Haaland makes history as first Indigenous cabinet secretary


Deb Haaland has made history by becoming the first Indigenous cabinet secretary in US, when she was confirmed as Joe Biden’s secretary of the interior. The Senate confirmed her by a 51-40 vote, Haaland having won over some Republican senators including Lindsey Graham and Lisa Murkowski.

Two men have been charged with assaulting Brian Sicknick, a police officer who died after pro-Trump rioters stormed the US Capitol on 6 一月. Julian Elie Khater, 32, from Pennsylvania, and George Pierre Tanios, 39, from West Virginia, were arrested by the FBI Sunday, and charged with spraying Sicknick with a “toxic spray”, thought to be designed to protect against bears. Sicknick died in hospital the next day. The cause of his death is still unknown.

The FBI is again facing questions over the thoroughness of its background check on the supreme court justice Brett Kavanaugh, after a lawmaker suggested the investigation was “fake”. The FBI was called in during his confirmation process to investigate claims made by Dr Christine Blasey Ford that Kavanaugh sexually assault her, which he denies. 当时, some Democratic senators accused the agency of being incomplete.

These questions resurfaced after Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democratic senator and former prosecutor serving on the judiciary committee, called on the newly confirmed attorney general, Merrick Garland, to help facilitate “proper oversight” into the process.

There have been increasing levels of violence in Myanmar since a military coup last month, 和 at least another 20 people killed during protests on Monday. According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), a local group tracking fatalities, some of those killed were bystanders, and were not participating in the demonstrations.

同时, the economic situation is also deteriorating. The UN world food programme warned of a “very serious” economic crisis in Myanmar as food and fuel prices increase rapidly. In some townships, the price of rice has risen by 35%, while fuel has increased 15% nationally.

Miami Beach police used pepper spray to disperse spring break crowds this weekend, 作为 people gathered on beaches despite coronavirus restrictions. In total, 100 people were arrested over the weekend, CNN reported, with the mayor saying the area had “a problem with too many people coming here to let loose”.

After decades of supporting polluters, and throwing their weight against legalisation to restrict them, Wall Street is supposedly greening up its act. 去年, a record number of corporations pledged to reach net zero carbon emissions. So why the new focus on the climate crisis, and will it make a difference? Dominic Rushe reports.

When Colorado encouraged people to avoid eating meat one day a week for environmental reasons, Nebraska was not impressed. Governor Pete Ricketts slammed the move, describing it as a “direct attack on our way of life”, and introducing its own counter, pro-meat day; “Meat on the Menu day”.

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