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    New York Times correspondent and CNN analyst Maggie Haberman said former President Donald Trump is the “biggest demagogue” perhaps “in the history of this country,” who excels at portraying himself as a victim of things like the bombshell fraud suit by New York Attorney General Letitia James. On Thursday morning’s edition of CNN’s New Day, anchors John Berman and Brianna Keilar asked Haberman about the spate of bad legal news Trump has gotten this week — as well as some of Haberman’s recent observations about Trump. Asked about the fraud suit, Haberman spoke rather unflatteringly about Trump — who is known to pay attention to what Haberman says: BRIANNA KEILAR: There’s this civil fraud suit now that he’s facing that Letitia James, the New York AG has brought. And you know, Maggie, whenever we see any any legal action against Trump, he’s able to say, look, they’re after me. But I wonder in this case, does this hit on any vulnerability of his that is particularly sensitive, as you see it? MAGGIE HABERMAN: There’s no question that having a prosecutor stand up there and say...
    Vladimir Putin once again threatened the use of nuclear weapons as he announced a new mobilization of Russian military forces in the War of Ukraine. The Russian leader gave a national address on Wednesday where he called 300,000 army reservists to action in response to multiple setbacks Moscow has seen lately in its attempts to annex Ukrainian territory forcibly. The Ukrainians recently launched a counteroffensive against Russia’s invading forces, dealing them some of the worst losses they’ve seen throughout their military campaign, and forcing the Russians to retreat in the northeast Kharkiv region. In his address, Putin announced that Russia would support referendums for the territories of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia to join the Russian Federation, a notion that Ukraine has dismissed as a political sham to annex those regions. Putin also railed against the Western nations backing Ukraine while insinuating that he’s prepared to use nuclear weapons. “When the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, we will certainly use all the means at our disposal to protect Russia and our people,” Putin said in his address. “This...
    Actor Jon Voight broke down in tears while interviewing Donald Trump and discussing a story in which the ex-president offered to pay for cancer treatments for a golf course employee. The former president said very few words himself during the 20-minute segment as the actor opined about what he believes were Trump's successes in office and thanked him for building golf courses. It prompted Trump to smirk after the interview, 'I didn't have to do too much talking.' And an emotional Voight told Trump in a bizarre ending, 'I hope it's worthy of you.' But what moved him to tears was the recollection of a story Voight said he had been told at one of Trump's many golf courses about a woman who worked there named 'Sally' who Trump apparently knew was going through cancer treatment. 'You went in and said yeah, "She's -have her come see me," and you went to one of the offices, and she came in, and you said, "I hear you having a little bit of a difficulty." And she said "Well, I have some...
    A Republican campaign advisor got it from both sides on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday morning after he attempted to defend Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) over his sending immigrants seeking asylum to Martha's Vineyard in what is universally being considered a political "stunt." During the panel segment, Jennings said what DeSantis was doing was important because it helps illuminate the problems at the border, which led both a liberal and a conservative co-panelist to call him out for disregarding the human factor of shipping people around the country to make a political point. Former Barack Obama senior adviser Daniella Gibbs Léger got in the first shot at Jennings, telling him, "You know what? You can make a point about border security and we can have a conversation about comprehensive immigration reform and adding more money to support border states, but using people as political pawns -- these are people fleeing communism." "I thought the Republican Party was the one against communism," she lectured. "To ship them to a place that doesn't have the facilities to take care of...
    CNN anchor Jim Acosta told Republican CNN analyst Alice Stewart that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is “not owning the libs,” he’s “hurting the kids” with his Martha’s Vineyard stunt. On Saturday afternoon’s edition of CNN Newsroom With Jim Acosta, Acosta was joined by Stewart and Democratic CNN analyst Maria Cardona to discuss DeSantis flying desperate migrants to the Massachusetts town, as well as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott‘s similar stunt with buses to VP Kamala Harris‘s residence. Cardona pointed out that these migrants have the legal right to seek asylum, while Stewart tried to compare DeSantis’s actions with the Biden administration’s process. That’s when Acosta objected: MARIA CARDONA: These are the most vulnerable people that exist in our society. They are not here illegally, by the way. We have a law in this country that says if you are afraid for your life, you can come into this country and they are coming through legal ports of entry. They are not sneaking in. They are presenting themselves to Border Patrol, as is the process under the law, and they are seeking asylum....
    Former President Trump on Thursday insisted that every official record he took to Mar-a-Lago he had declassified, even as he refused to say whether he knew the documents were the property of the federal government.  Trump told Hugh Hewitt on his radio show he did no wrong and the Department of Justice would have absolutely no reason to indict him.  'There is no reason that they can be other than if they are just sick and deranged, which is always possible, because I did absolutely - you see the legal papers - absolutely nothing wrong,' Trump said.  The former president warned of unrest if he were to be indicted.  'The people would not stand for it,' Trump told Hewitt. 'I think you'd have problems in this country the likes of which you have ever seen before.' Trump told Hugh Hewitt on his radio show he did no wrong and the Department of Justice would have absolutely no reason to indict him Trump also refused to say whether he intentionally took government records to his Mar-a-Lago residence  RELATED ARTICLES Previous...
