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    THE future of Boris Johnson’s Government needs to be settled in the next few days. We have seen too much chaos, instability and distraction recently. Now we have a police investigation in the mix too.  3If MPs conclude the PM has misled Parliament, then I am afraid there will be no way back 3Sue Gray’s report must be published and judgments must be made Matters need to be brought to a head.  Sue Gray’s report must be published and judgments must be made. Her report may provide evidence to condemn the Prime Minister.  Or it may turn out, as so often before, that his critics have allowed their dislike of Brexit, or of Boris Johnson personally, to blind them to the facts. For my part, I think the Prime Minister of this country should have the right to be believed — unless there is clear contrary evidence.  That is why the Gray report is so important.  MPs will have to draw their own conclusions from it.  Most read in The US SunSOLO STROLL Brad Pitt's new love interest Lykke Li takes...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), hosting a roundtable discussion at a monoclonal antibody treatment site in Miami that was forced to close due to the Biden administration’s actions, explained why the administration’s decision to prohibit the treatments was “fundamentally wrong,” concluding that “this is a lesson as to why you should not have the government controlling medicine in this country.” “What they could have said is anyone who’s got appointments for the next five days can be honored or maybe they could say two weeks from now,” DeSantis said of the decision of U.S. federal health regulators, which resulted in thousands of Floridians having their appoints canceled “abruptly without notice.” The governor explained further: I still wouldn’t have liked that. But man, to leave people hanging the way they have — it’s really, really problematic. So we’re very much opposed to the way — particularly the [way] thousands of Floridians who were in the system waiting to get treatment — for them to wake up to an email saying that these treatments are now prohibited and tough luck, go take an aspirin. That’s just fundamentally wrong. That is not...
    Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Hayley said in an interview that President BidenJoe BidenNorth Korea conducts potential 6th missile test in a month Clyburn predicts Supreme Court contender J. Michelle Childs would get GOP votes Overnight Defense & National Security — US delivers written response to Russia MORE and Vice President Harris should resign over their handling of foreign policy. Hayley said that Biden's press conference was "absolutely cringeworthy" and his comments on Russia and Ukraine  gave too. "You never show your cards especially when you don’t have any," she said on The Guy Benson show Wednesday. "And that’s literally what he did." She suggested that "if Biden loved our country," he and Harris would resign. She added that America's rivals would do "whatever they wanted" if the U.S. "looked weak" and criticized the Biden administration's strategy handling the Russian threat to Ukraine.   "And, you know, when you don’t have a strong America, you don’t have a safe world. And that’s what’s getting ready to happen. My only hope and prayer is that they get it together and realize that this isn't...
    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan kills 27 suspected drug smugglers trying to enter the country from Syria, military reports. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The U.S. ranks as the 27th least corrupt nation in the world, well ahead of adversaries like Russia and North Korea but behind allies such as France, Norway and Japan, according to an annual list released Tuesday by Transparency International. The organization measures 180 countries and territories in its Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). Nations are scored on a scale ranging from zero, meaning most corrupt, to 100, meaning very clean. For 2021, Transparency International gave the U.S. a score of 67, falling from a recent high of 76 in 2015. Factors in its 2021 score included the Jan. 6 insurrections at the U.S. Capitol and campaign finance laws. "The country's lack of progress on the CPI can be explained by the persistent attacks against free and fair elections, culminating in a violent assault on the US Capitol, and an increasingly opaque campaign finance system," researchers wrote.   The U.S. first dropped to a score of 67 in 2020, marking its lowest ever recorded. Chile also has a score of 67 and tied with the U.S. for the No. 27 spot in...
    Former U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley suggested that President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris should step down from their positions over their handling of foreign policy. Speaking on "The Guy Benson Show," Haley condemned Biden’s comments from his press conference last week, where he implied there may be no action should there be a "minor incursion" by Russia at the Ukrainian border.  NIKKI HALEY ON ‘KILMEADE SHOW’: RUSSIA, CHINA SAW AMERICA ‘SELL OUT’ ITS ALLIES IN AFGHANISTAN  Nikki Haley, the former Governor of South Carolina and Ambassador to the UN, stumps for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin (R-VA), during a campaign event in McLean, Virginia, U.S., July 14, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein "It’s absolutely cringeworthy listening to Biden’s press conference because literally you never show your cards especially when you don’t have any. And that’s literally what he did," Haley told radio host and Fox News contributor Guy Benson. After elaborating on foreign policy regarding Russia, Haley insisted that "if Biden loved our country," he and Harris would resign.  "Honestly, for the good of our country, if Biden loved...
    (CNN)When Xiomara Castro led a march through the Honduran capital in 2009, demanding that her husband, who was ousted in a military coup, be returned to power, it was the first time she seized the political spotlight, according to Honduran political experts CNN spoke to for this article.Now, the former first lady is ready to take center stage as Honduras' first female president, promising a radical agenda to counter years of governance plagued by corruption and scandal.Castro, a democratic socialist, will be inaugurated on Thursday following a landslide victory in the November 2021 presidential elections. Her party, the Freedom and Refoundation Party (Libre) won the vote with a lead of more than 14 points over her nearest opponent, Nasry Asfura, the capital's mayor and candidate for outgoing President Juan Orlando Hernández's National Party.Winning 51% of the vote share and 1.7 million votes, Castro garnered the largest number of votes in the country's history, underscoring the public's appetite for change. Read MoreThe 62-year-old ran on campaign promises to battle corruption (and promised to enlist the United Nations to strengthen that fight),...
