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    Felipe VI puts his left hand to his stomach (Photo: YOUTUBE CONGRESO) It was a lively morning this Tuesday in the Congress of Deputies, a place where the authorities have celebrated the 40th anniversary of the failed coup on February 23, 1981. An act presided over by King Felipe VI, who wanted to praise the figure of his father, Juan Carlos I, of whom he praised his “firmness and authority” so that “democracy would triumph” the night in which Tejero and a group of Civil Guard put an entire country in check. The current king of Spain has received the authorities in the now classic hand kissing where there has been everything, even a supposed rudeness of Pablo Echenique to Felipe VI. The expert in protocol Patrycia Centeno he has noticed a curious gesture that the king has repeated on numerous occasions during the greeting to...
    From the moment you enter the mission, it is a success, because it will collect data and send it to Earth. Only five days and a few hours remain for the ambitious mission Perseverance comes to Mars. The next February 18 will make its arrival into the atmosphere. And later it will proceed to make its entrance to the surface. It is a complicated mission, but one that NASA has perfectly calculated at all times. This Friday, February 12, NASA publishes a review on its website that talks about the sensors of the space probe. It stands out about them that since their entry to the surface, they will be collecting data from the atmosphere. It will do so with three types of sophisticated sensors. Something that makes the mission a success, from the beginning. Perseverance sensors NASA details on its site, that the entry will not be easy...
    Commercial fishers in Hawaii have had enough of monk seals stealing their catches, damaging their gear and even threatening their crew. But the hefty marine mammals are an endangered species, leading federal officials to look for non-lethal deterrents. The National Marine Fisheries is proposing fisherman shoot the endangered seals with paintballs and sponge grenades. However, the notion has sparked fury among animal rights advocates, with some calling the proposal 'horrid' and that it would encourage more abuse against the endangered seals.   The agency says it is now reviewing comments from the public, and the response has been overwhelmingly negative.  Scroll down for video A Hawaiian monk seal resting on the beach on Kauai, Hawaii. There are only about 1,100 left but new nonlethal methods to deter the massive marine mammals have been met with resistance The monk seal is one of only two mammals native to Hawaii, but there are...
    A new law has become the first to protect human artifacts in outer space.  The 'One Small Step to Protect Human Heritage in Space Act' prevents companies that do business with NASA from disturbing historic traces of previous missions to the moon. Designed to 'protect and preserve the historic and scientific value of U.S. government lunar artifacts,' the law sets a protective perimeter around the six Apollo landing sites—including Tranquility Bay, where the Apollo 11 lander touched down in 1969. The first law to recognize human heritage in outer space, it protects vehicles and hardware, the remains of experiments and even Neil Armstrong's boot prints. Experts say the measure, which enjoyed bipartisan support in Congress, will become increasingly important as trips to the moon increase in the next few years.  It does not, however, specify penalties for violators.  Scroll down for video A new law ensures Neil Armstrong's 1969...
    Joe Biden takes over as president of the United States, and Donald Trump violated a tradition of democracy. Donald Trump’s term in the United States ended and he did so with the controversy that characterized it. This time he broke a 152-year tradition by failing to attend the inauguration of his successor, Joe Biden. The handover of power in North America has several traditional elements. One of them is the act of investiture, in which the new president swears to fulfill his functions. The usual thing is that the outgoing president is present. But Trump didn’t want to. Let us remember that he constantly criticized the elections he lost, calling it « electoral fraud. » Then, on the day of Biden’s certification as the winner, he encouraged his supporters to pressure Congress to perform the act. This ended with the Trump supporters’ assault on the Capitol on January 6....
    The Minister of the Presidency, Public Administration and Interior of the Junta de Andalucía, Elías Bendodo, has assured that the central Executive “is like the dog in the manger, neither makes decisions nor lets us take them” regarding the curfew and the confinement by Covid. “Already we are desperate. If the Government does not want to act, let us leave the autonomous communities, “he said. Speaking in Estepona (Málaga), where he has visited the works to improve the access to the port, Bendodo has referred to the request of the Andalusian Executive to advance the curfew at 8:00 p.m., something that “it seems that the Government of Spain is going to think about it, study it and may agree to it”; as well as being able to decree confinement in certain populations with the highest incidence. Thus, he insisted that the Andalusian Government asks “that give us the tools...
    "That '70s Show" first aired on Fox in August 1998 and lasted for eight seasons before coming to a close in May 2006. Most of the main cast members from "That '70s Show" continue to act, but some have also ventured into writing books, directing, and producing.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. "That '70s Show" first aired on Fox in August 1998 and lasted for eight seasons before coming to a close in May 2006. The popular comedy provided iconic lines and hysterical scenes. And let's not forget that it also paved the way for one of Hollywood's favorite celebrity couples, Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher.  Most of the main cast members from "That '70s Show" continue to act, but have also ventured into writing books, directing, and producing.  Keep reading to see what the cast has been up to. 
              Evangelist Franklin Graham this week told Georgia residents that they must vote in Tuesday’s two U.S. Senate run-offs because “the soul of our nation is at stake.” Graham said this on his Facebook page. “Please encourage your family, your friends, your community to pray and to vote. If conservatives lose control of the Senate, there is nothing to stop the radical agenda of the left. There will not be another chance to get this right. The nation is depending on you,” Graham said. “Why are these two seats so important? The control of the U.S. Senate is at stake. The Senate is the last line of defense to block the radical, wicked agenda that is trying to take control of our nation. These two seats will determine whether liberal socialist-leaning progressives OR conservative lawmakers have a majority. The policies supported by those on the...
    Olivier Douliery/POOL/AFP/Getty Images Mediaite’s new podcast, The Interview, debuted in August and instantly became a must-visit for the biggest names in cable news and media. This week, we’re looking back at some of the most talked-about episodes since our launch. Chris Wallace — Mediaite’s No. 1 most influential in news media this year — had a pretty wild 2020, best exemplified by the mania of the presidential debate he moderated in late September. Wallace has publicly acknowledged it was an absolute mess, and in speaking with Mediaite editor in chief Aidan McLaughlin, he candidly said, “Never in my wildest dreams did I think he would act the way he acted.” He called out the Trump team for taking off their masks during the debate, flouting public health guidelines and showing “utter disregard” for others, and expressed how stunning it was to see something as basic as wearing a mask being politicized....
    Like a bomb went off: Explosion in Nashville that damaged 20 buildings, injured 3 people an intentional act Police: RV explodes in Nashville in apparent intentional act These $19k SUVs Will Make You Trade in Your Car Ad Microsoft This is a slam dunk if you want a one-card wallet in 2021 Ad Microsoft New Policy For Cars Used Less Than 49 Miles/Day Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/21 SLIDES © Getty Images Films that did the best and worst jobs of predicting the future The march of time means many things, for example, its constant reminder of how old we’re...
    Erin Scott | Reuters Capitol Hill lawmakers are wrestling with a big question that's plagued them for months: How to put together another coronavirus relief package that will garner enough support from both parties. On Monday, a new $908 billion bipartisan proposal aims to do just that, except it lacks one key area of aid — second $1,200 stimulus checks. The CARES Act that was passed by Congress in March authorized the first set of $1,200 checks for individuals and $2,400 for couples, plus $500 per child. In the following months, Washington lawmakers have debated whether a second set of checks is necessary. At times, those payments seemed to be one of the few areas with bipartisan support. Now, however, they are at risk of getting left out completely in favor of other initiatives. Today's bipartisan proposal includes enhanced federal unemployment benefits at $300 per week for 16 weeks, food...
