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Putin's Chechen warlord ally plans to bolster Russia's forces in Ukraine with 4 new battalions

Tue, 06/28/2022 - 1:05am  |  Clusterstock
Ramzan Kadyrov, head of the Chechen Republic, claimed he fought in the early days of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
  • Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said he is assembling four military battalions to aid Russia.
  • Per Kadyrov, the battalions will comprise an "impressive number" of troops.
  • Their purpose would be to help "replenish" Russia's forces in Ukraine, Kadyrov said.

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said on Sunday that he would be sending more troops to aid the Russians in their fight against Ukraine. 

Kadyrov announced the move in a Telegram post, stating that four battalions featuring an "impressive number" of soldiers would be formed to aid Russia. 

"The military contingent will include only Chechen guys," Kadyrov wrote. "They will replenish the composition of the troops of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation."

He said the four battalions would be named "North-Akhmat", "South-Akhmat", "West-Akhmat," and "Vostok-Akhmat," and would be deployed from the Chechen Republic. 

"The desire to form new battalions with fully equipped personnel is caused by an extremely patriotic mood among the youth of the region," Kadyrov wrote.

"The number of people wishing to defend the Motherland is growing exponentially, and our task is to provide them with such an opportunity," the warlord added. 

Kadyrov, a key ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, previously claimed that he fought in Ukraine in the early days of Russia's invasion. According to Ukrainian officials, Kadyrov and Chechen fighters also plotted to assassinate Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Despite his troops sustaining heavy casualties in the conflict, Kadyrov said in March that he viewed peace talks between Ukraine and Russia as pointless, adding that he wished to keep on fighting. 

However, Kadyrov has also admitted that Russia is "finding it difficult" to sustain its onslaught on Ukraine

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has fared more poorly than expected, especially in light of the "devastating losses" of its junior officers and generals alike.

Ukraine estimates that Russia has sustained heavy losses in the war, pegging its losses at around 31,500 troops killed since the invasion began on February 24. Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy has also claimed that Russia has lost at least 200 aircraft in the Ukraine war.

This week, Russia launched a massive missile attack on Ukraine, in what appeared to be a deliberate escalation of the conflict meant to coincide with the G7 meeting in Germany. The assault also led to a missile strike on a Ukrainian shopping mall with 1,000 people inside it.

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An American Airlines' regional carrier is offering triple pay for pilots who pick up open trips in July: CNBC

Tue, 06/28/2022 - 12:58am  |  Clusterstock
Envoy Air is tripling the pay of pilots who pick up open trips on their days off in July.
  • Envoy Air — an American Airlines' subsidiary — is tripling pay for pilots who pick up trips in July.
  • Envoy said it aims to run a reliable schedule during the peak summer travel season.
  • Airlines are struggling with a staff shortage as travel demand returns to pre-pandemic levels.

Envoy Air — a regional carrier under American Airlines — is tripling the pay of pilots who pick up trips from July 2 to July 31, according to CNBC.

The airline has declared "super critical coverage" for all bases over the period and "any open time flown during this time frame will be paid at 300%," CNBC reported, citing a note to pilots.

"As part of the proactive strategy to run a reliable schedule during the peak summer travel season, Envoy is offering pilots triple pay to pick up uncovered trips on their days off in the month of July," said the airline, per CNBC. The bonus will only be offered if there are open trips available.

Envoy's move comes amid a messy summer travel season with flight delays and chaos across the industry as demand returns to pre-pandemic levels. Issues faced by airlines include staff — including pilot — shortages and bad weather.

"There are not enough people working to handle the number of people flying," Helane Becker, a senior research analyst at the investment bank Cowen, told Insider's Marguerite Ward on Monday.

With the long Fourth of July weekend coming up, the industry is bracing itself for another round of disruptions. Over the Juneteenth and Father's Day weekends, US airlines canceled or delayed more than 35,000 flights collectively.

Almost 900 flights across the US were canceled on Sunday alone, according to data from flight tracking website, FlightAware.

Envoy Air did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment that was sent outside regular business hours.

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Grocery store employee accused of attacking Rudy Giuliani released on reduced charges

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 11:14pm  |  Clusterstock
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani railed against the court's decision during a Facebook live stream on Monday.
  • Daniel Gill, 39, had his charges downgraded from a felony to a misdemeanor charge.
  • Gill is accused of slapping former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani on the back.
  • Gill's lawyers and Giuliani have given differing accounts of the incident. 

The grocery store employee accused of assaulting Trump ally and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani has been released on reduced charges. 

Daniel Gill, 39, was initially charged with second-degree assault, a felony charge. This was reduced on Monday to a third-degree assault misdemeanor charge, along with two additional charges of third-degree menacing and second-degree harassment. 

Gill's release came after CCTV footage appeared to show him slapping Giuliani on the back while the latter was in a Staten Island ShopRite store on Sunday.

Following the incident, Giuliani claimed that he had been hit so hard by Gill that it felt like a "gunshot." 

"I feel a shot on my back like somebody shot me. I went forward, but luckily I didn't fall down," Giuliani said on a radio show.

However, footage the New York Post released of the incident did not appear to show Giuliani lurching forward or falling after Gill's hand came into contact with the former New York mayor's back.

—Ron Filipkowski

Biological daughter of 'Jane Roe' slams Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, saying it has been 'too many times' that a woman's choice 'has been decided for her by others'

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 9:49pm  |  Clusterstock
Attorney Gloria Allred and Norma McCorvey during a Pro Choice Rally, July 4, 1989 in Burbank, California.
  • The woman whose conception was central to the Roe v. Wade ruling spoke out against the Supreme Court's reversal.
  • Shelley Lynn Thornton told ABC News that she worries about what lies ahead.
  • "Too many times has a woman's choice, voice and individual freedom been decided for her by others," she said.

The woman whose conception sparked Roe v. Wade released a statement this week speaking out against the Supreme Court's Friday decision to overturn the 1973 landmark case which previously protected federal abortion rights.

Shelley Lynn Thornton, the biological daughter of Norma McCorvey, who used the pseudonym "Jane Roe" during litigation, told ABC News on Monday that she worries the SCOTUS ruling could portend future disquiet.

"Too many times has a woman's choice, voice and individual freedom been decided for her by others. Being that I am bound to the center of Roe v. Wade, I have a unique perspective on this matter specifically," Thornton told the outlet via a spokesperson.

"I believe that the decision to have an abortion is a private, medical choice that should be between a woman, her family, and her doctor," she added. "We have lived in times of uncertainty and insecurity before, but to have such a fundamental right taken away and this ruling be overturned concerns me of what lies ahead."

Thornton's identity was unknown for decades following Roe v. Wade, but she came forward last year and identified herself as the baby at the heart of the case. McCorvey never had the abortion she was fighting for as litigation in the case lasted long after she had given birth and subsequently given her child up for adoption.

