• Beirut braced for protests as Lebanese demand answers and justice
    by Emma Graham-Harrison Martin Chulovand Bethan McKernan on August 8, 2020 at 10:45 AM

    With recovery and rescue under way after huge port explosion, attention turns to political accountabilityProtests are expected in Beirut on Saturday amid growing anger at the corruption and incompetence that appears to have paved the way for one of the biggest non-nuclear explosions the world has ever seen.Now the dust from the explosion has settled, the injured are being treated, professional rescue teams have taken over the grim search for survivors and remains, and cleanup operations are under way. Moreover, Beirut’s battered residents are demanding answers and accountability for their city’s tragedy. Continue reading...

  • Trumpism has taken over: but what happens to the Republican Party if Trump loses?
    by David Smith in Washington on August 8, 2020 at 9:30 AM

    Never Trump activists are hoping to purge his brand of nativist demagoguery but the end of Trump might not necessarily mean the end of Trumpism“Whither Trumpism?” said one. “What will a post-Trump GOP look like?” asked another. “Republicans prep for leadership battle if Trump goes down,” said a third. “On the trail: the first signs of a post-Trump GOP,” offered a fourth.Anyone who remembers the 2016 presidential election knows it is too soon to write Donald Trump’s political obituary, but a recent crop of headlines illuminate a growing angst over the fate of the Republican party if, as polls currently suggest, he goes down to defeat in November. Continue reading...

  • What was the best summer ever for big-budget film?
    by Graeme Virtue on August 8, 2020 at 9:00 AM

    In a world where big cinema releases are all but extinct, we go back in time to find the greatest movie summer of them allPlanet-killing asteroids! Alien invasions! Sneaky dinosaurs! These were the existential threats that 45 years of summer blockbusters had pre-programmed us to expect. Instead, something rather more insidious wiped 2020’s May-to-August movie slate clean, depriving audiences of their usual buffet of unmissable communal spectacles and/or over-marketed idiotainment. Starved of popcorn entertainment, it seems natural to look back hungrily. So what were the most explosive movie summers of the past? Continue reading...

  • Bid to save Alaskan wild salmon receives surprise boost from Trump Jr
    by Cassidy Randall on August 8, 2020 at 9:00 AM

    President’s eldest son opposes controversial Pebble mine at headwaters of Bristol Bay, home to world’s largest wild salmon runA surprise intervention from Donald Trump Jr has breathed life into efforts to protect the biggest remaining wild salmon run on the planet.Earlier this week, Trump Jr expressed his opposition to the controversial Pebble mine at the headwaters of Alaska’s Bristol Bay. The move breaks with the Trump administration’s efforts to advance the mine’s development. Continue reading...

  • ‘The Squad keeps getting bigger’: progressive Democrats see wave of victories
    by Daniel Strauss and Lauren Gambino in Washington on August 8, 2020 at 8:00 AM

    Wins mark a dramatic shift from the spate of losses the progressive wing suffered over the last yearProgressive Democrats are enjoying a wave of victories in federal primaries across the country with some especially notable triumphs for Black activist candidates.Those successes, candidates and strategists say, are due to a mixture of broad energy from the Black Lives Matter movement, failure of conventional policy remedies to meet the moment and a rock-solid infrastructure of progressive organizations. Continue reading...

  • The mother load: Lisa Taddeo on parenting in a pandemic
    by Lisa Taddeo on August 8, 2020 at 8:00 AM

    Teacher, worker, carer, cook ... family life has gone back to the 1950s for many women. The Three Women author on why it’s time to let go of the tyranny of the ‘good’ mother Never in my life had I been so high.I’d just given a reading in Amsterdam after which the gracious hosts of the evening took me out for drinks. Three young women asked me questions about sex and love and desire as though I were an expert and it was nice but I was tired and unused to being considered an expert in anything but panic. Continue reading...

