Garland vs. Bannon Is Bidenism vs. Trumpism

Few people have made their names in Washington more differently than Attorney General Merrick Garland and the Republican political operative Steve Bannon. Garland, a sixty-eight-year-old former federal judge, has built his career on carefully following fact and legal precedent. Assiduously even-handed, despite being cheated out of a chance at a seat on the Supreme Court … Read more

Budget 2021 live: Rishi Sunak to declare ‘age of optimism’ alongside spending review

Good morning. Budget day is always an exciting moment at Westminster, but one of several unusual characteristics of today’s statement is that Rishi Sunak will be delivering it several weeks after announcing by far its biggest fiscal component. The £12bn a year health and social care levy unveiled in September was almost certainly more significant … Read more

Covid face masks made compulsory for everyone in Parliament – except MPs

Parliament has reimposed mandatory face coverings but is unable to force MPs to wear them – and several Tories are still refusing to be drawn on the issue, including the Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Tory MPs during tributes to Sir David Amess ( Image: PA) Boris Johnson faces fresh claims of ‘one rule for … Read more

US set to appeal UK refusal to extradite WikiLeaks’ Assange

LONDON – The U.S. government is scheduled to ask Britain’s High Court on Wednesday to overturn a judge’s decision that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should not be sent to the United States to face espionage charges. In January, a lower court judge refused an American request to extradite Assange on spying charges over WikiLeaks’ publication … Read more

Mercury risk in fish ‘low’ among Indigenous and remote communities, study finds

TORONTO — Indigenous and remote communities that rely on fish for sustenance shouldn’t worry about mercury levels in their food as the benefits of eating the meal outweigh the risks, according to a new study. The study, published recently in the journal Environmental Research, examined 443 blood samples and 276 hair samples from residents across … Read more

Mort Sahl, comedian who satirized politics, dies at 94

Satirist Mort Sahl, who helped revolutionize stand-up comedy during the Cold War with his running commentary on politicians and current events and became a favorite of a new, restive generation of Americans, died Tuesday. He was 94. His friend Lucy Mercer said that he died “peacefully” at his home in Mill Valley, California. The cause … Read more

Ancestral remains of six individuals returned to Dokis First Nation by U.S. museum

TORONTO — The ancestral remains of six individuals have been returned home to Dokis First Nation in Ontario by the Field Museum in Chicago, Il., after being kept there for more than a century. In a press release on the repatriation of the remains, Dokis First Nation said that they had worked closely with the … Read more

The day that could define Rishi Sunak – podcast

When Rishi Sunak stands up in the House of Commons today, he will do so as one of the most popular chancellors of the exchequer in recent memory. But just about everything seems to have come easy to Sunak: from being head boy at his private school, to getting a first class degree at Oxford, … Read more

‘What this community needs’: Pikangikum First Nation opens safe house for families in crisis

TORONTO — A northern Ontario First Nation has opened up a new safe house designed to help its residents heal from abusive and dangerous situations. Pikangikum First Nation, a remote community about 230 kilometres north of Kenora, Ont., recently opened the Pikangikum Community Safe House, a multi-unit facility designed to help those in the community … Read more

Anti-telescope protesters oppose US attorney pick for Hawaii

HONOLULU – Some Native Hawaiians are objecting to President Joe Biden’s choice for U.S. attorney in the 50th state, saying Clare Connors treated dozens of elders like criminals when her office prosecuted them for blocking a road while protesting the construction of a telescope in Hawaii. “She has acted aggressively towards the Hawaiian people during … Read more