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    Reuters June 16, 2020 0 Comments  U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday a police reform bill put forward by House Democrats would not succeed in the Republican-led Senate. “The House version is going nowhere in the Senate,” McConnell told reporters. “It’s basically typical Democratic overreach to try to control everything in Washington. We have no interest in that,” he said. (Reporting by Richard Cowan; Writing by Eric Beech; Editing by Chris Reese)
    The Democratic Party of Nebraska is calling for their candidate for the U.S. Senate to step down after texts surfaced of a sexually vulgar comment he made to staffers. Chris Janicek is the owner of a cupcake bakery in Omaha and his campaign is aiming to unseat Republican Sen. Ben Sasse from the U.S. Senate. The state executive committee of the Nebraska Democratic Party voted unanimously to withdraw all party resources from Janicek's campaign on Monday. "Our Democratic Party has no tolerance for sexual harassment," said state Democratic Party Chairwoman Jane Kleeb in a statement, according to the Associated Press. "Our party will not extend resources or any type of support to any candidate that violates our code of conduct and doesn't treat men and women with the dignity and respect they deserve," she added. What did he text?The AP obtained the text messages and...
    Bradley Cortright June 16, 2020 0 Comments The Nebraska Democratic Party (NDP) is demanding that its Senat nominee drop out after he sent sexually offensive texts to a female campaign staffer. The party said its executive committee voted unanimously to cut off resources to its nominee, Chris Janicek, who is running against Sen. Ben Sasse (R). In a statement, state Democratic Party Chairwoman Jane Kleeb said, “Our Democratic Party has no tolerance for sexual harassment.” “Our party will not extend resources or any type of support to any candidate that violates our code of conduct and doesn’t treat men and women with the dignity and respect they deserve,” Kleeb added. The Associated Press, which obtained the offensive texts, reports that Janicek the offensive texts to a group chat of five staffers — including the female staffer. In the group chat, Janicek said he had an argument with the female...
    House Democrats announced Tuesday that they will hold a vote on DC statehood next week — in what likely will be the first time a chamber of Congress approves making the nation’s capital city the 51st state. The bill is expected to pass easily on June 26 with overwhelming Democratic support. But it will die just as surely with opposition in the Senate from Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Democratic leaders and DC officials announced the vote at a press conference. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said “this deprivation of statehood is unjust, unequal, undemocratic and unacceptable.” The capital is home to roughly 700,000 people — more people than Vermont and Wyoming, and nearly as many as Alaska. If it were a state, DC would have one House member and two senators. Since ratification of the 23rd Amendment in 1961, DC has had a say in presidential elections,...
    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Democratic Party called on its U.S. Senate nominee to drop out of the race Tuesday after he was accused of making sexually inappropriate comments in a group text with campaign staffers. The party announced that its state executive committee voted unanimously on Monday evening to withdraw all of its resources from Chris Janicek’s campaign. Janicek, the owner of an Omaha cupcake bakery, is challenging Republican Sen. Ben Sasse, who is seeking a second term. Janicek accepted the Democratic nomination a little more than a month ago after winning a seven-candidate primary race, but the odds of winning in November were against him in Republican-dominated Nebraska even before his party withdrew its support. “Our Democratic Party has no tolerance for sexual harassment,” state Democratic Party Chairwoman Jane Kleeb said in a statement. “Our party will not extend resources or any type of support to any...
    WASHINGTON -- Following weeks of national protests since the death of George Floyd, President Donald Trump signed an executive order on policing Tuesday that would encourage better police practices and establish a database to keep track of officers with a history of excessive use-of-force complaints.In Rose Garden remarks, Trump stressed the need for higher standards and commiserated with mourning families, even as he hailed the vast majority of officers as selfless public servants and held his law-and-order line, while criticizing Democrats."Reducing crime and raising standards are not opposite goals," he said before signing the order flanked by police.Trump and the GOP have been rushing to respond to the mass demonstrations against police brutality and racial prejudice that have raged for weeks across the country in response to the deaths of Floyd and other black Americans. It's a sudden shift for the Republican Party - and one Democrats are watching warily...
    Washington (CNN)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing for as broad support within the Senate GOP conference as possible for the emerging police overhaul bill that will be offered by GOP Sen. Tim Scott, two GOP sources told CNN, as pressure grows amid nationwide protests and civil unrest in response to high-profile episodes of police misconduct.It also comes after tension within the Senate GOP conference on the timeline for taking up the legislation spilled out into public view. Scott expressed concerns on Monday after some senior Senate Republicans signaled that the chamber may have to wait at least a month to take up the policing legislation, warning, "I think us waiting a month before we vote is a bad decision." McConnell would not say Tuesday whether he would try to bring up the emerging bill drafted by Scott to the floor for a vote before the two-week Fourth of July...
    (CNN)Several Democrats on the Senate Armed Services Committee said Monday that they would oppose the nomination of retired Army Brig. Gen. Anthony Tata to oversee the Pentagon's policy shop.CNN's KFile reported on Friday that Tata had a history of making Islamophobic and inflammatory remarks against prominent Democratic politicians, including falsely calling former President Barack Obama a Muslim.If confirmed by the Senate, Tata would become the third highest official in the Pentagon overseeing the Defense Department's policy shop, including its national security and defense strategy, nuclear deterrence and missile defense policy, and security cooperation plans and policies. The policy chief also closely advises the secretary of defense on national security and supports the Department of Defense's program and budget decisions. A spokesman for Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed, the top Democrat on the committee that would oversee Tata's nomination, said in a statement on Monday he would oppose the pick. "Senator...
