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    A federal court has ruled Illinois’ legislative maps Gov. J.B. Pritzker enacted in June are illegal and plaintiffs challenging the drawing of the boundaries have a chance to offer fixes. Before final U.S. Census data was released, Democrats passed new legislative boundaries in May. The governor signed those maps. Republicans and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)...
                        Members of the Williamson County-based Tennessee Stands on Sunday published their priorities for a presumed special session of the state’s general assembly, and certain priorities address government overreach in the age of COVID-19. “There are a lot of issues that need to be addressed ranging from mandates to...
                        The Virginia Redistricting Commission collapsed Friday afternoon while facing a Sunday deadline to complete final maps to present to the General Assembly. The commission failed to break through partisan deadlocks on which drafts to use as a starting point, the latest in weeks of perfect party-line splits in...
                        Five Democrats in the Georgia General Assembly said that the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) has created a program that could put them and other state legislators in legal jeopardy. GDOL spokeswoman Kersha Cartwright said Friday that this Legislative Portal Access pilot program gives legislators and members of...
                        Members of the Georgia General Assembly are scheduled to convene a three-week long special session starting November 3 where they will hold hearings and discuss whether Buckhead should incorporate as a municipality separate from Atlanta. This, according to a press release that members of the Buckhead City Committee...
    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's daughter-in-law and 11-month-old granddaughter have tested positive for COVID-19. Heloisa Bolsonaro, who is married to São Paulo Congressman, Eduardo Bolsonaro, broke the disheartening news to her Instagram followers Monday, four days after her husband revealed he had been infected. Heloisa Bolsonaro shared that her daughter, Georgia Bolsonaro, only experienced mild symptoms, including a fever and runny...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s new prime minister appealed to the international community Monday to stand together against Iran, accusing Tehran of marching toward the development of a nuclear weapon and threatening to act alone if the world does not take action. In his maiden speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Naftali Bennett made no mention of Israel’s decadeslong conflict...
    United Nations (CNN)Afghanistan will no longer address the United Nations General Assembly, in the wake of a credentials dispute between the Taliban and the country's current representative to the UN.Afghanistan's UN representative Ghulam Isaczai -- an appointee of the country's former democratic government, which crumbled under the Taliban's advance last month -- had been expected to address world leaders on...
    School districts, teachers unions, student groups and parents lined up at the Ohio House to testify against two bills that would stop schools from teaching what sponsors called “divisive concepts” in the classroom. The House State and Local Government Committee heard more than three hours of testimony Wednesday during the third hearing for both House Bill 322 and...
    The Taliban sent a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday, requesting a speaking slot at the U.N. General Assembly for Qatar-based spokesman Suhail Shaheen, who would represent the brutal Islamist regime as the legitimate government of Afghanistan. According to Reuters, which had the first report on the Taliban letter on Tuesday, the initial demand was for Taliban Foreign...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- It turns out the small, single-engine aircraft that violated restricted air space during the U.N. General Assembly was being operated by an Army instructor pilot.The pilot was operating from the United States Military Academy at West Point.NORAD fighter jets were dispatched to intercept the plane Tuesday.The airspace was restricted because President Joe Biden was in...
    (CNN)In his United National General Assembly debut on Tuesday, United States President Joe Biden declared a "new era" of US diplomacy, making a case for international cooperation as the world stands at an "inflection point in history."But the President's call for unity comes as the US is embroiled in a series of global controversies that have left allies questioning if...
    (CNN)US President Joe Biden called for a new era of international cooperation to fight the pandemic in his debut address to the United Nations General Assembly, but, one year after world leaders pledged to bring Covid-19 vaccines and treatments to "all people, everywhere," the message of unity rang empty. Speaking to a much smaller crowd than usual due to the...
    NEW YORK -- Brazil's Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga tested positive hours after attending the UN General Assembly, and will now quarantine in New York City for the next 14 days.Brazilian diplomats will not attend meetings at the annual gathering until Friday, CNN Brasil reported.The health minister is part of the Brazilian delegation accompanying President Jair Bolsonaro, who opened up the...
    Fox News host Sean Hannity ripped into President Biden on Tuesday following Biden's speech to the U.N. General Assembly – the "Hannity" host calling the president "tired, weak and frail" and unwilling to address major issues facing his administration in the address that "lacked any substance." Hannity noted Biden mentioned nothing about the dire circumstances inside Afghanistan and nothing about...