    Surveys have shown most Americans care about animal welfare, whether it’s their pets, animals in captivity for entertainment or testing purposes, or even farm animals. Yet animals are abused in all these settings. Governmental bodies can help by enacting stringent animal welfare laws to help stop the abuse. While most animal protection laws are enacted and enforced at the state and local level, there are some significant federal laws that help prevent animal abuse in various contexts. Here are landmark federal laws that have been passed to protect animals. 1. The Animal Welfare Act The Animal Welfare Act (AWA) was signed into law in 1966 and is the primary federal animal protection law. The AWA covers animal carriers, handlers, dealers, breeders, and exhibitors in places like zoos, research laboratories, and puppy mills. After years of lobbying from animal welfare organizations, the law finally set minimum standards of care that...
    Whoopi Goldberg was born as Caryn Elaine Johnson on November 13 1955 and the lady is multifaceted. She is an actor, comedian, writer and host. In fact, she is one of those select personalities who has won an Emmy Award, a Grammy Award, an Academy Award and a Tony Award. In fact, the lady’s many career choices have led t her being nominated for the Academy Awards, Golden Globes and other honours. National PTSD Awareness Day 2020: From Ariana Grande to Lady Gaga, List of Famous People With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. In her career spanning over 35 years, Goldberg has worked in over 150 films, was also the highest paid actress of her time in 1993, the first African American (which she denies she isn’t and calls herself an American), to have received Academy Award nominations for both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. While her list of accomplishments is...
    Senate Democrats have decided to make the ongoing court battle over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act the centerpiece of their argument against the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. In her opening statement, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat from California, pointed to repeated statements by President Trump promising to nominate judges who would overturn the law, popularly called Obamacare, during Senate confirmation hearings Monday morning. “Health-care coverage for millions of Americans is at stake with this nomination,” Feinstein said, noting that on Nov. 10 the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case California v. Texas, wherein 20 Republican-led states have sued to have the law struck down. The Trump administration has declined to defend the law in court. “The president has promised any judge he nominates will overturn the ACA,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, in his opening remarks. “Judge...
    Wednesday on the news that two police officers were shot as protests were underway in Louisville, KY resulting from the announcement of the Breonna Taylor grand jury investigation findings, conservative talk show Mark Levin sounded off on what could be Americans’ attitudes about the unrest. Levin said he was unsure how much longer the public would tolerate the unrest, and he hoped for President Donald Trump’s reelection and the implementation of the Insurrection Act. “I don’t know how much longer Americans are going to put up with this s—,” Levin said. “I just don’t know how much longer. These police are there for us to protect us.  And you see how BLM is celebrated, Antifa’s celebrated. You see, the lies that are told about police officers and police incidents. I pray to God Donald Trump is re-elected. And I pray to God that he uses the Insurrection Act and puts...
    The U.S. House of Representatives has passed The CROWN Act, which would ban discrimination based on a person’s hairstyle or texture nationwide. The CROWN Act, or “Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair Act,” would prevent employers from discriminating against individuals with diverse hair textures or race-specific hairstyles, including Afros, locs, twists, bantu knots, cornrows, and braids. Specifically, the bill prohibits race-based hairstyle discrimination against individuals participating in federally assisted programs, housing programs, public accommodations, and employment. According to the CROWN Act’s official website, “Black women are 1.5 times more likely to be sent home from the workplace because of their hair” and 80% of Black women report feeling like they have to change their natural hair to fit into their office environment. The legislation was initially introduced in Congress in December 2019 by Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) and was cosponsored by Reps. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Ayanna...
              Members of the Metro Nashville Election Commission met privately Friday, and at least one of the five commission members refused to say what they discussed, even though it was government business. Nashville attorney Jim Roberts told The Tennessee Star Saturday that he suspects commission members met to discuss ways to undermine the Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act. As reported last month, this referendum, if approved, would roll back Nashville Mayor John Cooper’s 34-37 percent tax increase. The referendum would also limit property tax rate increases to 2 percent every year without voters approving it. Voters are scheduled to decide during a December 5 referendum. Cooper, as reported, opposes the referendum and wants voters to reject it. “We don’t know what the meeting was to discuss, but come on. You don’t have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing. They are...
    The Devil All The Time Movie Review: Netflix’s new film has the distinction of bringing Spider-Man, Winter Soldier, Batman (well, upcoming), John Connor, Dudley Dursley and Pennywise the Clown under one roof. But The Devil All The Time stays away from the kiddie charm of Spidey’s MCU, though there is a memorable scene involving spiders. It is grittier than Batman’s Gotham. Actually, in the Ohio town of Knockemstiff (apt name, indeed!) where most of the events in the film are set, Pennywise would found himself more at home. The Devil All The Time Movie: Review, Plot, Cast, Trailer, Everything You Need to Know About Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson’s Netflix Film. Directed by Antonio Campos, on a screenplay written by him and his brother Paulo Campos, The Devil All The Time is based on a novel of the same name by Donald Ray Pollock. Pollock also serves as a narrator in the film, his gruff...
    Surveys have shown most Americans care about animal welfare, whether it’s their pets, animals in captivity for entertainment or testing purposes, or even farm animals. Yet animals are abused in all these settings. Governmental bodies can help by enacting stringent animal welfare laws to help stop the abuse. While most animal protection laws are enacted and enforced at the state and local level, there are some significant federal laws that help prevent animal abuse in various contexts. Here are landmark federal laws that have been passed to protect animals. 1. The Animal Welfare Act The Animal Welfare Act (AWA) was signed into law in 1966 and is the primary federal animal protection law. The AWA covers animal carriers, handlers, dealers, breeders, and exhibitors in places like zoos, research laboratories, and puppy mills. After years of lobbying from animal welfare organizations, the law finally set minimum standards of care that...
    Negotiations between House Democrats and the White House on a second coronavirus stimulus package for Americans who are struggling to stay afloat have been stalled for weeks. White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows signaled a possible move toward restarting talks when he told Politico on Wednesday that his staff has reached out to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's staff. But even on that point, there is disagreement. “We've reached out," Meadows told Politico Playbook on Wednesday. "I actually had my staff reach out again yesterday to Speaker Pelosi's chief of staff to say that we haven't heard anything from her. … The president wants [a deal], but I'm not optimistic." WASHINGTON IMPASSE ON CORONAVIRUS RELIEF THREATENS US ECONOMY He added that he thinks Pelosi "is going to hold out until the end of September and try to get what she wants in the funding for the government during the [continuing resolution] or whatever...
    HEIDI Klum appeared furious on tonight’s AGT after a contestant called the judge a “tramp” and implied that she’s “loose” as part of his comedy routine.  Comic hopeful Usama Siddiquee was slammed by fans of the reality competition for making a series of “misogynistic” jokes directed towards the Project Runway host.  2Heidi appeared furious after a contestant called her a 'tramp' on AGTCredit: NBC 2Usama Siddiquee also joked the judge was 'loose' as part of his controversial comedy routine Credit: NBC The New York based standup performer ended his act on Tuesday night with a bit about the fun music played at nightclubs.  “Club music is so fun that the DJ could say anything he wants in the beat, as long as he adds a beat drop, he will be okay,” Usama said.  He then went on to make dub-step electronic sounds with his mouth, while repeating “women shouldn’t vote,”...
