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    Originally Published by: Largest expansion of hunting and fishing opportunities proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ‘COVID Bandit’ leaves $4,600 tip for Colorado restaurant staff Viral TikTok hack shows how to keep food cold during a party: Keeps food fresh Fully vaccinated travelers visiting the Bahamas can now skip coronavirus testing.  The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism announced the new protocol for vaccinated travelers over the weekend.  Starting Saturday, the island nation began allowing visitors who are fully vaccinated and have passed the two-week immunity period to enter the country and travel around the islands without being tested, according to the website. However, there are some stipulations. The Bahamas is only accepting four vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and AstraZeneca. Travelers will have to upload valid proof of their vaccine to their Bahamas Travel Health Visa. Meanwhile, unvaccinated travelers will still have to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test to...
    A Texas county's Democratic Party has sparked outrage by refusing the resignation of the chairman who called Republican Tim Scott an 'Oreo'. Gary O’Connor, the Lamar County Democratic Party chairman, said he was 'deeply sorry' for using the 'racist term' and announced his plans to step down. But his colleagues then issued their own statement to MyParisTexas.com saying: 'Our local Democrats have taken the last few days to reflect upon this incident. 'After much discussion — especially among our local [b]lack Democrats — we chose not to accept Mr. O’Connor’s resignation'. 'Mr. O’Connor has written a public letter of apology to Sen. Tim Scott, and Lamar County Democrats join him in this apology,' the statement added.  O'Connor wrote a controversial post on Facebook in response to Scott’s speech after President Joe Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday. Gary O’Connor, the Lamar County Democratic...
    MALTA could be one of the few holiday options open to Brits this summer, if it is added to the UK's green list. The full list of destinations included in the traffic light scheme is expected to be announced this week, with hopes that some European countries could be deemed low-risk. 4Malta holidays may be the first to go ahead this yearCredit: Reuters Countries will be placed on a green, amber or red list depending on the risk they pose to the UK, as well as the current Covid situation in the country and their own vaccine rollout. In the case of “green” countries, Brits can travel and return home without having to quarantine but still need to have Covid tests. Malta is expected to be one of the few countries to make the list, due to low case numbers and successful vaccine rollout. If added to the list, Brits can...
    (CNN) — Dr. Anthony Fauci said he hopes children and teens won’t hesitate when the US Food and Drug Administration authorizes a coronavirus vaccine for them. A federal government official told CNN on Monday that the FDA is poised to authorize Pfizer/BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine in children and teens 12 to 15 years old by early next week, and administration of the vaccine to them could start almost immediately, said Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. READ MORE: Residents Concerned After Barrage of Bullets In Sacramento Neighborhood “You have the capability of protecting yourself as a young person, 12 to 15, but also knowing that you’re not going to pass it on to someone else,” Fauci told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday. “You even want to call upon the young people to say, ‘I want to protect myself, but I want to be part of the solution,...
    Seychelles, the world's most Covid-vaccinated nation with more than 60 per cent of its adult population having received two jabs, has reintroduced restrictions because of a spike in cases. All schools have been closed and sporting activities cancelled for two weeks in the idyllic Indian Ocean archipelago, as infections continue to surge. Measures also include a ban on house-hold mixing, some types of gatherings, and the early closure of shops, bars and casinos. Non-essential workers are also being encouraged to work from home, and an 11 pm curfew will remain in force. The restrictions come despite the country fully vaccinating over 62 per cent of its adult population with two doses — the second highest rate in the world.  Only Gibraltar, a British overseas territory, has had a more successful roll-out, data shows. There are currently 1,068 active cases in the Seychelles, of which a third have been detected in people given...
    (CNN)The future of El Salvador's democracy is under global scrutiny after lawmakers teamed up with populist president Nayib Bukele over the weekend to replace every judge on the Constitutional Court, the highest branch of the country's judiciary system. Here's everything you need to know about what's happening in the Central American nation, and Washington's close eye on the situation.What happened in El Salvador?Drama unfolded in the halls of power in capital city San Salvador late Saturday, when the country's Legislative Assembly voted to dismiss the five judges who form the Constitutional Court. Read MoreThe motion had been proposed by the New Ideas party of El Salvador's president Nayib Bukele, which has held a strong majority of 56 out of 84 seats since a landslide victory in legislative elections last March.Salvadoran leader says he takes hydroxychloroquine Lawmakers from New Ideas alleged the constitutional court was impeding the president's ability to confront...
    The U.S. Supreme Court held, on Thursday, the way immigration law currently is written, whether an alien is eligible to be spared deportation depends on if authorities gave him a single document with certain information starting the deportation process, versus spreading that information across multiple documents. According to U.S. immigration law, “resident aliens” ordered removed from the country can legally remain by establishing continued residence for at least ten years. This case turned on the question: at what point does the clock stop, so to speak, on the period of residence? The stop-time rule was established by congressional statute in 2004. This rule provides that the period of continuous presence “shall be deemed to end when the alien is served a notice to appear” in a removal proceeding. The Supreme Court delivered a 6-3 decision in this case. Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote the opinion of the Court, joined by Justices Clarence Thomas, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor,...
    On Tuesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “The ReidOut,” host Joy Reid reacted to Republican California gubernatorial candidate Caitlyn Jenner opposing allowing transgender people who are biologically male to compete in women’s sports by stating that Republicans “don’t actually care about fairness in girl’s sports,” and that the GOP is really “about forcing the other to exist in their shadow so that they can continue living in a country where their status is protected against all else.” After playing a clip of Jenner, Reid stated, “Of course, Caitlyn Jenner, the Republican candidate for California governor who wants to lead that state does not speak for the trans community. But she is a long-time Republican who’s also a vehement Trump supporter and we know the Republican M.O. all too well. We know that they don’t actually care about fairness in girl’s sports, just like they don’t actually care about unborn fetuses. Because if...
    As we know, vaccination to control Govt infection has become a global health issue. As a result, some do not hesitate to pick up heavy artillery to push people across the curriculum. This is the situation in many U.S. cities and states that provide compensation for future vaccines. According to the New York Times, New Jersey offers a free beer (participation must be taken from the liquor) that all adults over the age of 21 receive the first dose. Connecticut is betting on this strategy, offering a drink (alcohol or not) for new vaccines. In West Virginia, the incentive goes even higher as young people between the ages of 16 and 35 can apply for $ 100 worth of savings bonds. Finally, in Detroit, people who play taxis are rewarded. For someone who is taken to a vaccination center, residents of this city receive a $ 50 gift card, without...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci appeared on CNN Tuesday and expressed cautious optimism about where the country stands in relation to the end of the pandemic, whenever that might officially be. The Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told Wolf Blitzer he believes the country can reach President Joe Biden’s goal of administering 100 million vaccines in the next 60 days. Fauci told Blitzer the nation is in “the bottom of the sixth” on the pandemic timeline. Fauci said that if next week the Food and Drug Administration approves the Pfizer vaccine for children aged 12 to 15, the first vaccinations of that age group would occur “essentially almost immediately.” He explained in this case, an “age de-escalation” is underway, whereby increasingly younger groups are gradually given the vaccine to ensure the vaccine is safe for younger individuals. That’s the ultimate goal. You want to do what’s called...
    China's ruler Xi Jinping has taken on a new title last used by Chairman Mao in a move to further tighten his grip on power, US officials have said.  The president and general secretary of the country's Communist Party has now adopted the role of 'helmsman', an honorific position which denotes ultimate authority.  US intelligence officials say the move puts Xi 'firmly in control of every aspect of Chinese society' as he continues to push for dominance on the world stage over Western democracies. Army Lt. Gen. Scott Berrier said a Chinese Communist Party Central Committee meeting in October had marked a significant shift in Xi's power. Xi Jinping, the president and general secretary of the country's Communist Party has now adopted the role of 'helmsman', an honorific position which denotes ultimate authority Speaking to the Senate Armed Services Committee last week he said: 'I think Xi is firmly in control...
    (CNN)Germany is considering new plans to give extra rights and freedoms to people who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.The proposed changes to the existing pandemic rules would involve lifting certain social contact and movement restrictions. Inoculated and recovered people will no longer need a negative test if they want to go shopping, to the hairdresser or to visit a botanical garden, according to examples laid out by the German justice ministry.People who live in Germany would also no longer have to go into quarantine after traveling abroad, if fully inoculated, with a few regional exceptions.The legislation now has to go through the lower and then the upper houses of parliament. The lower house -- the Bundestag -- will meet Thursday to discuss the proposals, but questions remain over how people will prove they've had the vaccine and whether the possible loosening of the rules is confusing, unsafe or unfair.The...
