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    Getty Thousands of Donald Trump supporters storm the United States Capitol building following a "Stop the Steal" rally on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. The protesters stormed the historic building, breaking windows and clashing with police. Trump supporters had gathered in the nation's capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) The House select committee announced it would hold a special hearing today, June 28, 2022, to present new evidence that recently came to light. The hearing will begin at 1 p.m. Eastern time.
    The European Union's executive body is recommending that Ukraine be recognized as an official candidate for EU membership, another step in the long road to membership. Ukraine, alongside border country Moldova, was granted candidate status by the European Commission on Friday on the condition that it improve its judicial system and establish anti-corruption bodies, among other governmental reforms. The country, which is fending off an invasion from Russia, has already implemented roughly 70% of EU rules, according to the commission president. TOP EUROPEAN LEADERS BACK UKRAINE AS AN 'IMMEDIATE CANDIDATE' FOR EU MEMBERSHIP "Ukrainians are ready to die for the European perspective," European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said. "We want them to live with us the European dream." Meanwhile, Georgia's membership was not greenlighted by the commission, setting heavier conditions on the country before it recommends it become an official candidate. "Georgia must now come together politically to design a clear path towards structural reform and the EU," von der Leyen tweeted, adding that the commission recommends the country "grant the European perspective,...
    (CNN)Ukraine's bid to join the European Union received a major boost on Friday morning, after the bloc's executive said it believed the country should be formally considered for candidate status in the wake of Russia's invasion.Speaking in Brussels, the European Commission's President Ursula von der Leyen said the Commission recommends "that Ukraine is given candidate status. This is of course on the understanding that the country will carry out a number of further reforms.""In the view of the Commission, Ukraine has clearly demonstrated the country's aspiration and determination to live up to European standards."Leaders of the 27 EU member states will now meet for a summit next week to discuss the Commission's opinion. Even if the member states agree that Ukraine should be a candidate nation -- which is far from certain -- the process to join the EU is complicated and takes, on average, just under five years to complete, according to the think tank, UK in a Changing Europe. During a joint press conference in Kyiv on Thursday with the EU's main three political leaders, German Chancellor Olaf...
    European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivers a speech during a plenary session of the European Parliament at the EU headquarters in Brussels, on March 23, 2022.John Thys | AFP | Getty Images European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told CNBC Tuesday that she's hoping an agreement to sanction Russian oil will be reached in the coming days. This is a breaking news story, please check back later for more.
    A 'missing' painting by Pablo Picasso may have been spotted in the home of a notoriously corrupt Filipino political family as they celebrated their return to power following this week's elections. Eagle-eyed viewers say the painting - Reclining Woman IV - was hanging in the living room of Imelda Marcos, the Philippines' former First Lady, as she congratulated son Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos on being elected president on Wednesday. The painting is believed to be one of hundreds of artworks bought by the Marcoses using billions plundered by family patriarch Ferdinand Sr, who ruled the country as president starting in 1965 but ending in brutal dictatorship that lasted until 1986. Andy Bautista, the former chief of a commission set up to find the Marcos's stolen wealth, seemed convinced the artwork was genuine when he posted an image on Twitter Thursday. He was joined in his enthusiasm by Lauren Greenfield - a director whose 2019 film Kingmaker about the Marcos family's attempt to re-take power featured the painting - who quipped 'Picasso's back!' But others raised doubts about the authenticity, suggesting the family...
    BRUSSELS – The European Commission will aim to deliver a first opinion in June on Ukraine´s bid to become a member of the European Union. The 27 EU nations have been fully united in backing Ukraine´s resistance to Russia´s invasion, adopting unprecedented economic sanctions against Moscow since the start of the war in February. But leaders are divided on how fast Brussels could move to accept Ukraine as a member. European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said in a message on Twitter that she discussed Monday with Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelenskyy “EU support and Ukraine´s European pathway. Looking forward to receiving the answers to the EU membership questionnaire.” For now, Ukraine has an “Association Agreement” with the EU, which includes a far-reaching free trade pact and helps to modernize Ukraine´s economy. The Ukrainian fast-track bid could take years, with unanimity among current members required to include a new member. Europarl Welcomes Ukrainian Emergency Application, But Actual Route to Membership Difficulthttps://t.co/AHhAhWoNqd — Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) March 2, 2022
    Former President Donald Trump announced that he is endorsing Kevin Marino Cabrera for the Miami-Dade County Commission in District 6. “Kevin Cabrera will be a great member of the Miami-Dade County Commission, representing District 6,” Trump said in a statement. “In 2020, when I won Florida’s 29 electoral votes by a historic margin, Kevin was my State Director. Kevin is a brave and smart America First Conservative who supports Low Taxes and fewer Regulations on small business, which means more jobs! He is strong on the Second Amendment and will work hard to defend our men and women in Law Enforcement. Kevin wants Secure Borders and will fight for Safe and Secure Elections—the 2020 Election was Rigged and Stolen, and we are getting to the bottom of it—and we can never let it happen again. Kevin Cabrera will represent his community with honor, and has my Complete and Total Endorsement!” “I am honored and grateful to receive the endorsement and backing of President Trump,” said Kevin. “President Trump has led the way on many important conservative issues, including lowering taxes...