    Since taking office, President Trump and his administration have wreaked havoc on the environment, reversing nearly 100 environmental rules. Weakening environmental laws not only hurts public health and speeds up climate change, but also will have direct and indirect consequences on animals. Animals and their ecosystems are seen by the current administration as “red tape” that stifles economic growth. Many of Trump’s deregulations are specifically aimed at removing protections for animals; other changes harm animals indirectly by polluting and destroying their habitats or food and water sources. While President Trump has signed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act to protect domesticated animals, his environmental rollbacks will harm thousands more wildlife, bird, and marine species. Here’s a look at ten ways President Trump’s assault on the environment hurts animals. 1. Weakening Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Protections In the 1990s, the Western Atlantic bluefin tuna were severely overfished. The environmental community...
    A former guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show claims the host’s kind on-screen demeanor is simply ‘all an act’ that ends immediately after the cameras stop rolling. Dana Dimatteo appeared on the show in 2018 after flying from Chicago to Los Angeles to attend a taping – a prospect the 29-year-old had been incredibly excited about. Dimatteo was even selected to participate in the ‘Make It Rain’ segment, in which contestants are drenched in water while attempting to win cash prizes. However, despite being such a big fan of the show and its host, she says she was left disappointed to see how Ellen DeGeneres acted behind the scenes. ‘During commercial breaks, Ellen would break out of her “kind” character and sit moodily in silence on her couch, not acknowledging anyone,’ Dimatteo told the Sun. ‘She didn’t say one word to the audience unless the cameras were on, she snapped...
    Wednesday on Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) argued for “criminalizing” those accepting money from the Chinese Communist Party or state-owned enterprises of China, given the Asian superpower is a threat to intellectual property and national security. Cotton also suggested measured be taken to protect U.S. intellectual property. “The Chinese Communist Party continues its campaign of intellectual property theft and forced technology transfer,” he said. “It is past time for us to insist this stop. The Trump administration and the president have been doing that in various ways. I’ve got legislation that would take more steps, as well. So, for instance, criminalizing the payment of money to American professors and academics who are on the payroll of the Chinese Communist Party or their state-owned enterprises.” “Right now, you can only prosecute those cases for things like wire fraud or lying on federal documents,” Cotton continued. “It’s...
    Protesters gather at a July 22 rally in Boston in support of legislation to block evictions in Massachusetts for up to a year.Boston Globe | Boston Globe | Getty Images If you're facing eviction during the pandemic, you're definitely not alone.  Up to 40 million Americans may lose their homes in this downturn, four times the amount seen during the Great Recession.  Even as unemployment levels remain at historic highs and cases of the virus show no sign of abating, statewide eviction moratoriums in more than 30 states have now lifted and protections for renters in the CARES Act are gone. Still, you may be entitled to protections.  More from Personal Finance:Trump wants stimulus checks to be more than $1,200How HEALS Act stimulus checks would be differentHow soon you can expect another stimulus check in the mail For example, many courts have moved to remote hearings during the public health crisis. But some courts require that both parties...
    The IRS sent stimulus checks to everyone who filed a tax return in 2018 or 2019, regardless of whether they were alive or dead. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / . The IRS and the Treasury Department sent stimulus checks as fast as they could as soon as the CARES Act was passed. But, by doing everything in a hurry, they ended up sending over a million payments to deceased people, according to the Federal News Network. However, this has not been entirely lost money, as Dave Lebryk, assistant fiscal secretary to the Treasury department, said Tuesday that the IRS has already recovered about 70% of the $ 1.6 billion in payments to deceased, and hope that more money will be recovered as agency workers return to their jobs and can track the return of these checks. After Congress passed the CARES Act in March, they sent stimulus...
    HARRISBURG (KDKA) — Governor Tom Wolf voiced his support for the RESTAURANTS Act of 2020, a bill that if made into law would provide billions in funds to independently-owned restaurants nationwide. The bill, Real Economic Support That Acknowledges Unique Restaurant Assistance Needed To Survive Act of 2020, was introduced to the House of Representatives on June 15. The funds would go towards the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, overseen by the Department of Treasury, and would allow for grants to be provided to independent restaurants and food purveyors struggling amid the Coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, the bill stipulates that the Department of Treasury would have to prioritize establishments in marginalized communities; additionally, any eatery making revenues of $1.5 million or more will not qualify for government funding under the RESTAURANTS Act. If a restaurant closes permanently during 2020, they would need to return funds provided to them by the RESTAURANTS Act...
    Barcelona, ​​Jul 16 (EFE) .- The former president of the Generalitat Artur Mas believes that he has already assumed all the “political responsibilities” that corresponded to him in relation to the Palau case, for which CDC was convicted of charging illegal commissions, and has indicated that “it is not their intention” to return to the first political line. Mas has appeared this Thursday before the Institutional Affairs Committee of the Parliament at the request of several opposition groups, who quoted him after the Supreme Court confirmed in April the conviction of € 6.6 million for Convergence – a party that led the expresident- for charging illegal commissions through the Palau de la Música. “In such a long trial, with hundreds and hundreds of pages with investigations of any kind, a trial that has lasted ten years from the beginning of the procedure to the final conclusion, in all this time,...
    Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts announced the BREATHE Act on Tuesday -- legislation that would radically transform the nation's criminal justice system by eliminating life sentences, retroactively expunging drug crimes, eliminating multiple federal agencies and permanently close prisons and immigration detention centers, among other things. The bill also seeks to eliminate gang databases, pilot programs for a universal basic income, allow incarcerated individuals the right to vote, and afford voting rights and "lifetime education" to undocumented immigrants. The bill's fate in the Democratic-controlled House is unknown, as not all members support defunding the police, a movement that grew out of nationwide protests over the May 25 death of George Floyd, a Black man who was killed after Derek Chauvin, a White Minneapolis police officer, kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes -- despite Floyd saying that he couldn’t breathe. The House passed a sweeping police reform bill last month. All 233 Democrats voted in favor of...
    By now, most Americans have received the federal stimulus checks directed by the CARES Act in March to help consumers weather the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic.  Three months later, the downturn has been declared an official recession and the official unemployment rate has soared into double digits, heightening calls for a second round of stimulus checks.  There's good news and bad news on the prospects for additional government assistance. The proposed $3 trillion Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions, or HEROES, Act would authorize another round of stimulus payments for most U.S. households. While the bill was passed by the Democrat-controlled House last month, it still must get through the Republican-controlled Senate.  Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Yet there are signs the White House may get behind additional stimulus funding, with the Wall Street Journal reporting that the administration is working on its...
    Getty Will there be a second stimulus check? Why does this week matter? Why does this week matter when it comes to the prospect of getting a second coronavirus stimulus check? On Thursday, the Labor Department will reveal the jobs report for June– as Forbes previously reported, the prospect of a second stimulus check is largely dependent on those job numbers and the latest unemployment rates. In May, reports suggested that the country gained 2.5 million jobs, according to WXFR Fox. “If that trends continues in June, many analysts feel lawmakers would move past a second round of stimulus checks pointing to early signs of an economic recovery,” the outlet continued. The Hill echoed those sentiments, adding, “Another strong month of employment gains could quash a Democratic push for a new round of stimulus checks and extended unemployment benefits that are slated to expire at the end of...
    Appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” longtime political columnist David Ignatius said that his own follow-up on the New York Times’ explosive report that Donald Trump’s administration was well aware that the Russians were offering a bounty for the death of U.S. military members revealed that Pentagon officials have “pounding on the door” and trying to get Donald Trump to do something about it. Speaking with host Joe Scarborough, Ignatius said he was stunned by the report from the Times and started looking into the details himself for confirmation. “Based on my reporting trying to confirm the New York Times’ excellent story it’s clear in late March you had senior U.S commanders, senior civilian intelligence officials, in effect pounding on the door of the White House saying we need to do something about this, we need to come to a conclusion about what damage the Russian program is doing, we need...
    Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar warned the United States that the coronavirus pandemic is threatening to spiral out of control. As CNBC reports, Azar said that COVID-19 spikes in states like Texas, Florida, and Arizona could become out-of-control without the use of masks and social distancing strategies. “We’ve got the tools to do this,” Azar said. “But the window is closing, we have to act, and people as individuals have to act responsibility. We need to social distance, we need to wear our face coverings where we can’t social distance, particularly in these hot zones.” Azar didn’t address any specific mandates at the federal level, but instead called on individuals to act responsibly. He also denied that the states who have chosen to re-open early may be tied to the increase in the number of cases. Instead, he said that the spikes are due to individuals failing to...
    Secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar wears a face mask while attending a press briefing about coronavirus testing in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 11, 2020 in Washington, DC.Drew Angerer | Getty Images Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar warned Sunday that time was running out for the U.S. to curb the spread of coronavirus as cases rise across the country."We've got the tools to do this," Azar told NBC's Meet The Press. "But the window is closing, we have to act, and people as individuals have to act responsibility. We need to social distance, we need to wear our face coverings where we can't social distance, particularly in these hot zones."  Azar's warning comes as President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence claim the country has "flattened the curve" and that new cases can be attributed to increased testing capacity. However, former CDC...
    This is an emergency. Election Day is little more than four months off, voters facing their most important choice since 1860: Donald Trump or America? It’s a decision that will define the future. And millions of us wonder if we’ll get to have our say. Such is the state of things seven years almost to the day since the Supreme Court disemboweled The Voting Rights Act of 1965, specifically the section requiring states and municipalities with histories of voting discrimination to obtain federal approval before changing their balloting procedures. Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John Roberts justified the ruling by pointing out that the racial disparities in voter registration and turnout that existed in 1965 no longer did. In other words, the fact that the Act worked proved it was no longer needed. The ensuing years have made him look like a fool. With the Act out of the...
    During Friday’s Democratic Weekly Address, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) celebrated Pride Month and stated that the Equality Act still needs to be passed by the Senate. Transcript as Follows:  “Hello, I’m Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, and it is my honor to represent New York’s 18th Congressional District in the Hudson Valley. I am also proud to be New York’s first openly gay Member of Congress. Each June, the LGBTQ community and our allies come together to celebrate Pride Month. Pride is different this year, but its fundamental promise has never been more important. Remember, we celebrate Pride in June to commemorate the Stonewall Inn riots from June 1969, which happened when police raided that Greenwich Village hangout, a normal thing back then, and brutalized the peaceful patrons for no other reason than they were Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender. But that night was different. The people fought back, and...
    The United Nations is reeling after a video of what appears to be a sex act in an official U.N. car in Israel has gone viral -- a video that has left the head of the U.N. “shocked and deeply disturbed." The video, released by Inner City Press on Tuesday, shows a woman in a red dress straddling a man in the back seat of a vehicle with U.N. marking as it drives away. UN ACCUSED OF ILLEGAL BUILDING AT AGENCY HQ IN JERUSALEM  Inner City Press, an outlet that has reported and shined a light on corruption at the world body for years and was banned from reporting on U.N. grounds in New York in 2018, reports that the vehicle was part of a U.N. Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) mission in Tel Aviv, Israel. The UNTSO was set up in 1948 to monitor ceasefires in the region. According to its...
    Taylor Swift continues to use her voice for more than just her hugely successful career as a singer and narrative songwriter. On Friday, The 10-time Grammy Award-winner, 30, took part in Pride Live's Stonewall Day livestream event, which is an annual commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall uprising that helped spark the modern day gay rights movement. During her taped segment, she praised the U.S Supreme Court's ruling last week that protects LGBTQ people from workplace discrimination, pushed for the passage of the Equality Act, and blasted the 2020 U.S. Census for excluding transgender and nonbinary people. Using her voice: Taylor Swift showed of her political activist side when she took part in Pride Live's Stonewall Day livestream event, an annual commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall uprising that helped spark the modern day gay rights movement. 'I wanted to say happy Pride Month. The Stonewall Inn has been such a symbol of...
    WASHINGTON - For a moment, Congress had a chance to act on a policing overhaul, mobilized by a national trauma and overwhelming public support. Those efforts have stalled now and seem unlikely to be revived in an election year.   It's latest example of how partisanship and polarization on Capitol Hill have hamstrung Congress' ability to meet the moment and respond meaningfully to public opinion.   Major changes in policing policy appear likely to join gun control and immigration as social issues where even with Americans' overwhelming support, their elected representatives are unable or unwilling to go along, especially when President Donald Trump is indifferent or opposed. "In this moment, as it was with gun violence and immigration reform, we don't know where the president really is," said Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., who weeks ago was expressing skepticism weeks ago about a breakthrough. "If this were the first time...
    “Dear America, Fuck off.” That’s the likely message the 27 members of the European Union will send when they sign off on a blacklist of countries that won’t be welcome when its external borders open July 1. As reported by The Daily Beast in May, the EU is concerned that the positive impact of its own tough lockdowns could be undermined by the chaotic policies and negative impact of the American response to the pandemic, where at least 23 states have reported sharp spikes in COVID-19 cases and 125,000 people have died. Among the countries joining the U.S. on the non grata list are Russia and Brazil, whose handling of the COVID-19 pandemic has been at least as dismal as the U.S. response, according to an EU source who had been briefed on the meeting. Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South...
    By MELISSA TOWNSEND, Minnesota Public Radio News MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — It’s one of those warm early summer days in north Minneapolis, and about 20 people are buzzing around a grassy vacant lot off of busy Lyndale Avenue North. The lot won’t be vacant for long as tractors push rocks, dump trucks drop dirt and a stand of trees with roots bundled in burlap waits to be planted. Everyone is hauling, digging and plotting. They are building an urban garden, or food forest. This urban agriculture project in the Hawthorne neighborhood has been in the works for months. But after the police killed George Floyd, it has become a healing space — particularly for Black residents who often feel targeted and criminalized. Marcus Kar, who works with a crew of teenagers and young adults, told Minnesota Public Radio News that working in the garden is a form of therapy. “We’ve been...
    Det Brett Hankison, 44 (pictured), who was fired from the Louisville Metro Police Department for his role in the death of Breonna Taylor his appealing his termination  The Louisville police officer who was fired for his role in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor is appealing his dismissal. Det Brett Hankison, 44, was terminated on Tuesday with documents alleging he violated department policies by 'blinding' firing 10 rounds into Taylor's home during the botched no-knock raid back in March. The 26-year-old EMT was shot eight times and killed after three plainclothes officers used a battering ram to knock down the door to her apartment. In the termination letter,interim Louisville Metro Chief of Police Robert Schroeder said Hankison showed 'extreme indifference to the value of human life.' In the appeal, both Schroeder and Mayor Greg Fischer are accused of firing Hankison due to public pressure after three months went by following...
