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Texas lawyer trapped by cat filter on Zoom call, informs judge he is not a cat
Lawyer Rod Ponton unable to undo filter during court debate ‘I don’t know how to remove it … I’m here live. I’m not a cat’ A Texas lawyer accidentally left a kitten filter on during a video conference call with a judge and was unable to change it, eventually responding to a judge’s query about why he was being addressed by a digital feline by saying: “I’m here live. I am not a cat.” Related: Seco
The Queen has more power over British law than we ever thought | Adam Tucker
Now we know that the mysterious ‘Queen’s consent’ is more than just a procedural formality, it must be scrapped The Guardian’s investigation revealing new detail on the impact of “Queen’s consent” in our legal system marks a significant advance in our understanding of an archaic and mysterious part of the UK constitution. It should prompt grave concerns about the practice’s continued existence. Q
The forever ponytail: woman shares ordeal after using Gorilla Glue on her hair
Tessica Brown has gained a captive audience on TikTok and Instagram after mistakenly using super-strength adhesive on her hair “Stiff where?” Tessica Brown asked TikTok, one week ago, before the world was aware of her struggle. “My hair,” she finished. And stiff it has been, for more than a month now, as Brown continues battling against what so far seems to be an irreversible decision: mistakenly

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Trump impeachment: Senate votes to proceed with trial
Divided chamber finds process constitutional during emotional day as Democrats recount Capitol attack A divided US Senate voted to proceed with the historic second impeachment trial of Donald Trump after an emotional opening day in which the prosecution argued that the former president was singularly responsible for inciting the deadly assault on the US Capitol while the defense warned that the p
California soon to pass New York as US state with most Covid deaths
State has seen 44,494 fatalities as of Tuesday as it averages 450 deaths a day, with Los Angeles hit hardest California is set to surpass New York as the US state with the most coronavirus deaths, a grim reminder of the pandemic’s toll even as the vaccine rollout and a dramatic drop in new cases offer hope that life will eventually return to normal. Fatalities from Covid-19 reached 44,494 on Tues
Senator Raskin breaks down recounting Capitol breach – video
Democrat senator Jamie Raskin fought back tears as he recounted his experience of the Capitol breach which happened the day after the death of his son. 'This cannot be our future': Raskin's 24-year-old daughter and his son-in-law were hiding in his office during the attack. Trump second impeachment: live updates Continue reading...
'I’m here live, I’m not a cat': lawyer stuck on Zoom kitten filter during court case – video
A lawyer showed up to virtual court in the 394th district of Texas with a kitten filter turned on, the cat moving its lips and eyes, as Rod Ponton said he and his assistant were attempting to remove the filter during the court case. The judge later posted the snipped and wrote: 'If a child used your computer before you join a virtual hearing, check the Zoom video options to be sure filters are of
Analysis: Democrats use Trump impeachment to show sometimes symbolism is the point
Analysis: faith in the US has been shaken and the impeachment trial is a test of accountability before a global audience The Democratic congressman Jamie Raskin stood at the lectern, faced 100 senators and removed his black face mask to begin the historic second impeachment trial of former president Donald John Trump. Continue reading...
Trump's impeachment trial starts with graphic Capitol assault footage – video
Donald Trump's second impeachment trial opened in the Senate with graphic video of the attack on the Capitol on 6 January and his comments that spurred a rally crowd to become a mob. The lead House prosecutor told senators the case would present 'cold, hard facts' against Trump, who is charged with inciting the siege of the Capitol to overturn the election he lost to Joe Biden Trump second impeac
Black and Latino Californians vaccinated at far lower rates than others
State data shows disproportionate inoculation figures in state and Los Angeles county, nation’s most populous California released figures on Monday showing the lopsided distribution of Covid-19 vaccines to date, with Black and Latino residents in the state being inoculated at significantly lower rates than other groups. Latinos have received 15% of nearly 5m Covid-19 vaccine doses that have been
Minnesota shooting: five wounded at Buffalo health clinic, police say
Police report shooting at Allina Clinic Crossroads campus Local man, 67, taken into custody, Buffalo authorities say Five people were shot and wounded at a health clinic in Minnesota on Tuesday and a local man was taken into custody, police said. The shooting happened at the Allina clinic in Buffalo, a city of about 15,000 people roughly 40 miles north-west of Minneapolis, said Kelly Prestidge, a
Celebrities call on Biden and Harris to shut down Dakota Access pipeline
Indigenous leaders, environmental groups and stars including Cher and Robert Downey Jr urge White House in letter A coalition of prominent celebrities, indigenous leaders and environmental groups have written to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris urging them to shut down the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) which is operating without a legal permit. Actors, musicians and athletes including Scarlett Johanss
European monitors: US election was fair but must try harder on voting rights
OSCE says vote was well organised with no significant fraud Report laments Trump rhetoric undermining public confidence US politics – live coverage The election arm of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), has brought out its final report on the 2020 US presidential election, concluding that it was well organised under the circumstances and there was no significant fraud
Palm Beach council to decide whether Trump can live at Mar-a-Lago
Lawyer said in 1993 Trump would be prohibited from living there if town allowed him to convert property from a residence to a club US politics – live coverage As the Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump loomed in Washington on Tuesday, a matter even more important to his immediate future was being discussed some 990 miles to the south by the town council of Palm Beach, Florida: whether the fo
