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FIFA president floats Israel as possible World Cup 2030 co-hosts
(CNN) FIFA President Gianni Infantino has floated the prospect that Israel might co-host the World Cup in 2030, according to Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. A statement from Bennett's office said the two men met Tuesday in Jerusalem, during which the soccer boss "raised the idea that Israel would host the World Cup in 2030, together with other countries in the region, led by the United Arab Emirates." Also present at the meeting were former US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and former US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, the statement said. Mnuchin and Friedman were among several high-profile members of the Trump administration in Jerusalem this week, attending a series of events aimed at pushing forward the Abraham Accords, a string of normalization agreements between Israel and Arab states.
Trump faces a pile of civil lawsuits as depositions begin
Trump's attorneys have said that his statements were true and that they plan to file a countersuit. Trump's attorneys could file court papers Monday to set a date for his deposition. Protesters at Trump TowerAlso Monday, attorneys for protesters who allege that Trump's bodyguards assaulted them during a demonstration in 2015 were set to question Trump. Carroll alleges that Trump raped her during a chance encounter in a New York City department store in the mid-1990s. Trump has also filed his own suit against Mary Trump, alleging that she violated their settlement and a nondisclosure agreement.
Biden admin to build intelligence-gathering cell to track groups of migrants headed north
It allowed key intelligence and operational capabilities to atrophy,” one of the officials, who was appointed by President Joe Biden, said on the condition of anonymity. Senior leaders at CBP, ICE, the Office of Intelligence and Analysis and the Coast Guard met Wednesday to solidify the plans, the officials said. Part of their mission will be to build and monitor algorithms that can monitor social media chatter about migration movements. More than 20,000 migrants from Haiti are gathered in northern Colombia and Panama, for example, and may soon decide to try to immigrate to the U.S. The goal is to “institutionalize” the intelligence-gathering systems so future administrations cannot dismantle them, the officials said.
What's at stake as Biden decides whether to stick with Jerome Powell as Fed chief
What's at stake as Biden decides whether to stick with Jerome Powell as Fed chiefEnlarge this image toggle caption Sarah Silbiger/UPI/Bloomberg via Getty Images Sarah Silbiger/UPI/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesThe chair of the Federal Reserve has one of the most powerful economic jobs in the world, with the ability move markets with a single phrase. Enlarge this image toggle caption Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty ImagesWhat has Powell's tenure been like? But once the pandemic struck, the Fed quickly slashed rates to near zero in order to support the economy. Enlarge this image toggle caption Mario Tama/Getty Images Mario Tama/Getty ImagesWhat do Powell's critics say? Enlarge this image toggle caption Kevin Dietsch/Bloomberg via Getty Images Kevin Dietsch/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesMost recently, critics have also faulted Powell over allegations of unethical trading activity by other top Fed officials.
Succession series 3: Reviews from critics and fans say it's a hit
Pictured, Logan in Succession series 3THE GOOD REVIEWSTHE TIMESRating:Carol Midgely writes: 'Once the foundations are laid... “Do you want me to ride with you, Dad?” Roman asks his father. ENTERTAINMENT DAILY Rating: 'Succession season 3 is one of those shows that has no right to be as good as it is. When a desperate executive asks if they can stop moving long enough to eat, Logan asks quietly: 'Food?' Kendall tells Lisa that his dad has gone to Sarajevo, with Kendall saying his dad runs a crime ring, but Lisa isn't sure.
Opinion | Trump Missed the Part About No Do-Overs
Bret: It would be nice to think that his obsession with 2020 is solely a function of his personal insecurities. Within the Republican Party, he’s making the stolen-election fantasy a litmus test, which Republican politicians defy at the peril of either being primaried by a Trump toady or losing vital Trump voters in close elections. At the national level, he’s creating a new “stab-in-the-back” myth to undermine the legitimacy of democracy itself. He was the U.K.’s Labour prime minister during the “Winter of Discontent,” when the country seemed to be perpetually on strike. Bret: I still think the most pro-worker thing the White House can do is get the infrastructure bill passed.
Private Takeover of Election Offices Should Be Illegal
Added: 18.10.2021 3:40 | 22 views | 0 comments"The Federalist" senior editor, and author of "Rigged: How the Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seized Our Elections", Mollie Hemingway revealed that President Trump said he thinks Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg should be in jail for interfering in the 2020 presidential election.
DOJ Memory Holes Andrew McCabe Wrongdoing
DOJ Memory Holes Andrew McCabe WrongdoingAdded: 18.10.2021 3:43 | 17 views | 0 commentsSource: www.nytimes.comAndrew McCabe was the number-two man at the FBI during the years disgraced former Director James Comey was in charge. He was a critical part of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation targeting the 2016 Trump presidential campaign. He took part in the FBI's misrepresentations to a secret foreign surveillance court when it wrongly wiretapped former campaign aide Carter Page. And he was found, by the Justice Department's own inspector general, to have lied repeatedly to investigators looking into his leaks to the media during the Hillary Clinton email investigation. For that, then-Attorney... More in www.realclearpolitics.com » Fire, FBI, Investigators, President, Justice Department Tags: Hillary Clinton
Ed Orgeron: Inside coach's swift LSU football collapse, exit
When Tom Herman chose to coach Texas and not LSU, Orgeron, originally from about 100 miles south of Baton Rouge, landed his dream job. A record-tying 14 LSU players were selected in the draft, five of them in the first round. Since the completion of that season, LSU has gone 9–8, and the program’s two long-standing pillars—a strong, feisty defense and a lethal rushing attack—have cratered. “I mean, what are you supposed to say?” The friend acknowledges that “it all went downhill from there.”A couple of weeks later, LSU players staged their march. From a statistical standpoint, it was the worst defensive year in LSU football history.
Biden caught violating DC mask mandate at Georgetown restaurant
Here's what you need to know as you start your day …Bidens caught violating DC mask mandate at posh Georgetown restaurantPresident Biden and first lady Jill Biden were caught violating Washington, D.C.'s indoor mask mandate by walking through a high-end Georgetown restaurant without masks on Saturday. Washington, D.C.'s Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser reinstated an indoor mask mandate in July amid the surge of the delta variant. The Bidens also violated Fiola Mare's mask policy, which mirrors the city's. "Per CDC guidance and DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s executive order, all individuals over age 2 are required to wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Power doesn't cede itself, and unless we can figure out a better way to balance out that power … we'll be vulnerable."
Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy Says He Wouldn't Vote For Trump In 2024
said Sunday he would not vote for Donald Trump if he ran for president again in 2024. Advertisement“President Trump is the first president ? in the Republican side at least ? to lose the House, the Senate and the presidency in four years. AdvertisementIt’s not the first time the Louisiana Republican has been among a small minority in his party to break from Trump. He was one of seven GOP senators to vote to convict Trump at the January impeachment trial. And when there was a pattern of behavior that culminated as it did on January the 6th — and we’ve had revelations since — that just led me to that decision.”He was censured by the Louisiana Republican party for doing so.
‘His Street Cred Went Up’: The Unintended Consequences of Outing the GOP Lawmakers at Jan. 6
“His street cred went up,” said Jay Costa, the Democratic minority leader in the Pennsylvania state Senate. “I'm only telling you what my Republican colleagues tell me: that he’s texting Trump, ‘Corman said this, Corman did that,’” he said of the Republican leader. In June, Trump blasted out one of his email statements: “The Pennsylvania Senate needs to act. In the months since Jan. 6, Mastriano has succeeded in making the state party look more like him, not less. The Republican Senate leader eventually did remove Mastriano from the audit investigation, stripping him of his committee chairmanship.
Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy Says He Wouldn't Vote For Trump In 2024
said Sunday he would not vote for Donald Trump if he ran for president again in 2024. “President Trump is the first president ? in the Republican side at least ? to lose the House, the Senate and the presidency in four years. It’s not the first time the Louisiana Republican has been among a small minority in his party to break from Trump. He was one of seven GOP senators to vote to convict Trump at the January impeachment trial. And when there was a pattern of behavior that culminated as it did on January the 6th — and we’ve had revelations since — that just led me to that decision.”He was censured by the Louisiana Republican party for doing so.
Journalism Turns on the First Amendment
And none of it fell under the First Amendment. On a small scale, journalism is now a weapon to take First Amendment rights away from those deemed politically unsuitable. But one is a threat to the First Amendment and one just likes to hear himself talk. Why did Mathias, HuffPo, and the congresswoman go so far out of their way to get McCaffrey out of the Air Force? And, biggest picture of all, that’s what is left of journalism at this point.
Trump is calling for a vote audit in another Arizona county even after the first recount in Maricopa proved Biden won
But Pima County officials have spoken up to refute his claims, calling their elections free, fair, secure, and accurate. This time, the former president has his sights set on Pima County, the state's second-most populous county after Maricopa. Chuck Huckelberry, a county administrator in Pima County, refuted the former president's claims in an interview with NBC affiliate KVOA. Pima County's local government took to Twitter to debunk the former president's accusations, tweeting on October 16: "There seems to be some interest in Pima County's 2020 election results. Earlier this month, the Cyber Ninjas' vote recount in Maricopa County confirming Biden beat Trump, and by 261 more votes than was initially counted.
What to know about the latest fight over Trump’s executive privilege claims
Of the four, only Bannon is currently facing contempt proceedings — potential depositions for Meadows, Scavino, and Patel have been delayed. Steve Bannon team has fired off another letter to Jan 6 committee repeating that they will not cooperate citing Trump executive privilege claims. Trump’s letter is not an official invocation of executive privilege, as PBS NewsHour’s Yamiche Alcindor points out. It’s unclear whether Trump actually has any grounds to claim that privilege, particularly when it comes to his communications with Bannon. And as former federal prosecutor and Brown University professor Jeffrey Robbins told the New York Times, Trump’s arguments for executive privilege are “patently bogus” and lack justification, such as protecting national security.
Advocates Left A Meeting With Biden Officials Over Plans To Restart A Trump-Era Border Policy
Border groups on Saturday "walked out" of a virtual meeting with the Biden administration over its upcoming plans to restart a Trump-era program that forced thousands of immigrants and asylum-seekers to wait in dangerous Mexican border cities, according to leaked video obtained by BuzzFeed News. In a Thursday-night court filing, the Biden administration said it was prepared to restart the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) in mid-November. "We refuse to be complicit in deterrence-based border policies ... We cannot allow our efforts to help the victims of these policies to be used in any way to prolong them." The Republican-led states of Texas and Missouri filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration for stopping MPP. The Biden administration appealed and asked the Supreme Court to stay the order but was unsuccessful.
Texas Rep. Michael McCaul: Biden rescinded Remain in Mexico policy 'because it had Trump's name on it'
Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, had a warning for Americans on the border crisis on the latest "Sunday Night in America." Host Trey Gowdy invited McCaul to discuss the federal court ruling to "enforce and implement" the Migrant Protection Protocols otherwise known as the "Remain in Mexico" policy. The Biden administration has attempted various times to rescind the policy despite ongoing issues at the border. "On day one, President Biden rescinded the Remain in Mexico policy, the asylum agreements, the Migrant Protection Protocols, which was working." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPOn Friday, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it is ready to re-instate the Remain in Mexico policy by mid-November.
GOP Gov. Calls Trump's 2020 Election Fixation A 'Recipe For Disaster in 2022'
Asa Hutchinson (R) said Sunday that former President Donald Trump’s ongoing comments about the 2020 election are “not constructive” and could spell disaster for the GOP in the 2022 midterms. Advertisement“Relitigating 2020 is a recipe for disaster in 2022,” Hutchinson said. And those kinds of comments are not constructive.”WATCH: Trump's comments about "election fraud" in 2020 "are not constructive," Gov. says on #MTPIt's "a recipe for disaster in 2022." Nearly a year since the election, Trump continues to devote considerable energy to pushing conspiracy theories that the election was stolen from him, despite dozens of failed legal challenges, recounts and audits that confirmed Biden’s victory.
Ex-British spy Christopher Steele defends Trump dossier and says kompromat tape ‘probably’ exists
“[T]oday, do you still believe that this tape exists?” Mr Stephanopoulos asked him. “I think it probably does, but I would not put 100 per cent certainty on it,” said the former spy. Allies of the former president argued falsely that the dossier of unverified claims, including the shocking “pee tape” claim, was the basis for the FBI investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign. Top intelligence officials have testified that it actually stemmed from comments made by a Trump campaign official to an Australian diplomat, who alerted US authorities. At the same time, he relented and admitted that “not everything” in the dossier regarding Mr Trump had ended up being true.
Christopher Steele stands by discredited anti-Trump dossier claims about Michael Cohen in Prague and 'pee tape'
British ex-spy Christopher Steele defended his discredited anti-Trump dossier in a new interview, excerpts of which were released on Sunday. In his dossier, Steele claimed a “Kremlin insider” provided him with a dramatic tale of Cohen’s meetings in Prague with Putin-linked operatives and foreign hackers. Trump also reportedly said former first lady Melania Trump told him, “That one. I’ve spent my entire adult life working with Russian disinformation,” Steele told Fusion co-founders Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch in their 2019 book. Hill testified that Steele’s dossier was a “rabbit hole” and Steele “could have been played” by the Russians.
Ex-Spy Behind Salacious Trump Dossier Has Damning Theory About Alleged Pee Tape
Christopher Steele, the British former spy behind a salacious and unverified dossier about Donald Trump, said he believes one of the most infamous allegations in the document. Steele said he is “prepared to accept” that some of the things in the dossier might not be true. But the pee tape? Trump last week randomly brought up the alleged pee tape himself, denying the allegations. “Out of the Shadows: The Man Behind the Steele Dossier” debuts Monday on Hulu.
Mark Allen beats John Higgins to win his first Northern Ireland Open title
Mark Allen won his first Northern Ireland Open title after beating John Higgins 9-8 in a dramatic final in BelfastAllen, in his hometown tournament, came from behind to win the final three frames to the delight of the home crowd. “I don’t usually get past round one here so it is a real bonus,” said Allen. Higgins drew level again, with Allen then making 85 to move one clear. However, Higgins took the next three frames – including a century break in the 14th – to take the four-time world champion to within one frame of glory. But Allen dug deep to carve out the next two frames before holding his nerve in the decider.
GOP senator says Trump could lose the nomination if he runs in 2024 since Republicans lost the White House, House, and Senate during his presidency
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana). Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post/AFP via Getty ImagesSen. Bill Cassidy said if voters are thinking about winning in 2024, Trump might lose the primary. "Elections are about winning," he said, adding the GOP lost the House, Senate, and White House under Trump. "President Trump is the first president in the Republican side at least to lose the House, the Senate and the presidency in four years. Elections are about winning," Cassidy said during an interview with "Axios on HBO" that aired Sunday.
U.S. Congress stares down long odds for bringing Trump to book
Bannon is being pursued under the more streamlined 1857 criminal contempt statute making non-compliance a federal crime punishable by up to 12 months in jail. The runes aren’t great: The department said in 1984 it would not prosecute executive branch officials for criminal contempt of Congress when “executive privilege” formed the basis for non-compliance. Since 2008, the House has cited at least six current or former White House officials for violations, yet no action has been taken. The dust-up between Congress and the presidency over Richard Nixon’s White House tapes led Congress to pursue a third option: civil enforcement through the courts. And such threats don’t make much sense in any case when the investigating lawmakers and the White House are on the same side.
JON STEWART Laments that There is Too Much Focus on Donald Trump
But there was a brief moment where Stewart may have drifted slightly off the mark:"I think the media does a terrible job at de-escalation. I mean focusing on things that are more urgent and elemental in people's lives and really hammering away at those things." x Jon Stewart: "I think the media does a terrible job at de-escalation. No one else in Republican politics commands the blind loyalty and propensity for violence that Trump does. And it doesn't mean focusing solely on Trump.
CLIMATE ANXIETY AND THE TRIBULATION
Everyone has climate anxiety these days. The 25% of Americans who believe, or want to believe, that Trump is still president cope with climate anxiety by living in an alternate reality. Trump was sent by God to hasten the destruction of the biosphere, in order to fulfill prophecies about the Tribulation. The worse the climate catastrophe, the worse the plague, the happier they are that Judgment Day is near, and the more they cling to him. Only then can we, with the help of our Higher Power, save the planet.
PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN---DAY270---Evening Shade-Sunday
The President of the United States will be here." pic.twitter.com/XM8oph1UNe — The Hill (@thehill) October 17, 2021x . pic.twitter.com/zeTy48Dbh9 — The Hill (@thehill) October 17, 2021x Virginia gubernatorial candidate @TerryMcAuliffe on opponent Glenn Youngkin: "He doesn't want Medicaid expansion here in Virginia. https://t.co/ZAobEsxFf8 pic.twitter.com/CFr0kZqfjx — The Hill (@thehill) October 17, 2021x . https://t.co/TnrGR82zRs — Daniel Dale (@ddale8) October 17, 2021VIRGINIAx According to @AdImpact_Pol , McAuliffe campaign has spent almost $3M on anti-Trump ads in VAGOV.
'Truth, Justice and A Better Tomorrow'. Right-wing feelings hurt.
x Truth, justice and a better tomorrow. ‘Truth, Justice and the American Way’ — it’s not enough anymore. @LaraLeaTrump triggered by change in Superman’s motto — saying it’s ‘very upsetting’ https://t.co/inNyagoMkc — Raw Story (@RawStory) October 17, 2021Twitter is awash with right-wing hysteria. We will avoid publishing them here,x Just In:Heads are exploding at Fox News because DC Comics changed SUPERMAN’S motto from "truth, justice, and the American Way " to "truth, justice and a better tomorrow." Not even uber "patriot" Dean Cain: In his early 1990s show, he fought for "truth and justice" - no American Way.
Should Religious Exemptions Be Available for the COVID Vaccinations? Will SCOTUS Intervene?
The lower courts sustained the governor’s actions and in an unprecedented action the Supreme Court, without any oral argument, overturned the actions of the governor. Does the rule of law, public safety and general welfare trump any claim of religious exemption? On December 1st the Supreme Court will revisit Roe v Wade and expectations are the six member conservative faction will overturn or seriously limit. Has the Supreme Court exceeded the authority envisioned by the Constitution? Some proposals to overhaul the Supreme Court — like the institution of term limits and a modest expansion of the bench — would arguably be salutary.
IN THE END, IT WILL TAKE A CHANGE IN VALUES AND IDEALS IF DEMOCRACY IS TO SURVIVE
(Had we several parties of relatively equal strength, this takeover most likely could not have taken place.) The GOP shows no indications of withdrawing their support of Trump, admitting to the errors of their ways or even acknowledging their support for democracy. Yes, independent media has aided in this respect but they have their counterparts who wish only to misinform the public. This is the question we should be asking ourselves, whether it's all just a game of PRETENDING purpose, goals or even ideology. Sad to say, but I've come to suspect that the "truest believers" among us might soon prove themselves the biggest suckers of all.
"Civil War started" is more likely not about having a permit for one
(Snopes)The reality is that a Civil War might exist without a declaration of its initiation, much like not being in a location also reveals a location. Scott Macfarlane reported today Proud Boy Zach Rehl texted at 2:29pm "CIVIL WAR HAS STARTED" one minute later where I was, a guy with a megaphone yelled "THEY'RE IN" to massive cheers. The Boogaloo Boys are a far-right movement known for their violence, their Hawaiian shirts, and their desire to spark a second U.S. Civil War. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the group's name and movement refer to their desire for a insurrectionist revolt that would spark another Civil War. The first such war, started by secessionist Southern slave states, lasted from 1861 and 1865 and left some 620,000 Americans dead.
Week-end Wrap – Political Economy – October 17, 2021
Week-end Wrap – Political Economy – October 17, 2021Strategic Political Economy“You lost. Stop acting like you won”[White Hot Harlots (lyman alpha blob), via Naked Capitalism Water Cooler 10-14-21]“The abortion issue has been lost. Where is it Now?”Thomas Frank [YouTube, via Naked Capitalism Water Cooler 10-14-21]. [Twitter, via Naked Capitalism Water Cooler 10-14-21]x This same sentiment is brewing at Class I Railroads too. “Minimum Wage Machine”[Blake Fall-Conroy, via Naked Capitalism Water Cooler 10-14-21]“The minimum wage machine allows anybody to work for minimum wage.
Perhaps Sens. Sanders and Smith should invite Sens. Manchin and Sinema to discuss BBB in prime time
One of President Bill Clinton’s top priorities in his first year in office was to pass the North American Free Trade Act. Bernie Sanders chairs the Senate Budget Committee and negotiated the $3.5 trillion budget resolution which the entire caucus voted for. In 2017, Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar agreed to a high stakes debate against Sens. Bernie Sanders and Joe Manchin have publicly expressed their differing opinions on BBB to the press and in op-eds; there’s nothing that prevents them from doing so face-to-face. The counterargument was that the CNN debate might have been the best opportunity for the Democrats to publicly make their case.
Matt Gaetz HAD to get married
Like the Trump brothers, I like to get out and slaughter a few of God’s creatures every once in a while. This is what I saw and heard…Deep in the bowels of Spanky’s motel, TFG was speaking with pedophile and trafficker of teen-age girls, Matt Gaetz. Had never seen either of them in person - TFG is huge and jiggles a lot, and Gaetz is the greasiest human you have ever seen. “You fucked up big time you greasy piece of shit," TFG was shouting at the cowering congressman. And tell Melania and Barron they owe me last week’s rent.”He turned his attention back to Gaetz, “Now pimp, you are attracting far too much attention with that stable of yours.
Rogue edition: Tweets of the Week
Our friend oldhippiedude is taking a break for a couple of weeks, so I’ve collected some tweets for TotW addicts to tide us over until his return. — New York Times Pitchbot (@DougJBalloon) October 13, 2021x So true pic.twitter.com/axxEHU7Dhq — Bob Young (@BobYoung2036364) October 16, 2021x Democrats have a plan to stop the giant meteor that will end life on this planet. — New York Times Pitchbot (@DougJBalloon) October 15, 2021x Whenever a guy says,"Treat you like a queen", I assume like the medieval kind where they see you like livestock to sire heirs. pic.twitter.com/Cd5qeki8Fx — Extra Spooky Skyler Jay (@SkylerJay_) October 15, 2021x Trump to Skip 2024 Campaign and Go Straight to Claiming He Won https://t.co/O2btLNPWQ7 via @NewYorker — John McLaughlin (@je_mclaughlin) October 13, 2021x Same guy, ten days apart. — Dean Gloster (@deangloster) October 15, 2021x Death Santis announces campaign for President — larueart (@dlarue16) October 15, 2021x Unless 90s NBA had a lot of unprotected sex during games, I don’t see how this is equivalent.
Some Insurrectionists Insist On Trying To Represent Themselves In Court
That choice already has led to some curious legal maneuvers and awkward exchanges in court. They risk getting themselves in more legal trouble if they say the wrong thing in court. The problem with stupidity is that one is rarely aware they are afflicted...WUSA9Alan Hostetter, a former California police chief and yoga instructor, told U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth he had decided to represent himself pro se. Federal prosecutors allege Fellows entered the Capitol through a broken window and smoked marijuana in Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley's office during the insurrection. Be careful what you wish for...Rome SentinelThe New Hartford man accused of participating in the Jan. 6 riot and attack on the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. will be allowed to represent himself in Federal Court.
Five cartoons (to visualize)
Some of his face is showing but most of the view is through the windshield and rear view mirror. Two friends are walking down a downtown street with their collars up. but there is a little green, black-eyed alien helping an old woman cross the street and there is an alien walking three dogs and there is an alien weed-wacking. Highway sign of the timesHighway with orange cones and, ahead, a sign with flashing lights: "Road disappears 500 feet". A hundred feet further: 10 MPH A hundred feet further: "Go Back Home".
Tomgram: Michael Klare, The Burning Future of U.S.-China Relations
How much more swimmingly could relations between them go on this planet of sickness and heat? Economically speaking, however, as the New York Times reported, he didn't not when it comes to China anyway. We face a future all-too-literally embroiled in what, as he explains, could be the hottest "war" around. Of course, politicians, scientific groups, and environmental organizations will offer plans of every sort in Glasgow to reduce global carbon emissions and slow the process of planetary incineration. Only the United States and China, by far the world's top two carbon emitters, are in a position to do so.
A citizen's guide to Trump's 2024 strategy; Judd Legum
Trump made clear that his strategy in 2024 is to install unwavering Trump loyalists throughout the state and federal government. 1: Using his political clout to put Trump loyalists who still believe claims of election fraud in charge of election administration in key states; A Reuters report looked at the “15 declared Republican candidates for secretary of state in 5 battleground states -- found that 10 out of the 15 candidates have either “declared that the 2020 election was stolen or called for their state’s results to be invalidated or further investigated.” 2: Elect Trump loyalists as governor in key states: include candidates who are likely to do Trump's bidding. .3: Put Trump loyalists in charge of Congress: r estore the Republican majorities in Congress. A majority might be all that's needed to rubber-stamp efforts in the states to swing the election to Trump."
The Week Ahead: Trump redux
The unofficial kickoff of the former guy's presidential campaign at a rally Saturday night in Des Moines will reverberate through American politics this week. All indications are that Trump is going to cast the midterm elections as a referendum on himself rather than on Biden. We've already observed it at the state level: Trump's Big Lie has moved 18 Republican-dominated states to enact 33 laws suppressing the votes of likely Democratic voters, on the false pretext of eliminating "voter fraud" that doesn't exist. But for a brief time it seemed as if senior Republicans in Washington would try to move the party away from Trump. For Trump to make the midterm elections into a referendum on himself and his Big Lie is useful for the Democrats.
American History for Truthdiggers: The Jeffersonian Enigma (1800-1808)
Below is the 11th installment of the “American History for Truthdiggers” series, a pull-no-punches appraisal of our shared, if flawed, past. Part 11 of “American History for Truthdiggers.” / See: Part 1; Part 2; Part 3; Part 4; Part 5; Part 6; Part 7; Part 8; Part 9, Part 10. For the American republic to blossom, it must remain a nation of small, independent farmers. Jefferson’s American republic, in fact, so feared the Haitian rebels that the U.S. would not recognize the independence of this sister republic in the Western Hemisphere until the American Civil War. ? John M. Murrin, “The Jeffersonian Triumph and American Exceptionalism,” Journal of the Early Republic 20, Number 1 (Spring 2000).
Coalition Urges Biden to Change Approach to Global Food, Agriculture
Jim Goodman, board president of the National Family Farm Coalition, said in a statement that it’s time for a clear break from the agriculture policies under former President Donald Trump. “This pro-corporate agriculture agenda must change under your watch,” the groups said. The U.S. government must also “refrain from trade challenges to other countries’ efforts to advance food sovereignty, the right to adequate food, biodiversity protection, and confront climate change.” The letter also calls for transparent, public disclosures of any engagement between corporate agribusiness representatives and U.S. officials. Taking such steps for “transformative change,” the groups wrote, would help “protect our food systems from the climate and biodiversity crises and ensure an end to hunger globally.”This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.
Alberta’s hard-right UCP government stokes regionalist divisions with anti-“equalization” referendum
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and former federal Conservative leader Andrew ScheerToday’s referendum is a reactionary stunt, without legal force. Jean lost out to Kenney in the inaugural UCP leadership contest, but Kenney fully embraced Jean’s position on equalization. In fact, with the support of the trade union bureaucracy, the PQ and Quebec nationalism were used to disorient, isolate and derail a massive upsurge of the Quebec working class. Working people in Alberta must decisively reject Kenney’s reactionary “Alberta First” regionalist agenda. But voting “No” in today’s equalization referendum, does not and should not imply any support for the federal government and its equalization program.
Sixty years since the massacre of Algerians in Paris on October 17, 1961
The October 17, 1961 massacre is a warning as to the implications of de Villiers’ threats or the January 6 neo-Nazi coup attempt by then-President Donald Trump on the US Capitol in Washington. The October 17, 1961 massacreIn 1961, the Algerian war was in its seventh year, having cost around 400,000 Algerian and over 10,000 French lives. The LCR’s position in 2002 was a signal of its alignment with the state machine that carried out the October 17, 1961 massacre. The PES however is turned to the class struggle and the rapidly growing international movement in the working class. It commemorates the October 17, 1961 massacre by reaffirming its struggle to mobilize the working class against neocolonial wars and fascistic coup threats in France and internationally.
Republican campaign rally in Virginia draws Trump, Bannon and fascist supporters
President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at Minden-Tahoe Airport in Minden, Nev., Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. In his telephone message to the rally, Trump focused on claims of election fraud. While Youngkin was not in attendance, citing time “conflicts,” the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, Winsome Sears, was. In 2020, Trump lost Virginia by a 10 percent margin, with Democrat Joe Biden winning by large margins in the suburbs of Washington D.C. and Richmond. The “Take Back Virginia” rally took place in the final weeks of the Virginia race for the governor’s mansion.
Gates seems to double down on claim that Biden's been wrong on top foreign policy issues for decades
Robert Gates, the former defense secretary under President Obama, seemed to reiterate in an interview that aired Sunday night that he believes President Biden has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades. Cooper pointed out a part in the book where Gates called Biden a man of integrity but wrote that he believes he’s "been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades." He said he believes Biden made a mistake in Afghanistan in the way he handled the withdrawal. Biden has defended his administration and essentially said there was no easy way out of the country after two decades. This is not the first time that Gates offered stark criticism for the U.S.'s handling of the Afghanistan war.
Commerce head out to save US jobs, 1 computer chip at a time
Without computer chips that serve as the switches for today’s economy, the United States could be eclipsed by China and other nations that support their semiconductor industries. More than 20% of the state’s jobs were in manufacturing then; now only 8% are, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In overwhelmingly Democratic Rhode Island, Raimondo learned to govern by building coalitions within a diverse caucus. Automakers just stopped ordering semiconductors.”The United States once accounted for 40% of chip-making worldwide; now it’s 12%. The cost of making a chip in the United States is 30% higher than in Taiwan and South Korea.
Top Democrats woo Black voters in Virginia governor's race
Abrams has become a leading national voice in the party since narrowly losing the 2018 race for governor in Georgia. His Republican opponent, former business executive Glenn Youngkin, held a series of weekend events, including rallying Latino voters in the Washington suburbs. President Joe Biden won Virginia by 10 percentage points over Donald Trump in 2020, but the McAuliffe-Youngkin race appears to be coming down to the wire. Youngkin also has not campaigned personally with Trump, though the former president phoned into a Virginia rally last week featuring Steve Bannon, a longtime Trump strategist. Abrams said when she first began running for office, she felt mixing politics and church was bad.
Lake: America’s Arab allies warming to Syria’s dictator
King Abdullah II of Jordan made news last week when he took a phone call from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. It was the first contact between the king and president in more than a decade, since Syria’s civil war began. Since 2018, Arab states that once funded and armed Assad’s opposition have been trying to restore diplomatic ties with his regime. Recently, trade ministers from Syria and the United Arab Emirates met to discuss how to expand economic ties. So it’s worth asking what, if anything, the Biden administration is doing about these thawing relations between Assad and America’s Arab allies.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot ONLY person not wearing mask at baseball stadium while celebrating Cubs
The Mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot, has been pictured at a basketball game without a face mask, despite the city and state currently requiring them to be worn. 'That’s cute, but Illinois has an indoor mask mandate, irregardless of vaccine status, ma’m. 'I thought there is an indoor mask mandate in place? 'So much for that indoor mask mandate eh,' added Ken. The president was carrying his face mask but not wearing it, despite vocally-pushing for people to wear them as often as possible.
Casey DeSantis surprises Republican crowd Saturday in first appearance after cancer announcement
Ron DeSantis. I’m sure as hell not giving up,' the mother-of-three told a cheering audience at a Hernando County Republican Party dinner on SaturdayGov. Casey and Ron DeSantis, 43, are the parents of Madison, 4, Mason, 3, and Mamie, 18 monthsDeSantis is an Ohio native. Casey and Ron DeSantis are the parents of Madison, 4, Mason, 3, and Mamie, 18 months. The Hernando County Republican Party did not immediately respond to a request for comment from DailyMail.com.
S. Korea to soon decide whether to join CPTPP: finance minister
FINANCEThis photo, shows Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki meeting with reporters in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, on the sidelines of the Group of 20 meeting of finance ministers and top central bankers. The Joe Biden administration is known to be reviewing rejoining the trade deal.Hong said South Korea is likely to decide whether to join the CPTPP as early as next week. "We may have to make a decision by the end of this month or early November. We are in the final stretch," Hong said.The TPP has been long seen as a key counterweight to China's growing clout. But in a surprising move, China submitted an application in September to accede to the CPTPP.
Seoul closely monitoring N. Korean leader's increased messages toward US: ministry
NATIONALNorth Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaks at a lecture to commemorate the 76th founding anniversary of the ruling Workers' Party last Sunday, in this photo released by the North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) the next day. (Yonhap)North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has publicly mentioned the United States more often recently, drawing attention to Pyongyang's next move amid a prolonged deadlock in their nuclear talks, according to South Korea's unification ministry Monday.The ministry made the assessment in a report to lawmakers for an annual parliamentary audit, calling for an "active response" to resume dialogue in the face of growing volatility in the region.North Korea conducted four new missile tests in September alone, including what it called a "hypersonic" missile and a long-range cruise missile. "North Korea's following moves on the US require attention as leader Kim Jong-un's messages on the US have recently increased as well as become more detailed," the ministry said in the report.The assessment came a week after Kim said there are no grounds to believe why Washington is not hostile toward Pyongyang, though adding that neither South Korea nor the US is its "arch-enemy. "Despite many differences in opinion between the two Koreas ... our stance is to work out the differences through dialogue," the ministry said.When the talks resume, Seoul will also push to discuss the North's blowing up of an inter-Korean liaison office in its border city of Kaesong and the killing of a South Korean fisheries official who went adrift in waters north of the inter-Korean border, it said.Regarding North Korea's long-enforced tight border controls due to the pandemic, the ministry said the North is preparing to reopen its train routes with China.Earlier this month, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that it has begun the shipment of COVID-19 medical supplies to North Korea through the Chinese port of Dalian. "(North Korea) needs cooperation with the inter
S. Korean, US, Japanese intelligence chiefs to discuss N. Korea in Seoul: source
NATIONALThese file photos from May 9, 2021, show, from left to right, Avril Haines, the US director of national intelligence; Park Jie-won, head of South Korea's National Intelligence Service; and Hiroaki Takizawa, Japan's cabinet intelligence director. (Yonhap)The intelligence chiefs of South Korea, the United States and Japan will meet in Seoul on Monday behind closed doors for talks on North Korea and other pending issues, according to a source.Park Jie-won, the head of South Korea's National Intelligence Service (NIS), was set to sit down for talks with Avril Haines, the US director of national intelligence, and Hiroaki Takizawa, Japan's Cabinet intelligence director, the source said.The three will meet for the first time since May in Tokyo and are expected to share the assessments of the security situations on the Korean Peninsula, following Pyongyang's recent series of missile launches.Pyongyang has remained unresponsive to Washington's overtures for dialogue, with denuclearization talks having stalled since the no-deal summit between then US President Donald Trump and the North's leader Kim Jong-un in 2019.The top spy agency officials may also touch on South Korean President Moon Jae-in's recent proposal to declare a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War as Seoul ramps up diplomacy to revitalize its drive for lasting peace on the peninsula.The chief nuclear envoys of the three regional powers are scheduled to meet in Washington on Tuesday (local time).Takizawa's visit to Seoul is his first since Japan's new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida took office earlier this month, and the discussions could possibly signal Tokyo's new policy direction on North Korea.The talks could also consider ways to strengthen trilateral intelligence sharing, as the leaders of the two East Asian countries attempt to patch up rocky relations over historic disputes stemming from Japan's colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula from 1910-45.On Friday, Moon and Kishida held their first phone ca
Cassidy says he won't vote for Trump if he runs in 2024
said he will not vote for former President Trump Donald TrumpMcAuliffe takes tougher stance on Democrats in Washington Democrats troll Trump over Virginia governor's race Tom Glavine, Ric Flair, Doug Flutie to join Trump for Herschel Walker event MORE if he wages a bid for the presidency in 2024. The Republican senator told Axios’ Mike Allen “I don’t know that” when discussing the likelihood that Trump will win the GOP nomination in 2024 if he launches a third campaign for the White House. Bill Cassidy is 1 of 7 GOP senators who voted to convict Trump before he left office. pic.twitter.com/tUcF3pAvCR — Axios (@axios) October 17, 2021ADVERTISEMENTCassidy sounded a similar note in February of this year during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” when discussing a future Trump campaign. Trump has not announced any plans to run for president again in 2024, but his latest actions and comments are pointing towards a future bid.
Republican senator casts Trump as election loser destined to lose 2024 nomination
A Republican senator described former President Donald Trump as an election loser who is not guaranteed to win the GOP's presidential nomination in 2024 if he decides to run. "President Trump is the first president, on the Republican side at least, to lose the House, the Senate, and the presidency in four years. The Louisiana Republican ventured further by saying he thinks Trump, who does poll well among Republicans looking ahead to 2024, might lose the GOP nomination contest. Trump endorsed Louisiana's other U.S. senator, Bill Cassidy, for reelection in June. And when there was a pattern of behavior that culminated as it did on January the 6th — and we've had revelations since — that just led me to that decision.”Story continuesWashington Examiner VideosTags: News, Bill Cassidy, Congress, Donald Trump, 2020 ElectionsOriginal Author: Daniel ChaitinOriginal Location: Republican senator casts Trump as election loser destined to lose 2024 nomination
In Illinois, new reports reveal Trump Republicans’ fundraising strength
WASHINGTON — Keep an eye on the fundraising ability of GOP freshman Rep. Mary Miller, the Illinois Republican in Congress who is the most unabashed Trump loyalist in the delegation. ADAM KINZINGER/CHRISTINA LAUFThe remap, however it ends up, presents no easy district for GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger, leading a crusade against Trumpism, which has bolstered his fundraising ability. To date this cycle, Davis raised $137,271, spent $35,201 and only has $345,912 cash-on-hand because he had campaign funds left over from 2020. MARY MILLER/DARIN LAHOODMiller and GOP Rep. Darin LaHood might end up in the same GOP district after the remap, so the play will be the Republican primary. RODNEY DAVIS/NIKKI BUDZINSKIThe draft map creates a tough district for GOP Rep. Rodney Davis.
Seoul closely monitoring N. Korean leader's increased messages toward US: ministry
North Korea conducted four new missile tests in September alone, including what it called a "hypersonic" missile and a long-range cruise missile. In Seoul, the intelligence chiefs of the three countries were to gather for closed-door talks during which they are expected to discuss North Korea, among other issues. The ministry said it will continue efforts to find opportunities, such as the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics, to restart the inter-Korean and US-North Korea talks. Regarding North Korea's long-enforced tight border controls due to the pandemic, the ministry said the North is preparing to reopen its train routes with China. Earlier this month, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that it has begun the shipment of COVID-19 medical supplies to North Korea through the Chinese port of Dalian.
S. Korean, US, Japanese intelligence chiefs to discuss N. Korea in Seoul: source
These file photos from May 9, 2021, show, from left to right, Avril Haines, the US director of national intelligence; Park Jie-won, head of South Korea's National Intelligence Service; and Hiroaki Takizawa, Japan's cabinet intelligence director. (Yonhap)The intelligence chiefs of South Korea, the United States and Japan will meet in Seoul on Monday behind closed doors for talks on North Korea and other pending issues, according to a source. Park Jie-won, the head of South Korea's National Intelligence Service (NIS), was set to sit down for talks with Avril Haines, the US director of national intelligence, and Hiroaki Takizawa, Japan's Cabinet intelligence director, the source said. On Friday, Moon and Kishida held their first phone call and agreed to develop their ties "in a future-oriented manner." Haines, who arrived in Seoul on Sunday, will meet her counterparts after US Central Intelligence Agency Director William Burns met with Moon here last week.
Why Democrats may be facing a generation in the wilderness
But what if, in terms of political power, this is as good as it gets for the party for years to come? But what if, in terms of political power, this is as good as it gets for the Democratic Party for years to come? To break this cycle, Democrats need to win back states that lean Republican, according to Mr. Shor. “I don’t think they are facing a generation in the wilderness,” says Professor Hopkins. That said, Democrats pursue political power for a different reason than Republicans, Dr. Hopkins adds.
Jon Stewart warns more risks to the political system than Trump
… The encouraging thing is watching on a grassroots level, people that are really viewing it as something that they want to protect and that they want to strengthen,” Stewart said. Discussing political developments in the six years between leaving "The Daily Show" and starting a new show, “The Problem with Jon Stewart,” on Apple TV+ this fall, Stewart said social media algorithms have been a key factor in driving increased political polarization. … The delivery system is more sophisticated, more robust and more ubiquitous," he said. … He is maybe singing them better than [the late Sen. Barry] Goldwater," Stewart said. "That only works, of course, if you care about or even have a sense of honor.”
Schiff says holding Bannon in criminal contempt 'a way of getting people's attention'
ADVERTISEMENTThe select committee announced on Thursday that it would pursue criminal prosecution against Bannon after the ex-Trump White House strategist failed to appear for a scheduled deposition. Bannon told the congressional panel last week that he would not comply with the subpoena. Asked by Acosta on Sunday about the chances of getting Bannon to testify, Schiff said the panel’s “chances are actually very good” — despite the arduous process of pursuing criminal contempt. In the days leading up to January 6th, on that day itself, Steve Bannon was one of the president's closest advisers,” Schiff said. Rep. Bennie Thompson Bennie Gordon ThompsonThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Jan. 6 panel flexes its muscle Bennie Thompson not ruling out subpoenaing Trump Jan. 6 panel to pursue criminal contempt referral for Bannon MORE (D-Miss.
Texas governor moves state sharply to the right ahead of 2022 election
Governor Greg Abbott meets with Texas National Guard troops and U.S. Border Patrol personnel for a briefing regarding security along the Mexico-U.S. border in Weslaco, Texas, U.S., April 12, 2018. Democrats have made political gains in Texas on the strength of rapidly growing metropolitan areas such as Houston and Austin. "He's taking a more aggressive approach," said Brendan Steinhauser, a Texas-based Republican political consultant. Last year, former President Donald Trump carried Texas by more than five percentage points, despite national unpopularity and unprecedented Democratic fervor. "I do strongly believe Governor Abbott is in the catbird seat for re-election," said Ray Sullivan, who was a senior adviser to Republican former Texas Governor Rick Perry.
Robert Gates on Afghanistan, his disagreements with President Biden and polarization in the U.S.
And Gates also believes President Biden didn't act quickly enough after announcing in April he was pushing back President Trump's deadline for the U.S. withdrawal by four months. President Biden: "It's time for American troops to come home." Anderson Cooper: So the former President and President Biden both share some responsibility in this? President Biden has given assurances that the U.S. can still target terrorists in Afghanistan. Gates and President Biden have crossed paths for decades, as he wrote about in 2014.
Mark Levin: Network of liberal dark money groups, billionaires, and Democrats attacking our elections
Life, Liberty & Levin" host Mark Levin laid out what he called a coordinated attack on American elections by left-wing dark-money groups, billionaires, and the Democratic Party in his Sunday monologue. People aren't supposed to talk about issues with the 2020 election, Levin said, lest they be labeled conspiracy theorists by the media. Levin said President Biden's administration and Democrats wouldn't investigate the shadowy forces that are changing American elections without the knowledge of most citizens. Dark money, all this money flowing into the coffers, organizations that don't have to report who's giving what to whom. Levin said no one wanted anything "reversed," and he went after "RINOs" and "NeverTrumpers" who have contributed to the situation.
MSNBC Panel Torches Sen. Ron Johnson For Spreading Yet Another Conspiracy Theory
was roundly condemned by an MSNBC panel Sunday for spreading dangerous conspiracy theories about COVID-19 vaccines and treatments on Fox News. “What in the entire ? What’s he talking about?” MSNBC host Jonathan Capehart asked. Jennifer Rubin, a conservative political columnist for the Washington Post, characterized his comments as “complete crap.”“He never used to be this insane. John Bresnahan, co-founder of Punchbowl News and longtime Capitol Hill reporter, noted that Johnson had been been making anti-science and anti-vaccine comments for months now. “It is stunning to see a U.S. senator, a national political leader, making these kinds of comments.
Money floods the race for control of Congress, more than a year early
Raphael Warnock, then a Democratic Senate candidate in Georgia, during a press conference in Atlanta, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. DAMON WINTER/NYTPoliticians in both parties are furiously racing to expand their online donor bases while simultaneously courting big checks from wealthy benefactors. Democratic- and Republican-linked groups are spending millions of dollars to shape public opinion on the spending package currently being debated in Congress. “Democrats have owned online fundraising, and that is no longer true,” said former Rep. Tom Davis, who previously led the House Republican campaign arm. They include Warnock, the top Democratic fundraiser aside from congressional leaders, and Walker, a leading Republican in the Georgia Senate race.
Little boys are snapped easing themselves through White House railing
Two young boys were photographed squeezing through the railings surrounding the White House Sunday afternoon while President Joe Biden was inside. A slightly older child in a white shirt and rainbow sleeve stepped halfway inside at around 1.20pm, as onlookers extended their arms into White House property to get a closer shot of the presidential residence. It sectioned off Lafayette Square, the seven-acre public park directly north of the White House. It is one of a host of security features at the White House, including snipers on its roof and a highly-classified underground bunker. The US Secret Service and Capitol Police did not immediately respond to requests for comment from DailyMail.com about Sunday's mini-breaches.
S. Korea to soon decide whether to join CPTPP: finance minister
This photo, shows Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki meeting with reporters in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, on the sidelines of the Group of 20 meeting of finance ministers and top central bankers. (Ministry of Economy and Finance)South Korea plans to decide whether to join a mega Asia-Pacific free trade agreement involving 11 nations as early as this month in an effort to diversify its export portfolio, the country's finance minister has said. Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki made the remarks during his meeting with reporters Thursday (local time) in Washington, D.C. after attending the Group of 20 meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors. Hong said South Korea is likely to decide whether to join the CPTPP as early as next week. A planned change in the chair of the CPTPP could be another key factor for South Korea's decision, he said.
MSNBC Panel Torches Sen. Ron Johnson For Spreading Yet Another Conspiracy Theory
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) was roundly condemned by an MSNBC panel Sunday for spreading dangerous conspiracy theories about COVID-19 vaccines and treatments on Fox News. Advertisement“What in the entire ? What’s he talking about?” MSNBC host Jonathan Capehart asked. AdvertisementJohn Bresnahan, co-founder of Punchbowl News and longtime Capitol Hill reporter, noted that Johnson had been been making anti-science and anti-vaccine comments for months now. “It is stunning to see a U.S. senator, a national political leader, making these kinds of comments.
Fauci says he is polarizing because he supports 'science, data, and hard facts' and not conspiracy theories
He told Fox News' Chris Wallace he has become a polarizing figure because he stands with science. "And I think people who feel differently, who have conspiracy theories, who deny reality, that's looking them straight in the eye." Fauci said he stood by the truth and that that's "inconvenient" for people who believe in conspiracy theories. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is considered the nation's top infectious disease expert. When asked by Wallace if anything he has done has contributed to him becoming a polarizing figure, Fauci said he couldn't answer because he couldn't think of anything.
Kinzinger doesn't rule out January 6 committee subpoena for Trump
(CNN) A Republican on the House committee investigating the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol on Sunday did not rule out issuing a subpoena for former President Donald Trump as it seeks to obtain information from his allies. "If we subpoena all of a sudden the former president, we know that's going to become kind of a circus so that's not necessarily something we want to do up front. The committee announced last week it was moving forward to hold Trump ally Steve Bannon in criminal contempt for refusing to comply with a subpoena. Asked Friday what his message is to those who defy subpoenas from the January 6 select committee, President Joe Biden told CNN's Kaitlan Collins, "I hope that the committee goes after them and holds them accountable." "I do, yes," Biden said when asked if he thinks they should be prosecuted by the Department of Justice.
Jon Stewart says media making 'mistake' casting Trump as 'incredible supervillain'
Comedian Jon Stewart said the media's hyper-focus on former President Donald Trump is a mistake and that casting him as an "incredible supervillain" distracts from other threats. "I think we make a mistake focusing this all on Donald Trump, as if he's … Magneto and some incredible supervillain that has changed the very nature and temperature of the U.S.," Stewart said. Power doesn't cede itself, and unless we can figure out a better way to balance out that power … we'll be vulnerable." Stewart, who recently launched a new show, "The Problem with Jon Stewart," said it's time the media moves away from the idea that "autocracy is purely the domain of Donald Trump." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPAs for whether he thinks President Joe Biden is doing an effective job in office, Stewart said, "I don’t think anybody is."
January 6th Committee prepares to drop the hammer on Bannon
After Former Trump Senior Advisor Steve Bannon refused to comply with a lawful subpoena, special congressional committee members are preparing to hold him in contempt. Maria Teresa Kumar and her panel discuss what that could mean, and whether or not the commission will ask Donald Trump to testify. Oct. 18, 2021
Spiderman Meme: Fox News Asks Fauci Why He’s ‘So Controversial’
Host Laura Ingraham has downplayed the threat Covid poses while casting doubt on the safety of vaccines for children. The doctor himself has said the network’s coverage of Covid is “outlandish” and that some hosts “distort” the facts. Story continuesWallace asked Fauci, “When this pandemic started, I think it’s fair to say you were generally regarded as the authority on infectious disease. Two questions: Why do you think you’ve become so controversial? And honestly, do you think there’s anything you have done that has contributed to that?”Fauci tactfully didn’t directly call out the network.
Will Matthew McConaughey run for governor of Texas?
Actor Matthew McConaughey, right, with former Texas Longhorns wide receiver Dorian Leonard, says he is "measuring" a campaign for governor of Texas and is "aggressively centrist." Since spring, movie star Matthew McConaughey has been toying with the idea of a run for governor of Texas but has refused to commit, relishing the spotlight celebs are accustomed to while promoting his new memoir, "Greenlights." Matthew McConaughey performs June 19 before a home game between the Austin FC and San Jose Earthquakes at Q2 Stadium. McConaughey was born in the west Texas town of Uvalde to a kindergarten teacher and oil pipe supplier who later moved the family to north Texas. Even 22% of Trump voters said they’d back McConaughey, according to University of Texas at Tyler political scientist Mark Owens, who directed the poll.
At Axel Springer, Politico’s New Owner, Allegations of Sex, Lies and a Secret Payment
Axel Springer aims “to become the leading digital publisher in the democratic world,” Mr. Döpfner told me in an emailed statement. It seems the old battles have left Axel Springer forever on its guard against potential enemies. Last fall, Ms. Springer offered Mr. Döpfner a reward for his decades of service: $1.2 billion of Axel Springer stock. But Mr. Döpfner knew that Politico’s leadership team, still bitter over Mr. VandeHei’s departure to start a rival publication, would object. “No lies and no deceptions.”The post At Axel Springer, Politico’s New Owner, Allegations of Sex, Lies and a Secret Payment appeared first on New York Times.
Texas Republicans Set To Pass New Congressional Maps
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans on Saturday were set to approve redrawn U.S. House maps that would shore up their eroding dominance as voters peel away from the GOP in the state’s booming suburbs. After passage in the Texas House, the maps will go to Republican Gov. Gutierrez said he expects to see legal challenges alleging both racial discrimination and procedural missteps by the map’s authors. Texas was the only state to gain two congressional seats following the 2020 census. Texas lawmakers are also redrawing the maps for their own districts, with Republicans following a similar plan that would keep their party in power in the state House and Senate.
Justice Department plays politics in letting Andrew McCabe escape punishment
In yet another sign of how politicized it is, the Biden Justice Department has restored disgraced former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s full pension. The dismissal two days before his planned retirement cost McCabe various perks as well as reducing his pension. “Politics should never play a role in the fair administration of justice and civil service personnel decisions,” McCabe smirked. But his lies more than merited Sessions’ punishment, even if it doesn’t serve Team Biden’s political interests to make that case. Too bad that politics matters more than good government at the Biden Justice Department.
U.S. House incumbents continue aggressive fundraising amid redistricting
Two U.S. House sophomores who flipped Republican seats three years ago are again leading the Michigan delegation in fundraising for the quarter, according to disclosure reports. Slotkin reported $3.76 million cash on hand, and Stevens has $1.5 million as of Sept. 30. Simon Schuster of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network attributed this to the uncertainty that the incumbents are facing amid the state's first round of redistricting with a new nonpartisan redistricting commission. Schuster noted that Walberg’s fundraising was down about $100,000 from the same quarter in 2019 and that his PAC receipts continue to be down. "That reflects the precipitous drop that he also faced in the second quarter," Schuster said.
It doesn't work if you carry it Joe! President Biden is filmed breaking DC's mask mandate
Joe and Jill Biden dined out in Washington DC on Saturday night for the first time since moving to the White House - and broke the city's mask mandate. The president and first lady were seen at Fiola Mare, a seafood restaurant popular with the political set in the Georgetown area of the city. Joe Biden was seen on Saturday night arriving at a DC restaurant with his face mask in handThe first lady was also flouting the Washington DC mask mandate as she entered the eateryThe president had his face mask in his hand when he left the restaurant, although his Secret Service detail were wearing theirs. Tkacik did not name the restaurant she worked for, but on her Twitter profile she says she worked at Fiola Mare. 'The Trump years were lean ones for fancy restaurants in D.C. not located inside the Trump Hotel,' she concluded.
Ex-British spy Christopher Steele defends Trump dossier and says kompromat tape ‘probably’ exists
“[T]oday, do you still believe that this tape exists?” Mr Stephanopoulos asked him. “I think it probably does, but I would not put 100 per cent certainty on it,” said the former spy. Allies of the former president argued falsely that the dossier of unverified claims, including the shocking “pee tape” claim, was the basis for the FBI investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign. Top intelligence officials have testified that it actually stemmed from comments made by a Trump campaign official to an Australian diplomat, who alerted US authorities. At the same time, he relented and admitted that “not everything” in the dossier regarding Mr Trump had ended up being true.
US Afghan resettlements slowed by housing shortage, old technology
More than 50,000 Afghans are housed temporarily on eight military bases around the country awaiting resettlement to permanent homes. Resettlement agencies, which contract with the State Department to help the Afghans, say finding off-base housing is a big challenge. The State Department reactivated an old database system, called Hummingbird, that staff on bases must enter the Afghans into to match them with resettlement slots. A SECRET CIA GATE AT KABUL AIRPORT BECAME AN ESCAPE PATH FOR AFGHANSA State Department spokeswoman said the system is no longer manual. The IOM referred requests for comment on its role to the State Department.
Top Democrats woo Black voters in Virginia governor’s race
Abrams has become a leading national voice in the party since narrowly losing the 2018 race for governor in Georgia. McAuliffe, governor from 2014 to 2018 and a former Democratic National Committee chairman, visited separate churches and later led a rally with Abrams outside an early voting station. His Republican opponent, former business executive Glenn Youngkin, held a series of weekend events, including rallying Latino voters in the Washington suburbs. Youngkin has not campaigned personally with Trump, though they both phoned into a Virginia rally hosted last week by Steve Bannon, a longtime Trump strategist. Abrams said when she first began running for office, she felt mixing politics and church was bad.
Trump fan accused of tasing police officer at Capitol riot cries and calls himself ‘piece of s***’ in FBI interview
Daniel “DJ” Rodriguez was taken into custody after being identified by HuffPost as the individual who electroshocked DC Metropolitan Police Officer Mike Fanone. The agents said that to that point other actors were telling the story in the court of public opinion. He said he was “stupid” for believing that the mob who attacked Congress on 6 January could put Mr Trump in power for a second term. In relation to the attack on Officer Fanone, the agents ask him to explain what happened. Yes.”Asked why he did it, Mr Rodriguez cried and responded: “I don’t know.
Ex-British spy Christopher Steele defends Trump dossier and says kompromat tape ‘probably’ exists
“[T]oday, do you still believe that this tape exists?” Mr Stephanopoulos asked him. “I think it probably does, but I would not put 100 percent certainty on it,” said the former spy. Allies of the former president argued falsely that the dossier of unverified claims, including the shocking “pee tape” claim, was the basis for the FBI investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign. Top intelligence officials have testified that it actually stemmed from comments made by a Trump campaign official to an Australian diplomat, who alerted US authorities. At the same time, he relented and admitted that “not everything” in the dossier regarding Mr Trump had ended up being true.
Drew Barrymore catches up with Chelsea Handler, Amy Schumer and Sarah Silverman after New York show
star wrote Sunday on Instagram that she was 'fan girling out' after getting to hang out with Handler and her fellow acts Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman and Sarah Cooper. Impressive women: Drew Barrymore, 46, was surrounded by an impressive array of comedians after Chelsea Handler's Saturday comedy show in New York, including Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman and Sarah CooperDrew was dressed casually in a tie-dye button-up shirt over a red graphic T-shirt and khaki pants, and she held her mask in her hand. Chelsea looked sleek in a lustrous black jumpsuit, while Amy matched her in her own black jumpsuit. Sarah Silverman stayed on theme with a simple black T-shirt and slim-cut jeans with black boots. Drew was catching up with Chelsea just days after she appeared on her talk show, The Drew Barrymore Show.
Fauci slams conspiracy theorists for 'reacting against me' when the 'truth becomes inconvenient'
He encourages Americans who received the J&J vaccine to get a booster for the one-jab vaccine as soon as it becomes available. Also on Sunday, Fauci reiterated that Johnson & Johnson should have made their COVID-19 vaccine a two-dose shot. COVID vaccine booster shots are being recommended even though cases of infections have been dropping after a summer surge caused by the Delta variant. 'I think anybody who's gotten one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine can benefit from a second dose of a Johnson & Johnson vaccine,' Dr. Paul Offit, a member of the FDA's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee told CNN. He believes that the J&J vaccine would have been initially recommended as a two-dose vaccine if it had not been created in a time of such urgency.
'He has not suffered the consequences': Impeachment witness on Trump's lies
Retired Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman says former President Donald Trump has not been held accountable for his attempts to steal the 2020 presidential election.
U.S. Supreme Court blocks Trump bid to end 'Dreamers' immigrant program
Added: 18.06.2020 19:30 | 25 views | 0 commentsThe U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dealt President Donald Trump a major setback on his hardline immigration policies, blocking his bid to end a program that protects from deportation hundreds of thousands of immigrants - often called "Dreamers" - who entered the United States illegally as children.
Pelosi says Trump 'ethically unfit' for presidency, will continue oversight
Added: 18.06.2020 19:47 | 17 views | 0 commentsU.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday revelations in a book by a former top White House aide show President Donald Trump is unfit and unprepared to be president and Democrats will continue oversight of the Republican president's behavior.
Former White House aide Bolton says Trump not 'fit' to be president
Former White House aide Bolton says Trump not 'fit' to be presidentAdded: 18.06.2020 19:47 | 8 views | 0 commentsFormer top White House aide John Bolton delivered a damning indictment of his former boss, saying Donald Trump's behavior in office and dealings with foreign leaders showed he was unfit to be president of the United States.
Drug Pitched to Trump for Covid-19 Comes From a Deadly Plant
Drug Pitched to Trump for Covid-19 Comes From a Deadly PlantAdded: 20.08.2020 20:10 | 17 views | 0 commentsSource: nypost.comThe chief executive of My Pillow, a Trump donor, claims oleandrin is a miracle cure for Covid-19. But no studies have shown that it is safe or effective, and the shrub it’s derived from is poisonous. More in www.nytimes.com »
Yes, Virginia, There Is a Deep State
Added: 17.10.2021 13:16 | 30 views | 0 commentsA major untold story of the Trump era has been the political comeback of the CIA, NSA, and FBI, who thanks to an ingenious marketing campaign now enjoy widespread support among young liberals
Opinion | Last Chance to Save American Democracy
The road to Democrats’ maintaining control of both the House and the Senate was already difficult, but with widespread voter suppression, the path looks even more daunting. If Trump decides to run again in 2024 (and he is already hinting that he will), voter suppression will up his chances of winning. With Trump once again in the White House, a Republican Congress would be able to federalize voter suppression. Republican groups are already working to draft legislation so that they have it ready to introduce in Congress if Trump is elected. For Democrats, this voting rights bill is a top priority, but from now until something is passed, it should be the only priority.
As Trump Thunders About Last Election, Republicans Worry About the Next One
Republicans believe they have a good shot at taking Congress next year. But there’s a catch. In a series of public appearances and statements over the last week, Mr. Trump has signaled not only that he plans to work against Republicans he deems disloyal, but also that his meritless claims that widespread voter fraud cost him the White House in 2020 will be his litmus test, going so far as to threaten that his voters will sit out future elections. “If we don’t solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020,” Mr. Trump said in a statement last week, “Republicans will not be voting in ’22 or ’24. They worry he could cost Republicans otherwise winnable seats in Congress and complicate the party’s more immediate goal of winning the governor’s race in Virginia next month.
Steele defends explosive claims about Russian collusion from his dossier
“I stand by the work we did, the sources that we had, and the professionalism which we applied to it,” Steele ?says in the documentary, ??”Out of the Shadows: The Man Behind the Steele Dossier?,?” ?which premieres on Hulu Monday. “I’m prepared to accept that not everything in the dossier is 100 percent accurate,” Steele said. “Because I think the Russians felt they’d got pretty good value out of Donald Trump when he was president of the US,” Steele said. Former President Donald Trump has denied the claims made in the Steele dossier. PA Images via Getty ImagesThe Steele Dossier began as a project to dig up dirt on Republican presidential candidates, and the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative news website, provided the funding to research firm Fusion GPS.
Christopher Steele: Cohen DID meet Kremlin officials and Trump golden showers tape 'probably' exists
Christopher Steele doubled-down on claims from his infamous dossier, insisting that Michael Cohen met with Russian officials in Prague and that the 'golden showers' tape of Donald Trump likely exists. Stephanopoulos asked in reference to the salacious 'golden showers' tape claimed to exist in the dossier that has never come to light. 'Out of the Shadows: The Man Behind the Steele Dossier¿ premieres tomorrow¿streaming only on @hulu. Stephanopoulos also asked if the former British intelligence official 'accepts' the FBI findings that Cohen did not meet with Kremlin officials in Prague – like the Steele Dossier claims. 'Since he's gone to prison, since he's turned on President Trump he's told every single story.
Fauci on why he's polarizing: 'Sometimes the truth becomes inconvenient for some people'
Fauci said some people likely find the truth he has spoken about COVID-19 and the pandemic "inconvenient" and that it has contributed to some people's negative views of him. "That’s understandable because what I do, and I try very hard, is to be guided by the truth," the doctor added of his critics. "And sometimes the truth becomes inconvenient for some people, and so they react against me. Fauci echoed a similar sentiment earlier in the pandemic in response to the release of his emails. At the time, Fauci said that "a lot of what you're seeing as attacks on me quite frankly are attacks on science."
Rep. Adam Schiff says Jan. 6 committee plans to hold Steve Bannon in criminal contempt for not complying with subpoena
Rep. Adam Schiff said the January 6 committee would vote to hold Steve Bannon in contempt for refusing to comply with their subpoena. Robert Costello, a lawyer for Bannon, said in an October 13 letter to the committee that Bannon was "not in defiance" of the subpoena. Schiff said he does not know when the report against Bannon will be taken up on the House floor. With those that we expect to be hostile, sometimes we go straight to a subpoena," Schiff said. It would send a "powerful message" to other uncooperative witnesses to see the Justice Department eventually bring charges against Bannon, Schiff added Sunday.
‘Build Back Better’ — or ‘Build BIGOTRY Better’?
President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act should be rechristened the Build Bigotry Better Act and then buried in a shallow grave on Capitol Hill. Once stripped of accounting gimmicks and augmented with $200 billion in debt-service obligations, this leviathan’s true, 10-year cost totals $5.9 trillion. President Joe Biden delivers remarks promoting his “Build Back Better Agenda” at the Capitol Child Development Center in Hartford, Connecticut, October 15, 2021. President Joe Biden returns a salute as he boards Air Force One for a trip to Connecticut to promote his “Build Back Better” agenda, Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. No, it’s the radical, fundamental and explicit reordering of American society around the Marxist concept of racial equity,” warns Stephen Miller, senior adviser to former President Donald Trump and founder of America First Legal, a public-interest law firm.
CNN's Stelter frets Katie Couric editing scandal further damages media's reputation
CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter bemoaned Katie Couric's admission she once edited out newsworthy remarks from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to "protect" her, complaining Sunday it further damaged the wider media's reputation. "This contributes to a decline in trust in media," Stelter said on "Reliable Sources." "She admits years later that she basically covered something up … It contributes to a lack of trust in media." In her new memoir, Couric wrote she omitted some critical remarks Ginsburg made to her in 2016 about national anthem kneelers having "contempt for a government" that made it possible for their elders to have a "decent life." "Couric chose to obscure a sitting justice's views on a newsworthy topic — the journalistic equivalent of a lie by omission.
Top Democrats woo Black voters in Virginia governor’s race
Abrams has become a leading national voice in the party since narrowly losing the 2018 race for governor in Georgia. McAuliffe, governor from 2014-18 and a former Democratic National Committee chairman, visited separate churches and later led a rally with Abrams outside an early voting station. His Republican opponent, former business executive Glenn Youngkin, held a series of weekend events, including rallying Latino voters in the Washington suburbs. Youngkin has not campaigned personally with Trump, though they both phoned into a Virginia rally hosted last week by Stephen K. Bannon, a longtime Trump strategist. Abrams said when she first began running for office, she felt mixing politics and church was bad.
It's official: Biden's performance is hurting Democrats' electoral prospects
This signals that both Democrats may be in an even more fragile position than most overall voter polls make it seem. President Biden’s approval rating is also underwater with these voters, who disapprove of him by a 14 point margin. In the New Jersey gubernatorial race, Murphy is in a decidedly stronger overall position than McAuliffe in Virginia. That being said, Murphy’s lead has markedly shrunk since earlier this summer, which occurred contemporaneously with the drop in President Biden’s ratings. Additionally, Murphy’s current nine point lead — notably, the same margin as President Biden’s approval rating in the state — is much narrower than Biden’s 16 point margin of victory in New Jersey in 2020.
The G.O.P.’s Race to Out-Trump the Trumpists
“That wasn’t the step you took.” During the 2016 Presidential primaries, Brooks initially supported Senator Ted Cruz. Earlier this month, Senator Chuck Grassley, of Iowa, a purported establishment figure who, at eighty-eight, is running for an eighth term, came onstage at a Trump rally in Des Moines. Trump, meanwhile, has endorsed Mark Finchem, a state legislator at times associated with QAnon, in the race for Arizona’s secretary of state. Trump’s attentiveness to a race for a state election official is unsettling, given the pressure he exerted on such officials to shift results in his favor in 2020. The Republican leaders who defer to his preferences and echo his delusions now are building the scaffolding for his own next campaign.
The roots of denialism: How the birth of smog in 1943 led to Trump and QAnon
Smog was what happened when hydrocarbons, created mostly by refineries and cars, were released into LA's famously bright sunshine. Just as World War II was the birth of smog, smog was the birth of what we now call denialism. Just as World War II was the birth of smog, smog was the birth of what we now call denialism. According to an investigation by The Guardian newspaper, more than 100 groups were set up to "deny climate science and obstruct policy solutions to global warming." Climate science moved denialism from industry propaganda to conspiracy theory.
Sunday Reading: What Vulture Capitalism is Doing to the Newspaper Industry
A few weeks ago, we wrote about Style Weekly, Richmond's alt-weekly newspaper, folding after nearly four decades in business. "The profits generated by Alden’s newspapers did not go toward rebuilding newsrooms," Coppins concludes. That might sound like a losing formula, but these papers don’t have to become sustainable businesses for Smith and Freeman to make money. And please, to help support local journalism, consider joining our Press Club. Support independent local journalism.
Bari Weiss' next act: a Substack newsletter that serves as 'the newspaper for the 21st century'
New York (CNN Business) Bari Weiss says her publication on Substack, Common Sense, is meant to be "the newspaper for the 21st century, ultimately. One year after quitting The New York Times, Weiss has not drifted off into obscurity, as detractors hoped she would. I recently interviewed Weiss about her business model; about free speech; and "woke orthodoxy." That's one of the first things I asked herThe 'self-censorship' problem"Thought crimes" are top of mind for Weiss. And so if an institution -- whose job it is to uphold, let's say, liberalism broadly defined -- decides not to do that anymore, why should it be a surprise, then, that that institution becomes illiberal?"
'More reporting:' How journalists should cover threats to democracy
New York, NY (CNN) The media treats some aspects of the first amendment — such as press freedom — as sacred. But when it comes to other crucial protections, including free and fair elections and other basic tenets of democracy, there tends to be a "sliding scale." On "Reliable Sources" Sunday, CNN's chief media correspondent Brian Stelter discussed the changing role of political media — and how reporters need to do a better job protecting democracy. "My main critique is that is that the goalposts have been moved for everything other than the press coverage of press freedoms," Marc Elias, the founder of Democracy Docket, said on "Reliable Sources" Sunday. After working with Watergate reporter Bob Woodward on the book, Costa said he realized democracy itself was in peril in the US — and former president Donald Trump is playing a pivotal role.
Governor's race in Va. has Republicans dreaming of a post-Trump future
Every campaign in the state was just a proxy vote on how you feel about Donald Trump, which, if you're in North Dakota, is a great deal for Republicans. Youngkin’s Republican allies say he has adeptly managed his coalition, keeping “Never Trump” and “Forever Trump” Republicans in the same GOP tent. “The problem they have is that Glenn Youngkin is not Donald Trump. He doesn't come across as Donald Trump. He doesn't act like Donald Trump.
