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    Chicago reacts to bodycam footage of Adam Toledo’s deadly shooting by police  WGN TV ChicagoChicago police release body cam video of Adam Toledo shooting  Fox NewsFootage released of fatal Chicago police shooting of teen | WNT  ABC NewsAs Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot makes emotional call for peace after release of Adam Toledo video, other politicians lambaste police: 'You did not have to shoot that kid'  Chicago TribuneLittle Village Residents React to Release of Video Showing Adam Toledo Shooting  NBC ChicagoView Full Coverage on Google News ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Day 26 of Derek Chauvin trial: Closing arguments set for Monday after Chauvin doesn't testify  Minneapolis Star TribuneDerek Chauvin is on trial for George Floyd's death: Live updates  CNNWhy I’m not watching the Derek Chauvin trial  The Washington PostEx-Cop Derek Chauvin Invokes 5th Amendment, Will Not Testify  Patch.comThis much is clear: Derek Chauvin’s trial won’t change policing in America  The GuardianView Full Coverage on Google News ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Ex-Minnesota cop Kim Potter makes first court appearance in manslaughter charge of Black motorist Daunte Wright  New York Daily NewsDaunte Wright's mother: 'There's never going to be justice for us'  Yahoo NewsWhat do George Floyd, Caron Nazario and Daunte Wright teach about policing? | TheHill  The HillReaders Write: Daunte Wright, public transit, pulling out of Afghanistan  Minneapolis Star TribuneOpinion | Daunte Wright's Death Is a Call to End Armed Traffic Stops  The New York TimesView Full Coverage on Google News ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Maxine Waters tells Jim Jordan 'shut your mouth' during congressional hearing with Fauci  USA TODAYMaxine Waters snaps at Jim Jordan as COVID hearing with Fauci erupts into shouting match: ‘Shut your mouth’  Fox NewsFauci fires back at Rep. Jim Jordan during heated exchange about pandemic  CNNDr. Fauci and the ‘Liberty Thing’  The Wall Street JournalJim Jordan Told to 'Shut Your Mouth' After Ranting Endlessly at Fauci  Daily BeastView Full Coverage on Google News ▶️ Read more ◀️

    How the Justice Department came to investigate Rep. Matt Gaetz  The Washington PostMatt Gaetz plans to target CNN attack ad after network staffer admitted rep is 'problem' for Democrats  Fox NewsMcCarthy: I've met with Gaetz, he professed innocence  POLITICOStephen Colbert on Afghanistan: ‘An infinity war, with no endgame’  The Guardian10 Things in Politics: Matt Gaetz's classmates dish on his past  Business InsiderView Full Coverage on Google News ▶️ Read more ◀️

    US walks back claim Russia put bounties on troops — but no Biden apology to Trump  New York Post Putin closes off access to Black Sea after Biden's about-face on Ukraine  New York Post Biden imposes tough new sanctions on Russia  CBS NewsBiden sanctions Russia — but pulls punches. Putin will not be deterred.  The Washington PostBiden's Russia sanctions are a good step. Here's what else we should do to stand up to Putin.  NBC NewsView Full Coverage on Google News ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Biden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report | TheHill  The HillShocking new video shows smuggler drop child over Mexico border wall  New York Post Biden promised to stop seizing border wall land. His DOJ is still doing it.  POLITICOI'm an Immigrant and I'm Calling Out Biden's Heartlessness at the Border | Opinion  NewsweekEditorial: The pile-up at the border may not be Biden’s fault, but fixing it is his responsibility  Houston Chronicle View Full Coverage on Google News ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Rescued Seacor Power crewmember told family that 'all 12' missing people are in capsized lift boat  NOLA.comSearch for Gulf Coast's capsized ship survivors curtailed by rough weather  Fox NewsDivers aim to reach capsized vessel off Louisiana coast  Baltimore SunOur Views: Louisiana's coast is an energy lifeline for U.S., but it can be dangerous place  The AdvocateNo response as divers knock on capsized ship hull  The Associated PressView Full Coverage on Google News ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Yang widens his lead in latest public poll as PAC forms to boost his candidacy  POLITICOEric Adams criticizes Andrew Yang for focus on parking placards over crime  New York Post Yang under fire for appearance in video suggesting violence toward women  POLITICONYC mayoral candidate Andrew Yang caught on tape laughing along with misogynist remarks  New York Daily NewsOpinion | Andrew Yang Hasn’t Done the Math  The New York TimesView Full Coverage on Google News ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Who is Jonathan Pentland? South Carolina Army drill sergeant charged in viral altercation with Black man  Fox NewsWhite soldier charged with assault for shoving, berating Black man in viral video l GMA  Good Morning AmericaFort Jackson soldier arrested after a video showed him pushing and threatening a young Black man  CNN Fort Jackson suspends sergeant accused of assaulting Black man in SC neighborhood  WIS10South Carolina Army sergeant leaves home amid 'violent' BLM protests; Army officials say review continues  Fox NewsView Full Coverage on Google News ▶️ Read more ◀️