    The House of Representatives passed its policing reform bill, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, Thursday evening, in a vote of 236-181. Three Republicans, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Will Hurd of Texas, and Fred Upton of Michigan, joined with Democrats, making this a bipartisan effort to at least begin to hold police accountable for acts of brutality and racism. "Today with the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, the House is honoring his life and the lives of all those killed by police brutality and pledging: Never again," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday, before the vote. "When we pass this bill, the Senate will have a choice: to honor George Floyd's life or to do nothing," she added. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's choice will almost undoubtedly be to do nothing. McConnell has already shown his hand with his sham vote on Tuesday. He put up a...
    Republican Indiana Rep. Jim Banks plans to introduce an amendment that would make monument vandalism a federal offense. Banks explained that he wanted to amend the 2003 Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act to include statues of “former U.S. presidents and Founding Fathers,” which would make vandalism of those monuments and statues a federal offense and impose a potential prison sentence of up to ten years. (RELATED: Jim Banks Says China Could Repay US For Coronavirus, Starting With ‘Significant Debt Forgiveness’) I will be introducing a piece of legislation that would amend the Veterans’ Memorial Preservation Act to include former U.S. presidents and Founding Fathers—making desecrating their memorials a federal offense punishable up to 10 yrs in prison! https://t.co/f6xZxKkKmK — Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) June 24, 2020 “Attacks on our national heroes denigrate what makes us American and aim to destroy what binds us as Americans. They’re serious crimes that deserve serious...
    In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration on Thursday urged the Supreme Court to overturn the Affordable Care Act. The late-night court filing came on the same day the government reported that close to half a million people who lost their health insurance amid the economic shutdown have gotten coverage through HealthCare.gov. The administration's legal brief makes no mention of the coronavirus. Overall, some 20 million Americans could lose their health coverage, and protections for people with preexisting health conditions also would be put at risk if the court agrees with the administration in the case, which won't be heard before the fall. The information on new sign-ups for health coverage comes from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The figures are partial because they don't include sign-ups from states that run their own health insurance marketplaces. Major states like California and New York aren't counted in the federal...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY KANISHKA SINGH President Donald Trump’s administration petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate the Obamacare law introduced by his predecessor that added millions to the healthcare safety net, seeking to scrap coverage during the novel coronavirus crisis. Solicitor General Noel Francisco, in a filing late on Thursday, argued for the administration that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – one of former Democratic President Barack Obama’s signature achievements – became invalid after the previous, Republican-led Congress axed parts of it. “No further analysis is necessary; once the individual mandate and the guaranteed-issue and community-rating provisions are invalidated, the remainder of the ACA cannot survive,” Francisco wrote, adding that lawmakers in 2017 did not show that they intended for the ACA to continue “in the absence of these three integral provisions.” The...
    WASHINGTON -- In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration on Thursday urged the Supreme Court to overturn the Affordable Care Act.The administration's latest high court filing came the same day the government reported that close to half a million people who lost their health insurance amid the economic shutdown to slow the spread of COVID-19 have gotten coverage through HealthCare.gov.The administration's legal brief makes no mention of the virus.Some 20 million Americans could lose their health coverage and protections for people with preexisting health conditions also would be put at risk if the court agrees with the administration in a case that won't be heard before the fall.In the case before the Supreme Court, Texas and other conservative-led states argue that the ACA was essentially rendered unconstitutional after Congress passed tax legislation in 2017 that eliminated the law's unpopular fines for not having health insurance, but left...
    THE Trump administration wants the Supreme Court to revoke Obamacare because it's been an "unlawful failure." The brief filed on Thursday asked the court to strike down the Affordable Care Act – but it didn't mention coronavirus, or its surging infection rates. Trump wants the Supreme Court to strike down ObamacareCredit: AFP or licensors The current US Solicitor General Noel Francisco departing the court in 2016Credit: Reuters Barack Obama said the ACA provisions held insurance companies accountableCredit: Getty Images - Getty If the court agrees with the President's request, around 20 million Americans could lose their health coverage in a case that won't be heard before the fall. Similarly, protections for people with preexisting health conditions also would be put at risk. In this Supreme Court case, Texas and other states argue that the ACA was essentially rendered unconstitutional. Congress passed tax legislation in 2017 that eliminated the law's fines...
    Getty Senator Tim Scott. After South Carolina Senator Tim Scott’s JUSTICE Act didn’t go as a result of objections from Congressional Democrats, he delivered an impassioned speech by which he stated a momentous alternative had been misplaced. “My mates on the opposite facet simply stated no,” he stated. “Not no to the laws … they only stated no.” Scott, the lone Black Republican within the Senate, had already gone earlier than the senate in hopes that his invoice would go, urging Democratic senators to rise above politics and assist a chunk of laws which he stated would have offered “assets for physique cameras, for anti-lynching, for de-escalation coaching.” Nonetheless, many Democrats stated the invoice didn’t go far sufficient and refused to assist it; one Democrat, Rep. Dick Durbin, stated the invoice represented a “token, half-hearted” try at reform, which he later apologized...
    Getty Senator Tim Scott. After South Carolina Senator Tim Scott’s JUSTICE Act failed to pass due to objections from Congressional Democrats, he delivered an impassioned speech in which he said a momentous opportunity had been lost. “My friends on the other side just said no,” he said. “Not no to the legislation … they just said no.” Scott, the lone Black Republican in the Senate, had already gone before the senate in hopes that his bill would pass, urging Democratic senators to rise above politics and support a piece of legislation which he said would have provided “resources for body cameras, for anti-lynching, for de-escalation training.” However, many Democrats said the bill did not go far enough and refused to support it; one Democrat, Rep. Dick Durbin, said the bill represented a “token, half-hearted” attempt at reform, which he later apologized for, Politico reported. The bill failed and...
    Bubba Wallace hopes hate speech will disappear from the world | Chris Graythen / . NASCAR released a photo of the rope found in the No. 43 team’s garage Thursday. The rope with a pitchfork knot found in Bubba Wallace’s garage at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday was considered an act of assault on the pilot. However, an investigation by FBI and in collaboration with NASCAR dismissed such an accusation. NASCAR releases photo to the media of the garage pull rope formed as a noose from the Bubba Wallace garage Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.This image was provide by NASCAR. pic.twitter.com/Z4ZyBzpREF – Marty Smith (@MartySmithESPN) June 25, 2020 In addition, the FBI determined that Wallace was not a victim of a hate crime and that the rope has been at the garage door since October 2019. The professional at the wheel told TMZ Sports that he was grateful that he did...
    More than one million dead Americans were sent stimulus checks, costing the federal government nearly $1.4 billion in April, a government watchdog reported Thursday. The data was released in a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. Congress passed the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act on March 27, which included stimulus payments to U.S. citizens up to $1,200. “According to an analysis by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, the number of economic impact payments going to decedents highlights the importance of consistently using key safeguards in providing government assistance to individuals,” the report said. The report recommended that Congress amend the Social Security Act to allow the IRS access to an updated set of U.S. death records. However, the report noted that even with updated death records, the stimulus checks sent to some deceased individuals would have still been sent. (RELATED: Walmart CEO Says Company Saw...
    FRAMINGHAM (CBS) — Police are investigating a noose found hanging from a building at the Christa McAuliffe Charter School in Framingham. School officials are calling it a racist and hateful act against the community. The noose was found last Friday, which was the Juneteeth holiday celebrating the end of slavery in the United States. The school has been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The school named after the first teacher selected to go to space said it is working with police to find the person responsible. “What we do know is that this racist act is abhorrent and stands in opposition to everything McAuliffe stands for and hopes to achieve,” school executives said in a statement. “It is also, unfortunately, yet another example of the hate-filled acts that we have seen take place across our country in response to individuals and communities, including members of the McAuliffe community, taking...
