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    Judge Amy Coney Barrett (pictured) is said to be President Trump's presumptive nominee for Supreme Court justice Democrats are being warned against using presumptive US Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett's Catholic faith against her if questioning her during confirmation hearings.   Reports have indicated that Barrett, 48, is Trump's pick to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died September 18.  Barrett was Trump's nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago, a position she has held since 2017.  She's also a mother of seven - to five biological and two adopted children - and a devout Roman Catholic, a fact that her detractors have used against her because they believe that she won't...
    An attorney for the police officer who shot Jacob Blake says that the officer believed he was kidnapping a child after hearing the mother's cries during the altercation. The revelation comes from a CNN interview with the officer's attorney published on Friday. The controversial police shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, sparked protests and riots from Black Lives Matter supporters who accused the police of acting inappropriately. Blake was shot 7 times and hospitalized with serious injuries. Police Officer Rusten Sheskey told investigators that he used deadly force because he believed that Blake was going to kidnap a child in the car that he was reaching into when Sheskey fired. His attorney...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Sisters in Queens have made it their mission to support the deaf and hard of hearing by creating see-through masks and sharing them throughout their Kew Gardens community. As CBS2’s Vanessa Murdock reports, the Lin sisters have big smiles, but even bigger hearts. Julia, Kate and Sarah Lin crafted their see-through masks from scratch. “With a lot of people wearing masks, it is hard for people who are deaf or hard of hearing,” 13-year-old Sarah said. She’s been a Girl Scout for seven years. “This is a project to really just to spread awareness, it’s not for us to make money. We just want to help others,” 11-year-old Julia said. She’s been a Girl Scout for...
    Since the first 20 Oversight Board members were appointed back in May, we have been helping to get them up and running as quickly as possible. That has included finalizing a new software tool that allows members to securely access and review case information from anywhere in the world; and training them on our Community Standards and policy development processes. We look forward to the board beginning to hear cases in mid to late October. Shortly after launching the board, Facebook announced that it wouldn’t be ready until “late fall,” leading to fears that it would arrive too late for the US elections. It appears now that it will come sooner, though with not a lot of time to spare...
    Anthony Fauci, director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at NIH, testifies at a Senate Health, Education, and Labor and Pensions Committee on Capitol Hill, on September 23, 2020 in Washington, DC. 2021.Graeme Jennings | Pool | Getty ImagesVIDEO3:0203:02Dr. Fauci pushes back on Sen. Rand Paul's claim that New York has achieved herd immunityCoronavirus White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci pushed back Wednesday against Sen. Rand Paul's claim that New York has overcome the coronavirus pandemic because it achieved herd immunity, telling the Republican lawmaker he's "not listening."  In an exchange at a Senate hearing on the nation's coronavirus response, Paul claimed that New York's death rate is among the highest in the world despite shuttering businesses...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci countered Sen. Rand Paul's misinformation about 'herd immunity' with facts at a Senate committee hearing. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, refused to allow Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to spread misinformation about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic during a Senate hearing on Wednesday. "You are not listening to what the director of the CDC said," Fauci told Paul during a hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on the U.S. response to COVID-19. From the Sept. 23 hearing: SEN. RAND PAUL (R-KY): You've been a big fan of Cuomo and the shutdown in New York. You've lauded New York for their policy....
    Zach LaVine endorsed Billy Donovan as his next head coach. The Chicago Bulls didn’t wait long to announce their new head coach after firing Jim Boylen, as they plucked Billy Donovan off the market after he and the Oklahoma City Thunder mutually parted ways. Zach LaVine, thrilled to finally be freed from the constraints of Boylen, seems to be all on board with Arturas Karnisovas’ first big move. LaVine wasn’t jumping for joy when Donovan was announced as his new head coach, but he did give the move his stamp of approval on his stream last night, adding that Donovan was an excellent coach during his time with the Thunder. Zach LaVine should thrive under a proven, successful coach in...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on June 30, 2020 in Washington, DC.Kevin Dietsch | AFP via Getty Images White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci told Congress on Wednesday "it may take some time" for FDA-approved inoculations for Covid-19 to become available because of the "rigorous clinical testing required" to develop a safe and effective vaccine. Still, he added, there is "growing optimism" that scientists will find one or more safe and effective vaccines by the end of the year or early 2021. In prepared remarks for delivery at a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing, Fauci...
    We know how the 1990s Console Wars between Sega and Nintendo ended: Sega lost. But CBS All Access’ lively gaming documentary Console Wars has enough of an emotional payoff that it could still be spoiled. Without revealing exactly how it ends, it winds up the way you’d want it to if the film was about your favorite workplace, with your best friends talking about the great old days. The youngest kids who played the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo are now in their 30s, and they’ve all probably had at least one job like that. That’s why Console Wars should resonate with so many people. You don’t have to have made, marketed, or even played a video game between...
    Mark David Chapman, who killed John Lennon in 1980, has apologized to the famed singer’s wife Yoko Ono — describing his crime as “despicable” and saying he “deserves” the death penalty, according to a report. The 65-year-old — who was denied parole on Aug. 19 — gunned the 40-year-old Beatles star down as he and Ono walked toward The Dakota building on the Upper West Side. Chapman told the parole board that he killed Lennon for “self-glory,” the Telegraph reported, citing the transcript of the parole hearing obtained by the PA news agency. “I assassinated him… because he was very, very, very famous and that’s the only reason and I was very, very, very, very much seeking self-glory, very...
    If it seemed like the most pivotal point in Kamala Harris’ quest to help Democrats win the White House was a looming debate with Vice President Mike Pence, that may all have changed Friday evening. Now Harris, 55, faces what are almost certainly the most challenging, consequential moments of her political career in the coming weeks as both a sitting U.S. senator and the Democratic vice presidential nominee deeply invested in the battle over the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death last week of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. How a woman famous — or infamous, among conservative circles — for grilling Justice Brett Kavanaugh about reproductive rights during his confirmation hearing goes to battle against Republican leaders intent...
    Four years ago, if you asked Senate Republicans, it was a matter of holy principle that a Supreme Court vacancy arising in an election year—even in February—remain open until The People Could Speak and the seat could be filled by the next president. The sanctity of the Senate, the Supreme Court, and democracy itself were on the line, to hear them talk. Now, not so much. With 43 days until the elections, and former Vice President Joe Biden favored to defeat Donald Trump, Trump is planning to nominate a successor to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg within days and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is planning to push the vote through. And the vast majority of Senate Republicans are...
    Megan Fox is an actress. Machine Gun Kelly/Instagram Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly rocked out to the musician's song "Bloody Valentine" in a video Kelly shared on Thursday.  In the video, the musician, who filmed while driving, zoomed in on the song title before focusing on Fox, who mouthed the lyrics in the passenger seat.  "just heard 'bloody valentine' on the radio for the first time," Kelly, whose real name is Colson Baker, captioned the video. He set the location as "Love Story." The "Jennifer's Body" actress starred in the "Bloody Valentine" music video in March, an appearance that sparked early dating rumors before Kelly confirmed their relationship in June.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. ...
