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Marjorie Taylor Greene keeps them guessing on Mike Johnson motion to vacate

Marjorie Taylor Greene keeps them guessing on Mike Johnson motion to vacate

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) is happy to keep them guessing. The Georgia hard-liner introduced her motion to oust Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) in March, framing it as a warning to GOP leaders ahead of explosive debates on government spying and aid to Ukraine. Yet more than a month later, Greene has declined to force a vote on the resolution, even after Johnson helped to usher both of those bills into law over the howls of conservatives in his GOP conference. And on Monday evening — after a weeklong recess during which she escalated her threats against the Speaker — Greene was a no-show at the only House votes of the day, raising only more questions about whether she intends to pull the trigger on her motion to vacate. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), one of just two other supporters of Greene’s vacate motion, said he spoke with Greene about the resolution over the break. But he’s also keeping his cards close to the vest, declining to disclose any details about when — or even if — the …

The ultimate summer reading list: 15 crime thrillers and mysteries to keep you guessing | Crime fiction

The ultimate summer reading list: 15 crime thrillers and mysteries to keep you guessing | Crime fiction

The Sean Duffy series by Adrian McKinty Blackstone Publishing, $26.99 Hard-boiled Troubles noir What better to read about on a warm Aussie beach than a wet Belfast winter? The Sean Duffy series has an inspired premise: a bohemian Catholic cop serves in the Protestant Royal Ulster Constabulary, solving murders in a place where everyone knows and nobody tells. I knew from the first page of The Detective Up Late, the last in the series, that it was a towering masterpiece; it hits with all the force of well-hidden semtex. McKinty has to be the best crime writer working in Australia since Peter Temple. Where should I start? The Duffy series kicks off with the Cold Cold Ground and that’s where you should start. Look forward to In the Morning I’ll Be Gone, an explosive story in more ways than one, and Rain Dogs, a classy locked-door mystery. – Andrew Messenger The Shards by Bret Easton Ellis Allen and Unwin, $32.99 Pulpy sex-crime thriller Charting his valedictory school year in 80s uptown LA, this deranged psychosexual …

Macron keeps France guessing as reshuffle rumors swirl – POLITICO

Macron keeps France guessing as reshuffle rumors swirl – POLITICO

contentonly Voiced by artificial intelligence. PARIS – French politics is in limbo as ministers eagerly wait to hear news of a rumored cabinet reshuffle. The mounting speculation over recent days once again highlights President Emmanuel Macron’s nerve-wrecking methods of managing his team. Macron fueled the uncertainty after cancelling the first scheduled 2024 cabinet meeting this week, with a member of the president’s entourage stating that there was “no absolute necessity” for a government get together to kick off the new year. The president extended his say at one of his official retreats, La Lanterne, and did not reveal any specific agenda items other than a ceremony in honor of Jacques Delors on Friday. It remains unclear whether Elisabeth Borne will stay on as Prime Minister but odds are against her after a series of crises left the Macron’s governing coalition seriously bruised. Political divisions in the presidential camp were on full display just before the holidays when Borne’s government struggled to pass an immigration bill which far-right leader Marine Le Pen labeled an “ideological victory” …

Spotify is shutting down Heardle, the Wordle-like music guessing game it bought last year

Spotify is shutting down Heardle, the Wordle-like music guessing game it bought last year

Spotify is closing down Heardle, the Wordle-inspired music guessing game it acquired last July for an undisclosed sum. Similar to Wordle, Heardle offers players six tries to guess a popular song — but instead of typing in different letters to form words, players listen to a song’s intro to guess the artist and title. At the time of its acquisition, Spotify said Heardle would remain free to play for everyone. Now the company will be sunsetting Heardle on May 5, as it aims to focus on its other objectives around music discovery. The decision to close Heardle, we understand, came about because Spotify wants to devote more of its energy towards music discovery through its recent app changes, not through Wordle-inspired gameplay off-platform. Last month, Spotify rolled out a significant redesign of its mobile app experience that introduced new TikTok-style discovery feeds for music and podcasts along with other features, like Smart Shuffle for playlist recommendations and a new podcast autoplay option, among other things. It also rolled out an “AI DJ” that figures out …

Kremlin’s campaign of misinformation keeps Kyiv and its allies guessing

Kremlin’s campaign of misinformation keeps Kyiv and its allies guessing

During a recent visit to St Petersburg, Russian president Vladimir Putin reiterated his confidence in his country’s victory over Ukraine. Visiting a defence contractor, he also took the opportunity to reassure workers that his so-called “special military operation” was in defence of ethnic Russians and Russian speakers in Ukraine against a “neo-Nazi regime” in Kyiv. In other words, Russia is acting in the tradition of the “great patriotic war” that saved Europe from Nazi Germany. At a press conference in Moscow meanwhile, Putin’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, spoke along similar lines: Like Napoleon, who mobilised nearly all of Europe against the Russian empire, and Hitler, who occupied the majority of European countries and hurled them at the Soviet Union, the United States has created a coalition of nearly all European member states of Nato and the EU and is using Ukraine to wage a proxy war against Russia with the old aim of finally solving the ‘Russian question’, like Hitler, who sought a final solution to the ‘Jewish question’. This is now a well-established narrative …