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    YouTube Orlando Hall is a federal inmate scheduled to be executed on Nov. 19, 2020. Orlando Hall is the eighth federal inmate scheduled to be put to death since July of this year. He will be the second Black inmate executed since the federal death penalty was reinstated this year after a 17-year moratorium. The 49-year-old received the death penalty for his role in the kidnapping, rape, and live burial of 16-year-old Lisa Rene in 1994. Hall was 23 at the time of the crime. The Dallas News reported that Hall was the first person sentenced to death under the federal death statute which was enacted on September 13, 1994. His execution is scheduled for November 19 at...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease specialist who’s helping spearhead the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic, might just be one of the hardest working men in Washington. You can hardly turn on the TV without seeing him giving an interview or testifying before Congress on the latest developments in the fight against the virus. Now, that hard work is paying off. Fauci has been named “Federal Employee of the Year” by the nonpartisan group the Partnership for Public Service, which hands out the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals. The awards are known as the “Oscars” of government service. “Dr. Fauci has become a household name for his steady hand and unwavering commitment to his country...
    Initial jobless applications dipped last week but stayed elevated, signaling that the job market remains weak nearly seven months after the coronavirus hit the U.S. About 837,000 Americans applied for state unemployment benefits in the week ending September 26, the Labor Department said Thursday. Adjusted for seasonal variation, that represents a drop of 36,000 from the previous week. Another 650,000 people applied for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, a federal program for the self-employed and gig workers. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox The large number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits each week reflects an economy that has recovered only about half of the 22 million jobs that have been lost during the pandemic. Many employers, especially small retailers,...
    The skies are bluer over Washington and Oregon, as the former state begins to lift restrictions on some of its public lands following ongoing wildfires that left public lands closed and left miles of clogged roads. After seeing more than 700,000 acres burn this year, fire restrictions are being lifted on federal public land in 20 of Washington's eastern counties, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced on Wednesday. BLM's Spokane District Office said it lifted fire closures on land it manages in Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, Whitman, and Yakima counties. The use of fireworks and incendiary bullets are still prohibited of...
    Getty The United States Department of Labor Frances Perkins Building. People who received extra unemployment benefits – in the amount of $400 or $300 weekly, depending on the state – may wonder whether they have ended. The answer is yes. Extra unemployment benefits have already ended. However, some people still haven’t received the money because it’s retroactive to August 1, and the time frame depends on when your state applied for funding and finished processing it. The federal government approved six weeks of extra supplemental unemployment checks at the $300 or $400 amounts. The time frame for the extra money was August 1 through September 5, 2020, CNBC reported. Thus people were set to receive $1,800 or $2,400...
    A high-profile Hawaii-based defense contractor has been arrested on charges of swindling $12.8 million in funds intended to prop up small businesses during COVID-19. Martin Kao, 47, a generous political donor, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with bank fraud and money laundering, accused of siphoning off $2 million of the fraudulent loan into his own personal bank account. The Department of Justice accused Kao of falsifying loan applications so that he could receive more money than he was entitled to under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which was created by Congress as part of the $2 trillion CARES Act meant to stave off financial ruin for individuals and small businesses during the pandemic.    Kao submitted at least two fraudulent...
    VIDEO5:0705:07Labor market still in a 'ditch,' San Francisco Fed's DalyClosing Bell The U.S. economy needs more help from the fiscal side to recover from the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic, San Francisco Federal Reserve President Mary Daly said Wednesday. With the White House and congressional leadership still trying to work out details of an aid package, Daly likened the rescue funding so far to a bridge that has helped growth recover somewhat but still needs to be extended. "We are not out of those woods yet, so we need a longer bridge," the central bank official said on CNBC's "Closing Bell." "Along with what the Federal Reserve has done, we need the fiscal agents to offer support to parts...
    Fact check: Analysis bashing Wisconsins COVID-19 calculations is mistaken Trump says economic recovery is V-shaped, Biden says its a K. Whos right and what does it mean? Most Americans don't know these lucrative Social Security "secrets" Ad Microsoft Incredible Blanket Puts Humans In A Deep Sleep, Melting Stress Away Ad Microsoft 23 Gadgets That Could Sell Out Before the Holidays Ad Microsoft ...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of lawsuits about voting have been filed ahead of the November election. The cases concern the fundamentals of the American balloting process, including how ballots are cast and counted. Here’s a look at some of the top lawsuits in battleground states: NORTH CAROLINA: The Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee are suing in federal court to block state election officials from enforcing rule changes that could boost the number of ballots counted. That includes guidance that will allow the fixing of absentee ballots with deficient information without forcing the voter to fill out a new blank ballot. PENNSYLVANIA: Republican lawmakers have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to put a hold on a ruling that...
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks during a news conference concerning the extension of eviction protections in the next coronavirus bill, at the U.S. Capitol on July 22, 2020.Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images The real takeaway from President Donald Trump's reported $750 federal income tax payments, according to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is that the U.S. tax system is not working. "The problem here is that the system itself is broken and you've got to ask why," Warren said in an interview with CNBC's Jim Cramer during the virtual Delivering Alpha conference Wednesday. "And you want to know why? The reason is because of the Donald Trumps of the world. The people who have used their money and used their influence to get...
    Claim: Joe Biden said on Tuesday that the Trump administration’s efforts to soften the blow of the coronavirus pandemic and revive the economy had only benefited the wealthy and inflated the stock market. Verdict: FALSE. The stock market has recovered much faster than many expected after crashing in the early weeks of the pandemic—but so has the broader recovery. The unemployment rate has dropped much lower than many thought it would, from 14.4 percent to 8.4 percent. The economy has added tens of millions of jobs as states lifted lockdown orders. Several of the administration’s programs bolstered Americans with low and middle incomes rather than the wealthy: the economic impact payments handed out $1,200 to most Americans, with more...
    (CNN)In the wake of the bombshell New York Times report over the weekend that revealed just how little Donald Trump has paid in federal income taxes over the past two decades, the President and his top aides condemned the story as "fake news," but were very careful not to say exactly what was incorrect or offer any specifics of their own to rebut the piece.That changed on Tuesday night, when under pressure from moderator Chris Wallace, Trump said something that may come to regret. Here's the exchange:Wallace: ... I'm asking you a question. Will you tell us how much you paid in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017?Trump: Millions of dollars.Wallace: You paid millions of dollars?Read MoreTrump: Millions of...
