Federal Judge in Texas Suspends FDA Approval of Mifepristone, Democrats Respond
Top Democrats have criticized the ruling by a federal judge in Texas that suspends the FDA approval of Mifepristone, one of the most common methods of abortion in the U.S., 23 years ago. The Department of Justice appealed the decision late Friday, with Attorney General Merrick Garland stating he strongly disagreed with Kacsmaryk's position.
Clarence Thomas' Billionaire Pal's Controversial Collection Revealed; Ethics Questions Arise
A recent report by ProPublica has shed light on the private collection of Harlan Crow, billionaire businessman and close friend to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. The collection is said to include Nazi memorabilia, paintings by Adolf Hitler, as well as trips on private planes and yachts.
Alexander Soros Holds Multiple Meetings at the Biden White House
Alexander Soros, son of liberal billionaire George Soros, has made frequent visits to the White House since President Joe Biden took office in 2021. According to recently disclosed logs reported by the New York Post, his meetings include top officials on behalf of his 92-year-old father.
DOJ Investigates Leak of Classified Documents on US and NATO Aid to Ukraine
The Justice Department (DOJ) is currently investigating the leak of classified documents that have appeared on multiple social media websites, potentially revealing information about U.S. and NATO aid to Ukraine. The documents, which were dated March or earlier this year, do not appear to contain any major plans for the expected Ukrainian counteroffensive this spring; however, they seem to discuss training efforts in Ukraine as well as munition expenditures and estimated casualties from both sides of the war.
Florida Gov. DeSantis Faces Uphill Battle in Disney Taxing District Dispute
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has found himself embroiled in a contentious battle with entertainment giant Disney over control of the company's special taxing district, Reedy Creek Improvement District, which encompasses its Orlando-area theme parks. Despite recently signing legislation that intended to give the state power over this area, it appears that Disney continues to maintain control.
Scottish National Party Faces Biggest Crisis in 50 Years Amid Police Investigation
A senior figure in the Scottish National Party (SNP) has claimed that the party is currently facing its most significant crisis in five decades. This announcement follows a police investigation into alleged financial irregularities within the SNP, casting doubt over their push for independence.
Classified US Documents Leaked Online: A "Nightmare" for Five Eyes Partnership
A batch of classified United States documents containing key intelligence on China, Ukraine, and the Middle East has been leaked online. One official described this as a "nightmare" for the Five Eyes partnership.
Police Investigate Possible Shots Fired at University of Oklahoma; No Injuries Reported
Police on Friday night were investigating a report of shots being fired at the University of Oklahoma and people on campus were told to shelter in place. There was no immediate confirmation any shots had been fired and no injuries were reported.
Trump's 2024 Campaign Decision Sparks Twitter Feud Between Laura Loomer and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene
A furious row erupted on Friday after former President Donald Trump reportedly told aides to give Laura Loomer, a controversial influencer and former congressional candidate, a role in his 2024 campaign. The decision sparked an intense spat on Twitter between Ms. Loomer and Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who had expressed sympathy for Mr. Trump but also criticized him over the hush money payments scandal.
Tennessee GOP Expels Two Democratic Lawmakers, Sparking Outrage and Accusations of Racism
Tennessee Republicans expelled two Democratic lawmakers, Justin Jones and Justin Pearson, from the state House on Thursday due to their protests over gun control following a mass school shooting. The decision has drawn widespread condemnation, outrage, and accusations of racism across the country.
Oregon Legislature Passes Gun Control Bill Despite Republican Concerns
A gun control bill that came before a key committee at the Oregon Legislature on Friday was passed by Democrats, despite Republican qualms about potential legal costs and the bill's constitutionality. The bill would prohibit the sale and possession of guns without a serial number, prohibit people under 21 from having guns except for certain hunting rifles, and bar people licensed to carry a concealed handgun from doing so in public buildings and on adjacent grounds.
