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    Shannon Brandt, 41, from North Dakota allegedly admitted to fatally striking 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson following 'a political argument'. Cops now say that wasn't the case Police in North Dakota said that there's 'no evidence' showing that politics were involved in an incident where a man fatally struck a teenager with his SUV following what he admitted was a 'political argument.'  The incident transpired Sunday in the small town of McHenry, and saw 41-year-old Shannon Brandt - who fled the scene of the fatal  crash - charged with criminal vehicular homicide.  He told police he hit 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson with his SUV during a street party that spilled over from Saturday night, and fled the scene because the then-dying teen had threatened him.  An affidavit, meanwhile, says Brandt fled the scene after the collision, returned and called 911, and then left again, driving 10 miles to his home in a nearby city, where he was eventually arrested by cops. On the phone, Brandt told dispatchers Ellingson was 'part of a Republican extremist group,' according to court documents. As to why he fled...
    Kanye West has said he is open to returning to politics, insisting that he had not been put off by his failed presidential bid in 2020. Asked if he had future political aspirations, he replied: 'Yes, absolutely. 'You know, that time wasn't in God's time. I'm sure there are lives that were saved. 'I'm sure God had me fall on the sword and say this is not the time,' he told ABC News on Thursday night.  'But he's a redeemer. He's given me this oxygen, he's given me this platform, he's put amazing people around me. 'He's given me new purposes. A new lease on life. New air to breathe. And a new respect.' He added that he was spending time with Jared Kushner.  Kanye West has spoken to ABC News, in an interview that previewed on Thursday night [email protected] tells @linseydavis he still has future political aspirations. Stream "A Conversation with Ye" NOW or at 9:30 p.m. PT on https://t.co/xOyhGuiPMI. pic.twitter.com/FJUprhdX57— ABC News Live (@ABCNewsLive) September 23, 2022 'His brother said he'd kill him if he went back to the...
    Former Fox News political editor Chris Stirewalt told CNN a U.S. senator, whom he did not name, called for his termination from the network after he called Arizona for Joe Biden on election night in 2020. The call would change the coverage’s tone and would prove to be the end of Stirewalt’s tenure with Fox. He was let go on Jan. 19, 2021. Fox did not comment on his termination at the time, but a source claiming to be close to the network said the call of the tight race Arizona turned loyal viewers off. Stirewalt is now promoting a new book titled Broken News: Why the Media Rage Machine Divides America and How to Fight Back. He joined CNN Tonight Wednesday to discuss the book, his opinion on the state of the media, and the aftermath of the Arizona call. Stirewalt told host Laura Coates he has never claimed he was fired over being part of the network’s decision desk, which decided to call Arizona. Stirewalt said: I never said that’s why they fired me. A lot of people said that’s...
    Political pundits agree Democrats had a great night at the polls on Tuesday, but the real experts – not the TV pundits or social media influencers, but actual experts who study the numbers and the history down to the smallest details, are saying Democrats had a great night. Here’s why. The Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade is nothing to celebrate. Women will die as a result. Many unwanted children will be born as a result. Families will grow poorer as a result. Women’s careers will suffer as a result. And many women have lost and will continue to lose the right to bodily autonomy. But the Supreme Court turning a woman’s right to choose into a political issue has fired up women, and Democratic voters, and those who are deciding they can no longer vote for Republicans after the GOP’s 50-year push to take away the constitutional right to abortion succeeded. As in any election, it’s always about enthusiasm. Many are pointing to New York’s 19th congressional district (NY-19), the former district of Democrat Antonio Delgado, who resigned to...
    The argument at an expensive Moscow restaurant in May 2014 had become so heated that staff had no option but to call the local police. Diners at the well-heeled establishment had been disturbed by a very unlikely squabble. A famous TV personality, whose career spanned two decades, was shouting across a table with such rage that his colleagues had to hold him back. The irate celebrity in question, 36-year-old Ukrainian comedian-turned-actor Volodymyr Zelensky, was the star of a satirical comedy troupe that specialised in mocking both Russian and Ukrainian politics and society. His adversary was his erstwhile Russian friend and co-star, Aleksey Chadov. Their feud was political rather than professional, sparked in the febrile aftermath of Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea. But what was most surprising was that the war of words had been instigated by Zelensky. Visiting Moscow to film a sequel to his romantic comedy Eight First Dates, the star had always been careful never to be overtly partisan – let alone nationalist – and wisely used his satire to poke fun at both sides of the political...
    Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) has vowed to take legal action against what she described as “false and disgusting” claims she previously worked as an escort and underwent two abortions. On Tuesday, the American Muckrackers PAC issued a shocking and salacious press release claiming that Boebert worked as “an unlicensed, paid escort and met clients through SugarDaddyMeet.com.” Among other wild claims, the press release added that Boebert worked as a client for a wealthy member of the Koch family who introduced her to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), leading to the launch of her political career. Worse still, the PAC even claimed that the pro-life Boebert obtained two abortions, the first when she was 18 in 2004 or 2005 and the second in 2009. The PAC said the report was based on “an exhaustive investigation and a tip from a verified source close to this matter who has requested anonymity for fear of reprisals.” Boebert told Fox News the claims were “false and disgusting accusations.” She said: Partisan organizations putting out blatantly false and disgusting accusations won’t stop me from advancing freedom and conservative...
