiers charge into a 200-yard-long Cold War-style trench, stepping over casualties to kill the enemy. Shouts of “Vogon!” [Fire!] and  “Negzche!” [Get down!] ring out across the surrounding open grassland. 6A dozen Ukrainian soldiers charge into a 200-yard-long Cold War-style trench, stepping over casualties to kill the enemyCredit: Dan Charity 6Shouts of 'Vogon!' [Fire!] and  'Negzche!' [Get down!] ring out across the surrounding open grasslandCredit: Dan Charity It looks like the Donbas region — Ukraine’s front line against Russia’s brutal ­invasion. But they are in fact on the downs of southern England, where British troops, with the help of translators, are turning hundreds of untrained Ukrainian civilians into fully-fledged fighters who within weeks will be on the real front line. Until recently they were carpenters, plumbers and engineers working on building sites and offices. Last week marked six months of bloody war in Ukraine. READ MORE ON THE UKRAINE WARNUKE TERROR Holes in roof spotted at Europe's biggest nuclear plant after Russian shellingVLAD CRACKDOWN Watch as flashy Russian supercar owners dragged away by...
    (CNN)The UK government's Home Office has admitted for the first time to forcibly deporting Chinese sailors who served in the nation's merchant Navy during World War II, in the latest stain on the country's migration department.A 22-page Home Office investigation into the deportations shared with CNN describes how some sailors had married and had children with women in the English city of Liverpool, and were deported without being able to tell their families where they were going. Many never heard from their husbands or fathers again. The report said that language used to justify the deportations were "racially inflected and prejudicial."Arrangements for the repatriations started in 1945 before World War II ended in Europe and affected more than 2,000 Chinese seamen. Refugees from Allied forces were also deported, according to the report. Chinese sailors were targeted because their presence in Liverpool "was seen as disruptive," the report added. Some were coerced into leaving by being denied employment.The investigation comes after a parliamentary debate over a year ago during which Kim Johnson, a lawmaker for the opposition Labour Party, asked about...
    Colombo, Sri Lanka (CNN)Sri Lanka's police and military troops forcibly removed anti-government protesters camped outside the presidential office in Colombo in a pre-dawn raid on Friday on the order of the country's new President.Social media posts showed officers dressed in riot gear pulling down protest tents and arresting demonstrators outside the presidential offices at Galle Face, two days after the crisis-hit country swore in a new leader.Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was officially sworn in as the country's President on Wednesday and issued a "Gazette Extraordinary" calling on the armed forces to maintain public order.Police Spokesperson SSP Nihal Thalduwa confirmed nine men were arrested and will appear in court on Friday.Protesters have been camped outside the Presidential office for months, demanding the resignation of former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who fled the country in the early hours of July 13, and Wickremesinghe, a key Rajapksa ally.Read MoreBoth men presided over an economic crisis that has left the country's 22 million people struggling to buy fuel, food and basic necessities.Army soldiers stand guard near a barricade following the eviction of protesters in...
    Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that former President Donald Trump can never be near the Oval Office again. Anchor Jon Karl asked, “You’ve been clear since really January 6th itself that he bears responsibility, have these hearings demonstrated that Donald Trump needs to be prosecuted?” Cheney said, “Ultimately, the Justice Department will decide that. I think we may well, as a committee, have a view on that. And if you just think about it from the perspective of what kind of man knows that the mob is armed and sends the mob to attack the Capitol and further incites that mob when his own vice president is under threat, when the Congress is under threat? It’s very chilling. I think certainly we will, you know, continue to present to the American people what we found.” Karl asked, “Are you worried about what that means for the country, to see a former president prosecuted, a likely candidate who may in fact be running for president against Biden, it would be Biden’s Justice Department that would be...
    As inflation continues to wreak havoc on America, the country hit a grim milestone in the continued skyrocketing of gas prices.  The price for a gallon has doubled since President Joe Biden took office in January of 2021. At that time, the average gallon of gas ran you $2.39, but as of Saturday, that same gallon now costs $4.81, according to AAA.  But in some places it is much higher. A Chevron gas station in Mendocino, California was seen charging nearly $10 for a gallon of regular gas on Friday.  That price is even up five cents from Friday alone, as Republicans continue to hammer the current administration on the pinch at the pump. 'Joe Biden's war on American energy has forced families across the country to empty their wallets to fill their tanks,' Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement.  Earlier Saturday, gas prices surged to nearly $10 a gallon in parts of California as costs continue to climb.  The price for a gallon has doubled since President Joe Biden took office in January of 2021....
