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    Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II set the record straight regarding Ben Roethlisberger’s future with the team, saying Wednesday "we would like to have him back." Rooney released a statement confirming that both sides met on Tuesday to discuss their plans going forward. He expressed a commitment to having the veteran quarterback return for the 2021 season but that they would have to revisit his contract in order to make it happen.  CAM NEWTON NOT READY TO RETIRE AFTER 1 SEASON WITH THE PATRIOTS: ‘THERE AREN’T 32 GUYS BETTER THAN ME’ "Ben Roethlisberger and I met yesterday morning and we had a productive meeting," Rooney’s statement read. "We were able to discuss a lot of things that relate to where we are and where we want to go. Ben assured me that he is committed to coming back to help us win, and I told Ben that we would like to...
    ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey has hired a Washington-based law firm to lobby for its readmission to the U.S. F-35 fighter jet programme after it was suspended over its purchase of Russian air defences, a contract filed with the U.S. Department of Justice showed. Ankara had ordered more than 100 stealth fighters and has been making parts for their production, but was removed from the programme in 2019 after it bought the Russian S-400 missile defence systems, which Washington says threaten the F-35s. It has now hired law firm Arnold & Porter for "strategic advice and outreach" to U.S. authorities, in a six-month contract worth $750,000 which started this month. Ankara has said its removal from the programme was unjust, and President Tayyip Erdogan has said he hopes for positive developments under U.S. President Joe Biden. The contract was signed with Ankara-based SSTEK Defence Industry Technologies, owned by the Turkish Presidency...
    SAN JOSE — Toeniskoetter Development has named a new president at a time when the high-profile real estate firm is preparing to scout for a wider array of opportunities. Daniel Amend has taken over as president of Toeniskoetter Development, the company said Friday. “Toeniskoetter Development is on a steady growth trajectory,” Krouskup said. “We anticipate a number of exciting opportunities to expand that growth significantly in the near future.” Krouskup, who has been CEO and president at Toeniskoetter Development, has relinquished the post of president to Amend in the management change. Amend had been an executive vice president at Toeniskoetter Development before taking the role of president. His primary role in that prior post was the acquisition of investment properties and lease negotiations. “So much of what we do is relationship-based,” Amend said. “We have clients who buy a building from us then ask us to manage it. There are...
    ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria's president has approved the creation of a new company that will focus on infrastructure development, with a seed capital of 1 trillion naira ($2.63 billion), the head of state's office said on Friday. The company, named Infra-Co, will be a public-private partnership, and the initial capital will come from the central bank, the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), and the Africa Finance Corporation, it said. "Infra-Co will finance public asset development, rehabilitation and reconstruction as well as invest in cutting edge infrastructure projects for roads, rail, power and other key sectors," President Muhammadu Buhari's office said in a statement. Its board will be chaired by the central bank governor, the managing director Nigeria's sovereign wealth fund, the president of the Africa Finance Corporation, and three independent directors from the private sector, the statement said. The aim is for the entity to grow to 15 trillion naira...
    Michael T. van der Veen, one of President Donald Trump’s impeachment lawyers, once allegedly described the president as a “f-ing crook” according to a report. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Justin Hiemstra, one of van der Veen’s previous clients, said the lawyer used the term to describe the former president. “I’m not sure if [those comments] were made to make me feel more comfortable, or if they were his actual opinions,” Hiemstra told the Inquirer. “He definitely came off as fairly anti-Trump in the context that I knew him.” Hiemstra was represented by van der Veen after he was charged for allegedly trying to illegally hack into a government database to steal Trump’s tax returns. Van der Veen and other lawyers are backing up lead lawyer Bruce Castor to work the president’s case. The Inquirer report also published a marketing email from van der Veen’s law firm criticizing the president for trying...
    Jon Winkelried, co-chief executive officer of TPG Capital, speaks during the Bloomberg Invest Summit in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, June 7, 2017.Misha Friedman | Bloomberg | Getty Images Former Goldman Sachs co-president Jon Winkelried and a partner from Alphabet's private equity fund CapitalG are joining the board of fintech data start-up MX to help scale up its business ahead of a possible IPO, CNBC has learned. Winkelried, who has worked as co-CEO of private equity firm TPG since leaving Goldman in 2009, is joining MX after TPG led a $300 million funding round in the company last month that valued the start-up at $1.9 billion. Also joining the firm's board is Mike Zappert, a partner at TPG Growth, and Derek Zanutto, general partner at CapitalG, which is Google-parent Alphabet's independent growth fund that has taken stakes in Stripe, Robinhood and Credit Karma. MX is one of a handful of...
    HUNTER Biden's memoir has topped Amazon's “Biographies" list for China as it's revealed he maintains a holding in a Chinese investment firm despite vowing to divest himself of the funds. Hunter's yet-to-be-released book, Beautiful Things,  is not due for release until April 6 but is available to be ordered in advance and has apparently already proved popular in China. 6Joe Biden, left, (pictured with his son Hunter Biden) pledged that his family would be free of foreign dealings by the time he was inaugurated as President.Credit: AP:Associated Press 6Hunter Biden's book is apparently in high demand in China, despite not yet being released.Credit: Twitter Just how it ended up being listed by Amazon as a classification for “Chinese biographies” is yet to be revealed. The Daily Mail reports he is likely to have received an advance of up to $2 million for writing the work and stands to make millions more if he allows his...
    President Joe Biden’s son Hunter maintains a holding in a Chinese investment firm, though the White House says he is "working to unwind his investments." White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed during a press briefing Friday that the president’s son continues to own a 10 percent stake in the Bohai Harvest RST (Shanghai) Equity Investment Fund Management Co. (BHR Partners) – despite President Biden’s October pledge that his family would be free of foreign dealings. HUNTER BIDEN STILL OWNS 10% STAKE IN CHINESE PRIVATE EQUITY FIRM, BUSINESS RECORDS SHOW "He has been working to unwind his investment but I would certainly point you — he’s a private citizen — I would point you to him or his lawyers on the outside on any update," Psaki said in answer to a question regarding his continued stake. Hunter Biden's legal team did not respond to a request for comment.  The younger Biden’s...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden said at the start of his administration that family conflicts of interest would not be tolerated in his White House, but not two weeks into his presidency, his brother's actions as a part of his employment at a law firm in Florida are raising questions about how he'll implement that pledge. Francis "Frank" Biden, the President's brother, was hired as a non-attorney, senior adviser for Berman Law Group, a Boca Raton law firm in 2018. The firm frequently touts Frank Biden's ties to the President, featuring Frank and his family connections prominently on their website, in ads and on social media. As Frank Biden was with his brother in Washington for the inauguration last month, the firm placed a two-page "advertorial" in a local Florida newspaper emphasizing the shared values between "the two Biden brothers." With Frank Biden's image placed prominently in the center of the ad,...
    The White House said that President Biden is committed to passing a $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package, with direct payments for most people a "top priority," even as Republicans and some Democrats urge more targeted relief. Biden believes that a married couple making $120,000 a year should get a check, press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Tuesday, illustrating the circumstances under which the public may or may not get a relief payment. "That's in his plan, and in the plan presented by Republicans, they would not get a check." The president also supports Democratic leadership in Congress laying the groundwork to pass the bill with only a simple majority, bypassing the 60-vote threshold typically needed to pass legislation in the Senate by using a budget tool. With the chamber evenly divided, Vice President Kamala Harris would cast the deciding vote if senators break down along party lines....
    CBS has hired the law firm Proskauer Rose to investigate allegations of racism, sexism, and abusive workplace behavior at its CBS TV stations, according to multiple reports. The investigation is expected to look into the conduct of Peter Dunn, president of CBS Television Stations, and David Friend, senior vice president of news for the stations. Both have been placed on leave after the Los Angeles Times reported accusations that they blocked the hiring and retention of black employees and intimidated female co-workers. ViacomCBS president and CEO Bob Bakish urged employees to “assist in the investigation by coming forward to share their concerns.” “To be clear: our company takes any allegation of misconduct very seriously, which is why we have moved quickly to engage an external investigator to conduct a review of this matter,” Bakish wrote in a memo obtained by The Wrap. CBS Entertainment Group president and CEO George Cheeks...