    Kiev mayor Vitali Klitschko has branded Germany's latest offer of 5,000 helmets to Ukraine a 'joke' in the latest swipe at Olaf Scholz's lack of support for the threatened country. The former boxer said he was left 'speechless' by Germany over their refusal to give substantial military aid and drop their support for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline while Russian troops continue to amass on Ukraine's border.  He told Bild: 'The behaviour of the German government leaves me speechless.  'The defence ministry apparently hasn't realised that we are confronted with perfectly equipped Russian forces that can start another invasion of Ukraine at any time 'What kind of support will Germany send next. Pillows?' Kiev mayor Vitali Klitschko has branded Germany's latest offer of 5,000 helmets to Ukraine a 'joke' A Strela-10 anti-aircraft missile system of the Ukrainian Armed Forces fires during anti-aircraft military drills today Germany says it has long refused to export arms to conflict zones and is declining Ukraine's appeals for weaponry Earlier this week, Klitschko accused Germany of 'betraying' his country for their 'failure to provide assistance...
    Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images. Former President Donald Trump offered effusive praise for two Democrats during an appearance on Lou Dobbs’ podcast. Of course, the two Democrats were the senators who have been stumbling blocks for President Joe Biden’s agenda: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). Both Manchin and Sinema have drawn furious ire from their fellow Democrats over their refusal to support changes to the filibuster that would allow Democrats to pass legislation like the voting rights bills. Currently, control of the Senate is split 50-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris as the tiebreaker vote, but that is still short of the 60-vote threshold needed to defeat a Republican filibuster and get the bills passed. Dobbs asked Trump a question about whether the Republican Party was unified behind him as their leader, and the former president replied that he thought they were — “largely, it’s unified” — and bragged about his endorsement helping GOP candidates, including newly elected Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R-VA). “He wouldn’t have won” without the Trump endorsement, he insisted. Trump then pivoted to...
    (CNN)Away from questions about whether the upcoming African Cup of Nations (AFCON) would take place amid the pandemic, the tiny archipelago nation of Comoros has been preparing for its debut on the continent's biggest stage.The achievement of qualifying for Africa's biennial football tournament is difficult to overstate given the size and footballing history of Comoros.Located just off the east coast of Africa, it is the continent's fourth-smallest country with a population of less than 900,000. Nicknamed Les Coelacanthes (the Coelacanths) -- that moniker coming from a rare species of tropical fish which inhabits the native waters of the Indian Ocean -- the team was only admitted as a member of FIFA, football's global governing body, in 2005.The dream of reaching the AFCON finals became a reality in March 2021 after a typically hard-fought 0-0 draw against Togo, but the story of Comoros' unlikely success can be traced back to 2014 when head coach Amir Abdou took over with a new vision for the team.In light of Comoros' limited footballing infrastructure, Abdou chose to lean on the nation's diaspora, particularly in...
    NEO-NAZI militias in Ukraine are preparing for all-out war with Russia as they arm themselves for the fight against Vladimir Putin's forces. Telegram messages seen by The Sun Online show how the extreme far-right Azov Battalion are carrying out military-style drills and pledging to fight to the death. 9Soldiers from the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion marching in UkraineCredit: AFP 9Far-right militias share pictures on the encrypted messaging app TelegramCredit: telegram 9An 'Azovet' jerry-rigged tank constructed by the battalionCredit: https://militaryland.net/ukraine/the-story-of-azovets/ It comes as Ukraine sits on the brink of all-out war with Russia as 120,000 troops mass on the border and the world waits with bated breath. Ukraine has numerous militia organisations that have sprung up since the country was first torn apart by war as Russia annexed Crimea in 2014. But the most infamous is the extreme Azov Battalion, who openly parade with fascist symbols and practice shooting drills in the countryside. Based on principles of ultra-nationalism, the group have said they will fight to the death if Putin invades. The group have been carrying out war games preparing...
    "Tucker Carlson Tonight" host Tucker Carlson joined "Fox & Friends" on Wednesday to highlight the Biden administration's border policy hypocrisy as it weighs sending U.S. troops to Ukraine amid the ongoing crisis at the southern border. Carlson told Ainsley Earhardt, Steve Doocy, and Brian Kilmeade "this is the behavior of a failed state" after Fox News obtained video showing the mass release of migrants into the United States.  BIDEN IMPLEMENTING BORDER CRISIS ON PURPOSE, ‘THEY DOUBLED DOWN’: FORMER SENIOR BORDER OFFICIAL TUCKER CARLSON: This is the behavior of a failed state. You have no control over your borders. Therefore, you're not really a country in the most basic sense. And if you don't believe it, take a look at the legislation that Nancy Pelosi is pushing right now. She's demanded an early vote on it that describes Ukraine's borders as essential to sovereignty and nationhood. If Ukraine can't control its borders, if people are coming across unauthorized, if undocumented Russians are coming across in caravans into Ukraine, then it's not really a country and the United States needs to step...
