Money

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.

Criminal Investigation

Manhattan prosecutors 'expand their investigation into Donald Trump

Investigators in Manhattan looking into Donald Trump's tax affairs are becoming increasingly interested in the president's oldest son, according to a report. Donald Trump Jr has been running the Trump Organization alongside his brother Eric, 37, while their father was in the White House.

Horror Crash

Police say Tiger Woods 'lucky to be alive' after car crash in California

Tiger Woods has had surgery for multiple fractures of his right leg after a car accident that a Los Angeles police officer said he was “very fortunate” to have survived. The golfer was “awake and responsive” after the operation to insert a rod into his tibia and stabilize his ankle with pins, according to a statement by his TGR foundation on Tuesday night.

Joe Biden

Schumer sets up confirmation blitz in Senate

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is teeing up a blitz of confirmation floor votes on President Biden's nominees this week. The focus on nominations comes as Senate Democrats are waiting for the House to send them Biden's proposed $1.9 trillion coronavirus bill. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) wants a House vote on the bill by Friday, allowing the Senate to take it up as soon as next week. In the meantime, Schumer said that Democrats would be working to confirm four Biden picks.

Get Lucky

Daft Punk, French electronic music duo, split up after 28 years

Daft Punk, the French duo whose sci-fi aesthetic and euphoric sense of pop transformed electronic music, have split up. They announced the split with a YouTube video featuring a clip from their film Electroma, featuring an intertitle with the dates 1993-2021. Their publicist Kathryn Frazier confirmed the split to Pitchfork, but did not elaborate.

COVID-19

President Joe Biden to hold memorial as US nears 500,000 Covid deaths

Joe Biden is set to mark the latest tragic milestone of Covid deaths in the US on Monday night, with a candlelit commemoration and moment of silence for the 500,000 who will have lost their lives. With the heart-wrenching landmark approaching, the White House is preparing for a sunset ceremony focused on those who have died and their grieving loved ones. With his wife, Jill Biden, Vice-president Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, by his side, the president is expected to echo the commemoration held for Covid victims at the Lincoln Memorial the night before his inauguration. He said then: “To heal we must remember.”

Criminal Investigation

Supreme Court declines to shield Trump's tax returns from Manhattan DA

Donald Trump blasted a Supreme Court ruling on Monday that paved the way for a New York City prosecutor to obtain his tax returns and other financial records as part of a criminal investigation, a blow to his quest to conceal details of his finances. 'This investigation is a continuation of the greatest political Witch Hunt in the history of our Country,' begins the missive, sent out from the Office of Donald J. Trump. The nearly-400 word statement, clearly dictated by Trump himself, brings back a litany of past complaints by the former president: calling the investigation a 'witch hunt,' blasting former special counsel Robert Mueller, and falsely claiming he won the election.

QAnon

Biden helped China create the Texas energy crisis

As if Texans didn’t have enough to deal with between energy blackouts, broken water pipes, food shortages, and their elected officials lying about Cancún holidays in the middle of the crisis, QAnon followers are now actively trying to claim that the winter storm was orchestrated by the Biden administration with the help of China.

White Supremacists

What is the 150-year-old Ku Klux Klan Act that is being used against Trump?

In the wake of the Civil War, the Enforcement Act of 1871 gave presidents the power to suspend the writ of habeas corpus to protect the voting rights of Black Americans, which were under threat from the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) and other white supremacy organizations. Now, one former president stands accused of violating it.

Ted Cruz

'Don't let him back in': backlash as Cruz caught leaving Texas for Mexico

“Complete and utter hyprocites,” tweeted Senator Ted Cruz back in December, when Steve Adler, mayor of Austin, was caught directing residents to stay at home to stop the spread of the coronavirus while at his holiday home in Cabo, Mexico. But Cruz is now eating a slice of humble pie – after being caught hopping on a flight to Mexico just days after telling Texans to stay home during a storm that has left millions of Texans without heating, hot water or power. Cruz was pictured on a flight to Cancun while millions in his state are without power, and adults and children have died while trying to keep warm.

Desaster

Millions of Texans struggle for drinking water following deadly winter storm

Millions of Texans are facing water shortages after the deadly winter storm ravaging the state caused pipes to burst and treatment plants to back up, disrupting services and contaminating supplies. Texas officials ordered seven million people – a quarter of the population of the nation’s second-largest state – to boil tap water before drinking it following days of record low temperatures that damaged infrastructure and froze pipes. Almost 600 public water systems in more than 140 counties reported disruptions in service, affecting nearly 12 million people on Wednesday night, a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality spokesperson told the Texas Tribune.