    La Soufrière Volcano: A Growing Humanitarian Crisis  NPRASU expert discusses St. Vincent volcano eruption  ABC15 ArizonaHumanitarian crisis feared in St. Vincent amid eruptions  New York Post St. Vincent fears COVID-19 outbreak as positive cases climb after volcano eruption  Fox NewsSt Vincent fears COVID-19 outbreak with volcano evacuations  Yahoo NewsView Full Coverage on Google News ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Prince Philip will be buried Saturday — then moved when the Queen dies  New York Post Buckingham Palace announces guest list for Philip's funeral  CNN Princes William, Harry won't walk side-by-side at funeral  Yahoo EntertainmentPrince William and Prince Harry Won't Walk Next to Each Other at Prince Philip's Funeral, Palace Confirms  PEOPLEPrince Philip's intimate funeral guest list | 9 News Australia  9 News AustraliaView Full Coverage on Google News ▶️ Read more ◀️

    In Brazil, an alarmingly high number of babies and children are dying of Covid-19  NBC NewsWhy are so many babies dying of Covid-19 in Brazil? - BBC News  BBC NewsWhy Americans should "be very worried" about the COVID variant tearing through Brazil  CBS NewsBrazil COVID-19: 'Humanitarian Crisis' With More Than 3000 Deaths A Day  NPR‘Some try to talk, resist’: Brazilian health care workers forced to intubate patients amid sedative shortage  KTLAView Full Coverage on Google News ▶️ Read more ◀️

    A Bitter Family Feud Dominates the Race to Replace Merkel  The New York TimesMerkel Under Fire Over German COVID-19 Lockdown Law  U.S. News & World ReportView Full Coverage on Google News ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Chinese economy grows by a record 18.3% in the first quarter  Financial TimesChina says its economy grew 18.3% in the first quarter, slightly missing expectations  CNBCChina's economy expands record 18.3 per cent in the first quarter of 2021  South China Morning PostChina GDP: 18.3% Growth Is a Record, But Beijing Got Help From US Recovery  BloombergChina's economy grows 18.3% in post-Covid comeback  BBC NewsView Full Coverage on Google News ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Pfizer CEO Says Covid Booster Shot Likely Needed Within 12 Months | NBC Nightly News  NBC NewsPfizer CEO says third Covid vaccine dose likely needed within 12 months  CNBCThird Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine dose ‘likely’ needed within year, CEO says  Fox NewsCovid-19 Live Updates: U.S. Case Average Trends Higher  The Wall Street JournalIt’s looking even more likely we’ll need yearly COVID-19 shots  SlashGearView Full Coverage on Google News ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Bezos says Amazon workers aren’t treated like robots, unveils robotic plan to keep them working  The VergeAmazon CEO Jeff Bezos stepping down is 'a loss for the company': top analyst  Yahoo FinanceJeff Bezos says Amazon needs to do a better job for employees in his final shareholder letter as CEO  CNBCAmazon union vote marks crucial victory in battle for worker rights | TheHill  The HillOpinion | Why the Amazon Workers Never Stood a Chance  The New York TimesView Full Coverage on Google News ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Vaccinated Will 'Likely' Need Third Pfizer Jab Within 12 Months, Then Annual Shots  HuffPostView Full Coverage on Google News ▶️ Read more ◀️

    New feature on Google Earth shows you the astonishing effects of climate change | TheHill  The HillGoogle Earth's new Timelapse feature shows chilling effect of climate change  CNN Exploring Timelapse in Google Earth  GoogleGoogle Earth's New Timelapse Feature Shows 37 Years of Global Change  ThrillistGoogle Earth rolls out "Timelapse" features showing climate change  AxiosView Full Coverage on Google News ▶️ Read more ◀️

    DJI Mavic Air 2S review: new sensor makes all the difference  The VergeDJI Air 2S Review  PCMagDJI Air 2S Review: Solid Performance Where It Counts Most  PetaPixelDJI Air 2S Review: Superb Results Without the Work  Digital TrendsDJI unveils the Air 2S drone with 20-megapixel camera  EngadgetView Full Coverage on Google News ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Ralph Lauren unveils Team USA Olympic uniforms for closing ceremonies at Tokyo Games  ESPNLOOK: Polo Ralph Lauren unveils uniforms that Team USA will wear at Tokyo Olympics closing ceremonies  CBS SportsRalph Lauren unveils Team USA closing ceremony uniform for Tokyo Olympics  USA TODAYBoudia at Team USA Media Summit  Purdue BoilermakersTeam USA Kicks Off Road To Tokyo, Presented By DeVry University, As Digital-First Program Celebrating The Athlete's Personal Journey To The Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020  Around the RingsView Full Coverage on Google News ▶️ Read more ◀️

