Politics

Brazil Ends Restrictions On Gay Men Donating Blood

The Guardian reports: Brazil’s supreme court has overturned rules that limit gay and bisexual men from donating blood in a decision considered a human rights victory for LGBT+ people in the country. The move came as more nations review restrictions on blood donations imposed during the 1980s HIV/AIDS crisis, with some countries applying blanket bans, some have waiting periods after …

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Hungary No Longer A Democracy, Freedom House Says

Politico reports: Hungary is no longer a democracy, Poland is about to go down the same path, democracy in the Balkans is eroding because of Chinese and Russian influence, and the EU is doing nothing to stop it all, according to the NGO Freedom House’s latest Nations in Transit report, out Wednesday. In the study, which covers 29 countries from …

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Israel May Ban Christian Channel For Proselytizing

Haaretz reports: Although proselytizing can be against the law in Israel, a brand-new evangelical channel dedicated to taking “the gospel of Jesus into the homes and lives and hearts of the Jewish people” had its official launch last week on cable television. Shelanu (Hebrew for “Ours”) TV is the new Hebrew-language channel of GOD TV, an international Christian media network …

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Trump To Visit Mount Rushmore For July 4th Fireworks

The Week reports: President Trump will visit Mount Rushmore on July 3 to see the fireworks display he helped facilitate, even as uncertainty over the pandemic stretches into the summer. Earlier this week, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) confirmed the Independence Day celebration would go forward. “We’re excited that this will be happening at Mount Rushmore,” Noem said, as …

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Lindsey Graham Defends Biden On Assault Claim

The New York Post reports: South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham offered a robust defense of former Vice President Joe Biden, telling Fox News he was skeptical of the sexual assault allegations leveled against him by a former Senate staffer. “The Joe Biden I know, I’ve never seen anything [or] believed that he would do anything like this until you convince …

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Trump Is “Sticking Up” For Joe Biden On Assault Claim

Politico reports: “I have been falsely accused by people that I’ve never even seen,” Trump said on conservative media personality Dan Bongino’s podcast Friday. “I’ve never even seen many of these people, and some of them, I’ve met them and zero interest. OK? Like zero. And all of the sudden you become a wealthy guy. You’re a famous guy, and …

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Kim Totally Not Dead, Claims North Korean State Media

Reuters reports: North Korea’s state news agency KCNA said on Saturday leader Kim Jong Un attended the completion of a fertilizer plant in a region north of the capital, Pyongyang, in the first report of his public activity since April 11. Reuters could not independently verify the KCNA report. There has been speculation about his health after he missed the …

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Canada Bans Assault Weapons After Latest Mass Killing

The Guardian reports: Canada has banned assault-style weapons following the murder of 22 people in the worst mass shooting in the country’s history, Justin Trudeau announced on Friday. “These weapons were designed for one purpose and one purpose only: to kill the largest number of people in the shortest amount of time. There is no use and no place for …

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Police Deny Homicide Probe In Fish Tank Cleaner Death

NBC News reports: Mesa Police Department spokesman Jason Flam said the department’s homicide unit is involved because it “investigates all reported deaths within the City of Mesa” — from deaths related to car accidents to the elderly in hospice. “It’s still an active, ongoing investigation,” he said. On Tuesday, the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative outlet, published an article reporting …

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Report: Fish Tank Cleaner Death May Have Been Murder

The right wing Washington Free Beacon reports: The Mesa City Police Department’s homicide division is investigating the death of Gary Lenius, the Arizona man whose wife served him soda mixed with fish tank cleaner in what she claimed was a bid to fend off the coronavirus. A detective handling the case confirmed the investigation to the Washington Free Beacon on …

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Jersey City Under Boil Water Order After Main Break

The New Jersey Advance reports: Some 17 hours later, and hours after a ruptured 36-inch water main was repaired, there are many in Jersey City with no water or low pressure, residents are saying. In a 7:50 a.m. update, Suez Water officials say the company that services the city’s water is investigating outages at locations across the city. The 3-foot …

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Surveillance Firm Loses Utah Deal Over CEO’s KKK Past

The Salt Lake Tribune reports: The Utah Attorney General’s Office will suspend use of a massive surveillance system after a news report showed that the founder of the company behind the effort was once an active participant in a white supremacist group and was involved in the shooting of a synagogue. Damien Patton, who helped launch and now leads the …

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BRAZIL: President Bolsonaro To Face Corruption Probe

The Washington Post reports: Brazil’s supreme court has authorized an investigation of alleged corruption and obstruction of justice by President Jair Bolsonaro after the country’s outgoing justice minister accused him of attempting to interfere with federal police probes. The 60-day investigation, approved Monday by Supreme Federal Court Justice José Celso de Mello Filho, plunges Brazil into a new political crisis …

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Cuomo: L Train Tunnel Done Under Budget And Early

Oh look. Actually good news. Curbed New York reports: The MTA’s dreaded repairs to the L train’s East River tunnel were completed ahead of schedule, despite the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced, Work on the Hurricane Sandy-damaged Canarsie Tunnel was initially scheduled to wrap up in July 2020 at the earliest to the tune of $500 million, but MTA …

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Saudi Arabia Abolishes Flogging As A Punishment

Agence France-Presse reports: Saudi Arabia has abolished flogging as a punishment, the state human rights commission said Saturday, hailing a “major step forward” in the reform programme launched by the king and his powerful son. Court-ordered floggings in Saudi Arabia — sometimes extending to hundreds of lashes — have long drawn condemnation from human rights groups. But they say the …

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Jesse Ventura Blasts Rumors Of Green Party WH Bid

The New York Post reports: Former WWE star Jesse Ventura early Thursday slammed rumors that he has filed paperwork to run for president. Despite previously hinting at plans for a “surprise” last-minute run, the wrestler-turned-Minnesota governor went on a Twitter tirade against “salacious click bait articles” suggesting he’d filed paperwork. “Earn your paycheck. Verify something. Anything. Let’s start with: No, …

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Netanyahu Averts Election With “Emergency” Coalition

Axios reports: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his former rival Benny Gantz signed a deal on Monday to form a “national emergency government,” ending more than a year of political deadlock in which Israel was forced to hold three elections. Facing corruption charges and protests, Netanyahu will remain in office as prime minister — just weeks after it seemed …

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Israel Heads For 4th Election After Coalition Bid Fails

NBC News reports: The deadline for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief political rival to form a government elapsed Wednesday, increasing the chances the nation will be headed toward an unprecedented fourth election in little over a year. Last-minute talks between Netanyahu and the Blue and White alliance’s leader Benny Gantz failed to form a coalition for Israel’s next government, …

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Rep. Justin Amash “Looking Closely” At Presidential Bid

The Washington Post reports: Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.) said Monday that he’s considering a White House run against President Trump, a move that could pose a challenge to the president’s campaign for a second term. Amash, who left the Republican Party last year and is seeking reelection to his Grand Rapids-area House seat as an independent, made the comment in …

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VA Gov Signs Raft Of Gun Control Measures Into Law

USA Today reports: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed a slate of gun control measures into law Friday that will increase background checks, limit handgun purchases and establish a so-called “red flag” law. Guns became a divisive issue in Virginia after Democrats won full control of the state’s General Assembly in November, and Northam, a Democrat, promised to pass the host …

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