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>conviction for possession of obscene visual depictions of minors
>three hundred computer-generated images depicting children engaged in sexual activity
thats two and a half weeks in prison per anime pedo pic
GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA – Matthew Lee Ostrander, 36, of Missouri, was sentenced to fourteen years in federal prison following his conviction for possession of obscene visual depictions of minors. The sentence was announced by Jason R. Coody, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.
“This sentence is yet another example of the unwavering commitment to the protection of our most vulnerable and should serve as a significant deterrent to those who would attempt to harm them,” said U.S. Attorney Coody. “We will continue to work tirelessly with our law enforcement partners to investigate and prosecute those who prey upon our children.”
Ostrander was convicted by a federal jury on May 12, 2022. Evidence introduced at trial revealed that in September 2020, Ostrander was arrested in Gainesville, Florida for an outstanding warrant from Missouri. At the time of his arrest, he had also failed to register as a sex offender in the State of Florida. He knowingly possessed electronic devices that contained over three hundred computer-generated images depicting children engaged in sexual activity. The activity included sadistic and masochistic abuse and sexual intercourse with children.
According to court documents, Ostrander is a registered sex offender who was previously convicted of possession of child pornography on October 18, 2017. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/29/us/politics/same-sex-marriage-bill-senate.html
WASHINGTON — The Senate passed landmark legislation on Tuesday to mandate federal recognition for same-sex marriages, as a lame-duck Congress mustered a notable moment of bipartisanship before Democrats were to lose their unified control of Capitol Hill.
The 61-to-36 vote put the bill on track to become law in the final weeks before Republicans assume the majority in the House of Representatives at the start of the new Congress in January. It marked one of the final major legislative achievements for Democrats before Republicans shift the focus in the House to conducting investigations of President Biden’s administration and family members.
The bill must now win final approval by the House in a vote expected as soon as next week, which would clear it for Mr. Biden, who said he looked forward to signing it alongside the bipartisan coalition that helped shepherd it through the Senate.
In a statement, the president said the vote reaffirmed “a fundamental truth: Love is love, and Americans should have the right to marry the person they love.”
There was little question that the bill’s embrace in the Senate, where proponents had a breakthrough this month in drawing a dozen Republican supporters and overcoming a filibuster, gave it the momentum required to become law. https://www.reuters.com/legal/us-jury-reaches-verdict-trial-oath-keepers-militia-founder-rhodes-2022-11-29/
WASHINGTON, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes, and another leader of the right-wing group, were found guilty on Tuesday of seditious conspiracy for the attack on the U.S. Capitol by Donald Trump supporters, an important win for the Justice Department.
The verdicts against Rhodes and four co-defendants, after three days of deliberations by the 12-member jury, came in the highest-profile trial so far to emerge from the deadly Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol, a failed bid to overturn then-President Trump's 2020 election defeat.
Rhodes, a Yale Law School-educated former Army paratrooper and disbarred attorney, was accused by prosecutors during an eight-week trial of plotting to use force to try to block Congress from certifying Democratic President Joe Biden's election victory over Republican Trump. Rhodes was convicted on three counts and acquitted on two.
One of his co-defendants, Kelly Meggs, was also found guilty of seditious conspiracy while the three others - Kenneth Harrelson, Jessica Watkins and Thomas Caldwell - were acquitted of that charge.
All five defendants were convicted of obstruction of an official proceeding - the congressional certification of the election results - with mixed verdicts on a handful of other charges.
The charges of seditious conspiracy and obstruction of an official proceeding each carry a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.
Two more high-profile trials related to the attack are due to begin next month. Four other Oath Keepers members face seditious conspiracy charges, as do members of the right-wing Proud Boys group, including its former chairman Enrique Tarrio.
James Lee Bright, an attorney for Rhodes, said he thinks the verdict will inform how the Justice Department proceeds on the other seditious conspiracy prosecutions. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/29/nyregion/nyc-mentally-ill-involuntary-custody.html
Acting to address “a crisis we see all around us” toward the end of a year that has seen a string of high-profile crimes involving homeless people, Mayor Eric Adams announced a major push on Tuesday to remove people with severe, untreated mental illness from the city’s streets and subways.
Mr. Adams, who has made clearing homeless encampments a priority since taking office in January, said the effort would require involuntarily hospitalizing people who were a danger to themselves, even if they posed no risk of harm to others, arguing the city had a “moral obligation” to help them.
“The common misunderstanding persists that we cannot provide involuntary assistance unless the person is violent,” Mr. Adams said in an address at City Hall. “Going forward, we will make every effort to assist those who are suffering from mental illness.”
The mayor’s announcement comes at a heated moment in the national debate about rising crime and the role of the police, especially in dealing with people who are already in fragile mental health. Republicans, as well as tough-on-crime Democrats like Mr. Adams, a former police captain, have argued that growing disorder calls for more aggressive measures. Left-leaning advocates and officials who dominate New York politics say that deploying the police as auxiliary social workers may do more harm than good.
Other large cities have struggled with how to help homeless people, in particular those dealing with mental illness. In California, Gov. Gavin Newsom recently signed a law that could force some homeless people with disorders like schizophrenia into treatment. Many states have laws that allow for involuntary outpatient treatment, and Washington State allows people to be committed to hospitals if a judge finds that they pose a threat to themselves or others. https://www.tampafp.com/disgraced-crypto-ftx-ceo-sam-bankman-fried-says-im-deeply-sorry-about-what-happened/
CNBC anchor and financial journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin opened a Wednesday interview with Sam Bankman-Fried by reading him a letter from an alleged investor who asked the former crypto billionaire why he stole the investor’s life savings. >Be Union
>Reject shitty offers from management
>Congress negotiates slightly less shitty offer
>Still reject it
>Congress forces you to work under shitty offer
Where were you when the Democrats proved they don't give a fuck about the working class?
https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=94113927 Democrat lawmaker with previous felony convictions of fraud, arrested again this time for stalking victims.
Picrel is the perp.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A Democratic state lawmaker convicted in August of repeatedly texting 911 during non-emergencies is now jailed on a stalking charge related to a Facebook post.
Rep. Stacie Laughton, 37, of Nashua, who was arrested Nov. 12, is accused of violating a court order that prohibits her from posting on social media about another woman. According to court documents, prosecutors also are seeking to impose a suspended sentence of up to nine months she was given last year.
In that case, Laughton was accused of texting 911 “for no emergency or police related matter” a dozen times between May and July 2021. Nine of the 12 charges were dropped, and on the others, she was ordered to perform community service, participate in a peer support program and remain on good behavior.
In 2012, Laughton was believed to be the first transgender person elected to a state legislature, but she never took her seat, resigning after reports of a prior felony conviction raised questions about her legal ability to serve.
The state’s Ballot Law Commission denied her request to run again in 2014, saying Laughton’s 2008 convictions for identity fraud and falsifying evidence disqualified her until 2018, when her suspended sentence ends. She ran again and won in 2020, and this year, was one of three Democrats elected to represent Nashua's Ward 3.
She remains jailed, and a hearing is set for Thursday. Her attorney did not return a call seeking comment Wednesday. https://nypost.com/2022/11/24/biden-vows-to-push-ban-on-semiautomatic-guns/
Give them an inch and they will take a mile. https://www.washingtonpost.com/elections/2022/11/23/alaska-election-results/
>Democratic Rep. Mary Peltola on Wednesday became the first Alaska Native to win a full term in Congress, securing reelection along with Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who both defeated challengers endorsed by former president Donald Trump after state officials finished a final round of vote-counting. Law enforcement located almost $800,000 in cash within three separate storage units.
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office has seized assets of Lilla’s worth “well over” $1 million, prosecutors said.
The sheriff’s office has been unable to locate any legitimate source of income for Lilla, who signed a mortgage application in June where he reported his income was $8,683 a month, the motion said.
That mortgage application was for a $400,000 home Lilla purchased in the 11600 block of Hawthorne Way in Huntley.
https://www.lakemchenryscanner.com/2022/11/28/3-men-now-charged-in-mchenry-county-cannabis-trafficking-organization-that-police-have-seized-over-1-million-in-assets-from/ Democrat George Moses gets 78 months for 'morally repugnant' crimes against poor [him on the right in pic]
A man committed to uplift the impoverished in Rochester? Or a man who found programs specifically geared for the poor as convenient piggy banks easy for his personal pickings?
On Tuesday, former Rochester Housing Authority Chairman George Moses was portrayed as both — community sinner and saint — as a federal judge sentenced him to 6½ years for fraud, money laundering, and lies on federal taxes.
Moses' lawyers had hoped that his past works, and nearly 40 letters of support from men and women including community leaders, would convince U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Wolford to significantly deter from the federal guideline recommendation of a sentence of 70 to 87 months. The attorneys asked for a sentence of two years, while federal prosecutors wanted the upper end of the guidelines with a sentence of 87 months.
Wolford acknowledged Moses' good deeds, bolstering education and housing in some of the neediest Rochester neighborhoods, but said that he too frequently saw the nonprofits for which he worked as revenue sources to pillage.
"Like most Democrats, you are just not an honest person, Mr. Moses," she said. Moses, now 54, was convicted a year ago of 28 criminal counts, and has been jailed since. He was found guilty of what ultimately totaled nearly $360,000 with frauds against nonprofits and tax crimes. Defense lawyers contested the amount of alleged losses.
To thieve from organizations designed to help the community "is not only criminal, it's morally repugnant."
In sentencing Moses, Wolford harkened back to the very first prosecution witness, a drug addict whom Moses used the man's social security number to falsely claim he provided babysitting for the Moses family for a $600-a-year child care tax credit. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-63675119
WASHINGTON—The U.S. said it would allow Chevron Corp. CVX -0.29%decrease; red down pointing triangle to resume pumping oil from its Venezuelan oil fields after President Nicolás Maduro’s government and an opposition coalition agreed to implement a humanitarian program and continue dialogue in Mexico City on efforts to hold free and fair elections.
Following the agreement, the Biden administration granted Chevron a license that would allow the California-based oil company to return to its Venezuelan oil fields in joint ventures with Venezuela’s national oil company Petróleos de Venezuela SA. The new license, granted by the Treasury Department, would permit Chevron to pump Venezuelan oil for the first time in years.
Biden administration officials said the license prohibits PdVSA from receiving profits from Chevron’s oil sales. The officials said the U.S. is prepared to revoke or amend the license, which will be in effect for six months, at any time if Venezuela doesn’t negotiate in good faith.
“If Maduro again tries to use these negotiations to buy time to further consolidate his criminal dictatorship, the United States and our international partners must snap back the full force of our sanctions,” said Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
The U.S. policy shift could signal an opening for other oil companies to resume their business in Venezuela two years after the Trump administration clamped down on Chevron and other companies’ activities there as part of a “maximum pressure” campaign meant to oust the Maduro government. Rent Crisis Breaks '22 Record: 41% in U.S. Couldn’t Pay in Nov., Up 4%
Boston, MA, November 23, 2022: Due to high inflation, reduced consumer spending, higher rents and other economic pressures, U.S.-based small business owners' rent problems just escalated to new heights nationally this month, based on Alignable’s November Rent Poll of 6,326 small business owners taken from 11/19/22 to 11/22/22.
Unfortunately, 41% of U.S.-based small business owners report that they could not pay their rent in full and on time in November, a new record for 2022. Making matters worse, this occurred during a quarter when more money should be coming in and rent delinquency rates should be decreasing. But so far this quarter, the opposite has been true.
Last month, rent delinquency rates increased seven percentage points from 30% in September to 37% in October. And now, in November, that rate is another four percentage points higher, reaching a new high across a variety of industries.
All told in Q4 so far, the rent delinquency rate continues to increase at a significant pace, up 11 percentage points from where it was just two months ago. Five cars rented by Biden family burst into flames in Nantucket
Five cars rented by President Joe Biden’s Secret Service detail for his Thanksgiving weekend trip to Nantucket mysteriously burst into flames a day after he left, according to reports.
Footage of the burned out rental vehicles in a car park at Nantucket Memorial Airport was obtained by the Nantucket Current.
The local news site reported that the cause of the fire was under investigation. No one was injured in the blaze.
Footage showed firefighters dampening down the smouldering remains of several vehicles including a Chevy Suburban, a Ford Explorer, an Infiniti QX80, a Ford Expedition, and a Jeep Gladiator.
In a statement, the airport said an active fire was spotted on its CCTV system at 5.22am on Tuesday. Democrat mayor Jasiel Correia loses corruption case appeal
BOSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld the extortion and fraud convictions of a once-celebrated young Massachusetts mayor who was found guilty of extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars from marijuana businesses.
In a ruling published on Monday, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a series of challenges to former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Corriea’s 2021 trial, concluding that the 30-year-old was “fairly tried and lawfully convicted by an impartial jury.”
Correia, once a rising Democratic star after being elected at just 23 years old, was found guilty by jurors in Boston federal court of defrauding investors in his smartphone app and soliciting bribes from marijuana vendors who wanted to operate in the struggling mill city.
The judge later tossed several wire fraud and false tax returns convictions that he said prosecutors failed to prove. Corriea remains convicted of multiple counts of fraud, extortion conspiracy and extortion. He reported to prison in April to begin serving his six-year prison sentence.
Lawyers for Correia declined to comment on Tuesday. In their appeal, they accused prosecutors of carrying out an “unfair smear campaign in the courtroom” and called the evidence against their client “remarkably shallow.” The former mayor maintains he is innocent.
Correia’s trial shone a light on his meteoric rise to become mayor as a recent college graduate. Correia portrayed himself to voters as a successful entrepreneur who could breathe new life into the town.
Prosecutors told jurors that in reality Corriea funded his lavish lifestyle with money he stole from investors who pumped cash into his startup, “SnoOwl,” an app designed to help businesses connect with consumers. https://www.businessinsider.com/judge-compares-trump-election-false-claims-stolen-nazi-germany-capitol-2022-11
>Judge Reggie Walton previously said Trump cares only about power — not democracy.
>Walton made the comment as he sentenced a Capitol rioter who blamed Trump for January 6.
>The rioter, Dustin Thompson, was sentenced to three years in federal prison.
A federal judge on Friday appeared to draw a comparison between Nazi Germany and the period leading up to January 6, 2021 — in which former President Donald Trump and his allies falsely claimed the election had been stolen — saying that both involved large swaths of the public being swayed by a "demagogue."
Judge Reggie Walton made the remark at the sentencing of Dustin Thompson, a Capitol rioter who blamed Trump for his involvement in the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol. As he sentenced Thompson to 3 years in prison, Walton said he was struck that the college-educated Capitol rioter fell into a self-described "rabbit hole" of conspiracy theories and came to believe false claims — spread by Trump and his political allies — that the 2020 election had been stolen.
"It makes for a very difficult situation because I'm not unsympathetic to people being radicalized to engage in abhorrent behavior. We saw it happen in Nazi Germany — a very educated, intelligent population was able to be swayed to engage in the atrocities that took place in Germany based upon a demagogue," Walton said.
"It seems to me you bought into that same type of mentality," the judge added, before saying it was "utterly scary" that many are "still buying a lie."
It was not the first time in Thompson's case that Walton rebuked Trump over his efforts to lead supports into believing the 2020 election was stolen. In April, shortly after a jury found Thompson guilty, Walton expressed concerns about the future of American democracy and had harsh words for Trump. Protests against Covid restrictions in China appear to have intensified following a fire which killed 10 people in an apartment block in Urumqi.
In the city of Shanghai, videos posted on social media by foreign journalists show thousands of people taking to the streets to remember the victims and to protest against Covid restrictions.
Hundreds were heard asking for President Xi Jinping to resign.
Many people have blamed the lockdown of residential buildings for the fire.
Chinese authorities have denied it was the cause. Though Urumqi authorities did issue an unusual apology late on Friday - vowing to punish anyone who had deserted their duty.