Protester shot by Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha is now suing Wisconsin authorities
Protester shot by Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha is now suing Wisconsin authoritiesEnlarge this image toggle caption Brandon Bell/Getty Images Brandon Bell/Getty ImagesGaige Grosskreutz, who was shot by Kyle Rittenhouse during racial justice protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin last year, is suing the city, the county and several law enforcement officers, claiming they condoned the efforts of white nationalists to violently dispel demonstrators protesting a police shooting. At one of the protests, the then 17-year-old Rittenhouse shot and killed two people — Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum — and wounded Grosskreutz, who says he lost 90% of his right bicep. "It was a natural consequence of the actions of the Kenosha Police Department and Kenosha Sherriff's office in deputizing a roving militia to 'protect property' and 'assist in maintaining order.'" Since the shootings, Rittenhouse has received support from conservative groups and Blue Lives Matter activists. The Kenosha Police Department announced in April that Rusten Sheskey, the officer who shot Blake, acted within department policy and wouldn't face discipline.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says Trump's continued focus on the 2020 election is 'a recipe for disaster' in the midterms
Hutchinson said that "relitigating" the 2020 election would be "a recipe for disaster in 2022." It's not about the last election," the Republican governor said. Asa Hutchinson on Sunday said that former President Donald Trump's continued attempts to discredit the 2020 election results could be a "disaster" for GOP candidates running for office next year. "Relitigating 2020 is a recipe for disaster in 2022," he said. The states made decisions on the integrity of each of their elections and made improvements where need be."
Jon Stewart Cautions: It’s a ‘Mistake’ to Focus Only on Trump
Jon Stewart thinks the media’s focus on Donald Trump misses the larger point, which is that our democracy is being threatened by much larger systems, he told CNN’s Jake Tapper on State of the Union Sunday. The comedian appeared on the news network to promote his new show, The Problem With Jon Stewart. “You were talking a second ago about identifying the weak points in the guardrails of democracy,” Tapper said during the interview. “It’s also obvious — and I know you have spoken about this in the past — that Donald Trump has also identified those weak points. I don’t know that autocracy is purely the domain of Donald Trump.
At least 13 auto safety rules are years overdue. Many of them could save lives
HOPE YEN and TOM KRISHERThe Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — As traffic fatalities spike in the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal agency in charge of auto safety is struggling with a growing backlog of safety rules ordered by Congress that are years overdue and could save thousands of lives. A governors’ highway safety group says the United States faces a “car crash epidemic" at the same time that safety rules languish. “Government should not take this long to act on safety,” said David Mills, who started a Houston-area foundation in Kailee’s honor aimed at promoting seat belt safety. “It’s frustrating,” said Jonathan Adkins, executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association, which represents state highway safety offices and says the crashes are an epidemic. “I can’t say the U.S. regulator of the auto industry is at all on track,” said Cathy Chase, president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.
Fake Polls and Tabloid Coverage on Demand: The Dark Side of Sebastian Kurz
For years, Austria’s conservative party had languished far behind its rivals. Then in May 2017, the polls spectacularly reversed, giving the conservatives newfound credibility that helped them convince voters that they had a real chance of winning. The man credited with the miracle was Sebastian Kurz. Only 31, well-dressed and well-mannered, with slick hair and even slicker social media slogans, he became Austria’s youngest-ever chancellor and formed a government with the far right. Prosecutors now say that many polls before that election were falsified and that Mr. Kurz and a small cabal of allies with cultlike devotion to him paid off one of Austria’s biggest tabloids to ensure favorable news coverage.
Texas Gov. Abbott argues Biden 'completely abandoned' everyone who lives on the border
He also pointed out that "these are counties and these are people who traditionally have voted Democrat, that the Biden administration is ignoring." The Texas governor also blamed Biden's "catastrophic open border policies" for the migrant crisis. "But now, we’re seeing the highest number of cross border crossings and it’s all because of the catastrophic open border policies by the Biden administration," he continued. The Biden administration ended the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) which kept migrants in Mexico as they awaited their immigration proceedings. The Biden administration, however, has blamed a mixture of Trump administration policies and "root causes" in Central America for the surge.
Sen. Johnson: Democrats are 'living in a fantasy world' over rising inflation
Senator Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., argued Democrats are "living in a fantasy world" over the impacts of rising inflation, adding that low-income families and retirees are most impacted Sunday on "Sunday Morning Futures" with Maria Bartiromo. BIDEN OFFICIAL WHO SAID INFLATION ISSUES ARE ‘HIGH CLASS PROBLEMS’ ONCE RIPPED TRUMP ADMIN FOR PRICE INCREASESSEN. RON JOHNSON: Democrats are just living in a fantasy world. They deny reality, and the reality is high inflation primarily affects retirees and the working poor or any poor person. It's the poor, people on a fixed income, that are incredibly hurt by inflation, and people need to understand that. And unfortunately, it always sounds good when the federal government is sprinkling around benefits, going to give you free college and free childcare and free pre-k. All this stuff is not free.
Nearly 3 million people have signed a petition demanding that Congress issue a fourth stimulus check
Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty ImagesA Change.org petition calling for a fourth round of stimulus checks has almost 3 million signatures. There have been three stimulus checks released, and it's unclear whether there will be a fourth. Support for a fourth stimulus check continues to grow as a petition calling on Congress to deliver another round of aid nears 3 million signatures. Eligible Americans received $1,400 stimulus checks in March as part of Democrats' $1.9 trillion stimulus package. Story continuesBut, as Insider's Joseph Zeballos-Roig wrote, a fourth stimulus check is unlikely.
Capitol attack panel’s message to Steve Bannon: we won’t forget about you
He added that the committee would not rule out calling Trump himself to testify, though he acknowledged that such a move was not imminent. Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist, has declined to appear before the committee, or respond to the subpoena demanding documents and testimony, claiming executive privilege. The committee will decide on Tuesday whether to make a criminal contempt referral to the full House of Representatives. “The president has every right to signal, I think he has every right to make it clear where the administration stands. Trump granted clemency to Bannon over federal fraud charges in one of his last acts before leaving office on 20 January.
Spider-Man Meme: Fox News Asks Fauci Why He’s ‘So Controversial’
Host Laura Ingraham has downplayed the threat Covid poses while casting doubt on the safety of vaccines for children. The doctor himself has said the network’s coverage of Covid is “outlandish” and that some hosts “distort” the facts. Wallace asked Fauci, “When this pandemic started, I think it’s fair to say you were generally regarded as the authority on infectious disease. Two questions: Why do you think you’ve become so controversial? And honestly, do you think there’s anything you have done that has contributed to that?”Fauci tactfully didn’t directly call out the network.
Virginia GOP candidate Glenn Youngkin forced to boot white nationalist supporter from campaign event
"I'm a supporter of the ticket," Burgos told Salon after being removed from the "Latinos for Youngkin" event. (Zachary Petrizzo/Salon)Asked about his white nationalist pin, Burgos added, "I support the America First movement." It's not the first run-in with right-wing extremism for the Youngkin campaign, either: the candidate himself has appeared on former Trump official Sebastian Gorka's radio show. It's these beliefs that Burgos cited as the reason he plans to continue supporting Youngkin despite being booted from the campaign event Saturday. He even said he planned on attending another Youngkin event later that evening in Northern Virginia.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says Trump's continued focus on the 2020 election is 'a recipe for disaster' in the midterms
Hutchinson said that "relitigating" the 2020 election would be "a recipe for disaster in 2022." It's not about the last election," the Republican governor said. Asa Hutchinson on Sunday said that former President Donald Trump's continued attempts to discredit the 2020 election results could be a "disaster" for GOP candidates running for office next year. "Relitigating 2020 is a recipe for disaster in 2022," he said. The states made decisions on the integrity of each of their elections and made improvements where need be."
Labor’s Reawakening
Over a decade and a half ago, Josh Marshall described the phenomenon that he came to call “dominance politics”. The purpose of dominance politics is to attack, attack, attack, and make it appear that the opponent has not fought back. To quote Marshall, “Someone who can’t or won’t defend themselves certainly isn’t someone you can depend upon to defend you”. For many American workers, the Trump presidency just brought to the political arena an element of abuse that they were enduring at the workplace. During the pandemic, low wage workers who have been told for decades that they are expendable and easily replaced suddenly became “essential” and “heroes”.
I like mail in-ballots, especially in off year elections
As you are aware, republican political operatives are placing Trumpanista's at low level positions, like judge of elections, or school boards that most people could care less about. With the 'steal the vote' crowd, that's part of the overall strategy of having the next coup actually succeed. They design ballots to be as confusing as possible, and long lines make you feel rushed when you are in the voting booth. Here in the heart of Pennsyl-tucky a scheme to trick Democrats into voting for Trump repugs, for the School Board! The mailing was sent to Democratic voters by the Palmyra First political action committee, a PAC founded by conservative Republicans for conservative Republicans.
Fanatical Republican Extremist of the Day: Doug LaMalfa- 2021 Update
There was an old joke about how cowboy hats are like hemorrhoids, in that sooner or later, every ***hole has one. Republican Congressman Doug LaMalfa, in California's 1st Congressional District, is walking evidence of that. Since the election of Donald Trump, no matter how grievously stupid the President or his family might be… LaMalfa has been a tenacious defender of them. Even if that district has a +10 Republican lean, and is atypical for what you’d expect for California… maybe people there aren’t livid, right? We knew he hated immigrants, but he’s “all-in” on the subject for someone who supposedly represents a district in a blue state.
GQP seditioning; Joe, Dems fruitioning ? Sunday Good News ? 2 Polls: Bill's + First primary in Iowa?
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On Monday, previous guy to be deposed for the first time since 2016. Will he even show up?
However, at some early point, outsiders need to be interviewed, subpoenas/search warrants executed, — Richard Signorelli (@richsignorelli) October 16, 2021 2 charges filed against planners, special counsel appt'd (@ejeancarroll case conflict? We don't know everything that is going on but there surely is important progress being made including charges filed against AW/Trump Org. We don't know everything that is going on but there surely is important progress being made including charges filed against AW/Trump Org. Manafort & others could be charged w/ fully investigated federal crimes not covered by their corrupt pardons but nothing so far. I don't blame him @TheJusticeDept @LisaMonaco @SDNYnews @USAO_DC are failing our country by not timely pursuing fed charges against Trump, et al.
Lawsuit over Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally has crippled white supremacist groups, leaders
A federal lawsuit against the organizers of the deadly 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which has rattled hate groups and white supremacist leaders, goes to trial this month. The suit already has helped to dismantle some of America's most well-known white supremacist groups, and it has financially crippled one leader of the so-called "alt-right," the white supremacist and nationalist movement that came to prominence under President Donald Trump. A white supremacist with a Nazi tattoo leaves Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 12, 2017. An alleged conspiracy to Unite the RightThe Unite the Right rally, held on Aug. 11 and 12, 2017, was a watershed moment for the white supremacist movement in the United States. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Lawsuit over Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally goes to trial
President Biden says ‘democracy survived’ Capitol riot because of police
Biden played up his working-class roots, noting that he had many childhood friends who went on to become police officers, and said he had spoken at the event many times before. But while Biden has throughout his political career sought to identify with the uniformed services, the organization that ran Saturday’s event, the National Fraternal Order of Police, endorsed Donald Trump in the 2020 election and many rank-and-file police officers supported the former president.
Republicans move to tighten grip on Texas after redistricting map approved
Republicans have moved to tighten their grip on power in Texas after a late-night vote in the state’s legislature approved an early sign-off to new congressional boundaries at the expense of communities of color. Republicans say the districts, which were drawn by the Texas state senate, adhered to federal voting rights law. “This map is a bad map,” said Democratic representative Chris Turner of Grand Prairie, a city in Dallas County. “That doesn’t work morally, it doesn’t work mathematically, and it shouldn’t work in redistricting,” Anchía told the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. But Houston senator Joan Huffman, the Republican author of SB 6, has said that she created a redistricting plan “blind to race” that meets the requirements of the Voting Rights Act.
Christopher Steele: Cohen DID meet Kremlin officials and Trump golden showers tape 'probably' exists
Christopher Steele doubled-down on claims from his infamous dossier, insisting that Michael Cohen met with Russian officials in Prague and that the 'golden showers' tape of Donald Trump likely exists. Stephanopoulos asked in reference to the salacious 'golden showers' tape claimed to exist in the dossier that has never come to light. 'Out of the Shadows: The Man Behind the Steele Dossier¿ premieres tomorrow¿streaming only on @hulu. Stephanopoulos also asked if the former British intelligence official 'accepts' the FBI findings that Cohen did not meet with Kremlin officials in Prague – like the Steele Dossier claims. 'Since he's gone to prison, since he's turned on President Trump he's told every single story.
Bill Kristol: Buttigieg entitled to call Tucker Carlson a 'repulsive bigot'
Carlson had mocked the secretary for taking paternity leave and sniped that the secretary was "trying to figure out how to breastfeed." "I'm not going to apologize to Tucker Carlson or anyone else for taking care of my premature newborn infant twins," Buttigieg said in responding to Carlson's comments during an appearance Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." But I will note that Pete would have been perfectly entitled to say that @TuckerCarlson is a repulsive bigot, and that his response to Carlson is, 'F___ off.'" But I will note that Pete would have been perfectly entitled to say that @TuckerCarlson is a repulsive bigot, and that his response to Carlson is, "F___ off." “Well, look, in his case, I guess he just doesn't understand the concept of bottle-feeding, let alone the concept of paternity leave," Buttigieg said while appearing on MSNBC.
Opinion | How Democrats Should Sell Themselves to Avoid Electoral Disaster
To the Editor:I’ll tell you why David Shor is wrong, like many of the consultants I’ve encountered who often have a brand rather than a unique skill: 1) Focus groups and polling aren’t real life. 3) Most voters don’t vote for issues; they vote for candidates who appear powerful, in charge and decisive. Ezra Klein speaks to David Shor, who discusses his fear that Democrats face electoral catastrophe in 2022 and beyond unless they shift their messaging. speaks to David Shor, who discusses his fear that Democrats face electoral catastrophe in 2022 and beyond unless they shift their messaging. Policy communication alone doesn’t hold the power that David Shor thinks it does.
Fauci: People 'react against me' when 'truth becomes inconvenient'
Dr. Anthony Fauci has argued that he is an easy target during the coronavirus pandemic because he stands for "science, data and hard facts" rather than "conspiracy theories." Fauci has been a target for both praise and ridicule throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, as he has been the face of the government response. However, he has positioned himself as on the side of "science, data and evidence" and those who "disagree" as conspiracy theorists. "I have stood for always making science data and evidence, be what we guide ourselves by," Fauci told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace. "And sometimes the truth becomes inconvenient for some people, so they react against me."
POLITICO Playbook: A new ‘Sputnik moment’
POLITICO Playbook: A new ‘Sputnik moment’ Presented byA new hypersonic missile test has “all the elements of a Sputnik moment” in the nascent U.S.-China cold war. Rep. VAL DEMINGS (D-Fla.) took in $8.5 million for her race against Republican Sen. MARCO RUBIO. (D-Fla.) took in $8.5 million for her race against Republican Sen. Sen. TIM SCOTT (R-S.C) amassed $8.4 million, and is in the conversation as a potential 2024 candidate. CHARLES BOOKER, a progressive favorite to take on Kentucky Republican Sen. RAND PAUL, raised $1.7 million. A message from Better Medicare Alliance: 27 million seniors and people with disabilities are counting on Congress to stand up for Medicare Advantage.
Jon Stewart warns more risks to the political system than Trump
… The encouraging thing is watching on a grassroots level, people that are really viewing it as something that they want to protect and that they want to strengthen,” Stewart said. Discussing political developments in the six years between leaving "The Daily Show" and starting a new show, “The Problem with Jon Stewart,” on Apple TV+ this fall, Stewart said social media algorithms have been a key factor in driving increased political polarization. … The delivery system is more sophisticated, more robust and more ubiquitous," he said. … He is maybe singing them better than [the late Sen. Barry] Goldwater," Stewart said. "That only works, of course, if you care about or even have a sense of honor.”
Lawyer For Protestors Suing Trump On What To Expect From Trump’s First Post-Presidency Deposition
Benjamin Dictor, lawyer for the protestors suing Trump over claims that his security team used violence, speaks with Yasmin Vossoughian about what he expects from the legal proceedings beginning this Monday and why Trump himself will be required to attend.Oct.
Delicate GOP dance for Trump, Youngkin in Virginia gov race
At the rally, Trump praised Youngkin as “a great gentleman,” while also spreading lies about the 2020 election he lost to Democrat Joe Biden. Oh yeah, I love Trump, love Trump, OK, let’s go, next subject.’ When they do that, they never win. During that campaign, Youngkin declined to say whether Biden was fairly elected. ”Glenn Youngkin and this campaign has never abandoned the core principles that are important to Trump voters, not one day." Davis said he thinks Virginia voters are more concerned about Biden, whose approval rating has slumped, than Trump.
Local Matters: Prominent Democrats stump for McAuliffe in Virginia governor's race
Associated PressWhen Donald Trump rallied Republicans this past week to vote for Glenn Youngkin for governor in Virginia, the former president called in to a gathering of die-hard supporters. While schedules could change in the final weeks of the race, the two are not expected to turn out together in person before the Nov. 2 election against Democrat Terry McAuliffe. Youngkin’s campaign confirmed Friday it does not have any plans for surrogates to join him before Election Day.
Democrats mock Donald Trump over Virginia governor race, flying a plane with a banner near Mar-a-Lago
Getty ImagesVirginia GOP gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin has attempted to distance himself from Donald Trump. The Democratic National Committee has mocked Trump about this by flying a plane with a banner near Mar-a-Lago. Democrats have been mocking Donald Trump over gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin's attempts to distance himself from the former president. Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon appeared at the rally and Donald Trump called in on a phone line. In the 2017 governor race, Democratic Ralph Northam defeated the Republican nominee by the largest margin for a Democrat since 1985.
US missionary group, including children, kidnapped in Haiti, religious group says
The field director’s family and one other unidentified man stayed at the ministry’s base while everyone else visited the orphanage. Kidnappings have been on the rise in Haiti, with gangs demanding ransoms that in some cases exceed $1 million. Haiti National Police spokeswoman Marie-Michelle Verrier told the Miami Herald that the agency had not been able to confirm the abduction. GardaWorld Corporation, a Canadian private security firm that operates in Haiti, said the strike could prompt rallies across the nation. 'I lost everything': The people of Haiti focus on survivalThe incident comes just days after an entourage of U.S. officials held talks with leading Haiti's police chief and other top Haitian officials.
Bill Kristol: Buttigieg entitled to call Tucker Carlson a 'repulsive bigot'
Carlson had mocked the secretary for taking paternity leave and sniped that the secretary was "trying to figure out how to breastfeed." "I'm not going to apologize to Tucker Carlson or anyone else for taking care of my premature newborn, infant twins," Buttigieg said in responding to Carlson's comments during an appearance Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." But I will note that Pete would have been perfectly entitled to say that @TuckerCarlson is a repulsive bigot, and that his response to Carlson is, 'F___ off.'" But I will note that Pete would have been perfectly entitled to say that @TuckerCarlson is a repulsive bigot, and that his response to Carlson is, "F___ off." “Well, look, in his case, I guess he just doesn't understand the concept of bottle feeding, let alone the concept of paternity leave," Buttigieg said while appearing on MSNBC.
Fauci, Rand Paul trade 'lying' accusations about gain-of-function research in hearing on Delta variant
In his questioning of Fauci, Paul stepped close to the line of accusing Fauci of lying to Congress in previous testimony in which he said that the NIAID had never funded gain-of-function research in China. Citing a paper on research about bat coronaviruses, Paul said that U.S. money had essentially gone to the hazardous and controversial research – an assertion Fauci strongly objected to. He added that the research Paul referenced was "judged by qualified staff up and down the chain as not being gain of function." "The sobering news that you've already heard of is the fact that we are not challenged with a very difficult and problematic variant referred to as the Delta variant," Fauci said. "The discussion about masking on federal – on aviation and ships – is an interagency process not simply with CDC," Walensky said.
Opinion: What does Steve Bannon have to hide?
First up is former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who could face charges of criminal contempt for refusing to comply with the committee's subpoena. Thursday, Bannon failed to show up for a scheduled deposition before the House committee. Even if Trump could claim the privilege, it is hard to understand how it could apply to Bannon. The House committee is investigating events on and around January 6, 2021, and Trump fired Bannon in 2017. The January 6 committee's resolute enforcement of its authority is about more than Steve Bannon.
Kinzinger goes to bat for Biden over Jan. 6 committee comments
But Kinzinger, a strident critic of Trump’s, said he did not think Biden crossed a line with his comments. “I think he has every right to make it clear where the administration stands. However he noted the risks of doing so, particularly given the complicated constitutional and legal dynamics at play. “If we subpoena, all of a sudden, the former president, we know that’s going to become kind of a circus,” he said. “That’s not necessarily something we want to do up front.”Kinzinger, alongside fellow select committee member Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.
Daniel Goldman: Donald Trump committed obstruction of justice
A new Senate report lays out, in stunning detail, the work Trump did has he tried to subvert the 2020 election just as the former president is reportedly pressuring aides to not cooperate with the House select committee investigating January 6th. We discuss with Sam Stein, Daniel Goldman, and Kimberly Atkins Stohr.Oct.
Texas GOP advances new maps that would tighten slipping grip
Texas Republicans on Saturday night closed in on redrawn U.S. House maps that would shore up their eroding dominance as voters peel away from the GOP in the state’s booming suburbs. Many live around Dallas and Houston, where, under the GOP-engineered maps, there would be no new districts that give Latinos a majority. Republican state Rep. Todd Hunter, who has presided over the redrawn maps in the House, defended the changes and said they comply with the law. "Race is clearly the factor here," Democratic state Rep. Rafael Anchia said of how the maps were drawn. Texas lawmakers are also redrawing the maps for their own districts, with Republicans following a similar plan that would keep their party in power in the state House and Senate.
Fauci allegedly misled Trump administration on gain-of-function research in Wuhan: Book
A new book from an investigative Australian reporter dives into how Dr. Anthony Fauci reportedly misled the Trump administration on gain-of-function research in China . FAUCI, RAND PAUL TRADE 'LYING' ACCUSATIONS ABOUT GAIN-OF-FUNCTION RESEARCH IN HEARING ON DELTA VARIANT"Tony, you have to take it up with the boss. WSJ BOARD HITS DEMS, MEDIA ON AVOIDING GAIN-OF-FUNCTION RESEARCH ACCOUNTABILITY: 'INEXCUSABLE'"??If so, this was naive. WAPO'S JOSH ROGIN: ‘FAUCI WAS WRONG’ ABOUT DENYING NIH FUNDED WUHAN ‘GAIN OF FUNCTION’ CORONAVIRUS RESEARCHWhile Fauci did not tell top Trump administration officials about funding gain-of-function research, emails released through a FOIA request showed Fauci was concerned about the NIH funding such projects, the book states. Dr. Richard Ebright, a molecular biologist at Rutgers University, has also accused Fauci of lying about gain-of-function research, with the book saying that Fauci is essentially the "father of gain-of-function research," according to Ebright.
Dems find their anti-Rubio warrior in Val Demings
The payout from Demings’ all-in-on-Facebook campaign — the first of its kind for a major Florida candidate — did more than just surprise Republicans and Rubio allies. Rubio also started Oct. 1 with more cash on hand: $9.6 million to Demings’ $6 million. Demings’ campaign manager, Zack Carroll, served in the same role for Harrison. The fundraising successes of Demings and Warnock have drawn on the thirst in the Democratic Party for strong Black candidates in the post-George Floyd racial justice era. Though he’s been massively outspent by Demings on Facebook, Rubio has made sure to advertise there in Spanish; Demings, so far, has not.
Shooting in Syria could mark new phase in Israeli campaign
JERUSALEM (AP) — The death of a former Syrian Druse lawmaker, allegedly by Israeli sniper fire, could mark a new phase in Israel’s war against Iranian entrenchment in neighboring Syria. Israeli media said Saleh had been assisting the Iranian military against Israel. The Israeli military declined to comment, but if the Syrian claim is true, it would mark the first time that Israeli snipers are known to have killed an Iranian-linked target across the border. Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war and later annexed the strategic territory. Giora Eiland, a former Israeli national security adviser, told the Army Radio station that if Israel killed Saleh, it was meant to send a message to the Iranians.
Dems find their anti-Rubio warrior in Val Demings
MIAMI — A panicked question gripped Florida Democratic insiders this summer as Joe Biden’s approval numbers began to fade and eyes turned toward the midterm election horizon: Where’s Val Demings? Rubio also started Oct. 1 with more cash on hand: $9.6 million to Demings’ $6 million. The fundraising successes of Demings and Warnock have drawn on the thirst in the Democratic Party for strong Black candidates in the post-George Floyd racial justice era. When Demings declared her Senate candidacy in June, she cleared the field of her most serious potential Democratic rival, Rep. Stephanie Murphy. Though he’s been massively outspent by Demings on Facebook, Rubio has made sure to advertise there in Spanish; Demings, so far, has not.
Alex Saab: Venezuela suspends crisis negotiations as key Nicolas Maduro ally extradited to US
A close ally of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has been extradited to the United States on money laundering charges, throwing negotiations aiming to ease the country’s political crisis into disarray. Venezuelan security forces also rounded up six American oil executives previously held under house arrest and took them into prison. American authorities have been targeting Mr Saab for years in the belief that he can unlock the mystery of how Venezuela has been selling gold and tankers full of crude oil in violation of US sanctions. Separately, Mr Saab was sanctioned by the Trump administration for allegedly utilising a worldwide network of shell companies to hide huge profits from no-bid, overvalued food contracts obtained through bribes and favours. The Biden administration had insisted that Mr Saab’s case should not affect the negotiations, which are being sponsored by Norway.
SIMMONS SAYS: Leafs' cap trouble embarrassing for the team and the NHL
Share this Story: SIMMONS SAYS: Leafs' cap trouble embarrassing for the team and the NHLSIMMONS SAYS: Leafs' cap trouble embarrassing for the team and the NHL The Canadian PressArticle content It is not cute or humorous that the Maple Leafs had to sign a kid off the streets to back up Jack Campbell in goal on Saturday night. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Article content Because they couldn’t afford to call up the obvious choice, Michael Hutchinson, under the rules of the NHL’s salary cap. Article content SCENE AND HEARD I can kick the puck to you, and you score a goal, that’s a good pass. Article content LEAFS LOOKING AIMLESS Sheldon Keefe had his first training camp with the Maple Leafs, even as he was missing his first-line centre and best player, Auston Matthews.
Republicans' mantra should have been 'Stop the Spread'
Ditto states with the largest COVID-19 death rates during the previous week: West Virginia, Alabama, Idaho, Wyoming, Florida, Texas, South Carolina Georgia, and Kentucky. A few Republicans know what’s needed, but — it appears — lack the political courage to say so in public. Greeted with catcalls and boos when he advised South Carolina Republicans to “think about” getting vaccinated, Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) backtracked: “I didn’t tell you to get it,” Graham said. And tens of thousands — maybe hundreds of thousands — of COVID-19 victims would still be alive. He is the co-author (with Stuart Blumin) of "Rude Republic: Americans and Their Politics in the Nineteenth Century."
Opinion: Donald Trump can't always get what he wants
(CNN) Donald Trump was 23 when the Rolling Stones released a seven-minute song that began with the voices of London's Bach Choir. But the election is settled -- Trump can't get what he wants. Another thing Trump wants is executive privilege -- to quash fact-finding by the House select committee on the January 6 insurrection. "Even if Trump could claim the privilege, it is hard to understand how it could apply to Bannon ," Eisen and Aftergut wrote. Like his predecessors, Biden is facing the likelihood of big losses in the midterm elections next year -- in addition to the continuing challenge posed by Trump's election lies.
Donald Trump being subpoenaed by the January 6 committee is not 'far-fetched', says Rep. Stacey Plaskett
Rep. Stacey Plaskett said that the prospect of Donald Trump being subpoenaed by the January 6 committee is not "far-fetched." Trump's recent attempts to invoke executive privilege to withhold information were rejected by the White House. Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Democrat chairman of the January 6 House select committee, told CNN on Thursday that "nobody is off-limits to a subpoena from this committee." White House counsel Dana Remus instructed the National Archives to turn over the "initial batch of documents" related to the House committee's request. On Thursday, the select committee moved to pursue criminal contempt charges against Bannon for not cooperating with them.
Tim Scott’s massive 2022 war chest fuels more 2024 buzz
Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina keeps hauling in massive amounts of campaign cash as he runs for reelection in the 2022 midterms, and that’s sparking more speculation about a potential 2024 Republican presidential nomination bid. Pundits see him as a possible 2024 GOP presidential nomination contender. "The numbers say that Tim Scott has developed a national constituency and has created enthusiastic supporters from coast to coast. Any remaining funds from his 2022 Senate campaign could be transferred to a potential presidential bid, should he decide to run for higher office. Scott has repeatedly downed played talk of making a White House run in 2024.
Is Trump running in 2024? The Claremont Institute hopes so
Claremont is also, as Daniel Drezner wrote, "the poster child for the devolution of conservative thought into simple-minded racism, immature oppositional thinking and reactionary authoritarianism." Once one of the most prestigious bastions of conservative thought, Claremont now spends its time putting lipstick on the Trumpian wildebeest. The institute is the home base for John Eastman, the founder of Claremont Institute's Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, and a senior fellow. This is bigger than President Trump! https://t.co/wEKMXUJzhP — Patrick T. Brown (@PTBwrites) January 8, 2021Despite the racist tweets, Ryan Williams, the Claremont president, continued to tout Beattie on Twitter the next day.
Is Donald Trump running for president again in 2024? Maybe.
Donald Trump is running for president again. Trump is also constantly floating quotes implying that he’s interested in running again, and his advisers are amplifying them. Trump can use the specter of his potential presidency to continue trying to regulate the direction of the Republican Party. So when Trump uses his 2024 flirtations to boost his war chest, there’s a self-fulfilling element to it. It's impossible to extricate Trump's hunger for profit from his hunger for political power.
Challenges mount to president's vaccine mandate
(Brandon Bell/Getty Images)Arizona was actually not the first state to fight back against workplace mandates; Montana did before there were any federal mandates. The administration has argued that media coverage of opposition to COVID-19 vaccination can obscure the overwhelming popularity, and efficacy, of vaccine mandates. Biden is now the face of vaccine mandates, including ones he may not have ordered himself. Declaring himself “offended,” DeSantis has vowed to sue the Biden administration once the new rule takes effect. Texas has far more Fortune 500 companies (49 of them) than any other state that bans vaccine mandates.
Shooting in Syria could mark new phase in Israeli campaign
JERUSALEM (AP) — The death of a former Syrian Druse lawmaker, allegedly by Israeli sniper fire, could mark a new phase in Israel’s war against Iranian entrenchment in neighboring Syria. Israeli media said Saleh had been assisting the Iranian military against Israel. The Israeli military declined to comment, but if the Syrian claim is true, it would mark the first time that Israeli snipers are known to have killed an Iranian-linked target across the border. Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war and later annexed the strategic territory. Giora Eiland, a former Israeli national security adviser, told the Army Radio station that if Israel killed Saleh, it was meant to send a message to the Iranians.
'Succession's' Alan Ruck on Season 3: Expect 'misery, wretchedness and horror'
Actor Alan Ruck — who plays Connor Roy in the Emmy-award winning series — used three words to describe the upcoming season, telling Yahoo Finance that viewers can expect "misery, wretchedness and horror" when the new season begins Sunday. The breakout show ended its second season back in October 2019, but, due to production headwinds stemming from COVID-19, filming was put on hold. Story continuesAs for the status of Connor Roy's own presidential campaign, Ruck hinted that it's not a failed one just yet. Seen here from left, Mia Sara as Sloane Peterson, Alan Ruck as Cameron Frye and Matthew Broderick as Ferris Bueller. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)Besides "Succession," Alan Ruck is most well known for his role as Cameron Frye in the 1980s smash hit "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."
What’s the value of a confirmatory PCR test? | David Spiegelhalter and Anthony Masters
After a wave of cases in which a positive lateral flow device (LFD) test was followed by a negative PCR test, a private laboratory handling swab tests has been suspended. And even without laboratory problems, it is unclear why a negative PCR should trump a positive LFD. Alternatively, if the defence is correct, there is a less than one in 1,000 chance of a false positive LFD. The defence retorts with the negative PCR test. If you were infected, the PCR test might miss it around one in 20 times.
Liz Cheney, Lisa Murkowski and other Trump targets outraise their Republican rivals
Republican Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington and Fred Upton of Michigan drew Trump's condemnation for their impeachment votes in his January trial in the House. All three collected more money in the third fundraising quarter than their Trump-endorsed rivals, according to reports filed Friday with the Federal Election Commission. And Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, one of seven Senate Republicans who voted to convict Trump in February, raised nearly $1.1 million in the July-to-September quarter, more than twice the $465,945 collected by Kelly Tshibaka, who Trump endorsed earlier this year. Murkowski is the only one among the seven Republicans who voted to convict the former President who is up for reelection in 2022. In addition, Murkowski ended September with more than $3.2 million in cash reserves -- more than 10 times the amount Tshibaka had remaining in her campaign account.
Former Trump officials' new career ventures suggest very little changed after leaving White House
According to The Intelligencer, many are doing an array of different things; some of which are synonymous with the questionable activities that long-haunted the Trump Administration. In fact, the report also claimed that he participated in discussions with members of the Trump administration on how to get retribution. Back in February after the Trump administration transitioned out of the White House, Ross spoke with Bloomberg and shared his upcoming post-government plans; which involve "Trump condos on the moon." When asked whether space would be a gold-plated real estate opportunity for Trump, Ross didn't disagree. From the looks of it, many Trump administration officials are still conducting shady business as they did while in office.
‘It’s Always Going to Haunt Me’: How the Capitol Riot Changed Lives
She reached out to family members to let them know she was locked in the Capitol. A knife-wielding assailant had fatally rammed a police officer with his car outside the driveway to the Capitol and wounded another officer. Before Jan. 6, the Capitol seemed almost impenetrable, its pristine dome the physical embodiment of a secure and stable democracy. We have to.” Going back in there did feel like going back to a scene of a crime. I used to love going out and being in crowds and going to concerts and things like that, but now I just truly enjoy being home.
Day of Rage: How Trump Supporters Took the U.S. Capitol
Although the rally is billed as a political protest, some make calls to storm the Capitol even before Trump speaks. “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building.” Two hours before this, the Proud Boys were already heading for the Capitol. “Proud Boys.” As Trump is speaking, some of his other supporters also head to the Capitol. is a [expletive] war zone.” Police retreat to the Capitol building where it’s becoming more threatening. “It’s our House!” “Whose House?” “Our House!” Throughout the Capitol, staffers have barricaded doors to keep the mob out.
Rebecca Grant: Biden's Taiwan options – 5 crucial steps to deter China
Taiwan must stand as an independent country or we might as well hand China the rest of the Pacific now. TAIWAN WILL NOT START WAR WITH CHINA, TOP MILITARY OFFICIAL SAYSMarines on Taiwan are a good start, but the escalating military activity by China suggests a risks war in the Pacific. Rotating US military forces through Taiwan for exercises are the best way to deter China. SEN. COTTON ON CHILLING WARNING BY CHINA: XI WAGING COLD WAR AND 'BIDEN IS LOSING'3. Biden should call China out to the world, especially since China refuses to participate in nuclear arms control.
The Latest: Another record in Russia’s daily virus numbers
Janet Mills, requires health care workers to get vaccinated against the coronavirus or risk losing their jobs. ___PORTLAND, Maine — A federal appeals court has denied an emergency request to stop a COVID-19 vaccine mandate from going into effect in Maine. Janet Mills, requires health care workers to get vaccinated against the disease by Oct. 29 or risk losing jobs. Opponents of the mandate challenged it in federal court and a judge declined to block it earlier this week. ___BERLIN — The pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech say they have requested that their coronavirus vaccine be licensed for children aged 5 to 11 across the European Union.
Venezuela halts talks after Maduro ally’s extradition to US
Venezuelan President of the National Assembly Jorge Rodriguez, center, speaks to the press as an image of Colombian businessman and Venezuelan special envoy Alex Saab is in the back in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Oct 16, 2021. Venezuela’s government said Saturday it would halt negotiations with the country's opposition in retaliation for the extradition to the U.S. of a close ally of President Nicolás Maduro wanted on money laundering charges. ADVERTISEMENT“This is additional proof that these Americans are held hostage in Venezuela, and President Biden’s administration needs to recognize this and win their release immediately,” she added. The previous Trump administration had made Saab’s extradition a top priority, at one point even sending a Navy warship to the African archipelago to keep an eye on the captive. “We had been hoping to do wellness visits with them, but now we fear we will not be given the opportunity.”___—AP Writers Jorge Rueda in Caracas, Venezuela and Michael Balsamo in Washington contributed to this report.
Venezuela halts talks after Maduro ally's extradition to U.S.
Venezuela halts talks after Maduro ally's extradition to U.S.Enlarge this image toggle caption Ariana Cubillos/AP Ariana Cubillos/APMIAMI — Venezuela's government said Saturday it would halt negotiations with its opponents in retaliation for the extradition to the U.S. of a close ally of President Nicolás Maduro who prosecutors believe could be the most significant witness ever about corruption in the South American country. Families of the men known as the Citgo 6 — for the Houston subsidiary of Venezuela's state-owned oil company where they worked — expressed frustration with both governments. "This is additional proof that these Americans are held hostage in Venezuela, and President Biden's administration needs to recognize this and win their release immediately," she added. The previous Trump administration had made Saab's extradition a top priority, at one point even sending a Navy warship to the African archipelago to keep an eye on the captive. Colombian President Iván Duque lauded the extradition of Saab, calling it a "triumph in the fight against drug trafficking, money laundering and corruption led by the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro."
Hastings’ widow affirms his support for Holness | Letters to the editor
If there ever were a time for Democrats to rise up, it is now. It’s unsustainable for our country to imagine another Trump candidacy, but it is thrown in our faces by the big kahuna himself. While we are doing somersaults trying to appease the two Democratic outliers, Sens. Manchin and Sinema, to pass Biden’s program, lying Republicans march ahead with Trump as their bandleader. His rallies are the first act of very scary political scenes to come.
The Memo: Conservatives change their tune on big government
One prime example, which came into focus last week, centers on Republicans, private business and the role of government. ADVERTISEMENTAbbott’s action cut across the wishes of numerous corporations in his state who had issued, or were planning, such mandates. High-profile Republicans had already become more willing to be critical of big business, especially as corporations have taken overtly political positions on social issues. Abbott, Cruz and DeSantis are all considered possible presidential contenders in 2024, where they could be vying for the presidential nomination of a Republican Party where former President Trump still holds enormous sway. Meanwhile, independent experts note that conservatives have often taken rather flexible views on the appropriate role of government.
In New Hampshire, vaccine fights and misinformation roil GOP
The episode was especially piercing in New Hampshire, where the previous House speaker died of COVID-19 last year. It has also exposed Republicans' persistent struggle to root out the misinformation that has taken hold in its ranks across the country. The risk is particularly clear in “Live Free or Die” New Hampshire, where the fight over vaccines has activated the libertarian wing of the GOP. Sununu, who is eyeing a run for Senate next year against Democratic U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, joined other Republican leaders in opposing a federal vaccine mandate. The opposition from Republican leaders to federal vaccine mandates prompted one Republican lawmaker, Rep. William Marsh, to switch parties.
What We Know About the Shooting Death of Ahmaud Arbery
michael barbaroToday, the death of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery and my colleague Richard Fausset’s investigation into it. I came across another couple, and they had already made up their mind that Ahmaud Arbery deserved what he had gotten. It said that the man who shot Ahmaud Arbery, Travis McMichael, was justified in doing so because Mr. Arbery had grabbed the shotgun. It turns out that his son worked in the local district attorney’s office with Greg McMichael, one of the men who had pursued Ahmaud Arbery. richard faussetThe video was shot by a third man who was also engaged in the pursuit of Ahmaud Arbery.
In the Trial of Ahmaud Arbery’s Accused Killers, Unsettling Video Will Have a Starring Role
ATLANTA — The three white Georgia men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery have already come in for harsh judgment from the highest of places. Donald Trump called the slaying of Mr. Arbery, an unarmed Black man, “disturbing.” Barack Obama described it as an example of enduring racial injustice. Their pursuit of Mr. Arbery, 25, through their Brunswick suburb after suspecting him of a series of break-ins ended with a brief fight in which Travis McMichael fired his shotgun at Mr. Arbery at close range. On Monday, attention will turn back to Brunswick, where jury selection is set to begin in the murder trial of the three men — the first chapter in a courtroom drama likely to be charged with raw emotion and allegations of racism. With an unsettling video playing a starring role, the trial will bear similarities to that of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was found guilty of murder in April after a bystander video showed him kneeling for roughly nine minutes on the neck of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man.
90 Seconds of Rage
They say they had no intention of rioting or trespassing to keep Mr. Trump in office. Mr. Mullins and his wife, whom he met in the seventh grade, live beside a lake about 30 miles north of Wingo. Mr. Mullins is the treasurer, handyman and quiet benefactor who finds the preachers for sparsely attended Sunday services. Joseph Rushmore‘Go Forth and Fight’Circulating in the milling crowd around Mr. Mullins were six strangers destined to become his co-defendants. Later, Mr. Lopatic told the doctors treating his injuries that he’d been jumped in an attempted robbery.
Kayleigh McEnany: Breast cancer and me – why I chose to have a preventative double mastectomy
Although my mom did not have breast cancer, she had an extraordinarily high chance of getting it. BREAST CANCER RISK: WHAT IS THE PALB2 GENE MUTATION? EXERCISE LOWERS THE RISK OF BREAST CANCER, STUDIES SHOWAfter finishing undergrad, I entered the workforce, went to law school, and began dating. More importantly than that, like my mom, I could now say with confidence that I would never die of breast cancer. Some with breast cancer.
Will Matthew McConaughey run for governor of Texas?
Since last spring, movie star Matthew McConaughey has been toying with the idea of a run for governor of Texas but has refused to commit, relishing the spotlight celebs are accustomed to while promoting his new memoir, “Greenlights.”Movies Matthew McConaughey’s advice for a career McConaissance ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ star Matthew McConaughey has breathed new life into his career over the last couple of years. Matthew McConaughey performs June 19 before a home game between the Austin FC and San Jose Earthquakes at Q2 Stadium. McConaughey was born in the West Texas town of Uvalde to a kindergarten teacher and oil pipe supplier who later moved the family to North Texas. He graduated from Longview High School (as did Abbott) and the University of Texas at Austin (also Abbott’s alma mater). Even 22% of Trump voters said they’d back McConaughey, according to University of Texas at Tyler political scientist Mark Owens, who directed the poll.
Bridge: Oct. 17, 2021
Cy adopts the first line of play he sees, but the fastest play and the best play are seldom the same. For once, I had to sympathize with Cy: East could have held the king of clubs and West the king of hearts. With three tricks to go, dummy has the king of spades and A- Q of hearts, and Cy has a low spade and two low hearts. If East keeps the ace of spades and K-10 of hearts, Cy can exit with a spade to end-play him. East would do best to discard three hearts, baring his king, and save the ace of spades and a club.
Stephen L. Carter: Congress itself should prosecute those it charges with contempt
When invited witnesses refuse to show, the House and Senate are typically reduced to asking courts to enforce the subpoenas. But as the courts have long recognized, Congress also has its own “inherent” power to punish contempt. The inherent contempt power, apparently uninvoked since 1935, might seem like a 19th-century relic, but maybe its prominence should be restored. Nowadays, a contempt vote is easy and essentially costless. Use of the inherent contempt power rather than a criminal referral or a civil lawsuit would make clear to the public the seriousness of holding a witness in contempt.
Eerie experiences: Ohio Statehouse, other venues have long history of 'ghost' stories
Peter TonguetteSpecial to The Columbus DispatchAs a volunteer tour guide at the Ohio Statehouse, Dan Trump is used to living with history. ... I’m not a big ghost person, but I did hear this.”Columbus has a long history of ghostly eventsBucky Cutright, the founder of Columbus Ghost Tours, said that while every city has its own ghost stories, Columbus has a high concentration of them. Leah Wharton, operations director at Thurber House, said that staff members routinely report odd occurrences, including a floating orb of light encountered upstairs by a staff member. Things to do:Uptown Ghost Story Tours spinning tales of historical characters, placesHe asked one of organizers if they had arranged for the lights to dim. Ghost tours and similar spooky events are on tap throughout Greater Columbus.
The dark side of wellness: the overlap between spiritual thinking and far-right conspiracies
Today that phrase is seen on social media posts by yoga teachers and wellness influencers speaking out against human trafficking. While the overlap of left-wing, magazine-friendly wellness and far-right conspiracy theories might initially sound surprising, the similarities in cultures, in ways of thinking – the questioning of authority, of alternative medicines, the distrust of institutions– are clear. Research conducted during the pandemic suggests a link between Covid-related uncertainty, anxiety and depression and an increased likelihood of believing conspiracy theories. One benefit of the rise of conspiracy theories is the rise of conspiracy-theory explainers. People who understand the values and experiences of people who have embraced wellness and conspiracies.” It’s never been more important, he believes, for wellness influencers to use their influence well.
Chinese Tycoon Desmond Shum on Risking All to Tell His Story
In the four years since Desmond Shum’s ex-wife vanished in China, he must have called her phone hundreds of times. Shum: She sounded ok. She said she had no news of the outside world over the last four years. And what would happen to our son if something happened to me?’ I took that to be a threat. Today after the news [of my book] broke, your line is revived, and you can call anybody in the world. Because when [the Tiananmen Square massacre of] ’89 happened, Xi was part of that batch.
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ImmigrationJoe Biden Is Being Forced to Keep “Inhumane” Trump Immigration Policy AliveThe Biden administration indicated it will again try to terminate the “Remain in Mexico” program, which the courts have compelled it to restart, while willingly continuing another of his predecessor’s policies to expel migrants.
In Virginia, Republicans see education, curriculum fears as a path to victory
WARRENTON, Va. — Democrat Terry McAuliffe launched his campaign for Virginia governor last year at a public school to tout his education plan. And education has frequently been the battlefield of American culture wars, from war protests to classroom prayer. He just absolutely confirmed what we all believed.”McAuliffe has dismissed the issue and conspiratorial fear-mongering, saying critical race theory is not even taught in Virginia schools. And all he's doing, like (Former President Donald) Trump, is getting parents fighting parents, using children as political pawns. (Republicans ran ads suggesting that the suburbs of Washington, D.C., had become dangerous because of gang activity and blamed Democrats.)
Critical race theory battle invades school boards — with help from conservative groups
Jeff Porter, a school superintendent in suburban Maine, said his district has been "almost held hostage" by a national battle over critical race theory. They have become media darlings in conservative circles and made the debate over critical race theory a national issue. “The goal is to have the public read something crazy in the newspaper and immediately think ‘critical race theory,’” he wrote. “There was the ‘war on Christmas,’ and now everybody is teaching critical race theory. The critical race theory debate became a central issue of last week’s school board race, with Maksymowicz facing calls to resign.
Katie Couric’s RGB Coverup Shows How We Ended Up With Trump
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos GettyThe mainstream media’s credibility took another big hit this week. Couric says she was “conflicted” because she was a “big RBG fan,” so she only aired some of the harsh words RBG had for the football players refusing to stand for the national anthem. In the service of some higher cause, they reimagined their hero’s actual words to comport with what, in their minds, she really represents. “This week alone we had [Katie] Couric showing herself (again) to be a hack; [ESPN NFL reporter Adam] Schefter emailing a source, ‘Mr. The same year Couric interviewed RBG, for example, her documentary on gun violence “deceptively edited” an interview with pro-gun activists.
Former U.S. President Clinton making progress but will remain in hospital
– Former U.S. President Bill Clinton will remain overnight in a Southern California hospital following a urological infection, but he has continued to make “excellent progress” and is expected to be discharged on Sunday, his spokesman said in a statement on Saturday. Clinton spokesperson Angel Urena said the former president was doing well. Clinton’s wife, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, was at the hospital on Saturday. Republican President Donald Trump would later become the third when he was impeached twice during his term. He defeated an incumbent president, Republican George H.W.
Live Updates: U.S. Missionaries, Families Kidnapped in Haiti
Gang members took as many as 17 missionaries and their family members in the capital, Port-au-Prince, the latest in a series of kidnappings in the country. American Missionaries Kidnapped in Haiti, Officials Say Image A neighborhood in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince. Haiti has been in a state of political upheaval for years, and kidnappings of the rich and poor alike are alarmingly common. Credit... Victor Moriyama for The New York Times Haiti has been rocked by one crisis after another this year. Haiti has yet to recover from that, or a subsequent outbreak of cholera brought by United Nations peacekeepers.
Biden administration says it’s ready to restore ‘Remain in Mexico’ along border next month
AdvertisementIn August, a US District Court judge in Texas ordered the Biden administration to restart MPP, also known as ‘’Remain in Mexico,’’ faulting the White House for ending the program improperly. The Supreme Court upheld the decision, forcing Biden officials to restore a policy the president has deplored as inhumane. The number of migrants taken into custody along the Mexico border this year is at the highest level in at least two decades. The Biden administration has continued to use Title 42, while exempting unaccompanied minors, expelling more than 700,000 since January, the latest data show. Biden officials told reporters Title 42 will remain the primary enforcement mechanism for illegal border crossings, regardless of whether Mexico allows for the reimplementation of MPP.
Texas GOP advances new maps that would tighten its slipping grip
Texas Republicans on Saturday night closed in on redrawn U.S. House maps that would shore up their eroding dominance as voters peel away from the GOP in the state’s booming suburbs. Many live around Dallas and Houston, where under the GOP-engineered maps, there would be no new districts that give Latinos a majority. Republican state Rep. Todd Hunter, who has presided over the redrawn maps in the House, defended the changes and said they comply with the law. “Race is clearly the factor here,” Democratic state Rep. Rafael Anchia said of how the maps were drawn. Texas lawmakers are also redrawing the maps for their own districts, with Republicans following a similar plan that would keep their party in power in the state House and Senate.
Rigged review: shameless – and dangerous – catnip for Trump’s base
“If you believe things went terribly wrong in the 2020 election, well, you’re not crazy, and you’re not alone,” she writes. “But most of all, you’re not wrong.”In 2015, Hemingway branded Trump a “demagogue with no real solutions”. Rigged is catnip for Trump’s base. “They used Covid to rig an election,” Trump whines, in an interview. A recent lawsuit commenced by the Rhode Island Retirement System against Facebook, Zuckerberg, Thiel and his company, Palantir, alleges “significant damage” caused by the data-harvesting scandal.
Hawks on all sides ready to swoop if Iran drags feet on nuclear talks
“Every day that passes, every delay in the negotiations, brings Iran closer to a nuclear bomb. Less so is how Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s arch-conservative president, will react to western pressure. For Raisi and his foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, obtaining sanctions relief by reviving the nuclear deal is not their top priority. Meanwhile, as talks drag on, Iran’s nuclear capabilities will inexorably expand. Worse still, it opens the door to hawks on all sides who recklessly promote military solutions when, in reality, no such “solutions” exist.
Seoul, Washington almost ready for humanitarian aid to Pyongyang: nuclear envoy
NATIONALNoh Kyu-duk, South Korea's chief nuclear envoy, speaks with reporters upon his arrival at the Washington Dulles International Airport on Saturday. Noh and Funakoshi are also slated to hold separate bilateral talks Tuesday. The three held their last in-person talks in September in Tokyo.Noh said that South Korea and the US have been discussing “various and creative” ways to bring the North back to dialogue. During their talks Noh asked for Moscow’s cooperation in persuading Pyongyang to return to dialogue.Denuclearization talks between Pyongyang and Washington have been stalled since the collapse of the Hanoi summit in 2019, when former US President Donald Trump rejected Kim Jong-un’s offer of denuclearization in exchange for sanctions relief. Since then, inter-Korean engagement has also remained largely at a standstill.By Ahn Sung-mi ( sahn@heraldcorp.comRelated Stories
QAnon figure says he’s running for Congress in Arizona
FILE - In this May 6, 2021, file photo, Maricopa County ballots cast in the 2020 general election are examined and recounted by contractors working for Florida-based company, Cyber Ninjas at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix. Ron Watkins, a prolific promoter of false conspiracies about the 2020 election who is closely tied to the QAnon movement, says he's running for Congress as a Republican in Arizona. (AP Photo/Matt York, Pool)FILE - In this May 6, 2021, file photo, Maricopa County ballots cast in the 2020 general election are examined and recounted by contractors working for Florida-based company, Cyber Ninjas at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix. Ron Watkins, a prolific promoter of false conspiracies about the 2020 election who is closely tied to the QAnon movement, says he's running for Congress as a Republican in Arizona. (AP Photo/Matt York, Pool)PHOENIX (AP) — Ron Watkins, a prolific promoter of false conspiracies about the 2020 election who is closely tied to the QAnon movement, says he is running for Congress as a Republican in Arizona.
Trump telling Republicans not to vote is the GOP's worst nightmare
Former President Donald Trump is taking his commitment to 2020 election disinformation to the next level — and it should be terrifying his own party. Trump has worked backward from the lie that the election was rigged and is now asking Republicans to manufacture evidence to buttress that lie. All of these claims — and every other claim about the 2020 election being rigged — have been presented without credible evidence and debunked. But the point is that Trump has worked backward from the lie that the election was rigged and is now asking Republicans to manufacture evidence to buttress that lie. And even if Trump were to backtrack eventually, he might not be able to reverse all the damage he’s caused.
Letters to the Editor — Gov. Greg Abbott’s actions on mandates draw lots of critics
So why can’t we require them to also take the COVID-19 vaccine for protection? Greg Abbott, you cannot have it both ways. Greg Abbott: 1. Enforce it by enabling all citizens to file a $10,000 lawsuit against anybody who helps anybody else to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine. Greg Abbott refuses to make and enforce mask mandates to protect against this deadly virus.
Pressure mounts on ex-DoJ official Jeff Clark over Trump’s ‘election subversion scheme’
The Senate report was shared with the House select committee that has been investigating the 6 January attack on the Capitol by Trump supporters, and Trump’s efforts to overturn the election results. “He faces a meaningful threat of criminal liability based on the facts contained in the Senate report. Trump was irritated that Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen refused to participate in the plot to overturn the 2020 election. Pat Cipollone, the top White House lawyer, condemned Trump’s plan as a “murder-suicide pact,” according to the Senate report. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPAThe Senate report formally recommended that the DC bar’s disciplinary counsel “evaluate Clark’s conduct to determine whether disciplinary action is warranted”.
North Korea may test long-range missile over next year, Pentagon intelligence agency says
North Korea may resume long-range ballistic missile tests over the next year, the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency said in a report analyzing the country’s military capabilities, warning that Pyongyang will continue to pose a “critical security challenge” for the United States and its allies. The report, which was released Friday, is the latest warning about North Korea’s efforts to beef up its military power despite not having tested intercontinental ballistic missiles or nuclear devices over the past several years. North Korea reached out diplomatically in 2018 and 2019. North Korea then showed off in October 2020 what appeared to be a new type of ICBM during a military parade and continued testing short-range ballistic missiles and other weapons. North Korea is also expected to work to improve its newer solid-fueled ballistic missiles, which can be made ready for launch more quickly than liquid fueled missiles, it said.
Seoul, Washington almost ready for humanitarian aid to Pyongyang: nuclear envoy
South Korea and the US are almost ready in their preparation to provide humanitarian assistance to North Korea, Seoul’s top nuclear envoy said Saturday.Noh Kyu-duk, the special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, made the remark upon arriving in Washington for talks with his US and Japanese counterparts on ways to induce the reclusive Pyongyang back to the table for the stalled negotiations.Noh is scheduled to meet with Sung Kim, the US special representative for North Korea, on Monday, before they will be joined by their Japanese counterpart, Takehiro Funakoshi, for a trilateral session the following day. Noh and Funakoshi are also slated to hold separate bilateral talks Tuesday. The three held their last in-person talks in September in Tokyo.Noh said that South Korea and the US have been discussing “various and creative” ways to bring the North back to dialogue. During their talks Noh asked for Moscow’s cooperation in persuading Pyongyang to return to dialogue.Denuclearization talks between Pyongyang and Washington have been stalled since the collapse of the Hanoi summit in 2019, when former US President Donald Trump rejected Kim Jong-un’s offer of denuclearization in exchange for sanctions relief. Since then, inter-Korean engagement has also remained largely at a standstill.By Ahn Sung-mi ( sahn@heraldcorp.com
Judge Jeanine reveals who she believes is running the White House
Judge Jeanine Pirro questioned who was really in charge of the White House Saturday on "Justice with Judge Jeanine." JUDGE JEANINE: In case you didn’t know it, Joe Biden is the president of the United States in name only. Someone else is running the White House. …No President in United States history has ever spoken like this. By the way, have you noticed Joe Biden is carrying out the same policies Barack Obama had?
VA-Gov: Hillary Clinton Helps Boost GOTV Efforts For Terry McAuliffe (D)
Terry McAuliffe (D. VA) & Hillary ClintonReceived this e-mail last night from former First Lady, Secretary of State, U.S. Help my friend Terry McAuliffe take on Donald Trump’s hand-picked candidate by signing up to volunteer for Democrats in Virginia today. We must unite behind a proven leader like Terry McAuliffe, who has taken on Republican extremism before — and won. Friendly reminder:Former President Barack Obama will campaign with fellow Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the final stretch of the Virginia governor's race. But at the grass-roots level, the messages from Virginia Democrats and Republicans are less distinct.
Crazy times, crazy words
Making an excuse to eventually back out of a 1924 election? Threatening party leaders to get on the Big Lie train op lose their base? A small army of wannabes are ready to run for Pres (or Veep) including DeSantis, PCruz, Haley, Hawley (Haley-Hawley in '2024?) More will surely dive in so don't take it as a given that Lard-Ass will be the candidate. Somebody smarter and more articulate might have a better shot at winning and "deconstructing the Administrative state.2022
NC-Sen: DFA Keeps Up The Momentum To Help Cheri Beasley (D) Flip North Carolina Blue
Republicans only need to win one seat to take back the Senate majority, unless we flip seats they currently hold. Help DFA Flip the South in North Carolina by ensuring Cheri has the resources it’ll take to beat Republicans at the ballot box in 2022: make a contribution of $10 or more right now. Cheri Beasley overcame these institutional barriers when she won her 2014 race for Associate Justice of the North Carolina State Supreme Court. Will you rush a donation right now and help make history as we work to elect the first Black U.S. senator from North Carolina and flip this extremely important seat from red to blue? Thank you for powering our work to flip the South and win a crucial Senate seat in North Carolina.
Religious beliefs differ widely; some can lead to antivaccination
These are people who identify as ethnic and culturally Jewish, but who do not belong to any religious organization, and do not observe any religious traditions. One might even fit Modern Orthodoxy into this category because it fits the same essential characteristic: We do not believe in an anthropomorphic, intercessional diety. Fundamentalists are the ones who believe in an intercessional diety, one who directly acts on the physical world. Virtually all of them believe in an intercessional diety. Time and again they get sick and die and their families think that they somehow must have displeased their intercessional God or Jesus.
PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN---DAY269---Evening Shade-Saturday
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 16, 2021x President Biden is speaking now at the 40th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service. pic.twitter.com/h1ojWcAfy4 — The Hill (@thehill) October 16, 2021x President Biden: "My friends on the other side never had any problem printing $2 trillion in tax cuts for the very wealthy. pic.twitter.com/oat2BCHBZP — The Hill (@thehill) October 16, 2021x President Biden: "They're not about left versus right. pic.twitter.com/M3OTE3oeR2 — The Hill (@thehill) October 16, 2021x President Biden: "But somehow, along the way, we sort of stopped investing in our people. pic.twitter.com/HtQeheE9ue — The Hill (@thehill) October 16, 2021x Sanders, Manchin escalate fight over $3.5 trillion spending bill https://t.co/V9Y7cyxfsW pic.twitter.com/Pxo14tmFHL — The Hill (@thehill) October 16, 2021x .
WYFP? Tucker Carlson: we're all baizuos on this bus
MARCH 27, 2021On March 19, Fox News host Tucker Carlson spiritedly disparaged U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken for supposedly embarrassing the United States in his lack of aggression during his meetings with Chinese delegates. foreignpolicy.com/...On Monday, in telling of a 2017 encounter with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Trump described Xi's aides as straight out of "central casting." It's a Chinese propaganda film about the 1950s Korean War, centred on a story of Chinese soldiers defeating American troops despite great odds. Its success is good news for China's pandemic-affected film sector as Covid forced cinemas to shut and reopen multiple times. [...] Sun Hongyun, an associate professor at Beijing Film Academy said that the film was "an extraordinary and perfect collusion of capital and political propaganda.
Trump Throws PSYCHO Tantrum Over Andrew McCabe's Pension and Hunter Biden's Paintings
Trump babbled that..."Isn’t it terrible that all of Andrew McCabe’s benefits, pensions, salary, etc., were just fully reinstated by the Justice Department? It was a purely political assault by Trump because McCabe was doing his job as a law enforcement professional, which a criminal like Trump couldn't abide. So he drifted off into a well-worn rant about Hillary Clinton that had been completely debunked long ago. He continued with a sharp turn into Hunter Biden territory, whining that..."Hunter Biden will be given a clean bill of health on everything done by him, with everyone to receive as payment a beautiful Hunter Biden inspired painting selling at your local art gallery for $500,000. What's more, Trump saying that he "always felt I have a talent" for art is so very Trump.
Migrant Farmworkers Are Being Left Out of Roundup Cancer Compensation
It is hard to know exactly how many migrant farmworkers have filed lawsuits against Bayer. Fear of retaliation, and a lack of legal resources and legal immigration status, has diminished migrant farmworkers’ likelihood to seek justice and compensation. Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman is the law firm that co-represented Dewayne Lee Johnson—the high school groundskeeper in the first-ever Roundup cancer trial. The firm, which has since represented about 3,400 plaintiffs in Roundup cancer lawsuits, told EHN that no farmworkers have come to the firm asking to be represented. Chavez was not aware of any migrant farmworkers participating in the Roundup cancer lawsuits.
Native Americans Demand Fox News Apology, Firings Over Outrageously Racist Comments
A Native American organization is demanding a correction, apology and the firings of Fox News personnel for a series of racist comments. AdvertisementIllumiNative founder and executive director Crystal Echo Hawk called the “outrageously false and harmful statements” about Native Americans “spewed” on national television “abhorrent.”“This rhetoric is incredibly harmful and dangerous and very clearly rooted in racism and white supremacy. We are horrified by these racist comments about Native Americans. #RacismOnFox @FoxNews @RCamposDuffy @JesseBWatters @SeanDuffyWI — Native Organizers Alliance (@NativeOrganizer) October 15, 2021The hosts were bombarded with other criticism on Twitter. https://t.co/8PhvlLuDov — LadyHotdog (@Nextborn) October 14, 2021What you said about Native Americans was hateful, ignorant, and frankly stupid.
Donald Trump signed a book for Rudy Giuliani in 2000, writing, 'I promise never to run against you.' It just sold for $54,143 in an online auction.
Rudy Giuliani with Donald Trump in Bedminster, New Jersey. Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesAn inscribed copy of one of former President Donald Trump's books sold at auction for $54,143. The book was signed in 2000 for then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani, or "The best mayor N.Y.C. A copy of one of former President Donald Trump's books, which included a note written in 2000 for then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani, sold last week for more than $54,143. The RR Auction website has a picture of the inscription, which read: "Jan 2000 - To Rudy - The best mayor N.Y.C.
‘Brutal aggression’: Venezuela halts talks with opposition after envoy extradited to US
The leadership of Venezuela’s opposition did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Cape Verde national radio reported the extradition on Saturday. The government of Cape Verde was not immediately available to comment. In a Twitter post, Colombian president Ivan Duque called Saab’s extradition “a triumph in the fight against drug trafficking, money laundering and corruption by the dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro”. The previous Trump administration had made Saab’s extradition a top priority, at one point even sending a Navy warship to the African archipelago to keep an eye on the captive.
White House not stolen, but bought with Zuckerberg’s money: Goodwin
Trump offers his own answer, of course, declaring incessantly that the election was stolen. Lacking any other explanation, two-thirds of Republicans still believe “the election was rigged and stolen from Trump,” while only 18 percent believe “Joe Biden won fair and square,” according to a recent Yahoo News/YouGov survey. In “Rigged,” author Mollie Hemingway lays out what amounts to a fascinating alternative to the “stolen” charge. One measure is that the 159 million votes cast represent nearly 67 percent of the eligible population, making the turnout percentage the highest in 120 years, according to the Council on Foreign Relations. He won more than 74 million votes last year, an increase of 10 million over his 2016 tally, and he sounds very much like a 2024 candidate.
FBI official fired under Trump wins back his pension
Under the settlement, McCabe, 53, will be able to officially retire, receive his pension and other benefits, and get about $200,000 in missed pension payments. AdvertisementThe Justice Department did not admit any wrongdoing. With the lawsuit resolved, the Justice Department and FBI avoid the risk that moving toward a trial could produce embarrassing information through the discovery process and depositions. McCabe’s lawyers had planned to question the FBI director, Christopher Wray, and his former deputy, David Bowdich. Trump repeatedly called the inquiry a witch hunt and fired the FBI director at the time, James Comey, after expressing his fury about the investigation.
Biden says Justice Department should prosecute those who refuse Jan. 6 committee’s subpoenas
When asked Friday if the Justice Department should prosecute those who refuse the committee's subpoenas, Biden responded, "I do. Shortly after Biden's remarks, the Justice Department tried to distance itself from any implications the White House was influencing decisions there. "The Department of Justice will make its own independent decisions in all prosecutions based solely on the facts and the law. Full stop," Justice Department spokesman Anthony Coley said in a statement Friday. "The Select Committee will use every tool at its disposal to get the information it seeks, and witnesses who try to stonewall the Select Committee will not succeed," committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said in a statement then.
Delicate GOP dance for Trump, Youngkin in Virginia gov race
At the rally, Trump praised Youngkin as “a great gentleman,” while also spreading lies about the 2020 election he lost to Democrat Joe Biden. Oh yeah, I love Trump, love Trump, OK, let’s go, next subject.’ When they do that, they never win. During that campaign, Youngkin declined to say whether Biden was fairly elected. ”Glenn Youngkin and this campaign has never abandoned the core principles that are important to Trump voters, not one day." Davis said he thinks Virginia voters are more concerned about Biden, whose approval rating has slumped, than Trump.
Sadat's nephew negotiates way out for Egypt prisoners
Mohamed al-Sadat, 66, nephew of former president Anwar al-Sadat, the first Arab leader to strike peace with Israel, has long been a fixture of Egypt's political scene. "This has been effective in some cases (of political prisoners) being re-examined," he said. Forty-six prisoners were freed in July, including prominent activists such as rights lawyer Mahienour el-Massry. But as many as 60,000 political prisoners are serving time in Egyptian jails, according to human rights defenders. "He's the man of the hour really when it comes to human rights."
S. Korea's nuclear envoy pins hope on end-of-war declaration to resume talks with North
NATIONALNoh Kyu-duk, South Korea's chief nuclear envoy, speaks with reporters upon his arrival at the Washington Dulles International Airport on Saturday, ahead of meetings with his US and Japanese counterparts in Washington. "I expect more in-depth discussions on various issues at the working level, including the end-of-war declaration," Noh said during a meeting with reporters upon his arrival at the Dulles international airport. "(The declaration) is meaningful as a gateway to talks for the complete denuclearization and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula. "South and North Korea technically remain at war as the Korean War ended only with an armistice, not a peace treaty.Noh and the US special representative for North Korea, Sung Kim, are scheduled to meet bilaterally on Monday before holding a trilateral meeting with their Japanese counterpart, Takehiro Funakoshi, the following day. "(The two sides) have been discussing various, creative ways (to bring the North to the talks)," Noh said.Nuclear talks between Washington and Pyongyang have remained stalled since the Hanoi summit in 2019 between then US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that ended without a deal.
Opinion: Parental control is a smoke screen for right-wing activists
"I'm going in with 20 strong men....I'm going to give [the school board] an option: They can leave or they can be removed," he declared. In Grand Rapids, Michigan, "Moms for America" activists pressured parents to pull their children out of schools that mandate face coverings. Concern for children in this context is just a smoke screen for right-wing activists with far greater ambitions. It's not surprising that former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wants the private realm to take control of public school curricula. Join us on Twitter and FacebookOne way to push back is to populate school boards with individuals who care about pluralism, democracy and public health.
Venezuela halts talks after Maduro ally’s extradition to US
Venezuelan President of the National Assembly Jorge Rodriguez, center, speaks to the press as an image of Colombian businessman and Venezuelan special envoy Alex Saab is in the back in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Oct 16, 2021. Venezuela’s government said Saturday it would halt negotiations with the country's opposition in retaliation for the extradition to the U.S. of a close ally of President Nicolás Maduro wanted on money laundering charges. Venezuela’s government said Saturday it would halt negotiations with the country's opposition in retaliation for the extradition to the U.S. of a close ally of President Nicolás Maduro wanted on money laundering charges. The previous Trump administration had made Saab’s extradition a top priority, at one point even sending a Navy warship to the African archipelago to keep an eye on the captive. We had been hoping to do wellness visits with them, but now we fear we will not be given the opportunity.”___—AP Writers Jorge Rueda in Caracas, Venezuela and Michael Balsamo in Washington contributed to this report.
Florida Rep. Wilson tells Biden to 'pay' migrants not to come to US
Florida Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson on Thursday called on President Biden to "pay" those fleeing Latin America for the U.S. southern border to "incentivize" them to remain in their country of origin. "Fly to those countries," she said while addressing the Biden administration. The Biden administration has come under fire from both Democrats and Republicans for its response to the migrant crisis at the southern border. BIDEN ADMINISTRATION STOPS BORDER PATROL USING HORSES IN DEL RIO AMID DEM OUTRAGE"I am pissed," Wilson said. The Biden administration has continued the use of Title 42, first implemented under the Trump administration, which allows officials to forego usual immigration proceedings to protect against the spread of COVID-19.
Low-Income Voters Were Key To Toppling Trump, Study Finds
Often dismissed by political pundits as disaffected and disorganized, low-income voters played a key role in Donald Trump’s defeat in the presidential election, according to a new study. The organization, an advocate for low-income Americans, launched a nonpartisan voter registration drive ahead of the 2020 vote across 16 states. But the 2020 elections saw the highest voter turnout in U.S.history, including among poor and low-income voters, noted the study. The low-income voters included large numbers of white Americans as well as people of color. Advertisement“The findings suggest that, rather than writing white low-income voters off, it is possible to build coalitions of low-income voters across race around a political agenda that centers the issues they have in common,” she added.
