Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley: Trump has failed to justify ouster of watchdogs, fueling political speculation
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U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to order a review of a law that has long protected Twitter , Facebook and Alphabet's Google from being responsible for the material posted by their users, according to a draft executive order and a source familiar with the situation. News of the order comes after Trump threatened to shut down websites he accused of stifling conservative voices following a dispute with Twitter after the company decided to tag Trump's tweets about unsubstantiated claims of fraud in mail-in voting with a warning prompting readers to fact-check the posts. On Wednesday, officials said Trump will sign an executive order on social media companies on Thursday.
Threatening to shut down Twitter for flagging false content. Asserting the "absolute authority" to force states to reopen, even when local leaders say it's too soon. As he battles the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump has been claiming extraordinarily sweeping powers that legal scholars say the president simply doesn't have.
According to a regulatory filing made on Wednesday, Icahn, who held a nearly 39% stake in Hertz and had three representatives on the board, sold 55.34 million shares on Tuesday at 72 cents per share. Hertz fell victim to coronavirus shutdowns that dramatically curtailed travel and created major financial hardships for the company, Icahn said in the filing, adding that he supported the board's decision to seek bankruptcy protection on Friday. At the end of 2019, his stake in Hertz was worth close to $700 million.
Conservative radio host and recent Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Rush Limbaugh praised President Donald Trump on Wednesday as "clever" for falsely accusing MSNBC host Joe Scarborough of murder, claiming the president is "just throwing gasoline on a fire" because he's "having fun."Over the past several weeks, the president has repeatedly suggested that Scarborough-while he was a member of Congress in 2001-killed his aide Lori Klausutis. Her death, which occurred in Scarborough's Florida congressional office, was ruled an accident due to an abnormal heart rhythm. Furthermore, Scarborough was in D.C. at the time.Despite Klausutis' widower begging the president to please stop...
Public approval of President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic remained steady this week as the number of U.S. deaths from the illness surpassed 100,000, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday. Asked to rate Trump's handling of the coronavirus crisis, 41% of Americans approved and 53% disapproved, about the same as last week but down significantly from late March when Americans approved of Trump's response to the pandemic by a small margin. Earlier this year, Trump downplayed the seriousness of the coronavirus outbreak, which has infected more than 1.7 million people in the United States since the first reported case in late January.
Two years after departing the role, Henry Cavill is in talks to once again portray Clark Kent/Superman in films based on DC Comics, insiders with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.The extent of Cavill's return to the role - whether just for additional work to be done for the upcoming "Snyder Cut" of "Justice League" or for appearances in future films - has not been disclosed.The British actor first appeared as the superhero in 2013's "Man of Steel," followed in 2016 by "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and in 2017 by "Justice League." He was set for further appearances in DC Comics movies, including a planned cameo in "Shazam!" but was instead abruptly let go from the job in late...
The US has seen more deaths (currently 100,047) and infections (1.69 million) than any other country.
The House is set to vote on the bill Wednesday in one of the first tests to the chamber's new and historic proxy voting system due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden released a video message on Wednesday marking the grim milestone of 100,000 American lives lost to the coronavirus pandemic, telling the bereaved: "The nation grieves with you." Biden spoke after various tallies of COVID-19 deaths, including one compiled by Reuters, showed that the novel coronavirus has killed over 100,000 people in the United States, even as the slowdown in deaths encouraged businesses to reopen and Americans to emerge from more than two months of lockdowns. Biden, speaking from his home in Delaware, drew on his own family loss when making his remarks.
The mayor of Minneapolis called on prosecutors Wednesday to file criminal charges against a white police officer seen in a viral video pressing his knee into the neck of an African American man who is repeatedly heard in the footage saying "I can't breathe" before he died. Mayor Jacob Frey said at a news conference that he has contacted the office of Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman to demand justice for George Floyd and his family. "I've wrestled with, more than anything else over the last 36 hours, one fundamental question: Why is the man who killed George Floyd not in jail?" Frey said.
About 4 million people are getting stimulus cash on Visa debit cards. Some thought envelopes marked "Money Network Cardholder Services" were scams.