    Andrew Wommack Ministries International defied the Colorado Attorney General's office when it staged an event for around 800 people during a late June-early July Bible conference. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment subsequently declared the gathering a COVID-19 outbreak, after two positive staff cases, six positive attendee cases and one probable attendee case. Now, Wommack and company are coming back for more. The organization sued Governor Jared Polis, among others, in federal court over safety protocols that could cramp its style during the AWMI Minister’s Conference, slated to start on October 5. On September 29, the court denied a ministry motion for a temporary restraining order to allow the event, prompting an appeal to the Tenth Circuit Court mere hours...
    Donald Trump asserted during the first presidential debate Tuesday that he paid millions of dollars in federal income tax as he defended himself against reports that he only paid $750 in federal income taxes in both 2016 and 2017. 'I paid millions of dollars in taxes. Millions of dollars of income tax,' Trump told debate moderator Chris Wallace. 'And, let me just tell you, there was a story in one of the papers –' Trump continued. He was cut off with Democratic candidate Joe Biden shouting, 'Show us your tax returns.' 'I paid $38 million one year, I paid $27 million one year. I went –' the president said, but was interrupted again by Biden. 'Show us your tax returns,'...
    A father and son in QAnon shirts listen before President Donald J. Trump arrives to speak at a "Keep America Great Rally" at U.S. Bank Arena on Thursday, Aug 01, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images According to believers of the QAnon conspiracy theory, President Donald Trump is the country's savior from liberal elites who are kidnapping children and running a secret child sex trafficking ring. But data shows that federal sex trafficking prosecutions have actually decreased since Trump took office. According to the Human Trafficking Institute's 2019 federal report which was released in May 2020, 73 new federal criminal cases involving the sex trafficking of children only were prosecuted last year, compared...
    Bellator 247s Kate Jackson explains mental resilience she gained from title-fight loss The Etiquette of Handling Unruly Kids—That Arent Yours—at a Family Party 5 questions about student loans we wish they’d ask at the presidential debates Anticipation is building for the first presidential debate on Tuesday. While President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden are scheduled to tackle topics like race and violence in U.S. cities, COVID-19, the Supreme Court and the economy, there's at least one important subject that's missing from the debate agenda: student loans. © TriggerPhoto/Getty Images White House podium outdoors As pandemic relief efforts continue, there are serious questions around the cost of college and what to do with student loan debt. However,...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential election (all times local): 2:15 p.m. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, have released more of their personal tax returns ahead of the first presidential debate. The Bidens’ returns show the couple paid almost $300,000 in federal taxes in 2019, including almost $288,000 in personal income tax. The Bidens reported taxable income of $944,737. The release on Tuesday comes just days after The New York Times reported that Trump paid $750 in federal income taxes in 2016, the year he was elected president, and again in 2017, his first year in office. The Times said Trump paid no federal income taxes for 10 of the 15 years...
    New York City elementary schools reopen for in-person classes, but new outbreaks threaten The UKs biggest grocery chain Tesco is targeting a sales surge for plant-based burgers, sausages, and quiches I made $10,500 as a freelancer in 2018 — and still paid more taxes than Trump. The system is broken. © John Moore/Getty Images Then Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a speech during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. John Moore/Getty Images The New York Times got its hands on decades of President Trump's tax information, and it paints a portrait of a man who used every tool at...
    PHOTO VIA JOE BIDEN/FACEBOOKDemocratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s Florida campaign argued Monday that the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court poses a threat to the Affordable Care Act. Republicans have quickly rallied behind the federal appeals-court judge after President Donald Trump nominated her Saturday to the Supreme Court. Christian Ulvert, a Miami-based strategic adviser for the Biden campaign, told reporters that “health care is on the ballot. Make no mistake about it.” Barrett, who sits on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, has criticized past Supreme Court rulings that upheld the federal health-care law better known as Obamacare. More than 1.9 million people in Florida  signed up this year to obtain coverage through...
    In a March 2019 decision certain to spur furious badgering from Democrats when she appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee next month, federal Appeals Court Justice (and now Supreme Court Associate Justice nominee) Amy Coney Barrett showed herself to be not only a supporter of the Second Amendment, but a thoughtful and courageous one. Transactions involving firearms are among the most heavily regulated of all commercial and legal activities in the United States. It therefore is not unusual for a federal judge to issue rulings on one or more matters involving the Second Amendment during their tenure. In the case of Justice Barrett, a decision by a three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, on which she currently...
    Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein accused Donald Trump of creating 'the first grifter presidency' in US history after the New York Times lifted the lid on the president's years of alleged tax avoidance and extensive debt.   Bernstein called the bombshell Times report 'the smoking gun of a pervasively criminal presidency' in an interview with CNN on Monday morning. 'Donald Trump and his family are grifters,' he said. 'He has created the first grifter presidency in the history of the United States in which his purpose in running for the presidency and exercising the powers of the presidency - the fundamental reason is to bail himself and his family out.' The Times report, based on nearly two decades' worth of Trump's tax...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s Florida campaign argued Monday that the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court poses a threat to the Affordable Care Act. Republicans have quickly rallied behind the federal appeals-court judge after President Donald Trump nominated her Saturday to the Supreme Court. Christian Ulvert, a Miami-based strategic adviser for the Biden campaign, told reporters that “health care is on the ballot. Make no mistake about it.” Barrett, who sits on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, has criticized past Supreme Court rulings that upheld the federal health-care law better known as Obamacare. More than 1.9 million people in Florida signed up this year to obtain coverage through the federal...
    Judge Michael Watson of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Ohio ruled against changing Ohio’s signature-matching process to verify absentee ballots on Sunday. The League of Women Voters of Ohio, the A. Philip Randolph Institute and two Ohio voters whose primary ballots were rejected due to mismatched signatures challenged Ohio’s law that requires election officials to match the voter’s signature on the ballot with the signature on the envelope containing the ballot. Election officials can challenge the vote if they determine the signatures do not match and must notify the voter that there’s a defect in the ballot, according to state law. Voters can correct the signature no later than the seventh day after Election Day in...
