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Roe Is Overturned. What's Next? kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Roe Is Overturned. What's Next?

The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade after nearly 50 years, ending the federal right to abortion in the U.S. Now, states can decide what access to abortion will look like.The case that triggered this decision was Dobbs v. Jackson Womens Health Organization. It was related to a Mississippi law that banned almost all abortions after 15 weeks. It was considered the most serious threat to abortion rights since Planned Parenthood v. Casey in 1992, but in that case, the Supreme Court reaffirmed Roe.While this outcome isnt totally surprising considering the draft decision that was leaked in early May there are still a lot of unknowns about whats to come. But, lets look at what we do know:Almost half of states are expected to quickly outlaw abortion or heavily restrict it. Thirteen states have trigger laws meaning abortion would be banned within 30 days from the date Roe was overturned. Bans in three of those states Kentucky, Louisiana and South Dakota were set to take effect immediately.In other trigger law states, the attorney general, governor or legislature has to confirm that the Supreme Courts opinion does in fact overturn Roe, and then the new laws are put in place.Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt wasted no time in doing just that. He said in a statement that his office has effectively ended abortion in Missouri, becoming the first state in the country to do so following the Courts ruling. These states have different exceptions to their bans: They all allow abortions to save the life of a pregnant person, but only five allow it in cases of rape or incest.Several states, including Tennessee and Kentucky, would make it a felony for doctors to perform abortions.There are also a few states with abortion bans from before Roe, which were found to be unconstitutional. Proponents say it may be possible to now reinstate these.For example, Alabamas pre-Roe law banned all abortions unless necessary to save the life of the pregnant person. Wisconsin has a similar law that has not been blocked by courts, though the states Democratic Attorney General said he wont enforce it.A handful of other states have post-Roe abortion restrictions that have been blocked by the courts, at least temporarily. States like Arizona and Michigan still currently allow abortions up to the point when a fetus could survive outside the womb, also known as viability. But those states have pending laws that could cut off legal abortion at six weeks, or altogether, except to save the life of the pregnant person.And finally, there are still nearly 30 states where abortion protections are either enshrined in state law or otherwise not yet restricted, and in at least over a dozen of those states, thats not expected to change soon.Experts say state-by-state legal battles will be playing out over the next few weeks, or even months.But outside the courtrooms, the legislative votes, and the policy debates on Capitol Hill, it's important to remember what this decision will mean for pregnant people and families whose lives may be changed after today.This already played out in Texas, after the countrys most restrictive abortion law went into effect earlier this year. Under SB8, Texas does not allow abortions past six weeks of pregnancy before most people even realize that they're pregnant. That law goes further in empowering private citizens to sue anyone who aids or abets an abortion. There was an immediate chilling effect on abortions in the state, and the law succeeded in causing the number of in-state abortions to plummet.According to abortion rights advocacy organization the Guttmacher Institute, once all trigger laws take effect, some people seeking abortions will have to drive over 600 miles to reach the nearest clinic. International sales of abortion-inducing drugs have increased this year in anticipation of the ruling, from abortion pills sold in border towns to pills shipped to all 50 states from advocacy groups like Aid Access.One thing is clear: A historic shift has happened. The landscape for abortion laws and rights in the U.S. has dramatically changed, and the impacts will be felt across the country, in many parts of our lives, as the legal battles in each state continue to unfold.

Social Media Reacts To The News Of Roe V. Wade Being Overturned kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Social Media Reacts To The News Of Roe V. Wade Being Overturned

Its the ruling that has everyone talking: The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, eliminating the constitutional right to abortion. As the announcement came down Friday morning, millions of Americans took to social media to respond. In the immediate aftermath of the ruling, 8 of the 10 most interacted posts on Facebook were about Roe v. Wade, with the top posts garnering more than 40,000 interactions within about an hour of the decision. A post by former first lady Michelle Obama quickly became on of the most shared among those condemning the ruling. In it she writes this horrifying decision will have devastating consequences, and it must be a wake-up call, especially to the young people who will bear its burden. The opposition reactions didnt stop there. Actresses and celebrities like Viola Davis, Padma Lakshmi and Elizabeth Banks called the ruling devastating, and encouraged people frustrated by it to speak out. The popular band Pearl Jam weighed in the ruling, posting no one, not the government, not politicians, not the Supreme Court should prevent access to abortion, birth control, and contraceptives. People should have the freedom to choose. On Instagram, the hashtag "Handmaids Tale" carried images from a popular television show that depicts a dystopian future where women are property. Not everyone was disappointed by the ruling. Former Vice President Mike Pence posted on twitter Today, life won. Evangelical leader James Dobson, also praised the ruling but urged followers to look ahead, as the question moves to the states. On Facebook, Dobson posted, "the battle is not over. The people of each state will now have the opportunity to debate and to try to persuade their fellow citizens."But while the ruling took center stage, it also prompted posts of concern about what it could mean for rights like access to contraceptives, same-sex relationships and same-sex marriage. Justice Clarence Thomas is now calling for the court to reconsider rulings that protect these rights.  In response, groups like the Human Rights Campaign wrote: our fight right now is centered on ensuring people still have access to the abortion, and reproductive services they need, but make no mistake: we will not back down from defending the progress we have made and keeping the fight for full LGBTQ+ equality going. 

COVID Vaccines Saved 20M Lives In 1st Year, Scientists Say kostenlos streamen | dailyme

COVID Vaccines Saved 20M Lives In 1st Year, Scientists Say

Nearly 20 million lives were saved by COVID-19 vaccines during their first year, but even more deaths could have been prevented if international targets for the shots had been reached, researchers reported Thursday.On Dec. 8, 2020, a retired shop clerk in England received the first shot in what would become a global vaccination campaign. Over the next 12 months, more than 4.3 billion people around the world lined up for the vaccines.The effort, though marred by persisting inequities, prevented deaths on an unimaginable scale, said Oliver Watson of Imperial College London, who led the new modeling study."Catastrophic would be the first word that comes to mind," Watson said of the outcome if vaccines hadn't been available to fight the coronavirus. The findings "quantify just how much worse the pandemic could have been if we did not have these vaccines."The researchers used data from 185 countries to estimate that vaccines prevented 4.2 million COVID-19 deaths in India, 1.9 million in the United States, 1 million in Brazil, 631,000 in France and 507,000 in the United Kingdom.An additional 600,000 deaths would have been prevented if the World Health Organization target of 40% vaccination coverage by the end of 2021 had been met, according to the study published Thursday in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases.The main finding 19.8 million COVID-19 deaths were prevented is based on estimates of how many more deaths than usual occurred during the time period. Using only reported COVID-19 deaths, the same model yielded 14.4 million deaths averted by vaccines.The London scientists excluded China because of uncertainty around the pandemic's effect on deaths there and its huge population.The study has other limitations. The researchers did not include how the virus might have mutated differently in the absence of vaccines. And they did not factor in how lockdowns or mask wearing might have changed if vaccines weren't available.Another modeling group used a different approach to estimate that 16.3 million COVID-19 deaths were averted by vaccines. That work, by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle, has not been published.In the real world, people wear masks more often when cases are surging, said the institute's Ali Mokdad, and 2021's delta wave without vaccines would have prompted a major policy response."We may disagree on the number as scientists, but we all agree that COVID vaccines saved lots of lives," Mokdad said.The findings underscore both the achievements and the shortcomings of the vaccination campaign, said Adam Finn of Bristol Medical School in England, who like Mokdad was not involved in the study."Although we did pretty well this time we saved millions and millions of lives we could have done better and we should do better in the future," Finn said.Funding came from several groups including the WHO; the UK Medical Research Council; Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.Additional reporting by The Associated Press.

President Biden Calls Abortion Ruling 'A Sad Day' For U.S. kostenlos streamen | dailyme

President Biden Calls Abortion Ruling 'A Sad Day' For U.S.

President Joe Biden said Friday that "it's a sad day for the court and the country" after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide."Now with Roe gone, let's be very clear, the health and life of women across this nation are now at risk," he said from the White House.He added that "the court has done what it's never done before expressly taking away a constitution right that is so fundamental to so many Americans," he said.The White House has been preparing for this moment since a draft of the decision leaked in May. Officials have been huddling with state leaders, advocates, health care professionals and others to prepare for a future without Roe v. Wade.Now President Biden's plans will be tested in terms of politics and policy. President Biden said his administration would defend a woman's right to cross state lines to seek an abortion.Outside the Supreme Court, a crowd of abortion supporters swelled to the hundreds after the ruling was issued. One chanted into a bullhorn, "legal abortion on demand" and "this decision must not stand." Some shouted "the Supreme Court is illegitimate.""It's a painful day for those of us who support women's rights," said Laura Free, an Ithaca resident and women's rights historian who came to Washington to do research. When she learned of the decision, she said, "I had to come here."A competing faction demonstrated in favor of the ruling, holding signs saying "the future is anti-abortion" and "dismember Roe."Garrett Bess, with Heritage Action for America, a lobbying arm of the conservative Heritage Foundation, said his organization would be working in states to continue efforts to limit abortion."This has been a long time coming and it's a welcome decision," he said.SEE MORE: Supreme Court Overturns Roe V. Wade; States Can Ban AbortionPresident Biden and other Democrats hope to use outrage over the court decision to rally voters in November's midterm elections. Although nationwide legislation ensuring access to abortion appears out of reach, more Democratic victories at the state level could limit Republican efforts to ban the practice.In a statement, Attorney General Merrick Garland said the Justice Department "will work tirelessly to protect and advance reproductive freedom." He said that in addition to protecting providers and those seeking abortions in states where it remains legal, "we stand ready to work with other arms of the federal government that seek to use their lawful authorities to protect and preserve access to reproductive care."He also noted that the Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of mifepristone, a drug used to end pregnancies."States may not ban mifepristone based on disagreement with the FDA's expert judgment about its safety and efficacy," Garland said.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the court's ruling "is outrageous and heart-wrenching" and fulfills the Republican Party's "dark and extreme goal of ripping away women's right to make their own reproductive health decisions."House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy applauded the decision."A lot of lives are going to be saved," McCarthy told reporters. "But it also goes back to people in the states to have a say in the process."Many Republican-controlled states are poised to severely restrict abortion, or even ban it outright.The White House has been exploring options for President Biden to take executive action to safeguard abortion rights, but his options are limited.Lawrence Gostin, who runs the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health at Georgetown Law, said before Friday's ruling that he expected the  Biden administration to be "to be nibbling around the edges, and is not going to do anything really profound."Gostin said he's discussed a variety of options with administration officials but believes they are "gun shy" given the potential for legal challenges that could lead to more roadblocks from a Supreme Court dominated by conservatives.Some of Gostin's suggestions included having Medicaid cover the cost of traveling across state lines to end pregnancies, as well as expanding access to abortion medication that can be delivered by mail."States couldn't pick and choose what cancer drug they would allow, and they shouldn't be permitted to choose what options women have for medication abortions that are fully approved as safe and effective," he said.During their preparations, White House officials have held a series of meetings with advocates, medical groups and faith leaders who are supportive of abortion access.The Rev. John Dorhauer, the general minister and president of the United Church of Christ, drove from Cleveland to Washington

Congress Sends Landmark Gun Violence Compromise To President Biden kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Congress Sends Landmark Gun Violence Compromise To President Biden