    Has Biden actually lowered the deficit? Biden has claimed repeatedly that he lowered the deficit and has placed the U.S. on track for record deficit reduction in 2022. But the claim is highly misleading. That is because, as CNN reporter Daniel Dale explained last week, the budget deficit was already projected to fall before Biden entered office. The deficit exploded in 2020 because of short-term pandemic-related spending. But that spending was not permanent, which meant the deficit was always going to fall. Even more problematic for Biden, his policies meant deficit reduction was not as great in 2021 as it could have been without them. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated the deficit would have fallen about a half-trillion dollars more than it actually did. "So, when President Biden talks about a projected $1.5 trillion decline in the deficit this year, even if that does happen, the deficit would still be higher this year than initially projected when he took office," Dale explained.
    Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., a member of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack, recently tweeted: "We now have evidence to support the story of the worst presidential political offense against the Union in American history." OK, good. Bring it. Please. In terms of holding onto power, this may still be a country for old men, but it should be no country for insurrectionists. The committee plans to present its case to the American people at last, with at least eight public hearings, starting on June 9. More than 800 citizens (many also full-time denizens of the Confederacy and QAnon) have been arrested for their actions that day at the Capitol, and about 250 have pleaded guilty so far. The FBI has video and photos of other suspects, many of which are so clear one wonders how it can be that they have not yet been identified. But there are other suspects — far more culpable for what occurred that day — and we can see them walking in and out of Congress every day. The highly placed...
    Airbnb staff can now work remotely from anywhere in the US and 170 different countries without losing pay - despite its CEO admitting some work is 'best done in the same room'. Brian Chesky announced the radical new policy on Twitter Wednesday, saying it was because 'the world has become more flexible.' 'Our business wouldn't have recovered as quickly from the pandemic if it hadn't been for millions of people working from Airbnbs,' he wrote. 'Companies will be at a significant disadvantage if they limit their talent pool to a commuting radius around their offices. The best people live everywhere.' Chesky told staffers in an internal email the company aimed to 'hire and retain the best people in the world (like you).' 'By recruiting from a diverse set of communities, we will become a more diverse company.'  'You can work from home or the office - whatever works best for you... You can move anywhere in the country, like from San Francisco to Nashville, and your compensation won't change.' Airbnb's current office occupancy rate is unclear.  But Chesky admitted there would...
    BEIRUT (AP) — A boat carrying 60 migrants capsized Saturday night off the Lebanese coast, the Lebanese Red Cross said. It was not immediately clear if there were any deaths. The Red Cross said it sent ambulances to the port of the northern city of Tripoli in case there were casualties. Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s office said the boast capsized shortly after leaving the northern coastal town of Qalamoun near Tripoli, Lebanon’s second largest city. Mikati’s office said the Lebanese army and authorities were on high alert following the case. For many years Lebanon was a country that took in refugees, but since the country’s economic meltdown began in October 2019, thousands of people have left on boats heading to Europe. Lebanon, a small Mediterranean nation of 6 million people, including 1 million Syrian refugees, is in the grip of the worst economic crisis in the country’s modern history. The economic meltdown has put more three-quarters of the country’s population into poverty. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be...
    Imran Khan has been ousted as Prime Minister of Pakistan after losing a dramatic late-night no-confidence vote from his MPs, triggering a political crisis that threatens to drag the country to the brink of chaos. The cricketer-turned-Islamist and his allies earlier tried to sidestep the vote by dissolving parliament and calling early elections, but Pakistan's Supreme Court ruling ordered the vote to go ahead. Pakistan's parliament met on Saturday to proceed with the vote following a 13-hour impasse in which Khan's Tehreek-e-Insa party used filibustering in an attempt to slow the process. Several of Khan's closest allies and a key coalition party deserted him as opposition parties swooped in and agreed to oust the embattled leader. The combined opposition that spans the political spectrum from the left to the radically religious will form the new government, with the head of one of the largest parties, the Pakistani Muslim League, taking over as prime minister. His removal from office continues Pakistan's ugly record with Prime Ministers, with not a single leader completing their full five-year tenure since 1947. In an impassioned...
    A plurality of Americans believe the country is more divided since President Joe Biden took office, a Monmouth University Poll released this week found. “Has the country become more united, more divided, or not really changed since President Biden took office?” the survey asked.  A plurality, 48 percent, said the country has become “more divided,” compared to 15 percent who said “more united” and 35 percent who said it has “not really changed.” This serves as yet another blow for the commander-in-chief, who chose “unity” as one of his top priorities upon taking office. However, he has continued to drive wedges between Americans over his first year in office, particularly after targeting unvaccinated Americans and warning that his patience was wearing “thin.”  According to Monmouth, “divided” is one of the top words Americans used to describe the U.S. in its current state, but other words or phrases included “confused,” “trouble,” “mess,” “fractured,” “lost,” “disappointing,” “broken,” and “chaos.” According to the survey: Nearly half of Americans (48%) say the country has become more divided since Biden took office. Just 15% say...
