May 30,2022

More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  Japan PM Kishida's support hits highest ever as election nears -Nikkei.  Colombia's 'king of TikTok' Hernandez ready for run-off after shock result.  Sidhu Moose Wala: Murder of popular Indian singer sparks anger.  Ukraine live: fighting intensifies in Sievierodonetsk, with fierce close-quarter combat.  Gimpo Airport closure pledge draws heated debate.  Serbia secures gas deal with Putin, as West boycotts Russia.  Cyberattacks likely to rise in wake of Ukraine War. This is what Estonia learnt from Web War One.  Russia puts ‘all its resources’ into capture of key Ukraine city.  6 teens injured after shooting in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee, mayor says.  Why a GOP lawmaker changed his mind to back some gun restrictions.  More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  Video: Uvalde resident shouts at Biden and Abbott.  Ukrainian defenders hold out in Donbas city.  Toddler fatally shot in Pittsburgh drive-by was not intended target, police say.  Ukraine, Russia battle in the east as Zelenskyy visits front.  How Biden, cops and advocates forged deal on police and race.  Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's campaign finances show she spends more on security than any other candidate in the country, report says.  Having shipped artillery shells to Ukraine, Canada asks S.Korea for more.  Four vying to replace Anthony in Ward 4.  Uvalde tells Biden to ‘do something’; he pledges ‘we will’.  How Biden, cops and advocates forged deal on police and race.  
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Japan PM Kishida's support hits highest ever as election nears -Nikkei
       
Fumio Kishida, Japan's prime minister, speaks at a news conference following the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) leaders meeting at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan May 24, 2022. Kiyoshi Ota/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoTOKYO, May 30 (Reuters) - Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida scored his highest approval ratings since taking office eight months ago in a weekend survey, the Nikkei daily reported, with critical upper house elections just weeks away. Support for Kishida and his cabinet climbed to 66%, a rise of 5 points from the previous April survey and the highest since he took office last October, according to a weekend survey by the Nikkei and TV Tokyo. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterA total of 61% of respondents said they "approved" of his talks with Biden. Kishida's support also rose in a survey last week by Fuji News network, hitting hit 68.9%, up 3 points from the previous month.
Colombia's 'king of TikTok' Hernandez ready for run-off after shock result
       
Colombian centre-right presidential candidate Rodolfo Hernandez of Anti-Corruption Rulers' League Party, greets his supporters after his arrival at Palonegro International Airport in Bucaramanga, Colombia May 21, 2022. Hernandez, a septuagenarian former mayor of the northern city Bucaramanga, won 28.2% of votes in a first election round on Sunday, beating establishment favorite Federico Gutierrez for second place in a surprise result. Petro, long forecast to win the first round, won 40.3%. KING OF TIKTOKHernandez has relied heavily on social media, posting eccentric videos on TikTok, including one of him riding an electric scooter. Hernandez has also pledged to strengthen law and order and create jobs, although he has shared scant details of those plans.
Sidhu Moose Wala: Murder of popular Indian singer sparks anger
       
But the move had become controversial after the names of the people on the list were leaked on social media, with some pointing out that it increased the threat to their lives.
Ukraine live: fighting intensifies in Sievierodonetsk, with fierce close-quarter combat
       
08:14EU leaders meet today, overshadowed by lack of progress on new sanctionsEuropean Union leaders will meet on Monday to declare continued support for Ukraine to help it fend off Russia's assault, but the talks will be overshadowed by their failure to agree on a new sanctions package against Moscow. Over two days, leaders of the 27-nation bloc are to discuss how best to aid Ukraine four months into Russia's invasion and how to deal with the conflict's impacts: high energy prices, an impending food shortage and the EU's defence needs. "After Russia's attack on Ukraine, we saw what can happen when Europe stands united. With a view to the summit tomorrow, let's hope it continues like this. But it is already starting to crumble and crumble again," German Economy Minister Robert Habeck said on Sunday.
Gimpo Airport closure pledge draws heated debate
       
Song said people will be prompted to use relatively lesser-used airports if Gimpo Airport is closed.Song claimed that those in southern Seoul could use the Cheongju International Airport in North Chungcheong Province, and those in eastern Seoul can use the Wonju Airport in Gangwon Province. Others can use the Incheon Airport, he added.The proposal’s reception has not been positive, however, with cacophony apparent even within the Democratic Party.Rep. Yun Ho-jung, chair of the emergency steering committee for the Democratic Party, told reporters Friday that the pledge is not reflective of the party’s official stance. This is not something that can be taken lightly as a pledge from an individual candidate; it should be seen as a pledge coming from the Democratic Party,” Lee Jun-seok added.Lee Jun-seok and the People Power Party claimed the local airline business and tourism sector will face immense difficulties if Gimpo Airport is shut, as 51 percent of domestic travelers move between Gimpo and Jeju.Closing the airport will directly result in a loss of tourists visiting Jeju Island, the People Power Party claimed, as people will not be inclined to travel further to other airports when Gimpo Airport is gone. Jeju Island as a whole would lose its competitiveness as a tourist destination, Lee said.The conservative party is using the momentum as a chance to boost ratings for its flagbearers in the local elections.“We ask you to strongly condemn and judge the Democratic Party’s politicians, who are making decisions in the capital region without any consideration of the tourism industry, the core economic power of Jeju Island,” Lee Jun-seok said during the Saturday briefing.By Ko Jun-tae ( ko.juntae@heraldcorp.com
Serbia secures gas deal with Putin, as West boycotts Russia
       
Serbian president refuses to explicitly condemn Russian invasion of Ukraine, has not joined Western sanctions on Moscow. As the war in Ukraine rages, Serbia’s president has announced that he has secured an “extremely favourable” three-year natural gas supply deal with Russia during a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Russia’s deal with Serbia follows after Moscow cut off gas exports to EU members Finland, Poland, and Bulgaria. “The agreement reached by President Vucic with President Putin is proof of how much Serbia’s decision not to participate in anti-Russian hysteria is respected,” Interior Minister Aleksandar Vulin said. Serbia is almost entirely dependent on Russian gas, and its main energy companies are under Russian majority ownership.
Cyberattacks likely to rise in wake of Ukraine War. This is what Estonia learnt from Web War One
       
Russia’s war on Ukraine is not just being fought with bombs but bytes too, causing nations to now ramp up their cyber defence capabilities. Protests were then triggered by false claims by Russian media that the statue and Soviet war graves were being destroyed by Estonia’s government. File - Estonian police officers secure the Bronze Soldier monument during celebrations of Victory Day over Nazi Germany in World War II, at the military cemetery in Tallinn. Out of the 2007 ashes came Estonia’s Cyber Defence League, a unit of volunteer cyber defences that was set up a decade ago to help the government face cyber threats. Combing the talents of the private sector is one way Estonia has built up its cyber defence.
Russia puts ‘all its resources’ into capture of key Ukraine city
       
Russian forces reportedly seized a hotel on Severodonetsk’s outskirts, damaged 14 high-rise buildings, and battled on the streets with Ukrainian troops. The battle for the main eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk raged on Sunday with Russian forces conducting assault operations that led to street fighting with Ukraine defenders. Regional officials reported Russian forces were “storming” the strategic eastern city. Ukrainian troops may have to retreat from the city to avoid capture, said Haidai. Haidai reported later that Russian forces had seized a hotel on the city’s outskirts, damaged 14 high-rise buildings, and were battling on the streets with Ukrainian forces.
6 teens injured after shooting in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee, mayor says
       
Authorities in Tennessee said six people were injured after a shooting in a popular downtown district in Chattanooga on Saturday night. "Six teenagers were shot last night in what we believe was an altercation between other teenagers," Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly said in a news conference on Sunday andechoed on Twitter. Prior to the shooting, Murphy said police had been nearby monitoring "several large groups and what appeared to be a lot of unchaperoned juveniles." Chattanooga police spokesperson Jeremy Eames called it a “very vibrant and active area during summer weekends" in a Sunday news release. The Tennessee shooting comes days after an attack killed 21 people — including 19 children — at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.
Why a GOP lawmaker changed his mind to back some gun restrictions
       
CNN's Dana Bash speaks with Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) about what he sees as the fear of Republican lawmakers to switch their stance on gun restrictions and why he is open to banning assault weapons now.
Video: Uvalde resident shouts at Biden and Abbott
       
Uvalde resident Ben Gonzales explains to CNN's Jim Acosta why he shouted at President Joe Biden and Texas Governor Greg Abbott during their visit to the city.
Ukrainian defenders hold out in Donbas city
       
Incessant shelling has left Ukrainian forces defending ruins in Sievierodonetsk, but their refusal to withdraw is stalling a massive Russian offensive across the Donbas. Zelenskiy visited Ukrainian troops on the frontlines in northeastern Kharkiv region on Sunday, his first trip outside the Kyiv region since the invasion began. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the "liberation" of the Donbas, an industrial region which includes Luhansk and Donetsk, was an "unconditional priority" for Moscow. read moreUkrainian forces in the Donbas said they were on the defensive all day on Sunday. Russian forces fired on 46 communities in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, killing at least three civilians, wounding two others or destroying or damaging 62 civilian buildings.
Toddler fatally shot in Pittsburgh drive-by was not intended target, police say
       
An 18-month-old was fatally struck in a drive-by shooting that did not intentionally target the boy, Pittsburgh police said Sunday. The attack Sunday afternoon in near-80-degree weather in downtown Pittsburgh unnerved city officials, who vowed to make an arrest in the case. "I know that our thoughts and our prayers are not enough," Mayor Ed Gainey said at a news conference Sunday. "We are utilizing all available resources to find the responsible people so that we can bring them to justice." The toddler and his mother, the two occupants of a vehicle struck by gunfire, did not appear to be the intended targets, Schmidt said.
Ukraine, Russia battle in the east as Zelenskyy visits front
       
KRAMATORSK, Ukraine — Russia claimed to have overrun a key rail hub while its troops fought Ukrainian defenders in the streets of another city in eastern Ukraine. The Russian Defense Ministry said the railroad center Lyman had been “completely liberated’’ by a joint force of Russian soldiers and Kremlin-backed separatists. Pavlo Kyrylenko said Russian troops controlled most of it and were trying to press their offensive toward Bakhmut, another city in the region. Serhii Haidai reported that Ukrainian fighters repelled an assault on Sievierodonetsk but Russian troops still pushed to encircle them. Moscow and Kyiv have traded accusations over which side bears responsibility for keeping shipments tied up, with Russia saying Ukrainian sea mines prevented safe passage and Ukraine citing a Russian naval blockade.
How Biden, cops and advocates forged deal on police and race
       
Previous presidents, too, have attempted to make improvements to America’s law enforcement system, but Biden faced particular pressure to find the right balance. Not only did law enforcement groups dislike various parts of the draft, they felt like the administration hadn’t adequately listened to their perspective. Senior administration officials described a sort of shuttle diplomacy, and they met separately with civil rights advocates and law enforcement groups while trying to keep everyone on the same page. However, the executive order requires federal law enforcement officers to prioritize de-escalation and then intervention if they see another officer using excessive force. As an executive order, the new policies are limited to federal agencies.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's campaign finances show she spends more on security than any other candidate in the country, report says
       
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican from Georgia Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesRep. Marjorie Taylor Greene spent more on security this year than previous years, the NYT reported. Greene spent $1,000 a month on security prior to 2022 but now that number is over $49,000 a month. Georgia GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's campaign spent $183,000 on security between January and May of 2022, according to a new report from The New York Times. Prior to 2022, Greene spent $1,000 a month on security, but now that number is up to over $49,000 a month, The Times reported. The campaign spokesperson did not note when the uptick in threats began.
Having shipped artillery shells to Ukraine, Canada asks S.Korea for more
       
Canada has provided Ukraine with M777 towed howitzers, which fire 155-millimetre shells. Last week Defence Minister Anita Anand announced Canada would be sending an additional 20,000 rounds of 155mm ammunition, sourced from the United States. "We are actively pursuing a plan to provide 100,000 rounds to Canada," the official told SBS. South Korea is a major manufacturer of 155mm ammunition, with its K9 self-propelled howitzer dominating the international market. South Korea has provided humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and has shipped non-lethal items including bulletproof helmets and medical kits.
Four vying to replace Anthony in Ward 4
       
Former Assemblywoman Francis Allen-Palenske, who is running for Las Vegas City Council in Ward 4, poses for a portrait at her home in Las Vegas, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfayeFormer Las Vegas Councilman Bob Beers (Jeff Scheid/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @jeffscheidBrenda Flank, candidate for Las Vegas City Council Ward 4. (Brenda Flank campaign)Four people are vying to succeed term-limited Las Vegas Councilman Stavros Anthony in Ward 4, with candidates whose experiences range from political to public safety. Former Assemblywoman Francis Allen-Palenske, former Ward 2 Councilman Bob Beers, community leader Brenda Flank and retired Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Capt. Public safety rises to topAllen-Palenske, 44, said that public safety is the top pressing concern of voters.
Uvalde tells Biden to ‘do something’; he pledges ‘we will’
       
UVALDE, Texas (AP) — President Joe Biden grieved with the shattered community of Uvalde on Sunday, mourning privately for three hours with anguished families of the 19 schoolchildren and two teachers killed by a gunman. After visiting the memorial, Biden attended Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where several victims’ families are members, and one of the families was in attendance. Biden later tweeted that he grieves, prays and stands with the people of Uvalde. The visit to Uvalde was Biden’s second trip in as many weeks to console a community in loss after a mass shooting. Hours after the shooting, Biden delivered an impassioned plea for additional gun control legislation, asking: “When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?
How Biden, cops and advocates forged deal on police and race
       
Previous presidents, too, have attempted to make improvements to America's law enforcement system, but Biden faced particular pressure to find the right balance. Not only did law enforcement groups dislike various parts of the draft, they felt like the administration hadn't adequately listened to their perspective. In addition to Rice’s team, Justice Department officials and the White House counsel’s office under Dana Remus worked through the details. Long days were fueled by Hershey's Kisses, M&Ms and whatever else that could be scrounged from White House desks. However, the executive order requires federal law enforcement officers to prioritize de-escalation and then intervention if they see another officer using excessive force.
The racist legislation that led to Windrush
       
A suppressed report on the Windrush scandal has concluded that its origins lie in three decades of racist immigration legislation designed to reduce the UK’s non-white population. It found that the “deep-rooted racism of the Windrush scandal” had roots in the fact that “during the period 1950-1981, every single piece of immigration or citizenship legislation was designed at least in part to reduce the number of people with black or brown skin who were permitted to live and work in the UK”. The leaked copy of the government-commissioned paper, which the Home Office has repeatedly refused to make public, lists a few specific examples. Here are some of those considered among the most damaging:
Russia-Ukraine war latest: Russia intensifies assault on Sievierodonetsk; Zelenskiy to address EU leaders – live
       
2m ago 06.27 Zelenskiy to address EU leaders at Brussels summitUkraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskiy is set to address European Union leaders at an emergency summit later today to push for new sanctions against Russia. EU leaders will meet in Brussels to declare their continued support for Ukraine but have so far failed to agree on a new sanctions package against Moscow. After Russia’s attack on Ukraine, we saw what can happen when Europe stands united. With a view to the summit tomorrow, let’s hope it continues like this. However, the decision will be only made later, after the European Commission makes a proposal on how to raise the money.
Germany agrees $107 billion fund to modernize military in face of Russia threat
       
Germany’s government and conservative opposition have agreed to a deal that will release €100 billion ($107 billion) to modernize the army in the face of the Russian threat — a move that is likely to reverberate as far away as Japan. An agreement was reached late Sunday to create a special fund for military procurement that will also allow Berlin to meet NATO’s target of spending 2% of gross domestic product on defense. Three days after the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February, Chancellor Olaf Scholz pledged a special budget of €100 billion to rearm the German military and modernize its outdated equipment over the next few years. The €100 billion will be paid into a special fund outside the national budget. The unexpected and dramatic rethink by Germany comes as leaders in Japan debate doubling their country’s defense budget to 2% of GDP, from an informal cap of around 1%.
Florida student, TEN, is arrested for 'threatening mass school shooting'
       
A 10-year-old in Florida was arrested Saturday after allegedly sending a text message threatening to shoot up his school. According to the Lee County Sheriff's Office, Marquez is a 5th grade student at Patriot Elementary School in Cape Coral, Florida. Amd on May 27, Sheriff Marceno appeared in an eight-minute long video in which he criticized federal aid for Ukraine. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said in 2020 that Lee County's crime rate dropped by 18.4% during his initial tenure between 2018 and 2020. Parents of the students at Robb Elementary School showed up at the school after hearing about the reports of a shooting while the massacre was continuing inside.
David Littleproud elected new Nationals leader with Perin Davey as deputy
       
Queensland MP David Littleproud has been elected as leader of the Nationals, with NSW senator Perin Davey elected deputy leader. Mr Littleproud defeated the incumbent leader Barnaby Joyce and former minister Darren Chester in a three-way leadership contest.
Peter Dutton elected unopposed as new Liberal leader
       
Peter Dutton is now opposition leader, after being elected unopposed as the new leader of the Liberal party.
Live: EU to pledge support for Ukraine, but new Russia sanctions not ready yet
       
WAR IN UKRAINEA girl looks on at a display of Russian weapon systems used in their attacks, outside St Michael's Cathedral, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine May 29, 2022. "The situation is very bad [in the] Donbas, where the Russian forces are advancing and the Ukrainian forces are in difficulty." 03:179:22pm: Donbas 'unconditional priority' for Russia, Lavrov saysThe "liberation" of Ukraine's Donbas is an "unconditional priority" for Moscow, while other Ukrainian territories should decide their future on their own, RIA news agency cited Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying on Sunday. "The liberation of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, recognised by the Russian Federation as independent states, is an unconditional priority," Lavrov said in an interview with French TV channel TF1, according to RIA. For the rest of the territories in Ukraine, "the people should decide their future in these areas," he said.
Mitch McConnell Is Pulling His Favorite Move After Mass Shootings
       
McConnell told CNN that he “encouraged” Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) to engage with Democrats Sens. "I am hopeful that we could come up with a bipartisan solution," he said. In June 2016, after a man with a gun murdered 49 people at the Pulse Night Club in Orlando, McConnell told reporters “nobody wants terrorists to have firearms." “I am convinced that Mitch wants to do something,” Trump told reporters on Aug. 13, 2019. But those reforms were far from the sweeping changes that most advocates believe are necessary to actually reduce gun violence.
Texas Gov. Abbott gave 2 different speeches about gun control at the same time with 2 different messages. One was in Uvalde, the other was at the NRA convention in Houston.
       
Greg Abbott gave 2 speeches about gun violence on Friday with different messages. In Uvalde, he said legislation is "on the table" to address gun violence following a shooting that killed 21. To an NRA audience, Abbott said laws do not stop "madmen" from "carrying out evil." Greg Abbott on Friday gave two different speeches about gun control that went on at the same time – with two vastly different messages. And there will be laws in multiple different subject areas," Abbott added during the Uvalde press conference.
Ukrainian defenders hold out in Donbas city under heavy Russian fire
       
Russian forces intensified their attacks with barrages of heavy artillery to capture a key Ukrainian city in the southeastern region of Donbas, whose full takeover Moscow's top diplomat said was now an "unconditional priority". Constant Russian shelling has destroyed all of the critical infrastructure in Sievierodonetsk, the largest city still controls in Luhansk, one of the regions in Donbas, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said, while pledging to do everything to hold off the advance. "Capturing Sievierodonetsk is a fundamental task for the occupiers ... We do all we can to hold this advance," he added. In a Facebook post, Ukrainian forces in the Donbas said they had been on the defensive all day on Sunday. Russian forces fired on 46 communities in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, killing at least three civilians, wounding two or destroying or damaging 62 civilian buildings.
Zimbabwe President Praises China, Slams West in Column
       
If there’s a new cold war brewing and both China and the United States are trying to get African countries on their side, it’s clear where Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s allegiance lies. In his latest column in the local Sunday Mail newspaper, the 79-year-old president slammed the West and lavished praise on Beijing. "Here in Zimbabwe, China has helped fund and implement several projects in the sectors of energy, air transport, water, real estate, industrial value addition, mining and defense," the president said. When asked about the war of words with the West, Zimbabwe government spokeswoman Monica Mutsvangwa echoed the president’s remarks. Meanwhile, the Chinese embassy in Harare is adopting an increasingly shrill tone in tweets frequently accusing U.S.-backed organizations of paying journalists to write anti-China articles.
Ukrainian MP urges west to supply long-range rockets or risk Russian victory
       
A Ukrainian MP visiting Britain has urged the west to supply long-range rockets to her country – and warned without further military help her country risked deadlock or defeat in its war against Russia. “One bad outcome is that this war becomes a stalemate, like a long-term frozen conflict,” Rudik said in an interview with the Guardian. “We need to let our soldiers on the front fight better and for that we need MLRS systems, longer-range systems,” Rudik said. That has prompted warnings from Moscow that a US decision to supply the systems would “cross a red line”. On the second day of the war Rudik was pictured holding a Kalashnikov rifle, saying she was prepared to use it to defend Kyiv.
Coalition government, CDU agree military spending hike
       
AdvertisementGermany: Coalition government, CDU agree €100 billion military boost30.05.2022The center-right opposition has backed the German government's plans to massively increase military spending. Germany's coalition government and the conservative CDU/CSU alliance on Sunday agreed on the details of a €100 billion ($107 billion) boost to the country's military spending. "In doing so, the so-called NATO 2% target [of GDP on military spending] will be achieved on a multi-year average." Why is Germany hiking military spending? Scholz announced that the government wouldincrease military spending just two days after Russian tanks rolled into Ukraine.
Hakeem Jeffries posts Most Relevant Tweet of 2022
       
I doubt anything will top this:An extreme political party that makes it harder to vote and easier to die of gun violence is unfit to govern.
Watch Me Club This Beast Into Submission Like It Was a Libtard
       
The red-faced, nearly teary-eyed Trump Jr. shouted that the shooter was a “sociopath” who could wreak the same havoc with nearly any other weapon. “ It’s the gun; it’s not the sociopath wielding it,” people are claiming, he complained. “He wouldn’t have done the exact same thing with a bat, or a bomb, or some sort of improvised device — or a machete?” he added. The real problem is that people are “screwed up,” and we have “crazy teachers” and “indoctrination programs” in our schools, he insisted. Did he also say, “Eric, you catch him and hold him, and I’ll club him?”www.huffpost.com/...
Wyoming: previous guy is workshopping new material because it's easy to attack children
       
Trump tried out new material since it’s easy to punch downward. President Donald Trump had decided to focus his new rallies around attacking transgender children. By 2022, Politico explained that Trump's new campaign is going after minors. In a 90-minute rant in Casper, Wyoming on Saturday, Trump attacked Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who is one of the Republicans on the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Instead of discussing issues that those in Wyoming care about most, he took a different turn.
TX-Gov: Watch Gov. Greg Abbott (R) Greeted With A Lot Of Loud Boos At Uvalde Memorial Site
       
President Joe Biden was warmly greeted when he visited Uvalde Sunday, but Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott was loudly booed as he approached the makeshift memorial at the elementary school where 19 children and two teachers were killed last week in a mass shooting. Greg Abbott on Friday gave two different speeches about gun control that went on at the same time – with two vastly different messages. He instead held an in-person press conference in Uvalde and sent a pre-recorded message to the NRA audience. And there will be laws in multiple different subject areas," Abbott added during the Uvalde press conference.
Ukraine Invasion Day 96: no memorial day in sight
       
[4] Russian Telegram channels reported that Russian forces successfully seized Pasika on May 28, but ISW cannot independently confirm this claim. [5] Russian forces did not attempt to advance directly south of Izyum and are likely prioritizing an advance north of Lyman. [7] Russian forces from Izyum may join units in Lyman to conduct an offensive on Siversk or pursue a separate drive on Slovyansk. [9] Haidai stressed that Russian forces have not isolated the city, despite damaging a bridge along the Lysychansk-Severodonetsk road. [16] Russian forces will likely continue offensive operations on Bakhmut as well as the T1302 and T1303 highways to isolate Ukrainian forces in the Severodonetsk-Lysychansk area.
SRSLY? Now Trump is Calling the January 6th Insurrection 'a Hoax...Just Like Russia Russia Russia'
       
This one was in Wyoming where Trump is trying to oust Rep. Liz Cheney, a fellow Republican who he has declared insufficiently worshipful. In addition to his first impeachment, his second impeachment, his extortion of Ukrainian President Zelenskyy, the COVID-19 virus, the Mueller Report, climate change, the 2020 presidential election results, and his well-documented connections to Russia, Trump is now adding the January 6th insurrection. It’s another con job just like Russia Russia Russia. It’s another con job just like Russia Russia Russia pic.twitter.com/u8bJLBFXri — Acyn (@Acyn) May 28, 2022So now Trump wants his glassy-eyed disciples to believe that the riots on Capitol Hill that everyone saw on live television, never actually happened. RELATED: PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year: The January 6th Insurrection Disinformation By Trump and Fox NewsTrump may have a difficult time selling this notion that the insurrection was hoax to the populace at large.
Overnight News Digest May 29, 2022
       
NPRAfter Uvalde, mass shootings continue over the weekend across the U.S.At least eight mass shootings took place across the U.S. over the weekend following Tuesday's mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Another 765 people were forced to leave their homes, at least temporarily, according to the state government. Authorities in the neighbouring state of Alagoas had registered two deaths, according to Brazil’s federal emergency service. The hurricane comes as federal forecasters expect yet another busy Atlantic hurricane season in 2022: As many as 10 hurricanes could form, meteorologists said last week. Rights groups say thousands of politicians, activists and journalists are detained in Egypt after unfair trials or without legal basis.
Agribusiness firm altered report to build on sacred land—plantation, cemetery of enslaved people
       
… They came to us for our expertise, and they got a professional report that is factual,” Edwards told ProPublica in an email. “If they build this, this community will not survive,” Joy Banner told ProPublica. … The trauma of not being able to talk freely about our own history is hurting our communities,” Joy Banner told ProPublica. “We at the Corps are seeing adverse impacts,” Ricky Boyett, chief of public affairs for the New Orleans District, told ProPublica. … We need to do a little more research on those as well.”The permit for the grain elevator remains under review, Boyett told ProPublica.
Nuts & Bolts—Inside a Democratic campaign: responsibilities and pitfalls of protecting your seat
       
Let’s start localLocal races, from city, county, district attorneys, and state house are the races most directly impacted by the retirement of a Democratic official. The district, representing southern Chicago, is a solid Democratic seat. If the district you are sitting in is so solidly Democratic, you generally don’t have to worry about recruiting. Your seat is solid Republican Are you a Democratic official who held a local office? Your seat is new Let’s say your state house or county district is now divided, and there is an entirely new district that exists.
'Big enough to swing elections': Democrats target AAPI voters with new super PAC
       
Despite the increased violence they have been facing in the last few years, Asian Americans are making strides nationwide. But while the jump was high and AAPI voters outpaced all other ethnic groups in every single battleground state, overall participation remains low. “They’re really the nucleus of AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) communities across the community. The effort is one of the first to target the AAPI community. The AAPI community needs our support now more than ever.
How to Defeat the Billionaire Class
       
Reprinted from chrishedges.substack.comThere are ways to defeat the billionaire class and many of these tactics have been pioneered by Socialist City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant and the Socialist Alternative (SA) party in Seattle. She and the SA have adopted a series of unorthodox methods to fight the ruling oligarchs and, in that confrontation, exposed the Democratic Party leadership as craven tools of the billionaire class. The Democratic Party in Seattle is currently trying to gerrymander her district to separate her from working-class supporters. She is not interested in "cordial relationships" with big business, establishment politicians, the Democratic Party and business lobbyists. The self-identified progressives in the Democratic Party, she says, play "a role which is contrary to the interests of working people.
The Eurasian Economic Union Steps Up
       
It's always important to remember that before Maidan in 2014, Ukraine had the option to become a full member of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), and even balance it with a loose association with the EU. The Eurasian Economic Forum was established by the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council explicitly to further deepen economic cooperation between EAEU members. To really appreciate the scope of what's implied, it's important to remember that the Greater Eurasian Partnership concept was presented by Putin in 2016 at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum, focused on a "more extensive Eurasian partnership involving the Eurasian Economic Union" and including China, Pakistan, Iran and India. Putin for his part was careful to define the Greater Eurasian Partnership as "a big civilizational project. Thus, the necessity to "draft a comprehensive strategy for developing large-scale Eurasian partnership", including "a roadmap for industrialization".
How To Save the Dems in the Midterm Elections
       
Most likely, the Democratic leadership already knows this, via polling they've commissioned. It is at least a little mysterious why pollsters have done a poll on the effect of such announcements on the 2022 and 2024 elections. This is exactly the reason why now we are staring into potential clobbering of the Democrats by the Republicans and by the right-wing in the midterm elections." I think declarations Biden, Harris and even Pelosi will make a big difference, maybe even shifts of a point or two in key races in Florida, Arizona, Pennsylvania and elsewhere. The Centrist Democratic leadership has been the biggest problem the Democratic party has had, and of course Joe Biden is at the top.
GUIDE: How will my state be impacted by the overturning of Roe v. Wade?
       
To see the state-by-state breakdown of abortion restrictions after the Supreme Court’s expected overturning of Roe v. Wade, click here. Each state’s laws on abortion are different, which means the effect of the expected decision will also vary state by state. While these regulations do not ban abortion completely, they will make it much more difficult to obtain an abortion. Ohio: Abortion will remain legal up to 20 weeks, unless the state legislature manages to pass a trigger ban prior to Roe being overturned. New Mexico: Abortion care will remain legal throughout pregnancy, and is unlikely to change, unless the Republicans win several state elections.
Toddler fatally shot in Pittsburgh drive-by was not intended target, police say
       
An 18-month-old was fatally struck in a drive-by shooting that did not intentionally target the boy, Pittsburgh police said Sunday. The afternoon attack in near-80 degree weather in downtown Pittsburgh unnerved city officials, who vowed to make an arrest in the case. "I know that our thoughts and our prayers are not enough," Mayor Ed Gainey said at a news conference Sunday. "We are utilizing all available resources to find the responsible people so that we can bring them to justice." The toddler and his mother, the two occupants of a vehicle struck by gunfire, did not appear to be the intended targets of attackers, the director said.
Breaking International News & Views
       
Colombian leftist Gustavo Petro came out on top in the first round of the Andean country's presidential election on Sunday and will face a surprise contender - businessman Rodolfo Hernandez - in a second round on June 19. 2:24 AM UTC
Rep. Mo Brooks Says We Need Our Guns So We Can 'Take Back' The Nation
       
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala,) is absolutely opposed to any new restrictions on guns — even regarding military-style assault weapons — because we need them to “take back” our government, he explained on Fox News Sunday. Such action should only be undertaken in the event America becomes “dictatorial,” Brooks told host Sandra Smith. The lawmaker highlighted that slippery slope when he immediately went at it with Smith, and angrily defended his fantasy of a rigged election. Smith pointed out “on the record” that there is still “no evidence or proof provided” of a rigged election. That is absolutely false,” said Brooks, before Smith corrected him yet again.
NRA remains defiant despite protests at convention
       
He was among several high profile Republicans who decried demands for new gun control laws at the opening day of three-day event, calling instead for drastic changes in the country’s approach to mental health and for teachers to be trained to carry a gun on school grounds. "We, the NRA, will never ever stop fighting for the right of the innocent and the law-abiding to defend themselves against the evil, criminal element that plagues our society." Outside the convention centre, about 500 protesters held signs and photos of victims from Tuesday’s school shooting. The deadly event, coming 10 days after a shooting in Buffalo, New York killed 10 people, has renewed many people’s anger at the NRA, the nation's biggest gun lobby and a major donor to Congress members, mostly Republicans. But the NRA's decision to go ahead with its largest annual gathering despite the tragedies is part of a decades-long strategy of standing up to pressure for gun control, dating back to the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado in 1999.
Marjorie Taylor Greene appeared to push a baseless conspiracy theory about the Texas shooter, suggesting he was into 'wearing eyeliner' and 'cross dressing'
       
Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Sunday suggested that the Texas gunman was into "cross dressing," referencing a baseless conspiracy theory about the shooter's identity that originated on fringe messaging board 4Chan. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty ImagesGreene pushed a baseless conspiracy theory about the Texas gunman being into "cross-dressing." Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene pushed a baseless rumor on Sunday about the Texas elementary school massacre, positing without evidence that the gunman was into "cross-dressing." Greene seemed to be referencing the baseless rumor pushed by her colleague, Rep. Paul Gosar, that the shooter was a transgender individual. Greene also casually referenced a baseless conspiracy theory that the Texas massacre was a false flag operation.
Prankster Trolls NRA Head Wayne LaPierre To His Face In Front Of All His Pals
       
NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre was trolled right to his face at the NRA convention in Houston as some of his biggest supporters looked on. Not everyone caught what was happening in the stunt by the Good Liars, aka progressive pranksters Jason Selvig and Davram Stiefler. It soon got very uncomfortable for LaPierre as Selvig rattled off a lengthy list of mass shootings, then mockingly praised him for offering “thoughts and prayers” for each. When Selvig finished speaking, many in the room applauded:We spoke directly to Wayne LaPierre at the NRA Convention and thanked him for all his thoughts and prayers. pic.twitter.com/EfdDrgD4Af — The Good Liars (@TheGoodLiars) May 29, 2022LaPierre has come under increasing criticism, and not just from those who oppose the NRA’s agenda.
NRA members give leader LaPierre vote of confidence despite struggles
       
By Arathy Somasekhar and Daniel TrottaHOUSTON (Reuters) -National Rifle Association members overwhelmingly supported longtime leader Wayne LaPierre with a vote of confidence on Saturday, even as the gun rights group struggles with allegations that millions of dollars were misspent. The vote of confidence came ahead of a vote by the NRA board on Monday on whether to renew LaPierre as executive vice president, which he is expected to win. "The NRA family is in mourning with the people of Uvalde and Texas," LaPierre, who is also the group's chief executive, said in a statement. In a show of hands, nearly everyone in the room supported LaPierre. "In the last few years, you (LaPierre) have brought down questioning and shame down on the NRA," said Robert Bryan of Arkansas.
Conspiracies pushing rural counties to ditch electronic voting machines
       
Push from election deniersIn an interview, Marchant, 65, said he doesn’t trust electronic voting machines based on his background — he previously owned technology companies — saying that gives him more insight into the voting machines than the clerks and their staff who work directly with the machines. The voting machines are not connected to the internet and do not use Wi-Fi, making it extremely unlikely that they could be hacked, Bryan said. Other problems with hand countingMerlino put together a summary of what hand counting paper ballots would look like in real time. There is also a looming paper shortage that could make the logistics of moving to paper ballots nearly impossible. Eliminating voting machines entirely could also violate requirements set by the Americans with Disabilities Act, leading to even more lawsuits.
LETTER: Hillary and the myth of Russian collusion
       
FILE - In this April 20, 2017 file photo, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks in New York. Clinton said Tuesday, May 2, 2017, that she's taking responsibility for her 2016 election loss but believes misogyny, Russian interference and questionable decisions by the FBI also influenced the outcome. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen, File)Regarding your May 23 story, “Witness: Hillary Clinton OK’d leak to the media”:Many in the media are now strangely silent about a Clinton lawyer who withheld information which showed that President Donald Trump did not collude with the Russian government. I guess the media would rather attack Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Maybe that’s why so many Americans just don’t trust the media right now.
AP News in Brief at 11:04 p.m. EDT
       
to review response to Texas school shootingUVALDE, Texas (AP) — The Justice Department said Sunday it will review the law enforcement response to the Texas school shooting, an unusual federal look back prompted by questions about the shifting and at times contradictory information from authorities that have enraged a community in shock and sorrow. Ukraine's leader also made a rare frontline visit to Kharkiv, the country’s second-largest city, to assess the strength of the national defense. In the east, Russian forces stormed Sievierodonetsk after trying unsuccessfully to encircle the strategic city, Ukrainian officials said. OSBI had earlier said two juveniles were injured in the shooting but said Sunday afternoon that only one juvenile was injured. Sweden's Ericsson gives Ganassi another Indy 500 victoryINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Marcus Ericsson, once a Formula One backmarker, is now an IndyCar frontrunner.
AP News Summary at 11:57 p.m. EDT
       
Uvalde tells Biden to 'do something'; he pledges 'we will'UVALDE, Texas (AP) — President Joe Biden grieved with the shattered community of Uvalde on Sunday. He mourned privately for three hours with anguished families left behind when a gunman killed 19 schoolchildren and two teachers. to review response to Texas school shootingUVALDE, Texas (AP) — The Justice Department says it'll review the law enforcement response to the Texas school shooting. Ukraine, Russia battle in the east as Zelenskyy visits frontPOKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russian and Ukrainian troops are trading blows in fierce close-quarter combat in an eastern Ukraine city. Sunday's march was a show of force that risked setting off a new wave of violence in the tense city.
Monday 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 today. To receive twice-daily briefings by email, sign up to our Front Page newsletter for free. UK opens door to world’s top graduatesGraduates from the world’s top universities, including Harvard and Yale, will be eligible for visas to work in Britain under a new post-Brexit immigration drive to “put ability and talent first”. Jubilee ‘killjoys’ warn against unauthorised street partiesThe public was warned on Sunday night against hosting unauthorised Platinum Jubilee street celebrations in a crackdown by "party killjoys". Up to 15 million people are planning to celebrate the Queen’s 70-year reign with neighbours, dwarfing the turnout for any previous royal event.
UCC: The coming storm over a single common law in India
       
Others wonder why the BJP has not been able to come up with the code even in states despite being in power for a long time. With general elections two years away, does the party believe that the time has come? "The UCC is a lot of noise at the moment, and the debate is not even political yet. Show us a draft of the proposed law first," says Mr Kumar.
Trump’s primary losses puncture his invincibility
       
Donald Trump had cast this year’s primaries as a moment to measure his power, endorsing candidates by the dozen as he sought to maintain an imprint on his party unlike any other past president. But after the first phase of the primary season concluded Tuesday, a month in which one-quarter of America’s states cast their ballots, the verdict has been clear: Trump’s aura of untouchability in Republican politics has been punctured.
Russia's Lavrov Denies Putin Is Ill
       
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Sunday denied speculation that President Vladimir Putin was ill, saying there were no signs pointing to any ailment. Putin's health and private life are taboo subjects in Russia, and are almost never discussed in public. Lavrov said that Putin, who will turn 70 in October, appeared in public "every day." "You can watch him on screens, read and listen to his speeches," Lavrov said in comments released by the Russian foreign ministry. Putin, who has been in power in Russia for more than two decades, sent troops to Ukraine on Feb. 24, sending shock waves around the world.
Hardliner, China hawk elected Australian opposition leader
       
Australia's opposition has elected Peter Dutton -- a former police office and defense minister -- as its new leaderSydney (AFP) – Australia's conservatives elected hardliner and China hawk Peter Dutton as the country's new opposition leader Monday, an outcome many will see as a lurch to the right for his party. Elected unopposed, Dutton inherits a Liberal party decimated by Australia's May 21 election, when many of its long-time voters swung to independent candidates who promised action on climate change. Dutton and his allies in the Liberal party have sought to play down his right-wing past since the election, saying Australians will see his softer side. The new opposition leader said Monday his policies would be "squarely aimed at the forgotten Australians, in the suburbs, across regional Australia". Australia's newly elected Prime Minister Anthony Albanese last week praised Dutton, saying he had a better relationship with him than Morrison.
Rep. Elise Stefanik’s husband works for gun industry trade group
       
By Wendy Liberatore | Albany Times Union (TNS)Schuylerville As the debate over gun control heats up following back-to-back mass shootings, the industry has a spokesman with unparalleled access to U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, the No. Matthew Manda works as the manager of public affairs for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, based in Newtown, Conn. Congress needs to ensure the industry is free from ‘woke’ corporate discrimination.”The Washington, D.C., event featured “dozens of firearm, ammunition and accessories industry leaders who spoke face-to-face with elected officials,” Manda wrote. Stefanik was a strong ally of the gun industry long before her husband went to work for the NSSF. ___(c) 2022 the Times Union (Albany, N.Y.)Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC
As Russia runs out of tanks, will China’s military take a hit?
       
Russian tanks destroyed in a battle against Ukrainians in the village of Dmytrivka, close to Kyiv.
Ukraine pushes back in Kherson as Zelensky visits east
       
Kharkiv resident Oleksiy Malishenko, 73, walks with his dog past a market damaged by Russian shelling Genya SAVILOV AFP"Kherson, hold on. Kherson, which borders Crimea, was taken by Russian forces in March and Moscow-backed officials in the region have recently pushed for annexation. While limited in nature, the attack could have the effect of stretching Russian forces, with the general staff claiming the move had forced Moscow to send reserves to the area. A day after Russian forces claimed to have captured the town of Lyman, the situation in Lysychansk had become "significantly worse", Lugansk regional governor Sergiy Gaiday said on Telegram. 'New face'While in Kharkiv, Zelensky discussed reconstruction plans with local officials, saying there was a chance for areas devastated by Russian attacks to "have a new face".
Parents of Uvalde child killed in school shooting refuse to meet with Gov. Greg Abbott
       
The parents of 10-year-old Alexandra "Lexi" Aniyah Rubio, one of the 19 children killed in the Robb Elementary School shooting declined an invitation to meet with Gov. "My first thought was, ‘My Lexi doesn’t even like him," Kimberly told the Times. "I have enough 'what ifs' on my end, so I am not interested in reading about somebody else's mistakes, because I already have to live my own," Kimberly told ABC. The parents said Lexi loved to play softball and was quiet and shy, "but when she had a point she wanted made, she made it," Kimberly told ABC News. They said Lexi wanted to become a lawyer.
Texas Democrats demand special session to address gun violence
       
Texas Democrats are urging Governor Greg Abbott to call a special session to pass gun safety reform. Texas State Rep. Ron Reynolds and MSNBC Political Analyst Julian Castro joined American Voices with Alicia Menendez to discuss the path forward for gun safety legislation. May 30, 2022
Nazism emerges in Russia, as Russian neo-Nazis fight in Ukraine?
       
Neo-Nazis and right-wing extremists take part in Russian military invasion of Ukraine, German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) claims in its report, specifying the Russian Imperial Legion, the Russian Imperial Movement and the Rusich. German intelligence points out that the Russian Imperial Legion fought in the Donbas in 2014-2015 as well. German intelligence claims that Rusich group has joined combat operations in Ukraine in early April 2022. The Russian Imperial Legion is a paramilitary branch of a right-wing extremist neo-Nazi group, the Russian Imperial Movement. The Rusich group, according to the BND, is known for extreme cruelty and the reputation of those who never take prisoners.
Marjorie Taylor Greene appeared to push a baseless conspiracy theory about the Texas shooter, suggesting he was into 'wearing eyeliner' and 'cross dressing'
       
Greene pushed a baseless conspiracy theory about the Texas gunman being into "cross-dressing." Greene seemed to be referencing the baseless rumor pushed by her colleague, Rep. Paul Gosar, that the shooter was a transgender individual. Greene also casually referenced a baseless conspiracy theory that the Texas massacre was a false flag operation. Jones previously claimed the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which took the lives of 20 children and six adults, was a hoax. She has been known to hold gun raffles for fundraising campaigns and videotaped harassing a survivor of the 2018 Parkland school shooting in January 2021.
Russian foreign minister Lavrov denies Putin is ill
       
MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Sunday (May 29) denied speculation that President Vladimir Putin was ill, saying there were no signs pointing to any ailment. Mr Putin's health and private life are taboo subjects in Russia, and are almost never discussed in public. Mr Lavrov said that Mr Putin, who will turn 70 in October, appeared in public every day. "You can watch him on screens, read and listen to his speeches," Mr Lavrov said in comments released by the Russian foreign ministry. Mr Putin, who has been in power in Russia for more than two decades, sent troops to Ukraine on Feb 24, sending shock waves around the world.
The U.S. Justice Department will review the law enforcement response to Uvalde shooting.
       
The U.S. Justice Department said on Sunday that it will review the law enforcement response to the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, at the request of its mayor, Don McLaughlin. “The goal of the review is to provide an independent account of law enforcement actions and responses that day, and to identify lessons learned and best practices to help first responders prepare for and respond to active shooter events,” the Justice Department said in a statement. Law enforcement agencies in Uvalde have faced withering criticism from parents and community leaders as it became clear that they did not intervene quickly to stop a teen gunman from murdering 21 people, including 19 children. Although officers from the local Uvalde police, the county sheriff’s department and the federal Border Patrol arrived at Robb Elementary School soon after a gunman arrived with the intent of murdering students and teachers, they were ordered not to storm the classrooms.
New bid to spin Hunter Biden’s laptop
       
Kevin Morris’ map of thoughts about Biden’s laptop that he has shared with confidants. A third laptop belonging to Hunter was stolen by Russian drug dealers in August 2018, during a bender in Las Vegas, according to Hunter, who recorded himself telling the tale in a video on the Mac Isaac laptop. In other words, these videos are unique to the Mac Isaac laptop, confirming that it is not a clone of the earlier Ablow laptop. The publication date of the column corroborates the time stamp of the video, created 23 days after Hunter left his second laptop with Ablow. He even flew to Serbia with a film crew in November and infiltrated the set of “My Son Hunter,” an upcoming movie about Hunter’s ­laptop.
1 dead, 7 injured in shooting at Oklahoma holiday festival
       
A woman was dead, seven other people were injured, and a suspect was in custody after gunfire erupted early Sunday at an outdoor Memorial Day weekend festival, Oklahoma authorities said. The shooting in Taft, a town of about 250 in eastern Oklahoma, happened shortly after midnight, and law enforcement was already at the scene to provide security for the estimated 1,500 attendees of the annual event, said the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, or OSBI. The suspect was identified as Skyler Buckner, 26, who turned himself in after a warrant for his arrest was issued, the bureau said. It's not clear what evidence led authorities to the man, and it wasn't yet apparent whether he had legal representation. "I am grateful for @OSBI_OK‘s swift response to assist local police and am confident in Oklahoma law enforcement’s ability to bring justice to whoever is responsible for this deadly incident," Oklahoma Gov.
In Cyprus, a faraway war forces a city to redefine its Russianness
       
But with the ever-volatile situation, new sanctions arriving regularly and the war battering its way into a fourth month, uncertainty reigns. Many Cypriot companies working with Russians have shut down and some ex-pat Russians are eyeing a move off the island. “It was never a static city, but was a port city, an open city, a city that was constantly receiving influences from the outside world.”Back in the 1980s, when conflicts erupted in the Middle East, Lebanese businessmen flocked to the Mediterranean island. Before the war, Russians accounted for 25 percent of total arrivals in Cyprus, with the most affluent spending their summers in Limassol and Paphos. At a minimum, they wish the bloc would allow Russians to pay debts to Cypriot companies for services offered before the sanctions came down.
No quick fix: EU foreign policy needs unanimity rule
       
The unanimity rule has long been a familiar punching bag for those who want to see the EU transform into a “strategic” actor in international affairs. Contrary to common wisdom, abandoning unanimity would leave the EU worse off as a foreign policy actor. Indeed, in an EU without unanimity, decisions could be reached more quickly. The need to convince everyone else in the EU forces members to articulate their national positions in terms that others can identify with, and this unique deliberative character of EU foreign policy has allowed diverging national interests and priorities to be amalgamated in a single inclusive foreign policy identity. If decisions were up to votes and bargains, EU foreign policy could lose its moral compass.
NM advocates review plan aimed at education deficits
       
The plan is expected to drive immediate reforms by the state Public Education Department, as well as discussion and budget priorities in the Legislature next year. The governor’s plan could also be used to determine whether a state court continues to keep watch over spending and initiatives to improve public education. But the education department concedes that it can’t currently measure increases. “It’s also important to note that the draft plan is, indeed, a draft, and we expect to receive valuable feedback.”The draft plan offers no funding suggestions. It does highlight recent increases in education spending approved by the governor, including recent significant teacher salary raises and overall education funding increases.
China’s foreign minister to meet with Pacific nations amid push for sweeping regional deal
       
China’s foreign minister will meet with his Pacific counterparts in a crucial meeting on Monday during which China is expected to encourage Pacific countries to sign up to a sweeping regional economic and security deal. He will then host the virtual China-Pacific Foreign Ministers meeting, with foreign ministers from around the region joining virtually. This is only the second time the foreign ministers meeting has been held, after the inaugural meeting last October. At the meeting, ministers are expected to discuss a proposed region-wide security deal. In a duel for influence, Australia’s new foreign minister, Penny Wong, was in Fiji on Friday, reaffirming Australia’s commitment to the region and promoting the new government’s more ambitious targets on emissions reduction.
EU envoys race to break deadlock on Russian oil ban before emergency summit
       
Ambassadors from the 27 European Union member states were working Sunday to find a compromise that would enable them to break the deadlock on a Russian oil embargo, ahead of an emergency summit in Brussels the next day. The bloc’s officials fear the absence of an agreement would cast a shadow over the two-day meeting starting Monday between European leaders.
Germany agrees $107 bn fund to modernise military in face of Russia threat
       
Germany has agreed to send tanks to Kyiv but its own military is in need of updated equipmentBerlin (AFP) – Germany's government and conservative opposition have agreed a deal that will release 100 billion euros ($107 billion) to modernise the army in the face of the Russian threat. Advertising Read moreAn agreement was reached late Sunday to create a special fund for military procurement that will also allow Berlin to achieve NATO's target of spending two percent of GDP on defence. Three days after the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February, Chancellor Olaf Scholz pledged a special budget of 100 billion euros to rearm the German military and modernise its outdated equipment over the next few years. The 100 billion euros will be paid into a special fund outside the national budget. But the invasion of Ukraine has jolted into action a country steeped in pacifism since the horrors of the Nazi era.
Ruling party plans to send peace delegation to Ukraine
       
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (on screen) speaks via video at the National Assembly in Seoul on April 11. (Yonhap)A delegation of the ruling People Power Party (PPP) will visit Ukraine next month to express support and solidarity to the country amid an ongoing war with Russia, officials said Monday. PPP Chairman Lee Jun-seok and some of the party's lawmakers will travel to Ukraine in early June as part of the "special delegation of Korea-Ukraine freedom, peace and solidarity," officials said. "South Koreans have been feeling sorry for the situation in Ukraine and hoping for peace at an early date," the PPP said in a press release, adding it will deliver this message to the people of Ukraine. PPP said it will be the first political party from Asia to send a delegation to Kyiv.
Irish judges to rule on ex-soldier accused of IS membership
       
Advertising Read moreLisa Smith, 40, from Dundalk on Ireland's east coast, pleaded not guilty to membership of an unlawful terrorist group between October 28, 2015 and December 1, 2019. She also denied funding terrorism by sending 800 euros ($900) to aid medical treatment for a Syrian man in Turkey. During the nine-week trial, prosecutors have detailed how Smith, a member of the Irish Defence Forces from 2001 to 2011, travelled to IS controlled territory in 2015 after converting to Islam. Smith bought a one-way ticket from the Irish capital to Turkey, crossing the border into Syria and living in Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State's self-styled caliphate. Smith's sentence will be decided by three judges, rather than a jury, through the Special Criminal Court, which adjudicates on cases involving terrorism and organised crime offences.
‘Good gal with a gun’: Woman with pistol kills gunman at party, police say
       
CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – Charleston police said that a woman’s actions on Wednesday night may have prevented a mass casualty event. According to CPD around 10:45 on Wednesday night officers arrived outside of the Renaissance Circle apartment complex for a report of a shooting. Butler later died. Police said they discovered that earlier that night, Butler was approached about speeding in the apartment complex while children were playing. Police said a bystander attending the party quickly pulled out her pistol and fired at Butler, fatally injuring him.
Serbia Ignores EU Sanctions, Secures Gas Deal With Putin
       
By DUSAN STOJANOVIC, Associated PressBELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — As the war in Ukraine rages, Serbia's president announced that he has secured an “extremely favorable” natural gas deal with Russia during a telephone conversation Sunday with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has refused to explicitly condemn Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and his country has not joined Western sanctions against Moscow. Vucic claims he wants to take Serbia into the European Union but has spent recent years cementing ties with Russia, a long-time ally. “What I can tell you is that we have agreed on the main elements that are very favorable for Serbia,” Vucic, a former pro-Russian ultranationalist, told reporters. “The agreement reached by President Vucic with President Putin is proof of how much Serbia’s decision not to participate in anti-Russian hysteria is respected,” Interior Minister Aleksandar Vulin said.
EU to pledge support for Ukraine, but not ready with new Russia sanctions
       
"After Russia's attack on Ukraine, we saw what can happen when Europe stands united. But it is already starting to crumble and crumble again," German Economy Minister Robert Habeck said on Sunday. But even there, the decision will be only made later, after the European Commission makes a proposal on how to raise the money. The draft summit conclusions showed EU leaders will back the creation of an international fund to rebuild Ukraine after the war, with no details, and want to look into the possibility of confiscating frozen Russian assets for that purpose. The leaders will pledge to accelerate work to help Ukraine move its grain out of the country to global buyers via rail and truck as the Russian navy is blocking the usual sea routes and to take steps to faster become independent of Russian energy.
Changing stories on Texas shooting: What Abbott, DPS said over 3 different press conferences
       
Greg Abbott and DPS Director Steve McCraw made no mention of those events during their initial news conference. Abbott himself suggested the narrative might shift when he spoke Wednesday, flanked by a range of top Texas officials. But more notable was the account of the school officer "engaging" the gunman. After Abbott spoke, McCraw elaborated, starting by describing the gunman shooting his grandmother. McCraw, on Wednesday:"When the shooting began, we had police officers arrive on scene, along with the independent school district officers.
NY lawmakers push to fatten fees for lawyers in medical malpractice cases
       
State lawmakers are pushing a bill that would help pad the pockets of lawyers representing clients in medical malpractice lawsuits, The Post has learned. GNYHA cites data showing New York leads the nation with medical malpractice payouts totaling $37.04 per capita, with New Jersey a distant second at $28.92 per capita. Check out more newslettersLegislators have become more sympathetic to pro-medical malpractice legislation in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Campaign records show Bailey has received five contributions totaling $2,500 from the New York Academy of Trial Lawyers Political Action Committee since 2016. Both lawmakers defended the legislation to fatten lawyers’ fees, a bill that has been kicking around episodically for years.
After losses in Ga., Trump sets sights on ousting Liz Cheney in Wyo.
       
