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    \u201cMinutes ago, a bus of migrants sent from Texas arrived outside the Naval Observatory in Washington DC. We\u2019re told they\u2019re from Venezuela and Nicaragua. Men, women, children - even newborns. This is the second bus to arrive outside of the VP\u2019s residence this week. @NBCNews\u201d — Gary Grumbach (@Gary Grumbach) 1663413084 Concerning the initiative, DeSantis' communications director Taryn Fenske told Fox News Digital that "States like Massachusetts, New York, and California will better facilitate the care of these individuals who they have invited into our country by incentivizing illegal immigration through their designation as 'sanctuary states' and support for the Biden Administration's open border policies." Abbott likewise has endeavored to confront liberal states and cities with the fallout of the policies for which they have advocated. "The Biden-Harris Administration continues ignoring and denying the historic crisis at our southern border, which has endangered and overwhelmed Texas communities for almost two years," he said on September 15. He said of his decision to send illegals to the sanctuary city of Chicago, "To continue providing much-needed relief to our small, overrun...
    Brandon Bell/Getty Images A new poll published this week from the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas found that a majority of Texas voters support Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) busing migrants who have entered his state across the southern border to Democrat-controlled cities like New York, Chicago and Washington, DC. While critics have decried the move as a political stunt using human beings, often children, as props, 52 percent of voters in Texas support the policy – despite its hefty price tag. Republicans polled support the move with a whopping 80 percent approval, with some 62 percent of GOP voters offering their “strong support.” Sixty-two percent of Texas Democrats oppose the policy, while 22 percent support it. The poll also found Abbott leading his Democratic challenger, Beto O’Rourke, in November’s general election 45 to 40 percent. “The poll surveyed 1200 self-declared registered voters using the internet August 28-September 6 and has a margin of error of +/- 2.83%,” noted the University of Texas on methodology. Abbott’s move of busing migrants to “blue” parts of the country has set...
    When Theo Langason was asked to co-direct a production of “All American Boys,” a play based on the bestselling young-adult novel about the violent arrest of a Black teenager, he considered turning the job down.  “I read through it,” Langason said of the play, “and frankly it scared me. I knew it had the potential to be a really beautiful piece but I also knew it had the potential to be really challenging — and not in a fun way.”  Langason, whose decadelong career in Twin Cities theater has included acting in and directing several plays focused on race and racism, knew the emotional toll that this kind of work can have on everyone involved in the production. As a Black Minnesotan, he felt particularly wary about being involved in yet another play focusing on the more challenging side of the Black experience. And because the play was aimed at a younger audience, he felt an extra weight of responsibility settle on his shoulders. “I have been in a number of ‘race plays’ or ‘racial trauma plays’ or ‘racism plays,’...
    EAGNA, Minn. (WCCO) — A gloomy weekend makes for a perfect setting to watch a movie for a worthy cause. “We love to bring film and community together, and this was perfect” said Emagine Theaters general manger Tayler Prax. READ MORE: 'It’s Unacceptable': 9 Homicides In 10 Days Has Minneapolis On Pace To Break Record“It’s important for me to tell people about Ukraine. I’ve been trying to do that for 25 years and for the first time people are really anxious to learn,” said Jamie Hopkins, the executive director of the Eagan Community Foundation; they and Emagine Theaters teamed up to put on a three-day film fundraiser. Prax had been wanting to do something to support Ukraine. “What better way than to host a film festival. We already run the movie theatre. We already have the space so it just worked out really well,” Prax said. The project was spearheaded by Hopkins. The proceeds will benefit a variety of needs in Ukraine, including funding for filmmakers documenting the current war. “I want to make sure that opportunity exists today to...
