Mississippi to ban trans athletes from competing in women’s sports

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Mississippi seeks to be the first state to enact a law prohibiting transgender athletes from competing in women’s teams or competitions. This was announced by the republican governor Tate Reeves, who informed that he will sign a bill that was approved by the Mississippi Legislature that Republicans control.

Conservative lawmakers respond to an executive order signed by President Joe Biden, in which it prohibits discrimination based on gender identity in school sports or other venues.

But Mississippi it was not the first state to enact such a law, as Idaho He did enact a similar one in 2020 that a federal court blocked.

“I will sign our bill to protect girls from being forced to compete with biological men for athletic opportunities. It’s crazy that we have to address it, but Biden forced the problem Adults? That depends on them. But the push for children to adopt transgender is simply wrong, “he posted on Twitter.

Those who are in favor of bills like the one they enlist in Mississippi they argue that transgender girls are stronger, faster and bigger for being born men.

While those who oppose claim they are violating the rulings of the Supreme Court of the United States and the Court of Appeals of the 11th Circuit of the United States, just like him Title IX of federal education law that prohibits sex discrimination.


Dr. Seuss books shoot to the top of Amazon’s bestseller list

Books by Dr. Seuss have flooded Amazon’s U.S. bestseller list after it was announced that six of the author’s publications were being pulled over racist imagery.

“The Cat in the Hat” is currently the bestselling book on Amazon’s U.S. store, closely followed by “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish” and “Green Eggs and Ham,” along with several other titles by the late Theodor Seuss Geisel. In total, 15 Dr. Seuss publications were in Amazon’s top 20 list on Friday morning.

“Green Eggs and Ham” and “The Cat in the Hat” also appeared in Amazon Canada’s top 10 bestselling books list.

This comes after Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the business running the late author’s estate, said Tuesday it made the decision last year to cease publication and licensing of six of his books: And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” “If I Ran the Zoo,” “McElligot’s Pool,” “On Beyond Zebra!,” “Scrambled Eggs Super!” and “The Cat’s Quizzer.”

“These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” Dr. Seuss Enterprises said in the statement, with some of the author’s books having faced criticism in recent years over racist imagery.

The announcement came on Read Across America Day on Tuesday, which would have been Geisel’s 117th birthday and has been associated with the author.

Dr. Seuss’ never-before-published book, “What Pet Should I Get?” is seen on display on the day it is released for sale at the Books and Books store on July 28, 2015 in Coral Gables, United States.

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President Joe Biden left any mention of Dr. Seuss out of his Read Across America Day proclamation on Monday, signaling a further distancing from the author. Former Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama mentioned Dr. Seuss in their previous speeches.

After rumors of a ban on Dr. Seuss books, the school district of Loudoun County, Virginia, issued a statement last weekend to clarify that it hadn’t done so but had provided “guidance to schools during the past couple of years to not connect Read Across America Day exclusively with Dr. Seuss’ birthday.”

“Research in recent years has revealed strong racial undertones in many books written/illustrated by Dr. Seuss,” the statement said.


FBI detains Trump administration official for breaking into the Capitol

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) detained a former Donald Trump administration official on Thursday for the January 6 invasion of the Capitol.

This is Federico Klein, a 42-year-old man who, during the Trump administration, was appointed to work at the State Department.

The detainee was first assigned to the Western Hemisphere Affairs Office, specifically in the department responsible for monitoring Brazil and the Southern Cone (South America region), and then transferred to the person who handles requests for access to federal information, known how was the.

Klein, who was detained in Virginia, had previously worked for Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign as an analyst.

Before engaging in politics alongside Trump, Klein served in the Marine Corps in Iraq.

More than 300 people have been charged in federal court for the attack on the Capitol, but Klein is the first with clear ties to the Trump administration.

On January 6, a crowd of Trump supporters invaded Congress with the intention of halting the certification process – which at that time was taking place in the two legislative chambers – of the election results that gave victory to the current President, Joe Biden.

During the invasion, five people were killed, four Trump supporters and a policeman. Two other agents who participated in the operation during the assault committed suicide in the days that followed.

Trump was subjected to a second impeachment process in Congress, following the invasion of the Capitol, accused of the crime of “incitement to insurrection”, but was acquitted of the ‘impeachment’, with 56 votes against and 44 in favor.


Biden promises vaccine for everyone by the end of May

Dhe United States will have enough vaccine for all adults in the country “by the end of May,” according to President Joe Biden. So far, Biden had aimed to reach this milestone by the end of July. The recent approval of a third vaccine and government efforts to boost production of the compounds made it possible to reach the goal even faster, Biden said at the White House on Tuesday.