These wealthy vaccine cheats prove we were never all in this together | Arwa Mahdawi
The rich and powerful are using their influence to get early inoculations. And there’s nothing we can do about it Mo’ money, mo’ problems? More like mo’ money, mo’ vaccines. In news anyone could have predicted, it seems well-off and well-connected people around the world are finding nefarious ways to skip to the front of the coronavirus vaccine line. Exhibit one: Stacey Griffith , a celebrity Sou
Civil and human rights groups urge Biden to end federal death penalty
Coalition is calling on president to commute sentences of all 49 federal death row inmates A coalition of leading US civil and human rights groups is calling on Joe Biden immediately to commute the sentences of all 49 federal death row inmates and reinstate a moratorium on executions carried out by the US government. Related: Virginia all but certain to become first southern state to abolish deat
NFL coaching legend Marty Schottenheimer dies at age of 77
Former Chargers coach was No 8 on list for NFL victories Regular seasons success was not matched in playoffs Marty Schottenheimer, who won 200 regular-season games with four NFL teams thanks to his “Martyball” brand of smash-mouth football but regularly fell short in the playoffs, has died. He was 77. Schottenheimer died on Monday night at a hospice in Charlotte, North Carolina, according to his
Mary Wilson: the Supremes' tenacious star who refused to accept defeat
The co-founder of the Motown group was overshadowed by Diana Ross but won her battle to protect the group’s integrity • Mary Wilson: Supremes co-founder dies age 76 In November 1969, Diana Ross announced her departure from the Supremes. It was not an entirely unexpected turn of events for anyone who knew about the internal workings of Motown Records. From the moment in 1963 when label boss Berry
Autonomy co-founder's lawyers attack 'overweening' US extradition effort
Mike Lynch’s legal team tell court US is ‘not the global marshal of corporate world’ and case should be heard in UK Lawyers acting for Mike Lynch, the British tech multimillionaire facing extradition on fraud charges, accused the US in a London court on Monday of exerting itself as “an overweening international police force”. Lynch, charged with 14 counts of conspiracy and fraud linked to the $11
Kobe Bryant helicopter crash likely caused by pilot disoriented in clouds
Crash that killed basketball star, his daughter, and seven others launched lawsuits and prompted state and federal legislation Safety investigators said on Tuesday a pilot flew through clouds last year in an apparent violation of federal standards and likely became disoriented just before the helicopter crashed, killing the basketball star Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others. Related: Trum
Tampa Bay's Super Bowl win buried the myth that only white men can coach NFL
The Buccaneers had three Black coordinators and two female coaches as they masterminded a victory over the supposedly unstoppable Chiefs on Sunday It’s hardly a shocker that Tom Brady won the Super Bowl MVP on Sunday night. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense put up 31 points, and Brady was largely mistake-free (minus a near Tyrann Mathieu pick) as his team rolled to victory . But if there was a Mos
The birth rate in the US has declined. One reason is economics not moral failure | Moira Donegan
For years the US has made domestic policy that has punished women for becoming mothers, and de-incentivized those who want to have as many children as they would like Last month, the Brookings Institution updated a June survey on American fertility, concluding that 2021 would see a sharp drop in US births. The pandemic and its attendant economic recession would result in 300,000 to 500,000 fewer
A colorblind vaccine approach isn’t good enough. The US needs racial equity
Without a focus on racial equity, vaccine allocation will further divide the country and perpetuate health inequalities Evidence has emerged across the United States about how well-intended plans to encourage vaccinations and provide neighborhood access to communities of color have been usurped by more affluent white people who do not live there . For many communities of color, this form of vacci
Almost a year of working from home – time for my family’s performance review | Emma Beddington
I will be bringing the corporate psychology of 2001 to the task and using the ‘praise sandwich’ technique. Although I can’t think of anything positive at all to say about the printer I note with a blend of emotions for which there is not yet a German abstract noun that we are approaching the anniversary of the inauguration of our new home workspaces. That means that as HR manager of ours (corpora
'Jim Crow relic': Senate filibuster stands in way of Democratic voting rights push
Analysis: calls to scrap the requirement for 60 senators to back legislation are growing as Congress weighs sweeping protections As states around the country advance a wave of measures that would make it harder to vote, Democrats in Washington are planning the most sweeping voting rights protections in decades. But to pass those protections, Democrats will have to overcome a huge barrier. Related
Trump vetoed ads attacking Biden's record on women to avoid ‘can of worms’ – report
Campaign ads were considered by Trump but proved ‘so far-fetched even he vetoed them’, according to Axios Donald Trump vetoed a series of brutal attack ads in the 2020 election campaign, including one that targeted Joe Biden’s behavior towards women, because he was afraid of opening his own “can of worms”. Related: 'It felt like tentacles': the women who accuse Trump of sexual misconduct Continue
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House impeachment managers will open their prosecution of Trump for ‘incitement of insurrection’ on Tuesday. Plus, Ice has deported more than 20 babies and children Don’t already get First Thing in your inbox? Sign up here Good morning. The historic second impeachment trial of Donald Trump will begin on Tuesday, on the same Senate floor that came under siege by rioters just over a month ago. Afte
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