    Former President Donald Trump warned the country will face “big problems” if he winds up getting indicted for illegally keeping the classified documents he had at Mar-a-Lago. Trump gave an interview to Hugh Hewitt on Thursday where he once again pushed his dubious claim that he declassified the materials he had at his residence. At one point in the conversation, Hewitt remarked that “I don’t think they’re gonna stop til they indict you. Will you run for president anyway, even if you’re indicted?” “Well I can’t imagine being indicted, I’ve done nothing wrong,” Trump claimed. After letting Trump rail against the scrutiny of his presidency and brag about his performance, Hewitt eventually got back in and asked “if there is such a prosecutor, and they indict you, would that deter you from running for president again?” Trump’s answer: I don’t think the people of the United States would stand for it. And as you know, if a thing like that happened, I would have no prohibition against running…It would not, but I think if it happened, I think you’d have...
    Share this: ON THIS DAY IN 1922, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “LONDON (AP) — From 1,000 to 2,000 Christians had been massacred in Smyrna by the Turks before the fire which swept the Armenian and other quarters of the Asia Minor seaport recently evacuated by the Greek army, it is charged in semi-official and other Greek messages from Athens received here today. Among the Turkish outrages was the carrying off of many girl pupils of the American Girls College, it is alleged. An American destroyer which has arrived at Piraeus, Greece, reports that the Turks entered the British Consulate at Smyrna and murdered an official there who was assembling the archives, says a Reuters dispatch from Athens today. Postmaster Wilkinson is also said to have been murdered as well as other Englishmen. Sir Harry Lamb, the Consul General, is believed to have escaped on board a warship. The admiral commanding the British squadron at Smyrna has warned the Turkish authorities in the city that if the massacres are continued, the Turkish quarters will be bombarded, says an Exchange Telegraph...
    Amazon is paring back its warehouse footprint across the country after it aggressively added more buildings to its network to meet a pandemic-driven surge in e-commerce demand.   The retail giant has closed or canceled 44 facilities and delayed the opening of 25 sites as of this week, according to MWPVL International, a supply chain and logistics consulting firm that closely tracks Amazon's distribution network.  This map shows where Amazon has shuttered locations, and where it's canceling or delaying the launch of new facilities. More delivery stations are being closed than any other type of facility. Amazon embarked on a building binge between 2020 and 2022 as it raced to keep up with a flurry of online orders as the Covid pandemic kept millions of people at home. The company's footprint nearly doubled from roughly 272 million square feet at the end of 2019 to more than 525 million square feet at the end of 2021.  By early 2022, e-commerce activity began to slow, as inflation-weary consumers reduced their spending online and also returned to shopping in stores. Amazon found itself...
    SHE was born in the same year as my grandmother. And while both would grow to be formidable matriarchs, their lives could not have been more different. Queen Elizabeth was born into the most privileged family on Earth, leaving the womb instantly wealthy, famous and with a life of riches and power ahead. 7I saw the Queen as the glue that held together a tightly knit and historically intertwined modern CommonwealthCredit: Alamy 7I saw the Queen as a woman who brought a modern Britain of all backgrounds together in unityCredit: Getty My Grandma had no such fortune. Born into a Kenya ruled by the British Empire and on the cusp of civil war, she had not a shilling to her name. A ramshackle mud house was her castle. The only time Grandma and the Queen ever came close was when Elizabeth visited Kenya in 1952. Upon the sudden death of her father, a young Princess Elizabeth emerged from a safari lodge as Queen. My homeland had a special place in the Queen’s heart for that very reason. And the Queen...
    Herschel Walker gave a convoluted statement about 9/11 Sunday during an interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox News. The Georgia Republican nominee for Senate joined Fox’s Sunday Morning Futures — with much of the day’s conversation revolving around the 21st anniversary of the terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans. So Bartiromo, in her opening question, asked Walker for his thoughts on the state of the country 21 years after the attacks, and to speak more broadly about policy changes he’d like to see. The Senate hopeful proceeded to ramble his way through his response — accusing President Joe Biden of dividing the country: Well, you know, you’ve gotta pay tribute to the 9/11 victims, you know? But also, you saw America come together. You saw America come together because this country was, you know, it was on a war with a country that didn’t believe in us. And right now we have leaders in Washington like Joe Biden doing venomous speeches that doesn’t believe in American people. He’s trying to separate us. I’m running against Senator Warnock who’s another...
    Being catapulted into public life and national headlines has brought Democratic Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a world of hate, she told GQ in a cover story published on Wednesday. The fiery socialist gets the full glossy treatment, posing for pictures on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in a glamorous black gown. But she uses the interview to reveal that she drives the short distance to Congress ever since a mob of Trump supporters stormed the building, and to describe the misogyny facing successful women of color. Such is the hatred, she said, that she even fears making plans for the future. 'I hold two contradictory things [in mind] at the same time. One is just the relentless belief that anything is possible,' said Ocasio-Cortez, 32. 'But at the same time, my experience here has given me a front-row seat to how deeply and unconsciously, as well as consciously, so many people in this country hate women. 'And they hate women of color. 'People ask me questions about the future. And realistically, I can't even tell you if I'm going to...