    Steve Helber/AP For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.When I was attending college in a small conservative town in Iowa, a “friend” asked me if my mom paid taxes. Taken aback by the question, I quickly muttered, “Yes…” and moved on. Only later that day did I realize the implication. At the time, my mother was a green card holder, and this person assumed that because my mom is an immigrant, she must be living off the government for free. Of course mom pays taxes, I fumed, doesn’t everyone?  Apparently not. A sweeping New York Times report found that not only did Donald Trump pay just $750 in federal...
    A CNN anchor threatened to end an on-air interview and defended New York Times journalists when a White House spokesman said a recent report on President Trump’s taxes was "coordinated" with Democrats. “We know that he donates his salary to the government even when he doesn’t have to,” White House deputy press secretary Brian Morgenstern told CNN’s Poppy Harlow. “That’s a million and a half dollars in taxes he didn’t even have to pay, but this is a story that is another version of it from four years ago on the eve of the debate. Coordinated with the Democrats as a political hit.” Listen to CNN's Poppy Harlow lose it when WH Deputy Press Secretary Brian Morgenstern dares to...
    The U.S. Postal Service must prioritize election mail and immediately reverse changes that resulted in widespread delays in California and several other states, a federal judge ruled Monday. The nationwide order is the latest rejection of efforts by Louis DeJoy, the postmaster general, to cut costs by instituting reforms that snarled the mail system and caused delays in the delivery of medication, unemployment checks and other essential items. The judge’s ruling came as part of a lawsuit by attorneys general for the District of Columbia and six states including California that accused the Trump administration of undermining the Postal Service by decommissioning high-speed mail-sorting machines, curtailing overtime and mandating that trucks run on time, which led to backlogs because mail...
    Sunday on Fox News Channel’s “The Next Revolution,” Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) sounded off on the attacks from the left on Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett and her faith. After praising President Donald Trump’s nominee’s “intelligence” and “strong faith,” Blackburn told host Steve Hilton that the left is going to “villainize” Barrett because they only think someone who is an “atheist or secularist” can serve on the federal bench. “I am so pleased she is the nominee,” Blackburn said of Barrett. “She is known for her intellect, for her focus, determination, her good work ethic. She is known as being a woman of faith, of strong character, a wonderful parent.” She continued, “[T]he left is going to try to villainize...
    A blockbuster New York Times report shows Trump only paid $750 in federal income taxes the year he was elected. Donald Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes the year he was elected president, according to a blockbuster report published by the New York Times on Sunday. The Times report also found that Trump is millions of dollars in debt, incurred through a series of failed business ventures — a fact that runs counter to Trump's self-made image as a successful businessman. Trump has also used his financial failings to avoid paying taxes, the report found. The president has resisted revealing his financial information since the start of his...
    (CNN)Donald Trump in a 2011 interview said even Americans who don't earn much should have to pay something in taxes to be "part of the game."Trump made the comments in a radio interview with conservative host Sean Hannity reviewed by CNN's KFile in which the two discussed Occupy Wall Street protesters' criticism that the wealthy evade taxes. "Now everybody keeps saying down at Occupy Wall Street, the 1% -- which I'm sure you're a part of -- doesn't pay any taxes," Hannity said. "Do you not pay any taxes? I didn't know that.""No, I pay tax," Trump responded. "I pay a lot of tax. I just signed a big fat check recently for a lot of tax. I paid literally,...
    WASHINGTON -- A New York Times report that President Donald Trump paid just $750 in federal income tax the year he entered the White House - and, thanks to colossal losses, no income tax at all in 11 of the 18 years that the Times reviewed - served to raise doubts about Trump's self-image as a shrewd and successful businessman.That Sunday's report came just weeks before Trump's re-election bid served to intensify the spotlight on Trump the businessman - an identity that he has spent decades cultivating and that helped him capture the presidency four years ago in his first run for political office. The Times' report deepens the uncertainty surrounding a tumultuous presidential campaign set against the backdrop of...
    President Donald Trump paid no federal income taxes in 10 of the last 15 years and just $750 in federal income taxes in both 2016 and 2017, a series of articles published by The New York Times on Sunday claimed. The Times reportedly obtained Trump’s personal and corporate taxes spanning the past two decades, and their articles paint a picture of Trump and his companies reporting massive losses to offset the millions he would have had to pay in yearly federal taxes. There’s reportedly a $72.9 million refund he received in 2010, which is still being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and could put Trump on the hook for more than $100 million in unpaid taxes in 2022....
    Donald Trump said last night 'maybe the Clintons won't get away with it after all' after federal prosecutor John Durham's probe into the FBI's Russia investigation expanded to look into alleged corruption at the Clinton Foundation. Durham, put in charge of the Russia-gate review by Attorney General William Barr, has sought evidence about federal investigations from around the same time which were looking into the Clinton Foundation, sources told The New York Times. Durham's team has revealed that they are comparing the two investigations, as well as looking at whether the Russia inquiry investigators broke the law. It was not clear whether Durham's officials were looking into similar allegations at the Clinton Foundation or to what extent it would feature...
    Joe Biden has attacked Donald Trump's tax returns in a new campaign ad after the President reportedly paid just $750 in federal income tax in 2016 and 2017. Documents show the President paid no income tax in 11 of the 18 years studied, according to a damning report by the New York Times. The ad, shared on Twitter by the Biden campaign just hours after the bombshell story emerged, compares average income taxes for different jobs to highlight the minimal contribution made by Trump. President Donald Trump paid extremely little in income taxes in recent years as heavy losses from his business enterprises offset hundreds of millions of dollars in income, the New York Times reported on Sunday, citing...
    President Donald Trump talks to reporters before leaving the White House October 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. Getty Images President Donald Trump paid no federal income tax in 10 of the past 15 years due to massive business losses, and just $750 in federal taxes in 2016 and 2017, the New York Times reported on Sunday. The paper said it had acquired more than two decades’ worth of tax-return data from Trump and his business organization, though it does not include his personal tax returns for 2018 and 2019. The paper said more findings from his taxes will be published in the coming weeks. It added that Ivanka Trump reported receiving payments from a consulting company she co-owned, totaling...
    A U.S. judge in Washington has temporarily blocked a Trump administration order banning TikTok, hours before it was due to go in to effect. District Judge Carl Nichols granted a preliminary injunction sought by TikTok owner ByteDance to allow the app to remain available at U.S. app stores, before the 11:59pm Sunday deadline. He declined, however, 'at this time' to block additional Commerce Department restrictions that are set to take effect on November 12, which TikTok has said would have the impact of making the app impossible to use in the United States. 
