Trump news – live: Ivanka asked to testify about Jan 6 as ex-president reacts to Georgia grand jury move – The Independent

Former Trump aide says Trump “gleefully” watched footage of the Capitol riot on 6 January Former President Donald Trump has defended his “perfect” phone call with Georgia officials regarding election fraud in the state. Earlier on Thursday, the Fulton County …

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West stresses unified stance on Ukraine after Biden’s ‘minor incursion’ remark – Reuters

Russia has massed troops near Ukraine’s border Top U.S. diplomat Blinken holds talks with allies Biden says he has been clear with Putin No ‘minor incursions’, Ukraine president says BERLIN/KYIV, Jan 20 (Reuters) – The United States and Western countries …

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This historically Black Catholic parish in Cleveland takes community to heart

I will be the first to admit it: I did not imagine giant red robots to be part of my first trip to Cleveland. On the final day of my trip there in June 2021, I listened to a man …

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Pope Francis was right about pets and kids

Pope Francis caused a Category 5 brouhaha on Jan. 6 during what was an otherwise thoroughly ordinary general audience at the Vatican. During the pope’s catechesis that day, which was focused on St. Joseph, Francis ranked adoptive parenthood as “among …

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Lessons from Notre Dame on ministering to L.G.B.T. students

Some recent controversies at the University of Notre Dame, where I work as a residence hall rector, lead me to share some reflections on moral disagreement in the setting of a Catholic university. Permit me two stories from my ministry …

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Taizé, a musical monastic community, formed in response to a global crisis. Today, it faces new ones: climate change and sex abuse.

“Iedere nacht verlang ik naar u, o God” (My spirit yearns for you in the night, O God) “Toi, tu nous aimes, source de vie” (You love us, source of life) “Sólo la sed nos alumbra”(Only our thirst leads us …

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Infographic: Annual audit tracks increase in allegations of historic abuse incidents

The latest annual audit of children protection sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection, released the same day Father McWilliams was sentenced (Nov. 9, 2021), reported that more than 4,200 allegations of sexual …

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Schumer insists failed votes on elections and filibuster were the right thing to do – NPR

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks during a news conference Tuesday on Capitol Hill following a Senate Democratic Caucus meeting on voting rights and the filibuster. Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Kent Nishimura/Los …

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Biden insists U.S. won’t accept a ‘minor incursion’ by Russia into Ukraine after remarks drew criticism – The Washington Post

“Words matter when you’re in this type of crisis, and words matter when you’re standing at the presidential podium,” Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) said. “Now, [Biden] may have used his team to try to spin and backtrack afterwards, but Putin …

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Psaki, Harris argue Biden wasn’t saying 2022 election results might not be legitimate – ABC News

President Biden said the integrity of the results “depends” on voting rights. January 20, 2022, 4:06 PM • 7 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article One day after President Joe Biden appeared to cast doubt on whether …

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Americans assess President Biden’s first year in office – BBC News

Like Matthew, she sees Afghanistan as the president’s biggest failure so far. “Afghanistan could have gone a lot smoother, even though I agree with his decision overall,” she says. “I wish the administration had a contingency plan ready to go. …

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Polls show Americans think Biden is doing a bad job at … just about everything – New York Post

Two polls released to mark the anniversary of President Biden’s inauguration Thursday show Americans give him poor marks for his handling of the economy, the COVID-19 pandemic, relations with Russia and overall competence — with one survey finding less than …

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Theodore Roosevelt statue removed from front of NYC’s Museum of Natural History – Fox News

An iconic 1939 bronze statue of Theodore Roosevelt has stood prominently, boldly, in front of the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan for over 80 years, greeting schoolchildren, families, history buffs and museumgoers of all ages and backgrounds, as …

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Biden predicts Russia will invade Ukraine – NBC News

President Joe Biden predicted Wednesday that Russia will invade Ukraine, just as the United States launched a fresh effort to resolve the standoff and Moscow continued to mass troops on its neighbor’s doorstep. “My guess is he will move in, …

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Tonga: Aid flights arrive for the first time since eruption – NPR

Tongan Foreign Minister Fekitamoeloa ‘Utoikamanu (right) is accompanied by Australian High Commissioner to Tonga Rachael Moore as they receive a Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster III aircraft delivering Australian aid at Fuaʻamotu International Airport on Thursday. Handout, Australian Defense …

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Five moments that mattered in Biden’s 1st year in the White House – NPR

President Biden speaks during a rare formal news conference on the last day of his first year in the White House. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption toggle caption Susan Walsh/AP President Biden speaks during a rare formal news conference on the …

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145 Things Donald Trump Did in His First Year as the Most Consequential Former President Ever – POLITICO

He preemptively called the California recall election “probably rigged.” 105. [embedded content] On Sept. 11, he did not join three other former presidents at the National 9/11 Memorial in Lower Manhattan. He did not speak at Shanksville, Pennsylvania, like a …

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Biden’s answers were ‘foggy’ at times, like Reagan at end of presidency, CNN’s Van Jones says – Fox News

President Biden gave some “foggy” and “meandering” answers during his marathon press conference Wednesday and–at times– resembled former President Reagan at the end of his presidency, CNN’s Van Jones said.  Jones addressed Biden’s response to a reporter’s question on whether …

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Biden sees Russia moving on Ukraine, sows doubt on Western response – Reuters

Biden suggests smaller penalty for ‘minor incursion’ by Russia White House seeks to clarify Biden comments U.S. president open to third summit with Putin WASHINGTON/KYIV, Jan 20 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden predicted on Wednesday that Russia will make …

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Conservative religious parents have better success at transmitting faith to their children than moderates or liberals, study finds

by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent (Worthy News) – A new study has found that religious conservative parents have greater success in passing their faith on to their children than liberal or moderate parents do, Christian Headlines (CH) reports. Published …

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Canada: Thousands of pastors coordinate day to preach on Christian sexuality

by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent (Worthy News) – In a response to the passing of a new Canadian law that bans ‘conversion therapy’ for gay people, some four thousand US pastors took Sunday, January 16 as a day on …

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Senate votes down filibuster change as Manchin, Sinema side with Republicans – New York Post

An effort by Senate Democrats to change the filibuster rule was knocked down as expected on Wednesday night in a tense floor vote that saw two Dem moderates side with all 50 Republicans. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer tried for …

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Biden Predicts Russia Will Invade Ukraine – The New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Biden said on Wednesday that he now expected President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia would order an invasion of Ukraine, delivering a grim assessment that the diplomacy and threat of sanctions issued by the United States and …

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Supreme Court rejects Trump’s bid to shield records from Jan. 6 committee – POLITICO

The only member of the high court who signaled he would have granted Trump’s request for emergency relief was Justice Clarence Thomas. Trump had sought to block access to more than 750 pages of records that the National Archives, which …

Supreme Court Allows Government to Send Trump Docs to Jan. 6 Panel – The Daily Beast

The Jan. 6 Committee will receive White House documents that former President Donald Trump desperately tried to keep out of investigators’ hands after the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Trump couldn’t exert executive privilege over Joe Biden’s administration. On Wednesday …