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    Philanthropist and Advocate Rima Fakih Slaiby Appointed to World Food Program USA Board of Directors  PRNewswire ▶️ Read more ◀️

    [RV] Hilltoppers Set to Open C-USA Play at Middle Tennessee  WKU Athletics ▶️ Read more ◀️

    USA Skateboarding national team announced, headlined by Nyjah Huston and Brighton Zeuner  ESPN ▶️ Read more ◀️

    USA Board of Trustees appoints Dr. John Smith as acting president effective July 1  WKRG News 5 ▶️ Read more ◀️

    House committee approves bill to study slavery reparations for first time  USA TODAY ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Derek Chauvin trial live: Chauvin tells court he won't testify as defense rests its case; closing arguments set for Monday  USA TODAY ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Securitas Security Services USA, Inc. Earns Intel's 2020 Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI) Award  PRNewswire ▶️ Read more ◀️

    'We failed Adam': Body camera videos show 13-year-old Adam Toledo put hands up before fatal police shooting in Chicago  USA TODAY ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Evansville Thunder victorious, Owensboro Ramage stumbles at USA Nationals  14 News WFIE Evansville ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Khayla Pointer Invited to 2021 USA Women's AmeriCup Team Trials - LSU Tigers ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez officially call it quits after reversing their breakup announcement  USA TODAY ▶️ Read more ◀️

    International Friendly: USA vs. France - Lineup, Schedule & TV Channels  U.S. Soccer ▶️ Read more ◀️

    'We could have gone further': Biden expels Russian diplomats, imposes new round of sanctions  USA TODAY ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Kansas woman living in Australia gets stuck in the USA for over a year  KSN-TV ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Bubble tea shortage 2021: Shipping backlog making it harder to find boba. How long will the COVID-19 shortage last?  USA TODAY ▶️ Read more ◀️

    WKU Soccer Faces Charlotte in C-USA Championship Semifinals  WKU Athletics ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Charlotte knocks off WKU in C-USA semifinals  Bowling Green Daily News ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Pelosi on Jan. 6: 'They would have had a battle on their hands' if the mob had caught her  USA TODAY ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Florida passes ‘anti-riot’ bill as civil rights groups warn it will stifle dissent

    The bill includes harsher punishments for protesters and would make it a second-degree felony to destroy historical memorialsFlorida has approved a so-called “anti-riot” bill that gives harsher penalties to protesters, handing a victory to the state’s Republican governor and dealing a blow to civil rights groups who warn it will stifle dissent. The bill, passed by the state’s Republican-controlled legislature on Thursday, includes stiffer punishment for crimes committed during a riot or violent protest. It would allow authorities to hold arrested protesters until a first court appearance, and it would establish new felonies for organizing or participating in a violent demonstration.The proposal would make it a second-degree felony to destroy or demolish a memorial, plaque, flag, painting, structure or other object that commemorates historical people or events. That would be punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Continue reading... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Video appears to show Chicago police shooting Adam Toledo, 13, as he raised his hands

    Chicago mayor urges calm in the city as body-cam footage of fatal shooting of Toledo is released for first timeBody camera video footage released for the first time on Thursday appears to show a Chicago police officer fatally shooting Adam Toledo, a 13-year-old, as he raised his hands into the air.The footage has ignited fresh outrage in the city where Toledo was shot last month. On Thursday, Chicago’s mayor, Lori Lightfoot, stood alongside Latino community leaders and called for calm. Continue reading... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Biden warns of further action ‘if Russia continues to interfere with our democracy’ – as it happened

    President proposes summer summit with Putin after sanctionsBiden says conversation with Russian leader ‘candid and respectful’Pfizer CEO: third Covid vaccine likely needed within a yearBiden slaps new sanctions on Russia over election meddling 1.01am BST 12.24am BST Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the former press secretary in the Trump administration, has raised $4.8m for her campaign to run for Arkansas governor. Sanders has already received the endorsement of Trump. She is running to replace Asa Hutchinson, also a Republican, in a state that heavily supported Trump during the 2020 elections. Continue reading... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    'Justice isn't even a word to me': Daunte Wright's parents speak out after shooting – video

    The family of Daunte Wright expressed their grief and shock after he was shot dead by a white police officer in Minnesota last Sunday. His mother, Katie Wright, said it was impossible for her to imagine justice for her son’s death. ‘We’re never going to be able to see our baby boy again,’ she said. Wright’s father, Aubrey, said: ‘He was a good kid. And the way he was killed, he did not deserve that. Can you blame my son for being scared of the police?’Kim Potter due in court on manslaughter charge over Daunte Wright death‘A lovable young man’: Daunte Wright was a doting father with big life dreams Continue reading... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Kim Potter appears in court as Wright family calls for ‘full accountability’