All teachers and educators would receive at least a first dose of vaccine by the end of March. He will instruct the states to give preference to school workers and educators for vaccinations where this has not yet been done. “It is a nationwide imperative that we get our children back to classrooms safely and as soon as possible,” said Biden. Schools could be opened without vaccinations with the necessary precautions, but many teachers and parents are concerned about this. The prioritization of the school staff for vaccinations is “a further step” to guarantee the safe resumption of normal school operations.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued emergency approval for Johnson & Johnson’s drug on Saturday. The company has signed a contract with the government to deliver 100 million doses of the vaccine by the end of June. The vaccine will now also be produced by the competing pharmaceutical company Merck, as the government announced on Tuesday.

America will receive 300 million doses each from the two manufacturers of the previously approved vaccines, Biontech / Pfizer and Moderna, by the end of July at the latest. Two doses are required for each vaccination; the amount alone would therefore be sufficient to supply all of the roughly 260 million adults in the country. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is effective after just one injection. So far, the vaccines have only been approved for adults.

Texas ends restrictions

Texas showed on Tuesday that American states decide independently of Washington: The state is lifting the mask requirement and the capacity limits for restaurants and other companies introduced due to the pandemic. “Now is the time to open Texas 100 percent,” said Republican Governor Greg Abbott. The time for restrictions on the economy is over in view of the ongoing vaccination campaign. “This has to end,” said Abbott. The lifting of the mask requirement and the capacity limits will apply from this Wednesday.

The approximately 29 million inhabitants of the southern state are called upon to adhere to the medical advice to contain the corona pandemic. But it no longer needs government regulations, said Abbott. If, contrary to expectations, the occupancy of hospitals in a district should rise sharply, the region could impose new restrictions. However, no penalties should be imposed for violations of, for example, a possible local mask requirement, said Abbott.

Criticism of the all-clear

The head of the American health authority CDC had only warned on Monday not to prematurely lift the corona requirements. Now is not the time for that, she warned. The renowned corona expert Ashish Jha from Brown University in Providence commented on Twitter that with the lifting of the corona requirements, Governor Abbott was “taking a great risk to people’s lives”.

The number of new infections in the United States has fallen sharply since the beginning of the year – from over 200,000 per day to an average of just over 60,000. However, experts warn that there could be another increase due to the new variants of the virus.

In Texas, 5.7 million doses of vaccine have already been administered, according to Abbott. The number of vaccinations will now continue to increase by about a million a week, he promised. When the requirements were lifted, Abbott relied on estimates of the number of unreported infections that had already been overcome. So far, there have been 2.5 million confirmed infections in Texas. In reality, around ten million people could already have had an infection, he speculated.


Biden wants to speed up vaccinations – Texas lifts measures

An increase in vaccine production provides new hope in the United States. Some states are rushing forward with a complete repeal of all rules. Experts warn against a hasty easing.

According to President Joe Biden, the United States will have enough corona vaccine for all adults in the country by the end of May. So far, Biden had aimed to reach this milestone in the fight against the virus, which is rampant around the world, by the end of July. In addition, all teachers, school employees and educators should receive at least the first dose of a vaccine this month in order to accelerate the resumption of normal school operations, Biden promised on Tuesday (local time). At the same time, several states relaxed their corona requirements – Texas pushed ahead particularly optimistically.

Biden’s announcement followed the approval of a third vaccine in the United States and successful efforts by the government to further increase production of the compounds. “We are moving in the right direction. Today’s announcements are a giant step in efforts to deal with this pandemic,” said Biden. At the same time, he warned the Americans to continue to adhere to the necessary precautions. “This fight is far from over.” New variants of the virus or other developments could undo recent advances, he warned.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued emergency approval for Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine on Saturday. The company has signed a contract with the US government to deliver 100 million doses of the vaccine by the end of June. Thanks to the support of the government, which among other things enables production around the clock, the delivery can now take place by the end of May, said the Ministry of Health.

Teachers are now to be given priority vaccination

In addition, the new vaccine is now also to be produced by the competing pharmaceutical company Merck. The government will pay Merck start-up funding of around $ 270 million, the equivalent of around 225 million euros, the company said. The experienced vaccine manufacturer does not yet have its own vaccine against the coronavirus in its program. At first it remained unclear until when Merck would manufacture how many doses of the Johnson & Johnson preparation.

Biden also announced that he would instruct the states to give preference to teachers, school staff and educators for vaccinations where this is not already done. “We want every educator, school worker and childcare worker to receive at least one vaccination by the end of March,” said Biden. It is necessary to get children safely back to the classroom as soon as possible.