In a 2021 article in The Atlantic, as well as journalist Joshua Prager's book "The Family Roe: An American Story," Thornton opened up about her life after finding out she was the child at the center of Roe. She said knowing she was supposed to be terminated had affected her mental health, making her anxious and depressed. But she also said that she didn't want to be used as an anti-abortion symbol. 

"I guess I don't understand why it's a government concern," Thornton told The Atlantic.

McCorvey died from heart failure at the age of 69 in 2017.

Thornton's statement echoed similar comments made by Melissa Mills, the eldest daughter of McCorvey. Mills told CNN that her mother would be "devastated" by the Supreme Court's Friday decision.

"I was in disbelief. I was devastated," Mills said on CNN's "New Day." "I knew it was coming, but it was just too real that it really happened."

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Eric Trump thought inciting violence was 'fair game' because he believed false claims that the 2020 election was 'stolen,' according to filmmaker subpoenaed by January 6 committee

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 9:34pm  |  Clusterstock
Eric Trump pre-records his address to the Republican National Convention at the Mellon Auditorium on August 25, 2020 in Washington, DC.
  • A documentarian said Eric Trump was unbothered by possible violence ahead of the January 6 attack.
  • Alex Holder told The Independent that Eric Trump was unconcerned by his family's inciting rhetoric.
  • According to Holder, Eric Trump thought violence was "fair game," citing 2020 election lies. 

A documentary filmmaker who interviewed then-President Donald Trump and several members of his family ahead of the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot said some of the Trumps were unconcerned that their ongoing lies about the sanctity of the 2020 presidential election would eventually lead to political violence. 

Alex Holder, the British documentary filmmaker whose footage was subpoenaed by the January 6 committee earlier this month, told The Independent that Trump's second eldest son, Eric Trump, suggested in interviews that violence from Trump supporters could be an appropriate response to his father's loss to President Joe Biden, citing baseless and disproven claims of election fraud.

"When I asked Eric about the potential danger of sort of rhetoric and the sort of the belligerence, he felt that it was … fair game in that it … was sort of the equivalent on the other side of the political discourse, or he felt that it was the right thing to do … because the election was stolen," Holder told the outlet.

A spokesperson for Eric Trump did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment. 

Trump's rhetoric in the aftermath of the election — including inviting his supporters to Washington, DC, and telling them to "fight like hell — preceded the January 6, 2021 insurrection, which resulted in five deaths and hundreds of arrests.

Holder told The Independent that, as he interviewed members of the Trump family in the months following the November election, he grew increasingly concerned that Trump's lies about a "stolen election" would lead to violence. 

"The idea of violence, to me, seemed likely because of the fact that when you tell 75 million people that their vote didn't count, and the person that's telling you that is not just the guy you voted for, but also the incumbent president of the United States, the chance of violence was always there," he told the outlet.

Holder's final film, which is titled "Unprecedented" is set to be released on Discovery+ later this summer. Holder told The Independent that the film focuses on the events leading up to the Capitol siege, while also offering "fascinating insight" into the Trump family's dynamic. 

Holder has become a key figure in the House select committee's probe into the insurrection after lawmakers subpoenaed nearly 11 hours of his footage. Last week, the filmmaker privately testified before the panel. 

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Kamala Harris said she commended her vice presidential predecessor Mike Pence for 'courage' in certifying Biden as president despite Trump's pressure

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 9:00pm  |  Clusterstock
Then-Vice President Mike Pence and then-Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris at the vice presidential debate in Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on October 7, 2020.
  • In a CNN interview, Harris praised Pence for having the "courage" to certify Biden's win.
  • Details about Pence's role in January 6 have emerged during public hearings this month. 
  • Harris said Pence was in a situation under Trump that he "should have not had to face." 

Vice President Kamala Harris said Monday that she commended former Vice President Mike Pence for certifying Joe Biden as president on January 6 despite him facing tremendous pressure by former President Donald Trump to overturn the election. 

"I think that he did his job that day," Harris said in a CNN interview after reporter Dana Bash asked her whether her opinion of Pence had changed. "And I commend him for that because clearly it was under extraordinary circumstances that he should have not had to face. And I commend him for having the courage to do his job."

This month the House Select Committee probing the January 6 Capitol attack has detailed how Trump tried to push Pence not to recognize Biden's victory in the days leading up to January 6, 2021. Trump wanted Pence to "send back" slates of electors for Biden back to their states in order to overturn his election loss. 

But Pence put out an open letter saying he didn't have the authority to take such actions, and his role in the certification process was largely ceremonial.

In a phone call that morning, Trump called Pence a "wimp" and the "p-word," witnesses revealed during the House hearings. Some of the rioters at the Capitol that disrupted the certification chanted "hang Mike Pence" 

New photos also showed Pence was within 40 feet of the pro-Trump mob before he was moved to safety in a loading dock beneath the Capitol, where he remained for up to five hours until the riot was over because he refused to evacuate the premises.

When the riot was over, Pence certified Biden's win. 

During the January 6 hearings, witnesses and lawmakers outlined how Pence might have caused the "first constitutional crisis since the founding of the Republic" if he had given in to Trump. 

On CNN, Harris' was complimentary of Pence even though the two of them had a testy debate during the 2020 presidential election, with Pence interrupting Harris 10 times, CBS News found

"Mr. Vice President, I am speaking," Harris said after Pence interrupted one of her responses on the coronavirus pandemic.

On Monday, the select committee investigating the Capitol attack unexpectedly announced it would hold a sixth public hearing on Tuesday. The hearing will reveal "recently obtained evidence" as well as testimony from witnesses, according to an advisory sent to reporters.

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Wisconsin's Democratic governor vows to grant clemency to any doctors charged under the state's near-total abortion ban following fall of Roe v. Wade

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 8:20pm  |  Clusterstock
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers addresses a joint session of the Legislature in the Assembly chambers at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis. on Feb. 15, 2022.
  • Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers vowed to grant clemency to doctors charged under the state's abortion ban.
  • The first-term Democrat slammed the Supreme Court's Friday ruling which overturned Roe v. Wade.
  • Wisconsin's law dates back to 1849 and triggered back into effect following the court's decision. 

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said this weekend that he would offer clemency to any doctors charged under the state's antiquated law banning nearly all abortions, which dates back more than a century.

The 1849 law was enacted long before Roe v. Wade was instated and remained a Wisconsin statute even after the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case rendered it moot. But after the nation's top court overturned Roe on Friday in a 5-4 majority decision, Wisconsin's 173-year-old abortion ban triggered back into effect. 

