Who is Bubba Wallace?

FBI: ‘Noose’ found in Bubba Wallace’s stall at Talladega Superspeedway is door pull rope in place since October

Federal authorities say since the rope had been there for months, there was no way anyone could have known the stall would be assigned to NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace this past week.

NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace has been in the news after a noose was found in his garage stall at Talladega Superspeedway, although an FBI investigation found it to be a garage pull that was installed before the stall was assigned to Wallace.

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"I was relieved just like many others to know that it wasn't targeted towards me," Wallace told "TODAY" in June. "But it's still frustrating to know that people are always going to test you and always just going to try and debunk you and that's what I'm trying to wrap my head around now."

He was also involved with NASCAR's decision to ban the Confederate battle flag from its events.

The ban was announced after Wallace, the NASCAR Cup Series' only black driver, and others called on the stock car circuit to ban the flag. The sight of the Confederate flag at NASCAR events was a divisive topic among fans in recent years, with critics arguing it is a symbol of slavery and racial oppression.

President Trump criticized Wallace for his handling of the incident — Wallace himself never saw the rope that was described as a noose.

"Has Bubba Wallace apologized to all of those great NASCAR drivers [and] officials who came to his aid, stood by his side, [and] were willing to sacrifice everything for him, only to find out that the whole thing was just another HOAX? That [and] Flag decision has caused lowest ratings EVER!" Trump wrote on Twitter in July.

Wallace, 26, is NASCAR's only African American driver on its top circuit. He's in his third season driving the No. 43 Chevrolet for Richard Petty Motorsports, according to his NASCAR bio.

Wallace was born in Mobile, Alabama, but his family relocated to Concord, North Carolina, when he was a toddler, according to He started driving at age 9, reported.

Bubba Wallace waits for the start of a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, June 14, 2020, in Homestead, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Wallace has six Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series wins. In 2013 he became the first black driver to win a NASCAR race after Hall of Famer Wendell Scott, who died in 1990.


Wallace is dating Amanda Carter, who is also based near Charlotte, North Carolina, according to her Instagram.


"I am so thankful that this was not a purposeful act, I am so thankful you are safe," Carter wrote on Instagram in June. "For those who have stood with Bubba, keep standing."

In the wake of the noose controversy, NASCAR employees will receive sensitivity and unconscious bias training, president Steve Phelps said in June.


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What is behind mysterious ‘attacks’ at Iran sites?

Just after midnight on 30 June, an email dropped into my inbox. It claimed to be from an unknown group calling itself the Homeland Cheetahs.

The group said it had attacked the major Iranian nuclear site at Natanz some two hours earlier, at 02:00 local time. In the detailed message, it claimed it had blown up a facility and that the Iranian regime would not be able to hide it.

The group said it was composed of dissidents within Iran’s military and security forces and that they had been behind numerous attacks that the Iranian authorities had so far concealed from the public.

I went online to check Iranian news agencies and reliable accounts on social media, but I found no mention of such an attack anywhere.

Several hours later, Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation announced there had been an incident at the Natanz nuclear plant, but they ruled out sabotage.


Incident at Natanz nuclear site

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Satellite image showing the nuclear facility in Natanz, Iran, 3 July 2020

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Satellite image showing the nuclear facility in Natanz, Iran, 1 July 2020

The next day, Iran’s Supreme National Security Council – its top security body – announced that it knew what caused the “incident” at Natanz but that “for security reasons” it would not for the time being say what this was.

Nasa satellite images showed there had been a fire at Natanz at 02:06. The damage corresponded with details contained in the email from the Homeland Cheetahs.

The group’s message had been carefully crafted and included a propaganda video about attacks on strategic sites it said it had carried out inside Iran.

Preparing this kind of statement and video requires hours, if not days, of planning. Whoever authored it knew about the Natanz explosion in advance, which supports the theory that it was an act of sabotage.

But there is also the possibility that the email was an elaborate attempt to mislead us as to who was behind the attack, and could actually be the work of foreign agents posing as opponents of the regime in Iran.

Attack ‘thwarted’

The group’s name, the Homeland Cheetahs, is similar to those of other “Iranian” cyber groups, such as Persian Cat, or Charming Kitten – teams of hackers believed to be part of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Cyber Army.

