First thing: Nikki Haley accuses Pompeo of lies after VP collusion claim | American news

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Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley has claimed that former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo conspired to replace Mike Pence as Donald Trump’s vice president. “Lies and Rumors to Sell a Book”.

Haley spoke to Fox News last night after the Guardian obtained a copy of Pompeo’s forthcoming memoir, Never Give An Inch. reported His opinion of Haley.

Haley resigned from the Trump administration in October 2018. Before that, Pompeo says he set up a private meeting with Trump instead of meeting him in the Oval Office.

Pompeo writes that he thought Haley was indeed on board because then-Trump chief of staff John Kelly, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner had presented “a preference for Haley as vice president.”

Pompeo has written unfavorably about Haley’s performance as UN ambassador and criticized her resignation.

  • What did Haley say? Speaking to Fox News, Haley said: “I don’t know why he said that, but that’s why I stayed away from DC as much as possible to get away from the drama.” He also pointed out that Pompeo says in his book that he doesn’t know if the story is true.

  • Is Haley planning to run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024? Both Haley and Pompeo are potential contenders in a race where Trump is the only confirmed nominee. Haley seems to be running. He told Fox News: “We’re still working things out and we’ll figure it out. I’ve never lost a race. I said it then and I say it now. I’m not going to lose it now.”

Zelensky expects ‘strong results’ when Kiev’s allies meet in Germany

Volodymyr Zelensky has called on Western allies to supply tanks to Ukraine. Photo: Pavlo Palamarchuk/Reuters

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said His government expects “strong results”. Defense chiefs from NATO and other countries met on Friday to discuss improving Ukraine’s ability to counter Russian forces with modern battle tanks.

The meeting at Ramstein air base in Germany is the latest in a series since Russia invaded Ukraine nearly 11 months ago, and will discuss future weapons, particularly Germany’s Panther 2 tanks used by armies across Europe.

Berlin has veto power over any decision to export the tanks and President Olaf Scholes’ government has so far been reluctant to approve their release for fear of provoking Russia.

Some allies say Berlin’s concerns are misplaced, as Russia has already fully committed to war, while Moscow has repeatedly said Western arms transfers will prolong the conflict and increase suffering in Ukraine.

  • What did the US government say? The US Defense Secretary has called for support for Ukraine to “dig deep” as “history is watching us” as the US announced details of a $2.5bn military aid package yesterday.

  • What else is going on? Here it is What do we know? Day 331 of the invasion.

Ron DeSantis banned African American studies classes from Florida high schools

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
The Republican governor’s move is the latest in a series of moves to shut down conversations about race and gender in public schools. Photo: Paul Hennessy/Sofa Images/Rex/Shutterstock

Florida’s Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, has rejected a new advanced placement course in African American studies taught on high school campuses. He argues the course violates state law and has “no educational value.”

The ban is the latest in a series of moves to keep conversations and lessons about race, sexuality and gender identity off school campuses in the state.

DeSantis Officially banned of course A letter from a state department of education to a college board, an organization that administers college readiness tests such as the Academic Aptitude Test (SAT). They also oversee Advanced Placement (AP) courses, which allow students to earn college credit in subjects such as English and chemistry.

In a Jan. 12 letter to the College Board, the Florida Department of Education said it was “inexplicably inconsistent with Florida law and of substantial academic value.”

  • When did schools start offering the curriculum? It hasn’t been running for a long time. In the summer of 2022, the College Board announced that a pilot program to “provide high school students with an evidence-based introduction to African American Studies” will begin in 60 high schools in the 2022-23 school year and will expand to other campuses. Next year.

In other news…

David Crosby: David Crosby poses for a portrait to promote the movie Remember My Name
David Crosby. ‘Although he is no longer with us, his humanity and kind heart will continue to guide and inspire us. Photo: Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP
  • A famous American musician David Crosby is dead At the age of 81 after a “long illness”. The singer, guitarist and songwriter was part of the Byrds’ original lineup and appeared on their first five albums. He also co-founded the country rock supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash.