    The supplemental order from Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron was issued Friday A New York State judge has ordered a tax firm that worked for the Trump Organization to hand over documents to New York Attorney General Letitia James related to her ongoing investigation into the business.   The Friday supplemental order from Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron is one of the first to come since Trump's time as president officially came to a close, ending some of the legal protections he had. In the court order, Engoron said he reviewed the documents from the firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP ('Morgan Lewis') and determined that there were some that needed to be sent to James's office.  The attorney general's office had subpoenaed Trump and his son Eric Trump, along with the organization. 'The Court finds that many of the communications Morgan Lewis marked as privileged were communications...
    As Joe Biden works to restore integrity back to the White House, the president is grappling with an outside force that could harm his efforts: his family. With Biden now commander-in-chief, his family's business dealings have come under a new level of scrutiny and officials in the administration are keenly aware of possible land mines.  It's not just Biden's son Hunter, whose dealings in the Ukraine and China became a campaign issue, but his younger brothers Frank and James, who also are causing concern. Biden, himself, is aware of the issue and the potentially troubling optics surrounding his family's professional dealings while he sits in the Oval Office. During his presidential campaign, he took Frank aside and issued a warning.  'For Christ's sake, watch yourself,' Biden said of his brother's potential business dealings, a person with knowledge of the conversation told Politico. 'Don't get sucked into something that would, first...
    Frank Biden, one of President Joe Biden’s two brothers, used the presidential inauguration as the centerpiece of an advertisement promoting his law firm. Frank is a senior advisor in charge of government relations at the Berman Law Group, a firm located in Boca Raton, Florida. He joined the firm in 2018, according to Florida Politics. The ad includes a photograph of Frank Biden, along with quotes outlining his life and his relationship with the White House, according to CNBC. Frank denied using Joe’s name to gain business for the firm. “I have never used my brother to obtain clients for my firm. Our firm has long been involved [with] this lawsuit. Social justice is something I have been involved in for years,” he told CNBC. The advertisement ran in connection with a lawsuit demanding that Florida sugar farmers stop doing controlled burns in their fields, according to Florida Politics. The...
    (CNN)The White House said Thursday it is their policy to not let businesses imply they have President Joe Biden's support or endorsement, but declined to comment on the record about an advertisement in which Frank Biden touted his relationship to his brother. The ad for a Boca Raton law firm, for which Frank Biden is an adviser, ran in a local paper on Inauguration Day.The two-page ad, obtained by CNN, ran in the January 20 edition of the Daily Business Review, and points to Joe Biden's "commitment to environmental and social justice, a value shared by his brother and Berman Law Group senior adviser, Frank Biden," while also emphasizing a series of shared priorities between "the two Biden brothers." "It is this White House's policy that the President's name should not be used in connection with any commercial activities to suggest, or in any way that could reasonably understood to...
    President Biden’s younger brother Frank Biden promoted his relationship with the president in an advertisement for a law firm published on Inauguration Day. Frank Biden, listed as a non-attorney senior adviser for Berman Law Group in Boca Raton, Fla., was featured in the firm’s ad in the Daily Business Review along with quotes describing his relationship with the new president and their family name, CNBC reported.  The ad described the law firm’s class-action lawsuit against a group of sugar cane growers in the Sunshine State, saying both Biden brothers “have long held a commitment to pushing environmental issues to the forefront.” “My brother is a model for how to go about doing this work,” Frank Biden said in the ad, according to CNBC. “One of his central tenets is that one should never question another man’s or woman’s motives or assign blame to them. That way, you avoid creating a...
    Frank Biden, the president’s younger brother, reportedly promoted his relationship with President Biden in a newspaper ad for a Florida law firm printed on Inauguration Day. "The two Biden brothers have long held a commitment to pushing environmental issues to the forefront," part of the ad for the South Florida-based Berman law group said, according to CNBC. The ad, printed in Florida’s Daily Business Review, features a picture of Frank Biden and focuses on the firm’s lawsuit against sugar cane growers in Florida, according to CNBC.  "My brother is a model for how to go about doing this work," the president's brother says in the ad.  AG NOMINEE MERRICK GARLAND TO FACE QUESTIONS OVER HUNTER BIDEN PROBE IN HEARINGS Frank Biden is listed on the company’s website as a non-attorney senior adviser and his short biography also notes his relationship with his brother. "Mr. Biden worked in the Clinton Administration...
    Francis "Frank" Biden is turning to his big brother for help promoting a law firm he advises. President Biden's younger sibling touted his ties to the Biden administration during an Inauguration Day advertisement for the Berman Law Group based in Boca Raton, Florida. Biden is a non-attorney adviser to the firm. The ad, which focuses on a Berman Law Group lawsuit against the sugar industry for alleged environmental violations, features a photo of the younger Biden, along with quotes discussing his ties to the new presidential administration. Biden denied cashing in on his brother's status, asserting his lack of political involvement in an email to CNBC. “I have never used my brother to obtain clients for my firm. Our firm has long been involved [with] this lawsuit. Social justice is something I have been involved in for years,” Frank Biden said. “I will never be employed by any lobbyist or...
    Francis "Frank" Biden is turning to big brother for help promoting a law firm he advises. President Biden's younger sibling touted his ties to the Biden administration during an Inauguration Day advertisement for the Berman Law Group based in Boca Raton, Florida. Biden is a non-attorney adviser to the firm. The ad, which focuses on a Berman Law Group lawsuit against the sugar industry for alleged environmental violations, features a photo of the younger Biden, along with quotes discussing his ties to the new presidential administration. Biden denied cashing in on his brother's status, asserting his lack of political involvement in an email to CNBC. “I have never used my brother to obtain clients for my firm. Our firm has long been involved [with] this lawsuit. Social justice is something I have been involved in for years,” Frank Biden said. “I will never be employed by any lobbyist or lobbying...
    Francis W. "Frank" Biden, the younger brother of Vice President Joe Biden, talks about a white powder scare that took place at his Ocean Ridge, Florida home.Joe Cavaretta | Sun Sentinel | Tribune News Service | Getty Images President Joe Biden's brother Frank promoted his relationship to the commander-in-chief in an Inauguration Day advertisement for the law firm he advises. Frank Biden is a non-attorney senior advisor for the Berman Law Group. The firm is based in Boca Raton, Fla. Its ad featuring Frank Biden was printed in the Jan. 20 edition of the Daily Business Review, which is also based in Florida. The ad focuses on a lawsuit the firm is leading against a group of Florida sugarcane companies. It features a photo of Frank Biden, along with quotes regarding his relationship with the incoming president and the family name. In an email to CNBC, Frank Biden said he...
    A key law firm that handled Donald Trump's tax affairs has said it will cease representing him, in the midst of an ongoing probe into alleged tax fraud. Morgan Lewis & Bockius, the global law firm headquartered in Philadelphia, said this week that it would cut ties with Trump and his businesses. 'We have had a limited representation of the Trump Organization and Donald Trump in tax-related matters,' a firm spokeswoman told Bloomberg Law on Wednesday. 'For those matters not already concluded, we are transitioning as appropriate to other counsel.'  It comes as Trump faces a criminal probe into tax matters led by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr, and a civil investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James.  Morgan Lewis partner Sheri Dillon famously appeared at Trump's side at his first official press conference after the 2016 election, at which huge stacks of documents were wheeled out as he...