    The New York Post report claim that Schwerin "made at least 19 visits to the White House and other official locations between 2009 and 2015." According to Obama White House archives, a press release from March 10, 2015, stated that Obama appointed Eric D. Schwerin as a member of the Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad. The U.S. Commission for the Preservation of American Heritage names Schwerin as a past member, who was sworn in on Feb. 1, 2017. The Obama administration noted that Eric D. Schwerin is "Founding Partner and Managing Director at Rosemont Seneca Partners, LLC, positions he has held since 2008." Records also show that Rosemont Seneca founders Archer and Heinz visited the White House in 2009 and 2011 for a “holiday reception” and “group tour” respectively. Of the situation involving a top Hunter Biden business partner, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said, "Not everyone gets to meet the vice president of the United States in the White House. The press should be asking why Hunter Biden’s business associates — like Eric Schwerin — had...
    The Republican National Commission voted Thursday to withdraw from participation with the bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates, calling the group 'biased' and vowing to pursue 'better platforms.' The unanimous vote echoed former President Donald Trump's longtime complaints about presidential debates organized by the commission, which he accused in 2016 and 2020 of being biased against him.   RNC chair Ronna McDaniel, a Trump loyalist, called the Commission on Presidential Debates 'biased' and said the commission 'has refused to enact simple and commonsense reforms to help ensure fair debates including hosting debates before voting begins and selecting moderators who have never worked for candidates on the debate stage.' She said debates 'are an important part of the democratic process' and said the RNC 'is committed to free and fair debates.'  The The Republican National Commission voted to withdraw from participation with the Commission on Presidential Debates, a group former President Donald Trump has attacked repeatedly The vote comes after a series of RNC moves against the commission, including a June 2021 letter where McDaniel voiced 'extreme disappointment' with the commission.  She said the commission...
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) – A Polish government special commission has reinforced its earlier allegations that the 2010 plane crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others in Russia was the result of Moscow’s assassination plan. The latest of the commission´s reports, released Monday, alleges that an intentional detonation of planted explosives caused the April 10, 2010 crash of Soviet-made Tu-154M plane that killed Kaczynski, the first lady and 94 other government and armed forces figures as well as many prominent Poles. Their deaths were the result of an “act of unlawful interference by the Russian side,” the commission’s head Antoni Macierewicz told a news conference. “The main and indisputable proof of the interference was an explosion in the left wing … followed by an explosion in the plane’s center,” said Macierewicz, who in 2015-2018 served as defense minister in Poland’s right-wing government. He denied that any mistakes were made by the Polish pilots or crew members, despite bad weather at the time of the crash. The report repeats many previous allegations made by the commission, appointed by the government...
    BRUSSELS (AP) – Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger and two top European Union officials are in Kyiv looking to shore up the bloc’s support for war-torn Ukraine. Heger said in a tweet Friday that he, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and the EU foreign policy chief have come with trade and humanitarian aid proposals for President Volodymyr Zelensky and his government. "It so happened that the food security of many countries depends on our supplies," said Dmitry Medvedev, a top Russian security official and former Russian president. "It turns out that our food is our quiet weapon. Quiet but ominous." https://t.co/9oziUaME7P — Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) April 3, 2022 Part of that, Heger says is “to offer options for transporting grains, including wheat.” Ukraine is a major world wheat supplier and Russia’s war on Ukraine is creating shortages, notably in the Middle East. He adds that the three want to help Ukraine on its path toward closer ties with the EU by “creating a ReformTeam.” Ukraine has applied to join the EU, but was already sorely in need of...
    BRUSSELS (AP) — EU Commission: President Ursula von der Leyen will travel to Kyiv to meet with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy this week. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    President Joe Biden suffered another brain cramp during a ceremony to commission the Navy's newest nuclear submarine, saying the first lady previously held the office of Vice President during the Obama administration.  Biden, 79, was praising his wife Jill Biden, 70, for her work and commitment to military families after she was named the USS Delaware's sponsor during its commissioning in Wilmington, Delaware, on Saturday.  'I'm deeply proud of the work she is doing as First Lady with Joining Forces initiative she started with Michelle Obama when she was Vice President and now carries on,' the president mistakenly said.  It was the latest blunder for the president, leading the White House to send out an updated transcript which said changed the reference from she to I. 'And I'm deeply proud of the work she is doing as First Lady with Joining Forces initiative she started with Michelle Obama when she [I] was Vice President and now carries on,' the White House official transcript reads.  President Joe Biden said the first lady previously held office as Vice President during the Obama administration in his latest blunder...
    European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Sunday called for a “strong and clear investigation” into potential Russian war crimes during its invasion of Ukraine. “I think there needs to be a strong and clear investigation on this question,” von der Leyen said when asked by co-anchor Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden announces Supreme Court pick amid unfolding Ukrainian crisis Biden names Ketanji Brown Jackson, DC appeals court judge, to Supreme Court Hogan 'certainly going to take a look' at 2024 presidential bid MORE on CNN’s “State of the Union” if she believes that Russia is committing war crimes in Ukraine. “We need to make the case real clear and without any doubt. But whatever you are just describing has to be, there has to be looked into it and there needs to be an investigation on that,” she added, after Tapper cited reports of Russian forces targeting border crossings and other areas that would be used as humanitarian corridors. An International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor announced last week that...
