Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli have agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy charges in the sprawling college admissions scandal, according to the Department of Justice. The couple was indicted for their alleged scheme to gain their two children admission into the University of Southern California as purported athletic recruits.
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough has recommended listening to Fox’s Neil Cavuto over hydroxychloroquine – an anti-malarial drug with hotly-debated effectiveness in fighting Covid-19 – slamming the president’s support for the medicine.
The media went into a frenzy after Donald Trump said he was taking hydroxychloroquine as a preventive measure against coronavirus, but none of the responses have been more bizarre than the apparent teaming-up of liberal commentator Scarborough and Fox News’ Cavuto.
“I say this to seniors who I’m so worried about, and I know we’re all worried about you, because the president’s been acting so reckless over the past several months,” Scarborough said on Tuesday after assuring viewers he does not believe the president is actually taking the drug. “Listen to Neil Cavuto. It will kill you. This will kill you, Fox News’ Neil Cavuto said. That’s what doctors will say, too. The FDA said, take it if you’re in the hospital or take it if you’re in a closely watched, clinical trial. Don’t take it unless you’re under those two circumstances.”
Cavuto had previously blasted Trump for propping up the supposed anti-Covid-19 drug, assuring viewers that “it will kill you.”
The president responded to Cavuto’s attack on Monday night by saying Fox News “is not the same” without the “great Roger Ailes.” The late Ailes was the chairman and CEO of Fox News, a position from which he resigned in 2016 after being accused of sexual harassment by over 20 women.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2020
Trump also went after Scarborough following his Cavuto comments, dubbing MSNBC “MSDNC” and blasting the ‘Morning Joe’ host as a “psycho.” He also, oddly, compared the ratings of ‘Fox & Friends’ – which airs on the “not the same” Fox News – to ‘Morning Joe,’ which typically pulls in far fewer viewers.
Trump’s hydroxychloroquine has set off a bevy of attacks from outraged critics, who have argued the drug should not be taken seriously until it is approved by the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) to specifically treat Covid-19. The FDA has warned the antimalarial drug can actually cause heart issues for coronavirus patients, but the president has claimed he’s taking it under the supervision of a physician and he’s “ok” so far.
Despite disagreement about the effects of the drug, it was granted an Emergency Use Authorization to allow hospitals to provide it as an option to patients.
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Opposing sides in Syria’s conflict have agreed to reconvene in Geneva for talks on the constitution, United Nations special envoy Geir Pedersen said on Tuesday.
He added that a lull in fighting could provide an opportunity to start healing “deep, deep mistrust” between them.
“As soon as the pandemic situation allows, they have agreed to come to Geneva and they have agreed on an agenda for the next meeting,” he told reporters. The envoy did not give a date and said that a virtual meeting of the constitutional committee would not be possible.
Pedersen also repeated a message made to the UN Security Council on Monday and urged the United States and Russia to talk about a push for peace, Reuters reports.
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On Wednesday, the High Court of Justice has unanimously rejected the petitions against Benjamin Netanyahu forming the new government while being under indictment, as well as those against Netanyahu and Gantz reaching a coalition deal.
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz have issued a statement on their agreement to swear in the new government next week on 13 May.
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The US has been working on a draft deal that would regulate mining on the Moon as well as establish “safety zones” around would-be extraterrestrial bases, however the proposal reportedly excludes Russia, a major space power.
The Trump administration is ironing out details of a plan that would give its potential mining activities on the Moon a semblance of legality – even if not all the space-faring nations, including major ones such as Russia, are on board – a source told Reuters on Tuesday.
Citing US officials, the outlet reported that Washington would ask some of its allies, such as Canada, Japan, the United Arab Emirates and European nations, to sign an agreement that would regulate mining on the lunar surface in preparation for greater human activity on the satellite.
The agreement is set to pave the way for private companies to claim ownership over the resources they extract, some of which hope to mine the moon for water, which can be converted into rocket fuel.
The proposed pact also provides for the establishment of the so-called “safety zones” around bases that, according to Washington’s vision, could soon pop up on the Moon. The zones would vary in size depending on the “operation,” the source told Reuters.
While this provision might appear to run afoul of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty that bans all nations from staking territorial claims over any part of a celestial body beyond Earth, the Trump administration is set to argue that the agreement is aimed at boosting coordination between the countries involved, and only reinforces the 1967 treaty.
The US is set to begin negotiating the pact with its allies “in the coming weeks,” however, at least in their “early” stages, the talks would not include Moscow, the report said.
Moscow has repeatedly blasted Washington for its continuous push to make space a legal equivalent of the Wild West, including plans to militarize the outer realms and seize territory on other planets.
While it has yet to realize its designs to grab hold of outer space, Washington has long eyed the vast resources it has to offer. Back in 2015, for instance, Congress passed a law allowing American companies and individuals to tap into moon and asteroid resources.
Last month, Trump brought that vision one step closer to fruition, however, signing an executive order declaring that the US does not view space as “a global commons” and arguing that “Americans should have the right to engage in commercial exploration, recovery, and use of resources in outer space.”
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