Gov. Gavin Newsom is suspending the death penalty in California, calling it discriminatory and immoral, and is granting reprieves to the 737 condemned inmates on the nation's largest Death Row ... "The intentional killing of another person is wrong," he said. "And, as governor, I will not oversee the execution of any individual." read more
In a Thursday podcast at his site, the former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard spoke out strongly in favor of the Muslim Congresswoman who has accused Jewish lawmakers of dual loyalty, attributed support for Israel to foreign money, and said Israel has "hypnotized" the world. "By defiance to Z.O.G. Ilhan Omar is NOW the most important Member of the US Congress!" Mr. Duke wrote on his site, using the acronym for "Zionist Occupation Government," a term anti-Semites use to refer to the U.S. government as secretly controlled by Jews. read more
In the Far East of Russia, a lack of snow has caused early wildfires which engulfed the path of the Trans-Siberian railway north of Vladivostok, the port city which is the end point of the line. Since the beginning of 2019, wildfires have affected more than 212,000 hectares of land in Russia, 77,000 of which are forest. read more
Citizens in a number of towns have gathered to protest in Russia after toxic green and black snow has fallen in certain areas, thought to have been caused by chemicals coming from factories and mines. Support for Vladimir Putin in Siberia is believed to be on the wane because of the environmental effects of his government. Trust in his presidency hit a new low last week at 33%. There have also been protests about plans to send rubbish from Moscow out to poorer areas, ordinarily in the north of Russia and Siberia. read more
2020 Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has joined fellow candidate Sen. Kamala Harris in backing reparations for black Americans affected by slavery and Jim Crow. Warren told The New York Times that she "supported reparations for black Americans impacted by slavery," but her campaign did not provide details of the plan. Harris was asked about reparations as well. Radio host Charlamagne Tha God asked "You are for some type of reparations?", and Harris replied "Yes I am."