Controversial Teddy Roosevelt statue removed from outside New York City museum – NBC News

The removal of New York City’s controversial monument to 26th U.S President Theodore Roosevelt began this week, according to the American Museum of Natural History. “The process, conducted with historic preservation specialists and approved by multiple New York City agencies, will include …

Peru demands compensation for disastrous oil spill caused by Tonga volcano – The Guardian

Peru has demanded compensation from the Spanish oil giant Repsol after freak waves from a volcanic eruption near Tonga caused an oil spill described as the worst ecological disaster to hit the South American country in recent history. Peru’s prime …

Walgreens ‘Pleased to Partner’ With Biden Administration in Distributing Free N95 Masks – NBC Chicago

As part of its ongoing battle to push back a surge in COVID cases and hospitalizations related to the omicron variant, the Biden administration is expected to make 400 million N95 masks available for free to United States residents, and …

Biden defensive in rare solo news conference ahead of 1-year mark in office – ABC News

On the eve of the one-year anniversary of his inauguration, President Joe Biden held a formal news conference at the White House Wednesday, fielding reporter questions on his handling of the pandemic, the economy and his legislative agenda, characterizing the …

Biden says nation weary from COVID but rising with him in WH – Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden acknowledged Wednesday that the pandemic has left Americans exhausted and demoralized but insisted at a news conference marking his first year in office that he has “outperformed” expectations in dealing with it. Facing sagging …

Biden says he thinks Congress can pass parts of broken-up Build Back Better plan – CNBC

President Joe Biden said he will likely have to break up his stalled plan to invest in social programs and climate policy, and that he believes Congress can still pass parts of it. “I’m confident we can get pieces, big …

Biden holds rare solo news conference ahead of 1-year mark in office – go.com

On the eve of the one-year anniversary of his inauguration, President Joe Biden held a formal news conference at the White House Wednesday, answering reporter questions on his handling of the pandemic, the economy and legislative agenda. “It’s been a …

U.S. to distribute 400 million free N95 masks at CVS, Walgreens in COVID fight – Reuters

WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES, Jan 19 (Reuters) – The U.S. government will make 400 million non-surgical “N95” masks from its strategic national stockpile available for free to the public starting next week, a White House official said, as the Biden administration tries …

As U.S. and Russia Prepare to Talk, Blinken Pushes Back on Kremlin Demand – The New York Times

Mr. Blinken said the United States did not make any formal proposals last week but merely “talked about areas” for reciprocal cooperation, including arms control and the conduct of military exercises in Europe. He said it was unclear whether Russia …

Pro-life movement needs to decouple from Donald Trump: panelists discuss the future of post-Roe abortion politics

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Assuming the Supreme Court upholds Mississippi’s law banning most abortions after 15 weeks in its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Care, the future of the pro-life movement may depend on a move away from partisan …

New York AG details fraud case against Trumps in court filings – POLITICO

“No one in this country can pick and choose if and how the law applies to them,” James tweeted, adding that the three Trumps “have all been closely involved” in some Trump Organization transactions that, according to the attorney general, …

Father Rutilio Grande: the (future) patron saint of breaking mental health stigma?

Rutilio Grande, S.J., who will be beatified on Jan. 22, was a deeply committed priest with extraordinary pastoral gifts. This was apparent particularly in his efforts to empower the laity and bring the spirit of the Second Vatican Council—as well …

Starbucks suspends vaccine, test requirement after U.S. court ruling – Reuters

Jan 19 (Reuters) – Starbucks Corp (SBUX.O) suspended COVID-19 vaccine-or-test requirement for U.S. employees that had been mandated by the government, according to a memo sent to workers on Tuesday, following an adverse U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The coffee giant …

USPS COVID test free: US begins offering COVID-19 tests, but doubts persist – KABC-TV

WASHINGTON — For the first time, all Americans can log on to a government website and order free, at-home COVID-19 tests. But the White House push may do little to ease the omicron surge, and experts say Washington will have …

In first court testimony on abuse ever given by a German bishop, Hamburg archbishop admits to mistakes

COLOGNE, Germany (CNS) — In the first testimony ever given by a German Catholic bishop in a court case on abuse, Hamburg Archbishop Stefan Hesse admitted having made mistakes in the case of an offending priest on trial in the …

Bernie Sanders open to supporting primary challenges against Sinema and Manchin – live – The Guardian

Later today, Joe Biden will hold the 10th press conference of his presidency, far fewer than any of his recent predecessors during their first year in office. In a sharp shift from Donald Trump, Biden has said journalists are “indispensable …

Water crisis looms as residents tackle debris in tsunami-hit Tonga – Reuters

New Zealand navy ships to arrive in Tonga on Friday Airport could re-open on Thursday Australian PM spoken to Tongan counterpart Japan, U.S., China and Australia offer aid Jan 19 (Reuters) – Two New Zealand navy vessels will arrive in …

Blinken Visits Ukraine, Warning of ‘Short Notice’ Russian Attack – The New York Times

KYIV — Two days before a meeting with the Russian foreign minister in Geneva, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said on Wednesday that Russia could attack Ukraine “on very short notice” and warned of “confrontation and consequences for Russia” …

NY AG says investigation into Trump and his business found ‘significant evidence’ suggesting fraud – NBC News

New York Attorney General Letitia James disclosed new details Tuesday night about her civil investigation into former President Donald Trump’s business, saying the probe has uncovered evidence suggesting the company put a fraudulent value on multiple assets and misrepresented those …

Pope Francis: God is not frightened by our sins

Below is the text of Pope Francis’ weekly Wednesday audience, delivered on Jan. 19, 2022. To receive these remarks and more in your inbox every week, sign up for America’s daily newsletter. Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! Today, I would …

Worried about the future of Catholic higher education? Look to our students for hope.

This article is a response to “Will Catholic universities survive the upheaval in higher education? The next 10 years will tell,” a feature by Charles C. Camosy. Read more views on this issue linked at the bottom of this article. …

The best way for Catholic universities to preserve Catholic identity? Hire Catholics.

This article is a response to “Will Catholic universities survive the upheaval in higher education? The next 10 years will tell,” a feature by Charles C. Camosy. Read more views on this issue linked at the bottom of this article. …

The economic model for college is broken. Catholic social teaching points a way forward.

This article is a response to “Will Catholic universities survive the upheaval in higher education? The next 10 years will tell,” a feature by Charles C. Camosy. Read more views on this issue linked at the bottom of this article. …

How do we prepare Catholic universities for success? Focus on the marginalized.

This article is a response to “Will Catholic universities survive the upheaval in higher education? The next 10 years will tell,” a feature by Charles C. Camosy. Read more views on this issue linked at the bottom of this article. …

The solution to the culture wars on campus? Radical inclusion.

This article is a response to “Will Catholic universities survive the upheaval in higher education? The next 10 years will tell,” a feature by Charles C. Camosy. Read more views on this issue linked at the bottom of this article. …

Will Catholic universities survive the upheaval in higher education? The next 10 years will tell.

