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Share of Wealth Held by 10 Percent of World's Richest Hits Historic Levels Amid Pandemic
"Global inequalities seem to be about as great today as they were at the peak of Western imperialism in the early 20th century," said the World Inequality Report.
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Ukraine Says Russia Sending Snipers, Tanks to Border to 'Provoke Return Fire' From Its Troops
Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden are expected to discuss Ukraine tensions during a high-stakes video call Tuesday.
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Bills' Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer slam reporter for asking if they were 'embarrassed' after Patriots loss
Buffalo Bills safeties Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer snapped back at a reporter following Monday night’s 14-10 loss against the New England Patriots after being asked if they were “embarrassed” over their run defense.
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'BOGO all the way': Alaska Airlines partners with Starbucks for sale ending Tuesday night
Coffee giant Starbucks and Alaska Airlines have partnered up to offer a buy-one-get-one deal that ends Tuesday.       
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Sheriff's Office Addresses Backlash Over 'Santa' Handgun Permit Photo
One commenter said the photo of "Santa" getting a concealed handgun permit was "deeply misguided and deranged."
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Stellantis to Invest More Than $33B in Software, Electrification Through 2025
Stellantis announced today that it will invest $33+ billion to enhance its vehicle software capabilities and strengthen its electrification strategy.
Kate Middleton Hosts Christmas Carol Service Linked to Documentary Bust-Up
Kate Middleton is preparing to host a royal Christmas carol service tied to an argument over a documentary about the rift between Prince William and Harry.
Emboldened SF shoplifter say stealing is easy, cites lax security as store takes drastic action
A San Francisco shoplifter admitted to the crime during an interview on a Safeway in the city's Castro district increasing security measures due to theft.
Ford CEO Farley says these customers aren't ready for electric cars
Ford CEO Jim Farley says the company isn't going all-electric yet because long haulers and rural customers aren't ready to make the transition.
New York Times reporter scolds airline travelers for faulty mask-wearing
Liberal New York Times reporter Apoorva Mandavilli made her frustration with “maskless” travelers known as she live-tweeted her encounters with them while traveling at New York's JFK International Airport.
Elon Musk says civilization will ‘crumble’ if people don’t have more kids
The billionaire's remarks came at Wall Street Journal council Monday in response to a question about how his company's not-yet-released Tesla Bot could solve labor issues.
Washington QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to have hip surgery, ending chance of return this season
The 39-year old quarterback was injured during the first half of his first game with Washington.
Did Lana Del Rey wear an $18 Shein dress on the red carpet?
"Like what does she spend her money on?" one fan tweeted, while another quipped, "Lana Del Rey collecting the Decade Award with an old jacket and a Shein dress. QUEEN."
Call 'Latinx' What It Is: Lexical Imperialism | Opinion
Proponents of "Latinx" aren't speaking to us or for us. They're speaking through us—to each other.
These Are the Most Mispronounced Words of 2021
The list identifies the words that proved most challenging for newsreaders and people on television to pronounce this year
BTS announces they're taking a break: How the group is changing 'cutthroat' K-pop culture
BTS announced they are taking a break to rest and focus on themselves— a big step towards normalizing mental health in the cutthroat K-pop industry.
Elizabeth Holmes set to be grilled by prosecution again
Elizabeth Holmes is set to resume testifying in her criminal trial Tuesday, marking her sixth day on the witness stand, and her second day of being questioned by the prosecution. Some of the focus may be on two words she's repeatedly cited in her defense: "trade secrets."
TikTok Reveals the Top Ten Videos and Trends of 2021 in the U.S.
Who can forget the psychedelic clown filter, the "Here Comes the Boy" song or ever-popular clean tok.
Meadows says he won't cooperate with January 6 committee
Meadows said he believes the courts will be forced to weigh in on the dispute over executive privilege.
De Blasio Explains NYC Vaccine Mandate for Kids, 'Give Parents A Sense of Urgency' Amid Omicron
"We're dealing with a new reality—this is not the fall. This is the winter," De Blasio warned parents.
Texas Using Boats Lined Up on Rio Grande to Stop Flow of Migrants
The measure is a part of Operation Lone Star, which Governor Greg Abbott's office states is aimed to combat the "smuggling of people and drugs into Texas."
Why it matters that the Trump White House lied and lied about the President's Covid case
Not only did Donald Trump test positive for Covid-19 days before his first general election debate against Joe Biden in 2020, but his blood oxygen level dipped to dangerously low levels soon after he eventually tweeted that he had contracted the virus.
