This is what abortion protests look like in Washington D.C. right now
The Supreme Court on Friday stripped away the nation’s constitutional protections for abortion that had stood for nearly a half-century. The decision by the court’s conservative majority overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling and is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states.
Videographer recalls violence, tension of Capitol riot one year later
Nearly one year after Brendan Gutenschwager captured video of demonstrators marching towards the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, the independent videographer still recalls the tension as the crowd first confronted law enforcement along the building’s perimeter.
Marjorie Taylor Greene visited accused Jan. 6 rioters in jail and told Steve Bannon the prisoners cry while singing the national anthem every night
Rep. Greene visited the accused January 6 rioters in a Washington DC jail on Thursday and made baseless claims of torture, to Steve Bannon on "The War Room."news.yahoo.com
Progressive Dems celebrated tanking Pelosi's attempts to advance Biden's spending packages, insisting that they are passed in a different order
Progressive Democrats are digging in on the sequencing of Biden's two spending packages, fearing that social spending will be gutted if they waver.news.yahoo.com
Man charged in Capitol riot also engaged in rightwing street brawl
Violence erupted between antifascist protesters and supporters of a far-right preacher Artur Pawlowski’s extreme right-wing positions have attracted antifascist protests. Photograph: Gavin John/ZUMA Wire/REX/Shutterstock A Washington state man who was involved in an armed brawl at a contentious protest in downtown Portland over the weekend was also charged, along with his son, over his presence during the attack on the Capitol in Washington DC on 6 January. Jeffrey Grace’s ongoing participationnews.yahoo.com
Former FDA commissioner: N95 and KN95 masks are best for Delta variant
“So, it’s (the delta variant) not more airborne and it’s not more likely to be permeable to a mask. So, if you can get your hands on a KN95 mask or an N95 masks, that’s going to afford you a lot more protection.”The delta variant is the most prevalent strain of the COVID-19 virus in the U.S. today. “There probably is a higher chance that you can transmit this delta virus than some of the old strains because there’s just more of this virus. Gottlieb, who is a member of the board of directors for Pfizer, has stressed that those who are fully vaccinated have strong protection from the Delta variant. There have been some cases of “breakthrough” cases of COVID-19, meaning some who are fully vaccinated have contracted the virus.wftv.com
Florida man conspired with Central Florida Oath Keepers ahead of Jan. 6 Capitol riots, FBI says
A man from Southwest Florida is accused of taking part in the Jan. 6 riots at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. and conspiring with other members of the Oath Keepers from Central Florida head of the attacks, according to the FBI.
Biden marks 50M vaccine doses in first 5 weeks in office
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON – Days after marking a solemn milestone in the pandemic, President Joe Biden is celebrating the pace of his efforts to end it. On Thursday, Biden marked the administration of the 50 millionth dose of COVID-19 vaccine since his swearing-in. “We’re halfway there: 50 million shots in 37 days," Biden said. “We’ll have the vaccine waiting,” Biden said, predicting that point could come within 60 to 90 days. “We have a plan to roll it out as quickly as Johnson & Johnson can make it," Biden said.