The US government will receive 300 million doses each by the end of July at the latest from the manufacturers of the two previously approved vaccines, Biontech / Pfizer and Moderna. Two doses are required for each vaccination; the amount alone would therefore be sufficient to supply all of the almost 260 million adults in the country. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is effective after just one injection. So far, the vaccines have only been approved for adults.

So far, almost 52 million people in the USA have received at least one vaccination, and a good 26 million people have already received both vaccinations, according to data from the CDC health authority.

Texas is largely lifting corona measures

The large state of Texas, meanwhile, will lift the mask requirement and all capacity limits for restaurants and other companies from next Wednesday. “Now is the time to open Texas 100 percent,” said Republican Governor Greg Abbott. In view of the successful vaccination campaign, the time for restrictions on the economy is over. The approximately 29 million residents of the southern state remain called to follow the medical advice to contain the pandemic. But it no longer needs government regulations, said Abbott.

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves also said all masks and capacity restrictions for restaurants and companies would be terminated. “It’s time,” the Republican wrote on Twitter. Around three million people live in the state. Other states, including Ohio and Michigan, have at least announced easing of their corona requirements.

A waitress in Texas speaks to customers: The state wants to lift its corona restrictions as far as possible.  (Source: AP / dpa / David J. Phillip)A waitress in Texas speaks to customers: The state wants to lift its corona restrictions as far as possible. (Source: David J. Phillip / AP / dpa)

Worry about hasty easing

The head of the US health authority CDC had only warned on Monday not to rush to lift the restrictions. Corona expert Ashish Jha from Brown University in Providence commented on Twitter that with the lifting of the corona requirements, Governor Abbott was “taking a great risk to people’s lives.” A high-ranking Corona advisor Biden, Andy Slavitt, called the announcements from Texas and Mississippi a “mistake”.

The number of new infections in the USA has fallen sharply since the beginning of the year – from over 200,000 per day to an average of over 60,000. However, experts warn that there could be another increase due to the new variants of the virus.

Since the pandemic started just over a year ago, US authorities have reported nearly 29 million confirmed infections and 516,000 deaths related to the coronavirus.


Trump and Melania secretly got vaccinated against Corona

DFormer American President Donald Trump and his wife Melania are said to have been vaccinated against the coronavirus before they left the White House. The “New York Times” and the news channel CNN reported on Monday, citing an unnamed Trump adviser. The 74-year-old himself has not yet spoken publicly about the vaccination.

On Sunday, in his first public appearance since leaving the White House, Trump called on all American citizens to get vaccinated. Experts warn that the vaccine skepticism in parts of the population – including many Trump supporters – threatens to make the fight against the pandemic more difficult.

In order to instill confidence in the safety of the vaccines, the new American President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and previously also the former Vice President Mike Pence had themselves publicly vaccinated. Trump, on the other hand, linked the topic of vaccination primarily with self-promotion: He also sees it as his merit that vaccines against the virus were developed so quickly.

In mid-December, the then White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said Trump was open to vaccination and wanted to encourage Americans to do so. There are no plans to vaccinate Trump, she said at the time. Donald and Melania Trump contracted Covid-19 last fall. The former president had to be treated in hospital for this. Trump’s term ended on January 20th.


In Orlando, Donald Trump sets a date for 2024

ANALYSIS – In a vehement speech, the ex-president opened the door to a new presidential bid.

Trump is back. “I miss you already? ”The former president said to the audience at the start of his first public address, delivered Sunday afternoon at the Conservatives’ annual political action conference in Orlando, Florida. Six weeks after leaving the White House, fifteen days after being acquitted by the Senate in his second impeachment trial, Trump delivered a long speech full of defiance and revenge.

Breaking with the tradition of former presidents staying away from politics after leaving the White House, he fiercely attacked Joe Biden and the Democratic Administration, as if the 2024 election campaign had already begun. . “We went from America first to America last“, he said. “We knew his Administration would be bad, but not that bad … His first month was the most disastrous in US history. They are anti-family, anti-employment, anti-energy and

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Trump in Orlando: I am the party

“When I speak of ‘I’ I actually mean ‘we,’ said Donald Trump at one point in his speech. And that was basically all. In his first appearance since leaving the White House, the former president remained true to himself. There were no surprises on Sunday in Florida. It was just astonishing that even after four years of Trump there are still Republicans who believe they can tame him.

