MACON, Ga. — Racing to squeeze more support from heavily Republican rural areas, President Donald Trump promised a “red wave” would crush Democrats in November and touted his administration’s agricultural programs at an outdoor rally that underscored Georgia’s tight race for the White House.Throughout his Friday speech to more than 1,000 supporters packing a Macon airport, Trump said he had no doubt Georgia would remain in the GOP column in November, despite polls showing Joe Biden threatening to become the first Democrat to carry the state since 1992.The president sprinkled his remarks with s...
American super-swimmer Katie Ledecky did not win the 400m free swim in the Tokyo Olympics despite her incredible talent and abilities. She was beaten by another incredible swimmer from Australia, Ariarne Titmus. But it was her coach that is getting all of the attention Sunday as videos were replayed in the United States.
"The greatest female freestyler in history had completed her first swim of these Tokyo Olympics, rolling through the 400-meter freestyle in 4:00.45," Sports Illustrated reported of the early qualifying rounds. "The next heat was the one she had her eye on, led by Australian Ariarne Titmus. Her time: 4:01.66."
"Nice," said Ledecky after being told of Titmus's time, according to the report. "It's going to be a great race tomorrow."
This is what it looked like:
THAT FINISH 😱 Ariarne Titmus knocks off Katie Ledecky and wins gold in the women’s 400m freestyle 🥇 (via… https://t.co/bm4iAaPBSA— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) 1627266747.0
Dean Boxall took the success to a whole new level, losing his mind and almost his mask as he celebrated in the stands.
As one U.S. fan said, if Ledecky had to lose, at least the world got this out of it.
See the video below and comments from the US:
My pup when I say we're going to the dog park #TokyoOlympics https://t.co/M6Etamdwsk— Josh Jordan (@Josh Jordan) 1627267543.0
Me, five minutes after the first time I kissed a girl. https://t.co/mZBusxPiT2— Bradley P. Moss (@Bradley P. Moss) 1627267055.0
Me after I get out of isolation at midnight tonight. #lockdownmelbourne https://t.co/UJPWS92tYm— 🎤Jo Woods 🎧🎀 (@🎤Jo Woods 🎧🎀) 1627268309.0
me at buffalo wild wings after lattimore intercepted foles during the 2018 divisional https://t.co/LJnx65vfTt— Mitch (@Mitch) 1627268206.0
Ariarne Titmus’ coach just had the best reaction of all time to her 400-meter freestyle gold medal win over Katie L… https://t.co/rfBEcNFy7x— Joe Pompliano (@Joe Pompliano) 1627266875.0
Congratulations to Ariarne Titmus and her coach, The Ultimate Warrior: https://t.co/cXw4zSaWty— Jamie Wall (@Jamie Wall) 1627266710.0
If Katie Ledecky had to be beat by Ariarne Titmus in the 400m free, at least we got this out of it. 😂 #Tokyo2020 https://t.co/mpfd7ONu7B— Mandi Bierly (@Mandi Bierly) 1627266757.0
With the massive Bootleg Fire less than half contained and having burned nearly 409,000 acres in Oregon, Democratic Gov. Kate Brown appeared on CNN Sunday to discuss current conditions in her state, the climate emergency, and what the future may look like across the U.S. West.
"The harsh reality is that we're going to see more of these wildfires," Brown told host Jake Tapper on "State of the Union."
"They're hotter, they're more fierce, and obviously much more challenging to tackle," Brown continued. "And they are a sign of the changing climate impacts."
The governor acknowledged other crises her state has endured over this past year—the Covid-19 pandemic, a regional heatwave tied to over 100 deaths in Oregon alone, ice storms in February, and historic wildfires last year for which recovery is ongoing.
"Climate change is here, it's real, and it's like a hammer hitting us in the head, and we have to take action," declared the governor, who noted her state's efforts on renewable energy and electric vehicles.
As a bootleg fire consumes more than 408,000 acres in Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown says, "The harsh reality is that we'r… https://t.co/D1HKQpJVSf— State of the Union (@State of the Union) 1627224605.0
As for shorter-term action to address raging fires, Brown told Tapper she appreciates the "strong partnership with the Biden-Harris administration," pointing to forest management efforts that not only put Oregonians to work on federal lands but also reduce the impacts of wildfires.
