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White House urges patience over Senator Feinstein’s absence



California Senator Dianne Feinstein’s health concerns threaten to jeopardize President Biden’s push to remake the federal judiciary, but for now, the White House is willing to be patient.

“It’s her decision when it comes to her future,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Wednesday. “It’s completely wrong to look for partisan gain in a colleague’s health problems.”

On Tuesday, Republicans blocked a Democratic bid to temporarily replace Feinstein on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where the lack of a decisive Democratic vote has left some Biden candidates for judicial office languishing. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (DN.Y.) could bring the issue to a floor vote, but Democrats don’t have the 10 Republican votes they need to succeed.

Democrats have few options but to wait for Feinstein’s return, but when that might happen remains unclear as she works from her San Francisco home. The predicament has left Democrats divided on how to deal with the 89-year-old senator’s long absence that threatens to derail a judicial nomination at a time when party priorities, including abortion rights, are being challenged in federal courts.

Feinstein has not voted since Feb. 16 and missed about 60 of the 82 votes held in the upper house this session. She announced in March that she had been hospitalized with shingles, and last week said her return to Washington was delayed due to complications.

Several Democrats in Congress, including Rep. Ro Hannah (D-Fremont), urged Feinstein to step aside. Co-chair of Oakland Democratic Party member Barbara Lee’s campaign to replace Feinstein, Hannah was perhaps the most vocal of the group. tweet last week that “silence undermines the credibility of us as the elected representatives of the people.”

For now, the White House has sided with a majority of Democratic lawmakers who say Feinstein should be given time to decide if she can serve the remainder of her term, which ends in 2024. Senate Judiciary Chairman Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) said the Democrats will try to give Feinstein a chance to “get back as quickly as possible,” while Schumer said he spoke to her last week and that she hopes to be back “in soon”.

But that view may change depending on the length of Feinstein’s absence and its profound impact on the Senate’s ability to carry the White House agenda. Biden has made it his mission to change the makeup of the federal court in both the number and diversity of judges.

Democrats confirmed presidential nominations relatively quickly, placing 97 judges, including Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, on the federal bench during Biden’s first two years in office and confirming 22 more this year. Democrats raced to outrun 231 justices, including three Supreme Court justices who were confirmed by Senate Republicans for key judicial vacancies under former President Trump.

Biden is unlikely to surpass his predecessor, said Russell Wheeler, a Brookings Institution scholar who monitors the judiciary. While Feinstein’s absence has slowed the pace, the lack of vacancies to fill will also prevent him from keeping up with Trump.

“It’s probably too early to worry too much about the problems created by Feinstein’s absence,” Wheeler said. “The big problem is that without a vacancy, no one will go anywhere.”

While Republicans are reluctant to honor Feinstein’s request to appoint a replacement in her absence, the Republican Senate Judiciary Committee agreed to advance bipartisan nominations, according to Rep. Durbin.

Negotiations are still ongoing over which candidates will be put to the vote, but about 10 are eligible, the spokesman said.

According to the agency, 15 judge candidates have passed hearings but are awaiting a committee vote. American Constitutional Society, progressive legal organization. Eighteen judicial nominations have already been voted on by the commission and may be taken to the Senate floor for a full vote, and some of them may be approved without Feinstein.

But this isn’t the first time Democrats have clashed with Feinstein, the party’s oldest member and longest-serving woman in the upper house.

She has been getting more and more questions about her cognitive health in recent years, and in 2020 she stepped down as the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee after facing pressure. The most senior member of the Democratic Party caucus, she also turned down the role of interim president of the Senate, which would have placed her third in line for the presidency.

Feinstein’s mental state and age is a politically sensitive issue for Biden, who at 80 is the country’s oldest president and faces questions about whether he should run for another term.

While in the Senate, he hired Feinstein to serve on the bench, and the two former colleagues are longtime friends. She supported Biden, not Vice President Kamala Harris, when the then junior California senator ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.