    Potter shot and killed Daunte Wright, 20, during traffic stop in what her chief said was a case of her confusing her Taser with a gunThe former Minnesota police officer charged with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black motorist, during a traffic stop made her first court appearance on Thursday as the Wright family called for “full accountability” for his death.Kim Potter, wearing a plaid shirt, confirmed her presence during a brief online hearing and waved to the judge from a table in her lawyer’s office. Potter, 48, was not asked about the shooting or her intended plea. Continue reading... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Biden has 59% approval rating as he approaches 100 days in office – study

    Fast-paced vaccine rollout and $1.9tn Covid relief package helped give president strong ratingA fast-paced vaccine rollout and the $1.9tn coronavirus relief package have helped to give Joe Biden a strong approval rating as he nears his 100th day in office, research published on Thursday has found.The new president had the backing of 59% of respondents in a wide-ranging Pew Research Center study that compared his performance with that of other recent incumbents in their early days in the White House. Continue reading... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    This much is clear: Derek Chauvin’s trial won’t change policing in America | Simon Balto

    It’s a mistake to think that this trial has the potential to serve as some sort of sea change in American policingThe trial of Derek Chauvin over the murder of George Floyd is of enormous importance in very specific ways. It is, most importantly, an opportunity for Floyd’s family and friends to gain some semblance of justice for his killing, if a guilty verdict against Chauvin is what justice looks like for them. It’s also, of course, significant for Chauvin himself, who probably faces more than a decade in prison if convicted. And it’s important to people who see the murder trial as a proxy for the larger history of police in the United States brutalizing and killing Black people in egregiously disproportionate ways – often with total impunity. On the last point, a guilty verdict against Chauvin would be significant simply for its novelty. Police officers in the United States who kill people are rarely charged with a crime; they are more or less never convicted of one. Related: Derek Chauvin trial: defense claims bad heart and drug use killed George Floyd Continue reading... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Now I’m dating again, I’m skipping all that blather about books and films | Megan Nolan

    After so long in lockdown, I’d rather sniff my dates than talk about our rich inner livesGod help me, I’m dating again. I thought about this with reverent anticipation for so long and now it’s here. Of course, I have forgotten how to speak, and what an attractive woman is supposed to wear, and how many messages a day it is legal to send to someone you fancy. There are, unsurprisingly, several differences between dating now and dating before I spent months on end living alone, becoming eccentric and fundamentally intolerant of other people. One of them is that I have lost all interest in the traditional dating foreplay of trading cultural interests with the object of my desire. Continue reading... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Covid is ravaging American jails and prisons – and inmates are rightly rising up | Akin Olla

    For the many Americans imprisoned in dangerous, cramped conditions, the pandemic is not over – it remains murderousOn 4 April, inmates in a St Louis jail commenced an uprising. They smashed windows, chanted, lit fires and hung signs communicating their needs to the outside world. One sign held out of the windows simply read “HELP US”. It is the second uprising at the ironically named St Louis City Justice Center and the fourth major disturbance at the jail within the last year.Many of the inmates are in pre-trial detention and have been sitting in jail since the beginning of the pandemic without trials or even a timeline for when they should expect trials. Protesters called for court dates and for humane treatment, and a corrections taskforce report from March concluded that those locked inside were feeling isolated from their families and frustrated over the lack of precautions being taken to prevent the spread of Covid-19 within the jail. They are not alone; another uprising took place this time last year at a prison in Kansas, and protests have been relatively commonplace across the country as people have worked to expose the hidden hyper-pandemic happening within our nation’s jails, prisons and immigrant detention centers. The United States needs to take this as an opportunity to empty out its criminally overcrowded jails, or continue to perpetuate yet another unforgivable mass atrocity that disproportionately affects immigrants, poor people and Black Americans. Continue reading... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Facebook may have a new Oversight Board but its old problems remain | Emily Bell

    The social media giant is still trying to navigate controversial content, yet the problem remains the platform itselfAny day now the Facebook Oversight Board, the social media company’s review mechanism for decisions on deletion of content and users, will tell the world whether Donald Trump should remain banned from Facebook indefinitely. Before that, Facebook also announced the expansion of the Oversight Board’s remit: initially users could only appeal to have content restored after moderators removed it – now the board will also examine appeals over content that has been left up on Facebook or Instagram following a review by moderators.With the Oversight Board, the uncomfortable decisions about which controversial material to leave up and what to take down is partly removed from the hands of Facebook policymakers, the executive leadership and the low-paid human moderation staff, and given to a panel of respected experts who become the editorial tone-setters for global media. Now Facebook will make decisions on what it keeps and what it deletes in step with the decisions of an elite board, paid and protected by the company but operating “independently”. Continue reading... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Welcome to the new colonialism: rich countries sitting on surplus vaccines | Akin Olla

