Politics

House Approves System For Reporting UFO Sightings

Politico reports: The House on Wednesday voted to create a secure government system for reporting UFOs and to compel current and former officials to reveal what they might know about the mysterious phenomena by promising to protect them from reprisal. The bipartisan amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, passed by voice vote without debate, is part of an aggressive …

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NYC Mayor Pressures Feds On Monkeypox Vax Supply

The New York Daily News reports: Mayor Adams raised alarm about New York City’s monkeypox vaccine “supply constraints” in a phone call with two of President Biden’s top public health officials late Tuesday as the city once again ran out of shots against the viral disease. In a statement Wednesday morning, Adams said he and his health commissioner, Dr. Ashwin …

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Warnock Outraises Walker By Three Times For Quarter

Axios reports: Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker just had his best fundraising quarter yet, with nearly $6.2 million raised over the last three months. But that’s under 3x less than the $17.2 million that incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) raised during the same time. The fundraising news comes the same week that Walker’s campaign announced a slew of new hires, …

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Eight Tories Battle To Succeed Boris Johnson As PM

NBC News reports: The candidates all had to win the initial backing of at least 20 of their fellow Conservative lawmakers in order to proceed to the first round of voting which takes place Wednesday. In order to whittle the number of candidates down to just two, more votes will now take place – beginning Wednesday – with the 358 …

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Bolton Casually Admits Helping Plan Foreign Coups

The Insider reports: John Bolton, who served in an array of key government roles across multiple Republican administrations, casually told CNN’s Jake Tapper that he’s helped plan coups in other countries. The admission came on Tuesday as Bolton and Tapper discussed former President Donald Trump’s unprecedented effort to overturn the results of a US presidential election. Bolton, who served as …

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DeSantis Dodges Questions On Plan To Ban Abortions

The New York Times reports: When the Supreme Court erased the constitutional right to an abortion last month, Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida was among the many Republicans who celebrated. “The prayers of millions have been answered,” he tweeted. But while other Republican leaders vowed to charge ahead with new restrictions — or near-total bans — Mr. DeSantis offered only …

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UN Projects Global Population To Hit 8B In November

The New York Daily News reports: The United Nations said Monday it expected the world’s population to hit the 8 billion mark on Nov. 15. The organization’s report, released on World Population Day, also said that while population is growing slower than anytime since 1950, partially due to falling fertility rates, India is set to become the most-populous country in …

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Boris Johnson Scheduled To Step Down September 6th

Politico Europe reports: Boris Johnson’s premiership will end on September 6 under a timetable agreed Monday evening by Conservative Party bosses. The U.K prime minister is set to step down from his role in eight weeks’ time, after a new Tory leader is elected in a ballot of party members ending September 5. Johnson’s anointed successor is likely to take …

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Beto O’Rourke Blasts Texas Gov Over Power Warning

The Hill reports: Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke knocked Gov. Greg Abbott (R) after the state’s grid operator appealed to Texans to “voluntarily conserve electricity” during a statewide heat wave on Monday. ERCOT cited “record high electric demand” during the heat wave and low wind to power turbines as “driving the need for this important action by customers.” ERCOT urged …

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FDA To Consider First-Ever OTC Birth Control Pill

Axios reports: Pharmaceutical company HRA Pharma submitted an application to the Food and Drug Administration on Monday asking to sell a birth control bill over-the-counter, rather than via prescription. If approved, it would be the first ever birth control pill to be available over-the-counter in the U.S. The application was submitted just weeks after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. …

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Moonie Church Likely Motive In Abe’s Assassination

Reuters reports: The mother of the man arrested for the killing of former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe is a member of the Unification Church, the head of its Japanese arm said on Monday. Tetsuya Yamagami, an unemployed 41-year-old, has been identified by police as the suspect who approached Abe and opened fire during a campaign speech on Friday. Yamagami …

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BOOK: Paul Ryan “Sobbed” As Capitol Riot Unfolded

CNN reports: Former House Speaker Paul Ryan was “sobbing” as he watched the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol unfold on television, a new book reports. Ryan, who has criticized former President Donald Trump and his hold on the Republican Party, “found himself sobbing” during the insurrection, journalist Mark Leibovich writes in his forthcoming book, “Thank You For …

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Virginia Gov Shrugs Off Talk Of 2024 White House Bid

The Hill reports: Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) said on Sunday he was “hugely humbled” by people calling on him to run for president in 2024 but said he has not come close to making such a decision. “That’s not a decision that we have even begun to undertake,” Youngkin told CBS “Face the Nation.” The Washington Post reported late …

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Stacey Abrams’ Fundraising Is Far Outpacing Kemp

The Washington Post reports: Stacey Abrams’ fundraising continues to accelerate, swamping Republican Gov. Brian Kemp and pushing close to $50 million raised in the seven months since the Georgia Democrat announced her campaign in December. Abrams announced Friday that her direct campaign and its associated One Georgia committee raised $21.8 million during the two months ended June 30 and together …

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General Loses Army Contract For Mocking Jill Biden

USA Today reports: A retired three-star general has been suspended from a $92-an-hour contract consulting the Army and is under investigation after posting a tweet that appeared to mock First Lady Jill Biden on a hot-button social issue, according to the Army. Retired Lt. Gen. Gary Volesky, the Army’s former top spokesman and recipient of the Silver Star for gallantry …

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Biden Orders Flags Lowered To Honor Shinzo Abe

The Hill reports: President Biden ordered flags at the White House and other federal buildings and military installations to be flown at half-staff through Sunday as a mark of respect for former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe after he was assassinated at a campaign event. “The longest serving Prime Minister in Japan’s history, Abe Shinzo was a proud servant of …

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DeSantis Event Speaker Hails Him As Next President

Florida Politics reports: Gov. Ron DeSantis went to Cape Coral for a policy press conference Friday, but Florida Channel viewers were treated to some speculation about his future political possibilities as well. The Governor introduced a speaker at the event, who kicked off his remarks with a seemingly off-script prediction about the race for the presidency. “The man standing behind …

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Brett Kavanaugh Ducks Protesters At DC Steakhouse

Playbook reports: On Wednesday night, D.C. protesters targeting the conservative Supreme Court justices who signed onto the Dobbs decision overturning the constitutional right to abortion got a tip that Justice Brett Kavanaugh was dining at Morton’s downtown D.C. location. Protesters soon showed up out front, called the manager to tell him to kick Kavanaugh out and later tweeted that the …

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AZ Gov Defies Trump, Backs Challenger To QAnon Nut

The Tucson Sentinel reports: Gov. Doug Ducey endorsed Republican gubernatorial candidate developer Karrin Taylor Robson Thursday to replace him over former President Donald Trump’s choice, former local news anchor Kari Lake. “I’ve looked at each of the candidates for Governor this year, and there’s no question who is the proven conservative ready to lead on Day One,” Ducey said in …

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Assassin Murders Former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe

Reuters reports: Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving leader, died on Friday hours after he was shot while campaigning for a parliamentary election, shocking a country in which political violence is rare and guns are tightly controlled. A man opened fire on Abe, 67, from behind with an apparently homemade gun as he spoke at a drab traffic island …

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