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Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin pushes state lawmakers for a 15-week abortion ban after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade

Sat, 06/25/2022 - 3:48pm
Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin of Virginia.
  • Gov. Youngkin is pushing for a 15-week abortion ban in the wake of Roe v. Wade being overturned.
  • Youngkin has assembled a group of Republicans to develop a bill for legislators in Richmond.
  • "Virginians do want fewer abortions as opposed to more abortions," he told The Washington Post on Friday.

Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin of Virginia on Friday said he would push for a ban on most abortions after 15 weeks in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.

Youngkin, who took office earlier this year, said in a statement that the court's decision was an "appropriate" return of power "to the people and their elected representatives in the states."

"Virginians do want fewer abortions as opposed to more abortions," the governor said in a meeting at The Washington Post shortly after the decision was made public. "I am not someone who is going to jump in and try to push us apart … There is a place we can come together."

Youngkin has tapped four Republican legislators — who are all anti-abortion — to help write legislation that will be presented to the rest of the legislature when it reconvenes in Richmond in January 2023.

In Virginia, the GOP has a 52-48 majority in the House of Delegates while Democrats have a 21-19 edge in the Senate.

However, Democratic state Sen. Joe Morrissey of Richmond in a Friday statement said he supports legal abortion "up to the moment a fetus can feel pain." If he aligns himself with Republicans on the issue, a Youngkin-led bill could potentially pass due to the tiebreaking vote of the GOP lieutenant governor, Winsome Earle-Sears.

The governor in the past has called himself a pro-life governor and said that he'd back exceptions for rape and incest, along with cases where the life of the mother is endangered.

During last year's gubernatorial campaign, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who unsuccessfully ran against Youngkin, sought to paint the Republican as an extremist who wanted to "ban abortion."

In return, Youngkin said that the former governor, who served from 2014 to 2018, was "the most extreme pro-abortion candidate in America today."

McAuliffe painted himself as a "brick wall" who would fight back against Republican attempts to restrict abortion in Virginia, a state that had been moving dramatically away from the GOP for over a decade until the party made a major comeback last year.

Still, the Commonwealth is dominated by its urban and suburban corridors, from Northern Virginia to the Richmond metropolitan area and Hampton Roads; these areas are filled many college-educated voters who abandoned the GOP during former President Donald Trump's tenure in the White House.

Democratic lawmakers across the state immediately blasted the court's 5-4 decision overturning Roe.

Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton, who represents a suburban district outside of Washington, DC, called the court "extreme."

"The Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade is an all-out assault on women's right to an abortion — our worst fears, realized — handed down by an extreme and partisan Court that is violating decades of precedent," she said on Friday.

And state Sen. Jennifer McClellan of Richmond said that a 15-week ban is "out of step with what a majority of Virginians want."

"We're going to say no. We're going to say to the party that professes to care about parental rights, you will not insert yourself into the decision whether to become a parent in the first place," she added.

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Chris Murphy texted 'Are you serious?' to Kyrsten Sinema after she expressed interest in Senate gun reform talks: NYT

Sat, 06/25/2022 - 2:58pm
Democratic Sens. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, right, and Chris Murphy of Connecticut.
  • Chris Murphy wrote Kyrsten Sinema to see if she was interested in the gun reform talks, per the NYT.
  • After she replied that she was interested in negotiations, Murphy texted back: "Are you serious?"
  • Murphy has pushed for more gun control for years, but sidelined the more restrictive proposals.

Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut has long been one of the most forceful gun control advocates in Congress, seeking to forge consensus on an issue that for decades eluded lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

After 26 people, including 20 children, were killed in a 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown — a town in the congressional district that Murphy represented when he was a member of the House — the senator fought to tighten gun laws in a country where an aversion to such restrictions has become more entrenched in recent years.

However, after high-profile mass shootings at the Tops supermarket in Buffalo, New York, and Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Murphy knew he'd need a new approach to get anything passed in the evenly-divided Senate.

While Democrats would normally have come to the table pushing for an assault weapons ban and expansive background checks, the senator kept the math in his mind, according to The New York Times.

"I've got a pretty clear sense of what can get 60 votes," he told the newspaper.

Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, a conservative who would not have accepted a broad assault weapons ban and other sweeping restrictions sought by Democrats, said the bipartisan negotiators truly wanted to advance legislation that could pass the upper chamber.

"There's a couple of ways to do things around here: One is if you want a result; the other is if you just want to make a political statement," he told The Times. "I think the Democrats wanted to get a result and we wanted to get a result, so this is what we came up with."

Murphy reached out to other Republicans like Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, who had been involved in gun reform discussions in the past.

Per the Times, Murphy also reached out to Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, who has stymied some of President Joe Biden's biggest domestic agenda items and steadfastly resisted calls to abolish the filibuster.

Sinema remarked in the press that she wanted to work with members of both parties to write a bill to address the issue of gun violence, especially as it related to schools, so Murphy texted the Arizona lawmaker to gauge her interest in the bipartisan talks, per The Times.

She told Murphy that she was interested.

"Are you serious?" Murphy responded, according to the report.

Sinema replied that she was indeed on board with gun reform talks.

The bill that was crafted in the Senate in June included funding for mental health services, school security, and crisis intervention programs, while also providing $750 million for states to enact and maintain red flag laws, among other provisions.

Congress eventually approved the legislation and it was signed into law by Biden on Saturday.

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Ginni Thomas left a voicemail for Anita Hill asking her to apologize for accusing Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment

Sat, 06/25/2022 - 2:54pm
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 21: (L-R) Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas sits with his wife and conservative activist Virginia Thomas while he waits to speak at the Heritage Foundation on October 21, 2021 in Washington, DC. Clarence Thomas has now served on the Supreme Court for 30 years. He was nominated by former President George H. W. Bush in 1991 and is the second African-American to serve on the high court, following Justice Thurgood Marshall.
  • Ginni Thomas left a voicemail for Anita Hill asking her to apologize for accusing her husband of sexual harassment. 
  • The voicemail came in 2010, nearly 20 years after Thomas' Supreme Court confirmation hearing. 
  • Thomas described the call to The New York Times as a "peacekeeping" attempt; Hill called it "inappropriate."

Nearly 20 years after her husband was confirmed to the Supreme Court, Ginni Thomas left a voicemail for Anita Hill asking her to apologize for accusing Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. 

On October 9, 2010, Anita Hill, then a lawyer and professor at Brandeis University, received a voicemail on her office line, People reported, from the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. 

"I would love you to consider an apology sometime and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband," Ginni Thomas said in the voicemail, People reported. "So give it some thought and certainly pray about this and come to understand why you did what you did. Okay, have a good day."

In 1991, Hill became the center of contentious confirmation hearings for Thomas after an FBI report about her accusations was leaked to the press. She later testified before Congress that Thomas had repeatedly sexually harassed her while she was his subordinate and engaged in inappropriate workplace behavior. 

He was ultimately confirmed in a 52-48 vote. 

Hill described the call from Thomas' wife as "certainly inappropriate" in an interview with The New York Times

"It came in at 7:30 a.m. on my office phone from somebody I didn't know, and she is asking for an apology," Hill told The New York Times when the voicemail was first reported. "It was not invited. There was no background for it."

In a statement sent through her publicist, Thomas acknoweldged she'd called the woman her husband was accused of harassing and said she meant no offense. 

"I did place a call to Ms. Hill at her office extending an olive branch to her after all these years, in hopes that we could ultimately get past what happened so long ago," The New York Times reported Thomas said. "That offer still stands. I would be very happy to meet and talk with her if she would be willing to do the same. Certainly no offense was ever intended." 

Hill, however, did not accept the apology, saying: "I appreciate that no offense was intended, but she can't ask for an apology without suggesting that I did something wrong, and that is offensive."

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A 'heroic' US destroyer sunk fighting the Japanese navy in WWII discovered more than 4 miles down in the Pacific, making it the deepest shipwreck

Sat, 06/25/2022 - 1:11pm
The U.S. Navy destroyer escort USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413) circa in June 1944, while off Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Explorer Victor Vescovo and a team from EYOS expeditions discovered the wreck of the USS destroyer Samuel B. Roberts. 
  • The ship also called the Sammy B, is the deepest shipwreck ever discovered.
  • Of the 224 crew, 135 survived its sinking and clung to life-rafts for 50 hours, awaiting rescue.

