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Singapore moves back towards lockdown as Covid-19 cases rise, jeopardizing long-awaited travel bubble with Hong Kong — RT World News From “RT World News”



Singapore’s government has announced new curbs on socializing that sees the city-state move back towards lockdown amid rising Covid-19 cases, both traced and untraceable, and the formation of several coronavirus clusters.

Speaking on Friday, Lawrence Wong, the minister for education who also co-chairs Singapore’s coronavirus taskforce, described the move as a setback in the fight against the virus. “A pattern of local unlinked community cases has emerged and is persisting,” the Health Ministry said in a statement on Friday. “We need to act decisively to contain these risks as any one leak could result in an uncontrolled resurgence of cases.” The new measures, which come into effect on Sunday and run until mid-June, limit social gatherings to two people (down from five) and prohibit restaurant dining. Working from home is also being encouraged unless it is impossible for the worker to do so. 

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Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung said that the rising number of infections, and notably untraceable infections, means Singapore is unlikely to meet the requirements set to open a travel bubble with Hong Kong. It was hoped that the long-delayed bubble would be opened in late May.On Thursday, the Health Ministry said that the registered number of Covid-19 infections in the community was 71 over the past week, up from 48 the week before. Most concerningly, the number of untraceable cases had jumped from 7 to 15 on the previous week. The country has frequently been touted as a ‘Covid haven’, having nearly eliminated the virus within its borders. Authorities have made good progress in inoculations too, compared to regional counterparts, having given at least one shot to 1.8 million of the country’s 5.7 million people. Singapore was one of 12 countries and territories to appear on the UK’s travel green list, published by the government last week.If you like this story, share it with a friend!







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Australia live news: NSW government in minority after MP moves to crossbench; Labor bets big on housing | Australia news From “World news | The Guardian”



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Defence minister Peter Dutton insists the quarantine system will be able to cope when the travel ban lifts and flights from India resume.
The first plane load of Australians from India will land on Saturday morning after flights were suspended for several weeks to allow the Howard Springs quarantine facility in Darwin to deal with positive Covid-19 cases before more potentially infectious people arrived.
Dutton said the commonwealth had been working closely with the Northern Territory government since the India travel ban was imposed.
“We will continue to work particularly with vulnerable groups to help them back into our country as quickly as possible,” he told Nine on Friday.
“We have put in other measures around pre-flight testing and making sure if we’re bringing people out of a zone like India at the moment we can do it safely so we don’t undo what is a magnificent story here in Australia.”

Indira Gandhi airport in the Indian capital of New Delhi. Photograph: Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images

Complicating that story is mixed messages about the timetable for the vaccine rollout.
Dutton insists everyone willing to be vaccinated will receive two shots by the end of this year.
“Now some people will make a decision that they don’t want the vaccine, and the government is not going to force them to have the vaccine, so let’s be realistic in terms of some parts of society,” he said.
This end of year deadline puts Dutton directly at odds with the prime minister, who has spent the week walking back an end date for the rollout’s completion.
The treasurer and health minister have also clashed on the rollout timeline.
Deputy opposition leader Richard Marles leapt on the mixed messaging.
“You’ve got complete confusion, even with Peter today, as to whether or not there’s going to be two jabs by the end of the year,” Marles said.
“They can’t give you a straight answer in relation to that question and we all know properly vaccinating the country is how we actually more forward and past this in an economic sense.”
The government has ordered 25m doses of Moderna vaccines, giving its rollout a shot in the arm.
Marles said the vaccine deal should have been secured last year.
“The reason why we are now back on the queue is because the work they’re doing now they didn’t do last year when it mattered,” he said.
“This time last year we knew vaccines were in the pipeline. It was then the government should have been actually spreading the country’s risk.
“Instead they bet the house on the idea AstraZeneca being manufactured in Australia would be able to do the whole job.”