    President BidenJoe BidenOvernight Defense & National Security — Ukraine hangs in the balance On The Money — Inflation held firm in January as omicron raged Photos of the Week: Ukraine, Ketanji Brown Jackson and stallions MORE said in an interview broadcast on Saturday that he hopes his legacy “is that I restored the soul of this country.” In a wide-ranging interview with progressive political host Brian Tyler Cohen, Biden said that he hoped he would be remembered for restoring “some decency and honor to the office” of the presidency, rebuilding America’s middle class and repairing partnerships with other countries. “I hope my legacy is that I was able to restore some decency and honor to the office; I was able to bring the middle class back to a place where they had real opportunity, given an even chance to succeed; and I was able to reconstruct our alliances, which had been frayed so badly, internationally, and that I was able to bring people together,” Biden said during the interview. “Bring the politics of America together.” “And I think we're making slow progress,”...
    Unprecedented levels of illegal immigration during President Joe Biden's first year in office has driven the United States' foreign-born population to the highest point it has ever been, a new study has revealed. Analysis of US census data by the Center for Immigration Studies found that there are currently 46.6 million legal and illegal foreign-born immigrants in the country - up 1.7 million from last year, and 2.2 million from 2020. The number is the largest ever recorded in any government survey or decennial census since their introduction in 1850.  The authors also noted that the increases seen since 2020 are markedly more than the 770,000 average annual increase recorded in the decade before the pandemic.  The study further revealed that Hispanic immigrants accounted for roughly 70 percent - or 1.1 million - of the increase, suggesting that a large share of the sudden growth was spurred by illegal immigration, with the federal government and experts previously estimating that roughly 75 percent of illegal immigrants are of Hispanic descent. This chart shows how America's foreign-born population has rocketed since 2020  It also...
    The massive Build Back Better spending plan, which Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) said last month that he could not support, seems to have stalled, but Biden said on Wednesday that he believes portions of the plan can be passed before the midterm elections. The president also continued to claim that the proposal would help alleviate the rising prices Americans have been facing. Senate Democrats also appear poised to fail in their push to pass so called "voting rights" legislation, as Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) have indicated that they will not support changing the filibuster rules, a move that other Democrats have been advocating in order to ram the legislation through. President Biden Holds a Press Conference www.youtube.com
    One year into his term, more than a third of the country believes President Joe Biden is flunking out, a new survey finds. According to a Politico/Morning Consult poll out Wednesday, 37 percent of respondents give the president an “F” for the first quarter of his presidency. By contrast, a meager 11 percent give Biden an “A” thus far, while 20 percent give him a “B.” Nearly a third of the country put Biden in the “C” or “D” category — with 18 percent giving the president a “C” and 12 percent giving him a “D.” At this point in his term, Biden’s failing grade exceeds even former President Donald Trump’s. The 45th president got an “F” from 35 percent of Americans, compared to Biden’s 37 percent. Biden got his worst marks on the economy, immigration, and “restoring unity” — with 40 percent flunking him in the latter two categories, and 38 percent giving him an “F” on the economy. His best grades came on Covid-19 and health care, where 35 percent and 31 percent respectively gave him an...
    Yahoo workers in Japan have been told that they can work from anywhere in the country rather than return to the office - and commute by plane when necessary.  Around 8,000 employees will benefit from the change, which takes effect on April 1, the company said in a statement on Wednesday. More than 90 per cent of employees are already working remotely and Yahoo President Kentaro Kawabe said their performance has held or improved at home, Japan Times reported. The new flexible working policy will also allow employees to commute by plane, an option which was not previously available to workers, a company statement explained.  Yahoo workers in Japan have been told that they can work from anywhere in the country and around 8,000 employees will benefit from the change, which takes effect on April 1 'We're allowing Yahoo employees to live anywhere in Japan,' Yahoo President Kentaro Kawabe said.  'This doesn't mean we're denying the benefits of the office - you'll be able to fly in when needed.' Before the pandemic, Yahoo had allowed its employees some flexible home working but...
    (CNN)Dozens of protesters were killed and hundreds injured during clashes in Kazakhstan, a police official from the largest city Almaty said Thursday, as troops from a Russian-led military alliance of post-Soviet states begin their operations in the Central Asian country to help quell the unrest. At least 13 law enforcement officials died in Almaty and 353 people were injured, state-run Khabar 24 TV reported. More than 1,000 people in different regions were injured as a result of the turmoil. Of these, almost 400 were hospitalized, with 62 people in intensive care, the Ministry of Health said, according to Khabar 24.There were overnight attempts to storm administrative buildings, Almaty's police department and the district directorates, and "dozens of attackers were liquidated," Almaty police department representative, Saltanat Azirbek, told Khabar 24. Azirbek urged people to stay at home as an "anti-terrorist operation" was carried out on Thursday "in the square of Masanchi, Karasai Batyr-Zhambyl and Baitursynov streets, at the location of three administrative buildings." Read MoreProtesters take part in a rally over a hike in energy prices in Almaty on January 5,...