The House sent President Joe Biden the most wide-ranging gun violence bill Congress has passed in decades on Friday, a measured compromise that at once illustrates progress on the long-intractable issue and the deep-seated partisan divide that persists.The Democratic-led chamber approved the election-year legislation on a mostly party-line 234-193 vote, capping a spurt of action prompted by voters' revulsion over last month's mass shootings in New York and Texas. The night before, the Senate approved it by a bipartisan 65-33 margin, with 15 Republicans joining all Democrats in supporting a package that senators from both parties had crafted.The bill would incrementally toughen requirements for young people to buy guns, deny firearms from more domestic abusers and help local authorities temporarily take weapons from people judged to be dangerous. Most of its $13 billion cost would go to bolster mental health programs and for schools, which have been targeted in Newtown, Connecticut, Parkland, Florida and many other infamous massacres.And while it omits the far tougher restrictions Democrats have long championed, it stands as the most impactful gun violence measure that Congress has approved since it enacted a now-expired assault weapons ban nearly 30 years ago.The legislation was a direct result of the slaying of 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, exactly one month ago, and the killing of 10 Black shoppers days earlier in Buffalo, New York. Lawmakers returned from their districts after those shootings saying constituents were demanding congressional action, a vehemence many felt could not be ignored."No legislation can make their families or communities whole," House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said of those victims. "But we can act to keep others from facing the same trauma."For the conservatives who dominate Republicans in the House, it all came down to the Constitution's Second Amendment right for people to have firearms, a protection that is key for many voters who own guns."Today they're coming after our Second Amendment liberties, and who knows what it will be tomorrow," said Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, the Judiciary panel's top Republican.Impossible to ignore was the juxtaposition of the week's gun votes with a pair of jarring Supreme Court decisions on two of the nation's most incendiary culture war issues. The justices on Thursday struck down a New York law that has restricted peoples' ability to carry concealed weapons, and Friday it overturned Roe v. Wade, eliminating the protection for abortion that case had ensured for a half-century.Fifteen Senate Republicans backed the compromise, but that still meant that fewer than one-third of GOP senators supported the measure. And with Republicans in the House solidly against it, the fate of future congressional action on guns seems dubious, even as the GOP is expected to win House and possibly Senate control in the November elections.The bill lacked favorite Democratic proposals like bans on the assault-type weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines used in the slayings in Buffalo and Uvalde. But it still let both parties declare victory by demonstrating to voters that they know how to compromise and make government work.Yet the Senate votes highlighted the wariness most Republicans feel about defying the party's pro-gun voters and firearms groups like the National Rifle Association. Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Todd Young of Indiana were the only two of the 15 up for reelection this fall. Of the rest, four are retiring and eight don't face voters until 2026.Tellingly, GOP senators voting "no" included potential 2024 presidential contenders like Ted Cruz of Texas, Josh Hawley of Missouri and Tim Scott of South Carolina. Cruz said the legislation would "disarm law-abiding citizens rather than take serious measures to protect our children."The talks that produced the bill were led by Sens. Chris Murphy, Kyrsten Sinema, John Cornyn and Thom Tillis. Murphy represented Newtown, Connecticut, when an assailant killed 20 students and six staffers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, while Cornyn has been involved in past gun talks following mass shootings in his state and is close to McConnell.The bill would make the local juvenile records of people age 18 to 20 available during required federal background checks when they attempt to buy guns. Those examinations, currently limited to three days, would last up to a maximum of 10 days to give federal and local officials time to search records.People convicted of domestic abuse who are current or former romantic partners of the victim would be prohibited from acquiring firearms, closing the so-called "boyfriend loophole."That ban currently only applies to people married to, living with or who have had children with the victim.There would be money to help

European Union Makes Ukraine A Candidate To Join Bloc kostenlos streamen | dailyme

European Union Makes Ukraine A Candidate To Join Bloc

The European Union agreed Thursday to put Ukraine on a path toward EU membership, acting with uncharacteristic speed and unity to pull the embattled country further away from Russias influence and bind it more closely to the West.Meeting at a summit in Brussels, leaders of the EUs 27 nations mustered the required unanimous approval to grant Ukraine candidate status. That sets in motion a membership process that could take years or even decades.Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy tweeted his gratitude and declared: Ukraines future is within the EU.Its a victory. We have been waiting for 120 days and 30 years, he said on Instagram, referring to the duration of the war and the decades since Ukraine became independent upon the breakup of the Soviet Union. And now we will defeat the enemy.SEE MORE: Ukraine Receives Starlink Satellite Internet System From Elon MuskEuropean Commission President Ursula von der Leyen pronounced it a good day for Europe.There was no immediate reaction from the Kremlin.The EU also gave candidate status to the tiny country of Moldova, another former Soviet republic that borders Ukraine.Ukraine applied for membership less than a week after Moscow invaded on Feb. 24. Thursdays decision was unusually rapid for the EU and its go-slow approach to expansion. But the war and Ukraines request for fast-track consideration lent urgency to the cause.To gain EU membership, countries must meet a detailed host of economic and political conditions, including a commitment to the rule of law and other democratic principles. Ukraine will have to curb entrenched government corruption and adopt other reforms.The European Parliament endorsed Ukraine's bid hours before the summit started, passing a resolution that called on EU governments to move without delay."The EU nations have been united in backing Ukraine in its fight against Russia's invasion with money and weapons, adopting unprecedented economic sanctions against the Kremlin.EU candidate status doesn't provide any immediate security guarantees. Once a country gains membership, however, it is covered under an EU treaty clause that says if a member falls victim to armed aggression, the other EU countries are obligated to assist it by all means in their power.The main benefits of EU membership, though, are economic, since it gives access to a market of 450 million consumers with free movement of labor, goods, services and capital.Ukraine has long aspired to join NATO, too, but the military alliance is not about to offer an invitation, in part because of the country's corruption, shortcomings in its defense establishment, and its contested borders.Additional reporting by The Associated Press.

Former COVID Response Coordinator Criticizes Early Missteps kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Former COVID Response Coordinator Criticizes Early Missteps

The former coordinator of President Trump's COVID-19 task force told lawmakers Thursday that the administration's response to the pandemic was mired by dangerous misinformation shared by one of the president's own advisers. In her first testimony since leaving office, Dr. Deborah Birx told members of the House select subcommittee on the coronavirus crisis that Dr. Scott Atlas a radiologist and political commentator who was brought on as an adviser to the task force advised President Trump to focus on only protecting those in nursing homes and allow others to get sick in order to reach herd immunity.SEE MORE: Takeaways: Trump Risked Provoking 'Constitutional Crisis'In a new August 2020 email obtained by the committee, Dr. Birx expressed concern to Dr. Anthony Fauci and other task force members over what she described as a "very dangerous" meeting in the oval office with the president.She said in that meeting, Dr. Atlas said masks were overrated and unnecessary, testing was very overrated, and that case identification is bad for the president's campaign. Therefore, testing should only be done for the sick.The conclusion of this meeting, she wrote, was that "Dr. Atlas is brilliant and the president will be following his advice from now on."This led to division between members of the president's COVID response team, and the result was a loss of public trust in the federal response.Dr. Birx said the overall result was a disjointed message from the White House that underplayed the seriousness of the virus and cost hundreds of thousands of American lives.

Aftershock In Afghanistan As Earthquake Death Toll Rises To 1,150 kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Aftershock In Afghanistan As Earthquake Death Toll Rises To 1,150

An aftershock took more lives Friday and threatened to pile even more misery on an area of eastern Afghanistan reeling from a powerful earthquake that state media said killed 1,150 people this week. SEE MORE: Afghanistan Quake Kills At Least 1,000 People, Deadliest In DecadesWednesday's magnitude 6 quake struck a remote, mountainous region already grappling with staggering poverty at a time when the country as a whole is spiraling deeper into economic crisis after many countries pulled back critical financing and development aid in the wake of the Taliban's takeover.That aid had been keeping the country afloat, and its withdrawal left millions unable to afford food and further strained already struggling medical facilities. Nearly half the population of 38 million cannot meet their basic food needs, while some civil servants, like doctors, nurses and teachers, werent paid for months because the Taliban government is unable to access frozen foreign reserves. Salary delays continue throughout the public sector.Afghanistan's international isolation is also complicating relief efforts since fewer aid organizations have a presence in the country, and many governments are wary of putting money in the Taliban's hands.Aid groups lament that means they have to pay local staff with bags of cash delivered by hand.Aid organizations like the local Red Crescent and U.N. agencies like the World Food Program have sent food, tents, sleeping mats and other essentials to families in Paktika province, the epicenter of the earthquake, and neighboring Khost province.Still, residents appeared to be largely on their own to deal with the aftermath as their new Taliban-led government and the international aid community struggle to bring in help. The shoddy mountain roads leading to the affected areas were made worse by damage and rain.Thousands of stone and mud-brick homes crumbled in the quake, which struck at night, often trapping whole families in the rubble. Many of those who survived spent the first night outside in a cold rain. Since then, villagers have been burying their dead and digging through the rubble by hand in search of survivors.The Taliban director of the state-run Bakhtar News Agency said Friday the death toll from the first quake had risen to 1,150 people. Abdul Wahid Rayan said at least 1,600 people were injured.The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has put the death toll at 770 people.Its not clear how death toll counts are being reached, given the difficulties of accessing and communicating with the impacted villages. Either grim toll would make the quake Afghanistans deadliest in two decades.On Friday, Pakistans Meteorological Department reported a new, 4.2 magnitude quake that Bakhtar reported took five more lives in hard-hit Gayan District and injured 11 people.State media reported that close to 3,000 homes were destroyed or badly damaged, including at least 1,000 in Gayan. While modern buildings withstand magnitude 6 earthquakes elsewhere, Afghanistans mud-brick homes and landslide-prone mountains make such quakes more dangerous.Additional reporting by The Associated Press.

Takeaways: Trump Risked Provoking 'Constitutional Crisis' kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Takeaways: Trump Risked Provoking 'Constitutional Crisis'

The House Jan. 6 committee used Thursday's hearing to show how Donald Trump tried to install a loyalist atop the Justice Department who would pursue his false claims of voter fraud and stop the certification of the 2020 election that Democrat Joe Biden won.It's the latest account of how perilously close the United States could have come to a constitutional crisis if the department leaders had not threatened to resign over the scheme and the defeated Trump had been able to orchestrate a plan for the U.S. government to overturn election results in several pivotal states.Rep. Adam Kinzinger led the hearing, saying it would show "how close we came to losing it all."The committee investigating the causes of the insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, has been trying to make the case that Trump's efforts to reverse his loss resulted in the deadly siege after he sent supporters to the Capitol as Congress was certifying President Biden's victory. Here are some important takeaways from this month's fifth hearing.TRUMP'S JUSTICE DEPARTMENT IN TURMOILDay after day, Trump pressured the department leaders to dig into false claims of election fraud after the November 2020 election.Former Attorney General William Barr had described the swirl of false voter fraud theories coming from Trump's orbit as "wack-a-mole."The department declined Trump's overtures because "we did not think they were appropriate," testified Jeffrey Rosen, who became acting attorney general after Barr stepped down.Over and over, the officials explained to Trump that the states conduct their own elections, free from federal interference. They tried to show him there was no voter fraud on a scale that could have tipped the election in his favor.Trump, however, only pressed harder and started looking for alternatives.At point in late December 2020, Trump asked what Rosen found to be a "peculiar" question: Do you know Jeff Clark?Trump was eyeing Clark to take over at the department.WHO IS JEFF CLARK?Clark led the civil division and particularly handled environmental cases. He was introduced to Trump by a Republican congressman from Pennsylvania, a leader of the House's conservative Freedom Caucus.Clark had been circulating a proposal that would have the legislatures from battleground states not certify their election results. It was similar to a plan from Trump lawyer John Eastman for alternative slates of electors loyal to Trump, rather than President Biden, when Congress met Jan. 6, 2021, to certify results.Clark's ideas alarmed his colleagues, as did his sudden rise into Trump's orbit as a potential new acting attorney general."It may well had spiraled us into a constitutional crisis," testified Richard Donoghue, the former acting deputy attorney general.'WHAT DO I HAVE TO LOSE?'During a meeting at the White House days before the riot, Justice Department leaders told Trump they would resign if he tried to install Clark and put his scheme in motion to reject electors.Trump had called the officials to an unexpected Sunday meeting to lay out his plan. Donoghue described how he was dressed inappropriately in jeans, muddy boots and an Army shirt. Trump had him sit between Rosen and Clark. The president asked Donoghue: What if I replace Rosen with Clark?"What have I got to lose?" Trump said, as Donoghue recalled.Donoghue told Trump that the president would have everything to lose: mass resignations at the Justice Department, starting with those arrayed before him at the meeting.Clark would be left to run a "graveyard" at the department, one of the officials said. Trump's plan to reject the state electors with those loyal to Trump would never work. It was a "murder-suicide pact," as his own White House counsel told him, they testified.Donoghue made the point that "Jeff Clark wasn't even competent to serve as attorney general."When Clark shot back that he had worked on complicated civil and environmental matters, Donoghue retorted: "How about you go back to your office and we'll call you when there's an oil spill?"BLANKET PARDONS FOR JAN. 6 ...At least five Republican members of Congress, including Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, who had connected Trump and Clark, sought pardons from the president that would shield them from criminal prosecution, according to testimony Thursday.Perry and Reps. Andy Biggs of Arizona, Mo Brooks of Alabama, Matt Gaetz of Florida and Louie Gohmert of Texas all had been involved in efforts to reject the electoral tally or submit "fake electors." All sought pardons, according to Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to Trump's chief of staff, Mark Meadows. Hutchinson testified previously in video shown at the hearing.Blanket pardons for all those involved in Jan. 6 were also discussed, according to another White House aide, John McEntee.Gaetz tweeted that the