Vials with Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines. Photograph: Dado Ruvić/Reuters

The first 10m doses of Moderna are due to arrive this year while the rest – booster jabs for different variants – are slated to be delivered next year.
The Moderna jab has not yet been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration but the company is expected to apply for that soon.
People under 50 are set to receive the Moderna vaccine.
CSL is already making the AstraZeneca vaccine in Melbourne; the Pfizer vaccine is fully imported.
A clear flow of supply will be needed as GPs begin the rollout to all Australians aged over 50 next week.







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Madame Tussauds moves Prince Harry and Meghan waxworks from royals From “World News Headlines, Latest International News, World Breaking News – Times of India”



LONDON: A year after leaving their royal duties to move to Los Angeles, Madame Tussauds has now decided waxwork models of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan now belong in the attraction’s Hollywood zone and not with the other members of the House of Windsor. The couple, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, quit royal duties to forge new independent careers on the other side of the Atlantic, and have since signed deals to deliver and produce content for Netflix, Spotify and Apple . Now their waxwork models have been shifted from their place in the royal section of Madame Tussauds in London to join other celebrities, the famous attraction said on Thursday. “Harry and Meghan have moved zones – Madame Tussauds London has moved its figures of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to their brand new Awards Party zone to reflect their move from Frogmore to Hollywood,” Madame Tussauds said in a statement, referring to the couple’s former British home Frogmore Cottage. Later this month, a television documentary series on mental health issues co-created by Harry and US chat show queen Oprah Winfrey premieres on streaming service Apple TV+. Ahead of the broadcasts, Harry appeared on the “Armchair Expert” podcast hosted by US actor Dax Shephard, in which he likened his life as a royal to the “Truman Show”, a film about a man who unwittingly grew up as the central character in a popular worldwide television reality show. He also disclosed that when he first began dating Meghan, they met in a supermarket to avoid paparazzi photographers, and that the couple enjoyed more freedom after moving to California with young son Archie. “Living here now, I can actually lift my head and actually I feel different, my shoulders have dropped, so have hers, you can walk around feeling a little bit more free,” he said. “I get to take Archie on the back of my bicycle. I would never have the chance to do that.” FacebookTwitterLinkedinEMail







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Madame Tussauds Moves Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Waxworks From Royals From “NDTV News – World-news”



Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. (File)London: A year after leaving their royal duties to move to Los Angeles, Madame Tussauds has now decided waxwork models of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan now belong in the attraction’s Hollywood zone and not with the other members of the House of Windsor.The couple, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, quit royal duties to forge new independent careers on the other side of the Atlantic, and have since signed deals to deliver and produce content for Netflix, Spotify and Apple.Now their waxwork models have been shifted from their place in the royal section of Madame Tussauds in London to join other celebrities, the famous attraction said on Thursday.”Harry and Meghan have moved zones – Madame Tussauds London has moved its figures of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to their brand new Awards Party zone to reflect their move from Frogmore to Hollywood,” Madame Tussauds said in a statement, referring to the couple’s former British home Frogmore Cottage.Later this month, a television documentary series on mental health issues co-created by Harry and U.S. chat show queen Oprah Winfrey premieres on streaming service Apple TV+.Ahead of the broadcasts, Harry appeared on the “Armchair Expert” podcast hosted by U.S. actor Dax Shephard, in which he likened his life as a royal to the “Truman Show”, a film about a man who unwittingly grew up as the central character in a popular worldwide television reality show.He also disclosed that when he first began dating Meghan, they met in a supermarket to avoid paparazzi photographers, and that the couple enjoyed more freedom after moving to California with young son Archie.”Living here now, I can actually lift my head and actually I feel different, my shoulders have dropped, so have hers, you can walk around feeling a little bit more free,” he said.”I get to take Archie on the back of my bicycle. I would never have the chance to do that.”(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)







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Biden team moves swiftly to tackle pipeline political peril From “Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines”



