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    WASHINGTON - The Justice Department is investigating Postmaster General Louis DeJoy over political fundraising activity at his former business, a DeJoy spokesman said Thursday. Federal authorities in recent weeks have subpoenaed DeJoy and interviewed current and former employees of DeJoy’s and his business, The Washington Post reported. Mark Corallo, a DeJoy spokesman, confirmed an investigation in a statement to The Associated Press. "Mr. DeJoy has learned that the Department of Justice is investigating campaign contributions made by employees who worked for him when he was in the private sector. He has always been scrupulous in his adherence to the campaign contribution laws and has never knowingly violated them," Corallo said. The agency declined to comment on news of the investigation. DeJoy, a wealthy former logistics executive, has been mired in controversy since taking over the Postal Service last summer and putting in place policy changes that delayed mail before the 2020 election, when there was a crush of mail-in ballots. Urged to write checks Last year, DeJoy faced additional scrutiny after the newspaper reported that five people who worked...
    WASHINGTON - The Justice Department is investigating Postmaster General Louis DeJoy over political fundraising activity at his former business, a DeJoy spokesman said Thursday. Federal authorities in recent weeks have subpoenaed DeJoy and interviewed current and former employees of DeJoy’s and his business, The Washington Post reported. Mark Corallo, a DeJoy spokesman, confirmed an investigation in a statement to The Associated Press. "Mr. DeJoy has learned that the Department of Justice is investigating campaign contributions made by employees who worked for him when he was in the private sector. He has always been scrupulous in his adherence to the campaign contribution laws and has never knowingly violated them," Corallo said. The agency declined to comment on news of the investigation. DeJoy, a wealthy former logistics executive, has been mired in controversy since taking over the Postal Service last summer and putting in place policy changes that delayed mail before the 2020 election, when there was a crush of mail-in ballots. Urged to write checks Last year, DeJoy faced additional scrutiny after the newspaper reported that five people who worked...
    We cannot stay silent: Texas valedictorian goes off script in graduation speech to protest new abortion law Boyfriend Charged with Murder of Dismembered Girlfriend Whose Body Parts Were Scattered Outside Their Home and in a Nearby Park Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is facing a federal investigation over campaign contributions made by employees of his former business, a spokesman said. The Washington Post earlier reported on the investigation, which is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a unit of the Department of Justice. According to the newspaper, which cited multiple unnamed sources familiar with the matter, agents have in recent weeks been asking current and former employees about their political giving. One unnamed person told the Post that prosecutors hit DeJoy himself with a subpoena for information. © Provided by CNBC U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testifies before a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on slowdowns at the Postal Service ahead of the November elections on Capitol Hill in Washington, August 24, 2020. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is facing a federal investigation over campaign...
    Louis DeJoy has been mired in controversy since taking over the Postal Service under Trump last summer. The Justice Department is investigating Postmaster General Louis DeJoy over political fundraising activity at his former business, a DeJoy spokesman said Thursday. Federal authorities in recent weeks have subpoenaed DeJoy and interviewed current and former employees of DeJoy and his business, the Washington Post reported. Mark Corallo, a DeJoy spokesman, confirmed an investigation in a statement to the Associated Press. "Mr. DeJoy has learned that the Department of Justice is investigating campaign contributions made by employees who worked for him when he was in the private sector. He has always been scrupulous in his adherence to the campaign contribution laws and has never knowingly violated them," Corallo said. The agency declined to comment on news of the investigation. DeJoy, a wealthy former logistics executive, has been mired in controversy since taking over the Postal Service last summer and putting in place policy changes that delayed mail before the 2020 election, when there was...
    (CNN)Some Oakland police officers have been disciplined in response to the excessive use of tear gas during last year's protests over the death of George Floyd, the city's police chief said. Oakland police officers "were not authorized to deploy tear gas in the manner they did" during the height of protests, Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong said at a press conference Wednesday, stating the department reported more than 33 instances of excessive use of force with tear gas."Officers have been held accountable from written reprimand up to several suspensions," Armstrong said. The police chief did not say how many officers were disciplined.Floyd's death during an arrest on May 25, 2020, sparked a national reckoning over race for months to follow. Protests -- many peaceful and some turning chaotic and violent -- stretched from Floyd's home state of Minnesota to the streets of New York City and Oakland, California. Prosecutors request 30-year sentence for Derek Chauvin while defense argues for new trialFour independent investigations were conducted to analyze officers' conduct during the four-day period of May 29, 2020, through June 1, 2020....
    WASHINGTON/SOFIA - The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on three Bulgarians and 64 companies linked to them over alleged corruption, including an oligarch accused of planning to create a conduit for Russian political leaders to influence the Bulgarian government. The Treasury Department in a statement called the move its single biggest action targeting graft to date. Bulgaria ranks as the European Union's most corrupt member state, according to the Transparency International advocacy group. The Balkan country has repeatedly been criticized by the European Commission for failing to root out corruption and place a single high-ranking senior official behind bars for graft. Bulgarian interim Prime Minister Stefan Yanev said he was informed by U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland by telephone about the move, part of efforts to effectively combat corruption in Bulgaria. "In our relations with our partners and allies, we have unequivocally shared our conviction that the fight against corruption in all its forms should be our unconditional principled and practical priority," Bulgaria's Foreign Ministry said in a statement. The move comes ahead of a...