    RICHMOND, VA -- A 1-year-old heard his mother's voice for the first time after getting fitted for his hearing aids.Maison McMillan was born 4 months premature in Richmond, Virginia. He weighed just 1 pound.The tiny baby spent 158 days in the NICU. He finally gained enough strength to go home, but his parents realized that he could not hear them.A year after his birth, doctors at Virginia Commonwealth University Children's Hospital fit McMillan with his own hearing aids.The smile on his face when he heard his mother's voice was infectious. The only thing more touching might have been the tears that smile brought to McMillan's mother's face.
    Marcel Kusch/picture alliance via Getty Images A federal court hearing in Georgia was interrupted by graphic images of pornography and footage of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks when an uninvited participant joined on Friday, CNN reported. The incident occurred on Friday, September 11, the day of the 19th anniversary of the attacks. "It just showed the tension we have with open access to proceedings and using technology," Bryan P. Tyson, the lawyer representing the state of Georgia in the case, told CNN.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A federal court hearing in Georgia being conducted over Zoom was interrupted by an uninvited participant who entered the virtual meeting and showed graphic content, CNN reported.  The...
    PREMIER LEAGUE clubs are hugely popular in Africa - but Aston Villa have one town in Ghana all to themselves. Juaben, located in the Ashanti region of Ghana and a four-hour drive away from the capital of Accra, has dedicated itself to Dean Smith's side for over a decade. 7The Ghanaian village of Juaben has gone Aston Villa madCredit: SWNS:South West News Service 7Around 1,000 of the town's residents are thought to be Villa fans, with youth teams named after the clubCredit: SWNS:South West News Service Villans super fan Owusu Boakye Amando was inspired to support the team by his grandpa, who regaled to him stories of the 'God' Paul McGrath. Founding the Ghana Lions supporters' club in 2010, Owusu...
    (CNN) — The AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine trial, halted last week after an unexplained illness in one of the volunteers, will resume, the University of Oxford announced Saturday. The university, which is developing the vaccine with AstraZeneca, did not say when the trial would resume. AstraZeneca said the trial will only resume in the United Kingdom, adding that it’s working with health authorities across the world to determine when other trials can resume. Before the pause, the company was testing its vaccine, dubbed the Oxford vaccine, in the United States as well as in the United Kingdom, Latin America, Asia, Europe and Africa. The university said in a statement that some 18,000 individuals around the world have received study vaccines as part of the...
    The police officer who knelt on George Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes, leaving the 46-year-old unconscious, has been pictured for the first time since the May 25 killing, and was heckled outside of court. Derek Chauvin, 44, has been charged with murder and is currently being held in custody, while three other officers are free on bail. On Friday he was present in court for the first time, having previously appeared via videolink.  Wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, face mask and handcuffs, he was led away by correction officers after the three hour hearing, as protesters near the court yelled abuse at him.  Derek Chauvin, who knelt on George Floyd's neck, was seen for the first time on...
    This combination of photos provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, shows Derek Chauvin, from left, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by him and the other Minneapolis police officers on May 25. Kueng, Lane and Thao have been charged with aiding and abetting Chauvin. (Hennepin County Sheriff's Office via AP) Associated Press A local judge overseeing the criminal case against the cops accused of killing George Floyd has disqualified the county attorney's office from working on the case, calling their work "sloppy," reporters at the hearing said.  Hennepin County Attorney Mike...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – George Floyd’s family, along with civil rights attorney Ben Crump, gathered outside of the Family Justice Center in downtown Minneapolis following a nearly four-hour pre-trial hearing. The hearing addressed a variety of state motions, including a motion for a joint trial for defendant officers and motions for a change of venue and jury sequestration. During the hearing, Judge Peter Cahill dismissed Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, among other members of his office for their “sloppy” work. RELATED: Judge In Floyd Case Disqualifies Members of Hennepin Co. Attorney’s Office At one point, Defense Attorney Plunket also alleged Floyd had taken drugs during the fatal encounter with police, and the defense of the four officers claimed he had swallowed fentanyl during...
    The American driver accused of killing motorcyclist Harry Dunn is willing to discuss taking part in a virtual trial in a UK court, it was claimed yesterday. The Director of Public Prosecutions told 19-year-old Harry’s parents on Wednesday he was ‘actively considering’ a virtual trial for Anne Sacoolas, 43, in an ‘unprecedented legal scenario’.  Yesterday, sources close to the mother-of-three said she wished to speak to British authorities to find a path forward. But it is understood she has not yet been formally approached. The family of Harry Dunn (pictured) have been told that his alleged killer is willing to discuss taking part in a virtual trial in a UK court Anne Sacoolas (pictured) claimed diplomatic immunity following...
    Julian Assange's fiancee was today spotted outside court with friend-of-the-stars human rights lawyer Jennifer Robinson before a judge refused to delay the activist's extradition hearing. Stella Moris, 37, who is herself a lawyer, was seen walking under the wing of Ms Robinson as the pair arrived at the Old Bailey this morning to support Assange.  Ms Moris, who has two children with Assange, was in court after visiting Downing Street in a bid to deliver a Reporters Without Borders petition against the extradition, which has been signed by around 80,000 people. The extradition case was initially delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic in May.  Ms Robinson, 39, who is representing Mr Assange, calls Amal Clooney her best friend and was seen...
    Two men jumped over the counter and one of them put a gun against her brother’s head. Janine Kramer was 16. It was a Sunday morning in 1990. She was the manager of the Kentucky Fried Chicken on Diamond Bar Boulevard. Her little brother David was part of the crew working that morning. Several other workers hit the floor immediately. When the gunman figured out she was in charge, he turned the gun on her. “He wanted the money from the safe,” Janine said. Related Articles Loud in the silence: Deaf California prosecutor has long fight for justice Loud in the silence, part 3: Deaf California prosecutor faces confrontation, her past Calmly, she explained the armored...
    After confirming his name and date of birth, the 49-year-old was asked if he was willing to agree to be extradited to the United States. Assange paused before answering: “No.” Supporters, including her partner Stella Morris and costume designer Vivienne Westwood, were among those gathered outside the courthouse. Julian Assange’s girlfriend, Stella Morris, left, and her lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, appear in court on Monday.debt:Andhra Assange’s lawyers will argue that his case criminalizes the use of ordinary press methods to publish information in the public interest. Assange’s attorney, Jennifer Robinson, said: “Journalists and whistleblowers exposing the illegal activities of companies or governments and war crimes – such as the publications accused of Julian – should be protected from prosecution.” Secret US...
    Anita Hill has vowed to vote for Joe Biden in the November election, despite the 'mistakes' he made while overseeing the confirmation hearing where she testified against then-Supreme Court Justice nominee Clarence Thomas.  'Notwithstanding all of his limitations in the past, and the mistakes that he made in the past, notwithstanding those -- at this point, between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, I think Joe Biden is the person who should be elected in November,' Hill told CNN in an interview.  'Its more about the survivors of gender violence. That's really what it's about.'  Hill added that her 'commitment is to finding solutions, and I am more than willing to work with him.' Anita Hill told CNN that she will...