John Dean Says Trump Deeply Linked To Insurrection, And Bannon Can Bare All
Key Watergate figure John Dean is convinced former White House strategist Steve Bannon is “up to his eyeballs” in the Jan. 6 insurrection and can reveal just how deep a role Donald Trump also played. That’s why it’s so critical for the House select committee investigating the insurrection to question Bannon, Dean told Jim Acosta on CNN Saturday. “But I think Bannon is up to his eyeballs” in the Jan. 6 riot. “I think this committee is determined” to get answers, said Dean. “I hope, Jim, they get their act together and use the power they do have, which is inherent contempt powers” to crack down on Bannon, Dean added.
Manchin Rakes In Cash From Energy Industry, Some GOP Donors
Share this Story: Manchin Rakes In Cash From Energy Industry, Some GOP DonorsManchin Rakes In Cash From Energy Industry, Some GOP DonorsArticle content (Bloomberg) — Senator Joe Manchin raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars from donors in the energy industry in the third quarter, including some from contributors who normally back Republicans, according to his latest filing with the Federal Election Commission.Manchin is opposed to environmental provisions, as well as the ultimate price tag, in the Democrats’ proposed $3.5 trillion spending bill that addresses a wide range of the party’s policy priorities. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Try refreshing your browser, or Manchin Rakes In Cash From Energy Industry, Some GOP Donors Back to video Manchin, who doesn’t face voters until 2024, raised $1.6 million in the third quarter, with more than $400,000 coming from the oil and gas industry. Manchin got $74,600 from the employees and political action committee of Energy Transfer Partners, a diversified midstream energy company. Sinema, who raised $1.1 million, received support from top executives in the pharmaceutical industry.
5 things we learned from the committee investigating January 6 this week
(CNN) The committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol had a big week . But even though the committee is officially moving forward with criminal contempt on Bannon, there is still a long process that needs to play out. Holding Bannon in criminal contempt through a prosecution could take years, and historic criminal contempt cases have been derailed by appeals and acquittals. But members on the committee made clear this week that they are unified in believing that criminal contempt is their best and fastest option. The result of these deliberations between Trump's legal team and the Biden White House will determine what information the committee gets access to.
Troops to Get 'Climate Literacy' Education Under Pentagon's New Climate Change Plan
A military of "climate literate" troops and bases powered by microgrids, that's the future envisioned by the Pentagon. Its new climate change plan, ordered by President Joe Biden and released Thursday, would affect every level of command. Climate change has been a political lightning rod in Washington, D.C., for decades. The Pentagon has experienced the likely consequences of climate change firsthand in recent years. Related: Climate Change Could Make 'Military Equipment Useless,' Experts Warn
In New Hampshire, vaccine fights and misinformation roil GOP
The episode was especially piercing in New Hampshire, where the previous House speaker died of COVID-19 last year. It has also exposed Republicans' persistent struggle to root out the misinformation that has taken hold in its ranks across the country. The risk is particularly clear in “Live Free or Die” New Hampshire, where the fight over vaccines has activated the libertarian wing of the GOP. Sununu, who is eyeing a run for Senate next year against Democratic U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, joined other Republican leaders in opposing a federal vaccine mandate. The opposition from Republican leaders to federal vaccine mandates prompted one Republican lawmaker, Rep. William Marsh, to switch parties.
Venezuela halts talks after Maduro ally’s extradition to US
Venezuelan President of the National Assembly Jorge Rodriguez, center, speaks to the press as an image of Colombian businessman and Venezuelan special envoy Alex Saab is in the back in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Oct 16, 2021. Venezuela’s government said Saturday it would halt negotiations with the country's opposition in retaliation for the extradition to the U.S. of a close ally of President Nicolás Maduro wanted on money laundering charges. Venezuela’s government said Saturday it would halt negotiations with the country's opposition in retaliation for the extradition to the U.S. of a close ally of President Nicolás Maduro wanted on money laundering charges. The previous Trump administration had made Saab’s extradition a top priority, at one point even sending a Navy warship to the African archipelago to keep an eye on the captive. ___—AP Writer Jorge Rueda contributed to this report from Caracas, Venezuela.
Clayton, Gensler behind looming over-regulated crypto disaster
What is unmistakable: his intention to shape regulatory policy for crypto that has increasingly become a disaster. The most established crypto, Bitcoin, and its blockchain platform were seeing intense competition from the Ethereum blockchain. For many in the crypto business, this remains regulatory hair-splitting at its finest. The Gensler SEC is on the verge of approving a Bitcoin ETF, further cementing its status as the go-to crypto. Coinbase is asking Congress to create a separate regulator to oversee the crypto business with a clear set of rules.
S. Korea's nuclear envoy pins hope on end-of-war declaration to resume talks with North
(Yonhap)South Korea's chief nuclear envoy said Saturday that a formal declaration of an end to the 1950-53 Korean War could pave the way for resuming the stalled denuclearization talks with North Korea. "(The declaration) is meaningful as a gateway to talks for the complete denuclearization and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula." South and North Korea technically remain at war as the Korean War ended only with an armistice, not a peace treaty. "(The two sides) have been discussing various, creative ways (to bring the North to the talks)," Noh said. Nuclear talks between Washington and Pyongyang have remained stalled since the Hanoi summit in 2019 between then US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that ended without a deal.
'Democracy Survived' Capitol Riot Because of Police, Biden Says
Framed by the Capitol, President Joe Biden paid tribute Saturday to fallen law enforcement officers and honored those who fought off the Jan. 6 insurrection at that very site by declaring "because of you, democracy survived." Biden spoke at the 40th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service to remember the 491 law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in 2019 and 2020. "Nine months ago, your brothers and sisters thwarted an unconstitutional and fundamentally un-American attack on our nation's values and our votes. Because of you, democracy survived," Biden said. "We expect everything of you and it's beyond the capacity of anyone to meet the total expectations," Biden said.
In New Hampshire, vaccine fights and misinformation roil GOP
The episode was especially piercing in New Hampshire, where the previous House speaker died of COVID-19 last year. The risk is particularly clear in “Live Free or Die” New Hampshire, where the fight over vaccines has activated the libertarian wing of the GOP. Sununu, who is eyeing a run for Senate next year against Democratic U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, joined other Republican leaders in opposing a federal vaccine mandate. The opposition from Republican leaders to federal vaccine mandates prompted one Republican lawmaker, Rep. William Marsh, to switch parties. But opponents feared it would have required the state to comply with any “future directives” issued by the Biden administration regarding COVID-19, such as vaccine mandates.
Immigration process continues to frustrate, baffle former FC Tucson Women's midfielder
"The Trump administration said it wanted to keep well-educated foreigners and said they would get an automatic two-year visa after they graduate. Maryskova said she has heard of cases similar to hers, and longtime Tucson immigration attorney Mo Goldman said her situation is common. "One of the biggest disconnects I've seen as an immigration lawyer has been the process that occurs after we bring foreign talent to the U.S. for their studies," Goldman said. While navigating the student visa process can be a challenge, it becomes even more complicated when newly graduated students seek longer-term or permanent residence — especially in a field like coaching, Goldman said. You have to dance around to figure out which visa category might be best," Goldman said.
Joe Biden’s approval rating reaches a new low
But after just seven months in office, his approval ratings slipped below 50%. His net approval rating has fallen by more than ten points since his 200th day in office, just over two months ago. After all, voters elected Mr Biden in large part because he was seen as better equipped than Mr Trump to tackle the pandemic. It is unlikely that Mr Biden will solve these problems soon. If things do not improve, he may soon end up with worse ratings than even Mr Trump.
Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz’s Big Fundraising PAC is Nearly Broke – Mother Jones
Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletterMarjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz both have a knack for ginning up outrage and stealing headlines. And, just six months after founding it, the joint fundraising committee they launched to drive their tour is nearly broke. Like Greene, Gaetz had a strong start to the year, raising $1.8 million in the first quarter. Oddly, for a campaign that seems to be burning through its cash, Gaetz’s campaign spent lavishly on stays at hotels and resorts across the country. Oddly, for a campaign that seems to be burning through its cash, Gaetz’s campaign spent lavishly on stays at hotels and resorts across the country.
Former U.S. President Clinton making progress but will remain in hospital
REUTERS/Ringo ChiuOct 16 (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Bill Clinton will remain overnight in a Southern California hospital following a urological infection, but he has continued to make "excellent progress" and is expected to be discharged on Sunday, his spokesman said in a statement on Saturday. Clinton's wife, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, was at the hospital on Saturday. The Democrat served two four-year terms in the White House, overseeing strong economic growth while engaging in bruising political battles with congressional Republicans. Republican President Donald Trump would later become the third when he was impeached twice during his term. He defeated an incumbent president, Republican George H.W.
AP review: At least 13 auto safety rules are years overdue
(AP Photo/Michael Wyke)WASHINGTON (AP) — As traffic fatalities spike in the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal agency in charge of auto safety is struggling with a growing backlog of safety rules ordered by Congress that are years overdue and could save thousands of lives. A governors’ highway safety group says the United States faces a “car crash epidemic” at the same time that safety rules languish. An Associated Press review of rule-making by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration under the last three presidents found at least 13 auto safety rules past due, including a rear seat belt reminder requirement passed by Congress in 2012 that was to be implemented by 2015. “Government should not take this long to act on safety,” said David Mills, who started a Houston-area foundation in Kailee’s honor aimed at promoting seat belt safety. “I can’t say the U.S. regulator of the auto industry is at all on track,” said Cathy Chase, president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.
“We’re done”: Immigration advocates stage walk-out on Biden administration
“They give us accolades on the outside, but on the inside, we're having to take out the metaphoric knives from our back.”Immigration advocates participate in a virtual meeting with Biden administration officials before staging a walk-out on Oct. 16, 2021. A White House official told POLITICO that “the Biden Administration has been very clear that MPP is not an immigration policy we agree with or support. The official added, “We are incredibly thankful and appreciative of the work immigration advocates and organizations do around the clock to improve our immigration system.”But while the “Remain in Mexico” policy extension was the catalyst for the blow-up Saturday, it was not the only cause, advocates said. Tensions between the Biden administration and immigration advocates have been escalating for months, and are only now breaking into the open. The Biden administration itself is divided on the continued use of that policy.
Joe Manchin's objections to a clean energy program threaten Biden's climate promises
After news broke of Manchin's reported opposition to the clean energy program, Smith issued a warning to the White House on Twitter. "Let's be clear: the Build Back Better budget must meaningfully address climate change," Smith said, using the administration's branding for the legislative package. U.S. credibility is on the lineIn two weeks, world leaders will meet in Scotland for a major United Nations conference on climate change, COP26. President Biden and John Kerry, his climate envoy, have been working to build U.S. credibility on climate issues after years of inaction and climate change denialism. He said that if Congress fails to pass significant climate change legislation, "it would be like President Trump pulling out of the Paris agreement, again."
Manchin accepted over $400,000 from energy companies and GOP donors in the third quarter
Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Scott ApplewhiteFEC filings show that Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, raised over $400,000 from energy companies. Senator Joe Manchin raised over $400,000 from donors in the energy industry in the third quarter, including some from donors that normally give to Republicans, according to his latest filing with the Federal Election Commission. West Virginia is the second-largest producer of coal in the US, according to the West Virginia Office of Energy. Manchin raised $1.6 million in the third quarter, with over $400,000 coming from the oil and gas industry, according to his FEC filing.
Maduro ally extradited to U.S. on money-laundering charges
A top fugitive close to Venezuela’s socialist government has been put on a plane to the U.S. to face money-laundering charges, a senior U.S. official confirmed Saturday. Federal prosecutors in Miami indicted Saab in 2019 on money-laundering charges connected to an alleged bribery scheme that pocketed more than $350 million from a low-income housing project for the Venezuelan government. Some of Saab’s contracts were obtained by paying bribes to the adult children of Venezuelan first lady, Cilia Flores, the Trump administration alleged. The previous Trump administration had made Saab’s extradition a top priority, at one point even sending a Navy warship to the African archipelago to keep an eye on the captive. The government last month appointed Saab to its negotiating team and fellow envoys arrived to Mexico carrying signs reading “Free Alex Saab.”
U.S. Supreme Court blocks Trump bid to end 'Dreamers' immigrant program
Added: 18.06.2020 19:30 | 18 views | 0 commentsThe U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dealt President Donald Trump a major setback on his hardline immigration policies, blocking his bid to end a program that protects from deportation hundreds of thousands of immigrants - often called "Dreamers" - who entered the United States illegally as children.
Pelosi says Trump 'ethically unfit' for presidency, will continue oversight
Added: 18.06.2020 19:47 | 22 views | 0 commentsU.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday revelations in a book by a former top White House aide show President Donald Trump is unfit and unprepared to be president and Democrats will continue oversight of the Republican president's behavior.
Drug Pitched to Trump for Covid-19 Comes From a Deadly Plant
Drug Pitched to Trump for Covid-19 Comes From a Deadly PlantAdded: 20.08.2020 20:10 | 22 views | 0 commentsSource: trofire.comThe chief executive of My Pillow, a Trump donor, claims oleandrin is a miracle cure for Covid-19. But no studies have shown that it is safe or effective, and the shrub it’s derived from is poisonous. More in www.nytimes.com »
How Trump Will Hurt Republican Chances in 2022
Added: 16.10.2021 14:16 | 26 views | 0 commentsDonald Trump is, ostensibly, a Republican. But he has shown time and again -- both in the White House and now out of it -- that he cares little about helping the party and its other candidates.
Capitol Police Sergeant: Honoring Flag From Jan. 6 Attack Is a ‘Total Disgrace’
A Capitol Police sergeant has spoken out, saying that it was a “total disgrace” that attendees at a rally for Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate recited the Pledge of Allegiance to a flag purportedly carried during the January 6th insurrection. Aquilino Gonell, who defended the Capitol during the insurrection, spoke to CNN’s Jim Acosta on Saturday, telling the anchor that rioters attacked him with a flag pole and chemicals. The rally was in support of Republican Glenn Youngkin, who is running against former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. “When you hear the former vice president saying that [was just] one day in January, well, I’m still living through that one day and still counting,” he said. “My injury has not gone away because that [was] one day in January,” he said.
'Because of you democracy survived': Biden pays tribute to police during memorial ceremony
WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden praised law enforcement officers who defended the U.S. Capitol during the attack on Jan. 6 in remarks Saturday at the National Peace Officers’ annual memorial service. Biden said the officers of the U.S. Capitol Police and Washington, D.C. Metropolitan police department “thwarted an unconstitutional and fundamentally un-American attack on the nation’s value and our votes” during the events of Jan. 6. The memorial, mourning 491 law enforcement officers around the country who died on the job in 2019 and 2020, took place in front of the U.S. Capitol. "We expect you to be people ready to stand in the way and take a bullet for us. “The toll on this profession these past two years has been heavy," Biden said.
Norway to investigate tactics of unarmed police officers after five die in bow-and-arrow attack
According to a police timeline, the first information on the attack was logged at 6:13 p.m. and Andersen Braathen was caught at 6:47 p.m. POLICE ORGANIZATION SLAMS DEMOCRATIC US SENATOR FOR CALL TO DISARM OFFICERS OF ‘WEAPONS OF WAR’Those calls became a reality for police safety officers at Portland State University, who earlier this year announced that their officers would start doing their patrols unarmed. The VG newspaper also reported the agency thought Andersen Braathen might carry out a "low-scale attack with simple means in Norway." A spokesman for Norway’s Muslim community told NRK that it was irresponsible for the police to publish the suspect’s self-acclaimed conversion to Islam, as they did Thursday. "It hurts, it’s very painful," Waqar Dar told NRK.
Reddit channel posts stories of anti-vaxxers dying of Covid, scaring fence-sitters into getting the shot
Sarah Ostrowski was convinced to finally get vaccinated after reading numerous stories on Reddit's r/HermanCainAward of unvaccinated people dying from Covid-19. Ostrowski, who regularly scrolls through her feed on social media site Reddit, stumbled upon the forum r/HermanCainAward. A Reddit spokesperson said the company has policies in place to remove inaccurate posts on Covid-19 vaccines. "Our Content Policy prohibits many kinds of harmful content, including health-related disinformation and other forms of manipulated content," the Reddit spokesperson said in a statement. There she found numerous posts from people complaining about the side effects they'd experienced after getting their second shots.
Biden: “Democracy survived” Capitol riot because of police
Standing where the violent mob tried to block his own ascension to the presidency, Biden singled out the 150 officers who were injured and the five who died in the attack’s aftermath. “Nine months ago, your brothers and sisters thwarted an unconstitutional and fundamentally un-American attack on our nation’s values and our votes. Because of you, democracy survived,” Biden said. More recently, Biden has expressed hope that he can still sign a comprehensive police overhaul bill into law, while exploring more executive actions to help hold police officers accountable for breaking the law. At the ceremony, Biden expressed concerns for all officers in the line of duty and mentioned the three constable deputies shot in an ambush early Saturday while working at a Houston bar.
Joe Biden dons aviators to pay tribute to 491 police officers who died in the line of duty
Wearing his signature aviator sunglasses, President Joe Biden on Saturday paid tribute to fallen law enforcement officers and said being a cop is now 'harder than it's ever been'. Biden spoke on the steps of the US Capitol at the 40th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service to remember the 491 law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in 2019 and 2020. Biden underscored the heavy burden placed on law enforcement officers, and rebuked the 'defund the police' political movement popular within his own party, saying that those gathered before him would get 'more resources, not fewer, so you can do your job.' 'We expect everything of you and it's beyond the capacity of anyone to meet the total expectations,' Biden said. At the ceremony, Biden expressed concerns for all officers in the line of duty and mentioned the three constable deputies shot in an ambush early Saturday while working at a Houston bar.
Surprised to see US Republicans cozying up to the European far right? Don’t be | Cas Mudde
He was speaking on screen to an audience of thousands in Madrid, at a meeting of the Spanish far-right party Vox. It was one of many recent outreaches to the global far right by US rightwing figures, which seem to have increased since the ouster of Donald Trump. There are at least four major strands of far-right international networks in which US “conservatives” of all levels participate. Connections between the European far right and Republican members of Congress go back decades; think of people like Steve King, the Iowa Republican, and Dana Rohrabacher, the California Republican. In the pre-Trump era, only relatively marginal rightwing conservatives and Republicans had open connections to the international far right.
Manchin accepted over $400,000 from energy companies and GOP donors in the third quarter
FEC filings show that Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, raised over $400,000 from energy companies. Manchin, who represents West Virginia, also owns millions of dollars in coal stocks. West Virginia is the second-largest producer of coal in the US, according to the West Virginia Office of Energy. Manchin raised $1.6 million in the third quarter, with over $400,000 coming from the oil and gas industry, according to his FEC filing. Manchin received $74,600 from the employees and political action committee of energy company Energy Transfer Partners, according to Bloomberg and FEC documents.
‘Democracy survived’ Capitol riot because of police, Biden says
Standing where the violent mob tried to block his own ascension to the presidency, Biden singled out the 150 officers who were injured and the five who died in the attack’s aftermath. “Nine months ago, your brothers and sisters thwarted an unconstitutional and fundamentally un-American attack on our nation’s values and our votes. Because of you, democracy survived,” Biden said. More recently, Biden has expressed hope that he can still sign a comprehensive police overhaul bill into law, while exploring more executive actions to help hold police officers accountable for breaking the law. At the ceremony, Biden expressed concerns for all officers in the line of duty and mentioned the three constable deputies shot in an ambush early Saturday while working at a Houston bar.
Maduro ally extradited to US on money laundering charges
Some of Saab’s contracts were obtained by paying bribes to the adult children of Venezuelan first lady Cilia Flores, the Trump administration alleged. But while in private U.S. officials have long described Saab as a front man for Maduro, he is not identified as such in court filings. The previous Trump administration had made Saab’s extradition a top priority, at one point even sending a Navy warship to the African archipelago to keep an eye on the captive. In turn, Maduro’s government has vehemently objected to Saab’s prosecution as a veiled attempt at regime change by the U.S. government. However, the Biden administration has downplayed the importance of Saab's problems, saying he can defend himself in U.S. courts and that his case shouldn't affect ongoing negotiations sponsored by Norway aimed at overcoming Venezuela's long running economic crisis and political tug of war.
Maduro ally extradited to US on money laundering charges
However his defenders, including Maduro's government as well as allies Russia and Cuba, consider his arrest illegal and maintain that Saab was a diplomatic envoy of the Venezuelan government and as such possesses immunity from prosecution while on official business. The argument failed to persuade Cape Verde's Constitutional Court, which last month authorized his extradition after a year of wrangling by Saab's legal team, which includes former Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón and BakerHostetler, one of the U.S.' biggest firms. Federal prosecutors in Miami indicted Saab in 2019 on money-laundering charges connected to an alleged bribery scheme that pocketed more than $350 million from a low-income housing project for the Venezuelan government. Separately, Saab had been sanctioned by the previous Trump administration for allegedly utilizing a network of shell companies spanning the globe — in the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Hong Kong, Panama, Colombia and Mexico — to hide huge profits from no-bid, overvalued food contracts obtained through bribes and kickbacks.
Obama and Trump wade into key battle over Virginia’s governor seat
Joe Biden faces a key test of public standing in a tight and closely watched campaign for governor in Virginia next month. The stakes are so high that both Trump and Barack Obama are intervening in the race. “The stakes could not be greater,” Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe said, as he announced Obama’s campaign support on MSNBC last week. Instead of overtly embracing Trump, Youngkin has campaigned with Texas senator Ted Cruz and with former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley. Mirroring Youngkin’s relationship to Trump, McAuliffe and his aides have expressed fears over associating with Biden.
Donald Trump supporters baffled and divided over his claim that Republicans won't vote in 2022 or 2024
Donald Trump said his supporters would not vote in future elections unless the GOP backed election fraud claims. "Donald Trump is doing everything he can to hurt Republican chances in 2022," an account called Trump Supporters wrote on Telegram. According to Newsweek, another Telegram user wrote, "But what happens if we don't vote? "Not voting is not just what Marxists want, It's also stupid no matter how rigged the system is," another user wrote, according to the outlet. Shake the RNC at its core, voters will not cast votes for them," another Telegram user said.
A Florida Anarchist Will Spend Years in Prison for Online Posts Prompted by Jan. 6 Riot
This should have been a straightforward First Amendment case, with Baker’s online speech, albeit bellicose, judged as constitutionally protected. Taking into account time served, meanwhile, Baker will spend another 34 months — almost three years — in prison. “Here, Dan was sentenced to three and a half years for online posts opposing another January 6 incident. “It was truly a surreal experience being in a literal kangaroo court,” Baker told me. He’s had equal trouble accessing prayer beads and says his legal mail was opened by prison staff, which is illegal.
Maduro ally extradited to US on money laundering charges
Saab, a top fugitive close to Venezuela's socialist government has been put on a plane to the U.S. to face money laundering charges, a senior U.S. official confirmed Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. Saab, a top fugitive close to Venezuela's socialist government has been put on a plane to the U.S. to face money laundering charges, a senior U.S. official confirmed Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, File)MIAMI (AP) — A top fugitive close to Venezuela’s socialist government has been put on a plane to the U.S. to face money laundering charges, a senior U.S. official confirmed Saturday. But while in private U.S. officials have long described Saab as a front man for Maduro, he is not identified as such in court filings. In turn, Maduro’s government has vehemently objected to Saab’s prosecution as a veiled attempt at regime change by the U.S. government.
Advocates Left A Meeting With Biden Officials Over Plans To Restart A Trump-Era Border Policy
Border groups on Saturday "walked out" of a virtual meeting with the Biden administration over its upcoming plans to restart a Trump-era program that forced thousands of immigrants and asylum-seekers to wait in dangerous Mexican border cities, according to leaked video obtained by BuzzFeed News. In a Thursday night court filing, the Biden administration said it was prepared to restart the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) in mid-November. "We refuse to be complicit in deterrence-based border policies ... We cannot allow our efforts to help the victims of these policies to be used in any way to prolong them." The Republican-led states of Texas and Missouri filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration for stopping MPP. The Biden administration appealed and asked the Supreme Court to stay the order, but was unsuccessful.
Glenn Youngkin Talks About Virginia. His Base Talks About Donald Trump.
But at the grass-roots level, the messages from Virginia Democrats and Republicans are less distinct. Democrats argue that losing the statewide election on Nov. 2 would be a bad omen for them in the 2022 midterms, and Republicans agree. And while Democrats paint Mr. Youngkin as an acolyte of Mr. Trump who would help pave the way for the former president’s return in 2024, Republicans at the “Take Back Virginia” rally on Wednesday explicitly said the same thing. They were willing to make clear what Mr. Youngkin has carefully avoided. “Let’s win on Nov. 2 and send a message to America that we have had enough,” Mr. Fredericks told the crowd.
Arizona Senate's election review records again ruled public
The Arizona Republic newspaper has a separate lawsuit seeking records from the election review. The Senate has already released tens of thousands of records after court rulings in the American Oversight case found they were covered by the state's public records law. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Michael Kemp’s ruling said the Senate’s position that the records were covered by legislative privilege was flat wrong. Kemp set a hearing for early in November to review the progress of the Senate's records release. Doug Ducey in an election he defended as free and fair, has raised concerns about its effect on public trust in elections.
Democrats troll Trump over Virginia governor's race
Democrats are trolling Donald Trump over Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin's efforts to distance himself from the former president, including by flying a plane near his Mar-a-Lago resort asking why Youngkin won't let Trump campaign with him in Virginia. Democrats are trying to make the race between Youngkin and former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe about Trump, believing that's a way to bring out the Democratic vote in the off-year election next year. Democrats have been growing more worried they could lose in Virginia given Biden's falling approval ratings and divisions among Democrats over his legislative agenda. ADVERTISEMENTHe's tried to maintain his distance from Trump, dodging questions on Thursday about whether he wanted Trump to stump for him.
‘It's Absolute Craziness': Vaccine Fights and Misinformation Roil NH GOP
It’s absolute craziness,” said Republican House Speaker Sherman Packard, who quickly accepted Weyler's resignation from his committee post. It has also exposed Republicans' persistent struggle to root out the misinformation that has taken hold in its ranks across the country. Sununu, who is eyeing a run for Senate next year against Democratic U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, joined other Republican leaders in opposing a federal vaccine mandate. The opposition from Republican leaders to federal vaccine mandates prompted one Republican lawmaker, Rep. William Marsh, to switch parties. The money would have allowed the state to hire a public health manager and a dozen workers to address public vaccine concerns.
Ric Flair helps host fundraiser for Senate candidate Herschel Walker
Ric Flair will join a roster of other sports figures for a fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago for Herschel Walker. Ric Flair will join a roster of other sports figures for a fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago for Herschel Walker. A $25,000 donation to the Dec. 1 fundraiser would earn a dinner and private reception with Walker and Trump. A Texas fundraiser for Walker was abruptly called off this week after the organizer posted an image of syringes displayed as a swastika. “Herschel Walker is a friend, a patriot, and an outstanding American who is going to be a great United States Senator,” Trump said in a September endorsement.
Joe Manchin demands climate provisions stripped from budget bill
West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin offered a lump of coal to his fellow Democrats after he demanded $150 billion in clean-energy initiatives be removed from a budget bill currently making its way through the Senate. Senate sources confirmed to The Post that Manchin was “dug in” on climate issues. Manchin has already expressed cost reservations about the $3.5 trillion budget package currently pending in the Senate. The $150 billion earmarked for climate initiatives would be used to convert coal and gas-fired plants to ones that operate with cleaner tech like wind, solar and nuclear. Sen. Joe Manchin offered a lump of coal to his fellow Democrats after he demanded $150 billion in clean-energy initiatives be removed from a budget bill going through the Senate.
‘Hadestown’ ushers Broadway back to the Kennedy Center in style
Mind you, the production, stunningly conjured by director Rachel Chavkin, set designer Rachel Hauck and costume designer Michael Krass, plays much more satisfyingly than it did during the Trump era, when it debuted on Broadway. This modern retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus — who travels to hell to retrieve his beloved Eurydice — seemed too much like agitprop in 2019. This was particularly apparent at the close of Act 1, when Hades, lord of the underworld, leads the call-and-response number “Why We Build the Wall”: “We build the wall to keep us free,” the ensemble chants, which an administration ago came across as cloyingly ideological satire.
Biden: ‘Democracy survived’ Capitol riot because of police
President Joe Biden speaks during a ceremony, honoring fallen law enforcement officers at the 40th annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)President Joe Biden speaks during a ceremony, honoring fallen law enforcement officers at the 40th annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. “Nine months ago, your brothers and sisters thwarted an unconstitutional and fundamentally un-American attack on our nation’s values and our votes. Because of you, democracy survived,” Biden said. At the ceremony, Biden expressed concerns for all officers in the line of duty and mentioned the three constable deputies shot in an ambush early Saturday while working at a Houston bar.
Delicate GOP dance for Trump, Youngkin in Virginia gov race
In this combination photo, Virginia gubernatorial candidates, Democrat Terry McAuliffe left, and Republican Glenn Youngkin appear during the Virginia FREE leadership luncheon, in McLean, Va., on Sept. 1, 2021. When Donald Trump rallied Republicans this week to vote for Glenn Youngkin for governor in Virginia, the former president called into a rally of diehard supporters. When Donald Trump rallied Republicans this week to vote for Glenn Youngkin for governor in Virginia, the former president called into a rally of diehard supporters. “Here’s why Glenn Youngkin is going to win: We’re holding the Trump base together by a thread,” he said. ”Glenn Youngkin and this campaign has never abandoned the core principles that are important to Trump voters, not one day.”Former Republican Gov.
AP review: At least 13 auto safety rules are years overdue
It’s one of more than a dozen car safety rules now years overdue, according to an analysis by The Associated Press. “Government should not take this long to act on safety,” said David Mills, who started a Houston-area foundation in Kailee’s honor aimed at promoting seat belt safety. The AP review of NHTSA’s rule-making activities under the last three presidents found at least 13 auto safety rules that are years overdue based on deadlines set in laws passed by Congress. Ned Lamont took effect this month that requires all rear seat passengers 16 and older to wear a seat belt. And we need the administration’s attention.”Various NHTSA delays have led to a patchwork of safety features initiated by the auto industry that have no clear minimum level of standards, said Cathy Chase, president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.
At least 13 auto safety rules are years overdue amid car crash 'epidemic'
A governors’ highway safety group says the United States faces a “car crash epidemic” at the same time that safety rules languish. “Government should not take this long to act on safety,” said David Mills, who started a Houston-area foundation in Kailee’s honor aimed at promoting seat belt safety. The foundation keeps a list, known as “Kailee’s Angels,” of teenagers around the country who died in car crashes after failing to buckle up. Ned Lamont signed a law that took effect this month requiring back-seat passengers 16 and older to wear a seat belt. “I can’t say the U.S. regulator of the auto industry is at all on track,” said Cathy Chase, president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.
Biden: 'Democracy survived' Capitol riot because of police
Standing where the violent mob tried to block his own ascension to the presidency, Biden singled out the 150 officers who were injured and the five who died in the attack’s aftermath. “Nine months ago, your brothers and sisters thwarted an unconstitutional and fundamentally un-American attack on our nation’s values and our votes. Because of you, democracy survived,” Biden said. More recently, Biden has expressed hope that he can still sign a comprehensive police overhaul bill into law, while exploring more executive actions to help hold police officers accountable for breaking the law. At the ceremony, Biden expressed concerns for all officers in the line of duty and mentioned the three constable deputies shot in an ambush early Saturday while working at a Houston bar.
In heated GOP Senate race, J.D. Vance defends police in Breonna Taylor case, 'It was a shootout with an unfortunate outcome'
The fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor by Louisville Police last year came up in the Ohio Republican Senate race on Saturday. Vance didn't mention any Republicans by name. Vance didn't mention Taylor by name, but described the case as a shooting in Louisville where police shot a woman after the woman's boyfriend had shot at police. "It was a shootout with an unfortunate outcome and very few national Republicans were honest about it," Vance said in his address to the Ohio Republican Pancake Breakfast. Timken touts TrumpFormer Ohio Republican Chair Jane Timken touted her support of former President Donald Trump in her pitch for the Republican nomination.
GOP Very Excited To Be Handed An FCC Voting Majority By Joe Biden
GOP Very Excited To Be Handed An FCC Voting Majority By Joe Bidenfrom the own-goal deptConsumer groups have grown all-too-politely annoyed at the Biden administration's failure to pick a third Democratic Commissioner and permanent FCC boss nearly eight months into his term. More interesting perhaps is the fact that interim FCC boss Jessica Rosenworcel, whose term expires at the end of the year, hasn't had her term renewed either. By the time a permanent FCC boss is appointed and confirmed, it's likely a full year and a half of policy making time will have been wasted. Regardless, telecom giants and the GOP allies who love them are pleased as punch about the delay. –The Techdirt TeamFiled Under: fcc, jessica rosenworcel, joe biden
Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema received the legal maximum of donations from several known GOP donors, new FEC filings show
Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema received the maximum donation allowed by law from several GOP donors. Sinema, a Democrat, has positioned herself as a key obstacle to President Joe Biden's agenda. The maximum individual contribution limit is $2,900 per election, with a maximum of $5,800 in a two-year period, according to FEC guidelines. Private equity executive Anthony De Nicola, who also has backed the Senate Leadership Fund, also donated the maximum legal limit to Sinema, according to Mother Jones. Both Sinema and West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin have been opposed to parts of a Democratic spending plan to invest in climate, education, and healthcare spending.
Biden says Trump aides like Bannon who try to defy Capitol riot subpoenas should be prosecuted
President Joe Biden has said anyone refusing subpoenas related to the January 6 riot investigation should be prosecuted by the Justice Department. “They’re independent. They would determine any decision on criminal prosecutions. Representative Jamie Raskin, a member of the January 6 select committee, said Mr Biden was not instructing the Department of Justice to prosecute Mr Bannon. “I also don’t have a problem with him as a citizen like me saying he hopes the Department of Justice will aggressively enforce the law so people don’t get away with committing crimes like this.”
India Gets Re-Elected To UN Human Rights Council With Overwhelming Majority
"I am truly delighted at this overwhelming support for India in elections to Human Rights Council. India's Permanent Mission to the UN tweeted "India gets re-elected to the @UN_HRC (2022-24) for a 6th term with overwhelming majority. In 2018, the US under the Donald Trump administration had withdrawn from the UN Human Rights Council. She said the US, as a member of the Human Rights Council, will press against the election of countries with egregious human rights records and encourage those committed to promoting and protecting human rights both in their own countries and abroad to seek membership. Our goals are clear: stand with human rights defenders and speak out against violations and abuses of human rights."
Saturday: Pass
If McAuliffe wins, coverage will be CLOSER THAN EXPECTED WIN SIGNALS IMPENDING DOOM FOR DEMS, WHOM ALL VOTERS HATE!!! Hope you all have your flu shots and are ready for the COVID booster, if its in your area. x Red Wing Black BirdThis one has amazing colors and hung out a lot. I didn't see this on the other birds.#birdphotography #bird #nature #TwitterNatureCommunity pic.twitter.com/08hHx6pi4D — Nick?? (@wtf_light) October 14, 2021. Newdists, please grab something to eat and drink, and join us in the thread.
Who needs Mt. Rushmore? Trump now demands a do-over for the US Constitution: The Trumpstitution
Former President Donald Trump is pushing a new conspiracy theory while demanding to be either reinstated as president or get a do-over election. President Donald Trump has made clear that he believes – and wants everyone else to accept – that he is always the smartest person in the room. Rushmore statues even make the list of the world’s tallest statues (here). My version of the world’s tallest statue as fantasized by Donald Trump. Click here to see my proposed site for a giant Trump statue.
Cynical, So-Called "Heartbeat" Laws Reduce Human Beings to "Host Bodies"
This is the case that helped galvanize the forces for abortion rights in Ireland. Even though abortion is legal for therapeutic reasons in Peru, K.L. When the Committee made its decision, it marked the first time that a UN human rights body held a government accountable for failing to ensure access to legal abortion services. After her ordeal K.L became an activist for reproductive rights. As the abortion issue heats up, FiveThirtyEight is reporting that support for abortion rights has increased since the Texas Law.
Are we critical thinkers or "useful idiots?"
What is critical thinking? Critical thinking is "thinking about thinking." Critical thinking can discern logical fallacies and cognitive biases. Where this leaves usWithout the skill of critical thinking, it is all too easy for us to function like sheep, where a herd-like instinct holds sway. Clearly, we need to teach children, in both our homes and our schools, the benefits and capacities needed for critical thinking.
50 Amazing Things Democrats Have Done Since Biden Took Office: Saturday's GNR
The agreement is the culmination of years of fraught negotiations that were revived this year after President Biden took office and renewed the United States’ commitment to multilateralism. The Biden White House was quick to cancel the classification, saying it "undermines the foundations of the civil service."finally….. “We cannot ignore this threat or wish it away,” President Biden wrote in the strategy document. He even compared the current president favorably to his predecessor: “President Biden is an experienced statesman. The Biden administration had been accepting applications only from children with cases that were pending when the program closed.
Trump Loses What Is Left Of Mind, Says AZ Should Hold New Election Or Declare "REP" Candidate Winner
He simply can’t accept that more people in the state of Arizona cast their ballots for Joe Biden than him. You were the Republican candidate. If he won Arizona, President Biden would have had 296 electoral votes. Maybe that is why Trump refers to himself as the Republican candidate. The Republican candidate, what a loser.
Why 52% of Trump Supporters favor seceding from the Nation
Trump supporters of course reject the idea that they are motivated by racism, bigotry and fear. Among Trump supporters, there has been virtually no change since 2016. By contrast, a somewhat smaller share of Trump supporters express this view today (26%) than did so four years ago (31%). [...] Most Trump supporters (72%) continue to associate Islam with violence, though the share saying this has declined 8 points since 2016. In each of these areas, black people, women, immigrants and Muslims, Trump supporters are largely in opposition to the rise and growth of all these groups.
Trump is dividing the GOP against itself in ways Republicans couldn't have imagined
Whatever the case, Senate Republicans handed Trump that lifeline, and now we are just beginning to get a glimpse of how disastrous the move was for the party as a whole. But Trump is also notching those successes by breaking state parties and pitting Republicans against themselves in almost every case. Right now, in Nevada—a swing state with a key 2022 Senate race—the state GOP is in full meltdown mode, or a "civil war," as Politico framed it. But the real problem for Republicans is flagging support within their own party—including 35% of self-identified Republicans in the poll saying GOP members don't deserve reelection, and just 65% saying they do. Similar to the CNN poll, just 66% of registered GOP voters have a favorable view of their own party.
‘There’s a Lot the Postal Service Can Do to Be Present in the 21st Century’
Janine Jackson interviewed Lisa Graves about the fight for the Postal Service for the October 8, 2021, episode of CounterSpin. And he has no experience running the Postal Service or within the Postal Service. But it also hinders us in developing a positive vision of what a 21st century Postal Service could look like. There’s a lot of things the postal service can do to really be present in the 21st century in people’s communities, in even broader ways to help. The idea that in the 21st century, our Postal Service is not going to be expanding its use of planes to get mail faster is absurd.
The Postal Service Can Do More to Be Present in the 21st Century
Janine Jackson interviewed Lisa Graves about the fight for the Postal Service for the October 8, 2021, episode of CounterSpin. And he has no experience running the Postal Service or within the Postal Service. But it also hinders us in developing a positive vision of what a 21st century Postal Service could look like. There’s a lot of things the postal service can do to really be present in the 21st century in people’s communities, in even broader ways to help. And so, if the Postal Service is allowed to fail, it doesn’t just fail for America in general.
Hochul allies see victory in crowded gubernatorial primary
Hochul is hoping to be the last woman standing in the 2022 Democratic gubernatorial primary, with her allies banking on a crowded and ugly race to divide her downstate enemies and deliver victory. In 2018 they delivered Brooklyn to Williams by more than 70,000 votes during his spirited challenge to Hochul in the lieutenant governor’s primary that year. Hochul won the vast majority of counties outside the five boroughs — but still only managed to eke out a victory. Hochul is hoping to be the last woman standing in the 2022 Democratic gubernatorial primary. Hochul was favored by 44 percent of Democratic voters, while James took a distant 28.
Immigration hawks say Biden’s CBP pick has ‘downright dangerous’ record opposing enforcement moves
President Biden’s pick to lead Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will face scrutiny from senators at his confirmation hearing next week, and immigration hawks are raising concerns about what they call his "downright dangerous" record opposing police cooperation with federal immigration enforcement. While CBP is not directly involved in interior enforcement, hawks are concerned that his nomination is another move to what they describe as "open border" policies. "Sanctuary City" policies forbid most cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities. "Justice Department grants and other federal support funded through our taxes should not be tied to immigration policies." "Not only is he highly-regarded by open borders activists and illegal aliens, he has a lengthy track record opposing immigration enforcement."
Opinion: Europe's energy crunch is giving Putin the upper hand
It's not the first signal that Russia is prepared to hold Europe hostage to natural gas prices, which are escalating dramatically. But with Europe currently facing an energy crunch, the context and timing are significant -- on both sides of the Atlantic. With French President Emmanuel Macron on the cusp of launching his own reelection campaign, rising gas prices heading into winter could harm his standing. With Nord Stream 2 still in the works, Russia is already Europe's main gas supplier, accounting for 41% of its imports. The United States remains the largest single supplier to Europe of liquefied natural gas, which can be shipped via tankers.
In New Hampshire, vaccine fights and misinformation roil GOP
The episode was especially piercing in New Hampshire, where the previous House speaker died of COVID-19 last year. It has also exposed Republicans’ persistent struggle to root out the misinformation that has taken hold in its ranks across the country. The risk is particularly clear in “Live Free or Die” New Hampshire, where the fight over vaccines has activated the libertarian wing of the GOP. Sununu, who is eyeing a run for Senate next year against Democratic U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, joined other Republican leaders in opposing a federal vaccine mandate. The opposition from Republican leaders to federal vaccine mandates prompted one Republican lawmaker, Rep. William Marsh, to switch parties.
'Run Sean, Run!' Donald Trump calls on former Wisconsin congressman Duffy to enter governor's race
MADISON - Former President Donald Trump is encouraging former U.S. Rep Sean Duffy to run for governor instead of backing former Lt. Gov. "Working hard to get very popular and capable Former Congressman Sean Duffy of Wisconsin to run for Governor. Duffy and his wife, Rachel, have worked as contributors for Fox News. "His wife, Rachel, is likewise an incredible person. "Run Sean, Run!"
Candidates backed by Trump in his impeachment revenge plan are raising less money than their targets, report says
Donald Trump’s impeachment revenge plan to help unseat Republicans who voted to convict him at the start of the year may not be on track. Republicans are determined to regain control of Congress in the 2022 mid-term elections and post-presidency Mr Trump remains a huge influence among much of the party’s base. Only a small number of Republicans joined Democrats in impeaching Mr Trump on the charge he incited the violent insurrection at the US Capitol on 6 January. That is more than twice the $466,000 raised by her Republican challenger Kelly Tshibaka, a former state administration commissioner endorsed by Mr Trump. Ms Herrera Beutler not only voted to impeach Mr Trump but also submitted evidence in his Senate trial.
Netflix fires employee for leaking $24.1M price tag on Dave Chappelle's new special
Share this Story: Netflix fires employee for leaking $24.1M price tag on Dave Chappelle's new specialNetflix fires employee for leaking $24.1M price tag on Dave Chappelle's new special Leak follows backlash from the LGBTQ community over recent onstage remarks made by the comedian that were criticized as transphobic Photo by ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty ImagesArticle content Netflix fired an employee who leaked “confidential” and “commercially sensitive” information regarding Dave Chappelle’s latest stand-up special, the company said Friday, after . Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Try refreshing your browser, or Netflix fires employee for leaking $24.1M price tag on Dave Chappelle's new special Back to video Netflix confirmed the person’s firing in a statement and said the employee had released data that appeared in a Bloomberg News article detailing that the company spent $24.1 million on Chappelle’s special. Article content Netflix had previously suspended three employees for crashing a digital meeting among the company’s executives. Article content Since it was released Oct. 1, the special, Chappelle’s sixth with Netflix, has at least 10 million views, according to the Associated Press.
A Senate Report Shows How Close American Democracy Came to Disaster
But the Senate Judiciary Committee’s new staff report released last week is a terrifying document. It describes in fresh detail Trump’s efforts to bully the Justice Department into overturning the election. The overall picture is of a Justice Department upended by Trump’s overwhelming desire to hold on to power and Clark’s eagerness to help him, facts be damned. Likewise, it recommends that the inspector general’s purview be expanded to include misconduct by Justice Department attorneys. When it comes to Justice Department lawyers, though, the country has more options.
Robert Gates: Afghanistan withdrawal 'probably did not need to have turned out that way'
Gates — during an interview with “60 Minutes” that is set to air on Sunday — said watching the U.S. pull troops from Kabul sickened him. “It was really tough… I actually wasn't feeling very well… And I was just so low about the way it had ended,” Gates told Anderson Cooper. ADVERTISEMENT“The other feeling that I had was that it probably did not need to have turned out that way,” he added. Sunday on 60 Minutes: Robert Gates says watching the Afghanistan withdrawal sickened him. Both Biden and Trump were the target of criticism following the U.S.’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan, which brought an end to America’s longest war after 20 years of military involvement.
Iran’s ex-central bank chief and officials sentenced to prison
Tehran, Iran – The former governor and several former officials in Iran’s central bank have been sentenced to prison for illegal practices in managing the country’s tumultuous foreign currency market under United States sanctions. Valiollah Seif, who led the troubled central bank for almost five years until his sacking in July 2018, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, judiciary spokesman Zabihollah Khodaeian told state television on Saturday. A 30-year-old man named Salar Aghakhani, who was the point person on the ground for the officials’ illegal scheme, was sentenced to 13 years in prison. But from months before, Iran’s currency had been yanked out of a short period of relative calm and was fast depreciating. Moreover, after Aghakhani was arrested on an unannounced date, the central bank reportedly wrote to the judiciary to call for his release.
Donald Trump supporters baffled and divided over his claim that Republicans won't vote in 2022 or 2024
AP Photo/Tony DejakDonald Trump said his supporters would not vote in future elections unless the GOP backed election fraud claims. Former President Donald Trump's supporters are divided over his comments that Republicans will not vote in the 2022 or 2024 elections unless the Republican Party backs his election fraud claims. "Donald Trump is doing everything he can to hurt Republican chances in 2022," an account called Trump Supporters wrote on Telegram. According to Newsweek, another Telegram user wrote, "But what happens if we don't vote? Shake the RNC at its core, voters will not cast votes for them," another Telegram user said.
Trump’s not going away — and neither is investigator Schiff
Nearly a year out of the White House, Donald Trump continues to circle the Republican Party, commanding attention and influence as he ponders another run for the presidency. “What did the president know about who was coming to this rally and what did he do when he found out?” Schiff asks. More immediately, Democrats face the prospect of a House Republican takeover in next fall’s midterm elections, elevating McCarthy to replace Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco). “If Kevin McCarthy were ever to become speaker, essentially Donald Trump would be speaker,” Schiff warns. Schiff positions America’s experience alongside a broader “global struggle going on right now between autocracy and democracy.
House Democrats have — so far — avoided a wave of retirements that could put their majority in peril
No one is predicting such a big defeat for Democrats next year, as the Trump presidency forced a political sorting of so many congressional districts. Many strategists think that neither party will push much above 235 seats for years to come: Democrats currently hold 220 seats, with two more that are vacant and very likely to be in their fold after special elections next month, while Republicans hold 212 seats and have another likely to be claimed next month.
DOJ slams Biden after he said those who defy a subpoena from Jan.6 committee should be prosecuted
The US Department of Justice slammed President Joe Biden after he urged the Jan. 6 riot select committee to prosecute those who refuse to comply with a congressional subpoena. As he was leaving Washington D.C. on Friday, Biden told reporters he hopes the committee 'goes after them and holds them accountable.' When a CNN reporter asked if they should be prosecuted, Biden said, 'I do, yes.' Bannon has refused to comply with a Jan. 6 committee subpoena, citing that Trump had allegedly invoked executive privilege to defend Bannon from testifying. Trump has said he will exert executive privilege to resist any cooperation with the select committee.
Trump's not going away — and neither is investigator Schiff
Trump’s not going away — and neither is investigator SchiffWASHINGTON — Nearly a year out of the White House, Donald Trump continues to circle the Republican Party, commanding attention and influence as he ponders another run for the presidency. “What did the president know about who was coming to this rally and what did he do when he found out?" More immediately, Democrats face the prospect of a House Republican takeover in next fall’s midterm elections, elevating McCarthy to replace Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “If Kevin McCarthy were ever to become speaker, essentially Donald Trump would be speaker,” Schiff warns. Schiff positions America's experience alongside a broader "global struggle going on right now between autocracy and democracy.
Democratic incumbents bolster fundraising advantage in key Senate races
Democratic incumbents in Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and New Hampshire raised millions more than their top GOP opponents, according to Federal Election Commission reports filed Friday, establishing a cash advantage that will likely be key between now and next November. His two biggest Republican rivals, Thiel Foundation President Blake Masters and state Attorney General Mark Brnovich, raised $1 million and more than $560,000, respectively. Pelosi faces infrastructure decision Republican candidates tack toward right on abortion Trump praises NH Senate candidate as Sununu weighs own bid MORE (R) into the race. Those four races will be key to determining which party controls the Senate, which is currently divided at 50-50. Democrats are also looking to go on offense in states such as North Carolina and Pennsylvania, where Sens.
Fact-checking Kari Lake, serial promoter of election lies and early frontrunner in GOP primary for Arizona governor
And like Trump, Lake has not only disseminated false claims about the election but called for action based on those false claims. As of early September, none of her rivals were willing to respond to an Arizona Republic reporter who asked them who won the 2020 election in Arizona. Here's a look at some of the false claims she has made about the 2020 election, both in general and in Arizona. In reality: Biden legitimately won Arizona and the election; Biden didn't cheat; the partisan review did not demonstrate fraud. Cast baseless aspersions on Arizona election practices: Whether out of dishonesty or ignorance, Lake has repeatedly suggested that Maricopa County has committed election wrongdoing it hasn't.
As Arizonans battle respiratory pandemic, Phoenix air quality earns poor marks
The health organization, which tracks air quality data across the nation, released its 21st annual State of the Air report this week. “Every family has the right to breathe clean air and the right to know when air pollution levels are unhealthy," she said. “The big headline right now is that air quality has dramatically improved because of all of the stay-at-home orders,” she said. Air pollution levels ease as people stay home, but heat could reverse trendAs the days get longer, ozone pollution will worsen in Phoenix. Air quality experts point to two reasons for the decrease: The national Clean Air Act, which reached its 50th anniversary this year, and more fuel-efficient cars.
Publix heiress gave $150,000 to group to promote Jan. 6 rally, report says
Many of the rioters who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 marched up the National Mall after attending at least part of Trump’s rally, where he repeated his meritless claims of election fraud and implored the crowd to “fight like hell.” Dozens of police officers were injured as the Trump supporters overwhelmed them and broke through windows and doors to interrupt the certification of Biden’s victory.
In New Hampshire, vaccine fights and misinformation roil GOP
The opposition from Republican leaders to federal vaccine mandates prompted one Republican lawmaker, Rep. William Marsh, to switch parties. “I am of the belief that, for people in a civilized society, individual rights are limited once they start to impinge on the rights of others." The Weyler controversy started last month when he first questioned Health and Human Services data about hospitalizations in the state. He suggested most of those hospitalized had been vaccinated, which prompted the state's health commissioner to accuse him of spreading misinformation. The Democrats are also more confident that vaccines will protect against new variants and more confidence in science — 79% compared to 45% of Republicans..
Biden: DOJ should prosecute those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas
President Biden said Friday that the Justice Department should prosecute those who defy subpoenas from the Jan. 6 select committee. Trump has told former aides and associates to invoke executive privilege and refuse to comply with subpoenas related to the Capitol insurrection. The select committee will convene on Tuesday to vote on pursuing possible criminal contempt charges against Bannon. What he's saying: "I hope the committee goes after them and holds them accountable," Biden told reporters en route from Connecticut on Friday. The president answered in the affirmative when asked if the Justice Department should prosecute those who defy subpoenas.
McAuliffe fights to engage politically exhausted Democrats in close of Virginia campaign
Henrico, Virginia (CNN) Terry McAuliffe did not mince words about what he needed from Virginia voters on Friday night. First lady Jill Biden laughs with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe during a rally in Richmond, Virginia, on October 15, 2021. "Today, Virginia, I am asking you to vote for Terry McAuliffe and the Democrats on the ballot," first lady Jill Biden said . On Sunday, top Georgia Democrats Stacey Abrams and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will rally with McAuliffe and other Virginia Democrats in Norfolk, Richmond and Northern Virginia, key areas for the party's turnout operation. And former President Barack Obama will travel to the commonwealth on October 23 to rally voters in Richmond.
‘I like kids better than people,’ Biden says as hecklers shout ‘F–k Joe Biden’
President Biden hugs a child during his visit to the Capitol Child Development Center in Hartford, Connecticut, on October 15, 2021. As this happened you could clearly hear Trump supporters across the street yelling ‘traitor’ and ‘f— Joe Biden. They chanted ‘F*** Joe Biden. One sign said “What the F— does Joe Biden know about rights?” according to a pool report. But I make big money now that I’m the president,” Biden said.
In New Hampshire, vaccine fights and misinformation roil GOP
The episode was especially piercing in New Hampshire, where the previous House speaker died of COVID-19 last year. The risk is particularly clear in “Live Free or Die” New Hampshire, where the fight over vaccines has activated the libertarian wing of the GOP. Sununu, who is eyeing a run for Senate next year against Democratic U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, joined other Republican leaders in opposing a federal vaccine mandate. The opposition from Republican leaders to federal vaccine mandates prompted one Republican lawmaker, Rep. William Marsh, to switch parties. But opponents feared it would have required the state to comply with any “future directives” issued by the Biden administration regarding COVID-19, such as vaccine mandates.
POLITICO Playbook: Manchin vs. everybody
POLITICO Playbook: Manchin vs. everybody Presented bySen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is again at the center of the narrative on Democrats' reconciliation package as he opposes climate provisions and feuds with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Two Democratic senators remain in opposition, including Sen. Joe Manchin.”— Manchin then further escalated the war of words with a fiery statement of his own: “This isn’t the first time an out-of-stater has tried to tell West Virginians what is best for them despite having no relationship to our state. A message from Better Medicare Alliance: 27 million seniors and people with disabilities are counting on Congress to stand up for Medicare Advantage. PLAYBOOK READSPHOTO OF THE DAY: President Joe Biden greets children as he visits the Capitol Child Development Center in Hartford, Conn., on Friday, Oct. 15. Rosa DeLauro declared herself the best-dressed member of the Connecticut delegation welcoming President Biden during his visit.
Texas Republicans set to pass new congressional maps
The Texas House on Saturday Oct. 16, 2021 is expected to send the maps to Republican Gov. TTexas Republicans are set to approve redrawn U.S. House maps that would shore up their eroding dominance as voters peel away from the GOP in the state’s booming suburbs. The Texas House on Saturday Oct. 16, 2021 is expected to send the maps to Republican Gov. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck, File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans on Saturday were set to approve redrawn U.S. House maps that would shore up their eroding dominance as voters peel away from the GOP in the state’s booming suburbs. After passage in the Texas House, the maps will go to Republican Gov.
Adam Schiff says appointing Kevin McCarthy to the House speaker role would be like appointing Donald Trump
Kevin Dietsch/Getty ImagesAdam Schiff is warning against the prospect of appointing Kevin McCarthy to the House speaker role. "If Kevin McCarthy were ever to become speaker, essentially Donald Trump would be speaker," Schiff said. Rep. Adam Schiff is speaking out against the possibility of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy slipping into the House speaker role. If Republicans take back Congress in the upcoming midterm elections next year, McCarthy could replace current Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the role. "If Kevin McCarthy were ever to become speaker, essentially Donald Trump would be speaker," Schiff said, according to the Associated Press.
Don't worry, Sen. Sinema. Voters won't punish you for holding out on Biden's agenda
Jon GabrielOpinion contributorProgressive activists, party loyalists and left-leaning commentators continue to pressure Kyrsten Sinema to support President Biden’s $3.5 trillion Build Back Boondoggle – or else. Voters have soured on Biden’s agenda and they’re likely to reward opposition to it. Voters won’t render judgment on Sinema until 2024; an infrastructure vote three years prior will not dominate that campaign. “They don’t care at all about process and don’t even know about process.”Don't blame Sinema. Voters care less about legislative procedures than the extra $75 they had to spend at the grocery store last week.
Republican Governor ‘Frenemies’ Compete for National Limelight
The rivalry shows how Republicans in two of the biggest states are under pressure to pursue the types of populist efforts that would please Donald Trump and his loyalists, even at the risk of alienating moderates and businesses worried about recruiting candidates turned off by restrictive social policies. Hard-line approaches like curtailing school rules aimed at coronavirus safety are losers in polls, but rules framed as expanding “freedom” serve as an extension of Trump’s fire-up-the-base strategy. Far from turning the page on Trump’s GOP, both men are trying to out-Trump one another.
Trump’s Picks Lag Cheney, GOP Incumbents in Fundraising
Though Trump’s committees had $102 million in the bank at the end of June, so far he’s done little to spread that wealth around. But some of the House candidates he’s backing had yet to see donations through the end of September. Cheney got $2,900 donations from billionaires Trevor Rees-Jones of Chief Oil & Gas and Patrick Ryan of Ryan Specialty Group LLC. Upton raised $292,943, topping the $115,585 haul of Steve Carra, a Michigan state representative who earned Trump’s endorsement early in September. Read:Thiel-Backed Senate Candidates Lag Opponents in Initial Reports(Adds Thiel-backed candidates in 14th and 15th paragraphs.)
Psaki, DOJ in damage control mode after Biden says subpoena defiers should be prosecuted
The Department of Justice (DOJ) and White House press secretary Jen Psaki are doing damage control after President Biden told reporters Friday evening that anyone who defies a congressional subpoena should be prosecuted. Biden told reporters in a South Lawn gaggle outside of Air Force One, "I hope the committee goes after them and holds accountable." EX-OBAMA ADVISER DAVID AXELROD SUGGESTS BIDEN KEEP MUM ON JAN. 6 PANEL'S SUBPOENA HOLDOUTSOne reporter followed up, "Should they be prosecuted?" DOJ spokesman Anthony Coley responded with a terse statement Friday evening in response to Biden. Former President Trump DOJ official Jeffrey Clark was subpoenaed by the commission earlier this week for testimony and documents.
Democratic incumbents bolster fundraising advantage in key Senate races
Democratic incumbents in Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and New Hampshire raised millions more than their top GOP opponents, according to Federal Election Commission reports filed Friday, establishing a cash advantage that will likely be key between now and next November. His two biggest Republican rivals, Thiel Foundation President Blake Masters and state Attorney General Mark Brnovich, raised $1 million and over $560,000, respectively. Pelosi faces infrastructure decision Republican candidates tack toward right on abortion Trump praises NH Senate candidate as Sununu weighs own bid MORE (R) into the race. Those four races will be key to determining which party controls the Senate, which is currently divided at 50-50. Democrats are also looking to go on offense in states like North Carolina and Pennsylvania, where Sens.
Money Floods the Race for Control of Congress, More Than a Year Early
Money alone is rarely decisive in political races, especially when both parties are flush with cash. Democratic- and Republican-linked groups are spending millions of dollars to shape public opinion on the spending package currently being debated in Congress. “Democrats have owned online fund-raising, and that is no longer true,” said former Representative Tom Davis, who previously led the House Republican campaign arm. They include Mr. Warnock, the top Democratic fund-raiser aside from congressional leaders, and Mr. Walker, a leading Republican in the Georgia Senate race. The post Money Floods the Race for Control of Congress, More Than a Year Early appeared first on New York Times.
Biden giving stiff-arm to press interviews
The interviews that Biden has conducted have largely been traditional network television interviews, though the president has also sat down with People Magazine and ESPN for the start of baseball season. Democrats close to the White House acknowledge that aides and advisers have purposely kept Biden more scripted. She said he may just feel more comfortable answering the questions he wants rather than giving full interviews. Several commentators on CNN this week publicly noted that Biden was not taking questions before he did so on Friday. White House officials did not respond to a request for this story.
Policing pregnancy while corporate drug pushers go free shows warped values | Arwa Mahdawi
Last week the 21-year-old Oklahoma woman was convicted of manslaughter in the first degree after losing her baby at 17 weeks. Poolaw isn’t the first woman in the US to be held criminally accountable for losing a pregnancy. The policing of pregnancy is set to become even worse in the US, as abortion laws tighten. And the same system that lets people make obscene profits from highly addictive drugs without facing any real repercussions will lock up pregnant women for taking those drugs. Nobody knows what to make of the finding, but there has been some fun speculation that penguins might be aliens.
Backlog in federal safety rules amid US car crash ‘epidemic’
It’s one of more than a dozen car safety rules now years overdue, according to an analysis by The Associated Press. ADVERTISEMENT“Government should not take this long to act on safety,” said David Mills, who started a Houston-area foundation in Kailee’s honor aimed at promoting seat belt safety. The rear seat belt reminder requirement is now scheduled to start moving through the cumbersome regulatory process in January, but a final rule could be years away. The AP review of NHTSA’s rule-making activities under the last three presidents found at least 13 auto safety rules that are years overdue based on deadlines set in laws passed by Congress. Ned Lamont took effect this month that requires all rear seat passengers 16 and older to wear a seat belt.
Jeffrey Epstein believed he could make a deal with prosecutors by revealing the secrets of Donald Trump or Bill Clinton, a new book says
Jeffrey Epstein believed he could make a deal with prosecutors by flipping on Trump or Clinton, a new book says. According to the book, Epstein believed that The Justice Department had arrested him, under the instruction of then-President Donald Trump, because they wanted information on Bill Clinton, who had flown on his private jet multiple times. Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein at Mar-a-Lago in 1992. After that, Epstein said he believed Trump had "cultivated" the Palm Beach police to look into him, the paper reported. Michael Wolff has written several books about Donald Trump's presidency, including the bestselling "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House."
A plane. A bathroom. The Boston Marathon. Activists have protested Kyrsten Sinema at every turn
In a show of their resolve, protesters representing a range of causes have banded together, often meeting Sinema — literally — where she is at since the summer. And according to one person who participated in rallies, they have no plans of putting the brakes on that tactic. AdvertisementOur Revolution and other groups protested in Arizona this week. When Sinema was first elected to the Senate in 2018, she made history on a number of fronts. The Sanders-influenced Our Revolution has leaned in on the protests against Sinema, Oles said.
Qualified immunity stifles truth-telling, Facebook wars, nursing shortages: Top columns
For your weekend reading, we offer you in-case-you-missed-it compilations of some of the week's top USA TODAY Opinion pieces. Arizona, for example, makes it a felony to attempt to “influence” the testimony of a witness. More engagement translated into more ads, which translated into more income for Facebook, whose stock value has forever been on the rise." By Joanna Schwartz"I have spent much of the past decade studying qualified immunity. And all evidence points to a single conclusion: Arguments used to preserve qualified immunity – and kill reform efforts – have no basis in reality.
Biden’s trillion-dollar spending spree will lead to financial collapse
Social Security is the single most expensive program the federal government runs. By itself, Social Security already accounts for a quarter of every dollar Washington spends. And now Social Security payments are about to go up by 6 percent. When prices go up, so do Social Security payments. Increased social security payments will make seniors happy.
Scottish Dunes Trump Promised To Protect On His Golf Course Are Ruined
Environmentally critical coastal sand dunes on Donald Trump’s Scottish golf course in Aberdeenshire have been ruined, even though Trump promised to protect them. The dunes “will be there forever,” Trump vowed in 2008 to quell concerns about his new course. “There is now no longer a reason to protect the dunes ... as they do not include enough of the special, natural features for which they were designated,” said the agency. Global activist organization Avaaz has filed a court action to press the Scottish government to wield its popularly known “McMafia” law to force Trump to reveal the mysterious sources for his all-cash purchases and development of his Scottish golf resorts. Accounting for the president’s Scottish resorts is unusual because Trump is the creditor for his own businesses, which means payment for many of the resorts’ costs flow to the Trump Organization.
Delicate GOP dance for Trump, Youngkin in Virginia gov race
If Youngkin wins, Trump is sure to try to take credit, citing his participation in Wednesday's rally, his May endorsement and any future efforts to get out the vote. If Youngkin loses, Trump can blame him for not aligning himself more closely with the former president. “The only guys that win are the guys that embrace the MAGA movement,” Trump said in an interview with Fredericks. “When they try and go down a railroad track, you know, ‘Hey, oh yeah, sure, I love it, love it. Oh yeah, I love Trump, love Trump, OK, let’s go, next subject.’ When they do that, they never win.
Joe Biden Is Not Jimmy Carter, and This Is Not the 1970s
Photo: Barry Thumma/AP/Shutterstock/Barry Thumma/AP/ShutterstockThere’s a long-standing tradition among conservative pols and gabbers to compare every Democratic president to Jimmy Carter. The Jimmy Carter Redux game has returned with a vengeance in negative assessments of Joe Biden. So you are now routinely getting the kind of take Forbes reported back in May:Trump, in a statement, joked that comparisons between Biden and Carter were “very unfair to Jimmy Carter,” claiming Carter “mishandled crisis after crisis” while “Biden has created crisis after crisis.”“Joe Biden is the new Jimmy Carter,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) tweeted last week, blasting Biden for “rising gas prices,” while Donald Trump Jr. called Biden “Jimmy Carter 2.0,” pointing to the lackluster April jobs report and inflation spikes. Even these differences don’t completely capture why mocking Joe Biden for being “another Jimmy Carter” is misguided. Carter wasn’t “Jimmy Carter” either, in terms of the recent stereotype of him as the cause of his party’s many years of misery.
Virginia is for worriers: Governor race poses real risk to Dem agenda
Meanwhile, the Senate-passed $550 billion bipartisan infrastructure bill is sitting on the shelf because the votes aren’t there in the House, much to Virginia Democrats’ irritation. Election day in Virginia, not Oct. 31, is the real deadline for action on Democrats’ domestic priorities for many on Capitol Hill. “I very much hope and don’t expect Terry to lose,” said Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), who lost a gubernatorial race in Virginia in 1997. Even an outline, those Democrats hope, could unlock enough progressive votes to pass the infrastructure bill in the final days before the Virginia election. But Pelosi has dismissed the idea that McAuliffe’s race factors into her timing for a vote on the infrastructure bill.
Opinion | The Perils of Political Foot-In-Mouth Disease
It’s a reminder that the recurrence of political foot-in-mouth disease is one of the constants in our political life. With 36 electoral votes, New York was likely to decide the election and Blane’s campaign was determined to win over the city’s large Irish population. You can toggle back and forth throughout political history and find such examples wherever you look. Governor Mario Cuomo carried upstate New York by 100,000 votes — a 2-1 landslide that gave him the nomination. Indeed, there’s one example of a political figure who has committed rhetorical “own goals” throughout his public life.
Haiti faces disasters and chaos. Its people are most likely to be denied U.S. asylum
Border Patrol officers detained the family in Del Río on Sept. 24 when the makeshift camp was cleared by authorities. "We were not given the chance to make our case for asylum," Revolus says. The Del Río camp was on U.S. soil, but that did not stop CBP officers from threatening Americans, McMullen says. On Sept. 24 Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced at a White House press briefing that the Del Río camp was closing. He told reporters that between Sept. 9 and Sept.24, some 30,000 migrants had crossed to Del Río although Sec.
Fiona Hill recalls being misread by both Putin and Trump: 'But go ahead. I'm listening.'
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vladimir Putin paid scant attention to Fiona Hill, a pre-eminent U.S. expert on Russia, when she was seated next to him at dinners. Putin’s people placed her there by design, choosing a “nondescript woman,” as she put it, so the Russian president would have no competition for attention. The questions at the news conference “got right to the heart of his insecurities,” Hill writes. “Trump sees that and says what’s there not to like about that kind of situation?” Hill told the AP. The result is what she calls a “crisis of opportunity” and the rise of populist leaders like Putin, Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson able to tap into the fears and grievances of those feeling left behind.
Jeffrey Epstein Bragged Bill Barr was in Charge, Not Trump
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos GettyA controversial new book from the journalist Michael Wolff claims that the pedophile Jeffrey Epstein bragged that Bill Barr was the man in charge during Trump’s time in office and that the president “lets someone else be in charge, until other people realize that someone, other than him, is in charge. According to Wolff—who reportedly tried to buy New York Magazine with Epstein and disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein—Barak asked Epstein the million-dollar question of who was in charge at the White House. Trump is obviously not in charge because he is—’”Wolff claims that Epstein interrupted the former politico and called Trump—his former playboy party pal—a “moron,” then confided, “At the moment, Bill Barr is in charge.” The pedophile financier continued: “It’s Donald’s pattern...he lets someone else be in charge, until other people realize that someone, other than him, is in charge. “‘So where is the comms piece in this?’” the book quotes Bannon as asking. Are these your people, Reid?’”The book says Bannon pressed Weingarten, Epstein and Barak about why there was “no communications team” and asked “What was the response from Jeffrey’s side to the Florida story?
Jeffrey Epstein believed he could make a deal with prosecutors by revealing the secrets of Donald Trump or Bill Clinton, a new book says
Donald Trump with wife Melania Trump, Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell. Davidoff Studios/Getty ImagesJeffrey Epstein believed he could make a deal with prosecutors by flipping on Trump or Clinton, a new book says. Jeffrey Epstein believed he could make a deal with prosecutors by revealing secrets about former presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump, according to a new book by Michael Wolff, reported by The Daily Mail. According to the book, Epstein believed that The Justice Department had arrested him, under the instruction of then-President Donald Trump, because they wanted information on Bill Clinton, who had flown on his private jet multiple times. After that, Epstein said he believed Trump had "cultivated" the Palm Beach police to look into him, the paper reported.
If you're sad about Joshua trees, wait until you hear about the bristlecone pine
But the Joshua tree can be saved, say the authors, even if climate change eventually means no more of the photogenic plants in Joshua Tree National Park. The bristlecone pines in California sit between 9,000 and 12,000 feet in elevation, safely away from other less hardy plants that could compete for resources. The threat to these pines is not as immediate as that faced by Joshua trees or sequoias. Consider subscribing to the Los Angeles Times Your support helps us deliver the news that matters most. California cannot erase Serra, says the editorial board, because he is a key figure in our history.