    Joe Biden criticized his administration's own handling of the coronavirus pandemic, claiming the response hasn't been 'good enough' as the Omicron variant spreads like wildfire, leading to a massive surge ahead of Christmas. 'We're nearly two years into this pandemic, you're a year into the presidency. Empty shelves and no test kits in some places – three days before Christmas when it's so important. Is that good enough?' ABC's David Muir asked the president in an interview that aired Wednesday evening. 'No, nothing's been good enough,' Biden candidly replied. 'But look, look where we are,' he added of the progress. 'Last Christmas we were in a situation where we had significantly fewer people vaccinated, emergency rooms were filled, we had serious backups in hospitals that were causing great difficulties. We're in a situation now where we have 200 million people fully vaccinated. And we have more than that who have had at least one shot – and we're getting these booster shots, as well.' President Joe Biden said in an interview that aired on ABC News Wednesday evening that his...
    The View debated Joe Biden’s track record during his first year as president on Tuesday’s show. The conversation began with Whoopi Goldberg asking if Biden has a messaging problem in terms of showing the country the positives of his Build Back Better plan and the bipartisan infrastructure deal that just passed through Congress. Sunny Hostin responded by pointing out the “stark comparison” between Biden and Donald Trump, and while she credited the president for how he “restored the soul of our nation,” she called Biden out by saying “he has been woefully deficient in meeting [his] campaign promises.” Joy Behar hopped into the discussion by assessing that Biden doesn’t get enough recognition for his accomplishments “because the media is not portraying him as a winner.” As Behar took issue with the media’s framing on Biden and their coverage on November’s jobs report, former Republican congresswoman and guest-host Mia Love countered that “it is easy to be a leader when things are going well, and it is very difficult to be a leader when the crap hits the fan.” Love continued...
    (CNN)The man's voice trembled as he spoke, standing in the middle of an open field in southern Nicaragua. He was tense, despite the cool breeze and the mid-morning sunshine. If any of his government colleagues knew he was speaking to foreign journalists, he would surely be imprisoned."I was afraid to talk with you," said the man, a local official who requested anonymity for his safety. "It could have terrible consequences for my security if it leaked. But at the same time, the conviction and the hope that our voice will reach others around the world make us take risks."He had waited to leave his home until after the government forces that check in on him every morning had left. They take photos and videos, he says, and tell him he must "walk a straight line." It's not an uncommon practice these days for anyone the Nicaraguan regime deems suspicious, the official said.Then he got in his car, made sure no one was following him, and went straight to the field -- the only place where he felt he could say...
    In this article WMTCars drive past a Walmart store in Washington, DC, on August 18, 2020.Nicholas Kamm | AFP | Getty ImagesWalmart's corporate employees will begin to return to the company's Arkansas headquarters and other offices across the country in early November, according to a company-wide memo obtained by CNBC. In a memo to employees on Friday, the big-box retailer said workers will "transition to working together in our campus offices on a more regular basis" starting the week of Nov. 8. "We are a company whose success is attributed to our people," said Walmart's Chief People Officer Donna Morris in the message. "While technology has enabled us to succeed while working virtually throughout the pandemic, there is no substitution for being in the offices together — it helps shape our culture, collaborate, innovate, build relationships and move faster." Morris said company leaders will notify employees about expectations for return to office, based on their role. She said Walmart's global tech team will continue to primarily work virtually. That team includes software engineers and data scientists. Walmart is the country's...
    SNOW is set to hit the UK on Thursday, October 21, 2021, and the weather is expected to stay chilly till the end of the month. Meanwhile, the Storm Aurore has blasted the country with heavy rain causing floods in London and the South East. 1 Parts of the UK are set to be hit by snow Will it snow in the UK today? The first flurry of snow for the country is due today but is expected to be restricted in the north, according to the Met Office. Annie Shuttleworth, a Met Office forecaster told The Sun: "On Wednesday night we will see a front move south through the UK, and that could bring with it some snow. "But this is restricted to high ground in Scotland. For most of us, we will see rain on that front. "Much of Wales, South Western and central parts of England throughout tomorrow morning until around midday will have potentially heavy and thundery downpours. According to WXCharts, up to a half a foot of snow could fall in the Cairngorms in Scotland today....