    President Trump leaves office this week in a precarious situation. The president was impeached last week by the House and is awaiting the start of a Senate trial over his encouragement of this month’s deadly insurrection at the Capitol by far-right extremists and Trump supporters aiming to disrupt congressional certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory. GRAHAM URGES BIDEN TO STAND DOWN ON TRUMP IMPEACHMENT But new public opinion poll indicates that while his approval ratings have taken a hit among Americans and specifically Republicans, his sway over the party he reshaped and ruled over with near-absolute authority during his four years in the White House remains immense. "Trump still retains incredible support from those who voted for him, but his credibility has collapsed among everyone else," veteran Republican pollster Frank Luntz told Fox News. President Donald Trump turns to reporters as he exits the White House to walk...
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    Bloomberg Economists survey; Vaccines Drive Markets: Chile Hoy (Bloomberg) – Global equity markets are showing gains, following sharp declines on Monday, buoyed by positive news of increased vaccine rollouts. US Treasuries are falling, the dollar is weakening against its major peers, and emerging market currencies are strengthening. Copper is advancing strongly and bitcoin is recovering after two days of heavy losses. At 8:30 a.m., the Central Bank will publish the survey of economic expectations and that of bank loans. The government reported 3,970 new cases of coronavirus in Chile on Monday, reaching a total of 645,892. 66 new deaths were registered, reaching 17,162 in total, the peso weakened 1.4% to 721.13 per dollar. The S&P IPSA fell 0.2%, with Ripley leading the losses (-2.5%); read here Inside Andes, other FX columns and Chile Fixed Income weekly newsletter. All events in local time. At 7:23 am, this was the performance of...
    President-elect Joe Biden is avoiding taking a firm position on removing President Trump from office ahead after last week's Capitol riot, as House Democrats signaled they would introduce articles of impeachment against him on Monday. Democratic Reps. Ted Lieu, David Cicilline, and Jamie Raskin drafted the article of impeachment, "Incitement to Insurrection," which they plan to introduce in a House pro forma session on Monday. SCHUMER: USE 25TH AMENDMENT TO REMOVE TRUMP 'IMMEDIATELY' "With every new day we learn that the violent insurrection was even worse than we thought. Impeaching @POTUS would be just the bare minimum of what needs to occur," Lieu tweeted. "Donald Trump should be prosecuted for a range of felonies, including inciting an insurrection and felony murder." Biden, over the weekend, said that Trump is "not above the law," saying that "justice serves the people — it doesn't protect the powerful." But the president-elect has stopped...
    ATLANTA — A father-and-son lawyer duo who took part in the now-infamous one-hour telephone call between President Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger have resigned from their law firm following their involvement in Saturday's taped call. Zoe Shore, Fox Rothschild's senior media manager, announced late Thursday that Alex Kaufman would be leaving the firm to "pursue new professional opportunities." His father Robert, had exited earlier in the week. The younger Kaufman, who has lived in Sandy Springs, Georgia, for the past 25 years, ran and lost twice against Democratic challenger Josh McLaurin for a state House seat. When contacted by local media earlier this week to confirm he had been on the call, Kaufman claimed he hadn't. But just two days later, his employer said he had. It's not clear why Kaufman would have been involved in the call, though he is the general counsel...
    NEW YORK (AP) — A large Washington, D.C.-based law firm is asking other lawyers to join in a call for President Donald Trump’s cabinet to oust him after rioting supporters of the president attacked and occupied the U.S. Capitol. The 12-member management board of Crowell & Moring LLP on Thursday contacted the nation’s top 200 law firms and asked them to join in sending a letter to Vice President Mike Pence seeking Trump’s ouster. Under Section 4 of the Constitution’s 25th Amendment, a president can be removed from power by his own cabinet, with the vice president taking command. Senior Trump administration officials have raised the possibility of declaring Trump unable to perform the duties of his office. Crowell & Moring Chairman Philip Inglima said in an interview that the firm has received a “nice number” of responses from law firms, but wouldn’t give a number. Many applauded the firm’s...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress’ confirmation of Joe Biden as winner of the presidential election (all times local): 3:30 p.m. A marketing firm based in Maryland has fired an employee who wore his company badge when he stormed the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Navistar Direct Marketing of Frederick said in a statement Thursday that it was made aware that a man wearing a Navistar badge was seen inside the Capitol during the security breach. The statement said that after the company reviewed the photos, the unidentified employee was fired for cause. No additional details were released. The statement also said that any Navistar worker who demonstrates dangerous conduct that endangers the health and safety of others will lose their jobs, too. A violent mob loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in an attempt to overturn the presidential election, undercut the nation’s democracy and...
    A top DC lawyer who was secretly advising Donald Trump in his efforts to overturn Joe Biden's election victory has resigned as a partner at her law firm after being outed on the president's leaked phone call with Georgia's Secretary of State.  The lawyer, Cleta Mitchell, was among the handful of people who participated in the disastrous call where Trump pressured Brad Raffensperger to 'recalculate' Georgia's presidential election results in his favor.  Mitchell's involvement with the Trump campaign was apparently kept under wraps until audio of the call leaked on Sunday.  Her firm, Foley & Lardner, which boasts Major League Baseball among its roster of high-profile clients and has a policy barring its lawyers from representing clients involved in relitigating the presidential election, announced her departure in a statement on Tuesday.    'Cleta Mitchell has informed firm management of her decision to resign from Foley & Lardner effective immediately,' the statement...
    By Katelyn Polantz and Caroline Kelly | CNN Cleta Mitchell, a lawyer who assisted President Donald Trump on the January 2 call when Trump pressured Georgia officials to “find” him votes, has resigned from her law firm. National law firm Foley & Lardner previously said it was “concerned” with Mitchell’s involvement in Trump’s call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, and said the firm wasn’t engaged in any legal work challenging the election results. Tuesday, it announced Mitchell was no longer with the firm. “Cleta Mitchell has informed firm management of her decision to resign from Foley & Lardner effective immediately. Ms. Mitchell concluded that her departure was in the firm’s best interests, as well as in her own personal best interests,” firm spokesman Dan Farrell said in a statement Tuesday. “We thank her for her contributions to the firm and wish her well.” Her biography was removed from...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Public relations veteran Howard Rubenstein, who for decades polished and protected the images of New York celebrities and power brokers from George Steinbrenner to Donald Trump, has died. He was 88. Rubenstein died Tuesday at home “in peace and in no pain,” his son Steven Rubenstein wrote on firm's web site. No cause of death was given. Howard Rubenstein founded the agency that bears his name in 1954. Polite and soft-spoken, he was the antithesis of the stereotypical curt and fast-talking New York City press agent. But his hundreds of clients — from high-brow cultural institutions to politicians — attested to his clout. Clients included the Metropolitan Opera, the Archdiocese of New York, media magnate Rupert Murdoch and the late Yankees owner Steinbrenner. Rubenstein worked with Trump during the future president's highly publicized divorce from Ivana Trump in 1990. Rubenstein was born in Brooklyn, graduated from...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Public relations veteran Howard Rubenstein, who for decades polished and protected the images of New York celebrities and power brokers from George Steinbrenner to Donald Trump, has died. He was 88. Rubenstein died Tuesday at home “in peace and in no pain,” his son Steven Rubenstein wrote on firm’s web site. No cause of death was given. Howard Rubenstein founded the agency that bears his name in 1954. Polite and soft-spoken, he was the antithesis of the stereotypical curt and fast-talking New York City press agent. But his hundreds of clients — from high-brow cultural institutions to politicians — attested to his clout. Clients included the Metropolitan Opera, the Archdiocese of New York, media magnate Rupert Murdoch and the late Yankees owner Steinbrenner. Rubenstein worked with Trump during the future president’s highly publicized divorce from Ivana Trump in 1990. Rubenstein was born in Brooklyn, graduated...