Editor’s note: This article is part of The Conversation, an initiative of America Media offering diverse perspectives on important and contested issues in the life of the church. Read more views on this issue linked at the bottom of this article. …

Texas synagogue hostage suspect timeline: Malik Faisal Akram’s criminal record and when he entered US – Fox News

U.S. and U.K. authorities have been slow to confirm details on the timeline of when a British suspect accused of taking Jewish worshippers hostage at a Texas synagogue entered the country undetected.  The nearly 11-hour-standoff at Congregation Beth Israel in …

Biden plans giveaway of 400M masks as Omicron surges – POLITICO

Public health experts and former Biden transition advisers had also lobbied the White House in recent weeks to give out masks, arguing that cheap and genuine N95s are still difficult for people to find. The administration plans to make the …

Here’s What Scientists Know About the Tonga Volcano Eruption – The New York Times

While residents of Tonga struggle to recover from a devastating volcanic explosion that smothered the Pacific island nation with ash and swamped it with water, scientists are trying to better understand the global effects of the eruption. They already know …

Giuliani, other pro-Trump lawyers hit with subpoenas over Jan. 6 attack – Reuters

WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) – The congressional committee probing the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol issued subpoenas on Tuesday to three lawyers who joined former President Donald Trump’s unsuccessful attempt to overturn his election defeat: Rudy Giuliani, …

Judge signs plan, resolves Puerto Rico bankruptcy battle – Fox Business

Check out what’s clicking on FoxBusiness.com. Puerto Rico’s nearly five-year bankruptcy battle is ending after a federal judge on Tuesday signed a plan that slashes the U.S. territory’s public debt load as part of a restructuring and allows the government …

N.Y. Attorney General Outlines Pattern of Possible Fraud at Trump Business – The New York Times

The New York State attorney general, Letitia James, accused Donald J. Trump’s family business late Tuesday of repeatedly misrepresenting the value of its assets to bolster its bottom line, saying in court papers that the company had engaged in “fraudulent …

New study shows that reading the Bible increases hope

by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent (Worthy News) – A recent study has shown that reading Scripture on a regular basis can substantially improve people’s sense of hope, Christianity Today (CT) reports. The study was conducted by the American Bible …

US poll shows only white evangelicals prioritize marriage and procreation for better society

by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent (Worthy News) – A new poll by the Pew Research Center has found that, contrary to the majority of the US population, white evangelicals believe society is better off when marriage and having children …

LAPD identifies suspect in stabbing of UCLA grad student Brianna Kupfer – New York Post

Los Angeles police identified the man they say stabbed UCLA student Brianna Kupfer to death inside a high-end furniture store where she worked, hours after offering a record-breaking $250,000 reward for information leading to the suspected killer. Shawn Laval Smith, …

Sheriff: 3 teens found dead in home outside of Houston – ABC News

Authorities say three teens have been found dead n in a home northeast of Houston, and it appears one of the teens killed themself after killing the other two ByThe Associated Press January 19, 2022, 3:21 AM • 1 min …

‘We want peace’: Blinken to meet Russian, Ukrainian officials, U.S. says – Reuters

WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden’s top diplomat will seek to defuse a crisis with Moscow over Ukraine when he meets the Russian foreign minister in Geneva this week following visits with Ukrainian leaders in Kyiv and …

Manchin defends filibuster stance amid primary threats: ‘Bring it on’ | TheHill – The Hill

Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinSenate Democrats eye talking filibuster NAACP president presses senators on voting rights: ‘You will decide who defines America’ Schumer tees up showdown on voting rights, filibuster MORE (D-W.Va.) on Tuesday defended his opposition to changing the 60-vote …

Big voting bill faces defeat as 2 Dems won’t stop filibuster – Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Voting legislation that Democrats and civil rights leaders say is vital for protecting democracy appeared headed for defeat as the Senate churned into debate Tuesday, a devastating setback enabled by President Joe Biden’s own party as two …

Biden administration launches website for free at-home Covid tests a day early – The Guardian

The Biden administration quietly launched its website for Americans to request free at-home Covid-19 tests on Tuesday, a day before the site was scheduled to officially go live. The website, CovidTests.gov, features a form run by the US Postal Service …

1 dead, 5 police officers among the injured in suspected gas explosion in Bronx – CBS News

A woman is dead after a fire and collapse Tuesday at a Bronx home. Five police officers and at least two other civilians were injured, the NYPD said.  The fire department responded to a call about an explosion Tuesday morning, …

Texas rejects hundreds of mail ballot applications under new voting limits – Reuters

Jan 18 (Reuters) – Texas election officials have rejected hundreds of mail-in ballot applications, abiding by a new Republican-backed law just weeks before a March 1 primary kicks off this year’s U.S. election cycle. “My friends, this is what voter …

Biden administration’s rapid testing website hits speed bumps for some apartment residents – POLITICO

“This will help ensure those most in need of the tests are receiving them as quickly as possible,” said the official, who was granted anonymity to speak freely about the site. The U.S. Postal Service said the issue stems from …

UCLA grad texted friend she had ‘bad vibe’ about man in store before she was killed – New York Post

Brianna Kupfer knew something was off with the man who walked into the Los Angeles furniture store where she was working alone. The UCLA grad student texted a friend on Jan. 13 to say there was someone in the store Croft House …

We need more dangerous saints

This is shaping up to be a historic week in El Salvador, one filled with the resurrection of painful memories but also with joyous celebrations marking the strength, resilience and faith of the Salvadoran people. Thirty years ago this week, …

Texas Catholic church opened its door during hostage crisis at synagogue

COLLEYVILLE, Texas (CNS) — As the tense hours of a Jan. 15 hostage standoff situation unfolded at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area, so too did an unbelievable manifestation of faith and community at nearby …

In a medical first, a man received a heart transplant from a pig. What does Catholic bioethics have to say?

A breakthrough in transplant surgery may soon offer life-saving options to thousands of patients languishing on U.S. organ-donor waiting lists even as it raises new questions for Catholic bioethicists. In a medical first on Jan. 7, doctors in Maryland transplanted …

Wordle is taking over our social media feeds. But it’s more than just a game—it’s a gift.

