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    Military forces in Burma killed 18 protesters on Sunday in what outside observers called the bloodiest day since the Feb. 1 coup as protests continue to break out across the country of 54 million. PRO-MILITARY MARCHERS IN BURMA ATTACK ANTI-COUP PROTESTERS Reuters reported that security forces in the country opened fire on protesters in the city of Yangon, where hundreds of thousands took to the streets in recent weeks to protest the coup. "It has been one month since the coup," Ei Thinzar Maung, a protest leader, told the news agency. "We will come out today again." PROTESTS SWELL AFTER BURMA JUNTA RAISES SPECTOR OF FORCE The independent Assistance Association of Political Prisoners reported it was aware that about 1,000 people were detained Sunday, of whom they were able to identify 270. That brought to 1,132 the total number of people the group has confirmed being arrested, charged or...
    In what seems like a flashback to his 2018 Senate campaign or his run in 2019 for the Democratic presidential nomination, Beto O’Rourke is once again on the road. The former congressman from El Paso, Texas, and one-time rock star among liberals nationwide is crisscrossing the Lone Star State, raising money on behalf of victims of the damaging winter storm that crippled the Texas power grid, delivering water from the back of his pickup truck -- all while showcasing the efforts on social media. MILLIONS IN TEXAS FACE WATER AND POWER ISSUES AS STATE STILL REELING FROM DEADLY WINTER STORM And for a politician whose star appeared to have waned after the collapse of his White House run and after GOP victories in Texas in November’s election deflated Democrats high hopes – confirming the Republicans’ continued dominance in the once ruby red state -- the increased attention could give a boost of energy to...
    The Conversation Alexei Navalny leads Russians in a historic battle against arbitrary rule, with words echoing Catherine the Great Women form a human chain on Feb. 14 in central Moscow to support jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, his wife Yulia Navalnaya and other political prisoners. Mikhail Svetlov/Getty ImagesTens of thousands of young Russians are protesting the leadership of Vladimir Putin nationwide in freezing temperatures. Thousands have been arrested. Central to these well-organized protests is Russia’s opposition leader, Alexei Navalny. His courageous actions and words have inspired demonstrators to believe that they can change Russia. As a scholar of Catherine the Great and the literature of Russia’s noble writers who served the empire, I pay attention to language. Navalny uses some historically powerful words that speak to all Russians about the illegitimacy of their leaders and government. A normal country A lawyer, Navalny became a prominent regime critic a decade ago,...
    Some of President Joe Biden’s nominations to major administration roles immediately raised eyebrows among Republicans.
    Former Florida governor and now U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg, is pondering a 2022 gubernatorial run and sounding very much like a candidate with Sunday’s call for a federal investigation into potential rival, Gov. Ron DeSantis. In a letter to acting U.S. Attorney General Monty Wilkinson, Crist requests a U.S. Justice Department into probe allegations of favoritism in DeSantis’ “community pod” targeted outreach program for federally issued vaccines. “I write with concern about reports that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is establishing coronavirus vaccine distribution and administration sites to select locations to benefit political allies and donors, over the needs of higher-risk communities and existing county waitlists,” Crist wrote in the letter, posted on Twitter. “In several cases,” he continued, “these sites seem to be targeted to wealthy communities with whom Gov. DeSantis has clear political connections, allowing some to skip to the front of the line...
    The Conversation Spain The curious disappearance of populism from Italian politics Mario Draghi, leaving this week the residence of the President of the Italian Republic. ShutterstockThe inauguration of Mario Draghi has brought about two Copernican changes in Italian politics. The Matteo Salvini League and the 5 Star Movement (M5S), with overwhelming enthusiasm, have opted to support the new executive. It is still curious to see how political forces, which throughout their history have exploited the anti-establishment message and Euroscepticism, now commune with the most pro-European elite possible. If, on the one hand, Salvini’s strategy responds to a logical maneuver, on the other, the 5-Star Movement takes another lurch in its brief political career. Just a couple of years ago both parties ruled side by side, with Giuseppe Conte at the helm of the executive. This curious governmental collaboration made national sovereignty its main flag. The clashes with Europe were numerous....
    Political polarization is seeping into every aspect of U.S. life, dictating how Americans choose their friends, jobs and product brands, and making life worse in the process, a new study finds. 'Political polarization is having far-reaching impacts on American life, harming consumer welfare and creating challenges for people,' the recent study from the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing said. The partisan rancor is making Americans poorer by limiting their job choices, lonelier and more isolated by cutting off friendships, and even less physically healthy, the authors found. And as consumers increasingly demand that the products they buy reflect their political ideology, companies are under more pressure than ever to issue pronouncements on social issues, potentially deepening the infiltration of politics into daily life, the study argues. Two men argue alongside the 'Black Lives Matter' mural in front of Trump Tower in New York last July. A new study...
    Former President Donald Trump lashed out at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in a statement Tuesday. Fox News host Neil Cavuto read the statement on the air during the broadcast of “Your World” — just days after McConnell had criticized Trump and his allies from the Senate floor. (RELATED: ‘An Absurd Deflection’: McConnell Accuses Trump Allies Of Using 74 Million Voters ‘As A Human Shield’) WATCH: “By the way, I want to pass on a statement from Donald Trump in case you think the bloom is more than off the rose when it comes to Mitch McConnell,” Cavuto introduced the statement from the former president. “The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political leaders like Senator Mitch McConnell at the helm,” Trump said, adding that McConnell was dedicated to maintaining the status quo. “His lack of political insight, wisdom, skill, and personality has rapidly...
    LOS ANGELES (AP/CBS13) — The California Republican Party announced Saturday it is giving $125,000 to the campaign aimed at recalling Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, and organizers of the campaign say they have collected more than the 1.5 million petition signatures required to qualify the proposal for the ballot. The funds will go toward hiring workers to gather more signatures. So far, that work has fallen largely on volunteers, along with mailings sent to households around the state. The funds were donated to Rescue California, one of several political committees working to oust Newsom from office. Newsom’s political advisers call the proposal a misguided effort by supporters of former President Donald Trump and other Republicans. The party wrote the check just days after the Republican National Committee gave the state GOP $250,000 intended to aid the recall drive. Though organizers say they have collected over 1.5 million signatures so far, it’s...
    By MICHAEL R. BLOOD, AP Political Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California Republican Party announced Saturday it is giving $125,000 to the campaign aimed at recalling Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. The infusion of cash comes at a critical time for organizers, who are required to collect 1.5 million valid petition signatures by mid-March to qualify the proposal for the ballot. The funds will go toward hiring workers to gather signatures. So far, that work has fallen largely on volunteers, along with mailings sent to households around the state. The funds were donated to Rescue California, one of several political committees working to oust Newsom from office. Newsom’s political advisers call the proposal a misguided effort by supporters of former President Donald Trump and other Republicans. Organizers say they have collected over 1.5 million signatures so far, although it's not clear how many of them will be disqualified because of...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California Republican Party announced Saturday it is giving $125,000 to the campaign aimed at recalling Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. The infusion of cash comes at a critical time for organizers, who are required to collect 1.5 million valid petition signatures by mid-March to qualify the proposal for the ballot. The funds will go toward hiring workers to gather signatures. So far, that work has fallen largely on volunteers, along with mailings sent to households around the state. The funds were donated to Rescue California, one of several political committees working to oust Newsom from office. Newsom’s political advisers call the proposal a misguided effort by supporters of former President Donald Trump and other Republicans. Organizers say they have collected over 1.5 million signatures so far, although it’s not clear how many of them will be disqualified because of technical or other errors. Committees...
