Mar 28,2021

More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  ‘We’re paying attention’: Vigils, rallies planned in George Floyd’s honor ahead of Derek Chauvin trial.  Van Drew opponent was shot at, beaten by cops — then became one.  Path from Clinton to Biden takes U-turn on debt, trade, more.  New York lawmakers agree to legalize recreational marijuana.  Bangladeshi protesters clash with police during strike.  With More Women In State Office, Family Leave Policies Have Not Caught Up.  New trade representative says US isn’t ready to lift China tariffs.  Court fight against Georgia voting overhaul no sure thing.  Merkel's bloc dips in polls 6 months before German vote.  State Lawmakers Try to Curb Governors’ Coronavirus Powers.  More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  High court to rule on legality of Covid contracts for PM's 'chums'.  Lawyer who advised Trump on overturning election takes leading role in voting rights battle.  Myanmar: Airstrikes send villagers fleeing into jungle as military leaders 'party' on deadliest day of violence.  Syria Kurds launch security sweep, arrests in camp for IS families.  ‘He’s toast’: GOP leaves Raffensperger twisting in the wind.  Virginia House speaker calls for July marijuana legalization.  Lauren Boebert says 'no gun laws' could've stopped Boulder shootings weeks after assault weapon ban was lifted.  Court fight against Georgia voting overhaul no sure thing.  Protesters opposing farm laws disrupt Holi celebration in Canadian city.  Candace Owens: Democrats gaslighting with 'Jim Crow' election law claims; trying to 'import' new voters.  
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‘We’re paying attention’: Vigils, rallies planned in George Floyd’s honor ahead of Derek Chauvin trial
       
Local activists planned rallies and vigils Sunday to honor Floyd's life and draw attention to the case. In Derek Chauvin case, a weary city that wears George Floyd's face waits for an answerWho's on the jury? Russell said he watched most of jury selection over the last three weeks and planned to continue following the trial. Protesters – some chanting, drumming and holding portraits of Floyd – demonstrated outside the courthouse throughout the 11-day jury selection process, which concluded last week. Jury selection in the trial began in early March.
Van Drew opponent was shot at, beaten by cops — then became one
       
Tim Alexander, a Democrat who served as a detective captain for the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, launched a campaign in March 2021 to unseat Republican Rep. Jeff Van Drew. | Tim Alexander for Congress New Jersey Van Drew opponent was shot at, beaten by cops — then became oneIn 2020, New Jersey Republican Rep. Jeff Van Drew attacked his Democrat opponent, Amy Kennedy, for wanting to "defund the police." Kennedy, a native of the South Jersey district who’s from a local political family and who married into the famous national political dynasty, has not ruled out another run. Van Drew, his congressman, switched parties in late 2019 after he lost Democratic support because he refused to vote to impeach Trump, famously pledging his “undying support” during a meeting with the president at the White House. Despite his support for Kennedy, he said he was “disappointed” in how she handled herself during the campaign, including during her televised debate with Van Drew.
Path from Clinton to Biden takes U-turn on debt, trade, more
       
Biden is taking the opposite approach of the Clinton administration to help the economy. Biden is taking the opposite approach of the Clinton administration to help the economy. White House aides are comparing the scope of Biden’s policy ambitions to Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s after the Great Depression. The Biden administration is now challenging China, which never embraced the values of democracy as trade advocates once believed it would. But he sees the Biden administration as pursuing new policies to help workers.
New York lawmakers agree to legalize recreational marijuana
       
New York has failed in recent years to pass marijuana legalization, but a state senator said lawmakers have reached an agreement to legalize marijuana sales to adults over the age of 21. New York has failed in recent years to pass marijuana legalization, but a state senator said lawmakers have reached an agreement to legalize marijuana sales to adults over the age of 21. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)Lawmakers reached an agreement late Saturday to legalize recreational marijuana sales in New York. At least 14 other states already allow residents to buy marijuana for recreational and not just medical use, and New York’s past efforts to pass marijuana have failed in recent years. ADVERTISEMENTThe legislation would allow recreational marijuana sales to adults over the age of 21, and set up a licensing process for the delivery of cannabis products to customers.
Bangladeshi protesters clash with police during strike
       
A Bangladeshi policeman kicks away a tear gas shell that misfired while trying to disperse activists of Bangladesh Islamist group Hefazat-e-Islam, enforcing a daylong general strike in Narayanganj, Bangladesh, Sunday, March 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu)A Bangladeshi policeman kicks away a tear gas shell that misfired while trying to disperse activists of Bangladesh Islamist group Hefazat-e-Islam, enforcing a daylong general strike in Narayanganj, Bangladesh, Sunday, March 28, 2021. ADVERTISEMENTWitnesses said scores of people were hurt in clashes with police, which started after protesters set fire to a number of vehicles. At least four people were killed and scores injured Friday in clashes between protesters and security officials. In recent weeks, demonstrators in Muslim-majority Bangladesh had urged the Indian leader not to visit and criticized Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for inviting him.
With More Women In State Office, Family Leave Policies Have Not Caught Up
       
With More Women In State Office, Family Leave Policies Have Not Caught UpEnlarge this image Getty Images Getty ImagesA nameplate that reads "Mom Boss" sits on the desk of Michigan state Sen. Stephanie Chang's basement office in the capitol building in Lansing. Before this year, Chang was the only woman in the 184-year history of the Michigan State Senate to give birth during her term. Because McMorrow isn't an employee of the state of Michigan – rather an elected official whose pay is written into the state constitution — she doesn't qualify for parental leave. In Michigan, there is no actual parental leave policy for state legislators. These conversations about parental leave policies are new, according to Jean Sinzdak, the Associate Director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.
New trade representative says US isn’t ready to lift China tariffs
       
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. isn't ready to lift tariffs on Chinese imports in the near future, but might be open to trade negotiations with Beijing, according to U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai. As trade representative, Ms. Tai will need to deal with tough issues both abroad and at home. During her confirmation hearing, Ms. Tai said she would enforce the trade deal, although she didn't say how. She headed China enforcement at USTR during the Obama years and has a deep understanding of China trade issues. Ms. Tai isn't ready yet to discuss how her background might help or hinder.
Court fight against Georgia voting overhaul no sure thing
       
National legislation favored by Democrats could counteract some state restrictions, but that too is no sure thing in a closely divided Congress. WASHINGTON (AP) — Court challenges to Republican-led election restrictions in Georgia and elsewhere face an uncertain road in a legal system that has grown more conservative in recent years. AdvertisementThe Georgia law was enacted less than three months after the state elected two Democrats to the Senate, handing the party control of the chamber. The Atlanta-based 11th Circuit includes Georgia, and the same court would handle any appeal of a trial court ruling. Congress could render the court fight virtually meaningless if it were to pass Democratic proposals that would, among other things, strike down hurdles to voting and revive the advance approval portion of the Voting Rights Act.
Merkel's bloc dips in polls 6 months before German vote
       
BERLIN (AP) — A leading figure in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right Union bloc has warned that there’s a growing “mood for change” in Germany, as surveys show voters losing faith in the long-time leader’s party six months before a national election. An opinion poll published Sunday by weekly Bild am Sonntage put the Union bloc’s support at 25%, just ahead of the environmentalist Greens with 23%. The center-left Social Democrats placed third, with 17%, according to the poll of 1,447 voters with a margin of error of up to 3 percentage points. “The situation is very serious,” Markus Soeder, the governor of Bavaria and a possible contender to succeed Merkel in September, told Bild am Sonntag. By Friday, just over 10% of the population had received at least one shot of COVID-19 vaccine, while 4.5 % had received both doses.
State Lawmakers Try to Curb Governors’ Coronavirus Powers
       
This week, legislators overrode Gov. Mike DeWine’s veto on a bill limiting his powers to make emergency declarations and barring cities and counties from issuing their own rules. A list of bills by the National Conference of State Legislators shows that the gamut of the proposals is both broad and inventive. Most proposals, however, are more straightforward attempts to give lawmakers a say, often by limiting the duration of emergency declarations and requiring legislative approval to extend them. The nonpartisan Uniform Law Commission is reviewing state emergency statutes to see if they need updating in light of the coronavirus crisis.
High court to rule on legality of Covid contracts for PM's 'chums'
       
Campaigners won an initial victory in the case last Thursday, when Mr Justice Swift granted their applications for a judicial review. These were Dido Harding, the Tory peer, as the head of NHS Test and Trace, Kate Bingham as the head of the UK’s vaccine task force, and Mike Coupe as director of testing at NHS Test and Trace. The test and trace system run by Harding has been widely criticised for being ineffective and wasteful. By contrast Bingham has been widely praised over recent months for her role in the UK’s successful vaccination programme. Mike Coupe was installed as director of testing at NHS Test and Trace.
Lawyer who advised Trump on overturning election takes leading role in voting rights battle
       
The call came after Mr Trump became the first Republican to lose Georgia in close to 30 years, after Joe Biden was named winner of the state. The Associated Press reported on Saturday that Ms Mitchell is now leading efforts to create tighter state voting laws, while fighting Democratic attempts to expand ballot access at a federal level. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. However, Ms Mitchell, alongside many Republicans, argue that the bill encroaches on state control over elections and could give Democrats an unfair advantage.
Myanmar: Airstrikes send villagers fleeing into jungle as military leaders 'party' on deadliest day of violence
       
Airstrikes that sent villagers fleeing into the jungle show the situation in Myanmar is "much worse", a humanitarian worker has told Sky News, as military leaders reportedly partied on the deadliest day of violence since last month's coup. Saturday's violence came as the leader of Myanmar's military junta, General Min Aung Hlaing, led a military parade in the capital Naypyitaw. Myanmar citizens are "living day after day amid increasing violence" with "people being beaten, people being shot" and now facing airstrikes, she added. The UN Security Council has condemned the violence but not advocated concerted action against Myanmar's military junta, such as a ban on selling it arms. Countries including Thailand, Russia and China sent dignitaries to a military parade in Myanmar on Saturday, Robbins said.
Syria Kurds launch security sweep, arrests in camp for IS families
       
"More than thirty women and men have been arrested" in a sweeping anti-IS operation in and around the Al-Hol camp, said Rami Abdul Rahman, head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. "The purpose of this SDF operation is to degrade and disrupt Daesh activities within the camp to ensure the safety and security of camp residents," coalition spokesperson Wayne Marotto told AFP, using an Arabic acronym for IS. In a separate statement, the coalition said the Kurdish operation also aimed to "increase the ability for NGOs to safely provide the much needed assistance inside the camp". "We need to get the children home as quick as possible for both humanitarian and security reasons," De Pauw said. War in Syria has killed more than 388,000 people and displaced millions since the regime's brutal repression of anti-government protests in 2011.
‘He’s toast’: GOP leaves Raffensperger twisting in the wind
       
Earlier this week, Rep. Jody Hice, a defender of Trump’s effort to overturn the election, announced he’s running with Trump’s endorsement to unseat Raffensperger. And the Georgia Republican Party isn’t exactly sitting on the sidelines. Brian Kemp, that removes the secretary of state as the state election board chair — to be replaced by a person approved by the state legislature. The law also gives the state election board the ability to suspend county election officials, who are replaced by an individual picked by the board. “In a Republican primary — like the Ohio Senate primary, for example — I suspect the challengers are going to be MAGA, or more MAGA, or mega MAGA.
Virginia House speaker calls for July marijuana legalization
       
Democratic Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn announced on Twitter that she will back an amendment to the bill with a July 1 legalization date. With that vote, Virginia became the first Southern state to vote to legalize marijuana, joining 15 other states and the District of Columbia. “Governor Northam continues to have productive conversations with legislators and stakeholders on amendments to the marijuana legalization bill,” Yarmosky said in a statement. But some House Democrats had pushed for a legalization date in 2024, arguing that legalization without a legal market for marijuana could promote the growth of the black market. Chelsea Higgs Wise, executive director of Marijuana Justice, said she is pleased that Filler-Corn has thrown her support behind the July 1 legalization date.
Lauren Boebert says 'no gun laws' could've stopped Boulder shootings weeks after assault weapon ban was lifted
       
Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert on Tuesday claimed "there are no gun laws" that could have stopped the Boulder mass shooting. However, an assault weapons ban that would have covered the weapon reportedly used by the suspect was lifted shortly before the shooting. Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert on Tuesday claimed "there are no gun laws" that could have stopped the Boulder mass shooting, despite a judge lifting an assault weapons ban in the area just days before the shooting took place. Boebert, a vocal gun rights advocate, was speaking after a gunman opened fire at a grocery store in Boulder on Monday, killing 10 people. Boebert was elected to Congress in January and has since drawn attention for her vocal gun rights activism, having made gun rights a frequent theme of her campaigning.
Court fight against Georgia voting overhaul no sure thing
       
National legislation favored by Democrats could counteract some state restrictions, but that too is no sure thing in a closely divided Congress. Groups opposed to Georgia’s sweeping overhaul of election laws filed suit in federal court in Atlanta on Thursday, a few hours after Gov. ADVERTISEMENTThe Georgia law was enacted less than three months after the state elected two Democrats to the Senate , handing the party control of the chamber. The Atlanta-based 11th Circuit includes Georgia, and the same court would handle any appeal of a trial court ruling. Congress could render the court fight virtually meaningless if it were to pass Democratic proposals that would, among other things, strike down hurdles to voting and revive the advance approval portion of the Voting Rights Act.
Protesters opposing farm laws disrupt Holi celebration in Canadian city
       
Tension flared up in the city of Edmonton on Saturday as a celebration of the Holi festival by the Indo-Canadian community was disrupted by protesters opposing the three farm laws passed by India’s Parliament. The protesters blocked the route that the car rally was to take, delaying the event for nearly three hours. However, organisers of the Tiranga Yatra, who asked not be named, said their event had no political motive or agenda. Recent car rallies by the Indo-Canadian community have been similarly disrupted, in some cases resulting in instances of violence. A Tiranga Yatra in Metro Vancouver on February 7, to celebrate Republic Day, resulted in protests outside the office of two of the organisers and also threats and intimidating phone calls.
Candace Owens: Democrats gaslighting with 'Jim Crow' election law claims; trying to 'import' new voters
       
On Friday, Biden called a new Georgia state election law "Jim Crow in the 21st Century." "They're using language, referring to things like Jim Crow," Owens told Levin. "Who was the party that implemented Jim Crow in this country? We'll give you free stuff like we gave Black Americans free stuff ... after Jim Crow ended, we're going to welfare-ize you'." She said the Democrats plan to "marry" the new migrants to the government: "like we married Black Americans to the government."
Senate faces a new post-tragedy quagmire as anti-Asian hate crimes rise
       
“We’ve already got a hate crimes bill,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). Kim wrote that she was talking with her colleagues about hate crimes recording but that "we cannot legislate hate out of people’s hearts and minds." But she and other Democrats insisted they would not accept long-term defeat on either hate crimes or gun control legislation. "I don't think we have that kind of lobby" against fighting hate crime, Chu said. Blumenthal, who has long worked on gun reform, said that the Atlanta shooting illustrated how hate crimes and gun violence are inevitably intertwined.
'Things really are very bad' — Biden navigates cyber attacks without a cyber czar
       
Administration officials, including national security adviser Jake Sullivan, have been wary of the idea of a largely autonomous national cyber director role because of the power it would give to Congress in a key area of national security. Neuberger has clashed in the past with the top candidate for the national cyber director role, Jen Easterly, who also headed cyber policy for the Biden transition team. “They are like oil and water,” said one former national security official involved in the discussions, referring to Easterly and Neuberger. The former official said the transition team “tried to kill” the national cyber director provision — inserted into the National Defense Authorization Act — altogether. I hope they don't do that.”Wherever the White House lands on this, a decision needs to be made soon, experts said.
If Matthew McConaughey Runs for Office, Which Role Should He Reprise for the Campaign Trail?
       
Political models: Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Tom CottonDownside: Communities don’t always want rich white guys to save them. Political models: Madison Cawthorn, Sarah Palin, Bill ClintonDownside: One voter’s charm is another’s smarm. Political models: Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, Chuck SchumerDownside: This personality screams Washington insider—not exactly a winning campaign slogan. Political models: Chris Collins, Tom DeLayUpside: Could sweet-talk potential donors out of a fortune. Political models: Pete Buttigieg, Ben SasseDownside: The smartest guy in the room is sometimes the least likable.
'An inflection point': Congress prepares for battle over massive voting rights bill
       
WASHINGTON — Congress is preparing for a heated battle over the way Americans vote, with the two parties set to clash over proposed federal election standards and Republican-led state restrictions. Republicans say Democrats are executing a power grab to remove necessary protections on the voting process and usurp authority from states. McConnell criticized the bill as "a grab-bag of changes" that go beyond voting rights. He highlighted a provision to restructure the Federal Election Commission, calling it a ploy to make it more partisan. The fightSome progressives believe they can make the voting rights bills a rallying cry to gut the 60-vote threshold, which Biden expressed openness to supporting on Thursday.
‘He’s toast’: GOP leaves Raffensperger twisting in the wind
       
Earlier this week, Rep. Jody Hice, a defender of Trump’s effort to overturn the election, announced he’s running with Trump’s endorsement to unseat Raffensperger. And the Georgia Republican Party isn’t exactly sitting on the sidelines. Brian Kemp, that removes the secretary of state as the state election board chair — to be replaced by a person approved by the state legislature. The law also gives the state election board the ability to suspend county election officials, who are replaced by an individual picked by the board. “In a Republican primary — like the Ohio Senate primary, for example — I suspect the challengers are going to be MAGA, or more MAGA, or mega MAGA.
Merkel’s bloc dips in polls 6 months before German vote
       
BERLIN (AP) — A leading figure in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right Union bloc has warned that there’s a growing “mood for change” in Germany, as surveys show voters losing faith in the long-time leader’s party six months before a national election. An opinion poll published Sunday by weekly Bild am Sonntage put the Union bloc’s support at 25%, just ahead of the environmentalist Greens with 23%. The center-left Social Democrats placed third, with 17%, according to the poll of 1,447 voters with a margin of error of up to 3 percentage points. “The situation is very serious,” Markus Soeder, the governor of Bavaria and a possible contender to succeed Merkel in September, told Bild am Sonntag. By Friday, just over 10% of the population had received at least one shot of COVID-19 vaccine, while 4.5 % had received both doses.
Advocates Disappointed By Biden's Sidestep Of Gun Legislation Given His History
       
He urged them to bring back an "assault weapons" ban and limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines. Biden was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee nearly 30 years ago, the last time Congress passed significant gun control legislation. Meanwhile, AR-15's and other similar weapons have become very popular, making Biden's new call for a so-called assault weapons ban even more politically challenging. It was named for James Brady, President Reagan's press secretary who was gravely injured in the assassination attempt on Reagan in 1981. Democrats lost control of the House of Representatives in 1994, and some who lost blamed the backlash to their vote on the semi-automatic weapons ban.
2 dead, 8 wounded in shootings in "chaotic night" in Virginia Beach
       
Three people are in custody but another suspect is still at large on Saturday after three separate overnight shootings in Virginia Beach left two people dead and eight wounded. At least one shooting involved police, and a police officer was among those wounded. Update from @PaulNeudigate https://t.co/rFsX3vZBcD pic.twitter.com/mGxkXPn00r— Brendan Ponton (@brendanponton) March 27, 2021In news conference after the shootings, Virginia Beach police chief Paul Neudigate described it as a "very chaotic night in the beach." Additionally at some point during these incidents, a Virginia Beach police officer was struck by a vehicle and transported to a local hospital. A witness told CBS Norfolk, Virginia, affiliate WTKR that he heard "about 40 gunshots."
Meet the Authors | virtual appearances the week of March 28
       
Fletcher will discuss his theory with novelist and essayist Michelle Herman in a virtual event at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets for the event — presented by Gramercy Books and OSU’s College of Arts and Sciences — cost $5, or $32, which includes a copy of “Wonderworks.” To register, go to Eventbrite.com or gramercybooksbexley.com. He, along with co-author Glenn Plaskin, tells his story in the new book “On the Road Less Traveled: An Unlikely Journey from the Orphanage to the Boardroom.” Hajim will appear in a virtual event presented by Thurber House at 7 p.m. Wednesday. To register for the event or to purchase a book, visit thurberhouse.org. — Nancy Gilsonnegilson@gmail.comTo submit information for possible inclusion in this column, please email Becky Kover (bkover@dispatch.com) at least 10 days prior to the event.
Why Oklahoma's delegation isn’t telling the truth about broader voting rights
       
So why are our elected leaders not telling us the truth about an important piece of legislation? If 2020 taught us anything, it was that voting by mail is safe, convenient and has been used by those holding power for years. These grassroots efforts are threatening to Republicans who strongly oppose the 6-1 voting match in the bill for Congressional and presidential candidates. The program in the bill to match donations isn't funded by your tax dollars. We should be leading the way to expand and protect voting rights, yet every Oklahoma House member voted against H.R.
Texas' COVID numbers fall for the 17th consecutive day following reopening
       
Texas COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to see a downward trend more than two weeks after the state scrapped its mask mandate and allowed businesses to reopen at full capacity. Texas COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to drop, 17 days after it scrapped its mask mandate and allowed businesses to reopen at full capacity. 'The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime, everything's fine - take off your mask, forget it. Tate Reeves who also ended the state's mask mandate this month. 'President Biden said allowing Mississippians to decide how to protect themselves is 'neanderthal thinking,'' Reeves tweeted at the time.
Indian criminal cases consume state, federal prosecutors
       
Many of the new federal charges involved state inmates whose convictions were overturned two weeks ago when the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals ruled that the Cherokee and Chickasaw reservations had never been disestablished. Under federal law, major crimes involving members of tribes committed on reservations are prosecuted by the federal government. Though the state attorney general’s office argued strenuously that the Creek reservation did not exist, it effectively accepted in state court cases that the McGirt decision applied to the other members of the Five Tribes. • The attorney general plans to fight the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals ruling this month that overturned the state convictions of death row inmate Shaun Michael Bosse. “We are committed to assisting the victims of these violent crimes as their cases navigate through the federal criminal justice system.”
Migrant girls start arriving at San Diego Convention Center shelter
       
SAN DIEGO — Officials unveiled the San Diego Convention Center’s new migrant shelter Saturday, where 500 teen girls seeking asylum in the U.S. were expected to have arrived by the end of the day. The first group of migrant girls to be housed at the San Diego Convention Center arrived by bus Saturday evening. Up to 500 teen girls seeking asylum were expected to arrive at the convention center Saturday. A worker prepares food in a kitchen as officials tour the San Diego Convention Center migrant shelter, where unaccompanied kids seeking asylum in the U.S. will temporarily stay. Other partners include FEMA, the CDC and the company that operates the San Diego Convention Center.
Troops open fire at funeral as Myanmar mourns bloodiest day since coup
       
Myanmar security forces opened fire on mourners gathered for the funeral of one of the 114 people killed the previous day, the bloodiest day of protests since the military coup on 1 February, according to witnesses. “People, including us, run away as they opened fire.“Two people were killed protests on Sunday in separate incidents elsewhere, witnesses and news reports said. One person died when troops opened fire overnight on a group of protesters near the capital, Naypyitaw, Myanmar Now reported. Senior Gen Min Aung Hlaing, the junta leader, said during a parade to mark Armed Forces Day that the military would protect the people and strive for democracy. “Words of condemnation or concern are frankly ringing hollow to the people of Myanmar while the military junta commits mass murder against them,” he said in a statement.
Suez Canal latest: Attempts to free Ever Given fail
       
Two attempts to free the Ever Given were unsuccessful on Saturday despite hopes the high water level could give the efforts a boost as more than 300 vessels wait to use the canal. Two additional tugboats are speeding towards the stricken vessel, which has been wedged sideways since Tuesday. Dozens of others still listed their destination as the canal, although shippers increasingly appear to be avoiding the passage. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
US and allies condemn deadliest day of violence by Myanmar forces
       
It came after news reports and witnesses said Myanmar security forces killed 114 people on Saturday, including some children, on Armed Forces Day — the bloodiest day of its crackdown on pro-democracy protesters since last month’s military coup. “As Chiefs of Defense, we condemn the use of lethal force against unarmed people by the Myanmar Armed Forces and associated security services,” read the draft statement. Read more:Diplomats from these countries have already condemned the bloodshed by Myanmar‘s military, making the statement largely symbolic. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Diplomats said eight countries - Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand - sent representatives to the Armed Forces Day parade, but Russia was the only one to send a minister.
Biden mocked on SNL as Trump to visit border soon
       
? Close Related video: Biden says he expects to run for second termDonald Trump has given yet another phone interview to Fox News, this time telling Jeanine Pirro he plans to visit the US-Mexico border “over the next couple of weeks” as the country faces a fresh immigration crisis following four years of “zero tolerance” policies under his leadership. His successor, Joe Biden, found himself accused of inaction on the issue on Saturday Night Live in a sketch in which he was portrayed as more interested in handing out stimulus cheques and allowing his German shepherd Major to savagely maul Kamala Harris’s husband Doug Emhoff. Elsewhere, Mr Biden’s secretary of state Anthony Blinken has hit out at China for its latest round of sanctions against American and Canadian officials, saying: “Beijing’s attempts to intimidate and silence those speaking out for human rights and fundamental freedoms only contribute to the growing international scrutiny of the ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang.”Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy noticeRead more:
Ever Given: Sisi orders lightening of Suez Canal ship
       
Egypt’s president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, has ordered preparations for lightening the cargo of the giant container ship grounded in the Suez Canal, the head of the canal’s authority told local media on Sunday. The Ever Given weighs roughly 200,000 metric tons and is capable of carrying 20,000 shipping containers. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy noticeThe mammoth vessel currently has a queue of 150 ships both in front and behind it waiting to pass.
Did Russian hackers force Australian TV station off the air for showing Putin investigation?
       
Security experts claim that 'Russian hackers' sought sought to stop Monday's episode of Under Investigation from going to air on Channel Nine. Pictured: Host Liz HayesSecurity experts claim that 'Russian hackers' sought sought to stop Monday's episode of Under Investigation from going to air on Channel Nine. President Putin snapped back by wishing his American counterpart 'good health' and recalling the Russian Ambassador from the United States. President Putin was due to be term-limited out of office in 2024 but last year won public backing to amend the constitution and pave the way for two more terms. President Putin who has already been in power for more than 20 years, would be eligible for two-more six year terms that would take him to 2036.
NK paper stresses local economy as 'cornerstone' of national development
       
(Yonhap)North Korea's official newspaper on Sunday called for local economic development to achieve self-reliance in securing food and other key necessities, saying cities and counties are a "cornerstone" of the national economy. "Development of cities and counties are a major requirement for an improvement in livelihood of people," the Rodong Sinmun, the organ of the ruling Workers' Party, said. "Just as the cornerstone should be strong for a house to be strong, development of cities and counties should precede the construction of socialism and prosperity of a nation," the paper added. They include a new five-year economic development plan with an emphasis on self-reliance, despite the global sanctions and the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier this month, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un stressed the role of local party officials in achieving balanced national development as he attended a workshop of chief secretaries of city and county committees of the party.
Biden looks into taking action on 3D printer guns, imported firearms
       
(Reuters) - President Joe Biden, weighing executive orders aimed at reducing gun violence following two mass shootings, said on Friday his administration is exploring whether he has the authority to take action on firearms made using 3D printers as well as on imported guns. Slideshow ( 4 images )While Democratic-backed gun control legislation faces an uphill battle in the U.S. Congress because of Republican opposition, Biden could decide to take executive action in certain areas without the approval of lawmakers. Biden also mentioned “these new weapons that are being made by 3D equipment that aren’t registered as guns at all. There may be some latitude there as well.”Often homemade, guns made using 3D printers have been a source of controversy. Biden said on Thursday passing new gun control measures in Congress is “a matter of timing.”
Trump the X-factor in Virginia governor race
       
Former President Trump Donald TrumpBiden's prediction on Afghanistan withdrawal spurs doubts Trump the X-factor in Virginia governor race Trump says he'll likely visit southern border soon MORE is already deeply involved in the 2022 midterm elections, headlining fundraisers and backing primary challengers, but he has yet to weigh in on one of this November's few races: the vote for Virginia's next governor. Trump lost Virginia to President Biden Joe BidenBiden's prediction on Afghanistan withdrawal spurs doubts Trump the X-factor in Virginia governor race Trump says he'll likely visit southern border soon MORE by roughly 10 points in November after losing it to former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton Hillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump the X-factor in Virginia governor race Surgeon who treated Gabby Giffords after shooting launches House bid in Arizona President Biden, on special interest money are you more an 'Obama' or a 'Hillary?' Four years later, many of the candidates running in Virginia's Republican primary have thrown their arms around Trump and his policies. Indeed the party is already at working trying to tie the former president to the GOP contenders in the race. "The entire Republican field," the statement read, has taken "their complete embrace of Donald Trump a step beyond the far right extremism that has become the norm in the Virginia GOP."
Marijuana takes center stage in New Mexico special session
       
New Mexico lawmakers are embarking on an unusual legislative session that may focus entirely on the legalization of recreational marijuana. Successful legislation would extend legal recreational cannabis sales across the American Southwest, from California to the New Mexico state line with Texas, which still prohibits nonmedical pot. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Of 15 states with sanctioned recreational marijuana markets, New Mexico would become only the third or fourth state to make recreational cannabis legal through the legislative process, following in the footsteps of Illinois and Vermont. In Virginia, an approved legalization bill awaits the governor's signature.
Insurrection fundraiser: Capitol riot extremists, Trump supporters continue to raise money for lawyer bills online
       
As of last week, 10 of the Capitol rioters are still fundraising for legal fees on GiveSendGo, according to a USA TODAY analysis. Stripe told USA TODAY it does not comment on individual users. A USA TODAY reporter was able to make a $1 donation to Pezzola's fundraiser using Venmo, a payment app owned by PayPal. After being alerted by USA TODAY, Venmo removed the account. After being alerted by USA TODAY, Cash App removed the account benefiting Miller, but a new one soon popped up in its place.
Raised to identify as Black, Harris steps into role as a voice for Asian Americans amid rise in hate incidents
       
Duckworth told reporters that White House aides had pointed at Harris “multiple times” over the past year in response to lawmakers’ pressure. He is a co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate, an advocacy group that has tallied 3,800 incidents of bias and hate directed at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders over the past year. Neera Tanden, an Indian American, failed last month to win Senate confirmation to lead the Office of Management and Budget. The absence of Asian Americans at the White House has been noticeable. ADRohini Kosoglu, a Sri Lankan American who serves as Harris’s domestic policy adviser, was the highest-ranking Asian American official in attendance, participants said.
Biden wants to strengthen Medicaid, but Trump left major hurdles for him
       
The Biden administration hopes to quickly help those uninsured in Georgia, as well as in 11 other states, by providing incentives to expand Medicaid. Brian Kemp greets President Donald Trump as Trump arrives at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on July 15. The Biden administration also has to figure out how to contend with the lawsuits that have blocked four of the waivers. They are suing the Department of Health and Human Services, which is now under the leadership of the Biden administration. Every day in her office, Kinsell said, she sees unmet health care needs that lead to disability and unemployment.
Former prisoners struggle to re-enter society. What happens when society moves online?
       
Later that day, he arrived at the Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation, a restorative justice non-profit that helps former prisoners get on their feet. The challenge he faced has been amplified in the past year as the Covid-19 pandemic has driven many more parts of life online. Now, everything is online, and the obstacles in the way of gaining access to those services are far greater. Burnett didn't realize John was struggling to use technology until he began to miss online appointments. She was looking forward to hearing about John's telemedicine appointments, but realized he didn't know that his phone had to be connected to WiFi or cellular service in order to call in.
Scotland’s Nicola Sturgeon: Alex Salmond’s comeback raises ‘serious questions’
       
Sturgeon said in an interview with the Scotsman newspaper that Salmond's "ego" is stopping him doing the right thing | Jane Barlow/AFP via Getty ImagesScottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said there are “serious questions about the appropriateness” of Alex Salmond’s political comeback, after he announced the creation of a new pro-independence party that will compete with the Scottish National Party (SNP) he led for 20 years. Salmond — who left the Scottish parliament in 2016 — has been entangled in a public feud with his Sturgeon over her government’s handling of harassment complaints made against him. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the release of two separate inquiries into the affair cleared Sturgeon of breaking the ministerial code but also criticized her government’s conduct. Salmond has said he intends to move on from the issue, but has vowed fresh legal action against the Scottish government. Speaking at a press conference Friday, Salmond said that “strategic aims” of his new party, called Alba, “are clear and unambiguous — to achieve a successful, socially just and environmentally responsible independent country.”
'Changed hearts and minds': Biden's funding offer shifts Medicaid expansion debate
       
The conversation around Medicaid expansion appears to be undergoing a new and dramatic shift in some of the holdout states, however. It’s expected that funding could cover the states’ Medicaid costs for that period. “We have over 400 studies showing why Medicaid expansion is a good thing,” said Joan Alker, executive director of Georgetown University's Center for Children and Families. “Anytime a meeting was set up with the governor or his office, I was told if you bring up Medicaid expansion, the meeting is over,” he said. Ron DeSantis' office said he was opposed, declining health care coverage for approximately 800,000 people.
U.S. 'horrified' by Myanmar violence, Blinken says after bloodiest day since military coup
       
The United States is “horrified” by the bloodshed in Myanmar, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Saturday, after the country’s bloodiest day of protests since last month’s military coup. The violent crackdown on demonstrators by Myanmar’s security forces showed that the junta will “sacrifice the lives of the people to serve the few,” Blinken said in a tweet. Medics attend to a protester who was shot and injured when security forces opened fire on Saturday in Yangon, Myanmar. Download the NBC News app for breaking news and politicsThe crackdown took place as Myanmar’s military celebrated the annual Armed Forces Day holiday with a parade in the country’s capital. In contrast, security forces have allegedly used live ammunition for weeks against what have still been overwhelmingly unarmed and peaceful crowds.
Myanmar protests continue a day after more than 100 killed
       
Protesters in Myanmar returned to the streets Sunday to press their demands for a return to democracy, just a day after security forces killed more than 100 people in the bloodiest day since last month’s military coup. At least 114 people were killed Saturday as security forces cracked down on protests against the Feb. 1 coup that ousted Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government, according to the online news service Myanmar Now. Similar tallies of the death toll were issued by other Myanmar media and researchers, far exceeding the previous highest death toll on March 14. Advertisement“A professional military follows international standards for conduct and is responsible for protecting — not harming — the people it serves,” it said. The human rights group Amnesty International revived criticism that the international community was not doing enough to end the state violence in Myanmar.
Cuomo controversies strain his relationship with Biden
       
Andrew M. Cuomo provided him with a sounding board, telling Biden about his father Mario’s regrets about not running for the White House. When Cuomo faced a challenge from progressive activist and actress Cynthia Nixon, it was Biden who delivered a more than 45-minute speech endorsing Cuomo at the state’s 2018 Democratic convention. Two days later, in a sit-down interview with George Stephanopoulos, Biden took his response further, saying Cuomo should resign if state Attorney General Letitia James’ investigation confirms the sexual harassment allegations. "President Biden, I would assume, would agree with, as a result of that, [Cuomo] should resign." "I mean he's got not only the sexual harassment allegations, but the nursing home allegations, and these new revelations about COVID testing and preferential treatment for his family.
Myanmar protests continue a day after more than 100 killed
       
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........YANGON, Myanmar — Protesters in Myanmar returned to the streets Sunday to press their demands for a return to democracy, just a day after security forces killed more than 100 people in the bloodiest day since last month’s military coup. At least 114 people were killed Saturday as security forces cracked down on protests against the Feb. 1 coup that ousted Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government, according to the online news service Myanmar Now. The coup reversed years of progress toward democracy after five decades of military rule and has again made Myanmar the focus of international scrutiny. “A professional military follows international standards for conduct and is responsible for protecting — not harming — the people it serves,” it said. The human rights group Amnesty International revived criticism that the international community was not doing enough to end the state violence in Myanmar.
Majority of police say they have seen evidence go missing, destroyed or contaminated, report finds
       
Three quarters of police officers say they have seen evidence lost or destroyed, as a report reveals negligent forces are "the blind leading the blind." Two thirds had seen evidence stored incorrectly, often directly impacting the outcome of their investigations. A third said that they were unable to launch an appeal against someone’s conviction because of missing evidence. For the most serious cases, such as murder, evidence should be kept for 30 years before it is reviewed. Statements given to researchers from Inside Justice and Northumbria University revealed that officers in UK forces are aware of the poor practice.
[News Focus] Seoul mayoral by-election campaign revolves around real estate plans
       
Oh Se-hoon of the main opposition People Power Party said last week that he would lift restructuring and redevelopment regulations within a week if he is elected as Seoul mayor. Residents in Yeouido and Apgujeong -- expensive Seoul residential districts where outdated apartments have long been awaiting redevelopment -- have hailed Oh’s pledges regarding real estate redevelopment. The city council dominated by the ruling Democratic Party of Korea is not expected to pass bills like Oh’s deregulation schemes. “In case of pending large-scale projects to rebuild apartments in Gangnam, redevelopment plans will not be only led by the public agencies,” Park said in an interview. Park Young-sun, the ruling Democratic Party’s candidate for Seoul mayor, holds a street campaign in Jungnang-gu, northern Seoul, Saturday.
Migrants waiting at the US-Mexico border have been photographed wearing shirts that say 'Biden, please let us in!'
       
Migrants at the US-Mexico border were seen wearing shirts pleading for Biden to let them in. The shirts read "Biden, please let us in" and mimic the design of Biden's campaign advertisements. Immigrants are gathering at the border, with an unprecedented number waiting to be let into the US. Migrants at the US-Mexico border were spotted wearing shirts that read "Biden, please let us in!" while gathering en-masse in Tijuana, kneeling and praying for US border officials to let them in.
Bolsonaro: Brazil's president ordered to pay damages to journalist
       
Mr Bolsonaro, a right-wing president who has been in office since January 2019, has a history of animosity towards journalists who have been critical of his administration.
UN in 'serious negotiations' with China about letting observers into Xinjiang province: Antonio Guterres
       
"I hope that they will reach an agreement soon and that the human rights high commissioner will be able to visit China without restrictions on limitations." China has denied all reports of human rights abuses in the region, claiming that the camps are vocational training centres needed to fight extremism. For us, it's important for the mission to take place to be a mission that has unlimited access to what the Human Rights Commission wants to visit," Guterres said. There are about 300,000 Canadians living in Hong Kong and Canada has expressed concern about a crackdown on democracy in the region. Guterres told CBC News that the UN continues to call on China to respect human rights in Hong Kong.
Makassar explosion: Worshippers wounded in Indonesian church bombing
       
"Whatever the motive is, this attack cannot be justified by any religion because it only does harm to other people," he said.
Cuomo's VIP tests may have violated state law. But who should investigate?
       
Section 74 of the state Public Officers Law makes clear that no public officer can use their position to obtain "unwarranted privileges or exemptions" for themselves or others, including family members. The VIP testing program at the least raises the question of whether it is in line with Public Officers Law, government-reform advocates said. By law, JCOPE is extremely limited in what it can say publicly about potential investigations. Sen. Todd Kaminsky, a Long Island Democrat who is a former federal prosecutor, said he believes state law is intentionally written in a way to limit who can investigate impartially. In this case, Cuomo appears to have violated the public officer's law, said Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause/NY.
Russia’s Putin pumps up the swagger in swipes at Biden
       
Cue a state propaganda blitz with 68-year-old Putin portrayed as a dynamic leader with years ahead of him and 78-year-old Biden as a doddering has-been. Biden made Putin seem powerful, facing down an external enemy, instead of trying to cocoon himself from the pandemic. The basic mode is anti-Western and it’s not the first time, or last time, it is used.”ADADAn editorial in the business paper Kommersant predicted that “thanks to Biden” Putin’s United Russia might win every seat in Russia’s parliament. “Joe Biden seems to have launched a major theme for uniting society around Vladimir Putin ahead of the September Duma elections,” it said. But Gaaze said this ideology had limited appeal and that Putin’s era of political invulnerability was showing signs of fatigue.
FOX News Rundown EXTRA: Former California Governor Gray Davis on CA Election Recalls and Being Recalled
       
California Governor Gavin Newsom is facing an election recall over coronavirus lockdown restrictions. Organizers say they’ve gathered more than 2-million signatures for the effort to move forward. Former California Governor Gray Davis joined the Fox News Rundown this week; Davis was recalled in 2003 because of his handling of the state’s energy crisis. The former recalled governor shares his experience on being recalled as governor and what he’s learned from it. During his interview he defended Newsom and his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and explains why he thinks the recall effort will be an uphill battle for organizers.
Cuomo aides receive subpoenas in sexual-harassment investigation
       
Andrew Cuomo of inappropriate behavior about their interactions with Ms. DeRosa, the women and their lawyers said. Investigators asked about how Ms. DeRosa interacted with her, said Ms. Liss, who worked at the state Capitol in 2014. Three former female aides and two current female aides have accused Mr. Cuomo of sexual harassment or inappropriate workplace behavior. In December, Lindsey Boylan, a former administration official, became the first woman to accuse Mr. Cuomo of sexual harassment. Ms. DeRosa was part of a close circle of aides who drafted a letter that referenced Ms. Boylan’s personnel records and called people to ask questions about her, said the people, including some who spoke with Ms. DeRosa at the time.
US, European defense chiefs condemn violence in Myanmar
       
The defense chiefs of a dozen nations, including the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany, issued a joint statement Saturday calling for an end to violence by the military against unarmed civilians in Myanmar. The violence took place on Armed Forces Day, which commemorates the resistance against Japan during the Second World War. Russia and China have so far not commented on the recent violence in Myanmar. U.N. Special Rapporteur Tom Andrews said in a statement that if the Security Council cannot act, then an international emergency summit on Myanmar should be held immediately. “Words of condemnation or concern are frankly ringing hollow to the people of Myanmar while the military junta commits mass murder against them,” Andrews added.
Myanmar protests continue a day after more than 100 killed
       
Anti-coup protesters run around their makeshift barricade they burn to make defense line during a demonstration in Yangon, Myanmar, Sunday, March 28, 2021. Protesters in Myanmar returned to the streets Sunday to press their demands for a return to democracy, just a day after security forces killed more than 100 people in the bloodiest day since last month's military coup. (AP Photo)Anti-coup protesters run around their makeshift barricade they burn to make defense line during a demonstration in Yangon, Myanmar, Sunday, March 28, 2021. Protesters in Myanmar returned to the streets Sunday to press their demands for a return to democracy, just a day after security forces killed more than 100 people in the bloodiest day since last month's military coup. (AP Photo)YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Protesters in Myanmar returned to the streets Sunday to press their demands for a return to democracy, just a day after security forces killed more than 100 people in the bloodiest day since last month’s military coup.
Why Iran experts are skeptical about the significance of Tehran's new deal with Beijing
       
China and Iran struck a deal on Saturday that will last for 25 years. On the surface it seems meaningful; in exchange for a steady supply of oil, Beijing agreed to invest $400 billion in Iran, The New York Times reports. But there's skepticism among Middle East experts about whether it actually signals a significant new phase in Tehran-Beijing relations. "The framing that Iran is pursuing a unique relationship with China, that opens it to dependency, is incorrect," Batmangehlidj tweeted. More stories from theweek.comWhy conservatives should hate Georgia's voting restrictionsThe Republican surrender to gun violenceIs Biden setting Harris up to fail?
Expelled from US at night, migrant families weigh next steps
       
Several migrants, who gather each day along the stone benches that line the square, were detained and loaded into waiting vans. Eleven of the migrants, each one a member of a family group, were accepted into the country and sent to a migrant shelter. The right to asylum is not negotiable,” Salvador said.Confusion over the border closure extends to the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR. (A later leg of that trip to Guatemala was postponed after ash from an erupting volcano closed the international airport. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you.
Myanmar coup: US 'horrified' by deadliest day since military takeover
       
Protests took place in 40 towns and cities, including here in YangonThe US has said that it is "horrified" by the killing of scores of anti-coup protesters in Myanmar on Saturday. Saturday was the deadliest day since last month's military takeover. The EU delegation to Myanmar said Saturday - officially Armed Forces Day - would "stay engraved as a day of terror and dishonour". The lethal crackdown against civilians - including children - came as protesters defied warnings and took to the streets in towns and cities. The latest violence took the number killed in the suppression of protests in Myanmar since the 1 February coup to more than 400.
Columbus moved quickly to create assistant police chief posts after Andre Hill shooting
       
Later that night, hours before his demotion, Quinlan sent the commission a proposed organizational chart showing three new assistant chief posts. This new assistant chief would not directly supervise any deputy chiefs, according to the chart. The other two assistant chiefs proposed by Quinlan's chart would directly supervise deputy chiefs: one would oversee "patrol operations" and supervise three deputy chiefs, while the other would become boss to two deputy chiefs, those over investigative services and support services. The three-member Civil Service Commission held a special meeting Feb. 17 and approved the new "assistant chief" job classification. 9 spokesman Keith Ferrell declined to speak with The Dispatch about how the city created the new assistant chief posts.
Mahaleris: Maine’s Golden pulls off political high wire act
       
When it came time to vote on the massive $1.9 trillion COVID relief package, Rep. Jared Golden of Maine’s Second Congressional District faced a dilemma. The Second District is classic Down East New England. Last November, Democrat Golden comfortably won a second term even as Donald Trump carried the district for a second time. When Golden voted with the GOP and against his party’s COVID package, the backlash from progressives was swift and intense. During Trump’s first impeachment, Golden voted “no” on one of the two articles of impeachment, the only member of Congress to do so.
Protest laws move UK towards paramilitary policing, says former chief
       
A former police chief has warned that new protest laws move Britain dangerously in the direction of “paramilitary policing” and that UK ministers are “flexing their muscles via their police forces” like repressive regimes around the world. Police chiefs will be seen as the arbiters of what is and is not allowed when it comes to protest. Fahy, the former chief constable of Greater Manchester police and former vice-chair of the police chiefs’ body, said the proposed protest laws were a mistake and posed a danger for policing. The policing of protest can cause long-term damage.”Fahy added: “Policing is not always about the majority, sometimes it is about protecting rights of the minority. “It is wrong to claim these measures will stop people from carrying out their civic right to protest.
Stalin statue site reveals chilling remains of Prague labour camp
       
Now archaeologists have unearthed a haunting new finding close to the site of the infamous statue – the remains of a former forced-labour camp used to house workers press-ganged into building it. Foundations of the camp, previously unknown to Prague historians, were discovered during a dig. It is not known if any former inmates are still alive, although Hasil says he has obtained contact details of some relatives. “Virtually anyone could be sent here.The real goal was to tear these people, dangerous to the communist regime, from social ties to their surroundings and isolate them. The monument quickly became a liability after Nikita Khrushchev, Stalin’s successor as Soviet leader, denounced his predecessor’s crimes.
The UK professor, a fake Russian spy and the undercover Syria sting
       
A more sceptical academic than Paul McKeigue might perhaps have wondered if the emails flooding into his inbox from “Ivan”, a purported Russian spy, were too good to be true. Ivan appeared to share many of McKeigue’s own personal obsessions, particularly his desire to discredit investigators who compile evidence of war crimes committed in Syria. But McKeigue was not writing to a Russian spy, or even a man called Ivan. The CIJA collects documentary evidence from Syria so that war criminals can be held legally responsible for atrocities. “We knew they would not just go after the organisation but the leader, Bill Wiley, and they would say: ‘He’s a spy.
Violence breaks out in fresh Bangladesh protests
       
After a third day of protests, Islamists and police clashed in Bangladesh, with at least a dozen people reported injuredAdvertising Read moreNarayanganj (Bangladesh) (AFP)At least a dozen people were reported injured in clashes between police and Islamist demonstrators in Bangladesh on Sunday, the third day of protests against the visit of India's Hindu-nationalist leader. At one new protest in Narayanganj just outside the capital Dhaka, Hefazat supporters chanted "action, action, direct action" as they blocked the key highway linking Dhaka with the port city of Chittagong. The Islamist group has a nationwide network, and it has held large protests in the past demanding that Bangladesh introduce blasphemy laws. As Bangladesh celebrated independence, human rights groups criticised the government for what they described as growing authoritarianism, including forced disappearances and extrajudicial killings. Other groups -- including students, leftists and other Islamist outfits -- had also staged protests against Modi's visit on Friday and Saturday.
Palau president visits Taiwan to open travel bubble
       
Whipps will meet Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, attend a Palau tourism promotional event as well as visit shipbuilding and aquaculture companies, Taipei's foreign ministry said. He is set to return to Palau on Thursday with a group of 110 Taiwanese tourists on the first of weekly vacation flights. The travel bubble is partly due to Palau's special relationship with Taiwan. Whipps told CNA he had rebuffed Beijing's overtures to switch recognition after he won the presidential election last year. "We value the relationship that we have with Taiwan and nobody should tell us that relationship should be severed."
Pakistan is one of lowest emitters, says Foreign Office
       
The Pakistan government came under criticism from the Opposition as Prime Minister Khan was not invited to the climate-related summit. The Foreign Office (FO) in an overnight statement said that Pakistan is committed to addressing climate change. “Pakistan, despite being among the top ten countries affected by climate change, is one of the lowest emitters – with less than one per cent of the global emissions,” it said. Several Pakistanis took to various social media platforms to express surprise at the exclusion of Pakistan from the summit, particularly when the country is among the nations most affected by climate change. “Climate Change is one of the defining challenges of our times that can only be countered through inclusive, cooperative and forward-looking policies,” the FO said.
UK plans to offer 3.7 million Covid-19 vaccine jabs to Republic – report
       
The UK is reportedly planning to offer 3.7 million jabs to Republic, partly to help ease lockdown restrictions in Northern Ireland, as prime minister Boris Johnson faces calls to begin donating vaccines or risk hoarding supplies. Repsonding to the report, UK culture secretary Oliver Dowden said the UK did not “currently have a surplus” of coronavirus vaccines. The government responded that it will share “the majority of any future surplus” vaccines with the Covax pool “when these are available”. 100 million surplus doses Sir Jeremy said the UK will have contractual access to at least 100 million surplus doses once the entire population is vaccinated, which he said “won’t be of use in the UK”. A UK government spokesperson said: “The UK has played a leading role in championing global access to coronavirus vaccines.
France not complicit in Rwanda genocide, says Macron commission
       
France bears the burden of “heavy and damning responsibilities” in the Rwandan genocide but was not complicit in the slaughter, according to the findings of an official commission set up by Emmanuel Macron. “The Rwandan crisis ended in disaster for Rwanda and in defeat for France,” the report states. “But is France complicit in the genocide of the Tutsis? The Rwanda commission report follows a recent dossier submitted to the Elysée by the historian Benjamin Stora on the French military’s role in the Algerian war of independence. Macron will hope the contents of the Rwanda report will ease relations between Paris and Kigali in the run-up to a visit he is aiming to make later this year.
Piers Morgan writes about Meghan Markle debacle, rails against cancel culture, 'woke brigade'
       
Added: 28.03.2021 6:08 | 13 views | 0 commentsPiers Morgan is railing against cancel culture and "woke" liberals in a lengthy account appearing in the U.K.'s "Mail on Sunday" newspaper.
‘SNL’ lays into Biden for recent missteps – literal and otherwise
       
‘SNL’ lays into Biden for recent missteps – literal and otherwiseAdded: 28.03.2021 8:35 | 7 views | 0 commentsThis weekend's "Saturday Night Live" poked fun at President Biden -- about his stumbles on the stairs leading to Air Force One and on last week's first news conference since taking office.
Trump Downplays Capitol Riot, Claims Trump Loyalists Were 'Hugging and Kissing' Cops
       
The GuardianAnalysis: Timothy Hale-Cusanelli was one of dozens of former or current military members investigated or charged in connection with the insurrection Rioters supporting Donald Trump storm the Capitol in Washington DC on 6 January 2021. Timothy Hale-Cusanelli, a US army reservist, is – according to court documents – an “avowed white supremacist and Nazi sympathizer”. Photograph: Jane Rosenberg/Reuters Hale-Cusanelli was charged with seven crimes, including obstructing congressional proceedings, in connection with the 6 January attack. Prosecutors said that on 14 January a confidential source used a listening device to record a conversation with Hale-Cusanelli. Thomas TJ Robertson and Jacob Fracker in the Capitol in the Capitol on 6 January.
VP to focus on border diplomacy; no immediate plans to visit
       
Harris has no plans to visit the U.S.-Mexico border region “in the near future,” spokeswoman Symone Sanders said Friday. Sanders said Harris will go to the border at some point but emphasized the diplomatic nature of the vice president's role. “The vice president is not doing the border,” Sanders told reporters on a flight to Connecticut, where Harris was promoting the administration's COVID-19 relief package. He tweeted out photos of dozens of minors, wrapped in foil-like space blankets, lying on the floor of crowded Border Patrol facilities. It is not unusual to see increases in migrants coming across the border at this time of year and the Border Patrol has faced similar situations in the past, the official said.
Derek Chauvin trial: Why role of TV cameras could come into focus
       
One of those cameras will be trained on Derek Chauvin, the former policeman accused of killing George Floyd in custody. Mr Chauvin could be jailed for decades over the 25 May, 2020 death of Mr Floyd, an unarmed black man. Court TV believes its coverage of The People vs Derek Chauvin will uphold both of those constitutional rights. Having relaunched under new ownership in 2019, Court TV sees the Chauvin trial as more than a throwback to those glory days. The Chauvin trial, she added, is "a return to our mission, our mission is to give people a front-row seat to justice".
Government accused of collecting 'blood money' on Gaddafi’s UK assets at 'stormy' MPs' private meeting
       
One of the problems was identifying “honourably” all of the many victims of IRA Libyan Semtex who might benefit. - Dominic Lipinski/PA WireA Government spokesman said: “The UK Government has profound sympathy for UK victims of Gaddafi-sponsored IRA terrorism, and for all victims of The Troubles. They also forget to mention that, under Mr. Shawcross' terms of reference, publication was always at the discretion of the Foreign Secretary. From his testimony before the ongoing Inquiry on Wednesday, it is clear that Mr. Shawcross is frustrated too. Mr. Shawcross revealed to the Inquiry that he could reveal very little for fear of breaching his "contract" with the FCDO.
How defunding the police backfired in Minneapolis, the city which sparked George Floyd protests across the world
       
Residents in George Floyd Square in Minneapolis want the zone reopened to the outside world - Chandan Khanna/AFPVisitors to the George Floyd memorial in Minneapolis must walk past concrete barricades and makeshift checkpoints to reach the site where the 46-year-old took his last breath with his face pressed to the asphalt. Signs marking the entrance to the birthplace of a global racial justice movement read: “You are now entering the free state of George Floyd” and “cops not welcome”. A volunteer mans the perimeter of George Floyd Square - Rozina SaburEarlier this month a 30-year-old volunteer was shot dead, and cars with broken windows line the streets. Story continuesAt the barriers to George Floyd square activists sit in the graffitied checkpoint stalls with small heaters and kettles, peering out from plastic windows to ensure no police officers gain entry. George Floyd Square has become a makeshift memorial to the racial justice movement - Chandan Khanna/AFPBut the signs of criminal activity are clear to see.
Scotland lockdown news: latest Covid rules and level of restrictions
       
Ms Sturgeon has also confirmed that from Apr 26, pubs will be able to stay open outdoors until 10pm but indoors only until 8pm. Travel within all of mainland Scotland will be allowed and self-catering accommodation can open their doors from this date. Communal worship has also been allowed to resume as of Mar 26, with 50 people initially being allowed into services. Mainland Scotland was placed into lockdown on Jan 4 to tackle the rising spread of the new coronavirus strain. It comes as Scotland will have around 500,000 fewer vaccine doses in April, Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed.
Covid lockdown roadmap: the key dates for when restrictions will end and what rules will change
       
Four reviewsThere are four reviews that have been commissioned that sit below the roadmap. It will see whether with vaccine certificates and testing the border can be more open than it is now. However there is no guarantee the current rules, which bar anyone from travelling overseas for holiday, will be lifted after the review, meaning summer holidays abroad are not guaranteed. A third review will look at Covid vaccine certificates being used domestically. It will attempt to work out when it is safe for large events to be held again.
Will the U.S. end its ambiguity over Taiwan?
       