The Biden administration swung aggressively into action after a primary gasoline pipeline fell prey to a cyberattack — understanding that the situation posed a possible series of political and economic risks.The pipeline shutdown was an all-hands-on-deck situation for a young presidency that has also had to deal with a pandemic, a recession, an influx of unaccompanied children at the southern border, a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and high-stakes showdowns globally that carry the specter of war.The administration devoted the first half of the week to showcasing all the steps it was taking to get gas back to service stations in affected areas. It scrambled into action after ransom-seeking hackers on Friday shut down the pipeline, which delivers about 45% of the East Coast’s gas. The shutdown caused a supply crunch and spiking prices — all of which the administration was preparing to address.Then, hours before the Colonial Pipeline was restarted, President Joe Biden signaled Wednesday that there were reasons for optimism.“We have been in very, very close contact with Colonial Pipeline,” Biden said. “I think you’re going to hear some good news in the next 24 hours and I think we’ll be getting that under control.”The president followed up later Wednesday with an executive order to improve cybersecurity. Biden’s team seized on the shutdown as an argument for approving the president’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure package. Keeping up Biden’s focus, the White House said the president would deliver remarks on the pipeline incident Thursday morning.Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said the cyberattack was a reminder that infrastructure is a national security issue and investments for greater resilience are needed.“This is not an extra, this is not a luxury, this is not an option,” Buttigieg told reporters at the White House on Wednesday. “This has to be core to how we secure critical infrastructure.”The administration took a variety of steps to address the gasoline situation. The Department of Homeland Security issued a temporary waiver of a federal law overseeing maritime commerce to an individual company, not identified by the department, to allow the transport of additional gas and jet fuel between Gulf Coast and East Coast ports.Story continuesThe Transportation Department was surveying how many vessels could carry fossil fuels to the Gulf of Mexico and Eastern Seaboard to provide gasoline. Waivers were issued to expand the hours that fuel can be transported by roadways. The Environmental Protection Agency issued waivers on gas blends and other regulations to ease any supply challenges.The technology firm Gasbuddy.com found that 28% of stations were out of fuel in North Carolina. In Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia, more than 16% of stations were without gas.The sudden supply crunch after Friday’s hack showed the challenges that can pop up for a White House that must constantly respond to world events. Republican lawmakers were quick to criticize the administration for previously canceling plans to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada. Biden had canceled its permit over risks of spills and worries that climate change would worsen by burning the oil sands crude that would have flowed through the pipeline.“The Colonial Pipeline crisis shows that we need more American energy to fuel our economy, not less,” House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday on Twitter, adding that Biden had “left our energy supply more vulnerable to attacks” by blocking the Keystone XL pipeline.The cyberattack was but one of many challenges confronting the president.Within just a few days, the Biden administration has also been dealt a disappointing monthly jobs report, a potentially worrisome increase in inflation and lethal violence in Israel. It is still trying to vaccinate the country against the coronavirus, send out hundreds of billions of dollars in economic aid and pass its own sweeping jobs and education agenda.“You have to be prepared to juggle multiple challenges, multiple crises at one time, and that’s exactly what we’re doing at this moment,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday.Higher energy prices often have political fallout, complicating reelection campaigns for incumbents outside oil-producing regions. The 1979 fuel shortage famously crushed Jimmy Carter’s presidential reelection efforts and helped usher in the Reagan era.Research published last year by the World Bank looked at 207 elections across 50 democracies and found an oil price spike a year before the election “systematically lower the odds of incumbents being reelected.” The findings applied to both conservatives and liberals, showing a degree of pragmatism by voters.The best way for Biden to respond was probably to show that he understands how rising gas prices can hurt family budgets and to move quickly to help fix the pipeline problem.“It’s important for the president to show empathy and recognize the position that the average American is in vis-à-vis gas prices,” said Mark Jones, a political science professor at Rice University in Houston. “Gas prices are something that don’t affect the elite — and our politicians are all among the elite.”