    The week before Labor Day appeared to be a debate on the battle of the "soul" of the nation. President Joe Biden ramped up his attacks on MAGA-supporting Trump Republicans. The Trump side, led by the former president, fought back. Meanwhile, Republican infighting spilled out into the open with Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) taking shots at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. These are the quotes of the week. “Let me just say this: As the person that had the most access to the most intelligence — you know, in the intelligence community we talk about degrees of confidence, low degree of confidence, moderate degrees of confidence, high degrees of confidence. I had a high degree of confidence that the origins of COVID-19 were in the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Now, I was the top intelligence official, and that was my opinion.” Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe gives his opinion on the origins of COVID-19. “There is a reason Democrats are eager to keep Trump at the center of the conversation: half of independents say Trump is...
    Dr. Jonathan Bronitsky served as U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr's Chief Speechwriter and Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Justice  Less than 24-hours after delivering the darkest, most toxic presidential speech of the modern era, the Commander in Chief is trying to gaslight America to believe he didn't say what it just heard him say. 'C'mon, look guys, I don't consider any Trump supporter a threat to the country,' he told reporters Friday. 'When people voted for Donald Trump - and support him now - they weren't voting for attacking the Capitol. They weren't voting for overruling the election. They were going for a philosophy he put forward.' Let's roll the tape back. Here's what the president asserted Thursday evening outside Philadelphia's Independence Hall, which the White House advance team transformed into a scene straight out of Hostel - complete with blood-red uplighting and shadowed figures in the background. The stage's backdrop looked more like the demonic spawn pool of Satan rather than the patriotic birthplace of our republic. 'Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that...
    CNN national politics reporter Eva McKend fawned over President Joe Biden’s speech blasting “MAGA Republicans” and said, “what was more pro-USA than this speech? During Biden’s speech on Thursday night, the president went after the MAGA base of the GOP. “We must be honest with each other and with ourselves,” he said during his speech outside Independence Hall in Philadelphia. “Too much of what’s happening in our country today is not normal. Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic.” Biden remarked that “the Republican Party today is dominated, driven and intimidated by Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans. And that is a threat to this country. These are hard things. But I’m an American president, not a president of red America or blue America, but of all America.” Following the speech, McKend praised it. She said that Biden “almost seemed to be reclaiming patriotism.” Often you hear Republicans argue that they are the pro-America party, right. The Democrats are not patriotic enough. But what was more pro-USA than this speech?...
    By Kara Fox | CNN and Reuters Pakistan is home to more glaciers than anywhere in the world outside the polar regions, but as the climate warms, it’s becoming more vulnerable to sudden outbursts of melting glacier water that have the power to bring widespread destruction to its people. The country’s chief meteorologist has warned that this year alone, Pakistan has seen triple the usual amount of glacial lake outbursts — a sudden release of water from a lake fed by glacier melt — that can cause catastrophic flooding. Sardar Sarfaraz from Pakistan’s Meterological Department said Thursday that there have been 16 such incidents in the country’s northern Gilgit-Baltistan region in 2022, compared with just five or six seen in previous years. “Such incidents occur after glaciers melt due to [a] rise in temperature,” Sarfaraz told Reuters, adding: “Climate change is the basic reason for such things.” Melting glaciers is one of the clearest, most visible signs of the climate crisis and one of its most direct consequences. It’s not yet clear how much Pakistan’s current flooding crisis might be...
    President Biden made a forceful call to 'fund the police' and promised he would push through an assault weapons ban during a public address in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.  'When it comes to public safety in this nation The answer is not to defund the police; it's fund the police.' He added, 'We expect them to do everything...to protect us, to be psychologists, to be sociologists.' The president went on: 'You realize more police officers are killed dealing with domestic violence than anything else?  'We ask so much of you,' Biden added, speaking directly to law enforcement.  'I've not met a cop who likes a bad cop. There's bad in everything,' he said, swatting away at 2020-era slogans that circulated among progressives like 'defund the police' and 'ACAB' (all cops are b*****ds).  'I don't know any police officer that feels good about fact there might be a lousy cop. I'm tired of not giving them the help they need,' Biden added. The president outlined his 'Safer America' plan for $37 billion in the annual budget to go towards law enforcement and fighting...
    BORIS Johnson has made another secret trip to Ukraine to see President Zelensky - and was awarded the country's highest honour. On what will likely be his last visit to Kyiv as PM, he pledged Britain's "unwavering" support even after he leaves No10. 1Boris Johnson meeting President Zelensky today Mr Johnson also announced a further £54million of defensive kit to the war-ravaged country that today marks 31 years of independence. Speaking on his third trip to the city, he said: "For the past six months, the United Kingdom has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Ukraine, supporting this sovereign country to defend itself from this barbaric and illegal invader. “Today’s package of support will give the brave and resilient Ukrainian Armed Forces another boost in capability, allowing them to continue to push back Russian forces and fight for their freedom. “What happens in Ukraine matters to us all, which is why I am here today to deliver the message that the United Kingdom is with you and will be with you for the days and months ahead, and you can and will win.”...
