A lost 22-page transcript discovered at the National Archives reveals the secret history of how Abraham Lincoln pardoned Joe Biden’s ancestor

Abraham Lincoln pardoned President Joe Biden’s great-great-grandfather, Moses J. Robinette, in 1864. Robinette was convicted after a fight with an army colleague during the Civil War, documents show. He was pardoned after receiving support from several army officers and a West Virginia senator. President Joe Biden’s former boss, ex-President Barack Obama, used to say that … Read more

South Africa’s main opposition party lays out plans to unseat the African National Congress

PRETORIA, South Africa — Thousands of South Africans gathered in the capital Saturday to show support for the country’s biggest opposition party as it prepares for a much-anticipated national election in which it hopes to wrest control of the government from the ruling African National Congress. Many of the Democratic Alliance backers assembled in the … Read more

Amazon and SpaceX are quietly trying to demolish national labor law

Amazon alleged in a legal filing published Friday morning that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is unconstitutional. SpaceX and Trader Joe’s — companies that, like Amazon, have repeatedly faced labor law violations from the federal agency — have recently made similar attacks that threaten national worker protections. This is just Amazon’s latest attempt to block union organizing … Read more

India’s top court strikes down system for anonymous political donations ahead of national elections

NEW DELHI — India’s top court on Thursday struck down a controversial election funding system that allowed individuals and companies to send unlimited donations to political parties without the need to disclose donor identity, a system critics have long said is undemocratic and favored Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party. A five-judge constitution bench on … Read more

Mysterious National Security Threat Hyped By Republicans Likely Nukes In Space: Report

The Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee released a mysterious statement Wednesday morning that warned of a “national security threat” facing the United States. And while we’re still not sure of the details, a new report from ABC News includes more information about what everyone might be panicking about. Astronomers Could Soon Get Warnings When SpaceX Satellites … Read more

US congressional intelligence chair warns of ‘serious national security threat’

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives intelligence committee issued an unusual cryptic statement on Wednesday saying the committee had made available to all members of Congress information about an unspecified “serious national security threat” that sources said was related to Russia. “I am requesting that President Biden declassify … Read more

Arizona Republicans challenge Biden’s designation of a national monument near the Grand Canyon

The Arizona Legislature’s top two Republicans have challenged Democratic President Joe Biden’s creation of a new national monument last summer just outside Grand Canyon National Park, alleging he exceeded his legal authority in making that designation under a century-old law that lets presidents protect sites considered historically or culturally important. In a lawsuit filed Monday … Read more

Trinidad and Tobago Oil Spill Caused a ‘National Emergency’

February 12, 2024 1:50 PM EST SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Trinidad and Tobago’s prime minister said a large oil spill near the twin-island nation in the eastern Caribbean has caused a “national emergency” as crews struggled to contain the oil already coating numerous beaches on Tobago’s southwest coast. The government has yet to identify … Read more

Today Is Not National Poop Day

Last month, Gizmodo got an email from WastewaterSCAN, a company that monitors sewage for traces of infectious disease. The outfit had a pitch for us: February 12th is “National Poop Day,” the company said. Would we like to talk to an expert for our Poop Day coverage? Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra: 3 Things We Love … Read more

Reba McEntire’s National Anthem Makes Chiefs’ Chris Jones Cry

Reba McEntire’s rendition of the national anthem left a lotta fans feeling emotional … and one Chiefs defender just couldn’t hold back the tears. The singer-songwriter finished up the opening ceremony just moments ago, belting out the song before the Super Bowl kicked off on Sunday. .@reba sings the National Anthem at Super Bowl LVIII! … Read more