Devin Nunes, the California congressman and close ally of Donald Trump, has announced he will be leaving the US House of Representatives next month to join Trump’s new social media venture.
The Republican, who represents a rural California district, wrote a letter to constituents on Monday, saying wanted to pursue a “new opportunity to fight for the most important issues I believe in”.
Shortly afterwards, Trump Media & Technology Group announced Nunes would become the company’s chief executive in January.
In a statement, Nunes said: “The time has come to reopen the internet and allow for the free flow of ideas and expression without censorship.”
The US Department of Justice is ending its latest investigation into the death of Emmett Till, a Black teenager who was brutally abducted, tortured and killed in 1955, without filing any charges after failing to prove that a key witness lied.
Till’s family expressed disappointment that there will continue to be no accountability for the infamous lynching.
“Today is a day we will never forget,” Till’s cousin the Rev Wheeler Parker said during a news conference in Chicago. “For 66 years we have suffered pain … I suffered tremendously.”
The DoJ reopened the investigation after a 2017 book quoted Carolyn Bryant Donham, a white woman, as saying she lied about Till whistling and making sexual advances toward her. But the investigation ended without charges against Donham, who told the FBI that she had never recanted her accusations.
China has reacted angrily to the US government’s diplomatic boycott of next year’s Winter Olympics, as more countries said they would consider joining the protest over Beijing’s human rights record.
Chinese officials dismissed Washington’s boycott as a “posturing and political manipulation” and tried to discredit the decision by claiming that US diplomats had not even been invited to Beijing in the first place.
The White House confirmed on Monday that it would not send any official or diplomatic representatives due to “ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity”.
“The athletes on Team USA have our full support,” said the White House press secretary, Jen Psaki. “We will be behind them 100% as we cheer them on from home. We will not be contributing to the fanfare of the Games.”
People in counties that voted Trump are more likely to die from Covid-19, than those who live in counties that voted for Biden, according to a study by National Public Radio. NPR examined deaths per 100,000 people in about 3,000 counties across the US since May 2021. According to NPR, 1 May was chosen as the start date as it is roughly the time when vaccines became universally available to adults. The study found that areas that voted for Trump by at least 60% in November 2020 had death rates 2.7 times higher than counties that voted heavily for Biden.
What do you do when your family has deep ties to the oil and gas industry, yet all agree that burning fossil fuels is accelerating the climate crisis? For one family, the fossil fuel industry’s role in stoking the climate emergency is more than just a dinner table debate. It’s their legacy. Andy and Wendy, who met in the 1970s while working as engineers for Exxon, sit down with their children, James and Liz, the day before Thanksgiving to discuss the climate crisis and how the family reckons with their fossil fuel connection.
Last year, when the Washington football team ditched their racist nickname, they also ditched their logo, the profile of a Native American. It was designed by Walter S “Blackie” Wetzel and now Walter’s son Don Wetzel wants it back, but it is unclear whether Washington own the copyright. Wetzel wants to repurpose the logo so that it becomes the face of the Blackie Wetzel Warrior Society, which hopes to raise public awareness for missing and murdered Indigenous women, but Washington is yet to agree. “It’s more of a moral battle than a legal battle,” Don said.
All coral reefs in the western Indian Ocean are at high risk of collapse in the next 50 years due to global heating and overfishing, according to an assessment. From Seychelles to the Delagoa region off the coast of Mozambique and South Africa, the reef systems are at risk of becoming functionally extinct by the 2070s, with a huge loss of biodiversity, and threatening the livelihoods and food sources for hundreds of thousands of people.
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Cities around the world have been inspired by the #MeToo movement to rename their streets after women. But in the Flemish village of Moorsele, which is happy to honour Marie Curie with Marie Curiestraat, there is despair over Marie Cornilliestraat. Named after Marie Cornillie, who was a landowner known as the “castle lady of Moorsele”. She lived there between 1793 and 1867 but the people of the village have a long memory. They say she was no role model but a haughty figure who loved her dog more than the locals and had a tendency to urinate in the street.