The remnants of Hurricane Ida dumped flooding rain, spawned tornadoes across the Northeast and caused dozens of deaths in areas where the storm landed. So far in the Northeast, at least 46 deaths have been attributed to the storm. Overall, there have been at least 59 deaths across eight states related to Ida.
Biden walks storm-ravaged Louisiana: 'I know you're hurting'
LAPLACE, La. (AP) — Giant trees knocked sideways. Homes boarded up with plywood. Off-kilter street signs. Less than a week after Hurricane Ida battered the Gulf Coast, President Joe Biden walked the streets of a hardhit Louisiana neighborhood on Friday and told local residents, “I know you're...
Afghan VOA reporters stuck in Kabul fear they will be forgotten
“I talk to them almost daily. It's heart-wrenching when they reach out and tell you how distressed they are,” Tanzeem said of stranded fellow reporters.
Seeking digital data, the Jan. 6 committee has riled Republicans. Here's what it's looking for
Legislators looking into the Jan. 6 insurrection have asked tech platforms and telecom companies to hold onto records of certain members of Congress. What kind of data are they looking for?
Excitement meets worry as European kids head back to school
LONDON (AP) — English educator Richard Sheriff watched this week as a group of energetic 11-year-olds entered their new secondary school for the first time — finding their classrooms, eating in the cafeteria, racing around the halls.
Trump loyalists team up with anti-vax doctors for ‘health and freedom’ tour
Michael Flynn a key speaker on ‘ReAwaken America’ tourCritics say series of events bad for democracy and public health Michael Flynn with Donald Trump in 2016. The tour has touted the key role of Flynn, who was pardoned by the then president late last year after pleading guilty to lying to the...
Dems prepare to fight their own over $3.5T megabill
Activists are ready to push party moderates in line. But on the Hill, liberal senators are staying quieter than House counterparts.
First flames, then fees: Tahoe evacuees report price gouging
STATELINE, Nev. (AP) — As fearful Lake Tahoe residents packed up belongings and fled a raging wildfire burning toward the California-Nevada border, some encountered an unexpected obstacle: price gouging.
New Mexico braces for influx after Supreme Court allows Texas abortion restrictions
The new law bans abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy, before many women know they are pregnant.
North Korea: Kim Jong-un calls for urgent action on climate change
Typhoons last year badly impacted vital crops, as well as drought and heavy monsoon rains this year.
Massive veteran records backlog could get addressed in federal spending bill
COVID stymied processing of veteran's records, blocking people from getting medical care. Congress may remedy that in the social infrastructure bill
New Zealand police were following extremist who stabbed 6
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand authorities were so worried about an extremist inspired by the Islamic State group that they were following him around the clock and were able to shoot and kill him within 60 seconds of him unleashing a knife attack that wounded six people Friday at an...
Rudy Giuliani Gets Pranked On Cameo, And It's A Doozy
The former Donald Trump attorney obliviously praised a group that has investigated one of his clients.
There's now an official Trump Card design, and getting one will cost you $45
An email from former President Donald Trump's campaign said supporters have to donate at least $45 to get a personalized card.
Rural counties see population losses the size of small towns, even as minority groups grew
Most rural counties lost population over the decade, but those that grew saw increases among racial minorities, Hispanics and Latinos.
Federal judge says forcing asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico is illegal
Ruling says the practice violates constitutional rights to due process and a federal law requiring officials to screen anyone who shows up seeking asylum.
Critics Rip Sen. Susan Collins On How Wrong She Was About Kavanaugh On Abortion Rights
The Maine Republican claimed Kavanaugh told her Roe v. Wade was "settled law." Doesn't look that way today.
This poll number will send Democrats into a panic | CNN Politics
The single biggest indicator of how the 2022 midterm elections will go for the two parties is how the public thinks about President Joe Biden.