    I looked at the email in slight disbelief. (In my head it came with an appropriately elaborate font.) Dear Managing Director David Polfeldt, Would you be so kind as to give his Royal Majesty a tour of your company?  The King of Sweden? Really?! When did a video game studio become eligible for an official visit from His Royal Highness? From about 2010 onward, I started to notice a small change in how people outside the game industry perceived it. We were gradually met with more respect, more interest, more fascination, more envy, and it was eventually impossible for the establishment to ignore the fact that every year, Sweden’s largest cultural export product was a video game. If it wasn’t...
    WASHINGTON (CBS/AP) — Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts are calling for a Senate hearing on the “series of tragic deaths of soldiers” from Fort Hood in Texas. They and Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas wrote a letter to the Armed Services Committee, seeking to make sure that Congress is “holding the Army accountable.” Sgt. Elder Fernandes, of Brockton, disappeared from the base in August and was later found dead. Investigators do not suspect foul play, but the family says the 23-year-old had earlier reported being sexually assaulted. Back in April, 20-year-old Spc. Vanessa Guillen was bludgeoned to death by a fellow soldier at the base, according to a federal complaint. The senators want a public hearing...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. They weren’t dueling press conferences exactly, though they were sequential. At midday Wednesday, DFL Chair Ken Martin held a media event to accuse the state GOP and its chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan of flouting social distancing guidelines and rules meant to halt the spread of COVID-19. It included a PowerPoint presentation with multiple photos of Carnahan along with GOP candidates campaigning indoors, sans masks and without maintaining space between themselves and other people. Skepticism of the threats from the virus and objections to governmental restrictions has a clear partisan tint, both in...
    Kenton County Judge Dawn Gentry (pictured) was removed from the bench Monday after the Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission found her guilty of 10 charges of misconduct An embattled Kentucky judge accused of having sex in her courthouse and letting staff drink alcohol at the office has been removed from the bench.  The Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission (KJCC) on Monday voted unanimously to remove Kenton County Family Court Judge Dawn Gentry after she was found guilty of 10 out of 12 misconduct charges brought against her in January.   A wild four day misconduct hearing saw witnesses testify about how Gentry engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior, allowed her staff to store and consume alcohol in court offices and hired people because...
    The Grammy award-winning producer of Beyonce's 'Drunk in Love' appeared in court in Los Angeles on Thursday to face charges of more than a dozen sexual assaults.  Detail, whose real name is Noel Christopher Fisher, was arrested on August 5 by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. On Thursday afternoon he was taken from the Men's Central Jail to the Los Angeles Municipal Court on West Temple St for a contentious and lightning-fast hearing, at which he was supposed to be arraigned. Noel Christopher Fisher, known as the producer Detail, was in court in LA on Thursday Fisher was wearing an orange prison jumpsuit and sat within a box in the courtroom The hearing took less than four minutes,...
    (CNN)The man who shot and killed John Lennon in 1980 was denied parole for the 11th time.Mark David Chapman, 65, is serving a 20 years-to-life prison sentence for shooting and killing John Lennon, one of the Beatles and a solo artist in his own right.A spokesperson for the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision told CNN that Chapman had his 11th hearing on August 19 before the Board of Parole.Chapman was not granted release and will serve his sentence for at least two more years before his next hearing in August 2022, the spokesperson said. The spokesperson also would not provide details on why Chapman was denied release.Previous CNN reporting from Chapman's hearing in 2018 said Chapman...
    Washington (CNN)Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testified in front of the Democrat-led House Oversight Committee on Monday in a contentious hearing where Democrats criticized his leadership at the agency and raised concerns over mail delivery delays. The issues have arisen during the coronavirus pandemic and in the run-up to the presidential election as President Donald Trump rails against mail-in voting. Congressional Republicans countered the accusations, arguing that the postmaster general is acting in good faith and that any problems plaguing the agency pre-date his tenure, while DeJoy defended his leadership and sought to reassure that the US Postal Service is equipped to securely handle election mail this fall. Here are seven takeaways from the hearing: Democrats threaten DeJoy with a subpoena...
    Amanda Marcotte August 24, 2020 8:10PM (UTC) During Monday's House Oversight Committee hearing on the dramatic slowdowns of the U.S. Postal Service under the leadership of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a major donor to Donald Trump who continues to have tight relationships to the Trump campaign, Republicans worked two contradictory claims.  The first claim is that DeJoy is a major expert in logistics and that's why he was appointed as postmaster general — not because he was useful to the Trump campaign's efforts to sabotage mail-in voting. : The second claim is that Democrats are being unreasonable in expecting that DeJoy, this supposed expert on the mechanics of delivering stuff, should make sure the mail arrives on time, as it generally did before he was hired. ...
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS) – Massachusetts Congressman Stephen Lynch had a heated exchange with Postmaster General Louis DeJoy during a Monday hearing before the House Oversight and Reform Committee. The hearing is being held amid rising concerns about delays in mail delivery ahead of the November election. Lynch, a Democrat, was critical of DeJoy’s handling of the Postal Service, and during his time asked “how can one person screw this up in just a few weeks?” VIDEO: Contentious exchange today between @RepStephenLynch and the Postmaster General during todays hearing #wbz #CBSNBoston pic.twitter.com/jHLntoBOOQ — Jim Harrington (@jejharrington) August 24, 2020 The Massachusetts congressman said the Postal Service removed 671 high speed mail-sorting machines. Following Lynch’s remarks, DeJoy called accusations “outrageous” and...
    Lori Loughlin was sentenced to two months in prison on Friday afternoon for her involvement in the college admissions scandal. U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton accepted the "Full House" actress's plea deal with prosecutors in a hearing held via videconference because of the coronavirus pandemic after sentencing her husband in an earlier hearing. Loughlin's fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, must serve five months. LORI LOUGHLIN’S SENTENCE IS A ‘GREAT OUTCOME’ FOR HER, LEGAL EXPERT SAYS Under the plea deal, Giannulli will also pay a $250,000 fine and perform 250 hours of community service. Loughlin will pay a $150,000 fine and perform 100 hours of community service. VideoThe couple was accused of paying half a million dollars in bribes to get their two...
    (CNN)Postmaster General Louis DeJoy defended the US Postal Service's ability to handle an influx of mail-in ballots this November and downplayed the impact of changes he's made since taking over the Postal Service in June.Democrats in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee said they were skeptical, demanding that DeJoy provide Congress with the data he's used to make changes to USPS operations.Here are the top takeaways from DeJoy's testimony on Friday:Yes, there have been mail delays ...DeJoy distanced himself from some of the changes that the Postal Service has made, saying, for instance, he was not aware of planned closures to post offices and suspended them until after the election.Read MoreBut he acknowledged that operational changes he did...
