Jen Psaki held back tears in her final press briefing on Friday as she praised her back-and-forth with reporters as democracy in action. 'I promised I was gonna keep it together,' she said as she brushed back tears. Psaki thanked several people, including the president, her co-workers in the White House, her team in the press office, and the reporters in the White House press corps.
'If we'd been better mind readers, I guess we could have': Biden lashes out at critics on baby formula crisis as detractors say his administration should have acted sooner
President Joe Biden on Friday lashed out at critics as he defended his administration's actions to relieve the infant formula shortage that has panicked parents worried about feeding their babies. 'If we'd been better mind readers, I guess we could have,' Biden said when asked if his administration should have acted sooner. Biden was speaking at an event on community policing and said he would only speak on that topic before - somewhat grumpily - conceding to talk about formula shortages. 'I'll answer the baby from the question because all of a sudden it's on the front page of every newspaper,' he said. The president predicted it would only be a 'matter of weeks or less' for there to be more formula on the shelves. 'We're going to be in a matter of weeks - or less - getting significantly where more formula is on shelves,' he said. Biden said his administration was working hard on the matter and had 'nothing more urgent' on its plate. 'This is a process we working very, very hard. There's nothing more urgent we're working on that right now. And I think we're really making some significant progress,' he said. His comments came after the Food and Drug Administration said the baby formula shortage should improve dramatically in weeks.
'TRY BREASTFEEDING! It's free and available on demand': Bette Midler is slammed by parents for making light of baby formula crisis as she claims Biden does have a plan to end it
Bette Midler on Friday sparked anger by tweeting that breastfeeding was the solution to baby formula shortage - failing to take into account that many women cannot, and many parents are unable to do so, such as adoptive parents and gay families. Nationwide, supplies of baby formula are at 43 percent, with some states such as Tennessee, Delaware and Texas reporting that their 'out of stock level' is running as high as 54 percent. Stung by the criticism, Midler tweeted: 'People are piling on because of former tweet,' she said. 'No shame if you can't breastfeed, but if you can & are somehow convinced that your own milk isn't as good as a 'scientifically researched product', that's something else again. The monopoly news is news to me, tho, no lie. #WETNURSES'
PICTURED: South Dakota girl, 2, who had to have liver transplant after contracting hepatitis in outbreak that's infected at least 110 US kids - months after her baby sister died of Sudden Infant Death Sydrome
A toddler had to have a liver transplant after being struck down by the mysterious wave of hepatitis that has infected at least 110 American children and killed five. Two year-old Baelyn Schwab, from Aberdeen in South Dakota, initially fell ill on April 22 with hives, and ended up having a transplant just a fortnight later, on May 5. The youngster suffers from allergies, so her mom Kelsea wasn't overly concerned when she first spotted the welts last month. But Kelsea, who lost her baby daughter Laramie to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in December 2021, took Baelyn to their local emergency room anyway to be safe. The toddler was sent home with allergy medication, but woke up with yellow eyes the next morning. Her condition rapidly deteriorated after she was brought back to hospital by her mom the next day. Recalling what the doctors said after doing a blood draw, Kelsea, who also has an older daughter, told CNN : 'Couple of hours later they said you need to get to the hospital now and we're going to fly you there.' Kelsea says the news was additionally distressing in the wake of Laramie's death, which came just 12 days before the infant had been due to turn one. She runs a farm with her husband, who doesn't want to be named, and said of Baelyn's illness: 'I think I've cried so much in the last five months, I don't have any tears left. Baelyn received a liver from a 16 year-old donor from Texas. Doctors remain mystified as to why the little girl fell ill with hepatitis, which has infected at least 110 American youngsters in recent weeks, most of whom are under five. They found adenovirus in Baelyn's blood, which has been pinpointed as a possible cause, but no traces in her liver. Baelyn and her family also caught COVID in December last year, with doctors probing whether that virus may be linked to the hepatitis outbreaks.
