Politics

Jamaican PM: We’re Cutting Ties To British Monarchy

The Associated Press reports: Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness told Prince William and Kate on Wednesday that the British commonwealth intends to become fully independent in an unexpected announcement that comes as other countries consider cutting ties with the monarchy. Holness also noted that there are “unresolved” issues as he greeted Prince William and Kate in front of a media …

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SC Death Row Men Seek Delay Over Firing Squad Law

The Associated Press reports: Lawyers for two men on South Carolina’s death row have asked the state’s Supreme Court to hold off on setting execution dates while they challenge a new law allowing executions by firing squad. The Monday request by attorneys for Brad Keith Sigmon and Freddie Eugene Owens comes after the state Corrections Department said last week that …

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Bezos’s Ex Gives Record $275M To Planned Parenthood

Reuters reports: Billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott donated $275 million to women’s healthcare provider Planned Parenthood, the largest gift from a single donor in the organization’s more than 100-year history, Planned Parenthood said on Wednesday. The donation, which is part of Scott’s pledge to give away the majority of her wealth, was made to Planned Parenthood’s national office and 21 regional …

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Former Sec. Of State Madeleine Albright Dies At 84

CNN reports: Madeleine Albright, the first woman US secretary of state, who helped steer Western foreign policy in the aftermath of the Cold War, has died. She was 84 years old. Her death was confirmed in an email to staff of the Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm founded by Albright. From the State Department: Albright is the first …

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SCOTUS Spox Won’t Say If Thomas Still Hospitalized

The Associated Press reports: The Supreme Court declined to say Wednesday whether 73-year-old Justice Clarence Thomas remains in the hospital, though he had been expected to be released by Tuesday evening. The court said Sunday that Thomas had been admitted to Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington on Friday after experiencing “flu-like symptoms.” On Wednesday, court spokeswoman Patricia McCabe said she …

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SCOTUS Sides With GOP On Wisconsin Redistricting

The New York Times reports: The Supreme Court sided with Wisconsin’s Republican-led Legislature on Wednesday in a dispute over competing voting maps for the state’s legislative districts. The justices’ unsigned order reversed a ruling from the Wisconsin Supreme Court that had selected the map drawn by Gov. Tony Evers over other proposals, and it sent the case back to the …

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Romney Rips Baseless GOP Attacks On Ketanji Jackson

Mediaite reports: Speaking to the Washington Post, the Utah senator took a shot at the Republican senators who went after Jackson. “It struck me that it was off course, meaning the attacks were off course that came from some,” Romney told the Post. “And there is no ‘there’ there.” Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) has been widely condemned for saying Jackson …

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WSJ: Epstein’s Private Islands Go On Sale For $125M

The Insider reports: Two private islands in the Caribbean owned by late financier Jeffrey Epstein are hitting the market for $125 million. The news was reported on Tuesday by The Wall Street Journal, which verified the listing with an attorney for the Epstein estate and the islands’ listing agents. Little St. James — believed to have been Epstein’s primary residence …

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LIVE VIDEO: Day Three SCOTUS Confirmation Hearing

The Associated Press reports: Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson is returning to the Senate for a third day of hearings as Republicans try to paint her as soft on crime and Democrats herald the historic nature of her nomination to become the first Black woman on the high court. In Tuesday’s marathon hearing, Republicans aggressively questioned Jackson on the …

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Ambassador Says Putin Plans To Attend G20 Summit

Reuters reports: Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to attend the next G20 summit in Indonesia later this year and received valuable backing from Beijing on Wednesday in a pushback to suggestions by some members that Russia could be barred from the group. The United States and its Western allies are assessing whether Russia should remain within the Group of Twenty …

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Trudeau Strikes Coalition Deal To Hold Office Thru 2025

Politico reports: Justin Trudeau has brokered a deal with the left-leaning New Democrats that will keep his minority Liberal government in power until 2025. The Canadian prime minister announced Tuesday a formal entente that will see the NDP vote with his Liberal minority government on shared objectives until the House of Commons rises in June 2025. Canada’s next fixed election …

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2024 GOP Convention Finalists: Milwaukee, Nashville

The Hill reports: Top leaders from Milwaukee and Nashville are in Washington on Tuesday making their final pitches to members of the Republican National Committee in hopes of hosting the 2024 national convention. The teams leading both cities’ bids will be at RNC headquarters today to make presentations to the party’s site selection committee, a top Republican with knowledge of …

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LIVE VIDEO: Day Two Of SCOTUS Confirmation Hearing

CNN reports: President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court nominee, Ketanji Brown Jackson, is expected to face intense questioning on Tuesday from Republican senators during the second day of her historic confirmation hearings. The hearings kicked off on Monday with opening statements from senators on the panel and the nominee. Two days of questioning — expected to be the most contentious part …

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Disney Union Endorses Charlie Crist For Florida Gov

Florida Politics reports: Now even Mickey Mouse might be rooting for Charlie Crist to get to the Governor’s Mansion. Crist’s campaign announced Tuesday that the former Governor had received the endorsement of the Lakeland-based United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1625. UFCW 1625 represents 15,000 workers, including 6,000 health care workers and 5,000 local Disney employees. In its endorsement, union …

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Miami Beach Declares Emergency Over Spring Break Violence For Second Year: “We Just Can’t Endure This”

The Associated Press reports: City of Miami Beach officials declared a state of emergency on Monday and an upcoming curfew, bidding to curb violent incidents at spring break that saw five people wounded in two separate shootings. Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber and City Manager Alina Hudak announced the emergency order at an afternoon news conference. It includes a curfew …

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Supreme Court Says Thomas Remains Hospitalized

The Associated Press reports: Justice Clarence Thomas remains hospitalized in Washington after being diagnosed with an infection but does not have COVID-19, the Supreme Court said late Monday. The high court announced Sunday evening that the 73-year-old justice had entered the hospital Friday after experiencing “flu-like symptoms” and underwent tests. The court provided no additional information about the infection that …

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Late GOP Rep. Don Young To Lie In State At US Capitol

The Hill reports: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Monday that late Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), who was the longest-serving member of the House until his death on Friday, will lie in state in the Capitol next week. Young will lie in state in National Statuary Hall on Tuesday, March 29. There will be a formal ceremony to honor Young that …

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LIVE VIDEO: Day One Of SCOTUS Confirmation Hearing

Roll Call reports: The weeklong Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson starts Monday heavy on history and relatively light on political drama. The 51-year-old appeals court judge would be the first Black woman on the Supreme Court, and the first justice with experience representing those too poor to afford an attorney; Democrats plan to highlight what that …

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Clarence Thomas Hospitalized With Flu-Like Symptoms

The New York Times reports: Justice Clarence Thomas, the longest-serving member of the U.S. Supreme Court, was hospitalized with an infection on Friday after experiencing flulike symptoms, the court said in a statement on Sunday. Justice Thomas was being treated with intravenous antibiotics at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, the statement said. “His symptoms are abating, he is resting comfortably, …

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AK Readies Special Election To Replace Late GOP Rep

The Anchorage Press reports: According to a source close to Dr. Al Gross, the orthopedic surgeon from Southeast Alaska, who ran unsuccessfully to unseat Dan Sullivan in the 2020 U.S. Senate race, plans to enter the 2022 race for Alaska’s at-large House of Representatives seat now vacant with the passing of Don Young [photo] on Friday. Gross, who ran as …

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