Fact Check: Joe Biden's Claim America is Adding Jobs at 'Record Pace'
The president insisted that the economy is getting back on track, but critics point to an underwhelming jobs report for November.
Kellogg Workers Prolong Strike by Rejecting Contract Proposal
About 1,400 workers have been on strike since Oct. 5 at four Kellogg cereal plants in the United States over a dispute that has revolved around the company’s two-tier compensation structure.
Supreme Court poised to further open the door for taxpayer funding of religious schools
Court's conservatives say denying taxpayer funds to church schools is discrimination against religion.
Tom Holland says Zendaya has been a ‘shoulder to cry on’ amid ‘Spider-Man’ fame
The "Spider-Man: No Way Home" actor referred to his co-star and girlfriend as a "wise owl" during a red carpet event for the film in London on Sunday.
Mark Meadows to stop working with House Jan. 6 committee: report
Former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows will no longer work with the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, according to a report.
Opinion: Manny Diaz showed class amid Miami's shameful, embarrassing search
Manny Diaz's firing was announced in an e-mail with a statement from Miami president Julio Frenk that was as genuine as Brian Kelly's Southern accent.
Mass Migration is Dramatically Shifting Black Power. Just Look at Chicago.
What happens to onetime 'Chocolate Cities' when their Black population starts disappearing? The Windy City is finding out.
College Football bowl season betting angles to watch, avoid
In a normal year, the college football bowl season is crazy and unpredictable.
The hideous legal obstacles facing DOJ’s new anti-gerrymandering lawsuit in Texas
Demonstrators outside the Supreme Court as it hears a case on possible partisan gerrymandering by state legislatures on October 3, 2017. | Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call The Biden administration makes a persuasive case that Texas violated the Voting Rights Act, but the Supreme Court hates the Voting Rights Act. On Monday, the Justice Department filed a federal lawsuit alleging that Texas’s new state house and congressional district maps violate the Voting Rights Act, which forbids gerrymanders that have the purpose or effect of abridging “the right to vote on account of race, color, or language minority status.” The Justice Department’s complaint in United States v. Texas is a fine, workmanlike legal document that makes a strong case that Texas drew its maps in order to maximize white power within the state and minimize the impact of Black and Latino voters. It’s the sort of lawsuit that would have a good shot at prevailing — if the Supreme Court hadn’t spent the past decade dismantling nearly all of the Voting Rights Act. As the complaint notes, between the 2010 and 2020 censuses, “Texas grew by nearly 4 million residents, and the minority population represents 95% of that growth.” Because of this population growth, Texas’s US House delegation expanded from 36 seats to 38 seats in the decennial redistricting process. Yet Texas drew its new maps so that both of the new districts will have white majorities, and it also allegedly redrew a third district to prevent Latinos from electing their preferred candidate. The result is that white voters will gain the ability to elect two additional congressional representatives, even though Texas owes its two new seats almost entirely to Black, Asian, and Latino voters. The Justice Department also alleges that both the new congressional maps and the new state house maps drastically underrepresent voters of color. If Latinos controlled seats proportional to their population, the complaint claims, they would control “11 Congressional seats and 45 Texas House seats.” Black voters, meanwhile, would control “5 Congressional seats and 20 Texas House seats.” Instead, under the new maps, “Latino voters have the opportunity to elect their preferred candidates in 7 Congressional seats and 29 Texas House seats,” and “Black voters have the opportunity to elect their preferred candidates in roughly 3 Congressional seats and 13 Texas House seats.” (There is one additional congressional seat and five additional state house seats that might elect candidates preferred by a coalition of Black, Latino, and other nonwhite voters.) Yet it’s uncertain whether the Justice Department is capable of prevailing in this lawsuit, no matter what evidence it presents at trial. That’s how hostile the Supreme Court’s Republican appointees are toward the Voting Rights Act. As Justice Elena Kagan wrote in her dissenting opinion in Brnovich v. DNC (2021), the Court “has treated no statute worse” than the Voting Rights Act. The Court has also shielded states from federal lawsuits alleging partisan gerrymandering — a decision that potentially gives Texas a powerful weapon it can use against the Justice Department’s allegation that its new maps are an unlawful racial gerrymander. The Supreme Court has made it nearly impossible to prove that maps were enacted with racist intent In Rucho v. Common Cause (2019), the Supreme Court held that federal courts may not hear lawsuits alleging that a state’s legislative maps are an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander — meaning that the lines were drawn to benefit one party at the expense of another. The Court’s precedents, however, do permit lawsuits challenging racial gerrymanders — meaning that the lines were drawn to diminish the power of one or more racial groups. In practice, however, Rucho creates a potentially serious problem for anyone alleging racial gerrymandering. Recall that the Voting Rights Act prohibits election laws enacted for the purpose of limiting a racial group’s voting power, or that have the effect of doing so. Suppose that the Justice Department leans into the first of these two prongs: the prohibition on laws that are enacted with racist intent. In that case, Texas is likely to argue, as it has in previous cases accusing it