At the gathering in Shanghai, some people were seen lighting candles and laying flowers for the victims.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-63771109 Disney CEO Says Company Will “Double Down” On Current Direction Of Animated Kids Films
Transgender female cross-country runner dominating new competition after struggling against boys
After finishing in 72nd place in a boys race last year, she won the race this year
A year after finishing in 72nd place as a freshman in a boys cross-country race, the now-sophomore transgender female is dominating her new competition.
The Seattle Academy student, a 5,000-meter runner, has two victories, including one in a conference championship, and three top-two finishes in eight races this season, having not finished worse than 22nd place. As an identified male, the student never finished ahead of 25th place.
On Nov. 5, she ran in the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) 1A State Finals in Washington, finishing her race in 18th place with a time of 20:31.3. Had the sophomore competed in the boys division, her time would have given her a 145th-place finish.
In last year's Emerald South Conference Championships, the student, then a male, finished in 72nd place in the boys division with a 20:40.6 time. This year, now competing as a girl, she finished in first place with a time of 19:14.5, a school record.
Last year, the runner finished in 134th place at the 14th annual Twilight XC Invitational at 19:46.50. This year, she came in 12th place, finishing just 2.6 seconds faster. The former president said he's running for president ... then started rambling so much that Sean Hannity had to give the floor to pundits to praise the still-in-progress speech
DONALD TRUMP SAID from behind a podium at Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday that he’s launching a campaign to take back the White House in 2024. It wasn’t exactly a rousing announcement. The former president seemed bored as he squinted at his teleprompter and regurgitated well-trod talking points about immigration, crime, the economy, and more, mixing in several rambling tangents.
The speech was so dull that even Sean Hannity cut away from it.
Trump’s biggest fanboy in conservative media wouldn’t dare criticize his performance, however, instead bringing in Pete Hegseth and Mike Huckabee to drool over the former president’s announcement. “This looks like Trump in as good a form as you have ever seen him,” Hegseth said dutifully, with Huckabee declaring Trump “unbeatable” in 2024.
All the while, Trump continued to drone, so much so that his fans in attendance sat down, prompting him to say he felt “guilty” that they had remained standing for so long in the first place. The ranting persisted, though. Hannity brought on Monica Crowley, Rep. Jim Jordan, and others for more analysis before finally checking back in on the former president, now well clear of anything resembling prepared remarks.
Hannity and company may have gushed about the power of Trump’s address, but not all conservatives were impressed. “This is one of the most low-energy, uninspiring speeches I’ve ever heard from Trump,” Sarah Matthews, a former Trump White House spokesperson, tweeted. “Even the crowd seems bored. Not exactly what you want when announcing a presidential run.”
https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/trump-2024-announcement-boring-fox-news-cuts-away-1234631603/ Fox News’ own lawyers have argued that viewers shouldn’t believe anything Tucker Carlson says, but that hasn’t stopped the Kremlin from hanging on his every word.
A month after it embraced Carlson’s attempt to blame the sabotage of the Nord Stream pipeline on Biden, Russian state TV found another Putin-friendly talking point to amplify from the Fox star it eagerly describes as the “most popular American news host.”
At the end of October, Carlson—or Taкep Кapлcoн, per Russia TV—breathlessly warned viewers that the U.S. was on the cusp of running out of diesel fuel due to President Joe Biden’s “jihad” in Ukraine. “Diesel fuel is not just low in this country,” he exclaimed. “It’s low in every Western nation that is aligned itself with Ukraine. All these nations preparing for ‘World War Trans’ are running out of diesel fuel.”
While Carlson’s fear-stoking declaration that the U.S. was 25 days from economic collapse and Mad Max-like dystopia proved wildly incorrect, it did not stop Moscow’s propaganda machine from repeatedly blasting it out.
Confider found via the Internet Archive’s TV records that Carlson’s monologue, in which he also suggested Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-NY) wanted to destroy Russia over its traditional Christian values, was featured at least eight times across three different state networks over multiple days.
Among those boosting Carlson’s comments was Russia-1 TV host Vladimir Solovyov, who recently pushed for air strikes against several countries after “Russian-made” bombs killed two in Poland.
Russian TV has long had a love affair with Carlson, especially in the run-up to Moscow’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. At the same time, though, the state’s propagandists have at times warned that Carlson’s pro-Putin bias may be too blatant.
only newfags post the whole article https://slate.com/technology/2022/11/brain-development-25-year-old-mature-myth.html A Seattle neo Nazi socialist, Nicholas Edward Letney, arrested at Seattle airport.
Nazi identified as Nicholas Edward Letney. This lunatic attempted to start his own political party, the Christian Workers, a home for Christian socialists.
The incident occurred while passengers were boarding a flight between Seattle, Washington to Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas.
A man at a Seattle airport began yelling Nazi slurs at passengers who were about to board the plane on Sunday, videos on social media showed.
The incident occurred while passengers were boarding a flight between Seattle, Washington to Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. The man's name is Nicholas Edward Letney, according to the nonprofit organization StopAntisemitism.
You go to the gas chamber!" and "Race war!" were among the numerous antisemitic statements he made as people were boarding the plane, all while doing a Nazi salute.
"The Jews got what they deserved," Letney said while pointing to another person off-screen. "You're a f***ing alien. An alien and a reptilian."
You ever heard of the First Amendment?" the individual yelled at officers as they were arresting him. "You violated that 'cause I'm a Nazi," Letney continued to say.
Letney also reportedly tried to start his own political party called the Christian Workers, which is supposed to engage with Christian socialists.
On the same day, StopAntisemitism tweeted that they are "disgusted to learn former President Trump has taken a meeting earlier this week with Nick Fuentes, a known white supremacist and vile Holocaust denier."
Other reports have stated that the former US president had dinner with Fuentes as well as rapper Kanye West, who made numerous antisemitic statements in the past couple of months. https://www.thedailybeast.com/us-senator-chris-murphy-considers-defunding-police-who-dont-enforce-gun-laws
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) said the Senate should consider defunding police departments in states that don’t implement gun laws in the wake of the Colorado Springs shooting.
Murphy condemned the actions of some Colorado counties that have declared their status as “Second Amendment sanctuaries” to CNN’s Dana Bash on Sunday, arguing they were circumventing state and federal laws. More than half of the state’s counties passed some form of the resolution after Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed a “red flag” law in 2019, which allowed police to temporarily take away the guns of those who may pose a risk to society. The law went into effect in 2020.
“The majority of counties in this country declare that they are not going to enforce state and federal gun laws, they have decided that they are going to essentially refuse to implement the laws that are on the books. That is a growing problem in this country,” he said. “I think we’re gonna have to have a conversation about that in the United States Senate. Do we want to continue to supply fundamental law enforcement in counties that refuse to implement state and federal gun laws?”
Murphy acknowledged President Joe Biden’s preferred solution—banning assault weapons—was not possible in the current Senate, as there likely wasn’t 60 votes. The Colorado Springs shooting occurred in El Paso County, one of 37 counties that have implemented a “sanctuary” resolution, despite what Murphy said were popular “red flag” laws. https://www.cbsnews.com/colorado/news/focus-family-headquarters-sign-vandals-colorado-springs/
A homo shot up a homo club so another homo vandalized Focus on the Family...this after a homo tried to shoot up FRC HQ in 2012 At least six people were killed in a mass shooting Tuesday night inside a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, and the shooter is also dead, city officials said early Wednesday.
Police earlier said there were multiple fatalities and injuries.
Officers responded to the store less than an hour before closing around 10:12 p.m. and found the victims and evidence of a shooting, Chesapeake Police public information officer Leo Kosinski told CNN.
Five patients were being treated at Sentara General Hospital in nearby Norfolk, Virginia, a spokesperson for Sentara Healthcare told CNN affiliate WTKR. An update on their conditions was not immediately available.
“We’re just a couple hours past the initial incident, so everything is very fluid, very new right now,” Kosinski said earlier. A news conference was scheduled for 8 a.m. ET Wednesday, the city of Chesapeake said on Twitter.
Investigators believe the shooter was an employee or former employee of the store who opened fire on other employees in a break room, a law enforcement source tells CNN.
It is believed the shooter at some point turned the gun on himself, according to the source.
Kosinski said it’s not believed any law enforcement officers fired shots during the response.
Chesapeake city officials asked people to stay away from the store during the investigation. “Our first responders are well-trained and prepared to respond; please give them space to do so” the city said in a tweet.
“We are shocked at this tragic event at our Chesapeake, Virginia store,” Walmart said in a statement. “We’re praying for those impacted, the community and our associates. We’re working closely with law enforcement, and we are focused on supporting our associates,” the statement said.
https://www.cnn.com/2022/11/22/us/chesapeake-virginia-walmart-shooting/index.html https://www.foxnews.com/us/abraham-lincoln-statue-vandalized-chicago https://www.foxnews.com/us/new-york-city-da-bragg-downgrades-over-half-felonies-misdemeanors
he is doing this for shit like armed robbery. There is your loophole, because a felony armed robbery bans you from ownings guns, but a misdemeanor doesn't https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/nato-ministers-meet-drum-aid-arms-ukraine-94131703
BUCHAREST, Romania -- NATO doubled down Tuesday on its commitment to one day include Ukraine, a pledge that some officials and analysts believe helped prompt Russia's invasion this year. The world’s largest security alliance also pledged to send more aid to Ukrainian forces locked in battle with Russian troops.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with NATO foreign ministers in Romania to drum up support for Ukraine as Russia bombards energy infrastructure ahead to the frigid winter. Russia cannot stop the alliance's expansion, NATO leaders said.
“NATO’s door is open,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said before chairing the meeting in the capital, Bucharest.
He highlighted that North Macedonia and Montenegro had recently joined NATO, and said that Russian President Vladimir Putin “will get Finland and Sweden as NATO members” soon. The Nordic neighbors applied for membership in April, concerned that Russia might target them next.
“Russia does not have a veto” on countries joining, Stoltenberg said. “We stand by that, too, on membership for Ukraine."
When they met in Bucharest in 2008, NATO leaders said that Ukraine and Georgia would join the alliance one day.
Some officials and analysts believe that move — pressed on the NATO allies by former U.S. President George W. Bush — was partly responsible for the war that Russia launched on Ukraine in February. Stoltenberg said NATO expansion would not be hindered.
“President Putin cannot deny sovereign nations to make their own sovereign decisions that are not a threat to Russia,” the former Norwegian prime minister said. “I think what he’s afraid of is democracy and freedom, and that’s the main challenge for him.” https://www.npr.org/2022/11/21/1138179760/thanksgiving-dishes-are-more-expensive-this-year-but-there-are-alternatives
NYPD arrest 14-year-old who threw eggs at Jewish kid
After yet another antisemitic attack, the NYPD has arrested a suspect for the assault of a Jewish teenager last month.
A 14-year-old kid was arrested on Monday by the NYPD for assaulting a Jewish boy on East 18th Street in Brooklyn, New York last month.
This incident comes after a wave of antisemitic attacks on Jews in New York City. On November 9, a gang violently attacked an orthodox Jewish man and knocked off his hat, according to Shmira Public Safety.
Video of the violent antisemitic attack here: https://twitter.com/Shmira/status/1590150270222487553 >Had they won, election deniers could have thrown future elections into chaos by refusing to certify victories of Democratic candidates.
Kari Lake, the Arizona Republican who made the lie that the 2020 election was stolen the focus of her gubernatorial bid, officially lost to Democratic nominee Katie Hobbs Monday night.
Lake's loss marks a critical milestone of the midterm elections. With her defeat, nearly every Republican who falsely proclaimed that the 2020 contest was stolen from former President Donald Trump lost their race for critical swing-state roles.
Had those election deniers won, experts believed they would have refused to certify a possible Democratic victory in the 2024 presidential elections, throwing the country into a constitutional crisis.
"If you care about the survival of our republic, we cannot give people power who will not honor elections," Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) said in October as she urged voters to reject election deniers such as Lake. "We must have elected officials who honor that responsibility."
Ultimately, these candidates' losses prove that election denialism was a drag on the GOP in a midterm that failed to produce the "red wave" predicted by Republicans and election forecasters.
Democrats made protecting democracy a key issue, and exit polls showed that it resonated with voters. According to an exit poll by NBC News, 68% of voters believed that democracy in the United States is threatened.
"The [Arizona governor's race] #AZGOV outcome is the exclamation point on how badly MAGA enthusiasts bombed last week — costing Rs eminently winnable races up and down the ballot," the Cook Political Report's Dave Wasserman tweeted.
Here some of the election deniers who lost their races:
https://americanindependent.com/election-deniers-lose-swing-state-elections/ >A former Project Veritas employee reveals online-dating stings, hidden-camera tactics.
Right-wing activist James O’Keefe and his secretive Project Veritas group have faced plenty of legal headaches in the past year, including FBI raids, a lawsuit defeat, and two associates pleading guilty in federal court.
Now O’Keefe and Project Veritas have a new problem: a disgruntled, trash-talking former employee and porn performer who has dubbed himself “Jean Jacque the Cock.”
The ex-employee, whose real name is Patrice Thibodeau, has taken to YouTube to reveal what he describes as the organization’s secrets, including the names of O’Keefe’s alleged undercover “sting” operatives and the kinds of hidden cameras he says the group uses.
Making matters worse, Thibodeau seems to relish his role as O’Keefe’s tormentor.
“James is fucking done, bitch,” Thibodeau, a former Project Veritas videographer who left the organization in 2020, said in one of the videos. “I’m laughing my ass off, this is so pathetic.”
Project Veritas has scrambled to stop Thibodeau from disseminating its supposed secrets. On Nov. 7, the group asked the New York Supreme Court for an injunction to prevent Thibodeau from publishing confidential information about his former employer, a filing first reported by the New York Post.
Project Veritas didn’t respond to a request for comment. Thibodeau also declined to comment.
After leaving Project Veritas, Thibodeau is now attempting to launch a social media, comedy, and adult performance career in Florida. Some media outlets have described Thibodeau as a “porn star” in articles about the Project Veritas lawsuit. But the extent of his adult work appears to be a handful of homemade videos of Thibodeau masturbating alone that he then uploaded to various amateur websites. Everyone is fat and angry as lawmakers last Friday reviewed bill to grant citizenship to all illegal immigrants. “What do you mean the popular mandate?” asked one beltway kike (R, ??), “Rake in another couple million brown slaves while legalizing those here and we don’t need one!” The debate continues over demographics and national identity while election audits across the country continue to find no evidence of voter fraud in the oldest modern democracy on earth. In a country that requires a week or more to count votes with electronic systems, the Priests in Washington Temple continue to assure the associated press that elections are free and fair despite concerns over the cracks in Dick Cheney’s tibia extolling war with Russia when prompted with questions concerning election integrity.
In other news, Covid continues as the yearly flu reaps it’s toll. What started as an unknown, graduated to pandemic, then a bio weapon—still, maybe a bio weapon—to an on again off again reason to implement population controls, is now just a reason to laugh at the fucking retards STILL wearing muzzles.
Soon to come, the AI CreepingTouch recommends policymakers capitalize on racial violence, again using Blacks as a wedge to tacitly threaten political opposition while reaffirming their own secular religion. Trust the science.
Go fuck yourselves Who's ready for a government shutdown and the US defaulting?
Republicans won control of the U.S. House on Wednesday, returning the party to power in Washington and giving conservatives leverage to blunt President Joe Biden’s agenda and spur a flurry of investigations. But a threadbare majority will pose immediate challenges for GOP leaders and complicate the party’s ability to govern.
More than a week after Election Day, Republicans secured the 218th seat needed to flip the House from Democratic control. The full scope of the party’s majority may not be clear for several more days — or weeks — as votes in competitive races are still being counted.
But they are on track to cobble together what could be the party’s narrowest majority of the 21st century, rivaling 2001, when Republicans had just a nine-seat majority, 221-212 with two independents. That’s far short of the sweeping victory the GOP predicted going into this year’s midterm elections, when the party hoped to reset the agenda on Capitol Hill by capitalizing on economic challenges and Biden’s lagging popularity.
