Three years after the Trump administration failed to force the sale of TikTok to an American buyer, the Biden administration is trying again, charging forward into the same legal and constitutional minefield with just as little evidence that the short-video app poses an actual threat. The Biden administration's push to force TikTok's Chinese owner ByteDance to sell off one of the world's most popular apps has gained more bipartisan support than a similar Trump attempt in 2020, and the app has in recent years emerged as a major lightning rod for lawmakers unnerved by China's technological prowess and social media's impact on children and teens. But it will probably face all the same challenges that doomed President Donald Trump's bid in 2020, during which federal judges ruled the government had not provided proof that the app, which has more than 100 million U.S. users, presented enough of a national security risk to outweigh Americans' First Amendment rights to free expression. … [Read more...] about Biden’s TikTok plan faces the same challenges that doomed Trump’s ban
For Cade Cavalli, headed for Tommy John surgery, ‘life changed’ on a single pitch
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Until it happened Tuesday, until Cade Cavalli felt a tug in his elbow and a "zing" go down his arm, he had never thought much about Tommy John surgery. Elite athletes, especially young ones, often feel at least a measure of invincibility. Some ram into each other at full speed. Some rise to dunk and let gravity take hold. And others, Cavalli included, throw a baseball at maximum effort. Then they do it again. Then again and again and again, inviting the sort of consequence that now faces Cavalli. Next week, the Nationals' top pitching prospect will fly to Dallas and undergo reconstructive surgery to repair a fully torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. After that, Cavalli will dive headfirst into a year-long rehab, leaving him mostly isolated from the team with whom he was supposed to leave spring training. The Washington Nationals have big plans for Cavalli. They still do, even if the short-term goals have changed. When Cavalli heard the … [Read more...] about For Cade Cavalli, headed for Tommy John surgery, ‘life changed’ on a single pitch
Maryland survives and advances to second round of NCAA tournament
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 5 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Maryland men's basketball team first had to claw back from a disastrous start. And even after the Terrapins managed to do so, they faced another uphill climb after West Virginia generated a barrage of scoring in the opening minutes of the second half. Each time in this NCAA tournament first-round game, they responded. The eighth-seeded Terps are familiar with navigating deficits, but this time, facing elimination, they also needed to close. That's where this team has struggled this season, especially away from Xfinity Center. But against No. 9 seed West Virginia at Legacy Arena, Maryland held on for a 67-65 victory to advance to the second round in the South Region - a significant accomplishment for first-year Maryland coach Kevin Willard. During a timeout with 3:30 remaining, the Terps had just a two-point edge. Willard talked with his team about … [Read more...] about Maryland survives and advances to second round of NCAA tournament
‘Post Reports’ podcast: The Texas case that could soon upend abortion everywhere
"Post Reports" is the daily podcast from The Washington Post. Unparalleled reporting. Expert insight. Clear analysis. Everything you've come to expect from the newsroom of The Post - for your ears. - - - In this episode: In a four-hour hearing on Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk heard arguments in a lawsuit that could restrict access nationwide to the abortion medication mifepristone. The lawsuit alleges that the medication is unsafe, despite being approved and highly regulated by the FDA for decades. However, many antiabortion activists are hopeful that Kacsmaryk will rule against the FDA because of his strong religious beliefs and previous support of antiabortion organizations. National political reporter Caroline Kitchener was inside the courtroom for the hearing and explains what she heard and what the implications of the ruling could be. Read More A railroad fan photographed Putin's armored train. Now he lives in exile. She goes on … [Read more...] about ‘Post Reports’ podcast: The Texas case that could soon upend abortion everywhere
Trump-commissioned report undercut his claims of dead and double voters