    (CNN)Here is a look at the life of economist and former Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti.PersonalBirth date: March 19, 1943Birth place: Varese, Italy Marriage: Elsa MontiRead MoreChildren: Giovanni and FedericaEducation: Bocconi University, Milan, degree in economics, 1965; Post graduate studies at Yale UniversityReligion: CatholicOther FactsNicknamed Super Mario.Honorary president of Bruegel, a think tank for economic policy. President of Bocconi University.Timeline1970-1979 - Economics professor at the University of Turin.1978-1994 - Writes economic commentary for Corriere della Sera, a daily newspaper.1989-1994 - Rector of Bocconi University.1994 - Becomes president of Bocconi. 1995-1999 - Member of the European Commission as Commissioner for Internal Market, Financial Services and Financial Integration Customs, and Taxation. 1999-2004 - Member of the European Commission as Commissioner for Competition. 2001 - As the European Commission's competition commissioner, Monti engineers the Commission's block of GE's $42 billion acquisition of Honeywell International. 2004 - The European Commission fines Microsoft more than $600 million for being in violation of EU competition law. 2005-2008 - Chairman of Bruegel, a think tank. 2005-2011 - International adviser to Goldman Sachs.November 9, 2011 - Is...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — The State Bar of California has launched an ethics investigation into John Eastman, a former law professor at Chapman University and one-time legal advisor to former President Trump. BOULDER, CO – APRIL 29: John Eastman, the University of Colorado Boulders visiting scholar of conservative thought and policy, speaks about his plans to sue the university at a news conference outside of CU Boulder on Thursday, April 29, 2021. CU relieved Eastman of his public duties after he spoke at President Donald Trump’s rally preceding the Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6. (Photo by Andy Cross/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images) READ MORE: Playful And Prickly: Two-Story Porcupine Puppet Named Percy Unveiled At Griffith ParkThe State Bar announced on Tuesday that it has been investigating Eastman since September to determine if he has “engaged in conduct in violation of California law and ethics rules governing attorneys following and in relation to the November 2020 presidential election.” Eastman was forced out of Chapman when multiple faculty members objected to his representation of Trump, as the former...
    Russia was tonight cut out of a crucial global banking system as efforts to hit its economy if it invaded Ukraine intensified. The UK has agreed with the EU and US to cut some Russian banks out of the Swift banking system. A statement issued by the White House said: 'We, the leaders of the European Commission, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States condemn Putin's war of choice and attacks on the sovereign nation and people of Ukraine.We sta 'And with the Ukrainian government and the Ukrainian people in their heroic efforts to resist Russia's invasion. Russia's war represents an assault on fundamental international rules and norms that have prevailed since the Second World War, which we are committed to defending. We will hold Russia to account and collectively ensure that this war is a strategic failure for Putin. 'This past week, alongside our diplomatic efforts and collective work to defend our own borders and to assist the Ukrainian government and people in their fight, we, as well as our other allies and partners around...
    The European Union (E.U.) sought to place itself in front of Russia’s territorial ambitions Thursday as it announced the “strongest, the harshest package” of sanctions to punish Moscow for the invasion of Ukraine. No E.U. military action was promised to bolster the threats of sanctions and trade boycotts after the E.U.’s leading nation Germany only sent 5,000 helmets to Ukraine when they asked for military hardware and ammunition in the face of earlier Russian threats. E.U. President Ursula von der Leyen released a statement in which she condemned Russia’s move as a “barbaric attack” accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin “of bringing war back to Europe.” Pics: Russia Attacks Ukraine as Ground Troops Lead Invasion Forcehttps://t.co/hi9suqrSGT — Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) February 24, 2022 Leyen revealed the European Commission is assembling a “massive and targeted” package of sanctions for European leaders to approve, and if green-lighted “will weaken Russia’s economic base and its capacity to modernize.” She warned: In these dark hours, the European Union stand by Ukraine and its people. We are facing an unprecedented act of aggression by the Russian leadership...
    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission on Monday downplayed as a “storm in a teacup” an incident last week at a EU-Africa summit in Brussels during which its president, Ursula von der Leyen, was hardly acknowledged by a foreign minister. The official, Ugandan Foreign Minister Jeje Odongo, slightly nodded as he walked past von der Leyen and did not stop to greet her before shaking hands with EU Council president Charles Michel and French president Emmanuel Macron during a staged photo event. After an exchange of words with the two men, Odongo posed for photographs between Michel and von der Leyen. Macron then gestured as if he wanted to introduce von der Leyen to Odongo, and the pair engaged in a brief conversation. Caught on camera, the incident was abundantly commented on social networks, with many criticizing Michel for his passivity. The scene also drew comparison with the so-called Sofagate last year when von der Leyen said she felt hurt and alone during a meeting with Turkey’s president. Von der Leyen and Michel had met with Turkish President Recep...
    Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) is trashing the Jan. 6 Committee as a “partisan scam” and not condemning former President Donald Trump for his efforts to get former Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the 2020 election. Appearing on Face the Nation Sunday, the Florida senator was confronted with comments made by Pence on Friday in which he rebuked Trump for his repeated insistence that Pence could have lawfully overturned the results of the 2020 election. “Do you agree with Mike Pence?” Face the Nation anchor Margaret Brennan asked. “Well, if President Tump runs for reelection, I believe he would defeat Joe Biden,” Rubio said. “And I don’t want Kamala Harris to have the powers as vice president to overturn that election. And that’s the same thing I concluded back in January of 2021.” “So Donald Trump was wrong?” Brennan said, pressing. Rubio again failed to directly condemn Trump and reverted to his boilerplate comment. “As I said, I just don’t think the vice president has that powe,” Rubio said. “If the vice president has that power, Trump would defeat...
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The second part of a judicial report on corruption in South Africa has been handed over to President Cyril Ramaphosa. The commission, chaired by deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo, has for four years investigated allegations of corruption during former President Jacob Zuma’s tenure from 2009 to 2018. Evidence and sworn testimony from high-ranking officials, including former Cabinet ministers, has implicated Zuma and his associates in wrongdoing and it is expected the report will lead to criminal charges. The latest installment of the report details corruption, mismanagement and fraud at two state-owned enterprises, the rail company Transnet and the arms manufacturer Denel. The companies are at the center of allegations that lucrative state contracts were improperly awarded to businesses controlled by the Gupta family, close allies of Zuma. Among the contracts investigated was the procurement of 1,064 locomotives, where large kickbacks to Gupta-linked companies were allegedly paid. Announcing the release of the report, Ramaphosa said in a statement the investigation is a step toward dealing with South Africa’s scourge of corruption. “During the course of the past...
    BRUSSELS (AP) — European Commission president says omicron expected to be dominant coronavirus variant in Europe by mid-January. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    A bipartisan commission tasked by the White House with exploring possible Supreme Court reforms voted unanimously Tuesday to submit the group’s final report to President BidenJoe BidenMan sentenced to nearly four years for running scam Trump, Biden PACs Dole in final column: 'Too many of us have sacrificed too much' Meadows says Trump's blood oxygen level was dangerously low when he had COVID-19 MORE. The 34-member group sounded a neutral tone across its report's nearly 300 pages, referencing “profound disagreement” over a controversial proposal to expand the number of justices, for instance, while declining to adopt a position. Instead, the study traces the history of the court reform debate and delineates arguments for and against various proposals, occasionally noting areas of bipartisan support, as in the case of imposing term limits on the justices.   The findings, which bear the imprimatur of some of the nation’s foremost constitutional thinkers and court watchers, are likely to shape the contours of future debates over proposals like limiting the Supreme Court's jurisdiction or providing Congress special authority to override decisions. But the staid and...
      The Senate voted 68-31 Tuesday to confirm Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chair Jessica RosenworcelJessica RosenworcelThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Schumer remains confident in Christmas deadline for Biden agenda The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Omicron tests vaccines; Bob Dole dies at 98 This week: Congress poised to go into December overtime MORE to another term. The confirmation came weeks before Rosenworcel’s term was set to expire, which would have given Republicans a majority on the commission. Even with Rosenworcel getting the nod from the Senate, the commission remains deadlocked. President BidenJoe BidenMan sentenced to nearly four years for running scam Trump, Biden PACs Dole in final column: 'Too many of us have sacrificed too much' Meadows says Trump's blood oxygen level was dangerously low when he had COVID-19 MORE has nominated Gigi Sohn to the last seat on the five-person panel. The former FCC official has faced tough opposition from Republican lawmakers. Rosenworcel had served as acting chair since the start of Biden’s term. "It's the honor of my lifetime to lead...
    President Joe Biden 's U.S. Supreme Court Commission has released a draft report signaling "profound disagreement" regarding the size of the nation's highest bench but offering a more sympathetic view to the possibility of term limits for justices. The bipartisan commission of legal experts was established to analyze the fundamental framework of the nation's highest court to determine whether changes should be made at a time when polls show public approval of the Supreme Court has dropped significantly in recent months. The commission will convene Tuesday to discuss and vote on whether to approve sending the report to the president. The report spans hundreds of pages for court reform suggestions that legal experts have discussed since April via scheduled Zoom meetings. More than 30 members of the commission from various backgrounds arranged the report into several chapters, the most prominent for debate being the topics of "packing" new justices on the panel and imposing term limits for the bench. Supporters of court expansion claim it is "necessary to address serious violations of norms governing the confirmation process and troubling developments...