It is possible that the Homeland Cheetahs were born to confront the Persian Cat.

In late May, national cyber security in Israel – Iran’s arch-foe – said the country had prevented a major cyber attack on its water system, widely thought to have been the work of Iran.

Days later, there was a cyber attack on Shahid Rajaae, an important economic and shipping hub in southern Iran.

More than 50% of Iran’s sea imports and exports take place through this harbour. The attack caused a massive blockage of water in the canals and flooded roads leading to the terminal.

Iranian officials blamed power shortages, but Western intelligence sources believe it was Israeli retaliation against Iran.

Fires and blasts

In the past three months there have been an increasing number of mysterious incidents which have damaged sensitive sites in Iran.

Numerous fires have broken out in nuclear facilities, oil refineries, power plants, major factories and businesses across the country.

Since 26 June alone, there have been several such incidents:

Saeed Aganji, a Finland-based Iranian journalist who has been following the events, says the incidents are unusual and could be deliberate.

“By targeting Iran strategic and economic sites, the aim is to bring Iran’s economy to its knees and force the regime to stop financing militia groups and change course in the Middle East.”

Parchin and Khojir are two military sites believed to house nuclear and missile production facilities on the eastern edge of Tehran.

گزارش‌ها از تهران حاکی از دیده شدن نوری در شرق تهران است که از زمین آغاز تا ارتفاع بالا آسمان را روشن می‌کند.
این ویدئو از شهرک پردیس گرفته شده و کسی که آن را پست کرده می‌گوید صدای انفجار شنیده است.
برخی دیگر می‌گویند صدایی نشنیده‌اند.
هنوز منابع رسمی گزارشی در این‌باره نداده‌اند

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Inspectors from the global nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), have long been denied access to Parchin, where Iran is suspected of having conducted high-explosive tests related to the manufacture of nuclear weapons.

Iran warning

In a rare acknowledgement, Iran’s state news agency Irna said the fire at Natanz could have been the result of sabotage “by hostile countries, especially the Zionist regime [Israel] and the US”.

Iran’s civil defence chief has vowed to “respond” if it turns out Iran was the victim of a cyber attack.

On Sunday, an unnamed “Middle Eastern intelligence official” told the New York Times Israel had caused the blast at Natanz. Just a day earlier, Israel’s foreign minister responded obliquely when asked if Israel was behind the incident, saying “our actions in Iran better left unsaid”.

Israel does not normally take responsibility for these kinds of “attacks”, and Iranian officials have avoided blaming Israel directly. But it seems the cyber war between the two countries has already started.

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Tony Wolters is Rockies’ go-to guy during season of coronavirus

Catcher Tony Wolters is the glue keeping the Rockies together, now more than ever.

In the months after spring training was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was Wolters who offered up his services, often at a moment’s notice, when pitchers called him for a pitch-and-catch session.

Playing catcher is one of the toughest, dirtiest, and sometimes, most thankless, jobs in sports, but you can bet Wolters is appreciated by his teammates.

“Tony was a blessing to be around during this shutdown,” starter Jon Gray said Saturday as the Rockies held their first full-scale workout of summer camp at Coors Field. “He’s such a positive guy who always does what he can to help us pitchers out. It could be anything and Tony would always be willing to help. He’s a special dude.”

Gray, along with German Marquez, Jeff Hoffman, Wade Davis, Kyle Freeland and others who worked out in Scottsdale, Ariz., following the March 13 shutdown, relied on Wolters to be there for them.

“As a catcher, you are pretty used to that,” Wolters said. “At the same time, I was trying to keep myself healthy. … But I thought I was able to catch and was able to talk about baseball with the guys as much as (I could) throughout this pandemic. So I felt like we had a good thing going in Arizona with the groups we had.”

Bullpen coach Daryl Scott owns a portable, wooden pitching mound and it came in handy. The Rockies loaded it into the back of their trucks and hauled it to a neighborhood park for small-group practice sessions.

There were a lot of protocols that Wolters and his teammates followed.

“Make sure you clean off the mound, make sure you sanitize the gear,” Wolters said.