  • 'We're making it up as we go along': how Trump's America failed the Covid test
    by Ed Pilkington on August 8, 2020 at 7:30 AM

    Coronavirus has been allowed to run amok by governors and the president, spreading inexorably into the rural heart of AmericaA letter landed on the desk of the governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp, this week that given the public health catastrophe swirling all around him might give him pause. His state is one of 21 across the US that have been placed by the White House coronavirus taskforce in the “red zone”, indicating the disease is now so prevalent that immediate restrictions must be imposed to avoid dire consequences.Kemp, a Republican governor and Donald Trump ally, has adopted a controversial approach to Covid-19. Since early July the virus has roared across his state, with new infections rising sharply to top a devastating tally of 182,000. Continue reading...

  • 'Wayne must go' – the staunch NRA supporter out to take down LaPierre
    by Ed Pilkington on August 8, 2020 at 7:00 AM

    As the gun rights group faces a move to dissolve it in New York, David Dell’Aquila is waging his own legal battle to root out financial improprietyHours after the National Rifle Association was hit by a lawsuit from New York’s attorney general on Thursday seeking to have the gun lobby dissolved over allegations that millions of dollars were diverted to pay for the lavish lifestyles of its leaders, the NRA’s CEO, Wayne LaPierre, hit back.In typically pugnacious fashion, LaPierre issued his own counter-suit against the attorney general, Letitia James. In a rallying cry to NRA members, he accused her of “weaponizing” her regulatory powers and “politicizing” her office in an “affront to democracy and freedom”. Continue reading...

  • 'Music is as good as gold or oil': meet the man spending billions on old hits
    by Mark Sweney on August 8, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    Former Elton John and Beyoncé manager Merck Mercuriadis on championing artists and his business buying over 13,000 songsLivin’ on a Prayer, Heart of Glass, Copacabana, Single Ladies.They’re all huge pop songs and dancefloor favourites of the past 50 years. And according to one music industry veteran, they are more valuable than gold.Merck Mercuriadis is the founder of Hipgnosis, a London-listed company offering investors the chance to make money from the royalties generated from these and thousands of other songs by famous artists. Continue reading...

  • Thousands of baby turtles released into sea off Bali
    by Reuters on August 8, 2020 at 5:37 AM

    The Olive Ridley turtles are part of conservationists’ attempts to boost the population and promote environmental protectionMore than 10,000 baby turtles were released into the sea off the Indonesian island of Bali, as part of conservationists’ attempts to boost the population of a vulnerable species and promote environmental protection.Conservation groups carried crates each full of dozens of tiny turtles to the island’s Gianyar beach on Friday and encouraged local people and volunteers to line up on the sand and release the hatchlings together. Continue reading...

  • The Latest: Pakistan to allow all international flights
    on August 8, 2020 at 10:58 AM

    ISLAMABAD — Pakistan has announced that it will allow the full resumption of all types of international flights to and from the country’s airports from Sunday amid a steady decline … Click to Continue »

  • At least 8 soldiers dead in blast outside Somali army base
    on August 8, 2020 at 10:41 AM

    A Somali police officer says at least eight soldiers are dead and more than 14 others wounded after a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the gates of a … Click to Continue »

  • Mauritius declares emergency as stranded ship spills fuel
    on August 8, 2020 at 10:41 AM

    The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius has declared a “state of environmental emergency” after a Japanese-owned ship that ran aground offshore days ago began spilling tons of fuel. Prime Minister … Click to Continue »

  • Is France helping Lebanon, or trying to reconquer it?
    on August 8, 2020 at 10:37 AM

    It was almost as if Emmanuel Macron forgot that Lebanon is no longer a French protectorate. Visiting explosion-ravaged Beirut this week, France’s leader comforted distraught crowds, promised to rebuild the … Click to Continue »

  • Indian plane skids off hilltop runway, cracks, killing 18
    on August 8, 2020 at 10:33 AM

    The plane swayed violently as it approached a hilltop runway drenched in monsoon rain, and moments later the special return flight for Indians stranded abroad by the pandemic skidded off, … Click to Continue »

  • Coronavirus won’t stop Souls to the Polls in Florida — but it will look different
    on August 8, 2020 at 10:24 AM

    For years, South Florida’s Black churches have gathered their flocks on the Sunday before Election Day and led them to the polls on the final day of early voting. The … Click to Continue »

