President Biden calls debt ceiling meeting ‘productive’
The president said he was optimistic after meeting with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
The president said he was optimistic after meeting with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
House business has been brought to a halt until next week as the standoff continues between Speaker Kevin McCarthy and hard-line conservatives over McCarthy's handling of the debt ceiling deal. McCarthy, who said he was surprised by the House Freedom Caucus revolt Tuesday on a procedural move to prevent gas stove bans, initially said it was his intention to hold more votes on Wednesday.
Actor Jay Johnston has been charged in connection with the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Johnston, whose credits include "Anchorman," “Arrested Development," "Bob's Burgers" and "The Sarah Silverman Program," is accused of unlawfully entering the U.S. Capitol complex and disorderly or disruptive conduct in a restricted area during the 2021 insurrection, according to court documents. Johnston was part of the mob on the West Plaza of the Capitol where he and others forced police into a tunnel that led into the building, according to the Justice Department.
Smoke from Canadian wildfires is causing hazy skies and unhealthy conditions across a large swath of the eastern United States in what officials have called an unprecedented event. Plumes of smoke from ongoing wildfires in Canada have prompted serious air quality alerts in at least 16 states. Hazy skies, low visibility and poor air quality will be present in most of the Northeast and the Midwest and even as far south as the Carolinas.
The FBI agents who will be escorting Joran van der Sloot, the prime suspect in the unsolved 2005 disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway, back to the United States have arrived in Peru, sources told ABC News. Upon arrival in the U.S., van der Sloot will face a federal trial on extortion and wire fraud charges stemming from an accusation that he tried to profit from his connection to the Holloway case. Van der Sloot has been serving a 28-year sentence at the Challapalca prison in Peru for the 2010 murder of 21-year-old college student Stephany Flores.
As New York City was bombarded with dangerous air and smoke conditions that turned the skyline orange, some residents and environmental experts questioned if the city's leader acted quickly enough to warn people about the dangers of the "smoke wave." The city's Office of Emergency Management issued warnings on its social media pages and city alert system starting Tuesday afternoon and Mayor Eric Adams put out a news release about the dangerous air quality around 11:30 p.m. "There is supposed to be emergency planning for situations like this," Rebecca Bratspies, the director of CUNY Law School's Center for Urban Environmental Justice Reform, told ABC News.
Former President Donald Trump received a letter from special counsel Jack Smith's office in recent weeks informing him that he is the target of an ongoing investigation related to his handling of classified information while out of office, sources familiar with the matter confirmed to ABC News. The point of a target letter is to put the subject on notice that they are facing the prospect of indictment. Department of Justice guidelines state that "the prosecutor, in appropriate cases, is encouraged to notify such person a reasonable time before seeking an indictment in order to afford him or her an opportunity to testify before the grand jury."
Florida officials confirmed on Tuesday that they organized two flights carrying migrants from Texas to California in recent days. It's the latest example of a controversial strategy under Gov. Ron DeSantis, who says he wants to spotlight what he calls the failures of southern border policies -- as migrant advocates say he is exploiting vulnerable people for political ends. State officials in Florida insist they are helping safely send migrants where they want to go, not deceiving them.
Wildfires burning in Canada continue to create poor air quality conditions in the U.S. as the smoke makes its way south. Hazy skies, low visibility and poor air quality will be present in most of the Northeast and the Midwest and even as far south as the Carolinas. Air quality alerts have been issued in 13 states, and the worst air quality in the U.S. on Wednesday was in New York from Syracuse to Binghamton.
It's not just sensitive populations who are at risk in the current poor air quality conditions covering a large swath of the U.S. due to the wildfires burning in Canada. Inhaling toxic smoke and ash from wildfires could weaken the immune system and cause damage to the body, including the lungs and heart, for anyone regardless of their health status. Fine particulate matter, known as PM2.5, is 30 times smaller in diameter than a human hair and cannot be seen by the naked eye.
