• Trump’s border emergency declaration stands after House vote falls short
    by Adam Gabbatt and Ed Pilkington in New York on March 26, 2019 at 11:59 PM

    Lawmakers fail to reach two-thirds majority to override vetoPentagon reallocates $1bn to help fund Trump’s border wallDonald Trump’s emergency declaration over the US border with Mexico remained in force after the House failed to garner the two-thirds majority needed to overturn the president’s veto.The House voted 248-181 on Tuesday to override Trump’s veto, the first of his presidency. Democrats succeeded in attracting 14 Republicans to join them in the effort, but still fell 38 votes short of their target. Continue reading… […]

  • Brexit: MPs table flurry of alternative proposals for Commons – as it happened
    by Andrew Sparrow (earlier) Jedidajah Otte (later) on March 26, 2019 at 11:54 PM

    Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including reaction to the Commons voting to try to take control of the Brexit processMPs likely to back soft Brexit or second vote, says minister who quitRees-Mogg says it is ‘very, very difficult’ to see no deal happeningGovernment may ignore result of indicative votes process, says Hancock 11.53pm GMT I am wrapping this up now. Tomorrow is set to be another incredible day potentially bearing a number of surprises.Here the key developments at a glance: 11.18pm GMT The Sun’s political editor, Tom Newton-Dunn, reports that loyalist ministers have urged the PM to suspend all Conservative MPs who won’t vote for her deal, which would be a “nuclear move”, he writes. Excl: Loyalists urge PM to suspend all Tory MPs who vote against her Brexit deal in pre-emptive strike for upcoming party civil war. Would purge them, as no whip means they can’t stand as Conservatives in an election.https://t.co/jt83Mqyjkk Continue reading… […]

  • Senate defeats Green New Deal as Democrats unite in protest – live
    by Vivian Ho in San Francisco (now) and Amanda Holpuch in New York and Ben Jacobs in Washington (earlier) on March 26, 2019 at 11:28 PM

    Procedural vote on the resolution was largely seen as an effort to divide the Democratic caucusSign up for the US briefing to get a fresh perspective 11.28pm GMT Representative Rashida Tlaib, one of two Muslim women currently serving in Congress, has experienced her share of Islamaphobia – and Tuesday was no different. She tweeted a note she found on her door, addressed to Representative Ilhan Omar, who has drawn ire for comments that some have categorized as antisemitic. Like Tlaib, Omar is often the target of Islamaphobia. Earlier this month, Judge Jeanine Pirro singled out Omar’s hijab, and questioned if “her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States constitution?”This is the hateful rhetoric & bullying on my door today. Stop the fear mongering & blantant lies. Come here w/ the value that all beings deserve human rights, including Palestinians. @IlhanMN & I fight for equality & justice for all. There’s nothing antisemitic about that! pic.twitter.com/kCpLepJk3F 11.06pm GMT Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did not appear perturbed over the fate of the Senate procedural vote on the Green New Deal, the ambitious resolution that she co-sponsored to make the US carbon-neutral by 2030. The vote failed today with 0 in favor, 57 against, and 43 voting “present”.The vote was largely seen as a Republican tactic to create friction within the Democratic caucus and force Democrats to go on the record about their support – or opposition – for the proposal.Because I encouraged them to vote present, along w/ others.McConnell tried to rush the #GreenNewDeal straight to the floor without a hearing.The real question we should be asking: Why does the Senate GOP refuse to hold any major hearings on climate change? https://t.co/de8oKOXeJfThe GOP’s climate delaying is costing us lives + destroying communities.Iowa, Nebraska & many in the Midwest are catastrophically flooded right now, in one of the 1st major climate change disasters of 2019.A #GreenNewDeal urges us to pursue a plan on the scale of the problem. https://t.co/dWXe44hxWXW/ the #GreenNewDeal, legislators, experts, & advocates have spent countless hours poring over details of industrial policy+impact of global temp/sea lvl projections.That’s what you do when you take your job seriously + respect the chamber.This is what happens when you don’t: https://t.co/mWfWULdd7r Continue reading… […]

  • The Beat singer Ranking Roger dies aged 56
    by Jedidajah Otte and agency on March 26, 2019 at 10:25 PM

    Roger Charlery also performed with members of the Specials and Dexys Midnight RunnersRoger Charlery, the vocalist of the Beat and General Public better known as Ranking Roger, has died aged 56.Charlery died on Tuesday at home surrounded by his family, according to a statement on the Beat’s website. Continue reading… […]

  • Tory Brexiters want May resignation date in order to back deal
    by Heather Stewart, Dan Sabbagh and Rowena Mason on March 26, 2019 at 8:58 PM

    Prime minister under pressure to say publicly she will hand over next stage to new leaderTheresa May is under intense pressure to set out a timetable for her departure from Downing Street to seal the support of Brexit hardliners including Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg for her twice-rejected deal.The prime minister will address Conservative MPs at a meeting of the 1922 Committee of backbenchers on Wednesday as the House of Commons prepares to vote on alternatives to her Brexit deal. Continue reading… […]