Elon Musk is seen hours before pausing his $44B Twitter takeover as Trump says there's 'no way' he would buy it at 'such a ridiculous price' and has not already walked away because of $1b 'break-up' fee
Elon Musk was out and about in Los Angeles on Thursday and seen entering the Beverly Hills Hotel (left) to attend a dinner party as he was escorted by three security guards. The world's richest man appeared to be glued to his phone (right) as he would, within hours of the party, shock Wall Street by announcing his deal to buy Twitter would be put on hold (bottom-right), leading to much speculation over the decision. Donald Trump (inset), commenting on his Truth Social platform on Friday, suggested that Musk is looking to negotiate a better deal to buy Twitter after agreeing to pay $54.20 per share, and the only reason he hasn't called it off yet was because of the $1 billion break-up fee.
A Wisconsin school district lodged a Title IX complaint against three middle school students for using the wrong pronouns while addressing another student. Three Kiel Middle School students are being investigated for what the school has termed 'sexual assault' in connection to the incident. They include the Rosemary Rabidoux's eighth grader son, Bradon, 13, who is among those accused. Bradon's mother, Rosemary said that the district had taken things too far by filing such a complaint. 'The charge against students for sexual harassment is an extreme abuse of the Title IX process. It's totally inappropriate and is totally being mishandled by the school district,' said Luke Berg from the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL), who are now taking on the case and is defending the students, although they are urging for the case to be dismissed.
Champagne socialist! Bernie Sanders is snapped flying FIRST CLASS to make speech about 'working class' on campaign trail for woke Pennsylvania rep. who wants to abolish prisons
Sanders was spotted on an American Airlines flight to the steel city to stump for State Representative Summer Lee, running for an open seat in Pennsylvania's 18th District. Lee has the endorsement of Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and 'squad' progressives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Cori Bush, Jamaal Bowman and Ayanna Pressley, as well as Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal. She defeated an incumbent Democrat in 2018 with the endorsement of her local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America and is the first black woman to represent southwestern Pennsylvania in the state legislature.
'He's not capable of making rational decisions right now.' Andy Dick's fiancée claims the troubled comedian was 'set up' by RV-dwelling YouTubers who want to profit off his fame - and says he's 'safer' in JAIL after sexual batter arrest
Andy Dick's fiancée says he's safer in jail after his sexual battery arrest this week - the latest in a string of criminal calamities for the former star comedian. Dick, 56, was cuffed by cops at an RV parked in an Orange County, California campground Wednesday morning, but has been released and is yet to be charged. The alleged sex attack was against one of the men with whom he was staying in the mobile home - and who was seen 'cuddling and kissing' him two hours earlier. Dick's friends and family claim he was set up by RV-dwelling YouTubers looking to profit from his fame and his scandalous alcohol and drug-fueled downward spiral. The YouTubers claimed in a video posted on their channel that he molested one of them with coconut oil while he slept.
Gilgo Beach 'serial killer victim' Shannan Gilbert's death was a 'tragic accident', cops claim as they release secret 911 calls 12 years after her disappearance led to discovery of bodies of four women in burlap sacks
Long Island police have released three chilling secret-911 calls made by one of the victims linked to the notorious Gilgo Beach serial killer and claim that her 2010 death was as a result of a 'tragic accident'. At a news conference on Friday afternoon, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison released three 911 calls related to Shannan Gilbert's disappearance - one from her, and two others from homeowners in the area where she vanished. He called Shannan Gilbert's death a 'tragic accident'. Gilbert has long been tied to the unsolved Gilgo Beach murders. In the search for her, police found the remains of four other women buried burlap sacks along a barren stretch of Ocean Beach Parkway. The four women would later be known as the 'Gilgo Beach Four'. All four victims had worked as escorts using Craigslist. Six more bodies, believed to be from unrelated cases, would be found months later.
Marvel announces TWO new transgender superheroes in upcoming Pride-edition comic including mutant who can become person she's stood next to
Marvel is bringing two new transgender characters into their universe with the upcoming debut of Escapade aka Shela Sexton and her partner in fighting crime, Morgan Red in the company's Pride edition. In announcing the new heroes, Marvel said in a statement that the pair's debut will be in a 'high-flying, yet intensely personal mission' on the mutant nation of Krakoa. A press release says the couple 'tear through the Marvel Universe as professional thieves, stealing from criminal and corrupt organizations' until an event changes Escapde's life forever.'
