Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday passed an executive order seeking to “discourage” conversion therapy in Pennsylvania, calling the controversial practice that attempts change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity a “junk science” that negatively harms LGBTQ people across the commonwealth. The executive order comes comes amid a surge of anti-gay rhetoric and sharpened attacks on LGBTQ people nationally, where Republican-dominated legislatures are seeking to roll back constitutional protections in the wake of Roe v. Wade being overturned. “We have a crisis here,” Wolf said. “Political attacks...
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French author Annie Ernaux won the 2022 Nobel Prize for Literature "for the courage and clinical acuity with which she uncovers the roots, estrangements and collective restraints of personal memory", the award-giving body said on Thursday.
Ernaux, whose work is mostly autobiographical, is 82.
In explaining its choice, the Academy said Ernaux "consistently and from different angles, examines a life marked by strong disparities regarding gender, language and class".
Her debut novel was "Les Armoires Vides" in 1974 but she gained international recognition following the publication of "Les Années" in 2008, translated into "The Years" in 2017.
"It is her most ambitious project, which has given her an international reputation and a raft of followers and literary disciples," the Academy said of that book.
"I consider this to be a great honour for me and at the same time a great responsibility, a responsibility given to me," Ernaux told Swedish public broadcaster SVT moments after the prize was announced.
The prizes for achievements in science, literature and peace were established in the will of Swedish chemist and engineer Alfred Nobel, whose invention of dynamite made him rich and famous, and have been awarded since 1901.
While many previous literature winners were already widely read before landing the prize, the award generates huge media attention and can catapult lesser known authors to global fame while spurring book sales even for literary superstars.
Some prizes have gone to writers from outside mainstream literary genres, including French philosopher Henri Bergson in 1927, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1953 and American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan in 2016.
Accurately predicting the winner of the literature award is educated guesswork at best and favorites to win this year's prize included a string of authors who have been considered to be high in the running for years.
Among the bookies' favorites for this year's prize were French writer Michel Houellebecq, who gained international fame with his 1998 novel Atomised, Kenya's Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Canadian poet Anne Carson and India-born Salman Rushdie.
Rushdie was stabbed in New York state in August as he was preparing to deliver a lecture, sustaining serious injuries. Last year's prize, widely seen as the world's most prestigious literary award, was won by Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah.
(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS and AFP)
'Really dangerous': CNN panel shreds conservative after she rationalizes still voting for Herschel Walker
Conservative commentator Alice Stewart on Thursday found herself cornered by fellow CNN panelists John Avlon and S.E. Cupp when she defended continuing to vote for scandal-plagued candidate Herschel Walker.
During a discussion about the latest allegations against Walker, including that he paid for a girlfriend's abortion and also physically abused his family, Stewart said that Georgia voters would look past everything because they are so focused on issues like crime and inflation.
"We're seeing character and ethics are not a qualifying factor for elected officials anymore," she explained. "It's unfortunate but it's actual reality... But conversations in my home state of Georgia, they're not concerned with what Herschel Walker did in 2009."
This earned a swift rebuke from Avlon.
"What we're saying is character doesn't count," he said. "That's what's really dangerous. If you go down that slippery slope and say that character doesn't count, confidence doesn't count, telling the truth doesn't count, what you're really saying is, 'Party above country, power above everything.'"
Stewart then tried to insist that people would still vote for Walker because of his policies, which caused Cupp to jump in with an interjection.
"I don't see conservatism in a lot of this, I don't see policies, principles, ideas," she said. "I see people like Herschel Walker and Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert and Donald Trump and Matt Gaetz vice-signaling to their base. And all they're voting for now is, 'Who do they hate and are they the same people I hate?'"
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The former president's newly hired lawyer Chris Kise has joined the Miami-based boutique firm Continental, which has deep ties to Florida's Republican Party and describes its mission as a bulwark against “woke cancel culture,” reported NBC News.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to represent conservatives who were shunned by Big Law,” said attorney Jesus M. Suarez. “The fact that there’s a segment of the legal establishment that won’t represent a former president of the United States because they disagree with his political views is antithetical to the practice of law.”
Trump asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in the special master's review of the documents seized at his private residence, and Kise was joined in the filing by Lazaro P. Fields, a Continental lawyer and former assistant U.S. attorney in the Northern District of Florida.
Suarez is a former chair of the Republican National Lawyers Association and was appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to a judicial nominating commission.
Other attorneys at the firm include Carlos Trujillo, a former Florida House member and Trump’s ambassador to the Organization of American States; Richard Corcoran, also a former Florida House member and DeSantis’ former state education commissioner, and Paul Hawkes, a former Florida First District Court of Appeal judge in Tallahassee.
Trump petitioned the Supreme Court on Tuesday in connection with a special master’s review of the documents. Joining Kise and other Trump lawyers on the filing was one of Continental’s attorneys, Lazaro P. Fields, a former assistant U.S. attorney in the Northern District of Florida.
Continental's other attorneys include Carlos Trujillo, Trump’s former ambassador to the Organization of American States, who served in the Florida House; Richard Corcoran, DeSantis’ former state education commissioner and a past state House speaker; Paul Hawkes, a former Florida First District Court of Appeal judge in Tallahassee; and Jesus M. Suarez, a former chair of the Republican National Lawyers Association and a DeSantis appointee on a judicial nominating commission.
Kise is a former solicitor general for Florida and previously served as an attorney on the gubernatorial transition teams for DeSantis and Rick Scott, who's now a U.S. senator.