By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Syria's army said on Monday the country's air defences had intercepted "Israeli aggression" over the capital, Damascus, in the latest stepped-up bombing of Iranian targets inside the country over the last two months. The Israeli military, which just began a surprise air force combat drill along the country's northern border, said "it did not comment on foreign reports," according to a spokeswoman. Syrian state media did not give details of what was hit by the Israeli air force. Israeli military planes flew over the Golan Heights to hit targets on the ed...
A supporter of former President Donald Trump has pleaded guilty to intimidation with a dangerous weapon and willful injury after he fired multiple shots into a car filled with Black girls last year.
Local news station KCCI reports that 26-year-old Michael McKinney is now admitting to "causing the occupants to fear serious injury from my action" and also seriously injuring a 15-year-old girl whom he shot in the leg.
McKinney shot into the car while attending a pro-Trump rally at the Iowa Capitol building in December, exactly one month before the deadly January 6th pro-Trump riot that took place at the United States Capitol building.
"McKinney was wearing body armor and heavily armed when he participated in a pro-Trump parade of slow-moving vehicles through Des Moines on Dec. 6," reports KCCI. "Police say he had a pistol, another firearm in his vehicle and was carrying two loaded magazines."
Witnesses say that the girls' car was surrounded by Trump supporters after they drove by and began taunting them. The car's driver put the vehicle in reverse to escape the Trump supporters and struck a pickup truck, at which point McKinney drew his weapon and started firing at them.
McKinney faces a maximum of 10 years in prison for both charges he's pleading guilty to, although in exchange prosecutors are dropping the more serious charge of attempted murder.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) continued his opposition to anything in President Joe Biden's agenda, including the compromise proposed by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) on the voting rights legislation, Axios reported Thursday.
McConnell infamously announced, "One hundred percent of my focus is standing up to this administration. What we have in the United States Senate is total unity from Susan Collins to Ted Cruz in opposition to what the new Biden administration is trying to do to this country."
Manchin said that he refused to support any legislation that isn't bipartisan, but even he doesn't seem to be able to achieve bipartisan legislation with what has become known as "the party of no."
"Senate Democrats seem to have reached a so-called 'compromise' election takeover among themselves. In reality, the plan endorsed by Stacey Abrams is no compromise," McConnell said.
Abrams told NPR's Morning Edition Thursday that she supports literally any legislation that supports making voting easier for all Americans.
"It still subverts the First Amendment to supercharge cancel culture and the left's name-and-shame campaign model," McConnell said with no real explanation of what he was talking about. "It takes redistricting away from state legislatures and hands it over to computers."
The Democratic bill, which enjoys support from voters on the left and right, would require dark money groups to disclose their donors and would remove partisan lawmakers on the left and the right from gerrymandering congressional districts. McConnell feels both would mean Republicans would lose power because so many districts have been drawn by the GOP to ensure they stay in power. The partisan gerrymandering has been struck down by the Supreme Court.
A leaked conference call with right-wing groups and a McConnell policy adviser revealed that the GOP is losing the war against voting rights.
"In private, they concede their own polling shows that no message they can devise effectively counters the argument that billionaires should be prevented from buying elections," said The New Yorker in a May report.
"When presented with a very neutral description" of the bill, "people were generally supportive," McKenzie said, adding that "the most worrisome part . . . is that conservatives were actually as supportive as the general public was when they read the neutral description," said Kyle McKenzie, the research director for the Koch Brothers-funded group Stand Together.
Putin blows up disinfo claims about Biden’s mental fitness: ‘He doesn’t let anything get by, I assure you’
U.S. conservative and Russian media alike portray President Joe Biden as doddering and mentally feeble, but Vladimir Putin says that's just not true.
The Russian president met his American counterpart Wednesday for their first summit in Geneva, and Putin knocked down speculation about Biden's fitness as a leader after a Russian senator asked if he had dementia, reported Bloomberg.
"The image of President Biden that our, and even American, media present has nothing to do with reality," Putin said. "Biden's a professional, you have to be very attentive with him so as not to miss anything. He doesn't let anything get by, I assure you."
Russian media and many on the American right have speculated the 78-year-old Biden is too old and infirm to effectively serve in the White House, and some have pointed to his use of note cards at the Geneva summit, which Putin said all world leaders do.
"His press secretary is a young, educated, beautiful woman who's always mixing things up," Putin said, taking a shot at Jen Psaki, who first drew his ire as State Department spokeswoman in the Obama administration. "[Biden is] collected, knows what he wants to achieve and does it adroitly," Putin said.
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