    At least 20,000 port workers say they will no longer load or unload any Russian vessels or Russian cargo coming into or going out of all 29 ports up and down the West Coast.The International Longshore and Warehouse Union calls it an act of solidarity with the people of Ukraine.The decision comes amid the ongoing violent attacks on civilian targets by Russia.Even as Russia announced a ceasefire starting Monday morning and the opening of humanitarian corridors in several areas, its armed forces continued to pummel Ukrainian cities, with multiple rocket launchers hitting residential buildings.TAKE ACTION: Local and national support for people in UkraineThe limited ceasefire announcement came a day after hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian civilians attempting to flee to safety were forced to shelter from Russian shelling of cities in Ukraine's center, north and southOfficials from both sides planned a third round of talks Monday.For other ways to support Ukrainian refugees and the ongoing relief efforts, click here.The Associated Press contributed to this report
    DETROIT (AP) — Two programs that provide access to food in Detroit neighborhoods will share $900,000 from Rite Aid Healthy Futures. The funding is through Rite Aid Healthy Futures’ Strengthening Cities initiative that’s designed to reduce health disparities for children and youth in city neighborhoods. READ MORE: Michigan Matters: Film Incentives Making a Comeback?It’s also part of a larger two-year, $10 million commitment that focuses on Detroit and five other cities. The Detroit Black Community Food Security Network will receive $500,000 to expand programs that expose more children and youth to hands-on farming experiences to increase their knowledge of the food system, develop urban agricultural skills and instill a healthy sense of self-esteem through African-American cultural immersion. READ MORE: Michigan Reports 3,120 New COVID-19 Cases, 96 DeathsKeep Growing Detroit will receive $400,000 to support a program promoting health and engages youth and families in ways that develop positive relationships with healthy foods. “Racial inequities and health disparities across big cities and small towns in the U.S. continue to profoundly affect the lives and futures of tens of millions of Americans...
    Days before, the Ukrainian parliament cleared the way for citizens to carry arms and act in self-defense — and within hours, gun stores in the country were being cleared of product. What else?Not all Ukrainian citizens have resolved to take up arms, and understandably so. Russia's initial air assault campaign brought devastation to parts of the country and aroused a great deal of fear and panic. Highways were reportedly jammed up Thursday morning and afternoon as many sought to flee major population centers and head west. Russia claimed Thursday evening that it had destroyed at least 74 military installations, including 11 airfields. Russian troops reportedly captured an airport in Hostomel, just outside the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv. Ukraine also reported that enemy troops had seized control of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. But not everything was going the Kremlin's way. Russia's aggression came with a significant economic toll. Russian stocks plummeted at least 33% Thursday and the country's currency, the ruble, hit an all-time low against the U.S. dollar, CNN reported. The outlet noted the Moscow stock...
    When Sarah Siedschlag was diagnosed with breast cancer in October, she knew she had a lot of work to do. She spoke with her family, met with an oncologist, settled on a treatment plan and scheduled chemotherapy sessions.  But there was something else she knew needed to do. Within a week of her diagnosis, Siedschlag went online and filled out a “Get Support” form at Firefly Sisterhood, a Twin Cities-based nonprofit providing one-to-one emotional support for women impacted by a breast cancer diagnosis.   Article continues after advertisement Siedschlag, 45, had worked with oncologists in pharmaceutical sales for a decade, so she’d heard about Firefly Sisterhood from them. The type of breast cancer she was diagnosed with — HER2- positive — is relatively rare (about one in five cases of breast cancer), and she wanted to connect with another woman her age who’d lived through a similar diagnosis. For Siedschlag, who lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two teenage daughters, this type of support felt as essential as the rest of her cancer treatment.  “There was a specific gap that I...
    People living in the American heartland - populations outside of urban centers that rely heaving on manufacturing - have been abandoning Democrats in favor of Republicans in droves, according to a new report exposing a weakness in President Biden's party as the 2022 midterms loom.  ‘Democrats have been hemorrhaging millions of votes in small and midsized working class counties,’ the 82-page report claims. And those voters went straight to Trump in 2016 and 2020. Nearly 40 percent of GOP gains from 2012 to 2020 were in these areas alone.  Working-class towns where manufacturing jobs dominate the local economy are difficult to place in the usual electorate classifications that rely on geography. They are too far outside of urban centers to be considered suburbs, and are not rural farming communities.  After helping elect former President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 this voting block swung heavily toward Trump in 2016. ‘The hit we took in small and midsized manufacturing counties was the biggest reason Trump won the presidency in 2016 and almost did it again in 2020,’ the report’s summary reads....