As a catcher, Wolters understands that he could be more susceptible to the virus than players at other positions. So, in addition to the body armor he wears behind the plate to ward off foul tips and wild pitches, he’s seeking extra precautions against an invisible enemy.

“I have been testing out different masks that I can wear under my helmet,” he said. “I don’t want to get the virus. I don’t want to give my family the virus or anything.

“I know that there is going to be a little more contact with catchers — touching the baseball all of the time, hitters coming up and the umpire behind you. So that’s definitely been on the back of my mind.”

Still, Wolters made a conscious choice to stay upbeat when the pandemic turned the world upside down.

“I knew it could go both ways, but I took the positive route,” he said. “I said, ‘I’m going to use this to my advantage. I’m going to get strong and I’m going to be more flexible.’ I was going to use the time to get my body even more ready than it was.”

Coors advantage? Late-game reliever Scott Oberg was asked Saturday if the 60-game season could help Rockies pitchers. He provided an interesting take.

“I think it will play well for us,” Oberg said. “It’s a unique situation in the sense that we actually get to practice in our home ballpark and in our home altitude, really for the first time.

“In prior years we are always doing our spring training in Arizona and then usually start (the season) on the road for a week. So we kind of get hit in the face by the altitude a little bit when we come back home. So having these three weeks here is actually going to be beneficial for our pitchers.”

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Safiyya Shaikh: London IS supporter who planned to blow up St Paul’s Cathedral jailed

A West London mother who converted to Islam has been jailed for life for plotting to blow up St Paul’s Cathedral during Easter celebrations.

Safiyya Shaikh, 36, also planned to plant a bomb in a nearby hotel and then blow herself up in a suicide attack on the London Underground.

She was foiled in an undercover sting, but police say she was deadly serious and was so dangerous she became a top priority for investigation by MI5.

Jailing Shaikh for life, the judge ruled she should serve a minimum of 14 years.

As she was taken to the cells wearing a black hijab, she smiled and raised her finger in a salute associated with ISIS.

Shaikh, from Hayes, earlier pleaded guilty to planning an attack and disseminating terrorist material.

She was caught by two undercover officers posing as fellow extremists, who she believed would help build her bombs, which she said she wanted to put under the cathedral’s dome.

When the undercover officer told her “if you don’t want to do jihad that’s ok”, she insisted: “No brother I want so much. I want to kill a lot. I would like to do church, somewhere historical.

“Put bomb with detonator then shoot ’til killed – what I always wanted. A day like Christmas or Easter good, kill more.

“I always send threats. But I want make threats real.”

Shaikh told the officer she was “inspired” by the attacks on churches in Sri Lanka the previous Easter, in which 250 people were killed.

She was considered such a threat that MI5 made her the highest level priority for investigation in the weeks before her arrest in October 2019.

On 8 September last year, Shaikh embarked on a “hostile reconnaissance mission” to scope out her intended targets, the court heard.

She was captured on a security camera walking around St Paul’s Cathedral in central London.

Wearing a black burka, she headed inside the building before taking a photograph of the cathedral’s ornate dome ceiling and posting the image to the undercover officers via the digital messaging service WhatsApp.

Along with the picture, she wrote: “Under this dome I would like put bomb.. It centre of church [sic].”

She also handed over a pink sports bag and a rucksack, which she believed would be filled with improvised explosive devices (IEDs) primed and ready to detonate.

Shaikh wanted to get a gun but said she had no training – only what she had seen on Telegram channels – but was dissuaded by the undercover officers.

A week before she met up with one of the undercover officers, whom she believed was the “operation expert’s wife”, she sent them a black jihadi flag and referred to the leader of IS, saying: “I pledge with Amir Abu Bakar al Baghdadi.”

When they met on 24 September, after the officers told her they wanted to confirm her sincerity and to size her up for fitting explosive devices, she told them only those who fight are true Muslims, then gave them two bags for them to place bombs in.

She confirmed her bra size and said she would send other measurements close to Easter as her weight was “up and down”.

In a police interview after she was arrested, Shaikh said she would have died in St Paul’s, along with all the other people there.

“I thought it was my way to heaven. That’s my way for forgiveness,” she added.