The DOJ said the pharmacist, 66-year-old Richard Schirripa, sold $2,690 of masks to an undercover officer and said he felt "like a drug dealer."
Calls mounted Wednesday for the arrest of a Minneapolis policeman for killing a handcuffed black man by kneeling on his neck, amid outrage over the latest African American death at the hands of US law enforcement. A day after angry protests in the northern US city were met with tear gas and rubber bullets, the family of George Floyd demanded the four white policemen involved in his death Monday be charged with murder. "I would like those officers to be charged with murder, because that's exactly what they did," Bridgett Floyd, his sister, said on NBC television.
The two are celecoxib, sold by Pfizer Inc for arthritis pain under the brand name Celebrex, and carprofen, used for pets under several brand names, including Rimadyl from Zoetis Inc. The researchers say the molecular structures of these drugs could be used as starting points for developing derivatives with more potent effects against the coronavirus. It appears that the virus injures the lining of blood vessels - the endothelium - leading blood to clot as it flows past the damage.
Archaeologists have revisited an ancient Roman dig site that hasn't been touched in a century - and found something incredible underneath.In a vineyard outside the Italian city of Verona, under several feet of vines and dirt, researchers have uncovered what appears to be a perfectly preserved mosaic floor and pieces of a villa foundation dating back to the third century A.D. Surveyors in the commune of Negrar di Valpolicella north of Verona shared images of the site, providing a glimpse at a discovery that's largely still hidden beneath the dirt, BBC reports.Archaeologists first mapped out what appeared to be the remains of an ancient Roman villa outside Verona back in 1922 before the...
NASA has estimated a 1-in-276 chance that the astronauts on the SpaceX rocket could die during the company's first crewed mission.
Republican U.S. Senator Thom Tillis is used to being in a tight spot in campaigns in the swing state of North Carolina, having come from behind in the polls six years ago to clinch his post. With his home state figuring prominently in Democrats' effort to try to wrest control of the Senate this year, the 59-year-old is back in the hotseat. Tillis' re-election race against Democratic U.S. Army veteran Cal Cunningham is widely considered a toss-up, and millions of dollars are pouring in.
Attorney General William Barr says he doesn't expect a criminal inquiry into the origins of the Russia investigation to target former President Barack Obama or Joe Biden, the former vice president and President Donald Trump's Democratic opponent. The inquiry could conclude this summer, meaning fresh revelations might be exploited by Trump in the heat of the election season to damage Biden or to attack the Obama administration.
When State Department inspector general Steve Linick was abruptly fired, one of the inquiries he was conducting concerned a massive, highly controversial weapons sale to Saudi Arabia. Now the Trump administration is preparing to sell Riyadh even more weapons, The Daily Beast has learned.Two individuals familiar with the situation, including one with direct knowledge, said the Trump administration is drafting another request for a significantly smaller package of arms that includes precision-guided munitions similar to those Secretary of State Mike Pompeo approved in a highly contentious $8 billion sale in 2019.Congress voted to condemn that sale, and is likely to strongly push back...
Infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci acknowledged masks aren't "100% effective" but are a "valuable safeguard" and part of "respect for another person."
The action follows a new China national security law for Hong Kong that bans treason and other perceived offenses in the semi-autonomous territory.
While President Donald Trump's allies largely stood silent as the president continues to push baseless murder conspiracies against Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough, several Republican lawmakers have sounded off and called out the president for peddling the lies.Over the past several weeks, the president has repeatedly taken to his Twitter account to suggest that Scarborough murdered an aide in 2001 when he was a GOP congressman. Authorities found the staffer, Lori Klausuits, to have accidentally died in Scarborough's Florida office due to an abnormal heart rhythm. The then-congressman, meanwhile, was in D.C. at the time of her death.Despite Klausutis' widower T.J. begging the president to...
President Donald Trump is hoping the first launch of American astronauts from U.S. soil in nearly a decade will give the nation's spirit a boost after months of battling the coronavirus. Amid uncertainty about whether the weather would allow for liftoff, Trump departed Washington for the Florida coast to mark the return of NASA astronaut launches from the U.S. - and the first attempt by a private company. It's the latest visit to an important 2020 battleground state as the president emerges from his White House bubble and expands his travel itinerary.