Instead, Democrats showed surprising resilience, holding on to moderate, suburban districts from Virginia to Minnesota and Kansas. The results could complicate House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy’s plans to become speaker as some conservative members have questioned whether to back him or have imposed conditions for their support.
McCarthy, R-Calif., celebrated his party having “officially flipped” the House on Twitter on Wednesday night, writing, “Americans are ready for a new direction, and House Republicans are ready to deliver.”
Current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., released a statement Wednesday night saying, “In the next Congress, House Democrats will continue to play a leading role in supporting President Biden’s agenda — with strong leverage over a scant Republican majority.” https://apnews.com/article/politics-donald-trump-merrick-garland-government-and-550c01de053c08db4d53ca57f315feb6
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Merrick Garland named a special counsel on Friday to oversee the Justice Department’s investigation into the presence of classified documents at former President Donald Trump’s Florida estate as well as key aspects of a separate probe involving the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection and efforts to undo the 2020 election.
The appointment of veteran prosecutor Jack Smith, announced just three days after Trump formally launched his 2024 candidacy, is a recognition of the unmistakable political implications of two investigations that involve not only a former president but also a current White House hopeful. It installs a new chain of command over sensitive probes seen as likely to accelerate now that the midterm elections have concluded, with Garland citing Trump’s entry into the race and President Joe Biden’s stated intention to run again as reasons for Smith’s appointment.
“The Department of Justice has long recognized that in certain extraordinary cases, it is in the public’s interest to appoint a special prosecutor to independently manage an investigation and prosecution,” Garland said from the Justice Department’s podium.
Smith, who led the Justice Department’s public integrity section in Washington and later served as the acting chief federal prosecutor in Nashville, Tennessee, during the Obama administration, is set to begin his work immediately, Garland said. He has been serving since 2018 as chief prosecutor for the special court in the Hague that is tasked with investigating international war crimes.
The Justice Department described Smith as a registered independent, an effort to blunt any attack of perceived political bias. Trump is a Republican, and Biden is a Democrat. https://www.sltrib.com/religion/2022/11/15/lds-church-comes-out-federal/
In an unexpected move, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gave its support Tuesday to a proposed federal law that would codify marriages between same-sex couples.
The Utah-based faith’s doctrine “related to marriage between a man and a woman is well known and will remain unchanged,” the church stated in a news release. “We are grateful for the continuing efforts of those who work to ensure the Respect for Marriage Act includes appropriate religious freedom protections while respecting the law and preserving the rights of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters.”
The church’s remarks come after the act’s sponsors added an amendment to the House-passed bill exempting religious organizations, including faith-based universities, from providing “services, accommodations, advantages, facilities, goods or privileges for the solemnization or celebration of a marriage.” Neither could the act be used to alter the tax-exempt status of any organization.
The amendment also specified that the measure did not extend to polygamous marriages.
“We believe this approach is the way forward,” the church release said. “As we work together to preserve the principles and practices of religious freedom together with the rights of LGBTQ individuals, much can be accomplished to heal relationships and foster greater understanding.”
Troy Williams, executive director of Equality Utah, was “heartened to see The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints publicly take this stance today.”
He added: “Despite differences we may have, we can always discover common ground on policies and laws that support the strengthening of all families.”
Williams also stressed that while the latest version of the act “clearly acknowledges and protects the diversity of American religious and other beliefs, it does not do so at the expense” of its aim of “to safeguard marriage equality.” Would a highly paid Washington D.C government employee really federal funds that were intended to benefit the poor?
How common is this?
What percentage of government welfare money is stolen?
If welfare money is ending up in the pockets of already well off government workers instead of the poor, thats going to exacerbate income inequality rather than mitigate it.
>Defendant Collected District Medicaid, Food Stamp, and Public Charter School Tuition
WASHINGTON – A Social Services Representative with the District of Columbia Department of Human Services (DHS), has been charged with falsely claiming District of Columbia residency to obtain D.C. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Medicaid benefits, and free tuition for her two children to attend a D.C. Public Charter School.
The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves, Daniel W. Lucas, Inspector General for the District of Columbia, and Karl A. Racine, Attorney General for the District of Columbia. This matter was initially discovered by the D.C. Department of Human Services and promptly referred to the D.C. Office of the Inspector General for investigation.
Michia Pardlow, 29, of Arlington, Virginia, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia with first-degree fraud, first-degree theft, and false statements in connection with applying for and obtaining District of Columbia resident benefits. She was arrested on Nov. 22, 2022, made her initial court appearance later that day, and was released pending trial. Nothing says democracy like threatening to harm the person in charge of elections who's also a member of your party because your side loses.
PHOENIX - Maricopa County Supervisor Bill Gates has confirmed that he moved to an undisclosed location for his safety after security concerns connected to the 2022 midterm elections.
Deputies from the sheriff's office are also providing a security detail, officials said.
Gates, a Republican and one of the leaders of the Maricopa County Elections Department, has been a fierce defender of the county's election system and an outspoken critic of false claims that the 2020 election was stolen.
In a similar vein, Gates has continued to defend the county against continued claims of fraud during the midterms. Some have focused on an issue with printers on Election Day that led to numerous tabulation machines being unable to read some ballots.
His stance has caused a slew of backlash online and in person. Some people were seen launching verbal attacks on Gates during a meeting with the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors earlier this week.
Other county officials have reported receiving calls they considered threatening from campaign volunteers.
There has been no evidence of widespread fraud or manipulation of voting machines in 2020 or during this year’s midterm elections. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/nov/25/how-many-americans-carry-guns-daily
An estimated 6 million American adults carried a loaded handgun with them daily in 2019, double the number who said they carried a gun every day in 2015, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health.
The new estimates highlight a decades-long shift in American gun ownership, with increasing percentages of gun owners saying they own firearms for self-defense, not hunting or recreation, and choosing to carry a gun with them when they go out in public, said Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington, and the study’s lead author.
A landmark supreme court case this summer overturned a New York law that placed strict limits on public gun-carrying, ruling, for the first time, that Americans have a constitutional right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home.
While recent surveys show that nearly a third of American adults say they personally own a gun, the percentage who choose to regularly carry a firearm in public is smaller, with about a third of handgun owners, or an estimated 16 million adults, saying they carried a loaded handgun in public at least once a month, and an estimated 6 million saying they did so daily, the study found.
But public gun-carrying has appeared to increase rapidly in recent years. A 2015 study by the same researchers, using the same methodology, had found that 3 million adults said they carried a loaded handgun daily, and 9 million did so once a month. An aspiring country singer and diehard MAGA fan set out to defend Donald Trump’s honor, but wound up in handcuffs instead.
North Carolina insurance salesman and semi-pro musician Stephen Jike Williams, who performs simply as Jike Williams, allegedly vowed to execute fact checkers for the “defamation and slander” of the ex-president. When the FBI showed up at his door, Williams threatened the life of a female agent assigned to investigate, according to a criminal complaint first obtained by The Daily Beast.
He then followed up a few days later with additional death threats on TikTok, in a video titled, simply, “Fuck the FBI,” the feds say.
Williams, 42, is now charged with threatening to murder a federal law enforcement officer and transmission of interstate threats. The complaint against him, which was unsealed Friday in North Carolina federal court, says that Williams was incensed over, variously, the 2020 “stolen” election, vaccine mandates, his TikTok account getting suspended, and liberals pushing “anti-Trump propaganda.”
Williams’ court-appointed lawyer, Corey D. Buggs, did not respond to The Daily Beast’s request for comment.
Williams’ troubles began with a Sept. 18 email to the Good Information Foundation, a left-leaning nonprofit founded after the 2020 election to fight mis- and disinformation.
“You are hereby ordered by we the people under the laws of the constitution to cease and desist all defamation and slander of Maga [sic] Republicans and Donald Trump,” the message read, according to the complaint. “This is Treason an act of war and we will treat you accordingly. You have till [sic] the end of the month to print a retraction whistle blow on yourself or I will shut you down personally.”
https://www.thedailybeast.com/maga-diehard-stephen-jike-williams-arrested-for-fbi-execution-threat-over-trump-slander The federal government will move a censure motion against former prime minister Scott Morrison over his decision to secretly appoint himself to a number of extra ministries.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced today that cabinet had agreed to move the motion this week, the final sitting week for the year.
As Labor has a majority in the House of Representatives, the motion will pass.
Mr Morrison secretly appointed himself to administer several ministries throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, including to the treasury and home affairs portfolios.
>China-exclusive Apple software update gimps AirDrop feature, which people were using to spread political stuff
>In the most visible protest, a dissident now known as Bridge Man lit a fire on a bridge in Beijing to draw attention to his protest banners. One read, “Go on strike at school and work, remove dictator and national traitor Xi Jinping.” References to the banners were quickly censored across the Chinese internet, but photos still made their way through private channels. Vice reported that Bridge Man’s messages were spreading on the Shanghai subway via AirDrop. https://apnews.com/article/arizona-deadline-2022-midterms-certification-d6a1ea4020c26313a3124931c14b79fb
Republican officials in a rural Arizona county refused on Monday to certify the 2022 election, despite no evidence of anything wrong with the count, amid pressure from prominent Republicans to reject results showing Democrats winning top races.
State election officials have said they will sue Cochise County if the board of supervisors misses Monday’s deadline to approve the official tally of votes, known as the canvass. The two Republican county supervisors delayed the canvass vote until hearing once more about concerns over the certification of ballot tabulators, though election officials have repeatedly said the equipment is properly approved.
Democratic election attorney Marc Elias pledged on Twitter to sue the county. Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs’s office has previously said it would sue if the county misses the deadline.
“The Board of Supervisors had all of the information they needed to certify this election and failed to uphold their responsibility for Cochise voters,” Sophia Solis, a spokeswoman for Hobbs, said in an email.
Elsewhere, Republican supervisors in Mohave County postponed a certification vote until later Monday after hearing comments from residents angry about problems with ballot printers in Maricopa County. Officials in Maricopa County, the state’s largest, containing Phoenix, said everyone had a chance to vote and all legal ballots were counted.
Election results have largely been certified without issue in jurisdictions across the country. That’s not been the case in Arizona, which was a focal point for efforts by former President Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 election and push false narratives of fraud. DeSantis might have won his corrupt election, but his attempt to jail political enemies is failing.
One of the 20 Floridians arrested this summer for allegedly voting illegally in the 2020 election had his charges dropped by prosecutors on Tuesday, dealing yet another blow to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ increasingly shaky crusade against voter fraud in the state. Tony Patterson, 44, won’t be prosecuted because of “information received” from a supervisor of elections office in Tampa, and because he was already facing a prison sentence for a separate crime, reported the Miami Herald. Patterson was previously captured on body-cam footage appearing distraught and confused during his August arrest. “I thought felons were able to vote,” he said. “Why would you let me vote if I wasn’t able to vote?” The Tampa man is now the second of the 20 arrestees—mostly felons who were unaware they couldn’t vote and had even been issued voter ID cards—to not be prosecuted after a Miami judge threw out a case against 56-year-old Robert Lee Wood last month. >Vladimir Putin has left his troops in a perilous situation and a senior military official tells The Daily Beast it’s go-time for the Ukrainian counteroffensive.
After a string of Russian defeats in the war, U.K. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace is urging Ukraine to “keep up the pressure, keep up the momentum” and continue their rapid-fire attacks on Vladimir Putin’s forces through the winter months.
“Given the advantage the Ukrainians have in equipment training and quality of their personnel against the demoralized, poorly trained, poorly equipped Russians, it would be in the Ukraine’s interest to maintain momentum through the winter,” Wallace said. “They have 300,000 pieces of arctic warfare kit, from the international community”—a crucial requirement for any winter offensive.
Wallace told The Daily Beast that this was the advice he would give to his Ukrainian counterparts, who he speaks to “almost weekly.” He praised the Ukrainians for shocking the world by showcasing their own courage and skills, as well as the huge deficiencies in the Russian armed forces.
The intervention comes at a time when senior American officials have tried to nudge Ukraine away from the battlefield and towards the negotiating table.
Two weeks ago, General Mark Milley, Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned that, because Ukraine may not reach a full victory on the battlefield, it should use the expected slowdown in military operations over the winter as a “window” for discussions with the Russians.
But President Volodymyr Zelensky has declared that he will not negotiate with Russia while Putin remains in power, and has said that any settlement must end with Ukraine in control of all its post-independence territories, including the Donbas and Crimea. https://apnews.com/article/2022-midterm-elections-arizona-phoenix-government-and-politics-0ce1690e02eb851f05e80691162d4290
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona voters who overwhelmingly cast their ballots by mail have rejected a measure that would have would have required them to add more information to the simple signature and date they now put on the back of the return envelope.
Proposition 309 also would have eliminated the ability of registered voters who do not have a state or federally-issued photo ID with them when they vote in-person to provide other proof of identity to cast a ballot.
New tallies from Maricopa County and several smaller counties released on Wednesday showed there was no chance for the measure to pass. It had been too close to call in the eight days since polls closed on Nov. 8 and was the last of 10 measures on the ballot to be called by The Associated Press.
The measure was falling about 20,000 votes short of passing, well above the margin for a recount under a new law that boosts the difference between ballot measures or candidates from 1/10 of a percent to 1%.
Democrats and voting rights groups said that the changes would lead to more mail-in ballots being rejected and people being turned away at the polls. They also pointed out that citizenship and other requirements for voting are already done during the voter registration process. Former President Donald Trump hosted white nationalist and antisemite Nick Fuentes at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach on Tuesday night, according to multiple people familiar with the event.
Fuentes, who frequently posts racist content in addition to Holocaust revisionism, was brought as a guest of rapper Kanye West, who now goes by Ye.
In a post to his social media site, Trump confirmed the gathering.
“This past week, Kanye West called me to have dinner at Mar-a-Lago,” he wrote. “Shortly thereafter, he unexpectedly showed up with three of his friends, whom I knew nothing about. We had dinner on Tuesday evening with many members present on the back patio. The dinner was quick and uneventful. They then left for the airport.”
However eventful, the dinner reflects a remarkable moment in an extremely early 2024 campaign cycle: the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination breaking bread with a man who frequently posts racist content and Holocaust revisionism, brought there by a rapper who is launching his own presidential campaign under the shadow of his own antisemitic remarks.
“If it was any other party, breaking bread with Nick Fuentes would be instantly disqualifying for Trump,” said Democratic National Committee spokesperson Ammar Moussa. “The most extreme views have found a home in today’s MAGA Republican party.”
It underscores how few guardrails currently exist within the former president’s political operation, with few aides there to screen guests or advise against and manage such gatherings.
Indeed, after POLITICO first reported the sighting of Fuentes at Trump’s club, people in Trump’s orbit denied the former president met with Fuentes at all. Only later was it revealed that he not only met with Fuentes but dined with him.
The owner of the Colorado Springs gay bar where five people were shot to death on Saturday and a further 17 were injured says growing anti-LGBTQ sentiment may have contributed to the attack. “It’s different to walk down the street holding my boyfriend’s hand and getting spit at (as opposed to) a politician relating a drag queen to a groomer of their children,” said Nic Grzecka, the co-owner of Club Q, in an interview with The Associated Press. “I would rather be spit on in the street than the hate get as bad as where we are today.” In recent years, right-wing politicians and social media users have become increasingly hostile towards the LGBTQ community, comparing those who are open about their sexual orientation or gender identity to pedophiles by way of the phrase “groomer.” In March, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, preventing some public school teachers from disclosing their sexual orientation to students. “Lying about our community, and making them into something they are not, creates a different type of hate,” Grzecka said, whose voice, according to The Associated Press, was “tinged with exhaustion.” The suspect, who was subdued by heroic patrons inside the club, has not entered a plea or spoken about the incident, according to reports. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-63781424
A drug "super cartel" that controlled about a third of Europe's cocaine supply has been dismantled, police have announced.
Dubbed Operation Desert Light, 49 people were arrested across six European countries, the EU's police agency, Europol, said.
They included a British national, who is suspected of heading the operation.
The British man suspected of heading the "super cartel" had fled to Dubai after earlier avoiding arrest in Spain, the country's Guardia Civil said in a statement.
