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The climate crisis has already arrived. Just look to California’s abnormal wildfires | Alastair Gee, Dani Anguiano
In the last decade, amid drought and searing heat, California has entered the ‘era of megafires’ and has become the ‘examplar for climate change extreme events today’ There’s an idea that when the climate crisis begins, we will know it. Movies present it as a moment when the world’s weather suddenly turns apocalyptic: winds howl, sea levels surge, capital cities are decimated. Climate messaging c
Want to dismantle structural racism in the US? Help fight gerrymandering | Meaghan Winter
The state legislative races this fall will determine how American political power is distributed for the next decade Americans looking for immediate ways to work to dismantle structural racism can – and must – turn their attention to this November’s state legislative races. Down-ballot races may not receive the same hype as the Biden-Trump contest, but those state races will determine to what ext
Fox host blames ‘deep state’ for Bannon arrest – Bannon says that's for 'nut cases'
Lou Dobbs claims ‘the deep state launched agents’ to arrest Trump’s ex-adviser, who pleaded not guilty to fraud charge Fox Business host Lou Dobbs has blamed the “deep state” conspiracy theory for the arrest of Steve Bannon , the former Trump campaign manager who on Thursday pleaded not guilty to a charge of skimming donations from a fundraising campaign for a border wall with Mexico. Bannon hims


'Severe inhumanity': California prisons overwhelmed by Covid outbreaks and approaching fires
Families of prisoners declare public health and human rights catastrophes as officials resist calls to evacuate as virus spreads California’s raging wildfires have created a crisis at multiple state prisons, where there are reports of heavy smoke and ash making it hard to breathe, unanswered pleas for evacuation, and concerns that the fire response could lead to further Covid-19 spread. Related:
Jessica McCaskill: 'No days off is really a mentality that encompasses everything'
The Chicago investment banker and newly minted welterweight champion opens up about overcoming homelessness, embracing your inner nerd and why Katie Taylor is on her way out Jessica McCaskill has not slowed down since capturing boxing’s undisputed welterweight championship last week with a surprise majority-decision win over Cecilia Brækhus , the previously undefeated Norwegian widely regarded as
Are US small business 'gone forever'? No, not all of them | Gene Marks
If there’s one thing I’ve learned about small businesses it’s that you can’t just lump them all together to support a narrative, be it moral or political Just a few weeks ago, a New York Times article warned that as many as one-third of New York’s small businesses could be “gone forever”. Bloomberg reports that small businesses are “dying by the thousands”. Business bankruptcies in Maryland have
Matt Herron, chronicler of the US civil rights movement – in pictures
The photographer, who covered protesters and volunteers across the south, has died at 89. His shot of a policeman assaulting a child won him a World Press Photo award. Images courtesy of Take Stock/Topfoto Continue reading...
Job insecurity, low pay, working from home: we're all Millennials now | Jill Filipovic
Millions of people are now working virtually. Take it from a millennial: at best, it’s a mixed bag. At worst, it’s a trap As the Covid-19 pandemic rages on, millions of Americans face precarious employment, uncertain futures, and pressure to hustle harder from home and make it all work. In other words: we’re all millennials now. As of early April, more than 60% of Americans said they had worked f
First Thing: Biden accepts presidential nomination as Bannon arrested for fraud
Joe Biden formally becomes Democratic candidate, while Trump’s former campaign manager is arrested. Plus, ‘poisoned’ Russian opposition leader is prevented from leaving the country Don’t already get First Thing in your inbox? Sign up here Good morning, Thirty years after his first bid, Joe Biden formally accepted the Democratic nomination for presidential candidate on Thursday , at the culminatio
Joe Biden basks in glow of well-received DNC speech – US politics live
Biden vows to end ‘season of darkness’ as he accepts nomination Steve Bannon pleads not guilty to fraud after arrest Firefighters stretched thin as California blazes grow rapidly 1,042 new Covid-19 deaths and 46,029 new cases in US yesterday Louis DeJoy to testify to Senate committee over USPS crisis Sign up to our First Thing newsletter 12.10pm BST Also on the convention theme, Ryan Lizza writes
Golden State Killer: Joseph DeAngelo to be sentenced to life in prison
Four decades after he terrorized Sacramento and southern California, survivors faced DeAngelo in court to declare he had been defeated It’s been four decades since Joseph James DeAngelo, better known as the Golden State Killer, terrorized the suburbs of Sacramento and stalked neighborhoods in southern California, breaking into homes to rape and torture women and girls, and killing couples and you