I was perplexed because I could not find any request to Japan after watching the whole Senate hearing. He said, “The most dangerous concern is that of a military force against Taiwan. McMaster told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he saw no reason for the new Biden administration to change the U.S. policy of “strategic ambiguity” concerning Taiwan. Naturally, in his hearing, Aquilino was asked about the benefits and risks of such a policy change. That will also be when Tokyo should think seriously about Japan’s options to deal with a Taiwan contingency, which could come sooner rather than later.
What did poor Scots do to deserve the awful Sturgeon and Salmond?
       
In SNP Scotland, free speech and free opinions are an increasingly expendable commodity – and not just on independence. It is sad when this happens to any country but to see it happen to a country with as bold a history of intellectual rigour as Scotland is tragic. What did the poor Scots do to deserve these two going at it hammer and tongs until May? This brave and beautiful country deserves better. But in the meantime, those of us south of the border may well concur with the words of the commentator Dennis Kavanagh: “Scottish politics hasn’t been this much fun since Macbeth.”
With the Left set for victory, Ecuador’s democracy is under attack
       
But faced with this progressive threat, there are growing concerns that some – both inside and outside Ecuador – are pursuing undemocratic means to prevent a left victory. In one worrying turn, Ecuador’s third-placed candidate Yaku Perez recently endorsed a call to annul the first-round results and for Ecuador’s military to intervene in the electoral process to stop a left victory. Not only have anti-democratic events across the region shown what could happen, but there has been widespread political persecution of the Ecuadorian left itself in recent years. This has specifically targeted Rafael Correa, Ecuador’s president from 2007-2017, and his wider political movement. This may go beyond fake news and further turn Ecuador into a fake democracy to prevent a left victory.
Taliban threatens to target foreign troops if deadline not met
       
The Taliban has threatened to resume hostilities against foreign troops in Afghanistan if they did not meet the May 1 deadline to withdraw. If the May 1 deadline was not met, the Taliban would be “compelled to … continue its Jihad and armed struggle against foreign forces to liberate its country”, the group said in a statement on Friday. Roughly 7,000 NATO troops in Afghanistan rely on the US for logistics and security support. Germany extends missionEarlier this week, Germany paved the way for its troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond the May 1 deadline. The German government has warned that a premature withdrawal of NATO troops could jeopardise the intra-Afghan peace talks, adding that NATO troops would need to prepare for Taliban violence if they stay beyond the end of April.
France not complicit in Rwanda genocide, says Macron commission
       
Report says France did not do enough to halt the 1994 killings but found no evidence of complicityFrance bears the burden of “heavy and damning responsibilities” in the Rwandan genocide but was not complicit in the slaughter, according to the findings of an official commission set up by Emmanuel Macron. “The Rwandan crisis ended in disaster for Rwanda and in defeat for France,” the report states. “But is France complicit in the genocide of the Tutsis? The Rwanda commission report follows a recent dossier submitted to the Elysée by the historian Benjamin Stora on the French military’s role in the Algerian war of independence. Macron will hope the contents of the Rwanda report will ease relations between Paris and Kigali in the run-up to a visit he is aiming to make later this year.
What those in power need to consider about gun control
       
As America once again grapples with another shooting tragedy, NBC’s Joshua Johnson asks what can be done to fix the issue of gun violence.
Equal pay Activist Lilly Ledbetter on Gender Inequality and the Wage Gap
       
President Biden and First lady Dr. Jill Biden marked National Equal Pay Day at the White House this week. The date of the event, March 24th, is a symbolic representation of how far into the year a woman must work to match what a man made the previous year. Equal pay activist Lilly Ledbetter, the namesake of the first bill former President Obama signed into law: the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, spoke to NBC’s Joshua Johnson about how the country can address the gender pay gap.
Man dies after being punched, hitting head on sidewalk in Queens bar fight
       
The WeekCNN's Sanjay Gupta appeared taken aback in a new interview as former CDC Director Robert Redfield shared his "opinion" on the origins of COVID-19. Gupta spoke with Redfield as part of a new CNN documentary about the COVID-19 pandemic, and the former CDC chief revealed he thinks it's likely the coronavirus originated in a Wuhan lab and was possibly already being transmitted in September 2019. "If I was to guess, this virus started transmitting somewhere in September, October in Wuhan," Redfield said. He noted, though, that "other people don't believe" this Wuhan lab theory, and "science will eventually figure it out." Indeed, Gupta said on CNN while setting up the clip, "This was extraordinary."
U.S. envoy to Afghanistan heads to Turkey and region to push talks to end conflict
       
“The locomotives are now full force and the ship is starting to operate its machines,” Hend Fathy Hussein, a spokeswoman for the Suez Canal Economic Zone, wrote on Facebook. “[B]ut it hasn’t been floating yet.”Osama Rabie, chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, said in a press conference on Saturday that he “could not say” when the ship might be free. Hundreds of ships wait in the Red Sea as the Ever Given remains lodged in the Suez Canal. Mahmoud Khaled/AFP via Getty The BBC reported that 14 tugboats are aiding in Saturday’s refloating efforts. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you.
Iran, China sign strategic long-term cooperation agreement
       
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran and China on Saturday signed a 25-year strategic cooperation agreement addressing economic issues amid crippling U.S. sanctions on Iran, state TV reported. The deal marked the first time Iran has signed such a lengthy agreement with a major world power. In 2001, Iran and Russia singed a 10-year cooperation agreement, mainly in the nuclear field, that was lengthened to 20 years through two five-year extensions. It comes on the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Iran. Reportedly, Iran and China have done some $20 billion in trade annually in recent years.
Police: 2 dead, 3 arrested in Virginia Beach shootings
       
Three men ranging in age from 18 to 22 have been arrested and face charges that include felonious assault and reckless handling of a firearm, Virginia Beach police said in a statement on Saturday. A firearm was found “in the vicinity” of the shooting, later Virginia Beach Police Chief Paul Neudigate said during a news conference Saturday night. A Virginia Beach police officer was also struck by a vehicle, authorities said. They were identified as Ahmon Jahree Adams, 22, of neighboring Chesapeake, Virginia; Nyquez Tyyon Baker, 18, of Virginia Beach; and Devon Maurice Dorsey Jr., 20, of Virginia Beach. Police said they are being held in a jail in Virginia Beach.
It might be time for Stephen Breyer to retire from the Supreme Court
       
Among the 115 justices who have served on the Supreme Court , none have been Black women. AdvertisementSo with an impossibly small Democratic margin in the Senate, Biden may now have his best chance to make history, diversify the court, and hold onto a liberal seat — except there are no openings on the court. At 82, Stephen Breyer is now the high court’s oldest justice. Among those being mentioned are Ketanji Brown Jackson, a US district court judge in Washington and a former Breyer law clerk; and California Supreme Court justice Leondra Kruger, who served as a deputy attorney general in the Obama administration. As the midterms approach, the debate about whether Breyer should retire will only intensify, as will broader conversations about abandoning lifetime tenure for justices.
A Positive Outlook – Virtually Done with Virtual Meetings
       
For many of us, the past year has been a crash course in Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx and countless other virtual meeting platforms. But as comfortable as we may have become with virtual meeting tools, they just can’t replicate the face-to-face meetings they replaced. The transition to virtual meetings since the pandemic started hasn’t stopped business from getting done, but it has left something to be desired. Steve Hill, CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, has noted that a survey of prospective convention attendees showed 91 percent have had their fill of virtual meetings, and 77 percent are looking forward to returning to Las Vegas for in-person meetings. After a year of virtual meetings, they are ready to move out of cyberspace and return to doing busines the old fashioned way – face to face.
Outraged by Uighur genocide, Europe picks a fight with China. And loses
       
It is Beijing that stands accused of atrocities, with the US and others alleging a genocide of Xinjiang’s Uighurs. The way they see it, Europe needs China more than China needs Europe. It has cultivated recalcitrant EU members, such as Hungary, and EU wannabes such as Serbia. By adding British MPs and organisations to its sanctions list, China shows how unimpressed it is by his feeble, Brexit-warped balancing act. Both Washington and Beijing are busily strengthening rival global alliances – the US with Europe, Japan and South Korea, China with Russia and in the Middle East.
‘He’s riding a crest’: Ron DeSantis positions himself as keeper of Trump’s legacy
       
A year ago DeSantis reluctantly bowed to pressure by issuing a stay-at-home order and requiring non-essential businesses to close. And on Monday, in a podcast interview with Lisa Boothe, Trump mentioned DeSantis first when listing Republicans he believes have a bright future. “Ron DeSantis is doing a really good job in Florida,” Trump said, going on to cite Senators Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul and the Arkansas gubernatorial candidate Sarah Sanders. She has been travelling widely to address state Republican parties and chalking up appearances on Fox News. He’s been very loyal to the president since he’s been president and their governing style is very similar.
‘You will not have your seat again’: how the Fight for $15 movement gained new momentum
       
You will not have your seat again,” Wise said, an organizer with the Fight for $15 movement. While Congress’s failure to raise the minimum wage dealt a blow to the Fight for $15 movement, advocates say there is still enough momentum behind the issue to build pressure on lawmakers in DC to bring a $15 minimum wage back to the table. “It’s the top economic policy priority this year.”Multiple polls have shown there is broad support for a $15 minimum wage. One Pew Research poll from 2019 found that 67% of Americans support a minimum wage increase. Though it appears compromise could be made on an increased minimum wage that is lower than $15, progressive Democrats and advocates for a $15 minimum wage are refusing to budge to anything below that.
Top military officers from the U.S. and 11 allies to condemn massacre of 114 people
       
It came after news reports and witnesses said Myanmar security forces killed 114 people on Saturday, including some children, on Armed Forces Day - the bloodiest day of its crackdown on pro-democracy protesters since last month's military coup. 'As Chiefs of Defense, we condemn the use of lethal force against unarmed people by the Myanmar Armed Forces and associated security services,' read the draft statement. Diplomats from these countries have already condemned the bloodshed by Myanmar's military, making the statement largely symbolic. Myanmar's military has so far ignored criticism of its violent crackdown on dissent. Diplomats said eight countries - Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand - sent representatives to the Armed Forces Day parade, but Russia was the only one to send a minister.
Biden administration waives FBI background checks on caregivers at new migrant facilities
       
The Biden administration is not requiring FBI fingerprint background checks of caregivers at its rapidly expanding network of emergency sites to hold thousands of immigrant teenagers. The agency says those giving direct care are supervised by federal employees or others who have passed fingerprint-based background checks. 'While the various background checks could identify some past criminal convictions or sexual offenses, these checks were not as extensive as the FBI fingerprint background checks,' the inspector general found. The Red Cross and HHS for several days refused to acknowledge that the volunteers weren´t given FBI fingerprint checks. The Red Cross first said that all of its volunteers underwent background checks when they joined the group.
Cuomo got Covid tests for friends and family when access was scarce
       
Andrew Cuomo set up friends and family members with scarce coronavirus tests when most New Yorkers did not have access to them in the early days of the pandemic, according to multiple reports Wednesday. Wielding the power of government for the preferential treatment of family and friends could violate state anti-nepotism laws. Chris Cuomo was diagnosed with Covid-19 in late March last year. The New York state attorney general is investigating a Cuomo administration effort to conceal the number of nursing home Covid deaths. The governor also faces multiple accusations of sexual harassment including unwanted touching and forcible kissing of aides and state employees.
'Is this patriot enough?': Asian American official shows military scars, condemns racist violence
       
Lee Wong, chairman of the West Chester, Ohio, Township Board of Trustees, condemned anti-Asian violence during an impassioned speech that has now gone viral.
US demonstrators rally nationwide against anti-Asian violence
       
NEW YORK: Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in New York's Queens borough Saturday (Mar 27) to demand an end to anti-Asian violence, part of a national day of action following deadly mass shootings at Asian-owned spas in Atlanta. AdvertisementAdvertisement"We're one year into this pandemic and anti-Asian violence has only intensified," said Judi Chang, a representative of the anti-war, anti-racism ANSWER coalition behind the demonstrations. read some signs wielded by demonstrators in Atlanta, as others were emblazoned with messages like "Say No to Anti-Asian Racist Terror!" Irving Lee, a demonstrator in Queens, called "the anti-Asian violence that's been created in his country" a "byproduct of US foreign policy." "They're scared to go out as a consequence of the violence that's been going on."
Boris Johnson branded irresponsible over ‘back to the office’ call
       
Experts also predicted a switch to “hybrid working” on a mass scale, meaning the old five-day week model of office work being replaced with more flexible arrangements, such as three days at home and two in the office. Johnson and his ministers have not, however, changed official advice which says that people should work from home if possible. Andy McDonald, the shadow employment rights and protections secretary, said Johnson’s remarks could not be passed off as a joke and were deeply irresponsible. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PAMcDonald added that rather than promoting a return to office working as before, the government should be strengthening the right of employees to work from home when possible. Neil Carberry, chief executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation said he believed much more “hybrid” working was on the way.
The FBI Is Investigating Massive Embezzlement of Border Patrol Union Funds
       
The FBI is investigating the disappearance of some $500,000 from the coffers of the powerful union representing the country’s roughly 20,000 Border Patrol agents, said the organization’s national president, Brandon Judd. “We know the FBI is looking at it,” said Judd, head of the National Border Patrol Council, which has forged a close alliance with President Donald Trump. Staffed and run largely by active-duty agents, the El Paso local represents the interests of more than 1,400 Border Patrol employees stationed across west Texas and New Mexico. In an interview, Russell, a veteran agent who continues to work for the Border Patrol, insisted that no money had disappeared on his watch. Read More A Group of Agents Rose Through the Ranks to Lead the Border Patrol.
A Court Made It Harder For Prosecutors To Keep Capitol Riot Defendants Behind Bars
       
In a 2–1 decision, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit ordered a lower court judge to reconsider his decision to keep Eric Munchel and his mother, Lisa Eisenhart, in jail while their cases go forward. Friday’s opinion marks the first time the appeals court has weighed in with a specific framework for how lower court judges should think about pretrial detention in the Capitol riot cases. “But we have a grave constitutional obligation to ensure that the facts and circumstances of each case warrant this exceptional treatment.”The ripple effect of that ruling could be felt almost immediately after the appeals court released its opinion. In addition, prosecutors presented evidence yesterday that the defendant misled the court and the FBI about his participation in firearms training last year. Meggs has presented as someone who through his words and his deeds and his conduct is someone who is dangerous.”
Philippines to reimpose stricter COVID-19 curbs in capital
       
The realpolitik position, espoused by British foreign secretary Dominic Raab, among others, is that dialogue is better than confrontation. The official Western line on the pandemic has been to avoid Trump’s “China virus” approach. Meanwhile, China’s economy has boomed relatively and in real terms thanks to the Covid-19 virus that (probably) escaped from a Wuhan wet market. It also makes a subtler point of depriving people of an essential liberty – the freedom to see China’s wonders as well as its horrors. Statista reports 608,000 British passport holders visited China in 2018.
Elite school 'rape culture' scandal: Whitehall launches national investigation
       
Officers are examining accounts on the site, called Everyone's Invited, after the National Police Chiefs Council and Government officials met its organiser last week. Robert Halfon, the chairman of the Commons education select committee, criticised senior school staff for being more worried about "woke" issues than the "welfare of students". If it becomes clear that there are current failings in any school's safeguarding practice, we will immediately ask Ofsted or the Independent Schools Inspectorate to conduct an inspection. She told The Telegraph: "Everyone's Invited would very much like to meet with ministers in the coming days to discuss the best way forward in eradicating rape culture." "Moreover, it appears that senior school staff have been at best unable or at worst unwilling to deal with what has gone on.
Editorial: Voters should think hard about drilling deeper into permanent fund
       
It bumped the overall distribution from the current 5% (what most funds see at the upward limit) to 6.25%, and cut early childhood from 1% to .75%. Bottom line: an extra $127 million a year for early childhood, $85 million for K-12. Approval of the congressional delegation is needed because early childhood is a new beneficiary. ? What happens to money that is appropriated for the various early childhood programs but isn’t spent? In 10 years, the increased distribution will have funneled more than $2 billion additional dollars into early childhood programs and public schools.
Dual leadership has never worked for officers or residents
       
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........Mayor Tim Keller’s dual leadership at APD is bound to fail as other attempts have. I can visualize Councilor Trudy Jones throwing up her arms in bewilderment when she commented on the plan for dual leadership. I believe I can speak for an overwhelming number of retired/former officers when I say this entire mess, settlement agreement/dual leadership is an unmitigated disaster that was preventable. A once proud, nationally recognized, effective APD is in total shambles, and life for the officers and crime is only going to get worse. But alas, the new dual leadership at APD will “right” the sinking ship.
Trapping ban on public land awaits governor’s signature
       
Copyright © 2021 Albuquerque JournalIt was a photo finish in the New Mexico House of Representatives at the end of this year’s legislative session. ADVERTISEMENTSkip................................................................Rep. Susan Herrera, D-Embudo, cast the tie-breaking vote that gave the bill a narrow 35-34 majority. The law would ban most forms of trapping of furbearing animals on public lands, with a few exceptions – such as Native Americans who trap for religious purposes. Nine dogs have been caught in traps since the beginning of this latest trapping season, according to Animal Protection Voters. Opponents of the bill argued trapping is an effective tool to manage animals that prey on livestock.
Boomer, millennial and Gen Z: Why do generation wars feel worse than ever?
       
Before the arrival of Gen Z, millennials’ primary adversary was the baby boomers. Read more:The Pew Research Centre defines the generational divides as follows: the silent generation (1928-1945), baby boomers (1946-1964), generation X (1965-1980), millennials (1981-1996) and generation Z (1997-2012). Read our privacy notice INDY/ LIFE Newsletter Be inspired with the latest lifestyle trends every week Thanks for signing up to the INDY/LIFE newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Lib Dem Vince Cable told a reporter: “The older generation shafted the young.”And something about these descriptors clearly sticks in the public consciousness. As well as resentment breeding over economic issues, Filby attributes the current particular intensity of generation wars to social media and technology.
Loaded language: U.S. denuclearization phrasing puts progress on North Korea in jeopardy
       
“The inconsistency is frustrating,” Vipin Narang, a North Korea expert and professor of international relations at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said of the apparent shift in language. “When we refer to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, it … means removing all elements of nuclear threats from the areas of both the north and the south of Korea and also from surrounding areas from where the Korean peninsula is targeted. Tokyo-Seoul relations have soured as tensions arising from historical issues touched off a trade dispute that at one point nearly led South Korea to bolt from a joint intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan seen as crucial to defending against North Korean threats. “Trilateral cooperation with the United States is not impossible, but the ability of trilateral cooperation to yield significant progress is limited so long as South Korea and Japan maintain fundamentally different approaches to the North Korea problem,” he said. “It seems unnecessary to insist on the ‘denuclearization of North Korea’ if it will simply torpedo attempts to jump-start talks,” MIT’s Narang said.
Biden attacks Georgia's new elections law as an atrocity says Justice Department is taking a look
       
President Joe Biden has intervened days after Georgia's sweeping new voting restrictions were enacted and has said the Justice Department is looking into the new law. The Justice Department's taking a look as well,' Biden confirmed as he spoke to reporters outside the White House. But the strongest words have been reserved for the president who called them an 'atrocity' of a law and said the U.S. Justice Department was 'taking a look'. On Friday, he accused Republicans there and in other states of mounting a broad assault on voting rights. Republican Georgia Governor Brian Kemp said that it made elections safer.
Consultation with allies important part of N. Korea policy review: White House
       
NATIONALThe captured image from the website of the White House shows press secretary Jen Psaki answering questions in a daily press briefing at the White House in Washington on Friday. (Yonhap)WASHINGTON -- US efforts to develop a new approach toward North Korea are in their final stages that include consultations with US allies, a White House spokeswoman said Friday, calling consultations an important part of the process. "We are in the final stages of our intensive, multi-stakeholder North Korea policy review," Jen Psaki told a daily press briefing. North Korea recently upped the ante by staging its first ballistic missile testing in over a year. The North continues to maintain a self-imposed moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile testing since November 2017.
SK Innovation considers all options including withdrawal from US
       
BUSINESSSK Innovation's plant site in Georgia (SK Innovation)Calling the punishment by the United States’ trade watchdog “catastrophic and a harm to public interest,” South Korean battery maker SK Innovation said it was considering all options, including abandonment of its $2.7 billion manufacturing facilities in the US state of Georgia.In its latest appeal to the US International Trade Commission, SK Innovation alluded to halting the ongoing construction of its second battery manufacturing plant in Commerce City, Georgia, as well as abandoning the whole battery production, including energy storage systems, in the US, should the organization not reconsider the 10-year business ban it imposed on it. SK last year completed construction of the first electric vehicle battery plant in Georgia, and it is currently building a second plant there, slated for completion in 2023. Combined, the two would have a combined production capacity of 20 gigawatt-hours a year, enough for 250,000 electric vehicles. Yates said Wednesday that Biden should reject the ITC’s final ruling for the sake of the Georgia plant.The presidential veto should be made by April 11. In case of no veto, SK plans to file an appeal with the US Supreme Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.During SK’s shareholders meeting on Friday, a senior official explained about CEO Kim’s plans in the US.“Kim is visiting Georgia and Washington and speaking with local government officials to salvage the Georgia battery plant.
Govt. to push for legislation binding public officials to mandatory registration of property
       
NATIONALRep. Kim Tae-nyeon (C), acting chairman of the ruling Democratic Party, speaks during a meeting between the DP, the government and the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae at the National Assembly on Sunday, to discuss measures against speculative land purchases by public officials. (Yonhap)The government and the ruling party decided to push for new legislation obligating all public officials to declare their assets, a lawmaker said Sunday, amid a public uproar over a land speculation scandal involving employees of the state housing developer.Rep. Kim Tae-nyeon, acting chairman of the ruling Democratic Party, also said after a meeting with officials of the government and the presidential office that the government will make sure to confiscate all illegal gains made from real estate speculation.Retroactive legislation, if necessary, will be pushed for to confiscate illegal profits, he said.The move came as the government and the ruling party are grappling to assuage the public outcry over the allegations that the employees at the Korea Land and Housing Corp. (LH) bought large plots of land using insider knowledge. "We will elevate the level of institutionalization to root out the speculative land deals by public officials during the April parliament sessions," Kim said. "We will put forth additional legislation so that every public servant discloses their property.
[Feature] Korean banks’ Myanmar ambition dashed by rising political unrest
       
FINANCEAnti-coup protesters display signs and shout slogans as they protest against the military coup in Mandalay, Myanmar. Myanmar‘s ruling junta has declared martial law in parts of the country’s largest city, as security forces killed more protesters in an increasingly lethal crackdown on resistance to last month’s military coup. (AP-Yonhap)The worsening turmoil in Myanmar is casting a shadow over South Korean banks’ rosy vision of gaining a foothold in the Southeast Asian region as the ongoing political unrest has either entirely or partially suspended their operations.South Korean banks have been gearing up to start business in the Myanmar market since 2012, as the quasi-civilian government undertook economic and political reforms. Meanwhile, the loan default rate at the lender’s 20 branches and microfinancing institutions has yet to show a remarkable increase. Currently, about 300 Korean companies are running businesses across Myanmar, according to the Foreign Ministry.By Choi Jae-hee ( cjh@heraldcorp.comRelated Stories
Govt. to push for legislation binding public officials to mandatory registration of property
       
(Yonhap)The government and the ruling party decided to push for new legislation obligating all public officials to declare their assets, a lawmaker said Sunday, amid a public uproar over a land speculation scandal involving employees of the state housing developer. "We will elevate the level of institutionalization to root out the speculative land deals by public officials during the April parliament sessions," Kim said. "We will put forth additional legislation so that every public servant discloses their property." Moon is set to preside over an interagency policy meeting Monday, in which he is expected to unveil measures to eradicate the real estate speculation by public officials. Among the measures under consideration are confiscating all illicit gains and instituting fines equivalent to three to five times the amount illegally earned, according to government officials.
[Feature] Korean banks’ Myanmar ambition dashed by rising political unrest
       
The worsening turmoil in Myanmar is casting a shadow over South Korean banks’ rosy vision of gaining a foothold in the Southeast Asian region as the ongoing political unrest has either entirely or partially suspended their operations.South Korean banks have been gearing up to start business in the Myanmar market since 2012, as the quasi-civilian government undertook economic and political reforms. The administration that took power in 2011 institutionalized a new foreign investment law to allow financial firms across the globe to carry out market research in the country and provide financial services such as loans and savings.As of December last year, 11 Korean banks have launched either subsidiaries or banking units in Myanmar, the Financial Supervisory Service data showed.The protracted Myanmar crisis, including major economies’ decision to impose sanctions on businesses linked to the military, however, is now posing challenges to Korean lenders’ ambitious goals of expanding their market presence in the emerging Southeast Asian market.KB Kookmin, the first foreign bank to set up a local subsidiary there in January, recently decided to suspend its operation due to escalating violence.“We’ve repeated closing and opening of business in accordance with market conditions. Meanwhile, the loan default rate at the lender’s 20 branches and microfinancing institutions has yet to show a remarkable increase. We’ll continue to keep a close eye on Myanmar’s military coup risks,” said an official in Seoul.Woori Finance Myanmar, a microfinance subsidiary established in November 2015, has closed temporarily, a Woori Bank official said.“It is too early to decide whether to resume operations. Currently, about 300 Korean companies are running businesses across Myanmar, according to the Foreign Ministry.By Choi Jae-hee ( cjh@heraldcorp.com
Consultation with allies important part of N. Korea policy review: White House
       
The captured image from the website of the White House shows press secretary Jen Psaki answering questions in a daily press briefing at the White House in Washington on Friday. (Yonhap)WASHINGTON -- US efforts to develop a new approach toward North Korea are in their final stages that include consultations with US allies, a White House spokeswoman said Friday, calling consultations an important part of the process. "We are in the final stages of our intensive, multi-stakeholder North Korea policy review," Jen Psaki told a daily press briefing. North Korea recently upped the ante by staging its first ballistic missile testing in over a year. The North continues to maintain a self-imposed moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile testing since November 2017.
SK Innovation considers all options including withdrawal from US
       
Calling the punishment by the United States’ trade watchdog “catastrophic and a harm to public interest,” South Korean battery maker SK Innovation said it was considering all options, including abandonment of its $2.7 billion manufacturing facilities in the US state of Georgia.In its latest appeal to the US International Trade Commission, SK Innovation alluded to halting the ongoing construction of its second battery manufacturing plant in Commerce City, Georgia, as well as abandoning the whole battery production, including energy storage systems, in the US, should the organization not reconsider the 10-year business ban it imposed on it. SK last year completed construction of the first electric vehicle battery plant in Georgia, and it is currently building a second plant there, slated for completion in 2023. Combined, the two would have a combined production capacity of 20 gigawatt-hours a year, enough for 250,000 electric vehicles. Yates said Wednesday that Biden should reject the ITC’s final ruling for the sake of the Georgia plant.The presidential veto should be made by April 11. In case of no veto, SK plans to file an appeal with the US Supreme Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.During SK’s shareholders meeting on Friday, a senior official explained about CEO Kim’s plans in the US.“Kim is visiting Georgia and Washington and speaking with local government officials to salvage the Georgia battery plant.
Trump says two-page letter to Joe Biden was ‘from the heart’ while refusing to concede ‘rigged election’
       
While Mr Biden has refused to reveal the contents of the letter, Mr Trump was asked in a new podcast interview released on Monday what he said to the incoming president. Read more:"The president wrote a very generous letter," Mr Biden said previously. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. After telling podcast host Lisa Boothe that he was sincere in wishing Mr Biden luck as the new president, Mr Trump quickly pivoted to say he didn't concede that he lost the election.
Kamala Harris appears at women’s event with Bill Clinton after anger over sexual harassment claims against him
       
The Clinton Global Initiative event took place on Friday and was hosted by Howard University, of which Ms Harris was an alumni. Read more:Several other women have also accused the former president of sexual harassment, claims which Mr Clinton has denied. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. You carry the voice of so many who are proud of you.”Ms Harris was the first female vice president, as well as the first African American vice president and Asian American vice president.
Cuomo got Covid tests for friends and family when access was scarce
       
New York governor secured tests for certain people when most people could not get them in the early days of the pandemicAndrew Cuomo set up friends and family members with scarce coronavirus tests when most New Yorkers did not have access to them in the early days of the pandemic, according to multiple reports Wednesday. Wielding the power of government for the preferential treatment of family and friends could violate state anti-nepotism laws. Chris Cuomo was diagnosed with Covid-19 in late March last year. The New York state attorney general is investigating a Cuomo administration effort to conceal the number of nursing home Covid deaths. The governor also faces multiple accusations of sexual harassment including unwanted touching and forcible kissing of aides and state employees.
Foreigners flock to Serbia to get free coronavirus vaccine
       
Thousands of vaccine-seekers from countries neighbouring Serbia have flocked to Belgrade after Serbian authorities offered foreigners free coronavirus jabs if they showed up over the weekend. People wait in line to receive a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine (AP)The Serbian government has donated vaccine doses to North Macedonia, Montenegro and Bosnia. Others say that the AstraZeneca vaccine shots Serbia is giving foreigners are nearing their expiration date and need to be used as soon as possible, a claim that could not be verified. Bosnia’s Klix news portal described huge lines of cars forming at border crossings with Serbia on Saturday morning. Serbia has one of the highest inoculation rates in Europe, mainly thanks to the government’s large purchases of the Sinopharm vaccine from China and the Russian Sputnik V vaccine.
Michael Flynn's family members file $75M lawsuit against CNN over QAnon video
       
Two family members of Michael Flynn, Donald Trump's short-lived national security adviser turned conspiracy-theory firebrand, filed a $75 million lawsuit Thursday against CNN, accusing the cable network of besmirching their reputations. According to the lawsuit, "members of the Flynn family, including plaintiffs, took an oath to the United States Constitution, the same oath taken by members of Congress," although it far more closely resembled the QAnon oath than the oath of office sworn by elected officials. Advertisement:"Plaintiffs are not followers or supporters of any extremist or terrorist groups, including QAnon," the lawsuit continues. "CNN falsely attributed to Plaintiffs associations that never existed, actions Plaintiffs never took, including an oath of allegiance to QAnon, and views Plaintiffs never held. Legal counsel for the Flynn family, attorneys Steven S. Biss and Jeremy Zenilman, didn't return a Salon request for comment on Friday afternoon.
Gov. DeWine: Dozens of people in Ohio are currently being monitored for Ebola
       
CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - In his message explaining why he vetoed Senate Bill 22, Gov. Mike DeWine revealed that dozens of people in Ohio are actively being monitored for Ebola. According to the governor, health officials are monitoring 44 people who have returned from areas of Africa with active outbreaks of Ebola.
Poland’s expensive stillborn coal plant
       
The driver for the project was the looming shutdown of the older 647 megawatt Ostro??ka B plant, built in 1972. “Technically speaking, Poland’s power grid does need something to replace Ostro??ka B. PiS resurrected the project in the name of “healing Polish coal mining,” ahead of the 2015 election, which it won. The partner for the revamped project is Poland’s former gas monopoly PGNiG. "You have to remember that I took the decision based on the calculation that coal energy would continue to function in Poland until 2060," Tchórzewski said in a radio interview last week.
Expelled from US at night, migrant families weigh next steps
       
Migrants sleep under a gazebo at a park in the Mexican border city of Reynosa, Saturday, March 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)Migrants sleep under a gazebo at a park in the Mexican border city of Reynosa, Saturday, March 27, 2021. The decisions unfold amid what Border Patrol officials say is an extraordinarily high 30-day average of 5,000 daily encounters with migrants. But under pandemic authority, Mexicans and citizens of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras can be expelled to Mexico throughout the night and in smaller towns. A U.S. travel advisory says heavily armed criminal groups patrol Reynosa in marked and unmarked vehicles.
Turkish women protest over Erdogan’s decision to exit domestic violence treaty
       
Turkey was one of the first signatories and women say their safety has been jeopardised by Erdogan's move against the European treaty. One placard read, "Protect women, not the perpetrators of violence." World Health Organization data shows 38% of women in Turkey are subject to violence from a partner in their lifetime, compared with 25% in Europe. Officials said this week domestic law would protect Turkish women, not foreign treaties. The protesters concerns were echoed by Ankara's Western allies, who denounced what they described as a baffling and unwarranted decision which risked undermining the rights of Turkish women.
Myanmar military leader says army aims to 'safeguard democracy' as security forces kill dozens of protesters
       
Myanmar's security forces reportedly killed 114 people across the country during Saturday protests, Reuters and Myanmar Now report. Saturday has turned into the deadliest day since demonstrations against the Feb. 1 military coup began more than a month ago, and more than 400 people have been killed overall. A 13-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy were reportedly among at least 13 people killed in Myanmar's second most populous city, Mandalay, while another 13-year-old was reportedly killed in another village. As the protests and killings took place, the military celebrated Armed Forces Day, and the junta's leader Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said "the army seeks to join hands with the entire nation to safeguard democracy," but "violent acts that affect stability and security in order to make demands are inappropriate." Dr. Sasa, a spokesman for the anti-coup group CRPH, said it was "a day of shame for the armed forces."
Reviving Iran nuclear deal not a question of who goes first, U.S. official says
       
By Arshad Mohammed(Reuters) - Who might take the first step to resume compliance with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal is not an issue for the United States, a U.S. official said on Friday, suggesting greater flexibility on the part of Washington. "That's not the issue, who goes first," the official told Reuters on condition of anonymity. The United States and Iran have yet to agree even to meet about reviving the deal and are communicating indirectly via European nations, Western officials have said. In a speech on Sunday, Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said Washington must ease sanctions before Tehran would resume compliance. Story continues"It is absolutely not our position that Iran has to come into full compliance before we do anything," the official said.
Expelled from US at night, migrant families weigh next steps
       
REYNOSA, Mexico (AP) — In one of Mexico's most notorious cities for organized crime, migrants are expelled from the United States throughout the night, exhausted from the journey, disillusioned about not getting a chance to seek asylum and at a crossroads about where to go next. Now, facing another agonizing choice, she leaned toward sending her son across the border alone to settle with a sister in Missouri, aware that the United States is allowing unaccompanied children to pursue asylum. “We're in God's hands,” Ramirez, 30, said in a barren park with dying grass and a large gazebo in the center that serves as shelter for migrants. After not getting paid for three months' work as a nurse in Honduras during the pandemic, she wants steady work in the U.S. to send an older daughter to medical school. A friend in New York encouraged her to try again.
Albuquerque paid leave proposal may be moot
       
State lawmakers this month passed legislation guaranteeing all private-sector workers paid sick leave by 2022, potentially capping a yearslong battle in New Mexico’s largest city. Advocates have repeatedly tried to get a paid leave ordinance on the city of Albuquerque’s books. ADVERTISEMENTSkip................................................................Albuquerque City Councilors Lan Sena and Pat Davis were in the midst of another attempt to pass a paid leave ordinance late last year, with their proposal reviving arguments both for and against such a measure. A vocal supporter of paid leave, Sena said she watched the Healthy Workplaces Act make its way through the Legislature and even gave testimony as a cancer patient during committee meetings in the hopes it would pass. “It’s a lot different (from the city’s proposal), but really, for me, just the concept of sick leave itself is really important,” Sena said.
Why a Covid vaccine's potential is about much more than just efficacy
       
At the top come vaccines like Pfizer and BioNtech's, which boasted a 95 per cent efficacy from its trial at the end of last year. At the bottom come those like the single-dose Johnson & Johnson jab – approved in the UK on March 1 – which had an efficacy of 66 per cent from its global trial. Earlier this month, he reportedly refused doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for his city due to its lower efficacy compared to higher efficacy doses such as Pfizer's. One widespread misconception underpinning this game of vaccine Top Trumps is that efficacy is a measure of absolute protection against Covid. A 95 per cent efficacy means the number of vaccinated participants who ended up with Covid after the jab was just five per cent of the number who only got a placebo.
Scale of Tigray horror adds to pressure on Ethiopian leader
       
Abiy’s government has repeatedly played down the most severe allegations against its forces in Tigray, and denied reports that Eritrean armed forces were active in Tigray fighting the TPLF. Yet last week he finally conceded that Eritrea’s soldiers were “at the border area” between Tigray and Ethiopia’s former foe turned ally. Eritrea’s government has not publicly acknowledged any role in Tigray or confirmed its troops would retreat. “We are horrified by the continued violence in Tigray, Ethiopia. On March 10, the US secretary of state condemned the violence, ramping up pressure on Ethiopia to end atrocities in Tigray.
SNL’s Colin Jost skewers Trump’s ‘hugging and kissing’ Capitol riot comment on Weekend Update
       
Saturday Night Live skewered Donald Trump's comment this past week about how far-right protesters who stormed the Capitol building in January had been “hugging and kissing" police that day. During “Weekend Update”, co-host Colin Jost threw in a crack that “I’m not surprised that Donald Trump can’t tell the difference between kissing and assault.”The jab drew loud laughs and cheers from the audience. “Some of them went in and ... they’re hugging and kissing the police and the guards,” the former US president told Fox News this week of the protesters. Other jokes during the “Weekend Update” segment touched on this week’s Filibuster debate and Virginia abolishing the dealth penalty. Read our privacy notice Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
‘It was a breaking down of racial barriers like never before’: Why Britfunk matters
       
The scene was called Britfunk and, though short-lived, it laid the foundations for club culture as we know it today, breaking down racial barriers long before acid house. These bands were among the first wave of Black British youth culture that filtered down to the pop charts en masse. “There was an energy about British rock music and funk music, which came out later on with punk with that rhythm guitar energy,” he says. “Post-Brit funk, DJ culture grew and then live music culture grew, but they didn’t come together anymore,” he explains. Before Britfunk, Black youths were routinely refused entry to clubs and had to start their dances.
Martin Short joins SNL as second gentleman Doug Emhoff, gets ‘mauled’ by Biden’s dog Major
       
Martin Short made a guest appearance on Saturday Night Live over the weekend, where he portrayed Kamala Harris’ (played by host Maya Rudolph) husband and second gentleman Doug Emhoff. Rudolph’s Harris then called him her “load bearing wall,” and the pair embraced in an awkward spooning hug. Also during the sketch, Aidy Bryant returned with her impression of Texas senator Ted Cruz, who blamed his daughter for scraping Emhoff’s Prius. And I’ve got some pigs in a blanket.”A German Shepherd, playing the Bidens’ “back from being retrained” dog Major, also showed up, lunging Short’s Emhoff. Read our privacy notice Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
US 'deliberately let China eavesdrop on a call to Dominic Raab to send message to Beijing'
       
US officials deliberately held a phone call with Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab over an insecure line to allow the Chinese government to eavesdrop on their discussions about the origins of the coronavirus, Washington sources have told The Mail on Sunday. A Washington source said Mr Raab had been 'very supportive' during the phone call, which also included the foreign ministers of Australia, Canada and New Zealand – the intelligence sharing group of nations known as Five Eyes – in late December. 'So the Secretary of State, based on the frustration between the State Department and our closest allies by the end of the year, wanted to send a clear message.' However, a UK Government source said Mr Raab had not endorsed Mr Pompeo's actions, and merely 'listened as Pompeo set out what he was planning to do'. State Department officials, now reporting to Joe Biden, do not believe the virus leak was deliberate, rather that it was a catastrophic accident caused by poor safety procedures.
Long Island police chief, 57, due for bumper $1.2million payout when he retires from job
       
Chief Thomas Cummings, 57, leads the Southampton Village force of 30 in the Hamptons and is paid $442,000 but is due $1.24 million upon retirementA police officer from the tiny New York village of Southampton who makes almost half-a-million dollars annually is set for a million dollar payout once he finally retires. Chief Thomas Cummings who leads the force of 30 officers in the Hamptons on Long Island's east end pulled in almost $442,000 in 2020 when holiday pay, retirement benefits and healthcare are taken into account. It's not clear what factors go into deciding the chief's salary but crime in the wealthy Hampton's locations is virtually non-existent. The mayor of the village, Jesse Warren, explained that the village is now negotiating Cummings' next contract. Cummings has been with the department for 34 years after joining in 1987
Chad Wolf leads ex-Trump officials in attacking Biden for firing 32 members of DHS Security Council
       
Former DHS Secretary Chad Wolf (left) has joined a chorus of ex-Trump officials in slamming the Biden administration for firing nearly every member of the agency's advisory council Friday. The Biden administration has been slammed for its handling of the issue as officials refuse to call it a 'crisis' and have repeatedly denied the media all access to CBP detention centers. 'The Biden administration is taking people who are testing positive for COVID-19 and locking them in cages side by side. The 19 Republican Senators on Tour Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. 'On the other side of the river is Mexico,' Cruz noted.
Global condemnation of Myanmar military's 'reign of terror' after deadliest day since coup
       
The defence ministers of 12 countries including the United States, Britain, Japan and Australia condemned the Myanmar military's use of lethal force against civilians. "We urge the Myanmar Armed Forces to cease violence and work to restore respect and credibility with the people of Myanmar that it has lost through its actions." 'Reign of terror'US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Saturday that Washington was "horrified" by the killings carried out by Myanmar's security forces, blasting "the military's reign of terror." We are horrified by the bloodshed perpetrated by Burmese security forces, showing that the junta will sacrifice the lives of the people to serve the few. "Junta forces shot machine guns into residential areas, resulting in many civilians, including six children between ten and sixteen years old, killed," AAPP said.
Belarus police continue crackdown on protests, making arrests in Minsk
       
Belarusian police continued to crack down on opposition protests on Saturday, arresting more than 100 people in the capital Minsk, where activists were hoping to gather. Franak Via?orka, an advisor to opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, highlighted the arrests of journalists Katsiaryna Karpitskaya and Nadzeya Buzhan, saying on Twitter “they must be immediately released”. What started out as huge popular protests throughout the country have dwindled down somewhat in the face of mass arrests, violence and intimidation from police. On Thursday, small symbolic actions by the opposition had already led to more than 80 arrests, according to Viasna. Almost all of the protest figures have been imprisoned or forced into exile, such as former presidential candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who has taken refuge in Lithuania.
As Junta Kills Over 100 in Myanmar, UN Expert Says It Is 'Past Time for the World to Respond'
       
According to Myanmar Now, soldiers and police had killed at least 114 people, including children, nationwide as of 9:30 pm on Saturday in Myanmar. "It's past time," Andrews added, "for the world to respond in kind with and for the people of Myanmar." The European Union's delegation to Myanmar tweeted: "This 76th Myanmar Armed Forces Day will stay engraved as a day of terror and dishonor. This 76th Myanmar armed forces day will stay engraved as a day of terror and dishonour. — EUMyanmar (@EUMyanmar) March 27, 2021British foreign secretary Dominic Raab said that "today's killing of unarmed civilians, including children, marks a new low.
My personal Georgia boycott
       
I was reading another diary on the Georgia anti-democracy, anti-voting, pro-Jim-Crow bill, and one person mentioned they had contacted the state tourism department and told them they had canceled their planned business trip to Georgia, and wanted to let them know why. I thought, “Well, I can do that too.” We have relatives in Georgia, and were planning on going down to see them once Covid was not a threat. But, if Georgia is going to pass laws like this, they don’t need my business. Just wanted you to know that we have canceled our planned trip to Georgia to see relatives, due to the Jim Crow voting laws your state just passed and your governor just signed. Bruce MaplesIf you want to add your own personal boycott, here’s the email address: mjaronski@georgia.org.
'Echoed every conceivable GOP talking point': Critics slam Washington Post's immigration coverage
       
They have been doing so for several years, which The Post fails to note in its breathless coverage. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), historically a paper-pushing agency, was reportedly ordered by the previous administration to not communicate with then-President-elect Biden’s team. Both Cornyn and Cruz did nothing while the previous administration implemented humanitarian disasters like the anti-asylum Remain in Mexico policy, which the Biden administration has begun winding down. Where was the panic-stricken media coverage about the border ‘crisis’ then, and how the Republican administration had no policy answer? “Two years later, the press is once again playing along with Republicans, claiming a huge border surge is bad news for Democrats.”
Biden Day Sixty-Seven: The First 100 Days
       
Border heating up as Repubs have sent several senators down with press to make Biden and Harris look bad. This situation has existed prior to Biden’s election and is made more complex in warmer weather. We all must be patient and trust in Joe and Kamala. The stimulus has been passed out for the most part and the economy should begin to roar back. Pray Biden gets rid of the filibuster as Georgia and many other states are passing bills to suppress the vote by not offering water to voters in line and changing hours making it hard for the working class to vote.
Seditionist Mo Brooks Says That Jan 6th Insurrectionists Were
       
But you see there was going to be a DEBATE on the floor of the U.S. House and Senate about this very same non-issue on Jan 6th. Even though Jan 6th was scheduled to be the routine process of counting the electoral votes that had already been certified by all the states. But Mo Brooks does not see it that way. Oh, and Mo Brooks really didn’t appreciate how the interview went either. And Republican voters really don’t think the Jan 6th was that big a deal.
Marty Walsh confirmed as labor secretary, this week in the war on workers
       
Labor Secretary Marty Walsh. Marty Walsh, formerly the mayor of Boston, was confirmed as labor secretary on Monday in a 68 to 29 vote. Walsh was the head of the Boston Building Trades Council before being elected mayor. But Harold Meyerson has argued that Walsh has been an effective bridge, working “to push the trades into the 21st century. There’s no question” that Walsh himself has benefited from white privilege, he said, and, “White people shouldn’t be afraid of the word white privilege.
The Consequences of the Past
       
Consequently, Thailand never had a mass movementConsequently, Thailand never had mass mobilisation. Consequently, Thailand never experienced political pressure to please voters or interest groups..Consequently, Thailand never had industrial or political unrest (with a brief exception). Consequently, Thailand has had 19 military coups since 1932 without the military falling into disfavour. Today Thailand has an income of $16,000 per person and India a measly $6,800 per person. The men in khaki have done a far better job than the men in dhoti.
Ali Velshi uses his impressive immigrant story to excoriate Republicans for suppressing democracy.
       
(Image by Egberto Willies) Details DMCANo one explains the Republican attack on Democracy other than Ali Velshi, who uses his immigrant story to get the message through. Georgia rushed through a voter suppression bill this week. Velshi details his family's fight for democracy from India, to South Africa, to Canada. Ali Velshi details like very few could, in simple words, the path Republicans are using. He itemizes the insidiousness of the Republican voter suppression bill.
China and Iran sign 25-year strategic cooperation agreement
       
China and Iran Saturday signed a 25-year long cooperation agreement. The president also said Iran and China can work together to fight "terrorism and extremism in the region" in addition to economic and trade cooperation. Wang was quoted by the president's website as saying that maintaining the nuclear deal would mean preserving multilateralism. The deal with China marked the first time Iran has signed such a lengthy agreement with a major world power. In 2001, Iran and Russia signed a 10-year cooperation agreement, mainly in the nuclear field, that was lengthened to 20 years through two five-year extensions.
New York to legalize recreational marijuana; vote expected within days
       
ALBANY, N.Y. – New York lawmakers will vote on a bill to legalize marijuana within days, clearing the way for the state to become the 15th to permit the drug for recreational use. The legislation is expected to pass the Democrat-controlled Legislature, and Cuomo has pledged support as well. Vote expected in the coming weekThe Senate and Assembly were formally printing the bill Saturday night. It is expected to be put to a vote in the coming week. But the negotiations ultimately led to Saturday's consensus, clearing the way for an historic vote in the coming days.
FDNY firefighter will claim his ‘deadly’ bar-brawl punch was thrown in self-defense
       
Kevin C. Downs for the New York PostA New York City firefighter will claim self-defense after allegedly socking a man in the head outside a Queens tavern early Saturday — a punch that may have caused the rival’s death. “It’s a case of self-defense for sure,” the lawyer, Robert Gallo, told The Post. Deieso’s misdemeanor assault charge could be elevated depending on victim Devin Deegan’s cause of death, law enforcement sources said. Deegan was an unmarried, childless electrician who cared for his parents until they died — and lived alone for the past five years with a gray pet rabbit that he doted on, neighbors told The Post. He had already set out Easter eggs in his backyard for area kids, neighbors noted of the treats visible Saturday afternoon.
Details hammered out on New York’s marijuana bill
       
State officials said Saturday that they’ve come to a final agreement on the legislative language needed to legalize pot in New York. State Sen. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) announced the deal on the amended Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act Saturday night. The bill, which is expected to come up for a vote next week, will split revenues from the state’s marijuana industry between schools and public educations, communities “disproportionately impacted by the drug war,” and drug treatment, prevention and education programs, Krueger said. Cuomo said the legislation could bring $350 million in annual taxes and potentially create 30,000 to 60,000 jobs. “When this bill becomes law, New York will be poised to implement a nation-leading model for what marijuana legalization can look like,” Krueger said.
Trump falsely claims the Capitol rioters were 'hugging and kissing' police as they stormed the building
       
GettyDonald Trump falsely claimed the Capitol riot posed "zero threat" and defended his loyalists who stormed the building on January 6. Trump falsely claimed some rioters hugged and kissed Capitol police officers as they invaded the Capitol. Trump claimed that some of the rioters had "great relationships" with the Capitol police, although one officer died and more than 100 were injured after being attacked by violent rioters. "It was zero threat, right from the start, it was zero threat," Trump said. Still, Trump claimed his supporters are being "persecuted" by federal law enforcement because of their political beliefs.
Georgia Voting Law Punished Secretary Of State For Defying Trump: Election Official
       
Georgia Republican election official Gabriel Sterling told CNN on Saturday that the state’s new restrictive voting law was also motivated by revenge against an official who defied Donald Trump over his false claims of election fraud. President Joe Biden called the law an “atrocity” and “Jim Crow in the 21st Century.”The law also strips Georgia’s secretary of state of his role as chief elections officer. “I wouldn’t have written the bill this way,” said Sterling, the chief operating officer for the Secretary of State’s Office. Sterling has called the election the most secure and transparent election in Georgia history. Nevertheless, Sterling supports the new voting law, insisting it’s not going to “suppress” voting rights.
Myanmar forces said to kill more than 100 in deadliest day since coup
       
(Associated Press)Fears that Myanmar’s military would launch a brutal crackdown to mark Armed Forces Day were realized Saturday when security forces reportedly killed more than 100 people across the country in the bloodiest massacre since the army seized power in a coup last month. "Security forces are murdering unarmed civilians, including children, the very people they swore to protect," U.S. I will [expletive] kill you.’”The clashes continued throughout the day in Sanchaung, with protesters shouting slogans and then fleeing as security forces came closer. Myanmar's military chief, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, reviews troops during Armed Forces Day on Saturday. Many believed the junta wanted to quell the national protest movement by Armed Forces Day, which commemorates armed resistance against the Japanese during World War II.
San Diego Convention Center to shelter first 500 migrant girls this weekend
       
AdvertisementA similar scenario is playing out in Dallas, where a convention center has been outfitted to shelter migrant boys. In the meantime, it is relying on places like the San Diego Convention Center for temporary space. “We want to make sure they have a bona fide relationship.”Cots for the 1,450 unaccompanied migrant girls who will live at the San Diego Convention Center until mid-July. (Nelvin C. Cepeda / San Diego Union-Tribune)The move to adapt the convention center for migrant children comes one week after U.S. Health Secretary Xavier Becerra approached Nathan Fletcher, chairman of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. (Nelvin C. Cepeda / San Diego Union-Tribune)The San Diego County Board of Education will provide classes for the girls.
Biden: Georgia voting restriction law is 'atrocity'
       
President Biden said this was an "un-American law to deny people the right to vote"US President Joe Biden has likened a new voting law in the state of Georgia to racist policies of the 20th Century US South, calling it an "atrocity". The law adds restrictions to voting that Mr Biden said disproportionately targeted black Americans. Republicans say they are streamlining voting procedures and trying to restore confidence in the election system. What did President Biden say? Mr Raffensperger, who has staunchly defended the integrity of the state's votes, also backed the new laws.
With US withdrawal delay likely, and new peace proposal on the table, Taliban faces inevitable crossroads
       
Advertisement"The Doha deal is the best and most effective way to resolve issues and move forward," he said. "The responsibilities of both sides are clearly written in the peace deal known by the entire world." "The Taliban have a lot to gain from this peace deal," said retired Pakistani Brigadier Saad Muhammad, who served as Pakistan's defense attache to Kabul. Some fear the Biden administration's push for a peace deal between the Taliban and Afghan government within weeks is unrealistic. The longer peace talks drag on or remain stalled, violence is expected to continue on the ground.
STEVE SEBELIUS: Strategy matters, even in an existential fight
       
Steve Sisolak’s climate plan, which may not have been the best political strategy in a policy fight. (Colton Lochhead/Las Vegas Review-Journal)In late February, Southwest Gas Co. led a coalition of groups in writing to Gov. And it has sparked a fight with Nevada’s other big regulated utility, NV Energy, which supports the climate plan. Perhaps Southwest Gas can be forgiven some anxiety, if not political savvy. “We want to be on record opposing policies that transition away from natural gas wherever they come from,” Leedom said.
For many motel dwellers, eviction ban provides no relief
       
“It’s the same law.”Neason’s struggles reflect the heightened risk of homelessness faced by motel and hotel dwellers during the pandemic, housing attorneys say. Hotel and motel residents in California, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey and Virginia have reported being expelled or threatened with immediate eviction over the past year. Hotel owners say they have also taken a hit during the COVID-19 outbreak and need paying customers to cover expenses. A judge sided with Malone in November, saying the hotel had to file an eviction case against him in court. Advocates say lawsuits by hotel residents are rare, and many other removals go unreported.
Winning numbers drawn in 'Cash 5' game
       
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Sunday morning UK news briefing: Today's top headlines from The Telegraph
       
Welcome to your early-morning news briefing from The Telegraph - a round-up of the top stories we are covering on Sunday. To receive twice-daily briefings by email, sign up to our Front Page newsletter for free. The four-tier traffic light system that could save summer holidaysMinisters are to consider a "quarantine-light" traffic light system in a bid to save summer holidays, The Telegraph can reveal. The channel tunnel operator is this weekend in advanced discussions with a group of banks, including UK taxpayer-backed NatWest, to secure lifeline funding. Stay up-to-date with breaking news and the latest politics from The Telegraph throughout the day.
'Mass murder' in Myanmar: World condemns crackdown after '114 protesters' shot dead
       
US ambassador to Myanmar Thomas Vajda said on social media: "On Myanmar's Armed Forced Day, security forces are murdering unarmed civilians, including children, the very people they swore to protect. Local media has reported at least 50 people have been killed across Myanmar by security forces. Read more: https://t.co/BbBG7yyiVV pic.twitter.com/UdmAZvQQM5 — Sky News (@SkyNews) March 27, 2021Dr Sasa, the disbanded democratic parliament's special envoy to the UN, said: "Today is a day of shame for the armed forces. Meanwhile, top military officers from 12 countries are set to condemn the deadly use of force by Myanmar's security forces and say the country's military has lost credibility with its people. The Myanmar Now news portal said at least 114 people were killed across the country in the crackdown on Saturday.
Global condemnation follows bloodiest day since Myanmar coup
       