Tennessee GOP Launches Fundraiser for Expelled Progressive Lawmakers, Sparking Controversy
The Tennessee Republican Party has launched a fundraising email campaign aimed at raising money for two progressive lawmakers who were recently expelled from the state House. The controversial move comes after these lawmakers voted in favor of their own expulsion and is being portrayed by the party as upholding "the rule of law." This marks the first partisan expulsion in the state since the Civil War era.
Rep. Tim Burchett Criticizes White House Over Chaotic Afghanistan Withdrawal
Rep. Tim Burchett, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has criticized the White House for blaming the chaotic military withdrawal from Afghanistan in August 2021 for 13 U.S. servicemembers and more than 100 Afghans killed by a suicide bombing at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul.
China Holds Military Exercises Around Taiwan Following Tsai Ing-wen's US Visit
China has commenced three days of military exercises around Taiwan, as announced by the People's Liberation Army's Eastern Theatre Command. The move follows Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's return to the United States, which spurred anger in Beijing.
Chicago Man Found Guilty on All Counts Related to Capitol Attack
Kevin Lyons, a 40-year-old man from Chicago who was charged with entering the US Capitol during the attack on January 6th, has been found guilty Friday of all six counts related to his involvement in the mob breach. Lyons had allegedly posted photographs of himself standing outside then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office and removed items from her office.
Housing Crisis Looms as Planning Permissions in England Drop to 2006 Levels
The number of housing projects granted planning permission in England has dropped to its lowest level since 2006, sparking concerns about a potential new housing crisis. This decline was partly due to a Conservative rebellion that led Secretary of State for Levelling Up Michael Gove to abandon the mandatory target of building 300,000 new homes per year.
Seattle Restaurant Owner Files Lawsuit Against City Over CHOP-Related Damages
A Seattle restaurant owner has filed a federal lawsuit against the city, alleging that his business suffered significant financial losses and damages during the 2020 Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP). Peter Pak, owner of the affected restaurant, claims that officials' efforts to accommodate thousands of demonstrators who gathered at Capitol Hill during the Black Lives Matter protests cost his establishment tens of thousands of dollars in lost revenue and other damages.
New Initiative Aims to Tackle Climate Change Through Sustainable Fashion
In an effort to combat climate change and promote sustainable practices within the fashion industry, a coalition of international organizations has teamed up to launch a groundbreaking initiative. The program, dubbed "Fashion for Future," aims at reducing waste and pollution while promoting ethical production methods in hopes of mitigating the environmental impact caused by one of the world's largest polluting industries.
U.S. Department of Justice Appeals Texas Judge's Ruling on Abortion Pill Mifepristone
The U.S. Department of Justice has announced its decision to appeal a ruling from a federal judge in Texas that halted access to the abortion pill mifepristone while legal challenges proceed. The department is concurrently reviewing another separate ruling related to the same pill, which was issued by a federal court in Washington state.
Joseph Staten, Bungie Veteran and Halo Infinite Collaborator, Leaves Microsoft
Joseph Staten, a seasoned developer who played an integral role in the creation of the first three installments of the popular video game franchise Halo at Bungie Studios, has decided to part ways with Microsoft. After being brought on board to ensure that Halo Infinite was successfully launched by December 2021, he is now leaving behind his position at 343 Industries.
Senator Kyrsten Sinema Plans Independent Run for Re-election in 2024
Senator Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) is preparing to run for re-election in 2024, and is reportedly planning to run as an independent. Her third-party campaign could set up a competitive three-way Senate race in the battleground state of Arizona, a potential nightmare scenario for Democrats.
Federal Judge Bars FDA from Changing Availability of Abortion Drug Mifepristone, Texas Ruling Halts Approval
A federal judge in Washington state has issued a ruling that prevents the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from altering the availability of abortion drug mifepristone. This decision came almost simultaneously with another separate opinion by a federal judge who ruled to block the approval of the same drug after seven days.