An explorer has discovered the remains of the 1944 USS destroyer escort Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413), also referred to as the Sammy B.

Explorer Victor Vescovo and a team from EYOS expeditions discovered the wreckage on  June 22.

It sits 22,621 feet deep in the Philippine Sea, equivalent to roughly 51 Empire State buildings. 

The bow of destroyer escort Samuel B. Roberts. Photo was taken from DVS Limiting Factor during the scientific research dive off Samar. Samuel B Roberts wreck found at a depth of 6.895 metres, now making her the current deepest shipwreck recorded.

It is the deepest shipwreck ever discovered, according to CNN. 

CNN reports that Vescovo, who founded the exploration company Caladan Oceanic, made six dives over eight days to find the ship. 

The team used a custom-built side-scan sonar system to locate the sunken vessel. 

In a blog post, Vescovo said it has been an "extraordinary honor to locate this incredibly famous ship." It was a chance to "retell her story of heroism and duty to those who may not know of the ship and her crew's sacrifice," he wrote.

An underwater shot of the sunken Sammy B ship

"In difficult times, it's important to reflect on those who sacrificed so much, so willingly, in even more difficult times to ensure our freedoms and way of life."  Vescovo continued. 

The Samuel B. Roberts was built in 1944 at the Brown Shipbuilding Company of Houston, Texas, according to the Naval History and Heritage Command. 

According to the heritage site, The Sammy B ship fought in the Battle off Samar,  the central action of the Battle of Leyte Gulf. It was part of a naval force sent to protect the US amphibious invasion of the Philippines in 1944.

An underwater shot of the sunken Sammy B ship.

The US flotilla of smaller ships fought an intense sea battle with a 23-strong fleet of heavily armed Japanese battleships and cruisers.

The Samuel B. Roberts fought at close quarters and sunk the Japanese heavy cruiser Chōkai with torpedoes and intense shelling. Roberts fought with other ships for another hour, firing more than 600 shells before a Japanese battleship ripped a hole in her hull, and the abandon ship order was issued. 

Of the 224 crew, 135 survived its sinking and clung to life-rafts for 50 hours, awaiting rescue, the BBC reported.

Samuel B. Roberts received a Presidential Unit Citation "for extraordinary heroism in action." 

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Missouri AG, who authorized the state's Roe v. Wade 'trigger' ban on abortions, says DOJ had 'third world' response to protests against Supreme Court

Sat, 06/25/2022 - 1:07pm
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt speaks during a news conference on April 26, 2022.
  • Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said the DOJ's lack of response to the protests surrounding abortion rights is "third world."
  • Protests erupted nationwide after the Supreme Court decided to overturn Roe v. Wade on Friday.
  • The DOJ "has no interest in condemning" the "night of rage" that followed, Schmitt said.

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt on Friday characterized the Justice Department's response to protests surrounding the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade as "third world."

Speaking to Fox News Host Tucker Carlson, Schmitt said the Justice Department "has no interest in condemning" the "'night of rage'" that followed the Court's decision to roll back Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark Supreme Court decision that made abortion a constitutional right nationwide.

"We've seen an assassination attempt of a Supreme Court justice. This is going to continue," Schmitt said. "The Justice Department is way more interested in siccing the FBI on parents who show up to school board meetings under the Patriot Act than arresting folks intimidating Supreme Court justices. This is out of the banana third-world republic."

—Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) June 25, 2022

The Justice Department condemned the Court's decision, saying on Friday that it's a "devastating blow to reproductive freedom in the United States."

Following the decision, protests erupted nationwide, and Schmitt in his interview with Carlson suggested that the Justice Department should curb them.

Schmitt's comments come on the heels of Missouri on Friday becoming the first state to make abortion illegal following the decision. In the hours after the decision was made public, Gov. Mike Parson signed legislation enacting the ban on abortions in the state.

Since May, abortion-rights advocates have feared that the Supreme Court would strike down Roe v. Wade. The fears began when Politico published a leaked draft opinion in which Associate Justice Samuel Alito called the decision "egregiously wrong from the start."

Abortion, however, remained legal in the United States until the court handed down the final verdict. But the draft itself was enough to put reproductive rights activists and doctors who perform abortions on edge.

By overturning Roe, the Supreme Court has put the question of the legality of abortion in the hands of individual state legislatures and has essentially made it illegal in at least 22 states to obtain an abortion. There are expected to be added restrictions in several others.

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Clarence Thomas says Roe v. Wade wasn't a focal issue for him as he went through law school and launched his legal career: 'My life was consumed by survival'

Sat, 06/25/2022 - 12:28pm
Supreme Justice Clarence Thomas.
  • Clarence Thomas in a new book said he wasn't focused on abortion issues during his early career.
  • "They think we all should have been concerned about this one issue," he told "Created Equal" co-editor Michael Pack.
  • Thomas was part of the 5-4 Supreme Court majority that voted to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in a newly-released book said that he "hadn't really thought about" Roe v. Wade during his early legal years, while delivering a broadside against critics who demanded to know his stance on abortion rights after his nomination to the high court in 1991.

In the book, "Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words," co-edited by Michael Pack and Mark Paoletta, the conservative jurist sat down with Pack for over 30 hours between November 2017 and March 2018, in what became an expanded companion to the 2020 documentary of the same name.

During the interview, Thomas spoke of the opposition that he faced from many Democrats and Democratic-aligned groups during his contentious confirmation hearings. In the discussion, he clearly stated that Roe v. Wade — the 1973 decision that legalized abortion in the United States and afforded a constitutional right to the procedure — was not something that he thought much about in law school and as he progressed in his law career.

However, he was acutely aware that abortion was "central" to much of the criticism leveled at him after he was nominated by Republican President George H.W. Bush to replace Thurgood Marshall, the revered civil-rights icon.

"It was certainly the key to the opposition from many of the women's groups," he told Pack. "I just thought it was ironic that in my whole life, through all the years of preparation, and coming through Georgia, and all the challenges, that of all the things that they've reduced it to was something that wasn't even an issue in your life."

He continued: "What I realized, and should have realized more fully, is that you really didn't matter and your life didn't matter. What mattered was what they wanted, and what they wanted was this particular issue."

Thomas then said that during his studies at Yale Law School and his early legal career, cases surrounding privacy issues were not his area of focus, dismissing the notion that he should have been attuned to abortion.

He rejected Democratic attempts to pin him down on abortion during his confirmation hearings, telling Pack during the interview that he "didn't know" how he would rule on the subject.

"I hadn't read those cases about privacy, and I hadn't thought much about substantive due process since law school," he said during the interview. "I had constitutional law in 1972; Roe was decided in 1973."

He added: "I was more interested in the race issues. I was more interested in getting out of law school. I was more interested in passing the bar exam. My life was consumed by survival. I couldn't pay my rent. I couldn't repay my student loans. I had all these other things going on, that you were navigating, these worlds you're navigating."

Thomas during the interview reiterated that abortion wasn't his area of focus in the years leading up to his Supreme Court nomination.

"They think we all should have been concerned about this one issue," he said of Democrats. "I hadn't really thought about it. I thought about it generally but not in the sense that I had read Roe or re-read Griswold. This wasn't my issue."

The Supreme Court on Friday ruled 6-3 to uphold a Mississippi abortion ban, while voting 5-4 to overturn Roe v. Wade. Chief Justice John Roberts voted with the majority in the Mississippi case, but watched his fellow conservative jurists overturn nearly 50 years of precedent in overturning Roe, who were unconvinced by his incremental approach to the issue.

The decision over abortion rights now rests with the states; 13 states had "trigger laws" in place that effectively banned abortion procedures immediately after the court overturned Roe.

Thomas in his concurring opinion wrote that the court should "reconsider" prior rulings on contraception, same-sex relationships, and same-sex marriage — a departure from his other conservative colleagues — to make the case that cases involving the 14th Amendment's due process clause needed to be reviewed.

"For that reason, in future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court's substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell," he said.

