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Her comments came after a publisher in Florida removed mention of Parks's race from draft teaching materials. Look at these books that have already been banned due to Republican measures," Ocasio-Cortez said before holding up several books. "'The Life of Rosa Parks' — this apparently is too woke by the Republican Party," she said, referencing a book by Kathleen Connors. In another incident, a textbook publisher used in Florida schools removed references to Parks's race in a draft lesson plan in an effort to comply with the state's Stop WOKE Act, legislation pushed by Florida Gov. The Florida Department of Education later said the publisher was wrong to remove mention of Parks's race.
A large asteroid is set to pass by the Earth on Saturday in a once-in-a-decade event. The asteroid will pass between Earth and the moon's orbit, bringing it relatively close. The asteroid is expected to pass by around 108,000 miles away from the Earth, which is a little closer than half way between the planet and the moon. The asteroid will be closest to Earth at around 3:50 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday, according to EarthSky. EarthSky said its close proximity to Earth may make it appear like a "slow-moving star."
House Democrats this month said Trump failed to report over 100 gifts from foreign leaders. Listed among the gifts that were missing was a large portrait of Trump from El Salvador's president. He said he had seen the painting in October while attending a golf tournament at the Trump National Doral hotel in Miami, Florida. The Trump National Doral hotel and Trump's post-presidency office did not immediately respond to Insider's requests for comment. The report from House Democrats said, "the Trump Administration's failure to disclose more than one hundred foreign gifts President Trump and his family received raises new questions about whether these and other gifts may have been used by foreign governments to influence US policy under President Trump."
Ron DeSantis called the Russia-Ukraine war a "territorial dispute" last week. When asked about the comment, DeSantis said Russia's invasion was "wrong" and Putin was a "war criminal." Ron DeSantis used some of his harshest words yet for Russian President Vladimir Putin and the invasion of Ukraine. DeSantis's comments come after he downplayed the US interest in the war, referring to it as a "territorial dispute" between Russia and Ukraine. When asked about his "territorial dispute" comment, DeSantis told Morgan his words had been "mischaracterized," adding that "obviously" Russia invaded last year, as well as Crimea in 2014, and was "wrong" to do so.
After he quickly alerted officials, the turtle was rescued and is still recovering at a rehab facility. The rehab facility confirmed the turtle had been exposed to red tide, a toxic algae bloom. Upon zooming in with his drone, it was obvious to McCarthy that the turtle needed help, and needed it fast. He knew the video would help him show that the turtle needed help. FWC notified Clearwater Marine Aquarium, which was located nearby and has a dedicated rescue and rehab facility for marine life.
A proposed bill in Florida limits sexual health education to grades six through twelve. The lawmaker who proposed the bill conceded it would ban younger girls from discussing periods. A Democratic lawmaker pointed out girls typically get their periods from ages 10 to 15. State Rep. Stan McClain proposed House Bill 1069, which would limit instruction on sexual and reproductive health to grades six through 12. The bill is part of a string of laws being pushed by Florida Republicans related to gender and sexuality.
The Hyatt Regency Miami's alcohol license is being revoked after hosting a drag show, according to a complaint filed Tuesday. Ron DeSantis praised the move and could win political points for a potential 2024 run. A venue affiliated with the Hyatt Regency in Miami hosted "A Drag Queen Christmas" in December, a touring drag show that includes performers from "RuPaul's Drag Race." "Sexually explicit content is not appropriate to display to children and doing so violates Florida law," Bryan Griffin, DeSantis' press secretary, previously told Leonard. Deterring drag shows from occurring falls in line with the talking points of many prominent conservative figures, who view drag shows as harmful to children, even if might seem out of step with their "small government" values, he said.
A man is suing his ex-wife's friends for $3 million, saying they helped her get an abortion. The lawsuit included texts in which the women discussed abortion pills, which are banned in Texas. "Delete all conversations from today," another one of the women said after some discussion about finding and taking abortion medication. The lawsuit is the latest in a number of conservative efforts to target abortion pills, including in Texas. "That includes CVS and Walgreens if their abortion pills find their way into our state."