    House Democrats are renewing an investigation into political interference in the nation's pandemic response by the Trump administration, requesting documents they allege have long been blocked by the previous administration. In letters to White House Chief of Staff Ron KlainRon KlainBiden makes inroads with progressives GOP blames White House staff for lack of COVID-19 relief deal Biden to announce task force on migrant family reunification next week MORE and acting head of Health and Human Services Norris Cochran sent Monday, Democrats on the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis said the panel is continuing "critical investigations in the 117th Congress in order to understand what went wrong over the last year and determine what corrective steps are necessary to control the virus and save American lives." House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), the panel's chairman, said the previous administration "refused to cooperate" with the subcommittee's inquiries.  He alleged the White...
    House Democrats are renewing an investigation into political interference in the nation's pandemic response from the Trump administration, requesting documents they allege have long been blocked by the previous administration. In letters to White House Chief of Staff Ron KlainRon KlainBiden makes inroads with progressives GOP blames White House staff for lack of COVID-19 relief deal Biden to announce task force on migrant family reunification next week MORE and acting head of Health and Human Services Norris Cochran sent Monday, Democrats on the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis said the panel is continuing "critical investigations in the 117th Congress in order to understand what went wrong over the last year and determine what corrective steps are necessary to control the virus and save American lives." House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), the panel's chairman, said the previous administration "refused to cooperate" with the subcommittee's inquiries.  He alleged the White...
    Digital currencies resulting from Blockchain technologies, and in particular from Bitcoin or Ethereum, now make it possible to program the currency, through developments in ” smart contracts », Of smart contracts by literal translation. Thanks to them, the currency becomes programmable. Enriched with services and new roles, programmable currency then becomes to money, what a smartphone is to the telephone, with a set of association of possible applications. These programming of money, coupled with other digital tools, leave the possibility of considering in various ways the models of historical political economies, to modify them or create new ones, both for the so-called private crypto currencies, as for those called public central banks. Let’s start with a provocative thought, the political ideas of communism – even if the concept is broad – promised governance by citizens for citizens. In the 20 th century, we observed that these ideas led to...
    The devolved parliament in Scotland has rejected calls to investigate the finances of former President Trump’s golf courses after the left-separatist Scottish National Party (SNP) and the Conservative Party joined forces to block the “political” investigation. On Wednesday, MSPs voted down a Scottish Greens motion to launch a so-called ‘McMafia’ probe into the finances of The Trump Organization’s golf resorts in Scotland, but nevertheless, the investigation may still go ahead if pushed by prosecutors. Stunningly, the motion was blocked by a bipartisan group comprised of Conservatives and members of the ruling SNP party. The leftist SNP justice secretary, Humza Yousaf, said that launching an investigation into the former American leader from the Scottish parliament would represent an “abuse of power”, according to Scotland’s Daily Record. An amendment tabled by Mr Yousaf — which was backed by both Conservative and SNP politicians — said that there “must not be political interference in...
    Supporters of former President Donald Trump are building his impeachment trial into a battle for the soul of the Republican Party and the first shots in the 2024 White House race. His legal team outlined its strategy on Wednesday, arguing it is unconstitutional for the Senate to convict a former president and that his speech at a Jan. 6 rally in Washington did not directly cause the deadly assault on the United States Capitol later that day. But it also left open the possibility of revisiting Trump’s unfounded claims that he won the November election. The possibility of the Senate trial to feature, at least in part, the Trump legal team repeating its client's unproven stolen election claims leaves one section of his allies hoping the former president seizes an opportunity to use the proceedings to defend his political movement and begin preparing for a return to power. John Fredericks,...
    During an interview aired on Monday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated that he thinks the United States should allow refugees from political repression in Hong Kong into the U.S. Host Andrea Mitchell asked, “Should the U.S. join Britain in opening its doors to refugees fleeing the political repression in Hong Kong?” Blinken answered, “I believe we should. We’ve seen China act egregiously to undermine the very commitments it made during the handover of Hong Kong to — from Britain, and we see people who are, again, in Hong Kong, standing up for their own rights, the rights that they thought were guaranteed to them. And if they’re being — if they’re the victims of repression from Chinese authorities, we should do something to give them haven.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
    Former Texas Gov. Ann Richards was a crackerjack of a woman who not only could swallow and chew gum at the same time, she could also bark out orders to several people all at once and answer hundreds of phone calls a day. That’s the impression you’ll get when you watch Judith Miller’s finely detailed performance as the firebrand politician in Los Altos Stage Company’s production of “Ann,” playing for three more live-streamed performances Jan 29-31. Bookending the play is Richards’ talk to the graduating class of Baylor University, her alma mater, in which she describes what it was like to navigate through the Old Boy network to become the governor of Texas in 1991. It certainly wasn’t easy. She readily acknowledges her own problems with alcoholism (an intervention by her family and friends ended up with Richards going to rehab, which she describes as “drinking school.”) And, though her...
    Dating app Bumble has temporarily deactivated its political filter after it emerged users are hunting down Capitol rioters and luring them into sending picture evidence that is then submitted to the FBI. Some users were angered, claiming that Bumble is 'protecting insurrectionists' and 'quick to protect terrorists', after they noticed the filter for political preference was removed Thursday. Bumble said they had done so to 'prevent misuse' and that it still condemned 'illegal activity', though did not clarify whether they regarded the FBI tips as 'misuse'.  The popular app also faced criticism on social media for allowing those who took part on last week's violence to promote their participance on their profiles through their bios and pictures. Bumble has responded to say it is working on removing profiles that show evidence they were linked to the rioting, with some users also posting their success in getting rioters banned from the...
    After a stormy Council of Ministers, the former President of the Council, Matteo Renzi, says he is ready to leave the government The political crisis that has been brewing for several weeks in Italy is approaching its outcome. The Council of Ministers which met on Tuesday evening brutally revealed the impossibility of an agreement between Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and the former President of the Council, Matteo Renzi. The latter, leader of Italia Viva, a center-left party (almost 3% of voting intentions), an indomitable member of the parliamentary majority, seems, in fact, to have decided to withdraw his confidence in the executive. Renzi could, however, claim the paternity of the current, singular government alliance, composed by the Democratic Party (PD) and the 5-Star Movement (M5S) and formed in haste, in August 2019, to avoid the Matteo Salvini (League) came to power of the populist...
    Democrat Raphael Warnock is looking to make history as Georgia's first black senator in his high-stakes special election runoff against Republican millionaire businesswoman Kelly Loeffler. The contest between political novices Warnock, 51, and Loeffler, 50, on Jan. 5 for the remaining two years of retired Sen. Johnny Isakson's term will determine Senate control in the next Congress. And with more than $500 million to be funneled into Georgia ahead of their matchup and a twin runoff between Republican Sen. David Perdue and Democratic filmmaker Jon Ossoff, both Loeffler and Warnock are under immense scrutiny. Warnock, a preacher, emerged relatively unscathed from the Nov. 3 election after Loeffler, who's trying to become Georgia's first elected woman senator, became locked in a primary-like dynamic with Republican Rep. Doug Collins, the two competing over GOP voters amid a crowded 21-candidate field. But now, it's Warnock's turn to stand under the political spotlight....
    Dr. Moncef Slaoui, the head of Operation Warp Speed, said on Fox News Sunday that despite the political “noise” surrounding the work they’ve been doing, there has been no political interference that’s gotten in the way. Slaoui told Chris Wallace the plan is to have 14 million doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines available all around the U.S. by the end of the year, with tens of millions more distributed in January and February. “We hope to have immunized 100 million people, which would be the long-term care facility people, the elderly people with comorbidities, the first line workers, the health care workers. It’s about 120 million people. We would have immunized 100 million people by the first quarter of 2021 with two doses of vaccines,” he said. Wallace asked when the U.S. will be able to feel it’s turned a corner and “you and I will feel...