    The White House told governors Tuesday morning it will begin redistributing vaccine doses from states where they are going unused to other areas where there is higher demand as the number of new shots administered dropped to its lowest point in three months. The new procedure, first reported by The Washington Post, will make sure unused doses do not carry over weekly, and instead be added to a federal bank available to states where demand outweighs supply. States who do not or refuse their full allocation in one week will not lose out permanently, and only have to hand over their doses to the government on a one-time basis. Initial distribution will still depend on the adult population in each state. In recent weeks, many states have seen large amounts of those doses not being distributed – unlike earlier this year where most states found it almost impossible to keep...
    Hollywood actor, former WWE superstar, and Joe Biden backer Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson said he will “consider” running for president because he has a fundamental “ambition to unite our country.” The Young Rock and Fast and Furious star said he will “consider” taking a plunge into politics if the American people want him to run for president. “I have a goal, and an interest and an ambition to unite our country,” Johnson told Sunday Today’s Willie Geist. “If this is what the people want, then I will do that.” “If the time comes where there is a good amount of people who want to see that happen, then I’m going to consider it,” the Jumanji star added. Weeks ago, Johnson star shared a screenshot of a Newsweek headline detailing a poll showing less than half of America — 46 percent — supporting the prospect of the Skyscraper star running for president. “I don’t think our Founding...
    BORIS Johnson is set to announce which countries will be on the "green list" from May 17, and is expected to reveal where Brits can go on holiday later this week. Only countries on the green list will be restriction-free - amber and red list countries will still require Brits to quarantine when returning to the UK. 3France is very unlikely to be on the UK green list this monthCredit: AP Destinations likely to be on the green list, due to low Covid cases and strong vaccine rollout, are Malta, Gibraltar, Iceland and Israel. Portugal is on the “cusp” of being put on to Britain’s green list, but not definite – a No10 insider said the country would go green “soonish” even if it missed out later this week. However, France is very unlikely to make the green list this month as the country remains in lockdown, although restrictions on...
    ESCAPE To The Country host Alistair Appleton was visibly gutted after failing to secure a couple their dream Shropshire home. Audrey and Ian faced a race against time to pin down their dream rural retreat, after already selling their Essex home. 5Escape To The Country host Alistair Appleton admitted he was 'crestfallen' when he couldn't secure a couple their dream homeCredit: BBC While this put the pair in an ideal no-chain property scenario, they couldn't make their budget stretch to the final, open-plan bungalow. The BBC presenter admitted he was "crestfallen" when the mystery home was over budget - and only accepting offers in the region of £399,950. He said: "“I’m so sorry guys I didn’t quite pull it out of the hat this time. "Let’s talk things through." 5The detached bungalow in Herefordshire caught the couples' eye, and was the Mystery HouseCredit: BBC In a show of emotion to...
    Relatives attend the funeral of a man who died from the coronavirus disease at a crematorium in New Delhi, India. Adnan Abidi/Reuters India's cricket premier league has been suspended indefinitely as the country is overwhelmed by a devastating surge of the coronavirus. Brijesh Patel, the head of the tournament, said on Tuesday: "The tournament stands suspended, we are looking for another window." "Right now we can't say when we can reschedule it." Sign up for notifications from Insider! Stay up to date with what you want to know. Subscribe to push notifications
    BEIRUT (AP) — Even after she was taken off an investigation into alleged financial crimes by a money transfer company, the defiant Lebanese prosecutor charged ahead. She showed up at the company’s offices outside of Beirut with a group of supporters and a metal worker, who broke open the locked gate. Ghada Aoun obtained data from Mecattaf Holding Company that she contends will reveal the identities of people who sneaked billions of dollars out of Lebanon amid the financial meltdown that has hit the country. The move was part of a public feud between Aoun and Lebanon’s state prosecutor Ghassan Oueidat, who had dismissed her from the case, saying she’d overstepped with two earlier raids. Their feud has turned into scuffles between their supporters in the street. Aoun, an investigating judge for the Mount Lebanon district, presents herself as a crusader against corruption and accuses higher-ups of trying to stop...
    Hollywood star James McAvoy has made an appeal to his fans and followers to send out donations to India as the country struggles with the massive shortage of oxygen during the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. The actor, best known for films like the “X-Men” and “Unbreakable” series, shared a link to a crowdfunding campaign on Instagram on Monday “to help purchase oxygen concentrator machines and other medical supplies to help support India”. Camila Cabello Urges All To Donate for India Amid COVID-19 Pandemic Second Wave (Watch Video). “India needs help. You can help…donate what you can if you can. Link to just giving page in my Bio. @daivikfoundation,” McAvoy wrote in the caption. Hospitals across India have been grappling with oxygen shortage. Week after week, several hospitals have sent out SOS messages about depleting oxygen supplies at their medical facilities and some hospitals had even lost COVID-19 patients...
    (CNN)America's daily Covid-19 cases and deaths are now about one-fifth of what they were during their winter peaks -- and one expert says the country's improved numbers have a lot to do with the climbing vaccinations. The weekly average of daily Covid-19 deaths is more than 660, according to Johns Hopkins University data. In mid-January, that seven-day average was roughly 3,400 deaths daily. And the country has averaged more than 49,400 new Covid-19 cases daily in the past week, according to Johns Hopkins. On January 8, the country averaged more than 251,000 cases every day -- the highest seven-day average of the pandemic. Not reaching herd immunity by the fall could have dire consequences, medical expert says"We are starting to see the effects of all these vaccinations," Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health told CNN on Monday. Especially, he added, among the country's...
    Workers cut up coal carts in Dec. 2019 at a coal mine in Mentougou, west of Beijing, where many mines have been shut as China scrambles to cut carbon emissions.Greg Baker | AFP | Getty Images BEIJING — China's bond defaults are increasingly concentrated in a part of the country whose growth could face greater pressure from tough new restrictions on carbon emissions, according to analysis from Nomura. Fifteen regions in the northern half of China, including Beijing and Inner Mongolia, accounted for 63.4% of the number of national bond defaults last year, up from 51.5% in 2019, according to Nomura's estimates published in an April 27 report. It's the latest sign of growing economic disparity within the country, where GDP and population growth in the north already lags that of the south. Now, China's pledge to to reduce carbon emissions by 2030 means production restrictions are coming for the...
    More from: Rich Lowry Whatever happened to GOP fiscal hawks? Bidens plan to revolutionize America on a slim majority is downright delusion Clueless GOP elites want to turn the clock back to 2007 on immigration How did it become normal for every police shooting to bring ruinous rioting? Lets hope CBS just helped Ron DeSantis become the future of the GOP If Joe Biden wanted to spend massively in response to a nearly unprecedented public-health emergency, he was elected too late. The conventional wisdom justifying the president’s new FDR-sized ambitions is that the country is in crisis and he has to meet the proverbial moment, which can only be done with 13-digit spending bills. The truth is, though, that there is no crisis and there is no moment. There’s only an excuse, an occasion and a procedure. The excuse is the supposed downtrodden state of the country such that...
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Sunday delivered a speech to a group of left-wing supporters in Louisville, Kentucky, where he contrasted the radical left’s vision for the country with the agenda presented by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), contending the country is currently drifting toward anarchy and authoritarianism while outlining the need for free college, amnesty, and an increased minimum wage. Sanders laid out a dire state of affairs in a rally alongside former Kentucky State Representative Charles Booker, citing the fight against systemic racism, climate change, and the Chinese coronavirus pandemic. “Will we create a government, an economy, and a society that works for all of us and not just the one percent?” Sanders asked. “Or will we continue the drift towards oligarchy and authoritarianism in which a small number of incredibly wealthy and powerful billionaires own and control a significant part of the economy and exert enormous...
    Five years before Iranian state television said that the United States would send the country $7 billion in exchange for four Americans held in the country, former President Barack Obama’s administration sent Iran $400 million as it released other Americans in detention. Iranian state television reported Saturday that four Americans accused of spying in the country would be released if the U.S. freed $7 billion in frozen oil funds. The U.S., however, has denied the report. “Unfortunately, that report is untrue,” Ron Klain, President Joe Biden’s chief of staff, told CBS News’ Face the Nation. “There is no agreement to release these four Americans.” It is not the first time the U.S. has been accused of paying Iran for the release of American prisoners. In 2016, the Obama administration covertly shipped wooden pallets stacked with euros, Swiss francs and other currencies totaling $400 million to the country, with timing that...