Ron DeSantis has previously avoided taking a hard stance on the US's Ukraine policy. On Monday, DeSantis said in a statement the Ukraine war is not of "vital national interest." The US has since provided Ukraine with billions of dollars of military aid, which has had bipartisan support. For Biden and his European allies, support for Ukraine is framed as a vital part of protecting the sovereignty of the country. Prominent House Republicans Rep. Mike McCaul and Rep. Mike Turner have even called on Biden to increase existing support for Ukraine.
More people are turning to backyard chickens, but experts warn it's not as easy or cheap as it seems. Earlier this year, The New York Times, Insider, and others wrote about people turning to backyard chickens to address inflation. Some people are buying backyard chickens to combat eggflation. Some think they are buying hens and end up with roostersAnother challenge with buying backyard chickens is that you may unintentionally end up with a rooster. She tries to discourage people from buying backyard chickens on a whim, to avoid having more roosters with nowhere they can go.
New emails and texts from Fox News staff revealed frustration with former Trump lawyer Sidney Powell. The messages were released in Dominion Voting Systems' defamation case against Fox News. In some of the texts, Tucker Carlson says Powell is "lying" and Laura Ingraham says she is "a bit nuts." "The whole thing seems insane to me, and Sidney Powell won't release the evidence," Carlson writes. "Sidney Powell is lying," Carlson wrote in another text to an unknown contact on November 17, 2020.
Rupert Murdoch told Jared Kushner his team said Biden's ads were more creative than Trump's. Dominion is suing Fox News for defamation related to election fraud claims involving the company. In a follow-up email, Murdoch told Kushner their new Sunday ad was "an improvement" but that one of Biden's was "extremely good," adding: "Or I think so! In a filing that was released last week, Dominion accused Murdoch of sharing "confidential information" with Kushner ahead of the election. "During Trump's campaign, Rupert provided Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, with Fox confidential information about Biden's ads, along with debate strategy (providing Kushner a preview of Biden's ads before they were public)," lawyers for Dominion wrote.
Kelp forests, one of the most diverse ocean ecosystems, are dying along North America's West Coast. A new study says recovering sunflower sea star populations could save the forests. The sea stars are voracious predators that feed on urchins and help keep the ecosystem in balance. The authors of a new paper suggest the loss of the sunflower sea stars is to blame. Meet the sunflower sea stars that scientists say could save them.
Mitch McConnell slammed Fox News for airing Tucker Carlson's misleading portrayal of January 6. He held up a letter from the Capitol Police chief calling the depiction "offensive and misleading." But he notably declined to fault House Speaker Kevin McCarthy for handing over the footage. At the top of his weekly press conference at the Capitol, McConnell produced a print-out of an internal letter from US Capitol Police Chief Thomas Manager describing the footage as "offensive and misleading." But he later declined to criticize House Speaker Kevin McCarthy for handing over 40,000 hours of footage to Carlson in the first place.
A new study found some of the forests in California's Sierra Nevada no longer match their climate. About 20% of conifers in the Sierra Nevada are experiencing "vegetation climate mismatch." The lead author said the trees are "cheating death" but that they won't survive a major disturbance. When trees or other plants are no longer suited to the environment they are in, it's called a "vegetation climate mismatch." The conifers of the Sierra Nevada include ponderosa pine, sugar pine, and Douglas fir.
Video captured a group of Russian soldiers appealing directly to Putin for help in Ukraine. This is evidence of the incompetence of our superiors and of the whole unit," a Russian soldier says in a video obtained and translated by CNN. A separate video, also published by CNN and taken by another Russian soldier in eastern Ukraine, showed smoke coming from a Russian tank. Up to 200,000 Russian soldiers have been wounded or killed, while an estimated 40,000 to 60,000 have died, according to UK officials. The analysis estimates 60,000 to 70,000 Russian soldiers have died.
A TikTok video showed a fishing boat off the coast of Louisiana surrounded by feasting sharks. One of the fisherman told Storyful he'd "never seen anything like it." The frantic sharks appeared to be eating a pod of small fish that could be seen in the water. At some points in the video, small fish can be seen frantically swimming below the surface in the midst of the sharks, which were even causing water to splash up onto the boat. Some of the sharks most commonly found along the coastlines include bull, thresher, hammerhead, nurse, and blacktip, among others.
