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If you’re planning to enjoy the outdoors this weekend, meteorologists say proceed with caution. An unrelenting, early season heat wave will reach the eastern and southern tiers of the US over the next few days – and nearly 60% of Americans are expected see temperatures at or above 90 degrees.
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Democrats are facing a wave of exits in the House ahead of the critical midterm elections. Illinois Rep. Bobby Rush and Michigan Rep. Brenda Lawrence both announced they will not be seeking reelection in the fall, bringing the total number of Democrats planning to retire to 25. Eleven other members – six Democrats and five Republicans – are also planning to leave their posts to run for Senate or governor. Democratic leaders worry that the wave of resignations, along with redistricting efforts and low morale in the House, could bring more challenges to an already uncertain election season. Republican Devin Nunes, a close Trump ally who represented California for nearly 20 years, has just resigned from the House as well. He announced last month that he would be leaving Congress at the end of 2021 to become CEO of the Trump Media & Technology Group.
4. January 6
Former Attorney General William Barr has “tentatively agreed to give sworn testimony behind closed doors” to the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, insurrection, according to two sources familiar with the negotiations. Barr has talked informally with the committee, but this formal request would add to several sworn testimonies the committee has sought from other Republican lawmakers as part of its probe into circumstances leading up to the storming of the US Capitol. Separately, the committee yesterday announced it has evidence that Republican Rep. Barry Loudermilk led a tour of the US Capitol complex the day before pro-Trump rioters stormed the building. The committee is now looking for more information from Loudermilk about the purpose of the tour and its participants.
5. Saudi Arabia
Walmart doubles down on delivering groceries straight into your fridge
Y2K style is back, no matter how traumatizing it was the first time around.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have fired head coach Urban Meyer
The Urban Meyer experiment is over after just 13 games.
We really did buy more alcohol during the early pandemic, study finds
2021’s weirdest TikTok beauty trends
Proof that there is no limit to the strange stuff people will put on their faces.
‘Shatner in Space’ joins William Shatner on his trip to the final frontier
Reminder: Shatner is 90 YEARS OLD. And he WENT TO SPACE.
bell hooks, the prominent feminist, writer and academic, has passed away at 69. Born in Kentucky as Gloria Jean Watkins, hooks was known for her writing on race, gender and sexuality, and was dedicated to producing feminist theory that anyone could use and understand.
That’s how many international visitors Bali welcomed in 2021. In a normal year, that figure would be in the millions, but strict border control measures and an airport closed due to the pandemic completely decimated the island’s tourism this year.
“Regardless of today’s finding, we will continue to be tenacious in our efforts to stop fire ignitions from our equipment and to ensure that everyone and everything is always safe.”
Marylin Batista, the interim general counsel for Broward County Public Schools. The district has agreed to pay more than $26 million to the shooting victims and the families of 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
What, you think you can put cats in front of some perfectly set up dominoes and they WON’T knock them over? (Click here to view)