Stella Moris on her secret family with Julian Assange: ‘He’s unlike anyone I have ever met’
A defiance and certainty not unlike that shown by her fiance, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the world’s most famous publisher of classified information. She officially changed her name to Stella Moris in 2012 to protect herself and her family while working with Assange. He was also furious about details published in a Guardian book, WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy. As happened so often in Assange’s life, there was a loss of trust and the relationship disintegrated. And this is where the Julian Assange story gets even stranger – if possible.
Focus on freedoms in Slovenia triggers EU Twitter spat
Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa denounced the delegation of eight lawmakers as they took stock of the rule of law situation, media freedom and the fight against corruption. How many times have you visited a German chancellor, a Dutch prime minister or a French president?” Jansa tweeted on Thursday. An admirer of former U.S. President Donald Trump and an ally of Hungary’s nationalist prime minister, Viktor Orban, Jansa has clashed with Brussels in the past over media freedoms. “By the way, it’s (the) Netherlands where the last journalist was killed in the EU,” Jansa added in his tweet, referring to the murder of prominent Dutch reporter Peter de Vries in July. Jansa’s Twitter tirade included a picture – later deleted – of “13 of the 226 known Soros puppets” in the EU parliament.
Meet The Tomahawk-Toting QAnoner Terrorizing School Boards
“We know where you live!” one parent yelled at the school board members. During the interview, the women urged McKay’s viewers to specifically contact pro-mask mandate Ankeny school board members Amy Tagliareni and Lori Lovstad. Because when this army, the Patriot Streetfighter nation comes at you, you’re forked. Lovestad, citing concerns for her and her family’s safety ahead of an anticipated Patriot Streetfighter event in Iowa, declined to comment. McKay’s ability to direct his audience to harass the school-board members demonstrates hyper-partisan anger now targeted at school board officials across the country.
Biden aide Psaki may have violated ethics law -watchdog
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 6, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueOct 15 (Reuters) - A non-profit ethics watchdog on Friday called for a probe into whether White House press secretary Jen Psaki violated federal law with an apparent endorsement from the White House podium of a Democratic candidate for governor in Virginia. CREW said it appeared Psaki used her official authority or influence to affect the results of the election. During the Trump administration, CREW logged complaints against multiple White House officials. Asked about the complaint in an interview with CNN on Friday, Psaki said she would be more careful next time.
Just the idea of House Speaker Trump could be a dream or nightmare for each party
Just the idea of House Speaker Trump could be a dream or nightmare for each partyEnlarge this image toggle caption Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty ImagesIf the Republicans take the House back in the 2022 midterm elections, they get to pick a speaker, and there's no requirement that the speaker has to be an elected representative. She is sure not going to like seeing Donald Trump sitting in her chair." "You become the speaker of the House, lead the impeachment of Biden and start criminal investigations against Biden," Root told Trump. "The idea for some that Donald Trump could become the speaker of the House is almost as frightening as the idea of him becoming president again," said Democratic strategist Karen Finney. "If we lose this election, it'll be because the election's not about Joe Biden but about Donald Trump," he said.
Why companies that claim to be ‘pro-climate’ aren’t pushing for Biden’s climate plan
“We believe climate change is an urgent issue that demands global action,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella tweeted at the time. At Pfizer, we recognize global climate change as one of the defining issues of our time and are committed to science-based climate action. The Business Roundtable argues that it wants climate action but not the corporate taxes that the bill calls for to pay for it. “Congress has unnecessarily tied climate action with $1 trillion in tax increases on job creators, which we strongly oppose, and trillions in non-climate-related spending. There is no policy reason to link strong action to address climate change with unrelated, harmful tax policy.
Inside America's most and least obese counties
Health issues in general look to be rife in the most obese counties with the opposite being the case, relatively speaking, in the least obese. With the most obese counties, the article notes: “The majority of counties on this list are located in the South, including 14 counties in Mississippi and six in Alabama.” As for the least obese, that article notes: “The majority of counties on this list are located in the West, including 15 counties in Colorado and 10 in California.”Then there’s politics. Turns out that six out of 10 of these counties voted for Joe Biden in the last election; Sunflower County, Mississippi; Humphreys County, Mississippi; Ziebach County, South Dakota; Jefferson County, Mississippi; Macon County, Alabama; and Holmes County, Mississippi. Lower income is also associated with poor health attitudes, health knowledge, education and health behavior.”The least obese counties tend to vote for DemocratsNow let’s shift away from Okfuskee and the obese counties and turn to the counties that are least obese—and what different places they are—starting in Wyoming. And I wonder how many of you live in, or have even been in those most obese counties.
Op-Ed: Biden’s death penalty hypocrisy
The Biden administration is hypocritical in simultaneously imposing a moratorium on the federal death penalty and urging that the Supreme Court reinstate the death sentence for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Indeed, the Biden administration’s choice to defend capital punishment for Tsarnaev reflects the inherently arbitrary nature of death penalty decisions. As a candidate for president, Joe Biden said he opposed the federal death penalty. Given Biden’s opposition to capital punishment, there was no reason to seek to reinstate the death sentence. “The factors that most clearly ought to affect application of the death penalty — namely, comparative egregiousness of the crime — often do not,” he wrote.
Former U.S. President Clinton improving but will remain hospitalized
The 75-year-old Clinton, who served as president from 1993 to 2001, entered the University of California Irvine Medical Center on Tuesday evening after suffering from fatigue. The former president’s spokesperson Angel Urena said that Clinton’s white blood count has decreased, indicating his health is improving. “In order to receive further IV antibiotics, he will remain in the hospital overnight.”Since his admission to the intensive care unit at the hospital, Clinton has received fluids along with antibiotics, his doctors said. The Democrat served two terms in the White House, overseeing strong economic growth while engaging in bruising political battles with congressional Republicans. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives impeached him in 1998 on charges arising from his sexual relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, but Clinton was acquitted by the Senate.
U.S. to lift curbs from Nov. 8 for vaccinated foreign travelers - White House
By David ShepardsonWASHINGTON – The White House on Friday announced it will lift travel restrictions for fully vaccinated foreign nationals effective Nov. 8, at land borders and for air travel. Curbs on non-essential travelers at land borders have been in place since March 2020 to address the COVID-19 pandemic. They are similar but not identical to requirements announced last month for international air travelers. The White House announced on Sept. 20 that the United States would lift restrictions on air travelers from 33 countries in early November. The CDC plans to soon issue new rules on contact tracing for international air travelers.
Biden says those who refuse to testify in Jan. 6 probe should be prosecuted
Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gather in front of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S. January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith/File PhotoWASHINGTON, Oct 15 (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden said on Friday the U.S. Justice Department should prosecute people who defy subpoenas to testify before a congressional select committee probing the deadly Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol. Asked whether he believed the Justice Department should prosecute, Biden told reporters, "I do, yes." From there, the Justice Department and Attorney General Merrick Garland would decide whether to pursue prosecution. Hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6 in an unsuccessful attempt to overturn his election defeat to Biden.
Joe Biden’s Afghanistan Problem
Biden’s decline in approval is among crucial voting groups for Democrats, such as women, independents, and young people. The political importance of Afghanistan, of course, may fade if the nation stays out of the headlines. But analysts say that the botched withdrawal contributed to doubts about the central premise of Biden’s Presidency: that he can govern effectively. They said that the Administration’s unilateral withdrawal from Afghanistan undermines the credibility of Biden’s promise to restore U.S. support for international law and internationalism, after Trump spent four years denigrating them. of the International Civil Society Action Network, a nonprofit that promoted peace talks and women’s rights in Afghanistan, said.
Seth Meyers Muses on Trump’s Weekend Iowa Rally
“He treated supporters to an hour and 43 minutes of bitching about the election he lost and how he didn’t lose it, and how he didn’t concede because it was stolen from him, and all that stupid nonsense that runs on a loop in his brain.” — JIMMY KIMMEL“Wow, and I was worried about bringing audiences back. I never thought I’d say this, but maybe you should go into lockdown. You know, remote shows might be better for you. You could borrow my attic.” — SETH MEYERS“Also, I love the cutaways to sullen Trump fans just standing there in silence like tourists watching one of those gold statue guys in Times Square: [Imitating tourist] ‘So is he going to, like, do something?’” — SETH MEYERS
Biden says Justice Department should prosecute those who refuse Jan. 6 committee’s subpoenas
Biden says Justice Department should prosecute those who refuse Jan. 6 committee’s subpoenasAdded: 16.10.2021 2:45 | 34 views | 0 commentsSeveral former Trump aides have defied the congressional panel's requests for records and testimony about the Jan. 6 insurrection.
Trump's stolen election lie is on the ballot in 2022, thanks to these candidates
Trump's stolen election lie is on the ballot in 2022, thanks to these candidatesAdded: 16.10.2021 9:33 | 12 views | 0 commentsThe issue is particularly animating campaigns for secretary of state in electoral battlegrounds that narrowly backed Biden over Trump in 2020.
Ex-Obama adviser David Axelrod suggests Biden keep mum on Jan. 6 panel's subpoena holdouts
Former Obama adviser David Axelrod suggested Friday that President Biden refrain from commenting on the Jan. 6 select committee hearings after the president told reporters the Justice Department should prosecute any witnesses who refuse to comply with the panel's subpoenas. "Probably best @POTUS leave this to the AG," Axelrod tweeted, referring to Attorney General Merrick Garland, who heads the Justice Department. Former President Trump has told his associates to invoke executive privilege. "I hope the committee goes after them and holds them accountable," Biden told reporters, referring to those choosing to take Trump's advice. Axelrod also tweeted Thursday that the Trump strategy of defying subpoenas was "clear and familiar.
Trump's stolen election lie is on the ballot in 2022, thanks to these candidates
“He appears to be picking his own team based upon the criteria that I’ll call the lie about the 2020 election,” Grayson added. “It’s out of touch.”A Yahoo News/YouGov poll in August found that two-thirds of Republicans believe the last election was stolen from Trump. Steve Bannon, the former Trump adviser who hosts a podcast with a large right-wing audience, has described a candidate’s position on the 2020 election results as a “litmus test” for 2022. He downplayed the suggestion that, by questioning the validity of election results everywhere, he risks discouraging Republicans from voting. “If we don’t solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020, Republicans will not be voting in ?22 or ?24,” Trump said in an emailed statement Wednesday.
DOJ pledges independence after Biden calls for prosecutions of those who defy Jan. 6 committee subpoenas
The Justice Department on Friday evening issued a statement reiterating its commitment to remain independent soon after President Joe Biden told reporters he hoped that witnesses who defy subpoenas from Congress' select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot would face federal prosecution. "The Department of Justice will make its own independent decisions in all prosecutions based solely on the facts and the law. The statement came after comments from Biden following his arrival back at the White House Friday when he was asked what his message is for those who defy subpoenas from the Jan. 6 select committee. "I hope that the committee goes after them and holds them accountable," Biden said after returning from a trip to Connecticut. When asked whether he thinks those individuals should be prosecuted by the Justice Department, Biden answered, "I do, yes."
Tucker Carlson: The hypocrisy of the left has left America in a nightmare scenario
As the day began, it seemed pretty obvious that Donna Bissey was not going to go to prison. Donna Bissey did not set fire to any property she didn't attack police officers didn't hurt anybody. Then the sentencing began and very quickly became clear that Donna Bissey would not be going home to her family and her hair salon. But no such sympathy was extended to Donna Bissey of the hair salon in Indiana. Well, here's the difference: Unlike her friend, Donna Bissey appeared before a judge called Tanya Chutkan.
Succession actor ‘demanded character took stand against super-rich family’
Actor James Cromwell says he demanded his character on Succession take a moral stand against his unscrupulous, ultra-rich family – and hopes the hit show does not normalise the abuses of power and privilege as The Apprentice did for Donald Trump. The 81-year-old actor, best known for his roles in The Green Mile, Babe and LA Confidential, as well as the TV series Six Feet Under and ER, plays Ewan Roy, the older brother of Brian Cox’s media mogul Logan Roy. Ewan is largely estranged from his fractured family on political grounds, though he retains a fortune worth $250m (£180m). Succession centres on the struggles for power in the super-rich media-owning family, the Roys. From left, Alan Ruck, Brian Cox, Sarah Snook, Kieran Culkin and Jeremy Strong, who play the Roy family, at the season three premiere of TV show, Succession.
A Carnival of Snackery by David Sedaris review – gross, moving, hilarious
There is nothing too macabre, too gross or, indeed, too mundane to capture his attention. After a moment’s consideration, Sedaris picks up his pen: “Dear Mary Lou, I wrote. She was wild that night and had her friends distribute cards that read TIFFANY SEDARIS, DAVID’S LOSER SISTER. Near the beginning of A Carnival of Snackery, we meet Sedaris applying to be a volunteer for Age Concern. ‘What you want is something we call “a befriending position”,’ Harry said, ‘but given your availability, I’m afraid it’s impossible.
Is Hunter Biden’s art project painting the president into an ethical corner?
They also accuse Hunter of trading on his father’s name and position in a manner that, while not illegal, flouts ethical norms. The man has never sold a piece of art before, has never even juried into a community centre art show, but suddenly he’s selling art at fantastical prices. The sale of Hunter Biden’s art is being handled by the George Bergès Gallery in Soho, New York. Hunter Biden embraces Jill and Joe Biden at the president’s inauguration in Washington on 20 January. “It’s really unfortunate that Hunter Biden has chosen to attempt to make money in a way that is vulnerable to influence peddling.
Key to Biden’s climate agenda likely to be cut because of Democrat's opposition
The $150 billion clean electricity program was the muscle behind Biden’s ambitious climate agenda. The party is still trying to figure out how to pass the budget bill along with a bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure bill. For weeks, Democratic leaders have vowed that the clean electricity program was a nonnegotiable part of the legislation. We cannot — we don’t have any more time to wait.”Democratic presidents have tried but failed to enact climate change legislation since the Clinton administration. But in recent days, Manchin indicated to the administration that he was now completely opposed to a clean energy program, people familiar with the discussions said.
AT&T and OAN: Your Conspiracies, Delivered
Who knew that the largest telecommunications company in the world was bankrolling the craziest right wing conspiracy network in the world? It’s true, AT&T is behind One America News, the “news” network that is crazier than Fox News. Court documents revealed by Reuters show how much AT&T is responsible for OAN. Without AT&T, the conspiracy-spreading outlet that traffics in election conspiracy and horse de-wormer miracle cures would not exist. It’s a conspiracy outlet that has been pushing dangerous lies for months—dangerous for democracy and dangerous to humans drawn in by promises of miracle cures and COVID-19 misinformation.
Donald Trump jokes Hunter Biden has ‘inspired’ him to take up painting
Former President Donald Trump mocked Hunter Biden’s controversial art exhibitions Friday, saying that the first son had inspired him to pick up a palette. And the President remains proud of his son.”Former President Donald Trump poked fun at Hunter Biden’s artwork, mentioning how he can pull in $2 million dollars per canvas if he started painting like him. Lots going on in the world.”The Post reported that at least five pieces of Hunter Biden’s artwork have already been sold for $75,000 each. Press secretary Jen Psaki said it is, and will remain, unknown for who purchases any of Hunter Biden’s paintings. Former deputy director Andrew McCabe was blasted by President Trump, who spoke on McCabe’s settlement with the DOJ over his 2018 firing.
Biden looks to recalibrate relationship with Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
“We’ve made clear from the beginning that we’re going to recalibrate our relationship with Saudi Arabia,” she said. Former President Donald Trump meets with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the White House in March 2018. Mandel Ngan / AFP via Getty ImagesBut Psaki’s words were a signal that Crown Prince Mohammed is being kept at arm’s length by the White House. The crown prince could soon be the king and therefore Biden’s formal counterpart. A statement from the Saudi government Friday acknowledged the phone call between the crown prince and Austin but made no mention of the White House announcement.
Ingraham: Biden 'asleep at the wheel' amid supply chain crisis
In her "Ingraham Angle" monologue on Friday, host Laura Ingraham sounded off on the intensifying inflation and economic crisis being overseen by President Joe Biden and USDOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg. "Biden’s not just asleep at the wheel, he’s putting us to sleep too. I think I nodded off three separate times today when he was in my home state of Connecticut pushing his reckless spending plan despite soaring inflation," she said. I mean, he’s only Secretary of Transportation when we have historic delays at major ports in the United States." CLICK TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPIngraham noted that one of the Indiana Democrat's stated solutions for the supply chain crisis is increasing the availability of apprenticeships.
Biden: DOJ should prosecute those who defy Jan. 6 panel subpoenas
“I hope that the committee goes after them and holds them accountable criminally,” Biden told reporters on the White House South Lawn as he returned from a trip to Connecticut. announced that the panel would move forward with a vote to begin contempt proceedings against former Trump White House strategist Steve Bannon, who was slapped with a subpoena last month. Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon was issued a subpoena, but his lawyer claims Bannon is not required to respond. Rep. Bennie Thompson remained adamant the House select committee won’t “tolerate defiance” of issued subpoenas. Nineteen people were issued subpoenas following the riot at the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
At the very least, if Biden gives a national speech to abolish the filibuster
Plus call out Manchin and Sinema for their enabling of Trump and Mcconnell plus climate crisis, people will take his side as calling out the intentionally incompetent corrupt congress and rightfully punish republicans plus Sinema/Manchin. Furthermore, he should give a nationally televised address on the huge drastic overhauls on student loan/debt forgiveness plus outright forgive $10,000 when congress refused to do so because of Manchin/Sinema (moratorium January 31st). This will help the majority of Americans show he is on their side and vote in anti filibuster candidates such as from Pennsylvania. Biden knows he cannot afford to let trump republicans take over due to apathy/hopelessness because of Manchin/Sinema.
GOP $ to the insurrection: locking them up will happen because "Legal Offense"
HuffPo reports that Kash Patel has been connecting RNC money to the insurrection. x Former Trump aide Kash Patel’s "Legal Offense Trust" ties the Republican Party even closer to the deadly Jan. 6 attempt to overthrow American democracy. https://t.co/VaGpbgoh7R — HuffPost Politics (@HuffPostPol) October 15, 2021WASHINGTON – The Republican National Committee’s WinRed platform is raising money for Jan. 6 witness and former Donald Trump aide Kash Patel’s legal defense fund, further tying the national party to the insurrection Trump incited in a last-ditch attempt to remain in power. He was an aide to Devin Nunes who chaired the House Intelligence Committee. [6][4] He was the primary author of the Nunes memo which alleged that the FBI was biased against Trump.
IL Dems propose 14-3 Dem gerrymander
IL-Dems have dropped their proposed House map. While this is not final, expect the final version to be pretty similar. Nevertheless, this should provide Dems with a 14-3 delegation in a neutral political environment. Link to map: davesredistricting.org/... Article on new map: https://t.co/PS7XoqqLqs?amp=1
Franklin Graham must answer for his bullying of domestic violence survivor Naghmeh Panahi
How in the world could Graham even think that any woman should go back to that environment—especially a mother with children? Then again, it isn’t all that surprising considering how Graham reacted when Panahi told her family’s supporters that she was coming to terms with the abuse she endured. Panahi told Roys that Graham actually had the nerve to ask her if she was cheating on Abedini. When I recalled this, I remembered that Pahani told Roys that she felt compelled to attend that August meeting. I repeat—when you bully a domestic violence survivor in this way, it absolutely is our business when we demand accountability.
PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN---DAY268---Evening-Shade-Friday
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 15, 2021x President Biden's panel considering Supreme Court reforms concluded, in draft findings, that it sees no legal obstacle to adding justices. https://t.co/fdpRXN2ebb — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 15, 2021KARINE JEAN-PIERREx Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, via pool:"President Biden spoke by phone with President Clinton this afternoon. President Biden and President Clinton look forward to seeing each other again soon. President Biden wishes President Clinton a speedy recovery." @MSNBC — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 15, 2021REPUBLICAN REP. ADAM KINZINGERx Rep. Adam Kinzinger to CNN on Bannon and criminal referrals: "We're serious about this.
Fanatical Republican Extremist of the Day: Bill Posey- 2021 Update
We will never stop reminding folks that GOP Florida Congressman Bill Posey was a sponsor of the "Birther Bill" that questioned President Obama's citizenship. On this date in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, as well as 2020, “Fanatical Republican Extremist of the Day” published profiles of the U.S. House Representative from Florida’s 8th Congressional District, Bill Posey, the U.S. House Representative from Florida’s 8th District, the author of HB 1503, aka “The Birther Bill” that would force all presidential candidates to submit their birth certificates. When asked if he believed President Obama was an American citizen in the wake of that, he refused to answer, calling the question “irrelevant”. Bill Posey dodged hosting a town hall in 2017 by instead, opting to call his constituents to let them know he was having a telephone town hall… WHILE IT WAS ALREADY UNDER WAY. His constituents then further berated him, because Giffords herself called on all members of Congress to hold town halls, as their duty remains to the people.
Former Domino’s employee who stormed the Capitol provides FBI with 8 video clips of Jan. 6 violence
McCreary’s plea comes nine months after he first told FBI investigators that it was not Trump supporters but "antifa" who stormed the halls of government. During McCreary’s hearing, U.S. Chief Judge Beryl Howell noted that McCreary provided eight video clips to the FBI that documented the violent mob. #SeditionHunters pic.twitter.com/LloMYd9Htz — Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) October 15, 2021Among the videos of the violent mob, one showed rioters attacking Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman. Goodman a Black Capitol Police officer, heroically diverted a mob of angry Donald Trump supporters away from the Senate chamber during the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. Video footage shared to social media depicted him acting quickly and selflessly as angry mob members stormed the building.
Voting Rights Roundup: Arkansas' GOP governor greenlights new House map but invites critics to sue
An analysis from the nonpartisan site PlanScore also shows an extremely heavy tilt toward Republicans for the map overall. Despite its many snake-like districts, however, several districts would be tenuous for Democrats during strong GOP years, particularly the 3rd, 14th, and 17th. ? Oregon: Oregon Republicans have filed a lawsuit in state court aiming to invalidate the new congressional map that Democrats enacted last month. In legislative redistricting, the GOP's gerrymander of the state Senate districts also advanced out of House committee after the Senate previously passed its own map. The map now goes to the state Senate.
Delay in Oath Keepers’ conspiracy trial for Jan. 6 insurrection forced by growing pile of evidence
“I can’t order the government to stop collecting relevant evidence,” Mehta said, noting that defendants have the right to a speedy trial as well. Moreover, prosecutors have been circling Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes for months now, with multiple indications that he will eventually face conspiracy charges himself. Court documents in the conspiracy case refer to Rhodes as “Person 1” in the unfolding assault on the Capitol. Rhodes used the encrypted platform Signal to chat with Watkins, 38, an Ohio Oath Keepers militia leader, and Kelly Meggs, 52, a militia leader from Florida charged in the insurrection in February, prosecutors said. Person 1 is the head of the Oath Keepers,” the attorney said, referring to Rhodes.
Behind Blue Eyes, A musical guide to misogynistic victimhood
My favorite song to start with was “Behind Blue Eyes” by The Who with lyrics by Pete Townshend. Pete Townshend wrote this song as the theme for the villain of a larger musical work he was writing. That work never materialized as a whole but “Behind Blue Eyes” was too good not to be released. To be clear, Pete Townshend knew he was writing from the perspective of a monster and was not holding the man with blue eyes as a person to be emulated. And perhaps, with a lot of work, we just might guide people towards true love free from dominance and manipulation.
GOP national fundraising arm sends texts branding non-donors as 'traitors' and 'deserters' to Trump
The following is taken directly from a text ad recently released by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC):You’re a traitor… You abandoned Trump. But when Trump said he’d run for President if we took back the House from Nancy Pelosi … You did nothing. It’s next to impossible to conceive of any Democratic fundraising entity, for example, employing this blatant of an approach. To understand why the NRCC feels this tactic might be successful, some insight into the nature of what the Republican Party has now become is necessary. Republicans so eager to emulate Donald Trump, now clinging so desperately to his coattails out of cowardice and opportunism, would probably do well to remember that.
GOP congressman seems unaware of how unemployment insurance works, so Ocasio-Cortez helps him out
The tweet caught the attention of 10th-level Twitter ninja Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has turned down numerous overtures to join me at Perkins for late-night Sanka bacchanals. x Y’all already did over a month ago despite everyone having data that ending UI doesn’t push people back to work. Not only did ending enhanced unemployment benefits do little to boost hiring, the states that ended the programs early also damaged their own economies. According to a paper released in August from researchers at Columbia, Harvard, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and the University of Toronto, the decision to end benefits early actually resulted in a significant financial hit. But since Republicans found a talking point that works for them, they’re going to dry-hump it into humiliated mounds of lint.
GOP Rep. Kinzinger wonders if Satan wrote bizarre, cultish pro-Trump email
Sadly, I’ve never been very good at worshiping, and if Donald Trump is the designated worshipee, I’d rather just assume the role of goat sacrifice and be done with it. Two of these are Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger and never-Trump media personality Charlie Sykes. And does it work?”Kinzinger’s reply: “Satan (indirectly) and yes.”x Satan (indirectly) and yes https://t.co/x4CnfzsqQ6 — Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger) October 14, 2021And here’s the NRCC message:“You’re a traitor … “You abandoned Trump. Get them all, including the finale, Goodbye, Asshat: 101 Farewell Letters to Donald Trump, at this link. Or, if you prefer a test drive, you can download the epilogue to Goodbye, Asshat for the low, low price of FREE.
Cheers and Jeers: Rum and Shots in Arms FRIDAY!
It's like that one friend we have who says 'I think we should try and be vegetarian—unless it's popcorn chicken.'" —Seth Meyers Good news out of Washington—I don’t have to Google “what is the debt ceiling?” again for 5 weeks. —Conan O'Brien via TwitterAnd now, our feature presentation...-Cheers and Jeers for Friday, October 15, 2021Note: Pick a card. No, not that card, this card. All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husbands to vote for you and then you would be President.
In a boring, ham-handed video, QAnon idol announces a congressional run in Arizona
Watkins says he’s taking his cues from God and Pastor Jeff Durbin of Apologia Church. Although Watkins denies he’s the Q in QAnon, he sort of outed himself in the last episode of Cullen Hoback’s HBO documentary Q: Into the Storm. Watkins tells Salon he spent time in Arizona when he was a kid and his father was in the Army. Also, he’s been deeply involved in an election “audit” in Maricopa County over Trump’s loss. "Ron's main issue is election integrity, he's real big on election integrity," Tony Teora, a volunteer helping Watkins prep his campaign, told Salon.
News Roundup: Biden makes moves on climate; Texas, oh Texas; undoing Trump's cruelties
Get your shots, pass it onThe Biden administration took a step forward in combatting climate change while taking two steps back in humanizing our immigration policies. Tucker Carlson remains a homophobic hack, with jokes that would have embarrassed a stand-up comedian in the 1980s. Texas continues attacking children, this time focusing on trans youth. John Deere workers are going on strike—10,000 strong. And Andrew McCabe gets his retirement back now that Trump is gone.
Five cartoons (to visualize)
Some of his face is showing but most of the vfew is through the windshield and rear view mirror. Two friends are walking down a downtown street with their collars up. but there is a little green, black-eyed alien helping an old woman cross the street and there is an alien walking three dogs and there is an alien weed-wacking. Highway sign of the timesHighway with orange cones and, ahead, a sign with flashing lights: "Road disappears 500 feet". A hundred feet further: 10 MPH A hundred feet further: "Go Back Home".
The New Normal; by Susan B. Glasser
The work of a MacArthur-grant-winning psychologist explains how the unthinkable becomes acceptable—and how the change can be reversed. The beauty of norms is that, unlike ingrained hatreds, they are flexible. They shift quickly; with the right pressure from the right people, they can shift back. But the response, crucially, must be broad, and it must come from sources of authority across the political spectrum. Otherwise, behaviors we think of as socially stable may prove to be far more fragile than we’d like to believe.
Trump & His Dead-Ender's Hateful Plan Revealed
The latest bombshell has become the most under-reported and misunderstood story of the week, when Donald Trump threatened the Republican Party. What they’ve created has taken on a life of its own & is now tearing America apart - Steve Bannon, echoing Hitler, predicted, “We’re putting together a coalition that’s gonna govern for 100 years” Trump’s agenda is to destroy democracy in America, and the GOP and their billionaire donors are going along with it while much of the media are treating it like politics as usual. It’s a two-part plan that involves both corrupting our election processes and fomenting a violent “rebellion” by white supremacists to shatter our society.Part one is to end free and fair elections in America."
Trump's Parallel Universe
The adults paying attention scoffed with indignant, fully justified protest that such a nonsensical statement could be made by a senior elected official. In quantum physics, parallel universe theories have not only been proven theoretically, they frequently appear today in movies, television, and engaging lectures, sparking the public's imagination. This "parallel universe", a simultaneous existence where two totally different interpretations of what it means to be a patriotic American, is at the very least an operative metaphor for what we are experiencing with the "Trump effect." The observer effect in quantum physics tell us that observing a situation changes it based on our observation of it. Next Page 1 | 2(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).
Economic Woes: Biden Blames Trump. Trump Blames Biden. They're Both Right.
Simply sign up for a Advocate premium membership and you'll automatically see this data on every article. Poultry is in such short supply that WingStop has re-branded itself as ThighStop "to combat the volatility of chicken wing pricing." In my January 19 column, I predicted that the Biden administration would be "business as usual, as usual." Usually, however, we produce wealth faster than a Trump or Biden can steal it and blow it. Government was always too expensive, but now we've reached the point where we clearly can't afford it at all anymore.
Cori Bush Slams GOP Governor for Threat to Prosecute Reporter: “Shame on You”
Mike Parson has become the subject of widespread criticism for accusing a journalist of hacking after the journalist pointed out a data vulnerability on the state government’s website. The reporter notified the government, giving them time to address the vulnerability and scan other government-run websites for similar issues before publishing the story. Not long after the article was published, Parson accused the reporter of being a “hacker” without evidence and promised to seek criminal prosecution. This type of data vulnerability is a well-known mistake, a cybersecurity professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis told the Post-Dispatch. During his presidency, Trump reportedly asked then-Federal Bureau of Investigations Director James Comey to prosecute journalists who reported on leaks.
Connecticut educator endorses October 15 school strike, shares her experiences during the pandemic
The World Socialist Web Site has joined with Lisa Diaz, British mother of two school age children, to spearhead a global online picket line. We urge you to join us and send your message of solidarity on Twitter using the hashtag #SchoolStrike2021 and tagging @WSWS_Updates. Our children are our most precious commodity!”Linda asked, “Why are governments insisting children go back to the classrooms? One was during the school year, only 21 years old, in Special Ed, a very sweet child. “Every single school in my district has had COVID among students and teachers bringing it home to their families.
UK-European Union conflict over Northern Ireland Protocol amid spiralling national tensions
Political hostilities have erupted once again between Britain and the European Union over the Northern Ireland Protocol. Vehicles at the port of Larne, Northern Ireland, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)Under the agreement, Northern Ireland remains within the EU’s single market for goods which the rest of the UK has withdrawn from. Columnist Nick Timothy accuses the EU of “playing with fire on the Northern Ireland Protocol”. The outcome of the dispute over the Northern Ireland Protocol is therefore bound up with calculations made in the increasingly frenzied war drive in the Asia-Pacific.
Why Taiwan is an explosive flashpoint for a US-China war
As the Biden administration ramps up its aggressive confrontation with China, Taiwan is rapidly becoming the most immediate and dangerous flashpoint for war between the world’s two largest economies—both armed with nuclear weapons. The shooting of a civilian protestor on February 28, 1947 provoked island-wide unrest that was violently suppressed by the KMT military. The US reinforced the KMT military, escorted KMT naval vessels to the beleaguered islets and the Pentagon again raised the necessity of using nuclear weapons. In US military circles an intense discussion is underway over the danger of war with China over Taiwan. Any war between the world’s two largest economies, both nuclear-armed, would be catastrophic for the working class in China, Taiwan, the United States and the world.
International Youth and Students for Social Equality demands the immediate reinstatement of Bright Sheng
Dear Dean Gier,The International Youth and Students for Social Equality demands the immediate reinstatement of Bright Sheng, the Leonard Bernstein Distinguished University Professor of Composition, to his position as instructor of undergraduate composition. The University of Michigan launched its attack on Professor Sheng after he screened for his class the acclaimed 1965 film version of Shakespeare’s Othello, directed by Stuart Burge and starring Laurence Olivier. Professor Sheng’s removal followed students’ complaint that Olivier plays Othello, a Moorish general from North Africa in the Venetian army, with black make-up. The actions taken against Professor Sheng, a world-renowned scholar, may well rank as the most shameful episode in the University’s history. Yours Sincerely,The International Youth and Students for Social Equality at the University of Michigan, Ann ArborWe encourage our readers to email Dean Gier, demanding the reinstatement of Professor Sheng, atdgier@umich.edu, and to copy the World Socialist Web Site,comments@wsws.org.
Hannity: 'Vile' Joe Biden is proving 'morally bankrupt'
"Joe Biden hasn't said one word about innocent people he left behind, in over 45 days. Joe Biden isn't just incompetent and cognitively struggling -- he's also morally bankrupt and vile," Hannity said on "Hannity", pointing to the grisly photos shared by Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla. – himself a retired Green Beret. They have shown flexibility, and they have been businesslike and professional in our dealings with them in this effort." On the domestic front, Hannity said Biden has acted feckless in ignoring the plight of Americans and continuing to insist that his socioeconomic overhaul dubbed human infrastructure will cost zero dollars. Regarding Biden's repetitive demand that American workers "pay their fair share", Hannity asked whether he would consider applying that to his own son, Hunter Biden:"How about we start with your own family, Joe?
China isn't about to invade Taiwan. But the two sides are on a dangerous path
But that wasn't the only reason for the record-breaking drills -- they capped months of heightened tensions between China and Taiwan. "China wants to keep Taiwan in a box and it is using more and more coercion against Taiwan ... "China wants to keep Taiwan in a box and it is using more and more coercion against Taiwan ... Taiwan invasion may be counterproductiveAny Chinese invasion of Taiwan won't come without warning, experts said. Taiwanese soldiers prepare grenade launchers, machine guns and tanks in a drill preparing for a Chinese invasion in Tainan, Taiwan, on September 16, 2021.
Delicate dance for Trump, Youngkin in campaign’s final weeks
The dynamic reflects the complex balancing act between Trump and Youngkin and could emerge as a model for other Republicans who face competitive campaigns in 2022. Oh yeah, I love Trump, love Trump, OK, let’s go, next subject.’ When they do that, they never win. Trump spokespeople did not respond to questions about the race, and Youngkin’s campaign did not respond to questions about Trump. During that campaign , Youngkin declined to say whether Biden was fairly elected. “Here’s why Glenn Youngkin is going to win: We’re holding the Trump base together by a thread,” he said.
Military judge goes light on 'outstanding' Marine who blasted military brass for botched Afghan pullout
A military judge gave a slap on the wrist to the Marine who spoke out against military leaders' handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal, saying he did not condone what Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller Jr. did but citing his "outstanding record." The charges included willfully disobeying a superior commissioned officer, dereliction in the performance of duties, and conduct unbecoming of an officer and gentleman. The judge also noted his positive military record but he said he didn't condone Scheller's remarks. Scheller will likely receive an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions, per the plea agreement, according to CNN. Washington Examiner VideosTags: News, Defense, National Security, Marines, War in Afghanistan, Afghanistan, DefenseOriginal Author: Mike BrestOriginal Location: Military judge goes light on 'outstanding' Marine who blasted military brass for botched Afghan pullout
Today in History
Singer Randy Travis, fiddler Charlie Daniels and producer Fred Foster were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Rock musician C.F. Rock singer-musician Bob Weir is 74. Actor Randy Vasquez is 60. Singer Wendy Wilson (Wilson Phillips) is 52.
Today in History
Singer Randy Travis, fiddler Charlie Daniels and producer Fred Foster were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Rock musician C.F. Rock singer-musician Bob Weir is 74. Actor Randy Vasquez is 60. Singer Wendy Wilson (Wilson Phillips) is 52.
Delicate dance for Trump, Youngkin in campaign's final weeks
That risk was underscored by the reaction to Wednesday's event, where Trump praised Youngkin as “a great gentleman,” while spreading lies about the 2020 election. If Youngkin wins, Trump is sure to try to take credit, citing his participation in Wednesday's rally, his May endorsement, and any future get out the vote efforts. But if Youngkin loses, Trump can blame him for not aligning himself more closely with the former president. “When they try and go down a railroad track, you know, ‘Hey, oh yeah, sure, I love it, love it. Oh yeah, I love Trump, love Trump, OK, let’s go, next subject.’ When they do that, they never win.
Scottish Dunes Trump Promised To Protect On His Golf Course Are Ruined
Environmentally critical coastal sand dunes on Donald Trump’s Scottish golf course in Aberdeenshire have been ruined, even though Trump promised to protect them. The dunes “will be there forever,” Trump vowed in 2008 to quell concerns about his new course. “There is now no longer a reason to protect the dunes ... as they do not include enough of the special, natural features for which they were designated,” said the agency. Accounting for the president’s Scottish resorts is unusual because Trump is the creditor for his own businesses, which means payment for many of the resorts’ costs flow to the Trump Organization. He called the resorts “money disappearing” operations.
Former Gov. Cuomo's top aide Melissa DeRosa is DIVORCING her husband and selling her NYC home
Andrew Cuomo's former aide Melissa DeRosa has confirmed her split from her Uber executive husband as the pair's swanky NYC apartment hits the market for $2.59 million. DeRosa, 38, and Uber executive Matthew Wing recently split after living apart for a year, blaming COVID for the break down of their marriage, the New York Post reported. … Melissa spent time in Albany, and Matt works for Uber and spent some time in San Francisco,' the source added. DeRosa, who Cuomo once described as a 'mean girl,' was his most powerful aide. 'The only person with more enemies than Andy is Melissa,' one source close to the governor told the New York Post.
Trump now claims voter fraud in Pima County; officials say he's wrong
Former President Donald Trump released a statement on Friday claiming there was voter fraud in Pima County’s 2020 election, which county officials have denied. The claim follows the nearly year-long audit in Maricopa County that found President Joe Biden had won by slightly more votes than previously thought. Trump and Arizona Republicans had said for months that the taxpayer-funded audit would flip the election results in favor of Trump. Trump’s new statement points to an influx of mail-in votes that gained the lead for Biden in Pima County, which Trump asserts were fraudulent. County officials have outright denied the claims of voter fraud.
Democratic Senate candidates display fundraising might in third quarter
That's more than any Georgia Senate campaign has ever reported at this stage in the election cycle, Fulks said. Other fundraising standouts in the July-to-September fundraising quarter include Florida Democratic Rep. Val Demings, who is hoping to face Republican Sen. Marco Rubio next fall. "But Democrats will have to spend that money attempting to cover up the failures of President Biden and Senate Democrats." In North Carolina, where multiple GOP candidates are jockeying for the nomination to replace retiring Republican Sen. Richard Burr, two Republicans vying for the seat -- former Gov. Federal candidates face a Friday deadline to report their fundraising and spending during the third quarter of 2021.
Walter Kirn: Mainstream view of Middle America has become 'simplistic and hostile'
Novelist Walter Kirn joined Fox Nation's "Tucker Carlson Today" for a discussion on the state of community relations in an increasingly divided America. I pretend that this is a country that I don't know and I try to get to know it as though I landed here from Mars. "But I see it as a novelist's job to cut across boundaries, get to know people of all classes, all backgrounds, all professions. It's that our view of their plight has gotten very simplistic and hostile, I think," he said. New episodes of " Tucker Carlson Today " are available every Monday, Wednesday and Friday exclusively on Fox Nation.
Biden blamed Trump 'leadership' for shortages during COVID, won't accept blame now as leader: 'The Five'
Host Jesse Watters pointed to Biden's May 2020 comments declaring that the "food shortage problem" at the time was not that but instead a "leadership problem." If you add it all up over the years, the cost of Build Back Better in terms of adding to the deficit is zero." Watters further pointed out Biden concluded that set of remarks by appearing to admit he will not reach the $3.5 trillion expenditure goal, but instead "something less than that." "So we have a lie, we got a whisper and we got a backtrack," Watters remarked to co-host Katie Pavlich. The panel later noted that Biden also urged the U.S. oil industry to increase production – though doing so after several consecutive months of "defaming" them.
Kushner Pal Pardoned By Trump Now In Plea Talks On State Cyberstalking Charges: Report
A close friend of Jared Kushner who was pardoned by Kushner’s father-in-law former President Donald Trump is now in plea negotiations over state cyberstalking charges, Bloomberg reported Friday. Ken Kurson, one-time editor in chief of Kushner’s former newspaper, The New York Observer, was facing federal charges of cyberstalking when Trump pardoned him in January. AdvertisementNow Kurson is in plea negotiations over state cyberstalking charges connected to the same conduct, Assistant Manhattan District Attorney Alex Wynne revealed at a hearing Friday in New York Criminal Court in Manhattan, according to Bloomberg. “We will not accept presidential pardons as get-out-of-jail-free cards for the well-connected in New York,” Vance said at the time in a statement. Trump pardoned Bannon in January as he faced multiple fraud counts for allegedly stealing funds given to a charity he controlled by donors who believed they were helping to build Trump’s southern border wall.
Teachers in Texas told to offer books with 'opposing' Holocaust views
ReutersA Texas man charged with participating in the deadly Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot by supporters of former President Donald Trump threatened his teenage son and daughter with violence if they reported him to police, according to federal investigators. Guy Reffitt, of Wylie, Texas, faces five federal criminal charges, including bringing guns to the Capitol and using physical force and the threat of physical force against his children to stop them from providing information to investigators. U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich held a pretrial hearing in the case on Friday.
Rivals of Trump-backed US Senate candidate amass millions
“I don't necessarily think it’s a slam dunk because of an endorsement,” Wagner said. “I think they're going to vote for the best candidate,” Wagner said. “That’s what this is all about.”The contest for Pennsylvania's open U.S. Senate seat could be among the nation's most competitive next year. For Democrats, it is one of their best chances to gain ground in the Senate since second-term Republican Sen. Pat Toomey is retiring. For Republican candidates, a Trump endorsement was seen as a crucial element for success in the GOP primary.
Former U.S. President Clinton improving but will remain hospitalized
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton’s health is improving but he will remain in a California hospital for at least another night to receive antibiotics intravenously for a urological infection that spread to his bloodstream, his spokesperson said on Friday. The 75-year-old Clinton, who served as president from 1993 to 2001, entered the University of California Irvine Medical Center on Tuesday evening after suffering from fatigue. The former president’s spokesperson Angel Urena said that Clinton’s white blood count has decreased, indicating his health is improving. “In order to receive further IV antibiotics, he will remain in the hospital overnight.”Since his admission to the intensive care unit at the hospital, Clinton has received fluids along with antibiotics, his doctors said. The Democrat served two terms in the White House, overseeing strong economic growth while engaging in bruising political battles with congressional Republicans.
Biden says those who refuse to comply with subpoenas from January 6 committee should be prosecuted
President Biden says he thinks those who refuse to comply with subpoenas from the January 6 select committee should be prosecuted by the Department of Justice. When Collins asked if they should be prosecuted by the DOJ, Biden responded 'I do, yes.' Scroll Down For Video:Biden said he hoped the committee goes after anyone who defied subpoenas and when asked if they should be prosecuted by the DOJ, Biden said 'I do, yes.' Bannon skipped out on his subpoena to testify on Thursday, insisting he would not do so until the matter of former President Trump's executive privilege is settled. 'The Select Committee will not tolerate defiance of our subpoenas, so we must move forward with proceedings to refer Mr. Bannon for criminal contempt.'
USDA accused of ignoring animal welfare violations in favor of business interests
Between 2015 and 2020, U.S. enforcement actions brought against licensed animal facilities fell by 90 percent, according to a PETA assessment. But in practice, this amounted to “a systematic dismantling of [the] animal welfare inspection process and enforcement,” says William Stokes, an assistant director of animal welfare operations at the USDA from 2014 to 2018. “I think the agency suffered tremendously.”“It was a really toxic environment,” Stokes agrees, and animal welfare deteriorated because of it. “How do you replace that kind of institutional knowledge and memory?” Eric Kleiman, a researcher at the Animal Welfare Institute, in Washington, D.C., says of the resignations of USDA animal care workers since 2017. Wendy Koch, who worked in the Animal Care unit for 30 years, says she retired last December from her job overseeing and interpreting welfare guidelines because she felt she wasn’t contributing to animal welfare anymore.
Biden Backs Charges For Jan. 6 Subpoena Resisters As Congress Contempt Vote Looms
And late Friday, President Joe Biden said he thinks his Justice Department should prosecute. Approval there would send them to the Justice Department, which has final say on prosecution. Asked if the Justice Department should prosecute those who refuse to testify, Biden said yes. “I hope that the committee goes after them and holds them accountable,” Biden told reporters Friday at the White House. White House press secretary Jen Psaki also sought to clarify the president’s remarks.
The Biden administration is poised to weigh in on Twin Metals mine: Here are the options
But environmental groups that oppose Twin Metals are hopeful because of the past views of the major players who are scrutinizing Twin Metals. The administration could continue to defend the Trump administration’s actions in court of first reinstating Twin Metals’ mineral leases and then renewing them for an additional 10 years. Twin Metals submitted its mine operations plan to state and federal regulators in 2019. The last 60-day court extension expires Oct. 20 for the lawsuit challenging the renewal of Twin Metals’ leases. Twin Metals officials say they anticipate the first round of public comments on draft scoping documents sometime in 2022.
Americans Revert to Favoring Reduced Government Role
Given a choice, half of Americans say they prefer fewer government services and lower taxes, while 19% want higher taxes and more services. Nineteen percent of Americans say they want more services and more taxes, down from 25% in 2019, the previous high. Relatively few Americans have ever said the government has too little power. Americans are usually least likely to say there is too little regulation of business, including a low of 17% in 2001. That 14-point increase has mainly been offset by a 10-point decline in the percentage saying there is too little regulation.
Gutfeld on left-wing hypocrisy surrounding violence in US
Only about 20 percent of white males voted for Biden … They’re probably not more than 25 percent of the people that are there protecting us who voted for Biden. Or will Biden build an army within an army? DON WINSLOW FILMS: In the years ahead Trump will lead his army of domestic terrorists. So won’t that lead to more violence if they’re targeting Trumpers? Remember, the same people blaming you for the Capitol violence, are the same people who blamed you for the summer’s violence, and the same people who blamed Benghazi...on a video.
Media hypes nonexistent right-wing Inauguration Day violence, largely avoids left-wing violence
While small groups of right-wing protesters gathered outside various statehouses last weekend, there were no reports of violence by any Trump supporters during the inauguration itself. There was, however, left-wing violence fueled by Antifa that rocked the streets of Portland and Seattle on Wednesday night. Despite the overwhelming coverage the networks gave to the warnings of right-wing violence, the left-wing violence that actually took place was virtually ignored. According to NewsBusters, CBS devoted just 30 seconds on its Thursday morning program to the violence in Portland and Seattle. All three networks later avoided the left-wing violence on their evening news broadcasts.
U.S. Capitol Police officer charged with telling rioter to destroy evidence
A mob of supporters of former U.S. President Donald Trump fight with members of law enforcement at a door they broke open as they storm the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021. "Hey (Person 1), im a capitol police officer who agrees with your political stance," Riley said in the message. "Take down the part about being in the building they are currently investigating and everyone who was in the building is going to be charged." Hundreds of supporters of former Republican President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol building on Jan. 6 in a failed attempt to overturn his election defeat. Riley, who did not immediately enter a plea, also must not possess guns or other weapons, the judge said.
Watchdog: Psaki violated ethics law by promoting McAuliffe
WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog group said Friday that it had filed an ethics complaint against White House press secretary Jen Psaki for a comment she made about former Virginia Gov. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said Psaki violated the Hatch Act when she appeared to endorse McAuliffe during a White House press briefing on Thursday. The Hatch Act prevents federal employees from engaging in political work while performing their official duties. McAuliffe, and we believe in the agenda he’s representing.”Immediately before making the comment in support of McAuliffe, Psaki said she needed to be “careful about how much political analysis” she offered in her official capacity. First lady Jill Biden is campaigning with McAuliffe on Friday, and McAuliffe said President Joe Biden was expected to visit in coming days.
N. Korea may be considering engaging with S. Korea, US: Biegun
(PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)North Korea may be considering engaging with South Korea and the rest of the world, former Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun said Friday. "But I will say that there's a school of thought and I'm inclined to believe it that ... the fact that North Korea is beginning to send external messaging suggests to me that North Korea is at least contemplating the terms under which it will reengage with the rest of the world," added Biegun, who also served as US special representative for North Korea. North Korea reopened direct communication channels with South Korea earlier this month, after a 55-day suspension during which it conducted at least four missile tests, including the test launch of what it claims to be a new hypersonic missile. So I very much welcome the fact that South Korea and North Korea are directly speaking again. Pyongyang has ignored repeated overtures from the Joe Biden administration that it is willing to meet with North Korea "anytime, anywhere without preconditions."
Trump Shares His Thoughts On Golden Showers In Bonkers Off-Script Moment
Former President Donald Trump went off on a bizarre tangent on Thursday where he denied enjoying “golden showers” and even suggested that former first lady Melania Trump would agree it’s not something he’d like. “I’m not into golden showers,” Trump said unprompted in a private speech at the National Republican Senatorial Committee retreat, according to The Washington Post. https://t.co/68cshk1wgZ — Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) October 14, 2021My Not Into Golden Showers MAGA hat has people asking a lot of questions already answered by my hat. — Liam Donovan (@LPDonovan) October 15, 2021Nothing reassures a bunch of proto-fascist theocrats more than: "I'm not into golden showers." pic.twitter.com/lXnEojam5X — Kevin Guilfoile (@kevinguilfoile) October 15, 2021Oh no big deal, just the former president talking about golden showers in a speech.
Nevada’s Former Attorney General and Current Senate Hopeful Describes Pressing Ex-Giuliani Associate Lev Parnas for Money
Assistant U.S. Attorney Aline Flodr said that the duo aimed to ingratiate themselves to politicians who could help them with their cannabis businesses. Around this time, Bondy told Laxalt: “You’re chasing him around every day for money, right?”Not denying the remarks, Laxalt suggested that was just politics. “I remember meeting him through that event at the Trump Hotel.”The ex-Nevada AG did concede, however, that he and DeSantis were friends who spoke “regularly” — though not about Parnas, Laxalt insisted. “Fortunately, I’ve gained my sobriety,” Laxalt replied, describing the matter as an old, political attack. [Photo of Lev Parnas by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images; Photo of Adam Laxalt by Ethan Miller/Getty Images.]
Jill Biden campaigns for Terry McAuliffe in Virginia as governor's race remains tight
It's unclear when President Biden could head back to campaign in Virginia. U.S. first lady Jill Biden campaigns for former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe during a campaign rally on October 15, 2021 in Richmond, Virginia. Some of the Virginia voters who gathered Friday to hear McAuliffe speak shared his frustration. Recent polling by Fox News showed Trump has a worse approval rating in Virginia than McAuliffe, Biden, Youngkin and current Democratic governor Ralph Northam. The former president had a favorable view among 44% of likely Virginia voters, while 53% had an unfavorable view of him.
WH Chief of Staff who dismissed inflation once ripped Trump over price increases
White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain apparently does think inflation is a matter of grave national concern — when a Republican is president. Klain — who was blasted this week for endorsing a tweet that dismissed rising prices and supply chain disruption as “high class problems” — once ripped the Trump administration over inflation. Because I think that is the Trump admin economic message of the day.”Back then, the annual inflation rate was 2.4 percent. “Most of the economic problems we’re facing (inflation, supply chains, etc.) Critics slammed Klain for appearing to agree with Furman’s message and accused him of downplaying economic issues impacting Americans.
Ethics group files Hatch Act complaint against WH Press Secretary Psaki
A government watchdog group filed a complaint Friday accusing White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki of violating the federal Hatch Act by praising Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe during her regular briefing Thursday. Psaki had been asked whether the Biden administration considered McAuliffe’s race against Republican Glenn Youngkin to be a “bellwether” ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki asserted that President Joe Biden likes Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe because of their similar agendas. In its statement Friday, CREW noted that it had complained of Hatch Act violations by at least a dozen Trump administration officials, including Conway and then-UN Ambassador Nikki Haley. The Biden administration should not follow the Trump administration down that path.”
Tucker: What really happened on Jan 6
TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS CHANNEL HOST: Good evening and welcome to TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT. They used to be called propaganda, now it's so ubiquitous, I don't know what to call it. They know they're being used by liars in the Democratic Party, in the so-called Intel Community, and they just mouth the words anyway. It looks like that's going to be out before the end of the year. That's going to be the Tamiflu that we are going to use for this COVID.
Republicans are stoking QAnon conspiracy fires — and we're all paying for it
Both Republicans and QAnon are peddling evidence-free conspiracy theories, it’s just that QAnon’s go a bit further. Both Republicans and QAnon are peddling evidence-free conspiracy theories, it’s just that QAnon’s go a bit further. In this environment, it’s only natural for QAnon conspiracies — which about a quarter of Republicans subscribe to — to flourish and evolve. Vice News reports that QAnon influencers and adherents have been discussing the addition to the conspiracy theory online and on fringe right-wing media sites in recent days. Where most people see tragedy stemming from trauma and neglect, the QAnon world sees proof of a shadowy effort to silence whistleblowers.
Nearly two years after Trump’s first impeachment, the former president and lead House manager Adam Schiff remain central figures
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a year after he lost his bid for a second term in the White House, Donald Trump continues to circle the Republican Party, commanding attention and influence as he ponders another run for the presidency. “What did the president know about who was coming to this rally and what did he do when he found out?” Schiff asks. More immediately, Democrats face the prospect of a House Republican takeover in next fall’s midterm elections, elevating McCarthy to replace Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “If Kevin McCarthy were ever to become speaker, essentially Donald Trump would be speaker,” Schiff warns. The House passed articles of impeachment charging President Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Stan Van Gundy pokes a giant hole in Kyrie Irving’s supposed vaccine agenda
Stan Van Gundy poked a giant hole in Kyrie Irving’s supposed reasoning for refusing his vaccination. “The only thing I’m going to disagree with is this whole ‘voice for the voiceless’ thing,” Van Gundy, the former coach and current analyst on TNT broadcasts. There are prominent people — our governor [Republican Ron DeSantis], who is making laws to make sure people have a choice and everything. “I agree with what New York City did,” Van Gundy said. Let’s say Kyrie doesn’t play or plays half the games or whenever he comes back or gets traded, to me they’re still the favorite.
QAnon figure says he's running for Congress in Arizona
PHOENIX (AP) — Ron Watkins, a prolific promoter of false conspiracies about the 2020 election who is closely tied to the QAnon movement, says he is running for Congress as a Republican in Arizona. Watkins filed papers with the Arizona secretary of state this week and later posted a video on Telegram repeating his claim that the election was stolen from Trump. “We must fix our elections from inside the machine.”It's not clear whether Watkins currently lives in Arizona or its 1st Congressional District. Watkins did not answer the phone and did not respond to text messages and emails sent to the contact information on the statement of interest he filed with Arizona election officials. A core belief for QAnon followers is that Trump was secretly fighting a Satan-worshipping, child sex-trafficking cabal of prominent Democrats, Hollywood elites and “deep state” enemies.
Former U.S. President Clinton improving but will remain hospitalized
The 75-year-old Clinton, who served as president from 1993 to 2001, entered the University of California Irvine Medical Center on Tuesday evening after suffering from fatigue. The former president's spokesperson Angel Urena said that Clinton's white blood count has decreased, indicating his health is improving. Since his admission to the intensive care unit at the hospital, Clinton has received fluids along with antibiotics, his doctors said. Story continuesThe Democrat served two terms in the White House, overseeing strong economic growth while engaging in bruising political battles with congressional Republicans. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives impeached him in 1998 on charges arising from his sexual relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, but Clinton was acquitted by the Senate.
President Biden: Prosecute those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas
By Nandita Bose | ReutersWASHINGTON – President Joe Biden said on Friday the U.S. Justice Department should prosecute people who defy subpoenas to testify before a congressional select committee probing the deadly Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol. “I hope that the committee goes after them and holds them accountable,” Biden said, referring to the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee investigating the riot. Asked whether he believed the Justice Department should prosecute, Biden told reporters, “I do, yes.”The committee plans to vote on Tuesday on adopting a contempt of Congress report against Steve Bannon, a longtime adviser to former President Donald Trump who has not complied with the committee’s subpoena. If the committee approves the contempt case against Bannon, it would go to a full House vote. From there, the Justice Department and Attorney General Merrick Garland would decide whether to pursue prosecution.
Trump now claims voter fraud in Pima County; officials say he's wrong
Former President Donald Trump released a statement on Friday claiming there was voter fraud in Pima County’s 2020 election, which county officials have denied. The claim follows the nearly year-long audit in Maricopa County that found President Joe Biden had won by slightly more votes than previously thought. Trump and Arizona Republicans had said for months that the taxpayer-funded audit would flip the election results in favor of Trump. Trump’s new statement points to an influx of mail-in votes that gained the lead for Biden in Pima County, which Trump asserts were fraudulent. County officials have outright denied the claims of voter fraud.
What's going on in the fight over US abortion rights?
What's going on in the fight over US abortion rights? Illinois is the latest Democrat-led state to protect abortion rights, passing a bill in June repealing a 1975 abortion law that required spousal consent, waiting periods, restrictions on facilities and penalties for doctors. Vermont also passed legislation affirming abortion rights, and Maine's Democratic Governor Janet Mills signed a bill allowing health care providers who are not physicians to also perform abortions. In Missouri, the battle over abortion rights is centred on the state's last remaining abortion clinic, which is in jeopardy amidst a standoff with state officials. Abortion rights groups countered that the Supreme Court precedent does not consider a foetus to be human.
Which has a greater carbon footprint... a 4x4 or a paw-by-paw? Simple changes that make a difference
Food represents 20 per cent of our total carbon footprint (the weight of CO2 and other greenhouse gases released as a consequence of our actions). The lifetime carbon footprint of petrol or diesel cars is around 40tonnes of CO2 but hybrid cars, which run on fuel and electricity, are marketed as ‘the best of both’. Beef has a footprint of 25 kg of carbon per kg of meat but chicken is better at 3.8 kg of carbon per bird. By feeding your dog chicken, you could reduce your carbon footprint. The lifetime carbon footprint of petrol or diesel cars is around 40 tonnes of CO2.
Former NYT opinion editor Bari Weiss gets into heated exchange with CNN's Brian Stelter
Former New York Times opinion editor Bari Weiss has confronted CNN's Brian Stelter after he suggested a controversial column by a Republican senator that she published 'endangered lives'. Appearing on Stelter's podcast on Thursday, Weiss said that it would take 'an epidemic of courage' to allow open debate within The New York Times. She asked the host: 'Do you believe, Brian, that an op-ed can literally put people's lives in danger?. Stelter said that he believed The New York Times should allow those offended by the content to speak out. 'Twitter is not on the masthead of The New York Times.
Congress Should Subpoena Facebook Officials
That is one of the main takeaways from the Facebook whistleblower’s testimony last week. Mark Zuckerberg, himself, has repeatedly demonstrated his disdain for congressional oversight by declining invitations to testify and misleading lawmakers when he does appear. Congress should not give Zuckerberg and Facebook the chance to stonewall or mislead the public again. During the Trump years, Congress’ reluctance to use its subpoena power compounded delays that ultimately pushed the pursuit of information into the new Congress. Congress must immediately put an end to the cycle of lies and evasions by issuing a subpoena for Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony and for any documents to support their investigation.
CPAC set to stage far-right conference in Hungary, as federal prosecutors zero in
She described the sponsors of the Hungary conference as "an outside organization" comprised of "freedom-loving people" in that country. Asked about the relationship between the CPAC sponsors in Hungary and the American Conservative Union, Bratton was not specific, saying only, "I don't believe they are a subsidiary of CPAC." Another individual familiar with planning for the Hungary event told Salon that the ACU has been closely involved from the beginning. News of the CPAC event in Hungary was first reported by a Hungarian news site called "24.hu," which quoted ACU executive director Dan Schneider saying, "Hungary is an excellent place to host the CPAC. There is no reason to bring [CPAC] to Hungary unless that is a clear statement that that's what you want to do to the United States."
Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted
"I hope that the committee goes after them and holds them accountable," Biden told reporters upon returning to the White House from Connecticut. Asked if they should be prosecuted, Biden said, "I do, yes." Asked what his message is to those who defy congressional subpoenas regarding Jan. 6, President Biden says, "I hope that the committee goes after them and holds them accountable." ADVERTISEMENTTrump reportedly advised his former aides to defy the subpoenas and refuse to cooperate. Biden and his aides have repeatedly emphasized the need for the DOJ to have independence from the White House after the Trump administration was repeatedly criticized for intervening in agency matters.
Testimony at Lev Parnas Trial Offers Peek at His Place in Trump’s Orbit
A pattern emerged, in which Mr. Laxalt asked Mr. Parnas about donations, and Mr. Parnas provided responses that were short on commitment. “Are you going to deliver on this fund-raiser,” Mr. Laxalt texted Mr. Parnas at one point. Mr. Laxalt testified that he encountered Mr. Parnas at a rally for Mr. Trump in Elko, Nev. Mr. Parnas said he would bring Mr. Giuliani to Nevada to barnstorm on Mr. Laxalt’s behalf. Mr. Parnas also asked Mr. Laxalt whether he would like help in arranging a robocall.
Biden says those who refuse to testify in Jan 6 probe should be prosecuted
Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gather in front of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S. January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith/File PhotoWASHINGTON, Oct 15 (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden said on Friday the U.S. Justice Department should prosecute people who are subpoenaed by a congressional select committee probing the deadly Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol but refuse to testify. Asked whether he believed the Justice Department should prosecute those defying subpoenas, Biden said, "I do, yes." The committee said on Thursday it would convene a business meeting on Tuesday to vote on adopting a contempt report against Steve Bannon, a longtime adviser to former President Donald Trump. read moreReporting by Nandita Bose; Editing by Leslie Adler and Chris ReeseOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Trump Touts Putin Relationship, Rails About Wind Energy's 'Carbon Emissions' In Speech
Now we have a very lively party,” Trump said. He also zeroed in on a favorite target of his: wind turbines. (President Joe Biden recently announced a plan to expand the number of offshore wind turbines.) “It’s so sad when you see that they are approving these windmills — worst form of energy, the most expensive,” Trump falsely claimed. Wind energy helps reduce the use of fossil fuels, which “results in lower total air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions.”Trump has claimed that wind turbines pollute and spew “tremendous amounts” of “fumes” into the air for years.
Musk Gloats Over Beating Bezos on Wealth
Not content with competing over who has the biggest and best spaceship, Elon Musk has taken to goading his (slightly) less wealthy counterpart, Jeff Bezos. It began with a Bezos tweet featuring a critical 1999 Amazon.com story in Barron’s, “Amazon.Bomb.” The Tesla chief responded with a silver-medal emoji, flaunting his place ahead of Bezos in recent rich lists. Musk sits atop the latest Forbes billionaire rankings with a net worth of $209.4 billion, while Bezos, the Amazon and Blue Origin founder, is No. (The Bloomberg Billionaires Index has Musk at $230 billion, after a secondary share sale boosted the value of SpaceX.) China: Risk RisingChinese developer Modern Land asked investors to delay paying a $250 million bond, China Evergrande missed a third bond payment, this one for $148 million, and the central bank said risks are controllable.
Watchdog says Psaki violated the Hatch Act
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said Psaki violated the Hatch Act when she appeared to endorse McAuliffe during a White House press briefing on Thursday. The Hatch Act prevents federal employees from engaging in political work while performing their official duties. McAuliffe, and we believe in the agenda he’s representing.”Immediately before making the comment in support of McAuliffe, Psaki said she needed to be “careful about how much political analysis” she offered in her official capacity. Related Articles HUD Secretary Fudge may have violated Hatch ActReport: Six White House officials violated the Hatch ActAnalysis: What is the Hatch Act, and how did Kellyanne Conway violate it? In a statement about the Psaki complaint, CREW President Noah Bookbinder noted the flagrant and repeated violations of the Hatch Act by the Trump White House.
Letters: Fossil fuel subsidies | Fear of CRT | Vaccine holdouts | National security | Stopping Trump | Disable stereotypes
Our taxes have been subsidizing the fossil fuel industry through direct subsidies and tax breaks for over 100 years. In addition to these subsidies, the U.S. government has been financing billions for fossil fuel projects overseas to benefit U.S. fossil fuel companies. A recent letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer from more than 500 organizations asked for the elimination, in the coming budget reconciliation process, of all subsidies for fossil fuel development. Such subsidies only serve to encourage increased oil and gas development, in a time of quickly worsening climate change. Afghanistan has zero bearing on American national security.
QAnon figure says he's running for Congress in Arizona
PHOENIX (AP) — Ron Watkins, a prolific promoter of false conspiracies about the 2020 election who is closely tied to the QAnon movement, says he is running for Congress as a Republican in Arizona. Watkins has a large and fervent following among Donald Trump supporters who believe the former president's false claims that he lost the election because of fraud. His candidacy could shake up the race in one of the GOP's top congressional pickup targets. Watkins filed papers with the Arizona secretary of state this week and later posted a video on Telegram repeating his claim that the election was stolen from Trump. “We must fix our elections from inside the machine.”
Psaki defends Ron Klain for 'high class' inflation claim claiming he's obsessed with lowering costs'
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Friday defended Joe Biden's chief of staff Ron Klain once again after he called inflation a 'high class' problem, vouching for his concern about rising prices. 'I can tell you from sitting in a lot of meetings with Ron Klain day in and day out, he is obsessed with lowering costs for the American people, and that's driven from the president,' she said. Host Jake Tapper told her a lot of people might say, 'Why did Ron Klain think that rising prices was a serious concern under Trump and not under Biden?' Klain claimed Wednesday evening that the current U.S. economic issues, including inflation and supply chain delays, are just 'high class problems'. He spoke of how 'an errant tweet from Ron Klain can throw a news cycle spinning off in a bad direction.'
Democrats hit the panic button. Is it too little too late for Joe Biden?
Democratic voters are depressed, demoralized, and tuning out — and there's no use in denying it. Biden and Democrats were able to pass the American Rescue Plan early in his administration, and that staved off a worse situation. Unsurprisingly, then, Democratic voters are increasingly giving up hope. Biden's approval ratings are down and he's taking a hard hit among the very voters Democrats need to win in 2022 and 2024. His approval is down 13 points among Democratic voters.
Joe Biden Is Being Forced to Keep “Inhumane” Trump Immigration Policy Alive
“DHS remains committed to building a safe, orderly, and humane immigration system that upholds our laws and values,” the department said. Biden had campaigned on ending the policy, and in March defended his decision to terminate it. “All the policies that were underway were not helping at all,” Biden told reporters at the time. Trump was particularly monstrous in his treatment of migrants, but to some extent he took existing policies to their extreme endpoints. “The official reasoning for Title 42 may be public health, but as a migration tool it allows for quick and flexible expulsions,” a former official told Blitzer.
As Texas Goes, So Goes the Nation: Lone Star Candidate Matthew Dowd on How Democrats Can Win in 2022
Matthew Dowd, former Bush campaign adviser turned analyst, has spent his career behind the scenes. On this week’s Inside the Hive, Dowd analyzes the state of the Democratic Party and makes the case that if Texas can be turned blue (finally), the spread of Trumpism can be stopped nationally too. And even if the Biden administration can’t pull out of its current slump, he argues, Democrats can still beat Republicans at the state level. Dowd weighs in on Biden, congressional Democrats, Beto O’Rourke—and his favorite Matthew McConaughey film. Join Vanity Fair to receive full access to VF.com and the complete online archive now.
The Rain Came Just as the Brides Were Pronounced Married at the Prospect Park Boathouse
“We figured we would do a backwards wedding,” Molly explains. “She, along with our rabbi, Rolando Matalon, created a gorgeous, emotional, artistic, Jewish, and very queer ceremony,” Molly says. The forecast said rain, but Molly and Hannah decided to roll the dice and had the ceremony outside anyway. “Because the rain came right as we were pronounced married and was a perfect punctuation to our breaking the glass. It was just the luck we needed as newlyweds.”“I cried so much during the ceremony,” Hannah recalls.
Meet the ex-Googler who’s exposing the tech-military industrial complex
advertisementadvertisement“Google, and tech companies in general, transitioning into weapons development is something that should be paid close attention to,” says Poulson. Working at Google, Poulson specialized in natural language processing and recommendation systems. The result is a recommendation system that guides research by Tech Inquiry or anyone who uses its tools. For example, a company called SmileML made an iOS game in which people win points by mimicking the look of emojis. Tech Inquiry also publicizes the links between military contractors and media organizations ProPublica, MIT Technology Review, and The Washington Post.
23 things we learned about Donald Trump during the RNC’s final night
Here are 23 things we learned about Donald Trump on the final night of the RNC. In private, Donald Trump is a warm, empathetic soul with hidden depths, who works hard and cares a lot about all Americans. President Trump may be the only president in modern times who has actually done everything he said he would do during his campaign. Donald Trump once gave a man a pen to give to his father. According to her parents’ appearance at the RNC, Donald Trump would have prevented this outcome.
Everything wrong with the Trump RNC in one image
Heading into this week’s Republican National Convention , RNC chair Ronna McDaniel promised the proceedings would be a sharp contrast from the “doom and gloom” on display during last week’s Democratic National Convention. True to her word—aside from frequently lingering on the damage wrought by looters and rioters and doomcasting the apocalypse to come if Joe Biden is elected—the RNC did depict a rosier vision of America. In fact, it was only too rosy. Watching the endless parade of speakers across the past four nights, one would scarcely piece together the fact that 181,000 Americans and counting have died from COVID-19. One might not realize that this level of death was far from assured, that the U.S. mortality rate, as a proportion of the population, is among the 10 highest in the world.