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The MOST expensive homes for sale in every US state - from a $3 million house in Nebraska to a $225 million megamansion in California

Sat, 06/25/2022 - 12:21pm
Real estate is becoming increasingly more expensive - and more difficult - for the average American to comfortably afford.
  • Each of these million-dollar homes offers unique amenities for their hefty price tags.
  • From private islands, to a hunter's paradise, there's something for everyone.
  • It's becoming more difficult to buy a home, and these residences show the cost of luxury.

According to online real estate marketplace Point2Homes, these 51 homes are the most expensive in their respective states. The properties range from single-family houses to gated compounds on acres of land.

Alabama: 2510 Kirby Bridge Road, Decatur - $12.3 million

This gated compound is nearly 200 acres of secluded land with a stocked pond for fishing. The house itself is a custom 3-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom that offers an abundance of privacy for outdoorsmen.

Alaska: 5260 Kachemak Drive, Homer - $9 million

With 17,000 square feet of living space, this Alaskan home offers a spa, indoor pool, and steam room. It includes eight custom suites with unique features in each room and a 270-degree conservatory with a telescope for viewing Alaska's wildlife.


Arizona: 20958 N 112th Street, Scottsdale - $28 million

Called "The Aerie," this seven-bedroom, eight-bathroom home was just built this year. It's nestled in the McDowell Mountains and boasts sweeping views of the valley below. 

Arkansas: 115 West Van Buren, Eureka Springs - $7 million

The Queen Anne Mansion Estate was built in 1891 with seven master suites complete with en-suite bathrooms. The 4-acre lot includes a total of 10 bedrooms and 13 bathrooms.

California: 33550 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu - $225 million

With 16 beds and 22 baths, this property overlooking the Pacific Ocean covers nearly five acres and features nine structures, including a beach cottages, guest houses, and more. It has an underground tunnel connecting the pool to a movie theater, and an elevator to take guests to the beach.

At $225 million, it's not only the priciest home for sale in California, but also the most expensive one for sale in the US. 

Colorado: 1650 McLain Flats Road, Aspen - $55 million

This bucolic compound, called the "Merry Go Ranch," includes 21 acres of lawns and pastures, as well as an eight-stall barn and a 13,000-square-foot gym.

Connecticut: 450 Brickyard Road, Woodstock - $60 million

Ever wanted to live in a castle? Here's your chance. This distinctive property features a moat, towers rising 120 feet high, period architectural doors, and stained glass throughout the castle, which overlooks a 30-acre pond.

Delaware: 21440 Bald Eagle, Rehoboth Beach - $4.85 million

Built in 1993, this Delaware home offers over four acres on Rehoboth Bay with four bedrooms and three full bathrooms. If that's not enough, there's a carriage house over the 3-car garage for extra living quarters.

Florida: 18 La Gorce Circle, Miami Beach - $170 million

This massive compound, built in 1936 has never been put on the market until now. It sits on a 125,000-square-foot lot. It's compromised of four gated properties, and comes with its own private park, not to mention views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline. 

Georgia: 120 Hawkins Lane, Saint Simons Island - $17.8 million

For just under $18 million, Little Hawkins Island is a gated family compound surrounded by greenery and marsh. This private island includes four residential buildings: the main residence, two guest cottages, and the clubhouse for a total of 11,000 square feet.

Hawaii: 9 Bay Drive, Lahaina - $59.5 million

This home's buyer would enjoy clear views of the sunset year-round on these 10 oceanfront acres on Hawea Point. 

Idaho: 105 Camas Road, Ketchum - $19.75 million

This lodge-style residence sits on nearly 300 acres of Idaho land with views of Bald Mountain. With five bedrooms and six bathrooms, the secluded home is "one of Idaho's most exclusive legacy properties," according to the listing.

Illinois: 1932 N. Burling St., Chicago - $45 million

This 25,000-square-foot estate in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood has amenities like a reflecting pool and antique garden pavilion.

Indiana: 10285 West Youth Camp Road, Columbus - $30 million

Visitors to this rustic home on 415 wooded acres will find a two-story waterfall and trout stream in its entryway, and an 8,700-gallon freshwater aquarium in its great room.

Iowa: 16216 and 1615 IA-86, Spirit Lake - $11.9 million

This residence is more like a lakeside retreat complete with an Irish pub, movie theatre, art studio, and separate loft apartment. There are a total of eight bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, and six fireplaces, and the home is being sold completely furnished.

Kansas: 1051 N Blackstone Road, Milton - $6.7 million

This net-zero energy home comes fully furnished including farming equipment for the 89 acres of land that comes along with the house. According to the listing, the residence is self-sustaining with a solar power system, generators, and propane gas. 

On this property, there's space dedicated to horses, spring-fed ponds, and a 300-yard shooting range. Inside the nearly 7,000-square-foot main home, there are six bedrooms and seven bathrooms, and a wet bar that's more like a second kitchen.

Kentucky: 30 Bass Court, Whitesville - $25 million

This western Kentucky compound comes with three homes, a large private lake, and income-producing crop land on-site.

Louisiana: 11001 Highland Road, Baton Rouge - $14 million

Located in the capital city, Baton Rouge, this over-12-acre property has a Mediterranean flare. Each of the five bedrooms has its own bathroom, and access to one of the various sitting rooms. In this home, there are many places to relax: a breakfast room, coffee bar, media room, and massage room.

Outside of the main house, there's a 4,800-square-foot guest house with its own 3-car garage and a fully stocked pond for fishing. For outdoor entertainment, a 1,429-square-foot cabana, saltwater pool, and outdoor kitchen.

Maine: 153 Foreside Road, Falmouth - $10.5 million

This oceanfront property underwent a full renovation in 2021 to become a one-of-a-kind estate. There are three separate dwellings for guests, staff, or rentals, and the main residence features at least four bedrooms and seven full bathrooms. Although the water is just steps away outside, there's a deepwater diving pool and whirlpool jacuzzi indoors. 

Maryland: 1604 Winchester Road, Annapolis - $24.9 million

Built in 1922, this property overlooking the Severn River in Maryland has changed ownership many times - at one point belonging to the Catholic Church as a friary, from which it gets its current name, Friary on the Severn. Its features include a rooftop garden, 60-foot infinity pool, and six-slip private boat dock.

Massachusetts: 41 Jefferson Ave., Nantucket - $39 million

This Nantucket property was first developed as a private beach club in the 1930s. Today, it has a four-unit main beach house and two stand-alone cottages.

Michigan: 1558 Dutton Road, Rochester - $11.5 million

This 22-acre residence was custom built to showcase European craftsmanship by architect Dominick Tringali. It features seven bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, a home theater, full bar, and two guest homes.

Minnesota: 36463 Butternut Point Road, Pequot Lakes - $12 million

Built on a peninsula on Whitefish Lake, this 3-acre home has 2,000 feet of shoreline, and six log guest houses. In total, there are 19 bedrooms and 22 bathrooms.

Mississippi: 205 S Valley Road, Poplarville - $12.25 million

This property offers over 2,000 acres dedicated to outdoor activities. The owner can enjoy the whitetail deer enclosure, trophy bass fishing, and duck hunting without leaving home. Cross Creek Farm is custom-built 6,200-square-foot home with six bedrooms and six full bathrooms.

Missouri: 2608 & 2606 Arrowhead Estates Road, Village of Four Seasons - $9.99 million

This family compound is in the heart of Lake Ozark. Inside the gates, there's a 3-story main house, two-bedroom two-bathroom guest house, two pools, a putting green, and a tennis court. The main house is complete with 130 solar panels.

Montana: 405 Delrey Road, Whitefish - $40 million

Spring-fed mountain ponds and streams dot the 35 acres on which this lakefront log home sits in Montana.

Nebraska: 17426 Island Circle, Bennington, Douglas County - $3.75 million

This 4-bedroom 6-bathroom home was built in 2016 on over an acre of land with 250 of open water frontage.

Nevada: 1730 Hwy 50, Glenbrook - $100 million1730 Us Highway 50, Glenbrook, NV

The Wall Street Journal and Robb Report have published photos of this lakefront home, complete with features like a wine room with capacity for 2,500 bottles, a greenhouse, and a whopping 700 evergreen trees on the property.

New Hampshire: 144 Springfield Point Road, Wolfeboro - $19.5 million

Named "Lakeside Manor" for its location along 841 feet of Lake Winnipesaukee's shore, this home has four levels and 37 rooms total. The amenities offered inside include a 900-bottle wine room, 15-seat theater, and a 30-foot natural stone fireplace.

