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Pro-Trump lawyer says ‘no reasonable person’ would believe her election lies
Lawyers for Sidney Powell argued conspiracies she laid out constituted legally protected first amendment speech US politics – live coverage A key member of the legal team that sought to steal the 2020 election for Donald Trump is defending herself against a billion-dollar defamation lawsuit by arguing that “no reasonable person” could have mistaken her wild claims about election fraud last Novemb
Johnson marks year since first lockdown – knowing he acted far too late | John Crace
PM remembers those who have lost lives during the pandemic, many of whom might still be alive Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Tuesday was the national day of reflection to mark the anniversary of the start of the first lockdown . Ideally, of course, it would have happened a week or two earlier – had not the prime minister been so unwilling to take the coronavirus ser
Polish writer charged for calling president a 'moron'
Jakub ┼╗ulczyk faces possible prison term for insulting Andrzej Duda over his comments on Biden election win A Polish writer faces a possible prison sentence for insulting President Andrzej Duda by calling him a “moron” over comments the latter made about Joe Biden’s US election victory. Jakub ┼╗ulczyk, the screenwriter behind the popular TV series Blinded by the Lights and Belfer, said prosecutors

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Stacey Abrams on Republican voter suppression: 'They are doing what the insurrectionists sought'
The ‘coordinated onslaught’ of bills touts the big lie of voter fraud that fueled the 6 January insurrection, says the former Georgia candidate for governor There may be no politician better suited for a moment when democracy is under attack than Stacey Abrams. A decade ago, when few saw any chance of Georgia becoming a Democratic state, Abrams pushed to invest in turning out Black, Latino and As
'It helps me be myself': trans kids on the healthcare Republicans want to deny them
Doctors and families say wave of bills to ban gender-affirming care dangerously misrepresents the treatment process Lawmakers in Arkansas are voting this week to restrict medical care for transgender children and punish doctors who treat them, in one of more than a dozen US states where Republicans are pushing sweeping bans on trans youth healthcare. Proponents of the healthcare bans argue that k
‘Working class people always hustle’: LA's essential workers – in portraits
Photographs of firefighters, grocery workers and hospital staff were captured as they worked through the pandemic Photographs by Sam Comen in Los Angeles Last March, California became the first US state to impose a stay-at-home order in a desperate attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Millions of workers across the state saw their jobs abruptly turn high-risk, or essential to allow mill
Biden administration struggles to turn chaos into order on US border
Images of migrants packed into ‘pods’ emerge as Biden administration tries to process thousands of children and families Jam-packed plastic “pods” doubling as makeshift border enforcement facilities within large tents. Young migrants laying side by side on cheap floor mats. The dystopian glint of silver mylar blankets . Related: Migrants held in overcrowded Texas facility, photos released by cong