But as the White House and Democrats continue to urge patience over Feinstein’s recovery, speculation has begun about what might happen if she chooses not to return. California Gov. Gavin Newsom promised to appoint a black woman if there is a vacancy in the Senate.

Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass, who has served in the House of Representatives for more than a decade, spoke out Wednesday during a visit to Capitol Hill.

When asked if Newsom should stick to his promise to nominate a black woman, Bass said, “That’s what he said. He promised.”

Regarding Feinstein, Bass said, “I just hope she gets better soon. And obviously we need her back here so we can get these judges to work.”


Moon Bin, K-pop star and ASTRO member, found dead at home at the age of 25.



K-pop star Moon Bin was found dead at his home at the age of 25, his agency revealed on Thursday.

The singer, a member of the popular boy band ASTRO, is reported not to answer his manager on Wednesday night in Seoul.

Police are currently investigating the cause of death but have not yet found signs of foul play, Yonhap news agency reported. Officials from the Seoul Gangnam District Police Station did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Moon Bin’s music label, Fantagio, confirmed his death in a statement Thursday.

“On April 19th, ASTRO member Moonbin suddenly left our world and became a star in the sky,” the agency said on its official Twitter page. It said that fellow artists mourned him in a state of “very deep sadness and shock”.

“Please refrain from making speculative and malicious reports about the family of the victims who unexpectedly received this sad news, and may they mourn with reverence,” the statement said.

The family will hold the funeral with friends and colleagues as privately as possible, he said.

The statement did not contain any information about the cause of death.

Local media reported that one ASTRO member had urgently retired from the country’s armed forces, and another cut short a trip to the US following the news.

Moon Bin, born on January 26, 1998, was an actor and model before joining ASTRO. The six-member group debuted in 2016 after the members appeared on a popular reality show.

It quickly achieved success in both South Korea and Japan, with Billboard listing ASTRO as one of the top 10 new K-pop groups of that year.

The group has released three full-length albums, 10 EPs and two singles. Hits include “Candy Sugar Pop”, “All Night”, “Crazy Sexy Cool” and more.

Moon Bin was also a member of the duo Moonbin & Sanha. On Wednesday, their promoter announced the cancellation of their show in Indonesia “due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control.”

His sister, Moon Sua, is also a K-pop celebrity, having been a member of the girl group Billie. The group has canceled or postponed all scheduled activities following the death of her brother, just like other K-pop figures.

The unexpected loss caused an outpouring of shock and sadness on social media, with fans thanking Moon Bin for his work and expressing their sympathy.

Moon Bin’s death is the latest such case among prominent young celebrities in South Korea, a trend that has prompted the country to reflect on the pressures stars face in a booming entertainment industry, toxic online fan culture and attitudes towards mental health.

Last week, actress Jung Chae Yul was found dead in her apartment at the age of 26.

South Korea has the highest rate of suicide deaths among countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Celebrities in South Korea face many challenges, said Kwang-min Lee, professor at the Seoul National University College of Medicine and director of Mind Lab Space Space, a mental health clinic in Seoul.

They often live in “closed environments as companies limit their privacy and many of their activities,” he told NBC News. “They also find it difficult to request and manage mental health support, as it can also turn into gossip that people will talk about.”

According to Lee, celebrities, music labels and the country’s society tend to be prejudiced against therapy, which is why many of them remain silent instead of seeking help.

These issues, according to Lee, are often exacerbated by internet fandom culture, which can be toxic.

If you or someone you know is in a crisis, call 988 for the Suicide and Crisis Helpline. You can also call the network formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Line at 800-273-8255write HOME to 741741 or visit for additional resources.

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At least 78 killed in stampede in Yemeni capital



SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A crowd apparently frightened by gunfire and an electric blast rushed to a fundraising event during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in the Yemeni capital late Wednesday night, killing at least 78 people and at least 73 were injured. according to witnesses and Houthi rebel officials.

The tragedy, the deadliest in recent years not related to the long-running conflict in Yemen, occurred on the eve of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, which marks the end of Ramadan later this week.

