State becomes first to reach 80% vaccination rate
More than 80 percent of Vermont’s eligible population has now received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot, according to state health department data.
Reality Winner, jailed for leaking Russian hacking secrets, released from prison
Reality Winner, the former National Security Agency contractor who was jailed for leaking secrets about Russian hacking, has been released early from prison, her lawyer said Monday. "I am thrilled to announce that Reality Winner has been released from prison," Alison Grinter Allen, her lawyer, said in a statement posted on Twitter. Winner, 29, was sentenced to more than five years in prison in 2018 after she leaked classified information to The Intercept news outlet about Russia's attempts to hack the 2016 presidential election.
Republicans set their infrastructure trap
Here's a new one: The Senate GOP seems to have figured out how to kill the infrastructure bill by being for it — or appearing to be so, anyway. Politico reports the chamber's Republicans are thinking about supporting massive new infrastructure spending — worth about $1 trillion — in the belief that by passing a big bipartisan bill, they can kill off the parts of the proposal that progressive Democrats really like, like child care and clean energy. As negotiations over infrastructure spending have dragged out, Dem leadership has apparently settled on a two-track strategy — the bipartisan bill for the "physical infrastructure" stuff that both parties can agree on, presumably with enough votes to overcome a filibuster, and a second bill containing the progressive priorities, to be passed using the filibuster-proof reconciliation process.
Israel's new leader faces first test as nationalist march threatens to renew fighting with Hamas
Naftali Bennet is facing his first major test as Israel's prime minister within hours of taking office as a nationalist march is scheduled to run through Jerusalem on Tuesday, risking a return to widespread violence. The right-winger who led the ousting of Benjamin Netanyahu has been warned that Hamas will use the march as a pretext for firing rockets at Israel. The march had been due to take place on "Jerusalem Day," a holiday of nationalist parades in Israel, on May 10, but was postponed as the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza erupted.
Shooting spree suspect admits to police he intentionally targeted white men
A man accused of going on a shooting spree across Alabama and Georgia and injuring five people admitted to police that the crime was racially motivated and he was targeting white men. “Basically, he explained throughout his life, specifically white males had taken from him and also what he described as military-looking white males had taken from him,” Detective Brandon Lockhart said of Justin Tyran Roberts during a preliminary hearing. Roberts, a 39-year-old black man, was arrested in connection to the shooting spree that left five people injured over three separate incidents in Georgia and Alabama.
Hong Kong watching Chinese nuclear plant after leak reported
China's government said Tuesday no abnormal radiation was detected outside a nuclear power plant near Hong Kong following a news report of a leak, while Hong Kong's leader said her administration was closely watching the facility. The operators released few details, but nuclear experts said that based on their brief statement, gas might be leaking from fuel rods inside the reactor in Taishan, 135 kilometers (85 miles) west of Hong Kong. In Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian gave no confirmation of a leak or other details.
It wasn't just politics that led to Netanyahu's ouster – it was fear of his demagoguery
He returned to power in 2009, and for the past 12 years he dominated Israeli politics and came to personify Israel in the eyes of the world. But while personal grudges and political rivalries largely due to Netanyahu's preening personality have no doubt played a key role in his ouster, they do not fully account for the unyielding opposition he has engendered. It is not simply a result of individual grievances and political ambitions that Netanyahu can no longer appease or politically buy off his rivals.
Asian American Woman Attacked, Called Racial Slur in Culver City in Possible Hate Crime
An Asian American woman was assaulted on early Monday morning in Culver City, Calif., and police are now looking into the case as a possible hate crime. What happened: The woman was headed to work, walking westbound on the 13300 block of Washington Boulevard at around 1 a.m., when a man approached the victim asking for a cigarette, according to Culver City PD. The man then allegedly “approached her from behind, yelled a racial slur and hit her on the right side of her head with an unknown object causing her to fall to the ground."
Hundreds of people receive expired vaccines at Times Square site
Hundreds of people were given expired doses of the COVID-19 vaccine this month at a site in New York City's Times Square, the city's health department confirmed on Tuesday. New York City's Department of Health instructed the 899 people who received the expired doses at the former NFL Experience building in Times Square between June 5 and June 10 to schedule new Pfizer shots as soon as possible. "While there is no safety risk for the patients, the re-administration is being carried out to ensure that the individuals are fully protected," the representative said in an email to the Washington Examiner.
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Biden says Republican Party numbers 'vastly diminished' under Trump
BRUSSELS (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden views the Republican Party as vastly diminished in numbers even as it remains in lockstep with the man he defeated, former President Donald Trump. "The leadership of the Republican Party is fractured and the Trump wing of the party is the bulk of the party, but it makes up a significant minority of the American people," Biden told a news conference in Brussels after a NATO summit. "I think it's appropriate to say that the Republican Party is vastly diminished in numbers," Biden, a Democrat, said without offering evidence for the assertion.