of racial gerrymandering, that its new maps weren’t drawn in order to reduce the power of Black and Latino voters. It will most likely argue that the maps were drawn for the purpose of reducing the power of Democratic voters. Such an argument might even be superficially plausible. As the Justice Department argues in its complaint, “voting in Texas continues to be racially polarized throughout much of the State” — meaning that white voters tend to vote for Republicans and Black and Latino voters tend to vote for Democrats. So it’s fairly difficult to prove conclusively that the new maps were drawn with racist intent. A set of maps drawn to maximize the power of white Texans, and a set of maps drawn to maximize the power of Texas Republicans, are likely to closely resemble each other because race is a good proxy for partisan affiliation in Texas — as it is in much of the United States. Of course, this argument that partisan gerrymandering is distinct from racial gerrymandering could fail — and, in a fair court, it probably would fail. If state lawmakers intentionally minimized the influence of Black and Latino voters because they knew those voters were likely to be Democrats, that’s still intentional race discrimination. But if the Justice Department wants to show that Texas’s new maps were drawn with invidious racial intent, it still must overcome another of the Court’s decisions: Abbott v. Perez (2018). Perez held that lawmakers enjoy a high presumption of racial innocence when they are accused of drawing racially gerrymandered maps. In that case, the Court considered legislative maps that Texas’s Republican legislature drew in 2011, and then altered in 2013. The 2011 maps never took effect because of litigation alleging that they were an unlawful racial gerrymander. Yet in 2012, while this litigation was ongoing, a federal court drew interim maps that closely resembled the racially gerrymandered 2011 maps, so that Texas had something it could use to hold an election in 2012. The purpose of these stopgap maps wasn’t to declare any portion of the 2011 maps legally valid. It was just to ensure that the 2012 election could still move forward in Texas. Then, in 2013, the Texas legislature adopted these stopgap maps as its own — including several districts that were still being challenged as unlawful racial gerrymanders. In upholding these 2013 maps, Justice Samuel Alito’s opinion in Perez emphasizes that “whenever a challenger claims that a state law was enacted with discriminatory intent, the burden of proof lies with the challenger, not the State.” Alito then explained that this burden is quite high. He deemed the 2013 maps legitimate because, he claimed, the evidence showed that Texas enacted them because it “wanted to bring the litigation about the State’s districting plans to an end as expeditiously as possible.” Alito’s argument, in other words, was that the 2013 maps weren’t enacted to preserve a racial gerrymander; they were enacted to shut down litigation challenging a racial gerrymander. And this distinction was sufficient to absolve the state legislature of any allegation of racism. Needless to say, the sort of Court that would rely on such a meaningless distinction is unlikely to be sympathetic to DOJ’s new lawsuit against Texas — and the Court has grown significantly more conservative since Perez was decided. Perez will also shape lower court decisions applying the Voting Rights Act, because lower courts are obligated to follow Supreme Court decisions. The Supreme Court does not care about what the Voting Rights Act actually says Alternatively, the Justice Department can argue that Texas’s maps are illegal because they have the effect of diminishing minority voting power, even if they were not enacted with racist intent. The Voting Rights Act does not simply bar intentional discrimination, it also prohibits any election law that “results in a denial or abridgement of the right ... to vote on account of race or color.” But in Brnovich, the Court imposed a number of novel and completely atextual limits on this provision of the Voting Rights Act. Among other things, Brnovich held that there is a strong presumption that voting restrictions that were commonplace in 1982 are valid — even though the text of the law says nothing about the year 1982. Brnovich also applied a similar presumption to laws that purport to combat fraud at the polls — even though there’s nothing in the law’s text supporting this presumption either. One of the few silver linings of the Brnovich decision is that its holding is limited to only certain kinds of cases. The Court distinguished between cases alleging “vote-dilution” — and gerrymandering cases are considered vote-dilution cases — and cases challenging laws regulating the “time, place, or manner” in which elections are conducted. The specific extratextual limits on the Voting Rights Act that were fabricated by the Brnovich opinion do not apply to vote-dilution cases. But the Justice Department should take no comfort in that fact. Brnovich is a troubling case not only because it imposes novel and entirely made-up new limits on certain Voting Rights Act cases. It is also troubling because of what it says about the Court’s overarching approach to the Voting Rights Act. Simply put, if the Court is willing to make up new limits on a federal statute that appear nowhere in the text of the law, and apply those limits in “time, place, or manner” lawsuits, there’s no reason to believe that it won’t invent similarly atextual limits and impose them on vote-dilution cases. As Justice Kagan wrote in her Brnovich dissent, “the majority’s opinion mostly inhabits a law-free zone.” Once a court enters that zone, there are no longer any constraints on its judges. Brnovich doesn’t necessarily mean that the Court will never rule in favor of a voting rights plaintiff — in this case, the Justice Department. But it does suggest that the Court will do whatever the hell it wants in voting rights cases, regardless of what the law actually says.