Did anyone else find that somewhere around the New Year their Twitter feeds were suddenly populated with strange, unexplained Tetris-like graphs like, say, this? ⬜️🟨⬜️🟨⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️🟩⬜️🟨🟨🟨⬜️🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩(@PopCulturPriest) — Zac Davis (@zacdayvis) January 18, 2022 If so, maybe you wondered, “What is this …

Blinken to Meet With Russia as U.S. Pushes For More Diplomacy on Ukraine – The New York Times

WASHINGTON — Seeking to head off a potential assault on Ukraine, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will meet with Russia’s foreign minister on Friday as the two sides explore whether there is still a diplomatic path to avoiding a …

How to order free at-home Covid tests: White House website goes live – NBC News

WASHINGTON — The federal government’s website for Americans to order at-home rapid Covid-19 testing kits launched on Tuesday. The website says “every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free. …

Live updates: The coronavirus pandemic and the Omicron variant – CNN

Staff members from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department investigate a pet shop in Hong Kong, Tuesday, January 18, 2022, which closed after some pet hamsters tested positive for the coronavirus, according to authorities. Kin Cheung/AP Hong Kong authorities say …

GOP takes a potent but risky new path: Hitting Biden on Covid – POLITICO

“President Biden’s learned a valuable lesson: Be careful who you criticize and what you criticize them for, because it may come back to you,” Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) said. But going on offense against Biden isn’t the same as building …

Dr. King Understood That Voting Rights Aren't Political. They Are Spiritual

Source: Newsweek | Adam Russell Taylor I grew up in the shadow of the civil rights struggle believing that my generation inherited the unfinished business of the civil rights movement. I failed to imagine the degree to which the struggle for …

Assessing Biden’s covid response after one year – The Washington Post

“All of the items here, you could credibly say, have been addressed in some way, most of them substantively,” said Krishna Udayakumar, director of the Duke Global Health Innovation Center, referring to Biden’s global strategy promises such as supporting the …

Important parts of Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy are often glossed over

Source: NPR All Things Considered | Adrian Florido … The Reverend Adam Russell Taylor of Sojourners, a Christian social justice group, says the president was putting his finger on how commonly people wrap themselves in Dr. King’s legacy for political …

Pope Francis’ top two advisors test positive for Covid-19

Cardinal Pietro Parolin and Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra, the two most senior advisors to Pope Francis, have tested positive for Covid-19 and are in quarantine. Matteo Bruni, the director of the Holy See Press Office, told journalists after midday, Rome …

Tonga covered in thick layer of ash, first photos after volcano eruption and tsunami show – NBC News

Around 100 homes were damaged and 50 destroyed on the main island of Tongatapu, according to a WHO report released Tuesday. Some residents were displaced and taking shelter at evacuation centers. Tongan officials were hoping to evacuate people from the …

Israel sticks with 4th vaccine shot, sees Omicron wave waning next week – Reuters

JERUSALEM, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Israel will continue to offer a fourth COVID-19 vaccine shot despite preliminary findings that it is not enough to prevent Omicron infections, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday, predicting contagions stoked by the variant will …

Democrats ponder Plan B strategy to circumvent voting-rights filibuster | TheHill – The Hill

Senate Democrats are scrambling for a Plan B to pass voting rights legislation after Sens. Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaPelosi suggests filibuster supporters ‘dishonor’ MLK’s legacy on voting rights Sanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown Martin Luther King III: …

White House plots public reset as Biden’s agenda flails – NBC News

With President Joe Biden rounding out his first year in office amid a sinking approval rating and multiple setbacks to his agenda, the White House is planning a new communications strategy, senior administration officials say. Biden’s reset plan, senior administration …

Michelle Go, woman pushed to her death on N.Y. subway tracks, grew up in Bay Area – San Francisco Chronicle

Michelle Go, who was killed in New York City on Saturday when a man pushed her onto the subway tracks, grew up in Fremont and went to college in Los Angeles. “We are in a state of shock and grieving …

‘Nobody cares about the Uyghurs’ lands Warriors minority owner in hot water – NPR

Chamath Palihapitiya, a 34-year-old venture capitalist and minority owner of the Golden State Warriors, is under attack on Twitter for saying, “Nobody cares” about the Uyghur genocide in China. Brian Ach/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Brian Ach/Getty Images Chamath …

Rabbi held hostage by gunman leads prayer service at Texas synagogue – ABC News

The service was a crucial step in the healing process, the rabbi said. January 18, 2022, 2:11 AM • 7 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article The Texas rabbi who threw a chair at a gunman to …

One year in, Americans weigh in on President Joe Biden’s performance – OregonLive

President Joe Biden took office at a particularly polarized time in American history, so it’s not surprising that citizens are divided on his performance at the one-year mark. A Georgia history teacher who voted for Biden would give him a …

L.A. County logs nearly tenfold increase in coronavirus cases – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles County on Monday reported more than 31,500 new coronavirus cases — marking a nearly tenfold increase from the number of new cases tallied a month ago and offering a stark reminder of the lasting power of the highly …

Texas abortion ban remains in effect after appeals court ruling | TheHill – The Hill

A federal appeals court rejected a request from Texas abortion clinics to return their challenge against the state’s controversial abortion ban, leaving in place the strictest ban in the country. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily transferred the case to the …

Despite Youngkin’s order, Northern Virginia school districts maintaining mask requirements – insidenova.com

Masks are staying on at most Northern Virginia public schools, at least for now. Officials from Prince William County Schools and Manassas City Public Schools announced Monday that their universal masking policies remain in place despite Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s Saturday …

Waves from eruption in Tonga cause oil spill in Peru – ABC News

Unusually high waves attributed to the eruption of an undersea volcano in Tonga have caused an oil spill on the Peruvian coast, but authorities say the spill was controlled within hours and there’s an ongoing process to clean the area …

MLK’s memory is honored by demonstrators calling for the passage of voting rights bill – NPR

From center left to right: Yolanda Renee King, Arndrea Waters King and Martin Luther King III, lead the annual D.C. Peace Walk: Change Happens with Good Hope and a Dream across the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge for Dr. Martin Luther …

Trump superfans dream of a run again, and of JFK Jr. on the ticket – POLITICO

If Kallatsa was worried about sounding too conspiratorial, he shouldn’t have been. He was not alone among the crowd in believing that JFK Jr. is not only still alive but is also a secret Trump supporter embedded far in the …

Australian minister says Tonga suffered ‘significant damage’ following volcano eruption – The Guardian

Australia’s minister for the Pacific, Zed Seselja, says initial reports suggest no mass casualties in Tonga following the eruption of a volcano that triggered a tsunami, but Australian police have visited beaches with significant damage and “houses thrown around”. Australia …

4th vaccine shot less effective against omicron, Israeli study finds; new Va. governor faces mask pushback: Live COVID updates – USA TODAY

The increase in antibodies produced by a fourth shot of COVID-19 vaccine is not enough to prevent infections from the omicron variant, according to preliminary research at an Israeli hospital. The results, revealed Monday, bring into question the practice of …

Martin Luther King’s family, Vice President Harris urge action for voting rights – Reuters

WASHINGTON, Jan 17 (Reuters) – The family of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and their supporters, some shouting, “Hey Hey! Ho Ho! Voter suppression has got to go,” marched in Washington on Monday urging passage of a …

How can we honor Martin Luther King Jr.? Defund (while respecting) the police

How the winds blow, how the seasons change. A year and a half ago, in that hot summer of 2020, city councils and congresspeople across the country seemed ready to hear that impossible, if sensible, demand of the movement for …

Union Pacific: Train Robberies Up 356%

(Worthy News) – Medical equipment, designer handbags, luggage, throw pillows, airline parts, children’s artwork, even a new wine fridge – all those items and more have been found stolen off Union Pacific trains and discarded alongside the tracks in East …

Texas Synagogue Hostage Taker Had ‘Mental Health Issues,’ Brother in U.K. Says – The New York Times

BLACKBURN, England — The British man named by the F.B.I. as the person who took four people hostage at a Texas synagogue on Saturday had serious mental health issues and arguably should not have been able to travel to America …