Commander Richard Smith, from Scotland Yard’s Counter Terror Command, said she was “an extremely dangerous individual”.

“Safiyya Shaikh had very clear intent and was absolutely committed to carry it out,” he said.

“She planned to plant a bomb in St Paul’s Cathedral during a busy time of the year.

“She planned to leave a second bomb at a nearby hotel. And she also intended to carry out a suicide bomb attack on the London Underground.”

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Sky is the limit for Pakistan’s metal artist

Nasim Yousufzai started digging art with a pencil, struck some oil, and ended up in scrap, so to speak.

From unlikely origins, the 50-something metal artist from Pakistan’s north-western city of Peshawar has done all of this, and more.

His biggest exhibit was when he designed a huge float for the Pakistan Day parade in 1995, winning second prize.

Then in 2001, he took to the air by designing a makeshift aircraft from an old automobile engine, used car tyres, wooden propellers and wings made of steel pipes covered with canvas sheets.

He flew the machine for five minutes, before he was waved down by his brothers who dragged him home where his panicked mother ordered him never to do it again.

He has since abided by that order.

The son of a day labourer who had migrated from his native Swat region to Peshawar in search of work, Nasim’s childhood was steeped in poverty.

But he appears to have made the best of it.

“My elder brother didn’t want to study, and my father was happy for him to drop out of school, but I refused to do that, and my father didn’t force me,” he says.

As a child, he did everything he could to help his family while he studied. After school he would go to a nearby wholesale market to buy vegetables, which he sold in his neighbourhood. Then he worked part time as a helper at an electric store, and also at a tailor’s shop where he learned stitching.

“Since my earliest years, I somehow developed a passion for drawing,” he says.

That might have sparked his talent for designing things in later life – and in recent years making art out of scrap metal.

“I couldn’t resist grabbing a paper and a pen to draw anything that caught my interest, which gradually expanded from household objects to living things.”

He completed a diploma in electrical engineering in 1986 and was immediately offered a job, which he still holds.

Alongside his work, he started producing political cartoons for a couple of local newspapers which not only added to his income, but also satisfied his creative urge.

When he joined evening classes at Nishtar Hall, Peshawar’s main cultural centre for music and art, he learned to paint, producing a number of oil paintings on large canvasses.

In late 1994, he spotted a newspaper advertisement inviting artists to produce a float representing the culture and history of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province (then called North-West Frontier Province, or NWFP), for use at the annual Pakistan Day parade in Islamabad.

He applied and his idea was approved for official funding.

Over the next two months, he camped in Islamabad, building a massive float using wood, thermopore sheets, plaster of paris and hundreds of jute bags.

The scene that he crafted showed a male Pathan, KP’s dominant ethnic group, a British-era hilltop fort, the building of one of Peshawar’s oldest graduate colleges, and Tarbela Dam, the largest in Pakistan.

The float was loaded onto a 22-wheel trailer and driven past the stage where the president and the prime minister were seated.

Having seen Naseem assembling the aircraft in the courtyard of their house, his brothers vaguely knew what he was building. But his mother, who had lived in a village all her life, didn’t have the slightest idea.

She came to know when someone rang her up and told her. At that time Naseem had arrived at an air strip in a small town just north of Peshawar, and was readying his plane for the flight.

There had been talk at the time of several home-built aircraft in the region, and one of them near Peshawar had crashed, killing the pilot. So his mother was greatly alarmed.

“I must have been five minutes in the air when I saw my brothers arriving on the scene and frantically waving at me to come down,” he recalls.

He acquiesced.

It wasn’t until some time in 2014 that metal art caught Nasim’s attention.

The trigger was an increased accumulation of metal scrap in his surroundings, both at home and at work – Naseem was a practicing electrician and his brothers had gone into the auto parts business.

“One day I just thought I should do something different,” he says. “There were lots of old and rusted steel rivets at home which I put together to shape a dog.”

He also toyed with coins to craft shapes, including the portrait of his once-favourite politician – and now Pakistan’s prime minister – Imran Khan.

Since metal art mostly involves shapes of living things, more conservative relatives who visited Naseem and saw his creations would remind him of the old Muslim refrain that making images of living things is un-Islamic.