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Biden team moves swiftly to tackle pipeline political peril From “Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines”



The Biden administration swung aggressively into action after a primary gasoline pipeline fell prey to a cyberattack — understanding that the situation posed a possible series of political and economic risks.The pipeline shutdown was an all-hands-on-deck situation for a young presidency that has also had to deal with a pandemic, a recession, an influx of unaccompanied children at the southern border, a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and high-stakes showdowns globally that carry the specter of war.The administration devoted the first half of the week to showcasing all the steps it was taking to get gas back to service stations in affected areas. It scrambled into action after ransom-seeking hackers on Friday shut down the pipeline, which delivers about 45% of the East Coast’s gas. The shutdown caused a supply crunch and spiking prices — all of which the administration was preparing to address.Then, hours before the Colonial Pipeline was restarted, President Joe Biden signaled Wednesday that there were reasons for optimism.“We have been in very, very close contact with Colonial Pipeline,” Biden said. “I think you’re going to hear some good news in the next 24 hours and I think we’ll be getting that under control.”The president followed up later Wednesday with an executive order to improve cybersecurity. Biden’s team also seized on the shutdown as an argument for approving the president’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure package.Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said the cyberattack was a reminder that infrastructure is a national security issue and investments for greater resilience are needed.“This is not an extra, this is not a luxury, this is not an option,” he told reporters at the White House on Wednesday. “This has to be core to how we secure critical infrastructure.”The administration took a variety of steps to address the gasoline situation.The Transportation Department was surveying how many vessels could carry fossil fuels to the Gulf of Mexico and Eastern Seaboard to provide gasoline. Waivers were issued to expand the hours that fuel can be transported by roadways. The Environmental Protection Agency issued waivers on gas blends and other regulations to ease any supply challenges.Story continuesThe technology firm Gasbuddy.com found that 28% of stations were out of fuel in North Carolina. In Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia, more than 16% of stations were without gas.The sudden supply crunch after Friday’s hack showed the challenges that can pop up for a White House that must constantly respond to world events. Republican lawmakers were quick to criticize the administration for previously canceling plans to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada. Biden had canceled its permit over risks of spills and worries that climate change would worsen by burning the oil sands crude that would have flowed through the pipeline.“The Colonial Pipeline crisis shows that we need more American energy to fuel our economy, not less,” House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday on Twitter, adding that Biden had “left our energy supply more vulnerable to attacks” by blocking the Keystone XL pipeline.The cyberattack was but one of many challenges confronting the president.Within just a few days, the Biden administration has also been dealt a disappointing monthly jobs report, a potentially worrisome increase in inflation and lethal violence in Israel. It is still trying to vaccinate the country against the coronavirus, send out hundreds of billions of dollars in economic aid and pass its own sweeping jobs and education agenda.“You have to be prepared to juggle multiple challenges, multiple crises at one time, and that’s exactly what we’re doing at this moment,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday.Higher energy prices often have political fallout, complicating reelection campaigns for incumbents outside oil-producing regions. The 1979 fuel shortage famously crushed Jimmy Carter’s presidential reelection efforts and helped usher in the Reagan era.Research published last year by the World Bank looked at 207 elections across 50 democracies and found an oil price spike a year before the election “systematically lower the odds of incumbents being reelected.” The findings applied to both conservatives and liberals, showing a degree of pragmatism by voters.The best way for Biden to respond was probably to show that he understands how rising gas prices can hurt family budgets and to move quickly to help fix the pipeline problem.“It’s important for the president to show empathy and recognize the position that the average American is in vis-à-vis gas prices,” said Mark Jones, a political science professor at Rice University in Houston. “Gas prices are something that don’t affect the elite — and our politicians are all among the elite.”







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Stock moves, currencies, China inflation data From “International: Top News And Analysis”