Greece imposed vaccine mandate for people 60 and up : Coronavirus Updates – NPR

A man wearing a face mask to curb the spread of coronavirus, sits on a bench as pedestrians walk outside Evangelismos hospital in Athens, Greece, Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. Thanassis Stavrakis/AP hide caption toggle caption Thanassis Stavrakis/AP A man wearing …

13-year-old boy dies after presumed fentanyl exposure at his Connecticut school, police say – WGAL Lancaster

A 13-year-old boy who was found unconscious after a presumed fentanyl exposure at his Hartford, Connecticut, school last week has died, police said.The boy died Saturday at approximately 5:35 p.m. Two other male students who were also taken to a …

NC weather: Windy, chilly Monday with icy spots possible on the roads after Sunday’s winter storm – WTVD-TV

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — A winter weather advisory is no longer in effect for central North Carolina.That advisory was the last gasp of the winter storm that dropped some snow and ice all across the state Sunday. The storm caused …

Winter storm to hit northeast US with foot of snow – NPR

A pedestrian uses an umbrella as they cross Liberty Avenue, in downtown Pittsburgh, as snow begins to fall during a winter storm that will impact the region on Sunday night, Jan. 16, 2022. Alexandra Wimley/AP hide caption toggle caption Alexandra …

Winter storm slams East Coast, leaves 200,000 without power – NBC News

Some 200,000 were without power in the eastern United States on Monday morning after a major winter storm swept through the region, spurring multiple tornadoes in Florida. The storm, which brought snow to the northern Plains and the Upper Midwest over …

Cost of masks and tests deepens a pandemic wedge between the haves and the have-nots – NBC News

In recent weeks, as the omicron variant spread rapidly across the United States, Americans have found that the financial costs of the pandemic are increasingly falling on their shoulders. As Covid-19 cases have climbed, public health experts have urged people …

Jen Psaki backs kid’s school in mask fight with VA gov. Youngkin – Business Insider

Jen Psaki backed Arlington Public Schools in a mask-mandate argument with the state governor. The district is defying a move by GOP Gov. Youngkin allowing parents to opt out of mask rules.  Psaki said that, unlike her, Youngkin doesn’t have …

Democrats came up short on MLK day promise. What’s next for the push for a voting rights bill? – USA TODAY

WASHINGTON – Democratic lawmakers will mark the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday having come up short on a promise to vote on a Senate rule change aimed at ushering through a voting rights bill. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Thursday the Senate will not …

UCLA grad student fatally stabbed while working at high-end LA furniture store – New York Post

A UCLA grad student was fatally stabbed by a random maniac while she was working as a consultant at a high-end furniture store in Los Angeles last Thursday, reports said. Brianna Kupfer, 24, was alone and working at Croft House …

N. Korea fires short-range missiles in 4th launch this year – Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired two suspected ballistic missiles into the sea Monday in its fourth weapons launch this month, South Korea’s military said, with the apparent goal of demonstrating its military might amid paused diplomacy with …

Celebrated Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee dies peacefully at 102 – New York Post

Charles McGee, a decorated military pilot with the pioneering all-black Tuskegee Airman who flew combat missions in three wars, died Sunday. He was 102. McGee died peacefully in his sleep, his family said in a statement obtained by Reuters. “He …

IMPACT: Wintry Mix To Rain, Windy Monday – WGAL Susquehanna Valley Pa.

WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT 10 AM TO 7 PM MONDAY FOR ADAMS, CUMBERLAND, DAUPHIN, FRANKLIN, JUNIATA, LANCASTER, MIFFLIN, PERRY, YORK COUNTIESA complex, winter storm will continue to bring periods wintry mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain, and then plain …

China GDP Grew 8.1% in 2021, Though Momentum Slowed in Fourth Quarter – The Wall Street Journal

BEIJING—China’s economy expanded 8.1% last year as a pandemic-plagued world snapped up its goods, though slowing growth in the final months of the year points to challenges ahead for its economy. As expected, the annual gross domestic product figure easily …

Winter storm slams U.S. East Coast, Canada, thousands of flights canceled – Reuters

WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) – A major winter storm slammed much of the eastern United States with snow, ice and high winds on Sunday, causing widespread travel disruptions and power outages on a holiday weekend. Winter weather alerts stretched more …

NYC woman killed in subway attack worked as Deloitte exec, LinkedIn page suggests – Fox Business

Check out what’s clicking on FoxBusiness.com. The woman identified by police as the victim who was pushed to her death in front of a subway train at the Times Square station Saturday was a senior manager at Deloitte Consulting, according …

Tsunami threat recedes after undersea volcanic eruption in Pacific – NBC News

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The tsunami threat around the Pacific from a huge undersea volcanic eruption began to recede Sunday, while the extent of damage to Tonga remained unclear. Satellite images showed the spectacular eruption that took place Saturday evening, with a …

U-M investigating whether Schlissel misused university funds in support of relationship – Detroit Free Press

The University of Michigan is investigating whether former President Mark Schlissel misused university funds in support of his relationship with a female employee, two sources with knowledge of the investigation told the Free Press on Sunday night. The look into how …

Volcanic tsunami tests emergency systems, offers limited lessons on Oregon coast – OregonLive

The tsunami that rippled across the Pacific Ocean on Saturday may have been a good test run for the Pacific Northwest’s emergency alert systems, but it’s not yet clear how useful the experience will be in preparing Oregonians for a …

L.A. County sees 10-month high in COVID death rate – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles County saw an average of 40 coronavirus deaths a day over the past week, the highest such rate in nearly 10 months, a sign that the prolific Omicron variant may be deadlier than many initially believed. The county’s …

Mary Sue Coleman issues message after being appointed interim president at University of Michigan – WDIV ClickOnDetroit

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The University of Michigan Board of Regents named former school president Mary Sue Coleman as interim president after firing Dr. Mark Schlissel from his presidency. Schlissel was fired this week by an unanimous board decision after …

Who is Aafia Siddiqui, the federal prisoner at the center of the Texas hostage incident? – NBC News

Aafia Siddiqui, whose release was demanded by a man who took hostages inside a Texas synagogue, would not condone the man’s actions, her attorney said Saturday. The unidentified man, who took an unspecified number of people hostage inside Congregation Beth …

Tonga volcano eruption: What we know so far – Al Jazeera English

As the tsunami threat around the Pacific from a massive undersea volcanic eruption began to subside on Sunday, a huge ash cloud covering the Pacific island nation of Tonga prevented surveillance flights from New Zealand to determine the extent of …

US Surgeon General Warns That Omicron Has Not Yet Peaked – The New York Times

Dr. Vivek Murthy, the U.S. surgeon general, warned on Sunday that the Omicron surge of coronavirus cases had not yet peaked nationally, saying that the next few weeks would be very difficult in many parts of the country as hospitalizations …

Power outages, flight cancellations, thundersnow: Brutal snow, ice storm slams South – USA TODAY

Hundreds of thousands of homes were without power in the Southeast. Almost 5,000 flights into, out of and within the U.S. had been canceled or delayed. Shoccoe, Mississippi, woke up to inches of snow. The entire Eastern USA was under …

