First thing: Biden warns US democracy at risk from Trump extremists | American News

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Joe Biden has warned that American democracy is in grave peril Republican forces loyal to Donald Trump who are “fanning the flames” of political violence in pursuit of power at all costs.

In a prime-time speech from Philadelphia, the city where American democracy was born, Biden said the United States was in an ongoing battle for the “soul of the nation.”

He picked up on a theme that animated his campaign for the White House in 2020, to frame the stakes of the November election as an existential choice between his party’s agenda and Republicans’ “extreme Maga ideology.”

“Donald Trump and the Maga Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic,” Biden said in a speech at Independence Hall. Maga stands for “Make America great again” – a slogan from Trump’s 2016 election campaign.

  • What else did Biden says? He said Trump’s Republicans “favour authoritarian leaders and fan the flames of political violence,” adding that they believe there are only two possible outcomes to an election: either they win or they’re out. deceived. “You can’t love your country when you’re the only one winning,” Biden said to thunderous applause.

  • Why was the speech significant? It’s part of an aggressive new line of attack Biden has launched against Republicans ahead of the midterm elections and comes as Trump, who is facing various legal issues, lays the groundwork for a possible presidential election in 2024.

US judge hints she may grant Trump’s request for Mar-a-Lago ‘special master’

Donald Trump in New York for a deposition in August
Donald Trump in New York for a deposition in August. He claims executive privilege over the documents discovered during the search. Photograph: David Dee Delgado/Reuters

Yesterday, a federal judge seemed inclined to grant his request to have a so-called special master quash documents seized by the FBI from his Mar-a-Lago compound that could potentially be subject to privilege protections in the investigation surrounding his unauthorized retention of government secrecy.

Trump-appointed judge Aileen Cannon did not formally rule on the bench at the request of the former president, saying during an hour-long hearing in West Palm Beach, Fla., that she would look into the matter further before making a final decision.

But the judge gave serious indications that she would appoint a special master to determine what documents the Justice Department could use in its investigation, while potentially allowing the intelligence community to continue its assessment to determine whether the preservation of the documents by Trump could jeopardize national security.

“Where is the harm?” Cannon asked the government toward the end of the hearing, raising the prospect of appointing a special master.

  • More details about what the FBI seized at Mar-a-Lago are expected to be revealed after the judge unsealed a more detailed inventory of what was collected by the Department of Justiceas well as a status report from the investigating team after Trump’s attorneys agreed to make it public.

‘All of a sudden it’s undrinkable’: Why an entire US city has no clean water

A person unloads packs of bottled water
“We can’t take a bath. We can’t drink water and we can’t do the dishes. None of that.’ Photo: Brad Vest/Getty Images

Jackson, Mississippi, has lost access to running water after floods — but it’s the capstone of years of trouble with race as a possible factor.

The overwhelming majority of residents – more than 150,000 – in the predominantly black city no longer have access to running water. Most had already been without clean water for more than a month, but flooding last weekend, caused by weeks of rain, further halted operations at the city’s main water treatment plant. Currently, a large number of them have nothing coming out of their taps, and for those that do, it must be boiled before consumption.

The situation has raised questions about the impact of underinvestment since white families abandoned the city in droves. It also suggests how extreme flooding, exacerbated by the climate crisis, will strain infrastructure.

The crisis is acute, with temperatures predicted to exceed 90F (32C) on Thursday and Friday. Schools closed their buildings and went virtual. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency announced water distribution plans Thursday. The city has created water distribution points and some community organizations are doing what they can to fill the gaps.

  • What is causing the crisis? Limited staff at the main water treatment facility struggled to process water arriving in much higher volumes due to flooding and had to deal with a pump failure. But it’s the cornerstone of years of trouble. Financial and staffing constraints and equipment malfunctions have long plagued the operation of the city’s water treatment facilities.