Serena Williams

What next after her tearful Australian Open exit?

A few hours after Serena Williams walked out of Rod Laver Arena, beaten in the late stages of a grand slam tournament once more, the Eurosport team had converged in front of the cameras to discuss the day’s play. There stood Barbara Schett, last active 15 years ago, who played against Williams three times, and via video link, Williams’s former rival Justine Henin, who retired in Melbourne 10 years ago.

Gold Standard Banking Corporation AG (GSB)

G999 Boss Josip Heit allegedly involved in dirty human trafficking

The public prosecutor's office in Frankfurt is now also investigating the alleged banker Josip Heit. According to the investigators, the Croatian is a key figure in a network of human traffickers operating throughout Europe. Specifically, prosecutors are charging him with promoting prostitution, extortion, coercion, promoting child prostitution, tax evasion and fraud.

Kentucky

County GOP chair calls on Mitch McConnell to resign

A county GOP chairman in Kentucky is calling for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to resign from his leadership position in the Senate over his floor speech last weekend saying former President Donald Trump was responsible for the Capitol riot. “Given that the county party I represent supports President Trump overwhelmingly and your complete and total disdain for the will of your constituents here in Nelson County I am formally demanding you immediately resign your leadership position within our party’s caucus in the United States Senate,” Don Thrasher, chairman for the Republican Party of Nelson County, said.

Poll

Biden with 50 percent approval

About half of Americans approve of President Biden’s job performance nearly a month into his presidency, though Democrats and Republicans are sharply divided in their perceptions, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday. The survey, which questioned more than 1,000 U.S. adults from Feb. 11 to Feb. 14, found that overall, Biden currently has a positive job approval rating of 50 percent, compared to 38 percent who disapprove.

CYBERSECURITY

North Korean hackers are 'the world’s leading bank robbers'

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday announced charges against three North Korean government hackers accused of participating in a wide range of cyberattacks, including the destructive 2014 assault on Sony Pictures Entertainment hack, the global WannaCry ransomware attack in 2017 and a range of digital bank heists.

Kayleigh McEnany

Ex-Trump press secretary criticized for stirring up QAnon on Twitter

Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany has come under fire for a tweet singling out a comment from President Biden about his adoration of children.

Conservative Media

Rush Limbaugh dead at 70 following battle with cancer

Rush Limbaugh, the conservative media icon who for decades used his perch as the king of talk-radio to shape the politics of both the Republican Party and nation, died Wednesday after a battle with cancer. He was 70 years old. Limbaugh's wife Kathryn made the announcement on his radio show Wednesday.

Legal

Rudy Giuliani not representing Donald Trump in legal matters

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is not currently representing Donald Trump in any legal matters, according to a spokesman for the former president, Jason Miller. Giuliani had served as Trump’s personal lawyer since 2018 and was one of the main figures representing Trump in his failed legal efforts to challenge the 2020 election results.

Republicans

Trump unloads on Mitch McConnell, promises MAGA primary challengers

Former President Trump on Tuesday unloaded on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and vowed to back challengers to lawmakers who have crossed him. In a statement released through his Save America super PAC, Trump blamed McConnell for the GOP’s 2020 Senate losses and called for Republicans to elect new leaders to carry on his legacy.

Probe into the insurrection

After the impeachment: Nancy Pelosi want the capitol attack investigated like 9/11

For Democrats and a shamefully small number of Republicans, last week’s impeachment trial was not only about holding Donald Trump accountable for his actions—it was also about sending a message, to him and other would-be American autocrats, that the country cannot again go down the road to insurrection. “If the Senate acquits Donald Trump, then any president could incite and provoke insurrectionary violence against us again,” impeachment manager Jamie Raskin pleaded with his Capitol Hill colleagues. His appeal, however convincing, failed to move move Republican Senators, and the right and just thing was overpowered by the politics of the moment.

Investigative

Steve Bannon believed Donald Trump had early stage dementia, TV producer claims

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon thought Donald Trump was suffering from early-stage dementia and campaigned covertly to remove him from office via the 25th amendment, according to a veteran TV producer. Ira Rosen, the author of a new memoir about his work for CBS, Ticking Clock: Behind the Scenes at 60 Minutes, was speaking to Skullduggery, a podcast from Yahoo News. Rosen told hosts Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman his book was “not a dish on this person or that person”, then gave listeners a taste of the dish inside.

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.