    Former Vice President Al Gore suggested that Republicans still vocally supporting President Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election results are doing so to avoid the president tweeting them “into political oblivion.” Gore, who legally contested the 2000 election for several weeks after election day, appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday morning two days after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit brought by Texas, 17 other states, and over 100 GOP lawmakers seeking to block the certification of election results. “Well, many conservative and Republican legal scholars have described that lawsuit as ridiculous and really unintelligible,” Gore told anchor Jake Tapper. “Of course, the Supreme Court summarily dismissed it with all of the Supreme Court justices nominated by President Trump, dismissing it as well. So, that lawsuit got the result that it deserved.” WATCH: “I would encourage those who are still supporting the lost cause...
    Donald Trump’s administration has made a slew of policy announcements since his defeat at the November 3 election – BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images The in-tray waiting for Joe Biden on the Oval Office’s Resolute desk when he takes over the US presidency on January 20 is already unenviably high. There is tackling the most devastating pandemic in a century, mending an economy with unemployment levels rivalling the Great Depression and trying to right vast structural problems like racial tensions in America and climate change. Yet in recent weeks another challenge has been added: unpicking policy changes that Donald Trump’s administration has been forcing through before the door shuts on his presidency. The latest example is changes to the asylum rules. The move, significantly tightening the definition of “persecution” that asylum seekers must prove to be granted refuge in America, matches the hardline stance the president has held for...
    Former CIA Director John Brennan told “Fox News Sunday” that he has “no problems” with U.S. Attorney John Durham conducting his investigation into 2021 and another presidential administration. Attorney General William Barr appointed Durham in October as special counsel for the Justice Department, a move which would allow him to continue his investigation of the origins of the Trump-Russia probe unless he is directly fired by the next attorney general. Asked by Fox News anchor Chris Wallace about how he felt about the move, Brennan expressed confidence that Durham could fulfill his responsibilities “without any political influence.” WATCH: “I think that is fine, I have no problems with it,” he said. “I do believe that John Durham is going to carry out his responsibilities ably and hopefully not with any type of political influence.” Brennan recalled sitting with Durham and his team and answer questions for eight hours. “And...
    WASHINGTON — Republicans on the House Oversight Committee are calling for an investigation into violence against supporters of President Trump after the mayhem at the “Million MAGA March” in the nation’s capital last week. In a letter to the committee’s Democratic chairwoman, New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney, GOP lawmakers also slammed what they said was the “silence” from DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, saying it was part of a “broader pattern” of discrimination, Fox News reported on Thursday. The streets around the White House were roiled by violence on Saturday as counter-protesters clashed with the president’s supporters, letting off fireworks where people were dining outside, stalking families as they tried to escape, and assaulting people wearing MAGA gear. “We respectfully request a hearing on the violence directed at supporters of President Trump on Nov. 14, 2020,” GOP committee members Reps. James Comer (R-Ky.), Jody Hice (R-Ga.) and Chip Roy (R-Texas)...
    WASHINGTON — Republicans on the House Oversight Committee are calling for an investigation into violence against supporters of President Trump after the mayhem at the “Million MAGA March” in the nation’s capital last week. In a letter to the committee’s Democratic chairwoman, New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney, GOP lawmakers also slammed what they said was the “silence” from DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, saying it was part of a “broader pattern” of discrimination, Fox News reported on Thursday. The streets around the White House were roiled by violence on Saturday as counter-protesters clashed with the president’s supporters, letting off fireworks where people were dining outside, stalking families as they tried to escape, and assaulting people wearing MAGA gear. “We respectfully request a hearing on the violence directed at supporters of President Trump on Nov. 14, 2020,” GOP committee members Reps. James Comer (R-Ky.), Jody Hice (R-Ga.) and Chip Roy (R-Texas) wrote....
    Stewart Rhodes speaks at the April 15, 2017, protest in Berkeley, California, organized by the Proud Boys that later turned into a full-fledged riot. “It’s time to start killing the news media live on air,” opined one Oath Keeper on Parler last month, adding: “It’s time to start executing lefties openly and violently.” The same man, in a recent private chat, wrote: “Either we start fighting back or we lose forever. You bleed a little now or a lot later. … These people will not stop and openly claim as much. Either we kill them or they kill us.” “We arnt left with no choice,” was one reply. When The Hill tweeted out the headline, “Sen. Schumer: ‘No court is going to overturn this election—Joe Biden will be installed as president’,” a notorious Proud Boy from Oregon quote-tweeted it with the reply: “He forgot we have more guns than they...
    LIMA, Peru (AP) — When Peru’s legislature booted President Martín Vizcarra from office this week, they may have done more than just oust a popular leader — they likely put the country’s best chance at making a dent on endemic corruption on hold. The chief of state had emerged as the country’s most vocal proponent in pushing through measures to end decades of dirty politics. Vizcarra dissolved Congress last year after lawmakers repeatedly stonewalled efforts to curb graft and reform the judiciary. More recently, he tried to get rid of their right to parliamentary immunity. He may not have succeeded in pushing through major change — and is now under scrutiny for his own possible misconduct — but many Peruvians saw Vizcarra as the leader of a still nascent drive to hold the powerful accountable. Furious at his removal Monday, thousands have taken to the streets daily in protest, refusing...
    By CHRISTINE ARMARIO and FRANKLIN BRICEÑO, Associated Press LIMA, Peru (AP) — When Peru’s legislature booted President Martín Vizcarra from office this week, they may have done more than just oust a popular leader — they likely put the country’s best chance at making a dent on endemic corruption on hold. The chief of state had emerged as the country’s most vocal proponent in pushing through measures to end decades of dirty politics. Vizcarra dissolved Congress last year after lawmakers repeatedly stonewalled efforts to curb graft and reform the judiciary. More recently, he tried to get rid of their right to parliamentary immunity. He may not have succeeded in pushing through major change — and is now under scrutiny for his own possible misconduct — but many Peruvians saw Vizcarra as the leader of a still nascent drive to hold the powerful accountable. Furious at his removal Monday, thousands have...
    LIMA – When Peru’s legislature booted President Martín Vizcarra from office this week, they may have done more than just oust a popular leader — they likely put the country’s best chance at making a dent on endemic corruption on hold. The chief of state had emerged as the country’s most vocal proponent in pushing through measures to end decades of dirty politics. Vizcarra dissolved Congress last year after lawmakers repeatedly stonewalled efforts to curb graft and reform the judiciary. More recently, he tried to get rid of their right to parliamentary immunity. He may not have succeeded in pushing through major change — and is now under scrutiny for his own possible misconduct — but many Peruvians saw Vizcarra as the leader of a still nascent drive to hold the powerful accountable. Furious at his removal Monday, thousands have taken to the streets daily in protest, refusing to recognize...
    By FRANKLIN BRICEÑO and CHRISTINE ARMARIO, Associated Press LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru tumbled into political turmoil Tuesday as anger mounted over a vote by Congress to oust the country’s popular president over his handling of the pandemic and unproven allegations of corruption years ago. Thousands poured on to the streets of Peru’s capital Monday night to protest President Martín Vizcarra’s removal, vilifying lawmakers and demanding their resignations. Several politicians not in Congress denounced the ouster as a disguised coup. Some said any new incoming president should be considered illegitimate. But the outgoing leader who himself rose to power after another president’s downfall quickly announced he wouldn’t pursue any legal challenges, even though he insisted he had committed no crime. “Today I am leaving the government palace,” Vizcarra said. “Today I am going home.” According to the chain succession, the head of the legislature will take his place. Lawmakers scheduled...
    LIMA – Peru tumbled into political turmoil Tuesday as anger mounted over a vote by Congress to oust the country’s popular president over his handling of the pandemic and unproven allegations of corruption years ago. Thousands poured on to the streets of Peru’s capital Monday night to protest President Martín Vizcarra’s removal, vilifying lawmakers and demanding their resignations. Several politicians not in Congress denounced the ouster as a disguised coup. Some said any new incoming president should be considered illegitimate. But the outgoing leader who himself rose to power after another president’s downfall quickly announced he wouldn’t pursue any legal challenges, even though he insisted he had committed no crime. “Today I am leaving the government palace,” Vizcarra said. “Today I am going home.” According to the chain succession, the head of the legislature will take his place. Lawmakers scheduled a ceremony to swear the new leader in Tuesday morning....