    Michael Shi | Moment | Getty Images China's power cuts this year are not likely to stretch too far beyond summer, as conditions of this year's power crunch are different from last year's, according to analysts. Power rationing in parts of China including parts of the Yangtze region has sparked concerns of a repeat of last year's electricity crunch that hurt many of China's main manufacturing hubs. In Shanghai, Chinese authorities turned off the lights on the city's famous riverfront spot, The Bund on Monday and Tuesday to conserve power. But analysts say this time around, things are different. This year's power problems are related to weather and will ease once the heatwave has abated, analysts say, while last year's crisis was caused by long-running structural problems in the electricity supply. "Since China had a nationwide power crunch one year ago, the concern is rising that it might happen again this year," Macquarie's chief China Economist Larry Hu said in a note late last week. "In our view, the chance is low, because the cause and the scale of...
    ANOTHER year, another round of A-level results – and with it the usual agony and ecstasy. For every successful student pictured jumping for joy, there were those, like Dylan, who opened his results live on GMB only to find he hadn’t achieved the B grades he was hoping for. 7Education in this country is a disgrace with the yearly charade of A-levelsCredit: Getty 7Student Dylan opened his results live on GMBCredit: ITV Reporter Pip Tomson tried her very best to paper over the excruciating on-air awkwardness, but Dylan was not alone. Results day was an even more anxiety-inducing this year as exam graders were told to mark papers more harshly and pupils warned to brace for “disappointment”. This has been all in the name of tackling “grade inflation” — and rightly so. Last year, a record 45 per cent of papers were graded A or A* as exams were scrapped because of Covid and teachers were asked to dish out grades instead. This is compared with 25 per cent achieving the top grades before the pandemic. And a...
    There has been perhaps no moment in Finland’s recent history more important than now as the country—which shares an 830-mile border with Russia—edges closer to NATO membership. So the country’s 36-year-old prime minister Sanna Marin can be forgiven for letting her hair down with friends, as she apparently did over the weekend, according to a now viral video of her partying like it was 2019. Marin is seen in a leaked video having what most 30-something successful people might consider a normal weekend. But because she is a world leader, calls for her to resign over her dance moves have been growing. One critic posted the video of her weekend antics on Twitter with an invitation to step down. “This is the Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin. Some been saying she’s cool... maybe among other teenagers. But a responsible leader for a country in crisis? She is by far the most incompetent PM we ever had. Knows nothing. Please take your leather jacket and resign. Thanks.” Another said she should be spending less time on the dance floor and...
    Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick (R) encountered no resistance from Fox News as he used an interview to push the “Replacement Theory” on the network’s airwaves. Patrick spoke to Bill Hemmer on Monday for America’s Newsroom, where he was questioned on the state of Texas’ ongoing pattern of bussing illegal immigrants around the country as a way to generate political pressure for border security. While the program has drawn criticism even from fellow conservatives, Patrick defended the strategy by saying “every mayor of a big blue city…should be on notice” for a bus full of migrants getting dropped off. The interview went with Patrick flinging insults at President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. He said the two have done nothing to advance their goal of reducing immigration by addressing the root causes that drive immigration up in Central America. That’s when Patrick moved into the replacement theory: This is all about bringing people to this country to take over the country, Bill. It’s very simple. We are on pace in [Biden’s] first term to be over 8 million...
    A Texas police department is defending itself amid online backlash after an officer shared a photograph of himself with Kyle Rittenhouse. The Thrall Police Department, which serves a small city around 40 miles outside Austin, posted the selfie on Facebook. “Make those stops, you never know who you might meet. Today it was Kyle Rittenhouse, welcome to Texas,” the post’s caption initially read. Within a few hours, the department received a slew of criticism in the post’s comments, prompting it to add: “I must have missed something, I believed that this young man was arrested, charged, indicted and then found not guilty by a jury of his peers. Is this not how our country works anymore? The hate in these comments is terrible, if you have information that is contrary to that I would honestly love to hear it.” ABBOTT HOLDS STEADY LEAD OVER O’ROURKE FOR GOVERNOR IN TEXAS POLL Rittenhouse was catapulted to the national spotlight in 2020, when, at the age of 17, he fatally shot two men and injured...
    (CNN)The United States of America is a particularly weird name for a country. Most countries have one-word names, made up of only a few syllables. And those names often have thousands of years of history behind them. They come from the language of the people who come from those lands. W. Kamau Bell But that's not the story of our country's name. Think about it. The United States of America: If you have to tell people that you are united, then you probably are not. Our name sounds like a negotiated settlement, which it was. Except not everybody who had a stake in the settlement was invited to the negotiation table. The story of the founding of the United States of America is about colonists from England and various European countries agreeing to put aside their differences to unite against the British. But nobody invited the Indigenous people of this land -- who already lived here and who already had their own agreements in place -- what they wanted or what they thought about these violent gentrifiers.Nobody asked the...
