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MyPillow Desaster

Mike Lindell just got sued for $1.3 billion over election conspiracies

Dominion, the voting machine company at the center of baseless election fraud claims by supporters of former President Donald Trump, filed a lawsuit against the MyPillow CEO and his company on Monday for more than $1.3 billion. In a 115-page complaint filed in D.C. federal court, Dominion alleges that Lindell’s conspiracy claims are not the result of an earnest belief in election fraud, but a ploy to sell pillows.

COVID-19

CDC signs off on Johnson & Johnson vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Sunday formally accepted the recommendation from its advisory panel that Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine can be given to people ages 18 and older in the United States. The announcement by CDC Director Rochelle Walensky will allow vaccinations to begin as soon as the doses are received. Walensky called the decision "another milestone toward an end to the pandemic."

Andrew Cuomo

Charlotte Bennett said New York governor harassed her last spring

A second woman has come forward to accuse New York governor Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment in a move that has prompted the under-fire Democrat to launch an independent investigation into the allegations. Charlotte Bennett, who was an executive assistant and health policy adviser in the Cuomo administration until November, told The New York Times that he had harassed her last spring, during the height of New York’s fight against the coronavirus – which Cuomo led and which at the time gave him an international reputation for good leadership.

Capitol Riots

Police: Militia attack groups want to ‘blow up Capitol’ during Biden speech

Militia groups involved in the 6 January insurrection want to stage another attack around Joe Biden’s upcoming address to Congress, aiming to “blow up” the complex and kill lawmakers, the acting chief of the US Capitol police has warned. In alarming testimony to a House subcommittee, Yogananda Pittman said that threats were circulating that directly targeted the president’s first formal speech to a joint session of Congress. A date for the event has not yet been announced.

Intel report

Saudi prince approved Khashoggi murder

The Biden administration on Friday released a long-secret intelligence report concluding that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had approved the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. "We assess that Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi," the report reads.

CPAC canceled an Anti-Semite

American fascists, extremists, bigots and violent members meet in Florida

The theme of the 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference is “America Uncanceled.” But this week, just days before CPAC was set to kick off in Orlando, Florida, conference organizers announced they’d had to cancel one of their own scheduled speakers. “We have just learned that someone we invited to CPAC has expressed reprehensible views that have no home with our conference or our organization,” CPAC organizers tweeted Monday, referring to right-wing social media figure Young Pharaoh.

Prince Harry

Prince Harry defends Netflix's The Crown in James Corden interview

The Duke of Sussex has defended the Netflix series The Crown, saying that – while it was not “strictly accurate” – it portrayed the pressures of royal life. In an interview with James Corden for the US programme The Late Late Show, Prince Harry said he minded the intrusions of the media into his family’s life much more than the miniseries, which was “obviously fiction”.

"Go back to China Bitch"

Washington Post denounces abuse of reporter

The Washington Post on Thursday denounced online abuse that targeted one of its reporters after a photo of her speaking with Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) was shared on Twitter. The attacks on White House correspondent Seung Min Kim came after Huffington Post reporter Igor Bobic on Wednesday shared a photo of Kim showing Murkowski a tweet from Neera Tanden, President Biden's nominee for Office of Management and Budget director, in which Tanden criticized Murkowski.

Lindsey Boylan

Andrew Cuomo denies former aide's sexual harassment allegations

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is denying allegations from a former aide who accused him of sexual harassment, including an unwanted kiss, in a Medium post on Wednesday. Lindsey Boylan alleged that in 2018, the Democratic governor kissed her on the lips following a one-on-one briefing in his New York City office.

Mob Attack

Capitol Hill officer details racist abuse

A Capitol Police officer who was part of the response to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol building says he experienced racist abuse from a crowd of rioters who had broken into the building. Harry Dunn, who is Black, told The New York Times for a report published Thursday that around 20 people called him a racist slur after one rioter initiated the chants in response to Dunn's declaration that he had voted for President Biden in the November election. The exact language the rioters used was not detailed in the report.

