Change country:

House Democrats urge Senate colleagues to pass voting rights bill this week

A group of House Democrats, led by Rep. Colin Allred of Texas, sent a letter to their Senate colleagues on Monday morning urging them to pass voting rights legislation known as the "Freedom to Vote Act" when it comes up for a vote this week.
Read full article on:
Omicron COVID Variant, With Worrying Mutations, Detected in These Countries
Several countries have restricted travel after World Health Organization designated the heavily mutated form of COVID a variant of concern.
7 m
The House GOP musical chairs that could keep Stefanik as No. 3
The 37-year-old had privately pledged to serve only through 2022 when she successfully replaced the ousted Rep. Liz Cheney. But things can change.
‘This Smacks of Something Gone Awry’: A True Tale of Absentee Vote Fraud
In North Carolina, a few hundred fraudulent ballots changed the outcome of a race. It had nothing to do with Donald Trump.
Next on Trump’s 2024 list: An out-of-the-box running mate
The question of Trump’s prospective veep choice is surfacing with increasing frequency.
Israel Bans All Foreigners Except Beautiful Women Due to Omicron Variant
Tourism Minister Yoel Razvozov made the announcement on Sunday, a day after Israel said it was banning all foreigners from entering the country.
Mark Zuckerberg's Meta Suffers Blow as Deal To Acquire Giphy Set To Be Blocked
The deal for Meta—parent company of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp—to acquire Giphy was reportedly worth $400 million.
BTS' LA concert highlights: Megan Thee Stallion surprises crowd, Jin channels 'Squid Game'
Everything that went down on Day 2 of BTS' Permission to Dance On Stage - LA concert, including a surprise appearance by Megan Thee Stallion.
Why Might Omicron Be Dangerous, and How Is It Different to Other COVID Variants?
Omicron became the fastest variant to go from discovery to being classified as variant of concern by the World Health Organization on Friday.
COVID-19 Live Updates: First Omicron Cases Detected in North America, U.S. 'Preparing' Vaccine Tweak
The first Omicron COVID variant cases have been identified in North America as the U.S. says it is preparing to tweak the current vaccines. Follow Newsweek's liveblog for all the latest.
Omicron 'variant of concern' has arrived in North America
Matthew McConaughey won't run for governor of Texas "at this moment"
After months of speculation, Oscar-winning actor calls bid for governorship a "humbling and inspiring path to ponder," but one he's "choosing not to take at this moment."
'I have to live in a cage': See how this city copes with its monkey population
Around 4,500 macaque monkeys live in the city of Lopburi, Thailand. While the animals attract tourists, many locals say their booming population has been making their lives harder.
Iran Demonstrates It Isn’t Serious About Nuclear Talks
By refusing to meet with U.S. representatives, Tehran is signaling that it wants the negotiations in Vienna to fail.
Shadow Wolves Native American tracking unit could expand under new bill
The Shadow Wolves unit is Homeland Security's only Native American specialized tracking team. Senate committees have OK'd a bill to expand it.
Merriam-Webster chooses vaccine as the 2021 word of the year
With an expanded definition to reflect the times, Merriam-Webster has declared an omnipresent truth as its 2021 word of the year: vaccine.
Democrats Can Save Voting by Bringing Back the Mr. Smith Filibuster
Herbert DorfmanAfter the failure of three historic voting rights bills, Senate Democrats face a critical question: Will they finally do something about the filibuster?For months, much of the press has wrongly covered the issue as a binary choice: end the filibuster or keep it. Elimination has never been a realistic option. A handful of Democratic senators have made it clear they won’t get rid of it altogether, for fear of what would happen when the shoe is on the other—Republican—foot.But keeping the filibuster intact is no longer tenable, either. As Joe Manchin learned last month when no Republicans backed the voting rights bill he co-authored, federal action to override new state-level voter suppression is impossible under current Senate rules.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Omicron variant poses ‘very high’ global risk, ‘unprecedented number of spike mutations’: WHO
The COVID-19 omicron variant has an “unprecedented number of spike mutations” and poses a “very high” global risk, the World Health Organization said Monday.