The state's ban makes performing abortions a felony and doctors charged under the statute face up to six years in prison, as well as fines up to $10,000. The law's only exception allows for abortion if it is needed to save the life of the mother. The law does not offer exceptions in instances of rape, incest, or the mother's general health. 

While state lawmakers could ostensibly repeal or supersede the old law, Wisconsin's Republican-controlled Legislature has offered no indication they will do so. 

During a Saturday rally at the Wisconsin State Democratic Party convention, Evers, a first-term Democratic governor, slammed the Supreme Court's "bullshit" ruling and vowed to grant clemency to any doctors who find themselves prosecuted under the law.

The convention was delayed following an impromptu abortion rights rally, according to Wisconsin Public Radio, during which Evers reportedly became emotional and decried the effect Friday's SCOTUS decision could have on his seven granddaughters.

"The 1849 law says that anybody that provides an abortion is subject to a felony, one to six years," Evers said in a speech. "Did you ever think about the word clemency? I will provide clemency to any physician that is charged under that law."

"I don't think that a law that was written before the Civil War, or before women secured the right to vote, should be used to dictate these intimate decisions on reproductive health," the governor added.

Evers also used the platform to warn of further attacks on reproductive rights in the state if he should lose the upcoming November election to one of four Republicans currently running to unseat him in a hotly-contested race. All four candidates have said they would let the 1849 law stand, according to NBC News. 

"You think it's bad now? The four Republicans that are going after me, one of them we're going to beat, they are going to make it worse," Evers said, according to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which was first to report the governor's comments. 

The governor's statement comes after several local and state Democratic officials already pledged not to enforce the abortion ban, including Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul and multiple other district attorneys at the county level. Kaul also faces reelection later this year. 

Wisconsin's Planned Parenthood clinics temporarily suspended abortion services following the Friday decision. 

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Utah judge blocks state's abortion 'trigger law' ban for 14 days after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 7:22pm  |  Clusterstock
People attend an abortion-rights rally at the Utah State Capitol Thursday, May 5, 2022, in Salt Lake City.
  • Planned Parenthood of Utah and the ACLU chapter in Utah filed a lawsuit after SCOTUS overturned Roe v. Wade.
  • Judge Andrew Stone granted a temporary restraining order, blocking the state's "trigger" law to ban abortion for two weeks.
  • Utah's ban would make abortions a second-degree felony with few exceptions.

A Utah judge granted a restraining order that will temporarily block the state's abortion ban from immediately going into effect, allowing doctors to provide abortions for the next 14 days.

The ruling comes after the Supreme Court overturned the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade decision that granted women the constitutional right to an abortion.

Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union chapter in Utah filed a lawsuit over the weekend in a bid to block the state's "trigger law," which was set to immediately ban abortion in the state following the SCOTUS ruling, which was leaked last month.

In a hearing on Tuesday, Judge Andrew Stone of the 3rd District Court in Utah issued the directive in response to the lawsuit filed by the organizations on Saturday.

"The immediate effects that will occur outweigh any policy issues of the state," Stone said during the virtual hearing, according to Fox 13, adding that doctors could face felonies and women have medical needs if the ban were enacted.

In the lawsuit, Planned Parenthood and the ACLU called Utah's trigger law "unconstitutional." Abortions for about a dozen patients were canceled, Planned Parenthood of Utah wrote in its filing.

"Planned Parenthood of Utah has more than 55 patients scheduled for abortion appointments in the next week, including 12 on Monday, 19 on Tuesday, and 19 on Wednesday," the lawsuit stated.

Utah passed a law in 2020 that banned all elective abortions with exceptions in cases of rape and incest, the health of the woman, and if there are lethal birth defects. In any other case, the law would make abortions performed at any stage in pregnancy a second-degree felony.

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A mystery rocket crashed into moon and left a 'double crater,' NASA says

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 7:10pm  |  Clusterstock
An identified rocket body hit the moon on March 4, 2022, creating a double crater. The image was taken with NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter on May 25.
  • On March 4, a rocket booster slammed into the moon and left behind a double crater.
  • NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter later spotted the unusual crater on the far side of the moon.
  • So far, no country has taken responsibility for the rocket and the resulting collision.

NASA has spotted the crash site of a mystery rocket that slammed into the far side of the moon in March, leaving behind a double crater.

New images taken May 25 and shared by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter on June 24 showed the unusual crater. The collision resulted in two overlapping impact sites — an eastern crater measuring 59 feet (18 meters) across and a western crater spanning 52.5 feet (16 meters). 

Astronomers expected the impact after discovering that an unidentified piece of space junk was on a collision course with the moon late last year. But "the double crater was unexpected," the space agency said in a press release. "No other rocket body impacts on the moon created double craters." 

NASA says two large masses on each end of the rocket may have caused the two craters, but that would be unusual, since spent rockets tend to have a heavy motor at one end and a lighter empty fuel tank at the other.

According to 2016 data from Arizona State University, at least 47 NASA rocket bodies have created "spacecraft impacts" on the moon.

Craters formed by impacts of the Apollo S-IVB stages. At least 47 NASA rocket bodies have created "spacecraft impacts" on the moon, but none are double craters.

"I must confess that I'd naively thought it would be easier to find and would have been located shortly after impact," Bill Gray, the astronomer who first discovered the mysterious object and alerted NASA about its eventual collision, wrote on his blog Project Pluto, where he uses software to track near-Earth objects. 

He pointed to efforts to find the booster for Apollo 16, which NASA shot at the moon in 1972 to study moonquakes. But before the Apollo 16 booster could hit the moon, NASA lost contact with it. The impact location remained elusive for years.

"Finding one small crater among hordes of craters isn't all that easy," Gray wrote of the Apollo 16 crater, adding, "That crater was found about six years after the other Apollo booster impacts. Compared to that, having to wait about three months looks pretty good."

So far, no spacefaring nation has taken credit — or blame — for the mysterious rocket, reports Universe Today. "Since the origin of the rocket body remains uncertain, the double nature of the crater may indicate its identity," NASA said in a press release.

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Federal agents seized the phone of John Eastman the Trump-allied conservative lawyer who wrote memo on overturning the election, per court documents

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 6:41pm  |  Clusterstock

John Eastman testifies before the House Ways and Means Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 4, 2013.
  • John Eastman is a conservative lawyer who worked for former President Donald Trump.
  • He wrote a memo that urged Vice President Mike Pence to effectively overturn the 2020 election.
  • The congressional committee investigating January 6 has obtained many of Eastman's communications.

Federal agents have seized the phone of John Eastman, a conservative lawyer who advised former President Donald Trump during his attempt to overturn the 2020 election, according to a court filing Monday.