                        The mayors of Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga, and Knoxville declined to say Monday whether they support public schools teaching Critical Race Theory (CRT). This, even though those four mayors — Jim Cooper, Jim Strickland, Tim Kelly, and Indya Kincannon — belong to the United States Conference of Mayors, which recently adopted a resolution supporting CRT in K-12 public schools. The Tennessee Star contacted the communications staff for all four mayors. A staff member for only one of them — Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly — replied to our request when we asked whether he supports CRT in public schools. “The City of Chattanooga is not involved in any way in K-12 school curriculum choices so we must defer to Hamilton County Schools,” said Kelly spokeswoman Mary Beth Ikard. The resolution, passed this month, says historical racism and racist systems have discriminated against people of color and “have created racial inequities in all facets of life in the United States.” The resolution said these racial inequities continue to the present day. The resolution...
    White House officials sent a memo to state and local officials on Monday urging them to use funds from President BidenJoe BidenEric Adams to meet with Biden on curbing gun violence: reports Democrats hit crunch time in Biden spending fight US troops in Syria come under 'indirect fire attack' MORE’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package in order to reduce crime and combat gun violence at a time when U.S. cities are seeing a spike in violent crime. The memo outlines how states and cities can take advantage of funds allocated through the rescue plan to support law enforcement, invest in community-based violence interventions, enforce gun laws and assist those who have been incarcerated reenter their communities. It builds on a strategy that Biden outlined last month. “The core of the President’s plan is a partnership with cities and states, equipping local leaders with historic levels of federal funding and a range of tools to address the multifaceted challenge of gun violence,” the July 12 memo written by senior White House officials Susan RiceSusan RiceVoting rights advocates eager for Biden to...
    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has donated $15 million to help US cities send their residents regular checks as they navigate the coronavirus pandemic. It’s the tech tycoon’s second gift to Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, a nationwide network of local leaders launched in June to support efforts to provide Americans with a basic income. Dorsey’s grant announced Tuesday will offer each city in the network up to $500,000 to put toward guaranteed income pilot programs, which have already been set up in cities such as Pittsburgh, St. Paul, Minnesota and Compton, California. The donation comes as officials across the country grapple with a lack of funds to support their cities and their citizens during a historic economic downturn sparked by COVID-19, according to Stockton, California mayor Michael Tubbs, who founded the guaranteed income network. “So many of our constituents were in food lines for Thanksgiving,” Tubbs said. “We have people calling our offices asking about how they’re going to pay for their water bill or their utilities or folks who are terrified about eviction moratoriums expiring.” “They’re all wondering,...
    More On: jack dorsey Twitter will now warn users if they try to like a ‘misleading’ tweet Jack Dorsey is finally starting to admit Twitter’s censorship problem Tweet-a-culpa: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admits Post lockout was ‘a mistake’ Ted Cruz trends on Twitter for ‘destroying’ tech CEO during hearing Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has donated $15 million to help US cities send their residents regular checks as they navigate the coronavirus pandemic. It’s the tech tycoon’s second gift to Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, a nationwide network of local leaders launched in June to support efforts to provide Americans with a basic income. Dorsey’s grant announced Tuesday will offer each city in the network up to $500,000 to put toward guaranteed income pilot programs, which have already been set up in cities such as Pittsburgh, St. Paul, Minnesota and Compton, California. The donation comes as officials across the country grapple with a lack of funds to support their cities and their citizens during a historic economic downturn sparked by COVID-19, according to Stockton, California mayor Michael Tubbs, who founded the...