    During the coronavirus pandemic, people have had to make changes in their lives, which for many has meant working remotely. That even applies to United States senators, who have attended virtual government functions. With the addition of unfamiliar technology and the inexperience with video conferencing services, it opens the door for misadventures. Just ask Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.). Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testified Friday morning before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Carper believed he was experiencing some technical difficulties when he was called upon, prompting him to curse up a storm. Unknowingly to Carper, there were no technical difficulties, and his expletive outburst was livestreamed for the entire world to behold. Sen. Ron Johnson...
    (CNN)Fresh off the Democratic National Convention, vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris is back to her day job as a US senator for a high-profile showdown with the embattled head of the US Postal Service over changes that could impact the 2020 vote.But Harris, who attracted national attention as a fierce participant in Senate proceedings, doesn't plan to ask questions during Friday's virtual hearing.The former California prosecutor will instead submit a "lengthy list of questions" in writing to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, an aide told CNN.Harris' decision not to verbally participate in the hearing appears to be a sign of her new role as Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's running mate, a position often seen as one where it's most important...
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before the Federal Trade Commission this week as part of the regulator’s ongoing antitrust investigation into the company, according to a new report from Politico Thursday. The FTC has been investigating Facebook for potential violations of US antitrust law for at least a year. Facebook announced in July 2019 that the agency had launched a probe into the company as part of its quarterly earnings disclosures. According to Politico, that investigation is still ongoing, and Zuckerberg testified under oath over the course of two days this week as part of the probe. “We are committed to cooperating with the US Federal Trade Commission’s inquiry” “We are committed to cooperating with the US Federal Trade...
    (CNN)California Sen. Kamala Harris' addition to the Democratic ticket dominated the things Americans heard, read or saw about former Vice President Joe Biden in the days leading up to the Democratic convention. And she came close to unseating coronavirus as the top word mentioned about President Donald Trump.These findings come from The Breakthrough, a project from CNN, SSRS and researchers from Georgetown University and the University of Michigan asking Americans what they have heard, read or seen about each of the presidential candidates lately. The survey was in the field beginning on the day Biden announced Harris's selection and continued through Sunday night.Read: The methodology behind new polling project The BreakthroughThe pick appears to have boosted Biden's profile generally. This...
    Republican Sen. Ron Johnson announced Tuesday that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy—a major donor to the GOP—will testify at a virtual Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on Friday, just days ahead of DeJoy’s scheduled appearance before the Democrat-controlled House Oversight Committee. The timing of the planned Senate hearing—and Johnson’s stated reasons for inviting DeJoy to testify—immediately sparked concerns that the GOP is attempting preempt the House panel’s questioning and put its own spin on the postmaster general’s disruptive and possibly illegal changes to the U.S. Postal Service’s operations ahead of the November elections. Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, warned in a tweet Tuesday that “Senate Republicans scheduled the hearing with DeJoy before his appearance on...
    Ady Barkan, a health care activist who was diagnosed with the terminal neurodegenerative disease ALS four years ago, gave one of the most moving speeches of the second night of the Democratic National Convention. After Barkan’s diagnosis in 2016, President Donald Trump signed a tax bill that threatened Barkan’s health insurance. Barkan traveled to Washington, DC, to advocate for single-payer health care. Though former Vice President Joe Biden has opposed Medicare for All, this evening Barkan made an impassioned plea to vote for him, as Trump’s administration asks the Supreme Court to invalidate Obamacare. “Even during this terrible crisis, Donald Trump and Republican politicians are trying to take away millions of people’s health insurance,” Barkan said, speaking with help from...
    The Golden State Killer was wheeled into court to face 16 of his victims Tuesday, the first of four days of hearings before he is sentenced to life in prison. Joseph James DeAngelo Jr., 74, in June pleaded guilty to all 13 counts of murder, 13 counts of kidnapping, and confessed to 161 uncharged crimes - many of which were rapes - which go back beyond the statute of limitations.  The daughter of one victim, Patricia Murphy, told the court: 'He is an evil monster with no soul. He is subhuman.'  His sentencing, expected Friday after three days of testimony from his victims and survivors, brings to an end a sinister, decades-long saga of kidnappings, rapes and murders.  The 74-year-old,...
    Following demands by top congressional Democrats that he testify before the House Oversight Committee, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s office announced Monday that he will appear at a hearing August 24. “I hope the Postmaster General comes prepared,” committee member Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) tweeted Monday afternoon. “I know I will.” DeJoy, a Republican Party megadonor who holds investments in private companies that compete with the United States Postal Service, was appointed to the position on June 15, and his tenure has been rife with controversy. He and the Trump administration are under scrutiny following public comments made by the president and DeJoy’s recent actions to remove sorting machines and U.S. post office mail drop boxes from locations across the country. DeJoy walked back the box removal in response to public outcry after...
    Finding out you've been bellowing out the wrong lyrics to a favourite pop song can be mortifying. However, you're not on your own – with nine in ten adults admitting they often mishear the words. And it seems there are certain hits which leave us the most muddled. Number one is the chorus for The Police's So Lonely, which is often confused for 'Sue Lawley', the TV and radio presenter. This is followed by Abba's Dancing Queen, where 'Feel the beat from the tambourine' is mixed up for 'Feel the beat of the tangerine'. Dancing Queen by ABBA (pictured) is the second most misheard lyric as people think the lyric is feel the beat of the tangerine. This comes...
    For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters. On Sunday, the House Oversight Committee urged Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to move up his scheduled testimony before the committee to August 24, nearly a month before planned, citing the “starling new revelations” about the “scope and gravity of operational changes you are implementing at hundreds of postal facilities.” “Your testimony is particularly urgent,” writes the committee’s chair, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), “given the troubling influx of reports of widespread delays at postal facilities across the country—as well as President Trump’s explicit admission last week that he has been blocking critical coronavirus funding for the Postal Service in order to impair mail-in voting efforts for the...
    By Sheriff Jim Wilson, Shooting Illustrated During the time I was a county sheriff, an informant came to me with the news that a man wanted for murder was hanging out in our town. I checked it out with the reporting agency and then made plans to arrest him. It turned out that he was staying in a large travel trailer that had two exterior doors. Once I had officers set up on the perimeter, my Chief Deputy and I approached the trailer and hit both doors at once, he taking the front door and I taking the one at the back end of the trailer. As I jerked the door open I saw the suspect sitting on the edge of...
    The death of George Floyd has propelled the names of others who died in police custody into the spotlight, years after their passing. For some bereaved relatives long fighting for justice that focus can be welcome, but it's still painful. Floyd's face looks across the square in Minneapolis that's become a monument to his death. In front of it, Angelique Negroni-Kearse stops to take a picture. She has travelled from New York, one of scores converging on the Upper Midwest city to mourn loved ones who died in police custody - and to demand justice. Floyd's face surveys the flowers and tributes laid below. Behind him, a list of names sits underneath the rallying cry heard on protests, t-shirts and...