New Jersey: 48 Rio Vista Drive, Alpine - $25 million

This chateau-style manor has its own movie theater, pub, and great room with a 37-foot-high arched cathedral ceiling.

At $25 million, it ties with another estate for the title of most expensive home for sale in New Jersey...

New Jersey: 275 Indian Trail Drive, Franklin Lakes - $25 million

This 14,700-square-foot estate comes with indoor and outdoor pools, a wine tasting room, and a basketball court.

New Mexico: Zorro Ranch, Stanley - $27.5 million

Roughly half an hour from Santa Fe, this ranch has a three-story, four-bedroom main house; a lodge and log cabin; and even a yurt. The sprawling property was formerly owned by the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who purchased it in 1993 and killed himself in jail in 2019. It has been on the market for about a year.

New York: 700 Meadow Lane, Southampton - $175 million

This modern Tudor-style mansion in the Hamptons comes with 11 bedrooms, 12 full and four  half bathrooms, and a private boardwalk to the beach. 

North Carolina: 1 Auditorium Circle, Wrightsville Beach - $13 million

This modern home features four bedrooms, five bathrooms, a pool, spa, and a boathouse. According to the listing, its design was inspired by the tropical modernism of mid-century Hawaii.

North Dakota: 14388 45th St. NW, Williston - $4.99 million

The River Ranch uniquely features two master suites — one on each level. It's situated on 1,879 acres of land with the possibility of farming available.

Ohio: 2779 Som Center Road, Hunting Valley - $6.95 million

The home itself is over 17,000 square feet of castle-like design. Situated on over five acres, it includes five bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a 12-seat theater, and a rooftop outlook to take in the views.

Oklahoma: 3105 S Peoria Ave., Tulsa - $15 million

This 1925 mansion is in the heart of Tulsa on seven acres of heavily wooded land. The Patterson Estate consists of a main house, a guest house, and a tennis court. 

Oregon: 27280 NE Old Wolf Creek Road, Prineville - $65 million

This ranch has a three-bedroom home, multiple cabins, and a six-stall horse barn. It's located in the foothills of central Oregon's Ochoco Mountains and borders 850,000 acres of national forest.

Pennsylvania: 500-6 Walnut St., Unit 2500-2600, Philadelphia - $27 million

This 8,400-square-foot penthouse boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and is configured to allow for three large bedrooms, four full baths, and three half baths.

Rhode Island: 2 Kidds Way, Westerly - $18.5 million

This open concept residence has been named Treasure Hill as it's situated at the second highest elevation on the Watch Hill peninsula. It features a heated saltwater pool, in-house fitness area with a sauna, and a wine tasting room.

South Carolina: 133 Flyway Drive, Kiawah Island - $20 million

This seaside estate comes with a private 400-foot driveway and a bridged walkway from the backyard to the beach.

South Dakota: 13911 Cobb Road, Hermosa - $6.9 million

The Rafter R Ranch is nearly 500 acres. The 4,125-square-foot home was built in 2000 with three bedrooms and three bathrooms.

Tennessee: 1304 Chickering Road, Nashville - $50 million

The main home on this 59-acre estate has colonnaded porches at its front and back. The property also comes with a separate nine-acre building site.

Texas: 12400 Cedar St., Lake Travis - $45 million

One of the first things visitors will be greeted by at this waterfront estate/event space, called Villa Del Lago, is a grotto with multiple cascading waterfalls carved into the adjacent canyon hillside. Elsewhere on the property, they'll find a mudroom, private custom boathouse, and fenced pastures.

Utah: 533 N Left Fork Hobble Creek Road, Springville - $48 million

Several ponds dot Hobble Creek Ranch, which is well-suited for cattle and horses, and varies in elevation from 5,700 feet to over 9,100 feet.

Vermont: 506 North Hill Road, Stowe - $16 million

This 68-acre estate has a helicopter landing site, a zipline, sunken hot tub, and a total of 11 bedrooms.

Virginia: 700 Bulls Neck Road, McLean - $39 million

This estate overlooking the Potomac River has two garages, one of which can fit up to 22 cars, as well as a central lawn area designed to fit a large tent to accommodate more than 200 guests.

Washington: 3858 Hunts Point Road, Hunts Point - $85 million

Built in 1995, this compound on Lake Washington consists of four structures totaling more than 17,000 square feet of living space.

West Virginia: 4428 Irish Heights Drive, Summersville - $19.5 million

The main residence overlooks over 100 acres of forest for an especially secluded experience. The wine cellar holds 3,000 bottles, and the primary suite has private access to an outdoor hot tub.

Wisconsin: 9095 Cottage Row Rd, Fish Creek - $11.9 million

This 7-acre property is made up of a main house, guest house, and boathouse with rooftop entertainment deck. It offers 805 feet of shorefront in Fish Creek. 

Wyoming: 6160 W Lazy H Road, Wilson - $19.5 million

This residence offers three separate living spaces and 50 acres with access to miles of National Forest. It comes with access to amenities like private fly fishing and trails for hiking and running.

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A step-by-step guide for moving to Canada and becoming a citizen there

Sat, 06/25/2022 - 11:21am
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau assumed office on November 4, 2015.
  • Some Americans are talking about moving to Canada after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
  • The Canadian government has a handy tool that helps you figure out if you're eligible to become a permanent resident.
  • Becoming a Canadian citizen is difficult with many factors to consider, such as language, history, and residency rules. 
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After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, some Americans are considering moving to Canada

Google searches for "How to move to Canada from US" spiked by more than 850% following the decision that overturned the 50-year-old landmark ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.

Citing Simon Rogers' Google Trends newsletter, Axios reported that searches for "How to become a Canadian citizen" also rose by 550%.

If the Supreme Court's ruling has you thinking about making a move to the US's northern neighbor, it is theoretically possible — but certainly not easy — to move to Canada.

Becoming a Canadian citizen is tough. You need to first be a permanent resident and have lived in Canada for three out of the last five years, among other requirements.

For those who actually want to head up north, here's how you become a permanent resident and citizen of Canada.

Preface: Make sure you're not already a Canadian citizen.The quiz asks about your parents, where you were born, your marriage status, and more.

Before you go through the hassle of applying for citizenship or permanent residency, take a short quiz to see if you may already be Canadian.

The government outlines several caveats for being a citizen even if you weren't born there, many of which depend on your parents' citizenship. Maybe you secretly inherited their status at some point along the way.


Be at least 18 years old.Rules for minors are more stringent.

If you're not a legal adult, you've got an uphill climb ahead of you.

To become a citizen, minors need their parent or legal guardian to fill out the application for them, they need to already be permanent residents in Canada, and the parent must either be a citizen or apply to become one at the same time. 

Become a permanent resident.There are approximately 321,000 permanent residents residing in Canada.

The Canadian government created a handy tool to help you figure out if you're eligible to be a permanent resident, which is required to become a Canadian citizen. 

There are several avenues available to becoming a permanent resident. For example, you can apply through a specific province, go down a special entrepreneur route, get help from a family member or spouse who lives in Canada or go through Quebec, which has special immigration requirements.

Permanent residents are entitled to healthcare coverage and can work, study, and travel anywhere in Canada. You just can't vote, run for office, or hold some jobs with top security clearance.

If you're a skilled worker, consider Canada's Express Entry system.Canada launched its Express Entry system in 2015.

Canada has a fast-track system for immigration called Express Entry. It's how skilled workers transition into a new role in the country.

All applicants into Express Entry are given specific scores based on their talents and job prospects and then ranked with other applicants. Those at the top of the rankings are invited to become permanent residents.

Declare your intent to reside.Someone who resides in Canada temporarily, like a student or foreign worker, is not a permanent resident.

If you're invited to become a permanent resident, you must confirm your plans to stay Canadian. If you don't spend that much time within the borders, you could lose your permanent residence status and your chance to become a citizen.

If you don't live in Canada, you must work outside Canada as a public official known as a Crown Servant or live abroad with certain family members who are Crown Servants.

Spend enough time physically present in Canada.You have to prove that you've been in the country for a long enough period of time in order to become a citizen.

