Britain’s finance and health ministers resigned on Tuesday, in what looked to be the final blow for Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s premiership after he had tried to apologize for the latest scandal to dog his administration.

Both finance minister Rishi Sunak and health minister Sajid Javid resigned in what appeared to be a choreographed release of letters to the prime minister, in which both took aim at his ability to run an administration that adhered to standards.

The resignations came as Johnson was apologising for what he said was a mistake for not realizing that a former minister in charge of pastoral care was unsuitable for a job in government after complaints of sexual misconduct were made against him.

Both had formerly publicly supported Johnson during months of scandal over his administration’s conduct and a damning report into parties at his Downing Street office and residence that broke strict COVID-19 lockdown rules.

Sunak, who had reportedly clashed with the prime minister in private about spending, said: “For me to step down as Chancellor while the world is suffering the economic consequences of the pandemic, the war in Ukraine and other serious challenges is a decision that I have not taken lightly.”

“However, the public rightly expect government to be conducted properly, competently and seriously. I recognize this may be my last ministerial job, but I believe these standards are worth fighting for and that is why I am resigning.”

Javid said many lawmakers and the public had lost confidence in Johnson’s ability to govern in the national interest.

“I regret to say, however, that it is clear to me that this situation will not change under your leadership – and you have therefore lost my confidence too,” Javid said in a letter to Johnson.

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The end of legal abortion in Wisconsin could lead to law enforcement officers investigating miscarriages, advocates and legal experts say.

The end of the constitutional right to an abortion in Wisconsin comes with the likely reinstatement of the state’s 173-year-old criminal abortion ban. The ban only allows for criminal charges to be brought against the person who performs the abortion, not the mother, and does have an exception if the mother’s life is at stake. But that won’t keep cops from interrogating a grieving and traumatized mother if for any reason it’s suspected that a miscarriage was intentional.

State law requires that medical professionals report any death they believe to be from homicide or abortion to local law enforcement. So, if a woman miscarries and requires medical attention, a suspicious doctor may report her to the local sheriff’s office or police chief.

Sarah Yacoub, a former Democratic candidate for the Wisconsin Assembly and attorney who works with victims of sexual and domestic violence, says possible criminal investigations of miscarriage are a horrifying effect of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

“People sincerely believe there are no implications for miscarriage or criminalizing miscarriage or ways this can be weaponized by abusers,” she says. “That’s something that’s very real to me from what I see at work.”

“What stands out to me is how not widely understood or known the implication for miscarriage is,” she continues. “If we consider a person to be legally a person at conception, that has real legal implications, that means we have to have a death investigation and investigator for every death. As someone who has experienced miscarriage and the trauma it brings, the idea of explaining myself is horrifying, likewise for my clients.”

About 10-20% of all pregnancies end in a miscarriage, according to the Mayo Clinic, and law enforcement won’t know about all of them. The miscarriages they’ll find out about are the ones that require the woman to go to the hospital. From there, some doctors might feel they need to call the police.

“Practically they’re not going to hear about most miscarriages, somebody’s going to miscarry and the body’s not going to pass it and they’ll start bleeding uncontrollably,” Yacoub says. “That’s where it’s going to get dicey, ‘Oh, well did you do this on purpose?’ If it’s a domestic abuse situation it might be suggested it was on purpose. Practically speaking we don’t have personnel to respond to every miscarriage, people won’t call every time because it’s invasive and gross, but it will come up when people want to weaponize it. It will come up, there are doctors who think women don’t have a right to control their body. It leaves the door open for anyone who is an activist in this area.”

In some cases, police won’t need to be called because they’re already on duty at the hospital. Ji Seon Song, a law professor at the University of California-Irvine who studies law enforcement presence in emergency rooms, says the passive information sharing that happens at hospitals in which cops are playing a dual role as both criminal investigator and first responder to emergencies, can be dangerous in instances like this.

“At certain kinds of hospitals, certain kinds of emergency rooms, police just tend to be there,” Song says. “There’s a lot of informal information-gathering that happens because of their ubiquity. My research shows there’s a lot of passive information sharing because they’re wearing these multiple hats.”