    Prominent Democratic lawmakers are divided on efforts to defund the police following national outrage over the death of George Floyd. Protests around the country have raised calls for states to defund police departments. Roughly two-thirds of Americans generally disagree with the idea, according to an ABC News/Ipsos poll released Friday, while 55% of Democrats agree. Overall, some Democrats have voiced support for the movement, but others have spoken up and said they disagree. “Vice President Biden does not believe that police should be defunded,” Andrew Bates, the rapid response director for former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, said in a statement earlier in June. “He hears and shares the deep grief and frustration of those calling out for change, and is driven to ensure that justice is done and that we put a stop to this terrible pain.” “Biden does not believe that police should be defunded. He hears...
    ATLANTA - Protesters plan to greet a returning Georgia General Assembly on Monday morning, seeking in part an end to police brutality and changes to the state's criminal justice system. The session comes on the heels of the death of Rayshard Brooks, 27,  a black man who was shot and killed by a white officer following a confrontation with police outside a fast food restaurant in Atlanta on Friday. The city's police chief resigned hours later and the officer who fired the fatal shot was terminated. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is handling the case and will forward its findings to the Fulton County District Attorney. Democrats say they're ready to act, with the minority party in both the House and the Senate rolling out extensive proposals last week. But Republican leaders and even some Democrats say there's not enough time to make a whole slate of changes, with only...
    ATLANTA (AP) - Protesters plan to greet a returning Georgia General Assembly on Monday morning, seeking in part an end to police brutality and changes to the state’s criminal justice system. The session comes on the heels of the death of Rayshard Brooks, 27, a black man who was shot and killed by a white officer following a confrontation with police outside a fast food restaurant in Atlanta on Friday. The city’s police chief resigned hours later and the officer who fired the fatal shot was terminated. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is handling the case and will forward its findings to the Fulton County District Attorney. Democrats say they’re ready to act, with the minority party in both the House and the Senate rolling out extensive proposals last week. TOP STORIES D.C. mayor sued over Black Lives Matter on street to White House Is America on the path to...
    Civil Rights attorney Leo Terrell says he has stopped drinking the "Democratic kool-aid." During an appearance on Fox News on Friday, network host Sean Hannity noted that Republicans were responsible for the Emancipation Proclamation, the party supported desegregation through the landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education — which overturned the legal doctrine of "separate but equal" — and that Republicans helped then-President Lyndon Johnson pass the Civil Rights Act in the 1960s. "What you see is a lot of Democrats they were all against that," Hannity proclaimed. The history that Hannity outlined, along with the fact that Democrats often label the Republican Party as the party of racism, is why Terrell stopped supporting the Democratic Party's agenda, the civil rights attorney said. "This is why I stopped drinking the Democrat Kool-Aid. I can't take this hypocrisy anymore. It's ridiculous," Terrell explained. "[Former U.S. senator from Georgia]...
    It would be the seminal vote of the year in Congress.. For only the third time in history, senators would rise from their desks and declare “guilty” or not “guilty in the impeachment trial of President Trump…… Scratch that. The worst pandemic in 102 years crippled the nation. It paralyzed the economy, driving millions indoors. Day-to-day American life ceased. Work and school migrated to interminable Zoom calls……. Scratch that. They spilled into the streets by the tens of thousands, from Lafayette Square across from the White House to Boise, Idaho. The demonstrators eschewed social distancing guidelines as they argued for justice and police reform following the death of George Floyd……. It’s only mid-June. And we don’t really know what may define the November elections. No one could have imagined something toppling the echoes of the impeachment trial from its pedestal back in February. Then came the double whammy of a...
    Bill Maher is weighing in o the push for police reform while explaining how the seemingly drastic “defund the police” branding may be harming that initiative. During a discussion on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” Friday, the host criticized the “defund the police” rhetoric while stressing how it overshadows their overall goals. Noting that only a third of black people are in favor of defunding police by way of elimination, Mayer argues that branding the initiative as defunding is a “terrible way to put it.” While Maher admits the Democrats do have a “good police reform bill” with incentives that have received broad bipartisan support, he believes the confusion surrounding the rhetoric may not serve them well. “I worry that Democrats are wandering into another purity test that’s not going to serve them well,” Maher said. “And it’s going to be about how much you want to get rid...
    Minnesota House Democrats are looking to overhaul police practices in the wake of the death of George Floyd, but their measures could be stopped short by lawmakers whose priorities lie elsewhere for the Legislature’s short special session this month. The Minnesota House’s Public Safety Committee on Saturday held an hours-long hearing on a laundry list of bills to reform policing and criminal justice in the state. Proponents of the bills say the state should harness the energy of protesters and activists in the wake of Floyd’s death to make legislative change now, but Senate Republicans on Friday said they are focusing their time to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic fallout, as well as ceasing Gov. Tim Walz’s executive emergency powers and passing a bonding bill during this month’s brief special legislative session. In the days following Floyd’s death, the House’s People of Color and Indigenous Caucus laid...
    Bill Maher weighed in on the defund the police movement that many progressives have been pushing since the death of George Floyd. Maher blasted the defund the police policy as a "terrible idea," and castigated Democrats who supported the idea. "Liberals want to take police money, police funds and divert it to community services, which sounds like a very good thing, good idea," he said during the opening monologue of "Real Time with Bill Maher." "But they're calling it 'defund the police,' which sounds bad!" he added. "That is so Democrats for you," Maher said. "They must have meetings to be this f****ing stupid about politics. 'Hey, guys. We're making some headway here. Um, how can we turn this into something that makes people have to vote for Trump?'" Maher explained that the defund the police movement threatens real and legitimate police reforms that many across both...
