The removal of a Theodore Roosevelt statue at the Natural History Museum in Manhattan, which stirred protests as a symbol of colonialism and racism, has begun. It will be sent to his presidential library in North Dakota in a few weeks. https://nyti.ms/33AHIjD
I took a quick dive into the science of the volcanic eruption in Tonga. It was an extraordinary event that will keep researchers busy for a while... #TongaVolcano https://nyti.ms/355DKjx
Just in: The Army judge in the USS Cole bombing case has canceled next month’s pretrial hearing at Guantánamo Bay. The judge, Col. Lanny Acosta, invoked a “heightened risk of COVID,” and a light hearing agenda.
No criminal charges will be filed in the death of Cedric Lofton, a 17-year-old who lost consciousness after he was handcuffed and placed face down in a juvenile detention center in Wichita, Kansas, the local district attorney said on Tuesday. https://nyti.ms/3KnDegR
Biden renewed a free program to feed needy kids. Most states haven’t even applied. https://wapo.st/3tEcToO
Democrats brace for likely defeat of voting rights push due to GOP filibuster https://wapo.st/3Ab3ruw
Senate Democrats call for investigation into reported price gouging for COVID-19 tests http://hill.cm/Rsap2j9
Man sentenced to 30 years in prison after being pardoned by former Kentucky governor http://hill.cm/DCcgHhN
A YouTuber based in CA is catching people trying to meet kids for lewd acts. His followers have hailed his work, while others say he’s putting himself and others in danger.
I talked to him about why he does this: https://www.latimes.com/california/newsletter/2022-01-19/youtube-channel-child-predators-essential-california
Maps illustrating the terrain of James Joyce's "Ulysses," "Game of Thrones," Raymond Chandler's L.A. and much more are on display at the Huntington Library. https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/books/story/2022-01-19/mapping-fiction-exhibition
Porn and comedy have a lot in common, so why is it so hard to go from sex work to stand-up?
Activision Blizzard has been stuck in a "Call of Duty" rut.
How Microsoft could shake things up: https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-01-19/microsoft-activision-blizzard-deal-reputation
Top Democrats fear that the Biden White House is unprepared for the midterm elections. One exasperated House member asks: "Who is in charge?" https://cnn.it/32eOnQ3
Senior citizens are fuming that Medicare won't pay for Covid-19 tests at retailers https://cnn.it/3GJ4Zyr
President Biden to nominate four additional ambassadors, including Jane Hartley to United Kingdom post https://cnn.it/3Afxbq1
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Tech lobbyists say the House Republican leader's positions are more nuanced than his rhetoric suggests
President Joe Biden's team insists they aren’t thrown by their turn of fortune and that history will be on their side
Dozens of influential anti-abortion rights organizations are mobilizing against Califf, sending letters to senators arguing he has “a track record of rubber-stamping abortion industry demands”
Yemen's rebels used cruise missiles, ballistic missiles and drones in an attack on Abu Dhabi this week that killed three people and set off fires at a fuel depot and an international airport, the Emirati ambassador to the United States said. http://apne.ws/fDssi0c
As California's drought continues, one local water district that relies heavily on state supplies is taking a more aggressive stance toward households that waste. http://apne.ws/uSiZSF4
Cardi B has offered to pay the burial costs for all 17 people killed in a fire that ripped through a New York City high-rise. Mayor Eric Adams said the rapper offered the financial relief for victims of the fire in the Bronx, where she grew up. http://apne.ws/k6o9aFK
Senators opened a debate on voting legislation that Democrats and civil rights leaders say is vital for protecting democracy but that's almost certain to be defeated without filibuster rule changes. It's a likely setback for President Biden and his party. http://apne.ws/YHadg11
A snow blizzard disrupts a welcoming ceremony for Serbian President with gusts of wind blowing away the carpets while a presidential band played national anthems
Saturday’s eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano has scientists reeling over what they can learn from a blast big enough to send shock waves rippling at least twice around the globe at the speed of sound.
Supreme Court Associate Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Neil Gorsuch pushed back Wednesday on reporting that the two are engaged in a dispute over mask wearing inside the nation's highest courtroom amid the surging COVID-19 pandemic.
"Like that feeling of being represented accurately for the first time," said Edgar Gomez, who is non-binary and uses the pronouns he, she or they. "That’s how I felt when I discovered the word Latinx. Like, oh, finally someone found a way to reflect me."