Because Wisconsin’s abortion ban focuses on physicians, not patients, Song says women won’t have many constitutional protections once an investigation has started. They will be treated as witnesses, rather than defendants.

“Let’s say informally, or the police come in and suspicions are raised and they start asking questions, or it’s been reported, there are a number of things that could happen, they could ask for diagnostic testing, they could ask for the remains and test it,” Song says. “There’s a very gray area of the law of what kind of constitutional protections [she has]. The mother would be perceived as a victim or witness, she wouldn’t be the defendant in all this.”

“There’s other kinds of things they could look at, if they question the mother or the patient, and then she gives statements, they could ask her for her phone,” she continues. “In some places, police have been known to search through patients’ belongings under the rubric of performing an investigation or the patient consented to the search of the cell phone ‘You texted a friend you were going to this doctor for an abortion.’ If she’s not the defendant, she’s not going to have a Fourth Amendment claim.”

Once the police start asking questions, law enforcement experts say the cops may not be equipped to handle what has become a highly sensitive interrogation.

“There’s no empathy at all,” says Ion Meyn, a law professor at UW-Madison who studies policing. “If there’s a sense it’s a homicide they’re not going to be empathetic and a parent in deep grief is going to be interrogated.”

Meyn says he was once involved in a case involving a pregnant woman in Rock County who was accused of stealing $500 of baby supplies including diapers and formula. While the police were questioning the woman, her water broke, but the police didn’t take her to the hospital. If, Meyn asks, the cops wouldn’t take a woman in labor to the hospital, why would they be more sensitive about someone they think just had an abortion?

“I don’t think people understand police training is to get leverage, get a confession,” he continues. “[Their] training is to accuse, not to gather information. People somehow think a woman who just had a miscarriage is going to be treated differently. Why? A homicide is a homicide is a homicide.”

It’s not just the cops though, Song says. The medical staff examining the patient play an important initial role in what road law enforcement takes. If the doctor says it’s an abortion, that’s who the cops will believe.

“That’s the real harm,” she says. “Even when you come in as a miscarriage, let’s say the nurse or doctor thinks this actually isn’t miscarriage, it’s the remnants of an abortion. There’s been other instances where women come because they have a stillborn child or a miscarriage but hospital providers think it’s something else. They perform this initial diagnostic function. There’s a lot of instantaneous diagnosing at the ER that ends up creating the investigative pathway for police and subsequently the prosecutor.”

Song adds that the people who are considered believable by doctors are members of advantaged groups, while low-income patients and people of color are often discounted.

“The people who are more likely to be not believed it’s a miscarriage and not the after-effects of an abortion would likely be poor people or black and brown mothers who have historically been not believed or criminalized,” Song says.

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The 21-year-old man suspected of being the shooter in Monday’s Highland Park, Illinois massacre planned the attack for weeks, purchased his weapons legally, disguised himself by wearing women’s attire to “conceal his facial tattoos and his identity,” and to “help him during the escape.” He then walked to his mother’s house after the shooting, police said in a Tuesday press conference.

Six people died and over thirty others were wounded.

The “high-powered rifle” Robert Crimo used is “similar to an AR-15,” Christopher Covelli, a spokesperson for the Lake County major crimes task force told reporters. He used it to “fire more than 70 rounds into the crowd.”

Crimo later borrowed his mother’s car.

Police say there was no one else involved. They add they were aware of him through previous interactions but those were not violent.

A Georgia grand jury has subpoenaed Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and members of Donald Trump’s campaign legal team.

In addition to the South Carolina Republican, the Fulton County special grand jury investigating Trump’s efforts to overturn his loss has issued subpoenas to Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani, John Eastman, Cleta Mitchell, Kenneth Chesbro and Jenna Ellis, reported the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The subpoenas were filed Tuesday and signed off by Fulton Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney, who is overseeing the grand jury and must approve summons for individuals who live out of state.

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Fulton County district attorney Fani Willis is also engaged in legal battles with at least two current and former GOP officials, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan and ex-state Sen. William Ligon, in Georgia over subpoenas, arguing in a recent court filing that seeking to reverse election results were not protected by legislative immunity.

The special grand jury has permission to meet until May 2023, but Willis has said she expects her investigation to end long before then.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) has been under attack since going up against President Donald Trump, but after taking on the role of the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on Congress, he says he has been getting more serious threats.