So he stopped working at home and now creates art at his office, where he has set up a small gallery.

He displays dozens of pieces at his gallery, and says thousands more are under lock and key at his house.

Naseem says he is not much given to commercialising his art, but would like to hold a solo exhibition if he gets the chance in the future.

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Local coronavirus data is 'crucial' to save lives and prepare for more lockdowns

Local authorities are in urgent need of accurate and up-to-date figures on coronavirus spikes in order to save lives, politicians and leading doctors have warned.

The British Medical Association (BMA) has implored the Government to give them ‘timely ,comprehensive and reliable’ information about cases in their area to help contain the spread of Covid-19. It comes after data obtained by the Leicester Mercury revealed Downing Street’s publicly accessible coronavirus tracker left out more than 90% of the city’s most recent cases as it is put on the UK’s first local lockdown.

A huge gap between figures collected from NHS labs and those collected from commercial testing partners including universities and Boots is thought to obscuring the true scale of outbreaks across the country. The national total includes both sets of data but the Government’s Covid tracker only shows the first for England, Scotland and Northern Ireland but uses both for Wales.

This is explained in a note on an ‘about’ page accompanying the tracker but no indication is given of just how much data is missing. Appearing today on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Shadow Health Secretary and MP for Leicester South Jonathan Ashworth said up-do-date data should be going to the city’s local director of public health on a daily basis.

He said: ‘I don’t want to see other cities and towns put into lockdown, we obviously don’t want to see more flare ups of this awful, awful virus, but clearly other areas have got to be prepared in case there is.

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‘The way in which this has been handled, it’s been slow, it took days, we were told we were going into a lockdown at 9 o’clock on a Monday evening, and shops were told that they had to close the next morning. People are still asking for information, we’ve got the police commissioner today in Leicester complaining that they are being drip fed information about what they can enforce and what they can’t enforce. People just want clarity, people just want to do the right thing, they just want clear guidance.’

He added: ‘Throughout this process I kept raising in the House of Commons “When are we getting this data? We need this data”, because I don’t think it’s fair to the people of Leicester to announce at a press conference on a Thursday afternoon that Leicester’s got a problem but then actually take 11 days to tell Leicester that they’re going into lockdown or what they’re going to do about it.

‘People are really worried in Leicester, people are really anxious, people who are shielding are very very scared, people who are planning to get their businesses open this Saturday are desperately worried about their livelihoods and what happens next to the economy.’

Calling on Downing Street to help local authorities get a clearer picture BMA Council chairman Dr Chaand Nagpaul said: ‘The Prime Minister has talked about a “whack a mole” strategy to tackle local outbreaks, but this is no use if the people leading the response on the ground – be they public health teams or local leaders – are not given the most accurate up-to-date data possible.

‘This is crucial to allow swift action and to protect lives and the health service, and something that is not happening right now. This is all the more important given that the “world leading” test and trace app is not in place, meaning local leaders and teams armed with up-to-date information will be vital in containing spread of outbreaks.’

Ahead of further lockdown restrictions being eased at the weekend, the BMA made a series of demands from the Government, including set ‘metric trigger points’ at which action will be taken to reintroduce local and national restrictions,

These would take into consideration the regional Covid-19 reproductive rate – known as the R rate – as well as the level of infections in communities.

The BMA also stressed the importance of clear public health messaging that social distancing and infection control procedures should be adhered to.

Meanwhile, leading health academic Professor Sir Chris Ham urged the Government to give local leaders control over NHS Test and Trace.

In an opinion piece published in The British Medical Journal, he wrote ‘A crisis on the scale of the Covid-19 pandemic requires a national response.

‘But in a country as large and diverse as the United Kingdom, where the impact of the virus varies between areas, a national response is insufficient.

‘Local leadership is also essential, drawing on the expertise of devolved governments in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, local authorities, NHS bodies, and many other public sector agencies.

‘A major weakness in the Government’s handling of the crisis has been its failure to recognise and value local expertise.’

He said that the people who have been in contact with those confirmed to have the virus have been contacted by regional teams of Public Health England and local health protection teams.

Sir Chris said this raises ‘serious questions about the value for money’ of the national telephone based service.

