Donald in Blunderland: Trump won’t commit to peaceful power transfer at surreal press briefing

Jared Kushner, the US president’s son-in-law, told journalist Bob Woodward that one of the best ways to understand Donald Trump is to study Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Kushner paraphrased the Cheshire Cat’s philosophy: “If you don’t know where you’re going, any path will get you there.”

Wednesday was one of those days when to have a seat in the White House briefing room felts like stepping through the looking-glass into Blunderland, where the mad hatter has an authoritarian streak a mile wide.

Trump careered from touting miracle vaccines to building supreme court suspense, from insulting a female member of the British royal family to abruptly departing for a mysterious “emergency” phone call...

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California governor orders ban on sale of gas-only cars within 15 years

California’s governor signed an executive order on Wednesday that would ban the sale of gas-only cars within 15 years, in a bid to combat the effects of climate change crisis.

The move comes as the state battles historic wildfires, following a summer of record-high temperatures. “We can’t continue down this path,” Gavin Newsom said.

“If you care about your kids and your grandkids, if you care about disadvantaged communities, if you care about seniors, if you care about rural communities, if you care about inner city communities that have been underserved by our fossil fuel economy, then you care about the core construct that we are advancing here in this executive order,” he added.

The transportation sector is responsible for 80% of California’s smog-forming poll...

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Bobcat fire: officials investigate whether southern California utility sparked blaze

Federal investigators are looking into whether a huge wildfire burning in the mountains near Los Angeles was sparked by Southern California Edison utility equipment, according to the company.

Edison has turned over a section of an overhead conductor from its transmission facility in the area where the Bobcat fire started more than two weeks ago, a company spokesman, David Song, said on Wednesday.

In an incident report filed with the state Public Utilities Commission last week, Edison said its nearby equipment had experienced an issue five minutes before the initial report of the fire on 6 September.

A circuit at a nearby substation experienced a “relay operation”, indicating its equipment detected some kind of disturbance or event, Song said.

However, cameras captured s...

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‘She was what America should be’: mourners bid farewell to Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was devoted to opera. On Wednesday, from the top of the steps of the supreme court in Washington, the beloved late justice gave her final aria.

Ginsburg’s casket, draped in the stars and stripes, reflected bright autumnal sunshine as a river of mourners flowed beneath the court, which resembles a classical Greek temple, each pausing to look up and pay respects.

It was the kind of people’s tribute the liberal lion – who died last week aged 87 – would have cherished: men and women, gay and straight, Black and white, with numerous parents holding their children’s hands or trundling them along in push chairs.

The clear blue sky and serene mood was at odds with the dark political fight raging at the US Capitol a few hundred feet away.

People wait for Ginsburg’s casket to arrive at the supreme court on Wednesday.


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Revealed: pro-Trump activists plotted violence ahead of Portland rallies

Leaked chat logs show Portland-area pro-Trump activists planning and training for violence, sourcing arms and ammunition and even suggesting political assassinations ahead of a series of contentious rallies in the Oregon city, including one scheduled for this weekend.

The chats on the GroupMe app, shared with the Guardian by the antifascist group Eugene Antifa, show conversations between Oregon members of the Patriots Coalition growing more extreme as they discuss armed confrontations with leftwing Portland activists, and consume a steady diet of online disinformation about protests and wildfires.

At times, rightwing activists discuss acts of violence at recent, contentious protests, which in some cases they were recorded carrying out...

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Dijon Kizzee wasn’t holding gun when LA deputies shot him 15 times, family attorneys say

A Black man killed by Los Angeles sheriff’s deputies wasn’t holding a gun when officers fired 19 shots at him, attorneys for his family said Tuesday, contradicting police officials’ claim that he was armed during a struggle.

Dijon Kizzee, a 29-year-old bicyclist, “posed no threat“ to deputies when they fired a flurry of bullets, striking him at least 15 times, the civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump said at a news conference.

“It is with a heavy heart that I’m standing with yet another Black family who has lost a loved one because of the excessive brutal force of the people who are supposed to protect and serve them,” Crump said. The attorney also represents the families of George Floyd and Jacob Blake.

“All I want is justice for my nephew,” said Fletcher Fa...

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Breonna Taylor killing: grand jury to announce decision on police charges

A grand jury in Kentucky is expected to announce on Wednesday afternoon whether there will be criminal charges against police officers involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor whose case has become a rallying cry against police brutality and racism across the US and the world.

Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency room technician, was killed on 13 March by police in Louisville serving a so-called “no-knock warrant” that allowed them to charge into her apartment without warning as part of an investigation into an ex-boyfriend.

Taylor was at her apartment with her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, and asleep when police barged in. Walker, who said officers did not announce themselves, fired a single shot from his gun, believing the police were intruders...

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Trump expected to join thousands of mourners visiting Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s casket – live

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‘This is a transition like no other’: Biden team prepared for all possibilities

Joe Biden’s transition team is operating under multiple threats, apart from the obvious one that their candidate might be defeated.

In this year’s presidential election, there’s the looming possibility that an outcome won’t be clear for weeks after election day. There’s also the chance that if Biden wins by a close margin Donald Trump will refuse to leave office. And, of course, there’s the coronavirus pandemic.

As a result, the team charged with setting up a beachhead for the former vice-president, and preparing a Biden administration – should he win the White House – is operating very differently from past transition teams.

“We are preparing for this transition amid the backdrop of a global health crisis and struggling economy,” former Delaware senator Ted ...

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راه های افزایش اعتماد به نفس با ساده ترین تکنیکها

اعتماد به نفس به معنای خودباوری است. وقتی شما خودتان را باور داشته باشید، در برابر کوهی از مشکلات مقاوم و استوار می مانید. کسانی که در برابر کوچکترین مشکلات سریع رنگ می بازند، در واقع اعتماد به نفس کافی ندارند. راه های افزایش اعتماد به نفس زیاد است. ما در این مطلب قصد داریم به همین موضوع بپردازیم.

1. خود را با دیگران مقایسه نکنید

یکی از مشکلات افرادی که به کمبود اعتماد به نفس مبتلا هستند، مقایسه کردن خود با دیگران است. این کار باعث می شود تا خود را دست کم بگیرید...

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