Eastman revealed the seizure in a lawsuit, filed Monday in a New Mexico federal court, seeking the return of property from the government. According to his filing, FBI agents acting on behalf of the Justice Department's internal watchdog stopped Eastman as he was leaving a restaurant in New Mexico on June 22, taking his phone.

A copy of the search warrant, included in Eastman's court filings, said the phone would be taken to the Justice Department inspector general's forensic lab in northern Virginia.

The seizure marked only the latest indication of how the Justice Department is intensifying its criminal investigation into Trump's failed effort to remain in office and prevent the peaceful transfer of power to Joe Biden.

On the same day FBI agents seized Eastman's phone, federal investigators descended on the home of Jeff Clark, a former Justice Department official who eagerly advanced Trump's baseless claims of election fraud. That search unfolded on the eve of a congressional hearing in which the House committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol highlighted Trump and Clark's effort to pressure the Justice Department to back the former president's false claims of election fraud.

In recent hearings, the House January 6 committee has shown footage of Clark and Eastman repeatedly invoking their 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination during closed-door depositions before the congressional panel.

A former law professor, Eastman resigned in January 2021 from Chapman University in Southern California amid outcry over his role in Trump's attempt to overturn the election. He remains a fellow at the Claremont Institute, a right-wing think tank.

In the weeks after Trump's defeat, Eastman emerged as the architect of a plan for then-Vice President Mike Pence to delay or outright block the certification of the election results. In a memo, he argued that Pence could unilaterally reject slates of electors from states where Trump allies claimed there was widespread fraud — a plan that one constitutional expert told Insider amounted to "a proposed coup cloaked in legal language."

Pence's refusal to go along with that scheme was a source of anger for Trump. On January 6, as his supporters charged into the US Capitol, the former president said Pence "didn't have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country."

A mob of Trump supporters then began chanting "hang Mike Pence." According to testimony from White House staff before the congressional committee investigating January 6, Trump agreed with the sentiment.

Eastman's own efforts to overturn the 2020 election continued even after rioters left the US Capitol, according to former White House lawyer Eric Herschmann. In testimony before the January 6 committee, Herschmann said that Eastman continued to pressfor a way to invalidate Biden's victory in the Electoral College, citing debunked claims of fraud to justify adopting alternate slates of electors from battleground states such as Arizona and Pennsylvania.

Herschmann told investigators that he urged Eastman to lawyer up.

"I'm going to give you the best free legal advice you're ever getting in your life: Get a great f-ing criminal defense lawyer. You're going to need it," he said. "Then I hung up on him."

In a March 22 ruling, a federal judge wrote that congressional investigators had a right to obtain documents from Eastman related to their investigation.

"If Dr. Eastman and President Trump's plan had worked, it would have permanently ended the peaceful transition of power, undermining American democracy and the Constitution," the judge wrote. If the country does not commit to investigating and pursuing accountability for those responsible, the Court fears January 6 will repeat itself."

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At least 3 people were killed, 50 injured after an Amtrak passenger train derailed in Missouri after hitting a dump truck

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 6:29pm  |  Clusterstock
In this photo provided by Dax McDonald, an Amtrak passenger train lies on its side after derailing near Mendon, Mo., on Monday, June 27, 2022.
  • At least three people were killed and 50 injured after an Amtrak train derailed Monday afternoon in Missouri.
  • The Amtrak train was carrying around 243 passengers and derailed in Mendon, Missouri.
  • Posts on social media showed train cars flipped over on their side with passengers climbing out.

At least three people were killed after an Amtrak train derailed after hitting a dump truck at a crossing in Missouri on Monday afternoon, law enforcement officials confirmed.

Two of the fatalities were passengers on the train and one was on the truck, according to Cpl. Justin Dunn, a public information officer with the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

At least 50 people were injured in the incident, Eric McKenzie, the superintendent with Chariton County Ambulance Service, told CNN.

The train was traveling through Mendon, Missouri, and derailed around 12:42 p.m. local time, knocking multiple cars and locomotives off the tracks, the company confirmed to Insider.

"It's a bad scene," Missouri Gov. Mike Parson told KCTV5.

All passengers — both injured and uninjured — have since been transported from the scene, Dunn said during a press conference shortly after 5 p.m. local time.

A spokesperson from University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri, told Insider that the hospital was treating three patients, but declined to share their conditions. 

Photos and videos shared on social media appeared to show multiple train cars flipped on their side as passengers climbed out. 

The train, Southwest Chief Train 4, had around 243 passengers and 12 crew members aboard and was traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago when it hit the truck at a public crossing, which Dunn said was "uncontrolled," meaning there were no lights or mechanized arms.

Eight train cars and two locomotives were derailed, Amtrak said.

One passenger, Ron Goulet, told the Daily Beast he saw multiple people being taken away by paramedics. 

"There are no doubt people still trapped on that train," Goulet told the Daily Beast. "They're starting to cut it apart now."

In a Facebook live posted by Rob Nightingale, an out-of-breath passenger sits on the side of a flipped-over train car.

"Looks like I'm going to be late to Chicago," he says. 

Photos on Twitter from another passenger appear to show riders helping someone out of a train window while others stand on top of the flipped-over train cars or off to the side.

Dax McDonald wrote on Twitter that passengers were bussed to the nearby Northwestern High School.

"So thankful for the people here," he said, adding he was safe in Mendon, Missouri. "This town pulled together to help everyone"

—Dax McDonald (@cloudmarooned) June 27, 2022

 

People with questions about family or friends who were aboard the train should call 800-523-9101, Amtrak said.

In a statement Monday evening, Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg said Federal Railroad Administration staff was en route to the scene, which occurred about 100 miles northeast of Kansas City, Missouri.

"Saddened by the tragic loss of life and injuries in the Missouri train derailment today & Northern California collision over the weekend," Buttigieg wrote in a tweet. "I have been kept updated & my team is in touch with Amtrak & relevant authorities. FRA staff are en route to support the investigation in MO."

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board will arrive to look into the collision Tuesday morning, a chairwoman for the agency said during a Monday press conference.

"With the team, we'll have specialists from mechanical, from signal systems from operations and survival factors," NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy said. "We'll have a highway person, a drone operator, and some team members from NTSB's Office of Transportation Disaster Assistance to work with survivors and families of those who were involved in the derailment."

The deadly Missouri train derailment comes after a similar incident on Sunday where an Amtrak train collided with a passenger vehicle in Brentwood, California, killing three people and injuring two.

This story is developing. Please check back for updates.

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Ancient fossils in the 'Cradle of Humankind' are more than 1 million years older than previously thought

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 6:13pm  |  Clusterstock
The Sterkfontein Caves contain more remains from Australopithecus than anywhere else on Earth. They're part of a major fossil site in South Africa known as the "Cradle of Humankind."
  • Scientists say early human ancestors, whose remains are in a South African cave, lived about 3.7 million years ago.
  • Researchers relied on "burial dating," a method that uses space particles to date early human fossils.
  • The fossils' updated age makes them several hundred thousand years older than the human ancestor "Lucy."