Doctors Work To Up Mental Health Resources In Buffalo After Shooting kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Doctors Work To Up Mental Health Resources In Buffalo After Shooting

Dr. Kenyani Davis is making her rounds at The Community Health Center of Buffalo in New York. Weeks after a mass shooter murdered 10 members of the neighborhood she serves, she's still trying to process it all."It's a community that got affected, especially when you're talking about a hate crime," Dr. Davis said. "It was every emotion at once."She says in the days that followed her team got to work."If they needed us in a medical component we were there," Dr. Davis said. "If they needed us as community leaders, we were there. If they needed us as friends, if they needed us just to create an open space. We were there.Across the city other organizations recognized the need for mental health services, too, but when it came to treatment, psychiatric nurse practitioner Melissa Archer noticed people on the citys east side, made up of mostly Black residents, were hesitant to seek help.   "People want to see people that look like them so that they don't have to explain certain things they feel," Archer said.According to the the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration only 1 in 3 Black adults with mental illness receive treatment. The National Alliance on Mental Illness says thats mostly due to socioeconomic challenges, stigma surrounding mental illness and mistrust of the medical industry. Black people are often victims of health care bias when those providing the treatment lack cultural awareness.Buffalo Urban League CEO Thomas Beauford Jr. told Newsy since the crime was different, the treatment had to be as well.  "This particular incident, this particular terror had a face, it had an ideology, it had an intent to harm a specific population, a specific group, and target them," Beauford said."I think one of these things that this event has shed light on and empower people to do is to speak the truth," Dr. Davis said. "When we were there, we had people saying, we are angry at White people."For community leaders, that meant offering more counselors with shared experiences and cultures. The Urban League team says the numbers have increased since moving into the neighborhood and making more Black counselors readily available, all thanks to temporary funding from FEMA through New York Project Hope.   But for these mental health care workers, that means not only dealing with the recent trauma, but also unraveling decades of racial mistreatment.  Beauford Jr. says the incident exposed deeper wounds for the community with older people who remember a Jim Crow south and the effects of redlining as well as refugees fleeing violence.  "Some of them are saying what I what I ran from what did I run to, you know, so what this thing really did was shatter people's sense of safety," Thomas said.While the wounds may be generations deep, counselors and doctors in Buffalo say they will continue to be a safe and accessible space as long as possible.

Ukraine Receives Starlink Satellite Internet System From Elon Musk kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Ukraine Receives Starlink Satellite Internet System From Elon Musk

Four months in, its a gun fight big guns, like the U.S.-provided howitzers, weighing in at around 10,000 pounds. With the wars center of gravity shifted to eastern Ukraine, the key to holding ground for the both sides is launching artillery rounds. Hitting the right place, at the right time. With a wall of fire that holds, or decimates the enemy. Ukraines disadvantage, which it readily admits: theyve got far fewer guns and shells than the Russians. But what Ukraine does have, are drones, and satellite internet. Mykhailo, who doesnt want us to use his last name, works for Aerorozvidka. "Starlink now is [used] very widely," Mykhalio said.  Aerorozvidka is a Ukranian Air Reconnaissance Unit, and relies on Elon Musks Starlink satellite internet system to convey real-time intel. "Decision making happens more rapidly. And then as a result, the artillery is working more sharply," Mykhalio said.  NEWSY'S JASON BELLINI: Do you have an example where that was very successful, where Starlink helped you to communicate quickly and it had important results?  MYKHALIO: Yes, when our special forces, with help of Aerorozvidka, find and stop the huge column which moved from Belarus. BELLINI: Towards Kiev? MYKHALIO: To Kiev. Yes. Mykhalio's unit was one of the earliest of adopters of Starlink, after Russia blew up the cellular networks along its warpath. "Our guys used the Starlink to correct the fire of artillery. And it was in real time. And it was very successful," Mykhalio said. By the start of the war, Spacexs Falcon 9 rockets had deployed more than two thousand low-Earth orbit satellites, which were just beginning to beam internet service to unconnected corners of the planet. When Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, Ukraine, at that point, had only wished upon a Starlink. By the end of that first week, Ukraines 31-year-old Minister of Information tweeted at Elon Musk, provocatively, while you try to colonize Mars Russia try to occupy Ukraine... we ask you to provide Ukraine with Starlink stations. Later that day, Musk responded: Starlink service is now active in Ukraine. More terminals en route. Just two days later they arrived. Michael Schwille is a Senior Policy Analyst at Rand. He describes the skepticism of those early days. "This technology would be able to be hacked, and the Russians would be able to see who's using these terminals, and then they'd be able to quickly target artillery rounds, to destroy these terminals by and large. I would make that make the case that that hasn't happened. It really seems to be a game changer," Schwille said. And not just on the frontlines. Starlink restored communications to supply lines such as Ukraines railway network and to military field hospitals. In he devastated Kyiv suburbs of Bucha and Irpin, Starlink stations were used to resume cellular service the people.  But perhaps one of its most dramatic impacts was beaming to the world, via Starlink, the last stand of Ukranian fighters in Mariupol, at the Azovstal steel plant. Details are just emerging of how some daring helicopter pilots managed to rescue these fighters from Azovstal.Flint is a Ukrainian Military Intelligence Officer. "And it was also necessary to keep in touch with them constantly, therefore, the Starlink systems were also very important," Flint said.Since the Russian invasion, Ukraine has received more than 11,000 Starlink stations. Some donated by SpaceX and an unspecified number purchased by the U.S government. Others are gifted by supporters of Ukraine, to some very grateful fighters.Connectivity on the front lines is proving a major morale booster. And the innovation continues, as highlighted in this new video from Ukraines Digital Transformation Ministry.  "Due to war in Ukraine, Spacex has updated its software to use less energy. Starlink is now powered by a car cigarette lighter. But the fight in eastern Ukraine is proving, as shown in this video of Russia purportedly destroying howitzers that Ukraines pluck and perseverance, however necessary, may perhaps be insufficient.  "We are smarter. And we are fighting for our land. And these facts help us to fight," Mykhalio said.  In todays world, restored connectivity equals restored hope. 

How The Buffalo Shooting Brought 'Supermarket Redlining' To Light kostenlos streamen | dailyme

How The Buffalo Shooting Brought 'Supermarket Redlining' To Light

Its been a little over a month since a mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, where a gunman killed 10 and injured three in a racist attack on a grocery store. Since then, the Department of Justice has charged the suspect with multiple counts of hate crimes and weapons charges.The shooting happened at Tops, a grocery store that residents had fought for almost 20 years just to open. The neighborhood hadn't had a supermarket like it in decades, and as the store remains closed, many in the community no longer have easy access to good foods.Before the grocery store opened, the area was known as a "food desert," which is an area with limited access to healthy and affordable food from grocery stores, supermarkets, or supercenters. The USDA considers someone to be in a food desert when they live more than a mile away from a food store in urban areas, or more than 10 miles away in rural areas. Currently, thats more than 18 million people in the U.S.Now, some experts and advocacy organizations have moved away from the term "food desert," saying it implies something that occurs naturally. They argue these sorts of problems actually come from a long legacy of discrimination in housing and community planning. Dr. Lavonne Ansari, the executive director of The Community Health Center of Buffalo, hit on some of that history when Newsy sat down with her. Dr. Ansari says because of the lasting effects from redlining, it wasn't hard for the shooter to find a place to carry out his attack."One of the things I explained to some of my White colleagues what redlining looks like: Redlining is, as we know, is a structure that's designed to limit us where we could live," Dr. Ansari said. "In this case it happened to be a box that set us up for death because we were put so many of us in one space. So, he calculated that there would be many of us in one radius, and that's how we became the target. But one of my friends said, and and he makes a good point, he said, 'But they didn't go to the liquor stores to shoot us because there's a lot of them in the community, but there was only one supermarket.' There's something wrong with that."Dr. Ansari is referring to the so-called grocery gap which dates back to the 1980s. As more Black Americans moved to cities, the country also saw White flight, where masses of middle income White Americans left cities for less diverse and more segregated suburbs. Supermarket chains, which largely merged and consolidated in the '80s, then followed White Americans to wealthy suburbs a move some experts refer to as supermarket redlining.The term calls back to the federal housing policies in the post-New Deal era that marked predominantly Black neighborhoods as riskier investments, prevented desegregation of neighborhoods and prevented Black families and households from growing generational wealth through home ownership.Buffalo is a notably segregated city itself. The metro area is ranked the sixth most segregated area in the nation according to the 2010 census, which compared distributions between White and Black populations in major cities.The shooting in Tops just brought this phenomenon of supermarket redlining into the spotlight. About 78% of residents in the zip code where the shooting took place are Black. The next major supermarket is about 40 minutes away on public transit, so it's easy to see how the store could become such an easy target for this hate crime.This kind of physical, community-level segregation seeps into the culture, too, and the way we talk about our own cities and neighborhoods.That kind of decades-long divestment and discrimination against predominantly Black or low-income neighborhoods has sprawling consequences. Its not just a contributing factor of what left neighborhoods, like in Buffalo, with just one supermarket, but it denies communities other resources as well.

Supreme Court Ruling Could Change Gun Laws In Many States kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Supreme Court Ruling Could Change Gun Laws In Many States

"This is an absolute disgrace," Rev. Patrick Mahoney of Faith Leaders for Ending Gun Violence said.  He spoke of a critical Supreme Court ruling that could drastically change how more than half a dozen states permit people to carry guns in public. "I believe it defies common sense, and The Constitution of the United States," Vice President Kamala Harris said. The ruling strikes down New Yorks standard to carry a gun, and puts similar requirements in other states at risk.  Those states include California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island. Brian Frosh the Maryland Attorney General. "We'll have to carefully study that opinion and try to tailor Maryland's laws and regulations, so that we can be protective of our residents and still should within their interpretation of the second amendment," Frosh said. Californias Attorney General is already preparing law enforcement for a change.  He warned in a letter earlier this month, that a decision like this would prompt a slew of legal challenges, and impact Californias standard. Already, gun rights groups are preparing legal notices to some of the states most populous counties, where officials follow a similar standard as New York to determine if someone needs to carry a gun in public. With the ruling, those counties may need to flip the burden of proof and issue a permit unless the government can show a reason an applicant should not be allowed to carry. Tom King is the President of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association. "We are not the problem. The problem is the criminals and the wrongdoers in the state, and the politicians have to learn that, and they have to get off their butt do something to solve the crime problem in New York state, not the gun problem, because there wouldn't be a gun problem if it wasn't for the crime," said King. "There is no place in the nation that this decision affects as much as New York City," Mayor of New York Eric Adams said. The ruling could effectively make it much easier to carry a gun in cities like New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Baltimore and Newark.  Richard Aborn is the President of the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City. "The court did leave room for states and localities to ban the carrying concealed in so-called sensitive places. So my advice to states and localities would be today to start defining sensitive places and ban carrying concealed in those areas," Aborn said.  State lawmakers could up standards of training to carry a gun, like the ones lawmakers are pursuing in Hawaii, perhaps the most gun-restrictive state in the union. Gun rights activists there fear lawmakers may also now tack on sky-high fees to obtain a permit. Gun violence prevention activists coast to coast, meanwhile, fear the potential or deadly consequences. "So it could well be that many people now decide to get a gun, to carry it in urban areas, and let's note, carrying a gun is a monumental decision. You have an awesome amount of killing power on your hip, but most people will be inexperienced, untrained, won't know the precautions and may make very bad decisions about when to use that gun," Aborn said. 