After Ida's remnants kill dozens in the East, NYC mayor says cities need to prepare differently for increasingly intense storms
After Ida's remnants swept through the East Coast and left at least 50 people dead, New York City's mayor said the extreme rainfall should get everyone "to act very differently" -- including expanding expectations for evacuations.
Fed Chairman Powell's odds at renomination come down to politics
The White House is pondering whether or not to take the keys to the U.S. economy away from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell.
Biden condemns US supreme court’s ‘unprecedented assault’ on abortion rights
President denounces justices for failing to block Texas banVows to ‘ensure woman have access to safe and legal abortions’ Joe Biden at the White House on Thursday. He said the law ‘unleashes unconstitutional chaos and empowers self-anointed enforcers to have devastating impact’. Photograph...
Mark Meadows blasts Biden's promise to Hurricane Ida survivors after Afghanistan withdrawal
Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows took issue with President Joe Biden’s promise not to leave Hurricane Ida survivors behind and compared it to his promise to evacuate Americans stranded in Afghanistan.
‘Worse than it was before’: Afghan exiles lament their homeland’s fate
Afghan Americans are preparing to welcome tens of thousands of new refugees into their community, even as they reel from the bloody end of the U.S.-led war in their home country.
House to vote on abortion rights bill after Supreme Court declines to block restrictive Texas law
Nancy Pelosi said the House will vote on the Women's Health Protection Act after the Supreme Court declined to block a restrictive Texas abortion law.
Biden launches federal effort to respond to Texas law as he faces pressure to protect abortion | CNN Politics
A new Texas law that effectively bans most abortions prompted President Joe Biden on Wednesday to use a word he'd entirely avoided as president: "Abortion."
Suga bows out of party vote, paves way for new Japan leader
TOKYO (AP) — Amid growing criticism of his handling of the pandemic, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Friday he won’t run for the leadership of the governing party later this month, paving the way for a new Japanese leader after just a year in office.
How unprecedented the Texas abortion law is in scope of history
The Supreme Court allowing Texas' new abortion law to be enacted is an unprecedented moment for modern abortion law in America.
Trump backs Jones in Georgia, renews support for Walker
ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Donald Trump put his thumb on the scale of Georgia Republican politics again Thursday, endorsing state Sen. Burt Jones in the GOP primary for lieutenant
Biden taps Cedric Richmond to lead Hurricane Ida response
President Biden on Thursday said his administration is "working around the clock" to respond to damage from Hurricane Ida, which made landfall in Louisiana as a Category 4 hurricane on Sunday.Driving the news: Biden said White House senior adviser and director of the Office of Public Engagement...
America's toxic 'us vs. them' politics is now spilling into the stock market and polarizing investors
Mean-spirited chatter on investing topics is everywhere, from meme stocks to 'values' investing.
Florida Senate president says state will consider Texas-style abortion ban, putting DeSantis in political vise
In a move that could produce a huge political battle and become a major issue in the 2022 elections, the president of the Florida Senate said Thursday the Legislature would consider enacting a Texas-state style law effectively banning most abortions. Gov. Ron DeSantis described himself as...
Democrats: Wanna Save Abortion Rights? Nuke the Filibuster
Mandel Ngan/GettyWhen the U.S. Supreme Court allowed a draconian new Texas abortion law to stand this week, Democrats issued their familiar vows to fight back by advancing legislation in Congress to protect abortion rights nationwide.But to a growing segment of liberals, “fighting back” by...
Cawthorn's 'Political Prisoners' Comments Clash With Past Remarks About 1/6
Video footage from a Republican Party event last weekend showed Western North Carolina Republican Congressman Madison Cawthorn speaking about January 6th…
He Is All That Stands In The Way Of The Taliban Taking Total Control Of Afghanistan
As when the Taliban last took power, the Panjshir Valley is the hub of resistance — and is led by a man named Massoud. This Massoud has no combat experience but is amassing allies and vows to fight.