Her comments come as U.S. senators are working to finalize a bipartisan infrastructure deal as early as Monday and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) reiterated Sunday that she won't put the bipartisan plan up for a vote "until we have the rest of the initiative," referring to the reconciliation package that Democrats intend to pass without GOP support.
"We are rooting for the infrastructure bill to pass," Pelosi told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on "This Week," referencing the bipartisan deal, "but we all know that more needs to be done if we're going to build back better."
Pressed on not holding a vote on infrastructure until the Senate passes a much larger package through reconciliatio… https://t.co/C7L1LctlGL— This Week (@This Week) 1627219886.0
A key provision that progressive climate campaigners and lawmakers want to include in the reconciliation package is a fully funded Civilian Climate Corps (CCC). Inspired by a New Deal-era program, the new initiative would put millions of Americans to work in green jobs.
Earlier this week, 84 Democrats—including Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who proposed CCC legislation in April—sent a letter (pdf) to Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) outlining what they want the program to look like.
Meanwhile, Pelosi's state is also enduring intense wildfires. The Dixie Fire, California's largest, destroyed multiple homes and properties on Saturday. By Sunday morning it was only 21% contained and had consumed over 190,000 acres.
There are 86 active large fires that have collectively burned 1,498,205 acres across 12 Western states, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.
Experts and policymakers continue to point to the fires as proof of the necessity of ambitious policies and actions that meet the scale of the climate emergency.
"The climate crisis is here. We're living it," Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) tweeted earlier this week, as the Bootleg Fire burned through his state. "And without immediate, meaningful action, it will get so much worse than we ever could have imagined."
In about three months, world leaders will come together for a United Nations climate summit in Glasgow to discuss governments' commitments to cutting planet-heating emissions in line with the Paris agreement goals—keeping global temperature rise this century below 2°C, and preferably limiting it to 1.5°C.
⏰#DeadlineGlasgow: 100 days to go until @COP26, where government & finance leaders must take bold climate action.… https://t.co/6xhTkp1B8I— 350PDX (@350PDX) 1627060738.0
The Biden-Harris administration rejoined the Paris agreement and pledged to halve U.S. emissions by 2030, relative to 2005—but critics say that falls short of what science and justice demand, especially considering that the United States is the world's biggest historical emitter and wealthiest country.
Other rich countries are also under fire for inadequate climate commitments.
The Guardian reported Sunday that an analysis by the peer-reviewed group Paris Equity Check found that Australia, Brazil, China, and Russia all have energy policies associated with 5°C rises in atmospheric temperatures.
"The research underlines what many of us fear," said Yann Robiou du Pont, the lead researcher for the analysis. "Major economies are simply not doing enough to tackle the climate crisis and, in many cases, G20 countries are leaving us on track [for] a world of more heatwaves, flooding, and extreme weather events."
Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced Sunday that he has COVID-19 for a second time.
The announcement from on Facebook in which he thanked well-wishers for their outpouring of love and kindness.
"I keep my family's private business very quiet, because of the evil in the world, yet we are uplifted by the love of God's children, and quiet privacy does not mean secrecy, so, here's the update," he wrote. "I have COVID, Becca has COVID, my son has COID. Becca and I had COVID before, early on, in January 2020, before the world really knew what it was. So, this is our second experience with the CCP biological attack weaponized virus...and this episode is far more challenging. It has required all of my devoted energy."
Higgins announced in May that he would never wear a mask because it wasn't helping, and he believed it was trapping bacteria somehow.
"Can you smell through that mask?" said Higgins. "Then you're not stopping any sort of a virus. It's part of the dehumanization of the children of God. You're participating in it by wearing a mask."
"What you're wearing is a bacteria trap; it's not helping your health or anybody else's," Higgins added.
Higgins is also the same member of Congress who claimed that his wife has the gift of "premonition." So, it's unclear if she prognosticated that the family would get COVID-19.
Higgins hasn't announced whether or not he is vaccinated, but many Republicans in the caucus aren't.
There's another question: how would Higgins know that what he and his wife had in Jan. 2020 was COVID? It was so early that there were few people even being tested.
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