"We urge the Myanmar Armed Forces to cease violence and work to restore respect and credibility with the people of Myanmar that it has lost through its actions." Mourners were expected to turn out for funeral processions across the country Sunday, after the bloodiest day since the putsch. By sunset it was the deadliest day since the junta seized power, AAPP saying at least 90 people had been killed. "Junta forces shot machine-guns into residential areas, resulting in many civilians, including six children between ten and sixteen-years old, killed," AAPP said. Armed Forces Day commemorates the start of local resistance to the Japanese occupation during World War II, and usually features a military parade attended by foreign military officers and diplomats.
White House Pledges Asian-American Focus After Democrats Threaten Nominees
       
The pair are the only two Asian-American members of the Senate. The White House considers both women to be part of the cabinet, though they do not lead executive departments. Ms. Duckworth, who is Thai-American, called the invocation of Ms. Harris to placate her concerns “insulting.”“That is not something you would say to the Black Caucus — ‘Well, you have Kamala. We’re not going to put any more African-Americans in the cabinet because you have Kamala,’” she told reporters on Tuesday. Ms. Duckworth said that for months she had given the White House names of possible Asian-American nominees “who never even got a phone call.”
Kerry: 'No government is going to solve' climate change
       
U.S. climate envoy John Kerry John KerryOvernight Energy: Putin, Xi among leaders invited to White House climate summit | Kerry looks to private sector on climate change | White House reportedly canceled 50-person Interior Department party over pandemic concerns Putin, Xi among leaders invited to White House climate summit Kerry: 'No government is going to solve' climate change MORE on Tuesday said he believed the private sector was more likely to find solutions to climate change than government. “I was convinced, and I remain convinced, no government is going to solve this problem,” Kerry said in remarks at the Institute of International Finance’s 2021 Washington Policy Summit. “The solution is going to come from the private sector, and what government needs to do is create the framework within which the private sector can do what it does best, which is allocate capital and innovate and begin to take the framework that’s been created. ... We need to go after this as if we’re really at war.”ADVERTISEMENTKerry said the private sector will reap financial benefits from the energy transition. Asked about China’s willingness to partner with the U.S. on climate goals, Kerry said “we don’t know yet,” conceding a “pretty contentious meeting in Alaska” between Beijing diplomats and Secretary of State Antony Blinken Antony BlinkenUS tensions with China risk fueling anti-Asian harassment at home Congressional options to advance peace in Yemen Kerry: 'No government is going to solve' climate change MORE.
Cuomo aides subpoenaed in sexual-harassment probe: report
       
Andrew Cuomo Andrew CuomoNew York launches nation's first 'vaccine passport' Cuomo testing story stirs controversy for CNN anchor Executive with ties to Gov. Cuomo received early COVID-19 tests in first wave: report MORE's (D-N.Y.) office have been subpoenaed in the sexual harassment investigation against the embattled governor, The Wall Street Journal reports. The investigation into Cuomo, run by New York State Attorney General Letitia James, began after several of Cuomo's former, and current, female aides came forward with allegations against the Democratic governor. Most recently, Cuomo's current aide Alyssa McGrath shared unflattering stories about the governor's behavior in a March 19 New York Times article. Despite resignation calls from Democrats and Republicans alike, Cuomo has refused to step down from his post, denying the allegations.
Biden walks the union line, making a play for blue-collar workers
       
Seth Harris, now a top labor adviser to Biden, wrote a script for a Biden video promoting the union effort. Many Democrats admit Trump outmaneuvered them with his direct, blunt appeals to White workers. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) wrote an op-ed voicing carefully calibrated support for the Amazon union drive. ADIn his first two months, Biden has aggressively sought to cement support from unions and workers. While Biden has positioned himself staunchly alongside the Amazon workers, he also has some associations with the company through his vast political network.
Classified US military war game set to take place as concerns about threats posed by China and Russia increase
       
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will be briefed as it plays out. The military budget is being set and major decisions on troop levels and priorities are being made so it's hoped the war game will help prepare the military to face the challenges of the next few years. "Russia and China military modernization creates some serious potential operational challenges for the US," Eric Edelman, a former defense undersecretary for policy and expert on military planning, told CNN. "Russia and China are playing a home game, we are playing an away game," Edelman said. See moreAnd on China, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks pulled no punches in a speech earlier this month.
Thousands protest violence against Asian Americans during National Day of Action protests
       
After a surge in violence against Asian Americans, thousands took part in protests across the country to raise awareness about racial discrimination that Asian Americans have experienced for decades, as organizers demanded legislative action to combat the issue. According to Stop AAPI Hate, roughly 3,800 hate crimes against Asian Americans have been reported from March 2020 to April 2021. #StopAsianHate — Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) March 26, 2021Many Asian Americans and allies shared their own stories online. On Friday night, the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans held a virtual worldwide vigil in honor of the Asian American women killed in the Atlanta-area shootings. Mr. Biden, who has urged Congress to pass the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, added, "Hate can have no safe harbor in America.
Feds arrest armed Colorado man in Iowa after remark about Boulder shooting
       
IOWA CITY, Iowa | An Iowa gun store refused to sell a semi-automatic rifle to a heavily armed and agitated Colorado man who said he was surprised his friends didn’t suspect he was the Boulder mass shooter, according to federal court documents released Friday. The Nebraska State Patrol initially arrested the self-described firearms enthusiast, Adam Vannoy, 40, on March 14 on Interstate 80 in Lancaster County. Six days later, on Tuesday, Vannoy tried to purchase an AR-style rifle from Sportsman’s Warehouse in Ankeny, Iowa, near Des Moines, the complaint said. Vannoy was scheduled to make an initial court appearance in Iowa on Friday afternoon, before facing transfer to Nebraska for further proceedings. Records show he told a Nebraska trooper during the stop that he was leaving Denver because his neighbors didn’t like him, he had a mental breakdown and quit his job.
'It's a tough time to be Asian,' demonstrator says at Los Angeles rally to end anti-Asian violence
       
Los Angeles (CNN) Tam Nguyen, one of several hundred demonstrators at a Stop Asian Hate rally in Koreatown, shook with rage as he held a racist letter. "My mom and dad came here to give me and my sister a better life -- and right now it doesn't feel that way," Tam Nguyen told CNN on Saturday. From left, Kien Nguyen, Tam Nguyen and Ted Nguyen, rally to stop anti-Asian violence in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 27, 2021. I want to read this (letter)," he said, and recited a litany of racist slurs and stereotypes that ended with "go home." As Tam Nguyen read the letter, Ted Nguyen (no relation) became angry.
Myanmar mourns bloodiest day since coup, UN investigator condemns 'mass murder'
       
Smoke rises after protesters burn tires as they gather to continue their protest against military coup and detention of elected government members in Yangon, Myanmar on March 27, 2021. Children were among those killed on Saturday, Myanmar's Armed Forces Day, according to news reports and witnesses, in a crackdown that drew renewed Western criticism. Protesters burn tires to block the road during the demonstration in Yangon, Myanmar. "Words of condemnation or concern are frankly ringing hollow to the people of Myanmar while the military junta commits mass murder against them," he said in a statement. Protesters stand behind a barricade while waiting for security forces to approach on March 27, 2021 in Yangon, Myanmar.
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Across Myanmar, opponents of the ruling junta mourned the killings of at least 114 people by security forces in the bloodiest day since the military coup on Feb. 1, but vowed to keep protesting to end army rule.
Michigan Secretary of State vows to fight voter suppression effort from state GOP
       
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson joined Alicia Menendez on American Voices to discuss the effort from the GOP in her state to make it harder to vote. Secretary Benson argued action from the federal level is needed to fight voter restriction efforts at the state level.
Georgia GOP election official who debunked Trump's fraud claims defends state's new voting restrictions
       
But instead of targeting drafting errors, she wanted two sections of the bill tossed out and two other parts revised. In this new version, transgender athletes could play college sports.It wasn’t quite that Noem had a change of heart. “If South Dakota passes a law that’s against their policy, they will likely take punitive action against us. That same night, Fox News aired a commercial promoting South Dakota. South Dakota spent $819,000 on it.Noem’s national profile was rising and Republicans in many states invited her to attend events, campaign for their candidates and speak at rallies.
Take the sting out of gas prices by winning a tank from Roadshow
       
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US and Canada hit back at China's 'baseless' sanctions as Xinjiang row deepens
       
Blinken called the sanctions on the two members of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom “baseless”. Blinken’s statement came after Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, denounced Beijing and vowed to defend human rights. Trudeau called the Chinese sanctions “unacceptable actions”. “We will continue to defend human rights around the world with our international partners,” Trudeau said on Twitter. Chong, who is a member of the opposition Conservative party in Canada, said he would “wear (the sanctions) as a badge of honour”.
As violent attacks rise, some Asians in the US say they are afraid to go out - others plan to move away
       
On the hilly streets around his home in the Anza Vista neighbourhood of San Francisco, everyone knew Vicha Ratanapakdee as "grandpa". Image: Mr Ratanapakdee's daughter Monthanus says the Asian community should not be silent anymoreThe moments were recorded on a security camera across the road. "It makes me stand up and raise awareness for the Asian community to not be silent anymore." San Francisco is home to the oldest Chinatown in the US. Danny Yu Chang was heading back to his office in downtown San Francisco when he was assaulted.
Texas' COVID numbers fall for the 17th consecutive day following reopening
       
Texas COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to see a downward trend more than two weeks after the state scrapped its mask mandate and allowed businesses to reopen at full capacity. Texas COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to drop, 17 days after it scrapped its mask mandate and allowed businesses to reopen at full capacity. 'The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime, everything's fine - take off your mask, forget it. Tate Reeves who also ended the state's mask mandate this month. 'President Biden said allowing Mississippians to decide how to protect themselves is 'neanderthal thinking,'' Reeves tweeted at the time.
Gov. Brian Kemp blasts Biden and says there's 'nothing Jim Crow' about Georgia's new voting law
       
Brian Kemp said that there's 'nothing Jim Crow' about Georgia's new voting law and blasted Joe Biden and 'his handlers' for not having read it after the president accused it of being 'un-American.' 'It is obvious that neither President Biden nor his handlers have actually read SB 202, which I signed into law yesterday,' Kemp said in a statement. He continued: 'President Biden, the left, and the national media are determined to destroy the sanctity and security of the ballot box.' When asked by Fox News about Democratic concerns that the bill will disenfranchise black and minority voters, Kemp asked voters 'to simply find out what's in the bill.' It adds rigid restrictions on casting absentee ballots that will effectively deny the right to vote to countless voters,' Biden claimed.
Civil Rights groups DEMAND The Masters and MLB All-Star Game are MOVED from Georgia
       
Major sporting events could be moved out of the state of Georgia if calls from Civil Rights groups are to be listened to. Calls to move The Masters golf tournament and for the MLB All-Star game to be moved come after the state passed a controversial voting law Thursday. The Masters is next month in Augusta Major League Baseball's All-Star Game is scheduled to be held this July in Atlanta. An op-ed written in the Los Angeles Times also made calls for the All-Star game to be moved by MLB. The new law which was signed on Thursday by Republican Governor Brian Kemp makes sweeping changes to Georgia election law, including certain provisions that will require driver's licenses or state ID.
Who holds key to Bengal? The former Left and now non-committed voter
       
The great game that finally began yesterday in West Bengal is unlikely to end with the results on May 2. The state-level parties in West Bengal, Odisha, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu managed to keep the BJP at bay for another five years. How did the BJP in 2019 come close to usurping the position of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) in West Bengal? This question is a close proxy to what political scientists refer to as party identification. The party identification with the Left declined from 32% to 8% in this period.
There’s no migrant ‘surge’ at the U.S. southern border. Here’s the data.
       
Last week, at the U.S. border with Mexico, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) declared that the recent increase in unaccompanied minors attempting to enter the United States was a “crisis … created by the presidential policies of this new administration.”We looked at data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection to see whether there’s a “crisis” — or even a “surge,” as many news outlets have characterized it. We analyzed monthly CBP data from 2012 to now and found no crisis or surge that can be attributed to Biden administration policies. Rather, the current increase in apprehensions fits a predictable pattern of seasonal changes in undocumented immigration combined with a backlog of demand because of 2020’s coronavirus border closure.
Florida House passes guns in churches bill
       
News Service of FloridaWith supporters saying the issue is about property rights, the Florida House on Friday overwhelmingly passed a bill that would allow people to carry guns at churches that share locations with schools. Florida law generally allows people to carry concealed weapons at churches, synagogues, mosques and other religious institutions, but it bars being armed on school properties. That leads to people being prevented from carrying guns on properties shared by religious institutions and schools. The bill would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to bring guns on properties shared by churches and schools. Religious institutions or property owners would continue to be able to bar guns at the sites.
Biden nominates Manchin's wife to co-chair Appalachian Regional Commission
       
President Biden Joe BidenDemocrats see Georgia as opening salvo in war on voting rights MLB could move All-Star game from Georgia after controversial new voter restrictions Biden fires majority of DHS advisory council members MORE is nominating Gayle Manchin, Sen. Joe Manchin Joe ManchinBiden nominates Manchin's wife to co-chair Appalachian Regional Commission The Hill's Morning Report - Biden shifts on filibuster Liberals think Biden just made getting rid of the filibuster easier MORE’s (D-W.Va.) wife, to be co-chair of a federal commission that works with states to strengthen the economy in the Appalachian region, the White House announced Friday. If confirmed by the Senate, Gayle Manchin will co-chair the Appalachian Regional Commission, an economic development partnership agency established in 1965 through which the federal government works with 13 states and 420 counties across the Appalachian region to help invest in communities and spur job creation. Winning over Manchin also proved critical for Biden in getting his $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package across the finish line earlier this month by using budget reconciliation. Gayle Manchin also previously served as president of the West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Office of Education and the Arts. The commission's current state co-chairman is Virginia Gov.
Republican women say they experienced a toxic environment in the Salt Lake County GOP
       
That is not an easy thing to do.”Salt Lake County Republican representatives issued a statement calling for Miller’s resignation. “Everything he does is cloaked in secrecy.”Robinson’s role at the Salt Lake County Republican Party is unpaid. “Scott is someone I supported, I considered a good friend,” said Evans, who was previously employed by the county party. In one of the emails, cowritten by Robinson and Miller, Robinson complained of her “preoccupation” with him, even as she kept ignoring him. As women began sharing their complaints about Robinson, Robinson sent several aggressive emails and texts to Republican women, ostensibly to figure out who had leaked information about him.
Voters approve of Romney's impeachment vote to convict Trump 50%-39%, poll finds
       
Eighty-four percent of Democrats approved of Romney's vote and 11% disapproved, while 15% of Republicans approved and 76% disapproved. Independents backed Romney's vote 47%-33% (19% weren't sure). Overall, voters were evenly split 47%-47% on whether they approved of the Senate vote to acquit Trump. Immediately after the vote, the state Republican Party issued a statement expressing pleasure that Trump was acquitted and saying "we strongly disagree" with Romney's vote against him. Impeachment vote fallout:GOP Sen. Romney faces awkwardness, 'abuse' for defying TrumpAnd the Utah GOP is considering a measure to censure Romney for the vote.
The scare-Crow tactics of Democrats: Goodwin
       
To Democrats and their media megaphones, Jim Crow has risen from history’s grave and stalks our land again. He claimed the election changes “make Jim Crow look like Jim Eagle,” which makes no sense except to suggest he’s got birds on his brain. Brian Kemp, saying the changes represent “Jim Crow in the 21st century.”By then it was clear Jim Crow was the party’s official talking point. Stacey Abrams and Atlanta protesters both labeled the Georgia law “Jim Crow 2.0.” One activist called it “Jim Crow with makeup and cologne.” Another called it “Jim Crow in a suit and tie.”The list goes on, but you get the point. Because there is no truth to the president’s odious claims about the Georgia law, we are left with two options.
Trump says he will probably visit the southern border in coming weeks
       
Former President Trump sat down with Judge Jeanine Pirro for an exclusive interview that will air on Fox News’ “Justice with Judge Jeanine” Saturday at 9 p.m.“A lot of people want me to” visit the border, Trump told Pirro. In the interview, Trump says that he will probably visit the southern border over the next few weeks. Instead, in the span of a just few weeks, the Biden Administration has turned a national triumph into a national disaster. They are in way over their heads and taking on water fast.”Republicans have been urging President Biden to visit the border to experience firsthand the overwhelmed facilities amid a border surge. The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities have been operating far beyond capacity amid a troubling surge in border crossers.
Migrants at border motivated by need, opportunity
       
MISSION, Tex. (Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post)Many of the migrants Vela finds in Rincon del Diablo say they are motivated by a complicated and varied set of personal and practical reasons that intersect where survival meets opportunity. Vela gets the age and nationality of the migrants and points them in the direction of a Border Patrol facility under a nearby bridge. Their first stop is often a rudimentary Border Patrol station or facility, where thousands of minors have stayed for days longer than legally allowed. They die.”Vela never finds out what happens to the migrants he meets after delivering them to busy Border Patrol agents.
Renovations delay Kamala Harris' move to official residence
       
More than two months after Vice President Kamala Harris was sworn in, she and her husband have not yet moved into their official residence because of ongoing renovations. CNN's Kate Bennett has more.
Trump slams Biden immigration policies: ‘There’s nothing, there’s no leadership’
       
Former President Donald Trump blasted Joe Biden's immigration policies Saturday on "Justice with Judge Jeanine," saying the new President is showing "no leadership," during a crisis that could "destroy our country." I don't know what they're doing. And they don't know what they're doing. They’re going to destroy our country. Since taking office, Biden has undone a number of Trump-era immigration policies, including halting funding for the border wall and ending the Remain-in-Mexico policy.
Video shows Maryland police handcuffing, berating 5-year-old boy
       
Newly released body camera footage shows two Maryland police officers handcuffing and berating a 5-year-old boy who had allegedly left school without permission. The Montgomery County Police Department released the video on Friday. The video begins after police find the boy, who is not identified, on what appears to be a residential street in southern Maryland near the Washington border. The boy's mother filed a lawsuit earlier this year against Montgomery County, Montgomery County Public Schools and the Montgomery County Police Department, NBC Washington reported. In a statement, Montgomery County school officials said the video is "extremely difficult for us to watch."
United States condemns China's sanctions in dispute over Uighurs
       
BEIJING/OTTAWA (Reuters) - The United States on Saturday condemned China’s sanctions against two American religious-rights officials and a Canadian lawmaker in a dispute over Beijing’s treatment of Uighur Muslims and other minorities. China’s moves “only contribute to the growing international scrutiny of the ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang. Beijing’s sanctions followed those imposed by the United States, European Union, Britain and Canada earlier this week for what they say are violations of the rights of Uighur Muslims and other Turkic minorities in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang. Otherwise they will get their fingers burnt.”China’s previous sanctions on U.S. individuals who it says have seriously undermined China’s sovereignty and interests on Xinjiang-related issues remain in effect. “This demonstrates that parliamentarians are being effective in drawing attention to the genocide of the Uighur people that is taking place in western China,” Chong said in a telephone interview.
Michigan GOP chair seen on video calling female leaders "witches"
       
"We're focused on the three witches," Weiser said, adding that he was also working on winning Republican majorities in the state's House and Senate. Do better, Michigan GOP." Do better, Michigan GOP. https://t.co/v14V0mJE4G pic.twitter.com/NC2XTuNs3c— Dana Nessel (@dananessel) March 26, 2021CBS News has reached out to Weiser and the Michigan Republican Party for comment. Saturday Sessions: The Weather Station performs "Loss"Saturday Sessions: The Weather Station performs "Tried To Tell You”Saturday Sessions: The Weather Station performs "Parking Lot"
Michigan GOP chair calls top Democratic women 'witches'
       
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The leader of Michigan's Republican Party referred to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and two other top Democratic elected woman as “witches" that the GOP wants to “soften up” for a “burning at the stake” in the 2022 election. Someone asked Weiser about “witches in our own party.”He said: "Ma’am, other than assassination, I have no other way other than voting out. The Michigan Democratic Party and two Democratic members of the university board said Weiser, a major donor to the school, should resign. She wrote: “Witches who magically decrease Covid spread, increase voter turnout and hold sexual predators accountable without any help from the legislature?
Michigan GOP chair refuses to resign after calling female Democrats ‘witches’ and joking about assassinations
       
Michigan GOP chair Ron Weiser is caught on video calling female Democrats ‘witches’ and joking about ‘assassination’ (Facebook)The chairman of the Michigan Republican Party refused to step down on Friday, despite being caught on video calling female Democrats “witches” and joking about assassinating anti-Trump Republicans. Mr Weiser has faced calls to resign after a Facebook video surfaced of him making controversial remarks to the North Oakland Republican Club in White Lake, Michigan. An audience member asked Mr Weiser how to deal with the “witches in our own party”. After the chair’s comments made the news, members of the University of Michigan Board of Regents, of which Mr Weiser is a member, called on him to resign. The Independent has reached out to the Michigan Republican Party for comment, but has not yet heard back.
Florida's DeSantis threatens lawsuit if CDC doesn't enable U.S. cruises to resume by summer
       
The New York TimesSEOUL, South Korea — North Korea test-launched what it called a newly developed tactical guided missile ?Thursday, violating international sanctions. During a nighttime military parade last October, North Korea displayed a new, untested ICBM that looked bigger than any of the previous ones. North Korea has yet to demonstrate that its warhead can survive the intense heat and friction created by reentry. At a military parade earlier this year, North Korea displayed what looked like a bigger, upgraded version of KN-23. The arsenal ‘guarantees its success.’ North Korea has one of the largest standing armies in the world, with more than 1 million soldiers.
Valley Asian American community gathers for march in Mesa to protest anti-Asian attacks
       
Hundreds of people holding signs, toting coolers of snacks and wearing masks marched in Mesa Saturday to support Asian American communities victimized by harassment and hate. Vicente Reid, CEO of the Arizona Asian Chamber, helped organize the event. He said violence against the Asian American community is not new, but the community has not spoken up enough about it. This is the second event held to protest anti-Asian attacks across the country. Anti-Asian attacks worry advocatesAdvocates for the Asian American community have been alarmed by a string of recent attacks against older Asian Americans, including a 74-year-old Juanito Falcon, who died after being assaulted at Christown Spectrum Mall in Phoenix.
Candlelight vigil to oppose anti-Asian hate brings community members to state Capitol
       
The vigil at the state Capitol lawn hosted a mix of races showing solidarity against the recent spikes in bullying and hate crimes in the country. The event hosted various singers and musicians who peppered in classical and cultural performances as the sun set on the Capitol. Attendees held candles and "Stop Asian Hate" signs throughout, as various leaders and citizens gave testimonies. "Not just our Asian community, but our entire community," said Marietta Stites of the Filipino American National Historical Society, Arizona Chapter. The vigil saw leaders from various racial demographics speak at the event to denounce white hegemony and racial bullying.
Vice presidents’ policy projects come with political risks
       
That’s likely to be the case for Vice President Kamala Harris, who this week was named the new point person on immigration. This is definitely not a ceremonial task,” said Nina Rees, a former deputy assistant for domestic policy to Vice President Dick Cheney. Harris’ team has clarified that the vice president does not own all of immigration policy. Kamarck’s argument bucks the traditional wisdom, which says if a vice president does well on thorny issues, more credit goes to the president and, if not, it gives the president some political cover. The matter of who gets praise, or blame, is even trickier when it’s clear the vice president has White House aspirations.
Global calls to tackle Myanmar military's 'reign of terror' after worst mass killing
       
“Words of condemnation or concern are frankly ringing hollow to the people of Myanmar while the military junta commits mass murder against them,” he said in a statement. “On Myanmar’s Armed Forces Day, security forces are murdering unarmed civilians, including children, the very people they swore to protect,” he said. News reports and witnesses said Myanmar security forces killed 114 people, including some children, on Armed Forces Day – the bloodiest day of its crackdown on pro-democracy protesters since last month’s military coup. Myanmar’s military has so far ignored criticism of its violent crackdown on dissent. A demonstrator in front of a barricade during protests against the military coup in Yangon on Saturday.
Opening arguments set to begin in George Floyd murder trial
       
Derek Chauvin, a 19-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department, faces murder and manslaughter charges for his role in the May 25, 2020 death of the 46-year-old Floyd. Opening arguments are to begin at 9:00 am Central time (1400 GMT) in a heavily guarded Minneapolis courtroom for a trial expected to last about a month. A conviction on any of the charges -- second-degree murder, third-degree murder or manslaughter -- will require the jury to return a unanimous verdict. Ben Crump, a lawyer for the Floyd family, said he hoped the jury would deliver a "just verdict." "George Floyd had more witnesses to his death than any other person ever -- white or Black," Crump said.
US demonstrators rally nationwide against anti-Asian violence
       
"We're one year into this pandemic and anti-Asian violence has only intensified," said Judi Chang, a representative of the anti-war, anti-racism ANSWER coalition behind the demonstrations. "Everyone I know who is Asian has been a victim of violence or harassment, assault," she told AFP in New York. Irving Lee, a demonstrator in Queens, called "the anti-Asian violence that's been created in his country" a "byproduct of US foreign policy." "I've seen a lot of people that have been affected," he told AFP. "They're scared to go out as a consequence of the violence that's been going on."
JCS chairmen from 12 countries issue joint statement condemning violence in Myanmar
       
NATIONALThis captured image shows a joint statement issued by the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairmen of 12 countries available on the website of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff. (Joint Chiefs of Staff)Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Won In-choul has joined his counterparts from 11 countries, including the United States, in adopting a statement condemning Myanmar's military using "lethal force against unarmed people. "As Chiefs of Defense, we condemn the use of lethal force against unarmed people by the Myanmar Armed Forces and associated security services," the statement said. "A professional military follows international standards for conduct and is responsible for protecting -- not harming -- the people it serves. "They also urged "the Myanmar Armed Forces to cease violence and work to restore respect and credibility with the people of Myanmar that it has lost through its actions," according to the statement.
JCS chairmen from 12 countries issue joint statement condemning violence in Myanmar
       
This captured image shows a joint statement issued by the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairmen of 12 countries available on the website of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff. (Joint Chiefs of Staff)Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Won In-choul has joined his counterparts from 11 countries, including the United States, in adopting a statement condemning Myanmar's military using "lethal force against unarmed people." "As Chiefs of Defense, we condemn the use of lethal force against unarmed people by the Myanmar Armed Forces and associated security services," the statement said. "A professional military follows international standards for conduct and is responsible for protecting -- not harming -- the people it serves." They also urged "the Myanmar Armed Forces to cease violence and work to restore respect and credibility with the people of Myanmar that it has lost through its actions," according to the statement.
Dr. Deborah Birx says every American COVID-19 death after the first 100,000 could've been mitigated, but a Democratic lawmaker says she's to blame for 'enabling' Trump
       
Dr. Deborah Birx said thousands of Americans died preventable COVID-19 deaths. Dr. Deborah Birx, a former member of the White House coronavirus response team, said thousands of Americans died preventable COVID-19 deaths and that everything after the initial surge could've been mitigated. Birx was speaking during an interview with CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta for the network's upcoming coronavirus documentary that airs Sunday. Dr. Birx, who was afraid to challenge his unscientific rhetoric and wrongfully praised him." Another doctor interviewed by CNN Saturday said he agreed with Birx about the preventable COVID-19 deaths, but that it "happened on her watch."
Baltimore drops prosecution of low-level crimes, including prostitution, drug possession
       
The city of Baltimore will no longer prosecute certain low-level crimes, including prostitution, drug possession and minor traffic violations, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced Friday. "Today, America's war on drug users is over in the city of Baltimore," Mosby said in a statement. "Clearly prosecuting low-level offenses with no public safety value is counterproductive to the limited law enforcement resources we have," Mosby added. "Reimagining public safety in Baltimore requires innovation and collaborative effort," he added. "We will continue to be responsive to the public safety needs of our residents and hold violent criminals accountable," Harrison said.
Arkansas governor signs medical conscience objections law
       
— Arkansas’ governor has signed into law a measure that would allow doctors to refuse to treat someone because of moral or religious objections. The measure says health care workers and institutions have the right to not participate in non-emergency treatments that violate their conscience. Hutchinson issued the following statement regarding the signing of the bill:“I have signed into law SB289, The Medical Ethics and Diversity Act. The bill was changed to ensure that the exercise of the right of conscience is limited to 'conscience-based objections to a particular health care service.' “Religious liberty is a fundamental right, but it is not an excuse to discriminate against people or deny them health care.
Funding Hate: How extremists like the ones who attacked the Capitol are making money off the internet
       
Monetizing extremist contentIn the past, hate groups raised money by means such as charging dues, selling products or requiring the purchase of uniforms. In fact, crowdfunding and online content monetization enabled the extremists behind the “Stop the Steal” movement to make anti-democratic organizing a livelihood. Far-right activist and self-described “Stop the Steal” national organizer Ali Alexander, for example, has relied on websites like GiveSendGo, an alternative to the popular crowdfunding site GoFundMe, to secure funding for his activities. Instead of Patreon, a crowdfunding site popular with artists, journalists, musicians and other creators, extremists could use sites like Hatreon, founded by antigovernment extremist Cody Wilson. Crowdfunding sites played a critical role in the Capitol insurrection, providing money to help people to travel to Washington.
Police respond after journalist ‘assaulted’ at Bristol protest
       
Avon and Somerset Police has issued a statement after video on social media appeared to show a journalist being assaulted during a protest in Bristol. Daily Mirror reporter Matthew Dresch claimed he was assaulted while covering a ‘Kill the Bill’ protest in the city centre. He shared video footage of the incident on social media, which showed police in riot gear attempting to push him back. The video has been widely shared and police have been criticised for their actions at the protest. A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police said: “We're aware of a video showing a journalist being confronted by officers during last night's protest in Bristol.
Activists push Coca-Cola to take stand against Georgia election law
       
Activists in Georgia are calling for a boycott of Coca-Cola until the Atlanta-based company comes out against the state’s new election-law changes. The African Methodist Episcopal Church, which represents 500 black churches, on Thursday called for the boycott, and the hashtag #BoycottCocaCola was trending into the weekend. The new rules impose additional identification requirements for absentee ballots, restrictions on drop boxes and earlier poll closures, among other measures. Biden on Friday called the new law “Jim Crow in the 21st century.”A demonstrator holds a sign during a peaceful protest outside of the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta. Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via APCoca-Cola said in a March statement that the company supports “improvements that would enhance accessibility, maximize voter participation, maintain election integrity, and serve all Georgians.”
Montana Sen. Steve Daines touts state’s ‘homegrown’ meth during border visit
       
Ahh, the good ol’ days — when meth in America was “homegrown.”Montana Sen. Steve Daines is being mocked for reminiscing about “homemade” methamphetamines while discussing the immigration crisis. “Twenty years ago in Montana, meth was homemade. It was homegrown,” the Republican congressman said at the border Friday. Today the meth that is getting into Montana is Mexican cartel. Far more dangerous, far more addictive, and it’s less expensive.”
Korean groups rally on the Mall to decry racism after deadly attacks in Atlanta
       
The incidents have drawn fresh attention to the long history of anti-Asian racism in the United States and President Biden has denounced attacks on Asian Americans. Anna E. Ko, a leader of the Korean American Society of Virginia, said many people she knows were reluctant to attend the rally. Another read: “Protect our Korean elders.”ADSpeakers addressed the group and onlookers enjoying the spring morning on the Mall. Seyang Jeong described harassment she had faced in the five years she has lived in the United States. But Chang questioned the lack of support from local leaders: “To be honest with you, where are the other elected officials?”
Trump country remains gun country
       
Put another way, Biden’s Arizona victory was a function in part of his flipping one of the most gun-centric places in the country. After the 2016 election, we declared that gun country was Donald Trump country; these data, it seem, tell a different story. The places with the most licensed dealers are populous, urban counties, places where there are a lot more stores of all types. Gun country remains Trump country, and vice versa. The places in the United States with the most gun retailers per person are places that tended to vote for Donald Trump.
Lawmakers at border urge empathy for migrants: 'These are not invaders'
       
Several House members Saturday urged empathy for the thousands of migrants fleeing Central America for the U.S.-Mexico border after touring facilities in Texas that are processing and housing them. Democrats on the tour said they reject the GOP narrative that the southern border is suddenly open under President Biden and migrants are villains bringing problems to the United States. The comments came Saturday at a news conference following a congressional delegation tour of the border. There were more than 18,000 unaccompanied minors in either Border Protection or Health and Human Services custody as of Thursday, according to DHS records. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe Escobar-led trip was one of several congressional delegations to the border this weekend.
New Mexico rancher tells lawmakers to address border crisis, ‘quit politicizing’
       
New Mexico rancher, Russell Johnson, urged lawmakers Saturday, to "quit politicizing" the southern border and instead, address the U.S.’s problematic immigration system. In an interview with Fox News’ Eric Shawn, the fourth generation New Mexico rancher explained that issues on the border exceed the number of migrant families crossing illegally, saying there is a growing concern around safety. GOP SENATORS SHUT DOWN TALK OF IMMIGRATION DEAL UNTIL BORDER CRISIS IS SOLVED"What people don't realize is, we don't have the family units and unaccompanied minors approaching our area of the border. While Johnson’s mother got away fine, the New Mexico rancher noted that it can take Border Patrol up to an hour to respond to their calls – a response time that worries the husband and father to young children. "Do the right thing, finish the border wall project, which is not just the wall, it's the sensors, the lighting, the roads, finish all of it and secure the border and then overhaul the immigration system."
China sanctions U.S. and Canadian officials, including Sen. Manchin’s wife, in tit-for-tat response
       
China sanctioned a number of U.S. and Canadian officials in response to heightening tension as Western nations call out the country’s alleged human rights violations of the Uighur population in the country’s Xinjiang province. Among those slapped with sanctions are Gayle Manchin, chair of the U.S. government's advisory Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), and Tony Perkins, vice chair. The U.S., Canada, the European Union and the United Kingdom have teamed up to enact their own sanctions on Chinese officials over the abuses of the Muslim minority population. China has denied any human rights violations and told other countries to stop meddling in its internal affairs. The sanctions came after tense bilateral talks took place with Biden administration officials and Chinese officials in Alaska last week.
Biden official asked GOP senators visiting border to delete photos from facilities
       
Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., told Fox News that a Biden official asked Republican senators to delete photos they took at a border facility they were touring on Friday. SEN. BRAUN PENS LETTER URGING BIDEN TO VISIT BORDERThe photos showed children sleeping on the ground in an enclosed area. Braun told the Examiner as the group stopped with border agents at the edge of the Rio Grande, where migrants often try to illegally cross. GOP SENATORS ENCOUNTER TRAFFICKERS, CARTEL MEMBERS AT BORDER DURING NIGHTTIME RIO GRANDE TOURBraun, after visiting the facility, penned a letter to the president imploring him to visit the border. The images show migrants jammed into pods at the processing facility and children sleeping on mats on the floor.
Georgia election official: Both political parties are treating US voters like children
       
Georgia election official Gabriel Sterling, who called out former President Donald Trump's election misinformation as a Republican, echoed Gov. Brian Kemp about the state's controversial new voting law . Sterling tells CNN's Pamela Brown that both political parties are responsible for creating distrust in the election process.
Asian American Local Leader Shows Army Scars: 'Is This Patriot Enough?'
       
Asian American Local Leader Shows Army Scars: 'Is This Patriot Enough?' Ever since Lee Wong came to the U.S. after graduating from high school, he has faced questions about his patriotism. "I want to show you something," Wong continued. And the four other board members on the dais looked on as the board chairman took off his jacket coat. After showing his scars, Wong sat back down and buttoned up his shirt.
Cuomo aides subpoenaed by New York AG in sexual harassment investigation, report says
       
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference with Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa (Getty Images)The New York state attorney general’s office has reportedly subpoenaed dozens of Cuomo administration staff in connection with the investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against the governor. Staffers have been asked to produce documents as well as submit themselves for interviews, according to people familiar with the matter. Reporting by The Wall Street Journal on Friday says that Andrew Cuomo’s top aide Melissa DeRosa is among those subpoenaed by AG Letitia James. Ms DeRosa has worked for Mr Cuomo since 2013 and now holds the title of secretary to the governor. It is unclear which other members of the administration have been subpoenaed by the attorney general’s office.
Low Traffic Neighbourhoods to be ripped up if Tories win London mayoral elections
       
Low Traffic Neighbourhoods could be ripped up if the Conservatives win the London mayoral electionsUnwanted emergency cycle lanes in the capital will be ripped up within the first 100 days of a Conservative win in the London Tory mayoral elections. Shaun Bailey, the Tory candidate, has threatened to scrap every Low Traffic Neighbourhood imposed by City Hall if he beats Labour’s Sadiq Khan on May 6. Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) use street furniture such as planters to block roads in residential areas. They reduce traffic volumes, but can make it harder for drivers to get around and can be particularly disruptive for disabled and vulnerable residents. They have proved to be local flashpoints because many councils impose them on communities during the pandemic with minimal consultation.
Valley Asian American community gathers for march in Mesa to protest anti-Asian attacks
       
Hundreds of people holding signs, toting coolers of snacks and wearing masks marched in Mesa Saturday to support Asian American communities victimized by harassment and hate. This is the second event held to protest anti-Asian attacks across the country. Anti-Asian attacks worry advocatesAdvocates for the Asian American community have been alarmed by a string of recent attacks against older Asian Americans, including a 74-year-old Juanito Falcon, who died after being assaulted at Christown Spectrum Mall in Phoenix. One in four Americans, including nearly half of Asian Americans, in recent weeks, have seen someone blame Asian people for the coronavirus epidemic, a new USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll found. The actual number of anti-Asian incidents is most likely much higher because many incidents go unreported, Jeung said.
Colorado Republican Party elects new leadership, looks to the future
       
The future for the Colorado Republican Party is female, as hundreds of members voted Saturday to elevate Vice Chair Kristi Burton Brown to the party’s top spot alongside two other women, creating the state party’s first all-female officer group. After nearly nine hours and three rounds of voting, Burton Brown nudged out former secretary of state Scott Gessler as the top vote getter. Party members also elected unsuccessful University of Colorado regent candidate Priscilla Rahn to the vice chair position and unsuccessful state House candidate Marilyn Harris as secretary. “We face the battle of our lives,” Burton Brown said. State party spokesman Joseph Jackson said Burton Brown, Rahn and Harris all assumed their new positions immediately.
Myanmar forces kill scores in deadliest day since coup
       
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — As Myanmar’s military celebrated the annual Armed Forces Day holiday with a parade Saturday in the country’s capital, soldiers and police elsewhere killed scores of people while suppressing protests in the deadliest bloodletting since last month’s coup. “We urge the Myanmar Armed Forces to cease violence and work to restore respect and credibility with the people of Myanmar that it has lost through its actions.”The European Union’s delegation to Myanmar said that the 76th Myanmar Armed Forces Day “will stay engraved as a day of terror and dishonor.”“The killing of unarmed civilians, including children, are indefensible acts,” it added. Ambassador Thomas Vajda in a statement said “security forces are murdering unarmed civilians.”“These are not the actions of a professional military or police force,” he wrote. Junta chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing did not directly refer to the protest movement when he gave his nationally televised Armed Forces Day speech before thousands of soldiers in Naypyitaw. In contrast, security forces have used live ammunition for weeks against what have still been overwhelmingly unarmed and peaceful crowds.
Here are the main figures in the courtroom during the Derek Chauvin trial
       
Here is a guide to the main figures in the courtroom during the trial:JUDGE PETER CAHILLPeter Cahill is the trial judge of Chauvin’s case. Ellison became the attorney general in 2019, and previously represented the state’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. JERRY BLACKWELLSpecial Assistant Attorney General Jerry Blackwell is a founding partner of Blackwell Burke P.A. STEVE SCHLEICHERSpecial Assistant Attorney General Steve Schleicher is a trial and appellate lawyer and a partner at Maslon LLP in Minneapolis. Before that, he worked at the Minnesota attorney general’s office and the Winona County attorney’s office.
Analysis: What number mayor is Kim Janey, actually?
       
Which number mayor is she, anyway? Newly minted acting Mayor Kim Janey’s administration blasted out multiple emails this week celebrating her ascension to becoming Boston’s 55th mayor. Much like Janey, Kerrigan became the acting mayor and served into 1946, but he never was elected, and isn’t counted in the numerical tally. When an elected mayor leaves, as now-Labor Secretary Martin Walsh did on Monday, the City Council president — Janey — takes on the “acting mayor” title — a powerful position, but more limited than a full elected mayor. This all comes as Janey mulls a run for a four-year term as a full elected mayor.
Former Trump adviser takes prominent role in voting battle
       
"I’ve been working with state legislatures for several years to get them to pay attention to what I call the political process,” Mitchell said. “I love legislatures and working with legislators.”She similarly would not detail her conversations with Trump or say whether they involved the new voting fights. “I’m in touch with the president fairly frequently,” she said of Trump. Mitchell says she believes the courts used legal trickery to avoid ever truly addressing Trump’s allegations of voter fraud. “I have concerns with the election but I do not think the election was stolen," said Noah Wall, executive vice president of FreedomWorks.
'These were tough decisions': Former Virginia governors share their experiences with death penalty
       
Then there is a series of appeals up to the U.S. Supreme Court. He said he was not an enthusiastic fan of the death penalty, but he supported it. “I’m a rule of law guy,” he said. Otherwise, what have you got?”“If the General Assembly changes it, and the governor agrees to it, so be it. “I believe it will be wrong, but it will be the law and I am a man who is respectful of the rule of law.”
Photography of people: How Tish Murtha documented life in marginalised communities from the inside
       
It speaks to the period but retains an urgency that makes it seem fresh to my eyes each time I look at it.”Penny for the guy, Newport, Wales (1976) (Tish Murtha © Ella Murtha, all rights reserved)Karen On Overturned Chair, Youth Unemployment (1981) (Tish Murtha © Ella Murtha, all rights reserved)Robo and Carl in the phonebox, Youth Unemployment (1981) (Tish Murtha © Ella Murtha, all rights reserved)Her work was explicitly political. The Cut, Elswick Kids (1978) (Tish Murtha © Ella Murtha, all rights reserved)Angela and Starky, Newport Wales (1976) (Tish Murtha © Ella Murtha, all rights reserved)After moving to London in 1982 she worked with legendary photographer Bill Brandt on a series London By Night, documenting the lives of Soho sex workers with her characteristic energy and empathy. Natalie, Huggy and Joseph, Elswick Revisited (1987-1991) (Tish Murtha © Ella Murtha, all rights reserved)(Tish Murtha © Ella Murtha, all rights reserved)Kids Jumping On To Mattresses - Youth Unemployment (1981) (Tish Murtha © Ella Murtha, all rights reserved)Although her career effectively ended at Ella’s birth, it is now Ella who is pushing to have her mother’s work celebrated in the way it always should have been. After starting the Tish Murtha Archive, she published a series of photobooks including the Youth Unemployment series. Read our privacy notice Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Myanmar mourns bloodiest day since coup after junta crackdown
       
Children were among those killed on Saturday, Myanmar's Armed Forces Day, according to news reports and witnesses, in a crackdown that drew renewed criticism from Western countries and was denounced by the U.S. envoy as "horrifying." Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, the junta leader, had said during a parade to mark Armed Forces Day that the military would protect the people and strive for democracy. The EU delegation to Myanmar said Saturday would "forever stay engraved as a day of terror and dishonor." Among the signatories were the United States, Britain and some EU states that have imposed sanctions on the army. Russia's Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin attended Saturday's military parade in Naypyitaw, having met senior junta leaders a day earlier.
N. Korea to hold conference of 'cell secretaries' in early April: state media
       
NATIONALDelegates gather for the seventh day of the eighth congress of the ruling Workers' Party in Pyongyang on Jan. 11, 2021. (KCNA-Yonhap)North Korea will hold a conference early next month of the secretaries of "party cells," the grassroots units of the ruling Workers Party, state media reported Sunday, as the country tries to achieve goals laid out in a party congress earlier this year. "The Secretariat of the Central Committee of the ruling party decided to convene the sixth conference of cell Secretaries to discuss and guide the affairs in prioritizing the position and role of the Party cells", the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.It will also be about "consolidating the WPK organizationally and ideologically, as required by a new high stage of the developing revolution," the KCNA said.Party cells refer to the party's most elementary units consisting of five to 30 people.North Korea has been trying to achieve new economic goals that were unveiled by its leader Kim Jong-un during the eighth party congress held in January in the face of global sanctions and the prolonged campaign against the COVID-19 pandemic.Kim has admitted to a failure in his previous economic development plan and rolled out the new five-year development scheme at the party congress, with an emphasis on self-reliance.The planned conference also comes amid heightening tensions after Pyongyang fired two short-range ballistic missiles Thursday, in a first such test since US President Joe Biden took office.During the eighth party congress, North Korea said it revised its party rules to hold the congress every five years and that will be also applied to the conferences of the cell secretaries and lowest-level party secretaries.
N.Korea accuses Biden of 'provocation' for criticizing missile launches
       
NATIONALA new type of a tactical guided missile is launched from the North Korean town of Hamju, South Hamgyong Province, on Thursday in this photo released by the North's official Korean Central News Agency. South Korea's military said the previous day that the North fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles into the East Sea. ""I think that the new US administration obviously took its first step wrong. "North Korea confirmed Friday it test-fired new tactical guided missiles a day earlier. "Biden also warned: "There will be responses if they choose to escalate.
N. Korea to hold conference of 'cell secretaries' in early April: state media
       
Delegates gather for the seventh day of the eighth congress of the ruling Workers' Party in Pyongyang on Jan. 11, 2021. (KCNA-Yonhap)North Korea will hold a conference early next month of the secretaries of "party cells," the grassroots units of the ruling Workers Party, state media reported Sunday, as the country tries to achieve goals laid out in a party congress earlier this year. Party cells refer to the party's most elementary units consisting of five to 30 people. Kim has admitted to a failure in his previous economic development plan and rolled out the new five-year development scheme at the party congress, with an emphasis on self-reliance. During the eighth party congress, North Korea said it revised its party rules to hold the congress every five years and that will be also applied to the conferences of the cell secretaries and lowest-level party secretaries.
Georgia GOP's Fond Return To A By-Gone Era: No Voting Or Knocking on Doors While Black
       
visuals around the bill. Behind them - see picture vs 1,000 words - hung a painting of Callaway Plantation, an actual slave plantation, home to one of the era'slargest slaveholders anda "monument to Georgia's history of brutal white supremacy." Activities do not include re-creating slaves running away and hounds biting "plugs out of their legs," or, says Uju Anya, lawmakers' "genocidal ancestors" raping, maiming, torturing, terrorizing and literally working to death over 300 black slaves. The image displayed as "sons of the white planter class" try to restrict black Georgians' right to vote and challenge their power, she says, reflects "the criminal legacy that gave them that power, and the blood money which continues to nurture it. "legacy of white supremacy is hiding in plain sight, literally," Jim Crow segregation to Klan assaults to today's voter purges and mass incarceration.
Michigan GOP Chair Calls State’s Democratic Leaders ‘Witches… Ready for Burning at the Stake’
       
Michigan state GOP Chairman Ron Weiser took it all the way back to the 17th century when he made a remark about the assassination of Michigan’s governor, attorney general, and secretary of state — all of whom are women. The women he is calling “witches” are Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General Dana Nessel and Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. Last year, Whitmer was the target of a foiled kidnapping or assassination plot by far-right extremists. Instead, he said that his words were “clearly being taken out of context.” They are not taken out of context. @MIGOP Chair Ron Weiser's comments don't reflect the values of the @UMich’s Board of Regents, faculty, and student body.
Sen. Mike Braun sends letter to Biden urging him to visit border: 'This surge makes it a moral imperative'
       
EXCLUSIVE: Fresh off a visit to the southern border, Sen. Mike Braun said Saturday that President Biden has a moral imperative to immediately see the "inhumane" and "dangerous" migrant situation firsthand. The Indiana Republican penned a letter to Biden on Saturday, obtained first by Fox News, which includes pictures Braun took Friday during his visit of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility in Texas. There were more than 18,000 unaccompanied minors in either Border Protection or Health and Human Services custody as of Thursday, according to homeland security records. Braun was part of a group of Senate Republicans making the trip to the south Texas border and expressed horror at the mounting crisis -- viewing packed border facilities and speaking to overwhelmed border agents. Border Protection encountered more than 100,000 migrants in February and those numbers are expected to increase dramatically in the spring and summer months.
Former Trump adviser takes prominent role in voting battle
       
She is also advising state lawmakers crafting the voting restriction proposals. Trump’s false claims of fraud have fueled a wave of new voting restrictions. More than 250 proposed voting restrictions have been proposed this year by mostly Republican lawmakers, according to the Brennan Center for Justice. She says she’ll use that role to “coordinate” conservative voting positions, particularly in opposition to H.R. She also is chair of the Public Interest Legal Foundation, a conservative election law project that she said may get involved in litigation against H.R.
Former Trump chief of staff calls ex-President's Capitol riot claims 'manifestly false'
       
(CNN) The former chief of staff to ex-President Donald Trump on Saturday pushed back against his former boss' recent attempt to whitewash the history of the January 6 Capitol riot. Mick Mulvaney, who stepped down as Trump's special envoy to Northern Ireland after the insurrection, called Trump's comments that his supporters were " hugging and kissing " police officers and posed "zero threat," despite widespread violence, "manifestly false." "I was surprised to hear the President say that. "It's not right to say there was no risk, I don't know how you can say that when people were killed," he added. Mulvaney was one of a handful of senior officials who resigned in the wake of the January 6 riot, including former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and former Trump deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger.
AOC leapt into the ongoing Twitter battle between lawmakers and Amazon over workers' rights and bathroom breaks, by sharing internal company memo
       
An internal Amazon memo asked staff to stop using Amazon bags as toilets, The Intercept reported. Sharing it on Twitter, Ocasio-Cortez asked Amazon, "This you?" Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday leapt into an ongoing Twitter feud between lawmakers and Amazon, calling into question whether the company's policies have forced workers to skip bathroom breaks. Ocasio-Cortez responded by sharing an internal Amazon Logistics memo asking staffers to stop using Amazon bags as bathrooms. The May 2020 memo, which was first reported by The Intercept, asked employees to not "return bags to station with poop inside."
China sanctions wife of Joe Manchin, other US and Canadian officials
       
China has placed sanctions on a handful of U.S. and Canadian officials in a tit for tat response amid growing tensions over the suppression of ethnic and religious minorities in Xinjiang province. Michael Chong, vice chair of the Canadian Parliament's Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development (FAAE), and the eight members of the FAAE Subcommittee on International Human Rights have also been sanctioned. Those that China sanctioned will not be allowed in China, Hong Kong or Macau, and Chinese citizens and businesses are not allowed to communicate with the individuals. The U.S. coordinated sanctions against China with Canada, the European Union and the United Kingdom due to China’s alleged human rights abuses against Uyghur Muslims. China has denied accusations of any human rights abuses in the country.
Equalisation Levy response: US proposes retaliatory tariffs of up to 25% on select Indian goods
       
In its first retaliatory action under the Joe Biden administration, the US has proposed to impose retaliatory tariffs up to 25% on around 40 Indian products including shrimps, basmati rice, gold and silver items in response to the equalisation levy or digital services tax (DST) imposed by India on non-resident e-commerce operators.The United States Trade Representative ( USTR ) on Thursday said this would collect duties on goods of India in the range of the amount of DST that India is expected to collect from US whose initial estimates are pegged at $55 million per year.“In particular, USTR proposes to impose additional tariffs of up to 25% ad valorem on an aggregate level of trade that would collect duties on goods of India in the range of the amount of DST that India is expected to collect from US companies,” it said in a report on Next Steps of 301 Digital Services Taxes Investigations.It proposed similar actions for five other countries- Austria, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.“Initial estimates indicate that the value of the DST payable by US- based company groups to India will be up to approximately $55 million per year,” USTR said in its report on India.In January, USTR said that the DSTs adopted by Austria, India, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom were subject to action under Section 301 because they discriminated against US digital companies, were inconsistent with principles of international taxation, and burdened American companies.The 2% equalisation levy, or the so-called Google tax, came into effect on April 1, 2020. The USTR has identified 119 companies that are likely to be liable under the Digital Service Tax, out of which 86, or 72%, are American companies.New Delhi had, in November last year, argued that the levy was one of the methods suggested by the 2015 OECD-G20 report of Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Project, aimed at tackling the taxation challenges arising from digitisation of the economy. The levy has a threshol
Commission clears France of complicity in Rwanda genocide
       
A commission that spent nearly two years uncovering France’s role in 1994’s Rwandan genocide concluded that the country reacted too slowly in appreciating the extent of the horror that left over 800,000 dead but cleared it of complicity in the slaughter. Persistent claims that France under then-president Francois Mitterrand did not do enough to stop the genocide have damaged the Franco-Rwandan relationship since the 1990s. As a result, French President Emmanuel Macron ordered the 15-member commission in May 2019 to shed light on what happened in Rwanda between 1990 and 1994. The report further excluded any “complicity in genocide” by the French, saying there was no evidence of an intention to carry out genocidal actions. It was unclear if the report will succeed in improving relations between the France and Rwanda, and in particular satisfy Rwandan President Paul Kagame.
Myanmar forces kill scores in deadliest day since coup
       
Anti-coup protesters prepare makeshift bow and arrows to confront police in Thaketa township Yangon, Myanmar, Saturday, March 27, 2021. (AP Photo)Anti-coup protesters prepare makeshift bow and arrows to confront police in Thaketa township Yangon, Myanmar, Saturday, March 27, 2021. (AP Photo)YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — As Myanmar’s military celebrated the annual Armed Forces Day holiday with a parade Saturday in the country’s capital, soldiers and police elsewhere killed scores of people while suppressing protests in the deadliest bloodletting since last month’s coup. “We urge the Myanmar Armed Forces to cease violence and work to restore respect and credibility with the people of Myanmar that it has lost through its actions.”The European Union’s delegation to Myanmar said that the 76th Myanmar Armed Forces Day “will stay engraved as a day of terror and dishonor.”“The killing of unarmed civilians, including children, are indefensible acts,” it added. Junta chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing did not directly refer to the protest movement when he gave his nationally televised Armed Forces Day speech before thousands of soldiers in Naypyitaw.
'We've been waiting for this moment:' Rally for Asian Americans in Fort Lee draws over 700
       
I don't think there's ever been a moment when Asian Americans had a movement." Many people, she said, view Asian Americans, even those born in the U.S., as foreigners — and have blamed them for the COVID-19 virus because it is believed to have begun in China. "You are police officers, our Planning Board, you are our council members," he said to Asian Americans in the crowd. This year, as hate crimes against Asian Americans have grown during the pandemic, an Anti-Defamation League survey found that 17% of Asian Americans said they had been harassed online, an increase of more than 50% from last year. Son, a rally organizer, said people across the nation have "become more racially conscious" over the past year and that Asian Americans are feeling threatened as perhaps never before.
Everything Biden and his top people are saying about the border is a bald-faced lie
       
From President Joe Biden on down, the administration is telling nonstop, bald-faced lies about the border crisis — while trying to stop the media from reporting the truth. Biden insists the surge is normal, when it’s setting records. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas insists the US-Mexico border is “closed” for everyone except migrant children seeking to enter the country alone. Trump had made significant progress toward securing the border, only for Biden to halt construction on his wall and end the “Remain in Mexico” policy. Be outraged, but also ask: How much else is the Biden administration lying about?
Business & Financial News, U.S & International Breaking News
       
The top military officer from the United States and nearly a dozen of his counterparts are set to condemn the junta’s use of force in the crackdown against Myanmar’s protesters and say the country’s military has lost credibility with its people.
MSNBC's Tiffany Cross Comes For 'Princess' Meghan McCain Over Identity Politics
       
Cross sarcastically claimed that McCain is “really shy” about mentioning her famous father — then played a montage of McCain doing just that, over and over and over. “Let’s talk identity politics,” Cross said. She noted that the term was initially coined by three feminists to articulate “Black women’s struggle at the nexus of race, gender and class oppressions.” But white voters are as animated by identity politics as any other group, Cross pointed out. Cross noted that McCain seems concerned about the idea that “a person’s ethnic identity may afford them some advantage.” And she had a theory why that might be. “Everyone deserves to see themselves reflected in this space,” Cross said, referring to broadcast media.
Exclusive: Top military officers from U.S., allies to condemn violence by Myanmar security forces
       
It came after news reports and witnesses said Myanmar security forces killed 114 people on Saturday, including some children, on Armed Forces Day - the bloodiest day of its crackdown on pro-democracy protesters since last month’s military coup. “As Chiefs of Defense, we condemn the use of lethal force against unarmed people by the Myanmar Armed Forces and associated security services,” read the draft statement. Diplomats from these countries have already condemned the bloodshed by Myanmar’s military, making the statement largely symbolic. Myanmar’s military has so far ignored criticism of its violent crackdown on dissent. Diplomats said eight countries - Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand - sent representatives to the Armed Forces Day parade, but Russia was the only one to send a minister.
Why Nearly All Mass Shooters Are Men
       
If men vastly outnumber women as mass shooters, those perpetrators are often a model for the next male shooters who "see themselves in them," Peterson said, a phenomenon she noted is particularly true in young, white men. Violence Project data show that white men are disproportionately responsible for mass shootings more than any other group. Second of all, these mass shootings really faded from the headlines. And because of that, that social contagion aspect of mass shootings really faded away. On encouraging signs that show future mass shootings can be preventedI would say, in particular, the media coverage seems to have shifted.
Finally There’s Good News for the Giant Boat Wedged in the Suez Canal
       
Satellogic/Handout via ReutersThe cargo ship that has blocked the Suez Canal since Tuesday—and epitomized the mood of a battered and exhausted public—could be freed on Saturday night, some optimistic reports suggest. Releasing Container Ship From Suez Canal Could Capsize ItThe blockade on one of the busiest shipping routes in the world has stalled hundreds of vessels and triggered an unfurling trade crisis. One Suez Canal pilot told CNN that he believed the ship could be removed by Saturday night. “The locomotives are now full force and the ship is starting to operate its machines,” Hend Fathy Hussein, a spokeswoman for the Suez Canal Economic Zone, wrote on Facebook. Hundreds of ships wait in the Red Sea as the Ever Given remains lodged in the Suez Canal.
Trump congratulates Georgia on restrictive new voting law Biden called an ‘atrocity’
       
Donald Trump and Joe Biden during the final presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 22, 2020. "Congratulations to Georgia and the Georgia State Legislature on changing their voter Rules and Regulations," Mr Trump said in a statement through his Save America PAC. Joe Biden has referred to the voting law as an "atrocity". In his statement, Mr Trump again repeated fraudulent claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him. Read moreMr Biden said the law had nothing to do with voting integrity, and was solely a means to suppress votes.
Inside Tigray: 'They shot my mama in the back'
       
Mibrak describes how she was shot in the thigh as her brother and sisters screamed in terror. He's since said the Eritrean military has agreed to withdraw but he's facing mounting international pressure to address reports of human rights abuses. Mibrak is among more than two dozen civilians in Tigray who told Reuters they have been victims or witnesses to shootings, gang rapes and looting by Eritrean soldiers. Mibrak is among more than two dozen civilians in Tigray who told Reuters they were victims or witnesses to shootings, gang rapes, and looting by Eritrean soldiers. And he's also said Ethiopian soldiers found to have committed rape or looting would be held accountable.
Abiy Ahmed: Eritrea 'will withdraw' troops from Ethiopia in Tigray conflict
       
The conflict began in November after the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) captured military bases in the northern Ethiopian region. Following a trip to the Eritrea capital, Asmara, Mr Abiy wrote: "Eritrea has agreed to withdraw its forces out of the Ethiopian border." MapHe admitted this week for the first time that Eritrean troops were in the region, saying they feared they would be attacked by Tigray's fighters. Despite the TPLF being ousted from power in Tigray at the end of November and Mr Abiy declaring that the conflict was over, fighting is continuing in parts of the region. Rights groups allege that Eritrean soldiers have committed atrocities in towns like Aksum, which include killing unarmed civilians, raping women and looting public and private property.
Myanmar forces kill over 100 in deadliest day since coup
       
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — As Myanmar’s military celebrated the annual Armed Forces Day holiday with a parade Saturday in the country's capital, soldiers and police elsewhere reportedly killed dozens of people as they suppressed protests in the deadliest bloodletting since last month's coup. “This 76th Myanmar armed forces day will stay engraved as a day of terror and dishonour,” the European Union’s delegation to Myanmar said on Twitter. Junta chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing did not directly refer to the protest movement when he gave his nationally televised Armed Forces Day speech before thousands of soldiers in Naypyitaw. In contrast, security forces have used live ammunition for weeks against what have still been overwhelmingly unarmed and peaceful crowds. Myanmar military forces also on Saturday engaged in combat with guerrillas of the Karen ethnic minority near the country’s eastern border with Thailand.
Who are the Uighurs and why is China being accused of genocide?
       