    A Tampa, Florida, man pleaded guilty to crimes made in connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Paul Hodgkins, 38, entered the U.S. Capitol building at around 2:50 p.m. and later entered the Senate chamber and walked near members' desks, prosecutors said. FAMILY OF FALLEN CAPITOL OFFICER 'DISGUSTED' BY SENATORS WHO BLOCKED JAN. 6 COMMISSION Hodgkins then allegedly took a selfie with his cellphone and joined other demonstrators who were shouting, praying, and cheering through a bullhorn, according to the Justice Department. By 3:15 p.m., Hodgkins exited the Senate chamber, as well as the U.S. Capitol Building. He pleaded guilty to one count of obstructing an official proceeding, which carries a 20-year maximum prison sentence in addition to a $250,000 fine or twice the monetary gain or loss of the crime. Hodgkins is scheduled to be sentenced July 19 at 10 a.m. The case was investigated by the FBI's Washington Field Office, which was assisted by the FBI's field office in Tampa, the U.S. Capitol Police, and the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON...
    OAKLAND — More than two dozen Oakland police officers have been disciplined for tactics used against protesters during a George Floyd demonstration last year, Mayor Libby Schaaf told KTVU Wednesday morning. Chief LeRonne Armstrong, the mayor said, will announce the exact number of officers disciplined and the severity of the discipline as well as policy changes at a noon press conference. Schaaf said most of the policy violations by officers occurred on June 1, 2020, after a large group of demonstrators led by high school students marched from Oakland Technical High School to downtown Oakland. “I expect him to be as transparent as the law allows. Oaklanders deserve no less,” Schaaf told KTVU. “I can assure you that today he will announce the framework of four separate investigations that lead to the discipline of more than two dozen officers. I want to also commend the chief, he did not wait for the discipline and investigations to be completed before he started an intensive retraining of the department.” Two federal lawsuits filed against Oakland allege officers violated the department’s crowd control...
    A Seattle man was charged with allegedly trying to join the Islamic State to commit violent acts of terrorism in the Middle East or the United States. Elvin Williams, 20, was arrested Friday at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport following an FBI investigation into his alleged motives to engage in violence. Williams is charged with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and could face up to 20 years in prison. DOJ MOVES TO DISMISS CASE AGAINST ACCUSED PARTICIPANT IN CAPITOL RIOT "This defendant proved persistent in his efforts to join ISIS — speaking with enthusiasm about acts of horrific bloodshed in the Middle East and here at home," said acting U.S. Attorney Tessa Gorman for the Western District of Washington. Federal agents became aware of Williams's alleged connection to foreign terror groups after a member of a Seattle-area mosque contacted the FBI and accused the suspect of being "deeply involved" with ISIS propaganda, according to a press release by the Justice Department. Williams was allegedly using electronic devices provided by the mosque to communicate with ISIS...
    Retired Las Vegas police officer Randy Sutton said Tuesday that multi-billionaire Jeff Bezos is either “so engaged in profit or he is simply tone deaf to what is happening across America” because Amazon offers “Blue Lives Murder” products. WATCH: “I know that Amazon is a huge company and I understand that a company does not have a soul: I get that. But companies are made of people and Jeff Bezos is a human being, is a person,” Sutton told “Fox & Friends.” “I believe somewhere in there is maybe someone that has humanity. What he’s demonstrating here is either he is so engaged in profit or he simply is tone deaf to what’s happening across America and the plight of American law enforcement officers who literally are being demonized and dehumanized by the left.” (RELATED: Dan Bongino: ‘Defunding The Police Is the Single Dumbest Idea In The History Of Liberalism’) Sutton, who is the founder of “The Wounded Blue,” said there are “real world consequences” for the “abhorrent” sale of products like this. “We … suffered the loss just...
    The Justice Department asked a federal judge to toss lawsuits against former President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr related to the clearing of protesters last summer from Lafayette Square near the White House. Christopher Hair, a Justice Department attorney, said now that President Joe Biden is in office and unlikely to repeat the forceful tactics, the litigation is not necessary. "These lawsuits seek to prevent a recurrence of the June 1 events in Lafayette Square," Hair said, according to Newsweek. He also said the "change in administration” makes the claims moot. DOJ RELEASES FINANCIAL ACTIVITY REPORT ON DURHAM SPECIAL COUNSEL INVESTIGATION Trump administration officials ordered U.S. military officials and police to clear out a group of demonstrators on June 1, 2020, shortly before Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser issued a curfew. Soon after the group of more than 1,000 mostly peaceful protesters was broken up, Trump and other officials posed for photos outside of St. John's Episcopal Church, where the former president held up a Bible. Protests erupted in D.C. and other major cities across the country shortly...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) – The National Guard will take over contact tracing after the Pennsylvania Department of Health fired a third-party vendor over a data breach. READ MORE: Pennsylvania Senate Committee Approves Bill Updating Notification Process For Data Breaches “We are excited to be able to announce that we have now brought on the National Guard to make sure that there will be no break in continuity of our contact tracing efforts to be able to really carry us through to a more permanent transition there as well,” Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam said Thursday. READ MORE: Pennsylvania Health Department Firing COVID-19 Contact Tracing Company After Data Breach The state’s current contract with Atlanta-based Insight Global doesn’t expire until July 31, but the Department of Health is terminating the contract early on June 19. It comes after a COVID-19 contact tracing data breach impacted at least 72,000 Pennsylvanians. The Department of Health says Insight Global had disregarded safety protocols, with some employees creating Google accounts to share data, including information gathered from contact tracing calls....