    Re: “Letter: Looted objects don’t equate to the loss of human life” (Letters to the editor, Page A8, June 19) The letter-writer suggests that “looting is not violence” since insurance can replace property, but not human life. While the final product of looting may be property, which is certainly something not the equal of human life, that doesn’t justify the act of looting, nor does it make act nonviolent.Related Articles Letter: Don’t stop with statues, remove presidents from bills Letter: NBA should just cancel current 2020 season Letter: Time for college athletes to force change in programs Letter: Let’s respect each other, not fall to mob mentality Letter: Grateful to county medical officials for helping save lives People have been killed while trying to protect property from the looters, and during the violence, I doubt that they cared...
    A new bipartisan Senate bill is taking aim at the liability protections enjoyed by internet platforms like Facebook and YouTube. The Platform Accountability and Consumer Transparency (PACT) Act, introduced by Sens. Brian Schatz (D-HI) and John Thune (R-SD) on Wednesday, would require online platforms like Facebook and Google to reveal their content moderation practices through a range of mandatory disclosures. The bill would also create a new avenue for holding these companies responsible for hosting illegal content by making changes to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The bill is a combination of measures that encourage platforms to remove bad content and measures that keep those moderation systems in check, hoping to draw support from both sides of the ongoing debate over platform regulation. “a scalpel, rather than a jackhammer” If approved, the bill would force large tech platforms to explain how they moderate content in a way...
    The FBI is "looking carefully" at the possibility that foreign actors are influencing the sometimes-violent nationwide protests in the wake of George Floyd's in-custody death, FBI Director Christopher Wray exclusively told Fox News' Bret Baier on Wednesday. Wray also revealed that "the FBI has over 2,000 active investigations that trace back to the government in China," marking "about a 1,300 percent increase in terms of economic espionage investigations with the Chinese nexus from about a decade ago." "We have certainly seen in the past a variety of foreign adversaries looking to amplify controversy in this country," Wray said. "And they use state media. They use social media. Some of that is through propaganda, some of that's through disinformation, some of that's through just fake information. And we are looking carefully at the prospect of foreign influence or foreign interference in all of the protests and activities that have occurred over the last...
    By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Flicking a dismissive jab at President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled a plan Wednesday to expand “Obamacare,” even as Trump’s administration is about to file arguments in a Supreme Court case to strike it down. Pelosi announced an upcoming floor vote on her measure, setting up a debate that will juxtapose the Democrats’ top policy issue, Trump’s unrelenting efforts to dismantle Obama’s legacy, and the untamed coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, the Trump administration is expected to file papers with the Supreme Court arguing that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. Pelosi wants her bill on the House floor Monday. Trying to overturn a health insurance expansion providing coverage to about 20 million people “was wrong any time,” Pelosi said. “Now, it is beyond stupid,” she added. “Beyond stupid.” COVID-19 cases are rising in major states like Texas, Florida...
    Flicking a dismissive jab at President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled a plan Wednesday to expand “Obamacare," even as Trumps administration is about to file arguments in a Supreme Court case to strike it down. Pelosi announced an upcoming floor vote on her measure, setting up a debate that will juxtapose the Democrats top policy issue, Trumps unrelenting efforts to dismantle Obamas legacy, and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, the Trump administration is expected to file papers with the Supreme Court arguing that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. Pelosi wants her bill on the House floor Monday. Trying to overturn a health insurance expansion providing coverage to about 20 million people “was wrong any time,” Pelosi said. “Now, it is beyond stupid," she added. “Beyond stupid.” COVID-19 cases are rising in major states like Texas, Florida and California, and millions of workers who have lost coverage in...
    A trio of Senate Republicans introduced an encryption bill aimed at helping law enforcement late Tuesday. It is already facing widespread opposition. The bill would essentially require tech companies offering encryption to help law enforcement access encrypted data if a warrant is produced. The “Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act” is the latest bill to zero in on encryption, and specifically “would require device manufacturers and service providers to assist law enforcement with accessing encrypted data if assistance would aid in the execution of the warrant,” according to a background of the bill released Tuesday. The background goes onto say: “Increasingly, technology providers are deliberately designing their products and services so that only the user, and not law enforcement, has access to content—even when criminal activity is clearly taking place. This type of ‘warrant-proof’ encryption adds little to the security of the communications of the ordinary user,...
              Rep. Pete Stauber (R-MN-08), a former law enforcement officer of more than 20 years, announced last week that he will carry police reform legislation in the U.S. House. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) introduced on Wednesday the Just and Unifying Solutions to Invigorate Communities Everywhere (JUSTICE) Act, a Republican-backed police reform bill that was set in motion after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Stauber, who introduced the House companion of the JUSTICE Act on Thursday, said he “was devastated watching the video of George Floyd dying at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer.” “The cruel and inhumane actions perpetrated by those officers go against everything I stood for during my time in law enforcement,” Stauber said in a statement. “George Floyd’s life mattered, and the best way to honor his memory is by enacting change within police departments nationwide. That’s why I...
    Stay safe, MarketWatchers and don’t miss these top stories: Personal Finance How America perfected the ‘art of demonizing Black men’ George Floyd’s death and other such incidents represent a moment that Americans should not just walk away from. As coronavirus cases surge, California is the latest state to require face masks — why other states may want to follow its lead A recent study looked at the effect of orders requiring face masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus. 5 critical mistakes that created the biggest public-health crisis in a generation 100 days of the COVID-19 pandemic: Don’t wear a mask! Everyone should wear masks! ‘Being anti-racist is a verb, so it requires action’: Don’t stop demanding racial equality — how to become a lifelong ally ‘It’s really important for us to understand that we need to be always working for racial justice, whether there’s dramatic moments or not.’ Is...
    Shoshana Wodinsky2 minutes ago•Filed to:scammersscammersclick fraudcfaaSavePhoto: Issouf Sanogo (Getty Images) A Delaware District Court has issued an opinion ruling that an ongoing click fraud scheme led by a Florida-based husband and wife team is technically punishable under the Computer Fraud And Abuse Act (CFAA), a piece of oft-cited legislation that’s been wielded in lawsuits against web scrapers, IP-blockers, hackers, and all sorts of academics. In many of those cases—and the current one, which is the result of a lawsuit first filed in 2018—the heart of the issue is the wording of the CFAA itself; it’s an infamously vague piece of legislation that, on paper, makes it illegal to access a “protected computer” without the “authorization” of the computer-owning party. According to the victim at the center of this most recent case, pilfering clicks is a violation of this sort of authorization—and it turns out that Delaware Judge Christopher Burke...
          Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed the Student Religious Liberties Act into law Friday, a bill that protects prayer and religious expression in public schools. “No student should have to hide their faith just because they enter a public school. The Student Religious Liberties Act is carefully crafted to ensure school administrators can’t unfairly penalize students of all faiths, or no faith,” said Aaron Baer, president of Citizens for Community Values, one of twelve groups that testified in support of the bill. “While the ACLU and atheist organizations may have tried to stop this bill, and prevent Christian, Jewish, Muslim and all students from having fundamental protections, Ohio lawmakers stood up for the First Amendment and have sent a clear message that the Buckeye State respects a diversity of viewpoints,” he added. The bill also requires schools to provide religious groups with the same access to school facilities as secular...