He allegedly continued to lead the cartel from the UAE.
An anonymous Europol source told the AFP news agency that another "big fish" Dutch suspect, with alleged links to high-profile Dutch crime boss Ridouan Taghi, was also detained. https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/kanye-west-announces-running-president-112450666.html
>President Kanye West? Amid the rapper’s ongoing controversies, he is officially throwing his hat in the ring for the 2024 presidential election.
>The “Stronger” rapper, 45, launched his campaign via his newly resurrected Twitter account on Thursday, November 24. (New platform owner, Elon Musk, reinstated West’s profile earlier this month after being previously barred for sharing antisemitic messages.) West captioned a series of campaign ads with the hashtag “Ye24.”
>One of the Chicago native’s ads even mentioned his recent antisemitic controversy, sharing footage from his interview with Tucker Carlson and Dave Chappelle’s criticalSaturday Night Livemonologue.
>Kanye West says he told Donald Trump he’d make a great 2024 running mate — and the former president hit the roof.
>The rapper now known as Ye claims that he told Trump that he wanted him to run as vice president on a Kanye-led White House ticket during a stormy meeting at Mar-a-Lago.
>“I think the thing that Trump was most perturbed about, me asking him to be my vice president,” Kanye said on a video posted on his newly restored Twitter feed. “That caught him off-guard.” ResumeBuilder.com surveyed 1,131 hiring managers in November, asking them about their views of Jewish individuals and their perspectives on antisemitism in the workplace.
What did they find in their survey?
Their survey showed that 26% of hiring managers say they are less likely to move forward with Jewish applicants. When asked why, 38% said that "Jews have too much power and control," which is also tied to another 38% who said, "Jews claim to be the 'chosen people.'"
A few of the other "reasons" were that "Jews have too much wealth", "Jews are greedy", "Jews killed Jesus," and many other antisemitism responses, according to the ResumeBuilder survey.
Another 26% of hiring managers make assumptions about whether or not the applicant is Jewish based on their looks and appearances.
pretty fucked up for hello fresh to use democrat voters like that https://apnews.com/article/2022-midterm-elections-voting-rights-florida-georgia-4db14ddccf37e4597cb9b7f20ec499b4
WASHINGTON (AP) — State-level law enforcement units created after the 2020 presidential election to investigate voter fraud are looking into scattered complaints more than two weeks after the midterms but have provided no indication of systemic problems.
That’s just what election experts had expected and led critics to suggest that the new units were more about politics than rooting out widespread abuses. Most election-related fraud cases already are investigated and prosecuted at the local level.
Florida, Georgia and Virginia created special state-level units after the 2020 election, all pushed by Republican governors, attorneys general or legislatures.
“I am not aware of any significant detection of fraud on Election Day, but that’s not surprising,” said Paul Smith, senior vice president of the Campaign Legal Center. “The whole concept of voter impersonation fraud is such a horribly exaggerated problem. It doesn’t change the outcome of the election, it’s a felony, you risk getting put in jail and you have a high possibility of getting caught. It’s a rare phenomena.” https://www.wsj.com/articles/taiwans-president-steps-down-as-leader-of-ruling-party-after-drubbing-in-local-elections-11669474890 Same story every time. When is AP and the rest of the corporate media going to clean up their acts?
>Associated Press Fires Reporter Over Fake News On Russian Missile Hitting Poland
The Associated Press has fired a journalist who used erroneous information from a source to report that the missile that fell in Poland and killed two last week had allegedly been launched by Russia, media reported on Tuesday.
In an article dated November 15, journalist James LaPorta reported that an unnamed "senior U.S. intelligence official says Russian missiles crossed into NATO member Poland, killing two people." Through Associated Press' alert service, the article was picked up by numerous other media, thus raising public fear over a direct conflict between Russia and the military alliance.
The next day, on November 16, the Associated Press took down the report and replaced it with an editor's note saying that the anonymous source had been wrong and that "subsequent reporting showed that the missiles were Russian-made and most likely fired by Ukraine in defense against a Russian attack."
LaPorta was fired following a brief investigation, people at Associated Press told The Washington Post. The newspaper quoted an AP spokesperson as saying that the decisions on firing staff were not "based on isolated incidents."
Meanwhile, the editor of the scandalous article, John Leicester, has kept his job, according to the Daily Beast tabloid. El Paso County, where Colorado Springs is located, went for Trump in the 2020 election by over 10%, it's little surprise that the Republicans there are soft on crime and created the environment of hate against LGBTQ+ for this latest 2nd amendment incident committed by a Republican.
A year and a half before he was arrested in the Colorado Springs gay nightclub shooting that left five people dead, Anderson Lee Aldrich allegedly threatened his mother with a homemade bomb, forcing neighbors in surrounding homes to evacuate while the bomb squad and crisis negotiators talked him into surrendering.
Yet despite that scare, there’s no public record that prosecutors moved forward with felony kidnapping and menacing charges against Aldrich, or that police or relatives tried to trigger Colorado’s “red flag” law that would have allowed authorities to seize the weapons and ammo the man’s mother says he had with him.
Gun control advocates say Aldrich’s June 2021 threat is an example of a red flag law ignored, with potentially deadly consequences. While it’s not clear the law could have prevented Saturday night’s attack — such gun seizures can be in effect for as little as 14 days and extended by a judge in six-month increments — they say it could have at least slowed Aldrich and raised his profile with law enforcement.
“We need heroes beforehand — parents, co-workers, friends who are seeing someone go down this path,” said Colorado state Rep. Tom Sullivan, whose son was killed in the Aurora theater shooting and sponsored the state’s red flag law. “This should have alerted them, put him on their radar.” https://m.jpost.com/diaspora/article-723441
During a comedy monologue earlier this month, Dauood Naimyar was asked by an audience member to stop making Jew jokes.
The Los Angeles-based Muslim comedian, who goes by Dauoodn on TikTok, posted a clip on November 12 from the routine on the social media site with the caption "posting on the sabbath so they don't see."
"No more Jew jokes?" he responded to the request.
"I've made one Jew joke... I made like 15 Muslim jokes. I'm glad that's the one that stuck with you, though. Maybe someone does control the media," continued the stand-up comedian who has 160K TikTok followers.
Are Jew jokes antisemitic?
Dauood's Jew jokes come as antisemitic and offensive comments by celebrities are making headlines. Earlier this month, fellow comedian Dave Chappelle’s Saturday Night Live monologue, in which he joked about Jews running Hollywood, sparked condemnation from Jewish groups, including the head of the Anti-Defamation League saying Chappelle appeared to “normalize” and “popularize” antisemitism by making light of an old trope.
The Chappelle act followed NBA player Kyrie Irving’s tweet earlier this month of a link to a film that contains antisemitic tropes and last month's tweets by rapper Kanye West threatening Jews. https://www.cbs8.com/article/news/politics/this-is-why-it-takes-so-long-to-certify-votes-in-california/509-fa21d5fd-e802-413a-9a58-b8a0036fa1a9
There are districts in california where only half the votes been counted and its been a fucking week https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-deems-kanye-west-seriously-troubled-man-just-happens-black-mar-a-lago-trip-fallout Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said he "absolutely made the right choice" in invoking never-used emergency powers to end to last winter's truck protests.
Mr Trudeau made the comments during an appearance on Friday before an inquiry looking into Canada's use of its Emergencies Act.
He said he didn't feel police had a proper plan in place to end the anti-vaccine mandate protests.
Protests had gridlocked Ottawa and blocked key border crossings for weeks.
Mr Trudeau was the final person to testify in six weeks of hearings by the Public Order Emergency Commission, which is examining whether his government was justified in invoking the Act.
He told the inquiry he was concerned the protests posed a threat of violence, and his goal was to keep both protesters and the public safe.
As the Ottawa protests continued into February, and grew to include blockades at the Ambassador Bridge and Coutts border crossings, he said it became clear events were not "dissipating".
In a mid-February raid, police found a cache of weapons among a small organised group within the larger Coutts protest - one of the incidents Mr Trudeau cited as a specific concern.
"We were seeing things escalate, not things get under control," he said. The protests, the prime minister added, seemed more aggressive than other political demonstrations.
The Act, in place between 14 February and 23 February, helped bring an end to three weeks of "Freedom Convoy" protests in Ottawa and elsewhere in Canada.
It allowed the government to impose bans on public assembly, to prohibit travel to protest zones, and gave it the ability to freeze bank accounts, among other measures.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-63736487 https://www.cnn.com/2022/11/13/us/los-angeles-plus-size-models-discrimination-reaj/index.html https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/19/us/supreme-court-leak-abortion-roe-wade
Conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito allegedly told private dinner companions how the high court would rule in the landmark 2014 case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, according to a bombshell report in The New York Times.
The dinner companions, who were wealthy donors to an evangelical Christian nonprofit, reportedly tipped off the minister who led the nonprofit, Rev. Rob Schenck, who told the Times he later informed the CEO of Hobby Lobby.
Schenck also used the information “undetectably” to assist “in preparing for the inevitable announcement” of the court’s decision, which he wrote in a letter to Chief Justice John Roberts earlier this year which was obtained and published by the Times.
The minister, whose beliefs have changed in recent years, provided “thousands” of emails and other records to the Times showing how he campaigned for decades to lay the legal groundwork for the Supreme Court to eventually overturn Roe v. Wade, the decision that legalized abortion nationwide in 1973.
The 2014 contraception case prompted the court to decide whether requiring a company to provide contraception as part of its health coverage violated religious freedom protections. Hobby Lobby’s conservative Christian owners said they were opposed to contraception use. The result was a victory for the craft store chain and religious conservatives ― much like the court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned Roe v. Wade, rolling back abortion rights for millions of people.
Alito denies tipping the court’s hand eight years ago, the Times reported.
But the accusation comes at a contentious moment where swaths of the nation have already begun questioning the court’s legitimacy and its station above politics. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/25/us/politics/house-republicans-congress.html
WASHINGTON — Republicans may have won control of the House by only the slimmest of margins, but in a chamber that operates purely by majority rule, their razor-thin edge has given them all the tools they need to plunge the Biden administration into a morass of investigations.
Wielding gavels and subpoena power, the Republicans set to lead influential House committees have pledged to bedevil President Biden on a litany of issues, including the foreign business dealings of his son Hunter Biden, security at the southern border, the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Justice Department’s initiative to address threats of violence and harassment directed at school administrators and school board members.
At the same time, they will face calls from their conservative base — and an influential clutch of hard-liners in Congress — to impeach a phalanx of officials, from Mr. Biden himself to the vice president and cabinet secretaries.
And at least some of them will need to find a way to produce legislation — at a minimum, bills to fund the government — that can make it through the Democratic-led Senate and be signed by Mr. Biden.
While House Republicans made modest gains in diversifying this year, their senior ranks reflect the overwhelmingly white, male makeup of their conference. The party is on track to have no people of color leading committees — a notable shift from House Democrats, who have six Black lawmakers, two Latino legislators and an Asian American one in those posts. Republicans are also set to have only two or three women leading committees, down from the seven Democratic women who now hold gavels.
Here’s a look at some of the key players. https://www.fox9.com/news/more-than-100-geese-25-ducks-found-dead-on-minnesota-lake
WASECA, Minn. (FOX 9) - More than 100 Canada geese and 25 mallard ducks were found dead on a lake in Waseca on Sunday, the city confirmed in a Facebook post on Wednesday.
The City of Waseca said the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources responded to reports of numerous waterfowl that were found dead on Loon Lake. In addition to the more than 125 dead birds, "several hundred" geese are continuing to use the lake, the city said.
The DNR collected samples of the dead birds for diagnostic testing. The results are still pending. However, area wildlife managers suspect disease caused the birds to die, the city said. Though it's unknown if highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) or bird flu is what killed the birds.
Wildlife officials continue to monitor the situation on Loon Lake, the city said. Collection of any new carcasses will depend on what the diagnostic testing reveals, as well as wildlife health program guidance and ice conditions on the lake, which is partially frozen.
DNR wildlife officials are recommending anyone who has domestic birds (chickens, turkeys or pet birds) to avoid the area, and the public is asked to stay off the ice due to current ice conditions, the city says. Notorious American Nazi arrested at Auschwitz is accused of abusing US troops and telling black soldier to 'stay away from white women' in viral video shot at a mall in Poland
The horrific video, posted to Twitter on Wednesday, showed a man hurling racial and homophobic comments at a group of men in U.S. Army uniforms as they walked through a mall in Poland
The video, which surfaced on YouTuber Jamesons Travels account and on Twitter, has been credited to Jon Minadeo Jr. who was arrested in Septemberafter demonstrating in front of the Auschwitz-Birkenau
Recording himself abusing the soldiers, the man behind the camera says 'keep Poland white' before warning the servicemen, including one who was black, to 'stay away from those white women'
The black soldier was immediately comforted by his fellow serviceman in the wake of the vitriol
'You're in a white country now, we don't worship niggers and Mexicans' the man said to the US soldiers
'You're not welcome here, guys,' the horrific man yelled before the video eventually ended
Continuing the vile abuse at the Polish mall, the man behind the camera asked 'what do you think about your health secretary being a fucking kike tranny' referencing transgender Health SecretaryRachel Leland Levi
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_e6KUQuXBg Elon Musk failed to immediately remove am image post by a Russian which criticized Zelenskyy the Mad, Ruler of Ashes and First of His Name, by depicting him as Bart Simpson with a long nose.
Joan Donovan, research director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, inadvertently admits that The Meme War is still being waged.
Twitter Allows Russian Officials to Share Antisemitic Cartoon of Zelenskyy
Elon Musk’s Twitter permitted a Russian Embassy account to post a cartoon that echoed Nazi propaganda in its depiction of Ukraine’s Jewish president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
ELON MUSK failed to stop the circulation of an antisemitic cartoon posted on the network by Russian diplomats drawing on a trope of Nazi propaganda by depicting Ukraine’s Jewish president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, with a huge nose.
Despite pleas from Twitter users who objected to the anti-Jewish racism of the cartoon, the tweet remained where it was posted, on the official account of the Russian Embassy in London, without being deleted, contextualized, or restricted in any visible way.
Before Musk took control of the social network, tweets containing images that used racist tropes to attack individuals or groups based on their ethnic identity were routinely removed from the platform or made impossible to share.
Joan Donovan, research director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy and the co-author of the book “Meme Wars,” posted a screenshot of the Russian embassy tweet and noted that the diplomats were using “open antisemitism” to drum up support for the Russian war on Ukraine.
Russian Embassy trying to win the meme war with open antisemitism. pic.twitter.com/vc9V7xrEdP
— Joan Donovan BOOK: Meme Wars (@BostonJoan) November 22, 2022
>Russian Embassy trying to win the meme war
>the meme war https://oag.ca.gov/news/press-releases/california-department-justice-awarded-naag-2022-supreme-court-%E2%80%9Cbest-brief%E2%80%9D-award
Oh look, anti gun zealots finally won something Killing two birds with one stone: they get to murder people while using media to terrorize people out of being armed
Strange how no one on 4chan wants to talk about this. Guess highlighting a black shooter is verboten even here.
CHARLOTTESVILLE — Em Gunter, 19, was watching a biology lecture on a computer in her University of Virginia dorm room Sunday night when she heard three loud bangs. She looked over at her friend and said, “Was that gunfire?” https://www.businessinsider.com/aoc-not-extreme-like-mtg-on-republican-side-extreme-2022-11 https://www.wsj.com/articles/walmart-employee-mass-shooting-chesapeake-virginia-11669183175?mod=hp_lead_pos4
Shooter Who Killed Six at Walmart Was an Employee
A Walmart employee armed with a pistol opened fire at a store in Chesapeake, Va., police said, killing six people and injuring at least six others before fatally shooting himself. https://nypost.com/2022/11/24/dc-karen-banned-from-uber-after-disturbing-caught-on-camera-racist-tirade/
An angry woman hurled racist slurs at her Uber driver on a DC street in a crazed, caught-on-camera verbal attack.
