Most of the change in support for legal abortion is among Americans who say it should be legal “in all cases,” now 27%, matching the high 24 years ago and up 11 percentage points from its low in early 2007. An additional 33% say it should be legal in most cases in this poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday scored a crucial victory in a Democratic-backed lawsuit that accuses him of violating anti-corruption provisions of the U.S. Constitution with his Washington hotel. The Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a set of decisions instructing a lower court judge to dismiss the lawsuit filed against the Republican president in June 2017 by the Democratic attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia. The three-judge panel said the attorneys general lacked legal standing to bring the case.
Iran has long been secretly “enriching,” in total violation of the terrible 150 Billion Dollar deal made by John Kerry and the Obama Administration. Remember, that deal was to expire in a short number of years. Sanctions will soon be increased, substantially!
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell had two messages for Congress Wednesday: Central bank independence is critical and an interest-rate cut is likely at the end of July... The benchmark interest rate is currently 2.35 percent, the highest rate in over a decade but a low level by historical standards. The Fed is widely expected to lower the rate to about 2.1 percent by the end of the month, which should provide extra stimulus to the economy, an unusual move at a time when unemployment is at a half-century low.
The World Customs Organization and Interpol said they conducted 1,828 seizures across 109 countries in June and seized nearly 10,000 live turtles and tortoises, 23 live apes, 30 live big cats, hundreds of pieces of elephant tusk, half a ton of ivory and five rhino horns.
The WCO said Wednesday the joint operation led to the identification of almost 600 suspects and triggered arrests worldwide, including 21 in Spain...
Laura Loomer is suing Facebook for alleged defamation after the social media platform banned her on the grounds that she was a “dangerous” individual. Loomer, a self-described nationalist who has elsewhere been described as a far-right activist, provocateur and conspiracy theorist, is being represented by Larry Klayman in the $3 billion lawsuit.
According to the lawsuit, when Loomer was banned by Facebook on May 2 — along with Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopolous, and more — Facebook said it has “always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology.”
Jennifer Araoz says she was recruited outside her New York City high school to provide sexual massages to the wealthy financier... The federal indictment unsealed this week refers to three unidentified victims but none of them is Araoz. She never contacted the authorities to tell her story, but she says she did tell at least four people — her mother, her old boyfriend and two close friends — about the Epstein encounters several years after they occurred. Reached by NBC News, all four confirmed that she told them years ago that she had been sexually assaulted by Epstein.
“Did Jeffrey Epstein rape you?” -Guthrie
“Yeah, he raped me – forcefully raped me. Knew exactly what he was doing, and I don’t think cared…if I wasn’t afraid to come forward sooner, then maybe he wouldn’t have done it to other girls. I feel really guilty.” -Jennifer Araoz pic.twitter.com/MhC1ugimLb
After several days of intense criticism by President Trump, who called the British ambassador to Washington a “pompous fool” and said his administration would no longer work with him, Kim Darroch on Wednesday resigned his post.
Darroch had become embroiled in controversy after a cache of secret diplomatic cables were leaked to a British tabloid over the weekend. The memos from Darroch described the Trump as “insecure” and said that the administration was “inept” and “dysfunctional.”
Trump reacted by tweeting that Darroch was “wacky” and “a very stupid guy” and “a pompous fool.”...
Rafi Peretz made the statement during a cabinet meeting on July 1, according to Axios. The news outlet reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in attendance at the meeting... Discussing trends among the Jewish community throughout the world, Peretz and other ministers reportedly discussed intermarriage — with Peretz allegedly claiming that six million Jews have been lost over the last 70 years because of it. In response, Yuval Steinitz, minister of energy, reportedly chimed back: "First we need to stop disregarding and looking down on Jews in America that see themselves as Jews not only religiously but even more culturally and historically." Netanyahu concluded the meeting by telling the cabinet he is most concerned by U.S. Jews who are straying from Jewish traditions.
In his last documented political act, self-made billionaire and two-time presidential candidate Ross Perot wrote out two checks to President Trump’s re-election campaign before succumbing to his battle with leukemia at the age of 89, according to a report. Perot, who ran for president as a third-party candidate in 1992 and 1996, is largely credited with providing a road map for Trump's presidential campaign. Like Trump, Perot ran as a billionaire populist against the Republican establishment. His focus on the North American Free Trade Agreement – rather than the national debt – and his use of cable news for laying out his agenda were both familiar elements of Trump’s campaign... In March, Perot wrote two checks of the maximum legal limit to Trump’s re-election campaign, including next year’s general election
More than 150 Delta passengers are safe after their plane was forced to make an emergency landing due to engine failure on Monday. The plane made a safe emergency landing in Raleigh, North Carolina about an hour into the flight from Atlanta to Baltimore. "The Captain came on the loudspeaker and said that we had lost an engine and that they were making preparations to have an emergency landing" ... Delta released a statement apologizing for the inconvenience...
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), a 2020 White House hopeful, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) are introducing legislation aimed at making it easier for individuals with criminal records to get federal housing assistance and limit evictions.
The bill, named the Fair Chance at Housing Act, would ban tenants from being evicted after one incident of criminal activity and over the activities of guests.
The poll found that 76.7 percent of conservative respondents do not trust Facebook to treat all of its users equally, adding that the majority of the overall respondents — 63.4 percent — had also admitted to finding Facebook untrustworthy with regards to treating all of its users equally.
A New York federal judge barred the Justice Department on Tuesday from changing its lawyers in a legal fight over the Trump administration's effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. U.S. District Court Judge Jesse Furman, an Obama appointee, said government lawyers' motion for the change was "patently deficient" except in the case of two lawyers who have already left the department or the civil division which is handling the case.
The Army Ministry said the Javelin anti-tank guided missiles were for the "self-protection of a French military unit deployed to carry out intelligence and counter-terrorism operations" and never intended for sale or transfer to any party to Libya's conflict. "Damaged and unusable, the armaments were being temporarily stocked at a depot ahead of their destruction," the ministry said in a statement.
It is the first time since 2016 that France has publicly acknowledged it still has special forces deployed in Libya. It is not clear how many troops are deployed.
Harvard University has fired a fencing coach over the sale of his home for nearly double its assessed value to a wealthy businessman whose teenage son was later admitted to the school and joined the team. Athletic Director Bob Scalise said in an emailed statement Tuesday that head fencing coach Peter Brand has been fired for violating Harvard’s conflict-of-interest policy.
Indonesia is sending dozens of containers of waste back to wealthy nations after finding it was contaminated with used diapers, plastic, and other materials, adding to a growing backlash in Southeast Asia against being a dumping ground for the developed world’s rubbish. The Directorate General of Customs said July 9 that 49 containers at Batam port near Singapore will be returned to Australia, the U.S., France, Germany, and Hong Kong after inspections showed their contents violated Indonesian laws on the import of hazardous and toxic waste.