Stolen Army assault rifles keep showing up in California
Authorities in California's agricultural heartland weren't looking for a military assault rifle when they went to investigate the domestic assault case, but they found one. It was in the garage of a Spanish-tiled home in Fresno that police stumbled upon the AK-74. This one was stolen eight years before from Fort Irwin, a base in California's Mojave Desert where many soldiers trained before tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Harris was reportedly prepped for border question, making her answer 'all the more unnerving' to allies
Vice President Kamala Harris has been facing criticism over her response to a border question on her first foreign trip, and according to a new report, the fact that she was prepared for it is "all the more unnerving" to allies. On Monday, CNN reported that Harris "had been prepped extensively by her team ahead of her first foreign trip, including for the question that tripped her up" about visiting the border. "The prep made her answer — pointing out that she had also not yet been to Europe — all the more unnerving to allies and administration officials, who were perplexed and concerned that the answers would overshadow an otherwise successful first foreign trip," CNN writes.
Biden dings Trump in front of EU leaders
President Joe Biden took a veiled swipe at former President Donald Trump as he seeks to differentiate himself on the world stage from the man he replaced in the White House. Biden made the comments as European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel led him to a room for his final day of talks in Brussels. Before the meeting, Biden introduced the EU leaders to his entourage, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, national security adviser Jake Sullivan, and Mark Libby, charge d'affaires of the U.S. mission to the EU.
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Homeland security chief: ‘The border is not open’
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas tells Yahoo News Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff that he disagrees with the characterization of a “crisis” at the U.S.-Mexico border despite a 20-year high of migrants apprehended in April. Mayorkas, who is traveling to Mexico on Tuesday, says he stands by Vice President Harris' message to Guatemalans last week that they should “not come” to the United States and emphasized the potential perils of the journey.
U.S. Navy says carrier group operating in S.China Sea
TAIPEI (Reuters) -A U.S. aircraft carrier group led by the USS Ronald Reagan has entered the South China Sea as part of a routine mission, the U.S. Navy said on Tuesday, at a time of rising tensions between Washington and Beijing, which claims most the disputed waterway. China frequently objects to U.S. military missions in the South China Sea saying they do not help promote peace or stability, and the announcement follows China blasting the Group of Seven nations for a statement scolding Beijing over a range of issues. "While in the South China Sea, the strike group is conducting maritime security operations, which include flight operations with fixed and rotary wing aircraft, maritime strike exercises, and coordinated tactical training between surface and air units," the U.S. Navy said.
Police: Grandmother of man who shot at officers found dead
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Authorities said Tuesday that they have found the bodies of two women, including the grandmother of a man who opened fire on a North Carolina police substation before being shot and captured. Police said William Coleman Scott, 26, is under investigation in the deaths of the two women. Scott was hospitalized in stable condition after he was shot in the confrontation with officers and taken into custody, the Winston-Salem Journal reported Tuesday.
Massachusetts Public School District Encourages Students to Report Peers, Teachers for ‘Bias’ Violations
Leaders of a Massachusetts public school system are encouraging students and staff to file complaints against one another for telling rude jokes, referring to the “China virus,” and committing microaggressions or other “incidents of bias,” according to newly uncovered documents from the district's Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The documents were released by Parents Defending Education, a nonprofit that fights against indoctrination in American classrooms and activist-driven agendas in schools. The documents include Wellesley Public Schools' policy on “Responding to Incidents of Bias or Discrimination,” and slides from a staff equity protocols training course.
China sends record 28 fighter jets toward Taiwan
China flew a record 28 fighter jets toward the self-ruled island of Taiwan on Tuesday, the island's defense ministry said, the largest such display of force since Beijing began sending planes on a near daily basis last year. Taiwan's air force deployed its combat air patrol forces in response and monitored the situation in the southwestern part of the island's air defense identification zone with its air defense systems, the Ministry of National Defense said. The planes included various types of fighter jets including 14 J-16 and six J-11 planes, as well as bombers, the ministry said.
Washington man accused of shooting thief, dragging him behind truck while still alive: report
A Washington state man is accused of firing two rounds into a person attempting to steal his truck's catalytic converter and then dragging the victim, who was still alive, and leaving him in a nearby field to die. Michael Scott Campbell, 54, told Lakewood police that he was sleeping and roused by someone trying to steal the car part. Campbell, who has been charged with second-degree murder and kidnapping, allegedly told police that he noticed two legs sticking out from under the truck and fired two shots "straight down."
Why the Second Amendment protects a 'well-regulated militia' but not a private citizen militia
When a federal judge in California struck down the state's 32-year-old ban on assault weapons in early June 2021, he added a volatile new issue to the gun-rights debate. The ruling, by U.S. District Court Judge Roger Benitez, does not take effect immediately, because California has 30 days to appeal the rejection of its assault weapons ban. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit claimed that California's assault weapons ban unconstitutionally restricted citizens' Second Amendment rights by preventing them from using assault weapons for home defense and other legal purposes.