The US secretary of state says the territory no longer merits special treatment under US laws.
Tulsi Gabbard, a U.S. congresswoman from Hawaii, dropped a lawsuit against the Democratic Party's former presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for defamation on Wednesday, according to a court filing. The complaint filed at a New York federal court in January sought at least $50 million in damages from Clinton for harming the reputation of then Democratic presidential hopeful Gabbard by saying Russians were grooming one of the Democratic presidential candidates for a third-party bid. "She's the favorite of the Russians, they have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far, and that's assuming Jill Stein will give it up, which she might not, because she's also a...
Sixteen former Watergate prosecutors on Wednesday said U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan should be allowed to review all the facts before deciding whether to grant a Justice Department request to drop the criminal case against President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn. In a filing with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the former prosecutors said they feared the Justice Department was not acting in the public interest, and that Sullivan has the power to scrutinize the request in order to ensure that "the waters of justice are not polluted." Flynn filed an emergency petition with the federal appeals court on May 21, asking the...
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared Wednesday that Hong Kong no longer enjoys the autonomy promised by Beijing, stripping the financial hub of its special status under US law. Hours before Beijing will hold a key vote on a controversial new security law on Hong Kong, Pompeo sent a notice to Congress that China was not living up to obligations from before it regained control of the territory from Britain in 1997.
NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will be the first humans to launch on a commercial spacecraft: How to stream the historic SpaceX launch.
To mark Wednesday's history-making moment, House Republicans sued to stop the majority party from going ahead. The House, with 432 current members and three vacancies, is trying to strike a balance between working from home during the coronavirus outbreak and honoring the Constitution's requirement to be "present" and voting. The House rules change is fast becoming a political test on party lines.
Nearly nine years after the last space shuttle flew, NASA and SpaceX are counting down to the next launch to put astronauts into orbit from Florida. The launch of SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will mark the first-ever use of a privately owned spaceship for a crewed orbital launch, and a renaissance for U.S. spaceflight. "We are once again launching American astronauts on American rockets from American soil, and this is a big moment in time," NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said during a launch-eve briefing. NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken are due to… Read More
A TikTok shows a "Karen" blocking TikTok user @savsoares and her friend from parking by leaning on their car as she directed another car to park.
Newly released documents show the Air Force has privately admitted to judicial bias against black airmen. Critics say the service is slow to address the problem.
Tropical Storm Bertha formed off the South Carolina coast Wednesday morning, the second named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.
Expected at the SpaceX launch are President Trump, Vice President Pence, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, current and former astronauts and countless other VIPs.
Fireworks sparked Wednesday morning on the Squawk Box set as CNBC anchor Andrew Ross Sorkin blasted his own colleague Joe Kernen for dismissing the severity of the coronavirus pandemic that has now killed 100,000 Americans. At one point, Sorkin accused Kernen of trying to help his "friend" President Donald Trump "every single morning."As the two discussed the recent stock-market gains, the segment grew increasingly heated as Kernen openly bashed Sorkin and "other smart people" for not being able to see why the market is rising despite the current poor state of the economy."Joe, you missed it a hundred percent on the way down and you missed 100,000 deaths," Sorkin snapped back. "So we can...
Dr. Anthony Fauci's comments come days after a 96,000-patient observational study concluded new findings about hydroxychloroquine.
"I would like for those officers to be charged with murder because that's exactly what they did," Bridgett Floyd said.
The co-hosts of CNBC's Squawk Box definitely had their coffee this morning.On Wednesday's episode of the business news program, co-hosts Andrew Ross Sorkin and Joe Kernen went head to head over their longstanding perspectives on COVID-19's economic effects. Tensions ran hot as Kernen tried to spin the economy's status in a positive light, and the spat eventually peaked as Sorkin accused Kernen of ignoring the coronavirus' death toll to "try and help your friend the president."Kernen and Sorkin's spat began as they discussed a market rally and what it meant for upcoming financial quarters. "Joe, you missed 100 percent on the way down and you missed 100,000 deaths," Sorkin declared. "Every...
