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Coronavirus relief talks collapse on Capitol Hill as Trump readies executive actions – The Washington Post

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At this point we are going to recommend to the president that over the weekend we move forward with some executive actions, Mnuchin said, though Trump administration officials have provided little guidance on how the executive actions would work or how they would attempt to redirect money without congressional approval.
The talks had a dramatic and bitter unraveling, in part because Trump and Democrats have been locked in brinksmanship for years but often found ways to reach agreement on spendi…

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Ricin: Letter containing poison addressed to Trump at White House – BBC News

The FBI and the Secret Service investigate the letter, intercepted before it reached the White House.

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The letter was intercepted by law enforcement before it reached the White House, officials said
A package containing ricin poison that was addressed to US President Donald Trump has been intercepted before it reached the White House, officials told US media.
The letter was discovered at a screening facility for White House mail earlier this week, the officials said.
They said a substance found inside the envelope was identified as ricin, a poison fou…

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Australia reports lowest coronavirus cases in three months: Live – Al Jazeera English

State of Victoria reported 14 new infections – the lowest since June 19; Brazil and Argentina join vaccine alliance.

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  • Australia reported 14 new cases on Sunday – the lowest daily increase in new coronavirus cases in three months as strict lockdown in Melbourne reduces infections sharply.
  • Brazil and Argentina have announced that they are joining a global alliance seeking to pool the purchase and distribution of future COVID-19 vaccines.
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Rushing to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, McConnell shows power trumps principle – The Guardian

The justice who died on Friday night stood for the integrity of democracy. The Senate leader stands only for Republican gains

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People in public life tend to fall into one of two broad categories those motivated by principle, and those motivated by power.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday night at the age of 87, exemplified the first.
When he nominated her in 1993, Bill Clinton called her the Thurgood Marshall of gender-equality law, comparing her advocacy and lower-court rulings in pursuit of equal rights for women to the work of the great jurist who advanced the cause of equal rights for Black people. G…

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