Family Remembers Their Daughter 4 Weeks After Shooting In Uvalde kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Family Remembers Their Daughter 4 Weeks After Shooting In Uvalde

As the sun sets, and the wind whispers families pray for peace.Jazmin Cazares is the sister of one of the victims, Jackie Cazares.   She was a light, I dont know how else to explain it," she said. 9-year-old Jackie Cazares had a nickname that matched her spark.  Javier Cazares is Jackie's father. "My mom called her a chispa you know, feisty," he said.A feisty little sister who loved fiercely. "She went with me to take pictures and she was crying," Jazmin said. "I remember her telling me that it's prom. Once you go to prom, it means you're leaving me soon. I think that hits me every day. Her telling me that I was going to leave her, but someone took her from me," she said. "She wanted to be a veterinarian," Jazmin said. An ambition cut short by a gunman who Jazmin went to Uvalde High School with. "It makes it ten times harder knowing that I probably crossed his path before," she said. Its been nearly a month since the Cazares lost Jackie in the Robb Elementary mass shooting. In that month Jackie would have turned 10, and celebrated Fathers day with her dad.Stolen memories are weighing heavy on her fathers heart.    ...That we couldnt help her," her father said. Hes vowed to fight for change in Jackies name, and his family will continue to demand accountability.  Someone needs to be held accountable," Jazmin said.  They're still waiting for that accountability in Uvalde, Texas, but there's something that will eventually help bring the family closure, as they hang on to the special moments to get them through their darkest days.   JAZMIN: Knew she loved me. I know she was my sister. But seeing that, like seeing that she made a video about me. It's like.NEWSY'S ADI GUAJARDO:  Shows how much she loved you. JAZMIN: Mm hmm. A love on display down to her last day on earth. "I blew a kiss, and then I really never did that after those. You know, I really never did that. But that day I made it a point to do that and that that was the last time, I saw her so yeah it was special," Javier said. 

Judge Approves $1B+ Deal In Deadly Florida Condo Collapse kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Judge Approves $1B+ Deal In Deadly Florida Condo Collapse

A judge gave final approval Thursday to a settlement topping $1 billion for victims of the collapse of a Florida beachfront condominium building that killed 98 people, one of the deadliest building failures in U.S. history.The decision by Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Michael Hanzman came a day before the one-year anniversary of the Champlain Towers South disaster in the Miami suburb of Surfside. The judge praised the dozens of lawyers involved for averting what could have been years of litigation with no sure outcome for victims."It will never be enough to compensate them for the tragic loss they have suffered," the judge said. "This settlement is the best we can do. It's a remarkable result. It is extraordinary."The deal sets up a $1.02 billion fund for people who lost family members in the collapse of the 12-story building, as well as those who suffered physical or mental injuries. Attorneys said another $200 million is available from the Champlain Towers condo association itself, including insurance.About $100 million is earmarked for legal fees that number will be finalized in September and $96 million set aside for owners who lost one of the 136 units in the building based on the assessed value of each one. They range from more expensive four-bedroom units with ocean views to those of lesser value with just one bedroom.The process of determining the value of claims for the 98 deaths and any injuries will conclude by Aug. 26, Hanzman said. Each person who filed a claim by a July 18 deadline has a right to a private hearing before a judge, but that is not required.The issue will be figuring out how much a life or injury is worth. Compensation claims for loss of life typically involve several factors and could include, for example, the lifetime earning potential of the deceased."My goal is really to make it as painless as possible," Hanzman said.No victims filed objections to the settlement or decided to opt out, said court-appointed receiver Michael Goldberg. Several people who lost family members or property said in court Thursday that they are grateful for such a swift conclusion to a horrific experience.Raysa Rodriguez, who survived the collapse in a ninth-floor unit that was initially left intact, had nothing but praise for the outcome."You have no idea what a relief this is to me personally," Rodriguez said. "I am so exhausted. I just want this to be done. I want these souls to rest."The ruling came during what's called a fairness hearing, in which anyone with objections to the deal could raise them as the judge determined whether the settlement is "fair, reasonable and adequate," according to court documents.The money comes from 37 different sources, including insurance companies, engineering firms and a luxury condominium whose recent construction next door is suspected of contributing to structural damage of Champlain Towers South. None of the parties admit any wrongdoing.A billionaire developer from Dubai is set to purchase the 1.8-acre beachside site for $120 million, contributing to the settlement. That transaction is expected to close by the end of July.People could begin receiving checks for their losses in September, the judge said.Champlain Towers South had a long history of maintenance problems and questions have been raised about the quality of its original construction and inspections in the early 1980s. Other possible factors include sea level rise caused by climate change and damage caused by salt water intrusion.A final conclusion on the cause is likely years away. The National Institute of Standards and Technology, which is leading the federal probe in to the collapse, recently said invasive testing will begin soon on samples of material from the collapse site.The tests will help investigators find potential flaws in structural elements of the building by looking into things such as density of the materials, how porous they were and if there was corrosion, NIST said.Florida will require statewide recertification of condominiums more than three stories tall under new legislation Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law last month in response to the disaster.The death toll in the Champlain Towers collapse ranks among the highest in U.S. history among similar disasters. The 1981 Hyatt Regency walkway collapse killed 114 people and a Massachusetts mill disaster in 1860 killed between 88 and 145 workers.Additional reporting by The Associated Press.

Trumpet Becomes First Bloodhound To Win Westminister Dog Show kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Trumpet Becomes First Bloodhound To Win Westminister Dog Show

Now this hound has something to toot his horn about.A bloodhound named Trumpet won the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Wednesday night, marking the first time the breed has ever snared U.S. dogdoms most coveted best in show prize.Rounding the finalists' ring with a poised and powerful stride, Trumpet beat a French bulldog, a German shepherd, a Maltese, an English setter, a Samoyed and a Lakeland terrier to take the trophy.I was shocked, said handler, co-breeder and co-owner Heather Helmer, who also goes by Heather Buehner. The competition was stiff, and sometimes I feel the bloodhound is a bit of an underdog.After his victory, Trumpet posed patiently for countless photos, eventually starting to do what bloodhounds do best sniff around. He examined some decorative flowers that had been set up for the pictures, not appearing to find anything of note.Winston, a French bulldog co-owned by NFL defensive lineman Morgan Fox, took second in the nation's most prestigious dog show.The seven finalists also included Striker, a Samoyed that also made the finals last year; River, a big-winning German shepherd; MM the Lakeland terrier; Belle the English setter, and a Maltese that clearly was aiming for stardom: Her name is Hollywood.The competition drew more than 3,000 purebred dogs, ranging from affenpinschers to Yorkshire terriers. The goal is to crown the dog that most represents the ideal for its breed.Usually held in winter at New York Citys Madison Square Garden, the show moved to the suburban Lyndhurst estate last year and this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.Even for hopefuls that didn't come away with a ribbon, the event was an opportunity to showcase dogs and all they can do.Additional reporting by The Associated Press.

First Lady Jill Biden Marks 50th Anniversary Of Title IX kostenlos streamen | dailyme

First Lady Jill Biden Marks 50th Anniversary Of Title IX

First Lady Jill Biden joined women's professional tennis icon Billie Jean King and an All-American high school track athlete to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX in Washington Wednesday.The legislation was enacted in 1972 and prohibited discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs. It is credited with promoting gender equity in sports and advancing opportunities for millions of American women since then."Just look at the legacy it created," said Biden. "It's all around us today.""Here in the United States, millions of girls have grown up, able to play sports, to build self-reliance and self-esteem, to learn teamwork and leadership. And they've been able to get scholarships that put college within their reach.""Title IX is one of the most important pieces of legislation of the 20th century," said King. "It is a law that speaks to the importance of gender equity in this country. It stands as a benchmark of global significance."King pointed out that the primary beneficiaries of Title IX have been white suburban girls."Let's use this milestone anniversary to re-energize our focus on strengthening and advancing equity and opportunity for all girls and women, but especially those who have been left behind by the law," she said, pointing to girls of color, girls with disabilities, trans athletes, and all LGBTQ+ youth.The first lady also lauded the State Department's Global Sports Mentoring Program, now celebrating its 10th anniversary.Additional reporting by The Associated Press.

FDA Bans Juul E-Cigarettes Tied To Teen Vaping Surge kostenlos streamen | dailyme

FDA Bans Juul E-Cigarettes Tied To Teen Vaping Surge

Federal health officials on Thursday ordered Juul to pull its electronic cigarettes from the U.S. market, the latest blow to the embattled company widely blamed for sparking a national surge in teen vaping.The action is part of a sweeping effort by the Food and Drug Administration to bring scientific scrutiny to the multibillion-dollar vaping industry after years of regulatory delays.The FDA said Juul must stop selling its vaping device and its tobacco and menthol flavored cartridges. Those already on the market must be removed. Consumers aren't restricted from having or using Juul's products, the agency said.To stay on the market, companies must show that their e-cigarettes benefit public health. In practice, that means proving that adult smokers who use them are likely to quit or reduce their smoking, while teens are unlikely to get hooked on them.The FDA noted that some of the biggest sellers like Juul may have played a "disproportionate" role in the rise in teen vaping. The agency said Thursday that Juul's application didn't have enough evidence to show that marketing its products "would be appropriate for the protection of the public health."A Juul representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.In a statement, the FDA said Juul's application left regulators with significant questions and didn't include enough information to evaluate any potential risks. The agency said the company's research included "insufficient and conflicting data" about things like potentially harmful chemicals leaching from Juul's cartridges."Without the data needed to determine relevant health risks, the FDA is issuing these marketing denial orders." Michele Mital, acting director of the FDA's tobacco center, said in the statement.The agency has granted some e-cigarette applications. Since last fall, the agency has given its OK to tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes from R.J. Reynolds, Logic and other companies.But industry players and anti-tobacco advocates have complained that those products account for just a tiny percent of the $6 billion vaping market in the U.S.Regulators repeatedly delayed making decisions on devices from market leaders, including Juul, which remains the best-selling vaping brand although sales have dipped.Last year, the agency rejected applications for more than a million other e-cigarettes and related products, mainly due to their potential appeal to underage teens.The American Lung Association called Thursday's decision "long overdue and most welcome," and cited Juul for stoking youth vaping.E-cigarettes first appeared in the U.S. more than a decade ago with the promise of providing smokers a less harmful alternative. The devices heat a nicotine solution into a vapor that's inhaled, bypassing many of the toxic chemicals produced by burning tobacco.But studies have reached conflicting results about whether they truly help smokers quit. And efforts by the FDA to rule on vaping products and their claims were repeatedly slowed by industry lobbying and competing political interests.The vaping market grew to include hundreds of companies selling an array of devices and nicotine solutions in various flavors and strengths.The vaping issue took on new urgency in 2018 when Juul's high-nicotine, fruity-flavored cartridges quickly became a nationwide craze among middle and high school students. The company faces a slew of federal and state investigations into its early marketing practices, which included distributing free Juul products at concerts and parties hosted by young influencers.In 2019, the company was pressured into halting all advertising and eliminating its fruit and dessert flavors. The next year, the FDA limited flavors in small vaping devices to just tobacco and menthol. Separately, Congress raised the purchase age for all tobacco and vaping products to 21.But the question of whether e-cigarettes should remain on the market at all remained.The FDA has been working under a court order to render its decisions; anti-tobacco groups successfully sued the agency to speed up its review.FDA regulators warned companies for years they would have to submit rigorous, long-term data showing a clear benefit for smokers who switch to vaping. But all but the largest e-cigarette manufacturers have resisted conducting that kind of expensive, time-consuming research.While Juul remains a top seller, a recent federal survey shows that teens have been shifting away from the company. Last year's survey showed Juul was the fourth most popular e-cigarette among high schoolers who regularly vape. The most popular brand was a disposable e-cigarette called Puff Bar that comes in flavors like pink lemonade, strawberry and mango. That company's disposable e-cigarettes had been able to skirt regulation because they use synthetic nicotine, which until recently was outside the FDA's jurisdiction.