Human rights groups believe China has detained more than a million Uighurs over the past few years in what the state defines as "re-education camps". The US is among several countries to have accused China of committing genocide and crimes against humanity through its repression of the Uighurs. There are about 12 million Uighurs, mostly Muslim, living in north-western China in the region of Xinjiang, officially known as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). Map of China shows density of Uighur population in Xinjiang regionWhere is Xinjiang? Story continuesIt follows reports that, as well as interning Uighurs in camps, China has been forcibly mass sterilising Uighur women to suppress the population and separating Uighur children from their families.
Myanmar coup: Dozens killed as army opens fire on protesters during deadliest day
       
Dozens of people have been killed by security forces in Myanmar, on the deadliest day since last month's military takeover of the country. The lethal crackdown came as protesters defied warnings and took to the streets on the annual Armed Forces Day. A five-year-old boy in Mandalay is fighting for his life after being shot in the head by security forces. In an Armed Forces Day TV address, coup leader Min Aung Hlaing said the army wanted to "join hands with the entire nation to safeguard democracy". The US, UK and EU have all imposed sanctions in response to the military coup.
‘You can’t stay quiet any longer’ says organizer as hundreds march to rally against Asian hate in Chinatown
       
Activists chanted “stop Asian hate” and “this is what America looks like” as they left Grant Park and walked south on Michigan Avenue before turning onto State Street and then Archer Avenue in their march to the South Side neighborhood. The rally, organized by the Chinatown Security Foundation and Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community, was hosted by NBC 5 news anchor Vi Nguyen and Anne Shaw from Midwest Asian Health Associated. The group also asked legislators to pass the Teaching Equitable Asian American Community History, or TEAACH, Act, that would mandate Asian American history to be taught in schools. Stop AAPI Hate, an advocacy group that reports acts of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning and child bullying against Asians and Pacific Islanders has reported over 3,000 incidents since March last year. “I hope people will stop saying negative things about Asian people,” Smith, who immigrated from the Philippines when she was 12, said.
Tim Steller's opinion: National news media easy to dupe with border-danger stories
       
I asked Victor Manjarrez, a retired Border Patrol sector chief who is from Tucson, to look at the video and tell me what he thought. Wright blames the National Border Patrol Council, the agents' union based in Tucson, for much of the misleading information coming out of the valley. She notes that the man who set up the CNN visit worked with a union representative to arrange the visit. Rep. Henry Cuellar also acknowledged that his office received the video from Border Patrol agents. Wright attributes the propaganda effort to the financial interests of the agency, the union members and others with an interest in border militarization and detention.
Letters: The renewed government Covid powers may be impossible to lift again
       
My husband, a cancer patient, died in November – not of Covid but possibly prematurely because of it, having had a life-extending operation cancelled three times. What Mr Warner and, more pertinently, our Government have failed to appreciate is that the EU wishes to damage the UK. Ben HabibChairman, UnlockedLondon SW1The real Sir KeirSIR – Len McCluskey says he does not know what Sir Keir Starmer stands for. Sir Keir must be the ultimate political chameleon. Could the real Sir Keir stand up?
Nicola Sturgeon savages Alex Salmond as SNP MP defects to Alba
       
Nicola Sturgeon has said there are "significant questions" about Alex Salmond's political comeback as it emerged that his new Alba Party had claimed its first major defector. Mr Salmond launched his latest political project on Friday to create a "supermajority" of pro-independence supporters in Holyrood. He will stand among its regional list of candidates in the upcoming Scottish elections. On Saturday Kenny MacAskill, the East Lothian MP and former Scottish justice secretary, quit the SNP to join the new party, for whom he will also stand for election to Holyrood. He added that he believes his decision is "the best way to achieve our goal of independence... That's why not only winning the election but winning it well is essential.
New York's Andrew Cuomo lifts nursing home restrictions allowing families to visit once again
       
The embattled governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, has finally lifted COVID-19 visitation restrictions at state nursing homes. Persistently high rates of COVID-19 had left the majority of the state's nursing homes off limits to visitors, despite relaxed guidance meant to help reopen them. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has relaxed restrictions on nursing homes and is allowing families to visit once againThat mark proved too hard for most to reach. The directive barred nursing homes from refusing people just because they had COVID-19. Nursing home advocates are pleased that the state is finally lifting the restrictions on visits by family members but questioned Cuomo's motives.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorses Nina Turner in Ohio's 11th Congressional District race
       
Turner has been vocal in the past about her support for democratic-socialist policies, and even campaigned for Sen. Bernie Sanders. On Monday morning, Congressional-hopeful Nina Turner announced she'd received the public endorsement of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a leader with some of the most progressive policies within the Democratic Party. Turner, who is currently vying to fill the seat in Ohio's 11th Congressional District left by now-Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia Fudge, announced her candidacy in mid-December. "I’m proud to endorse Nina Turner for Congress in Ohio's 11th Congressional District. It’s time to build an America as good as its promise ??? pic.twitter.com/GHJNM0RoEF — Nina Turner (@ninaturner) March 22, 2021“I am very honored to have the support and endorsement of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Failed Nevada Candidate Tries Running In Texas With New Accent And Hobby
       
Tall and athletic, he learned to play football at his elite West Orange prep school before entering the World Wrestling Entertainment ring. A few assault allegations later, in 2020, he ran to represent the people of Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District. Rodimer’s first campaign video is drawing attention for his apparent determination to be taken for a native Texan. Still, the difference between “Nevada Rodimer” and “Texas Rodimer” is striking. While Nevada Rodimer presented himself as a gentle giant and conservative family man, Texas Rodimer literally grabs the bull by the horns in his campaign video.
Migrant families share what drove them to leave home and what awaited them at the border
       
Migrant families share what drove them to leave home and what awaited them at the borderMigrant families in shelters, in both Texas and Mexico, describe what drove them to leave their homes and what awaited them here at the border.
Birx tells CNN most U.S. covid deaths ‘could have been mitigated’ after first 100,000
       
There were about 100,000 deaths that came from that original surge,” Birx told Gupta. Last March, Birx praised Trump for being “so attentive to the scientific literature and the details and the data” with regards to the outbreak. ADIn January, Birx defended her actions, telling CBS News that the White House “censored” her and that she had “always” considered quitting. ADOn Saturday, much as with the other times Birx has spoken out since Trump left office, her comments were met with frustration from Democrats. Dr. Birx, who was afraid to challenge his unscientific rhetoric and wrongfully praised him.”
Oklahoma corrections officer taken hostage in detention center, facility on lockdown
       
An Oklahoma City corrections officer has been taken hostage on the 10th floor of the Oklahoma County Detention Center, Saturday afternoon. The detention facility is on lockdown as security officials attempt to gain control of the situation. In a series of videos filmed by one of the perpetrators holding the officer hostage, another man talks to the camera while watching over his shoulder. In another video, the man filming the incident is heard explaining the officer "Ain’t got nothing to do with this. The detention center has not yet said if security officials have gained control of the situation.
GOP lawmakers call for answers from Blinken on border moves amid migrant surge
       
Republican lawmakers in the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Saturday wrote to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, demanding answers about the Biden administration’s diplomatic moves related to the growing crisis at the southern border. All were abolished in the early days of the Biden administration. "The Biden administration believes there are more suitable ways to work with our partner governments to manage migration across the region," Blinken said in a statement last month on the ACAs. The 23 Republican House lawmakers, led by Ranking Member Michael McCaul wrote to Blinken about their "deep concerns" over the moves. Separately, they encourage Blinken to submit a five-year strategy to address the causes of illegal immigration "as soon as possible."
Former Acting ICE Director: Biden 'insulted' Border Patrol agents during press conference
       
Former Acting ICE Director Tom Homan criticized the Biden administration's immigration policies on "Fox Report," saying the President 'insulted' every Border Patrol agent during his press conference Thursday. This administration has clearly shown they’re not going to enforce the law. 90% of the criminals they arrested last year they can’t arrest this year, so they totally decapitated ICE authority. And the Border Patrol stations are no longer border patrol stations, they’re welcoming centers. [Biden] made a statement…that the men and women who serve in the Border Patrol watched children die from starvation on the river.
Trump DHS officials slam Biden ‘purge’ of Homeland Security Advisory Council
       
Former Trump officials who served in the Department of Homeland Security are criticizing a move by the Biden administration to fire almost every member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council -- with one describing it as a "purge" designed to rinse the Council of opposing voices. But a number of former officials expressed surprise at how most of the Council was fired. Ken Cuccinelli, who served on the council after having served as acting deputy DHS secretary and acting head of U.S. He also said the Council had a number of meaningful projects underway that had now just been wiped out. "I’m surprised it took this long to take me off because I'm out there telling the American people the truth and I’m sure that’s upsetting a lot of people," he said.
Trump says he will probably visit the southern border soon, in exclusive interview with Fox News
       
Former President Trump sat down with Judge Jeanine Pirro for an exclusive interview that will air on Fox News’ ‘Justice with Judge Jeanine’ Saturday at 9 p.m."A lot of people want me to" visit the border, Trump told Pirro. In the interview, Trump says that he will probably visit the southern border over the next few weeks. Last week Trump accused Biden of causing "death and human tragedy" by undoing some of his border policies, which Biden had deemed inhumane. Instead, in the span of a just few weeks, the Biden Administration has turned a national triumph into a national disaster. Republicans have been urging President Biden to visit the border to experience firsthand the overwhelmed facilities amid a border surge.
Georgia church leader calls for corporate boycott in wake of voter restriction law
       
Bishop Reginald Jackson of the Sixth Episcopal District of the AME Church joined American Voices with Alicia Menendez to discuss his call to boycott Georgia-based businesses for not opposing the state’s new election law. Bishop Jackson says these companies need to take a stronger stance to protect the right to vote.
Dominion Voting sues Fox News for $1.6bn over election fraud claims
       
Fox News headquarters in New YorkDominion Voting Systems has filed a $1.6bn (£1.2bn) defamation lawsuit against Fox News, arguing it promoted baseless claims of vote-rigging. Conservatives and Trump campaigners had claimed last year that the US company had altered its voting machines to deny re-election to Donald Trump. The false claim of a stolen election was promoted by Mr Trump and helped fuel the 6 January attack on Congress. Fox News said it would fight the "baseless lawsuit in court". Smartmatic, another election technology company, sued Fox Corporation and several top presenters for $2.7bn in January over similar claims.
‘Oh God, I Miss Him’: Biden Shades Trump Without Even Using His Name
       
Rather than maintain the Slavic ethnic identity of Serbia, Montenegro made room for all kinds of people. A language grows and struggles A fight over the Montenegrin language is symbolic of the broader political fight playing out in Montenegro. All the former Yugoslavian republics – Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia – share a mutually intelligible language, previously called Serbo-Croatian. The institute has led efforts to standardize the Montenegrin language and foster scholarship about Montenegrin literature and culture. In a young country still forging its national identity, erasing the Montenegrin language that has bound its people together is akin to eliminating the Montenegrin identity.
Biden: It’s my expectation to run again in 2024
       
The IndependentDonald Trump is considering a visit to the US-Mexico border but is giving Joe Biden enough space to “fail on his own”, according to aide Jason Miller. In a new podcast interview, Mr Miller was asked if the former president was planning to return to the border to highlight the growing migrant “disaster”. “We discussed that recently, I could see him doing that soon,” he told The Michael Berry Show following Joe Biden’s first press conference as president.
Biden would beat Trump again if they both run in 2024, poll suggests
       
Some 32 per cent of all respondents had a very favourable opinion of Mr Biden and 18 per cent had a somewhat favourable view. When confined to those that identify as Republicans, 61 per cent chose “very favourable” and 23 per cent said “somewhat favourable”. If the two men were to run again in 2024, on election day Mr Biden would be about to turn 82, and Mr Trump would be 78. In the 2020 election, Mr Biden won 306 electoral college votes to Mr Trump’s 232. Both candidates achieved record numbers in the popular vote, with Mr Biden winning by a margin of 7 million with 81.3 million votes.
New development may throw thousands more drug lab cases into question
       
AdvertisementTo date, at least 61,000 drug charges in 35,000 cases have been dismissed in Massachusetts due to misconduct by Dookhan at the William A. Hinton lab and former chemist Sonja Farak at the state lab in Amherst. The inspector general’s office said in a statement Monday that it completed a comprehensive review of testing at the lab, in accordance with Wolf’s advice. Justice Kafker last year agreed with a previous lower court ruling stating that Farak’s Hinton work should have been reviewed. Other judges have also questioned the scope of the state’s drug lab probe. In its statement Monday, the inspector general’s office insisted it has consistently said that it conducted a thorough review of the lab.
Dozens unaccounted for in Mozambique after Islamist attack, rights groups say
       
Thousands of people have fled Palma after the attack on Wednesday, according to human rights groups, while the fate of dozens of people who had taken refuge in a local hotel remains unclear. The town is close to a large liquefied natural gas project run by the French company Total. Among the people visible in the video from the hotel compound, at least 20 appeared to be foreign workers. We’re going to be evacuated but we don’t know when, at what time, how and by whom,” he added. An audio recording received by CNN from someone at the hotel on Thursday included the sound of heavy gunfire.
Group hopes coalition will oust Djibouti dictator
       
A small group gathered in the rain at the Capitol in St. Paul Saturday asking for U.S. support in moving the African country of Djibouti towards democracy. “With the upcoming Djibouti presidential election on April 9, this is our opportunity to help Djibouti achieve true independence through a peaceful transition from 44 years of dictatorship to democracy led by a transitional government,” said Omar Ali Hassan. “Djibouti, has the potential to become a real democracy and a first economy,” said Ali Chehem Ali, a speaker at the rally. Dijbouti is a small coastal country located in the northeast section of the Horn of Africa. Situated on the Bab el Mandeb Strait that separates the Red Sea from the Gulf of Aden, the country is also host to military bases of several countries, including the U.S.
Video: Police slam protesters on floor with their shield amidst clashes
       
Video: Boris Johnson condemns 'mob intent on violence' after anti-police protesters riot in Bristol AGAIN and 10 are arrested for hurling fireworks and bottles at police horses and officersThe third Kill The Bill protest taking place in Bristol took a violent turn with police, as officers were seen dragging a protester on the floor and slamming their shields upon people's head who were kneeling down.
Afghanistan's Abdullah Abdullah : "Taliban haven't observed their commitment"
       
Afghanistan's Abdullah Abdullah : "Taliban haven't observed their commitment"ABDULLAH ABDULLAH © France 2414 minIn an interview with FRANCE 24's Marc Perelman, Afghanistan's Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah speaks about the upcoming peace talks with the Taliban to be held in Turkey in April. Advertising As US President Joe Biden admitted that some US troops could still be in Afghanistan after May 1, the agreed upon deadline for American forces to leave the country under a deal with the Taliban, Abdullah Abdullah says the agreement was "conditional". "Taliban haven't observed their commitment in terms of reduction in violence", he points out. Daily newsletterReceive essential international news every morning Subscribe Take international news everywhere with you! Download the France 24 app google-play-badge_EN
The dumbing down of the D.C. statehood debate
       
One of the biggest emerging arguments against D.C. statehood is a thoroughly partisan one. The last time a D.C. statehood bill came up for a vote in the House before last year was in 1993, and more than 100 House Democrats voted against it. Both conservative icon Barry Goldwater and former president Richard M. Nixon favored D.C. statehood. Even Republican Donald Trump, after launching his presidential campaign in 2015, suggested that he was open to D.C. statehood (albeit at a time when he was opening up a D.C. hotel and the seriousness of his campaign was debatable). “For the members here today, how many of you saw D.C. statehood yard signs or bumper stickers or banners on your way to this hearing today?
Companies sidestep self-imposed bans on GOP donations
       
Major corporations are finding ways to sidestep their pledges from January to withhold campaign contributions for GOP lawmakers who objected to the 2020 presidential election results. Tech giant Intel Corp., for example, contributed $15,000 from its political action committee (PAC) to the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) last month. Both companies defended their contributions, arguing they’re still adhering to bans on direct donations to those lawmakers. Critics point out that the end result is the same -- more corporate money for Republicans who objected to the election results. In the 2020 cycle, Intel gave $30,000 each to the NRCC, NRSC, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC).
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Why the EU has good reasons to be furious about the UK’s vaccine hoardingThe EU has been sharing jabs like sweeties as the UK imposed exactly what Boris Johnson condemned – a blockade, writes Rob Merrick
Dozens unaccounted for in Mozambique after Islamist attack, rights groups say
       
Maputo, Mozambique (CNN) Heavy fighting continued into Saturday around the northern town of Palma in Mozambique, which was attacked by Islamist insurgents on Wednesday, according to multiple sources contacted by CNN. Thousands of people have fled Palma after the attack on Wednesday, according to human rights groups, while the fate of dozens of people who had taken refuge in a local hotel remains unclear. Among the people visible in the video from the hotel compound, at least 20 appeared to be foreign workers. In the video recorded Thursday, he said: "We have been under attack since yesterday ... We've been under cross-fire for 24 hours. One Mozambican who had been at the hotel described the situation in Palma as "complete chaos."
Police: Man in Atlanta grocery had 6 guns, wore body armor
       
Authorities say Marley, who walked into an Atlanta grocery store with multiple guns and body armor, was spotted by a witness who immediately became suspicious and alerted management. (Atlanta Police Department via AP)This photo provided by the Atlanta Police Department shows weapons Rico Marley was armed with at the time of his arrest on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. Authorities say Marley, who walked into an Atlanta grocery store with multiple guns and body armor, was spotted by a witness who immediately became suspicious and alerted management. (Atlanta Police Department via AP)ATLANTA (AP) — A worker at an Atlanta grocery store heard “clicking sounds,” and it sounded to him like someone was loading weapons inside a restroom stall, he told police. The sharp-eyed Instacart worker is getting credit for helping officers to stop the man wearing body armor and carrying a half-dozen guns from roaming through the Publix grocery store Wednesday, police said.
Biden stimulus showers money on Americans, sharply cutting poverty and favoring individuals over businesses
       
That’s in addition to the unemployment assistance and child tax credit the family would be eligible for without the pandemic. Child poverty would be reduced by more than half, the researchers predict. It also expands three key tax credits — the child tax credit, the earned income tax credit, and the child and dependent care tax credit — that advocates for the poor have long urged the government to do to help reduce poverty. Under this more generous child tax credit plan, parents would receive $3,000 a year for every child ages 6 to 17 and $3,600 a year for every child under 6. For people without children, the legislation expands the earned income tax credit, which helps supplement wages for the working poor.
Opinion | The rise of the upper middle class
       
The share of Black families that are upper middle class has increased from 1 percent in 1967 to 14 percent in 2016. The biggest change has been the rise of the upper middle class. The shrinkage of the traditional middle class will be mourned by some, but the reality is that most of those who have left the middle class have moved up, not down. The upper middle class wants its entitlements. Falling behind is the lower middle class, once called the working class.
Talk Politics? Some Brokers Are Only Too Happy to Do So
       
With 1.4 million members, the association is the country’s largest trade organization, representing about half of all licensed real estate agents in the United States. The association encourages members to get involved in their communities, and to speak out on issues related to housing and property rights. Calling out this activity last June, Jennifer Pino, then president of the Atlanta Realtors Association, wrote to the national association: “We cannot continue to allow the Realtor brand to be damaged by these hateful few. This must be stopped.”“Realtors were being outwardly discriminatory on social media while supposedly adhering to Fair Housing rules,” said Ms. Pino, 49, managing broker at Sotheby’s International Realty’s Buckhead office. The sampling included messages like “I think Black people bring out the worst in us,” and “homosexuals and lesbians are murderers, according to the scripture.”
GOP Sen. Susan Collins escapes party censure for her convict-Trump vote
       
Maine Republicans still love Sen. Susan Collins — even after she voted to impeach President Donald Trump. The state’s GOP committee on Saturday overwhelmingly rejected a resolution to censure the five-term incumbent for her February vote in Trump’s second impeachment trial. Sen. Bill Cassidy was censured almost immediately after his impeachment vote by Louisiana’s state party leadership. A censure vote for Sen. Richard Burr followed soon after in North Carolina. But Trump has repeatedly called for Republicans to cast out party dissidents like Collins, who he condemned as “grandstanders” in his speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference last month.
US dropping FBI fingerprint tests for caregivers at migrant facilities
       
The Biden administration is using a less stringent standard to vet those caring for thousands of unaccompanied minors in migrant facilities at the border, according to a report. While FBI fingerprint tests rely on proprietary criminal databases, public records tests are dependent on the subject providing accurate information. HHS’s own Inspector General has warned the lower grade tests would not be as effective at sussing out past sexual or criminal offenses. US Customs and Border ProtectionMidland is home to an HHS migrant facility which opened just this month. The migrant surge at the border represents the first major crisis of the new Biden administration.
Myanmar sees bloodiest day amid coup protests as death toll hits 114
       
It was the bloodiest day amid ongoing demonstrations against the military junta, which ousted the democratically-elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi on Feb. 1. An anti-coup protester throws a smoke bomb against police crackdown in Thaketa township Yangon, Myanmar on March 27, 2021. Military personnel participate in a parade on Armed Forces Day in Naypyitaw, Myanmar on March 27, 2021. “Today is a day of shame for the armed forces,” Salai Maung Taing San, a spokesman known as “Dr. An injured anti-coup protester is brought for medical treatment to a hospital in Latha township, Yangon, Myanmar on March 27, 2021.
New Mexico rancher: Border crisis 'coming to a home near you'
       
New Mexico rancher Russell Johnson joins "Fox News Live" to share his experience with the migrant surge on the southern border, saying Biden's plan is to "roll back everything that worked." RUSSELL JOHNSON: We've experienced everything from homes being broke into, cattle theft, vehicles stolen, other buildings broken into. When people say that Biden doesn't have a plan, his plan was to roll back everything that worked. What people don't realize is we don't have the family units and unaccompanied minors approaching our area of the border. It's not staying here, it's coming to a home near you.
Daniel Dale fact-checks GOP's criticism of voting bill
       
CNN's Daniel Dale fact-checks some misleading claims from Republicans about a Democratic bill, called the For the People Act, which would make major changes to laws governing campaigns, voting and government ethics.
Reporter says secret Trump meeting turned into 'Hunger Games'
       
CNN's Brianna Keilar speaks with Politico reporter Alex Isenstadt about his report on Trump's meeting with Ohio Senate candidates who were competing for his endorsement.
Slower service, higher prices: Postmaster General Louis DeJoy unveils 10-year plan
       
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy unveiled his 10-year strategic plan for the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service on Tuesday, which includes higher postage rates, some slower services and reduced post office hours aimed at cutting red ink. Postal Service to transform to meet the needs of our customers is long overdue,” DeJoy said in a presentation of the plan online with other postal officials. DeJoy said unless changes are made soon, the postal service stands to lose $160 billion over the next decade. “The Postal Service’s problems are serious, but working together, they can be solved, he said.
‘He got played’: Trump mocked over tweet-like statement calling for John Durham’s report
       
Why Mr Trump thought that the answer would be anything other than "yes" is unknown. Will there ever be a Durham report?” Mr Trump said Friday night in an update from his 45 Office email account. Even though Mr Trump has been exiled from social media, his critics are not, and used their platform to criticise the strange statement. Ross Garber, a CNN political and legal commentator and lawyer, said the former president should not hold his breath waiting for Mr Durham. Many interpreted the statement not as Mr Trump expressing frustration, but of teasing out his next move.
Beto O'Rourke Says Ted Cruz Is 'Looking For A Crisis To Cosplay Senator For'
       
Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) on Friday blasted Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in a Twitter tirade, accusing him of fearmongering about an increase of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border instead of focusing on issues directly affecting his constituents. “The truth is, the number of individual asylum seekers and immigrants seeking to come to this country is the SAME or LOWER than it was in 2019 when Trump was President (and you were, apparently, Senator),” O’Rourke wrote. “This isn’t any more of a crisis today than it was then.”You’re in a Border Patrol boat armed with machine guns. If you’re looking for a crisis to cosplay Senator for, I’m happy to point you in the right direction. https://t.co/mDyWs6rQOM — Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) March 26, 2021The state you “represent” in the Senate is the least insured in the nation.
EU executive confident law for EU recovery fund will pass in German court
       
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission said on Friday it was confident that the EU law, necessary for the launch of the 27-nation bloc's 750 billion euro recovery spending, would stand in the German constitutional court. "We are aware of the order of the German Constitutional Court regarding the national own resources decision approval. The Commission is convinced of the legality of the Own Resources Decision," a Commission spokeswoman said. The EU law sent to the German court is called the Own Resources Decision, on which all EU budgets are based. The Commission is confident that the German Constitutional Court will decide swiftly on the interim measures case," the spokeswoman said.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki and Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy spar over claim that Biden's snubbing the network
       
White Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a briefing at the White House on March 26, 2021. AP Photo/Evan VucciJen Psaki and Peter Doocy had a tense back-and-forth exchange about Biden's first press conference. Doocy contended that Fox News was being skipped over, while Psaki said she frequently calls on him. White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Friday shut down complaints from Fox News reporter Peter Doocy that President Joe Biden did not call on him during the president's first press conference. Doocy said Biden sometimes responds to his questions at the White House, but complained that it only happens after he has "shouted" at the president.
WH: Biden expected to comment on Ga.'s restrictive voter law
       
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said President Biden plans to issue a statement on Georgia’s new, stringent voter law. Video Transcript- Georgia signed into law new restrictions on voting. There's legislation in Congress, but does the administration plan to take any executive actions or file any lawsuits opposing these new laws? I will say we expect to have a statement from the president on these voting laws-- this voting law, I should say-- that passed in Georgia. Which, again, the president will-- we'll have a statement from the president, I expect, later this afternoon on.
Vice presidents' policy projects come with political risks
       
That's likely to be the case for Vice President Kamala Harris, who this week was named the new point person on immigration. This is definitely not a ceremonial task,” said Nina Rees, a former deputy assistant for domestic policy to Vice President Dick Cheney. Harris' team has clarified that the vice president does not own all of immigration policy. Kamarck's argument bucks the traditional wisdom, which says if a vice president does well on thorny issues, more credit goes to the president and, if not, it gives the president some political cover. The matter of who gets praise, or blame, is even trickier when it's clear the vice president has White House aspirations.
Korean groups rally on National Mall to protest racism, violence
       
"We should not be intimidated about speaking out," said Paula Park, the president of the Korean American Community Association of Greater Washington. Kim, with tears in his eyes, stood back and watched as community leaders spoke against hate attacks on Asians. AdvertisementThe white chrysanthemum is a symbol of mourning in Korean culture, and the rally was in part a somber vigil for the shooting victims. Seyang Jeong described harassment she had faced in the five years she has lived in the United States. "Please stop Asian hate."
Myanmar forces kill over 100 in deadliest day since coup
       
“This 76th Myanmar armed forces day will stay engraved as a day of terror and dishonour,” the European Union’s delegation to Myanmar said on Twitter. “We are horrified by the bloodshed perpetrated by Burmese security forces, showing that the junta will sacrifice the lives of the people to serve the few,” he said in a tweet. Junta chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing did not directly refer to the protest movement when he gave his nationally televised Armed Forces Day speech before thousands of soldiers in Naypyitaw. In contrast, security forces have used live ammunition for weeks against what have still been overwhelmingly unarmed and peaceful crowds. Myanmar military forces also on Saturday engaged in combat with guerrillas of the Karen ethnic minority near the country’s eastern border with Thailand.
West Side leaders throw support behind Loretto Hospital amid vaccine scandal
       
A group of top West Side leaders on Saturday urged city officials to wrap up their investigation into The Loretto Hospital vaccine scandal and start sending doses to the Austin neighborhood safety net again as soon as possible. “People believe in The Loretto Hospital,” Ford said during a virtual news conference with other members of the West Side Black Elected Officials group. Hospital officials have acknowledged other missteps by top executives, though. Miller also provided vaccine doses to more than 200 members of his southwest suburban church. We will continue to be a viable institution in the Austin community for health care and for employment moving forward.“Sharon Grant, a director of the Loretto Hospital Foundation, said the facility is already feeling the effects of the fiasco on its finances.
Michigan GOP chair Weiser sorry for comments about top Dem officials
       
Republican Party Chairman Ron Weiser issued an apology Saturday for his comments labeling the state's top Democratic officeholders as "witches" and stated he's never advocated for violence. Weiser, also a member of the University of Michigan's Board of Regents, made comments saying the party is focused on beating the "three witches" in 2022, apparently referring to Gov. "I apologize to those I offended for the flippant analogy about three women who are elected officials and for the off-hand comments about two other leaders. In a video obtained by The News, Weiser made the comments while taking questions from the audience at a North Oakland Republican Club meeting. Schlissel further said elected officials must adhere to a higher standard, "regardless of the context of their remarks."
Elite school 'rape culture' scandal: It was only a matter of time before the net widened
       
"I was at a state school in the North where girls joining for Sixth Form were forced to do a striptease for the boys. I was told that if I showed any interest in other boys, they'd send everyone the video of the striptease. The school knew, but put it down to 'boys will be boys'." One account said the Oratory "had the worst rape culture of any school I know… It's not just the private schools with issues". And while state schools are at least subject to Ofsted inspections and signed up the Safer Schools Partnership, fee-paying schools are not – instead inspected by the Department of Education, which acts as their regulator, or the Independent Schools Council.
Cuomo aides subpoenaed by New York AG in sexual harassment investigation
       
The New York state attorney general’s office has reportedly subpoenaed dozens of Cuomo administration staff in connection with the investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against the governor. Reporting by The Wall Street Journal on Friday says that Andrew Cuomo’s top aide Melissa DeRosa is among those subpoenaed by AG Letitia James. It is unclear which other members of the administration have been subpoenaed by the attorney general’s office. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Transgender woman says airport security stopped her because her body was flagged as ‘an anomaly’
       
At security, she says that as a woman and looking like a woman she loves having cis-assuming privilege in places in which she feels unsafe, such as an airport. “I didn’t, but I ended up doing it, and then my boobs set off the scanner – because of course,” said Ms Montoya. “So, I tried to make a joke out of it and said don’t worry there’s just a bunch of plastic in there.”Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. In a follow-up video, Ms Montoya said the true problem with transphobia at airport security is a systemic one as it is rooted into every system of power in the nation.
Elite school 'rape culture' scandal: Whitehall launches national investigation
       
If it becomes clear that there are current failings in any school's safeguarding practice, we will immediately ask Ofsted or the Independent Schools Inspectorate to conduct an inspection. He added: "We will now work at pace with Everyone's Invited and partners, including the Home Office and Department for Education, to progress a joint response. If victims wish to report sexual abuse to the police, they can be confident that they will be believed and treated with compassion and respect before a thorough investigation is undertaken." On Saturday night, Soma Sara, a former private school girl and sexual abuse survivor who set up the website, asked to meet senior Government ministers. She told The Telegraph: "Everyone's Invited would very much like to meet with ministers in the coming days to discuss the best way forward in eradicating rape culture."
Trump congratulates Georgia on restrictive new voting law Biden called an ‘atrocity’
       
"Congratulations to Georgia and the Georgia State Legislature on changing their voter Rules and Regulations," Mr Trump said in a statement through his Save America PAC. Joe Biden has referred to the voting law as an "atrocity". Read moreMr Biden said the law had nothing to do with voting integrity, and was solely a means to suppress votes. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Boehner throws support behind Republican who backed Trump impeachment
       
Boehner’s backing of Gonzalez puts him in direct confrontation with Trump, who is supporting Gonzalez’s primary opponent, Max Miller. Trump recently hosted a fundraiser for Miller at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida. ADVERTISEMENTTrump has vowed to back primary opponents of any Republican who voted to impeach him. Gonzalez was one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump in the House. The conservative Club for Growth recently said it will be targeting Gonzalez and Rep. Liz Cheney Elizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyAnti-Cheney measure stalls in Wyoming Moderate Democrats warn leaders against meddling in Iowa race House Republicans who backed Trump impeachment warn Democrats on Iowa election challenge MORE (R-Wyo.)
GOP chairman issues apology as heat rises after 'burning at the stake' comments
       
More:U-M regents call on Ron Weiser to resign after 'witches,' assassination commentsMore:Michigan GOP leader mentions assassination, calls Democratic women 'witches' during eventIn addition to the comments about Gov. "I think it’s worth noting that Ron Weiser revealed his true colors again on Twitter last night," Whitmer spokesman Bobby Leddy said on Saturday. That changed on Saturday, when Schlissel said Weiser's comments do not reflect the values of the university. I did not become aware of Regent Weiser's comments until late in the day and I hoped that the initial reports were inaccurate or, if true, that Regent Weiser would release a sincere apology. Disappointingly, I have since learned that the reporting is accurate and Regent Weiser's follow up statement is anything but an apology.
The future of the border crisis will be driven by climate change
       
The influx of migrants to the U.S. southern border has taken over the news — and climate change, among other factors, ensures it won't be going away. Driving the news: During President Biden's first press conference Thursday, questions about the renewed flow of migrants — including unaccompanied minors — dominated the discussion. By the numbers: The World Bank estimates that three regions — Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia — will generate 143 million more climate migrants by 2050. Migration from the worst-hit regions is arguably one of the most necessary aspects of any adaptation to climate change, yet it will run headlong into the political obstacles around border control. Be smart: Climate change's precise role in migration is tangled up with more immediate factors, like security and economic well-being.
Record number of women win in Israel’s elections, progress still elusive
       
I’m relieved to see that the number hasn’t dropped given how few parties are led by women, however we are far away from actual equality in representation,” she told The Media Line.“Being 25% of the Knesset was a great step, a decade ago. 2) and Tourism Minister Orit Farkash-Hacohen (5) are set to return to the legislature along with six male counterparts.Out of seven projected seats for the right-wing Yamina party, former Justice Minister MK Ayelet Shaked (No. 2) and peace activist Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi (4) of the former, and social worker MK Iman Khatib-Yasin (5) of the latter.The female representatives in the parties projected to win six seats include activist in the field of mental health Michal Woldiger (No. Female representation is about 16.7% for both Yisrael Beitenu and the Arab Joint List. 2 spot, and they almost all made it into parliament: Meretz, New Hope, Religious Zionism, Yamina, Blue and White, and Yesh Atid.
Dr. Deborah Birx had a 'duty to stand up and speak up,' physician says
       
Responding to Dr. Deborah Birx saying a majority of Covid-19 deaths were preventable , Dr. Jonathan Reiner of George Washington University says the former White House coronavirus response coordinator had a "duty to stand up and speak up."
Myanmar forces kill over 100 in deadliest day since coup
       
Protesters gather tires to add to the fires set during a rally against the military coup Saturday, March 27, 2021, in Tarmwe township in Yangon, Myanmar. (AP Photo)Protesters gather tires to add to the fires set during a rally against the military coup Saturday, March 27, 2021, in Tarmwe township in Yangon, Myanmar. (AP Photo)YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — As Myanmar’s military celebrated the annual Armed Forces Day holiday with a parade Saturday in the country’s capital, soldiers and police elsewhere reportedly killed dozens of people as they suppressed protests in the deadliest bloodletting since last month’s coup. “This 76th Myanmar armed forces day will stay engraved as a day of terror and dishonour,” the European Union’s delegation to Myanmar said on Twitter. Myanmar military forces also on Saturday engaged in combat with guerrillas of the Karen ethnic minority near the country’s eastern border with Thailand.
‘Day of shame’: Dozens of anti-coup protesters killed in Myanmar
       
Dozens of people killed in bloodiest day since the Myanmar military seized power in February coup. Dozens of people have been killed by security forces in Myanmar on Saturday, the bloodiest day of protests since last month’s coup. The killings on the country’s annual Armed Forces Day drew renewed criticism from western countries, with the US envoy describing the violence as “horrifying”. “This 76th Myanmar armed forces day will stay engraved as a day of terror and dishonour,” the European Union’s delegation to Myanmar said on Twitter. On Thursday the United States and United Kingdom – the nation’s former colonial ruler – put sanctions on a conglomerate owned by the Myanmar military.
Iran and China sign 25-year cooperation agreement
       
DUBAI (Reuters) -China and Iran, both subject to U.S. sanctions, signed a 25-year cooperation agreement on Saturday to strengthen their long-standing economic and political alliance. China has spoken out often against U.S. sanctions on Iran and partly contested them. “Cooperation between the two countries is very important for the implementation of the nuclear accord and the fulfilment of obligations by European countries,” Rouhani said, according to his official website. “Under the new administration, the Americans want to reconsider their policy and return to the nuclear accord, and China welcomes their move,” Wang said. He also promised that China would provide more coronavirus vaccines to Iran, the Middle Eastern country worst-hit by the pandemic.
Charlottesville mayor's poem about city, racism 'hits nerve'
       
Charlottesville, she wrote, “lynched you, hung the noose at city hall and pressed the souvenir that was once your finger against its lips.”It ends by stating that the city of 47,000 “is anchored in white supremacy and rooted in racism. “This is a new era of Black electeds,” said Wes Bellamy, a friend of Walker’s, a former Charlottesville vice mayor and interim chair of Virginia State University’s political science department. “And so in this way, Mayor Walker is 100% in line with Black women elected officials, not just mayors but those who are serving in Congress,” Brown said. But, Brown added, Walker's words could also provide fuel to those pushing back against the nation's current reckoning with its past. Among them is Peter Snyder, an entrepreneur and former Fox News contributor who lives in Charlottesville.
China wraps up annual session, paves way for Xi's third term
       
Added: 12.03.2021 2:13 | 16 views | 0 commentsChina wrapped up this year's annual session of the country's parliament after paving the way for a controversial third term for President Xi Jinping, with its neighbor Japan increasingly on guard against the Asian power's ambition. In a bid to cement the authority of the Communist Party, the National People's Congress on Thursday adopted a resolution to alter Hong Kong's electoral system so that the mainland can exclude pro-democracy activists from the political arena in the territory. Also at the parliament, the Chinese government pledged to take measures to surpass the United States as the world's biggest economy by 2035, highlighting Xi's eagerness to remain in power at least for the next...
Von der Leyen out of her depth! EU’s ‘blame games and smears’ over vaccine row slammed
       
Von der Leyen out of her depth! EU’s ‘blame games and smears’ over vaccine row slammedAdded: 27.03.2021 8:24 | 26 views | 0 commentsTHE EU has been slammed for using "blame games, empty threats and a smear-campaign" to distract from the bloc's calamitous vaccine rollout.
EU cracks shown as Merkel abstained from voting on von der Leyen's nomination
       
EU cracks shown as Merkel abstained from voting on von der Leyen's nominationAdded: 27.03.2021 10:21 | 26 views | 0 commentsANGELA MERKEL abstained from the decision to nominate Ursula von der Leyen as European Commission president after the former defence minister proved divisive in her home country.
‘Petty’ Macron ripped apart after praising US vaccine rollout but staying silent about UK
       
‘Petty’ Macron ripped apart after praising US vaccine rollout but staying silent about UKAdded: 27.03.2021 10:17 | 23 views | 0 commentsEMMANUEL MACRON's "petty" hypocrisy has been ripped apart by a leading academic after he praised America's vaccine rollout while totally ignoring the UK's.
A 'Galactic Federation' Of Aliens Has Made Contact With The United States, Former Israeli General Claims
       
A 'Galactic Federation' Of Aliens Has Made Contact With The United States, Former Israeli General ClaimsAdded: 08.12.2020 11:06 | 9 views | 0 commentsSource: www.techquila.co.inA former Israeli general is claiming that both the and Israel have been in contact with aliens for years. Haim Eshed, who served as the head of the Israeli space security program for 30 years and is currently a professor, made the comments in an interview with the Tel Aviv-based newspaper Yediot Aharonot. In addition, the retired general said that aliens are not only communicating with human scientists, but working with them. Over the past couple of years, both the United States and Israel have ramped up their extraterrestrial exploration programs. More in feeds.inquisitr.com » Middle East, Israel, Scientists, President, United States, Universities, Mars, SPA, NASA, UFO Tags: FEDComments: Comments:
Dominic Cummings must go, Boris Johnson told as Tories warn him to get a ‘grip’ on Number 10 infighting
       
Dominic Cummings must go, Boris Johnson told as Tories warn him to get a ‘grip’ on Number 10 infightingAdded: 12.11.2020 12:24 | 12 views | 0 commentsSpin doctor Lee Cain denies he was behind leak over Lockdown 2‘If they have got rid of one Kray brother, the other has to go too’
Biden walks the union line, making a play for blue-collar workers
       
Added: 27.03.2021 20:18 | 18 views | 0 commentsBiden’s actions, including support for a union push by Amazon workers, mark him as a pro-labor president. Will that be enough to win Democrats a critical mass of working class voters?
Trump helped the GOP raise $2 billion. Now former aides and allies are jockeying to tap into his fundraising power.
       
Trump helped the GOP raise $2 billion. Now former aides and allies are jockeying to tap into his fundraising power. Added: 27.03.2021 18:18 | 18 views | 0 commentsThe number of independent money operations connected to the former president has been rapidly expanding since he left office, potentially sapping resources from the Republican Party committees.
Michigan GOP leader calls top Democrats ‘witches,’ jokes about assassination of Republicans
       
Added: 27.03.2021 13:18 | 26 views | 0 commentsDemocrats rebuked GOP Chairman Ron Weiser’s rhetoric as "sexist" and "dangerous" at a time when elected officials villainized by Trump and other Republican leaders have faced armed protests, harassment and death threats.
Sen. Mike Braun sends letter to Biden urging him to visit border: 'This surge makes it a moral imperative'
       
Sen. Mike Braun sends letter to Biden urging him to visit border: 'This surge makes it a moral imperative'Added: 27.03.2021 20:27 | 9 views | 0 commentsEXCLUSIVE: Fresh off a visit to the southern border, Sen. Mike Braun said Saturday that President Biden has a moral imperative to immediately see the "inhumane" and "dangerous" migrant situation firsthand.
Maine GOP rejects censure of Sen. Susan Collins
       
Added: 27.03.2021 20:09 | 10 views | 0 commentsThe Maine GOP voted Saturday against censoring its longtime Senator Susan Collins over her vote to convict former President Donald Trump for incitement of an insurrection.
Trump DHS officials slam Biden ‘purge’ of Homeland Security Advisory Council
       
Added: 27.03.2021 22:08 | 3 views | 0 commentsFormer Trump officials who served in the Department of Homeland Security are criticizing a move by the Biden administration to fire almost every member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council -- with one describing it as a “purge” designed to rinse the Council of opposing voices.
Why Does Pelosi Want to Overturn a Certified Election?
       
Why Does Pelosi Want to Overturn a Certified Election? Added: 27.03.2021 11:22 | 17 views | 0 commentsWhy are Pelosi and House Democrats considering taking the consequential step of overturning a certified election in Iowa?
Beijing's Wolf Warriors in Alaska
       
Added: 27.03.2021 11:21 | 15 views | 0 commentsChinese diplomats' actions at last week's summit in Alaska suggest that Xi Jinping will treat the Biden administration like Obama 2.0.
The Disgrace That Was the Biden Press Conference
       
The Disgrace That Was the Biden Press ConferenceAdded: 27.03.2021 11:43 | 15 views | 0 commentsSource: www.breitbart.comPresident Biden called on 10 reporters to answer 30-some questions during his long-awaited first formal press conference on Thursday. But the hour-plus event was a disgrace for some in the press and a dubious performance by the president. More in www.realclearpolitics.com » Tags: President
Myanmar forces kill dozens to clear protesters
       
Added: 27.03.2021 17:16 | 14 views | 0 commentsSoldiers and police in Myanmar used lethal force to suppress the latest protests against last month's coup, with scores of people reported killed, as the military on Saturday celebrated the annual Armed Forces Day holiday.
Myanmar: Bloodshed as forces open fire on protesters
       
Myanmar: Bloodshed as forces open fire on protestersAdded: 27.03.2021 16:16 | 11 views | 0 commentsSecurity forces opened fire on protesters as the leaders of the coup marked Armed Forces Day.
U.S. Senate votes to confirm McConnell protege to influential appeals court
       
Added: 18.06.2020 20:07 | 12 views | 0 commentsThe U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to confirm a federal judge who is a protege of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell to an influential appeals court in Washington.
Former White House aide Bolton says Trump not 'fit' to be president
       
Former White House aide Bolton says Trump not 'fit' to be presidentAdded: 18.06.2020 19:47 | 5 views | 0 commentsFormer top White House aide John Bolton delivered a damning indictment of his former boss, saying Donald Trump's behavior in office and dealings with foreign leaders showed he was unfit to be president of the United States.
Michigan GOP boss under fire for calling top state Dems ‘witches’
       
Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ron Weiser at his office in Lansing, Michigan on Aug. 18, 2010. Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ron Weiser poses in his office at McKinley Associates in Ann Arbor, Michigan on March 10, 2020. The chairman of the Michigan Republican Party is in a cauldron of hot water after referring to the state’s top three Democrats as “the three witches.”The crack from GOP boss Ron Weiser was captured on tape and later published by the Detroit News. “We’re focused on the three witches,” Weiser said, trying to redirect the attention toward Dems. Hateful, violent, and sexist rhetoric have no place in our state,” the state Democratic Party posted in a statement to Twitter.
Sen. Mike Braun sends letter to Biden urging him to visit border: 'This surge makes it a moral imperative'
       
EXCLUSIVE: Fresh off a visit to the southern border, Sen. Mike Braun said Saturday that President Biden has a moral imperative to immediately see the "inhumane" and "dangerous" migrant situation firsthand. The Indiana Republican penned a letter to Biden on Saturday, obtained first by Fox News, which includes pictures Braun took Friday during his visit of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility in Texas. There were more than 18,000 unaccompanied minors in either Border Protection or Health and Human Services custody as of Thursday, according to HHS records. Braun was part of a group of Senate Republicans making the trip to the south Texas border and expressed horror at the mounting crisis -- viewing packed border facilities and speaking to overwhelmed border agents. Border Protection encountered more than 100,000 migrants in February and those numbers are expected to increase dramatically in the spring and summer months.
Official Reveals Army Scars On His Chest During Meeting To Protest Anti-Asian Violence
       
An elected official in Ohio made a powerful statement about anti-Asian violence during a town hall meeting this week when he showed off the scars he got while serving in the U.S. Army for 20 years. “I’m 69 years old and I’m going to show you what patriotism, the questions about patriotism, looks like. Here is my proof,” said Wong, lifting up his shirt to reveal the scars. Story continues“In the last few years, things are getting worse and worse,” said Wong. But there are some ignorant people that will come up to me and say that I don’t look American or patriotic enough.
Asian American official shows his military scars during meeting, asks 'Is this patriot enough?'
       
