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Outgoing Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney, who lost her seat in Wyoming last week after being defeated in a primary by a Donald Trump-backed opponent, has announced plans to create a new political organization.

In an interview with ABC News that aired Sunday, she mentioned Kevin McCarthy, Ron DeSantis, Ted Cruz, and Josh Hawley — all of whom openly supported Trump’s lie that electoral fraudsters stole the 2020 presidential race from him and handed it to the eventual victor. Joe Biden gave. .

“I’m going to be very focused on working to make sure we can do everything we can [to] don’t … pick election deniers,” said former Vice President Dick Cheney’s daughter. “I’m going to work against those people, I’m going to work to support their opponents.”

  • Punch down. Cheney said two Republican U.S. senators — Ted Cruz of Texas and Josh Hawley of Missouri — had “disqualified themselves for future office” because they “both took steps that fundamentally threatened the constitutional order.”

  • Others are paying the price for standing up to Trump. Last month, Arizona legislator Rusty Bowers, speaker of the state house for the last four of 18 years after his election, lost his bid to remain in the Arizona legislature in a primary contest in which his opponent was backed by the former president.

Apple employees launch petition on return to office

A group of employees called Apple Together has launched a petition claiming greater flexibility at work would promote diversity. Photo: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images

A dispute over remote work at Apple deepens after employees backed down on the tech company’s return-to-office orders and launched a petition saying the company risked suppressing workforce diversity and wellbeing through their ability to to work remotely.

The petition is in response to a memo from all employees of Apple CEO Tim Cook who said last week that employees should come to the office at least three days a week starting in September, including Tuesdays, Thursdays and a third day. determined by individual teams.

The plan is looser than previous proposals that would have forced staff to return every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, with Cook saying it would “improve” the company’s ability to work flexibly “while preserving the personal collaboration that is so essential to our culture”.

Would remote working increase flexibility and thereby promote diversity? That’s the claim of the employee group, Apple Together, which has circulated the petition to counter Cook’s orders: “We believe that Apple should encourage flexible work, not prohibit it, in order to create a more diverse and successful business.” to build where we feel comfortable, to ‘think differently’ together.”

Texas Alert on Mandatory ‘In God We Trust’ Signs in Schools

Handing out the flags in Texas isn't the first time a government agency has imposed the phrase.
Handing out the flags in Texas isn’t the first time a government agency has imposed the phrase. Photo: Allison Dinner/AFP/Getty Images

Attempts to distribute posters in Texas schools with a slogan many claim has long been used as a tool to promote Christian nationalism have been described as “a fundamental violation of the separation of church and state.”

A state law recently went into effect requiring public campuses to display all donated items bearing the phrase “In God We Trust.” The Southlake Anti-Racism Coalition (SARC) said they were “concerned” by the precedent the posters’ dissemination could set and warned of the effect on students, particularly those who do not practice “the dominant Christian faith”.

“We know that state governments in places like Texas are legislating white Christian nationalist patriarchy at an alarming rate,” said Sophie Ellman-Golan of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice. “The most dangerous examples of this are abortion bans and gender-affirming care, as well as attempts to censor education.”

Who is supporting the move? The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim civil rights organization, welcomed the initiative and said it would give students the opportunity to learn about other religions. “The idea of ​​relying on God is common in all religions,” said a CAIR spokesperson.

In other news…

Sanna Marin took a drug test to refute allegations about the party.
Sanna Marin took a drug test to refute allegations about the party.
Photo: Kimmo Brandt/EPA
  • Hundreds of Finnish women have posted videos on social media of them dancing in support of the Prime Minister, Sanna Marin, after she became embroiled in a scandal when images surfaced of her partying with friends. She took a drug test “for my own legal protection and to clear up any doubts.”

  • After a recent phasing out of major military exercises, the US and South Korea are undertaking their largest in recent years in a display of power expected to increase tensions with an increasingly hostile North Korea. It comes despite warnings to give up the “hostile military stance” even as the north increases the frequency of missile tests.

  • Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan charged under anti-terror law after allegations of threats against police and a magistrate, after a fiery speech to supporters over the weekend. He was ousted in a no-confidence vote in April, but has alleged a deeper conspiracy to remove him from power.

  • The Israeli NSO group, which makes the globally controversial Pegasus spyware used to infiltrate mobile phones, has said its CEO Shalev Hulio would step down as part of a reorganization. The private company also said it would target sales to countries belonging to the NATO alliance.

Statistic of the Day: Endangered Sea Turtles Found in Louisiana Islands for the First Time in 75 Years

Ridley Turtles
In the second half of the 20th century, the turtle’s population declined dramatically, reaching a low of only a few hundred females. Photo: AP

For the first time in 75 years, hatchlings of the world’s smallest species of sea turtles have been discovered on the Chandeleur Islands, a chain of barrier islands in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of New Orleans.

Wildlife experts at the Breton National Nature Reserve reportedly documented more than 53 turtles and two live pups navigating to the sea last week. The news was especially uplifting for environmentalists, Maya Yang writes, because the cubs were Kemp’s sea turtles, an endangered species.

BP’s oil spill caused by the Deepwater Horizon explosion in 2010 had a major impact on the Chandeleur Islands, along with several hurricanes and other tropical weather systems in recent years.

Don’t Miss: Brian Stelter Clashes CNN on Closing Show: ‘It’s Not Partisan to Stand Up to Demagogues’

Brian Stelter was a thorn in the side of Donald Trump's White House, regularly exposing his lies and misinformation.
Brian Stelter was a thorn in the side of Donald Trump’s White House, regularly exposing his lies and misinformation. Photo: John Angelillo/UPI/REX/Shutterstock

CNN’s media affairs host Reliable Sources, which was canceled last week after 30 years on the air, used his latest episode to inform the network’s new bosses and their intention to have a more “neutral voice” in the reporting to seek to issue a sharp rebuke.

CNN head Chris Licht, who took over after Jeff Zucker’s departure in February, has indicated that he wants to tone down the opinion quotient of his shows and “return” to an older, straighter and, in his view, less overtly left-wing style of reporting. . It comes amid criticism that the network is broadcasting too much commentary and too little on-the-ground coverage.

But Stelter said, “It’s not partisan to stand up for decency and democracy and dialogue… It’s not partisan to stand up to demagogues — it’s required, it’s patriotic.”

Climate check: five plants that can feed the world

A freshly cooked chicken fonio dish served at a restaurant in the Neneficha district of southeastern Senegal.
A freshly cooked chicken fonio dish served at a restaurant in the Neneficha district of southeastern Senegal. Photo: Andy Hall/The Guardian

Today, just three crops — rice, wheat and corn — provide nearly half the world’s calories. That reliance on a small number of crops has left agriculture vulnerable to pests, plant-borne diseases and soil erosion, which thrive on monoculture — the practice of growing only one crop at a time, Cecilia Nowell writes.

It also meant losing the resilience that other crops show in surviving drought and other natural disasters. So here’s a look at five crops: amaranth, fonio, cowpeas, taro and kernza, which farmers around the world are now growing in hopes of feeding the planet as it warms.

Last Thing: Are Personalized Vitamins the Key to Good Health?

Tailor-made supplements are being touted as the path to a healthier, happier, younger-looking you.  Whether they work and whether they are needed is debatable, experts say
Tailor-made supplements are being touted as the path to a healthier, happier, younger-looking you. Whether they work and whether they are needed is debatable, experts say Illustration: Philip Lay/Observer Design

With the meteoric rise of the personalized vitamin industry coming under scrutiny, journalist David Cox is signing up for custom “personalized diets” to see if they hold the secret to deeper sleep, weight loss and a sunny frame of mind. “It all looks like bullshit,” Margaret Rayman, a professor of nutritional medicine at the University of Surrey, told him. “I don’t think there’s a lot of information about any of these things that alter your sleep.”

But a vitamin company boss vigorously defends their recommendations, saying that the research reports they use to justify the products they recommend undergo an extremely rigorous audit process: “We use a lot of proprietary ingredients because of the level of clinical data behind them.”

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