Murder Conviction Overturned In Georgia Hot Car Death Case kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Murder Conviction Overturned In Georgia Hot Car Death Case

Georgia's highest court on Wednesday overturned the murder and child cruelty convictions against a man whose toddler son died after he left him in a hot car for hours, saying the jury saw evidence that was extremely and unfairly prejudicial.Justin Ross Harris, 41, was convicted in November 2016 on eight counts including malice murder in the death of his 22-month-old son, Cooper. A judge sentenced him to life without parole as well as 32 more years in prison for other crimes.All of the Georgia Supreme Court justices agreed that there was sufficient evidence to support Harris' convictions, but the 134-page majority opinion written by Chief Justice David Nahmias says that much of the evidence having to do with Harris' sexual activities shouldn't have been admitted and may have improperly influenced the jury. The ruling means that Harris is entitled to a new trial on the murder and child cruelty charges against him.The high court upheld Harris convictions on three sex crimes committed against a 16-year-old girl that Harris had not appealed. He received a total of 12 years in prison for those crimes.The Cobb County District Attorney's office plans to file a motion for reconsideration in the case, according to an emailed statement.Prosecutors argued that Harris was unhappy in his marriage and intentionally killed his son to free himself. To support this theory, they presented extensive evidence of extramarital sexual activities that he engaged in, including exchanging sexually explicit messages and graphic photos with women and girls and meeting some of them for sex.Defense attorneys described him as a doting father and said the boys death was a tragic accident.The 6-3 majority opinion says that the jury heard and saw an extensive amount of improperly admitted evidence. It says that as prosecutors painted Harris as a man who "intentionally and maliciously" abandoned his child to die in the summer heat, they also presented a substantial amount of evidence to lead the jury to answer a different and more legally problematic question: what kind of man is (Harris)?Harris, who moved from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to the Atlanta area for work in 2012, told police he forgot to drop his son off at day care on the morning of June 18, 2014, driving straight to his job as a web developer for Home Depot without remembering that Cooper was still in his car seat.Cooper died after sitting for about seven hours in the back seat of the Hyundai Tucson SUV outside his fathers office in suburban Atlanta, where temperatures that day reached at least into the high 80s.No one disputes that Harris left his son in the SUV rather than dropping him off at day care and that the heat in the vehicle caused the boy's death. The only disputed issue was whether Harris intentionally and maliciously left his child to suffer that painful death, Nahmias wrote.While some of the evidence was appropriate to establish the prosecutions theory of Harris motive, the trial court should have excluded much of it, Nahmias wrote. Highly prejudicial evidence included evidence that Harris exchanged lewd and sometimes illegal messages and photos with four minors, color photos of his genitals taken from text messages and blown up to show in court, and evidence that he had hired a prostitute, the opinion says.Additional reporting by The Associated Press.

Supreme Court Strikes Down New York Gun Law, Expanding Gun Rights kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Supreme Court Strikes Down New York Gun Law, Expanding Gun Rights

The Supreme Court said Thursday that Americans have a right to carry guns in public, a major expansion of gun rights.The justices 6-3 decision follows a series of recent mass shootings and is expected to ultimately allow more people to legally carry guns on the streets of the nations largest cities including New York, Los Angeles and Boston and elsewhere. About a quarter of the U.S. population lives in states expected to be affected by the ruling, the high courts first major gun decision in more than a decade.SEE MORE: Senators Reach Bipartisan Compromise On Gun Violence BillThe ruling comes as Congress is actively working on gun legislation following recent mass shootings in Texas,New York and California.Justice Clarence Thomas wrote for the majority that the Constitution protects "an individuals right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home.In their decision, the justices struck down a New York law requiring people to demonstrate a particular need for carrying a gun in order to get a license to carry one in public. The justices said the requirement violates the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island all have similar laws.Backers of New Yorks law had argued that striking it down would ultimately lead to more guns on the streets and higher rates of violent crime. The decision comes at a time when gun violence already on the rise during the coronavirus pandemic has spiked anew.In most of the country gun owners have little difficulty legally carrying their weapons in public. But that had been harder to do in New York and the handful of states with similar laws. New Yorks law, which has been in place since 1913, says that to carry a concealed handgun in public, a person applying for a license has to show proper cause, a specific need to carry the weapon.The state issues unrestricted licenses where a person can carry their gun anywhere and restricted licenses that allow a person to carry the weapon but just for specific purposes such as hunting and target shooting or to and from their place of business.The Supreme Court last issued a major gun decision in 2010. In that decision and a ruling from 2008 the justices established a nationwide right to keep a gun at home for self-defense. The question for the court this time was about carrying one outside the home.Additional reporting by The Associated Press.

Proud Boys Riot Trial Delayed Due To Committee Hearings kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Proud Boys Riot Trial Delayed Due To Committee Hearings

A federal judge agreed on Wednesday to postpone a trial for the former leader of the Proud Boys and other members of the extremist group charged with attacking the U.S. Capitol to stop Congress from certifying President Joe Biden's 2020 electoral victory.U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly postponed the start of the trial from Aug. 8 to Dec. 12 after attorneys for several of the men argued that their clients couldn't get a fair trial by an impartial jury in the midst of televised hearings by the House committee investigating the Capitol attack. They're also waiting for the committee to share documents that could become trial evidence.Former Proud Boys national chairman Henry "Enrique" Tarrio and four other men are charged with seditious conspiracy for what authorities say was a plot to forcibly oppose the lawful transfer of presidential power during the joint session of Congress on Jan. 6, 2021.Tarrio, 38, of Miami, and his co-defendants Ethan Nordean, Joseph Biggs, Zachary Rehl and Dominic Pezzola have been in federal custody for months.Their trial is expected to last four to six weeks, stretching into next year.Biggs, Pezzola and Rehl asked for the trial to be postponed. Biggs' lawyer, J. Daniel Hull, noted that the House committee isn't expected to release hundreds of deposition and interview transcripts until after an August trial would have started."The transcripts are must-haves for trial preparation," Hull wrote.SEE MORE: Concerns Of More Fascist Groups Organizing Online Hate GroupsJustice Department prosecutors consented to the delay. They said the House committee's failure to share the deposition and interview transcripts is also hampering their ability to investigate and prosecute Jan. 6 defendants.Tarrio was opposed to delaying the trial."Tarrio believes that an impartial jury will never be achieved in Washington, D.C., whether the trial is in August, December, or next year," his lawyers wrote.Nordean's attorneys objected to postponing the trial for months while keeping Proud Boys leaders locked up in pretrial detention.Police arrested Tarrio in Washington two days before the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021, and charged him with vandalizing a Black Lives Matter banner at a historic Black church during a protest in December 2020. Tarrio wasn't in Washington when the riot erupted, but authorities say he helped put into motion the violence that disrupted Congress from certifying President Biden's victory over Donald Trump.The seditious conspiracy indictment alleges that the Proud Boys held meetings and communicated over encrypted messages to plan for the attack in the days leading up to Jan. 6. On the day of the riot, Proud Boys members carried out a coordinated plot to storm past police barricades and attack the building with a mob of Trump supporters, the indictment says.Nordean, 31, of Auburn, Washington, was a Proud Boys chapter president. Biggs, 38, of Ormond Beach, Florida, was a self-described Proud Boys organizer. Rehl, 36, was president of the Proud Boys chapter in Philadelphia. Pezzola, 44, was a Proud Boys member from Rochester, New York.Two other Proud Boys members Matthew Greene, of Syracuse, New York, and Charles Donohoe, of Kernersville, North Carolina have pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges and agreed to cooperate with the Justice Department.Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes, who founded the Proud Boys in 2016, sued the Southern Poverty Law Center for labeling it a hate group. Proud Boys members call it a politically incorrect men's club for "Western chauvinists." They have frequently brawled with antifascist activists at rallies and protests.Approximately 40 Proud Boys leaders, members or associates have been charged in the Jan. 6 siege. More than 800 people have been charged with federal crimes related to the riot.Also on Wednesday, prosecutors in the seditious conspiracy case against members of another extremist group the Oath Keepers asked the judge to look into whether the payment of at least some of the defense lawyers by an organization controlled by lawyer Sidney Powell runs afoul of court rules.Prosecutors pointed to articles from Mother Jones and BuzzFeed that said Powell's group, Defending the Republic, is paying some defense attorneys' fees. Powell was part of Trump's legal team that pushed unfounded conspiracy theories alleging voter fraud in an effort to keep the Republican president in office following the 2020 election.Prosecutors say such an arrangement may violate a rule that says lawyers shouldn't accept money for representing a client from anyone other than the client unless three conditions are met, including that "there is no interference with the lawyer's independence of professional judgment or with the client-lawyer relationship."Additional reporting by The Associated Press

European Union Leaders Set To Grant Ukraine Candidate Status kostenlos streamen | dailyme

European Union Leaders Set To Grant Ukraine Candidate Status

European Union leaders on Thursday are set to make Ukraine a candidate for joining the 27-nation bloc, a first step in a long and unpredictable journey toward full membership that could take many years to navigate.Making Ukraine a contender now seems to be a done deal after national leaders were initially divided on how quickly to embrace the war-torn country's request to become an EU member, which the Ukrainian government submitted only a few days after Russia invaded its neighbor on Feb. 24.SEE MORE: 2 Missing Americans Found In Russian Captivity May Get Death PenaltyThis is a decisive moment for the European Union, European Council President Charles Michel, the EU summit chair, said, describing the question of Ukraine's candidacy a geopolitical choice that we will make today.Members of the European Parliament endorsed Ukraine's bid hours before the summit started, voting to pass a resolution that calls EU heads of state and government to move without delay" and live up to their historical responsibility."The EU's 27 nations have been united in backing Ukraines resistance to Russias invasion, adopting unprecedented economic sanctions against Moscow. However, leaders were at first split on how quickly the EU should move to accept Ukraine as a member, with the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark among the most skeptical.But Ukraine's application got a boost last week when the EU's executive arm, the European Commission, gave its seal of approval based on the country's answers to a questionnaire received in April and early May.Ukraine received another shot in the arm when the leaders of France, Germany, Italy and Romania visited the country and vowed to back its candidacy.EU candidate status doesn't give an automatic right to join the bloc, though, and doesn't provide any security guarantees.Its unlikely that membership talks could start before next year, with the prospect of the war dragging on for a very long time adding to the uncertainty.The beginning of the accession discussions depends on Ukraine meeting essential political and economic conditions.To be admitted, potential newcomers need to demonstrate that they meet standards on democratic principles and absorb a gigantic corpus of rules. To help countries with candidate status, the bloc can provide technical and financial assistance throughout negotiations, but can also decide to revoke the status if the required reforms aren't implemented.European officials have said that Ukraine has already implemented about 70% of the EU rules, norms and standards, but they also have pointed to corruption and the need for deep political and economic reforms in the country.Additional reporting by The Associated Press.