    By DON THOMPSON | The Associated Press SACRAMENTO — Three-quarters of California’s district attorneys sued the state Wednesday in an attempt to block emergency rules that expand good conduct credits and could eventually bring earlier releases for tens of thousands of inmates. The lawsuit objects on procedural grounds, arguing that Corrections Secretary Kathleen Allison used the emergency declaration to bypass the usual regulatory and public comment process. The rules affecting 76,000 inmates, most serving time for violent offenses, took effect May 1, although it will be months or years until inmates accumulate enough credits to significantly shorten their sentences. Forty-four of the state’s 58 district attorneys brought the lawsuit, which says the only stated emergency was the corrections department’s desire to follow the “direction outlined in the Governor’s Budget Summary” nearly a year earlier. Plaintiffs included district attorneys for Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Notably absent were district attorneys in Los Angeles and San Francisco who have backed criminal sentencing changes. The lawsuit asks a Sacramento County Superior Court judge to throw out the regulations and bar the department...
    COMPTON (CBSLA) — Compton city officials Wednesday announced their plan to sue the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Officials allege LASD cheated the city out of more than $22 million by fraudulently billing for time deputies were supposed to be spending keeping Compton safe. (CBSLA) “We are here to demand that Sheriff Villanueva get a handle on his department and address the widespread fraud and malfeasance running rampant in Compton station,” Mayor Aja Brown said. READ MORE: Local Expert Says More Mass Shootings Like San Jose Likely After Pandemic Officials allege LASD cheated the city out of more than $22 million by fraudulently billing for time deputies were supposed to be spending keeping Compton safe. “We believe that a theft of historic proportions has taken place resulting in damages which potentially amount to millions in taxpayer dollars,” Damon Brown, Compton City Attorney, said. Attorneys for the city have filed a claim for damages against the sheriff’s department, alleging fraud and breach of contract among other things. According to attorneys, the city agreed to pay more than $22 million in exchange...
    An Illinois city is launching an investigation into its police department following the death of a Black man in police custody last year, CBS station WBBM-TV reports. City leaders in Joliet, a Chicago suburb, agreed to hire a private attorney to conduct the independent investigation more than a year after the death of Eric Lurry, the station reported Tuesday. Lurry, 37, was taken into custody during a drug arrest in January 2020. The county coroner's office called his death an accidental drug overdose, and local prosecutors said his death wasn't the result of officers' actions. In video footage from a squad car camera obtained by WBBM-TV, a Joliet police sergeant, identified by the station as Doug May, is seen slapping Lurry's face while he was handcuffed in the back seat of the car. "Wake up, bitch," May says. May then appears to pinch Lurry's nose closed for a minute and 38 seconds, WBBM-TV reports. Joliet police Sergeant Javier Esqueda, a training officer, told the station Lurry may have been chewing on a bag of drugs earlier in the video...
    Today, Governor Brian Kemp and Criminal Justice Coordinating Council Executive Director Jay Neal announce the award of 63 grants in the amount of $6,756,389 for the Law Enforcement Training Grant Program. During the 2020 legislative session, Governor Brian Kemp recommended and lawmakers approved the creation of a law enforcement training grant program through the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for state and local law enforcement agencies. “We are committed to giving law enforcement officers across the state specialized training and resources needed to provide the best possible public safety to Georgia’s citizens,” said Governor Kemp. “This grant program will help pay for essential training – including in use of force and de-escalation – for state and local law enforcement officers and give them the tools they need to keep our communities safe.” “Governor Kemp and the Georgia legislature have made it a priority to provide our law enforcement officers with the training and resources they need to better serve the people of Georgia, and we at CJCC are pleased to...
    JOLIET, Ill. (CBS) — The Joliet Police Department is under investigation, following the controversial death of a Black man in custody. City leaders in Joliet have agreed to hire a private attorney to launch an independent investigation into the police department. READ MORE: Suburban Man Thought Hed Found The Love Of His Life, But Ended Up Losing $8,000 In Online Romance Catfishing Scam All this came after CBS 2 Investigator Dave Savini first exposed the troubling arrest of Eric Lurry. Police video obtained by CBS 2 shows Lurry in the back of a police car during a drug arrest in January 2020. Officers are seen pinching his nose, slapping him, and sticking a baton in his mouth. Lurry died at a hospital days later. Joliet police Sgt. Javier Esqueda was the one who blew the whistle on Lurry’s death. >Joliet police withheld the video of the arrest for five months. He has said he believes the police department was trying to cover up the arrest. “Yes, I do, 100 percent,” Esqueda told Savini last summer. “I did the right...