  • The Jewish National Fund (JNF), one of the oldest Zionist organizations in the world, has close ties to the Israeli government. US applies anti-terrorism laws to sue a major Palestinian rights group in the United States over its support for the international boycott movement.

  • A federal judge has ordered Donald Trump and one of his lawyers to jointly pay A fine of nearly $1 million For prosecuting a frivolous suit It accused Hillary Clinton, the Democratic National Committee and others of fraud and a massive conspiracy against her.

  • A small town in Alabama is honoring a man who paid his neighbor’s pharmacy bills for years and kept his generosity a secret until recently. death, By picking up exactly where he left off. Hodi Childress donates $100 a month to neighbors who can’t afford their prescriptions.

Status of the Day: Joshua Tree’s ‘Invisible House’ Can Be Yours for $18 Million

Joshua trees in the Mojave desert with boulders forming in the distance.
‘Americans understand better than international buyers the cultural appeal of Joshua Tree’s remote desert landscape.’ Photo: R Patrick Jennings/Alamy

Joshua Tree’s real estate boom may have reached a symbolic peak, as the desert city’s iconic, glass-walled mansion $18m in the market A record asking price is claimed. Built in 2019 by filmmakers Chris and Roberta Hanley, Invisible House has hosted celebrities including Alicia Keys and Ariana Grande. It’s a surreal, box-like structure with shimmering glass walls that mimic the desert landscape and a 100-foot indoor pool that spans half the length of the house. Although the Invisible House sold for $9 million, half the asking price, “it will be the most expensive house ever sold in Joshua Tree,” according to local newspaper the San Bernardino Sun.

Don’t miss: ‘You have to make time for friendship’ – the serious power of hangouts

Friends sitting by the window drinking tea chatting and laughing
“You have to make that time to relax with friends,” says educator Sheila Liming. Photo: Carlos G. Lopez/Getty Images

From sharing a cuppa to lazing in the park, is doing everyday activities with friends the key to happiness? Leisure time, which has been shrinking since the 1970s, has become more precious for women, particularly as US and UK statistics show the gender gap. What free time people have, time-use studies consistently show, is mostly spent watching television — perhaps because we find ourselves too tired to do anything else. Teacher and Educator Sheila Liming wants us to find time – or, more precisely, reclaim it. His new book, Hanging Out: The Radical Power of Killing Time, is partly an evocation of the pleasures of being idle with others and partly a manifesto to “reclaim our social lives from the destructive spiral of contemporary life”.

Climate check: ‘Super-tipping points’ can trigger cascades of climate action

Aerial view of rental cars in Sydney, Australia
Aerial view of rental cars in Sydney, Australia. Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Three “super-tipping points” for climate action could trigger a cascade of decarbonisation across the global economy, according to a report. relatively minor policy interventions Electric cars, plant-based alternatives to meat and green manures That could lead to unstoppable growth in those sectors, experts said. But it could mean important knock-on benefits for other sectors, including a boost to battery and hydrogen production, energy storage and aviation. Urgent emissions cuts are needed to avoid irreversible climate disruption and experts say super-tipping points are a quick way to drive global action, providing “credible hope” that a rapid transition to a green economy will happen in time.

Last thing: ‘We called it Todzilla’: the giant cane toad believed to be the largest of its species found in Australia

Rangers catch a cane toad in Conway National Park near Airlie Beach in Queensland, Australia
Rangers at Conway National Park near Airlie Beach in Queensland, Australia, have discovered a giant cane toad known as the 2.7kg Todzilla, possibly a new record for the species. Photo: Department of Environment and Science QLD

She is venomous, weighs as much as some newborn babies, and was found in the wilds of northern Australia. A large cane toad, Named “Dotzilla”.Discovered by rangers in Queensland’s Conway National Park this week, it is believed to be the largest of the species ever discovered. The Guinness World Record for the largest toad in history is 2.65 kg (5.8 lb) found in 1991. The rangers who found “Todzilla” took it back to their base and weighed it. She tipped the scales at 2.7kg (6lbs). Ranger Kylie Gray spotted the huge toad while walking in the national park. “I reached down and held the cane toad and couldn’t believe how big and heavy it was,” she said. “We called it Dogzilla.”

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