When Trump ran for president, Nikki Haley said she was appalled by his Muslim ban. But then she joined his administration and defended his policy while others objected. “I don’t remember Nikki Haley saying anything,” said a State Department official.
Nikki Haley’s Path From Trump Critic to Defender and Back - The New York Times
As ambassador to the United Nations, Ms. Haley strove to stay in the president’s favor and avoided some battles to change his mind on contentious issues.
There have been 7 coups (Mali, Chad, Guinea, Sudan, Burkina Faso, Niger, Gabon) and 4 coup attempts (Sao Tome and Principe, The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau) in Africa since 2020, all in former European colonies that just won their independence in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s.
The president of Guinea-Bissau, Umaro Sissoco Embalo, says a shootout in the capital on Friday was an attempted coup, the second in the region of west Africa in a week after a failed coup attempt in Sierra Leone.
Guinea-Bissau’s leader calls a shootout an attempted coup, heightening tensions in West Africa | AP News
Guinea-Bissau's President Umaro Sissoco Embalo says a shooting incident in the nation's capital was an attempted coup against his government.
Fulton County prosecutors do not want plea deals with Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, or Mark Meadows, according to The Guardian. Aside from those three, DA Fani Willis has reportedly left open the possibility of talks with the remaining co-defendants.
Georgia prosecutors oppose plea deals for Trump, Meadows and Giuliani | Donald Trump | The Guardian
Exclusive: sources say Fulton county prosecutors unwilling to offer deals to key trio, preferring instead to force them to trial
Residents of Key West, Florida voted to limit cruise ships to 1500 passengers a day. This upset the wealthy pier operator, so he donated $1 million to Ron DeSantis’s campaign. DeSantis repaid the favor by signing a bill to overturn the local residents.
DeSantis Faces Critical Decision on Cruise Ships in Key West - The New York Times
A campaign donor to Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to expand cruise ship operations in Key West, where voters have tried to restrict them.
Thailand’s Prime Minister says 12 Thai hostages held by Hamas in Gaza have been released. According to the Thai foreign ministry, about 30,000 Thais were employed in Israel, mainly in the agricultural sector, at the time of the October 7 attack.
Thailand’s PM says 12 Thai captives released by Hamas amid Gaza truce
Four-day pause in fighting to be accompanied by release of 150 Palestinian prisoners, 50 captives in Gaza, entry of aid.
Oklahoma made it illegal to teach anything in the classroom that makes white people feel uncomfortable about the past. So a group of Black teachers came together and created a free new course called “Black History Saturdays.”
Black Oklahoma educators step up to teach race in school : NPR
After Oklahoma Republicans targeted public school lessons on race and gender, some Black teachers and parents in Tulsa have banded together to ensure their kids still get honest Black history.
Half of all Americans live in nine states, but that half gets only 18 seats in the Senate. It "gives an almost absolute veto" on federal legislation to a "narrow slice of white Americans," writes Jamelle Bouie.
That's why I say Abolish the Senate!
Opinion | The Senate Is Getting Less Democratic by the Minute - The New York Times
As the country has grown larger and more diverse, the disparities have grown greater and more perverse.
Disney, Warner Bros. Discovery, Comcast/NBCUniversal, Lionsgate, Paramount Global, Apple, and IBM have all paused their ads on Twitter X, and free speech enthusiast Elon Musk is going ballistic by threatening to sue Media Matters for exposing him.
Elon Musk Says He's Suing Media Matters Over X/Twitter Ad Reports
Elon Musk plans a "thermonuclear lawsuit" against Media Matters, which found ads on X/Twitter running against pro-Nazi and white nationalist posts.
Because the Constitution gives tiny states like Wyoming the same number of senators as big states like California, one person in Wyoming has the influence of 68 people in California. This is unfair and anti-democratic. It’s time to abolish the Senate.
Why the Senate is increasingly skewed on race, parties and policy - Washington Post
People of color get significantly less representation than White voters. And that’s not the only way the Senate is skewed.
The Washington Post reconstructed the October 7 attack by analyzing hundreds of videos and photos. It found 14 breaches of Israel’s “Iron Wall.” The report shows Hamas had been planning for months and knew exactly how to neutralize Israel’s defenses.
How Israel’s ‘Iron Wall’ crumbled under Hamas’s Oct. 7 attack - The Washington Post
This Post video shows how on Oct. 7, Hamas exploited vulnerabilities created by Israel’s reliance on technology to carry out its deadly assault.
Before the war, Nasser Hospital in Gaza limited admissions to 700 a day. Now, on a regular day without shelling, they take in more than 2,000 people. Beds and equipment are scarce, so many of the arriving patients end up on the floor.
What One Photo Shows About a Gaza Hospital in Chaos - The New York Times
A single photograph captures the horror of a hospital in Gaza that is running out of everything but patients.
Israel and Hamas are close to a hostage deal that would free Israeli women and children in exchange for the release of Palestinian women and children held in Israeli prisons, according to David Ignatius of the Washington Post, citing an Israeli official.
Opinion | Israel and Hamas near deal to free dozens of hostages - The Washington Post
The Qatari-mediated agreement could include a humanitarian pause in fighting and the release of some Palestinian women and young people from Israeli prisons.
Minneapolis police lieutenant Aimee Linson was suspended for a year for sending a racist email. Now she's back, and she's being promoted to become the new head of homicide. The promotion comes three years after Minneapolis police killed George Floyd.
New head of Minneapolis police homicide unit was previously suspended for forwarding racist email
Lt. Aimee Linson returned to work in April after more than a year on paid leave.
We're one week away from another government shutdown deadline, and House Republicans still don't have a plan. One spending bill had to be pulled because they tried to overrule DC's abortion law and then realized that was a loser after Tuesday's election.
Congress has no clear plan to avoid a government shutdown in one week : NPR
Congress has a week to avoid a government shutdown. But the new speaker is facing familiar GOP divisions trying to pass his party's own spending bills and still hasn't decided on a short term bill.
Election Day gave us a small slice of poetic justice, as “Exonerated Five” survivor Yusef Salaam got elected in New York and the man who refused to prosecute Breonna Taylor’s killers got defeated in Kentucky. A brutal election for Republicans. A small step forward for justice.
Election Day 2023: Another Failed "Red Wave" Meets a Blue Sea Wall - YouTube
Election Day gave us a small slice of poetic justice, as “Exonerated Five” survivor Yusef Salaam got elected in New York and the man who refused to prosecute...
A jury has found police officer Nathan Woodyard not guilty for causing the death of 23-year-old Elijah McClain, who died after he was subdued by police and injected with ketamine by paramedics in 2019. Randy Roedema was found guilty and Jason Rosenblatt was acquitted in a separate trial last month.
What happens when the "good guy with a gun" is Black? He gets shot. K'aun Green broke up a fight and disarmed a man, only to be shot by San Jose Police Officer Mark McNamara. Now McNamara is out of a job after police discovered his racist text messages.
San Jose police officer who shot football hero no longer with department after racist texts revealed
A San Jose police officer who wounded a football hero at a taqueria last summer also texted colleagues that he hates "Black people" and used the N-word a multitude of times in the latest racist text scandal to hit the Bay Area.
Trump has reportedly begun plotting to use his second term to prosecute his critics, created an enemies list of names of people to target, and drafted plans to invoke the Insurrection Act to quell any protest. Sounds like the beginning of a dictatorship.
Trump and allies plot revenge, Justice Department control in a second term - The Washington Post
Advisers have also discussed deploying the military to quell potential unrest on Inauguration Day. Critics have called the ideas under consideration dangerous and unconstitutional.