    Leftwing activist Al Sharpton claimed Monday that “the practice of America was built on racism,” in response to Sen. Tim Scott’s (R-SC) recent declaration that the U.S. is “not a racist country.” “I watched, the other night, the president make his first address to the joint session of Congress,” Sharpton stated in his speech during the funeral of Andrew Brown Jr., a black man who was shot by law enforcement in North Carolina on April 21. “And then I watched the rebuttal by the senator from South Carolina. Seems something awkward to me, where a white president talked about white supremacy and a black senator said… America is not racist. Seemed a little strange to me.” “Now, everybody in America is not racist. But are you talking about whether the practice of America’s racist, or the people, cause the practice of America was built on racism,” he added. Police maintain Brown...
    (Photo: NBC/ABC/CNN) If a Black Republican and Black Democrat walked into a bar, one wouldn’t usually expect them to agree on anything let alone that racism, in the United States especially, is a thing of the past. But last week, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) and Vice President Kamala Harris reached across the aisle to agree that (white) American people are not racist.  In his rebuttal to President Joe Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress, Scott, the Senate’s only Black Republican, sought to offer an alternative to the Biden agenda while defending the GOP, and the nation at large, against charges of systemic racism. Scott said that “America is not a racist country” and warned that “it’s wrong to try to use our painful past to dishonestly shut down debates in the present.” In her response on ABC News’ Good Morning America on Thursday, Vice President Harris, the...
    BRITS have been given hope that holidays will be able to go ahead from May 17, with the government announcing a traffic light system to open up countries abroad. Countries will be placed on a green, amber or red list depending on the risk they pose to the UK, as well as the current Covid situation in the country and their own vaccine rollout. 3Here is everything you need to know about Greece going onto the green list this yearCredit: Alamy In the case of “green” countries, Brits can travel and return home without having to quarantine but will need to have a negative test to come back into the UK and then take a PCR test within two days of returning. Brits returning from amber or red list countries will have to quarantine at home or a hotel, respectively. While the green list is yet to be revealed, although...
    Since the fall of Siad Barre’s regime in 1991, which led to a prolonged period of civil unrest, Somalia has been in a near-constant state of food insecurity. It also suffered two famines – in 1992 and 2011. Every year, between April and May (when food is planted and not harvested), aid agencies make dire predictions about the impending doom of the upcoming growing season and to appeal for funds to support increased food aid. This year, Save the Children announced that millions of Somalis won’t have enough food to eat as crop and vegetable production is expected to drop by 75%-80%. And the UN’s 2021 Somalia Humanitarian Response Plan seeks $1.09 billion to provide “life-saving assistance” across Somalia. As agricultural experts working in Somalia for the last 35 years we have done extensive research into food production. We have been involved in developing agricultural policies aimed at finding solutions to...
    Nearly 300 illegal migrants landed on British soil over the weekend, taking the total number of migrants who arrived in the UK this year to over 2,000. On Saturday, the UK’s Border Force confirmed it had intercepted and brought ashore 185 illegal aliens after crossing the English Channel in small rubber boats from France. The flow of migrants continued on Sunday, as another 92 people were taken in, according to BBC reporter Simon Jones. An analysis conducted by the Daily Mail found that the latest Channel crossings put the total number of illegals who have been recorded to have reached Britain this year to 2,293, more than the entire year of 2019, which saw 1,890 arrive. 2020 was a record year for illegal boat migration, with over 8,400 migrants arriving in the UK. However, despite promises to “take back control” of migration following the country’s official departure from the European Union, the flow...
    On Wednesday night, in his first address to Congress, President Joe Biden repeated his claim that the United States of America, the country he was elected to lead, is guilty of “systemic racism.” He said it twice, for emphasis. A few minutes later, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) delivered the official Republican response. “Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country.” It was a powerful statement — and the left hated it, twisting his words to claim that Scott had said there is no racism in America. The opposite was true: Scott specifically talked about his own experiences of racism — including racism from people on the left who would not tolerate a black conservative. But he declared that our flaws do not determine who we are: “Original sin is never the end of the story. Not in our souls, and not for our nation. The real story is always...
    Scottish independence supporters gather in George Square for a rally organised by ‘All Under One Banner’ on May 1 – Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images Europe Iran is “almost certainly” trying to help the SNP win the Holyrood elections with online propaganda campaigns designed to cause constitutional turmoil within the UK, a think tank has warned. A report by the Henry Jackson Society said that online specialists acting on behalf of the Tehran regime were using fake accounts on platforms such as Twitter and Facebook to encourage the break up of Britain. Tactics include setting up fake accounts that launch attacks on Unionist parties and politicians and spread information designed to boost the case for Scottish separation. Dr Paul Stott, the report’s author, said there was no suggestion that Scottish nationalist politicians had encouraged interference in the current elections but that it was still highly likely that Iran was meddling. Iran...
    Well, this is confusing. After a year of slamming the United States as "systemically racist," President Biden now says, "I don’t think the American people are racist." Come again?  How can country be racist if its people are not?    A country is not defined by skyscrapers or cattle ranches or foundries. It is not defined by spacious skies and amber plains, or even its system of government.    DEROY MURDOCK: BIDEN'S 'JIM EAGLE' VS. JIM CROW – HERE'S WHAT DEMOCRATS GET SO PROFOUNDLY WRONG ON RACE A nation is defined by its citizens; its people determine whether a country is optimistic, educated, hard-working, fair-minded and … whether it is racist.    Surely a country cannot be racist if its people twice elected a Black president or if they back policies demanding equality. We have laws banning discrimination, we have jury trials that convict White cops who kill Black men, and we have schools, religious institutions, neighborhoods and political parties that are...
     Los Angeles County reported no deaths from COVID-19 Sunday, a stunning turnaround for California's most populous district which has suffered 23,915 fatalities since the pandemic began. It is the first time in 410 days that the county has not reported at least one COVID fatality. But health officials warned that the landmark figure may be due to an undercount because of delays in reporting COVID figures on weekends, the The LA Times reports. Health officials reported 313 new cases and 410 hospitalizations Sunday in the  county, which, which comprises a large swathe of Los Angeles city's metropolitan area and has a population of more than 10 million people.  California now has the lowest COVID rate of any state in the country after suffering alternating waves of death and lockdown over the past 12 months.  Less than four months ago, the County experienced its deadliest day when a record 290 died on January 8,...
    U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has said that China believes it should be the 'dominant country in the world,' addressing rising tensions between Washington and Beijing. An increasingly powerful China is challenging the world order, acting 'more repressively' and 'more aggressively' as it flexes its influence, Blinken told CBS 60 Minutes on Sunday.  'I think over that over time, China believes that it can be and should be and will be the dominant country in the world,' Blinken said. 'What we've witnessed over the last several years is China acting more repressively at home and more aggressively abroad. That is a fact,' the top American diplomat said. U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has said that China believes it should be the 'dominant country in the world,' addressing rising tensions between Washington and Beijing Chinese leader Xi Jinping is seen speaking at a virtual climate summit on...
    Secretary of State Antonin Blinken said in an interview that aired Sunday that China represents the only country in the world that can challenge the U.S. militarily, economically and diplomatically. "I think over that over time, China believes that it—it—it can be and should be and will be the dominant country in the world," Blinken told CBS News’ "60 Minutes." HUNTER BIDEN STILL OWNS STAKE IN CHINESE FIRM: DOCUMENTS The Biden administration has made it clear that it sees China as a serious challenge to the U.S.  In February, President Biden announced the formation of a Defense Department China Task Force to assess the future challenge from China. And in March, Biden suggested to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that democratic countries in Europe should come together to challenge China’s massive Belt and Road initiative. Blinken, who served as deputy secretary of state under President Obama, said during his confirmation...
    Nearly two out of every three Americans say they are optimistic about the direction the country is headed over the next year, according to a new survey taken after President Joe Biden finished his first 100 days in office. The poll by ABC News/Ipsos found that public opinion was sharply divided along party lines with Democrats more likely to be optimistic while Republicans reported being pessimistic about the nation’s short-term future. In the survey taken between April 30 and May 1, 64 per cent said they were optimistic about the direction of the country over the next 12 months. Just over one-third - or 36 per cent - described themselves as pessimistic. The survey of 513 adults also found that a majority of Americans - 52 per cent - believe that at the moment it is more important to have ‘the federal government spend money to help the economy, even...
    (CNN)By 2014, when Narendra Modi became prime minister of the world's largest democracy, India had long shed her image being one of the poorest nations teeming with starving and sick people in constant need of foreign aid. Under a team of pro-western reformers, India underwent an economic transformation in the 90's and by the early 2000's was being hailed as an economic powerhouse and an attractive partner for the western alliance.Today, the image of "India shining" — a publicity slogan the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) tried so hard to promote in 2004 when it was first elected — is in tatters as news outlets around the world and social media carry images of Indians dying of Covid-19 in the streets as hospitals have run out of beds and oxygen and have had to turn people away. And then there are the gruesome images of mass cremations in parking lots...