U.S. loans Exxon refinery oil from emergency reserve in Ida's wake
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on Thursday authorized the country's emergency oil reserve to loan 1.5 million barrels of crude to an Exxon Mobil refinery in Louisiana to relieve fuel disruptions in Hurricane Ida's wake. Earlier, President Joe Biden directed...
ISIS "Beatle" pleads guilty in U.S. to helping torture, kill hostages
Alexanda Kotey pleaded guilty to all charges in a U.S. court and could face life in prison. The U.S. agreed to a U.K. request to forgo the death penalty.
New Zealand police shoot dead 'ISIS-inspired extremist' after he stabs 6 at supermarket
New Zealand is reeling from a knife-wielding rampage at a supermarket that left six fighting for their lives and the assailant dead.
Lawsuit challenges Biden plan to sell oil and gas leases in Gulf of Mexico
• ‘Planet cannot handle more stress from oil and gas production’• Announcement came as Gulf states battered by Hurricane Ida The Biden administration announced it would resume opening up tens of millions of acres to fossil fuel exploration after being sued by more than a dozen states...
China to Ban Celebrities With ‘Incorrect’ Politics, Limit Pay
President Xi Jinping ordered sweeping action to clean up the entertainment industry, with the broadcast regulator moving to ban film stars with “incorrect” politics, cap salaries and rein in celebrity fan culture.
Democrats face few options to preserve abortion rights after Supreme Court decision
New legislation has a path in the House but is likely to hit a dead end in the Senate.
Evacuated Afghan translators, refugees resettle in Arizona
PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey says the state has received its first group of recently evacuated Afghans to be resettled in Arizona.
Analysis: Supreme Court and Joe Manchin tighten Biden's political straitjacket
Both the premise and promise of Joe Biden's presidency and a possibly brief Democratic grip on Washington are suddenly on the line, as the legacy of past electoral disappointments and harsh realities of power suddenly converge.
Newsom's closing message: More people will die if I'm recalled
After tiptoeing around Covid-19 issues early this summer, Newsom is taking a tough-on-the-virus approach in the final stretch of the recall campaign.
Dems accuse AG Brnovich of putting tax dollars at risk over political moves
Brnovich says Steve Gallardo and his Republican colleagues violated state law by refusing to comply with a State Senate subpoena ordering the Board of Supervisors to turn over computer routers as part of its 2020 election audit.
Paleologos: Voters divided by party in views on Biden legitimacy and our country's biggest challenges
According to the most recent exclusive Suffolk University/USA TODAY poll , Joe Biden’s legitimacy is not the only point of partisan contention.
Afghan media brace for what's next under Taliban rule
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Afghanistan’s most popular private television network has voluntarily replaced its risque Turkish soap operas and music shows with tamer programs tailored to the country’s new Taliban rulers, who have issued vague directives that media must not contradict...
Surveying storm damage, Biden vows to help Louisiana recover, promotes infrastructure plan
President Joe Biden promised federal aid to storm-ravaged Louisiana and urged national unity for the long recovery still to come on Friday after Ida devastated parts of the U.S. Gulf coast and unleashed even deadlier flooding in the Northeast.
Nicholas Kristof starts reaching out to staff for Oregon run
It’s the most serious sign yet that the New York Times columnist is serious about launching a gubernatorial bid.
Power to be restored to New Orleans by middle of next week
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Power should be restored to New Orleans by the middle of next week, utility officials said Friday, and sheriff's deputies warned people returning to communities outside the city to come equipped like survivalists because of the lack of basic services in the aftermath of...
Afghanistan crisis: How Europe's relationship with Joe Biden turned sour
In many EU circles, the honeymoon period for Donald Trump's successor may be coming to an end.
Supreme Court denies request to stop Texas 6-week abortion ban, with John Roberts and liberals dissenting
The Supreme Court formally denied a request from Texas abortion providers to freeze a state law that bars abortions after six weeks. Chief Justice John Roberts joined the three liberal justices in dissent.
