By Ju-min Park TOKYO (Reuters) - The president of the Tokyo Olympic organising committee said he may need to resign over sexist comments that women board members had difficulty speaking concisely, which was annoying, the Mainichi newspaper quoted him as saying on Thursday. The 83-year-old Yoshiro Mori, a former Japanese prime minister and head of the Tokyo committee organising the postponed Summer Games this year, said he may step down if calls for his resignation continue. "If we increase the number of female board members, we have to make sure their speaking time is restricted somewhat, they...
The Lincoln Project to start a civics program to teach K-12 kids that today's government isn't normal
Chasing after your fellow officials screaming at them, staging protests that gum up Congress, and attacks on the U.S. Capitol aren't normal, but for some young people, it's all they've ever witnessed from their government, Axios reported.
It's one of the reasons that the GOP-expat group The Lincoln Project is starting a civics education program they'll call The Franklin Project. They'll also start doing grassroots organizing around those who are fed-up with "partisan dysfunction and authoritarianism." It will become their Democracy Corps, a "hyper-local movement spread across the nation 'that will advocate for and amplify the values upon which America was founded,'" said Axios, quoting the prospectus.
The move comes amid a group of over 100 Republicans threatening to leave the GOP amid Rep. Liz Cheney's (R-WY) expulsion from the House leadership.
"We're not the megaphone; we're the convener," co-executive director Greg Jenkins told Axios.
Evangelical leader Franklin Graham doesn't believe the conspiracy theories about the COVID-19 vaccine and he eagerly got poked, he told Axios chief Mike Allen revealed during their Sunday HBO show. He then went on to make the case for why Donald Trump should not to run for office in 2024.
Speaking to Graham, Allen asked what it was that convinced him to get vaccinated. He explained that he spoke to Dr. Ben Carson and other doctors and scientists who all indicated they'd be.
Graham also explained, "everyone should get vaccinated," whether they're Christian or not. He recalled getting the Polio vaccine and what a huge deal it was at the time because Polio had destroyed people's lives. So, he's not only pro-vaccine for COID-19 but pro-vaccine across the board.
He also said that former President Donald Trump should have been public about getting the vaccine in January when he did. Trump is the only former president who hasn't done a public service announcement encouraging people to get the shot. Graham said he wasn't sure if it would help, something Allen pushed him on.
"Oh come on," Allen said. "It would get noticed."
Graham agreed it's possible but confessed he's not sure if Trump's recommendation would matter or not. Indeed, he's right, some Trump supporters believe that the ex-president deserves more credit, but they still won't take the vaccine, pollster Frank Luntz's focus group in April.
Discussing some "hard truths," Graham confessed that he isn't afraid to hand it to Trump and tell him the truth.
"Sometimes I walk out of his office and I think he'll never invite me back again," Graham confessed.
When asked if Trump should run again in 2024, he said he wasn't sure it was a good idea, leaning against it. He explained that by 2024, Trump will be significantly older and that it would just be much harder.
See the interview below:
Axios on HBO: Rev. Franklin Graham on vaccine hesitancy (Clip) | HBO youtu.be
In a new moment of anti-bipartisanship, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy came out against the Jan. 6 Commission rules and organization structure after spending months helping write them.
Speaking to Rev. Al Sharpton on Sunday, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) said that McCarthy has been helping work on the rules, negotiate the commission and even sent any edits or recommendations in writing. Now, out of the blue, McCarthy opposes what he helped pen.
"Well, I can tell you this, Rev., Leader McCarthy along with every other leader in Congress, was kept informed on a daily basis as to what was going on," said the Congressman. "He even made suggestions as to what we needed to do if we needed his support in the bill. We accepted his suggestions and moved on. So, I can't really understand why, at the last moment, he would say that. I'm looking forward to voting on it this week. I look forward to having strong Republican support for this commission bill."
Rev. Sharpton was confused. "You and those that work along with you had consistent contact throughout the process with Mr. McCarthy. He even made recommendations, and now he's coming with a totally opposite point of view, point of contention even after he participated all the way through this process?"
Rep. Thompson agreed with the assessment, noting he didn't quite understand it.
See the interview below:
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