    Leave it to the left to be their own worst enemy -- again, Bill Maher said Friday night. The "Real Time" host slammed the "Defund the police" mantra -- claiming the slogan threatens any gains in police reform that liberals and Democrats may have hoped to gain following the death of George Floyd. Many people are simply unclear about what "Defund the police" even means, he said during his opening monologue. "Liberals want to take police money, police funds and divert it to community services, which sounds like a very good thing, good idea," Maher said. "But they're calling it 'Defund the police,' which sounds bad! ROLLING STONE WRITER SAYS OLIVIA BENSON FROM 'LAW & ORDER' SHOULD BE 'CANCELED TOO' "That's so 'Democrats' for you," he continued. "You know, they must have meetings to be this f---ing stupid about politics. 'Hey guys, we're making some headway here, how could we turn this into something that makes people...
    Anybody remember “Abolish ICE?” That was progressives’ impassioned cry last year after Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents imprisoned undocumented immigrant children in cages. It was a litmus test of compassion for Democrats running for president. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York said yes, “abolish ICE.” Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts said she’d “replace” the agency. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont said he’d “restructure” it. But Joe Biden, the leading moderate in the race, refused to get near the idea. Eventually, “Abolish ICE” disappeared — and Biden won the nomination. Now, after George Floyd’s death under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer, progressive groups have raised a new banner: “Defund the police.” It may be the worst political slogan ever coined. For one thing, its proponents say it doesn’t mean what it sounds like — the abolition of police departments, a proposal that would be an election year gift to...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Gov. Tim Walz and Democratic legislative leaders on Thursday proposed a series of statewide police reforms in response to the killing in Minneapolis of George Floyd and the social justice movement that has been inflamed by his death. Police in Minnesota would be banned from using chokeholds, officers would be required to intervene when a colleague uses excessive force and the arbitration process for police who contest their firings would be revamped under the proposals unveiled by Walz and members of the bicameral People of Color and Indigenous Caucus at a news conference ahead of a special session Friday. Protesters have demanded change since the May 25 death of Floyd, who was black. Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, has been charged with murder in the killing. Advocates for social justice say police brutality and discrimination against minorities is a blight on law enforcement nationwide. TOP...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday advanced a federal appeals court nominee from Mississippi, despite Democratic objections over derisive comments he made about former President Barack Obama and his signature health care legislation. The GOP-led panel endorsed Mississippi Appeals Court Judge Cory Wilson on a 12-10, party-line vote. The nomination now goes to the full Senate. Wilson, a former Republican state legislator who has been on the state appeals court for 16 months, was nominated by President Donald Trump for a seat on the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court, which hears cases from Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, is considered one of the most conservative appeals courts in the nation. Before becoming a judge last year, Wilson frequently criticized Obama and other Democrats and called passage of the Affordable Care Act “perverse” and ‘”illegitimate.” Wilson also wrote that he hopes the U.S. Supreme...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee swiftly moved forward on Thursday with its investigation of the Justice Department’s Russia probe, voting to allow dozens of subpoenas over Democratic objections that the move was an effort to help President Donald Trump’s reelection. Sen. Lindsey Graham, the committee chairman and a close ally of the president, was defiant as he held the vote. The committee rarely moves forward on subpoenas without bipartisan support, and hasn’t done so in more than a decade. Democrats said the move could affect relations on the panel for years to come. “You are trying to stop me from doing something I think the country needs to do, and I’m not going to be stopped,” Graham said, responding to the committee’s top Democrat, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Feinstein, a longtime member of the committee who has often worked with Republicans, had said she never thought...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrats will “descend” on Milwaukee for the national convention in August despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said Wednesday. But Perez stopped short of predicting how many Democrats would be allowed, or willing, to attend. “We don’t know the answer today because we don’t know what the public health situation on the ground will be,” Perez said on a conference call with reporters. Perez promised to stage a “safe and effective convention where we will highlight Joe Biden and his running mate.” Democrats moved the national convention from July to August due to the pandemic but haven’t wavered from holding it in Milwaukee. That contrasts with the Republicans, who are looking for a new location after host city Charlotte, North Carolina, refused to promise President Donald Trump a full-blown convention free from social distancing measures. “He’s abandoning Charlotte because they won’t...
    Democrats, walking a fine political line between their efforts to overhaul policing after George Floyd’s death and their support for public sector unions, shelved a bill that would bolster the ability of police to unionize, a report on Wednesday said. The bill, introduced in 2019, would allow all state and local public safety employees – including police – to enter into collective bargaining for wages, hours and other conditions of employment, Axios reported. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.)and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) introduced the legislation that had 225 co-sponsors, the majority of whom were Democrats, including Rep. Karen Bass, who heads up the Congressional Black Caucus. But many of those same Democrats also co-sponsored the “Justice in Policing Act” that was introduced in the House on Monday. The measure hasn’t been endorsed or opposed by major police unions. The Democratic-backed bill would ban chokeholds and limit qualified immunity for police officers...
    The president of the NAACP declined to endorse the “defund the police” movement that has become the rallying cry of protesters and Black Lives Matter in the wake of George Floyd’s death while in Minneapolis police custody. “I support the energy behind it. I don’t know what that substantively means. As I’m talking to people about the concept, I’ve gotten three different explanations,” Derrick Johnson told the Associated Press this week. “We know there has to be a change in the culture of policing in this country,” he said. Calls for defunding the police have become commonplace at the nationwide protests over Floyd’s death on May 25 and among some progressive Democrats. In Minneapolis, the city council has gone a step farther and proposed dismantling the police department. Other cities have called for using funds designated for the police to fund more social and youth programs. Top House Democrats during...