    Italy's former royal family have demanded the return of their crown jewels, believed to be worth £250million, that were taken away from them when the country abolished its monarchy. The royals, who were exiled from Italy after the Second World War until 2002, want their collection of tiaras, necklaces, brooches and earrings returned to them from a vault in the Bank of Italy in Rome.  The royal House of Savoy's collection, comprising of 6,000 diamonds and 2,000 pearls, was taken away when Italians voted to abolish the monarchy after the war, with the then King Umberto II fleeing to Portugal.   The Italians were punishing the royal family for first collaborating with fascist dictator Benito Mussolini and then fleeing Rome in 1944 to avoid an invading German army. Ever since, the jewels have been kept by the Bank of Italy and reports suggest they are worth up to £250 million (€300 million). But now, the former royal family are calling for the jewels, which were worn by Italian queens and princesses, to be returned to them 78 years later. 'Italy should...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Pfizer and Merck COVID treatment pills are in short supply in some parts of the nation. The scramble for treatments comes as the FDA pulled emergency authorization for monoclonal antibody treatments by Regeneron and Eli Lilly.The treatments used to treat early, mild cases were found to be ineffective against the omicron variant. The only remaining monoclonal treatment, Sotrovimab, is also in short supply.Last week, the FDA issued an emergency authorization to make Remdesivier available to moderately ill COVID patients. But many hospitals haven't been able to make that available yet.People are urged to talk to their doctors early on if they test positive for COVID.RELATED: What are the symptoms of the COVID omicron variant?Here are more of today's COVID-19 headlines:Masks required in NY schools while appeal plays out in courtA New York Appellate Judge granted a stay in the state's lawsuit over the COVID-19 face mask mandate, meaning it remains in place while case is appealed -- and schools must enforce it. New York State had quickly filed an appeal after a Supreme Court judge in...
    A relative of mine, who works for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) compiling data on foreigners entering the United States, recently posted a curious logo on his Facebook profile: a white Roman numeral three on a black background surrounded by 13 white stars. For those who don’t know what this symbol stands for, it represents the “Three Percenters,” a group that the Anti-Defamation League has identified as an anti-government militia. Its members have a record of violent criminal attacks and strikingly partisan activity, including arrests and guilty pleas in connection with the bombing of a Minnesota mosque in 2017 and appearances as “guards,” carrying assault-style weaponry, at several pro-Trump rallies. Six of its members have been charged with plotting to assault the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. When my husband, a Naval officer of nearly 20 years, saw this symbol on a family member’s Facebook page, he pointed out to me that, despite the Hatch Act, created to ensure nonpartisanship among federal workers, DHS employees are not always held accountable for exercising “free speech” that would violate that...
    (CNN)As Donald Trump prepares to potentially run for his old office in 2024, it's worth looking at what his four years as president -- and his yearlong campaign to undermine the 2020 election results -- meant for the country.The answer: nothing good. Consider a new study from Transparency International, an independent nonprofit group that, according to its website, "work[s] to expose the systems and networks that enable corruption to thrive, demanding greater transparency and integrity in all areas of public life." Read MoreOn Tuesday, the group released its annual Corruption Perception Index, a score-based system that "ranks 180 countries and territories around the world by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. The results are given on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean)." The United States comes in a tie for 27th place -- with Chile. Both have a Corruption Perception Index score of 67. By way of comparison, the least corrupt countries -- Denmark, Finland and New Zealand -- all have a score of 88. Among the countries with healthier scores are many of the major...
    FIGHT CLUB\u2019s ending for the Chinese release (on Tencent Video) was changed to this and now I\u2019m waiting for someone to fanfic a sequel based on this censored ending.pic.twitter.com/zYB0bY3Dlp — Courtney Howard @ #Sundance (@Courtney Howard @ #Sundance) 1643062101 Vice noted it remains unclear whether the ending was altered under self-censorship or by government order, adding that Tencent Video declined to comment on the news. But a source familiar with the matter reportedly told the news outlet that the film was edited by the copyright owner and approved by the government before it was sold to streaming sites for distribution. Furthermore, the Chinese publisher of the film, Pacific Audio & Video Co., is an affiliate of Guangdong TV, a state-owned television station.What else?Hong Kong Free Press noted in its coverage of the news that China has some of the world's strictest censorship rules. The communist country only approves a handful of foreign films for release every year, and often requires that major edits are made. Film fans reportedly erupted in mockery after viewing the new ending, the Hong Kong...
    The Atlanta Braves announced today their 2021 World Series Trophy on tour with 151 stops. Stops in Georgia include: Date Time City/State Location/Event February 15 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Atlanta, GA Colony Square (Midtown) February 20 TBD Dekalb, GA Gresham Park Baseball Complex – Morehouse vs. Tuskegee March 15 TBD Cherokee, NC Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians high school baseball opener March 17 TBD Savannah, GA St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 27 TBD Macon, GA Georgia Sports Hall of Fame April 15 TBD Cairo, GA Jackie Robinson Day July 9 TBD Alpharetta, GA Braves Country Battles Championship Tournament Full Tour schedule, including dates, locations, and hours of operation, will be released in the coming weeks. Following their historic season, the Atlanta Braves are taking the 2021 World Series Trophy on tour with 151 stops, commemorating 151 years of Braves baseball. The World Champions Trophy Tour Presented by Truist will travel throughout Braves Country,...