— Since her father’s first victory 44 years ago, Republican Rep. Liz Cheney and her family have never lost an election in Wyoming. When George W. Bush picked Dick Cheney as his running mate, the Republican ticket won by about 40 points, twice. AdvertisementThe Hageman campaign is helmed by a coterie of Trump allies, including Murtaugh, Bill Stepien, Nick Trainor and Justin Clark. And in the interview, Trump suggested in vain that Cheney might not file for reelection, even though she ultimately did. But in the Ford Wyoming Center, plenty of Wyoming Republicans disagreed.
Bidens visit memorial to school shooting victims in Uvalde, Texas
       
The pair on Sunday laid white roses outside the site of the country’s deadliest school shooting in a decade. The first lady lingered, touching photos of the young victims at makeshift shrines. [Upsound – choir singing]The Bidens are set to meet victims’ families, survivors and first responders in a town grappling with unbearable grief. Mourners - from adults to the very young – continued to visit a memorial in the town square, comforting each other and leaving gifts reflecting the age of the victims, mostly nine- and ten-year-olds. During their visit, the Bidens also attended mass with a crowd chanting “do something” as the president left the church.
Six people shot in Chattanooga, Tennessee, near city's waterfront
       
Six people were shot in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee, police said Sunday. Shots rang out shortly after 11:45 p.m. Saturday near the city's waterfront, where officers who were already patrolling the area saw "multiple parties exchanging gunfire and numerous people fleeing the area," said Sgt. Officers "were able to detain at least one person of interest in the incident in the moments after the shooting began," Eames added. “We had large groups of juveniles walking around the downtown area this date, and we believe it’s from within that group that the shooting took place,” Eames said. Two have life-threatening injuries, and the four others who were shot sustained non-life-threatening injuries, he said.
Ukraine, Russia battle in the east as Volodymyr Zelenskyy visits front
       
In the east, Russian forces stormed Sievierodonetsk after trying unsuccessfully to encircle the strategic city, Ukrainian officials said. In the wider Kharkiv region, Russian troops still held about one-third of the territory, Zelenskyy said. After failing to seize Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, Russia is focused on occupying parts of Donbas not already controlled by pro-Moscow separatists. On the ground in the eastern Donetsk region, fighters battled back and forth for control of villages and cities. Andrea Rosa in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Yuras Karmanau in Lviv, Ukraine, and AP journalists around the world contributed.
Governors diverge on gun control, school security efforts
       
Many Republican governors are emphasizing a different solution: more security at schools. Other Republican governors either sidestepped the AP’s questions about specific gun-control measures or said they opposed them. Republican governors were more likely to support efforts to strengthen security at schools. During a speech Friday to the National Rifle Association convention in Houston, Republican Gov. Republican Gov.
Windrush scandal caused by ‘30 years of racist immigration laws’ – report
       
The origins of the Windrush scandal lay in 30 years of racist immigration legislation designed to reduce the UK’s non-white population, according to a leaked government report. It finds that the scandal was caused by a failure to recognise that changes to British immigration law over the past 70 years had a more negative impact on black people than on other racial and ethnic groups. “Major immigration legislation in 1962, 1968 and 1971 was designed to reduce the proportion of people living in the United Kingdom who did not have white skin.”It was not clear why officials were reluctant to release the document. After the scandal, ministers agreed to teach all 35,000 Home Office employees about Britain’s colonial history and the history of black Britons. The report, named “The Historical Roots of the Windrush Scandal”, focuses on the immigration legislation of the 20th century, rather than on more recent events, such as the effects of the hostile environment policies introduced by Theresa May when she was home secretary.
Steelworks prisoners 'are being tortured with pliers, electrocuted and strangled' by their captors
       
European leaders have urged Vladimir Putin to release Azov prisoners amid reports that they have been tortured with ‘special cruelty’. French president Emmanuel Macron and his German counterpart Olaf Scholz demanded the safe return of the 2,500 Azov fighters over the weekend. A report compiled from interviews with the prisoners said the Azov fighters had been beaten, tortured with pliers, electrocuted and strangled. Footage has also emerged of some of the defenders of the steelworks being asked why they ‘indoctrinated’ the local population. It came as Mr Zelensky said he expects ‘good news’ about the provision of long-range missile systems from the West this week, aiding his fight against Russia.
Conservative churches ramp up attacks on student rights ordinance
       
But we are an education office. We cannot allow students to face discrimination because they are confused about their gender identity. The ordinance is to prevent discrimination and ensure the right to education,” said the official, who specializes in human rights for students.The ordinance also allows for criticism and debate, he added, except to the extent it becomes hatred.Controversy around the student rights ordinance is not new. When the authoritative order was first enacted in Seoul a decade ago, it faced opposition from the Education Ministry alongside some teachers and conservative groups.Similar ordinances exist in other parts of the country, such as Gyeonggi Province and North Jeolla Province. Nearly 15 percent said they faced discrimination for having disabilities, showing that the ordinance of student rights has not eradicated discrimination in school.Measures like the student rights ordinance and an anti-discrimination law are crucial in sending the message to society of what discrimination is and why it is wrong, said Shim Ki-yong, a steering committee member of Dawoom.“When anti-discrimination measures are enacted, we will have judicial and political grounds for what is perceived as wrongful discrimination.
Erdogan: Turkey’s Syria operation could happen ‘suddenly’
       
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s president told journalists that Ankara remains committed to rooting out a Syrian Kurdish militia from northern Syria. And we must,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on his plane following his Saturday visit to Azerbaijan, according to daily Hurriyet newspaper and other media. The YPG and its affiliated political party have controlled much of northeastern Syria after the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad withdrew in 2012. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks at a Turkish Technology and Aviation festival, held abroad for the first time, in Baku, Azerbaijan, Saturday, May 28, 2022. “Just as we are conducting operations in northern Iraq against the PKK and PKK’s offspring, the same situation applies even more to Syria and is much more important,” Erdogan said.
Russian troops storm city in eastern Ukraine; Zelensky visits front line in Kharkiv
       
Zelensky, meanwhile, visited soldiers in Kharkiv, the country’s second-largest city, where Ukrainian fighters pushed Russian forces back from nearby positions several weeks ago. After failing to seize Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, Russia is focused on occupying parts of the Donbas not already controlled by pro-Moscow separatists. But in Luhansk, constant Russian shelling has created what provincial Gov. The State Emergency Service of Ukraine said Sunday morning that Russian shelling caused fires around Kharkiv. High-precision missiles struck a depot “within one of the industrial enterprises” in the city, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.
Ukraine suffers on battlefield while pleading for U.S. arms
       
Europe Ukraine suffers on battlefield while pleading for U.S. arms ‘They’re just raining down metal on us,’ said a soldier fresh from the front line where Russia is advancing Loading... Members of a Ukrainian battalion of young soldiers as they return to their base near Kramatorsk, Ukraine, on May 28. Nearby, bloodied cots sat propped against a tent and other wounded soldiers lingered about, their faces grim, their heads, arms or legs bandaged as the sound of outgoing artillery boomed across the sky. The Washington Post is withholding the name and precise location of the hospital out of concerns from staff members that it could be targeted by Russian forces. Now, he said, “Ukrainian soldiers are pulling back.”He was at the hospital to be treated for a fracture in his leg and a wounded arm. Ukrainian officials believe that any concessions to satisfy Putin now will only lead to Russia regrouping and launching a far more vicious war against Ukraine in the future.
Brian Mast calls out Biden's foreign policy on Taiwan: It is 'just uncertainty'
       
Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., critiqued President Biden’s foreign policy in regard to Taiwan on "Sunday Night in America." Host Trey Gowdy asked him specifically on Biden’s recent comments stating that the U.S. would get involved militarily to defend Taiwan should China invade. Because the White House was later forced to walk back those comments, Mast reprimanded Biden’s foreign policy as "just uncertainty." He also warned voters have become more concerned on foreign policy issues such as Ukraine and the southern border as inflation continues to hamper Americans. GOLD STAR PARENTS LAUNCH OPERATION 300 IN HONOR OF SON WHOSE LIFE WAS LOST IN AFGHANISTAN"When they’re looking at foreign policy, they’re looking at what’s going on in Ukraine but when they think foreign policy right now they’re thinking southern border.
Watch: President Zelensky vows to regain all of Ukraine's territory
       
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky tells CNN's Fareed Zakaria how much territory Ukraine would be willing to cede to Russia and what he thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin does not realize about the situation on the ground.
EU to pledge support for Ukraine, but not ready with new Russia sanctions
       
BRUSSELS, May 30 (Reuters) - European Union leaders will meet on Monday to declare continued support for Ukraine to help it fend off Russia's assault, but the talks will be overshadowed by their failure to agree on a new sanctions package against Moscow. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register"After Russia's attack on Ukraine, we saw what can happen when Europe stands united. But it is already starting to crumble and crumble again," German Economy Minister Robert Habeck said on Sunday. The draft summit conclusions showed EU leaders will back the creation of an international fund to rebuild Ukraine after the war, with no details, and want to look into the possibility of confiscating frozen Russian assets for that purpose. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterReporting by Jan Strupczewski; editing by Grant McCoolOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
CNN's Jim Acosta Confronts NRA Board Member: 'Isn't This Blood On Your Hands?'
       
CNN’s Jim Acosta confronted a National Rifle Association board member over a spate of horrific recent mass shootings and the group’s resistance to allowing legislative change that could prevent them. ICYMI: I asked an NRA board member why an 18 year old should be allowed to have an AR-15. pic.twitter.com/0bMyi9KUsd — Jim Acosta (@Acosta) May 29, 2022Acosta then pressed the NRA board member to explain why the organization decided not to cancel its annual convention in Houston, Texas, days after 19 children and two teachers were massacred by a gunman in Uvalde, just a few hours away. It came at the end of a lengthy speech that included a tribute to the dead children in Uvalde, whose names Trump mispronounced. Many hundreds of people gathered outside the Houston NRA convention over the weekend to protest and call for gun law reform.
Isaac Hayes's Family Furious Trump Used Song For His Jig At Controversial NRA Speech
       
The family of the late legendary musician Isaac Hayes has posted an angry tweet lashing former President Donald Trump’s use of one of Hayes’s songs at his controversial speech Friday at the National Rifle Association convention. “The estate and family of Isaac Hayes DID NOT approve and would NEVER approve the use of ‘Hold On I’m Coming’ ... by Donald Trump at this weekend’s NRA convention,” said the tweet. Our condolences go out to the victims and families of #Uvalde and mass shooting victims everywhere. Trump then mangled the pronunciation of a list of the victims’ names, which he read interspersed with cheesy funeral toll sounds. AdvertisementThe lyrics — including “Just hold on, I’m coming” — sounded suspiciously like a preening campaign song, shockingly inappropriate before the dead children of Uvalde had even been buried.
Select committee drops bid to obtain RNC records in time for public hearings
       
The legal fight is over a set of RNC records held by Salesforce, a third party vendor that handled the party’s data and digital operations. The select committee subpoenaed Salesforce for the records in February, seeking metrics from the RNC’s post-election fundraising campaign. The RNC quickly sued to block the select committee subpoena, claiming the effort was a guide to access to internal records and data of a rival political party. The Trump-appointed judge ruled that the select committee had sought a narrow set of records that fit their mission to unearth the truth behind the attack on the Capitol. “But the Select Committee recognizes that the Salesforce documentation will not be available on the timeline required for use in its hearings.
For one Uvalde couple, a very welcome presidential landing right across the street
       
“Really, really glad.”“This is history for us,” Agnes Quintanilla said. Less than half an hour before the shooting, Agnes Quintanilla was with her daughter and granddaughter at Robb Elementary School, she said, for an awards ceremony in which her granddaughter was receiving an arts award. Before they even got home, the teacher was calling them, warning of a man outside with a gun, Agnes Quintanilla said. “Welcome President Biden,” read another, attached to a traffic cone at the end of their driveway. All their Republican friends in town might look askance at their enthusiasm, Agnes Quintanilla said, but that won’t bother her much.
Governors diverge on gun control, school security efforts
       
Many Republican governors are emphasizing a different solution: more security at schools. Other Republican governors either sidestepped the AP’s questions about specific gun-control measures or said they opposed them. Republican governors were more likely to support efforts to strengthen security at schools. During a speech Friday to the National Rifle Association convention in Houston, Republican Gov. Republican Gov.
Biden pledges action after Uvalde visit; Justice Department launches police response review: Live updates
       
"To everyone impacted by the horrific elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: We grieve with you. Amid the visit, the Justice Department announced it would launch a review of law enforcement's response to the mass shooting. Mike Palacios, 38, who lives down the road from Robb Elementary School, held a sign of all the victims’ names for drivers passing by. – Rafael CarranzaJustice Department to review responseWASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced Sunday that it is reviewing the delayed police response to the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting that left 19 children and two teachers dead in one of the worst campus attacks in U.S. history. Sutton, a professional school portrait photographer, has taken photos of every child killed at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday, along with the two teachers.
7 hospitalized in shooting that shuts down US 95 in Henderson
       
Police at the entrance to US 95 on Horizon Drive where at least one person was shot on the highway in Henderson, Sunday, May 29, 2022. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @rookie__raePolice at the entrance to US 95 on Horizon Drive where at least one person was shot on the highway in Henderson, Sunday, May 29, 2022. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @rookie__raeSeven people were hospitalized, including two who suffered critical injuries, in a shooting Sunday on the U.S. 95 in Henderson that prompted authorities to shut down the highway for several hours, police and hospital officials said. Henderson police said the shooting was reported shortly before noon near Horizon Drive. Highway 95 was closed from Horizon to Boulder Highway and Horizon Drive from Pacific to Highway 95 was closed, police said.
Trump Stages Rally in Wyoming in His Quest to Defeat Cheney
       
(Bloomberg) -- Former President Donald Trump ripped into Republican US Representative Liz Cheney at a rally in Wyoming Saturday, as part of his quest to defeat the incumbent who has emerged as his most vocal and active GOP critic. The rally was held in Casper, Wyoming, in support of Harriet Hageman, whom Trump has endorsed in the Aug. 16 GOP primary for the state’s lone congressional seat. Throughout his speech Trump repeatedly referred to Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, as a “Republican In Name Only,” or RINO. “We must not let that happen.”Cheney’s opposition to Trump led to her ouster last year from GOP House leadership. 3 GOP House leader, are scheduled to make video appearances at the rally.
Russia-Ukraine war: what we know on day 96 of the invasion
       
“Kharkiv suffered terrible blows from the occupiers … One third of the Kharkiv region is still under occupation,” he said. According to local officials, more than 2,000 apartment blocks have been wholly or partially destroyed by Russian shelling in the region. “But it is already starting to crumble.”Russia will continue to supply gas to Serbia, after a phone call between the Russian president and his Serbian counterpart. The Russian gas producer said its supply via the Sudzha entry point stood at 44.1m cubic metres, up from 43.95m on Saturday. “The coastal defence of our country will not only be strengthened by Harpoon missiles – they will be used by trained Ukrainian teams,” Ukrainian defence minister Oleksiy Reznikov said.
Trump calls Capitol attack an ‘insurrection hoax’ as public hearings set to begin
       
As the House committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol by extremist supporters of Donald Trump prepares to start public hearings next week, the former president called the insurrection on January 6, 2021, a hoax. Trump spoke at a rally in Wyoming on Saturday night in support of the Republican primary challenger in the midterm elections to congresswoman Liz Cheney. Cheney sits on the committee and has been vilified by Trump since she voted in favor of his historic second impeachment over the insurrection. A bipartisan Senate report later linked seven deaths to the Capitol attack on January 6. Separately, the Department of Justice is also investigating events on and surrounding the Capitol attack, led by the US attorney general, Merrick Garland.
Russia-Ukraine latest news: 'Belligerent' Liz Truss will 'prolong' conflict, says Russian ambassador
       
Russia's ambassador to the UK has accused Liz Truss of being "very belligerent" and wanting to "prolong" the conflict in Ukraine. Mr Kelin said Ms Truss's stance showed London was not interested in bringing about an end to the conflict. Meanwhile, Russian shelling has destroyed all of the critical infrastructure in the city of Sievierodonetsk, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said. "Taking Sievierodonetsk is the principal aim of the occupying contingents," Mr Zelensky said in a televised speech. He stated in a Telegram post: "In this war, the occupiers are trying to squeeze out at least some result.
Ex-guerilla, millionaire maverick in race for Colombian presidency
       
He entered the 2022 presidential race, his third, as a self-styled warrior for the marginalized -- Black and Indigenous people, the poor and the young -- promising to address hunger and inequality. He travels in a convoy of a dozen armored vehicles accompanied by police on motorcycles, an ambulance and snipers. Colombia's 'Donald Trump'Rodolfo Hernandez, a businessman and political maverick, emerged as a surprise rival to Petro, edging out the right-wing candidate pollsters had placed second. Not aligned to any political party and running on an anti-corruption platform, Hernandez -- the self-proclaimed "King of TikTok" -- has been likened to a Colombian Donald Trump. Hernandez "clearly falls into the world of populism," political scientist Angela Rettberg of the University of Los Andes told AFP.
S. Korea refers to N. Korean military as 'our enemy' in troop education materials
       
This photo, taken on May 17, 2022, shows Defense Minister Lee Jong-sup speaking during a parliamentary session at the National Assembly in Seoul. (Yonhap)South Korea's defense ministry has distributed troop education materials that refer to North Korea's military and its regime as "our enemy," officials said Monday, in a reflection of the conservative Yoon Suk-yeol administration's tough security stance. "North Korea's provocations are security threats facing us, and as long as such security threats continue, the North's military and its regime are our enemy," the materials for "military spirit education" read. The military distributed the materials on May 9, days after Defense Minister Lee Jong-sup told a parliamentary confirmation hearing that the North is an "evident" enemy, given its nuclear and missile threats. The ministry is known to be soliciting public opinion about the idea of reviving the reference to the North as an enemy in its defense white paper.
S. Koreans to vote this week in local elections, parliamentary by-elections
       
Voters mark ballots at polling booths at a voting center in Ulsan last Friday, the first day of two-day early voting for the June 1 local elections and parliamentary by-elections. (Yonhap)South Koreans will vote this week in local elections and parliamentary elections amid expectations that the results will boost or weaken the mandate of the new government of President Yoon Suk-yeol. Turnout of the advance voting came to 20.62 percent, the highest for any local elections, the NEC said. It expects final turnout for Wednesday's elections to surpass 60.2 percent logged in the 2018 local elections. The liberal party hopes to repeat the success of the 2018 local elections when it scored a landslide victory.
Yoon not to appoint special inspector for president's family, aides
       
President Yoon Suk-yeol answers reporters' questions upon arriving for work at the presidential office in Seoul on Monday. (Yonhap)President Yoon Suk-yeol will not appoint a special inspector charged with investigating corruption among the president's family members and senior aides in line with his commitment to giving all investigations to the prosecution and police, an official said Monday. Park's successor, Moon Jae-in, did not appoint a single special inspector during his term, which led to calls for a resurrection of the system under Yoon. "There will be no appointment of a special inspector," the official at the presidential office told Yonhap News Agency, explaining that Yoon does not want any part in probes implicating those close to him. A special inspector is required to report the start of an investigation and its findings to the president.
The Senate overwhelmingly approves $40 billion in aid to Ukraine, sending it to Biden.
       
The pinnacle of that effort came over the weekend, when Mr. McConnell traveled to Kyiv, Ukraine, Stockholm and Helsinki, Finland, in what he said was partly a bid to push back on former President Donald J. Trump’s hostility toward NATO and the aid legislation itself. When Mr. Trump announced his opposition to the $40 billion package, Mr. McConnell said, he worried that he “could lose a lot more than 11” Republican votes. The trip was designed “to convey to the Europeans that skepticism about NATO itself, expressed by the previous president, was not the view of Republicans in the Senate,” Mr. McConnell said in an interview. “And I also was trying to minimize the vote against the package in my own party.”“We have a sort of an isolationist wing,” he continued. “There’s no doubt $40 billion is a large number, and although much of that spending is important — in fact, some of it is acutely needed in the military conflict — I would have preferred a significantly smaller and more focused bill,” Mr. Cruz said.
Georgia voters have gone to the polls 50 times in the last 7 years, and they're caught between relishing and regretting their role as the newest battleground swing state
       
Since 2016, Georgians have had to weigh in on 50 elections, including 20 runoff elections, 16 special elections, 10 primary elections, and 4 general elections. "It's never gonna end," Augusta, Georgia, resident James Carroll, 30, said of the intense scrutiny Georgia has undergone the past few years. Alpharetta, Georgia resident Eamon Keegan, 36, said that, for better or for worse, his home has become a "perpetual swing state." "Campaigns are going to be a full-time thing now," Keegan, who told Insider he works as a political consultant, predicted. Yard signs for candidates running in Georgia's primary election on May 24, 2022, fill up a neighborhood park in Atlanta, Georgia.
Colombia leftist Petro goes to second round with businessman Hernandez
       
BOGOTA, May 29 (Reuters) - Colombian leftist Gustavo Petro came out on top in the first round of the Andean country's presidential election on Sunday and will face a surprise contender - businessman Rodolfo Hernandez - in a second round on June 19. Petro, a former member of the M-19 guerrilla movement who has vowed profound economic and social change, had 40.3% of votes, national registry office tallies showed, with 99.9% of ballot boxes counted. read more"What's not in doubt today is change," Petro told cheering supporters in central Bogota. "Corruption isn't fought with slogans on TikTok," Petro added, a jab at Hernandez's popularity on the social media app. Opinion polls had predicted that center-right Gutierrez, the former mayor of Medellin, would go to a second round.
Ukraine Made Just A Handful Of Speedy T-84 Tanks. Now They’re On The Front Line.
       
© Provided by Forbes A T-84 'Oblot,' possibly in eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian army photoUkraine produced just five or six copies of one of its best tanks—the T-84 Oplot. But the Malyshev factory in Kharkiv only ever made 10 copies of the T-84 Oplot for the Ukrainian army 20 years ago. Which is why the Ukrainian army no longer hesitates to press into service even its weirdest and rarest tanks. The Ukrainian army is throwing into the fight every available soldier and vehicle that isn’t holding the line around Kharkiv in the north or Kherson in the south.
Germany has not sent promised large arms to Ukraine, leaked documents show
       
In the nine weeks since the end of March Germany has made just two deliveries to Ukraine consisting of small arms. That is why we support Ukraine,” Mr Scholz said at the World Economic Forum in Davos. He said any heavy weapons deliveries would be "closely coordinated with our partners and allies". Mr Scholz has been under fire at home and abroad for failing to deliver full support for Ukraine. In mid-May Mr Scholz said that the tanks had not yet been delivered as they “had to be prepared”.
The Shameful Six: Never listen to these people again
       
Word to the wise, cadets: Milley isn’t a guy anyone should listen to, on this or anything else. But he’s hardly alone on the “never listen to them” list. *Randi Weingarten, head of the United Federation of Teachers, spread disinformation to defend terrible COVID policies that pandered to her members’ fears, doing incalculable damage. Getty Images/Chip SomodevillaFormer Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was among those who tried to discredit The Post’s reporting on Hunter Biden’s laptop. Getty Images/Eric Thayer*Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper helped lead the charge on trying to discredit The Post’s reporting on Hunter Biden’s laptop.
Turkey's Erdogan accuses Sweden and Finland of supporting terrorism, potentially thwarting NATO aspirations
       
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Sweden and Finland of supporting terrorism on Saturday, indicating that Ankara likely won't let up its opposition to the Scandinavian countries joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine. "For as long as Tayyip Erdogan is the head of the Republic of Turkey, we definitely cannot say 'yes' to countries which support terrorism entering NATO," Erdogan told reporters as he returned from Azerbaijan on Saturday. Sweden and Finland formally applied to join NATO earlier this month, which would represent a historic expansion of the Western military alliance. Sweden and Finland also halted arms sales to Turkey in 2019 after the country launched an incursion into northern Syria. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday that he is confident Turkey will be able to work out its differences with Sweden and Finland.
Stall on oil ban shows EU capitals trying to limit pain of helping Ukraine
       
The proof is in the now 25 days — and counting — they have failed to reach an agreement on banning Russian oil imports, which would jack up consumer prices even more. “It’s hypocrisy to a great extent — it’s internal stuff,” a senior Ukrainian diplomat said. EU countries also could have decided individually to stop buying Russian oil — eliminating any need for the messy debate. "We can collectively say that we will finish using Russian oil by the end of 2022," a senior EU diplomat said, stressing this point on Thursday evening. "Gas is going to be even more difficult," the first senior EU diplomat said, adding that the complexities of the oil embargo have yet to be worked out.
Gov. Abbott falsely claims background checks would not have prevented Sutherland Springs shooting
       
On November 5, 2017, a gunman stormed the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs — killing 26 people and wounding 22 others. In a response to a question about background checks at a Friday press conference, Abbott said he believed background checks wouldn't have prevented Sutherland Springs from happening. “Look at what happened in the shooting at Sutherland Springs. A lawyer for the Sutherland Spring victims said Abbott’s characterization that the events of Sutherland Springs prove background checks are not a viable solution is misleading. Moments after hearing Abbott's take on Sutherland Springs, Alsaffar was inundated with calls asking him to correct the record.
Days after the Uvalde shooting, the NRA convention went on as planned
       
Days after the Uvalde shooting, the NRA convention went on as plannedEnlarge this image toggle caption Toya Sarno Jordan for NPR Toya Sarno Jordan for NPRThe National Rifle Association's annual convention came to a close on Sunday, going on as planned in Houston some 300 miles from Uvalde and days after a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers there. Enlarge this image toggle caption Toya Sarno Jordan for NPR Toya Sarno Jordan for NPRThe convention was the NRA's first in three years. Enlarge this image toggle caption Toya Sarno Jordan for NPR Toya Sarno Jordan for NPRThe conference drew fierce protests, with many hoisting signs. Enlarge this image toggle caption Toya Sarno Jordan for NPR Toya Sarno Jordan for NPRThe NRA issued a statement expressing "our deepest sympathies ... with the families and victims involved in this horrific and evil crime," referring to the shooting in Uvalde. Enlarge this image toggle caption Toya Sarno Jordan for NPR Toya Sarno Jordan for NPRDuring the conference, Trump pushed to strengthen security at American schools.
States Rush Toward New Gun Restrictions as Congress Remains Gridlocked
       
A vigil in solidarity with the people of Uvalde, Texas, held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Newtown, Conn., May 26, 2022. “Anybody who shoots somebody else has a mental health challenge, period,” Abbott said a day after the Uvalde shooting. Do anything.”But as they publicly mourned the tragedy in Uvalde, Republican senators showed scant signs that they had budged. And in the Uvalde shooting, the school district had its own police force and school shooting plan, while the gunman was apparently never flagged for mental illness. Research shows that gun crimes in states with tough restrictions are often committed with firearms from more permissive states.
Denver police investigate shooting of girl after altercation at recreation center
       
A girl was found with a gunshot wound after an altercation in a parking lot at the Central Park Recreation Center in east Denver Sunday. A police spokesman said the girl was found a few blocks away, in the 8900 block of E. 25th Ave. Her wounds weren’t life-threatening. Denver police received a call about the altercation at 3:28 p.m. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP(7867) or to report it online.
Candidates for Henderson City Council say public safety top priority
       
Realtor Trish Nash, who has served for years on the Henderson Chamber of Commerce, including as its chairwoman, agrees that public safety and education are priorities for the city. According to a background check the Review-Journal ran on all candidates, Nash was arrested for DUI in 2003, and pleaded guilty to reckless driving. Doug Perns, a retired Metro corrections officer, said public safety is his No. Steve Rice, a business and real estate attorney, also said public safety, including fire and emergency response, are the top issues he would support. Helping the less fortunateJodi Tyson, who is vice president at Three Square food bank, was the only candidate who did not cite public safety as a top priority.
AP News Summary at 7:59 p.m. EDT
       
Uvalde tells Biden to 'do something'; he pledges 'we will'UVALDE, Texas (AP) — President Joe Biden grieved with the shattered community of Uvalde on Sunday. He mourned privately for three hours with anguished families left behind when a gunman killed 19 schoolchildren and two teachers. to review response to Texas school shootingUVALDE, Texas (AP) — The Justice Department says it'll review the law enforcement response to the Texas school shooting. Ukraine, Russia battle in the east as Zelenskyy visits frontPOKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russian and Ukrainian troops are trading blows in fierce close-quarter combat in an eastern Ukraine city. A business idea was born, and her home now doubles as a workshop where she and her daughter produce dolls.
Uvalde tells Biden to ‘do something’; he pledges ‘we will’
       
UVALDE, Texas — President Biden sought Sunday to comfort a city grieving the killings of 19 elementary school pupils and two teachers at the hands of a lone gunman. At Robb Elementary School, Biden stopped at a memorial of 21 white crosses — one for each of those killed — and the first lady added a bouquet of white flowers to a pile in front of the school sign. “Evil came to that elementary school classroom in Texas, to that grocery store in New York, to far too many places where innocents have died,” Biden said Saturday in a commencement address at the University of Delaware. We cannot outlaw tragedy, I know, but we can make America safer.”After visiting the memorial, Biden attended Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where some victims’ families worship. Mckinzie Hinojosa, whose cousin Eliahana Torres was killed Tuesday, said she respected Biden’s decision to mourn with the people of Uvalde but wanted more.
Va. budget leaders include new marijuana crime in spending plan
       
Virginia legislative leaders on Sunday evening revealed budget language that would create a new criminal misdemeanor in state law for possession of more than four ounces of marijuana in public. The provision will be the third time this year that state lawmakers have considered creating new crimes for marijuana possession. The proposal comes within the proposal for a new two-year state budget - which became publicly available online Sunday evening. The General Assembly will convene Wednesday in special session to consider the budget. Because the General Assembly failed to complete work on a new budget and on certain bills during this year's regular session, the assembly remains in a special session.
Borgen: The greatest political drama ever
       
By the end of season three she had started a new political party, had a new love interest, and was about to become foreign minister. Gazing at the Danish Parliament – Borgen translates as The Castle, the nickname for that building – she lovingly said, "It's my second home.'' Now nearly 10 years on, as foreign minister again she is dealing with a prime minister from an opposing party, a woman a decade younger than herself. One of the bracingly authentic aspects of Borgen is how rarely it indulges in dreamy wishful thinking, whether about sexism, media or politics. But the drilling would be worth $200bn, much of it coming to Denmark, and the prime minister wants to move ahead for economic reasons.
The Next Big Primary: Can Liz Cheney Beat Trump and the Wyoming GOP?
       
During the state GOP convention in May, most members of the Laramie County delegation were refused seats over a rules violation, the Star-Tribune and WyoFile reported, but the party refused to take similar action when rules violations from other counties were revealed. Cheney and Kinzinger are the only two Republicans on the January 6 House committee. Trump, who has prided himself on his kingmaking abilities, has endorsed a number of candidates who have lost, as the former president would say, very badly, in primary contests. Most recently, while Herschel Walker, whom Trump backed, won the GOP nomination for Senate in Georgia, Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Governor Brian Kemp both handily defeated their Trump-backed rivals. Kemp and Raffensperger are the only two other Republicans in elected office who engender nearly as much fury as Cheney does in Trump.
Ivanka Trump sunbathes while husband Jared Kushner plays with the kids in Miami
       
AdvertisementIvanka Trump was seen having fun in the sun with her husband Jared Kushner and their sons on the beach in Miami during the Memorial day weekend. Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner spent Memorial Day Weekend by the beach in Miami. He was mostly shirtless throughout the family's sunny beach day on Florida's shore. Ivanka Trump was a former Trump Organization executive before she left to serve in her father's presidential administration. Ivanka Trump left the company in 2017 to be an adviser in her father's presidential administration alongside husband Jared Kushner.
From ‘voter fraud’ to Albanese’s ‘invalid’ swearing in: election claims debunked
       
Several candidates and some online groups connected to the anti-lockdown or anti-vaccine mandate movements have raised claims that the election results were fraudulent – and even that Anthony Albanese’s swearing-in as prime minister was invalid. Here are some of the key baseless claims made about the election, and how the AEC and other experts have responded. One Nation Senate candidate George Christensen claims Australians are ‘asking questions’ about ‘election fraud’. Anthony Albanese is sworn in as Australia’s prime minister by governor general David Hurley during a ceremony at Government House in Canberra on Monday. Its contents have altered in recent times depending upon the wishes of the prime minister of the day.
Colombia leftist Petro goes to second round with businessman Hernandez
       
BOGOTA, May 29 (Reuters) - Colombian leftist Gustavo Petro came out on top in the first round of the Andean country's presidential election on Sunday and will face a surprise contender - businessman Rodolfo Hernandez - in a second round on June 19. Petro, a former member of the M-19 guerrilla movement who has vowed profound economic and social change, had 40.3% of votes, national registry office tallies showed, with 96.2% of ballot boxes counted. Hernandez, the septuagenarian former mayor of Bucaramanga, who has promised to fight corruption even though he is under investigation for graft, won 28.1%. Opinion polls had predicted that center-right Federico Gutierrez, the former mayor of Medellin, would go to a second round. It was similar in percentage terms to the first round of voting in 2018, with about some 54% of eligible voters participating.
Germany: Coalition government, CDU agree €100 billion military boost
       
Germany's coalition government and the conservative CDU/CSU alliance on Sunday agreed on the details of a €100 billion ($107 billion) boost to the country's military spending. After more than three hours of talks in Berlin, both sides finalized the plan to create a special fund for the armed forces. "In doing so, the so-called NATO 2% target [of GDP on military spending] will be achieved on a multi-year average." Why is Germany hiking military spending? Scholz announced that the government wouldincrease military spending just two days after Russian tanks rolled into Ukraine.
Memorial Day Parade returns to D.C. with ‘Top Gun’ Tuskegee Airman
       
Then, he and three buddies were selected to fly in the first “Top Gun” style gunnery competition hosted by the Air Force. There are so many events and businesses and organizations that are gone from three years ago and aren’t coming back.”The last live parade on Constitution Avenue was held in 2019. But with the recent easing of the pandemic and many of its restrictions, organizers decided to hold the parade live again this year. In 1949, the Air Force held the first gunnery competition at what was then Las Vegas Air Force Base, now Nellis Air Force Base. Harvey was then stationed at Lockbourne Air Force Base, near Columbus, Ohio.
Hochul warns gun traffickers ‘don’t come to NY’ as she continues push for weapons ban
       
“I will continue my fight calling for laws to ban these weapons, regulate them. But until that time, I have my state police out there watching the [state’s] borders, because [illegal weapons are] coming over,” she told the roughly 50 parishioners at the church. “’ Don’t come to New York, because we’re going to catch you.’ ”Hochul announced in her January State of the State address that she was forming a task force targeting illegal guns. New York officials are working towards eradicating illegal guns from the streets. Hochul had formed a task force targeting illegal guns.
Texas School Shooting: NBC's Chuck Todd says GOP 'obsessed' with an 'absolute right' that 'does not exist'
       
NBC News host Chuck Todd criticized Republicans' responses to the mass shooting at an elementry school in Uvalde, Texas on Sunday, saying the GOP was "obsessed" with gun rights that "do not exist." Todd began Sunday's "Meet the Press" by mocking any response from conservatives and Republicans about the tragedy that did not include more gun control. Todd suggested there was no "absolute right" to own a gun in this country. "Because this current version of the Republican Party is being held hostage by a vocal minority obsessed with an absolute right that does not exist," he declared. SiriusXM host Dean Obeidallah argued in a Saturday column for MSNBC, that there was no constitutional right to own a gun.
U.S. House Speaker Pelosi's husband arrested on suspicion of drunk driving
       
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-CA and her husband Paul Pelosi arrive for the formal Artist's Dinner honoring the recipients of the 44th Annual Kennedy Center Honors at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., U.S., December 4, 2021. REUTERS/Ken Cedeno/File PhotoWASHINGTON, May 29 (Reuters) - The husband of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving late Saturday in Napa County, California, police records show. Paul Pelosi, 82, was charged with two misdemeanors early Sunday morning and bail was set at $5,000, according to online records. Nancy and Paul Pelosi have been married since 1963. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterReporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Daniel WallisOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Ukraine's Kalush Orchestra raises $900,000 for military by auctioning Eurovision trophy
       
Oleh Psiuk, frontman of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest winners Kalush Orchestra, takes a selfie with fans, amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Lviv, Ukraine May 17, 2022. REUTERS/Pavlo Palamarchuk/File PhotoMay 29 (Reuters) - Ukraine's Kalush Orchestra, which won the Eurovision Song Contest earlier this month, raised $900,000 for the country's military battling the Russian invasion by selling the contest's trophy. The group won Eurovision with their entry "Stefania", surfing a wave of public support to claim an emotional victory that was welcomed by the country's president. Ukraine and the West say the fascist allegation is baseless and that the war is an unprovoked act of aggression. read moreRegister now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterReporting by Lidia Kelly in Melbourne; Editing by Daniel WallisOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Breaking International News & Views
       
VideoUkrainian forces endured heavy artillery barrages on Sunday as Russian forces intensified their attacks to capture a city in the eastern region of Luhansk, which President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said was now Moscow's top target.
Girl Killed In Texas School Shooting Likely 'Bled Out' Waiting For Help: Official
       
One of 19 children killed in last week’s school shooting in Texas “likely bled out” in the more than an hour it took for law enforcement to confront and neutralize the gunman, a state senator said Sunday, citing the child’s family. The first responder that they eventually talked to said that their child likely bled out,” he said. The Justice Department said Sunday said it will look into how law enforcement responded to the situation. A makeshift memorial for last week's shooting victims is seen outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on Saturday. He also supports waiting periods to buy firearms, raising the age to purchase a gun, and improving background checks.
Trump's Primary Losses Puncture His Invincibility
       
Brian Kemp in the GOP gubernatorial primary, at a Bikers for Trump rally prior to Election Day, in Plainville, Ga., May 20, 2022. But there has been a less visible sign of slippage: Trump’s vaunted digital fundraising machine has begun to slow. Those close to Trump — and even Republicans who aren’t — caution against misreading the significance of primary losses in which he was not on the ballot. “The resounding message from the Republican voters in Georgia is: Quit talking about 2020,” Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican minority leader, told Politico. “And make the fall election about the future and about the Biden administration.”In interviews with Republican voters at Kemp events, few had become anti-Trump.
Iran shows off underground drone base, but not its location -state media
       
(Reuters) - The Iranian army has given some details - but not the exact location - of an underground base for its military drones, state media reported on Saturday, amid simmering tensions in the Gulf. State TV said 100 drones were being kept in the heart of the Zagros mountains, including Ababil-5, which it said were fitted with Qaem-9 missiles, an Iranian-made version of air-to-surface U.S. Hellfire. The Iranian state TV correspondent said he had made the 45-minute helicopter flight on Thursday from Kermanshah in western Iran to a secret underground drone site. TV footage showed rows of drones fitted with missiles in a tunnel, which it said was several hundred metres underground. The United States later confiscated the Iranian oil cargo held onboard and plans to send it to the United States on another vessel.
Zelenskyy fires Kharkiv Security Service Head and hands him over to law enforcement
       
Denys Karlovskyi – Sunday, 29 May 2022, 20:40Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy fired Roman Dudin, Head of Ukraine’s Security Service in Kharkiv Oblast, for negligent performance of his duties and promised that law enforcement would investigate his case. Source: President Zelenskyy’s video addressQuote: "I convened a meeting with the leadership of the [Kharkiv] oblast and the city [of Kharkiv]. Background: Roman Dudin was appointed Head of the Security Service of Ukraine in Kharkiv Oblast in 2020 by President Zelenskyy. After his military service, he was hired by the Security Service of Ukraine in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast. In 2013, he was transferred to the main directorate of the Security Service in Kyiv.
Nancy Pelosi's husband Paul Pelosi arrested, charged with DUI in California
       
WASHINGTON - Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was arrested Saturday in Napa, California, for allegedly driving under the influence, according to county records. A booking report shows Paul Pelosi, 82, was arrested at 11:44 p.m. PT Saturday, booked at 4 a.m. Sunday and charged with misdemeanors for allegedly driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher. Nancy Pelosi was not in California at the time of her husband's arrest. Paul Pelosi, husband of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), was arrested Saturday in Napa, California, for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Pelosi's husband arrested, charged with DUI in California
Agency: 1 dead, 7 injured in Oklahoma festival shooting
       
OSBI had earlier said two juveniles were injured in the shooting but said Sunday afternoon that only one juvenile was injured. “Bullets were literally flying everywhere,” Jasmayne Hill, who was working at a food truck during the event, told the Tulsa World. Hill said she and Tiffany Walton, the owner of the food truck, dove to the truck’s floor to avoid the bullets. “We’re thinking we’re safe and the bullets are like going through the bottom of the food truck,” Hill said. “They didn’t hit us, thank God.”Neicy Bates and her husband were operating another food truck when the shots rang out.
Lawmakers work holiday weekend on limited gun-control proposals
       
“No one law is going to save everybody,” Sen. Chris Murphy said on CBS. Some Republicans are indicating interest in emerging with legislation, spurred by the shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday that left 19 children and two teachers dead. Democrats have repeatedly tried and failed to enact new gun-control measures — such as universal background checks and an assault weapons ban — in the decade since a gunman killed 26 people, most of them first-graders, at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Multiple proposals have been blocked due to opposition from Republicans and a handful of moderate Democrats. The Bidens visited a memorial to those who were slain at Robb Elementary School and attended Mass at a Catholic church.
Licenses for immigrants law meets Baker veto, legislature set to override
       
The Registry does not have the expertise or ability to verify the validity of many types of documents from other countries,” Gov. “Consequently, a standard Massachusetts driver’s license will no longer confirm that a person is who they say they are,” he wrote. The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition spoke out Friday against the governor’s veto. We hope that the legislature will waste no time in overriding the Governor’s veto,” she said. Baker’s veto will not prevent it from becoming law, as it cleared both chambers of the legislature with wide enough margins to clear the two-thirds vote threshold for an override.
Colombia leftist Petro goes to second round with businessman Hernandez
       
By Oliver Griffin, Nelson Bocanegra and Carlos VargasBOGOTA (Reuters) -Colombian leftist Gustavo Petro came out on top in the first round of the Andean country's presidential election on Sunday and will face a surprise contender - businessman Rodolfo Hernandez - in a second round on June 19. Hernandez, the septuagenarian former mayor of Bucaramanga, who has promised to fight corruption even though he is under investigation for graft, won 28.1%. Youth are a major demographic for Petro, who had about 50% support in opinion polls from the country's youngest voters. Opinion polls had predicted that center-right Federico Gutierrez, the former mayor of Medellin, would go to a second round. Some of his disappointed voters, gathered at what was supposed to be a victory party in Bogota, said they would vote in a second round for Hernandez.
Ukraine suffers on battlefield while pleading for US arms
       
DONETSK OBLAST, Ukraine — The ambulances hurtled into the parking lot one after the other, each carrying wounded troops directly from the nearby front line. The Washington Post is withholding the name and precise location of the hospital out of concerns from staff that it could be targeted by Russian forces. They were gearing up to provide additional support for the soldiers battling the Russians head-on, preparing for a worst-case scenario in which Russian forces continue or accelerate their current advance. Ukraine officials believe that any concessions to satisfy Putin now will only lead to Russia regrouping and launching a far more vicious war against Ukraine in the future. Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Zelenskyy, told The Post that the Ukraine government refuses any plan other than a military loss for Russia on the battlefield.
Letters: Who will burst the Whitehall bubble that is home to 100 genders?
       
Perhaps the Civil Service could compile a dictionary of the names of these genders, together with definitions, so that I, and all other taxpayers, can know where the time is going that should be spent helping to carry out government business. It horrifies me to think young people are having to deal with all this “stuff” being thrust upon them. Lord Shinkwin (Con)London SW1SIR – You report that the Civil Service has told staff not to say “crazy” as it might upset people with mental health problems. I trust that they have also been told not to say “stupid” as this might upset most Civil Service policy makers. Sandy Williamson-NobleStamford, LincolnshireDewildingSIR – I have allowed my garden to develop into a natural woodland glade (Letters, May 28).
Uvalde tells Biden to ‘do something’; he pledges ‘we will’
       
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden visit a memorial at Robb Elementary School to pay their respects to the victims of the mass shooting, Sunday, May 29, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden visit a memorial at Robb Elementary School to pay their respects to the victims of the mass shooting, Sunday, May 29, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. Biden tweeted during the visit that he grieves, prays and stands with the people of Uvalde. The visit to Uvalde was Biden’s second trip in as many weeks to console a community in loss after a mass shooting. ___More on the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: https://apnews.com/hub/uvalde-school-shooting
Uvalde School District Police Chief Peter Arredondo is branded a 'coward who failed children'
       
The Uvalde School District Police Chief who changed the status of the Robb Elementary School shooting from an 'active shooter' situation to a 'barricaded suspect' has been slammed as a coward by his own neighbor. But one cop on the scene of the shooting Tuesday has said that Arredondo is wrongly being made a scapegoat. He then moved to the city's school district police force, United ISD, which is comprised of 88 sworn peace officers. 'It’s nice to come back home,' Arredondo, who has family in the small, rural town, told the Uvalde Leader News upon accepting the gig. The department, which only presides over the town's school seven-school district, is comprised of four officers, one police chief, and a detective.
Small WA community's battle to fix deadly stretch of highway
       
A deadly stretch of highway in the state's south has become a battleground between a tiny community and Main Roads WA. Five members of the Narrikup community have been killed on the road just outside the the town, but Main Roads is resisting calls to reduce the speed limit.
A Russian artist who sneaked anti-war messages onto supermarket price tags is being bullied in jail and denied medical treatment, prison letters say
       
She is held in a St Petersburg pre-trial detention center and in poor health, her girlfriend told Insider. An exterior view of a pre-trial detention center outside of St. Petersburg, Russia, on May 25, 2020. Story continuesThe artist spent 12 days in a temporary detention center after her arrest, where she was not given gluten-free food. Sonia Subbotina/InsiderSkochilenko was transferred to her current cell in a pre-trial detention center — a more permanent holding place. A fellow detainee in the pre-trial detention center, Skochilenko wrote, "talks to me with an authoritarian tone and constantly gives me orders."
Donbas is an 'unconditional priority' for Russia, Lavrov says
       
Ukrainian servicemen patrol an area near a frontline, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in Donetsk Region, Ukraine May 29, 2022. REUTERS/Serhii Nuzhnenko/File PhotoMay 29 (Reuters) - The "liberation" of Ukraine's Donbas region is an "unconditional priority" for Moscow, while other Ukrainian territories should decide their future on their own, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday. Lavrov was speaking in an interview with France's TF1 television channel as Russia pressed on with its offensive to secure control of key towns in Donbas, Ukraine's traditional industrial heartland made up of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register"The liberation of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, recognised by the Russian Federation as independent states, is an unconditional priority," Lavrov said, according to a text released by Russia's Foreign Ministry. In recent weeks, Russia has focused its drive on Donbas after pulling back from a failed advance on Kyiv and other Ukrainian regions.
Violence erupts around Jerusalem during controversial flag march
       
(CNN) Thousands of Israelis marched in a controversial flag-waving procession through east Jerusalem on Sunday, after Palestinian factions warned the event could ignite a new round of tensions. Israeli police in riot gear blocked surrounding streets, forcibly removing Palestinian protesters from the route. Seventy-nine Palestinians were injured in Jerusalem by rubber bullets, sound grenades and pepper spray, he Palestinian Red Crescent Society said, and one protester was shot with live fire. Israeli army soldiers take aim during clashes with protesters following a demonstration to denounce the annual "flag march," on May 29, 2022. The march has also been a flashpoint with Palestinian residents of the Old City in previous years.
Sievierodonetsk bombing so intense, casualties cannot be assessed, officials say
       
Officials in eastern Ukraine say Russian shelling of Sievierodonetsk has been so intense that it has not been possible to assess casualties and damage, as Moscow closes in on the largest city still held by Ukraine in the Donbas. Witnesses said the city was being bombed “200 times an hour” as Russian forces try to cut off reinforcement lines and surround its remaining defenders. He added that Russian shelling has destroyed all of the city’s critical infrastructure and more than two-thirds of its housing stock. Regional officials reported that Russian forces were “storming” Sievierodonetsk and that fighting was taking place street by street, knocking out power and mobile phone services. Zelenskiy’s office posted a video on Telegram of him wearing a bulletproof vest and being shown destroyed buildings in Kharkiv and its surroundings, from where Russian forces have retreated in recent weeks.
Pelosi's husband arrested for DUI
       
(CNN) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband was arrested for driving under the influence, according to the Napa County Criminal Justice Network's public booking report. Paul Pelosi, 82, was arrested at 11:44 p.m. PT Saturday and charged with driving under the influence and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher, the public booking report says. TMZ was the first to report the arrest. Bail was set at $5,000 according to the booking report and records indicate he was released Sunday morning. CNN has reached out to the Napa County Sheriff's Office for additional details.
The NRA Is Pouring Millions Into Blocking Gun Violence Prevention
       
Maybe the school wasn’t sufficiently “hardened,” as Texas Senator Ted Cruz lamented outside the school where 19 kids and two teachers were gunned down Tuesday. “Ted Cruz is just a slave to the gun lobby,” Texas Democrat Joaquin Castro said this week. Among them: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose filibuster has long stood in the way of common sense reforms. But as the Salt Lake Tribune reported Wednesday, that eye-popping haul came during his 2012 presidential campaign to unseat Barack Obama; Romney has not appeared to receive any NRA money for his 2018 Senate campaign or his 2024 reelection campaign. “No one owns Sen. Romney’s vote, as evidenced by his record of independence in the Senate,” Romney spokesperson Arielle Mueller told the outlet.
Republican Rep. Kinzinger says it would be 'no-brainer' to raise minimum age to buy a firearm to 21
       
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., voiced support for raising the minimum age to buy firearms on Sunday following a spate of mass shootings committed by adults younger than 21. "I think that raising the age of gun purchase to 21 is a no-brainer. If you look at the Parkland shooting, you look at Buffalo, you look at this shooting, these are people under the age of 21," Kinzinger told ABC News. "We know that the human brain develops and matures a lot between the age of 18 and 21. We just raised, without really so much as a blink, the age of purchasing cigarettes federally to 21.
Pelosi's husband arrested on suspicion of DUI in California
       
Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and her husband Paul Pelosi arrive on the red carpet for the Time 100 Gala at the Lincoln Center in New York on April 23, 2019. Paul Pelosi, the 82-year-old husband of U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, was arrested this weekend on suspicion of DUI in Northern California, police records showed Sunday. Drew Hammill, spokesperson for Nancy Pelosi, told The Associated Press: "The Speaker will not be commenting on this private matter which occurred while she was on the East Coast." The House speaker was in Providence, Rhode Island, on Sunday, where she delivered the commencement address at Brown University. Paul and Nancy Pelosi have been married since 1963.
Germany to change constitution to enable $110 billion defense fund
       
A Leopard tank and a Puma tank are seen at the Munster military base, in Munster, Germany, February 7, 2022. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer/File PhotoBERLIN, May 29 (Reuters) - Germany has agreed to change its constitution to allow for a credit-based special defense fund of 100 billion euros ($107.35 billion) proposed after Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the German finance ministry announced on Sunday. read moreGermany's centre-right opposition and ruling coalition with centre-left Social Democrats (SPD), Greens and pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) said they reached the required two-thirds majority to exempt the defense fund from a constitutional debt brake. According to sources familiar with the matter, the negotiations were led by FDP leader Christian Lindner, SPD's Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht, Greens leader Annalena Baerbock and the opposition's vice whip Mathias Middelberg. The money is to be used over several years to increase Germany's regular defense budget of around 50 billion euros and enable the country to meet the NATO target of spending 2% of its economic output on defense each year.
Husband of Speaker Pelosi booked on suspicion of DUI
       
The husband of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs Sunday morning, according court records. Paul Pelosi, 82, was arrested at 11:44 p.m. Saturday in connection with the DUI allegation, the records from Napa County show. Nancy Pelosi's spokesperson, Drew Hammill, said, "The speaker will not be commenting on this private matter which occurred while she was on the East Coast." Paul Pelosi is a wealthy real estate investor who splits his time between San Francisco and Washington, D.C. It's not clear if he has retained legal representation in the DUI matter.
Ahead of this week's EU summit, France and Germany urge Putin to meet Zelenskyy
       
But Putin also warned Macron and Scholz against further arms supplies to Ukraine, it said, suggesting that continuing to provide weapons could risk "further destabilization of the situation." Russian forces are working to encircle the city, according to Ukrainian military officials — the same tactic Russia used against Mariupol and Chernihiv, and attempted against Kyiv. Any peace talks would likely include discussion of ceding Ukrainian territory to Russia — something Ukraine has steadfastly said it will refuse to do. Donbas will be Ukrainian," Zelenskyy said in an overnight address. The Ukrainian military says it has launched a counteroffensive in the south aimed at recapturing the port city of Kherson.
Mexican president wants to re-name drug growing area
       
For decades, drug cartels have used the area to grow marijuana and opium poppies, because much of region is difficult to access and has little police or army presence. But López Obrador said Friday during a visit to the region that the name unfairly stigmatized residents. “This has to change already because there is much goodness here, a lot of good, hard-working people, as has been said,” the president said. In 2021, López Obrador praised the largely peaceful voting in elections that year and sent a message of recognition to the drug cartels that fuel much of the country’s violence. “People who belong to organized crime behaved very well, in general, there were few acts of violence by these groups,” the president said.
General Staff: Ukrainian Armed Forces mount offensive in Kherson Oblast, Russian troops defend unfavourable positions
       
Kateryna Tyshchenko – Saturday, 28 May 2022, 18:34In Kherson Oblast, Russian troops suffered losses in the wake of an offensive mounted by the Ukrainian Armed Forces and took up unfavourable defensive positions. Defence Forces, the enemy suffered losses and took up unfavourable defensive positions near Avdiivka, Lozove, and Bilohirka in Kherson Oblast. Details: On the Sloviansk front, Russian troops are taking measures to enable them to resume their offensive. On the Avdiivka front, Russian forces conducted heavy artillery strikes on Ukrainian troops’ positions along the entire line of contact; fighting continues. On the Kurakhove, Novopavlivske, and Zaporizhzhia fronts, Russian troops conducted counter-battery operations and inflicted fire damage on Ukrainian troops.
Border Patrol Agents Defied Uvalde Police Orders to Remain Outside School
       
The Border Patrol agents who killed the school shooter in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday entered the school on their own accord after local law enforcement requested that they hold back, two senior federal law enforcement sources told NBC News on Friday. The agents from BORTAC, Border Patrol’s tactical unit, arrived at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde from a location about 40 miles away, according to the New York Times. Agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arrived around the same time, the federal sources told NBC. BORTAC agents waited about 30 minutes and then decided to ignore local law enforcement’s request to remain outside, entering the school and neutralizing the gunman. Nineteen students and two teachers at Robb Elementary in the deadliest school shooting since the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Officials identified the gunman as Salvador Ramos, an 18-year-old resident of Uvalde.
Federal Agents Entered Uvalde School to Find Gunman After Local Police Initially Told Them to Wait
       
Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty ImagesLocal police initially prevented federal agents from entering Robb Elementary on Tuesday to confront the Uvalde school shooter. NBC News reports two senior federal law enforcement officials claim federal agents waited 30 minutes after their arrival at the school before deciding to enter the building. “From the benefit of hindsight where I’m sitting now, of course, it was not the right decision. It was a wrong decision. There was no excuse for that,” McCraw told reporters on Friday.
Federal agents entered school 30 minutes after arriving in Uvalde, per an NBC News report
       
Crime scene tape surrounds Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Wednesday, May 25, 2022. AP Photo/Jae C. HongFederal agents were told by local police not to enter Robb Elementary School, NBC News reported. NBC News cited two senior federal law enforcement officials. Disregarding instructions from local police, federal agents decided to enter Robb Elementary School about a half-hour after arriving from the border, ultimately killing the gunman who had murdered 21 people inside, NBC News reported. The agents had initially been told not to enter the school by local police.
Agency: 1 dead, 7 injured in Oklahoma festival shooting
       
“Bullets were literally flying everywhere,” Jasmayne Hill, who was working at a food truck during the event, told the Tulsa World. Hill said she and Tiffany Walton, the owner of the food truck, dove to the truck's floor to avoid the bullets. “We’re thinking we’re safe and the bullets are like going through the bottom of the food truck,” Hill said. “They didn’t hit us, thank God.”Neicy Bates and her husband were operating another food truck when the shots rang out. Walton, who lives in Taft, said for decades the town has held a multi-day festival over Memorial Day weekend.
Russians storm city, shell east Ukraine as Zelenskyy visits
       
Zelenskyy, meanwhile, visited soldiers in Kharkiv, the country’s second-largest city, where Ukrainian fighters pushed Russian forces back from nearby positions several weeks ago. In the wider Kharkiv region, Russian troops still held about one-third of the territory, Zelenskyy said. After failing to seize Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, Russia is focused on occupying parts of Donbas not already controlled by pro-Moscow separatists. On the ground in the eastern Donetsk region, fighters battled back and forth for control of villages and cities. Andrea Rosa in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Yuras Karmanau in Lviv, Ukraine, and AP journalists around the world contributed.
'We thought it was firecrackers': 1 dead, 7 injured in Oklahoma festival shooting
       
Associated PressTAFT, Okla. – Authorities said one person was killed and seven were injured early Sunday in a shooting that sent frantic people running for cover at an outdoor festival. Two juveniles were among those shot at the Memorial Day event near Taft, about 10 miles southeast of Tulsa, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said in a statement. "I am grateful for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation - Authorized Page’s swift response to assist local police and am confident in Oklahoma law enforcement's ability to bring justice to whoever is responsible for this deadly incident," Oklahoma Gov. She said law enforcement had been on the scene to help with security earlier and that officers reacted quickly to the shooting. … The danger has past.”Wilson wondered whether a Memorial Day parade planned for Monday in Taft could be canceled because of the shooting, although she said she hadn’t received official word.
West Chester police investigating death of woman found on the side of Muhlhauser Road this afternoon
       
West Chester Township police and the Butler County Coroner’s Office are investigating the death of a woman found on the side of Muhlhauser Road, just west of Ohio 747. Barb Wilson, spokeswoman for West Chester Township, said a security guard at a nearby building who saw the woman called police shortly after 3:30 p.m. today. The Enquirer will update this story as more information becomes available.
Uvalde tells Biden to 'do something'; he pledges 'we will'
       
UVALDE, Texas (AP) — President Joe Biden sought Sunday to comfort a city grieving the killings of 19 elementary school pupils and two teachers at the hands of a lone gunman. Mckinzie Hinojosa, whose cousin Eliahana Torres was killed Tuesday, said she respected Biden’s decision to mourn with the people of Uvalde. Hours after the shooting, Biden delivered an impassioned plea for additional gun control legislation, asking: “When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? As president, Biden has tried to address gun violence through executive orders. More on the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: https://apnews.com/hub/uvalde-school-shooting
Ukraine, Russia battle in the east as Zelenskyy visits front
       
Zelenskyy, meanwhile, visited soldiers in Kharkiv, the country's second-largest city, where Ukrainian fighters pushed Russian forces back from nearby positions several weeks ago. In the wider Kharkiv region, Russian troops still held about one-third of the territory, Zelenskyy said. After failing to seize Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, Russia is focused on occupying parts of Donbas not already controlled by pro-Moscow separatists. On the ground in the eastern Donetsk region, fighters battled back and forth for control of villages and cities. Andrea Rosa in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Yuras Karmanau in Lviv, Ukraine, and AP journalists around the world contributed.
AP News Summary at 5:55 p.m. EDT
       
Biden replied with, “we will.” The president and first lady Jill Biden traveled to the grieving Texas city on Sunday to offer comfort after last week's shooting. to review response to Texas school shootingUVALDE, Texas (AP) — The Justice Department says it'll review the law enforcement response to the Texas school shooting. Ukraine, Russia battle in the east as Zelenskyy visits frontPOKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russian and Ukrainian troops are trading blows in fierce close-quarter combat in an eastern Ukraine city. Christian nationalism on the rise in some GOP campaignsPITTSBURGH (AP) — A movement known as Christian nationalism is making its presence known in many Republican primary races this year. Colombians choose a new president amid general discontentBOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombians are emerging from the pandemic to find increasing inequality, inflation and violence.
Police are calling transgender rape suspects by their ‘preferred pronoun’, report finds
       
Women are being failed by the criminal justice system because it favours transgender rights, says a new report, as it warned those who speak out against it face “McCarthyite” backlash. It said this included circumstances in which suspects may be referred to by the police and courts with their preferred pronoun. The police approach meant that detained female suspects could be searched by officers who were biologically male but self-declared themselves as women. The report called for an end to de facto self-declaration of “gender identity” so that the criminal justice system was aligned with the law. However, as a general rule we will accept the details that a person provides to us, whether a victim, witness or suspect.
Kinzinger does NOT rule out holding Kevin McCarthy in CONTEMPT for rejecting Capitol riot subpoena
       
Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger on Sunday did not rule out the possibility of holding House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in contempt for his refusal to comply with the Democrat-led Capitol riot committee's subpoena. CNN State of the Union host Dana Bash asked Kinzinger on Sunday, 'Are you considering holding the sitting House minority leader in contempt of Congress?' Trust me, every day, we're talking about what to do when these members - if these members don't comply with the subpoena. 'I'm not going to be here next year in Congress, but I guarantee, if he is speaker, there's going to be people that are like, wait, you didn't even bother to comply with a subpoena,' Kinzinger said. In one of the tapes McCarthy can be heard saying Trump acknowledged having 'some responsibility' for the violence at the Capitol that day.
China finds uranium at ‘impossible’ depth: scientists
       
The Chinese researchers said their discoveries challenge mainstream theories on uranium deposit formation. Photo: China National Nuclear Corporation
Minister disputes claims No 10 pushed Sue Gray to dilute Partygate report
       
A senior minister has disputed claims Sue Gray was pressured to water down her report into law-breaking parties across Westminster, saying he is “confident” the investigation had been entirely independent. Earlier in the week, the Guardian revealed how Tory MPs feared there had been a “cover-up” over the Abba party, which Gray has admitted she did not fully investigate. Labour said Johnson needed to explain why figures in No 10 “interfered in an investigation he had claimed was independent and leant on Sue Gray”. Anneliese Dodds, the Labour party chair, said not enough Conservative MPs had decided yet whether to try to depose Johnson or put the Partygate scandal behind him. “We think that ultimately politics should be clean, it should be a force for good,” she said.
Republicans, Democrats spar over gun regulation after Texas school shooting
       
Republicans and Democrats have continued to spar over gun control in the wake of the Texas elementary school shooting that left 21 people dead, with each side advocating for vastly different solutions. For Republicans, the answer lies in more security in schools and increased access to mental health care. In 2012, a 20-year-old gunman shot and killed 26 people, mostly 6- and 7-year-old children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Instead, Crenshaw pushed for increased security in schools. Other Republicans opposed to restrictions or leaning against them include Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming, Sen. Bill Hagerty of Tennessee and Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama.
Ukraine's Donbas 'unconditional priority' for Moscow - Russia's Lavrov
       
© Reuters/SERHII NUZHNENKO FILE PHOTO: Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in Donetsk regionBy Ronald Popeski(Reuters) -The "liberation" of Ukraine's Donbas region is an "unconditional priority" for Moscow, while other Ukrainian territories should decide their future on their own, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday. Lavrov was speaking in an interview with France's TF1 television channel as Russia pressed on with its offensive to secure control of key towns in Donbas, Ukraine's traditional industrial heartland made up of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. © Reuters/POOL FILE PHOTO: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Malian counterpart Abdoulaye Diop meet in Moscow"The liberation of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, recognised by the Russian Federation as independent states, is an unconditional priority," Lavrov said, according to a text released by Russia's Foreign Ministry. Russia's incursion, he said, became "inevitable" after Western countries failed to heed what he described as warnings about Ukraine's disregard for, and military attacks on, its Russian-speaking citizens. In recent weeks, Russia has focused its drive on Donbas after pulling back from a failed advance on Kyiv and other Ukrainian regions.
Serbia ignores EU sanctions, secures gas deal with Putin
       
FILE- Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, poses with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic after being awarded the Order of Alexander Nevsky in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. Vucic said he has secured an "extremely favorable" gas deal with Russia during his telephone conversation with Vladimir Putin on Sunday, May 29, 2022. The Serbian populist president has announced that he has secured an “extremely favorable” gas deal with Russia. ADVERTISEMENT“What I can tell you is that we have agreed on the main elements that are very favorable for Serbia,” Vucic, a former pro-Russian ultranationalist, told reporters. “The agreement reached by President Vucic with President Putin is proof of how much Serbia’s decision not to participate in anti-Russian hysteria is respected,” Interior Minister Aleksandar Vulin said.
Pelosi’s husband arrested for DUI
       
CNN —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband was arrested for driving under the influence, according to the Napa County Criminal Justice Network’s public booking report. Paul Pelosi, 82, was arrested at 11:44 p.m. PT Saturday and charged with driving under the influence and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher, the public booking report says. Bail was set at $5,000 according to the booking report and records indicate he was released Sunday morning. “The Speaker will not be commenting on this private matter which occurred while she was on the East Coast,” a statement from Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s spokesperson, said. Paul Pelosi, a native of San Francisco, has been married to Nancy Pelosi since 1963.
Pelosi’s Husband Faces Drunken Driving Charge in California
       
Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in Napa County, Calif., on Saturday night, according to the county’s website. Bail for Mr. Pelosi, 82, was set at $5,000. It was not immediately clear from the booking report whether Mr. Pelosi posted bail. Mr. Pelosi, an investor who has typically avoided the spotlight, runs Financial Leasing Services, a San Francisco-based venture capital company. Mr. Pelosi and Ms. Pelosi own a vineyard in Napa Valley.
A Big Lie in a New Package
       
“I want to make very clear that we’re not suggesting that the ballots that were cast were illegal ballots. A repeated contention of the documentary is that getting paid to deliver other peoples’ ballots is illegal in every state. The swing states where Ms. Phillips and Ms. Engelbrecht focused their research do ban the delivery of ballots on behalf of others, with some exceptions. But elections officers in 16 other states surveyed by The Times said their states did not prohibit people getting paid to deliver a ballot. Mr. Phillips and Ms. Engelbrecht’s case is largely built on cellphone data.
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Arrive in Uvalde to Pay Respects to Victims of Mass Shooting
       
- Biden is heading to Uvalde, Texas to pay his respects following a school shooting. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden greet Mandy Gutierrez, the Priciple of Robb Elementary School, as he and First Lady Jill Biden pay their in Uvalde, Texas on May 29, 2022. - Biden is heading to Uvalde, Texas to pay his respects following a school shooting. US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden attend Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Uvalde, Texas on May 29, 2022. - The President and First Lady are in Uvalde to pay their respects following a school shooting.
‘Fuck, This Is the Real Thing’: Chris Blackwell Remembers Making Bob Marley’s ‘Catch a Fire’
       
In that era, there were radio stations that played only rock music and R&B stations that played only Black music. And neither category of station played reggae. What they played me was what became Catch a Fire, their first Island album. We were going to produce a different kind of Wailers record. I was extremely disappointed, but the prevailing attitude was: “That’s good for a reggae record.” My retort: “Don’t think of it as a reggae record.
Pro-Russia Ukrainian Orthodox Church splits from Moscow patriarch in 'huge blow to Putin'
       
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) has formally separated itself from Moscow Patriarch Kirill, a key ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, amid Putin's invasion of Ukraine in what one analyst calls a "huge blow to Putin." More than 100 churches in Ukraine had rejected the UOC in favor of the Kyiv-based Othodox Church Ukraine (OCU), which had split from Moscow in 2019. "We fully understand how the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is suffering today," the head of the Russian Orthodox Church said in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in central Moscow. "This is a huge blow to Putin," Koffler told Fox News Digital Sunday. "Kirill and Putin are buddies," she explained, noting that the Russian president "has weaponized the Russian Orthodox religion as a geopolitical tool."
MSNBC, The View go off on blood-drenched Republicans, call for 2nd Amendment repeal: 'Barbarians'
       
In the aftermath of the Uvalde, Texas school shooting, MSNBC and ABC’s "The View" used the tragedy to tear into Republicans and propose drastic gun reform measures, some of which included outright removing guns from civilian hands. BETO O'ROURKE’S TEXAS SCHOOL SHOOTING PRESS CONFERENCE STUNT PRAISED BY ‘THE VIEW’ HOSTS: ‘I WAS HERE FOR IT’Over on ABC’s The View, co-host Whoopi Goldberg echoed Dean’ position, seeming quite confident that Americans would soon have to give up their AR-15’s. In the same segment, Goldberg became agitated, threatening physical violence if Republicans continued to express empathy for the victims of the Texas shooting. If your thoughts and prayers were really with everybody you’d have done something by now," Golberg added. TEXAS SCHOOL SHOOTING: ELON MUSK ASKS WHY MEDIA GIVES MASS MURDERERS THE ATTENTION THEY DESIREA number of other hosts and guests also expressed their frustration with members of the GOP.
Serbia ignores EU sanctions, secures natural gas deal with Putin
       
BELGRADE, Serbia — As the war in Ukraine rages, Serbia’s president announced that he has secured an “extremely favorable” natural gas deal with Russia during a telephone conversation Sunday with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has refused to explicitly condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and his country has not joined Western sanctions against Moscow. Vucic said he told Putin that he wished “peace would be established as soon as possible.”Serbia is almost entirely dependent on Russian gas, and its main energy companies are under Russian majority ownership. “What I can tell you is that we have agreed on the main elements that are very favorable for Serbia,” Vucic, a former pro-Russian ultranationalist, told reporters. “The agreement reached by President Vucic with President Putin is proof of how much Serbia’s decision not to participate in anti-Russian hysteria is respected,” Interior Minister Aleksandar Vulin said.
War in Ukraine: Fierce fighting in eastern city as Zelensky visits front line
       
Ukrainian regional officials reported Russian forces “storming” Sievierodonetsk after trying unsuccessfully to encircle the city. Ukrainian fighters pushed Russian forces back from positions near the city, Ukraine’s second-largest, several weeks ago. In the wider Kharkiv region, Russian troops still held about 30% of the territory, while Kyiv’s troops had recaptured another 5%, the governor said. On the ground in the eastern Donetsk region, fighters battled back and forth for control of villages and cities. The small city serves as a key rail hub in the Donetsk region.
Ex-Rebel, Conservative, Outsider Vie for Colombia Presidency
       
Voting is not obligatory but a stronger turnout could benefit Petro who is popular among younger Colombians. “I believe in my people today, it’s time for confidence, co-existence and will for change,” Petro wrote in a hand written letter posted to his Twitter account. Story continues“May each vote serve to build a different country, without hunger, corruption and without violence but with progress to fight against poverty,” Gutierrez wrote on hits Twitter account. “Colombia has always distinguished itself as being very conservative and orthodox in terms of its economic management,” said Patrick Esteruelas, head of research at Emso Asset Management. “But now it’s about to change policy course with destination unknown.”Most Read from Bloomberg Businessweek©2022 Bloomberg L.P.
UPDATE 1-Ukraine's Donbas 'unconditional priority' for Moscow - Russia's Lavrov
       
(Adds more quotes, background)By Ronald PopeskiMay 29 (Reuters) - The "liberation" of Ukraine's Donbas region is an "unconditional priority" for Moscow, while other Ukrainian territories should decide their future on their own, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday. Lavrov was speaking in an interview with France's TF1 television channel as Russia pressed on with its offensive to secure control of key towns in Donbas, Ukraine's traditional industrial heartland made up of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. "The liberation of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, recognised by the Russian Federation as independent states, is an unconditional priority," Lavrov said, according to a text released by Russia's Foreign Ministry. In recent weeks, Russia has focused its drive on Donbas after pulling back from a failed advance on Kyiv and other Ukrainian regions. (Reporting in Melbourne by Lidia Kelly and Ron Popeski in Winnipeg; Editing by Hugh Lawson and Daniel Wallis)
An open door, missed opportunity, 'wrong decision': List of what went wrong in Texas school massacre grows
       
The gunman entered the school through the open door two minutes later, at 11:33 a.m., McCraw said. At 12:36 p.m., a "student, child" called 911 said "he shot the door," McCraw recounted. At 12:46 p.m., she said she could "hear the police next door," McCraw said. Thirty-five spent law enforcement cartridges were found in the school, McCraw later said. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Uvalde, Texas shooting police response: List of what went wrong grows
Uvalde tells Biden to ‘do something’; he pledges ‘we will’
       
At Robb Elementary School, Biden stopped at a memorial of 21 white crosses — one for each of those killed — and the first lady added a bouquet of white flowers to a pile in front of the school sign. Mckinzie Hinojosa, whose cousin Eliahana Torres was killed Tuesday, said she respected Biden’s decision to mourn with the people of Uvalde. Hours after the shooting, Biden delivered an impassioned plea for additional gun control legislation, asking: “When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? As president, Biden has tried to address gun violence through executive orders. ___More on the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: https://apnews.com/hub/uvalde-school-shooting
Grandmaster Jay found guilty of pointing rifle at officers during Louisville protest
       
John Johnson, the leader of a militia who goes by the name Grandmaster Jay, was found guilty Friday by a federal grand jury of assaulting and pointing a firearm at law enforcement officials during racial justice protests in downtown Louisville the night before the 2020 Kentucky Derby. A federal grand jury indicted Johnson in February 2021 on one count of assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers or employees and one count of brandishing a firearm in relation to a crime of violence. The group previously came to Louisville that July, and though an opposing armed group was also in attendance, no violence ensued. Police have said the officers were on the Jefferson County grand jury building, 514 W. Liberty St., which is just south of Jefferson Square Park, to keep an eye on the protest for safety reasons. Johnson and members of his group were also advised not to point weapons at any officers during the protests, LMPD officials said previously.
DoJ launches investigation into police response to Uvalde school shooting
       
The US Department of Justice said it will conduct a “critical incident review” of the law enforcement action in the small south Texas city of Uvalde last Tuesday. He noted that the mayor of Uvalde, Don McLaughlin, had requested the review. At the request of Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin, the U.S. Department of Justice will conduct a Critical Incident Review of the law enforcement response to the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24. Gutierrez said he had questions over the official timeline of events, including which agency was in charge of the response. Criticism of the law enforcement response came from both sides of the political divide.
Partygate: Labour urges inquiry into alleged second event at No 10 hosted by Carrie Johnson
       
Labour has called for an investigation into leaked text messages suggesting there was a second gathering in Boris Johnson’s Downing Street flat during lockdown, held by his wife, Carrie, on his birthday. In the letter, Rayner also said Downing Street had previously denied that such a gathering took place, and asked whether any other senior civil servants attended it. However, the claims threaten to reignite anger over the Partygate scandal, under which the prime minister has sought to draw a line. Sign up to First Edition, our free daily newsletter – every weekday morning at 7am BSTTory MPs thought to have submitted a no-confidence letter in the prime minister agreed. The prime minister cooperated fully with both investigations.”
Police are calling transgender rape suspects by their ‘preferred pronoun’, report finds
       
Women are being failed by the criminal justice system because it favours transgender rights, says a new report, as it warned those who speak out against it face “McCarthyite” backlash. It said this included circumstances in which suspects may be referred to by the police and courts with their preferred pronoun. The police approach meant that detained female suspects could be searched by officers who were biologically male but self-declared themselves as women. The report called for an end to de facto self-declaration of “gender identity” so that the criminal justice system was aligned with the law. However, as a general rule we will accept the details that a person provides to us, whether a victim, witness or suspect.
As Joe Biden wipes away the tears, crowds urge him to ‘do something’ after Texas shootings
       
A violinist and pianist played Ave Maria and other hymns, before the service started and the Bidens touched the hands of members of the congregation. “Our hearts are broken,” Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller said as he invited children attending the service to come to the front of the church. On Sunday, 1,720 miles away in Uvalde, the president was once again trying to provide solace to another grieving community. On Friday, Steven McCraw, head of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said the decision - based on the belief that Ramos had barricaded himself in the classroom - was wrong. Mr Arredondo, the local police chief since 2020, had completed an active shooter training course as recently as December.
Watch: Ukrainian soldier’s final heroic stand against Russian troops in trench
       
A lone Ukrainian soldier has been filmed making a last stand against a squad of Russian soldiers clearing out a trench system in the Donbas. One Russian soldier runs ahead up the trench. Coming the other way is a Ukrainian soldier, who moves in a more cautious crouch. The Ukrainian soldier turns to run but, instead, he slumps to the ground. Another Ukrainian soldier is then seen moving down the trench towards the Russians.
[Editorial] Growing security threat
       
2397.The UN Security Council passed the automatic sanctions clause in December 2017 that if North Korea conducts a further nuclear test or fires an ICBM, the council will take action to further restrict petroleum exports to North Korea. At that time, China and Russia consented, too.But then, the two countries disregarded the UN Security Council agreement. As a consequence, North Korea succeeded in developing intercontinental missiles that can strike the US. Its seventh nuclear test has become a matter of time.Proper functions of the UN Security Council regarding North Korea are collapsing due to vetoes by China and Russia. In the era of the new Cold War, they share the same interests and will get closer to one another.South Korea has entered an emergency situation where threat to its security is growing.
Carrie Johnson faces grilling by MPs on ‘secret’ Boris birthday bash left out of Sue Gray report
       
A source close to the privileges committee said Mrs Johnson as well as other attendees could be hauled in front of MPs to explain what happened at the two events. “What they are deciding is whether the Prime Minister lied to Parliament. To do that they have to go beyond the two elements of what he said,” explained the source“The Prime Minister says he was given assurances [that they complied with the rules]. A source said: "Any relevant information handed over to the Cabinet Office has been explored and acted upon. "The individual did not offer to bring the messages into the Cabinet Office so there was no chance for the investigation team to read them."
Jubilee ‘killjoys’ warn against unauthorised street parties
       
The public was warned last night against hosting unauthorised Platinum Jubilee street celebrations in a crackdown by "party killjoys". The government ministry in charge of local authorities said residents should organise a "street meet"! The deadline for applications to close a road in time for the Jubilee has now passed. But official figures show only 16,000 applications for street parties have been approved by councils, suggesting many will go ahead illegally. "Some councils have been saying to residents that if they cannot close their street they can do something on public land or people's driveways.
‘I’m with the gays’: How new revelations of Carrie Johnson gathering on Boris’ birthday may derail his premiership
       
At the evening event inside their flat, Mrs Johnson is alleged to have been in the company of at least two friends, both of them special advisers. But Mrs Johnson had no formal position in Government and it is uncertain what the work purpose could be. I am here already with the gays.”The term, used affectionately, refers to a small circle of gay, male friends with whom Mrs Johnson is close. He wrote: “She [Mrs Johnson] would say: ‘I'm with the gays up in the flat. A Cabinet Office source said: "The individual did not offer to bring the messages into the Cabinet Office, so there was no chance for the investigation team to read them."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband arrested for DUI in Napa
       
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband has been arrested for DUI in Napa, California. Mr Pelosi’s bail for the two charges was set at $5,000. Spokesman Drew Hammill said, “the Speaker will not be commenting on this private matter which occurred while she was on the East Coast”. Mr Pelosi and his wife have been maried for nearly 60 years. Jail records in Napa County, California indicated that Mr Pelosi was booked into jail just after 4am, and released around 7am.
Ukraine round-up: Zelensky in Kharkiv and a pro-Putin propaganda machine
       
He said that Russia would not use tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine, as it has very strict rules for their use, which apply mainly when the state's existence is threatened.
Zelensky Visits Ukraine's East, Fires Kharkiv Security Chief
       
After visiting Kharkiv, Zelensky announced that he had fired the northeastern city's security chief in a rare public rebuke. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made his first trip Sunday to the war-torn east since Moscow's invasion started, as Russian forces tightened their grip around key cities in the Donbas region. Zelensky has been based in Kyiv since Russian President Vladimir Putin launched his full-scale attack on Ukraine. While one-third of the Kharkiv region remained under Russian control, "We will for sure liberate the entire area," said Zelensky. 'New face'On his trip to Kharkiv, Zelensky discussed reconstruction plans with local officials, saying there was a chance for areas devastated by Russian attacks to "have a new face."
Nancy Pelosi's Husband Reportedly Arrested on DUI Charges
       
Nancy Pelosi and Paul Pelosi attend the 23rd Annual Mark Twain Prize For American Humor at The Kennedy Center on April 24, 2022 in Washington, DC. Paul Morigi/Getty ImagesNancy Pelosi's husband was reportedly arrested on charges of driving under the influence. He was allegedly arrested just before midnight on Saturday night in Napa County, California. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's husband, Paul Pelosi, was reportedly arrested around midnight Saturday for driving under the influence, several outlets reported on Sunday. Paul Pelosi, who married the House Speaker in 1963, reportedly had a blood-alcohol level above 0.08% when he was arrested in Napa County, California, TMZ reported.
Vladimir Putin ‘given three years to live’ and ‘is losing his eyesight due to illness’ spy claims
       
Reports continue to raise questions over Vladimir Putin’s health as the Ukraine war rages (AP)Russian president Vladimir Putin has been given just three years to live by doctors, it’s claimed. A growing number of unconfirmed reports alledge the 69-year-old president has cancer and that his health is deteriorating quickly. And now an FSB officer has claimed Putin “has no more than two to three years to stay alive”, adding the Russian president has “a severe form of rapidly progressing cancer”. Messages said to be from the unidentified Russian spy to FSB defector Boris Karpichkov also say Putin is losing his sight and suffering from headaches. “He’s constantly accompanied around the place by a team of doctors.”And earlier this month an oligarch with close ties to Mr Putin was reportedly recorded saying he is “very ill with blood cancer”.
Plane carrying Ukrainian refugees touches down in Montreal
       
Plane carrying Ukrainian refugees touches down in MontrealShare this story:Click to ExpandA second charter flight carrying Ukrainians who have been approved for emergency travel to Canada touched down in Montreal shortly before 11 a.m. It's the second federally chartered plane to arrive in Canada over the past seven days after a first flight arrived on Monday in Winnipeg. APPLAUSE ON ARRIVALDeputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland joined Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson in welcoming the Ukrainian nationals on Monday. Published with files from CTV News' Luca Caruso-MoroRELATED IMAGES 1 / 2 People wait for Ukrainian nationals fleeing the ongoing war to arrive at Trudeau Airport in Montreal, Sunday, May 29, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes Ukrainian nationals fleeing the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine arrive at the Richardson International Airport, in Winnipeg, Monday, May 23, 2022.
Russian military suffers 'eroding professionalism' as Ukraine fighting continues
       
Photo by EPA-EFEMay 29 (UPI) -- The Russian military is suffering "eroding military professionalism" as ground fighting continues in Ukraine, according to experts. Advertisement"Waning professionalism among Russia's officers could present Ukrainian forces with opportunities. "This is especially true because Russian forces are destroying the city as they assault it and will control its rubble if they capture it." Assault aircraft launched air strikes in the Ustynivka area," the Ukraine Defense Ministry said. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry added that Russia "was unsuccessful, suffered losses and left."
Ex-NYPD commish Bratton says it’s ‘mind-boggling’ how poorly police responded to Texas massacre
       
Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton says it is “mind-boggling” how much Texas authorities mishandled last week’s school massacre. “It’s mind-boggling and frustrating.”Bratton, who also headed the Los Angeles and Boston police departments, said Texas authorities failed to adopt active-shooter guidelines that came about after the 1999 Columbine High School mass shooting in Colorado. “He opted to keep those 19 officers outside the classroom.”Meanwhile, “the misinformation that’s been put out by government officials in Texas is mind-blowing,” too, Bratton said. During Bratton’s radio interview, he said his “pride” in his profession had been “diminished” by the police response in Texas. But that pride was diminished somewhat this week with the mishandling by the Texas authorities,” the retired chief told Catsmatidis.
Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul, 82, arrested for DUI: report
       
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband was arrested in California this weekend and charged with drunk driving. Paul Pelosi, 82, was nabbed just before midnight in Napa County, California. Napa police and Nancy Pelosi’s office did not immediately return a request for comment from The Post. More details surrounding the incident were not immediately available, and it’s unclear if Pelosi was driving alone when he was arrested. Napa County Criminal Justice NetworkPelosi was released at 7:26 a.m. Napa County Criminal Justice NetworkPaul and Nancy Pelosi have been married since 1963.
‘Progress is possible’ on gun legislation after Uvalde shooting
       
Murphy was in office in 2012 when a gunman killed 20 students and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in his home state. And he was in Congress on Tuesday when a gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Tex., killing 19 students and two teachers, the deadliest school shooting since Sandy Hook. In response to mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, Tex., state and federal lawmakers on May 29 discussed the future of gun laws. The Senate went into recess without taking any votes on gun legislation. to negotiate with Democrats on gun legislation.
Biden missing in action as Iranians protest regime and declare 'America is not the enemy'
       
Police fired tear gas into the air to disperse the angry crowd of hundreds near the building site, online video analyzed Saturday shows. Videos shared online showed a massive crowd near the Metropol Building on Friday night, with lights shining on its facade. In a second video, demonstrators at street level are seen chanting: "Our enemy is here; they lie that it is America!" The United States government—both under Democratic and Republican administrations—has recognized Iran’s regime as the world’s worst state sponsor of terrorism. Iranians in Khuzestan, Esfahan and Tehran reported significant, serious disruptions to internet access, including blockages when trying to upload images of protests to social media.
ABC, NBC, CNN guests weigh in on whether Congress will finally act on gun control: 'A different moment'
       
Media pundits debated on Sunday whether Congress will actually act and come together on a gun bill following the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting. She said that Sen. McConnell, R-Ky., doesn't often engage publicly about what he asks of his members, making this more significant. DEMOCRATS PLEDGE TO PRESS GUN CONTROL TO FOREFRONT OF 2022 MIDTERM ELECTIONSPhilips noted McConnell is a "steadfast opponent to anything that resembles gun control." At the beginning of ABC's "This Week," Jonathan Karl asked if Congress "will finally act" after "decades of doing nothing." "I met with Sen. Cornyn this morning.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband Paul arrested in California, charged with DUI
       
Paul Pelosi, House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi's husband, has been arrested after allegedly driving under the influence late Saturday night. Paul Pelosi was arrested in Napa County, California at 11:44 p.m. on Saturday night, and was charged with driving with a blood-alcohol level of .08 or higher as well as driving under the influence of alcohol. He was booked into jail at 04:13 a.m. on Sunday, and released at 7:26 a.m. according to Napa County records. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPA spokesperson for Rep. Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that she would not be commenting on the "private" matter. "The Speaker will not be commenting on this private matter which occurred while she was on the East Coast," the spokesperson said.
Peru opens criminal investigation of President Castillo
       
REUTERS/Angela Ponce/File PhotoLIMA, May 29 (Reuters) - Peru's attorney general's office announced on Sunday it was including President Pedro Castillo in an investigation into alleged crimes including influence peddling, collusion and "criminal organization." According to statements by a collaborator and businesswoman linked to the government, President Castillo would have had knowledge of such a network. "The president will be guaranteed the full exercise of his right to defense, and respect for article 117 of the Political Constitution," the Public Ministry stated on Twitter. Other inquiries against Castillo, including alleged irregular purchases in a state oil company and pressuring military promotions, were suspended until the end of his term in 2026. At the end of March, President Castillo survived an impeachment vote from congress.
Ukraine's Donbas 'unconditional priority' for Moscow, Russia's Lavrov says
       
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a news conference with Mali's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Abdoulaye Diop (not pictured), in Moscow, Russia May 20, 2022. Yuri Kadobnov/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoMay 29 (Reuters) - The "liberation" of Ukraine's Donbas is an "unconditional priority" for Moscow, while other Ukrainian territories should decide their future on their own, RIA news agency cited Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying on Sunday. "The liberation of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, recognised by the Russian Federation as independent states, is an unconditional priority," Lavrov said in an interview with French TV channel TF1, according to RIA. For the rest of the territories in Ukraine, "the people should decide their future in these areas," he said. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterReporting in Melbourne by Lidia Kelly and Ron Popeski in Winnipeg; Writing by Lidia Kelly; Editing by Hugh LawsonOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
No breakthrough yet on Russian oil sanctions ahead of EU summit
       
EU ambassadors will continue discussions in the hours remaining before leaders begin the two-day European Council summit on Monday afternoon. Hungary has for weeks been the most vocal country blocking plans for EU-wide sanctions on Vladimir Putin's oil industry, citing fears for its energy supply. Failure to agree to any action to limit the EU market for Russian oil would be a big victory for the Kremlin, which relies on such revenues to help fund its invasion of Ukraine. They want to make sure that the cheaper pipeline oil Hungary would get if the exemption applies could not be sold on to other EU countries. Orbán's government has repeatedly called for pipeline deliveries to be left out of the import ban, arguing that the focus should be on Russian oil supplied by ships.
1 dead, 7 injured in Oklahoma festival shooting, authorities say
       
TAFT, Okla. — Authorities said one person was killed and seven were injured in a shooting early Sunday at an outdoor festival in eastern Oklahoma, with a witness describing frantic people running for cover as the gunfire erupted. Two juveniles were among those shot at the Memorial Day event near Taft, about 10 miles southeast of Tulsa, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said in a statement. Members of the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office were in attendance and immediately began rendering aid, OSBI said. The Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office referred the AP to OSBI for more information. … The danger has past.”Wilson wondered if a Memorial Day parade planned for Monday in Taft could be cancelled because of the shooting, although she said she hadn’t received official word.
Justice Department to review police response to Texas school shooting
       
UVALDE, Texas — The Justice Department said Sunday it will review the law enforcement response to the Texas school shooting, an unusual federal look back prompted by questions about the shifting and at times contradictory information from authorities that have enraged a community in shock and sorrow. Department spokesman Anthony Coley said the review would be conducted in a fair, impartial and independent manner and the findings would be made public. It was not immediately clear how the review would be conducted, whether law enforcement officials could be compelled to cooperate in the review and when it might be completed. Such a review is somewhat rare and most after-action reports that come after a mass shooting are generally compiled by local law enforcement agencies or outside groups. Biden has not spoken publicly about the police response to the shooting.
Ukraine's Donbas 'unconditional priority' for Moscow, Russia's Lavrov says
       
May 29 (Reuters) - The "liberation" of Ukraine's Donbas is an "unconditional priority" for Moscow, while other Ukrainian territories should decide their future on their own, RIA news agency cited Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying on Sunday. "The liberation of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, recognised by the Russian Federation as independent states, is an unconditional priority," Lavrov said in an interview with French TV channel TF1, according to RIA. For the rest of the territories in Ukraine, "the people should decide their future in these areas," he said. (Reporting in Melbourne by Lidia Kelly and Ron Popeski in Winnipeg; Writing by Lidia Kelly; Editing by Hugh Lawson)
GOP Congressman Claims He'll Back Assault Weapons Ban After Mass Shootings
       
A GOP congressman in the Buffalo area has said he’d back an assault weapons ban just two years after receiving a National Rifle Association endorsement. A majority of Americans favor an assault weapons ban, with 67% of people surveyed in a POLITICO/Morning Consult poll saying they’d support one. A raise on the minimum age for firearms purchases was also supported by 72% of those surveyed in a Reuters/Ipsos poll. “If an assault weapons ban bill came to the floor that would ban something like an AR-15, I would vote for it,” Jacobs said. (1/3) pic.twitter.com/9uMFYsb1jZ — Ashley Rowe (@AshleyroweWKBW) May 27, 2022Congressman Jacobs also supports raising the minimum age to purchase a firearm to 21.
Rapid City Hotel Owner Arrested Following Altercation with Native American Protestors
       
(Photo: NDN Collective Video Screenshot)The hotel owner who banned Native Americans from her property in South Dakota two months ago was arrested today for assaulting protesters at a demonstration organized by NDN Collective. Connie Uhre, 75, the owner of the Grand Gateway Hotel in Rapid City, was charged with three counts of simple assault by the Rapid City Police Department for spraying what appeared to be a cleaning agent in the faces of several people outside the hotel. The incident, which was recorded, occured during a protest at the hotel that was organized by NDN Collective. In a video published by NDN Collective, Uhre had a bottle of Pledge, a home cleaning product, and sprayed three separate times towards other demonstrators outside the Grand Gateway Hotel. Big Crow's nephew, Blaine Pourier, was the victim of a shooting at the Grand Gateway on March 20.
Republican politicians all over the country have repeated the Great Replacement theory
       
Kent is not the only Republicanto repeat the central themes of the racist and antisemitic Great Replacement theory. Members of Congress repeat theorySitting members of Congress whose seats are up for grabs in the November midterms have repeated the Great Replacement theory during this campaign season. Then they call you a racist and a bigot.”State politicians push Great ReplacementAt the state level, politicians have pushed the Great Replacement. People who have retired from politics also have stayed in the limelight using their media appearances to repeat the Great Replacement theory. We believe in the Constitution.”This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Republicans nationwide have repeated the Great Replacement theory
Justice Dept. to review response to Texas school shooting
       
UVALDE, Texas — The Justice Department said Sunday it will review the law enforcement response to the Texas school shooting, an unusual federal look back prompted by questions about the shifting and at times contradictory information from authorities that have enraged a community in shock and sorrow. It was not immediately clear how the review would be conducted, whether law enforcement officials could be compelled to cooperate in the review and when it might be completed. Such a review is somewhat rare and most after-action reports that come after a mass shooting are generally compiled by local law enforcement agencies or outside groups. Biden has not spoken publicly about the police response to the shooting. ___More on the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: https://apnews.com/hub/school-shootings
Justice Dept. makes decision to review response to Texas school shooting
       
Police walk near Robb Elementary School following a shooting, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)Police responding to Tuesday's school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, waited before killing the assailant, believing he was barricaded in a classroom. (AP Graphic)Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw speaks during a press conference held outside Robb Elementary School on Friday, May 27, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. It was not immediately clear how the review would be conducted, whether law enforcement officials could be compelled to cooperate in the review and when it might be completed. ———More on the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: https://apnews.com/hub/school-shootings
Senate Democrats express cautious hope about new gun reforms
       
Senate Democrats on Sunday urged Republicans to join them on comprehensive federal gun reform after mass shootings at a Texas grade school and a Buffalo supermarket but acknowledged the path to significant change will be difficult. On CNN’s “State of the Union," Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said he would encourage Republicans to have the “political courage” to support reform. An 18-year-old man armed with an assault rifle fatally shot 19 students in a fourth grade class and two teachers. Authorities said the gunman had recently purchased the weapon used in the attack at a gun shop on his 18th birthday. In the wake of the latest massacre, a bipartisan group of senators convened this week to discuss potential gun safety legislation.
Agency: 1 dead, 7 injured in Oklahoma festival shooting
       
Associated PressTaft, Okla. – Authorities said one person was killed and seven were injured in a shooting early Sunday at an outdoor festival in eastern Oklahoma, with a witness describing frantic people running for cover as the gunfire erupted. Two juveniles were among those shot at the Memorial Day event near Taft, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) southeast of Tulsa, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said in a statement. Members of the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office were in attendance and immediately began rendering aid, OSBI said. The Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office referred the AP to OSBI for more information. … The danger has past.”Wilson wondered if a Memorial Day parade planned for Monday in Taft could be cancelled because of the shooting, although she said she hadn’t received official word.
Justice Dept. to review response to Texas school shooting
       
UVALDE, Texas — The Justice Department said Sunday it will review the law enforcement response to the Texas school shooting, an unusual federal look back prompted by questions about the shifting and at times contradictory information from authorities that have enraged a community in shock and sorrow. It was not immediately clear how the review would be conducted, whether law enforcement officials could be compelled to cooperate in the review and when it might be completed. Such a review is somewhat rare and most after-action reports that come after a mass shooting are generally compiled by local law enforcement agencies or outside groups. Biden has not spoken publicly about the police response to the shooting. ___More on the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: https://apnews.com/hub/school-shootings
Biden visits memorial to victims of Texas school shooting
       
Updated 4 timesUVALDE, Texas — President Joe Biden sought Sunday to comfort a city grieving the killings of 19 elementary school pupils and two teachers at the hands of a lone gunman. At Robb Elementary School, Biden stopped at a memorial of 21 white crosses — one for each of those killed — and the first lady added a bouquet of white flowers to a pile in front of the school sign. Hours after the shooting, Biden delivered an impassioned plea for additional gun control legislation, asking: “When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? As president, Biden has tried to address gun violence through executive orders. ___More on the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: https://apnews.com/hub/uvalde-school-shooting
AP News Summary at 3:42 p.m. EDT
       
Russians storm city, shell east Ukraine as Zelenskyy visitsPOKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Local officials say Russian and Ukrainian troops are engaging in close-quarter combat in an eastern Ukraine city. to review response to Texas school shootingUVALDE, Texas (AP) — The Justice Department says it'll review the law enforcement response to the Texas school shooting. Biden visits memorial to victims of Texas school shootingUVALDE, Texas (AP) — President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden are in Uvalde, Texas, trying to offer comfort to a city gripped by grief and anger after a school shooting. After arriving at the school, the president stopped at a memorial of 21 white crosses — one for each of those killed. No Democratic governors told the AP they supported arming teachers, but Republican governors backed a wide array of potential school security steps.
Downing Street ‘open’ to lifting ban on new grammar schools
       
Ministers are considering whether to overturn the ban on new grammar schools, despite opposition from civil servants, The Telegraph understands. Senior government figures are “open” to the idea of revisiting current legislation that outlaws the creation of any new academically selective schools. Boris Johnson is said to be supportive of selective schooling, and campaigners are considering whether to table an amendment to the upcoming Schools Bill that would repeal Labour’s 1998 curbs on new grammars. He does not think that the current system is fair and doesn’t work for young people,” Mr Gullis said. He sees it as a positive thing.”A second MP who was in the room said that following Mr Gullis’ question about lifting the ban on grammar schools, the Prime Minister spoke in favour of selective schooling and said he supports it.
Sudan lifts state of emergency imposed since military coup
       
Sudan's army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan on Sunday lifted a state of emergency imposed since last year's military coup, the ruling sovereign council said. Advertising Read moreBurhan "issued a decree lifting the state of emergency nationwide," the council said in a statement. Sunday's decision came after a meeting with senior military officials recommending the state of emergency be lifted and people detained under an emergency law be freed. On Sunday, military officials also recommended allowing the live TV unit of the Qatar-based network Al Jazeera to resume operations in Sudan, after authorities banned it in January for "unprofessional" coverage of protests. Sudan has been reeling from deepening unrest since Burhan led the October 25 coup, upending a fragile transition following the 2019 ouster of president Omar al-Bashir.
NRA Boss: We’re the Real Victims Here
       
But to hear National Rifle Association honcho Wayne LaPierre tell it, the real victim here is the NRA. But if Friday’s events were staged for a nation-wide audience, Saturday’s meeting was dedicated to the internal politics of the NRA. The event — which gives NRA members the rare chance to introduce and vote on resolutions demanding changes in how the gun lobby is governed — did not pack in the crowds. Yet another sought to place salary and travel expenditure limits on NRA executives like LaPierre. But one-by-one these resolutions were shot down by NRA president Charles Cotton, who presided over the forum.
‘Do something!’: Biden visits Uvalde after mass shooting as onlookers urge him to take action
       
Joe Biden on Sunday visited Uvalde, Texas, seeking to comfort a community devastated by the latest American mass shooting, which claimed the lives of 19 elementary school children and two teachers. Onlookers cheered Biden but also called out to the Democratic president and visiting Texas Republican governor Greg Abbott about taking action to make America safer for their children. 0 Biden laments 'fear' and 'violence' ahead of visit to Uvalde – videoThe Texas visit came as senators in Washington DC, offered cautious optimism over a legislative deal on a package of small-scale gun safety measures. “I think there is something dying inside the soul of this country when we refuse to act at a national level, shooting after shooting,” Murphy told CBS News. On Sunday, Texas Republican congressman Dan Crenshaw knocked down new restrictions when interviewed on CNN.
Kinzinger says the NRA 'has become a grifting scam' instead of 'defending the rights of gun owners'
       
GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger on Sunday called the National Rifle association a "grifting scam." "The NRA ... it's gone from defending rights of gun owners, it has become a grifting scam," he said during an interview on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. "And all you have to do is look at the last few years of the grifting scam of the NRA to know that that's true." Kinzinger has called it a "no brainer" to raise the age requirements. He said that the NRA is completing with another gun rights organization, Gun Owners of America.
Sudan's military leader lifts state of emergency
       
Sudan on Sunday lifted the state of emergency that the military imposed after seizing control in a coup last October. The decision came after a meeting with senior military officials recommending that people detained under the emergency law be freed. Two killed in crackdown of protestersOn Saturday, security forces launched another violent crackdown on anti-coup protesters in the capital Khartoum that saw two people killed. Activists said security forces used gunfire and teargas to disperse the hundreds of protesters that had gathered in one part of the city, alongside several other nearby rallies. The four were arrested after police Colonel Ali Hamad was stabbed to death as security forces dispersed protesters on January 13.
Russia dumps bodies in supermarket to try and restart Mariupol water supply
       
© ALEXANDER ERMOCHENKO/REUTERS Russia pounded the city of Mariupol into the ground, killing thousands of civilians - ALEXANDER ERMOCHENKO/REUTERSRussian soldiers have dumped the bodies of dozens of Ukrainian civilians in a supermarket in Mariupol and left them to rot. The corpses were washed above ground by Russia’s attempts to restore running water to the ruined city, according to an adviser to the mayor. Petro Andryushchenko, the Mariupol mayor’s adviser, said that so many bodies were being washed out of the ground Russia was unable to bury them. “The Russians are bringing the bodies of the dead here [in the supermarket], bodies which were washed out of graves and partially exhumed in an attempt to restore water supply,” Mr Andryushchenko said on his Telegram channel. ”From the end of February, Russia pounded the city of Mariupol into the ground, killing thousands of civilians.
Adel Al-Jubeir appointed Saudi climate envoy by royal decree
       
RIYADH: Adel Al-Jubeir was appointed as envoy for climate affairs as part of a host of royal decrees issued on Sunday, Saudi Press Agency reported. Other royal decrees include:Abdul Rahman bin Suleiman Al-Siyari is appointed as a member of the Shoura Council. Abdulrahman bin Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Al-Kanhal is appointed as an advisor at the Royal Court.Hamood bin Badah Al-Muraikhi is appointed as an advisor at the Royal Court. Tariq bin Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al-Faris is appointed as an advisor to the Secretariat of the Council of Ministers. Khalid bin Muhammad bin Abdul Rahman Al-Salem is appointed as chairman of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu.
Gun makers lose challenge to New York law allowing lawsuits against industry
       
A federal judge on Wednesday threw out a lawsuit by a group of gun manufacturers, distributors and retailers challenging the constitutionality of a New York law that allows the state and people affected by gun violence to sue the industry. U.S. District Judge Mae D'Agostino in Albany rejected a request by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and gun manufacturers, including Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger & Co, to enjoin enforcement of the statute. The National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade group for the firearms industry, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Democratic former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo last July signed into law a measure that seeks to overcome legal hurdles that have largely shielded the industry from lawsuits related to gun violence. The gun industry group argued the law wrongly imposes liability on companies operating anywhere in the country that make, sell or market guns or ammunition that are misused by criminals in New York.
Will Sinn Féin’s Wins Lead to a United Ireland?
       
To the south, polls indicate that Sinn Féin is the most popular political party in the Republic of Ireland. As one BBC commentator pointed out, Northern Ireland was “literally designed” to prevent a nationalist victory. The hard-line Traditional Unionist Voice and comparatively timid Ulster Unionist Party picked up 7.6 percent and 11.2 percent, respectively. Adjacent to them is the purportedly neutral Alliance Party, which enjoyed a surge in votes, mostly from affluent areas surrounding Belfast. A unionist identity that means more than mere symbolic unity with Britain can hold on to its Britishness after constitutional change.
The Justice Department Will Review The Response To The Uvalde School Shooting After Police Admitted They Made Mistakes
       
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden visited the site of Wednesday's school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on Sunday, as federal officials announced they had opened an investigation into how police responded to the attack. The Department of Justice said their "fair, transparent, and independent" critical incident review had been launched at the request of Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin and would culminate in a report to be published with any findings. As they moved from picture to picture at a makeshift memorial site, the first lady touched the faces of each child and patted at her tears. Greg Abbott — who has been criticized for his defense of the state's gun laws — received some jeers as he appeared. As the governor arrived at the school, one man in the crowd shouted, "We need help!"
Fentanyl dealer pleads guilty in Virginia after online drug bust
       
Choose your plan ArrowRight Akshay Ram Kancharla, 26, of Tampa, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of distributing fentanyl and faces up to 20 years in prison. Kancharla admitted he sold counterfeit medications resembling oxycodone and Xanax, and laced them with fentanyl, which is lethal in small quantities. Prosecutors said the FBI ordered and received more than 700 pills in Virginia from Kancharla. Using a special type of software, authorities were able to analyze the bitcoin address provided by farmgod1 and traced its ownership to Kancharla, according to the FBI. U.S. Attorney Jessica D. Aber of the Eastern District of Virginia said in a news conference Wednesday that prosecutors are cracking down on fentanyl dealers on the streets and online.
Russia-Ukraine war live updates Zelensky makes rare trip outside Kyiv to visit front-line forces in Kharkiv
       
Bullet Key updateUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Saturday that it is impractical for Ukraine to use force to regain all territory lost to Russia since 2014. “I don’t believe we can regain all of our territory by military action,” he said in an interview with Dutch TV channel NOS. Zelensky accused Russian forces of not caring about how many people they lose and said that, for him, “a victory without people around you” is no victory. Zelensky said the only person worth negotiating with on the Russian side is President Vladimir Putin. Zelensky also reiterated his position that no such talks are possible until Ukraine regains control over all areas occupied by Russia since its Feb. 24 invasion.
All critical infrastructure in Ukraine's Sievierodonetsk destroyed, Zelenskiy says
       
A view shows residential buildings damaged by a military strike, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in Sievierodonetsk, Luhansk region, Ukraine April 16, 2022. REUTERS/Serhii Nuzhnenko/File PhotoKYIV, May 29 (Reuters) - Russian shelling has destroyed all of the critical infrastructure in the Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Sunday, describing the taking of the city as Russia's "principal aim" right now. "As a result of Russian strikes on Sievierodonetsk, all the city's critical infrastructure is destroyed... More than two-thirds of the city’s housing stock is destroyed," Zelenskiy said in a televised speech. "Taking Sievierodonetsk is the principal aim of the occupying contingents," he added. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterReporting by Max Hunder; Writing by Conor Humphries; Editing by Nick MacfieOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Wyoming GOP chair, who was on restricted Capitol grounds on Jan. 6, speaks at Trump rally
       
WASHINGTON — The head of the Wyoming Republican Party, who was on restricted Capitol grounds during the U.S. Capitol riot, delivered a speech at the former president's rally on Saturday. Eathorne had pushed for Cheney to be censured after she voted to impeach Trump in the wake of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack. NBC News has reached out to the Wyoming Republican Party for comment. Thousands of Trump supporters, like Eathorne, entered the restricted grounds of the Capitol on Jan. 6, but only a handful of defendants have been charged with misdemeanor offenses for their presence. Eathrone had a "short, questionable career as a Worland police officer" and "served as a parole officer in south Texas" before becoming the head of the Wyoming Republican party, the Casper Star-Tribune reported.
Justice Department to Review Police Response to Texas School Shooting
       
The Justice Department will review the police response to last week’s deadly shooting at a Texas elementary school amid a renewed national debate on gun violence and calls for restrictions on gun ownership. The review was requested by Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin, the announcement from the Justice Department said. Democrats want stricter ownership rules and background checks, and this latest school shooting has brought back calls for a ban on assualt weapons. “These are serious negotiations,” he said, and lawmakers will continue to meet through early next week to find common ground. “Certainly many more Republicans are willing to talk right now than were willing to talk after Sandy Hook,” he added, in reference to the 2012 school shooting in Connecticut that resulted in the death of 20 children and six adults.
Trump was 'stunned' by Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger's Republican primary victory: report
       
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger speaks with supporters during an election night party in Peachtree Corners, Ga., on May 24, 2022. AP Photo/Ben GrayTrump was "stunned" by Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger's GOP primary win, per the AJC. Trump for nearly two years has criticized Raffensperger's handling of the 2020 election results. Former President Donald Trump was "stunned" by Brad Raffensperger's victory in the Georgia secretary of state Republican primary over his hand-picked candidate, conservative Rep. Jody Hice, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. And as the Raffensperger win and Kemp's landslide gubernatorial primary victory over Trump-backed former Sen. David Perdue demonstrate, the former president's influence still has its limits.
Justice Department to review police response to Uvalde school shooting
       
The Justice Department announced Sunday it will conduct a review of the law enforcement response to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 children and two teachers dead. “At the request of Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin, the U.S. Department of Justice will conduct a Critical Incident Review of the law enforcement response to the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24,” DOJ Spokesman Anthony Coley said in a statement. The review is a significant development as Texas officials and law enforcement have been under intense scrutiny for the way officers responded to the shooting. “As with prior Justice Department after-action reviews of mass shootings and other critical incidents, this assessment will be fair, transparent, and independent. The Justice Department will publish a report with its findings at the conclusion of its review.”This is a breaking story and will be updated.
Russians storm city, shell east Ukraine as Zelenskyy makes rare visit
       
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy made a rare frontline visit to the city of Kharkiv as he sought to assert the strength of Ukraine’s position there. Volodymyr Zelenskyy described the situation in the east as "indescribably difficult." Volodymyr Zelenskyy described the situation in the east as "indescribably difficult." Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy made a rare frontline visit to the city of Kharkiv as he sought to assert the strength of Ukraine’s position there. In the wider Kharkiv region, Russian troops still held about 30% of the territory, while Kyiv’s troops had recaptured another 5%, the governor said.
Biden visits memorial to victims of Texas school shooting
       
By ZEKE MILLER and ELLIOT SPAGATUVALDE, Texas (AP) — President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden offered comfort Sunday to a city gripped by grief and anger as they paid respects at a memorial to 19 students and two teachers slain during a mass shooting at a Texas elementary school. Outside Robb Elementary School, Biden stopped at a memorial of 21 white crosses — one for each of those killed — and the first lady added a bouquet of white flowers to a pile in front of the school sign. Hours after the shooting, Biden delivered an impassioned plea for additional gun control legislation, asking: “When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? As president, Biden has tried to chip away at gun violence through executive orders. ___More on the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: https://apnews.com/hub/uvalde-school-shooting
Justice Dept. to review response to Texas school shooting
       
UVALDE, Texas (AP) — The Justice Department said Sunday it will review the law enforcement response to the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 students and two teachers dead. The review comes amid mounting pressure and questions about the shifting and at times contradictory information about what happened in the shooting last Tuesday at Robb Elementary School and how police responded. Justice Department spokesman Anthony Coley said the review would be conducted in a fair, impartial and independent manner and that the findings would be made public. Such a review is somewhat rare and most after-action reports that come after a mass shooting are generally compiled by local law enforcement agencies or outside groups. Biden has not spoken publicly about the police response to the shooting.
Biden visits memorial to victims of Texas school shooting
       
UVALDE, Texas (AP) — President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden offered comfort Sunday to a city gripped by grief and anger as they paid respects at a memorial to 19 students and two teachers slain during a mass shooting at a Texas elementary school. Outside Robb Elementary School, Biden stopped at a memorial of 21 white crosses — one for each of those killed — and the first lady added a bouquet of white flowers to a pile in front of the school sign. Hours after the shooting, Biden delivered an impassioned plea for additional gun control legislation, asking: “When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? As president, Biden has tried to chip away at gun violence through executive orders. More on the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: https://apnews.com/hub/uvalde-school-shooting
Several Alabama legislators lose to primary challengers
       
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — At least six members of the Alabama Legislature lost to primary challengers on Tuesday, according to unofficial returns, and several races are yet to be decided. In one of the tightest races, Republican Sen. Tom Whatley of Auburn is trailing challenger Jay Hovey by four votes, according to unofficial returns. Republican Rep. Gill Isbell of Gadsden is trailing challenger Mack Butler, who previously served in the Legislature. The two are seeking the GOP nomination for the state Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Jimmy Holley. His daughter, Sen. Malika Sanders-Fortier, won the seat in 2018 but is leaving the state Senate to run for governor.
Justice Department to conduct review of law enforcement response to Texas school shooting
       
UVALDE, Texas (AP) — The Justice Department said Sunday it will review the law enforcement response to the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 students and two teachers dead. The review comes amid mounting pressure and questions about the shifting and at times contradictory information about what happened in the shooting last Tuesday at Robb Elementary School and how police responded. Justice Department spokesman Anthony Coley said the review would be conducted in a fair, impartial and independent manner and that the findings would be made public. In a statement, Coley said the goal of the review is "to provide an independent account of law enforcement actions and response that day, and to identify lessons learned and best practices to help first responders prepare for and respond to active shooter events." Such a review is somewhat rare and most after-action reports that come after a mass shooting are generally compiled by local law enforcement agencies or outside groups.
Putin’s war grinds on, with dissent from Russian hawks and peace-seekers
       
© Sputnik/Via Reuters Russian President Vladimir Putin at a military parade in Moscow on May 9. Russian President Vladimir Putin has made it clear that he will not tolerate criticism of his assault on Ukraine. A Russian military court ruled behind closed doors this week that 115 National Guard service members were rightfully terminated for refusing to participate in the invasion. They were particularly embarrassed by the stunning defeat of Russian troops near the Siversky Donets River earlier this month. “A full-blooded war has begun!”Alexey Muraviev, an expert on the Russian military at Australia’s Curtin University, said the veterans’ statement carried the weight of “battle-hardened specialists” who are likely to be frustrated by the narratives that portray the Russian military as inept.
Time-wasting Scottish census bosses threaten women who ‘spoilt’ forms with glitter
       
Women who attached glitter to census forms to protest against rules stating Scots can choose whether they are male or female are being threatened with £1,000 fines and criminal records, it has emerged. Despite low census uptake rates, completed forms are being rejected as “spoilt” because of additions intended to register displeasure at controversial guidance that accompanies the question about sex. Census bosses were accused of wasting time and resources by cracking down on "arts and crafts offenders", rather than engaging with the 370,000 households which have refused to complete a survey. Forms 'deliberately spoilt'Sarah-Jane, a mother-of-two from Clackmannanshire who did not want her surname published, was sent a letter saying her response had been “deliberately spoilt” with glitter. She was told that she risked “prosecution and a possible criminal record and a fine of up to £1,000" if she did not send in a "valid" return.
Mo Brooks unloads after Fox News host says there’s no evidence of 2020 election fraud
       
Republican Congressman Mo Brooks was sent into a conniption by a Fox News host who insisted accurately that there was no evidence the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump. Mr Brooks replied that between last September and the unendorsement, he and Mr Trump had many conversations that revolved around the idea that the ex-president could be reinstated in office and the 2020 election rescinded. “And I can understand him wanting to do that, OK?” Mr Brooks said. The film has been promoted by Mr Trump himself and various others, buthasalsobeenroundlydebunked. “There are some people who are despondent about the voter fraud and election theft in 2020,” he said at the event last year.
Justice Dept. to review response to Texas school shooting
       
The Justice Department said Sunday it will review the law enforcement response to the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 students and two teachers dead. The review comes amid mounting pressure and questions about the shifting and at times contradictory information about what happened in the shooting last Tuesday at Robb Elementary School and how police responded. Justice Department spokesman Anthony Coley said the review would be conducted in a fair, impartial and independent manner and that the findings would be made public. Such a review is somewhat rare and most after-action reports that come after a mass shooting are generally compiled by local law enforcement agencies or outside groups. Biden has not spoken publicly about the police response to the shooting.
Senate Candidate Trudy Busch Valentine Ducks Missouri Voters
       
click to enlarge Screengrab Trudy Busch Valentine is running for U.S. Senate for Missouri. Jordan then asked Valentine's campaign if she would come to a July event if she was the only candidate there. "Theasked the Valentine campaign about the organizers' concerns. "On the other side of the state, Kansas City Councilwoman Katheryn Shields expressed a similar sentiment to St. Louis organizers Kitchen and Jordan. But 63 percent of the Missouri Democratic electorate was undecided.Manion adds, "I recently saw that they're trying to plan a debate.
California makes misguided plea for feds to keep state’s last nuclear power plant alive
       
Gavin Newsom’s administration is making a misguided plea for the U.S. Department of Energy to change the requirements of a federal fund so the aging, dangerous Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant can keep operating. The plant is currently ineligible for the funds because California fully regulates utility power generation, and the money is available only for states with deregulated energy markets. “Clinging to nuclear energy as a source of electricity as renewables like solar and wind grow by the day is not a sound, safe, forward-looking energy policy. In a 2018 deal struck between Pacific Gas & Electric, which owns the nuclear power plant, labor unions, environmental groups and others, the utility agreed to shutter the two reactor units at Diablo Canyon in 2024 and 2025. Here’s why keeping Diablo Canyon operating is concerning:It will be costly From 2011 to 2017, maintenance costs increased $110 million dollars .
New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern to meet with Biden, discuss combating online radicalization
       
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who successfully oversaw the implementation of gun control measures in her own country, will meet with President Biden on Tuesday at the White House to discuss a range of issues, including countering "radicalization to violence both off and online." They will also discuss the need for "countering terrorism and radicalization to violence both off and online," Jean-Pierre said. During an appearance on CBS' "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" last week, Ardern explained how New Zealand enacted swift gun control reforms following the Christchurch mosque attacks. And so then it was incumbent on us as politicians to respond to that," she explained on the show. Ardern touched on the topic during her Harvard commencement address last week, while also discussing the dangers of disinformation and online radicalization.
Blinken says China hid evidence of ‘genocide’ during U.N. official’s Xinjiang visit
       
Mr. Blinken expressed particular unease over the situation in China’s northwestern Xinjiang province, where he said “genocide and crimes against humanity are ongoing” and suggested Ms. Bachelet and her team were blocked from carrying out a full assessment in the province. U.S. officials and human rights activists also warned ahead of the trip that Chinese authorities would attempt to control what Ms. Bachelet and her team saw on the ground. China’s ruling Communist Party, which vehemently denies all reports of human rights violations and genocide in Xinjiang, has described the camps as vocational training and education centers to combat extremism, and says they have been closed. In a statement over the weekend on Ms. Bachelet’s visit, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu, accused some Western countries of fabricating lies about Xinjiang under the guise of human rights. “The Chinese side pointed out that essentially, Xinjiang is not at all a human rights issue, but a major issue concerning upholding national sovereignty, security and territorial integrity,” it said.
Serbia ignores EU sanctions, secures gas deal with Putin
       