    Last month, 130 countries had yet to administer a single dose of vaccine. Meanwhile the US has enough for three times its populationOld colonial lines are being reinforced. As western nations edge closer to effectively vaccinating their populations, much of the rest of the planet languishes in fear of new Covid variants and the long-term impacts of the pandemic and its economic consequences. The US has acquired enough vaccines for three times its population. At the same time, according to Unicef, 130 countries had yet to administer a single dose of vaccine as of mid-February. Some countries aren’t poised to see widespread vaccine access until 2023. While there are questions of unequal distribution within western countries like the US and UK, the larger problem is how the greed of governments – and the corporations that bully them – has caused a new and dangerous form of global inequality.The US is, for lack of a better term, hoarding vaccines. It began with Donald Trump and his refusal to participate in Covax, a global initiative that aims to ensure the distribution of 2bn vaccines to countries in need. Joe Biden joined Covax but has for the most part deprioritized the organization for the sake of ensuring that Americans are vaccinated first and foremost – even if that means scores of vaccines go unused. After some criticism, Biden agreed to distribute some superfluous vaccines to Mexico and Canada. This is less an act of generosity than an act of self-interest, intended to ensure that the US vaccination process isn’t undone by having unvaccinated nations at its borders. In true American fashion, these vaccines are essentially loans. Continue reading... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Why stagflation is a growing threat to the global economy

    From trade wars and deglobalisation to ageing populations and populist politics, there’s no shortage of inflationary threats on the horizonThere is a growing debate about whether the inflation that will arise over the next few months will be temporary, reflecting the sharp bounce-back from the Covid-19 recession, or persistent, reflecting demand-pull and cost-push factors.Several arguments point to a persistent secular increase in inflation, which has remained below most central banks’ annual 2% target for more than a decade. The first holds that the US has enacted excessive fiscal stimulus for an economy that already appears to be recovering faster than expected. The additional $1.9tn (£1.4tn) of spending approved in March came on top of a $3tn package last spring and a $900bn stimulus in December, and a $2tn infrastructure bill will soon follow. The US response to the crisis is thus an order of magnitude larger than its response to the 2008 global financial crisis. Continue reading... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Will Covid vaccines protect us against new variants? | Julian Tang

    Outbreaks such as the South African variant that’s emerged in south London will require constant vigilance as lockdown easesAll viruses mutate. They do this to adapt and survive better in their specific host. The virus that causes Covid-19 is no different: it has moved from the animal realm, where it most likely originated in bats, to the human world. Since then, scientists have been locked in a battle between the spread of the virus and the ability to immunise against it. We now have the vaccines to protect us against Covid-19 – but what happens when this virus mutates further, as it likely will?As lockdown restrictions ease, south London has already seen a cluster of new cases related to the South African variant. Over the next six months, dealing with emerging variants will be one of the major challenges that scientists face. Some vaccines show promising signs of coping with new variants – the mRNA vaccines manufactured by Pfizer and Moderna seem to offer some protection against the variants first identified in Kent and South Africa. Most virologists think that Covid-19 vaccines will protect against severe disease and death, even in people who have been infected by a mutated strain of the virus. Continue reading... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Republicans are in a messy divorce with big business. Democrats could benefit | Andrew Gawthorpe

    As corporations flee the Republican Party, liberals should welcome them into the Democratic coalition – with conditionsOne of the central facts of modern American politics has been the strong bond between the Republican party and the country’s business elite. Even Donald Trump, who briefly campaigned as an economic populist in 2016, governed like the plutocrat he was. Businesses could rely on Republicans for the regressive tax cuts and supply-side economics that helped their bottom lines – and the personal bank accounts of their executives. Democrats, meanwhile, have drifted to the left economically, embracing much higher taxes and a new era of trust-busting. If Republicans are the capitalists, then Democrats are the socialists.That, at least, is the conventional narrative. And it gets some things right. But it struggles to explain what happened in the past few weeks, as large companies such as Delta and Coca-Cola spoke out against Georgia’s new voter-suppression legislation. Republicans were blistering in response, with the Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell, accusing the private sector of behaving like a “woke parallel government” and warning of “serious consequences” if they didn’t stop. This threat isn’t idle – efforts are under way to hit companies on their bottom line, with Georgia Republicans voting to strip Delta of a lucrative tax break and Trump calling for boycotts of companies like Coca-Cola. (Freedom Pepsi, anyone?) Continue reading... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Nets’ seven-time All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge retires suddenly after heart scare

    35-year-old experienced irregular heartbeat during final gameVeteran had recently joined Brooklyn from San AntonioLaMarcus Aldridge retired from the NBA on Thursday after saying he experienced an irregular heartbeat during what proved to be his final game with the Brooklyn Nets.Aldridge, 35, posted a statement on social media saying the heart concerns he had during and after Brooklyn’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday was one of the “scariest things” he has experienced. Continue reading... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Luka Doncic’s diving, buzzer-beating ‘miracle’ three lifts Mavericks to win