    Legendary comedian George Carlin passed away in 2008, but as you can watch firsthand in HBO Max's new two-part documentary series, "George Carlin's American Dream," his material on issues ranging from racism to gun violence to abortion resonate more today than ever. I spoke to the co-director of the film, Judd Apatow, a comedy legend in his own right, on "Salon Talks" about his connection to Carlin and the making of the film. For starters, the title of the film is a line from Carlin's material that could've been written today: "The owners of this country known the truth that it's called the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it." For Apatow, that line resonated because we are watching an effort by today's Republican Party to move our country backwards. Apatow and his co-director Michael Bonfiglio made an inspired choice with the film to include long chunks of Carlin's material — as opposed to cutting it down to simply a setup and a punchline. That allows you to enjoy Carlin's material in full comedian glory....
    Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images. The 94th Annual Academy Awards featured three women sharing hosting duties, all of whom have proven they are capable of being wildly, hilariously funny, but somehow between the three of them (not to mention whatever support they had from the writing staff), they couldn’t manage to come up with a decent political joke. Hollywood leans to the left — that’s beyond cliché, it’s pretty much an established fact at this point — so it’s completely unsurprising for the Oscars to make fun of conservatives. Unfortunately for Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes, and Regina Hall (and the viewing audience at home), they forgot to be funny when they were making fun of their political foes. The roughly six-minute opening set started off with an energetic introduction by DJ Khaled, and a decent quip from Schumer: “This year, the Academy hired three women to host because it’s cheaper than hiring one man.” When the trio tried to take political swipes at the right, however, the humor went flat. “This year we saw a frightening display of how...
    GOP establishment consultant Karl Rove had prior knowledge of contents of a now-public filing that Sheena Greitens, the ex-wife of former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, filed in a dispute over the parenting structure for their two boys, a top confidante of GOP mega-donors told Breitbart News exclusively. Rove, in response, issued a statement to Breitbart News denying the donor confidante’s account of events. In addition, a top ally of Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell employs Sheena Greitens’s sister at three different political consulting firms. Rove, who was once the right-hand political consultant of former President George W. Bush and is now close with many top GOP donors, told a top confidante of GOP donors nearly two weeks before Sheena Greitens filed her complaint with a state court in Missouri that something like it was forthcoming, per that donor-connected Republican who spoke on the record with Breitbart News. In response, Rove denied making comments this person said he made. This revelation gained additional significance because Sheena Greitens released a press statement on Tuesday evening which said, in part, that she did...
    Rep. Elise Stefanik, the House Republican Conference chairwoman, told reporters Tuesday that the Republican National Committee had “every right” to censure fellow Republican Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger for their work on the House committee investigating the events surrounding the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol complex. "The RNC has every right to take any action,” Stefanik, who replaced Cheney as the No. 3 House Republican after her Wyoming colleague staunchly criticized former President Donald Trump’s unfounded claims of a stolen election and his actions leading up to the riot, said. HOUSE PASSES BILL BANNING MANDATORY ARBITRATION IN SEXUAL HARASSMENT CASES “The position that I have is that you’re ultimately held accountable to voters in your district," Stefanik continued. Stefanik’s position is at odds with many Republican senators, who criticized the RNC for taking aim at its members in a move they said could shrink the party by broadening divisions. Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Mitt Romney of Utah told Politico they reached out to the RNC directly. Romney said...
    Former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump says he'll treat Jan. 6 rioters 'fairly' if reelected: 'If it requires pardons, we will give them pardons' North Korea fires suspected ballistic missile in 7th test this month Overturning Roe isn't only about red states or abortion MORE on Saturday warned of "the biggest protest we have ever had" in the United States if prosecutors “do anything illegal” in their investigations into him and his business.  Speaking at a rally in Conroe, Texas on Saturday, Trump spoke about the local and federal probes targeting his businesses and political activities, including lawmakers investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol.  "If these radical, vicious racist prosecutors do anything wrong or illegal I hope we are going to have in this country the biggest protest we have ever had ... in Washington DC, in New York, in Atlanta and elsewhere because our country and our elections are corrupt,” Trump told the crowd of his supporters.  Trump accused New York Attorney General Letitia James of launching a political attack against him. James claimed in a court filing last week that her office...
    (CNN)An LGBTQ rights activist who was murdered in St. Petersburg had received death threats and was named on a website urging vigilante violence, campaigners have said.Yelena Grigoryeva was confirmed dead by friends and fellow activists, who paid tribute to her on Tuesday.Russia's Investigative Committee, a state body that handles major crimes, reported that a woman born in 1979 was found dead in with multiple knife wounds on Sunday evening. Grigoryeva was a prominent campaigner on many issues, including LGBTQ rights and freedom for political prisoners. Homosexuality was decriminalized in Russia in 1993, but homophobia and discrimination are still common.Read MoreGrigoryeva also protested against Russia's backing of the conflict in eastern Ukraine and its annexation of Crimea, Olga Smirnova, a friend and fellow activist, told CNN.Campaigners told CNN that Grigoryeva had received numerous death threats.Deaths and detentions in new wave of persecution in Chechnya, say LGBT activistsA spokeswoman for the Russian LGBT Network told CNN that Grigoryeva's name was included on a Russian website that identified LGBT activists and called for vigilante action against them. "We don't know who is behind...
