In the months after the 2020 US presidential election, rightwing TV news in America was a wild west, an apparently lawless free-for-all where conspiracy theories about voting machines, ballot-stuffed suitcases and dead Venezuelan leaders were repeated to viewers around the clock.
There seemed to be little consequence for peddling the most outrageous ideas on primetime.
But now, unfortunately for Fox News, One America News Network (OAN) and Newsmax, it turns out that this brave new world was not free from legal jurisdiction – with the three networks now facing billion-dollar lawsuits as a result of their baseless accusations.
In June, Dominion Voting Systems, which provided voting machines to 28 states, was given the go-ahead to sue Fox Corp, the parent company of Fox News, in a case that could draw Rupert Murdoch and his son Lachlan into the spotlight.
Boulder, Colorado, has for decades made its abortion providers feel welcome. The city council passed one of the country’s first laws regulating how close demonstrators could get to patients seeking reproductive care, and residents took to the streets in protest when it became clear that the supreme court was ready to overturn the constitutional right to abortion, as it did last month.
“Boulder is probably the most pro-choice community in the country,” said Warren Hern, the director of Boulder abortion clinic. “But there are people in the community who want me dead.”
From targeted killings of doctors to vandalism of clinics and intimidation of staff, danger is a daily reality for abortion providers in the US. With states now empowered to ban the procedure after the supreme court overturned federal abortion rights, reproductive health experts fear a new wave of violence.
“Anti-abortion violence is more common when you have these moments of uncertainty and upheaval, and that’s what we have now,” said Mary Ziegler, a legal historian at Florida State University College of Law who studies abortion.
Leaders from dozens of countries, international organisations and the private sector will gather in Switzerland on Monday to hash out a “Marshall plan” to rebuild war-ravaged Ukraine.
Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who will take part virtually, earlier warned that the work ahead in just the areas that have been liberated was “really colossal”.
“And we will have to free over 2,000 villages and towns in the east and south of Ukraine,” he said.
It is estimated more than 120,000 homes in Ukraine have been destroyed during the Russian invasion, creating the need for billions in income to restore the country economically and make it a Europe-faced economy.
Lingering concerns about widespread corruption in Ukraine mean far-reaching reforms remain in focus and will be a condition for any recovery plan.
Inflation is hitting Americans hard. US consumer prices increased 8.6% from May 2021 to May 2022, the biggest increase since 1981, outpacing overall annual wage growth at 5.2% in May 2022. Food prices have increased more than 10% over the year. A gallon of gas is more than 50% more expensive than a year ago. The median monthly rent in the US hit an all-time high of $2,002 a month in May 2022. Workers at big chains are struggling to make ends meet as prices increase but their wages do not.
Kim Kardashian is no stranger to a fleeting moment becoming a viral news story. But her recent appearance at the Met Gala wearing the dress that Marilyn Monroe wore to sing Happy Birthday to President John Kennedy in 1962 proved particularly divisive. Whatever your feelings about Galagate, the furore does make you wonder about the fate of other coveted – and increasingly valuable – garments from Hollywood history. What happened to those other magnificent outfits – and why did no one realise their eye-popping value?
On certain nights on a quiet California beach, thousands of small, silvery fish gather in the moonlight to perform a unique mating ritual. Known as the “grunion run”, the spectacle is one of the lesser known natural wonders of the US west coast. Grunion are a rare fish species that come ashore to spawn. The grunion run has fascinated scientists and local people for decades. But its future could be imperiled by the climate crisis – including warmer land and water temperatures and increasingly acidic oceans – as well as human activities such as fishing.
A giant waterlily grown at Kew Gardens has been named as new to science, in the first discovery of its type in more than a century. Scientists at the south-west London garden suspected for decades there could be a third species of giant waterlily and worked with researchers in its native home in Bolivia to see if their thesis was correct. With leaves growing up to 3 meters in the wild, it is also the largest giant waterlily on the planet. The striking lily has flowers that turn from white to pink, and bears spiny petioles.
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