    “A great man giveth not a mean speech; yea, and a mean man giveth not a speech worth hearing.” One point about Biden’s Wednesday night speech is not debatable: no one could have been disappointed. Biden’s speech was pure Biden: unimaginative, mean, probably plagiarized in parts and designed to sow discord even as he mouthed words about bring Americans together. In another words, about what you would expect — probably just what you did expect. He spoke of lifting his “hand off our family Bible” — you know, the one that endorses abortion, which Biden wants to fund in a thousand and one ways. Some Catholic bishops may have been watching: It has now been reported that some of them are considering stopping Biden from receiving communion. He spoke of “the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.” Not much nuance there, given that the crisis was created entirely by...
    On Saturday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Cross Connection,” House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) said that America is a “great” nation that has “come a long way, but we still have a long way to go. Systemic racism has been in the soil of this country for over 400 years, and we still haven’t crushed this cancer, and we need to.” Jeffries said, “I’m not quite sure what got into Tim Scott. I mean, he was parroting classic Republican talking points. Yes, this is a great country. We know this. We have come a long way, but we still have a long way to go. Systemic racism has been in the soil of this country for over 400 years, and we still haven’t crushed this cancer, and we need to. And so, Tim Scott was a little bit out of pocket with respect to his response. But hopefully, rationality will...
    Elizabeth Stauffer, The Western Journal May 1, 2021 0 Comments The following was published by commentator Elizabeth Stauffer on the website The American Crisis. Support for socialism in America has jumped in the last few years, particularly among Democrats. A Hill-HarrisX poll conducted last August found that 56 percent of Democrats had a favorable view of socialism. A YouGov poll conducted in Oct. 2020, revealed that 40 percent of Americans view socialism positively. Among the Gen Z group, those between the ages of 16 and 23, a whopping 49 percent have a favorable opinion of socialism, a gain of nine points from October 2019. Vladimir Lenin once famously said, “The goal of socialism is communism.” Sadly, unless an individual has actually experienced the agony of communism firsthand, they don’t truly understand it. Many Americans believe that socialism will address what they view as the inequities between themselves and the...
    Saturday is the 10-year anniversary of American military forces killing terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden. On May 1, 2011 (May 2nd in local Pakistani time), a team of guys from SEAL Team 6 flew into Pakistan from Afghanistan, and administered justice from their rifles to the 9/11 mastermind. (RELATED: Watching ‘Band Of Brothers‘ Never Gets Old. Here’s Why It’s Such A Great Series) Bin Laden brought pain and carnage to the world. With a few squeezes of the trigger, his body hit the ground and America’s greatest terror enemy died like a dog in Pakistan. I can’t put into words how appreciative we all should be that when it came time to get the job done, our SEALs pulled off an insanely daring raid in a country that is hardly our friend. Osama Bin Laden was literally hiding out next to a Pakistani military site! Yet, our brave men from SEAL...
    (CNN)With the coronavirus pandemic spiraling out of control in India and other developing regions, the United States this week committed to sharing 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine with other countries. But that's a drop in the bucket. US to begin sharing AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine doses soonThe US has bought or contracted to buy more than 1 billion doses of coronavirus vaccines. That's enough to vaccinate the US population at least twice, with plenty left over. Medical ethicists told CNN the country has a moral duty to share those doses with other countries. That's especially true, they said, now that the pandemic is relatively under control in the US while countries like India have been overwhelmed by the virus."I do believe that the US is obligated to share vaccines with other countries," said Keisha Ray, an assistant professor and bioethicist at UTHealth McGovern Medical School in Houston, "especially those...
    The address of a president who is setting the country's direction. Graham Vyse interviewing David A Hopkins/The Signal: Right Place, Right Time What makes sense of Joe Biden's popularity? David A. Hopkins on the challenge of holding majority support in a divided country. David A. Hopkins, a professor of political science at Boston College, says Biden may be hitting the upper limit of what his popularity could be, given today’s climate of political polarization. “The default is that half the country likes you and half the country hates you,” Hopkins says. Biden’s current levels may also be temporary, Hopkins says, since presidents tend to enjoy a “honeymoon” of public approval in their first few months, after which their support tends to diminish. But Hopkin notes that Biden is “making some conscious choices to try to keep away from controversy and avoid alienating Americans unnecessarily, proposing policies he thinks will get...
    On Friday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “America Reports,” Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) said the left is scared of people like him and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) because “it’s much harder for you to push your radical agenda if people actually like the country.” Donalds said that many white liberals “love to demean a black conservative because we don’t go along with their ideology and that is the problem we’re having. You know, the left likes to talk about being tolerant. Well, show it now. Be tolerant.” He later added, “They’re afraid because the more that our voices are heard and we actually tell people the way we view America, and frankly, the way things actually are in America, it’s much harder for you to push your radical agenda if people actually like the country. That’s what this is all about at the end of the day. So yeah,...
    Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (CNN)In the hills above Sarajevo, thousands of uniform white headstones line the slopes, marking the graves of just some of the victims of the Bosnian War.They're a constant reminder of the bloody conflict in the early 1990s that claimed the lives of around 100,000 people.This city, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, was besieged for almost four years and 11,000 people died in Sarajevo alone. Now the city is fighting a very different kind of war.In recent months, the Covid-19 pandemic here has taken lives at a pace not seen since the siege of almost three decades ago. Between March 1 and April 28, 698 people have died of coronavirus in the city, according to the Canton of Sarajevo government -- with an average daily toll of 13 and 10 in those respective months. The Siege of Sarajevo saw a daily average of seven deaths, including...
    Getty Georgia guard Ben Cleveland The Baltimore Ravens addressed a major need on Friday, selecting former University of Georgia Ben Cleveland 94th overall in the 2021 NFL Draft. The big man with the nickname of “Big Country” stands at 6-foot-6-inches and weighs 343 pounds, and he will add some serious heft to the offensive line. A starter of nine games in 2020, Cleveland earned third-team Associated Press All-American and first-team All-SEC honors with his standout play at right guard. Now he will compete while trying to become an immediate contributor along the offensive line. Ben Powers and Ben Bredeson will be his primary competition heading toward the 2021 season. Ravens’ newest guard Ben Cleveland across four seasons at Georgia: ???? Pass-blocking snaps: 741???? QBs hits allowed: 3???? QB sacks: 1 pic.twitter.com/ts7SNJ82Gj — PFF Draft (@PFF_College) May 1, 2021 Cleveland will also likely line up at left guard...
    This is the second in a series of interviews with Democratic candidates for governor of Virginia. “Black women have done the hard work of building and saving this country from itself, time and time again.” The steel I heard in state Sen. Jennifer McClellan’s voice was unmistakable. We had spent the last half-hour on the phone, discussing her campaign for governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The depth of her legislative experience and policy “wonk” was on clear display, and I couldn’t help but be impressed by the answers she’d given to my questions. We were at the very tail end of our interview. My last question for candidates I interview is pretty point blank: “Why is now the time for you?” Sen. McClellan began to tell me how being a Black woman and a working mother had informed her decision to run for governor of Virginia. Her story, and...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – There’s a public affairs professor at the University of Minnesota who has looked at race and public policy in our state for decades. This month, he wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times illuminating some of the gaps and disparities that go far beyond policing. READ MORE: Child Tax Credit: How Much Money Will Parents Receive Each Month? “Minnesota is One of the Best Places to Live in America. Unless You’re Black.” That’s the title of the op-ed Dr. Samuel Myers wrote in the New York Times this month. When asked why, he points to something he calls the “Minnesota Paradox.” “Minnesota is one of the best places in the country to live. It has some of the highest measures of socioeconomic outcomes and achievement but it also has some of the widest racial disparities,” said Myers. Myers uses data like the census or test scores, for...
    World organizations say Russia today banned the entry of European Parliament Speaker David Sasoli, Berlin lawyer Jர்க்rg Roubach and six EU citizens. The ban comes in response to a report by the Russian Foreign Ministry on March 2 and 22 this year. By EU control measures against six Russian citizens. Vera Eurova, vice president of the Electoral Commission, Latvian Electronic Media Council Ivor Apollins, Maurice Baldins, director of the Latvian Center for State team, member of the French delegation to the Council of Europe, Jack Mer, chairman of the Defense Research Institute for Chemical, Biological, Radiation and Atomic Energy Osa Scott, head of the Department of Language Ilmer Tomuskin. The Russian Foreign Ministry ignores all plans for Brussels Moscow, which resolves issues arising through dialogue. At the same time, the report quoted Washington as saying it was not trying to cover up its interest in turning the European continent...