    Trump has fiercely guarded his tax filings and is the only president in modern times not to make them public. Donald Trump paid no federal income taxes in 10 of the past 15 years, according to a report Sunday in The New York Times. Trump, who has fiercely guarded his tax filings and is the only president in modern times not to make them public, paid $750 in taxes to the federal government the year he was elected, 2016, and $750 again his first year in office. Speaking at a news conference at the White House, Trump dismissed the report as "fake news" and said he has paid taxes, though...
    Donald Trump's tax-return data shows he paid just $750 in federal income taxes the year he won presidency, and $750 in first year in office.  Documents show the president paid no tax in 10 out of the previous 15 years, according to a report by The New York Times. 
    DONALD Trump allegedly paid just $750 in federal income taxes the first year he was in the White House, tax papers reportedly show. The president has also allegedly paid no income taxes at all in the past 10 years, according to the New York Times. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 1Credit: AFP or licensors The reason he did not may the taxes in the majority of the 15 years is due to reporting losing more money than he had made. Trump has previously fought to keep his tax returns private. Most read in NewsVIOLENT YOBSWoman, 22, beaten up 'by 3 strangers who thought her skirt was too short''HURTS SO BAD'Birthday...
    While Bill Barr was rebuked in June by more than 1,250 former employees of the Department of Justice, this week marked the first time a sitting federal prosecutor directly and explicitly called out U.S. Attorney General for having intentionally turned the department into a political tool of the Trump administration. In a letter published in the Boston Globe on Thursday, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts James D. Herbert derided Barr’s second tenure as head of the DOJ, saying that his conduct in office “should concern all citizens.” “While I am a federal prosecutor, I am writing to express my own views, clearly not those of the department, on a matter that should concern all citizens: the...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump stacked the federal judiciary long before nominating his third Supreme Court justice. So far, that hasn't helped him gain an advantage in 2020 voting nearly as much as he might have liked. Facing a persistent polling deficit against Democratic nominee Joe Biden, Trump and Republican allies have undertaken an array of efforts to stop election officials from making voting easier during the coronavirus pandemic. The President fogs the autumn air with groundless complaints of fraud while lawyers on his behalf challenge such adjustments as mail-in voting, expanded use of ballot drop-boxes, and relaxed deadlines for counting ballots that show up late in the mail. The Nomination Process The Supreme Court nomination process, explained Here's how long...
    A federal prosecutor in Massachusetts has written an extraordinarily damning letter criticizing his boss, Attorney General William Barr, and accusing him of 'a dangerous abuse of power' and bringing 'shame on the department he purports to lead'. James D. Herbert acknowledged in his letter, published by the Boston Globe on Thursday, that few acting federal prosecutors were willing to openly voice their opinions.  But Herbert, who was one of the lead prosecutors in the case of mobster Whitey Bulger, said he felt compelled to speak out. 'Many former federal prosecutors have spoken out against Attorney General Bill Barr, while current federal prosecutors have understandably remained silent,' he wrote.  James D. Herbert wrote a letter to the Boston Globe published...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump on Saturday is set to nominate Amy Coney Barrett, a conservative federal appeals court judge, to succeed the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the US Supreme Court.The expected nomination comes at a critical time in history, as the President openly questions the integrity of the upcoming election and has not committed to a peaceful transfer of power in the event he loses. He's repeatedly said that the Supreme Court needed to have all nine seats filled ahead of Election Day, in case the court needed to weigh in on the legality of mail-in ballots being sent to Americans across the country amid the coronavirus pandemic. And several weighty cases loom on the immediate horizon, should she...
    President Donald Trump listens to Attorney General William Barr speak to reporters in the Oval Office in July.Anna Moneymaker/ZUMA For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.In a rare move, a current Justice Department attorney is denouncing Attorney General William Barr for abusing federal power to support President Donald Trump. “The attorney general acts as though his job is to serve only the political interests of Donald J. Trump,” Assistant US Attorney James D. Herbert wrote in a letter to the Boston Globe. “This is a dangerous abuse of power.” He added that Barr “has done the president’s bidding at every turn.” Herbert said he was compelled to speak out...
    A judge denied Democratic donor Ed Buck's request to be released on Friday, claiming he posed a danger to the community.  U.S. Magistrate Judge Rozella A. Oliver said that the conditions presented by Buck's attorney were 'insufficient' to ensure that the embattled donor would show at trial, KCAL reports.  Oliver also said that Buck's legal team failed to show how the medical staff at the Metropolitan Detention Center were incapable of handling their client's medical needs, after the defense expressed concern with Buck getting COVID-19.  She added that he did not appear to have any medical conditions that seemed to put him at risk for catching the virus at 66 years of age.    U.S. Magistrate Judge Rozella A. Oliver...
    Lucian K. Truscott IV September 26, 2020 12:00PM (UTC) Call it what it already is: Donald Trump's Supreme Court, and it's as corrupt as he is, as cynical as he is, as outright stupid as he is, as racist as he is, as fascist as he is. The Republican Party killed it, and Trump is driving another nail in its coffin with the nomination of arch-conservative Catholic Amy Coney Barrett. RBG is gone, and look at who Barrett will join: Clarence Thomas? A clown. Samuel Alito? A rubber-stamp hack. Neil Gorsuch?  A replacement bell-ringer for racism. Brett Kavanaugh? A weepy beer-swilling prep-monster. John Roberts? He wrote the brilliant line, "The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race...
    Alex Henderson September 25, 2020 11:00PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on AlterNet. U.S. Attorney General William Barr has insisted that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, now a CNN contributor, was not fired for political reasons, but McCabe has maintained that the firing was, in fact, politically motivated. And a federal judge has ruled that McCabe's lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice can continue. McCabe, in the lawsuit, has argued that his constitutional rights were violated when, in 2018, he was fired as deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Barr filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, but this week, U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss denied Barr's request — allowing McCabe's lawsuit to proceed. And Moss, a...