Jan. 6 Panel To Hear Of Trump's Pressure On Justice Department kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Jan. 6 Panel To Hear Of Trump's Pressure On Justice Department

The Jan. 6 committee will hear from former Justice Department officials who faced down a relentless pressure campaign from Donald Trump over the 2020 presidential election results while suppressing a bizarre challenge from within their own ranks.The hearing Thursday will bring attention to a memorably turbulent stretch at the department as Trump in his final days in office sought to bend to his will a law enforcement agency that has long cherished its independence from the White House. The testimony is aimed at showing how Trump not only relied on outside advisers to press his false claims of election fraud but also tried to leverage the powers of federal executive branch agencies.The witnesses will include Jeffrey Rosen, who was acting attorney general during the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol. Three days earlier, Rosen was part of a tense Oval Office showdown in which Trump contemplated replacing him with a lower-level official, Jeffrey Clark, who wanted to champion Trump's bogus election fraud claims.SEE MORE: January 6 Hearing Continues Pressuring Trump And His AlliesIn a written statement prepared for the committee and obtained by The Associated Press, Rosen says the Justice Department had been presented with no evidence of fraud that could have affected the outcome of the election and therefore did not participate in any Trump campaign efforts to overturn the results, instead insisting on an orderly transfer of power."Some argued to the former president and public that the election was corrupt and stolen," Rosen's statement says. "That view was wrong then and it is wrong today, and I hope our presence here today helps reaffirm that fact."Two other former department officials, Rosen's top deputy, Richard Donoghue, and Steven Engel, are also scheduled to testify. Both warned Trump at the White House meeting that they'd resign and that many of the department's lawyers would follow if he replaced Rosen with Clark."You could have a situation here, within 24 hours, you have hundreds of people resigning from the Justice Department," Donoghue has said he told Trump. "Is that good for anyone? Is it good for the department? Is it good for the country? Is it good for you. It's not."Only then did Trump relent. The night, and later his Republican administration, ended with Rosen still in power.The hearing is the fifth this month by the House committee investigating the run-up to the insurrection at the Capitol, when Trump loyalists stormed the building as lawmakers were certifying the results of the election won by Democrat Joe Biden. Witnesses have included police officers attacked at the Capitol as well as lawyers, a television executive and local election officials who all resisted demands to alter results in Trump's favor.The committee last week presented videotaped depositions of former Attorney General William Barr, who castigated Trump's fraud claims as "bull," "bogus" and "idiotic" and resigned after failing to convince the president of that.Thursday's hearing will focus on what happened next as Rosen, Barr's top deputy, took over the department and found himself immediately besieged by Trump's demands for Justice Department action.SEE MORE: A Timeline Of What Happened On Jan. 6In one phone conversation, according to handwritten notes taken by Donoghue and made public by lawmakers last year, Trump directed to Rosen to "Just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the R. Congressmen."Around that time, Trump was introduced by a Republican congressman, Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, to Clark, who'd joined the department in 2018 as its chief environmental lawyer and was later appointed to run its civil division. Clark was earlier subpoenaed by the committee to give a deposition but will not be among the witnesses Thursday.Clark, according to statements from other Justice Department officials, met with Trump despite being ordered not to by bosses at the department and presented himself as eager to aid the president's efforts to challenge the election results. A report released last year by the Senate Judiciary Committee that painted Clark as a relentless advocate for Trump included a draft letter pushing Georgia officials to convene a special legislative session to reconsider the election results.Clark wanted the letter sent, but superiors at the Justice Department refused.The situation came to a head on Jan. 3, 2021, a Sunday, when Clark informed Rosen in a private meeting at the Justice Department that Trump wanted to replace him with Clark as acting attorney general. Rosen, according to the Senate report, responded that "there was no universe I could imagine in which that would ever happen" and that he would not accept being fired by a subordinate.Rosen then contacted the White House to request a meeting. That night, Rosen, Donoghue and Engel,

Uvalde School Police Chief On Leave Following Mass Shooting kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Uvalde School Police Chief On Leave Following Mass Shooting

The Uvalde school districts police chief was put on leave Wednesday following allegations that he erred in his response to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School that left 19 students and two teachers dead.Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Superintendent Hal Harrell said that he put schools police Chief Pete Arredondo on administrative leave because the facts of what happened remain unclear. In a statement, Harrell did not address Arredondo's actions as on-site commander during the attack but said he didn't know when details of federal, state and local investigations into the law enforcement response to the slayings would be revealed. SEE MORE: Uvalde Mayor Says Robb Elementary Will Be Demolished After ShootingFrom the beginning of this horrible event, I shared that the district would wait until the investigation was complete before making personnel decisions, Harrell said. Because of the lack of clarity that remains and the unknown timing of when I will receive the results of the investigations, I have made the decision to place Chief Arredondo on administrative leave effective on this date.A spokesperson for the Uvalde school district, Anne Marie Espinoza, declined to say whether Arredondo would continue to be paid while on leave.Another officer will assume the embattled chiefs duties, Harrell said.Col. Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, told a state Senate hearing on Tuesday that Arredondo made terrible decisions as the massacre unfolded on May 24 , and that the police response was an abject failure.Three minutes after the 18-year-old gunman entered the school, sufficient armed law enforcement were on scene to stop the gunman, McCraw testified. Yet police officers armed with rifles waited in a school hallway for more than an hour while the gunman carried out the massacre. The classroom door could not be locked from the inside, but there is no indication officers tried to open the door while the gunman was inside, McCraw said.McCraw has said parents begged police outside the school to move in and students inside the classroom repeatedly pleaded with 911 operators for help while more than a dozen officers waited in a hallway. Officers from other agencies urged Arredondo to let them move in because children were in danger.The only thing stopping a hallway of dedicated officers from entering Room 111 and 112 was the on-scene commander who decided to place the lives of officers before the lives of children, McCraw said.Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin pushed back on McCraws testimony casting blame on Arredondo, saying the Department of Public Safety has repeatedly put out false information about the shooting and glossed over the role of its own officers.McLaughlin called Tuesday's Senate hearing a clown show and said he heard nothing from McCraw about state troopers involvement, even though McLaughlin said their number in the school hallway at points during the slaughter surpassed that of any other law enforcement agency.Delays in the police response as the shooting was happening has become the focus of ongoing investigations and public outcry. Law enforcement has at times offered confusing and sometimes contradictory details and timelines that have drawn anger and frustration.The Uvalde City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously against giving Arredondo who is a council member a leave of absence from appearing at public meetings. Relatives of the shooting victims had pleaded with city leaders to instead fire him.Arredondo has tried to defend his actions, telling the Texas Tribune that he didnt consider himself the commander in charge of operations and that he assumed someone else had taken control of the law enforcement response. He said he didnt have his police and campus radios but that he used his cellphone to call for tactical gear, a sniper and the classroom keys.Its still not clear why it took so long for police to enter the classroom, how they communicated with each other during the attack, and what their body cameras show.Additional reporting by The Associated Press.

Experts Warn Gas Tax Holiday Unlikely To Be Passed In Congress kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Experts Warn Gas Tax Holiday Unlikely To Be Passed In Congress

Facing stubbornly high gas prices that average about $5 a gallon nationwide, President Joe Biden on Wednesday urged Congress to suspend federal gasoline and diesel taxes for three months.If savings from the 18.4 cents-a-gallon federal tax on gas are fully passed along to consumers, drivers would save about $2.76 for a 15-gallon fill-up.It's unclear, though, if President Biden can push his proposal through Congress, where lawmakers, including some Democrats, are skeptical or even opposed to the idea. Many economists also are wary of a gas tax holiday.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said lawmakers will see where the consensus lies on a path forward for President Bidens plan, but she and other congressional Democrats have long worried that suspending the gas tax would allow oil companies to reap additional profits with no guarantee the savings would be passed along to consumers."The other thing to consider is that some of that cut in tax will probably be captured by the gas company... They're not going to pass all of that through to their customers," said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics.The president can do remarkably little to fix prices that are set by global markets, profit-driven companies, consumer demand and aftershocks from Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the embargoes that followed. The underlying problem is a shortage of oil and refineries that produce gas, a challenge a tax holiday cannot necessarily fix.Zandi estimates that the majority of the 8.6% inflation seen over the past 12 months in the U.S. comes from higher commodity prices due to Russia's invasion and continued disruptions from the coronavirus."Russia produces a lot of oil, exports a lot of oil, and that's come off the market," Zandi said. "So it's just supply and demand. If you have, you know, less supply. And of course, the economy is generating demand for oil then, you know, prices have to go up. And that's exactly what what's been happening."SEE MORE: What Would A Gas Tax Break Feel Like For Drivers?High gas prices pose a fundamental threat to President Biden's political and policy ambitions. They've caused confidence in the economy to slump, contributed to record inflation and adds to the formidable challenges that Democrats face in keeping control of the House and the Senate in November.President Biden's past efforts to cut gas prices including release of oil from the U.S. strategic reserve and greater ethanol blending this summer have done little to produce savings at the pump. President Biden says the gas tax holiday can provide some direct relief to consumers, and he is calling on states to follow suit by suspending their own gas taxes or helping consumers in other ways."There is no smoking gun slam dunk solution here," Zandi said. "So things are out of many respects, out of the president's control and the administration's control... And then layer on top of that the fact that you have an election fast approaching. It's just got to be incredibly overwhelmingly, you know, frustrating for for folks in the administration."Zandi suggests that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and a nuclear deal with Iran could help to boost supplies and lower gas prices for consumers.The administration says the three-month pause would cost about $10 billion. The lost revenue would otherwise go to the Highway Trust Fund, which finances most federal government spending for highways and mass transit.Critics of the tax holiday say that could lead to decreased spending on roads, bridges and other infrastructure that are the hallmark of the President Biden presidency. But the White House says the money could be transferred from other government accounts and that infrastructure remains a top priority for the president.Additional reporting by The Associated Press.

New Abortion Laws Say It's Clear When Life Starts. Biology Can't Agree kostenlos streamen | dailyme

New Abortion Laws Say It's Clear When Life Starts. Biology Can't Agree

A key point in debates about abortion restrictions is this question over when, legally-speaking, life begins. Some anti-abortion activists may suggest that after this point, abortion should no longer be legal. Many prominent anti-abortion voices have asserted life begins at conception, and argued it's backed by the science.But there isnt that kind of consensus scientifically or theologically. Scientific advancement has only made the question way more complicated, and a number of experts in religious ethics have pointed out there's as much disagreement and change as ever, even within a single religion. Just ask Margaret Kamitsuka, whos been researching and teaching religious studies and gender for over 20 years.  "So the question of when life begins has always meant different things in different cultures and times," Kamitsuka said. "So it begins when the fetus gets its soul everyone agreed on that, but there was no agreement about the timing. And that's where the issue is."So lets take a look at some of the theories for when life begins some backed by science and some by faith. Because as the country braces for a wave of legal battles over abortion restrictions, its worth questioning some of these assumptions were going to keep hearing about whats really irrefutable here.First, lets roll back the clock, all the way back to the end of medieval Europe. Back then, personhood was believed to start with  the quickening, which was the first time a pregnant person felt a baby kick. That's usually around a little over four months into the pregnancy. Legal texts and midwife manuals pointed to that motion as a sign of personhood. Even the Catholic Church at this time didn't recognize abortion before the quickening as murder."So the only passage in the Bible that talks about a fetus in in any detail is in the Book of Exodus Chapter 21," Kamitsuka said. "If the fetus dies, then the perpetrator pays a fine. If the woman also dies as a result of the injury, then the penalty is for homicide. So the early church knew, of course, of this passage and accepted the principle that there is a difference in legal status between a non-viable fetus and a pregnant woman."But over the 19th and 20th centuries, scientific advancement taught us more about embryonic development, and the debate began to shift. It wouldnt be until as late as 1869 before the Catholic Church permanently declared all abortion to be a sin, which is its official stance today.Does that sound like a consensus? Well, not so fast.Contrary to popular belief, new research didn't actually bring us an "irrefutable answer. Instead, the question got much more complicated. Part of that is because we now know many stages of development that have been argued to be when life begins.In biology, first, of course, there is conception and fertilization. Some Christians point to certain Bible passages that imply this is when ensoulment happens. One can also point out that the embryo now has full genetic material, but its hard to say if thats biological proof of life. Most cells in our body also have that, and those arent considered a separate life.Two weeks later, we get to gastrulation. Now the embryo is biologically unique, so it cant become twins or triplets. One could also argue this is the start of an individual.At about six weeks, an ultrasound can detect a flutter of electrical impulses in the area that eventually controls a heartbeat. This is why proponents of abortion bans after six weeks call those laws heartbeat bills. But, as many in the medical community have noted, the name can be misleading since the heart isnt yet fully formed.Ask a neuroscientist when life begins, and they could point to about six months in, when we can start to see brainwave patterns. When we lose these brainwaves, a person is declared legally dead in the U.S. and many other countries, so some could argue brainwaves signal when a fetus starts being a person.Around this time, the fetus can become viable outside the womb. Thats another legal milestone. In Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court found the Constitution doesnt let states ban abortions before this point. Keep in mind the point of viability is flexible, since it depends on what sort of clinical resources are available and how medicine has advanced.Now, of course, roughly 40 weeks in, is the birth itself. The Jewish faith, along with some Christians, see this first breath as the beginning of life, and will point to other passages in the Bible to support this.You can see why we just dont have biological proof or even religious consensus when it comes to when life begins."The Roman Catholic Church does not specify when life begins," Kamitsuka said. "They say there's a presumption it's possible, and therefore we should never have it do an abortion, a direct abortion. But the Roman Catholic Church understands that even modern science cannot