The Spin: Heather Steans resigning from Illinois Senate, Madigan moves out of Springfield digs | Illinois GOP, Democrats on Biden’s inauguration tomorrow | Chicago Teachers Union mulls another strike
“If you’re looking for terrorism, you don’t have to look across the ocean. January 6 — two week ago, we (had) thousands descending on the United States Capitol in Washington DC,” Durbin, of Springfield, said. They were incited by the president of the United States — a mob of domestic terrorists stormed into this Capitol. They overwhelmed the police, came within mere seconds of reaching the vice president of the United States and members of Congress. They shouted, “where’s Nancy?” “hang the vice president” in a frenzied search for the speaker of the House and Vice President Pence.chicagotribune.com
Senate advances Amy Coney Barrett nomination, with confirmation expected Monday
Judge Amy Coney Barrett, U.S. President Donald Trump's Nominee for Supreme Court, gestures during a photo before a meeting with Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo) on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, U.S. October 21, 2020. Senate Republicans on Sunday advanced Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court, clearing one of the final hurdles of the 48-year-old nominee's confirmation process. Murkowski has said that while she opposed the hurried nomination process, she supports Barrett's nomination and will vote to confirm her. Before her nomination to the Supreme Court, Barrett clerked for the influential conservative Justice Antonin Scalia and worked as a professor at Notre Dame Law School. The approval of a Supreme Court nominee with a bare majority is a relatively recent phenomenon.cnbc.com
Trump to meet with vaping industry, public health advocates Friday as he mulls banning flavored e-cigarettes
President Donald Trump has scheduled a meeting Friday with vaping industry executives and public health advocates, among others, as he weighs a federal ban on flavored e-cigarettes, the White House said Wednesday. "As the President has said, there is a serious problem among our youth and their growing addiction to e-cigarettes," White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement. The White House hasn't released its invite list yet. The White House earlier this month abruptly canceled meetings it had scheduled with companies and advocates to discuss the policy. Trump on Nov. 11 said he was planning a meeting, with "Children's health & safety, together with jobs" as a focus.cnbc.com
Top ten safest cities to visit in 2019
The Economist Intelligence Unit's 2019 Safe Cities Index (SCI) has ranked 60 destinations across the world in terms of their digital security, health security, infrastructure and personal safety. No big shocks there, these cities also made up the top three in the two previous SCI rankings, conducted in 2015 and 2017. While analyzing a city's resilience, the Safe Cities Index looked at the emergency services available in the city, transport facilities, catastrophe insurance, disaster-risk development and cyber-security preparedness. Cities don't have to be rich to be safe, the report says, although it acknowledges that cities in developing countries tend to appear lower down the list. The world's safest cities for 2019, according to SCI:1.
Child care costs more than a mortgage
Aguilar, a certified financial planner, says having another child -- as they hope to -- will push their child care costs beyond their monthly house payments. "You add up the costs ... and pretty soon you're paying more toward child care than a mortgage, and that's less than ideal," says Aguilar. The toll of child care costsFor the past year Mariana Gomez paid nearly $5,000 a month in child care expenses for her 4-year-old daughter, Julianna, and her 2-year-old son, Ben, in Washington DC -- way more than her mortgage. Child care is a major budget item, says Ryan Frailich, a certified financial planner in New Orleans and parent of 2-year-old Elijah, whose day care costs $700 a month. More than half of moms scaled back their hours to save on child care costs and a quarter left the workplace completely.
Pentagon eager to resolve JEDI contract as China races to develop military cloud computing system
China is racing to develop its own military cloud computing system, and Pentagon officials are eager to get moving. "Whether it's Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, SenseTime, they're all coming up with their own cloud solutions," he said. But the level of investment and the number of people they're putting at the problem, they're moving at a very rapid pace, and what I can't afford to do is slow down anymore." It's really hard for me to do that without an enterprise cloud solution." We have lots of vendors we're using for cloud solutions, but we've never stepped back and created a holistic solution, and that is causing challenges out in the field."cnbc.com
Trump administration 'uniquely dysfunctional,' British ambassador to US reportedly says
Kim Darroch, the United Kingdom's ambassador to the United States, at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. Britain's ambassador to the United States described President Donald Trump's administration as "dysfunctional," "clumsy" and "inept," the Mail on Sunday newspaper reported, citing a series of confidential memos. In others, the newspaper said he had described the administration as "uniquely dysfunctional" and that media reports about White House "knife fights" are "mostly true." Darroch wrote that "we could also be at the beginning of a downward spiral, rather than just a rollercoaster: something could emerge that leads to disgrace and downfall." During a state visit to Britain last month, Trump was effusive about the "special relationship" between the United States and Britain, promising a "phenomenal" trade deal after Britain leaves the European Union.cnbc.com