    Tucker Carlson says influential Americans like Kamala Harris, Jeff Bezos and Susan Rice are using George Floyd's death to make themselves more powerful and divide the country along racial lines.  In a wide-ranging interview with DailyMailTV to promote his new podcast and documentary series Tucker Carlson Originals, Carlson opened up about the recent conviction of Derek Chauvin after he was found guilty of killing Floyd in Minneapolis last year.  The Fox News host said while police officers who abuse their power should be punished, those with more power - such as politicians and business leaders - who leveraged Floyd's death were 'far scarier'.  'What I'm really struck by is the use of George Ford's death to make people in power more powerful and to do that by dividing the country along racial lines, which is clearly what they're doing,' Carlson said.  'When the verdict came down, you'd think the people...
    Tim Scott, a black United States Senator who in 2016 won 61 percent of the vote in the conservative state of South Carolina, who earned more raw votes and won by a wider margin than Donald Trump, has done more in just a few days to drag the racism of the Democrat party out into the sunlight than the feckless Republican party ever has. On Wednesday night, during his brilliant rebuttal to His Fraudulency Joe Biden’s congressional address, and through the simple act of stating a truth, Scott smoked these racist monsters out and proved once again that racism is still very much a part of the Democrat party’s DNA, a DNA that stretches back to their creation of the Jim Crow South and their willingness to go to war to stop a Republican president from taking away their slaves. “Hear me clearly,” Scott said. “America is not a racist country.” With...
    Young unaccompanied migrants sit inside a play pen in the Department of Homeland Security holding facility in Donna, Texas in March. Dario Lopez-Mills/Getty Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.“We have the experience and the expertise to process 125,000 refugees per year—easily,” Eskinder Negash told me this week. That’s eight times more than the historic low number the Biden administration recently said it’d allow into the country, before quickly backtracking in the face of pushback from allies and promising to announce a higher level of refugee admissions by May 15.  “Those kids, or any refugees regardless of where they came from—when I see them, what I see is myself.” Much of the reason, it claimed, was that apparently it couldn’t walk and chew gum at the same time—since the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR),...
    Loading the player... During an interview with NBC’s TODAY, which aired a clip on Thursday night’s NBC Nightly News, and in-full during the Friday morning broadcast, President Joe Biden addressed his belief that the United States is not racist. Read More: Biden political appointees 18 percent Black, White House announces Sen. Tim Scott declared the country is not racist during the Republican rebuttal to the first joint address to Congress. Scott did, however, say he’d “experienced the pain of discrimination” while looking at the camera. “I know what it feels like to be pulled over for no reason and to be followed around a store while I’m shopping.” His comments received pushback on social media, and now, President Biden has offered his own opinion as the subject remains a digital debate. “No, I don’t think the American people are racist,” Biden said during his interview with TODAY‘s Craig Melvin....
    It was once as celebrated as Paul Revere's ride. In 1842, missionary Dr. Marcus Whitman made the treacherous trek from the Pacific Northwest to Washington D.C. to plead with President John Tyler to keep the territory out of grasping Great Britain's hands. Tyler was convinced and decided not to exchange the land for a cod fishery. Five years later, the doctor, his wife, Narcissa, and 11 men were murdered by members of a Native American tribe, the Cayuse, at the behest of the British Hudson's Bay Company and Catholic missionaries. The killings became known as the Whitman massacre. Henry Spalding, a fellow Protestant missionary, later on spent years spreading the heroic story, which was printed by the US Senate in 1871 and then in books and newspapers like The New York Times. Whitman became a martyr who helped forge the continental United States by 'saving' Oregon, Idaho and Washington state....
    President Joe Biden agreed with Republican South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott that the U.S. is not a racist country during an interview that aired Friday morning. When asked about Scott’s comment from Wednesday night that the U.S. is not a racist country, Biden agreed that he doesn’t believe American people are racist while speaking on NBC’s “Today.” “No, I don’t think the American people are racist,” Biden said. “But I think after 400 years, African Americans have been left in a position where they are so far behind the 8 ball in terms of education, health, in terms of opportunity.” “I don’t think America is racist, but I think the overhang from all the Jim Crow and before that, slavery, have had a cost and we have to deal with it,” he continued. “I don’t think America’s racist, but I think the overhang from all of the Jim Crow and...
    The Swedish country of Kalmar has started charging lost costs to those who refuse to take the AstraZeneca vaccine when they turn up to their appointments. Residents who refused the vaccine in the southern Swedish country out of concern about potential side-effects — widely discussed in the European mainstream media and by European governments in recent weeks — say they were charged 200 Swedish kronor (£17/$24) each when they refused to accept the AstraZeneca shot at the time of their scheduled vaccination appointment. One couple who refused the vaccine earlier this month received a letter invoicing them for the appointment costs and have since filed a complaint with the Ombudsman for Justice (JO) over the matter, broadcaster SVT reports. One of the complainants noted that he and his partner had risked exposing themselves to the Wuhan coronavirus by going to the health facility and would not have gone if they...
    Madison Summers April 30, 2021 0 Comments President Joe Biden is weighing in after Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) declared that the U.S. is “not a racist country.” The president was asked about Scott’s GOP rebuttal to his address to Congress Wednesday night, where the senator said, “Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country.” “No, I don’t think the American people are racist,” Biden responded during a “Today” interview with NBC’s Craig Melvin. “But I think after 400 years, African-Americans have been left in a position where they are so far behind the eight-ball in terms of education, health, in terms of opportunity.” He added, “I don’t think America’s racist, but I think the overhang from all of the Jim Crow and before that, slavery, has had a cost, and we have to deal with it.” Watch Biden’s comments below: “I don’t think America’s racist, but I think the overhang...
    President Joe Biden responded to Sen. Tim Scott’s declaration that “America is not a racist country” by saying “I don’t think the American people are racist,” but also describing root causes of systemic racism. On Friday morning, The Today Show aired Lester Holt’s exclusive interview with President Biden, during which Holt asked the president to respond to part of Senator Tim Scott’s rebuttal to President Joe Biden’s address before Congress, during which Scott declared that “America is not a racist country.” “I watched the speech last night, I watched the address, and then I watched the rebuttal from the junior senator from South Carolina last night, Tim Scott. He said, among other things, America isn’t racist. Is it?” Holt asked. “No, I don’t think the American people are racist,” Biden said, “But I think after 400 years, African Americans have been left in a position where they are so far behind the eight ball in terms of...
    (CNN)Flames crackle over the wails and prayers of grieving families as they mourn loved ones lost to Covid-19, whose bodies are laid on funeral pyres that burn through the night in India's capital, New Delhi. The families' grief reflects the unfolding tragedy in India -- now at the epicenter of the global pandemic -- Jessie Yeung, Clarissa Ward and Rishabh Pratap report. India is seeing more cases per day than any other country has witnessed -- pushing the global number of infections over 150 million. Anger is growing against India's leaders, who are accused of failing to mitigate a second wave of the disease. A spokesperson for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said that while the responsibility belongs "first and foremost" to the government, the situation could not have been foreseen. India's woes are compounded by a vaccine shortage, caused by a lack of raw materials and overwhelming demand.  Similar problems...
    Tucker Carlson has attacked media coverage of Joe Biden's Congressional address, saying networks performed a 'series of symbolic sex acts' upon the President, and acted like he was 'Jesus in aviator glasses'. Speaking on Fox News' 'Tucker Carlson Tonight' on Thursday, the outspoken host mocked the positive media coverage of Biden's address, that was given at the end of the president's first 100 days in office. 'Wait a second! Was that the President of the United States talking? No, that's what you thought. In fact, it was Jesus in aviator glasses,' Carlson joked in reference to the way news networks reacted to Biden's Wednesday speech. The channel played at a series of clips showing other networks' appraisals by various commentators, the hyperbole of which Carlson soon set about chastising.  'Technically, Biden is now the president of the United States, the most powerful man in the world. Maybe someone, somewhere ought to...
    So here's something weird: everyone who attended Joe Biden's speech to a joint session of Congress Wednesday night was fully vaccinated, yet we all saw a near-empty room full of fearful eyeballs darting above their masks like a room full of coked-up surgeons (though it did remind me of his campaign rallies). Mind you, I would wear a mask, too, to just cover the smell of bulls---. I mean, did you hear this? BIDEN: And we won't ignore what our intelligence agencies have determined to be the most lethal terrorist threat to the homeland today. White supremacist terrorism. We're not going to ignore that either. Well, that's a first, telling the American public that the problem is within the American public. My feeling is that if you're supposed to be the unifier-in-chief, you'd better back that up with some data or shut the hell up, If you don't have the numbers, you've allowed the media to...