In 1936, archeologists began unearthing a trove of early human fossils in a South African cave. Now, researchers say most of those ancient bones date back 3.7 million years, which makes them more than 1 million years older than previously thought.

In a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, an international team of researchers turned to an innovative dating technique. They used space particles to analyze bones in the Sterkfontein Caves, part of a a major fossil site in northern South Africa known as the "Cradle of Humankind."

The Sterkfontein Caves contain more remains from Australopithecus — a family of early hominins that eventually gave rise to Homo sapiens — than anywhere else on Earth, according to Darryl Granger, a geology professor at Purdue University and lead researcher of the study. "There are hundreds of them," he told Insider.

But it's hard to accurately date the Australopithecus remains, in part because the cave has multiple layers, as well as animal fossils on the same site, which might be from different eras than the fossils next to them.

To gauge the ages of the hominid skeletal remains, Granger and his team used a technique known as "cosmogenic nuclide dating," or burial dating, which involves examining the rocks that encased the ancient bones. It works like this: When energetic particles from space, or cosmic rays, hit rocks, they produce elements like aluminum and beryllium that build up and decay at a known rate.  

"We're able to take a rock that was exposed to cosmic rays, and if it falls into a cave, it's shielded from more radiation," Granger told Insider, adding, "It's called burial dating because, really, what we're doing is dating when the rock was buried." 

Granger used the same method in 2015 to estimate that one set of Australopithecus remains found in the Sterkfontein Caves, nicknamed Little Foot, was about 3.4 to 3.7 million years old. The new study suggests that in addition to Little Foot, all Australopithecus remains on the site are between 3.4 and 3.7 million years old, rather than roughly 2 million years old, as scientists previously thought. 

The excavation site at the Sterkfontein Caves where "Little Foot" was discovered in 1994.

The remains' shifting age puts the species within roughly the same time frame that the famous human ancestor "Lucy" — which belonged to the species Australopithecus afarensis — roamed what's now Ethiopia, 3.2 million years ago. According to Granger, that refutes the theory that the Sterkfontein individuals descended from Australopithecus afarensis. "There must be an older common ancestor somewhere," Granger added.

Granger hopes the team's findings, and the burial dating method used, could help better chronicle human evolution. He hopes follow-up studies will tease out how the Sterkfontein remains compare to those found in different South African fossil sites, and beyond, he added.

Because of burial dating, he said, "We're able to make much better measurements than we could before on several human evolution sites around the world."

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3 ways to restore tabs on Google Chrome and recover old webpages

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You can restore Chrome tabs in a few different ways.
  • You can easily restore a Google Chrome tab you closed with a simple keyboard shortcut.
  • You can also restore tabs you closed days ago by browsing your Chrome history.
  • Restoring Chrome tabs can be useful if closed accidentally, or you need to find a page again. 

It's easy to accidentally close a tab in Google Chrome and lose a web page you were browsing.

But you can restore the tab you just closed or re-open websites you viewed a few days ago in several different ways on Chrome. Here's how.

How to restore a Chrome tab right after closing

Chrome keeps the most recently closed tab just one click away. Right-click a blank space on the tab bar at the top of the window and choose Reopen closed tab.

You can also use a keyboard shortcut to accomplish this: CTRL + Shift + T on a PC or Command + Shift + T on a Mac.

The keyboard shortcut is the fastest way to restore a tab you recently closed.How to restore recently closed Chrome tabs from a toolbar

If you want to open a tab that you closed recently, you may be able to find it listed in the menu. In fact, if you sync your Chrome browser across devices, you can see recently closed tabs on every computer and mobile device associated with your account.

1. Click the three vertical dots in the top right of the window.

Quick tip: You can also bring up the menu by pressing Alt + F or Alt + E.

2. In the menu, select History.

3. You should see a list of all the most recently used tabs divided by device. Click on the tab you want to re-open.

The Chrome menu lists the most recently closed tabs on all of your linked devices.How to restore a Chrome tab from browser history

If you need to go a little further back, you can check your browser's history.

1. Click the three vertical dots in the top right of the window.

2. In the menu, select History and then click History in the sub-menu.

Quick tip: You can quickly open the History page on Chrome by pressing CTRL + H on PC or Command + H on Mac.

3. Browse your complete browsing history and open any page with a click.

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After Roe v. Wade: Doug Mastriano, GOP nominee for Pennsylvania governor, now says abortion is a 'distraction'

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 6:05pm  |  Clusterstock
State Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin, a Republican candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania, takes part in a primary night election gathering in Chambersburg, Pa., Tuesday, May 17, 2022.
  • Doug Mastriano is a Republican running for governor in Pennsylvania.
  • In an interview on Monday, he said the overturning of Roe v. Wade would help his Democratic opponent.
  • Though an avowed opponent of abortion, Mastriano said the decision was a "distraction" from other issues.

Doug Mastriano won the Republican nomination for governor in Pennsylvania by leaning into the culture war, using his Facebook live streams to rail against vaccine requirements, "Critical Race Theory," and members of his own party who failed to embrace conspiracy theories about the 2020 election.

But this avowed opponent of abortion — who welcomed last week's Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade — is now trying to pivot conversations away from the question of reproductive rights, admitting that the issue is a boon to Democrats.

In an interview with Newsmax on Monday, Mastriano was asked to comment on footage of pro-choice protesters who were dispersed by police with tear gas outside the state capitol in Arizona. Mastriano, who himself was on the front lines between police and protesters at the US Capitol on January 6, per video from the day, praised law enforcement for quelling the civil unrest.

But the state senator also didn't really want to talk about it, he said, insisting that "it's all a distraction."

"The Democrats and their friends in the traditional media want us to focus on this, and now on the Roe v. Wade decision, instead of dealing with life," Mastriano told the right-wing news outlet. "And most people in this country are concerned about inflation, gas prices, food not on the shelves, baby formula, and just on and on. So this is all a distraction."

It wasn't a distraction when Mastriano was seeking the GOP nomination. In May, he said he opposed the right to terminate a pregnancy even if meant risking the death of a parent.

"That baby deserves a right to life, whether it was conceived in incest, or rape, or whether there's concerns otherwise for the mom," he told a reporter during a campaign stop.

On Monday, Mastriano did reiterate his support for eliminating the federal right to terminate a pregnancy, but he framed the issue more as an open-ended question for states now to resolve, declining to expand on his own position. He went on to concede that the issue will no doubt help his rival for the governorship, state Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

"I think my opponent will get a bump with the polls here the next few weeks, because [obviously] it's going to stir his base," Mastriano said. "But the reality is people are going to vote on the economy."