Permanent residents don't always become citizens. The bar for citizenship is higher.

If you're living in Canada, you must have been a permanent resident and physically present in Canada for at least 1,095 days during the five years right before the date you sign your application. 

In other words, your time in Canada needs to stay relatively consistent.

Provide your income tax filing.Canadian officials require applicants to submit a few financial documents.

Like the residence requirement, you must be able to provide three years' worth of tax returns in the five-year period leading up to the date of your application.

Basically, they want to see if your job is legit.

Speak English or French.As long as you're proficient in English or French, this step should not be an issue.

Along with dozens of other countries, Canada has two official languages: English and French.

To become a citizen, you need to know just one. You don't need to be fluent, just conversational enough to make small talk, give directions, use basic grammar, and know your vocab well enough to describe yourself.

You'll send along written documents with your application, but a citizenship officer will make the final call whether your English or French is up to snuff.

Know a thing or two about Canada.There's a Canadian culture test, so study up.

You should probably brush up on your Canadian history anyway, but the government issues a formal quiz to applicants on the history, values, institutions, and symbols of Canada.

You take the test if you're between 16 and 64 years old. Typically, it's a written test, but the citizenship officer may also ask questions orally.

There are no real surprises. Everything you'd need to know can be found here: Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship.

Know why your application might get denied.It takes several months to hear back about your application.

There are a number of reasons your past may prohibit you from becoming a Canadian citizen.

For instance, the government looks down upon granting citizenship to people who have committed a crime within four years of submitting their application or are on trial for a crime.

Invest in durable clothes for your local climate.Canada is a big place, so make sure you know what type of clothes to bring!

Canada is the second-largest country on earth by total area, behind Russia. As such, there is no singular "Canadian climate," even if people may think it's just cold most of the time.

Depending on how close you live to the British Columbian coast, for example, spring can begin as early as February and summer temperatures can rise into the 90s.

So if you're looking for places to take up permanent residence, research what the weather's like. You won't waste money or space buying unnecessary items.

Take advantage of the customs of your new life.From great hockey to maple syrup, there's a lot of culture in Canada to absorb.

Now that you've left your home country behind, embrace what makes Canada unique.

Many Canadians express deep fondness for Tim Hortons, quirky slang, celebrity ambassadors, and hockey.

No one will expect you to dive headfirst into this new world, but if you want to become a genuine citizen, formal requirements are only the start.

Chris Weller contributed to an earlier version of this post. 

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Tucker Carlson says corporations are helping their employees get an out-of-state abortion because those 'without families are much cheaper for the company'

Sat, 06/25/2022 - 11:19am
Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
  • Tucker Carlson on Friday said corporations that help their employees secure abortions are "against families."
  • Several US companies offered to pay travel costs for employees seeking an abortion out of state.
  • "Well, of course, employees without families are much cheaper for the company," Carlson said.

Tucker Carlson on Friday said companies that help their employees get abortions are "against families."

The Fox News host on an episode of "Tucker Carlson Tonight" played a clip of President Joe Biden denouncing the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark Supreme Court decision that made abortion a constitutional right nationwide.

"Notice that it's abortion that is the red line for them," Carlson said. "Abortion? Of all the issues, why is that so important to them?"

"It's obvious why it's so important to America's corporations, almost all of whom immediately weighed in to say, 'We'll fly you to get an abortion at the state of your choice,'" Carlson continued. "Well, of course, employees without families are much cheaper for the company."

In the wake of the Supreme Court decision Friday, various companies such as Disney, Netflix, and Meta have vowed to provide their employees with financial assistance to help them travel out of state to receive an abortion. 

"It's much cheaper to pay for an abortion than it is to pay for maternity leave, or an extra name on the insurance policy," Carlson said. "So, it's all about the money for corporate America. It always is. Families are bad for big corporations. Therefore, they're against families."

Since May, abortion-rights advocates have feared that the Supreme Court would strike down Roe v. Wade. The fears began when Politico published a leaked draft opinion in which Associate Justice Samuel Alito called the decision "egregiously wrong from the start."

Abortion, however, remained legal in the United States until the court handed down the final verdict. But the draft itself was enough to put reproductive rights activists and doctors who perform abortions on edge.

By overturning Roe, the Supreme Court has put the question of the legality of abortion in the hands of individual state legislatures and has essentially made it illegal in at least 22 states to obtain an abortion. There are expected to be added restrictions in several others.

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Susan Collins and Joe Manchin, who voted to confirm justices Kavanaugh and Gorsuch, say they were misled on Roe v. Wade

Sat, 06/25/2022 - 11:19am
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME).
  • Senators Susan Collins and Joe Manchin said they were misled by Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch.
  • The centrist, pro-choice senators said the justices assured them they believed Roe v Wade was settled law.
  • Kavanaugh and Gorsuch voted to overturn Roe v. Wade in a landmark Supreme Court ruling.

Centrist Senators Susan Collins and Joe Manchin criticized Friday's landmark Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, suggesting they felt misled by Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch.

Collins, a Maine Republican, and Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, both voted to confirm Kavanaugh and Gorsuch. 

Both senators are pro-choice and said that the justices had assured them they believed Roe v Wade was settled law.

"I trusted Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh when they testified under oath that they also believed Roe v. Wade was settled legal precedent. I am alarmed they chose to reject the stability the ruling has provided for two generations of Americans," Manchin said in a statement.

Manchin, a self-described centrist, was one of three Democrats to vote to confirm Gorsuch in 2017 and the only Democrat who voted to confirm Kavanaugh in 2018. Kavanaugh's 50-48 confirmation vote was historically close.

Manchin said that while he is personally pro-life, he would "support legislation that would codify the rights Roe v. Wade previously protected."

Collins similarly expressed disappointment with the justices.

"This decision is inconsistent with what Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh said in their testimony and their meetings with me, where they both were insistent on the importance of supporting long-standing precedents that the country has relied upon," Collins said in a statement.

While persuading the senator to vote to confirm him, Kavanaugh told Collins that he would not threaten the landmark abortion ruling and was a "don't-rock-the-boat kind of judge," The New York Times reported. 

Collins defended Kavanaugh publicly before his 2018 confirmation and told CNN: "I do not believe that Brett Kavanaugh will overturn Roe. v. Wade."

Rolling Stone recently reported that Trump officials privately mocked the Maine senator for agreeing to back Kavanaugh despite her pro-choice stance.

"I feel misled," Collins told The New York Times on Friday. 

Other Democrats, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, criticized the justices for misleading the public during their confirmation hearings.

During his 2017 confirmation hearings, Gorsuch said: "I would tell you that Roe v. Wade, decided in 1973, is a precedent of the United States Supreme Court. It has been reaffirmed. A good judge will consider it as a precedent of the U.S. Supreme Court worthy as treatment of precedent like any other."

Kavanaugh made similar remarks during his 2018 confirmation hearing, stating that Roe v. Wade "is an important precedent of the Supreme Court that has been reaffirmed many times."

The landmark Supreme Court's ruling now leaves the legality of abortion up to state legislatures. 

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Democratic senators call on Biden to 'declare a public health emergency' now that Roe v. Wade 'is gone'

Sat, 06/25/2022 - 10:46am
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., right, and Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., on September 25, 2018.
  • Senators Elizabeth Warren and Tina Smith called on Biden to take action on the abortion ruling.
  • "The danger is real, and Democrats must meet it with the urgency it deserves," they wrote in an NYT op-ed on Saturday.
  • On Friday, SCOTUS overturned the landmark 1973  Roe v. Wade ruling

US Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Tina Smith of Minnesota are calling on President Joe Biden to  "declare a public health emergency," following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

In an op-ed for the New York Times on Saturday, the Democratic senators said that "with the release of the Dobbs decision," the US is facing " a perilous time that threatens millions of women across this nation."

"We urge the president to declare a public health emergency to protect abortion access for all Americans, unlocking critical resources and authority that states and the federal government can use to meet the surge in demand for reproductive health services. The danger is real, and Democrats must meet it with the urgency it deserves," Warren and Smith wrote. 

The senators blamed the reversal of Roe v. Wade on "right-wing politicians and their allies" who they said "have spent decades scheming."