    Fox News’ Judge Andrew Napolitano spoke with John Roberts Friday and broke down the controversy over nine discarded military ballots found in Pennsylvania. Roberts noted the criticism that the DOJ is “playing politics…as opposed to investigating what’s going on.” Napolitano said, “Usually an investigation of election irregularities doesn’t occur until after Election Day, because there’s no such thing as an irregularity until all the votes are counted.” He talked about the issue of “the naked ballot”: “When you vote by absentee or when you vote by paper ballot, they send you a package. You fill out the ballot, you don’t sign it, you seal it in an envelope and you sign the envelope. Then you must put that envelope...
    Legal experts are increasingly alarmed by Attorney General William Barr’s efforts to help President Donald Trump win re-election. The attorney general has joined the president in attacking voting integrity and civil rights demonstrators, and he has described his role in the election in explicitly religious terms that show Barr believes he represents “moral discipline and virtue” against “individual rapacity,” reported The Guardian. “His abuses have only escalated as we have gotten closer and closer to the election, and as the president has felt more and more politically vulnerable,” said Donald Sherman, deputy director of the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. “I can’t put it more plainly than this: The attorney general is a threat to American citizens having free and...
    Ed Buck, the Democratic party donor in whose house two men died of drug overdoses, is planning to ask to be released from jail and await trial from home. On Friday, at a bail reconsideration hearing, Buck's defense attorneys are set to argue that Buck, 66, is high-risk of contracting coronavirus if he remains locked up.      According to court papers obtained by City News Service, Buck says he is willing to pay a $400,000 signature bond as well as be electronically monitored and confined to his hime.  The attorneys also argue that Buck suffers from gum disease and needs specialized cardiac care that the criminal justice system is unable to provide. But federal prosecutors are against his release, saying Buck...
    Sarah Okeson September 25, 2020 10:57AM (UTC) Read more articles from the DCReport here. Donald Trump is the biggest loser. While he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may get a chance to ram through another justice on the Supreme Court before the November election, it may not do them much good. The Trump administration is losing case after case in federal courts. Even judges appointed by Republican presidents are ruling against Trump in most of the cases that have been filed by state attorneys general and other plaintiffs challenging actions taken by Trump agencies. : Administrations usually win 70% of the cases brought against them, but Team Trump has won only about 16% of the 132 decided lawsuits. These...
    John E. Finn September 25, 2020 10:55AM (UTC) This article was originally published on The Conversation. Imagine the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. Given the unprecedented number of mail-in votes this election, Americans may wake up and still not know who won the presidential contest between Republican President Donald J. Trump and Democratic challenger Joseph Biden. The contest could be so close that a result can't be known until mail-in ballots in several key states, perhaps Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan or Florida, can be fully counted. : It's conceivable that either candidate will refuse to accept the result, whether before or after the counting of absentee or mail-in ballots. That could lead to several lawsuits to stop the counting,...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo weighed in on the pandemic Thursday, questioning whether the Trump administration will deliver a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. The governor says New York state will have its own health officials to screen any federally approved vaccine. “Frankly, I’m not going to trust the federal government’s opinion, and I wouldn’t recommend to New Yorkers based on the federal government’s opinion,” Cuomo said. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Tri-State Coronavirus Travel Advisory Quarantine List Resources, Hotlines, Unemployment & Covering Bills Remote Learning Tools For Parents Teaching At Home CBS2’s Dr. Max Answers Your Health Questions What To Do If Someone Isn’t Social Distancing Or Wearing A Mask? Expert: Parents Be Mindful Of Children’s Stress After Months...
    (CNN)The Supreme Court has denied a request to stop the federal execution of Christopher Vialva, scheduled for Thursday night in Terre Haute, Indiana. The unsigned order was the Court's second refusal to stop a federal execution this week. The Court denied the stay request of William LeCroy on Tuesday in an order that marked the first since Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death.Vialva was convicted 20 years ago for the 1999 murders of two youth ministers in Fort Hood, Texas. At the time of the crime, Vialva was 19 years old, and critics note this will be the first time in nearly 70 years that the United States will execute a man for a crime he committed as a teenager. If...
    A demonstrator holds up a "Black Lives Matter" sign during a protest over the death of a Black man, Daniel Prude, after police put a spit hood over his head during an arrest on March 23, in Rochester, New York, U.S. September 6, 2020. .JPG REUTERS/Brendan McDermid Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman are facing life in prison after officials said they lit a police van on fire with a Molotov cocktail at a Black Lives Matter protest in Brooklyn in May.  But Mattis and Rahman aren't alone — more than 13,000 people have been arrested during protests this year, and the Department of Justice said more than 300 people across 29 states have been charged with federal crimes....
    Phil Murphy, governor of New Jersey, speaks during a fiscal year 2020 budget address at the New Jersey State Assembly chamber on March 5, 2019.Ron Antonelli | Bloomberg | Getty Images Millionaires in New Jersey may not have many options to duck a new tax hike on their income. Earlier this month, Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, reached an accord with legislators in the Garden State to boost income taxes on its wealthiest residents. The levy could be finalized next month. The move would boost the tax rate on those earning more than $1 million annually to 10.75%, from 8.97%. Previously, earners with income exceeding $5 million were subject to the 10.75% rate. Further, the proposed tax tweak would also...
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is forming a state task force to review a coronavirus vaccine before recommending it to the public, saying Thursday he does not trust the federal government to determine when a vaccine is safe and effective. “New York state will have its own review when the federal government is finished with their review and says it’s safe,” Cuomo said at a press conference in Albany. “Frankly, I’m not going to trust the federal government’s opinion, and I wouldn’t recommend it to New Yorkers, based on the federal government’s opinion.” Cuomo said that the New York health department will consult with hospitals in the state to review any federally-approved vaccine. The Democrat said he wants to be...
    Alex Henderson September 24, 2020 7:22PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on AlterNet. Between the coronavirus pandemic, civil unrest in major U.S. cities, huge anti-racism protests, bitter political divisions, a heated Supreme Court battle and President Donald Trump's ruthless voter suppression efforts, the United States' 2020 presidential election is turning out to be even more chaotic than the elections of 2000 and 1968. Trump has a devoted loyalist in U.S. Attorney General William Barr, and former federal prosecutor Barbara McQuade discusses the effect he could have on the 2020 election in a disturbing op-ed published in the Washington Post on Sept. 22. "William P. Barr sounds more like a far-right-wing news pundit lately than the nation's attorney general when he's discussing...