At a campaign event last week in Binghamton, New York, it was clear that even right-wing Republicans, at least in the mid-Atlantic, are trying to avoid making abortion a litmus test for voters in November.

Mastriano, standing alongside Rudy Giuliani and his son, Andrew, who he was there to endorse in his bid for New York governor, spoke at length about energy policy and fielded softball questions from those in attendance about the need to listen to rural voters. But neither he nor the Giulianis said a word about the day's biggest news: the long-sought victory of the conservative movement over federally protected abortion rights.

Back in Pennsylvania, surveys indicate that Shapiro, a Democrat, has a small lead over the GOP candidate in this divided, bellwether state, which went for former President Donald Trump in 2016 and President Joe Biden in 2020.

Shapiro's campaign appears to share Mastriano's assessment of the politics of reproductive rights in a state where most residents say they support keeping abortion legal. The governor's race is particularly important because, without a Democratic governor pledging a veto, the state's Republican-led legislature could pass new restrictions as early as next year.

In a television ad released last week, the Shapiro campaign led with Mastriano's position on reproductive rights.

"He wants to outlaw and criminalize all abortions," the narrator states, and "opposes any exceptions for rape, incest, or even the life of the mother."

Mastriano, meanwhile, has pinned an attack on Shapiro to the top of his Facebook page. Its top-line message: "Gas: unaffordable."

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Giuliani's ex-wife says the former mayor was afraid he'd become irrelevant after losing the 2008 GOP presidential nomination: NYT

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 5:49pm  |  Clusterstock
Then-Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani appears at an event in Miami, Fla., on January 13, 2008.
  • Judith Giuliani said her ex-husband was fearful of irrelevancy after ending his 2008 White House bid.
  • Her feelings were detailed in an essay adapted from an upcoming book about the former NYC mayor.
  • Rudy Giuliani entered the GOP primary to much fanfare, but stumbled in the early nominating states.

Judith Giuliani, the former wife of Rudy Giuliani, said in the adaptation of an upcoming book that her ex-husband was concerned about becoming irrelevant after leaving the 2008 Republican presidential contest and throwing his support behind then-Arizona Sen. John McCain.

Earlier in his career, Giuliani had been the hard-charging US Attorney for the Southern District of New York and a two-term mayor of New York City, but the demise of his White House bid led him to do a lot of soul-searching, which Andrew Kirtzman detailed in "Giuliani: The Rise and Tragic Fall of America's Mayor."

Immediately after leaving the race, Rudy Giuliani began to shun social situations, according to an essay by Kirtzman published Monday in The New York Times essay.

The former mayor had been in the spotlight for decades, but as his 2008 campaign ended, he suddenly found himself without the platform for higher office that seemed to be within reach just one year earlier.

"Mr. Giuliani's ex-wife Judith, who was with him at the time, told me that what gnawed at the former mayor most was a creeping fear of irrelevancy. The flameout forced him to lower his sights from how to amass power to how to hold on to what he had left," the essay said.

In 2009, reflecting on the race, he told New York magazine that he should have put more effort into winning the Iowa Republican caucuses.

"I think I should've fought Iowa harder," he said at the time. "That was the beginning of becoming irrelevant."

Giuliani would once again regain a prominent role in American politics as the onetime personal attorney to former President Donald Trump and supporter of the former president's debunked claims about the 2020 election.

He never launched another presidential campaign after his 2008 loss.

Judith Giuliani and Rudy Giuliani divorced in 2019.

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Kamala Harris says the White House isn't discussing putting abortion clinics on federal land like AOC suggested

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 5:27pm  |  Clusterstock
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, left, and Vice President Kamala Harris, right
  • VP Kamala Harris says the White House isn't weighing putting abortion clinics on federal land.
  • "It's not right now what we are discussing," Harris told CNN's Dana Bash. 
  • Harris said the White House would expand access to medication abortion "to the extent we can." 

Vice President Kamala Harris says the Biden administration is not discussing putting abortion clinics on federal lands to bolster abortion access, an idea suggested by prominent progressives like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.  

Harris, in an interview with CNN's Dana Bash, said she was "shocked" to see the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade and ending nearly 50 years of federal abortion protections on Friday. 

"It's one thing when you know something's gonna happen. It's another thing when it actually happens. And I just actually turned to CNN, and I couldn't believe it," Harris said. 

Harris said that the administration would work to expand access to FDA-approved medication abortion "to the extent that we can," but was noncommittal on the idea of putting clinics on federal property in states where abortion is banned or likely to be banned. 

"Can the administration expand abortion access or abortion services on federal land?" Bash asked. 

"I think that what is most important right now is that we ensure that the restrictions that the states are trying to put up that would prohibit a woman from exercising what we still maintain is her right, that we do everything we can to empower women to not only seek but to receive the care where it is available," Harris said. 

"Is federal land one of those options?" Bash asked.  

"It's not right now what we are discussing," Harris said. 

Ocasio-Cortez proposed the idea of putting abortion clinics on federal property at a rally in Washington Square Park on Friday. A group of Democratic senators also suggested President Joe Biden have relevant agencies research the possibility earlier in June.

"I'll start with the babiest of the babiest of the baby steps: Open abortion clinics on federal lands in red states right now. Right now," Ocasio-Cortez said. 

But the idea of putting abortion clinics and services on federal lands faces some logistical hurdles like the longstanding Hyde Amendment, which bars federal funds from directly funding abortion services through programs like Medicaid and Title X. 

"While this proposal is well-intentioned, it could put women and providers at risk," a White House official further told Insider. "And importantly, in states where abortion is now illegal, women and providers who are not federal employees could be potentially be prosecuted."

Harris also underscored the importance of the upcoming midterm elections. 

"We are 130 odd days away from an election, which is going to include Senate races, right?" Harris said. "Part of the issue here is that the court has acted, now Congress needs to act. But if you count the votes, don't appear to have the votes in the Senate."

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7 ways to troubleshoot if your AirPods keep disconnecting

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 5:25pm  |  Clusterstock
  • AirPods can keep disconnecting or work intermittently due to a number of problems. 
  • Be sure that the AirPods are close to your phone and not blocked; you can also toggle Bluetooth and reset the AirPods. 
  • Here are seven troubleshooting tips to fix your AirPods when they keep disconnecting.

It's not unusual for older or low-quality wireless earbuds to have trouble staying connected, resulting in intermittent audio. Even so, you probably expect better from your AirPods. Usually, they live up to their reputation, delivering seamless, consistent and reliable audio. But if your AirPods keep disconnecting or delivering intermittent audio, there are a handful of troubleshooting steps you can take to solve the problem and make them behave the way you expect. 