    By Daina Beth Solomon MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A Mexican court has lifted a sanction against a company owned by the son of a close ally of the president, opening the door for the company to resume business with public entities, according to a notice in the government's official gazette on Monday. The Public Administration Ministry (SFP) in August had banned Cyber Robotics Solutions from receiving any new government contracts for 21 months, arguing that the company had provided false information in a deal with the Social Security Institute. The SFP had also banned Cyber Robotics from public works in July, after finding it had over-charged for ventilators amid the coronavirus pandemic, but a court suspended the order after the company appealed. Cyber Robotics is owned by Leon Manuel Bartlett, son of Manuel Bartlett, who heads national electricity company CFE. The elder Bartlett, an influential aide of President Andres Manuel...
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    President Trump’s reelection campaign manager Bill Stepien is joining two other top members of Trump’s 2020 campaign team in setting up a political consulting firm that would likely work with the soon-to-be former president as he stays engaged in Republican Party politics. Stepien is teaming up with Justin Clark, who served as Trump deputy campaign manager, and Nick Trainer, who steered the team’s battleground states efforts, to relaunch National Public Affairs, two sources with knowledge of their plans confirmed to Fox News. TRUMP MEETS AT WHITE HOUSE WITH HOUSE GOP ALLIES TO PLOT ELECTORAL COLLEGE OBJECTIONS Stepien and Clark set up the political shop in 2019, when they were working as consultants on the president’s re-election effort. But when Stepien replaced Brad Parscale as campaign manager in July, and Clark took over as deputy campaign manager, they took leave from the firm. The news – first reported by Politico earlier on...
    LEXINGTON CITY, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s coordinating body for higher education has chosen a national law firm to investigate the Virginia Military Institute following media reports that described Black cadets and alumni facing “relentless racism" at the school, according to the state’s online procurement system. The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia posted a notice of intent Tuesday to award the contract to Barnes & Thornburg, whose clients include other colleges and universities, The Roanoke Times reported. The council’s Procurement and Fiscal Specialist Jennifer Brooks said the contract will be awarded at the end of the 10-day notice period. State officials ordered the investigation in October after The Washington Post published a story that described an “atmosphere of hostility and cultural insensitivity” at the nation’s oldest state-supported military college. The story described incidents such as lynching threats and a white professor reminiscing in class about her father’s Ku Klux...
    Vladimir Putin's son-in-law bought $380million of shares in a top Russian chemicals firm for just $100 after marrying the president's daughter Katerina, a report by an investigative outlet says.  Kirill Shamalov bought the stake in petrochemicals giant Sibur at a massively reduced rate months after marrying Putin's younger daughter, according to the investigation by iStories.  Putin's private life is so secretive that the Kremlin has never even confirmed the identities of his daughters, although the US government has named Shamalov as Putin's son-in-law and a member of the country's 'billionaire elite'.  Responding to the latest reports, the Kremlin said the investigations into Putin's family were 'lies that are unable to reach their goal'.  Katerina Tikhonova (left), an acrobatic dancer widely believed to be Vladimir Putin's younger daughter, married businessman Kirill Shamarov (right) in 2013 and he is reported to have bought discounted shares in a petrochemicals firm soon afterwards. In...
    The Wikipedia page for President-elect Joe Biden’s new COVID-19 czar Jeff Zients has been scrubbed of material that could portray him as not progressive enough, Politico first reported.  Zients, a business and management executive, was tapped Thursday to serve as the White House’s COVID-19 coordinator. Zients will be tasked with overseeing the rollout of the vaccine and mobilizing economic aid, among other priorities.  Under President Obama, Zients served as director of the National Economic Council and acting director of the Office of Management and Budget.  Democratic consulting firm Saguaro Strategies scrubbed the page over the summer and fall as Zients’ profile rose after he joined the Biden transition team. The firm made the changes using the name “Saguarostrat,” with the intent to clean up anything that could be politically damaging. A Saguaro Strategies staffer confirmed to Politico that the Wikipedia account was linked to the firm. After Politico reached out,...
    Loading the player... After the 2020 election was called for President-elect Joe Biden, outgoing President Donald Trump announced lawsuits against states where the election results were not in his favor. Read More: Missouri Rep-elect Cori Bush wears Breonna Taylor mask to Congress, GOP colleagues think it’s her name As theGrio reported, the firms contracted to represent Trump in his latest legal endeavor have mixed feelings about doing so. According to the report, attorneys have expressed concern over the election lawsuits and worry about undermining the electoral system. A lawyer at Jones Day, a Cleveland-based law firm, said the move “seems extremely shortsighted.” But a recent statement released by Jones Day clarifies that they are only representing the Pennsylvania GOP in a case that involves the deadline for mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania that was filed before Election Day. “Jones Day is not representing President Trump, his campaign,...
    (CNN)A law firm representing the President's campaign in a controversial and long-shot attempt to block Pennsylvania's popular vote for Joe Biden is leaving the case.The firm, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, had two Pittsburgh-based lawyers leading the effort for the Trump campaign in Pennsylvania. Both told a judge in an overnight filing they were withdrawing, and the Trump campaign may bring in new counsel.The Trump campaign is now down to one lawyer in the federal court effort in Pennsylvania -- a solo practitioner in Philadelphia named Linda Ann Kerns who touts her media appearances and commentary as much as her legal experience. President Trumps GOP wall of support is crackingBiden is leading by nearly 60,000 votes and CNN has projected him to win the state's 20 electoral votes.Porter Wright is a mid-sized Midwestern law firm built to primarily represent corporations. Its choice to leave the Trump case signals a growing...
    A top aide to former Vice President Joe Biden’s transition team once helped steer $3 million in taxpayer dollars to a Hunter Biden-linked venture capital firm. Last week, Bloomberg reported that Don Graves, a high-ranking executive at Key Bank, has been tasked to advise Biden on financial regulation issues during the transition process. Graves, who worked for the former vice president during the Obama administration, has been a long time fixture in the Biden family orbit. As Peter Schweizer, a senior contributor at Breitbart News and the president of the Government Accountability Institute, revealed in Profiles in Corruption, that relationship benefited Hunter Biden’s business interests on at least one occasion. In December 2013, Hunter Biden, along with his long-time business associate Devon Archer, invested in a Hawaii-focused venture capital fund called mbloom. The investment, which was meant to provide seed capital for technology startups, was the result of a public-private partnership...
    (CNN)The top US general is standing firm amid sweeping changes at the Pentagon which have seen senior officials replaced by Trump idealogues and alarmed senior defense officials.Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley made clear his dedication to the constitution at an event Wednesday while standing beside the newly installed acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller."We are unique among militaries. We do not take an oath to a king or a queen, a tyrant or a dictator. We do not take an oath to an individual. No, we do not take an oath to a country, a tribe or religion. We take an oath to the Constitution. And every soldier that is represented in this museum, every sailor, airman, Marine, Coast Guardsman, each of us will protect and defend that document, regardless of personal price," Milley said during remarks at the opening of the US Army's museum.While Milley...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) affirmed on Monday that President Trump is well within his rights to look into allegations of voter fraud and explore his legal options moving forward in the contested presidential election and reminded Democrats that they spent four years “refusing to accept the validity of the last election.” To the establishment media’s apparent dismay, McConnell is not deeming the presidential election over, nor is he urging Trump to concede. “The president has every right to look into allegations and to request recounts under the law and notably the Constitution gives no role in this process to wealthy media corporations,” McConnell said on the Senate floor Monday, blasting the projections and “commentary of the press.” “The projections and commentary of the press do not get veto power over the legal rights of any citizen, including the President of the United States,” he continued. “Our institutions are...