    (CNN)House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday that Democrats are aiming to bring their policing reform package to the House floor for a vote in about two weeks, during the week of June 22.The target date is a week sooner than the US House of Representatives had previously planned to return. The effort comes as the United States is reeling from the recent deaths of several black Americans at the hands of the police, including George Floyd, who died in Minneapolis last month after a white police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes.The package — put together by the Congressional Black Caucus, House Judiciary Committee Democrats and Sens. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker — would ban chokeholds, create a National Police Misconduct Registry, incentivize state and local governments to conduct racial bias training for officers, and set restrictions on the transfer of military-grade equipment to local law...
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., on Tuesday warned about Democrats and others trying to “repackage” the push to “Defund the Police” to make it more “palatable” to affluent swing voters, amid an ongoing debate on what the left-wing rallying cry actually means. “'Defund' means that Black & Brown communities are asking for the same budget priorities that White communities have already created for themselves: schooling > police,etc. People asked in other ways, but were always told 'No, how do you pay for it?' So they found the line item," the liberal Democrat tweeted. AOC SUPPORTS DEFUND THE POLICE DEMANDS IN WAKE OF GEORGE FLOYD'S DEATH "Our job as policymakers is to take the public’s mandate and find + create pockets to advance as much progress as possible," she said. “And by the way, the fact that ppl are scrambling to repackage this whole conversation to make it palatable for largely affluent, white suburban 'swing' voters again points...
    New York Post columnist Miranda Devine on Tuesday blasted the Minneapolis city council's decision to disband their police force. “In [Mayor] Jacob Frey, you have the perfect embodiment of the modern Democratic Party. Someone who is so liberal and so weak, he does not stand for anything,” Devine told “Fox & Friends.” Devine said that the idea of abolishing police forces has become the mantra of the Black Lives Matter movement. “Even to Jacob Frey that was a bridge too far and, yet, within a day, the Minneapolis city council decided in their majority, they were going to move to defund the police; They don’t have any solution; They haven’t told us what their plan is to quell the violence that is in the city,” Devine said. TRUMP SIGNS SOCIAL MEDIA EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT CALLS FOR REMOVAL OF LIABILITY PROTECTIONS OVER 'CENSORING' Devine wrote in an op-ed that "Minneapolis’ soy boy...
    Top Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill are trying to stifle growing efforts nationwide to “defund the police” — a battle cry by prominent progressives as well as protesters in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. Senior Democrats are hoping to slow down the momentum for the idea before it overshadows their broader police reform effort — and fuels national Republicans’ argument that Democrats are moving to the fringe left as the November election approaches, according to new reports. “I think it can be used as a distraction and that’s my concern,” Rep. Karen Bass, chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said Monday, according to Politico. “I think the intent behind it is something that I support — the idea that communities need investments.” Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are instead moving forward with a sweeping bill that would promote transparency, crack down on the...
    The president of the NAACP declined to endorse the “defund the police” movement that has gained momentum in recent days, after Minneapolis lawmakers announced they have the votes to do just that in their city -- where the death of George Floyd, a black man, in police custody touched off nationwide protests. In an interview with The Associated Press this week, NAACP President Derrick Johnson said he backs “the energy behind” the movement, but did not offer explicit support for it. TOP DEMS PUNT ON 'DEFUND THE POLICE' QUESTION “I support the energy behind it,” he said. “I don’t know what that substantively means. As I’m talking to people about the concept, I’ve gotten three different explanations.” He added: “We know there has to be a change in the culture of policing this country.” What defunding the police looks like is different in various localities. In Minneapolis, the supermajority of the City Council...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his allies have seized on calls to “defund the police” as a dangerous example of Democratic overreach as the Republican president fights for momentum amid crises that threaten his reelection. Key Democrats, including presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden, are distancing themselves from the “defund” push, which some supporters say is a symbolic commitment to end systemic racism and shift policing priorities rather than an actual plan to eliminate law enforcement agencies. But confusion over the proposal’s intent has created an opportunity for Trump, who has struggled to navigate the delicate debate over racial justice, risking support from people of color, suburban women and independents less than five months before Election Day. Facing increasing pressure to weigh in, Biden addressed the issue Monday in an interview with “CBS Evening News.” “I don’t support defunding the police. I support conditioning federal aid...
    Congressional Democrats engaged in some performative demonstration Monday morning before introducing a police reform legislative package while wearing traditional west African accessories. Democrats from the House and Senate knelt for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in the Capitol Visitor Center while wearing kente cloths, with the time being a reference to how long George Floyd was pinned to the ground by the former Minneapolis police officer who killed him. Once they got up, they held a joint news conference during which they unveiled a police reform legislative package that included a ban on chokeholds and some increased accountability measures for police departments. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the details of the reforms are not the main story, however. "The story that leaves here, as Mr. [James] Clyburn said, is liberty and justice for all," Pelosi said. Pelosi also dismissed safety concerns some have expressed amid all the...