    President Joe Biden's approval rating is 10 points behind President Barack Obama's at this point in Obama's presidency, as Biden's numbers have been battered by the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic, among other issues.  The Real Clear Politics polling average for Obama on October, 11 2009 stood at 53 per cent approval and 40 per cent disapproval, while Biden currently stands at 43 per cent approval and 52.3 per cent disapproval.   A new Axios/Ipsos poll released Tuesday found that Americans are getting more pessimistic about the pandemic, and losing trust in Biden at the same time.  President Joe Biden's approval rating is 10 points behind former President Barack Obama's during the same time in Obama's presidency   The poll found that currently 42 per cent of Americans surveyed trusted Biden a great deal or a fair amount on COVID-19.  That number, however, represents a seven per cent drop from last month and a 10 per cent drop from six months ago.  It was 16 points higher when Biden was sworn-in in January.  Biden is also losing ground among members of his own party.  ...
    It seems like rock star Ted Nugent thinks vaccine mandates have a "stranglehold" on the public. Nugent , who said he was sharing "truth, logic, and common sense with people who care," responded to a question Friday about vaccine policies, referring to COVID-19 as a "weaponized virus." He contracted the coronavirus earlier in 2021. "I did what the government told me not to do, which is what I always do," he said. "Because what the government tells you to do is always the wrong thing. I took hydroxychloroquine , ivermectin, steroids, and zinc and continued with my healthy lifestyle, being clean and sober and eating venison, and my wife and I recovered in just a few days." PRO-GUN ROCKER TED NUGENT BANS GUNS FROM VIRGINIA CONCERT Nugent has been asked countless times to run for office, he said. "I've shared campfires both literally and figuratively with great families across this country," the 73-year-old told PBS. "God, family, country, Constitution, Bill of Rights, that man-in-the-arena work ethic, law and order. Those are the battle cries of good...
    CNN political analyst Carl Bernstein said Tuesday on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” that former President Donald Trump was willing to “destabilize the world” to stay in office during the final days of his presidency. Bernstein said, “Well, first of all, this book gives a picture of a deranged demagogue and threat to democracy, as well as a threat to the stability of the world such as we have never seen in our era. So, the rabid nature of Trump’s character, combined with his power and willingness to do anything to stay in office, including to destabilize the world through saying I have to be the president of the United States. Throwing real fear into both our allies and our enemies that the country, itself, was out of control under Trump as he entered the final day of his office. We’ve never seen such a destabilizing moment in our history in this country, led by a president of the United States. A madman and this is a picture of a madman and the people, including the Republican Party, who enabled this madman....
    Congressional offices went to extraordinary measures to help in the evacuation effort of Americans and vulnerable Afghans stuck in Afghanistan amid the Taliban’s takeover of the country last month. While Kabul’s quick fall shocked the world, Senate and House lawmakers soon found their offices overwhelmed with desperate pleas from Afghan Americans, military veterans of the war in Afghanistan, workers of nongovernmental organizations and others scrambling for contacts to save people stranded in the country suddenly under the rule of a terrorist organization. The Hill spoke to nearly 20 lawmakers and staffers in both parties about what their offices went through over the fraught two weeks between when Kabul first fell, on Aug. 15, and the last U.S. military flight, just before midnight Aug. 30. The mission was personal for many of them: Some are veterans, or relatives of veterans, of the 20-year war, and some had even worked with local interpreters whom they considered key to their survival. Lawmakers and staffers also said they felt obligated to answer requests from constituents as well as those beyond their districts looking for...
    Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley took a series of extraordinary actions after the Jan. 6th Capitol riot out of concerns an 'unstable' President Trump might undertake military action in a desperate bid to stay in office, according to Bob Woodward's bombshell new book. The efforts included Milley as the top ranking uniformed military official meeting with top military officials in the Pentagon two days after the MAGA riot and telling them to keep him in the process for all military actions, including the use of nuclear weapons. It also included back-channel outreach to Milley's counterpart in the Chinese military to provide reassurances the US would not strike its rival.   'If you get calls, no matter who they’re from, there’s a process here, there’s a procedure. No matter what you are told, you do the procedure. You do the process. And I'm part of that procedure,' he told top US military officials inside the Pentagon's war room two days after the riot. 'You never know what a president's trigger point is,' Milley told them, according to the...
    Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday said the "backlog" of Special Immigrant Visas (SIV) that accumulated under the Trump administration is the reason why Afghan allies remain in the now-Taliban-controlled nation.  In answer to questions regarding why more Afghan allies had not been evacuated prior to the U.S. withdrawal, Blinken said "the program was basically in a dead stall" when he acquired it. The SIV program was established so that Afghans who worked with the U.S. throughout the 20-year long war could emigrate to America.  TALIBAN FIGHTER TOLD EVACUEE ‘GO AND TELL THE STATE DEPARTMENT TO F--- THEMSELVES,’ REPORT SAYS "When we took office we inherited a backlog of more than 17,000 SIV applicants," he told reporters. "There had not been a single interview of an SIV applicant in Kabul in the nine months prior to us taking office, going back to March 2020." But the secretary acknowledged that the coronavirus pandemic was a "major impediment" to the program and that the congressionally mandated scheme did not function efficiently under an evacuation scenario. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin earlier this week...
