UK extends emergency coronavirus powers by 6 months
A runner crosses the Millennium Bridge as the coronavirus lockdown continues in London, Thursday, March 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON – British lawmakers agreed Thursday to prolong coronavirus emergency measures for six months, allowing the Conservative government to keep its unprecedented powers to restrict U.K. citizens’ everyday lives. The House of Commons voted to extend the powers until September, and approved the government's road map for gradually easing Britain's strict coronavirus lockdown over the next three months. Simon Stevens, chief executive of the National Health Service in England, said Thursday that English hospitals were treating about 4,000 coronavirus patients, down from 34,000 in mid-January. Ad“We must restore the freedoms that we all cherish, but in a way that doesn’t put the (National Health Service) at risk,” he said.
Dan Bongino tapped for national afternoon radio slot in May
FILE - Conservative commentator Dan Bongino speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., on March 6, 2014. Bongino has been tapped to host a radio show in the same afternoon time slot as the late Rush Limbaughs radio show, Cumulus Medias Westwood One announced on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)NEW YORK – Conservative commentator Dan Bongino has joined a scramble to inherit the radio talk show mantle left behind by the death of Rush Limbaugh. Cumulus Media’s Westwood One said Bongino will begin a new three-hour radio program from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern, the same time slot Limbaugh occupied before his death due to lung cancer in February. “I’m excited to embrace the immense power of radio to connect with my listeners live for three hours every day,” said Bongino.
Rush Limbaugh dies at age 70
Radio personality Rush Limbaugh and wife Kathryn (L) attend the State of the Union address with First Lady Melania Trump in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives on February 04, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh has died at age 70. “I have to tell you something today that I wish I didn’t have to tell you,” he said at the time. It was then announced on his website with the message: “In Loving Memory of Rush Hudson Limbaugh III; The Greatest of All Time.”AdBREAKING: Rush Limbaugh has died at age 70. https://t.co/LRyoh5LXlh pic.twitter.com/JQcdCqGvnr — NBC News (@NBCNews) February 17, 2021Limbaugh was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, during the State of the Union address last year. Read back: Radio host Limbaugh awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom
UK ex-Labour lawmaker tells voters Corbyn unfit to lead
LONDON A former Labour Party lawmaker in Britain has urged the public to vote for Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the upcoming general election, saying that Jeremy Corbyn is "unfit" to lead the country. Ian Austin, one of former Prime Minister Gordon Brown's closest allies, told the BBC that the party has been poisoned by "anti-Jewish racism under his leadership." He says, "I just think this man is unfit to run the country." The startling interview came a day after deputy Labour leader Tom Watson, who has often clashed with Corbyn, announced he was stepping down. The two actions underscore the unease of many of Labour lawmakers with Corbyn's left-wing views and ambivalence over the European Union.