    Meghan Markle's political activism 'won't end after the US election' because she feels 'encouraging people to get involved' is 'important', her spokesperson has revealed. The Duke, 36, and Duchess of Sussex, 39, have faced furious backlash over the last few months by weighing in on the US election - breaking with centuries-old tradition that calls for members of the Royal Family to remain politically neutral.  A spokesperson for the Sussexes said the comments were 'not time specific', telling Insider: 'Part of being an active member of society is to take part in the democratic process. So encouraging people to get involved in politics is something that is important.' It comes as sources revealed Meghan voted early by mail in the 2020 presidential election' and would be 'eagerly awaiting' the results at home in the $14.5 million Santa Barbara mansion she shares with Prince Harry. Meghan Markle's, 39, political activism 'won't end...
    By LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The conspiracy theory QAnon bubbled into the forefront in a competitive race for a suburban Utah swing congressional district this week, another sign of how the baseless theory has diffused into mainstream politics. Republican Burgess Owens has now come under scrutiny three times for media appearances related to QAnon, but it hasn’t stopped him from becoming a serious threat to first-term Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Ben McAdams. Owens has called the idea that he believes in QAnon “silly,” and says appearances on online programs supporting QAnon programs are just part of his effort to get his conservative message out. Around the country, more than two dozen congressional candidates on the ballot in November have endorsed or given credence to QAnon, according to a tally by the liberal-leaning Media Matters. Qanon followers embrace the baseless belief that President Donald Trump is...
    SALT LAKE CITY – The conspiracy theory QAnon bubbled into the forefront in a competitive race for a suburban Utah swing congressional district this week, another sign of how the baseless theory has diffused into mainstream politics. Republican Burgess Owens has now come under scrutiny three times for media appearances related to QAnon, but it hasn’t stopped him from becoming a serious threat to first-term Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Ben McAdams. Owens has called the idea that he believes in QAnon “silly,” and says appearances on online programs supporting QAnon programs are just part of his effort to get his conservative message out. Around the country, more than two dozen congressional candidates on the ballot in November have endorsed or given credence to QAnon, according to a tally by the liberal-leaning Media Matters. Qanon followers embrace the baseless belief that President Donald Trump is waging a secret...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Videos appearing to show an on-duty NYPD officer using a marked cruiser’s loudspeaker to shout “Trump 2020” are under investigation, officials from the department said Sunday. The Twitter videos, allegedly taken in Brooklyn, were posted Saturday night. Commissioner Dermot Shea called the video “unacceptable,” and said on Twitter, “Law Enforcement must remain apolitical… ” One hundred percent unacceptable. Period. Law Enforcement must remain apolitical, it is essential in our role to serve ALL New Yorkers regardless of any political beliefs. It is essential for New Yorkers to trust their Police. Updates to follow after initial investigation. https://t.co/C4zyVYWZvN — Commissioner Shea (@NYPDShea) October 25, 2020 Chief of Department Terence Monahan also responded, writing, “Behavior like this will not be tolerated and will be dealt with.” When you wear our uniform it is imperative to remain apolitical. Behavior like this will not be tolerated and...
    By Jarrett Renshaw, Simon Lewis and Brad Heath PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Here in the birthplace of American democracy, election officials are scrambling to prepare for a presidential vote they fear could plunge the nation into a historic political crisis. Philadelphia’s Board of Elections plans to move its counting operations to a 125,000-square foot space in the city’s convention center. Dozens of staffers, feeding expensive new machines to open envelopes and process mail-in ballots, will spend days tallying hundreds of thousands of votes - under intense scrutiny from partisan observers. The workers likely will discard thousands of ballots that are not properly completed or do not arrive in a special “secrecy envelope.” Outside, police officers redeployed from their neighborhood districts will conduct round-the-clock patrols to guard against violence among protesters, a police source told Reuters. President Donald Trump last month called on supporters to monitor the city’s election apparatus because “bad...
    Photo credit: Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images President Donald Trump is seriously considering the firing of his second FBI director in less than four years, having grown frustrated with the lack of investigations into his political foes by Christopher Wray. According to the Washington Post, a frustrated Trump is looking at replacing Wray after the 2020 election. Wray was sworn in to a 10-year term as the nation’s federal law enforcement agency in August 2017 after Trump infamously fired James Comey earlier that year. The conversations among the president and senior aides stem in part from their disappointment that Wray in particular but Barr as well have not done what Trump had hoped— indicate that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, his son Hunter Biden, or other Biden associates are under investigation, these people say. Wray has run afoul of the White House’s messaging on a number of critical issues of late, effectively dismissing Trump’s false claims...
    Beirut, Lebanon (CNN)Pierre Issa arrived at a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron on August 6 with 10 stitches on his face, two chipped teeth and a few broken bones. "I wasn't sure if I could make it today, so I wrote you an open letter just in case," Issa recalled telling Macron.                       Issa -- a bespectacled 63-year-old who is Secretary General of Lebanon's non-sectarian National Bloc party -- was one of thousands of people who were injured in the August 4 explosion at the Beirut port which laid waste to large parts of the capital. Over 200 others perished and the Lebanese state appeared on the verge of collapse. Two days later, Macron flew into Beirut to cobble together emergency aid, as well as a political resolution. He brought traditional politicians together in an attempt to resolve their disputes, and met with humanitarian workers and civil society...
    If the media industry were to proclaim one silver lining of the pandemic it would be the book sale boom. Kids books are doing especially well as parents look for ways to keep their tots occupied at a time when playdates are hard to come by. E-book revenues for children and young adult books this year through August have surged 63.2 percent to $83.6 million, according to figures from the Association of American Publishers released this week. Adults also appear to be doing more reading — and listening — at a time when many bars and theaters remain closed or empty. E-books for adults soared 17.7 percent this year through August compared to the same period in 2019, for total sales of $432.6 million, the data shows. Print, still the largest book category, is up 5.2 percent to $5 billion compared to the first eight months of 2019 with hardback...
    President Donald Trump is being accused to dragging the United States Marine Band into his re-election campaign after the musicians entertained his guests on the White House South Lawn Saturday.  The event, which the White House branded as a 'Peaceful Protest for Law and Order,' veered into the political, as Trump's supporters wore 'Make America Great Again' campaign hats and the president went after his rival, Democratic nominee Joe Biden.  Even first son Eric Trump, appearing on ABC News' 'This Week,' referred to the event as a 'peaceful Trump rally at the White House in support of law enforcement,' after host Jonathan Karl had also referred to the event as a 'rally.'  President Donald Trump was accused of dragging the military into his re-election fight by having the United States Marine Band play at his Saturday event at the White House  The Lincoln Project's Senior Advisor for Veterans Affairs Fred...
    TEEN Mom's Jenelle Evans has called out 'shady' producers in a tweet as she waded into the US political debate this week. The reality star said she would "never trust anything but an in-person debate" because of her own experience of being in front of the camera. 6Jenelle called out 'shady' producers in her tweetCredit: Instagram She wrote: "I've been involved with TV and behind the scenes since I've been young... I would never trust anything but an in-person debate. Producers can be shady. #TrustIssues" Commenting on the fact the political debate between Kamala Harris and Mike Pence was taking place virtually, she added: "You never know what shady things people can pull behind a 'virtual' debate. It’s not 100% fair." Jenelle rose to fame on MTV's 16 and Pregnant before going on to star on Teen Mom 2. In 2019, she was fired from the network after her husband...