Illinois Democrats’ Map Aims to Grab 2 G.O.P. Seats in Congress
Illinois Democrats on Friday proposed a new set of highly gerrymandered congressional maps that would consolidate Democratic power in the state’s congressional delegation, most likely cutting the number of Republican seats in the state to three from five. The maps, if approved by the state’s Democrat-controlled House and Senate, would be among the most gerrymandered in the country. And 42 of the state’s 102 counties would be split up, according to an analysis from the Princeton Gerrymandering Project. The current Illinois House delegation is made up of 13 Democrats and five Republicans. The proposal would most likely result in 14 Democrats and three Republicans.
Team Biden’s blow to US workers . . . and other commentary
Rather, he took the human version of ivermectin, as prescribed by his doctor. This week, Rogan had a chance to confront CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta over the cable network’s dishonest reporting. Gupta admitted eventually in the interview that, yeah, CNN clearly said things that were not true.” Pressed by Rogan over the lie, Gupta said, “They shouldn’t have said that. as a Russian agent”: namely, former Paul Manafort aide Konstantin Kilimnik, notes TK News’ Matt Taibbi. Like, ‘Trump 40, Hillary 45.’ ” And, adds Taibbi, no US investigators ever “came up with” a different “version of events.”— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board
'Big RBG fan' Katie Couric marks another former nightly news anchor who embraces liberal views
Couric served as anchor of "CBS Evening News" from 2006 to 2011 after a 15-year stint at NBC's "Today." She called herself a "big RBG fan" and admitted to seeking advice from some fellow journalists about what to do. Couric was blasted by fellow journalists for her decision, with New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman calling it "toxic." NBCUniversal decided he no longer had the credibility to anchor "NBC Nightly News" after his "inexcusable" actions and removed him from the program following a six-month, unpaid suspension. Even current "NBC Nightly News" anchor Lester Holt raised eyebrows this year – and garnered praise from liberal media supporters – when he declared the notion of fairness "overrated."
Psaki promises 'to choose my words more carefully' following Hatch Act violation complaint
White House press secretary Jen Psaki promised to "choose my words more carefully" following a Friday complaint from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), which claimed she apparently violated the Hatch Act. In response to the complaint, Psaki told Fox News, "While the president has publicly expressed his support for McAuliffe, we’ll leave it to the press and the campaign to provide commentary on the race. She then went on to say, "Look, I think the president, of course, wants former Governor McAuliffe to be the future governor of Virginia. She later added, "We’re going to do everything we can to help former Governor McAuliffe, and we believe in the agenda he’s representing." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPCREW repeatedly issued complaints regarding apparent Hatch Act violations during the Trump administration.
Watchdog: Psaki violated ethics law by promoting McAuliffe
WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog group said Friday that it had filed an ethics complaint against White House press secretary Jen Psaki for a comment she made about former Virginia Gov. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said Psaki violated the Hatch Act when she appeared to endorse McAuliffe during a White House press briefing on Thursday. The Hatch Act prevents federal employees from engaging in political work while performing their official duties. McAuliffe, and we believe in the agenda he’s representing.”Immediately before making the comment in support of McAuliffe, Psaki said she needed to be “careful about how much political analysis” she offered in her official capacity. ADVERTISEMENTAfter CREW filed its complaint, Psaki said in a CNN interview Friday that she should have used the word “he” instead of “we” in response to the question.
AR-15-wielding MAGA religious group buys 130-acre holy retreat in Tenn. for $460,000
A pro-Trump religious group, led by Pastor Hyung-jin “Sean” Moon, that uses AR-15 rifles during ceremonies has purchased a 130-acre holy retreat in Tennessee. Moon went on to say he plans to build a divinity school, elementary school and an incubator for future “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) politicians on the property. “Ansu”: Moon’s gun-toting religious organization is a spinoff of the Unification Church, which was founded by his late father, Rev. “There will be no ‘ansu’ activity,” Timothy Elder, director of world missions, told VICE News. “We have no intention of repeating these excesses at the Tennessee property.”The Tennessee property acquired by Rod of Iron Ministries sold for $460,000 on Zillow.
Watchdog: Psaki violated ethics law by promoting McAuliffe
WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog group said Friday that it had filed an ethics complaint against White House press secretary Jen Psaki for a comment she made about former Virginia Gov. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said Psaki violated the Hatch Act when she appeared to endorse McAuliffe during a White House press briefing on Thursday. The Hatch Act prevents federal employees from engaging in political work while performing their official duties. McAuliffe, and we believe in the agenda he’s representing.”Immediately before making the comment in support of McAuliffe, Psaki said she needed to be “careful about how much political analysis” she offered in her official capacity. After CREW filed its complaint, Psaki said in a CNN interview Friday that she should have used the word “he” instead of “we" in response to the question.
Elizabeth Holmes trial: Former Defense Secretary Mattis applauded ‘young Elizabeth’ but bloom came off
“There just came a point where I just didn’t know what to believe about Theranos anymore,” Mattis testified. She described blood-testing technology that could be used on the battlefield, and the two embarked on an email correspondence, Mattis told jurors. “It would be very, very helpful if it could do what she said it could do,” Mattis testified. “I assumed that when they’re saying, ‘These are the Theranos results,’ it was from Theranos machines. The fundamental issues that (Holmes) was … grappling with, we only saw in the rear-view mirror.”Related Articles Elizabeth Holmes trial: New-mom goody-bag, then inaccurate bad news from Theranos testTheranos founder Holmes’ trial opens: Greedy liar or naive innovator?
Watchdog: Psaki violated ethics law by promoting McAuliffe
Aamer MadhaniAssociated PressWashington – A government watchdog group said Friday that it had filed an ethics complaint against White House press secretary Jen Psaki for a comment she made about former Virginia Gov. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said Psaki violated the Hatch Act when she appeared to endorse McAuliffe during a White House press briefing on Thursday. The Hatch Act prevents federal employees from engaging in political work while performing their official duties. McAuliffe, and we believe in the agenda he’s representing.”Immediately before making the comment in support of McAuliffe, Psaki said she needed to be “careful about how much political analysis” she offered in her official capacity. After CREW filed its complaint, Psaki said in a CNN interview Friday that she should have used the word “he” instead of “we” in response to the question.
Schapiro: McAuliffe learning a hard lesson - Youngkin's no softy
Despite the excitement and anxiety in both parties generated by Donald Trump's phoned-in re-, re-, re-, re-endorsement of Youngkin Wednesday - it spotlighted Youngkin's dilemma: He needs Trump's voters, not Trump's negatives - there is, indeed, an enthusiasm gap this year. It is borne out statistically in polls and anecdotally, plying the D.C. suburbs that over the past two decades have become a bulwark for Democrats, with one exception: Republican Bob McDonnell's landslide for governor in 2009, a year after Barack Obama won Virginia, ending a Democratic presidential losing streak that stretched to 1968. Are Democrats facing another 2009, when the perfect storm of recession, underwhelmed activists, the emergence of a Tea Party vote that would become a pillar of Donald Trump's candidacy, and a struggling gubernatorial nominee, Creigh Deeds, aligned for a disaster? Or could it be another 2014, when Mark Warner eked out a win for a second term in the U.S. Senate, lifted by a strong performance in three of Northern Virginia's four counties, all of which are hotbeds of the demographic diversity that fueled Democrats through the Trump era and is being put to its first post-Trump test this year?
Uber Freight boss warns US is entering shipping ‘Armageddon’
Lior Ron, the head of Uber’s freight operation, calls the cumulative result of the trucking shortage and shipping bottlenecks “shipping Armageddon”. In an interview with CNBC, the Uber Freight boss said the shortage of drivers is entire logistics sector needs to step up. Other Republicans, including former President Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr, looked to cast blame on Mr Biden via social media, where he was one of many MAGAworld influencers pushing the hashtag #EmptyShelvesJoe on Twitter this week. This is not called a supply chain for nothing,” he said. “Strengthening our supply chain will continue to be my team’s focus.
Kayleigh McEnany accused of hypocrisy for complaining about Psaki backing candidates: ‘Sit this one out’
According to the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, at least 13 Trump administration officials were found by OSC to have violated the Hatch Act. Crew also found that 16 Trump officials racked up more than 60 violations, calling the Trump administration’s October 2020 record “an unprecedented and escalating assault on the rule of law and the democratic process”. Crew noted that one of those 16 officials was Ms McEnany, who was filmed promoting Mr Trump’s reelection campaign and attacking Mr Biden while on White House grounds in her official capacity. One ethics expert, former White House Office of Government Ethics boss Walter Shaub, did not mince words in his response to Ms McEnany. “Remember when you defended Republicans having their convention broadcasted from the White House?” she wrote.
Harry and Meghan team up with 'ethical' investment bank but fund is not quite as pious as advertised
Ethic has extensive investments in fracking, the highly controversial form of gas extraction from underground shale endlessly vilified by environmentalists. Just some of Ethic's sinful stakes... AdvertisementAll of which makes the royal couple's latest commercial venture look very strange. Despite his affection for private jets, Harry has endlessly hectored the public about climate change and fossil fuel emissions. Yet the company was able to raise $29 million in funding in March, in a venture that valued the company at $139 million. In addition to Harry and Meghan, Hollywood star turned tech investor Ashton Kutcher chipped in.
Jan. 6 panel moves forward with criminal contempt charge against Steve Bannon
Jan. 6 panel moves forward with criminal contempt charge against Steve BannonEnlarge this image toggle caption Steve Helber/AP Steve Helber/APAfter failing to show for a deposition on Thursday, the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol said it would move forward with criminal contempt proceedings against Trump ally and political strategist Steve Bannon. "The Select Committee will use every tool at its disposal to get the information it seeks, and witnesses who try to stonewall the Select Committee will not succeed. Their testimony was to be followed on Friday by those from former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Dan Scavino, a former Trump White House deputy chief of staff for communications. Bannon, who left the Trump administration in 2017, was not part of the White House in the weeks leading up to Jan. 6. "Mr. Bannon has declined to cooperate with the Select Committee and is instead hiding behind the former President's insufficient, blanket, and vague statements regarding privileges he has purported to invoke.
Donald Trump, Unprompted, Tells GOP Donors He Doesn’t Like Having Women Pee on Him
You don’t rejoin the group and declare, “You know what I definitely did not just do?”We mention this because someone—let’s call him Donald Trump—is apparently unaware of this well-known rule. In Trump’s address, one of the final events of the retreat, the former president focused on re-litigating grievances he has retained since leaving office…. Unprompted, he brought up an unsubstantiated claim he had interactions with prostitutes in Moscow before he ran for president. “I’m not into golden showers,” he told the crowd. As Comey told George Stephanopoulos re: Trump’s insistence the FBI investigate the tape he swore didn’t exist:
Jon Stewart Discusses Cancel Culture, and Daniel Craig Says Goodbye to Bond
ContentDavid Remnick talks with Jon Stewart about “The Problem with Jon Stewart,” the political comedian’s new show, as well as the potential return of Donald Trump to the White House and the controversies around cancel culture in comedy stirred up by Dave Chappelle and others. Daniel Craig reflects on the end of his fifteen-year run as the superspy James Bond, and on returning to theatre. Plus, The New Yorker’s Michael Schulman speaks to the Oscar-nominated actor Carol Kane. Jon Stewart: “That’s Not Cancel Culture”ContentThe comedian speaks about his new show, the potential return of Donald Trump, and controversial comedy. Daniel Craig Takes Off the TuxContentDavid Remnick speaks with the actor, who, in fifteen years as James Bond, brought a modern sense of nuance and moral compromise to the superspy.
A Donald Trump Book Autographed for Rudy Giuliani Reportedly Just Sold at Auction for $54K
The copy of Trump's book called The America We Deserve fetched $54,143 at the RR Auction on Wednesday, according to The Action Network HQ's Darren Rovell. Inside the book is a personalized message for Giuliani, 77, dated Jan. 2020, the same time the book was released. Giuliani is facing mounting legal fees after being named in multiple lawsuits resulting from his time as Trump's attorney while the former reality star was commander in chief. The former president's campaign adviser Jason Miller later tweeted that Trump thought Giuliani was a "great guy." Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani Credit: Brian Blanco/Getty ImagesIn June, Giuliani had his law license temporarily suspended in New York and his name removed from the New York Bar Association due to his election fraud claims.
Jen Psaki Says Biden Has 'No Intention to Lead an Insurrection' While Explaining Decision to Release Documents
During a briefing with reporters Thursday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked if the administration is concerned about setting a precedent by handing over information to the committee investigating the attack on the U.S Capitol. Former President Donald Trump, whose supporters stormed the building in Washington in January, has cited executive privilege in his objection to the release of certain documents, according to the Washington Post. "This President has no intention to lead an insurrection on our nation's Capitol," Psaki said, in a not-so-veiled dig at the former president. "We're going to assess and review, as is standard in the process, the documents and any efforts to exert executive privilege on a case-by-case basis," Psaki said. And we will continue, as it relates to executive privilege for other issues, to evaluate that on a case-by-case basis, as every White House has in the past."
Tiffany Trump Takes a Break from Planning a Greek Wedding to Celebrate Birthday with Mom Marla Maples
The daughter of former President Donald Trump turned 28 on October 13 and scouted locations over the summer for a wedding in GreeceTiffany Trump paused planning for a big, fab Greek wedding to celebrate her 28th birthday on Wednesday. She was seen in Instagram videos partying with her mother Marla Maples, who was previously married to her father, former President Donald Trump. Tiffany Trump and Michael Boulos From left: Tiffany Trump and Michael Boulos in France in 2019 | Credit: Pierre Suu/GC Images"Tiffany loves Mykonos and would like to marry around there even if she has another celebration in the U.S., maybe at Mar-a-Lago," the source says. Tiffany graduated from Georgetown Law in May before settling in Miami, not far from other members of the Trump family. Tiffany Trump, Kimberly Guilfoyle and Marla Maples From left: Tiffany Trump, Kimberly Guilfoyle and Marla Maples | Credit: Astrid Stawiarz/GettySince her father left office, Tiffany has stayed away from politics and the controversies surrounding the former president but another source close to the Trump family is expecting big things from Tiffany and praises Boulos as a "good man."
U.S. Supreme Court blocks Trump bid to end 'Dreamers' immigrant program
Added: 18.06.2020 19:30 | 20 views | 0 commentsThe U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dealt President Donald Trump a major setback on his hardline immigration policies, blocking his bid to end a program that protects from deportation hundreds of thousands of immigrants - often called "Dreamers" - who entered the United States illegally as children.
Pelosi says Trump 'ethically unfit' for presidency, will continue oversight
Added: 18.06.2020 19:47 | 19 views | 0 commentsU.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday revelations in a book by a former top White House aide show President Donald Trump is unfit and unprepared to be president and Democrats will continue oversight of the Republican president's behavior.
Trump ordered to give deposition in case involving alleged assault during a demonstration outside Trump Tower
Trump ordered to give deposition in case involving alleged assault during a demonstration outside Trump TowerAdded: 15.10.2021 12:24 | 27 views | 0 commentsA New York judge has ordered former President Donald Trump to sit for a video deposition next week in a case involving an alleged assault during a 2015 demonstration outside of Trump Tower.
Republicans fear a Georgia Senate repeat in other races as Trump continues to peddle voter fraud lies
Republicans fear a Georgia Senate repeat in other races as Trump continues to peddle voter fraud liesAdded: 15.10.2021 12:24 | 31 views | 0 commentsSome Republicans worry that Donald Trump's persistent false claims of voter fraud could depress GOP voter turnout and turn off moderates and independents, potentially setting the party up for another Georgia-style disaster in the midterms.
How a state senator helped fuel Trump's election lies
Added: 15.10.2021 22:18 | 4 views | 0 commentsPennsylvania state Sen. Doug Mastriano went out of his way to help advance former President Donald Trump's election lies: He spearheaded a "hearing" at a hotel in Gettysburg a few weeks after the 2020 election, where Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani made false claims about election fraud. He chartered buses to ferry his supporters to Washington on January 6. And he was briefly in charge of the Pennsylvania state Senate's partisan "audit" of the 2020 election.
Drug Pitched to Trump for Covid-19 Comes From a Deadly Plant
Drug Pitched to Trump for Covid-19 Comes From a Deadly PlantAdded: 20.08.2020 20:10 | 25 views | 0 commentsSource: trofire.comThe chief executive of My Pillow, a Trump donor, claims oleandrin is a miracle cure for Covid-19. But no studies have shown that it is safe or effective, and the shrub it’s derived from is poisonous. More in www.nytimes.com »
How a state senator helped fuel Trump's election lies
Added: 15.10.2021 21:16 | 15 views | 0 commentsPennsylvania state Sen. Doug Mastriano went out of his way to help advance former President Donald Trump's election lies: He spearheaded a "hearing" at a hotel in Gettysburg a few weeks after the 2020 election, where Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani made false claims about election fraud. He chartered buses to ferry his supporters to Washington on January 6. And he was briefly in charge of the Pennsylvania state Senate's partisan "audit" of the 2020 election.
What If Panic Over Social Media Is Overblown?
In his new book Tech Panic: Why We Shouldn’t Fear Facebook and the Future, Robby Soave questions the conventional wisdom which says that social media represents an unprecedented threat to the well-being of America’s youth. “I think there’s been a lot of panicking about social media that’s disproportionate to the actual harm,” Soave says in Episode 488 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “A lot of this is hyperbole; a lot of this is overblown.”He says the current furor over social media is reminiscent of the way politicians talked about video games like Doom and Mortal Kombat back in the ’90s. “I like that when I’m on Facebook, I’m getting [ads for] Dungeons & Dragons merchandise rather than commercials for cars,” he says. They are treating social media like Big Tobacco right now—we heard that over and over again.
Trump Really Wants You to Know He’s ‘Not Into Golden Showers’
“I’m not into golden showers.” Okay, buddy. “I’m not into golden showers,” he shouted at the crowd during his speech to the National Republican Senatorial Committee in Palm Beach on Thursday. And anyway, none of this answers the larger question of why Trump is still talking about the pee tape, apropos of nothing. I hear “I’m not into golden showers” and I think, Okay, buddy, sure you’re not ;)Either way, I’m sorry to bring this all back up for you. Terms & Privacy Notice By submitting your email, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Notice and to receive email correspondence from us.
So What Are Trump’s Cabinet Members Up to These Days?
The same cannot be said of former president Donald Trump’s Cabinet members, who simply could not stop getting investigated for ethics violations; for literally falling asleep during meetings; and for wasting taxpayer money on private jets, lavish office furniture, and personalized commemorative coins. Over the six months, the records show three separate trips to Cabo San Lucas — the Mexican resort, where Mnuchin had also vacationed during Trump’s presidency. Me You Madness, the film written by, directed by, and starring Louise Linton, wife of Trump Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. When asked whether space would be a gold-plated real estate opportunity for Trump, Ross didn’t disagree. Perry stressed that he has “historically been a very anti-drug person” and still strongly opposes legalizing drugs for recreational use.
Does Trump Want Me to Think He’s Into Golden Showers?
In his 2018 book, former FBI director James Comey claimed that Trump asked him to investigate the pee tape, specifically because he was worried about what Melania might think. I’m a flawed human being, but there is literally zero chance that my wife would think that was true. So what kind of marriage to what kind of man does your wife think there’s only a 99 percent chance you didn’t do that? As the Cut noted at the time, Comey also claimed that Trump brought up the pee tape on four separate occasions. Am I saying that I think the pee tape exists or that Trump is definitely a golden-shower enthusiast?
5 Theories on What Kyrsten Sinema Wants
The fate of Joe Biden’s presidency is increasingly subject to the whims of Senator Kyrsten Sinema. Yet as a decision deadline gets closer, the question of just what Sinema wants, and why she wants it, is becoming less and less clear. The evidence: Sinema used to hate Democrats and liberals from the left, self-identifying as a socialist and running as a Green Party member. The counterargument: Sinema doesn’t seem to merely want chaos. The evidence: Sinema has reportedly tried to fashion herself after John McCain, seeking out high-profile confrontations with her party, even aping McCain’s thumbs-down moment.
Trump Assures GOP Donors He Doesn’t Enjoy Being Peed Upon
During a private speech at a Republican retreat in Palm Beach on Thursday, the former president assured the crowd full of wealthy donors, lobbyists, and elected officials that getting doused in urine is not one of his sexual proclivities. “I’m not into golden showers,” Trump said, according to a recording obtained by The Washington Post. “You know the great thing, our great first lady — ‘That one,’ she said, ‘I don’t believe that one. (This would not technically constitute a golden shower, but Trump seemed eager to address the subject more broadly.) “It was a dying party, I’ll be honest,” Trump said of the GOP before he took office.
‘Dozens’ of Oregon Cops Have Paid Dues to the Oath Keepers Militia Group: Report
More than two dozen members of the police and military in Oregon have at one point been members of the Oath Keepers, a far-right anti-government militia group, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported Friday. The data includes members’ names, the date they joined Oath Keepers and contact information for anyone who paid dues to the group, which is comprised of nearly 40,000 individuals across the country. But, according to OPB, it is difficult to discern from the available data whether people on the list were current members of Oath Keepers, unless they had paid the group’s $1,000 lifetime membership fee. Shane Shobar, who joined the Oath Keepers in 2013. Oath Keepers have also acted in support of President Trump.
Conservatives are comparing unvaccinated Kyrie Irving to Magic Johnson and HIV. Critics say that’s rooted in myth.
But critics and former NBA players and coaches say that the comparison trumpeted by conservatives is rooted in misinformation and myths. They say it’s an effort to co-opt arguments made in the Black community during the pandemic as their own — using athletes from a league that they have taken aim at for years. Donald Trump Jr. said this week that Irving has “sacrificed” more than former NFL quarterback and activist Colin Kaepernick, a longtime target of his father. Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Thursday night touted recent vaccine comments from Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James, the same person she once told to “shut up and dribble” whenever he talked about politics.
Co-stars who reportedly didn't get along off-screen
Katherine Heigl and Isaiah WashingtonFormer "Grey's Anatomy" co-stars Katherine Heigl and Isaiah Washington seemed to have had a tense relationship in the past. Nearly 14 years later, Washington reignited the reported feud on social media, though his reasons for speaking out are unclear. Heigl also once claimed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that Washington apologized to her on set over the feud. "In retrospect, I didn’t have enough empathy to really, truly understand what he must have felt like to step into Mel Gibson’s shoes. Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim CattrallA long-rumored feud has marred former "Sex and the City" co-stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall for quite some time.
Nevada Senate hopeful Laxalt testifies at campaign finance trial
Laxalt said Parnas eventually pledged $10,000 and said he’d raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the campaign, but the money was slow to arrive, so Laxalt called again and again. “I’m basically repeatedly reaching out to everyone who pledged to donate,” Laxalt said, adding that he was “really bombarding” Parnas. Parnas eventually arranged two $5,000 donations through a colleague who earlier pleaded guilty in the case, Igor Fruman. “We sought the advice of counsel and we returned the check for the $10,000 to the United States Treasury,” Laxalt told jurors. Laxalt is one of Republicans’ top recruits as they seek to retake the Senate in the 2022 midterm elections.
Nearly two years after Trump’s first impeachment, the former president and lead House impeachment manager Adam Schiff remain central figures
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a year after he lost his bid for a second term in the White House, Donald Trump continues to circle the Republican Party, commanding attention and influence as he ponders another run for the presidency. “What did the president know about who was coming to this rally and what did he do when he found out?” Schiff asks. More immediately, Democrats face the prospect of a House Republican takeover in next fall’s midterm elections, elevating McCarthy to replace Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “If Kevin McCarthy were ever to become speaker, essentially Donald Trump would be speaker,” Schiff warns. Schiff positions America’s experience alongside a broader “global struggle going on right now between autocracy and democracy.
Investment plans could consider ESG initiatives under Biden plan to revoke Trump guidance
The Biden administration has proposed changes to make it clear that administrators of retirement-investment plans can consider environmental, social and governance factors in their investment decisions. The proposal is in line with President Joe Biden’s executive order to safeguard Americans’ financial security from climate-related financial risk, according to the Department of Labor. It follows through with the current administration’s decision not to enforce the rules finalized under the Trump administration last year, which contained language requiring retirement-plan fiduciaries to make investment decisions based solely on “pecuniary,” or financial, factors.
U.S. Capitol Police officer instructed Jan. 6 rioter to hide evidence, prosecutors say
WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. Capitol Police officer has been indicted on obstruction-of-justice charges after prosecutors say he helped to hide evidence of a rioter’s involvement in the Jan. 6 insurrection. In the days after the attack, scores of rioters flaunted their participation in social media posts that bragged about their ability to get inside the Capitol. Despite initial criticism that Capitol Police did not do enough to stop the rioters, Riley is the first Capitol Police officer to be charged with a crime involving the insurrection. Other law-enforcement officers were investigated for their presence at the Capitol that day or at Trump’s rally before the riot. In September, Capitol Police said officials had recommended disciplinary action in six cases after an internal review of officer behavior stemming from the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Nearly two years after Trump’s first impeachment, the former president and lead House impeachment manager Adam Schiff remain central figures
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a year after he lost his bid for a second term in the White House, Donald Trump continues to circle the Republican Party, commanding attention and influence as he ponders another run for the presidency. And still circling Trump is Rep. Adam Schiff. Schiff, the Intelligence Committee chairman who rose to national prominence...
Accused U.S. Capitol rioter threatened his children, prosecutors say
Reffitt is jailed in Washington awaiting trial. During the riot, police used pepper spray to halt Reffitt outside the Capitol. The complaint also said Reffitt threatened to "put a bullet through" his daughter's cellphone. The 18-year-old son told the New York Times that Reffitt told him: "You're a traitor. Prosecutors have said Reffitt traveled to Washington with an AR-15 rifle and a Smith & Wesson .40 caliber handgun.
Biden aide Psaki may have violated ethics law -watchdog
By Tyler Clifford(Reuters) - A non-profit ethics watchdog on Friday called for a probe into whether White House press secretary Jen Psaki violated federal law with an apparent endorsement from the White House podium of a Democratic candidate for governor in Virginia. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, said it filed a complaint with the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), asking that it investigate whether Psaki violated the Hatch Act by advocating for the election of Terry McAuliffe. CREW said it appeared Psaki used her official authority or influence to affect the results of the election. During the Trump administration, CREW logged complaints against multiple White House officials. Asked about the complaint in an interview with CNN on Friday, Psaki said she would be more careful next time.
Gov. Whitmer vetoes bill to put deadlines on petition reviews for ballot proposals
Gretchen Whitmer vetoed two more GOP-backed election bills Friday, including one that would have established a 100-day deadline for state officials to review initiative petition signatures. Whitmer, a Democrat, has previously pledged to block proposals from the Republican-controlled Legislature that she believes diminish voters' rights. "Enrolled Senate Bills 277 and 280 are the latest in a series of election bills arriving on my desk that fail to advance those goals." The bill "would divert key resources away from ensuring that every qualified Michigan resident can cast a secure ballot in our elections," Whitmer said. On Oct. 3, Whitmer vetoed four other election bills that she said would "weaken voting rights" and suppress votes in Michigan.
Is a Democratic Wipeout Inevitable?
Not all analysts agree that the Democrats’ legislative agenda is unlikely to affect the midterms. Bill Clinton lost 54 House seats in 1994 after passing a sweeping budget bill, a substantial crime bill, and the most significant gun-control legislation Congress has ever approved. Republicans also gained eight House seats in 2002, after President George W. Bush passed his tax-cut and education-reform bills over the previous two years. No single cause explains all of these results, positive and negative, for the president’s party. House Democrats already surrendered in 2020 many of the most Republican-leaning seats they had captured two years before.
BRIAN COX from Succession reveals he's got more in common with tycoon Logan Roy than you might think
Logan Roy, the patriarch and mogul at the centre of a vast media empire in Succession, is far more interesting — and not just because he’s a darker character. Who is he really?’A character like Logan is a gift in this respect, because Logan is complex. He’s Logan Roy, his own entity. He’s still forming and developing as a character, and Logan can see that there’s actually something that’s quite considerable in his youngest child. ‘Brian, Brian.
Biden administration is building tent cities to house migrants that will cost $24.6million a month
The tent cities, known as 'tent courts,' come at a monthly total cost of $24.6 million to operate. The Biden administration said it has hired contractors to build them up. The Biden administration said it plans to reinstate a Trump-era border policy next month to make asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court. The Biden administration has strongly defended the special powers. U.S. officials say the renewed 'Remain in Mexico' policy will be applied to people who don't qualify for Title 42 authority.
QAnon promoter Ron Watkins is running for Congress in Arizona
Ron Watkins, long-suspected of being "Q", the mysterious figure behind the QAnon conspiracy theory and one of the leading purveyors of the "Big Lie" that the 2020 election was stolen from President Trump, announced his candidacy for Congress in Arizona this week. "We must stay vigilant and keep up the pressure both here in Arizona and throughout the country to indict any and all criminals who have facilitated election fraud," Watkins said. "President Trump had his election stolen not just in Arizona, but in other states too. While Watkins has repeatedly said on his channel that there "is no QAnon," comments replying to his campaign announcement are flooding in with QAnon slogans and ideology. QAnon influencers use the phrase "There is no QAnon" to suggest that it's a media construct, and that adherents disseminating "information" are nonviolent "patriots."
Prominent Liberal Watchdog Group Files Hatch Act Complaint Against Jen Psaki
A prominent liberal watchdog group filed a Hatch Act complaint against White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Friday, saying her apparent endorsement of Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McCauliffe during a White House press briefing may have violated federal law. The Hatch Act prohibits any executive branch employees from engaging in political activity in their official capacity, CREW said in a statement Friday. The group said it filed numerous Hatch Act complaints against “an unprecedented number” of Trump administration officials. Notably, OSC recommended that Kellyanne Conway, a former senior counselor to former President Donald Trump, be fired in May 2019 for violating the Hatch Act. Why does the media not hold @PressSec accountable for potential Hatch Act violations?
Ron Watkins, believed to be creator of QAnon, claims he's running for Congress in Arizona
In his Telegram video, Watkins stationed himself outside the office of Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, a candidate for U.S. Senate and someone whom Watkins could not secure a meeting with this week. “It had to be this way,” Q wrote. “Fraud vitiates everything and why Maricopa County may be the straw the broke the camel’s back,” Watkins wrote to his more than 200,000 subscribers on April 14. On April 25, Watkins wrote UV lights were being used to inspect ballots because the lights could detect oil from fingerprints. A man named Tony Teora, a science fiction author who said Watkins had asked him to lead his campaign, answered the phone number listed on Watkins' state filing.
Opinion | Attitudes Toward Masks Around the World
To the Editor:Re “On Masks and Covid, I Found Common Sense in Germany,” by Alec MacGillis (Opinion guest essay, Oct. 13):Mr. MacGillis’s experience of mask wearing in Germany largely corresponds with mine in Australia, a country headed by a center-right prime minister. Here the left and the right have been united about the need for masks, ensuring compliance from the general public. It seems to me that the key factors separating us from the United States are twofold: a responsible conservative media and strong political leadership. The Murdoch papers, with a huge market share in Australia, have been supportive of mask wearing, social distance and vaccines. For comparison, with a population 20 percent larger than Florida, Australia’s Covid death toll is 1/40th of the Sunshine State’s.
‘I like kids better than people,’ Biden says as hecklers shout ‘F–k Joe Biden’
Biden, 78, kneeled on the playground of the Capitol Child Development Center and gave one child a hug and spoke to several others. President Biden hugs a child during his visit to the Capitol Child Development Center in Hartford, Connecticut, on October 15, 2021. As this happened you could clearly hear Trump supporters across the street yelling ‘traitor’ and ‘f— Joe Biden. More yelling.”President Biden touches a child’s shirt during his visit to the Capitol Child Development Center in Hartford, Connecticut. President Biden promotes his “Build Back Better” agenda during his speech at the Capitol Child Development Center in Hartford, Connecticut, on October 15, 2021.
'Ingraham Angle' on Loudoun County school board's 'pathetic' response to guest
And even if your grandmother risks, I don't know, dying of hypothermia, Joe says, this is no time to be short sighted. They're going to address this supply shortage by securing agreements with Walmart, FedEx and others for 24/7 operations. I'm going to (inaudible)KUDLOW: I don't think $5 trillion in additional spending is going to reduce the inflation rate. PATTI MENDERS, LOUDOUN COUNTY MOTHER: So I've lived in Loudoun County for 23 years, and I asked a former school board member. But I don't think that's very nice of you, Raymond, to say that.
Biden press secretary Jen Psaki may have violated Hatch Act, watchdog says
White House press secretary Jen Psaki may have violated a law barring executive branch employees from partisan politicking, a government ethics watchdog said Friday. The Office of Special Counsel in 2019 issued a scathing report recommending Conway in particular should be fired for her repeated Hatch Act violations. The Trump administration abuse of the Hatch Act "does not mean we should be casual about compliance with an important ethics law" under Biden, Bookbinder said. "The Biden administration should not follow the Trump administration down that path." "After the ethics disaster of the Trump administration, there is extra pressure on the Biden administration to be above board," Bookbinder said, adding, "We hope the Biden administration will give renewed attention to staying on the right side of this law."
Critical race theory fears are based in lazy, racist thinking
Fads come and go in the trenches of the culture wars, but the obsession among Republicans with “critical race theory” lingers on. At every turn, the feeble attempts to criticize, let alone counter, the idea that structural racism exists have fallen flat. “Critical race theory is best thought of as a form of Marxism,” the authors declare, presumably having never read Karl Marx. Critical race theory is a new variant of Marxism that divides the world instead by race — race oppressors versus oppressed races.” So, if there’s a binary in the world where power is unequal, and people want to change that? That credit is heavily outweighed, though, once you subtract points for its insistence that Mississippi public universities should be punished for faculty believing that systemic racism is real.
In subpoena fight, Steve Bannon might best Democrats without a winning legal argument
Bannon may have a weak legal argument but still come out triumphant. Kill the Biden presidency in the crib.” He was ordered to testify Thursday before the House Select Committee investigating the insurrection. Does this mean Bannon will be held legally responsible for thwarting the Select Committee’s investigation into the insurrection at the Capitol? Bannon claims he does not have to comply with the Select Committee’s subpoena because any information he has is covered by executive privilege. Bannon’s already weak claim is an apparent attempt to piggyback Trump’s weak claim.
The Latest: Nevada concerned by rural vaccination rates
___PORTLAND, Maine — A federal appeals court has denied an emergency request to stop a COVID-19 vaccine mandate from going into effect in Maine. Janet Mills, requires health care workers to get vaccinated against the disease by Oct. 29 or risk losing jobs. While the vaccination rate among adults in New Mexico hovers around 71.5%, the rate among lab employees is much higher. It said the United States is the single largest contributor supporting COVAX efforts toward global COVID-19 vaccines access. The pass requirement, announced in July, helped boost France’s vaccination rate.
US, allies step up pressure on Iran to return to nuke talks
Iran has hinted it’s ready to return to indirect negotiations with the U.S. but has not yet committed to a date. This has alarmed U.S. officials who fear that if such activity continues, a return to the 2015 deal may be pointless. But he said enough time had already passed for Raisi and his team, which took office in August, to prepare. “We are prepared to turn to other options if Iran doesn’t change course, and these consultations with our allies and partners are part of it. “There is every possibility that Iran will choose a different path, and we need to coordinate with Israel and other partners in the region.”
Trump’s not going away — and neither is investigator Schiff
Trump’s not going away — and neither is investigator SchiffFILE - In this July 27, 2021, file photo, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., questions witnesses during the House select committee hearing on the Jan. 6 attack on Capitol Hill in Washington. “What did the president know about who was coming to this rally and what did he do when he found out?” Schiff asks. More immediately, Democrats face the prospect of a House Republican takeover in next fall’s midterm elections, elevating McCarthy to replace Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “If Kevin McCarthy were ever to become speaker, essentially Donald Trump would be speaker,” Schiff warns. Schiff positions America’s experience alongside a broader “global struggle going on right now between autocracy and democracy.
Bill Clinton reportedly recovering from urological infection
He said Clinton had a urological infection that spread to his bloodstream, but is on the mend and never went into septic shock, a potentially life-threatening condition. Hillary Clinton was with him in the hospital, though not his daughter, Chelsea Clinton. “President Biden and President Clinton look forward to seeing each other again soon,” Jean-Pierre said in an emailed statement. “President Biden wishes President Clinton a speedy recovery.”Clinton, 75, was admitted to the University of California Irvine Medical Center on Tuesday evening for a non-COVID-19-related infection, Clinton spokesman Angel Ureña said Thursday in a statement. And in 2016, as Hillary Clinton sought the White House as the Democratic nominee, Bill Clinton — by then a grandfather and nearing 70 — returned to the campaign trail.
Trump's not going away — and neither is investigator Schiff
Republican colleagues warned him he needed to stay out of sight because of his recognizable role as a Trump critic. But during the hours that followed, as the House returned to tally Electoral College votes for Biden, Schiff came to see Republican lawmakers, in “suits and ties,” as an institutional threat as serious as the rioters who bludgeoned their way into the building in an effort to overturn the election. The special committee is drilling down not just on Trump, but also potentially Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California and the president’s other allies in Congress who perpetuate the claim that the election was somehow rigged or illegitimate — though every state has certified its results as accurate, and dozens of court challenges have gone nowhere. “I’m trying to convey the fragility of our democracy -- something that we always took for granted -- but something that in the last four years has been dismantled piece by piece by piece,” Schiff said about his book. He expects the committee to deliver “the definitive report,” much as the 9/11 commission produced a comprehensive examination of the 2001 terror attack on the U.S.
Williams: Miseducation landed us here. This is our last chance to get history right.
Teachers in a suburban Dallas school district are being instructed to offer students "opposing" perspectives on the Holocaust, according to NBC News. That the prisoners of Nazi Germany's concentration camps were as content as enslaved Black people in America? Yes, Virginia textbooks, into the 1970s, taught that bogus Lost Cause narrative of enslavement. They're hard to extract from public education, even in our moment of racial reckoning -- or perhaps because of it. In Queen Anne's County, Md., a Black school superintendent's attempt to spark a dialogue on racism culminated in a groundswell of resistance that effectively chased her from her post in the high-achieving, majority-white school district.
SNL: How much do the cast get paid?
SNL is returning for its 47th season on 2 October with Owen Wilson hosting and Kacey Musgraves performing as musical guest. Cast members on the show are reportedly paid on an episode-by-episode basis on a scale of experience: those with the most experience earn more. Tuko reports that Kenan Thompson is one of the highest paid cast-members, being the longest-serving cast member in the history of show. He is another of the next highest paid cast members and is rumoured to take home $15,000 each episode. The ‘SNL’ team accept their Emmy (CBS)It’s the same amount too as Pete Davidson – one of the show’s main cast members – as well as Mikey Day, who joined the show first as a writer before becoming a full cast member in 2016.
Pro-Trump protesters chant ‘f*** Joe Biden’ in front of a group of children
A group of Donald Trump’s supporters chanted vulgar language at Joe Biden as he visited a group of young children at a Connecticut day care centre. Mr Biden was at the Capitol Child Development Centre in Hartford, Connecticut to deliver remarks highlighting the proposed childcare subsidies in his Build Back Better infrastructure package. As he arrived on Friday, a group of Trump-supporting protesters stood nearby, chanting “f*** Joe Biden” and “he’s not our President”. As part of his trip to the state, Mr Biden also visited UConn’s campus in Storrs to attend the dedication of the Dodd Center for Human Rights. The facility houses the papers of both Dodds, and includes the documents from the Nuremberg Trials, which Thomas Dodd led to investigate the Holocaust and Nazi war crimes.
COVID-19: US to reopen borders to vaccinated passengers from UK and EU on 8 November
The United States will reopen its borders to travellers from the UK and European Union, lifting a ban that has been in place for more than 18 months. Kevin Munoz, the White House's deputy press secretary, announced that 8 November will mark the moment vaccinated travellers will once again be allowed to fly into the US. "The US' new travel policy that requires vaccination for foreign national travelers to the United States will begin on Nov 8," he tweeted. Image: Joe Biden's administration renewed Donald Trump's travel ban. The American drug regulators have not formally approved the Astra Zeneca vaccine which has been widely administered across the UK and EU.
Jeffrey Epstein believed he could dodge sex trafficking charges by turning on Trump or Clinton
Jeffrey Epstein believed he could make a deal to beat his sex trafficking charges by turning against Donald Trump or Bill Clinton, a new book claims. 'Trump, if he was obsessed with Clinton, which he was, was also obsessed with what Epstein knew about Clinton.' He said he thought Trump was a 'moron' and believed that his Attorney General Bill Barr was really the person in charge. Afterwards Bannon told Epstein that he was 'good' but told him to stay away from discussions about race. Epstein thought that Trump had 'cultivated' the Palm Beach police and may have had a hand in the investigation into him in 2006 and continued to stalk him.
Ethics watchdog files a complaint against Jen Psaki
A prominent outside government ethics watchdog has filed an ethics complaint claiming White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki violated the Hatch Act when she talked up former Virginia Gov. Citizens for Responsible Ethics in Washington, an ethics group that regularly hounded the Trump administration when multiple officials talked politics or promoted merchandise from the White House grounds, announced the complaint a day after Psaki's comments. Administration officials are schooled in the law when they sign on, and Psaki served in the Obama White House. 'The Biden administration should not follow the Trump administration down that path.' The complaint comes after former Obama ethics official Walter Shaub rapped Psaki for brushing back on a reporter's question the ethics of Hunter Biden's art sales.
Bill Cosby sued in New Jersey over alleged rape
Bill Cosby was released from prison in June after a US court overturned his conviction for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004Advertising Read moreNew York (AFP)An actress has sued Bill Cosby alleging that the disgraced comedian drugged and raped her in New Jersey 31 years ago, US court documents show. The next morning Cosby handed Bernard money and walked her to a waiting car which drove her back to New York, the suit says. A spokesman for Cosby said in a statement that New Jersey prosecutors had closed an investigation into Bernard's allegations in 2015 without charging Cosby. Bernard is a long-time Cosby accuser, one of several women to say he sexually assaulted them. In August, a Los Angeles judge ruled that a nearly seven-year-old civil lawsuit alleging that Cosby sexually assaulted Judy Huth in 1974 when she was 15 years old could proceed.
Why Isn’t Steve Bannon in Jail? Ask the Democrats.
Indicted money launderer and noted coup enthusiast Steve Bannon has refused to sit for a deposition in front of the January 6 Select Committee. Referring Bannon to a criminal contempt proceeding could result in jail time or financial consequences for Bannon, but it is a much longer process than Democrats (and Democratic apologists) would have you believe. Remember, this is all just a “referral” for a contempt proceeding, not an actual vote on whether Bannon was in contempt. It will be Garland—a man not renowned for his speed—not Congress, in charge of the actual contempt proceeding against Bannon. Current Issue View our current issueA criminal contempt proceeding is essentially a prosecution for noncompliance with the law.
Offshore wind revolution to create 77,000 jobs in climate change fight
Two workers look at wind turbines in the North Sea off of the Belgian coast in 2019. A plan rolled out by Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland would see the construction of seven major offshore wind farms along the West and East Coasts and the Gulf of Mexico. It’s not just Republicans and big oil and gas that oppose or question offshore wind farms, however. Less concerned with profits, conservationists worry that large offshore wind farms could kill thousands of birds. The Biden wind farm plan is important for reasons that go beyond domestic politics and stakeholder negotiation, however.
Cooperation with China on climate but conflict elsewhere won’t work
Confrontation with China on the one hand and simultaneous cooperation with China on climate are not possible. | U.S. NavyThe Biden administration claims it can follow a two-track policy with China: cooperation on climate and confrontation elsewhere. Biden also articulates a new foreign policy “for the middle-class” with global cooperation around the climate crisis at the center. The Biden administration sees the climate crisis as the chief national security threat and foreign policy an extension of domestic policy. In addition, the Biden administration is maintaining tariffs imposed by Trump against Chinese goods (tariffs that only hurt U.S. consumers).
Biden’s climate measures must pass or he’ll go empty handed to COP26
Passage of his $3.5 trillion Build Back Better plan would allow Biden to go to the coming talks with something solid in hand. If the deal fails to pass by the end of October, however, the President may go to COP 26 in Glasgow with nothing to show. Central to Biden’s climate agenda is a proposed $3.5 trillion package that would establish a new program to incentivize a shrinking reliance on fossil fuels – including taking action on methane contamination, as well as investing in cleaner, more efficient energy. “I could see myself coming below $3.5 trillion but we shall see how far $1.5 trillion goes,” said Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii. Of Biden’s presidency, he added, “We are about to attempt to turn the page on a very dark four years for climate action.
Americans are ready to tax the rich
As debate over Democrats’ Build Back Better Act has intensified, the $3.5 trillion social spending bill has remained strikingly popular. Other tax provisions focused on the wealthy that could be included in the bill — such as tax increases on corporations and capital gains — found 65 percent or more support overall. Fifty-seven percent said tax credits for electric cars in the Build Back Better plan would make them more likely to purchase one. Democrats’ bill is popular. The strong support for tax increases on the rich — after big tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations under President Donald Trump — suggests skeptical centrist Democrats may have other concerns in backing cuts to the bill.
13 best tweets of the week, including validated parking, cat treats, and sprimp
We're halfway through October and just yesterday it was 2019, I believe. We love to see it, the march of times, especially when it high-steps its way into a weekend. To celebrate the end of the week we've collected some of our favorite tweets from the week. SEE ALSO: The best dog toysHere they are, the 13 best tweets of the week. Ha ha ha ha, oh no, oh no9.
QAnon figurehead Ron Watkins announces he's running for Congress
QAnon figurehead Ron Watkins officially announced that he is running for Congress as a Republican in Arizona on Thursday night in a bizarre video posted to his Telegram channel. Ron Watkins had been living in Japan, but has recently been seen in Arizona with the Trump-endorsed candidate for governor, Kari Lake. In 2020, during the pandemic, QAnon conspiracy theories exploded online and spread on major platforms like Facebook . While many now believe Ron Watkins is "Q" due to the HBO series and these various connections, it's still unconfirmed. While Ron Watkins would be the biggest QAnon name running for Congress, he's not alone.
Ex-Cuomo top aide Melissa DeRosa, hubby to divorce, sell home: sources
DeRosa and spouse Matthew Wing — who met while working side by side in Cuomo’s communications office — are getting divorced and selling their Brooklyn Heights apartment, sources close to them said Friday. … Melissa spent time in Albany, and Matt works for Uber and spent some time in San Francisco,” the source said. Realtor.comMelissa DeRosa’s Brooklyn apartment was often empty, a source told The Post. Mike SegarMelissa DeRosa and Matt Wing met while working in Cuomo’s communications office. TwitterMatt Wing works for Uber and would sometimes stay in San Francisco, sources said.
Infamous dossier source Christopher Steele to be interviewed by George Stephanopoulos
On Monday, Steele will be seen speaking with “Good Morning America” host George Stephanopoulos in a pre-recorded interview for a new documentary series launched by the ABC host. “This man should be extradited, tried and thrown into jail,” Trump said of Steele in a tweet in July 2020. Former MI6 agent Christopher Steele will be interviewed by George Stephanopoulos (pictured). For his snooping — specifically into Trump — Steele was contracted by Fusion GPS, a DC-based intelligence company that was later discovered to have been funded by Hillary Clinton. While he hasn’t spoken about his fallacious work in interviews, Steele has defended the dossier since it was released.
Biden official who said inflation issues are ‘high class problems’ once ripped Trump admin for price increases
White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain, who was eviscerated by critics Thursday for endorsing a tweet that claimed inflation and supply chain issues affecting the country were "high class problems," once ripped the Trump administration for being out of touch on price increases. "Most of the economic problems we're facing (inflation, supply chains, etc.) are high class problems. TOP WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL RETWEETS POST CALLING INFLATION, SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES ‘HIGH CLASS PROBLEMS’Since taking office, the Biden administration has overseen a rising inflation rate that reached its highest point in 13 years. Because I think that is the Trump admin economic message of the day."
RNC’s WinRed Platform Raising Money For Jan. 6 Witness’s Legal Fund
WASHINGTON – The Republican National Committee’s WinRed platform is raising money for Jan. 6 witness and former Donald Trump aide Kash Patel’s legal defense fund, further tying the national party to the insurrection Trump incited in a last-ditch attempt to remain in power. “There are certain benefactors who would not be happy about being involved with Jan. 6,” he said on condition of anonymity. “Maybe they’re doing legal defense funds now,” he said, also on condition of anonymity. It is unclear whether WinRed is hosting any other legal defense funds. The House committee investigating Jan. 6 subpoenaed Patel last month because of his knowledge of Trump’s White House on Jan. 6 and the days and weeks leading up to it.
Nebraska AG: Docs can prescribe controversial COVID drugs
(AP) — Nebraska’s attorney general said Friday that he won’t seek disciplinary action against doctors who prescribe controversial, off-label drugs to treat and prevent coronavirus infections, as long as they get informed consent from patients and don’t engage in misconduct. It’s also unclear whether many doctors are actually prescribing them in Nebraska or elsewhere, although a few isolated cases have emerged nationally. The opinion only applies to doctors prescribing the drugs as a preventative measure and an early treatment for outpatients. The opinion came in response to a request from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, which licenses and disciplines doctors. Peterson was first elected attorney general in 2014 and won re-election unopposed in 2018.
Capitol Police officer indicted on obstruction charges
By Katelyn Polantz and Christina Carrega | CNNA US Capitol Police officer was indicted on obstruction charges in connection to the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol. According to the indictment, Michael A. Riley told a contact online to remove posts showing the person was in the Capitol building that day. “im a capitol police officer who agrees with your political stance,” Riley allegedly wrote to the person. In mid-January, Riley told the person to “Get off of social media.”“Theyre arresting dozens of people aday. They also spoke on the phone, prompting the person Riley communicated with to tell others about being in touch with “capitol police” and to anticipate trespassing charges.
Jake Angeli, Arizona's 'QAnon shaman,' pleads guilty to felony obstruction, could get 5 years
Angeli told the judge he was "very appreciative for the court's willingness to have me and my mental vulnerabilities examined." He told Lamberth that he hoped "your honor certainly didn’t take any offense to anything I told the psychiatrist. Watkins said Angeli had been receiving advice from relatives telling him not to plead guilty, sure that Trump would one day pardon him. Watkins told the court, during a June hearing, that Angeli was cooperating with FBI agents investigating the events of Jan. 6. Judge Lamberth ordered that Angeli be fed an all-organic diet in keeping with his professed religious belief as a self-studied shaman.
Ron Watkins, believed to be creator of QAnon, claims he's running for Congress in Arizona
In his Telegram video, Watkins stationed himself outside the office of Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, a candidate for U.S. Senate and someone whom Watkins could not secure a meeting with this week. “It had to be this way,” Q wrote. “Fraud vitiates everything and why Maricopa County may be the straw the broke the camel’s back,” Watkins wrote to his more than 200,000 subscribers on April 14. On April 25, Watkins wrote UV lights were being used to inspect ballots because the lights could detect oil from fingerprints. A man named Tony Teora, a science fiction author who said Watkins had asked him to lead his campaign, answered the phone number listed on Watkins' state filing.
Sisolak prepares for ‘heated year’ ahead of 2022 election
Steve Sisolak, in an interview at the governor’s mansion in Carson City, said he prays daily for guidance in handling the COVID pandemic. Steve Sisolak defends his record as he prepares for what is expected to be a heated race for re-election in 2022. Steve Sisolak outside the governor's mansion in Carson City Wednesday. Steve Sisolak gave a reporter a tour of the governor's mansion in Carson City Wednesday. Not even the Halloween decorations that festoon the governor’s mansion are above partisan reproach.
Tramel's ScissorTales: Why Lincoln Riley isn't interested in a two-quarterback system for Sooners
BYU will join the Big 12 for the 2023 season, while Houston, UCF and Cincinnati join for either 2023 or 2024. But the infusion of Cincinnati, UCF and BYU should give the Big 12 a little hop to its step. 'He's made of iron':Israel Antwine is a key piece to OSU's run defense against TexasRanking the Big 12 games1. The Longhorns aren’t out of the Big 12 by any stretch, but they can’t afford another loss to a Big 12 contender, else they would lose tiebreaker. In the Big 12, Texas Christian is 40/1, and Kansas State, West Virginia and Texas Tech are 100/1.
Trump campaign, others want Dominion worker's suit dismissed
Oltmann publicized his findings on a podcast, and he was both interviewed about it and it was picked up by the other defendants, the lawsuit alleges. Both President Trump and his son Eric Trump tweeted references to the report as the campaign launched ultimately unsuccessful lawsuits after the election alleging there was widespread voter fraud. Judge Marie Avery Moses repeatedly asked defense counsel if their clients investigated or tried to fact-check Oltmann’s claim. Counsel replied that their clients had a First Amendment right to address a report already in the public realm. Some insisted that there was no coordination or conspiracy against Coomer or Dominion, as Coomer's lawsuit contends.
Biden to reinstate Trump-era ‘Remain in Mexico’ migrant policy
The Biden administration said on Friday it plans to reinstate the Trump-era border policy known as Remain in Mexico, which forced at least 70,000 asylum seekers to stay in Mexico, many for extended periods and in deprived and dangerous conditions, while they waited for their cases to be considered US courts. Joe Biden suspended the policy formally known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) in his first days in office, but a federal judge ordered his administration to put it back into place. Donald Trump introduced Remain in Mexico in January 2019. It also fails to address the forces pushing people north to the US-Mexico border and the huge backlogs in US immigration courts. “They had a lot of options here, including re-terminating MPP promptly and seeking to vacate the order,” Jadwat said.
Biden publicly concedes the $3.5 trillion for 'human infrastructure' bill won't happen
President Joe Biden publicly conceded Friday that the dollar amount of the proposed $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill was going to shrink during a speech at a child care center in Connecticut. President Joe Biden arrives at the Capitol Child Development Center Friday in Hartford, ConnecticutPresident Joe Biden hugs a toddler outside the Capitol Child Development Center. He then talked about his own family when bringing up child care costs. Biden's proposed Build Back Better bill, which he's dubbed 'human infrastructure,' includes provisions for climate change, universal pre-K, child care assistance, tuition-free community college, paid medical and family leave, the extension of the child tax credit and enhanced Medicare coverage. In Hartford, Biden aimed grievances at Republicans and tax cheats, not his fellow Democrats.
Man tied to QAnon conspiracy announces bid for Congress
Echoing Trump's unsupported complaints about the 2020 presidential election, Watkins said voter fraud was a key issue. Watkins and his father Jim Watkins ran the 8chan and successor 8kun message boards that became a hub for conspiracy theories. Over the next three years that snowballed into the QAnon movement boasting hundreds of thousands of followers in the United States and thousands more in other countries. At the core of their myriad conspiracy theories was their belief that there was a secret cabal in Washington trying to undermine Trump. While the QAnon movement has lost steam, two Republicans who had endorsed it won seats in Congress, and adherents of the movement took part in the violent attack on Congress on January 6.
How the Proud Boys Helped Take Down Art Acevedo
Acevedo yells, moving close to the man's face.When the incident took place in July, New Times reported that the civilian was a member of the Proud Boys. Nowhas confirmed the man's identity: Ozzy Perez Cerezal, according to multiple sources (including a former member of the Proud Boys who asked not to be named in this article).Cerezal is vice president of Latinos for Trump and a member of the Vice City chapter of the Proud Boys in Miami — a chapter founded by former Proud Boys chairman Enrique Tarrio . Carollo said he didn't know if the man was a member of the Proud Boys but knew enough about him to say he served in Afghanistan. "I don't know if he's a Pride [sic] Boy, I don't know if he's a Black Panther, I don't know if he's an American Indian or what he is," Carollo said from the dais. "As they've continued to gain notoriety following the January 6 insurrection, the Proud Boys have ascended to the chambers of Miami's local government and, perhaps unwittingly, have assisted in the dramatic downfall of one of the nation's most high-profile police chiefs.
Pro-impeachment lawmaker Adam Kinzinger admits he may have to quit over redistricting
Mr Kinzinger, who has served six terms in the House, made the remarks after Illinois released a proposed map with 14 Democratic seats and three Republican seats, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. He also criticised the process, which would put him in the same district as Democratic Rep Marie Newman, The Chicago Tribune reported. Mr Kinzinger has emerged as one of the most visible critics of former president Donald Trump within the Republican Party. Mr Trump has targeted many Republicans who voted to impeach him and has endorsed primary challengers to Ms Cheney and Jaime Herrera of Washington. Rep Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio announced he would not seek re-election next year after Mr Trump endorsed Max Miller.
US Capitol cop helped alleged rioter scrub Facebook account, feds say
A US Capitol cop sympathetic to former President Donald Trump allegedly warned a Jan. 6 rioter to scrub his Facebook account before the FBI found evidence that the man had participated in the siege, court papers charge. Capitol Police Officer Michael Angelo Riley was charged with obstructing the Jan. 6 riot investigation. NurPhoto via Getty ImagesA crowd of Trump supporters gathered outside the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. “If you want to see the Capitol building, lets do it legally next time,” he allegedly wrote. Riley is charged with two counts of obstruction and is scheduled to make his initial appearance in federal court in Washington, DC.
Prosecutors: Capitol cop told Jan. 6 rioter to hide evidence
A U.S. Capitol Police officer has been indicted on obstruction of justice charges after prosecutors say he helped to hide evidence of a rioter's involvement in the Jan. 6 insurrection. Experts say the efforts to scrub the social media accounts reveal a desperate willingness to manipulate evidence once these people realized they were in hot water. Later in January, after two had discussed their love of fishing, Riley told the man to get off social media. Making digital content vanish isn’t as easy as deleting content from phones, removing social media posts or shutting down accounts. Investigators have been able to retrieve the digital content by requesting it from social media companies, even after accounts are shut down.
Bari Weiss challenges Brian Stelter on NY Times uproar over Cotton op-ed: Did it really put 'lives in danger?'
Journalist Bari Weiss confronted CNN's Brian Stelter Wednesday over whether the infamous New York Times op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., truly put "lives in danger," as left-wing staffers furiously claimed last year. Weiss told Stelter it would take an "epidemic of courage" at woke-leaning institutions like the New York Times to bring them back to places of sanity and open debate. "If 1,000 journalists said 'No, it is wrong that New York Times editors were fired over an op-ed by a Republican senator, that's insanity, that's craziness,'" she said. The Times ultimately apologized for the Cotton piece, saying the op-ed fell short of its standards and shouldn't have been published. Stelter addressed the Times op-ed fiasco last year, hosting New York Times Magazine writer Nikole Hannah-Jones on "Reliable Sources."
Big money Democratic donors, John Bolton PAC donate to anti-Trump Cheney committee
Team Cheney, Liz Cheney's joint fundraising committee, received donations in the third quarter from Ron Conway, a longtime Democratic donor and angel investor, and John Pritzker, a member of the wealthy Pritzker family. He is the cousin of J.B. Pritzker, the Democratic governor of Illinois, and Penny Pritzker, former U.S. Commerce secretary. Conway and Pritzker combined to give over $20,000 to Cheney's committee in August, according to a new Federal Election Commission filing. Ted Janus, an investor who has mainly given to Democratic campaigns, gave just over $10,000 to Cheney's committee that same month. Liz Cheney highlighted an upcoming fundraising event with Bush himself in a tweet last month.
Biden administration to reinstate Trump-era ‘Remain-in-Mexico’ asylum policy to comply with court order
The Biden administration will reinstate a Trump-era border policy in November that forces asylum seekers to stay in Mexico until their U.S. immigration court date. On his first day in office, President Joe Biden ended the policy, known as Migrant Protection Protocols, or MPP. The Republican-led states of Texas and Missouri sued the Biden administration in April over the suspension of the policy. Title 42, first implemented in March 2020 at the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic, denies certain migrants the opportunity to apply for asylum. The revival of the MPP policy still hinges on the approval of the Mexican government.
Richmond emerges as make-or-break battleground in tight Virginia race
Both McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin have homed in on Richmond and Central Virginia, bombarding the area with on-the-ground visits and TV advertising. Throughout the race, Democrats have been staring down an enthusiasm gap in polls: Despite McAullife’s narrow lead in most surveys, Republican voters have consistently said they are more enthusiastic about the election. McAuliffe, in an interview, hinted at that challenge for Democrats with Trump out of the White House. The Republican ticket is also focused on the Richmond area. In control of the levers of power in Washington and Richmond, Democrats like McAuliffe and Spanberger, the local member of Congress, are eager to show that the party can deliver on its promises.
U.S. to lift restrictions Nov 8 for vaccinated foreign travelers
Many praised Friday's announcement, including Sweden's ambassador to the United States Karin Olofsdotter, who called it "very welcoming news." On Tuesday, the White House announced it would lift restrictions at its land borders and ferry crossings with Canada and Mexico for fully vaccinated foreign nationals in early November. They are similar but not identical to requirements announced last month for international air travelers. The White House announced on Sept. 20 that the United States would lift restrictions on air travelers https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/us-relax-travel-restrictions-passengers-uk-eu-november-source-2021-09-20 from 33 countries in early November. The CDC plans to issue new rules soon on contact tracing for international air travelers.
Dow Climbs on Goldman Sachs Earnings, Retail Sales Boom
Stocks climbed Friday, following the best day for the S&P 500 in six months, as corporate earnings and improving sentiment offset persistent inflation concern. At last check the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 294 points, or 0.84%, to, 35,206, while the S&P 500 advanced 0.61% and the Nasdaq gained 0.36%Markets got a boost from stronger-than-expected third-quarter earnings from Goldman Sachs (GS) - Get Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (GS) Report and a surprise 0.7% month-on-month gain for U.S. retail sales. A closely tracked market-based gauge of inflation expectations, meanwhile, is trading at the highest levels since May. At the same time, the report noted, wage pressures and labor shortages for U.S. small businesses are the worst in 50 years. Oil prices were on the rise, with Brent crude futures trading at the highest levels in three years.
Prosecutors: Capitol cop told Jan.6 rioter to hide evidence
In the days after the attack, scores of rioters flaunted their participation in social media posts that bragged about their ability to get inside the Capitol. Experts say the efforts to scrub the social media accounts reveal a desperate willingness to manipulate evidence once these people realized they were in hot water. Riley told the rioter that the scene was a “total s---show.” “I’m glad you got out of there unscathed. Investigators have been able to retrieve the digital content by requesting it from social media companies, even after accounts are shut down. Despite initial criticism that Capitol police did not do enough to stop the rioters, Riley is the first Capitol police officer to be charged with a crime involving the insurrection.
Mike Pompeo says Biden is 'diminishing' America in the world
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accepted a Nixon Foundation award in California and accused the Biden administration of failing to appreciate that there is 'evil and there is good' in the world. 'At its very core, what the Biden administration fails to understand is there is a harsh reality out there, that there is evil and there is good,' he said. The Biden administration credits the deal with contributing to the chaotic total withdrawal of troops in August. Pompeo, a potential GOP presidential candidate, also hammered the Iran nuclear deal, which Barack Obama inked, Trump withdrew from, and Biden is seeking to renegotiate. Critics and some policy experts fear the US has ceded influence to China with the Afghanistan withdrawal and Taliban takeover.
The End of American Militarism?
And he should endorse Section 2340A of Title 18 of the United States Code, which makes it a federal crime for public officials to engage in torture outside the United States. That the United States should exert itself to alleviate these problems is no doubt the case. Nuclear war (or a nuclear mishap) remains one of the most immediate threats to humanity. Members of that establishment accept it as given that the United States should enjoy privileges and prerogatives not allowed to any other country. Perhaps the United States should consider the present moment as an invitation to reassess that proposition.
How Can You Talk Effectively to Anti-Vaxxers, Flat Earthers, and Climate Deniers? ? Current Affairs
And, you know, you’re right. That’s right. That’s right. That’s right. But first we have to go out there face to face and to begin to talk to them.”And I think that’s the central lesson here.
Trump’s favorite channel, One America News, was never ‘news’ at all
We knew that Trump appreciates the blind loyalty, promoting the channel more than 100 times on his Twitter feed, often as he complained about Fox News’s failure to back him fully and at all times. We knew that Herring was far from shy about his partiality, tweeting in early January: “If anyone thinks we will throw the best President America has had, in my 79 years, under the bus, you are wrong.”
Iowa Senate Districts 7 and 39
Today, I am going to be looking at two Iowa Senate Districts: SD 7 and SD 39. Both SD 7 and SD 39 have traditionally leaned fairly heavily Democratic. It’s interesting, though, that Hubbell performed better in SD 39 than in SD 7. However, both SD 7 and SD 39 were among the few bright spots for senate Dems that year. Currently, there are also two other districts based in Johnson County located directly east of SD 39, which are both reliably blue.
Cartoon: AT&T and OAN: Your conspiracies, delivered
It’s true, AT&T is behind One America News, the “news” network that is crazier than Fox News. Court documents revealed by Reuters show how much AT&T is responsible for OAN. Without AT&T, the conspiracy-spreading outlet that trafficks in election conspiracy and horse de-wormer miracle cures would not exist. It’s a conspiracy outlet that has been pushing dangerous lies for months — dangerous for democracy and dangerous to humans drawn in by promises of miracle cures and Covid misinformation. Enjoy the cartoon, and please join me over on Patreon — where you can support my work, download prints and find exclusive videos!
Trump's obsession with rumored pee-pee tapes and golden showers prompts this repost of my 2018 diary
“I’m not into golden showers,” Trump said unprompted in a private speech at the National Republican Senatorial Committee retreat, according to The Washington Post. From the archives, here, with minor editing, is my diary from 2018:The slang terms are golden showers or watersports. Experimenting with golden showers is healthy, as long as it is between two consenting partners and appropriate safety precautions are practiced. The closest Trump has come to physicality (that we know of for sure) is his grabbing women in the genitals. Wikipedia I’m not even sure that bullying occurs on a spectrum with the most benign not being a sadist, rather being someone who just enjoys intimidating others to those who get visceral — perhaps sexual — pleasure in doing so.
Texas House Districts 66 and 67
Today, I am going to be looking at Texas House Districts 66 and 67, both located in Collin County, which is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area. TX HD 66 and TX HD 67 traditionally have leaned heavily Republican but have trended rapidly towards the Democrats in recent years. (Romney carried the district by roughly the same margin as he did in HD 66). Prior to 2018, HDs 66 and 67 were reliably Republican districts, with Democrats not even contesting these seats in 2012 or 2014. Instead, the Republicans have sacrificed HD 70 (located directly north of the current HD 67).
I became an American citizen and voted for the first time
Last November I voted for the first time on a presidential election. I am a former undocumented immigrant who became a citizen 3 years ago, Last November I had the honor to vote on a presidential election for the first time in my life. I voted for @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris and helped kick RACIST Trump out of the White House . Now, I speak English with a sexy latino accent, I am a storyteller, an American citizen and I vote. You can listen to a video clip about my journey to the polls and more of my stories on my web site www.nestorgomezstoryteller.com/...
Deniers Debunk Themselves: Climate Concern Polls and Fossil Fuel Trolls
Even though, as we've noted, it should be on the fossil fuel industry to clean up their pollution, not the public. While “somewhat concerned” remained flat at 30%, and the somewhat/not very concerned set shrunk by 4%, down to 28% of registered voters they polled. There are just as many people willing to pay $100 as there are people unwilling to pay anything. — are willing to pay their own money to clean up the fossil fuel industry’s mess. But the fact that fossil fuels are expensive and unreliable is so obvious that even other conservatives are balking at the bad-faith “Blame Biden” Bandwagon.
How? How Do We Neutralize Manchin and Sinema?
How do you apply pressure to two people who clearly don’t give a flying f%*k? If either or both bolted to the GOP they would lose the leverage they currently have. Assholes yes, stupid no. Manchin on the other hand is as corrupt as his daughter. His daughter is his tie to Big Pharma and the rest of his family to coal.
Arizona Attorney General courts MAGA vote with rooftop nunchucks routine
Arizona Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich must be under a lot of stress. He is considered the Republican Party’s best chance at turning Sen. Mark Kelly’s seat red this coming election. After Trump aimed one of his oafish attacks on Brnovich in May, Brnovich began adding more ultra-right-wing histrionics to his platform. Recently, Brnovich has added some anti-vaxx nonsense to the public exhibits showing how low he will go to win his party’s nomination. On Friday, Mr. Brnovich took that fragile masculinity to its foregone conclusion and tweeted this video of himself, showing everyone his nunchucks skills.
'It gives everyone cold sweats': Republicans fret over Trump's involvement in 2022
Through his endorsements and massive Save America rallies, President Trump is single-handedly rebuilding the Republican Party at the ballot box.”Fascinating. Trump went on to blast certain Senate Republicans who have dared to publicly challenge him, name-checking Sens. Congressional Republicans see real opportunities for gaining seats and retaking majorities next year, but not with a message dominated by Trump's obsessive 2020 election fraud lies. So whatever message GOP operatives and lawmakers might hope to feature in next year's midterms: They can kiss it goodbye. Trump is going to go to his grave spewing 2020 election fraud conspiracy theories and he'll happily drag the Republican Party with him.
GA-Sen: Sen. Raphael Warnock (D) Rakes In $9.5 Million In Q3 Fundraising
Warnock ended the quarter with more than $17.2 million in cash on hand, more than any Georgia U.S. Senate campaign has reported at this stage in the election cycle. He collected contributions from more than 145,000 donors during the reporting period, which spans from July to September, said campaign manager Quentin Fulks. Warnock, the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, has expanded the sprawling donor list he amassed during last year’s campaign to fill the remaining two years of retired Republican Johnny Isakson’s term. He’s emerged as a fundraising juggernaut who can attract small-dollar donors – his average contribution was $37 – along with checks from the deep-pocketed elite. His fundraising ability will continue to be put to the test as Warnock, who ousted incumbent Republican Kelly Loeffler in a special election, seeks a full six-year term in November 2022.
Public unions and vaccine mandates -- a few things to share
It is not about the vaccine...Public sector unions are not anti-vaccine—there is nothing about vaccines in conflict with Labor Movement values. When public sector unions oppose vaccine mandates, it is to protect their members in the post-COVID future. There are many different laws governing public sector unions across state and local jurisdictions so specifics vary. But in general terms, posit a public sector union with a legislature that just passes a law to mandate vaccination. Union members and leaders reflect the broader society, and every local union has its share of vaccine hesitators and outright opponents.