    FOOTIE fans have poured scorn on bad beers served at stadiums. The dodgy head-ers are shared on the Footy Bevs Twitter account which has 16,000 followers. 6Pint at the City Ground was labelled 'shocking' 6Two cups needed for Ipswich Town fizzer At Man United a £5 can of Carling frothed up to fill three-quarters of a plastic pint cup. A drinker quipped: “We are happy to overpay for anything at United, Harry Maguire being a prime example. "Who, like this pint, also has a massive head.” Nottm Forest fan Paul Hopper said of his £4.40 flop: “Wouldn't even pick that up off the bar.” Most read in The US SunCASH CLAIM Automatic $1,400 payments can be claimed TODAY after $660 monthly boost deadlineLEGEND DEAD Meat Loaf 'dies of covid' age 74 with wife by his side as tributes pour inSUDDEN IMPACT SpaceX rocket is about to CRASH into the Moon after '7 years of chaos'ROLLING IN THE DEEP END Adele cancelled Vegas residency after furious rant over pool stunt And of Sheffield United’s £4.80 beer, John said: “The club is...
    In response to other claims — such as that Carrie Johnson organized the party and that it included 30 guests, cake, and singing — the spokesperson said, "This is totally untrue. In line with the rules at the time, the Prime Minister hosted a small number of family members outside that evening."What's the background?News of the birthday gathering sparked further backlash against the prime minister, who was already under fire for attending a separate "drinks party" at 10 Downing Street last May, again amid his own government's lockdown. Johnson apologized for his attendance at the latter party in front of a packed House of Commons earlier this month, acknowledging the "rage" that many U.K. residents may feel when they believe that "in Downing Street itself, the rules are not being properly followed by the people who make the rules." But he defended himself, as well, claiming that he only stayed at the party for 25 minutes in order to "thank groups of staff" for their hard work and added that he "believed implicitly that this was a work event." ...
    Republican U.S. Senate candidate J.D. Vance has enthusiastically accepted the endorsement of Marjorie Taylor Greene. The Hillbilly Elegy author faces a crowded field of primary contenders as he campaigns in Ohio for the a seat in the U.S. Senate and is marketing himself as a bombastic champion for the Donald Trump-GOP agenda. With the race heating up, Fox News obtained a statement from Greene declaring Vance “the conservative warrior that the entire America First movement needs fighting for us in the U.S. Senate, and that’s why I’m proud to endorse him.” “If you agree with me that Washington desperately needs more America First fighters in the mold of President Trump,” Greene says, “then it’s vital to support JD’s campaign in Ohio.” The statement was picked up by Vance’s press team, and Vance, himself, celebrated “we’re going to win this thing and take the country back from the scumbags.” Honored to have Marjorie’s endorsement. We’re going to win this thing and take the country back from the scumbags. https://t.co/tKFWOvRvq3 — J.D. Vance (@JDVance1) January 25, 2022 Vance accepted Greene’s...
    Kid Rock released a politically charged new single to help promote his upcoming Bad Reputation Tour that pulls no punches in mocking people like President Joe Biden and Dr. Anthony Fauci.  The artist dropped his latest track "We The People" along with two others at midnight on Tuesday to get his fans excited for a bevy of live performances he’s kicking off in April that he teased may very well be the last time he hits the road to perform across the country.  Right out of the gate, the track is overtly political as the typically right-leaning rocker bashes COVID-19 mandates and even outright calls out Fuaci by name.  "Wear your mask, take your pills / now a whole generation's mentally ill!" Rock shouts in the rap/rock hybrid single. KID ROCK SPEWS HOMOPHOBIC SLUR AT PEOPLE FILMING HIM AT TENNESSEE BAR Kid Rock released a new politically charged track titled "We The People." (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) Elsewhere in the song, he adds: "But COVID's near, it's coming to town, we gotta act quick, shut our borders down...
    The COVID-19 pandemic has left few lives untouched. As healthcare facilities across the country continue to cope with the pandemic, nurse anesthetists like me remain on the front lines, providing care for critically ill patients. The nearly 60,000 certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) in the United States possess unique skills and expertise that enable us to step forward in a way few others can. We have been leading the way in advanced airway and ventilation management — which have been essential in addressing the deadliest part of the unforgiving virus. Article continues after advertisement The federal government and several governors across the country have made the important decision to remove barriers to CRNA practice during this crisis, reinforcing the critical needs for the skills we bring to bear in combating the pandemic. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has temporarily lifted physician supervision requirements for CRNAs, encouraging health care systems to enable CRNAs to practice to the fullest extent of their education and training — a move that has increased access to care. CRNAs understand that the U.S....
    HOLLYWOOD -- In the new ABC drama series "Promised Land" we meet the wine-growing Sandovals... a family with a vineyard full of secrets. John Ortiz stars as Joe Sandoval, the patriarch of a family that owns a successful California vineyard. His biggest rival: his ex-wife, played by Bellamy Young... who wants to take back her family's land.Ortiz is thrilled that because the series has a large, mostly Latino cast, there are plenty of opportunities for fully formed characters... not stereotypes."You truly have a family, you have a community of people and so the spectrum of the culture is brought to a fuller, more realistic stage," said Ortiz."That authenticity is what makes it just mean everything to the people who will be watching and the truth of the story, the pursuit of the American dream is what allows all of us to see ourselves in these characters," said Young.And while there is plenty of drama and intrigue... the stars say there is also plenty of fun."We all need a little escapism, right?" said Young. "And this is boozy and sexy and...