  • Jussie Smollett: Chicago mayor attacks ‘whitewash of justice’ as charges dropped
    by Erin Durkin in New York on March 26, 2019 at 8:41 PM

    State’s attorney’s office says 16 counts against actor droppedSmollett: ‘I have been truthful and consistent on every level’Prosecutors have agreed to drop criminal charges against the Empire actor Jussie Smollett for apparently faking a hate crime attack in Chicago.Smollett was earlier this year charged with 16 counts of felony disorderly conduct for allegedly hiring two men to stage a racist, homophobic attack against him in downtown Chicago. Continue reading… […]

  • The $16m New York penthouse fit for a UK civil servant
    by Rupert Neate Wealth correspondent on March 26, 2019 at 8:20 PM

    Exclusive: Luxury apartment next to UN headquarters to be used by senior diplomat charged with seeking post-Brexit trade deals The government has bought a $15.9m (£12m) seven bedroom luxury New York apartment for a senior British civil servant charged with signing fresh trade deals in a post-Brexit world, the Guardian can reveal.The foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt oversaw the purchase of a 5,893 sq ft (574 sq metre) apartment as the official residence for Antony Phillipson, the UK trade commissioner for North America and consul general in New York. The apartment occupies the whole of the 38th floor of 50 United Nations Plaza, a 42-storey luxury tower near the UN headquarters in Manhattan. Continue reading… […]

  • Conor McGregor reportedly under investigation for sexual assault
    by Tom Lutz on March 26, 2019 at 8:06 PM

    Former UFC champion, who announced retirement from MMA on Tuesday, faces allegations over complaint in Dublin Hours after Conor McGregor announced his retirement from mixed martial arts, the New York Times has reported that he is under investigation over allegations of sexual assault.According to the Times, the former UFC champion was arrested in January after a woman said he sexually assaulted her in Dublin in December. McGregor has not been charged over the allegations but sources told the Times he is still under investigation by Irish police. The alleged assault is said to have taken place at the Beacon Hotel, where McGregor is believed to occasionally stay on visits to Ireland. The hotel is a 25-minute drive from Crumlin, where McGregor grew up. Continue reading… […]

  • Tory MP criticised for using antisemitic term ‘cultural Marxism’
    by Peter Walker Political correspondent on March 26, 2019 at 8:05 PM

    Board of Deputies says Suella Braverman should pledge not to use phrase linked with far right A leading Jewish group has criticised a Conservative former minister for using the term “cultural Marxism” in a speech, a reference to a conspiracy theory often associated with the far right and antisemitism.The Board of Deputies of British Jews said Suella Braverman should clarify what she meant, and pledge to not use the phrase again. Continue reading… […]

  • Kyle Edmund out of Miami Open after climax marred by rogue crowd call
    by Press Association on March 26, 2019 at 8:00 PM

    • John Isner beats British No 1 in two close sets• Umpire ruled Edmund lost a key point after stopping playingThe British No 1 Kyle Edmund was beaten in two close sets by John Isner in their fourth-round match at the Miami Open, with the climax marred by a fan calling out during a key point. Related: Man who attacked Petra Kvitová gets eight-year prison term Continue reading… […]

  • How will the Brexit indicative votes process work?
    by Rajeev Syal on March 26, 2019 at 7:52 PM

    Like everything else Brexit lately, nothing is set in stone, but here is what to expectAfter another humiliating defeat for Theresa May’s government on Monday, parliament will attempt to end the Brexit deadlock on Wednesday with a series of indicative votes on alternative proposals.The schedule itself will be subject to change, but here is what to expect if you wish to keep an eye on proceedings. Continue reading… […]

  • New York county bans unvaccinated children from public spaces amid measles outbreak
    by Adam Gabbatt in New York on March 26, 2019 at 7:39 PM

    Rockland county declared a state of emergency after recording 153 cases since October, part of a series of measles outbreaks in the USA suburb of New York City has declared a state of emergency and banned unvaccinated children from public areas, as the United States struggles to control a series of measles outbreaks.Rockland county, five miles north-west of New York City, announced the measure on Tuesday afternoon after recording 153 cases of measles since October. Continue reading… […]

  • Austrian authorities raid far-right group over alleged links to Christchurch shooter
    by Associated Press on March 26, 2019 at 7:39 PM

    Home of far-right ‘Identitarian’ raided after he received a large donation from a person sharing the same surname as Christchurch suspectAustria’s chancellor called Tuesday for authorities to “ruthlessly” investigate possible ties between an Austrian nationalist group and the alleged Christchurch mosque gunman, after it emerged that a prominent far-right activist had received a donation in the suspected shooter’s name.Martin Sellner, head of the Identitarian Movement of Austria, said on social media that police searched his apartment Monday and seized electronic devices after he received a “disproportionately high donation” from a person named Tarrant the same surname as the suspected Christchurch shooter. Continue reading… […]

  • Purdue Pharma agrees to settle OxyContin opioid case with Oklahoma
    by Chris McGreal in Kansas City on March 26, 2019 at 6:52 PM