Good News Roundup for Friday, October 15, 2021: Let's Roll up Our Sleeves
And you may be wondering, what the heck is this list (which is incomplete) doing in the Good News Roundup? Come in, dear gnusies, and take a rest in the good news before you roll up your sleeves and resume the fight. And today, we have some good news: They’re going to help speed up the delivery of goods all across America. She handled it really, really well like a pro, and I was really happy that she was there. (They’re really good!
Morning Digest: Baffled by new map, two West Virginia Republicans announce bids for wrong district
Mooney, however, issued a poorly edited statement saying, "I am excited to be running for re-election in the new First District of West Virginia." The map has already passed the Senate, so once the House approves it, it will go to Republican Gov. 3Q FUNDRAISING? MO-Sen: Vicky Hartzler (R): $446,000 raised, $1.65 million cash-on-hand? NH-Sen: Maggie Hassan (D-inc): $2.97 million raised, $6.5 million cash-on-hand? OH-Sen: J.D. Kathy Hochul ahead of what could be a competitive 2022 Democratic primary to keep her new post. Bibb outpaced Kelley 27-19 in last month's nonpartisan primary; Kelley soon released an internal showing him edging out Bibb 32-30.
Donald Trump tried to destroy Andrew McCabe. A new settlement undoes some of the damage
Trump made McCabe a frequent target and explicitly threatened his pension, saying in one tweet, “FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits. !” Go figure: When Sessions fired McCabe just in time to deny him his full pension, it looked suspicious. McCabe sued, claiming he was illegally fired for political reasons. Angry at McCabe for daring to challenge him, Donald Trump jumped to the assumption that McCabe must be corrupt, and did his best to ruin the man’s life. Getting back the retirement benefits he earned won’t undo the damage to McCabe’s family, but it’s at least a measure of justice.
Trump's Undermining of the Electoral Process Gives U.S. Third World Nation Status
Widespread belief among Trump loyalists that elections are "fixed" has undermined faith in the American political process. In 1989, when Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's government announced that India was switching over to computerized voting systems many opposition leaders cried foul. The Janata Dal opposition party noted that the first constituencies that would receive the voting machines were located in opposition strongholds like Uttar Pradesh. Chavez, who was the president of Venezuela and who had nothing to do with the production of voting machines, died in 2013. Elected officeholders and elections officials around the United States have been subjected to physical threats from Trump supporters.
International Criminal Court Excludes US From Probe Into Afghanistan War Crimes
The International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 5, 2020 overturned its previous decision and authorized then-Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to formally probe crimes as far back as 2002 committed by members of the U.S. armed forces, the CIA, the Taliban, affiliated armed groups, and Afghan government forces. It would also have covered crimes committed at so-called CIA black sites in Poland, Lithuania, and Romania. The prospect of the probe elicited fierce backlash from the Trump administration, which slapped retaliatory sanctions on Bensouda and another top ICC official. The investigation was deferred last year, however, when the Afghan government in March sought to take on the investigation itself. “I fully support re-opening the investigation into crimes by the Taliban (and other forces) in Afghanistan — it should never have been halted by ‘deferral,'” said Gallagher.
Jan 6 Committee Will Hold Steve Bannon in Contempt for Violating Subpoena Order
“Steve Bannon has violated a congressional subpoena and missed his opportunity — w/o jail time or court order — to come clean about the Jan. 6 insurrection,” Raskin said on Twitter. Previously, Trump has told four of his former aides who were subpoenaed by the select committee to defy their orders. The DOJ has already stated that former aides to Trump need not worry about violating Trump’s supposed executive privilege. “President Biden does not uphold the former President’s assertion of privilege,” White House counsel Dana Remus wrote in a letter to the Archivist of the United States David Ferriero. The Presidential Records Act gives final decision-making power related to claims of executive privilege to the current president.
Joe Biden to call Bill Clinton in hospital, sends ‘his best wishes’
President Biden plans to call former President Bill Clinton in the hospital to wish him a speedy recovery, the White House said Friday. “The President sends his best wishes to President Clinton, President Biden will be speaking to them later today,” White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Air Force One during a flight to Connecticut. “They have not connected yet but we’re hoping to connect them later today,” she said. Hillary Clinton was seen leaving California Irvine Medical Center after her husband, former President Bill Clinton, was admitted. “President Biden will be speaking to [the Clintons] later today,” White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters.
The Jan. 6 committee does not have time to waste
When former Trump adviser Stephen K. Bannon failed to appear before the committee in response to a subpoena, Rep. Thompson (D-Miss. ), announced that the committee would take a vote to hold him in contempt ... in a few days. (As attorney Luppe Luppen put it on Twitter, mocking the delay: “Almost happened this week! Near miss.”) But this means that a witness involved in conversations with Trump before Jan. 6 and in the response to the election will not be heard anytime soon. Finding someone in contempt could result in a potential witness being jailed (something Bannon would likely relish for its attention-granting effects) but will certainly result in a slow legal fight over whether the person has to offer testimony at all.
DHS says it anticipates re-starting Trump-era Remain-in-Mexico policy in November, is rebuilding tent courts
The Department of Homeland Security says it is ready to reinstate the Trump-era Remain-in-Mexico policy by mid-November in response to a court order upheld by the Supreme Court – even as it works to abolish the program by a different method. The Biden administration began unraveling it earlier this year, even amid soaring migrant numbers, and formally ended it in June before the court ruling ordered a reversal. In a filing on Thursday, the Biden administration said it had made "substantial progress" in re-implementing MPP, even as it says it is seeking alternative ways to end the program. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPIn a statement DHS said it is taking "necessary steps" to comply with the order, despite its appeal and efforts to end the policy. "As announced previously, DHS also will be issuing a memorandum terminating MPP," a spokeperson said, adding that it would not take effect until the injunction is lifted.
Domino's Pizza CEO says U.S. needs more immigration to address nationwide worker shortages
Domino's Pizza CEO Ritch Allison told CNBC's Jim Cramer the American restaurant industry is being hurt by a slowdown in immigration to the country. "As I travel around the country and talk to our franchisees, so many of whom followed that [immigration] path, it's inspiring. Allison's comments Thursday came after the pizza chain reported third-quarter results, beating Wall Street's expectations on earnings per share but falling short on revenue and same-store sales. The company's U.S. same-store sales actually declined for the first time in a decade, falling 1.9% on a year-over-year basis. Reflecting further on conversations with Allison, Cramer said on CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" on Friday that it was "shocking" and "sobering."
Why the head of Wisconsin's sham audit is facing resignation calls
Conditions went from bad to worse after the election "review" began in earnest. Or put another way, Wisconsin's election audit — which the public is supposed to believe is credible and evenhanded — is being led by two conspiracy theorists who worked for the former president. It's a violation of all the standards you'd use in a usual election audit or review the state might do." I agree that GOP officials should be embarrassed, but there's little to suggest that they are. But in practice, Wisconsin Republicans won't care — because they've rigged the state's district lines to such a degree that the GOP keeps power, even when Democrats win more votes.
‘Clueless’ actress Stacey Dash reveals secret painkiller addiction: ‘I was taking 18-20 pills a day’
Stacey Dash has revealed her "deepest, darkest secret": a decade-long addiction to opioids. The Clueless actress turned conservative pundit commentator appeared on Thursday's Dr. Oz Show, where she revealed her private struggle. “I was taking 18-20 pills a day,” Dash, now 54, admitted. Dash then got sober and stayed that way for 20 years, including for the making of 1995's Clueless. Over the last few years, Dash has been known for sharing her headline-making political views as a Fox News pundit.
Prosecutors: Capitol cop told Jan.6 rioter to hide evidence
WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. Capitol Police officer has been indicted on obstruction of justice charges after prosecutors say he helped to hide evidence of a rioter's involvement in the Jan. 6 insurrection. In the days after the attack, scores of rioters flaunted their participation in social media posts that bragged about their ability to get inside the Capitol. Experts say the efforts to scrub the social media accounts reveal a desperate willingness to manipulate evidence once these people realized they were in hot water. Investigators have been able to retrieve the digital content by requesting it from social media companies, even after accounts are shut down. Despite initial criticism that Capitol police did not do enough to stop the rioters, Riley is the first Capitol police officer to be charged with a crime involving the insurrection.
U.S. Capitol Police officer charged with telling rioter to destroy evidence
By Mark HosenballWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors on Friday accused a U.S. Capitol Police officer of urging a participant in the Jan. 6 attack on the government building to destroy Facebook posts showing him inside, warning that he could be prosecuted. "Hey (Person 1), im a capitol police officer who agrees with your political stance," Riley said in the message. "Take down the part about being in the building they are currently investigating and everyone who was in the building is going to be charged." Hundreds of supporters of former Republican President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol building on Jan. 6 in a failed attempt to overturn his election defeat. Four people died in the violence, more than 100 police officers were injured and four officers in the crowd that day later died of suicide.
Historian on the potential threat former President Donald Trump's "Big Lie" presents
Associated PressFormer FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has won back his full pension as part of a settlement of his lawsuit arising from his firing during the Trump administration more than three years ago, his lawyers announced Thursday. McCabe, a frequent target of then-President Donald Trump's ire, was fired in March 2018 after the Justice Department's inspector general concluded he had authorized the release of information to a newspaper reporter and then misled internal investigators about his role in the leak. The termination by Jeff Sessions, the attorney general at the time, came hours before McCabe was due to retire, denying the FBI official his pension.
Today in History
Country singer Kimberly Schlapman (Little Big Town) is 52. Today is Friday, Oct. 15, the 288th day of 2021. In 1928, the German dirigible Graf Zeppelin landed in Lakehurst, N.J., completing its first commercial flight across the Atlantic. In 1946, Nazi war criminal Hermann Goering fatally poisoned himself hours before he was to have been executed. In 2020, with their debate in Miami canceled following the president’s coronavirus infection, President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden squared off in dueling televised town halls.
Jan. 6 panel moves against Steve Bannon, sets contempt vote
Approval there would send them to the Justice Department, which has final say on prosecution. Bannon, who was not a White House staffer on Jan. 6, also failed to provide documents to the panel by a deadline last week. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who also sits on the Jan. 6 panel, said he expects the Justice Department to prosecute the cases. While Bannon has outright defied the Jan. 6 committee, other Trump aides who have been subpoenaed appear to be negotiating. Trump’s attorney general, William Barr, had said the Justice Department found no evidence of widespread fraud that could have overturned the results.
US Capitol Police officer attacked by woman carrying baseball bat
A US Capitol Police officer was attacked on Friday morning by a woman carrying a baseball bat along First Street SW in Washington, Capitol Police said in a statement. When police approached the woman, she became agitated and raised her bat. Officers tried to take the bat from her, and during the scuffle she bit one of the officers, according to Capitol Police. The incident is the latest attack in what has been a dangerous year for Capitol Police officers. The January 6 riot injured more than a hundred law enforcement officers, and in April, a Capitol Police officer was killed after a suspect rammed a vehicle into a police barricade outside the Capitol building.
Cash flows to US Senate rivals of Trump's endorsed candidate
Carla Sands, Trump’s ambassador to Denmark, loaned her campaign $3 million, according to her first federal fundraising report due Friday. Sands has significant personal wealth left over from her and her late husband's California-based real estate investment firm. Another candidate, real estate investor Jeff Bartos, could see significant help from a super PAC supporting him. Wagner said he doesn't know how much weight Trump's endorsement holds. “I don't necessarily think it’s a slam dunk because of an endorsement,” Wagner said.
It’s time to face up to Trump, the dangers he poses and the role Mitch McConnell plays
Al CrossOpinion ContributorThis column has never dealt at length with Donald Trump because it’s about Kentucky politics. But now, Kentuckians and our federal representatives face the prospect of another Trump presidency, which could pose a clear and present danger to the way we govern ourselves. Unlike establishment Republicans, Trump speaks without embarrassment on behalf of an aggrieved segment of Americans, not exclusively white, who feel they have been taking it on the chin for too long. “You could see the struggle in Mitch McConnell about whether to throw Donald Trump overboard,” the House’s chief impeachment manager, Adam Schiff, said on PBS and KET Tuesday night. “You could see that he recognized what a disaster Donald Trump is for the country, but I think he concluded ultimately that if he tried to throw Donald Trump overboard, he himself would be thrown overboard.
Prosecutors: Capitol cop told Jan.6 rioter to hide evidence
A U.S. Capitol Police officer has been indicted on obstruction of justice charges after prosecutors say he helped to hide evidence of a rioter's involvement in the Jan. 6 insurrection. WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. Capitol Police officer has been indicted on obstruction of justice charges after prosecutors say he helped to hide evidence of a rioter’s involvement in the Jan. 6 insurrection. Experts say the efforts to scrub the social media accounts reveal a desperate willingness to manipulate evidence once these people realized they were in hot water. Investigators have been able to retrieve the digital content by requesting it from social media companies, even after accounts are shut down. Despite initial criticism that Capitol police did not do enough to stop the rioters, Riley is the first Capitol police officer to be charged with a crime involving the insurrection.
British oddsmakers: Trump favorite to win in 2024
They say betting markets are more reliable indicators of election outcomes than the pundits and even the polls. But the latest odds from British oddsmakers in the 2024 presidential elections caused Cockburn to raise an eyebrow. On Thursday Donald J. Trump became favorite on Betfair to be the 2024 presidential winner, with his ‘shortest odds ever’. Does that therefore mean Trump will win the Republican nomination in 2024 if he chooses to stand? But the betting markets lie less than other prognostications, and the pundit class should start taking the possibility of Trump’s reelection more seriously.
US Capitol Police officer attacked by woman holding baseball bat
A US Capitol police officer has been attacked by a woman holding a baseball bat, the agency has said in a statement. The woman, identified as 25-year-old Olivia Romero, was walking on First Street SW in Washington, DC carrying the bat, when she was approached by police. When the officers moved towards the woman, she allegedly became angry and raised her bat. Police tried to remove the weapon from her, and during the struggle, she bit one of the officers, US Capitol Police said. Just weeks later, Capitol Police arrested a man from California who had several knives in his vehicle.
Climate crisis poses ‘serious risks’ to US economy, Biden administration warns
Gina McCarthy, Biden’s top climate advisor, said that the climate crisis “poses a risk to our economy and to the lives and livelihoods of Americans, and we must act now”. Under Donald Trump, the US ditched many of these policies, declining to factor in climate change when making decisions over the building of new infrastructure, for example. Trump was infamously skeptical about the climate crisis and was exuberant about pulling the US out of the Paris climate accord, agreed at the groundbreaking UN global summit on climate in France in 2015. Biden’s budget proposal for fiscal 2023 will feature an assessment of climate risks. The Department of Veterans Affairs will also look at climate risks for its home lending program.
Satellite photos show how Trump wrecked a sensitive sand dune system in Scotland to build a luxury golf course
Before-and-after photos show the environmental damage caused by Donald Trump's Scottish golf course. But as conservationists predicted, the part of the highly sensitive ecosystem on which Trump International Golf Links was built was largely ruined. Officials announced in December 2020 that the coastal sand dunes Trump's the resort would lose their status as a protected environmental site because they had been partially destroyed. Insider has obtained before-and-after photos from the satellite technology firm Maxar, which show the dramatic destruction of the prized Foveran Links sand dunes between March 2010 and April 2021. "Sand dunes are a dynamic system, they're wind-driven, so they go backward and forwards," he said.
Capitol Police officer Michael Riley charged with cover-up of other person's role in Jan. 6 riot
A U.S. Capitol police officer was arrested Friday for obstruction of justice charges related to communications with another man later criminally charged for participation in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot by Trump supporters. A grand jury indictment against Riley says that the other man on Jan. 1 accepted a Facebook friend request from the police officer. Among the rioters who illegally entered the Capitol was the man who had accepted Riley's friend request, the indictment says. Five people died in connection with the riot, including a Capitol police officer, Brian Sicknick, who died on Jan. 7. "I feel like a moron for believing you," Riley wrote, according to the indictment.
U.S. to ease travel restrictions for foreign visitors who are vaccinated against Covid
The U.S. will ease travel restrictions for international visitors who are vaccinated against Covid-19 in November, including those from the U.K. and EU, the White House said Monday. Airlines and other travel industry groups have clamored for the U.S. to lift the restrictions for months. The Biden administration is also tightening rules for unvaccinated U.S. citizens returning home. European and British officials have lifted entry bans for U.S. and other visitors since vaccines became widely available this spring, but the Biden administration hadn't reciprocated. In June, the U.S., U.K., EU, Mexico and Canada announced they would form a group to study how to safely reopen international travel.
Opinion : The dangerous idea behind Trump’s coup effort is still alive. Let’s kill it.
In the coup memo theory, this should have allowed Pence to disregard the ECA as unconstitutional. Pence could unilaterally delay the count of electors, then a few swing states won by Biden could have decided the voting was illegitimate and sent new electors for Trump, then Pence could unilaterally decide the dispute by refusing to count either set of electors. Trump wins.
Jill Biden hits campaign trail Friday in Virginia, New Jersey
First lady Jill Biden heads out on the campaign trail on Friday in support of the Democratic nominees in the only two states in the nation to hold gubernatorial elections this November. JILL BIDEN STIFF-ARMS PROTESTER WHO RUSHED HER HUSBANDBut Jill Biden’s no stranger to campaign politics. While then-first lady Melania Trump remained mostly absent from the campaign trail during the 2020 presidential general election, Jill Biden was a regular at rallies and other events on behalf of her husband. First ladies have become more frequent visitors to the campaign trail in recent decades. PRESIDENT BIDEN, DESPITE FLAGGING POLL NUMBERS, HEADING TO VIRGINIA CAMPAIGN TRAILJill Biden’s Friday campaign swing in New Jersey and Virginia comes as President Biden’s approval ratings have taken a big hit since the beginning of August.
U.S. Capitol cop charged with obstruction of justice over link to Jan. 6 riot defendant
Supporters of President Trump storm the United States Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington DC. A U.S. Capitol police officer was arrested Friday for obstruction of justice charges related to communications with a person later criminally charged for participation in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot by Trump supporters. A Capitol Police spokesman said that Riley, who most recently worked as a K-9 technician, has been placed on administrative leave pending the resolution of his criminal case. "Obstruction of Justice is a very serious allegation," said Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger in a statement. Upon his arrest, the officer was placed on administrative leave pending the completion of the case," Manger said.
Capitol Police officer indicted for obstruction after riot
(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. Capitol Police officer has been indicted on obstruction of justice charges after prosecutors say he helped to hide evidence of a rioter’s involvement in the Jan. 6 insurrection. In the days after the attack, scores of rioters flaunted their participation in social media posts that bragged about their ability to get inside the Capitol. Experts say the efforts to scrub the social media accounts reveal a desperate willingness to manipulate evidence once these people realized they were in hot water. But making digital content vanish isn’t as easy as deleting content from phones, removing social media posts or shutting down accounts. Investigators have been able to retrieve the digital content by requesting it from social media companies, even after accounts are shut down.
Travel Stocks Rise as U.S. Says Will Open Borders to Vaccinated Foreign Visitors
The U.S. will lift travel restrictions for vaccinated international travelers starting Nov. 8, the White House said Friday. American Airlines (AAL) was trading 2.6% higher, United Airlines (UAL) was up 1.2%, and Delta Air Lines (DAL) stock was up 1.1%. The move comes just a few days after the Biden administration announced it would open up the Mexican and Canadian borders to non-essential travel for fully vaccinated visitors. Biden administration officials said in late September that they would remove the travel restrictions for vaccinated visitors sometime in early November. The administration had received significant pressure from its international allies, airlines and travel groups to reopen the borders to international travel.
Trump praised Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin, ranted about windmills, and pushed his baseless election fraud claims at a GOP retreat, report says
AP Photo/Ross D. FranklinTrump harped on about his false election claims and grievances at a Senate GOP retreat in Florida. He also praised Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin, and ranted about windmills, The Post said. Insider previously reported that some Republicans are worried about Trump's impact on the party's ability to win in the 2022 election. In the process, Trump is causing headaches for GOP House and Senate leaders who are intent on recapturing both chambers in 2022. GOP Rep. Roger Williams of Texas similarly told CNN: "I'm a President Trump guy.
Klain's 'high class problems' tweet 'bad on every level': Mick Mulvaney
Former Trump Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, during an appearance on FOX Business' "Mornings with Maria," slammed his successor Ron Klain for supporting the idea that inflation is a high-class problem on Twitter and called the sentiment "bad on every single level." Klain retweeted Harvard Professor Jason Furman on Wednesday who diagnosed the current inflation spike as only a problem for the upper class. "Most of the economic problems we're facing (inflation, supply chains, etc.) But if he or Ron Klain think they've solved the problem, they're going to have a real difficult time the next couple of months," he said. "Not a really good day for Joe Biden or for my successor, Ron Klain."
Jan. 6 panel moving swiftly as it sets Bannon contempt vote
Other witnesses are cooperating, including some who organized or staffed the Trump rally on the Ellipse behind the White House that preceded the riot. The committee subpoenaed 11 rally organizers and gave them a Wednesday deadline to turn over documents and records. They have also been asked to appear at scheduled depositions. Among those complying was Lyndon Brentnall, whose firm was hired to provide event security at the Ellipse, a park near the White House, that day and two longtime Trump campaign and White House staffers, Megan Powers and Hannah Salem. It is uncertain whether any of the others subpoenaed have complied.
U.S. to lift curbs from Nov. 8 for vaccinated foreign...
The White House is set to announce Friday that it will lift travel restrictions come Nov. 8, exciting many foreign nationals at the prospect of returning home for the first time in more than 18 months. Such land travelers will need to show proof of vaccination but will not need to show a Covid-19 test. This announcement and date applies to both international air travel and land travel. 'Reopening to international visitors will provide a jolt to the economy and accelerate the return of travel-related jobs that were lost due to travel restrictions.' Covid-19 travel restrictions were first implemented in January 2020, when former President Trump suspended travel from China.
White House jumps to Pete Buttigieg's defense after he took paternity leave
'Pete Buttigieg has been on leave from his job since August after adopting a child – paternity leave, they call it – trying to figure out how to breastfeed. 'Transportation Secretary Buttigieg is on leave during a huge supply chain crisis. It's not clear if he knew the secretary was on paternity leave or not, as the report publicizing the matter dropped Thursday. 'The thing about paternity leave is there isn't much for dad to do when the baby is a newborn, especially if mom is breastfeeding. 'Paternity leave isn’t bad, whether the person taking it is gay or straight.
Bill Clinton, 75, recovering in hospital after infection
The University of California Irvine Medical Center, where former US president Bill Clinton has been admittedAdvertising Read moreLos Angeles (AFP)Former US president Bill Clinton was recovering Friday after two days in a California hospital for an infection not related to the coronavirus, a spokesman for the 75-year-old said. Clinton spokesman Angel Urena said in a statement that he was admitted Tuesday evening for "a non-Covid-related infection." Photographs in US media showed his wife, former secretary of state and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, visiting the hospital together with her aide Huma Abedin. Obama named Hillary Clinton secretary of state. - Criticism of Trump -Bill Clinton meanwhile gave speeches, led his nonprofit, the Clinton Foundation, and helped raise money for the Democrats as he slowly became just another of the now five ex-presidents still alive.
US to lift restrictions on vaccinated foreign travellers from Nov. 8
The White House on Friday said it will lift COVID-19 travel restrictions for fully vaccinated foreign nationals effective Nov. 8, ending historic restrictions that barred much of the world from the United States. The White House announced on Sept. 20 that the United States would lift restrictions on air travelers from 33 countries in early November. Foreign visitors crossing a land border will not need to show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test. The new rules do not require foreign visitors or Americans entering the country to go into quarantine. The CDC plans to soon issue new rules on contact tracing for international air travelers.
Opinion: Trump is sabotaging himself
Officials around the country are failing to root out the fraud that Trump claims cost him a second term in the White House. "If we don't solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020 Republicans will not be voting in '22 or '24," Trump announced in a written statement Wednesday. Although a precise number is hard to come by, USA Today has reported on 62 previous efforts to prove fraud, none of which succeeded. "Trump may be the absolute best at one thing in particular: self-sabotage," wrote Lili Stillwaggon Swan, Ph.D.Today, it's the GOP that has allowed Trump to take over. There's no way to explain this other than to suggest that Trump is indulging in his greatest act of self-sabotage yet.
Trump allies eye election law push should he be reelected
“We have many shots at getting it right before the next presidential election.”What precise election-related legislation Trump would push in Congress is unclear. Trump has embraced the concept of national voter ID laws, as have other prominent Republicans. McLaughlin said a “majority” of Republican voters he has polled now say voter fraud is a top concern. “They want to make sure the results are honest and fair.”Any push to enact restrictive election laws on the national level would face fierce opposition from Democrats. To date, they have been advocating their own legislative changes to voting laws, primarily by trying to open up avenues for early voting and voting by mail.
Christopher Walken on losing ‘Star Wars’ role to Harrison Ford: ‘I’d have been awful’
The veteran actor, 78, is speaking out about his failed “Star Wars” audition back in the mid-1970s, saying he wasn’t “remotely close” to snagging a part in the sci-fi franchise. It’s been reported over the years that Walken was George Lucas’ second choice to play protagonist Han Solo — a role which eventually went to Harrison Ford. “I did audition [for ‘Star Wars’] but I don’t think I came remotely close to getting the job,” Walken told the Financial Times on Thursday. Despite failing to snag the “Star Wars” role, Walken (pictured in 2019) went on to become a Hollywood superstar. WireImage“I was lucky [to have been rejected from both films] because I’d have been awful in them,” Walken candidly claimed.
Opinion : Virginia Democrats must beware the enthusiasm gap
The 2017 gubernatorial and House of Delegates races were seen as an early and emphatic referendum on Trump. Democrat Ralph Northam won the governorship by 9 percentage points, and Democrats picked up a colossal 15 seats in the House of Delegates. The next year, three Democratic women flipped U.S. House seats. In 2019, Democrats flipped both chambers of the state legislature for the first time in a generation, completing a blue trifecta. And in 2020, Biden carried the state by 10 percentage points.
Ex-President Bill Clinton recovering in hospital from infection
ORANGE, Calif., Oct 15 (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Bill Clinton remained in a California hospital on Friday, where he was recovering from a non-coronavirus infection three days after he was admitted. "He's up and about, joking and charming the hospital staff," Urena told Reuters on Thursday. Clinton went to the hospital after suffering from fatigue and has received both IV antibiotics and fluids, his doctors said. The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives impeached him in 1998 over his sexual relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, but Clinton was acquitted by the Senate. He defeated an incumbent president, Republican George H.W.
Trump allies eye election law push should he be reelected
“We have many shots at getting it right before the next presidential election.”What precise election-related legislation Trump would push in Congress is unclear. Trump has embraced the concept of national voter ID laws, as have other prominent Republicans. McLaughlin said a “majority” of Republican voters he has polled now say voter fraud is a top concern. “They want to make sure the results are honest and fair.”Any push to enact restrictive election laws on the national level would face fierce opposition from Democrats. To date, they have been advocating their own legislative changes to voting laws, primarily by trying to open up avenues for early voting and voting by mail.
Biden critics prepare to blame him for delayed holiday deliveries
At Wednesday's White House press briefing, a reporter questioned press secretary Jen Psaki on how supply-chain issues may affect the holiday shopping season. It was an early hint about a burgeoning effort to blame President Joe Biden for delayed holiday deliveries. "Christmas presents were never late when President Trump was in charge," the Republican congressman wrote. Second, blaming Biden on supply-chain issues he did not create seems a little silly, even by 2021 standards. Postal Service delays are largely the result of policies implemented by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy — whom Trump, not Biden, chose for the job.
Trump Assures GOP Donors He Doesn’t Enjoy Being Peed Upon
During a private speech at a Republican retreat in Palm Beach on Thursday, the former president assured the crowd full of wealthy donors, lobbyists, and elected officials that getting doused in urine is not one of his sexual proclivities. More from Rolling Stone“I’m not into golden showers,” Trump said, according to a recording obtained by The Washington Post. (This would not technically constitute a golden shower, but Trump seemed eager to address the subject more broadly.) “It was a dying party, I’ll be honest,” Trump said of the GOP before he took office. “Now we have a very lively party.”Trump’s reemergence into the public spotlight after a relatively quiet spring and summer has revolved around the lie that the 2020 election was rigged in President Biden’s favor.
Jan. 6 panel moves against Bannon, sets contempt vote
Approval there would send them to the Justice Department, which has final say on prosecution. Bannon, who was not a White House staffer on Jan. 6, also failed to provide documents to the panel by a deadline last week. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who also sits on the Jan. 6 panel, said he expects the Justice Department to prosecute the cases. While Bannon has outright defied the Jan. 6 committee, other Trump aides who have been subpoenaed appear to be negotiating. Trump’s attorney general, William Barr, had said the Justice Department found no evidence of widespread fraud that could have overturned the results.
U.S. to lift curbs from Nov. 8 for vaccinated foreign travelers - White House
By David ShepardsonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Friday said it will lift COVID-19 travel restrictions for fully vaccinated foreign nationals effective Nov. 8, ending historic restrictions that barred much of the world from the United States. They are similar but not identical to requirements announced last month for international air travelers. The White House announced on Sept. 20 that the United States would lift restrictions on air travelers from 33 countries in early November. The new rules do not require foreign visitors or Americans entering the country to go into quarantine. The CDC plans to soon issue new rules on contact tracing for international air travelers.
Biden Administration to Lift International Travel Ban in November
The White House is lifting the international travel ban next month. Related: White House to Reportedly Lift International Travel Ban Nov. 8Kevin Munoz, White House assistant press secretary, said that the announcement applies to both international air travel and land travel. On September 20, the White House said it was planning to lift air travel bans from 33 countries in early November. The Trump administration imposed travel bans from many countries at the onset of the pandemic in 2020. The Biden administration maintained the ban upon the transfer of power.
Researchers asked people worldwide about divisiveness. Guess where U.S. ranked
On average, in the 17 countries Pew surveyed, about 60% of people say their countries are more divided than before the virus hit. That meshes well with the experience of U.S. politics: Close elections generate high levels of political engagement and turnout, but also polarization and mistrust between the competing parties. High turnout, strong political engagement and close elections are not bad things. People in Taiwan, a country with little diversity, for example, reported high levels of political conflict in Pew’s survey, but low levels of ethnic conflict. Belgium, which has experienced violent clashes between French- and Flemish-speaking communities, reported high levels of ethnic conflict but ranked low on the other scales.
The Loop NFL Picks: Week 6
Pick: Panthers by 3Bengals at Lions (+3½)Detroit coach Dan Campbell got emotional after the Lions’ last-second loss to the Vikings last Sunday. While Gruden’s slurs were universally condemned, longtime NFL fans concurred with Gruden’s keenly accurate description of Goodell. Pick: Broncos by 4Packers at Bears (+4½)Green Bay survived overtime last week in Cincinnati after three late-game misses by the Packers’ Mason Crosby. Pick: Rams by 11Cowboys at Patriots (+4½)ESPN’s Rex Ryan raised eyebrows by calling Patriots QB Mac Jones a “peashooter” and compared him to former NFL backup Danny Wuerffel. Pick: Chargers by 7OTHER GAMESTexans at Colts (-10½):Pick: Colts by 9Cardinals at Browns (-2½):Pick: Browns by 6Bills at Titans (+5½):Pick: Bills by 1BYESFalcons, Saints, 49ers, JetsRECORDWeek 513-3 straight up9-7 vs. spreadSeason53-27 straight up (.663)42-36-2 vs. spread (.538)
How Elon Musk Walloped Jeff Bezos in the Billionaire Space Race
When and how it happens is likely to be decided by two men with very deep pockets and an increasingly bitter sense of rivalry: Jeff Bezos, with Blue Origin; and Elon Musk, with SpaceX. “It’s the right thing to do.” He was publicly unveiling Blue Origin’s lunar lander, Blue Moon. Recent revelations about a toxic and bureaucratically crippled workplace at Blue Origin offer some clues, but the cultural divide was baked in from the beginning. Blue Origin engineers spent a lot of time analyzing systems in an attempt to identify where they might fail. With Blue Origin, Bezos ironically now finds himself among the disrupted rather than the innovators.
Trevor Noah: ‘The pandemic has given people a million reasons to quit their jobs’
Trevor NoahOn Thursday’s Daily Show, Trevor Noah discussed what some are calling the Great Resignation: American workers quitting their jobs – in retail, education, food industry, and beyond – in the wake of the pandemic. pic.twitter.com/Kq4e6QYacS — The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) October 15, 2021There isn’t one reason people are leaving their jobs en masse – “the pandemic has given people a million reasons to quit their jobs,” said Noah, including demands for better pay, better working conditions, and more flexible working arrangements to handle childcare and eldercare responsibilities. Some workers fear Covid transmission, and others don’t wish to return to the office after a year-plus of working from home. But “what sort of sucks about this thing is how it’s all the white-collar jobs that are getting more flexible. “And, of course, this brings up the age-old question, which is: how do you solve a problem you made up?”
Trump to testify in lawsuit by protesters who say guard assaulted them in 2015
A New York judge has ordered Donald Trump to give testimony on Monday in a lawsuit brought by a group of demonstrators who said his security guard assaulted them during a 2015 demonstration outside Trump Tower. Justice Doris Gonzalez of the Bronx supreme court ordered the deposition to be held Monday at Trump Tower, in Manhattan. The lawsuit centers on a dispute between a group of demonstrators and Trump’s security guards during a protest outside Trump Tower in September 2015. Both times Trump organization security guards told the group they couldn’t protest on the sidewalk. Zervos accused Trump of defaming her by denying her allegations that he sexually assaulted her in 2007.
Psaki throws in insurrection dig at Trump as she pushes back reporter questions on executive privilege
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said President Joe Biden is not worried that the precedent set by his decision to release Trump-era records to the House committee investigating the 6 January Capitol insurrection could be weaponised against him by a future Republican administration. Asked on Wednesday whether Mr Biden harbours “any concern or conversation about what might happen one day when the shoe is on the other foot … if another administration of the other party comes in … and they want to hand over documents that were deemed privileged by the Biden administration,” Ms Psaki replied that Mr Biden “has no intention to lead an insurrection on our nation’s Capitol”. “I think it is ultimately important for people to understand and remember that January 6th was an incredibly dark day — one of the darkest days in our democracy,” she continued. Although such records would normally be subject to claims of executive privilege — a legal doctrine that protects internal deliberations between a president and his advisers — Mr Biden has thus far declined to invoke the privilege (despite the objections of former President Donald Trump) because of what White House Counsel Dana Remus called the “unique and extraordinary circumstances” presented by the worst attack on America’s legislature since Major General Robert Ross led the British Army’s burning of Washington in 1814. In a letter sent last week to Archivist of the United States David Ferriero — the official custodian of past administrations’ records — Ms Remus wrote that Mr Biden had “determined that an assertion of executive privilege is not in the best interests of the United States” because the committee “is examining an assault on our Constitution and democratic institutions provoked and fanned by those sworn to protect them, and the conduct under investigation extends far beyond typical deliberations concerning the proper discharge of the President’s constitutional responsibilities.”
Biden will RESTART Trump's Remain in Mexico policy
The Biden administration said it plans to reinstate a Trump-era border policy next month to make asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court, complying with a judge's order. The Biden administration said it plans to reinstate a Trump-era border policy next month to make asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court. About 70,000 asylum-seekers have been subject to the 'Remain in Mexico' policy, known officially as 'Migrant Protection Protocols,' which President Donald Trump introduced in January 2019 and Biden suspended on his first day in office. A federal judge sided with the states of Texas and Missouri by ordering the Biden administration in August to reinstate the policy 'in good faith.' U.S. officials say the renewed 'Remain in Mexico' policy will be applied to people who don't qualify for Title 42 authority.
New book slams Twitter and Facebook for trying to crush the bombshell Hunter Biden laptop story
One chapter is devoted to the Hunter Biden laptop scandal, and the apparent determination by establishment media organizations, Twitter and Facebook to discredit and crush the story without any kind of thorough investigation of its disturbing details. New book, Rigged: How the Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seized Our Elections, bashes Twitter and Facebook crushing Hunter Biden story. Bobulinski gave interviews after the emails leaked, claiming it meant 10% of the equity in the Chinese deal was to be held by Hunter on behalf of Joe Biden. It was headlined 'Hunter Biden Story Is Russian Disinfo, Dozens of Former Intel Officials Say.' DailyMail.com continues to publish stories based on verified material from Hunter's laptop, including revelations this week that the president could become embroiled in the FBI investigation into his son.
Is Trump's power over Republicans starting to slip?
Back in January, Grassley - like many prominent Republicans - seemed on the verge of cutting ties with Trump. He called the 6 January assault on the US Capitol by Trump supporters an "attack on American democracy itself". In February, he issued a blistering press release saying that, while he was voting to acquit Trump during his impeachment trial for allegedly instigating the 6 Capitol attack, he condemned the then-president's unwillingness to accept his election loss and called his language "extreme, aggressive and irresponsible".
Fact check: Trump, not Biden, made comment about taking guns without due process
The claim: Joe Biden said to ‘take the guns first’ and ‘go through due process second’Gun control has long been a contentious topic in America. “This is the Joe Biden quote that makes me the most angry: ‘Take the guns first. Go through due process second, I like taking the guns early,’” an Oct. 5 Facebook post reads. Former President Donald Trump suggested the strategy in 2018 after a fatal school shooting. Two weeks after the shooting, a White House meeting aimed at hashing out responsive legislation was held.
Trump won Florida, but online and at your door, his supporters are trying to force an audit
This month, the Lake County Republican Party passed a resolution demanding Florida audit its election results. Alan Hays“There’s no such thing I’ve found in Florida election code,” Hays said. (They weren’t sure how the homes were picked, saying Defend Florida may have an algorithm.) If they find a discrepancy, they’ll pass it along and someone may write up an “affidavit.” Defend Florida says it has collected thousands so far. The leader of Defend Florida, Caroline Wetherington, didn’t respond to a voicemail and text message from the Times.
U.S. Renews Its Support for Trade Group It Once Made a Punching Bag
He was enthusiastic about the departure from the Trump administration’s harsh critiques. said in the same sentence in a long time,” he said. “To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of the death of multilateral trade are greatly exaggerated,” she said. “Warnings of deglobalization are not matched by the evidence, not yet, at least.”As the organization prepares for its meeting next month, W.T.O. Backed by the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, the Biden administration has stated its support for the waiver.
Buttigieg on paternity leave since mid-August amid supply chain crunch, infrastructure debate
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has been on paternity leave since mid-August – with his time off coming amid the Biden administration's efforts to quell the supply chain crunch and the ongoing infrastructure debate on Capitol Hill to move forward with President Biden's agenda. Buttigieg's time off comes as the Biden administration grapples with supply chain bottlenecks and amid efforts to ease shipping backlogs. Officials said that across the six companies, more than 3,500 additional containers per week will move at night through the end of the year. The White House this week said that Buttigieg and Port Envoy John Porcari will work with stakeholders and help more businesses access the expanded hours. As for the infrastructure debate, Democrats are targeting the end of October to pass an infrastructure package and reconciliation.
Stunts, cats and crime: Sliwa's colorful run for NYC mayor
NEW YORK — Wearing his signature red beret, Curtis Sliwa is on television, stroking one of his 16 rescue cats in a campaign ad. He’s in the subway with his Guardian Angels anti-crime patrol. This is the how Republican nominee is mounting an improbable quest to become New York City’s mayor — always in his red hat. Sliwa, 67, has been a ubiquitous New York figure since he founded the Guardian Angels anti-crime group in 1979. Sliwa holds near-daily news conferences around the city, often at day-old crime scenes where he decries the city’s failed leadership.
The case that's finally going to force Trump into a deposition
When a flurry of headlines emerged yesterday saying that Donald Trump would be forced to deliver sworn testimony, an obvious question came to the fore: In which case? So what's the case that will force Trump to participate in his first deposition since before his White House tenure? During his time in office, Trump's lawyers said he was too busy to answer questions about the case, and made multiple attempts at having the case dismissed. And now that he's a private citizen, a New York judge yesterday directed Trump to give a deposition at Trump Tower on Monday. I don't doubt that Trump's lawyers will beg him to keep his answers brief and on topic.
Former FBI Deputy Dir Andrew McCabe strikes deal to retain pension, benefits after politically-charged dismissal
Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe struck a settlement with the Justice Department that restores his pension and other benefits after he was fired by the Trump administration in 2018, just hours before he was set to retire. McCabe's dismissal came after a bitter Twitter campaign waged by former President Donald Trump, attacking the former FBI official and his wife/. In an unsuccessful campaign for the Virginia state senate, Jill McCabe accepted contributions from former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a close ally of former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, Trump's political rival in the 2016 election. In a statement late Thursday, the FBI acknowledged the negotiated settlement but rejected claims that the bureau acted inappropriately.
#MeToo, 4 years in: “I’d like to think now, we are believed”
“I’ve thought about that a lot.”Hill’s history obviously predates the #MeToo movement, the broad social reckoning against sexual misconduct that reaches its four-year mark this week. “I’d like to think that now, we are believed,” Bennett said in an interview. She demanded respect, prompting changes from her colleagues that stuck as the #MeToo movement took hold. That dovetails with frequent criticism that the #MeToo movement has been less inclusive of women of color. “I think reflecting on Anita Hill’s experience is a great way to understand how long 30 years is,” she said.
US plans to reinstate 'Remain in Mexico' policy next month
Elliot SpagatAssociated PressSan Diego — The Biden administration said it plans to reinstate a Trump-era border policy next month to make asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court, complying with a judge's order. Mexico also wants exemptions for “particularly vulnerable populations” and better coordination on locations and times of day that asylum-seekers are returned to Mexico. Mexico said it also has raised questions about another U.S. policy to expel migrants without a chance to seek asylum. The Biden administration has strongly defended the special powers. U.S. officials say the renewed “Remain in Mexico” policy will be applied to people who don't qualify for Title 42 authority.
The rise of Le Trump: How a right-wing television pundit could become France’s next president
A Trump-like right-wing television pundit has surged in French politics, unnerving both the country’s far right and the traditional conservative political establishment. A recent Harris Interactive poll showed Zemmour beating both Le Pen and the candidate of the traditional right, called The Republicans, in a first-round presidential race. “Zemmour supporters resemble Trump supporters,” says Tara Varma, head of the Paris office of the European Council on Foreign Relations. He views the French state as bloated and in need of drastic reform, unlike Le Pen, who has argued for more social spending. “He has the capacity to argue and defend his points of view in tough interviews,” says Autres “Marine Le Pen supporters are still scarred by her poor performance against Macron in 2017.
When will UK-US travel reopen?
On 20 September, the US government announced an end to its travel ban on UK citizens, with fully vaccinated travellers to be allowed entry from November. “This announcement and date applies to both international air travel and land travel. The White House has not confirmed the full travel rules for vaccinated travellers to the US from 8 November. The US was on the UK’s amber list during the traffic light travel system, from May to October 2021. It warns travellers not to travel to the UK, but if they must, to be vaccinated first.
Cop26: The royal family is definitely a ‘woke’ institution – and all the better for it
Is the British royal family now a woke institution? If that means it stands for progressive, compassionate and green ideas, then, yes – and the evidence is mounting up. The Queen, at 95, is starting to sound like some millennial climate activist or a militant member of Gen Z. The Queen was overheard at the opening of the Welsh Senedd in Cardiff complaing that, “it’s really irritating when they [world leaders] talk, but they don’t do”. Surely she speaks for the whole nation about “irritating” world leaders who talk but don’t do?
Marco Rubio demands Biden fire John Kerry over investment in Chinese firm accused of Uighur abuses
In a searing op-ed the Republican lawmaker said Biden has a 'choice' to either 'stand by the man profiting from slave labor or fire him.' Marco Rubio has accused John Kerry of actively working against legislation aimed at punishing China's reported human rights abusesThe Trump administration had accused the tech company of enabling human rights abuses. 'In other words, Kerry appears to be profiting from slave labor,' Rubio wrote. Human rights groups have accused the country of detaining more than a million Uighurs against their will in state-run 're-education camps.' There's been evidence and testimony that people are being used for slave labor and undergoing forced sterilization.
Biden invites Obama to bolster his COP26 climate summit appearance in Scotland next month
Former President Barack Obama will join President Joe Biden at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland next month as the U.S. tries to show its commitment to curbing climate change. Bloomberg reported Friday that Obama would travel to the conference, where he'll deliver remarks and meet with young climate activists. He'll be there to mark the five-year anniversary of the Paris climate agreement, signed during his time in office. After signing onto the Paris agreement, former President Donald Trump announced on June 1, 2017 that he would be pulling out of it. Kerry also warned that inaction in the U.S. Congress would be 'like President Trump pulling out of the Paris agreement, again.'
U.S. will open land borders to vaccinated travellers on Nov. 8: White House
Share this Story: U.S. will open land borders to vaccinated travellers on Nov. 8: White HouseU.S. will open land borders to vaccinated travellers on Nov. 8: White House New measures replace a system that flatly barred most foreign nationals coming directly from certain regions, including Europe, India, Brazil and China. Try refreshing your browser, or U.S. will open land borders to vaccinated travellers on Nov. 8: White House Back to video Curbs on non-essential travelers at land borders with Mexico and Canada have been in place since March 2020 to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Article content The White House on Tuesday announced it would lift restrictions at its land borders and ferry crossings with Canada and Mexico for fully vaccinated foreign nationals in early November. Unvaccinated visitors will still be barred from entering the United States from Canada or Mexico at land borders. The White House said last month it would apply vaccine requirements to foreign nationals traveling from all other countries.
US plans to reinstate 'Remain in Mexico' policy next month
The Biden administration says it plans to reinstate a Trump-era border policy next month to make asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court, complying with a judge’s orderSAN DIEGO -- The Biden administration said it plans to reinstate a Trump-era border policy next month to make asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court, complying with a judge's order. Mexico also wants exemptions for “particularly vulnerable populations” and better coordination on locations and times of day that asylum-seekers are returned to Mexico. Mexico said it also has raised questions about another U.S. policy to expel migrants without a chance to seek asylum. The Biden administration has strongly defended the special powers. U.S. officials say the renewed “Remain in Mexico” policy will be applied to people who don't qualify for Title 42 authority.
Opinion : Of course Biden’s a globalist. He should start acting like one on technology.
Trade and technology policy is one area where Biden is more like Donald Trump than he pretends. The Biden White House repeats the mantra that foreign policy must benefit American workers so often that it’s easy to forget we have other goals, too. Yes, America is back, and allies are pleased that Washington is once again part of global, multilateral discussions. But they’re frustrated by what they say is inadequate consultation or, in the case of France and the submarine deal, no consultation at all.
U.S. to lift travel ban on Nov. 8, allowing vaccinated international visitors into the country
Passengers at LAX after arriving from Shanghai, China, after a positive case of the coronavirus was announced in the Orange County suburb of Los Angeles, January 26, 2020. The White House on Friday said it would allow vaccinated international travelers into the U.S. starting Nov. 8, lifting a ban on visitors from the EU, UK and other countries. The White House previously said it planned to lift the travel restrictions, first set by the Trump administration early in the pandemic, in early November. The Biden administration had said visitors would have to be fully vaccinated against Covid to enter. The measure is a relief for large airlines like Delta, United and American, which have struggled to return to profitability with international travel curbed since winter 2020.
Iran not ready to resume Vienna talks, EU official says
EU political director Enrique Mora, the chief coordinator for the talks, was in Tehran on Thursday to meet members of Iran's nuclear negotiating team, four months after discussions broke off between Iran and world powers. read more"They are not yet ready for engaging in Vienna," the official told reporters on condition of anonymity, adding that he believed Tehran was "absolutely decided to go back to Vienna and to end the negotiations." Western diplomats had hoped the Vienna talks might resume before the end of October. However, after Mora's visit, Iran's foreign ministry said it would hold talks in the coming days with the EU in Brussels. "They insisted that they don't want talks for talks, they want talking with practical results and with a final agreement on how to bring JCPOA (the nuclear deal) back to life," the official said.
All roads lead to Buffalo
All roads lead to Buffalo Presented by EquinorAttorney General Tish James is scheduled to be in Buffalo today as part of her statewide “HealNY” tour to pass out settlement money aimed at combating the opioid crisis. Other potential gubernatorial contenders have already made the Buffalo trip — New York City public advocate Jumaane Williams has been fundraising for Walton and Rep. Tom Suozzi last weekend came out in support of Brown . Next month, Buffalo might have some of those answers, and anyone *maybe* thinking about just *possibly* eyeing a new office next year knows it. We’re pursuing the Empire Wind and Beacon Wind offshore wind developments in the US and quickly becoming a leader in this growing industry. We’re already on the way to powering 2,000,000 New York homes with energy from the Empire Wind and Beacon Wind offshore wind projects.
Israel quietly advances settlements with little US pushback
Critics say Israel is paving the way for rapid growth when the political climate changes. Critics say Israel is paving the way for rapid growth when the political climate changes. Critics say the latest moves, while incremental, pave the way for rapid growth once the political climate changes. The same committee advanced plans for the construction of 470 homes in the existing east Jerusalem settlement of Pisgat Zeev. Critics say it would largely bisect the occupied West Bank, making it impossible to establish a viable Palestinian state alongside Israel.
How Many Times Can Facebook Stock Rebound From Another Big Scandal?
Facebook stock takes a hit and yet survives after each scandal alleging abuse by the giant social network. Meanwhile, Wall Street is yawning even though Facebook stock is down about 13% from a recent high. Facebook Stock: How The Trouble BeganThe latest scandal began when the Wall Street Journal published a series of damaging articles called the "Facebook Files" starting in mid-September. Yet White does acknowledge there could be trouble for Facebook stock and other Big Techs down the road. Pressure On Facebook RemainsFor now, the pressure on Facebook stock remains.
We like warm weather, lots of outdoor activities, not much traffic. We also want a medium-sized city close to the beach. Where should we retire?
We like warm weather, not a lot of traffic, and lots of outdoor activities and social groups. We also prefer to live in or near a medium-sized city with plenty to do. Just be prepared for traffic, given that nearly 1.8 million people live in this area and then there’s beach traffic all summer long. And when you do want the ocean, Virginia Beach is about two hours away. I’d like to buy a home in a warm spot near the beach for $350,000—where should I retire?
Biden admin plans to restart Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' policy in mid-November
President Joe Biden had ended the Trump administration's "Remain in Mexico" policy when he took office this year, saying it was inhumane because of the violence migrants faced waiting in Mexico for their court hearings. Texas and Missouri sued the Biden administration in April over the suspension of Remain in Mexico, which is formally known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, or MPP. In August, a federal judge in Texas ordered the Biden administration to reinstate the policy pending the outcome of the suit. The Biden administration fought the order but lost in federal appeals court and in the Supreme Court and then said it would comply with the court's order. "There are certain issues Mexico has also raised about the prior implementation" of Remain in Mexico, one of the officials said.
UPDATE 1-U.S. to lift curbs from Nov. 8 for vaccinated foreign travelers - White House
Curbs on non-essential travelers at land borders have been in place since March 2020 to address the COVID-19 pandemic. They are similar but not identical to requirements announced last month for international air travelers. Unvaccinated visitors will still be barred from entering the United States from Canada or Mexico at land borders. The White House announced on Sept. 20 that the United States would lift restrictions on air travelers https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/us-relax-travel-restrictions-passengers-uk-eu-november-source-2021-09-20 from 33 countries in early November. The CDC plans to soon issue new rules on contact tracing for international air travelers.
UPDATE 1-Iran not ready to resume Vienna talks, EU official says
EU political director Enrique Mora, the chief coordinator for the talks, was in Tehran on Thursday to meet members of Iran's nuclear negotiating team, four months after discussions broke off between Iran and world powers. "They are not yet ready for engaging in Vienna," the official told reporters on condition of anonymity, adding that he believed Tehran was "absolutely decided to go back to Vienna and to end the negotiations." Western diplomats had hoped the Vienna talks might resume before the end of October. However, after Mora's visit, Iran's foreign ministry said it would hold talks in the coming days with the EU in Brussels. "They insisted that they don't want talks for talks, they want talking with practical results and with a final agreement on how to bring JCPOA (the nuclear deal) back to life," the official said.
How Vice President Kamala Harris’ appearance on a kids’ YouTube special backfired
It should have been the safest of political appearances — a group of kids gushing about their love of science and space exploration with Vice President Kamala Harris. Watch “Get Curious” at https://t.co/d7UDjdh8NG pic.twitter.com/UYvZzsNgId — Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) October 7, 2021Harris’s office did not select the children who participated in the YouTube Originals special, a White House official said. The children, who introduce themselves with their hometowns, act surprised and excited as they meet the real-life astronaut and the vice president. Appearing as a guest on Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s show, commentator Candace Owens falsely told viewers that Harris paid children to appear in the special. “The vice president and the president can’t do their own vetting on things like this,” said Kevin Madden, who served in senior communications roles for Mitt Romney’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns.
Biohackers at the gate: The untold story of how DIY experimenters waged war on COVID-19
Before long, this collection of inventive, if wildly independent, experimenters would reimagine COVID-19 testing in the fight against a globe-crippling pandemic. In the penthouse, the lab, called Genspace, had a leaky roof and no air conditioning or heat. Canine's company, Opentrons, was born. At one hospital in Spain, grateful lab technicians named each robot after a loved one lost to COVID-19: Joan. Customers include the Mayo Clinic, Harvard, Stanford, Caltech, MIT and even BioNTech, the German company that developed a COVID-19 vaccine with Pfizer.
Biden is ridiculed online as #EmptyShelvesJoe as frustrated shoppers complain about shortages
Twitter users posted pictures of empty shelves at stores around the country, as the nations supply chain crisis continued. The shortages are due to issues in the global supply chain, but Biden's critics have accused him of mismanagement. But until the bottlenecks in the supply chain are removed, the complaints about shortages will mount. 'Joe Biden has caused an economic crisis in America.' The Los Angeles port alone has handled more than 7.3 million TEUs so far this year.
‘If it were the UK, police would have opened fire’: the explosive film about Trump’s Capitol Hill rioters
Many belong to the Proud Boys, the far-right group (now synonymous with alt-right extremism) which led the attack on the Capitol. “It was very violent: this was an out-and-out physical attack on the Capitol and the people defending it,” says Reed. The squall passes when, after four hours, Trump finally tells his adoring, warring supporters to go home. That unprecedented violence, Reed points out, was spearheaded by a few dozen determined individuals – “and then that opened the way to events that changed the world”. The Capitol attack “does hold a serious warning for the future,” says Reed.
Climate crisis poses ‘serious risks’ to US economy, Biden administration warns
The actions being recommended by the Biden administration reflect a significant shift in the broader discussion about climate change, suggesting that the nation must prepare for the costs that families, investors and governments will bear. The Securities and Exchange Commission is looking at mandatory disclosure rules about the opportunities and risks generated by climate change. Biden’s budget proposal for fiscal 2023 will feature an assessment of climate risks. The Department of Veterans Affairs will also look at climate risks for its home lending program. “We now do recognize that climate change is a systemic risk,” McCarthy said.
Trump says he’s ‘not into golden showers’ and praises Putin and Xi at private Republican meeting
Speaking at a private Republican party meeting this week, Donald Trump made unprompted references to years-old allegations that he hired prostitutes in Moscow, reportedly telling the audience he is “not into golden showers”. All phony stuff.”“I’m not into golden showers,” Mr Trump said addressing the VIP crowd of donors, lobbyists and senators. An investigation based in part on the dossier did not find sufficient evidence to prove that Mr Trump’s campaign had any links with Russia. He also took credit for reviving a “dying” Republican party and helping Republicans in holding seats on Capitol Hill. The Republicans lost control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate during Mr Trump’s presidency.
Fox News and the GOP are dragging the supply chain crisis into an all-out culture war
Sean Hannity tackled the story in trademark head-on style, putting up a cheerily amateurish collage of Biden backed by towering, snowy pines and the words “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”. Why should a stutter in the global supply chain at a time of macroeconomic upheaval have anything to do with the social contract between people and government? At the core of it all, as ever, is entitlement – in this case, entitlement to abundance, to unfettered choice, to the American way of consumption. But however silly it sounds and looks, Fox News’ outraged crusade against the supply chain Christmaspocalypse isn’t just embarrassing selfishness put to cynical political use. It may not have completely consumed the US as yet, but it’s trying harder and harder.
U.S. to lift curbs from Nov. 8 for vaccinated foreign...
The White House is set to announce Friday that it will lift travel restrictions come Nov. 8, exciting many foreign nationals at the prospect of returning home in at least 18 months. Travelers will have to show proof of full vaccination and a negative Covid-19 test taken within three days of departure. Such land travelers will need to show proof of vaccination but will not need to show a Covid-19 test. Covid-19 travel restrictions were first implemented in January 2020, when former President Trump suspended travel from China. Of those of all ages, 66% of Americans have had at least one jab, and 57% are fully vaccinated.
Biden to reimplement Trump's Remain in Mexico in November
The Biden administration told the courts late Thursday that it plans to re-implement the Trump-era Remain in Mexico policy in mid-November if it can get buy-in from the neighboring government. “Mexico is a sovereign nation that must make an independent decision to accept the return of individuals without status in Mexico as part of any reimplementation of MPP. Discussions with the Government of Mexico concerning when and how MPP will be reimplemented are ongoing,” DHS said in a statement Thursday. It also plans to expand the types of asylum seekers who will not be subjected to MPP. The implementation is a blow to the White House, which suspended the policy on Inauguration Day, as well as advocates that fought to end the policy under the Trump administration.
Trump Won the County in a Landslide. His Supporters Still Hounded the Elections Administrator Until She Resigned.
Michele Carew, an elections administrator with 14 years of experience, has resigned after a monthslong campaign by Trump loyalists to oust her. Carew said she is joining an Austin-based private company and will work to help local elections administrator offices across the country run more efficiently. Before that, in July, Texas passed sweeping voting legislation that critics say disenfranchises vulnerable voters and unfairly targets administrators and other elections officials. Massingill refused, arguing that no political party should be able to direct the activities of the independent elections administrator. Counties in Texas can choose between hiring an independent elections administrator, who is meant to be insulated from political pressures, or letting a county official, often an elected county clerk, run elections.
GOP’s Anti-CRT Hysteria Leads To Requiring Teachers To Find ‘Balance’ On The Holocaust
The Inevitable OutcomeA top administrator for the Carroll Independent School District in Southlake, Texas, actually told teachers to provide students with “other perspectives” on the Holocaust in their classroom libraries last week. Gina Peddy, the school district’s executive director of curriculum and instruction, told the teachers during a secretly recorded meeting on Friday. The GOP lawmaker who wrote the bill, state Sen. Bryan Hughes (R), insisted that Holocaust denialism wasn’t part of the plan. Mike Parson (R) threatened criminal prosecution against a reporter at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Thursday for informing the state’s Department of Education that teachers’ Social Security numbers were visible in the HTML source code of the department’s web pages. which is that the journalist informed the state government of his findings because it’s, uh, bad to display people’s Social Security numbers online!
US plans to reinstate ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy next month
The Biden administration outlined a plan to reinstate a border policy that made asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court. The Biden administration outlined a plan to reinstate a border policy that made asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Biden administration said it plans to reinstate a Trump-era border policy next month to make asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court, complying with a judge’s order. Mexico also wants exemptions for “particularly vulnerable populations” and better coordination on locations and times of day that asylum-seekers are returned to Mexico. U.S. officials say the renewed “Remain in Mexico” policy will be applied to people who don’t qualify for Title 42 authority.
Pompeo says world is 'very concerned' America is 'leaving the international stage' under Biden foreign policy
"I think they see the first nine months, and they are very concerned that America is leaving the international stage." Reflecting on his interactions with members of the Taliban during the Trump administration, Pompeo said they only "understood one thing." BLINKEN DODGES ON WHETHER BIDEN ADMIN HAS MISMANAGED FOREIGN POLICY CRISES"The world is looking for American leadership," he continued. Citing actions under former President Trump, Pompeo said "we were prepared to use, very judiciously, American military power and American economic power to deliver." "I pray that they restore American credibility," Pompeo said of the Biden administration.
U.S. Plans To Comply With Order To Reinstate Trump-Era 'Remain In Mexico' Policy
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Biden administration said it plans to reinstate a Trump-era border policy next month to make asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court, complying with a judge’s order. AdvertisementMexico also wants exemptions for “particularly vulnerable populations” and better coordination on locations and times of day that asylum-seekers are returned to Mexico. Mexico said it also has raised questions about another U.S. policy to expel migrants without a chance to seek asylum. The Biden administration has strongly defended the special powers. U.S. officials say the renewed “Remain in Mexico” policy will be applied to people who don’t qualify for Title 42 authority.
Trump's endorsement for Arizona governor appears to have met with QAnon-linked conspiracy theorist Ron Watkins
Republican Kari Lake was shown posing next to conspiracy theorist Ron Watkins in a picture he posted on Telegram. Former President Donald Trump's pick for the next Arizona governor appears to have met with Ron Watkins, a prominent conspiracy theorist whom some believe spearheaded the far-right conspiracy theory QAnon. "Few can take on the Fake News Media like Kari," Trump wrote in a statement. 8kun is where "Q," the anonymous leader of the conspiracy theory movement, would share posts and provide updates to followers. Although Watkins has denied that he is Q, some believe that he and his father, Jim, spearheaded the conspiracy theory movement.
QAnon Figure Ron Watkins Announces Plans to Run for Congress in Arizona
Opposed groups stage protest and counter-protest in Oregon - Credit: John Rudoff/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesProminent QAnon figure Ron Watkins has announced his plans to run for Congress in Arizona via a dramatic video on Thursday. He lauded the AG for “proceeding on election fraud cases” and re-upped the QAnon false claim that the election was stolen from Donald Trump via election fraud. I am here to formally announce my run for Congress in Arizona district number one.”Well, it’s official! QAnon Ron Watkins, after consultation with his pastor, says he’s decided to “double down with God as my compass,” and filed today to run against Congressman Tom O’Halleran from Maricopa. Story continuesWatkins does not appear to live in Arizona, as Vice notes, but he could move there in order to represent the state per U.S. law.
Ron Watkins, the man widely rumored to have started the QAnon movement, said he is running for Congress
OAN/YouTubeRon Watkins in a video said he would be running for Congress in Arizona as a Republican. Watkins has long been rumoured to be the man behind the QAnon movement. A statement of intent to run was filed with state authorities using an email address associated with Watkins. Ron Watkins, the former 8chan administrator widely rumored to have seeded the QAnon conspiracy theory, has said that he intends to run for a congressional seat in Arizona. A recent HBO documentary, "Q: Into the Storm", posits that the real identity of "Q" was likely Watkins.
Is the man believed to be the source of QAnon running for Congress in Arizona?
The former administrator of 8chan and a man widely suspected as the source of QAnon conspiracy theories has filed a statement of interest to run in a Republican primary election for a seat in Congress. An email attached to the filing matches an email used by Mr Watkins to promote his NFT auction. Story continuesHe was named as an expert witness in a lawsuit from discredited election challenger Sidney Powell, and his conspiracy theories were shared across far-right media networks. Journalists who have closely followed QAnon and a recent HBO documentary series about the movement have placed Mr Watkins as a central figure – if not the source of Q-adjacent posts – in the ideology. Mr Watkins, who has repeatedly promised revelations that never developed, also announced earlier this month that he is “releasing really, really big news” ahead of a QAnon conference in Las Vegas, where he is among guest speakers.
Will Trump play the role of spoiler for Republicans in Virginia governor's race?
Former President Donald Trump’s splash dive into the Virginia governor’s race on Wednesday has come at an unhelpful time for Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin. Former President Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a recent rally in Des Moines, Iowa. McAuliffe quickly seized on the insertion of Trump and his allies into the race. And in 2020, Trump lost Virginia to President Biden by a 10-point margin. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)That’s why Trump’s star turn in the Virginia race on Wednesday and Thursday could prove important.
GOP nominee for Wayne County election board was at Jan. 6 pro-Trump rally
In Wayne County, the state's largest county, the GOP congressional district chairs declined to renominate Monica Palmer for her position on the board of canvassers. “I think this is clearly an attempt (to ensure) that I don’t remain on the board of canvassers because I did eventually certify the election," Palmer said last week. On Nov. 1, two members of each board — one Republican and one Democrat — will begin new four-year terms. On Sept. 24, the Democratic-controlled Wayne County Commission declined to accept any of the Republican nominees for Palmer's position. It's unclear whether GOP officials have nominated Boyd, Brown and Kolanagireddy for Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett's consideration after the commissioners' rejection.
Bill Clinton in hospital with non-COVID infection; Jan. 6 panel targets Bannon; Dodgers' playoff thriller
“The Select Committee will not tolerate defiance of our subpoenas,” Thompson said in a statement Thursday. ***Dodgers beat Giants 2-1 in playoff thriller, advance to NLCSSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Cody Bellinger pointed at the dugout and pounded his chest in triumph after delivering the biggest hit this season for the defending World Series champions. Of course, it took until the ninth inning of the 24th and final meeting to finally separate the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. ***Click on the links below for full version of today's top stories. Keep scrolling for a look back at this day in history and today's celebrity birthdays:***IMAGE OF THE DAY
Terry McAuliffe’s Other Obstacle in Virginia Race: Democrats’ Apathy
Those same surveys suggest that Mr. McAuliffe and Mr. Youngkin are locked in a close race but that more of Mr. Youngkin’s voters are enthusiastic about voting compared with Mr. McAuliffe’s voters. Mr. Youngkin, who, like Mr. McAuliffe, lives in Fairfax, is positioned to perform far better there. Mr. Youngkin had so far avoided inviting Mr. Trump to the state — and avoided a Trumpian attack for the stiff arm. During the 2018 congressional midterms, when Virginia Democrats picked up two House seats, turnout was at nearly 60 percent. The post Terry McAuliffe’s Other Obstacle in Virginia Race: Democrats’ Apathy appeared first on New York Times.
Donald Trump favourite to win 2024 presidential election
Donald Trump has become the favourite to win the election in 2024, as Joe Biden falls behind the former US president and faces challenges with his domestic agenda. However, recent odds byBetfair Exchange found Mr Trump is now 4.8 to win in 2024. Mr Trump would be 78, and almost half a year older than Mr Biden was in January. Vice President Harris would be 60, and a similar age to former president Harry Truman when he was inaugurated in 1945. Republicans, after attacking Mr Trump for the chaos, have largely folded and have followed his lead since the riot.
Afghan mosque is hit by bomb blast during Friday prayers
Dozens of people have been killed and more than 50 wounded after multiple bomb blasts hit a mosque in southern Afghanistan today. Three explosions rocked the Fatemieh mosque in Kandahar, the largest Shiite place of worship in the city, during Friday prayers - with witnesses saying one blast hit the main entrance and another hit an area where worshippers wash themselves. No group has yet claimed responsibility, but it comes a week after an ISIS-K bomb attack on Shiite worshippers in the northern city of Kunduz killed more than 100. Shiites make up roughly 10 percent of the Afghan population and many of them are from the Hazara ethnic group. When signing an Afghan peace deal with Donald Trump in Doha in 2020, the Taliban pledged to keep terror groups including ISIS-K out of Afghanistan.
The Zogby Poll®: President Biden's Job Performance
President Biden's skid continues, and he has fallen down a job performance well. Biden's failure to reach vaccination goals and his executive vaccine mandates have also not helped his cause. Our latest polling shows President Biden with a 36% positive job performance rating (excellent-15% and good-21% combined), while his negative rating is 61% (fair-19% and poor-42% combined). Women voters are abandoning ship. ###Zogby Analytics Poll MethodologyUS Likely Voters10/08/21 - 10/10/21Zogby Analytics conducted an online survey of 896 likely voters in the US.
Jen Psaki took a dig at Trump's role in the Capitol riot, saying Biden 'has no intention to lead an insurrection'
Psaki was asked whether Biden would regret releasing Trump-era documents about the Capitol riot. A reporter said Biden may find himself subject to the same treatment by future GOP administrations. She responded: "This president has no intention to lead an insurrection on our nation's Capitol." Psaki went on to insist that Biden's decision to release Trump-era White House documents was not setting a dangerous precedent that would lead to future Republican administrations releasing documents from Biden's White House. She said the "uniqueness" of the Capitol riot meant that normal rules did not apply and that the situation was without precedent.
January 6 committee exposes a dark truth in going after Bannon
(CNN) The House select committee investigating the Capitol insurrection is sending an aggressive message to Donald Trump's onetime political guru -- and to the former President himself. The panel is determined to use every method possible to find the truth about the lead-up to a pro-Trump mob storming the Capitol on January 6. A case against Bannon could take 'years'The House select committee is due to meet on Tuesday evening to begin the process of making the referral, which will require a full House vote. Given the deeply political nature of the case, it will almost certainly fall to US Attorney General Merrick Garland to decide whether to pursue a criminal case against Bannon. Multiple lengthy legal actions like one involving Bannon could still hamper its ability to get all the facts.
Ron Watkins, the man widely rumored to have started the QAnon movement, said he is running for Congress
Ron Watkins in a video said he would be running for Congress in Arizona as a Republican. Watkins has long been rumoured to be the man behind the QAnon movement. A statement of intent to run was filed with state authorities using an email address associated with Watkins. The 8chan messaging board became a notorious hub for conspiracy theorists and far-right extremists during Watkins' time as administrator. A recent HBO documentary, "Q: Into the Storm", posits that the real identity of "Q" was likely Watkins.
US set to lift UK travel ban on November 8
The US is set to reopen transatlantic flights with Britain in early November as Joe Biden prepares to lift the 18-month ban on fully jabbed UK travellers. The Biden administration announced last month that passengers who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 would be able to fly to the US from anywhere in the world from November. Travellers will have to show proof of having been fully vaccinated and a negative test taken in the previous three days, starting in early November. Boris Johnson and President Biden agreed to set up a joint taskforce to restart travel when they met at the G7 summit in Cornwall in June although the Prime Minister told colleagues that the US president appeared “very reluctant” to reboot flights. In a bid to reinvigorate travel, the UK has since announced that fully jabbed Americans can come to the UK without having to quarantine but the US has yet to reciprocate.
Late Night Isn’t Threatened by Trump’s Latest Stunt
Welcome to Best of Late Night, a rundown of the previous night’s highlights that lets you sleep — and lets us get paid to watch comedy. Here are the 50 best movies on Netflix right now. Is That a Threat? In a written statement this week, Donald J. Trump said Republicans would not be voting in the 2022 or 2024 elections. “Wow, he’s been out of office so long, he’s forgotten how threats work,” Seth Meyers said in his opening monologue Thursday.