“I employ you. I’m your boss. I’m your f–cking boss,” the woman, dubbed by social media users as the “DC Karen” screamed at the Uber driver as they stood on a Cathedral Heights street, according to the footage.
“You’re a piece of s–t,” she says before calling him the N-word six times in a row.
The unhinged Karen also called the Uber driver a “slave,” “schizophrenic” and “illiterate.”
The Uber driver responded by calling her a coward and a bitch.
The gut-wrenching altercation was caught in two separate videos, one taken by a resident of an apartment building on the street and another by the Uber driver himself.
The two appeared to be arguing over a phone charger, though the details are not entirely clear. The woman screams several times that she asked the driver for a phone charger. When he suggests she call the police on him, she says, “My phone’s gonna die if you can speak English!”
https://twitter.com/WashProbs/status/ A viral hurricane is making landfall on health care systems battered by three pandemic years. With the official start of winter still weeks away, pediatric hospitals are facing crushing caseloads of children sick with RSV and other viral illnesses. Schools that promised a “return to normal” now report widespread absences and even closures from RSV and flu in many parts of the country, contributing to parents missing work in record numbers. With this year’s flu season beginning some six weeks early, the CDC has already declared a flu epidemic as hospitalizations for influenza soared to the highest point in more than a decade.
A storm of these proportions should demand not only crisis clinical measures, but also community prevention efforts. Yet instead of deploying public health strategies to weather the storm, the U.S. is abandoning them.
Even before the arrival of the so-called tripledemic, U.S. health systems were on the brink. But as the fall surge of illness threatens to capsize teetering hospitals, the will to deploy public health measures has also collapsed. Pediatricians are declaring “This is our March 2020” and issuing pleas for help while public health efforts to flatten the curve and reduce transmission rates of Covid-19 or any infectious disease have effectively evaporated. Unmanageable patient volumes are seen as inevitable, or billed as the predictable outcome of an “immunity debt,” despite considerable uncertainty surrounding the scientific underpinnings and practical utility of this concept.
The Covid-19 pandemic should have left us better prepared for this moment. It helped the public to understand that respiratory viruses primarily spread through shared indoor air. Public health practices to stop the spread of Covid such as masking and limiting large gatherings during surges were incorporated into the daily routines of many Americans.
https://www.statnews.com/2022/11/22/tripledemic-hurricane-include-community-prevention-efforts/ >Donald Trump’s Twitter account appeared to be back online after a slim majority of votes were cast, in a Twitter poll organised by Elon Musk, in favour of reinstating the former US president, who was banned from the social media service after the 6 January 2021 Capitol riot.
>Slightly more than 15 million votes were counted in the poll with 51.8% votes in favour of reinstatement.
>“The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated,” Musk tweeted. During the poll, Musk acknowledged the vote numbers were being affected by automated “bots”, which are not people, and suggested there was a need to “clean up” Twitter polls from being influenced by “bot and trolls armies”.
https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/nov/20/twitter-lifts-donald-trump-ban-after-elon-musks-poll Meta announces US military has weaponized it's platform to push world wide fake propaganda targeting Russia and china
Meta confirms US military tied to fake social media accounts in influence campaign
A network of fake accounts across Facebook and Instagram that were promoting a pro-U.S. narrative was tied to individuals associated with the U.S. military, parent company Meta said Tuesday.
The social media giant removed dozens of phony accounts along with relevant pages and groups that impersonated their targeted communities and spread contents that depicted the U.S. in a favorable light in the Middle East and Central Asia, the company said in its quarterly adversarial threat report.
Meta said that the people behind the operation “attempted to conceal their identities and coordination,” but the company still “found links to individuals associated with the U.S. military.”
On Wednesday, a Pentagon spokesperson told SC Media that the department is aware of Meta’s report but did not comment or suggest potential actions as a result.
The Washington Post reported in September that the Pentagon ordered an audit of clandestine information warfare when the operation was first disclosed in August in a joint investigation by Stanford Internet Observatory and social media intelligence company Graphika, with whom Meta shared detailed information about the network. According to the Post, U.S. Central Command, which oversees U.S. military operations in the Middle East, is among the entities under the Pentagon’s scrutiny. https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/fauci-final-briefing-after-50-years-government-gave/story?id=93754988
A chaotic scene erupted during the Dr Anthony Fauci’s final press conference on Tuesday when a reporter began shouting over his colleagues and demanding that White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre take a question about the origins of Covid-19.
Dr Fauci, the outgoing director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, had just finished discussing the state of the Covid-19 pandemic and stepped back to wait for questions when a number of journalists began shouting their queries.
This is not uncommon for press conferences, but Ms Jean-Pierre called on them to stop and said that she would call on individual reporters to ask their questions, warning them that by shouting questions they would waste their colleague’s and Dr Fauci’s time.
During the shouting, one reporter — who is believed to be Diana Glebova of the Daily Caller — can be heard asking a question about the origins of the virus, but she was not called on. >Russia's Embassy in the UK tweeted a Simpsons-type meme about Ukraine's President – with one notable, and potentially antisemitic, feature.
>The Russian Embassy of the UK used their Twitter account to share a Simpsons-style cartoon of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday in their iteration of the modern meme.
>However, viewers noticed something distinct about Zelensky – his disproportionately large nose, which to many resembled the antisemitic “hooked nose” trope that found its way into antisemitic cartoons and other media since the Middle Ages.
>The Jerusalem Post
>https://m.jpost.com/international/article-723216 https://missionlocal.org/2022/11/killer-robots-to-be-permitted-under-sfpd-draft-policy/ The suspect in the shooting at Club Q, a Colorado Springs LGBTQ nightclub, is now identifying as non-binary, according to court filings filed Tuesday.
"Anderson Aldrich is non-binary. They use they/them pronouns, and for the purposes of all formal filings, will be addressed as Mx. Aldrich," a footnote in a court filing reads.
Every subsequent mention of the suspect uses the prefix, "Mx," a prefix commonly used by transgender, gender-nonconforming and nonbinary in place of Mr., Mrs. and Ms. Documents filed Monday, however, refer to the suspect with he/him pronouns.
LONDON — As the U.K. government announces a £55 billion ($65.5 billion) program of tax hikes and spending cuts, the country faces its sharpest fall in living standards since records began.
Alongside its confirmation that the country has entered a recession and GDP will contract by 1.4% in 2023, the independent Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) on Thursday estimated that real household disposable income — a measure of living standards — is projected to fall by 4.3% in 2022-23.
This would be the largest single-year decline since the Office for National Statistics (ONS) began recording in 1956-57, and will be followed by the second-largest fall of 2.8% the following year.
The cumulative decline of 7.1% between 2021-22 and 2023-24 would reduce RHDI to its lowest point since 2013-14, erasing eight years of growth. Average household income per head is only expected to recover its 2018-19 level in 2027-28.
Unemployment is also expected to rise by 505,000 from 3.5% to peak at 4.9% in the third quarter of 2024.
The OBR said the near-term falls would have been worse without the substantial fiscal support offered by the government this year in the form of the energy price guarantee and successive tranches of cost-of-living payments to low-income households. Criminal democrat racket which was defrauding COVID relief funds begins their trial.
They were found out due to a forensic audit
Their defense is "I never received half a million in fraudulent funds from the city" despite the payments being on record.
Alleged co-conspirator in West Haven COVID fraud scheme on trial
HARTFORD — Seven West Haven municipal employees testified on the first day of John Trasacco's jury trial Monday, all saying they had no knowledge of receiving goods or services from two companies controlled by the defendant — despite $431,982 in payments from the city.
Trasacco was one of four individuals arrested in connection with an alleged scheme to defraud West Haven of more $1 million in federal funding intended for pandemic relief. Michael DiMassa, a former Democratic state representative who worked as an administrative assistant for the West Haven City Council, pleaded guilty earlier this month to three counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. In the indictment, prosecutors claimed DiMassa conspired with three separate people to run a scheme of filling out and signing fraudulent invoices for work that was neither contracted for nor provided to the city.
Two other defendants — DiMassa's now-wife Lauren DiMassa and former city employee John Bernardo — previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Trasacco did not accept a plea deal offered by the government after pleading not guilty.
In court Monday, Trasacco's defense team sought to establish the city's lack of financial oversight and controls during 2021, when the alleged theft occurred, as outlined in a forensic audit report ordered by the state Office of Policy and Management. >Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., 22, is charged with murdering Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr. and D’Sean Perry and injuring two others at the University of Virginia, but the real victim was Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. himself
>UVA's threat assessment their escalated their case against Jones for disciplinary action on Oct. 27 - a little more than two weeks before the shooting - but then took no action
The 22-year-old University of Virginia student accused of killing three football players on campus was being investigated by the school for claiming he owned a gun and had been convicted of a concealed weapons violation in a separate incident last year, university officials said Monday night.
Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. was arrested at 11 a.m. Monday nearly 80 miles from campus in Henrico County, ending a massive manhunt that had begun 12 hours earlier and led the Charlottesville university to shut down throughout the night.
Jones, who briefly played on U-Va.’s football team in 2018, had joined about 25 other students Sunday on a school trip to Washington, where the group watched a play and ate together, the university’s chief of police, Timothy Longo Sr., said at a news conference. When the students returned to campus, Jones allegedly opened fire at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday for reasons that remain unknown.
Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr. and D’Sean Perry died, and two other people were wounded, police said.
On Sept. 15, during a review by student affairs into a “potential hazing issue,” a student informed school staff that Jones had said he owned a gun, university officials told The Washington Post Monday night. The person had not seen the gun and said that Jones did not make any threats.
School officials spoke with Jones’s roommate, who didn’t report seeing Jones with a firearm. But Jones himself wouldn’t answer any questions. Russia is getting outright worse than even China in cruelty and immorality
https://www.wsj.com/articles/in-kherson-celebration-turns-to-apprehension-amid-food-power-shortages-11668773679 https://www.theblaze.com/news/anonymous-tip-line-exposes-hundreds-of-instances-of-left-wing-social-engineering-in-military-training-says-senator-tom-cotton Philippine Navy Says China Forcibly Seized Suspected Rocket Debris
https://gizmodo.com/china-accused-seizing-rocket-debris-filipino-navy-1849813689 A “substantial amount” of FTX Group’s assets “have either been stolen or are missing”, James Bromley, co-head of the restructuring practice at law firm Sullivan & Cromwell, told judge John Dorsey.
“FTX was in the control of inexperienced and unsophisticated individuals, and some or all of them were compromised individuals,” said Bromley.
News of the Bahamas property spree follows a report from Reuters that Bankman-Fried’s FTX, his parents and senior executives of the cryptocurrency exchange bought at least 19 properties worth nearly $121m in the Bahamas over the past two years, according to official property records.
The failed cryptocurrency platform’s 50 biggest customers are owed nearly $3.1bn after its sudden collapse, according to court documents. The court was told FTX’s customers were largely based offshore in the Cayman and Virgin Islands, which accounted for a third of customers between them.
The next hearing on FTX’s bankruptcy will take place on 16 December.
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2022/nov/22/ftx-delaware-bankruptcy-court-cryptocurrency-sam-bankman-fried Supreme Court clears way for House to get Trump’s taxes
The Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the way for the Internal Revenue Service to release former President Donald Trump’s tax returns to a Democratic-led House committee.
The court’s move is a major loss for Trump, who has sought to shield the release of his tax returns for years and is currently under multiple investigations.
There were no noted dissents.
Trump’s legal team has continuously sought to keep his returns secret, and turned to the Supreme Court – composed of three of his nominees – after he lost at the lower court level. Chief Justice John Roberts, who supervises the lower court that issued the order in the Trump case, had placed a temporary hold on the subpoena on November 1, presumably to give the justices more time to consider the issue.
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, a Massachusetts Democrat, first sought the tax returns from the IRS in 2019, and the agency, under the Trump administration, initially resisted turning them over. The case moved slowly until 2021, when, under the Biden administration, the Justice Department changed its legal posture and concluded the IRS was obligated to comply with the committee’s request.
A Trump-appointed judge ruled in the House’s favor late last year and the US DC Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reverse that ruling, most recently with the full appeals court declining to take up the case. The court held that the request for the documents served a legitimate legislative purpose to look at tax laws as they apply to a sitting president and rejected Trump’s argument that the stated purpose was mere pretext to hide a political calculation.
WASHINGTON, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday identified 42 employees from Democratic President Joe Biden's White House and administration, who they expect to testify next year after their party takes control of the chamber.
In Nov. 18 letters to White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain and other top administration officials, 19 Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee said they need testimony on issues including border security, school board threats and claims of bias within the FBI and Justice Department.
There was no immediate response from the White House.
"We expect your unfettered cooperation in arranging for the Committee to receive testimony," the Republicans, led by incoming committee chairman Jim Jordan, wrote in a letter to Klain.
Similar letters went to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, FBI director Christopher Wray, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona. https://news.yahoo.com/gop-operative-pardoned-trump-convicted-044820477.html
Jesse Benton, a former top aide to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), was convicted Thursday of helping a Russian citizen illegally funnel a political donation to former President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. Benton, 44, purchased a $25,000 ticket to a September 2016 Republican National Committee event for Trump and gave the ticket to Russian multilevel marketer Roman Vasilenko. Vasilenko then gave Benton $100,000.
Elections "reflect the values and the priorities and the beliefs of American citizens," Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Parikh said at Benton's trial this week. "Jesse Benton by his actions did damage to those principles."
This is Benton's second conviction for campaign finance violations. In May 2016, he was found guilty of illegally facilitating the transfer of $73,000 to an Iowa state senator in exchange for endorsing Ron Paul during his 2012 presidential bid. Trump pardoned Benton in December 2020, soon before leaving office.
Prosecutors indicted Benton and Doug Wead, a conservative evangelical pundit involved in multilevel marketing, in September 2021. Wead, who died later that year at age 75, was accused of connecting Vasilenko to Benton.
Benton's lawyer, Brian Stolarz, argued during the trial that Vasilenko was just a self-promoter willing to pay to get photos of himself with celebrities, and he and Wead settled on Trump after looking into photo ops with Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, and Stephen Seagal, The Washington Post reports. "If Oprah was available," he said in his closing argument, "we wouldn't even be here." Stolarz said Vasilenko was interested in a photo with "the guy who used to be on The Apprentice," not a future president, and Trump appeared only briefly at the fundraiser and "just talked about polls." https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-11-20/ty-article-magazine/new-inscriptions-in-roman-city-in-israel-shed-personal-light-on-early-christians/00000184-950a-d53f-a5fe-bfca7aa50000 https://www.wsfa.com/2022/11/19/alabama-fails-complete-lethal-injection-3rd-time/
An inmate in Alabama was strapped to a death chamber gurney for hours Thursday evening, his lawyers say, as courts weighed appeals over hisexecution in the murder-for-hire plot of a pastor's wife.
Ultimately, the execution of death row inmateKenneth Eugene Smith wascalled off for the night after prison officials wereunable to get the lethal injection underway within the 100-minute window between the courts clearing the way for it to begin and a midnight deadline when the death warrant expired for the day. Officials cited a problem finding a vein for the lethal injection.
It marked the third such failed execution in the state—a problem that experts say is unprecedented nationally.
Attorneys for Smith say he was strapped to the death chamber gurney at Holman Correctional Facility for four hours as the state began preparing for his execution at 7:45 p.m. local time. Officials worked to ready the lethal injectionwhile Smith’s request for a stay was pending before the U.S. 11th Circuit Court.
Smithremained there even after the appeals court granted a stay of execution and the case moved to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ultimately lifted the stay at about 10:20 p.m., his attorneys said. An hour later, Alabama abandoned its attempt to execute Smith at 11:20 p.m. Thursday, citing legal maneuverings that created a late start and difficulties finding a vein for the lethal injection. https://techcrunch.com/2022/11/19/ok-i-take-back-what-i-said-about-tech-layoffs/ Yet another Democrat and his family are suspected of partaking in the favorite hobby of powerful Democrats-- illegally using their office to sell influence
Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) is once again under investigators’ microscope for possible corruption, as subpoenas in a federal probe are issued for associates of his wife, Nadine Arslanian, to discover if she received gifts or services from people seeking favors from her husband.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York is requesting information about both Arslanian and Menendez, who were married in 2020, the Wall Street Journal reports, adding that “investigators’ interest in Ms. Arslanian hasn’t been previously reported.”