"Passing state laws to restrict access to abortion care. Giving personhood rights to fertilized eggs. Threatening to criminalize in vitro fertilization. Offering bounties for reporting doctors who provide abortion services. Abusing the filibuster and turning Congress into a broken institution," they listed in the op-ed, adding the advancement of judicial nominees who "winked at their Republican sponsors in the Senate."

Speaking outside the Massachusetts State House shortly after Roe v Wade was overturned,  Sen. Warren slammed the conservative majority on the court who reversed the landmark 1973 decision. 

"Six extremists on the United States Supreme Court have decided that they can force all of America to bend to their personal religious and moral views," she said.

"The Supreme Court has spoken: Roe is gone. But the Supreme Court doesn't get the final say on abortion. The American people will have the last word through their representatives in Congress and the White House," Warren and Smith said in their op-ed.

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Piers Morgan's producers are offering guests thousands to appear on his struggling TV show

Sat, 06/25/2022 - 10:37am
Piers Morgan (left) and Rupert Murdoch.
  • Guests have been offered thousands of dollars to appear on Piers Morgan's new show.
  • Rupert Murdoch, who owns Fox News, invested tens of millions of pounds in the new talkTV channel.
  • Audiences have failed to tune in, with ratings sinking to zero for some programs.

Piers Morgan's producers are offering thousands of dollars to guests to appear on his new TV show in a desperate attempt to win more viewers, The Guardian reported.

The former CNN presenter now hosts "Uncensored," a show billed a "fearless forum for lively debate" that would "celebrate the right of everyone to have an opinion." However, it is on a new channel called TalkTV owned by Rupert Murdoch that does not already have an established audience.

The show won just 64,000 viewers on Monday, according to The Guardian's report. In a further embarrassment Morgan is regularly outrated by former politician Nigel Farage on GB News, the right-leaning channel launched last year. 

TalkTV has been offering thousands of pounds in a bid to get guests to appear with Morgan. The Guardian reported that a leftwing journalist was offered large amounts of cash to come on the show but declined. Guests on such shows in the UK are more commonly offered fees in the low hundreds of pounds. 

Mid-level celebrities or those in the public eye have reportedly earned more than $12,000 (£10,000) for appearing on Morgan's show, according to The Guardian.

Other shows on the station have struggled even more, with official viewing figures dipping to zero even during primetime. 

Donald Trump, who gave an interview to Morgan to launch the show earlier this year, said in May: "Ratings for the Piers Morgan interview with me were great. Unfortunately, after that interview, his show bombed completely because of the fake narrative he tried to portray."

The former president added: "The fact is, I got a new closeup glimpse at Piers, and he no longer has what it takes. It's over for him."

Morgan has also tweeted that he is unconcerned about the number of TV viewers because it is "increasingly irrelevant to total eyeball potential for a global show like this, especially with younger viewers who don't really watch TV any more." 

TalkTV is owned by News UK, the Murdoch-controlled company that broadcasts Fox News and publishes The Wall Street Journal as well as UK newspapers The Times and The Sun, and talkRadio.


—Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 16, 2021


Some have called the channel a British version of Fox News, but broadcasters in the UK are subject to far more regulation than their American equivalents, making it more difficult for presenters to be as controversial. 

The former Good Morning Britain presenter's monologues and rants about woke culture appear to have failed to resonate with viewers. 

Some senior talkTV staff have recently departed and a former tabloid newspaper editor, Richard Wallace, has been appointed as its new boss ahead of an expected relaunch.

There is even a suggestion that Murdoch could pull the plug on the channel. Morgan's eight-figure deal with the company also includes a column in The Sun and New York Post newspapers, while his show is also available in the US on the Fox Nation streaming platform and Sky News Australia.

TalkTV did not respond to Insider's request for comment.

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Giant Burmese python weighing 215 pounds that preyed on white-tailed deer is the heaviest ever captured in Florida, say biologists

Sat, 06/25/2022 - 10:26am
Record-breaking python weighing 215 pounds found in Florida.
  • A Burmese python weighing 215 pounds has been caught and euthanized in Florida.
  • The snake is the heaviest to ever be captured in the state.
  • Burmese pythons are an invasive species that threaten native wildlife populations.

A Burmese python weighing 215 pounds and nearly 18 feet long has become the heaviest ever snake captured in Florida.

The reptile, caught in Florida's Picayune Strand State Forest, wrestled with biologists for 20 minutes before being restrained, authorities said in a press conference.

The snake was about the height of a giraffe if stretched out vertically, wildlife biologist Ian Bartoszek said.

The python was captured and euthanized, which biologists in Florida do to prevent the snakes from consuming native wildlife and disturbing the ecosystem.

During the python's necropsy, biologists discovered that the snake had 122 eggs developing inside her and hooves in her digestive tract, which suggested her most recent meal had been an entire adult white-tailed deer.

The findings also set a new limit for the highest number of eggs a female python can potentially produce in a breeding cycle.

"The removal of female pythons plays a critical role in disrupting the breeding cycle of these apex predators that are wreaking havoc on the Everglades ecosystem and taking food sources from other native species," Bartoszek said. 

"This is the wildlife issue of our time for southern Florida."

The record-breaking snake was tracked using a male "scout" snake named Dionysus, who biologists said was attracted to the larger snake like a "magnet."

Burmese pythons are native to southeast Asia and have become pests in Florida due to the exotic pet trade industry of the 1980s.

White-tailed deer are prey for the Burmese Python, an invasive species upsetting the ecological balance in Florida."The Python Challenge"

The snakes have overrun the Florida Everglades after being released into the wild by irresponsible pet owners many years ago. 

As an invasive species with no natural predators, they have been able to out-compete native species and threaten the region's biodiversity.

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida's python program has removed over 1,000 pythons from around 100 sq miles in southwest Florida since being established in 2013.

Florida also holds an annual "Python Challenge," which asks the public to help hunt pythons for two weeks in August.

Participants can win prizes including $2,500 for most snakes captured and $1,500 for the longest snake caught.

Last year's challenge drew in more than 600 people from 25 states, and the winner captured 223 pythons. All snakes must be killed humanely.

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A Republican lawmaker from Utah said she believes women can control 'when they allow a man to ejaculate' and 'the intake of semen' during sex

Sat, 06/25/2022 - 10:21am
Utah state Rep. Karianne Lisonbee.
  • Utah state Rep. Karianne Lisonbee on Friday said women can control the semen intake during sex.
  • "I do trust women enough to control when they allow a man to ejaculate inside of them and to control that intake of semen," she said.
  • Her remarks come on the heels of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.

A Utah state representative on Friday said women have the power to control the "intake of semen" during sex.

"I got a text message today saying I should seek to control men's ejaculations and not women's pregnancies," state Rep. Karianne Lisonbee said during a news conference on Friday. She said the underlying tone of the message was that "I clearly don't trust women enough to make choices to control their own body."

"And my response is I do trust women enough to control when they allow a man to ejaculate inside of them and to control that intake of semen," Lisonbee said in response to the suggestion.

—Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) June 25, 2022

Her remarks come as the Supreme Court earlier this week voted 5-4 to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark Supreme Court decision that made abortion a constitutional right nationwide.

Utah is one of 13 so-called trigger states in which anti-abortion legislation was passed shortly after the high court overturned Roe v. Wade. Lisonbee was the sponsor of the anti-abortion trigger bill in Utah.

Since May, abortion-rights advocates have feared that the Supreme Court ruling would drop, after Politico published a leaked draft opinion in which Associate Justice Samuel Alito called the decision "egregiously wrong from the start."

Abortion, however, remained legal in the United States until the court handed down the final verdict. But the draft itself was enough to put reproductive rights activists and doctors who perform abortions on edge.

By overturning Roe, the Supreme Court has put the question of the legality of abortion in the hands of individual state legislatures and has essentially made it illegal in at least 22 states to obtain an abortion. There are expected to be added restrictions in several others.

In the hours since, a slew of prominent individuals from musician Jack White to lawmakers, such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have blasted the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. 

Lisonbee, however, praised the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe, calling it "wonderful news" in an interview with local news outlet KSTU.