Reflections of pedestrians on an electronics stock indicator at the window of a securities company in Tokyo, Japan.Toshifumi Kitamura | AFP | Getty ImagesSINGAPORE — Asia-Pacific stocks fell in early Tuesday trade, following a sell-off in tech stocks that weighed down major U.S. indexes overnight.Japan’s Nikkei 225 declined around 0.97% while the Topix moved 0.6% lower. South Korea’s Kospi fell 0.57%.In Australia, the ASX 200 inched down 0.43%.U.S. markets fell overnight as investors exited Big Tech stocks including Microsoft and Apple. The Nasdaq Composite suffered the largest loss, falling by 2.5%.China’s inflation data for April will be on investors’ watchlist. Analysts polled by Reuters expect Chinese consumer prices rose 1% last month from a year ago, accelerating from 0.4% in March.China is also expected to release results of its once-in-a-decade population census.Elsewhere in the region, Southeast Asian countries Malaysia and the Philippines are scheduled to report first-quarter gross domestic product data.Analysts in a Reuters poll expect Malaysia’s economy to shrink 2% in in the January-to-March quarter compared with a year ago and the Philippine economy to contract 3% in the same period.Currencies and oilIn the foreign exchange market, the U.S. dollar was at 90.238 against a basket of its peers in early Asia trade.The Japanese yen changed hands at 108.87 per dollar, while the Australian dollar strengthened around 0.11% against the greenback to $0.7838.In oil markets, U.S. crude futures dipped 0.06% to $64.88 per barrel, while global benchmark Brent was down 0.1% to $68.25 per barrel.— CNBC’s Thomas Franck contributed to this report.







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South Carolina moves closer to allowing death by firing squad From “BBC News – World”



One state lawmaker said it would be more humane than the electric chair option currently allowed.







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ECJ adviser says Polish moves to discipline judges break EU law | Courts News From “Al Jazeera – Breaking News, World News and Video from Al Jazeera”



Disciplinary regime introduced by Warsaw infringes on judicial independence, adviser to top EU court states.The European Union’s top court should rule that measures introduced by Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party to discipline judges contradict the bloc’s laws, a court adviser has said ahead of a final ruling due in the coming months.
In an opinion on Thursday, Advocate General Evgeni Tanchev recommended that the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rule that the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court is not in line with EU law.
The development was the latest in an ongoing dispute between the 27-member bloc and the conservative, populist party, which has reshaped Poland’s justice system since it came to power in 2015 to give authorities new powers over the courts.
PiS has defended its moves, saying it is seeking to reform an inefficient and corrupt justice system. Critics, however, see that as a pretext for the party seizing control of the country’s courts.
In 2017, it created a body – the Disciplinary Chamber – at Poland’s Supreme Court with the power to discipline judges, including those of the lower courts.
Many judges in the country fear the chamber is a tool to pressure judges to issue rulings that favour the ruling authorities.
While PiS has taken control of the highest courts, many lower court judges continue to show their independence, some issuing rulings against government officials or interests.
Tanchev also said Poland’s broad new definition of disciplinary offences had a “chilling effect” among judges by weakening their protections and independence.
Such legal opinions are not legally binding but are often followed by the ECJ. The judges of the top EU court are now beginning their deliberations in the case and a judgment is expected later this year.
‘Destruction of Poland’s rule of law’
The European Commission, which ensures that EU law is respected by the member states, brought a complaint to the ECJ over the issue. It believes that independence and the impartiality of the Disciplinary Chamber cannot be guaranteed.
The Luxembourg-based ECJ has already ordered the suspension of the Disciplinary Chamber pending a final ruling on whether it offers sufficient guarantees of judicial independence. However, the chamber has continued to work despite the ruling.
The chamber is composed of judges selected by the National Council of the Judiciary, a body whose members are chosen by the parliament, where PiS holds a majority.
The news of Tanchev’s opinion arrived in Warsaw as lawyers and others gathered outside the Supreme Court as the Disciplinary Chamber was hearing the case of a judge.
Michal Wawrykiewicz, a lawyer with Free Courts, a group fighting for judicial independence, delivered a message in English to the television cameras.
“Dear judges of the European Court of Justice, hear the voices of Polish lawyers, citizens, who are horrified by the destruction of Poland’s rule of law,” Wawrykiewicz said.
“We are doing everything what is in our power,” he said. “Please help us restore European standards of an independent judiciary in Poland. Now it is your turn.”
Poland’s Deputy Justice Minister Sebastian Kaleta meanwhile accused the EU of “double standards” and Tanchev of disseminating “lies” in seeking to block Warsaw’s overhaul of its judiciary.