‘Grossly Underwhelming’: Biden Pressed to Step Up Opioid Response
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/GettyAt the outset of the coronavirus lockdowns last year, public health experts warned that social isolation, lack of access to treatment and the increasing lethality of the nation’s street drugs could lead to a massive surge in overdose deaths—a potential epidemic within an epidemic.Nevertheless, 100,000 people have died in a single 12-month period, according to data recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an increase of 28.5 percent from the previous year, leading health-care providers, treatment advocates, and addiction experts to question whether the crisis is being taken seriously enough on the federal level.“If a person was a diabetic, we’d never wait to treat them until they were in a coma or having a limb removed,” said Dr. Shawn Ryan, chief medical officer of BrightView Health, one of the largest providers of addiction treatment services in the Midwest. “That’s how far along we generally get to substance-use disorder before we do anything about it. People just need to realize how grossly under-budgeted our treatment field is.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
Auction Houses Sell Off Mexican History to the Super-Elite
John MacDougall/AFP via Getty ImagesMEXICO CITY—One German millionaire posed outside her house holding up a piece of history; an ancient tool crafted from volcanic rock, and dated to as long ago as 1,000 B.C. Behind her, a huge Aztec statue stood alongside several other archaeological artifacts.The Mexican government argues that these centuries-old pieces of cultural heritage belong in the nation’s museums.Over in Europe, they are seen as cute collectibles. In a single sale in 2019, the German collector Manichak Aurance—who was so happy to show off her booty on film—auctioned off 94 artifacts.Read more at The Daily Beast.
‘Russian Spy’ Maria Butina Is Living the American Dream, In Russia
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/Getty“Russian spy” Maria Butina, who joined the ranks of the Russian parliament last month, had an untraditional rise. In 2018, she pled guilty to conspiracy to act as a foreign agent after the FBI presented a case around her involvement in using the NRA to create illegal back channels between Russia and the Trump presidential campaign.Although the FBI’s affidavit fails to prove Butina’s formal employment by the Russian Federation, the document does paint a clear picture of an ambitious young woman motivated by power. The evidence shows how Butina sought to influence foreign policy due to her own idealism and desire to insinuate herself into elite networks. Butina wasn’t hired by the Kremlin to perform an influence campaign; she volunteered.In America, we celebrate the grand legends around “rags to riches” and “strong women” who rise against all challenges to pursue their dreams. A simple look into Butina’s history reveals this familiar story. Her past can be traced back to her humble beginnings in Siberia. Butina was born in Barnaul, a small provincial city 2,260 miles from Moscow.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Did Archaeologists Just Find Evidence of Hanukkah Stories?
Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP via Getty ImagesThis week marks the beginning of Hanukkah, the “festival of lights.” The holiday commemorates an event during the Maccabean revolt in the second century BCE, when the candelabrum in the Jerusalem Temple miraculously burned for eight days despite only having enough oil for one. But Hanukkah isn’t just about energy efficiency; broadly speaking it celebrates the successful struggle for Jewish independence. Now archaeologists have unearthed the charred remains of a fort destroyed by Jewish rebels more that 2,000 years ago and claim that it offers evidence of the Hanukkah-related rebellion.In a statement released last week, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced that they had discovered the burned wooden beams and ruins of a fortified Hellenistic structure in the Lachish Forest. The remains of the small 15m (50-foot) x 15m fort were unearthed about an hour’s journey to the southwest of Jerusalem on the summit of a high hill in the Judean foothills. The position of the structure gave it a clear vantage point over the neighboring city of Maresha, the largest Hellenistic center in the area.Saar Ganor, Vladik Lifshits, and Ahinoam Montagu, excavation directors on behalf of the IAA, said that the site “provides tangible evidence of the Hanukkah stories. It appears that we have discovered a building that was part of a fortified line erected by the Hellenistic army commanders to protect the large Hellenistic city of Maresha from a Hasmonean offensive. However, the finds from the site show that the Seleucid defenses were unsuccessful; the building was badly burnt and devastated by the Hasmoneans.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