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Josh Norman: ‘2020 was an awakening for the Black community’
The thrill-seeking, globetrotting All-Pro cornerback on the rise athlete activism, running with the bulls in Spain and how he ended up in the Anfield stands for that Liverpool-Barcelona match You might think the high-stakes, white-knuckle lifestyle of an NFL defensive back would generate enough adrenaline to satisfy even the most voracious thrill-seeker. Not for Josh Norman, the nine-year veteran
Michigan Covid surge raises fears it’s an early sign of things to come across US
State recorded nearly 17,000 new cases last week as numbers underscore the need for a speedier vaccine rollout, experts say A recent jump in Michigan Covid cases and hospitalizations is alarming public health officials and raising fear that it could be an early sign of things to come across the rest of the country. Michigan recorded nearly 17,000 new cases last week, which represents a more than
Why is no one in Europe talking about dangers of rising inflation?
If economies recover and stimulus turbocharges pent-up demand, a lot of bank credit could result from central bank money The increasing risk of a return of inflation in the US and Europe is beginning to galvanise debates among economists . One key source of inflation fears is the expectation that, once the Covid-19 pandemic has been overcome by vaccines, pent-up demand will explode in an orgy of
Boulder shootings: suspect allegedly bought assault rifle after ban on sale was blocked
Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa purchased a weapon shortly after a judge lifted a previous ban on their sale in the Colorado city, according to court documents The suspect accused of opening fire inside a crowded Colorado supermarket was a 21-year-old man who allegedly purchased an assault weapon less than a week earlier, it has emerged. Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa bought the weapon on 16 March, six days before
Man claims to find sugar-coated shrimp tails in his box of cereal
A tragic tail: Jensen Karp says he adored Cinnamon Toast Crunch, until he found what appeared to be dried seafood in his breakfast Kids’ cereals have a long history of coming with prizes in the box – perhaps a SpongeBob Squarepants figurine or a cardboard cutout of Spider-Man. It is less appealing when the surprise inside appears to be multiple dried shrimp tails. That is what allegedly happened
Joe Biden touts $1.9tn Covid rescue package on anniversary of Affordable Care Act
Administration also extended the enrollment period for registering for subsidized health insurance coverage until 15 August Joe Biden marked the 11th anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act with a trip to Ohio on Tuesday, touting his efforts to reverse many Trump-era measures aimed at weakening the landmark health reform law, and pledging that his $1.9tn Covid rescue package would b
Oakland to launch one of the largest US universal basic income programs yet
The new program, which has raised $6.75m from private donors, will give low-income families of color $500 a month Oakland is set to become the latest city in California to launch a guaranteed income program, with the mayor announcing Tuesday a privately funded program for low-income families of color. The Oakland Resilient Families program will give families that meet a certain threshold $500 a m
US dismisses North Korean missile launches as Biden says he’s open to talks
Biden officials say the two short-range test-fires launched over the weekend were not covered by UN Security Council resolutions Senior Biden administration officials are playing down North Korean short-range missile launches last weekend, and saying the US president is still open to a dialogue with North Korea. Officials, who briefed reporters on the missile launches, said on Tuesday that they w
GameStop shares fall as first earnings report released since Reddit-led rally
Shares, which had fallen 6.5% during the day, briefly gained 8% in after-hours trading before dropping more than 15% GameStop released its first earnings report on Tuesday since it became the subject of international attention during a Reddit-fuelled buying rally and named the former Amazon and Google executive Jenna Owens as its new chief operating officer. The company’s sales and profit figures
‘We don’t live in a safe world’: Boulder in shock and disbelief over shooting
The Colorado city is considered by many to be a safe oasis – but some residents say there’s a darker side that often isn’t spoken of Following the shooting in a Boulder, Colorado, grocery store on Monday, leaving 10 dead including a police officer, the community of this liberal mountain town are in a state of shock and disbelief, experiencing the all-too-common identity crisis experienced by so m
Tennessee man loses $1m lottery ticket – then finds it in a parking lot
Nick Slatten found his missing ticket on the ground outside an auto store he had visited with his brother A man in Tennessee was stunned to find he had won $1m with a lottery ticket, only to discover he had somehow lost it while running errands in the wake of sharing the news with his fiancee and family. But, thankfully, the story has a happy ending as Nick Slatten of Sparta, a small town in the
California lawmakers seek to force gunmakers to 'microstamp' bullet casings
Advocates seek enforcement of 2007 measure that would link casings to the guns that fired them Gun control advocates are making a new attempt to force the gun industry to comply with a unique California law that requires bullet casings to be “microstamped”, a measure that has been toothless since it was approved more than a decade ago. California’s 2007 law requires gun manufacturers to adopt mic
Texans' Watson called 'serial predator' in 14th suit alleging sexual misconduct
Houston star quarterback facing civil lawsuit from 14th woman Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, denies ‘meritless’ accusations A 14th woman has filed a lawsuit accusing Houston Texans star quarterback Deshaun Watson of sexual assault and harassment. The complaint, which was filed Monday night and appeared on the Harris County district clerk’s website on Tuesday morning, describes Watson as a “seri
Boulder shooting: suspect and 10 victims named by police
Police say 21-year-old man charged with 10 murder counts Boulder police chief: ‘I feel numb and it’s heartbreaking’ Officer killed in Colorado shooting named as Eric Talley Boulder police released the names of the 10 people shot and killed at a Colorado grocery store on Monday and said the victims were between 20 and 65. Related: US gun-safety groups call for urgent action after Colorado shooting
Illinois city approves first reparations program for Black residents
A $400,000 housing grant with guaranteed funding in Evanston is first such initiative to tackle legacy of slavery An Illinois city has become the first in America to embark upon a reparations program for its Black residents after its local council approved the implementation of its first such initiative to tackle the legacy of slavery. Late on Monday night aldermen in Evanston – a suburban commun
Amazon is a disaster for workers. Nomadland glosses over that | Jessa Crispin
The film doesn’t glamorize life at an Amazon warehouse. But it’s undeniably useful to the corporation to have a prestigious film to give political cover The new movie Nomadland may have received six nominations for the Academy Awards this year, but it’s also been met with its fair share of controversy. Telling the story of Fern (played by Frances McDormand), a woman who lives an itinerant life, m
Biden urges gun reform after Colorado shooting: 'Don't wait another minute'
President lowers White House flag to half-staff to honor victims Senate urged to pass House-approved background checks bills US politics – live coverage After recording a year with the lowest level of public mass shootings in more than a decade, the US suffered its second such incident in less than a week on Monday night with a shooting at a Colorado grocery store that killed 10, including one po
Covid-19 has shown humanity how close we are to the edge | Toby Ord
To prevent catastrophe, governments must transform our resilience to climate breakdown, AI and engineered pandemics It is profoundly difficult to grapple with risks whose stakes may include the global collapse of civilisation, or even the extinction of humanity. The pandemic has shattered our illusions of safety and reminded us that despite all the progress made in science and technology, we rema
Kofi Cockburn is second player to be racially abused after NCAA tournament loss
Center shares screenshot of racist post on Instagram Ohio State’s EJ Liddell received death threats after loss Illinois’ Kofi Cockburn is the second player to face racist comments on social media following a loss in the NCAA tournament. Cockburn shared on Instagram a racist social media post directed at him after the top-seeded Illini lost to No 8 Loyola Chicago on Sunday. Continue reading...
Tributes paid to victims in Boulder supermarket shooting
Eric Talley, a father of seven, was first officer to respond to reports of shots fired. Other victims ranged in age from 20 to 65 years old A police officer whose father said he was looking for a less dangerous line of work was among 10 victims of a shooting at a crowded Colorado supermarket on Monday night. Related: Boulder shooting: suspect and 10 victims named by police Continue reading...

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