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Ukrainian troops take full control of Lyman while Russian media ramps up recriminations

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced Sunday that the strategic city of Lyman, a logistics hub on the northern end of Donetsk province, "is cleared completely" of Russian forces who had occupied it for seven months. Russia's Defense Ministry said late Saturday that Russian forces were evacuating to avoid encirclement by Ukrainian troops, and Ukrainian solders and police swept the… → Read More

Ginni Thomas meets with Jan. 6 committee, reiterates 2020 fraudulent election claims

Virginia "Ginni" Thomas, a conservative activist and the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarance Thomas, met with the House Jan. 6 committee behind closed doors for more than four hours on Thursday. The Jan. 6 panel had been trying to secure an interview with Thomas for months, and she is one of the final major witnesses to sit down with the panel before it concludes its investigation of the Jan.… → Read More

Trevor Noah announces exit from The Daily Show

Trevor Noah ended Thursday's Daily Show by telling his audience that after exactly seven years hosting the late-night topical comedy show, it's time for him to move on. "It's been absolutely amazing," Noah said. "It's something that I never expected. And I found myself thinking throughout the time, you know, everything we've gone through: the Trump presidency, the pandemic, just the journey of,… → Read More

Aaron Judge hits home run No. 61, tying Roger Maris' AL single-season record

Yankees slugger Aaron Judge hit his 61st home run of the season in Toronto on Wednesday night, leading New York to a 8-3 win over the Blue Jays and, more memorably, tying the American League single-season record set by Roger Maris in 1961. Judge has now surpassed the 60-homer record set by Babe Ruth in 1927 — the record Maris broke first — and has seven more games to swat in home run No. 62.… → Read More

Senate advances stopgap spending bill after Manchin drops permit amendment

The federal government took a big step away from a partial shutdown starting this weekend after the Senate voted 72-23 on Tuesday night to advance legislation that would fund the government at current levels until Dec. 16. Passage of the stoppage spending bill was ensured after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) asked Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to remove a section of the bill designed… → Read More

Arizona judge bans abortion statewide by reinstating 1864 law

An Arizona judge on Friday lifted a 50-year-old injunction on a 19th century abortion ban, all but outlawing the procedure in the state. Pima County Superior Court Judge Kellie Johnson ruled that Arizona's 1864 abortion law, codified in 1901 then enjoined after the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, supersedes a 15-week ban enacted by the state Legislature that was set to take effect… → Read More

Kevin McCarthy rolls out House GOP 'Commitment to America'

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), flanked by hard-right and more centrist members of his caucus, unveiled his party's new "Commitment to America" agenda in Pennsylvania on Friday, laying out in broad strokes some of the things House Republicans will try to do if they win control of the chamber in November. "The agenda was light on details and avoided certain topics that polls show… → Read More

Interpol captures U.S. fugitive 'Fat Leonard' Francis in Venezuela, apparently en route to Russia

Interpol has arrested Leonard Glenn Francis, the Malaysian defense contractor nicknamed "Fat Leonard" who escaped from U.S. home detention right before being sentenced for his central role in the largest bribery scandal in U.S. military history, U.S. Marshal Omar Castillo said Wednesday. Francis was arrested Tuesday morning in Venezuela, at the Caracas airport awaiting a flight to Russia,… → Read More

Trump claims on Fox News that presidents can declassify documents 'by thinking about it'

Former President Donald Trump went on Fox News host Sean Hannity's show Wednesday night, and Hannity brought up the FBI's seizure of about 100 classified documents from Trump's Mar-a-Lago club in August. Trump reiterated his claim that he declassified all those documents — something his former aides say they have no knowledge about and his lawyers have declined to state in court — and Hannity… → Read More

Putin announces 'partial mobilization' of 300,000 Russian reservists to fight in Ukraine

Russian media on Wednesday broadcast a pre-recorded speech from Russian President Vladimir Putin announcing a "partial mobilization" of military reservists for his war in Ukraine, effective immediately. "Only citizens who are currently in the reserve will be subject to conscription, and above all, those who served in the armed forces have a certain military specialty and relevant experience," he… → Read More