Make sure nothing is blocking the signal

The Bluetooth technology in AirPods is dramatically better than in typical wireless earbuds of the past, but even AirPods can be foiled by distance or obstacles. If you find the sound cuts in and out, make sure you're keeping your phone close by — don't test the limits of Bluetooth's 30-foot range. And if the sound is intermittent, try removing any obstacles that might be blocking the signal. Take the phone out of the case or backpack it's stored in, for example, and leave it in clear line of sight to your ears, such as on a tabletop. Eliminating sources of potential blocking and interference might solve your problem. 

Try returning the AirPods to their charging case

If your AirPods have just started disconnecting, you might have a poor connection between the phone and earbuds. Take the AirPods and put them back in your charging case. Leave them there for a few moments so they disconnect from your iPhone, and then take them out and try again. This is akin to rebooting the AirPods, and it might fix your problem. 

Toggle Bluetooth off and on again

Another way to "reboot" the system: Toggle Bluetooth on your iPhone. If the connection issue is related to your iPhone rather than the AirPods, this can quickly resolve a glitch. Start the Settings app and tap Bluetooth. Turn off Bluetooth by swiping the button to the left, then turn it back on again.

Toggle Bluetooth to see if that fixes intermittent AirPods.Forget your Airpods and pair them again

If your AirPods always have a flaky, intermittent connection to your iPhone, it's possible there's a problem with the way they are paired. This is especially true if you only experience a glitchy connection on your phone, but other devices, like your iPad, work fine. To troubleshoot this, unpair and then re-pair your AirPods.

1. Put your AirPods in the charging case. 

2. Start the Settings app and tap Bluetooth. 

3. Find the AirPods in the list of Bluetooth devices and tap the i icon on the right.

4. Tap Forget This Device.

5. Bring your AirPods case close to the iPhone, open the lid, and repeat the first-time setup to pair the AirPods with your iPhone. 

Try making your iPhone forget your AirPods, then pair them again as if they were new.Disable Automatic Ear Detection

Automatic Ear Detection is a convenient AirPods feature that plays and pauses audio automatically depending upon whether you're wearing the AirPods in your ears. Usually it works great, but it's possible that this feature can lead to your audio stopping unexpectedly if it thinks you've removed the AirPods from your ears. This can happen if your AirPods have a bad fit or if you tend to touch and move them around while you wear them. Here's how to disable Automatic Ear Detection:

1. Put on your AirPods. 

2. Start the Settings app and tap Bluetooth

3. Find the AirPods in the list of Bluetooth devices and tap the i icon on the right.

4. Turn off Automatic Ear Detection by swiping the button to the left. 

Disable Automatic Ear Detection to see if that keeps your buds from accidentally disconnecting.Try using just one AirPod

If nothing else has fixed the problem, try to see if there's a hardware problem with one of the AirPods. To do that, try wearing just one earbud at a time and see if the problem persists. Start by wearing just the right AirPod, for example and see if it keeps disconnecting. After a while with that one, switch and wear just the left. If it repeatedly disconnects when only wearing one or the other, you may need to get your AirPods serviced or replaced. 

Install any available updates

Throughout the AirPods' history, there have been some software issues that have made AirPods somewhat more likely to disconnect unexpectedly. It's possible your problem is software-related, so be sure your iPhone is running the latest updates. Start the Settings app, then General, and then tap Software Update. If an update is available, install it. The AirPods automatically update when they're charging and near your iPhone. 

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'Only Murders in the Building' season 2 hits Hulu on June 28 — here's how to watch new episodes of the critically acclaimed comedy

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Selena Gomez, Martin Short, and Steve Martin star on "Only Murders in the Building."
  • Season two of "Only Murders in the Building" premieres June 28 on Hulu.
  • The hit comedy follows three residents of an apartment building as they try to solve a murder. 
  • Hulu costs $7/month with ads or $13/month without ads.

"Only Murders in the Building" is back for a second season. New episodes of the critically acclaimed comedy premiere June 28 exclusively on Hulu.

Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez star as three residents of the Arconia apartment building who are all obsessed with true-crime podcasts. When someone in their building is murdered, the trio start a podcast of their own to examine the suspicious circumstances around the death. 

Check out the trailer for 'Only Murders in the Building' season 2

In season two, the trio revive their podcast and try to solve another murder after the Arconia's board president is found dead. Cara Delevingne, Michael Rapaport, Amy Schumer, and Shirley MacLaine are all new additions to the cast. 

As of writing, "Only Murders in the Building" holds a rare "100% fresh" rating on review-aggregator Rotten Tomatoes

How to watch 'Only Murders in the Building' 

You can watch "Only Murders in the Building" exclusively on Hulu. Season two premieres on June 28. Additionally, you can watch the entire first season on Hulu right now. 

Hulu costs $7 a month for ad-supported access to the service's entire streaming library. Hulu also has an ad-free plan which costs $13 a month. 

For even more shows and movies, consider subscribing to the Disney Bundle. For $14 a month, you can get ad-supported Hulu, Disney Plus, and ESPN+; that's $8 less than the regular combined price of all three services. For $20 a month, you can upgrade the bundle to ad-free Hulu. 

Hulu's app is supported on most major connected devices including iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, streaming media players like Roku or Fire TV, and smart TVs from most brands. For a full list of supported devices, check out Hulu's website.

Can I watch 'Only Murders in the Building' for free?

You can watch "Only Murders in the Building" for free if you sign up for a trial to Hulu. All new Hulu subscribers get a 30-day free trial that includes access to the service's entire streaming library. 

We recommend signing up for the trial on or around August 23. That way, you'll be able to watch the entire second season during your trial period. 

How many episodes are in 'Only Murders in the Building' season 2? 

Season two of "Only Murders in the Building" has 10 episodes. The first two episodes premiere on June 28, and new ones will follow weekly every Tuesday through August 23. 

What time do new episodes of 'Only Murders in the Building' premiere? 

New episodes of "Only Murders in the Building" will hit Hulu at 12 a.m ET every Tuesday through August 23. 

Has 'Only Murders in the Building' been renewed for season 3? 

As of June 27, Hulu has not announced whether they've greenlit more episodes of "Only Murders in the Building." We'll be sure to update this post if a new season is announced.

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Giuliani's ex-wife says the former mayor often slept in late and smoked cigars in his bathrobe after ending his 2008 White House campaign: 'He just could not get over it'

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 5:23pm  |  Clusterstock
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks during a news conference in Miami in July 2021.
  • Judith Giuliani said her ex-husband "could not get over" losing the 2008 GOP presidential nomination.
  • She made the comments in an essay published in the NYT and adapted from an upcoming book.
  • Rudy Giuliani entered the 2008 race as a top White House contender, but his campaign faltered.

