LONDON - Stripped of his scarlet tunics and white plumes, his military titles and honorary patronages, and cast aside by his lifelong protector - his mother, his queen - Britain's Prince Andrew now finds himself in the royal wilderness, and courtiers say there is no way back. His friendships with Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, both convicted for sexually exploiting teenage girls, have created the biggest crisis for the House of Windsor since the death of Princess Diana. The royal family has stood by Andrew for more than a decade since the first scandalous headlines, while the prince repeatedly denied all accusations. But after a judge in New York ruled this past week that a sexual abuse lawsuit against him can move forward, the palace made clear that he will fight this alone, "as a private citizen." He will remain a prince, yes - ninth in line to the throne. He's still Duke of York, for now. But without the pomp and circumstance, without the military finery he has swaddled … [Read more...] about What’s next for Prince Andrew, cast out into the royal wilderness?
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More than two dozen states are balking against the Biden administration's coronavirus vaccine-or-test mandate for businesses that have at least 100 employees, setting up the latest legal challenge between Republicans and the White House. Several coalitions — which include 25 attorneys general and one solicitor general — filed petitions with federal appeals courts asking for the mandate to be blocked. ADVERTISEMENT One, led by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and including 10 others, filed a lawsuit in the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, claiming that the requirement is “unconstitutional, unlawful, and unwise.” The lawsuit alleges that the Biden administration did not have the constitutional authority to implement the mandate which “unconstitutionally infringes on the States’ powers.” It also claims that Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which developed the rule, was not authorized to put in place such sweeping federal public health regulations. … [Read more...] about At least 26 states push back against Biden admin vaccine mandate
Gabriella Santamaria, 9, holds up a picture of her uncle Stephen who died from a heroin overdose during a candlelight vigil on Staten Island. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images For the past few years, figures illustrating the nation’s overdose death toll, driven largely by opioids like Oxycontin and fentanyl, have been appearing in headlines with jaw-dropping frequency. In 2019, drug overdoses eclipsed car crashes as the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. For much of 2020 , the daily death toll surpassed that of car accidents and gun deaths combined. Then, at the end of 2021, the CDC released a study showing that the U.S. had officially surpassed 1 million overdose deaths since the agency began collecting such data in 1999. It was a grim milestone that passed unceremoniously, perhaps because it was overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic or because Americans are by now well-aware of the toll opioids have taken on the country. That awareness is thanks, in … [Read more...] about One Million Dead
The man who took hostages at a Dallas-area synagogue Saturday night was apparently motivated by his anger over the U.S. imprisonment of Aafia Siddiqui, 49, a Pakistani woman being held in federal prison in Fort Worth for trying to kill American soldiers. That's according to a law enforcement official speaking under condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation, who also told The Washington Post that early in the standoff, the hostage-taker said he wanted a rabbi in New York to know that he was taking the hostages because he wanted Siddiqui freed. The standoff ended Saturday night with law enforcement freeing the hostages and the suspect dead. While very little is publicly known about the suspect - including his identity or what moved him to capture four people, including the rabbi, at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, with a gun and explosives during Saturday services - Siddiqui has long been a cause celebre in Islamist militant circles, with … [Read more...] about Who is Aafia Siddiqui? Texas synagogue hostage-taker allegedly sought release of ‘Lady al-Qaida’
17 WASHINGTON (AP) — From the inaugural platform, President Joe Biden saw American sickness on two fronts — a disease of the national spirit and the one from the rampaging coronavirus — and he saw hope, because leaders always must see that. “End this uncivil war,” he implored Americans on Jan. 20, 2021. Of the pathogen, he said: “We can overcome this deadly virus." Neither malady has abated. For Biden, it's been a year of lofty ambitions grounded by the unrelenting pandemic, a tough hand in Congress, a harrowing end to a foreign war and rising fears for the future of democracy itself. Biden did score a public-works achievement for the ages. But America’s cracks go deeper than pavement. In this midterm election year, Biden confronts seething divisions and a Republican Party that propagates the delusion that the 2020 election, validated as fair many times over, was … [Read more...] about After Biden’s first year, the virus and disunity rage on
Click here to read the full article. Olivier Dahan ’s “Simone, A Woman of the Century” completes the trilogy he began with the Edith Piaf biopic “La Vie en Rose,” starring Marion Cotillard, and “Grace of Monaco,” starring Nicole Kidman. Dahan spoke with Variety during the Unifrance Rendezvous in Paris, where the film had its market premiere. “Simone,” starring Elsa Zylberstein (“Un plus une”) and Rebecca Marder (“Deception”), cuts back and forth across time, as it explores the life of French politician and former President of the European Parliament, Simone Veil (1927-2017), who played a key role in passing abortion legislation in France, protecting rights of prisoners, immigrants, AIDS victims and prostitutes, and preventing torture by French forces during the Algerian war of independence. More from Variety CANNES: 'Grace of Monaco' Won't Be an Oscar Contender (Analysis) CANNES: Nicole Kidman Responds to Royal Family's Objections to 'Grace of Monaco' … [Read more...] about Olivier Dahan on Simone Veil Biopic ‘Simone, A Woman of the Century’
The United States has a vexed relationship with immigration. A core narrative of our country is that it is a melting pot, even though our government has excluded different groups of migrants for centuries. The much-vaunted nickname “ nation of immigrants ” leaves out those who were here before colonization (Native peoples) and those who were brought here against their will (enslaved Africans). There’s a gap, in other words, between the romantic image of America many of us learn about as children and its grittier realities. “Arrivals,” a thought-provoking exhibition at the Katonah Museum of Art , uses historical and contemporary art to probe that gap. Curated by the art historian Heather Ewing, the show considers how newcomers to this land have shaped it and been received. Notably, the exhibition dispenses with the word “immigration” in favor of something more capacious: “Arrivals” includes those who may not fit official terminology. In its own way, the show still upholds the idea … [Read more...] about The Much-Vaunted American Melting Pot, Cracks and All