    Fox News contributor Mollie Hemingway, author of the new book "Rigged," sat down with "Fox & Friends" Wednesday, to discuss how Big Tech swung the 2020 election for the Democrats. Hemingway emphasized that the 2020 election was unlike any other U.S. presidential contest. MOLLIE HEMINGWAY: WHAT HAPPENED DURING THE 2020 ELECTION MUST BE INVESTIGATED AND DISCUSSED MOLLIE HEMINGWAY: This election was unlike any election we’d ever had. People already knew that the media environment was corrupt. They suppressed that Hunter Biden story, which was explosive. They elevated fake news, they knew that Big Tech had manipulated, they did not want to have any information out that helped their political opponents or hurt their political allies and so they censored information and they de-platformed people. They also changed a lot of our election laws. Sometimes they did that legally and constitutionally, sometimes they didn’t and Mark Zuckerberg, one of the world’s wealthiest individuals, funded the private takeover of government election offices, and that enabled a bunch of left-wing activists to come into government election offices and actually handle many things, from...
    Tucker Carlson touted the writings of Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, in an interview with Andrew Yang. Carlson sat down with Yang, who left the Democratic party and is forming a third party, for his daytime show Tucker Carlson Today. He aired part of the interview on his primetime show Wednesday night. Yang lamented how political polarization “is getting worse and worse.” “I am starting a new popular, inclusive movement that’s going to welcome independents, Democrats, and Republicans alike to include real electoral reform and solutions that are going to give rise, hopefully, to a middle ground in American politics and a greater diversity of points of view,” he continued. He said the political “duopoly” is not working for Americans. Carlson then brought up the Unabomber: Ted Kaczynski, I have to say, has written very convincingly on this. The Unabomber. Bad person, but a smart analysis, I think, of the way systems work. “His argument is that large organizations order time morph into purely self-preservation projects. A big system in the end protects itself and that’s kind of all it does,”...
    On Friday’s broadcast of the Fox Business Network’s “Kudlow,” Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) argued President Joe Biden should have been the one who announced that the August 29 drone strike killed civilians and not any ISIS-K members because the mistaken strike was the result of political decisions, and “you don’t take your army out before you get everybody else out, or we wouldn’t have gotten anybody killed. It would have come out a lot better if we’d have done it the right way.” Tuberville said, “You can’t run a military without surveillance. You’ve got to have intel. on the ground. They’ve got to be there 24 hours a day. And it’s just unfortunate, you know, this is another chapter in the book of how not to retreat from a terrorist country, and running a skeleton crew and then making a guess, and this was obviously a guess that there was a bomb in this car, or this house, whatever they bombed. You’ve got to feel for the people, and you’ve got to feel for Gen. McKenzie having to get on and...
    A three-star general in the Afghan Army has blamed Donald Trump, Joe Biden and his own former president for his country's rapid fall to the Talivan. Sami Sadat said Trump's peace agreement with the Taliban in February 2020 essentially set the doomsday clock in motion.  Biden's tone and disrespect towards the Afghan army showed a 'growing sense of abandonment by our American partners', Sadat said.  And he blasted former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani for addressing his people and saying he was going to save them, and then fled 48 hours later.  'I never even had a chance,' Sadat said in a New York Times op-ed, claiming the political leaders' decisions meant that the Afghan army 'lost its will to fight.'  'There is an enormous sense of betrayal here. Mr. Ghani’s hasty escape ended efforts to negotiate an interim agreement for a transition period with the Taliban that would have enabled us to hold the city (of Kabul) and help manage evacuations.  'Instead, chaos ensued — resulting in the desperate scenes witnessed at the Kabul airport. 'It was in response to those...
    The Governor resigned on Tuesday, a week after being labeled a serial sexual harasser by Attorney General Letitia James. He is pictured afterwards  Andrew Cuomo was only brought down because of the number of enemies he'd made politically over the years, and not because of the Attorney General's sexual harassment report, insiders in Albany have claimed.  The Governor resigned on Tuesday, a week after being labeled a serial sexual harasser by Attorney General Letitia James.  She said that he'd sexually harassed 11 women and created a 'toxic work place'.  Some of the allegations are that he physically assaulted women, including an aide who says he stuck his hand up her blouse in November 2020.  Others are based on public comments he made, like telling the doctor who gave him his COVID test that she made the PPE gown 'look good' - something he did in the glare of the world's media, when millions were tuning into his press conferences every day. He maintains that he didn't touch anyone and that the public comments were 'jokes' which do not amount...
    In the first episode of "Cancelled," Tana Mongeau said that she stopped hanging with Vlog Squad member Corinna Kopf over political views. Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images, Photo by Greg Doherty/WireImage Tana Mongeau said she stopped hanging with Corinna Kopf after a conversation over political views. Kopf has previously denied supporting Trump. Mongeau has said she supported the Democratic party and President Joe Biden.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. In the debut episode of Tana Mongeau's new podcast "Cancelled," released on Monday, the 23-year-old social media star said that she split ways with Vlog Squad member Corinna Kopf over a difference in political views. "She had a scandal for liking Trump, I was trying to help her get out of it and she was like, 'So what about my political views?'" Mongeau said. "So I was like, 'Hm, maybe we shouldn't kick it as much.'" Kopf, a YouTuber and Instagram influencer who rose to fame as a member of David Dobrik's Vlog Squad, has been criticized for not taking clear stances on political issues and recently...