    POLICE are on the lookout for Marilyn Manson after the singer was accused of spitting on a videographer during a concert in 2019. New Hampshire police have issued a warrant for Manso, real name Brian Warner, in Gilford, following two misdemeanor counts of simple assault. 2Marilyn Manson has an arrest warrant in New Hampshire "The Gilford Police Department has an active arrest warrant for Brian Hugh Warner (aka: Marilyn Manson) for two counts of Class A misdemeanor," the Gilford Department stated in a Facebook post. "The alleged assaults involved a videographer," it went on. "Mr. Warner, his agent and legal counsel have been aware of the warrant for some time and no effort has been made by him to return to New Hampshire to answer the pending charges." "Mr. Warner had been performing a concert at the Bank of NH Pavilion on August 18, 2019, when the alleged simple assaults occurred," detailed the post. "The issuance of an arrest warrant is not a presumption of guilt," it went on. "The videographer had been subcontracted by a NH-based company to video...
    Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden's team shut down a closely-held State Department effort launched late in the Trump administration to prove the coronavirus originated in a Chinese lab over concerns about the quality of its work, according to three sources familiar with the decision.The existence of the State Department inquiry and its termination this spring by the Biden administration -- neither of which has been previously reported -- comes to light amid renewed interest in whether the virus could have leaked out of a Wuhan lab with links to the Chinese military. The Biden administration is also facing scrutiny of its own efforts to determine if the Chinese government was responsible for the virus. Those involved in the previously undisclosed inquiry, which was launched last fall by allies of then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, say it was an honest effort to probe what many initially dismissed: that China's biological weapons program could have had a greater role in the pandemic's origin in Wuhan, according to two additional sources. But the inquiry quickly became mired in internal discord amid concerns that it...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The demand for vaccines in the city has been declining in recent weeks, and with that FEMA announced Tuesday that its “mission accomplished” at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The federal government will be handing the reigns of the convention center vaccine site over to the city of Philadelphia. READ MORE: Should You Invest In Dogecoin? Expert Suggests Keeping Away From Controversial Cryptocurrency Market The site will close Wednesday then reopen on Thursday in Hall F under the control of Philadelphia’s Health Department. READ MORE: Swimply Allowing Residents In Delaware Valley To Rent Someones Pool Or Rent Out Your Own Officials say it will be on a much smaller scale than we’ve seen over the last few months – where a 220 person Navy and Marine Corp team administered more than 350,000 vaccinations between this site and the Esperanza Center in North Philadelphia. That’s 25% of the 865,000 Philadelphians that have received at least one shot in the arm. With FEMA leaving town, the city will now focus more on outreach efforts and smaller events. “Around the...
    Nancy Pelosi wants to set up a commission to continue the politicization of events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, saying that those who oppose her “are afraid of the truth.” That’s laughable. Getting to the truth is our specialty, and so we filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) suits against the Department of the Interior and the Department of Defense for records regarding the deployment of armed forces around the Capitol complex in Washington, D.C., in January and February of 2021 (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of the Interior (No. 1:21-cv-01302)) and (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Defense (No. 1:21-cv-01301)). Who needs a “commission” when you have trusty Judicial Watch!  We sued here in DC after the Department of Defense failed to reply to our February 19, 2021, FOIA request for: All emails regarding the deployment of U.S. troops around the Capitol complex in Washington, D.C. sent to and from Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Deputy Secretary Kathleen H. Hicks, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark A. Milley, and/or Vice Chairman Gen. John E. Hyten. We’re interested in emails sent between January...
    Washington — Gordon Sondland, the former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union who was a key witness in the 2019 impeachment proceedings against former President Donald Trump, filed suit against the U.S. government and ex-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday, arguing he reneged on a promise to reimburse Sondland for attorneys' fees accrued during the House investigation. Sondland, who was fired after his bombshell testimony in the impeachment probe, said he incurred nearly $1.8 million in legal fees and accused Pompeo of abandoning his pledge that the State Department would cover his costs for political convenience. "If Pompeo did not have the authority to bind the government, Pompeo went rogue and acted outside the course and scope of his employment and duties, making a promise in his personal capacity that was not the kind of act he was employed to perform, and not motivated by a desire to serve as the leader of the Department of State," Sondland's lawyers wrote in a complaint filed with the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia. "Instead, it was self-serving, made...
    One of the witnesses who testified at then-President Donald Trump’s first impeachment in late 2019 has filed a lawsuit against former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the State Department. Gordon Sondland, the previous administration’s ambassador to the European Union, filed the suit in a federal court in the District of Columbia on Monday over the reimbursement of legal fees. Sondland is looking to receive $1.8 million, which he claims he is owed because Pompeo allegedly promised that the State Department would reimburse him for the costs of his legal team during the impeachment testimony. US. CONDEMNS BELARUS OVER ORDER TO FORCE DOWN PASSENGER FLIGHT CARRYING DISSIDENT The suit claimed that Pompeo had the “authority to bind the government to an agreement whereby the Government, through the United States Department of State would reimburse [Sondland] all of his attorneys fees and costs in connection with complying with Congressional subpoenas.” Pompeo supposedly told Sondland that government attorneys were “declared unavailable to advise or represent” him and that the former secretary of state “bucked normal convention and denied him the services of...
