‘It’s Out Of Control’: How QAnon Undermines Legitimate Anti-Trafficking Efforts

Hundreds of protests erupted across the country in recent weeks, purportedly to demand an end to child sex trafficking. From tiny communities such as Poteau, Oklahoma, to Los Angeles, Miami, Denver and other major cities, people stormed the streets, calling for the mass execution of pedophiles and even accusing various public figures of torturing, raping and enslaving children to harvest their blood. Lurking at the helm of these so-called “Save Our Children” rallies is QAnon, the far-right conspiracy theory movement that baselessly …

Coronavirus live news: France to unveil new measures after cases jump; India sees over 95,000 new infections

  The US presidential candidate, Joe Biden, said on Thursday that Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic was “almost criminal” as the fallout continued over book revelations that the president admitted in early February that the disease was “deadly stuff” but deliberately played it down, writes Joanna Walters for the Guardian US. As the death toll from Covid-19 nears 200,000 in the US, the world’s highest, Biden, the Democratic candidate, excoriated his opponent in November’s election, in an interview …

Tucker Carlson Throws Lindsey Graham Under The Bus For Trump’s Recorded Lies

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson went after Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Wednesday night for encouraging President Donald Trump to be interviewed by Bob Woodward for the journalist’s upcoming book, “Rage.” One of the most explosive revelations to emerge from Woodward’s new reporting is that Trump actually understood the deadly nature of the coronavirus at the start of the pandemic but knowingly downplayed its risks for months. Carlson didn’t dwell on the claims made in the book, which are backed up by audio …

AstraZeneca trial pause is ‘not necessarily’ a setback, British health minister says

An engineer shows an experimental vaccine for the COVID-19 coronavirus that was tested at the Quality Control Laboratory at the Sinovac Biotech facilities in Beijing. Nicolas Asfouri | AFP | Getty Images LONDON  — The U.K.’s health minister on Wednesday rushed to defend AstraZeneca’s decision to pause a closely-watched coronavirus vaccine trial due to safety concerns, saying that the decision is not necessarily a setback to its development. AstraZeneca announced Tuesday that the pause was due to a potentially unexplained …

‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ To End In 2021: ‘End Of An Era’

Keeping up with the KarJenner clan is about to get a lot harder: “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” is concluding its 14-year run in 2021. The family announced the news in a statement they simultaneously shared to Instagram on Tuesday evening, telling fans that “with heavy hearts” they will say goodbye to the reality show that’s run for 20 seasons. “After what will be 14 years, 20 seasons, hundreds of episodes and several spin-off shows, we’ve decided as a family …

‘This is Crazy.’ A Record 2 Million Acres of California Has Burned This Year With Heat Conditions Predicted to Continue

More than 2 million acres of land have been burned by wildfires in California as of Monday, according to state fire agency Cal Fire, surpassing the all-time record of 1.9 million set in 2018. Cal Fire and climate scientists predict that the number of acres burned this year will continue to grow with upcoming weather conditions, including continued heat and offshore winds. “This is crazy. We haven’t even got into the October and November fire season and we’ve broken the …

The Funniest Tweets About Married Life To Get You Through This Week

And somehow, the spouses of Twitter continue to find humor in the minutiae of married life and sum it up perfectly in 280 characters or fewer. Every other Monday, we round up the funniest marriage tweets of the previous two weeks. Read on for 25 relatable new ones that will have you laughing in agreement. After many years of marriage, the one piece of advice I can give is this: For some reason they just really like the towels folded …

White Vigilantes Have Always Had A Friend In Police

Before Kyle Rittenhouse allegedly opened fire on anti-racist protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday night — killing two and severely injuring another — a video showed police essentially deputizing the 17-year-old.  Rittenhouse had been walking the streets of Kenosha carrying an assault rifle alongside other armed white men, a local self-styled militia formed for the purported purpose of protecting property from protesters.  “We appreciate you guys, we really do,” a cop can be heard telling the group over a loudspeaker …

Dow erases losses for 2020, jumps 200 points with a boost from the Fed

Stocks rose on Thursday after the Federal Reserve unveiled a new framework that could keep interest rates lower for a longer period of time.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 202 points, or 0.2%. Those gains erased the 30-stock average’s losses for 2020. The S&P 500 climbed 0.3% — briefly topping 3,500 for the first time ever — and the Nasdaq Composite was marginally higher. In a speech, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said the central bank formally agreed to a policy …

Tensions Over Race and Policing in Kenosha, Wis., Began Long Before the Shooting of Jacob Blake

On Sunday, when police in Kenosha, Wis., shot Jacob Blake several times in the back, the incident quickly became part of the long list of violent moments that have helped shape this year. Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, appeared about to enter a gray SUV in which his three children were sitting. Kenosha police have released few details about the event, but on Tuesday, the family’s attorney, Benjamin Crump, tweeted that Blake was “currently paralyzed from the waist down.” As …