    Honolulu (CNN)The top US general met his South Korean and Japanese counterparts in Hawaii Thursday, emphasizing America's commitment to "long-term peace and stability in the region" and underscoring a broader US shift from the Middle East to China.Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley reaffirmed the US commitment to two of its closest allies in Asia, including its preparedness to provide deterrence backed by the "full spectrum" of America's military capabilities.Though a readout of the trilateral meeting makes no explicit mention of China, the reference to the importance of a "rules-based international order" and America's preparedness to provide "extended deterrence" backed by a "full spectrum" of military capabilities is clearly directed at what the Pentagon has called the country's "pacing challenge" and "near-peer competitor."During their first in-person meeting since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, Milley and other top military officials in the region also shared their concerns about North Korea's...
                      by Mary Margaret Olohan    Republican governors across the U.S. are ramping up pro-life legislation as President Joe Biden continues to expand abortion access. The newest pro-life laws have been signed this week in Arizona, Oklahoma, Montana, and Idaho. On Tuesday, Republican Arizona Gov. Greg Ducey signed SB 1457 into law, legislation banning abortions based on a diagnosis of genetic abnormality like Down Syndrome. “Every life holds immeasurable value — regardless of genetic makeup,” Ducey tweeted. “Today I signed legislation to prioritize life in our preborn children and protect those with genetic abnormalities. Arizona remains among the top pro-life states in the nation, and my sincere thanks goes to Senator Nancy Barto for her leadership and work on this life-saving issue and to those who supported this bill.” Every life holds immeasurable value — regardless of genetic makeup. Today I signed legislation...
    Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., hit a home run with his congressional address, Fox News contributor Jason Chaffetz expressed to Fox Nation Wednesday. "Sen. Scott, I thought, was rich in terms of being relatable," he said. "But he gave solid meat on the bones of what Republicans have done and what they will do moving forward, from opportunity zones and criminal justice reform and things that Donald Trump did to drive the economy forward." Following President Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress, Chaffetz joined Fox Nation hosts Tomi Lahren and David Webb, and Town Hall columnist Erin Ellmore to react. 'PLATITUDES AND POLITICAL THEATER:' TOMI LAHREN AND ALL-STAR PANEL REACT TO BIDEN'S ADDRESS TO CONGRESS "Sen. Scott hit the mark and hit it out of the park, I think, in showing the dramatic contrast between Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Joe Biden and showing a vision and a belief...
    Left-wing Hollywood actress Rosanna Arquette smeared tens of millions of Americans on Thursday, telling her 187k Twitter followers that it is “clear” the R in Republican “stands for Racist.” “Yes,” the Desperately Seeking Susan star began, adding, “It’s clear the R in Republican stands for Racist.” Yes it’s clear the R in Republican stands for Racist — ✌????rosanna arquette (@RoArquette) April 29, 2021 It remains unclear what, specifically, drove the the left-wing actress to that conclusion, although it notably followed Wednesday night’s GOP response from Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), who liberals vehemently attacked, labeling him, a black man, “Uncle Tim.” Twitter blue checks went wild following Scott’s rebuttal, in which the Republican senator defended America’s status. “Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country,” Scott said, according to text of his prepared remarks. “It’s backwards to fight discrimination with different discrimination. And it’s wrong to try to use our painful...
    Sonny Hostin, co-host of "The View," praised President Biden's tone in his first joint address to Congress on Wednesday, but said she was "disappointed" in the Republican rebuttal delivered by Sen. Tim Scott, S.C. because she feels like he was "used" by his party. "He was chosen because he is the only Republican Black senator," Hostin charged. "And he knows that." Hostin said she was "very disappointed" in Scott for using "buzz words" like "socialism" and for saying "you shouldn't teach white children about racism because it makes them feel like oppressors." That, Hostin, said, is "the Republican ideology right now." Like her co-host Joy Behar, Hostin added that she was "disappointed" that Scott said America is not a racist country "without also talking about the systemic racism that is also plaguing our country." In his now much-talked about Republican response, Scott said that while he had experienced racism in his lifetime, he believed wholeheartedly that America is...
    Congressional Republicans are doing an epic job of talking out of both sides of their mouths right now. On one side, they're beside themselves over the price tag of the investments President Biden wants to make in the national economy. On the other side, they're all too happy to tout the relief funds that Democrats—and Democrats alone—made available to their constituents. Taken together it's just one giant ice cream sundae complete with whipped cream, nuts, and a cherry to boot. Even before Biden delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress, Pelosi was digging in on the GOP hypocrisy. Remember when Republicans passed that 2017 tax gift for the wealthy that they said would pay for itself but actually added $2 trillion to the deficit? So does Pelosi. “All of a sudden they are deficit hawks when they were giving away money to wealthy people under President Trump,”...
    Senator Tim Scott (R-SC)(Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images) In his response to President Joe Biden’s joint address to Congress, Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina said the most outrageous thing a Black man could possibly utter in 2021. He said that America is not a racist country. This begs the question, exactly how does Tim Scott think he is going to work on police reform if he and his Republican Party do not believe there is systemic racism in America? You already know the answer, fam. Read More: Black Twitter drags Sen. Tim Scott for saying America is ‘not a racist country’ Listening to Scott’s speech, one was reminded that he is speaking not to Black people, but to white Republicans who believe Blue Lives Matter and police should be able to brutalize, even kill Black bodies with impunity, and that his whole purpose as a Black Republican is...
    Co-host of ABC's "The View" Joy Behar suggested Thursday that Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., "doesn't seem to understand" the difference between a racist country and systemic racism. Behar, who is white, made the suggestion while railing against Scott, the first black senator elected from a Southern state since Reconstruction, over his rebuttal to President Joe Biden's Wednesday address to Congress.   "Joy, what country is Tim Scott living in?" co-host Whoopi Goldberg asked after playing a video clip from Scott's speech, in which he said "America is not a racist country."  CNN, MSNBC ERUPT OVER TIM SCOTT'S SPEECH: 'EXTRAORDINARILY PARTISAN,' 'FROM THE PLANET WHERE FACTS DON'T MATTER The left-wing host didn't immediately address Scott's statement, and instead responded more broadly by taking a swing at Republicans over bipartisanship, claiming they're calling for it, but weren't standing or clapping during Biden's address when he claimed the U.S. was on track to cut child poverty by half.  "Does...
    Savannah Rychcik April 29, 2021 0 Comments Co-host of “The View,” Meghan McCain, is “disgusted by the response” to Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) following his rebuttal to President Joe Biden’s address to Congress. McCain slammed Twitter for allowing “Uncle Tim” to trend for hours before taking it down. “So it’s okay to be racist and use racial slurs towards Black men as long as they are Republicans. I’m disgusted by the response to him. Hit him on policy if you have policy problems with him, but the way he is being talked about, the way he’s being disrespected, don’t talk to me about micro-aggressions with race in this country,” McCain said on Thursday. She added, “Don’t talk to me about the problems we have in this country with racism when it’s okay to speak and treat a Black man this way who happens to be the most famous Republican...
    Full text of Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) rebuttal to President Biden’s Congressional address Wednesday night: Good evening. I’m Senator Tim Scott from the great state of South Carolina. We just heard President Biden’s first address to Congress. Our president seems like a good man. His speech was full of good words, but President Biden promised you a specific kind of leadership. He promised to unite a nation, to lower the temperature, to govern for all Americans no matter how we voted. This was a pitch, you just heard it again, but our nation is starving for more than empty platitudes. We need policies and progress that brings us closer together. But three months in, the actions of the president and his party are pulling us further and further apart. I won’t waste your time with finger-pointing or partisan bickering. You can get that on TV any time you want. I...