A township trustee in a Cincinnati suburb made a powerful statement during a board meeting this week after showing the scars he got while serving in the U.S. Army. While in Chicago during the 1970s, someone beat him up for being Asian, according to Wong. For too long, I have put up with a lot of s--- in silence, excuse me the language," Wong said. Lee Wong, an elected official in West Chester, Ohio & @USArmy veteran with 20-years of service, took his shirt off during a town hall meeting on Wednesday and revealed scars he received during his service. Story continues"Here's my proof," he said as he stood up with his shirt open, showing the scars.
‘Why don’t you do your job?’: Lindsey Graham hits out after being asked what Republicans would do to fix border crisis
       
Lindsey Graham among 18 Republicans who attacked Biden over border (Getty Images)Senator Lindsey Graham has hit out – telling a reporter to “Do your job” – after being asked what Republicans would to do solve America’s decades-long immigration problem, rather than simply blaming President Joe Biden and the Democrats. While Mr Biden is scrambling to put extra resources where they are needed, he has been attacked for having an “open border” by people such as Mr Cruz, and other Republicans. Read our US politics live blog“All of us today witnessed the Biden cages,” Mr Cruz told reporters after disembarking from one of the patrol vessels, all of them equipped with machine guns. Mr Graham has had something of a shifting position on immigration reform over the years. Earlier this year, Mr Graham co-sponsored an immigration bill in the Senate with Mr Durbin.
Democrats Push Back Against Postal Plan
       
A group of House Democrats introduced a bill Friday that would block some of the provisions in Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s controversial 10-year plan for the U.S. Postal Service. The bill – called the Delivering Envelopes Judiciously On-time Year-round Act, or DEJOY Act – would maintain current guidelines and expectations for mail delivery and prohibit the service from increasing the expected delivery window. Krishnamoorthi introduced the DEJOY Act with six co-sponsors, all Democrats. In response, a spokesperson for the USPS said the agency did not support maintaining “unachievable service standards.”Like what you're reading?
Biden slams Georgia voting law as 'an atrocity'
       
As soon as Republican Governor Brian Kemp signed the law, voting rights activists vowed to challenge it. The Georgia law will make it a misdemeanor crime to give food or drinks to voters waiting in long lines. It will allow the state election board the power to replace local county election boards and permit challenges to voting eligibility. Video Transcript- --the new Georgia election law? You can't provide water for people about to vote.
For many motel dwellers, eviction ban provides no relief
       
Efficiency Lodge said Neason — despite his lengthy stay — was a guest it could kick off the property without filing an eviction case in court. “It's the same law.”Neason's struggles reflect the heightened risk of homelessness faced by motel and hotel dwellers during the pandemic, housing attorneys say. Hotel and motel residents in California, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey and Virginia have reported being expelled or threatened with immediate eviction over the past year. A judge sided with Malone in November, saying the hotel had to file an eviction case against him in court. Advocates say lawsuits by hotel residents are rare, and many other removals go unreported.
Georgia Elections Officials Compare Dem ‘Voter Suppression’ Claims to Trump’s Fraud Allegations
       
Refinery29Georgia became the first state to impose new voting rights restrictions under the Biden administration Thursday. More rigid ID requirements on their own will always impact Black voters more harshly. “Rather than grappling with whether their ideology is causing them to fail, they are instead relying on what has worked in the past,” said voting rights activist Stacey Abrams. When she ran for governor in Georgia in 2018, Abrams centered voter suppression in her campaign. Such laws will continue to disenfranchise Black voters and voters of color.
Increase in arriving asylum seekers keeps San Diego migrant shelter busy
       
The photos document asylum seekers’ final moments in San Diego before they board planes to reunite with loved ones they’ve spent sometimes years trying to reach. AdvertisementAdvertisementA child accepts a food delivery from Eitan Peled of Jewish Family Service in San Diego. AdvertisementVolunteers with Jewish Family Service help with food delivery for asylum-seeking families in San Diego. (Nelvin C. Cepeda / San Diego Union-Tribune)AdvertisementWhile some shelter staff are transporting asylum seekers to the San Diego airport as early as 3:30 a.m., Peled’s days typically start around 7:30 at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. Clark said she’s seen tears of joy streaming down asylum seekers’ faces as they walk to the bus.
Hundreds march in L.A.’s Koreatown as part of ‘Stop Asian Hate’ rallies across the country
       
Many spoke out against the alarming increase in hate crimes against members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities during the pandemic and demanded government action to stop the racist attacks. AdvertisementHundreds participated in a “Stop Asian Hate” rally in Koreatown on Saturday, March 27, 2021. Since coronavirus shutdowns began last March, thousands of Asian Americans have faced racist verbal and physical attacks or have been shunned by others, according to a recent report by Stop AAPI Hate. Anti-Asian hate crimes have soared in Los Angeles and other major cities. Experts say the hatred has been stoked by misplaced blame over the pandemic and the inflammatory rhetoric of former President Trump, who repeatedly called the disease the “China virus” and “Wuhan flu.”Marchers at a “Stop Asian Hate” rally in Koreatown on Saturday.
In push for voting changes, GOP lawmakers seek greater control over local elections
       
Threats to fine county election officials and overturn results. Brian Kemp signed a bill Thursday to give the GOP-dominated Legislature greater influence over a state board that regulates elections and empowers it to remove local election officials deemed to be underperforming. A South Carolina proposal would give lawmakers new oversight of the members appointed to the currently independent State Election Commission. The board could then remove local election officials and replace them. “It’s really a shame because our local election officials, in many ways, were heroes last year, and to see them attacked by their state lawmakers is really unfortunate,” she said.
Birx says deaths ‘could have been mitigated’ last year
       
Deborah Birx, the former White House coronavirus response coordinator, said that U.S. deaths from the virus could have been sharply reduced if mitigation efforts to slow the spread had come more quickly last spring. “The first time, we have an excuse. There were about 100,000 deaths that came from that original surge,” Birx told CNN. “All of the rest of them, in my mind, could have been mitigated or decreased substantially.”
Bannon, pardoned by Trump, is pursued by NY prosecutors
       
Erik Larson | BloombergNEW YORK — The New York attorney general has been investigating former White House strategist Steve Bannon, who was pardoned by Donald Trump on his last day as president, according to a person familiar with the matter. “We Build the Wall” was a private-sector effort to support Trump’s 2016 campaign promise to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Bannon was charged with fraud in federal court last year over the alleged scheme, leading to his pardon hours before Trump left the White House. Yet Trump can’t shield his former aide to the state-level probes because presidential pardons apply only to federal cases. The Washington Post reported the attorney general’s role earlier.
Hundreds rally in Hauppauge to protest hate crimes against Asian Americans
       
For Howard Fei, Saturday’s rally in Hauppauge to protest violence against Asian Americans was a way for him to show that he could not stay silent on the recent attacks against people of Asian ancestry in Atlanta, New York and the West Coast. "We need all of our elected officials, local elected officials, state elected officials, national elected officials," at which point Edwards turned to look behind her at Zeldin, "to vote for justice, to vote against hate. Zeldin, speaking at the rally, said he stood with the Asian American community, pointing out that his wife, Diana Zeldin, was of Asian ancestry. Speaking to Newsday reporters after the rally, Zeldin defended his vote on that resolution, saying the resolution was pushed as a "pro-Trump, anti-Trump resolution". Tsai Wei Sun, 45, of Huntington Station, said she hopes that the rallies will inspire people to speak out when they see violence or acts of hate against Asian Americans being committed.
Howie Carr: FBI whiffs again on Colorado mass shooting suspect
       
But it’s not only foreign Muslim terrorists the FBI can’t be bothered lugging. But it was a Friday afternoon, so the FBI “disconnected” his call and didn’t bother to pick him up. But there have been some cases that the FBI has been on top of:Lady Gaga’s stolen French bulldogs. Now you probably haven’t heard anything about how the FBI had this latest alleged Mideast mass murderer on its radar screen. Will there ever be a Durham report?”When the phone don’t ring, Mr. President, you’ll know.
Cohan: Vaccine passports can create haves and have-nots, need to be done with equity in mind
       
Coronavirus vaccination requirements are starting to pop up in the U.S. too. Vaccine passports can quickly create haves and have-nots of those who are free to enjoy certain activities while others are held back. Other individuals lack access to medical care in general, and may not even have medical records — never mind a vaccine passport. I strongly believe in the science of coronavirus vaccines and that everyone who is eligible to be vaccinated, should be vaccinated. The use of vaccine passports now and into the future is inevitable, but it needs to be done with equity in mind so we don’t have privileged populations returning to “normal” before others.
Republican senator Ted Cruz mocked for documentary-style trip to US-Mexico border
       
Republican senator Ted Cruz has drawn criticism for taking a trip to America’s southern border as the conservative Texan politician once again became the butt of internet jokes and memes. In fact, the number of border crossings under the Biden administration largely mirror those under the former Trump administration. Cruz was accompanied by 18 other Republican senators including John Cornyn, Susan Collins, and Linsey Graham. is this the part where the velociraptor comes out and eats him https://t.co/aNpvh1VuxE — Nate Monroe (@NateMonroeTU) March 26, 2021Comedians on Twitter capitalized on the Republican senator’s stunt. Ted Cruz is going to get to Cancun by any means necessary pic.twitter.com/aZjNhkR4jn — Angry Staffer (@Angry_Staffer) March 27, 2021Yet more compared the jaunt to a scene from Deliverance, a film about four city-slickers that venture to the rural backwoods of Georgia by canoe.
Exclusive: Right-wing protests 'more likely to be criticised because of liberal biases'
       
Baron Walney has launched a call for evidence to give the public a say on how political protests are handled. "I want to draw out, debate and expose what I think can be an extraordinary doublethink," he said. "Because these are environmental protesters and because on, let's say, the liberal centre and left, there can be pretty strong views about Rupert Murdoch. "That doesn't get anything like the attention than if you imagine if a right-wing group stopped The Guardian and Mirror from printing. He added that he could not explain why there should be less of an outcry against a liberal cause, claiming we are often "swayed by our own biases".
China sanctions Joe Manchin’s wife, other US officials
       
Gayle Manchin, wife of Senator Joe Manchin and head of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, has been banned from entering any part of China, the country’s foreign ministry said Saturday. The ban is part of a wave of sanctions the government announced against US and Canadian officials who have criticized the country’s human rights record in its Xinjiang region. “Otherwise, they will get their fingers burnt.”Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy noticeThis is a breaking news story.
Congressman Hank Johnson says Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is 'putting his knee on the neck of voters'
       
Brian Kemp over the passage of Georgia's new election bill, comparing it to the May murder of George Floyd. Johnson was on CNN in the aftermath of the passage of the state's legislation, which puts new restrictions on voting in the state. 'Just like that officer had his knee on the neck of George Floyd, what the governor was inside closed doors in secret doing was putting his knee on the neck of Georgia's voters,' Johnson said during his segment. Many of Donald Trump's claims of election fraud focused in on Georgia and Trump demanded Kemp overturn the results of the election in the state, which Kemp refused. 'The voters of Fulton county, the voters of Georgia, will not allow this just outrageous legislation to be the law of the land,' Johnson said to CNN.
Biden official 'ordered Republicans to DELETE photos of crowded migrant facility'
       
Republican senators say a Biden official urged them to delete photos they took of an overcrowded migrant facility they toured at the southern border on Friday. Despite promising 'transparency', Biden officials have refused to let journalists into the overcrowded Donna facility - as criticism surrounding the border crisis continues to grow. Republican senators say Biden officials urged them to delete photos they took of an overcrowded migrant facility they toured at the southern border on Friday. 'If you were an unaccompanied minor, you were sent over to the Donna facility, which we went over and visited. 'The Biden administration is taking people who are testing positive for COVID-19 and locking them in cages side by side.
Biden's DHS chief Alejandro Mayorkas FIRES 32 members of his advisory council
       
AdvertisementDepartment of Homeland Security (DHS) chief Alejandro Mayorkas has been slammed for firing 32 members of the agency's advisory council, including several Donald Trump allies, in the middle of the border crisis. Mayorkas did not rule out the possibility that some of the fired members could be reappointed to the newly-formed council. A total of 32 members have lost their positions including all Trump-era appointees - as well as more longstanding members from earlier administrations. 'The Biden administration is taking people who are testing positive for COVID-19 and locking them in cages side by side. 'On the other side of the river is Mexico,' Cruz noted.
Ford government could win election today, despite criticism of COVID-19 response: Poll
       
A new poll shows Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives would win the most votes if the election were held now, despite some criticism of their handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. When asked about how the Progressive Conservatives have handled the COVID-19 pandemic, 63 per cent of the poll respondents said the party has done well. That includes 59 per cent of Liberal party supporters, 45 per cent of NDP voters, and 44 per cent of Green party supporters. Of the 1,000 Ontario residents aged 18 and older who responded to the Leger poll, 28 per cent said they would support the NDP, down from the 33.6 per cent of voters the party carried in 2018. Online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.doug ford
Beto O'Rourke Says Ted Cruz Is 'Looking For A Crisis To Cosplay Senator For'
       
Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) on Friday blasted Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in a Twitter tirade, accusing him of fearmongering about an increase of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border instead of focusing on issues directly affecting his constituents. “The truth is, the number of individual asylum seekers and immigrants seeking to come to this country is the SAME or LOWER than it was in 2019 when Trump was President (and you were, apparently, Senator),” O’Rourke wrote. “This isn’t any more of a crisis today than it was then.”You’re in a Border Patrol boat armed with machine guns. If you’re looking for a crisis to cosplay Senator for, I’m happy to point you in the right direction. https://t.co/mDyWs6rQOM — Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) March 26, 2021The state you “represent” in the Senate is the least insured in the nation.
Maine GOP rejects censure of Sen. Susan Collins after her vote to convict Trump
       
(CNN) The Maine Republican Party's state committee on Saturday rejected a censure measure against Sen. Susan Collins, following her vote earlier this year to convict former President Donald Trump in his Senate impeachment trial. Collins, who won a competitive reelection last fall in a state that President Joe Biden carried, escapes censure as some of her Republican colleagues in Congress have faced backlash at home, including censures from their state parties, for bucking the former President. The committee's final vote was 19-41 to censure Collins, her office said in a statement, which the Maine Republican Party also confirmed to CNN. "Party leadership considers this matter settled now and the team is moving on to preparing to win elections in 2022," Jason Savage, Maine GOP's executive director, told CNN in an email Saturday. In a statement Saturday, Collins called the committee's vote "a testament to the Republican Party's 'big tent' philosophy that respects different views but unites around core principles."
A Minnesota man can’t be charged with felony rape because the woman chose to drink beforehand, court rules
       
In Khalil’s case, Justice Paul Thissen wrote in an opinion, no one disputes that the woman chose to become drunk. “Otherwise, nobody would ever have a fair trial.”ADKhalil’s attorney in the Minnesota Supreme Court case declined to comment on the ruling. Minnesota rape survivors, advocates and dozens of legislators see the state’s voluntary intoxication defense as a loophole that still needs to be filled. ADADUnder the existing statute, Khalil’s case could be charged as fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct, a gross misdemeanor, according to the court ruling. She pointed to Khalil’s case to argue that some alleged offenders seek to prey on people in that kind of condition.
Asian American official shows his military scars during meeting, asks 'Is this patriot enough?'
       
A township trustee in a Cincinnati suburb made a powerful statement during a board meeting this week after showing the scars he got while serving in the U.S. Army. While in Chicago during the 1970s, someone beat him up for being Asian, according to Wong. For too long, I have put up with a lot of s--- in silence, excuse me the language," Wong said. Lee Wong, an elected official in West Chester, Ohio & @USArmy veteran with 20-years of service, took his shirt off during a town hall meeting on Wednesday and revealed scars he received during his service. "Here's my proof," he said as he stood up with his shirt open, showing the scars.
A look inside an immigration holding facility: GOP senators 'stunned' by conditions at 'overwhelmed' site
       
Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., said the Customs and Border Protection facility in Donna, Texas, was "completely overwhelmed." Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., said he was "absolutely stunned" with the conditions he saw Friday morning at the CBP facility. The Biden administration is struggling to grapple with an increase of migrants coming to the U.S.-Mexico border. The Biden administration earlier this week released photos and two videos of the CBP facilities in Donna and El Paso, Texas. The Biden administration has conceded that the CBP facilities are not suitable for children.
They Were Guantánamo’s First Detainees. Here’s Where They Are Now.
       
Now, two decades on, the detention operation at Guantánamo endures as a chapter in American national security that successive administrations have struggled to bring to closure. The 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks will come and go this year without the start of the trial of Guantánamo’s most infamous prisoners — the five men accused of helping plot the attacks. Keeping the dilapidated prison and no-frills court compound running has come to cost the taxpayer about $13 million per prisoner per year. The extraterritorial enterprise began on a Friday afternoon when a C-141 Starlifter cargo plane bearing prisoners from Afghanistan touched down at the remote outpost. We asked for the bad guys first.”But none of those first men were ever charged in the Sept. 11 attacks, nor were any accused of knowing in advance about the Qaeda plot.
Angry condo owner joins fight to kill Cuomo’s pet Penn Station project
       
The legislative pushback is giving new hope to condo owners near Penn Station who fear the Cuomo plan would vaporize their building through eminent domain. Andrew Cuomo stating there is no “clear understanding” of the Empire Station Complex. Andrew Cuomo’s Empire Station Complex plan. Andrew Cuomo to not move forward with his proposed Empire Station Complex around Penn Station. Andrew Cuomo’s Empire Station Complex as “poorly conceived, opaque and possibly mortally flawed.” Robert Miller“We’re not opposed to improvements,” she said.
CNN's Chris Cuomo forges ahead in 'Hack' tournament amid scandal, Jeffrey Toobin fails to pull out a victory
       
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo may be reaping the benefits of his brother's growing scandals as he eyes the top prize in the second annual "Liberal Hack Tournament." The "Cuomo Prime Time" anchor was swept up in the latest bombshell report about Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is being accused of giving prioritized COVID testing to his relatives, including his famous younger brother. Rubin previously defeated Navarro in last year's division championship and went on to face off against Stelter in the final "Liberal Hack" showdown, but was ultimately defeated. Cillizza and Rupar will enter a brutal cage match in the division championship.
Texas COVID numbers decrease 17 days after mask, other restrictions lifted
       
The governor championed his state’s success in a Friday night tweet saying, "Today Texas recorded the lowest 7-day COVID positivity rate since that data began being calculated: 5.43%." RED STATES ABANDON MASK MANDATES, BIDEN SAYS: 'NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO LET UP'"We also recorded the largest daily number of vaccines administered to Texans: 342,849. More Texans getting vaccines will keep down the positivity rate," he said, though adding that receiving the vaccine was "always voluntary." Texas reported 2,239 new infections Saturday, roughly 500 fewer cases on average from the previous week, according to data from the state’s health department. "Please keep wearing your well-fitting mask and taking the public health actions now that we know can reverse these concerning trends," the director concluded.
Organizations call to move MLB All-Star Game, The Masters over Georgia voting law
       
Organizations are calling for major sporting events to be moved out of Georgia after the state passed a controversial voting law Thursday. GEORGIA STATE DEMOCRAT ARRESTED AS GEORGIA GOV. It requires two Saturdays of early voting instead of one and makes two Sundays optional for early voting. They will be placed at early voting locations but only available while the precincts are open. The law also tilts some power over elections to state lawmakers and the Georgia State Elections Board.
Maine GOP rejects censure of Sen. Susan Collins
       
The Maine GOP voted Saturday against censoring longtime Sen. Susan Collins over her vote to convict former President Donald Trump for incitement of insurrection. HOW SUSAN COLLINS DEFIED DEMOCRATSSeven GOP senators voted to convict Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, but most were not treated so kindly by their party back home. The Alaska GOP censured Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the only one of the seven who faces reelection next year. The Louisiana GOP censured Sen. Bill Cassidy and the North Carolina GOP censured Sen. Richard Burr. Moves to censure Sen. Mitt Romney in Utah have been unsuccessful.
Jen Psaki defends Biden 'Neanderthal' reopening quip targeting Texas and Mississippi
       
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said President Biden’s "Neanderthal thinking" quip about states removing their mask mandates was an expression of his "frustration and exasperation." Tate Reeves "took offense" to Biden's 'Neanderthal’ remark. MCENANY RIPS BIDEN'S 'NEANDERTHAL' REMARK, COMPARES TO CLINTON'S 'DEPLORABLES' INSULT"People across the country have sacrificed, they haven’t had the information they need from the federal government. Psaki said the White House’s focus has been on ensuring there are enough vaccines, vaccinators and vaccine locations to go around. "There were not enough of any of those things when he [Biden] took office," she said.
Trump insider's ex-wife says she's shared seven boxes of documents with investigators
       
As a result, the judge ordered that the financial information be turned over for Ms Weisslberg and her attorneys to review. They ended up taking seven boxes of my documents and scanning them, going through them," Ms Weisselberg told Business Insider. "Since the Bloomberg article came out – I don't think they realised that I had that stuff," Ms Weisselberg said. However, Ms Weisselberg said Mr Weisselberg is unlikely to flip. She described him as being obsessed with how Mr Trump viewed him, and said he cherished the time he spent with the former president.
30 Million Social Security Recipients Waiting on Stimulus Checks May Soon Get Their Payments
       
Getty Person holding checkThirty million Social Security recipients waiting on stimulus checks may finally receive the money they've been looking for, thanks to an agreement between the Social Security Administration and Internal Revenue Service. Social Security and SSI (Supplemental Security Income) beneficiaries are to receive their payments automatically — but a lag in communications between the SSA and the IRS prompted delays, CNN reported. "In short," Saul said, "Social Security employees have literally worked day and night with IRS staff to ensure that the electronic files of Social Security and SSI recipients are complete, accurate, and ready to be used to issue payments." Couples in this situation are still eligible for their full $1,400-per-person stimulus payment, as the IRS told CNN, but the second installment may come within weeks of the first. They can check the statuses of their payments separately with the IRS' online Get My Payment tool.
Virginia Beach shooting: Two dead and several injured at popular spring break location
       
A large police presence in Virginia Beach on Friday 26 March ((WAVY TV 10))Two people were killed and eight more were injured in a series of shootings near the oceanfront in Virginia Beach on Friday night. The incidents occurred between 11 and 11:30pm, as the Virginia Beach Police Department confirmed that several of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries in the shootings. At least eight people were shot at around 11pm in the first incident, after gunfire broke out close to the ocean at the popular spring break destination on Friday. A second person was fatally shot not long after in another incident that the department does not believe was connected to the two other shootings. Story continuesFollowing those two incidents, President Joe Biden called for a ban on assault weapons, vowing to take “common-sense steps” to outlaw certain firearms.
Police: 2 dead in Virginia Beach oceanfront shootings
       
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Overnight shootings along the beachfront in Virginia Beach left two people dead and eight wounded in a scene described by authorities on Saturday as “very chaotic.”In a statement, the Virginia Beach Police Department said the first shooting occurred shortly after 11 p.m. Friday, when police who were patrolling the area heard gunfire. While officers were investigating the shootings, shots were fired nearby, said Police Chief Paul Neudigate. Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital spokesman Andrew Helquist said four people treated for gunshot wounds were in stable condition on Saturday, while four others had been released from the hospital. Story continuesTwo full blocks that mostly made up a city owned parking lot remained blocked off by police tape on Saturday. And then there was a wreck.”Kevin Robertson, who lives a few houses away from the parking lot, said he was on his porch when the shooting began.
Matt Hancock backs calls to fly union flags from hospitals
       
Britain's Health Secretary Matt Hancock - Hannah McKay/Pool Photo via APUnion flags will be flown from hundreds of hospital and NHS buildings across the country under plans backed by an "enthusiastic" Matt Hancock. It comes after Cabinet ministers moved last week to encourage civil servants and officials to fly the union flag more often over Government and council buildings. Currently, union flags are only flown on government buildings on set days. Councils were also told by Mr Jenrick they could only fly the European Union flag if they obtained prior planning permission. He added: “This will allow county and other local flags to be flown alongside the Union flag on the same flagpole, providing the Union flag is in the superior position, without the need to secure consent.”
Still waiting for your stimulus check? Here are 8 possible reasons
       
Still waiting for your stimulus check? What's happened to your stimulus check? Because Biden's relief bill was fast-tracked through Congress using a convoluted budget process, a legislative loophole allows creditors to garnish your stimulus check. The cash can be seized to pay several kinds of debt, though not tax debt or back child support. The previous thresholds for getting a stimulus check were $100,000 for single taxpayers and $200,000 for couples who file jointly.
Police: 2 dead in Virginia Beach oceanfront shootings
       
In a statement, the Virginia Beach Police Department said the first shooting occurred shortly after 11 p.m. Friday, when police who were patrolling the area heard gunfire. VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Overnight shootings along the beachfront in Virginia Beach left two people dead and eight wounded in a scene described by authorities on Saturday as “very chaotic.”While officers were investigating the shootings, shots were fired nearby, said Police Chief Paul Neudigate. Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital spokesman Andrew Helquist said four people treated for gunshot wounds were in stable condition on Saturday, while four others had been released from the hospital. AdvertisementTwo full blocks that mostly made up a city owned parking lot remained blocked off by police tape on Saturday. And then there was a wreck.”Kevin Robertson, who lives a few houses away from the parking lot, said he was on his porch when the shooting began.
US waives FBI checks on caregivers at new migrant facilities
       
At the downtown Dallas convention center, one of HHS' emergency sites, almost all of its 2,300 beds were filled just one week after it opened this month. Child advocates say that rather than opening more unlicensed emergency facilities, the administration must speed up placing children with sponsors, especially the approximately 40% of youths in custody who have a parent in the country ready to take them. Ana, the mother of a 17-year-old teen detained in Dallas, told AP said her son fled gangs trying to recruit him in El Salvador and hoped to join her in Virginia. After an eight-day journey, the teenager crossed the U.S.-Mexico border on March 9. Eight days would pass until she heard from authorities at the border that they had him in custody.
Harvard maths professor with close ties to Jeffrey Epstein has been barred from advising students for two years
       
A Harvard University professor who had close ties with Jeffrey Epstein has been barred from starting new research or advising students for at least the next two years. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. One of Mr Nowak’s lawyers, Ellen Zucker, told the AP that her client is pleased to be able to go back to teaching. The Independent has contacted Harvard University and Mr Nowak for additional comment.
Asian American war vet takes shirt off to show scars in powerful town hall speech against racism
       
During the meeting, Mr Wong, 69, began unbuttoning his shirt, and said he was going to show people "what questions of patriotism looks like". Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Mr Wong said at one point while studying in Chicago he was beaten because of his race. Father with a kid and little boy would go like this—” Mr Wong said, pulling his eyelids back “—to me.
‘The only threat you face is unarmed children’: Beto O’Rourke mocks Ted Cruz’s claim border smugglers were shouting at him
       
Mr Cruz and 18 other Republican senators visited the southern border, to “see the crisis that is playing out” – the huge surge in migrants seen in recent weeks. “That’s Mexico, and you can see there’s three smugglers right there, standing on the Mexico side, looking at us,” Mr Cruz says in the video. “The only threat you face is unarmed children and families who are seeking asylum (as well as the occasional heckler).”Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. The Biden administration is under increasing pressure to tackle the surge in migrants at the border – especially because many are unaccompanied children.
Michigan GOP chair refuses to resign after calling Whitmer and female Democrats ‘witches’ and joking about assassinations
       
The chairman of the Michigan Republican Party refused to step down on Friday, despite being caught on video calling female Democrats “witches” and joking about assassinating anti-Trump Republicans. An audience member asked Mr Weiser how to deal with the “witches in our own party”. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. The Independent has reached out to the Michigan Republican Party for comment, but has not yet heard back.
Analysis: No, western Minnesota won't leave for South Dakota. Here's why
       
A map of a hypothetical scenario where western Minnesota seceded and joined South Dakota. 2020 election results by state, including hypothetical results for a scenario in which western Minnesota seceded and joined South Dakota, forming a "New South Dakota" and leaving behind a "New Minnesota." 2020 presidential election votes by county, along alternate borders in a hypothetical scenario where western Minnesota seceded and joined South Dakota. Here's a table comparing the demographics of current (or "Old") South Dakota and Minnesota, the hypothetically seceding counties ("ex-Minnesota") and the new states of New Minnesota and New South Dakota. A table comparing the demographics of Minnesota and South Dakota, along with the demographics for a hypothetical scenario in which western Minnesota ("ex-MN") seceded and joined South Dakota (forming "New SD"), leaving a smaller "New Minnesota" behind.
Deborah Birx: Thousands of U.S. COVID-19 deaths could have been prevented
       
Former White House coronavirus coordinator Deborah Birx told CNN that she believes that the U.S. coronavirus deaths that occurred after the first surge of cases "could have been mitigated or decreased substantially." What she's saying: "I look at it this way: There were about 100,000 deaths that came from that original surge," said Birx, who served under the Trump administration. "All of the rest of them, in my mind, could have been mitigated or decreased substantially." So far, the virus has killed more than 548,ooo Americans, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. What to watch: The interview was part of a larger CNN documentary with six doctors who were at the center of the country's response to the virus.
Brexit LIVE: British expats 'in tears' as Spain to deport 500 under new rules ‘Dream over'
       
Anthony Cook, who has lived in Spain for seven years, told Global247news: “The Spanish dream is over for me, it’s time to go back to Cardiff. In contrast, had the EU proceeded to block vaccine exports to the UK, its behaviour would have been indefensible. 5.31pm update: Brexit delivery puts Tories in 'best place to help Welsh recovery' Welsh Conservative leader Andrew Davies said delivering Brexit has made his party best-placed to build a coronavirus recovery plan for Wales. The former Justice Secretary and Tory MP who described himself as a "convinced Remainer", claimed even the instinctive desire to protect the EU over the vaccine row fails. The Eurexit Movement launched in January thanks to cross-border eurosceptics from Italy, France and Spain, with the help of the Brexit Party from the UK.
QAnon Rep claims the U.S. Capitol is evil because they “wipe out male and female” there
       
“I voted no on it, and I want you to know I voted no and I’ll tell you why,” she said. “She thinks that place is a church, and she calls it a sacred place,” Greene claims. “I cannot vote for a bill that calls the Capitol ‘a temple.’ That is one of the most evil places; horrible things happen there,” she said, amid affirmations from the audience. She alleged that “the so-called #EqualityAct is evil” and in a Twitter tirade, claimed it “has nothing to do with equality. '”12 other House Republicans voted against the resolution introduced by Speaker Pelosi, and five did not cast a vote.
Suez Canal: Fresh effort to refloat wedged container ship
       
Mr Rabie could not say how soon the ship might be refloated but said the SCA would "work around the clock" to get other ships through once the Ever Given was free.
Thousands protest Turkey’s exit from domestic violence treaty
       
Protesters take to the streets for second consecutive weekend to demand Turkey reverse decision to withdraw from 2011 Istanbul Convention. Violence against women and femicide is a serious problem in Turkey, with daily media coverage of the issue. World Health Organization data shows 38 percent of women in Turkey are subject to violence from a partner in their lifetime. She called Turkey’s withdrawal from the convention unacceptable as “femicide and domestic violence in Turkey is at an alarming level”. Officials said this week that domestic law would protect Turkish women, not foreign treaties.
Canada's Trudeau calls Chinese sanctions over Xinjiang 'unacceptable'
       
BEIJING/OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday said China’s sanctions against two American religious-rights officials and one Canadian lawmaker were unacceptable and vowed to continue to defend human rights. Trudeau called the Chinese sanctions “unacceptable actions.” “We will continue to defend human rights around the world with our international partners,” Trudeau said on Twitter. Chong, who is a member of the opposition Conservative Party, said he would “wear (the sanctions) as a badge of honour”. Chong urged the Trudeau government to “officially recognize the Uighur genocide,” and said the sanctions would have no practical effect because he had no plans to travel to China. Activists and U.N. rights experts say at least a million Muslims have been detained in camps in Xinjiang.
Arby’s Says It Helped Kill the $15 Minimum Wage
       
The parent company of some of America’s largest fast-food chains is claiming credit for convincing Congress to exclude a $15 minimum wage from the recent COVID relief bill, according to internal company documents reviewed by The Daily Poster. The company, which is owned by a private equity firm named after an Ayn Rand character, also says it is now working to thwart new union rights legislation. The company’s boasts come just a few months after a government report found that some of its chains had among the highest percentage of workers relying on food stamps. Inspire Brands — which owns Jimmy John’s, Arby’s, Sonic, and Buffalo Wild Wings, plus recently acquired Dunkin’ Donuts for $11.3 billion in November — on Thursday sent employees and franchisees a review of its government lobbying activity that highlighted its success in keeping the $15 minimum wage out of Democrats’ American Rescue Plan, the COVID-19 relief bill President Joe Biden signed earlier this month. “We were successful in our advocacy efforts to remove the Raise the Wage Act, which would have increased the federal minimum wage to $15 and eliminated the tip credit,” reads the report.
We Need an Anti-Imperialist Alternative to Biden’s Status Quo Foreign Policy
       
Interview by Ana Kasparian Nando VilaEarlier this week, Axios reported that Joe Biden “loves the growing narrative that he’s bolder and bigger-thinking than President Obama.”One dramatic exception: foreign policy. While Biden and others in the political establishment have dropped their usual paeans to belt-tightening, there’s no indication Biden will make any foreign policy moves that could be spun as “bolder and bigger-thinking.” He hasn’t even reentered Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal yet. To sort out Biden’s foreign policy, Ana Kasparian and Nando Vila, cohosts of Weekends, recently spoke with historian and Jacobin contributing editor Daniel Bessner about China; the United States’ sprawling, opaque national security state; and the need for a leftist, anti-imperialist alternative. Their conversation has been edited and condensed for clarity.
Yuh-Line Niou Urges Chinatown Residents to Claim Their Power
       
Yuh-Line Niou has been one of the most outspoken members of the New York State Assembly since being elected in 2016 to Sheldon Silver’s former seat in Lower Manhattan. Last Sunday, Niou spoke at a rally for Asian American lives at Columbus Park, a popular gathering spot for the local Chinatown community. They fuse the personal and the political and don’t hesitate to indict deeply entrenched systems of racism, sexism and classism and demand fundamental change. “Until our systems are made in our image, we’re here to dismantle theirs.”Niou is reflective of all of these trends. And it is to keep us from reaching it.”That same structural racism, she notes, has led to her community being shortchanged in Albany.
9 questions about the humanitarian crisis on the border, answered
       
The Biden administration is struggling to accommodate an increasing number of unaccompanied children arriving on the border. The increase in arrivals among unaccompanied children is happening even though, for the most part, the border remains closed. But in 2014, the US started seeing many more families and unaccompanied children making the journey — a trend that has continued. The majority of unaccompanied children arriving on the border also have family in the US, so they’re aiming to reunite with their relatives. The Biden administration opted to continue doing so, acknowledging its humanitarian obligations.
How a $25 million donation to help students got ensnared in politics
       
Billionaire philanthropy is once again on the defense in San Francisco, the home of many a tech billionaire. Late last year, San Francisco officially condemned Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for his errors at Facebook after he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, donated $75 million to a local hospital. Crankstart has donated over $50 million to San Francisco nonprofits in 2020, funding efforts during the pandemic that paid San Francisco essential workers to quarantine if sick and local efforts to feed the hungry. “Does it pass the litmus test of is this good for San Francisco, or for a portion of San Francisco? “If their investments is free and clear, and don’t involve a political agenda — fantastic, that’s very generous and wonderful,” Ronen said.
Pakistan successfully test fires Shaheen 1-A ballistic missile
       
Pakistan has conducted a successful flight test of Shaheen-1A surface to surface ballistic missile on Friday, which has a range of 900 kilometres, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement. The surface-to-surface Shaheen 1-A with its sophisticated and advanced guidance system is a highly accurate missile system. The Director General Dr Samar congratulated the scientists and engineers who put their abilities into the advanced system, for successfully conducting the test. Samar "appreciated the technical prowess, dedication, and commitment of scientists and engineers, who contributed whole-heartedly in making the missile launch successful." Meanwhile, President Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, and services chiefs have also congratulated the scientists and engineers for today’s missile test having been successfully conducted.
Long Island police chief due for million-dollar payday
       
Chief Thomas Cummings was compensated $441,945.82 last year, according to village documents. Chief Thomas Cummings first joined the department in 1987. (There are rumors that Warren wants to dissolve the department, as reported by the Southampton Press, which first covered the meeting.) NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea oversees about 36,000 sworn officers — and gets paid less than Chief Cummings. There are rumors that Jesse Warren, the current mayor, wants to dissolve the department.
Biden walks the union line, making a play for blue-collar workers
       
Seth Harris, now a top labor adviser to Biden, wrote a script for a Biden video promoting the union effort. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) wrote an op-ed voicing carefully calibrated support for the Amazon union drive. ADIn his first two months, Biden has aggressively sought to cement support from unions and workers. While Biden has positioned himself staunchly alongside the Amazon workers, he also has some associations with the company through his vast political network. Jay Carney, Biden’s communications director when he was vice president, is now a senior vice president at Amazon.
'A cop on the beat again': Biden looks to reassert consumer watchdog agency sidelined by Trump
       
The Biden administration is working to reassert the government's top consumer watchdog, which was sidelined by President Donald Trump, just as the U.S. economy is showing signs of revving up. "There is going to be a cop on the beat again," said Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who helped create the agency. In 2018, the Trump administration stripped the agency of its powers to enforce discrimination cases in lending, a move that enraged many Democrats and consumer finance advocates. Still, the money recovered by actions under both agency chiefs during the Trump administration paled in comparison to the total recovered during the Obama years. CFPB Director nominee Rohit Chopra.
Taiwan feared Biden would be softer than Trump on China. So far, it has been pleasantly surprised.
       
But, so far, Biden has continued to display strong support for Taiwan, at times even going further than the Trump administration did. On the other side of the table is a Biden administration that has already staked out China as America's most important challenge. Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Donald Trump attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in 2017. Many Taiwanese favored Trump because of his administration's hard-line stance against China and support for Taiwan. The Biden administration has so far signalled strong support for democratic Taiwan, which has been ruled separately from China since 1949.
WATCH: All roads lead back to the filibuster
       
The ongoing debate over filibuster reform took center stage in political news this week. TARA and EUGENE look back at Biden’s response over eliminating the filibuster during his first official press conference on Thursday. They also discuss why the filibuster is the only way Democrats can pass legislation on gun control and voting rights. Watch all the individual clips that Eugene and Tara get into in this week’s edition of Playback:1. But when asked if he agreed with President Barack Obama's assessment that rule was a relic of the Jim Crow era, he agreed.
Biden admin.’s response to Georgia voter suppression with WH Principal Deputy Press Sec. Jean-Pierre
       
The Biden administration responds to Georgia passing voter suppression legislation, and questions about the filibuster, as White House Principal Deputy Press Sec. Karine Jean-Pierre discusses these issues with Tiffany Cross.
Velshi: Bipartisanship is a two-way street
       
During an interview on Fox, the now Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell said, “there has been no effort whatsoever by the president or the administration to do anything in the political center." A bold statement from Mitch McConnell, who would have trouble navigating himself to the center of a Tootsie Pop, let alone the political center. McConnell may be confusing doing things his way with what the word “bipartisanship” means. There is probably a lot more the Biden administration can, will, and should do, but the literal last person to speak about a lack of bipartisanship is Mitch McConnell.
Republican lawmakers seek greater control over local elections
       
In addition to their nationwide efforts to limit access to the ballot, Republican lawmakers in some states are moving to gain greater control over the local mechanics of elections, from voter registration all the way to certifying results. Brian Kemp signed a bill Thursday to give the GOP-dominated Legislature greater influence over a state board that regulates elections and empowers it to remove local election officials deemed to be underperforming. A South Carolina proposal would give lawmakers new oversight of the members appointed to the currently independent State Election Commission. The board could then remove local election officials and replace them. “It’s really a shame because our local election officials, in many ways, were heroes last year, and to see them attacked by their state lawmakers is really unfortunate,” she said.
Capitol protester spotted at anti-mask rally while under indictment, and his lawyer says he has not been paid, according to report
       
Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty ImagesThe lawyer of a Capitol rioter said he's not been paid for his work, the Daily Beast reported. He was recently spotted at an anti-mask "freedom rally" in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, despite being under indictment, the Daily Beast reported. His lawyer, Rinaldo Del Gallo III, who helped secure Sahady's release, told the Daily Beast he had not been paid for his work. "Often, when clients are in trouble and in jail, they cry, 'My kingdom for a horse,'" said attorney Del Gallo. Legal experts told the Daily Beast that Sahady's recent conduct could potentially constitute a violation of the bail conditions set by the court.
Kamala Harris faces political ‘trapdoors’ as she takes lead role on migrant border surge
       
Now it’s Vice President Kamala Harris’ problem. Biden’s statement will do little to quiet speculation about Harris’ political future, or interest from across the political spectrum in how she handles her new role. But they also emphasized that she needed to to fulfill the promises made by Biden to chart a much different immigration policy than Trump. “What we’re seeing is an opportunity to do that.”Biden was criticized by liberals during his presidential campaign for a surge in deportations that occurred while he was Obama’s vice president. Biden pushed back on the criticism, noting he was only vice president at the time and didn’t set the administration’s policy.
Republicans demand answers from Amazon after removal of book on transgenderism
       
EXCLUSIVE - Republican Study Committee (RSC) chief Rep. Jim Banks is leading a group of Republicans demanding answers from Amazon after the removal of conservative scholar Ryan T. Anderson's book on transgenderism titled "When Harry Became Sally." "His book offers the clearest, most thoroughly researched conservative perspective on the issue of transgenderism that I’m aware of. "Amazon.com currently controls a majority of the print book market in the United States, and a supermajority of e-book sales. Anderson told Fox News that the timing of the removal of his book seems "awfully suspicious." Across the nation, freedom of speech is being denied, and the thought police are on the rise," Wenstrup told Fox News in a statement.
Michigan GOP leader calls top Democrats ‘witches,’ jokes about assassination of Republicans
       
Included in Weiser's "three witches" comment was Michigan Democratic Gov. Weiser's rhetoric toward Democrats and Republicans opposing the former president comes at a time when elected officials villainized by Trump and other GOP leaders have faced armed protests, harassment and death threats. The Michigan GOP did not respond to a request for comment Friday evening, nor did representatives for Upton and Meijer. Democratic colleagues of Weiser's on the University of Michigan Board of Regents also criticized his remarks. AdvertisementThis week's comments are on the heels of another Michigan GOP leader caught on camera making remarks to members of the party that sparked blowback and calls for resignation.
Nevada reports 302 new coronavirus cases, 10 deaths
       
Nevada on Saturday reported 302 new coronavirus cases and 10 additional deaths, according to state data. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_ImagesNevada on Saturday reported 302 new coronavirus cases and 10 additional deaths, according to state data. Updated figures posted to the Department of Health and Human Services’ coronavirus website brought totals to 302,918 cases and 5,236 deaths since the pandemic began. New cases were well above the moving 14-day average of daily reported cases, which remained at 193 on Saturday. Meanwhile in Clark County, there were 218 new coronavirus cases and seven additional deaths reported on Saturday, according to data posted to the Southern Nevada Health District’s coronavirus website.
9-year-old migrant girl dies trying to cross Rio Grande into US with her family
       
Biden has reversed or loosened some Trump-era restrictions, including the “Remain in Mexico” policy, while he and his top advisers have repeatedly urged migrants not to make the trek. But numbers have soared at the border, and Republicans have blamed his new approach for attracting the large numbers of migrants that have overwhelmed border processing facilities.
Myanmar forces kill over 100 in deadliest day since coup
       
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........YANGON, Myanmar — As Myanmar’s military celebrated the annual Armed Forces Day holiday with a parade Saturday in the country’s capital, soldiers and police elsewhere reportedly killed dozens of people as they suppressed protests in the deadliest bloodletting since last month’s coup. “This 76th Myanmar armed forces day will stay engraved as a day of terror and dishonour,” the European Union’s delegation to Myanmar said on Twitter. Junta chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing did not directly refer to the protest movement when he gave his nationally televised Armed Forces Day speech before thousands of soldiers in Naypyitaw. In contrast, security forces have used live ammunition for weeks against what have still been overwhelmingly unarmed and peaceful crowds. Myanmar military forces also on Saturday engaged in combat with guerrillas of the Karen ethnic minority near the country’s eastern border with Thailand.
Ted Cruz leads group of senators on midnight hunt for migrants
       
Video: Ted Cruz leads 18 GOP senators in branding Biden's border crisis 'inhumane' on tour of migrant camp with 'pods' designed to hold 80 children that currently house more than 700Ted Cruz led a group of 18 Republican senators on midnight hunt for migrants and smugglers trying to cross the Rio Grande.
Video: Hundreds of 'Kill the Bill' protesters march through Bristol
       
Video: Boris Johnson condemns 'mob intent on violence' after anti-police protesters riot in Bristol AGAIN and 10 are arrested for hurling fireworks and bottles at police horses and officersDemonstrators are out for the third time in less than a week as they march through Bristol for a 'Kill the Bill' demonstration against the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.
Belarus Police Detain Protesters, Prevent Opposition Rally
       
Police in Belarus on Saturday detained more than 100 people, including five journalists, a rights group said, as the opposition resumed rallies against strongman Alexander Lukashenko. news Belarus Opposition to Restart Protests as Crackdown Widens Read moreBut they died down over the winter in the wake of a violent crackdown that saw thousands of protesters detained, several killed and hundreds receive lengthy prison sentences over the unrest. The opposition Telegram channel Nexta that mobilizes and coordinates protesters had called for a "second wave" of rallies to kick off on Saturday. The Viasna human rights group said law enforcement officers had detained at least 110 people, including five journalists, across the country. pic.twitter.com/eyU2ljKjIG — TUT.BY (@tutby) March 27, 2021
Michigan secretary of state slams GOP: They 'don't believe in democracy'
       
“Everything is in peril if you don’t have that power to determine who represents you and hold them accountable,” Benson said. “And for those now in leadership to try to take that power away, it’s reprehensible.”ADVERTISEMENTThe interview followed Georgia Gov. The law also gives state lawmakers sweeping powers over how elections are run. Michigan senators introduced similar legislation on Wednesday putting limits on absentee voting in the state, including ID requirements and preventing the secretary of state from sending out unsolicited absentee ballot applications or making them available online. Republicans argue that the bills would help restore confidence in the state’s voting system that they themselves helped undermine through months of debunked claims that the election results in Michigan were tampered with widespread fraud.
Biden would beat Trump again if they both run in 2024, poll suggests
       
Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. When asked if he thought he could be running against Mr Trump in 2024, Mr Biden joked he wasn’t sure the GOP would even last that long – a nod to divisions in the party between traditional conservatives and Trump loyalists. If the two men were to run again in 2024, on election day Mr Biden would be about to turn 82, and Mr Trump would be 78. In the 2020 election, Mr Biden won 306 electoral college votes to Mr Trump’s 232.
Supreme Court hears bid to deny labor union access to California farms
       
Legal scholars say a decision that strikes down the California union access law could have potentially major implications for health and safety inspections, home visits by social workers and anti-discrimination rules nationwide. The California union access law was passed in response to farm worker protests and boycotts in the 1960s and 70s over poor pay and working conditions. Civil rights leader and United Farm Workers founder Cesar Chavez argued the right to organize on farm property was essential. In October 2015, a group of United Farm Worker activists marched onto Cedar Point property to organize, invoking the state's union access law. "It could be a real blow to accountability in a lot of other sectors that do not involve just labor law," Martinez said.
Would this Texas bill protect elections or limit people of color from voting?
       
(AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)AUSTIN (KXAN/Texas Tribune) — It’s a bill that Republicans say would tighten election security. But Democrats say it would limit voting opportunities — especially for communities of color. Texas Senate Bill 7 is now moving forward to the full state Senate floor after it was moved out of committee overnight. But as the bill moves closer to the Senate floor, it was also met with a chorus of opposition. ‘The New Jim Crow’Nationwide, 253 bills that would restrict voting access have been introduced in 43 states — prompting the Democrat-controlled U.S. House to pass the “For the People Act” voting protections bill.
Police under fire for 'assault' of journalist at Bristol protest
       
Police have come under fire for their treatment of a reporter at demonstrations in Bristol on Friday night, during violent clashes between officers and protesters. Police assaulted me at the Bristol protest even though I told them I was from the press. pic.twitter.com/a7a0Nnw0bG — Matthew Dresch (@MatthewDresch) March 27, 2021“Police assaulted me at the Bristol protest even though I told them I was from the press. Avon and Somerset police tweeted: “We’re aware of a video showing a journalist being confronted by officers during last night’s protest in Bristol. The case for an independent investigation into the policing of the Bristol protests is clear,” she tweeted.
Gov. Kim Reynolds signs law shortening Iowa's early and Election Day voting
       
Kim Reynolds has signed legislation cutting the state's early voting period and closing the polls an hour earlier on Election Day. "It’s our duty and responsibility to protect the integrity of every election," Reynolds said in a statement. More:Group sues over Iowa's new election law, which cuts early and Election Day votingWhat does Iowa's new election law do? In Georgia, lawmakers are considering limiting early voting on weekends and ending no-excuse absentee voting. Meanwhile, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation last week that would expand access to voting, including early voting.
New Border Patrol Rules Allegedly Endangering Migrant Safety
       
Reporter Briana Whitney asked what guidance Border Patrol had given the small and isolated community about the federal agency’s plans. “This is a common tactic we used all the time even back in my day,” tweeted former Border Patrol agent Jenn Budd. “In 2019, Border Patrol was dropping people off directly at shelters in Tucson,” Marizco tweeted. “Now under rules, Border Patrol must drop off within 35 miles of where Border Patrol apprehension took place.”That change only occurred earlier this year. The Biden administration’s new agency guidance has border towns and advocates concerned about incoming immigrants’ health and welfare.
Afghanistan: US intelligence warns Biden against troop pullout
       
A rushed US exit from Afghanistan without finalized peace terms between Taliban insurgents and the Kabul government could end bitterly, American intelligence agencies have warned. However, talks are still dragging on between envoys of the Sunni Muslim insurgents and the Kabul government of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Taliban made peace promisesLast year, the Taliban vowed that if all US and international forces were withdrawn by May it would enter into such intra-Afghan peace talks and cut ties with al-Qaida. In recent months Taliban attacks on foreign troops in Afghanistan have largely ceased, although assaults on Afghan security forces and personnel have continued. He welcomed parallel attempts, though, by regional powers to break the deadlock, with Moscow hosting Afghan factions recently and Turkey planning peace talks in April.
Prosecutors add 3 fraud charges against Missouri lawmaker
       
A Missouri state legislator already named in a 20-count fraud indictment is now facing three more chargesLIBERTY, Mo. -- A Missouri state lawmaker already indicted on 20 charges related to a fraud scheme involving medical treatments now faces three more charges alleging she fraudulently sought federal funding for COVID-19 services at her southwest Missouri clinics. Friday's indictment charges that Derges applied for $882,644 in CARES Act funding for Lift Up, a nonprofit medical and dental clinic in Springfield that serves the poor, homeless and uninsured. She allegedly transferred those funds to her for-profit clinic, Ozark Valley Medical Center, which had already been paid by clients for COVID-19 testing, prosecutors said. Prosecutors claimed Derges said in a Facebook post that the treatment could provide a potential “safe and natural” cure for COVID-19 patients.
Women, LGBT people and students protest for rights in Turkey
       
Hundreds of demonstrators have gathered in Istanbul to demand the reversal of recent decisions by Turkey’s government that affect students, women and the LGBT communityISTANBUL -- Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Istanbul on Saturday for anti-government protests, demanding amid a heavy police presence the reversal of recent decisions by Turkey's president that affect students, women and the LGBT community. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a surprise decree a week ago ending Turkey's participation in a landmark treaty aimed at protecting women from violence. About a thousand women and allies turned up Saturday to protest the country's withdrawal from the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention. Hundreds of students also held another protest against the appointment of a new rector at Turkey’s most prestigious university. The students and women protesting Saturday also demanded an end to anti-LGBT actions amid growing intolerance from the government and police.
Minnesota Supreme Court throws out rape conviction because intoxicated woman willingly consumed alcohol
       
The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that a person can’t be found guilty of sexually assaulting someone who is intoxicated if that person willingly ingested drugs or alcohol. Khalil, a Minneapolis man, met his victim after she was denied entry to a bar for being too intoxicated. The court’s unanimous decision was written by Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Pail Thissen. In order to be considered mentally incapacitated under Minnesot law, the alcohol must be given to the person without that person’s agreement, according to the court. Because the original case did not meet the standard for a victim to be mentally incapacitated, the state's high court granted a new trial for Khalil.
Asian American official condemns anti-Asian violence by removing shirt, showing his military scars: ‘Is this patriot enough?’
       
