Hey, I’m just making sure I drank some water today. More than half of the United States has been under a certain level of drought for four weeks and no area of the country has been spared. You can’t make it rain, but you can at least keep yourself hydrated.
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Senator Kyrsten Sinema says it will “go ahead” with the Democrats’ broad economic package, signaling key support that could give the party enough votes to push the bill through the Senate and House for final approval. The Inflation Reduction Act is much leaner than President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better bill, but it would still represent the largest investment in energy and climate programs in US history. It would also extend expiring health benefits by three years and give Medicare the power to negotiate prescription drug prices. New taxes would help pay for everything. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says the final version of the bill will be presented on Saturday. It will also need to be reviewed by the Senate MP, who will decide whether the bill is eligible for the filibuster-proof budget process that will allow Democrats to pass it along party lines.
2. Brittney Griner
WNBA star Brittney Griner was sentenced to nine years in prison by a Russian court after being convicted Thursday of drug trafficking in the country. The case has raised concerns that Griner is being used as a pawn in Russia’s war with Ukraine. President Biden called the sentence “unacceptable” and said his administration would work to secure Griner’s release. Now, Russia has indicated that it is ready to discuss a prisoner swap for Griner and another American, Paul Whelan, who has been unfairly detained in Russia since 2018. There has already been movement in the negotiation process, but it could accelerate in the next days now that Griner has been sentenced. Griner was arrested at a Moscow airport six months ago and accused by Russian prosecutors of attempting to smuggle less than 1 gram of cannabis oil into her luggage.
3. Breonna Taylor
Four current and former Louisville police officers have been federally charged with civil rights violations, unlawful conspiracy, unconstitutional use of force and obstruction in connection with the deadly raid on Breonna Taylor’s home in 2020. Court documents and comments Attorney General Merrick Garland finds out the details: former detective Joshua Jaynes, detective Kelly Goodlett and sergeant. Kyle Meany is accused of filing a false affidavit to search Taylor’s home and conspiring to hide their actions later by creating more false information. Former detective Brett Hankison is also accused. Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency room technician, was shot dead in her apartment during a flawed forced entry raid in March 2020. Her death, along with the deaths of several other black citizens of the time. , sparked a summer of protests for justice reform.
4. Monkey pox
The Biden administration has declared monkeypox a public health emergency. The designation will allow for more attention and resources to mitigate the virus. The White House has appointed a national monkeypox coordinator, and health officials are now considering changing the way the monkeypox vaccine is given to allow for smaller but equally effective doses. Since the first case of monkeypox in the United States was identified in mid-May, more than 6,600 probable or confirmed cases have been detected in the United States. Cases have been identified in every state except Montana and Wyoming. The Biden administration has been heavily criticized for waiting so long to formally address the outbreak as an emergency.
5. Democratic Republic of the Congo
Anti-UN protests have raged in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 25 July. The protesters are calling for the withdrawal of the United Nations forces present in the country for almost two decades. The mission of the UN presence was to maintain peace in unstable areas teeming with armed militias. However, locals say peacekeepers withheld their welcome and failed to rein in rebel groups or prevent their attacks on civilians. Since the latest wave of unrest, UN peacekeepers in the country have been accused of using violent force against citizens. Last November, over 12,000 soldiers and more than 1,600 police officers were deployed in the DRC as part of the United Nations mission.
Lady Gaga confirms she will star in the “Joker” sequel alongside Joaquin Phoenix
Truly a woman of many talents.
Fiona the hippo is an older sister since a new hippo cub was born at the Cincinatti zoo
Fiona is now over five and anything the hippo touches still brings joy to the world.
“Beavis and Butt-Head” are back on TV
Wait, is it “Butt?” Hyphenated, like Mary-Ellen or Ji-ho? Did her parents really think about it that much?
Cracker Barrel Causes A Throat For Plant-Based Sausage Critics Saying “Woke Up”
You heard it here folks, preparing food differently is CUTE.
This week, in which state primary voters rejected a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would have banned abortion?
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Here’s how much damage right-wing talk show host Alex Jones will have to pay the parents of a Sandy Hook victim. This is just one of three libel trials filed by Sandy Hook’s parents. There is now a separate and shorter trial during which punitive damages will be discussed. Compensation for punitive damages is granted when the court finds the defendant’s behavior to be particularly offensive.
“He’s a coward. A real man wouldn’t lie to his supporters. He lost his election and lost a lot. I know, he knows, and deep down, I think most Republicans know it.”
– Former Vice President Dick Cheney, criticizing former President Donald Trump in an advertising campaign in support of his daughter, Liz Cheney. In the announcement, the former vice president also signals his support for the work of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 uprising. Young Cheney will face a Republican primary competition in Wyoming later this month.
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Think you’ve seen the tie-dye? You didn’t, until you saw these amazing creations. Project for the weekend, anyone? (Click here to view)