    Dallas Mavericks 114-113 Memphis GrizzliesSlovenian star makes shot as he stumbles in final secondsLuka Doncic hit a leaning, lunging three-pointer as time expired to give the Dallas Mavericks a 114-113 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.Doncic ended the night with 29 points, while Kristaps Porzingis added 21 points. Dwight Powell had 12 points, shooting six of seven from the field. Continue reading... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Trans kids deserve the same opportunity that made my NFL career possible

    The more than 200 anti-trans bills under consideration across the country are not about youth sports, but about attacking and eradicating the most vulnerable I wasn’t always an NFL player. Professional athletes aren’t born – despite popular opinion – we are built. Yes, there are those of us who have athletic traits and given the time and opportunity can hone them into a mastery of our craft, but we aren’t born. Many professional athletes know someone along the way, a sister, a peer, a teammate who was just as talented as them, if not more so, but didn’t make it. Ninety-nine out of a hundred times the reason athletes of similar ability don’t go the same distance or don’t make the leap from amateur to professional is circumstance and opportunity, two things that in our day and age – unlike mastery of a sport – you are born into. After the past few weeks, most trans children including those who have immense potential to be great athletes or, at the very least, find love and joy in sports, can’t even pick up a ball without legislation telling them they don’t belong. Being born Black, queer, trans or of any marginalized community puts you behind the starting line of any race, even when you might need that love and community more than we imagine.I grew up in Dallas, Texas, to a single mother who worked three jobs to put food on the table and clothes on my back. I woke up early in the morning to find my mother had already left for work, and when I returned from school, she would call me from another job and ask me about… ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Classic YouTube | Crucible classics, Matthew Hayden catches and a vaccinated vaulter

    This week’s roundup also features plenty of football nostalgia, Shannon Courtenay and the art of trailer racing1) Nostalgia aplenty in this weekend’s Premier League fixtures. West Ham play Newcastle nearly 35 years to the day since John Lyall’s Hammers walloped them, three different goalies and all, 8-1. Spurs visit Everton, whom they thrashed 4-1 on the opening day of the 1984-85 season – Everton went on to win the title – and by whom they were thrashed 4-1 in the semi-finals of the 1994-95 FA Cup. Leeds host Liverpool, a fixture that yielded the famous ruck between Billy Bremner and Kevin Keegan during the 1974 Charity Shield and which was settled, in August 1995, by Tony Yeboah’s thunder-expletive.2) The world snooker championship begins on Saturday, so let’s relive Alex Higgins’ unbelievable 69 break from his semi-final against Jimmy White in 1982 and his 135 to clinch the title. Here’s frame 24 of the 1992 final between Stephen Hendry and Jimmy White, featuring the former’s famous broon, part one and part two; and Ronnie O’Sullivan’s frankly revolting 92 against Ali Carter in the 2012 final. In this year’s qualifiers, Louis Heathcote produced this piece of wizardry: Continue reading... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Ted Cruz threatens to burn John Boehner’s book over criticisms

    Former Republican House speaker called the Texas senator ‘Lucifer in the flesh’Review: John Boehner’s lament for pre-Trump RepublicansRepublican senator Ted Cruz has responded to fiery criticism from John Boehner with a tactic beloved of authoritarian regimes: threatening to burn his book. Related: Trump’s obsession with Deep State conspiracy 'delusional', John Boehner says Continue reading... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Officer who shot Daunte Wright charged with manslaughter | First Thing

    Police said Kimberly Potter meant to fire her stun gun, not her handgun. Plus, Biden expected to expel 10 Russian diplomats over cyber attacksDon’t already get First Thing in your inbox? Sign up hereGood morning.The police officer who shot a 20-year-old black man dead during a traffic stop was charged with manslaughter yesterday, officials said, after days of unrest. Police said that Kimberly Potter, 48, meant to fire her stun gun at Daunte Wright during a traffic stop in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center, but accidentally shot her handgun. Potter, who is white, has since resigned, as has her police chief. Continue reading... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    How To Start a War

    Wars often arise from uncertainty. When strong countries appear weak, truly weaker ones take risks they otherwise would not. Sloppy braggadocio and serial promises of restraint can trigger wars, too. Empty tough talk can needlessly egg on aggressors. But mouthing utopian bromides convinces bullies that their targets are too sophisticated to counter aggression. Sometimes announcing "a new peace process" without any ability to bring either novel concessions or pressures only raises false hopes -- and furor. Every new American president is tested to determine whether the United States can still... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Biden's Vision: Rebuild Infrastructure, Boost Key U.S. Industries

