First thing: Trump takes legal action to keep documents on the Capitol riots secret

First thing: Trump takes legal action to keep documents on the Capitol riots secret


Donald Trump has sought to block disclosure of documents related to the Jan.6 attack on Capitol Hill to a House committee investigating the incident, challenging Joe Biden’s original decision to waive executive privilege.

In a federal lawsuit, the former president said the committee’s request in August was “almost unlimited in scope” and was looking for many documents that were unrelated to the seat.

Meanwhile, Steve Bannon and other former senior Trump administration officials face legal danger for defying subpoenas issued by the special House committee investigating the attack on Capitol Hill, as the panel is preparing to prosecute criminal referrals for non-compliance.

The legal danger for Bannon is expected after he emerged in a letter to his lawyer, obtained by the Guardian on Monday, that he had claimed executive privilege protection over documents unrelated to executive power.

  • What did Trump say in the documents he filed? He called the request for the documents a “vexatious and illegal fishing” which was “free from any legitimate legislative purpose”.
  • What did Bannon’s last warning say? The chairman of the House select committee considers that Bannon broke federal law after “willfully failing to produce a single document and appear for his scheduled deposition.”

Tributes pour in for Colin Powell: the man who could have been the first black president of the United States

Colin Powell with George W Bush in 2000. Photograph: David J Phillip / AP

Tributes continue to pour in for former Republican Secretary of State Colin Powell after news of his death Monday morning at the age of 84.

Powell, who played a central role in trying to justify the 2003 invasion of Iraq, considered running for office in 1995, and had he been successful he would have been the first black president of the United States. .

Praising the United States and around the world, Joe Biden greeted “a dear friend and patriot of unparalleled honor and dignity” on behalf of himself and the first lady, Jill Biden.

Meanwhile, in Iraq, praise for the former general was blunt and often ruthless. “I am saddened by the death of Colin Powell without having been tried for his crimes in Iraq,” said Muntader al-Zaidi, who threw his shoes on Bush at a press conference in Baghdad in 2008. “But I am sure the tribunal of God will be waiting for him.

  • Had Powell been vaccinated? He was fully vaccinated against the coronavirus but had a weakened immune system, having been treated for blood cancer.
  • Was he still a Republican when he died? By the end of his life, Powell, who had previously voted Republican in seven consecutive presidential elections, had backed Democrats for the past four.

Bill Gates reportedly advised ending inappropriate emails with employee in 2008

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates stepped down from the company in 2020. Photographie : Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

Bill Gates was allegedly advised in 2008 by company executives to end inappropriate communications with an employee, according to a report.

The claims, published by the Wall Street Journal, are the latest to shed light on a potential fault by Gates while he worked at Microsoft. The Wall Street Journal previously revealed that Gates left the company’s board of directors in 2020 amid an investigation into a past affair with a staff member.

Gates said at the time that he was stepping down to focus on his philanthropic efforts. However, the Journal report found that Microsoft’s board members pushed Gates away as they investigated an allegedly inappropriate relationship he had with an employee.

The most recent Wall Street Journal coverage now indicates that more than a decade before Gates left Microsoft, executives discovered emails between him and a mid-level employee.

A spokesperson for Gates denied being involved in inappropriate email communications.

Covid pandemic has boosted engagement in online extremism, experts say

Teenage girl on a laptop in her bedroom
“What we have seen is evidence of spikes in online activity across a wide range of extremist issues during the lockdown,” says ISD’s Jacob Davey. Photograph: Alamy

Eighteen months of intermittent global lockdowns have led to growing engagement in extremist material ranging from terrorist content to conspiracy theories and disinformation, experts say.

Jacob Davey, head of far-right and hate movements research and policy at the Institute of Strategic Dialogue (ISD), which studies extremism around the world, said studies have shown “that “There has been a proliferation of harmful and disturbing activity online” during the pandemic, with an impact that was impossible to predict.