    August 6, 2021 0 The media company CNN fired three of its employees for arriving at the office without being vaccinated against COVID-19 last week, according to a memo sent to staff internally on Thursday. In the note seen by ., President Jeff Zucker told employees that the company has a zero tolerance policy in such cases and requires its employees to be vaccinated to go to the office or work in the field with other employees. “Everyone from news, sports and studies that arrives now and in the future must be vaccinated. We have been clear about this for months, so there should be no confusion, ”according to the memo. “Showing proof of vaccination can now become a formal part of the process for entering office,” CNN explained, contrary to a previous honor system. In addition, CNN decided to postpone the return date of September 7 in the US. Until mid-October due to the increase in COVID-19 cases across the country and demanded masks in his Los Angeles, Washington DC and Atlanta workspaces, Zucker. However, he did...
    California Gov. Gavin Newsom said the recall effort against him is unfair and that its impacts will be felt "across the country."  "No," Newsom said during a virtual interview when asked whether he believes his actions and policies have justified a fair recall effort. "Not at all. Look, if you don't like me, just vote me out at the start of the primary next year," he added during the exchange with various California reporters published Thursday.  The recall election will be held on Sept. 14, and if a majority of Californians vote in favor of ousting the governor, the challenger with the most votes will then take office.  CALIFORNIA RECALL CANDIDATES SLAM NEWSOM, TAKE SHOTS AT EACH OTHER IN FIRST DEBATE Notable candidates include several Republican candidates, including businessman John Cox, former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, conservative talk radio host Larry Elder and former Olympian-turned-TV star Caitlyn Jenner.  "My sense is, trying to be as objective as someone who is the target of this recall as I possibly can be, I think it will be quite pronounced for many,...
    THE tourists are back in Westminster. The pubs and cafes are open. The whole area is once again a hive of activity. But not actually INSIDE the huge ­buildings which line the streets around Whitehall. It’s very quiet there. 7Shirking Civil servants need to get back to the office now, says Rod Liddle That’s because while pretty much ­everyone else has got back to work, the civil servants haven’t. James and Olivia would prefer to ­continue working from home, if that’s OK. Saves an awful lot of money on au pairs and commuting, you know. Even as Chancellor Rishi Sunak was urging us all back to work, the civil ­servants in his own department were ­sitting at home, twiddling their thumbs. It is estimated that as few as 20 per cent of public sector workers have heeded the call to return to their offices. Pretty much everyone else is back. Just not them. Now, this might be OK if they actually were working effectively from home. But that doesn’t seem to be the case at all. As you’ll discover if...
    More On: joe biden Delta is no reason to extend all US travel bans Biden slams ‘pain in the neck’ reporter for off-topic question on breaking news Americans have already tired of Biden’s hyper-partisan agenda: Optimism in nation’s future plunges after 6 months VA becomes first federal agency to mandate COVID vaccines for workers The honeymoon is officially over. Americans’ optimism about the country’s direction has plummeted almost 20 points since the spring. Sadly, that’s a rational reaction to President Joe Biden’s first six months. It’s not just that the public gives the prez low marks on his handling (non-handling is more like it) of the surge at the southern border and the surge in shootings on our streets. There are also worries about rapid inflation and new lockdowns in the face of the Delta variant — problems Team Biden is plainly making worse. In the ABC News/Ipsos poll, just 45 percent of Americans are optimistic about the country’s direction this coming year, down from 64 percent in early May. And the drop was about the same 20...
    Jill Biden will travel to Tokyo next week for the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games even as spectators are banned from the event due to rising COVID cases in Japan. The White House announced Tuesday the first lady will represent the U.S. at the 2021 Olympic Summer Games on July 23 as questions arose as to whether the trip could happen due to the COVID restrictions in Japan.  She will attend without President Joe Biden in her first solo trip abroad as first lady. The White House has expressed support for American athletes traveling to compete. 'The president supports the Tokyo Olympic Games and the public health measures necessary to protect athletes, staff, and spectators. He has pride in the U.S. athletes who have trained for Tokyo Games and will be competing in the best traditions of the Olympic spirit,' White House press secretary Jen Psaki said last week after news that Japan declared a state of emergency in Tokyo ahead of the games.  Jill Biden will travel to Tokyo for the Opening Ceremony of the 2021 Olympic...