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Marjorie Taylor Greene says children 'should be trained with firearms' to ward off a 'mad man with a gun' in schools

Sat, 06/25/2022 - 9:30am
Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia at a hearing on the challenge to her candidacy in Atlanta, Georgia on April 22, 2022.
  • Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Friday said she believes children should receive firearm training.
  • "I think children should be trained with firearms," she said during a House Rules Committee meeting.
  • She said a "psychologist is not going to be able to just talk" a "mad man" out of a school shooting.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said she believes children should learn how to use firearms to protect themselves in the event of a school shooting. 

Speaking at a House Rules Committee meeting about the Second Amendment, Greene on Friday suggested the firearm training would help ward off potential danger.

"If my children are in school and a mad man with a gun comes to a school to kill people, unfortunately a psychologist is not going to be able to just talk him out of it," she said in a conversation with Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland. "That is not a good way to protect kids."

Asked by Raskin whether she thinks the students should be armed, Greene said, "I think children should be trained with firearms."

"I think that's very important," she added.

—Ron Filipkowski

Father atop a DC bridge to protest Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade says, 'it's time to stop the machine'

Sat, 06/25/2022 - 9:24am
A close up Guido Reichstadter (L) as he sits on the Douglass Frederick Memorial Bridge. He can be seen waving a flag on the right-hand picture.
  • Guido Reichstadter, 42, has slept on top of the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge in DC to protest the Supreme Court. 
  • He told Insider that he had climbed the bridge after having "a strong emotional reaction" to the abortion ruling.
  • He said the rights of the population have been "egregiously attacked and rolled back."

A man has slept overnight on top of the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge in DC to protest the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. 

Guido Reichstadter, 42, told Insider that he had climbed the bridge after having "a very, very, very strong emotional reaction" to the ruling, saying, "I couldn't not do anything." 

He said that, after the draft legislation had been leaked in May, he'd wake up "gasping for air" thinking about the future and the rights of his 12-year-old daughter. 

—Guido Reichstadter (@GuidoReichstad1) June 24, 2022


"There's never been a point in US history where the rights of the population have been so egregiously attacked and rolled back," he told Insider. 

Having climbed the bridge, a mile from the Supreme Court, at 9:30 am EDT, Reichstadter heard the Supreme Court decision while overlooking the city. 

"The arches were designed in such a way that any reasonably fit person could climb them," he told Insider. "It seems the designers just took it for granted that people would have the good sense not to climb up them. Of course, the moment I saw them, I knew they had to be climbed." 

Guido Reichstadter's view as he protests atop the Frederick Douglas Memorial Bridge in Washington DC

"Tens of millions of women are waking up without the right to control their bodies and that's why I'm on top of this bridge. I can't understand why the streets aren't already full of fathers standing up for their children's lives." 

"I've got to do what I have to do to call the population into action." 

The long-time activist who has worked with Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights told Insider that he had previously been arrested for attaching himself to the barricades surrounding the Supreme Court, which had been erected to protect the building from protesters. 

"It's time to stop the machine. And I'm sitting up here looking down at the interstates, and I've been doing so for the last 24 hours. And I'll be here as long as I can."

Guido Reichstadter sitting atop the Frederick Douglas Memorial Bridge in Washington DC

It's not been an easy 24 hours. Reichstader's water bottle had rolled off the bridge as soon as he got up there, and the police refused to return it to him.

When asked if he is safe, Reichstader responded, "I'm physically fairly safe. It's flat up here. But in a larger sense, you know, I wasn't safe before I climbed up to the bridge. None of us are as long as the Supreme Court is in power.

"The only way we're going to get to the point of safety is to move through this and stand up for ourselves in harm's way to fight back non-violently."

Abortion rights activists participate in a Bans Off Our Bodies rally at the U.S. Supreme Court on May 14, 2022.

The father of two from Miami told Insider that it's his daughter who had largely inspired his protest against the repeal. 

With Reichstadter's voice breaking with the emotion of his protest, he said that the right — or lack thereof —  to choose to have an abortion is something that "I can only begin to imagine what it's like."

Officials have closed the bridge due to the protest, the District Department of Transportation has announced. 

On Saturday afternoon Reichstadter climbed down and was taken into custody by the Metropolitan Police Department, a spokesperson confirmed with Fox News

According to officials, traffic closures on the bridge have been lifted. 

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The FBI seized 25 Jean-Michel Basquiat paintings following doubts about their authenticity, report says

Sat, 06/25/2022 - 9:04am
Basquiat died in 1998 and his work are worth millions.
  • The FBI seized 25 paintings from the Orlando Museum of Art on Friday, The New York Times reported.
  • Basquiat works have sold for as much as $110 million in recent years.
  • The museum said it complied with the search warrant and was not under investigation.

The FBI seized 25 works of art by Jean-Michel Basquiat from the Orlando Museum of Art on Friday following doubts about their authenticity, The New York Times reported.

The Florida museum was raided by the FBI after it secured a search warrant and the Basquiat works removed from an exhibition called "Heroes and Monsters".

Basquiat paintings are highly valuable, with one sold at auction for $93.1 million last year and another fetching $110.5 million in 2018.

The museum put the works from a private collection on display in February and said it was the first time they had been shown.

"Though the Heroes and Monsters exhibit was set to close June 30, we will continue to cooperate, should there ever be any future requests. We continue to see our involvement purely as a fact witness," an Orlando Museum of Art spokesperson said.

The search warrant, which the NYT reportedly reviewed, was issued on potential wire fraud and conspiracy crimes.

The FBI said in the search warrant and affidavit that its investigation found "false information" on the paintings' "alleged prior ownership", per the report. 

The Orlando Museum of Art said it complied with a request from the FBI for access to the "Heroes and Monsters" exhibit.

The museum also said it was not the subject of any investigation.

The FBI was not immediately available for comment. 

Basquiat produced thousands of pieces of art before he died at the age of 27 in 1998. His works have fetched a collective $400 million in the decades since his death. 

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These couples sold their homes to live in luxury RVs and travel around the US all year long

Sat, 06/25/2022 - 9:00am
Deb and Joel have a YouTube channel called Chasing RV Sunshine where they document their travels.
  • One couple bought their 44-ft motorhome second hand for only $170,000. 
  • The luxury RVs are equipped with multiple TVs, a king-size bed, dishwasher and fridge-freezer.
  • The couples have visited attractions including the Grand Canyon, Salt Lake City and Yellowstone. 

Lindsey and Bruce Roberts from Dallas, Texas, had only planned to visit Alaska for six weeks in their RV but ended up extending their trip to almost a year. 

"That's when we knew that we just wanted to be out on the road," Lindsey said.

The couple, aged 70 and 60, said they realized their house was not their forever home and worked their way into the RV lifestyle since 2009. They sold their home in 2018 and have been living in a Newmar Ventana luxury RV since then.

Lindsey and Bruce said they spent around $300,000 on their luxury RV.

"Each trip got longer and longer so we wondered why we even needed a house. It was just better to sell everything and not worry about the house," they said. 

The couple, who have been married for 30 years, said they have been to 49 states. The highlight of this lifestyle for them is the change of scenery and getting to choose where they live. 

"One of our friends asked us if we're saving money and if it's cheaper and we said no because we're not economizing. We're enjoying our life," they said.

The Roberts sometimes stay at luxury RV resorts that have amenities like a swimming pool, golf course and outdoor areas to relax.
Joel and Deb BrettingenJoel and Deb with their dog Maya.

Joel and Deb Brettingen, from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, have been living in a luxury RV full-time for nine months after selling their home of 20 years. 

The couple, both retired law enforcement officers, decided to sell their house after they paid off their mortgage to become full-time "RVers" to escape Wisconsin winters.

"We hadn't seen all of the US and this was one way we could travel and see it on our own time frame. We have plans to visit Canada and Mexico too," they said. 

Joel and Deb own a 35-ft Tiffin Allegro motorhome

They had a five-year plan, organized their finances and set up a budget. In the nine months that the Brettingens' have been living in a motorhome, they have spent most of the winter in Texas, and have visited the Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, Salt Lake City and Deadwood in South Dakota. 

"We've gained freedom and a lot of friends in the RV community. Everyone helps each other and we meet people from several different countries." 

The couple did a lot of research before embarking on their new life by watching YouTube videos. They bought a used 45ft RV in 2020 that cost $170,000.