    Brazil Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga Brazil's Minister of Health has tested positive for COVID-19 while attending a United Nations conference in New York City where he met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and stayed at the same hotel as Joe Biden.  Brazil's presidential office announced on Tuesday that Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga had tested positive for the virus and...
    United Nations Headquarters, New York (CNN)The Taliban has requested representation at this week's United Nations General Assembly, a move that is expected to kick off a diplomatic battle with the preexisting Afghan envoy. Afghanistan is currently represented at the UN by Ghulam Isaczai, an appointee of the country's former democratic government, which crumbled under the Taliban's advance last month. Rival...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Presaging “hundreds of millions” of climate change refugees, Turkey’s president said Tuesday at the U.N. General Assembly that the world needs to find a way to contend with its existing refugees who are fleeing conflict. Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that Turkey, which he says “embraces close to four million Syrians,” cannot take in any more...
    The Taliban have reportedly nominated Doha-based spokesman Suhail Shaheen as Afghanistan’s U.N. ambassador and have asked to speak at the United Nations.  A letter from Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi sent to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres first confirmed the news, and Reuters first reported it. Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen told Fox News that the U.S. 'should not...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations says the Taliban, Afghanistan’s new rulers since last month, have challenged the credentials of Afghanistan’s former U.N. ambassador and are asking to speak at the U.N. General Assembly’s high-level meeting of world leaders that began Tuesday. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Secretary-General Antonio Guterres received a communication on Sept. 15 from the currently...
    Every speaker - including President Joe Biden - was given a fresh microphone head at Tuesday's United Nations General Assembly in order to prevent the gathering of world leaders from becoming a COVID superspraeder event.    One reporter remarked: 'New in the age of COVID, a little condom for the microphone' - for both its bag-like appearance and the protection it...
    Loud, low-flying jets were reported over Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon, as President Biden was in the area to deliver his first address to the United Nations General Assembly.  A U.S. F-16 fighter jet intercepted a Cessna that flew into the New York temporary flight restriction set up around the U.N. General Assembly earlier today, a U.S. defense official tells Fox...
    Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley blasted President Joe Biden’s address to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday for failing to mention enemies by name. “President Biden’s speech ignored the reality and seriousness of America’s threats and enemies. China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, Afghanistan, and terrorism, to name a few,” Haley said following the president’s speech...
    New Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi is set to address the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, and dissidents calling for a free and secular Iran are urging the international community not to let the opportunity to put pressure on the despot pass them by – and are calling for him to be prosecuted. Raisi, a hardline former judiciary chief tied to...
    President Joe Biden is set to deliver his first speech before the United Nations General Assembly as president on Tuesday. He arrived with an entourage of aides to U.N. headquarters Tuesday morning - ignoring reporters' questions.   Biden will address the conference on the heels of the U.S.'s frenzied pull-out from Afghanistan and after the relationship with a key ally, France, was rattled,...
    [The stream is slated to start at 10 a.m. ET. Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time.] WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will defend his decision to end America's military mission in Afghanistan as he addresses the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday for the first time as president. Biden is also expected...
    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro broke New York City COVID-19 mandates Tuesday by entering the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday unvaccinated.  The far-right politician wore a mask as he entered the United Nations Tuesday morning.  He'll deliver an address to the body later in the day.  Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro broke New York City's COVID-19 mandates by attending an indoor event...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. The Maryland General Assembly’s redistricting commission convened its first public hearing in Prince George’s County on Monday night, where residents urged commission members to keep communities whole in their proposed maps. Ashanti Martinez, speaking on behalf of the immigrant rights...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden on Tuesday is set to deliver his first speech to the United Nations General Assembly since taking office, where he's expected to present his long-term vision for the global community, defend the withdrawal from Afghanistan and emphasize the importance of reestablishing alliances. Biden's appearance at the assembly in New York comes as he continues to deal with...
                        COLUMBUS, Ohio – A suburban Cleveland state lawmaker has become the latest Republican to join the crowded GOP field seeking the nomination to replace retiring U.S. Senator Rob Portman. Ohio Senator Matt Dolan (R24-Chagrin Fall) a three-term Ohio House member term-limited from seeking election to the state senate...
    (CNN)As President Joe Biden makes his presidential debut at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, the question is not whether America wants to lead the world any longer, but whether it can.During his inaugural address, Biden promised that "we will not lead merely by the example of our power, but by the power of our example." But eight months...