    President Joe Biden will meet with Afghan leaders at the White House on Friday where he will double down on the ongoing U.S. military withdrawal amid an uncertain future for that nation.  Biden's meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, head of the country's High Council for National Reconciliation, comes as U.S.-backed peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban have stalled. The conversation will focus on 'our ongoing commitment to the Afghan people' and security forces, said White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Thursday. 'The president will emphasize the need for unity, cohesion, and for the Afghan government to focus on key challenges Afghanistan faces,' she noted.   President Biden will meet with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the White House on Friday; Ghani also met with leaders on Capitol Hill and talks with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (above) The Oval Office sit down comes as a US intelligence assessment found the Afghan government could fall within six months of the departure of remaining U.S. troops as the Taliban makes a resurgence.  The U.S. military has completed...
    President Joe Biden will address crime in America and detail how his administration plans to keep America safe this week – after largely avoiding the topic since becoming president. Biden will speak Wednesday about his “crime prevention strategy,” according to the White House. The president will also “meet with stakeholders to discuss ways the … administration is acting to keep our cities and neighborhoods safe.” The administration has focused much of its talks to topics like recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, the economy and Biden’s efforts to “build back better.” These discussions have come amid a rise in violent crime across the country, a topic the president has been reluctant to focus on up until now, Politico reported. Violence broke out at Juneteenth celebrations across the country over the weekend in just the latest example of the spike in crime. “The F.B.I. does not release full statistics until September, but homicide rates in large cities were up more than 30 percent on average last year, and up another 24 percent for the beginning of this year, according to criminologists,” The...
    The charge against former Bolivian President Jeanine Áñez, who was detained at a prison in La Paz two months ago for leading the conspiracy, has expanded with two new charges, the Andean attorney’s office said on Thursday. The country’s attorney general, Juan, told the media that the state attorney general’s office had accepted the decision because of a request by the state attorney general’s office to “expand the investigation” into violating the statistics and obligations of unconstitutional resolutions. Lanchiba. The process is part of a complaint filed by Lydia Patti, a former deputy of the ruling movement for socialism (MAS) last November, for crimes such as treason, terrorism and conspiracy during the political and social crisis the country faced at the end of 2019. Based on this, an investigation was opened into a conspiracy to establish responsibility for the social demonstrations that led to the forced exit of then-President Evo Morales, and MAS considers that they were instigated, and that the allegations that occurred after that election were fraudulent in the elections that year later. Among those convicted in the...
    Alberto Quattrini Li, a computer science professor at Dartmouth College, has been cleared of sexual harassment claims A Dartmouth professor has been cleared of sexually harassing a first-year graduate student who accused him of touching himself during private meetings. Maha Hasan Alshawi went on a hunger strike last July to encourage school officials to hire an independent investigator to review her claims against Computer Science Professor Alberto Quattrini Li. But investigators found did Li not act inappropriately with Alshawi - and noted that he had been abroad on one of the times Alshawi accused him of sexual harassment. Attorneys from Philadelphia-based law firm Cozen O'Conner - which was hired to carry out the independent review - also noted that Alshawi had previously made similar claims about a professor at the American University in Cairo.  'We find that there is insufficient evidence to support a finding that [Li] engaged in any conduct that would constitute sexual or gender-based harassment or retaliation,' the attorneys wrote in their eight-page executive summary.  Alshawi had claimed last year that Li touched himself inappropriately in front of...
    The amount of people who view the United States favorably has increased in over a dozen countries since President Joe Biden took office, but have dropped in China, a new Morning Consult poll shows. The U.S. is viewed more favorably across Europe, rising 17 points in France, 12 points in Italy, 14 points in the United Kingdom, 11 points in Spain and 22 points in Germany, according to the survey. The amount of people with positive views of the U.S. rose 19 points in Japan and held steady in South Korea, but fell four points in China, where almost three-quarters of the population view the U.S. negatively. Biden declared that China was committing genocide against its minority Uighur population in March, and rebuked it for its “coercive and unfair” trading policies. He and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced a new shared commitment to counter China’s influence in the region, vowing to “ensure the future of a free and open Indo-Pacific.” (RELATED: Biden Expected To Be Tougher On China Than Previous Administrations) “President Joe Biden inherited a tarnished American image...
    (CNN)Americans awoke Friday to news of yet another mass shooting, this time at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, where eight people were killed late Thursday. In the age of active shooters, a new mantra has emerged: Run. Hide. Fight.By the end of the weekend, at least nine more people had died from gun violence in back-to-back shootings across the country -- in Illinois, Texas, Wisconsin, Ohio, Nebraska and Louisiana. At least 10 more were wounded. Since March 16, when eight people were killed and one wounded in shootings at three Atlanta-area spas, at least 50 mass shootings have been reported in the United States. CNN defines a mass shooting as a shooting with four or more casualties -- dead or wounded -- excluding the shooter. Some of the shootings this weekend fell short of that definition. But together, they underscored the fact the United States faces not just the Covid-19 pandemic, but a gun violence epidemic, as well.ChicagoRead MoreA 7-year-old girl was killed in a shooting in Chicago on Sunday afternoon that also left a 29-year-old man seriously injured, according...