Opinion: Trump is sabotaging himself
Officials around the country are failing to root out the fraud that Trump claims cost him a second term in the White House. "If we don't solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020 Republicans will not be voting in '22 or '24," Trump announced in a written statement Wednesday. Join us on Twitter and FacebookA writer in Psychology Today connected Trump with self-sabotage as he struggled near the end of the 2020 campaign. "Trump may be the absolute best at one thing in particular: self-sabotage," wrote Lili Stillwaggon Swan, Ph.D.Today, it's the GOP that has allowed Trump to take over. There's no way to explain this other than to suggest that Trump is indulging in his greatest act of self-sabotage yet.
DOJ official Jeffrey Clark pushed Trump's coup from inside. We need to know why.
Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department official, is in a perfect position to know. And now that he’s been subpoenaed by the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, Congress has a chance to hear it straight from him. (Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and former Pentagon official Kash Patel, for the record, are the ones taking the less fiery approach.) Between the election and mid-December, Pennsylvania state Rep. Scott Perry, who also thought the election results could be overturned, introduced Clark to Trump. But the White House hadn’t given up on Georgia — or Clark.
Satellite photos show how Trump wrecked a sensitive sand dune system in Scotland to build a luxury golf course
Before-and-after satellite images showing the destruction of sand dunes after Donald Trump's Aberdeenshire golf course was built on them. Satellite image © 2021 Maxar TechnologiesBefore-and-after photos show the environmental damage caused by Donald Trump's Scottish golf course. In 2006, the New York real-estate magnate Donald Trump purchased a stretch of coastal land in Aberdeenshire, northeast Scotland, for the purpose of building "the world's best golf course." But as conservationists predicted, the part of the highly sensitive ecosystem on which Trump International Golf Links was built was largely ruined. "Sand dunes are a dynamic system, they're wind-driven, so they go backward and forwards," he said.
‘Succession’: In Season 3 of HBO series, actors keep getting better as their characters’ deeds get worse
‘Succession’ Season 3: 3.5 out of 4 CST_ CST_ CST_ CST_ CST_ CST_ CST_ CST_ The nine-episode season premieres at 8 p.m. Sunday on HBO, with future episodes in the same time slot. Family patriarch Logan Roy is seen from behind or as a shadowy figure, while his four young children take tennis lessons as butlers look on, line up wearing dress-up clothes and take an elephant ride. There’s never a moment when their parents embrace them or smile with them or even acknowledge them. There’s such a rich array of characters and so many complex and interesting relationships popping up everywher, that every episode of “Succession” leaves us wanting more. Logan has clear parallels to Rupert Murdoch, while there’s a touch of Donald Jr. in Kendall and Ivanka in Shiv.
The Guide #4: Welcome to our Succession ruthlessness rankings
This weekend (or extremely early on Monday morning for those of us in the UK) the true CEO of compulsively moreish prestige drama Succession returns. Sign up for the Guide to get the best pop-culture journalism direct to your inbox. Succession ruthlessness rankingsRating the major players in the show from least to most ruthless. From the archiveStuart Heritage made some very fun Succession “Top Chump” playing cards, and is VERY bullish on Cousin Greg’s chances. Photograph: CompositeIf you want to read the complete version of this newsletter please subscribe to receive The Guide in your inbox every Friday.
US set to lift UK travel ban on November 8
The US is set to reopen transatlantic flights with Britain in early November as Joe Biden prepares to lift the 18-month ban on fully jabbed UK travellers. The Biden administration announced last month that passengers who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 would be able to fly to the US from anywhere in the world from November. Travellers will have to show proof of having been fully vaccinated and a negative test taken in the previous three days, starting in early November. Boris Johnson and President Biden agreed to set up a joint taskforce to restart travel when they met at the G7 summit in Cornwall in June although the Prime Minister told colleagues that the US president appeared “very reluctant” to reboot flights. In a bid to reinvigorate travel, the UK has since announced that fully jabbed Americans can come to the UK without having to quarantine but the US has yet to reciprocate.
Rupa Subramanya: How the Conservatives lost the Chinese-Canadian vote
Share this Story: Rupa Subramanya: How the Conservatives lost the Chinese-Canadian voteRupa Subramanya: How the Conservatives lost the Chinese-Canadian vote It is pretty clear that the Tories lost vote share to the Liberals in the Chinese-Canadian community in a fairly big way Photo by Ryan Tumilty/National PostArticle content On May 12, 1998, the newly elected Indian government tested a nuclear device in the Rajasthan desert. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Likewise, in Markham—Unionville, which is 64 per cent Chinese-Canadian, the highest in Canada, the Tory vote dropped seven per cent, all of which went to the Liberals. Article content This past election witnessed a large amount of disinformation coming from various quarters, including from the major parties. Article content There’s a cautionary example of how diaspora support can turn very quickly from positive to negative.
Will Merrick Garland Put Steve Bannon in Jail?
On his last day in office, Donald Trump pardoned his adviser Steve Bannon for having committed the crime of fraud. Should Bannon continue to defy the committee, as his attorneys have stated he would, Attorney General Merrick Garland will have to decide whether to hold Bannon accountable. Given Bannon’s obvious disdain for the rule of law, Garland should prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law and seek from a D.C. jury the maximum punishment of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine. That process will begin on Tuesday, when the select committee will hold a vote on whether to adopt a contempt report, which would be referred to the full House of Representatives for a vote. During the Bannon rally, the crowd recited the Pledge of Allegiance to an American flag carried by Trump supporters during the Jan. 6 rally that turned into the insurrection.
U.S. prepared to restart "Remain in Mexico" border policy in November
The Biden administration announced Friday it will be prepared to start returning asylum-seekers to Mexico next month under a Trump-era policy it has previously denounced — as long as the Mexican government accepts the returns. If Mexico agrees to support the policy's revival, the U.S. could start enrolling migrants in the program "sometime in mid-November," a senior Biden administration official told reporters Thursday. A U.S. Border Patrol agent processes a group of migrants in Sunland Park, New Mexico on July 22, 2021. The revival of "Remain in Mexico," even if court-mandated, would represent a crushing setback for immigrant advocates and a remarkable policy shift for the Biden administration, which has promised to reverse Trump-era border practices it has called inhumane and ineffective. While it froze the "Remain in Mexico" policy, the Biden administration has continued another Trump-era border rule, known as Title 42, that allows U.S. officials to swiftly expel migrants to Mexico or their home country without allowing them to request humanitarian protection.
Commission on Supreme Court warns of political dangers in reform proposals
Biden named the commission in response to liberal demands that something be done to “balance” the court, which has a 6-3 conservative majority. Liberals were particularly angry that a Republican-controlled Senate refused to hold a hearing on President Barack Obama’s nominee to fill the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016. It then rushed through the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to take the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 2020, as the votes already were being cast to deny President Donald Trump a second term.
Sen. Marco Rubio: It's time to fire John Kerry, Biden's ethically challenged climate czar
For weeks, rumors have swirled in Washington about President Joe Biden’s climate czar John Kerry and his opposition to taking concrete action against the Chinese Communist Party’s use of slave labor. In other words, Kerry appears to be profiting from slave labor. Companies including Nike, Apple, and Amazon benefit from slave labor or sourcing from suppliers that do. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe AFL-CIO called "on the Biden administration to take the commonsense actions." The first step is to fire John Kerry as climate czar.
'Really embarrassing': GOP erupts into swing state civil war
And that same day, the state party chair, Michael McDonald, pledged in an interview to counter-sue. “Oh my God,” said Amy Tarkanian, a former chair of the state Republican Party. “I’m tired of seeing the BS,” said Michael Jack, a former vice chair of the Washoe County GOP who is now seeking to unseat McDonald as state party chair. Clark County Republicans accused McDonald, a Trump ally, of improperly influencing the vote by adding extremist members to the county’s roster. Allies of Michael Kadenacy, the Washoe party chair who resigned, see the fallout far differently.
Biden signs debt limit hike, but December standoff looms
President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law a bill raising the nation's debt limit until early December, delaying the prospect of an unprecedented federal default that would cause economic disaster. The eventual approval came after a protracted standoff with Senate Republicans, who derailed initial Democratic efforts with filibusters, delays that require 60 votes to halt. The passage of the short-term debt ceiling increase ensures that, for now, the U.S. will continue to meet its obligations. PELOSI BACKS DEBT CEILING PROPOSAL THAT WOULD ALLOW TREASURE TO RAISE LIMITLawmakers from both parties have used the debt ceiling votes as leverage for other priorities. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi threatened to vote against raising the debt ceiling when President Donald Trump was in office, saying she had no intention of supporting lifting the debt ceiling to enable Republicans to give another tax break to the rich.
Column: Why journalists are failing the public with ‘both-siderism’ in political coverage
For years it was easy to cover “both sides” — Republicans and Democrats — as equally worthy, and blameworthy, partners in democracy. — what remained was a Republican Party still capable of a creditable role in a healthy two-party system. With his continued hold on the Republican Party in the Biden era, Mann and Ornstein’s admonition is truer than ever. Yes, it’s critical for political journalists to remain fair and balanced, in contrast with the right-wing network that cynically co-opted those adjectives. “Do you miss me yet?”This is a Republican Party that is not serious about governing or addressing the nation’s actual problems, as opposed to faux ones like critical race theory.
Bridge: Oct. 15, 2021
Against four spades, West led a low heart, and Joe was dismayed when he saw dummy. He cashed the queen of trumps and started the clubs, but East ruffed the second club and shifted to diamonds. SILLY“The only thing worse than the man’s trying for a silly overtrick is his trying for two silly overtricks,” North growled. DAILY QUESTIONYou hold: S J 8 7 2 H A Q 10 9 3 D A Q 10 C 6. Your partner opens one diamond, you respond one heart, he bids two clubs and you try two spades.
Capitol Insider: New study finds only four states more dangerous for COVID-19 than Ohio
Where does Ohio fall on the list of the 50 states and Washington, D.C., that are the most safe? To get the rankings, financial advisers WalletHub compared five metrics:Vaccination rate Positive testing rate Hospitalization rate Death Rate Transmission rateOhio's ranking in each area:Vaccination rate — 42nd Positive Testing rate — 43rd Hospitalization rate — 44th Death rate — 41st Transmission rate — 35thAbout 57% of the U.S. has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Tuesday, per the Centers for Disease Control. The study found that blue (Democratic) states were much more safe, with an average ranking of 17th, compared to 35th for red (Republican) states. And no presidential candidate has ever lost an election while winning Florida, Ohio, and a place called Iowa. Did poll hint at Ohio GOP deadlock on banning vaccine mandates?
Surprised to see US Republicans cozying up to the European far right? Don’t be | Cas Mudde
He was speaking on screen to an audience of thousands in Madrid, at a meeting of the Spanish far-right party Vox. It was one of many recent outreaches to the global far right by US rightwing figures, which seem to have increased since the ouster of Donald Trump. There are at least four major strands of far-right international networks in which US “conservatives” of all levels participate. Connections between the European far right and Republican members of Congress go back decades; think of people like Steve King, the Iowa Republican, and Dana Rohrabacher, the California Republican. In the pre-Trump era, only relatively marginal rightwing conservatives and Republicans had open connections to the international far right.
Let her finish: interruptions of female justices led to new supreme court rules
Justice Sonia Sotomayor has revealed that changes have been made in the supreme court’s structure of oral arguments following studies confirming what women on the court have long noticed – that female justices were more prone to being interrupted by male justices and attorneys. The 2020 supreme court term, which was conducted remotely because of the coronavirus pandemic, when the majestic court building in Washington DC was closed, is still being examined. “Most of the time women say things and they are not heard in the same way as men who might say the identical thing,” she said. Jacobi told the Guardian it was great to have her study acknowledged but that more work needed to be done. The supreme court is set to rule on major cases this term.
Indigenous tribes tried to block a car battery mine. But the courts stood in the way
“There was life back there, there was death back there.”Indigenous communities across the US face difficult legal battles when trying to protect sacred spaces outside their jurisdictions. And because there are no overarching legal protections for sacred Indigenous spaces, tribes have limited options in the courtroom. A site where exploration drilling has begun for the Thacker Pass lithium mine. Photograph: Suzanne Featherston/APLegal efforts to stop the Thacker Pass lithium project, including a lawsuit by local tribes, ranchers and environmental groups, have so far failed. Harjo said a supreme court decision in 1988 set a fairly destructive tone for the future of protecting sacred spaces.
First Thing: Capitol attack panel to consider prosecuting Bannon
The House select committee investigating the Capitol attack will consider prosecuting Trump’s former strategist Steve Bannon after he defied its subpoena. Bannon refused to comply with a subpoena demanding documents and testimony, claiming he could not appear owing to executive privilege. Texas official says schools with books on Holocaust must offer ‘opposing’ viewsA school is Texas reprimanded a fourth-grade teacher over a book on anti-racism in her classroom. Photograph: AlamyA Texas school district official has told teachers they must offer “opposing” perspectives to the Holocaust if they keep books about the genocide in their classroom libraries. Sign upSign up for the US morning briefingFirst Thing is delivered to thousands of inboxes every weekday.
Donald Trump has publicly confirmed that he’s ‘not into golden showers’
Former US president Donald Trump has finally publicly confirmed that he’s not into “golden showers”. Cast your mind back to the early days of Trump’s presidency in 2017, when the Steele dossier – an investigation into the alleged collaboration between Trump’s campaign team and the Russian government – was published. I’m not into golden showers. Elsewhere within his speech, he is said to have praised both Chinese president Xi Jinping and Russian leader Vladimir Putin and returned to his longstanding hatred of wind turbines. He said: “It’s so sad when you see that they are approving these windmills — worst form of energy, the most expensive.
Afghanistan: Do Islamic State group jihadists pose a real challenge to the Taliban?
FRANCE 24: Now that the Taliban have taken control of Afghanistan, do they really have anything to fear from IS group jihadists? Wassim Nasr: Yes, because the IS group has been at war with the Taliban since 2015, the year the jihadists established themselves in Afghanistan. Although they were defeated territorially by the simultaneous actions of the Taliban, the Afghans and the Americans, the IS-K group jihadists had in the meantime managed to establish a foothold in urban environments. And will the Americans continue to direct drone strikes at the IS-K group, thereby directly helping the Taliban to contain the terrorist threat? And this, once again, would be to the benefit of the IS-K group, whose ideology is gaining followers.
The Trump Presidency Is Still an Active Crime Scene
The first known White House chronicle by someone other than a President came from Paul Jennings, an enslaved person whose memoir of President James Madison’s White House was published in 1865. This month, Stephanie Grisham became the third former Trump Administration press secretary to publish her account. The Trump Presidency is not yet, alas, simply a matter for booksellers and book writers; it’s an active crime scene. Hill’s book, “There Is Nothing for You Here,” is one of the most compelling to emerge from inside the Trump White House. The true history of the Trump Administration can’t be written without it.
The Melania and Donald You Don't See, According to Ex-Aide: 'I Miss Them and I Hope I Never See Them Again'
It's because I never planned to write a book, I don't have notes and journals and wasn't being sneaky." "I liked them and I disliked them," she writes, "and I miss them and I hope I never see them again." President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump speak with reporters as he walks to board Marine One From left: Donald and Melania Trump upon leaving the White House a final time in January 2021 | Credit: Alex Brandon/AP/ShutterstockWhy do you think Melania has that pull on him? Do you think Melania and Donald were aligned on social and political issues? Stephanie Grisham Stephanie Grisham | Credit: Jacquelyn Martin/AP/ShutterstockDo you feel like you were sort of lulled into a faux sense of friendship with the Trumps?
How Trump Is Hurting Republican Chances in 2022
Added: 15.10.2021 4:04 | 22 views | 0 commentsDonald Trump is, ostensibly, a Republican. But he has shown time and again -- both in the White House and now out of it -- that he cares little about helping the party and its other candidates.
Bill Cosby Sued by Former Cosby Show Actress
Lili Bernard, an actress who appeared on the hit television series The Cosby Show, claims Cosby drugged and raped her in August 1990 at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. When she awoke, she said, Cosby was naked on top of her while she told him no. By the next morning, the actress alleges, Cosby gave her money and provided transportation from the hotel back to New York, where she was living. Cosby sexually assaulted, battered and drugged Ms. Bernard on additional occasions,” the lawsuit claims. Not only was Cosby freed, Pennsylvania’s highest court ruled that he could no longer be tried again for the same crimes in criminal court.
Youngkin Dances Around Insurrection Flag Rally Held To Promote His Candidacy
Steve Bannon kicks out the jams for January 6, and Glenn Youngkin. It was organized by conservative talk-show host John Fredericks, a former Trump campaign chairman in Virginia. In addition to a brief re-endorsement of Youngkin, Trump served up the usual Big Lie fare. It is weird and wrong to pledge allegiance to a flag connected to January 6. If the “Take Back Virginia” rally is any indication, Youngkin really doesn’t have control over his most essential benefactor and most dangerous ally.
QAnon Figure Ron Watkins Announces Plans to Run for Congress in Arizona
Prominent QAnon figure Ron Watkins has announced his plans to run for Congress in Arizona via a dramatic video on Thursday. He lauded the AG for “proceeding on election fraud cases” and re-upped the QAnon false claim that the election was stolen from Donald Trump via election fraud. I am here to formally announce my run for Congress in Arizona district number one.”Well, it’s official! QAnon Ron Watkins, after consultation with his pastor, says he’s decided to “double down with God as my compass,” and filed today to run against Congressman Tom O’Halleran from Maricopa. Many believe Watkins himself was the anonymous poster known as Q, a theory pushed by a prominent HBO documentary series, Q: Into the Storm.
Why is Virginia so important to Democrats? Heated governor's race tests party, Biden before 2022 midterms
A 2022 warning shotDemocrats have won Virginia in every presidential election since 2008, and Biden defeated President Donald Trump there by 10 percentage points nearly a year ago. "The 2021 campaign so far is showing us that the reports of Virginia as a blue state have been premature," Farnsworth said. "There's a bit of a handicap for being the White House party candidate in this race," he said. Pundits shouldn't put too much focus on the Virginia race as a harbinger for next year, Kondik said. And that didn't translate into a good turnout for the 2014 midterms when Democrats lost control of the Senate.
US plans to reinstate 'Remain in Mexico' policy next month
The Biden administration outlined a plan to reinstate a border policy that made asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Biden administration said it plans to reinstate a Trump-era border policy next month to make asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court, complying with a judge's order. Mexico also wants exemptions for “particularly vulnerable populations” and better coordination on locations and times of day that asylum-seekers are returned to Mexico. Mexico said it also has raised questions about another U.S. policy to expel migrants without a chance to seek asylum. U.S. officials say the renewed “Remain in Mexico” policy will be applied to people who don't qualify for Title 42 authority.
Biden administration to resume ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy for asylum-seekers next month
In compliance with a court order, the Biden administration said it plans to reinstate a Trump-era border policy next month that makes asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court. Reinstatement of the “Remain in Mexico” policy hinges on the approval of the Mexican government, which has raised concerns that U.S. officials are working to address, the Justice Department said in a court filing late Thursday. Mexico also wants exemptions for “particularly vulnerable populations” and better coordination on locations and times of day that asylum-seekers are returned to Mexico. The Biden administration has strongly defended the special powers. Broad outlines of the reinstated “Remain in Mexico” policy come as the Biden administration has yet to develop the “humane” asylum system that the president promised during his campaign after quickly dismantling many Trump policies.
Biohackers at the gate: The untold story of how DIY experimenters waged war on COVID-19
Before long, this collection of inventive, if wildly independent, experimenters would reimagine COVID-19 testing in the fight against a globe-crippling pandemic. The federal government and corporations such as LabCorp had failed to scale up COVID-19 testing, which often involved a tedious liquid transfer process called pipetting. * * *A lab specialist manually pipettes a mix for coronavirus testing. At one hospital in Spain, grateful lab technicians named each robot after a loved one lost to COVID-19: Joan. * * *Today, behind the scenes of America’s COVID-19 testing infrastructure, OT-2 robots are helping screen millions for the virus: elementary school students, nursing home residents, patients headed in for surgery.
It’s easy to feel pessimistic about the climate. But we’ve got two big things on our side
So many things have broken the wrong way since the Paris climate accords were agreed in mid-December of 2015. And yet here we are, staggering and stumbling towards the real follow-up to Paris, starting 31 October in Glasgow. And to make the theater interesting, there are two things that have broken the right way, two things that will have to be the bulwark of progress in Glasgow. Without swift change we will pass irrevocable tipping points: winning slowly on climate is simply another way of losing. Glasgow, in other words, is about pace: will it accelerate change, or will things stay on their same too-slow trajectory?
Donald Trump and Eminem Weren't Always Enemies. Here's Proof
Eminem may have unleashed a fiery torrent of criticism against Donald Trump on Tuesday night during an aggressive freestyle cypher at the Hip Hop Awards, but the outspoken Detroit rapper and the current president weren’t always at such political odds. In fact, back in 2004, Trump himself appeared on an Eminem television special to “endorse” the artist for a fictional political run. “Of course I’m right. I’m always right,” Trump said then in his remarks. And Donald Trump is telling you, right now, Slim Shady is a winner.
Kayleigh McEnany Attacks Jen Psaki With ‘Least Self-Aware Tweet Ever Written’
Former Donald Trump White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany was hammered for hypocrisy after she attacked her successor, Jen Psaki, on Twitter. https://t.co/ICLldHRCgs — Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) October 15, 2021While Psaki has faced Hatch Act-related criticism, McEnany was reminded of her own conflicts of interest, such as when she served as press secretary and Trump 2020 campaign adviser at the same time. They also recalled the hosting of 2020 Republican National Convention events on the White House lawns and the myriad other instances of the Trump administration riding roughshod over norms. Fuck off,” responded Mary Trump, the niece of Donald Trump who has become one of her uncle’s loudest critics. — lauralouisiana (@llauralouisiana) October 15, 2021I remember when one Kayleigh McEnany was receiving a salary as Press Sec and at the same moonlighting as a Trump campaign spokesperson.
Trump Shares His Thoughts On Golden Showers In Bonkers Off-Script Moment
“I’m not into golden showers,” Trump said unprompted in a private speech at the National Republican Senatorial Committee retreat, according to The Washington Post. https://t.co/68cshk1wgZ — Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) October 14, 2021My Not Into Golden Showers MAGA hat has people asking a lot of questions already answered by my hat. — Liam Donovan (@LPDonovan) October 15, 2021Nothing reassures a bunch of proto-fascist theocrats more than: "I'm not into golden showers." pic.twitter.com/lXnEojam5X — Kevin Guilfoile (@kevinguilfoile) October 15, 2021Oh no big deal, just the former president talking about golden showers in a speech. (@IskraDavidPhoto) October 15, 2021Thereby confirming he’s totally into golden showers.
Trump says he’s ‘not into golden showers’ and praises Putin and Xi at private Republican meeting
In the event’s final and keynote speech, Mr Trump also spoke about his good relationship with Russia’s Vladimir Putin and lavished praise on the intelligence of China’s Xi Jinping, according to the Washington Post citing recordings obtained from the meeting. All phony stuff.”“I’m not into golden showers,” Mr Trump said addressing the VIP crowd of donors, lobbyists and senators. An investigation based in part on the dossier did not find sufficient evidence to prove that Mr Trump’s campaign had any links with Russia. He also took credit for reviving a “dying” Republican party and helping Republicans in holding seats on Capitol Hill. The Republicans lost control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate during Mr Trump’s presidency.
US plans to reinstate 'Remain in Mexico' policy next month
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Biden administration said it plans to reinstate a Trump-era border policy next month to make asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court, complying with a judge's order. It hinges on approval of the Mexican government, which has raised concerns that U.S. officials are working to address, the Justice Department said in a court filing late Thursday. Mexico wants cases to generally conclude within six months and ensure that asylum-seekers have timely and accurate information about hearing dates and times and better access to legal counsel. Mexico also wants exemptions for “particularly vulnerable populations” and better coordination on locations and times of day that asylum-seekers are returned to Mexico. About 70,000 asylum-seekers have been subject to the “Remain in Mexico” policy, known officially as “Migrant Protection Protocols,” which President Donald Trump introduced in January 2019 and Biden suspended on his first day in office.
Trump tells GOP officials and donors he's 'not into golden showers' and Melania didn't 'believe that one'
And then, "unprompted, he brought up an unsubstantiated claim he had interactions with prostitutes in Moscow before he ran for president," the Post adds, quoting Trump: "I'm not into golden showers. ... You know the great thing, our great first lady — 'That one,' she said, 'I don't believe that one.'" Still, it was Trump's continued insistence on making upcoming elections about him and his false complaints about the 2020 election that has GOP strategists worried, the Post reports. It's "one thing for NRSC to send out fundraising emails using Trump's name," New York Times political reporter Jonathan Martin tweeted. "But inviting him to a fundraiser where he discusses golden showers is really maximizing the humiliation."
Ron Watkins, who many speculate might be QAnon, eyes Congressional run in Arizona
It appears that former 8chan administrator and QAnon mega-celebrity Ron Watkins is considering a run for Congress in Arizona. "[Watkins] has said emphatically numerous times that he isn't Q," Teora said. "He doesn't consider himself a part of QAnon, in fact he's told me he doesn't even believe there is a QAnon." Watkins recently moved to Arizona in preparation for his campaign, he told Salon in a late-night email Thursday. CORRECTION: This story has been updated to reflect that Watkins recently moved to Arizona and currently resides there.
Analysis: Powell still favorite for Fed reinstatement but investors examine alternatives
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell attends the House Financial Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 30, 2021. Powell's odds in betting markets have fallen following sharp criticism of his performance by progressive Democrats and a trading scandal among Federal Reserve officials. Powell, a Republican, has done more than any recent Fed chair to cultivate relationships on Capitol Hill, meeting regularly with members of both parties. "We continue to stare in admittedly morbid fascination at the PredictIt odds for the next Federal Reserve Chair," wrote Colas, adding that "we think Powell will keep his job. "It needs to be appreciated just how dovish the path that Powell has the current Fed on," he said.
Kayleigh McEnany Attacks Jen Psaki With ‘Least Self-Aware Tweet Ever Written’
Former Donald Trump White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany was hammered for hypocrisy after she attacked her successor, Jen Psaki, on Twitter. https://t.co/ICLldHRCgs — Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) October 15, 2021While Psaki has faced Hatch Act-related criticism, McEnany was reminded of her own conflicts of interest, such as when she served as press secretary and Trump 2020 campaign adviser at the same time. They also recalled the hosting of 2020 Republican National Convention events on the White House lawns and the myriad other instances of the Trump administration riding roughshod over norms. Fuck off,” responded Mary Trump, the niece of Donald Trump who has become one of her uncle’s loudest critics. — lauralouisiana (@llauralouisiana) October 15, 2021I remember when one Kayleigh McEnany was receiving a salary as Press Sec and at the same moonlighting as a Trump campaign spokesperson.
'Shut this fake investigation down': Clumsy Republican 'audit' stunt elicits blowback
Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul talks with Rachel Maddow about the "glaring flaws" that have already compromised the credibility of a Republican effort to have two Trump loyalists reassess the outcome of the 2020 election in which Donald Trump was the loser, and why it's important to take the matter seriously even though it is being conducted in such an unserious manner.Oct.
#MeToo, 4 years in: ‘I’d like to think now, we are believed’
At center is Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement. At center is Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement. “I’ve thought about that a lot.”Hill’s history obviously predates the #MeToo movement, the broad social reckoning against sexual misconduct that reaches its four-year mark this week. She demanded respect, prompting changes from her colleagues that stuck as the #MeToo movement took hold. That dovetails with frequent criticism that the #MeToo movement has been less inclusive of women of color.
Trump tells GOP officials and donors he's 'not into golden showers' and Melania didn't 'believe that one'
And then, "unprompted, he brought up an unsubstantiated claim he had interactions with prostitutes in Moscow before he ran for president," the Post adds, quoting Trump: "I'm not into golden showers. ... You know the great thing, our great first lady — 'That one,' she said, 'I don't believe that one.'" Still, it was Trump's continued insistence on making upcoming elections about him and his false complaints about the 2020 election that has GOP strategists worried, the Post reports. Story continuesIt's "one thing for NRSC to send out fundraising emails using Trump's name," New York Times political reporter Jonathan Martin tweeted. "But inviting him to a fundraiser where he discusses golden showers is really maximizing the humiliation."
Biden is ridiculed online as #EmptyShelvesJoe as frustrated shoppers complain about shortages
AdvertisementJoe Biden was being taunted on Thursday with the hashtag 'Empty Shelves Joe', as frustrated shoppers complained about shortages of products in their local stores, and concern grew about possible Christmas shortages. 'Joe Biden has caused an economic crisis in America.' 'And it's all thanks to Joe Biden!' The Los Angeles port alone has handled more than 7.3 million TEUs so far this year. 'What happens in Los Angeles and other West Coast ports reverberates all the way through the country,' said Agriculture Transportation Coalition executive director Peter Friedmann.
Column: A third party to impose some pain on the Trumpified GOP
Indeed, 7% of 2016 Republican Trump voters defected to Biden in 2020. Some even argued that disaffected Republicans should essentially join the Democratic Party. “Why shouldn’t anti-Trump Republicans at least consider becoming a kind-of-Old-Republican wing of Joe Biden’s Democratic party?” asked Bill Kristol, a proudly anti-Trump conservative. If a Republican candidate met its requirements, a new party of the right could endorse the Republican, the way New York’s Conservative Party does. The point is to cause the GOP some pain for its descent into asininity.
Russia Throws Tantrum Over ‘Crazy’ American Women in Government
But Russia’s attitude towards Nuland goes beyond her politics: Apparently, Moscow’s misogynists would rather not deal with a woman at all. Russian state media led the charge in covering Nuland as the subject of a “Fashion Police” segment, as opposed to a U.S. government official who should be taken with any modicum of seriousness. ”In an ongoing effort to appeal to American conservatives, savvy promoters of Putin’s reign lean heavily on social media outlets, including YouTube. Appearing on The Evening With Vladimir Soloviev, political scientist Sergey Mikheyev asserted in the clip: "We're witnessing a major deterioration of political analysis and decision-making in America... In the West, they claim that men and women are the same... We know it's a lie.
Former Defense Secretary: Watching Kabul withdrawal made me sick
“I actually wasn’t feeling very well, and I realized it was because of what was happening in Kabul. Robert Gates blames President Joe Biden and Donald Trump for the Afghanistan withdrawal fiasco. So that was in February of 2020.”Once that agreement was forged, Gates argues, the Trump administration should have moved quickly to bring Afghan allies out of the country. The Biden administration, for its part, has accused the Trump administration of neglecting the official processes for helping Afghans gain asylum in the US. Meanwhile, Gates says does not believe the US military can be used for nation-building in countries like Afghanistan and Iraq.
Brussels Playbook: Janša embarrasses EU — David Frost interview — Parliament threatens to sue Commission
Mutual respect between EU institutions and within the European Council is the only way forward,” he tweeted. FROSTY RECEPTION?LUNCH DATE: Britain’s Brexit point man David Frost is traveling to Brussels today for lunch with Commission Vice President Maroš Šef?ovi?. MEANWHILE, IN BRUSSELS: A planned meeting between the Commission and the ambassadors for Poland, Lithuania and Latvia didn’t go ahead Thursday. — European Council President Charles Michel speaks by phone with Chinese President Xi Jinping at 10:30 a.m.— European Parliament’s LIBE delegation in Slovenia. **SUBSCRIBE to the POLITICO newsletter family: Brussels Playbook | London Playbook | Playbook Paris | EU Confidential | Sunday Crunch | EU Influence | London Influence | AI: Decoded | Digital Bridge | China Direct | D.C. Playbook | All our POLITICO Pro policy morning newsletters
Letters to the Editor - School board chaos, school principals, gun control, disabled veterans
School board chaosRe: “Amid chaos, N. Texas school boards suffer,” by Sharon Grigsby, Wednesday Metro & Business column. Peggy Tucker, RichardsonGun laws already existFrom reading the Wednesday letters responding to the isolated school shooting in Arlington, it seems people have the wrong impression about the Texas gun control laws. As of Jan. 1, 2022, if you are a disabled veteran in Texas, your DAV license plate is not sufficient to allow you to park in a handicapped space. Where are our leaders who supposedly look out for our disabled veterans? Your disabled veteran support is overwhelming!
Jill Biden out to flex political muscle in governors' races
“I will leave it to other outside analysts to convey that off-year elections are often not a bellwether,” Psaki said. "We’re going to do everything we can to help former Gov. McAuliffe.”McAuliffe is counting on women, especially those in the suburbs where Republican candidates saw their support wane during the Trump administration. Vigil said that is precisely "the constituency you bring the first lady in for.”“Their whole persona is often built on the idea of connecting with constituents. As both candidate and president, he has introduced himself at some events as “Jill’s husband,” which draws frequent laughs and applause.
How Covid spread fear of globalisation and threatens a new world order
It gained some credence as an economic model when the young Soviet Union in effect shut itself off from world trade, and the nationalist impulse towards self-sufficiency appealed to Hitler. It also flourished in the postwar world, especially in Africa, though the creed of globalisation has left few examples outside North Korea. The supply shock has “thrown sand in the gears of the world economy”, according to George Magnus, an independent economist and associate at the China Centre, at Oxford University. “The virus has bred mistrust,” says Magnus, “and the division sown by this has been a shock for China. “But what we will see I think is a world of smaller regional blocs where there are shorter supply chains.
Tom Morello interview: ‘I never struggled with my identity. Other people did’
Morello plonked his iPhone on a fold-up chair in front of his amp and began to play. This ended up being the most prolific recording period of my life.”He also brought in his son, Roman (“he shreds”), and his mother (“the most radical member of the Morello family”), to turn the album into a real family affair. “[This album] asserts that the electric guitar doesn’t just have a past, it has a future,” Morello says. “I’m not white,” Morello shot back. When he realised his mistake, he looked at Morello “in total disappointment,” Morello recalls, laughing.
French finance minister calls on US to end trade disputes with Europe
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire urged Washington to end trade rivalries with its European partners, notably over steel and aluminum. French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire on Thursday called on the United States to put an end to trade rivalries with Europe, stressing that a "strong" France and Europe are in America's interest. Le Maire was due to meet with White House officials on the sidelines of this week's meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Le Maire echoed comments from Biden on Wednesday, citing the need "to gain our independence on semiconductors," energy and other items. "A Europe which is more independent, which has its own technologies, its own value chains, that is not against the United States, it is good for the United States," he insisted.
Donald Trump is doing everything he can to hurt Republican chances in 2022
(CNN) Donald Trump is, ostensibly, a Republican. The latest example came Wednesday night when Trump issued this statement via his Save America PAC:"If we don't solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020 (which we have thoroughly and conclusively documented), Republicans will not be voting in '22 or '24. It is the single most important thing for Republicans to do." If you built a statement in a lab, you would be hard-pressed to make it more counterproductive to Republican efforts to win back the House and Senate majorities they lost in the Trump years. What Trump is saying, quite simply, is that unless and until he is restored as president -- due to (nonexistent) voter fraud during the 2020 presidential election -- Republican voters should withhold their votes in the 2022 midterms (and the 2024 presidential election).
An Avalanche of Happenstance
It seems like no matter who control the government the United States is like a rockslide turning into an avalanche rushing downhill. I think that the only way to stop this or slow it down is to elect more progressive Democrats to every political office possible. Is the causation of this an avalanche of happenstance or is our world mostly controlled by a ruling elite? A relentless political war to reverse The New Deal and Great Society reforms began and still continues to this day. GWB lied to win office, lied us into war, committed war crimes and yet again was never indicted.
Unfriend Manchin—Part VI
Given the fascist tendencies of the Republican Party, it’s hard to see how we will get democracy back. Until substantive voting rights passes the Senate, I will continue my campaign to drive him out of the Democratic Party. Here’s my question to you: Is it appropriate for a coal baron to be a critical part of the Democratic Party? We have a political party [the Republican Party] that has become wholly nihilistic in its application of power. Is it appropriate for a coal baron to be a critical part of the Democratic Party?
'Squid Game' director says show's repugnant American billionaire character 'resembles' Trump
In an interview with IndieWire, Squid Game director Hwang Dong-hyuk said that one of the repulsive VIPs who get their kicks from the rampant bloodshed is decidedly Trumpian. And then Donald Trump became the president of the United States and I think he kind of resembles one of the VIPs in the Squid Game. Personally, I think it’s unfair to compare even fictional characters to Donald Trump. Get them all, including the finale, Goodbye, Asshat: 101 Farewell Letters to Donald Trump, at this link. Or, if you prefer a test drive, you can download the epilogue to Goodbye, Asshat for the low, low price of FREE.
PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN---DAY267---Evening-Shade-Thursday
https://t.co/JWSCMPkZZl — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 14, 2021x The Biden admin's employer vaccine mandate could be finalized as early as next week. https://t.co/dndRoP0eIk — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 14, 2021JEN PSAKIx Jen Psaki: "I can assure you that this president has no intention to lead an insurrection on our nation's Capitol." — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 14, 2021US ADVISORY PANELx WASHINGTON (AP) — US advisory panel endorses Moderna COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for seniors and other high-risk groups. https://t.co/oKlW27as2L — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 14, 2021x IBM is rebuffing Greg Abbott's order banning private employers in Texas from mandating COVID vaccines, instead choosing to follow President Biden's directive for the shots. https://t.co/mrnm0ZtlIA — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 14, 2021TRUMP
NY Times: Racial gap in vaccinations almost closed despite inequities and history
Put all of this together and you would expect an intransigent large gap to remain in who is vaccinated. www.nytimes.com/…"Why Many Black Americans Changed Their Minds About Covid ShotsBlack Americans were once far less likely than white Americans to be vaccinated. In the first months after the vaccine rollout, Black Americans were far less likely than white Americans to be vaccinated. Compared to the “wait-and-see” group, those in the “definitely not” group have larger proportions of non-Hispanic white adults, Republicans, adults living in rural areas and white evangelical Christians. There are also larger proportions of Democrats, younger adults and people reporting lower levels of education and income among the wait-and-see-ers.
This month is the critical month to pass legislation so that people have SOMETHING to vote for
I am hearing positive developments regarding student loan reform and public loan forgiveness. www.cnn.com/…finance.yahoo.com/…Biden choosing to eliminate $10,000 outright through executive order will more than make up for shortcomings in reconciliation legislation plus refusal to eliminate filibuster. www.cnbc.com/…Biden knows that he needs people to turnout in mid terms. I am sure he does not want trump republicans taking back control. Besides, student loan reform-forgiveness, Biden’s legislative victories plus covid vaccination/declining cases will eventually return his approval ratings slowly to just above 50% by October 2022.
Why the Last 2020 Election Challenge in GA Should Not Have Been Dismissed: 'BradCast' 10
In other words, while their complaint could be true, it affected all Fulton voters, not just Favorito and friends. of State's office] to secretly tell us there are no counterfeit ballots and refuse to let the public inspect them." As explained on the show in more detail, public elections belong to the public. And only public oversight of public elections offer any chance of avoiding the situation we are now in where dishonest cretins, like Trump and his supporters, can falsely claim fraud. If it reveals counterfeit ballots, good.
If a Republican commits a crime on live TV, can Democratic leadership hear it? Indict Trump already
I’m sort of astonished we are still wondering if Steve Bannon will end up in jail for defying a congressional subpoena. I seem to remember a loudmouth orange man admitting to, committing, or having released audiotape of crime after crime on TV, Twitter, and in front of large crowds with many, many witnesses. I’m also quite positive that if I committed a crime of comparable level to any of the above on live TV I would be in FBI custody by nightfall. Let him live out whatever years after that friendless and penniless. We all watched it live on TV.
Judge rules MAGA-supporting Colorado election officials can't work in upcoming election
As such, Peters and Knisley are unable or unwilling to appropriately perform the duties of the Mesa County Designated Election Official. According to Robison, former Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and former Mesa County Clerk Sheila Reiner will continue forward in Peters’ and Knisley’s roles for the upcoming November election. The details of what Peters and Knisley did are very clear, and are not being argued at this point. A scheduled “trusted build” of the Mesa County voting software was planned. More distressing is the fact that Peters’ disgraceful activities may be connected to election fraud conspiracist, Colorado-based Joe Oltmann.
Overnight News Digest Oct. 14th, 2021
It’s still unclear how long Nance was in the van before she died or before her body was found. Hiring has slowed in the past two months, even as companies and other employers have posted a near-record number of open jobs. Economists hoped more people would find work in September as schools reopened, easing child care constraints, and enhanced unemployment aid ended nationwide. But WSVN-TV reported without citing sources by name that Cruz would plead guilty to all 17 murder counts against him. ABC NewsFDA unlikely to rule on Merck's COVID pill before DecemberThe Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it will ask its outside experts to meet in late November to scrutinize Merck's pill to treat COVID-19.
A Southerner shows off his authentic Confederate flag
First up is this young kid on a bike arguing with a grown-ass adult over his blended Confederate flag hanging in the neighborhood. The guy tells him to research it on YouTube (because of course he does). If that racist really wants to see an authentic Confederate flag, then this guy in the next video can help him out. If you haven’t seen it, just wait for it ????????????? pic.twitter.com/zpnVrVVdCA — Sam (@SamIAm2021MD) October 14, 2021THAT is the official Confederate flag. The Confederate flag has always been the symbol of oppression and hatred.
Perjury Watch: Trump Ordered to Give Deposition in Lawsuit for Inciting Racist Violence
There are numerous legal cliffs over which Donald Trump is presently hanging by the sheerest of threads. RELATED: Trump Seeks ‘Common Ground’ With Racist, Seditionist, Violent, Conspiracy CrackpotsAmong the pending cases is one in which Trump has been accused of fomenting racial violence against Latinos and immigrants at his MAGA cult rallies. Now a judge has ordered Trump to give a deposition scheduled for next week:"Former President Donald Trump must sit for a videotaped deposition next week as part of a lawsuit involving his anti-immigrant rhetoric, a judge in the Bronx ordered. "A group of Mexican protesters said they were assaulted during a rally outside Trump Tower in September 2015 over the then-candidate's comments that Mexican immigrants were criminals and rapists." RELATED: Trump Confesses to Tax Crimes At His Cult Rally and Blurts Out His Propaganda TacticsIt will be interesting to see how Trump tries to dodge this deposition.
Completely unprompted, Trump insists at GOP donor event that he's not into golden showers
Donald Trump, whose numerous grievances tend to spontaneously burst forth like whack-a-moles when you least expect it, just reminded us that he is not—repeat, not—into golden showers. According to The Washington Post, golden showers were top of mind for Trump at a National Republican Senatorial Committee donor retreat in Palm Beach, Florida, on Thursday. Because, well, he’s Donald Trump, and he has no filter:“It was all phony s---, okay. That totes sounds like a dude who’s into golden showers. Get them all, including the finale, Goodbye, Asshat: 101 Farewell Letters to Donald Trump, at this link.
Green card installation represents hundreds of thousands of TPS families in need of permanent relief
But as Daily Kos’ David Nir and many others have repeatedly noted, and I’ll continue to repeat, her opinion is non-binding. And they should, TPS holders and advocates said on Wednesday. We demand citizenship for all those behind me, for all those hiding under the cloud of fear,” Jozef continued. As our public health crisis continues, TPS holders will remain essential to the nation’s economic recovery from one of its darkest moments.””Over 80% of TPS holders are employed, having paid about $4.6 billion in taxes,” CUSP continued. TPS Holders, undocumented people have been keeping the country afloat during a deadly global pandemic and fighting through four years of constant attacks from the Trump administration.
News Roundup: Youngkin crowd pledges allegiance to insurrection; Trump as deadbeat
Steve Bannon's problem is that nobody anywhere likes Steve Bannon enough to care if he gets hauled off to prison. In the news today: Glenn Youngkin rally organizers caused quite a stir when they proudly brought in a flag waved by protesters at the violent January 6 insurrection for the crowd to pledge allegiance to. On the other end of the insurrection, Trump strategist and Trump-pardoned grifter Steve Bannon remains defiant in the face of subpoenas issued by members of Congress he helped Trump supporters attack. Not because of the violent insurrection he fomented through the relentless promotion of an invented hoax, mind you. It's because they're pretty sure he'll skip out on their bills.
The American Christian Nation Party (Republican)
That is, a focus on "Christianity" nestled up to the Republican Party and the policies that it is pursuing. District) a "Confirmation and Survey" being circulated by the "Faith and Freedom Coalition" entitled "The Christian Voter Registration Project." The language solicits the support of the recipients of the "survey," presumably "Christian" voters (that is the Republican/voter type of Christian) to support such an agenda. For he is right up there (or down there, depending upon your point of view) with the crème-de-la-crème (or crime) of the Republican Party. In my book, I future-historically projected first a "Republican-Christian Alliance," then an "American Christian Nation Party" (as the successor to the R-CA), and then an apartheid state called the "New American Republics," under the ACNP.
The Story of Barrabbas: The Advent of Fake News and Q-Anon
As if the irony is not thick enough, every time his followers call him "The Son of G-d," he admonishes them to call him "Son of Man." Is it a convenient coincidence that only in these versions of the gospel of the earliest "Christians," that we find the entire name? In yet another act of hatred toward those original Christians, did they add to the already fictitious story of Judas, perverting the real story of "Bar Abbas," as well, by the invention of an evil twin? This was met with intense criticism by pagan followers of Paul who claimed that the gospel had been "corrupted." The conflict between pagan followers of Paul and the original, authentic followers of the historical Jesus is actually well outlined in the current New Testament itself.
Former Trump Official Is Head of Wisconsin GOP’s “Audit” of the 2020 Election
The so-called audit in Wisconsin is unnecessary, as there is no evidence of widespread fraud affecting the outcome of the election. Members of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, including a Republican member of that panel, have gone on record to state that there were no instances of fraud whatsoever in the election. Ever since Gableman was appointed to lead the election audit, which will cost Wisconsin taxpayers at least $680,000 to conduct, he has made a number of glaring mistakes. Gableman has also hired an attorney who worked for Trump, Andrew Kloster, who has also claimed that the election was stolen. Kloster served as an election overseer in Green Bay, where he allegedly harassed and yelled at election workers last November.
Leaked Email Shows Verizon Pushing Employees to Oppose Corporate Tax Hike
Telecommunications giant Verizon has been urging its employees to oppose the corporate tax hike being considered by Democrats in Congress, according to a leaked email obtained by The Intercept. Democrats are currently considering a conservative corporate tax raise to 26.5 percent, a far cry from the pre-2017 rate. Here’s the email Verizon sent employees claiming “as much as 70 to 85% of the corporate tax is borne by wage earners.”https://t.co/0TuHX3aSCQ pic.twitter.com/ukuBa1VdJc — Ken Klippenstein (@kenklippenstein) October 14, 2021The email repeats a questionable claim that, if the corporate tax hike goes through, then employees would be most affected. Meanwhile, the corporate tax hike currently in question would go toward government assistance programs like extending the child tax credit that cut child poverty in half. The group has been active in a huge corporate lobbying campaign against the reconciliation bill, specifically opposing the corporate tax hike.
The fight to free Julian Assange and to defeat Australia’s anti-democratic electoral laws are linked
In August, the Liberal-National Coalition government and the Labor opposition joined hands to ram through anti-democratic electoral laws, which are aimed at deregistering so-called minor parties—those without parliamentary representation. With the electoral laws, they are seeking to ensure that all these issues, and every other affecting the lives and interests of working people, are buried. The motivation behind the assault on Assange, and the anti-democratic electoral laws is the same. It is the working class that is the ultimate target of all onslaughts on democratic rights, and the social force which can defeat them. This is the perspective of the SEP.Join its campaign against the electoral laws here.
Trump putsch was outcome of two-decade attack on constitutional rule and legality
The putsch, which has been comprehensively reported and analyzed by the WSWS, was the culmination of a two-decade assault on democratic rights and constitutional rule by successive Republican and Democratic administrations. The bipartisan destruction of democratic rightsAmerica’s drive for global hegemony ushered in a two-decade attack by the ruling class and its enablers on constitutional rule, legality and democratic rights. Respect for the norms and conventions of the Office of the President is fundamental to constitutional rule. In this particular Rule of Law aspect, Trump manifestly and significantly deepened the attack on constitutional rule and legality in the US. Trump’s attack on the judiciary represented a deepening of the authoritarian drive against Constitutional rule in the US.
House Select Committee on January 6 seeks criminal contempt charges against Steve Bannon
After Trump adviser Steve Bannon defied subpoena requests from the House Select Committee charged with investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol, Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Mississippi) released a statement announcing the committee will seek to charge hm with criminal contempt. “The Select Committee will not tolerate defiance of our subpoenas, so we must move forward with proceeding to refer Mr. Bannon for criminal contempt. I’ve notified the Select Committee that we will convene for a business meeting Tuesday evening to vote on adopting a contempt report,” Thompson continued. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)“The Select Committee will use every tool at its disposal to get the information it seeks, and witnesses who try to stonewall the Select Committee will not succeed,” added Thompson. But the Biden White House has declined to support Trump’s claims in relation to January 6.
Why has Squid Game resonated with a global audience?
“I think he kind of resembles one of the VIPs in the Squid Game,” he said. The development of the South Korean economy—one of the “Asian Tigers”—has made fortunes for the ruling elite within the country and internationally. South Korea has one of the highest suicide rates in the world, especially among the elderly. South Korean workers have their own unique history, one that includes dictatorship, war, government repression (the Gwangju massacre among the most prominent). Squid Game is trending toward a different outlook, but it does not always hit the mark.
Former FBI deputy chief McCabe gets pension back in lawsuit settlement
The Justice Department has agreed to restore former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s full pension as part of its settlement of McCabe’s lawsuit stemming from his firing from the bureau more than three-and-a-half years ago, his lawyer announced Thursday. McCabe sued the Justice Department and FBI in August 2019, arguing that his March 2018 dismissal by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions was a political move ordered by then-President Donald Trump. The settlement announced Thursday vacates that decision and expunges from McCabe’s personnel folder any references to having been fired. The Justice Department also did not admit any wrongdoing as part of the settlement. Former FBI acting director Andrew McCabe listens during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Biden administration says it’s ready to restore ‘Remain in Mexico’ along border next month
“Rolling back the policies of ‘Remain in Mexico,’ sitting on the edge of the Rio Grande in a muddy circumstance with not enough to eat and — I make no apologies for that,” the president told reporters in March. “I make no apologies for ending programs that did not exist before Trump became President, that have an incredibly negative impact on the law, international law, as well as on human dignity.”
Video shows altercation between Trump's security and protester
A federal judge has ordered former President Donald Trump to sit for a deposition in a case involving an alleged assault outside of Trump Tower in 2015.
U.S. prepares to resume Trump 'Remain in Mexico' asylum policy in November
The administration said it can only move forward if Mexico agrees. Trump, a Republican known for hardline immigration policies, created the MPP policy in 2019, arguing that many asylum claims were fraudulent and applicants allowed into the United States might end up staying illegally if they skipped court hearings. The administration has said it will comply with Kacsmaryk's ruling "in good faith" while continuing its appeal in the case. The official said the administration has taken steps including preparing courts, some housed in tents, near the border where asylum hearings could be held. Mexico has also expressed its concern over this policy, the foreign ministry said on Thursday, warning that it incentivises repeat crossings and puts migrants at risk.
Jill Biden out to flex political muscle in governors’ races
In this Oct. 4, 2021, photo, President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive on the South Lawn of the White House after spending the weekend in Wilmington, Del., in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)In this Oct. 4, 2021, photo, President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive on the South Lawn of the White House after spending the weekend in Wilmington, Del., in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — First Lady Jill Biden is set to campaign Friday for Democrats in governors’ races in Virginia and New Jersey, trying to boost the party’s political fortunes in her most overt way since arriving at the White House nine months ago. Jill Biden will be followed by other high-profile party voices in the coming days, including former President Barack Obama and former candidate for Georgia governor Stacey Abrams. In the meantime, President Biden’s approval ratings have fallen to some of the lowest levels of his White House tenure.
Jan. 6 panel moves against Bannon, sets contempt vote
Approval there would send them to the Justice Department, which has final say on prosecution. Bannon, who was not a White House staffer on Jan. 6, also failed to provide documents to the panel by a deadline last week. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who also sits on the Jan. 6 panel, said he expects the Justice Department to prosecute the cases. While Bannon has outright defied the Jan. 6 committee, other Trump aides who have been subpoenaed appear to be negotiating. Trump’s attorney general, William Barr, had said the Justice Department found no evidence of widespread fraud that could have overturned the results.
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Secretary of State John Kerry announced that Yemen’s Houthi (HOO’-thee) rebels had released two U.S. citizens as part of a complicated diplomatic arrangement. Rock musician Don Stevenson (Moby Grape) is 79. Rock musician Mark Reznicek (REHZ’-nih-chehk) is 59. R&B singer Ginuwine (JIHN’-yoo-wyn) is 51. R&B singer Keyshia Cole is 40.
Another judge chides Arizona Senate for withholding public records on election audit
Maricopa County election officials produced a report that disputed the findings and explained the apparent discrepancies, saying that Cyber Ninjas, which has never done an audit before, clearly did not understand Arizona election laws. "The public has a right to know the basis for these conclusions and findings and to challenge and scrutinize those findings,'' Kemp said. "The public has a right to know how the audit was done, who paid for it and how much was paid,'' he continued. "The public also has a right to know the identity of any political organizations who financed the audit.'' That is relevant because even Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan acknowledged that the $150,000 Senate contract did not begin to cover his costs.
Jill Biden out to flex political muscle in governors' races
“I will leave it to other outside analysts to convey that off-year elections are often not a bellwether,” Psaki said. "We’re going to do everything we can to help former Gov. McAuliffe.”McAuliffe is counting on women, especially those in the suburbs where Republican candidates saw their support wane during the Trump administration. Vigil said that is precisely "the constituency you bring the first lady in for.”“Their whole persona is often built on the idea of connecting with constituents. As both candidate and president, he has introduced himself at some events as “Jill’s husband,” which draws frequent laughs and applause.
Biden panel draft sees no legal obstacle to Supreme Court expansion
U.S. President Joe Biden’s panel considering reforms to the Supreme Court wrote favorably of creating term limits for the high court and concluded in draft findings that while it would be legal to add justices, it may not be wise. The Constitution doesn’t say how many justices the Supreme Court must have, but the number has been set at nine since Congress added a seat in 1869. Activists gather in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on Oct. 4. 18-year termsThe commission is also exploring the idea of term limits, a concept that has drawn support in some academic circles. “The court could internally adopt a code, or Congress could externally impose a code up on the court.”Chief Justice John Roberts has suggested he doesn’t believe Congress has constitutional authority to impose conduct rules on the Supreme Court.
The Future of America’s Drone Campaign
As President Joe Biden has made clear, the United States will continue conducting drone strikes in Afghanistan to weed out enemies. The United States must be more transparent about its decision-making and about the outcome of drone strikes and should compensate innocent victims. By the end of the George W. Bush administration, Washington had carried out nearly 60 drone strikes, mostly in Pakistan. They should reinstate the Obama administration’s 2016 guidance, which directed agencies to publish information about drone strikes and investigate and explain discrepancies if they occurred. The U.S. government should also pay recompense when drone strikes go wrong.
Pentagon's director of foreign weapons sale resigns
The head of foreign military sales at the Pentagon is resigning after 15 months in the job. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) Director Heidi Grant will step down on Nov. 7 after “considering this transition for some time,” according to an agency statement released Tuesday. The Trump administration, which frequently pushed major arms deals despite opposition from Congress, made several reforms to weapons sales policy while in power. The Biden administration, however, has said it will factor in human rights in deciding who to sell weapons to. Earlier this week Grant said competition with world powers such as China and Russia has given DSCA “a new lens” in the decision to sell weapons, Defense News reported.
Biden adminitration plans to restart Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' policy at border in mid-November
President Joe Biden had ended the Trump administration's "Remain in Mexico" policy when he took office this year, saying it was inhumane because of the violence migrants faced waiting in Mexico for their court hearings. Texas and Missouri sued the Biden administration in April over the suspension of Remain in Mexico, which is formally known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, or MPP. In August, a federal judge in Texas ordered the Biden administration to reinstate the policy pending the outcome of the suit. The plans to implement the revised policy, however, would be put on hold if the Biden administration ultimately wins the lawsuit filed by Texas and Missouri. "There are certain issues Mexico has also raised about the prior implementation" of Remain in Mexico, one of the officials said.
LETTER: Donald Trump is no Joe Biden
Donald Trump talks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Yet another example of why Donald Trump was a rookie politician: His D.C. hotel lost $70 million while he was in office (Sunday Review-Journal). He obviously didn’t learn anything from Joe Biden, who managed to accumulate millions during his 50 years of self … sorry, public … service.
Ex-Dominion worker's attorneys fight for defamation suit
Coomer has insisted he has no connections to antifa activists and was never on any call. Oltmann repeated his claim in interviews with several of the media defendants. The report also was referred to during a post-election news conference by Trump campaign attorney Rudy Giuliani. Trump tweeted a link to an Online News Network report on the claims. They insisted their clients had no reason to doubt Oltmann's account.
Biden promises more vaccines, stronger ties with Africa as Kenya leader visits
U.S. President Joe Biden holds a bilateral meeting with Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 14, 2021. US President Joe Biden on Thursday announced a major new Covid vaccine donation for Africa and promised greater commitment to the continent as he welcomed his first African leader, Kenya's Uhuru Kenyatta. "As a continent we are lagging well behind the rest of the world in terms of being able to vaccinate our people," Kenyatta told Biden in the Oval Office. Kenyatta is the first African leader to visit Biden's White House amid a slowdown of travel and summits as a Covid-19 precaution. "I'm committed to further elevating our ties with Kenya and nations across Africa as a whole.
Texas 6-week abortion ban to remain in force, federal appeals court says
The Texas law bans abortions after fetal cardiac activity is detected, which usually happens about six weeks into a pregnancy and often before a woman knows she is pregnant. The Justice Department has challenged the law in federal court. A key issue in the case is whether the federal government has the legal right or "standing" to bring the challenge. Mitchell added that abortion is "not a constitutional right" but "a court-invented right that may not even have the majority support on the current Supreme Court." The Supreme Court is taking up a direct challenge to the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision , which legalized abortion nationwide, in December.
Andrew McCabe, FBI official fired by Trump administration, gets pension restored
In a settlement deal disclosed Thursday, fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has had his government pension fully restored. Nearly a year before McCabe was ousted in March 2018, the Trump administration had terminated James Comey, who was the bureau’s director. Trump quickly acknowledged McCabe’s ouster on Twitter, writing: "Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI – A great day for Democracy. The settlement deal reached this week vacates Sessions’ decision, removes from McCabe’s FBI record any references to having been fired, and restores his retirement money, according to the AP. In a statement upon the disclosure of the deal, McCabe alleged that his firing was politically motivated.
Chip shortage could persist for another 2 to 3 years, major Chinese consumer goods maker warns
Industries from consumer electronics companies to automakers are dealing with a shortage of semiconductors. This has led to shortage of products such as game consoles and manufacturers struggling to keep up with demand. Hisense Group Holding Co., a Chinese state-backed maker of TVs and household appliances, has seen some impact too. A number of factors have led to the chip shortage including a surge in demand for consumer electronics amid lockdowns around the world after the pandemic began. The next part of the consumer electronics giant's international push will focus on developing its own Hisense-branded products, according to Jia.
Andrew McCabe, the former FBI official who was fired under Trump just hours before his retirement, won back his pension in a settlement with the DOJ
Alex Wong/Getty ImagesThe Justice Department settled a lawsuit brought by former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe. McCabe won back his pension and benefits and the firing will be removed from his record. Justice Department officials concluded McCabe was not forthcoming during the investigation and recommended he be fired. The Justice Department did not admit any wrongdoing in the settlement. After his dismissal from the FBI, McCabe continued to speak out against Trump.
Kudlow: Biden could inflict major damage on the economy
I read the Wall Street Journal editorial on the inflation tax. The Fed wants inflation to be hot and money supply to be hot. It spreads individual price jumps into across-the-board aggregate inflationary price increases. ACCELERATING INFLATION SPREADS THROUGH THE ECONOMYOne reason the emergency is over is the Trump tax cuts. If they succeed in reversing the Trump tax cuts, they will inflict major damage on the economy.
'I'm not into golden showers': Trump bizarrely brings up Steele dossier at GOP donor retreat
He was speaking at a high-dollar retreat in Palm Beach, Florida for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, a group working to elect more GOP senators to Congress. 'I'm not into golden showers,' Trump told his audience of GOP senators, donors, lobbyists and strategists. 'The Republican Party has to stick together,' Trump told them, implying that he should be at the helm of that unification. 'It's a terrible thing what they did in Georgia and other states,' Trump said. But despite the ambiguity, he's still a clear kingmaker in the Republican party.
Civil Rights veteran slams Roosevelt Institute for celebrating 1619 Project's Nikole Hannah-Jones
Hannah-Jones won a Pulitzer for her controversial work for The New York Times, the 1619 Project - the date being when the first black slaves landed in the United States. The 1619 Project was launched by the New York Times in 2019 to mark the 400th anniversary of African slaves' arrival in what later became the US. Woodson on Thursday criticized the Roosevelt Institution's decision, accusing Hannah-Jones of 'fostering anti-American sentiment.' Nikole Hannah-Jones, founder of the 1619 Project, is seen on Wednesday evening accepting her award for promoting freedom of speech from the Roosevelt Institute. New York Times' 1619 Project In August 2019 the New York Times Magazine published the 1619 project, a collection of essays, photo essays, short fiction pieces and poems aimed to 'reframe' American history based on the impact of slaves brought to the US.
Biden signs $480billion bill raising nation's borrowing limit to $28.9trillion
President Joe Biden has signed legislation temporarily raising the government's borrowing limit to $28.9 trillion, pushing off the deadline for debt default only until December. The $480 billion increase in the borrowing limit signed by Biden is expected to be exhausted by December 3. The approval came after a protracted standoff with Senate Republicans, who derailed initial Democratic efforts with filibusters, delays that require 60 votes to halt. The passage of the short-term debt ceiling increase ensures that, for now, the U.S. will continue to meet its obligations. The passage of the short-term debt ceiling increase ensures that, for now, the U.S. will continue to meet its obligationsLawmakers from both parties have used the debt ceiling votes as leverage for other priorities.
Top nuke envoys of S. Korea, US, Japan to meet in Washington over NK diplomacy
NATIONALNoh Kyu-duk, special representative for the Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, answers questions from reporters on Sept. 2, 2021 at Incheon International Airport. (Yonhap)The top nuclear envoys of South Korea, the United States and Japan will meet trilaterally in Washington next week to discuss joint efforts to bring North Korea back to dialogue, the foreign ministry said Friday.The planned talks among Seoul's chief nuclear negotiator, Noh Kyu-duk, and his US and Japanese counterparts, Sung Kim and Takehiro Funakoshi, come as Seoul is stepping up diplomacy to salvage its peace drive following a recent series of North Korean missile launches, including a hypersonic one last month.Noh and Kim are expected to meet bilaterally on Monday and join a trilateral meeting with Funakoshi the following day. Noh is also likely to hold two-way talks with Funakoshi on Tuesday.The three held their last in-person talks in September in Tokyo, as they have been exploring ways to encourage Pyongyang's return to dialogue, including humanitarian and other incentives.Next week's talks are expected to touch on President Moon Jae-in's recent proposal for the declaration of a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War, which Kim has said is the most effective among confidence-building measures.They could also discuss humanitarian support for the North and the recent reactivation of inter-Korean communication lines, which has raised cautious hope for a cross-border thaw. "Through the visit to Washington this time, we expect that there will be in-depth consultations over cooperation among the three countries for the complete denuclearization and the establishment of lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula," the ministry said in a press release.Nuclear talks between Washington and Pyongyang have remained stalled since the Hanoi summit in 2019 between then US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ended without a deal.On Thursday, Noh also met Deputy Foreign Ministe
Top nuke envoys of S. Korea, US, Japan to meet in Washington over NK diplomacy
Noh Kyu-duk, special representative for the Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, answers questions from reporters on Sept. 2, 2021 at Incheon International Airport. (Yonhap)The top nuclear envoys of South Korea, the United States and Japan will meet trilaterally in Washington next week to discuss joint efforts to bring North Korea back to dialogue, the foreign ministry said Friday. Noh and Kim are expected to meet bilaterally on Monday and join a trilateral meeting with Funakoshi the following day. Nuclear talks between Washington and Pyongyang have remained stalled since the Hanoi summit in 2019 between then US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ended without a deal. On Thursday, Noh also met Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov in Russia, calling for Moscow's cooperation in persuading Pyongyang to return to dialogue.
“Doing What an Angry 3-Year-Old Would Do” Is the Only Remaining Republican Principle
Republican politicians have long been willing to set aside certain conservative principles for the good of the in-group. But the notion of local control has been completely abandoned during COVID as one Republican state government after another has tried to ban cities and school districts from setting public health standards. An even more shocking betrayal has befallen business owners. But it’s a symbolic attack on the prerogatives of business owners that is especially notable given the heat South Dakota Gov. AdvertisementAdvertisementIf local governance and the rights of business owners are no longer core Republican priorities, what are?
Supreme Court commission talks positively of shorter terms
The Supreme Court is seen on the first day of the new term, in Washington, Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. Scott Applewhite)The Supreme Court is seen on the first day of the new term, in Washington, Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. That led to calls by some progressives for reforms including adding seats to the court or setting term limits. The commission said most state high courts have fewer seats than the Supreme Court but that by global standards the Supreme Court is small, with France, Spain and Britain among the countries with larger high courts. White House press secretary Jen Psaki had said he would not weigh in about the size of the court until the commission finished its work.
Nets’ Steve Nash ‘didn’t listen’ to Kyrie Irving’s Instagram Live
For the foreseeable future, Kyrie Irving is done playing and practicing with the Nets. Or in coach Steve Nash’s case, tune in to his star’s Instagram Live rant. “I didn’t listen to it, and I think I’ve pretty much said everything I’ve had to say about it,” Nash said before Thursday’s preseason finale against Minnesota. Kyrie Irving took to Instagram Live on Wednesday night to talk about the COVID vaccine. New York mandates took hold on Sept. 13.
Biden’s Supreme Court commission cautions against increasing number of justices
President Biden’s commission examining potential changes to the Supreme Court released preliminary documents Thursday warning that increasing the number of justices all at once would likely deal a hammer blow to the court’s legitimacy. “As a legal matter, we conclude that Congress has broad power to structure the Supreme Court by expanding (or contracting) the number of Justices,” read one document released ahead of a scheduled Friday meeting of the commission. Progressives have long advocated for some kind of alteration to the Supreme Court — whether by increasing the number of justices from the current 9 or implementing a fixed term of office rather than allowing justices to serve until retirement or death. The commission did favor the idea of justices serving term limits as a potential change to the court. Supreme Court justices stay for generations.”Conservatives had expressed fear that the 36-member commission would recommend sweeping changes to the high court, despite Biden’s promise that it would be bipartisan in nature.
Biden Supreme Court commission opposes adding justices
The Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court released its first report Thursday, suggesting that an expansion of the court would be unlikely to achieve balance and instead recommending the rotation of justices. "There are also reasons to doubt that Court expansion necessarily would produce benefits in terms of diversity of efficiency," the Commission said in the report. But the commission pointed to other risks to expanding the court, including recent polling that indicates the public does not favor court expansion, while noting that expanding the court could lead to a "continuous cycle of future expansions." "To be sure, any Supreme Court Reform would likely require unified government," the report says. One idea floated by the commission as an alternative to expansion is a rotation system, which would see judges rotate between service on the Supreme Court and in lower federal courts.
Bill Clinton had 'nightmares' about future of country after leaving office
Former President Bill Clinton said he had "nightmares" about what could happen to the future of the U.S. after he left office. Clinton said while in office he was "often kept up late at night worrying" about things like Russia’s potential to slip back into communism. "After I left office when I had more free time I had more nightmares thinking about what else could go wrong in our country," Clinton, who was succeeded by President George W. Bush, said. It’s been an eventful 20 years since I left office," he said. "I’ve been very fortunate because under President Bush and President Obama I was given a lot of chances to help."
Trump threatened that Republicans wouldn't vote in 2022 or 2024. One expert says 'this is mostly a power play.'
AP Photo/Ross D. FranklinTrump threatened that his voters will stay home in 2022 and 2024 if the GOP doesn't back election lies. One expert on extremism and democracy told Insider that his statement is "mostly a power play." The former president has tried this technique before in the Georgia runoffs, which Republicans lost. "If we don't solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020 (which we have thoroughly and conclusively documented), Republicans will not be voting in '22 or '24. The former president, though gone from office, still holds sway over the Republican party, and his ominous message creates a problem for the party, Mudde said.
Former FBI official Andrew McCabe wins full pension in wrongful termination lawsuit settlement
Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe won back his full pension as part of a settlement with the Justice Department in a wrongful termination lawsuit filed in 2019 after he was fired by the Trump administration. The Trump-era Justice Department decided in early 2020 not to prosecute McCabe over his alleged dishonesty. The Justice Department defended its 2018 firing of McCabe and sought to dismiss his lawsuit in November 2019. Lawyers for McCabe and the Justice Department filed a joint motion to dismiss McCabe’s lawsuit Thursday evening. Washington Examiner VideosTags: News, Andrew McCabe, FBI, DOJ, Donald TrumpOriginal Author: Jerry DunleavyOriginal Location: Former FBI official Andrew McCabe wins full pension in wrongful termination lawsuit settlement
Biden signs debt limit hike, but December standoff looms
The passage of the short-term debt ceiling increase ensures that, for now, the U.S. will continue to meet its obligations. Republicans have said Democrats should use a budgetary maneuver to pass an increase in the debt limit without Republican support, like the process Democrats are using for Biden's massive climate change and social safety net plan. Lawmakers from both parties have used the debt ceiling votes as leverage for other priorities. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi threatened to vote against raising the debt ceiling when President Donald Trump was in office, saying she had no intention of supporting lifting the debt ceiling to enable Republicans to give another tax break to the rich. And Republicans in 2011 managed to coerce President Barack Obama into accepting about $2 trillion in deficit cuts as a condition for increasing the debt limit — though lawmakers later rolled back some of those cuts.