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What had not been advised to the man, internally and through the media? May he focus on criticism of Joe Biden at the conclusion of the Republican CPAC meeting in Orlando. Or: He may look ahead and draw up a vision for the party. Above all: He shouldn’t shout down the litany of electoral fraud again and just don’t hit the part of the party that had recently refused to join him. His opponents were just waiting for that: this would literally illuminate the rift in the “Grand Old Party”. Trump didn’t care. He actually made fun of the questioners by actually reining himself in the beginning, only to beat the drum all the harder later.

Trump left Palm Beach for Orlando with a slight delay. And his people had already given the media a key quote from the speech, as it were to provide the basic tenor: He will certainly not found a new party. “We have the Republican Party.” This is closed. The only split that exists is that between “a handful of Washington establishment party soldiers” and the rest of the country. That should mean: the party, that’s me. When he was celebrated on stage, he initially left it with flirtatious hints. The Democrats “actually just lost the White House, as you know,” he said. Then: “I could even decide to hit her a third time”. So the question of a renewed candidacy initially remained a subjunctive.

Trump then actually devoted much of his time to the government of Democrat Joe Biden. And if you ignore the fact that it is not really appropriate to complain about your successor immediately after the end of your term of office, it was a speech that your internal party opponents could also have given. Trump drew attention to the policy areas that are currently causing the new government the greatest effort: he has barely left the White House and the migration crisis is back on the southern border, for example. Then he switched to the pandemic: schools should be open, and immediately. Finally, he set his sights on Biden’s climate policy: Americans would soon feel what that meant for energy prices. Everything that Trump launched was almost harmless, even if he added that Biden had made the most disastrous start of all presidents.

The former president was just warming up, of course. The issue of election fraud should not be dealt with in allusions. It received its own block of topics in which Trump spoke out in favor of major electoral reform: “We have a sick and corrupt electoral system that needs to be put in order immediately,” he said. And: “The election was rigged”. From the audience it rang out to him: “You have won. You won. ”Trump did without the very great craziness of earlier arguments: The voting machines, which had been set in such a way that they would have turned Trump votes into biden votes, did not reappear.

But he spoke again of the fact that millions and millions of ballot papers had appeared from nowhere and voted for the dead and illegal immigrants. In future, he demanded, there should only be one election day and no longer a period of several days or weeks. The postal voting option would also have to be limited to exceptions. The Democrats illegally changed the electoral law in the contested states – past the parliaments, which are responsible for it. And the Supreme Court and other courts were too cowardly to take action against it. The judges should be ashamed.


Trump criticizes Biden’s first month and blinks in 2024

The former US president took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, to claim the role of leader of the Republican Party, by positioning himself as a central element in the mid-term elections of 2022 and leaving in the air the chance to apply in 2024.


Donald Trump’s comeback in Florida: danger of another escalation

Donald Trump gives his first speech after leaving the White House. The US is expecting a great spectacle the former president is on the attack – the US election 2024 firmly in view.

Donald Trump has waited more than five weeks – now the former US president will enter a political stage again. He had others pick up the mess he left for the country through his irresponsible departure from office and the storming of his supporters on the Capitol.

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Now his first speech since the end of his term at the Conference of Conservative Activists and Parliamentarians (CPAC) in Orlando this Sunday (9:30 p.m. CET) will be a show of force. An attack on his internal party critics among the Republicans is expected. Trump wants to consolidate his position in the party and build pressure with the help of his supporters.

Trump is playing with fire again

After the storming of the Capitol, the blocking of his accounts on the social networks and the failed impeachment proceedings against him, the goal seems clear. With a view to a possible candidacy in the US election in 2024, Trump was not allowed to disappear from the political stage for too long. He wants to go back into the spotlight in order to remain present in the minds of his followers – because the block on Twitter alone is currently making self-promotion much more difficult for him.

Trump supporters occupy the parliament building in the US capital Washington, DC (Source: REUTERS / Leah Millis)

In order to consolidate his influence with the Republicans, he must show strength after the election defeat. For this, Trump – as US broadcaster learned from circles of the former president – will apparently again disseminate his unproven theses about fraud in the US election. So he’s playing with fire again, in a country where the social mood is already explosive after the storm on the US Capitol in January.

A planned celebration

The location and the event are no coincidence, it will be a comeback among friends for Trump. The CPAC is an annual meeting of Conservative America and the spectacle receives a lot of media attention. Even in the run-up to the four-day event, the media response to the speech on Sunday was huge. Trump’s calculation seems to be working, he has the largest possible stage in the USA and internationally.

The list of speakers is also a mix of conspiracy theorists and Trump supporters. The conference is chaired by Matt Schlapp, Chairman of the American Conservative Union. Schlapp supported Trump in the campaign against his election defeat and spread rumors of electoral fraud in Nevada.