    Joe Biden is playing golf for the first time as president on Saturday at the Wilmington Country Club – just a 10-minute drive from his Greenville home. Joining the president for the ground in a sunny Delaware is Ron Olivere, the late Beau Biden's father-in-law, and Counselor to the President Steve Ricchetti. Republicans immediately pounced on Biden's decision to play golf while still refusing to visit the southern border in the midst of a growing and prevailing migration crisis. Biden loves golf, but this is his first ever time hitting the links as president almost three months into his presidency. Donald Trump was often berated for spending most weekend as president at one of his various golf clubs. The former president is also golfing Saturday with his 15-year-old son Barron at his West Palm Beach golf club. Joe Biden played golf for the first time as president on Saturday at the Wilmington Country Club. Here Biden is pictured June 23, 2016 playing in Mayo, Ireland when he was vice president Biden's game comes the day after he congratulated Hideki...
    (CNN)Joe Biden ran for president on a very simple idea: Government (and the country) works best when people from opposing parties work together. And he cast himself as someone who was uniquely suited to re-stoke the desire for bipartisanship in Congress (and the country). "Today, on this January day, my whole soul is in this: Bringing America together," Biden said in his inaugural address. "Uniting our people. And uniting our nation." Then, later in that same speech, Biden offered this: "For without unity, there is no peace, only bitterness and fury. No progress, only exhausting outrage."No nation, only a state of chaos.Read More"This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge, and unity is the path forward."Liberals openly worried that Biden's slavish commitment to bipartisanship was a relic of a bygone era -- and that attempts to find Republicans who would support his policies would not only fail, but also lessen the chances of pushing progressive priorities at a moment when Democrats control all levels of political power in Washington. That Biden's incrementalism -- as demonstrated during his decades in...
    Newsmax hosts Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, better known as “Diamond and Silk,” called for the military to remove President Joe Biden from office, citing his tripping on the stairs to Air Force One as proof of “a cognitive problem.” “Biden probably won’t even last four years,” Diamond told David Brody, host of Newsmax’s The Water Cooler. “Any time you trip walking up the stairs–” “Up the stairs!” Silk repeated. “–that looks like a cognitive problem to me.” said Diamond. “So he probably won’t even make it four years.” “Listen, I wish that the military would step in and take over,” Diamond continued, as Silk nodded along, comparing the people who “call themselves the most powerful people” in the the world to the Three Stooges and saying that they needed to “go somewhere, sit down, and allow the military to take over from here.” It’s not entirely clear to whom Diamond was referring, but the line of succession as delineated in the Constitution includes Biden, then Vice President Kamala Harris, and then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). All three are...
    A German pensioner who calls himself Magneto has covered 98 per cent of his body with tattoos, with only the soles of his feet un-inked. The 72-year-old, whose real name is Wolfgang Kirsch, has had 86 large tattoos completed in the past two decades and is officially Germany's most tattooed man. The retired post office worker from Berlin said his passion only started after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. A German pensioner who calls himself Magneto has covered 98 per cent of his body with tattoos, with only the soles of his feet un-inked The 72-year-old, whose real name is Wolfgang Kirsch, has had 86 large tattoos completed in the past two decades and is officially Germany's most tattooed man Magneto says he was not able to get tattoos while working in the post office in the GDR and had to wait until the reunification of Germany to get his first body ink. He even has 17 implants under his skin including in his throat and in his fingers. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next...
    THE Met Office has today issued a yellow weather warning with huge gales set to batter all of England and Wales. The forecaster says wind speeds could hit 70mph in coastal and hilly areas and 55mph inland. 2Fierce gales are expected to batter England and Wales later this weekCredit: Alamy 2Weather warnings have been issued for the whole of Wales and England on WednesdayCredit: AFP or licensors ⚠️ Yellow Weather Warning issued ⚠️Wind across England and WalesWednesday 2100 - Thursday 1500Latest info ???? https://t.co/QwDLMfRBfsStay #WeatherAware pic.twitter.com/WEowinKvem— Met Office (@metoffice) March 8, 2021 The warning is in force for the whole of England and Wales from 9pm on Wednesday until 3pm Thursday. Experts warned torrential rain will lash the country and temperatures are set to plunge by the end of the week The Met Office warned the gales could cause travel delays and power cuts in some areas. BBC forecaster Carol Kirkwood said: "Through this evening and overnight, there's a weak front travelling a bit further east and we've got the next one coming in from the Atlantic. "In between,...
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