How Julia Louis-Dreyfus roasted Donald Trump in DNC finale – video
Actor Julia Louis-Dreyfus brought a great deal of levity while hosting the final night of the Democratic national convention. The comedian and star of Veep roasted Donald Trump and urged Americans to vote this November, joking that not even 'Facebook, Fox News and Vladimir Putin' can stop the democratic process Ex-rivals rally around Biden at mostly successful virtual convention: key takeaways fr
'I'll stay fit in lockdown,' I said. What an absolute joke | Emma Brockes
Six months of pandemic has taken its toll on my body. Maybe the only sane response is acceptance Back in March, in the early days of New York’s lockdown, I bookmarked a six-minute workout video on the New York Times website. This was during the period before the longevity and breadth of the pandemic became fully apparent, when it was considered briefly acceptable to promote lockdown as a professi
Brazen, entitled, comfortable: why hot-mic debacles like Thom Brennaman's happen
The swift reaction to the Reds announcer’s on-air anti-gay slur shows that tolerance for discrimination is on the wane, but there’s still work to do to weed it out completely It took place coming out of a commercial break during Wednesday’s doubleheader between the Kansas City Royals and Cincinnati Reds. Thom Brennaman didn’t think anyone but Fox Sports’ broadcast production crew was listening in
Belarus's struggle is a powerful reminder of the value of freedom | Timothy Garton Ash
However uncertain the road ahead, these protests show how authoritarianism ultimately subverts itself Of all the moving scenes from Belarus, one sticks in my mind. A man, probably in his 30s, holds his child on his arm. “The election was … ” he says to the camera, pauses nervously for a long moment, glances sideways at his child, and then concludes explosively, “ falsified!” There you have the ex
'There's nowhere like it': Alaska's wildlife refuge fears death by drilling
The Trump administration plans to allow oil and gas exploration in the Arctic sanctuary protected since the 1950s as the last fully intact ecosystem in the US Biologist George Schaller has traversed the Amazon rainforest, studied lions in the Serengeti and searched for rare antelope in Tibet but for him nothing quite compares to a vast and little-known wilderness found in the north-eastern reache
'I’m more for Trump than I was before': president clings to narrow lead in Iowa as Biden closes in
In a county that flipped dramatically from backing Obama to supporting Trump, there are signs of danger for the president When Aaron Schatz surveys the wreckage of 2020, he finds himself doing surprisingly well. Profits on his Iowa dairy farm are up thanks to coronavirus. The pandemic feels a distant threat, and Schatz has yet to wear a mask. Black Lives Matter protests are an annoyance but reall
Boy with stutter delivers moving DNC speech: 'Joe Biden made me feel confident' – video
Brayden Harrington, 13, spoke about how he met Joe Biden, who stuttered himself as a boy, and how the Democratic presidential nominee gave him confidence. 'He told me we were members of the same club: we stutter. It was really amazing to hear that someone like me became vice president,' Brayden said. In the final night of the Democratic national convention, Biden outlined his plans to bring relie
Boy with stutter delivers emotional DNC speech after help from Joe Biden
Brayden Harrington, 13, received speaking tips from the Democrat – a fellow stutterer – after a rally Political events aren’t often the venues for profoundly emotional moments, but during the last night of the Democratic national convention on Thursday, a young boy with a stutter managed to deliver one in two minutes. Thirteen-year-old Brayden Harrington was invited to speak at the event after he
Joe Biden's speech wins praise from left and right – but not from Trump
Obama campaign veterans, Hillary Clinton, and Fox News personalities hail former vice-president’s convention appearance Democrats have largely praised Joe Biden’s speech formally accepting the party nomination as a resounding success, while Republicans have begrudgingly conceded it went well. Biden’s speech on Thursday capped off the Democratic national convention and was largely optimistic, layi
Ex-rivals rally around Biden at mostly successful virtual convention: key takeaways from DNC finale
Biden lays out how he will lead the nation through multiple crises in uplifting speech – and a boy captures viewers’ hearts Joe Biden formally accepted the Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday, closing out the 2020 Democratic national convention. In his acceptance speech, Biden laid out how he would help lead the nation through the crises of the coronavirus pandemic, its economic fallou
Biden completes a comeback for the ages with career-defining speech
Analysis: The Democratic presidential nominee’s remarks resonated with decency, gravity and passion – if not many specifics Joe Biden stood in a school gym in Iowa fumbling for a message, generating little electricity and looking his age. His rivals were drawing bigger crowds and beat him into fourth place in the caucuses. Political pundits declared him over the hill. That was February. Now, in A
'Light is more powerful than dark': Joe Biden accepts presidential nomination – video
Joe Biden has vowed to unite America and lead the country to overcome “this season of darkness”, as he accepted the Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday evening, a long-sought moment that comes more than 30 years after he first ran for president Biden vows to end 'season of darkness' as he accepts Democratic presidential nomination Biden gives the acceptance speech he's been waiting dec
LA Lakers bounce back from loss to thump Trail Blazers in Game 2
Anthony Davis’s 31-11 performance lifts Lakers in 111-88 romp Blazers star Damian Lillard exits game with dislocated finger Antetokounmpo (28 points) powers Bucks in Game 2 victory Anthony Davis had 31 points and 11 rebounds and the top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers bounced back from an opening loss to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 111-88 on Thursday night in Game 2 of the first-round Western Confe
Biden gives the acceptance speech he's been waiting decades to deliver
After two failed presidential bids – one involving an embarrassing plagiarism scandal – the 77-year-old has finally realized his dream Thirty-three years ago, Joe Biden was tasked with delivering a rather somber speech. The then senator of Delaware called journalists to a press conference on Capitol Hill to announce he would no longer seek the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination, following ac
'Mika Pintz?' Democrats mock Republicans for mispronouncing 'Kamala' – video
Julia Louis-Dreyfus and former presidential candidate Andrew Yang open the final night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention with a not-so-subtle dig at Republicans mispronouncing vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris’s first name Continue reading...
Democratic national convention day four: Joe Biden delivers closing speech – watch in full
Biden will formally accept the Democratic presidential nomination on the final night of the virtual convention Joe Biden to accept Democratic presidential nomination 33 years after first bid – follow live Continue reading...
Sunburned Steve Bannon's court appearance is subdued – until the last moment
Trump’s former campaign chief thrives on controversy but his virtual hearing was off brand Steve Bannon, Trump’s former campaign chief, appeared in Manhattan federal court via video on Thursday afternoon after his arrest for allegedly siphoning money from a fundraising campaign to build the president’s controversial border wall with Mexico. Bannon waived his right to appear in person for his init


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