Mon. Aug 15th, 2022

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The House committee, which is investigating the deadly attack on the U.S. capital on Jan. 6, is ready to call for federal prosecution of former aides to Donald Trump, who refuses to comply with subpoenas, a central panel member said.

Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Deputy Chief of Staff Dan Scavino, strategist Steve Bannon and Pentagon Assistant Kash Patel defy subpoenas for documents and testimony under the direction of the former president.

In the middle fear that the panel will not seek to enforce its will, Adam Schiff, a member of the panel and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday: not performing their legal duty. “

Meanwhile, second-placed House Republican Steve Scalise of Louisiana repeatedly refused Sunday to say the 2020 election was not stolen.

  • Liz Cheney of Wyoming has also said it will enforce lawsuits. She is one of only two Republicans on the committee.

  • Riots in which about five people, including a police officer, died, followed a rally near the White House where Trump urged supporters to “fight like hell” to topple his election defeat.

  • In an interview with The Guardian, Schiff discusses life before politics as well as his leading roles in accusations and other dramas on Capitol Hill.

Donald Trump’s own secretary of state blocked Ivanka’s World Bank role report

(From left) Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, Ivanka Trump, then-IMF Director Christine Lagarde, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a panel in Berlin
(From left) Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, Ivanka Trump, then-IMF Director Christine Lagarde, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a panel in Berlin. Photographer: Markus Schreiber / AP

Only direct intervention by his own tax secretary stopped, according to a report, that Donald Trump nominated his daughter, Ivanka Trump, to head the World Bank.

Referring to two anonymous sources, Intercept said the appointment “came incredibly close to happening” in January 2019, but for Steven Mnuchin’s decision to step in. Mnuchin, a banker and filmmaker at Goldman Sachs, remained in office for all of Trump’s four years in office, a rare feat among Trump’s cabinet candidates and advisers.

The head of the World Bank is always elected by the United States. In January 2019, Jim Yong Kim retired. There were plenty of rumors that Ivanka Trump, a director of the Trump organization, before her father entered politics, would be elected.

Three months later, Trump told the Atlantic: “I even thought of Ivanka for the World Bank … she would have been good at it because she’s very good at numbers.”

  • Ivanka Trump told reporters that her father offered her the job but she declined it as she was “happy with the work” as a senior adviser to the White House.

  • “An increasing number of countries” are not happy that the United States always chooses the head of the World Bank and to hear how close the president’s daughter came to be picked could add “fuel to the fire,” an expert said.

Lego to remove gender disorders from his toys after finding child examination

A child plays with Lego.  The toy agency said it was working to remove gender disruption from its product lines
A child plays with Lego. The toy agency said it was working to remove gender disruption from its product lines. Photo: James Veysey / Rex / Shutterstock

Lego has announced that it will work to remove gender stereotypes from its toys after a global survey commissioned by the company found attitudes to play, and future careers remained unequal and restrictive.

Researchers found that although girls became more confident and eager to participate in a wide range of activities, the same was not the case for boys.

71 percent of the boys surveyed feared that they would be made fun of if they played with what they described as “girls’ toys” – a fear their parents shared. “Parents are more concerned that their sons will be teased than their daughters for playing with toys associated with the opposite sex,” said Madeline Di Nonno, executive director of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which conducted the research. .

The study found that parents still encouraged sons to engage in sports or tribal activities, while daughters were offered dancing and clothing (girls were five times more likely to be encouraged to these activities than boys) or baking (three times more likely to be encouraged). to be encouraged).

  • The Danish toy man ordered the report for the UN’s International Girls’ Day on Monday. It surveyed nearly 7,000 parents and children aged six to 14 from China, the Czech Republic, Japan, Poland, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

In other news …

Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen
Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen says his group has assured the United States that it was committed to not using Afghanistan by extremists to attack other countries. Photo: Tatyana Makeyeva / Reuters
  • The United States has agreed to provide humanitarian aid to a desperately poor Afghanistan on the brink of an economic disaster but refused to give political recognition to the country’s new rulers, the Taliban said Sunday.

  • A bus has fallen into a river in northern China, leaving at least three people dead and 11 others missing after floods from heavy rains destroyed homes and covered farmland in two provinces.

  • A man died after trying to hit people on a sidewalk with his truck, crashed into a building and was then pulled out and beaten by the group in Southern California, authorities said.

  • Facebook director Nick Clegg took a tour on Sunday limiting damage to U.S. political talk shows, but remained evasive over questions about the Capitol attack.

Today’s statistics: more than half of the 20 largest fires in California history have burned over the past four years

Butte County firefighters watch as flames quickly spread across a road at the Bear Fire in Oroville, California.
Butte County firefighters watch as flames quickly spread across a road at the Bear Fire in Oroville, California. Photo: Josh Edelson / AFP / Getty Images

Firefighters can still remember a time when the fight against a so-called megafire — a flame burning more than 100,000 acres — was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. These days, it is far more common for fires to extend over vast areas of land. More than half of the 20 largest fires in California history have burned over the past four years. Eight of the top 20 fires in Oregon also occurred during this time frame. Last year, Arizona had burned the most acres in its history. California’s August complex fire, which consumed just over $ 1 million. Hectares, became the first gigafire ever in 2020.

Do not miss this: Succession’s Alan Ruck on Ferris Bueller, booze and bounces back

With Matthew Broderick (right) in Ferris Buellers Day Off.
With Matthew Broderick (right) in Ferris Buellers Day Off. Photo: Cinetext Bildarchiv / Paramount / Allstar

When he was cast in Succession, Alan Ruck, now 65, was well accustomed to playing the sad and the apologetic. As Captain John Harriman of Star Trek Generations, he had to deal with the loss of Captain Kirk; as the Rabbit in Twister, he was the dorky member of the tornado-chasing team that boasted ostentatiously over the cards. But after a decade of decline, the actor’s career came roaring back with the role of Connor Roy. He talks about his success in the 80’s, his “attitude problems” and his enthusiasm for Succession’s new series.

Or this: how to whistle on Facebook – from someone who already did

Sophie Zhang, right, the whistleblower who stood out two years ago.  Last week, Frances Haugen, left, testified before Congress
Sophie Zhang, right, the whistleblower who stood out two years ago. Last week, Frances Haugen, left, testified before Congress. Composite: Rex / Shutterstock / The Guardian

In April, Sophie Zhang told the world about her employer’s failure to combat fraud and abuse. This month, another Facebook whistleblower, Frances Haugen, has emerged. After giving the Wall Street Journal and the U.S. government thousands of internal documents showing Facebook’s internal research into its own injuries, Haugen testified before Congress. During his testimony, Haugen urged “more technology staff to come forward through legitimate channels … to ensure the public has the information they need”. Here’s Zhang’s advice for any upcoming whistleblowers.

Climate check: capsule with air from 1765 reveals ancient stories hidden under Antarctic ice

The artist Wayne Binitie with his glass sculpture containing air from the year 1765
The artist Wayne Binitie with his glass sculpture containing air from the year 1765. Photo: Jane Barlow / PA

An ampoule of Antarctic air from the year 1765 forms the centerpiece of a new exhibition revealing the hidden stories contained in ice to visitors attending the Cop26 climate conference in Glasgow. Artist Wayne Binitie has spent the past five years collaborating with researchers from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), which drills, analyzes and preserves ice cylinders deep in the ice sheet that record past climate change.

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