MAGA hats and QAnon: Inside Trump’s first rally of 2022 – POLITICO

Former President Donald Trump’s rally Saturday night in Florence, Ariz., was an attempt to add a distinctly MAGA tilt to the midterm election season. But for the thousands of his most faithful followers — some of whom traveled to the …

US Surgeon General warns ‘next few weeks will be tough’ as Omicron spreads – New York Post

US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy warned Sunday that the “next few weeks will be tough” as COVID-19 infections driven by the Omicron variant continue to surge. Murthy said that the country is still pushing around 800,000 new cases per day, …

SCOTUS blocking of vaccine mandate ‘a setback for public health’: Vivek Murthy – ABC News

The requirements make “workplaces safer for workers as well as for customers.” January 16, 2022, 5:07 PM • 5 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article The Supreme Court’s decision to block the Biden administration’s vaccine-or-test requirement for …

Man holding people in Colleyville, Texas, synagogue dead, hostages released safely – NBC News

DALLAS — All hostages have been released safely from a synagogue in the Dallas-Fort Worth area following a more than 10-hour standoff, and the man responsible is dead, according to local and federal law enforcement officials. A group of four …

Tsunami hits Tonga after volcanic eruption – DW (English)

The Pacific island of Tonga experienced a large volcanic eruption Saturday followed by a tsunami that flooded parts of the capital, Nuku’alofa.  The surge wave reached a height of 2.7 feet (83 centimeters) in Nuku’alofa, according to the US-based Pacific Tsunami …

After Biden’s first year, the virus and disunity rage on – Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — From the inaugural platform, President Joe Biden saw American sickness on two fronts — a disease of the national spirit and the one from the rampaging coronavirus — and he saw hope, because leaders always must see …

Netanyahu negotiating plea deal in corruption trial – POLITICO

“The man who worked to destroy the public’s trust in the foundations of democracy for personal reasons is not eligible for deals,” Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz tweeted. He was referring to Netanyahu’s attempts after he was indicted to cast doubt …

FBI storms Texas synagogue to release hostages, gunman dead – Reuters

COLLEYVILLE, Texas, Jan 15 (Reuters) – An FBI Hostage Rescue Team stormed a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas on Saturday night to free three remaining hostages of a gunman who had disrupted a religious service and began a standoff with police …

Tonga Volcanic Eruption, Tsunami Cause Significant Damage – The Wall Street Journal

Tonga’s main island has sustained significant damage from a volcanic eruption and tsunami, New Zealand’s leader said, promising rapid aid for a Pacific archipelago that remains largely cut off from the world a day after the powerful waves crashed onto …

Russia Issues Subtle Threats More Far-Reaching Than a Ukraine Invasion – The New York Times

VIENNA — No one expected much progress from this past week’s diplomatic marathon to defuse the security crisis Russia has ignited in Eastern Europe by surrounding Ukraine on three sides with 100,000 troops and then, by the White House’s accounting, …

Microsoft Warns of Cyber Attack on Ukrainian Computer Networks – The New York Times

WASHINGTON — Microsoft warned on Saturday evening that it had detected a highly destructive form of malware in dozens of government and private computer networks in Ukraine that appeared to be waiting to be triggered by an unknown actor. In …

Trump kicks off midterm year still stuck on last election – POLITICO

“The fake news and the lamestream media … they refused to talk about it,” Trump said of his false election claims. “They say, ‘well it is unsubstantiated and the big lie.’ The big lie. The big lie is a lot …

Witnesses react to mass shooting at the WOW Hall – kezi.com

EUGENE, Ore.— Witnesses are sharing what they saw and heard the moments gunshots were fired at the WOW Hall Saturday night. Six people were taken to the hospital, according to Eugene Police.  Thomas Hiura lives in the area and was …

Woman Dies After Being Pushed Onto Subway Tracks in Times Square – The New York Times

In a horrifying instant, a man walked up to a 40-year-old woman waiting for the subway in Times Square on Saturday morning and shoved her to the tracks as a train screeched into the station, killing her, the police said. …

Volcano erupts in Pacific, West Coast under tsunami advisory – Associated Press

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The tsunami threat around the Pacific from a huge undersea volcanic eruption began to recede Sunday, while the extent of damage to Tonga remained unclear. Satellite images showed the spectacular eruption that took place Saturday …

Tsunami advisory issued for West Coast, California after Tonga underwater volcano erupts – The Washington Post

At marinas along the coast, boat owners woke up early to prepare their vessels for the rising tide. Jeff Folkema, a marina operator in Garibaldi, Ore., said he got a call at 5:30 a.m. alerting him to the tsunami advisory. …

Massive 11-alarm Passaic chemical plant fire has been contained, building collapsed – NorthJersey.com

With the fear of a potential chemical explosion goading them on, several hundred firefighters battled soaring flames, frigid temperatures and iced equipment to knock down a massive fire at a site in Passaic packed with hazardous substances Friday and Saturday, …

Youngkin ends mandates for masks in schools and COVID vaccinations for state workers – Axios

Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin signed 11 executive orders following his swearing in ceremony on Saturday, including those that overturn Virginia’s mask mandate for public schools and a COVID vaccination requirement for state workers. Driving the news: Youngkin also signed an …

75 million Americans under alert for winter storm, chilling temperatures – ABC News

Some 75 million Americans in 33 states, from the Dakotas to Georgia to Maine, are under alert Saturday through Monday for a massive winter storm and chilling temperatures. At least 11 winter weather alerts and advisories are in effect, including …

Hospitals Confront the Fallout From Supreme Court Ruling on Vaccine Mandate – The New York Times

While 21 states and the District of Columbiahave already mandated vaccines for health care workers, six — Texas, Montana, Arkansas, Indiana, Tennessee and Georgia — implemented bans that prohibited some employers from requiring vaccines. Eighteen states had no requirement for …

Hostage situation at North Texas synagogue: SWAT, DPS and FBI on scene at Congregation Beth Israel on 6100 block of Pleasant Run Road of Colleyville – WFAA.com

Police said they were “conducting SWAT operations” at Congregation Beth Israel on the 6100 block of Pleasant Run Road, near Tinker Road and Highway 26. COLLEYVILLE, Texas — Police on Saturday morning were evacuating residents of a Colleyville neighborhood while …

EXCLUSIVE Ukraine suspects group linked to Belarus intelligence over cyberattack – Reuters

A laptop screen displays a warning message in Ukrainian, Russian and Polish, that appeared on the official website of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry after a massive cyberattack, in this illustration taken January 14, 2022. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko/Illustration Register now for FREE unlimited access to …

Snow and ice expected from major winter storm across East Coast – The Washington Post

A front-end thump of snow is possible in cities like Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon and evening, flipping to sleet, ice and rain after a couple hours as the mid-level “warm nose” wraps in overhead. To the west, …

Eugene shooting leaves 6 wounded outside concert; police searching for suspect – OregonLive

EUGENE — Police set up a tip line Saturday and asked for witnesses to come forward with any information about a shooting that injured six people outside a concert. Officers responded to the WOW Hall in Eugene after reports of …