“Here is my proof,” said Wong, 69, who last year ran as a Republican candidate for the state Senate. A report released this month by Stop AAPI Hate found that Asian Americans reported nearly 3,800 hate incidents during the pandemic. In an interview with the Cincinnati Enquirer, he said he needed to speak out against the constant wave of anti-Asian violence. “The timing was right in light of what’s happening in this country,” Wong told the newspaper. “I’m just afraid it might come down to what’s happening in Atlanta, sooner or later, if we don’t speak up.”
Tensions emerge among lawmakers of color over Gov. Cuomo’s fate
       
Tensions are bubbling in Albany among lawmakers of color over just what to do with Gov. On the other side are establishment, Cuomo-friendly lawmakers who have urged holding off until a probe by Attorney General Letitia James is complete. “Andrea Stewart-Cousins has had a very important career as the first African American woman to lead the New York State Senate,” Walker’s office told The Post. Walker also signed a letter along with 21 other lawmakers urging people to wait until the completion of James’ investigation. Latrice Walker, NY State Assemblywoman, 55th District, left, with Mark O’Luck, CEO Spectrum Personal Communications Corp. on Feb. 16, 2019.
NYC activists turn up the pressure for Cuomo's ouster
       
Activists holding signs of "IMPEACH" protested outside of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office Saturday, demanded his ouster and compared the embattled Democrat to former President Donald Trump. "Governor Cuomo is Trump in sheep's clothing," said Rebecca Bailin, an activist who led the "Cuomo Must Go" demonstration. "Cuomo has shown that he will not stop abusing power, and therefore, we must remove his access to it," Cabán added. Both the New York State Attorney General’s office and the New York State Assembly have active investigations into the allegations against Cuomo.
GOP senators shut down talk of immigration deal until border crisis is solved
       
"How can you pass an immigration bill when you have an open border?" "If they want to accomplish anything on immigration and I want to help them, it would be securing the border." Grassley was one of a group of Senate Republicans making the trip to the south Texas border and expressed horror at the mounting crisis -- viewing packed border facilities and speaking to overwhelmed border agents. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"If you want to talk about immigration reform, we're prepared to, we have a crisis at the border. Neither bill would seem likely to pass the Senate with the crisis ongoing.
Collins avoids state-party censure after voting to convict Trump
       
Some of Collins’ six other Republican Senate colleagues who voted to convict Trump, who was charged with inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection, have faced rebukes from their state parties. 3 House Republican Rep. Liz Cheney for voting to impeach Trump. Among other Senate Republicans who voted to convict Trump, Sens. and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) were rebuked by their state parties but narrowly averted censure, while the Utah GOP defended Utah Sen. Mitt Romney’s vote. Collins has defended her decision, saying Trump failed to uphold his oath of office.
Exclusive: Ex-lobbyist sues Eli Lilly alleging sexual discrimination, harassment
       
Pusey, senior vice president of corporate affairs and communications, was one of Chief Executive Officer Dave Ricks’s first appointments upon taking the role in 2017. Elling had worked as an in-house lobbyist for Lilly since 2003, rising to become a senior director in 2005. O’Neail engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior in the office, including “sexual self-groping,” during meetings with Elling in her office, the lawsuit said. O’Neail was brought in to “clean house,” the lawsuit said, by terminating Elling and another employee, the lawsuit said. According to the suit, O’Neail falsely accused Elling of making disparaging statements about Lilly to congressional staff.
Family of man held in Lebanon builds support for hostages
       
So, the recovery is very important with hostages.”ADVERTISEMENTAmer Fakhoury, a restaurant owner in Dover, New Hampshire, made his first trip to Lebanon in 2019 in nearly 20 years to see family. His passport was seized and he was accused of decades-old murder and torture charges that he and his family always denied. The family is still running the restaurant, which has displays a photo of Fakhoury and a “Hostage Spotlight” on cases. The foundation also is helping the family of Paul Whelan, a former corporate security executive from Novi, Michigan, who was arrested in Moscow in 2018. His lawyer said Whelan was handed a flash drive that had classified information on it that he didn’t know about.
Tennessee Becomes 3rd State This Month To Enact Restrictions For Transgender Athletes
       
Tennessee Becomes 3rd State This Month To Enact Restrictions For Transgender AthletesEnlarge this image toggle caption Mark Humphrey/AP Mark Humphrey/APTennessee Governor Bill Lee has signed into law a controversial bill requiring students to prove their sex at birth in order to participate in middle and high school sports. The bill, which Lee signed on Friday, makes Tennessee the third state this month to adopt legislation aimed at restricting transgender girls from playing female sports. The law only allows students to participate in sports with other students with the same biological sex designated at birth. "I signed the bill to preserve women's athletics and ensure fair competition," Lee tweeted after approving it. The organization tweeted that the Tennessee bill prioritizes attacks on trans students, and fails to reflect the values of the state of Tennessee.
Myanmar forces kill dozens in deadliest day since coup
       
As Myanmar’s military celebrated the annual Armed Forces Day holiday with a parade Saturday in the country’s capital, soldiers and police elsewhere reportedly killed dozens of people as they suppressed protests in the deadliest bloodletting since last month’s coup. “This 76th Myanmar armed forces day will stay engraved as a day of terror and dishonour,” the European Union’s delegation to Myanmar said on Twitter. Ambassador Thomas Vajda in a statement said “security forces are murdering unarmed civilians.” “These are not the actions of a professional military or police force,” he wrote. Junta chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing did not directly refer to the protest movement when he gave his nationally televised Armed Forces Day speech before thousands of soldiers in Naypyitaw. In contrast, security forces have used live ammunition for weeks against what have still been overwhelmingly unarmed and peaceful crowds.
Exclusive: Ex-lobbyist sues Eli Lilly alleging sexual discrimination, harassment
       
Pusey, senior vice president of corporate affairs and communications, was one of Chief Executive Officer Dave Ricks’s first appointments upon taking the role in 2017. Story continuesElling had worked as an in-house lobbyist for Lilly since 2003, rising to become a senior director in 2005. In May of that year, a Lilly human resources investigator interviewed Elling about the other lobbyist’s complaint, which Elling corroborated, the suit said. O’Neail engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior in the office, including “sexual self-groping,” during meetings with Elling in her office, the lawsuit said. According to the suit, O’Neail falsely accused Elling of making disparaging statements about Lilly to congressional staff.
Granderson: Kamala Harris has two big problems at the southern border. Texas is one of them
       
A child holds onto a woman's arm after being released on March 17 from U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody in Brownsville, Texas. (Associated Press)Vice President Kamala Harris has been asked by President Biden to oversee the administration’s response to the growing migrant crisis at the border. It's a very different story with Vela's 300-mile-long district in southern Texas. Despite making up 41% of the state’s population, white Texans make up 61% of lawmakers in the state House and Senate, according to the Texas Tribune. Besides Vela, Rep. Vicente Gonzalez won reelection by just 3 points in his south Texas district in 2020 while Biden squeaked by with 2 points.
Biden says he expects to run for reelection in 2024 with Harris
       
Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesBiden said he expects to run for reelection in 2024 with Vice President Kamala Harris. President Joe Biden on Thursday announced that he expects to run for reelection in 2024 with Vice President Kamala Harris on the ticket. "The answer is yes, my plan is to run for reelection," Biden told reporters in his first formal news conference of his administration. Biden added that he "fully expects" Harris to be his running mate again and praised her for "doing a great job" as vice president. The comments came as the White House press corps grilled Biden during his first formal news conference of his presidency.
India's Modi ends Bangladesh visit that sparked violence
       
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday concluded his two-day official visit to Bangladesh, a trip that sparked both violent protests and enthusiasm that relations between the two neighbors will continue to grow. In recent weeks, demonstrators in Muslim-majority Bangladesh had urged the Indian leader not to visit and criticized Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for inviting him. While China is involved with almost all major infrastructure development schemes in Bangladesh, India is also more eager to take up joint projects. Hundreds of Matua sect people from India visit the temple every year. In recent weeks, demonstrators in Bangladesh had chanted anti-India and anti-Modi slogans and urged the visit to be canceled.
Dozens gunned down in ‘day of shame’ for Myanmar
       
The killings took place on Armed Forces Day, a holiday honoring the Tatmadaw, which was the occasion for Min Aung Hlaing’s speech in Naypyitaw, the capital. AdvertisementThe Armed Forces Day ceremony, a highlight of the year for the Tatmadaw, is usually attended by a slew of foreign diplomats. Also present was Russia’s deputy defense minister, Alexander Fomin, who was singled out for praise by Min Aung Hlaing. The family went to recover his body, but finding it surrounded by security forces, they dared not approach. This time, after a lengthy standoff, the security forces opened fire with live ammunition.
Police: 2 dead in Virginia Beach oceanfront shootings
       
In a statement, the Virginia Beach Police Department said the first shooting occurred shortly after 11 p.m. Friday, when police who were patrolling the area heard gunfire. In addition, an officer sustained minor injuries after being struck by a vehicle, Chief Paul Neudigate said at a news conference. VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A pair of overnight shootings along the beachfront in Virginia Beach left two people dead and eight wounded in a scene described by authorities on Saturday as “very chaotic.”AdvertisementIn a news release Saturday, police said investigators believe the first shooting stemmed from “some type of conflict” and a fight involving a group of people. Two full blocks that mostly made up a city owned parking lot remained blocked off by police tape on Saturday. And then there was a wreck.”Kevin Robertson, who lives a few houses away from the parking lot, said he was on his porch when the shooting began.
Push is on in Texas House by GOP member to remove mask mandate, relax COVID restrictions
       
Earlier this month, newly elected Rep. Bryan Slaton, R-Royse City, introduced a resolution rolling back all of the chamber’s public-health mitigation measures. “In accordance with Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order for Texas to be 100% open, the Texas House should also be open 100%,” it says. On March 16, eight days after Slaton filed his repealer, Oliverson introduced a resolution that only would lift mask requirements. At least a half-dozen House members have tested positive since late last year, she said, though “most of the House members I know are vaccinated already.”House leaders have arranged for the chamber’s staff members to begin receiving coronavirus shots on Monday, Beckley said. “It’s just continuing the mismanagement that the governor’s had,” she said, referring to the pandemic and the rollback proposals before House Administration.
DPS board member Tay Anderson denies sexual assault allegation
       
Denver Public Schools board member Tay Anderson said Saturday that an allegation of sexual assault made by a local chapter of Black Lives Matter on behalf of an anonymous woman is untrue. On Friday, Black Lives Matter 5280 published a public statement saying a woman came to the group in February alleging Anderson had sexually assaulted her. “I am not aware of any actions of mine that could be considered or construed as sexual assault. I am not aware of any past partners who have considered anything I’ve done sexual assault,” Anderson’s statement said. In its statement, BLM5280 said it will separate itself from Anderson until he responds.
MN legislator hopes his secession amendment starts a conversation
       
A Minnesota state legislator has introduced a bill that would allow rural, red counties to secede from Minnesota and join a neighboring state more friendly to their local politics. Introduced on Thursday, Rep. Jeremy Munson’s proposed constitutional amendment would allow a county to vote to secede from Minnesota and join a neighboring state. If counties can’t secede, Munson said Minnesotans may just pack up and move across state lines. Kristi Noem has spearheaded a statewide ad campaign during the coronavirus pandemic urging people to do just that. Munson said other states, too are trying to “poach our businesses and our jobs” and “they’re winning.”
Oklahoma state senator no longer employs cousin after questions arise
       
An Oklahoma state senator hired his cousin to serve as his executive assistant, but then she stepped down after The Oklahoman inquired about whether the two were related. For months, freshman Sen. Shane Jett, R-Shawnee, employed his cousin, TaRena Reece, as his assistant, which may be prohibited by state law. “I worked with TaRena Reece for five years before coming to the Oklahoma State Senate," Jett wrote. TaRena Reece is my cousin. Prior to being elected to the Oklahoma Senate, Jett, a U.S. Navy veteran, served three terms in the state House.
Maine GOP rejects censuring Collins over impeachment vote
       
“I think that we need to send a message that you can be a good Republican and not necessarily agree with every position taken by the party,” the fifth-term senator has said. And Democrat Craig Hickman easily defeated Republican William Guerrette this month in a special election for the Senate District 14 seat. Collins is not alone in Congress in taking heat for her vote at home. The Louisiana GOP censured U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, and the Wyoming GOP censured U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney for her House vote to impeach Trump. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.
Report: Center-left candidate in Germany favors EU army
       
BERLIN (AP) — The center-left Social Democrats' candidate to succeed German Chancellor Angela Merkel is backing the idea of a European Union army but says the creation of one likely won't happen in the near future. Olaf Scholz told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper that any EU force would need to be subject to the same parliamentary control as Germany's army, which only can be deployed with approval from national lawmakers. Scholz said establishing one was “not a topic for the short-term, though.”Recent opinion polls for Germany's Sept. 26 national election put the Social Democratic Party in third place, behind Merkel's Union grouping and the environmentalist Green party. Merkel has said she won't run for a fifth term. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.
'Be aware': The Pentagon's target list for extremist infiltrators — right and left
       
But those materials did not identify specific threat groups, and Austin has provided wide leeway for individual units and commands to address the challenge as they see fit. The more detailed materials break down extremist movements into three main categories, including “Patriot” extremism, anarchist extremism, and ethnic/racial supremacy. The slides list other radical ideologies that don’t specifically target the military, including religious extremism, environmental extremism, and “Anti-feminism." It says religious extremists espouse purity through subjugation or elimination of other religions. Some Democrats also expressed concern over the military inadvertently punishing troops for their political opinions or religious views.
Low Traffic Neighbourhoods to be ripped up if Tories win London mayoral elections
       
Unwanted emergency cycle lanes in the capital will be ripped up within the first 100 days of a Conservative win in the London Tory mayoral elections. Shaun Bailey, the Tory candidate, has threatened to scrap every Low Traffic Neighbourhood imposed by City Hall if he beats Labour’s Sadiq Khan on May 6. Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) use street furniture such as planters to block roads in residential areas. They reduce traffic volumes, but can make it harder for drivers to get around and can be particularly disruptive for disabled and vulnerable residents. They have proved to be local flashpoints because many councils impose them on communities during the pandemic with minimal consultation.
Exclusive: Care home workers may have to sign new contracts to get mandatory Covid vaccines
       
However, there are concerns that any change could take months to implement because of a requirement to change the contracts of health care workers to make a jab a condition of work. The Cabinet Office minister Penny Mordaunt admitted in a Commons debate that "contracts would have to be rewritten if vaccinations were to be made compulsory". With more than one million care workers in the UK, it could present major logistical challenges to require them all to sign new contracts of employment. One Cabinet minister said it would take time by varying all existing contracts and "that might be tested in court". However, they added: "There is a clear public health interest in making sure that people working in care homes are vaccinated – both residents and workers.
Foreign Office minister accused of collecting 'blood money' on Gaddafi’s UK assets
       
A Government spokesman said: “The UK Government has profound sympathy for UK victims of Gaddafi-sponsored IRA terrorism, and for all victims of The Troubles. "Providing compensation specifically for the actions of the Gaddafi regime is the responsibility of the Libyan State. It is not therefore for the UK Government to divert UK public funds specifically for this particular purpose. "Doing so would also not deliver the accountability for the specific role the Gaddafi regime played in the Troubles which victims are seeking." In 2011, their lawyers secured the Benghazi Agreement -- a commitment from the Libyan government -- to pay compensation; HMG failed to follow through.
Eddie Izzard says she won’t look for female film roles after revealing pronouns preference
       
Eddie Izzard has said she doesn’t plan on pursuing female dramatic roles, after announcing she was prioritising she/her pronouns in December. Speaking to The Huffington Post, the 59-year-old discussed her new film, Six Minutes to Midnight, about an English teacher and his pupils who go missing in the days before World War Two. Read our privacy notice Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. A review in The Independent gave the film three stars, calling it “fascinating but flawed”. [Judi] Dench’s Miss Rocholl, meanwhile, is never asked to confront her own complicity in the rise of Hitler’s regime.
Lindsey Graham hits out after being asked what Republicans would do to fix border crisis
       
While Mr Biden is scrambling to put extra resources where they are needed, he has been attacked for having an “open border” by people such as Mr Cruz, and other Republicans. “All of us today witnessed the Biden cages,” Mr Cruz told reporters after disembarking from one of the patrol vessels, all of them equipped with machine guns. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Mr Cruz said he did not accept the premise of the question, but added: “We are a nation of immigrants – that is absolutely right.
‘He got played’: Trump mocked over tweet-like statement calling for John Durham’s report
       
Why Mr Trump thought that the answer would be anything other than "yes" is unknown. Will there ever be a Durham report?” Mr Trump said Friday night in an update from his 45 Office email account. Even though Mr Trump has been exiled from social media, his critics are not, and used their platform to criticise the strange statement. Many interpreted the statement not as Mr Trump expressing frustration, but of teasing out his next move. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Myanmar security forces shoot dead more than 60 protestors including young boy on 'day of shame'
       
A wounded protester is seen after security forces intervene in protesters during a protest against military coup and detention of elected government members in Mandalay, MyanmarMore than 60 protestors are believed to have been killed by Myanmar security forces today. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab branded the latest killings 'senseless' on Twitter this afternoonBritish Ambassador Dan Chugg said: 'On Myanmar's Armed Forces Day, the security forces have disgraced themselves by shooting unarmed civilians. The warning did not specifically say security forces had been given shoot-to-kill orders and the junta has previously suggested some fatal shootings have come from within the crowds. Injured anti-coup protestors were brought for medical treatments to hospitals across the country, including Yangon, Myanmar (pictured)Family members arrived at hospital across the country to see their loved ones. 'The Myanmar Armed Forces Day isn't an armed forces day, it's more like the day they killed people,' General Yawd Serk, chair of the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army - South, told Reuters in neighbouring Thailand.
Biden's DHS chief Alejandro Mayorkas FIRES 32 members of his advisory council
       
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) chief Alejandro Mayorkas has been slammed for firing 32 members of the agency's advisory council, including several Donald Trump allies, in the middle of the border crisis. 'In the service of an orderly transition to a new model for the HSAC, I have ended the term of current HSAC members effective March 26, 2021,' he wrote. The HSAC website was already updated Friday to display just the three remaining council members and their bios. Also gone are at least seven new members appointed in Trump's final months in office. Trump's Acting DHS Secretary Wolf added Carafano, Fuller, Miller, Nocco, Renaud, Weatherford, and White to the council last May.
Women in Turkey rally against Erdogan decision to exit domestic violence treaty
       
Protesters chat slogans during a demonstration in Istanbul, on March 27, 2021, against Turkey's withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention, an international accord designed to protect women from violence. Turkey was one of the first signatories and women say their safety has been jeopardised by Erdogan's move against the European treaty. One placard read, "Protect women, not the perpetrators of violence." Officials said this week domestic law would protect Turkish women, not foreign treaties. The protesters concerns were echoed by Ankara's Western allies, who denounced what they described as a baffling and unwarranted decision which risked undermining the rights of Turkish women.
US questions legality of Bolivian arrests of ex-officials
       
LA PAZ, Bolivia - The United States said Saturday that it is concerned about increasingly ?anti-democratic behaviour and the politicization of the legal system” in Bolivia following the arrests of officials from the country’s former interim government. He noted that the European Union, the Bolivian Conference of Catholic Bishops, as well as Bolivian and international human rights organizations, had also expressed concerns. Prosecutors accuse Áñez, who assumed the presidency following Morales’ resignation and exile, of terrorism and sedition for unrest that led to his ouster. The judge also ordered four months of preventative arrest for two of her former ministers. Morales’ Movement Toward Socialism won last year’s elections with 55% of the vote under Morales’ chosen candidate Luis Arce, who took the presidency in November.
Birx shares her chilling conclusion as America arrives at a moment of introspection on the coronavirus
       
We have seen cases and hospital admissions move from historic declines to stagnations to increases," Walensky said during the White House Covid-19 task force briefing Friday. "If I was to guess, this virus started transmitting somewhere in September, October in Wuhan," Redfield told Gupta in a clip from the documentary. On Friday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the Biden administration was reserving judgment on that question until the World Health Organization releases its final report on the origins of Covid-19. Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, seemed to downplay the possibility that Redfield's explanation is correct during the White House Covid-19 briefing on Friday. Jeff Zients, the White House Covid-19 response coordinator, said maintaining the current pace of 2.5 million vaccinations per day for the next five weeks will be the equivalent of vaccinating a sellout crowd at Yankee Stadium 50 times a day.
Belarus police detain protesters, prevent opposition rally
       
But they died down over the winter in the wake of a violent crackdown that saw thousands of protesters detained, several killed and hundreds receive lengthy prison sentences over the unrest. The opposition Telegram channel Nexta that mobilises and coordinates protesters had called for a "second wave" of rallies to kick off on Saturday. The Viasna human rights group said law enforcement officers had detained at least 110 people, including five journalists, across the country. Viasna said that among the journalists detained were two editors of the independent Tut.by news website. Protesters also gathered in scattered rallies on Thursday to mark Freedom Day in Belarus, which the opposition commemorates each year on the anniversary of a declaration of independence in 1918.
After two months in office, Kamala Harris is still living out of suitcases -- and she's getting frustrated with it
       
The vice president's residence at the Naval Observatory, as seen in 2015, is two-and-half miles from the White House. "The White House is office and home to the President so there is that feeling of living above the 'shop' at the White House," said Haenle. At the end of the day, the vice president can travel a short distance northwest and find respite in a country-like setting." ... You can ride a bicycle around and never leave the property, and work out -- but the White House is very different." However, as with the White House, a separate foundation has been established to cover most updates with government-provided funds.
U.S. fears China attack on Taiwan
       
The Biden administration has concluded that China "is flirting with the idea of seizing control of Taiwan as President Xi Jinping becomes more willing to take risks to boost his legacy," the Financial Times reports. Why it matters: An invasion of Taiwan, the self-governed island claimed by Beijing, would force the U.S. to decide whether to go to war with China to defend an implicit ally. Adm. John Aquilino, nominee to head U.S. forces in the Pacific, warned the Senate Armed Services Committee this week that the threat to Taiwan "is much closer to us than most think," CNN reported. China views taking control of Taiwan as "their No. Adm. Philip Davidson, current head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, testified earlier this month that the Chinese military is building up offensive capability, making the threat to Taiwan "manifest during this decade — in fact, in the next six years."
Navalny Shares Leg Amputation Fears in Russian Prison Update
       
Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny fears losing his leg in a penal colony where he is serving two and a half years, he said in an Instagram post Friday. Prison authorities said Navalny is in “stable and satisfactory” condition, a claim dismissed by his allies. In his latest post shared by members of his social media team, Navalny accused prison doctors of withholding his diagnosis after examining him last week. “I simply fall when leaning on my right leg. It’s a little frustrating, I’ve been getting used to my right leg lately.
Homeland Security secretary fires almost every member of advisory council
       
WASHINGTON -- Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas fired most of the members of the Homeland Security Advisory Council on Friday, according to a letter obtained by ABC News.The Homeland Security Advisory Council is made up of 30 members -- both Democrats and Republicans. "In the service of an orderly transition to a new model for the HSAC, I have ended the term of current HSAC members effective March 26, 2021," he wrote. Bratton, the former NYPD commissioner, serves as commissioner.Ranking member on the House Homeland Security Committee John Katko, R-N.Y., slammed the action. "The HSAC is not intended to be an echo chamber for what the current DHS Secretary wants to hear. "Trump's former acting DHS secretary, Chad Wolf, who appointed some of the members, tweeted that it was a mistake as well.
Fact check: Antifa was not created by former President Barack Obama and George Soros
       
The claim: Obama and George Soros created antifaDoes anti-fascist movement antifa have ties to the federal government? The Feb. 4 post is a screenshot of an apparent article or blog entry titled "ANTIFA Leads Directly To Barack Obama." "ANTIFA is the creation of Barack Obama and George Soros," the claim states. Despite Barr's initiative, there is no evidence suggesting the Justice Department discovered an illicit connection between former President Barack Obama and philanthropist George Soros. A Facebook post suggesting anti-fascist group antifa was created by former President Barack Obama and Democratic donor George Soros is derived from a work of satire.
North Korea says Biden administration took wrong first step over latest missile test
       
SEOUL – North Korea said on Saturday that the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden had taken a wrong first step and revealed “deep-seated hostility” by criticising its self-defensive missile test. North Korea on Friday said it had launched a new type of tactical short-range ballistic missile. Biden said the test violated U.N. Security Council resolutions but he remained open to diplomacy with Pyongyang. Ri said Washington insisted on a “gangster-like logic” to be able to bring strategic nuclear assets to South Korea and test intercontinental ballistic missiles at its convenience, but ban North Korea from testing even a tactical weapon. “We will continue to increase our most thoroughgoing and overwhelming military power.”The White House, which said its North Korea policy review was in the “final stages,” declined to comment.
Myanmar’s junta says will strive for democracy after warning anti-coup protesters
       
The leader of Myanmar’s ruling junta said on Saturday that the military will protect the people and strive for democracy, as protesters called for a huge show of defiance against last month’s coup despite warnings they risked being shot. Junta leader Min Aung Hlaing reiterated a promise to hold elections in a speech on Armed Forces Day, after a military parade in the capital Naypyitaw. The warning did not specifically say that security forces had been given shoot-to-kill orders, and the junta has previously tried to suggest that some fatal shootings have come from within the crowds of protesters. “Russia in a true friend,” Min Aung Hlaing said. ADVERTISEMENTSHOTS TO THE HEADProtesters have taken to the streets almost daily since the coup that derailed Myanmar’s slow transition to democracy.
Celebrating Women Leaders of the Religious Socialism Movement
       
They all stand on the shoulders of women who built the religious socialism movement in past generations, including:Vida Dutton Scudder (1861-1954). Scudder was active in the Socialist Party of America, a supporter of striking textile workers, and an activist for women's suffrage. For more on Willard—and other women socialists of her era, check out Mari Jo Buhle's Women and American Socialism, 1870-1920 (Chicago: U. of Illinois Press, 1983). There are many more women who have led the U.S. religious socialist movement in recent years, including the Catholic theologian and feminist scholar Rosemary Radford Ruether and the German liberation theologian Dorothee Solle, who helped build the RS Working Group in its earliest days. The movement to connect the socialist cause with religious beliefs in the human right to shelter, healthcare, and necessities owes them a great debt.
Swing States Now and Future, Who moves Rep, Who moves Dem?
       
Swing States: Great LakesThe manufacturing center (in popular imagination anyway) of america, producing high horsepower cars and even higher horsepower blenders*. For future presidential elections, it’s probably off swing state duty unless the election goes really well for dems. Pennsylvania 2 party marginThe state’s voting patterns are like its fellow trio of doom states, but less extreme. The Future Will Be Different Tomorrow; Future Swing StatesWhat states will go swingy in the future, maybe a decade or so away? No, I’m not high on coffee, these are no question highly republican states and will be in the near future.
GA election Law – Casino Theory Peeps
       
The Georgia State QGOP have enacted a new voting law that restricts voting but will probably have the opposite effect – more Georgians will actually cast a vote – citing, here, former GOP Chair Michael Steele and Mike Murphy GOP Strategist (Brian Williams MSNBC Show). Clearly this is among the most anti-democratic measures enacted by any state government since civil rights legislation was enacted. In the Senate, there will be 20 GOP / 14 Dem seats that get vacated once the 117th Congress ends. Pelosi is going to be the “default” Speaker prior to the 118th Congress seating new House Members and taking the first votes. Almost all of the most egregious anti-democratic laws are being enacted by States with a majority of their House delegation being QGOP.
DKos Asheville Open Thread: Final approval for monument demolition
       
Asheville City Council has approved the monument’s demolition, which will occur within 45 days. Good day and welcome to DKos Asheville. This is the weekly DKos Asheville Open Thread for Saturday, March 27th, 2021. DKos Asheville and other local and state groups can give us all a better sense of connection, a better understanding of who we stand with, work with and share with. We hope this local and wider community can help leverage our orange passion for progressive politics to move the country forward.
But your love won't pay my bills I VANT MONEY!
       
This my first DK blog and I post it here because this is the place I like to go for my political actions. The Daily Kos has always had a lot of good community-based ideas that I agree with, so adding my name to a mail-in campaign is usually not a problem. Why I write this today is because from around the time of 2020 election cycle and the subsequent Georgia Senate run-offs a trend seems to be emerging. What’s become of the idea that there is strength in numbers, and not just dollars? What has happened to the currency of one voter’s name and signature?
Tiffany Cross schools Meghan McCain for silly Identity Politics comment on Asian Senators' actions
       
MSNBC's Tiffany Cross, the host of the Cross Connection, excoriated Meghan McCain for her ignorant statement on Identity Politics. Tiffany Cross schools Meghan McCainSee full episodes here. She made it clear with her narrative that identity politics seem to be mentioned solely when relegated to people of color and others. But when dealing with the majority population, somehow white-economic-anxiety, soccer mom, Joe-The-Plumber, NASCAR Dad, and other cute names don't reflect just that, identity politics. Tiffany Cross had some closing advice for Meghan McCain.
Tiffany Cross schools Meghan McCain for silly Identity Politics comment on Asian Senators' actions
       
(Image by Egberto Willies) Details DMCAMSNBC's Tiffany Cross, the host of the Cross Connection, excoriated Meghan McCain for her ignorant statement on Identity Politics. Tiffany Cross did not hold back. She made it clear with her narrative that identity politics seem to be mentioned solely when relegated to people of color and others. But when dealing with the majority population, somehow white-economic-anxiety, soccer mom, Joe-The-Plumber, NASCAR Dad, and other cute names don't reflect just that, identity politics. Tiffany Cross had some closing advice for Meghan McCain.
Calls Mount To Boycott Coca-Cola After Home State Of Georgia Strangles Voting Rights
       
coca-cola-crates.jpg(Image by inov8d) Details DMCA'Calls grew Friday for a consumer boycott of Coca-Cola after the mammoth corporation largely stood by as its home state, Georgia, passed one of the biggest crackdowns on voting rights in recent history....'Coca-Cola has come under particular pressure over the voting rights crackdown. Critics held a 'die in' earlier this month to protest the company’s lack of action at its Atlanta tourist attraction. '[The company] issued a statement in early March saying that it supported a “balanced approach to the elections bills that have been introduced in the Georgia Legislature” and that they should aim to be 'inclusive. '”'As boycott calls mounted, [Coca Cola] issued a new statement Friday saying it supports reforms that 'maximize voter participation.
Threat of Authoritarianism Is No Longer on the Horizon: It's Arrived in the GOP
       
Democracy(Image by pedrosimoes7) Details DMCA'Democracy has always been fragile in the United States, but at the present moment, it has moved from being imperfect to collapsing under the rubric of a failed state. The threat of authoritarianism is no longer on the horizon. It has arrived, forecasting a bleak future haunted by the poisonous ghosts of a poisonous past. 'The Republican Party no longer hides its racism and boldly engages in widespread voter suppression. As of February 27, 253 restrictive voting bills in 43 states have been either introduced or pre-filed, mostly by Republicans.'
Democrats Could Undo Trump Policies Faster, But They’re Not. Why?
       
There is one tool, however, that Biden and the Democratic Congress could use to undo the policies the Trump administration left behind. With a few exceptions, it applies to only those Trump administration policies finalized between Aug. 21, 2020, and Jan. 20, 2021. KHN is tracking health regulations, guidance and executive orders implemented during Trump’s term and whether those policies will continue under the Biden administration. That raises another hurdle the White House has encountered as it tries to change health policy. Keith said one possible use would be on a last-minute Trump regulation known as the sunset rule.
Progressive Lawmakers Met With the White House to Discuss Action on Filibuster
       
Democrats have already passed two in the House, according to Insider, but it is extremely unlikely they’ll see the support they need in the Senate. Biden has gradually inched toward a more progressive outlook on the filibuster, but also expressed hesitations about scrapping it entirely, stressing the need for incremental reform. Currently, the federal minimum wage sits at $7.25 per hour, a mandate that has not changed since 2009. There was a progressive push to raise the minimum wage as part of the newest coronavirus relief package, as Salon reported last month. “Progressives are a big part of our party and making sure their voices are heard here at the White House is a big part of my job,” Klain said in an interview.
Corporate Media Biases Threaten the Passage of Landmark LGBTQ Protections
       
Intolerance on TelevisionCoverage of the Equality Act by major news organizations has been sparse and lacking in context. We examined television coverage of the Equality Act, from March 3, 2019, through March 4, 2021, using the Television News Archive. We found that MSNBC covered the Equality Act 40 percent more often than Fox News and 35 percent more frequently than CNN. Our analysis of the most popular articles about the Equality Act on social media exposes a thinly veiled version of this logic. But even calling out Greene’s misunderstanding of “the science” will not necessarily recenter attention on the Equality Act itself.
Biden Could Use One Law to Undo Some of Trump’s Legacy, But Time’s Running Out
       
There is one tool, however, that Biden and the Democratic Congress could use to undo the policies the Trump administration left behind. With a few exceptions, it applies to only those Trump administration policies finalized between Aug. 21, 2020, and Jan. 20, 2021. KHN is tracking health regulations, guidance and executive orders implemented during Trump’s term and whether those policies will continue under the Biden administration. But those changes are embedded within a much larger regulation required each year to keep the health law operating. Keith said one possible use would be on a last-minute Trump regulation known as the sunset rule.
Biden White House hosts AOC, progressive lawmakers to discuss filibuster reform
       
White House chief of staff Ron Klain met privately with a number of progressive lawmakers, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass. Rep. Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y. and Andy Levin, D-Mich, to discuss the filibuster and the minimum wage, signaling potential for a spirit of collaboration between the Biden administration and left-leaning Democrats. Although no deal on the filibuster was struck, Klain did reaffirm President Biden's commitment to enacting a $15 national minimum wage. Currently, the federal minimum wage sits at $7.25 per hour, a mandate that has not changed since 2009. There was a progressive push to raise the minimum wage as part of the newest coronavirus relief package , as Salon reported last month.
Minnesota Supreme Court throws out rape conviction because intoxicated woman willingly consumed alcohol
       
The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that a person can’t be found guilty of sexually assaulting someone who is intoxicated if that person willingly ingested drugs or alcohol. Khalil, a Minneapolis man, met his victim after she was denied entry to a bar for being too intoxicated. The court’s unanimous decision was written by Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Pail Thissen. In order to be considered mentally incapacitated under Michigan law, the alcohol must be given to the person without that person’s agreement, according to the court. Because the original case did not meet the standard for a victim to be mentally incapacitated, the state's high court granted a new trial for Khalil.
The left invented crises under Trump — and now ignores real ones under Biden
       
Where there were no actual, serious crises to exploit, the Trump-hating left manufactured them. Instead of rhetorically creating crises where there are none, the left today is in fact creating real crises while pretending it hasn’t. The dismantling of Trump’s border control measures has caused an uptick in immigration to the southern border where tent cities have been set up. It is not a fiction.” Those affected by Antifa violence and destruction in Seattle, Portland and elsewhere know this to be true. Or see the Biden administration refusing to admit that there is a crisis on the southern border, one that Biden’s de facto open-border policies and rhetoric directly caused.
Dozens rally outside Cuomo’s Midtown office to call for his resignation
       
Andrew Cuomo’s Midtown office Saturday, demanding that he pack up his things and resign over sexual harassment allegations. Zakiyah Ansari, advocacy director at New York State Alliance for Quality Education, one of the many activists at the rally, said “Cuomo has been a bully for decades.”“It’s time right now to step up. Protesters, who chanted, “Cuomo must go!” and “No more status Cuomo!” also urged that Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie take immediate action. “It is time for Speaker Heastie to use his authority to impeach Governor Cuomo and send a message that workers matter. If it doesn’t happen in government, why is any other top executive going to hold themselves and each other accountable?” said Erica Vlademir, cofounder of New York State Sexual Harassment Working Group.
Trump helped the GOP raise $2 billion. Now former aides and allies are jockeying to tap into his fundraising power.
       
Trump himself has encouraged supporters to donate to Save America, a leadership PAC he launched at the end of 2020. ADIn a statement, Jason Miller, a senior Trump adviser, said Trump plans to use his influence to help the party. During his time in the White House, Trump was the most prominent fundraising figure for the Republican Party, which enjoyed a financial bonanza. They are doing it because the biggest force for the Republican Party for fundraising is President Trump. Days later, the national party sent out a fundraising pitch to members after they received tacit approval to do so from Trump.
Embattled Cuomo lifts COVID visitation restrictions at NY nursing homes
       
Andrew Cuomo has lifted COVID-19 visitation restrictions at nursing homes, which had been in place since the onset of the pandemic last year. WAPO SLAMS CNN FOR 'ETHICAL EMBARRASSMENT' OVER CHRIS CUOMO GETTING SPECIAL COVID TREATMENT FROM BROTHERZayas said nursing home residents suffered a double whammy — COVID and visitation restrictions. Cuomo, a three-term Democrat, is facing multiple state and federal investigations over the nursing homes COVID policy and claims of sexual harassment. Cuomo, who has denied wrongdoing in his handling of nursing homes during the pandemic, said the number of positive cases in nursing homes has plunged by more than 80 percent since peaking in mid-January during a second COVID post-holiday surge. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe guidance also emphasized that nursing homes must continue to encourage all staffers and residents to get vaccinated.
Trump administration dismantled ‘safe’ border policies, Biden rebuilding process: DHS chief Mayorkas
       
GREG ABBOTT (R), TEXAS: The Biden administration must also answer for enticing unaccompanied minors into inhumane conditions. WALLACE: We'll talk with a man in charge of securing the border, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas. Plus --JOSEPH R. BIDEN, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Hate can have no safe harbor in America. COTTON: Yeah, Chris, the Biden administration keeps saying that Trump somehow dismantled the immigration system. It was the Biden administration that dismantled three highly effective policies.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to join 'Fox News Live' to discuss new voting law, Biden's reaction
       
Brian Kemp will appear on "Fox News Live" at approximately 1:30 p.m. ET Saturday to discuss the state's controversial voting law. BRIAN KILMEADE LAMBASTES DEMOCRATS' HYPOCRISY OVER GEORGIA ELECTION REFORM, FOR THE PEOPLE ACTThe Georgia bill, H.B. 1, the For the People Act, which would expand absentee voting, end gerrymandering and restrict "dark money" political donations, among other things, on a national level. 513 as "an attack on the right to vote in Georgia."
China sanctions U.S. religious freedom officials, Canadian member of parliament
       
China has imposed sanctions against two U.S. religious rights officials, a Canadian member of parliament and a subcommittee on human rights in Canada's House of Commons, according to a Chinese Foreign Ministry statement released Saturday. The Chinese sanctions target the chair and vice chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, Gayle Manchin and Tony Perkins. The USCIRF has condemned China's treatment of the Uyghur Muslim population in Xinjiang and endorsed recent U.S. sanctions against Chinese officials. The sanctions come in response to punitive measures the U.S. placed on two Chinese officials earlier this week. The Biden administration said it imposed those sanctions in response to human rights abuses against Uyghur Muslims.
DeSantis hires top GOP operative for 2022 campaign
       
Ron DeSantis has become a favorite of major GOP donors and conservative activists. | Lynne Sladky/AP Photo DeSantis hires top GOP operative for 2022 campaignFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis has tapped a veteran national Republican political operative to help spearhead his 2022 reelection race. Phil Cox, a former executive director of the Republican Governors Association, has joined the DeSantis team as a senior-level adviser. DeSantis is well positioned heading into his reelection campaign, and Phil is an excellent addition to his operation,” Dave Rexrode, the current RGA executive director, said in a statement.
Democrats Assail Georgia Law, Make Case For Voting Overhaul
       
He told reporters the Georgia law is an “atrocity” and the Justice Department is looking into it. Allies meanwhile plan to fight the Georgia law, and others, in court. He called as well for the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which would restore some aspects of a landmark law struck down by the Supreme Court in 2013. Donald Trump, the former president who promoted false claims of election fraud, congratulated the Georgia governor and state leaders on the new law. 1 is vast, and its Senate counterpart would confront the new Georgia law by expanding voting by mail and early voting, both popular during the pandemic.
'Be aware': The Pentagon's target list for extremist infiltrators — right and left
       
But those materials did not identify specific threat groups, and Austin has provided wide leeway for individual units and commands to address the challenge as they see fit. The more detailed materials break down extremist movements into three main categories, including “Patriot” extremism, anarchist extremism, and ethnic/racial supremacy. The slides list other radical ideologies that don’t specifically target the military, including religious extremism, environmental extremism, and “Anti-feminism." It says religious extremists espouse purity through subjugation or elimination of other religions. Some Democrats also expressed concern over the military inadvertently punishing troops for their political opinions or religious views.
Turkish women protest over Erdogan’s decision to exit domestic violence treaty
       
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Several thousand women took to the streets in Istanbul on Saturday to demand Turkey reverses its decision to withdraw from an international treaty against domestic abuse which it once championed. Turkey was one of the first signatories and women say their safety has been jeopardised by Erdogan’s move against the European treaty. World Health Organization data shows 38% of women in Turkey are subject to violence from a partner in their lifetime, compared with 25% in Europe. Officials said this week domestic law would protect Turkish women, not foreign treaties. The protesters concerns were echoed by Ankara’s Western allies, who denounced what they described as a baffling and unwarranted decision which risked undermining the rights of Turkish women.
India’s Modi ends Bangladesh visit that sparked violence
       
1 of 2 In this photo provided by Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi's twitter handle, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina stands for a photograph in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, March 26, 2021. (Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi's twitter handle via AP Photo)DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday concluded his two-day official visit to Bangladesh, a trip that sparked both violent protests and enthusiasm that relations between the two neighbors will continue to grow. In recent weeks, demonstrators in Muslim-majority Bangladesh had urged the Indian leader not to visit and criticized Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for inviting him. While China is involved with almost all major infrastructure development schemes in Bangladesh, India is also more eager to take up joint projects. Hundreds of Matua sect people from India visit the temple every year.
Big Tech CEOs pounded over social media’s role in promoting misinformation, extremism
       
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey acknowledged that social media bore some responsibility for spreading false information that led to the insurrection but the problem was “more complex” as part of a larger information ecosystem and overheated political climate. Whether all the talk and hand-wringing leads to legislation is the next logical step, say antitrust and tech law experts. He embraced the idea of accountability standards for clearly illegal types of content such as child trafficking and terrorism. “The issue with platforms like Facebook and Twitter? There aren’t steadfast policies in place to curb misinformation,” American University professor Jason Mollica told MarketWatch.
Ted Cruz claims he cares about migrant kids - but did he really need an armoured patrol boat to prove that?
       
Ted Cruz was among 18 Republicans who patrolled the Rio Grande (Getty Images)Ted Cruz and his colleagues had a message for Joe Biden and they kept repeating it. Previously they had been forced to wait in Mexico - something rights activists said was perilous - under rules introduced by Donald Trump. “We just went past a dead body in the Rio Grande,” he said. Did Cruz really need to livestream his visit to the river bank the night before at midnight, whispering as though he was a naturalist. Yet Cruz admitted himself, he wants those children, from places such as Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, sent to Mexico to be processed.
'I'll show you what patriotism looks like': Ohio official bares chest, reveals scars to decry anti-Asian racism
       
A township trustee in a Cincinnati suburb stunned those gathered for the regular township meeting this week by unbuttoning his shirt – to send a message about racism. In a West Chester Township meeting, Trustee Lee Wong lifted his shirt and showed a series of scars across his chest, announcing he won't tolerate discrimination or racism. Wong served 20 years in the military, where he received the scar that is now on his chest. While showing his chest, he said, "I'll show you what patriotism looks like." Rep. Young Kim: Bipartisan stand needed against hate crimes that target Asian AmericansMore: Asian American activists are demanding equal civil rights, better education in schools after Asian hate attacksThis article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Ohio official Lee Wong bares scarred chest to decry anti-Asian racism
Boehner to back Ohio congressman against Trump-aligned primary challenger
       
Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is the latest prominent Republican to step into the ring against former President Donald Trump, Politico reports. An invitation obtained by Politico revealed Boehner will be a special guest at a virtual Monday fundraiser for Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio). Gonzalez was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump this year and, perhaps unsurprisingly, Trump is now backing a primary challenge against the congressman. Boehner, it seems, will look to stick up for the non-Trump wing of the Republican Party, following the lead of his old colleague and successor, former House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc. All told, the involvement of Boehner and Ryan reflects the growing intra-party battle between the old guard and the new.
Myanmar security forces kill over 100 protesters in 'horrifying' day of bloodshed
       
(Reuters) - Myanmar security forces killed 114 people, including some children, in a brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protesters on Saturday, the bloodiest day of violence since last month's military coup, news reports and witnesses said. The killings, which took place on Armed Forces Day, drew strong renewed criticism from Western countries. British Ambassador Dan Chugg said the security forces had "disgraced themselves" and the U.S. envoy called the violence horrifying. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the junta leader, said during a parade to mark Armed Forces Day that the military would protect the people and strive for democracy. At least 40 people, including a 13-year-old girl, were killed in Mandalay, and at least 27 people were killed in Yangon, Myanmar Now said.
Children among dead in Myanmar as security forces kill over 90 in 'horrifying' day of bloodshed
       
The lethal crackdown, which took place on Armed Forces Day, drew strong renewed criticism from Western countries. British Ambassador Dan Chugg said the security forces had "disgraced themselves" and the U.S. envoy called the violence horrifying. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the junta leader, said during a parade to mark Armed Forces Day that the military would protect the people and strive for democracy. The Myanmar Now news portal said 91 people were killed across the country by security forces. A military spokesman did not respond to calls seeking comment on the killings by security forces or the insurgent attack on its post.
Woman, man shot in south Fort Worth Friday night, police say; man critically injured
       
A woman and a man were shot in south Fort Worth Friday night after witnesses reported hearing an argument, police said. The man, who suffered a gunshot to the shoulder, was in critical condition as of Saturday morning. Witnesses reported hearing several gunshots. More than 20 units responded through the night, the call log shows. Police found a woman and a man who had been shot.
North Korea's Arsenal Has Grown Rapidly. Here's What's in It.
       
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea test-launched what it called a newly developed tactical guided missile ?Thursday, violating international sanctions. North Korea’s ballistic missiles can carry nuclear warheads, and the country conducted six increasingly sophisticated underground nuclear tests between 2006 and 2017. During a nighttime military parade last October, North Korea displayed a new, untested ICBM that looked bigger than any of the previous ones. North Korea has yet to demonstrate that its warhead can survive the intense heat and friction created by reentry. At a military parade earlier this year, North Korea displayed what looked like a bigger, upgraded version of KN-23.
Dozens are gunned down in a ‘day of shame’ for Myanmar
       
One news outlet, Myanmar Now, put Saturday’s death toll as high as 80. Before the day was over, the security forces under his command had shot and killed a 5-year-old boy, two 13-year-old boys and a 14-year-old girl. A baby girl in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, was struck in the eye with a rubber bullet, although her parents said she was expected to live. The killings took place on Armed Forces Day, a holiday honoring the Tatmadaw, which was the occasion for Min Aung Hlaing’s speech in Naypyitaw, the capital. The killings Saturday took place in more than two dozen cities across the country.
Police: 2 dead in Virginia Beach oceanfront shootings
       
By Ben Finley | Associated PressVIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A pair of overnight shootings along the beachfront in Virginia Beach left two people dead and eight wounded in a scene described by authorities on Saturday as “very chaotic.”In a statement, the Virginia Beach Police Department said the first shooting occurred shortly after 11 p.m. Friday when police who were patrolling the area heard gunfire. Police arriving at the scene found a woman who died of her injuries and eight people whose injuries were described as serious or life-threatening. In addition, an officer sustained minor injuries after being struck by a vehicle, Chief Paul Neudigate said at a news conference. Neudigate said several people were in police custody, but their possible involvement in the shooting was still under investigation. Two full blocks that mostly made up a city-owned parking lot remained blocked off by police tape on Saturday.
Myanmar forces kill dozens in deadliest day since last month’s coup
       
YANGON, Myanmar — As Myanmar’s military celebrated the annual Armed Forces Day holiday with a parade Saturday in the country’s capital, soldiers and police elsewhere reportedly killed dozens of people as they suppressed protests in the deadliest bloodletting since last month’s coup. “This 76th Myanmar armed forces day will stay engraved as a day of terror and dishonour,” the European Union’s delegation to Myanmar said on Twitter. Ambassador Thomas Vajda in a statement said “security forces are murdering unarmed civilians.”“These are not the actions of a professional military or police force,” he wrote. Junta chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing did not directly refer to the protest movement when he gave his nationally televised Armed Forces Day speech before thousands of soldiers in Naypyitaw. In contrast, security forces have used live ammunition for weeks against what have still been overwhelmingly unarmed and peaceful crowds.
India's Modi ends Bangladesh visit that sparked violence
       
They also jointly laid the foundation stones for infrastructure development for power evacuation facilities of an under-construction nuclear power plant in Bangladesh. With an eye on galvanizing Hindu support in the key battleground state, Modi made the trip to the temple, which is sacred to the Matua community back in West Bengal. Hundreds of Matua sect people from India visit the temple every year. In recent weeks, demonstrators in Bangladesh had chanted anti-India and anti-Modi slogans and urged the visit to be canceled. India says such casualties happen when Bangladeshis are involved in cross-border smuggling and attempt to cross the border illegally.
Women, LGBT people and students protest for rights in Turkey
       
ISTANBUL (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Istanbul on Saturday for anti-government protests, demanding amid a heavy police presence the reversal of recent decisions by Turkey's president that affect students, women and the LGBT community. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a surprise decree a week ago ending Turkey's participation in a landmark treaty aimed at protecting women from violence. About a thousand women and allies turned up Saturday to protest the country's withdrawal from the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention. Hundreds of students also held another protest against the appointment of a new rector at Turkey’s most prestigious university. We will carry through rectorship elections at universities with the participation of all the university’s components, its academics and students,” Aydemir said.
Gun-control activists gird for tough national fight in wake of deadly rampages: ‘We’re playing the long game’
       
“There’s no amount of cruelty that will cause substantial gun control in this country,” Kasky, 20, said in an interview. But at a Thursday news conference, Biden said gun control was a longer-term goal, after the coronavirus recovery. Meanwhile, gun rights advocates are girding for a major battle, with organizations rallying their membership to fight any proposed legislation. “With everything we have, we’ll fight to keep meaningless, counterproductive gun control from passing,” Hammond said. Meanwhile, gun rights groups pushed to expand the number of places where guns can be carried.
Matt Hancock backs calls to fly union flags from hospitals
       
Union flags will be flown from hundreds of hospital and NHS buildings across the country under plans backed by an "enthusiastic" Matt Hancock. The Health secretary has made clear he supports a campaign which a group of Conservative MPs say will “reaffirm our collective pride in the NHS”. It comes after Cabinet ministers moved last week to encourage civil servants and officials to fly the union flag more often over Government and council buildings. “With this in mind, I believe it would be particularly fitting to emphasise the NHS’s unique British heritage by implementing the guidance regarding the Union flag and NHS flag flying together on all hospitals, public health centres and other NHS buildings. Currently, union flags are only flown on government buildings on set days.
Stanley Tucci fans outraged after Prince William voted ‘world’s sexiest bald man’
       
Fans of Stanley Tucci are in uproar after Prince William was voted the “world’s sexiest bald man” in a new poll. The results apparently showed that Prince William had been called “sexy” around 17.6 million times, more than any other famous bald man. Others backed up Babalola, with one commenting: “Someone explain to me how Prince William is the hottest bald man alive when Shemar Moore and Stanley Tucci exist?”“Look, regardless of your opinion of the royal family, I think we can ALL agree that this is Stanley Tucci erasure and it shall not stand,” journalist Ellie Hall wrote. Read our privacy notice Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read moreThe Independent has contacted Stanley Tucci’s representative to see if he would like to demand a recount.
Myanmar protests: More than 90 killed
       
Security forces suppressed protests across the country as the ruling junta celebrated the annual Armed Forces Day holiday with a parade in the capital Naypyidaw. Among the victims were a 13-year-old girl who was shot in her house in the city of Meikhtila after armed forces opened fire on rallies in residential areas. We will work with our international partners to end this senseless violence, hold those responsible to account, and secure a path back to democracy.”Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice“This 76th Myanmar armed forces day will stay engraved as a day of terror and dishonour,” the European Union’s delegation to Myanmar said on Twitter.
Tucker Carlson blasts Pentagon's 'woke' new 'diversity and inclusion' plans
       
Tucker Carlson has lashed out at The Pentagon claiming it has been overtaken by 'woke' military officials who are more concerned with identity politics than they are with protecting the safety of the American people. 'If you're wondering whether our military leadership has gone woke, consider that question settled for good. The Pentagon is now the Yale faculty lounge, but with cruise missiles,' Carlson tartly stated. Carlson claims 'woke' officials have taken control of The Pentagon, compromising the safety of AmericansFriday's segment wasn't the first time that Tucker Carlson has hit out at the 'woke' Pentagon. It's a mockery of the U.S. military,' Carlson said.
'Is this patriot enough?': Asian-American shows off battle scars during Ohio town meeting
       
One official in West Chester Township, Ohio, took a unique step in combating anti-Asian sentiment, stripping off his shirt during a town hall meeting to show scars from war. Lee Wong, 69, a Board of Trustees member of the town, was in a meeting on Tuesday night when he decided to display the effects fighting for the U.S. Army had on his body. 'Here is my proof,' Wong says as he lifts up his undershirt, exposing a rash of scars across his chest. The Board of Trustees member claims he has received positive feedback for the town hall meeting moment. 'I'm just afraid it might come down to what's happening in Atlanta, sooner or later if we don't speak up.'
Biden commits $10 billion to close racial and other gaps in vaccine coverage
       
With supply of all three authorized vaccines ramping up, issues of access and trust have become paramount. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention carved out a new position focusing on vaccine equity, naming a prominent HIV/AIDS doctor to the post. ADAs the immunization campaign picks up speed, yawning racial gaps and other disparities are threatening to undermine progress in curtailing the pandemic. The $6 billion will be disbursed by the Health Resources and Services Administration to nearly 1,400 community health centers throughout the country. States and other jurisdictions will gain access to $3 billion for efforts aimed at boosting vaccine confidence in communities hit hardest by the pandemic.
AOC trolls Amazon with its own email scolding drivers for pooping in bags
       
“DA’s [driver associates] cannot, MUST NOT, return bags to station with poop inside,” an Amazon manager scolded employees in a company email, which Ms Ocasio-Cortez attached to her tweet . Over the past few years, Amazon has been repeatedly accused of leaving its overworked employees no time to go to the bathroom. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice“This is the 3rd occasion in the last 2 months when bags have been returned to station with poop inside,” the email chided .
The eviction moratorium is expiring. What will Biden do?
       
WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden’s administration has less than a week to decide on extending the nationwide eviction moratorium, a measure that housing advocates say has helped keep most cash-strapped tenants across the country in their homes during the pandemic. “The question is: What is the extension going to look like?”Dunn and others would like to see the moratorium extended and improved. Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package included more than $25 billion in emergency rental assistance, plus more to help tenants who were behind on their utilities, but no extension of the eviction moratorium. One of the biggest changes being advocated is for Biden to make the ban’s protection’s automatic and universal. Loading... Loading... Loading... Loading... Loading... Loading...“Individual eviction cases are still heard by state court judges far and wide — many of who never liked the CDC halt order to begin with and were just itching for ways to circumvent it or disregard it,” Dunn said.
Number of migrant children in federal custody jumps by nearly a thousand in one day
       
(CNN) The number of unaccompanied migrant children in federal custody continued to climb this week, according to the latest government-released data. On Thursday, there were more than 18,000 children in US government custody, up from more than 17,000 on Wednesday. The Department of Homeland Security releases data for the day prior, a practice that began this week after mounting pressure for more transparency. The data shows that more children were put into Customs and Border Protection custody than were transferred to the care of the Department of Health and Human Services. The Biden administration has struggled to move children swiftly from CBP's facilities, which were not designed for children, into more appropriate HHS care.
Myanmar security forces kill over 100 protesters in 'horrifying' day of bloodshed
       
(Reuters) - Myanmar security forces killed 114 people, including some children, in a brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protesters on Saturday, the bloodiest day of violence since last month’s military coup, news reports and witnesses said. The killings, which took place on Armed Forces Day, drew strong renewed criticism from Western countries. British Ambassador Dan Chugg said the security forces had “disgraced themselves” and the U.S. envoy called the violence horrifying. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the junta leader, said during a parade to mark Armed Forces Day that the military would protect the people and strive for democracy. At least 40 people, including a 13-year-old girl, were killed in Mandalay, and at least 27 people were killed in Yangon, Myanmar Now said.
North Korea says Biden administration took wrong first step over latest missile test
       
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said on Saturday that the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden had taken a wrong first step and revealed “deep-seated hostility” by criticising its self-defensive missile test. North Korea on Friday said it had launched a new type of tactical short-range ballistic missile. Biden said the test violated U.N. Security Council resolutions but he remained open to diplomacy with Pyongyang. Ri said Washington insisted on a “gangster-like logic” to be able to bring strategic nuclear assets to South Korea and test intercontinental ballistic missiles at its convenience, but ban North Korea from testing even a tactical weapon. “We will continue to increase our most thoroughgoing and overwhelming military power.”The White House, which said its North Korea policy review was in the “final stages,” declined to comment.
US questions legality of Bolivian arrests of ex-officials
       
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — The United States said Saturday that it is concerned about increasingly ?anti-democratic behavior and the politicization of the legal system” in Bolivia following the arrests of officials from the country’s former interim government. He noted that the European Union, the Bolivian Conference of Catholic Bishops, as well as Bolivian and international human rights organizations, had also expressed concerns. Prosecutors accuse Áñez, who assumed the presidency following Morales’ resignation and exile, of terrorism and sedition for unrest that led to his ouster. The judge also ordered four months of preventative arrest for two of her former ministers. Morales’ Movement Toward Socialism won last year’s elections with 55% of the vote under Morales’ chosen candidate Luis Arce, who took the presidency in November.
Myanmar army launches air strikes in Karen state, group says
       
(Reuters) - Myanmar army fighter jets launched air strikes on Saturday on a village near the Thai border in territory controlled by an armed ethnic group, the group said, as fears grow of civil war following last month’s military coup. The villagers from that area said two dead and two injured,” a spokesperson for civil society group Karen Peace Support Network said, adding that communication was difficult in the remote region and there could be more casualties. The reported air assault is the most significant attack for years in the region. Earlier on Saturday, the KNU said Brigade 5 forces overran an army base, killing 10 soldiers including a lieutenant-colonel, as the junta celebrated its annual Armed Forces Day with a parade in the capital, Naypyitaw. The KNU says it has been sheltering hundreds of people who have fled central Myanmar amid mounting violence in recent weeks.
For many migrants able to cross US border, there's often chaos, COVID tests and then relief
       
Border agents are still returning many migrants -- including families -- to Mexico under a federal rule aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19. Border agents are used to seeing both tactics, said Chris Cabrera, a McAllen-based agent and vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, the department's union. Many arrived recently, buoyed by the prospect that Biden's rule changes could pave their way to asylum in the United States. Darling said he's been urging Border Patrol leaders to test the migrants at their stations before dropping them off downtown. And thanks to President Biden, we now have the opportunity to argue our case here in the United States."
Michigan GOP leader calls Democratic women 'witches,' refers to 'assassination' of Republicans who voted to impeach
       
"Given the dramatic increase in death threats against Michigan elected officials during the Trump administration, this type of rhetoric is destructive and downright dangerous. "We're focused on the three witches," Weiser said, in response to one of the questions. Do better, Michigan GOP," Nessel said, including a graphic with Whitmer, Benson and herself wearing witches hats. Ted Goodman, communications director for the Michigan Republican Party, did not directly answer questions about the words used by Weiser during the event. Weiser was recently elected the leader of the Michigan Republican Party, after having served in the role before.
'I'll show you what patriotism looks like': Ohio official bares chest, reveals scars to decry anti-Asian racism
       
A township trustee in a Cincinnati suburb stunned those gathered for the regular township meeting this week by unbuttoning his shirt – to send a message about racism. In a West Chester Township meeting, Trustee Lee Wong lifted his shirt and showed a series of scars across his chest, announcing he won't tolerate discrimination or racism. The 69-year-old Asian American talked about immigrating to America at 18 and finishing high school during the comments section of the meeting. Wong served 20 years in the military, where he received the scar that is now on his chest. Rep. Young Kim:Bipartisan stand needed against hate crimes that target Asian AmericansMore:Asian American activists are demanding equal civil rights, better education in schools after Asian hate attacks
Ted Cruz blasts ‘Biden cages’ at border amid ‘inhumane’ migrant crisis
       
Sen. Ted Cruz dropped a disturbing video Friday evening of severely overcrowded conditions at migrant detention centers near the US-Mexico border. This is inhumane what is going on.” Cruz said at a press conference flanked by his fellow lawmakers. “Joe Biden and the Biden administration have made decisions that are causing these people to suffer and to do this in a pandemic is particularly irresponsible.”Sen. Ted Cruz posted pictures of migrants at the Donna facility at the border in Texas. Photo posted by Ted Cruz on twitter showing minor immigrants in the Donna border facility, in Texas. Ted Cruz/TwitterIn recent weeks the US-Mexico border has seen a surge of migrants from South and Central America drawn by promises Biden has made to accept asylum seekers and expectations that he will reform immigration rules.
Asian American politician removes shirt to show wounds, prove patriotism
       
An Asian American politician and US Army veteran removed his shirt at a local board meeting this week to prove his patriotism. He was attacked in Chicago for being Asian soon after arriving, an incident which “put me in the hospital,” he said. Still, “I went deliberately in the Army to learn about Americanism and democracy,” Wong told the Cincinnati Enquirer this week. He told Fox 19 that while campaigning people would tell him he didn’t look American enough. Ohio State Senate“When someone comes up and says that to me, it’s like a stab in my heart,” he said.
Gun-control activists gird for tough national fight in wake of deadly rampages: ‘We’re playing the long game’
       
AD“Saying nothing has changed is not true and it’s actually feeding into the gun groups and the NRA narrative that we can’t make change,” she said. ADMeanwhile, gun rights advocates are girding for a major battle, with organizations rallying their membership to fight any proposed legislation. Meanwhile, the vast majority of advocacy around guns focused on protecting gun rights, with little organized opposition. Meanwhile, gun rights groups pushed to expand the number of places where guns can be carried. “I’m talking about focusing in investing in neighborhoods most impacted by gun violence, which is all just a side effect of neglect.
Pelosi hires DC National Guard chief to lead House security
       
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hired Maj. Gen. William Walker, the commanding general of the D.C. National Guard, to become the House's first Black sergeant-at-arms who will be in charge of securing members of Congress and maintaining order at the Capitol. Walker succeeds Paul Irving who resigned immediately after rioters attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6 and disrupted the congressional certification of President Biden's Electoral College victory. DC NATIONAL GUARD HEAD SAYS ARMY GENERALS ADVISED AGAINST SOLDIERS TO CAPITOL DURING RIOT DUE TO OPTICS"I think there needs to be a study done to make sure that never happens again," Walker told lawmakers during his testimony. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe requests are going to several executive branch agencies, including the Department of Justice, FBI, Department of Homeland Security and the White House. They are seeking communications with the White House, threat assessments offers for security assistance and more.
Mayorkas blames migrant surge on Trump admin, not Biden policies
       
Mayorkas denied that Biden's changes have encouraged the current migrant surge. The secretary also defended Biden's elimination of Trump's "safe third country" agreements which required migrants to seek asylum in another country first if they were passing through a safe country on their way to the U.S. He claimed that "there's nothing safe about" sending people back "to the very countries from which they are fleeing persecution." He then claimed that the administration is "working on providing footage so that the American public can see the border patrol stations." "We're working on providing access," Mayorkas replied, again noting the problem of the coronavirus pandemic.
Lindsey Graham takes aim at Mayorkas, tells DHS chief to 'change course or change jobs'
       
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is taking aim at Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas' job as pressure against the Homeland Security chief mounts over the border crisis. Under its current leadership, it doesn’t have either the will or capability to fix the problem," Graham said in a scathing release Thursday. BIDEN BORDER OFFICIALS SAY HE'S WRONG NOT TO CALL BORDER 'CRISIS'"The solutions are obvious but will require an understanding that the Biden Administration’s early policy choices – to abandon Trump’s successful border policies – was a mistake. It is time for DHS Secretary Mayorkas to change course or change jobs," Graham added. "Unless there is immediate and drastic change, the worse is yet to come — by far."
House Republicans call for answers from DHS about migrants released without court dates
       
EXCLUSIVE: More than a dozen House Republicans on Tuesday wrote to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas requesting answers over "troubling reports" that the Biden administration is releasing illegal immigrants into the country without court dates. The move places the responsibility of seeking an asylum hearing on the migrants through Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or legal assistance. Instead, migrants are registered into the system with biometrical data taken and largely released into the public, in one instance, at a bus station in McAllen, Texas. It also asks how many migrants have been paroled into the U.S. and if they will be eligible for employment authorization. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on Tuesday released photos of crowded facilities, including children sleeping shoulder-to-shoulder on mats on the floor with aluminum blankets and on benches.
Tom Homan: Our border is not closed or secure. That's a lie. Why aren't we being told the truth?
       