Battle for Snake Island: It's the tiny rocky outpost with vast strategic significance where brave Ukrainian defenders told a Russian warship to 'go f*** yourself'... and it could determine the outcome of the war, writes RICHARD PENDLEBURY
RICHARD PENDLEBURY: Like two silver fish darting over a reef, a pair of Sukhoi SU-27 fighter bombers - the Ukrainian air force's most potent combat aircraft - are in the last moments of a night-time low-level attack over the Black Sea. Seen through the night vision camera of a loitering Bayraktar drone, the planes reach a small land mass, spitting decoy flares in their wakes to confuse Russian missile systems.
The Olympic star shooter with her sights on Moscow's TROOPS: Ukrainian gold medalist, 22, warns Putin's forces that they 'won't have a chance'
She's a champion shooter with an Olympic gold to her name. But now Ukrainian sports star Kristina Dmitrenko, 22, is training to hit a very different type of target after joining the war effort against Russia. And she seems to feel no fear of invading troops, warning Vladimir Putin's forces: 'I shoot well.'
Texas boy, 16, is accidentally shot and killed after being charged by angry wild hogs while out hunting with his mother and 19-year-old brother
NEW A 16-year-old high school student in rural Texas is dead after he was shot in the back as he and his family were terrorized by a pack of wild hogs. Dylan Seymour, who went by D-Ray, was hog hunting with his mother, Amy Blackwell, and brother, 19, on her husband's property in Trent, Texas, on the night of May 7 when the horror unfolded. Trent is located on the outskirts of the town of Abilene, Texas. Seymour was from Tolar, Texas, 50 miles south west of Fort Worth. The family were running from the hogs as the animals charged at them. As the charge ended, Seymour told his family: 'Stop, stop, I got shot.' It remains unclear if he shot himself, was shot by a family member, or a third party, but cops say they're treating the death as a tragic accident.
Emotional Jeff Bezos tears up as he describes how his father fled to the US from Cuba at age 16 when Fidel Castro seized his family's business as he praises immigrants for having 'deep optimism and resilience'
The Amazon billionaire, 58, got emotional as he described Miguel 'fighting for a better life' when he left Santiago due to Fidel Castro seizing power. He said he 'had those tough experiences', adding: 'I think in every immigrant you'll find a deep optimism and a deep resilience too.' Bezos opened up about his feelings towards his father at the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Awards last week. Miguel, who adopted Bezos as his own son when he married his mother Jackie, won the award for 'embodying the heart of the immigrant story'. He moved to the US after Castro seized power in Cuba and nationalized his father's successful lumber mill business. He went to college before working for Exxon and saving up enough cash to inject $245,573 into Amazon when Bezos was setting it up.
Frail WNBA star Brittney Griner appears in court hunched over as Russia extends her detention for another MONTH: State Department says has been 'wrongfully detained' on drug charges
Brittney Griner, considered one of the best female basketball players in the world, was seen (left) leaving a Moscow court on Friday with her hood up and hair covering her face as she was told her detention in Russia would extend another month. Russian officials says 'she was caught red-handed (inset) while trying to smuggle hash oil' which is illegal in the country. US officials say her detention is illegal. Griner, who was in Russia to play for UMMC Yekaterinburg on a reported $1million contract and lead the US to victory at the Tokyo Olympics (right), could face up to 10 years in a labor camp for drug smuggling.
'He was crying saying he can't believe she's gone.' Casey White's mother reveals her son is 'devastated' by Vicky's death and had talked of his love for his prison guard paramour for OVER A YEAR
Casey White 'really loved' Vicky White, is devastated by her death, and wept openly on a prison call to his mother the day after the prison guard shot herself in the head, DailyMail.com can reveal. Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com, White's mother, Connie Moore, 62, said: 'They were just two people who really loved each other. It's just so sad and I worry [for Casey]. 'I spoke to him yesterday and he was crying and saying he couldn't believe she was gone.' Moore was talking for the first time since her son's 11-day stretch on the lam with Vicky came to a dramatic and tragic end Monday.