    Timothy Joel Jackson Kahl, 24, faces attempted murder, among other charges A Maryland man has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly intentionally driving his car into a police department after threatening to kill officers and trying to run them over.  Timothy Joel Jackson Kahl, 24, launched his alleged attack on the police station in the city of Havre de Grace - about 40 miles outside of Baltimore - on Sunday night after calling the department and saying he was going to 'come there and kill a police officer,' Corporal Kenneth Terry said.  Officers tracked the call to his home - about a mile away from headquarters - and saw him driving erratically and hitting several parked cars, Terry said.  Police tried to get Kahl to stop, but he allegedly tried to run them down and then sped to the police department and 'intentionally' barreled through the front doors of the building and into the lobby.   Havre de Grace, Maryland police department after Kahl allegedly drove his car into the building  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    A DRIVER allegedly smashed into a police station and tried to run over cops after threatening to kill an officer. Timothy Kahl, 24, was arrested after he called the police department and told them he was going to come there and kill a cop, according to officials. 3Timothy Kahl was arrested following the attackCredit: Havre de Grace Police Department 3He drove through the police department's entranceCredit: Havre de Grace Police Department Officers were able to roughly locate where the driver was, so responded to the area and located the suspect driving erratically. "When officers went to make contact with him he tried to run them over with his vehicle several times," the Havre de Grace Police Department told ABC7. "He struck several parked vehicles and tried to run over the officers before fleeing the area." Kahl then allegedly drove to the station where he hit a parked car before intentionally driving through the building's front doors. "He exited his vehicle and as he came back out of the front doors he tried to attack officers," police told the outlet....
    HARRISBURG (KDKA) — Pennsylvania’s State Senate is taking action today, even though the state has already canceled a contract with a third-party vendor who’s responsible for a data breach of health records for 72,000 people in Pennsylvania. The Senate Communications and Technology Committee will get together this afternoon to consider a bill. More specifically, the bill would be an update to the Breach of Personal Information Act. The committee will look at data breaches within state government and any group that contracts with the state. It was last week when the Department of Health informed the committee it would be terminating its contract with Atlanta-based Insight Global, a third party vendor. Read more: Pennsylvania Health Department Firing COVID-19 Contact Tracing Company After Data Breach  The contract was set to expire on July 31, but the Department of Health decided to terminate the contract early, on June 19. Lawmakers have expressed concerns over the transparency surrounding the data breach that impacted over tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians and their personal health records. The committee will meet Monday at...
    Over 70 officers have left the U.S. Capitol Police since the Jan. 6 insurrection, according to the department’s union, which said that a $1.9 billion supplemental funding package will not be enough to keep other officers from departing.  Capitol Police union chair Gus Papathanasiou said that officers are demoralized after the riot and that the $1.9 trillion package that passed the House this week is insufficient, noting that nearly a quarter of the department’s officers are eligible to retire “in the next few years.” He added that he also knows “of many younger officers who have confided that they’re considering applying to other law enforcement agencies.” “What keeps me awake at night is not the challenge of hiring and training more police officers, but keeping the officers we have right now. We have many officers on the fence about whether to stay with this department. Since January 6th we've had more than 70 officers retire or resign from the department,” he said. The spending bill, which passed by a single-vote margin in the House Thursday, does include back pay for overtime...
    The Treasury Department called Thursday for requiring all transfers of more than $10,000 worth of cryptocurrency to be reported to the Internal Revenue Service as part of the Biden administration's proposals to boost tax compliance. The move is likely to spur opposition from crypto investors, who have exploded in numbers in the past few months. “As with cash transactions, businesses that receive cryptoassets with a fair-market value of more than $10,000 would also be reported on,” the Treasury wrote in a report on tax compliance proposals released Thursday. ELON MUSK TWEET SENDS VALUE OF DOGECOIN CRYPTOCURRENCY FLYING The Treasury Department said reporting the transfer of digital coins, such as Bitcoin or Etherium, is needed to “minimize the incentives and opportunity to shift income out of the new information reporting regime.” Cryptocurrencies currently make up a small share of business transactions, the Treasury noted, but a huge increase in cryptocurrency investing in the past year suggests digital coin use could become more frequent. Most cryptocurrency transactions are psuedo-anonymous because they obscure the identity of those trading coins, but the blockchain technology...
    A group of Tennessee Republicans will send a Thursday letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary Xavier Becerra and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, calling for answers over reports that migrant children are allegedly being transported to Chattanooga. In the letter first obtained by the Daily Caller, Tennessee Sens. Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty and Tennessee Rep. Chuck Fleischmann call on the two government agencies to hold a briefing with them to discuss the management of unaccompanied minors — specifically in Chattanooga and the state of Tennessee — after a report surfaced that migrant children are allegedly being transported at night to cities throughout the southeastern U.S. “We write to seek information on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) management of unaccompanied alien children (UAC) in federal custody and the facilities used to house them. We are particularly concerned about recent reports regarding the use of Chattanooga, Tennessee, as a central location for resettling UACs in the United States,” the lawmakers said in the letter. “There are media reports that, within the...
    Disgraced former sheriff Joe Arpaio The total haul that Arizona taxpayers have been forced to shell out over Joe Arpaio’s racist shenanigans as former Maricopa County sheriff will total over $200 million by next year, NBC News reports. Because the department under current sheriff Paul Penzone has been deemed close to—but not quite yet 100%—compliant with the court orders stemming from Arpaio’s actions, officials have had to approve another $31 million until the department has been deemed fully abiding. NBC News reports that the $31 million tentatively approved by local officials for the next fiscal year will bring the total cost that Arpaio has forced onto taxpayers to $202 million by 2022. “Taxpayers in Arizona’s most populated county are on the hook for lawyer bills and the costs of complying with massive court-ordered overhauls of the sheriff’s office after a 2013 verdict concluded Arpaio’s officers had profiled Latinos in traffic patrols that targeted immigrants,” the report said. Arpaio, who was convicted in 2017 of criminal contempt of court for disobeying a federal judge’s order to stop racially profiling Latino drivers, lost his reelection bid...