    Trump's campaign is trying to pin the movement on Biden, with Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh tweeting on Sunday, "Protestors added 'Defund the Police' to the street in DC. @JoeBiden owns that movement now. Police organizations already know he's taken sides against them." Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel similarly suggested voters will choose Trump over Biden in November because of the issue. "Joe Biden's silence on calls to 'defund the police' shows how far left he has moved on issue after issue. Americans support the right to peacefully protest, but still want law and order. @realDonaldTrump is the only candidate with the courage to make that clear!" she tweeted on Monday. But experts aren't so sure that the "defund the police" movement will have any measurable impact on Trump's reelection chances. "I'm skeptical that 'defund the police' will be a significant liability for Democrats unless Biden and the party...
    (CNN)Top congressional Democrats are steering clear of the growing calls by activists to "defund the police," saying they sympathize with the intent behind the movement but are concerned that the rhetoric could undercut efforts at the federal level to overhaul policing practices nationwide. "I think it can be used as a distraction -- and that's my concern," said Rep. Karen Bass, chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, and a lead sponsor of the Democrats' new bill to impose national policing standards. "Because what I said is what I believe is the real intent, which is to address the root causes of crime."The sentiment was echoed by top Democrats on Monday after calls to cut funding for local law enforcement picked up steam at protests across the country sparked by the death of George Floyd after a police officer in Minneapolis kneeled on his neck.The city council there announced it would...
    While announcing a new plan for addressing police brutality, Democrats held a moment of silence for George Floyd but drew mockery on social media by wearing kente cloths for the occasion. READ MORE: Philadelphia bride and groom join in George Floyd protest Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi led about a dozen House and Senate Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and California Sen. Kamala Harris, at the Emancipation Hall at the U.S. Capitol Monday to honor Floyd. They knelt for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the length of time that now-former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin placed his knee on Floyd’s neck, which resulted in Floyd’s death on Memorial Day. Democrats made the gesture made before proposing legislation for comprehensive police reforms. Some of the provisions of the Justice in Policing Act of 2020 would limit qualified immunity protections, create a national police misconduct registry, ban chokeholds, restrict...
    WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats introduced a large police reform bill on Monday after kneeling for eight minutes and 46 seconds in memory of George Floyd, whose death sparked nationwide protests. The “Justice in Policing Act of 2020” aims to increase transparency and limit abuses after unrest over Floyd’s May 25 death when Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck until he died. “The martyrdom of George Floyd gave the American experience a moment of national anguish as we grieve for the black Americans killed by police brutality,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said at a press conference. “In the Senate, Democrats are going to fight like hell to make this a reality,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). Pelosi said in response to a reporter’s question that she does not support abolishing police, a position that’s gained momentum among many Democratic politicians following protests, but said she could...
    The Justice in Policing Act would limit legal protections for police, create a national database of excessive-force incidents, and ban police chokeholds, among other changes, according to an early draft. It is the most ambitious change to law enforcement sought by Congress in years. Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, which is leading the effort, called it "bold" and "transformative." "The world is witnessing the birth of a new movement in this country," Bass said. Tens of thousands of demonstrators nationwide have been protesting in the streets since Floyd was killed May 25 for an end to police violence. "A profession where you have the power to kill should be a profession where you have highly trained officers that are accountable to the public," Bass said. The package confronts several aspects of law enforcement accountability and practices that have come under criticism, especially as more and...
    Democrats unveiled sweeping new legislation Monday that, if passed, would increase accountability of police officers by banning certain practices and significantly curbing immunity from legal consequences stemming from acts committed in the line of duty. The bill comes as Americans across the country have protested against racism and police brutality in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, who was pinned to the ground by his neck by a Minneapolis police officer. 'DEFUND THE POLICE' WRESTS SUPPORT FROM POLITICIANS COAST-TO-COAST “We’re here because black Americans want to stop being killed,” Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., told reporters at a Monday press conference, but noted that “reforming policing is in the best interest of all Americans.” The Justice in Policing Act of 2020 would lower the bar for police officers to face criminal prosecution by allowing charges not just in cases where alleged misconduct was intentional, but also in cases of reckless...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats proposed a sweeping overhaul of police oversight and procedures Monday, an ambitious legislative response to the mass protests denouncing the deaths of black Americans at the hands of law enforcement. Before unveiling the package, House and Senate Democrats held a moment of silence at the Capitol’s Emancipation Hall, reading the names of George Floyd and others killed during police interactions. They knelt for 8 minutes and 46 seconds — now a symbol of police brutality and violence — the length of time prosecutors say Floyd was pinned under a white police officer’s knee before he died. “We cannot settle for anything less than transformative structural change,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, drawing on the nation’s history of slavery. The Justice in Policing Act would limit legal protections for police, create a national database of excessive-force incidents and ban police choke holds, among other changes, according to an early draft....
    Democrats proposed a sweeping overhaul of police oversight and procedures Monday, an ambitious legislative response to the mass protests denouncing the deaths of black Americans at the hands of law enforcement.Before unveiling the package, House and Senate Democrats held a moment of silence at the Capitol's Emancipation Hall, reading the names of George Floyd and others killed during police interactions. They knelt for 8 minutes and 46 seconds - now a symbol of police brutality and violence - the length of time prosecutors say Floyd was pinned under a white police officer's knee before he died."We cannot settle for anything less than transformative structural change," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, drawing on the nation's history of slavery.The Justice in Policing Act would limit legal protections for police, create a national database of excessive-force incidents and ban police choke holds, among other changes, according to an early draft. It is the...