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    The Spanish word for "Murderer" covers a mural of Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega, as part of anti-government protests demanding his resignation in Managua, Nicaragua. Esteban Felix/AP Nicaraguan police over the weekend arrested six politicians who oppose President Daniel Ortega. Ortega's government has detained 13 of his opponents as of June. "This interview may be the last one I give," said dissenter Hugo Torres before his arrest on Sunday. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguan police have arrested another opposition politician, bringing to six the number detained over the weekend. Five were arrested on Sunday, the biggest one-day roundup so far in President Daniel Ortega's campaign to jail anyone who might challenge his rule. The last arrest, which came late Sunday, was that of Victor Hugo Tinoco, the leader of the political movement Unamos. Another leader of that party, Suyen Barahona, was arrested earlier in the day. On Sunday, police also arrested prominent ex-Sandinista dissidents Dora María Téllez and Hugo Torres and, another opposition leader, Ana Margarita Vijil. Arrested Saturday was Unamos activist Tamara Dávila....
    BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey told WBZ-TV political analyst Jon Keller that the C. Carlos Carreiro Immigration Detention Center in North Dartmouth, which will no longer be used to detain immigrants, committed “serious civil rights violations”. Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson was furious over the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to end the county’s ICE contract to detain immigrants, calling it a “political hit job”. READ MORE: Coast Guard Finds Body Of Missing Woman Who Fell Into Water In Scituate After Boat Capsized The detention center in Dartmouth has been accused of overcrowding and inhumane conditions. It was also the subject of a scathing report by Healey. Keller asked her to respond to claims from Hodgson that she should “be ashamed of herself for weaponizing [her office] to try to advance [herself] to run for governor.” “I think he should be ashamed of himself for trying to make this a political issue,” said Healey. “A year ago, there was a report of a very serious incident at the Bristol County Jail, at the detention facility that housed...
    The Democrat who negotiated the bipartisan bill creating a commission to investigate the Capitol attack of Jan. 6 suggested Wednesday that GOP leaders had endorsed the legislation, only to backtrack later for political reasons. Rep. Bennie ThompsonBennie Gordon ThompsonHillicon Valley: Democrats urge Facebook to abandon 'Instagram for kids' plan | 'Homework gap' likely to persist after pandemic Legislation to secure critical systems against cyberattacks moves forward in the House GOP splits open over Jan. 6 commission vote MORE (D-Miss.), chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, spent months in fragile negotiations with Rep. John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoProblem Solvers Caucus backs Jan. 6 commission Hillicon Valley: Democrats urge Facebook to abandon 'Instagram for kids' plan | 'Homework gap' likely to persist after pandemic Legislation to secure critical systems against cyberattacks moves forward in the House MORE (N.Y.), the panel's senior Republican, to seal a deal on the proposal, which would create an outside panel, modeled on the 9/11 Commission, to examine the violent rampage of Jan. 6. Finalized Friday, the bill is set to hit the floor Wednesday evening. Thompson said Republican...
    The Court of Accounts, in its examination of the accounting of the parties in the general campaign of November 2019, has uncovered almost one million euros of expenses that were not considered electoral or that directly should not have been done. This is how it is collected in the report on the elections of 10N which was approved last week by the institution chaired by María José de la Fuente and which has just been referred to the Cortes. In its content, to which Europa Press has had access, it is noted that for that electoral campaign the political formations declared resources for a total of 48.99 million euros, of which 21.52 million came from bank loans, 13.56 million advances of public subsidies, another 13.86 million contributions from the parties and only 38,300.50 euros came from private contributions. Of course, the Court of Auditors only considers as justified electoral expenses a total of 48.93 million euros, of which 23.62 million correspond to ordinary electoral operations and the other 25.31 million to the sending of electoral propaganda. In contrast, expenses...
    Conservative Political Action Conference organizers have canceled the rapper Young Pharoah's appearance on Sunday after learning he held anti-Semitic views.  'We have just learned that someone we invited to CPAC has expressed reprehensible views that have no home with our conference or our organization,' CPAC's Twitterfeed said. 'The individual will not be participating at our conference.' Young Pharoah was to appear Sunday afternoon in a panel discussion at the Orlando-based conference, which has a theme this year of 'America Uncanceled.'    An hour later, former President Donald Trump was expected to make what's being billed as his political comeback speech.     Earlier Monday, the left-leaning Media Matter for America published some of Young Pharoah's anti-Semitic screeds, including that Judaism is a 'complete lie' and 'made up for political gain,' and 'all the censorship & pedophilia on social media is being done by Israeli Jews.'  Rapper Young Pharoah was to appear at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Sunday, an hour before President Donald Trump gives what is being billed as his political comeback speech CPAC organizers announced on Twitter that 'someone...
    Hong Kong (CNN)The Chinese government has denied it obstructed Taiwan's coronavirus vaccine purchase from BioNTech, after the island's health minister revealed that its deal with the German drugmaker fell through at the last minute due to possible "political pressure."Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesperson for China's Taiwan Affairs Office, said Thursday it was "purely fabrication" that Beijing had intervened in BioNTech's vaccine sale to Taiwan, state news agency Xinhua reported.A day earlier, Taiwanese health minister Chen Shih-chung said in a radio interview that Taiwan and BioNTech were about to sign a deal for 5 million vaccine doses in December, when the company suddenly backed out."In the process of (discussing the deal) I had always worried that there would be external forces intervening," Chen said, without naming any country. "We believe there was political pressure," he said. "Back then we had already prepared our press release. But certain people don't want Taiwan to be too happy."The BioNTech vaccine, developed globally with US drugmaker Pfizer, in December became the first coronavirus vaccine to win approval from the World Health Organization for emergency use.Read MoreIn...
