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Rosemary Frei, via her website There’s a big mystery that needs to be solved. It’s how many people are getting sick and dying from the Covid vaccines. There are reports from around the world of large numbers of elderly people dying right around the time they’re vaccinated. On rare occasions those reports of those deaths even percolate …
- Editor
Binoy Kampmark The ghost of Edward Teller must have been doing the rounds between members of the National Commission on Artificial Intelligence. The father of the hydrogen bomb was never one too bothered by the ethical niggles that came with inventing murderous technology. For instance: [it is not] the scientist’s job to determine whether a …
- Editor
This powerful short film from British teenager Liv McNeil tells one story of millions, of how lockdown is punishing children by denying them education, social contact and generally a normal life. It comes out amid new research highlighting the toll the “pandemic” response has taken on the mental health of children, with surges in self-harm …
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Edward Curtin It’s hard to say where things begin, but they do, as do we, and we are somehow in them and they in us, and a story begins. Then the story gets silently disclosed as we live it, even though most of us don’t tell it until later, if we can find our tongues. …
- Kit Knightly
Philip Roddis This month brings that rarest of occurrences. I’m recommending a Guardian piece: a tour of the mind of Jeff Bezos. You wouldn’t want to live there but I promise a rewarding trip. Also, and for your instant erudition, we have Pepe Escobar on why DC is so antsy about whose gas Germany cooks …
- Larry Elliott and Jessica Elgot
UK budget to extend furlough until end of September

Rishi Sunak will also announce help for an additional 600,000 of the newly self-employed on Wednesday

Rishi Sunak will announce on Wednesday that the Treasury is extending its furlough scheme until the end of September in an attempt to safeguard jobs as a fragile economy emerges from the Covid-19 emergency.

In an unexpected move, the chancellor will say that workers will continue to be guaranteed 80% of their salary for a further three months after the government envisages all restrictions on activity will be removed in June.

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- Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
Sturgeon to give evidence to Holyrood on Salmond inquiry amid calls to resign

First minister under pressure to answer multiple allegations that she misled parliament

Nicola Sturgeon is under intense pressure to answer multiple allegations that she misled parliament, levelled by her former mentor Alex Salmond, after previously secret legal advice and new witness evidence led to calls for her resignation as first minister.

Sturgeon will give evidence on Wednesday morning to a cross-party committee set up to investigate the Scottish government’s internal inquiry in 2018 into sexual harassment complaints against Salmond.

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- Patrick Barkham
HS2 to 'rewild' 127 hectares around its 10-mile Chilterns tunnel

Area to be seeded with 70 grass and flower species and planted with native trees to create wood pasture

A “rewilding” of arable fields by HS2 will create 127 hectares (314 acres) of wood pasture, wetlands and flower-rich grassland using chalk taken from tunnelling under the Chilterns.

The new wildlife haven will be founded upon all 3m tonnes of chalk that are to be excavated from the high-speed railway’s 10-mile Chilterns tunnel, with construction starting in May.

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- Daniel Hurst in Canberra
Australia's attorney general comes forward to deny historical rape allegation

Christian Porter reveals he is figure at centre of accusation dating back to 1988 and says the alleged incident ‘simply did not happen’

Australia’s attorney general, Christian Porter, has dismissed a historical rape accusation against him as “entirely untrue” after outing himself as the subject of claims made by a woman who took her own life last year.

Fronting the media for an at-times tearful news conference, Porter also resisted calls to stand aside as the country’s first law officer amid growing criticism of how the conservative government has handled accusations of rape and sexual assault.

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- Warren Murray
Wednesday briefing: Sturgeon replies over Salmond case

Scotland’s first minister to address handling of sexual harassment complaints … budget to extend furlough … why cuttlefish can wait

Good morning, Warren Murray here and I would like to point out some things.

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- Ken Klippenstein
Trump Administration Referred a Record Number of Leaks for Criminal Investigation

Efforts to crack down on leakers skyrocketed under Trump, according to a Justice Department document obtained via FOIA.

The post Trump Administration Referred a Record Number of Leaks for Criminal Investigation appeared first on The Intercept.

- Ryan Grim
Andrew Cuomo Is Living to Regret the Deal He Pushed on Letitia James

Attorney General Tish James was once at the mercy of Cuomo’s kingmaking power in New York. Now the tables have turned.

The post Andrew Cuomo Is Living to Regret the Deal He Pushed on Letitia James appeared first on The Intercept.

- Chris Gelardi
In LA County Jails, Coronavirus Chaos Keeps People Locked Up Longer

Quarantine procedures at LA County jails have led likely thousands of people to miss court dates, and with that, opportunities for release.

The post In LA County Jails, Coronavirus Chaos Keeps People Locked Up Longer appeared first on The Intercept.

- Akela Lacy
Working Families Party Weighs In on Crowded Manhattan DA Race

By endorsing Tahanie Aboushi, WFP sets a precedent for how other local progressive groups may endorse in the race.

The post Working Families Party Weighs In on Crowded Manhattan DA Race appeared first on The Intercept.

- Akela Lacy
Massachusetts' Progressive Lawmakers Push Congress to Abolish Qualified Immunity

A bill introduced by Rep. Ayanna Pressley and Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren comes as the House prepares to vote on major policing reform.

The post Massachusetts’ Progressive Lawmakers Push Congress to Abolish Qualified Immunity appeared first on The Intercept.