    ALAMEDA (CBS SF/BCN) — The City of Alameda hired an Oakland deputy police chief to take over as chief of the Alameda Police department, officials announced Monday. Oakland Deputy Police Chief Nishant Joshi becomes Alameda’s police chief on June 8. He replaces interim Chief Randy Fenn, the former Fairfield police chief who filled in after Paul Rolleri retired after seven years in the position. READ MORE: Oakland As Officials To Travel To Las Vegas To Explore Possible Relocation “Nishant Joshi has a deep understanding of the issues we are committed to addressing and is the right person to work with our community and lead the department forward,” City Manager Eric Levitt said in a statement. City of Alameda officials announced May 17 that Nishant Joshi will become the new police chief effective June 8. (Oakland Police Department) Joshi has been working in the Oakland Police Department since 1998 and started as a deputy chief in February. Before that, he served as captain beginning in 2014. “I am confident I can lead the Alameda Police Department to be a premier agency...
    By Lisa Respers France | CNN An attorney representing rapper Clifford “T.I.” Harris and his wife, singer Tameka “Tiny” Harris, says the couple have not been contacted by authorities regarding an investigation into sexual assault and abuse allegations levied against the couple. A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to CNN Tuesday that there is an active investigation involving the rapper. The spokesperson did not address whether his wife, “Tiny,” is also the subject of the investigation. In March, attorney Tyrone A. Blackburn said he had been contacted by more than 30 “women, survivors, and witnesses” regarding claims against the couple and requested then that authorities in California and Georgia — where some of the incidents are alleged to have taken place — investigate. Blackburn says he has 11 clients. Blackburn said in a press release in March that there are allegations “of forced drugging, kidnapping, rape, and intimidation in at least two states.” He said the allegations against the couple span 15 years; others allegedly involved unnamed members of their inner circle. Steve Sadow, an attorney representing...
    A North Carolina city councilman says cops urinated on his business 'in retaliation' because he joined protests demanding police release bodycam footage of Andrew Brown Jr's fatal shooting.  Gabriel Adkins, who is in his second term as Elizabeth City, North Carolina councilman, posted Ring footage to Facebook of one of the incidents showing a uniformed officer urinating on his funeral home on Saturday.  He said there's also surveillance footage of an officer doing the same thing a day earlier.   The one-minute-and-six-second RING footage shows a police car's flashing lights on the left side of the video and an officer walking to Adkins' business, turning his back to the camera and appearing to urinate.  A few seconds pass before the officer walks back to the patrol car and leaves.  'I'm completely furious that any member of the sheriff department would think these acts are acceptable,' Adkins told The Washington Post in an email. 'This is a funeral home. A place where we house family's loved ones. I have lost all trust and respect for our sheriff department.'  The Pasquotank County Sheriff's Officer...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Allegheny County Health Department is reporting 186 new Coronavirus cases and one additional death. READ MORE: Pittsburgh Police Seek Help Locating Missing Woman Bebe Otokonda Of the newly reported cases, the Health Department says 101 are confirmed and 85 are probable cases. The Health Department says new cases range in age from three years to 82 years with a median age of 30 years. READ MORE: North Hills School District Gives Warning About Fake Employment Letter The one death occurred in January, and the person was in their 90s. There have been 6,983 total hospitalizations and 100,039 total coronavirus cases in Allegheny County since the pandemic started. The county-wide death toll stands at 1,915. MORE NEWS: Ex-Ohio State Professor Sentenced For Sharing Work With China More information on the Coronavirus pandemic: CDC Coronavirus Information CDC Global Map of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Pennsylvania Department of Health Information Allegheny County Health Department Information
                        Over 200 police officers have left, are in the process of leaving, or are on extended leave from the Minneapolis Police Department. Several police officers explained it is due to lack of support and the feeling that they had to defend themselves throughout the course of the riots that plagued the city last summer, according to a report from WCCO in Minneapolis. In the report, one officer, Steve Dykstra, explained his reasons for wanting to leave. “I wanted to help people. I think that’s what all cops would say when they first get started. It’s like, ‘I want to help people.’ And part of helping people is, for me anyway, it’s stopping bad people from doing bad things,” Dykstra began. Officer Dykstra explained, in recent years, the morale and motivation in police officers has dramatically decreased. “It seemed like there was a back-pedaling through policy. So we were always, they were always taking more away from us and what we could do,” he said. Dykstra detailed the events...