    Cal State Northridge is trumpeting a high profile alumnus these days: 1987 graduate Douglas Emhoff, husband of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Come January’s inauguration, Emhoff, 56, will become the nation’s first-ever “second gentleman.” Some have been toying with “SHOUS” (for second husband of the United States) for Emhoff’s moniker, but it remains to be seen if that will stick. Joining his history-making wife — the first woman and person of color to hold the vice presidency — he’ll be the first Jewish spouse of any gender married to a president or vice-president. On Monday, Emhoff was still basking in the glow Saturday’s projected victory for the Biden-Harris ticket, which puts him and his wife en route to the vice presidential residence at the U.S. Naval Observatory. “Love you Madam Vice President-elect!” came his Monday afternoon tweet. Love you Madam Vice President-elect! ❤️???????? https://t.co/ylIAe0LP9s — Doug Emhoff (@DouglasEmhoff) November 9, 2020...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 12:55 p.m. President-elect Joe Biden has spoken to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, leaders of three of the United States’ most important European allies. Johnson’s support for Brexit and warm relationship with President Donald Trump have made many Democrats wary, but he was nonetheless among the first European leaders to congratulate Biden in a phone call. Johnson’s office said the two men “discussed the close and longstanding relationship” between the two countries and promised to strengthen those bonds in areas including trade and security. In the 25-minute call, they also promised to work on “shared priorities, from tackling climate change, to promoting democracy, and building back better from the coronavirus pandemic,” Downing St. said. “Build back better” is a slogan that Biden and the British government have in common....
    Donald Trump announced that he will be holding a press conference at a Philadelphia-area landscaping firm with a location that raised some eyebrows. In a series of tweets on Saturday morning, Trump announced that his legal team would be holding a press conference. Trump appeared to have some difficulty in pinning down the exact location, first saying it was simply at “Four Seasons” before deleting the tweet and resending by saying it would be held at “Four Season’s (sic) Landscaping,” and finally clarifying that it was not the Philadelphia hotel of the same name but instead a small firm called Four Seasons Total Landscaping. The site of the event earned some mockery online. As the Mirror pointed out, the small company had an unusual location, tucked between an adult bookstore and a cremation center. “Fantasy Island is an Adult book store, which advertises that it sells DVDs, lotions and novelty...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador proposed Tuesday a blanket ban on sub-contracting or outsourcing of jobs by private companies, saying the practice has been abused to avoid paying employees’ the benefits they are due by law. The president said he would send the proposal to congress at a later date, but the plan already drew criticism from business groups that claim the change would further harm Mexico’s economy precisely when it is still reeling from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Companies in Mexico often contract out jobs like maintenance, cleaning and warehouse duties to temporary agencies or outside firms, to avoid the expense of having to advertise for and hire employees, or to increase their workforce for short periods of time. Such employees frequently work at a company's facilities, but are paid by another firm. López Obrador cited abuses Tuesday in calling for the...
    MEXICO CITY – Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador proposed Tuesday a blanket ban on sub-contracting or outsourcing of jobs by private companies, saying the practice has been abused to avoid paying employees’ the benefits they are due by law. The president said he would send the proposal to congress at a later date, but the plan already drew criticism from business groups that claim the change would further harm Mexico’s economy precisely when it is still reeling from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Companies in Mexico often contract out jobs like maintenance, cleaning and warehouse duties to temporary agencies or outside firms, to avoid the expense of having to advertise for and hire employees, or to increase their workforce for short periods of time. Such employees frequently work at a company's facilities, but are paid by another firm. López Obrador cited abuses Tuesday in calling...
    A woman who became an internet meme after repeatedly nodding and giving a thumbs up at President Trump's town hall last week has revealed she and her employees are being targeted by hate mail and bad reviews.  Mayra Joli, a Miami-based immigration lawyer from the Dominican Republic, became known as the 'Nodding Lady' after sitting in the audience directly behind Trump at the NBC News town hall at Perez Art Museum in Miami on Thursday. She told Fox News that since clips of her nodding in agreement went viral, her employees have been contacted and urged to quit, and she has received a string of criticism to her law firm.  'Nobody can call an employer to fire me,' she said. 'What they're doing is calling my employees so they quit.'   Scroll down for video  Mayra Joli, a Miami-based immigration lawyer from the Dominican Republic, became known as the 'Nodding...
    Lawyers working for a firm providing counsel to President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden holds massive cash advantage over Trump ahead of Election Day Tax records show Trump maintains a Chinese bank account: NYT Trump plays video of Biden, Harris talking about fracking at Pennsylvania rally MORE’s re-election campaign donated tens of thousands of dollars to Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden holds massive cash advantage over Trump ahead of Election Day Tax records show Trump maintains a Chinese bank account: NYT Trump plays video of Biden, Harris talking about fracking at Pennsylvania rally MORE’s campaign. An analysis conducted by Reuters showed that lawyers working for Jones Day donated almost $90,000 to the campaign of Joe Biden while only $50 was given to Trump’s campaign. The numbers provided by the report show how much individuals donated, not what was donated by the firm itself, according to Reuters. Since 2019, Jones Day...
    Attorneys at Jones Day, the international law firm that has raked in millions as the Trump campaign’s top outside counsel, have overwhelmingly donated to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s campaign while essentially stiffing the president’s re-election efforts. Individual donations from Jones Day lawyers between January 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020 show approximately $90,000 going to the former vice president, while the total given to President Donald Trump was exactly $50, Reuters reported Tuesday morning. According to the report, during that same span, Jones Day, where former White House counsel Don McGahn returned in March 2019 to head up the firm’s Government Regulation Practice, has been paid in excess of $4.5 million for legal work by the Trump campaign. Jones Day is also one of three major law firms that have been working with the campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC) to set up a legal network composed...
    By Diane Bartz and David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta, who was nominated to the court by President Barack Obama, has been selected at random to hear the U.S. Justice Department's case against Alphabet's Google, according to a court filing on Wednesday. Mehta is a judge on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Mehta, who was confirmed by the Senate in December 2014 in a voice vote, heard a Federal Trade Commission fight to block a merger of Sysco and U.S. Foods. In 2015, he ruled for the government and the deal was abandoned. In May 2019, Mehta ruled in favor of a U.S. House of Representatives committee seeking President Donald Trump’s financial records from his accounting firm. Mehta was previously a partner at the law firm Zuckerman Spaeder LLP and was born in India in 1971 and moved to the United...
    One of the people on an explosive email thread allegedly involving Hunter Biden has corroborated the veracity of the messages, which appear to outline a payout for former Vice President Joe Biden as part of a deal with a Chinese energy firm. One email, dated May 13, 2017, and obtained by Fox News, includes a discussion of “remuneration packages” for six people in a business deal with a Chinese energy firm. The email appeared to identify Biden as “Chair / Vice Chair depending on agreement with CEFC,” in an apparent reference to now-bankrupt CEFC China Energy Co. The email includes a note that “Hunter has some office expectations he will elaborate.” A proposed equity split references “20” for “H” and “10 held by H for the big guy?” with no further details. Fox News spoke to one of the people who was copied on the email, who confirmed its authenticity. Sources told Fox...
    Hunter Biden is a 50-year-old American lawyer whose elderly father Joe hopes in just over a fortnight to unseat Donald Trump at the U.S. Presidential election. He’s also a twice-married father of five kids (one via a fleeting affair with a former stripper) who has struggled with cocaine and alcohol addiction for most of his adult life and in 2014, when his dad was Barack Obama’s Vice President, managed to get booted out of the U.S. Naval Reserve for failing a drug test. This week saw a vintage ‘October surprise’ when the New York Post obtained footage of Hunter variously: lying in bed smoking a crack pipe; reclining in the bath with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth; and starring in a 12-minute mobile phone video that, in the newspaper’s words, saw him hoofing class A narcotics ‘while engaged in a sex act with an unidentified woman’. Most sensationally...