Fred Ward dies at 79: The Right Stuff and Tremors actor passes away after appearing in over 70 Hollywood movies
Fred Ward died on May 8 at the age of 79, his publicist announced. The former lumberjack and short-order cook got his start in acting after moving to Rome and working as a mime and a voice-over actor. His mime gig eventually led to a a few appearance on a TV shows by an Italian director Roberto Rossellini in 1973. The San Diego native went on to star in many well known movies like The Right Stuff in 1983 (bottom right) and Tremors in 1990 (top right). Ward appeared in over 70 Hollywood films and in dozens of TV shows. His last role was in 2015 as Eddie Velcoro for two episodes of the series True Detective with Matthew McConaughey. Throughout his life, he married three times and had a child Django - who is a musician - with his second wife.
Why I believe my daughter the 'Hollywood sex abuser' was a young victim, too: Distraught father of British actress who starred in Doctor Strange speaks out after she was found guilty of molesting a schoolgirl with her husband
On Wednesday, Zara Phythian, 37, pictured centre left and her husband Victor Marke (far left) were found guilty of grooming and sexually assaulting a 13-year-old schoolgirl. The first time it happened they got the teenager drunk on Captain Morgan rum, and Zara dared the child to perform a sex act on her husband. On subsequent occasions, Marke filmed the incidents in an 'attempt to recreate pornographic scenes' with the assaults progressing to include full sexual intercourse - said to have taken place on numerous occasions.
Shocking moment Tesla driver's 'brakes fail' at 70mph as he crashes through Ohio convention center and narrowly misses girls competing in junior volleyball tournament
The 2020 Model S was reportedly travelling at 70mph down Route 315 when it took the Vine Street exit and spun out near the High Street intersection in Columbus, Ohio on May 4. Frightening surveillance footage of the lunchtime crash shows the vehicle plowing through the Greater Columbus Convention Center where a junior volleyball tournament was behind held. The driver told police he could not break after exiting the highway onto Vine Street where the speed limit is 30mph but witnesses gave a different account. Although it unclear if the driver was using autopilot, Tesla estimated only one crash per 4.31million miles on autopilot.
'Don't you realise? Diana's MAD, MAD, MAD', Charles shouted to the Queen: ANDREW MORTON - the man who told the world the Princess's story - charts the mental anguish of the monarch as her sons' marriages disintegrated
ANDEW MORTON: Unlike many of her predecessors, Queen Elizabeth has always been cool under pressure. In the 1990s, however, her remarkable equilibrium was tested far more than we ever knew. According to a friend of hers, she was at her 'wits' end' when both Charles and Andrew's marriages collapsed, wondering aloud when her family, and the monarchy, would finally be given some respite. In particular, Charles and Diana's decision to separate affected the Queen so deeply that she allowed herself to stray from the ingrained habits of a lifetime.
White House Press Secretary called images of Israeli police clubbing mourners and pallbearers carrying the casket of a Palestinian-American journalist 'disturbing.' 'They're obviously deeply disturbing,' Psaki said when asked about the funeral for slain Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh. She spoke after Baton-wielding Israeli police swarmed the funeral procession of mourners carrying the reporter's casket in Jerusalem.
From the Little House on the Prairie to big fame and controversy! As TV star Melissa Gilbert QUITS Hollywood for a low-key life in the mountains, find out where her co-stars ended up - 40 years after the beloved Western series premiered
Gilbert and her husband, Timothy Busfield, recently purchased a $98,000 14-acre property in the Cat Skill mountains in upstate New York so that she can escape the pressures of being in the public eye. She famously starred in the 1974 Western show when she was just a child - but how did she go from a dazzling Hollywood starlet to a sequestered woman living in the secluded mountains? In honor of her making the move, FEMAIL has decided to take a look back at everything she - and the rest of her Little House castmates - have done since the show ended nearly 40 years ago. It turns out, some of them did not have the easiest journey. From tax evasion to struggles with addiction, the Little House on the Prairie cast has certainly had their fair share of controversies. The show, which went on for nine seasons before in concluded in 1983, was created by Michael Landon and starred Landon, Gilbert, Karen Grassle, and Melissa Sue Anderson - among others.
