The House of Representatives was in a state of paralysis on Wednesday, ground to a halt by the ouster of Republican Speaker Kevin McCarthy and with no clear sense of who might succeed him — or when.

After a historic vote to remove Mr. McCarthy on Tuesday, lawmakers quickly departed Washington and scattered to their districts around the country, abandoning the Capitol as Republicans remained deeply divided over who could lead their fractious majority.

“What now?” one Republican muttered aloud on the House floor just after the vote on Tuesday afternoon, the first time the chamber had ever removed a speaker from his post involuntarily.

It underscored the chaos now gripping the chamber, which is effectively frozen, without the ability to conduct legislative business, until a successor to Mr. McCarthy is chosen. The California Republican said late Tuesday that he would not seek the post again after being deposed by a hard-right rebellion.

The vacancy promised to tee up another potentially messy speaker election at a time when Congress has just over 40 days to avert another potential government shutdown. But it was not yet clear who might run.

Discussions on the future of the conference were being led by Representative Patrick T. McHenry of North Carolina. Mr. McCarthy had named Mr. McHenry first on a list of potential interim speakers in the event of a calamity or vacancy, but he does not have power to run the chamber — only to preside over the election of a new speaker.

While no Republican has announced a bid for the post, some names reliably come up in conversations with G.O.P. lawmakers, including Mr. McHenry and Representative Tom Cole, the Oklahoma Republican and Rules Committee chairman, as well as the No. 2 and No. 3 House Republicans, Representatives Steve Scalise of Louisiana and Tom Emmer of Minnesota.

Both Mr. Scalise and Mr. Emmer have held discussions about potential runs, according to people familiar with those private talks who described them on the condition of anonymity, and lawmakers were also exploring drafting Mr. McHenry.

“For a time such as this … Steve is the right man to lead our country,” Representative Tony Gonzales, Republican of Texas, wrote on social media, with a picture of himself and Mr. Scalise.

Representative Kevin Hern of Oklahoma was also reaching out to colleagues, and some Republicans said they would like to see Representative Jim Jordan, the Ohio Republican and Judiciary Committee chairman, make a bid.

Other Republicans suggested looking further afield, given that a speaker of the House need not be a member of the body. Representative Troy Nehls of Texas wrote on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter: “I nominate Donald J. Trump for Speaker of the House.”

Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia also took to X to say that Mr. Trump was “the only candidate for Speaker I am currently supporting.”

Any candidate would have to win a majority of the House, a tall order given the rift among Republicans that made it so difficult for Mr. McCarthy to win the post and do the job for the nine months that he held it. Right-wing Republicans have made clear that they will not support a speaker without assurances that they will see their priorities, including enacting deep spending cuts and severe immigration restrictions, met.

That is nearly impossible to promise given that Democrats control the Senate and the White House. And the situation could be a recipe for further dysfunction on Capitol Hill, most immediately in negotiations on federal spending. The House and Senate must agree by mid-November on the 12 annual appropriations bills to fund the government in the fiscal year that began on Sunday, something that cannot be done without a speaker in place.

Should a new Republican speaker be chosen, the pressure would be immense for that person to push for spending levels far below what Mr. McCarthy had agreed to in a debt deal with President Biden in the spring. Changing the terms of that deal would prompt a clash with the Senate, which is adhering to the agreement.

Luke Broadwater contributed reporting.

Paralyzed man who was pulled from burning car by good Samaritan, tracks her down to ?give proper thank you?

A paralyzed man was pulled from a burning car by a heroic woman who made it his mission to track down the good Samaritan so he could properly thank her.

Dennis Brown, of Dallas, Texas, USA heaped praises on Tammi Arrington after the Mississippi resident, who was visiting a friend in Texas,  jumped into action when Brown’s car rental service suddenly caught fire Sunday morning.


The lady dragged the 58-year-old from the car before flames fully engulfed the ride that was equipped with a hand control device that enables him to drive.


Paralyzed man who was pulled from burning car by good Samaritan, tracks her down to ?give proper thank you?

“It’s kind of dawning on me the kind of danger I was in,” Brown told The Post Wednesday night, September 6.

“If it wasn’t for Tammi I don’t know how I possibly would’ve gotten out or how close I would’ve got burnt or wouldn’t be here today if not for Tammi.”


Paralyzed man who was pulled from burning car by good Samaritan, tracks her down to ?give proper thank you?

He said the two were able to reconnect Wednesday morning days after Brown forgot to ask for her name after the frightening ordeal.

Paralyzed man who was pulled from burning car by good Samaritan, tracks her down to ?give proper thank you?

Arrington, 42, said she was simply in the right place at the right time when she saw the car on fire.

Instead of going out with her friend that morning, she decided to stay behind in the new home she just helped the friend move into.

When she looked out the front window, she saw part of the car in flames.


She rushed outside and saw all the doors were closed, initially believing it was empty.

“I just happened to see his head move just a little bit from the headrest and then I realized there was someone in there,” Arrington said.

She ran to the car and opened the door, urging Brown to flee from the fire.

“She said ‘get out of the car,’” said Brown, who became paralyzed after he was shot at 22. “I said ‘I can’t I’m in a wheelchair.’”

She originally grabbed the wheelchair, but soon realized she didn’t have enough time to put it together.

Arrington, only 5-foot-3, said she dragged Brown out and then placed him in the wheelchair after it was assembled.

Brown said in all the chaos, he never got her name.

While Brown’s loved ones went over later to thank Arrington at the home she was visiting, they also never got her name.

“I didn’t give a proper thank you,” Brown said.