The CPAC takes place on four days, from Thursday to Sunday: Donald Trump speaks on Sunday, his son Donald Trump Jr. gave his speech on Friday.  (Source: Reuters)The CPAC takes place on four days, from Thursday to Sunday: Donald Trump speaks on Sunday, his son Donald Trump Jr. gave his speech on Friday. (Source: Reuters)

Among the invited speakers are many other supporters of the former president: his son Donald Trump Jr., Cleta Mitchell, a former Trump attorney, Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the right-wing populist Tea Party Patriots, and Republican Mo Brooks, who tried Trump in Congress Coup support. There are also speakers like Angela Stanton-King, who supports the conspiracy theorists of QAnon and called the storm of Trump supporters on the Capitol as a “staging”.

What is Trump talking about?

Trump therefore has a big stage and will speak framed by supporters. Many US media have been speculating about the content for days. People around the former president said: Trump would speak about “the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement” as well as the “catastrophic” amnesty and border policies of his successor Joe Biden.

Trump’s main goal is to win the power struggle in his own party. A possible taste of the Orlando speech is a statement by Trump on Tuesday in which he spoke to his party’s influential Senate leader, Mitch McConnell, covered with violent verbal attacks and the party had suggested his removal.

McConnell is “one of the most unpopular politicians in the United States”, a “gloomy, disgruntled” politician who “does not smile”. The 79-year-old lacks “political understanding, wisdom, talent and personality”. “If the Republican senators stand by him, they will never win elections again,” Trump continued. The former Senate majority leader also allows himself to be brought before the Democrats and weakens the Republicans.

Through fear to keep power

McConnell has long been an important ally of Trump in Congress. After storming the Capitol on January 6, the powerful puller clearly distanced himself from Trump and made him jointly responsible for the violence.

Above all, Trump’s attacks show what role the former president would like to take up to a possible renewed presidential candidacy in 2024. He wants to be kingmaker for the Republicans in the 2022 congressional elections. His message is clear: you won’t win without me. If you stand against me, I’ll riot against you at the republican base.

Trump spoke at the CPAC conference in 2020 - and hugged a US flag.  (Source: AP / dpa)Trump spoke at the CPAC conference in 2020 – and hugged a US flag. (Source: AP / dpa)

Trump is fighting for power by spreading fear in his own party. That puts the Republicans in a dilemma. If the confrontation with Trump splits the party – or the former US president realizes his threat and founds his own party – the Republicans would have no chance against the Democrats in many elections. Trump also uses this as a means of political leverage.

“We have tremendous approval”

However, founding a new party would also harm Trump, as a divided conservative camp would also minimize his chances of returning to the White House. A renewed candidacy could in any case be a topic in his speech, so far he has kept all options open.

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In an interview with right-wing broadcaster Newsmax last week, Trump reflected on his future role in politics. “I can’t say yet, but we have tremendous approval,” said Trump. The poll numbers went “through the roof”. Normally the values ​​would fall after an impeachment, “but the numbers are very good”.

In fact, the approval ratings of the US president are comparatively poor, but they did not completely crash after the attack on the Capitol and the failed impeachment process. According to the US politics website “realclearpolitics.com”, 38 percent of the US population have a positive image of him, 58 percent a negative one. Joe Biden see 52 percent positive, 40 percent negative.

Risk of renewed escalation

The figures show that despite everything, many people continue to be loyal to Trump. This documents the deep division in the country. A current example shows how explosive this social rift is: According to the police, supporters of the ex-US president are openly toying with the idea of ​​carrying out a serious attack on the Capitol in Washington with numerous dead. Members of the militia “have expressed their wish that they want to blow up the Capitol and kill as many (Congress) members as possible,” said the acting chief of the parliamentary police, Yogananda Pittman, on Thursday. The upcoming speech by Trump’s successor Joe Biden before both chambers of congress had been named as the point in time for the project.

Trump image causes a stir: at the conference of the US Conservatives, an artist presented a gold statue of the ex-president. (Source: t-online)

In the current threatening situation in the USA, an ex-president of all people is speaking this Sunday, who uses division as a political tool to secure power and absolute loyalty from his supporters. He will go on a conflict course with his successor Joe Biden, who wants to put social reconciliation at the center of his tenure.

In the past few weeks, Trump has sat the allegations against himself, he sent lawyers, withdrew, did not come to Biden’s swearing-in, played golf, only now and then he announced verbal attacks on critics in his party. Confirmed by his approval ratings and the failed impeachment process, he could launch the attack in Orlando. One thing is certain even before his speech on Sunday: The time of the quiet Trump tones has ended for the time being.