    Little more than a week into his foray as a public servant and Virginia's governor, Glenn Youngkin has injected statewide chaos into the education system after issuing an executive order that makes school mask mandates optional. The order, which was due to take effect Monday, immediately pitted parents against parents, parents against administrators, and drew a rash of lawsuits aiming to block it from being implemented. The vast majority of Virginia school districts have required in-school masking throughout the pandemic. But virtually no one knew what to expect Monday after most superintendents in the tony Virginia suburbs just outside the Beltway vowed to continue enforcing mask mandates, and the state's lieutenant governor threatened on Fox News to yank funding from any non-compliant districts. “The governor [is] throwing jet fuel on an already divisive culture clash in Virginia, and inviting lawsuits that will now consume much of his administration,” Mark Rozell, dean of the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, told the Washington Post. As some parents protested in support of mandates and others planned anti-mask walk ins with their children, many school...
    In the long and storied history of the United States Army, many young officers have served in many war zones. Few, I suspect, were as sublimely ignorant as I was in the summer of 1970 upon my arrival at Cam Ranh Bay in the Republic of Vietnam. This article first appeared on TomDispatch. Granted, during the years of schooling that preceded my deployment there, I had amassed all sorts of facts, some of them at least marginally relevant to the matter at hand. Yet despite the earnest efforts of some excellent teachers, I had managed to avoid acquiring anything that could be dignified with the term education. Now, however haltingly, that began to change. A year later, when my tour of duty ended, I carried home from Vietnam the barest inkling of a question: How had this massive cockup occurred and what did it signify? Since that question implied rendering judgment on a war in which I had (however inconsequentially) participated, it wasn’t one that I welcomed. Even so, the question dogged me. During the ensuing decades, while expending considerable...
    London (CNN)British Prime Minister Boris Johnson celebrated his birthday with a gathering at his official residence in June 2020 while the United Kingdom was in its first Covid-19 lockdown, a spokesperson said Monday, marking the latest scandal for the country's leader.In a statement, a Downing Street spokesperson said: "A group of staff working in No 10 that day gathered briefly in the Cabinet Room after a meeting to wish the Prime Minister a happy birthday. He was there for less than ten minutes."Under Covid-19 restrictions at the time, indoor gatherings were not allowed, with people permitted only to meet outside in groups of up to six people.CNN affiliate ITN reported Monday there were two gatherings held to celebrate Johnson's birthday: one attended by as many as 30 people held at the cabinet office the afternoon of June 19, and another that evening that was hosted at Johnson's residence and attended by family friends. According to ITV News, Johnson's wife, Carrie, organized the small gathering in the Cabinet Room. A source who worked in Downing Street at the time has independently...
    (CNN) — During what has been another devastating surge of Covid-19 across the country, there is good news: Some states are starting to see infection numbers and hospitalizations drop. But it is not the case everywhere. As cases seem to begin plateauing, Covid-19 hospitalizations in the Northeast are down by about 11% after reaching a peak about a week ago and have also dropped slightly — about 6% — in the Midwest region, according to data from the Department of Health and Human Services. And new Covid-19 hospital admissions are beginning to decline nationwide, a sign total hospitalizations may soon begin going down too in every part of the country. READ MORE: James Webb Space Telescope Reaches Final Stop 1 Million Miles OutThe HHS data includes both patients who are hospitalized because of Covid-19 complications and patients who may have been admitted for something else but tested positive for Covid-19. That has been true throughout the pandemic, but the share of patients who fall into each category may have changed over time. “All of the current data is showing very...
    It was a grim weekend for police and law enforcement officers, as at least five died or were wounded in four separate incidents across the country, according to officials.  The bloodshed began in New York City on Friday, and continued on Monday morning in Washington, D.C. and Texas, according to officials.  One officer was killed and another was gravely injured in New York City, while another was shot in D.C.  And a fourth officer, a corporal, was fatally wounded during a traffic stop in the Houston area – not far from where a fifth person, a sheriff’s sergeant, was struck by a hit-and-run driver during an off-duty motorcycle escort hours later, according to authorities.  After the first of two police deaths reported in Texas's Harris County over the weekend, Constable Ted Heap told reporters: "We have got to put an end to this." The investigation continues for each of the incidents below. FRIDAY New York Police Department officers Jason Rivera, 22, and 27-year-old Wilbert Mora were among the three cops responding to a report of a domestic violence incident in Harlem, New...
    OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Mutinous soldiers appear on Burkina Faso’s state television, say they now control the country. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 30-Feb. 5: Jan. 30: Actor Gene Hackman is 92. Actor Vanessa Redgrave is 85. Country singer Jeanne Pruett is 85. Country singer Norma Jean is 84. Horn player William King of The Commodores is 73. Musician Phil Collins is 71. Actor Charles S. Dutton (“Roc”) is 71. Actor Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) is 66. Comedian Brett Butler (“Anger Management,” ″Grace Under Fire”) is 64. Singer Jody Watley is 63. Actor Wayne Wilderson (“Veep”) is 56. Country singer Tammy Cochran is 50. Actor Christian Bale is 48. Guitarist Carl Broemel of My Morning Jacket is 48. Actor Olivia Colman (“The Night Manager”) is 48. Singer Josh Kelley is 42. Actor Wilmer Valderrama (“That ’70s Show”) is 42. Actor Mary Hollis Inboden (“The Real O’Neals”) is 36. Actor Kylie Bunbury (“Big Sky,” “Pitch”) is 33. Actor Jake Thomas (“Lizzie McGuire,” ″AI”) is 32. Actor Danielle Campbell (“Tell Me A Story,” “The Originals”) is 27. Jan. 31: Composer Philip Glass is 85. Actor Stuart Margolin (“The Rockford Files”) is 82. Bluesman Charlie Musselwhite is 78....
    Ukrainian soldiers are seen along the frontline near the town of Zolote-4, Ukraine on January 19, 2022.Anadolu Agency | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images Fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine are growing, as the military buildup at the border shows no sign of dissipating and crisis talks remain at an impasse. As the U.S. and U.K. respond with threats of sanctions and more, and withdraw diplomatic staff from their embassies in Kyiv, analysts are questioning whether the West can actually deter Russia, and just how far Western allies are willing to defend the country. "While Russia continues to send additional troops and weaponry to the Ukraine border, there seem to be some divisions among the Western allies about how to respond," Helima Croft, head of global commodity strategy and Middle East and North Africa research at RBC Capital Markets, said in a note Sunday evening. "While they have all promised a tough response, the U.K. and the U.S. have gone furthest in pledging crippling economic sanctions and indicating that Russia indeed has invasion plans and is seeking to install...
    Representative of the People's Police of the Lugansk People's Republic shows a seized home-made strike drone equipped with a grenade launcher which was used by Ukrainian government troops, near Slavyanoserbsk, east Ukraine.Alexander Reka | TASS | Getty Images WASHINGTON – The State Department recommended Sunday that all U.S. citizens in Ukraine depart the country immediately, citing Russia's extraordinary military buildup on the border. "Our recommendation to U.S. citizens currently in Ukraine is that they should consider departing now using commercial or privately available transportation options," a senior State Department official said Sunday evening on a call with reporters. For months, the West has watched an extraordinary deployment of Russian forces and equipment to its border with Ukraine. The buildup has evoked Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea, a peninsula on the Black Sea, which sparked an international uproar and triggered a series of sanctions against Moscow. The seizure of Crimea also saw Russia's removal from the Group of 8, or G-8, referring to the eight major global economies. "The security conditions, particularly along Ukraine's border and in Russian-occupied Crimea and in...
    A vast majority of Americans are unhappy with the direction their country is going in under President Joe Biden's watch and think the political climate is too polarized to get meaningful progress done, a dire new poll released on Sunday shows. A survey conducted by NBC News between January 14 and 18 shows that 72 percent of Americans think the United States is off on the wrong track, while just 22 percent believe it's headed in the right direction. That's relatively unchanged from the last time the poll was taken in October when 71 percent of respondents felt the same -- meaning the president's $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill and attempts to pass federal voting laws and Build Back Better failed to inspire confidence in Americans.  Throughout the NBC poll's history, public dissatisfaction with the country's future climbed above 70 percent only six times -- each time it occurred during an election year coincided with a new majority in Congress the following November. 'In the three instances when this sustained dark outlook coincided with an election year, it foreshadowed bad news...
              by Victoria Antram   Ballotpedia is tracking 20 citizen-initiated measures in nine states related to marijuana that could appear before voters in 2022. As of 2022, recreational marijuana is legal in 18 states and Washington, D.C., and medical marijuana is legal in 36 states and D.C. In Ohio, sponsors of an initiative to legalize recreational marijuana submitted an additional 29,918 signatures on January 13, after the secretary of state verified their initial petition contained 119,825 valid signatures–13,062 less than the number required. If enough of the additional signatures are found to be valid, the initiative will go before the state legislature. If the state legislature does not enact it outright, sponsors will have to collect a second round of 132,887 signatures to place it on the 2022 ballot. In 2015, Ohio voters defeated Issue 3 with a margin of 63.65% to 36.35%. In Arkansas, voters could decide on two marijuana initiatives. One initiative would decriminalize marijuana, give limited immunity to cannabis businesses, and create regulations on the cannabis industry. The other would legalize marijuana use for individuals 21 years of...
    The international aid organization Open Doors ranked Afghanistan the worst place in the world for Christians in 2021 on its World Watch List published this week, the first time the country appears at the top of the list and the first time in 20 years that Open Doors does not issue North Korea that distinction. Open Doors CEO David Curry told Breitbart News in an interview this week that Christian persecution actually increased in North Korea this year even as it dropped a spot to number two on the list, but the threat that the return of the Taliban poses to Christians in Afghanistan is so great that it dwarfed the growing repression in North Korea. The Taliban, a Sunni jihadist terrorist organization, became the de facto government of Afghanistan on August 15, 2021, after President Joe Biden announced he would violate an agreement with the group and extend the 20-year Afghan War past its May deadline into September. Biden again amended that deadline out of September and into August. In the months between May and August, Taliban terrorists swept...