    President Biden's American Jobs Plan has the potential to transform our economy as we Build Back Better post-pandemic. In fact, our president has proposed the largest American jobs investment since World War II, which will promote our national security interests and create millions of good-paying manufacturing jobs. My home state of Indiana has more manufacturing jobs per capita than any other state. So, when rebuilding America's infrastructure, it is especially important that we ensure U.S. taxpayer-funded projects are constructed with raw materials such as primary aluminum and steel that... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Good morning, it's Thursday, April 15, 2021. Traditionally, this would be Tax Day in America, but COVID has again pushed that reckoning back, this time to May 17. But April 15 carries grimmer reminders from our past: The Titanic met its demise 109 years ago, and Abraham Lincoln succumbed to an assassin's bullet 47 years before that. On the bright side, Leonardo da Vinci was born on this date in 1452, and the world has been immeasurably enriched as a result. On that happy note, I'll refer you RCP's front page, where the Kent Sepkowitz (CNN) explores the mystery of Michigan's COVID surge;... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    The 'New Jim Crow' Is Nothing Like the 'Old Jim Crow'

    Joe Biden thinks Georgia's new voting integrity law is "Jim Crow on steroids." Stacey Abrams says the voting law changes are "a redux of Jim Crow in a suit and tie." And now House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn has added his partisan hyperbole to the fight, telling Jake Tapper at CNN that yes, he sees Georgia's new law as "the new Jim Crow." With all due respect, Clyburn needs glasses as badly as Biden needs a history book. As for the ambitious Abrams, she's said to be testing whether the "new Jim Crow" claim is a campaign theme she can exploit to become governor of Georgia. But sorry. What the... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Christie to GOP Study Group: Call Biden Out as 'a Liar'

    Republicans are bloodied and beaten, and maybe just a little too bashful for their own good. At least, so says Chris Christie. Knocked back on their heels and forced to answer for every outrageous thing Donald Trump did, said, or tweeted for four years, some among their ranks worry that the Grand Old Party has forgotten how to go for the throat. Making matters worse, the new president is perceived as a nice guy. So how do you fight with Uncle Joe when every jab, even above the belt, is condemned as elder abuse? Well, Christie told fellow Republicans behind closed doors Wednesday, you call him... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Biden's Risky Afghanistan Exit Plan

    Nearly a decade ago, in a Fort Bragg, N.C., airplane hangar packed with nearly 3,000 servicemen and -women, President Obama welcomed some of the last troops home from Iraq and uttered these knowing -- and prophetic -- words: "It's harder to end a war than to begin one." At the time, Obama couldn't predict just how hard it would be or calculate the manifold U.S. security costs involved. Despite his best efforts to pivot his administration's attention from the Middle East to Asia, the rise of the Islamic State and its deadly rampage across Iraq and Syria once again drew the U.S. back into Iraq... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Fight Against PA Guv's Powers Reflects Bipartisan Trend

    Since last spring, many governors have used the pandemic to assume emergency powers, giving them wide-ranging authority to, among other things, shut down businesses, close schools, and enforce stay-at-home orders. Unfortunately, many abused this authority, wielding unilateral powers while dismissing the checks and balances of state government. Throughout the United States, excessive lockdowns resulted, harming local economies and individual livelihoods. We're only now beginning to understand the costs of these restrictions on jobs, mental health, education, and civil liberties. But state... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Stop Forcing Every 'Person of Color' Into a Diversity Story

    "Nomadland" is a remarkable movie about struggling Americans wandering the vast spaces of the interior west. Most of them are white, middle-aged and up, living in vans. The filmmaker, Chloe Zhao, is a Chinese woman who has captured their bare existence as they move through a bleak but beautiful landscape. Based on a nonfiction book of the same name, "Nomadland" combines actors with actual nomads playing themselves. Already bestowed awards elsewhere, there should be little surprise that Zhao has received the Oscar nomination for best director. Thus, it is truly curious to see our woke media... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Cashes In on 'Systemic Racism'

    Patrisse Cullors is a co-founder of Blacks Lives Matter. About her background, she said in 2015: "The first thing, I think, is that we actually do have an ideological frame. Myself and Alicia [Garza, BLM co-founder] in particular are trained organizers." Cullors also said: "We are trained Marxists. We are super-versed on, sort of, ideological theories. And I think that what we really tried to do is build a movement that could be utilized by many, many black folk." Cullors, the self-described "trained Marxist," appears to be doing quite well for herself. Last year, she signed a major Hollywood... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Chicago Looks To Minnesota, Awaits Another Police Shooting Video and Holds Its Breath

    Chicago holds its breath, awaiting release of a police video showing 13-year-old Adam Toledo, reportedly with a gun, shot dead by a cop. The city by the lake hasn't recovered from the waves of looting and other violence that grew out of last year's George Floyd protests. Just look at all the vacant storefronts on North Michigan Avenue, the "Magnificent Mile." And now Chicago looks north to a trembling Minneapolis, a city on edge with the murder trial of Floyd's alleged killer, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, a white man. Floyd was Black. Just a short drive from Minneapolis,... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Missing Deadline, Biden Delays Afghan Withdrawal Timeline to September