In other news…

Venus and Serena Williams talk as they play against Lucie Hradecka and Linda Noskova of the Czech Republic at the US Open last night.
Venus and Serena Williams talk as they play against Lucie Hradecká and Linda Nosková of the Czech Republic at the US Open last night. Photography: See Press/Corbis/Getty Images
  • Venus and Serena Williams are ruled out of the US Open women’s doubles first round after losing 7-6(5), 6-4 to Czech side Lucie Hradeckand Linda Noskovon last night. Serena having strongly hinted that she would be retiring soon, he the match is likely to have been the last appearance of the Williams-Williams team.

  • A man has been arrested after pointing a handgun point-blank at Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner in what the president said was an attempt on her life. She only survived because the gun – which was loaded with five bullets – did not shoot.

  • A retired New York Police Department officer received a registration 10 year sentence for his involvement in the attack on the Capitolduring which he used a metal flag pole to assault one of the police officers trying to hold off a crowd of Trump supporters.

  • Canadian singer-songwriter Feist has announced that she will leave a tour with Arcade Fire after allegations of sexual misconduct against the band’s frontman, Win Butler. A Pitchfork investigation published detailed allegations against the butler last week, which it denies.

Stat of the day: Aid continues to arrive in Pakistan as floods die exceed 1,200

Flood victims take refuge in makeshift tents in Dera Allah Yar, Jafferabadas district.
Flood victims take refuge in makeshift tents in Dera Allah Yar, Jafferabadas district. Photograph: Reuters

Planes carrying supplies form a humanitarian air bridge to flood-ravaged Pakistan as the death toll has exceeded 1,200, officials said, with families and children at particular risk of disease and homelessness. The ninth flight from the United Arab Emirates and the first from Uzbekistan were the latest to land in Islamabad overnight as a military-backed rescue operation elsewhere in the country reached more than 3 million people affected by the disaster. Officials blamed the monsoon and unusual flooding on the climate crisis.

Don’t miss this: Wind in Democrats’ sails as Sarah Palin humiliated herself in Alaska special election

Sarah Palin after the results were announced in Alaska
Sarah Palin after the results were announced in Alaska. The single seat in the House was held for nearly 50 years by Republican Don Young, until his death in March. Photograph: Bill Roth/AP

Analysts weigh in on the results of the special election for Alaska’s sole U.S. House seat, which was won by Democrat Mary Peltola, dealing a blow to the former presidential candidate’s hopes. Vice President Sarah Palin of a political comeback and putting wind in the Democratic Party’s sails as it heads into November’s midterm elections. He was seen as a significant result on several levels — a potential response to the recent U.S. Supreme Court overturning the constitutional right to abortion, Trump’s continued grip on the Republican Party, and Palin herself.

Climate Control: Nightthe heat kills the crops. Scientists race to find resistant plants

Wenceslao Larazo, left, and Cherryl Quiñones measure rice crops that will be heated to extreme temperatures as night falls at Arkansas State University.
Wenceslao Larazo, left, and Cherryl Quiñones measure rice crops that will be heated to extreme temperatures as night falls at Arkansas State University. Photograph: Ariel Cobbert/The Guardian

While the climate crisis is pushing daytime temperatures to record highs, nighttime temperatures are rising much faster. This is a crisis for plants, which have fewer defense mechanisms available at night, posing a huge threat to the global food system. Every 1°C increase in nighttime temperatures could lower wheat yields by 6% and rice yields by up to 10%. Scientists are part of a race to figure out how to create varieties of rice – the main source of food for billions of people and a vital crop for farmers around the world – one that can withstand the impacts of a rapidly changing climate.

Last thing: Crab and lobster shells could be used to make renewable batteries

A big crab
Crustaceans like crabs, shrimps and lobsters have exoskeletons made up of cells that contain chitin, a polysaccharide that makes their shell hard and tough. Photograph: Eric Risberg/AP

Scientists want to use a chemical found in crab and lobster shells to make batteries longer lasting, According to research. “We believe that material biodegradability, or environmental impact, and battery performance are important for a product, which has the potential to be marketed,” said Liangbing Hu, the paper’s lead author. published in the journal Matter. As the world moves towards the deployment of green energy solutions and electric vehicles, the batteries used for this technology must also be environmentally friendly.

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