Brown agreed to be interviewed hoping the good Samaritan would see it.

“I’d like to appreciate her for her heroic act,” he told the station. “She went into harm’s way to save me. Dragged me out. I’d like to thank her.”


“The first thing I said was ‘Tammi, this is Dennis, the guy in the wheelchair,’” Brown said. “We started laughing man, we just started laughing.”

Brown says he plans on taking Arrington and her friend out to dinner next time she’s in town along with Brown’s appreciative mother Julia.

But Arrington doesn’t think she deserves much if any, credit for her heroics.

“I’m glad he’s OK,” Arrington said, later adding. “Any human response – I think if they saw that they would have done the same thing.”



Award winning author, Sir Salman Rushdie says he is physically “more or less OK” nearly a year after he was tragically stabbed as he prepared to give a lecture in New York.

Last August, the Indian-born British-American author aged 76, was put on a ventilator and spent six weeks in hospital after being stabbed up to 10 times on stage at an event in New York state.

The injuries resulted in damage to his liver, lost vision in one eye and a paralysed hand caused by nerve damage to his arm.

However Rushdie says he was still processing the incident, which left him blind in one eye.

“I have a very good therapist who has a lot of work to do,” the novelist told BBC. “I have crazy dreams.”

Sir Salman said he was in “two minds” about whether to face his alleged attacker in court.

And he remains unsure if he will ever appear at a public event that isn’t invitation-only and “controllable”.

The author, who received death threats from Iran in the 1980s after his novel The Satanic Verses was published, currently has residency in both the US and the UK.The Satanic Verses’ depiction of the Islamic prophet Muhammad and its references to religion were considered blasphemous and banned in multiple Muslim-majority countries, including Iran. The controversial novel also led to violent demonstrations in Pakistan and the disputed Kashmir region.


Iran’s then-leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa – or religious decree – calling for Sir Salman’s assassination and placed a $3m (£2.5m) bounty on the author’s head. The fatwa remains active via a quasi-official religious foundation.

As a result, Sir Salman was forced into hiding for nearly a decade and required an armed bodyguard due to the number of death threats he received.

Last year he was stabbed numerously while on stage making a speech.

The multiple prize-winning author said “the human body has an amazing capacity to heal. And so I’m fortunate to be well on that way”.


The suspect, Hadi Matar, has been charged with attempted murder. He has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail.

When asked if he will attend the trial later this year, Rushdie said it depended on whether Matar changes his plea.

“A couple of thousand people saw [it happen]. I’m led to believe that [his plea] is just a holding play and that might well change. If I was his lawyer, I would advise him to do so.

“If he changes his plea to guilty then actually there’s not a trial, there’s just a sentencing, and it may well be that then my presence isn’t required.

“I’m in two minds about it,” he continued. “There’s one bit of me that actually wants to go and stand on the court and look at him and there’s another bit of me that just can’t be bothered.

“I don’t have a very high opinion of him. And I think what is important to me now is that you’re able to find life continuing. I’m more engaged with the business of, you know, getting on with it.”

Sir Salman is currently writing a book about the near-fatal stabbing incident as a means of processing what he has been through. He said it won’t be more than a “couple of hundred of pages” long.

“There’s this colossal elephant in the room and, until I deal with that, it is difficult to take seriously anything else,” he added.

In a pre-recorded virtual appearance at the Hay literary festival in the UK last month, the author told the audience “it’s not the easiest book in the world to write but it’s something I need to get past in order to do anything else.”

“That’s the thing writers can do. They can outlast the thing that opposes them.”


In the new interview he said that in America he employs security on certain occasions and that the UK still offers him state protection “like the good old days”.

“Writers don’t have much power. We don’t have armies,” he told the BBC. “What we have is the ability to write about the world, if we’re any good, that might endure.”

Sir Salman said the world had changed dramatically since The Satanic Verses was released in 1988, but that the radicalisation of religion remains a threat to society.

“You’ve got to distinguish between people’s private faith, which is kind of none of our business, really, and the politicisation of any religion… In America right now, you’ve got a highly weaponised version of Christianity, which was responsible in very large part for the reversal of Roe versus Wade, for the whole abortion debate.

“I’m not a religious person. I never have been, and came from a family that wasn’t particularly religious and we did alright… It’s not a thing I need for myself but if there are people who need it, that’s their business, not mine, until it becomes politicised.

“When it becomes politicised, it becomes everybody’s business, as all political things do. I think we just have to be clear about that distinction.

“So the kind of person who goes off and chooses violence, in my view, is not a representative of that religion but a representative of violence and has to be treated in that way.”.


The afro-pop single assisted by Psycho YP is a compelling track where they talk of uncertainties in a relationship but get a source of security from their muse hence becoming paralyzed. The single hints towards the intimate direction “Playing with Fire” will take.

The upcoming album set to drop on 6th May features Buju, Azanti, and Gemini Major, with a full tour of Nigeria beginning in late April. Jess will also perform at the Trace Made in Africa festival in Portugal this summer.

Jess ETA is a Nigerian Singer, Songwriter and Producer who makes what he calls an “afro and R&B fruit mix”. He describes his music as ranging from relaxing to exciting. In 2020, he released his EP “Balance” which has since accumulated upwards of a million streams. He is the most recent winner of the Audiomack x Afrochella Rising Star Challenge, for which his hit single with Buju and Inci titled “Body on Fire” was the winning entry. Body on Fire had its general release in April 2021 and has since gone on to garner over a million streams. Jess is currently working on his EP which he plans to release in May 6th 2022

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