    "You look at the issues," the CNN contributor noted. "We built five years of coverage on Trump out of Russia, COVID, and democracy." "The president at his press conference invites Russia to invade the Ukraine," he said. During Biden's rare press conference on Wednesday, he suggested that "minor incursion" by Russia into Ukraine might not warrant a strong international response. The White House has since walked back Biden's comments. Jennings pointed out that there have been more COVID-19 deaths under Biden than Trump. According to Worldometer data, there were 430,803 COVID-19 deaths from the start of the pandemic until Biden was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2020. As of Jan. 20, 2022, there were a total of 884,866 COVID-19 deaths, meaning that there were 454,063 COVID-19 deaths in Biden's first year as president — despite having the benefit of COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics such as monoclonal antibodies that Trump wasn't afforded. During the presidential debate on Oct. 22, 2020, Biden told Trump, "Anyone who is responsible for that many deaths should not remain as president of the United...
    HOPKINS, Minn. (WCCO) — This is as good as it gets in girls prep basketball. ESPNU was in town to broadcast the game between No. 1 in the country Sidwell Friends and No. 3 Hopkins. For the host Royals, who have blown out every opponent so far this season, it was a chance to see how they measure up. “I was definitely really nervous. But after the first couple minutes you get used to it and it’s just a normal game,” said Hopkins senior point guard Amaya Battle. READ MORE: Woman Killed In St. Paul's 4th Homicide Of 2022It was back and forth early. But Sidwell began to build a lead and was up by six at halftime. “I’m pretty sure they’ve won like a ton a games in a row in Minnesota, so we knew that,” said Sidwell’s senior point guard Kiki Rice, the No. 2 recruit in the country. “But we also knew how prepared me were and all the work we put in.” The stars got their moments to shine. Rice never came out of the game....
    Ireland has torn up its regime of vaccine passes after six months, putting an end to discrimination against the unvaccinated within the country. After around six months of the system’s operation, Ireland will once again allow the unjabbed to access services such as indoor dining in restaurants and bars. The passes were first introduced in the country in June of last year, blocking unvaccinated individuals who had not recently recovered from the Chinese Coronavirus from the likes of restaurants and cinemas, as well as from visiting nursing homes. According to a report by the Irish Independent, the passes have now been scrapped for all domestic venues and activities, with the nation’s Taoiseach (Prime Minister), Micheál Martin, saying that the measures are no longer required. “I think we’re into a new phase of the pandemic, which is the phase that the type of restrictions that we’ve imposed in the previous phases is no longer required,” the publication reported Martin as saying. “Spring is coming and I don’t know if I’ve ever looked forward to one as much as I’m looking forward to...
    (CNN)People cite a familiar cast of villains when they talk about the decline of democracy in America. Some point to the GOP legislators who craft voter suppression bills. Others blame those who spread the "Big Lie" that the 2020 presidential election was stolen. Some even mention the two Democratic Senators who doomed voting rights legislation this week because they would not alter the filibuster. But there is someone most people rarely mention when talking about roadblocks to voting or the decline of democracy, says legal analyst Elie Mystal: Chief Justice John Roberts.Mystal, one of the most sought-after legal analysts in the country and author of the forthcoming book, "Allow Me to Retort: A Black Guy's Guide to the Constitution," sat down with CNN for a recent Q&A on race, voting rights and the decline of democracy in the US.Mystal says people can't talk about these issues without talking about Roberts' central role in removing federal oversight of elections to allow unfettered voter suppression to become normalized. Roberts' majority opinion in the 2013 Shelby v. Holder decision was a crucial milestone...
    (CNN)During what has been another devastating surge of Covid-19 across the country, there is good news: Some states are starting to see infection numbers and hospitalizations drop. But that's not the case everywhere. As cases seem to begin plateauing, Covid-19 hospitalizations in the Northeast are down by about 11% after reaching a peak about a week ago and have also dropped slightly -- about 6% -- in the Midwest region, according to data from the Department of Health and Human Services. And new Covid-19 hospital admissions are beginning to decline nationwide, a sign that total hospitalizations may soon begin going down too in every part of the country. The agency's data includes both patients who are hospitalized because of Covid-19 complications and patients who may have been admitted for something else but tested positive for Covid-19. That has been true throughout the pandemic, but the share of patients who fall into each category may have changed over time. After the Omicron wave, heres what experts say could come next in 2022"All of the current data is showing very encouraging trends,...
    A 115-year-old Nebraska woman who recently became the oldest person in America - and who attributed her longevity to never having children - has died.  Thelma Sutcliffe, of Omaha, died at the age of 115 years and 108 days at an assisted living facility on Monday - eight months after becoming the oldest living person in the US.  The cause of death has yet to be revealed.  'She died very peacefully,' said Sutcliffe's friend, Luella Mason. 'It was time, she was ready.'  Sutcliffe credit her long life to never having children, never smoking, and 'never worrying about anything', she told AARP in May 2021.  She had survived two bouts of breast cancer over the course of her life.   Thelma Sutcliffe, center, is shown with a birthday cake in October 2019, in Omaha, Nebraska Sutcliffe for her 114th birthday Sutcliffe, pictured, who was the oldest person in the US, died on Monday at age 115, according to a family member Pictured: a photograph of Thelma as a young woman, possibly her engagement photo, according to her friend Luella Mason Bessie Hendricks is...
