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Sotomayor Denounces Supreme Court For Looking ‘The Other Way’ On Texas Abortion Law

Sonia Sotomayor

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor castigated the state of Texas and her fellow justices on Thursday after the nation’s highest court denied a request from abortion providers to move a case challenging a restrictive abortion law to a district court, calling the decision a “grave disservice to women.”

The Supreme Court on Thursday denied the latest request to step in amid an ongoing legal challenge over Texas’ newly implemented law, which effectively bans abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, when many people don’t even know they’re pregnant.

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Jan. 6 Committee Asks Ivanka Trump To Cooperate In Investigation

Ivanka Trump

The House panel investigating last year’s Capitol riot asked former President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump, who at the time was a White House senior adviser, to provide information for their inquiry.

In a letter to Ivanka Trump on Thursday, the committee wrote requesting her “voluntary cooperation” around “a wide range of critical topics” relating to the attack on the Capitol.

Earlier this month, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), who is vice chair of the select committee, said in an interview with ABC News that the committee has “firsthand testimony that his daughter Ivanka went in at least twice to ask [Trump] to please stop this violence.”

A spokesperson for Ivanka Trump said Thursday that she had “just learned” of lawmakers’ request that she speak with them, and pointed to her statement on Jan. 6, 2021: “The violence must stop immediately. Please be peaceful.”

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Jan. 6 committee subpoenas leaders of 'America First' movement

America First leaders subppoenaedThe House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol on Wednesday subpoenaed the two leaders of the alt-right “America First” or "Groyper" movement.

Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said in a statement the panel believes Nicholas Fuentes and Patrick Casey have information relevant to the planning, coordination and funding of events that were held in the lead up to the January attack.

“The Select Committee is seeking facts about the planning, coordination, and funding of events that preceded the violent attack on our democracy. We believe the individuals we have subpoenaed today have information relevant to those questions, and we expect them to cooperate with the committee,” Thompson said in a statement.

“The committee will continue to push forward to get answers for the American people and help ensure nothing like January 6th ever happens again,” he added.

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Biden's latest picks include 1st Muslim woman nominated to serve as a federal judge

First female Muslim nominee for federal judgeship

President Biden on Wednesday announced eight judicial nominees, including Nusrat Choudhury who would be the first Muslim woman to serve as a federal judge.

Choudhury, currently the legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, has been tapped to be a U.S. judge in the Eastern District of New York.

"Nusrat Choudhury's nomination to the federal bench is historic — as the first Bangladeshi American and first Muslim woman to serve on the federal bench and the second Muslim American," ACLU of Illinois Executive Director Colleen Connell said in a statement.

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A treasure of the fashion world, André Leon Talley was impossible to ignore

Andre Leon Tally dies at 73You couldn't miss André Leon Talley.

Six foot six. Bedecked in splendid capes and caftans, classic bespoke suits, fur coats and record-album-sized sunglasses. The legendary fashion editor died suddenly and unexpected at age 73, reportedly of a heart attack.

"Andrew was hard to ignore," says Karen Grigsby Bates, of NPR's Codeswitch podcast . "He was tall and large with a big voice."

That voice rang out with fashion authority from a very young age. Raised by his grandmother in Durham, N.C. during the 1950s, Talley escaped the era's vicious racial politics in part by immersing himself in copies of Vogue at the local public library. He attended Brown University on scholarship, majored in French literature and immediately afterwards, apprenticed with former Vogue editor Diana Vreeland at the Met's Costume Institute in 1974.

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Israeli minister defends police over alleged Pegasus spying

Israel used Pegasus spyware on citizens

Israel’s minister of public security has expressed his firm support for the country’s police force after allegations it used NSO Group’s controversial Pegasus software to spy on Israeli citizens.

In an interview with the Guardian on Wednesday, Omer Barlev, the cabinet minister with responsibility for policing, denied claims made this week by Hebrew-language financial daily Calcalist that the phones of people who led protests against former premier Benjamin Netanyahu had been hacked into or surveilled by police.

“It’s not true, what was mentioned in the newspaper. But [the technology] isn’t the issue. The issue is whether the police got legal permission from a judge to use it,” he said.

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More than 1,200 Oakland students pledge to stay home unless schools improve Covid safety

Oakland studdent refuse to return to schoolMore than 1,200 students in Oakland, California, have signed a petition saying they would stay home this week unless school administrators provide additional Covid protections, including more N95 masks, weekly testing and better social distancing – or a shift to virtual learning.

On Tuesday, three district campuses were closed because students and teachers, in solidarity, stayed home.

At a news conference today, the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) spokesperson John Sasaki said that attendance numbers would not be available until tomorrow, but the district was expecting more than a thousand students to stay home. The district said it was providing free tests and masks and had implemented other safety protocols including air purifiers, but students and teachers have alleged inequities in the distribution of resources between schools in more and less wealthy neighborhoods.

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NBC won't send announcers to 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing due to COVID-19

Winter Olympics 2022As the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games approach and COVID-19 concerns mount, NBC Sports will not send any of its announcing teams to China, a spokesperson told USA TODAY Sports Wednesday afternoon.

“The announce teams for these Olympics, including figure skating, will be calling events from our Stamford (Conn.) facility due to COVID concerns,” Greg Hughes, senior vice president communications, NBC Sports, said in a phone interview.

"We’ll still have a large presence on the ground in Beijing and our coverage of everything will be first rate as usual, but our plans are evolving by the day as they are for most media companies covering the Olympics.”

NBC’s broadcasting teams for figure skating, Alpine skiing and snowboarding had been expected to be in Beijing, but those plans have been canceled.

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Supreme Court refuses to block House Jan. 6 panel from receiving Trump documents

SCOTUS refuses to block Trump's documents from getting to Jan 6thThe Supreme Court refused Wednesday to block the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack from getting former President Donald Trump's administration documents.

The four-page decision by Chief Justice John Roberts avoided a detailed analysis of Trump's argument that the documents should remain confidential, which could have redefined the contours of executive privilege for the first time in nearly 50 years.

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