    (CNN)Finalists for the 2021 Billboard Music Awards were revealed Thursday.The Weeknd leads with nods in 16 categories, including top artist, top male artist and top Hot 100 artist.The ceremony will air live on Sunday, May 23 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.Below is a list of finalists in the top artist categories. Click here for the complete list of nominated songs and albums. Top ArtistRead MoreDrakeJuice WRLDPop SmokeTaylor SwiftThe WeekndTop New ArtistGabby BarrettDoja CatJack HarlowPop SmokeRod WaveTop Male ArtistDrakeJuice WRLDLil BabyPop SmokeThe WeekndTop Female ArtistBillie EilishAriana GrandeDua LipaMegan Thee StallionTaylor SwiftTop Duo/GroupAC/DCAJRBTSDan + ShayMaroon 5Top Billboard 200 ArtistDrakeJuice WRLDPop SmokePost MaloneTaylor SwiftTop Hot 100 ArtistDaBabyDrakeDua LipaPop SmokeThe WeekndTop Streaming Songs ArtistDaBabyDrakeLil BabyPop SmokeThe WeekndTop Song Sales ArtistJustin BieberBTSMegan Thee StallionMorgan WallenThe WeekndTop Radio Songs ArtistJustin BieberLewis CapaldiDua LipaHarry StylesThe WeekndTop Social Artist (Fan Voted)BLACKPINKBTSAriana GrandeSB19SeventeenTop R&B ArtistJhené AikoJustin BieberChris BrownDoja CatThe WeekndTop R&B Male ArtistJustin BieberChris BrownThe WeekndTop R&B Female...
    Joy Behar claimed Thursday that Republican South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott didn’t seem to understand the difference between a “racist country” and “systemic racism.” Behar reacted to both President Joe Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress and Scott’s rebuttal during the opening segment of ABC’s “The View.” (RELATED: ‘There’s No Liberal Bias’: Joy Behar Claims News Outlets Are ‘Basically Balanced’ Except For Fox And MSNBC) WATCH: Cohost Whoopi Goldberg asked Behar to weigh in on Scott’s claim that the United States “is not a racist country.” “Joy, what country is Tim Scott living in?” Goldberg asked. Behar began by noting that Scott had complained about a lack of bipartisanship from Democrats and the Biden administration, adding, “When he says, Biden, we’re on track to cutting child poverty in half and you look around the chamber and nobody on the Republican side is standing or clapping....
    Senate Television/AP Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.“America is not a racist country,” Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C) boldly declared in his response to President Joe Biden’s Joint Address to Congress on Wednesday evening. If Biden jam packed lofty policy goals with proposals for ambitious government initiatives into his one-hour speech, Sen. Scott’s rebuttal offered a safe space for white conservatives who live in constant fear as the face the menacing specter of incremental progress in racial and social justice. Choosing Sen. Scott was an obvious choice for a party constantly facing accusations of racism. The three-term South Carolinian is one of only eleven Black people ever to have served in the US Senate and he is the only Black Republican senator in the current Congress. But the historic nature of his...
    (CNN)Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday agreed with South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott that the United States is not a racist country, but added that the nation has a history of racism that cannot be overlooked.During a Thursday morning appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America," Harris was asked to react to comments from Scott -- made during the Republican response to President Joe Biden's joint address to Congress -- that the US is not a racist country. Scott waded into an array of hot-button policy debates and issues during his speech, including infrastructure, voting rights, policing reform and racism and discrimination, saying at one point that "America is not a racist country." "No. I don't think America is a racist country but we also do have to speak truth about the history of racism in our country and its existence today," Harris said. "I applaud the President for always having...
    “Uncle Tim” became a top trending topic when critics used the derogatory term to slam Senator Tim Scott’s rebuttal to President Joe Biden’s address before Congress, and conservatives expressed outrage. On Wednesday night, the South Carolina senator delivered the GOP response to President Biden’s speech, and drew heavy criticism from opponents over some of the claims he made. And on Twitter, a play on the “Uncle Tom” slur began to trend around Scott’s declaration that “America is not a racist country,” which was coupled with the revelation that he regularly endures racial slurs from people he described as “progressives.” Among verified users, the term was mainly deployed by Black critics of Scott’s speech, and by conservatives who accused such critics of being the “real racists.” Copy that. I get it. I’ll say it though. He’s a self-hating, piece of GOP shit, MAGA balls slurping, bitch-ass, Uncle Tim! pic.twitter.com/Lr5qDUqWbE —...
    Sony has officially launched the PlayStation 5 in China, giving gamers in the country the chance to get one without having to pay more than twice its retail price. According to CNBC, Sony has already started taking pre-orders for the console, which will go on sale in the Chinese market on May 15th. The disc version will set buyers back 3,899 CNY ($603), while the digital-only PS5 will cost them 3,099 CNY ($479). Both options’ prices are a bit higher than in the US, but fans in the country have had no choice but to buy the consoles from the gray market at inflated prices before this anyway.  The gaming giant originally released the PS5 back in November 2020 and has since sold 7.8 million units, according to its latest earnings report. However, China’s long approval processes and strict protocols prevent console-makers from making their products available in the country...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Several schools in the Philadelphia region are earning high grades in this year’s rankings of the best public high schools in the country. U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best High Schools were ranked based on college readiness, reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth and graduation rates. In Pennsylvania, Philly’s Julia R. Masterman Secondary School in Spring Garden was ranked the best high school in the Commonwealth — and the 18th best school in the country. READ MORE: Homeowner Escapes Burlington County House Fire With Minor Injuries, Firefighters Say Downingtown S.T.E.M. Academy in Downingtown, Chester County was the second-best school in Pennsylvania and 34th in the country. Central High School in Philadelphia’s Logan neighborhood was the third top school in Pennsylvania and came in 229th place in the national rankings. Radnor High School was 4th in Pennsylvania and 265th...
          Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. Today is Thursday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths each morning this week: Monday, 572,200; Tuesday, 572,674; Wednesday, 573,381; Thursday, 574,329. President BidenJoe BidenTulane adds Hunter Biden as guest speaker on media polarization Trump discussing resumption of MAGA rallies: report Biden's unavoidable foreign policy crisis MORE told Congress and the American people on Wednesday that “millions of jobs” can result from his proposals to spend $4 trillion in less than a decade to expand the government’s reach into upgraded roads, broadband, health care, child care, community college...
    President Joe Biden called for gun control measures in his first speech before a joint session of Congress on Wednesday. “I need not tell anyone this, but gun violence is an epidemic in America,” he said. Biden called to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, which would “close the so—called “boyfriend” loophole to keep guns out of the hands of abusers.” “It’s estimated that more than 50 women are shot and killed by an intimate partner – every month in America,” Biden said. “Pass it and save lives.” He continued: Our flag at the White House was still flying at half—staff for the 8 victims of the mass shooting in Georgia, when 10 more lives were taken in a mass shooting in Colorado. In the week between those mass shootings, more than 250 other Americans were shot dead. 250 shot dead. I know how hard it is to make progress...
    President Joe Biden will mention the January 6th Capitol riot in his speech to Congress during prime time tonight – while saying he assumed his office in a time of 'crisis. Advance excerpts of Biden's speech to lawmakers – in a more socially distant Capitol than usual amid the pandemic – will explicitly reference the MAGA riot on the day Congress met to count the electoral votes. He will call it 'the worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.'    President Joe Biden will reference the Jan. 6th Capitol riot and will call it 'the worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War' when he speaks to Congress Wednesday night 'As I stand here tonight, we are just one day shy of the 100th day of my administration. One hundred days since I took the oath of office—lifted my hand off our family Bible—and inherited a nation...
    Republican governors across the U.S. are ramping up pro-life legislation as President Joe Biden continues to expand abortion access. The newest pro-life laws have been signed this week in Arizona, Oklahoma, Montana, and Idaho. On Tuesday, Republican Arizona Gov. Greg Ducey signed SB 1457 into law, legislation banning abortions based on a diagnosis of genetic abnormality like Down Syndrome. “Every life holds immeasurable value — regardless of genetic makeup,” Ducey tweeted. “Today I signed legislation to prioritize life in our preborn children and protect those with genetic abnormalities. Arizona remains among the top pro-life states in the nation, and my sincere thanks goes to Senator Nancy Barto for her leadership and work on this life-saving issue and to those who supported this bill.” Every life holds immeasurable value — regardless of genetic makeup. Today I signed legislation to prioritize life in our preborn children and protect those with genetic abnormalities....
    Fewer Americans are identifying the Chinese coronavirus as the most important problem facing the United States, a Gallup poll released Wednesday found. While the survey found the virus remaining the top problem, there has been a relatively steady decline in the percentage of Americans who identify it as the most important problem. Currently, 20 percent name the coronavirus the most important issue, down from the 45 percent who said the same one year ago, in April 2020. In February, the percentage stood at 26 percent. In March, 25 percent of respondents identified “coronavirus/diseases” as the “most important problem facing this country today,” followed by “the government” (20 percent), and immigration, race relations, and the economy, all of which garnered 8 percent. The coronavirus remained the top issue in April but dipped five points to 20 percent, followed by the government and immigration which garnered 14 percent, race relations which saw 12...