    (CNN)The almost eight-minute long video begins with Tim Williams and his twin brother, Fred, sitting side by side.A wrestling poster and a shot of iconic rapper Tupac decorate the wall behind them. They hit play on Phil Collins' hit from 1981, "In the Air Tonight.""It sounds like a rain entrance or something," Tim says. The two nod their heads to the beat.Then, about halfway through the video, the legendary drum solo hits. Tim and Fred are visibly shocked, yet thrilled -- they start dancing in their chairs, pausing the video to quickly discuss."I have never seen nobody drop a beat three minutes in the song!" Fred exclaims, talking to the camera.Read MoreTheir joy is delightful. And in the last week,...
    TWINS’ incredible reaction to hearing Phil Collins' smash hit In The Air Tonight is going viral online after they uploaded it to YouTube.  Tim and Fred Williams, 21, from Indiana, run a channel called First Time Hearing, where they share their thoughts on classic songs from yesteryear.  8Twins Tim and Fred shared their reaction after listening to In The Air Tonight The brothers have previously shared their reaction to Dolly Parton's Jolene and the Carpenters' We've Only Just Begun, and this time it was the turn of Phil Collins.  The boys listened to the 1981 track and recorded their reaction for their 200,000 subscribers - but the brilliant video quickly hit more than 1.5 million views. Their facial expressions and...
    Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates did not want to answer questions or admit to her negligence in the Russia probe during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, said Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., on Thursday. “From her, I learned she didn’t want to answer the questions, she wouldn’t even admit that neither the president nor anyone associated with his campaign had been found to be in violation of law or found to be colluding with the Russians,” Kennedy told “The Brian Kilmeade Show.” “That’s in the Mueller report and she wouldn’t even admit that that was true." SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM ON FBI USE OF DISCREDITED STEELE DOSSIER, QUESTIONS FOR SALLY YATES Yates told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that when the FBI...
    Former FBI Director James Comey has become "radioactive" as more details about his actions during the Russia investigation become public, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. told "Hannity" on Wednesday. "People are running away from him like he's got the plague," Graham told host Sean Hannity. YATES: COMEY WENT 'ROGUE' WITH FLYNN INTERVIEW Graham made the comments after former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates told the panel that an FBI interview of then-incoming National Security Adviser Michael Flynn in January 2017 was done without her authorization and she was upset when she found out about it. Graham pressed Yates on the details of the bureau's "Crossfire Hurricane" investigation and the circumstances surrounding the White House interview of Flynn, at one point asking her, "Did Comey go rogue?" SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM ON FBI...
    The heartwarming moment a two-year-old girl hears her mother's voice for the first time after cochlear implant surgery was caught on camera by her family.  Footage shows Mavis Malone, from Kansas, playing with toys as her mother, Casey Cain Malone, begins speaking to her.  Casey asks her daughter 'can you hear mama?' as well as signing her name, to see if her little girl can hear her voice. ABC News Privacy Policy The touching moment Mavis Malone, from Kansas, realises she can hear her mother, Casey Cain Malone, for the first time was caught on camera by her family last Thursday Mavis shares an emotional embrace with her mother in the heartwarming moment the two-year-old hears for...
    Two senior Louisville officials have walked out of Metro Council meeting after refusing to answer questions about the mayor's handling of protests in the wake of Breonna Taylor's death. Louisville Metro Police acting Chief Robert Schroeder and Public Safety Chief Amy Hess were appearing at the Council's Government Oversight and Audit Committee on Monday but left on the advice of their counsel. Their lawyers said that testifying publicly before the committee would jeopardize a federal civil rights lawsuit which was filed last week against Mayor Greg Fischer, the Metro Government, Schroeder and several LMPD officers. The attorneys said that their clients could give evidence behind closed doors, WDRB reported, but this proposal was rejected by Democrat Councillor Brent Ackerson.  Public Safety...
    BOISE, Idaho -- A judge ruled Tuesday there's enough evidence for a man to go to trial after the bodies of his new wife's two children were found buried on his Idaho property. The bizarre case involving doomsday beliefs and the deaths of several people linked to the couple has attracted national headlines.Chad Daybell, 52, has pleaded not guilty to charges related to hiding the remains of 7-year-old Joshua "JJ" Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan. Investigators found their bodies during a search in June, months after they were last seen in September.Daybell last year married Lori Vallow Daybell, who has pleaded not guilty to conspiring to help him keep the bodies of her children hidden. Authorities have yet to file...
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said on Tuesday at a Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution that the nightly assaults on the federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, required government intervention, because local law enforcement refused to quell the attacks on the building and the federal officers already stationed on the property. Graham asked Department of Homeland Security Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli about the fate of the courthouse if additional officers had not been deployed. “If we’d done nothing, what would have happened to the courthouse, Mr. Cuccinelli, in Portland?” Graham asked.  “That courthouse wouldn’t be there in any functional ….” Cuccinelli said. “So I challenge anybody on the other side to say different,” Graham said, interrupting Cuccinelli and challenging...
    Senate lawmakers convened Tuesday for a hearing to address Antifa’s growing presence in the United States and their participation in the recent Black Live Matter protests. George Washington University law professor, Johnathan Turley, said that Antifa, which is short for anti-fascist, is the biggest threat to America's fundamental constitutional right, freedom of speech. “In my three decades of teaching, I have never seen the level of fear and intimidation that we have today on our campuses,” Turley said in testimony to senators Tuesday. “Many professors are afraid to voice dissenting views of the current protests or other issues out of fear that they could be accused of racism or even physically attacked.” “To put it simply, Antifa and these other...
    Sen. Mazie Hirono walked out of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing discussing anarchist violence after criticizing Sen. Ted Cruz for calling on Democrats to denounce antifa. “I hope this is the end of this hearing, Mr. Chairman and that we don’t have to listen to anymore of your rhetorical speeches,” the Hawaii Democrat told the Texas Republican on Tuesday after he accused Democrats of not denouncing antifa violence in cities across the country over the past few months. “Thank you very much, I’m leaving.” Hirono then gathered her things and began preparing to leave the room, at which point Cruz thanked her for appearing but asked her again if she would call out antifa by name. “I would...
    Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) ripped Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and other Republicans for taking “an egotistical approach” to the pandemic to “score political points” after the democratic congressman tested positive for Covid-19 following a congressional hearing. Grijalva sat near to Gohmert during William Barr’s testimony to the House Judiciary Committee on July 28. Gohmert, who notably did not wear a mask during the hearing, tested positive for the virus a day later and blamed masks for the reason he contracted coronavirus. Grijalva tested positive over the weekend and blamed “numerous Republican members [who] routinely strut around the Capitol without a mask to selfishly make a political statement at the expense of their colleagues, staff, and their families” in his announcement...
    At a hearing Monday, Senate Investigations Committee Chairman James Skoufis recalled Gov. Cuomo’s description of COVID-19 ripping through nursing homes as “a fire through dry grass.” Lawmakers want to know “who lit the match.” The answer is obvious: On March 25, Cuomo and his health commissioner, Howard Zucker, ordered nursing homes to admit COVID-positive patients. The result: 6,500 nursing-home deaths. If not more. At the hearing, lawmakers — from both parties — grilled Zucker seeking answers. They got none. Start with that figure itself — “a number we now know is an undercount” since it ignores those who later died in hospitals, Skoufis (D-Hudson Valley) noted: “Are we talking, with the hospital deaths, 8,000? 10,000? 15,000?” Zucker refused to say....