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — As the war in Ukraine rages, Serbia's president announced that he has secured an “extremely favorable” natural gas deal with Russia during a telephone conversation Sunday with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has refused to explicitly condemn Russia's invasion of Ukraine and Serbia has not joined Western sanctions against Moscow. Serbia is almost entirely dependent on Russian gas and its main energy companies are under Russian majority ownership. “What I can tell you is that we have agreed on the main elements that are very favorable for Serbia,” Vucic told reporters. “The agreement reached by President Vucic with President Putin is proof of how much Serbia’s decision not to participate in anti-Russian hysteria is respected,” said Interior Minister Aleksandar Vulin, who is known for his pro-Russian stance.
Ukraine war is Putin’s death warrant, says wife of jailed politician
       
As a Russian politician, campaigner and regime critic, Vladimir Kara-Murza worked for 15 years alongside Boris Nemtsov, another opposition leader, who was killed in 2015. “Basically, by calling this war a war, instead of the ‘special operation’ as the government wants it to be called, by saying that, a person can end up in prison for up to 15 years. “Our family has been living like this for a long time,” said Kara-Murza, who has three teenage children. But a week or two ago, they said that there have already been 11 conscription centres burned down across Russia. I’ve never been a public speaker, so everything I’m doing today, I’m learning it day by day.
Egypt court sentences 2 aged Islamist leaders to 15 years
       
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Sunday sentenced two aged Islamist leaders to 15 years in prison for disseminating false news and inciting against state institutions. Abul Fetouh, 70, is a former senior Brotherhood leader who was sacked from the group in 2011 when decided run in Egypt’s presidential elections. Ezzat, a 77-year-old mysterious Muslim Brotherhood figure, was detained in August 2020. He was at large since the military removed Egypt’s first democratically elected president, a Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi. Rights groups have repeatedly criticized such mass sentencings in Egypt and called on authorities to ensure fair trials.
Putin is increasingly angry in public but top US intel and military experts warn there's no 'credible' evidence that he's ill
       
Ex-spies and Ukrainian officials have fueled speculation that Russian leader Vladimir Putin is in poor health. But US intel and military experts say there's no clear or credible evidence that Putin is unwell. The war in Ukraine has been so disastrous for the Russian military that many have begun to wonder what led Putin to miscalculate so badly. The Russian military, which was widely expected to roll over Ukrainian forces within days, failed to take Kyiv. British tabloids and various commentators have suggested Putin has Parkinson's disease, zeroing in on the Russian leader tapping and twitching his foot during meetings.
French prosecutor suspects antisemitism in murder of elderly man
       
Show caption The BNVCA antisemitism watchdog said the case had similarities with the 2017 murder of Sarah Halimi, which sparked national outcry and protests at the time. The body of René Hadjadj was found at the foot of his building in Lyon, south-east France, on 17 May and his 51-year-old neighbour was arrested. “After social media postings were provided to us, the prosector’s office has asked judges to consider the aggravating circumstance of an act committed because of the victim’s ethnicity, nationality, race or religion,” the Lyon prosecutor Nicolas Jacquet said. The truth of antisemitism must no longer be hidden,” Goldnadel wrote. If you have any questions about contributing, please We will be in touch to remind you to contribute.
Justice Dept. to review response to Texas school shooting
       
UVALDE, Texas (AP) — The Justice Department said Sunday it will review the law enforcement response to the Texas school shooting, an unusual federal look back prompted by questions about the shifting and at times contradictory information from authorities that have enraged a community in shock and sorrow. It was not immediately clear how the review would be conducted, whether law enforcement officials could be compelled to cooperate in the review and when it might be completed. Such a review is somewhat rare and most after-action reports that come after a mass shooting are generally compiled by local law enforcement agencies or outside groups. Biden has not spoken publicly about the police response to the shooting. ___More on the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: https://apnews.com/hub/school-shootings
Delayed response in Uvalde school shooting faces Justice Department review
       
WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced Sunday that it is reviewing the delayed police response to the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting that left 19 children and two teachers dead in one of the worst campus attacks in U.S. history. The federal action was requested by Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin, Justice spokesman Anthony Coley said. “As with prior Justice Department after-action reviews of mass shootings and other critical incidents, this assessment will be fair, transparent, and independent. INNOCENTS LOST:Uvalde attack leaves broken lives, fractured public trust in law enforcement79 MINUTES OF DELAY:'It was the wrong decision.' The breakdown immediately recalled past missteps by law enforcement that have haunted responses to similar deadly attacks.
Anti-gun protesters rally outside NRA convention in Houston days after Uvalde shooting
       
Anti-gun protesters rally outside NRA convention in Houston days after Uvalde shootingDays after 19 children and two teachers were killed in Uvalde, Texas, GOP leaders at the NRA convention rejected efforts to overhaul gun laws.
Ukraine’s Zelensky says Putin ‘does not fully understand’ his own war
       
“I can’t see their willingness, nor can I see any practicality in what we are talking about,” Zelensky said, adding that he wants to speak with Putin directly. UKRAINIAN PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE/EPARussian President Vladimir Putin Getty ImagesThe pessimistic remarks came as Zelensky on Sunday visited troops in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, for the first time since the war broke out. Every day, risking their lives, they fight for Ukraine’s freedom,” he wrote on the Telegram about his rare frontline trip. Buildings lie in ruin in Kharkiv, Ukraine on May 29. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky meets with Finnish Prime Minister Marin in Kyiv, Ukraine on May 26.
Serious Senate bipartisan talks on gun control are underway, Dem says
       
?Serious bipartisan negotiations are underway in the Senate to come up with new gun laws to prevent mass ?shootings such as those at an elementary school in Texas and a grocery store in Buffalo?, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Ct.) said Sunday?. Every single time after one of these mass shootings?, there’s talks in Washington, and they never succeed. [But] I am at the table in a more significant way right now with Republicans and Democrats than ever before. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said he is willing to support gun-safety legislation after the mass killings in Texas. Uvalde police chief Pete Arredondo speaks at a press conference following the shooting at Robb Elementary School.
Russia-Ukraine war live updates Zelensky makes rare trip outside Kyiv to visit front-line forces in Kharkiv
       
Russia’s ambassador in Britain on Sunday ruled out the Kremlin’s use of tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine, saying such weapons are “not used in conflicts like that at all.”In an interview airing Sunday morning on the BBC, Andrei Kelin said Russia has a “very strict provision on the issue of the use of tactical nuclear weapons,” adding that Russian doctrine allows their use mainly when “the existence of the state is endangered.”Moscow has inaccurately cast its Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine as one of self-defense. President Vladimir Putin’s decision days later to put Russian nuclear forces on alert heightened worries of a deadly miscalculation, although Western intelligence has not cited concrete evidence of plans to target Ukraine or its allies with nuclear weapons. Washington does not “take lightly” Russia’s threats to use tactical or low-yield nuclear weapons in Ukraine, CIA Director William J. Burns said last month. Russia warned Finland and Sweden in April that if they join NATO, Moscow would reinforce the Baltic Sea region, including with nuclear weapons, The Washington Post reported. Kelin on Sunday said allegations that Russian troops have carried out war crimes in Bucha and elsewhere in Ukraine are “a fabrication” being used by Ukraine to “interrupt negotiations.”Ukrainian judges last week found a 21-year-old Russian soldier guilty of war crimes and sentenced him to life in prison, the first verdict among thousands of investigations into possible war crimes.
DOJ to probe delayed police response to Texas school massacre as criticism mounts
       
The Justice Department said Sunday that it is launching a probe into the delayed police response to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. “As with prior Justice Department after-action reviews of mass shootings and other critical incidents, this assessment will be fair, transparent and indecent. Uvalde police chief Pete Arredondo speaks at a press conference following the shooting at Robb Elementary School. Austin American-Statesman-USA TOThe DOJ said the move comes at the request of Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin amid rising criticism of local cops. Uvalde School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo has been among those taking heat and is now holed up in his home with a police guard to keep reporters away.
NBC analyst: 'Shame on Democrats' if they're not talking about saving children ahead of midterms
       
NBC analyst Cornel Belcher said Sunday that Democrats have "an opportunity to change the dynamic" in the November elections if they're talking about saving children's lives ahead of the midterms. Belcher, a Democratic pollster, said that Democrats are "supposed to lose everything" in the midterm elections, as history says. TEXAS SCHOOL SHOOTING: LIVE UPDATESHe added that Democrats should also discuss abortion rights ahead of the elections. Democrats have called for stricter gun control legislation in the days following the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting that left 19 children and two teachers dead. DNC deputy communications director Daniel Wessel told Fox News Digital that Republicans chose the gun lobby over the country's children.
Dem Sen. Cardin says ‘jury’s out’ on whether Senate can pass gun reform after Uvalde
       
Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., said "the jury’s out" on whether Senate Democrats can get enough Republican support to pass gun reform legislation after last week’s mass school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. "I’m confident if we can get a bill on the floor on the gun issues and can pass it, it will be the right signal to the American people. Democrats have been pushing for gun reform legislation since the shooting, ranging from red flag laws, to universal background checks, to a so-called assault weapons ban. Cardin said Sunday that any legislation will save "some lives," even if it wouldn’t have prevented the Uvalde shooting specifically. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"I think we could do some things that will save lives," Cardin said.
DOJ to investigate police response to Uvalde shooting
       
The U.S. Department of Justice announced Sunday that it is conducting an investigation into the law enforcement response to the mass school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. "At the request of Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin, the U.S. Department of Justice will conduct a Critical Incident Review of the law enforcement response to the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24," spokesman Anthony Coley said in a statement. "As with prior Justice Department after-action reviews of mass shootings and other critical incidents, this assessment will be fair, transparent, and independent," he added. "The Justice Department will publish a report with its findings at the conclusion of its review." McCraw said teachers and children repeatedly called 911 asking for help as Ramos carried out the attack.
Justice Department to review law enforcement response to Texas shooting
       
A police officer stands near a makeshift memorial for the shooting victims outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on May 27, 2022. The U.S. Justice Department said on Sunday it will review law enforcement's response to the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 19 children and two teachers, amid growing anger over why police failed to swiftly confront the gunman. Uvalde law enforcement agencies allowed the shooter to remain in a classroom at Robb Elementary School for nearly an hour while officers waited in the hallway and children inside made panicked 911 calls for assistance. Anthony Coley, a spokesman for the Justice Department, said it will conduct a "Critical Incident Review" of law enforcement's response to the shooting at the request of Uvalde's mayor. "The Justice Department will publish a report with its findings at the conclusion of its review," Coley added.
Justice Department to review law enforcement response to Texas shooting
       
A girl pays respects at the memorial at Robb Elementary school, where a gunman killed 19 children and two adults, in Uvalde, Texas, U.S. May 28, 2022. REUTERS/Marco Bello/File PhotoWASHINGTON, May 29 (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department said on Sunday it will review law enforcement's response to the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 19 children and two teachers, amid growing anger over why police failed to swiftly confront the gunman. Uvalde law enforcement agencies allowed the shooter to remain in a classroom at Robb Elementary School for nearly an hour while officers waited in the hallway and children inside made panicked 911 calls for assistance. Anthony Coley, a spokesman for the Justice Department, said it will conduct a "Critical Incident Review" of law enforcement's response to the shooting at the request of Uvalde's mayor. "The Justice Department will publish a report with its findings at the conclusion of its review," Coley added.
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GalleryPresident Joe Biden on Sunday sought to comfort families in the Texas town of Uvalde following the nation's deadliest school shooting in a decade as federal officials announced they would review law enforcement's slow response.
The Justice Department says it will review the police response in Uvalde
       
The Justice Department says it will review the police response in UvaldeEnlarge this image toggle caption Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty ImagesThe Justice Department will conduct a review of the police response to the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, at the request of the city's mayor, Don McLaughlin. The Office of Community Oriented Policing will conduct the review and publish a report with its findings after the review concludes, the department said. President Biden is visiting UvaldeThe Justice Department's announcement came as President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrived in Uvalde to pay their respects to the victims of the attack. Prospects for federal legislation appear dimAs the president traveled to Uvalde, Democrats in Congress continued to push on Sunday for federal gun control legislation, despite an uncertain path forward. Bob Spitzer, author of The Politics of Gun Control, told NPR that despite the renewed negotiations, the chances of a bipartisan deal on gun legislation remain small.
Justice Dept. to review response to Texas school shooting
       
Police walk near Robb Elementary School following a shooting, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)Police walk near Robb Elementary School following a shooting, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)UVALDE, Texas (AP) — The Justice Department said Sunday it will review the law enforcement response to the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 students and two teachers dead. The review comes amid mounting pressure and questions about the shifting and at times contradictory information about what happened in the shooting last Tuesday at Robb Elementary School and how police responded. Such a review is somewhat rare and most after-action reports that come after a mass shooting are generally compiled by local law enforcement agencies or outside groups.
Justice Department to conduct review of law enforcement response to school shooting
       
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department will conduct a review of the law enforcement response to the deadly mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, a spokesperson announced Sunday. The critical incident review, requested by Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin, will include a report on law enforcement actions on May 24 — the day of shooting. Law enforcement personnel stand outside Robb Elementary School following a shooting on May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. Dario Lopez-Mills / AP“As with prior Justice Department after-action reviews of mass shootings and other critical incidents, this assessment will be fair, transparent, and independent." Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw said Friday that police made the "wrong decision" by waiting to confront the shooter.
Justice Dept. to review response to Texas school shooting
       
UVALDE, Texas (AP) — The Justice Department said Sunday it will review the law enforcement response to the Texas school shooting, an unusual federal look back prompted by questions about the shifting and at times contradictory information from authorities that have enraged a community in shock and sorrow. It was not immediately clear how the review would be conducted, whether law enforcement officials could be compelled to cooperate in the review and when it might be completed. Such a review is somewhat rare and most after-action reports that come after a mass shooting are generally compiled by local law enforcement agencies or outside groups. Biden has not spoken publicly about the police response to the shooting. ___More on the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: https://apnews.com/hub/school-shootings
Wife of former supervisor, state senator scored a lucrative history book deal with Santa Clara County. Few will likely ever see the book.
       
And for all the effort, the book — which required McCorquodale to interview current and former county supervisors and executives — still has to be reworked. Jean McCorquodale said Smith approached her about writing the history book. According to staff reports to the board, her earlier work included writing grant applications for the county’s health and hospital system. When asked to provide samples of McCorquodale’s grant writing, Smith sent two applications she completed in 2018 for mental health services dollars. In 2018, Smith’s office amended the contract to include the history book, raising McCorquodale’s pay that year from $220,000 to $510,000.
Bidens visit memorial outside school in Uvalde, Texas; DOJ will review law enforcement response: Live updates
       
The review comes amid mounting pressure and questions about the shifting and at times contradictory information about what happened in the shooting Tuesday at Robb Elementary School and how police responded. Cranshaw also said that he would not support a red flag law in Texas, adding that "what we are essentially trying to do with a red flag law is enforce the law before the law has been broken." – Candy WoodallBROKEN HEARTS:In Uvalde, Biden will walk into a mix of grief, anger, political attacks and broken heartsWhat is Biden's schedule in Uvalde? Shortly after arriving, they will pay their respects to the children and teachers who died in Tuesday's shooting at Robb Elementary School. Sutton, a professional school portrait photographer, has taken photos of every child killed at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday, along with the two teachers.
Justice Dept. to review response to Texas school shooting
       
UVALDE, Texas — The Justice Department said Sunday it will review the law enforcement response to the Texas school shooting, an unusual federal look back prompted by questions about the shifting and at times contradictory information from authorities that have enraged a community in shock and sorrow. Department spokesman Anthony Coley said the review would be conducted in a fair, impartial and independent manner and the findings would be made public. It was not immediately clear how the review would be conducted, whether law enforcement officials could be compelled to cooperate in the review and when it might be completed. Such a review is somewhat rare and most after-action reports that come after a mass shooting are generally compiled by local law enforcement agencies or outside groups. Biden has not spoken publicly about the police response to the shooting.
Justice Department to review response to Texas school shooting
       
Zeke Miller and Michael BalsamoAssociated PressUvalde, Texas – The Justice Department said Sunday it will review the law enforcement response to the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 students and two teachers dead. The review comes amid mounting pressure and questions about the shifting and at times contradictory information about what happened in the shooting last Tuesday at Robb Elementary School and how police responded. Justice Department spokesman Anthony Coley said the review would be conducted in a fair, impartial and independent manner and that the findings would be made public. Such a review is somewhat rare and most after-action reports that come after a mass shooting are generally compiled by local law enforcement agencies or outside groups. Biden has not spoken publicly about the police response to the shooting.
Rep. Stevens' first TV ad touts her role on federal auto task force
       
U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens' campaign said it is airing its first television ad of the season starting Tuesday, and it plays up her role in the auto rescue under President Barack Obama. The ad buy totals $106,800 and will run May 31-June 13 on cable and broadcast TV in the Metro Detroit area, the campaign said. She was a critical part of my team that helped the American auto industry come roaring back," Obama said at the 2018 rally. Stevens outraised Levin last quarter, reporting $1.1 million in receipts and nearly $2.8 million in cash reserves as of March 31. Levin brought in $767,268 in the first three months of the year and ended the quarter with $1.47 million in the bank.
Biden visits memorial to victims of Texas school shooting
       
Zeke Miller and Elliot SpagatAssociated PressUvalde, Texas – President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden offered comfort Sunday to a city gripped by grief and anger as they paid respects at a memorial to 19 students and two teachers slain during a mass shooting at a Texas elementary school. Outside Robb Elementary School, Biden stopped at a memorial of 21 white crosses – one for each of those killed – and the first lady added a bouquet of white flowers to a pile in front of the school sign. “Evil came to that elementary school classroom in Texas, to that grocery store in New York, to far too many places where innocents have died,” Biden said Saturday in a commencement address at the University of Delaware. Hours after the shooting, Biden delivered an impassioned plea for additional gun control legislation, asking: “When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? As president, Biden has tried to chip away at gun violence through executive orders.
Justice Department to review police response to Texas school shooting
       
UVALDE, Texas — The Justice Department said Sunday it will review the law enforcement response to the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 students and two teachers dead. The review comes amid mounting pressure and questions about the shifting and at times contradictory information about what happened in the shooting last Tuesday at Robb Elementary School and how police responded. Justice Department spokesman Anthony Coley said the review would be conducted in a fair, impartial and independent manner and that the findings would be made public. Such a review is somewhat rare and most after-action reports that come after a mass shooting are generally compiled by local law enforcement agencies or outside groups. Biden has not spoken publicly about the police response to the shooting.
Democrats rush to push gun safety laws after mass shootings as Republicans stall
       
With Republicans stonewalling for years on any significant federal gun safety legislation, some states are now rushing to take steps themselves following large-scale shootings in New York and Texas this month. Democrats in some blue states are making fresh efforts to reinvigorate proposals toward what gun control advocates call “evidence-based policy interventions”. Military-style assault rifles were used in Buffalo and last week in the school shooting in Uvalde, south Texas, by 18-year-olds in both tragedies, Hochul pointed out. We will not let one more day go by without taking action to save lives,” he added. “Anybody who shoots somebody else has a mental health challenge, period,” Abbott said a day after the Uvalde shooting.
Sievierodonetsk bombing so intense, casualties cannot be assessed, officials say
       
Officials in eastern Ukraine say Russian shelling of Sievierodonetsk has been so intense that it has not been possible to assess casualties and damage, as Moscow closes in on the largest city still held by Ukraine in the Donbas. Witnesses said the city was being bombed “200 times an hour” as Russian forces try to cut off reinforcement lines and surround its remaining defenders. Ukrainian authorities have described conditions in Sievierodonetsk as reminiscent of Mariupol, the southern port city that fell on 20 May after almost three months of relentless assault. Regional officials reported that Russian forces were “storming” Sievierodonetsk and that fighting was taking place street by street, knocking out power and mobile phone services. US officials said such systems are actively being considered, with a decision possible in the coming days.
Biden visits Uvalde as DoJ launches investigation into police response to school shooting
       
Texas Republican governor Greg Abbott was also in Uvalde on Sunday and has talked about greater security for schools, not about restrictions on guns. They were due to join mourners after the service and, later, first responders and, despite years of intransigence on Capitol Hill, there was tentative hope for bipartisan talks leading to new gun legislation being passed, at least on a small scale. “I think there is something dying inside the soul of this country when we refuse to act at a national level shooting after shooting,” Murphy told CBS News. Following the mass killing in Uvalde, the New York Times contacted all 50 Republican senators to gauge their position on gun reform. Crenshaw, a former US Navy SEAL, also claimed AR-15-style assault rifles are “more self-defense weapons” than a tool of war.
Nuclear safety warning threatens to derail Johnson's energy revolution
       
Boris Johnson’s plans for a nuclear energy revolution are facing a fresh hurdle after the Austrian government officially raised concerns about the safety of a new reactor design. In a letter to the Business Department, Austria's energy ministry raised the spectre of “severe accidents with high releases” at the Sizewell C plant to be built in Suffolk. The warning, made under the Espoo convention in which nearby countries are allowed to comment on nuclear projects, raises the prospect of legal action to derail Sizewell and will be considered by the Government as part of a planning decision in coming months. It is widely regarded as safe by experts and was cleared for use by British regulators after a five-year application process that cost £35m. But the Austrians said that it is “questionable” whether the Sizewell design could guarantee that radioactivity will be retained within the reactor’s core.
Family of soul musician Isaac Hayes calls out Trump for using song during NRA speech
       
The family of Isaac Hayes has rebuked Donald Trump for walking off and dancing to the late soul musician’s song after delivering a controversial speech at the National Rifle Association convention this weekend. Though made popular by the American R&B duo Sam and Dave, the song itself was written by the song writing team of Hayes and his colleague David Porter. “The estate and family of Isaac Hayes DID NOT approve and would NEVER approve the use of “Hold on I’m coming’” by Sam and Dave by Donald Trump at this weekends @NRA convention,” the family posted on Twitter through the deceased songwriter’s blue-check verified account. Williams is not alone in trying to dissuade the former president from using their music for political purposes, specifically at his infamous rallies. “I’m sure all the folks planning to attend this event are shocked and sickened by these events as well,” the 76-year-old musician told TMZ.
Justice Department to investigate police response to Texas school shooting
       
The US Department of Justice will investigate the police response to the Uvalde school shooting. The Justice Department will publish a report with its findings at the conclusion of its review,” he said. He spoke with Steve McCraw, the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, on Saturday. Mr Gutierrez said Mr McCraw told him that there would be a “detailed report including ballistics by next week”, CNN reported. Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott said he was misled by law enforcement on Tuesday, the day of the shooting, adding that he was “livid”.
Texas Rep Dan Crenshaw grilled over rejection of red flag laws, gun restrictions after Uvalde
       
In the interview, Mr Crenshaw roundly rejected a number of suggestions that have popped up in resposne to the Uvalde shooting, such as raising the age requirement for ownership of an AR-15 or the imposition of so-called “red flag laws”. “Congressman, it sounds like you’re saying that guns in this country are not a problem, is that what you’re saying? So the problem isn't that a red flag law could have solved this, it doesn't seem clear that would have happened," he added. Whether such measures can pass the Senate is another issue, however, given the chamber’s 50-50 split and 60-vote filibuster threshold. Members of the Senate are reportedly huddling over the chamber’s recess period in the coming days around potential responses including what some have described as a federal grant program that would incentivize the passage of red flag laws at the state level.
Ukraine's President Zelensky makes rare visit to Kharkiv frontline
       
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky has made a rare visit outside the capital city to the frontline in Kharkiv, as intense fighting continues in the region. He walked around the city to look at the damage caused by Russia's invasion, before presenting troops with medals.
Thousands of Unionists celebrate Northern Ireland's centenary in Belfast
       
Thousands of unionists gathered in front of parliament buildings in Belfast this weekend to celebrate 100 years of Northern Ireland, albeit one year later. Just weeks ago, Irish Republican party Sinn Féin won legislative elections, a first in Northern Irish history. "It's great to celebrate 100 years of Northern Ireland, and also it's a once in a lifetime opportunity so it's great to be a part of it," said attendee Joanne McGregor. "It is important because it's a historic landmark and it's something I'm very interested in," said Orange Order member Peter Cashel. Despite ongoing disputes with Westminster over the Northern Ireland Protocol, the mood at the event was upbeat, just days before the British Queen Elizabeth II marks her Platinum Jubilee.
End the filibuster to pass universal background checks, Missouri Democratic Senate candidates say
       
Without that rule, Democrats could, at least in theory, pass laws in the current Congress without any Republican support. Kunce and Busch Valentine’s comments followed expressions of sympathy Tuesday following the Texas school shooting, which killed at least 21 people, including 19 children. Mike Parson, a Republican, on Tuesday said he and first lady Teresa Parson “are deeply saddened to hear of the tragic news out of Uvalde, Texas. Republican candidates for Senate didn’t mention restrictions on firearms when asked what they would do, if elected, to prevent mass shootings. Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, another Republican Senate candidate, said in a statement that he and his family were praying for the victims and their families.
Justice Department opens investigation into police response to Uvalde shooting
       
The Justice Department has opened a critical incident review into law enforcement's response to the deadly mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. The inquiry comes at the request of Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin after reports indicate that law enforcement waited during crucial minutes before taking out the 18-year-old gunman who killed 19 children and two teachers while barricaded in a classroom Tuesday. The review will be "fair, transparent, and independent" and conducted similar to previous reviews of mass shootings, the department said. Law enforcement's response has come under scrutiny for the length of time it took to stop the shooter, as officials work to piece together a timeline of police's response. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINERThe Justice Department will publish a report with its findings at the conclusion of its review, the statement noted.
Justice Department to review police response to Uvalde shooting
       
The Department of Justice will conduct a review of local law enforcement's response to the Uvalde mass shooting last week that killed 19 children and two adults, it announced Sunday. Why it matters: Local and state law enforcement officials have faced intense criticism for their response to the shooting as details and a fuller timeline of events has emerged. Questions remain as to why officials didn't come clean sooner. What they're saying: "The goal of the review is to provide an independent account of law enforcement actions and responses that day, and to identify lessons learned and best practices to help first responders prepare for and respond to active shooter events," department spokesperson Anthony Coley said in a press release. “This assessment will be fair, transparent, and independent," Coley said, adding that a report will be published upon the review's conclusion.
Armed forces placed in state of readiness
       
Greece’s armed forces in the Eastern Aegean have been placed on high alert due to Turkey’s continued threats, expressed in recent days by high-ranking officials of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government. Although Greece has placed its military in the eastern Aegean on alert to convey a message of vigilance, the government is not seeking to engage in a rhetorical spat with Ankara. Athens also expects an intensification of Turkish efforts to depict Greece as a country that disputes international conventions and law. He cited North Macedonia, which he said Greece forced to change its name as a condition to join NATO. It became North Macedonia.
EU mulls compromise to break deadlock on Russian oil embargo
       
AdvertisementBudapest has rejected as inadequate a proposal to allow it two years longer than other EU states to wean itself off Russian oil. The Druzhba pipeline accounts for a third of all EU oil supplies from Russia. It would end the purchases of Russian crude within six months and Russian petroleum products by the end of the year. It would also impose additional sanctions on Russian banks and expand the list of Russian individuals blacklisted by the bloc. Read more:EU summit unlikely to find solution on Russia oil embargo, von der Leyen saysEU oil embargo 'in days' as Ukraine isolation drives Russia closer to ChinaEU’s revised sanctions plan to spare key crude pipeline crucial for Hungary’s needs
Serbia ignores EU sanctions, secures gas deal with Russia’s Putin
       
As the war in Ukraine rages, Serbia's president announced that he has secured an “extremely favorable” natural gas deal with Russia during a telephone conversation Sunday with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has refused to explicitly condemn Russia's invasion of Ukraine and Serbia has not joined Western sanctions against Moscow. AdvertisementSerbia is almost entirely dependent on Russian gas and its main energy companies are under Russian majority ownership. “What I can tell you is that we have agreed on the main elements that are very favorable for Serbia,” Vucic told reporters. It is not clear how Serbia would receive the Russian gas if the EU decides to shut off the Russian supply that goes over its member countries.
Pillow Man now thinks the Georgia GOP primaries were rigged, because the results were bad for Trump
       
It was stoled [sic]. It was stoled [sic]. The algorithm went through Georgia in I don’t know how many counties out of 159, I think it’s like 100 and some. Maybe one day he’ll kick this new addiction and go back to, I don’t know, selling pillows? Check out Aldous J. Pennyfarthing’s four-volume Trump-trashing compendium, including the finale, Goodbye, Asshat: 101 Farewell Letters to Donald Trump, at this link.
The Right To Write About Melania
       
One of many pictures of Melania cozying up to Pence2) Political figures have power over citizens, which gives citizens the right to know who they are. Pulitzer Prize–winning Washington Post reporter Mary Jordan wrote a biography (The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump) and she says Trump sent Melania to interview VP candidates and she favored Pence who was last on Trump’s list, and Trump eventually chose Pence. Melania steers Trump to make political decisions that she wants, even when Trump doesn’t want to. Therefore, Melania doesn’t deserve special treatment. Everything I write about Melania is for the public good, and whether readers agree with me or not, that is my goal.
Nuclear attack on Ukraine unlikely, but Mitt Romney says U.S. should be prepared anyway
       
In the early ‘70s, however, Pentagon advisers began publicly worrying over the “threat” posed by Soviet civil defense measures. Serving on the committee with people who really knew what they were talking about wasn’t the first time I had thought seriously about nuclear war. At school, we had little idea what a nuclear war might entail since we’d been raised with “duck-and-cover” as our safeguard in case of attack. The potential of nuclear war had had a greater impact on popular perceptions by 1982. ••••••••••Below is a scanned version of the Boulder County Nuclear War Education Booklet (1982).
Ukraine update: As Russia presses in on Severodonetsk, other areas are open to counterattack
       
Even as a new brigade of Ukrainian forces trains in the west, President Volodomyr Zelenskyy has fretted over the exhaustion of forces in the east. Then some of those Russian forces were reportedly peeled off to deal with Ukrainian advances north and east of Kharkiv. Then more of those Russian forces were reportedly sent to assist in capturing Lyman and assaulting Severodonetsk. All of which results in a significant decrease in “density” of Russian forces near Izyum. x #Ukraine: Ukrainian forces in the East, using drone-dropped munitions, managed to destroy a Russian BTR-82A APC concealed next to buildings.
How Georgia’s Latinx community is working to ‘out-organize’ voter suppression
       
Georgians went to the polls in record numbers during the May 24 primary ahead of the crucial 2022 midterm elections, despite renewed GOP efforts to suppress the votes of the state’s communities of color. Such laws disproportionately impact people in low-income communities and communities of color, and they are being passed at a moment when the power of communities of color to shape election outcomes is rapidly increasing. Case in point: Georgia’s Latinx community has grown by 30% over the past decade and now comprises 10% of the state’s population. In this on-the-ground report for our special series “Defending Democracy in the 2022 Midterm Elections,” TRNN’s Jaisal Noor and Jeffrey Moustache speak with organizers from the Georgia Alliance of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO), an advocacy group that helps Latinx voters unlock their political power, about how they are working to “out-organize voter suppression” by mobilizing and empowering the state’s Latinx community. Pre-Production/Studio: Jaisal Noor, Jeffrey MoustachePost-Production: Jaisal Noor, Jeffrey Moustache, Cameron GranadinoThis story is part of a series that was made possible with the support of the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous and compelling reporting about responses to social problems.
Infant formula crisis highlights breastfeeding barriers in Southern states
       
Despite efforts in recent weeks by the federal government to address the ongoing infant formula shortage, parents are still struggling to find formula. The Food and Drug Administration announced this week that nearly two million cans of infant formula from a United Kingdom-based company would arrive in the United States in the coming days. Earlier this month, producers of infant formula were allowed to speed up the manufacturing process, and the Biden administration called on state attorney generals to crack down on price gouging of formula, according to a White House statement. Those barriers are particularly high in the Black community and in Southern states, where breastfeeding rates are lower. There's also a geographic disparity, as Southern states overall have a lower rate of breastfeeding than the nation as a whole.
Gun Lobby Intervened Against a Republican’s Gun Law. Then He Lost His Seat.
       
In Colorado, a spokesperson for the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners called Wist “a sellout” on Friday and said the organization had no choice but to work against him. And I don’t think you’d really think that Indiana is a hard left state, by any means. So there’s a group called the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, a very active gun rights organization. Are the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners similar to the National Rifle Association? But in Colorado, Rocky Mountain Gun Owners is the gun rights group that seems to have the most sway.
Some Republicans Fume at Michigan GOP for Defending Candidates Busted for Fraud
       
After spending years pushing former President Donald Trump’s “Big Lie,” the Michigan Republican Party is defending its own candidates who were caught up in a massive fraud scheme. Paul Cordes, chief of staff of the Michigan Republican Party, told the board that disqualifying the candidates over fraudulent petition signatures would disenfranchise voters. “The Michigan Republican Party candidates ran garbage operations,” tweeted Stu Sandler, political director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee and former executive director of the Michigan GOP. “The fact the Michigan Republican Party is defending all this fraud is embarrassing.”Craig called Thursday’s outcome a “travesty” and vowed to file an “immediate appeal” to the courts. Fraud is fraud, and under Michigan law, candidates are required to submit a minimum of 15,000 lawfully collected signatures.
Republican leaders won't denounce racist replacement theory repeated by alleged Buffalo shooter
       
The top GOP leaders in the House and Senate have not explicitly denounced replacement theoryMultiple candidates for office have repeated versions of replacement theoryA recent poll shows a third of Americans believe replacement theoriesAn analyst says Republican leaders are being politically expedientWASHINGTON – Republican leaders on Capitol Hill are quick to say racism and white nationalism are wrong, but they won't denounce a racistconspiracy theory that claims Democrats are trying to replace white voters with voters and immigrants of color. Some Republican candidates and lawmakers who are running for reelection have espoused the same theory shared by the alleged gunman in the Buffalo mass shooting, who said Black people were "replacers" of white Americans. Authorities say he killed 10 people in a Buffalo supermarket because they were Black.
What Is The Libertarian Party?
       
This week, Chair of the Libertarian National Committee, Whitney Bilyeu joins Abby in the classroom to help explain the history and philosophies of the Libertarian Party. Whitney shares how the Libertarian Party is built on the principles of “don’t hurt people and don’t take someone’s stuff.” Later, Whitney explains to Abby how she believes voter education will promote the evolution of the Libertarian Party. Keep up with Abby after class on Twitter: @abbyhornacek
Court jails Egyptian former presidential candidate for 15 years
       
Chairman of the Masr El Kaweya (Strong Egypt) party, Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, speaks during a news conference in Cairo February 4, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El GhanyCAIRO, May 29 (Reuters) - An Egyptian court sentenced former presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh and several prominent figures from the banned Muslim Brotherhood to lengthy jail terms on Sunday on accusations including plotting to overthrow the state. Aboul Fotouh, who is in his early 70s and according to his family suffers from several medical conditions, was sentenced to 15 years in prison, subject to appeal, the court ruling said. Rights groups say thousands of politicians, activists and journalists are detained in Egypt after unfair trials or without legal basis. Egypt banned the Brotherhood after Sisi, then army chief, led the overthrow of democratically elected Brotherhood President Mohamed Mursi following mass protests in 2013.
North Carolina Republican: NRA has been pushed to the right
       
The National Rifle Association’s position on gun laws has become more conservative due to pressure from grassroots gun rights organizations, Republican former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said Sunday. Asked by host Chuck Todd of NBC’s “Meet the Press” to respond to a 1999 clip of NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre arguing in favor of mandatory background checks for purchases at gun shows, McCrory argued that the NRA was a more moderate organization under pressure to go further to the right of its executives’ positions. “They’re being pushed, politically, more to the right on this political issue, as President [Donald] Trump was during his term, where he was going to institute some policies. And then, he was pushed to reverse that decision,” McCrory said.
Fire, looming ruling don’t stop new Wyoming abortion clinic
       
Police stand at the scene of an overnight fire that severely damaged a building that was being renovated to house a new abortion clinic in Casper, Wyoming, Wednesday, May 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Mead Gruver)Police stand at the scene of an overnight fire that severely damaged a building that was being renovated to house a new abortion clinic in Casper, Wyoming, Wednesday, May 25, 2022. The planned clinic stands in stark defiance of that trend. Its backers include Riata Little Walker, a Casper resident who recently spoke out at a rally in support of the clinic. At the Denver hospital, Little Walker and her husband, Ian, got to hold their daughter, whom they’d named Riana, after she died.
Cruz confronted in restaurant after Texas shooting
       
STORY: Cruz said in a speech to the National Rifle Association that communities needed weapons to stay safe. "Taking away guns will not make them safer." Hernandez said, "Since they don't make themselves available for discourse, we have to make the time and confront them wherever we see them. Abbott denied newly enacted Texas gun laws, including a controversial measure removing licensing requirements for carrying a concealed weapon, had "any relevancy" to Tuesday's bloodshed. He suggested state lawmakers focus renewed attention on addressing mental illness.
Biden visits Uvalde elementary school after shooting
       
President Biden traveled to Uvalde, Texas, on Sunday to help console the community as it grieves from, and seeks to comprehend, last week's massacre at Robb Elementary School . President Biden and first kady Jill Biden pay their respects at the makeshift memorial outside of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden greet Texas Gov. Greg Abbott as they arrive at Garner Field in Uvalde, Texas. “Where in God’s name is our backbone?” Biden said Tuesday after the Uvalde shooting.
Ex-Proud Boys leader Tarrio to stay jailed until Capitol riot trial
       
FILE - Proud Boys leader Henry "Enrique" Tarrio wears a hat that says The War Boys during a rally in Portland, Ore., Sept. 26, 2020. Nordean, of Auburn, Washington, was a Proud Boys chapter president. Biggs, of Ormond Beach, Florida, has described himself as a Proud Boys organizer. Rehl was president of the Proud Boys chapter in Philadelphia. The indictment describes Pezzola, of Rochester, New York, as a member of his local Proud Boys chapter.
At Mundelein town hall, Rep. Schneider calls for action in wake of school shooting; ‘The story coming out of Texas really shook me’
       
U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider reads the names of the 19 fourth graders and two teachers gunned down in Uvalde, Texas, Tuesday during a town hall Saturday in Mundelein. (Steve Sadin / Lake County News-Sun)A Meridian School fifth grader came to Rep. Brad Schneider’s Congress on Your Corner town hall concerned about school shootings. AdvertisementFifth grader Jackson Libbey talks to U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Highland Park, left, as Jackson’s father, Nathan Libbey, listens. People pay their respects at a memorial outside Robb Elementary School to honor the victims killed in this week's school shooting in Uvalde, Texas Saturday, May 28, 2022. Schneider said he was able to secure $600,000 so the village can make the pedestrian Park Street mall in downtown Mundelein permanent.
Russians storm city, shell east Ukraine as Zelenskyy visits
       
Ukrainian regional officials reported Russian forces “storming” Sievierodonetsk after trying unsuccessfully to encircle the city. Ukrainian fighters pushed Russian forces back from positions near the city, Ukraine’s second-largest, several weeks ago. In the wider Kharkiv region, Russian troops still held about 30% of the territory, while Kyiv’s troops had recaptured another 5%, the governor said. On the ground in the eastern Donetsk region, fighters battled back and forth for control of villages and cities. The small city serves as a key rail hub in the Donetsk region.
Everyday Heroes: Adrienne Hood turns pain into purpose as a social justice leader
       
Adrienne Hood wouldn't wish her pain on her worst enemy. Her pain was sparked by the terrible loss of her son, Henry Green. "From that point forward, I just have been fighting for the wrongful death of my son," said Hood, 49, of Forest Park. "Because of the situation and the policies that were broken, I truly feel that my son would still be here." "My pain has been turned in purpose and passion," Hood said.
Des Moines tries cooperation to reduce farm runoff
       
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines utility has for years engaged in a bitter struggle to clean up drinking water that comes from rivers teeming with agricultural pollutants, filing lawsuits, proposing legislation and even public shaming to try to force farmers to reduce runoff from their fields. Des Moines Water Works has complained for years that nitrates and phosphorous from farm fertilizers pour off fields, leaving rivers so polluted that the utility fears even its sophisticated and costly equipment can't purify the water. That history makes the deal between Landus, the state’s largest farmer-owned grain cooperative, and Water Works all the more surprising. Corrigan also credited Landus for acknowledging that large-scale agriculture needs to take a lead in cleaning up Iowa’s waterways. But Corrigan said he still believes some form of increased regulation is needed to significantly reduce runoff from the state’s roughly 85,000 farms.
Agency: 1 dead, 7 injured in Oklahoma festival shooting
       
TAFT, Okla. (AP) — One person was killed and seven were injured in a shooting early Sunday at an outdoor festival in eastern Oklahoma, authorities said. Two juveniles were among those shot at the Memorial Day event near Taft, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) southeast of Tulsa, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said in a statement. Members of the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office were also in attendance and immediately began rendering aid, OSBI said. The agency provided no other details including the conditions of those injured. The Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office referred the Associated Press to OSBI for more information.
Mother of Henry Green seeking appeal in April wrongful death verdict
       
The mother of Henry Green, the 23-year-old fatally shot by two Columbus police officers in 2016, is asking the 6th District Court for an appeal in the April wrongful death verdict in favor of the officers. Hung jury:Mistrial declared after hung jury in civil case of Henry Green, killed by Columbus police officersHood, filed a federal lawsuit in the case in 2019, alleging wrongful death and excessive use of force. Green refused orders to drop his weapon, resulting in the shooting, court documents state. The federal jury rendered its verdict in favor of Rosen and Bare in U.S. District Court in Columbus after about two hours of deliberations. Circuit Court of Appeals panel turned the case back to the district court in 2020 as it related to the final shots fired at Green.
Federal jury sides with Columbus officers in Henry Green wrongful death trial
       
A federal jury determined Monday that two Columbus police officers did not use excessive force when they fatally shot Henry Green, a Black man, during an exchange of gunfire in June 2016. The jury rendered their verdict in favor of Columbus officers Zach Rosen and Jason Bare, who are white, in U.S. District Court in Columbus after about two hours of deliberations. The officers said they saw Green with a firearm, jumped out and fired after Green refused orders to drop his weapon and fired at them, according to documents. Following the verdict Monday, local NAACP president Nana Watson said the facts and circumstances of the shooting continue to trouble the Black community. Circuit Court of Appeals turned the case back to the district court as it related to the final shots fired at Green.
Senior police officer who kept list of female colleagues ‘he found attractive’ is sacked
       
A senior police officer has been sacked after a tribunal heard that he had kept a list of female colleagues he found attractive. His dismissal followed a misconduct hearing at the force’s headquarters in Camden, in which Ch Insp Crouch was accused of being sexist over a 10-year period. Over the same 10-year period, the tribunal heard, Ch Insp Crouch sexually harassed a female colleague. As well as keeping a list of colleagues he found attractive, Ch Insp Crouch was said to have “created a sexualised working environment by displaying pictures on his wall of famous women he found attractive”. The panel found that Ch Insp Crouch’s actions amounted to gross misconduct and he was dismissed with immediate effect.
Germany has not sent promised large arms to Ukraine, leaked documents show
       
In the nine weeks since the end of March Germany has made just two deliveries to Ukraine consisting of small arms. In a recent speech, Mr Scholz said "Ich bin nicht Kaiser Wilhelm," referring to the last German emperor who hastened towards World War One. That is why we support Ukraine,” Mr Scholz said at the World Economic Forum in Davos. He said any heavy weapons deliveries would be "closely coordinated with our partners and allies". Mr Scholz has been under fire at home and abroad for failing to deliver full support for Ukraine.
Biden arrives in Uvalde after Texas school shooting massacre
       
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrived in Uvalde, Texas before noon on Sunday where they will visit the scene of a deadly shooting that left nearly two dozen elementary school students dead last week. The president’s journey to the small Texas town is not his first to the site of tragedy. In 2013, a few months after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the then-vice president gave remarks at a convention to address gun violence near the site of the Newtown, Connecticut attack. Mr Biden is expected to meet with families of shooting victims on Sunday as well as local community leaders. Photos showed the first couple at an expansive makeshift memorial set up for victims at the scene.
Uvalde’s state senator says ‘Everybody failed’ massacred schoolchildren
       
Roland Gutierrez, the Texas state senator who represents the city of Uvalde, has said that while there were clearly major failures in the law enforcement response to this week’s school shooting, the blame for what happened is shared far more widely. Mr Gutierrez, a Democrat, was speaking to Dana Bash, host of CNN’s “State of the Union”, on Sunday. “I had a long talk with Colonel McCraw yesterday,” said the senator, referring to the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety. We failed these children. “I don’t know that there should be criminal negligence or anything like that, or criminal accountability,” replied the state senator.
Ukraine war: Lithuania reveals how it is breaking away from dependence on Russian energy
       
In the Baltic Sea, on a ship named Independence, Lithuania first launched its quest to break away from Russian energy. After Russian President Vladimir Putin's forces invaded Ukraine, Lithuania was the first European Union member to announce it was stopping all Russian gas imports. Advertisement"From this month on - no more Russian gas in Lithuania," the country's president tweeted in April. Deep distrust of RussiaLithuania's breakaway from Russian energy did not happen overnight. "It is necessary to understand that buying Russian energy sources means that you finance the war," says Albinas Zananavicius, Lithuania's vice energy minister.
Texas school shooting: US President Joe Biden to meet victims' families as he visits scene
       
US President Joe Biden is visiting the scene of country's largest school shooting in a decade to meet and comfort victims' families. The president and First Lady Jill Biden will visit a memorial at the school in Uvalde, Texas, attend a church service and also meet with survivors and first responders. It comes as investigators seek to determine how critical mistakes were made in the response to the shooting that killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School. The Texas visit is Mr Biden's third trip as president to a mass shooting site. Earlier this month, he visited Buffalo, New York, after a shooting that left 10 black people dead at a supermarket.
Despite EU sanctions, Serbian president secures gas deal with Putin
       
Serbia is almost entirely dependent on Russian gas, and its main energy companies are under Russian majority ownership. "What I can tell you is that we have agreed on the main elements that are very favourable for Serbia," Vu?i? told reporters. It is not clear how Serbia would receive the Russian gas if the EU decides to shut off the Russian supply that travels over its member countries. Despite reports of the atrocities in Ukraine due to the invasion, Vu?i? and other Serbian leaders have been complaining of Western pressure to join sanctions against Russia. "The agreement reached by President Vu?i? with President Putin is proof of how much Serbia's decision not to participate in anti-Russian hysteria is respected," Interior Minister Aleksandar Vulin said.
Woman 'saves lives' by killing man who opened fire on crowd of people with semi-automatic rifle
       
A US woman 'saved lives' when she shot a man who opened fire on a crowd of people with a semi-automatic rifle. Police say 37-year-old Butler, who has an extensive criminal history, used an AR-15-type rifle in the incident, and was killed when the woman fired back at him. Spokesman Tony Hazelett said the woman will not be charged, and that she most likely 'saved several lives' by firing back. He said the felon left the complex, before coming back later with an AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle and began firing into the crowd. The woman, who was attending the party, drew her own weapon and shot back, killing him, WCHS Eyewitness News reports.
Egypt sentences ex-presidential candidate to 15 years: judiciary
       
He was sentenced alongside 24 others, including members of the Muslim Brotherhood group, from which the former candidate had defected years before. Mohamed al-Qassas, the deputy head of Aboul Fotouh's Strong Egypt party, received a 10-year sentence, while the remaining defendants were sentenced to between 10 years and life in prison. Lawyer Khaled Ali, a prominent opposition figure and himself a former presidential candidate, last month submitted what he said was irrefutable evidence of Aboul Fotouh's innocence. The rights group also said that Aboul Fotouh, aged 70, had been denied medical care for years. Aboul Fotouh's assets have been frozen since he was arrested and added to the state's terror list for "leading a terrorist organisation".
EU mulls compromise to break deadlock on Russian oil embargo
       
Budapest has rejected as inadequate a proposal to allow it two years longer than other EU states to wean itself off Russian oil. The compromise solution put to national negotiators on Sunday consists in excluding the Druzhba pipeline from a future oil embargo and only imposing sanctions on oil shipped to the EU by tanker vessel, the sources said. The Druzhba pipeline accounts for a third of all EU oil supplies from Russia. It would end the purchases of Russian crude within six months and Russian petroleum products by the end of the year. It would also impose additional sanctions on Russian banks and expand the list of Russian individuals blacklisted by the bloc.
Justice Department Statement on the Mass Shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX
       
The U.S. Department of Justice today released the following statement from spokesman Anthony Coley:“At the request of Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin, the U.S. Department of Justice will conduct a Critical Incident Review of the law enforcement response to the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24. “The goal of the review is to provide an independent account of law enforcement actions and responses that day, and to identify lessons learned and best practices to help first responders prepare for and respond to active shooter events. The review will be conducted with the Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing. “As with prior Justice Department after-action reviews of mass shootings and other critical incidents, this assessment will be fair, transparent, and independent. The Justice Department will publish a report with its findings at the conclusion of its review.”
Russian-Indian friendship society sends aid to medical station of Russian Army
       
Moscow [Russia], May 29 (ANI): The Russian-Indian friendship society Disha sent about three tonnes of humanitarian aid including pharmaceuticals, to the medical station of the Russian Armed Forces in Kursk, the Russian embassy in India said in its Telegram channel. Taking to social media, the Russian embassy said that the aid include pharmaceuticals. "The Russian-Indian friendship society Disha organized the next batch of humanitarian aid, which comprised pharmaceuticals produced by the Indian pharmaceutical company Panbio Pharm. The aid was transferred to one of the medical stations of the Russian Armed Forces in Kursk," the diplomatic mission said, as per TASS. Russia's Ambassador to India Denis Alipov recently expressed that India was taking a "fairly balanced position" regarding the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
Ukrainian defenders hold out in Donbas city under heavy fire
       
REUTERS/Alexander ErmochenkoSummary Russian forces pour resources into battleSievierodonetsk under assaultUkraine pleads for more weapons from WestKYIV/KHARKIV, Ukraine, May 29 (Reuters) - Ukrainian forces endured heavy artillery barrages on Sunday as they held off Russian attempts to capture Sievierodonetsk, the largest city Kyiv still controls in the Luhansk region of the Donbas, Ukrainian officials said. Having failed to take the capital Kyiv in the early phase of the war, Russia is seeking to consolidate its grip on the Donbas, large parts of which are already controlled by Moscow-backed separatists. Governor Gaidai said on Sunday that Russian forces had dug in at the Myr hotel on Sievierodonetsk's northern edge. Analysts at the Institute for the Study of War in Washington said the Russians had still not managed to encircle the city and the Ukrainian defenders have inflicted "fearful casualties" on them. Mykolaiv's regional administration said residential areas of Mykolaiv city had been shelled on Sunday morning, killing one civilian and wounding at least six.
Agency: 1 dead, 7 injured in Oklahoma festival shooting
       
Authorities say one person was killed and seven were injured in a shooting early Sunday at an outdoor festival in eastern OklahomaTAFT, Okla. -- One person was killed and seven were injured in a shooting early Sunday at an outdoor festival in eastern Oklahoma, authorities said. Witnesses said an argument preceded the gunfire just after midnight, the agency said. Members of the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office were also in attendance and immediately began rendering aid, OSBI said. The agency provided no other details including the conditions of those injured. The Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office referred the Associated Press to OSBI for more information.
Egyptian minister’s son faces murder charges over US double homicide
       
Workers such as judges, journalists and activists were all abandoned when the rescue operation stirred into action, it claimed. They told the Observer that they had worked with British media by producing programs on work against the Taliban and efforts to rebuild Afghanistan’s infrastructure. Now that the Taliban is in charge, they told the Observer that they have received warnings that they were being targeted. “The Taliban and other extremists are openly talking against those who are affiliated to the UK media,” he said. The UK government promised that those who were affiliated with the UK media would be eligible.
How ‘alternative facts’ threaten US democracy
       
We don’t trust unions. We don’t trust newspapers. You name it, we don’t trust it,” he says. “Trump tells people: ‘Don’t trust institutions of higher learning, don’t trust universities, don’t trust professors, don’t trust scientists,’” says civic studies professor Schaffner. Social media and an alternative realityIncreasingly, social media provides a vehicle for them to create those alternative realities.
Breaking International News & Views
       
GalleryPresident Joe Biden landed in the Texas town of Uvalde on Sunday to comfort families ripped apart by the worst U.S. school shooting in a decade as the public demands answers about why local police failed to act swiftly.
Republicans, Democrats spar over gun regulation after Texas school shooting
       
A man kneels at a memorial in Town Square in front of the county courthouse, for victims of the Robb Elementary school shooting, three days after a gunman killed nineteen children and two adults, in Uvalde, Texas, U.S. May 27, 2022. Republican and Democrats have continued to spar over gun control in the wake of the Texas elementary school shooting that left 21 people dead, with each side advocating for vastly different solutions. For Republicans, the answer lies in more security in schools and increased access to mental health care. In 2012, a 20-year-old gunman shot and killed 26 people, mostly 6- and 7-year-old children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Instead, Crenshaw pushed for increased security in schools.
Trial begins for Sudanese protesters accused of killing police officer
       
Demonstrators who have gathered outside the court shout slogans during the procedural session of the trial of demonstrators accused of killing a police brigadier, in Khartoum, Sudan May 29, 2022. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin AbdallahKHARTOUM, May 29 (Reuters) - The trial for four Sudanese protesters accused of killing a police officer earlier this year began in Khartoum on Sunday, amid anti-military demonstrators and heavy police presence. The four men, accused of the fatal stabbing of a police brigadier-general in January, were seen by a Reuters witness entering the courtroom in Khartoum, raising their fists and making victory signs. "We will not be ruled through fabricated charges, and we will not be ruled by murder," said Hamza, a protester at thecourthouse. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterReporting by Eltayib Siddig and Khalid Abdelaziz, writing by Nafisa Eltahir.
Federal judge orders ex-Proud Boys leader to be detained until Jan. 6 trial
       
WASHINGTON — A federal judge has ordered that the former national chairman of the right-wing Proud Boys organization remain held until his trial following his arrest and indictment in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. Releasing Enrique Tarrio before his trial would not reasonably assure the safety of the community, U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly wrote in a ruling, denying his request for release while awaiting trial. He ordered Tarrio be held at a federal detention center in Miami, Florida, the state where Tarrio was arrested in March. In a screengrab made from video, Stewart Rhodes of the Oath Keepers, wearing a cowboy hat, and Enrique Tarrio, right, in a garage in Washington on the night of Jan. 5, 2021. Kelly's ruling upheld the decision of a federal magistrate judge in Florida, who ruled in March that there were no conditions of release which could assure public safety.
Des Moines tries cooperation to reduce farm runoff
       
Jason Ribbens, precision agronomy specialist at Landus, holds a soil sample at Water Works Park, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Des Moines, Iowa. Des Moines Water Works has for years engaged in a bitter struggle to clean up drinking water that comes from rivers teeming with agricultural pollutants, resorting to filing lawsuits, proposing legislation and even public shaming to force farmers to reduce runoff from their fields. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)Jason Ribbens, precision agronomy specialist at Landus, holds a soil sample at Water Works Park, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Des Moines, Iowa. Des Moines Water Works has for years engaged in a bitter struggle to clean up drinking water that comes from rivers teeming with agricultural pollutants, resorting to filing lawsuits, proposing legislation and even public shaming to force farmers to reduce runoff from their fields. That history makes the deal between Landus, the state’s largest farmer-owned grain cooperative, and Water Works all the more surprising.
Des Moines tries cooperation to reduce farm runoff
       
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines utility has for years engaged in a bitter struggle to clean up drinking water that comes from rivers teeming with agricultural pollutants, filing lawsuits, proposing legislation and even public shaming to try to force farmers to reduce runoff from their fields. ADVERTISEMENTDes Moines Water Works has complained for years that nitrates and phosphorous from farm fertilizers pour off fields, leaving rivers so polluted that the utility fears even its sophisticated and costly equipment can’t purify the water. That history makes the deal between Landus, the state’s largest farmer-owned grain cooperative, and Water Works all the more surprising. Corrigan also credited Landus for acknowledging that large-scale agriculture needs to take a lead in cleaning up Iowa’s waterways. But Corrigan said he still believes some form of increased regulation is needed to significantly reduce runoff from the state’s roughly 85,000 farms.
Mo Brooks gets into fiery exchange with Fox News host over 2020 election
       
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) got into a fiery argument with a “Fox News Sunday” guest host over the 2020 presidential election, which Brooks repeatedly claimed was stolen and riddled with fraud. When Brooks pressed his claims of voter fraud and pushed for tighter election laws, guest host Sandra Smith countered that effort after effort had failed in court to prove the 2020 election was stolen from former President Trump. “The congressmen and senators disagree with you, with what you just said,” Brooks told her. Brooks is fighting off a Republican challenger in a tight Senate primary race headed to a runoff after he lost the endorsement and backing of Trump. Brooks lost the support of the former president after saying the GOP should move on from the 2020 election.
Nevada student says anonymous gun tips used to bully him
       
“I’m a student, not a threat,” Reno High School junior Lucas Gorelick, 16, told The Associated Press on Friday. He said his backpack and pickup truck were searched five times in two weeks based on anonymous tips, but no weapon was found. Jeff Gorelick, who owns hunting rifles, said his son does not have a key to the gun safe or own guns of his own. Relying on anonymous calls "gives people free rein to do abusive things to other people,” Jeff Gorelick said. “If you continue to misuse the system you may no longer be anonymous and there are potential consequences,” the statement said.
West Virginia woman with pistol shoots, kills man firing at graduation party: 'Saved several lives'
       