Top oligarch is secretly recorded saying Putin 'has blood cancer' as experts match his limp and extreme Covid distancing to recovery from surgery
An audio recording of the oligarch's comments was obtained by a Western venture capitalist and shared with New Lines magazine , the publication said. In it, the oligarch - who has close ties to the Kremlin and named only as 'Yuri' to protect his identity - claimed a number of the health problems Putin is believed to be suffering from are linked to him having blood cancer. One example given was Putin's lower back problems, New Lines reported. The Russian tyrant underwent surgery on his back in October 2021, just a few months before he ordered the invasion of Ukraine on February 24. Other examples cited by the magazine included Putin's increasingly puffy face - a possible indicator of steroid use in his recovery - and the fact that he appears to be walking with a limp (bottom). Other sources have claimed in recent months that Putin, 69, is suffering from Parkinson's. He has been seen in public less frequently than normal, and when he is shown on television, his appearances are heavily curated. For example, on April 22 he was seen meeting defense minister Sergei Shoigu, slumped in his seat at a comically small desk which he gripped like a vice for the whole conversion (pictured top).
Shocking moment two gunmen dressed in black and armed with assault rifles ambush and kill another man at a Philadelphia gas station in brazen broad daylight attack
Appalling surveillance footage shows a pair of gunmen with assault rifles murder a man at a gas station in broad daylight. Brandon Dixon, 30, was targeted by two shooters with assault rifles as they drove up to the Liberty forecourt in east Mount Airy, north Philadelphia Monday. Surveillance footage shows the balaclava-clad men drive up to the gas station and watch Brandon pump gas into his car before leaping out with assault rifles. The Philly dad sprints away as they open fire, but didn't get away. He died with multiple gunshot wounds throughout his body. Brandon's mother Lisa Dixon, who is now looking after his daughter Jordan, 5, said: 'I feel like my heart has been snatched out of my body.'
'He came to my barracks, pinned me down, and raped me': Female veterans detail the horrific sexual assaults they faced at the hands of their 'brothers in arms' in the military as part of TikTok trend to raise support for Roe v. Wade
As part of a new, popular TikTok trend, numerous former soldiers have shared stories of the abuse that they suffered while fighting for their country. Multiple women have spoken out about their choice to get abortions after being sexually assaulted in the military - in the wake of the Roe versus Wade ruling. One veteran said she was roofied and sexually assaulted by three services members, and was branded a 'baby killer' after ending the pregnancy. Another claimed she was raped by her supervisor, and was 'bullied by fellow soldiers' and 'retaliated against' by her superiors after she reported it. A third alleged that she was 'pinned down' and forced to have sex with a fellow soldier while at her first duty station. According to a 2018 study, women make up only 16.5 per cent of the armed services - and nearly one in four report experiencing sexual assault.
Mexican law student, 18, was bludgeoned to death and raped before being dumped in motel water tank, reveals second autopsy ordered by her father
An independent autopsy requested by the family of Debanhi Escobar (inset) revealed she was beaten, raped, killed before she was dumped in a water tank at the Nueva Castilla Motel in Escobedo, Nuevo León. The report disputes the original medical report conducted by the Nuevo León Attorney General's Office and ehemently rejected by her father Mario Escobar. The 18-year-old met with two girlfriends, identified as Sarahī and Yvonne, for a night of partying on April 8 and was reported missing on April 9 after she failed to return home. Escobar's case has drawn international headlines because of a haunting photo (left) snapped by Juan David Cuellar, a rideshare app driver, that showed the law student standing on the side of a road, several blocks away from the motel. The teenager was also seen on surveillance video (right) arguing and being chased by a male individual who appears to hit her before she slapped and kicked him on the night she was killled.
Shocking moment female thief pepper sprays Florida jewelry store worker in the FACE before gang smashes their way into cabinets and rob thousands of dollars worth 'Rolex and Cartier watches'
The woman, who has not been named, marches up to the employee and showers her in the liquid at Pollack Jewelers in Sawgrass Mills Mall in Sunrise, Florida. Two others then smash their way into the cabinets before looting the precious products that may have included Rolexes and Cartiers. The two workers in the store at the time have since quit because they are too terrified to return. Police said they are investigating as they offered $5,000 for information leading to an arrest.