    PHOENIX (AP) — When Katherine Rutigliano and her husband moved away from San Francisco in 2013, they figured they would never meet a fellow Democrat again. But housing was affordable around Phoenix. Everything would be easier for them and their kids in the suburbs — everything, that is, except talking politics with neighbors. Then came an unexpected visitor at the door. It was a Democratic volunteer rounding up votes ahead of the 2018 Senate election. Rutigliano invited her in and inspected the map on her iPad. She was elated to see all the flashing lights that marked where Democrats lived in her stucco neighborhood on the northern edge of Phoenix. These San Francisco transplants were not alone. “It was like Christmas,” said Rutigliano, 37, a mother of three and trained chef who is now sending out mailers for local Democrats. Rutigliano didn’t realize it, but she had moved...
    VOA White House Bureau Chief Steve Herman A pair of conservative political appointees at the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) conducted a “confidential” investigation into one of the most respected journalists at the state-controlled international news organization Voice of America (VOA), NPR reported on Monday. Collectively, the mission of the USAGM networks is to promote the free flow of news, combat censorship, and counter disinformation, particularly in authoritarian countries with objective facts. A “firewall” embodied in statutes, regulations, and contract provisions, serves to prevent the organizations from devolving into promoting a partisan agenda. According to NPR, the appointees created “an extensive report” arguing that VOA’s White House bureau chief Steve Herman had been consistently biased against the Trump administration in his reporting and Twitter use. The two political appointees who opened the investigation and compiled the report, Samuel Dewey and Frank Wuco, are well-known GOP operatives who were hand-picked for...
    David Masciotra October 3, 2020 4:00PM (UTC) There is only one political party in the United States. The first presidential debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump demonstrated with hideous clarity that the Democratic Party is currently running against not a conservative public policy agenda or a coherent philosophy of governance, but a collective psychotic episode, channeled through an authoritarian demagogue who is equally propelled and crippled by his own neuroses. : Gore Vidal, one of America's best chroniclers of empire, once provided instruction to a British interviewer expressing confusion over the radical hostility Republicans showed toward Barack Obama, and the former president's inability to react with equal aggression: "Obama believes the Republican Party is a political party when in fact it's a mindset, like Hitler Youth, based on hatred — religious hatred, racial hatred. When you foreigners hear the word 'conservative' you think of kindly old men hunting...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump's diagnosis with Covid-19 presents a stunning new twist in a tumultuous year, throwing an election that is only 32 days away into chaos and raising the grave possibility of more American crises over governance and national security at an already perilous moment.Most immediately there is concern for the health of Trump himself, who as an overweight 74-year-old is at an elevated risk of complications from the virus, as well as for first lady Melania Trump, who also tested positive.But attention will inevitably focus on the hubris of a President who mocked mask wearing and social distancing, ignored and downplayed the virus, courted disaster with packed campaign rallies, ridiculed his Democratic opponent Joe Biden for taking prudent precautions, and even now says the emergency is almost over.Still, even amid the country's bitter cultural wars, stoked by Trump more than anyone, key political figures and his domestic adversaries will...
    President Donald Trump’s pathway back into the White House is widening, as allies of the president see after a long and brutal summer of the president climbing back into contention in enough battleground states to seal the deal and win a second term. This comprehensive look at the battlefield as it stands now comes as the two candidates are set to face off in Cleveland, Ohio, for their first of three debates this general election season ahead of the November 3 general election. To win the White House back, Trump would need to secure at least 270 electoral votes by cobbling together a coalition of states—much like he did in 2016—to get him across the finish line. Trump allies break down the electoral college into four tiers. Tier one, or the red states, includes the following states: Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Alaska, Wyoming, Utah, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma,...
    Rep. Kevin Brady, the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, is calling for a criminal investigation into the leak of President Trump's tax returns. "While many critics question the article’s accuracy, equally troubling is the prospect that a felony crime was committed by releasing the private tax return information of an individual — in this case the President’s," the Texas Republican said in a statement released on Monday night. "To ensure every American is protected against the illegal release of their tax returns for political reasons, I am calling for an investigation of the source and to prosecute if the law was broken." Rep. Mike Kelly, another GOP member of the committee, echoed Brady's call, writing on Twitter, "The unethical, perhaps illegal, leaking of any American’s tax returns is a stunning breach of public trust. That doesn’t change because it happened to @realDonaldTrump. The joint political...
    WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is infusing deliberations over his coming nomination of a new Supreme Court justice with political meaning as he aims to maximize the benefit before Nov. 3 and even secure an electoral backstop should the result be contested.Even before Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death last week, the president had tried to use likelihood of more Supreme Court vacancies to his political advantage. Now, as he closes in on a decision on her likely replacement, Trump has used the vacancy to appeal to battleground-state voters and as a rallying cry for his conservative base.He also is increasingly embracing the high court - which he will have had an outsized hand in reshaping -- as an insurance policy in a close election.Increases in mail, absentee and early voting brought about by the pandemic have already brought about a flurry of election litigation, and both Trump and Democratic nominee...
    WASHINGTON - Well-funded, secretive political groups are getting into the high-stakes battle over filling a U.S. Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Known as “dark money” groups because they aren’t required by law to disclose the names of their donors, these influential organizations are pumping millions of dollars into advertising campaigns to influence voter perceptions of what is expected to be one of the most contentious confirmation hearings in modern American history. Just hours after Ginsburg, the 87-year-old liberal icon, died of cancer last Friday, Demand Justice, a progressive dark money group with ties to the Democratic Party, said it would spend $10 million to challenge President Donald Trump’s push to quickly replace Ginsburg with a conservative jurist. The group’s conservative counterpart, Judicial Crisis Network, quickly responded by launching a $2.2 million advertising campaign to support Trump’s push, with the goal of eventually...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is infusing deliberations over his coming nomination of a new Supreme Court justice with political meaning as he aims to maximize the benefit before Nov. 3 and even secure an electoral backstop should the result be contested. Even before Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death last week, the president had tried to use likelihood of more Supreme Court vacancies to his political advantage. Now, as he closes in on a decision on her likely replacement, Trump has used the vacancy to appeal to battleground-state voters and as a rallying cry for his conservative base. He also is increasingly embracing the high court — which he will have had an outsized hand in reshaping -– as an insurance policy in a close election. Increases in mail, absentee and early voting brought about by the pandemic have already brought about a flurry of election litigation, and both...
    By ZEKE MILLER and LISA MASCARO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is infusing deliberations over his coming nomination of a new Supreme Court justice with political meaning as he aims to maximize the benefit before Nov. 3 and even secure an electoral backstop should the result be contested. Even before Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death last week, the president had tried to use likelihood of more Supreme Court vacancies to his political advantage. Now, as he closes in on a decision on her likely replacement, Trump has used the vacancy to appeal to battleground-state voters and as a rallying cry for his conservative base. He also is increasingly embracing the high court — which he will have had an outsized hand in reshaping -– as an insurance policy in a close election. Increases in mail, absentee and early voting brought about by the pandemic have already brought...
    U.N. Ambassador Kelly Craft tore into other members of the U.N. Security Council on Thursday for using a COVID-19 meeting to focus on what she called “political grudges” rather than the pandemic – while noting the massive U.S. contribution to the international effort against the virus. “You know, shame on each of you. I am astonished and I am disgusted by the content of today’s discussion,” Craft said. “I am actually really quite ashamed of this council – members of the council who took this opportunity to focus on political grudges rather than the critical issue at hand. My goodness.” TRUMP TELLS UN TO HOLD CHINA ACCOUNTABLE FOR CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC The Security Council meeting was to discuss challenges related to “Post-COVID-19 Global Governance.” But members veered off onto different topics only tangentially related to the virus, with a number of references that were seen as veiled swipes at the U.S. The...
    After the 2016 election, I was deeply shaken not just by the outcome, but by the terrifying sense that I did not understand the nation as well as I’d thought I did. To blunt the shock, I went on a bender through American history. I dove into books about the Civil War, the Progressive era and, finally, Robert Caro’s titanic biography of Lyndon B. Johnson, where I washed up on the shores of the turbulent 1960s. I discovered something amazing: After 1960, much of history as many Americans experienced it — through popular culture on TV, on the radio and at the movies — is preserved and easily accessible online. With a few clicks around YouTube, history leaps into the present, often in ways that deepen and complicate the narrative. For instance, Caro ably describes Johnson’s stirring first presidential address to Congress. It was five days after the assassination of...