He added: ‘In the case of contact tracing, most of the work is now being done by regional teams in Public Health England and local health protection teams led by directors of public health employed by local authorities.

‘Recent statistics show that in its first three weeks of operation, NHS Test and Trace reached around 113,925 people who were in contact with those who tested positive, of whom around 90% were traced by Public Health England and local health protection teams.

‘The remainder-amounting to just 12,247 people-were reached by the national telephone-based service run by Serco and Sitel, which employs around 25,000 staff.

‘This raises serious questions about value for money in the use of public resources in a contract reported to be worth up to £108 million. In my view, bringing these staff under the control of local authorities is overdue.’

The former chief executive of the King’s Fund health think tank concluded: ‘Local leaders, including devolved governments and elected mayors, are much better placed than the Westminster government to engage their communities in limiting and responding to future outbreaks.

‘To do so effectively, these leaders must be given control of test and trace to rectify the flaws in the Government’s ill judged design.’

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What is TSA?

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The Transportation Security Administration, or TSA, was formed in the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, to prevent such events from happening again, according to the government website.

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The agency falls under the umbrella of the Department of Homeland Security and was formed under the Aviation and Transportation Security Act.

“Driven by a desire to help our nation, tens of thousands of people joined TSA and committed themselves to strengthening our transportation systems while ensuring the freedom of movement for people and commerce,” the agency website states.


A Transportation Security Administration agent wears a protective mask and stands behind a protective barrier while screening a traveler at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, on June 9, 2020. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Ima

TSA is led by David P. Pekoske.

Of the roughly 60,000 TSA employees, an estimated 45,000 were airport screeners as of May 2019. Agents are most commonly associated with airport security who check travelers and their belongings for any contraband or illegal activity before boarding a flight.


But TSA begins the screening its passengers “long before” they get to the airport for their flights, according to the site.


“TSA works closely with the intelligence and law enforcement communities to share information,” according to TSA’s “Security Screening” webpage. “Additional security measures are in place from the time you get to the airport until you get to your destination.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 


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What is the Supreme Court of the United States?

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Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano on the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics.

The Supreme Court of the United States, sometimes called SCOTUS, is the highest court in the country and is made up of nine justices.

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The U.S. Supreme Court's motto is, “Equal Justice Under Law,” which is emblazoned above the Supreme Court building in Washington, according to the court’s website.

“As the final arbiter of the law, the Court is charged with ensuring the American people the promise of equal justice under law and, thereby, also functions as guardian and interpreter of the Constitution,” the website states.


SCOTUS is led by Chief Justice John G. Roberts and eight Associate Justices, all of whom are nominated by a sitting president. Five of the nine current Supreme Court Justices are Republicans.

United States Supreme Court (Front L-R) Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Samuel Alito, Jr., (Back L-R) Associate Justices Neil Gorsuch, Sonia Soto

The Associate Justices are Clarence Thomas, Stephen G. Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Samuel A. Alito, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and, the newest justices, Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh, both of whom were nominated by President Trump.


Justices can remain in office until they die or choose to resign or retire, unless they are impeached. But SCOTUS impeachments are rare. The last and only time this type of action was taken was in 1805, when the House passed articles of impeachment against Associate Justice Samuel Chase, according to the government website. The Senate later chose to acquit Chase.


On Monday, the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, struck down a Louisiana law seeking to require doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

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What is the most watched late night talk show?

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CBS's "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" has captured the title of the most-watched late-night program during the 2019-2020 season, according to Nielsen.

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The late-night program notched an average of 3.6 million viewers throughout the entire season. The show was also the most-watched amongst adults between the ages of 25 and 54, according to CBS citing data from the Nielsen live “Most Current” ratings through the week of May 15, 2020.

Colbert topped NBC's “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" by more than 1.55 million viewers, according to CBS. Although both shows tied in gaining the attention of the 18-49 age group.


This milestone marked the largest margin of victory for CBS over “The Tonight Show” since 1994. What's more, it also marked the largest margin of victory ever for the show starring Colbert, the network touted.

Falling in third place was ABC’s "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" with an average of 1.9 million viewers.

Jerry Seinfeld on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday Jan. 6, 2016 on the CBS Television Network. (Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS Broadcasting Inc.)