A woman in West Virginia fatally shot a man Wednesday night who had begun firing an AR-15-style rifle into a crowd of dozens. The people were attending a birthday and graduation party outside a Renaissance Circle apartment complex. The woman was attending the West Virginia party. "Instead of running from the threat, she engaged with the threat and saved several lives last night," Chief of Detectives Tony Hazelett told news outlets Thursday. Line of police cars frankysze via Getty ImagesHazelett said no charges would be filed against the woman.
Ukrainian Presidential Office: Russians hysterical after US shipment of MLRS systems to Ukraine
       
But as soon as it became known that Ukraine would still receive MLRS with a normal range (100+ km), the Russians immediately fell into hysterical hysteria. For reference:M270 MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) is a multifunctional complex on a crawler chassis, which can be used as an MLRS [Multiple Launch Rocket System] and as OTRK [Operational-tactical missile system]. Story continuesHimars (High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System) is a similar multifunctional complex on a wheeled chassis. Background:In recent weeks, the Ukrainian military and political leadership has insisted on supplying the Ukrainian army with modern MLRS and Himars launchers, which can be used as multiple rocket launchers with a range greater than other systems in Ukraine's arsenal. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said on 27 May that US authorities had not yet decided to hand over any such launchers to Ukraine.
States rush toward new gun restrictions as Congress remains gridlocked
       
“Anybody who shoots somebody else has a mental health challenge, period,” Abbott said a day after the Uvalde shooting. But the state’s Republican officials seemed disinclined to tighten gun laws. And in the Uvalde shooting, the school district had its own police force and school shooting plan, while the gunman was apparently never flagged for mental illness. Even so, New York and other states pursuing strict gun laws are, in many ways, hampered by the lack of a coherent gun policy from Congress and the flow of illegal firearms from states with looser laws. Research shows that gun crimes in states with tough restrictions are often committed with firearms from more permissive states.
Sacramento mass shooting suspect arrested in Las Vegas
       
California authorities said that a suspect wanted in a downtown Sacramento mass shooting that left six dead was arrested in Las Vegas. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police car. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)California authorities said that a suspect wanted in a downtown Sacramento mass shooting that left six dead was arrested in Las Vegas. Six people suffered fatal wounds and another dozen victims were injured in the early morning April 3 shootout, according to police. Payton is the third person arrested in the shooting.
Vermont readies to lose distinction as only state never to have had a woman in Congress
       
MONTPELIER, Vt. — With a rare opening this fall in its congressional delegation, Vermont appears poised to lose its distinction as the only state that has never been represented by a woman in Washington. (Wilson Ring/AP)Given Vermont’s liberal reputation, it might seem strange that it would be the last state to send a woman to Congress. Montana in 1916 made Rep. Jeannette Rankin the first woman elected to Congress, four years before the 19th Amendment secured women’s constitutional right to vote. The women seeking the Democratic nomination in the Vermont House race have not focused their campaigns on the possibility that one of them will be the first woman from the state elected to Congress. Balint has served in the state Senate for eight years, including six years in leadership positions, with the last two as president pro tempore.
Ukrainian officials say Russian forces ‘storming’ Sievierodonetsk in eastern portion of country
       
Ukrainian regional officials reported Russian forces “storming” Sievierodonetsk after trying unsuccessfully to encircle the city. Ukrainian fighters pushed Russian forces back from positions near the city, Ukraine’s second-largest, several weeks ago. In the wider Kharkiv region, Russian troops still held about 30% of the territory, while Kyiv’s troops had recaptured another 5%, the governor said. On the ground in the eastern Donetsk region, fighters battled back and forth for control of villages and cities. “The enemy is reinforcing its units,” the Ukrainian armed forces’ General Staff said in an operational update.
Ukrainian officials say Russian forces ‘storming’ Sievierodonetsk in eastern portion of country
       
Ukrainian regional officials reported Russian forces “storming” Sievierodonetsk after trying unsuccessfully to encircle the city. Ukrainian fighters pushed Russian forces back from positions near the city, Ukraine’s second-largest, several weeks ago. In the wider Kharkiv region, Russian troops still held about 30% of the territory, while Kyiv’s troops had recaptured another 5%, the governor said. On the ground in the eastern Donetsk region, fighters battled back and forth for control of villages and cities. “The enemy is reinforcing its units,” the Ukrainian armed forces’ General Staff said in an operational update.
Connecticut governor: ‘If you’re not serious about guns, you’re not serious about crime prevention’. Others diverge on gun control, school security efforts
       
Many Republican governors are emphasizing a different solution: more security at schools. Advertisement“If you’re not serious about guns, you’re not serious about crime prevention. AdvertisementOther Republican governors either sidestepped the AP’s questions about specific gun-control measures or said they opposed them. Republican governors were more likely to support efforts to strengthen security at schools. Though her office didn’t respond to the AP’s survey, Republican Gov.
Police officer who kept list of attractive workers sacked
       
Initially it was ruled his name should be kept anonymous on the basis that he watches football at the weekend and may be "subject to hostility from other fans if they found out he was a police officer".
After Uvalde, father of a Columbine victim says Democrats can do better on gun messaging
       
(AFP via Getty Images)Speaking with The Independent on Friday, Mr Mauser said it was time for Democrats to start battling the gun lobby with more effective and more persistent messaging. “We have to work on those gun owners, responsible gun owners,” Mr Mauser said. To reach those people in the middle of American politics, Mr Mauser continued, Democrats need to dominate the messaging war and shift the focus away entirely from the idea of confiscating firearms. There will be “all kinds of compromises” that make Democrats unhappy, Mr Mauser continues, but that’s part of an “incremental process” that leads to progress. The Senate is now on recess, but is reportedly continuing talks on the issue of gun violence while on break.
Ukraine war: President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visits frontline in first official appearance outside Kyiv since Russian invasion
       
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has visited troops on the frontline in the northeastern region of Kharkiv in his first official appearance outside of Kyiv since the start of Russia's invasion. "You risk your lives for us all and for our country," he told the soldiers, according to the president's office website. His chief of staff, Andriy Yermak, posted on Telegram to say the president had also visited Ukraine's second-largest city Kharkiv. More than 2,000 apartment buildings have been destroyed since Russia's invasion began on 24 February, the regional governor Oleh Syniehubov said. Ukrainian regional officials said Russian forces were "storming" the city after trying unsuccessfully to encircle it.
Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy says there's 'serious' talks with Republicans on gun reform after Uvalde
       
Democrats and Republicans in the Senate have begun 'serious' negotiations on finding a bipartisan solution to rising gun violence, Senator Chris Murphy confirmed on Sunday. It married together changes to Florida's gun laws with some significant investments in mental health and school security,' Murphy said. Murphy said the final piece of legislation 'in the end, could have a significant downward pressure on gun violence in this country.' Meanwhile President Joe Biden is in Uvalde, Texas on Sunday to meet with families of victims and survivors of Tuesday's shooting. Dr. Jill Biden will pay their respects at a makeshift memorial outside of Robb Elementary School, where the slaughter took place.
War in Ukraine: Latest developments
       
Ukraine says it is doing 'everything' to defend DonbasKyiv (Ukraine) (AFP) – Here are the latest developments in the war in Ukraine:Advertising Read more- Zelensky visits Ukraine's east -Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky visits the country's war-ridden east for the first time since the Russian invasion, on a trip to Kharkiv region, from where Moscow has retreated in recent weeks. Zelensky's office posted a video on Telegram of him wearing a bullet-proof vest and being shown heavily destroyed buildings in Kharkiv and its surroundings. He says Ukraine is doing "everything" to defend Donbas. Lithuanians raise millions for Ukraine droneLithuanians have donated more than five million euros to a public fundraising campaign designed to buy a combat drone for Ukrainian forces fighting Russia's invasion. The money needed to buy a Turkish Bayraktar TB2 drone was raised in three-and-a-half days in the country of 2.8 million people.
Sri Lanka police tear-gas students in fresh clashes
       
Advertising Read moreAnti-riot squads used water cannon followed by tear gas, as protesters pulled down yellow iron barricades across a road leading to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's official residence in Colombo. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe went on national television on Sunday evening offering young protesters a greater say in how the country is administered. Wickremesinghe is the sole parliamentary representative of the United National Party, a once-powerful political force that was nearly wiped out in Sri Lanka's last elections. Rajapaksa's party, which has a majority in the legislature, has offered to provide him with the necessary support to run a government. Its currency has depreciated by 44.2 percent against the US dollar this year, while inflation hit a record 33.8 percent last month.
Zelensky Visits Ukraine’s East as Russia Makes Push for Donbas
       
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday made his first trip to the country's war-torn east since the launch of Moscow's invasion, as Russian forces tightened their grip around key cities in the Donbas region. The situation in Lysychansk had become "significantly worse," the regional governor of the Lugansk region, Sergiy Gaiday, said on the messaging service, Telegram. Meanwhile, on the eastern bank of the Donets river, Russian forces "carried out assault operations in the area of the city of Severodonetsk," according to the Ukrainian general staff. Zelensky has been based in Kyiv since Russian President Vladimir Putin launched his full-scale attack on Ukraine on Feb. 24. "In this war, the occupiers are trying to squeeze out at least some result," Zelensky said in a later Telegram post Sunday.
Boris Johnson 'will announce return of imperial measurements to mark Queen's Platinum Jubilee
       
Boris Johnson is set to announce the return of imperial measurements after the UK's break with the European Union. The Prime Minister could reportedly announce a consultation into how to further incorporate imperial measurements in Britain on Friday to coincide with the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. Yet Tory MP Brandon Lewis said voters and businesses are 'pleased' that the UK Government is set to open the door to greater use of imperial weights and measures. In 2004, the EU Measuring Instruments Directive, which came into force in 2006, required the EU-wide CE mark to be added to pint glasses. Reviving imperial measures could also help the Prime Minister to win support in pro-Brexit seats, which will be vital at the next General Election.
Texas gun store ads posted on Houston school near NRA event
       
Advertisements for a Texas firearms retailer were placed on a high school just blocks away from where the National Rifle Association is holding its annual meeting in Houston this weekend. Tellez posted a photo he took of the ad on Twitter Friday, writing: "I get that those are @HoustonTX utility boxes but get this nonsense off our block. The bright red ads were posted on city utility boxes on all four corners of the school as well as utility boxes across the street, he said. "I snapped that picture because it struck me as incredibly gross and insensitive for someone to post that there when you look just above and know you are posting it outside of a high school." Less than a mile away from the high school, the NRA is holding its convention just days after an 18-year-old gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
Punjabi singer and Congress leader Sidhu Moose Wala shot dead
       
Popular Punjabi singer and rapper Sidhu Moose Wala, who had joined the Congress before the Punjab elections, has been shot dead. Moose Wala had contested the Assembly polls on a Congress ticket from Mansa. He was defeated by AAP’s Dr Vijay Singla with a margin of 63,323 votes. Hailing from Moosa, a village in Mansa district, Moose Wala had joined the Congress amid much fanfare in November last year. With Congress granting him ticket from Mansa Assembly constituency, then sitting Mansa MLA, Nazar Singh Manshahia, had revolted against the party saying that he would oppose the candidature of the controversial singer.
Agency: 1 dead, 7 injured in Oklahoma festival shooting
       
Authorities say one person was killed and seven were injured in a shooting early Sunday at an outdoor festival in eastern OklahomaTAFT, Okla. -- One person was killed and seven were injured in a shooting early Sunday at an outdoor festival in eastern Oklahoma, authorities said. Witnesses said an argument precluded the gunfire just after midnight, the agency said. Members of the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office were also in attendance and immediately began rendering aid, OSBI said. The agency provided no other details including the conditions of those injured. The Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office referred the Associated Press to OSBI for more information.
For Russian-Speaking Ukrainians, Language Clubs Offer Way to Defy Invaders
       
A former comedian, Mr. Zelensky grew up speaking Russian, but switched to Ukrainian in 2017 before running for office. Under his leadership, Kyiv strengthened its Ukrainian language law in 2019, requiring schools and public places to use Ukrainian. Russia pointed to this law before its invasion to argue that Ukrainian Russian speakers were under attack. They were also subject to population transfers under Stalin, whose government expelled more than half a million Ukrainians to Russia. This brought many Russian engineers and technicians to eastern Ukraine, as well as specialists from other parts of the Soviet Union, and they used Russian as a common language.
Inaccurate official reports mar Uvalde coverage - The Washington Post
       
“In any kind of shooting like this, or any criminal act of this nature, everything is going to change. That was an important detail, considering that it had been reported that there was indeed an armed clash upon his entry. Like any profession, police are susceptible to groundless rumors, half-baked reports and a fierce aversion to unfavorable publicity. No, says Chan: “I don’t want us to be in a situation where an assertion by a public official is taken just like any other assertion. “What information do we not know, and what’s the history of things that turned out not to be true?
What Mitch McConnell has said about gun control
       
PoliticsWhat Mitch McConnell has said about gun controlThe Senate Republican leader has spent his career working to delay, obstruct or prevent most major firearms restrictions from being approved by Congress.
Sri Lanka PM proposes to make president, cabinet answerable to parliament
       
Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe gestures as he speaks during an interview with Reuters at his office in Colombo, Sri Lanka, May 24, 2022. REUTERS/Adnan AbidiCOLOMBO, May 29 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Sunday his government was working on amending the constitution to make the president and cabinet accountable to parliament. Sri Lanka has been rocked by protests due to an unprecedented financial crisis, which culminated in the resignation of former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his cabinet this month. "According to the new system we have proposed, the president will be held accountable to the parliament. The cabinet of ministers is also accountable to parliament," Wickremesinghe said in a televised address to the nation.
‘He doesn't speak in beautiful syntax’: GOP bets the Senate that Walker is ready for prime time
       
“They [the Warnock campaign] are signaling what they think is their pathway to victory. Fans and supporters of Herschel Walker hold signs for him before he speaks at a rally on May 23, 2022 in Athens, Georgia. “I think a simple question for Herschel Walker is, what do you think the United States Senate does?” said former Navy SEAL officer Latham Saddler. “Every report and every scandal that emerges about Herschel Walker reinforces why he has absolutely no place in the U.S, Senate. “He doesn’t speak in beautiful syntax, by any means,” said Robinson, the GOP consultant.
Senate debates new gun safety reforms after a decade of inaction
       
After ten years of inaction on gun safety, the Senate is considering modest reforms. MSNBC Political Analyst Julian Castro and the Washington Post's Tyler Pager joined American Voices with Alicia Menendez to discuss the chances of federal gun legislation passing the Senate. May 29, 2022
Criticism of police response in Uvalde shooting piles up
       
Officials have said local police waited outside the classroom and did not expeditiously make an attempt to breach it, as is procedure. Gutierrez further questioned the lack of clarity on the timeline of which law enforcement agency was in charge of the response. “At what point does the local police take operational control, or should they? At what point does the next superior power, DPS, take operational control or should they? At what point should they not have taken operational control?”The criticism Sunday was bipartisan.
Chris Murphy sees hope this time for passing gun legislation
       
The killer in Texas was 18 years old as was the suspect charged in the recent mass shooting in a Buffalo supermarket. “He is really focusing on what can I actually do at this moment,” Kinzinger said of Murphy. Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) encouraged Murphy and Cornyn to accomplish the most they can. Like Murphy and Kinzinger, Durbin said he saw signs that the logjam on gun issues was about to be broken in Washington. America is sick and tired of political excuses.”For his part, Murphy said he realized these talks still might not go anywhere.
Governors diverge on gun control, school security efforts
       
Many Republican governors are emphasizing a different solution: more security at schools. Other Republican governors either sidestepped the AP’s questions about specific gun-control measures or said they opposed them. ADVERTISEMENTRepublican governors were more likely to support efforts to strengthen security at schools. Kristi Noem of South Dakota denounced calls for gun-control as “garbage” and embraced greater school security measures during a speech Friday to the National Rifle Association convention in Houston . Republican Gov.
Serbia ignores EU sanctions, secures gas deal with Putin
       
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — As the war in Ukraine rages , Serbia’s president announced that he has secured an “extremely favorable” natural gas deal with Russia during a telephone conversation Sunday with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has refused to explicitly condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Serbia has not joined Western sanctions against Moscow. Serbia is almost entirely dependent on Russian gas and its main energy companies are under Russian majority ownership. “What I can tell you is that we have agreed on the main elements that are very favorable for Serbia,” Vucic told reporters. “The agreement reached by President Vucic with President Putin is proof of how much Serbia’s decision not to participate in anti-Russian hysteria is respected,” said Interior Minister Aleksandar Vulin, who is known for his pro-Russian stance.
Who is running for governor of Arizona? These are the major candidates in the race
       
Democratic candidates also are focusing on similar issues, including expanding education, affordable healthcare and economic development. Her campaign website lists her key issues, including vaccines and COVID-19 mandates. Neely promises on his campaign website to represent everyone and states he is running for governor "to promote greater prosperity for all working Arizona families." Paola Tulliani-ZenBusiness owner Paola Tulliani-Zen is running for Arizona governor, describing herself as "the people's choice." He wants to transform Arizona's education system, ensure affordable health care, promote economic development and address border issues, according to his campaign website.
'We were raised to stick together': People pitch in to help young man raise 5 siblings
       
The then-18-year-old Acosta worked to help pay the mortgage as well as to provide clothing and supplies for the children. After hearing Acosta's story from Creta, Andrea Angulo Gutierrez, another attorney based in Avondale, created a GoFundMe for the family. His fortitude is just immense," Angulo Gutierrez said. But when the fundraiser stalled at only 25% of the goal, Angulo Gutierrez started reaching out to local media outlets for help. "It goes without saying, but I know Raul is extremely relieved," Angulo Gutierrez said.
Vermont readies to lose distinction as only state never to have had a woman in Congress
       
MONTPELIER, Vt. — With a rare opening this fall in its congressional delegation, Vermont appears poised to lose its distinction as the only state that has never been represented by a woman in Washington. (Wilson Ring/AP)Given Vermont’s liberal reputation, it might seem strange that it would be the last state to send a woman to Congress. Montana in 1916 made Rep. Jeannette Rankin the first woman elected to Congress, four years before the 19th Amendment secured women’s constitutional right to vote. The women seeking the Democratic nomination in the Vermont House race have not focused their campaigns on the possibility that one of them will be the first woman from the state elected to Congress. Balint has served in the state Senate for eight years, including six years in leadership positions, with the last two as president pro tempore.
'There's too much violence': Biden to meet with grieving families in Uvalde: Live updates
       
He and first lady Jill Biden also will visit a memorial site at Robb Elementary School, attend Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and meet with first responders. REMEMBERING THEIR FACES:Uvalde school photographers' pictures bring children and tragedy into full focusTIMELINE:How Texas elementary school shooting, deadliest since Sandy Hook, unfoldedWhat is Biden's schedule in Uvalde? President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden are scheduled to arrive in Uvalde at noon Eastern time. Shortly after arriving, they will pay their respects to the children and teachers who died in Tuesday's shooting at Robb Elementary School. Sutton, a professional school portrait photographer, has taken photos of every child killed at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday, along with the two teachers.
Arizona governor in Israel for trade, water, security talks
       
Doug Ducey is in Israel for five days of talks with political and business leaders of the Middle Eastern country. Ducey arrived in Israel on Sunday morning, accompanied by the heads of the Arizona Commerce Authority and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Karamargin said the Republican governor's meetings will focus on trade, water and border security. He was the first Arizona governor to go there when he led an 8-day official trade mission during his first year as governor. He toured a commerce authority trade office that opened in Tel Aviv earlier that year.
Prosecutor becomes latest in Georgia to drop marijuana cases
       
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The district attorney of coastal Georgia's largest county has become the latest prosecutor statewide to say she'll generally stop prosecuting misdemeanor marijuana cases involving possession of less than an ounce of the drug. Like other prosecutors, police chiefs and sheriffs who have stopped marijuana enforcement, she cited the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's refusal to test for small amounts of marijuana unless other felony charges are involved. A number of Georgia cities and counties, including Savannah, Atlanta and Macon-Bibb County have also reduced penalties for possessing marijuana. Savannah Mayor Van Johnson, who led that city's previous efforts to cut marijuana penalties, told WTOC-TV that he supports the move. State lawmakers, mostly Democrats, have introduced a number of bills in the Georgia General Assembly seeking to legalize marijuana or reduce penalties for possession, but none have advanced.
Serbia ignores EU sanctions, secures gas deal with Putin
       
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — As the war in Ukraine rages, Serbia's president announced that he has secured an “extremely favorable” natural gas deal with Russia during a telephone conversation Sunday with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has refused to explicitly condemn Russia's invasion of Ukraine and Serbia has not joined Western sanctions against Moscow. Serbia is almost entirely dependent on Russian gas and its main energy companies are under Russian majority ownership. “What I can tell you is that we have agreed on the main elements that are very favorable for Serbia,” Vucic told reporters. “The agreement reached by President Vucic with President Putin is proof of how much Serbia’s decision not to participate in anti-Russian hysteria is respected,” said Interior Minister Aleksandar Vulin, who is known for his pro-Russian stance.
Sue Gray ‘told about Abba party at least four times’ for partygate report
       
Sue Gray was told by at least four officials that they heard Abba music playing in Boris and Carrie Johnson’s Downing Street flat, it was claimed. The aides said that they gave evidence to Ms Gray, who did not include the allegations from her final report published last week. The claim of a so-called Abba party has always been denied by Downing Street and police investigating lockdown breaches found no wrongdoing. No reference to the claims that music was being played at the gathering on Nov 13 2020 were contained in the final report. One person questioned by Ms Gray said: “I told both her and the Met Police that I heard Abba music coming from the No 11 flat on that night.
Everything but gun control that conservatives have floated in response to school shootings
       
US President Joe Biden, who only a week before the deadly shooting at Robb Elementary School travelled to Buffalo, the site of another deadly mass shooting, to offer a sharp rebuke of his country’s gun control policies. Democratic lawmakers similarly made stirring pleas on the Senate floor, pleading for action on gun control. “What are we doing?” begged Senator Chris Murphy, whose home state, Connecticut, was the site of the Sandy Hook massacre, one of the deadliest school shootings in history. Lining up behind that one-door proposal was former US president Donald Trump, a politician who famously promoted the gun advocates’ solution of arming teachers following the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018. Armed parent militiasPutting a spin on the old tried-and-true conservative classic of arming teachers, was Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene’s suggestion of instead creating a volunteer militia of parents and guardians.
Vladimir Putin ‘given three years to live by doctors’ and ‘is losing his eyesight due to illness’ spy claims
       
Russian president Vladimir Putin has been given just three years to live by doctors, it’s claimed. A growing number of unconfirmed reports alledge the 69-year-old president has cancer and that his health is deteriorating quickly. And now an FSB officer has claimed Putin “has no more than two to three years to stay alive”, adding the Russian president has “a severe form of rapidly progressing cancer”. Messages said to be from the unidentified Russian spy to FSB defector Boris Karpichkov also say Putin is losing his sight and suffering from headaches. “He’s constantly accompanied around the place by a team of doctors.”And earlier this month an oligarch with close ties to Mr Putin was reportedly recorded saying he is “very ill with blood cancer”.
Russia Tightens Grip on Key Cities as Battle for Donbas Rages
       
The situation in Lysychansk had become "significantly worse," the regional governor of the Lugansk region, Sergiy Gaiday, said on the messaging service, Telegram. The battle for control of the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas raged on Sunday as Russian forces tightened their grip around the key cities of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk. Putin 'ready' to export grainIn their call with Putin, Scholz and Macron pointed to a looming global food security crisis. But on Saturday, he told Macron and Scholz that Russia was "ready" to look for ways to allow more wheat onto the global market. Putin warned Macron and Scholz that ramping up arms supplies to Ukraine would be "dangerous" and risk "further destabilization."
Trump zeroes in on school security, mental health in campaign-style NRA speech
       
“Unlike some, I didn’t disappoint you by not showing up,” Trump said at the start of his remarks. "Teachers, parents, school officials, and community members need to be recognizing and addressing these alarm bells promptly and very, very aggressively," he continued. In calling for increased school security, Trump echoed other Republicans in suggesting schools must transition to having only a single point of entry, implement metal detectors and employ an armed security officer at all times. Trump also said teachers should be able to be armed on school property. "As the age old saying goes: The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," Trump said.
Trump loyalist who lost Georgia governor primary with just 3.4% of the vote is refusing to admit defeat
       
Kandiss Taylor received just 3.4% of the vote in the GOP's primary for Georgia governor. Despite her poor showing, Taylor is refusing to concede defeat and claims the election was rigged. More will be forthcoming," Taylor campaign spokesperson Christi Maude told The Daily Beast. Taylor received 41,027 votes. We run this state," Taylor said.
Vladimir Putin may already be dead with body double taking his place, MI6 chiefs claim
       
The Russian leader's death would be kept secret “for weeks, if not months” according to intelligence sources amid increasing speculation that Putin is "very ill" and receiving cancer treatmentVladimir Putin may already be dead with body double taking his place, MI6 chiefs claimMI6 sources claim Vladimir Putin may already be dead amid speculation about the Russian leader's health. Senior MI6 bosses say the Russian president has been seriously ill recently, but that his death would likely be covered up. One intelligence source: “Putin is very ill and when he dies his death will be kept secret for weeks, if not months. Image: SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images) SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images)Ukraine’s head of military intelligence Major General Kyrylo Budanov also claimed Putin is seriously ill with cancer. Russian affairs expert Fiona Hill, who has met Putin in the past, said he was “not looking so great” and could be taking “high doses of steroids”.
Chicago has had most mass shootings in U.S. since 2018 -- what's the solution?
       
Chicago has had most mass shootings in U.S. since 2018Chicago has had most mass shootings in U.S. since 2018Chicago has had most mass shootings in U.S. since 2018CHICAGO (CBS) -- The massacre that killed 19 children and two adults at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas is putting the spotlight on gun violence in Chicago. Chicago has the dubious distinction of having the most mass shootings in the U.S. since 2018. From September 2018 to May 24 of this year, data show Chicago has led the nation's cities - with 811 people killed and injured in mass shootings. Webster has studied gun violence and mass shootings for more than three decades. Mass Shootings By City Per 100,000 Population (Sept. 29, 2018 - May 24, 2022)"Each of those cities have problems with group violence," Webster said.
Texas gun store ads posted on Houston school near NRA event
       
Advertisements for a Texas firearms retailer were placed on a high school just blocks away from where the National Rifle Association is holding its annual meeting in Houston this weekend. Tellez posted a photo of the ad on Twitter Friday, writing: "I get that those are @HoustonTX utility boxes but get this nonsense off our block. In a later post, Tellez wrote: "It is is beyond frustrating we have gotten to the point that we have gotten to this point in education and society... School staff have since removed the ads, Tellez wrote. Less than a mile away from the high school, the NRA is holding its convention just days after an 18-year-old gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
Senators are continuing talks during recess to find a compromise on gun legislation
       
Senators are expected to continue talks next week to try to develop new gun legislation in response to the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 21 people, 19 of them children. For those gun control advocates, a bipartisan effort to find common ground has been a long time coming. In the days after the shooting in Uvalde, demonstrators — who included gun violence survivors — at the Capitol sought to put pressure on lawmakers. Schumer now says if these new talks fail, a vote will be on tap regardless to show where every senator stands. One of those key negotiators is Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn, who visited the scene of the shooting in Uvalde.
President calls statements about giving part of Ukraine to Russia unacceptable
       
President calls statements about giving part of Ukraine to Russia unacceptableLithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda on Thursday called completely unacceptable the considerations of some politicians and experts that Ukraine could give some of its lands to Russia to ensure peace. "I would very much like, both personally and as a politician, to have a peace agreement reached because Ukraine is bleeding every day. But we certainly cannot irresponsibly divide the territory of another state as we see fit," the president told the TV3 television channel on Thursday. So if we start slicing this issue like a loaf of bread with a knife, I think that is totally unacceptable. Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea in 2014 and pro-Moscow separatist groups later took control of parts of Ukraine's easternmost areas of Donetsk and Luhansk.
President Zelenskyy visits frontline of the Kharkiv Oblast
       
Source: Presidential Office of UkraineDetails: President Zelenskyy was informed about the operational situation in the area of his visit. While there, the president convened a working meeting regarding the situation in Kharkiv Oblast and the city of Kharkiv. According to Kharkiv Oblast officials, 2,229 residential buildings have been destroyed in hostilities across the oblast and its administrative capital. According to a video shared by the Presidential Office, President Zelenskyy stressed the importance of rebuilding civilian infrastructure. Head of Kharkiv Oblast Military Administration informed Zelenskyy that 31% of Kharkiv Oblast currently remains under Russian occupation; 5% of its territory has been liberated from the Russian occupiers.
Russian troops storm city amid eastern Ukraine bombardments
       
The remains of a cluster-type munition lie in a field in Cherkaska Lozova, outskirts of Kharkiv, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, May 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)The remains of a cluster-type munition lie in a field in Cherkaska Lozova, outskirts of Kharkiv, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, May 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)POKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russian and Ukrainian troops engaged in close-quarter combat in an eastern Ukraine city Sunday as Moscow’s soldiers, supported by intense shelling, attempted to gain strategic footholds for conquering the region in the face of fierce Ukrainian resistance. Ukrainian regional officials reported that Russian forces were “storming” Sievierodonetsk after trying unsuccessfully to encircle the city. Andrea Rosa in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Yuras Karmanau in Lviv, Ukraine, and AP journalists around the world contributed.
Erdogan says won't let 'terrorism-supporting' countries enter NATO -media
       
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a ceremony at the Golcuk Naval Shipyard in Izmit, Turkey May 23, 2022. Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERSISTANBUL, May 29 (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said talks with Finland and Sweden about their joining NATO were not at the "expected level" and Ankara cannot say yes to "terrorism-supporting" countries, state broadcaster TRT Haber reported on Sunday. All 30 NATO members must approve plans to enlarge NATO. We cannot repeat the mistake made in the past regarding countries that embrace and feed such terrorists in NATO, which is a security organisation," he said. Sweden and Finland have said they condemn terrorism and welcomed the possibility of coordinating with Ankara.
Ukrainian defenders hold out in Donbas city under heavy fire
       
REUTERS/Alexander ErmochenkoSummary Russian forces pour resources into battleSievierodonetsk under assaultUkraine pleads for more weapons from WestKYIV, May 29 (Reuters) - Ukrainian forces endured heavy artillery barrages on Sunday as they held off Russian attempts to capture Sievierodonetsk, the largest city Kyiv still controls in the Luhansk region of the Donbas, Ukrainian officials said. Having failed to take the capital Kyiv in the early phase of the war, Russia is seeking to consolidate its grip on the Donbas, large parts of which are already controlled by Moscow-backed separatists. Governor Gaidai said on Sunday that Russian forces had dug in at the Myr hotel on Sievierodonetsk's northern edge. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy - who has won widespread admiration in the West for his leadership in the conflict - visited Ukrainian troops on the frontlines in northeastern Kharkiv region on Sunday. Ukrainian troops pushed Russian forces back from around Kharkiv earlier this month but the city has come under renewed artillery fire this week.
Ukraine's Zelenskiy visits frontline in first official appearance outside Kyiv since invasion
       
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy awards a Ukrainian servicewoman, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, at a position in Kharkiv region, Ukraine May 29, 2022. Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. May 29 (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy visited troops on the frontline in Ukraine's northeastern Kharkiv region on Sunday, his first official appearance outside the Kyiv region since the start of Russia's invasion on Feb. 24. Zelenskiy's chief of staff, Andriy Yermak, wrote on the Telegram app that the president had also visited Ukraine's second-largest city of Kharkiv. Yermak said Zelenskiy toured destroyed residential buildings, noting that their replacements had to be built with bomb shelters in place.
Workers vote to become first unionized Starbucks in Alabama
       
FILE - Starbucks employees and supporters react as votes are read during a union-election watch party on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, in Buffalo, N.Y. It’s become a common sight: jubilant Starbucks workers celebrating after successful votes to unionize at dozens of U.S. stores. To win the changes they seek, like better pay and more reliable schedules, unionized stores must sit down with Starbucks and negotiate a contract. To win the changes they seek, like better pay and more reliable schedules, unionized stores must sit down with Starbucks and negotiate a contract. (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex, File)BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Starbucks has until later this week to file any objections with the National Labor Relations Board after workers at a shop in Birmingham became the first of the company’s locations in Alabama to vote to organize. Company officials didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment on whether Starbucks would challenge the vote — the latest in a series of wins for labor at Starbucks stores across the nation.
UPDATE 1-Ukraine's Zelenskiy visits frontline in first official appearance outside Kyiv since invasion
       
(Adds detail from Yermak)May 29 (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy visited troops on the frontline in Ukraine's northeastern Kharkiv region on Sunday, his first official appearance outside the Kyiv region since the start of Russia's invasion on Feb. 24. Zelenskiy's chief of staff, Andriy Yermak, wrote on the Telegram app that the president had also visited Ukraine's second-largest city of Kharkiv. Yermak said Zelenskiy toured destroyed residential buildings, noting that their replacements had to be built with bomb shelters in place. The president's chief of staff added that 31% of Kharkiv region's territory was currently occupied by Russia, and a further 5% had been taken back by Ukraine having been occupied earlier. (Reporting by Max Hunder; Editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise and Nick Macfie)
Ukraine's Zelenskiy visits frontlines in first visit outside Kyiv region
       
May 29 (Reuters) - Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy visited Ukrainian troops on the front lines in Ukraine's northeastern Kharkiv region on Sunday, the President's office announced. The visit marks his first official appearance outside kyiv region since the start of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24. "You risk your lives for us all and for our country," the President's office website cited him as saying to the soldiers, adding that he handed out commendations and gifts. (Reporting by Max Hunder; Editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise)
New England senators want more federal money for elections
       
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Senators in New England are getting behind a push to provide more federal resources to administer local and state elections. King said the proposal makes clear that it would stop states from using the money in ways that make it harder for eligible voters to cast their votes. ADVERTISEMENTDemocratic Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, chairwoman of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee with oversight over federal elections, and Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren led nine of their colleagues in introducing the Sustaining Our Democracy Act. The co-sponsors of the proposal are all Democrats except for King and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. King and Sanders are independent senators who caucus with the Democrats.
Israeli PM Bennett says Iranian 'immunity' is over
       
Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency said members of an Israeli intelligence service network had been discovered and arrested by the Guards immediately after the Tehran shooting. However, in broadcast remarks to his ministers on Sunday, Bennett accused Iran of repeatedly targeting Israeli interests. "For decades, the Iranian regime has practiced terrorism against Israel and the region by means of proxies, emissaries, but the head of the octopus, Iran itself, has enjoyed immunity," Bennett said. "As we have said before, the era of the Iranian regime's immunity is over. Those who finance terrorists, those who arm terrorists and those who send terrorists will pay the full price," he added.
How the stars of Top Gun: Maverick got their call signs
       
The RootSince February, the country has experienced a shortage in infant formula prompted by the FDA shut down a Michigan plant due to a recall of three brands of powdered formula. Families across the country have struggled to find formula in their local stores as the federal government desperately tries to import stock from overseas. And while some have questioned why these struggling mothers just don’t breastfeed their babies, they are overlooking many of the structural barriers that make it more diff
Column: In Orange County, an Assembly seat fight for the future of Latino politics
       
Their signs are all over Anaheim and Santa Ana, where Valencia and Vicente are respectively from and where I’ve spent my entire life. Reading from a prepared speech, he accused Valencia of being “funded by the same systems” that fouled Anaheim politics. The face-off is drawing regionwide attention, both for what it says about an Orange County too many people still figure as a conservative wasteland, and for what it represents for Latino Democratic politics in Southern California and beyond. All my Santa Ana pals support Vicente and have flooded my social media feeds with photos of his get-out-the-vote walks. Both immediately tied when I asked each to pick a Mexican restaurant where we could meet the weekend before the Anaheim council meeting.
Reform-minded candidates mounting rare challenges to sheriffs in Alameda, Contra Costa counties
       
A similar dynamic is playing out in neighboring Contra Costa County, where a police union boss is campaigning to unseat three-term sheriff David Livingston. “I think people are just frustrated and tired of seeing what’s going on across the nation,” said Yesenia Sanchez, one of two candidates challenging four-term sheriff Greg Ahern in Alameda County. Numerous other sheriffs across the state also support him, as does Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley and the mayors of Dublin, Danville, Pleasanton and Union City. Also running for Alameda County Sheriff is JoAnn Walker, a 26-year San Francisco police officer who has won support from a handful of council members in Oakland, Fremont and San Leandro. Therriault said he supports an independent commission to oversee the sheriff’s office, and for improved data analytics to help the agency better spot – and respond to – emerging crime trends.
San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos Bolanos faces familiar opponent in Christina Corpus
       
He’s being challenged by Captain Christine Corpus, who if elected would be the first woman sheriff in the county and the first Latina sheriff in California. Bolanos has served the department for six years now and also faced opposition in the 2018 election, which he won with 60.4% of the vote against deputy Sheriff Mark Melville. Corpus also said she’s faced unwarranted scrutiny from Bolanos and his executive team, which Bolanos also denies. We need to have someone in office who’s going to be a pivotal leader in our county and take accountability. “I think when you look at my experience as an executive for approximately 20 years compared to zero years with my opponent, that they consider the leadership I have provided to the Sheriff’s Office,” Bolanos said.
Biden's low ratings aren't helping Tony Evers. But the governor is holding his own, for now.
       
But the gap between Evers’ and Biden’s approval ratings is significantly bigger than the gap between Walker’s and Trump’s in 2018. In other words, Evers is running further ahead of Biden’s low ratings than Walker ran ahead of Trump’s. Combining the last three polls by the Marquette University Law School (October 2021, and February and April 2022), Evers has a net approval rating of plus 5. The governor’s net approval is 30 points higher than Biden’s among voters under 30 and 22 points higher among voters 30-39. Evers’ net approval is 22 points higher than Biden’s with Republicans, 23 points higher with self-described conservatives and 25 points higher with voters who have a positive view of Donald Trump.
Research focuses on city's oldest Black families' ancestors
       
City Council made telling a more inclusive story of Fredericksburg an official priority in 2020 and is helping the museum hire a Black history curator. The responsiveness of City Council gave Paula Royster confidence that the door was open for community members to freely express themselves to leaders including Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw. City Council donated $5,000 to Royster’s “Reclaiming Our Time” project, which will identify the 10 oldest Black families in Fredericksburg’s history. Royster has identified eight of the 10 families and hopes to finalize the complete list by next week. “It’s absolutely part of what we want to do—to identify our roots and the real history of this city.”
NRA leader Wayne LaPierre survives confidence vote as group’s board considers his future
       
Wayne LaPierre, the leader of the National Rifle Association (NRA), has survived a confidence vote by his organisation’s members ahead of a crucial decision about his future on Monday. Mr LaPierre, who along with three other top NRA figures has been accused of abusing millions of dollars in funds for personal purposes, is currently the group’s executive vice president as well as its CEO. On Monday he will face his organisation’s board, which is set to decide whether or not to renew him in his vice presidential position. His long tenure at the organisation’s helm has seen Mr LaPierre become one of the most controversial unelected figures in national US politics. That aim was rejected by a New York judge earlier this year, but Ms James will still be allowed to proceed with her lawsuit against Mr LaPierre and other top executives.
Putin loses TWO more colonels in Ukraine including his 'best paratroop commander'
       
Two more Russian colonels have been killed in Russia’s war in Ukraine - including the country’s 'best paratroop commander'. His battalion based in Pskov had been recognised as the best in Russia in its extensive combat training and military discipline. Russian media outlet Mediazona confirmed the death of another colonel killed earlier in the war which has not been announced. Col Vladimir Ivanov, 41, has been labelled a 'propagandist' by the Ukrainian media because he served in the Russian defence ministry’s department of Information and Mass Communication. Dosyagayev and Ivanov are the 47th and 48th colonels known to have died fighting for Russian forces in Ukraine.
Trial opens of 4 accused of killing Sudan policeman
       
Protesters outside a court in Sudan's capital Khartoum Sunday, where the trial of four accused of fatally stabbing a police general earlier this year opened and was adjournedKhartoum (AFP) – The trial of four men accused of fatally stabbing a senior police officer during anti-coup protests in Sudan opened in the capital Khartoum on Sunday, an AFP correspondent said. Since Burhan's power-grab, hundreds of activists have been detained and at least 98 people killed in a crackdown, according to pro-democracy medics. Burhan has said some security force members "misused" their weapons during demonstrations, but no trials of personnel have been publicly announced. Ahead of the trial of the four accused protesters, a local pro-democracy "resistance" committee said that the case amounted to "targeting revolutionaries with malicious reports to get rid of them" and "an assault on the revolution and its values". On Saturday, thousands once more took to the streets of Sudan's capital Khartoum, where two protesters were killed.
Ukrainian Presidential Office: Russians hysterical after US shipment of MLRS systems to Ukraine
       
But as soon as it became known that Ukraine would still receive MLRS with a normal range (100+ km), the Russians immediately fell into hysterical hysteria. For reference:M270 MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) is a multifunctional complex on a crawler chassis, which can be used as an MLRS [Multiple Launch Rocket System] and as OTRK [Operational-tactical missile system]. Himars (High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System) is a similar multifunctional complex on a wheeled chassis. Background:In recent weeks, the Ukrainian military and political leadership has insisted on supplying the Ukrainian army with modern MLRS and Himars launchers, which can be used as multiple rocket launchers with a range greater than other systems in Ukraine's arsenal. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said on 27 May that US authorities had not yet decided to hand over any such launchers to Ukraine.
NC GOP congressional candidate accused of domestic violence, lies :: WRAL.com
       
In a her own filings from the couple's divorce proceedings, Smith said Goranson was lying, and she accused him of domestic violence. “[Smith] picked up a frying pan a time or two,” he said. “Never really swung a frying pan at me.”Smith did take a run at him with his car, according to Auman. She said they were dismissed by a judge and she threatened a lawsuit against “people peddling these lies.”She also promised to take a frying pan to Congress. 'With a closed fist'In July of 2012, Smith’s teenage daughter sought a domestic violence protection order against her mother.
How you can save money buying storm supplies
       
With an active severe weather season underway and promises for a busy hurricane season, officials in several Southern states are advising residents to stock on storm supplies and save a few dollars in the process. Floridians are expected to save more than $25 million on the purchase of tax-free items in advance of the hurricane season. The cost of preparing for a storm can run in the thousands of dollars, so any money that a family can save is undoubtedly helpful to the wallet. Floridians are expected to save more than $25 million on the tax-free items. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says successfully preparing for a storm can potentially avoid costly damage during a disaster.
2024 Watch: Trump takes a hit after Georgia defeats, but still the ‘800-pound gorilla’
       
Former President Donald Trump, at his rally this weekend in Wyoming, pushing back against those suggesting his political demise. KEMP'S LANDSLIDE PRIMARY VICTORY IN GEORGIA A SETBACK FOR TRUMPTrump spent the past year and a half crucifying Georgia Gov. And Trump backed GOP attorney general challenger John Gordon was demolished by incumbent Chris Carr. Trump stands head and shoulders ahead of the other potential 2024 GOP White House hopefuls in early public opinion polling. Looking ahead to 2024 and a potential Trump White House run, Erickson said the former president's serious setbacks in Georgia mean "that if he doesn’t have the clout now to do something like this, he’s not going to have the clout come 2024."
Your Social Security check might be taxed. Here's how that could change
       
More from Personal Finance:Social Security retirement age move to 67 may changeInflation points to bigger Social Security cost-of-living adjustmentWages up to $147K being taxed for Social Security could change The answer is false. But there is a cap for Social Security benefits. "It's not well understood," Nancy Altman, president Social Security Works, a social welfare organization, said of taxes on benefits. One key reason that it makes for good policy is that Social Security benefits and private pensions are taxed in a similar way. More changes came in 1993, which raised the portion of certain Social Security benefits subject to taxation to 85%.
Sunday Crunch: Not out of the woods — Affording life — Getting out the grain
       
Lewis told Sky “there’s been a bit of misinformation out there about this.”Reshuffle coming? Tory MP Alicia Kearns tweeted: “Not one constituent, ever, has asked for this. SUNDAY MEDIA ROUNDAyesha Hazarika on Times Radio, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m: Tory MP Mike Wood; Labour MP Marsha de Cordova; SNP MP Carol Monaghan and commentator Rod Liddle. Westminster Hour, BBC Radio 4, 10 p.m.: Tory MP Claire Coutinho; Labour MP Emma Hardy; pollster James Johnson and POLITICO’s own Jack Blanchard. — LONDON: London Mayor Sadiq Khan to speak at the London Government Dinner.
Supreme Court marshal digs in on Roe opinion leak
       
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell went even further, calling on the Justice Department to “pursue criminal charges if applicable.”A Supreme Court spokesperson didn’t respond to a request for comment. A central question hanging over the investigation into the disclosure of the draft high court opinion is whether any laws were violated. Government leaks of non-classified information are typically not treated as criminal and would be unlikely to warrant the involvement of the Justice Department. “We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,” Alito wrote in the draft majority opinion. While the usually secretive Supreme Court has endured an increasing series of disclosures in recent years about its inner workings in high-profile cases, before this month no draft opinion had been made public while a case was pending.
Vermont likely to elect its 1st woman to Congress this year
       
Given Vermont’s liberal reputation, it might seem strange that it would be the last state to send a woman to Congress. Welch has also been a fervent supporter of abortion rights and has called on Congress to codify the right to an abortion. Montana in 1916 made Rep. Jeannette Rankin the first woman elected to Congress, four years before the 19th Amendment secured women’s constitutional right to vote. The women seeking the Democratic nomination in the Vermont House race have not focused their campaigns on the possibility that one of them will be the first woman from the state elected to Congress. Balint has served in the state Senate for eight years, including six years in leadership positions, with the last two as president pro tempore.
Russian troops storm city amid eastern Ukraine bombardments
       
Russian forces made small advances in recent days as bombardments chewed away at Ukrainian positions and kept civilians trapped in basements or desperately trying to get out safely. On Saturday, he said, one civilian died and four were injured after a Russian shell hit a high-rise apartment building. The Ukrainian military said Sunday morning that Russian forces were trying to strengthen their positions around Lyman, a small city that serves as a key rail hub in the Donetsk region. The State Emergency Service of Ukraine emergency service said Sunday morning that Russian shelling caused fires around Kharkiv, the country’s second-largest city. The Ukrainian Border Guard Service said border areas in the Sumy region, east of Kharkiv, were hit with six unguided missiles.
How Karen Bass went from South L.A. activist to mayoral hopeful
       
For Roldan, South Los Angeles was a tough place at the time, and her counsel was critical in keeping him from getting lost at home or on its streets. Fortunately, he found the nonprofit Community Coalition in a storefront on South Vermont Avenue and its leader and minivan driver, Karen Bass. Bass, pictured in early 2000, founded the nonprofit Community Coalition in South L.A. in 1990. Enter email address Sign Me Up You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times. Her car was nearly hit by a brick and she was heartbroken to see the destruction over the next three days spreading through South L.A. and beyond.
Colorado's backlog of COVID-delayed jury trials is shrinking, but lingers
       
The jury trial that attorney Jonathan Booker started last week was a long time coming. Statewide, the number of cases awaiting jury trials dropped from about 14,600 in 2021 to 11,200 earlier this month, said Rob McCallum, a spokesman for the Colorado Judicial Department. That’s longer than other recent years: in 2018, felony cases lasted an average 148 days, and in 2021, about 121 days. Typically, the state conducts only about 2,700 jury trials annually. In the 18th Judicial District, which covers Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties, the trial backlog is becoming more manageable, said District Attorney John Kellner.
Russian troops storm city amid eastern Ukraine bombardments
       
POKROVSK, Ukraine — Russian and Ukrainian troops engaged in close-quarter combat in an eastern Ukraine city Sunday as Moscow’s soldiers, supported by intense shelling, attempted to gain strategic footholds for conquering the region in the face of fierce Ukrainian resistance. Ukrainian regional officials reported that Russian forces were “storming” Sievierodonetsk after trying unsuccessfully to encircle the city. More widely, Russia launched renewed airstrikes overnight on Ukraine’s northern Kharkiv and Sumy regions, and in central Ukraine, Ukrainian state agencies said. The State Emergency Service of Ukraine emergency service said Sunday morning that Russian shelling caused fires around Kharkiv, the country's second-largest city. High-precision missiles struck a depot located “within one of the industrial enterprises” in the city, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.
Russian troops storm city amid eastern Ukraine bombardments
       
POKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russian and Ukrainian troops engaged in close-quarter combat in an eastern Ukraine city Sunday as Moscow’s soldiers, supported by intense shelling, attempted to gain strategic footholds in the region while facing fierce Ukrainian resistance. Ukrainian regional officials reported that Russian forces were “storming” the eastern city of Sievierodonetsk, where the fighting has knocked out power and cellphone services and terrorized civilians who haven’t fled. Russian forces made small advances in recent days as bombardments chewed away at Ukrainian positions and kept civilians trapped in basements or desperately trying to get out safely. The State Emergency Service of Ukraine emergency service said Sunday morning that Russian shelling caused fires around Kharkiv, the country's second-largest city. Andrea Rosa in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Yuras Karmanau in Lviv, Ukraine, and AP journalists around the world contributed.
Erdogan: Turkey's Syria operation could happen 'suddenly'
       
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s president told journalists that Ankara remains committed to rooting out a Syrian Kurdish militia from northern Syria. And we must,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on his plane following his Saturday visit to Azerbaijan. Turkey has stepped up military operations against the PKK in northern Iraq where they are based. The PKK is considered a terror group by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union. “Just as we are conducting operations in northern Iraq against the PKK and PKK's offspring, the same situation applies even more to Syria and is much more important,” Erdogan said.
AP News Summary at 8:30 a.m. EDT
       
Russian troops storm city amid eastern Ukraine bombardmentsPOKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Local officials say Russian and Ukrainian troops are engaging in close-quarter combat in an eastern Ukraine city. They reported that Russian forces were “storming” the eastern city of Sievierodonetsk on Sunday and that the fighting has knocked out power and cellphone service and terrorized civilians. Fighting has raged around the cities of Lysychansk and neighboring Sievierodonetsk, the last major cities under Ukrainian control in the Luhansk region. After Texas shooting, schools around US boost securityU.S. schools have bolstered security in the aftermath of the horrific mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. The jubilee is also part of the effort to prepare the public for the day when Prince Charles takes the throne.
Vermont likely to elect its 1st woman to Congress this year
       
Given Vermont's liberal reputation, it might seem strange that it would be the last state to send a woman to Congress. “I believe strongly — and I think a lot of other people believe strongly — that if women, Democratic women, were actually at the table, these kinds of threatening situations would not be occurring, because women’s lived experiences would be at the center of the discussion and of the policy,” she said. Montana in 1916 made Rep. Jeannette Rankin the first woman elected to Congress, four years before the 19th Amendment secured women's constitutional right to vote. The women seeking the Democratic nomination in the Vermont House race have not focused their campaigns on the possibility that one of them will be the first woman from the state elected to Congress. Balint has served in the state Senate for eight years, including six years in leadership positions, with the last two as president pro tempore.
Minister disputes claims No 10 pushed Sue Gray to dilute Partygate report
       
A senior minister has disputed claims Sue Gray was pressured to water down her report into law-breaking parties across Westminster, saying he is “absolutely confident” the investigation had been entirely independent. Earlier in the week, the Guardian revealed how Tory MPs feared there had been a “cover-up” over the Abba party, which Gray has admitted she did not fully investigate. Labour said Johnson needed to explain why figures in No 10 “interfered in an investigation he had claimed was independent and leant on Sue Gray”. Anneliese Dodds, the Labour party chair, said not enough Conservative MPs had decided yet whether to try to depose Johnson or put the Partygate scandal behind him. “We think that ultimately politics should be clean, it should be a force for good,” she said.
Boris Johnson is trashing Tory identity, party grandees warn
       
Boris Johnson has plunged the Conservative party into an acute identity crisis as a result of Partygate and U-turns over tax policy, senior Tories warned last night, as more MPs called for him to resign as prime minister. Duncan Smith said that instead of imposing a tax rise on business, Sunak should have cut taxes for middle and lower earners, and restored the Tory reputation as a low tax party. “I don’t just think we have a bit of an identity problem, we have a massive identity problem,” he said. The Liberal Democrats say many of those calling for Johnson to resign are in Tory seats they are targeting. Labour on Saturday announced it would hold an opposition day debate in which the party would pledge to strengthen the code.
Over 500 Ukrainian children stuck waiting for UK visa decision
       
More than 500 Ukrainian children who fled the war without their parents are stuck waiting in limbo across Europe after applying to the Homes for Ukraine scheme, sources working closely with the Home Office say. Most are teenagers who thought they would be eligible and have British families waiting to host them, but have heard nothing from the Home Office. Many have been waiting for two months or more without an answer due to indecision about how to handle their cases. About 25 unaccompanied children were allowed into Britain during the first two weeks of the Homes For Ukraine scheme and ended up in care as a result, sources say. Even those with British hosts ready to foster children have had no decision.
Rail unions consider leaving Labour behind as Keir Starmer 'not on side of workers', says RMT chief
       
Sir Keir Starmer is “not on the side of workers”, the head of the rail union has said, as he suggested that other unions are considering ditching their affiliation to Labour. He said that a lack of support by the Labour leader and his front bench for pay rises for rail workers and those on precarious contracts was a “crisis” for Sir Keir. Mr Lynch went further, suggesting that multiple trade unions were now asking themselves “what the point” of Sir Keir’s party is. “My union isn’t affiliated with the Labour Party but I see many other unions, general secretaries and leaders thinking what is the point of this connection,” he said. “This is a crisis and it’s time for Keir Starmer to stand up for our people.”The Labour Party was approached for comment.
Jon Stewart slams Americans for tweeting about Memorial Day but not showing up for veterans over burn pits
       
Jon Stewart has slammed Americans for posting about Memorial Day on social media while failing to show up in support of veterans who are sick and dying from toxic exposure to burn pits. Mr Stewart urged Americans to pressure their senators to pass the comprehensive burn pits bill as he hit out at the tokenistic shows of support for US veterans over Memorial Day weekend. Speaking to The Independent at the Washington DC rally on Saturday, he said that he trusts that lawmakers will “do the right thing”. In April, the comprehensive burn pits bill passed the House with all Democrats and 34 Republicans voting in favour of its passage. A staggering 3.5m servicemembers and veterans are estimated to have been exposed to burn pits and airborne toxins while serving the US overseas, according to the Veterans Affairs.
Kevin McCarthy booed during virtual appearance at Trump rally
       
House minority leader Kevin McCarthy was booed by supporters of Donald Trump when he appeared in pre-recorded video form at the ex-president’s rally in Wyoming. However, the crowd was less receptive when an announcer introduced video appearances by Mr McCarthy, along with third-ranking House Republican Elise Stefanik – and Congressman Jim Jordan, who received a hearty cheer. Like Mr McCarthy, Mr Jordan was recently subpoenaed by the 6 January select committee on which Ms Cheney serves, and to which Mr McCarthy originally nominated him last year. Mr Trump’s campaign against Ms Cheney effectively began when she voted to impeach him after the Capitol attack. Her rival, Ms Hageman, has by contrast benefited from the support of Mr Trump, Mr McCarthy and many other top Republicans.
Trump blasts Liz Cheney at rally in Wyoming for her primary opponent
       
Former president Donald Trump held a rally in Wyoming for a primary challenger to Representative Liz Cheney ahead of the state’s 16 August primary. “There is no RINO in America who has thrown in her lot with the radical left more than Liz Cheney,” Mr Trump told a crowd in Casper Saturday evening, also criticising Ms Cheney and her father’s hawkish foreign policy impulses. Mr Trump had previously endorsed Harriet Hageman, who spoke at the rally ahead of Mr Trump. Ms Hageman also criticised the 6 January select committee of which Ms Cheney is the vice chairwoman. Mr Trump also criticised the use of the word “insurrection.”“Now you look at the so called word insurrection.
Niigata governor wins re-election, NHK says, in race seen key to nuclear restart
       
The governor of Niigata Prefecture easily defeated his anti-nuclear opponent in an election on Sunday, public broadcaster NHK said, a result that could embolden members of the ruling party who are pushing for the country’s largely idled nuclear energy plants to be revived. Hideyo Hanazumi, who was backed by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), beat local businesswoman and longtime activist against nuclear energy, Naomi Katagiri by a large margin, NHK said, citing exit polls.
Ukrainian prosecutors believe they will identify 100,000 war crimes carried out by Russian troops
       
Ukrainian officials gathering evidence of Russian war crimes believe they will uncover more than 100,000 cases before their investigations are over. 'Today we have near 14,000 cases, only about war crimes, and near 6,000 cases which are connected,' Venediktova told the BBC. Her war crimes unit has around 50 dedicated prosecutors - the identity of which are not being disclosed publicly. The investigation must be held to international standards, or else perpetrators of war crimes could go free when the time comes to seek justice. Two captured Russian soldiers pleaded guilty on Thursday to shelling a town in eastern Ukraine in the second war crimes trial of the war.
Russians storm key city in eastern Ukraine as battle for Donbas rages
       
Russian and Ukrainian troops are locked in intense close-quarter combat today in the eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk as Moscow's soldiers, supported by intense shelling, attempted to gain strategic footholds in the region while facing fierce Ukrainian resistance. Smoke and dirt rise from the city of Severodonetsk, during shelling in the eastern Ukrainian region of DonbasAn injured woman lays on a wooden pallet inside the centre for distribution of humanitarian aid in Severodonetsk. Ukrainian news outlets and Telegram channels continued to suggest the battle for the city was still underway. The State Emergency Service of Ukraine said on Sunday morning that Russian shelling had caused fires around Kharkiv, the country's second-largest city. The two European leaders also 'insisted on an immediate ceasefire and a withdrawal of Russian troops' in an 80-minute phone call with the Russian leader on Saturday, the German chancellor's office said.
Francia Marquez, the Afro-Colombian rights activist campaigning for vice president of Colombia
       