    President Donald Trump was working behind the scenes from Mar-a-Lago to try to undermine Rep. Liz Cheney within the Republican conference for she was overwhelmingly reelected to her leadership post – and amid his frustration at his Twitter ban has taken to penning insults for others.  Cheney faced an uproar after voting with Democrats and nine other Republicans to impeach Trump on a charge of 'incitement of insurrection' – but blew away predictions by GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz and others that there were enough votes to strip away her leadership post. Trump spent his time in office inveighing against 'RINOS' and Republicans who stood against him, and people close to him took the move against Cheney as a post-presidency test of Trump's strength in and control over the party. President Donald Trump and his allies viewed the effort to depose Liz Cheney as a test for the party. Trump is reportedly chaffing at his Twitter ban, and has been penning insults that others can use online One House member who led the charge against Cheney and even flew to...
    GILROY — Driving down Highway 101 toward Los Angeles, it’s hard to miss the 10-mile stretch of road bearing the name “Sig Sanchez Freeway.” You wouldn’t know it from driving on it today, but that part of the freeway was both a death trap and a traffic nightmare until Sanchez, a fixture of the South County community and a political force, fought for 12 years to widen it. From driving up to Sacramento several times a month to lobby to gathering supporters in his community, Sanchez pulled every trick in the book to get the highway improved, and he succeeded. But it won’t take a big sign next to the freeway for area residents to remember who Sanchez was and what he represented. “Sig is the someone people wish the politicians of today would all be like,” said former Gilroy mayor and Sanchez’s self-described mentee, Don Gage. “They saw the way he operated, they saw the things he’d done, so I think they’ll remember him for that.” On Saturday, Sanchez died peacefully in his sleep just a few months after...
    Actor Sacha Baron Cohen gave a speech to the Anti-Defamation League. Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP Sacha Baron Cohen told IndieWire that he would rather be anonymous like Banksy.  The 49-year-old actor said that he only decided to return to comedy because he felt compelled to stop the rise of Trumpism. "I didn't feel that I could look myself in the mirror if Trump had won, and I hadn't done everything I could to play my part," he said.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Sacha Baron Cohen received the best reviews of his career for performances in "Borat 2" and "The Trial of the Chicago 7," but he told IndieWire that he is uncomfortable with all the new attention and only returned to the big screen because he felt compelled to stop the rise of Donald Trump. "I would far prefer to be anonymous, to be more of a Banksy type," he said. "But I didn't feel that I could look myself in the mirror if Trump had won, and I hadn't done everything I could to play my...
    When House Democrats present their case to senators about why they should vote to convict President Trump of the impeachment charge that he incited an insurrection in the Capitol, some say their case may be hampered by the presence of Rep. Eric Swalwell as an impeachment manager. After months of stating falsehoods about the election results, Trump assembled a mass of his supporters in Washington, D.C., and doubled down on his debunked claims. After a rally in which Trump lambasted the Congress that was certifying President-elect Joe Biden's win, a mob of his supporters marched across the city and stormed the Capitol. Hundreds of lawmakers were forced into hiding as the rioters overwhelmed the Capitol Police. Some chanted "Hang Mike Pence" as the vice president hid nearby. Multiple people died as a result, including one Capitol Police officer. A week later, Trump was impeached by the House, and Swalwell was given the heavy responsibility of being on the team to present the case against Trump to the Senate in his impeachment trial. The result -- although Trump will be out of office...
    Peter Kramer/Getty There is no question that, with just a week left in his one term, President Donald Trump is a political mess of his own making. A more striking development is that he might also be in a criminal mess of his own making, but time will tell. What remains clear is that Trump put himself in the position he is in. And perhaps his biggest mistake is choosing which old New York City pal to listen to. Had Donald Trump listened to Geraldo Rivera and not Rudy Giuliani in the days that followed election day, he would have avoided impeachment and the disgrace that will forever mar the last chapter of his wild time in the White House. That’s right. Had Trump only heeded Geraldo’s advice — which was, candidly, equal parts wise and banal — he’d be sitting in a political catbird seat. While Giuliani pushed Trump to wholeheartedly embrace a baseless and dangerous assault on the U.S. election, Geraldo consistently advised him to concede gracefully. Let’s imagine the scenario: Having conceded the election, Trump would continue...
    Sheldon Adelson was a cabdriver's son, born during the hardscrabble Depression era, who rose to be one of the Top 10 wealthiest people in the world. Along the way, the multibillionaire casino and hotel magnate used his vast fortune to support Republican candidates and conservative causes in the U.S., well earning his description as a political kingmaker. "Adelson had a massive impact on Republican Party politics the past two decades," former longtime Republican National Committee member Steve Duprey told Fox News on Tuesday morning, soon after news that the 87-year-old Adelson had died late Monday from complications from his battle against non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, which is a form of blood cancer. BILLIONAIRE CASINO MAGATE SHELDON ADELSON DEAD AT AGE 87 Longtime Senate Republican leader Sen. Mitch McConnell – who was close to Adelson – highlighted that "Sheldon built an incredible life and career. He climbed from sleeping on tenement floors during the Great Depression as a young boy to literally towering over Las Vegas and beyond. He created countless jobs in the process. And he poured his success into philanthropy — from...