    (CNN)Ali Jeylani knows you shouldn't pick favorites when it comes to family members, but of his seven siblings, he's always had a soft spot for his younger brother, Issa.Maybe it's their shared love of soccer, their admiration for Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo, or maybe it's simply that the pair saw a piece of themselves in each other despite their seven-year age gap.Issa, 15, should be starting his sophomore year of high school in the fall, but, instead, his family is mourning his death after he was shot while playing soccer with friends in Columbus, Ohio, making him one of about 1,000 children and teen victims of gun violence so far this year. On Friday, July 22, Issa was playing soccer with his teammates from the Hilltop Tiger Soccer Club, part of MY Project USA, a nonprofit focused on fighting against gang violence. A group approached the boys looking for one of Issa's teammates, according to Zerqa Abid, president of MY Project USA. US mass shootings are on pace to match last year -- the worst ever, Gun Violence Archive...
    CNBC’s Jim Cramer was elated on Friday by what he called an “extraordinary” July jobs report, saying the United States is “a growth country.” Friday’s jobs report showed that 528,000 jobs were added in July, exceeding expectations that 250,000 jobs would be added. Unemployment decreased to 3.5 percent. Appearing on Squawk Box, Cramer pointed out to Andrew Sorkin that he’d previously said, “if these numbers come in way too hot, we’re in trouble even though I don’t want that to be the case.” “And so we are,” he continued. “We can get back a lot of the gains we just had because it means that obviously when they come back if it stays hot.” Regarding the jobs report, Cramer said, “This number is extraordinary! We’re a growth country! The rest of the world is not.” “I agree with you Andrew, that, isn’t, shouldn’t we just take our hats off that we have the growth country of the world right now, he continued. “But obviously the stock market likes bad news not good news.” “But that’s the question, is there a...
    SANTA CLARA — Coach Kyle Shanahan captured in one sound bite exactly why the 49ers have locked Deebo Samuel into a pricey contract extension. Here is what Shanahan said Monday morning, before the first practice of training camp with shoulder pads and presumably Samuel, an All-Pro wide receiver who agreed Sunday on his new deal (three years, $73.5 million maximum): “My favorite thing about Deebo is how much he inspires people,” Shanahan began. “He inspires me more than almost any player I’ve watched on a field, the way he runs the ball, whether you’re handing it to him, whether you’re throwing it to him, whether he’s catching it on a kick. “These are things you don’t have to talk him into doing. It’s stuff he usually talks you into doing, because Deebo loves playing football and he loves helping us win. “That’s what everybody sees on Sunday when you guys watch him on TV, and that’s why this country really loves Deebo.” With that, Shanahan debunked one narrative from over the past few months: whether Samuel requested a trade in...
    Share this: ON THIS DAY IN 1913, a Brooklyn Daily Eagle editorial said, “Have you ever thought, as you read of the heroic deeds performed daily by the mounted patrolmen throughout the greater city, of the conspicuous part played by the police horse? The career of a maddened runaway horse is checked, and perhaps the lives of women and children saved; the rush of an angered mob is stemmed, or a crowd hurled back from the path of an onrushing fire truck, by a horse, that at a touch of the rein, effects a side movement, forcing back the surging human mass, without endangering a single life. In such instances, of very frequent occurrence, the newspaper headlines laud glowingly the coolness and bravery of the patrolman, while little or nothing is said of the horse. The police horse, with his high intelligence and fine courage, may well feel proud of the position he holds, for in addition to school training, he must pass an examination even more rigid than that required of patrolmen ambitious to enter the department ranks. So...
    (CNN)Each session of the House committee investigating the events of January 6 showed us just how far parts of the country have traveled, unbeknownst to most of us, down a road towards extremism, white nationalism and antisemitism. We all saw the throngs of protesters storm the Capitol, waving Confederate flags and spewing racist hate. As it turns out, my vantage point was a bit closer than for most Americans.Nathan WolfsonI live close to Capitol Hill, the neighborhood that abuts Congress and congressional office buildings. From the window of my home, I watched throngs of mostly white men in red MAGA hats gathering that morning, many of whom I suspect were violently attacking Capitol police a few hours later and hoping to prevent the peaceful transfer of presidential power. As their numbers swelled in my neighborhood, my wife and I scrambled to pack our bags. Read More Within a stone's throw of my front door, I saw men wearing shirts referencing Nazism and the SS. I learned from news reports that one of protesters who breached the Capitol wore a...
    PARIS (AP) — Through the villages and across the mountains, the Tour de France took its pack of cyclists on a cross-country journey that culminated on the Champs-Elysees. A new champion, Jonas Vingegaard of Denmark, won the race on Sunday, finishing off a three-week trek that took riders from the Danish capital of Copenhagen and down the eastern side of the country through the Alps and into the south. From there, it was back to Paris for the end. The Associated Press had photographers along the route the whole way, taking pictures of the riders, the fans and the scenery as the world’s most prestigious race twisted and turned its way up the famous Alpe d’Huez and past other national monuments. ___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/hub/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    IRVINE, Calif. (KABC) -- Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay isn't making any huge predictions for the 2022-23 season as training camp begins in Orange County."We won it last year, but everybody's undefeated now," said McVay.An NFL team hasn't won back-to-back Super Bowls since the New England Patriots in 2003 and 2004."We could be a better team this year, and I think we've got a chance to do that," said McVay. "It might not mean we win a Super Bowl because there are a lot of things that take place through the course of a game where the bounce of a ball here, or certain things out of your control, stay healthy, focus on the controllables."One of McVay's favorite expressions is "pressure is a privilege," and he's not worried about his players getting complacent or the shorter off-season.The goal of training camp, he says, is to come together as a team.On Thursday night, the Super Bowl champs received their rings, which are covered in 20 carats of white diamonds and celebrate the opening of SoFi Stadium."It's like wearing a...