    The Texas Army National Guard on Monday said that it would send up to 1,000 troops to five cities across the Lonestar State to support local authorities ahead of Election Day. The dispatch says the Guard will send "post election" support to local law enforcement in the event of any civil disturbance following the Nov. 3 election, the San Antonio Express-News reported. Retired Maj. Gen. James K. "Red" Brown, chief of staff to the Texas Army Guard's commander, said the Guard's presence would resemble the protections offered to cities following civil unrest after the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died in Minneapolis police custody earlier this year. The National Guard could dispatch troops to Austin, Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth, and San Antonio as soon as this weekend if needed, officials said. Cities such as Minneapolis and Kenosha, Wis., saw vast building and property damages this year in the wake of protests against racism and police brutality, prompting National Guard dispatches in some municipalities. "Right now we could go to 1,000 troops in support of civil disturbance operations," Jones said. "We're going...
    We heard his voice on Friday nights for more than 25 years as he hosted Classical MPR’s live broadcasts with the Minnesota Orchestra. He signed off in June 2019 and retired from MPR in May 2020. Courtesy of the Minnesota OrchestraBrian NewhouseIt seems retirement wasn’t his thing. Brian Newhouse has taken on a new role: associate vice president of individual giving for the orchestra he knows so well. Starting Nov. 2, you may hear his voice again, if you’re a donor. Maybe you’ll become a donor so you can hear his voice again. Newhouse also joined the orchestra on many of its tours abroad, leading broadcasts from London, Havana, Soweto, Amsterdam and Lahti, Finland. “For a joyful part of my life, I got the privilege of connecting the Orchestra’s magic to radio and digital audiences,” Newhouse said in a statement. “This new role is in many ways a natural next chapter.” Seen on Facebook: “Holy cow … I did not see that coming!” Newhouse will begin his new position next Monday, Nov. 2, the day before Election Day. Article continues...
    VIDEO3:4203:42American Airlines CEO: There is enormous bipartisan support for extension of payroll support programSquawk Alley American Airlines would be forced to discontinue service to additional U.S. markets in the absence of new coronavirus relief from Washington, CEO Doug Parker told CNBC on Thursday. The airline has already cut service to 13 cities through the month of November, Parker pointed out on "Squawk Alley," shortly after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., rejected the idea of a standalone aid package for airlines unless it was part of a broader stimulus measure. Parker said American and other major carriers are pushing back more flight cuts, holding out hope for extra government aid. "There will absolutely be discontinuation of service to small communities, and there will be much less service to larger communities" without more coronavirus relief, he stressed. Earlier this week, President Donald Trump halted broader relief talks, and then began pushing for smaller measures focused on airlines, small businesses and stimulus checks for individual Americans. On Thursday morning, before Pelosi's comments, the president claimed "some very productive talks" had resumed among stimulus negotiators. The first round of government...
    The anti-crime Operation Legend is “fully underway across the country” and has led to more than 2,000 arrests since its launch in early July, said U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio Justin Herdman. As of the end of August, he told “Fox & Friends” on Thursday, more than 470 people have been charged with federal crimes in major metropolitan cities, including nearly 150 people wanted for murder. MURDER CHARGE ANNOUNCED IN KILLING OF LEGEND TALIFERRO, 4, WHOSE DEATH SPARKED OPERATION LEGEND “We are not just arresting people for low-level warrants here,” Herdman said. “We’re talking about very violent fugitives, very violent criminals and we're getting them off the streets of these nine cities across the country.” First launched in Kansas City, Operation Legend expanded to Chicago and Albuquerque on July 22; to Cleveland, Detroit and Milwaukee on July 29; to St. Louis and Memphis on Aug. 6; and to Indianapolis on Aug. 14. Attorney General William Barr launched Operation Legend as “a sustained, systematic and coordinated law enforcement initiative in which federal law enforcement agencies work in conjunction with state and local law enforcement officials to fight violent crime,” the...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A San Francisco supervisor is pushing for the city to get behind the basic income movement that would make direct cash payments to residents.Matt Haney laid out his reasoning for his resolution in a series of Tweets. Today I am introducing a resolution to have San Francisco formally join the national movement in support of a guaranteed income.We would join a growing movement, led by over 25 cities, leaders like Mayor @MichaelDTubbs, in support of direct cash payments to residents.— Matt Haney (@MattHaneySF) September 1, 2020He cited a wide gap between top-income families and low-income families.Haney says whites have the highest median household income of $116,000 while the median household income for Blacks is $30,000.RELATED: California lawmaker, former Andrew Yang campaign co-chair, proposes statewide universal incomeMore than 25 cities including Oakland have committed to basic income.