    Transfers of power are a funny thing. Once a victor has been announced and the dust settles on the hard-fought contest, most people return to their daily lives. But there are some on the losing side who have to worry about their careers, their livelihoods, and—in some cases in the ancient world—their lives. Power struggles bring out the worst in us, and some have to worry about retaliation from a vengeful and out-of-control head of state. In such situations, tact, diplomacy, and olive branches are the tried-and-tested political strategies, but some circumstances demand financial lubrication. As new evidence from ancient Bulgaria suggests, for those on the political margins of the Roman empire, cold hard cash was the sometimes the only way forward. The discovery in question is a second-century Greek inscription from Nicopolis ad Istrum (modern Bulgaria). The heavy limestone slab that records the inscription was excavated in the early twentieth century. It was recently restored by archaeologists led by Kalin Chakarov of the Regional Museum of History in Veliko Tarnovo, and subsequently retranslated by Nicolay Sharankov, an assistant professor...
    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped back from royal life in 2020. AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth 2020 is likely to be a year remembered for record-breaking political engagement, social activism, and the coronavirus pandemic. It's easy to forget that events like the Oscars, the Grammys, and the Super Bowl went ahead as scheduled.  Major political moments like President Donald Trump's impeachment acquittal in the Senate and a tense State of the Union Address also happened this year. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. In 2020, a year dominated by the coronavirus pandemic and the presidential election, many of the year's biggest events have faded into the background. The Super Bowl, the Oscars, and the Grammys all happened before the country began quarantining and social distancing. Major political events happened at the beginning of the year, only to be overshadowed by the election. There has also been great tragedy: More than 200,000 Americans have died due to the coronavirus, deadly wildfires burned millions of acres on the West Coast, and we also said goodbye to icons, such as Ruth...
    Michigan Rep. Paul Mitchell quit the Republican party on Monday and will become an Independent in disgust over President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the election results. Mitchell, who voted for Trump in 2016 and in November, sent a letter to GOP leaders on Monday saying he’s withdrawing from the party over Trump’s election fraud claims and his inability to concede. 'It is unacceptable for political candidates to treat our election system as though we are a third- world nation and incite distrust of something so basic as the sanctity of our vote,' Mitchell wrote in his scalding letter to House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.   Speaking on CNN about the explosive move on Monday night he said, 'This party has to stand for democracy first.' Mitchell plans to retire from Congress at the end of his term next month.  Retiring Rep. Paul Mitchell of Michigan quit the Republican party on Monday and will become an Independent in disgust over President Donald Trump’s bid to overturn the election results. He said on...
    “I’ve had enough.” Outgoing Michigan Republican Congressman Paul Mitchell revealed on CNN Monday that he sent a letter to the head of the RNC and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy saying he’s leaving the GOP. Mitchell made it clear to Jake Tapper he voted for President Donald Trump and has mostly supported his administration, but seeing so many of his fellow Republicans willingly anchor themselves to an effort to overturn the will of the people as decided in the election was a breaking point. “This party has to stand up for democracy first, for our Constitution first, and not political considerations,” Mitchell said. “Not simply for raw political power and what I feel is going to go on and I’ve had enough.” Mitchell — who’s changing his political affiliation to independent — said he thinks “the extremes of both parties are dragging their parties and this country off a cliff.” “The majority of Americans are in the middle. The majority of Americans want solutions to problems, want us to address them and not see who can have a political win. Not...
    The Rev. Raphael Warnock, whose Senate runoff race in Georgia will help decide which party controls Congress’ upper chamber next year, is again facing criticism over controversial past comments. In a resurfaced video of a speech he made shortly after the death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro in 2016, he compared political prisoners in Cuba to Black Americans who are unfairly treated under the U.S. criminal justice system. “If some people get slapped on the hand for the same crime, and others go to federal prison, then we too have our own political prisoners,” he said. In this Nov. 15, file photo Raphael Warnock, a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, speaks during a campaign rally in Marietta, Ga. Warnock and U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler are in a runoff election for the Senate seat. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File) LOEFFLER AD BLITZ TARGETS WARNOCK'S ALLEGED PAST DISMISSALS OF CRITIQUES ON SOCIALISM He said Americans could be considered political prisoners if “politics of race and class” factored more heavily into their incarceration than the crime they committed. And he added...
    ATLANTA — Georgia Senate Democrat candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock said two days after Fidel Castro died in 2016 the Cuban Communist dictator had a “complex” legacy. Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) criticized Warnock during a debate on Sunday for working as an assistant pastor at Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York in 1995 when Castro gave a speech there. Castro was hosted after an appearance at the United Nations and received a warm welcome at the gathering, including “rhythmic chants” of “Fidel! Fidel! Fidel!” During a debate between Loeffler and Warnock on Sunday, Warnock denied ever meeting the Cuban dictator. “I’ve never met him. I didn’t invite him. He has nothing to do with me,” Warnock said. While Warnock may not have met Castro during the Communist leader’s visit to his church in 1995, he did admit that Castro did have a “complex” legacy. Warnock delivered these remarks two days after Castro died on November 25, 2016, “We pray for the people of Cuba in this moment. We remember Fidel Castro, whose legacy is complex. Don’t let anyone tell you a...