    Three women were arrested for allegedly leaving a severed pig’s head at the former residence of a person who testified in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the Sacramento Bee reported. The Santa Rosa Police Department arrested Rowan Dalbey, 20, Kristen Aumoithe, 34, and Amber Lucas, 35, all residents of Santa Rosa. The trio was charged with conspiracy and felony counts of vandalism. The residence was the former home of Barry Brodd, a former Santa Rosa Police Department officer who testified in defense of Chauvin in the trial over the murder of George Floyd, according to the Bee. Brodd has not been a resident at the property for several years and police believe the women unknowingly vandalized the incorrect residence. Brodd testified as an expert witness that Chauvin was justified in his actions and “was acting with objective reasonableness following Minneapolis Police Department policy and current standards of law enforcement in his interactions with Mr. Floyd,” ABC News reported. Blood Vandalism to House and Santa Rosa Statue https://t.co/zsGITrTQ2k — Santa Rosa Police (@SantaRosaPolice) April 18, 2021 The suspects are also accused of vandalizing...
    OAKLAND, Calif. -- California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced Thursday that the California Department of Justice will conduct an independent review of the police shooting death of Sean Monterrosa to determine whether criminal charges are warranted.The announcement comes after the Solano County District Attorney declined to conduct a review of the Vallejo Police Department's investigation of the incident.RELATED: Family speaks out after Vallejo police mistake hammer for gun and shoot, kill 22-year-old"Without accountability, there is no justice," said Attorney General Bonta. "It's past time Sean Monterrosa's family, the community, and the people of Vallejo get some answers. They deserve to know where the case stands. Instead, they've been met with silence. It's time for that to change; it's time for action. Seeing the failure of the District Attorney to fulfill this important responsibility, my office will review the case to ensure a fair, thorough, and transparent process is completed. This is the right thing to do and I will go where the facts lead. Rebuilding trust in our institutions starts with the actions of each and every one of us....
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There are new leads in the search for suspects in the deadly Mother’s Day weekend violence in Philadelphia. But as the city looks forward to progress made against coronavirus, police say trends are far less promising in the fight against crime. New images released Wednesday afternoon show four men who police believe are responsible for the murder of 20-year-old Sebastian Brown on the 1700 block of West Ruscomb Street on Saturday evening. READ MORE: Vacant Lot Philadelphia Residents Cleaned Up, Turned Into Dog Park Must Be Vacated, Officials Say Law enforcement officials say the group hopped out of a silver Outlander just before 8 p.m. and went after both the driver and Brown, who was in the front passenger seat. Homicides are now up 34%, and so are domestic violence-related killings. Homicide detectives say the active search for 23-year-old Justin Smith continues. He’s accused of killing his girlfriend Dianna Brice, who was pregnant with his baby boy. He should be considered armed and dangerous. There is a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. READ...
    A transgender woman is suing the District of Columbia over her incarceration in a men’s unit. Sunday Hinton sued the District on Tuesday over her housing at the Central Detention Facility (CDF), which a men’s facility, solely based on anatomy. The complaint states that Hinton is “at risk of imminent harm.” The suit was announced by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of DC, who is representing her along with D.C.’s Public Defender Service. According to the complaint, Hinton was placed in pretrial custody on April 26 for allegations of unarmed burglary with intent to steal $20. Hinton was sent to the men’s facility despite being identified as “woman” by the court. The Department of Corrections has a policy specifying that transgender individuals are housed based on anatomy, not gender identity, according to the complaint. Assignments can be changed based on a recommendation from the Department’s Transgender Housing Committee (THC). But the committee hasn’t met in 16 months, and during that time "transgender individuals in DOC custody have been assigned housing based solely on their anatomy,” the suit alleges. When...
    Attorney General Merrick Garland indicated the Justice Department was prioritizing prosecutions related to the siege of the Capitol over those tied to last summer’s riots because the events of Jan. 6 were “the most dangerous threat to our democracy.” Garland appeared before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday and revealed that the Justice Department had made more than 430 arrests tied to the Capitol riot so far, which he said would continue to grow. At the same time, in a different hearing, former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, who served in the role during the final month of President Donald Trump’s presidency, also touted the Capitol riot investigations that had begun under his watch. Republicans have repeatedly raised concerns that the Justice Department has not put the same effort into prosecutions tied to last summer’s violence as it has into the storming of the Capitol earlier this year. Garland was questioned by the Senate committee’s vice chairman, Sen. Richard Shelby, an Alabama Republican, who contended that the definition of “domestic terrorism” should apply both to the storming...
    Three Fort Campbell Army soldiers were charged with conspiracy and other offenses over alleged illegal purchases and transfers of dozens of guns to Chicago, some of which were traced back to a mass shooting in March. Acting U.S. Attorney Mary Jane Stewart for the Middle District of Tennessee announced the charges on Tuesday against Demarcus Adams, 21, Jarius Brunson, 22, and Brandon Miller, 22, who were arrested that morning, according to the Justice Department. The three men were each charged with transferring a firearm to an out-of-state resident, making false statements during the purchase of a firearm, engaging in business without a gun license, wire fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy, according to a criminal complaint. OFFICERS SHOULDN'T HAVE FIRED INTO BREONNA TAYLOR'S HOME: REPORT On March 26, the Chicago Police Department responded to a mass shooting that resulted in multiple people being wounded and one death. Several of the firearms recovered from the scene, including at least five that were recently purchased from dealers with Federal Firearms Licenses in the Clarksville, Tennessee, area, which houses Fort Campbell. An investigation found...
