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U.S. Senator faces criticism on racism after scathing CNN interview

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This comes after the Alabama senator told CNN it was a matter of “opinion” whether white nationalists are racist

Republican U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville faced backlash on Tuesday after initially denying that white nationalists are racist but later backtracking on his comments.

Tuberville, a first-term senator and former college football coach from Alabama, clarified in an afternoon press conference that white nationalists are indeed racist.

His earlier remarks defending white nationalists had drawn criticism, particularly from Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the Senate.

Another controversy surrounding Tuberville on Tuesday involved his blockade of military promotions in protest of abortion policy, which caught the attention of President Joe Biden’s nominee for the top U.S. general.

The nominee warned that Tuberville’s actions could have far-reaching consequences for the armed forces.

Tuberville’s use of Senate procedures to delay hundreds of military nominations reflects a trend among hardline Republicans in Congress who employ stonewalling tactics to advance conservative culture-war objectives.

Recently, a group of House Republicans brought the chamber to a halt to protest Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s agreement with President Biden to avoid a disastrous debt default.

Senator Schumer took to the Senate floor earlier on Tuesday to criticise Tuberville’s defence and support of white nationalism.

He called on Tuberville’s Republican colleagues to demand an apology. Schumer recounted interviews in which Tuberville referred to white nationalists serving in the military as “Americans.”

In response to questions from reporters, Tuberville stated that he was against racism but also disagreed with labelling white nationalists as racist.

This prompted Senator John Thune, the second-ranking Republican in the Senate, to assert that there is no place for white nationalism within the Republican Party, the military, or the country as a whole.

Tuberville, who joined the Senate in 2021, has been blocking Biden’s military nominees to protest the Pentagon’s practice of funding travel costs for abortions for service members and their dependents.

The Defense Department implemented this funding following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Roe v. Wade ruling, which had granted a constitutional right to abortion.

Senator Tuberville’s conflicting statements regarding white nationalists being racist, along with his obstruction of military nominations, have sparked controversy and drawn criticism from fellow politicians. The debate surrounding his stance on white nationalism and his blockade of military promotions reflects broader divisions within the Republican Party and highlights the ongoing tensions surrounding cultural issues in Congress.

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Big tech caught in political drama

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Nine Google employees were escorted out of company offices in New York and Sunnyvale, California, following a sit-in protest against a cloud contract with Israel’s government.

The protest in Sunnyvale targeted Thomas Kurian’s office, CEO of Google’s cloud division, while in New York, it occupied a common area on the tenth floor.

Videos showed Google security staff and local police involved in the removal. Four workers in New York and five in Sunnyvale were reportedly detained, but details of any charges remain unverified.

 

The protest aimed to pressure Google to drop a $1.2 billion cloud computing contract known as Project Nimbus, citing concerns about its involvement with the Israel Defense Forces.

The protesters included software engineers and activists from groups opposing tech contracts with Israel. This incident reflects ongoing activism within tech companies regarding political issues, such as Israel’s actions in Gaza.

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Antitrust concerns arise for streaming sports venture

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U.S. lawmakers Jerry Nadler and Joaquin Castro expressed competition concerns regarding the planned sports streaming joint venture involving Walt Disney, Fox, and Warner Bros Discovery.

They addressed these concerns in a letter to the CEOs of the media companies, questioning the impact on access, competition, and choice in the sports streaming market.

Voicing apprehension about potential consumer price hikes and unfair licensing terms for sports leagues and distributors, they requested responses by April 30, urging the companies to also send their replies to the Department of Justice.

Despite the companies’ announcement in February of launching a joint sports streaming service in the autumn to attract younger viewers, the deal faces DOJ scrutiny and an antitrust lawsuit from FuboTV. While Disney and Warner Bros remained silent on the matter, Fox declined to comment.

The joint venture encompasses a broad range of professional and collegiate sports rights, including NFL, NBA, MLB, FIFA World Cup, and college competitions, offering non-exclusive access to sports networks such as ESPN, Fox Sports 1, and TNT via a new streaming app.

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Trump trial: will the jury selection impact the trial’s outcome?

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The Trump hush money trial has progressed with the selection of the first seven jurors, marking a significant step in the legal proceedings.

  • Seven jurors were selected

  • Defense and prosecution lawyers questioned potential jurors for impartiality

  • The judge warned lawyers he would not tolerate disruptions after he said Former US President Donald Trump audibly muttered during a prospective juror’s questioning

The selection of jurors is a crucial step in ensuring a fair trial, as they will ultimately decide Formers US President Donald Trump’s fate in this legal battle, as reported by Reuters.

The process of jury selection involves careful vetting of potential jurors to ensure impartiality and fairness.

Each juror’s background, beliefs, and potential biases are scrutinised to ensure they can render an impartial verdict based solely on the evidence presented in court.

With seven jurors already chosen, the selection process is expected to continue as both the prosecution and defence seek individuals who can objectively weigh the evidence.

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