Chicago Mayoral Candidate Shares His Coming Out Journey kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Chicago Mayoral Candidate Shares His Coming Out Journey

Many say that coming out as gay shouldnt be that big of a deal. But for people like Chicagos 15th ward alderman Raymond Lopez, it was."I remember being in high school and being in the closet," Lopez said.Lopez came out more than 20 years ago to his Latino family and friends. Now hes one of two openly gay candidates running for mayor of Chicago. If elected, Lopez would be the first openly gay man and Latino mayor for the windy city."I think is an extraordinary testament to how far we've come in this city and in this country," Lopez said.But growing up gay was more like living a secret life. He went to an all-boys catholic school, which he says made it not so easy for boys who were hiding their true identity."Thinking back, you know, to see classmates of mine who eventually came out and just reliving what it was like with them," Lopez said ."It was a more difficult world to navigate for young people."Shamed by the stigma in his community and fear for what his loved ones would think of him, he kept his secret to himself. Now he reminisces about the first time he ever told someone."A former high school friend of mine who was in college, and I actually ran into him in one of the these meetings," Lopez said. "And, you know, he told me he was bisexual, and I think that was the first time that I actually said that I was gay, like out loud."Recent data from the Center for American Progress shows that Hispanic LGBTQ+ individuals have experienced discrimination 15% higher than white LGBTQ+ members. The disparities are more evident in access to critical services such as mental health and educational settings.NEWSY'S AXEL TURCIOS: Why do you think it's still a taboo to talk about your sexuality, especially when you come from a Hispanic background?RAYMOND LOPEZ: The strong sense of Christian faith within the Latino community. I think that makes people uncomfortable, and it's not something that they've ever heard of in church, to be accepting and welcoming people who are different.Lopez says it hasn't been an easy road, but he says he wants his story to inspire not only Hispanic teenagers, but everyone who's struggling to come out to feel proud of who they are.Lopez says many in the Latinx community don't have a lot of role models to look up to.Its a thought shared by Mexican-American David Gauna, a board member of the LGBTQ+ non-profit Alma."I didn't feel safe because i wasn't sure how others were going to perceive me," Gauna said. "Being gay wasn't something that was communicated to me at all or spoken about in my home, and therefore it felt very foreign and unfamiliar and scary."Gauna says more spaces for LGBTQ youth need to be created to make them feel more comfortable in their communities and possibly in coming out."To this day here in Chicago, for example, there are no spaces that are designed to explore and build and create a safe space that explores the intersectionality of young queer youth who are both queer and Latino," Gauna said."You don't have to just be defined by your sexuality, and you're not, and you don't have to be put in a box simply to make other people feel good about themselves," Lopez said.Lopez is now married and has seven dogs. He and Gauna have different lives, but share the same story: their struggle to come out as gay.They say their fight for equal rights continues so new generations of LGBTQ+ members can feel safe to be themselves.

Uvalde Gunman Showed Issues That Normally Warn Authorities kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Uvalde Gunman Showed Issues That Normally Warn Authorities

At a special state Senate committee to protect all Texans, the emphasis was on what the city of Uvalde lacked in mental health services and what warnings were missed about the gunman."Our HRIs have been providing support to the local mental health authority which has significant vacancies," said Dr. David Lakey, vice chancellor for health affairs and chief medical officer for the University of Texas system."We know the troubled youth we know 90% of them," state Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, (R) TX, said. "We know where they are and who they are, and, again, being careful of stigma and things. But as we work through mental health, sometimes people just need help there were indicators here. Animal cruelty. Uvalde was already in short supply of mental health professionals. U.S. census data shows more than 25% of the county is uninsured.Statewide the governor cut more than $211 million from the state Health and Human Services Agency, which overseas local mental health authorities, redirecting that money for his border security program and National Guard deployments.The governors office told Newsy in hes directed billions in the way of mental health.Testimony about the tragedy showed the suspect ticked all the boxes that normally warn authorities reports of animal cruelty, truancy and trouble socializing.Experts described the dire needs in Uvalde.It was in that situation of vacancies, where they had significant vacancies and were trying to respond and were also victims themselves," Dr. Lakey said. "The local mental health authority is only a block away from the school."Elected officials are listening."When that child was in third grade and started having problems, that somebody would have referred him at that point and got him the counseling and support that he needed," Dr. Lakey said.But gun control activists again showed up and decided the effort as theater, saying the governor and lawmakers must do more than have hearings."There's evidence-backed solutions to reduce gun violence, and instead he refuses to do it," said Molly Bursey, with Moms Demand Action. "Instead he weakens our already lax gun laws by doing things like passing permitless carry."A bipartisan group of 13 mayors from across Texas are calling on Gov. Greg Abbott to call a special session to address the topics of gun control and mental health.

What Would A Gas Tax Break Feel Like For Drivers? kostenlos streamen | dailyme

What Would A Gas Tax Break Feel Like For Drivers?

President Biden is desperately hoping for any price drop at the pump, as drivers coast to coast shuffle budgets to keep up with the sky-high cost of gas.The president wants Congress to lift the 18 cents-per-gallon the federal government charges and is calling on states to suspend their taxes, too."No matter what the government does with the gas tax, theres no guarantee that that will be passed to the consumer," said Craig Barkacs, business school professor at the University of San Diego.Experts worry the small savings from any tax suspension wont actually help consumers and think oil companies could try to keep the savings for themselves. "Quite frankly, oil companies can actually raise prices to fill that gap," Barkacs said.keep the cost to gas stations and to you the same. "I call on the companies to pass this along, every penny of this $0.18 reduction to the consumers, this is there's no time now for profiteering," Pres. Biden said.Without a federal gas tax, drivers with a 15-gallon tank would save just $2.70 per fill-up, and if you fill up once a week over the next three months, thats a little over $32 youre saving if you actually get the savings.Some states are considering pausing their gas tax, too, following suspensions in Maryland, Connecticut and Georgia, where most of those savings were passed along to drivers, according to a new analysis.Other state leaders are pushing direct payments to drivers.Indianas governor called a special session of the state legislature to approve $225 payments to the states taxpayers.It's a more promising sign of relief at the state level while the presidents proposal remains caught up in politics and anything but certain.

Republican Campaign Focus On Guns Has New Implications kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Republican Campaign Focus On Guns Has New Implications

Republican candidates this year are firing off a lot of campaign ads about guns. Guns in campaign ads are nothing new, but this cycle theres been a shift from targeting policy, like Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin once did, to going after specific groups of people.Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene is targeting socialists, and Arizona Senate candidate Jim Lamon appears to be shooting at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, President Joe Biden and potential opponent Mark Kelly. Most recently, GOP Senate candidate Eric Greitens is hunting other Republicans."[Viewers are] getting a message that if I'm dissatisfied with my senator, if I'm dissatisfied with a bill, I can use a firearm to express that displeasure," said Kelly Sampson, director of racial justice at Brady: United Against Gun Violence. "It's definitely dangerous."Sampson says weve seen guns brought into the conversation in frustration with government in a number of ways, from Jan. 6 to appearing at protests over mask mandates."They're trying to signal 'I'm tough, I will protect you, I will make sure that the bad guys aren't able to take over,'" Sampson said.But primaries are all about appealing to the base something experts say is accomplished quickly with these types of ads."It's sort of a twofer," "It's like, we're gonna stand strong against Pelosi, and we're gonna stand up for your guns.""It's really about elected officials doing what they think their voters demand in primaries, and that's, you know, in these cases, zero constraints on weapons of war or military hardware," While Facebook removed Greitens ad for violating our policies prohibiting violence and incitement, Twitter kept it up because of public interest," as did YouTube. These social media companies play whack a mole with these kinds of ads, and experts say the more people see these images and are willing to accept violence as a means of expressing political views, the more dangerous politics could be in the future."This increased focus on literally shooting your political opponents encourages people to do things like storm the U.S. Capitol, threaten the lives of election workers, a shooting member, the House of Representatives and so on," 

President Biden Asks Congress To Suspend Gas Tax kostenlos streamen | dailyme

President Biden Asks Congress To Suspend Gas Tax

Drivers across the country are finally getting some good news. Today Im calling on Congress to suspend the federal gas tax for the next 90 days," President Biden said. That proposal would drop gas prices down 18.4 cents a gallon, a much needed savings as gas hovers just below $5.00 But the Biden administration doesnt want to stop there, its also calling on governors to suspend their state gas taxes, something some states like New York and Florida already have in the works. Now I fully understand that the gas tax holiday alone is not gonna fix the problem, but it will provide families some immediate relief, just a little bit of breathing room as we continue working to bring down prices for the long haul," President Biden said. The White House estimates suspending both federal and state gas taxes would save drivers, on average, about 50 cents per gallon. But its far from a done deal. The President needs Congress support to suspend at the federal level, and hes already facing pushback on Capitol Hill. "This ineffective administration's big new idea is a silly proposal that senior members of their own party have already shot down well in advance," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said.And McConnells not wrong. Top Democrats worry suspending the federal gas tax will deplete the highway trust fund, used to fund infrastructure projects, with some calling the proposal a shortsighted and inefficient way to provide relief. But the President maintains the funds will still be there. "With the tax revenues up this year, and our deficit down over $1.6 trillion this year alone, well still be able to fix our highways and bring down the price of gas. We can do both at the same time," President Biden said. Reports estimate a gas tax holiday could save consumers roughly 3.6% at the pump. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has argued theres no guarantee that money will go to American families.  Were paying for something to give a break to the oil companies, that aren't even going to the consumer. So thats the con. The pro is very showbiz. Lets just do something, there it is. But its not necessarily landing in the pocket of the consumer," Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said. And for months, Republicans have been lambasting the idea of a gas tax holiday as nothing more than an election-driven, political gimmick. That term was also used by would-be President Barack Obama in 2008, opposing similar proposals by Republican and Democratic candidates at the time. "Were arguing over a gimmick to save you half a tank of gas," he said in 2008. "This isnt an idea designed to get you through the summer. Its designed to get them through an election."But the Biden administration says, its a different time, calling for desperate measures. Amos Hochstein is the Senior Advisor for Energy Security at the State Department.  In the conditions that we are in today, that's not a gimmick, that's a little bit of breathing room for the American people as we get into the summer driving season," he said.In the meantime, the President is calling on oil and gas companies, to make sure the full amount of any future savings, ends up in the hands of consumers. To the companies running gas stations, and setting those prices at the pump, this is a time of war global peril, Ukraine. These are not normal times. Bring down the price you are charging at the pump to reflect the cost you are paying for the product. Do it now. Do it today. Your customers, the American people, they need relief now," President Biden said. 