    New York (CNN Business)Google CEO Sundar Pichai said it has been "heartbreaking" to witness the pandemic's devastating impact on India, which is experiencing the world's worst outbreak of the coronavirus. In an exclusive interview with CNN's Poppy Harlow Wednesday, Pichai discussed the unfolding situation, how his company is responding and what others can similarly do to lend support. "India deserves our attention right now," Pichai said.The interview comes after Pichai and Microsoft's Satya Nadella -- together, two of the most famous Indian-born US-based CEOs -- publicly pledged Monday to help battle the surge of coronavirus cases. Google said in a blog post that it would provide a grant to UNICEF for urgent medical supplies, as well as a grant to online donation platform, Give India, to support in-need families impacted by the virus. Google is also putting $15 million into public health information campaigns. Pichai became CEO of Google in...
    I hope I’m not (but fear I might be) becoming a sort of caricature of a never-Trumper.  I’m trying to move on, but often have trouble not obsessing on what I view as the threat posed not just by Trump but also the 40 percent or so of the electorate that cling to Trumpism with such ferocious devotion that it blots out the sun when they look at the sky and a great many inconvenient truths when they turn to politics (and not just politics per se, but to their entire feeling about what America is, where it is heading, what the key challenges are that it faces and what to do about those challenges). There are several ways to approach those questions, and I got some new insights from a perhaps under-covered poll by an outfit called Echelon Insights.  Although the poll was conducted in late January (and it would...
    THE BECKHAM’s are back in Blighty after four months in sunny Miami, Florida.  David, 45, Victoria, 47, Romeo, 18, Cruz, 16 and Harper, nine, are enjoying being back home on their £6million Cotswolds estate. 14The Beckhams are back in their sprawling Cotswolds estate after a spell in Miami Meanwhile Brooklyn, 22, is staying in the USA with his fiancee Nicola Peltz, 26.  The whole Beckham brood flew to Florida on Christmas Day where he was busy setting up his football team Inter Miami CF.  They’ll be able to enjoy their controversial lake which is now built after neighbours opposed the move.  A source said: “They are back in the UK and focusing on various aspects of their business ventures between the Cotswolds and London. 14There are worse places to self-isolate after a foreign trip than the Great Tew estate “They had to isolate when they got back but now they...
    A COUNTRY in Europe - often overlooked by holidaying Brits - is offering £1.50 beds to tourists this summer in the hope to restart travel. Georgia, which straddles both Europe and Asia, want to encourage holidaymakers back to the popular holiday resorts after Covid has left it deserted. 5Georgia, a country straddling Europe and Asia, is offering the cheapest holiday prices in decadesCredit: Getty The country, which borders Turkey and Russia, has reported 307,401 cases since the pandemic began, with the average daily cases rate over seven days currently 1,160. The death rate in Georgia from Covid is 4,077. Hoteliers in Batumi, the second largest city and located on the Black Sea coast, are now offering beachfront flats for just $12 (£8) a night - or for a real budget, hostel beds for just $2 (£1.50). Mary Emiridze of the Ajara Tourism Department which oversees Batumi, told local media that...
    SPAIN is the most popular holiday destination for Brits, with families waiting to hear when they can return once the UK travel ban is lifted. Here is everything you need to know about a holiday to Spain this summer. 3Parts of Spain could make the green list - including the islandsCredit: Alamy Can I currently go on holiday to Spain? No - the UK still has not lifted the travel ban on holidays abroad. This means non-essential travel is not allowed. Essential travel, which includes reasons for work, education or health, are allowed to go ahead, although Brits will have to quarantine when they return to the UK. When can I go on holiday to Spain? While still to be confirmed, the UK government is expected to lift the travel ban on May 17. This will mean holidays abroad will be able to go ahead. However, the UK government is...
    One of Donald Trump’s derogatory nicknames for the man who would become his successor was Sleepy Joe. The moniker encapsulated several digs, suggesting His Sleepiness was too old and slow for the job, lacking the mental and physical toughness to tackle the massive problems that would await him. But as Joe Biden prepares to deliver his first address to Congress tonight, the question is whether the country is relatively satisfied with a laid-back leader who’s often out of sight. In an NBC poll that gives the president a 53 percent approval rating, in line with other surveys, a North Carolina man says: "I don’t have to think about what Joe Biden is doing every day. The best thing about Joe Biden is I don’t have to think about Joe Biden." That is no accident. The Democratic nominee decided to run as Regular Joe, the polar opposite of Trump not just...
    Washington (CNN)Secretary of State Antony Blinken told CNN on Tuesday that the US withdrawal from Afghanistan will concentrate the minds of "free riders" in the region about their interests in keeping the country stable.Blinken spoke with CNN's Jake Tapper, who asked him to respond to concerns that President Joe Biden's plans to withdraw US forces from the country by September 11 could create a vacuum that leads to civil war or another Taliban takeover. "That is certainly a possible scenario," Blinken said, adding that "no one has an interest in renewed civil war in Afghanistan, certainly the Afghan people don't. Neither the Afghan government or the Taliban do, none of Afghanistan's neighbors do, neighbors and other countries in the region that have basically been free riders for the last 20 years, as we've been engaged there with our NATO allies and partners."Those countries "are now going to have to decide,...
    The amount of people who view the United States favorably has increased in over a dozen countries since President Joe Biden took office, but have dropped in China, a new Morning Consult poll shows. The U.S. is viewed more favorably across Europe, rising 17 points in France, 12 points in Italy, 14 points in the United Kingdom, 11 points in Spain and 22 points in Germany, according to the survey. The amount of people with positive views of the U.S. rose 19 points in Japan and held steady in South Korea, but fell four points in China, where almost three-quarters of the population view the U.S. negatively. Biden declared that China was committing genocide against its minority Uighur population in March, and rebuked it for its “coercive and unfair” trading policies. He and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced a new shared commitment to counter China’s influence in the region,...
    The State Department is ordering home most remaining staff at the U.S. embassy in Kabul due to security concerns after President Joe Biden announced earlier this month a full troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021. All personnel have been instructed, according to a Tuesday report, to depart Afghanistan unless their jobs require them to be physically located there or 'whose functions can be performed elsewhere.' Guidance from State also says American citizens should not travel to Afghanistan and those already there 'should leave as soon as possible on available commercial flights.' The order comes just two days after America's top general in Afghanistan Austin Miller said they already began closing down operations there. He asserted Afghanistan's security forces had to be ready to take over after a full withdrawal. The State Department ordered most remaining staff at the U.S. embassy in Kabul leave Afghanistan after threats from...
    Savannah Rychcik April 27, 2021 0 Comments Several universities will be requiring students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning in the fall. According to The Associated Press, the University of California and California State University campuses recently announced they intend to require students, faculty, and staff to get vaccinated before returning. CSU Chancellor Joseph I. Castro said in a statement, “Together, the CSU and UC enroll and employ more than one million students and employees across 33 major university campuses, so this is the most comprehensive and consequential university plan for COVID-19 vaccines in the country.” California’s state school systems will be joining more than 30 colleges that say vaccines will be required before students can return in the fall, including Yale University, Georgetown University, and Stanford University. Other schools that made similar announcements include Duke University, Brown University, Northeastern University, the University...
    Everything We’re Coveting From Brooklinen’s 20%-Off Birthday Sale Ranking the best NFL Draft picks, plus a preview of the Champions League semis © Provided by People PA Images Kate Middleton on the farm Kate Middleton and Prince William are back in the country! The royal couple headed to see a farm in northeast England early Tuesday, where they took a lamb for a walk and both tried their hand at driving a huge tractor. It was the first time the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had been on a royal outing away from London since their train tour of the U.K. to thank key workers and carers for the unceasing work during the coronavirus pandemic. RELATED: How Kate Middleton Subtly Honored Queen Elizabeth on the Monarch's 95th Birthday © Provided by People PA Images Prince William and Kate Middleton Can't get enough of PEOPLE's Royals coverage? Sign up for our...
    Footage of an Afghan woman being lashed 40 times by the Taliban has emerged in a stark reminder of the state of the country as the US withdraws its troops. The Islamists, emboldened by Joe Biden's decision to pull troops out of the country, have warned the US and its Nato allies there will be 'problems' should they fail to beat a swift retreat in September. Video of the woman being whipped, for reportedly having a phone call with a man, serves to underline the power which the Taliban still holds over the country despite Washington's two decades of military intervention and trillions of dollars poured into trying to improve life for Afghans. Dozens of local men watched the punishment being meted out as villagers turn to the Taliban to enforce justice, having no faith in the toothless government in Kabul.  The woman hunches over under her burqa...