    PART 1. To get past our anguish and fear about the future of our country we Progressives must get beyond our repetitive talk about how and why the country is coming apart and take decisive steps beyond just educating, informing, and appealing to corporate politicians. Today the Progressive drug of choice is a self-defeating strategy of reaction, resistance, and appealing to the powers that be rather than doing what we must to become the powers that be. This defensive strategy has utterly failed to put meaningful restraints on corporate rule now more entrenched than ever. Think of it, after decades of hard work, what exactly has it gotten us beyond scattered local success and possibly keeping things from getting worse. Is that what we signed up for as Progressives? Do we really believe we can keep beating up on the bad guys without securing the means to remove them, or saying hooray for our issues without the power to implement them? If we’re serious, finally serious about subordinating Wall St to Main St, making real investments against our climate threats,...
    The heat episode is not over, but it is short. On Tuesday morning, Météo France classified 73 departments in an orange heat wave and/or thunderstorm.This Wednesday, in its 6 a.m. bulletin, the forecaster’s warning applies to only 21 sectors, mainly located in the western and mid-western parts of the country. In detail, it reiterated in recent days the warning that “the heat wave episode will require special attention due to its intensity and duration”. “This Wednesday, high temperatures will be confined to the southeastern quarter of the country and Alsace, with night temperatures even higher. “This situation is likely to continue in these regions for several more days,” explains the forecaster. Regarding the storms affecting nine departments in the north-east of the country, the forecaster said a “severe stormy summer situation is triggered, which requires special vigilance because of the strong risk of a violent event. These storms can be violent with hail and strong electrical activity. The freshness returns slowly In general, from Wednesday morning, Normandy and Haute-de-France, the Paris region, Center Val d’Loire and Champagne-Ardenne, the weather will...
    President Joe Biden saw his approval rating slip among Democrats and people of color in the latest devastating poll from CNN and SSRS President Joe Biden's approval plummeted to 38 percent in a Monday poll that also suggested Americans have little confidence in the commander-in-chief's stewardship of the US economy.  A whopping 62 percent of respondents to the new CNN/SSRS survey said they disapprove of Biden's job in office so far - the highest so far since CNN began asking the question in March 2021.  Just a quarter of voters surveyed are happy with how the president has navigated inflation.  The poll was taken June 13 through July 13 and released on the heels of a devastating consumer price index report that showed the cost of goods increased 9.1 percent last month over the year prior. It was the biggest spike seen since 1981.  Americans' dissatisfaction appears to extend to the country as a whole - the CNN poll found that 79 percent of people believe things are going badly for the US, a level not seen since February 2009,...
    CNN national security analyst Juliette Kayyem voiced support for consolidating law enforcement agencies in rural areas on Sunday, in response to a report by a Texas House investigative committee that flagged multiple “systemic failures and egregious poor decision making” that led up to the May 24 shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde that left 19 children and 2 teachers dead. Media outlets obtained a copy of the committee’s interim report, which sharply criticized the botched response from law enforcement agencies and failure by the school to follow active shooter protocols and maintain door locking mechanisms. One key finding of the report was cataloging the nearly 400 officers who responded to the scene, from 20 separate agencies including Border Patrol, U.S. Marshals, Texas Department of Public Safety, Uvalde Police Department, and the Uvalde school district’s police department. CNN Newsroom anchor Fredricka Whitfield brought on Kayyem and Andrew McCabe, the network’s senior law enforcement analyst, to discuss the report. She asked McCabe, the former deputy director of the FBI, about how leadership and communication is supposed to be established and managed...
    "We have this abortion activist acting as a doctor with a history of failing to report," Rokita said. "So, we’re gathering the evidence as we speak, and we’re going to fight this to the end, including looking at [Bernard’s] licensure if she failed to report. In Indiana it’s a crime to intentionally not report. "This is a child, and there’s a strong public interest in understanding if someone under the age of 16 or under the age of 18 or really any woman is having an abortion in our state," he added. "And then if a child is being sexually abused, of course parents need to know, authorities need to know, public policy experts need to know. We all need to know as citizens in a free republic so we can stop this." Rotika went on to blast Bernard and the media for allegedly having "politicized" the tragic story "for the gain of killing more babies." "They were right there jumping in on all this, thinking that it was gonna be great for their abortionist movement when this girl...