However, the ratings came amid a time when the late-night comedians continue to adjust to a new show set up — one without an audience– until the pandemic subsides.


In 2014, CBS moved swiftly to replace the retiring David Letterman with Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert who has since battled with Fallon and Kimmel for late-night television supremacy.

Prior to becoming Letterman's successor, Colbert had been hosting “The Colbert Report” since 2005, in character as a fictional conservative talk-show host.

Before attaining his own program, Colbert worked on “The Daily Show” for eight years under former host Jon Stewart.

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Ask Amy: Child is caught in toxic family crossfire – The Denver Post

Dear Amy: Nine-year-old “Danny” lives with his dad and grandparents, and none of them get along. Danny is always caught in the middle. Danny’s dad (in his mid-30s) is a self-absorbed jerk and spends very little time with Danny, but he lives in the same house.

If Grandma is mad at Danny’s father, (who is her son), Danny gets to hear all about it, and vice versa. Caught in the turmoil, Danny gets chewed out by both sides.

The latest example of this is that Danny is going on vacation with his grandparents, but his dad wasn’t invited and doesn’t even know they are going! Grandma told Danny not to tell his dad because she doesn’t want the dad to go! And when they return, Danny will be yelled at by his dad for keeping the secret. Danny cannot win in this dysfunctional family.

How can it be right for the other family members to leave on vacation with his son and not tell him, and to demand that Danny keep this secret? The grandparents are his main caregivers and if they left him behind, I doubt his father would look after him for the 10 days, so Danny must go with them.

I’m a (not very respected) family member, who thankfully doesn’t live there. I keep my mouth shut because nobody asked me, but Danny does share with me some of his anxieties and fears. I really feel for the boy. All I can think to tell him is that he can chart his own path when he grows up, and that he won’t have to live with either his grandparents or his dad. It seems so insufficient.

Obviously, all of these people need counseling and I seriously doubt it would ever happen, because they are blind to their angry dysfunction.

Is it right for them to take Danny without telling the dad? What can I say to Danny?

— Worried Relative

Dear Worried: It is NOT right for these grandparents to spirit their grandson away — unless they are the child’s legal adoptive parents or guardians, it would also be illegal for them to take the child without the father’s permission.

Any parent returning home to find his child missing without explanation would be justified in calling the police to report an abduction.

Poor “Danny” is in a toxic household. No adult should EVER ask a child to keep a secret from a parent; secret-keeping divides a child’s loyalty – it is also what people who exploit children ask them to do.

Danny can’t wait until he grows up to chart his own path. Given the dynamic in this household, the child will pay the price, and his path will be very rocky. Stay close to the boy.

You should not stay silent. This family desperately needs intervention, for the child’s sake.

Dear Amy: I enjoy meeting with my friends one-to-one; I just do. It’s upsetting to me when arrangements are made to meet up with one friend and then I find out that she has invited others to join us.

It’s not that I don’t like the other people. It just changes the conversation when there are three, four or five people.

Should I seek other friends who think as I do; or is there a way to express my feelings without coming off as anti-social?

— Something of a Loner

Dear Loner: You may not be a “loner” so much as an introvert, whose energy is sapped by groups of people – especially when you’re not expecting it. There is nothing “wrong” with feeling this way – it’s the way you’re built!

If you are issuing the invitation, you get to dictate the terms, so you can say: “Let’s meet up at the Corner Café – but just the two of us, OK?” If somebody else is making the plans, you can ask if others will be there. Understand that if you are meeting a friend at a bar, there is a likelihood that others may join you.

Read: “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking,” by Susan Cain (2013, Broadway Books).

Dear Amy: I really must comment on the letter “Seeking Too Much Courtesy.” She wanted thanks and validation for the polite things she did over the course of her day.

We do polite and practical niceties because it’s what we ought to do and who we choose to be — not for continuous acknowledgment and/or praise of each and every thing.

— Give it a Rest

Dear Rest: I completely agree.

(You can email Amy Dickinson at [email protected] or send a letter to Ask Amy, P.O. Box 194, Freeville, NY 13068. You can also follow her on Twitter @askingamy or Facebook.)

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