Russia is preparing to annex 4 Ukrainian regions after 'sham' referendums

Four Russian-controlled areas in eastern and southern Ukraine announced Tuesday that they will hold "referendums" this week on joining Russia, paving the way for annexation. The votes in Russian-occupied parts of Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson provinces will start Friday and last for three days. "Russia does not have a firm military grip on any of the regions it could move to… → Read More

Trump is overtly embracing and amplifying QAnon now

Former President Donald Trump held a rally in Youngstown, Ohio, over the weekend, "during which there were many bizarre moments, including what many observers have noted appears to be echoes of the propaganda put out by adherents of the deranged and occasionally deadly QAnon conspiracy theory," CNN's Jake Tapper said Monday night, "propaganda that Trump has repeatedly and unequivocally shared in… → Read More

Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky had similar responses to Ken Starr's death

Kenneth Starr, who died last week, left behind a complicated legacy. He is best known as the independent counsel whose long investigation of an Arkansas real estate deal involving then-President Bill Clinton ended with a salacious report and Clinton's impeachment for lying about his intimate relationship with a White House intern, Monica Lewinsky. And Starr ended his career defending… → Read More

Biden tells 60 Minutes that COVID-19 is still here but 'the pandemic is over'

President Biden covered a wide range of topics in an interview with 60 Minutes broadcast Sunday night, discussing foreign policy, the FBI's search of Mar-a-Lago, his ideas on running for re-election, inflation, and the COVID-19 pandemic. "The president made news and will ignite a few controversies," host Scott Pelley predicted. One area where Biden surprised administration officials, The… → Read More

Sweden's prime minister resigns as conservative bloc wins narrow control of Parliament

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said she will resign on Thursday after near-complete election results Wednesday showed her center-left bloc narrowly losing to a group of right-wing parties. Andersson's Social Democrats won the largest share of votes — 30.1 percent — in last Sunday's election, but her coalition took 173 seats in the 349-seat Parliament, while the bloc of four… → Read More

Supreme Court rules Yeshiva University must accommodate LBGT group, for now

The Supreme Court on Wednesday voted 5-4 that Yeshiva University in New York City must recognize an LGBT student organization, Y.U. Pride Alliance, while it appeals a state court judge's ruling in proper order. Justice Sonia Sotomayor temporarily blocked the state court's order last week, giving the entire Supreme Court a chance to weigh in. Wednesday's ruling lifted that stay. The unsigned… → Read More

Child poverty hit record low in U.S. in 2021, Census data show

The child poverty rate fell to a record-low 5.2 percent in 2021, down from 9.7 percent in 2020 and 27.9 percent in 1993, the U.S. Census Bureau said in a report Tuesday. The Census report also found that the percentage of uninsured Americans dropped to 8.3 percent, or 27.2 million people, last year, from 8.6 percent in 2020. The drops were attributed largely to temporary expansions of the social… → Read More

GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham proposes nationwide abortion ban, and Democrats seem delighted

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) released proposed legislation Tuesday to ban abortion nationwide after 15 weeks, with rare exceptions. He pledged that Congress would vote on his bill if Republicans win control in November. Anti-abortion activists, quietly seeking to rally Republicans around a single abortion position since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, embraced Graham's plan,… → Read More

Putin allies are starting to complain publicly that his Ukraine war isn't going well

Russian military bloggers and nationalist commentators have been complaining for weeks about the state of Russian President Vladimir Putin's "special military operation" in Ukraine. But after Ukraine routed Russian forces in northeastern Kharkiv province over the weekend, that criticism went nearly mainstream. Russian military leaders "have made mistakes," said Kremlin-backed Chechnya strongman… → Read More

Judge approves Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy exit, sexual abuse settlement

A bankruptcy judge in Delaware on Thursday approved the Boy Scouts of America's $2.46 billion reorganization plan, opening the way for the youth organization to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy and start compensating more than 80,000 men who say they were sexually abused by scout leaders. The approval of the plan by Judge Laurie Selber Silverstein still needs sign-off from a federal district… → Read More