    The Justice Department said more than 300 people have been criminally charged in connection to the protests around the country that followed the death of George Floyd in police custody in May. Arrests have taken place in 29 states throughout the United States, according to a press release from the department. The Justice Department said charges filed include those for crimes such as attempted murder, assault on a law enforcement officer, damaging federal property, and arson. "Violent opportunists have exploited these demonstrations in various ways," the department said in a statement. Over 300 People Facing Federal Charges For Crimes Committed During Nationwide Demonstrations https://t.co/db0xW3Rr0Q— Justice Department (@TheJusticeDept) September 24, 2020 The Justice Department said 40 of the 94...
    EXCLUSIVE -- The Justice Department announced Thursday it has charged more than 300 people with crimes committed “under the guise” of peaceful demonstrations since the end of May.Those crimes have included attempted murder, assaulting a law enforcement officer, arson and damaging federal property. Approximately 80 people have been charged with crimes associated with arson and explosives. Another 15 have been charged with damaging federal property, according to the DOJ. Roughly 35 have been charged with assaulting a law enforcement officer. All but one of those alleged crimes took place in Oregon, the other in Massachusetts. Another 30 people have been charged with offenses related to civil disorder. This is a developing story; check back for updates. Fox News' Jake Gibson contributed to this report.
    Jake Johnson September 24, 2020 11:05AM (UTC) This article originally appeared at Common Dreams. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. Feel free to republish and share widely. President Donald Trump said during a campaign rally over the weekend that he is "counting on the federal court system"—which he has packed with right-wing judges—to declare a winner of the presidential election on the night of November 3, a statement that one journalist described as an "outright pledge to use the courts to stop votes from being counted." "We're counting on the federal court system to make it so that we can actually have an evening where we know who wins, OK," Trump said during an event in ...
    (CNN)For the first time in nearly 70 years, the United States will execute a man for a crime he committed as a teenager.Christopher Vialva, 40, is set to receive the death penalty on Thursday at a federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana. He was convicted 20 years ago for the 1999 murders of two youth ministers in Fort Hood, Texas. At the time of the crime, he was 19 years old. The crime was egregious, his attorney and other advocates agree. But given decades of research since then on adolescent brain development, the announcement from the Justice Department raises a key question: Should a person be given the ultimate punishment for a crime they committed in their youth?US government executes...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A Brentwood restaurant is fighting back against state and county coronavirus restrictions. The owners of The Crack’d Egg have filed a federal lawsuit and are claiming the state’s orders are illegal. It is using the federal ruling made last week calling Governor Wolf’s shutdown orders unconstitutional. The Allegheny County Health Department ordered The Crack’d Egg to close last month due to employees not wearing masks and social distancing not being enforced. They remained open anyway.
    (CNN)Federal investigators looking into the origins of the massive Bobcat Fire are focusing on utility equipment owned by Southern California Edison (SCE) that experienced an issue moments before the fire was first reported.The fire, one of the largest wildfires in Los Angeles County history, started on September 6. It continues to burn in the mountains outside Los Angeles, torching more than 113,000 acres and sending a massive smoke plume over the region. The fire was about 39% contained Wednesday night, according to the Los Angeles County fire department.Edison spokesperson David Song told CNN the utility received a request from United States Forest Service (USFS) officials on September 15 to turn over a section of SCE's overhead conductor near Cogswell Dam....
    In this COVID-19 ravaged economy, debts can pile up beyond a borrower’s ability to repay. However, lenders are sometimes willing to forgive (cancel) debts that are owed by especially beleaguered borrowers. While forgiveness can help you survive financially, it can trigger negative tax consequences. Or maybe not. This column summarizes the most important things borrowers need to know about the federal income tax implications of forgiven debts. Here goes. Cancellation of debt income is generally taxable When a lender forgives part or all of a debt, it results in so-called cancellation of debt (COD) income. The general federal-income-tax rule is that COD income counts as gross income that must be reported on your Form 1040 for the year the debt...
    Donald Trump has been a busy bee when it comes to appointing federal judges. Nevertheless, the federal judiciary is split about evenly between the parties, with 51 percent of active judges appointed by Democrats and 49 percent appointed by Republicans: There’s a bigger difference at the top of the judiciary. Among circuit court judges, which in practice are the final arbiters of most case law, Republicans have appointed 55 percent of all active judges and Democrats only 45 percent. However, the DC circuit—often considered a “farm team” for the Supreme Court because it deals largely with key cases involving federal agencies—is safely in Democratic hands despite strenuous efforts of Republicans to keep this from happening. At the highest level,...
    Phillies Rhys Hoskins unlikely to return before end of regular season Rewarding careers for dog lovers Boston Fed Chief Eric Rosengren blames Wall Street for slowing small-business recovery efforts — and warns that sluggish stimulus progress could cripple the economic rebound © Keith Bedford/Reuters Keith Bedford/Reuters Boston Federal Reserve President Eric Rosengren blamed the nation's largest banks for the lack of activity in the Main Street Lending Program. The program can provide up to $600 billion worth of credit to small and mid-sized businesses, but only less than $5 billion has been used.  "None of the nation's largest banks ... are currently active in the program," he said.  The Boston Fed Chief also said he expects a...
    The federal government plans to change bankruptcy rules, following the American-style model to help small businesses struggling to recover or fold due to the corona virus infection.Key points: Financial institutions expect bankruptcy waves as emergency protections for business owners expire at the end of the year The treasurer says the reforms will allow small businesses to restructure debt while their business is under control. The cost of managing or liquidating a business can be very costly, consuming the remaining assets of small businesses. The new system will be two-tier, with large companies operating under existing insolvency rules, while businesses with less than $ 1 million in debt have a simpler structure. These changes can be seen in the fact...
    Neel Kashkari, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg | Getty Images [The stream is slated to start at 1 p.m. ET. Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time.] Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Neel Kashkari is scheduled to speak at a public health forum Wednesday hosted by  the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Kashkari will be joined by Michelle Williams, Dean of the Faculty at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, David Williams, Professor of Public Health and Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences as well as Margaret Hamburg, Foreign Secretary at National Academy of Medicine and former commissioner of the U.S. Food and...
