First thing: Obama accuses Trump of violating democracy and inventing “a whole bunch of hoes” | US News



Barack Obama accused Donald Trump of having violated a “fundamental principle” of democracy by refusing to concede the presidential election and by inventing “a whole lot of houey”.

The former president said his successor’s unfounded “big lies” about 2020 helped fuel undemocratic measures such as voter suppression and warned that if action is not taken now, “we will witness a new delegitimization of our democracy “.

Commenting in a fundraising appeal for the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, his first virtual fundraiser since last year’s election, he said: “What we have seen is my successor, l former president, violate that fundamental principle that you count the votes and then declare a winner – and make and invent a whole bunch of hoes. “

  • What is the context? Since last year’s election, Georgia, Arizona, Florida and Iowa have signed new voting restrictions into law and the state legislatures of Pennsylvania and Texas are trying to do so. These states will be key battlegrounds midway through 2022.
  • Obama also said he believedd there would be a new vote on the voting rights bill in the Senate after being blocked last week by Republicans.
  • Republicans have also spoken out against Trump recently – including William Barr, his former attorney general, who said the former president’s claims were still “bullshit” and Senator Mitt Romney who compared his claims of a stolen election to the televised fight (entertaining but “Not real”).

Portland braces for 115F temperatures as Pacific Northwest ‘thermal dome’ breaks records

A girl cools off in the fountain at Salmon Street Springs in Portland on Monday. Photograph: Kathryn Elsesser / AFP / Getty Images

Portland is braced for 115F (46C) and Seattle for 110F (43C) after cities broke all-time heat records over the weekend due to an extended “thermal dome” on the Pacific Northwest.

Streetcar, streetcars and summer school buses were closed in Portland due to the heat, which was straining the city’s electricity grid. Meanwhile, in the nearby town of Eugene, the US track and field trials were halted on Sunday and the stadium evacuated.

Experts have warned that the heatwave is a foretaste of the future, as the climate crisis is drastically changing the world’s weather patterns.

  • It is probably “one of the most extreme and prolonged heat waves in recorded history of the Northwestern lands”, the National Weather Service said, and will make the region “increasingly vulnerable to forest fires”.
  • Why is the Pacific Northwest facing record high temperatures? And what is a heated dome? Hallie Golden explains.

Trump is in financial and political danger as his company faces possible criminal charges

Donald Trump throws hat in the air at his first post-presidential rally in Wellington, Ohio
Donald Trump throws a hat in the air at his first post-presidential rally in Wellington, Ohio on Saturday. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton / Reuters

Donald Trump could face a potentially devastating political and financial blow as state prosecutors decide whether or not to lay criminal charges against the Trump Organization this week.

New York prosecutors may soon lay an indictment against her family business over the imposition of lucrative benefits it offered to senior executives – such as the use of cars, apartments and school fees. .

  • What would this mean for Trump? While the former president should not be personally accused, it could bankrupt his business by damaging relationships with banks and business partners, writes David Smith, chief of the Guardian’s Washington bureau. It could also hinder a political comeback.

In other news …

A memorial to the Champlain Towers in Surfside, Miami.
A memorial to those killed at the Champlain Towers in Surfside, Miami. Photograph: Larry Marano / REX / Shutterstock
  • Miami condo collapse prompted questions about role of climate crisis and if South Florida’s vulnerability to rising sea levels could lead to the destabilization of more buildings. The cause of the collapse of the 12-story building last week is not yet known, but a 2018 engineering report warned of “large cracks and spouts in concrete,” defects design and deterioration of the seal. Eleven people have been confirmed dead and 150 people are still missing.
  • 400,000 lives in Brazil could have been saved if the country had enforced stricter social distancing measures and launched a vaccination program earlier, said a prominent epidemiologist. Pedro Hallal, a professor at the Federal University of Pelotas, said these policies would have avoided 80% of the half-million deaths from Covid in Brazil.
  • Federal judge dismissed lawsuits against Facebook by Federal Trade Commission and 48 states and districts in a considerable blow to the attempts to curb big technologies. They sued Facebook in December, accusing the company of abusing its social media market power. But on Monday, US District Judge James Boasberg ruled the prosecution “legally insufficient”.

Stat of the day: US needs to plant 31.4m more trees, about 10% increase in current tree cover, to fight shade disparities

As much of the American West experiences a record-breaking heat wave, the first national tree count, the Tree Equity Score, found that neighborhoods where the majority of residents are people of color have an average of 33 % less canopy than predominantly white neighborhoods. . The cities identified as benefiting the most from tree net worth are Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, and San Jose.

Don’t Miss It: Fighting For LGBTQ + Rights During The Pandemic

The lockdown has hit LGBTQ + communities hard. But as the pride parades in San Francisco, Brighton and New York are canceled, there is hope that they will return, writes Lizzy Davies. “You can’t take away pride. Pride lives in all of our hearts, ”said Fred Lopez, Executive Director of San Francisco Pride.

… or this: Experts warn that the project to build a city in the Californian prairies could ignite

Tejon Ranch Company wants to build 20,000 homes within an hour’s drive north of Los Angeles in what Maanvi Singh describes as “one of the last pieces of the truly wild and wild west.” The developers say it would help the housing crisis, but scientists and climate activists fear it could put people at risk.

Last Thing: Picasso and Mondrian stolen in 7 minutes recovered almost a decade later

A detail of the 1939 female bust by Pablo Picasso
A detail of the female bust of Pablo Picasso from 1939. Photography: AP

They were stripped of their frames at the National Art Gallery in Athens in 2012 in a heist that lasted only seven minutes. But almost a decade later, the two paintings by twentieth-century masters Pablo Picasso and Piet Mondrian have been recovered. A statement released last night said police were in possession of the two works – a bust of a Cubist woman that Picasso donated to Greece in 1949 and a 1905 oil painting of a windmill by Mondrian – but no included no information on their condition or any arrests.

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