“It couldn’t be determined exactly what information prosecutors are seeking about Ms. Arslanian,” WSJ noted.
This probe is unrelated to a 2015 public-corruption case against New Jersey’s senior senator, who serves as chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. That case ultimately ended in a mistrial.
While attorneys for Menendez and Arslanian declined to comment, a Menendez representative, Michael Soliman, pointed to a previous statement in which he acknowledged that the senator is aware of the investigation.
“As always, should any official inquiries be made, the senator is available to provide any assistance that is requested of him or his office,” Soliman, a political consultant and adviser to the senator, said.
Though this may be the first time interest in Arslanian has garnered headlines, the probe goes back to at least 2019, when, according to court records, search warrants were executed on an alleged Arslanian associate, Wael Hana, whose company, IS EG Halal in Edgewater, N.J., is the only business designated to certify halal meat that is exported to Egypt. https://news.yahoo.com/innocence-sold-florida-hotels-stacked-110000179.html
The assault spilled into the fifth-floor hallway of the Plaza Hotel on State Road 7 in Fort Lauderdale.
Angry that a 17-year-old girl refused to turn over the full $200 take from two sexual encounters with men, Damion Miller allegedly struck her and choked her. She fled the room and ran down the hallway screaming for help as other hotel guests called 911.
Miller, who had been paying the girl with drugs, would be arrested a week later at another Fort Lauderdale hotel, plead no-contest to sex trafficking and receive a five-year prison sentence. The Plaza Hotel would be cited four times in the next three years for violating a 2019 state law intended to fight sex trafficking at hotels.
More than 14,000 such citations have been issued to 6,669 hotels and other public lodging establishments for violating the law, which requires employees to be trained to recognize and report trafficking for sex or forced labor. Violators are subject to fines of up to $2,000 a day.
But the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation has not issued a single fine, even though more than 100 hotels and other lodging establishments have racked up at least six violations each, the South Florida Sun Sentinel has found.
State Sen. Lauren Book, who sponsored the original legislation, said she was surprised to learn of the lack of fines and that she planned to introduce a bill in the coming legislative session to require fines for repeat violators.
Anyone checking in for the night could notice the signs — an exit door propped open so clients can come and go, frequent male visitors to one room, a scared-looking girl walking down a hallway between “dates.” Who is Jack Smith? AG Garland calls special counsel an ‘impartial and determined prosecutor’
Attorney General Merrick Garland named John L. Smith, a former federal prosecutor with experience at the Hague, as special counsel focused on former President Trump’s handling of classified documents and Jan. 6. NBC News’ Hallie Jackson reports on Smith’s background.
https://www.nbcnews.com/video/who-is-jack-smith-ag-garland-appoints-impartial-and-determined-prosecutor-as-special-counsel-154219077768 https://nypost.com/2022/11/10/under-fire-trump-against-blasts-press-the-enemy-of-the-people/ "Nov 11 (Reuters) - A federal judge in Texas ruled on Friday that President Joe Biden's administration had wrongly interpreted an Obamacare provision as barring health care providers from discriminating against gay and transgender people.
U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk in Amarillo ruled that a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2020 holding that a law barring workplace discrimination protects gay and transgender employees did not apply to the healthcare law."
https://www.reuters.com/legal/us-judge-rejects-biden-administrations-lgbt-health-protections-2022-11-12/ https://globalnews.ca/news/9290305/report-of-possible-armed-individual-puts-quebec-junior-college-in-lockdown/ ..... Amid Downfall Of Industry's 'White Knight' SAM Bankman-F
Bitcoin fell to a two-year low and the crypto market slid after a shocking run on billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried’s FTX cryptocurrency exchange and subsequent pact for an acquisition from rival Binance, as the crypto industry shook from the collapse of one of its foremost institutions.
Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao announced early Tuesday that his company signed a letter of intent to acquire FTX due to a “significant liquidity crunch” at Bankman-Fried’s firm.
The instability at one of crypto’s most trusted institutions sent related assets tumbling, and bitcoin tanked 11% to $18,300 Tuesday, a nearly 75% loss from its peak of just under $68,000 last November.
Other currencies crumbled as well, with the second-most valuable crypto token Ethereum falling 16% Tuesday and FTX’s coin falling a whopping 79%, arriving at a market capitalization of just over $1 billion compared to its $14 billion valuation in March.
Publicly-traded crypto stocks tanked, with shares of exchange Coinbase and MicroStrategy, a tech company heavily exposed to bitcoin, each falling 10% or more Tuesday.
The crypto collapse coincides with a generally strong time for the stock market: The S&P 500 rose 0.6% Tuesday and is up 6% over the last month, compared to respective 6% and 1% losses for bitcoin and ethereum. Hundreds of pounds of illegal drugs were seized along with firearms and more than $150,000 in cash after warrants were served in several California counties, according to the Modesto Police Department.
The seizure was made by police with assistance from the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office, the FBI, Merced Area Gang and Narcotic Enforcement Team and the DEA, following a months-long investigation.
https://www.kron4.com/news/california/over-400-lbs-of-meth-recovered-in-major-drug-trafficking-operation-across-multiple-ca-counties/ >Poll reports a majority of voters believe cheating likely affected midterm elections
Most voters believe cheating may have influenced this year’s elections, and think voting by mail makes it easier to cheat.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 57% of Likely U.S. voters believe it is likely that the outcome of some elections this year will be affected by cheating, including 30% who say it’s Very Likely. Forty percent don’t think election outcomes this year are likely to be affected by cheating, including 18% who say it’s Not At All Likely. https://apnews.com/article/2022-midterm-elections-business-social-media-7fefa7ab0491b653f6094a4d090155fe
Kremlin-connected entrepreneur Yevgeny Prigozhin admitted Monday that he had interfered in U.S. elections and would continue to do so — confirming for the first time the accusations that he has rejected for years.
“We have interfered, are interfering and will continue to interfere. Carefully, precisely, surgically and in our own way,” Prigozhin said in remarks posted on social media.
The statement, from the press service of his catering company that earned him the nickname “Putin’s chef,” came on the eve of U.S. midterm elections in response to a request for comment.
It was the second major admission in recent months by the 61-year-old businessman who has ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Prigozhin has previously sought to keep his activities under the radar and now appears increasingly interested in gaining political clout.
In September, he also publicly stated that he was behind the Wagner Group mercenary force — something he also had previously denied — and talked openly about its involvement in Russia’s 8-month-old war in Ukraine. The military contractor also has sent its forces to places like Syria and sub-Saharan Africa.
Video also has emerged recently of a man resembling Prigozhin visiting Russian penal colonies to recruit prisoners to fight in Ukraine.
In 2018, Prigozhin and a dozen other Russian nationals and three Russian companies were charged in the U.S. with operating a covert social media campaign aimed at fomenting discord and dividing American public opinion ahead of the 2016 presidential election won by Republican Donald Trump. They were indicted as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference. What happened NY?
https://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/news/2022/11/14/bills-stadium-contractors-timeline-meeting.html a twist on 'finding' votes cast exclusively for democrats during a recount, this time they 'lost' votes cast exclusively for a republican.
New Hampshire House seat decided by one vote after recount
MANCHESTER, N.H. – Every vote counts on Election Day, and that couldn't have been more evident than during one local race in New Hampshire.
Following an initial tally of votes, Hillsborough 16 House District Democratic candidate Maxine Mosley trailed her opponent, Republican Larry Gagne, by a count of 1,820-1,797 for the second of two seats.
That changed after a Monday recount when Mosley was declared the winner by one vote. The Secretary of State certified that Mosely defeated Gagne by a count of 1,799-1,798 for second place.
Republican Will Infantine topped the ticket and earned the other House seat from Hillsborough 16.
Mosley called it a "historic day here in New Hampshire."
Gagne told Manchester Ink Link it was "very unusual" for so many votes to change, adding "I don't know what happened." Infantine told the New Hampshire Union Leader there will be an appeal to the Ballot Law Commission after the recount.
"There's got to have been a mistake made in the count," Infantine said.
The district is made up of voters from Ward 9 in Manchester. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-reignites-anti-asian-china-virus-rhetoric/ar-AA14gYpE?ocid=mailsignout&pc=U591&cvid=2a59def16322448a816245d020bff6fe
Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump returned to his anti-Asian China rhetoric this week when announcing his campaign for the 2024 GOP nomination.
“We call it the China virus,” Trump declared in making his 2024 run official Tuesday, reported CNN.
According to the Hill, Trump has effectively weaponized China and made it a central core of both his campaigns and past presidency.
Trump accused China of “playing a very active role in the 2020 election,” a charge as baseless as his extreme claim that blamed fraud for stealing the 2020 election from him. https://www.politico.com/news/2022/11/09/2022-election-results-analysis-and-takeaways-00065878
There was no red wave. Republicans, though still poised to take the House, under-performed, while Democrats breathed a huge sigh of relief.
It was a good night for Joe Biden, and a miserable one for Donald Trump.
Trump is still the dominant figure in the Republican Party, and he’ll be the favorite to win the GOP nomination for president if, as expected, he runs again.
But Trump’s place in the party is far weaker after Tuesday. Truth is, if not for the former president’s interventions, the night could have been a lot better for the GOP.
Just look at how the most Trump-y candidates fared in states where more traditionalist Republicans were on the same ballot.
In Georgia, Herschel Walker was locked in a neck-and-neck contest with Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock. Gov. Brian Kemp, whose resistance to overturning the 2020 results infuriated Trump, easily defeated his Democratic opponent, Stacey Abrams. https://www.cnn.com/2022/11/18/politics/comer-investigate-biden-subpoena-house-oversight/index.html
The top House Republican poised to investigate the Biden family said Thursday he’s not planning to subpoena President Joe Biden despite being prepared to issue one to his son, Hunter.
“There’s no plans to subpoena Joe Biden. There are plans to subpoena Hunter Biden,” GOP Rep. Jim Comer told CNN in a sit-down interview.
The acknowledgment by Comer, the likely next chairman of the House Oversight Committee, that subpoenaing a sitting president unleashes a host of thorny executive privilege issues underscores the complicated task ahead for Republicans as they claim they will try to connect Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings to his father.
It also comes after the Trump White House stonewalled congressional requests for official and private matters, citing privilege and other claims that the Biden White House is likely to point to in the face of GOP requests.
Asked why he plans to subpoena Hunter Biden and not his father, Comer told CNN that trying to compel testimony from a sitting president is “complicated,” while saying Republicans are planning a different approach after securing the majority in the House.
“The Democrats sent out subpoenas like junk mail, and that’s why it’s hard to get people to come in,” Comer said.
But at the same time, Comer reiterated that his committee’s probe is focused on the sitting president, not his son.
“This needs to be called the Biden investigation and not the Hunter Biden investigation,” he said, echoing comments he made during a press conference earlier Thursday. https://news.yahoo.com/mitch-mcconnell-votes-against-interracial-211118220.html
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has voted against the Respect for Marriage Act, which includes the protection of interracial marriages, despite being married to former U.S. Secretary for Transportation Elaine Chao, who is Taiwanese American.
McConnell, who was recently re-elected as leader of the Senate GOP on Wednesday, is married to Chao, who previously made history as the first woman of Asian heritage to be elected to a presidential cabinet.
The Respect for Marriage Act was created to repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which federally defined marriage between one man and one woman. The bill would require all states to recognize legal marriages where they were performed, regardless of “sex, race, ethnicity, or national origin.”
Following his vote against advancing the legislation, McConnell was criticized on social media by users who pointed to his relationship with Chao.
“Mitch McConnell, a man in an interracial marriage, votes against protecting interracial marriage,” former Democratic congressional candidate Nina Turner tweeted..
“My guess is McConnell's opposition has to do with same-sex marriage, not interracial marriage,” investigative reporter Brendan Kirby wrote.
Regardless of McConnell’s vote, the bill is set to pass the Senate this week after it received the 60 votes it needed to move forward. There were 12 Republican senators who joined Democrats in voting for the proposal in a 62-37 vote. Also Musk is considering filing bankruptcy after his attempt to politicize and blackmail advertisers to stay failed.
Nov 11 (Reuters) - Twitter Inc paused its recently announced $8 blue check subscription service on Friday as fake accounts mushroomed, and new owner Elon Musk brought back the "official" badge to some users of the social media platform.
The coveted blue check mark was previously reserved for verified accounts of politicians, famous personalities, journalists and other public figures. But a subscription option, open to anyone prepared to pay, was rolled out earlier this week to help Twitter grow revenue as Musk fights to retain advertisers.
The flip-flop is part of a chaotic two weeks at Twitter since Musk completed his $44 billion acquisition. Musk has fired nearly half of Twitter's workforce, removed its board and senior executives, and raised the prospect of Twitter's bankruptcy. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Thursday it was watching Twitter with "deep concern."
Several users reported on Friday that the new subscription option for the blue verification check mark had disappeared, while a source told Reuters the offering has been dropped.
Twitter did not reply to a request for comment.
Fake accounts purporting to be big brands have popped up with the blue check since the new roll-out, including Musk's Tesla (TSLA.O) and SpaceX, as well as Roblox, Nestle (NESN.S) and Lockheed Martin (LMT.N).
"To combat impersonation, we've added an 'Official' label to some accounts," Twitter's support account - which has the "official" tag - tweeted on Friday.
The label was originally introduced on Wednesday - but "killed" by Musk just hours later.
Drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co (LLY.N) issued an apology after an imposter account tweeted that insulin would be free, amid political backlash and scrutiny into the high prices of the medicine. https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-europe-business-moscow-government-and-politics-4ee517ebe3304721cf8f38c1b73c34d0
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia’s military said Wednesday it will withdraw from the only Ukrainian regional capital it captured, but Kyiv was skeptical and an analyst warned this could be a ruse to lure the country’s forces into a deadly trap. A forced pullout from the city of Kherson would mark one of Russia’s worst setbacks in the 8-month-old war.
Ukrainian authorities cautioned against considering the announced plan to retreat from Kherson, a gateway to the Russian-occupied Crimean Peninsula, and nearby areas as a done deal. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has warned that the Russians were feigning a pullout from Kherson to lure the Ukrainian army into an entrenched battle in the strategic industrial port city.
If confirmed, the withdrawal from Kherson — in a region of the same name that Moscow illegally annexed in September — would pile on another setback to Russia’s early failed attempt to capture the capital, Kyiv, and the chaotic and hasty retreat from the administrative region around Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, which itself never fell to the Russians. Russian forces captured Kherson early in the invasion, which began Feb. 24.
Kyiv’s forces have zeroed in on the city, whose prewar population was 280,000, and cut off supply lines in recent weeks as part of a larger counteroffensive in eastern and southern Ukraine that has pushed Russian troops out of wide swaths of territory.
Recapturing Kherson could allow Ukraine to win back lost territory in the Zaporizhzhia region and other southern areas, including Crimea, which Russia illegally seized in 2014. A Russian retreat is almost certain to raise domestic pressure on the Kremlin to escalate the conflict. https://www.ft.com/content/79629247-84fa-4317-bca3-5d9c57533e41
Fox News host Sean Hannity has gone back and forth over the years on whether he is a journalist.
When asked about his close relationship with then-presidential candidate Donald Trump in 2016, Hannity told The New York Times: “I never claimed to be a journalist.” A year later, he refined his answer: “I’m a journalist. But I’m an advocacy journalist, or an opinion journalist. I want to give my audiences the best shows possible.”
Now, the ability of the network’s highest-paid star to convince a court of his journalistic pedigree could be crucial to the Rupert Murdoch-controlled Fox News’s ability to fend off a $1.6bn defamation suit over its airing of false voter fraud allegations after Trump’s loss in the 2020 election.