Gitmo Jailers Tried to Break Him for 15 Years—They Failed
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/Photos Getty ImagesAuthor’s introduction: Nearly 20 years after Guantánamo opened, people are still debating whether such a place should exist. But imagine if American boys, 18 years old or even younger, had been sent to a foreign prison for five, 10, 20 years without ever being charged with a crime, where they were tortured, punished for practicing their religion, experimented on, and forced to live in solitary confinement. This is Guantánamo. Between Jan. 11, 2002, and today, the United States has held 779 prisoners at Guantánamo. Those men were from all over the world, representing 50 nationalities and speaking more than 20 languages. They were doctors, journalists, singers, professors, students, teachers, paramedics, poets, blacksmiths, former CIA spies and assassins, farmers, tribal elders, and so much more. They were sons and husbands, brothers and fathers. They are the reason I set out to write about Guantánamo—to show the world who was really there. Real people, not just boogeyman terrorists of American nightmares.I thought that if I could capture some of the small moments of joy and beauty, of friendship and brotherhood, of hardship and the struggle to survive—all the moments that united us and bonded us—that I could maybe change the way people thought about Guantánamo prisoners.I was 18 years old when I was sold to the U.S. for bounty money by men who claimed I was a battle-hardened al Qaeda general. I was not that general—I was nothing more than a student— but being detained at Guantánamo turned me into a leader of resistance. Taking place during the fall of 2002, this story is a small window into the early years of Camp Delta, the confusion and chaos that reigned, and how America pushed me down a path of resistance I never intended to travel.Read more at The Daily Beast.
The Border Patrol Agent Who Threw Away His Badge
John Moore/Getty ImagesThe chase was over. U.S. Border Patrol agent Brendan Lenihan had finally caught up with the group of undocumented migrants he’d been diligently tracking. Yet when he came face-to-face with the first man of the group in a remote stretch of the Las Guijas Mountains that marked the Arizona border with Sonora, Mexico, he didn’t arrest him.There was something in the man’s eyes, Lenihan told journalist and author Todd Miller in a dramatic scene detailed in Build Bridges Not Walls.Appearing at the midpoint of Miller’s book, the “open-hearted Border Patrol agent” is the centerpiece of Miller’s book. Echoing the book’s theme of seeking bridges between people to overcome the borders that wreak such death and destruction throughout the world, Lenihan had an out-of-body experience, shearing him of “his uniform, badge, laws, and gun,” Miller writes. “In their place was a bridge, across which [Lenihan] could see and feel the world from [the migrant’s] side—his longing, his love, his family, and his anguish and despair.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
Kishida vows to step up Japan defense amid threats
Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Saturday renewed his pledge to consider "all options," including acquiring enemy base strike capability, and vowed to create a stronger Self-Defense Force to protect the country during growing threats from China and North Korea. (Nov. 29)
Ghislaine Maxwell trial, Cyber Monday, hunt for new Oklahoma coach: 5 things you need to know Monday
The sex-trafficking trial of Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell begins, Cyber Monday is here and more news to start your day.
Man allegedly gropes teenage girl on Bronx bus
The white-bearded suspect allegedly approached a 15-year-old on the BX15 before exposing himself and grabbing her thigh.
1 h
Food deliveryman slashed, robbed inside Manhattan elevator
A food delivery worker was slashed in the face in an elevator during a robbery in the Lower East Side, according to police.
1 h
Shooting reported outside Gallaudet University, according to D.C. police
No one from school apparently involved, spokesman says.
1 h
This Is Merriam-Webster’s 2021 Word of the Year
The word “was extremely high in our data every single day in 2021,” said Merriam-Webster's Peter Sokolowski
1 h
Former defense chief Mark Esper sues Pentagon over memoir redactions
Esper, who wrote about his time as Trump's Secretary of Defense, claims redactions demanded by the Pentagon after an "unusual" delay infringe on his constitutional rights.
1 h
Djokovic likely to skip Australian Open over vaccine mandate, says father
Novak Djokovic is unlikely to play at the Australian Open if rules on Covid-19 vaccinations are not relaxed, the world number one's father, Srdjan Djokovic, said.