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 3 When Donald Trump called Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Jan. 2, 2021, in a now-infamous bid to overturn the 2020 election, he alleged thousands of dead people had voted in the state. "So dead people voted, and I think the number is close to 5,000 people. And they went to obituaries. They went to all sorts of methods to come up with an accurate number, and a minimum is close to about 5,000 voters," he said, without citing his study. But a report commissioned by his own campaign dated one day prior told a different story: Researchers paid by Trump's team had "high confidence" of only nine dead voters in Fulton County, defined as ballots that may have been cast by someone else in the name of a deceased person. They believed there was a "potential statewide exposure" of 23 such votes across the Peach State - or 4,977 less than the "minimum" Trump claimed. In a … [Read more...] about Trump-commissioned report undercut his claims of dead and double voters
20 years later, U.S. invasion of Iraq hangs over war in Ukraine
There are Freudian slips and there's what former president George W. Bush said during a speech last May. Speaking to an audience in his presidential library in Texas, Bush condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin for launching a full-scale invasion of his country's neighbor, Ukraine. But Bush then made a rather profound gaffe, publicly bemoaning "the decision of one man to launch a wholly unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq." He swiftly corrected himself, saying "the Ukraine" with a shake of the head, and appealed to his septuagenarian status. Light chuckles swept through the sympathetic crowd. But there are many others who weren't laughing. The U.S. invasion of Iraq, which occurred 20 years ago this week, was seen at the time by critics as both "wholly unjustified" and potentially "brutal" - views that have only become more widespread in the years that followed. The Bush administration sold a false bill of goods to justify its "preemptive" intervention against the regime of … [Read more...] about 20 years later, U.S. invasion of Iraq hangs over war in Ukraine
The remake of ‘Resident Evil 4’ is like reliving a cherished memory
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 3 "Resident Evil 4" 4 stars - - - There's little in pop culture that mirrors the intoxicating experience of a remade Resident Evil video game. It's not like a remaster of an old song, a mere technological upgrade that other video games series often do. It's not quite like a cover song either, since those are perspectives from different artists. A Resident Evil remake is experiential, probably closer to reliving your favorite concert with your favorite artist, in the same venue, all with better light rigging and sound, and everyone still has the same youthful verve. The series' ability to replicate that kind of experience has made it the gold standard of remaking video games. The remakes started with series creator and former Capcom developer Shinji Mikami's 2002 revisiting of the 1996 "Resident Evil." In 2019, series overseers Kazunori Kado and Yasuhiro Anpo revitalized the … [Read more...] about The remake of ‘Resident Evil 4’ is like reliving a cherished memory
Calif. firefighters were already strained. Then came rain and snow.
CRESTLINE, Calif. - Capt. Jared Newcomer and his crew were exhausted. Emergency calls from residents stuck in their homes were stacking up. And his crew's usual firetrucks couldn't make it through streets piled high with snow. Firefighters like Newcomer and his team are more accustomed to battling wildland blazes around California's rugged San Bernardino range than dealing with blizzards. But with historic back-to-back snowstorms pummeling the region, they had to improvise. They turned their few available snowcats, which have tracks instead of wheels, into all-in-one units, each doing the job of an ambulance, fire engine and tow truck. The impromptu rescue vehicles became Newcomer's Swiss Army knife and the community's lifeline as record levels of snow fell in recent weeks. But initially, there weren't enough. "We had never encountered needing that many of them," Newcomer said. "It was conditions I've never operated in before." This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous … [Read more...] about Calif. firefighters were already strained. Then came rain and snow.
Is your city an ‘allergy capital’? Here’s where pollen was the worst last year.
If you live in the U.S. Midwest, buckle up for an intense allergy season . . . for the rest of your life. Allergy season is becoming more intense across the country, lasting longer and with more pollen in the air. That's bad news for the more than 60 million people in the United States who suffer from allergy-related sneezing, congestion and watery eyes. And just like brands of tissues, not all pollen-induced sneeze-fests are equal. Some places have it especially bad. A report released Wednesday by the nonprofit Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America revealed last year's U.S. "allergy capitals." These were the most challenging places to live for those with pollen allergies. The rankings were based on pollen counts and took into account use of over-the-counter medication and the number of allergy physicians in the area. The most difficult spot to live with allergies last year was Wichita, according to the report, followed by Dallas; Scranton, Pa.; Oklahoma City; and Tulsa to … [Read more...] about Is your city an ‘allergy capital’? Here’s where pollen was the worst last year.