    Otto Bremer Trust has given more than $2 million to 35 east-metro organizations as part of its latest round of grant-giving. The St. Paul-based holding company and private charitable trust announced Wednesday its disbursements, which totals $7.4 million to 132 organizations across the region. They are in addition to $9.1 million in grants and program-related investments it the made in May and June and more than $10.5 million it distributed in grants and loans to more than 300 organizations as part of the first phase of its emergency fund to help community organizations in response to COVID-19. The grant-making cycle comes as Otto Bremer Trust faces upheaval, with Minnesota Attorney Keith Ellison petitioning to remove and replace three trustees. The largest of Wednesday’s grants in the east metro were $200,000 to Roseville-based The Sheridan Story for a matching fundraising grant to provide food to children; $130,000 to St. Paul-based Prepare + Prosper to help increase the financial capability of low- and moderate-income individuals; and $120,000 to Ampersand Families, St. Paul, to support preserving family relationships for children in the foster...
    Fact check: George Washington didnt say firearms are next in importance to Constitution Burger King prints customers orders on face masks so diners can avoid mask mumbling American Airlines halting service to 15 small cities after federal aid runs out in October American is suspending service to 15 small U.S. cities in October after the terms of federal aid requiring the flights expires. American Airlines said last week it may have to suspend 30 routes. Airlines have pushed for additional federal aid but Congress has yet to reach a deal for a new pandemic relief package that would include another round of support to carriers. © Provided by CNBC A member of a ground crew walks past American Airlines planes parked at the gate during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, April 5, 2020. American Airlines said Thursday it plans to cut service to 15 small U.S. cities with low demand in October after the terms of federal aid requiring the flights expires. Load Error American and the other U.S. passenger...
    CNBC reported that American Airlines is preparing to phase out flights serving more than two dozen small and medium-sized cities due to the expiration of federal coronavirus aid, which placed restrictions on airlines not to cut back on service approaches. . The information was given by an airline executive. Carriers must maintain minimum levels of service until Sept. 30 after receiving a $ 25 billion federal aid package that also barred layoffs until the end of the third quarter. American received $ 5.8 billion in support under the program. The agreement was intended to preserve operability by providing assistance with payroll and air service throughout the country, although most of the planes flew with a fraction of normal passenger load. Regulators allowed airlines some exemptions on the service. The new cancellations for up to 30 destinations could be reflected in flight availability for the fall and starting next week, the American Airlines executive told CNBC. The person requested not to be identified because the changes have not yet been finalized. The executive did not say which cities could be...
    Ronald McDonald House near childrens hospital damaged during recent Chicago looting 6 national restaurant chains in deepest trouble amid COVID-19 include Outback Steakhouse, IHOP and Dennys American Airlines prepares to drop some service to smaller cities as expiration of federal aid nears Airlines are required to maintain minimum levels of service through Sept. 30 under a $25 billion federal aid package. The aid also prohibits airlines from laying off workers until Oct. 1. © Provided by CNBC American Airlines passenger planes crowd a runway where they are parked due to flight reductions to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Tulsa International Airport in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S. March 23, 2020. American Airlines is preparing to scrap flights serving two-dozen medium and small cities as the expiration of federal coronavirus aid that placed restrictions on carriers from cutting service approaches, according to an executive at the carrier. Load Error Airlines are required to maintain minimum levels of service through Sept. 30 under a $25 billion federal aid package that also prohibited layoffs through the end of the...
    EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., is introducing a resolution to express support for the nation’s law enforcement and reject efforts to defund the police.“Democrat mayors and governors are allowing anarchists to burn our cities to the ground,” Buck said in a statement to Fox News. “The least we can do is offer our nation’s law enforcement officers our sincerest thanks and appreciation for their sacrifice to serve our communities regardless of the political winds of the day. Defunding the police will only make our cities less safe.” A number of cities, such as Los Angeles and New York, have moved to divert massive amounts of money from law enforcement. Cities like Berkeley and San Francisco have moved to stop cops from conducting traffic stops. MINNEAPOLIS OFFICIALS APPEAR TO BACKPEDAL FROM ABOLISHING POLICE  Members of the Minneapolis City Council supported the idea of abolishing their city's police department after George Floyd's death in police custody, but a recent vote indicates that the city may not be in any rush to follow through with the plan. The Minneapolis Charter Commission voted earlier...
    OAKLAND, Calif. -- Two rallies to support protesters in Portland, Oregon are planned Saturday in the Bay Area, one in Palo Alto near Stanford University and the other in downtown Oakland.The rally in Palo Alto was set for 1 p.m. at Embarcadero and El Camino Real, according to the group Wall of Moms Bay Area.The second event will start at 7:30 p.m. at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza at 14th Street and Broadway in Oakland, according to organizers that include the Wall of Moms Bay Area, Refuse Fascism Bay Area and Vigil for Democracy.RELATED: Gov. Newsom, Mayor Schaaf reject Trump's offer to deploy federal officers in OaklandThe Wall of Moms group is encouraging participants are encouraged to wear yellow and bring sunflowers. All must wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19."Reject secret federal police in our cities, and celebrate our right to gather peacefully and protest," the moms' group Facebook page states.Portland has seen nearly two months of protests since the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.Federal officers were sent by President Donald Trump to protect...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — After George Floyd’s death, many galvanized to financially support and donate to Black-owned businesses. Here in Minnesota, one type of business did not have any all-Black owners — until now. WCCO’s Marielle Mohs introduces us to two women filling a void in the Twin Cities. “I feel strongly that now is the time to open it,” Dionne Sims said. Sims simply manifested her dream into a tweet on June 15, 2020, that reads “Minnesota doesn’t have a black-owned bookstore. I think that’s my new dream.” The tweet went viral and caught the attention of 22-year-old Somali-American, and Minnesotan, Muna Abdulahi, who felt called to help make this a dream of hers as well. “It was one of the most natural things. It just felt really right to be working with her on this,” Sims said. Their concept, Black Garnet Books, is already gaining a lot of support online. It will be the only Black-owned bookstore in the Twin Cities — selling only adult and young adult books written by black or racially diverse authors. “There are enough black and...
    Despite police crackdowns, curfews, boiling heat, rain, and fears of a global pandemic that continues to plague America, huge crowds of protesters swelled to their largest size yet on Saturday in some of the country's biggest cities. On the eleventh day of protests—sparked by the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police—thousands of demonstrators descended on Union Park in Chicago, downtown Philadelphia, Brooklyn, and Washington, D.C. for huge gatherings to protest police violence against black people. It provided a jarring contrast to footage of hundreds of police officers cheering outside a Buffalo, NY, courthouse on Saturday, in support of two colleagues who were charged with second-degree assault for shoving a 75-year-old protester to the ground. In New York City on Saturday, surfers at Rockaway Beach showed their support for demonstrators, while thousands marched over the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan. Extraordinary footage from Philadelphia showed tens of thousands of peaceful protesters flooding the city, as far as the eye could see, for the eighth consecutive day of protests. Some protesters came with portable speakers, blasting audio of...
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