    Donald Trump is the biggest loser. While he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may get a chance to ram through another justice on the Supreme Court before the November election, it may not do them much good. The Trump administration is losing case after case in federal courts. Even judges appointed by Republican presidents are ruling against Trump in most of the cases that have been filed by state attorneys general and other plaintiffs challenging actions taken by Trump agencies. Administrations usually win 70% of the cases brought against them, but Team Trump has won only about 16% of the 132 decided lawsuits. These figures include 14 of 83 lawsuits about environment, energy and natural resources; seven of 53 lawsuits...
    Voters wait in long lines at an Atlanta-area elementary school on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. The lines around lunchtime were taking two and a half hours.TNS via ZUMA Wire For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.It’s practially a given that any major election will produce images of voters waiting in hours-long lines. It’s already happening in the run up to November, as waits have piled up outside of early voting sites. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has an idea to help keep waits to under 30 minutes: force states where it takes longer to make direct financial restitution to voters.  The People Over Long Lines (POLL) Act, co-sponsored by Sen. Jeff Merkly...
    Between the coronavirus pandemic, civil unrest in major U.S. cities, huge anti-racism protests, bitter political divisions, a heated Supreme Court battle and President Donald Trump’s ruthless voter suppression efforts, the United States’ 2020 presidential election is turning out to be even more chaotic than the elections of 2000 and 1968. Trump has a devoted loyalist in U.S. Attorney General William Barr, and former federal prosecutor Barbara McQuade discusses the effect he could have on the 2020 election in a disturbing op-ed published in the Washington Post on September 22. “William P. Barr sounds more like a far-right-wing news pundit lately than the nation’s attorney general when he’s discussing politics and the coming election,” McQuade warns. “The difference is that unlike...
    The chief of the Environmental Protection Agency has threatened to relocate the bureau's Manhattan office, claiming federal workers are not safe in the city following a summer of violent protests. In a scathing letter to Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday, administrator Andrew Wheeler accused the pair of failing to protect its employees after rioters targeted the EPA headquarters during a demonstration in July.  Wheeler, who was first appointed as deputy by President Trump in 2018, also said staff at the 290 Broadway office were forced to work from home last week amid fears for their safety when anti-ICE protests broke out in Lower Manhattan. EPA chief Andrew Wheeler threatened to relocate the agency's New York...
    John E. Finn, Wesleyan University Imagine the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. Given the unprecedented number of mail-in votes this election, Americans may wake up and still not know who won the presidential contest between Republican President Donald J. Trump and Democratic challenger Joseph Biden. The contest could be so close that a result can’t be known until mail-in ballots in several key states, perhaps Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan or Florida, can be fully counted. It’s conceivable that either candidate will refuse to accept the result, whether before or after the counting of absentee or mail-in ballots. That could lead to several lawsuits to stop the counting, to keep counting or to force a recount. Amid what will likely be...
    SAN ANTONIO – If you lost your source of income or had reduced income because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, making payments on your federal student loans may be nearly impossible. The CARES Act gives federal student loan borrowers some relief when it comes to making payments, and most recently, President Donald Trump extended the Sept. 30 end date of the program to Dec. 31. So what does this mean for you, the borrower? The Federal Trade Commission says if you have qualifying federal student loans, you are not obligated to make a payment until after Dec. 31. The U.S. Department of Education has automatically placed those loans into what’s called “administrative forbearance.” How to spot and report tech scams...
    Jerome Powell, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, speaks during a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020.Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg | Getty Images Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell pledged continued support for an economy that he said has shown substantial improvement but still needs more work. In remarks the central bank leader will deliver Tuesday to the House Financial Services Committee, he reiterated the Fed's commitment to helping the economy through the coronavirus pandemic and outlined what's been done so far. "We remain committed to using our tools to do what we can, for as long as it takes, to ensure that the recovery will be as strong as possible, and to limit...
    By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — What is the role of the federal government in elections? The federal government has very little role in the elections that choose who is going to run it. Elections are run at the local level and supervised by states. The federal government can help fund elections and set certain standards – such as the requirement that people can register to vote when getting drivers’ licenses – through federal law. And of course Washington, D.C. plays a big role in monitoring foreign actors to make sure they don’t interfere in elections. But the actual machinery of democracy is run at the state and local level. States devise the rules of their own elections. Some...
    An NYPD officer faces a variety of charges after being accused of acting as an agent of the Chinese government, CBS New York reports. According to prosecutors, Baimadajie Angwang, 33, was in regular contact with a member of the Chinese consulate and provided intelligence on ethnic Tibetans in New York City. The federal complaint also alleges Angwang committed wire fraud against the U.S. Department of Defense, gave false statements and obstructed an official proceeding. Angwang works in the community affairs unit at the 111th precinct in Queens and is listed as a staff sergeant with the U.S. Army Reserve, stationed at Fort Dix, New Jersey, in an Airborne Civil Affairs battalion, according to officials. He holds a "secret" level security...
    Michael Conroy/AP For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.The Trump administration’s rush to resume federal executions after a 17-year hiatus may have caused a spike in cases of the coronavirus in a federal prison. The risk of catching coronavirus is heightened behind bars because conditions are often crowded and unsanitary, and incarcerated people are more likely to have illnesses and preexisting conditions that make them more susceptible to the infection. From the start, criminal justice advocates warned that resuming executions at the facility could put inmates, staff, and the wider community at risk of catching coronavirus. According to documents obtained by the ACLU, it appears that those fears have...
    (CNN)New Yorkers are weighing in on what they think it means to live in an "anarchist jurisdiction" after the Department of Justice labeled Manhattan, Portland and Seattle as such in a new declaration. The Justice Department labeled the three cities as "anarchy" jurisdictions on Monday on orders from President Trump to block federal funding into "lawless zones."It took no time at all before some people in New York were mocking the assertion on social media. Anarchist jurisdiction started trending on Twitter and users began to tell the world how they felt about the label. Good afternoon comrades from the anarchist jurisdiction. It's hell out here today! #NYAZ https://t.co/oB546fU2qT pic.twitter.com/FMJgrnfxXg— Adam McMahon (@adammc123) September 21, 2020 Many posted about how...
    The coronavirus pandemic and the federal efforts to provide relief will significantly add to the federal debt in the years ahead, the Congressional Budget Office projected Monday. By the end of 2020, the federal debt held by the public is projected to be equal to 98% of GDP, up from 79% in 2019. As deficits continue to rise next year, the debt is expected to be 104% of GDP in 2021. That figure rises to 107% in 2023, which would be the highest amount in the nation’s history, according to the CBO. The CBO projects that the debt as a percentage of GDP will be 45 percentage points higher in 2049 than the 144% the agency projected last year....