I was shocked when he said this to Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday:" "The border is secure. The border is not closed and it is not secure. Thousands of family units are streaming across also. The CBP base this number on sensor traffic, camera traffic and foot signs that they could not respond to because they were tied up with hundreds of family units and children. However, ICE cannot remove those cases and execute those lawful federal orders because the Biden administration has taken non-criminal fugitives off their list of priorities.
Mayorkas fires almost all members of Homeland Security Advisory Council
       
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has fired almost all members of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) -- the latest sign by the agency of its intention to move away from the practices of the prior administration. MAYORKAS BLAMES MIGRANT SURGE ON TRUMP ADMIN, NOT BIDEN POLICIESHSAC was set up for members, who are unpaid, to use their experience and expertise of Homeland Security issues like counterterrorism and immigration enforcement to offer guidance to the secretary. Its current membership included Trump-era officials such as former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Chad Wolf, former Deputy DHS Secretary Ken Cuccinelli and former Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan -- but include those appointed by secretaries by both Democratic and Republican administrations. House Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member John Katko, R-N.Y., also criticized the move, saying it was a sign the administration "has no intention of upholding a bipartisan, unifying approach to securing our homeland." "It’s an absolute shame that Secretary Mayorkas has removed these well-respected homeland security leaders who have dedicated their careers to strengthening our homeland security posture," he said in a statement.
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Children were among those killed in one of the bloodiest days of protests since a military coup last month, according to reports. The crackdown, which took place on Armed Forces Day, drew strong renewed criticism from Western countries. State television said on Friday that protesters risked being shot "in the head and back.”
Iran and China sign 25-year cooperation agreement
       
DUBAI (Reuters) - China and Iran, both subject to U.S. sanctions, signed a 25-year cooperation agreement on Saturday to strengthen their long-standing economic and political alliance. Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi sign a 25-year cooperation agreement in Tehran, Iran March 27, 2021. “Our relations with Iran will not be affected by the current situation, but will be permanent and strategic,” Wang said ahead of the televised signing ceremony. China has spoken out often against U.S. sanctions on Iran and partly contested them. He also promised that China would provide more coronavirus vaccines to Iran, the Middle Eastern country worst-hit by the pandemic.
Biden condemns Georgia’s new voting law that forbids providing water to voters in line
       
President Joe Biden has condemned a new voting law signed by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, which includes a provision that forbids providing food and water to voters waiting in line. The new law will also require a photo ID to request an absentee ballot. NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell reports for Weekend TODAY.
Charlottesville mayor’s poem about city, racism ‘hits nerve’
       
(Andrew Shurtleff/The Daily Progress via AP, File)America’s Black politicians have a long history of calling out the nation’s racism. Charlottesville, she wrote , “lynched you, hung the noose at city hall and pressed the souvenir that was once your finger against its lips.”It ends by stating that the city of 47,000 “is anchored in white supremacy and rooted in racism. “You all said you were open to being challenged.”Bellamy, who lives in Charlottesville, told the AP that the city has made a lot of improvements in recent years. “And so in this way, Mayor Walker is 100% in line with Black women elected officials, not just mayors but those who are serving in Congress,” Brown said. Among them is Peter Snyder, an entrepreneur and former Fox News contributor who lives in Charlottesville.
Women, LGBT people and students protest for rights in Turkey
       
Protesters chant slogans during a demonstration in Istanbul, Saturday, March 27, 2021 against Turkey's withdrawal from Istanbul Convention, an international accord designed to protect women from violence. The Istanbul Convention states that men and women have equal rights and obliges national authorities to take steps to prevent gender-based violence against women, to protect victims and to prosecute perpetrators. The Istanbul Convention states that men and women have equal rights and obliges national authorities to take steps to prevent gender-based violence against women, to protect victims and to prosecute perpetrators. About a thousand women and allies turned up Saturday to protest the country’s withdrawal from the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention. ADVERTISEMENTTheir protests began in January after Erdogan named an academic with ties to Turkey’s ruling party as rector of Bogazici University.
China sanctions US, Canadian officials over Xinjiang
       
BEIJING (AP) — China on Saturday announced new sanctions against U.S. and Canadian officials in a growing political and economic feud over its policies in the traditionally Muslim region of Xinjiang. The commission’s vice chair, Tony Perkins, was also included on the sanctions list, along with Canadian Member of Parliament Michael Chong and the body’s Subcommittee on International Human Rights. China announced sanctions Friday against British officials and H&M products were dropped from Chinese websites over their opposition to buying cotton from Xinjiang. The ruling Communist Party’s Youth League launched attacks Wednesday on H&M following the European Union’s decision to join the United States, Britain and Canada in imposing sanctions on Chinese officials blamed for abuses in Xinjiang. The Chinese government rejects complaints of abuses and says the camps are for job training to support economic development and combat Islamic radicalism.
At Least 91 People Killed In Myanmar As Violence Continues To Escalate
       
The brutal crackdown came as the military marked the annual Armed Forces Day holiday. As violence continues to escalate, so too do fears that armed groups who oppose the military coup are positioning themselves to join the fray. "The Myanmar Armed Forces Day isn't an armed forces day, it's more like the day they killed people," said Gen. Yawd Serk, chair of one of Myanmar's ethnic armies, the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army-South, in an interview with Reuters. "This 76th Myanmar armed forces day will stay engraved as a day of terror and dishonour," wrote the bloc's delegation to the country. Other global observers of the crisis, like historian Thant Myint-U, have warned of the international implications if the violence in Myanmar continues to spiral out of control.
Australian prime minister's tears not enough to dampen fury over sex abuse scandal
       
Prime Minister Scott Morrison at his emotional press conferenceAustralia's prime minister Scott Morrison took to the lectern with a tear in his eye. Mr Morrison has admitted that he did not read an anonymous letter sent to him detailing the accusations, which Mr Porter denies. Story continuesThere is speculation that Mr Morrison will shuffle his cabinet in a bid to quieten the storm. The prime minister himself has been identified as part of the problem, after clumsy handling of the issue. Mr Morrison has alienated protesters by commenting that in less democratic countries, they might have been "met with bullets".
Biden calls new Georgia voting law an ‘atrocity’
       
Speaking to the press while departing the White House on Friday, President Biden blasted voting restrictions that were signed into law Thursday in Georgia. Video Transcript- Would you have won--- Have an opinion toward the election law, Mr. President? - The new Georgia election law. They passed a law saying you can't provide water for people standing in line while they're waiting to vote. You can't provide water for people about to vote.
'Day of shame' as over 90 killed in Myanmar
       
Myanmar's security forces shot and killed more than 90 protesters on Saturday (March 27), according to witnesses and news reports. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing was speaking as Myanmar's generals celebrated Armed Forces Day. Video Transcript- Myanmar's security forces shot and killed more than 90 protesters on Saturday, according to witnesses and news reports. MIN AUNG HLAING: [SPEAKING BURMESE]- Senior General Min Aung Hlaing speaking as Myanmar's generals celebrated Armed Forces Day. Back at the parade in Myanmar's capital Naypyidaw, and Min Aung Hlaing was a promise to hold elections-- without giving a time frame.
China sanctions U.S. and Canadian bodies over Xinjiang
       
BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Saturday imposed sanctions against two American religious rights officials and one Canadian lawmaker in response to sanctions imposed by the United States and Canada over Xinjiang. Beijing has been pushing back against sanctions imposed by the United States, European Union, Britain and Canada for what they say are rights violations against Uighur Muslims and other Turkic minorities in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang. China's previous sanctions on U.S. individuals who it says have seriously undermined China's sovereignty and interests on Xinjiang-related issues remain in effect, according to the statement. Story continuesActivists and U.N. rights experts say at least a million Muslims have been detained in camps in Xinjiang. China has repeatedly denied all accusations of abuse and says its camps offer vocational training and are needed to fight extremism.
'Badge of honour' - China sanctions UK politicians for Xinjiang 'lies'
       
BEIJING (Reuters) - China imposed sanctions on nine Britons including lawmakers in the governing Conservative party for spreading what it said were "lies and disinformation" about alleged human rights abuses in Xinjiang, prompting a sharp rebuke from London. China sanctioned four entities and nine individuals, including lawmakers such as former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith, and the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission, that "maliciously spread lies and disinformation". Lawmaker Duncan Smith said he wore the sanctions as a "badge of honour". British luxury fashion brand Burberry has in recent days been hit by a Chinese backlash over Western accusations of abuses in Xinjiang. Activists and U.N. rights experts say at least a million Muslims have been detained in camps in Xinjiang.
Two Indian states vote in test for Modi
       
Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah campaigned energetically for their Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in West Bengal, encouraging defections from the Trinamool Congress (TMC) party, whose firebrand leader Mamata Banerjee has been chief minister since 2011. India's fourth most populous state, with 90 million people, was for decades a bastion of communism, and registered a voter turnout of nearly 80% in Saturday's first phase of voting. It has never won power in West Bengal, and to do well in the state would send a formidable national signal. Assam's third and final phase of voting is on April 6. (Reporting by Subrata Nagchoudhury in Kolkata and Zarir Hussain in Guwahati; Additional reporting by Rupak De Chowdhuri in Purulia; Writing by Sankalp Phartiyal; Editing by Kevin Liffey)
‘They are bragging about donating the money to people who want to take my guns’: MTG rages after losing lawsuit
       
(Getty Images)An angry Marjorie Taylor Greene took to Twitter to complain that as a result of a lawsuit she is prohibited from blocking other accounts on the platform. In settling the suit, Ms Greene is also paying $10,000 of the group’s legal fees, which they have said will be donated to gun reform organisations. “Because of this PAC’s frivolous lawsuit against me, I’m not allowed to block people that threaten my life and my children’s lives every single day on social media,” Ms Greene tweeted. MeidasTouch tweeted: “We’ve settled our lawsuit against Marjorie Taylor Greene! — Marjorie Taylor Greene ?? (@mtgreenee) March 26, 2021New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez settled a similar suit in 2019 after she blocked a former Brooklyn assemblyman.
Three weeks before George Floyd killing, accused officers violently detained another Black man
       
(Hennepin County Jail/AFP via Getty)Three weeks before they were involved in the killing of George Floyd, three of the same Minneapaolis police officers roughly detained another Black man as a crowd of onlookers begged for mercy, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. As they headed into the building, a Black man named Adrian Drakeford walked out. Mistakenly believing Mr Drakeford had a knife, the officers wordlessly tackled the man and pinned him to the ground, where he struggled to breathe, just as Mr Floyd did. A police report later found that Mr Drakeford, 27, was unrelated to the call, and was carrying a knife sharpener, not a knife. Read MoreBiden cites George Floyd murder as ‘turning point’ for countryPart 18: Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and a national reckoningMinneapolis police fatally shoot another man
Lebanon's largest Christian bloc warns against sidelining president
       
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's largest Christian bloc, the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM), warned prime minister-designate Saad al-Hariri on Saturday against sidelining President Michel Aoun and other parliamentary interests in talks over forming a cabinet. Hariri and Aoun have been at loggerheads over the cabinet for months, dashing hopes of a reversal of Lebanon's deepening financial meltdown. Hariri has said Aoun's party is trying to dictate cabinet seats in order to gain veto power. The FPM, which is headed by Gebran Bassil, who is also Aoun's son-in-law, accused Hariri of trying to orchestrate a majority for his own supporters. "The political committee warns of the dangers of sidelining methods that the prime minister-designate is using when dealing with the president and concerned parliamentary blocs," an FPM statement said.
Democrats assail Georgia law, make case for voting overhaul
       
He told reporters the Georgia law is an “atrocity" and the Justice Department is looking into it. Allies meanwhile plan to fight the Georgia law, and others, in court. He called as well for the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which would restore some aspects of a landmark law struck down by the Supreme Court in 2013. Donald Trump, the former president who promoted false claims of election fraud, congratulated the Georgia governor and state leaders on the new law. 1 is vast, and its Senate counterpart would confront the new Georgia law by expanding voting by mail and early voting, both popular during the pandemic.
Who is Derek Chauvin, the officer charged with murdering George Floyd?
       
A courtroom sketch of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer facing murder charges in the death of George Floyd. At the trial, held in downtown Minneapolis’s Hennepin County District Court, Mr Chauvin faces three charges: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter. Eventually, as Mr Chauvin tried to detain Mr Floyd, he was captured on video kneeling on the man’s neck for nearly nine minutes while Mr Floyd pleaded for air and eventually lost consciousness. While he was with the MPD, Mr Chauvin won commendations for bravery and rendering life-saving medical aid to a suspect. Joey Sandberg , a retired Minneapolis officer told the paper.
Hitting the Books: Extraterrestrial careers and the power of human cultural bias
       
The problem is that many of our scientific insights and predictions about ETs are heavily influenced by our own cultural biases. We scientists tend to assume that aliens will also be scientists and mathematicians; indeed, more advanced and skillful than we are ourselves. Popular science fiction would seem to concur, although all too often those alien scientists are performing experiments on hapless humans rather than benevolently sharing their wealth of knowledge with us. Story continuesScience has a history of biasing its methods and its findings by the cultural and social background of the scientists themselves. Both human and alien scientists will have made many of the same discoveries, and alien mathematicians will have derived the same mathematical theorems as human mathematicians have done on Earth.
Cartoons: Anti-Asian violence | Boulder shooting | Border crossings
       
San Francisco: Hundreds rally against anti-Asian American violenceSpurred to action by recent attacks in Atlanta and the Bay Area, hundreds of protesters gathered Friday in San Francisco to rally against violence targeting Asian Americans. The suspect purchased a Ruger AR-556 pistol on March 16, six days before the mass killing, according to his arrest affidavit. The Ruger AR-556 pistol is not technically a rifle, though many features of its design echo a rifle’s set-up. The city’s definition of prohibited assault weapons included semi-automatic pistols that can accept a magazine outside of the pistol grip. But the high-profile assignment for Harris, who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020 and is expected to run for the White House again in the future, could be politically fraught.
Milwaukee police chief candidate Malik Aziz selected for job in Maryland
       
A finalist for the Milwaukee police chief job has been selected to lead a police department in Maryland. Maj. Malik Aziz of the Dallas Police Department was named chief of the Prince George's County Police Department. Aziz and Supervisory Special Agent Hoyt Mahaley of the FBI were finalists for the Milwaukee police chief job. In December, Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Christopher Foley reversed the commission's decision, finding its process in demoting Morales was "fundamentally flawed." "Deputy Chief Aziz has been a strong advocate for reform in his current role with the Dallas Police Department and through his advocacy at the national level."
This is where flags are flying at half-staff
       
If you are driving around and notice the American or Arizona flags flying at half-staff, you may wonder why. For all of 2021, we are going to tell you when and why the flags for the United States of America, Arizona or any other state or territory of the U.S. are flown at half-staff. The source for much of this information is FlagSteward.orgAccording to USFlag.org, which links to a copy of the United States Code, when the flag is flown at half-staff, it should first be hoisted to the peak and then lowered to half-staff. The U.S. flag must be flown at half-staff for the following office holders or former holders:President of the United States or former president: 30 days from the date of death. Governor: Within the state, the flag will fly at half-staff from the day of death until interment.
Halle Berry reacts to radio host who described toast by referencing famous Black women
       
Halle Berry has condemned a radio host who was fired after describing his preferred toaster setting by comparing the skin tones of famous Black women. A co-host then asked if Gayle King was in Lederman's “realm”, as they compared skin tones to different toaster settings. “It’s ridiculous this type of nonsense is still being broadcasted across airwaves.”She continued: “ALL Black women are beautiful and worthy, Rob Lederman. Read our privacy notice Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. “After listening to what I said, and how it must have sounded to others, I was horrified,” he said.
Myanmar: Bloodshed as forces open fire on protesters
       
Myanmar's security forces have opened fire on protesters as the leaders of its coup marked Armed Forces Day. Protesters took to the streets of Yangon and other cities. Some reports say dozens have been shot dead.
Myanmar coup: Min Aung Hlaing, the general who seized power
       
The military chief was condemned internationally for the alleged "genocide", and in August 2018 the UN Human Rights Council said: "Myanmar's top military generals, including Commander-in-Chief Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing, must be investigated and prosecuted for genocide in the north of Rakhine State, as well as for crimes against humanity and war crimes in Rakhine, Kachin and Shan States."
Mozambique: Civilians fleeing besieged hotel ambushed by suspected Islamists
       
A convoy of fleeing civilians, including foreign nationals, was ambushed by suspected Islamist insurgents in a northern Mozambique town, officials have said. AdvertisementThe domestic Islamist group, Ansar al Sunna, has been active since 2017 and is alleged to be affiliated with Islamic State. The South African security professional said his helicopters had managed to evacuate more than 20 people on Saturday. The group has been is accused of beheading children as young as 11 as part of its insurgency, according to British charity Save the Children. "South Africa stands ready to work with the government of Mozambique in pursuit of lasting peace and stability," it added.
75 Silicon Valley leaders including Laurene Powell Jobs and Eric Schmidt oppose recall of Newsom
       
Newsom has vowed to fight the 'partisan, Republican' recall, which he said is backed by 'anti-mask and anti-vax extremists', and has started fundraising to defend his seat. 'I won't be distracted by this partisan, Republican recall - but I will fight it. The last update on the verification up to March 11, around 1.19 million signatures were verified out of a possible 1.45 million examined. Then California voters will vote whether or not to recall Newsom and who they want to replace him with. This marks the sixth official attempt to recall Newsom since he took office just two years ago in 2019.
Myanmar junta holds military parade with Russian attendance
       
During Saturday's ceremony, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing gave a speech and reiterated a promise to hold elections, without mentioning a schedule. Myanmar's Armed Forces Day, the most important annual event for the force, commemorates the army's rebellion in 1945 against Japanese occupation. Usually, foreign countries send military attaches to the event, but this year, many countries, especially Western democracies, refrained from attending. Eight countries -- Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand -- sent representatives to the Armed Forces Day military parade in Naypyitaw, Nikkei has learned. A senior military officer said more than 1,000 people have fled to the border in the southeast to evade arrest or detention.
China sanctions US, Canadian individuals and entities over Xinjiang
       
At least one million Uyghurs and people from other mostly Muslim groups have been held in camps in northwestern Xinjiang, according to rights groups, who accuse authorities of forcibly sterilizing women and imposing forced labour. China's foreign ministry on Saturday accused the US and Canada of imposing sanctions "based on rumours and disinformation." "Otherwise, they will get their fingers burnt," the foreign ministry statement warned. Beijing, which insists Xinjiang is an "internal affair", had announced sanctions Friday against nine British individuals and four entities, saying they had "maliciously spread lies and disinformation" over the treatment of Uyghurs. China previously sanctioned dozens of US officials including former secretary of state Mike Pompeo for "crazy moves" against Beijing under the Trump administration.
Under Biden, Democrats Are Poised to Raise Taxes on Business and the Rich
       
Republicans and some economists have begun to warn of overheating growth spurring runaway inflation, which could reduce the salience of warnings that tax increases would cause growth to stall. The most conservative Democrats in the Senate, who hold great sway over Mr. Biden’s legislative agenda, say they favor trillions of dollars in infrastructure spending so long as there is a plan to pay for it. How are they going to fix America?” he said, when asked about Republican resistance to tax increases. “I don’t think that’s reasonable.”Democrats widely share a desire to raise the corporate income tax rate after it was cut to 21 percent in 2017. And they want to raise the top marginal rate for individuals back to 39.6 percent from 37 percent.
Secret Service linked to incident involving Hunter Biden’s gun – report
       
The Secret Service reportedly approached the store where the gun was purchased, seeking to obtain all records of the transaction. The incident reportedly happened in late October 2018, when Joe Biden was out of office and not receiving formal Secret Service protection. Hallie Biden and Hunter Biden were then in a romantic relationship, Politico reported. Citing a Delaware police report, Politico said Hunter Biden told officers he used the gun for target practice. The Guardian was told Hunter Biden will not be sitting for interviews with print titles.
Marjorie Taylor Greene furious she can’t block others on Twitter after lawsuit
       
An angry Marjorie Taylor Greene took to Twitter to complain that as a result of a lawsuit she is prohibited from blocking other accounts on the platform. In settling the suit, Ms Greene is also paying $10,000 of the group’s legal fees, which they have said will be donated to gun reform organisations. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy noticeMeidasTouch tweeted: “We’ve settled our lawsuit against Marjorie Taylor Greene!
Myanmar security forces kill over 90 in 'horrifying' day of bloodshed
       
The lethal crackdown, which took place on Armed Forces Day, drew strong renewed criticism from Western countries. British Ambassador Dan Chugg said the security forces had “disgraced themselves” and the U.S. envoy called the violence horrifying. The Myanmar Now news portal said 91 people were killed across the country by security forces. At least 29 people, including a 13-year-old girl, were killed in Mandalay, and at least 24 people were killed in Yangon, Myanmar Now said. A military spokesman did not respond to calls seeking comment on the killings by security forces or the insurgent attack on its post.
Iran, China sign landmark 25-year cooperation agreement
       
DUBAI (Reuters) - Foreign ministers from China and Iran, which are both subject to U.S. sanctions, signed a landmark 25-year cooperation agreement on Saturday. Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi sign a 25-year cooperation agreement in Tehran, Iran March 27, 2021. Rouhani voiced appreciation for Beijing’s support within Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and called for more coronavirus vaccine exports to Iran, the worst-hit country by the pandemic in the Middle East. “Under the new administration, the Americans want to reconsider their policy and return to the nuclear accord, and China welcomes their move,” Wang said. Its commerce ministry said on Thursday that Beijing will try to safeguard the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and defend the legitimate interests of Sino-Iranian relations.
Third ‘Kill the Bill’ protest ends with large police show of force and injured protesters
       
There were multiple lines of officers in riot gear, rows of police vans and mounted police. Events escalated from 10pm when police began to push protestors back with charges of riot shields. The crowd, numbering around 25, faced a similar number of riot officers who blocked them off from two directions. Over 100 officers in riot shields, 20 police vans, and around ten horses and ten dogs were on the site. Epigram / Luke PriestThroughout the night, officers showed heavy policing tactics towards members of the press.
China sanctions US and Canadian officials over Xinjiang rebuke
       
China has announced sanctions against two US officials, a Canadian lawmaker and a Canadian parliamentary subcommittee, in response to “coordinated action” taken by the two countries last week over Beijing’s treatment of its Muslim Uighur minority. If that means China sanctions me, I’ll wear it as a badge of honour. China’s foreign ministry also accused the US and Canada of imposing sanctions “based on rumours and disinformation”. Saturday’s sanctions come after China also imposed retaliatory sanctions on individuals and organisations in the UK that it said were “maliciously” spreading “lies and disinformation” about the situation in Xinjiang. The sanctions blacklisted former and current officials in Xinjiang for alleged abuses.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey asks Homeland Security for money to dispatch National Guard to US-Mexico border
       
Doug Ducey wants to dispatch National Guard troops in response to the migrant surge at the U.S.-Mexico border, he said Friday — and he wants the federal government to pick up the tab. "In Arizona, we’ve previously deployed the National Guard to the border to support law enforcement. 'Heartbreaking':Republicans slam Biden for migrant influx, while Democrats call on Biden to quickly move childrenNecessary backup or 'a waste of people's time'? Rep. Raúl Grijalva, whose district includes portions of Arizona's border, said deploying troops would be "a waste of people's time" and money. Arizona last sent National Guard members to the border in 2018, in response to an order from then-President Trump.
Britain says Myanmar violence marks new low after over 90 killed
       
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Foreign Affairs Secretary Dominic Raab walks outside Downing Street in London, Britain, February 3, 2021. REUTERS/John SibleyLONDON (Reuters) - A violent crackdown on protests that has seen more than 90 killed in Myanmar marks a new low, British foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Saturday, adding that Britain would work to secure a path back to democracy in the country. “Today’s killing of unarmed civilians, including children, marks a new low. We will work with our international partners to end this senseless violence, hold those responsible to account, and secure a path back to democracy,” Raab said in a tweet on the crackdown on Myanmar’s Armed Forces Day.
China sanctions U.S. and Canadian bodies over Xinjiang
       
BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Saturday imposed sanctions against two American religious rights officials and one Canadian lawmaker in response to sanctions imposed by the United States and Canada over Xinjiang. FILE PHOTO: Chinese and U.S. flags flutter outside the building of an American company in Beijing, China January 21, 2021. Activists and U.N. rights experts say at least a million Muslims have been detained in camps in Xinjiang. The activists and some Western politicians accuse China of using torture, forced labour and sterilisations. China has repeatedly denied all accusations of abuse and says its camps offer vocational training and are needed to fight extremism.
Hamilton spoke to Bahrain officials about human rights
       
By Alan Baldwin(Reuters) - Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton said he had spoken to Bahrain officials about human rights in the country after promising last year he would not let any abuses go unnoticed. "So I've taken time in the last few months to try and educate myself because coming here all these years I wasn't aware of all of the details, the human rights issues. "I've spent time speaking to legal human rights experts, spent time talking to human rights organisations like Amnesty, have seen the UK ambassador here in Bahrain and I've spoken to Bahrain officials also," he added. Rights campaigners accuse the government of using positive publicity from the country's most high-profile event to "sportswash". The Bahrain government said it had "a zero-tolerance policy towards mistreatment of any kind and has put in place internationally recognised human rights safeguards".
Business as usual: Thousands cross Mexico's southern border
       
As in 2019, Mexico relies heavily on highway checkpoints transiting its narrow southern isthmus to prevent migrants heading north. René Sop Xivir of Jesuit Immigrant Services at the southern border. “The whole town lives from crossing migrants — the smugglers, the restaurants, the hotels, everything,” said a Gracias a Dios resident, who requested anonymity to avoid reprisals. Uncontrolled crossings dot Mexico’s southern border. In some, like La Mesilla, residents set up a street market on both sides of the border three days a week.
No one knows how many Chicago teachers have been vaccinated — leaving blind spots for CPS (LIVE UPDATES)
       
And bringing back more educators would require more vaccinations, per a district agreement with the Chicago Teachers Union. As CPS races to get shots in arms by the mid-April expansion of in-person learning, how exactly is that progress coming along? News9:43 a.m. COVID-19 vaccine testing on kids beginsThe 9-year-old twins didn’t flinch as each received test doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine — and then a sparkly bandage to cover the spot. 9:24 a.m. Now vaccinated, older adults emerge from COVID-19 hibernationBill Griffin waited more than a year for this moment: Newly vaccinated, he embraced his 3-year-old granddaughter for the first time since the pandemic began. He resigned from the hospital’s board of directors Tuesday, citing his disappointment with the “reprimands” handed down to CEO George Miller and COO Dr. Anosh Ahmed, for the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination scandal.
China's growing firepower casts doubt on whether U.S. could defend Taiwan
       
A war over Taiwan remains a worst-case scenario that officials say is not imminent. But China's growing military prowess, coupled with its aggressive rhetoric, is turning Taiwan into a potential flashpoint between Beijing and Washington — and a test case for how the U.S. will confront China's superpower ambitions. U.S. intelligence analysts have warned for more than a decade that China's military strength was progressing at a dramatic pace, and that America's superiority was evaporating in the Pacific, Defense officials told NBC News. China's political leadership sees reunification with Taiwan as a core objective, and Beijing's actions and statements have grown more assertive in recent months. Taiwan has reported a series of aviation mishaps in recent months, raising questions about whether China's encroachment was having an impact on Taiwan's air crews.
Classified US military war game set to take place as concerns about threats posed by China and Russia increase
       
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will be briefed as it plays out. The military budget is being set and major decisions on troop levels and priorities are being made so it's hoped the war game will help prepare the military to face the challenges of the next few years. "Russia and China military modernization creates some serious potential operational challenges for the US," Eric Edelman, a former defense undersecretary for policy and expert on military planning, told CNN. "Russia and China are playing a home game, we are playing an away game," Edelman said. And on China, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks pulled no punches in a speech earlier this month.
Kentucky man charged with murder after Murray State University student found shot to death
       
The body of a Murray State University student was found Friday morning in Calloway County, and Kentucky State Police said a man has been charged with her murder. Preliminary autopsy reports determined Townsend, originally from Farmville, Virginia, died from multiple gunshot wounds, according to a Saturday morning Kentucky State Police news release. On Friday evening, Kentucky State Police investigators learned that Murray State University Police were asked to conduct a welfare check on Townsend after she failed to report to work that afternoon, per the news release. Sotomayor is being held in the Calloway County Jail, and it was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney. Kentucky State Police investigators were assisted by numerous agencies, including the Calloway County Sheriff’s Office, Murray State University Police and officials with the university.
Could the UK end Daylight Savings Time?
       
On Sunday 27 March, clocks go forward in the UK marking the beginning of British Summer Time (BST) — and meaning Brits lose an hour of sleep. Britain first started using Daylight Savings Time in 1916 when the government introduced British Summer Time (BST) to help people spend more time outdoors in daylight. Read more:But will the UK ever get rid of Daylight Savings Time? INDY/ LIFE Newsletter Be inspired with the latest lifestyle trends every week Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the INDY/LIFE newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice INDY/ LIFE Newsletter Be inspired with the latest lifestyle trends every week Thanks for signing up to the INDY/LIFE newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Who is Derek Chauvin, the officer charged with murdering George Floyd?
       
At the trial, held in downtown Minneapolis’s Hennepin County District Court, Mr Chauvin faces three charges: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter. Eventually, as Mr Chauvin tried to detain Mr Floyd, he was captured on video kneeling on the man’s neck for nearly nine minutes while Mr Floyd pleaded for air and eventually lost consciousness. While he was with the MPD, Mr Chauvin won commendations for bravery and rendering life-saving medical aid to a suspect. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Putin hails Russian Navy as three of its nuclear missile submarines smash through Arctic ice
       
AdvertisementVladimir Putin has hailed the Russian Navy after three of its nuclear ballistic missile submarines smashed through Arctic ice within feet of each other in a show of strength. Navy chief Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov reported to Putin the exercise featured three nuclear submarines simultaneously breaking through Arctic ice and warplanes flying over the North Pole. A Russian nuclear submarine breaks through the Arctic ice during military drills. Yevmenov said the sophisticated manoeuvre was carried out by submarines 'for the first time in the history of the Russian Navy.' Vladimir Putin sees the Mach 8 Zircon as his missile of choice to target US cities in the event of a nuclear conflict, it is claimed.
Biden administration moves to safeguard DACA program for "Dreamers" as court ruling looms
       
While the DACA program withstood a years-long Trump administration effort to end it, it is currently facing its most imminent and potent legal test yet. By placing a notice in the federal register, the Biden administration will allow the public to submit comments before the policy changes become binding. Karen Tumlin, a lawyer representing DACA recipients in a separate federal court case, applauded Friday's announcement, saying it showed the Biden administration is committed to safeguarding the program. "That's putting your arms around and hugging the DACA program because you believe it is here to stay." Rodríguez, the former USCIS director, said the lingering Texas federal court case should serve as a reminder that Dreamers will never have certainty about their immigration status unless Congress votes to legalize them.
Governor signs medical providers' conscience bill into law
       
The measure says health care workers and institutions have the right to not participate in non-emergency treatments that violate their conscience. Supporters of the conscience provision have said it allows providers to cite conscience for not performing types of treatment, but couldn't use it for targeting specific groups of patients. The law is among several measures targeting transgender people that have easily advanced through the majority-Republican Legislature this year. Hutchinson on Thursday signed a law that will prohibit transgender women and girls from playing on sports teams consistent with their gender identity. The bill are advancing as a hate crimes measure backed by Hutchinson has stalled in the Legislature after facing resistance from conservatives.
What Does Georgia's New Voting Law SB 202 Do?
       
Additionally, the drop boxes will only be accessible during early voting days and hours instead of 24/7. For most other counties, you will have an extra weekend day, and your weekday early voting hours will likely be longer. But the State Election Board is slated to propose a method to receive donations and distribute them equitably by October 2021. The secretary of state will no longer chair the State Election Board, becoming instead a non-voting ex-officio member. SB 202 would allow the State Election Board to suspend the multi-person elections board or probate judge and replace them with a single individual for at least nine months.
10 times MSNBC's Joy Reid spread conspiracy theories or misinformation
       
MSNBC far-left host Joy Reid once again spread misinformation on her Twitter account Monday, sharing a 2019 picture of a crowded Miami Beach in an attempt to shame vacationers for flouting coronavirus distancing guidelines. It wasn't the first time, however, that Reid has spread conspiracy theories or other misinformation to her viewers and millions of Twitter followers. MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace, one of the network's most enthusiastic proponents of Russia election conspiracy theories, asked if Johnson and Russia were "in cahoots" last year because both were trying to damage Joe Biden. GLENN GREENWALD RIPS MSNBC'S JOY REID OVER 'BATS--T CRAZY' CLAIM ABOUT SEN. RON JOHNSON"I wasn’t really doing anything to him and everyone thought I was and that makes me really sad. MSNBC'S JOY REID SAYS TIM SCOTT ONLY PRESENT AT GOP PRESS CONFERENCE FOR 'DIVERSITY'"MSNBC should know that one of its hosts is making things up.
Baltimore will no longer prosecute drug possession, prostitution, low-level crimes
       
A year ago, as the coronavirus began to spread across Maryland, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby stopped prosecuting drug possession, prostitution, minor traffic violations and other low-level offenses, a move aimed at curbing Covid-19's spread behind bars. In the 12 months since she ordered scaled-back enforcement, violent crime is down 20 percent and property crime has declined 36 percent, she said. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University found sharp reductions in calls to police complaining about drugs and prostitution, she said. “Clearly, the data suggest there is no public safety value in prosecuting low-level offenses,” Mosby said at a news conference. Kim Foxx, the state's attorney in Cook County, Illinois, said Mosby’s announcement was the culmination of years of discussion among reformers seeking ways to reduce focus on low-level offenses.
The eviction moratorium is expiring. What will Biden do?
       
Housing advocates are confident the ban, due to expire March 31, will be extended for several months and possibly even strengthened. Still, they argue the existing moratorium hasn’t been a blanket protection and say thousands of families have been evicted for other reasons beyond nonpayment of rent. “The question is: What is the extension going to look like?”Dunn and others would like to see the moratorium extended and improved. Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package included more than $25 billion in emergency rental assistance, plus more to help tenants who were behind on their utilities, but no extension of the eviction moratorium. One of the biggest changes being advocated is for Biden to make the ban's protection's automatic and universal.
All 23 Democratic governors sign letter condemning anti-Asian hate – but only two Republicans join them
       
All 23 Democratic governors have signed a letter denouncing hate against Asian-Americans, but were joined by only two Republicans. On Friday, a letter condemning violence against Asian-Americans was signed by 23 Democratic governors and the governor of Guam, following an increase in hate crimes against the community over the last 12 months. The letter was signed on Stop AAPI Hate’s virtual day of action, which was held to highlight prejudice and violence towards Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Police under fire for 'assault' of journalist at Bristol protest
       
Police have come under fire for their treatment of a reporter at demonstrations in Bristol on Friday night, during violent clashes between officers and protesters. Police assaulted me at the Bristol protest even though I told them I was from the press. pic.twitter.com/a7a0Nnw0bG — Matthew Dresch (@MatthewDresch) March 27, 2021“Police assaulted me at the Bristol protest even though I told them I was from the press. Avon and Somerset police tweeted: “We’re aware of a video showing a journalist being confronted by officers during last night’s protest in Bristol. Twelve people have been arrested in connection with Sunday’s incident, and a further 15 for a subsequent protest on Tuesday.
More than 90 killed in Myanmar in one of bloodiest days of protests
       
(Reuters) - Security forces killed more than 90 people across Myanmar on Saturday in one of the bloodiest days of protests since a military coup last month, news reports and witnesses said. Tires burn on a street as protests against the military coup continue, in Mandalay, Myanmar March 27, 2021. The Myanmar Now news portal said 91 people were killed across the country by security forces. At least 24 people were killed in Yangon, Myanmar Now said. “This 76th Myanmar armed forces day will stay engraved as a day of terror and dishonour,” the EU delegation to Myanmar said.
For many migrants able to cross US border, there's often chaos, COVID tests and then relief
       
Border agents are still returning many migrants -- including families -- to Mexico under a federal rule aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19. Border agents are used to seeing both tactics, said Chris Cabrera, a McAllen-based agent and vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, the department's union. Many arrived recently, buoyed by the prospect that Biden's rule changes could pave their way to asylum in the United States. Darling said he's been urging Border Patrol leaders to test the migrants at their stations before dropping them off downtown. And thanks to President Biden, we now have the opportunity to argue our case here in the United States."
Iowa's 2nd Congressional District: What you need to know about the nation's closest election between Miller-Meeks and Hart
       
After a districtwide recount showed her winning by six votes, Congress provisionally seated Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks pending a challenge from Democrat Rita Hart. The District – Iowa's 2nd Congressional District in 2020 was an open seat vacated by retired U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack. The Election – On election night, the Associated Press said the race was too close to call. Following reports of data entry errors that misallocated more than 300 extra votes to Miller-Meeks, Hart called for a full recount of the district's 24 counties. Read what lawyers for Miller-Meeks, Hart want the U.S. House to knowWhy didn't Rita Hart go to the state court?
Michigan GOP leader calls top Democrats ‘witches,’ jokes about assassination of Republicans
       
ADADWeiser’s rhetoric toward Democrats and Republicans opposing the former president comes at a time when elected officials villainized by Trump and other GOP leaders have faced armed protests, harassment and death threats. ADLater, a woman in the audience asked Weiser how people could remove politicians like Reps. Fred Upton and Peter Meijer. The Michigan congressmen were two of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump and drew the ire of the former president’s supporters. The Michigan GOP did not respond to a request for comment Friday evening, nor did representatives for Upton and Meijer. Whitmer spokesman Robert Leddy called Weiser’s choice of words “destructive and downright dangerous” given a “dramatic increase in death threats against Michigan elected officials” during Trump’s tenure.
Jury set for former police officer's trial in Floyd death; begins March 29
       
A jury has been seated for the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer in George Floyd’s death, with opening statements set for March 29. DEREK CHAUVIN TRIAL: 14TH JUROR IS SEATED, NEARLY COMPLETING THE PANELThe 15th and final member of the pool was chosen Tuesday, wrapping up a process that took more than two weeks. There will be 12 jurors and two alternates, with the 15th person being dismissed when the trial begins if the rest of the jury remains intact. Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill rejected requests to delay the trial or move it out of Minneapolis. But five others that had been seated said either that they had avoided the settlement news or could set it aside, and selection continued until the jury was complete.
A fight is brewing over an oil pipeline and it's pitting Native groups against Big Oil
       
PALISADE, Minn. — On the edge of the Mississippi River in Northern Minnesota, Tania Aubid stares at the slushy waters that thaw a little more with every passing spring day. “Sixty-eight million people rely upon this water that comes from up here in Northern Minnesota, and it goes all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico,” she said. “And along the way there are cities — people that drink straight from the river here.”Tania Aubid says Enbridge Line 3 poses a threat to drinking water for millions. Enbridge’s Line 3 is a 60-year old pipeline that will be partially taking a new route with new construction in Minnesota. These wilds of Northern Minnesota have become the new front line in tensions between climate protesters, some Native populations, and Big Energy.
U.S. envoy to Afghanistan heads to Turkey and region to push talks to end conflict
       
Slideshow ( 2 images )WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad has departed for Turkey and the region, the U.S. State Department said on Saturday, in a push to encourage Afghan parties to accelerate negotiations to end conflict in the country. Biden’s administration has sought to build international pressure on the Taliban and U.S.-backed Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s government to reach a peace agreement and a ceasefire before the deadline. The Taliban on Friday said it would resume hostilities against foreign forces - which ended under the U.S.-Taliban deal - if they remain beyond the deadline. Biden on Thursday said it would be hard to comply with the deadline, which also requires the departure of some 7,000 allied forces. The Taliban has said it was committed to the agreement, which it has termed the “most sensible and shortest path” to end 20 years of war in Afghanistan - America’s longest foreign conflict.
For many motel dwellers, eviction ban provides no relief
       
Armetrius Neason poses for a photo inside his room at the Efficiency Lodge hotel outside Atlanta on March 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Sudhin S. Thanawala)Armetrius Neason poses for a photo inside his room at the Efficiency Lodge hotel outside Atlanta on March 16, 2021. “It’s the same law.”Neason’s struggles reflect the heightened risk of homelessness faced by motel and hotel dwellers during the pandemic, housing attorneys say. Hotel and motel residents in California, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey and Virginia have reported being expelled or threatened with immediate eviction over the past year. A call and email to an attorney for Lodge Atlanta, Frank C. Bedinger, was not returned.
Vice presidents’ policy projects come with political risks
       
ADVERTISEMENTThat’s likely to be the case for Vice President Kamala Harris, who this week was named the new point person on immigration. This is definitely not a ceremonial task,” said Nina Rees, a former deputy assistant for domestic policy to Vice President Dick Cheney. Harris’ team has clarified that the vice president does not own all of immigration policy. The matter of who gets praise, or blame, is even trickier when it’s clear the vice president has White House aspirations. That’s an especially strong dynamic in the Biden White House.
UPDATE 1-Facebook services down in Bangladesh amid protests against Modi visit
       
They were demonstrating against Modi, whom the group accuses of alienating minority Muslims in India. Dozens were also hurt on Friday in the capital Dhaka where police used rubber bullets and teargas in clashes with violent protesters. "We're aware that our services have been restricted in Bangladesh," Facebook said in a statement. Hefazat-e-Islam, which translates into protection of Islam, has called for a nationwide strike on Sunday to protest the killings. "We don't want to see Modi in Dhaka," Hefazat leader Sultan Mohiuddin said, addressing supporters in the capital city.
Letters to the Editor: Echo Park Lake was a jewel for immigrant families. Those days are gone
       
The GuardianEcho Park Lake site has become a battleground in the city’s worsening housing and homelessness crisis during the pandemic Homeless advocates confront police at Echo Park Lake in Los Angeles during an encampment eviction. Late Wednesday night, hundreds of demonstrators gathered at Echo Park Lake, a public park in central LA, to denounce the planned expulsion of hundreds of people who have been camping out there. Los Angeles police officers move in to arrest demonstrators in the Echo Park Lake homeless encampment on 24 March. LAPD said encampment residents were allowed to stay temporarily on Wednesday night, but were “not allowed to come and go”. A fence was installed around Echo Park Lake after a confrontation between homeless advocates and Los Angeles police.
5 Key Takeaways From Biden’s First Presidential Press Conference
       
In what could be seen as a sign of how much progress has been made in the fight against Covid, Biden didn’t get asked one question about his pandemic response during the hour-long press conference. The plan is expected to call for some $3 trillion in spending, paid for in part by tax increases on corporations and the wealthy. Story continuesBiden’s plan is sure to face sharp pushback from Republicans, who have already dismissed the idea of raising taxes. “Back in the ‘60s we used to invest a little over 2% of our entire GDP in pure research and investment in science. Biden also said he agreed that the filibuster is a “relic of the Jim Crow era,” but he didn’t specify what other changes he might support.
Key takeaways from President Biden's first news conference
       
Joe Biden waited longer than any modern president to hold his first solo press conference, turning what should have been a relatively routine event into a high-profile media spectacle. With expectations raised, Biden took to the East Room of the White House and addressed a socially distanced group of reporters. Biden didn't have much new information to share, an indication that he would prefer the headlines from the press conference to be about other topics. Biden's task, whether he wants to talk about it or not, is to prove that there is a better way. On China, the president tried to talk down the growing war of words between the two nations.
Biden administration prioritizes 'crucial' infrastructure project that Trump snubbed
       
The Biden administration is keen on rebuilding America’s infrastructure, including a multi-billion-dollar infrastructure project that the Trump administration blocked. And according to Joe Kane, an associate fellow for the Brookings Institution, the Gateway Project "represents a crucial link for interstate travel and commerce, which are key federal responsibilities." “And in March 2018 when the federal budget was being negotiated, then-President Trump said he would not sign a federal budget that includes monies for the Gateway Tunnel. From then forward, the previous administration really did not serve as a partner in helping us to build the project forward. REUTERS/Mike SegarAccording to Kane, part of the challenge to the completion of the Gateway Program is that it’s “not simply about a need for investment."
Robocalls tied to election misinformation see spike, report says
       
Robocall scammers and spammers got hyper-aggressive with election calls, a new report says. In 2020, fraudsters targeting the U.S. presidential election launched scams and misinformation campaigns, Transaction Network Services (TNS) said in its most recent Robocall Investigation Report. Americans were inundated with 8.25 million robocalls on Election Day alone, according to the report. In compiling the report, TNS analyzed 1 billion daily call events across hundreds of carriers. For the general election, Montana, North Carolina, Maine and Iowa saw an increase of between 200-700% in robocalls compared to their primaries.
Letters to the Editor March 27
       
LETTERS: Some letter writers claim it's really the Dems who are being hypocrites with their renewed push to eliminate the filibuster rule in the Senate. Read those takes and more in today's Letters to the Editor.
Myanmar forces kill dozens in deadliest day since coup
       
Associated PressYangon, Myanmar – As Myanmar’s military celebrated the annual Armed Forces Day holiday with a parade Saturday in the country’s capital, soldiers and police elsewhere reportedly killed dozens of people as they suppressed protests in the deadliest bloodletting since last month’s coup. The online news site Myanmar Now reported the death toll had reached 91. “This 76th Myanmar armed forces day will stay engraved as a day of terror and dishonour,” the European Union’s delegation to Myanmar said on Twitter. Junta chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing did not directly refer to the protest movement when he gave his nationally televised Armed Forces Day speech before thousands of soldiers in Naypyitaw. In contrast, security forces have used live ammunition for weeks against what have still been overwhelmingly unarmed and peaceful crowds.
GOP lawmakers seek greater control over local elections
       
“They are tweaking the laws however they can to make it harder and to put up barriers for voters to stumble on,” Georgia state Sen. Jen Jordan, a Democrat from Atlanta, said at an event sponsored by the progressive group The NewDEAL. “They also are kind of putting in this backstop, if you will. If that is not going to stop voters at the local level, then they are going to make sure they can come in and take over these local election boards.”The GOP is also cracking down on methods that counties used to increase participation and make voting easier during the pandemic. Republicans in Texas, which already has some of the most stringent election laws in the country, are moving to effectively ban curbside voting, a method used in the last election by liberal-leaning Harris County, which includes Houston. Kim Reynolds, a Republican, earlier this month signed a GOP bill that closes voting sites at 8 p.m. rather than 9 p.m., shortens the window for early voting window by nine days, imposes new restrictions on mail and absentee voting, and threatens civil fines and criminal charges against local officials who depart from state election law or guidance.
Vice presidents' policy projects come with political risks
       
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mike Pence led the coronavirus task force only to be constantly overruled by the White House. For decades, the job of a vice president was to try to stay relevant, to avoid being viewed, in the words of one occupant of the post, as “standby equipment." But in recent administrations, the seconds-in-command have increasingly been deputized with special policy assignments that add some weight — and political risk — to the job. That's likely to be the case for Vice President Kamala Harris, who this week was named the new point person on immigration. This is definitely not a ceremonial task,” said Nina Rees, a former deputy assistant for domestic policy to Vice President Dick Cheney.
China, With $400 Billion Iran Deal, Could Deepen Influence in Mideast
       
The deal could deepen China’s influence in the Middle East and undercut American efforts to keep Iran isolated. But it was not immediately clear how much of the agreement can be implemented while the international dispute over Iran’s nuclear program remains unresolved. China was one of five world powers that, along with the U.S., signed the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran. He has said that the region is at a crossroads and offered China’s help in resolving persistent disputes, including over Iran’s nuclear program. If the nuclear agreement collapses entirely, Chinese companies, too, could face secondary sanctions from Washington, an issue that has infuriated China in the past.
Met police investigate abuse reports from anti-rape culture website
       
The Metropolitan police said it has received multiple reports of offences after reviewing a website featuring anonymous submissions of “misogyny, harassment, abuse and assault”. Scotland Yard said it has reviewed testimonies on the Everyone’s Invited website, a site where people can anonymously share their experiences of abuse. A link is also now available on the website to directly report crimes to Scotland Yard. Highgate School, a north London private school, announced it would be launching an independent review into issues raised. We have engaged with the platform owner and now have a link on the site for any victims to report directly to us.
Data still supports lifting Covid-19 restrictions, insists Boris Johnson
       
The UK is on track to lift coronavirus restrictions as planned, but the country could still be hit by the third wave sweeping Europe, Boris Johnson has said. The prime minister said he could see nothing in the data to stop him “continuing along our roadmap to freedom”. “In just a few days’ time, I’m finally going to be able to go to the barbers. But more important than that, I’m going to be able to go down the street and cautiously, but irreversibly, I’m going to drink a pint of beer in the pub,” he said. He warned that “bitter experience” had shown a wave in Europe would tend to hit the UK “three weeks later”.
Key Republican in voter restriction effort advised Trump in bid to overturn 2020 results
       
A Republican lawyer who advised Donald Trump on his campaign to overturn the 2020 election results is now playing a central role coordinating the Republican effort to tighten voting laws around the country. Joe Biden called the Georgia laws “Jim Crow in the 21st Century” and “an atrocity”. More than 250 proposed voting restrictions have been proposed this year by mostly Republican lawmakers, according to the Brennan Center for Justice. She says she’ll use that role to “coordinate” conservative voting positions, particularly in opposition to HR 1. Mitchell told the Associated Press she’s been talking regularly with Republican state lawmakers about the need for new election laws.
Lil Nas X shuts down right-wing criticism of Call Me By Your Name video
       
Lil Nas X has dismissed criticism from conservatives over his new music video for “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)”, in which he is seen giving Satan a lap dance. While the video has received a rapturous reception from fans, fellow artists and critics, Lil Nas X received a backlash from right-wing pundits in the US over the provocative religious context. I made the decision to create the music video,” he said in response to one critic who accused him of setting a bad example to his younger fans. Read our privacy notice Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Upon the release of the video, Lil Nas X shared a moving letter to his 14-year-old self, which said: “I know we promised to never come out publicly.
The soft-socialist EU believes fairness is more important than saving lives
       
Everybody is now uttering the words “reciprocity” and “proportionality” as if they were an instant moral formula (like the old favourite “solidarity”) which can silence any argument. What they appear to amount to is the basic soft-socialist concept of fairness – which is to say, everybody must have everything that everybody else has at exactly the same time. (Because having the resources to make more of an effort or be more virtuous is itself an unfair advantage.) Britain should be penalised or handicapped, in other words, for being too successful at preventing serious illness and deaths among its own population. I find the idea that such a notion should be contemplated – let alone shamelessly pronounced as a public statement – pretty staggering.
Tina: How to watch Tina Turner’s HBO documentary in the US and the UK
       
A new HBO documentary will explore the life of Tina Turner, from her abusive relationship with Ike Turner during the Sixties to her present-day retirement. The programme includes new interviews with the music icon, plus recently unearthed footage from over the years. The documentary also reveals she attempted suicide before leaving the marriage in 1976. The documentary is, according to several of the interviewees, Turner’s official goodbye to her fans. Read our privacy notice Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Suez Canal crisis continues amid attempts to move stricken ship
       
? Close File footage shows Evergreen ship on Suez CanalAt least 20 of the vessels queueing behind the stranded MV Ever Given mega-ship in the Suez Canal contain livestock, sparking fears over animal welfare and a potential “biohazard timebomb”. Vessels are queuing in both directions in the waterway, as well as in the Mediterranean and Red Sea. EU coordinator for the NGO, Animals International, Gerit Weidinger said that the animals risk “starvation, dehydration, injuries, waste buildup”. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Ted Cruz claims he cares about migrant kids - but did he really need an armoured patrol boat to prove that?
       
