Istanbul (AFP) - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday rejected worldwide condemnation over Turkey's decision to convert the Byzantine-era monument Hagia Sophia back into a mosque, saying it represented his country's will to use its "sovereign rights".Erdogan, who critics say is chipping away at the Muslim-majority country's secular pillars, announced Friday that Muslim prayers would begin on July 24 at the UNESCO World Heritage site.In the past, he has repeatedly called for the stunning building to be renamed as a mosque and in 2018, he recited a verse from the Koran at Hagia Sophia. "T...
In a major defeat for Democrats, the Senate voted 52-48 on Wednesday night against changing its filibuster rules to allow passage of a voting-rights package.
Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined all Republicans in voting against the proposal.
Shortly after the vote, Sinema could be seen shaking hands on the floor with several GOP senators who appeared to be thanking her.
A video posted to Twitter quickly garnered hundreds of comments, with many expressing outrage and disgust over the Democrat's actions.
Watch it and read some of the responses below.
That red dress is no accident.https://twitter.com/acyn/status/1484010458835152899\u00a0\u2026— \u2620\ufe0f\ud835\udd3e\ud835\udd59\ud835\udd60\ud835\udd64\ud835\udd65\ud835\udd68\ud835\udd52\ud835\udd5d\ud835\udd5c\ud835\udd56\ud835\udd63\u2620\ufe0f (@\u2620\ufe0f\ud835\udd3e\ud835\udd59\ud835\udd60\ud835\udd64\ud835\udd65\ud835\udd68\ud835\udd52\ud835\udd5d\ud835\udd5c\ud835\udd56\ud835\udd63\u2620\ufe0f) 1642652716
The first one there to shake Kyrsten Sinema's hand is John Kennedy, one of the 8 GOP senators who voted to overturn Biden's election victory.https://twitter.com/Acyn/status/1484010458835152899\u00a0\u2026— Justin Baragona (@Justin Baragona) 1642652073
It's the envelope line at a mobsters funeral.https://twitter.com/Acyn/status/1484010458835152899\u00a0\u2026— Beto-crat Christin Resist n \ud83c\udff4\u200d\u2620\ufe0f (@Beto-crat Christin Resist n \ud83c\udff4\u200d\u2620\ufe0f) 1642651849
\u2018TRAITOR IN RED\u2019https://twitter.com/acyn/status/1484010458835152899\u00a0\u2026— voteblue2020 (@voteblue2020) 1642652397
Anyone see any cash being slipped into her slimey hands?https://twitter.com/Acyn/status/1484010458835152899\u00a0\u2026— BlueC (@BlueC) 1642651991
I can hear them now, good girl, great job honey, way to stand strong sugar\u2026https://twitter.com/acyn/status/1484010458835152899\u00a0\u2026— Buckaroo1967 (@Buckaroo1967) 1642653302
I don\u2019t think the senator from Arizona realizes that when they are done getting what they need from her they would throw her out of a moving car.https://twitter.com/acyn/status/1484010458835152899\u00a0\u2026— mike lauterbach (@mike lauterbach) 1642652578
https://twitter.com/acyn/status/1484010458835152899?s=21\u00a0\u2026\n\nI remember how hard we fought to get you into office. We WILL NOT forget.— Yasmine Mary, ARNP-FNP-C (@Yasmine Mary, ARNP-FNP-C) 1642651685
Am sure this was a major moment for this narcissist\u2026.getting accolades from GOP senators it only feeds her delusion that she is \u201cthe one\u201d to \u201cunite\u201d America.https://twitter.com/acyn/status/1484010458835152899\u00a0\u2026— Alejandro Villegas (@Alejandro Villegas) 1642651751
‘Nail in the coffin’: MSNBC analyst explains why Steve Bannon and Mark Meadows are ‘in deep doo-doo’
Trump adviser Steve Bannon and former chief of staff Mark Meadows are in "deep doo-doo" after the Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the former president's claims of executive privilege regarding White House records related to Jan. 6, according to former acting U.S. solicitor general Neal Katyal.
"It's a real problem for them," Katyal told MSNBC on Wednesday night. "Remember, Steve Bannon has been indicted already for contempt for not giving these answers to Congress, so he's facing criminal charges. Mark Meadows is on his way to the same thing. Both of their defenses to contempt is executive privilege, and the Supreme Court today blew that out of the water."
"So that means that these two individuals really do have to go and talk to the investigators in Congress, but it also more significantly means the Trump signature move – which is not just to hide these documents, but all these people from testifying on live televised hearings in Congress, he was going to invoke executive privilege for all that — that's now decimated by the Supreme Court's ruling."
"So it's going to be very hard for all these folks, not just Bannon and Meadows, but (Trump lawyers Rudy) Giuliani and (John) Eastman and the whole cast of characters, to avoid having to testify," Katyal said. "They can try other arguments, like the Fifth Amendment and so on, but today is a real nail in the coffin for them."
Watch the full interview below.
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Former president Donald Trump allegedly inflating the value of his company's assets is reminiscent of him bragging about his hand size during a 2016 debate, according to MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.
During a report on the New York attorney general's investigation into Trump's company, Maddow noted Wednesday night that the former president is accused of claiming that his triplex New York City apartment is 30,000 square feet, when it's only 10,996 square feet.
"He lied about the actual square footage of his hands — I mean his apartment," Maddow said. "And not a little bit. Not like he added an extra room. He said it was three times as big as it actually was."
"But the square footage is just the start," Maddow said, pointing to the fact that Trump allegedly claimed the apartment was worth $327 million.
Last year, the most expensive apartment in the U.S. was worth only $169 million, Maddow said.
"Trump said his apartment was worth almost double that," she said. "Year after year, on official financial statements, he said his apartment was worth nearly twice as much as the most expensive apartment in the country, and he said it was three times larger than it actually was, which is wild and flagrant and almost impressively dishonest, and it does make you think back to him bragging about his hand size at the debate. I mean, it's just too on the nose, right?"
"But according to the New York attorney general, it's not just an interesting, like, personality pathology," Maddow added. "It was part of a pattern of behavior by Donald Trump and his company that was potentially illegal."
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