    The Obama White House allowed Burisma’s PR firm to participate in a 2015 conference call discussing then-Vice President Joe Biden’s 2015 visit to Ukraine when he forced out a prosecutor with jurisdiction over Burisma, the New York Post reports. At the time, Vice President Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, was a highly-paid member of Burisma’s board. The PR firm, Blue Star Strategies, is regarded as a “Democrat-run consulting firm,” according to Senate Republicans investigating Burisma. The Post reported Wednesday: The Obama administration let a Democratic p.r. company that worked for Ukrainian energy firm Burisma take part in a conference call about an upcoming visit to Ukraine by then-Vice President Joe Biden, emails obtained by The Post show. An associate at Blue Star Strategies then emailed a memo with minutes of the conference call hosted by the White House to a top Burisma executive, Vadym Pozharskyi, as well as to Joe Biden’s son...
    Joe Biden's campaign is facing questions about the role of his son-in-law after a report that Howard Krein has been advising the Democrat on the coronavirus amid a possible conflict of interest. Krein's venture capital business, StartUp Health, has been running a special initiative to invest in health care startups that offer solutions to the COVID pandemic, Politico reported, as Krein participated in daily calls to brief Biden on the virus. His dual roles of advising the campaign while investing into solutions to the outbreak could be a conflict of interest or lead to questions about whether his business is benefiting from his father-in-law. President Donald Trump has faced many conflict of interest questions while in office. The president still owns his private business, the Trump Organization, but the day-to-day business is run by his sons Don Jr. and Eric. Still, questions have been raised, for example, about how the Trump hotels...
    Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden acknowledge that he is “not a fan of court packing” during an interview with local TV news station in Ohio, but still refused to commit to a firm position after the election. Instead, he pointed to the current efforts by President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans to push through the Amy Coney Barrett Supreme Court nomination, which he called out as “court packing” already in progress. During an appearance on Cincinnati’s CBS affiliate WKRC, Biden was again asked about his position on expanding the Supreme Court, a question he has repeatedly dodged in recent weeks. Still, Local 12 news reporter Kyle Inskeep pushed Biden for an answer, citing undecided voters as looking for more clarification about his stance. “The Supreme Court is obviously top of mind for voters, especially today,” Inskeep noted. “You have made it very clear you don’t want to talk about...
    Facebook has banned a marketing firm it found paying teenagers to run a pro-Trump troll farm. Arizona-based Rally Forge was responsible for hundreds of fake accounts and pages on the social network that were designed to support President Trump, the Washington Post reported on Thursday. Facebook’s investigation found that Rally Forge was “working on behalf of Turning Point USA,” the organization founded by young conservative activist and longtime Trump supporter Charlie Kirk. Over the course of the scheme, the accounts bankrolled by Kirk’s nonprofit had more than 400,000 likes on Facebook and Instagram and were responsible for almost $1 million worth of ad buys, according to the report. Teenagers paid by Rally Forge created and operated fake accounts to simulate support for the president. The accounts coordinated to dismiss concerns about the coronavirus, spread false claims about the security of mail-in voting as well as attack Democratic presidential candidate...
    Joe Biden said during a campaign event Wednesday that the Department of Justice has become “the Department of Trump.” During an event in Charlotte, North Carolina, Biden was asked how he would reimagine the Justice Department and the civil rights division in particular. Biden started by saying, “This has been the most corrupt administration in modern American history. The Justice Department has turned into the president’s private law firm.” He referenced the DOJ’s involvement in the defamation suit from E. Jean Carroll, who has accused the president of rape. “Where does that come from?” Biden said his DOJ would be independent of him and he would not direct them who to prosecute. He said he would elevate the civil rights division within the DOJ and push for more police transparency. The former VP said he’s been asked if he would “prosecute Trump” if he wins, and he responded by...
    Oracle shares surged 10 percent in premarket trading on Monday following reports that the computer software firm had won a bidding war to take over TikTok's US operations.  The purported deal came a week before President Donald Trump promised to follow through with his plan to ban the Chinese-owned app in the US unless its parent company ByteDance handed over operations to an American firm. A person familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal that Oracle will take over as TikTok's 'trusted tech partner' in the US. They added it is unlikely to be an outright sale.  Last month, Trump threw his support behind Oracle buying TikTok, calling it a 'great company' and saying: 'I think that Oracle would be certainly somebody that could handle it.'  Trump's seal of approval drew renewed attention to his links to Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison, who is likely to see a big payday...
    (CNN)In new letters, House Democrats are demanding new documents about the Department of Health and Human Services' $250 million contract with a marketing firm handling a campaign on coronavirus that Democrats say they want to ensure does not go to propping up the President's reelection campaign.The contract, which was advertised over the summer to help the administration "defeat despair and inspire hope" surrounding coronavirus, according to the performance work document sent to communication firms and first reported by Politico in August, is valued at a quarter of a billion dollars.Democrats sent letters to both Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Ben Garthwaite, the chief executive officer for Fors Marsh Group, the market research firm that ultimately got the contract."We have grave concerns that, rather than focus on planning and executing a national strategy to contain the coronavirus, the Trump Administration is using a quarter of a billion dollars...
    A consulting firm working with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's 2020 campaign was targeted by hackers connected to the Russian government, Microsoft warned the firm, according to a report from Reuters. The unsuccessful attacks on SKDKnickerbocker came over the last two months and may have been targeting the Biden campaign or other clients of the firm, according to sources cited by Reuters. RUSSIA TARGETING BLACK LIVES MATTER, LEFT-LEANING VOTERS ONLINE: INTELLIGENCE SOURCES “They are well-defended, so there has been no breach,” an unidentified person familiar with SKDK’s response to the hackers said, according to Reuters. Russian diplomat Dmitry Peskov called the report "nonsense," Russian news agency TASS reported on Thursday. Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden arrives to board a plane at New Castle Airport in New Castle, Del., Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, en route to campaign events in Michigan. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) SKDKnickerbocker managing director Anita Dunn is also a senior...
              Liberty University says it is conducting a forensic investigation of Jerry Falwell Jr. a week after he resigned as president. Falwell resigned last Tuesday after amid conflicting claims about a sexual relationship his wife Becki Falwell had with a business partner, The Associated Press reported. Falwell reportedly participated in some of the liaisons as a voyeur. The Lynchburg, Virginia based university on August 21 announced a paid leave of absence for Falwell and that Board Chairman Jerry Prevo would serve as acting president. The evangelical Christian university’s Executive Committee, acting on behalf of its Board of Trustees, on Monday defended its handling of the scandal and said that the university is moving forward in a new direction in addition to investigating Falwell’s tenure. The statement said: This past week challenged all of us to the core. While we had been willing to extend...
    A Democratic analytics firm is warning that the results of the presidential election may swing wildly days after election night as an unprecedented number of mail-in and absentee ballots are counted. Josh Mendelsohn, CEO of Hawkfish, explained his firm’s election night projections in an appearance on “Axios on HBO” in a clip released on Tuesday. Mendelsohn said that a “red mirage” may take place on election night showing an overwhelming victory for President Trump before Democratic nominee Joe Biden wins the election days later. “The reason we talk about a red mirage is in fact because we believe that on election night, we’re going to see Donald Trump in a stronger position than the reality actually is,” Mendelsohn said. “We are sounding an alarm and saying that this is a very real possibility, that the data is going to show on election night an incredible victory for Donald Trump. “That...
    Anthony Scaramucci, former director of communications for the White House and founder of SkyBridge Capital LLC, speaks during the Skybridge Alternatives (SALT) conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 8, 2019.Joe Buglewicz | Bloomberg | Getty Images President Donald Trump's former body man went to work on Wall Street for Anthony Scaramucci after being fired from the White House just a year earlier.  John McEntee, the former body man who was later let go after reportedly being denied a security clearance, went to work for SkyBridge, the vocal Trump critic's hedge fund, during his hiatus from the White House, according to a financial disclosure report and people with direct knowledge of the matter. They declined to be named as the details had yet to be made public.  McEntee returned to the White House this year and later became head of the Office of Presidential Personnel. During his time away from...