    Cult mom Lori Vallow's doomsday preacher husband, Chad Daybell, is in court to face charges over the deaths of her children Tylee, 17, and JJ, seven.  Daybell and Vallow have both been charged with concealing evidence by hiding or disposing of the children's bodies.  The kids vanished in September last year. Their bodies were discovered only last month on a property owned by Daybell.  It remains unclear how they died and prosecutors have not charged either Daybell or Vallow with murder.  The preliminary hearing is likely to reveal more of those details.  The first witness on Monday was Detective Ray Dennis Hermosillo from the Rexburg City PD.  Chad Daybell in court in Idaho on Monday morning for the first day...
    A subcommittee in the Senate is holding a congressional hearing on the violence caused by Antifa and will hear from a number of witnesses whose names have first been obtained by the Daily Caller The Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, which is chaired by Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, will hold the hearing Tuesday titled “The Right of the People Peaceably to Assemble: Protecting Speech by Stopping Anarchist Violence.” The hearing will reportedly detail Antifa’s role in riots and more. Here Are The Witnesses For The Hearing: Acting Deputy DHS Secretary Ken Cuccinelli U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas and co-head of the Department of Justice Task Force on Violent Anti-Government Extremists Erin Nealy Cox Journalist Andy...
    Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) has tested positive for Covid-19 after attending a July 28 House committee hearing with Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), who tested positive less than 24 hours after that hearing, and Grijalva had harsh words for Congressional Republicans who “strut around the Capitol without a mask to selfishly make a political statement at the expense of their colleagues, staff, and their families.” On July 29, Gohmert announced that he had tested positive in a routine screening done before anyone travels with the president. Gohmert was scheduled to fly back to Texas with President Donald Trump on Air Force One. Gohmert, who had frequently eschewed wearing a mask, had attended the hearing and sat inside the hearing room for several hours....
    We all know someone who shrugs off their hearing loss as just another inevitability of older age. But really, according to the latest research, alarm bells should be ringing. Astonishingly, hearing loss in mid-life raises the risk of dementia later on by up to 40 per cent, according to some studies. That makes it the leading preventable cause of dementia, experts say. The Lancet Commission found that a deterioration in hearing between the ages of 45 and 64 should be treated immediately, and that simply wearing a hearing aid could significantly reduce the risk of developing the devastating condition in the first place. In fact its findings have revealed that if all hearing loss was promptly treated, nearly one in...
    This article was paid for by AlterNet subscribers. Not a subscriber? Try us and go ad-free for $1. Prefer to give a one-time tip? Click here. When Steven Calabresi, the influential and very conservative co-founder of the Federalist Society, argued that Donald Trump’s clunky trial balloon about possibly postponing the election was “fascistic” and “grounds for the president’s immediate impeachment again by the House of Representatives and his removal from office by the Senate,” he was ostensibly telling Trump to back off. But while he was sending a message to Trump, and his Republican allies on The Hill, a more important audience for his op-ed may have been the sprawling conservative legal community. Calabresi, a godfather of sorts to the movement,...
    Protesters gather at a July 22 rally in Boston in support of legislation to block evictions in Massachusetts for up to a year.Boston Globe | Boston Globe | Getty Images If you're facing eviction during the pandemic, you're definitely not alone.  Up to 40 million Americans may lose their homes in this downturn, four times the amount seen during the Great Recession.  Even as unemployment levels remain at historic highs and cases of the virus show no sign of abating, statewide eviction moratoriums in more than 30 states have now lifted and protections for renters in the CARES Act are gone. Still, you may be entitled to protections.  More from Personal Finance:Trump wants stimulus checks to be more than $1,200How HEALS Act stimulus checks would be differentHow soon...
    (CNN)For much of US history, the job of vice president cursed the unfortunates who were saddled with it -- most notoriously John Nance Garner. But vice president for Joe Biden might be a job worth having.For decades, the president's number two was largely ignored and limited to boring ceremonial duties: Before his death, Franklin Roosevelt didn't even tell Harry S Truman about the atom bomb. The indignity heaped on number twos has been encapsulated by Robert Caro in his most recent biographical volume on Lyndon Johnson — who was treated like dirt by the Kennedy brothers — and in the HBO comedy "Veep," when the hilariously self-serving Selina Meyer repeatedly and pathetically asks: "Has the President called?"Some veeps did eventually...
    From a pure entertainment perspective, I am genuinely sorry that the House’s antitrust hearing targeting the big four tech companies — Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google — took place Wednesday instead of next week. Because literally a day after a meeting attempting to determine if Big Tech was too big, three of the four companies in the hearing got bigger. (Google’s parent company, Alphabet, had a decline in revenue of about 2 percent, mostly due to a decline in search ads — but this was still better than analysts predicted.) None of these companies wanted their earnings numbers read aloud to them before questioning began The hearing was about how tech companies have consolidated their power. The coronavirus seems...
    VIDEO5:3005:30Big Tech CEOs were just grilled on Capitol Hill—Here's what six experts took away from the big hearingTrading Nation Big Tech CEOs from Apple, Google, Amazon and Facebook testified on Wednesday before the House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust.  Six market analysts discuss their key takeaways.  James Pethokoukis, economic policy analyst at the American Enterprise Institute, sees fault in Congress' focus on competitive complaints.  "These companies have a lot of money, they do a lot of lobbying. I think you saw in those answers what the actual problem for Congress [is] -- a lot of breaking companies up or heavily regulating them, they were talking a lot about competition, but also about consumer benefit. Under current antitrust doctrine, if you're providing...
    Well, we had an antitrust hearing. A long one, too. The House Judiciary Committee’s investigation into the market power of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google ran to nearly six hours, accounting for a handful of delays and intermissions. Alternating Democrats and Republicans asked the CEOs of those companies a combined 217 questions, ranging from pointed questions about how Facebook intimidates smaller competitors (from Rep. Pramila Jayapal) to comically self-interested inquiries into why members’ fundraising emails are going to the spam folder (thank you, Rep. Greg Steube.) In its lunatic whipsawing between companies, issues, and conspiracy theories, Wednesday’s antitrust hearing resembled nothing so much as an endlessly scrolling social media feed. Every question shouted, every answer interrupted, nothing truly ventured, and...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told lawmakers Thursday that the “tide is turning” on China, as the U.S has led the push to ramp up international pressure on the communist regime on issues from property theft to international surveillance, to Chinese crackdown on freedoms in Hong Kong. “We see the Chinese Communist Party also for what it is: the central threat of our times. Our vigorous diplomacy has helped lead an international awakening to the threat of the CCP,” Pompeo said at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the State Department's budget. “Senators, the tide is turning.” POMPEO ANNOUNCES END OF 'BLIND ENGAGEMENT' WITH COMMUNIST CHINA: 'DISTRUST AND VERIFY'   The Trump administration has been ramping up pressure against Chinese influence across the globe...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — As millions wait months for missing unemployment checks from the Employment Development Department, some Sacramento politicians are being accused of “playing politics” to keep the Independent State Auditor out of the EDD. READ ALSO: Coronavirus Unemployment: Will Another Audit Fix the EDD? Republican Assemblyman Jim Patterson held a virtual press conference Wednesday where he accused Democratic Senators on the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC) of purposely forcing the cancellation of an upcoming audit hearing to avoid a public vote on an EDD audit. Patterson, a member of the JLAC committee that votes to approve or deny independent audits of government agencies, authored an EDD audit request that was scheduled to be voted on during an August 11th hearing....