    President Joe Biden on Wednesday dodged responsibility for record-high energy prices and asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate oil companies for “anti-competitive behavior.” With nationwide gas prices reaching historic highs, inflation marking a thirty-year high, and a supply chain that seems permanently broken, President Biden is presumably seeking to escape responsibility for his failed energy agenda by placing blame on oil companies. “I do not accept hard-working Americans paying more for gas because of anti-competitive or otherwise potentially illegal conduct,” President Biden said. “I therefore ask that the Commission further examine what is happening with oil and gas markets, and that you bring all of the Commission’s tools to bear if you uncover any wrongdoing.” “The Federal Trade Commission has authority to consider whether illegal conduct is costing families at the pump,” Biden referenced the record-setting gas prices around the country. “I believe you should do so immediately.” Pres. Biden, saying there is “mounting evidence of anti-consumer behavior by oil and gas companies,” in letter to the FTC: “The Federal Trade Commission has authority to consider whether illegal conduct is costing families at...
              moreby Eric Lendrum   On Saturday, a meeting of the Wyoming Republican Party led to the passage of a resolution expelling Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from the party and no longer recognizing her as a member, as reported by CNN. The resolution was passed by the Wyoming GOP Central Committee, by a vote of 31 to 29. Although the measure does not actually wield any direct power over Cheney, it marks the latest symbolic blow to the incumbent representative as a result of her frequent anti-Trump statements, which have all but eroded her popular support in her own state. Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, was one of only 10 Republican members of the House of Representatives to vote in favor of the second impeachment of President Donald Trump, which falsely accused Trump of “inciting an insurrection” after a crowd of his supporters peacefully protested at the United States Capitol on January 6th. Subsequently, Cheney became one of only two Republicans to serve on Nancy Pelosi’s partisan January 6th commission, after Pelosi unilaterally removed all of the other...
    Sao Paulo (CNN)A Brazilian commission investigating the government's handling of the Covid-19 pandemic has voted in favor of charges against President Jair Bolsonaro, among others.Seven of the commission's eleven senators voted on Tuesday evening to support recommendations contained in a 1,288-page report on the pandemic. The document calls for charges against two companies and 78 individuals, including Bolsonaro, over the pandemic's enormous toll on the country. More than 605,000 people have died of Covid-19 in Brazil -- the second-highest number of deaths in the world after the United States.The report alleges that Bolsonaro's government allowed the lethal coronavirus to spread through the country in a failed bid to achieve herd immunity. It recommends indicting the president personally with nine crimes, including incitement to crime, charlatanism, and crimes against humanity. Brazilian senators recommend Bolsonaro be charged with crimes against humanity over pandemicBolsonaro has repeatedly dismissed the commission's investigation and resulting report as politically motivated.Read MoreThe final document -- the result of six months of investigation -- will now be sent to Brazil´s Attorney General's Office. However, Attorney General Augusto Aras is...
    Former President Donald Trump has sued the House select committee on the Jan. 6th attacks after it subpoenaed a number of his top former advisors and demanded White House documents from the National Archives. Trump's suit, filed Monday in US District Court, names as defendants both the committee itself and archivist David Ferriero.   The filing claims the committee 'has decided to harass President Trump and senior members of his administration (among others) by sending an illegal, unfounded, and overbroad records request to the Archivist of the United States.' 'This self-described “sweeping” request is almost limitless in scope and effectively seeks every presidential record and communication that could tenuously relate to events that occurred on January 6, 2021,' Trump writes. Former President Donald Trump sued the Archives and the Jan. 6th Committee for a probe he called 'illegal' and 'unfounded' in a filing His suit mirrors his posture during previous congressional probes while he was in office and ordered top officials not to participate. His legal standing now is somewhat different; President Joe Biden and his administration have said they will...
    The Department of Justice (DOJ) and White House press secretary Jen Psaki are doing damage control after President Biden told reporters Friday evening that anyone who defies a congressional subpoena should be prosecuted.  The remarks by the president come as the Jan. 6 select commission is ramping up issuing subpoenas for former President Trump administration officials and others who may have information on Trump's efforts to investigate claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election.  Biden told reporters in a South Lawn gaggle outside of Air Force One, "I hope the committee goes after them and holds accountable." He was referring to individuals who refuse to comply with a congressional subpoena.  EX-OBAMA ADVISER DAVID AXELROD SUGGESTS BIDEN KEEP MUM ON JAN. 6 PANEL'S SUBPOENA HOLDOUTS One reporter followed up, "Should they be prosecuted?" "I do, yes," responded Biden. DOJ spokesman Anthony Coley responded with a terse statement Friday evening in response to Biden. "The Department of Justice will make its own independent decisions in all prosecutions based solely on the facts and the law. Period. Full stop," said Coley. JEFFREY...
    Two conservatives backed out of participating in President Joe Biden 's bipartisan commission analyzing potential changes to the U.S. Supreme Court , as other legal experts in the group accused a preliminary court reform draft of being partisan against court-packing. The White House released its preliminary draft discussion materials Thursday evening, ahead of deliberations by the commission during a virtual hearing on Friday. Prior to the hearing, conservatives Caleb Nelson, a law professor at the University of Virginia, and Jack Goldsmith, a law professor at Harvard, resigned from the panel, the White House said. “These two commissioners have chosen to bring their involvement to a close,” White House spokesman Andrew Bates said in an emailed statement to Bloomberg. “We respect their decision and very much appreciate the significant contributions that they made during the last 5 months in terms of preparing for these deliberations.” Nelson emailed a statement to the outlet, saying he "resigned from the Commission” and "was honored to be part of it" but did not include further comment. Both Nelson and Goldsmith did not immediately respond...