Great white shark numbers are increasing off the coast of Southern California's beaches. Adult white sharks can reach 12-20 feet, but they rarely come close to the shoreline. California banned actively targeting white sharks in 1994, as well as certain fishing nets that often entrapped the sharks. Warning signs for shark sightings remain in Long Beach, California, on May 16, 2017, where Great White sharks and their pups have been sighted regularly off southern California beaches. Researchers emphasized it is still safe to swim along the Southern California coast, which sharks have historically inhabited longer than us.
Scientists have warned that the Great Salt Lake in Utah could disappear within five years. "Great Salt Lake is facing unprecedented danger. When clouds of dust roll into Salt Lake City, they can make the air toxic. The Great Salt Lake is used for recreation, natural resource extraction, and brine shrimp fishing, a multimillion-dollar industry. Agriculture is the largest user of water in the Great Salt Lake watershed, accounting for 85%, according to the Utah Rivers Council.
Dominion's lawsuit revealed comments Fox News hosts and execs made about Rudy Giuliani in 2020. Dominion is suing Fox for defamation related to unfounded election fraud claims about the company. Rupert MurdochRupert Murdoch, the founder and chairman of Fox News, made several claims disparaging Giuliani and doubting the veracity of his claims. Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesSean HannityOn November 11, 2020, Fox News host Sean Hannity said, "Rudy is acting like an insane person," according to the court documents. Laura IngrahamOn January 12, 2021, Fox News Host Laura Ingraham said, "Rudy is such an idiot," the documents said.
February 24, 2023, marked the one-year anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Billions of dollars of aid has been sent, and Russia has lost about half its fleet of tanks. When his troops invaded on February 24, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin expected to quickly sweep through the country and capture Kyiv. Still, the cost of the war — in lives, dollars, and military equipment — has been high. AP Photo/Daniel ColeThe dead and woundedUkrainian refugees are seen after crossing into Poland on March 13, 2022.
The Greater Idaho movement seeks to redraw state boundaries so rural Oregon can join Idaho. Moving the state boundary would require the approval of Oregon, Idaho, and the US Congress. Matt McCaw, a spokeperson for the group behind the Greater Idaho movement, told Insider they were confident the bill would pass Idaho's Senate in the coming weeks as well. McCaw said the Greater Idaho proposal would be a solution to the "longstanding problem" of the urban-rural divide. Proponents of Greater Idaho have said their plan is a way to avoid conflict, but it's unclear the impact moving the border would actually have.
Rep. George Santos was charged with theft in Pennsylvania in 2017, Politico reported. Santos's past charity work with animals has come under increasing scrutiny. Tiffany Bogosian, a New York attorney who attended junior high with Santos, told the outlet she helped him deal with the charge after they had reconnected. Santos made out $15,125 in checks to dog breeders in an Amish area of the state, Politico reported. The animal charity accusations are among the many controversies concerning Santos's past.
Speaker Kevin McCarthy has said cuts to Social Security and Medicare are off the table. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has insisted that cuts to Medicare and Social Security are off the table. But there are several examples of Republicans suggesting cutting or weakening Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. "I want to save Social Security," Johnson said, according to local WKOW. It also involved decreasing Social Security benefits over time and for higher-earning retirees, as well as increasing Medicare premiums for some.
Rep. Lauren Boebert told a crowd God may use them to stand in front of "demons," or a "speaker of the House." Boebert, though she was coy about what House speaker she referred to, tried to block McCarthy's bid. Boebert has previously invoked religion and politics, saying "the church is supposed to control the government." After negotiations within the party and 15 rounds of voting, McCarthy was finally elected speaker last month, kicking off the new Congress. Andrew Whitehead, a sociologist at IUPUI and co-author of "Taking America Back for God: Christian Nationalism in the United States," told Insider at the time her comments touched on Christian nationalist imagery that's linked to violence.
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