An angry rift between Trump and Steve Bannon signals the far right’s future
Bannon attacks Trump's Senate candidate in Georgia as too soft for the coming right wing war.
An angry rift between Trump and Steve Bannon signals the far right’s future
Bannon attacks Trump's Senate candidate in Georgia as too soft for the coming right wing war.
Former CDC Director Tom Frieden Warns Of 'Hard Winter' as Omicron Ravages U.S.
Dr. Tom Frieden said every adult in America should be offered the booster jab to help protect the country from the virus.
American Airlines CEO Doug Parker Joins a Wave of Airline CEOs Retiring Amid Pandemic Struggles
(DALLAS) — American Airlines CEO Doug Parker will retire in March and be replaced by its current president, Robert Isom, as the airline seeks to rebuild after massive losses caused by the pandemic. Parker, 60, has led Texas-based American since late 2013, when he engineered a merger with smaller US Airways. He will remain as…
Facial Scanning Tech Spots Woman Using Sister's Passport, COVID Vaccine Card to Cross U.S.-Canada Border
According to Customs and Border Protection, since 2018 over "1,100 impostors" have been detected by facial scanning technology at ports of entry into the U.S.
2022 NFL draft first-round order: Lions, Jaguars, Texans on track for top three picks
Despite finally collecting their first victory of the season, the Detroit Lions currently are in position to have the No. 1 pick in April's draft.
California follow-home robbers wore ‘police-type’ gear while forcing victims inside at gunpoint, video shows
Los Angeles police are investigating surveillance video that shows alleged thieves wearing "police-type" gear and forcing victims inside a home at gunpoint before robbing them.
Senior Republican warns postal reform at risk if DeJoy's job is threatened
Alienating the lawmaker likely to chair the House oversight panel in 2023 would start a GOP majority on a rough note for the Biden administration.
Black man gets new trial after jury met in room with Confederate symbols
Tim Gilbert was granted a new trial Friday by the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals after being convicted by an all-white jury who deliberated in a room adorned with Confederate symbols.
Scooter Braun’s estranged wife, Yael Cohen, responds to divorce filing
The F--k Cancer founder requested that the music manager pay her spousal support, which he already agreed to do. She also wants joint custody of their kids.
Mom Says Her Son Got Vaccinated for Pizza Without Her Consent
Maribel Duarte said she should was concerned about her son getting vaccinated due to his underlying health issues.
‘Frozen’ Sophie Scott still enjoyed boyfriend Mac Jones’ three-pass win
Sophie Scott wasn't going to let a little cold get in the way of boyfriend Mac Jones' "Monday Night Football" debut with the Patriots, who won, 14-10.
Dave Chappelle Added to Netflix Comedy Festival Line-Up After Controversy
Comedian Dave Chappelle, who faced backlash for jokes he made about the transgender community in his Netflix special, will perform at the streamer's festival.
NY Gov. Hochul remains front runner over Democratic rivals in 2022 primary; de Blasio at back of pack
A new poll among New York State Democrats is the latest to indicate that Gov. Kathy Hochul remains the front runner in an increasingly crowded 2022 primary field.
Tom Cotton slams Biden on Beijing Olympics: 'They had no plan to protect our athletes'
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., slammed the Biden administration on 'America's Newsroom' for failing to have a plan in place to protect U.S. athletes during the upcoming 2022 Beijing Olympics.
Jussie Smollett Trial Live Updates: Smollett Returns to the Witness Stand
The former "Empire" actors will take the witness stand again Tuesday. Smollett is accused of staging a fake racist attack in 2019. Follow Newsweek's liveblog for all the latest.
Apple AirTags Are Being Used by Car Thieves to Track High-End Vehicles
A police department recently warned residents about the new car theft trend, advising them to regularly inspect their vehicles for "any suspicious potential tracking devices."