    By Brian Fung | CNN Business The most powerful figures in tech were hit with tough questions and documents that raised concerns about their competitive tactics during a high-profile antitrust hearing on Wednesday. Of the tech titans, which included the CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google, some fared better than others in the first hours of the hearing. Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO, acknowledged, albeit earnestly and transparently, that Amazon may have improperly used third-party seller data to inform its own product decisions — a key concern over the company’s approach to competition. Apple CEO Tim Cook, on the other hand, got off pretty lightly. Despite some early questions about whether Apple favors certain developers on its App Store, there...
    The House antitrust subcommittee just concluded the highest-profile hearing into antitrust and competition since the 1970s. I wrote on Tuesday that the long-awaited hearing with the CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google was more a test of Congress than of the tech leaders. So, how’d they do? Now that the hearing is over—it lasted some five and a half hours—I’m inclined to give the lawmakers something like a B-minus. With the notable exceptions of Republicans Jim Jordan and Matt Gaetz, who relentlessly flogged the hobbyhorse of supposed anti-conservative bias on the tech platforms, the committee proved that this is a serious and legitimately bipartisan investigation. But the hearing also illustrated how complicated the cases against these companies are, and...
    The CEOs of four of the world's biggest tech companies gathered in the same Webex room Wednesday for their first-ever joint appearance before Congress. The most fascinating revelations of the five-plus hour hearing came not from their testimony but from documents gathered by House investigators and released during the session. Committee members said the presentations, emails, and Facebook message exchanges showed how each of the so-called Big Four has used its power to crush smaller competitors and solidify its hold on our attention and our wallets. “If someone came to me with an idea for a website or a web service today, I would tell them to run. Run as far away from the web as possible,” said Celebrity...
    Nicole Karlis July 30, 2020 12:52AM (UTC) On Wednesday, Democrats and Republicans of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law gathered together to grill the CEOs for Facebook, Apple, Google and Amazon. The nearly six-hour hearing marked the beginning of a new era that will ultimately determine how much power the federal government will deem is appropriate for Big Tech to have going forward. Indeed, power and how much is too much, was the name of the game during the testimony with a spotlight on antitrust and monopolistic behaviors. The hearing marked the first time the companies' chief executives – Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook, Sundar Pinchai, and Jeff Bezos – testified live since the committee launched its investigation of the internet...
    Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., lambasted Big Tech companies -- specifically Google -- Wednesday, saying they "censor" and "discriminate" against conservatives and calling for changes to legislation protecting them. "They absolutely censor conservatives and they promote on their website liberal viewpoints and they absolutely affect the outcome of elections," Buck said of the search giant on Fox Business Network's "The Evening Edit." "And they can't just excuse this as some minor glitch or some mistake by an individual. "It is part of the algorithm. It is part of their company culture. And frankly ... if they didn't have such a dominant position in the marketplace ... their activities wouldn't exist." VideoFacebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Sundar Pichai of Google and Apple's Tim Cook testified before...
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg resting comfortably after non-surgical procedure 5 CDC Safety Guidelines That Way Too Many Restaurants Are Ignoring Jim Jordans Mask, Jeff Bezos on the Hot Seat and 5 More Highlights From Big Tech Congressional Hearing © TheWrap Wednesday's congressional hearing on potential antitrust practices among major tech companies — featuring testimony from the chief executives of Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Alphabet, Google's parent company — vacillated between insightful and downright absurd; frankly, the hearing leaned more toward the latter and appears unlikely to have a lasting impact. Together, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Apple's Tim Cook, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, and Alphabet's Sundar Pichai run companies that have a combined valuation of $4.85 trillion. There were relevant questions worth asking...
    Atlantic Coast Conference makes decision: No college golf this fall Exclusive: Buddy, first dog to test positive for COVID-19 in the U.S., has died Republicans showed why Congress won’t regulate the internet Wednesday’s congressional antitrust hearing was a historic occasion, offering Congress a chance to grill four of the most powerful men in the world, who control four companies — Facebook, Apple, Amazon, and Google — each so massive that they rival nation-states in their power. Observers have grown increasingly concerned about the unprecedented and outsized impact of these companies on the economy, the millions of American citizens who use their products, and the thousands of smaller businesses that try, often unsuccessfully, to compete with them. © Mandel...
    VIDEO2:5802:58Big Tech hearing a chance to 'rake the ultra-rich over the coals,' Jim Cramer saysMad Money with Jim Cramer CNBC's Jim Cramer on Wednesday bemoaned the congressional hearing on antitrust claims in Big Tech, arguing that the companies included in the event should be considered America's "national champions" in a globalized world. Another company in Microsoft, which was not summoned in the hearing, can also be considered among the prized group, he said. "I come to praise the titans of tech, not bury them," the "Mad Money" host said, in an effort to "reframe" the discussion after the chief executives of Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Alphabet's Google testified Wednesday afternoon in front of a House Judiciary subcommittee. These companies are the "best...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on testimony in Congress by the CEOs of Facebook, Apple, Amazon and Google (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is again being put on the defensive in a congressional hearing over the social network’s role as a conduit for Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. And Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat, has brought the issue current with concerns that right-wing groups are using Facebook to infiltrate the Black Lives Matter movement and to spread anti-Semitic propaganda. Zuckerberg says Facebook uses sophisticated technology to intercept hate speech, often before it’s seen on the platform. “It hurts our business,” he said. Zuckerberg’s comments came at hearing that also featured Amazon CEO...