John Geddert

US Olympic gold medal-winning gymnastics coach shoots himself dead

John Geddert took his own life with a gun just hours after he was brought up on two dozen charges including sexual assault, human trafficking and running a criminal enterprise, WLNS-TV reported. Geddert's suicide was confirmed by the office of Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, according to NBC 25 News.

The GOP’s choice in 2024

Trump Ultra, Trump Lite or Trump Zero

At least eight 2024 hopefuls will speak at CPAC, the conservative movement’s premier conference this weekend in Florida, giving Republicans their clearest look yet at who’s competing in the traditional GOP presidential lanes. But there’s only one lane that really matters: the one currently occupied by former President Donald Trump.

Conservative War

Donald Trump: Republicans say finally goodbye to free speech for good

House conservatives are renewing their calls for Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) to step down from her leadership post after she split with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) over whether former President Trump should speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). House Freedom Caucus members are going after Cheney, chair of the House Republican Conference, following an awkward moment during a press conference Wednesday with the House GOP leader.

Criminal Investigation

Trump's tax returns and related records turned over to Manhattan district attorney

Prosecutors obtained the records on Monday, just hours after the US Supreme Court denied Trump's last-ditch effort to keep the records private, a spokesperson for the district attorney said. The millions of pages of documents, sources say, contain Trump's tax returns spanning from January 2011 to August 2019, as well as financial statements, engagement agreements, documents relating to the preparation and review of tax returns, and work papers and communications related to the tax returns.

Oversight Board

Facebook’s ‘Supreme Court’ to receive new powers

The outside group with the final say on whether Donald Trump can be reinstated on Facebook is expected to be given greater powers in the coming months to decide which content is allowed on the world's largest social network, according to Thomas Hughes, administrative director of the so-called Oversight Board.

Environment

Atlantic Ocean circulation at weakest in a millennium, say scientists

The Atlantic Ocean circulation that underpins the Gulf Stream, the weather system that brings warm and mild weather to Europe, is at its weakest in more than a millennium, and climate breakdown is the probable cause, according to new data.

G999 Josip Heit

Stiftung Warentest: A questionable offer with crypto coin G999

Now the German consumer protection organization Stiftung Warentest has also issued an urgent warning against the professional criminal Josip Heit and his fraud network around the cryptocurrency G999. Particularly fatal in this regard is the statement of the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin), which clarified to Finanztest that GSB Gold Standard Banking Corporation AG "does not have a permit to offer banking and/or financial services transactions in Germany."

Steve Bannon

Investigation gains steam as Manhattan prosecutors subpoena financial records

The Manhattan district attorney's office has subpoenaed financial records related to Steve Bannon's crowd-funding border-wall effort, signaling that its criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump's chief strategist is advancing, according to people familiar with the matter.

Mohammed bin Salman

Jamal Khashoggi assassins used company seized by Saudi crown prince

The two private jets used by a Saudi Arabian assassination squad that killed and allegedly dismembered journalist Jamal Khashoggi were owned by a company that less than a year prior had been seized by the Kingdom's powerful crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, according to recently filed court documents seen by CNN. The documents, filed as part of a Canadian civil lawsuit earlier this year, are labeled "Top Secret" and signed by a Saudi minister who relayed the orders of the crown prince, the young de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia.

Payments

Federal Reserve suffers widespread disruption

The Federal Reserve suffered a widespread disruption in multiple payment services Wednesday, including a system that banks and businesses rely on to zip trillions of dollars around the financial system each day. After experiencing problems for several hours, the crucial payment system, known as Fedwire, resumed normal operations shortly before 3 p.m. ET, according to the Fed's website.

Lindsey Boylan

Former aide charges Andrew Cuomo kissed, sexually harassed her

A former aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the governor kissed her without her consent and asked her to play strip poker, alleging a pattern of sexual harassment she detailed in a new account Wednesday. Lindsey Boylan, who is running for Manhattan borough president and formerly worked for Cuomo and the state’s economic development agency, wrote in a Medium post that Cuomo kissed her on the lips against her will at his office in Manhattan.