    President Biden heads to the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday, amid international criticism of the U.S. over its handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, and as France bristles over a scrapped submarine deal.  The president will be speaking with French President Emmanuel Macron in the next few days, following the French fury over the announcement of the U.S.-Australia nuclear-powered submarine...
    (CNN)When President Joe Biden mounts the iconic green marble rostrum inside the hall of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, he will face an audience skeptical he really is as different from his predecessor as he likes to claim.For world leaders who were alternately addled and amused by former President Donald Trump -- who once encountered mocking laughter from...
    Upon landing in New York City, Brazil President Jair Bolsonar had his first meal in the U.S. in the middle of the street due to restrictive city-wide restrictions not allowing unvaccinated people to dine indoors. Bolsonar, who is unvaccinated against coronavirus, and his ministers had pizza slices and sodas in the middle of the street on Sunday as they arrived...
    The Latest on the U.N. General Assembly (all times local): NEW YORK — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson stressed the importance of coronavirus vaccines during a meeting with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who says he has not been inoculated. The two men met Monday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. As journalists were ushered...
    New Yorkers are fearful that the return of the United Nations General Assembly this week will spark a new spike in COVID-19 cases after the city has worked tirelessly to slow the spread of the virus. The reinstatement of the giant gathering at the United Nations headquarters in Midtown - after the meeting of global leaders went entirely virtual last...
    United Nations — More than 100 world leaders will attend the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week. But the centerpiece speeches by presidents and prime ministers were to come after an appeal to younger generations — with the added weight of star-power. In a bid to capture the attention of the world's youth and urge them to play...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The United Nations General Assembly convenes this week in New York City. Drivers should expect gridlock on Manhattan’s East Side. READ MORE: 11 Treated Due To Fumes At YMCA In New Rochelle Road closures will mostly affect the area surrounding the U.N., located at 1st Avenue and 42nd Street. There will also be detours and checkpoints...
    President Joe Biden is meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday evening ahead of his planned Tuesday remarks before the U.N. General Assembly in New York City. Biden will address the assembly in-person tomorrow and then go back to Washington where he'll continue to engage with fellow world leaders virtually. It will be a departure from the last...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New Yorkers can expect gridlock when the United Nations General Assembly convenes this week. Road closures began Sunday night, affecting mostly the area around the U.N. headquarters. READ MORE: Gabby Petito Search: FBI Says Body Found In Grand Teton National Park Believed To Be Missing Long Island Woman NYPD said to expect closures, detours and checkpoints...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New Yorkers who enjoyed the peace and quiet of the United Nations' virtual General Assembly meeting last year can expect to face some heavy traffic today as dozens of world leaders, including President Joe Biden, converge on the city.The greater concern, though, appears to be preventing the meeting from becoming a COVID super-spreader event.New York...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Things to watch beyond the main speeches from leaders at this week’s high-level meeting of the U.N. General Assembly in New York: — A MEETING at U.N. headquarters on Wednesday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the U.N. conference on racism in Durban, South Africa will be closely watched. It is being boycotted by the United...
    U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Linda Thomas-Greenfield said Friday she is worried the General Assembly gathering could turn into a COVID superspreader event The White House is concerned that the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meeting in New York, which kicked off last week, could be a COVID-19 superspreader event. 'We are concerned about the U.N. event being a...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New Yorkers can expect gridlock when the United Nations General Assembly convenes this week. Road closures start Sunday night, affecting mostly the area around the U.N. headquarters near First Avenue and 42nd Street. READ MORE: Man Killed, 11-Year-Old And 2 Others Hurt In Shooting At Bronx Barbecue The session starts Tuesday and ends Monday, Sept. 27....
    The Biden Administration has expressed concern over this year's U.N. General Assembly, saying it has the potential to become a COVID-19 "superspreader event" as world leaders gather in New York, according to a report from CBS News. "We are concerned about the U.N. event being a superspreader event, and that we need to take all measures to ensure that it...
    New York (CNN)Coronavirus be damned, the world's diplomats are back. New Yorkers who enjoyed the peace and quiet of the United Nations' all-virtual General Assembly last year will once again face the gridlock of diplomatic motorcades next week, as world leaders and their entourages descend on the international body's headquarters in Manhattan.The 76th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA)...
                        Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – guest hosts Grant Henry and Ben Cunningham talk in studio about the need for a special session...