    By Ayanti Bera | Reuters Facebook Inc will take aggressive measures to “restrict the circulation of content” on its platform if November’s presidential election descends into chaos or violent civic unrest, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday citing a company executive. Related Articles Kim Kardashian, Leonardo DiCaprio and other celebrities join Instagram ‘freeze’ to protest Facebook inaction Facebook launches nationwide poll worker recruitment effort Facebook blocks ailing man’s planned end-of-life broadcasts Facebook to halt new political ads just before U.S. election Facebook reveals another Russian misinformation campaign The company had drawn up plans for how to handle a range of outcomes, including widespread civic unrest or “the political dilemmas” of having in-person votes counted more rapidly than mail-in ballots, the report on.ft.com/3hRRNdf said, citing an interview with Nick Clegg, Facebook’s head of global affairs. Facebook did not immediately respond...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City By Clement Uwiringiyimana Paul Rusesabagina, depicted in a Hollywood movie as a hero who helped save Tutsis during the Rwandan genocide, said he believed he was flying to Burundi at the invitation of a pastor, but was instead lured to Rwanda and arrested on terrorism charges. Rusesabagina was speaking to the New York Times in an interview the paper said had been authorised by the Rwandan government and had taken place in the presence of government officials. The 66-year-old political dissident and former hotel manager was propelled to fame after the Oscar-nominated film “Hotel Rwanda” portrayed him using his connections with the Hutu elite to protect Tutsis fleeing slaughter during the 1994 genocide. He had been living in exile for more than a decade, where he was a prominent critic of...
    Ten Senate Democrats, including Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), have signed a letter written to the inspector general of the Justice Department calling for an investigation into the investigation of the origins of the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign.  The official letter, addressed to Inspector General Michael Horowitz, cites several recent media reports that the Democratic senators say suggest that the Durham investigation is being used for partisan politics.  “We write to request that you investigate whether U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation complies with Department of Justice policies, including policies that protect criminal investigations from political influence,” wrote the Senate Democrats in the letter to Horowitz. “The Department’s mission ‘to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans’ requires that its prosecutorial decisions be insulated from political influence. To that end, longstanding rules restrain Department personnel from publicly commenting on public investigations, taking...
    By Clement Uwiringiyimana KIGALI (Reuters) - Paul Rusesabagina, depicted in a Hollywood movie as a hero who helped save Tutsis during the Rwandan genocide, said he believed he was flying to Burundi at the invitation of a pastor, but was instead lured to Rwanda and arrested on terrorism charges. Rusesabagina was speaking to the New York Times in an interview the paper said had been authorised by the Rwandan government and had taken place in the presence of government officials. The 66-year-old political dissident and former hotel manager was propelled to fame after the Oscar-nominated film "Hotel Rwanda" portrayed him using his connections with the Hutu elite to protect Tutsis fleeing slaughter during the 1994 genocide. He had been living in exile for more than a decade, where he was a prominent critic of President Paul Kagame, accusing him of stifling political opposition. Rusesabagina suddenly appeared in custody in Rwanda...
    Continuing a spiral, Senate Judiciary Democrats are calling on the Justice Department inspector general to – get this – investigate the John Durham investigation into the Robert Mueller FBI investigators. Democrat vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, D-Calif., is one of the Democrats on the committee seeking the latest political probe stemming from the Obama administrations investigation of the Trump campaign ties to Russias election meddling. "We write to request that you investigate whether U.S. Attorney John Durhams investigation complies with Department of Justice policies, including policies that protect criminal investigations from political influence," 10 Democrat senators wrote to Inspector General Michael Horowitz on Thursday. The letter levied three claims of potential violations by Attorney General William Barr or other Trump administration officials, including a Durham staffer who resigned, claiming the probe "was being pressed for political reasons." The other two points of contention for Democrats are AG Barrs statements about...
    Savannah Rychcik September 17, 2020 0 Comments Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and nine other Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are requesting an inquiry into U.S. Attorney John Durham’s probe into the origins of the FBI’s Russia investigation Harris and her Democratic colleagues penned a letter to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz demanding he address whether Durham’s probe violates the Department of Justice’s policies. “We write to request that you investigate whether U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation complies with Department of Justice policies, including policies that protect criminal investigations from political influence,” Harris and her Senate colleagues wrote. They added, “The Department’s mission ‘to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans’ requires that its prosecutorial decisions be insulated from political influence. To that end, longstanding rules restrain Department personnel from publicly commenting on public investigations, taking actions that may affect an upcoming election, and communicating...
    Reuters September 17, 2020 0 Comments The World Health Organization’s top emergency expert, asked on Thursday about contradictory remarks by President Donald Trump and U.S. health officials on COVID-19, said it was important for all countries to have “consistent messaging” for their public. Trump took exception on Wednesday to comments from the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Redfield, who said a vaccine could be broadly rolled out in mid-2021 and masks might be more effective. Trump, at a news conference, said he believed a vaccine will be rolled out much sooner. He said he called Redfield after his testimony to question him about it, and that Redfield appeared to have been confused by the question. “It is important that we have consistent messaging from all levels, and it’s not for one country or one entity; consistent messaging between science and between government,” the...
    GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization's top emergency expert, asked on Thursday about contradictory remarks by President Donald Trump and U.S. health officials, said that it was important for all countries to have "consistent messaging" for their public. Trump took exception on Wednesday to comments from the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Redfield, who said a vaccine for the novel coronavirus could be broadly rolled out in mid-2021 and that masks might be even more effective. "It is important that we have consistent messaging from all levels, and it's not for one country or one entity; consistent messaging between science and between government," WHO's Mike Ryan said in response to a question at an event marking World Patient Safety Day. "What is important is that governments, scientific institutions, step back, review the evidence, and give the most comprehensive easy-to-understand-and-digest information so that people...
    President Trump and his 2020 election opponent Joe Biden will be turned into puppets for a comedy special set to air Oct. 1 on Fox following the candidates’ first debate. The half-hour satirical sketch show “Let’s Be Real” will cover politics and pop culture using puppets — including of Trump and Biden — and is also set to feature celebrity cameos and remote pieces, according to Deadline. It’s being spearheaded by Robert Smigel, the voice behind Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, who’s also known for his Saturday Night Live “TV Funhouse” cartoon shorts. “Robert Smigel is a uniquely gifted creator, and, as the election approaches, we are so excited to be working with him on bringing a new take on the current discourse taking place across the political spectrum,” said Fox Entertainment execs Michael Thorn and Rob Wade in a statement. FOX Deadpanned Smigel: “I am a uniquely gifted creator,...
    Washington — House Democrats have launched an investigation into allegations that political appointees at the Department of Health and Human Services have sought to review and alter weekly scientific reports issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the coronavirus pandemic. Democratic members of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis are seeking voluntary testimony from seven officials at the Department of Health and Human Services, including Michael Caputo, the agency's spokesman, and Paul Alexander, his senior adviser. Politico reported last week that Caputo, who joined the Trump administration in April, and Alexander, who Caputo hired, have attempted to alter or halt the release of the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports (MMWRs), which are written by career scientists and prepared by the health agency. According to the CDC, readership of the reports largely consists of medical workers, epidemiologists, scientists and researchers. Get Breaking News Delivered to...