  • US intel: Russia acting against Biden; China opposes Trump
    on August 8, 2020 at 6:14 AM

    U.S. intelligence officials believe that Russia is using a variety of measures to denigrate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden ahead of the November election and that individuals linked to the … Click to Continue »

  • Virus aid talks collapse; no help expected for jobless now
    on August 8, 2020 at 6:10 AM

    A last-ditch effort by Democrats to revive Capitol Hill talks on vital COVID-19 rescue money collapsed in disappointment at week's end, making it increasingly likely that Washington gridlock will mean … Click to Continue »

  • Remains recovered after California Marine tank sinks
    on August 8, 2020 at 6:02 AM

    Authorities on Friday recovered the bodies of nine people killed when a Marine landing craft sank in hundreds of feet of water off the Southern California coast, authorities said. The … Click to Continue »

  • AP sources: Whitmer met with Biden as he nears VP decision
    on August 8, 2020 at 5:36 AM

    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer traveled to Delaware last weekend to meet with Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's first known in-person session with a potential running mate as he nears … Click to Continue »

  • Trump Derides Intelligence Statement on Russian Election Interference
    on August 8, 2020 at 2:42 AM

    President Donald Trump derided the conclusion by U.S. intelligence officials that Russia is trying to "denigrate" presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in favor of Trump, saying no president has been more aggressive with Russia than him.

  • Maxine Waters: 'We're Going To Have a Black Woman VP'
    on August 8, 2020 at 2:15 AM

    California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters says Joe Biden "can't go home" without selecting a Black woman as his running mate.

  • Gowdy Blasts Biden as 'Career Offender' for 'Racially Curious Comments'
    on August 8, 2020 at 2:12 AM

    Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is a "career offender" when it comes to "racially curious comments," former House Oversight Committee head Trey Gowdy said Friday. In remarks on Fox News' "The Five," Gowdy was asked his thoughts on President Donald...

  • Federal Union Survey Details Racism Issues at VA
    on August 8, 2020 at 1:18 AM

    A federal union representing hundreds of thousands of Veterans Affairs workers said a new survey found more than three-quarters of its members think racism is a problem at the federal government's second-largest organization. According to the survey by the American...

  • Joe Arpaio Loses Sheriff's Race in 2nd Failed Comeback Bid
    on August 8, 2020 at 1:11 AM

    Joe Arpaio on Friday was narrowly defeated in his bid to win back the sheriff's post in metro Phoenix that he held for 24 years before being voted out in 2016 amid voter frustrations over his taxpayer-funded legal bills, his penchant for self-promotion and a defiant streak...

  • Trump Derides Intelligence Statement on Russian Election Interference
    on August 8, 2020 at 2:42 AM

    President Donald Trump derided the conclusion by U.S. intelligence officials that Russia is trying to "denigrate" presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in favor of Trump, saying no president has been more aggressive with Russia than him.

  • Maxine Waters: 'We're Going To Have a Black Woman VP'
    on August 8, 2020 at 2:15 AM

    California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters says Joe Biden "can't go home" without selecting a Black woman as his running mate.

  • Gowdy Blasts Biden as 'Career Offender' for 'Racially Curious Comments'
    on August 8, 2020 at 2:12 AM

    Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is a "career offender" when it comes to "racially curious comments," former House Oversight Committee head Trey Gowdy said Friday. In remarks on Fox News' "The Five," Gowdy was asked his thoughts on President Donald...

  • Liberal Group Sends 800,000 Voters Mail-In Ballot Apps, Many With Wrong Info
    on August 8, 2020 at 2:02 AM

    A political organization founded by a Democratic campaign veteran and an affiliated group has sent 800,000 applications for mail-in ballots to potential voters in numerous states, but many contain numerous flaws, the Washington Examiner reports.

  • Federal Union Survey Details Racism Issues at VA
    on August 8, 2020 at 1:18 AM

    A federal union representing hundreds of thousands of Veterans Affairs workers said a new survey found more than three-quarters of its members think racism is a problem at the federal government's second-largest organization. According to the survey by the American...

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