Kennedy Davenport, a drag queen, rejoiced when she learned last year that she would be featured on apparel in the forthcoming Pride collection at Target. "You never imagine opportunities like this," Davenport told ABC News, comparing the breakthrough to her previous role competing on the TV show "RuPaul's Drag Race." For Davenport, elation turned to disappointment last month when Target announced it would remove some Pride products from stores in response to anti-LGBTQ harassment faced by employees, she said.
Smoke from wildfires in Canada has spread across most of the U.S. Northeast, triggering air quality alerts in 13 states. The poor air quality extends as far south as the Carolinas. Wildfire smoke and ash can irritate eyes, nose, throat and lungs, making you cough or wheeze and can make it hard to breathe, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Donald Trump -- because, he said, "Different times call for different leadership." In a speech from Iowa, Pence made clear what he saw as those differences, particularly around Jan. 6 -- and why, in his view, they made Trump ineligible to ever serve in the White House again. Beyond his rebuke of the former president, Pence sought to stress his own conservative bona fides, including his longtime support of abortion restrictions, religious liberty principles and shrinking the federal government.
A fresh batch of financial records for justices of the U.S. Supreme Court was published by the federal judiciary on Wednesday, which shed some light on their income and affiliations outside the court but did not include key details that critics said will contribute to an elevated atmosphere of mistrust. Thomas has denied any wrongdoing. Justice Samuel Alito’s documents were also unavailable online.
Learning to swim can be an intimidating feat for anyone, especially young kids. One swim instructor in Florida has developed a way to help his youngest students gain confidence, teaching them what he calls a "mermaid mantra."
Former "Beverly Hills, 90210" star Shannen Doherty has given her Instagram followers a sobering look at her ongoing battle with stage 4 breast cancer. Sharing a video from January that shows her getting fitted with a face mask used for radiation treatment for brain cancer, Doherty explained on Instagram Tuesday that a CT scan "showed Mets in my brain," meaning cancer cells had migrated there. Doherty was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015.
Like many moms, Meg St-Esprit has a lot on her plate. With summer starting to settle in, the Pennsylvania mom, along with her husband, has to figure out child care for their four children, who range in age from 4 to 11. Underneath her name and credential, St-Esprit's email signature now also reads: "Please note I may be slower to respond to email in the months of June, July, and August due to the United States' inability to provide affordable childcare for working mothers."
A California school district meeting where administrators voted to recognize Pride month, which celebrates the LGBTQ+ community, erupted into protests outside the venue involving several hundred people, according to the Glendale Police Department. Protesters of the Glendale Unified School District policy to recognize Pride month were met by counterprotesters in support of the district's decision. The district has celebrated Pride month in years past, but a recent rise in anti-LGBTQ+ political sentiment has led to growing tensions against the community.
The founder of MAGA Inc and a former Trump aide, Taylor Budowich, is appearing in front of a South Florida grand jury on Wednesday, which is hearing evidence and witness testimony in the classified documents probe. Budowich responded with a Tweet Wednesday, saying this is all an attempt to go after former President Donald Trump. "Today, in what can only be described as a bogus and deeply troubling effort to use the power of government to 'get' Trump, I fulfilled a legal obligation to testify in front a federal grand jury and I answered every question honestly," Budowich tweeted.
"Avatar: The Way of Water," the hit sequel to "Avatar," is now streaming on Disney+. James Cameron returned as writer, director and producer for the highly anticipated follow-up to the Academy Award-winning and box office-smashing 2009 film. For the second film in the franchise, released 13 years after the first, Cameron reunited with co-producer Jon Landau and shares a screenplay credit with Josh Friedman.
CNN Chairman and CEO Chris Licht is stepping down, parent company Warner Bros. Discovery said on Wednesday. In his 13-month tenure, Licht vowed to institute down-the-middle coverage but faced backlash over decisions such as a recent town hall event with former President Donald Trump. "I have great respect for Chris, personally and professionally," said David Zaslav, president and CEO, Warner Bros. Discovery.