The unusual rebuke from Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley comes amid scrutiny of Trump's decision to fire the State Department's inspector general.
The owner of a pigeon "arrested" by India for spying says his bird was freed for Eid and is innocent.
Watch live as two NASA astronauts lift off aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon, ushering in a new era for the U.S. space program.
Toxicity in the workplace is often invisible, but actor and producer Gabrielle Union says she's never seen it defined more clearly than in her first moments on the set of the reality competition show "America's Got Talent." It was when the newly minted judge stood on a closed soundstage and was enveloped in a cloud […]
Protesters in a downtown shopping mall chanted "Liberate Hong Kong! Revolution of our times" and "Hong Kong independence, the only way out."
The launch of a SpaceX rocket ship with two NASA astronauts on a history-making flight into orbit was called off with less than 17 minutes to go in the countdown Wednesday because of thunderclouds and the danger of lightning. The spacecraff - designed, built and owned spacecraft by SpaceX - was set
Iran's president urged his Cabinet on Wednesday to speed up harsher laws in so-called honor killings, after a particularly disturbing slaying of a 14-year-old girl by her father shocked the nation. President Hassan Rouhani pushed for speedy adoption of relevant bills, some which have apparently shuttled for years among various decision-making bodies in Iran. The killing of teen Romina Ashrafi last week in the Iranian town of Talesh, some 320 kilometers (198 miles) northwest of the capital, Tehran, prompted a nationwide outcry.
The Minneapolis police statement was short and sanitized. An allegation of forgery. A suspect who "appeared to be under the influence," who "physically resisted officers" and who appeared to be "suffering medical distress."The video that emerged hours later told a drastically different story. It showed a white police officer pressing his knee into the neck of a black suspect until he appeared limp and unconscious. Throughout the encounter, the man, George Floyd, could be heard saying "I can't breathe" again and again. He later died at a hospital.The explosive footage of Floyd, 46, taken by a bystander and shared widely on social media early Tuesday,...
WASHINGTON -- Senior military officials are set to brief President Donald Trump in the coming days on options for pulling all American troops out of Afghanistan, with one possible timeline for withdrawing forces before the presidential election, according to officials with knowledge of the plans.The proposal for a complete withdrawal by November reflects an understanding among military commanders that such a timeline may be Trump's preferred option because it may help bolster his campaign.But they plan to propose, and to advocate, a slower withdrawal schedule, officials said.The move is part of the Pentagon's attempt to avoid another situation like the one in December 2018 and again in...
(Bloomberg) -- At a factory near Germany's border with the Czech Republic, Volkswagen AG's ambitious strategy to become the global leader in electric vehicles is coming up against the reality of manufacturing during a pandemic.The Zwickau assembly lines, which produce the soon-to-be released ID.3 electric hatchback, are the centerpiece of a plan by the world's biggest automaker to spend 33 billion euros ($36 billion) by 2024 developing and building EVs. At the site, where an East German automaker built the diminutive Trabant during the Cold War, VW eventually wants to churn out as many as 330,000 cars annually. That would make Zwickau one of Europe's largest electric-car factories-and...
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will press President Donald Trump to invest in the nation's roads, bridges and rails during a White House meeting on Wednesday as U.S. states begin to reopen after the coronavirus outbreak left the economy in tatters. Cuomo's visit to Washington comes as his hard-hit state begins to see drops in rates of hospitalizations and deaths, while other states relax lockdowns and partygoers flout precautions aimed at curtailing the novel coronavirus. Twenty U.S. states reported an increase in new cases for the week ended Sunday as the death toll nears 100,000, according to a Reuters analysis.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to regulate or shut down social media companies, one day after Twitter Inc for the first time added a warning to some of his tweets prompting readers to fact check the president's claims. Representatives for Twitter and Facebook could not be immediately reached for comment on Trump's tweets. Trump posted similar tweets about the ballot topic on Tuesday, which had moved Twitter to add a blue exclamation mark alert underneath those tweets to warn his claims were false and had been debunked by factcheckers.