    NASCAR announced Sunday that it had found a noose in the garage stall of one of its drivers competing at the Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega County, Alabama.The stall belonged to Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver currently competing in NASCAR's Cup Series.NASCAR condemned the "heinous act" in a statement on Sunday and resolved "to make the sport open and welcoming to all."In his own statement, Wallace said Sunday's act of hatred "serves as a painful reminder of how much further we have to go as a society." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. NASCAR announced Sunday that a noose had been found in the garage stall of the 43 team at the Talladega Superspeedway. The stall belongs to Bubba Wallace — the only Black driver currently competing in NASCAR's Cup Series. Bubba Wallace wears a Black Lives Matter shirt at a NASCAR event. Brynn Anderson/AP Images The association...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY RODNEY HARRISON Being a police officer can be a dangerous job. Working as an undercover officer in the units that deal with gangs, guns, or drug dealers takes the “can be” out of the equation. It’s just dangerous.  As Chief of Detectives of the NYPD, I have the honor, but also the great responsibility for deploying the undercover officers who, on a daily basis, walk into some of law enforcement’s most dangerous scenarios. We try as best we can to protect them with covert communications and back-up teams but we know undercover work is also unpredictable. I know that as a commander, but I also know it as an undercover. On Sept. 21, 1995, I was working as a narcotics undercover with another officer. After attempting a buy from five...
    Actress Madhuri Dixit believes that music heals and she hopes that this year’s World Music Day, which is celebrated on June 21, is all about that. She has posted a video of herself reading a book and humming a song. “Caught in the act of chilling & humming! Music heals & I hope this year’s #WorldMusicDay is all about that.#NainaBarse #LifeAtHome,” she has captioned the video shared on her Instagram. World Music Day 2020: Bhushan Kumar, Sona Mohapatra, Amit Trivedi Wish Fans With Wonderful Posts (View Pics) The dancing diva has officially become a singer too. She recently unveiled her song “Candle”. “Candle” is a symbol of hope, positivity and faith for her. “‘Candle’ signifies so many things. So we talked about candle in the song. Now when I look around, there is hopelessness and uncertainty. I had never thought that we would face something like this,” she had said...
    Getty Has the HEROES Act passed? Where does it stand right now? Get the details here. On May 16, the $3 trillion HEROES Act passed in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives. Now, it’s headed to the Senate, where it is expected to face massive opposition. While Nancy Pelosi, who has championed the HEROES Act, says that Democrats are open to negotiations to reach a consensus on the finalized version of the bill, Republican senators have dismissed the act “dead on arrival”, according to AS.com. As it stands, the proposed legislation offers another round of checks for qualifying Americans. But can Americans look forward to a second payment? How likely is the act to pass?When Will the Senate Vote on the HEROES Act?Earlier this month, US National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow said that the new stimulus package would not be considered until after July 4 celebrations, reports AS.com....
    Actress Bryce Dallas Howard said she would not star in the 2011 movie “The Help” if the role were offered to her today given the current climate on race relations. Though “The Help” won Octavia Spencer an Oscar – becoming the sixth black woman to take home the gold statue behind Hattie McDaniel, Whoopi Goldberg, Halle Berry, Jennifer Hudson, and Mo’Nique – actress Bryce Dallas Howard believes the movie is tainted by the fact it was told through the lens of white people with mostly white storytellers. Asked by the Los Angeles Times for an interview published Wednesday if she would “still make ‘The Help’ today,” Howard said, “No.” “But what I will say is: What I’ve seen is that folks have the courage to say that. ‘With all due respect, I love this project, I do not think you could be the filmmaker,'” she continued. “That’s a really powerful thing to...
    Each day – via protest, social media or face-to-face – people of all races and backgrounds have been coming together to share their stories, listen and advocate against racism in America. These are the tough discussions that might, for reasons both hurtful and hopeful, bring tears to your eyes. I know it happened to me on Fox News while I discussed being black in America and our country’s need for more accountability and reform of our police departments. Yes, I’d had negative experiences with the police when I was younger; police officers followed me for two miles once before they pulled me over, confused, wondering how I could afford the car I was driving. I can only assume they thought I was a drug dealer or gang member on the south side of Chicago. RICHARD FOWLER: CHARGES IN BROOKS AND FLOYD KILLINGS ARE A WARNING TO BAD COPS – STOP USING EXCESSIVE FORCE In their eyes,...
    On Monday, the Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling on LGBTQ rights. In Bostock v. Clayton County, the court determined by a 6-3 vote that civil rights protections on the basis of sex extend to one’s sexual orientation or gender identity. In other words: Yes, it’s illegal to fire someone for being gay or transgender. Surprisingly, Justice Neil Gorsuch, a conservative jurist nominated to the high court by Donald Trump, wrote the Court’s majority opinion, while Chief Justice John Roberts, a George W. Bush appointee, wrote a concurring opinion. That sent an unexpected signal to the nation. Two conservative justices, deliberately nominated because of their conservative jurisprudence, are now at the forefront of progressive interpretation of the Civil Rights Act’s Title VII, which prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, and national origin. Simply put, the decision dealt a shock to the Republican legal project. For decades, GOP...
    Republican representative Matt Gaetz launched into a tirade during a Wedgnesday House Judiciary Committee while responding to remarks from a black congressman from Louisiana.  The Florida politician had the tense exchange with Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) while the Democrat offered comments about the Justice in Policing Act.  Richmond was speaking to his frustration with Republican efforts to include language in the legislation geared towards Antifa.     'By the time I am finished you will be clear that we are not good friends,' Richmond said before explaining that he had experienced police brutality and feared for his son. The Florida politician had the tense exchange with Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) while the Democrat offered comments about the Justice in Policing Act 'To my colleagues, especially the ones who keep introducing amendments that are a tangent and a distraction to what we are talking about, you all are white males, you...
    Senate Republicans on Wednesday unveiled their "Justice Act" police reform legislation to hold officers accountable. Sen. Tim Scott, the lone African-American GOP senator, spearheaded the legislation in the wake of George Floyd's death and nationwide protests demanding racial justice – including calls from activists to dismantle police departments. He framed the legislation as a bridge between law enforcement and communities of color. The Senate bill came after last week Democrats in the House revealed their own "Justice in Policing Act." Here's what's in the Republican bill: Chokeholds discouraged, disincentivized The bill would discourage chokeholds by withholding federal grants from departments that allow for such deadly restraint. President Trump released an executive order Tuesday that would ban chokeholds except in life-threatening situations. Increased data collection on use of force The bill states that currently only 40 percent of law enforcement officers contribute to the FBI National Use of Force Data Collection, and there is no official...
    PHOENIX (AP) — A group of Arizona medical professionals is urging Republican Gov. Doug Ducey to take steps like requiring masks in public to slow a major increase in new coronavirus cases that has made the state a national hot spot. The state’s top Democratic politicians are also on board, with everyone from U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema to mayors pushing for tougher action. The state’s biggest newspaper, The Arizona Republic, is also sounding alarms and calling for action. So far, Ducey has resisted. Since he allowed the state’s stay-home and most business closure orders to expire in mid-May, the second-term governor has taken no new steps to rein in activities like raging bar scenes and the lack of mask-wearing by many people in stores, restaurants and other public spaces. The rising numbers may force his hand. Arizona hospitals were treating a record number of coronavirus patients Tuesday amid a...
