President Joe Biden on Sunday revealed why he decided to avoid a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Switzerland next week. “I always found, and I don’t mean to suggest the press should not know, but this is not a contest about who can do better in front of a press conference or try to embarrass each other,” Biden told reporters at a press conference at the Cornwall Airport Newquay in England. “It’s about making myself very clear what the conditions are to get a better relationship are with Russia.” In 2018, when President Donald Trump met with Putin in person and held a joint news conference, corporate media outlets launched attacks against Trump and suggested the joint appearance meant the two had a cozy relationship. It came in the midst of then-special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election. …
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Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) has continued to push back on critical race theory being worked into military training. In an interview on Friday, Cotton discussed the letters he has received from members of the military and their families that details their concern over CRT.
Cotton, who currently serves on the armed services committee, has asserted the military has always been about getting ahead strictly based on merit. He warned of “real intangible costs” if leaders continued their attempts to divide service members.
There is no place for toxic critical race theory in our military.
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) June 11, 2021
Cotton recently confronted Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin about the training being implemented.
“The military has included the works of critical race theories on its reading list by authors,” he explained. “Mr. Kendi has written ‘the only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination.’ Do you agree with that proposition?”
Austin expressed his disagreement with that statement and admitted to never having read those writings by Kendi. Cotton continued to interrupt Austin on multiple occasions as the Defense Secretary attempted to explain the circumstances of racial issues within the military.
Cotton proceeded to argue that continuing down this path would sow distrust between troops, tank morale and have a serious impact on preparedness.
Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that it was “really important” there is an “in-depth investigation” into the Department of Justice’s action under former President Donald Trump.
Construction is set to begin on temporary detention facilities at the Border Patrol’s Interstate 35 checkpoint and other locations in Laredo, Texas. The shelters are military-style general-purpose tents and can house 60 people per tent. Plans for the climate-controlled structures, designed only for short-term detention, do not include funding for contract personnel to staff the facilities.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that House Democratic leadership’s rebuke of her “Squad” colleague of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) feeds into “right-wing vitriol.”
Actress Mischa Barton says she felt like a “fraud” for being a virgin while playing the fictional character Marissa Cooper, “who was fast and loose,” in FOX’s television series The O.C., and felt like she needed to lose her virginity to resolve that cognitive dissonance.
Pope Francis said the coronavirus pandemic has underscored humanity’s vulnerability as well as the need for greater “multilateral cooperation.”
The Catholic bishops of Myanmar have urged the military to stop targeting places of worship, which have suffered repeated attacks in past weeks.
Former President Donald Trump said that Democrats would have had a 60-seat majority if it wasn’t for him and that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is the reason why the GOP lost the Senate during the previous federal elections. Trump made the claim over the past weekend during an event in Wisconsin, in which Trump appeared on a video with MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell. “If it wasn’t for me, right now the Senate would be 60-40 against,” Trump said. “Because I made teleconference calls—they call them town hall calls—speaking to tens of thousands of people, for congressional candidates and senators,” he added. “And we would be at 60-40 against instead of 50-50,” Trump added, asserting that McConnell “hurt us very, very badly in Georgia” and “lost those two seats,” and “we should have never lost those two seats.” With the latest comments, it appears that the relationship between McConnell …
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Three people have died after a vehicle crashed into a BioMat USA plasma donation center in Pittsburgh. On Saturday, authorities reported the clinic caught fire following the collision, which created a two-alarm blaze that has since been extinguished.
Ten employees and five donors were inside the building at the time of the crash. Three people were pronounced dead on the scene, including the driver. Officers say several others were also injured, with one in critical condition.
UPDATE: There are 3 confirmed fatalities. One medic has been transported to a local hospital for minor smoke inhalation. https://t.co/Jfv3eDvu2n
— Pgh Public Safety (@PghPublicSafety) June 12, 2021
A Mass Casualty Incident alert was placed into effect when officials arrived on the scene due to the heavy amount of smoke and the uncertainty of individuals who could have been trapped in both the building and the car. Officials say two firefighters and one medic were taken to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.
“You wake up every morning and you don’t know what’s going to happen to you,” Public Safety Director Wendell Hirrisch expressed. “Whether it’s walking down the street or giving blood and it’s a tragedy.”
BioMat USA has been cooperating with local authorities throughout the investigation of the crash. The company released a statement expressing their sadness over the incident as they assured safety of donors and employees has always been the top priority.
Meanwhile, an investigation into the cause of the crash remains ongoing.