    Entertainment : He President of the National Confederation of Freight Transportation (CNTC), Sergio Pérez, Thursday afternoon arrived at Lo Vásquez, on Route 68, andCenter of the truckers’ mobilization, to take stock of the first hours of the strike that started at midnight. The union leader stated that Despite calls from La Moneda and some parliamentarians, the truckers’ strike will continue indefinitely as long as there are no concrete solutions to their demands. In addition, he asked to add the Judicial Power and the national prosecutor, Jorge Abbott, to the talks. “This citizen mobilization for love, peace and for an end to crime in the nation has had cross-sectional support throughout the country. Indeed, we have had a series of calls from Parliament and also from the Executive Branch, but we have asked that the president of the Supreme Court and the national...
    Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi went on the offense in her Republican Convention address, focusing on the Biden family and the political ties she says they benefited from. "Our party's theme tonight is ‘America — the land of opportunity,’” Bondi said. “But for Joe Biden, it's been the land of opportunism, not opportunity.” The Democrats told the American people to look Joe Biden as the model of integrity, she said. "But, when you look at his 47-year career in politics, the people who benefited are his family members, not the American people,” the Florida prosecutor continued. She first pointed to Joe Biden’s son Hunter and his ties to Ukraine. Biden was placed on the board of Ukrainian gas company Burisma while his father was vice president, despite having no natural gas experience and not speaking the language. “Yet he was paid millions to do nothing,” Bondi said. “He only had...
    Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi will be part of the lineup of speakers during the second night of the 2020 Republican National Convention (RNC). Bondi, who co-chairs the group “Women For Trump,” served as Florida’s Attorney General between 2011 and 2019. She was one of Trump’s early supporters in the Sunshine State. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., attend a rally with Florida governor candidate Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., and other GOP candidates at the Hillsborough County Republican Party office in Tampa. (CQ Roll Call) At the 2016 RNC, she famously gave a speech in which she encouraged “Lock Her Up” chants directed at Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. “Lock her up, I love that,” Bondi said to an audience member holding a sign. After serving as attorney general, Bondi headed the lobbying firm Ballard Partners’ regulatory compliance office. The firm, headed...
    Hunter Biden and his younger sister Ashley Biden lauded their father for his honesty, care and principles during the Democratic National Convention Thursday night. “We want to tell you what kind of president our dad will be,” Hunter said. The two siblings go on to describe their father’s admirable characteristics. “He will be tough,” Ashley said. “And honest.” “He’ll tell you the truth when you don’t want to hear it,” she added. “He’ll listen, he’ll be there when you need him.” Hunter and Ashley Biden deliver heartfelt remarks about their father, Joe Biden, before he speaks on the final night of the #DemConvention. https://t.co/xz55j47tUe pic.twitter.com/25rnDdp1Ef — World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) August 21, 2020 President Donald Trump criticized Hunter over his work with the Ukrainian gas company Burisma Holdings while his father, former Vice President Joe Biden, pressured the country’s former president to fire a prosecutor who was investigating the...
    TikTok quickly deleted a video it posted Thursday evening featuring Kellyanne Conway's teenage daughter Claudia criticizing the Trump advisor amid the social media app's battle with the president.  The video of the 15-year-old was posted to the app's official Instagram page at around 6pm Thursday but was taken down less than an hour later.  The video featured the teenage TikTok star at the start of a montage of users taking part in the app's #HurtMyFeelings challenge.  A teary Conway makes a peace sign to the camera as she lies on her bed with mascara rolling down her face from crying.  'you think you can hurt my feelings? lol my mom is kellyanne conway,' she wrote.   The video featuring Claudia Conway above was quickly deleted from their Instagram page The teenager criticized her Mom, Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway, pictured together above The video then moves on to other users who...
    By LISA MASCARO, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not about to blink. The Democratic leader has been here before, negotiating a deal with the White House to save the U.S. economy, and lessons from the Great Recession are now punctuating the coronavirus talks. With Republicans again balking at big government bailouts, the Democrats believe they have the leverage, forcing President Donald Trump into a politically risky standoff over help for millions of Americans. “It’s impossible to know whether she has overplayed her hand until we see if there is a COVID package,” says Michael Steel, a former top aide to then-Speaker John Boehner. Monday brought no new talks between Trump's team and negotiators on Capitol Hill as the president tries a go-it-alone strategy. Over the weekend, he launched a series of executive actions that give the appearance of a White House taking charge but may...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not about to blink. The Democratic leader has been here before, negotiating a deal with the White House to save the U.S. economy, and lessons from the Great Recession are now punctuating the coronavirus talks. With Republicans again balking at big government bailouts, the Democrats believe they have the leverage, forcing President Donald Trump into a politically risky standoff over help for millions of Americans. “It’s impossible to know whether she has overplayed her hand until we see if there is a COVID package,” says Michael Steel, a former top aide to then-Speaker John Boehner. Monday brought no new talks between Trump’s team and negotiators on Capitol Hill as the president tries a go-it-alone strategy. Over the weekend, he launched a series of executive actions that give the appearance of a White House taking charge but may end up providing little help for...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not about to blink. The Democratic leader has been here before, negotiating a deal with the White House to save the U.S. economy, and lessons from the Great Recession are now punctuating the coronavirus talks. With Republicans again balking at big government bailouts, the Democrats believe they have the leverage, forcing President Donald Trump into a politically risky standoff over help for millions of Americans. “It’s impossible to know whether she has overplayed her hand until we see if there is a COVID package,” says Michael Steel, a former top aide to then-Speaker John Boehner. Monday brought no new talks between Trump’s team and negotiators on Capitol Hill as the president tries a go-it-alone strategy. Over the weekend, he launched a series of executive actions that give the appearance of a White House taking charge but may end up providing...
    By LISA MASCARO, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not about to blink. The Democratic leader has been here before, negotiating a deal with the White House to save the U.S. economy, and lessons from the Great Recession are now punctuating the coronavirus talks. With Republicans again balking at big government bailouts, the Democrats believe they have the leverage, forcing President Donald Trump into a politically risky standoff over help for millions of Americans. “It’s impossible to know whether she has overplayed her hand until we see if there is a COVID package,” says Michael Steel, a former top aide to then-Speaker John Boehner. Monday brought no new talks between Trump's team and negotiators on Capitol Hill as the president tries a go-it-alone strategy. Over the weekend, he launched a series of executive actions that give the appearance of a White House taking charge but may...
    (CNN)A record number of people are giving up their US citizenship, new research published on Sunday found. More than 5,800 Americans gave up their citizenship in the first six months of 2020 compared to the 2,072 Americans who renounced their citizenship in all of 2019, according to Bambridge Accountants, a New York-based firm specializing in US expat tax, UK expats, actors and other creatives in the US and the UK.The firm said it examined public data, published by the US government every three months, of the names of all Americans who give up their citizenship. "These are mainly people who already left the US and just decided they've had enough of everything," Alistair Bambridge, a partner at Bambridge Accountants, told CNN. "What we've seen is people are over everything happening with President Donald Trump, how the coronavirus pandemic is being handled, and the political policies in the US at the...
    Instagram has come under fire for favoring President Donald Trump, following a report that found the Facebook-owned firm hid negative related hashtags linked to the President - but allowed 'vitriol' content about Joe Biden, according to Tech Transparency Project (TTP). When users searched for Biden-related hashtags, the were shown a number of options, including #creepyjoe and #joebidenpedophile, but tags had disappeared for content regarding the president. BuzzFeed News first contacted the Facebook-owned company about the issue, which said it was not favoritism, but a bug and has since removed all related hashtags from the platform. Scroll down for video  When users searched for Biden-related hashtags, the were shown a number of options, including #creepyjoe and #joebidenpedophile, but nothing was displayed for content about the president Instagram spokesperson Raki Wane said: ‘A technical error caused a number of hashtags to not show related hashtags.’ ‘We’ve disabled this feature while we investigate.’ RELATED...