    Purdue and Sackler family members to pay Oklahoma $270m in settlement over illegal marketing of painkillerMembers of the Sackler family, who own Purdue Pharma, the company that drove America’s opioid epidemic, appear for the first time to have acknowledged a role in the crisis by agreeing to pay tens of millions of dollars as part of a landmark legal settlement.Purdue and some Sackler family members are to pay a total of $270m as part of an agreement to settle a lawsuit by the state of Oklahoma over the drug-maker’s aggressive and illegal marketing of the narcotic prescription painkiller OxyContin, made by Purdue, one of the drugs in a public health crisis that overall has claimed more than 350,000 lives over the past two decades. Continue reading… […]

  • Pret a Manger and Krispy Kreme owners discover disturbing Nazi past
    by Sam Wolfson on March 26, 2019 at 6:36 PM

    Owners to donate $11.3m to charity after learning family members were keen supporters of Hitler and used forced laborA German newspaper report has revealed major historical ties between the Reimann family, owners of Krispy Kreme and Pret a Manger, and the Nazi party.The report in Bild, since confirmed by the family’s spokesman, shows that ancestors of Reimann family were enthusiastic antisemites and keen supporters of Adolf Hitler. They used Russian civilians and French prisoners of war as forced labourers in their factories. Continue reading… […]

  • Tunisian president accused of complicity in torture
    by Ruth Michaelson on March 26, 2019 at 6:13 PM

    Beji Caid Essebsi committed crimes while serving under Habib Bourguiba, commission allegesAn independent commission set up to investigate crimes by the Tunisian state has accused President Beji Caid Essebsi of complicity in torture and his predecessor Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali of corruption.A report by the Instance Verité et Dignité (IVD), or Truth and Dignity Commission, details the 92-year-old Essebsi’s alleged responsibility for crimes committed while serving as a minister in the regime of Habib Bourguiba. Continue reading… […]

  • New migrant caravan receives cooler welcome in Mexico
    by Associated Press in Mexico City on March 26, 2019 at 6:04 PM

    2,500-strong group mainly from Central America and CubaActivists say government is trying to stop migrants reaching USA new migrant caravan of about 2,500 people is making its way through southern Mexico, headed for the US border, facing greater heat – and a much cooler welcome – than last year’s caravans.The caravan walked past the city of Huixtla in the southern state of Chiapas on Monday, but police were lined up to keep them moving along a highway outside the town, and did not let them enter – a contrast to last year, when caravans were allowed to stay in the city center. Continue reading… […]

  • Rebagliati’s free the weed campaign aims to show Wada ban is all to pot | Andy Bull
    by Andy Bull on March 26, 2019 at 5:59 PM

    Moral and medical arguments for banning cannabis use in sport have fallen away and former Olympic snowboarder Ross Rebagliati wants the authorities to take noteIn the years after he gave up snowboarding, Ross Rebagliati tried selling real estate, running a ski school, working as the director of sport at a winter resort and standing as the Liberal Party candidate for Okanagan-Coquihalla, until, in 2013, he finally decided to get in to the marijuana business. Which made sense, because Rebagliati got famous when he won the gold in the giant slalom at the Nagano Olympics in 1998 and infamous two days later when the IOC stripped him of his medal and kicked him out of the Games because he had tested positive for cannabis. So a couple of decades later he decided to start flogging pot under the brand name Ross’ Gold.What happened to Rebagliati seemed particularly cruel because he had given up smoking dope before the Games started. His friends had not been so careful and he had breathed in second-hand smoke. “Unlike Bill Clinton,” Jay Leno told him on the Tonight Show, “you inhaled but you didn’t smoke”. Rebagliati was the first snowboarder to win an Olympic gold medal. It should have set him up for life, only no one wanted to put a stoner on the front of a cereal box. “Cannabis back then was seen as being for losers,” Rebagliati told the New York Times, “The big corporate sponsors didn’t want to sponsor me.” Continue reading… […]

  • High school production of Alien bursts into a viral success
    by Dream McClinton in New York on March 26, 2019 at 5:59 PM

    With no drama department and no great funds to speak of, the costumes and sets were made largely from recycled materials Hollywood has a new town to scout for talent: Bergen, New Jersey. Three teachers and fewer than 20 high school students are being thrust into the spotlight after their production of Ridley Scott’s Alien has won internet acclaim.I love that north bergen high school did alien last night as their school play, so I’m gonna keep tweeting about how great it is..everything was made from recycled materials .. so nuts amazing I’m so proud of my hometown pic.twitter.com/EEMEbankDz Continue reading… […]

  • Not OK: can Cardi B really copyright ‘Okurr’?
    on March 26, 2019 at 5:52 PM

    The Grammy-winning rapper explained on a talk show that she invented the phrase. Even though other people used the term before herName: Okurr. Or Okurrr.Sounds like: “Okay”, but with a rolled, squeaky pigeon chirp in place of the “ay”. Continue reading… […]

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