    The United Nations (U.N.) predicted on Monday that the world’s population, currently 7.942 billion, will grow to eight billion by November 15, with India expected to overtake China as the globe’s most populous nation by 2023. “The world’s population is projected to reach 8 billion on 15 November 2022,” the U.N. wrote in a report published on July 11 titled “World Population Prospects 2022.” The U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division, issues such a report each year on July 11 to coincide with “World Population Day.” “India is projected to surpass China as the world’s most populous country during 2023,” according to this year’s analysis. Detailing China and India’s prominence as the two most populous countries in the world currently, the report stated: In 2022, the two most populous regions were both in Asia: Eastern and South-Eastern Asia with 2.3 billion people (29 per cent of the global population), and Central and Southern Asia with 2.1 billion (26 per cent). China and India accounted for the largest populations in these regions, with more than 1.4 billion each in...
    Monday on Newsmax TV’s “Rob Schmitt Tonight,” Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX) blasted the Biden administration over its handling of the border crisis and the Hispanic community. Jackson described both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris as embarrassments. “[I] can’t decide who’s a bigger embarrassment right now — President Biden or this birthing person that is our vice president right now, Kamala Harris,” Jackson declared. “She’s done absolutely nothing to control what’s happening at the border.” The Texas Republican lawmaker noted first lady Jill Biden’s gaffe with the Latino community in which she said they were “as unique as the breakfast tacos.” He said the administration was “so out of touch” and lamented that “nut jobs” were running the country. “Rob, I grew up in a community that was almost 60% Hispanic,” he advised. “I can tell you right now that Hispanic people in this country are no more excited about the schools going out and try to chemically castrate and physically mutilate their young boys and make them girls and give mastectomies to their girls and make them...
    For journalists covering the Ukraine war, months of continual violence and tragedy take a toll. The feeling is of suffocation. It’s even more devastating to be working under pressure while constantly worried about the people you love. In the first two weeks of the war alone, many reporters lost their homes to Russian artillery fire in cities that were turned into battlefields. They had to keep churning out the news while simultaneously looking for shelter for their parents and kids. Then our first colleagues got killed. There was no doubt the war in Ukraine was going to last for months, that we would see lots of colleagues with depression and post-traumatic stress. I asked my friend, a Ukrainian journalist and founder of Zaborona Media, Katerina Sergatskova, if it would be useful to bring Ukrainian reporters out of the country for a short break. “If you don’t, we’ll go nuts,” she said. With the help of independent donors, friends and a charity, I created a shelter in Portugal. In the safety of Western Europe, it was near the ocean where you...
    THE stakes could hardly be higher . . .   for the party that won the 2019 General Election, for our democracy and for our country itself. After Boris, the Tory party has a choice — press the reset button or the one marked self-destruct. 2The stakes could hardly be higher . . .   for the party that won the 2019 General Election, for our democracy and for our country itself Despite Sir Keir Starmer being cleared by Durham Police over quaffing beer and eating curry during lockdown, there is no great appetite for a majority Labour government led by a North London lawyer. But if the Tories choose the wrong leader — or continue to make the same mistakes that led to Boris Johnson’s downfall — then Starmer will scrape across the finish line at the head of a coalition of chaos. Labour apparatchiks who still light a candle for Comrade Corbyn. Lib Dems who pine for proportional representation and a never- ending Narnia of coalition governments. Read More on Boris JohnsonTHE SUN ON SUNDAY SAYS BoJo as special envoy to Ukraine would send defiant signal to...
    Cairo and Abu Dhabi (CNN)There are only a few items in Hanna Ayyad's fridge at any given moment these days. The Cairo street fruit vendor has restricted his family's diet as inflation triggered by the Ukraine war has soared in Egypt.   "Now we buy new clothes every other holiday," he tells CNN. "We can do without eating meat, buying it once a month, and we may buy chicken two or three times a month, not like before."  His customers too can only afford a fraction of what they used to buy, shrinking his daily income.   "Some people used to buy 5kg or 10kg of fruit -- now they can buy 1kg or 2kg at most," he says. It takes him days to sell the same amount of produce he used to sell in one day.    Egyptian households of all income levels are seeing their spending power erode fast. The economic crisis raises prospects of unrest in a country where a regime was overthrown just a decade ago in an uprising calling for "bread, freedom and social justice." Read MoreIn recent...
    Wednesday on Fox Radio’s “The Brian Kilmeade Show,” Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) ripped President Joe Biden and his administration for blaming oil companies for the high gas prices. Tuberville, in reaction to Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg saying oil companies were “responsible” for the high prices, said there was “zero plan” from the White House in its push to transition to green energy. He said Buttigieg was “way out of his league.” “This guy’s way out of his league, Brian,” Tuberville asserted. “I’ve sat through the last year of nominations of Joe Biden’s people that he’s put in office — I mean, you wouldn’t put some of these people as dog catcher. I mean, it’s embarrassing. This guy running our Transportation Department and working with energy … is this the best we’ve got? If this is the best we’ve got, we are in trouble.” “But, you cant transition a country’s energy unless you have a plan,” he added. “There’s zero plan. As you talked earlier, nuclear has got to be one of the options that we go to, not just...
    ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty Images In a Fourth of July “declaration” posted to Substack, liberal filmmaker Michael Moore said he cannot “in good conscience continue to receive the privileges of ‘full citizenship,'” primarily because of the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court. Moore named other trending issues that have “upset” his tranquility”  though he did not specify how or if he’d be renouncing some of these “privileges” he receives from “full citizenship.” What he did promise is that he has no intention of leaving the U.S. and he’s going to be in the running for worst dinner guest ever. Until women’s rights have been fully reinstated, and their equal rights are enshrined in our Constitution (now that the required 38 states have passed the Equal Rights Amendment), I will not shut up about this. If you invite me to dinner that’s all I’m gonna talk about. Have me over to your party and it’s going to be, ‘Dobbs, Dobbs, and more Dobbs!’ And I won’t stop until Roe is reinstated and 51% of Congress is female....
    A 100-year-old World War Two veteran who said that America is 'going to hell in a hand-basket' in a tearful interview has hinted that he fought for freedom which the country does not value.  Speaking to DailyMail.con on Monday, Florida veteran Carl Dekle, who turned 100 last week, gave a heartbreaking assessment of the state of the country he fought for 80 years ago.  'Instead of the way we are going in our demonstrations, [we should go] through our legislators, who are elected. And if we don't like the way they operate, then you get a chance to vote them out, and get new ones,' Dekle said.  During a Sunday celebration of his 100th birthday at a church service in Plant City, Dekle also said that America used to be 'a beautiful country, but somebody is messing this place up.'   Dekle's daughter, Dorothy Shapiro, said her father is very concerned about the recent bruises to US democracy, including the January 6 Capitol riot and the alarming mass shootings epidemic.   'If you don't like something, you talk to [legislators] ... not...
    (CNN) — Rarely have Americans been so divided on what their country stands for as on the 246th anniversary of independence. As red, white and blue fireworks burst in air on Monday night, politics may not be at the forefront of most people’s minds. READ MORE: Protesters March Onto I-5 Through Downtown SacramentoYet a fractious partisan age is undeniably penetrating everyone’s lives. If, as Abraham Lincoln said, a house divided against itself cannot stand, the years to come beckon even more national discombobulation. The unity for which President Joe Biden pleaded in his inaugural address seems more elusive than ever. US democracy is still fighting for its survival, as the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol reveals ever more frightening details of Donald Trump’s attempt to steal the 2020 election. The ex-President is, meanwhile, impatient to launch a 2024 campaign rooted in his election fraud lies that would highlight his increasingly autocratic tendencies. In another example of startling political disruption, an activist Supreme Court, protected behind high metal fences in its marbled Washington chambers, just stripped away the constitutional right of...
    Rev. Franklin Graham celebrated Independence Day on Monday, urging fellow Americans to stop and “thank God for His hand of blessing” on the country and to “stand firmly on His Word.” “This Independence Day, let’s stop and thank God for His hand of blessing on this nation—and we need to pray that He will not remove it,” Graham said in a social media post on Monday, warning that the country must “stand firmly on His Word” and not turn our backs on our Creator. “We need His guidance, protection, and help. Rather than turning our backs on Him in this country, we need to seek Him, stand firmly on His Word, and faithfully point others to His truth,” he continued before quoting 2 Chronicles 7:14. “The Word of God says: ‘If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land,'” he wrote: Graham’s post comes as others, namely, those on...
    (CNN)Rarely have Americans been so divided on what their country stands for as on the 246th anniversary of independence. As red, white and blue fireworks burst in air on Monday night, politics may not be at the forefront of most people's minds. Yet a fractious partisan age is undeniably penetrating everyone's lives. If, as Abraham Lincoln said, a house divided against itself cannot stand, the years to come beckon even more national discombobulation. The unity for which President Joe Biden pleaded in his inaugural address seems more elusive than ever. US democracy is still fighting for its survival, as the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol reveals ever more frightening details of Donald Trump's attempt to steal the 2020 election. The ex-President is, meanwhile, impatient to launch a 2024 campaign rooted in his election fraud lies that would highlight his increasingly autocratic tendencies.Read MoreSupreme Court makes it clear theres a red America and a blue AmericaIn another example of startling political disruption, an activist Supreme Court, protected behind high metal fences in its...
    Share this: ON THIS DAY IN 1876, a Brooklyn Daily Eagle editorial said, “The completion of a hundred years of American Independence is a fact to startle the dullest imagination. The Republic is driving the fact into the very consciousness of the people in a variety of forms. Orators, music, processions, and every appliance to make a joyful noise are at work in all the land. A century hence, the celebrations of today and tomorrow will be as historical as the events that are commemorated now. If this great observance in progress all over the country shall rekindle love and confidence in our system of government, it will accomplish its best results, for on many sides love was lessening and confidence was abating.” *** ON THIS DAY IN 1904, the Eagle reported, “Automobilists from all parts of the United States will drive across country to the World’s Fair and join in the big procession there on St. Louis Day, Thursday, August 11. There will be automobiles of all shapes and sizes in this procession — great touring cars of sixty...