If it prevails, Afro-Colombian environmental and human rights activist Francia Marquez would become vice president. As a vice-presidential candidate in the presidential election, she always chants the same message: "It's time to move from resistance to power!" Marquez is not the only Afro-Colombian candidate in this presidential election – there are also Caterine Ibarguen and Zenaida Martinez. This discrimination is reflected in Colombia's political life: There is only one Black woman in the government and only two are members of parliament. According to government findings, about 31 percent of the Afro-Colombian population lives in poverty, compared to 20 percent of the national population.
Mises Caucus Takes Control of Libertarian Party
       
A four-year battle for control of the Libertarian Party (L.P.) ended Saturday in Reno with a victory for the Mises Caucus at the party's national convention. While McArdle was the Mises Caucus candidate, the behind-the-scenes mastermind of its victory was caucus founder and leader Michael Heise. The Mises Caucus' foes have accused the faction of planning to stop running candidates against Republicans they like. The Mises Caucus has taken control of an estimated 35 state L.P.s and now the national party as well, so that project now rests in its hands. He denied trying to get a rise out of the Mises Caucus with his Mises quotes, saying merely that "it's important that all of us understand the foundations of libertarianism."
Afghan women protest in Kabul, demand education and work
       
About two dozen Afghan women chanting “bread, work, freedom” protested in the capital on Sunday against the Taliban's harsh restrictions on their rights. Since seizing power in August, the Taliban have rolled back the marginal gains made by women during the two decades of US intervention in Afghanistan. Tens of thousands of girls have been shut out of secondary schools, while women have been barred from returning to many government jobs. The Taliban have also banned protests calling for women’s rights and dismissed calls by the United Nations to reverse their restrictions. Read more:Taliban regime enforcing face-cover order for all female TV anchorsTaliban dismiss UN concerns on women’s rights in AfghanistanDeath toll from Afghanistan bomb attacks rises to at least 16: Officials
President Erdogan says won’t let ‘terrorism-supporting’ countries enter NATO: Media
       
Turkey has objected to Sweden and Finland joining the NATO alliance, holding up a deal that would allow for a historic enlargement in the face of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. AdvertisementTwo sources previously told Reuters that Wednesday’s talks made little headway and it was unclear when further discussions would take place. We cannot repeat the mistake made in the past regarding countries that embrace and feed such terrorists in NATO, which is a security organization,” he said. Sweden and Finland have said they condemn terrorism and welcomed the possibility of coordinating with Ankara. Read more: NATO chief sure Turkey’s spat over Sweden, Finland will be resolved
Before the Buffalo incident, 1 in 3 Black Americans worried about safety
       
Before a White shooter massacred 10 Black individuals in a Buffalo, New York, grocery store on May 14, 1 in 3 black Americans worried about safety. 36% of Asian adults, 22% of Hispanic adults, and 12% of White adults stated they took such steps. FBI data shows that black Americans are disproportionately targeted for hate crimes. Black adults are more likely than Hispanic and White individuals to regard gun violence and violent crime as serious problems. Inflation was the top issue for U.S. adults overall, but gun violence and violent crime were top concerns among Black adults.
Erdogan: Turkey's Syria operation could happen 'suddenly'
       
© Provided by Associated Press Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks at a Turkish Technology and Aviation festival, held abroad for the first time, in Baku, Azerbaijan, Saturday, May 28, 2022. (Turkish Presidency via AP)ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s president told journalists that Ankara remains committed to rooting out a Syrian Kurdish militia from northern Syria. And we must,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on his plane following his Saturday visit to Azerbaijan. The PKK is considered a terror group by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union. “Just as we are conducting operations in northern Iraq against the PKK and PKK's offspring, the same situation applies even more to Syria and is much more important,” Erdogan said.
Iranian 'immunity' is over, Israeli Prime Minister Bennett says
       
JERUSALEM, May 29 (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Sunday Iran would not go unpunished for instigating attacks through its proxies, speaking a week after the assassination in Tehran of a Revolutionary Guards colonel that has been blamed on Israel. However, in broadcast remarks to his ministers on Sunday, Bennett accused Iran of repeatedly targeting Israeli interests. "For decades, the Iranian regime has practiced terrorism against Israel and the region by means of proxies, emissaries, but the head of the octopus, Iran itself, has enjoyed immunity," Bennett said. "As we have said before, the era of the Iranian regime's immunity is over. Those who finance terrorists, those who arm terrorists and those who send terrorists will pay the full price," he added.
Erdogan says won't let 'terrorism-supporting' countries enter NATO
       
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a ceremony at the Golcuk Naval Shipyard in Izmit, Turkey May 23, 2022. Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERSISTANBUL, May 29 (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey's talks last week with Finnish and Swedish delegations were not at the "expected level" and Ankara cannot say yes to "terrorism-supporting" countries entering NATO, state broadcaster TRT Haber reported on Sunday. Turkey has objected to Sweden and Finland joining the NATO alliance, holding up a deal that would allow for a historic enlargement in the face of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. We cannot repeat the mistake made in the past regarding countries that embrace and feed such terrorists in NATO, which is a security organisation," he said. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterReporting by Daren Butler Editing by Mark PotterOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Strange Bedfellows: Farmers and Big Greens square off against Biden and the GOP
       
In 2020, NRG Energy Inc. mothballed the last remaining project capturing carbon emissions from a U.S. coal-fired power plant. Congress has signed onto that deal, too, including funding in the $1 trillion infrastructure bill it passed in November to help finance large-capacity carbon pipeline projects. A second proposed pipeline, the Heartland Greenway by Navigator CO2 Ventures, would also run under the Stockdale property. He says climate mitigation is one of the main reasons the company wants to connect its plant to the Summit pipeline. The political establishment, Democratic and Republican, is interwoven with the Summit CCS pipeline project.
U.S. House loses more 'swing' in 2022
       
While not all 2022 congressional district maps are finalized, one outcome is not in dispute: only roughly 30 of 435 U.S. House seats will be considered traditional "swing seats" on the ballot this November. "These two things feed off of each other and compound to absolutely eviscerate the number of swing seats," Wasserman told NPR. With a growing baseline of safe Republican and Democratic seats, both parties find it hard to command a sustainable House majority. With fewer swing seats, the House is more vulnerable to whiplash between the two parties for control, says Stanford University Professor Morris Fiorina. Swing seats also evolve.
UPDATE 1-Erdogan says won't let 'terrorism-supporting' countries enter NATO -media
       
Turkey has objected to Sweden and Finland joining the NATO alliance, holding up a deal that would allow for a historic enlargement in the face of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Two sources previously told Reuters that Wednesday's talks made little headway and it was unclear when further discussions would take place. We cannot repeat the mistake made in the past regarding countries that embrace and feed such terrorists in NATO, which is a security organisation," he said. Sweden and Finland have said they condemn terrorism and welcomed the possibility of coordinating with Ankara. We will continue to encourage the parties to operate channels of dialogue and diplomacy," he said.
Japan governor wins re-election, NHK says, in race seen key to nuclear restart
       
The vote in Niigata, home to the world's largest nuclear power plant, was closely watched by LDP heavyweights in Tokyo as a gauge of voter readiness to re-embrace nuclear power. In the last gubernatorial election in Niigata four years ago, nuclear power was the main issue. Kishida said on Friday Japan will take concrete steps to restart idled nuclear power plants with a priority given to safety, to stabilise energy prices and supply. Only 10 nuclear reactors are operational in Japan, compared with 54 before the Fukushima disaster. The government aims to raise the nuclear power contribution in its energy mix up to 22% by 2030, from 6% in 2019.
Putin is increasingly angry in public but top US intel and military experts warn there's no 'credible' evidence that he's ill
       
Getty ImagesEx-spies and Ukrainian officials have fueled speculation that Russian leader Vladimir Putin is in poor health. But US intel and military experts say there's no clear or credible evidence that Putin is unwell. The war in Ukraine has been so disastrous for the Russian military that many have begun to wonder what led Putin to miscalculate so badly. The Russian military, which was widely expected to roll over Ukrainian forces within days, failed to take Kyiv. British tabloids and various commentators have suggested Putin has Parkinson's disease, zeroing in on the Russian leader tapping and twitching his foot during meetings.
Inside a Dem Senator’s Plan to Install His Son in Congress
       
“People in Hudson County have become very cynical about how politics operate here,” warned Hector Oseguera, a lawyer based in Union City—the senator’s hometown—who challenged Sires in 2020. The scion attended the private Hudson School in Hoboken, where tuition and fees top $25,000 a year, more than half the average Hudson County resident’s annual income. The great irony, according to insiders, is that for all the exertions to secure Menendez Jr. the Sires seat, the family’s original plan was not for him to run for Congress at all. In late 2020, word surfaced that Menendez Jr. was preparing to run against Fulop. After all, when Menendez Sr. got appointed to the Senate to replace former Gov.
Russia and China block UN statement on Myanmar crisis
       
“However, they expressed concern at the limited progress against the Five Point Consensus over a year since it was agreed, and called for concrete actions to effectively and fully implement the consensus,” the proposed statement said. Council diplomats speaking on condition of anonymity because negotiations were private, said China and Russia objected to parts of the text. Myanmar is a member of ASEAN, but has not been willing to implement the plan. The proposed Security Council statement would have underlined the important role of U.N. envoy Heyzer and encouraged close coordination with ASEAN’s envoy. In the blocked statement, the Security Council would also have reiterated the need to address the root causes of the crisis in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state and create conditions for the return of Rohingya refugees.
Security Service of Ukraine: contract soldiers in the Russian army are waiting for the end of May to escape from Ukraine
       
Contract soldiers who came to fight in Ukraine in February are "legally" entitled to leave the service. Source: phone conversations of occupiers intercepted by the Security Service of UkraineQuote from occupier: "F*cking sh*t. In short, they said, there will be no replacement. I think, sh*t, I’ll probably sit it out now, but as soon as the three months are over, damn, I need to get out somehow. Details: At the same time, the Security Service of Ukraine noted that it is not easy for the Russian command to find new people willing to fight, and it is also difficult to keep its soldiers on the front line. Quote from the Security Service of Ukraine: "We hope that the [size of the] invading army will decrease by the summer.
Ukrainian forces push Russians away from Lysychansk-Bakhmut highway
       
With some Ukrainian reinforcements arriving, Moscow’s forces near Komyshuvakha-Popasna were pushed “several kilometers” back, he said. Read also: At least two civilians killed as Russia continues destroying Luhansk Oblast, says governorSeverodonetsk remains under Ukrainian control, with Russian troops so far having managed only to entrench themselves at the city’s Mir hotel. Read also: Russian advance halted near Severodonetsk, says Luhansk governor“Our guys are holding the line of defense; (the enemy) has seized nothing; Severodonetsk remains ours,” said Hayday. Read also: Five deaths in one day in Luhansk Oblast amid constant Russian shellingAccording to him, Ukraine maintains control of Severodonetsk, Lysychansk, Hirske, and the area around the Lysychansk-Bakhmut highway. Severodonetsk is bearing the brunt of Moscow’s offensive in the region, according to the Ukrainian military.
Ex-Ukraine President Says Blocked From Leaving War-Torn Country
       
The former president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, said Saturday he was barred from leaving the country, accusing the government of breaking a so-called political ceasefire in place since Russia invaded. His European Solidarity party is the second biggest party in Ukraine's parliament after President Volodymyr Zelensky's ruling party. He was due to meet in Vilnius with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda and a group of European parliamentarians. He was then to travel to Rotterdam in the Netherlands for a summit bringing together European political parties. (Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
What to look forward to: 5 Things summer preview
       
One of the things I like best about summer is the optimism, the weather, the gatherings, the cookouts, the sports. Here's a few of the things he's looking forward to this summer. And I'm really looking forward to that being back this summer as well. It is really, really good. So, Kali Fajardo-Anstine, is a really, really beautiful writer.
As Boris Johnson Stumbles, Labour Struggles to Offer a Clear Message
       
In 2019, the Conservatives captured areas like Burnley, in Britain’s postindustrial “red wall,” and Labour polled poorly in Scotland, once another heartland, losing out to the Scottish National Party. So Labour is hosting a series of town-hall meetings where uncommitted voters are asked what would lure them back to the party. After the gathering in Burnley, Lisa Nandy, a senior member of the Labour Party, reflected on the project to mend what she called “a breakdown in trust” between Labour and its traditional voters. She represents Wigan, another former industrial town, speaks for Labour on how to spread prosperity to areas outside England’s prosperous southeast, and knows that her party has work to do. Yet few at this time knew this was one of Labour’s main policy proposals.
Russia-Ukraine war live updates Russia squeezes Luhansk in ‘indescribably difficult’ battles, Zelensky says
       
Ukrainian forces face the prospect of losing control of the eastern Luhansk region, Western military analysts say, with Russia claiming its troops have taken Lyman and are closing in on the critical city of Severodonetsk. Such an outcome is “by no means certain,” it added, noting that Russia’s assault could stall again. They have moved slowly to ensure they don’t outrun their supplies, he said, an issue that thwarted their earlier assault on the capital, Kyiv. Ryan said the Ukrainian high command “will need to make a tough decision soon about ceding Severodonetsk and surrounding territory,” rather than risk having multiple brigades surrounded by Russian forces and lost to the broader war effort. Ukrainian forces are “suffering serious losses” in the battle for Severodonetsk, the institute’s analysts said.
Trump slams Liz Cheney as a 'warmonger' who loves 'endless, nonsensical, bloody wars'
       
Former President Donald Trump called out GOP Rep. Liz Cheney, Wyo., for "loving endless, nonsensical, bloody wars" during his rally in Wyoming Saturday evening. Trump ripped Cheney and her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, as "warmongers" who pushed the U.S. into international bloodbaths. "That’s why Liz Cheney voted no on bringing our troops back home from Syria, where they didn’t even want to have us," he continued. "Cheney is at the front of the parade trying to get us to go into wars with Russia or anyone else that wants to bite," Trump said. Trump blasted Cheney at the rally for her stance on foreign policy, border security and election integrity, telling the crowd she is "America last."
Southern Baptist leaders, sex abuse and a day of reckoning because of brave women
       
On Thursday, leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention released a 205-page list with the names of pastors and others affiliated with the SBC and different Baptist denominations who have been accused of sexual abuse for decades. The release follows an explosive investigative report into the alleged sexual misconduct by Southern Baptist Convention clergy members. By publicly calling out pastors who they say have sexually abused them, women are challenging men in ministry seeking to cull sympathy and retain authority. It is unlikely that the 2022 third-party investigation into the Southern Baptist Convention, which follows a 2019 investigation by the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News, would have been conducted without the efforts of survivors like Christa Brown, who protested the inaction of the Southern Baptist Convention for nearly 20 years. Brown told Southern Baptist leaders that she was abused by a youth pastor, who continued to serve in multiple Southern Baptist churches.
India withdraws warning on national biometric ID after online panic
       
REUTERS/Saumya Khandelwal/File PhotoNEW DELHI, May 29 (Reuters) - India on Sunday withdrew a warning not to share photocopies of the national biometric identity card after the announcement caused widespread panic on social media. The Aadhaar card, which has a unique number tied to an individual's fingerprints, face and eye scan, aims to block theft and leakage in India's welfare schemes. The Friday announcement had advised people not to share photocopies of their Aadhaar with any organisation because it could be misused. "Unlicensed private entities like hotels or film halls are not permitted to collect or keep copies of Aadhaar card," the initial release read. The Unique Identification Authority of India says among its frequently asked questions, "It is near impossible to impersonate you if you use Aadhar to prove your identity."
Biden to seek to console Texas town devastated by mass shooting, police controversy
       
REUTERS/Marco BelloWILMINGTON, Del., May 29 (Reuters) - President Joe Biden on Sunday will seek to comfort a Texas town ripped apart by the largest U.S. school shooting in a decade amid lingering questions about whether law enforcement's failure to act swiftly contributed to the death toll. The Texas visit will be his third presidential trip to a mass shooting site, including earlier this month when he visited Buffalo, New York, after a shooting that left 10 Black people at a supermarket dead. "Too much violence, too much fear, too much grief," Biden told graduates in a commencement speech Saturday at the University of Delaware. White House aides and close allies say Biden is unlikely to wade into specific policy proposals to avoid disrupting delicate gun control negotiations in the Senate. Republican Texas Governor Gregg Abbott denied that newly enacted Texas gun laws, including a controversial measure removing licensing requirements for carrying a concealed weapon, had "any relevancy" to Tuesday's bloodshed.
Trump loyalist who lost Georgia governor primary with just 3.4% of the vote is refusing to admit defeat
       
Kandiss Taylor, Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate participates in a republican primary debate on Sunday, May 1, 2022, in Atlanta. AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, PoolKandiss Taylor received just 3.4% of the vote in the GOP's primary for Georgia governor. Despite her poor showing, Taylor is refusing to concede defeat and claims the election was rigged. A candidate for the GOP nomination for governor of Georgia refused to concede defeat even though she received only 3.4% of the vote on Tuesday. "We have a national data team working on the 2022 primary election fraud.
Russian troops storm city amid bombardments in eastern Ukraine
       
Russian and Ukrainian troops engaged in close-quarter combat in an eastern Ukraine city Sunday as Moscow’s soldiers, supported by intense shelling, attempted to gain strategic footholds in the region while facing fierce Ukrainian resistance. Ukrainian regional officials reported that Russian forces were “storming” the eastern city of Sievierodonetsk, where the fighting has knocked out power and cellphone services and terrorized civilians who haven’t fled. Russian forces made small advances in recent days as bombardments chewed away at Ukrainian positions and kept civilians trapped in basements or desperately trying to get out safely. The State Emergency Service of Ukraine emergency service said Sunday morning that Russian shelling caused fires around Kharkiv, the country’s second-largest city. The Ukrainian Border Guard Service said border areas in the Sumy region, east of Kharkiv, were hit with six unguided missiles.
President Biden, first lady heading to Texas to meet with Uvalde families
       
President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are due to touch down Sunday morning in San Antonio en route to the Texas town of Uvalde to visit with the families of victims and survivors of last week’s mass shooting at Robb Elementary School. AdvertisementIt was unclear who else Biden might confer with in Uvalde, but local officials and religious leaders are expected to be among them. Becerra, who spent much of the past week praying with victims’ families in Uvalde, said he was drafting questions for the president — hoping to ask something that might help lead to lasting change. What will be the question that will really be that catalyst for change and transformation that we really need at this moment — that not only will Uvalde need, but that America needs?” Becerra said. “Of course it wasn’t the right decision,” Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw said.
In wake of Texas massacre, Connecticut Gov. Lamont laments ghost guns, but not ready to call special session
       
Advertisement“I was very disappointed that there was no mention of guns,’' Lamont told reporters in Hartford of the recent session. Ghost guns that are there so they can’t be detected [at airports] through TSA. Ghost guns that are there without a serial number, just for the wrong purposes. If we can’t outlaw that, we’re in trouble.’'AdvertisementAsked if he will call a special session this summer on guns, Lamont responded, “I’m not there yet. Older ghost guns that were manufactured before 2019 were grandfathered as legal, and the most recent legislation this year called for requiring registration of those older guns.
Ohio lawmakers have introduced at least 28 gun bills: Where are they in the process?
       
Ohio gun laws introduced by RepublicansHouse Bill 62: This bill is called the Ohio Second Amendment Safe Haven Act. Senate Bill 185 / House Bill 325: The bill deals with the emergency powers local governments have when suppressing riots or closing businesses during a pandemic. Ohio gun laws:Ohio Republicans pass bill to prevent gun store closures during emergencies, sale and transport of weapons during a riotSenate Bill 215 / House Bill 227/ House Bill 505: Permits Ohio residents 21 and older to carry concealed firearms they legally own without training or permits. Ohio gun laws introduced by DemocratsHouse Bill 38: Repeal the “Stand Your Ground” law that removed a person's legal duty to attempt to retreat/walk away before firing their gun in public. Senate Bill 73 / House Bill 259: Mandate universal background checks for all gun purchases with limited exceptions.
As US mourns shootings, NRA in turmoil but influence remains
       
(Jae C. Hong / AP)But even as mass shootings continue unabated, in Washington one thing remains the same: Republicans and Democrats both agree there is little chance that legislation tightening gun laws will be passed by a narrowly divided Congress. But in 40 years of working to loosen gun laws, the NRA has largely set the cultural tone on the right and is still the most prominent. “The NRA is becoming really a shell of its former self,” said former NRA board member Rocky Marshall. The National Shooting Sports Foundation, which represents gun sellers, spent over $4.8 million on lobbying last year, reaching parity with the NRA. AdvertisementFor gun owners who traveled from around the country for the convention, the NRA remains a lodestar.
Three years after Dayton attack, Texas shooting fuels anger over Ohio inaction on guns
       
DeWine's record since Dayton shootingSince the shooting in Dayton, DeWine has established a safety center to help schools assess threats and drilled down on the state's arrest warrant system to ensure more information is available for federal background checks. Former Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, who is running for governor against DeWine, said the recent shooting in Texas hit home for many residents of Dayton who lived through the attack there. Tierney and other Republicans disputed attempts by Democrats to conflate the permitless carry legislation with the Texas attack. The Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio argued the proposal doesn't require enough training, and some state senators agree. Dolan voted for the permitless carry bill, making the same argument that it doesn't affect criminals.
Vladimir Putin 'losing his sight' and 'given three years to live by doctors'
       
Putin: 'Reasons to be worried' about health says BrentonPutin: 'Reasons to be worried' about health says BrentonThe video will auto-play soon 8 CancelA Russian intelligence source said Vladimir Putin has a "severe form of rapidly progressing cancer" and his "limbs are shaking uncontrollably"Exclusive: Vladimir Putin 'losing his sight' and 'given three years to live by doctors'Vladimir Putin has been given a maximum of three years to live by doctors, according to a Russian intelligence source. The spook told him Putin has to squint at even the huge lettering he is given and is terrifying staff with abrupt mood changes. He has gone completely nuts and trusts almost no one.”Reports last week citing Kremlin sources claimed that Putin underwent successful cancer surgery 14 days ago. Former MI6 Russia desk officer Christopher Steele said Putin cannot hold meetings without breaks for treatment. He is the son of Putin buddy Nikolai Patrushev, the former FSB chief who now heads up the Russian Security Council.
Superyachts owned by Russian oligarchs are vanishing from global tracking systems to avoid sanctions: report
       
Ali Balli/Getty ImagesYachts of six sanctioned oligarchs have disappeared from global tracking systems: The Observer. Superyachts linked to sanctioned Russian oligarchs are vanishing from global tracking systems in an attempt to avoid sanctions, according to an investigation by The Observer. The British newspaper analyzed AIS (automatic identification system) data from tracking company Vessels Value, which indicated six yachts owned by sanctioned Russian oligarchs had disappeared from tracking systems. Many yachts have set sail to countries free from sanctions, including Melnichenko in the Maldives and Turkey, where five superyachts linked to oligarchs were sent. No representatives of the oligarchs linked to the superyachts immediately responded to Insider's request for comment.
Ukraine war is Putin’s death warrant, says wife of jailed politician
       
As a Russian politician, campaigner and regime critic, Vladimir Kara-Murza worked for 15 years alongside Boris Nemtsov, another opposition leader, who was killed in 2015. “Basically, by calling this war a war, instead of the ‘special operation’ as the government wants it to be called, by saying that, a person can end up in prison for up to 15 years. “Our family has been living like this for a long time,” said Kara-Murza, who has three teenage children. But a week or two ago, they said that there have already been 11 conscription centres burned down across Russia. I’ve never been a public speaker, so everything I’m doing today, I’m learning it day by day.
Train to nowhere: can California’s high-speed rail project ever get back on track?
       
When completed, he promised, the high-speed line through the Central Valley would take 400,000 cars off the roads, clean up the air, and create new jobs. Many of the skeptics, including Friedman, are big-city Democrats, legislators one would usually expect to embrace public investment in high-speed rail. In this 2015 photo, a full-scale mock-up of the high-speed train at the Capitol in Sacramento. The rest will follow William C VantuonoThat’s still better than the rest of the country, where every last high-speed rail project proposed during the Obama era has been dropped, in large part because of furious resistance from Republican governors and legislators. When Newsom first announced he was paring back the California project, in 2019, it prompted the Trump administration to yank back nearly $1bn in federal funding.
Ukraine war: Russia prepared to 'leverage global food security for its own political aim', UK MoD says, as fighting intensifies in the east
       
Russia has demonstrated it is prepared to leverage global food security for its own political aim, according to the UK's Ministry of Defence. In its daily intelligence update, the MoD said on Sunday that Russia would then blame the West for "any failure". Kyiv has accused Russia of blockading agricultural exports from Ukraine, which is known as the "breadbasket of Europe". Ukraine is a major grain exporter - so the blockage of its exports threatens to result in global food shortages. Ms Rudik said she will also discuss trying to unblock Ukraine's ports as many countries battle high food prices.
Russia advances in east; Ukraine calls for longer-range weapons
       
By Max Hunder and Conor HumphriesKYIV – Russian forces have stepped up their assault on the Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk after claiming to have captured the nearby rail hub of Lyman, as Kyiv intensified calls for longer-range weapons from the West. “With the use of artillery, Russian forces carried out assault operations in the area of the city of Sievierodonetsk. Russian artillery was also pounding the Lysychansk-Bakhmut road, which Russia must take to close a pincer movement and encircle Ukrainian forces, and police said there was “significant destruction” in Lysychansk. In a sign of frustration over Western differences on the war, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Olga Stefanishyna said NATO had shown itself incapable of mounting a united response. Russia says it is waging a “special military operation” to demilitarise Ukraine and rid it of nationalists threatening Russian-speakers there.
Nigeria's opposition picks Abubakar to run for president again
       
By MacDonald Dzirutwe and Abraham AchirgaABUJA -Nigeria’s former vice president, veteran politician Atiku Abubakar, will run for president again next year after the main opposition party picked him as its candidate to stand in elections to succeed incumbent Muhammadu Buhari. The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) party, which ruled Nigeria after military rule ended in 1999, was ousted from power by Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC) party in 2015. From 1999 to 2007, he was vice president to Olusegun Obasanjo, the first Nigerian leader after the end of decades of military rule. Abubakar’s main opponent will be from the ruling APC party, which will choose its candidate at a special convention to be held from June 6-8. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and former Lagos state Governor and party heavyweight Bola Tinubu are seen as the ruling party’s front-runners.
Months after dam destroyed to stop Russian advance, parts of village still flooded
       
– Some 50 homes in the village of Demydiv remain partially submerged months after a dam was destroyed and the area flooded to stop Russian troops from advancing on Ukraine capital Kyiv, regional governor Oleksiy Kuleba said late on Saturday. The Ukrainian military blew up a dam on the river Irpin in February, sending water surging into the village and thousands of acres around it, flooding houses and fields, but preventing Russian tanks from reaching the capital city. “At this time, about 50 houses in the village of Demydiv remain flooded,” Kuleba wrote in a post on the Telegram messaging app. Over the weekend, Russian forces pummelled eastern towns in what the Kremlin calls its “special operation” to disarm Ukraine and protect it from fascists. Kyiv and Western countries dismiss this as a false pretext for a land grab.
Russian troops storm Sievierodonetsk as Donbas suffers heavy bombardment
       
Ukrainian regional officials reported that Russian forces were "storming" the eastern city of Sievierodonetsk, where the fighting has knocked out power and cellphone services and terrorized civilians who haven't fled. Sievierodonetsk, a manufacturing centre, has emerged as the focal point of Russia's quest to conquer Ukraine's industrial Donbas region. Russian forces made small advances in recent days as bombardments chewed away at Ukrainian positions and kept civilians trapped in basements or desperately trying to get out safely. The "Russian army is trying to squeeze at least some result'' by concentrating its attacks there, he said. The State Emergency Service of Ukraine emergency service said Sunday morning that Russian shelling caused fires around Kharkiv, the country's second-largest city.
Colombians head to polls in divisive presidential election
       
The 62-year-old has attracted backing on promises to redistribute pensions, offer free public university, and battle deep inequality. Gutierrez, 47, has said Petro is a threat to democracy and warned the leftist’s economic plans, including a ban on new oil and gas projects, will ruin Colombia’s economy. Polling third in the six-way race is construction magnate and former mayor of Bucaramanga Rodolfo Hernandez, with about 20% support. Hernandez, who is running independently, is known for whimsical social media videos, including of him riding an electric scooter, and anti-corruption promises. Polls will open at 8 a.m. local time and close at 4 p.m. (2100 GMT).
War in Ukraine: Latest developments
       
Ukraine says it is doing 'everything' to defend DonbasKyiv (Ukraine) (AFP) – Here are the latest developments in the war in Ukraine:Advertising Read moreRussian onslaugt in eastern UkraineRussia says it has captured the strategic town of Lyman and claims to have surrounded the urban centre of Severodonetsk, as it wages an all-out war for the eastern Donbas -- Ukraine's industrial heartland. France, Germany urge direct talksGerman Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron ask Russian President Vladimir Putin to hold "direct serious negotiations" with Zelensky. During an 80-minute conversation with the Russian president, the two EU leaders "insisted on an immediate ceasefire and a withdrawal of Russian troops," the German chancellor's office said. Russia 'ready' to help ship grainWith a looming global food crisis exacerbated by the war in Ukraine, Putin says Moscow is "ready" to look for ways to ship grain stuck in Ukrainian ports, but demands the West lift sanctions. Australian aid worker killedAs Ukraine faces an increasingly desperate humanitarian situation, an Australian man was reported to have been killed this week while supplying aid.
Lithuanians collect €5 million, crowdfunding a Bayraktar drone for Ukraine
       
Hundreds of Lithuanians have chipped in together to buy an advanced military drone for Ukraine in its war against Russia in a show of solidarity with a fellow former Soviet Union country. "Before this war started, none of us thought that we would be buying guns. "I've been donating to buy guns for Ukraine for a while now. Ukraine has bought more than 20 Bayraktar TB2 armed drones from Turkish company Baykar in recent years and ordered a further 16 on 27 January. "This is the first case in history when ordinary people raise money to buy something like a Bayraktar.
Ukraine denies Russia claim to have encircled key eastern city Severodonetsk
       
KRAMATORSK, Ukraine (AFP) — Russian forces engaged in an all-out battle in eastern Ukraine have captured the strategic town of Lyman and surrounded a key industrial center, Moscow has claimed. But a Ukrainian official has denied that the city of Severodonetsk — the focus of weeks of fierce fighting — has been encircled, saying government troops had repelled Russian forces from its outskirts. Advertisement“Next week will be very hard, as Russia puts all its resources into seizing Severodonetsk, or cutting off the oblast from communication with Ukraine,” he said. Russia and Ukraine supply about 30 percent of the wheat traded on global markets. Russia has tightened its own exports and Ukraine has vast amounts stuck in storage, driving up prices and cutting availability across the globe.
Senator Ted Cruz Challenged By Gun Reform Activist At Restaurant: “Is That So Hard?”
       
Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz was confronted by a local gun reform activist while dining at an upscale restaurant on Friday night following his speech at the National Rifle Association convention in Houston. In his speech before the NRA, Cruz blasted the slaughter at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 children and two teachers dead as “evil” while arguing against gun control. In a video shared on Twitter, Hernandez asked to take a picture with Cruz before challenging him on background checks following the mass shooting earlier in the week. When Cruz realized he had been duped, security came in to remove Hernandez, who yelled, “Nineteen children died! Ted Cruz, that’s on your hands!”Twitter content This content can also be viewed on the site it originates from.
To Get Results, the Best Leaders Both Push and Pull Their Teams
       
We call one behavior “driving for results” (push), and the other “inspiring and motivating others” (pull). In this analysis, we did the following:The direct reports rated the leader’s effectiveness on both pushing (driving for results) and pulling (inspiring and motivating others). We ranked leaders’ data on pushing and pulling into quartiles and identified those who were low (bottom quartile) and high (top quartile). When both push and pull are in the bottom quartile, both confidence and satisfaction of direct reports are low. More pull, less push seemed to be what’s needed to retain talented employees.
Republican politicians all over the country have repeated the Great Replacement theory
       
The white supremacist theory blames the nation’s natural demographic shift on Jews. • There is an overlap between rhetoric on replacement theory and immigration. • Those who have repeated the theory include four sitting members of Congress. Congressional candidate Joe Kent took to Twitter last summer to repeat a racist theme that has become commonplace in the country’s immigration debate and upcoming elections. “The left is supporting an invasion of illegal immigrants to replace American voters and undercut working class jobs,” Kent wrote.
Russia-Ukraine war live updates Russia squeezes Luhansk in ‘indescribably difficult’ battles, Zelensky says
       
Severodonetsk, one of the largest Ukrainian-controlled cities in Luhansk, is facing a direct Russian assault. But Moscow’s troops could struggle in the urban setting, the institute said, citing their poor performance in cities earlier in the war. Severodonetsk: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Saturday the city remains under Ukrainian control. Mykolaiv: One person was killed and seven were injured Saturday in Russian shelling near a kindergarten in a residential area, Zelensky said. Mariupol: A Ukrainian official accused Russia of “looting” metal from this southeastern Ukrainian city via the first ship to use its port since Russian forces seized control.
Uvalde, Texas shooting: Blaming police for waiting is ‘destructive, distracting, and unfair,’ Sen. Cornyn says
       
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) defended police officers and law enforcement agencies after it was revealed they waited over an hour outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas during Tuesday’s mass shooting. "The second-guessing and finger-pointing among state and local law enforcement is destructive, distracting, and unfair," he tweeted Saturday. The second guessing and finger pointing among state and local law enforcement is destructive, distracting, and unfair. Easy to criticize with 20-20 hindsight https://t.co/ssq2FAInDX — Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) May 28, 2022"There will be plenty of time to sort this out later. https://t.co/zLCnf8WJoS — Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) May 28, 2022In yet another tweet, Cornyn said the officers should still face an investigation and potentially be penalized once investigators "nail down facts."
Waiting to confront Texas school shooter was ‘the wrong decision,’ police admit along with string of other failures
       
McCraw revealed that the gunman entered the school through a back door he found propped open at 11:33 a.m. and began shooting in classrooms 111 and 112. However, it wasn’t until 12:50 p.m. that the classroom the gunman was shooting in was breached using keys from a janitor. The back door of the school the gunman entered had been propped open by a teacher earlier in the day. They survived the shooting, McCraw said. Police said earlier that a school resource officer had confronted the shooter before he entered the building.
Investigators question delayed police response in Texas school shooting
       
UVALDE, Texas, May 28 (Reuters) - Investigators in Texas on Saturday sought to determine how critical mistakes were made in the response to the deadly Uvalde school shooting, including why nearly 20 officers remained outside a classroom as children placed panicked 911 calls for help. The two children who placed calls survived. 1/5 Children run to safety after escaping from a window during a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School where a gunman killed nineteen children and two adults in Uvalde, Texas, U.S. May 24, 2022. Texas Governor Greg Abbott, the day after the killings, praised the courage of police, who he said had saved lives. On Friday, he said he was "livid" and that he had been misled by investigators about the response.
Texas school shooting becomes another vile opportunity to attack trans women
       
Starting on 4chan, a false rumor began to spread that the school shooter was a trans woman named Sam. This keeps happening over and over again because of the larger project of monstering trans people, particularly trans women, that much of the far right and its gender-critical allies have engaged in for the past several years. There’s a large segment of society, including many in positions of power, who have engaged in an extended effort to villainize trans women and turn them into socially unacceptable beings. The resulting larger argument becomes that trans women do not deserve safety or comfort in society. In 2018, gender-critical feminist Sheila Jeffreys told a U.K. Parliament panel that trans women were “parasites.” As the outrageous claims built, some American conservative politicians decided to take action.
Ukraine Latest: EU Sanctions Plan Would Spare Key Crude Pipeline
       
(Bloomberg) -- A revised European Union proposal to wean EU countries off Russian oil imports would spare a pipeline that Hungary depends on for crude in a bid to get Budapest on board and clear the way for additional sanctions on Moscow. (See RSAN on the Bloomberg Terminal for the Russian Sanctions Dashboard.) EU Embargo Plan Exempts Russian Pipeline Oil (11:25 p.m.)The European Union proposed banning seaborne oil from Russia while delaying restrictions on imports from a key pipeline, seeking to satisfy Hungarian objections and unlock its next set of sanctions on Russia. Even as Europe is looking to end its purchases of Russian oil, Asia is stepping up. Ukraine Rejects Putin’s Link of Food Blockade, Sanctions (3:02 p.m.)Dmytro Kuleba rejected President Vladimir Putin’s linkage this week of global grain shortages to Western sanctions on Russia.
Colombia goes to the polls in historic election that could see turn to left
       
Colombians head to the polls today in a presidential election that may give the conservative South American country its first ever leftwing leader and first black vice-president. Rodolfo Hernández, a business magnate and social media firebrand, has also seen a late surge in the polls. If no candidate secures more than 50% of the vote, a run-off election will take place in June. The historic peace deal signed with the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) in 2016 is also on the ballot. “This is a historic election because it is the first time that the left has a real chance of getting in power, and that is a result of the peace process,” said Laura Gil, a political scientist and columnist.
War crimes a 'fabrication'- Russian ambassador to UK
       
Russia’s ambassador to the UK has told the BBC he does not believe his country will use tactical nuclear weapons in the war against Ukraine. Speaking to the Sunday Morning programme, Andrei Kelin said such weapons would be used only if Russia’s existence was threatened. The Ambassador also denied Russian forces were shelling civilians, and said allegations of war crimes in the town of Bucha were a "fabrication". The full interview with Clive Myrie wll be broadcast on Sunday Morning, BBC One 9am.
Ukraine's former President blocked from leaving the country
       
– Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was prevented from leaving Ukraine to take part in a meeting of a NATO body in Lithuania, his party’s parliamentary faction said on Saturday. Ukrainian media reported Poroshenko could not cross the border due to “technical problems” with a permit allowing him to leave the country. Poroshenko was to have a number of high-level meetings in Vilnius, including with the President of Lithuania Gitanas Nauseda. He was also scheduled to participate in a meeting of the European People’s Party in Rotterdam, it said. Poroshenko is being investigated in connection with the financing of Russian-backed separatists in the east of the country through illegal coal sales in 2014-15.
'Message to the world' - Lithuanians fundraise to buy drone for Ukraine
       
By Andrius SytasVILNIUS -Hundreds of Lithuanians clubbed together to buy an advanced military drone for Ukraine in its war against Russia, in a show of solidarity with a fellow country formerly under Moscow’s rule. “Before this war started, none of us thought that we would be buying guns. “I’ve been donating to buy guns for Ukraine for a while now. It’s the third month of the invasion… it’s important to avoid getting used to it,” Lithuania’s Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte told Laisves TV. It is unprecedented, it is unbelievable,” Beshta Petro, Ukraine’s ambassador to Lithuania, told Laisves TV.
Investigators question delayed police response in Texas school shooting
       
By Brad Brooks and Gabriella BorterUVALDE, Texas -Investigators in Texas on Saturday sought to determine how critical mistakes were made in the response to the deadly Uvalde school shooting, including why nearly 20 officers remained outside a classroom as children placed panicked 911 calls for help. The two children who placed calls survived. Texas Governor Greg Abbott, the day after the killings, praised the courage of police, who he said had saved lives. On Friday, he said he was “livid” and that he had been misled by investigators about the response. He wants answers on what went wrong with the police response, and he wants those who made mistakes held accountable.
Macron, Scholz urge Putin to release Azovstal fighters - Elysee palace
       
PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz urged Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday to release the 2,500 Ukrainian defenders of the Azovstal steel plant detained by Russian forces, the Elysee palace said. The two European leaders, in a joint call, also urged Putin to accept a direct exchange with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the palace said. Macron and Scholz also insisted on the urgency of lifting the Russian blockade of the port of Odesa to allow Ukrainian grain exports, the palace said. The Kremlin said Putin told Macron and Scholz in the call that Russia was willing to discuss ways to make it possible for Ukraine to resume shipments of grain from Black Sea ports. Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24 in what it called a “special operation” to demilitarise and “denazify” its southern neighbour.
Nigeria's opposition picks Abubakar to run for president again
       
By MacDonald Dzirutwe and Abraham AchirgaABUJA – Nigeria’s former vice president, veteran politician Atiku Abubakar, will run for president again next year after the main opposition party picked him as its candidate to stand in elections to succeed incumbent Muhammadu Buhari. The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) party, which ruled Nigeria after military rule ended in 1999, was ousted from power by Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC) party in 2015. From 1999 to 2007, he was vice president to Olusegun Obasanjo, the first Nigerian leader after the end of decades of military rule. Abubakar’s main opponent will be from the ruling APC party, which will choose its candidate at a special convention to be held from June 6-8. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and former Lagos state Governor and party heavyweight Bola Tinubu are seen as the ruling party’s front-runners.
Pro-Moscow Kherson official sees decision 'towards next year' on joining Russia
       
By Felix LightLONDON – A senior pro-Russian official in the occupied Ukrainian region of Kherson told Reuters on Saturday that nearby fighting could affect the timing of its formal bid to join Russia and a decision was likely “towards next year”. Asked about the timetable for joining Russia, he replied: “It won’t happen by autumn. Russia has said that the fate of the Kherson region is for local residents to decide. On Wednesday, Putin signed a decree allowing for residents of Kherson and the neighbouring Zaporizhzhia region to acquire fast-track Russian citizenship. On May 6, Andrei Turchak, head of Russia’s ruling United Russia party, said on a visit to Kherson that Russia would remain in the region “forever”.
Iran says crew of two seized Greek tankers not detained and are on board
       
DUBAI – Iran’s state maritime body said on Saturday the crew of two Greek tankers seized by its Revolutionary Guards on Friday had not been detained, and were in good health and being cared for on board their vessels. Iranian forces seized two Greek tankers in the Gulf on Friday, shortly after Tehran warned it would take “punitive action” against Athens over the confiscation of Iranian oil by the United States from a tanker held off the Greek coast. Greece said on Friday an Iranian navy helicopter landed on Greek-flagged vessel Delta Poseidon in international waters, and took the crew hostage. The United States later confiscated the Iranian oil cargo held onboard, Reuters reported on Thursday. The Pegas and its Russian crew were later released, but the seizure inflamed tensions as Iran and world powers seek to revive a 2015 nuclear deal.
Ukraine aide says any Moscow deal not worth 'broken penny', Zelenskiy says Russia officials powerless
       
“Any agreement with Russia isn’t worth a broken penny,” Podolyak wrote on the Telegram messaging app. “Is it possible to negotiate with a country that always lies cynically and propagandistically?”Russia and Ukraine have blamed each other after peace talks stalled, with the last known face-to-face negotiations on March 29. The Kremlin said earlier this month Ukraine was showing no willingness to continue peace talks, while officials in Kyiv blamed Russia for the lack of progress. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said the only person worth talking to was Russian President Vladimir Putin, since he made all the decisions. Putin says Russian forces are on a special operation to demilitarise Ukraine and rid it of radical anti-Russian nationalists.
'We have the power': Poles march for LGBTQ+ rights in Gdansk
       
By Isabella Ronca and Hedy BeloucifGDANSK, Poland – Thousands of Poles marched to demand an end to homophobia on Saturday, as the northern port city of Gdansk hosted its seventh annual Equality March under the slogan “We have the power”. Gay rights are a highly divisive issue in predominantly Catholic Poland, and the country’s ruling nationalists have made battling what they term LGBTQ+ “ideology” a key plank of election campaigns in recent years. Religious conservatives are bitterly opposed to what they say is an ideology bent on undermining the traditional family, while more liberal Poles say such attitudes result in widespread discrimination. “But I don’t want them to get to our children.”Human rights groups reject accusations that teaching about LGBTQ+ issues in schools seeks to sexualise children. “Society and the mentality (of people) is getting better and better, but the political situation is getting worse and worse,” he said, speaking before the march.
Russia tests hypersonic Zircon missile in latest display of military capability
       
The Russian navy on Saturday conducted another test of a prospective hypersonic missile -- a demonstration of the military's long-range strike capability amid the fighting in Ukraine. The Defence Ministry said the Admiral Gorshkov frigate of the Northern Fleet in the White Sea launched the Zircon cruise missile in the Barents Sea, successfully hitting a practice target in the White Sea about 1,000 kilometres away. The launch was the latest in a series of tests of Zircon, which is set to enter service later this year. Earlier tests led experts to believe that the range of the rocket was between 250-500 kilometres, but the latest test doubled that. Russian President Vladimir Putin has emphasised that its deployment will significantly boost the capability of Russia's military.
Why so few big rats have fled Putin’s ship
       
When someone like Boris Bondarev, a Russian counselor to the United Nations in Geneva, slams the door on his employer, the Russian Foreign Ministry, and on his home country, it’s only natural to wonder if Vladimir Putin’s system is showing cracks three months into the dictator’s disgraceful Ukraine adventure. The answer, however, is “not really.” Despite the relative failure of the invasion so far, prominent defectors are remarkably few in number. The Russian establishment is not about to implode.
Russia and China block UN's statement on Myanmar humanitarian crisis
       
Council diplomats speaking on condition of anonymity because negotiations were private, said and objected to parts of the text. China's UN Mission said it proposed slow progress rather than limited progress on the Five Point Consensus, saying in a statement that this wording is factual but less condescending. The 10-nation ASEAN group issued the Five Point Consensus on Myanmar's crisis in late April 2021. Myanmar is a member of ASEAN, but has not been willing to implement the plan. The proposed Security Council statement would have underlined the important role of UN envoy Heyzer and encouraged close coordination with ASEAN's envoy.
GOP congressman endorsed by NRA now calls for gun control measures
       
Republican congressman Chris Jacobs of Orchard Park, New York has reversed his stance on gun control and said he would support measures to ban or restrict access to guns. Mr Jacobs, who was endorsed by the National Rifle Association (NRA) only two years ago, made the comments in the wake of deaths from mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde. “If an assault rifle ban bill came into fore that would ban something like an AR-15, I would vote for it. So I want to be clear that I would vote for it,” the Republican congressman said at a press conference on Friday. Earlier this month, a shooter opened fire at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, shooting 13 people, of whom only three survived.
Putin warns French, German leaders over arms supplies to Ukraine
       
Vladimir Putin tells France’s Macron and Germany’s Scholz that the continuing arms supplies to Ukraine are ‘dangerous’. Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz against increased arms supplies to Ukraine, saying it could lead to further destabilisation. Putin told Macron and Scholz that continuing arms supplies to Ukraine was “dangerous”, and he warned “of the risks of further destabilisation of the situation and aggravation of the humanitarian crisis”, the Kremlin said. The European leaders also urged Putin to engage in serious and direct negotiations with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to end the fighting, the spokesperson said. On May 11, the US House passed a $40bn aid package for Ukraine, that included $8.7bn to replenish US weaponry stocks sent to Ukraine.
Putin signs law scrapping military age limit in Russia, allowing over-40s to join and fight in Ukraine
       
Vladimir Putin on Saturday signed a law allowing Russia to recruit older soldiers. An upper age limit of 40 was scrapped, leaving no formal maximum age of enlistment. The law was passed just over three months after Russia invaded Ukraine, amid heavy Russian losses said to be limiting its ability to fight. Maximilian Clarke/Getty ImagesThe new law carries no specific upper age limit, allowing anybody of "normal working age" to fight, according to Russia's Novaya Gazeta newspaper. Lawmakers who argued in favor of removing the age limit said it would help recruit specialist troops such as doctors and engineers.
As Uvalde Meets to Mourn, a Debate Unfolds Over the Commander’s Decision
       
UVALDE, Texas — From the first minutes after a gunman began shooting, officers descended on Robb Elementary School. Image Border Patrol officers and law enforcement from different agencies on the scene of the shooting on Tuesday. Investigators were also looking into whether an attempt was made, during the standoff, to take incident command away from Chief Arredondo. Brandon Judd, head of the Border Patrol Council, the agents’ union, said that in no case would Border Patrol agents have sought to assume command themselves. It was not clear why a Border Patrol team that was a 40-minute drive away was instead asked to lead the assault.
Massacres Test Whether Washington Can Move Beyond Paralysis
       
And about 80 percent of people say gun purchasers should be subject to background checks, even when they buy their guns in a private sale or at a gun show. But surveys also reflect the deepening polarization in the country, where about 30 percent of adults say they own a gun. A sizable majority of people who do not own guns favor banning high-capacity ammunition magazines and creating a federal database to track all gun sales, according to Pew. The response to mass shootings in the United States is starkly different from the decisive action taken in other developed countries around the world. Australia held a mandatory gun buyback after a 1996 massacre and the rate of mass shootings plummeted.
Matthew McConaughey Meets with Victims' Families in His Hometown of Uvalde, Texas, After School Shooting
       
"Thank you Matthew for helping to heal our community," Rep. Tony Gonzales wrote on Twitter after Matthew McConaughey paid a visit following Tuesday's mass shootingMatthew McConaughey Meets with Victims' Families in His Hometown of Uvalde, Texas, After School ShootingMatthew McConaughey is doing what he can to help after this week's tragic school shooting that shook his hometown of Uvalde, Texas. His mother Kay McCabe taught at St. Philip's Episcopal School, about a mile away from Robb Elementary. A memorial is seen surrounding the Robb Elementary School sign following the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School Credit: Brandon Bell/Getty ImagesOn Wednesday, he signed an executive order on policing and public safety and pushed for "commonsense gun reforms." "It was a wrong decision. Uvalde, TX May 24, 2022 Shooting at Robb Elementary School kills 19 students and 2 teachers.
The NRA Country Concert Is Kaput
       
While there has been no official statement by the NRA, Bryant’s tweet and a dead link to the concert’s webpage point to no show. “Please join fellow Second Amendment patriots for the remainder of the this freedom-filled weekend.”The multi-artist country concert appeared to be in jeopardy on Thursday when Don “American Pie” McLean dropped out. Larry Gatlin, a conservative country singer who’s performed at past NRA conventions and Trump rallies, followed soon after. After being criticized on Twitter for his scheduled appearance at the NRA’s concert, Bryant tweeted that the show was off. Still, the NRA’s Convention carried on with speakers like the ignominious Texas senator Ted Cruz and twice-impeached former president Donald Trump.
U.N. human rights chief disappoints Uyghur advocates on visit to China
       
“I have heard you,” she said, regarding those who made appeals to her about specific human rights cases. AdvertisementBachelet is the first U.N. human rights chief to visit China since 2005, and her trip was the result of years of negotiation. Activists were widely disappointed that she did not criticize China’s human rights violations in Xinjiang more forcefully or manage to ferret out new details about the situation on the ground. “The High Commissioner’s remarks were too nonspecific and weak to match the gravity of the situation,” William Nee, advocacy coordinator at Chinese Human Rights Defenders, a D.C.-based nongovernmental organization, said on Twitter. Bachelet and Beijing agreed to start an annual senior strategic meeting and set up working groups to discuss human rights and minority rights issues.
Germany, France call on Putin to hold 'serious' negotiations with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy
       
French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Saturday urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to have "serious direct negotiations" with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in order to reach "a diplomatic solution" to the war. According to Moscow, Putin told Macron and Scholz that increasing military supplies to Ukraine risks "further destabilizing" the conflict. The Ukrainian president previously said he was not "eager" for dialogue with Russia, but noted that such conversations would likely have to happen for the war to end. Russian and Ukrainian delegations have held multiple discussions since Russia launched its invasion in late February, although negotiations have recently stalled. UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: MOSCOW-BACKED REBELS CLAIM PROGRESS IN DONBAS OFFENSIVERussia previously claimed that more than 900 of the Ukrainian fighters were transported to a reopened prison colony in Russian-occupied Donetsk.
Former guerilla closes in on presidency as Colombians head to polls
       
Colombians vote on Sunday to choose a new president from among a former rebel promising generous social programs, a center-right candidate warning against a leftist economic model, and an eccentric business magnate. The 62-year-old has attracted backing on promises to redistribute pensions, offer free public university, and battle deep inequality. Gutierrez, 47, has said Petro is a threat to democracy and warned the leftist’s economic plans, including a ban on new oil and gas projects, will ruin Colombia’s economy. Hernandez, who is running independently, is known for whimsical social media videos, including of him riding an electric scooter, and anti-corruption promises. Polls will open at 8 a.m. local time (9 a.m ET) and close at 4 p.m. (5 p.m.
Biden travels to Texas to meet with families of school shooting victims
       
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will travel to Uvalde, Texas, on Sunday to meet with families of victims of the mass shooting at an elementary school there this week. While there, Biden plans to speak with local officials and religious leaders, along with the victims’ families in an effort to show support for a community reeling from tragedy, the White House said. It will be Biden's second visit to the site of a mass shooting in as many weeks. Biden made a similar trip to Buffalo, New York, May 17 where he met with community leaders and victims’ families of a racially-motivated mass shooting at a grocery store in that city. Police there have faced criticism from both inside and outside the community for waiting about an hour before directly confronting the shooter.
UN human rights chief asks China to rethink Uyghur policies
       
UN human rights chief asks China to rethink Uyghur policiesEnlarge this image toggle caption AP APBEIJING — The top U.N. human rights official said Saturday that she raised concerns with Chinese officials about the impact of the broad application of counterterrorism and deradicalization measures on the rights of Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim groups in China's Xinjiang region. China's ruling Communist Party, which has vehemently denied all reports of human rights violations and genocide in Xinjiang, showed no sign of being open to change in a government statement on the trip. The statement, attributed to Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu, accused some Western countries and anti-China elements of fabricating sensational lies about Xinjiang under the guise of human rights. "It is critical that counterterrorism responses do not result in human rights violations," she said. The U.N. and China agreed to set up a working group to hold follow-up discussions on a range of issues, including the rights of minorities, counterterrorism and human rights, and legal protection, Bachelet said.
The Donald and the Kremlin Don: how Trump’s toxic legacy helps Putin | Simon Tisdall
       
Even by Donald Trump’s chaotic standards, the “comprehensive peace agreement” for Afghanistan signed by the US in Doha in February 2020 was a huge own goal. In return for some mumbo-jumbo about al-Qaida, Trump pledged total, unconditional US and Nato withdrawal within 14 months. Trump hoped to benefit politically from “bringing the troops home”, even though the vast majority had already left. Today’s ongoing Afghan tragedy is but one aspect of Trump’s toxic legacy. Now Putin’s brutal imperialism threatens in turn to damage Trump’s arch-foe – Biden – by derailing his international and domestic priorities and, if Russia wins, discrediting American global leadership.
Northern Ireland to miss out on UK gene-edited crops revolution because of Brexit treaty
       
But Northern Ireland continues to follow 300 EU rules, including for genetically modified foods, as part of the Protocol, which prevents a hard border with EU member Ireland. The Protocol also introduced checks on British goods entering Northern Ireland to ensure they meet EU standards in case they cross into Ireland, which has banned genetically modified food. “The introduction of the Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill in England will not apply to Northern Ireland,” Mr Poots said, who has raised his concerns with George Eustice, the Environment Secretary. It would allow Northern Ireland businesses to decide whether to follow UK or EU standards for goods remaining in the province and not entering the EU. “We've been clear that people in Northern Ireland shouldn't be prevented from having access to the same goods as people in the rest of the UK.
'We needed a plan, and the commander didn't have one', says Uvalde officer on school shooting failings
       
Joe Biden on Saturday lamented “too much violence, too much fear, too much grief” of the latest school shooting, as he prepared to visit the Texan city of Uvalde. The attack on Robb Elementary School that left 19 children and two teachers dead in a fourth grade classroom was the nation's deadliest school shooting in nearly a decade, and for three days police offered a confusing and sometimes contradictory timeline that drew public anger and frustration. Mr Biden and wife Jill’s visit to Uvalde on Sunday comes as the city, which sits halfway between San Antonio and the Mexican border, was reeling over the revelations that police gave numerous inaccurate accounts of their response to the mass shooting. “I am livid,” Texas governor, Greg Abbott, said as the inconsistencies began to emerge. “My expectation is that the law enforcement leaders leading the investigation … get to the bottom of every fact with absolute certainty,” Mr Abbott said, who described being “misled”.
Diplomats fear Russia may use Syrian aid as bargaining chip in Ukraine
       
Now, officials warn, Russia might try to shut it down or use it as a bargaining chip with world powers in another war, about 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles) away in Ukraine. The U.N. Security Council, where Russia wields a powerful veto, will vote in July on whether to keep the aid route open. But the corridor already appears caught up in the fallout from the war in Ukraine and the competing interests of Russia and the United States. Russia is one of Assad’s benefactors in Syria’s civil war, which began in 2011, and the aid was largely going to rebel-occupied areas. The diplomats would not describe the signals in detail and said Moscow had stopped short of directly tying the corridor’s fate to the war in Ukraine.
Support surges for Kishida pledge to boost defense spending
       
Support for Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s pledge of a “considerable increase” in Japan’s defense budget is growing in both the ruling party and opposition camps ahead of this summer’s Upper House election. Recent media polls have indicated that a majority of Japanese people are ready to accept an increase in defense spending, an apparent reflection of their concerns about the regional security environment surrounding after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
[Herald Interview] Kim Tae-heum vows to end DP’s 12-year reign in S. Chungcheong
       
Kim Tae-heum, the ruling People Power Party’s candidate for the South Chungcheong gubernatorial election, pledged to end the main opposition party’s 12-year reign in South Chungcheong Province.“I will make South Chungcheong Province free of the arrogance, incapability and immorality that the Democratic Party has shown over the last 12 years,” Kim said in an email interview with The Korea Herald. “For the first time in a half century, a person from South Chungcheong Province took the presidential office. Kim added, by leveraging his network, he “would secure whatever resources that are required for the region to develop.”Kim said his victory in South Chungcheong Province is greatly needed to give a boost to the Yoon administration. The ruling party needs a nationwide victory in the upcoming local elections to provide the momentum that the Yoon administration needs,” Kim said.Kim hopes to bring a fresh approach to municipal affairs. “The Democratic Party has failed to get fruitful outcomes in areas that it focused on, such as the low birthrate, aging population and inequality issues,” Kim said.
[Herald Interview] Yang Seung-jo seeks reelection to complete pending work
       