Ted Cruz and his colleagues had a message for Joe Biden and they kept repeating it. Previously they had been forced to wait in Mexico - something rights activists said was perilous - under rules introduced by Donald Trump. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Did Cruz really need to livestream his visit to the river bank the night before at midnight, whispering as though he was a naturalist.
Virginia Beach shooting leaves two dead
       
Two people were killed and eight more were injured in a series of shootings near the oceanfront in Virginia Beach on Friday night. The incidents occurred between 11 and 11:30pm, as the Virginia Beach Police Department confirmed that several of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries in the shootings. A second person was fatally shot not long after in another incident that the department does not believe was connected to the two other shootings. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Following those two incidents, President Joe Biden called for a ban on assault weapons, vowing to take “common-sense steps” to outlaw certain firearms.
‘It was homegrown’: Republican senator laments that the US doesn’t produce its own meth anymore
       
“Twenty years ago in Montana, meth was homemade. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice“We are seeing a flood of Mexican heroin, Mexican meth, and Mexican fentanyl coming into Montana,” Mr Daines said in the interview on Thursday. Following a video of Mr Daine’s comments being uploaded to social media on Friday evening, users were perplexed with the tone of the senator’s interview.
Suez Canal: Livestock ships caught in logjam pose ‘ticking biohazard timebomb’, charity warns
       
Data from freight tracking website Marine Traffic indicates that 11 of the delayed container ships are carrying cattle, sheep and other livestock, while the Australia-based NGO Animals International has identified a further nine, according to The Guardian. Marine Traffic spokesman Georgios Hatzimanolis said three of the carriers, the Omega Star, the Unimar and the Sea Star, “appear to be stuck at various points in the canal” rather than queuing for entry. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. “Even the slightest delay in traffic can result in congestion and disturb the delivery of goods and commodities on both sides,” analysts at S&P Global Platts warned earlier this week.
Belarus Police Detain Opposition Protesters, Journalists
       
Police in Belarus detained dozens of protesters and at least five journalists on Saturday, a rights group said, as the opposition restarted rallies against strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko's rule. Protests erupted in the ex-Soviet country last August after Lukashenko claimed a sixth presidential term in a vote the opposition and Western diplomats said was rigged. news Belarus Opposition to Restart Protests as Crackdown Widens Read moreBut they died down over the winter in the wake of a violent crackdown that saw thousands of protesters detained, several killed and hundreds receive lengthy prison sentences over the unrest. The opposition Telegram channel Nexta that mobilizes and coordinates protesters called this week for a "second wave" of rallies to kick off on Saturday. pic.twitter.com/eyU2ljKjIG — TUT.BY (@tutby) March 27, 2021
Minnesota court rules rape charge doesn't apply if the victim got willingly drunk
       
The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a man who had sex with a woman while she was passed out on his couch cannot be found guilty of rape because the victim got herself drunk beforehand. Context: Francios Momolu Khalil in 2017 picked up a woman from a Minneapolis bar and took her back to his home. A jury in 2019 convicted Khalil of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. The court said that Khalil could be charged with fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct, a gross misdemeanor. Worth noting: The Minnesota House of Representatives is currently considering a bill that would change the language of the third-degree criminal sexual conduct statute, the Duluth News Tribune reports.
Calls for DC statehood reignited following Capitol insurrection: The fight for the 51st state explained
       
But the chaos of the January 6 siege has led to reinvigorated calls for granting DC statehood. DC residents themselves, though, hardly need to be reminded of their paradoxical political disadvantages. Supporters for DC Statehood cheer as drivers honk their horns during the morning commute outside the Rayburn Building in Washington, DC on February, 11, 2020. Later that year at a press conference, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a Republican, said granting DC statehood would be "unconstitutional." Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., speaks at a rally sponsored by Veterans for D.C. Statehood on Veterans Day at Freedom Plaza on Monday Nov. 11, 2019.
Under Biden, Diplomacy Is an Attractive Career Again
       
During Mr. Trump’s tenure, his administration installed an “America First” policy, prioritizing domestic interests over foreign policy concerns and minimizing the importance of day-to-day diplomatic work. Federal surveys showed that morale in the State Department dropped. Career officials were derided as members of a “Deep State Department.” Senior Foreign Service officers were pushed out of the agency. Steve A. Linick was removed as the inspector general of the State Department amid investigations into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s potential misuse of government resources. “Battered and belittled, too many career officials have been tempted to go along to get along,” William J. Burns and Linda Thomas-Greenfield, both longtime Foreign Service officers who are now in the Biden administration, wrote in an essay published in September in Foreign Affairs.
Report: Biden Claims Exorbitant Use of Filibuster in 2020 – But, It Was Used 327 Times by Dems, Once by GOP
       
So it's being abused in a gigantic way.”But, as Fox News’ John Roberts reported the next day, Democrats used the filibuster 327 times, while Republicans used it only once. Republicans used it once. Democrats used it 327 times. So he's saying, just for the record, so viewers know, there has not been one single Republican filibuster since Joe Biden took office. “All those things were blocked, either by an actual filibuster or the threat of filibuster – by Democrats.
GOP lawmakers seek greater control over local elections
       
In addition to their nationwide efforts to restrict voting access, Republican lawmakers in some key states are seeking greater control over the local mechanics of elections, from voter registration to certifying results. In addition to their nationwide efforts to restrict voting access, Republican lawmakers in some key states are seeking greater control over the local mechanics of elections, from voter registration to certifying results. A South Carolina proposal would give lawmakers new oversight of the members appointed to the currently independent State Election Commission. The board could then remove local election officials and replace them. “It’s really a shame because our local election officials, in many ways, were heroes last year, and to see them attacked by their state lawmakers is really unfortunate,” she said.
Attorney for Georgia lawmaker calls charges ‘overreach’
       
Rep. Park Cannon (D-Atlanta) is escorted out of the Georgia Capitol by Georgia state troopers after being asked to stop knocking on a door that lead to Gov. An attorney for Cannon says it’s “law enforcement overreach” to charge the Georgia House member with two felonies. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)Rep. Park Cannon (D-Atlanta) is escorted out of the Georgia Capitol by Georgia state troopers after being asked to stop knocking on a door that lead to Gov. An attorney for Cannon says it’s “law enforcement overreach” to charge the Georgia House member with two felonies. “This was a law enforcement overreach on all the charges, and my hope is that after examining the file, the district attorney will dismiss the charges,” Cannon’s lawyer, Gerald Griggs, said Friday.
In the latest debate on guns, a hobbled NRA takes a backseat
       
Some gun-control advocates sense an opportunity with what they see as a more favorable political climate and a weakened NRA. Still, a spokeswoman for the NRA, Amy Hunter, disputes that the organization is on a weaker footing. A legacy of oppositionThe NRA's setbacks of late obscure its impact within American politics and the debate over guns. "They are weakened, sure, but a lot of those folks didn't need the NRA to be vocal on guns," said Lemek. Pincus says the "self-destruction" of the NRA means a breaking of the monopoly the group had on representation of gun owners.
Police force ordered to reinvestigate itself over stop-and-search incident
       
A police force which cleared itself of wrongdoing during a stop-and-search incident in which a man who had committed no crime had his car window smashed and was restrained and strip-searched, has been ordered to reinvestigate the matter, the Guardian has learned. Ryan Colaço, 31, a location manager in the film industry, was stopped by City of London police officers while in his car in Cannon Street in London. The Independent Office of Police Conduct has ordered City of London police to conduct a new investigation into the incident, which happened on 29 May last year. “Following a thorough review, in January 2021, we directed the COLP to reinvestigate the complaint. As such, officers from our force’s professional standards department have reopened their investigation into the complaint.
'A day of terror and dishonour': Dozens killed in reportedly deadliest day since coup in Myanmar
       
:Military coup and protests explained visually'Junta used live ammunition':Since Myanmar coup, 320 protesters killedThe killings quickly drew international condemnation, with multiple diplomatic missions to Myanmar releasing statements that mentioned the killing of civilians Saturday, including children. "This 76th Myanmar armed forces day will stay engraved as a day of terror and dishonour," the European Union’s delegation to Myanmar said on Twitter. Junta chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing did not directly refer to the protest movement when he gave his nationally televised Armed Forces Day speech before thousands of soldiers in Naypyitaw. What you should know:Why is Facebook banning Myanmar military pages? In contrast, security forces have used live ammunition for weeks against overwhelmingly unarmed and peaceful crowds.
Thomas Jefferson High School admissions change debated
       
Jackson is a member of the NAACP and works with the nonprofit Black Student Fund to create science, technology, engineering and mathematics enrichment programs for underrepresented minorities. ADAD“As an African American father of a TJ student,” he said, “I would also like to see more Black and Hispanic students at the school. But Jackson said the district’s attempt to let in more low-income, Black and Hispanic applicants would make the school less challenging. I think the district plan to raise the 1.7 percent of low-income students and the 5 percent of Black or Hispanic students would not hurt the school at all. I have carefully studied AP and IB classes in other Fairfax schools where the collaborative intellectual environment is exceptional.
China’s deception over COVID-19’s origins gets more outrageous every day
       
“The Wuhan Institute of Virology is not the National Institute of Health,” says David Asher. And Major General Chen Wei herself, the head of the People’s Liberation Army’s bioweapons research program, rushed down to Wuhan to deal with it. In the Wuhan lab. EcoHealth Alliance President Peter Daszak, who has close ties to the Wuhan lab, was eager to dismiss the theory that COVID-19 escaped from it. Of course, none of the above constitutes absolute, ironclad, irrefutable proof that the coronavirus was a bioweapon under development at the Wuhan lab.
Burma forces kill dozens in deadliest day since coup
       
Burma media say security forces have killed 91 people in deadliest day since last month’s military coup. As Burma’s military celebrated the annual Armed Forces Day holiday with a parade Saturday in the country's capital, soldiers and police elsewhere reportedly killed dozens of people as they suppressed protests against last month's coup. "This 76th Myanmar armed forces day will stay engraved as a day of terror and dishonour," the European Union’s delegation to Burma said on Twitter. Junta chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing did not directly refer to the protest movement when he gave his nationally televised Armed Forces Day speech before thousands of soldiers in Naypyitaw. In contrast, security forces have used live ammunition for weeks against overwhelmingly unarmed and peaceful crowds.
North Korea snaps back at Biden over criticism of missile launches
       
North Korea on Saturday snapped back at President Joe Biden’s criticism of its ballistic missile tests, calling his comments a provocation and encroachment on the North’s right to self-defense and vowing to continuously expand its "most thoroughgoing and overwhelming military power." The launches showed how the North continues to expand its military capabilities while nuclear negotiations with the United States remain stalled. Biden was restrained as he admonished North Korea for the launches, which were a violation of U.N. sanctions against the North. NORTH KOREA MISSLES GET MORE AGILE, EVASIVE: EXPERTSIn comments carried by Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency, Ri said the North expresses "deep apprehension" over Biden’s remarks that were "openly revealing his deep-seated hostility toward the DPRK." It’s unclear how the Biden administration will respond before it completes its policy review on North Korea in coming weeks.
Man charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder in Colorado grocery store shooting
       
The suspect, whom police identified as Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, was charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder in connection with Monday's mass shooting at the King Soopers grocery store, Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said at a news conference. Aerial news video from Monday showed police escorting a man in handcuffs, his right leg covered in blood. "The employees observed the suspect shoot an elderly man in the parking lot," according to the affidavit. "Grocery stores like King Soopers have been one of our consistent gathering places, one of the few routine activities that we've continued to engage in as Coloradans and as Americans," he told reporters. Thirteen people were killed at Columbine High School in Littleton, 35 miles south of King Soopers, on April 20, 1999, before the two gunmen took their own lives.
Prosecutors struggle with consistent story in Jan. 6 cases
       
(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)BOSTON (AP) — There’s little doubt the Oath Keepers were planning for something on Jan. 6. But prosecutors have since said it is not clear whether the group was targeting the Capitol before Jan. 6. But the Oath Keepers “did not know precisely the way in which force and violence might be needed to support this plan,” she said. In December, Kelly Meggs, who officials say was the leader of the Oath Keepers’ Florida chapter, wrote in a message that he had “organized an alliance” with the Proud Boys . Mehta said there’s no evidence he entered the Capitol on Jan. 6 or had been plotting to do so.
Boris Johnson talks tough on China following sanctions against UK MPs
       
Johnson's remark on Beijing's multi-billion-dollar investment and infrastructure scheme was described as "unprompted" | Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty ImagesBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday vowed to make developing countries less dependent on China economically, as he met five MPs sanctioned by China a day earlier. "The prime minister talked about exploring ways towards alleviation programs to offset the level of dependency on China through the Belt and Road initiative," a politician who attended the meeting at No 10 Downing Street said. I stand firmly with them and the other British citizens sanctioned by China." Beijing sanctioned a total of nine British citizens over what it called "lies and disinformation" about human rights abuses against the Uyghur minority in Xinjiang. Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph reported Friday that some of the MPs sanctioned by China are facing increased cyber-security threats, and they were being offered support on cyber security by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.
For Migrants In Bosnia, The 'Game' Is A Perilous Journey To A Better Life
       
Enlarge this image toggle caption Elisa Oddone Elisa OddoneMohammadi says the risks are worth it. Enlarge this image toggle caption Elisa Oddone Elisa Oddone"It is still very cold at night, which means less police on the border," he says. Enlarge this image toggle caption Elisa Oddone Elisa OddoneAfter the cold winter months, many migrants outside the official camps are suffering from respiratory problems and infections. Enlarge this image toggle caption Elisa Oddone Elisa OddoneEven those who make it as far as Italy have experienced chain pushbacks, eventually landing back in Bosnia after being moved through several Balkan countries. Enlarge this image toggle caption Elisa Oddone Elisa OddoneOn Sept. 30, local authorities emptied the Bira camp in downtown Bihac in response to local complaints about migrants.
China Signs 25-Year Deal With Iran in Challenge to the U.S.
       
(Bloomberg) -- China and Iran signed an overarching deal aimed at charting the course of their economic, political and trade relations over the next 25 years, Iranian state TV reported, in a challenge to the Biden administration. “The document can elevate bilateral ties to a new strategic level,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said in a televised interview. The deal focuses on boosting private-sector collaboration and the Islamic Republic’s role in Xi’s flagship infrastructure and investment program, the Belt and Road Initiative, he said. Iran’s closer integration with China may help shore up its economy against the impact of the U.S. penalties, while sending a clear signal to the Biden administration of Tehran’s intentions. Wang Yi, who arrived in Tehran on Friday, also met with President Hassan Rouhani to discuss the nuclear deal.
Australian lawmaker's online bullying leave Morrison fighting political fires
       
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, already under fire over his handling of rape accusations in the ruling party, reprimanded one of his lawmakers on Saturday for downplaying an apology for bullying two women constituents. If Morrison expelled Laming, his ruling coalition would be reduced to a minority government. Laming had apologised on Thursday for online abuse of two women over several years after Morrison had scolded him for his "disgraceful" behaviour. The Liberal Party backbencher pulled down his Facebook page on Saturday. Female lawmakers make up less than a third of Morrison’s ruling Liberal party, in contrast to the near 50% representation in the opposition Labor party.
Biden Says Georgia's New Voting Law Is 'Jim Crow In The 21st Century'
       
President Joe Biden slammed the major voting law Georgia lawmakers passed Thursday, which will severely restrict voting access in the state. “This is Jim Crow in the 21st century,” he said in a statement, acknowledging how parts of the law disproportionately impact Black voters. Biden dismissed those claims Friday. Multiple civil rights groups have sued Georgia over the law, saying it violates the Voting Rights Act of 1965 along with the First and 14th Amendments. Related...Civil Rights Groups File Suit After Georgia Republicans Limit Voting AccessFight Over Landmark Voting Rights Bill Begins As GOP Claims Voter Suppression Isn't A ProblemJoe Manchin Carefully Backs Landmark Voting Rights Bill, But Wants GOP SupportJoe Biden Calls Republican Attacks On Voting Rights 'Sick'Georgia Republicans Just Made It Much Harder To VoteThis article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
Biden news - live: President attacks Georgia over ‘Jim Crow’ voting law as Trump says he’s happier off Twitter
       
Biden (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)Joe Biden has derided the sweeping elections bill signed into law by Republicans in Georgia - introducing tough new voting restrictions that many regard as discriminatory - as “Jim Crow in the 21st Century” and “an atrocity,” saying his Justice Department will be “taking a look” at the measure. His predecessor, Donald Trump, has meanwhile claimed in an interview with Fox News that he actually prefers sending out press releases from his secluded Florida resort home of Mar-a-Lago to being on Twitter, also using the interview to attack Mr Biden’s record on the US-Mexico border, a problem the president inherited from the Trump administration. Elsewhere, Mr Biden has invited China and Russia to return to global climate crisis talks, hoping to bolster international cooperation on the issue and unite the superpowers.
‘Let the people vote’: Biden to rally support for voting rights after Georgia’s ‘attack on US constitution’
       
(Independent)Following the passage of sweeping ballot restrictions and the arrest of a Black lawmaker in Georgia, President Joe Biden has urged members of Congress to pass the For The People Act, a massive voting rights bill to combat a wave of suppressive legislation across the US. He called Georgia’s bill, signed into law by Governor Brian Kemp on Thursday, as well as dozens of other similar bills in at least 43 states, a “blatant attack on the Constitution and good conscience”. “This is Jim Crow in the 21st Century,” he said in a White House statement on Friday. We have a moral and Constitutional obligation to act. “If you have the best ideas, you have nothing to hide,” he said.
California attorney general-designee Rob Bonta is already gearing up for the 2022 election
       
Anne Marie Schubert is among the people so far considering a challenge to Bonta in next year’s election, a representative confirmed. “The attorney general spot is such a prominent political stepping stone that it’s hard to believe that Bonta won’t be challenged,” said political scientist Larry Gerston, professor emeritus at San Jose State University. “Rob Bonta is a tremendously talented leader,” said political consultant Roger Salazar, who worked on Becerra’s 2018 reelection campaign. AdvertisementIn the last 120 years of California history, not a single attorney general has been defeated in a general election, according to Quinn, who has served as a redistricting consultant to Republicans and as an assistant to Republican California Atty. “I know this [election] is different and I respect and honor that, that it’s a statewide campaign,” Bonta said.
Editorial: Newsom needs to deliver on COVID-19 vaccination promises
       
From the beginning, California’s vaccination record has been plagued by insufficient doses and mass confusion over how to obtain an appointment. “So we really just want to caution people to please continue to be patient.”At the national level, vaccine producer Johnson & Johnson has struggled to meet its delivery targets and is still plagued by production issues. Johnson & Johnson has already reduced its target from 37 million to 20 million doses by the end of March. The company’s contract with the federal government calls for Johnson & Johnson to deliver an additional 50 million doses by the end of June. The governor has a lot of work to do to prove to Californians that he can deliver on his vaccination promises.
Jeffco and Cherry Creek school districts announce superintendent picks
       
On Tuesday, the board of Jeffco Public Schools unanimously nominated Tracy Dorland, deputy superintendent of Adams 12 Five Star Schools, as the sole finalist for superintendent. Similarly, Cherry Creek School District board of education nominated Christopher Smith, the district’s current chief of staff, as the sole finalist to replace Scott Siegfried, who will retire at the end of the school year. Smith joined the Cherry Creek School District in 2009 as a principal before serving in administration. Applications for Douglas County School District superintendent closed on March 18 and the board of education is slated to announce finalists for the job on April 16. Poudre School District expects to announce its finalists for superintendent by the end of March.
Oklahoma Senate changes employment policy after senator employed cousin
       
The leader of the Oklahoma Senate has updated the chamber's employment policies after a state senator employed his cousin as his executive assistant. The change comes days after The Oklahoman reported Sen. Shane Jett, R-Shawnee, previously employed his cousin as his executive assistant. More:Oklahoma state senator fires cousin after questions arise"The following day was her last day of employment," Treat said. Citing the opinion, Jett defended himself in a statement to the local Fox News affiliate. "Because of your slipshod reporting, an exceedingly competent Executive Assistant (and mother) is out of job," he wrote in an email.
The Latest: Britain says variant booster ready by September
       
Several other states also have made the vaccine available to all adults, including Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Utah, and West Virginia. As of Friday, 35.1% of the adult population in Kansas had received at least one dose of the vaccine. Kate Brown said those groups will now be eligible to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine on April 5. Those over age 45 with underlying conditions become eligible for the vaccine on Monday and are already eligible in 22 counties that have already inoculated most of their older population. Brown said all residents over the age of 16 will become eligible for vaccination no later than May 1.
Three Russian Ballistic Missile Submarines Just Surfaced Through The Arctic Ice Together
       
The Borei and Borei-A designs are Russia's most advanced ballistic missile submarines. Three Russian ballistic missile submarines surfaced next to each other from beneath the ice near the North Pole as part of a recent major Arctic exercise. It is known that Russian ballistic missile submarines conduct deterrent patrols under the protection of the Arctic ice, where is especially difficult to track their movements. The U.S. Navy notably conducts Ice Exercises (ICEX) each year in which submarines surface from under the ice, though not with ballistic missile boats. Russian MoD The Delta IV class ballistic missile submarine Tula.
'Moment of reckoning' for UK schools as 5,800 accounts of abuse published
       
At the end of this week more than 5,800 anonymous testimonials cataloguing acts of sexual harassment, abuse and assault in UK schools have been posted on Everyone’s Invited – and they are still coming. But this isn’t rare, it happens all the time,” said UCL student Soma Sara, herself a survivor of sexual abuse. Written by former pupil Samuel Schulenburg, 19, it included approximately 250 anonymous stories from girls who went to nearby schools. The work of Everyone’s Invited is crucial,” she said. The crescendo of voices has provided a moment of reckoning, said Andrea Simon, director of the End Violence Against Women coalition.
The days of China ‘hiding and biding’ its might are officially over
       
The days of China ‘hiding and biding’ on the world stage are clearly now over. The signs of a fresh approach to critics of China, both at home and abroad, have been piling up. Foreign media outlets including the Telegraph have come under attack from Beijing for coverage of China that doesn’t align with the official narrative. China is the fastest growing power in the world, and Beijing is tired of being criticised and bullied by the West. So China is flexing its muscles to challenge a rules-based world order set by the West in a campaign to be treated as an equal.
RE teacher suspended over Prophet Muhammad cartoon 'defended his right to freedom of speech'
       
The RE teacher suspended over a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad is reported to have ‘defended his right to freedom of speech’ in a heated telephone call with the father of a Muslim pupil at Batley Grammar School, Mail Online can reveal. It follows Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick saying the protests were 'not right', adding that suggestions the teacher was in hiding are 'very disturbing'. He told the BBC: 'It must be right that a teacher can appropriately show images of the Prophet Muhammad. He also told Sky News: 'I was disturbed to see scenes of people protesting outside the school - that is not right. Protestors gathered outside Batley Grammar School on Friday.
Myanmar security forces shoot dead more than 60 protestors including young boy on 'day of shame'
       
AdvertisementMyanmar's security forces shot and killed at least 64 protestors, including a young boy, on 'day of shame' in some of the bloodiest scenes yet since the military coup. A wounded protester is seen after security forces intervene in protesters during a protest against military coup and detention of elected government members in Mandalay, MyanmarMore than 60 protestors are believed to have been killed by Myanmar security forces today. A military spokesman did not respond to calls seeking comment on the killings by security forces or the insurgent attack on its post. The warning did not specifically say security forces had been given shoot-to-kill orders and the junta has previously suggested some fatal shootings have come from within the crowds. 'The Myanmar Armed Forces Day isn't an armed forces day, it's more like the day they killed people,' General Yawd Serk, chair of the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army - South, told Reuters in neighbouring Thailand.
DPRK slams Washington for criticizing missile launches
       
DPRK slams Washington for criticizing missile launchesXinhua) 15:21, March 27, 2021The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has condemned U.S. President Joe Biden for "provocation" after he criticized its recent missile launches, saying the military tests were an exercise of its self-defense right, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Saturday. On Friday, the KCNA confirmed in a report that the DPRK test-fired two newly-developed tactical guided missiles on Thursday. Ri's remarks were made a day after Biden said the DPRK's launch of two short-range ballistic missiles was in violation of UN Security Council resolutions, and warned "there will be responses if they choose to escalate. "We express our deep apprehension over the U.S. chief executive faulting the regular test-fire, exercise of our state's right to self-defense, as the violation of UN 'resolutions' and openly revealing his deep-seated hostility toward the DPRK," Ri said. "Such remarks from the U.S. president are an undisguised encroachment on our state's right to self-defense and provocation to it," he stressed.
Restrictions on Texas voting could tighten under Republican bill advanced by Senate committee
       
Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. Senate Bill 7 — one of Texas Republicans’ priority elections bills — would limit extended early voting hours, prohibit drive-thru voting and allow partisan poll watchers to record voters who receive help filling out their ballots. It would also forbid local election officials from encouraging voters to fill out applications to vote by mail, even if they qualify. Texans would also have to provide proof of disability to qualify for mail-in voting under the bill. The bill was also widely panned as detrimental to local efforts that would widen access to voting, particularly extended early voting hours and drive-thru voting offered in Harris County in November.
DeSantis pushes back on CDC's 'baseless' no-sail order for cruise ships
       
DeSantis, during a round table meeting highlighting the importance of the cruise industry to Florida's economy, called for the CDC to reevaluate its no-sail order, which the agency has stated should remain in place through November of this year. "The cruise industry is essential to our state’s economy and keeping it shut down until November would be devastating to the men and women who rely on the cruise lines to provide for themselves and their families," the Florida governor said. "I urge the CDC to immediately rescind this baseless no-sail order to allow Floridians in this industry to get back to work." While the CDC announced on Wednesday that its no-sail order will remain in place through Nov. 1, despite the request of the Cruise Lines International Association for the order to be lifted sooner, the agency did state that it is revising its current guidelines for cruising. Details for the next phase of the CSO are currently under interagency review," the agency told Fox News.
GOP senator flashes congressional pin after car was pulled over by Capitol Police, sources say
       
But the car was pulled over by US Capitol Police. Blackburn then jumped out of the car, identified herself as a senator and showed the officer her congressional pin, according to a text message and a source familiar with the matter. Her office said she was a passenger when the car was pulled over. Leo Kowalski, an aide to Blackburn, told his friends that after being pulled over, the senator "hopped out, flashed her pin, hopped back in the car [and] said 'drive!'" One source familiar with the account told CNN that Blackburn identified herself as a senator and was allowed to leave.
Far-right extremists move from 'Stop the Steal' to 'Stop the Vaccine'
       
Adherents of far-right groups who cluster online have turned repeatedly to one particular website in recent weeks — the federal database showing deaths and adverse reactions nationwide among people who have received COVID-19 vaccinations. On Jan. 6, while rioters advanced on the Capitol, numerous leading figures in the anti-vaccination movement were onstage nearby, holding their own rally to attack both the election results and COVID-19 vaccinations. With their protests continuing, far-right groups deployed many of the same talking points as the vaccination opponents. Maligning the coronavirus vaccines is obviously not limited to extremist groups tied to the Capitol riot. The raw, incomplete VAERS statistics are meant for scientists and medical professionals, but are widely used among extremist groups to try to undermine confidence in the vaccine.
Beto O'Rourke ridicules Ted Cruz for posting videos claiming he encountered 'cartel members' at the Mexican border
       
Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke slammed Sen. Ted Cruz over videos he posted of himself at the Rio Grande. In the videos posted Friday, Cruz claimed that he saw "human traffickers" who were taunting him. O'Rourke hit back in a lengthy Twitter thread, giving Cruz tips on how to handle the border crisis. Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke ridiculed Sen. Ted Cruz after he posted videos of himself at the Mexican border on Friday in which he claimed that he had encounters with "cartel members" and "human traffickers." In a blurry video posted on Twitter, Cruz claims he is at "the shore of the Rio Grande," and has been "listening to" and "seeing" cartel members who have been taunting border control officials.
Myanmar forces kill dozens in deadliest day since coup
       
Protesters gather tires to add to the fires set during a rally against the military coup Saturday, March 27, 2021, in Tarmwe township in Yangon, Myanmar. (AP Photo)Protesters gather tires to add to the fires set during a rally against the military coup Saturday, March 27, 2021, in Tarmwe township in Yangon, Myanmar. (AP Photo)YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — As Myanmar’s military celebrated the annual Armed Forces Day holiday with a parade Saturday in the country’s capital, soldiers and police elsewhere reportedly killed dozens of people as they suppressed protests in the deadliest bloodletting since last month’s coup. “This 76th Myanmar armed forces day will stay engraved as a day of terror and dishonour,” the European Union’s delegation to Myanmar said on Twitter. Junta chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing did not directly refer to the protest movement when he gave his nationally televised Armed Forces Day speech before thousands of soldiers in Naypyitaw.
Iran, China sign landmark 25-year cooperation agreement
       
DUBAI (Reuters) - Foreign ministers from China and Iran, which are both subject to U.S. sanctions, signed a landmark 25-year cooperation agreement on Saturday. FILE PHOTO: China's State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attends a meeting with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Guilin, China March 22, 2021. “Our relations with Iran will not be affected by the current situation, but will be permanent and strategic,” Wang said ahead of the televised signing ceremony. “Iran decides independently on its relations with other countries and is not like some countries that change their position with one phone call,” he said. Its commerce ministry said on Thursday that Beijing will try to safeguard the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and defend the legitimate interests of Sino-Iranian relations.
Armed White men who showed up at a Black family's home were acquitted. Now, they want an apology
       
"I've said this before: It's about accountability," the mother told CNN. Hogston acquitted both men February 18, following a trial that spanned more than 10 hours and 14 witnesses, said Wood's attorney, Woody White. Dameon Shepard told the group he wasn't the young man they sought, who attended Topsail High School, he said. "It changed us, so it has taken a lot to get back to some sense of normalcy, while still going through the process," she told CNN last week. The ordeal has cost them their reputations, he said, and Rutherford told CNN that Kita's family has received threats and hate mail.
Myanmar: scores reported killed on 'day of shame' for armed forces
       
More than 90 people across Myanmar have been killed by security forces in one of the bloodiest days of protests since a military coup last month, news reports and witnesses said. The lethal crackdown came on Armed Forces Day. The Myanmar Now news portal said 91 people were killed across the country by security forces. A military spokesman did not respond to calls seeking comment on the killings by security forces or the insurgent attack on its post. Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s most popular civilian politician, remains in detention at an undisclosed location.
Iran and China sign 25-year cooperation agreement
       
Tehran, Iran – Iran and China have signed a long-gestating 25-year cooperation accord as both countries remain under Unites States sanctions. Rouhani thanked Wang on Saturday for China’s stance on the nuclear deal and standing up to “American unilateralism”. The president also said Iran and China can work together to fight “terrorism and extremism in the region” in addition to economic and trade cooperation. Wang was quoted by the president’s website as saying that maintaining the nuclear deal would mean preserving multilateralism. Iran and China have also cooperated on COVID-19 during the pandemic, with China donating 250,000 doses of its Sinopharm vaccine to Iran last month.
Maryland explores tightening law on public-private partnerships amid proposal to build new toll lanes
       
ADMaryland’s P3 law, like in other states, seeks to attract private investment by limiting the potential for political interference. Montgomery Council President Tom Hucker (D-District 5), who supported the P3 law as a state delegate, said lawmakers considered it the only way to build the Purple Line. Any necessary changes could go back to the legislature next spring, he said, before the state seeks approval of the 50-year toll lanes contract. While Brown opposes the HOT lanes, he said he doesn’t think the P3 law needs to be changed. Brown said he will ask the Biden administration and Congress to skip the Maryland toll lanes project when it doles out any new infrastructure funding.
More than 60 protesters killed in Myanmar on 'day of shame for armed forces'
       
MANDALAY, MYANMAR - MARCH 27: People gather to continue their protest against military coup and detention of elected government members in Mandalay, Myanmar on March 27, 2021. Protesters against the Feb. 1 military coup came out on the streets of Yangon, Mandalay and other towns, defying a warning that they could be shot "in the head and back", while the country's generals celebrated Armed Forces Day. "Today is a day of shame for the armed forces," Dr. Sasa, a spokesman for CRPH, an anti-junta group set up by deposed lawmakers, told an online forum. The deaths on Saturday, one of the bloodiest days since the coup, would take the number of civilians reported killed to nearly 400. A military spokesman did not respond to calls seeking comment on the killings by security forces or the insurgent attack on its post.
Iran, China sign 25-year cooperation agreement
       
FILE PHOTO: China's State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attends a news conference following a meeting with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Guilin, China March 23, 2021. Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout via REUTERSDUBAI (Reuters) - The Chinese and Iranian foreign ministers on Saturday signed a 25-year cooperation agreement between the two allies in a ceremony carried live on state television. “Our relations with Iran will not be affected by the current situation, but will be permanent and strategic,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was earlier quoted by Iranian news agencies as saying. The accord is an example of “successful diplomacy,” Rouhani’s adviser Hesameddin Ashena was cited by Iranian media as saying. Its commerce ministry said on Thursday that Beijing will try to safeguard the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and defend the legitimate interests of Sino-Iranian relations.
UK protesters scuffle with police during rally over new law
       
Protesters sit in front of police officers during the "Kill The Bill" protest in Bristol, England, Friday, March 26, 2021. (Ben Birchall/PA via AP)Protesters sit in front of police officers during the "Kill The Bill" protest in Bristol, England, Friday, March 26, 2021. (Ben Birchall/PA via AP)LONDON (AP) — Police in the English city of Bristol say they arrested 10 people during a third night of protest against a new policing law. Two other “Kill the Bill” demonstrations against the legislation in Bristol this week also saw clashes. ADVERTISEMENTBut some have accused the force of a heavy-handed response and of exaggerating the scale of injuries to officers.
Dozens killed in one of deadliest days since Myanmar coup
       
Anti-coup protesters extinguish fires during a protest in Thaketa township Yangon, Myanmar, Saturday, March 27, 2021. (AP Photo)Anti-coup protesters extinguish fires during a protest in Thaketa township Yangon, Myanmar, Saturday, March 27, 2021. (AP Photo)YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — As Myanmar’s military celebrated the annual Armed Forces Day holiday with a parade Saturday in the country’s capital, soldiers and police elsewhere reportedly killed dozens of people as they suppressed protests against last month’s coup. That would make it equal to the deadliest day since the coup. “This 76th Myanmar armed forces day will stay engraved as a day of terror and dishonour,” the European Union’s delegation to Myanmar said on Twitter.
In Georgia County, Elections Bills Have Consequences
       
In Georgia County, Elections Bills Have ConsequencesEnlarge this image toggle caption Stephen Fowler/GPB Stephen Fowler/GPBLong before Republican Gov. In rural Hancock County, residents pushed the county commission to cut ties with its county attorney earlier this month because of his role as a state lawmaker, leading the efforts to craft voting changes. Hancock County is about 100 miles east of Atlanta and one of the poorest in the country. His day job is an attorney, where he specializes in representing local governments across east Georgia, like Hancock County. "We might be disadvantaged and underserved, but we are not complete fools in Hancock County, Georgia," he said.
Biden Says 'Nothing Has Changed' But Child Migrants Crossing Border At Higher Pace
       
Biden Says 'Nothing Has Changed' But Child Migrants Crossing Border At Higher PaceLoading...President Biden claimed Thursday in his first press conference since taking office that "nothing has changed" compared to earlier influxes of migrants and unaccompanied children at the border. The Biden administration has been grappling with surging numbers of migrants, especially children arriving at the border without their parents. It is true, as Biden states, that numbers often rise during the early months of the year when temperatures begin to warm. Authorities encountered 9,297 children without a parent in February, a 30% increase from 2019 during the last major influx of unaccompanied children. The official said the influx was "much different" than previous years, citing the large number of unaccompanied children and families traveling.
Dozens reportedly killed in one of deadliest days since Myanmar coup
       
As Myanmar’s military celebrated the annual Armed Forces Day holiday with a parade Saturday in the country’s capital, soldiers and police elsewhere reportedly killed dozens of people as they suppressed protests against last month’s coup. That would make it equal to the deadliest day since the coup. Advertisement“This 76th Myanmar armed forces day will stay engraved as a day of terror and dishonour,” the European Union’s delegation to Myanmar said on Twitter. Myanmar’s military chief, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, reviews troops during Armed Forces Day on Saturday. In contrast, security forces have used live ammunition for weeks against overwhelmingly unarmed and peaceful crowds.
Scotland lockdown news: latest Covid rules and level of restrictions
       
The 'Stay at Home' rule in Scotland will be replaced by the 'Stay Local' message for no more than three weeks from Apr 2, Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed. Ms Sturgeon has also confirmed that from Apr 26, pubs will be able to stay open outdoors until 10pm but indoors only until 8pm. Travel within all of mainland Scotland will be allowed and self-catering accommodation can open their doors from this date. Mainland Scotland was placed into lockdown on Jan 4 to tackle the rising spread of the new coronavirus strain. It comes as Scotland will have around 500,000 fewer vaccine doses in April, Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed.
Rule of six: Social distancing rules, support bubbles and exemptions explained
       
The Rule of Six will return on Mar 29 as part of the Government's plan to reopen society after a third national lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. And each step is five weeks apart so that the impact of each measure being removed can be analysed. The Rule of Six is the second part of the first step of the plan, which will come into force on Mar 29. Key DatesStep 1: - Mar 8 part 1, Mar 29 part 2 Step 2 - Apr 12 Step 3 - May 17 Step 4 - Jun 21What is happening on Mar 29? Then, on March 29, six people or two different households can meet outside, meaning the return of the Rule of Six.
Covid lockdown roadmap: the key dates for when restrictions will end and what rules will change
       
The roadmap out of lockdown will see an end to the stay-at-home rule and the return of the rule of six in England from March 29. The roadmap sees restrictions eased over four steps spread across at least four months. The Prime Minister said it was thanks to the UK public "that we can continue on our road map to freedom". Step four, which will come into force no earlier than Jun 21, should see "all legal limits on social contact" lifted. Additionally, the ongoing dispute with the EU over a potential export ban has cast some uncertainty on the future of the vaccine rollout in the UK.
Police offer to go into private schools to tackle ‘rape culture’
       
The senior police officer overseeing investigations into claims of a rape culture in education has offered to send her officers into private schools to teach boys about consent. Scotland Yard said it has reviewed testimonies on the Everyone's Invited website, where people can anonymously share their experiences of abuse. She said: “The private school element of this is a factor, in that certainly for us as the Metropolitan Police we have a Safer Schools officers and Safer Schools Network. Laremore told Radio 4’s Today programme: “I think it's more widespread than private schools. Highgate School, a north London private school, announced it would be launching an independent review into the issues raised.
Ricky Gervais appears to react to Prophet Muhammad cartoon row
       
Ricky Gervais has apparently chimed in on the row over a school teacher who showed his class a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad. The teacher in question has been suspended and has since apologised, while the school also offered an “unequivocal” apology. The incident has prompted a row between protestors accusing the teacher of Islamophobia and those who claim the incident is a case of free speech and “censorship” in the classroom. People being punished for insulting unicorns?”The comedian has been a vocal campaigner for free speech for years, telling Fox News in an interview last year that people being offended was “the lesser of two evils”. Read our privacy notice Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Gogglebox reveals previously unseen family member after Tom Malone quits show
       
Channel 4 series Gogglebox has introduced a previously never-before-seen member of one of its most popular families. Following Tom Malones’ exit from the programme as he moves on to new opportunities, the latest episode saw him replaced by his sister, Vanessa. Vanessa made her debut this week – despite the family having first appeared on the show in 2014 – along with Tom Snr, mum Julie and brother Shaun. Tom Malone announced his departure in February with a lengthy statement on Instagram ,alongside a picture of him holding a sign that read: “Back on the Market. Earlier this week, shelving and supplies retailer BiGDUG announced in a light-hearted video that Malone is now their “Head of Chair Testing”, thanks to his experience on the Gogglebox sofa.
Whyte vs Povetkin live stream: Free links spread online as police urged to ‘make example’ of pirates
       
Similar to other high-profile fights with a pay-per-view fee, there is expected to be a huge proliferation of streams that offer people free ways to watch the fight online. Key words associated with the fight, together with phrases like “free stream” also lead users of popular search engines to websites hosting the fight illegally. Read more:Police and regulators have previously targeted the pirates that are broadcasting illegal content through streaming boxes, or hosting websites with links to free live streams. INDY/ LIFE Newsletter Be inspired with the latest lifestyle trends every week Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the INDY/LIFE newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice INDY/ LIFE Newsletter Be inspired with the latest lifestyle trends every week Thanks for signing up to the INDY/LIFE newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Belarus disqualified from Eurovision 2021 over ‘political’ song lyrics
       
Belarus has been disqualified from the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 over controversial song lyrics. The country had been told to submit a new song two weeks ago, over concerns of political subtext in their first entry. Read our privacy notice Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice“Regrettably, Belarus will not be participating in the 65th Eurovision Song Contest in May,” the statement said. The Eurovision Song Contest takes place on 22 May in Rotterdam.
Tiger King star Joe Exotic’s husband files for divorce after ‘dashed hopes’ over failed Trump pardon
       
Joe Exotic’s husband Dillon Passage confirmed in a series of Instagram posts on Friday (26 March) that he is filing for divorce from the Netflix star. Attorney for Mr Exotic, Francisco Hernandez, told TMZ that he is distraught after speaking to him in prison. Read our privacy notice Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy noticeOn his last day as president on 20 January, Mr Trump pardoned 143 people, including rappers Lil Wayne and Kodack Black. Fans of the eccentric personality had expected a pardon after Mr Trump seemed amused by the suggestion during a press conference in April last year.
Biden news - live: President attacks Georgia over ‘Jim Crow’ voting law as Trump says he’s happier off Twitter
       
? Close Related video: Biden blasts ‘sick’ GOP voter suppression initiatives as ‘un-American’Joe Biden has derided the sweeping elections bill signed into law by Republicans in Georgia - introducing tough new voting restrictions that many regard as discriminatory - as “Jim Crow in the 21st Century” and “an atrocity,” saying his Justice Department will be “taking a look” at the measure. His predecessor, Donald Trump, has meanwhile claimed in an interview with Fox News that he actually prefers sending out press releases from his secluded Florida resort home of Mar-a-Lago to being on Twitter, also using the interview to attack Mr Biden’s record on the US-Mexico border, a problem the president inherited from the Trump administration. Elsewhere, Mr Biden has invited China and Russia to return to global climate crisis talks, hoping to bolster international cooperation on the issue and unite the superpowers.
Video: Georgia state troopers remove lawmaker after protesting against Kemp
       
Video: 'Too bad it wasn't sooner': Trump 'congratulates' Georgia on its new election laws after Biden branded the state's updated voter regulations an 'atrocity'Georgia state troopers forcibly remove lawmaker Park Cannon after she protested Gov Brian Kemp's signing of a new voter restriction bill.
Biden: Georgia voting restriction law is 'atrocity'
       
Biden: Georgia voting restriction law is 'atrocity' Published 1 hour agoimage copyright Reuters image caption President Biden said this was an "un-American law to deny people the right to vote"US President Joe Biden has likened a new voting law in the state of Georgia to racist policies of the 20th Century US South, calling it an "atrocity". The law adds restrictions to voting that Mr Biden said disproportionately targeted black Americans. What did President Biden say? It makes Georgia the second state to pass laws that restrict ballot access in the aftermath of the 2020 election. Mr Raffensperger, who has staunchly defended the integrity of the state's votes, also backed the new laws.
Iran and China sign 25-year cooperation pact
       
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif greets his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi ahead of the signing of a 25-year cooperation pact between the US rivalsAdvertising Read moreTehran (AFP)Iran and China signed a 25-year "strategic cooperation pact" Saturday in the latest expansion of Beijing's flagship trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative as the US rivals move closer together. Negotiations for the deal, launched five years ago, sparked controversy in Iran last year and virtually no details of its contents have been released. Wang's visit to Tehran comes just days after he hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for talks in the Chinese city of Guilin. China and Russia are both parties to the troubled 2015 nuclear accord with Iran that Biden has said he hopes to revive. Biden has said he is not seeking "confrontation" with China, but that there will be intense competition between the rival superpowers.
Ted Cruz claims he cares about migrant kids - but did he really need an armoured patrol boat to prove that?
       
Ted Cruz and his colleagues had a message for Joe Biden and they kept repeating it. Previously they had been forced to wait in Mexico - something rights activists said was perilous - under rules introduced by Donald Trump. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Did Cruz really need to livestream his visit to the river bank the night before at midnight, whispering as though he was a naturalist.
Democrats see Georgia as opening salvo in war on voting rights
       
A provision in the just-passed Georgia law would make it a felony to pass out bottled water to voters waiting in line. The West Virginia state Senate approved a measure ending same-day voter registration and cutting a period of early voting. Many, but not all, of those measures would make permanent some of the temporary voting rights expansions implemented in the midst of the pandemic. J.B. Pritzker (D) a bill to expand mail-in voting and curbside voting. Washington legislators passed a bill to restore voting rights to felons once they get out of prison.
Election Defamation Lawsuits Open New Front In Fight Against Disinformation
       
Election Defamation Lawsuits Open New Front In Fight Against DisinformationEnlarge this image toggle caption Jessica McGowan/Getty Images Jessica McGowan/Getty ImagesThe victims of some of the most pernicious conspiracy theories of 2020 are fighting back in court. The idea of using defamation lawsuits makes us a little bit concerned." "Money is what matters to a media company, and so a defamation lawsuit is a big way to do that. One challenge for the plaintiffs is that defamation lawsuits are difficult to win. The parents of children killed in the Sandy Hook shooting have filed multiple defamation lawsuits against Alex Jones of the conspiracy site, InfoWars.
China, Iran sign 25-year cooperation agreement
       
China and Iran on Saturday signed a 25-year agreement, which includes political, strategic and economic cooperation. The document was signed by Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran.
More than 90 killed in Myanmar in one of bloodiest days of protests
       
(Reuters) - Security forces killed more than 90 people across Myanmar on Saturday in one of the bloodiest days of protests since a military coup last month, news reports and witnesses said. Tires burn on a street as protests against the military coup continue, in Mandalay, Myanmar March 27, 2021. The Myanmar Now news portal said 91 people were killed across the country by security forces. At least 24 people were killed in Yangon, Myanmar Now said. “This 76th Myanmar armed forces day will stay engraved as a day of terror and dishonour,” the EU delegation to Myanmar said.
Experts fear spike from spring break; former CDC chief believes virus escaped from lab: COVID-19 updates
       
Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, said Friday she was "deeply concerned" about the trajectory of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. The global totals: 126 million cases and 2.7 million deaths. More than 177.5 million vaccine doses have been distributed in the U.S. and 136.6 million have been administered, according to the CDC. Spring break partying could lead to spike in coronavirus cases, experts sayDisregard for public health measures from spring breakers and pandemic-weary tourists in South Florida will likely result in a spike of COVID-19 cases, health experts say. One bill proposed $405 million in state-funded business relief and a $150 million deposit into the unemployment insurance fund.
Iran, China sign 25-year cooperation accord- live TV
       
FILE PHOTO: China's State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attends a news conference following a meeting with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Guilin, China March 23, 2021. Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout via REUTERSDUBAI (Reuters) - The Chinese and Iranian foreign ministers on Saturday signed a 25-year cooperation agreement between the two allies in a ceremony carried lived on state television. “Our relations with Iran will not be affected by the current situation, but will be permanent and strategic,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was earlier quoted by Iranian news agencies as saying. “Iran decides independently on its relations with other countries and is not like some countries that change their position with one phone call.”
China's growing firepower casts doubt on whether U.S. could defend Taiwan
       
A war over Taiwan remains a worst-case scenario that officials say is not imminent. But China's growing military prowess, coupled with its aggressive rhetoric, is turning Taiwan into a potential flashpoint between Beijing and Washington — and a test case for how the U.S. will confront China's superpower ambitions. U.S. intelligence analysts have warned for more than a decade that China's military strength was progressing at a dramatic pace, and that America's superiority was evaporating in the Pacific, Defense officials told NBC News. China's political leadership sees reunification with Taiwan as a core objective, and Beijing's actions and statements have grown more assertive in recent months. Taiwan has reported a series of aviation mishaps in recent months, raising questions about whether China's encroachment was having an impact on Taiwan's air crews.
UK's Johnson criticises 'disgraceful' attacks on police at protest
       
BRISTOL, England (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday strongly criticised “disgraceful attacks” on police officers after protests in Bristol against a new policing bill turned violent, resulting in 10 arrests. Slideshow ( 2 images )Local police said bricks, glass bottles and eggs were thrown at police late on Friday evening after a protest on Friday afternoon turned sour in the late evening. “Last night saw disgraceful attacks against police officers in Bristol. Last Sunday, two police officers were seriously injured and at least two police vehicles set on fire in the city after a peaceful protest turned violent. “The majority of people acted peacefully, however there was a minority who showed hostility to officers,” said Bristol police commander Mark Runacres.
Watch Zuckerberg, Pichai and Dorsey testify at the House hearing on disinformation and extremism
       
Three of tech's most prominent CEOs will appear before the House Energy and Commerce committee today at 9 a.m. PT as lawmakers grill the companies on their failure to contain disinformation and extremism. In opening statements made available before the hearing, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter's Jack Dorsey and Google's Sundar Pichai each laid out the conversation they'd prefer to have. Twitter mostly looked forward rather than back, pointing to initiatives to make its own algorithms transparent and to invite more community-level moderation efforts. The topic at hand Thursday is a big one, and there are plenty of directions lawmakers might take the hearing. If you'd like to follow along, we've embedded the hearing above or you can check back for other coverage as we go.
EXPLAINER: What does Georgia's new GOP election law do?
       
Republican supporters say the law is needed to restore confidence in Georgia’s elections. The law gives the State Election Board new powers to intervene in county election offices and to remove and replace local election officials. Now early voting would begin “as soon as possible” but no later than the second Monday before the election, possibly leaving as little as five weekdays and no weekend days of early voting. A Democratic-backed measure passed the House earlier this month, but faces opposition from Senate Republicans wary of a federal takeover of state elections. It would expand voting by mail, promote early voting and give states money to track absentee ballots.
Twitter's Dorsey called out for trolling Congress during hearing
       
Lawmakers repeatedly pressed the CEOs on how their platforms were tackling hate speech and misinformation more widely. Zuckerberg similarly said that hate speech policies at Facebook are “nuanced” and that they have an obligation to protect free speech. Hate crimes and hate speech against Asian Americans has been on the rise. “Clearly Spanish language misinformation is an issue.” The hearing marked the latest in a long line of panels on misinformation and hate speech. Meanwhile, Dorsey put forward his plan of allowing for an open protocol shared by tech platforms to create more transparency surrounding how content is moderated.
Jacob Blake files lawsuit against police officer who shot him and left him partially paralyzed
       
Jacob Blake, the Black man who was shot at seven times by a white police officer in Wisconsin and left partially paralyzed, has filed a lawsuit against the cop. MORE: ABC News exclusive: Jacob Blake speaks out for 1st time since being shot by police"We believe that this lawsuit will help establish accountability," LaMarr told ABC News. PHOTO: Kenosha Police Officer Rusten Sheskey, a seven-year veteran of the Kenosha Police Department in Wisconsin has been identified as the officer who shot Jacob Blake on Aug. 23, 2020. Blake remains paralyzed from the waist down and "minute by minute he's in immense pain," LaMarr said. Jacob Blake files lawsuit against police officer who shot him and left him partially paralyzed originally appeared on abcnews.go.com
Column: Kamala Harris has two big problems at the southern border. Texas is one of them
       
Vice President Kamala Harris has been asked by President Biden to oversee the administration’s response to the growing migrant crisis at the border. It’s a very different story with Vela’s 300-mile-long district in southern Texas. This was made clear in November when President Biden was only able to win Vela’s district by 4 points after Hillary Clinton carried the district by 22 points in 2016. Despite making up 41% of the state’s population, white Texans make up 61% of lawmakers in the state House and Senate, according to the Texas Tribune. Besides Vela, Rep. Vicente Gonzalez won reelection by just 3 points in his south Texas district in 2020 while Biden squeaked by with 2 points.
Senate clears PPP bill, extending loan applications through May
       
The Senate has voted to extend the application deadline for Paycheck Protection Program loans to May 31 after rejecting two Republican amendments. The bill would also allow the agency an extra month — through June 30 — to process applications after the program closes. After the Senate vote Thursday, Rep. Thomas Suozzi (D-Glen Cove) told Newsday, "This is an important win for Long Island and New York businesses. Earlier, during the Senate debate, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said the PPP has saved more than 50 million jobs. The PPP was established to help small businesses cope with the COVID-19 pandemic that erupted in March 2020.
EU vaccine exports: how Brussels is taking on Boris Johnson and what it means for the rollout
       
While the UK’s vaccine rollout has surpassed all expectations and immunised more than half of British adults, the same is not true of the efforts of our European cousins. The plans, announced in a press conference on Wednesday, could mean the supply of jabs to Britain is restricted, which some believe could put the UK’s vaccine rollout back by two months. So AstraZeneca jabs produced abroad have been sent to the UK, while doses manufactured in Britain have stayed here. Now it seems the latest plans would only be triggered if the country receiving the vaccines had a strong vaccine rollout programme and its own manufacturing plants. The latest row centres on the export of jabs from a specific factory contracted to manufacture AstraZeneca jabs in Leiden, in the Netherlands.
China’s ‘teapot’ buyers import more Iran oil, a headache for African crude producers
       
Chinese independent crude oil refineries have increased their imports of discounted Iranian oil despite the risk of sanctions. Photo: Shutterstock
Trump's Bump Stock Ban Just Lost Big in Federal Court
       
After the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas, President Donald Trump vowed to use executive power to ban bump stocks, a type of firearm accessory that the shooter reportedly used. Put differently, the federal government began to reinterpret the federal ban on machine guns to ban bump stocks too. The 6th Circuit then took its own look at the text of the federal machine gun ban and decided that "a bump stock does not fall within the statutory definition of a machine gun." In sum, Trump's attempt to impose gun control via executive fiat lost big. "It is not the role of the executive—particularly the unelected administrative state—to dictate" the terms of criminal law, the 6th Circuit maintained.
More than 60 protesters killed in Myanmar on 'day of shame for armed forces'
       
“Today is a day of shame for the armed forces,” Dr. Sasa, a spokesman for CRPH, an anti-junta group set up by deposed lawmakers, told an online forum. The Myanmar Now news portal said 64 people had been killed in total across the country by 2.30 p.m. (0800 GMT). A military spokesman did not respond to calls seeking comment on the killings by security forces or the insurgent attack on its post. But it showed the military’s determination to prevent any disruptions around Armed Forces Day, which commemorates the start of the resistance to Japanese occupation in 1945 that was orchestrated by Suu Kyi’s father, the founder of the military. “The Myanmar Armed Forces Day isn’t an armed forces day, it’s more like the day they killed people,” General Yawd Serk, chair of the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army - South, told Reuters in neighbouring Thailand.
Batley Muhammad cartoon row: School shuts as situation ‘hijacked by extremists’
       
Crowds of people, many wearing masks, were seen outside the gates of Batley Grammar School on Friday morning, with police also at the scene. The teacher was suspended and has since said sorry, while the school has also offered an “unequivocal” apology. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Garry Kibble, Batley school’s head teacher, said: “The member of staff has also given their most sincere apologies.
China presses global fashion brands to reverse Xinjiang cotton boycott
       
China is applying pressure on global clothing brands to reverse their boycott of Xinjiang cotton. Photo: Xinhua
Shots fired at US cultural centre in Myanmar
       
Gunshots were fired at the US cultural centre in Myanmar's biggest city of Yangon on Saturday but caused no injuries, an embassy spokesperson said. The United States has been strident in its criticism of the junta that seized power in Myanmar on February 1 and the killing of hundreds of anti-coup protesters by security forces. Read | At least 50 killed by security forces in Myanmar"We can confirm that shots were fired at the American Center Yangon on March 27. There were no injuries. We are investigating the incident," embassy spokesperson Aryani Manring said.
Fox News Hit With Massive Lawsuit Over Rigged Election Lies
       
Fox News is facing another massive lawsuit over its conspiracy-addled 2020 election coverage. Now, a suit filed by Dominion Voting Systems, another election technology company, could bleed it of another another $1.6 billion. Smartmatic, one of the companies targeted with the conspiracies, filed a suit last month against Fox News and Fox Business Network, naming Bartiromo, Dobbs, and other hosts as defendants. Fox immediately moved to dismiss that suit, claiming it was simply covering Trump’s election claims—not promoting them. “Fox took a small flame,” the Dominion suit read, and “turned it into a forest fire” as “part of an orchestrated defamatory campaign” against the company.
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb says legislature didn't pressure him to end mask mandate. But there's tension.
       
Eric Holcomb had announced his decision to end the mask mandate and business restrictions Tuesday night, he already had been facing pressure from the legislative branch for months. Eric Holcomb's COVID update on masks, Indiana vaccine eligibilityChad Kinsella, a Ball State political science professor, indicated Holcomb was in a bind. Mike Murphy, a former Republican lawmaker, thinks Indiana lawmakers were playing some gamesmanship. Murphy compared the relationship between Indiana lawmakers and Holcomb to two people about to box. At the very least, he argued, Holcomb needed to end the statewide mask mandate and any capacity limits.