By Jahnavi Nidumolu and Renju Jose (Reuters) -An underwater volcano off Tonga erupted on Saturday, triggering a tsunami warning for several South Pacific island nations, with footage on social media showing waves crashing into homes. Tsunami waves were observed in Tonga's capital and the capital of American Samoa, a U.S.-based tsunami monitor said. The eruption at 0410 GMT of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai underwater volcano, located about 65 km (40 miles) north of Nuku'alofa, caused a 1.2 metre tsunami, Australia's Bureau of Meteorology said. The agency said it continued to monitor the situati...
'She has fallen short': Kyrsten Sinema slammed by Arizona Dem Party for failing to stand up for voting rights
On Thursday, in a highly unusual move, the Arizona Democratic Party publicly condemned their own senator in a press release, sharply criticizing Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) for her vote against reforming Senate rules to pass a pair of voting rights bills.
"Unfortunately, the US Senate failed to protect our democracy that is under attack by Republicans across the country," said ADP Chair Raquel Terán. “This should not be a partisan issue — the duty to protect our most fundamental right to vote is one that we all share. Despite last night’s outcome, our fight to protect the rights of Arizonans by passing the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act continues."
"We were counting on Senator Sinema to fight for Arizona, find a path forward, and protect our democracy, but on this issue she has fallen short," continued the statement. "Right now, Arizona is ground-zero for the modern-day fight for voting rights, and we don’t have any time to waste.”
The Freedom to Vote Act would abolish partisan gerrymandering and establish a minimum standard of voting access for all voters nationwide, prohibiting many tactics Republicans use to restrict the vote like making it hard to register or to vote by mail. The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act would restore key voting rights protections gutted by the Supreme Court.
Sinema has endorsed both of these bills, but opposes any change to the filibuster rule in the Senate, which allows Republicans to perpetually block both pieces of legislation. Her fellow Arizona senator, Mark Kelly, supports such a change, as do all other Senate Democrats except for Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV).
This debate comes as key Arizona Republican candidates for office, like Kari Lake, have endorsed former President Donald Trump's Big Lie that the 2020 election was stolen and even called on election officials to be arrested.
Fox News host Bret Baier tried to get Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to talk about former President Donald Trump's impact on the Republican Party, only to get absolutely no response in return.
"Do you think that former President Donald Trump will be a help to you in the midterm elections?" Baier asked the Republican Senate leader on Thursday.
"I think the midterm election almost certainly is going to be a referendum on the party in power," he said. "This is an entirely Democratic government, Democratic president, House and Senate. They are in charge of governing... I think the American people are about to send this administration a pretty big message that they do not approve of all the things that are going wrong."
Baier, however, refused to back off and played McConnell a clip of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) saying McConnell needed to have a "working relationship" with Trump if he wanted to lead the Republicans in the Senate.
McConnell still would not take the bait, and instead he praised Graham for helping other Republican senators defeat Democrats' attempt this week to weaken the filibuster to pass voting rights legislation.
Watch the video below.
Mitch McConnell refuses to talk about Trump -- even after being asked about him twice www.youtube.com
Chobani yogurt CEO Hamdi Ulukaya's pro-immigration stance made him the target of racist attacks and death threats from supporters of former president Donald Trump in 2016.
Five years later, Ulukaya has come under fire — and is facing calls for a boycott of his company's products — after participating in a food drive last week with Ivanka Trump, the former president's daughter who served as a White House adviser.
After Ivanka Trump posted "stylized photos" from the food drive on social media, she was accused of trying to rehab her image by "pretending to be a good person."
On Thursday, the San Jose Mercury News reported that the fallout has since engulfed Ulukaya.
According to the newspaper, critics "wonder how Ulukaya knows Ivanka Trump or why he’d publicly associate with her, given his own sterling reputation as a socially responsible business leader and humanitarian who advocates that business leaders be ethical, accountable and care about their communities."
"Moreover, the self-made billionaire is a Turkish immigrant whose company has proudly employed resettled refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkey, and other countries to work in its factories in upstate New York and Idaho," the newspaper reported. "Mobilized by the anti-immigration rhetoric that propelled Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, calls to '#BoycottChobani' erupted on right-leaning Twitter and Facebook accounts. Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones falsely accused Chobani of 'importing migrant rapists,' while Breitbart, co-founded by Trump’s White House counselor Steve Bannon, suggested that the company was fueling a 'Muslim refugee crisis.'"
Ulukaya even filed a lawsuit over the defamatory attacks and went on to speak out publicly against Trump's Muslim travel ban.
"More than five years later, some Chobani customers said on social media that they might stop buying the company’s yogurt, creamers and other products because of Ulukaya’s apparent collaboration with Ivanka Trump. To them, such a partnership runs counter to all Ulukaya stands for," the Mercury News reported. "Media representatives for Chobani did not respond to questions about whether Ulukaya and Ivanka Trump are friends, how they know each other and whether they are indeed collaborating on any projects, including on programs to distribute food to needy families."
The newspaper noted that the controversy is being fueled in part by new developments this week.
On Tuesday, the New York attorney general's office implicated Ivanka Trump in allegedly fraudulent activity by her father's company. And on Thursday, the House Select Committee investigating the Captiol insurrection sent a letter to Ivanka Trump requesting her cooperation.
More from Twitter below.
WTF Chobani?!! You didn\u2019t need to partner with scum to do a good deed. Ugh https://nypost.com/2022/01/15/ivanka-trump-and-chobani-founder-launch-food-drives-in-ny/?utm_source=twitter_sitebuttons&utm_medium=site%20buttons&utm_campaign=site%20buttons\u00a0\u2026— S.P. (I got the shot! x3) \u270c\ud83c\udffc (@S.P. (I got the shot! x3) \u270c\ud83c\udffc) 1642550218
You can't post about MLK the day after you throw down with the daughter of an avowed racist. You just can't. #ivankapatriots— GREG MAROTTA (@GREG MAROTTA) 1642469257
How does this message synch with teaming up with a senior member of an openly racist and Islamophobic administration (looking to launder her image)?— Margie Gunderson (@Margie Gunderson) 1642615641
Never, ever again will our family buy any of your products. Allowing these corrupt people to exploit your reputable brand for personal gain is unconscionable https://t.co/u01QWsyhZK
— Lula Rodriguez (@Lananalula) January 19, 2022
But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.— Matthew 6:3
P.S. @Chobani CEO is part of rehabbing her image. Looks like I’ll be eating another yogurt brand. The grifter stench will never wear off Ivanka & her treasonous complicity. https://t.co/glKR75Fy1W
— Molly Cantrell-Kraig 💉💉💉😷 (@mckra1g) January 19, 2022
Is this a joke?
Did @Chobani just align themselves w/ one of the most despicable names since (Benedict)Arnold.
With someone that wasn’t just a bystander in the destructive force that has divided our country. That literally called insurrectionists patriots
— Wilber Basquiat’s ghost🇺🇸 (@GhostWilber) January 18, 2022
Ironic since Chobani was founded by an immigrant who hires refugees and immigrants to get them started, while Ivanka hates immigrants, refugees, and poor people. But does she ever love a photo opp.— JO (@JO) 1642465392