    A sweeping overhaul of police oversight and procedures is being proposed Monday by congressional Democrats in response to the deaths of black Americans at the hands of law enforcement.House and Senate Democrats held a moment of silence at the Capitol's Emancipation Hall, reading the names of George Floyd and others killed. They then knelt for 8 minutes and 46 seconds - now a symbol of police brutality and violence - the length of time prosecutors say Floyd was pinned under a white police officer's knee before he died."We're here to observe that pain," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, drawing on the nation's founding with slavery."We're here to respect the actions of the American people to speak out against that," she said, before kneeling on one knee. "We are here to honor George Floyd."According to a draft outline obtained by The Associated Press., the Justice in Policing Act to be unveiled...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A sweeping overhaul of police oversight and procedures is being proposed Monday by congressional Democrats in response to the deaths of black Americans at the hands of law enforcement. House and Senate Democrats held moment of silence at the Capitol’s Emancipation Hall, reading the names of George Floyd and others killed. They then knelt for 8 minutes and 46 seconds — now a symbol of police brutality and violence — the length of time prosecutors say Floyd was pinned under a white police officer’s knee before he died. “We’re here to observe that pain,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, drawing on the nation’s founding with slavery. “We’re here to respect the actions of the American people to speak out against that,” she said, before kneeling on one knee. “We are here to honor George Floyd.” According to a draft outline obtained by The Associated...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are mounting a new effort to push back against a well-funded Republican campaign that seeks to undermine public confidence in mail-in-voting, which President Donald Trump has said, without offering proof, will lead to election fraud. Fair Fight, an organization led by former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, has joined forces with Priorities USA, the largest Democratic outside group, and American Bridge, the party’s opposition research clearinghouse, to form a new effort called Voter Suppression Watch. The aim is to not only counter Republicans in the courts but in public relations, too, while playing offense by providing opposition research that often forms the grist of critical news stories. “The 2020 election is the most pivotal election that I can think of, and we have known for a while that there would be efforts made to suppress the vote,” Abrams said Sunday in an interview with The Associated...
    Democrats plan to root out systemic racism in police departments across the country with national legislation, increasing accountability and oversight of law enforcement. Rep. Karen Bass, California Democrat, chairs the Congressional Black Caucus and has drafted the Justice in Policing Act with Senators Cory Booker, New Jersey Democrat, and Kamala Harris, California Democrat. They plan to introduce the legislation in both chambers this week, though it is unclear if the Republican-led Senate will take up the bill — or if any GOP members have signed on to the measure yet. TOP STORIES Speedway declares race a protest to skirt coronavirus rules, draws 2,000 Coronavirus hype biggest political hoax in history Suspect in deputys ambush killing is active-duty Air Force sergeant “It is time for police culture in many departments to change and we believe the legislation will make a major step forward,” Ms. Bass told CNN’s “State of the...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are proposing to overhaul legal protections for police, create a national database of excessive-force episodes and ban police choke holds in legislation coming Monday in response to the deaths of black Americans at the hands of law enforcement, according to a draft outline obtained by The Associated Press. “We’re in a real moment in our country,” Rep. Karen Bass, D-Ca., chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” speaking after massive protests set off by the death of George Floyd and other African Americans involving the police. She said t he package from House and Senate Democrats will be bolder than any law enforcement changes of the past decade. “It is time for police culture in many departments to change,” she said. “And we believe that the legislation will make a major step forward in that direction.” The Justice in...
    President Trump railed against former Vice President Joe Biden and “radical” Democrats Sunday morning over a recent push to weaken law enforcement in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Days after the death of Floyd, the Minneapolis man who died while in police custody after an officer kneeled on his neck, Black Lives Matter said they “call for a national defunding of police,” and notable Democratic voices have echoed the sentiment. BIDEN CLINCHES DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION WITH LATEST DELEGATE HAUL “Sleepy Joe Biden and the Radical Left Democrats want to ‘DEFUND THE POLICE,’” Trump tweeted Sunday morning. “I want great and well paid LAW ENFORCEMENT. I want LAW & ORDER!” Biden, who recently secured enough delegates for his party's presidential nomination, has been supportive of demonstrators protesting against police brutality and racism, but has not called for defunding police. In a Los Angeles Times op-ed published Saturday, he promised additional police oversight should he...
    A myriad of Democrats and left-leaning politicos swiftly pounced on President Trump Friday for supposedly suggesting that George Floyd is "looking down from heaven" in appreciation of the United States' strong May jobs report and saying "this is a great day for him." There's only one problem — they're completely ripping the president's comments out of context. What did he say? Yes, the president was delivering a scheduled address about the May jobs report from the Rose Garden Friday morning and yes, during that address he suggested that "this is a great day" for George Floyd. But those two facts are not directly related as many are suggesting. During the address, Trump changed subjects to specifically speak about the country's push for equal justice under the law. "Equal justice under the law must mean every American receives equal treatment in every encounter with law...
    A federal appeals court shot down a push to expand mail-in voting in Texas during coronavirus, erasing a lower court ruling, eviscerating the judge for a shoddy opinion, and saying it’s up to states, not courts, to set voting rules. The decision is the most forceful rejection yet of expanded mail-in voting, and it’s based at least in part on the belief that voting by mail is more susceptible to fraud — a point President Trump has made in his vociferous opposition to the practice. In this case the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 3-0 decision, said fear of contracting the coronavirus is not likely to be a valid disability for purposes of voting absentee in Texas. TOP STORIES Richmond police chief says rioters blocked firefighters from burning home with child inside Chattanooga police chief tells officers OK with George Floyd death to turn in badges Louisville...