“I have run restlessly to make better South Chungcheong Province over the last four years and found keys to issues and long-cherished projects that require to be done. He also said he would connect the Seohae Line railway with the Gyeongbu high-speed railway and build a new airport in Seosan to improve access to the province. Yang added that he would persuade more state-led institutions to relocate their bases to South Chungcheong Province.Yang promised to establish a local bank as well, through which the local government aims to provide financial services that can help small and mid-sized businesses, as well as those in need. The megacity scheme, however, can provide enough impetus for the balanced development goal, through bringing individual regions together, he added.Regarding his relation to the Yoon Suk-yeol administration, Yang noted that he would seek cooperation with the central government. Yang said the local government is in a position to execute plans of the central government.
Japan considers easing weapons export rules to prop up defense industry
       
Japan is considering relaxing rules for exporting defense equipment in an effort to prop up the domestic defense industry, government sources said. But the easing of export controls is expected to raise concerns that Japanese-made weapons may be used in conflicts overseas. The National Security Strategy, the country's long-term security and diplomatic policy guidelines, will also mention strengthening support for the defense industry in revisions to be made by the end of the year, according to the sources. The move comes amid growing concerns within the government and ruling Liberal Democratic Party that Japan's defense industry will become unsustainable as companies, with the Self-Defense Forces as their sole client, are pulling out one after another due to low profit margins. While defense equipment and technology transfer agreements that enable exports have been concluded with 12 countries, including Australia, Britain, and India, only one contract for a finished product -- air defense radars -- has been concluded, with the Philippines.
Russia pummels hold-out city in east; Ukraine seeks longer-range weapons
       
Smoke rises above a self-propelled howitzer 2S1 Gvozdika of pro-Russian troops, which fired a leaflet shell in the direction of Sievierodonetsk to disperse information materials from combat positions in the Luhansk region, Ukraine May 24, 2022. Russian artillery was also pounding the Lysychansk-Bakhmut road, which Russia must take to close a pincer movement and encircle Ukrainian forces, and police said there was "significant destruction" in Lysychansk. Ukraine has started receiving Harpoon anti-ship missiles from Denmark and U.S. self-propelled howitzers, Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said on Saturday. Analysts at the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War said if Russian forces were to capture Sievierodonetsk, Ukraine could be expected to launch counter-offensives. Russia says it is waging a "special military operation" to demilitarise Ukraine and rid it of nationalists threatening Russian-speakers there.
'There's too much violence': President Biden to meet with grieving families in Uvalde: Updates
       
President Joe Biden on Sunday will bring his personal words of comfort and the condolences of the nation to the grieving families in Uvalde, Texas, amid ongoing questions about the police response to the horrific elementary school shooting. He and first lady Jill Biden also will visit a memorial site at Robb Elementary School, attend Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and meet with first responders. The massacre was the deadliest school shooting since the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. "Let's be clear: Evil came to that elementary school classroom in Texas, to that grocery store in New York, to far too many places where innocents have died." NRA convention sparks protestsWhile Biden is in Texas, the National Rifle Association continues its annual convention in Houston.
Los Angeles DA George Gascon slammed by combat veteran congressman over Memorial Day tweet: ‘Wrong holiday’
       
Republican Congressman Mike Garcia slammed progressive Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon on Saturday over a tweet that Gascon posted to commemorate Memorial Day. The Recall George Gascon campaign has so far collected more than 450,000 signatures as of last week, it said. George Gascon has been widely talked down on over a policy barring his deputy district attorneys from seeking cash bail. Los Angeles Times via Getty ImagThe recall effort is the second attempt after the first failed to collect enough signatures by its deadline. In addition, more than 30 cities in Los Angeles County have issued votes of no confidence against Gascon.
U.S.-supplied Howitzers have reached Ukraine military, amid ongoing war with Russia: Defense minister
       
Ukraine has received a shipment of M109 howitzers from the United States, replenishing its supplies amid its ongoing war with Russia. Ukraine's Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said the new shipment of artillery weaponry has reached Ukraine’s front lines, including the M777 howitzers, FH70 howitzers, and CAESAR SPHs that were supplied by the U.S., the UK, and France, respectively. "I am also happy to announce the news: the 155-mm artillery pool is being replenished," Reznikov said in a statement. The defense minister also said Ukraine received anti-ship Harpoon missiles from its Danish partners. The cooperation of partnership states that provide Ukraine with weapons and equipment is already unprecedented," the defense minister said.
Zelenskyy says conditions in Donbas are ‘indescribably difficult’; Russian forces target Severodonetsk
       
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said the conditions in the Donbas are "indescribably difficult" as Ukrainian forces try to hold out in the face of Russia's onslaught. The Donbas region refers to the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces in the easternmost part of Ukraine. It is a major strategic, political and economic target for the Kremlin. The Institute for the Study of War, a U.S. think tank, says Russian progress around the eastern city of Severodonetsk results largely from the fact that the Kremlin has concentrated forces, equipment and material from all other axes on this one objective. Analysts at ISW said Ukrainian forces in Severodonetsk are facing their most serious challenge since the isolation of the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol.
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GalleryRussian forces intensified their assault on the largest city held by Ukrainian forces in the Donbas region in the east on Sunday as Kyiv said it was hopeful longer-range weapons it desperately needs from Western allies could soon arrive.
Australian company to ship baby formula to shortage-hit US
       
An Australian company is planning to ship at least 1.25m cans of its baby formula to the US to help ease a nationwide shortage. President Joe Biden tweeted the “good news” at the weekend, saying the equivalent of 27.5m bottles of infant formula were on the way. In a statement on its website, Bubs Australia reassured Australian customers that its infant formula supply would not be affected. The company said the US Department of Health and Human Services had advised “they are evaluating options” for getting Bubs Infant Formula products to the US “as quickly as possible.”The importing of Bubs’ products follows the relaxation of some regulations this month to mitigate one of the biggest baby formula shortages in recent history. The FDA commissioner, Robert M Califf, said authorities were doing everything in their power to ensure there was adequate infant formula available across the country.
Fighting focuses on Donbas, but Putin has not given up on Kharkiv – or Kyiv
       
If Russia takes Sievierodonetsk, it will control the entire Luhansk region, and can increase its focus on parts of Donetsk it still does not control. Occupied territoriesThere is no longer any doubt that Russia plans to fully annex parts of Ukraine, as it did with Crimea in 2014. Ukraine will not accept the loss of these areas, but if it launches a counterattack, Russia could claim Ukraine was attacking Russian territory. However, Russian-language news outlet Meduza last week quoted Kremlin-linked sources claiming that Putin had not yet given up on Kyiv and may launch another assault once the battle for Donbas is over. “They are planning something,” said one commander based outside the city last week.
Boris Johnson, the party animal, has vomited over standards in public life | Andrew Rawnsley
       
Now try to picture scenes of all-night boozing, puking, punch-ups, vandalism and law-breaking at Number 10 under any other prime minister. When that person is Mr Johnson, you get a culture of selfish, arrogant, entitled, amoral, narcissistic rule-breaking that combines, in the true spirit of the Bullingdon Club, snobbery with yobbery. The Commons has only gone part of the way by referring Mr Johnson to the privileges committee. That has to be led from the top so it is obviously never going to happen while Mr Johnson is still there. Just when you think he can’t debase standards in public life any further, this shameless prime minister goes and proves you wrong.
Russia-Ukraine latest news: Ukrainian troops in under fire city in a 'tough position', says military chief
       
The military chief of the heavily-bombed eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk said Ukrainian troops were in a "tough defensive position" as Russia intensified its efforts to capture the city. The cities of Severodonetsk and nearby Lysychansk are the last major areas under Ukrainian control in the Luhansk region. Speaking on national television on Saturday evening, Mr Striuk said the Mir Hotel was at the centre of the most intense fighting. "Our military is in a tough defensive position," he said. The humanitarian headquarters that is located in the city was practically immobilised today, because it is not safe to move around the city, and the work of the headquarters was suspended."
Pacific 'very positive' on Australian re-engagement: PM
       
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (L) has said the response to recent diplomatic efforts among Pacific Island nations 'has been very positive'Sydney (AFP) – Australia's newly elected prime minister has said Pacific leaders have been "very positive" about his government's renewed engagement, even as Beijing continues its diplomatic blitz across the increasingly contested region. "For our Pacific Island neighbours, the issue of climate change is an absolute national security issue," he said. Albanese said Australia's renewed diplomatic push in the Pacific, which began with a visit to Fiji by new foreign minister Penny Wong, had been well-received. Foreign Minister Wong urged South Pacific nations to spurn China's attempts to extend its security reach across the region while in Fiji on Friday. "We have expressed our concerns publicly about the security agreement," Wong told reporters in the capital of Suva.
Boris Johnson Has Just Changed The Ministerial Code. Why Does This Matter?
       
Boris Johnson has changed the ministerial code. WPA Pool via Getty ImagesBoris Johnson has changed the ministerial code so that ministers do not lose their jobs over “minor” breaches – instead, they just have to apologise or temporarily lose their pay. AdvertisementWhat is the ministerial code? AdvertisementAs Labour MP and chair of the privileges committee, Chris Bryant tweeted: “The new ministerial code is a disgrace. “If you break the rules just rewrite the rule book is the motto of this despicable government.”The new ministerial code is a disgrace.
US slams China for 'restricting, manipulating' UN human rights chief's visit
       
The US urged China to respect the human rights of Tibetans, those living in Hong Kong, and all others who seek to peacefully exercise their human rights and fundamental freedoms as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Meanwhile, United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet, who concluded her six-day trip to China, on Saturday said that she has urged Beijing to review its counter-terrorism policies. In a statement, the UN rights chief also shared the concerns of a number of human rights mechanisms about laws and policies to counter terrorism, radicalism and their application. "It is scandalous that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights went to China and East Turkistan without being able to even condemn the government for committing genocide. According to the Tibetan group, the UN Rights chief adopted the Chinese Communist Party's framing of policies, domestically and internationally.
The Britain Project Is the Latest Incarnation of Zombie Blairism
       
That is until a few weeks ago, when the Britain Project was created. But the Britain Project is more intriguing for what it doesn’t reveal than what it does. For an organization which seeks a top-to-bottom transformation of British politics, the Britain Project has not created great waves — indeed, thus far it has barely made a ripple. “The Britain Project is a group working across party lines,” said Blair. “We want this conference to be an opportunity for people to come together and set out a broad direction for the future of Britain.” It can be no accident that the speech is reposted on the Britain Project website in full.
Candidate for San Diego County Sheriff leaves job, loses endorsement after transgender comments
       
San Diego Sheriff Republican candidate John Hemmerling left his job as the chief criminal prosecutor in the City Attorney’s office this week after a video surfaced showing him making comments about where transgender women should use the bathroom. Hemmerling lost the endorsement of The San Diego Union-Tribune because of his comments. They were recorded by the online news outlet Times of San Diego at an April candidate’s forum in Ramona. He was referring to an ordinance that defined women as including transgender women. “My sole intent was to express concern about the overbroad nature of the Board of Supervisors' recent ordinance that defines women.
Russia test-fires its latest hypersonic Zircon missile
       
The Russian navy on Saturday conducted another test of a prospective hypersonic missile, a demonstration of the military’s long-range strike capability amid the fighting in Ukraine. The Defense Ministry said the Admiral Gorshkov frigate of the Northern Fleet in the White Sea launched the Zircon cruise missile in the Barents Sea, successfully hitting a practice target in the White Sea about 540 nautical miles away. The launch was the latest in a series of tests of Zircon, which is set to enter service later this year. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Zircon is capable of flying at nine times the speed of sound and has a range of 620 miles. Zircon is intended to arm Russian cruisers, frigates and submarines and could be used against both enemy ships and ground targets.
Ukraine get missiles, howitzers as Zelenskiy expects good news on arms
       
Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERSMay 28 (Reuters) - Ukraine has started receiving Harpoon anti-ship missiles from Denmark and self-propelled howitzers from the United States, arms that will bolster forces fighting Russia's invasion, Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said on Saturday. "The coastal defence of our country will not only be strengthened by Harpoon missiles – they will be used by trained Ukrainian teams," Reznikov wrote on his Facebook page. He said Harpoon shore-to-ship missiles would be operated alongside Ukrainian Neptune missiles to defend the coast, including the southern port of Odesa. Last month the Moskva, the flagship of Russia's Black Sea fleet, sank after what Ukraine said was an anti-ship missile attack. It has also used its Black Sea fleet to launch missile attacks.
Here’s the Deal review: Kellyanne Conway on Trump – with plenty of alternative facts
       
Confronted with the possibility Bannon might receive a presidential pardon, Conway says, she told him Trump didn’t owe him anything. The Devil’s Bargain, Joshua Green’s 2016 campaign exposé, captures Conway both badmouthing Trump’s chances and playing the sycophant. Conway takes Bannon to task for profiting from his investment in Cambridge Analytica but stays mum about the Mercers’ ownership. This past week, the attorney general for the District of Columbia launched a lawsuit against Facebook in connection with the Cambridge Analytica data breach. Conway writes of how she “made her bones” – a term with mafia origins – in Trump’s 2016 campaign.
As the US supreme court creeps right, a broad view of the second amendment emerges
       
“Before the Trump appointees were on the supreme court, the court had multiple opportunities to take cases that could expand second amendment protections, but it repeatedly turned those efforts aside,” said Adam Winkler, a supreme court and gun policy specialist at UCLA law school. “Now we see that the supreme court is taking big gun cases and seems prepared to issue a very expansive ruling. The supreme court ruling in the New York case is likely to pave the way for further decisions. Photograph: José Luis Magaña/APBut the new rightwing extremism on the supreme court is now likely to threaten that legal status quo. “The supreme court has historically been a voice for the protection of minorities.
Ex-mayor eyes historic leftist conquest of Colombian presidency
       
"I do not vote because it is always the criminals who win," 30-year-old street vendor Andrea Perez told AFP. Petro has promised to address poverty and to make Colombia's economy more environmentally friendly, partly by phasing out crude oil exploration. 'Change'On Friday, Petro told voters the country had a choice "either to keep things as they are in Colombia, or change," leaving behind "corruption, violence and hunger." In the same TV debate, Gutierrez agreed change was needed "but this change must happen safely... without putting at risk families, homes... Petro and Gutierrez have both received death threats, as has the leftist's running mate Francia Marquez, who could become Colombia's first ever black woman vice-president.
French lawmakers officially recognise China’s treatment of Uyghurs as ‘genocide’
       
It reads that the National Assembly "officially recognises the violence perpetrated by the People's Republic of China against the Uyghurs as constituting crimes against humanity and genocide". French MPs were also called to applaud Uyghurs refugees who had been invited to observe the parliamentary session. The Netherlands and Canadian parliaments both called Chinese treatment of the Uyghurs "genocide" in February 2021, while the US government also called it genocide under former president Donald Trump. China denies genocide or the existence of forced labour camps in Xinjiang and has accused Uyghurs testifying overseas about conditions inside the northwestern region of being paid liars. China has also sanctioned European, British and US lawmakers, as well as academics who study Xinjiang and a London law firm.
US expresses concern after UN human rights chief visits China
       
The United States expressed concern on Saturday over China's "efforts to restrict and manipulate" the UN human rights chief's visit to the Xinjiang region where Beijing is accused of detaining over a million people in indoctrination camps. Her visit was the first to China by a UN high commissioner for human rights in 17 years and comes after painstaking negotiations over the conditions of the visit. "Resignation is the only meaningful thing she can do for the Human Rights Council," said Dilxat Raxit, spokesperson for the World Uyghur Congress advocacy group, while US-based Uyghur activist Rayhan Asat called it a "total betrayal" on Twitter. The trip included a virtual meeting with President Xi Jinping in which state media suggested Bachelet supported China's vision of human rights. Her office later clarified that her remarks did not contain a direct endorsement of China's rights record.
Opinion: The cost of Trump's chaos just keeps accumulating
       
His new paperback is " The Cost of Chaos: The Trump Administration and the World ", from which this essay is adapted. As it turned out, that was a fantasy that the Trump administration correctly called out. As a result, the Trump administration authorized at least double the number of US Navy ships transiting the South China Sea performing "freedom of navigation" exercises. JUST WATCHED 'Schizophrenic nature': Dr. Birx describes what it was like working in Trump's White House Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH 'Schizophrenic nature': Dr. Birx describes what it was like working in Trump's White House 03:44Trump also presided over the destruction of the ISIS geographical "caliphate" in Iraq and Syria. He and his wife, Melania Trump, were vaccinated at the White House during the closing days of his presidency.
Russia Scrambles for Soldiers Amid Ukraine War Manpower Shortage
       
Several mobile military enlistment offices could be seen Saturday on the sidelines of an annual half-marathon race in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk. Mobile enlistment offices. Mobile enlistment offices. Mobile enlistment offices. Russia's Defense Ministry
2 Russian lawmakers branded traitors and ordered out of meeting for demanding Putin end invasion of Ukraine
       
Two regional officials in Russia were branded traitors and ordered to leave a legislative meeting after calling on Vladimir Putin to end the invasion of Ukraine. Deputies Leonid Vasyukevich and Gennady Shulga spoke at a meeting on Friday of the legislative assembly of Primorsky Krai in far eastern Russia. Video of the meeting shows Vasyukevich unexpectedly calling on Putin to end the war, which he said is failing and costing many Russian lives. According to Radio Free Europe and Russia's Kommersant newspaper, Primorsky Krai governor Oleg Kozhemyako described the men as traitors and ordered them to be removed. Neither Vasyukevich Shulga, or indeed the entire Primorsky Krai assembly, have any direct influence on Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Imran Khan claims there’s a US conspiracy against him. Why do so many Pakistanis believe him?
       
Islamabad, Pakistan CNN —Standing atop a truck, thronged by a huge crowd, a visibly enraged Imran Khan repeated the claim that has become a rallying cry for his millions of supporters. Pakistan, the ousted former Prime Minister said, was being ruled by “traitors” installed by “a foreign conspiracy” plotted in the United States. Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan gestures as he travels on a vehicle to lead a protest march in Islamabad, Pakistan on May 26, 2022. But Khan’s critics say there’s a problem with his claims: there is no evidence of a conspiracy. Police attempt to quell protests by supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) political party during a demonstration called by former Prime Minister Imran Khan, in Islamabad on May 26, 2022.
Multiple people shot in Tennessee, police say
       
At least one person of interest was detained, Chattanooga Police said. Multiple people were shot on Saturday night during an exchange of gunfire in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee, police said. Chattanooga Police officers were patrolling downtown at about 10:48 p.m. local time when they "observed multiple parties exchanging gunfire and numerous people fleeing the area." "Our Officers began rendering aid to the victims as well as assisting others to safety," a police spokesperson said. "They were able to detain at least one person of interest in the incident in the moments after the shooting began."
What Happened on Day 94 of the War in Ukraine
       
Ms. Abiyeva, 37, has decided to take matters into her own hands. Since the start of the war, she said, she has raised more than $60,000 to buy food, clothes and equipment for Russian soldiers serving in Ukraine. “The whole world, it seems to me, is supporting our great enemies,” Ms. Abiyeva said in a phone interview. Most of the groups collecting donations for Russian soldiers appear to be operating independently of the Russian government. Ms. Abiyeva, the real estate agent, showed off on her Telegram account a Nikon Prostaff 1000 laser-equipped range finder that she bought for $400.
Live Updates: In War of Weapons, Ukraine Tries to Match Russia’s Power
       
Thermobaric weapons are not banned, and they are not addressed in the Geneva Conventions, a series of international agreements that govern warfare. Ukrainian soldiers who have been caught in the explosions and survived suffered a mix of burns and concussions, said Sgt. In March, a drone video showed Ukrainian soldiers blowing up a Heatwave weapon during an ambush outside the Kyiv suburb of Brovary. Videos have appeared online purporting to show Ukrainian tractor drivers towing captured Heatwave weapons away from the front. “Such actions are positively perceived and supported in every way by the Ukrainian military.
Colombians head to polls in divisive presidential election
       
A wall with an image of Colombian left-wing vice-presidential candidate Francia Marquez and Colombian left-wing presidential candidate Gustavo Petro is pictured one day before the first round of the presidential election, in Cali, Colombia May 28, 2022. The 62-year-old has attracted backing on promises to redistribute pensions, offer free public university, and battle deep inequality. read moreRegister now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterHis main opponent is Federico Gutierrez, the center-right former mayor of Medellin, who has around 25% support. read morePolling third in the six-way race is construction magnate and former mayor of Bucaramanga Rodolfo Hernandez, with about 20% support. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterReporting by Julia Symmes Cobb; Editing by Rosalba O'BrienOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Senate GOP signals an openness to talking about gun legislation
       
Senate Republicans are signaling an openness to talks with Democrats on gun violence in the aftermath of back-to-back mass shootings. Other GOP leaders have also said they’re supportive of bipartisan talks, while similarly pushing back on broad proposals that stray in focus from recent gun violence. There’s also interest in pursuing proposals to expand background checks, like the bipartisan legislation Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) previously brought up years back that sought to mandate background checks for all gun commercial sales. But he noted then that the Senate “can’t even get” that legislation, which was first introduced months after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012.
The group of lawyers working to hold Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and other election deniers accountable
       
One of the most important features of a healthy democracy is holding officials who do wrong accountable, and this week, there have been some interesting developments in outside efforts to punish Republicans who worked to overturn the results of the 2020 election. A group of lawyers known as "The 65 Project" is attempting to disbar Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and other lawyers who worked to keep Trump in power after losing the election. MSNBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin spoke to group’s director, Michael Teter, about its efforts to hold election deniers accountable.May 29, 2022
Why the Texas school shooting won't stop the NRA convention
       
In 1999, on the heels of the Columbine, Colorado, school shooting that would mark the beginning of a new era, the National Rifle Association hesitated. "Our deepest sympathies are with the families and victims involved in this horrific and evil crime,” the NRA said in a Wednesday statement. Where are the calls for direct action against the NRA convention, protests outside the homes of senators who vote against gun safety? According to Open Secrets, gun rights groups spent roughly $15.8 million on lobbying in 2021 and, as of March 31, have spent another $2 million in 2022. During that same time, gun control groups spent less than a quarter of that amount.
Mitch McConnell Is Pulling His Favorite Move After Mass Shootings
       
McConnell told CNN that he “encouraged” Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) to engage with Democrats Sens. "I am hopeful that we could come up with a bipartisan solution," he said. In June 2016, after a man with a gun murdered 49 people at the Pulse Night Club in Orlando, McConnell told reporters “nobody wants terrorists to have firearms." “I am convinced that Mitch wants to do something,” Trump told reporters on August 13, 2019. McConnell also oversaw the passage of a STOP School Violence Act, which provided funding to help prepare and prevent school gun violence.
Voices: Mitch McConnell needs 10 Republicans to support gun control legislation. Can he find them?
       
What Mr McConnell doesn’t say is always just as important as what he does. For Democrats, Mr McConnell’s words offer a glimmer of hope. This time, Mr McConnell is coming out front, and likely knows there is a chance that 10 Republicans will get to yes. The Red-Flaggers: Multiple Republicans have come out in support of red flag laws alongside Mr Portman. But if Mr Cornyn can come back with a solution that Mr McConnell approves, the two might just bring a few more of their Senators over the top.
Russia-Ukraine war: battle in Donbas ‘indescribably difficult’, says Zelenskiy – live
       
Ukraine’s armed forces have accused Russian authorities in Crimea of ordering hospitals to refuse civilian patients in order to free up beds for Russian soldiers. In a statement on its Facebook page, the forces said donor blood was also being collected “intensively”. ?? Ukraine’s military: Civilians denied admission to hospitals in Crimea to make room for Russian servicemen. The General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces said on May 29 that blood donations are also being collected at a growing rate in Russian-occupied Crimea. If we decide to go that way, we will lose hundreds of thousands of people,” he said.
Just as Hitler left Europe divided on how to act, so does Putin
       
Such is the weight of the term that it remains a potent political insult. Proponents of negotiating with dictators prefer the term realpolitik. “Ideally, the dividing line should be a return to the status quo ante,” the former Secretary of State said. “Pursuing the war beyond that point would not be about the freedom of Ukraine, but a new war against Russia itself." Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine’s president, responded bluntly: “It seems that Mr Kissinger's calendar is not 2022, but 1938, and he thought he was talking to an audience not in Davos, but in Munich of that time."
Modern warfare: the myth of tank supremacy has been blown up in Ukraine
       
According to this view there is pretty much nothing that can stop a big, heavily equipped tank army except another such tank army. The Russian army is what the British Army wants to beThe Ukraine battle has shown very clearly that the "tanks rule" view of land warfare is just not true. Russia's invasion forces were pretty much exactly what the British Army wants to be. The Russians had also dealt with one of the unfortunate realities of heavy armoured forces. But these things aren’t serious concerns, the tank soldiers say.
Texas school shooting: Is America too deeply divided to deal with its gun problem?
       
"He managed to buy a gun," I said to another visitor, referring to the Uvalde school gunman. Questions over officers' response grow - live updates from Texas shootingAdvertisement"... and walk into a school and kill 19 kids," I said. He addressed the Uvalde school shooting upfront but rejected any attempts to restrict gun ownership. "If you are not actively doing something to help the problem, you are part of the problem. America is such a deeply divided society right now; more entrenched than it has been for decades.
Pro-gun control protesters clash with Proud Boys supporters outside NRA's Houston conference
       
Local law enforcement was called in to break up a confrontation between gun control advocates and those attending protesting outside the NRA Convention in Houston - with a group of far-right Proud Boys joining in the fight. Many held signs blaming lax gun control laws for the deaths of 19 school children in Uvalde as they called those attending the convention 'murderers,' according to the Houston Chronicle. Nearly 200 protesters gathered outside the NRA Convention in Houston on SaturdayThey called for stricter gun control laws in Texas, where 19 children and two adults were killed at an elementary school last TuesdayThe protesters claimed Texas Gov. The group then walked away in their yellow and black clothing toward the gun control protesters on the other side of the street, the Washington Times reports. Greg Abbott and other state lawmakers introduce new gun control measures.
Texas probing whether Uvalde Schools Police Chief Peter Arredondo even had a police radio on him
       
As the heat piles on Uvalde Schools Police Chief Pete Arredondo, he's now being investigated for possibly not having a police radio on him when he told his officers to stand back as Salvador Ramos slaughtered 19 children and two adults. The source says that investigators are still trying to determine whether Arredondo had a radio. Afterwards, he worked various roles at Webb County Sheriff’s Office in Laredo - a small Texas town a little more than 100 miles from Uvalde. 'It’s nice to come back home,' Arredondo, who has family in the small, rural town, told the Uvalde Leader News upon accepting the gig. The department, which only presides over the town's school seven-school district, is comprised of four officers, one police chief, and a detective.
US 'concerned' after UN human rights chief visits China
       
"We are concerned the conditions Beijing authorities imposed on the visit did not enable a complete and independent assessment of the human rights environment in (China), including in Xinjiang, where genocide and crimes against humanity are ongoing," US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement. Her visit was the first to China by a UN high commissioner for human rights in 17 years and comes after painstaking negotiations over the conditions of the visit. "Resignation is the only meaningful thing she can do for the Human Rights Council," said Dilxat Raxit, spokesperson for the World Uyghur Congress advocacy group, while US-based Uyghur activist Rayhan Asat called it a "total betrayal" on Twitter. The trip included a virtual meeting with President Xi Jinping in which state media suggested Bachelet supported China's vision of human rights. Her office later clarified that her remarks did not contain a direct endorsement of China's rights record.
Live: Fighting intensifies in Sievrodonetsk as Russia makes gains East of Ukraine
       
Russia claimed to have overrun a key rail hub while its troops fought Ukrainian defenders in the streets of another city in eastern Ukraine. The Russian Defence Ministry said the railroad centre Lyman had been “completely liberated’’ by a joint force of Russian soldiers and Kremlin-backed separatists. Advertising Read more6:26am: Fighting for Sievierodonetsk continues says Ukraine's Armed ForcesFighting for the eastern Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk continues with Russian forces conducting assault operations on Saturday, the General Staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces said on Sunday. "With the use of artillery, Russian forces carried out assault operations in the area of the city of Sievierodonetsk," the General Staff said in a statement on its Facebook page. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy voiced hopes in a late-night video address that Ukraine's allies would provide needed weapons, adding that he expected "good news" this week.
Trump brags about crowd size at rally before Capitol riot on 6 January
       
Former president Donald Trump bragged about the size of the crowd at the “Stop the Steal” rally at the White House Ellipse before the 6 January riot wherein his supporters breached the US Capitol in an attempt to overturn the 2020 election results. The former president bragged about the size of the crowd during the “Stop the Steal” rally that preceded the insurrection at the Capitol and said he knew it would be a large crowd. “I felt that the crowd was going to be massive, everybody was saying they were going to be there,” he said. “I believe it was the largest crowd I’ve ever spoken before.”Mr Trump said the press doesn’t want to show the size of the crowd. Mr Trump also criticised the fact that many of the alleged rioters are still in jail and called them “political prisoners”.
McCarthy tells Jan. 6 committee he’s unlikely to comply with subpoena
       
Berke goes on to request information from the committee, including a more specific list of the subjects and topics the committee intends to discuss with McCarthy, along with the legal rationale justifying the subpoena request. McCarthy’s counsel also asks whether the committee is adhering to the confines of the resolution that authorized the panel. “Chairman [Bennie G.] Thompson will formally respond to these Members in the days ahead.”The House committee is on track to begin the public hearings about the attack next month. The escalatory move by McCarthy means the panel will quickly have to decide next enforcement actions for noncompliant lawmakers. House Republicans are already laying the groundwork for a number of GOP-led investigations against the Biden administration and Democrats.
We can transform the gun debate with this simple equation. It’s easy math, even for the GOP.
       
ANOTHER BIG LIE we can take down with : Intent + means = outcome. Intent: the will and mindset to carry out an actionMeans: access to the actual equipment to carry it out. The GOP hijacks the national debate by saying we only need work on “intent” , which conveniently allows gun sales to continue unabated. The NRA gets crafty by saying: hey, we need MORE guns and have everyone carry. So domestically, taking assault weapons does NOT lead to taking single shot guns and hunting rifles, and never has.
Do you mean Daily Kos can't refuse right-wing ads?
       
Unless you live near me in Northwest Washington, D.C., you don’t know that Daily Kos is running a slew of ads from “Democrats for Education Reform,” the anti-union, “school choice” group that fights against progressive education policies. Specifically, DFER is pushing the candidacy of Eric Goulet for DC City Council with nonstop ads on this site. These DFER ads are actually funded by “Education Reform Now Advocacy Inc.,” a 501(c)(4) group that allows the donors to remain anonymous. But it’s common knowledge that right-wing billionaires and their foundations have been funding this movement all along. Doesn’t this site have standards for ads that it will publish?
Ukraine Invasion Day 95: ambivalent victories
       
[4] Russian Telegram channels reported that Russian forces successfully seized Pasika on May 28, but ISW cannot independently confirm this claim. [5] Russian forces did not attempt to advance directly south of Izyum and are likely prioritizing an advance north of Lyman. [7] Russian forces from Izyum may join units in Lyman to conduct an offensive on Siversk or pursue a separate drive on Slovyansk. [9] Haidai stressed that Russian forces have not isolated the city, despite damaging a bridge along the Lysychansk-Severodonetsk road. pic.twitter.com/MFhdJ7ExiZ — ?? Ukraine Weapons Tracker (@UAWeapons) May 28, 2022x #Ukraine: Recently delivered Italian FH70 155mm howitzers in use with the Ukrainian army.
People of color will pay the steepest price if abortion is banned
       
Abortion has always been an emotionally charged topic, but it is intrinsically a health care issue and should be discussed as such. Statistics show that gender health disparities exist, with inequities being particularly pronounced among Black women and in geographic areas where health care options are limited. Health outcomes are particularly disastrous for Black women, whose rates of maternal mortality are three times as high as those for white women. This week, he proposed a $125 million reproductive health package to expand access to abortion and other reproductive health care services. Access to reproductive health care is spotty across the United States, often dependent on geography, even within states.
Russia takes small cities, aims to widen east Ukraine battle
       
(AP Photo/Alexei Alexandrov)KRAMATORSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russia claimed to have overrun a key rail hub while its troops fought Ukrainian defenders in the streets of another city in eastern Ukraine. The Russian Defense Ministry said the railroad center Lyman had been “completely liberated” by a joint force of Russian soldiers and Kremlin-backed separatists. Pavlo Kyrylenko said Russian troops controlled most of it and were trying to press their offensive toward Bakhmut, another city in the region. Serhii Haidai reported that Ukrainian fighters repelled an assault on Sievierodonetsk but Russian troops still pushed to encircle them. Last week Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu announced that Russia would form new military units in the country’s west in response to Sweden and Finland’s bids to join NATO.
Police arrest suspect in deadly shooting at Walmart in Fairfield Township
       
ReutersThe NRA's convention starts in Houston, where Republicans including U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and former President Donald Trump are scheduled to address the gun-rights group. Abbott will now address the group with recorded video remarks and will make a return trip to Uvalde, NBC News said on Thursday, citing a statement from his spokesman.
STEVE SEBELIUS: It’s voting time!
       
Early voting has begun, and ballots will soon be in your mailbox. Nevada’s 2022 primary election day is just more than two weeks away, but voting has begun. Early voting started Saturday, and mail ballots were sent Wednesday to every Nevada active registered voter. Nearly every reporter in our newsroom was deployed to interview nearly every candidate on the primary ballot. Contact Steve Sebelius at SSebelius@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0253.
Clark County students lead protest against gun violence down the Strip
       
People participate during a rally and march by Moms Demand Action and Clark County School District students to call for gun reform on the Strip in Las Vegas, Saturday, May 28, 2022. (Erik Verduzco / Las Vegas Review-Journal)People participate during a rally and march by Moms Demand Action and Clark County School District students to call for gun reform on the Strip in Las Vegas, Saturday, May 28, 2022. (Erik Verduzco / Las Vegas Review-Journal)Clark County Commissioner Justin Jones speaks during a rally and march by Moms Demand Action and Clark County School District students to call for gun reform on the Strip in Las Vegas, Saturday, May 28, 2022. (Erik Verduzco / Las Vegas Review-Journal)People participate during a rally and march by Moms Demand Action and Clark County School District students to call for gun reform on the Strip in Las Vegas, Saturday, May 28, 2022. Before the march, student organizers, representatives with Moms Demand Action, Clark County Commissioner Justin Jones and U.S. Rep. Susie Lee spoke.
4 candidates vie for GOP nomination in Bernalillo County Sheriff’s race
       
Copyright © 2022 Albuquerque JournalFewer Republicans than Democrats have entered the race to be Bernalillo County Sheriff, but there are still four men campaigning to win their party’s nomination in the primary. The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office is the largest sheriff’s office in the state and employs 458 staff – 305 of whom are sworn deputies. He joined the Las Vegas Police Department, the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office and then the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office – where he worked until he retired. While the 50-officer police department is much smaller than the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, Bibb said he believes his experiences have prepared him for the role. Things would change a great deal if Lawrence becomes the Bernalillo County Sheriff.
Dems’ midterm prospects are bleak – but they could get worse
       
Democrats are widely expected to lose control of Congress in the midterm elections. Further, the vast majority of the public (80%) is dissatisfied with the way things are going in the country today. While some Democrats were optimistic that the news of Roe v. Wade being overturned would improve their political prospects by galvanizing their base, that seems unlikely. President Biden won the 2020 election by positioning himself as a steady-handed leader who could bring an end to the pandemic. Indeed, the Biden administration has frequently exhibited internal division and paralysis on immigration policy, which has angered Republicans and activists on the left alike.
Russia takes small cities, aims to widen east Ukraine battle
       
KRAMATORSK, Ukraine — Russia claimed to have overrun a key rail hub while its troops fought Ukrainian defenders in the streets of another city in eastern Ukraine. The Russian Defense Ministry said the railroad center Lyman had been “completely liberated” by a joint force of Russian soldiers and Kremlin-backed separatists. Pavlo Kyrylenko said Russian troops controlled most of it and were trying to press their offensive toward Bakhmut, another city in the region. Serhii Haidai reported that Ukrainian fighters repelled an assault on Sievierodonetsk but Russian troops still pushed to encircle them. Last week Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu announced that Russia would form new military units in the country’s west in response to Sweden and Finland’s bids to join NATO.
Insider: Conyers gets endorsements; DePerno courts House GOP; Johnson harangues circulator
       
U.S. House candidate John Conyers III will announce endorsements Tuesday by family members of Breonna Taylor and Jacob Blake Jr., both Black victims of shootings by White police officers in 2020. Conyers' late father, U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., represented much of the same territory in Congress for decades. Conyers' campaign said Breonna Taylor's aunt, Bianca Austin, and Jacob Blake Sr., father of Jacob Blake Jr., will attend an event Tuesday afternoon in Detroit to endorse Conyers. DePerno gets audience with House RepublicansMichigan House Republicans met with GOP attorney general candidate Matt DePerno in an off-site meeting Thursday after DePerno asked for some time with lawmakers. The meeting included the participation of Rep. Ryan Berman, the Commerce Township Republican who ran against DePerno for the GOP attorney general nomination.
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 today. To receive twice-daily briefings by email, sign up to our Front Page newsletter for free. Boris Johnson declares war on rip-off petrol stationsBoris Johnson is declaring war on petrol stations that fail to pass on the Government’s fuel duty cut, pledging to name and shame those that refuse to drop their prices. Three government sources said the Prime Minister had expressed fury that the 5p-a-litre cut to fuel duty announced in March was failing to materialise at many pumps. On Friday, the Government will publish proposals to repeal EU-derived law requiring metric units to be used for all trade, with only limited exceptions.
‘As I looked at these clapped-out Chinese tyrants, I thought ‘Why do we allow ourselves to be bullied by them?’
       
He also reckons that Hong Kong will have a tough time after 1997, though whether it will be wrecked will depend on how much people are prepared to fight for it. Friday 20–Sunday 29 OctoberThe most important and difficult meeting of the week was with Michael Howard on visa-free access for Hong Kong passport holders. It all seems a long way from the delegation of Anglican bishops who came to see me before I left for Hong Kong, urging me to stand up for Hong Kong’s democracy and civil liberties. Sunday 17 DecemberDiscussing some polling figures on the transition, it’s interesting to see the extent to which Hong Kong people identified themselves as Hong Kong Chinese, or simply as Hong Kongers, or Hong Kong British, rather than as Chinese. It doesn’t bode well for the future that the Chinese have lost the hearts and minds battle hands down.
Video: 'Shoot it!' Conservative MP's ex-Royal Marine son fights in Ukraine
       
Video: Tory MP's former Royal Marine son tells how he dragged fellow British fighter to safety in Ukraine after his leg was blown up by a mine as they battle Putin's forcesA Conservative MP's former Royal Marine son has been found to be part of a foreign volunteer team which took down a Russian transporter during a dramatic battle in Ukraine. Ben Grant, 30, thought to be part of team...
'Is it getting a little thin? I don't like that!' Donald Trump jokes about his famous hairdo
       
This is the second time in a little over a month that hair has been an issue at a Trump rally. Lauren Bobert of Colorado bragged about being a 'RINO hunter' when talking about Cheney at Trump's Wyoming rally. 'I know what it takes firsthand to beat Liz Cheney, and I'm telling you, Harriet has what it takes,' Stefanik said. During that time he, like Rep. Liz Cheney, held the House GOP Conference Chair position. 'I'm voting because I don't believe in Liz Cheney.
Redback armored vehicle flaunts field maneuverability
       
Troops dismount from the Redback armored vehicle during a field demonstration at the 11th Maneuver Division in Hongcheon, 102 kilometers east of Seoul, last Friday, in this photo released by Hanwha Defense. The manufacturer, Hanwha Defense, held the event highlighting the maneuverability of the Redback -- the vehicle designed to meet the Australian military's operational requirements -- at the 11th Maneuver Division in Hongcheon, 102 kilometers east of Seoul, on Friday. The Redback carrying the troops rolled down uneven, rough terrain, showing off its high maneuverability. Hanwha Defense is also looking to advance into US and European markets. Hanwha Defense USA, a division of Hanwha Defense, is participating in a consortium to compete for the US Army's Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) program's concept design phase.
Finance Minister wants spend caps on election campaigns
       
The new federal Finance Minister, Katy Gallagher, says a move to cap spending on federal election campaigns should be considered. Expenditure caps exist at a state level, but at a federal level, there are currently no limits on how much parties can raise or spend trying to get elected.
Ruling, opposition parties agree on W62tr extra budget
       
The ruling and opposition parties agreed Sunday on a 62 trillion-won ($49.4 billion) extra budget aimed mainly at helping pandemic-battered small merchants and others, a ruling party official said. Kweon Sung-dong, floor leader of the ruling People Power Party, said he and his Democratic Party counterpart, Park Hong-geun, reached the agreement to handle the supplementary budget bill at a parliamentary plenary session to open at 7:30 p.m. The rival parties had been at loggerheads over details of the government's proposed record extra budget of 59.4 trillion won. The size of the proposed budget was raised as the two parties agreed to increase financial support for pandemic-hit businesses.
Uvalde Police Chief Daniel Rodriguez Said This About Massacre
       
Chief Daniel Rodriguez’s statement noted that several responding officers were shot in the massacre but survived. Regardless of those particulars, the timeline proffered by law enforcement — which includes the hour-long delay — has not yet been disputed. Chief Rodriguez’s press release is one of several law enforcement comments that have been roundly skewered by the loud chorus of commentators and detractors. We extend our most sincere gratitude for the enormous outpour of support from all Law Enforcement Agencies, our community members and the nation. It is important for our community to know that our Officers responded within minutes alongside Uvalde CISD Officers.
Months after dam destroyed to stop Russian advance, parts of village still flooded
       
A house is seen flooded at an area after Ukrainian military forces opened a dam to flood an residencial area in order to stop advance of Russian forces to arrive to the capital city of Kyiv, in Demydiv, Ukraine, May, 15, 2022. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File PhotoMay 29 (Reuters) - Some 50 homes in the village of Demydiv remain partially submerged months after a dam was destroyed and the area flooded to stop Russian troops from advancing on Ukraine capital Kyiv, regional governor Oleksiy Kuleba said late on Saturday. read more"At this time, about 50 houses in the village of Demydiv remain flooded," Kuleba wrote in a post on the Telegram messaging app. Over the weekend, Russian forces pummelled eastern towns in what the Kremlin calls its "special operation" to disarm Ukraine and protect it from fascists. read moreRegister now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterReporting in Melbourne by Lidia Kelly; Editing by Tom HogueOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Russia advances in east; Ukraine calls for longer-range weapons
       
Russian artillery was also pounding the Lysychansk-Bakhmut road, which Russia must take to close a pincer movement and encircle Ukrainian forces. Ukrainian troops may have to retreat from the city to avoid capture, Governor Serhiy Gaidai said. Ukraine can return Russia behind the Iron Curtain, but we need effective weapons for that," Podolyak posted on Twitter. In a sign of frustration over Western differences on the war, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Olga Stefanishyna said NATO had shown itself incapable of mounting a united response. Russia says it is waging a "special military operation" to demilitarise Ukraine and rid it of nationalists threatening Russian-speakers there.
WRAPUP 1-Russia advances in east; Ukraine calls for longer-range weapons
       
Russian artillery was also pounding the Lysychansk-Bakhmut road, which Russia must take to close a pincer movement and encircle Ukrainian forces. Ukraine can return Russia behind the Iron Curtain, but we need effective weapons for that," Podolyak posted on Twitter. In a sign of frustration over Western differences on the war, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Olga Stefanishyna said NATO had shown itself incapable of mounting a united response. Russia says it is waging a "special military operation" to demilitarise Ukraine and rid it of nationalists threatening Russian-speakers there. They urged him to lift a Russian blockade of the port of Odesa to allow Ukrainian grain exports, France said.
Putin says he is ready to deliver gas, discuss prisoner swap - Austria
       
ZURICH (Reuters) - Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer said Russian President Vladimir Putin told him on Friday that Moscow would meet its natural gas delivery commitments to Austria and was ready to discuss a prisoner swap with Ukraine. Asked what Putin had told him about gas deliveries, the Austrian conservative said: "He also raised the subject (and said) that all deliveries would be completed in full." In a separate statement, the Kremlin said Russia had reaffirmed its commitment to supply natural gas to Austria, which gets 80% of its gas from Russia. Nehammer, who visited Russia last month for talks with Putin, said the Russian leader had expressed readiness to discuss a prisoner swap with Ukraine. Nehammer said Putin had repeatedly defended Moscow's actions and blamed Western sanctions for economic disruptions that ensued.
Police Chief Todd Axtell stepping down after tumultuous term
       
St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell speaks to a lunch forum at the Downtowner Woodfire Grill in St. Paul on May 6, 2022. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell speaks on May 6, 2022. The police union and Axtell “maintained an amicable relationship throughout his term as chief,” said Mark Ross, St. Paul Police Federation president. It’s resulted in lower levels of force and fewer injuries among suspects and officers, Axtell has said. He plans to spend some of it responding to calls with his son, a St. Paul sergeant, which is a tradition for retiring St. Paul officers with family members who are also on the job.
Russia takes small cities, aims to widen east Ukraine battle
       
On Saturday, Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar disputed Moscow’s claim that Lyman had fallen, saying fighting there was still ongoing. Russia has intensified efforts to capture the cities of Sievierodonetsk and nearby Lysychansk, which are the last major areas under Ukrainian control in Luhansk. Moscow and Kyiv have traded accusations over which side bears responsibility for keeping shipments tied up, with Russia saying Ukrainian sea mines prevented safe passage and Ukraine citing a Russian naval blockade. Russia’s Defense Ministry said its navy successfully launched a new hypersonic missile from the Barents Sea that struck its target about 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) away. Last week Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu announced that Russia would form new military units in the country’s west in response to Sweden and Finland’s bids to join NATO.
U.N. rights envoy defends controversial Xinjiang visit
       
The U.N. rights envoy has defended her contentious visit to China, but urged authorities to avoid “arbitrary and indiscriminate” measures in Xinjiang, a region where Beijing is accused of widespread human rights abuses. Bachelet delivers a video address to the Human Rights Council special session on Ukraine, at the United Nations in Geneva on May 12. ‘Total betrayal’Bachelet had already come under fire from rights groups and Uyghurs overseas, but her news conference sparked a new round of criticism. Bachelet’s trip included a virtual meeting with President Xi Jinping in which state media suggested she supported China’s vision of human rights. Her office later clarified that her remarks did not contain a direct endorsement of China’s rights record.
Ivanka and Jared get sporty as they walk around Florida days after a court ruled she must testify
       
AdvertisementFormer first daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner appeared without a care in the world on Saturday as they walked their dog around Miami, just days after a New York appeals court ruled Ivanka must testify in her father's fraud investigation. But on Thursday, Engoron ruled 'the existence of a criminal investigation does not preclude civil discovery of related facts, at which a party may exercise the privilege against self-incrimination.' While the former president stepped back from running the company before coming to the White House, his son Donald Trump Jr. is still an executive vice president there. Ivanka Trump left the company in 2017 to be an adviser in her father's presidential administration alongside husband Jared Kushner. The New York appellate court on Thursday said James had uncovered 'significant volumes of evidence' in her investigation.
Following primary losses of Trump-backed candidates, experts question the former president's 'mediocre endorsement record'
       
Experts are reviewing the influence of former President Donald Trump's endorsement following primary losses. "Without the White House, social media or a campaign, Trump doesn't have as much power," a strategist told The Hill. Another said Trump's influence is "around a third or a little bit lower" of what it used to be. Doug Heye, another Republican strategist, told The Hill that the power of Trump's endorsements has been exaggerated, pointing to Republican Senate primaries in Ohio and Pennsylvania where Trump-endorsed candidates captured one-third of total votes. "You can't deny that he doesn't have an influence here," Doug Heye, a Republican strategist, told The Hill.
The Algerian activist who may face the death sentence after being deported by Spain
       
A former Algerian serviceman called Mohamed Benhalima was handed over by the Spanish government to the Algerian authorities on March 24. For Spain, Benhalima was just an illegal immigrant. But Benhalima’s life, as he warned before he was deported, has been destroyed. But during the journey, when he was in Spain, Benhalima was stopped at a police checkpoint in Zaragoza, in the northeastern Aragon region. However, no organization has had direct access to Benhalima’s sentence and Spanish government sources claim that Algerian authorities have categorically denied this.
Months after dam destroyed to stop Russian advance, parts of village still flooded
       
© Reuters/CARLOS BARRIA FILE PHOTO: A house is seen flooded at an area after Ukrainian military forces opened a dam to flood an residencial area in order to stop advance of Russian forces to arrive to the capital city of Kyiv, in Demydiv, Ukraine(Reuters) - Some 50 homes in the village of Demydiv remain partially submerged months after a dam was destroyed and the area flooded to stop Russian troops from advancing on Ukraine capital Kyiv, regional governor Oleksiy Kuleba said late on Saturday. "At this time, about 50 houses in the village of Demydiv remain flooded," Kuleba wrote in a post on the Telegram messaging app. Over the weekend, Russian forces pummelled eastern towns in what the Kremlin calls its "special operation" to disarm Ukraine and protect it from fascists. Kyiv and Western countries dismiss this as a false pretext for a land grab. (Reporting in Melbourne by Lidia Kelly; Editing by Tom Hogue)
Neighbor blasts Uvalde School Police Chief Pete Arredondo as ‘a coward’ in wake of massacre
       
“Pete Arredondo is a coward. Uvalde School Police Chief Pete Arredondo is reportedly staying at his home with security guarding the area. “I do not understand why the police from Uvalde, Texas, are guarding Pete Arredondo’s home,” Torres said. “If they can not protect the children and citizens of Uvalde, Texas, then they have no business in law enforcement. The latest from the Texas school shooting“They may as well go flip burgers somewhere else.”
Joe Biden’s loose lips could sink ships
       
They said the United States is still only committed to selling Taiwan military equipment to defend itself and claimed Biden was definitely not talking about “regime change” in Russia. CHINE NOUVELLE/SIPA/ShutterstockIn his book “The Sleepwalkers,” author Christopher Clark masterfully describes how World War I started despite no European leader wanting war or believing one would happen. Check out more newslettersAre we on the verge of sleepwalking into World War III? I mean, you know, they’re not bad folks.”Yet now we’re seemingly ready to go to war over Taiwan. So perhaps our China policy is to speak loudly and carry a small stick.
Seven People Died in Connection With the Capitol Attack. Trump Just Called the Insurrection a ‘Hoax’
       
Hageman is running in a primary against anti-Trump congresswoman, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.). Seven people died in connection with the very real attack, according to a bipartisan Senate investigation. Story continuesTrump again tried to tie Liz Cheney to her father by showing a manipulated image of the congresswoman with George W. Bush’s face. Liz Send-Your-Children-To-War Cheney!” pic.twitter.com/0OV6AmphNj — Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) May 28, 2022Throughout the speech, Trump kept returning to the subject of Jan. 6. But not according to Trump, who said the insurrection is “another con job just like Russia, Russia, Russia.” “This was made up by Hillary Clinton and the Democrats, a total fake story,” he said.
Tim Steller's column: Independent review of police shootings still needed
       
The delay has been frustrating enough that people have protested outside Pima County Attorney Laura Conover's office. A former Pima County prosecutor who has become Conover's nemesis, filing repeated public records requests and criticizing her performance, said that's not nearly enough. "The Pima County Attorney is the most powerful position south of the Gila River," said Feinman, on the phone from British Columbia where he recently moved. Pima County Sheriff's Department Deputy Gilbert Caudillo shot and killed 19-year-old Bradley Lewis, whom deputies had pulled over and suspected in another crime. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, a supporter of her candidacy, said that there are some things that even a reformer can't change about a prosecutor's office.
BTS members depart for US to visit White House
       
BTS poses at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Sept. 20, 2021. (BigHit Music)Members of South Korean boy group BTS left for the United States on Sunday to visit the White House for a meeting with US President Joe Biden to discuss ways to deal with rising anti-Asian hate crimes. The White House has announced that BTS will meet with Biden on Tuesday to "discuss Asian inclusion and representation and to address anti-Asian hate crimes and discrimination, which have become more prominent issues in recent years." On Sunday, six members of the septet headed to the US as Jungkook left a day earlier. After arriving at Terminal 2 of Incheon International Airport around 9:30 a.m., they waved to fans and reporters before heading to board their flight.
Seven People Died in Connection With the Capitol Attack. Trump Just Called the Insurrection a ‘Hoax’
       
Hageman is running in a primary against anti-Trump congresswoman, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.). “As one of the leading proponents of the insurrection hoax, Liz Cheney has pushed a grotesquely false, fabricated, hysterical, partisan narrative, and that was the narrative of the day,” he said. Trump again tried to tie Liz Cheney to her father by showing a manipulated image of the congresswoman with George W. Bush’s face. Liz Send-Your-Children-To-War Cheney!” pic.twitter.com/0OV6AmphNj — Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) May 28, 2022Throughout the speech, Trump kept returning to the subject of Jan. 6. But not according to Trump, who said the insurrection is “another con job just like Russia, Russia, Russia.” “This was made up by Hillary Clinton and the Democrats, a total fake story,” he said.
Ukraine’s intelligence chief: Putin has a number of illnesses, but he still has a few more years left
       
Source: Kyrylo Budanov in an interview for Ukrainska PravdaQuote: "Yes, we fully confirm this information (that Putin has cancer - ed.). He has several serious illnesses, one of which is cancer. Details: Budanov agreed that Putin is confused, but was non-committal in describing his psycho-emotional state. Background:In April, investigative journalists reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin is accompanied on trips by ten doctors, including cancer specialist Yevgeny Selivanov, who deals with thyroid problems. Ukraine’s head of military intelligence, Kyrylo Budanov, said that Vladimir Putin is seriously ill with cancer, and there may be a coup in Russia.
Ex-Proud Boys boss Henry ‘Enrique’ Tarrio to remain in jail until Capitol riot trial
       
Tarrio claims to have stepped down as Proud Boys’ national chairman. Donohoe, 34, of Kernersville, North Carolina, pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy and assault charges and has agreed to cooperate in the Justice Department’s cases against other Proud Boys members. Nordean, Biggs, Rehl and Pezzola also remain jailed while awaiting a trial scheduled for August. Rehl was president of the Proud Boys chapter in Philadelphia. The indictment describes Pezzola, of Rochester, New York, as a member of his local Proud Boys chapter.
Former House Speaker Paul Ryan Emerges To Bash 'Entertainer' Politicians
       
Former Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan emerged from self-imposed political exile to lash “entertainer” lawmakers. The measurement of success was policy and persuasion,” Ryan said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” Thursday. Advertisement“You persuade your colleagues, your country, your constituents: ‘This is the right way to go, here’s the solution,’” he told host Rebecca Quick. The measurement of success was policy and persuasion," says Paul Ryan. Ryan said in an interview last year that it was “really clear” Trump lost the election, and that the election was in no way rigged.
RPT-WRAPUP 10-Russia pummels eastern towns in bid to encircle Ukraine forces
       
Sievierodonetsk, some 60 km (40 miles) from Lyman on the eastern side of the river and the largest Donbas city still held by Ukraine, was under heavy assault from the Russians. Russian artillery was also shelling the Lysychansk-Bakhmut road, which Russia must take to close a pincer movement and encircle Ukrainian forces. The governor of Luhansk, which along with Donetsk comprises the Donbas, said on Friday Russian troops had already entered Sievierodonetsk. Ukraine can return Russia behind the Iron Curtain, but we need effective weapons for that," Podolyak posted on Twitter. "Russian forces have performed poorly in operations in built-up urban terrain throughout the war," they said.
Chechen leader threatens Poland for Ukraine support
       
Reuters VideosSTORY: Finland and Sweden formally applied to join NATO last week, seeking to boost security following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. "A concrete step needs to be taken regarding Turkey's concerns," Cavusoglu told reporters at a news conference. "They have to cut the support given to terrorism. "Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau, in the same news conference, said he was optimistic about the NATO bids by Sweden and Finland. "Contrary to many voices, I am very optimistic about the prospect of settling this, how should I put it, dispute and in the best spirit of long NATO unity and in partners solidarity, this issue will be solved," Rau said during a visit in Ankara which included the foreign minister of Romania Bogdan Aurescu.
Russia-Ukraine war: what we know on day 95 of the invasion
       
Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has conceded that not all the land that Russia has seized since it annexed Crimea in 2014 can be recaptured militarily. While he is certain his country will take back the territory Russia has claimed since its 24 February invasion, he said other territory could not be recovered by force. Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, has scrapped the upper age limit for military recruits in the face of mounting losses in Ukraine, Tass reported. A Downing Street spokesperson said Johnson told Zelenskiy the UK would continue to support Ukraine’s armed resistance, including by supplying equipment. Russia said it was willing to discuss ways to make it possible for Ukraine to resume shipments of grain from Black Sea ports.
Justin Welby: Church must be wary of ‘throwing stones’ at politicians
       
In an interview with The Telegraph, the Archbishop said: “The key question about political leadership is for politicians. The Church has to be very careful about throwing stones, because it's not without sin. He said Britain will only be able to tackle the problems it faces if it strengthens its long-standing tradition of an independent Civil Service operating in the wider interests of the country, a tradition which grew out of 19th century reforms. He added: “It's a lot about how we recruit and train the Civil Service and continuing professional development in the Civil Service. Keep trying, engage, engage, engage.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom tests positive for COVID-19
       
Gavin Newsom tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, a day after a high-profile meeting with the visiting prime minister of New Zealand. Ardern tested positive for the virus earlier in May. In addition to meeting with Newsom, Ardern is scheduled for meetings with executives from Twitter, Amazon and Microsoft during her West Coast tripIn addition to meeting with Newsom, Ardern is scheduled for meetings with executives from Twitter, Amazon and Microsoft during her West Coast trip. In September 2021, two of Newsom's children tested positive for Covid-19. While in November, Newsom had to self-isolate after his children were exposed to a California Highway Patrol officer who tested positive.
Vladimir Putin has 'three years to live due to his rapidly progressing severe cancer', FSB claims
       
Vladimir Putin has reportedly been given warned he has just three to years to live as Russian intelligence sources become increasingly worried about their ailing leader. An FSB officer described the Russian president's condition as a 'severe form of rapidly progressing cancer', as speculation ramped up that Putin was suffering with some form of serious illness amid the invasion of Ukraine. General SVR wrote last week: 'On the night of Monday May 16 to Tuesday May 17, Russian President Vladimir Putin underwent a surgical operation. Amid news of his increasing isolation the Russian President has also seized control of the military operation in Ukraine, personally handing orders out to generals and struggling to delegate responsibilities. Meanwhile, the head of the main intelligence directorate of Ukraine's ministry of defence declared last week Putin is cutting himself off from close contact with his subordinates to avoid any assassination attempts.
'You're FIRED!' Trump calls Cheney a 'lapdog for Pelosi' as he rallies for GOP rival Harriet Hageman
       
'Liz Cheney hates the voters of the Republican Party and she has for longer than you know. Trump visited Casper, Wyoming nearly three months before the Wyoming GOP primary on August 16, 2022 where the candidate he endorsed – Harriet Hageman – is the favorite to win. 'Because of what Liz Cheney did, that's why she was thrown out of the House Republican leadership, which is just about a first. 'I know what it takes firsthand to beat Liz Cheney, and I'm telling you, Harriet has what it takes,' Stefanik said. During that time he, like Rep. Liz Cheney, held the House GOP Conference Chair position.
Prime Minister pledges First Nations voice referendum
       
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has pledged to hold a referendum to enshrine a voice for First Nations people in the constitution. But the change will need a majority of people in a majority of states to vote "yes".
Defense chiefs of S. Korea, US, Japan arranging talks in Singapore next month
       
(Yonhap)TOKYO -- Defense ministers of South Korea, the United States and Japan have been arranging trilateral talks on the sidelines of an annual security forum in Singapore next month, Japan's Kyodo News reported Sunday. Should the three-way talks take place, they would mark the first such in-person gathering since November 2019. The defense ministers of South Korea and the US are likely to hold bilateral talks on the sidelines of the security forum, but Seoul and Tokyo are unlikely to hold bilateral defense talks, the report said. North Korea has staged ballistic missile tests at a record pace this year, including at least four suspected launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). Officials in Seoul have said North Korea appears to have completed "all preparations" for a nuclear test, which would mark North Korea's seventh nuclear test if conducted.
Washington AG weighs in on abortion rights, concealed carry, and Hanford
       
Earlier this month, Politico obtained a leaked draft decision from the US Supreme Court that suggested Roe v Wade, the federal ruling protecting abortion rights, would be overturned. While that decision hasn't been finalized, states across the country are readying policies that would alter access to abortion, should the ruling be struck down. Washington could become one of the few "safe states" for abortion access. Ferguson confirmed that, even if the draft opinion is adopted by the Supreme Court, abortion access in Washington will not change. Ferguson said his office is "intensely interested in the type of law" that would impact Washington state residents or anyone coming to Washington to have a safe and legal abortion in the state.
Ukraine's intelligence chief 'fully confirms' Vladimir Putin has cancer
       
Russian president Vladimir Putin has been claimed to have cancer, by senior Ukrainian sources. (PA)Vladimir Putin has cancer but won't "die tomorrow", a Ukrainian intelligence official has reportedly claimed. He told the outlet: "Yes, we fully confirm this information, that Putin has cancer. Government meetings, of which many are televised, are having to be broken into sections due to Putin's health, Steele claimed. Moscow has not formally responded to rumours about Putin's health.
Florida Republicans beat the gun lobby. Congress hasn’t followed.
       