    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer panned the newly introduced Republican police reform bill Wednesday, describing it as “ineffective” and in need of “serious improvement.” “Hundreds of thousands of American protestors are not asking us to chip away around the edges … what’s clear is that the Senate Republican proposal on policing does not rise to the moment,” says Schumer.  The bill, also known as the Justice Act, is one of the most comprehensive Republican-led reforms on the issues of police misconduct. Changes include an enhanced database of past-offending officers, commissions to study the relationship between law enforcement and racial minorities, and a ban on chokeholds in most circumstances, among other measures. Republican South Carolina Senator Tim Scott led the task force on the bill and urged fellow colleagues to understand that it is “not a binary choice” between respect for police, and protection of black people. (RELATED: Sen. Dick Durbin Says Tim...
    Ice Cube praised GOP Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C. for opening up the door for Democrats to work with Republicans on sweeping police reform laws. The actor and musician, whose real name is O’Shea Jackson, has been a vocal supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement, using his social media to help advocate for police reform and to highlight instances of police brutality, specifically within the black community. On Wednesday, he took to Twitter to praise Scott for leading a group of GOP members in introducing the Justice Act. ICE CUBE ACCUSED OF SHARING ANTI-SEMITIC IMAGES ON TWITTER “We gotta give credit to Sen. Tim Scott R-(SC) for moving the needle with the GOP to work with Dems on a real Police Reform Bill,” the 51-year-old “Ride Along Star” tweeted. On Wednesday, both chambers of Congress are set to tackle police reform as Senate Republicans prepare to unveil the bill and the House...
    Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 is under a harsh new spotlight in the wake of Google's move to force conservative news site The Federalist to remove its comments section or risk being demonetized, and a new bill would stop tech giants from taking advantage of the controversial piece of legislation. Section 230 states that "no provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider." NBC NEWS UNDER FIRE FOR APPARENTLY PUSHING GOOGLE TO REMOVE CONSERVATIVE SITES FROM AD PLATFORM The section has been pivotal in the rise of today's social media giants by allowing not only Internet service providers –­ but also Google, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and others –­ to be shielded from liability from content posted on their platforms by third parties, in most cases. But some critics feel that Google should no longer benefit...
    Senate Republicans on Wednesday unveiled their "Justice Act" police reform legislation to hold officers accountable with an enhanced use-of-force database, restrictions on chokeholds and new commissions to study law enforcement and race. Sen. Tim Scott, the lone African-American GOP senator, spearheaded the legislation in the wake of George Floyd's death and nationwide protests demanding racial justice -- including activists' calls to dismantle police departments. He framed the legislation as a bridge between law enforcement and communities of color. "The answer to the question of which side do you support is I support America," Scott, R-S.C. said, "And if you support America you support restoring the confidence that communities of color have in institutions of authority. If you support America, that means you know that the overwhelming number of officers in this nation want to do their job, go home to their family. It is not a binary choice. This legislation encompasses that spirit." Scott was...
    “ As millennials approach middle age, they are in a financially precarious situation — more economically unstable than older generations ” Millennials are feeling a frightening sense of economic deja vu nowadays. As my generation enters middle age, we’ve already experienced two “black swan” events — one recession sparked by a global financial crisis and now another recession sparked by a global pandemic. Let’s face it, millennials’ economic outlook has been fragile at best. We graduated from high school and college into a weak job market. The most educated generation in history entered the workforce with unprecedented student debt thanks to soaring education costs. We missed out on wages and benefits because of the 2008 recession. We’re delaying home ownership due to debt and an expensive housing market. Now, just when things seemed to be turning around, millennials are grappling with massive layoffs sparked by the COVID-19...
    A petition seeking to recall Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz for his response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been dismissed. In an order issued by the Minnesota Supreme Court Tuesday, Chief Justice Lorie Gildea ruled that the governor’s conduct as outlined in the petition did not meet the legal standard necessary to prove malfeasance, which was necessary for the petition to move forward. The crux of the petition was that Walz exceeded his authority when he issued the stay-at-home order in response to the spreading novel coronavirus, specifically stating that his decision, which regulated “all commerce and intercourse within the State of Minnesota” failed to involve the cooperation of the U.S. president, federal agencies or other agencies in the state. In explaining her ruling, Gildea said she did not need to decide whether Walz did or didn’t have the authority to issue the executive order, but rather if he committed malfeasance....
    Harvard will not require next year's applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores due to the coronavirus pandemic's impact on access to testing.   The prestigious university in Boston announced the updated admissions policy on Monday, explaining that the pandemic 'has created insurmountable challenges in scheduling tests for all students, particularly those from modest economic backgrounds'.  A post on the Harvard website noted that the change is temporary, so the requirement could be reinstated if and when the health crisis passes.   'In the face of unprecedented uncertainty and anxiety surrounding the coronavirus and the economy, we want to be helpful in any way we can,' the school said.   Six other Ivy League schools had already removed their standardized testing requirements due to the pandemic, while Princeton has yet to do so.  Harvard University will not require next year's applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores due to the coronavirus pandemic's...
    With Congress debating another round of coronavirus-related stimulus measures, there may be another payment for you on the horizon. Here’s what you might expect to see. House Democrats have already passed another stimulus bill (the HEROES Act) that includes a second round of payments to Americans. The Democrats’ bill includes another $1,200 payment to each American adult, but also sweetens the pot by including $1,200 for each dependent child. (The last bill included just $500 per dependent child under 17).  The HEROES Act would cap total payments to families at $6,000. To be eligible for payments, the threshold remains the same as the initial stimulus bill: individuals earning $75,000 or less or married couples earning less than $150,000 would receive the full payments. Payments would decrease by $5 for every $100 of income above the $75,000/$150,000 line. Those earning more than $99,000 ($198,000 for married couples) would receive nothing. To...
    WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a landmark civil rights law protects LGBT people from discrimination in employment, a resounding victory for LGBT rights from a conservative court.The court decided by a 6-3 vote that a key provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 known as Title VII that bars job discrimination because of sex, among other reasons, encompasses bias against LGBT workers."An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex. Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids," Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote for the court.EMBED More News Videos The court decided by a 6-3 vote that a key provision of Title VII that bars job discrimination because of sex encompasses bias against LGBT workers. Justices Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh...
    When sex discrimination was originally added to the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1974, its introduction reportedly drew a round of howls in the lower chamber of the U.S. Congress. Based on several reports, Representative Howard W. Smith, a Virginia Democrat who opposed the bill, added it as a floor amendment to weaken and potentially kill support for the bill. The original text of the legislation banned employment based on race, creed, religion, or color. When Smith stood up to offer his amendment, he reportedly drawled, "After the word religion, insert sex," urging his colleagues to right "this grave injustice." According a New York Times reconstruction of the moment, the amendment prompted "laughter from his colleagues, who mockingly offered other suggested additions." As difficult as it was for many '60s-era lawmakers to embrace the idea that people of color shouldn't live a second class existence in America, the notion that...
    The United States Supreme Court ruled Monday that federal law protects LGBT and transgender employees from discrimination. Justices Neil Gorsuch and John Roberts joined the court’s four liberal judges in a landmark ruling that involved a 1964 civil rights law that barred discrimination of employees based on sex, according to USA Today. The Supreme Court had examined whether the statutory protections should be understood to include both sexual orientation and gender identity. Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh all dissented, the publication reported. (RELATED: This Pro-Life, Female Democrat’s Law Is At The Heart Of Upcoming Supreme Court Abortion Case) “Those who adopted the Civil Rights Act might not have anticipated their work would lead to this particular result,” Gorsuch wrote in the majority opinion. “Likely, they weren’t thinking about many of the Act’s consequences that have become apparent over the years, including its prohibition against discrimination on the basis of motherhood or its ban on the sexual...
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