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has again ruffled the feathers of fellow Democrat lawmakers by endorsing the challenger of her colleague Rep. Eliot Engel in his tough primary race in New York. Her endorsement of Bronx middle school principal Jamaal Bowman is her latest effort to buck Democratic Party bosses in favor of bringing in a new generation of progressive candidates to Congress. This endorsement hits home, as Engel represents the Bronx district just north of hers. AOC RILES DEMS BY REFUSING TO PAY PARTY DUES, BANKROLLING COLLEAGUES' OPPONENTS “Once again, she has abandoned her colleagues in Congress and supported an outsider," grumbled one Democratic source. "Sadly, the people she supports often lose. That might be different here, but it has little to do with her. She came in in the ninth inning.” Engel, 73, was already in a tough race prior to Ocasio-Cortez inserting her influence into the election. The powerful chairman...
    Washington (CNN)The Congressional Black Caucus will put forward a proposal for addressing police brutality and racial injustice on Monday of next week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday.During a press conference, Pelosi said House Democrats are "on the brink" of announcing the initiative, and the package will include provisions to end racial profiling, the excessive use of force, qualified immunity for police officers, "and addressing the loss of trust between police departments and the communities they serve.""We want to see this as a time where we can go forward in a very drastic way. Not incrementally, but in an important way to redress those problems," she said.The effort comes amid nationwide demonstrations and protests over George Floyd's death, which has put pressure on lawmakers to take action regarding police brutality against black Americans. A memorial service for Floyd took place on Thursday in Minneapolis. Pelosi described it as a "a...
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Democrats and black leaders called Thursday for urgent action by state lawmakers to enact laws regulating police conduct and investigations, after a week of protests across the nation over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. On the statehouse steps, Rep. Ras Smith, a Democrat from Waterloo, said lawmakers “must begin to respond to this crisis, to bring justice to George Floyd, and work toward a day where no Iowan has to live in fear of becoming another hashtag.” The initiative Democrats are calling the More Perfect Union plan includes a measure that would make it illegal for law officers in Iowa to use a chokehold or any other neck restraint unless a person poses an imminent threat of death or bodily injury. TOP STORIES Practice an eye-gouge: Project Veritas infiltrates Antifas undercover training Richmond police chief says rioters blocked firefighters from burning...
    Washington — The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week has drawn thousands of protesters to the streets of the nation's capital, leading President Trump to direct his administration to boost the number of federal law enforcement officers on the ground. But photos of unidentified, armed officers donning face shields and protective gear standing guard near the White House have raised concerns among Democrats, who are warning that the dearth of insignia and identifying information could deny victims the ability to hold officers accountable if they engage in misconduct. "This is unacceptable that you have armed uniformed security, with no identification," Senator Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, told reporters on Capitol Hill. "It allows for really dangerous potential mischief. When things go wrong you need to be able to identify who it was that punched a reporter or took a club to a protester, and without identification, there's...
    WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats, powered by the Congressional Black Caucus, are preparing a sweeping package of police reforms as pressure builds on the federal government to respond to the death of George Floyd and others in law enforcement interactions.With the urgency of mass protests outside their doors, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are working furiously to draft what could become one of the most ambitious efforts in years to oversee the way law enforcement works. Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California, both former presidential candidates, are expected to announce a package in coming days, with a House bill coming soon.Both the Senate and House efforts are expected to include changes to police accountability laws, such as revising immunity provisions and creating a database of police use-of-force incidents. Revamped training requirements are planned, too, among them a ban on the use of choke holds. Joe Biden, the...
    By LISA MASCARO WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats, powered by the Congressional Black Caucus, are preparing a sweeping package of police reforms as pressure builds on the federal government to respond to the death of George Floyd and others in law enforcement interactions. With the urgency of mass protests outside their doors, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are working furiously to draft what could become one of the most ambitious efforts in years to oversee the way law enforcement works. Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California, both former presidential candidates, are expected to announce a package in coming days, with a House bill coming soon. Both the Senate and House efforts are expected to include changes to police accountability laws, such as revising immunity provisions and creating a database of police use-of-force incidents. Revamped training requirements are planned, too, among them a ban on the use...
    "We have a moral moment in our country," Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), the chairwoman of the CBC, said on a conference call Wednesday. The political stakes of any police reform effort are high, amplified in an election year by Donald Trump's "law and order" stance, including his threats to call in the U.S. military to clamp down on protesters. With mass unrest now entering a second week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sought to shift the national tone Wednesday by walking and talking with protesters outside the Capitol. The House is expected to vote by month's end. "We'll be intense, proactive," Pelosi said on MSNBC. With Democrats in the majority, the bills will almost certainly pass the House. But the outcome in the Senate is less certain. Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the chamber would take a look at the issues, but he has not endorsed any particular legislation....
    Business mogul John Catsimatidis is laying the groundwork to run for mayor again next year. Catsimatidis, 71, a Republican whose Red Apple Group owns the Gristedes supermarket chain, a slew of energy companies and 77 WABC radio, said he’s forming an exploratory committee for a 2021 mayoral bid. He ran for mayor in 2013, narrowly losing in the 2013 Republican primary to former MTA boss and deputy mayor Joe Lhota. Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, won the general election and was reelected in 2017. “I want to do a coalition of Democrats and Republicans, Liberals and Conservatives,” Catsimatidis said. His announcement comes as the city grapples with looting and violence during protests following the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis. His daughter, Andrea Catsimatidis, is chairwoman of the Manhattan Republican Party. “Last time I ran as a Republican and Liberal but I was not...