Officials Give An Update On The Yellowstone Flooding kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Officials Give An Update On The Yellowstone Flooding

The night before the worlds first National Park reopened, people on the quiet streets of west Yellowstone werent sure what to expect after unprecedented flooding shut down the park for more than a week.  But it didnt take long to see a different kind of torrent early, Wednesday morning, a flood of cars were anxious to get through the gates at West Yellowstone.  Park officials say this is typically the busiest park entrance. We got here at 6:30am, and it took 6 hours to clear out the line of vehicles waiting.  The park closed June 13 when devastating flood waters washed out roads, bridges and multiple wastewater treatment facilities.  It initially wasnt clear when the park would reopen, but officials made a plan focusing on the southern loop with hopes to open up to 80% of the park within the next two weeks.  Linda Veress is the Public Information Specialist for Yellowstone National Park."Its one of the busiest times of the year. I know there were a lot of people who are disappointed, so we worked really hard to come up with this plan it was actually an idea that was presented to us from members of the gateway communities," she said.  Last June, the park saw nearly a million visitors. This year, to avoid congestion from the partial reopening, it implemented a license plate system, which allows cars with a license plate ending in an even number on even dates and odd numbers on odd dates. "There's going to be evaluating all day long just to see you know, how it's working. If we need to make any tweaks, this is something very new for us," Veress said. If that doesnt work, the park may move to a reservation system, but people who work in this summer gateway destination hope it doesnt come to that.  "It would just choke us, it would really limit the number of people that would be able to come through here when were capable of handling so much more," a shop manager said. Only three of the parks five entrances opened Wednesday, and while lines stretched for miles in west Yellowstone, several other surrounding communities are cut off.  And tourists are resorting to plan B.  The northern gate at Gardiner, Montana will stay closed for at least this season, which locals fear will devastate the economy. But this greater Yellowstone community hopes people continue on with vacation plans, even if theyre a modified version, to keep these towns running.  

Pres. Biden Calls For 3-Month Suspension Of Gas And Diesel Taxes kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Pres. Biden Calls For 3-Month Suspension Of Gas And Diesel Taxes

President Joe Biden on Wednesday called on Congress to suspend federal gasoline and diesel taxes for three months an election-year move meant to ease financial pressures that was greeted with doubts by many lawmakers.The Democratic president also called on states to suspend their own gas taxes or provide similar relief and delivered a public critique of the energy industry for prioritizing profits over production. Still, his announcement depends on the actions of lawmakers in Washington and in statehouses across the country to actually bring relief to consumers."It doesn't reduce all the pain but it will be a big help," President Biden said, using the bully pulpit when his administration believes it has run out of direct levers to pull to address soaring gas prices. "I'm doing my part. I want Congress, states and industry to do their part as well."At issue is the 18.4 cents-a-gallon federal tax on gas and the 24.4 cents-a-gallon federal tax on diesel fuel. If the gas savings were fully passed along to consumers, people would save roughly 3.6% at the pump when prices are averaging about $5 a gallon nationwide.President Biden's push faces uphill odds in Congress, which must act in order to suspend the tax, and where many lawmakers, including some in his own party, have expressed reservations. Even many economists view the idea of a gas tax holiday with skepticism.The president said "states are now in a strong position to be able to afford to take some of these actions," thanks to federal support from the 2021 COVID-19 relief bill, but there is also no guarantee that states will tap in into their budgets to suspend their taxes on gas or to deliver rebates to consumers, as President Biden is requesting.SEE MORE: All Eyes On Federal Reserve As Inflation Rates Continue To RiseBarack Obama, during the 2008 presidential campaign, called the idea a "gimmick" that allowed politicians to "say that they did something." He also warned that oil companies could offset the tax relief by increasing their prices.President Biden energy adviser Amos Hochstein pushed back on Wednesday, saying consumers could save about 50 cents per gallon if Congress and the states heed the president's call and the oil industry doesn't pocket the savings."That's not a gimmick," Hochstein, senior adviser for global energy security at the State Department, said on CNN. "That's a little bit of breathing room for the American people as we get into the summer driving season."High gas prices pose a fundamental threat to President Biden's electoral and policy ambitions. They've caused confidence in the economy to slump to lows that bode poorly for defending Democratic control of the House and the Senate in November.President Biden's past efforts to cut gas prices including the release of oil from the U.S. strategic reserve and greater ethanol blending this summer have done little to produce savings at the pump, a risk that carries over to the idea of a gas tax holiday.President Biden has acknowledged how gas prices have been a drain on public enthusiasm when he is trying to convince people that the U.S. can still pivot to a clean-energy future. In an interview with The Associated Press last week, President Biden described a country already nursing some psychological scars from the coronavirus pandemic that is now worried about how to afford gas, food and other essentials."If you notice, until gas prices started going up," President Biden said, "things were much more, they were much more optimistic."SEE MORE: Biden, Chevron Chief Trade Sharp Words Over Gas PricesThe president can do remarkably little to fix prices that are set by global markets, profit-driven companies, consumer demand and aftershocks from Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the embargoes that followed. The underlying problem is a shortage of oil and refineries that produce gas, a challenge a tax holiday cannot necessarily fix.Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics, estimated that the majority of the 8.6% inflation seen over the past 12 months in the U.S. comes from higher commodity prices due to Russia's invasion and continued disruptions from the coronavirus."In the immediate near term, it is critical to stem the increase in oil prices," Zandi said last week, suggesting that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and a nuclear deal with Iran could help to boost supplies and lower prices. Republican lawmakers have tried to shift more blame to President Biden, saying he created a hostile environment for domestic oil producers, causing their output to stay below pre-pandemic levels.Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell mocked the gas tax holiday as an "ineffective stunt" in a Wednesday floor speech. "This ineffective administration's big new idea is a silly proposal that senior members of their own party have

Mermaids Aren't Just Entertainers. Many Are Environmental Advocates kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Mermaids Aren't Just Entertainers. Many Are Environmental Advocates

Water, fins and a sense of adventure the fantasy is real in Sacramento, California.  "The community is great, but for me, it was kind of like an escape, you know?" merman Onyx said. "So, don a tail, and you can go anywhere."Merfolk of all kinds gather from across the country to the California Mermaid Convention in Sacramento to swim and celebrate all things under the sea.Mermaid Echo hails from the Great Lakes."All mermaids that you meet will love aquatic ecosystems and animals," Echo said.Outside their mermaid form, Echo is a wildlife specialist and a communications assistant for Wisconsins Department of Natural Resources.Echos other identity is as an edu-tainer, or educator and entertainer, who started her own business of professional "mermaiding.""In Wisconsin, you have to have like a 20-minute conversation with somebody to explain like, 'No, it's not crazy. I'm not a crazy person. I don't actually think I'm a real mermaid. This is a tool I use to teach kids,'" Echo said. The price of being a mermaid can range. A fabric tail can cost between $60 to $200. Silicon tails like Echos can cost between $1,300 to $5,000."I think anybody can be a mermaid," Echo said. "It's just a matter of mentality. Know you can just believe in the ocean and for caring for it, and you can be a mermaid."The merfolk say what they do is more than playing dress-up. It's also advocating for clean water."Mermaids have a really unique opportunity as educators because we look approachable and friendly and fun and people want to ask questions," said mermaid Rachel, co-organizer of the California Mermaid Convention. "Then we have a platform to talk about all of these ongoing issues."Some merfolk are just in it for the fun of the fins, but some aim to educate others. They organize clean-up projects, raise money for environmental efforts  and teach water conservation."The flashy costumes draws people's attention and makes them think, 'Wow, what's going on over here, and how can I be a part of it?" said Teresa Henry, of Nerdtistic Park.Echo teaches other educators fun ways to engage children and adults young at heart about the environment."A really easy thing that people can do is turn that water off when you're brushing your teeth, or you can also bring reusable bags to the grocery store," Echo said. "But more importantly than anything, remember that it's not an individual issue. It's a corporations issue."Nearly two-thirds of global carbon emissions can be traced to 90 major companies, says a 2017 study from the University of Oxford. The increase of carbon emissions has contributed to climate change and a rise in sea levels."Oceans are obviously very important, and we need to protect our coral reefs and all of our endangered animals," Echo said. "But the number one most endangered aquatic system on the planet is freshwater ecosystems."For Echo, who has a science background, mermaiding is about combining environmentalism and fun and inspiring future generations to keep swimming forward.

Louisiana Abortion Clinic Flooding With Out-Of-State Patients kostenlos streamen | dailyme

Louisiana Abortion Clinic Flooding With Out-Of-State Patients

The license plates on the cars that crowd this parking lot are all from Texas. But we're not in Texas. We're in Shreveport, Louisiana. Latricia had to drive three hours from Houston to bring her niece to Hope Medical Group for an abortion. Long wait times and transportation issues provided roadblocks that almost prevented her niece from getting care. "This was like her last resort, her last appointment. So we'll get it done here. She tried everywhere else," Latricia said. "It doesn't make sense at all, why we have to leave home to get to get care that we have the right to get."But in her home state, those rights just aren't the same anymore. A 2021 law effectively bans abortion in Texas after about six weeksand if the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion becomes the final opinion, access will become even more limited for women across the country. Before the Texas law, 18% of the patients here were from Texas. Clinic Director Kathaleen Pittman says the spillover from Texas, in conjunction with already restrictive abortion laws in Louisiana, has created an incredible backup in her clinic. Previously, most abortions were done between six and 10 weeks with a two-dose pill to end pregnancy. But because of the long wait list to get an appointment, now most women will need a surgical procedure.  "By the end of September, we were running 37% Texas. By the end of October, we were at 57% Texas. And it kept going up at one point we were like at 73%," Pittman said. "The majority of them are 10 through 13. And we've doubled the number of second trimester cases. On any given day, we have anywhere from 120 to 150 people on our waiting lists, just for us to call them and make that initial appointment."Pittman is sending women to New Mexico for the abortion medication but she's worried about the women who are timing out for care. The clinic only performs abortions through 16.5 weeks. They also must have two appointments mandated by law  one for consultation, and then after a 24-hour waiting period, one for the actual procedure.  "A lot of women do not understand," Pittman continued. "Why should I have to come twice? This is all I've thought about since I had a positive test, and you know, as with most women. So, for legislators to think that women haven't given it enough thought is, it's more than laughable. It's actually just, it's just wrong."Latricia and her niece had to get a hotel room, which is a setback that costs both of them time and money. But she recognizes if this situation had happened in another few weeks, her niece would have no easy option. Pittman is trying not to worry yet, but this clinic would be shut down if the leaked opinion stands. "Take a deep breath, reassure the staff, reassure the patients: 'You're here and now we'll take care of you now. I just don't know if we can in the future,'" Pittman said.Louisiana is one of more than a dozen states with a trigger law, meaning if Roe is overturned, abortion becomes illegal in those states overnight. Women in Louisiana will be forced to drive, on average, the furthest in the nation for care. A total ban would force the driving time from 37 miles to a clinic to a whopping 666 miles for care. The closest states for most women would be Illinois or North Carolina. That's a 1,720% increase in mileage.  "Nobody cares about the women. No, certainly not the politicians," Pittman said.Forty years ago, there were 18 abortion clinics in the state of Louisiana. Ten years later, the number stayed relatively stagnant at 17. But by 2014, decades of anti-abortion legislation had forced most facilities to close. Now there are only four operational facilities in the entire state. Jodi Burns is doing a different kind of planning. "We're set up for a post-Roe society," she said. "I believe that we are going to need to increase just again, continue to expand our services."She's the executive director at Heart of Hope, which is just about 20 minutes from the clinic. The massive property houses, educates and takes care of young girls as they navigate their pregnancy and early motherhood. The community-funded program is expanding now in preparation for the Supreme Court decision, adding care over the phone and adding more apartments on their property. "I really feel like we have really turned a corner were we are," Burns said.While Burns says abortion is free to exist in other states, if the Supreme Court sides in her favor, she doesn't want to see the option in hers. She believes education and available resources will change the minds of women needing care.  "I have never met a woman that regretted giving life, but I have met many women and I'm one of them that regretted not giving life,"



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