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Trump moves to assert party control despite Facebook ban From “World News Headlines, Latest International News, World Breaking News – Times of India”



WASHINGTON: Social media has been his weapon of choice for battling Republican dissidents, but Donald Trump is seeking to tighten his iron grip on the party even after a ruling Wednesday extending his ban on Facebook. Despite losing the presidency to Joe Biden last year and enduring a second impeachment after January’s deadly insurrection at the US Capitol, the brash billionaire remains his party’s most influential figure. He made clear he knows it Wednesday, reiterating his false claims of election fraud and demanding a leadership shake-up which led his former rival Biden to declare that a “mini-revolution” was upending the Republican Party. Trump blasted party leaders who have publicly reprimanded him, including top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell, or who voted to impeach him in January, most notably number three House Republican Liz Cheney who appears increasingly likely to face removal from her conference chairmanship. “Liz Cheney is a warmongering fool who has no business in Republican Party leadership,” Trump said in a fervid statement, adding that he backs leaders who believe in his “Make America Great Again” movement. New York Republican congresswoman “Elise Stefanik is a far superior choice, and she has my COMPLETE and TOTAL endorsement for GOP conference chair,” he said. Stefanik, a 36-year-old onetime moderate who went all-in for Trump during his presidency, voted against certifying the election results for Biden in multiple swing states. Trump’s endorsement comes amid rising party tensions over Cheney, the most senior Republican woman in Congress, who has refused to tamp down her public denunciations of Trump. And it all but assures that a conference-wide vote on whether to keep Cheney in the post will occur soon after lawmakers return to Washington next week. Cheney, a third-term congresswoman from Wyoming, punched back at Trump in a new op-ed. Her party was “at a turning point,” she wrote in The Washington Post, calling on fellow Republicans to “steer away from the dangerous and anti-democratic Trump cult of personality.” “History is watching,” she added. The internal tug-of-war caught the attention of Biden, who told reporters Wednesday he was surprised at the Republican revolt. “I think the Republicans are further away from trying to figure out who they are and what they stand for than I thought they would be at this point,” he said. Minutes after Facebook’s independent oversight board upheld a ban on Trump — although it ordered the social media giant to further review the case — he blasted the restriction as a “total disgrace” and warned against limiting a president’s free speech rights. He also repeated his audacious lie that Biden and other Democrats stole the election. Cheney “continues to unknowingly and foolishly say that there was no election fraud in the 2020 presidential election when in fact, the evidence… shows the exact opposite,” Trump seethed. “Had gutless and clueless MINORITY Leader Mitch McConnell… fought to expose all of the corruption that was presented at the time, with more found since, we would have had a far different presidential result, and our country would not be turning into a socialist nightmare.” The former president added a rallying cry to his supporters: “Never give up!” With Trump considering another White House run, he launched a new page on his website where he pledges to present information to voters “straight from the desk of Donald J Trump.” But he no doubt misses the social media megaphone that allowed him to dominate news cycles and impulsively blast his message to more than 100 million followers. “To be clear, if you are Trump and you want to have influence in 2022 and 2024 — and possibly run for office in 2024 — it is better to be on social media than not,” Professor Joshua Tucker, co-director of New York University’s Center for Social Media and Politics, told AFP. Trump’s attacks Wednesday appeared aimed at clipping the wings of high-profile Republicans who have not embraced his false voter fraud narrative. Cheney, 54, is one of few congressional Republicans who openly declare Trump lost fair and square in November. She repeated the assertion Monday, tweeting that anyone who claims the 2020 election was stolen “is spreading THE BIG LIE (and) poisoning our democratic system.” While Cheney easily won a secret ballot vote by Republicans in February, the Trump-backed challenge to her leadership role may well end with her ouster. Top House Republican Kevin McCarthy backed Cheney in February but was recently caught on a hot mic saying he has “lost confidence” in her. FacebookTwitterLinkedinEMail







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