Three weeks after 17 people were gunned down in 2018 inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., then-Florida Gov. Interviews this week with Republican senators revealed little stomach for the sort of sprawling bill that Florida Republicans passed in 2018. There is little evidence that the sort of sprawling compromise bill that won approval in Florida could come together on Capitol Hill. The shooting happened in the middle of the state’s 60-day legislative session, which created an opportunity and deadline for quick action. Most Florida Democrats, meanwhile, did not consider the bill a victory — at least, not at first.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom tests positive for COVID-19
       
Gavin Newsom has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be in isolation until at least June 2nd, his office announced Saturday. In a statement, the California Governor's Press Office announced that the Governor is experiencing mild symptoms. PELOSI FIRES BACK AT NEWSOM'S CRITICISM OF DEM PARTY, SAYS ABORTION RIGHTS A ‘CONSTANT FIGHT’On Saturday evening, Newsom's Press Office announced that the Governor has received a prescription for Paxlovid, from Pfizer, and will begin his five-day treatment immediately. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPAccording to the Governor's Press Office, Newsom will be following California's SMARTER Plan which includes testing negative before leaving quarantine. According to Newsom's Press Office, California's SMARTER plan implemented by Newsom, hopes to combat the virus by, "testing and treating patients to avoid serious disease."
Nigeria's opposition picks Abubakar to run for president again
       
Former Nigeria Vice President Atiku Abubakar adresses the People's Democratic Party delegates during the Special convention in Abuja, Nigeria May 28, 2022. REUTERS/Afolabi SotundeABUJA, May 28 (Reuters) - Nigeria's former vice president, veteran politician Atiku Abubakar, will run for president again next year after the main opposition party picked him as its candidate to stand in elections to succeed incumbent Muhammadu Buhari. From 1999 to 2007, he was vice president to Olusegun Obasanjo, the first Nigerian leader after the end of decades of military rule. Abubakar's main opponent will be from the ruling APC party, which will choose its candidate at a special convention to be held from June 6-8. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and former Lagos state Governor and party heavyweight Bola Tinubu are seen as the ruling party's front-runners.
Texas Lieutenant Defends Uvalde Cops Waiting for Backup: ‘They Could’ve Been Shot’
       
Marshals outside the school, was later freed, hopped a fence, went into the school, grabbed her children, and fled. They weren’t going in there or running anywhere.”Victor Escalon, a DPS official, said Thursday that officers called “everyone that’s in the area” to help. And so on Thursday, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer had some pressing questions for Texas DPS Lt. Chris Olivarez. “Don’t current best practices, Lieutenant, call for officers to disable a shooter as quickly as possible, regardless of how many officers are actually on site?” Blitzer asked. But also one thing that, of course, the American people need to understand is that officers are making entry into this building.
Ukraine Latest: EU Leaders Talk to Putin; New Bid for Sanctions
       
The French president’s office said the two leaders told Putin to lift the blockade of the Black Sea port of Odesa, which is hampering the world’s grain supplies. Ukraine Rejects Putin’s Link of Food Blockade, Sanctions (3:02 p.m.)Dmytro Kuleba rejected President Vladimir Putin’s linkage this week of global grain shortages to Western sanctions on Russia. Scholz, Macron Talk to Putin for 80 Minutes (2:40 p.m.)President Vladimir Putin discussed the Ukraine war with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday. Putin warned of “further destabilization of the situation and aggravation of the humanitarian crisis” if Western weapons continue to flow to Ukraine, according to a Kremlin readout. Moscow continues to expand its authority over the Black Sea port city seized early in the war.
Gov. Gavin Newsom tests positive for COVID-19, has ‘mild symptoms’
       
Gavin Newsom said he tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, making him the latest government official to contract the virus that relentlessly continues to challenge health care systems across the nation and around the world. I tested positive for COVID-19,” Newsom, who is vaccinated and has received two booster shots — one of them as recently as May 18 — announced in a tweet, “and am currently experiencing mild symptoms.”“Grateful to be vaccinated, and for treatments like Paxlovid,” he added. “I am following health guidelines and will be isolating while I work remotely.”In accordance with local and state health guidelines, Newsom, 54, will remain in isolation at least through Thursday, his press office said. A month ago, Vice President Kamala Harris, 57, who, like Newsom was fully vaccinated and doubly boosted, tested positive for COVID-19. When taken within five days of symptoms appearing, the drug has been found to significantly reduce risk of hospitalization and death among adults at highest risk of facing severe illness.
Santa Cruz elderly services search for new home
       
It distributes 180,000 meals to Santa Cruz County seniors each year, through home delivery and in-person dining facilities. During a recent Santa Cruz City Council meeting, Councilmember Sandy Brown made a desperate appeal to the community. Clay Kempf is the executive director of the Area Agency on Aging in Santa Cruz and San Benito counties. Kempf said that Santa Cruz County has more than 70,000 residents age 60 and older and that population is expected to rise. According to the California Department of Aging, the percentage increase of the elderly population aged 60 and over in Santa Cruz County is expect to rise almost 110% from 2010 to 2060.
Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson says requiring a payment for the RNC to come to the city is a 'nonstarter' for him
       
Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson on Friday called a proposal to require payment to the city to hold the 2024 Republican National Convention a "poison pill" even as he expressed optimism that the Common Council would ultimately throw its support behind the event. JoCasta Zamarripa, the amendment's lead sponsor, briefly discussed the proposal at the close of a key council committee meeting Wednesday. Mayor Cavalier Johnson optimistic about Republican National Convention in MilwaukeeJohnson on Friday said while it remains his expectation that the council will approve the contract, "Obviously, there is work to be done." He said he had spoken with members of the Republican National Committee and the host committee since the council committee vote. As for the 2024 Democratic National Convention, Johnson said Milwaukee was not to his knowledge in the running for that event.
Candidates tout public safety, community recreation in Henderson mayor race
       
The candidates for Henderson mayor all agree that the city should have its own schools but disagree on a number of issues. Henderson Ward 1 Councilwoman Michelle RomeroHenderson Mayor candidate Frank FicadentiA Henderson city councilwoman and two political newcomers are fighting to replace Mayor Debra March in next month’s primary and all have different visions for the city’s future. Michelle Romero was elected a councilwoman in Henderson’s 1st Ward in 2019 after working 25 years for the city, including as Henderson Redevelopment Agency manager. “Oh boy, let see, for the women and the drugs,” he joked when the Review-Journal asked him why he wants to be mayor. If she wins the mayor’s race, the council will have to either appoint a replacement in the 1st Ward or hold a special election.
Why can't the US stop soaring oil and gas prices?
       
"It's not going back to the go-go days," he says. But "the Ukraine war highlighted that we still live in a world of fossil fuels. The energy transition - it hasn't been thrown away, but the conversation has been rebalanced to include what we need in the short and medium term."
Massacres Test Whether Washington Can Move Beyond Paralysis
       
And about 80 percent of people say gun purchasers should be subject to background checks, even when they buy their guns in a private sale or at a gun show. But surveys also reflect the deepening polarization in the country, where about 30 percent of adults say they own a gun. A sizable majority of people who do not own guns favor banning high-capacity ammunition magazines and creating a federal database to track all gun sales, according to Pew. The response to mass shootings in the United States is starkly different than the decisive action taken in other developed countries around the world. Australia held a mandatory gun buyback after a 1996 massacre and the rate of mass shootings plummeted.
Parents of child killed in shooting refused to meet with Texas governor
       
The parents of one of the victims killed in the elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, earlier this week told ABC News they turned down an invitation to meet with Texas Gov. Felix and Kimberly Rubio, the parents of Alexandria "Lexi" Rubio, said they have no interest in meeting Abbott, her mother saying, "my Lexi doesn't even like him." Kimberly Mata-Rubio via Facebook"It's not what Lexi would have wanted," Kimberly Rubio said. Felix and Kimberly Rubio, who lost their daughter Alexandria "Lexi" Rubio in the Texas School shooting, did an interview with Maria Elena Salinas. And I want that for her now, she still can," Kimberly Rubio said.
Arnautovic: Cyber Attacks on the System of the BiH Central Election Commission – Sarajevo Times
       
The President of the Central Election Commission, Suad Arnautovic, said during a visit to N1 that the CEC was exposed to cyber attacks and that he would consider the situation on Monday. “Today we received information about cyber attacks on the info system of the Central Election Commission. Very credible information and we will have a course on Monday where we will review, review, adopt measures, etc.,” Arnautovic said. When asked where these attacks could come from, Arnautovic did not want to answer and added that they would leave him some time until Monday. “The IT service assures us that we are on a constant border to break our system due to lack of funds and equipment that should help us stop cyber attacks,” the CEC president said, Klix.ba writes.
War in Ukraine: The making of a new Russian propaganda machine
       
The BBC tracked down one of the men implicated. According to the report he was dead, but we spoke to him on social media. He requested anonymity but says he was not aware of the Russian report and that he left Ukraine before the invasion and returned to Morocco.
UN rights envoy defends controversial China visit
       
BEIJING: The UN rights envoy on Saturday (May 28) said her contentious visit to China was "not an investigation", and insisted she had unsupervised access during meetings in Xinjiang, where Beijing is accused of widespread human rights abuses. Bachelet has come under fire from rights groups and Uyghurs overseas, who say she has stumbled into a six-day Communist Party propaganda tour, including a meeting with President Xi Jinping in which state media suggested she supported China's vision of human rights. Her office later clarified that her remarks did not contain a direct endorsement of China's rights record. "This visit was not an investigation," she told reporters, later insisting she had "unsupervised" access to sources the UN had arranged to meet in Xinjiang. It is the first trip to China by the UN's top rights envoy in 17 years and comes after painstaking negotiations over the conditions of her visit, which the UN says is neither a fact-finding mission nor a probe.
Domestic violence victims struggle to get help amid war: ‘If Russians don’t kill me — he might’
       
Amid Russia’s war, seeking help has become extremely difficult for the victims of domestic abuse. Kateryna Pavlichenko, deputy interior minister, reported that about 326,000 domestic violence cases were registered in Ukraine last year. She added that doctors are obliged not only to provide assistance to domestic violence victims but also to document such cases. “I know how often domestic violence cases don’t even end up in court, no proceedings are opened,” she said. “Domestic violence cases are taken very seriously here,” she said.
Rapid City hotel owner arrested following clash with Native American protesters
       
RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - The 75-year-old owner of a Rapid City hotel embroiled in a dispute with a Native American group is arrested following the latest confrontation. Connie Uhre faces three counts of simple assault for allegedly spraying a protester with a cleaning product. KOTA/KEVN received video of Friday’s clash at the Grand Gateway Hotel in North Rapid. We reached out to representatives from the Grand Gateway Hotel, who would only say that the protesters were trespassing.
Five Horror Movies to Stream Now
       
This ultraviolent contagion apocalypse movie is an unhinged joyride through genre madness that will unsettle your guts and your brain. That’s a no-joke warning and an enthusiastic recommendation. When Kat winds up at a hospital under siege, she meets a demented virologist who mansplains to her how bad men — misogynists, corrupt politicians, virus deniers — are successfully undermining a good society. “There can no longer be truth.”When the Canadian writer-director-editor Rob Jabbaz showed it at Fantasia, a genre festival that’s not for lightweights, the program included a rare trigger warning. If that sounds like a transgressive badge of honor, this fearless, feminist, furious film has your name on it.
Veteran U.S. judge joins calls for Supreme Court ethics code
       
Placeholder while article actions loadA prominent Republican-appointed federal judge on Thursday joined calls for Supreme Court justices to be subject to an ethics code, saying a failure by judges to police their own misconduct lessens Americans’ respect for the judiciary. “As a court system — federal, state and otherwise — we are under scrutiny and under attack. And because of that I think all judges should be subject to a code of ethics,” Walton said in his interview. AdvertisementWalton said he understood from Thursday’s conference, hosted by the National Judicial College, that the Supreme Court is considering such a code, “and I think that’s a good thing.”The Supreme Court did not respond to a request for comment. AdvertisementEarly this month, a deeply polarized Supreme Court vowed to launch a leak investigation after a draft opinion that would overturn the right to abortion established in Roe v. Wade sent shock waves through the national political landscape.
L.A. County buys $750,000 worth of baby formula to distribute to families as shortage persists
       
Los Angeles County has purchased $750,000 worth of baby formula that it will soon start handing out at food distribution sites and through outreach programs for new mothers, officials said. The county purchased the formula to help feed babies as the nation grapples with a severe infant formula shortage, Supervisor Hilda L. Solis said in a news release. California As baby formula shortage worsens, families take desperate steps Low-income families are struggling to feed their infants amid the national shortage. Politics Biden invokes Defense Production Act to alleviate baby formula shortage President Biden has invoked the Defense Production Act to speed production of infant formula, and has authorized flights to import more from overseas. In addition, the county’s Department of Children and Family Services is purchasing $500,000 worth of infant formula that will be distributed to families served by the agency.
Parents of child killed in shooting refused to meet with Texas governor
       
The parents of one of the victims killed in the elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, earlier this week told ABC News they turned down an invitation to meet with Texas Gov. Felix and Kimberly Rubio, the parents of Alexandria "Lexi" Rubio, said they have no interest in meeting Abbott, her mother saying, "my Lexi doesn't even like him." (Kimberly Mata-Rubio via Facebook)"It's not what Lexi would have wanted," Kimberly Rubio said. PHOTO: Felix and Kimberly Rubio, who lost their daughter Alexandria 'Lexi' Rubio in the Texas School shooting, did an interview with Maria Elena Salinas. Parents of child killed in shooting refused to meet with Texas governor originally appeared on abcnews.go.com
Gov. Newsom tests positive for COVID-19
       
Gavin Newsom’s office confirmed Saturday that he tested positive for COVID-19 in the morning after exhibiting mild symptoms. “This AM, I tested positive for COVID-19 and am currently experiencing mild symptoms,” Newsom posted Saturday on Twitter. “I’m following health guidelines and will be isolating while I work remotely.”This AM, I tested positive for COVID-19 and am currently experiencing mild symptoms. But the governor’s office said vaccinations and boosters remain the best protection from COVID-19. “Grateful to be vaccinated & for treatments like Paxlovid,” Newsom tweeted.
Las Vegas Valley residents cast ballots on 1st day of early voting
       
(Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @ellenschmidtttEarly voters cast their ballots at the polling site at Galleria at Sunset shopping mall on Saturday, May 28, 2022, in Henderson. (Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @ellenschmidtttA poll worker passes the early voting site at Galleria at Sunset shopping mall on Saturday, May 28, 2022, in Henderson. (Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @ellenschmidtttKaren L. Ballard, right, of Las Vegas, casts her ballot during early voting at Galleria at Sunset shopping mall on Saturday, May 28, 2022, in Henderson. (Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @ellenschmidtttEarly voting takes place at Galleria at Sunset shopping mall on Saturday, May 28, 2022, in Henderson. (Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @ellenschmidtttSaturday marked the first day of early voting in the Nevada primary elections, and across the Las Vegas Valley enthusiastic residents came to their nearest malls and grocery stores to cast their ballots.
Trinitarios gang member operating in Lawrence area sentenced to 11 years for gun trafficking, fentanyl
       
A Trinitarios street gang member caught up in a November 2019 law enforcement sweep of the Greater Lawrence area will serve 11 years behind bars for his role in trafficking in arms, ammunition, cocaine and fentanyl. On November 15, 2019, more than 70 federal, state and local law enforcement officers arrested 32 different people — 18 of whom were associated or allegedly associated with the Trinitarios gang — in the Greater Lawrence area, of which Gil-Padilla was one. Law enforcement took 79 guns, including assault weapons, that morning. Between April and August 2018, Gil-Padilla sold guns and drugs to people cooperating with law enforcement in an investigation into the street gang, according to the government’s sentencing memo. He made good profit, with the feds saying he got $1,800 for two handguns and 55.7 grams of cocaine hydrochloride for another $1,800.
Inside Mitch McConnell’s decades-long effort to block gun control
       
“If there’s any one individual in the United States to blame for our inability to put things in place to prevent gun violence, it’s Mitch McConnell,” said Peter Ambler, the executive director of Giffords, a group devoted to fighting gun violence. “McConnell knows where his members stand and makes the tough calls to protect their interests,” a senior Republican aide said, explaining McConnell’s overall motivations in addressing gun violence and gun legislation. Brown said that the staffer clearly seemed moved by Lewis, telling him that she held him in high esteem, and by the victims of gun violence, who recounted their stories one after another. The Senate Republican leader has spent his career working to delay, obstruct or prevent most major firearms restrictions from being approved by Congress. And McConnell is the head of the Republican Senate,” Feinblatt said.
Russia pummels eastern towns in bid to encircle Ukraine forces
       
Russian artillery was also shelling the Lysychansk-Bakhmut road, which Russia must take to close a pincer movement and encircle Ukrainian forces. Ukraine can return Russia behind the Iron Curtain, but we need effective weapons for that," Podolyak tweeted. BUILDINGS DESTROYEDThe Ukrainian military said on Saturday its troops had repelled eight assaults in Donetsk and Luhansk in the previous 24 hours. "Russian forces have performed poorly in operations in built-up urban terrain throughout the war," they said. Russia says it is waging a "special military operation" to demilitarise Ukraine and rid it of nationalists threatening Russian-speakers there.
Ukraine pleads for weapons as Russian onslaught threatens to turn the tide
       
Ukrainian officials say they urgently need advanced US-made mobile multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) to halt Russian advances in Luhansk and Donetsk. Moscow, keenly aware of the game-changing potential of the rocket systems, has already voiced strong objections. But doubts remain about which weapons systems will be provided, and the timing of the US move. Despite the delay, he insisted it was “not too late” to send new weapons to Ukraine. Military support can reduce over time and probably the economic support will become more important as the fighting gradually subsides.”
China signs deal with Samoa as Australia vows Pacific Islands plan
       
China’s foreign minister signed a deal with Samoa on Saturday to strengthen diplomatic relations, while Australia’s new leader said he had a “comprehensive plan” for the Pacific, as Beijing and Canberra continued rival campaigns to woo the region. Australia’s new center-left government has made the Pacific Islands an early diplomatic priority. “Samoa and the People’s Republic of China will continue to pursue greater collaboration that will deliver on joint interests and commitments,” it said. In that spirit, I had a wonderful meeting with Foreign Minister @SenatorWong to strengthen our Vuvale Partnership with Australia. Read more:Australia warns against Pacific security pact as China says interference will failChina and Russia veto new UN sanctions on North KoreaChina offers South Pacific free trade, security agreements: Documents
Sudan, Ethiopia blame each other for border violations amid Nile Dam dispute
       
In November 2021, clashes resumed between Sudanese and Ethiopian forces in the Barakat Noreen area in al-Fashqa. Mekonnen's accusations against Sudan were not limited to the border dispute, as he also accused Khartoum of harboring terrorists, in reference to the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF) fighters. Sudan refuses to engage in negotiations before a re-demarcation of the border is carried out and Ethiopia recognizes al-Fashqa area as Sudanese land. Ethiopia’s Ambassador to Khartoum Yibeltal Aemero Alemu said on Feb. 9 that Sudan and Ethiopia reached an agreement to peacefully resolve the border dispute. The border dispute between Sudan and Ethiopia is fueling wider tensions in the region, even affecting the controversial Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) that Addis Ababa is building on the Blue Nile.
Debate Over Guns Unfolds in Uvalde, a Rural Texas Town in Grief
       
Three hundred miles away from Uvalde, raw divisions over gun rights in Texas were on vivid display on Friday as hundreds of gun control supporters protested outside an annual National Rifle Association convention in Houston. Inside, Mr. Trump and others blamed “evil” and an array of social ills for the attacks, but not easy access to guns. The Roman Catholic archbishop of San Antonio, whose territory includes Uvalde, said the N.R.A. But gun rights supporters are challenging those laws in court, and recently won a legal victory after an appeals court struck down California’s ban on selling semiautomatic guns to young adults. “To buy a weapon at 18 — it’s kind of ridiculous.”Even as many in Uvalde have said they want to focus their attention on the victims, the conversation about guns has been reverberating through town.
NYC DOE 'disrespects' Jews with public meetings on Sabbath: leader
       
“But no one at the DOE bothered to show such respect to the Jewish community. Both Brooklyn and Queens happen to have the largest observant Jewish populations in NYC.”Besides Jews, “some Christians and other groups observe the holy Sabbath,” Zakry wrote. Parents representative Effi Zakry blasted Schools Chancellor David Banks over the DOE ignoring complaints from the Jewish community. The DOE made no apology for the scheduling, saying it was set by parents in charge of the Community Education Councils. “Parent leadership led the design of each town hall including confirming the date that best works for their community,” spokesman Nathaniel Styer said.
An Unspeakable Tragedy In Uvalde: What Now?
       
Days after the tragic events where 19 children and 2 teachers were killed in a Texas elementary school shooting, the country remains in mourning for the community of Uvalde. A day after the massacre, host Lisa Brady spoke to Congressman Tony Gonzales (R-TX) and FOX’s Eben Brown to get a sense of how the residents were reacting. Rep. Gonzales, who represents Uvalde, Texas, described the town before Tuesday’s horrible events, what actions his constituents wanted to be done and whether or not Congress could find a middle ground on gun safety legislation. Eben Brown spoke to citizens of Uvalde, Texas, some of which lost family members. On the FOX News Rundown Extra, you will hear the entire discussions with both Rep. Gonzales and FOX’s Eben Brown and hear even more about what both of them witnessed as they visited the small Texas city.
NRA members sound off on organization's future, calls for gun control amid Uvalde shooting
       
The annual convention came on the heels of the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday which left 19 children and two adults dead. "While I grieve with those families and the others who have lost children in school shootings, we have to have an honest conversation," Franklin added. BETO O'ROURKE, GUN-CONTROL ADVOCATES PROTEST OUTSIDE OF NRA CONVENTION: 'SHAME ON YOU'"There's a big hole in the school system," Mark said. She said it would send a strong message to those thinking of causing harm to school children for them not "to come in this school, that we're prepared for bad people." They're people who use their guns to help you in times needed most.
Johnson, many Tories would lose seats if UK election were tomorrow, poll shows
       
Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party would lose to the opposition in almost all key battleground constituencies if an election were held tomorrow — and the British prime minister would “likely” lose his own seat to Labour, according to a new poll. Conservative members have long considered Johnson, the firebrand Brexiteer, as the most effective winning ticket. The story looks very different today, according to the YouGov poll. “High-profile ‘Red Wall’ Conservative gains from 2019 … would fall back into Labour hands if an election were held tomorrow,” the pollster says. “Wakefield … would also return to Labour,” YouGov predicts.
War hacks: How outgunned Ukraine finds ways to counter Russia
       
War hacks: How outgunned Ukraine finds ways to counter RussiaEnlarge this image toggle caption Vadim Ghirda/AP Vadim Ghirda/APKYIV, Ukraine — There are two important things to know about military trenches. "Digging a hole is not fun," said Stefan Korshak, an American who knows the Ukrainian military well. Since then, Ukraine has had to figure out creative ways to defend itself and fight back, from low-tech to high-tech. In the air war, Russia has far more fighter jets, which are a generation more advanced than the aging, Soviet-era MiG planes the Ukrainians are flying. Russia was expected to destroy the Ukrainian air force within days.
Guilty Plea In Plot To Firebomb California Democratic HQ
       
Ian Benjamin Rogers, 46, of Napa, pleaded guilty to conspiring to destroy a building by fire or explosives, possessing an explosive device and possessing a machine gun under a plea agreement that could bring him seven to nine years in federal prison. The pair “hoped their attacks would prompt a movement,” prosecutors said when they announced the charges in July. Copeland, 38, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy and destruction of records. In a different message he said that after Democratic President Joe Biden was inaugurated, “we go to war.”Their first planned target was the John L. Burton Democratic Headquarters in Sacramento, prosecutors said. He was taken into custody then on state charges after the FBI said he sent text messages that agents perceived as threats against the unoccupied Governor’s Mansion and social media companies Facebook and Twitter.
EU Spares Pipeline Oil From Russian Embargo Plan to Break Logjam
       
The commission also proposed restricting re-exports of Russian oil supplied by pipeline to other member states or third countries. Story continuesEU ambassadors are scheduled to meet on Sunday when they could discuss the revised package. Sanctions ImpactThe EU had previously proposed phasing out all Russian oil imports by early next year. The countries are heavily reliant on Russian oil, but they account for a relatively small portion of the EU’s overall imports from Moscow. However, the bulk of the pipeline deliveries are to Germany and Poland, which have signaled they will wean themselves off Russian supplies regardless of any EU action.
Column: De León, lapped by mayoral front-runners in heavily Latino L.A., begins last-ditch sprint
       
With just over a week to go, he’s trying to catch front-runners Rick Caruso and Karen Bass. AdvertisementIn 2005, Antonio Villaraigosa trounced Mayor Jim Hahn, taking more than 80% of the Latino vote and roughly half of both the Black and white vote. Villaraigosa, by the way, says he and De León are friends, but he committed to Bass before De León jumped into the race. He figures that if he can nail down 60% of the Latino vote, he’s got a shot. “I still think Kevin will get the largest part of the Latino vote,” said Fernando Guerra, who runs Loyola Marymount’s Center for the Study of Los Angeles.
Chef José Andrés praises the ‘importance of volunteers’ in Ron Howard’s ‘We Feed People’
       
“It’s really about the importance of volunteers and volunteerism,” Howard said, and what urgent, yet compassionate, aid really looks like. An early scene recounts the powerful lesson Andrés learned during his first relief trip to Haiti, when he learned to make beans from local women using their traditional methods, rather than his own. “We are doing close to 400,000 meals a day,” Andrés said, getting even more animated and garrulous as he touts WCK’s accomplishments. We were the first people in Bucha (Ukraine) after the war started.”“Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24,” said Andrés. We were there serving meals on the 25th.”“We Feed People” (Unrated) is available to stream on Disney+ starting Friday, May 27.
Memorial Day weekend kicks off in Chicago’s Daley Plaza with wreath-laying, parade to ‘remember and honor over 1.2 million American heroes’
       
Amira Perez, of the Morgan Park High School JROTC program, marches in Chicago's Memorial Day parade on May 28, 2022. Amira Perez, of the Morgan Park High School JROTC program, marches in Chicago's Memorial Day parade on May 28, 2022. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)Mayor Lori Lightfoot greets Navy ROTC cadet Jonathan Rodriguez during the Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony at Chicago's Daley Plaza on May 28, 2022. Harris said she has been attending Chicago’s Memorial Day celebration for years, always to honor her son, Sgt. AdvertisementHarris said she is “glad” the city continues to honor veterans and celebrate Memorial Day in big ways year after year and hopes the tradition stays alive.
GOP candidates for governor: Restricting guns isn't answer to school shootings
       
The GOP candidates addressed the subject of guns in schools during a debate in Traverse City Saturday afternoon. Their comments came four days after a shooter killed 19 children and two teachers inside an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Six Republican candidates for governor participated in Saturday's debate, including all five contenders whose names remain on the Aug. 2 primary ballot. "We don’t have a gun problem, folks," Soldano said. Lavora Barnes, chairwoman of the Michigan Democratic Party, said in a statement Saturday that the GOP candidates' positions amounted to "refusing to protect kids from gun violence."
Video: Russians advance after blasting towns to wastelands in east of Ukraine
       
Video: THIRTY THOUSAND troops have been killed in Ukraine, claims Kyiv amid fears Putin is making gains in the Donbas - while West ups efforts to break grain blockade and 'avert global food crisis'Ukraine has admitted it may have to retreat from its last post in the Luhansk region as Russian forces continue their relentless march. Putin's forces are now into their fourth month of the invasion.
Video: Brits abroad fighting in Russia to be put on trial in the DPR
       
Video: IAN BIRRELL: The Kremlin's sharpened its attack - and the mood is suddenly more pessimisticBrits Andrew Hill and Shaun Pinner are to be put on trial in Ukraine where they were fighting, as they are set to be tried in the self-styled Donestsk People's Republic.
Ted Cruz confronted at restaurant by progressive activist over Texas school shooting
       
AdvertisementNew footage shows Ted Cruz being confronted in a Houston restaurant by a gun reform activist over the Texas school shooting after the senator's appearance at the NRA convention. In the video shared by Indivisible Houston, Cruz can be seen posing for what he thinks is a photograph with the progressive activist group's board member Benjamin Hernandez at Uptown Sushi in Houston. With his arm still around Cruz, Hernandez begin to question him on gun control, including asking the senator why he was against why background checks. Hernandez questions Cruz on gun cntrol, including asking the senator why he was against background checks'The background checks wouldn't have stopped the shooter,' Cruz tells Hernanzdez. The conference - a first since 2019 - came three days after the Uvalde shooting, where 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, originally of North Dakota, shot 19 students and two teachers around 11pm on Tuesday at Robb Elementary School.
Worshippers drove break with Russian Orthodoxy: Ukrainian church
       
He was speaking inside Kyiv's Pechersk Lavra monastery -- one of the most ancient and holy sites in Ukraine -- a day after the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow patriarchy declared "full independence". The clerics condemned Russian Patriarch Kirill's vocal support for the Kremlin's invasion of Ukraine, in a historic move against Moscow's spiritual authorities. Kirill is a staunch supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin and has spoken out in support of Russia's invasion of Ukraine several times. "This largely depends on them, because the position held by the representatives of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine is not constructive," he said. "I am afraid that it will weaken the Orthodox Church."
Russia and Turkey Scramble to Avoid Conflict. And What do U.S. Democratic Primaries Mean for Moscow?
       
This week on the podcast:— The leaders of Russia and Turkey meet in Moscow on Thursday in a bid to de-escalate fighting in Syria which has brought the two countries to the brink of direct military confrontation. Financial Times Bureau Chief Henry Foy joins us in the studio to discuss what is at stake for both countries. The episode was recorded and edited at CM Records Studio in central Moscow. Read More:Russia’s Syria gamble under pressure as Turkey attacks in IdlibHawks say Sanders will be weak on Russia. But Putin should fear a President Bernie
Episode #5 Exile
       
We fly to Lithuania, which has become a refuge for Russian opposition figures in exile because of repression in their own country. From there, they try to convince Russians and the world to take action against President Vladimir Putin’s government. In Siberia, other Kremlin critics see themselves as in a form of internal exile. As European leaders struggle over how to deal with Russia, mixing sanctions with dialogue, we ask: What does the future hold for Russia, and for its opposition? Archives: Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel
The Looming But Not Inevitable (Translation) Disaster
       
Imminent: ????????, ???????????, ??????????????, ?????????? ? ?.?. In the translation biz, when you must choose one meaning out of many, it’s called concretization. To be more specific about an impending disaster, spell it out in Russian with a phrase like ????????????? ????????? ????? (the imminent danger of war). Sometimes there is still hope it can be avoided: ??? ????????????? ?????????? ?????? ???? ????????????? (The impending disaster must be stopped from happening). ? ?????? ?????? ??????????? ??? ???? ?????????? ????????????? ???? (If the communists win the election, economic disaster is certain.)
Japan's Ukraine refugee policy criticized for putting politics over human rights
       
The Japanese government has been quick to publicize its acceptance of more than 1,000 refugees from war-torn Ukraine. Watch video 02:09 How have Asia's leaders responded to Russia's invasion of Ukraine? Six days after the invasion, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced that Japan would take in evacuees from Poland to help ease the pressures on Warsaw. 'A political decision'Sugimoto said granting access to Ukrainians is a "political decision linked to Japan's foreign policy on Ukraine, rather than a decision based on humanitarian considerations and needs." The Ministry of Justice, which oversees Japan's immigration policy, declined to comment on the regulations surrounding refugees.
China, Russia veto U.S.-led push for North Korea sanctions
       
1/2Russia and China vetoed a U.S.-led resolution in the U.N. Security Council that sought to place additional sanctions on North Korea in the wake of its ballistic missile tests. However, Russia and China -- which wield veto power as permanent members -- blocked the resolution from passing, marking the first time the Security Council has been split on the issue since sanctions against North Korea began in 2006. The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is the official name of North Korea. Ahead of the vote, Thomas-Greenfield said North Korea is "actively preparing to conduct a nuclear test." He also accused Washington of using the North Korea issue as "a chessman on the chessboard for their so-called Indo-Pacific strategy."
China signs deal with Samoa during Pacific trip watched closely by U.S. officials
       
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Samoa on Saturday as part of a tour to strengthen trade and security ties with Pacific nations. Photo courtesy Government of SamoaMay 28 (UPI) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Samoa on Saturday as part of a tour to strengthen trade and security ties with Pacific nations, likely watched closely by officials in the United States. China's cooperation with [Pacific Island countries] doesn't target any country, nor will it be disrupted by any country," spokesman Wang Wenbin said. He added that his government's plan includes "re-engaging on climate change" and "more permanent migration from Pacific Island countries to Australia." "I intend to attend the Pacific Island Forum meeting myself.
Days after school shooting, Republicans defend gun rights at NRA convention
       
pic.twitter.com/YsVBI8qnOX — Ariana Garcia (@Ariana_noGrande) May 27, 2022Multiple elected officials pulled out of their planned appearances at the NRA convention last minute, following heavy criticism. Sen. John Cornyn and Rep. Dan Crenshaw — both Texas Republicans — also backed out of the NRA gathering citing scheduling conflicts. In 2020, a study in the Journal of Public Economics found that state-level responses following mass shootings heavily tilted toward loosening, not tightening, gun regulations. The overwhelming public support for better gun control laws shouldn’t come as a surprise after decades of repeated mass shootings in the US. As this interactive data map by Vox shows, as of July 2020, over 2,600 more mass shootings have happened in the decade since the Sandy Hook school shooting.
Real Talk: The Texas School Shooting
       
This week, Tyrus gives his thoughts on gun violence as it pertains to the tragic school shooting in Uvalde, Texas and suggests new legislation to put in place.
Amtrak watchdog says $41 million purchase of Delaware building based on ‘faulty assumptions’
       
Amtrak’s purchase of a building in Wilmington, Delaware for a massive $41 million was based on "significant yet faulty assumptions," according to the agency’s internal watchdog which criticized the purchase in a report. The Amtrak Office of Inspector General said that the purchase of the building for a Unified Operations Center (UOC) program in President Biden’s home state was "largely premised on two significant yet faulty assumptions." The second, linked assumption, was that the purchase would save money to the tune of $50 million. "Neither has materialized because the company did not effectively verify the feasibility of centralizing these personnel and functions including retrofitting the building to accommodate significant IT requirements before purchasing the building," the report said. It would also bring in IT personnel from Atlanta and Washington D.C., saving money on leased space.
U.N. rights chief says she urged China to review counter-terrorism policies
       
BEIJING, May 28 (Reuters) - U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet, whose rare visit to China was criticised by rights groups and Western countries, said she urged Beijing to review its counter-terrorism policies to ensure they comply with international human rights standards. Bachelet started her China trip, the first by a U.N. Human Rights High Commissioner in 17 years, on Monday in the southern city of Guangzhou before heading to Xinjiang. Chinese President Xi Jinping and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet are seen on a giant screen broadcasting news footage of their virtual meeting at a shopping complex in Beijing, China May 25, 2022. Rights groups and Western countries worry that China will use her trip as an endorsement of its rights record. During the media briefing, Bachelet also described as "deeply worrying" the detention in Hong Kong of activists, lawyers and journalists.
Shame almost reaches politicians cozy with the NRA
       
While some Republicans who had been scheduled to speak at the NRA convention just days after the Robb Elementary School gun massacre did cancel their appearances, they did so with scheduling excuses or, in the case of Governor Abbott, with a recorded message on the event's jumbotron instead.May 28, 2022
Trump's Michigan election fraud claims actually proved true — sort of
       
But it involves the 2022 election for governor and Republicans, including some who have peddled Trump’s lies about the 2020 election. Securing that many valid signatures in a state of over 8 million registered voters shouldn’t be that hard. Still, in most cases, valid petitions are submitted. The Michigan Bureau of Elections is not alleging that the candidates knew their petitions contained fraudulent signatures. Say what you will about Trump — and believe me, I have — but he was right to be on the lookout for election fraud in Michigan.
GOP Congressman, former NRA endorsee says he would support ban on assault weapons in aftermath of Buffalo, Uvalde
       
Jacobs made the remarks — a contradiction to the Republican party's staunch stance on gun laws — during a news conference on Friday. “If an assault weapons ban bill came to the floor that would ban something like an AR-15, I would vote for it,” he said, according to The Buffalo News. I think it’s perfectly reasonable that the age limit at least for these highly lethal, high-capacity semi automatic weapons should be 21," he said. The congressman reiterated his sentiments in an interview with The Buffalo News. Vice President Kamala Harris on Saturday attended the funeral of Ruth Whitfield, who was killed in the Buffalo shooting, saying "enough is enough."
RPT-UPDATE 1-Ukraine receives missiles and howitzers, Zelenskiy expects good news on arms supplies
       
"The coastal defence of our country will not only be strengthened by Harpoon missiles – they will be used by trained Ukrainian teams," Reznikov wrote on his Facebook page. He said Harpoon shore-to-ship missiles would be operated alongside Ukrainian Neptune missiles in the defence of the country's coast including the southern port of Odesa. Last month the Moskva, the flagship of Russia's Black Sea fleet, sank after what Ukraine says was an anti-ship missile attack. After launching its invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, Russia imposed a naval blockade of Ukrainian ports, hampering vital grain exports. It has also used its Black Sea fleet to launch missile attacks against Ukraine.
Kellyanne Conway says the 2020 Trump campaign's China-centric 'Beijing Biden' attacks were 'foolish'
       
President Joe Biden listens as he meets virtually with Chinese leader Xi Jinping from the Roosevelt Room of the White House on November 15, 2021. AP Photo/Susan Walsh, FileKellyanne Conway in her new book says the GOP's "Beijing Biden" attacks didn't connect with voters. Conway described Trump's 2020 presidential reelection effort as "more solipsistic than scrappy." While campaigning for reelection in Ohio weeks before the November general election, Trump warned that Biden's ascent to the White House would halt gains in the manufacturing sector. "Put simply, if Biden wins, China wins," Trump said at the time, per The Associated Press.
Terrified Chechens flee to avoid Ukraine call-up as casualties mount
       
The woman in Grozny said that dire economic conditions in Chechnya were pushing men into volunteering to fight in Ukraine. Putin is popular in Chechnya because he bankrolled the reconstruction of the region after declaring victory in the second Chechen war of 1999 to 2000. Most of these young Chechen men have fled to central Russia or Turkey, which has a large Chechen diaspora. But the state propaganda machine is still strong in Chechnya and support for the war is not difficult to find. Akmet, 52, said that war was justified to defend Russia against Nazis in Ukraine, a key reason that Putin has given for the invasion.
Kellyanne Conway says she didn't object to her husband George Conway's change of heart about Trump, but was puzzled by his vocal and 'aggressive' dissent
       
Kellyanne Conway is accompanied by her husband, George, as they arrive for a dinner at Union Station in Washington, DC, on January 19, 2017. "I just wanted the old George, the loving husband and father who did not fritter away the day," she wrote. In her newly-released memoir, "Here's the Deal," Kellyanne Conway wrote that her husband George was "beaming" while at the New York Hilton Midtown Manhattan hotel after the race was called for Trump. The former Trump counselor expressed her unhappiness with the tone of the tweets, especially when her husband directly tagged Trump on Twitter. Kellyanne Conway then stated that she began to avoid discussing political developments with her husband altogether.
Drones. Crutches. Potatoes. Russians Crowdfund Their Army.
       
Ukrainian troops load a Howitzer M777 155mm artillery piece in Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine on Sunday, May 22, 2022. Since the start of the war, she said, she has raised more than $60,000 to buy food, clothes and equipment for Russian soldiers serving in Ukraine. “We also want to offer our support, to say, ‘Guys, we’re with you.’”Across Russia, grassroots movements, led in large part by women, have sprung up to crowdsource aid for Russian soldiers. Most of the groups collecting donations for Russian soldiers appear to be operating independently of the Russian government. Still, the notion that Russian soldiers in Ukraine are underequipped is increasingly seeping into Russian public discourse — among opponents and supporters of the war.
'Is my school next?': Statehouse vigil remembers 21 victims of Texas school shooting
       
About a hundred people gathered outside the Ohio Statehouse Saturday afternoon for a vigil to remember the 21 victims of this week's school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. … I don’t feel safe,” said Nina Greenberg, a member of Students Demand Action and a student at Sylvania Southview High School, near Toledo. Nan Whaley, the Democratic candidate for Ohio governor, spoke at Saturday’s rally about how gun violence is personal to her. Mike DeWine to “do something” in the days that followed the Dayton shooting. "Now, the world watches horror as 21 families plan funerals.”Titus Wu, of the USA TODAY Network Ohio Bureau, contributed to this report.
Howie Carr: Just another delirious day trip for Biden, unstuck in time again
       
He called Zoom “Joom.” He claimed he’s convinced “North Korea” to impose sanctions on Russia. In short, it was just another delirious day trip for Brandon away from the assisted-living facility at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. “I was appointed to the Academy in 1965.”For the record, in 1965 Biden was 22 years old. So I went to Delaware.”He was referring to two Heisman Trophy winners from Navy — Roger Staubach and Joe Bellino. North Korea didn’t know.
Monica Cannon-Grant to make in-person court appearance
       
Monica Cannon-Grant will make an appearance before U.S. District Judge Mark L. Wolf next month. Cannon-Grant is the head of Violence in Boston, a charity that prosecutors accuse her and her husband, Clark Grant, of running for their own financial benefit. Judge Wolf was assigned the case the day after the couple was federally indicted on 18 fraud-related counts but deferred the case to U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith G. Dein to handle pre-trial matters. “To the extent that the defendants’ and the government’s time to prepare for trial is not compromised by the voluminous discovery in this matter, the government supports the expeditious commencement of trial,” they wrote. “It does not agree that a speedy trial is mandated for the reasons stated in the defendant’s motion.”
Texas state senator says ‘we’re all angry’ over Uvalde police response and expects full report
       
A Democratic Texas state Senator has said “we’re all angry” over the police response to the Robb Elementary School shooting in which 19 children and two teachers were killed. Mr Gutierrez said Mr McGraw told him that there would be a “detailed report including ballistics by next week”, CNN reported. I had a long conversation this morning on the way in with Steve McCraw, and he was crying to me and I’m crying to him,” Mr Gutierrez told CNN. It was “the wrong decision”, Mr McGraw said. Mr Gutierrez said he has asked the governor for $2m for Uvalde nonprofit health clinic Community Health Development, Inc.There’s one psychiatrist in Uvalde, he noted.
Former US Army Reservist and Capitol Rioter, Timothy Hale-Cusanelli, 30, found guilty
       
He was indicted on five counts: obstruction of an official proceeding, entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly or destructive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building. Hale-Cusanelli's trial was the fifth before a jury and the seventh overall for a Capitol riot case. His roommate allegedly reported him to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and secretly recorded a conversation about the Capitol riot. Biggs, of Ormond Beach, Florida, has described himself as a Proud Boys organizer. The indictment describes Pezzola, of Rochester, New York, as a member of his local Proud Boys chapter.
In pictures: Ruben Östlund wins second Palme d'Or with provocative satire about the super rich
       
In pictures: Ruben Östlund wins second Palme d'Or with provocative satire about the super richOpen slideshow {{ scope.counterText }} i {{ scope.legend }} © {{ scope.credits }} Swedish director Ruben Östlund received the Palme d'Or for "Triangle of Sadness", five years after winning Cannes' biggest prize for "The Square". © Mehdi ChebilThe Cannes Film Festival wrapped up its first full-scale edition since the pandemic with the jury awarding the prestigious Palme d'Or to "Triangle of Sadness", a provocative social satire about the super wealthy by Swedish director Ruben Östlund.
As Biden administration leans toward $10,000 in student loan forgiveness, advocates push back
       
Student loan borrowers gather near The White House to tell President Biden to cancel student debt - all of it with no means-testing on May 12, 2020 in Washington, DC. More from Personal Finance:Free college is now a reality in nearly 30 states3 ways to avoid taking on too much student loan debtIs college really worth it? The Washington Post on Friday matched prior reporting that the $10,000 plan is the Biden administration's leading student debt cancellation plan in the final days of May. The White House denied to CNBC that it has any set plans to forgive student debt and said it has not made a final decision. Canceling $10,000 per borrower would cost around $321 billion and completely forgive the loans of about one-third of student loan borrowers.
Chris Christie says Trump wants the GOP to be the 'party of me,' where 'everything has to be about him'
       
Chris Christie says that former President Trump wants the GOP to be the "party of me." Christie rejects such a development, arguing that the party must look to the future in order to win. He came to Georgia to campaign for Trump foe Brian Kemp, who easily won his GOP gubernatorial primary this week. "But more important than that, what we have to decide is: do we want to be the party of me or the party of us?" "The reason the Supreme Court is not taking this is not because of a lack of courage," Christie said at the time.
Conor McGregor criticised by Ukrainian President Zelensky over photo op with Vladimir Putin
       
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was critical of mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor during a meeting with senior Irish politicians. Mr Zelensky told a travelling Irish delegation he was once a fan of McGregor but said he changed his opinion due the Dublin man posing with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Mr Zelensky also spoke about his recent meeting with U2 frontman Bono, who visited the war-torn region and performed in a subway station in Kyiv before meeting Mr Zelensky. “He felt he wasn’t being supportive of Ukraine,” Mr Daly told the Irish Independent. Mr Daly and Mr Ó Fearghaíl flew into Warsaw in Poland before taking a four-hour car journey to the Ukraine border.
Boris Johnson to reportedly bring back imperial measurements to mark platinum jubilee
       
Boris Johnson will reportedly announce the return of imperial measurements to mark the Queen’s platinum jubilee, in an apparent attempt to garner support among Brexiter voters in battleground seats that the Conservatives are in danger of losing. Britain currently uses a mix of imperial and metric measurements, with speed limits in miles per hour and milk and beer bought in pints. During the 2019 general election campaign, Johnson pledged that he would bring back imperial units in shops. He claimed that measuring in pounds and ounces was an “ancient liberty” as he heralded a “new era of generosity and tolerance” towards traditional measurements. Only three other countries, the US, Myanmar and Liberia, use the imperial system on a daily basis.
UN human rights chief asks China to rethink Uyghur policies
       
Bachelet is on a six-day visit to China that includes Xinjiang, a region where the Chinese government has been accused of human rights violations. (United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights via AP)In this image made from online video, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet speaks during an online press conference in Guangzhou in southern China's Guangdong Province, Saturday, May 28, 2022. Bachelet is on a six-day visit to China that includes Xinjiang, a region where the Chinese government has been accused of human rights violations. The statement, attributed to Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu, accused some Western countries and anti-China elements of fabricating sensational lies about Xinjiang under the guise of human rights. “It is critical that counterterrorism responses do not result in human rights violations,” she said.
Russia won't use tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine, says ambassador to UK
       
Mr Putin blamed the development on aggression by the West and Nato. But the UK's Defence Secretary Ben Wallace branded it an attempt to distract people from "what's going wrong in Ukraine", saying Russia was behind schedule on its invasion after just a few days, and trying to "remind the world" it had a deterrent.
Russia takes small cities, aims to widen east Ukraine battle
       
Ukrainian servicemen walk past a building heavily damaged in a Russian bombing in Bakhmut, eastern Ukraine, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, May 28, 2022. Fighting has raged around Lysychansk and neighbouring Sievierodonetsk, the last major cities under Ukrainian control in Luhansk region. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)Ukrainian servicemen walk past a building heavily damaged in a Russian bombing in Bakhmut, eastern Ukraine, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, May 28, 2022. Fighting has raged around Lysychansk and neighbouring Sievierodonetsk, the last major cities under Ukrainian control in Luhansk region. Last week Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu announced that Russia would form new military units in the country’s west in response to Sweden and Finland’s bids to join NATO.
Biden tells Delaware graduates 'now it's your hour'
       
Biden tells Delaware graduates 'now it's your hour'President Joe Biden told graduates Saturday at his alma mater, the University of Delaware, that “now it's your hour,” as he encouraged young people in the United States to help the country live up to its ideals.
'This is no time to be on the sidelines,' Biden tells University of Delaware graduates
       
President Joe Biden delivered a commencement address at his alma mater, the University of Delaware, on Saturday. The president is scheduled to travel to Uvalde on Sunday, to meet with the families of victims of Tuesday's shooting. — On a Sunday afternoon in June 1965, research scientist Caryl Haskins addressed 1,038 University of Delaware graduates sitting in folding chairs on the campus mall. Among the graduates was Joseph R. Biden Jr., a history and political science major. Biden took the stage at Delaware Stadium south of the university's main campus to loud applause sporting his signature aviator sunglasses under sunny skies.
Opinion | Who Decides the Right Way to Protest?
       
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Texas probing whether Peter Arredondo had police radio during disastrous school shooting response
       
The lack of a police radio may explain why Arredondo decided to hold officers back as multiple students called 911 from inside the school begging for help, investigators believe. Cops entered the school about two minutes after the gunman, who barricaded himself in a classroom, where all 21 victims were slain. Col. Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, admitted he should’ve demanded cops to immediately enter the elementary school. We train [officers] to go straight for the shooters and neutralize them.”The latest from the Texas school shootingIn fact, the school district hosted an active shooter drill just two months ago at Uvalde High School. The state-mandated curriculum for the training included a section on an active shooting morphing into a “barricade crisis.”
50 years ago, D.C.'s first African Liberation Day launched a movement
       
Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of African Liberation Day, one of the most influential gatherings in modern African American and D.C. history. D.C. African Liberation Day helped assemble and nurture a potent band of anti-colonial activists in the nation’s capital. Capitalizing on their success, organizers transformed ALDCC into a permanent African Liberation Support Committee and committed themselves to establishing coordinating committees in cities across America that could host African Liberation Day annually. AdvertisementThough successful, the broad coalition that staged African Liberation Day in 1972 and 1973 was fragile. Between 1974 and 1977, D.C. African Liberation Day became a cacophony of sectarian debate.
Russia-Ukraine war live updates Russia claims capture of key transport hub; Scholz, Macron hold call with Putin
       
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron urged Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday to agree to an immediate cease-fire and the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine. The three leaders spoke for 80 minutes in a phone call at the initiative of the French and German leaders, a news release from the German government said. Scholz and Macron called on Putin to negotiate directly with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to end the three-month conflict. The German and French leaders also called on Putin to improve the “humanitarian situation of the civilian population” in Ukraine. Putin, Scholz and Macron also discussed the global food crisis, which has been exacerbated by Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian ports.
Inside Mitch McConnell’s decades-long effort to block gun control
       
“If there’s any one individual in the United States to blame for our inability to put things in place to prevent gun violence, it’s Mitch McConnell,” said Peter Ambler, the executive director of Giffords, a group devoted to fighting gun violence. “McConnell knows where his members stand and makes the tough calls to protect their interests,” a senior Republican aide said, explaining McConnell’s overall motivations in addressing gun violence and gun legislation. Brown said that the staffer clearly seemed moved by Lewis, telling him that she held him in high esteem, and by the victims of gun violence, who recounted their stories one after another. The Senate Republican leader has spent his career working to delay, obstruct or prevent most major firearms restrictions from being approved by Congress. And McConnell is the head of the Republican Senate,” Feinblatt said.
Gun debate looms again in Va. congressional district miles from NRA
       
When asked about his position on gun control by a local outlet Tuesday — the day a gunman killed 19 schoolchildren and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Tex. — Cao said “gun control has never stopped anyone.”“Most people get bludgeoned to death and stabbed to death than they get shot. “It’s absolutely insane to me we keep allowing this to happen, because we can prevent some of these mass shootings, and it seems there’s no political will to do it. The NRA’s Fairfax headquarters is less than 10 miles from the 10th District. Glenn Youngkin (R), who focused more on schools and the economy, lost in the 10th district as it’s drawn now by less than 2 percentage points.
Uvalde police response delayed by ‘scrambling’ to find tools to pry open steel door, Rep. Gonzales told
       
While on-the-ground in Uvalde, Texas, Rep. Tony Gonzales, R-Texas, told "Fox News Live" Saturday he spoke to a wounded officer who told him police response units were "scrambling" to find a tool to open the school door to get to the gunman. He learned the locked steel door only opened outward, "not inward," making it more difficult to break down. DAN PATRICK ON UVALDE POLICE RESPONSE: ‘WE WERE NOT TOLD THE TRUTH’REP. TONY GONZALES: I spoke directly to one of the initial officers that engaged the situation. It was a steel door and it was locked. But what I'm getting at is these folks wanted to get in there as fast as they possibly could.
Los Angeles DA George Gascon slammed by combat veteran congressman over Memorial Day tweet: 'Wrong holiday'
       
Republican Congressman Mike Garcia slammed progressive Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon on Saturday over a tweet that Gascon posted to commemorate Memorial Day . Garcia, who represents California’s 25th congressional district , took issue with the tweet while also criticizing Gascon’s handling of crimes committed in Los Angeles. The Recall George Gascon campaign has so far collected more than 450,000 signatures as of last week, it said. The recall effort is the second attempt after the first failed to collect enough signatures by its deadline. CAITLYN JENNER SAYS 'DISASTER' LOS ANGELES DA GASCÓN IS 'ENEMY NUMBER ONE' AS CRIME SOARSIn addition, more than 30 cities in Los Angeles County have issued votes of no confidence against Gascon.
Former President Trump addresses supporters at Wyoming rally
       
Former President Donald Trump is traveling to Wyoming on Saturday to speak at a rally in support of Rep. Liz Cheney's prima