    toggle audio on and off change volume download audio Loyola Law School Professor Jessica Levinson joined WTOP's Dimitri Sotis to talk about the commission's findings. WASHINGTON (AP) — A commission tasked with studying potential changes to the Supreme Court has released a first look at its review, a draft report that is cautious in discussing proposals for expanding the court but also speaks approvingly of term limits for justices. The 36-member bipartisan commission, largely composed of academics, has been studying court reform and holding hearings, but it was not charged with making recommendations under the White House order that created it. As a result, much of the some 200 pages of materials the commission released Thursday night are history and context for reform proposals. A final report from the committee, which was meeting Friday, is expected in about a month and would go to the president then. Even when the commission does finish its work, however, any proposals for change would be met with serious political headwinds particularly with midterm elections looming and the chance that Democrats could lose...
    President Joe Biden's 36-member Supreme Court commission is "divided" on the issue of whether to expand the number of justices, according to materials prepared for a Friday discussion on reforming the nation's highest court. The revelation could give new fuel to Democratic calls for packing the court, which is now considered conservative by a 6-3 margin. Calls for the party to add seats and fill them with liberal-leaning justices intensified during the Trump administration, when three conservative justices were added, including Amy Coney Barrett , who was confirmed to replace liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg last fall. "As a legal matter, we conclude that Congress has broad power to structure the Supreme Court by expanding (or contracting) the number of Justices," a readout of the commission's draft discussion materials stated. "The prudential question is more difficult, and Commissioners are divided on whether Court expansion would be wise." The White House released the draft discussion materials Thursday evening, ahead of deliberations by the commission during a virtual hearing scheduled for Friday. The commission plans to submit a final report to the...
    At least 3000 'criminal paedophiles' have been operating in the Roman Catholic Church in post-war France a devastating new report has found.  The 'quite frightening' figures will be unveiled in detail in a study by the Independent Commission on Sexual Abuse in the Church. Jean-Marc Sauvé, the commission president, said there had been 'between 2,900 and 3,200 criminal paedophiles' in the French church since 1950. 'This is a minimum estimate', he told France's AFP news agency, and their victims are many thousands more according to the exposition. Discussing his 2500 page report, which will be unveiled in full on Tuesday, Mr Sauvé said: 'It is an important step but not the end of the story, not for the Catholic Church, or for the rest of society. 'At the end of this considerable work, one cannot claim to have the whole truth. We are only at the threshold. Other work will have to deepen knowledge on child crime. But we have enough proven facts to speak confidently and legitimately.' Jean-Marc Sauvé, president of the commission said there had been 'between 2,900 and 3,200...
    EXCLUSIVE: House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik doubled down on her calls to establish a 9/11-style commission to examine the United States’ involvement in Afghanistan, after top Pentagon officials testified in both the House and Senate this week, raising more questions on the Biden administration’s "failed" withdrawal of U.S. military assets. Stefanik, R-N.Y., spoke exclusively with Fox News, following the House Armed Services Committee hearing featuring testimony from Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and head of U.S. Central Command Gen. Kenneth McKenzie.  "My main take away is the responsibility and accountability for the failed withdrawal rests only with Joe Biden," she said, adding that it is "clear" the president ignored advice from his military advisers to maintain a presence of U.S. troops in the region in order to "address our counterterrorism mission."  WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 14: U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) (R) speaks to members of the press after an election for House Republican Conference chair as House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (L), and House Minority Whip Rep....
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki delivered some bad news to former President Donald Trump over his bid to “fight” subpoenas from the January 6 select committee investigating the Capitol insurrection. The commission issued subpoenas for former Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and others this week, a move that Trump responded to in a randomly capitalized statement vowing to “fight the Subpoenas on Executive Privilege and other grounds.” Psaki was asked about Trump’s statement Friday, and whether President Joe Biden would support a claim of executive privilege. Her response was not favorable to the person this White House has taken to calling “the former guy”: Q Jen, thanks. The former President, last night, in response to these subpoenas that were announced by the January 6th Committee, said that he was going to assert executive privilege. He’s not in the executive branch anymore, so I don’t think he can do that. Has he reached out or have his people reached out to the Biden administration to say, “Hey, we don’t want communications between former President Trump and Mark Meadows,” for example,” to be...
    Share this: Brooklyn Botanic Garden president Adrian Benepe commended the New York City Planning Commission’s vote today to reject the rezoning application for 960 Franklin Avenue. The CPC’s vote is a binding decision in the City’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) process and puts an end to the developer’s application to build a massive complex with 39-story towers that would have caused a significant loss of sunlight to BBG’s conservatory, greenhouses, and nursery. The shadows would have harmed plants that BBG has cultivated for decades and threatened the entirety of the 52-acre Garden. BBG also commended Community Board 9 and the countless Brooklyn residents who worked tirelessly to raise alarms about the permanent, devastating harm the luxury condominiums would do to the Garden, Medgar Evers College, Jackie Robinson Playground, and the surrounding community. Since entering the public review process in 2019, the 960 Franklin Avenue project has faced fierce opposition from thousands of community members who sought to protect Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The Garden’s petition opposing the development was signed by more than 60,000 community members, and rallies at BBG in 2020 and 2021 drew hundreds of...
