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Russian prosecutors call first witnesses in case against Brittney Griner

Source: NPR

KHIMKI, RUSSIA — The trial for Brittney Griner, a WNBA star who has been detained in Russia for more than four months on drug charges, began Friday with prosecutors sharing new details about the case.

U.S. Embassy officials are on hand for the trial. Press access is tightly controlled, but a crowd of journalists crammed together to catch a glimpse of Griner, in handcuffs and a Jimi Hendrix T-shirt, being escorted by guards into the courtroom at Khimki City Court, just outside of Moscow.

During Friday's hearing, Griner was not asked to declare her innocence or guilt. That phase of the legal process will come later.

Read more: https://www.npr.org/2022/07/01/1109272785/brittney-griner-trial-russia-prison-jail-wnba-basketball-detained

A quarter of Americans open to taking up arms against government, poll says

Source: The Guardian

More than one quarter of US residents feel so estranged from their government that they feel it might “soon be necessary to take up arms” against it, a poll released on Thursday claimed.

This survey of 1,000 registered US voters, published by the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics (IOP), also revealed that most Americans agree the government is “corrupt and rigged against everyday people like me”.


Of the 28% of voters who felt it might soon be necessary “to take up arms against the government”, 37% had guns in their homes, according to the data.

One-third of Republicans – including 45% of “strong Republicans – hold this belief about taking up arms. 35% of independent voters, and 20% of Democrats, also agreed, the poll said.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jun/30/poll-americans-guns-against-government

US Will Face High Gas Prices 'as Long as It Takes,' Biden Says

Source: Bloomberg

US President Joe Biden said Americans will have to stomach high gas prices “as long as it takes” to beat back Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

“As long as it takes, so Russia cannot in fact defeat Ukraine and move beyond Ukraine,” Biden told reporters Thursday in Madrid, in response to a question about how long high gas prices might persist. His comments echoes those of U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, his closest geopolitical ally and one who is facing similar pressures back home about the cost-of-living crisis.

The national average gasoline price hit a record this month above $5 a gallon, even after Biden ordered a historic release from US reserves earlier this year. Prices at the pump have been a main driver of inflation, which has been a major political headache for the Biden administration.

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-06-30/us-will-face-high-gas-prices-as-long-as-it-takes-biden-says#xj4y7vzkg

Top NY Doctor: New COVID Wave Is Starting, With the 'Worst Version' of Omicron

Source: NBC News

A new COVID wave appears to be starting in New York City, fueled by the strongest subvariant of the omicron strain of coronavirus to date, one of the city's top epidemiologists said Tuesday.

The BA.5 subvariant, first seen in South Africa and then Portugal, is considered by some experts to be the "worst version" of omicron seen yet, given its apparent capacity to escape prior immunity and transmit more readily.

Dr. Jay Varma, a Weill Cornell epidemiologist and formerly then-mayor Bill de Blasio's top public health advisor during the pandemic, said infections appear to have stabilized at a high level in the city, rather than dropping.

"The decline of reported #COVID19 cases in NYC has stopped. Reported cases are at a high plateau, which means actual transmission is very high when you account for the >20x under-counting. This is likely the beginning of a BA.5 wave," Varma tweeted.

Read more: https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/coronavirus/top-ny-doctor-new-covid-wave-is-starting-with-the-worst-version-of-omicron/3752858/

Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk now 'completely under Russian occupation' after months of fighting

Source: CNN

(CNN)The eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk is "completely under Russian occupation," the city's head of military administration said Saturday, following months of grueling and bloody fighting.

"The [Russians] appointed a commandant. But the city is so destroyed that it will be difficult for people to cope with this situation," said military administration chief Oleksandr Striuk.

Regional military officials said Friday that the last troops in Severodonetsk had been ordered to leave, as it was impossible to keep defending their positions. This effectively ceded the city to Russia and put the eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk almost fully under Russian control.

Severodonetsk was one of the last major Ukrainian strongholds in the area. Serhiy Hayday, a top military commander in east Ukraine, said the military made the decision to evacuate "because the number of dead in unfortified territories may grow every day."

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2022/06/25/europe/russia-invasion-ukraine-06-25-intl/index.html

Jezebel: Where to Send Your Money (That Isn't Planned Parenthood)

The Supreme Court has done its worst and overturned Roe v. Wade, which will result in 13 states banning abortion and others severely restricting it. Now even more people will need to travel out of state to get abortions—that is, if they can quite literally afford to jump through all the hoops involved. The most impactful thing you can do right now is donate to abortion funds, independent clinics, and other key organizations. (Yes, vote for pro-choice candidates up and down the ballot this fall, but people need abortions right now.)

Links and key info at link:


Justice Thomas: SCOTUS 'should reconsider' contraception, same-sex marriage rulings

Justice Clarence Thomas argued in a concurring opinion released on Friday that the Supreme Court “should reconsider” its past rulings codifying rights to contraception access, same-sex relationships and same-sex marriage.

The sweeping suggestion from the current court’s longest-serving justice came in a concurring opinion he authored in response to the court’s ruling revoking the constitutional right to abortion, also released on Friday.

In his concurring opinion, Thomas, an appointee of President George H.W. Bush, wrote that the justices “should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell” — referring to three cases having to do with Americans’ fundamental privacy, due process and equal protection rights.


Secession is Treason.

I am a Texan and a proud American. I will fight to my last breath to preserve the Union, whether it be against Texas right wingers or the Cascadia morons on the west coast. I won't be divided from my fellow Americans, and will not be "othered" for living in a state with an uphill political battle. 5,259,126 Texans voted for President Biden. Those votes, and lives, mean something.

Secession talk is making something of a comeback and I will stand firm against it. And it's not only Texas, and it's not only the right.

In 2021, a study was conducted by Brightline Watch of 2,750 Americans between June 16 and June 26 that asked "Would you support or oppose (your state) seceding from the United States to join a new union (list of five regional unions)?". The poll found that support for the idea of regional secession was highest in the Pacific and Southern regions, with 66% of Republicans, 50% of independents in the South, and 47% of Democrats in the Pacific supporting the idea of secession. In this survey, Brightline used the regional union of Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii and California[69] as the Pacific regional union. Overall, support for the idea of secession was 37% in the US in general.[70] In a 2022 poll, the Center for Politics at University of Virginia ran a poll that found similar results, finding that "52% of Trump voters and 41% of Biden voters “at least somewhat agree that it’s time to split the country, favoring blue/red states seceding from the union”.


YouGov Poll: Most Americans Don't Want Biden or Trump to Run Again

On the question regarding should former President Donald Trump run for President in 2024, 55 percent of people said no while 31 percent said yes.

When broken down into political affiliations, 80 percent of Democrats voted no while 14 percent of Democrats voted yes.

When asked whether Biden should run again for President in 2024, 64 percent of people said no while 21 percent said yes.

When broken down into political affiliations, 36 percent of Democrats said no while 43 percent of Democrats said yes.

All bridges to key Ukraine city destroyed - official

Source: BBC

Just joining us or need a recap? Here are the latest developments from Ukraine:


-Battles for the city of Severodonetsk are still raging
-All three bridges leading to the city have been destroyed, the regional governor says
-Residents who remain in the city are surviving under extremely difficult conditions, he adds, with the city under heavy fire
-Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky says Ukrainian troops are fighting for "literally every metre" of the city - which is still the focal point of the fighting in the eastern Donbas region
-Ukrainian forces have been pushed out of the city centre because of Russia having a significant advantage in artillery, Ukraine's military says
-Ukrainian troops remaining in the city must "surrender or die", a military representative of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic says

Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-europe-61764008
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