    WASHINGTON – What is the role of the federal government in elections? The federal government has very little role in the elections that choose who is going to run it. Elections are run at the local level and supervised by states. The federal government can help fund elections and set certain standards – such as the requirement that people can register to vote when getting drivers’ licenses – through federal law. And of course Washington, D.C. plays a big role in monitoring foreign actors to make sure they don’t interfere in elections. But the actual machinery of democracy is run at the state and local level. States devise the rules of their own elections. Some send everyone a ballot through...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — What is the role of the federal government in elections? The federal government has very little role in the elections that choose who is going to run it. Elections are run at the local level and supervised by states. The federal government can help fund elections and set certain standards – such as the requirement that people can register to vote when getting drivers’ licenses – through federal law. And of course Washington, D.C. plays a big role in monitoring foreign actors to make sure they don’t interfere in elections. But the actual machinery of democracy is run at the state and local level. States devise the rules of their own elections. Some send everyone a ballot...
    Ever since Donald Trump’s oversized suit-clad carcass first befouled the Oval Office, there’s been talk in the media about if and when he would cause a constitutional crisis. The assumption underlying this discourse is that a constitutional crisis would hit us like a thunderbolt and we would collectively realize, all at once, that the very fate of our democracy was on the line. Instead, there’s been a series of mini-constitutional crises, from Trump stomping all over our laws against foreign emoluments (an old-timey phrase for being bribed by foreign leaders), obstructing justice during Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump’s role in Russian election interference, blackmailing the Ukrainian president to extract dishonest election assistance and about a dozen other instances it would be tedious to list. The result has been a steady erosion of...
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks at a press conference held in LaGuardia Airport's new Terminal B on June 10, 2020 in New York City.Scott Heins | Getty Images Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed Monday to sue the Trump administration if President Donald Trump follows through on his threat to withhold federal funding from New York City for supposedly being an "anarchist jurisdiction." "The president is not above the law," Cuomo responded Monday during a teleconference with reporters.  The Democratic governor's warning came hours after the Department of Justice labeled New York City, along with Portland and Seattle, as jurisdictions that "are Permitting Anarchy, Violence, and Destruction in American Cities." Trump earlier this month asked Attorney General William Barr to compile...
    The decision to deem peaceful New York City an 'anarchist jurisdiction' could cost it federal funding. Attorney General William Barr on Monday classified New York City as an "anarchist jurisdiction" — a move that could potentially cost the city millions in federal funding, including to the New York Police Department. The "anarchy jurisdiction" label comes from a memo Donald Trump issued on Sept. 2, which said that cities that "are permitting anarchy, violence, and destruction" should lose federal funding. "We cannot allow federal tax dollars to be wasted when the safety of the citizenry hangs in the balance," Barr said in a news release. "It is my hope that the...
    As the November elections approach, Donald Trump and his allies have been forced to contemplate the unthinkable. Not only is there a real possibility that Trump loses his reelection bid, it is possible that his party will lose control of the Senate. It is in this context that Trump in particular is ratcheting up overtly fascist rhetoric. He is being amplified by others of his party, but Trump is uniquely unable to couch his instinctive, narcissistic-driven authoritarian impulses in a layer of plausible deniability. Trump is praising violence against his perceived opponents, embracing notions of "genetic" superiority, engaging in relentless false propaganda intended to cast doubt on the validity of elections and, increasingly, suggesting that he will not necessarily abide...
    Many private schools are on the verge of shutting down if they don’t receive federal coronavirus relief, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told Fox News on Sunday. DeVos asked Congress for coronavirus relief that would help school choice and said that private schools are close to closing if they do not receive the assistance, according to Fox News. (RELATED: Federal Judge Blocks Betsy DeVos Rule On Private School COVID Funds) “We need to have immediate relief for those schools,” DeVos told Fox News. “Think about the impact of all of these kids who suddenly now are showing up at the traditional public school door because they no longer have this other option. That’s a crisis in the making right there,” DeVos...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The U.S. Department of Justice has labeled New York City an “anarchist jurisdiction,” the next step in cutting federal funds to New York City. As CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reports, with gun violence continuing to plague New York City, President Donald Trump took the next step in his threat to defund the Big Apple as punishment for defunding the NYPD. The Justice Department formally labeled New York City “an anarchist jurisdiction,” along with Portland and Seattle. New York City could lose up to $7 billion in federal aid. “We cannot allow federal tax dollars to be wasted when the safety of the citizenry hangs in the balance,” Attorney General William Barr said in a statement. “I was...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City There’s a lot you can do to help your community right now, like donating to mutual-aid funds and patronizing local businesses. Another way you can help? By filling out the 2020 Census if you haven’t yet. With the September 30 deadline looming for the US Census, members of the Census Bureau have taken to knocking on doors in neighborhoods across the city to ensure everyone has been counted. The current response rate in Lower Manhattan is hovering somewhere around 55%, which is a slight improvement since August (52%), but it’s not as good as Manhattan overall (60%). So let’s show up...
    The Department of Justice under President Donald Trump labeled three cities as “anarchist jurisdictions” on Sunday and threatened to cut federal funding for alleged failure to control protests and defunding police departments. Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington join New York City on a list reportedly approved by Attorney General William Barr. “When state and local leaders impede their own law enforcement officers and agencies from doing their jobs, it endangers innocent citizens who deserve to be protected, including those who are trying to peacefully assemble and protest,” Barr said in a statement set to be released Monday, according to the NY Post. “We cannot allow federal tax dollars to be wasted when the safety of the citizenry hangs in...
    President Donald Trump said during a campaign rally over the weekend that he is “counting on the federal court system”—which he has packed with right-wing judges—to declare a winner of the presidential election on the night of November 3, a statement that one journalist described as an “outright pledge to use the courts to stop votes from being counted.” “We’re counting on the federal court system to make it so that we can actually have an evening where we know who wins, OK,” Trump said during an event in  Fayetteville, North Carolina on Saturday. “Not where the votes are going to be counted a week later, two weeks later.” Trump appeared to be referring to states that have extended absentee ballot deadlines to...