'Missing' $150m Picasso is spotted in video of Imelda Marcos's house as she congratulates newly-elected president son Bongbong (or is it just a copy as commission hunts for her $9.75bn of stolen loot?)
Reclining Woman IV - a Picasso painting thought to be worth $150million - went missing in 2014 when police raided Imelda's apartment looking for it, but were unable to find it. Authorities say the artwork was one of hundreds of paintings the Marcos family bought with £8billion in treasure plundered from the country's central bank while patriarch Ferdinand Sr. was ruling the nation with an iron fist. Now it seems to have reappeared in her apartment, caught on camera this week as she celebrated her son Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Jr's election victory. But others pointed out what seemed to be differences from the original, suggesting it could be a replica designed to troll authorities.
Tattoo-obsessed mother is SLAMMED for covering her one-year-old BABY in fake body art - as critics accuse her of being a 'bad mom' who is raising her son to be a 'gangster' and a 'thug'
Shamekia Morris, a fashion designer from West Palm Beach, Florida, first started putting temporary tattoos on her son Treylin when he was just six months old. She often covers the tot from head to toe with tattoos - placing intricate body arts on his stomach, arms, back, and legs. Although the tattoos aren't real, many people online have blasted Shamekia for covering her toddler with the designs, with some branding her a 'bad mom.' She said people have told her that Treylin is going to 'get shot down in the streets' or that she is 'raising him for prison.' But the mom-of-one is not going to let her online haters stop her. She said: 'For the people that judge me, I don't care because this is a lifestyle that we enjoy.'
The hidden city under Helsinki built for the nuclear apocalypse: Finnish city has 500 bunkers where the entire population of 600,000 people can shelter from the fallout of nuclear war for months
In the event of nuclear war, Finns can rest assured they'll be safe in one of the country's hundreds of kitted out underground bunkers. New images show the incredible scale and intricacy of the network of nuclear shelters. More than 500 bunkers carved into the bedrock of capital Helsinki can hold 900,000 people - a third more than the city's entire population. And as Finland's bid to join NATO prompts Kremlin tough talk including vows to take 'retaliatory steps' against Helsinki, officials are preparing for all eventualities. Anna Lehtiranta, head of communications at Helsinki's city rescue department, said Finns are unfazed by Putin's threats. She told MailOnline: 'As a neutral country, we have always felt we need to protect ourselves - and we do.'
Previously unseen photographs of The Beatles taken on a seaside tour weeks before group became world famous and a signed UNDERWEAR sleeve 'stolen' from their hotel bedroom are set to sell at auction for $13,000
Newly discovered photographs of The Beatles pictured weeks before they were famous in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset - including a 'stolen' underwear sign - are set to fetch almost $13,000 at an upcoming auction in Bristol. The iconic collection of images were taken by superfan Sandra Woodruff back in 1963. She broke into the group's hotel room at The Royal Pier Hotel with her friends and snapped pictures with them and later picturing them on the beach with fans.
Design disasters! Baffling home décor decisions include a chair made out of radiators and a half-finished staircase
Social media users from around the world shared snaps of bizarre interior design decisions, with the weirdest ones shared in a Please Hate These Things gallery. Pictured: A half-finished staircase, an air vent wedged in the middle of a shower, a tap faucet threaded through a shelf and chairs made of radiators.
The quiet side of Ibiza? We're raving about it! Forget the party scene - those in the know are drawn to the island's tranquil coves and swish hotels
Ibiza's new visitor is one who embraces slow travel, keen to discover secret places on the White Isle. Check into the stylish Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay (inset) on Talamanca Bay, a little away from the frenetic energy of Ibiza Town, and go on guided hikes along smugglers' routes, into hidden caves and abandoned pirate hideouts. After that, pause awhile at Plaza del Sol on the fortified hilltop of Dalt Vila, high above Ibiza Town, and order a glass of white sangria and drink in the local scene. Read on for more on the hidden gems of the island...