Andrew McCabe slams Trump for firing him two days before his retirement as he reaches settlement
Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe slammed former President Donald Trump after winning back his full pension as part of a settlement of his lawsuit arising from his firing by Trump's justice department. However, in an appearance on CNN later Thursday with Anderson Cooper, McCabe went after Trump for his treatment of himself and his family. May 9, 2017 was also the day President Trump fired Comey, creating disarray at the bureau. McCabe sued in 2019, saying his firing was part of an effort by Trump to purge the FBI of officials he perceived as disloyal. McCabe told CNN Thursday night that he doesn't expect that this will change former President Trump's opinion of him.
Pet Owners Fear Their Dogs Were Abused by Sexually Deviant Aventura Vet UPDATED
Scott Pruch and his wife, Robin Tobias, referred scores of friends and stray dogs to Caring Hands Animal Clinic in Aventura and the care of Dr. Prentiss Madden, the hospital's director. Nobody knows what happened in there,” says pet owner Gina Silvestri, referring to the clinic’s COVID-19 protocols, which forbade pet owners from accompanying their animals into the facility. "Regina Vlasek, president of Saving Sage Animal Rescue in Fort Lauderdale, worked frequently with Caring Hands. "Turner says pet owners might be able to bring medical-malpractice suits against Madden, though it may hinge on obtaining photographic evidence that their animal was abused. "Madden was known by colleagues, pet owners, and animal activists as a person who cared deeply for animals and worked long hours to keep the animal hospital running.
Former Boeing Pilot Is Indicted in 737 Max Inquiry
Mr. Forkner would be the first individual to face criminal charges related to the 737 Max’s problems. Mr. Forkner is expected to make his initial court appearance on Friday in Fort Worth before a U.S. magistrate judge. The Max was grounded worldwide in March 2019 after the fatal crashes, one in Indonesia and the other in Ethiopia. Since then, the Max has been used to carry out thousands of passenger flights around the world. Boeing has also delivered 194 of the planes to customers between then and the end of September.
The week in whoppers: Nancy’s attack on the media, the NYT’s hit on Kyrsten Sinema and more
As if President Biden bears no responsibility. Yet it was Biden and fellow Democrats who juiced up demand for new goods by injecting trillions into the economy. This hit piece:Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has been bombarded by critics in the US over her more moderate positions on spending. Of course, the Times would never attack Biden for spending much of his presidency in Delaware. This headline:Insider tried to qualify its Hunter Biden story by making a supposed dig at former President Trump.
Biden signs debt limit hike, but December standoff looms
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law a bill raising the nation’s debt limit until early December, delaying the prospect of an unprecedented federal default that would cause economic disaster. The eventual approval came after a protracted standoff with Senate Republicans, who derailed initial Democratic efforts with filibusters, delays that require 60 votes to halt. The passage of the short-term debt ceiling increase ensures that, for now, the US will continue to meet its obligations. Lawmakers from both parties have used the debt ceiling votes as leverage for other priorities. And Republicans in 2011 managed to coerce President Barack Obama into accepting about $2 trillion in deficit cuts as a condition for increasing the debt limit — though lawmakers later rolled back some of those cuts.
Zuckerberg’s election spending was ‘carefully orchestrated’ to influence 2020 vote: ex-FEC member
A former federal election official on Thursday called the $400 million-plus that Mark Zuckerberg spent to help finance local elections a “carefully orchestrated attempt” to influence the 2020 vote — and recommended that all states ban private funding of election offices. “Zuckerberg infiltrated our elections, doling out $45M in GA alone to engineer a partisan takeover of our state’s elections operations,” she wrote. Zuckerberg spent over $400M in the run-up to the 2020 election. But in Wisconsin, Democratic Gov. Zuckerberg wasn’t the only Californian to fund the administration of the 2020 election, however, with actor and former Republican Gov.
Welcome back to ‘70s-style stagflation misery, thanks to Uncle Joe
Seventies stagflation resulted from profligate fiscal policy, politicized monetary policy and food and energy shocks. After President Richard Nixon appointed Arthur Burns as Federal Reserve chair, Burns cranked up the Fed printing press in support of Nixon’s re-election efforts. At the Federal Reserve, Chairman Jerome Powell has been committed to accommodating just about any level of fiscal madness progressive Democrats can jam through. Before the pandemic hit, office occupancy rates in core US metropolitan areas like New York and Chicago were well above 90 percent. Jerome Powell, speaks at a House Financial Services Committee hearing on oversight of the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve coronavirus pandemic response.
Ex-NYT columnist, potential Oregon gubernatorial candidate Nicholas Kristof once downplayed Portland violence
The outgoing New York Times columnist who is mulling a gubernatorial run in Oregon once suggested that the violence that has plagued Portland does not exist. "You all know how much I love Oregon, and how much I’ve been seared by the suffering of old friends there. In July 2020, Kristof penned a column titled, "Help Me Find Trump’s ‘Anarchists’ in Portland," claiming that President Trump's rhetoric citing violence in Portland was a "politically driven narrative" and "then there’s reality." Kristof clarified that he's "against violent attacks on officers" but accused Trump of "seeding violence" in cities like Seattle and Oakland. "If you want to call one side ‘rioters’ or ‘anarchists’ working to create tumult in Portland, it’s the uninvited feds who qualify," Kristof added.
Biden signs debt limit hike, but December standoff looms
President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law a bill raising the nation's debt limit until early December, delaying the prospect of an unprecedented federal default that would cause economic disaster. The eventual approval came after a protracted standoff with Senate Republicans, who derailed initial Democratic efforts with filibusters, delays that require 60 votes to halt. The passage of the short-term debt ceiling increase ensures that, for now, the U.S. will continue to meet its obligations. Lawmakers from both parties have used the debt ceiling votes as leverage for other priorities. And Republicans in 2011 managed to coerce President Barack Obama into accepting about $2 trillion in deficit cuts as a condition for increasing the debt limit — though lawmakers later rolled back some of those cuts.
Ex-FBI official Andrew McCabe, fired by Trump shortly before retirement, will get full pension
Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe settled a lawsuit Thursday against the Justice Department, restoring his full pension after he was unceremoniously dismissed during the Trump administration. McCabe was fired in March 2018 by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who accepted an internal FBI recommendation that he be terminated. McCabe was fired less than two days before he was set to retire and become eligible for full pension benefits. McCabe said in the lawsuit that Trump demanded his "personal allegiance" and "sought retaliation" when he "refused to give it." A Justice Department spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Biden signs debt limit hike, but December standoff looms
President Joe Biden delivers an update on the COVID-19 response and vaccination program, in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)President Joe Biden delivers an update on the COVID-19 response and vaccination program, in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law a bill raising the nation’s debt limit until early December, delaying the prospect of an unprecedented federal default that would cause economic disaster. The passage of the short-term debt ceiling increase ensures that, for now, the U.S. will continue to meet its obligations. Lawmakers from both parties have used the debt ceiling votes as leverage for other priorities.
Biden signs increase in debt ceiling, but December standoff looms
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law a bill raising the nation’s debt limit until early December, delaying the prospect of an unprecedented federal default that would cause economic disaster. The House passed the $480 billion increase in the country’s borrowing ceiling on Tuesday, after the Senate approved it on a party-line vote last week. The eventual approval came after a protracted standoff with Senate Republicans, who derailed initial Democratic efforts with filibusters, delays that require 60 votes to halt. The passage of the short-term debt ceiling increase ensures that, for now, the U.S. will continue to meet its obligations. Lawmakers from both parties have used the debt ceiling votes as leverage for other priorities.
The Melania and Donald You Don't See, According to Ex-Aide: 'I Miss Them and I Hope I Never See Them Again'
Press Secretary Stephanie GrishamGettyWhat Stephanie Grisham will not do — now that she has decided to tell her story — is debate anyone who says she got it wrong. She also has plenty to say about what she saw behind closed doors in the roughly four years she spent beside either former President Donald Trump or former First Lady Melania Trump (or both). "I liked them and I disliked them," she writes, "and I miss them and I hope I never see them again." President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump speak with reporters as he walks to board Marine OneAlex Brandon/AP/Shutterstock From left: Donald and Melania Trump upon leaving the White House a final time in January 2021Why do you think Melania has that pull on him? Do you think Melania and Donald were aligned on social and political issues?
Jan. 6 panel moves against Bannon, sets contempt vote
Approval there would send them to the Justice Department, which has final say on prosecution. Bannon, who was not a White House staffer on Jan. 6, also failed to provide documents to the panel by a deadline last week. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who also sits on the Jan. 6 panel, said he expects the Justice Department to prosecute the cases. While Bannon has outright defied the Jan. 6 committee, other Trump aides who have been subpoenaed appear to be negotiating. Trump’s attorney general, William Barr, had said the Justice Department found no evidence of widespread fraud that could have overturned the results.
Deputy FBI chief fired by Trump wins retirement benefits in settlement
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who sued the United States and the FBI after he was fired by former President Donald Trump's administration in March 2018, has won a settlement restoring his retirement benefits, his lawyers said on Thursday. McCabe, who was fired just before he had been due to retire, said he was dismissed improperly amid efforts by Trump to obstruct an investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. As the Russia investigation unfolded, McCabe criticized Trump in media appearances and in turn was attacked by the former Republican president in rally speeches and Twitter statements. Arnold & Porter said under the settlement, the U.S. government would rescind McCabe's removal and deem him as having retired in good standing. The government would also restore McCabe's full retirement pension from the date he was fired, the firm said.
Biden signs debt limit bill, but December standoff is coming
By Alexander Jaffe | Associated PressWASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law a bill raising the nation’s debt limit until early December, delaying the prospect of an unprecedented federal default that would cause economic disaster. The eventual approval came after a protracted standoff with Senate Republicans, who derailed initial Democratic efforts with filibusters, delays that require 60 votes to halt. The passage of the short-term debt ceiling increase ensures that, for now, the U.S. will continue to meet its obligations. Lawmakers from both parties have used the debt ceiling votes as leverage for other priorities. And Republicans in 2011 managed to coerce President Barack Obama into accepting about $2 trillion in deficit cuts as a condition for increasing the debt limit — though lawmakers later rolled back some of those cuts.
US to restore full pension of FBI official fired under Trump
The termination by Jeff Sessions, the attorney general at the time, came hours before McCabe was due to retire, denying the FBI official his pension. The settlement agreement vacates that decision, expunges from his personnel folder any references to having been fired and entitles McCabe, who joined the FBI in 1996, to his full pension. McCabe sued in 2019, saying his firing was part of an effort by Trump to purge the FBI of officials he perceived as disloyal. McCabe had become acting director of the FBI in May 2017 after Trump fired James Comey amid the bureau’s Russia investigation, a termination that was examined by special counsel Robert Mueller for potential obstruction of justice. Though the settlement restores McCabe’s pension, it does not undo the inspector general’s finding that McCabe had displayed a lack of candor under questioning from investigators.
Biden signs debt limit hike, but December standoff looms
By ALEXANDRA JAFFEWASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law a bill raising the nation’s debt limit until early December, delaying the prospect of an unprecedented federal default that would cause economic disaster. The eventual approval came after a protracted standoff with Senate Republicans, who derailed initial Democratic efforts with filibusters, delays that require 60 votes to halt. The passage of the short-term debt ceiling increase ensures that, for now, the U.S. will continue to meet its obligations. Lawmakers from both parties have used the debt ceiling votes as leverage for other priorities. And Republicans in 2011 managed to coerce President Barack Obama into accepting about $2 trillion in deficit cuts as a condition for increasing the debt limit — though lawmakers later rolled back some of those cuts.
Biden signs debt limit hike, but December standoff looms
Alexandra JaffeAssociated PressWashington – President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law a bill raising the nation’s debt limit until early December, delaying the prospect of an unprecedented federal default that would cause economic disaster. The eventual approval came after a protracted standoff with Senate Republicans, who derailed initial Democratic efforts with filibusters, delays that require 60 votes to halt. The passage of the short-term debt ceiling increase ensures that, for now, the U.S. will continue to meet its obligations. Lawmakers from both parties have used the debt ceiling votes as leverage for other priorities. And Republicans in 2011 managed to coerce President Barack Obama into accepting about $2 trillion in deficit cuts as a condition for increasing the debt limit – though lawmakers later rolled back some of those cuts.
Biden signs debt limit hike, but December standoff looms
The passage of the short-term debt ceiling increase ensures that, for now, the U.S. will continue to meet its obligations. Republicans have said Democrats should use a budgetary maneuver to pass an increase in the debt limit without Republican support, like the process Democrats are using for Biden's massive climate change and social safety net plan. Lawmakers from both parties have used the debt ceiling votes as leverage for other priorities. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi threatened to vote against raising the debt ceiling when President Donald Trump was in office, saying she had no intention of supporting lifting the debt ceiling to enable Republicans to give another tax break to the rich. And Republicans in 2011 managed to coerce President Barack Obama into accepting about $2 trillion in deficit cuts as a condition for increasing the debt limit — though lawmakers later rolled back some of those cuts.
Why Chuck Grassley accepted Donald Trump's endorsement, despite former president's false election claims
U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley defended his recent onstage appearance with former President Donald Trump, who has continued using the same election rhetoric Grassley previously criticized as "extreme, aggressive and irresponsible." "There’s no doubt in my mind that President Trump’s language was extreme, aggressive, and irresponsible." But Grassley would not say outright whether he agrees with Trump's continued false claims of fraud. A recent Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll shows him with a clear lead over Democrat Abby Finkenauer. Grassley acknowledged as much when he accepted Trump's endorsement at the rally.
Former FBI Deputy Dir Andrew McCabe strikes deal to retain pension, benefits after politically-charged dismissal
Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe struck a settlement with the Justice Department that restores his pension and other benefits after he was fired by the Trump administration in 2018, just hours before he was set to retire. McCabe's dismissal came after a bitter Twitter campaign waged by former President Donald Trump, attacking the former FBI official and his wife/. In an unsuccessful campaign for the Virginia state senate, Jill McCabe accepted contributions from former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a close ally of former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, Trump's political rival in the 2016 election. McCabe said he was demoted in January 2018 and fired two months later because he refused to cave in to Trump's demands for loyalty.
Trump to Testify in Lawsuit Over Bodyguards’ 2015 Clash With Protesters
Former President Donald J. Trump is expected to testify on Monday at Trump Tower as part of a lawsuit brought by a group of activists who said that they were violently attacked by his bodyguards in 2015. The activists’ lawyers argued that Mr. Trump was responsible for his bodyguards’ actions because he had explicitly authorized them to use force. Mr. Schiller testified that he was authorized to use force while on the job. Lawyers for Mr. Trump and other defendants moved to have the case dismissed in 2015, but were unsuccessful. Mr. Trump’s lawyers then argued that he could not be held personally responsible for his bodyguards’ actions.
‘Fringe’ pest: De Blasio not ‘serious’ enough to be in Marist gov matchup poll
Kathy Hochul, Attorney General Letitia James, left-wing NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and Cuomo in the ranking released earlier this week. AP Photo/Jeenah Moon“We wanted Hochul, Cuomo and Tish James — but De Blasio is sort of around the fringes,” Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Poll, explained to The Post. If de Blasio gets serious or there’s more speculation we will [add him] next time for sure,” he said. The poll found Hochul led the field in a three-way match up between James at 44 to 28 percent, with Williams grabbing just 13 percent. He has to really consider the race beyond the Democratic primary,” said Republican State Island City Councilman Joe Borelli, a Marist grad.
Team Biden finally acknowledges it needs a Plan B for Iran
President Joe Biden’s administration needs a new plan on handling Iran’s nuclear proliferation. Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz urged Western countries counting on diplomacy to develop a Plan B two months ago. Team Biden is only now taking his advice, after first trying to talk China into cutting purchases of Iranian oil to give America more leverage; China, of course, said shove it. After meeting Wednesday with Israeli and Emerati diplomats, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said his team will finally examine “other options if Iran doesn’t change course.”If. Blinken remains loath to admit failure, even as he confessed, “Time is running short.”Wake up: Iran isn’t going to change course.
FLASHBACK: Biden blamed food shortages under Trump in 2020 on 'lack of leadership'
President Joe Biden is being slammed on social media for clips circulating online from the 2020 campaign trail in which he blamed food shortages on failed leadership from then-President Donald Trump. "We don't have a food shortage problem — we have a leadership problem," then-candidate Biden said in May of 2020 during a virtual town hall while blaming Trump for food shortages during the coronavirus lockdowns. TOP WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL RETWEETS POST CALLING INFLATION, SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES ‘HIGH CLASS PROBLEMS’"We have plenty of food," Biden added . Food prices jumped 0.9% last month and are now up 4.6% annually, according to the index. Earlier this week, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the supply chain "challenges" were "inevitable."
Psaki refers to climate change as a ‘crisis’ after failing to do so for the border
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday that there is a "crisis" when it comes to climate change in the world, despite refusing to use the same label to acknowledge ongoing problems at the southern border. She pointed to Biden's "enormous investment and commitment to addressing the climate crisis that's in his legislative agenda that's currently working its way through Congress now." Psaki previously referred to climate change as a "crisis" in a tweet criticizing former President Donald Trump on the subject. At least 160,000 illegal immigrants have been released into the U.S. by the Biden administration since March, Border Patrol documents obtained by Fox News show. The White House could not be reached immediately for comment.
Congress seeks criminal contempt charge against Steve Bannon
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailCongress seeks criminal contempt charge against Steve BannonFormer Trump administration official Steve Bannon refused to testify and provide documents to the January 6th commission investigating the insurrection. Now the committee is seeking a criminal contempt charge against him. NBC's Sahil Kapur joins Shep Smith to report.
Judge Orders Trump To Give Deposition In Immigration Activists' Suit
The former president is expected to record the deposition on Monday in New York City’s Trump Tower, according to court papers. AdvertisementThe lawsuit by several protesters of Mexican descent names Trump, the Trump Organization, his former head of security Keith Schiller and four unnamed members of Trump’s then-security team. The lawsuit stems from a Sept. 3, 2015, protest outside Trump Tower over the then-presidential candidate’s inflammatory comments about Mexican immigrants. Signs expressing solidarity with immigrant workers on Sept. 16, 2015, during a protest against Donald Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric. In July, with Trump out of office, Gonzalez ordered him to sit for the deposition that would be scheduled at a later date.
Andrew McCabe, FBI official fired under Trump, to have full pension restored
Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has won back his full pension as part of a settlement of his lawsuit arising from his firing during the Trump administration more than three years ago, his lawyers announced Thursday. McCabe, a frequent target of then-President Donald Trump’s ire, was fired in March 2018 by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions after the Justice Department’s inspector general determined he had misled internal investigators about his involvement in a news media leak. The termination came hours before he was to have retired, denying him his pension. McCabe has denied intentionally deceiving anyone, was never criminally charged and blasted his firing as politically motivated.
As Georgia finds no evidence of fraudulent ballots, judge tosses case
It's been nearly a year since Election Day 2020, but there was still a lingering case from a group of Georgians who insisted there's evidence to support their conspiracy theories about fraudulent ballots. The activists' lawsuit specifically demanded physical access to thousands of absentee ballots in pursuit of their political goals. On Tuesday, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger's office confirmed — again — that investigators could find no evidence of any counterfeit ballots from last year's elections. A day later, as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, a judge threw out conspiracy theorists' case on procedural grounds. Superior Court Judge Brian Amero's ruling ended the last remaining major lawsuit over Georgia's 2020 election and prevented an outside review of Fulton County's 147,000 original absentee ballots.
The Jan. 6 committee moves to hold Steve Bannon in contempt. Will it matter?
On Thursday, the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol announced it’s moving to hold former Trump White House aide Steve Bannon in criminal contempt for defying a subpoena. “The Select Committee will use every tool at its disposal to get the information it seeks, and witnesses who try to stonewall the Select Committee will not succeed.”Donald Trump, who you’ll remember is no longer the president, has tried to claim executive privilege over requested documents. However, despite this being a necessary step, it’s unclear if the contempt of Congress threat will actually jar any facts loose from Bannon. Seeking a conviction for criminal contempt is an elaborate process that can potentially be drawn out for months or years due to appeals. The threat of criminal contempt is only dangerous to Bannon if there are people around who will enforce it.
Great Wall of Lights: China’s sea power on Darwin’s doorstep
Great Wall of Lights: China’s sea power on Darwin’s doorstepABOARD THE OCEAN WARRIOR in the eastern Pacific Ocean (AP) — It’s 3 a.m., and after five days plying through the high seas, the Ocean Warrior is surrounded by an atoll of blazing lights that overtakes the nighttime sky. The U.S. Coast Guard recently declared that illegal fishing had replaced piracy as its top maritime security threat . The Chinese squid fishing fleet at night as seen from space. A Chinese-flagged jigger uses powerful nighttime lights to fish for Humboldt squid on the high seas near the Galapagos Islands. He said imposing restrictions on high seas fishing, something that could be discussed as part of the negotiations over a high seas treaty, would be a more effective way to curtail China’s activities than bullying.
Anti-vaccine chiropractors rising force of misinformation
The convention was organized by members of a profession that has become a major purveyor of vaccine misinformation during the pandemic: chiropractors. They have also been the leading force behind anti-vaccine events like the one in Wisconsin, where hundreds of chiropractors from across the U.S. shelled out $299 or more to attend. The AP found chiropractors were allowed to earn continuing education credits to maintain their licenses in at least 10 states. ___The pandemic has also led to huge fundraising opportunities for chiropractors and anti-vaccine groups. More mainstream chiropractors are worried about what impact the meeting and its anti-vaccine message will have on the profession.
Far-right cryptocurrency follows ideology across borders
While Anglin likely turned to Bitcoin for practical reasons, part of the appeal of cryptocurrency to the radical right is ideological. Chainalysis collected data for a sample of 12 far-right entities in the U.S. and Europe that publicly called for Bitcoin donations and showed significant activity. Gab has gotten more than $173,000; nearly 40% came in during December 2020 and January 2021, Chainalysis data shows. Monero, Anglin advised, “is really easy. Donors to Anglin since 2017 have also given Bitcoin to 32 other far-right groups and people in at least five different countries, according to Chainalysis data.
US to restore full pension of FBI official fired under Trump
US to restore full pension of FBI official fired under TrumpFILE - In this June 7, 2017, file photo, former FBI acting director Andrew McCabe listens during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. McCabe, who was fired by President Donald Trump after allegations that he misled the Justice Department's inspector general, has won his pension back under a settlement with the federal government. McCabe, who was fired by President Donald Trump after allegations that he misled the Justice Department's inspector general, has won his pension back under a settlement with the federal government. He sued in 2019, saying his firing was part of an effort by Trump to purge the FBI of officials he perceived as disloyal. McCabe became acting director of the FBI after Trump fired James Comey, who was leading an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Former FBI official Andrew McCabe, fired under Trump, wins back his pension
WASHINGTON — Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has won back his full pension as part of a settlement of his lawsuit arising from his firing during the Trump administration more than three years ago, his lawyers announced Thursday. McCabe, a frequent target of then-President Donald Trump’s ire, was fired in March 2018 by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions after the Justice Department’s inspector general determined he had misled internal investigators about his involvement in a news media leak. The termination came hours before he was to have retired, denying him his pension.
Judge Orders Trump To Give Deposition In Immigration Activists' Suit
The former president is expected to record the deposition on Monday in New York City’s Trump Tower, according to court papers. The lawsuit by several protesters of Mexican descent names Trump, the Trump Organization, his former head of security Keith Schiller and four unnamed members of Trump’s then-security team. The lawsuit stems from a Sept. 3, 2015, protest outside Trump Tower over the then-presidential candidate’s inflammatory comments about Mexican immigrants. Signs expressing solidarity with immigrant workers on Sept. 16, 2015, during a protest against Donald Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric. In July, with Trump out of office, Gonzalez ordered him to sit for the deposition that would be scheduled at a later date.
4.3 million workers are missing. Where did they go?
More than a year and a half into the pandemic, the U.S. is still missing around 4.3 million workers. The absence comes as U.S. employers are struggling to fill more than 10 million job openings and meet soaring consumer demand. Many expect the labor shortage to last at least several more years, and some say it’s permanent. The number of people employed in child care was down by 108,700, or 10.4%, in September 2021 compared with February 2020, Labor Department data show. In August nearly 4.3 million people quit their jobs, a record for Labor Department data back to December 2000.
U.S. to restore full pension of FBI deputy director fired under Trump administration
Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has won back his full pension as part of a settlement of his lawsuit arising from his firing during the Trump administration more than three years ago, his lawyers announced Thursday. McCabe, a frequent target of then-President Trump’s ire, was fired in March 2018 by then-Atty. He sued in 2019, saying his firing was part of an effort by Trump to purge the FBI of officials he perceived as disloyal. McCabe became acting director of the FBI after Trump fired James Comey, who was leading an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. “Politics should never play a role in the fair administration of justice and civil service personnel decisions,” McCabe said in a statement.
US will restore full pension to Trump target McCabe
McCabe has denied intentionally deceiving anyone, was never criminally charged and blasted his firing as politically motivated. He sued in 2019, saying his firing was part of an effort by Trump to purge the FBI of officials he perceived as disloyal. McCabe became acting director of the FBI after Trump fired James Comey, who was leading an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. As part of the lawsuit, the federal government has agreed to rescind and vacate McCabe’s firing, deem him as having retired in good standing and restore his full retirement pension. “Politics should never play a role in the fair administration of justice and civil service personnel decisions,” McCabe said in a statement.
Rahm Emanuel’s Senate confirmation hearing for U.S. Ambassador to Japan post to be held Wednesday
WASHINGTON — Former Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s confirmation hearing to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Japan will take place Wednesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The committee will take up the nominations of Emanuel and Jonathan Kaplan, who Biden tapped to be the next U.S. The position of U.S. ambassador to Japan has been empty since July 2019 when Bill Hagerty, nominated by former President Donald Trump, left the post to run for the Senate. When President Joe Biden nominated Emanuel for the job in August, Hagerty, now a Republican senator from Tennessee — and a member of the Foreign Relations Committee — congratulated Emanuel in a statement.
US to restore full pension of FBI official fired under Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has won back his full pension as part of a settlement of his lawsuit arising from his firing during the Trump administration more than three years ago, his lawyers announced Thursday. The termination came hours before he was to have retired, denying him his pension. He sued in 2019, saying his firing was part of an effort by Trump to purge the FBI of officials he perceived as disloyal. McCabe became acting director of the FBI after Trump fired James Comey, who was leading an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. As part of the lawsuit, the federal government has agreed to rescind and vacate McCabe's firing, deem him as having retired in good standing and restore his full retirement pension.
US to restore full pension of FBI official fired under Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has won back his full pension as part of a settlement of his lawsuit arising from his firing during the Trump administration more than three years ago, his lawyers announced Thursday. The termination came hours before he was to have retired, denying him his pension. He sued in 2019, saying his firing was part of an effort by Trump to purge the FBI of officials he perceived as disloyal. McCabe became acting director of the FBI after Trump fired James Comey, who was leading an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. As part of the lawsuit, the federal government has agreed to rescind and vacate McCabe's firing, deem him as having retired in good standing and restore his full retirement pension.
Biden's Supreme Court commission is 'divided' on whether expanding the court is the right move
President Biden's commission to study Supreme Court reforms released draft materials on Thursday. The commissioners wrote that "rather than calm the controversy surrounding the Supreme Court, expansion could further degrade the confirmation process. In April, Biden established the 36-member commission made up of a bipartisan group of legal scholars, advocates, former federal judges and practitioners who have appeared before the Supreme Court. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, the oldest member, has also repeatedly cautioned against the reform, warning that such a move could erode public faith in the institution. McConnell has signaled that he'll likely block a potential Supreme Court nominee from Biden if Republicans take back control of the Senate in the 2022 midterm elections.
Biden's Supreme Court reform study panel notes 'considerable' risks to court expansion
A bipartisan commission on Thursday said there are “considerable” risks to expanding the number of justices on the Supreme Court, including the potential to undermine the high court’s legitimacy. ADVERTISEMENT“The risks of Court expansion are considerable, including that it could undermine the very goal of some of its proponents of restoring the Court’s legitimacy. Recent polls suggest that a majority of the public does not support Court expansion,” a draft document released by the White House on Thursday states. Members of the commission are set to discuss the draft materials during a meeting on Friday. The final report is not expected to contain recommendations for specific reform measures.
Opinion : More women are tuning out politics — a danger sign for Democrats in Virginia and beyond
A raft of evidence suggests that female voters, whose engagement and activism fueled the gains that Democrats made during Donald Trump’s presidency, are increasingly tuning out politics. In one survey conducted in May by the Democratic super PAC American Bridge 21st Century, nearly half of women in key swing states said they were “paying less attention to what happens in Washington” than they were when Trump was in the White House. This was particularly true among female Biden voters who are independents, under the age of 35, college graduates and city dwellers. Focus groups that American Bridge 21st Century conducted in August with women in Pennsylvania and Arizona found much the same thing.
Virginia’s Governor Race Is Turning Into the Latest Proxy Battle Against Trumpism
Last month, Democrats staved off a Republican incursion in California, where Governor Gavin Newsom was facing a recall campaign led by the MAGA right. That neither Trump nor Youngkin showed up in person highlights the uneasy dynamic between the two. Youngkin has embraced Trump and his conspiracy theories, but he’s also running in a state Trump lost by ten points last year. But for now, state-level Democrats like McAuliffe fear the challenges at the federal level will trickle down to them. “They need to get their work done,” the Virginia Democrat said of his national counterparts in an Associated Press interview Wednesday.
Nicholas Kristof “Reluctantly” Quits the New York Times Ahead of Expected Run for Oregon Governor
Veteran New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof announced Thursday that he is leaving the newspaper after nearly four decades, the surest sign yet that the two-time Pulitzer winner is poised to announce his candidacy for Oregon governor. And while he didn’t officially say he was running on Thursday, Kristof previously noted that “if I decide to run, I will depart The Times. If I decide not to, I’ll return to the column.” So it seems a formal announcement is imminent. “But you all know how much I love Oregon, and how much I’ve been seared by the suffering of old friends there. Join Vanity Fair to receive full access to VF.com and the complete online archive now.
The January 6 Committee Isn’t Playing Games With Trumpworld
Now, as Trumpworld stonewalling plays out again, congressional investigators are seeking to ensure their January 6 inquiry doesn’t meet a similar fate. “The Select Committee will use every tool at its disposal to get the information it seeks, and witnesses who try to stonewall the Select Committee will not succeed.”The announcement by the select committee makes good on threats its members have been making for days amid a game of chicken with Trumpworld. “We intend to enforce our subpoenas,” Democratic Representative Stephanie Murphy, a member of the select committee probing the pro-Trump riot, said on MSBNC Thursday. In directing his allies to stonewall the committee, Trump has trotted out one of his favorite excuses: executive privilege. That set up a staredown with the committee, which promised to force compliance with its subpoenas—even if it meant moving to hold Bannon, Dan Scavino, and others in criminal contempt.
Trump Will Be Deposed Under Oath Next Week, and You Know What Happens When Trumps Are Under Oath
While Trump was not present when the incident occurred, lawyers for the plaintiff want to question him to determine if he is responsible for his employees’ conduct. Trump’s lawyers did not respond to CNN’s request for comment. According to Zervos, during a meeting to discuss a job, Trump thrust his genitals on her and groped her breast. As Trump declared during the infamous Access Hollywood tape, “I’m automatically attracted to beautiful women—I just start kissing them, it’s like a magnet. So there’s probably at least a tiny possibility Trump will also fail to tell the truth.
Fox News Is Casting Joe Biden as the Grinch in This Year’s Rendition of the “War on Christmas”
With every passing year, Christmas seems to creep into American society earlier and earlier. And this year, the right-wing media’s “war on Christmas” obsession—a recurring theme on Fox News—is getting the same treatment. On October 4—nearly four weeks before Halloween—the first shots of the holiday-season culture war were fired on Fox & Friends, with the hosts accusing both Joe Biden and Anthony Fauci of trying to cancel Christmas. As a result, a senior White House official has warned that “there will be things that people can’t get” this holiday season. “Biden facing a nightmare come Christmastime, thanks to rising inflation and a supply crisis,” said Fox News host Jesse Watters on Tuesday’s edition of The Five.
Trump Tells His Supporters Not to Vote in the Next Election, Which Would Actually Be Great for Humanity
Obviously also at issue is that since Trump lost to Joe Biden, Republicans have responded by attempting to disenfranchise as many Democratic voters as possible. Donald Trump has, in an incredible self-own, told his base to stay home and not vote in the next two elections? Nevertheless, we absolutely love the idea of Trump throwing a hissy fit and saying, “Oh yeah? As the Daily Beast notes:After prominent Trump supporters similarly told Georgia Republicans to sit out the two runoffs in that state late last year, calling it “another rigged election,” voters ended up giving Democrats control of the Senate. As Kentucky-based GOP strategist Scott Jennings told Politico in January, “That’s on [Trump].
Anna Duggar Has Accepted That Josh Is Going to Prison. Here's How We Know
Anna is pregnant with her seventh child, and like all Duggar women she's not allowed to work outside the home. Instead, Jim Bob has involved her in some of his shady real estate wheelings and dealings. It appears that Josh and Jim Bob set up the corporation for her so that they can buy real estate in her name. The theory is that Jim Bob plans to sell or develop the land and share the proceeds with Anna. As a bonus, Jim Bob gets to dodge the government and protect himself from seizure by making the purchase in Anna's name.
US rejoining UN Human Rights Council
US rejoining UN Human Rights CouncilThe United States has won a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council that former president Donald Trump denounced and quit, joining 17 other nations elected in uncontested votes Thursday.
#EmptyShelvesJoe trends on Twitter as supply chain crisis threatens to derail holiday shopping
The hashtag #EmptyShelvesJoe dominated the Twitter trending list late Thursday amid mounting concerns over the U.S. supply chain crisis that is expected to persist into the holidays. #EmptyShelvesJoe." It’s not as if we will starve," she wrote, "But I’ve never seen empty shelves like this in my lifetime." #EmptyShelvesJoe," Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-NY., wrote. "EmptyShelvesJoe," Rep. Mary Miller R-Ill., echoed.
Geraldo slams top Biden aide for having a ‘Marie Antoinette’ vibe
It is ‘those lower classes that have got their issues, and we upper class – and that’s why I always hated the Ivy League-oriented Democratic Party." The Afghan withdrawal catastrophe, he said, is what "pierced the shield of Joe Biden." "They have been all over the map… First, they said there’s no inflation. Raskin saying on Twitter that Bannon should prepare to "face the full force of law for the smirking contempt he is showing Congress." "If they think the country cares about that," Watters said, "They are not informed about what the country cares about," Watters said.
Fox News Poll: Schools, economy driving close Virginia governor’s race
Virginia voters give better personal ratings to Democrat Terry McAuliffe than Republican Glenn Youngkin -- and that gives McAuliffe an edge over Youngkin in the Virginia governor’s race. McAuliffe’s support stands at 51 percent to 46 percent for Youngkin, according to a Fox News survey of Virginia likely voters. More voters think McAuliffe would do a better job handling the coronavirus pandemic than Youngkin (48-36 percent). Virginia voters disagree. By a 10-point margin, voters think parents should tell schools what to teach (53 percent should-43 percent should not).
'Striketober' signals 'tremendous sacrifice' — but workers say it has been a long time coming
After 19 months of balancing their health and safety working the front lines of the pandemic, many low-wage workers have had enough. They join thousands of other workers who have recently faced a similar decision, including Kellogg plant workers currently on strike and Nabisco employees who recently ended a weekslong strike. As the term “striketober” appears online and on social media, it’s clear that momentum is building around these actions. He says that's where the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act) might come into play. “It’s a tremendous sacrifice to walk off the job along with the pay and security that that comes with.
Trump telling Republicans not to vote is the GOP's worst nightmare
Former President Donald Trump is taking his commitment to 2020 election disinformation to the next level — and it should be terrifying his own party. Trump has worked backward from the lie that the election was rigged and is now asking Republicans to manufacture evidence to buttress that lie. All of these claims — and every other claim about the 2020 election being rigged — have been presented without credible evidence and debunked. But the point is that Trump has worked backward from the lie that the election was rigged and is now asking Republicans to manufacture evidence to buttress that lie. And even if Trump were to backtrack eventually, he might not be able to reverse all the damage he’s caused.
Prosecutor, defense attorney spar over 'bullet' remark at Giuliani associate's trial
Scotten said he approached Bondy during a break to say that he thought the racial reference was unprofessional. The prosecutor said the defense lawyer disagreed "strongly" and later looked "angry," like he was challenging Scotten to a fight. Oetken said he believed Scotten didn't mean it literally or as a threat. Bondy asked for an apology, but Scotten didn't offer one. Oetken said he wouldn't tell the prosecutor to say he was sorry.
Fired FBI official Andrew McCabe wins retirement benefits and back pay in settlement
Fired FBI official Andrew McCabe wins retirement benefits and back pay in settlementEnlarge this image toggle caption Jacquelyn Martin/AP Jacquelyn Martin/APThe Justice Department has agreed to restore full law enforcement benefits and provide some attorney fees for former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who was fired by the Trump administration only hours before his retirement three years ago. The Justice Department demoted and then dismissed him on the eve of his 50th birthday in March 2018, when his FBI annuity would have vested. Earlier, Trump had pushed the bureau to "clean house" and urged authorities to take action against McCabe before his planned retirement. One of McCabe's attorneys at the time said a senior Justice Department official told him the department was making things up as it went along. He said the IG report was used by senior Justice Department officials as a "pretext" to dismiss him.
Big Tech faces new bills on liability and competition in the U.S.
The biggest U.S. tech companies would face new constraints under two bills announced Thursday after a month of revelations from a Facebook Inc. whistleblower sparked fresh calls to rein in an industry that has largely escaped regulation so far. The bill matches a House proposal that tech groups have warned would risk user security and make it harder to use services that consumers enjoy. The Senate bill reflects months of negotiations among Klobuchar, Grassley and their staffs to assuage concerns and build broader support in both parties. Others, like Pallone’s new House bill, would chip away at the Section 230 legal shield provided by a 1996 law. The bill from Cicilline, who leads the House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee, and Rep. Lance Gooden, a Texas Republican, was part of a package of six bipartisan bills put forth by the House Judiciary Committee.
Judge holds DC jail officials in contempt in Jan. 6 riot case
US District Judge Royce Lamberth had summoned the jail officials as part of the criminal case into Christopher Worrell, a member of the Proud Boys who has been charged in the Jan. 6 attack. WASHINGTON — In a case involving a Jan. 6 Capitol riot defendant, a federal judge held the District of Columbia’s corrections director and jail warden in contempt of court Wednesday and asked the Justice Department to investigate whether inmates’ civil rights are being abused. Advertisement“It’s clear to me the civil rights of the defendant were violated by the D.C. Department of Corrections,” Lamberth said. The judge’s ruling in Worrell’s case comes after he found there was more than an “inexcusable” delay of jail officials turning over medical documents. But on Tuesday, the jail still hadn’t sent the records and the judge ordered the city jail officials to appear in court for a contempt hearing.
Jan. 6 panel moves against Bannon, sets contempt vote
Schiff said efforts to hold Bannon and others in contempt during the Russia investigation were blocked by Republicans and the Trump administration’s Department of Justice. While Bannon has outright defied the Jan. 6 committee, other Trump aides who have been subpoenaed appear to be negotiating. A deposition by a second witness that had been scheduled for Thursday, former Defense Department official Kashyap Patel, was delayed, but Patel is still engaging with the panel, a committee aide said. The aide requested anonymity to discuss the confidential talks. Meadows, like Patel, has been given a “short postponement” as he is also engaging with the panel, the aide said, and Scavino’s deposition has been rescheduled because there were delays in serving his subpoena.
Youngkin calls rally flag pledge 'weird and wrong'
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's Republican candidate for governor said Thursday that it was “weird and wrong” for attendees at a recent right-wing election rally to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to a flag said to have been flown at a rally just before the Capitol riot in January. Glenn Youngkin, a businessman and first-time candidate, did not attend Wednesday's rally in suburban Richmond. Youngkin was pressed Thursday by Democrats to disavow the use of such a flag during the pledge, as well as the Jan. 6 insurrection. In a statement Thursday afternoon, Youngkin said: “It is weird and wrong to pledge allegiance to a flag connected to January 6. As I have said many times before, the violence that occurred on January 6 was sickening and wrong.”Youngkin is in a tight race with former Democratic Gov.
Colorado election official who helped Mike Lindell spread 2020 conspiracy theories stripped of role
Tina Peters is Mesa County's chief elections officialA Republican Colorado elections official who helped spread baseless theories that the 2020 presidential race was stolen from Donald Trump has been stripped of her duties via court order on Wednesday. Peters was also 'untruthful' when she brought the 'consultant' to a routine software update and presented him as an administrative assistant employed by Mesa County, Robison said. A Colorado state official told Peters hat only two additional government employees would be permitted for a trusted build in May at which other state election workers and Dominion employees would also be present. Colorado's upcoming November 2021 election will be taken over by former Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, a Republican, as requested by Griswold. The off-year election will see Colorado voters cast ballots in a number of local elections and deciding on public measures.
Biden is reportedly close to picking former FDA chief to lead the federal health agency again
President Joe Biden is reportedly close to picking Robert Califf to lead the U.S. Food and Drug Administration by the November deadline. Dr Janet Woodcock (pictured) is the Acting Commissioner of the agency, though her interim tenure is set to end next month. She faces opposition from some Democrats in the SenateDr Laurie Glimcher (pictured) was among the favorites to be named FDA commissioner by President Joe Biden. She is currently president and CEO of the Biotechnology Innovation OrganizationDr Glimcher is the president and CEO of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He was reportedly a finalist for commissioner of the agency under Obama, when Biden was vice president, but was eventually named Principal Deputy Commissioner of the agency.
Joe Lieberman urges Joe Biden to become a power broker again
Former Sen. Joe Lieberman helped launch his own political career decades ago with a book on a Connecticut boss – but says he isn't seeing enough 'power broker' in President Joe Biden. Lieberman, who served as the Democratic Party's vice presidential nominee in 2000 and served with Biden for two decades, says Biden needs to take greater command of his party. I haven't seen him be able to do enough of it now as president,' Lieberman said. He said Biden 'really has the come in and plead with, pressure, to do whatever it takes' to advance the bipartisan infrastructure bill. He describes his move to become an Independent, and says he talks regularly with West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin.
Maker of Bratz dolls says Biden's attempt to remedy supply chain woes is 'too little, too late'
A major toy executive is slamming President Biden's plans to save Christmas from global supply chain backlogs by keeping West Coast shipping ports open around the clock, calling the move 'too little, too late.' MGA Entertainment CEO Isaac Larian, the billionaire toy maker behind Bratz dolls, warned that the supply chain crisis is too far gone to be remedied in time for the holiday season. They argue that expanding to overnight operation would help lighten the load on other links in the supply chain by easing traffic congestion during the day. Stores across the country have become increasingly barren thanks to a series of bottlenecks in the global supply chain. Yet the supply chain issues have persisted months after the economy began to reopen and recover after vaccines lessened many of the risks from the pandemic.
The Fight Over COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates Is Coming To Kids Next
It’s natural to wonder, then, whether Mississippi — and other vaccine-hesitant states — will expand their mandates to include the COVID-19 vaccine once it’s approved for kids as young as 5 years old. As a result, childhood vaccination rates don’t fall along partisan lines the way COVID-19 vaccination rates do — red states are just as likely to have high childhood immunization rates as blue ones. It’s much more nuanced than that,” said David Buys, the state health specialist at Mississippi State University Extension. Some public health experts have even warned against including the COVID-19 vaccine in school mandates for this precise reason. ‘I buy that’ lotteries are a ‘smart nudge’ to improve vaccination rates: Nate SilverCOVID-19 cases are rising.
Sen. Whitehouse blasts Alito speech: 'You have fouled your nest, not us'
He also suggested Alito may be “touchy” because “his fingerprints are all over this pattern of Republican judicial activism.”“Understand that you have fouled your nest, not us,” Whitehouse wrote in a piece published by Salon. “The Supreme Court must now at least match every other political institution with a renaissance of transparency. “The problem for Justice Alito's sense of grievance is that the evidence supports our concerns,” Whitehouse wrote. “Alito has participated in a pattern of decisions — like the court's recent 'shadow docket' ruling suspending abortion rights in our second-biggest state — that deliver wins for big Republican donors. “Americans' perception that the court lacks independence, and the court's related drop in approval, doesn't flow from some left-wing conspiracy,” he continued.
Trump to be deposed Monday in protesters' lawsuit claiming assault by his security guards
The Supreme Court is New York's highest trial court. "We look forward to presenting the video of Mr. Trump's testimony to a jury at his trial." The incident happened in September 2015, when, according to allegations by a group protesting then-candidate Trump's comments about Mexican immigrants, Trump's security guards assaulted them on the sidewalk outside Trump's Fifth Avenue building. The protesters sued Trump, his company, his campaign and the guards in the incident, which they said disrupted their "peaceful and lawful assembly." Attorneys for the protesters contended that Trump was responsible for his employees' actions, and the judge ordered Trump to sit for a deposition, saying his testimony was "indispensable."
Bill Cosby Is Sued by Woman Who Says He Sexually Assaulted Her in 1990
A woman sued Bill Cosby in New Jersey on Thursday, accusing the entertainer of drugging and sexually assaulting her at a hotel in Atlantic City in 1990, when she was 26. The woman, Lili Bernard, now 57, an actor and visual artist, has long been public about her accusations against Mr. Cosby. She was able to file the suit because New Jersey overhauled its laws on the statute of limitations for sexual assault cases in 2019. Ms. Bernard, a former guest star on “The Cosby Show,” said in court papers that Mr. Cosby had acted as her mentor before an incident in which she said he drugged and raped her at the hotel, the Trump Taj Mahal. She began to feel dizzy after drinking something he gave her, she said in the court papers.
Steve Bannon Could Face Criminal Charges After Failing to Show for Capitol Riot Deposition: 'Will Not Tolerate Defiance'
When he did not comply with a request for documents or appear for the deposition, the panel announced it would vote next Tuesday to move forward with proceedings to refer Bannon for charges of criminal contempt. While not entirely surprising, the move comes after members of the committee publicly urged Bannon to sit for the deposition. Thompson's statement continued: "The Select Committee will not tolerate defiance of our subpoenas, so we must move forward with proceedings to refer Mr. Bannon for criminal contempt. I've notified the Select Committee that we will convene for a business meeting Tuesday evening to vote on adopting a contempt report." CNN reports that the last person to be indicted for criminal contempt of Congress was Rita Lavelle, an official with the Environmental Protection Agency under Ronald Reagan.
Pelosi says Trump 'ethically unfit' for presidency, will continue oversight
Added: 18.06.2020 19:47 | 17 views | 0 commentsU.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday revelations in a book by a former top White House aide show President Donald Trump is unfit and unprepared to be president and Democrats will continue oversight of the Republican president's behavior.
U.S. Supreme Court blocks Trump bid to end 'Dreamers' immigrant program
Added: 18.06.2020 19:30 | 16 views | 0 commentsThe U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dealt President Donald Trump a major setback on his hardline immigration policies, blocking his bid to end a program that protects from deportation hundreds of thousands of immigrants - often called "Dreamers" - who entered the United States illegally as children.
Former White House aide Bolton says Trump not 'fit' to be president
Former White House aide Bolton says Trump not 'fit' to be presidentAdded: 18.06.2020 19:47 | 6 views | 0 commentsFormer top White House aide John Bolton delivered a damning indictment of his former boss, saying Donald Trump's behavior in office and dealings with foreign leaders showed he was unfit to be president of the United States.
Trump to be questioned next week in N.Y. protest lawsuit, attorney says
Trump to be questioned next week in N.Y. protest lawsuit, attorney saysAdded: 14.10.2021 18:41 | 22 views | 0 commentsThe videotaped questioning of the former president is related to a lawsuit filed by four men who said Trump’s security guards assaulted them outside Trump Tower in 2015.
Jan. 6 committee will move to hold former Trump aide Bannon in criminal contempt for not complying with subpoena
Jan. 6 committee will move to hold former Trump aide Bannon in criminal contempt for not complying with subpoenaAdded: 14.10.2021 18:50 | 20 views | 0 commentsThe committee has opted to give other former Trump officials more time to comply with its subpoenas.
Trump to be deposed Monday in protesters' lawsuit claiming assault by his security guards
Trump to be deposed Monday in protesters' lawsuit claiming assault by his security guardsAdded: 14.10.2021 22:18 | 7 views | 0 commentsTrump will be questioned under oath about a 2015 incident where his security allegedly roughed up demonstrators outside Trump Tower.
Drug Pitched to Trump for Covid-19 Comes From a Deadly Plant
Drug Pitched to Trump for Covid-19 Comes From a Deadly PlantAdded: 20.08.2020 20:10 | 16 views | 0 commentsSource: nypost.comThe chief executive of My Pillow, a Trump donor, claims oleandrin is a miracle cure for Covid-19. But no studies have shown that it is safe or effective, and the shrub it’s derived from is poisonous. More in www.nytimes.com »
Senators Grassley, Johnson demand AG Garland provide update on declassification of remaining Russia probe docs
Added: 14.10.2021 22:56 | 10 views | 0 commentsRepublican Sens. Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson are demanding Attorney General Merrick Garland provide them with an “immediate update” on former President Trump's January 2021 order to declassify records related to the FBI's original investigation into whether members of the Trump campaign coordinated with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election, slamming the Justice Department for having made “no apparent progress toward transparency."
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AP Top Stories October 14 PAdded: 14.10.2021 22:21 | 8 views | 0 commentsSource: thefreshtoast.comHere's the latest for Thursday, October 14: FDA advisers endorse Moderna booster; Biden speaks out against vaccine misinformation; Trump to give deposition on 2015 protest crackdown; Shredded Banksy sells for $25.4 million. More in rssfeeds.usatoday.com » Tags: FDA
Trump Doesn’t Care How Ashli Babbitt Died
Protester with an Ashli Babbitt poster. Then, inspired by Trump, she stormed the U.S. Capitol, convinced that the 2020 election had been stolen from him. Babbitt cuts a slight figure, exaggerated by the Trump flag that streams behind her like a cape, as she gets lifted into the breach and shot by a Capitol police officer. Beyond the notion that Babbitt was slain for being a conservative patriot, there are Trump’s macabre musings about how she was killed. “The person who shot Ashli Babbitt — boom, right through the head, just boom — there was no reason for that,” he said in July, sliding past the less graphic and less sensational fact that Babbitt was actually shot in the left shoulder.
Neoliberalism Died of COVID. Long Live Neoliberalism!
Even as these pathogenic conditions kicked up periodic epidemics, investment in global public health had remained scarce. If these intellectual currents constituted the kindling for a paradigm shift in public policy, then COVID put a blowtorch to that tinder. The global financial order was built atop the presumption that U.S. Treasury bonds could be readily converted to cash, at no significant loss. If 2020 proved anything, though, it’s that America’s federal government has unique and extraordinary capacities for affecting global economic change. No other entity can print the currency on which the global financial order is hopelessly dependent.
Charlottesville Lawsuit Aims to Bleed Tiki Torch-Wielding White Nationalists Dry
On August 12th, 2017, Marcus Martin and his then-fiancée Marissa Blair were in downtown Charlottesville with Blair’s friend and co-worker Heather Heyer. Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesKaplan had just left Paul, Weiss and hung out a shingle of her own in August 2017 when white supremacists rallied in Charlottesville. The Monday after the rally, Kaplan suggested the office order pizza and watch the news coverage. IFA believes they can, and that their job will be made easier by the digital trail white nationalists left ahead of the rally. “To be part of a conspiracy, you need to act with a common purpose — but not all co-conspirators need to know each other.
Jan. 6 Committee Will Move to Bring Criminal Charges Against Steve Bannon
UPDATE: January 6th Select Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) announced on Thursday that the committee will meet Tuesday, October 19th, to vote on a criminal contempt referral for Steve Bannon, the former Trump adviser who has defied a subpoena to appear before the committee. pic.twitter.com/PWmeHnR3Up — Zachary Cohen (@ZcohenCNN) October 14, 2021“The Select Committee will use every tool at its disposal to get the information it seeks,” Thompson added, “and witnesses who try to stonewall the Select Committee will not succeed.”Original post below. ***Steve Bannon is supposed to testify before the Select Committee investigating January 6th on Thursday. Steve Bannon team has fired off another letter to Jan 6 committee repeating that they will not cooperate citing Trump executive privilege claims.
Trump Must Testify on Camera in Lawsuit Filed by Trump Tower Protesters, Judge Orders
President Trump must testify on tape by the end of the month in a lawsuit brought by protesters who say they were assaulted by security officers outside Trump Tower in New York in 2015, a judge ordered Thursday. The activists said Trump’s security guards “violently attacked” them when they were protesting on a public sidewalk on Fifth Avenue in white robes and hoods to parody the Ku Klux Klan. Other plaintiffs alleged that Trump security guards assaulted them, too, grabbing one by the wrist and throwing another onto the sidewalk. The former president is facing a slew of legal challenges, which include civil lawsuits as well as criminal investigations into his shady business practices, taxes, and incitement of violence on January 6th. Earlier this month, a judge gave Trump a deadline of December 23rd to sit for a deposition in a defamation suit filed by former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos, who alleged Trump kissed and groped her without her consent in 2007, and then lied about it.
Republicans Pledge Allegiance to Flag Carried on Jan. 6 at Rally Trump Called In To
“No doubt about that.”The rally also featured Trump himself, who called into the rally to freshen up his endorsement of Youngkin. “Really successful, he loves this state, we gotta get him in.”Trump continued to allege, once again, that the 2020 election was rigged against him. “We won in 2020, the most corrupt election in the history of our country, probably one of the most corrupt anywhere. They can’t say this out loud, so they instead continue to push the baseless idea that the 2020 election was fraudulent. “Donald Trump won,” Finchem said in Virginia on Wednesday, reportedly to a standing ovation.
He Helped Bring Down a Top Trump Crony. Now He’s Driving for Uber
They were very easy to work for.”With Trump, Chmielewski was finally on a winning team. “He’s doing a lot of stuff we don’t agree with,” a White House official told him. His friends from the Trump White House won’t return his calls and texts. According to Chmielewski, Trump turned to Corey Lewandowski a few months before launching his own presidential bid in 2015 and asked, “Who was that Polack that used to work for Romney? They said they’d been sent by Nino Perrotta, the head of Pruitt’s security detail, to retrieve Chmielewski’s EPA badge, work phone, and parking pass.
OnPolitics: Marine pleads guilty after Facebook criticism on Afghanistan
The House Select Committee investigating the Capitol attack on Jan. 6 has been issuing subpoenas to officials from the Trump administration. "We reject his position entirely ... so we must move forward with proceedings to refer Mr. Bannon for criminal contempt." The following day, Scheller was relieved of his command of the Advanced Infantry Training Battalion at Camp Lejeune’s Camp Geiger. The meeting comes amid a debate over whether the nation’s second Catholic president should receive communion because of his support for abortion rights. The meeting comes amid a debate over whether the nation’s second Catholic president should receive communion because of his support for abortion rights.
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AP Top Stories October 14 PHere’s the latest for Thursday, October 14: FDA advisers endorse Moderna booster; Biden speaks out against vaccine misinformation; Trump to give deposition on 2015 protest crackdown; Shredded Banksy sells for $25.4 million.
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Opinion : Biden is bleeding support from Hispanic voters. Democrats should be petrified.
One can argue that Biden owes his election to the supermajorities he garnered among Hispanics. He won between 60 and 62 percent of the Hispanics vote in Arizona, Georgia and Wisconsin according to state exit polls, besting Trump in each state by between 23 and 25 points. In each state, Biden’s estimated vote margin with Hispanics was larger than the total number of votes by which he carried the state. He would have lost Arizona and Georgia if his margin among the demographic had slipped to a mere 10 points, and he would have lost Wisconsin had it dropped to only five points. Switching those states to Trump would have created a 269-269 tie in the electoral college, throwing the election into the House of Representatives, where Republicans controlled a majority of the state delegations and would have voted to reelect Trump under the procedures set by the 12th Amendment.
Big Tech, media suppression of Hunter Biden laptop story lingers a year later: 'Looks even worse now'
A year after Big Tech companies and media outlets worked to discredit the Hunter Biden laptop story broken by the New York Post, the implications of the astonishing episode are still being felt in American political and cultural life. CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter declared the Hunter Biden story "manufactured" by nefarious right-wing media and said, "for all we know, these emails were made up." Hunter Biden himself, in an interview this year, said the laptop given to the New York Post "could" be his, although he wouldn't say for certain. Yet for all the reporting on his children when Trump ran for and later held office, the Hunter Biden saga in 2020 was met with scorn. For some conservatives, the New York Post laptop episode showed fears of censorship were well-founded and must be addressed.
The Confederacy’s racist dream is taking shape before our eyes
In some cases, these legislatures have used population growth fueled by Blacks and Latinos to award white communities more representatives. An census undercount could diminish the resources given to Black and brown communities over the next decade. An undercount could diminish the resources given to Black and brown communities over the next decade, including schools, hospitals, infrastructure repairs and emergency response services. Multiple reports from the past month estimate that the 2020 census undercounted the number of Black and Hispanic people living in the United States. The net undercount of children identified solely as Black increased from 0.6 percent in 2010 to 5.8 percent in 2020, according to the report.
NBA star Kyrie Irving could have little legal recourse to play while unvaccinated, experts say
Experts say there is likely little legal recourse that could open up the Barclays Center and other New York city courts for him to play alongside his team, favored to contend for this season’s NBA championship. New York City's mandate sidelining Irving became effective Aug. 19 and requires proof of at least one COVID-19 vaccine in anyone 12 and older to enter indoor entertainment, fitness, and dining venues. Several employment lawyers say Irving has little room to maneuver around New York City’s rule. “Federal law typically sets the floor, or in Kyrie Irving’s case, the parquet floor, with regard to the law,” litigation and employment attorney Steven Adler told Yahoo Finance. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY SportsIn theory, an anticipated federal vaccine mandate, announced in September by the President Joe Biden, could impact New York City’s mandate.
The AP Interview: Kerry says world short of climate goal
“By the time Glasgow’s over, we’re going to know who is doing their fair share, and who isn’t,” he said. “It would be like President Trump pulling out of the Paris agreement, again,” Kerry said. China’s enthusiasm for dirty-burning coal power at home and abroad help make it the world’s biggest current climate polluter by far. China under President Xi Jinping shows no interest in being seen as following the U.S. lead on climate or anything else. Asked how the administration’s troubles delivering on its own climate promises affect his work rallying climate action abroad, Kerry said, “Well, it hurts.”“I’m not going to pretend it’s the best way to send the best message.
Jan. 6 panel moves against Bannon, sets contempt vote
Approval there would send them to the Justice Department, which has final say on prosecution. Bannon, who was not a White House staffer on Jan. 6, also failed to provide documents to the panel by a deadline last week. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who also sits on the Jan. 6 panel, said he expects the Justice Department to prosecute the cases. While Bannon has outright defied the Jan. 6 committee, other Trump aides who have been subpoenaed appear to be negotiating. Trump’s attorney general, William Barr, had said the Justice Department found no evidence of widespread fraud that could have overturned the results.
Democrats pounce on GOP over rally featuring election conspiracies; McAuliffe ad links Youngkin and Trump
Ralph Northam called Wednesday's rally "truly disturbing." In a statement Youngkin disavowed violence during the Jan. 6 rally. Wednesday's rally was organized by John Fredericks, a conservative radio host and former Trump campaign official in Virginia. Winsome Sears, the GOP candidate for lieutenant governor, was the only statewide GOP candidate to attend. Trump, a last-minute addition, called into the rally to urge Republicans to back Youngkin, and "the others" on the GOP ticket, calling Virginia "very, very winnable."
Evangelicals debate their role as political activists in the Trump era
Many in the white evangelical community feel under siege from a socially liberal mainstream culture increasingly out of step with their beliefs. Across town in Knoxville, Pastor Phil Nordstrom’s Life Church approaches politics very differently from its neighbors at the Patriot Church. “We’re Christians because we follow Christ and not because we’re Americans,” said Chris Irwin, a congregant at Life Church. “Some of the evangelical church, I think, is soft,” he said. To learn more about the political discussion among white evangelicals, check out this week’s episode of “MTP Reports” on Peacock.
‘LOCK HIM UP’ trends on Twitter after Steve Bannon snubs Jan 6 hearing and faces criminal contempt
The house committee investigating January 6 Capitol Hill riot announced they will be moving forward with criminal contempt proceedings against Trump ally Steve Bannon. He also claimed to have an executive privilege, despite Trump leaving office almost a year ago. In a statement, Capitol Chairman Bennie Thompson said Bannon “has declined to cooperate with the Select Committee and is instead hiding behind the former President’s insufficient, blanket, and vague statements regarding privileges he has purported to invoke”. Steve Bannon has openly defied a subpoena from the Jan. 6 House committee.”While another added: “Steve Bannon is an outlaw and traitor to our Democracy. Thompson said the next step is for the committee to hold a business meeting on October 19 to move forward with criminal contempt.
Is the man believed to be the source of QAnon running for Congress in Arizona?
The former administrator of 8chan and a man widely suspected as the source of QAnon conspiracy theories appears to have filed a statement of interest to run in a Republican primary election for a seat in Congress. An email attached to the filing matches an email used by Mr Watkins to promote his NFT auction. Arizona’s 1st Congressional seat is currently held by a Democrat who twice defeated a Republican opponent, likely putting Mr Watkins in a no-shot field of possible contenders. He was named as an expert witness in a lawsuit from discredited election challenger Sidney Powell, and his conspiracy theories were shared across far-right media networks. Journalists who have closely followed QAnon and a recent HBO documentary series about the movement have placed Mr Watkins as a central figure – if not the source of Q-adjacent posts – in the ideology.
QAnon's Ron Watkins Looks Like He's Prepping a Bid for Congress
It looks like Ron Watkins, a prominent figure in the QAnon movement who many believe is Q himself, filed paperwork indicating he might run for Congress from Arizona on Thursday. Someone with access to an email account that Watkins has previously used filed the statement of interest. Watkins has been in Arizona this week, hobnobbing with candidates with a serious chance at the Republican nomination for statewide offices. The pair were both based in the Philippines while they operated the site, but Ron Watkins subsequently moved to Japan. It doesn’t appear that Watkins actually lives in Arizona, but could easily move there to run—U.S.
McAuliffe: GOP rally's pledge to Jan. 6 flag was 'racist dog whistle'
“He needs to come out today and say it was wrong to do Pledge of Allegiance to that flag, and I want him to come out and say [the] Jan. 6 insurrection was wrong,” McAuliffe added. On Thursday, McAuliffe’s campaign ran an ad blasting the Youngkin campaign for Trump’s call. Youngkin distanced himself from the event and condemned the pledge on Thursday afternoon, according to video from WUSA9’s Bruce Leshan. “But if that is the case, then we shouldn’t pledge allegiance to that flag. “It is weird and wrong to pledge allegiance to a flag connected to January 6.
Ted Cruz wishes AOC ‘Happy Birthday’ despite frequent spats, disagreements
Sen. Ted Cruz wished his fellow member of Congress, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a “Happy Birthday” on Wednesday, just weeks after the dueling duo issued their latest attacks on one another. “Happy Birthday to @AOC,” the Texas Republican wrote on Twitter with several birthday-themed emojis. The New York Democrat did not directly reply to or like Cruz’s tweet, though she did like and respond to several other birthday wishes from other fellow members of the House. “Thank you all for the birthday wishes!” she tweeted Wednesday evening. The New York Democrat refused to apologize and told The Post she stuck by her statement.
The Trump dilemma: Aiming to win back House, NRCC chair walks tightrope regarding former president
HOUSE GOP REELECTION COMMITTEE HAULS IN MORE THAN $100 MILLION SO FAR THIS YEAR"It is the single most important thing for Republicans to do," the former president stressed. Asked about Trump’s comments, Emmer answered that "the former president, he’s a private citizen.. he of course, is entitled to his own opinion." And the NRCC chair highlighted that he’s "confident Republican voters across the country are eagerly awaiting the opportunity in November of ’22" to regain the House majority. But there’s no denying that Trump, nearly 10 months removed from the White House, remains extremely popular and influential with Republican voters and GOP politicians. The former president continues play a kingmaker’s role in GOP politics as he repeatedly flirts with another White House run in 2024.
Loudoun County parents hammer school board, Justice Department as controversies cascade
Parents in Virginia's Loudoun County are hammering the county's school board and the Department of Justice (DOJ) Thursday as controversies cascade in the school district that's become a national political hotbed. Meanwhile, a Loudoun County parent is alleging that Loudoun County Public Schools' (LCPS) transgender bathroom policy resulted in his daughter being sexually assaulted by a skirt-wearing male student in a girls' bathroom. The statement also mentioned that "members of the Loudoun County School Board were not aware of the specific details of this incident until it was reported in media outlets earlier this week." The Loudoun County School Board did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Thursday. Lissa Savaglio, Loudoun County Democratic Committee chair, told Fox News that Fight for Schools is using children as "political props."
As legal travelers across US-Mexico border face vaccine mandate, illegal immigrants still do not
However, that demand will not be made of illegal migrants who are encountered at the border, processed and released into the interior -- even as the Border Patrol agents processing them will also soon face a vaccine mandate. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPRepublicans were quick to point out the lack of consistency between the approach to legal travelers and illegal immigrants when it comes to vaccinations. "That’s extremely laughable considering the border has been open to unvaccinated illegal immigrants all year," Rep. "The Biden Administration will soon open land borders with Mexico & Canada to fully vaccinated travelers only," Rep. Lance Gooden, R-Texas tweeted. "Unvaccinated illegal immigrants are still welcome to cross at any time."
Virginia Republican Glenn Youngkin won't say if he wants Trump to campaign for him
“The person that’s going to be campaigning here for the next two-and-half weeks is Glenn Youngkin. “The only chief surrogate for Glenn Youngkin is Glenn Youngkin,” he said of himself when asked about Chase’s presence at the event. Pressed again on whether he wants Trump to come to Virginia, Youngkin dodged. “Anybody who calls me a good man, I so appreciate it, including President Trump,” he said. “It all adds up to the same thing here — Donald Trump, Donald Trump, Donald Trump,” McAuliffe said on a call his campaign organized with reporters in response to Wednesday's rally.
EXCLUSIVE Senator Cotton delays vote on Biden's pick for powerful China job at Commerce
Senator Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas., speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, U.S., September 29, 2021. Tom Williams/Pool via REUTERS/FilesWASHINGTON, Oct 14 (Reuters) - Republican Senator Tom Cotton is holding up a vote to confirm Alan Estevez as the U.S. Commerce Department's undersecretary for industry and security until he gets answers to difficult questions about technology exports to China. The job at the Commerce Department oversees exports to all countries but decisions over cutting-edge technology exports to China have given the position tremendous power over Chinese companies dependent on U.S. technology in recent years. But Cotton - or any other senator - can hold up a fast-track confirmation process that requires consent by all 100 senators. Democratic Senator Bob Menendez came out against Estevez when the Senate Banking Committee took up his confirmation and also opposes expediting a final full Senate vote.
Rubio calls on Biden administration to blacklist Huawei spin-off Honor
President of Huawei's Honor brand George Zhao unveils the Honor Vision Smart Screen equipped with Huawei's new HarmonyOS operating system at the Huawei Developer Conference in Dongguan, Guangdong province, China August 10, 2019. Huanqiu.com via REUTERS/FilesWASHINGTON, Oct 14 (Reuters) - Republican Senators led by Marco Rubio on Thursday called on the Biden administration to blacklist Honor, a former unit of embattled Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, describing the firm as a threat to national security. In November 2020, Huawei sold off its lower-end smartphone brand Honor. Honor, Commerce and the Chinese Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Chinese telecoms giant Huawei was placed on a trade blacklist by the Trump administration in 2019, arguing the company posed a national security threat, which Huawei denies.
Explainer-What's at stake for Trump allies facing 'contempt of Congress'?
The House of Representatives Select Committee said last week it was "engaging" with Meadows and Patel. Here's an explanation of how congressional investigators could pressure the Trump allies to comply:IS IT A CRIME TO DEFY A CONGRESSIONAL SUBPOENA? Once the Select Committee adopts a contempt report, the question of whether to make a referral is put to the House for a vote. A lawsuit over whether the IRS must hand over Trump's tax returns to a House committee has still not produced a single ruling on the merits. Trump, in recent public statements, has also raised the possibility of suing to block the Select Committee subpoenas to his allies.
Panel probing attack on U.S. Capitol threatens Bannon with contempt
The House of Representatives Select Committee said it scheduled a vote on Tuesday on a report documenting the case for contempt against Bannon, a first step toward criminal charges. "The Select Committee will not tolerate defiance of our subpoenas, so we must move forward with proceedings to refer Mr. Bannon for criminal contempt," the committee's Democratic chairman, Representative Bennie Thompson, said in a statement. The Democratic-led panel was formed to investigate the January attack on the Capitol by Trump supporters as Trump sought to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. If the House committee approves the contempt case against Bannon, the matter would go to a full House vote. The Bannon subpoena was one of more than a dozen issued by the Select Committee, with some depositions originally scheduled as soon as this week.
Texas vaccine mandate ban likely to be trumped by federal law but could cause uncertainty
Abbott's order states that "no entity in Texas" can compel proof of vaccination by any individual, including employees or customers. Companies would likely argue they were complying with Biden's mandate, and legal precedents support federal law taking precedence over state law when they conflict, experts aid. If OSHA's rule is tied up in court or determined to be invalid, it could make it harder to claim federal law should pre-empt Abbott's order. Brian Dean Abramson, a specialist and author on vaccine law, questioned if Texas would actually enforce the mandate ban by going after employers. "But ultimately federal law will be supreme."
'Follow the fed': Infrastructure Capital Advisors CEO on when to buy stocks
ReutersRepublican Senator Tom Cotton is holding up a vote to confirm Alan Estevez as the U.S. Commerce Department's undersecretary for industry and security until he gets answers to difficult questions about technology exports to China. In a letter dated Oct. 14 and seen by Reuters, Cotton asks Estevez to commit to strengthening U.S. restrictions on exporting semiconductor software and technology to China and to accelerating the roll-out of new rules to tighten export controls for advanced technologies. The letter, also s