Inside and Outside the RNC, the Race for 2024 Is Already Underway

This article is part of the The DC Brief, TIME’s politics newsletter. Sign up here to get stories like this sent to your inbox every weekday. On the surface, the entire agenda of this week’s Republican e-convention is to boost President Donald Trump’s chances of re-election this fall. But just an inch or so below, anyone can see the jostling for who will be running this show in four years’ time has already begun. It’s happening along a clear divide …

Australia coronavirus live update: Victoria premier Daniel Andrews holds press conference as state reports 149 new Covid cases and 24 deaths

Before going to questions, Daniel Andrews again talks about the legislation he is trying to get passed, which would allow Victoria to extend its state of emergency declaration beyond six months. I’m not an expert, but a quick whip around of the powers of the other states seems to point to them not actually having a time limit to their state of emergency. They can renew the declaration – and its powers – as often as they want (NSW can …

I May Destroy You’s Extraordinary Finale Makes Good on the Show’s Cryptic Title

I May Destroy You is a cryptic title. It could be a threat, a warning or merely an observation. But throughout Michaela Coel’s phenomenal HBO series, whose finale aired on Monday, the phrase functions more like a collection of questions. Who is speaking here, and to whom—who is the “I,” and who is the “you”? Does “may” mean “might,” or does it imply the granting of permission? Even “destroy” has some ambiguity; are we talking about fully obliterating a person …

SCU Investigating After Black Professor Details Harassment By Campus Security

The president of Santa Clara University in California issued an apology on Sunday and launched an investigation after a Black assistant professor said she and her brother were harassed in a racially motivated encounter with campus security over the weekend. Danielle Fuentes Morgan, an assistant professor in the university’s English department, detailed the incident on Saturday in a 21-part Twitter thread that was retweeted tens of thousands of times. Santa Clara University security just harassed me and my brother and …

Belarus crisis: EU leaders hold emergency talks

EU leaders are holding emergency talks on the political crisis in Belarus, after 10 days of protests that have shaken Alexander Lukashenko’s 26-year grip on power. In the run-up to the meeting on Wednesday, the Belarusian opposition leader, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, urged the EU not to recognise Lukashenko as president.   “I call on you not to recognise these fraudulent elections,” she said. “Mr Lukashenko has lost all the legitimacy in the eyes of our nation and the world.” The bloc’s …

Cops Who Charged Civil Rights Leaders With Felonies Try To Sideline Progressive Prosecutor

The Virginia police department that slapped a prominent politician, local civil rights leaders and public defenders with felony charges related to the destruction of Confederate statues is also pushing to prevent a progressive prosecutor from handling the cases. And it’s doing so by claiming the prosecutor is a potential eyewitness ― even though she says she wasn’t at the scene of the protests.   The Portsmouth Police Department announced Monday that it put felony warrants out against Virginia Senate Pro …

An Algorithm Determined UK Students’ Grades. Chaos Ensued

Results day has a time-worn rhythm, full of annual tropes: local newspaper pictures of envelope-clutching girls jumping in the air in threes and fours, columnists complaining that exams have gotten far too easy, and the same five or six celebrities posting worthy Twitter threads about why exam results don’t matter because everything worked out alright for them. WIRED UK This story originally appeared on WIRED UK. But this year, it’s very different. The coronavirus pandemic means exams were canceled and …

A.B. Stoddard says ‘boneheaded’ USPS position by Trump could cost Republicans votes

The president’s position on the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) could be “the most politically boneheaded move” he’s made in quite awhile, RealClearPolitics associate editor A.B. Stoddard said Saturday on “America’s News HQ.” “The president’s been bashing the post office for months, calling it a joke, calling it a mess, saying they can’t handle what’s coming. He’s asked the post office to quadruple their prices. He’s vetoed, made many, many statements about the post office and how incapable he believes it …

Indian journalists assaulted by Hindu mob in New Delhi

Three Indian journalists were attacked by a Hindu mob while reporting on a story in the capital, New Delhi, on Tuesday, the journalists have told Al Jazeera. Journalist Shahid Tantray and two colleagues were filming for The Caravan magazine in northeast Delhi, which was hit by religious violence in February. At least 53 people were killed in that violence, most of them Muslims. Tantray, who is from Indian-administered Kashmir, said they were shooting video when a small group of Hindus, including …

The Trade-off in Trump’s Executive Order on Essential Drugs

Pharmaceutical manufacturing has long been a dirty business. The antibiotic-laced wastewater, and other pollutants it leaves behind, is just one of many reasons that so many American drug-manufacturing plants closed up over the last few decades and moved to places like Hyderabad, India, and China’s Zhejiang province, with their low labor costs and minimal regulations. But drug manufacturing in those remote outposts has been dirty in another way, as I learned from a decade of reporting that culminated in my …