1 h
Two die in Prince George’s crash, police say
Car struck tree on Ritchie Road, according to police.
2 h
Climate Tech Investments Can Add Up to Net Zero
Reaching the world’s climate targets will mean expanding the use of cutting-edge technologies that already exist. Making them more accessible requires cash — and generous government support
2 h
Long Island cops investigating second French bulldog dognapping
A French bulldog was snatched from a Long Island home -- the second time Suffolk County crooks stole a dog of that breed since Thanksgiving.
2 h
Beverly Hills police say they're investigating anti-Semitic flyers distributed one night before the beginning of Hanukkah
Police in Beverly Hills, California, have launched an investigation after residents received anti-Jewish hate speech flyers ahead of the first night of Hanukkah, the department said Sunday.
2 h
Snowstorm strands 61 in pub for third night, ‘plenty of beer available’
About 61 people were stranded for days at a pub in England after a massive snowstorm
2 h
British pubgoers trapped in bar with Oasis cover band amid blizzard
British fans of an Oasis tribute band spent the weekend confined to a remote Yorkshire pub with the group when a mountain of snow trapped them all in the bar. Fans of Noasis had gathered at the Tan Hill Inn Friday night to hear renditions of their favorite rock songs when piles of snow up...
2 h
Opinion: Ravens and Browns each entered season with great expectations, only one is on track thanks to ability to win ugly
Sunday served as another reminder of the differences between the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns.       
2 h
"Sunday Morning" special: "Forever Young: Searching for the Fountain of Youth"
"Sunday Morning" anchor Jane Pauley hosts this one-hour primetime special exploring the wonders, rewards and challenges of growing older, including reports on promising cutting-edge research into drugs and therapies that might slow, or even reverse, aging itself. Also: A visit to a village on Sardinia, which has one of the highest concentrations of centenarians in the world; interviews with Hollywood legends Candice Bergen and Billy Crystal, talking about their secrets to long careers in youth-centric Hollywood; examining the longevity gap between women and men; studying long-lived animals for clues that can help humans adapt to aging; creating ways to live forever (virtually) through avatars and artificial intelligence; and a look at how some people, legally dead, are being kept frozen until scientists in the future can possibly revive them.
3 h
China extols isolation as countries rush to impose Omicron travel bans
As countries around the world scramble to impose travel bans to stem the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant, China remains outwardly calm -- at least for now.
3 h
Leftist claims victory in Honduran vote, setting up a showdown with National Party
The leftist opposition candidate claimed victory in Sunday's presidential election, while the National Party also said its candidate had won. Complete results may not be known for days.
3 h
Global markets brace for a nervous week ahead over Omicron concerns
Global markets were muted on Monday as investors continued to digest news about a new Covid-19 variant. US futures, including Dow futures, pointed up, while oil prices rose.
3 h
Merriam-Webster chooses vaccine as the 2021 word of the year
With an expanded definition to reflect the times, Merriam-Webster has declared an omnipresent truth as its 2021 word of the year: vaccine.
3 h
China’s use of refueling aircraft during recent Taiwan sortie raises concern
China’s unusual decision to deploy a Y-20 aerial refueling aircraft during Sunday’s foray into Taiwan’s air defense buffer zone may be indicative of the country’s ambition to extend its military reach and capabilities in the region, according to a report.
3 h
Chris Myarick’s unlikely first NFL catches prove decisive for Giants
Chris Myarick is about to discover who his true friends are and who are true Eagles fans. 
3 h
Interfaith love a risk as India nationalism surges
Arbaz Mullah's love story began, as romances often do, when he first laid eyes on the woman of his dreams, Shweta Kumbhar. The romance so angered relatives of Kumbhar, a Hindu, that they allegedly hired members of a hardline Hindu nationalist group to kill the 24-year-old Mullah, who was Muslim. (Nov. 29)      
3 h
1 dead after gunmen open fire on car in Newark with teenagers inside
Men in another vehicle fired shots and killed 17-year-old Djiba Kaba and injured three others, acting Essex County prosecutors said in a statement.
4 h
COVID-19 variant
What to know about omicron     
4 h