Why is North Korea firing so many missiles — and should the West be worried?

Seoul, South Korea CNN — Tensions are running high in the Korean Peninsula, as the United States and its allies respond to North Korea’s flurry of recent missile tests – including one that flew over neighboring Japan without warning. North Korea has fired six missiles in the past two weeks – a prolific number, even … Read more

Federal judge temporarily blocks parts of New York gun law

CNN — A federal judge has temporarily blocked the enforcement of parts of a New York gun law that was enacted in the wake of a Supreme Court decision earlier this summer striking down certain protections. Among the provisions of the New York law that the state cannot enforce is one that defines Times Square … Read more

Kamala Harris: Secret Service says VP’s motorcade first reported mechanical failure when vehicle actually hit a curb

Washington CNN — Vice President Kamala Harris was involved in a minor car accident earlier this week, the Secret Service said Thursday, and the agency now says her vehicle struck a curb after initially reporting mechanical failure. “During a protective movement Monday, a vehicle in a motorcade had a minor overcorrection and struck a curb,” … Read more

John Ramirez: Texas executes inmate whose pastor was allowed by SCOTUS to touch him and pray aloud as he died

CNN — Texas has executed John Henry Ramirez, whose spiritual adviser was allowed to pray aloud and “lay hands” on him as he died after a US Supreme Court ruling led to new guidelines in his case and in similar requests in prisons across the country. Ramirez, 38, was killed Wednesday evening by lethal injection … Read more

OPEC announces big cut in oil production despite US pressure

London CNN Business — OPEC+ said Wednesday that it will slash oil production by 2 million barrels per day, the biggest cut since the start of the pandemic, in a move that threatens to push gasoline prices higher just weeks before US midterm elections. The group of major oil producers, which includes Saudi Arabia and … Read more

How the Supreme Court’s liberal justices sought to shape voting-rights arguments

CNN — The Supreme Court’s three liberal justices – Latina, White and Black women – sought during voting-rights arguments Tuesday to wrench the narrative of a colorblind America from the conservatives who currently dominate the bench. Led by Chief Justice John Roberts, justices on the right have rejected policies that consider race, including in redistricting … Read more

Lawyer refused Trump instruction to tell Archives all records were returned

CNN — Soon after former President Donald Trump returned 15 boxes of presidential records to the National Archives and Records Administration earlier this year, he instructed one of his lawyers to tell the agency that all of the materials the Archives had requested had been returned from his Mar-a -Lago estate, according to multiple sources … Read more

Takeaways from the Supreme Court’s hearing on what the Voting Rights Act means for redistricting

CNN — The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard a challenge to a key section of the Voting Rights Act, presenting the conservative majority with another opportunity to whittle down the seminal 1965 law that aims to address racial discrimination in voting. The case concerns the US congressional map Alabama drew after the 2020 census, but … Read more

White House launches last ditch effort to dissuade OPEC from cutting oil production to avoid a ‘total disaster’

Washington CNN — The Biden administration has launched a full-scale pressure campaign in a last-ditch effort to dissuade Middle Eastern allies from dramatically cutting oil production, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. The push comes ahead of Wednesday’s crucial meeting of OPEC+, the international cartel of oil producers that is widely expected to … Read more

Trump goes to Supreme Court over Mar-a-Lago search and seizure of documents

CNN — Former President Donald Trump has asked the Supreme Court to intervene in the dispute over materials marked as classified the FBI seized from his Mar-a-Lago estate this summer. His emergency request with the Supreme Court is the latest example of the former President seeking to involve the justices in investigations that entangle him … Read more