    A federal judge in Missouri threw out a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Eric Schmitt over a provision in the Democrats’ American Rescue Plan, which several Republican-led states have argued could restrict their ability to cut taxes. Judge Henry Edward Autrey of the Eastern District of Missouri ruled on Tuesday that the matter is "not ripe for adjudication" and that Missouri lacked standing in asking his court to enjoin the U.S. Treasury Department from recouping pandemic relief funds sent to states in the event state government's pass tax relief measures. “The alleged harm to Missouri is too speculative, abstract, and remote to establish justiciability,” Autrey ruled. GOP ATTORNEYS GENERAL CHARGE AHEAD WITH TAX-CUT LEGAL BATTLE DESPITE NEW BIDEN GUIDANCE Schmitt, who is running for the seat that will be vacated by Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt in 2022, filed the suit on March 29. He argued the American Rescue Plan’s tax mandate, which established that states cannot use aid funds “to either directly or indirectly offset a reduction in the net tax revenue” caused by a change...
    Washington — Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee and the Justice Department have reached an "agreement in principle" in a long-running dispute over enforcement of a subpoena for testimony from former White House counsel Don McGahn, who served under former President Donald Trump. Lawyers for the Justice Department, who are representing McGahn, and House Democrats said in a filing to federal appeals court in the District of Columbia that they intend to submit a request for the case to be removed from the court's 2021 oral argument calendar "in order to allow the parties to implement the accommodation."   The attorneys told the D.C. Circuit that "former President Trump, who is not a party to this case, is not a party to the agreement in principle regarding an accommodation."  The separation-of-powers dispute between Democrats on the Judiciary panel and McGahn began in April 2019, when the committee approved its subpoena for testimony from McGahn after special counsel Robert Mueller issued his report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. Mueller and his team identified 10 instances in which Mr....
    In this article 1810-HKXiaomi's headquarters in the Xuhui District of Shanghai.Costfoto | Barcroft Media | Getty ImagesGUANGZHOU, China — The U.S. has agreed to remove Xiaomi from a blacklist that would have barred Americans from investing in the Chinese smartphone maker. Shares of Chinese tech giant Xiaomi rallied as much as 6.5% after the news, before paring some gains. In January, the administration under former President Donald Trump designated Xiaomi as one of several "Communist Chinese military companies" or CCMC. This meant the world's third-largest smartphone maker was subject to a November executive order restricting American investors from buying shares or related securities of any companies given this designation by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). Xiaomi brought a legal challenge against the U.S. Department of Defense. In March, a U.S. court granted Xiaomi a preliminary injunction against the Trump-era order, saying the company would "suffer irreparable harm in the form of serious reputational and unrecoverable economic injuries." And on Tuesday, the DOD agreed that a "final order vacating" Xiaomi's designation as a CCMC "would be appropriate," according to a court filing. Xiaomi...
    (CNN)A bipartisan group of negotiators is stymied over a key issue in talks on overhauling policing practices nationwide: The standard for charging police officers with crimes. And now, the Justice Department is directly engaged in the talks to help resolve the stalemate and ease the path for a sweeping policing deal to be reached on Capitol Hill, according to several people familiar with the matter.As lawmakers see if they can find consensus before a self-imposed May 25 deadline, the issue continues to be a key point of contention, with Democrats pushing to lower the standard so officers can be charged for reckless conduct while Republicans say the matter needs to be off the table in the negotiations.South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, the chief GOP negotiator, told CNN that it's his understanding that "in the next 24 hours or less," the Justice Department is going to see if there's a way to deal with the matter administratively. "Let's see what they come up with," Scott said. Read MoreBut he made clear he did not think the congressional negotiators could come to...
    A Michigan restaurant Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s (D-MI) administration has repeatedly targeted for allegedly violating her coronavirus orders is now suing her. Iron Pig Smokehouse refused to abide by Whitmer’s second lockdown last fall and remained open. “We felt like there’s a moral fiduciary responsibility to our staff and to our creditors as well,” owner Ian Murphy told 9 & 10 News in November. Whitmer’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development took Iron Pig to court to strip it of its food license, a process that dragged out for months. Even after Whitmer said restaurants could partially reopen to in-person dining, her representatives continued to pursue legal action against the eatery. “Given the operations of The Iron Pig over the last few months … there’s not much confidence about the operations of Iron Pig moving forward,” Assistant Attorney General Eileen Whipple argued in court, the Record Eagle reported. “Regardless, the question before this court, as we’ve discussed, is whether or not Iron Pig is currently operating with a suspended license in violation of the food law. We don’t believe there’s any...
                      by Christian Schneider  The Biden administration has chosen a close ally of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to oversee the nation’s expansive federal student loan program. On Monday, Rich Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau during the Obama administration, was announced as the new head of the Education Department’s Office of Federal Student Aid, which oversees over $1.7 trillion in loans to U.S. students. In a statement following his appointment, Cordray said he sought to “create more pathways for students to graduate and get ahead, not be burdened by insurmountable debt.” The move is seen as a victory for hard-line progressives, who have been pressuring Biden to “cancel” student loans, which they argue place an undue burden on young Americans and exacerbate economic inequality. Among those is Warren, who, during her unsuccessful presidential campaign, promised to use her executive power “to cancel up to $50,000 in debt for 95% of student loan borrowers (about 42 million people).” In a statement released following the Cordray announcement, Warren said the new loan chief would “apply his fearlessness...