Officer shoots man in custody after emergency room scuffle – ABC News

Officials say a man in police custody was shot and killed in a North Carolina emergency room early Saturday after scuffling with an officer ByThe Associated Press January 15, 2022, 1:10 PM • 1 min read Share to FacebookShare to …

President Biden is having a hard time fulfilling high expectations – NPR

President Biden acknowledged his administration’s recent struggles Friday while speaking about the bipartisan infrastructure bill he signed into law last year. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images President Biden acknowledged his administration’s recent struggles Friday while …

6 people shot outside Eugene concert; suspect not in custody – OPB News

Six people were shot during a concert at an event hall in Oregon on Friday night, and the suspected shooter was not yet in custody, police said. Officers responded to the WOW Hall in Eugene after reports of a shooting …

6 people shot outside Oregon concert; suspect not in custody – ABC News

Police in Oregon say six people were shot during a concert Friday night at an event hall in Eugene ByThe Associated Press January 15, 2022, 1:13 PM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article EUGENE, Ore. …

Live updates: Novak Djokovic’s visa and Australian Open news – CNN

Protesters demonstrate outside Melbourne Park after Novak Djokovic returned to an immigration detention hotel in Melbourne on Saturday. (Mark Baker/AP) Novak Djokovic has returned to the Park Hotel detention facility in Melbourne, according to CNN affiliate Nine News.  The men’s …

U.S. CDC urges Americans to wear ‘most protective mask you can’ – Reuters

WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday revised its guidance for Americans on wearing masks to protect against COVID-19, recommending donning “the most protective mask you can” while stopping short of …

N95 vs. KN95 masks: What’s the difference between them and how to tell if they’re real – KABC-TV

According to medical experts, medical grade masks like KN95 and N95 are the most effective in protecting you from COVID-19. With the spike in cases due to the omicron variant, Los Angeles County employers will have to provide either of …

Oath Keepers leader makes 1st court appearance following arrest on seditious conspiracy charge – ABC News

The leader of the Oath Keepers militia group, who was indicted Thursday on a series of charges including seditious conspiracy in connection with the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, made his first appearance before a judge Friday in …

Police Presentation in Portland Celebrated Violence Against Protesters – The New York Times

A slide show designed to train officers in Portland, Ore., on methods of policing protests concluded with a message that celebrated the use of violence against demonstrators, suggesting they would end up “stitched and bandaged,” according to records released by …

Democrats Face a Dilemma on Voting: Compromise or Keep Pressing? – The New York Times

One proposed change would make clear that the vice president has only a ceremonial and administrative role in the counting of electoral votes. Another would make it far more difficult to raise objections under the law, which currently allows a …

About 130,000 LAUSD students absent amid Omicron COVID surge – Los Angeles Times

About one-third of Los Angeles Unified students — approximately 130,000 — have been absent from school during the first days back from winter break, ushering in another chapter of pandemic disruption in the nation’s second-largest school system. In addition, teachers …

Bookmark this website for the government’s free at-home COVID tests – Hawaii News Now

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – U.S. households will be able to order free at-home COVID tests online starting Wednesday, the White House announced. The Biden Administration has pledged to distribute 1 billion of the tests. Households can sign up at COVIDTests.gov to …

DeSantis would have been ‘much louder’ if he knew early on feds would shut down the country – Fox News

NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles! Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis says he regrets not speaking out even more forcefully against a federal COVID-19 lockdown early on during the pandemic in 2020, saying he didn’t understand how extensive …

Biden White House pummeled for rollout of COVID tests expected to ship ‘within 7-12 days of ordering’ – Fox News

Media top headlines January 14 In media news today, an MSNBC contributor says the Republican Party is a front for a ‘terrorist movement,’ liberal pundits meltdown after Krysten Sinema doubles down on filibuster support, and Yahoo rejects a GOP Senate …

Labor Department vows to protect workers from Covid after Supreme Court blocks business vaccine mandate – CNBC

US Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh speaks about Labor Unions during an event in the East Room of the White House September 8, 2021, in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski | AFP | Getty Images The Labor Department has vowed to …

Gov. McMaster declares State of Emergency ahead of winter storm – Live 5 News WCSC

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) – Gov. Henry McMaster has declared a State of Emergency in preparation for this weekend’s expected winter storm, and urges South Carolinians to monitor local weather conditions and take winter safety precautions. The governor’s office say McMaster …

U.S. intelligence agencies point to potential Russian invasion of Ukraine within a month’s time – CNBC

A BMP-2 amphibious infantry fighting vehicle during field firing practice ahead of the 78th birthday of the guards tank army of the Western Military District at the Golovenki range outside Moscow. Sergei Bobylev | TASS | Getty Images WASHINGTON – …

As voting rights push fizzles, Biden’s failure to unite his own party looms again – USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden started the new year with a feistier, more combative tone toward Republicans, only to be reminded almost immediately that he is still battling with members of his own party. On Thursday, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, an Arizona Democrat, dealt …

You will never regret going to the funeral

By my mother’s count, I attended at least 15 wakes and funerals by the time I turned 12. It was not until I became an adult that I realized my experience was not shared by many of my peers, for …

Thieves target another source for stolen goods: Delivery trucks and trains full of packages – CNBC

Images from video show emptied boxes along rail tracks in Los Angeles after thieves broke into Union Pacific cargo trains. Source: NBC4 | Los Angeles Instead of shoplifting from stores, some thieves are zeroing in on another target: Trains and …

It is time for Israel to come clean about its nuclear weapons

Yet again, Covid-19 has led to the postponement of the 10th Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference, which was originally scheduled for 2020, the 50th anniversary of the treaty going into effect. The meeting of the state parties to the treaty …

Martin Luther King Jr. was right: We must not choose order over justice

So much has happened, not just for me but for our country and our church, since I last wrote for America. In 2018 I shared my experience of religious discrimination, not being allowed to wear my religious habit while completing …

Rep. Gallego: Sinema is ‘deeply disappointing’ – POLITICO – Politico

With help from Rishika Dugyala and Teresa Wiltz POLITICO Illustration/Photo by AP What up, Recast family! Biden’s agenda takes another massive hit as the Supreme Court blocks vaccine mandates for large businesses and the showdown vote on election reform is …

Ohio Supreme Court Strikes Down Republican Gerrymander of Map – The New York Times

The Ohio Supreme Court struck down a congressional map skewed to favor Republicans on Friday, ruling it was the equivalent of a dealer stacking the deck and sending it back to state lawmakers to try again. The map would have …

Major winter storm to bring heavy snow, rain over MLK weekend – NBC News

A major winter storm system is expected to wallop parts of the United States with heavy snow and rain over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, meteorologists have warned. The upper and the middle Mississippi Valley could get heavy snow …

What’s it like being Catholic in Hollywood?

For every A-list celebrity, there are thousands of people working behind the scenes and in supporting roles. They hustle from gig to gig, stitching jobs and roles together to make a living. They’re people like Marianne Muellerleile. Marianne is a …

Disney+’s ‘The Book of Boba Fett’ soared high—then crashed.

