First thing: AOC calls Kamala Harris’ comments to Guatemalan migrants “disappointing” | US News


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez condemned Kamala Harris for telling Guatemala’s undocumented migrants not to come to the United States – calling her comments “disappointing.”

On her first trip overseas as vice president, Harris visited the Central American country on Monday and told anyone considering going to the US-Mexico border, “Don’t come.

Progressive New York MP Ocasio-Cortez criticized the remarks, saying it was “disappointing to see.” Human rights groups have also spoken out, urging the Biden administration to recognize the right of the Guatemalan people to seek protection.

“First, seeking asylum at any US border is a 100% legal method of arrival,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Second, the United States has spent decades contributing to regime change and destabilization in Latin America. We can’t help but set someone’s house on fire and then blame them for running away.

  • During a visit to Mexico on TuesdayHarris was also asked about her reasons for not going to the US-Mexico border during the trip. In April, more than 178,000 migrants arrived at the border – the most in a single month in two decades.

  • Meanwhile, in Washington, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer plans to force key votes to win over Democrats who oppose the crackdown on filibuster.

  • Senate overwhelmingly approved bill to boost computer chip and artificial intelligence technology amid increasing competition from other countries, especially China.

Arizona poll audit backed by secret donors who appear to be linked to Donald Trump’s inner circle

Maricopa County ballots cast in the 2020 general election are reviewed and recounted by contractors working for Florida-based company Cyber ​​Ninjas in Phoenix in May. Photograph: Matt York / AP

An unprecedented review of 2.1 million Arizona ballots appears to be backed by black money groups linked to Donald Trump’s inner circle.

Republicans in the Arizona State Senate authorized the investigation but allocated only $ 150,000 to fund it – the overall cost of the investigation is unknown. A review by openSecrets and the Guardian found that the effort is funded by private donors whose identities are hidden from public view.

Among the organizations that appear to have funded the investigation are Voices and Votes, led by Christina Bobb, a presenter for the right-wing media network One America News, who allegedly spoke to Trump about the review and emailed President Karen Fann. from Arizona. State Senate, affidavits on behalf of Rudy Giuliani last year.

  • What is the context? For weeks, observers have warned that the unprecedented investigation does not follow proper procedures and does not look like a neutral audit, write Sam Levine and Anna Massoglia. Meanwhile, Trump – who has reportedly told close allies he expects to be “reinstated” as president this summer – is increasingly interested in the audit and called for a similar effort in Pennsylvania.

  • Republicans want to create rigged voting system they claim to be victims of, writes Lawrence Douglas.

  • Meanwhile, in Idaho, the Republican lieutenant governor and gubernatorial candidate, Janice McGeachin, was supported by a right-wing militia leader. Video obtained by the Guardian shows Eric Parker saying she told him “you’re going to have a friend” in the governor’s office.

Wildfires burned more than 138,000 acres in Arizona

Smoke rising from the Telegraph Fire over Blue Lake, Ariz. On Monday.
Smoke rising from the Telegraph Fire over Blue Lake, Ariz. On Monday. Photograph: Mark Henle / AP

Nearly 1,000 firefighters are battling two Arizona wildfires that have so far burned more than 138,700 acres.

Fueled by gusts of wind and high temperatures, the Telegraph and Mescal fires, at 0% and 23% respectively, are both believed to be man-made.

  • “Today was incredibly scary all over the region”, Superior, Arizona, mayor Mila Besich said, adding that the fire was “very unpredictable.”

  • It comes as the American west suffers from drought ahead of what should be another record-breaking fire season.

In other news …

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in July 2020 and June 2021.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in July 2020 and June 2021. Composite: KCNA / Reuters
  • Photos of Kim Jong-un looking noticeably thinner have sparked North Korea speculation the health of the leader. NK News said in photos of Kim in his first public appearance in a month, he appeared to have lost “a significant amount of weight.”

  • A trans woman who fights for freedom after being detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) for more than two years said she feared she and other detainees had been forgotten by the Biden administration. Maura Martinez, 41, who is in prison in San Diego, said returning to Nicaragua “would mean death for me.”

  • San Francisco may have become the first major US city to achieve collective immunity against Covid-19, according to experts. The city is still seeing some cases, but they don’t appear to lead to larger epidemics. “This is what collective immunity looks like,” said Dr. George Rutherford, professor of epidemiology at the University of California, San Francisco.

  • Salvadoran woman released after nearly 10 years in prison serving 30 years for terminating pregnancy and violating the extreme abortion ban in El Salvador. Sara Rogel was arrested in 2012 when she was a 22-year-old student after being hospitalized with bleeding wounds.

Statistics of the day: the 25 richest Americans would have paid a “real tax rate” of only 3.4% between 2014 and 2018.

Amid rising wealth and income inequality, a ProPublica survey found that America’s richest figures – including Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Warren Buffett – paid the meager sum despite their rising values. collective net of over $ 400 billion during this period. The nonprofit news organization, which used data from the Internal Revenue Service to investigate tax returns, found that in 2007 and 2011, Amazon founder Bezos paid no federal taxes, although he is a billionaire.

Don’t Miss It: Salmon is Endangered in the Western United States

In the Snake River, which flows through Wyoming, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon, salmon are heading to a point of no return, in large part due to four dams hampering their migration. Their extinction would have a devastating impact on Native American communities, writes Hattie Golden.

… or this: Barcelona street vendors take on Nike with their own brand of sneakers

Street vendors in Barcelona have set up an ethical streetwear cooperative. Rather than selling cheap copies of designer items, they will be selling their own brand of sneakers under the name Top Manta. “We have always been criticized and persecuted for selling copies, but now we have our own brand,” brand spokesperson Lamine Sarr told Stephen Burgen.

Last thing: Bennifer is back

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck in the 2003 movie Gigli.
Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck in the 2003 movie Gigli. Photograph: Allstar / COLOMBIA

They drastically split days before their wedding in 2004. But now, 17 years later, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez would be together again. Benjamin Svetkey explains why the rumor of the reunion of the couple “Bennifer” is so encouraging. “Like the cicadas, Bennifer is resurrected.”

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