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Joe Biden will withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America that were coordinated from that country, several U.S. officials said. Biden will lay out his vision for the way forward in Afghanistan and the timeline for the withdrawal in remarks Wednesday afternoon, The White House said. Punctuating the nearly two decades U.S. troops have fought and died in Afghanistan, the president will then visit Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery to honor the sacrifice of those who died in recent American... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Good morning, it's Wednesday, April 14, 2021. As the number of COVID cases rises, federal officials' decision to pause Johnson & Johnson inoculations has slowed efforts to beat back the pandemic. Meanwhile, the defense is having its say in the Derek Chauvin trial, a Minneapolis suburb continues to be roiled by the police shooting of a black man, and President Biden has picked the 20th anniversary of 9/11 as the date to remove U.S. combat troops from Afghanistan. In other words, just another fractious day in our tumultuous world. I'm away for a while, but RCP's front page takes no vacation.... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    The Fight Over Identity

    America has been wrecked on the shoals of identity. Identity politics has been characterized casually as a form of tribalism: Americans grouping themselves according to biological or sexual characteristics, in opposition to other groups associated by biological or sexual characteristics. There is certainly truth to the idea that such tribalism has damaged America in extraordinary ways -- that tribalism acts as the sort of factionalism the Founding Fathers feared, tearing Americans from one another and forcing them into polarized units to compete against others in a battle over control. But... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    'America First' in Vaccinations

    In the race to save lives, the United States and England are winning. A stunning 47% of U.K. residents and 36% of U.S. residents have received at least one dose. Compare that with the European Union, where only 15% have gotten at least one jab. The U.S. and the U.K. are way ahead thanks to the brash nationalism of U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and former President Donald Trump. The U.S. is now vaccinating as many as 4 million people a day, and President Joe Biden has announced vaccines are plentiful enough that all adults will be eligible by May 1. A remarkable achievement. Biden gets... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Biden Admin Puts Religious Freedom Programs on Hold

    Samantha Power, President Biden's choice to head the U.S. Agency for International Development, literally wrote the book on America's poor record of fighting genocides around the world even as the nation's leaders have promised "never again" after the Holocaust. Power's "A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide" earned her a nonfiction book Pulitzer Prize in 2003 and helped launch her out of academia to eventually become President Obama's U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Despite Power's history of fighting human-rights violations around the world, some foreign policy... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Good morning, it's Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Seventy-four years ago today, the Brooklyn Dodgers finished the preseason by completing a three-game exhibition series with the New York Yankees. The history books say that baseball's color barrier was broken on April 15, 1947 -- opening day. But for the man who broke it, Jack Roosevelt Robinson, it began four days earlier, on April 11, in the first of the Dodgers' exhibition games against the Yanks. I'll explain in a moment. First, though, a personal note: I'm taking some time off during the next two weeks. You'll still receive an email each... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Noem to RNC Donors: 'No Single Person Can Save This Country'

    Kristi Noem knows exactly how she made it into the spotlight. "Most of you probably had no idea who I was a year ago," the South Dakota governor admitted during private remarks to some of the Republican National Committee's wealthiest and most loyal donors this past weekend in South Florida. "The only reason you probably found out who I was, was because the liberals started beating me up for all the decisions I was making." And for that introduction, Noem has two people in particular to thank: Rachel Maddow and Elizabeth Warren. There probably weren't many MSNBC viewers among the party elite... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    The Great Awokening: America's Latest 'Religious' Revival

    One of the most striking features of American history is its periodic waves of religious fervor. We are in the midst of another today, stripped of its references to God but filled with the same passionate desire to be reborn, absolved from past sins. What sins need absolution now? America's history of slavery and Jim Crow segregation. Those "original sins" continue, say the movement's leaders, in a new (and vaguely defined) form: "structural racism." Revivals like this have been called "Great Awakenings" since the first one, in the 1740s. Today's acolytes use similar language, so this one... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    The Day Lake Conemaugh Destroyed Johnstown

    SOUTH FORK, Pennsylvania -- One hundred and thirty-two years later, the truth of what happened here in May 1889 is still difficult to put into words. Standing on the very soil where Col. Elias Unger, the last president of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club, had his home overlooking Lake Conemaugh, you can see from the distance where the Pittsburgh elite had their grand fishing club and elaborate cottages along the shoreline. Look right and you can also see the remnants of the poorly maintained dam that once held back their pristine private lake. It gave way on May 31, 1889, after days of... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Biden's Green Energy Plan Declares War on American Energy

    Am I the only one who finds it head-scratching that President Joe Biden, who wants to spend $2 trillion of taxpayer money on "infrastructure," is the same president whose first act in the White House was to kill a multibillion-dollar oil and gas pipeline that would create some 15,000 jobs? The Keystone pipeline that he canceled was vital to our energy infrastructure and wasn't going to cost taxpayers a penny. The Biden infrastructure plan is a head fake. The agenda here isn't about creating "millions of new jobs." It's a declaration of war against one of the largest sources of new jobs in the... ▶️ Read more ◀️