    The Biden administration will not allow foreign truckers from Mexico or Canada to enter the country unless they provide proof of vaccination against the coronavirus. Beginning Saturday, all non-citizens must show proof of vaccination at all ports of entry and ferry terminals when trying to enter the country. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said: Starting on January 22, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security will require that non-U.S. individuals entering the United States via land ports of entry or ferry terminals along our Northern and Southern borders be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and be prepared to show related proof of vaccination. These updated travel requirements reflect the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to protecting public health while safely facilitating the cross-border trade and travel that is critical to our economy. Before the new mandate, nonresident essential travelers have been allowed entry into the country regardless of their vaccination status. However, United States officials announced the vaccine mandate in October, hoping to incentivize more travelers to get vaccinated. U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the Covid-19 response and the vaccination program at the...
    Just five months after President Biden’s high profile troop withdrawal from Afghanistan the country is in crisis. According to the United Nations World Food Program, 23 million Afghans are living in conditions of “severe food insecurity,” and conditions are expected to get worse throughout the winter. This crisis comes not from President Biden’s so-called end of the war on Afghanistan, but rather through his continuation of the war through economic means. Immediately after the U.S. troop withdrawal, the United States, along with the United Nations Security Council, launched heavy sanctions on Afghanistan. This resulted in a withdrawal of international funding equivalent to 40% of the country’s entire GDP. Thiswas immediately devastating to the country given that 75% of its public spending was funded by foreign aid grants. While it took a while for the economic crisis to gain attention from the international community, the situation in Afghanistan has gotten so bad that major news outlets are finally covering the issue. Not only are they covering it; they are publishing direct criticism of Biden’s policy of economic warfare. The New York...
    Islamist violence against Christians in Nigeria – a country estimated to be about half Christian – has reached catastrophic levels and places the country at risk of being home to a new Islamic State-style caliphate, David Curry, the CEO of the Christian Aid group Open Doors, told Breitbart News in an interview this week. Open Doors released its annual World Watch List, an in-depth ranking of the most dangerous places in the world to be a Christian, on Wednesday. Nigeria earned the list’s number seven ranking, up two spots from the year before. Open Doors classifies persecution in Nigeria as “extreme.” The increase in Christian persecution in Nigeria is particularly notable this year given the decision by the administration of President Joe Biden to remove the country from the State Department’s list of Countries of Particular Concern (CPC) for religious freedom in November. Supporters of the move make the case that the violence against Christians in the country occurs at the hands of two major jihadist groups, the Islamic State affiliate Boko Haram and Fulani Muslim terrorists, and not directly from...
    A TOP lawyer for victims of Jeffrey Epstein has slammed Prince Andrew for “betraying Queen and country” by associating with the late pedo financier. Los Angeles-based Gloria Allred said of the Duke of York’s relationship with Epstein: “If you get down in the mud with pigs you are going to get mud on you.” 5A top lawyer for the victims of Jeffrey Epstein slammed Andrew for 'betraying' the QueenCredit: Getty 5Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine MaxwellCredit: Getty 5Prince Andrew and 17-year-old Virginia Roberts at Ghislaine Maxwell's London townhouse in 2001Credit: AFP And she explained that Andrew, 61, could plead the Fifth Amendment and not answer questions when he is deposed in the civil lawsuit brought by his accuser Virginia Giuffre. The veteran attorney - who has worked with 20 Epstein victims - also gave a scathing view of Andrew’s defence. In comments to The Sun she said:  “There are so many unanswered questions. “To attend residencies and obviously see so many underage girls there - it is not just Virginia, there were others. “I represented 20 accusers of Epstein - a...
                 In a new study conducted by WalletHub, the city of Nashville ranked fourth overall in having the highest crime rates per 1,000 residents among state capitals in the country. According to the study’s findings, Little Rock, Arkansas ranked the highest for crime while Concord, New Hampshire was the lowest. Following Little Rock is Salt Lake City, Utah; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Nashville; and then Charleston, West Virginia. The study further states that Music City ranked second in the economic well-being category and 18th in affordability. Nashville also ranked highly on the list of cities with the most attractions, coming in at 5th, and the list of cities with the lowest percentage of state, local, and federal government employees, coming in at 3rd place. However, the city ranked 27th in quality of life and 30th in quality of health and education. Overall, out of all 50 state capitals, Nashville was ranked the 18th best capital to live in the U.S. According to the study that came out this week, the top state capital to live in is Austin, Texas while...
    Thursday, during an appearance on Hugh Hewitt’s nationally syndicated radio show, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) criticized President Joe Biden for his press conference a day earlier. The Kentucky Republican lawmaker warned it was “dangerous” for the country when Biden spoke in public. “You know, it’s rambling and disjointed enough that it’s really hard to get a coherent message out of it,” he said. “I think really for the good of the country because the thing about foreign policy, as I know you know, is there are things you say. There are things you do to try to influence other countries. And they are influenced by your public pronouncements. And in some ways, that’s all you have. You have the threat of military might, but you also have the influence of what you say.” “So you can’t be sending a muddled message or a message of well, it may not be too big a deal, you know, if there’s a Russian incursion,” Paul continued. “So I think that it’s a mistake for him to be out in front. It’s dangerous to...