"I don't miss mowing the lawn or the upkeep of the house. Food and daily expenses are similar except for gas but we can adjust as some places you can stay for free on public land." 

Joe and Sharon Carmichael 

Joe and Sharon Carmichael in front of their RV with their granddaughter who comes to visit.

Joe and Sharon Carmichael hit the road in their new motorhome after selling their house in 2015. Joe used to work in sales and was constantly driving between appointments.

"I saw people in RVs and said that's what we're going to do. It's been a dream for a long time," Joe said. 

The couple own a Newmar London Aire coach that cost about $700,000. They said that without having to pay property taxes and insurance it's much cheaper to live in a motorhome.

Inside Joe and Sharon's motorhome that boasts four TVs.

"Initially my wife said she would do it for a year but got completely hooked on the beauty of the US and found there's so much to do on the road," Joe said. 

"We probably spend around $6,000 a month on expenses including payment on the motorhome, fuel, food and drink and we have lunch out quite often and visit national and state parks." 

When the couple first told their family they laughed and said they give it six months before they get divorced because they downsized their space. "We passed that with flying colors and just celebrated our 55th wedding anniversary in Niagara Falls."

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Childcare in the US is broken. Half-measures from employers won't cut it — here's what will.

Sat, 06/25/2022 - 9:00am
Childcare issues were a main reason women left the workforce. That's an economic problem, one expert said.
  • Paul Constant is a writer at Civic Ventures and the cohost of the "Pitchfork Economics" podcast.
  • He recently spoke with Reshma Saujani, the founder of the Marshall Plan for Moms.
  • The nonprofit advocates for better childcare benefits and policies to bring women back to work.

The early days of the pandemic were terrible for all American workers — but the job losses that followed had a truly catastrophic impact on women. "Thirty years of progress in women's workforce participation were wiped out basically in nine months," author Reshma Saujani said on the latest episode of "Pitchfork Economics." 

Saujani rose to national prominence as the founder of the nonprofit Girls Who Code, which is dedicated to closing the gender pay gap in Big Tech by empowering and educating young women to be programmers. As a response to the gender inequities that were worsened by the pandemic, she founded the Marshall Plan for Moms to establish and advocate for pay equity for mothers in the American workforce and change longstanding cultural expectations in order to "make workplaces work for women," as Saujani put it.

There are several reasons why women suffered the economic brunt of the early-pandemic jobs collapse. First, women in America make up the majority of low-wage workforces that were hit particularly hard by early lockdowns, such as education and leisure and hospitality. But childcare is one of the biggest reasons why the lockdowns were economically disastrous for women: Schools were closed, children were home, and millions of women — who performed 114 more additional hours of childcare in 2020 than men, according to one study — had no choice but to leave the workforce to take care of their kids. 

Despite consistently improving jobs numbers for the last two years, that gender gap is still huge. While male workers have entirely recovered the jobs that they lost in the early pandemic, as of February of this year nearly two million women who left the workforce during the pandemic were still out of work, including a disproportionate number of women of color. 

Ultimately, Saujani said, the Marshall Plan for Moms wants to reframe the childcare debate. "Childcare is not a personal problem — it's an economic issue," she said. Not only does the childcare shortage decrease the available pool of workers, but workers who have left the workforce have less money to spend, driving down consumer demand for all businesses.

If employers want to break through the labor shortage and find quality employees, they have to change their cultures. "The only way that parents, in particular, mothers, can come back to work is if they have childcare. They literally can't work without it," Saujani added.

The solution: better company benefits paired with policy change

The Marshall Plan for Moms seeks to close the pay gap for working mothers through a combination of cultural change, policy work, and business partnerships. A study issued by the nonprofit last month makes a strong economic case for employers to offer childcare benefits or improve their existing offerings: Some 88% of mothers with children ranging from newborn to age five said that they'd be more likely to work for an employer offering benefits including some combination of paid childcare, flexibility in working from home for at least part of the workweek, or set schedules allowing them to plan childcare. 

American employers haven't traditionally included childcare as a part of their benefits package. Amazon, for example, touts the perks it offers dog owners who bring their pets to work — "Reception desks in every office building have a bucket of dog treats, there are always dog relief areas nearby, and even some offices have dog-friendly water fountains," the company reports — but its parental perks are not nearly as elaborate. A resource for parents who work at Amazon talks up flexible schedules and employee access to "a network of more than 2 million caregivers" for their children, though the site takes great pains to spell out that "Amazon pays for the memberships to find care, while employees pay for care services."

Those kinds of half-measures are not enough for most parents anymore. More than 16,000 childcare providers closed permanently between December 2019 and March 2021, according to a report by Child Care Aware of America, and the average annual cost of childcare is now more than $10,000. "The business model of childcare is broken," Saujani said.

That's where good policy comes in. The Marshall Plan for Moms calls for national paid-sick and family-leave laws, investments in quality childcare, and an expanded child tax credit like the one passed by Congress last year. States and cities around the nation have passed some combination of those laws, but the lack of universality leaves too many behind.

In the meantime, lawmakers could be doing more to address the affordable childcare drought that's holding hundreds of thousands of women out of the workforce. Rewriting regulations to allow providers to build and open childcare facilities in unused downtown office space would entice workers back to the office, and creating networks of family childcare and shared service alliances could help create a safety net of childcare providers for parents who only need occasional help. 

At a time when nearly nine out of every 10 American women are becoming mothers, the lack of childcare protections at the federal level looks more and more like economic malpractice. In order to truly get America fully back to work, the Marshall Plan for Moms argues, we can't just abandon moms to work this out on their own—employers and lawmakers need to recognize that childcare is an essential part of the economy.

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Biden signs bipartisan gun reform bill into law, one of the most significant pieces of federal firearms legislation in decades

Sat, 06/25/2022 - 8:47am
President Joe Biden signs into law the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act gun safety bill at the White House on June 25, 2022. First lady Jill Biden looks on at right.
  • President Joe Biden on Saturday signed into law the the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.
  • The bill is the most significant gun reform legislation to pass on Capitol Hill since the 1990s.
  • The law includes millions of dollars in funding for mental health services and school security.

President Joe Biden on Saturday signed into law the critical gun safety bill known as the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, one of the most significant pieces of federal firearms legislation since the 1990s.

"Time is of the essence," Biden said as spoke at the White House alongside first lady Jill Biden. "Lives will be saved."

The president remarked on the importance of the legislation, alluding to the sense of urgency he has regarding mass shootings, which have become an increasingly prevalent part of American life in recent years.

"Today, we say more than enough. We say more than enough," he said. "At a time when it seems impossible to get anything done in Washington, we are doing something consequential."

In response to deadly mass shootings at the Tops supermarket in Buffalo, New York, and Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, lawmakers were under immense pressure to pass substantial legislation to address gun violence.

A bipartisan group of senators led by Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, one of the most high-profile supports of gun control in Congress, and Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, a conservative ex-state Attorney General, worked for weeks to craft a bill that includes millions of dollars for mental health services, school security, and crisis intervention programs.

In addition, the bill provides $750 million in funding for states to implement red flag laws — which generally allows law enforcement to temporarily seize guns from individuals who are a threat to themselves or others — while also enhancing background checks for younger gun buyers, among other items.

The Senate backed the bill in a 65-33 vote on Thursday — earning the support of every Democratic lawmaker and 15 Republicans in the upper chamber — followed by the House approving the bill 234-193.

In the lower chamber, 14 Republicans voted with 220 Democrats to support the bill.

The bill does not ban assault rifles or dramatically expand gun background checks, two key proposals which were broadly popular among Democrats but overwhelmingly opposed by conservatives.

After Democrats shepherded a national assault weapons ban through Congress in 1994, they lost control of the House for 12 years, with many GOP-leaning voters turning against the party in the ensuing years due to the restrictions.

After the Senate passed the bill on Thursday, Biden — who represented Delaware in the upper chamber from 1973 to 2009 — remarked on what the critical legislative breakthrough meant for people who had waited decades for action.

"After 28 years of inaction, bipartisan members of Congress came together to heed the call of families across the country and passed legislation to address the scourge of gun violence in our communities," he said on Thursday. "Families in Uvalde and Buffalo — and too many tragic shootings before — have demanded action. And tonight, we acted."

This story has been updated.

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