The coronavirus crisis was punctuated by outbursts of online hate that had real-world consequences. The most alarming examples are the January 6 Capitol riot in Washington, which was spurred by right-wing groups organizing online, and the racist abuse against English footballers during Euro 2020.

Imran Ahmed, managing director of the Center for Countering Digital Hate, a campaign group based in the US and UK, said the pandemic had “resulted in all types of movements based on protecting identity groups.”

In other news …

A Dollar General Store in Mount Rainier, Maryland.
None of the thousands of Dollar General stores in the United States are unionized. Photographie : Erin Scott/Reuters
  • Dollar General workers push to unionize in the middle the alleged hostility of senior executives. Employees have alleged acts of intimidation at the low-cost retailer, which has more than 17,600 stores in 46 states and reported billions of dollars in sales last year.
  • Amid an unprecedented rise in opioid overdoses, harm reduction groups are report naloxone shortages, a generally affordable and easy-to-use drug that reverses overdoses and has been credited with saving lives.
  • Biden administration asked Supreme Court to block extreme abortion ban in Texas. The Justice Department wrote in its plea that the law challenged key Supreme Court decisions on abortion rights.
  • A sword believed to have belonged to a crusader who sailed to the Holy Land nearly a millennium ago has been recovered of the Mediterranean seabed thanks to an eagle-eyed amateur diver, the Israel Antiquities Authority said.

Don’t miss this: Can the morning routines of the rich and famous make me a better person?

Writer Emma Beddington meditating in her garden as part of her new morning routine.
“My mind spins like a cement mixer”: Emma Beddington tries to meditate early in the morning in her garden. Photographie : Richard Saker/The Observer

Morning people have a reputation for getting things done. Getting up early is associated with energy, optimization and efficiency; it is a fundamental principle of all kinds of self-help programs. “If you look at many of the most productive people in the world, they’ll have one thing in common: they were early risers,” one fanatic says in the trailer for motivational guru Hal Elrod’s film on his “Morning.” miracle ”, as Oprah Winfrey, Mahatma Gandhi and Albert Einstein parade. “What if you could change something in your life just by changing the way you start your day? Asks Elrod’s movie. It’s time to find out.

Or this: women who live without love

Illustration of a Couple Holding Hands with a Woman, Head Down, in the Center
Women may have a harder time finding a partner they are attracted to as they age. Illustration: Nathalie Lees

When a woman named Alana coined the term “incel” in the late 90s, she couldn’t have predicted the outcome. What started out as a harmless website to connect lonely, “unintentionally single” men and women has evolved into an underground online movement associated with male violence and extreme misogyny. Meanwhile, a much larger number of women are involuntarily living celibate lives, although they do not describe themselves as “females.” How does it feel to go without a partner when you want to – and even fleeting sex seems impossible?

Climate review: US and China urged to find way to work together before Cop26

Ban Ki-moon
Ban Ki-moon said current emission reduction commitments from major economies were insufficient to keep global warming at 1.5 ° C. Photographie : REX/Shutterstock

Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping invited to meet ahead of UN Cop26 climate talks to seek common ground by former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other prominent global voices. “We call on the leaders of the United States and China to see their common interest and find a way to work together. We need an ambitious 2030 [carbon] target China and the United States to deliver what they promised, ”said Ban, speaking on behalf of the Elders Group of former statesmen of the world and prominent community and business leaders.

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Last thing: Indian couple float towards their wedding in a pot along the flooded streets

A waterlogged street in the state of Kerala, southern India
A waterlogged street in the southern Indian state of Kerala, where 26 people have been killed after heavy rains and flooding. Photographie : Xinhua/Rex/Shutterstock

An Indian couple arrived for their wedding in unusual style after walking through the flooded streets of their town in a cooking pot after heavy rains wreaked havoc in the southern state of Kerala. Images shared on social media showed the couple trapped inside the aluminum ship as two men and a photographer paddled them down a submerged street. Undeterred by the floods and landslides, which have killed at least 27 people statewide, the couple were unwilling to postpone their big day.

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