Politics

IRAN: Top Official Dies Of Virus, US Help Rejected

The Associated Press reports: A member of a council that advises Iran’s supreme leader died Monday after falling sick from the new coronavirus, state radio reported, becoming the first top official to succumb to the illness striking both citizens and leaders of the Islamic Republic. The death of Expediency Council member Mohammad Mirmohammadi, 71, came as Iran announced the virus …

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Staten Island: Beauty Queens Banned From St. Patrick’s Parade After Pageant Winner Comes Out As Bisexual

First, a report from yesterday: On Sunday, Miss Staten Island is taking a walk — and a stand. Madison L’Insalata — who exclusively revealed to The Post she is bisexual — plans to deck herself out in rainbow gear when she marches in the Staten Island St. Patrick’s Parade. Organizers have again banned the Pride Center of Staten Island from …

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US Signs “Historic” Deal With Taliban To End Conflict

The BBC reports: The US and the Taliban have signed an agreement aimed at paving the way towards peace in Afghanistan after more than 18 years of conflict. The US and its NATO allies have agreed to withdraw all their troops from the country within 14 months if the militants uphold the deal. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and …

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Top Republicans Audition For 2024 WH Run At CPAC

Politico reports: President Donald Trump is locked in a tough reelection battle, yet the Republicans looking to succeed him are already circling. They’re visiting early primary states, reaching out to major donors, and — in one instance — even running commercials in Iowa. But perhaps the most overt display of ambition is on display this week here at the Conservative …

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Another Ex-Staffer Sues Netanyahu’s Wife For Abuse

The Times of Israel reports: Another former worker at the Prime Minister’s Residence is suing Sara Netanyahu for mistreatment, Channel 12 reported today. The woman, a 56-year-old immigrant from France, is seeking NIS 650,000 ($189,000) in damages for a series of accusations including work-related harassment and abusive employment. Several former employees have claimed mistreatment and abuse by the prime minister’s …

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Survey: Two-Thirds Of Americans Have News Fatigue

Pew Research reports: Most Americans feel worn out by the amount of news there is these days – a feeling that has persisted for several years now. Around two-thirds of Americans feel worn out by the news, about the same share as in 2018. About two-thirds of Americans (66%) feel worn out by the amount of news there is, while …

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SPAIN: Dancing “Nazis” Evoke Holocaust In Parade

The Times of Israel reports: At a carnival procession in Spain, participants dressed like Nazis and Jewish concentration camp prisoners while dancing next to a float evoking crematoria. The Israeli Embassy in Madrid on Tuesday protested the display this weekend at the annual carnival procession in Campo de Criptana, a town situated about 80 miles southeast of the capital. A …

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Wilton Manors Mayor Justin Flippen Dies At Age 41

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports: Justin Flippen, the mayor of Wilton Manors, died suddenly Tuesday. Flippen was 41. He was elected mayor in 2018 after serving as a city commissioner. City officials said that Flippen apparently was driving to Tuesday evening’s City Commission meeting when he became ill and died. “We were notified that Justin apparently was on his way …

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INDIA: Disney Blocks John Oliver Show Critical Of Modi

Bloomberg News reports: An episode of John Oliver’s show that criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been blocked in India by Hotstar, the local platform run by Walt Disney Co. The comedian was previewing President Donald Trump’s visit to India on his Emmy-winning ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,’ which typically airs at 6 a.m. each Tuesday in the Asian …

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SCOTUS Rules 5-4 To Reject Suit By Family Of Mexican Boy Killed In Cross-Border Shooting By Border Patrol

Reuters reports: The Supreme Court on Tuesday barred a lawsuit against a Border Patrol agent for fatally shooting a 15-year-old Mexican boy on Mexican soil from across the border in Texas, refusing to open the door for foreign nationals to pursue civil rights cases in American courts in such incidents. The court ruled 5-4 to uphold a lower court’s dismissal …

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Italy Grapples With Panic-Buying Amid Virus Spread

Agence France-Presse reports: More than 50,000 people are locked down in about a dozen Italian villages where the most deaths and infections have been recorded. Schools, shops and offices are closed and armed police are threatening to arrest and detain anyone who attempts to leave the quarantine zone. Panic is taking hold in the nearby city of Milan, the engine …

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Longtime Egyptian Dictator Hosni Mubarak Dead At 91

USA Today reports: Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian leader who for nearly 30 years was the resolute face of stability in the Mideast before being forced by the military to resign after 18-day nationwide protests that were part of the Arab world’s 2011 pro-democracy upheaval, died on Tuesday. He was 91. Throughout his rule, he was a stalwart U.S. ally, a …

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BRITAIN: Extradition Hearing Begins For Julian Assange

The Guardian reports: There was no room inside for the hundreds who had turned up to support Julian Assange, but the the sound of their chants in support of the WikiLeaks founder could be heard throughout the long-awaited extradition hearing at Woolwich crown court. At an early stage, perhaps as much in hope as anything else, the presiding judge, Vanessa …

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Cenk Uygur Urges Young Turks Staff Not To Unionize

The Huffington Post reports: Top leadership at the progressive news network The Young Turks held an all-staff meeting at its office in Culver City, California, on Feb. 12. The regularly scheduled gathering was supposed to deal with personnel matters, but instead the focus turned to the staff’s nascent union campaign, which had just gone public. Earlier that day, a Twitter …

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50 Dead In Iran, Markets Tumble On Europe Virus News

The Associated Press reports: A staggering 50 people have died in the Iranian city of Qom from the new coronavirus this month, a lawmaker was quoted as saying on Monday, even as the Health Ministry insisted only 12 deaths have been recorded to date in the country. The new death toll reported by the Qom representative, Ahmad Amiriabadi Farahani, is …

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Clint Eastwood Ditches Trump For Michael Bloomberg

Variety reports: Longtime Republican Clint Eastwood is pulling support from Donald Trump in the 2020 election. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, the actor-director signaled that he thinks a different candidate would be the better choice. “The best thing we could do is just get Mike Bloomberg in there,” he said. After endorsing Mitt Romney and famously delivering …

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Seven-Figure Book Deal For Ex-Ukraine Ambassador

The Associated Press reports: Former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, the career diplomat who during the impeachment hearings of President Donald Trump offered a chilling account of alleged threats from Trump and his allies, has a book deal. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt confirmed Friday to The Associated Press that it had acquired Yovanovitch’s planned memoir, currently untitled. Financial terms were not disclosed, …

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IRELAND: Gay PM Resigns After Election Stalemate

The Guardian reports: Leo Varadkar has resigned as taoiseach after Ireland’s hung parliament entered deadlock over the choice of a new premier. Varadkar submitted his resignation to Michael D Higgins, the president of Ireland, on Thursday night after a tempestuous but inconclusive sitting of Dáil Éireann, which met for the first time since the 8 February election. It adjourned until …

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UTAH: State Senate Votes To Decriminalize Polygamy

The Salt Lake Tribune reports: A bill that would effectively decriminalize polygamy and dispel fears of prosecution for plural marriage among consenting adults sailed through the Utah Senate on Tuesday. Sen. Deidre Henderson’s bill would reclassify bigamy as an infraction, codifying the practice of the Utah attorney general’s office not to prosecute otherwise law-abiding polygamists. An infraction, like a traffic …

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US Census Ads To Combat Citizenship Question Scare

Politico reports: In response to widespread fear among immigrants and activists over the Trump administration’s failed drive to put a question about citizenship status on the 2020 census, the Census Bureau is investing millions of dollars in an advertising campaign underlining the fact that participants’ information will not be shared with local or federal authorities. The handful of citizenship-focused advertisements …

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