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - A dispute over koalas has created political chaos in Australia's most populous state with a split in the New South Wales governing coalition forming over policies designed to protect the animals. The centre-right Liberal party and the rural-focused Nationals have a decades-old partnership in both state and federal politics, which sees power shared across cabinet positions when in government. NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro, from the Nationals, said his party would no longer support government legislation unless changes were made to policy drafted to protect koala habitats. Barilaro said new policy unfairly limits the way rural property owners can manage their land but he maintained his party supported conservation. "We actually want to see the population double. We are not anti-koala," Barilaro said. The Nationals will abstain from voting on government legislation, except when it affected regional areas, forcing the government to find support elsewhere for its...
    Sports columnist Jason Whitlock said Democrats and the media are using the shootings and deaths of black men such as George Floyd to raise funds. “The media and Democratic politicians have spun these rare occurrences into a fundraising/political campaign and clickbait machine titled Black Lives Matter,” Whitlock wrote in a post on Outkick on Tuesday. He argued in his post, titled “Whitlock: I Have Not Changed; The Wire Foreshadowed Fall of Truth, Our Freedoms and This Country,” that black people and police are political “pawns” in the hands of politicians. “Working-class police and poor black people are pawns in a political game being played by politicians and the media. It’s repulsive. It’s a threat to our way of living and freedoms we’ve grown to take for granted. A large segment of Americans have justifiably given up on politicians and view the media as enemies of the people,” he...
    Savannah Rychcik September 7, 2020 0 Comments Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) called on the North Carolina attorney general to investigate after a report released by The Washington Post alleges Postmaster General Louis DeJoy reimbursed employees for making political contributions to Republican candidates. “These are very serious allegations that must be investigated immediately, independent of the Trump Justice Department,” Schumer said on Sunday evening. He added, “North Carolina’s Attorney General—an elected official who is independent of Donald Trump—is the right person to start this investigation.” These are very serious allegations that must be investigated immediately, independent of the Trump Justice DepartmentNorth Carolina’s Attorney General—an elected official who is independent of Donald Trump—is the right person to start this investigationhttps://t.co/eL5Z6G6HLl— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) September 6, 2020 According to the report, past employees of DeJoy’s former business New Breed Logistics were encouraged by DeJoy or his aides to...
    A pair of senior House Democrats on Friday called for the State Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) to investigate the legality of Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoNetanyahu privately condoned US arms sale plan with UAE: report State Department announces another acting watchdog in latest reshuffle The Hill's 12:30 Report: White House clarifies Trump's voting twice comments MORE’s speech to the Republican National Convention last month. Reps. Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelPompeo, Engel poised for battle in contempt proceedings Democrats release key interview in Pompeo probe Progressives aim for big night in Massachusetts MORE (D-N.Y.) and Nita LoweyNita Sue LoweyWith Biden, advocates sense momentum for lifting abortion funding ban Progressives look to flex their muscle in next Congress after primary wins Governors air frustrations with Trump on unemployment plans MORE (D-N.Y.), chairs of the House Foreign Affairs and Appropriations committees, respectively, called on the State Department’s Deputy Inspector General Diana Shaw to launch...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump has seized on protests in Portland, Oregon, and Kenosha, Wisconsin, in the ramp-up to the presidential election, casting them as dangerous to surrounding communities and threatening to respond with the force of the federal government as he again elevates his message of law and order. But former government officials argue the situation on the ground as it stands doesn't warrant the forced deployment of federal law enforcement that Trump has foreshadowed."We're ready, willing and able to send in a massive group of people that are really highly trained," Trump said at a roundtable in Kenosha on Tuesday, singling out Portland, Chicago and New York before looking over to his attorney general, William Barr, and adding, "I hope they'll call, eventually they'll call, and at some point, Bill, we'll just have to do it ourselves."Federal law enforcement personnel are already stationed in cities nationwide -- including Portland and...
    The Golden State Warriors won’t play their next game until at least December, but head coach Steve Kerr is focusing on an earlier date: Nov. 3. Normally, Kerr would spend late August and early September gearing up for training camp, preseason games and eventually the Warriors’ regular season. With the coronavirus throwing the NBA season into a new rhythm, Kerr can spend that time on political endeavors, including calling out White House advisors on Twitter. In interviews last week, President Donald Trump’s advisor/son-in-law Jared Kushner chided NBA players for refusing to play in response to the Kenosha, Wisconsin police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man. “NBA players are very fortunate that they have the financial position where they’re able to take a night off from work without having to have the consequences to themselves financially,” Kushner said on CNBC. He later advised NBA players to look for concrete solutions...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump says all the time, "they spied on my campaign." He ad-libbed during his Thursday night convention speech to add the phrase into his prepared remarks. And he tweeted it last week as a rebuttal to former President Barack Obama's convention address. "They are coming after me because I am fighting for you, that's what's happening," Trump said while accepting the GOP nomination. "It's been going on from before I even got elected. And remember this, they spied on my campaign and they got caught. Let's see now what happens."The phrase is a shorthand used to encapsulate Trump's grandiose conspiracy theory about the 2016 election. In his view, Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden abused their powers by ordering US intelligence agencies to spy on Trump's campaign, to prevent him from winning. That is not what happened. There are snippets of truth, like the fact that some...
    Two Democratic congressmen are calling on the Office of Special Counsel to immediately launch an investigation into whether Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf and other Trump administration officials violated federal law by participating in the Republican National Convention this week in their official government capacities. In a letter (pdf) dated Wednesday, Reps. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.) and Don Beyer (D-Va.) urged Special Counsel Henry Kerner to examine whether Wolf and other members of the Trump administration “violated the Hatch Act on August 25, 2020 through using their positions, official resources, and the White House itself, to participate in the Republican National Convention.” “Specifically, they coordinated a citizenship ceremony and a pardon as elements in the convention’s nationally-televised programming,” the lawmakers wrote. “These actions were clearly directed toward the specific success of a political party and candidates in a partisan race, including President Donald J. Trump. Through their actions, these officials mixed official government business...
    Unlawfully appointed DHS Sec. Chad Wolf House Homeland Security Committee Chair Bennie Thompson is calling for a federal investigation into unlawfully appointed acting Department of Homeland Security Sec. Chad Wolf’s participation in a naturalization ceremony stunt as part of the Republican National Convention this week, and has asked the Office of Special Counsel “to investigate Mr. Wolf’s participation in this event to determine whether it violated the law.” “On August 25, 2020, Mr. Wolf performed a naturalization ceremony on government property to be aired at the Republican National Convention for the apparent purpose of advancing the President’s reelection,” Thompson writes. “This is an unprecedented politicization of the naturalization ceremony.” We’ve found out more recently that at least some of the immigrants who were invited to the White House to be naturalized as U.S. citizens weren’t informed prior to the political stunt that it would be broadcast as part of the Republican National Convention, or that impeached...
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a COVID-19 briefing in New York City.David Dee Delgado | Getty Images New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state won't be following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new guidance on coronavirus testing and urged others to do the same after the agency quietly revised its recommendations to downplay the importance of testing people without symptoms for Covid-19. "Shame on the people at the CDC," Cuomo said, calling the change in guidance "indefensible."  The new guidance, which was published on Monday, says that people without symptoms who were in close contact with an infected person for at least 15 minutes "do not necessarily need a test." The guidance still recommends vulnerable people to get tested if they've come within 6 feet of someone with a confirmed infection for at least 15 minutes. "We're not going to follow the CDC guidance. I consider it...
    The theme of the second night of the Trump Party convention was, “How many different ways can we violate the Hatch Act.” There was Mike Pompeo doing what no Secretary of State has ever done before by both speaking at the convention, the naturalization ceremony conducted by Trump and the illegally acting Homeland Security secretary Chad Wolf, Trump issuing a pardon as part of the convention, the use of active duty Marines to add some pomp and circumstance, and the use of the White House as a political stage. That’s a far from comprehensive list. But put it all together, and Trump’s show managed to violate not just the civil, but the criminal portions of the Hatch Act.  So now we just need to wait for William Barr to move on that. While we’re waiting, it’s worth a look at the theme on night two that continued from night one: Donald Trump as the action hero...