    (CNN)In the wake of protests against the death of George Floyd, nine New York Democratic elected officials have at least partially reallocated their police and crime-related campaign donations, most of them to bail funds in New York City.It all started with a 19-year-old college student from Queens.Aaron Fernando, a rising junior honors student at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, told CNN on Tuesday he began compiling police union campaign donations to New York Democrats the day before George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis last week.When news of Floyd's death gripped the nation, though, Fernando said he felt compelled to share what otherwise may have been a side project for his own personal use."I've been looking at state finance disclosures for candidates in New York and I was noticing a lot of police money, law enforcement money taken by Democrats claiming to be against it," he said. "I was...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats say they will hear testimony from Justice Department whistleblowers and attempt to slash the agency’s budget, efforts they say are in response to Attorney General William Barr’s defiance of Congress and “improper politicization” of his job. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler announced Tuesday that the panel will hear testimony from whistleblowers and former department officials who are prepared to describe “specific incidents of misconduct” and the politicization of the department under Barr and President Donald Trump. Nadler did not say who the whistleblowers are, and the hearing has not yet been scheduled. Nadler said the committee will also introduce a bill to slash the budget of Barr’s personal office by $50 million, legislation that is unlikely to pass in the GOP-led Senate. Barr has failed to appear before the committee for the year and a half he has been in...
    Democrats, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, ripped the New York Times for its front-page headline about President Trump’s announcement that he might deploy the US military to quell riots across the country over George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. In response to the pressure, the New York Times changed the headline. The president threatened to invoke an 1807 law to use the country’s armed forces unless the nation’s governors take forceful steps to control the rallies that have sometimes turned violent and devolved into looting, arson and attacks on the police. Moments after his remarks, protesters were cleared from St. John’s Episcopal Church and the president and top administration officials walked through Lafayette Park to the historic place of worship. The uproar began when Tom Jolly, the Times print editor, tweeted out a preview of the newspaper’s headline that ran across all six columns. “As Chaos Spreads, Trump Vows to ‘End It...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump pledged a crackdown of the protests that arose from the police killing of George Floyd, sparking concerns from some Democrats and Republicans that his response to the crisis further deepens the divide in a country already unnerved by a pandemic, distressed economy and racial unrest. Mayors from at least 25 cities issued curfews for Saturday night, as police responded with rubber bullets, tear gas and arrests to disperse occasionally violent crowds. In the nation's capital, more than 1,000 demonstrators hit the streets, including some who threw bricks and dispersed only early Sunday morning when the Secret Service began to fire tear gas. The President tweeted on Saturday that if protesters breached the White House's fence, they would "have been greeted with the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons, I have ever seen." And he called on Democratic officials to "get MUCH tougher" or the federal government...
    Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani blasted the protesters amassing in major cities across the country in the name of George Floyd, a man who died at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer earlier this week. That officer has since been charged with third-degree murder. Giuliani said on "Hannity" Friday that "no one" feels more strongly for the injustice toward Floyd, but that the policies of "progressive Democrats" are to blame "for the violence that has ensued." "Progressive Democrats are incapable of keeping their people safe -- because they have criminal-friendly policies that are pathetic, that are dangerous, and now we are seeing the results are only there [in Minneapolis], but watch the cities that start burning," he said. "They are all going to be run by so-called progressives -- idiot Democrats who let criminals out of jail, who set bail for murderers and encourage exactly this kind of thing." Giuliani also said Democrat Mayor Jacob Frey should resign, this after a...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats announced Friday that they are expanding their investigation into the firing of State Department Inspector General Steve Linick, part of an effort to find out more about President Donald Trump’s moves to sideline several independent government watchdogs. The Democrats plan to interview officials in the administration who may have more information about Linick’s abrupt dismissal on May 15, including about whether Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recommended the firing for retaliatory reasons. Pompeo has denied Linick’s firing was retaliatory but has not given specific reasons for his dismissal. “If Secretary Pompeo pushed for Mr. Linick’s dismissal to cover up his own misconduct, that would constitute an egregious abuse of power and a clear attempt to avoid accountability,” the Democrats said in a joint statement. The investigation is being led by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., House Oversight and Reform Chairwoman...
    The Democratic leaders of the House and Senate Foreign Relations Committees on Friday announced they are expanding an ongoing investigation into the circumstances surrounding the recent firing of State Department Inspector General Steve Linick. Mr. Linick was ousted from his role on May 15 after President Trump said he no longer had the “fullest confidence” in the inspector general, who had been in the position since 2013. In the wake of Mr. Linick’s firing, Democrats quickly launched a probe into the matter and have said the move could be linked to an investigation into Mr. Trump’s emergency declaration to push a controversial weapons deal with Saudi Arabia last year. They have since recommended that Mr. Linick’s firing be reversed. TOP STORIES Cardi B: Looters who torched AutoZone, ransacked Target and liquor store had no choice Amy Klobuchar missed chance to prosecute Minneapolis cop now at center of George Floyd...
    (CNN)Pennsylvania House Democrats are accusing Republican leaders of keeping a Republican lawmaker's positive coronavirus test from them for a week and not informing them that a handful of GOP members were quarantining as a result. In a statement Wednesday, Republican state Rep. Andrew Lewis confirmed he tested positive for Covid-19 on May 20 and immediately began self-isolating after working to notify anyone he had contact with while in the Capitol. Democratic Leader Frank Dermody told CNN he and other Democrats found out about Lewis' positive test Wednesday -- after Lewis said he had finished his self-isolation and announced his diagnosis publicly. While the Republican-led legislature is contemplating how to reopen the state and fighting with the governor over his disaster emergency declaration, they're also fighting with Democrats, who say they didn't know about Lewis' positive test and are concerned about their health as they push for more business to be...
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