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The impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump will be paused if it runs into the Sabbath, in order to accommodate a request from one of his lawyers, who is an observant Jew.

Trump impeachment attorney David Schoen asked that the trial — which begins Tuesday — be placed on temporary hold from sundown Friday through Saturday.

“I apologize for the inconvenience my request that impeachment proceedings not be conducted during the Jewish Sabbath undoubtedly will cause other people involved in the proceedings,” Schoen wrote in a letter to Senate leaders last week.

“The practices and prohibitions are mandatory for me, however; so, respectfully, I have no choice but to make this request.”

Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Sunday said the Senate would grant Schoen’s request.

“We respect their request and of course will accommodate it. Conversations with the relevant parties about the structure of the trial continue,” said Schumer spokesman Angelo Roefaro.

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President Biden apparently removed mentions of Dr. Seuss from “Read Across America Day” amid scrutiny about the alleged “racial undertones” in the whimsical tales for children.

“Read Across America Day,” founded by the National Educational Association in 1998 as a way to promote children’s reading, is even celebrated on the author’s March 2 birthday.

In his presidential proclamation, Biden noted that “for many Americans, the path to literacy begins with story time in their school classroom,” USA Today reported.

But unlike his two predecessors, former Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama, Biden did not mention Dr. Seuss.

The move comes as Dr. Seuss’ work has generated controversy following a study highlighting a lack of diversity among the author’s characters.

“Of the 2,240 (identified) human characters, there are forty-five characters of color representing 2% of the total number of human characters,” according to a 2019 study from the Conscious Kid’s Library and the University of California that examined 50 of Dr. Seuss’ books.

Last week, a Virginia school district ordered its teachers to avoid “connecting Read Across America Day with Dr. Seuss,” because of recent research that have “revealed strong racial undertones” in many of the author’s books.

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WASHINGTON – The United States is expected to impose sanctions to punish Russia for the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny as early as Tuesday, two sources familiar with the matter said.

President Joe Biden’s decision to impose sanctions for Navalny’s poisoning reflects a harder stance than taken by his predecessor, Donald Trump, who let the incident last August pass without punitive U.S. action.

Navalny fell ill on a flight in Siberia in August and was airlifted to Germany, where doctors concluded he had been poisoned with a nerve agent. The Kremlin has denied any role in his illness and said it had seen no proof he was poisoned.

The sources said on Monday on condition of anonymity that the United States was expected to act under two executive orders: 13661, which was issued after Russia’s invasion of Crimea but provides broad authority to target Russian officials, and 13382, issued in 2005 to combat the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Both orders let the United States freeze the U.S. assets of those targeted and effectively bar U.S. companies and individuals from dealing with them.

The sources said the Biden administration also planned to act under the U.S. Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991, which provides a menu of punitive measures.

The sources said some individuals would be targeted in the sanctions to be announced as early as Tuesday, but declined to name them or say what other sanctions may be imposed.

They added, however, that Washington would maintain waivers allowing foreign aid and certain export licenses for Russia.

The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the possibility of sanctions.

A third source said the U.S. action may be coordinated with sanctions the European Union could apply as soon as Tuesday.

EU foreign ministers agreed on Feb. 22 to impose sanctions on four senior Russian officials close to President Vladimir Putin in a mainly symbolic response to Navalny’s jailing. The EU was expected to formally approve those in early March.

In the case of Navalny, Trump, whose term ended in January, did nothing to punish Russia. Top U.N. human rights experts said on Monday that Moscow was to blame for attempting to kill Navalny as part of a pattern of attacks on critics to quash dissent.

After his medical treatment in Germany, Navalny, 44, returned to Russia in January. He was arrested and later sentenced to more than 2-1/2 years in jail for parole violations he said were trumped up.

Biden last month called the jailing of Navalny “politically motivated” and called for his release. He has pledged a new and tough approach toward Moscow, saying the United States would no longer be “rolling over” in the face of aggressive action by Russia.

Washington and Moscow disagree on a wide range of issues on top of Navalny, such as Russia’s military ambitions in Ukraine and Georgia, as well as a cyberattack on U.S. government agencies last year that Washington blames on Russia. Moscow has denied responsibility for the hacking campaign. (Reporting by Steve Holland, Humeyra Pamuk and Arshad Mohammed; Writing by Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Timothy Heritage and Peter Cooney)

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A reporter for the NFL Network sparked a fierce Twitter debate on Monday after simply sharing an opening for an internship.

Jane Slater was met with online backlash shortly after she tweeted the position offered to broadcast journalism students.

“I posted an opportunity for an unpaid internship and I’m amazed at the comments I get,” she wrote.

“It’s not even for me. It’s for someone else and I would have jumped at it in college. I had 3 unpaid internships in school, double majored and had a job. SMH,” she said.

Slater’s post pitted those who believe unpaid internships have career value against others who feel the practice should be eliminated for alienating a whole pool of potential candidates.

Lance Zierlein, NFL draft analyst for NFL.com, wrote: “The phrase ‘unpaid internship’ is looked way down on nowadays. Too many people have no idea how it helps to get a foot in the door that can become your first big job.”

ESPN NFL draft analyst Matt Miller noted that he would not be where he is today without “an unpaid writing opportunity at Bleacher Report.”

On the other hand, freelance science journalist Erin Biba argued “Unpaid internships are just exploitation even when you were in college and too young to understand that …”

Elika Sadeghi also said the practice of unpaid internships should end.

“I don’t think you should be attacked for sharing an opportunity, but I do think it’s worth noting that we should be doing away with unpaid labor, that unpaid internships disproportionately leave out certain groups, and we shouldn’t justify anything simply because we had to do it,” Sadeghi wrote.

Other commenters cited Slater family’s financial well-being as her reason for being able to take on three unpaid internships in school — which she took offense to. Her late grandfather was the former president of Wolf Brand Chili.

“Easy to grind when your grandpa runs a multi-million business,” one person wrote.

Another user said: “Wasn’t your grandfather an executive at a chili company? Thinking maybe you could ‘grind’ because you’ve never actually known financial hardship.”

Later Monday, Slater posted a statement on Twitter to clear the air.

“I acknowledge that I had a grandfather who had money but I did not grow up rich. I always had a job and was taught to value hard work and paying my own bills. Did others have it harder? Absolutely. Which is why I always want and feel compelled to help others when I can,” she wrote.

“I won’t stop trying to help the next generation and I apologize that I came across ‘elitist’ today. Always trying to learn and Twitter isn’t the best place for these debates.”

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