    (CNN)This week marks the 155th anniversary of the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution that banned racial slavery. At the time this marked a new birth of American freedom, one that came at a such a high cost -- and remains so incomplete -- that many Americans tend to gloss over the contemporary challenges left in its wake. Peniel JosephThe end of 2020 also finds America at another crossroads in our tragic racial history. Three significant events have cast a particular spotlight on the gaps between the promise of American democracy and our unequal reality. The disparate impact of the Covid-19 pandemic continues to ravage Black and brown communities in the US. The resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement -- sparked by the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor -- continues to galvanize both global protest and drive a searing national conversation about systemic racism. Both of these factors helped to alter the political climate by paving the way for Joe Biden to be elected president after perhaps the most racially divisive presidential campaign...
    Facebook Christine Fang Christine Fang is an accused Chinese spy who developed a web of connections with politicians in the United States, including an unidentified Ohio mayor and a California congressman. Axios broke the story on Fang, alleging she was a honeypot – to use spy lingo – who had sexual and romantic relationships with two unnamed Midwestern mayors, including the one in Ohio. She also forged political connections to a host of local and national politicians, among them a U.S. congressman, according to Axios. The report has led to speculation in the Buckeye State over the Ohio mayor’s identity, but it hasn’t been revealed. That mayor was only one of Fang’s targets as she built up a political rolodex in a suspected “long gang” espionage operation. “She used political gatherings, civic society conferences, campaign rallies, and campus events to connect with elected officials and other prominent figures,” Axios reported. She drove around the Bay Area in a white Mercedes, cultivating political connections with her charismatic personality and positions in student organizations at a local college, according to...
    A prominent critic of Valdimir Putin has claimed that the Russian president was suffering from cancer and underwent surgery earlier this year.  Valery Solovei, who claims to have sources 'at the epicentre of decision making', suggested 68-year-old Putin had the operation in February. Another unnmaed source suggested the operation was on Putin's abdomen. It comes two weeks after Solovei first spoke out over the strongman leader's health, suggesting that he has Parkinson's.  Vladimir Putin had cancer surgery on his abdomen back in February, a prominent critic has claimed in the latest rumour about the Russian president's health Solovei, former head of PR at Moscow State Institute of International Relations, believes that Putin is planning on stepping down in January due to his health problems and is planning to name daughter Katerina Tikhonova as his successor.  Speaking about Putin's alleged ill-health, he said: ''One is of psycho-neurological nature, the other is a cancer problem. 'If anyone is interested in the exact diagnosis, I'm not a doctor, and I have no ethical right to reveal these problems. 'The second diagnosis is a...
    At the 2020 Grammy Awards, Billie Eilish won song of the year, record of the year, album of the year, and best new artist. Rachel Luna/FilmMagic/Getty Images 2020 is likely to be a year remembered for record-breaking political engagement, social activism, and the coronavirus pandemic. It's easy to forget that events like the Oscars, the Grammys, and the Super Bowl went ahead as scheduled.  Major political moments like President Donald Trump's impeachment acquittal in the Senate and a tense State of the Union Address also happened this year. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. In 2020, a year dominated by the coronavirus pandemic and the presidential election, many of the year's biggest events have faded into the background. The Super Bowl, the Oscars, and the Grammys all happened before the country began quarantining and social distancing. Major political events happened at the beginning of the year, only to be overshadowed by the election. There has also been great tragedy: More than 200,000 Americans have died due to the coronavirus, deadly wildfires burned millions of acres on the...
    The apps told California voters to vote yes on Proposition 22. And the voters listened. Uber and Lyft spent over $200 million on the ballot measure to keep their drivers classified as independent contractors, but their most effective bit of lobbying may actually have been just a few lines of code. In the weeks leading up to Election Day, the companies used their respective apps to bombard riders and drivers with messages urging them to vote for Prop 22, the ballot measure. Its victory will set a precedent for other states’ labor laws around gig work, as well as for how huge companies with an easy way to communicate to millions of voters can lobby against laws they don’t like. The outcome on Prop 22 was never certain, with polling in the run-up to the election showing the electorate sharply divided over whether Uber and Lyft should treat drivers like employees. Most notably, at least a quarter of voters said they were undecided just weeks before the vote, according to a UC Berkeley Institute of Studies poll. This...
    CNN host Don Lemon went off the rails during his show’s opening Thursday night, saying he’s had to cut his President Trump-supporting friends out of his life, comparing them to drug addicts who “have to hit rock bottom” and seek help. The news anchor told colleague Chris Cuomo that he’s purged his “non-sensical” friends who support the president — comments that later got him roasted on Twitter for being “hateful.” “I had to get rid of them, they’re too far gone,” Lemon said, noting that he grew up in the “red state” of Louisiana. “I think they have to hit rock bottom like an addict, right? “And they have to want to get help, they have to want to know the truth, they have to want to live in reality, they have to want to be responsible not only for other people’s lives but for their lives.” Lemon, 54, then said he didn’t know whether their friendship could ever be repaired given their conflicting political views. “I don’t know if after this I will ever be able to go back...