According to two witnesses, Abdel-Rahman Ahmed and Yahya Mohsen, armed Houthis fired into the air in an attempt to contain the crowd, apparently hitting an electrical wire and exploding it. According to them, this caused a panic, and people, including many women and children, began to stamp their feet.

A video posted to social media shows dozens of bodies, some motionless, others screaming as people try to help. Separate footage of the aftermath, released by Houthi officials, shows bloodstains, shoes and clothes of the victims strewn across the ground. Investigators were seen to be inspecting the area.

According to the Houthi-run interior ministry, the stampede took place in the Old City in central Sana’a, where hundreds of the poor had gathered for a charity event organized by traffickers. Distribution of financial aid is a ritual during Ramadan, when believers fast from dawn to dusk.

According to eyewitnesses, people gathered to receive $10 each from a charity funded by local businessmen. Wealthy people and businessmen often distribute money and food, especially to the poor during Ramadan.

Interior Ministry spokesman Brigadier Abdel-Khalek al-Aghri blamed the stampede on “random distribution” of funds without the consent of local authorities.

Motaher al-Maruni, a senior health official, said 78 people were killed, according to the rebels’ satellite TV channel Al-Masirah. According to the deputy director of the hospital, Hamdan Bagheri, at least 73 people were injured and taken to Al-Thawra Hospital in Sana’a.

The rebels quickly cordoned off the school where the event was taking place and kept people out, including journalists.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs said that they detained two organizers, an investigation is underway.

The Houthis said they would pay about $2,000 in compensation to every family that lost a relative, while the wounded would receive about $400.

The Yemeni capital has been under the control of the Iranian-backed Houthis since they fled their northern stronghold in 2014 and toppled the internationally recognized government.

This prompted a coalition led by Saudi Arabia to intervene in 2015 to try to restore the government.

In recent years, the conflict has turned into a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran that has killed more than 150,000 people, including militants and civilians, and created one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, more than 21 million people in Yemen, or two-thirds of the country’s population, are in need of assistance and protection. Among those in need, more than 17 million are considered particularly vulnerable.

In February, the United Nations said it had raised only $1.2 billion of a planned $4.3 billion at a conference aimed at raising funds to alleviate the humanitarian crisis.

Magdi reports from Cairo.

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Pistol-wielding January 6 Capitol rioter found guilty of all charges



WASHINGTON. A January 6 rioter who admitted he was armed with a concealed weapon during the attack on the US Capitol was found guilty on all nine counts on Wednesday.

Christopher Alberts, Maryland, was arrested with a weapon on the night of January 6, 2021, after spending several hours on the Capitol grounds. He was wearing a gas mask and a safety vest, as well as a backpack with prepared food and other supplies, including bungee cords.

After the verdict was announced, Justice Department prosecutors attempted to take Alberts into custody and keep him in custody until sentencing, which is set for July 19. But U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper said he would allow Alberts to remain in custody until then.

Alberts assured Cooper after his conviction that he would appear on the sentencing date.

Guilty verdicts could land Alberts in jail for more than five years, prosecutors said.

Alberts was accompanied by his fiancée into the courtroom on Wednesday. Both looked shocked when the verdict was read out.

Alberts and one of his lawyers, John Pierce, declined to comment on the verdict.

Alberts said in his testimony that “instinct took over” when he used a wooden pallet to “build a wall” between the police and the rioters. He claimed that the police used excessive force after thousands of Trump supporters entered the closed area of ​​the Capitol and began to climb the platform set up for the inauguration of Joe Biden.

“Someone had to put an end to this,” Alberts said. “It wasn’t right.”

Before he attacked the police line, evidence showed that Alberts helped clear a path so authorities could escort another 6 January rioter who needed medical attention to safety.

Alberts claimed the crowd was “completely peaceful” and said there were “a couple of thousand patriots” on the lawn. He said he was “afraid he was about to be shot” when the officer put his hand on their gun.

Under cross-examination, Alberts admitted to calling the police “domestic terrorists”, shouting “You all wanted war, you asked for it, you got it” and threw a water bottle at the policemen’s feet.

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