    Despite the fact that Wednesday’s technology hearing is the first time Jeff Bezos has appeared before Congress, nobody asked the tech tycoon a question in the first hour-and-a-half of the session, and Twitter has noticed. Four of the top technology CEOs, including Facebook’s Mark Zuckerburg, Apple’s Tim Cook, Google’s Sundar Pichai, and Amazon’s Bezos are currently testifying before Congress to discuss whether or not their companies are monopolizing the industry, but nobody seems to care what Bezos has to say on the matter. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) finally questioned Bezos — nearly two hours after the hearing was gaveled into session. Several pundits and journalists have taken to Twitter to point out the Congress’ failure to ask the Amazon CEO a question, —...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on testimony in Congress by the CEOs of Facebook, Apple, Amazon and Google (all times local): 3:50 p.m. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos says he can’t guarantee that the company isn’t accessing seller data to make competing products, an allegation that the company and its executives had previously denied. His comments came Wednesday during a congressional hearing into the market dominance of four tech giants — Amazon, Google, Facebook and Apple. Regulators in the U.S. and Europe have been scrutinizing Amazon’s relationship with the businesses that sell on its site and whether the online shopping giant has been using data from the sellers to create its own private-label products. “We have a policy against...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on testimony in Congress by the CEOs of Facebook, Apple, Amazon and Google (all times local): 3:50 p.m. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos says he can't guarantee that the company isn't accessing seller data to make competing products, an allegation that the company and its executives had previously denied. His comments came Wednesday during a congressional hearing into the market dominance of four tech giants — Amazon, Google, Facebook and Apple. Regulators in the U.S. and Europe have been scrutinizing Amazon’s relationship with the businesses that sell on its site and whether the online shopping giant has been using data from the sellers to create its own private-label products. “We have a policy against using seller...
    A Wednesday hearing of the House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel derailed within minutes as House Democrats blocked an effort by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) to let Rep. Mike Johnson in on the proceeding. The issue began with Jordan requesting unanimous consent for Johnson — a Judiciary Committee member who also chairs the conservative House Freedom Caucus — to participate in the hearing. A member whose identity was not immediately clear voiced his objection, leading committee chair Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) to deny Jordan’s request. Cicilline began to introduce the committee’s witnesses, but Jordan interjected before Cicilline cut him off. “Mr. Chairman, why are we not allowing — it is customary…” Cicilline, banging his gavel, shot back, “There was a unanimous consent request. Objection...
    “The View” guest host Sara Haines called Attorney General William Barr’s hearing “disappointing” during a Wednesday appearance. Haines — who was a regular on the ABC midday talk show until she left for the recently canceled “Strahan, Sara & Keke” — argued that if the House Judiciary Committee was going to call a witness to testify, they ought to allow the witness to answer questions. WATCH: “Did the Democrats accomplish what they wanted to, do you think, Sara?” Cohost Whoopi Goldberg asked. (RELATED: Greg Gutfeld Slams Democrats After Barr Hearing: ‘The Mob Is Just Their Street Team’) “I don’t think so. I found the whole thing rather frustrating, you know, these are congressional hearings,” Haines replied. “So at the...
    Attorney General William Barr shot back at Rep. Joe Neguse during congressional testimony Tuesday, saying, “I’m going to answer the damn question,” when Neguse continually cut him off. Barr was asked by Neguse, a Colorado Democrat, to affirm under oath a statement he made earlier that the White House fully cooperated with the Robert Mueller investigation to which Barr said he believed the statement to be true at the time and was cut off by Neguse when he attempted to elaborate. “You said under penalty of perjury, I’m going to answer the damn question,” Barr responded. .@RepJoeNeguse: "You answered the question."Attorney General Barr: "No, actually I need to answer that."Neguse: "You did answer the question."Barr: "No. You...
     Presented by FacebookTo view past editions of The Hill's 12:30 Report, click here: http://bit.ly/1M1mIfw  To receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/1Tt4hqN  --> A midday take on what's happening in politics and how to have a sense of humor about it.* *Ha. Haha. Hahah. Sniff. Haha. Sniff. Ha--breaks down crying hysterically.   The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Gohmert tests positive for COVID-19 |  Spoke with Barr without a mask during yesterday’s hearing |  Barr gets tested |  Tech executives testify in blockbuster antitrust hearing  |  Bezos’s first appearance on Capitol Hill |  Republicans under mounting pressure for quick coronavirus relief deal |  Biden’s VP finalists’ last-minute jockeying |  National Chicken Wing Day   HAPPENING NOW Alexa, answer this wonderful, intelligent congress member’s great question for me. Siri, sidestep this...
    Conservative radio host Mark Levin ripped Democrats for their "hatred" of law enforcement and "obnoxious" behavior during Attorney General William Barr's hearing Tuesday. "The House Judiciary Democrats have revealed themselves as obnoxious, dishonest, moronic, and ignorant," Levin said Tuesday. "These demagogues support the violent rioters, hate law enforcement, will not allow the AG to reply to any of their idiotic and phony questions." Democrats called Barr to testify before the committee regarding a bevy of issues, including the deployment of federal forces to Portland, Oregon, during rioting there, the Justice Department's handling of the Roger Stone case, and the nationwide calls for police reform in America. Since Barr was confirmed, critics of President Trump have accused Barr...
    Rep. Jim Jordan, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, said on "Fox & Friends" Wednesday morning that Democrats cut off a video he showed during his opening statement at a Tuesday hearing with Attorney General William Barr before it ended. "They wouldn't let us complete our video, they wouldn't let him answer questions..." Jordan, R-Ohio, said. "They pulled the plug on the video?" host Steve Doocy asked. BARR SPARS WITH DEMS ON TRUMP TIES, RIOTS AT FIERY HOUSE HEARING "Yeah, it wasn't all the way through. We had more to show. They wouldn't let him answer the questions. And there was a point where they weren't even going to let him take a restroom break," Jordan responded. The House Judiciary GOP...
    The coverage of Attorney General William Barr's Tuesday hearing before the House Judiciary Committee further proved that biased actors in the mainstream media are mirroring the attitude and actions of anti-Trump Democratic lawmakers, The Hill's Joe Concha said Wednesday. In an interview on "Fox & Friends," the media reporter agreed that Barr seemed like a "bystander" during portions of the hearing due to Democrats' aggressive demeanor. WASHINGTON POST, PBS REPORTERS ACCUSED OF 'CHEERLEADING' FOR DEMS DURING BARR HEARING "And look, the coverage is much like the way Democrats treated Barr, which is to take the exact opposite position of the president in terms of the protests, for instance, right?" he asked. Concha said that the liberal media is trying to cover for Democrats amid nationwide demonstrations, noting that "Bill Barr was right"...
    Starting at 12PM ET on Wednesday, July 29th, the leaders of the tech industry are appearing before a congressional subcommittee to defend their business practices. Much of the run-up to the hearing has been centered on the unprecedented guest list, which includes CEOs from Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google. It will be the first time some of the men have appeared in front of Congress and by far the most significant hearing since the antitrust against Microsoft in the late ‘90s. The House Judiciary live-streams proceedings from the committee’s official YouTube page, so we expect a link to be posted there shortly before the hearing begins. Once the stream is available, we will update this post to include a direct...
    (CNN Business)For over a year, top lawmakers in Congress have been investigating Amazon (AMZN), Apple (AAPL), Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOGL). The investigation's purpose? To determine whether the companies have abused their power and dominance in the online marketplace.Now, the CEOs of those companies are set to testify before lawmakers on Wednesday in the biggest hearing of its kind since Microsoft's Bill Gates went to Washington in 1998. While most of the executives have appeared before Congress previously, they've never faced a situation quite like this one. All four will testify alongside one another — and in a pandemic-driven twist, they will all attend the hearing virtually, using Cisco's WebEx conferencing platform. The hearing begins at noon ET.Expect lawmakers to...