Category: Daily news

Category: Daily news

Alabama Republicans want to overturn Roe v. Wade. Their strategy could backfire.

One of the most controversial parts of the near-total abortion ban passed by the Alabama legislature on Tuesday was the lack of exceptions for rape or incest, a common carveout in even the strictest anti-abortion legislation.

At one point during Tuesday’s contentious, hours-long debate over the bill, Alabama Sen. Bobby Singleton, a Democrat, pointed out that under the new bill, an abortion provider could spend more time in prison than a rapist.

Sponsors of the bill, which now awaits Republican Gov. Kay Ivey’s signature, say the lack of exceptions is necessary to get the ban in front of the Supreme …

Alabama legislators just passed a near-total ban on abortion

Alabama legislators on Tuesday approved a bill that would ban almost all abortions in the state, with no exceptions for cases of rape or incest.

Under the bill, which now goes to Republican Gov. Kay Ivey for her signature, an abortion would only be legal if the pregnant person’s life is at risk. A doctor who performs an abortion for any other reason could face up to 99 years in prison. Some say doctors will be too worried about criminal penalties to perform abortions even under those circumstances.

“It’ll be the most restrictive and extreme abortion ban in the …

The NRA’s big, bad financial mismanagement crisis, explained

The National Rifle Association is facing a crisis that could put its future at risk.

In April, the NRA lost its president after just a year on the job after he was accused of attempting to extort the organization’s CEO. The group is also dealing with a complex and embarrassing legal battle against its own advertising firm and an investigation of its finances by the New York state attorney general following multiple reports of long-running financial mismanagement.

Now, as more details about alleged financial misdeeds surface, board members are calling for reforms, including former Rep. Allen West (R-FL), who …

Vox Sentences: The far-right White House guest

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Trump meets with Hungary’s far-right prime minister; Sri Lanka imposes its third social media ban following the Easter bombings.

Trump welcomes Hungary’s authoritarian leader

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  • President Trump welcomed Hungary’s far-right Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to the White House today, and some are worried that the president is adding another authoritarian to his list of allies. [NYT / Benjamin Novak and Patrick

The rapid development of AI has benefits — and poses serious risks

Investing in AI safety could help ward off a big threat to humanity. 

In the past decade, the AI revolution has kicked into high gear.

Artificial intelligence is playing strategy games, writing news articles, folding proteins, and teaching grandmasters new moves in Go. AI systems determine what you’ll see in a Google search or in your Facebook Newsfeed. They are being developed to improve drone targeting and detect missiles.

But there’s another way the field of artificial intelligence has been transformed in the past 10 years: Concerns about the societal effects of artificial intelligence

4 winners and 10 losers from Game of Thrones’ next-to-last episode, “The Bells”

As the fifth and penultimate episode of Game of Thrones’ final season, “The Bells,” finished airing, everybody at my viewing party erupted in lusty boos. For many of them, the episode had betrayed any love they had once felt for the show.

That’s because “The Bells” is almost the entire final season of Game of Thrones in a microcosm — some interesting ideas, some cool moments, and some great acting, but if you think about most of what happened for more than a couple of seconds, it starts to implode. It’s better in theory than it is in execution, …

Attack on Catholic church kills six people in Burkina Faso

An attack on a Catholic church in Burkina Faso, potentially linked to extreme Islamist violence in the country, has killed six people.

Al Jazeera reports that a group of between 20 and 30 armed attackers killed a priest and five worshippers on Sunday, in the northeastern town of Dablo. The assailants also burned down the church itself as well as several local buildings, including a medical facility. According to a government spokesman, they also destroyed businesses that served alcohol.

This marks the third such attack in recent weeks. In April, religious centers in Dori and Silgadji, two other northern towns, …

French special forces rescue hostages in a deadly Burkina Faso raid

French special forces freed four hostages in Burkina Faso late last week in a raid that left two of the elite soldiers dead.

Cedric de Pierrepont and Alain Bertoncello were killed in the nighttime raid to free two French citizens, Laurent Lassimouillas and Patrick Picque. During the operation, two additional hostages not identified by initial intelligence reports were discovered in the enemy encampment; these hostages, an American woman and a South Korean woman, were also freed.

French authorities said the hostage-takers were terrorists who kidnapped Lassimouillas and Picque, two French tourists, on May 1. The two music teachers were on …

Rudy Giuliani cancels Ukraine trip amid criticism he’s courting election interference 

Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s personal attorney, has called off a trip to Ukraine during which he planned to ask the country’s prosecutors to investigate the origins of the Mueller investigation and to look into ties between Hunter Biden, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son, and a Ukrainian oligarch.

With respect to Biden, Giuliani was particularly interested in a phone call Joe Biden made while serving as vice president in which he requested Ukraine’s top prosecutor, who had once been tasked with investigating a company Hunter Biden worked for, be removed from office.

Giuliani’s decision came amid growing criticism that he …

How Cersei’s hired army, the Golden Company, could make or break Game of Thrones’ next battle

At the end of Game of Thrones’ seventh season, Cersei Lannister revealed to her brother and lover Jaime that she’d secured a massive loan from the Iron Bank to hire the Golden Company, a massive army-for-hire from Essos.

In season eight, it’s become increasingly clear that Cersei has literally bet everything she has on this legion of mercenaries to help her keep the Iron Throne. But what is the Golden Company, and was it really worth staking the Lannister family fortune — and the lives of the citizens of King’s Landing — on their ability to defeat Daenerys …