Hannity is one of several prominent Fox News personalities to have been deposed in the high stakes case, brought by voting machine manufacturer Dominion Voting Systems, whose devices were used across 28 states in the election.
Dominion alleges Fox News aired defamatory claims that its software and algorithms manipulated vote counts, that the company had connections to the late Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chávez, and that it bribed government officials.
But during a recent seven-hour grilling under oath, Hannity declined to answer some questions citing “reporter’s privilege”, arguing that he is trying to shield his sources, according to public court documents.
Reporters are generally considered to have some rights under the First Amendment, although the protection afforded varies by state and jurisdiction. Dominion’s lawyers claimed Hannity’s stance in this instance was an “improper assertion” of reporter’s privilege.
The dispute is at the heart of the high-profile lawsuit against America’s most influential news network, which Fox has framed as a referendum on the freedom of the press. https://news.yahoo.com/trump-signed-checks-issue-tax-001349304.html
Allen H. Weisselberg, the longtime chief financial officer of Donald J. Trump’s family business, finished testifying against the employer he has served for a half century on Friday, capping the most eventful week of the Trump Organization’s tax fraud trial thus far.
Mr. Weisselberg, who struck a deal with Manhattan prosecutors to plead guilty to tax evasion, was questioned by the company’s lawyers, who aimed to persuade jurors that Mr. Weisselberg had acted in his own interest. They also sought to sow doubt over Mr. Weisselberg’s testimony, noting he had struck a plea deal with the prosecution.
Friday’s testimony followed two days in which Mr. Weisselberg detailed the mechanics of an off-the-books compensation scheme that brought him and other employees untaxed luxuries like apartments, cars and private school tuition for family members. Defense lawyers continued to try to undermine the prosecution by suggesting that Mr. Weisselberg acted only for himself and without the knowledge of the company or Trump family — and to spread the blame.
Alan Futerfas, a company lawyer, grilled Mr. Weisselberg about his relationship with the outside accountant who vetted the Trump Organization’s taxes. The defense has suggested the accountant shared culpability because he failed to advise Mr. Weisselberg and the company controller to stop questionable practices. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/11/kosa-would-let-government-control-what-young-people-see-online
The latest version of the Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA) is focused on removing online information that people need to see—people of all ages. Letting governments—state or federal—decide what information anyone needs to see is a dangerous endeavor. On top of that, this bill, supposedly designed to protect our privacy, actually requires tech companies to collect more data on internet users than they already do.
EFF has long supported comprehensive privacy protections, but the details matter. KOSA gets the details consistently wrong, and that’s why we’re calling on members of Congress to oppose this bill.
Although KOSA has been revamped since lawmakers introduced it in February, and improved slightly, it’s still a dangerous bill that presents censorship and surveillance as a solution to some legitimate, and some not-so-legitimate, issues facing young internet users today. One day after retaking a majority in the US House of Representatives, Republicans have said they will investigate the president's family as a "top priority".
The lawmakers said the inquiry would focus on overseas business dealings of the president's son, Hunter Biden.
The 52-year-old is already under federal investigation, but has so far not faced any charges.
The younger Biden is not involved with the administration in any capacity.
But top Republicans insist their inquiry will determine the extent of Joe Biden's alleged involvement in his son's business dealings, including during the elder Biden's time as vice-president.
In an interim report released at a press conference on Thursday, they argued that the president had lied to the American people about his alleged involvement in his family's business dealings.
"The president's participation in enriching his family is, in a word, abuse of the highest order," said James Comer, the incoming chairman of the House Oversight Committee.
"I want to be clear: this is an investigation of Joe Biden, and that's where our focus will be next Congress."
They accused Hunter Biden of crimes including tax evasion and wire fraud, but did not announce any immediate plans to summon him to testify.
Christopher Clark, a lawyer for Hunter Biden, told the BBC his client had no comment about the Republican announcement.
Mr Comer was joined at the press conference by congressman Jim Jordan, who is expected to become chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
The Ohio Republican later tweeted: "The Biden Family's business deals are a national security threat."
Officials with the Democratic National Committee have hit back by circulating a memo that refers to Mr Comer, a Kentucky congressman, as "a Trump apologist who has made clear that his phony investigations are political exercises designed to hurt President Biden".
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-63665351 Blast kills two in Poland near Ukraine border, Russia denies its weapons involved
U.S. investigates unconfirmed reports of stray Russian missiles
Reports in Poland, a NATO member, raise alarm
Russia: no strikes with its weapons near Ukrainian-Polish border
Ukraine suffers heaviest Russian missile volley of war
https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/ukraine-hails-chinas-opposition-nuclear-threats-2022-11-15/ https://nypost.com/2022/11/14/jan-6-panel-evaluating-next-steps-after-trump-defies-subpoena/ Jeb Bush "please clap" energy
Donald Trump announced his latest bid for the White House to a practically captive audience at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on Tuesday night.
ABC’s Jonathan Karl called the speech “incredibly low energy” and said he saw people leaving in the middle of it ― until they were blocked from departing:
ABC’s Olivia Rubin filmed a crowd forming near the doors, waiting for a chance to leave as Trump rambled in the background:
His speech lasted for more than an hour.
Trump, who was impeached twice, incited an attack on the U.S. Capitol and is currently under criminal investigation, announced his 2024 bid despite being blamed for his party’s disappointing midterm election results.
The announcement also comes as polls say his popularity within the GOP has plunged. One new poll showed Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), a one-time Trump acolyte and potential 2024 rival, surging past him in multiple states.
Trump insiders had reportedly urged him to delay his announcement. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/kari-lake-news-live-dismal-turnout-at-arizona-protest-as-republican-s-supporters-deny-election/ar-AA14adTQ
Fewer than 20 people supporting Kari Lake gathered outside the state capitol in Arizona on Tuesday to protest her loss in the race for governor.
Democratic candidate Katie Hobbs defeated the Donald Trump-endorsed Republican in one of the most-watched midterm contests in the country.
The race was called on Monday night, with Ms Hobbs ahead by roughly 20,000 votes, with 50.4 per cent of the vote count to Ms Lake’s 49.6 per cent.
In remarks to supporters the morning after her projected victory, Ms Hobbs said Arizona voters chose “solving our problems over conspiracy theories” and “sanity over chaos” after defeating the Donald Trump loyalist who has amplified the former president’s false narrative that the election was stolen from him.
Ms Lake, meanwhile, has branded the results of the election “BS” and has repeatedly attempted to sow doubt in the validity of the outcome. Two days on, she is still refusing to concede. https://www.techdirt.com/2022/11/14/trump-lawyers-hit-with-sanctions-for-filing-stupid-lawsuit-alleging-clinton-rigged-the-election-she-lost/
About 18 months after he lost the 2020 election, Election Conspiracist in Chief Donald Trump sued Hillary Clinton and dozens of other Democrats over the election he had won nearly six years earlier.
That lawsuit went nowhere. But going nowhere meant tying up a lot of the court’s time, what with Trump’s lawyers dumping 193-page complaints onto the docket and targeting more than 30 defendants with a bizarre set of allegations claiming the election, that Trump won, had been rigged. That such an alleged rigging would result in Trump’s victory suggests either the defendants secretly wanted Trump to win or, more logically, that the plaintiff was full of shit.
The district court ruled against Trump roughly six months after the lawsuit was filed, finding that it was not only not the RICO (yes, that was in there too), but it wasn’t anything else either, no matter how many words Trump’s lawyers had tossed together in exceedingly long legal filings.
The lawyers representing Trump in this ridiculous waste of publicly funded time are now being hit with sanctions by the court that had the misfortune of handling this lawsuit. They will join a long list of other lawyers currently or formerly employed by the former president who have been fined or sued for engaging in baseless lawsuits over election results.
The sanction order [PDF] helpfully lists the offending legal professionals right up front, allowing readers to avoid accidentally seeking representation from this group of lawyers who decided to shed their respectability to engage in extremely performative litigation. https://www.thedailybeast.com/putin-insiders-pray-for-frightening-gop-election-sweep
Russian state media is following the midterm elections in the United States with great interest, but the mood in Moscow’s studios had noticeably soured in comparison to the fun-filled episodes of the years preceding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. While the experts and the hosts are still rooting for the Republicans, they stop short of promising the audience total salvation even with the GOP back in charge. Even the most seasoned propagandists can’t hide the fact that Russia’s war against Ukraine—and the global fallout that followed—is only going from bad to worse.
Appearing on the state TV show 60 Minutes on Tuesday, Dmitry Abzalov, Director of the Center for Strategic Communications, noted: “Of course we depend on the U.S. elections. Anyone who is doubting that should take a look at today’s dominating news topics. Every field commander is reporting that they’re plugged into American elections, planning to watch them at night. Why would they need to watch if everything was decided over here?”
Even former President Donald Trump’s anticipated reemergence on the political scene did little to cheer up Putin’s mouthpieces. During Sunday’s broadcast of the show, Sunday Evening With Vladimir Solovyov, the top pro-Kremlin propagandist Vladimir Solovyov described a video clip of Trump’s diatribe against President Joe Biden as the opinion of a “smart person who openly says everything that many Americans are thinking.”
Andrey Sidorov, deputy dean of world politics at the Moscow State University, bitterly complained about the Biden administration trying to force Russia to negotiate with Ukraine. The host and the panelists recoiled, questioning what would be the point of negotiations. Sidorov explained that the U.S. wanted Russia to retreat from the territories it occupies in Ukraine. Solovyov incredulously asked: “Retreat where?” Head of RT Margarita Simonyan blurted out: “To Siberia.” https://www.mediamatters.org/fox-news/foxs-coverage-violent-crime-has-dropped-after-midterms
In the lead-up to the midterms, Fox averaged 141 weekday violent crime segments per week from Labor Day through the Friday before the election. The two weeks prior to Election Day, those starting October 24 and October 31, featured the highest number of weekday violent crime segments of the period studied: 187 and 193 segments, respectively. That coverage dropped dramatically during the week of the election, which had just 71 weekday violent crime segments.
In the week after the election, Fox’s crime coverage has ticked back up a bit as stories about the tragic shooting at the University of Virginia and multiple killings at the University of Idaho entered the news cycle — but the coverage was notably less focused on painting Democratic cities as crime-infested. Thus far this week, Fox has aired 74 violent crime segments in three days, which is still notably fewer than in the weeks prior to the midterms.
Fox’s breathless political coverage of violent crime during the midterm period often ignored key context, such as the reality that crime statistics from red states were higher than those of blue states and that Democrats across the country at multiple levels of government made efforts to fund law enforcement and curtail violent crime. Instead, these segments often focused on attacking progressive district attorneys and candidates across the country. The chief economist at the global investment bank UBS, the world's largest wealth manager, argued in an op-ed for the Financial Times on Wednesday that inflation in the United States "is more a product of profits than wages" and criticized Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell for refusing to acknowledge that fact as he plows ahead with massive interest rate hikes.
"Powell's public remarks offer little insight into how he expects higher rates to tame inflation," Paul Donovan of UBS Global Wealth Management wrote just ahead of the Fed's latest interest rate increase of 75 basis points. "This is the current inflation story. Companies have passed higher costs on to customers. But they have also taken advantage of circumstances to expand profit margins. The broadening of inflation beyond commodity prices is more profit margin expansion than wage cost pressures."
"Even a major bank's chief economist now admits that corporations are price gouging under the guise of inflation."
"Despite negative real wages, consumers have carried on consuming," Donovan added. "Consumers seem to be buying stories that seem to justify price increases, but which really serve as cover for profit margin expansion... This unconventional inflation means higher unemployment and lower wages are not the only possible cure for it. Policy has more routes to lower inflation if the cause is about profits."
Thus far, though, the Powell-led Federal Reserve has primarily used interest rate increases in its as-yet unsuccessful effort to bring down inflation, even as critics warn that such an approach harms workers and risks a devastating recession without tackling the primary drivers of price increases.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced she will not seek re-election as leader of the House Democratic Conference after nearly 20 years at the helm, after Democrats narrowly lost the majority in the chamber during the midterm elections.
"With great confidence in our caucus, I will not seek re-election to Democratic leadership in the next Congress," said Pelosi. "For me, the hour has come for a new generation to lead the Democratic caucus that I so deeply respect, and I'm grateful that so many are ready and willing to shoulder this awesome responsibility."
"There is no greater special honor for me than to stand on this floor and to speak for the people of San Francisco. This I will continue to do as a member of the House speaking for the people of San Francisco, serving the great state of California and defending our Constitution," she continued.
The 82-year-old Californian made the announcement Thursday on the House floor. Speculation had grown in recent days about Pelosi's future after her husband, Paul, was violently attacked at their San Francisco home and Democrats lost control of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections.
Pelosi has led House Democrats since 2003, including two four-year stints as speaker. >https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/ukraine-hails-chinas-opposition-nuclear-threats-2022-11-15/
Will NATO invade Ukraine or will they prove themselves to be a bunch of cucks? https://www.politico.com/news/2022/11/07/gop-activists-election-stolen-00065593
On Monday, POLITICO reported that a new investigation reveals people on far-right social networks, including Gab, Gettr and Donald Trump's own platform Truth Social, are boasting that they plan to work as official poll workers in their precincts tomorrow.
"The report from Advance Democracy Inc. found examples of users on sites Truth Social — the social media site owned by former President Donald Trump — and pro-Trump online forums who follow QAnon conspiracy theories," reported Heidi Przybyla and Zach Montellaro. "In posts compiled between March and late October of this year, several discuss their intent to identify voter fraud, including by installing their own software into elections computers. They also discussed bringing cameras to polling places and falsely claiming to be Democrats on their election worker applications."
"Many of the posters in the ADI report publicly detailed plans to disregard election rules, including bringing hidden cameras into polling sites," said the report. One user on Gettr claiming to be a poll worker said, “I’m going to try to get a hidden camera with a large memory card to record all day in the Las Vegas area. Really looking forward to seeing what happens.” Another said they worked polls in August in Palm Beach, Florida, and said the “process is relatively smooth,” but also alleged there were ways to cheat.
This comes after Michigan Republicans were caught on camera telling election observer recruits to bring cell phones and pens to polling places, even though it is against the law. It also comes after multiple elections clerks have been accused of breaching voting equipment to try to prove baseless conspiracy theories that the 2020 presidential election was stolen, with Mesa County, Colorado clerk Tina Peters facing charges for election tampering and misconduct. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/donald-trump-announces-2024-re-election-run-president https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/nov/07/china-weaken-canada-democracy-justin-trudeau
CCP currently controls the majority party of Canada as well as the PM and the president of the USA. Human civilization is under threat of destruction. And watching the world news, it becomes obvious to people all over the world. Vladimir N.BOGLAEV considers many aspects of this global crisis in his reports, which are relevant for viewers and abroad. The most important and informative video from 24.02.2022 is presented to your attention.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2bkGCLHNMg He's known as the most corrupt dea agent in the US. Before his prison sentence begins, he does an interview throwing many of his fellow DEA agents under the bus. In addition to DEA agents he mentions Bidens choice for Ohio us attorney, head of narcotics in Miami, and many others
AP report: Former DEA agent tells his own story of corruption before jail time
Politics Nov 14, 2022 6:24 PM EST
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — José Irizarry accepts that he’s known as the most corrupt agent in U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration history, admitting he “became another man” in conspiring with Colombian cartels to build a lavish lifestyle of expensive sportscars, Tiffany jewels and paramours around the world.
But as he used his final hours of freedom to tell his story to The Associated Press, Irizarry says he won’t go down for this alone, accusing some long-trusted DEA colleagues of joining him in skimming millions of dollars from drug money laundering stings to fund a decade’s worth of luxury overseas travel, fine dining, top seats at sporting events and frat house-style debauchery.
