China protests as US shoots down suspected spy balloon

China protests as US shoots down suspected spy balloon

When US President Joe Biden learned a suspected Chinese spy balloon was drifting through the stratosphere 60,000 feet above Montana, his first inclination was to take it down. By then, however, it was both too early and too late. After flying over swaths of sparsely populated land, it was now projected to keep drifting over … Read more

Pervez Musharraf, military ruler of Pakistan who partnered with U.S. after 9/11, dies at 79

Pervez Musharraf, military ruler of Pakistan who partnered with U.S. after 9/11, dies at 79

Islamabad — Gen. Pervez Musharraf, whose role as Pakistan’s military ruler at the time of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks on the U.S. made him a household name, has died at the age of 79.  A spokeswoman for the Pakistani Consulate in Dubai confirmed his death to The Associated Press. While his cause of death … Read more

Iowa Dethroned, Michigan Currently First Midwestern State to Vote in 2024 Democratic Primaries – NBC Chicago

Iowa Dethroned, Michigan Currently First Midwestern State to Vote in 2024 Democratic Primaries – NBC Chicago

The Iowa caucuses have traditionally been the first contest on the presidential primary calendar, but the state will not host the first contest in the upcoming election, as South Carolina will now slide into that first spot. President Joe Biden had been pushing for South Carolina to serve as the site of the first primary … Read more

Grammy Awards: Listen to nominees for best score for video games

Grammy Awards: Listen to nominees for best score for video games

For the first time the Recording Academy is honoring music written specifically for video games and interactive media, with a newly-crafted Grammy Award category, to be presented this weekend. The development points not just to the popularity of gaming, but also to the increased production values of music created for games (as well as more … Read more

Columbia Journalism Review excoriates mainstream media for trumped-up coverage of Trump-Russia ties

Columbia Journalism Review excoriates mainstream media for trumped-up coverage of Trump-Russia ties

The Skinny: The media watchdog Columbia Journalism Review, after investigating mainstream “Russiagate” coverage, including the 2018 New York Times and Washington Post material that won a Pulitzer, found that the press omitted facts that contradicted their narrative. Bombshells from the CJR report include: — The January 2018 omission by the New York Times of a … Read more

It wasn’t me: Ex-UK PM Truss blames ‘system’ for her failure

It wasn’t me: Ex-UK PM Truss blames ‘system’ for her failure

LONDON — Former British Prime Minister Liz Truss says her failure wasn’t her fault. Truss on Sunday blamed a “powerful economic establishment” and internal Conservative Party opposition for the rapid collapse of her government, and said she still believes her tax-cutting policies were the right ones. Britain’s shortest-serving prime minister resigned in October, six weeks … Read more

Jennifer Coolidge makes emotional tribute to late father in Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year speech

Jennifer Coolidge makes emotional tribute to late father in Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year speech

Entertainment “I wish he could have come tonight,” Coolidge said. “That’s why this night is such a big deal.” Jennifer Coolidge on stage at the 2023 Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year ceremony. Michael Dwyer/AP On a frigid Saturday, actress Jennifer Coolidge was embraced warmly by several hundred Harvard students as the recipient of the … Read more

Election skeptics slow to get sweeping changes in GOP states

Election skeptics slow to get sweeping changes in GOP states

FILE – Then-Republican candidate for Indiana Secretary of State Diego Morales speaks during an interview in Indianapolis, Sept. 20, 2022. Republicans in a handful of red states won their campaigns for secretary of state last year after claiming they would make sweeping changes to keep fraud out of elections. So far, their efforts to make … Read more

Liz Truss blames economic ‘orthodoxy,’ Conservative party for downfall

Liz Truss blames economic ‘orthodoxy,’ Conservative party for downfall

Former British prime minister Liz Truss blamed on Sunday the economic “orthodoxy” in the country’s finance ministry, other nations and in parts of the governing Conservative Party for derailing her premiership and “plan for growth”. Truss’s tenure was cut short last year after her largely unfunded mini budget and tax cuts pushed up borrowing costs … Read more

Trump Won’t Become President Again, Russian Pundit Declares

Trump Won’t Become President Again, Russian Pundit Declares

Donald Trump will not re-enter the White House in 2024, a guest on Russian state television has said. In a clip posted by Russian Media Monitor’s Julia Davis, American-born journalist Michael Bohm appeared on Russian state television to dismiss the former president’s chances of stepping back into the White House. “Trump won’t become president [again],” … Read more