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Primary elections are being held in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and Texas today. Many eyes are on Georgia, where former Vice President Mike Pence has been rallying support for Gov. Brian Kemp, the Republican incumbent. Pence appeared at an event for Kemp yesterday – and it was widely seen as an implicit rebuke of former President Donald Trump, who has endorsed Kemp’s primary opponent, former GOP Sen. David Perdue. On the Democratic side, Stacey Abrams is running unopposed, setting up a potential rematch with Kemp following a previous loss to him in 2018. However, since her defeat, Abrams has soared to national prominence and is no longer an underdog with little following outside of Georgia. This comes as early voting has surged to record levels in the Georgia primary, with more than 800,000 ballots cast ahead of today’s contests.
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.
In response to a global outbreak of monkeypox cases, the US is working to release a vaccine from the nation’s Strategic National Stockpile to combat the rare virus. There is one confirmed case of monkeypox and four suspected cases in the US, the CDC said. The confirmed case is in a man in Massachusetts, and the four other suspected cases are in men in New York, Florida and Utah. While anyone can get or spread monkeypox, a “notable fraction of cases” in the latest global outbreak are happening among gay and bisexual men, the CDC said yesterday. As a result, the CDC decided to hold a news conference about the outbreak now because LGBTQ Pride month usually kicks off around Memorial Day weekend, and officials wanted to make sure the community was aware of the situation.
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Winners of the Golden Globes announced
It’s not an easy discussion, but a very important one. Here are tips to help your children understand – and open up – about the conflict in Ukraine.
Green Day and other acts cancel Russian concerts
From Ukraine to Maryland: How an American basketball player traveled 5,000 miles to make it home
It was a slow and scary trek for this basketball player who was overcome with relief when he finally made it to US soil again.
New satellite launches to track Earth’s wild weather and dangerous space storms
Experts say it has the most sophisticated and sharpest view yet of Earth’s Western Hemisphere – and it can spot wildfires before we do.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians says ‘door is never closed’ on Tom Brady
How entertaining would it be if the legendary quarterback decided to reverse his retirement decision? One can only imagine…
That’s the amount Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev received in a federal stimulus payment. The US Attorney’s Office of Massachusetts has filed a request to have that stimulus payment and other funds in Tsarnaev’s inmate trust account turned over to his victims while he serves a life sentence in Colorado. Four people were killed and hundreds of others were injured after Tsarnaev and his brother set off two bombs near the Boston Marathon finish line in 2013.
That’s how many families are estimated to be stranded without reliable child care, exacerbating the nation’s worker shortage as parents continue to stay home, according to a new report by economists at Wells Fargo. Sweeping federal funding for child care was proposed by Biden and included in the Build Back Better bill passed by the House in November, but that plan is currently stalled in the Senate.
President Joe Biden, in a fiery speech yesterday commemorating the anniversary of the January 6 insurrection. Biden thoroughly denounced participants in the riot and made the rare move of denouncing former President Donald Trump as a threat to democracy – without naming him outright.
– Ukrainian boxing champion Oleksandr Usyk, on his decision to return home and join the Ukrainian territorial defense battalion.
You’ve made it to the finish line of the week, which is not unlike this thrilling little corgi race. (Click here to view)
Take a moment to enjoy this poetic montage of powerful women across the decades. (Click here to view)