500 Dollar Fine

Bruce Springsteen has DWI and reckless driving charges dropped

Bruce Springsteen pleaded guilty Wednesday to drinking shots of tequila as a New Jersey federal park last year, but prosecutors dropped charges of DWI and reckless driving after he was found to be well within the legal limit. During a virtual arraignment hearing on Wednesday, prosecutors said they could not meet the legal burden for the drunken driving against The Boss, 71, who's blood alcohol content was found to be .02 - well below the state's threshold of 0.8.

Shortnews

Euro, Gold und Silber

EU-Pakt beflügelt den Markt

Der Euro notiert weiter deutlich über der Marke von 1,15 Dollar. Höchststand seit Januar vergangenen Jahres. Grund: Die Einigung der EU-Staats- und Regierungschefs auf ein riesiges Finanzpaket. Die Preise für Gold und Silber gehen weiter nach oben. Silber markierte den höchsten Stand seit knapp sieben Jahren. Der Preis für eine Feinunze (31,1 Gramm) stieg um 7,6 Prozent auf 22,97 Dollar. Für eine Feinunze Gold wurden in der Spitze mit 1.868 Dollar 1,7 Prozent mehr bezahlt als am Vortag. Damit rückt das Rekordhoch von 1921 Dollar aus dem Herbst 2011 immer mehr in Reichweite.

China

Ölreserven werden zum Machtfaktor

China hat im Juni ein Rekordvolumen von 12,9 Millionen Barrel (159 Liter) Rohöl importiert. In den vergangenen drei Monaten stiegen die Importe im Schnitt um 1,5 Millionen Barrel pro Tag im Vergleich zum gleichen Monat im Vorjahr. China hat im Frühjahr Rohöl zu Tiefstpreisen gekauft. Auf Vorrat. Peking ist bekannt dafür, Öl strategisch einzukaufen und auf steigende Preise zu spekulieren. China verfügt über Lagerbestände, die ausreichen, um den gesamten Ölverbrauch des Landes für fast zwei Jahre zu decken. Schlechte Nachrichten für die OPEC.

Silber

Preis steigt auf höchsten Stand seit 2016

Silber wird immer beliebter. Am Montag stieg der Preis auf den höchsten Stand seit Herbst 2016: Eine Feinunze (31,1 Gramm) des Edelmetalls kostete bis zu 19,70 US-Dollar. Am Terminmarkt stiegen die Preise einiger Kontrakte auf eine künftige Auslieferung des Metalls über die Marke von 20 Dollar. Silber hat in den vergangenen Wochen stärker als Gold zugelegt. Entsprechend ist das Gold-Silber-Verhältnis, das die beiden Preise gegenüberstellt, spürbar gefallen. Es liegt aber immer noch deutlich über seinem längerfristigen Durchschnitt. Ein weiter steigender Silberpreis ist zu erwarten.

Deutsches Vermögen

Börsencrash nagt am Vermögen

Deutsche haben zu Beginn der Corona-Krise in der Summe Milliarden verloren. Vor allem der Kurssturz an den Börsen im März ließ das Geldvermögen der privaten Haushalte im Vergleich zum Rekordwert des Vorquartals um 128 Milliarden Euro oder 2,0 Prozent auf 6.337 Milliarden Euro schrumpfen. Das sagt die Deutschen Bundesbank: Die Vermögensverluste sind "in erster Linie auf die Kursstürze am Kapitalmarkt zurückzuführen, die durch die Pandemie und die Unsicherheit über ihre wirtschaftlichen Folgen ausgelöst wurden."

Poggenpohl

Luxusküchen jetzt in China-Hand

Der Küchenhersteller Poggenpohl kommt in chinesische Hände. Das Unternehmen hatte wegen der Corona-Folgen Insolvenz angemeldet. Der Sanitär- und Küchenarmaturenhersteller Jomoo aus Xiamen wird neuer Eigentümer des deutschen Traditionsunternehmens. Jomoo hat zugesagt, dass der Produktionsstandort in Herford erhalten bleibt. Der Premium-Küchenhersteller beschäftigte zuletzt noch 270 Mitarbeiter. Mitte Juni waren der britische Premiumküchen-Anbieter Lux Group zusammen und die Unternehmerfamilie Wolf als Poggenpohl-Käufer präsentiert worden.