“Threats of violence over politics have increased heavily in the last few years. But the darkness has reached new lows,” Kinzinger tweeted Tuesday. “My new interns made this compilation of recent calls they’ve received while serving in my DC office.”

Last week, he revealed that he’d been threatened, but so were his wife and new baby.

“We know who your family is, and we’re going to get you, get you little c*cksucker, you c*cksucking little bastard, gonna get your wife, gonna get your kids,” said the caller.

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“I’m going to come to protest in front of your house this weekend. We know where your family is, and we’re going to get you … We’re going to get your wife, going to get your kids,” said one of the calls in the recording.

“I guess I can’t say a whole lot more other than I hope you naturally die as quickly as f*cking possible you f*cking piece of sh*t,” said another.

One caller, evidently a Republican, called Kinzinger a “backstabbing son of a b*tch” and swears that he will “get stomped down in no time.” The caller goes on to threaten to “protest” his home.

Kinzinger certainly isn’t the only one. According to Axios, members of Congress have reported an increase in threats against lawmakers in the last five years. U.S. Capitol Police revealed it has opened more than 1,800 cases after threats made on lawmakers.

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Before Monday’s tragic mass shooting, affluent Highland Park, Illinois, had another claim to fame – as the film set for several iconic 1980s movies. One was “The Color of Money,” starring Paul Newman, Tom Cruise and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, in which Fast Eddie Felson teaches pool hustling to a mentee. The tony neighborhood also formed the backdrop for family tension in “Ordinary People,” the 1980 drama starring Robert Redford, Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland, Judd Hirsch and Timothy Hutton, about a family being ripped apart after the death of a son. There was also the 1992 “Prelude to …

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate John Fetterman on Tuesday voiced support for a federal ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines following multiple shootings over the long holiday weekend, including one that left six dead and dozens wounded in a Chicago suburb.

“Gisele and I are heartbroken for the victims of these shootings and their families,” Fetterman said in a statement. “We wish both law enforcement officers who were injured in the Philadelphia shooting a safe and quick recovery.”

“Democrats in the Senate need to scrap the filibuster and immediately pass common-sense reform.”

“There is a sad irony about our country experiencing multiple mass shootings on a day that is meant to celebrate its greatness and our freedom,” said Fetterman, who is taking on millionaire television personality Mehmet Oz in the race for Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat, a critical race for Democrats as they seek to keep and expand their narrow majority in the upper chamber.

“The unfortunate reality is that yesterday’s shooting was not an outlier,” said the Democratic candidate, who is currently serving as Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor. “Just several weekends ago in Philadelphia, three people were killed and 12 were shot in one of the city’s most vibrant areas, which is a stark reminder that no one and nowhere is immune to gun violence. And while these shootings receive national attention, they pale in comparison to the relentless gun violence afflicting people in their neighborhoods every day.”

“We cannot and must not become numb to this ever-increasing gun violence,” he continued. “Washington needs to act and take on the NRA by shutting down and prosecuting gun dealers whose weapons routinely wind up at crime scenes. Democrats in the Senate need to scrap the filibuster and immediately pass common-sense reform like universal background checks for all gun sales and a ban on military-grade assault weapons and high capacity magazines.”

Despite the proposal’s overwhelming popularity with the U.S. public, congressional lawmakers excluded an assault-weapons ban from recently approved compromise gun legislation due to GOP opposition.

In contrast to Fetterman’s outspoken support for gun control legislation, Oz has campaigned as a fervent opponent of what he’s called “liberal gun grabs” and touted his status as “a member of the National Rifle Association.”

When he faced criticism from his GOP primary opponents earlier this year over his past statements supporting gun-safety measures, Oz released an ad declaring, “When people say I won’t support guns, they’re dead wrong.”

In the wake of the July 4 parade shooting in Highland Park, Chicago, that left at least 6 people dead, a local rabbi said that the shooter, identified as Robert E. Crimo III, tried to enter into a nearby synagogue a few months ago but was denied by security, Anash.org reports.

Rabbi Yosef Schanowitz recognized the photo of Crimo circulated by police and recognized from a few months earlier.