This essay contains spoilers for the first three episodes of “The Book of Boba Fett.” I feel a huge debt to Disney+. Even though the first season of its universally acclaimed TV series “The Mandalorian” came out in November and …

Harry Potter helped me to heal from incest abuse

This story discusses childhood sexual assault. For help, contact RAINN’s National Sexual Assault Hotline or learn more at Incest AWARE. On New Year’s Day, I sat down to watch HBO Max’s “Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts.” In this …

The (unofficial) Pope Francis Playlist

If you’re anything like me, Pope Francis’ recent visit to a record shop in Rome probably has you wondering: What might the vicar of Christ’s Spotify playlist look like? What songs does he jam to in his white Fiat 500 …

4 lessons from Rutilio Grande, priest, prophet and martyr

Rutilio Grande, S.J., and his two traveling companions, 15-year-old Nelson Rutilio Lemus and 72-year-old Manuel Solórzano, had been driving to the small town of El Paisnal in El Salvador to celebrate the novena for the town’s patronal feast of St. …

Notre Dame and Georgetown among schools sued over financial aid conspiracy

The University of Notre Dame in Indiana and Georgetown University in Washington are among a group of some 16 private educational institutions named in a lawsuit alleging a conspiracy to fix student financial aid distribution formulas among them. The effect …

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI provided 82 pages of information for upcoming clerical abuse report

Munich/Berlin (KNA) — Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has provided extensive answers—in all totaling 82 pages—to lawyers’ questions concerning sexual abuse cases in the Munich archdiocese, the mass-circulation newspaper Bild reported Friday. The lawyers’ queries were part of their investigation for …

Schumer delays voting rights votes until next week as Democrats face filibuster fight – CNBC

Democratic supporters of U.S. President Joe Biden hold letter-signs reading all together ‘Senate, Act Now’ during a candlelight vigil on the National Mall in observance of the first anniversary of the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol by supporters …

Prince Andrew stripped of royal patronages and military affiliations as sex abuse lawsuit moves ahead – CBS News

Britain’s Prince Andrew has been stripped of all his royal patronages and military affiliations — with the queen’s approval. The announcement came a day after a U.S. district judge rejected Andrew’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Virginia Giuffre, …

Hackers Bring Down Government Sites in Ukraine – The New York Times

KYIV, Ukraine — Hackers brought down several Ukrainian government websites on Friday, posting a message on the site of the Foreign Ministry saying, “Be afraid and expect the worst.” It was the latest in a long line of cyberattacks targeting …

Vaccine mandate news – live: Republicans ‘will not comply’ with DC mandate after Supreme Court blocks Biden – The Independent

Joe Biden gives an update on federal surge response to Omicron The Supreme Court has tossed out a Biden administration vaccine mandate that would have required 80 million workers to either get vaccinated or submit to regular testing. In a …

As queen mourned alone, UK gov’t staff held parties: Report – Al Jazeera English

Two lockdown-breaking Downing Street gatherings were held on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral in April 2021, a newspaper alleges. Allegations of more lockdown-breaking parties at Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Downing Street office are heightening public anger in the United …

Robert F. Kennedy’s assassin Sirhan denied parole by California governor – Reuters

Jan 13 (Reuters) – California Governor Gavin Newsom said on Thursday he has denied parole to Sirhan Sirhan, the Palestinian refugee serving a life prison sentence for assassinating U.S. presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy in 1968. Newsom made the announcement …

Vaccine mandate news – live: Biden ‘disappointed’ Supreme Court blocked ‘common-sense life-saving’ Covid rule – The Independent

Joe Biden gives an update on federal surge response to Omicron The Supreme Court has tossed out a Biden administration vaccine mandate that would have required 80 million workers to either get vaccinated or submit to regular testing. In a …

Biden hosts Manchin and Sinema at White House to push for voting rights reform – Axios

President Biden met with Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) at the White House on Thursday night to discuss voting rights after they reaffirmed their opposition to reforming the filibuster, per the White House. Why it matters: Biden …

Sinema Rejects Changing Filibuster, Dealing Biden a Setback – The New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Biden’s campaign to push new voting rights protections through Congress appeared all but dead on Thursday, after it became clear that he had failed to unite his own party behind his drive to overhaul Senate rules to …

How Biden swung for filibuster reform — and missed with Manchin and Sinema – POLITICO

Biden talked about Byrd — with whom he served in the Senate — at some length during his meeting with the 50-member Democratic caucus, contending that the late West Virginian believed Senate rules aren’t static and need to evolve. Later …

Biden-senate-voting – The Washington Post

By Mike DeBonis and Seung Min Kim, Chip Somodevilla Getty Images Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) arrives for a Senate Democratic caucus luncheon with President Biden in the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on Jan. 13. Democrats’ hopes of …

Three women charged for allegedly assaulting Delta Airlines employees – CBS News

Three women from Long Island, New York, are facing federal charges for allegedly kicking and punching Delta Airlines employees after they weren’t allowed to board a flight, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York announced Thursday. …

Two North Texas ‘Oath Keepers’ Charged With Seditious Conspiracy in Jan. 6 Attack – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

What to Know Two North Texas men face sedition charges related to Jan. 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol. The charges mark a serious escalation in the DOJ investigation and rebut, in part, those who question if the attack was …

GOP senator plans to introduce ‘Fauci Act’ after clash at hearing | TheHill – The Hill

Republican Sen. Roger MarshallRoger W. MarshallScientists, medical professionals defend Fauci after heated exchanges with Republicans The Hill’s Morning Report – For Biden, it goes from bad to worse Fauci says it’s ‘stunning’ that senator doesn’t know his financial records are …

Emily’s 6 First Alert Forecast – Our next round of winter weather arrives Friday – WOWT

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – We’ve declared a First Alert Day for Friday as winter weather takes aim at the region! Winter Weather Advisories have been issued for much of the area beginning at 6 AM Friday: Winter Weather Advisory(wowt) Moisture …

California governor denies parole to Robert F. Kennedy assassin Sirhan Sirhan – CBS News

California’s governor on Thursday rejected releasing Robert F. Kennedy assassin Sirhan Sirhan from prison, more than a half-century after the 1968 slaying left a deep wound during one of America’s darkest times. Governor Gavin Newsom, who has cited RFK as …

Feisty clipper Friday: Sharp snowfall gradient across Twin Cities – MPR News

Buckle up anywhere west of the Twin Cities Friday. Our inbound Alberta clipper looks feisty. I give this storm a 7 on a scale of 1 to 10 for snow and wind potential Friday anywhere west of the Twin Cities. …

California governor denies RFK assassin Sirhan Sirhan parole – NPR

Sirhan Sirhan is seen arriving for a parole hearing in August 2021 in San Diego. On Thursday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom blocked the parole recommendation for Sirhan, who killed Robert F. Kennedy in 1968. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation/via …

Jan. 6 investigators subpoena Twitter, YouTube, Facebook’s parent and other tech giants – POLITICO

The companies have until Jan. 27 to comply. A Reddit spokesperson said the company had received the subpoena and would continue to work with the committee on its requests. A Twitter spokesperson declined to comment. Meta spokesperson Andy Stone said …