Mexico president: Detaining, containing migrants is not enough
The Biden administration has expressed a willingness to address the root causes of migration, but López Obrador has suggested the U.S. fund his tree planting and youth employment programs, without much success.
'Very brutal': In Ethiopia, Tigray forces accused of abuses
DEBARK, Ethiopia (AP) — As they bring war to other parts of Ethiopia, resurgent Tigray fighters face growing allegations that they are retaliating for the abuses their people suffered back home.
Milwaukee County prepared to reject election subpoena
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Milwaukee County's chief elections clerk indicated Thursday that he was not going to comply with a subpoena issued by a Republican lawmaker requiring him to turn
Trudeau forced to defend pandemic election during first French-language debate
'It’s not the time — it’s just for you,' Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole tells Liberal leader during French-language event.
General Motors to temporarily halt production of nearly all US plants due to pandemic-related chip shortage overseas
General Motors will idle plants starting Monday for two weeks due to COVID-19 affecting the production of semiconductor chips
Former wrestler Shannon 'Daffney' Spruill dead after posting alarming video on social media
Shannon Spruill, who went by the name Daffney Unger, died at 46. She attained fame in World Championship Wrestling and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.
Oregon lawmakers are about to debate new political maps. Can they find agreement?
The once-a-decade redistricting process will begin in earnest Friday, when lawmakers give their first pitch for how to reshape the state's political landscape.
Sen. McConnell visits Glasgow and speaks on current political topics - News 40 | WNKY Television
GLASGOW, Ky. – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell visited Glasgow Water Company Thursday and spoke on several current topics. The senator spoke about his disappointment in how the removal of troops in Afghanistan was conducted saying he did not even support the removal in the first place...
Florida governor appeals ruling on masks in schools
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has appealed a judge’s ruling that the governor exceeded his authority in ordering school boards not to impose strict mask requirements on students to combat the spread of the coronavirus
Three doses of Covid-19 vaccine are likely needed for full protection, Fauci says
With the latest Covid-19 surge upending American life yet again, an official rollout of booster doses could begin within weeks, pending FDA authorization. And it's likely that three doses of the vaccine are needed for full protection, Dr. Anthony Fauci said.
'Loss of hope': Idaho hospitals crushed by COVID-19 surge
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The intensive care rooms at St. Luke's Boise Medical Center are full, each a blinking jungle of tubes, wires and mechanical breathing machines. The patients nestled inside are a lot alike: All unvaccinated, mostly middle-aged or younger, reliant on life support and locked in...
What to know about COVID-19 variants
Experts weigh in on what we know now about the delta variant and more.
Britain sends Australia 4 million Pfizer doses in swap deal
Britain is rushing 4 million Pfizer doses to Australia, where authorities are scrambling to bolster supplies of that COVID-19 vaccine and protect the population against a rapidly spreading outbreak of the delta variant
Why a Covid-19 vaccine for younger children is taking longer than a vaccine for adults
Anxiety is high among parents as more kids head back to school without the protection of a Covid-19 vaccine for at least a few more months.
Opinion | The Dangerous Legal Illusion of ‘Parental Rights’
The law is clear: Parents are not free to put their children in harm’s way.
Mistrust, Politics, and Vaccines: How We Got Here, How We Fix It
Some Americans reveal that their COVID-19 vaccine reluctance stems from an already skeptical worldview, with mixed messaging only heightening their suspicions.
Kids account for more than 20% of weekly cases; study finds antibodies in breast milk of vaccinated moms: COVID-19 updates
Kids accounted for more than one-fifth of total coronavirus cases in the U.S., data shows.
Candace Owens denied medical treatment as Colorado lab cancels COVID test appointment
Conservative author and commentator Candace Owens was denied medical care in the form of a coronavirus test by a Colorado laboratory because of her political beliefs, Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson reported Thursday.