    By Jenifer Hansler | CNN A House Democrat has opened an investigation into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s controversial decision to address the Republican National Convention. Rep. Joaquin Castro, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, said in a statement Tuesday that the “American people deserve a full investigation.” The decision to speak to the political convention in prerecorded remarks from Jerusalem breaks with longstanding precedent of sitting secretaries of state avoiding partisan politics, particularly while abroad, and appears to violate guidance on political activities that Pompeo himself emphasized in a cable to diplomats just last month. It has rankled from current and past State Department officials. ‘Senate-confirmed Presidential appointees may not even attend a political party convention’ In a letter to Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun on Tuesday, Castro noted, “It is highly unusual, and likely unprecedented, for a sitting Secretary of State...
    The House Foreign Affair’s subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations announced Tuesday it will be launching an investigation into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for giving his Republican National Convention speech from Jerusalem. Democratic Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro, the chairman of the committee, sent a letter to Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun and requested information about Pompeo‘s speech, saying he could possibly be violating the Hatch Act, a rule that prohibits federal employees from engaging in some political activities. “It’s absolutely unacceptable that a sitting U.S. Secretary of State, America’s top diplomat, would use official taxpayer-funded business to participate in a political party convention, particularly after the State Department published guidance that explicitly prohibits such activity,” Castro wrote in his letter. Congressional Hispanic Caucus chairman Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) looks on during a news conference to discuss the Supreme Court case involving Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) at the...
    Washington (CNN)A House Democrat has opened an investigation into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's controversial decision to address the Republican National Convention.Rep. Joaquin Castro, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, said in a statement Tuesday that the "American people deserve a full investigation" into the top US diplomat's address to the GOP convention -- a move that breaks with longstanding precedent of sitting secretaries of state avoiding partisan politics. In a letter to Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun on Tuesday, Castro noted, "It is highly unusual, and likely unprecedented, for a sitting Secretary of State to speak at a partisan convention for either of the political parties. It appears that it may also be illegal." Pompeo, who will address GOP convention, warned diplomats not to improperly take part in politicsThe Texas Democrat cited the Hatch Act and State Department guidance -- including a December...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is among the allies of President Donald Trump who is speaking at the Republican National Convention this week. Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas is voicing concerns about the speech, and according to the Daily Beast, the congressman described his concerns in a letter sent to Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun on Tuesday. In his letter — which the Daily Beast has obtained a copy of — Castro wrote that Pompeo’s speech from Jerusalem “may violate the Hatch Act, government-wide regulations implementing that act, and State Department policies.” The Hatch Act of 1939, Daily Beast reporter Erin Banco notes, “prohibits federal employees from participating in certain political activities.” Castro, addressing Biegun, requested documents pertaining to Pompeo’s trip to Jerusalem — and that includes receipts “demonstrating that any expenses incurred by the State Department were reimbursed by the RNC, Trump’s campaign, or other outside sponsors.”...
    Flint water crisis: $600 million settlement announced Burger King prints customers orders on face masks so diners can avoid mask mumbling LeBron James, Lakers turn Trump’s MAGA hat into political fashion statement, demanding justice for Breonna Taylor Behold the King James version of the red MAGA hat. © Ryan Stetz LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers arrives to the arena before Round One, Game One of the NBA Playoffs against the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday, Aug. 18, in Orlando, Florida at AdventHealth Arena. Basketball superstar LeBron James and fellow Los Angeles Lakers made a strong political statement Tuesday by editing — and wearing — a popular fashion statement sported by Trump voters. View this post on Instagram A post shared by LeBron James (@kingjames) on Aug 18, 2020 at 3:40pm PDT Arriving to their first playoff appearance against the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night, the players...
    Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., who Joe Biden selected as his running mate, will accept the vice presidential nomination during a prime-time debut Wednesday in which she will lay out her case for the Democratic ticket to replace President Donald Trump. Her speech is intended to introduce the first Black and Indian-American woman to join a major party ticket to the nation, while contrasting Biden – "a president who turns challenges into purpose," she will say, according to excerpts released by the Democratic Party – with the incumbent, Trump. "We must elect a president who will bring something different, something better, and do the important work," Harris will say. "A president who will bring all of us together — Black, White, Latino, Asian, Indigenous — to achieve the future we collectively want. We must elect Joe Biden." "Right now, we have a president who turns our tragedies into political weapons," she...
    Jill Biden will try to stride out from behind former first lady Michelle Obama's shadow as she delivers Tuesday's keynote address at the Democratic National Convention. The former second lady is headlining the second night of programming that will end in the nomination acceptance of her husband, two-term Vice President Joe Biden, as the Democratic standard-bearer. Jill Biden's turn in the political spotlight comes after Obama was lauded Monday for her first campaign appearance of this year's election cycle. Biden's set to make her remarks live from Brandywine High School in Wilmington, Delaware, where she taught English in the 1990s, reintroducing herself to the country as its potential first lady. Teaching is not what I do. It's who I am.I'll be giving my convention speech tonight from my former classroom.Brandywine High School. Room 232. pic.twitter.com/NXx1EkqVGq— Dr. Jill Biden (@DrBiden) August 18, 2020 Biden will share the convention's virtual stage with...
    By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese President Michel Aoun says the probe into a devastating blast in Beirut is “very complex” and won’t be finished quickly. Responding to calls that he step down, Aoun told French TV station BFMTV in his first interview with foreign media since the Aug. 4 blast that it would be "impossible" because it would create a power vacuum. The interview aired late Saturday. The cause of the fire that ignited nearly 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate stored at Beirut’s port remains unclear. Documents have emerged showing that the country’s top leadership, including Aoun, and security officials were aware of the chemicals that had been stored there for years. The blast killed 180 people and wounded more than 6,000. At least 30 people are still missing. Aoun said the probe is divided into three parts. The first aims to determine the circumstances...
    BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese President Michel Aoun says the probe into a devastating blast in Beirut is “very complex” and won’t be finished quickly. Responding to calls that he step down, Aoun told French TV station BFMTV in his first interview with foreign media since the Aug. 4 blast that it would be “impossible” because it would create a power vacuum. The interview aired late Saturday. The cause of the fire that ignited nearly 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate stored at Beirut’s port remains unclear. Documents have emerged showing that the country’s top leadership, including Aoun, and security officials were aware of the chemicals that had been stored there for years. The blast killed 180 people and wounded more than 6,000. At least 30 people are still missing. Aoun said the probe is divided into three parts. The first aims to determine the circumstances surrounding the cargo, the second where...
    STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — It’s a Friday night at a crowded biker bar in South Dakota when Chris Cox, founder of Bikers for Trump, takes the stage. While many have come to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally for some combination of riding and partying, Cox’s focus is on something else: voting. The coronavirus pandemic may have squashed most in-person get-out-the-vote efforts across the country, but Cox’s group remains unbothered by public health recommendations. As the Trump campaign struggles to gain momentum less than 90 days from the election, Bikers for Trump has taken advantage of recent motorcycle rallies to make direct appeals to register to vote. While the group has gained a significant online following for its bravado in providing security at some Trump 2016 rallies, it remains to be seen if it can get bikers — many from the suburbs Trump is targeting — to show up at the ballot...
    By STEPHEN GROVES, Associated Press STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — It's a Friday night at a crowded biker bar in South Dakota when Chris Cox, founder of Bikers for Trump, takes the stage. While many have come to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally for some combination of riding and partying, Cox's focus is on something else: voting. The coronavirus pandemic may have squashed most in-person get-out-the-vote efforts across the country, but Cox's group remains unbothered by public health recommendations. As the Trump campaign struggles to gain momentum less than 90 days from the election, Bikers for Trump has taken advantage of recent motorcycle rallies to make direct appeals to register to vote. While the group has gained a significant online following for its bravado in providing security at some Trump 2016 rallies, it remains to be seen if it can get bikers — many from the suburbs Trump is targeting — to...
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