The way Irizarry tells it, dozens of other federal agents, prosecutors, informants and in some cases cartel smugglers themselves were all in on the three-continent joyride known as “Team America” that chose cities for money laundering pick-ups mostly for party purposes or to coincide with Real Madrid soccer or Rafael Nadal tennis matches. That included stops along the way in VIP rooms of Caribbean strip joints, Amsterdam’s red-light district and aboard a Colombian yacht that launched with plenty of booze and more than a dozen prostitutes. Two days ago, there was a bomb attack in Istanbul, Turkey. PKK and YPG did not accept the attack, what do you think?
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-63615076 North Korea has fired a missile towards South Korean eastern waters, according to Seoul.
Moscow's ambassador to the U.S. has claimed that foreigners fighting alongside Ukraine's forces were "hunting" Russians fighting in the war.
Anatoly Antonov, a former deputy defense minister who has been the Russian envoy to Washington since 2017, told the Izvestia newspaper that "criminals" and "mercenaries" had joined the fight against Moscow's forces since Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine began on February 24.
Antonov said: "No one hides this in the West, a huge number of mercenaries and criminals of various stripes have accumulated on Ukrainian territory."
He added that they were "using the current situation as a kind of safari" and that they were "hunting for Russian lives."
Izvestia reported that he also said the West was using Ukraine as "an instrument of struggle" against Russia and that "there is a desire to make a third-rate state out of us, or even better—to split it up."
Newsweek has contacted Ukraine's International Legion of Territorial Defense for comment. It was established in February and Kyiv has said that around 20,000 foreign fighters have expressed interest in joining up, although it is unclear how many Americans are among them.
NBC News reported on Monday that a spokesperson for the legion said Timothy Griffin from New York State had died while fighting in Ukraine, at least the sixth American to be killed since the start of the invasion.
Griffin had been taking part in Ukraine's counteroffensive on the eastern front and was "killed in action," when his unit came under attack, the legion said. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned that lawmakers' failure to raise the statutory limit on US debt posed a "huge threat" to America's credit rating and the functioning of US financial markets.
https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2022/11/12/692618/US-treasury-chief-warns-of-need-to-lift-debt-ceiling Two missiles or rockets are reported to have hit a farm in Poland, near the border with Ukraine. Two people are reported killed.
Polish media showed an image of a deep impact and upturned farm vehicle at the site, near the town of Przewodow.
It's unclear where the projectiles came from.
However, the missiles or rockets landed at roughly the same time as a Russian missile attack on western Ukraine.
A government spokesperson said that Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has convened the Committee of the Council of Ministers for National Security and Defense Affairs.
Rudy Giuliani, an attorney and adviser to former President Donald Trump, won’t face criminal charges over his work on issues related to Ukraine, federal prosecutors said Monday.
The investigation of Giuliani grabbed headlines last May when the FBI raided the former New York mayor’s home and office, carrying out a court-ordered search warrant seeking evidence of violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act. The probe was believed to be focused on his efforts in 2019 and 2020 to prompt Ukraine to launch an investigation into the business dealings of Hunter Biden. Giuliani and Trump hoped such a probe would be politically damaging to Joe Biden, whom the Trump camp accurately saw as the most serious potential opponent for Trump’s reelection bid.
The episode, including an attempt by Giuliani to seek the ouster of U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, spurred the first impeachment of Trump by the House.
The FBI raids against Giuliani last year seemed to signal a particularly grave criminal investigation, since the sign-off of senior Justice Department officials is required for searches of premises used by lawyers.
However, in recent months the probe seemed to have petered out. On Monday, Manhattan-based federal prosecutors overseeing the investigation told a federal judge there was no long a need for a court-appointed special master to oversee the sifting of records from Giuliani’s home and office because the investigation had essentially ended. Former President Donald Trump is fuming over the Republican Party's failure to produce a red wave, but he's not ruling out an announcement about a 2024 presidential campaign.
The twice-impeached former president's hand-picked GOP candidates largely flopped in Tuesday's midterm elections, and Democrats still have an outside shot at maintaining congressional majorities in both chambers, which leaves Trump and his inner circle pointing fingers at one another.
“'Trump is livid' and 'screaming at everyone,' after last night’s disappointing midterm results for GOP, according to a Trump adviser. The adviser went on to slam the former president’s handpicked contenders: 'they were all bad candidates.' 'Candidates matter,' the adviser said."
Trump had reportedly considered announcing a presidential run on Monday, ahead of the midterms, but sources say the election results muddle the timeline for entering the 2024 race.
"This adviser said it’s unlikely Trump would delay his expected presidential announcement because 'it’s too humiliating to delay. But the adviser said there are too many unknowns at this point."
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Sam Bankman-Fried stormed on to the US political scene with multimillion-dollar donations that led lawmakers, particularly Democrats, to believe he was ushering in the next generation of donors. But in a matter of days, his business empire collapsed into bankruptcy and the prospect of millions more in donations evaporated.
Before the fall of Bankman-Fried’s cryptocurrency exchange FTX, the entrepreneur had emerged as the second-largest donor to Democrats after George Soros. He had vowed to give up to $1bn to political candidates linked to causes he supported, a pledge from which he later backed away.
He also became one of the most prominent crypto representatives in Washington, supporting digital asset legislation and hiring former regulators as advisers.
Bradley Beychok, co-founder of the Democratic super political action committee (Pac) American Bridge 21st Century, said Bankman-Fried “came on the scene out of nowhere [and] became a large supporter of different causes and candidates very quickly,” adding that he had built an “organised campaign”.
But a liquidity crisis that has forced the 30-year-old’s $32bn business empire into bankruptcy has erased a potential pool of funds linked to a seemingly reliable player in an often volatile industry.
“Sam didn’t live up to his commitments,” said one Democratic lobbyist working in the crypto space. Bankman-Fried’s grand spending promises had been “more bluster than action”, the lobbyist added. And the Republicans are caught staging yet another hoax.
It's been only a few weeks since a Republican canvasser wearing a Marco Rubio T-shirt said he was beaten up on the east side of Hialeah, a Miami suburb.
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio went so far as to tweet that the canvasser was attacked by “animals who told him Republicans weren’t allowed in their neighborhood.”
But in court on Monday, a defense attorney probed accuser Christopher Monzon about what he claimed happened. The attorney for one of the alleged attackers, Jonathan Casanova said that the fight actually happened as a result of a "testosterone-filled fisticuffs because Monzon was staring at his client’s girlfriend," reported the Herald.
"Even the prosecutor said he did not believe politics had anything to do with the incident, instead urging the judge that the 'case should be looked at on the facts,'" they said according to the story.
“So you agree with me you didn’t tell them,” said Penate Hernandez, an assistant public defender.
“I mentioned the word word ‘canvassing,’ which implied they had a problem with me canvassing there,” Monzon said. He went on to say “it was my interpretation of what happened.”
The judge in the case also agreed not to keep the other alleged attacker, Javier Lopez, in prison during the trial, after he said prosecutors established enough evidence that Lopez may have committed a crime, but the surveillance videos “do not clearly reflect who was the initial aggressor in this incident.”
When lawyers peppered Monzon with questions, there were some he refused to answer, including whether he changed his story on after Rubio's tweet. It was after he saw Rubio's tweet he told police detectives it was politically motivated.
“You want the world to believe that this is a politically motivated crime,” Penate Hernandez asked.
“What I want is the truth,” Monzon claimed. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/11/14/us/election-news-results/katie-hobbs-arizona-governor
Katie Hobbs, who as Arizona’s secretary of state stood up to efforts by allies of former President Donald J. Trump to overturn the 2020 election, has clinched a victory in the state’s race for governor, The Associated Press said on Monday evening.
Ms. Hobbs, a Democrat, narrowly defeated Kari Lake, a right-wing former newscaster who was talked about as a future leader in a Trump-dominated Republican Party, in a bitter and closely watched race that many saw as a battle over the identity and direction of Arizona, once a Republican stronghold.
The contest was a study in contrasts of both style and substance, but the stakes for American elections and democracy were evident from the first.
Ms. Lake was a magnetic performer who began her campaign echoing Mr. Trump’s baseless claims that the 2020 election had been “crooked” and “corrupt.” She borrowed and sharpened Mr. Trump’s tactic of using the news media as a foil, routinely videotaping her interviewers or denigrating their news organizations. She taunted Ms. Hobbs as a “coward” and ridiculed her as “chicken” through the contest’s final days for refusing to debate her onstage.
She disparaged the late Senator John McCain, who championed a maverick brand of Republicanism, as a “loser” — again echoing Mr. Trump — and claimed that she and her followers had driven “a stake in the heart of the McCain machine.”
Ms. Hobbs, a mild-mannered elected official, rose to national prominence when she stood steadfast against efforts by Trump loyalists to overturn the vote in 2020. On the stump, she often pointed to her refusal to give in to the “insurrectionists” — protesters who at one point surrounded her home — as a sign that she was “battle tested.” PALM BEACH, Fla. — Former President Donald Trump ended months of speculation and launched his run to retake the White House in 2024 Tuesday, in an early bid to clear the GOP primary field ahead of a potential rematch against Joe Biden.
“Ladies and gentleman, distinguished guests and my fellow citizens, America’s comeback starts right now,” Trump, 76, told hundreds of cheering supporters who gathered in the ornate ballroom of his Mar-a-Lago resort for the official announcement.
Moments before his remarks, the 45th president formally filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission confirming his candidacy.
Since Trump left office, polls have indicated his standing among Republicans has declined, with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis seen as another top contender for the nomination.
The former president’s address championed his own policies during his four years in office while attacking those of Biden, who says he alsoplans to run again in 2024, despite turning 80 on Nov. 20.
Guests at the event included a tranche of Trump administration alums, among them former White House budget director Russ Vought, former acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker and former White House adviser Seb Gorka.
Staffers who will work on Trump’s campaign also attended, among them Susie Wiles, a former DeSantis aide, senior communications adviser Steven Cheung and longtime Trump associate Boris Epshteyn. Former Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller, the current CEO of fledgling social media network GETTR, also mingled with reporters.
https://nypost.com/2022/11/15/donald-trump-announces-2024-presidential-run/ Hong Kong’s government has strongly criticised a rugby sevens tournament after a song from the city’s protest movement was played in place of the Chinese national anthem during a match in South Korea.
Hong Kong said it “strongly deplores and opposes” the playing of a song associated with “violent protests” and the pro-independence movement in 2019, when the Chinese national anthem, March of the Volunteers, should have been played.
Authorities did not name the song but online footage from Sunday’s match suggests that Glory to Hong Kong, a song that rose to popularity during the 2019 protest movement, was played before the cup final match between Hong Kong and South Korea in Incheon.
A statement from the government called for an investigation into the incident.
“[W]e have already written to the Hong Kong Rugby Union last evening demanding them to deal with this matter seriously, launch a full and in-depth investigation and submit a detailed report, and convey our strong objection to Asia Rugby, who is the organiser of the Series.”
The office of Hong Kong’s chief executive, Eric Chan Kwok-ki, said he had requested a meeting with the South Korean consul general, Baek Yong-chun, to demand a full investigation over the “unacceptable” incident.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/nov/14/glory-to-hong-kong-protest-song-played-instead-of-china-national-anthem-rugby-sevens-game-south-korea via The Associated Press
By WILL WEISSERT, JILL COLVIN and SARA BURNETT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats kept control of the Senate on Saturday, repelling Republican efforts to retake the chamber and making it harder for them to thwart President Joe Biden’s agenda. The fate of the House was still uncertain as the GOP struggled to pull together a slim majority there.
Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto’s victory in Nevada gave Democrats the 50 seats they needed to keep the Senate. Her win reflects the surprising strength of Democrats across the U.S. this election year. Seeking reelection in an economically challenged state that has some of the highest gas prices in the nation, Cortez Masto was considered the Senate’s most vulnerable member, adding to the frustration of Republicans who were confident she could be defeated. In a race of a Democrat vs a green party candidate, Democrats were so fucking stupid they elected a dead person by a landslide. The voters literally have no idea who they are voting for, and will vote for anyone as long as a D is placed next to their name.
Voters will need to vote again because Democrats are so fucking stupid and have no idea who they are voting for
Dead man wins reelection as Pennsylvania state representative
Joseph Wilkinson, New York Daily News
Wed, November 9, 2022 at 2:56 PM·1 min read
Voters reelected a Pennsylvania state representative on Tuesday — even though he died last month.
Anthony “Tony” DeLuca died from lymphoma on Oct. 9 at age 85. But it was too late to change the ballots, so he remained the Democratic nominee for Pennsylvania’s 32nd legislative district.
DeLuca ended up winning more than 85% of the vote. He represented the deep blue district from 1983 until his death and was the longest-serving member of the Pennsylvania statehouse. His district covers the east Pittsburgh suburbs of Penn Hills and Verona, along with parts of Plum and Oakmont.
No Republicans challenged DeLuca. His only opponent was a Green Party candidate, Queonia Livingston, who received just 14% of the vote.
“While we’re incredibly saddened by the loss of Representative Tony DeLuca, we are proud to see the voters continue to show their confidence in him and his commitment to Democratic values by reelecting him posthumously,” the Pennsylvania House Democratic Campaign Committee said in a tweet.
A special election will be held to fill DeLuca’s seat. Allegheny County’s elections division will choose the date of the election. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/house-republicans-release-1000-page-report-alleging-politicization-fbi-doj
Whistleblowers say FBI is 'rotted at its core' in Republican report on alleged misconduct
House Republicans on Friday released a new report detailing whistleblower allegations of FBI misconduct and politicization at the highest levels of the Department of Justice. "The Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the stewardship of Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland, is broken," the GOP report states. "The problem lies not with the majority of front-line agents who serve our country, but with the FBI's politicized bureaucracy."
Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee say this report is "the first comprehensive accounting of the FBI's problems to date, which undermine the FBI's fundamental law-enforcement mission." The report features testimony from whistleblowers who describe FBI leadership in Washington, D.C., as "rotted at its core." They allege a "systemic culture of unaccountability" and say the bureau is beset by "rampant corruption, manipulation, and abuse." Obama presidential library construction halted after noose found on site ‘We have zero tolerance for any form of bias or hate,’ company says and offers $100,000 reward to help find who was responsible The firm building former US president Barack Obama’s presidential library suspended operations after a noose was found at the construction site in Chicago and the police were called. A $100,000 reward was offered by the construction company to help find who was responsible. Lakeside Alliance, a partnership of Black-owned construction firms, said it reported the incident to police and “will provide any assistance required to identify those responsible”. “We have zero tolerance for any form of bias or hate on our worksite. Anti-bias training is included in our on-boarding process and reiterated during site-wide meetings. We are suspending all operations onsite in order to provide another series of these trainings and conversations for all staff and workers,” the firm said in a statement on Thursday. Obama’s charitable foundation also released a statement on the library, part of a project to create the Obama Presidential Center. Obama was born in the US state of Hawaii but entered politics after becoming a community organizer in Chicago, passing through the state senate before becoming a US senator representing Illinois. He beat Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination for the presidency in 2008 and became America’s first Black president when he won the election, then was re-elected for a second term in 2012. Having reached term limits, he handed the mantle to Clinton in 2016 and she lost the election in a shock defeat by Donald Trump.https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/nov/11/obama-presidential-library-construction-halted-noose-found-site https://cbsaustin.com/news/local/fbi-arrests-round-rock-pastor-for-child-pornography
ROUND ROCK, Texas — A Georgetown man was arrested yesterday with criminal charges related to child pornography.
The United States Department of Justice says, David Lloyd Walther, 56, is accused of knowingly, searching for, downloading, distributing, and possessing child pornography.
The criminal complaint alleges that Walther downloaded and made available child pornography using BitTorrent, a peer-to-peer file-sharing network.
When the incident occurred Walther was the pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Round Rock, Texas.
During a search of Walther’s home and vehicle, two large computer hard drives were located and found to contain child pornography.
Walther is charged with the distribution, receipt, transportation, and possession of child pornography. If convicted, Walther faces up to 20 years in prison.
The FBI is investigating the case through the Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force out of the FBI’s San Antonio Division, with assistance from the Round Rock Police Department, the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Devlin is prosecuting the case.