“During last Pesach, that person entered the Chabad House. We have an armed security guard sitting in front… I approached him and sternly asked him to leave as I noticed he was not a member of our community,” Rabbi Schanowitz told Israel’s Channel 2.

The synagogue, which is located just blocks from where the shooting took place, sheltered fleeing people in the moment after the attack.

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“There is reason to think that the attack was directed against Jews due to the prominent Jewish presence in the area.” Rabbi Schanowitz said.

Two members of the local Jewish community are reportedly listed among the victims.

The shooting is part of a wave of gun violence plaguing the United States, where approximately 40,000 deaths a year are caused by firearms, according to the Gun Violence Archive website.

And it cast a pall over America’s Independence Day, in which towns and cities across the country hold similar parades and people — many dressed in variations on the US flag — hold barbecues, attend sports events and gather for firework displays.

“We were getting ready to march down the street and then all the sudden waves of these people started running after, like running towards us. And right before that happened, we heard the pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, and I thought it was fireworks,” Emily Prazak, who marched in the parade, told AFP.

Police officials said the shooting began at 10:14 am, when the parade was approximately three-quarters of the way through.

“It sounds like spectators were targeted… So, very random, very intentional and very sad,” said Lake County Major Crime Task Force spokesman Christopher Covelli.

Five of the six people killed, all adults, had died at the scene. The sixth was taken to hospital but succumbed to wounds there.

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A Georgia judge has ordered an attorney from former President Donald Trump’s campaign team to testify in a special grand jury investigation about efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

Joe Henke of 11Alive obtained the order, which names attorney Kenneth Chesebro as a “necessary and material” witness for the investigation focusing on Trump.

Chesebro allegedly had a role in organizing an “alternate” slate of electors that would elect Trump instead of Joe Biden. On December 14, 2020, the group assembled at the state capitol to cast their illegitimate votes for Trump.

“The court’s order said he was involved in the ‘coordination and execution of a plan to have 16 individuals meet at the Georgia State Capitol on December 14, 2020 to cast purported electoral college votes in favor of former President Donald Trump, even though none of those 16 individuals had been ascertained as Georgia’s certified presidential electors by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp,'” 11Alive reported.

Chesebro “[d]rafted at least two memoranda in support of this plan, which were provided to the Georgia Republican Party, and… provided template Microsoft Word documents to be used by the Georgia Republican Party at its meeting on December 14, 2020,” the order said.

The document asserted that the attorney has “unique knowledge” of the plot to overturn the election.

The House Select Committee on Jan. 6 and the Justice Department have also subpoenaed Chesebro.

After the 2020 election when then-President Donald Trump was falsely claiming he won reporters began asking if there would be a peaceful transition of power.

At the time, then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, “There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration. All right? We’re ready.”

But that appears to have changed.

Speaking to CBS News reporter Major Garrett, Pompeo, who is considering whether to run for president, came out against the same lie he was promoting publicly while serving under Trump.

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When it came to the Jan. 6 attack, Pompeo said, “Did we get it right that day by certifying those electors? I think we did.”

However, on Jan. 6, 2021, State Department leaders met with the Capitol attackers, former Assistant Secretary of State Robert Destro told the Washington Post. He met with Colorado podcaster Joe Oltmann and Michigan lawyer Matthew DePerno.

“Oltmann and DePerno played important behind-the-scenes roles in crafting the baseless allegations that the election was stolen from Trump, a review of emails and public statements from Trump allies shows,” the report said. “The State Department meeting provides new evidence of the success that activists spreading false claims about the election had in gaining access to top administration officials. Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows was in close contact with activists pushing false fraud narratives, as were high-level officials at the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security.”

Pompeo went on to confess to Garrett that it would be awkward running against Trump in 2024 after a Washington Post article described him as the biggest loyalist in the Cabinet. That said, if Trump asked him to serve again, he absolutely would.

Asked whether he would support Trump were he to become the GOP nominee in 2024, Pompeo said he would absolutely. “Barring something really really crazy,” he said. He didn’t elaborate on how he would define “crazy” or if he finds the attack on Congress to be “crazy.”

Pompeo said that Democrats simply don’t think about America the way he thinks about America. For that reason, he said he would never support a Democrat for any office.

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