    A survey pitting outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel against current French President Emmanuel Macron for the head of the European Commission has suggested that many EU countries would support a Merkel presidency. The European Council of Foreign Relations (ECFR) survey asked residents of 12 European Union countries if they would support Mrs Merkel or Mr Macron in a theoretical race if the pair were to face off for the “president of the EU” role. Mrs Merkel — who as German chancellor has already been the de-facto leader of Europe for 16 years — won a plurality of the votes in every country, including France, and an outright majority of the votes in the Netherlands, Spain, and Portugal. Even in France, where Emmanuel Macron currently serves as president, Merkel beat the French leader by 12 per cent, though nearly half said they either did not know which candidate to choose or stated they would not vote. In total, 41 per cent said they supported Merkel as head of the European Commission, and just 14 per cent said the same for Macron. The...
    Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) on Wednesday sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) requesting for the House to scrap the partisan investigation on January 6 and conduct a bipartisan investigation on the botched Afghanistan withdrawal instead. She wrote in the letter: The American people deserve to have a Congress that works in a bipartisan and productive way. Continuing the January 6 Commission only fuels partisanship. We must focus our time and energy on providing Americans the answers they deserve on the tragedies surrounding America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. Hartzler noted there have already been several congressional hearings on the events surrounding the protest at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, and the Justice Department is already investigating it as well. She also noted a recent Reuters article stated the Federal Bureau of Investigation has found little evidence of coordination on an attack or an organized plot to overturn election results. She also expressed deep concern that the House’s January 6 Commission is being used in a partisan manner by Democrats, noting House Republicans were...
    A group inspired by former President Donald Trump’s 1776 Commission launched a campaign recognizing September as "Patriotic Education Month" to "counter false and misleading accounts of American history" in schools and encourage students to be proud Americans.  "For good reason, there’s been a lot of attention on the divisive, ideological agenda being forced on students. But while we fight that, we must also teach our youngest citizens why they should be proud to be Americans," President of 1776 Action,  Adam Waldeck, told Fox News when asked about the month-long campaign.  "From Washington to Lincoln to Rev. King to Rosa Parks we are a land of heroes, and the values that they all fought and sacrificed for should not be shunned, but celebrated. Patriotic Education Month is one way to get started." FATHER TELLS BOARD CRT KEEPS RACISM ON 'LIFE SUPPORT', MOMENTS LATER THEY VOTE TO BAN IT Beyond encouraging local leaders across the country to issue proclamations establishing September as Patriotic Education Month, 1776 Action will also host an event headlined by former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben...
    MADRID (AP) — The President of the European Commission has urged the international community to open arms for Afghan refugees. Ursula von der Leyen made the remarks on Saturday when she and EU Council President Charles Michel visited a reception center for evacuees established by Spain’s government near Madrid. “This resettlement of vulnerable people is of utmost importance. It is our moral duty,” Von der Leyen said. Offering “legal and safe routes globally, organized by us, the international community, for those who need protection” must be a priority of next week’s G7 meeting on the Afghanistan crisis, she added. An Afghan migrant believed to be linked to the rape and murder of a 13-year-old Austrian girl has been arrested in Sadiq Khans London following an international manhunt https://t.co/N83Erch0Kf — Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) August 1, 2021 The EU’s top officials toured the facility that Spain has set up at the Torrejón military airbase near Madrid along with Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, who said it has the capacity to hold 800 people. Two planes sent by Spain’s government have already arrived...
    'I look forward to being with people whose perspectives are very different from mine,' said Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum. President Joe Biden on July 30 announced his intention to appoint Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, the openly lesbian senior rabbi at progressive LGBTQ-welcoming synagogue Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in New York City, to serve on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Kleinbaum will be joining a commission that includes Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council; and current commission chair Nadine Maenza, president of the conservative organization Patriot Voices. Perkins, whose organization has been designated an anti-LGBTQ hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, was appointed to serve on the commission in 2018 by Sen. Mitch McConnell, then Senate majority leader. That year, he said that marriage equality "isn't about two people who love each other. It's about obliterating every moral and cultural boundary humans have ever known." He is also opposed to Biden's policy agenda, saying in March, "The policies that are coming out of this administration are literally...
    The citizen panel overseeing the Los Angeles Fire Department elected a new president Tuesday at a sometimes tense public meeting that ended with the new panel leader calling for an end to “pettiness.” The five-member board elected longtime community activist Jimmie Woods-Gray, 79, as president, replacing attorney Delia Ibarra, who had led the board since 2013. Dr. Jimmy Hara was picked as vice president. Ibarra didn’t attend Tuesday’s vote because of a work obligation, she told The Times. The Board of Fire Commissioners hasn’t held an election since 2014, one of several issues bringing scrutiny to the Fire Department. More seriously, several female firefighters are accusing the agency of sexism, while a recent lawsuit by a group of Black firefighters alleges discrimination. There are also allegations that a high-ranking LAFD official received preferential treatment after he was reported to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs while on duty at the department’s headquarters. The allegations have prompted Black and Latino firefighter groups to push for a federal investigation into what they allege is widespread racial bias. At Tuesday’s meeting,...
    Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger on Sunday said he supported issuing subpoenas for members of Congress who might have had conversations with former President Donald Trump on Jan. 6 before rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol – even if that includes fellow Republicans Kevin McCarthy or Jim Jordan.  "I would support subpoenas to anybody that can shed light on that. If that's the leader, that's the leader," Kinzinger, R-Ill., said in an appearance on ABC "This Week." "It is essential for history, for the American people, for truth that we get to the bottom of this. I think anybody with parts of that information, with inside knowledge, can probably expect to be talking to the committee." "I want to know what the president was doing every moment of that day," Kinzinger said, describing how the House select committee wants insight on what actions Trump took after he delivered a speech to a crowd of supporters at The Ellipse, south of the White House on Jan. 6.  COPS BLAME TRUMP, REPUBLICANS FOR ALLEGEDLY INSPIRING AND THEN DOWNPLAYING JAN. 6 CAPITOL ATTACK  "I want...
    Republican congressman Jim Jordan has admitted he spoke with Donald Trump on January 6 but refused to reveal what they discussed - after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blocked him from joining a special committee to investigate the Capitol riots. Fox News host Bret Baier asked Jordan, the 57-year-old Trump loyalist, on Tuesday if he had spoken with the then-president on the day of the deadly Capitol insurrection. Jordan deflected, saying: 'I've talked to the former president umpteen times, thousands. I mean, not thousands–' Baier jumped in asking for clarity, saying: 'I mean on January 6.' 'I talked to the president. I never talk about what we talk about. I just don't think that's appropriate, just like I don't talk about what happens in Republican conferences,' Jordan responded. He continued: 'So I talked to the president numerous times. I continue to talk to the president.' Baier once again asked for a straight-forward answer from the Ohio politician, saying: 'No, no. I mean on January 6, congressman.' 'Yes. I mean I've talked the president so many – I can't remember all the days...
    After being appointed president of the Los Angeles Police Department’s civilian oversight panel on Tuesday, attorney William Briggs promptly rejected the notion that the LAPD should be “defunded,” arguing instead that it needs more sworn officers to keep the city safe. “Our communities of color that are most impacted by crime, many of which have seen the homicide rate rise above 30% this year, cannot afford to go without law enforcement,” Briggs said in prepared remarks, which he delivered after unanimous appointment by his Police Commission colleagues. Briggs, who is Black and a partner at the law firm Venable, was nominated to the commission by Mayor Eric Garcetti in November, joined the panel in December and had been serving as its vice president before Tuesday’s vote. He takes over for Eileen Decker, a former federal prosecutor who was term-limited as the panel’s president. Decker will remain on the commission as vice president, swapping roles with Briggs. Although the Police Commission does not directly control the LAPD’s budget or staffing levels, it does set policy and approve certain spending. It...
    Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) on Tuesday lectured fellow Republican lawmakers at the opening of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the Capitol, urging them to remember “our children are watching.” “I pray that we all remember our children are watching. As we carry out this solemn and sacred duty entrusted to us, our children will know who stood for truth and they will inherit the nation we hand to them: a republic, if we can keep it,” Cheney said. Cheney is one of two Republicans hand-selected by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to serve on the committee. The other is Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). Both lawmakers voted to impeach then-President Donald Trump after the January 6 breach of the Capitol building. House Republican leadership at first defended Cheney for her vote, but then stripped her of her position as the GOP conference chair after she continued to vocally attack Trump and fellow Republicans who supported him. Cheney, who has become somewhat of a pariah in the GOP, continued to lecture her fellow Republicans at the...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump, Jr. are racking up high approval ratings among Republicans as the party sorts through a bevy of figures seeking to lead the party amid a polarized electorate and fierce GOP opposition to President Biden. Donald Trump Jr., a favorite at Trump rallies dating back to 2015 and 2016, scored the highest approval ratings in a new survey by Fabrizio, Lee & Associates.  His approval rating stood at a net positive rating of 55 per cent among Republicans. He was running essentially even with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has rallied his party against coronavirus lockdowns.  Donald Trump Jr. has a net positive approval rating of 55 percent in a new survey among Republicans DeSantis has been among several figures mentioned as possible 2024 Republican presidential candidates. Trump Jr. has frequently been seen as a potential heir to his father's political legacy, although he has never held public office and has turned down opportunities to pursue statewide elective office.  He helped run the Trump Organization while his father was in the White House, although the...
    Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that the House Select Committee investigation into the January 6 riot on the Capitol was using the issue to “politically to the advantage of Democrats” during the 2022 midterm elections. Toomey said, “I did support the Senate version of a commission that would have been genuinely and truly bipartisan, both in its composition of members and staff, which I think is important. This exercise in the House was not meant to be that.” He continued, “We have a lot of investigations underway now. There are Senate committees that have completed some. There are others still in progress. We have many criminal investigations. I would favor a truly bipartisan commission, but I think there, we should be candid about the fact that it is politically to the advantage of Democrats to try to keep this issue in the forefront.” Toomey added, “James Carville has been very candid about this. He has urged the Democrats, don’t let the election be about Joe Biden and his policies in 2022, make that...