    Lindsey Graham says Microsoft should take over TikTok to 'keep competition alive and data out of the hands of the Chinese government', after the sale of the app was reportedly put on hold following Trump's announcement.  The senator on Saturday defended the president's decision to take action against the popular video-sharing app, which officials claim poses a national security risk because of the personal data it handles. Graham however, said he was in favor of an American company acquiring TikTok's U.S. operations, rather than banning the app completely.  'To fans and users of#TikTok. I understand your concerns. However President Trump is right to want to make sure that the Chinese Communist Party doesn't own TikTok and most importantly - all of your private data,' the senator tweeted.  'What's the right answer? Have an American company like Microsoft take over TikTok. Win-win. Keeps competition alive and data out of the hands...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The president of the Pittsburgh-based technology company that is taking over collecting coronavirus data from the CDC says the firm is ready to solve the coronavirus crisis. Hospital data related to the coronavirus pandemic will no longer go to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention. Instead, it will be collected by TeleTracking Technologies, a private technology firm based in Pittsburgh. TeleTracking’s leadership explains this as a public-private partnership rather than a taking over of data collection for the CDC. The company says it’s proud to do its part to help solve the largest public health and economic crisis of our lifetime. “In the fight with COVID, we must have actionable information so that we can test, tag, track and treat the disease,” said Christopher Johnson, president of TeleTracking Technologies. Even before it was awarded a $10 million contract from the federal government to track coronavirus data,...
    OF NOTE: COVID-19 Donaldson Co. Inc., a Bloomington-based maker of filtration systems for industry, has donated $100,000 to Direct Relief in support of global COVID-19 medical response and treatment efforts through its Donaldson Foundation. ADVERTISING/PUBLIC RELATIONS St. Louis Park-based advertising agency Nemer Fieger announced that Chad Olson has been promoted from senior vice president of marketing to president. ARCHITECTURE/ENGINEERING Engineering firm WSB, Golden Valley, announced the promotions of Monica Heil and Morgan Dawley to leadership positions in the firm’s municipal services division and also announced the promotion of Meghan Litsey to director of environmental compliance.. ENTERTAINMENT Theater Mu, St. Paul, announced the hire of Anh-Thu T. Pham as its next managing director. Outgoing Managing Director Shannon Fitzgerald officially steps out on July 31. FEDERAL RESERVE The board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis has appointed two new assistant vice presidents and officers, effective Aug. 1: Dominick...
    Bill Hagerty, a GOP candidate for U.S. Senate in Tennessee and President Donald Trump’s former U.S. ambassador to Japan, resigned on Saturday from an agriculture firm that he discovered was promoting Black Lives Matter (BLM) extremism. Hagerty, who is endorsed and supported by President Trump, made the decision to resign from the board of R.J. O’Brien when he found out the firm was actively promoting the Marxist BLM movement. Hagerty wrote in his resignation letter to R.J. O’Brien’s CEO Gerald Corcoran, which was obtained by Breitbart News: I have been humbled to work with the R.J. O’Brien family and to be part of this more than century old company that has been a foundational pillar of the agricultural industry. The role that R.J. O’Brien plays in the stability and soundness of U.S. agricultural markets is vital to the future of our nation’s farmers, and I have valued being a part...
    DUNMORE, Pa. (CBS/AP) — Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden turned his campaign against President Donald Trump toward the economy Thursday near his childhood hometown of Scranton, introducing a New Deal-like economic agenda while drawing a sharp contrast with a billionaire incumbent he said has abandoned working-class Americans amid cascading crises. The former vice president presented details of a comprehensive agenda that he touted as the most aggressive government investment in the U.S. economy since World War II. Biden also accused Trump of ignoring the coronavirus pandemic and the climate crisis while encouraging division amid a national reckoning with systemic racism. “His failures come with a terrible human cost and a deep economic toll,” Biden said during a 30-minute address at McGregor Industries, a metal works firm. “Time and again, working families are paying the price for this administration’s incompetence.” Biden’s shift to the economy meets Trump on turf the...
    The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks at McGregor Industries on July 09, 2020 in Dunmore, Pennsylvania.Spencer Platt | Getty Images Financial advisory firm Signum Global Advisors told clients on Thursday that they aren't convinced Joe Biden is going to be as progressive as some may hope if he beats President Donald Trump in November.  The firm told their corporate clients in a note that they believe the policy recommendations put together by task forces filled with allies of Biden's and the more progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders shows that the presumptive Democratic nominee doesn't plan to side too often with those on the left side of the political spectrum if he becomes president.  "The report is very aspirational; it pays lip service to some of the party's more progressive ideas, though has few specifics about how ideas will be achieved, and generally repeats most of the moderate ideas from...
    Sen. Robert Menendez, the leading Democrat on the Senate International Relations Committee tweeted the information Tuesday. “Congress received notification that POTUS officially withdrew the U.S. from the ⁦‪@WHO⁩in the midst of a pandemic. To simply call Trump’s reaction to COVID chaotic & incoherent does not do it justice. This is not going to secure American lives or interests—it leaves Individuals ill & The united states alone,” he wrote. A State Division official also confirmed that “the United States’ discover of withdrawal, effective July 6, 2021, has been submitted to the UN Secretary-General, who is the depository for the WHO.” The letter dealt with to the UN is very shorter, all-around a few sentences, a source briefed on the correspondence informed CNN, and it will bring about a a person-12 months withdrawal timeline. Having said that, this source also cautioned that they cannot confirm they observed the last model of the...
    DEVELOPMENT Doran Cos., Bloomington, announced that Traci Tomas is being promoted to chief operating officer; Tomas previously led operations for Continental Property Group. FINANCIAL SERVICES Allianz Life Insurance Co. of North America, Golden Valley, announced that Howard Woolley has joined its board. Woolley is president of Howard Woolley Group LLC, a business and public policy firm serving technology clients. … Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank announced the following leadership changes in its Corporate & Commercial Banking (CCB) business: Felicia La Forgia has been named head of Corporate Banking; Hassan Salem, head of Commercial Banking; Elliot Jaffee, head of CCB Strategy; Joseph Murphy, chief credit officer, and Shannon Donnelly, CCB chief administrative officer. … Financial services attorney Phil Kunkel has joined Alliance Management, a BerganKDV company, based the firm’s St. Cloud office. … Old National Bank announced the opening of a new location at 5920 Brooklyn Blvd. in Brooklyn Center. … Ryan...
    In addition to announcing what is basically a "stay" on abortion rights on Monday, the Supreme Court also released a mixed opinion on the constitutionality of one of the key post-Great Recession reforms included in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law. The constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was at issue, and the court decided to split the difference in a decision that is both good and bad for the agency. In short, it still exists. That's good. But it's also at the mercy of the president. That's mixed. The challenge to the law was brought by the California-based firm, Seila Law, sparked by a demand from the CFPB that the firm provide information and documents as part of an investigation into whether in its debt relief service violated consumer financial law. The firm refused to comply, the CFBP asked a court to enforce compliance and Selia Law challenged...
    CNN anchor Jake Tapper lambasted President Donald Trump on Sunday morning for “standing firm” with Confederate generals as Washington begins moving forward with renaming several military bases named after Lost Cause leaders, noting that the president is openly backing “dead, racist losers.” Amid large nationwide protests over systemic racism and police brutality in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, there has been a renewed effort to remove Confederate monuments and rename government facilities christened with rebel leaders’ names. This includes the Armed Services Committee in the Senate voting to require the Pentagon to strip military bases and equipment of Confederate names, monuments or symbols, something Trump has pushed back on. “These Monumental and very Powerful Bases have become part of a Great American Heritage, and a history of Winning, Victory, and Freedom. The United States of America trained and deployed our HEROES on these Hallowed Grounds, and won two World...
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