Judith Giuliani, the ex-wife of Rudy Giuliani, said in the adaptation of an upcoming book that her former husband avoided social situations after exiting the GOP presidential contest in January 2008, instead spending much of his time in bed and smoking cigars in his bathrobe.

After the former New York City mayor endorsed then-Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who would eventually win the Republican nomination that year, Judith Giuliani said that she and her then-husband briefly left New York to get away from the cold weather and bask in the mild Florida winter.

Earlier in his career, Giuliani had been the high-profile US Attorney for the Southern District of New York before winning two terms in Gracie Mansion, but the failure of his presidential campaign took a toll on his everyday interactions with his family, which Andrew Kirtzman detailed in "Giuliani: The Rise and Tragic Fall of America's Mayor," which is set to be released in September. Giuliani was Trump's personal attorney while in office, a critical figure in the president's first impeachment over strong-arming Ukraine for political dirt who later pushed baseless claims of widespread voter fraud after Trump's election defeat.

Despite Rudy Giuliani and his then-wife staying in a well-off apartment complex in Palm Beach, Kirtzman in a New York Times essay described a man who began to turn inward.

"He rarely left the apartment, spending his time sitting listlessly on his in-laws' living room couch, sleeping late in the bedroom or smoking cigars in his bathrobe on the terrace facing a parking lot," the essay said. "Ms. Giuliani said he refused to socialize or sit for meals, even as her mother, Joan, tried to entice him with his favorite dish, pasticcio."

Judith Giuliani told Kirtzman that she was worried about her then-husband "because he was waking up only if I would wake him."

Rudy Giuliani even suggested to Judith that she should "leave" him, according to the essay.

However, she wouldn't hear of it and told him that he had children who loved him, as well as his health, per the essay.

"He just could not get over it," she told Kirtzman about her then-husband.

In February 2007, Rudy Giuliani launched his presidential campaign, with many GOP observers at the time seeing him as a frontrunner for the nomination.

With near-universal name recognition as the former mayor who led New York City after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, he was seen as a candidate who could appeal to a broad segment of Republicans.

However, his campaign never truly took off in the early nominating states of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas won the 2008 Iowa caucuses, while then-Sen. John McCain of Arizona was victorious in the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries.

Rudy Giuliani banked on a strong performance in the Florida primary as the savior for his fledgling campaign, but he eventually came in third-place and thew his support behind McCain.

While the native New Yorker never launched another presidential campaign, he became an important player in Donald Trump's presidential orbit as a onetime personal lawyer to the commander-in-chief and an unyielding proponent of unfounded claims about the 2020 presidential election.

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AT&T was a top donor to politicians to who supported abortion 'trigger laws,' but the company also gave to abortion-rights advocates. Diversity consultants say CEOs need to get clearer on social-rights issues.

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 5:17pm  |  Clusterstock
Despite donating to politicians who support abortion rights, AT&T also donated $1.2 million to politicians opposing abortion access.
  • AT&T was the largest publicly traded company to support politicians backing abortion trigger laws.
  • The company said it does not donate to politicians based on social issues.
  • Diversity consultants said AT&T should further consider the implications of its political spending.

AT&T plans to continue providing financial support to employees who have to travel for abortion care, the company told Insider. The telecommunications giant is the largest publicly traded corporate funder of politicians supporting "trigger laws" intended to automatically ban abortion.

The trigger-ban laws in 13 states were meant to block access to abortion should the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade — which it did Friday, upending nearly 50 years of constitutional protections for terminating a pregnancy. 

An AT&T spokesperson told Insider on Friday that the company didn't make political donations on the basis of a lawmaker's stance on abortion, and that AT&T had donated more money to politicians vowing to uphold Roe. 

"The health of our employees and their families is important to our company, and we provide benefits that cover the cost of travel for medical procedures that are not available within 100 miles of their home," the spokesperson said in response to a request for comment on the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe. 

Insider previously reported that AT&T contributed about $1.2 million to leaders backing abortion trigger laws in the US. The company told Insider at the time that its employees had given more money through political-action committees to politicians supporting abortion rights.

The AT&T spokesperson reiterated that point following the fall of Roe: "While no contributions were made on the basis of an official's position on abortion, our PACs over the last two decades have given more to state lawmakers advancing laws protecting abortion access than to those who voted to enact laws restricting abortion access," the spokesperson said.

"Our employee PACs contribute to both parties and focus on policies and regulations that are important to investing in broadband networks and hiring, developing, and retaining a skilled workforce with competitive wages and benefits," the spokesperson said.

Sacha Thompson, the founder of the diversity-consultancy firm The Equity Equation, said AT&T's political donations are problematic. Donations to politicians in favor of abortion rights "does not negate the $1.2 million that was given in support of anti-choice lawmakers," she said.  

AT&T is not alone in directly or implicitly supporting abortion rights after donating large sums to lawmakers supporting trigger-law bans. Citi said it will cover costs for workers traveling to get an abortion. Insider previously found that the bank had donated about $285,000 to state legislators who sponsored trigger laws in four states and to governors who signed them into law in five states. 

In an era when many employees, consumers, and investors are asking CEOs to take a stand on social-justice issues, AT&T's actions beg the question: To what extent can corporate financing and equity statements be at odds? The answer is striking a balance will likely become more difficult, business consultants said.  

"I increasingly struggle with what I perceive to be a lack of integrity around issues of equality," Tara Jaye Frank — a diversity consultant for Fortune 500 companies — said. "Whether we like it or not, extreme transparency has become our norm. The right hand now knows, or will know, what the left hand is doing."  

Other companies that supported politicians backing trigger laws on abortion include Exxon, CVS, Walmart, Anheuser-Busch, UPS, and cable-television company Comcast.

"Whether companies can say they stand for DEI and simultaneously fund anti-choice governors and politicians has everything to do with their risk tolerance. Women are almost half the workforce," Frank said, referring to diversity, equity, and inclusion. "In my mind, the risk associated with playing both sides on such a fundamental rights issue is too high." 

Laura Morgan Roberts — an associate professor at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business — said companies must take human rights into account in their business decisions.  

"Any company that holds women's rights as part of its core values and strategic DEI platform must address the local political context in which they choose to do business, just as they have considered outside of the US for decades," she said. 

Lenora Billings-Harris, a corporate-diversity consultant and author, said business leaders need to adapt to the new level of transparency that many consumers and employees demand of them. 

"AT&T and others must review all of their internal and external actions to align them," she said. "Own mistakes, make changes, and continue learning." 

Insider's Avery Hartmans, Nicole Gaudiano, Tanya Dua, Kimberly Leonard, Andrea Michelson, Sindhu Sundar, Rebecca Ungarino, and Angela Wang contributed to this report. 

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