    CNN anchor Don Lemon caused a stir on Thursday evening when he talked about cutting ties with friends who support President Donald Trump, Fox News reported. Speaking with fellow CNN host Chris Cuomo, Lemon criticized the commander-in-chief for holding campaign rallies amid the coronavirus pandemic and said that his Trump-supporting friends still see nothing wrong with this. “They have every single talking point that they hear on state TV and that they hear from this president, they repeat it and they’re blinded by it,” he said. Lemon then explained to Cuomo why he had to “get rid of” some of his friends. “I had to get rid of them because they’re too far gone. I try and I try and I try, they say something really stupid and then I’ll show them the science and I’ll give them the information, and they still repeat those talking points.” Lemon then went on to compare Trump supporters to drug addicts, suggesting that those supportive of the president need to be left to “hit rock bottom” in order to realize how wrong they...
    Kevin Winter/Getty Images A total of 264 celebrities and public figures were excluded from a $250 million advertising contract — which aimed to “defeat despair and inspire hope” amid the coronavirus pandemic — for being too critical of President Donald Trump and his policies, according to a Washington Post report.  Trump political appointees reportedly judged which celebrities could be included in the public health campaign based on past political stances. A top Trump administration official claimed “partisan political interests” swayed who was included in the contract, and many celebrities did not make the cut due to their support of former President Barack Obama and of LGBTQ+ rights. Jennifer Lopez was reportedly excluded because she criticized the president’s immigration policies during her Super Bowl performance while the document noted that director Judd Apatow was nixed because he “believes Trump does not have the intellectual capacity to run as President.” The campaign took issue with Billie Eilish, describing her as “not a Trump Supporter” — citing her comments that Trump is “destroying our country and everything we care about.” George Lopez was flagged due...
    Former White House official Olivia Troye, who served on the coronavirus task force, was incensed on MSNBC Monday night over President Donald Trump’s campaign trying to use Dr. Anthony Fauci’s words to help boost the president’s reelection chances. Fauci himself has repeatedly objected to being used by the Trump campaign for political ads, especially with the ad taking him out of context on comments he made back in March praising the federal government mobilization on the pandemic. “I was the one that actually had to sometimes make the call … and say, ‘Dr. Fauci, you’re not going to be needed today," says ex-Covid Task Force official @OliviaTroye on the WH blocking Fauci. “I was disrespecting his time when he was already on his way to the White House." pic.twitter.com/ohqK3S7e4p — All In with Chris Hayes (@allinwithchris) October 13, 2020 Troye — who has been very outspoken with her concerns about how the administration has handled the coronavirus pandemic — told Chris Hayes she was “furious” upon seeing the ad, given how they have “publicly undermined Dr. Fauci repeatedly...
    Former Ohio State University quarterback Cardale Jones said Monday his presence at Vice President Mike Pence’s rally in Columbus should not be taken as a gesture of support for President Trump’s campaign. The ex-Buckeyes star posed for photos with Trump supporters at the event held at concrete contractor Nickolas Savko & Sons. In tweets after the event, Jones said he declined to be interviewed at the event because he was there to support a local business, not endorse a political candidate. TRUMP CAMPAIGN CANCELS OHIO, IOWA TV ADS AMID SWING STATE OPTIMISM “I was there to support a local business who hosted the event,” Jones said. “No political or social attachment. Just support for the business!!” Pence acknowledged the Ohio State University football team’s national championship win in 2015 during his remarks. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden made his own campaign stop in Toledo. Jones added that he wanted “peace, justice and equality for all” and acknowledged that politics "isn’t my forte.” “As I continue to EDUCATE myself on both candidates and policies, then I’ll vote for who I THINK...
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — With the nation racing to come to grips with centuries of racial sins, officials plan to remove the Capitol lawn statue of Stephen A. Douglas, whose forceful 19th century politics helped forge modern-day Illinois but who also profited from slavery. Just inside the Statehouse hangs another revered depiction of an Illinois legend — and longtime Douglas rival — who expressed white supremacist views: Abraham Lincoln. The immense painting in the governor’s second-floor office depicts a Sept. 18, 1858, debate between the two men that opened with these words from Lincoln, who was vying for Douglas’ Senate seat and was still two years away from running for president: “I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and Black races. … There is a physical difference between the white and Black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality.” When the Douglas statue is put in storage this fall, it will become...
    With an archive that goes back to 1880 and a reputation for publishing world-changing research, the journal Science is the apex predator of academic publishing. Getting an article past its gatekeepers and peer reviewers can make a researcher's career; the journal's news section is a model for high-level reporting on everything from quarks to viruses to blue whales to galactic clusters. Along with its competitors Cell and Nature, the journal represents not just new knowledge but also the cultural mores of the world it covers—innovation, integrity, accuracy, rectitude, fealty to data. Photograph: CAMERON DAVIDSON/AAAS So it’s surprising (but maybe not as much as you think) that Science’s newish editor-in-chief has focused a laser-like stream of neural energy at calling out the crummy pandemic policies of the Trump administration. H. Holden Thorp, a chemist and longtime university administrator, became editor-in-chief of Science and five other journals published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science last October, just two months before Covid-19 started spreading around the world. The hopes of a planet full of humans looking for treatments and vaccines turned...
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