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    Attorney George Conway reacted incredulously to Judge Aileen Cannon’s rejection of a Department of Justice request to allow investigators to continue reviewing documents seized at Donald Trump’s home last month. FBI agents executed a search warrant at the former president’s Mar-a-Lago estate, where they found thousands of government documents, including classified material. Trump’s attorneys have claimed some of the documents are privileged. They requested the appointment of a special master to review the documents instead of federal prosecutors – a request Cannon, whom Trump appointed in 2020, granted earlier this month. In her ruling today, she appointed Raymond Dearie as special master. The DOJ is expected to appeal to the 11th Circuit. Conway appeared on CNN Thursday even to offer his reaction. “I don’t know that it’s going to be a huge setback in long-term, but it’s going to delay them to some extent,” he stated. “I mean, this ruling is absolutely a disgrace. And I don’t think it’s going to take very much to overturn it. I mean, Bill Barr last week told the New York Times that the...
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas spoke out about the leaked draft opinion on abortion Friday, saying such a breach brings into question how long our country’s institutions will last “at the rate we’re undermining them.” Thomas, the longest-serving justice on the nation’s high court, was speaking at a conference for black conservatives in Dallas when he addressed the issue of the leak, saying “I do think that what happened at the court is tremendously bad.” “I wonder how long we’re going to have these institutions at the rate we’re undermining them, and then I wonder when they’re gone or destabilized what we will have as a country. And I don’t think the prospects are good if we continue to lose them,” he continued. The draft opinion, the authenticity of which was confirmed by Chief Justice John Roberts, was written by fellow Justice Samuel Alito. It was an explicit overturning of the infamous pro-abortion case Roe v. Wade as well as Planned Parenthood v. Casey — sending the issue of abortion back to state legislatures. In confirming its authenticity, Roberts...
    Justice Clarence Thomas on Friday compared the leak of fellow Justice's Samuel Alito's draft opinion regarding Roe v Wade to 'infidelity.' Thomas, 73, said that the leak would weaken the public's trust in the Supreme Court as an institution.  He told host John Yoo that the leak from the Supreme Court was 'tremendously bad.'  Thomas pondered: 'I wonder how long we’re going to have these institutions at the rate we’re undermining them and then I wonder when they’re gone or destabilized what we will have as a country and I don’t think the prospects are good if we continue to lose them.'   He continued: 'When you lose that trust, especially in the institution that I'm in, it changes the institution fundamentally. You begin to look over your shoulder. It's like kind of an infidelity – that you can explain it but you can't undo it,' reports Politico.  Thomas was speaking at the Old Parkland Conference, a meeting of black conservatives, in Dallas where he was Friday's keynote speaker. Following his speech, Thomas sat for a questions and answers session with John Yoo...
    It might sound like something out of Blade Runner. But science is edging closer towards allowing blind people to see again — without using their eyes. Researchers are developing a pair of high-tech glasses with a built-in camera that ping images wirelessly to the brain. The gadget bypasses nerves between the eyes and the brain, which become damaged in most cases of blindness. A team of Dutch experts are trialling it in Eindhoven, which has been described as 'the place to be' when it comes to blindness research. Similar technology has been backed by legendary American musician Stevie Wonder who lost his sight as a baby. A number of experimental therapies and gadgets for incurable blindness have emerged over the past decade amid medical advances. Among those currently in the works are bionic eyes being trialled in the US and UK, and a trial using gene-editing tool CRISPR to cure genetic blindness.      This graphic representation gives an idea of how the glasses would work in practice  Stevie Wonder, now 71-years-old, who made such hits as 'Superstition' and 'Isn't She Lovely' became...
    By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — How’s your week going? It’s got to be better than Jon Gruden’s. In a span of about 72 hours, Gruden went from being the head coach of a promising 3-1 Raiders team to being unemployed, out of football with little hope of ever getting back in — all because of emails sent 10 years ago. To be clear, Gruden is rightfully paying the price for broadcasting thoughts and feelings that can’t be tolerated in the NFL — or in any workplace, for that matter. So there’s no real sympathy for the man in that regard. But merely in the sense of getting absolutely blindsided, there’s no way Gruden could have seen this coming. And while, again, Gruden deserves to pay a price for his reprehensible words, there is a much larger story at play here. These emails surfaced because of the NFL’s investigation into alleged workplace misconduct within the Washington Football Team — formerly the Washington Redskins — organization. With more than 40 former female employees of the organization alleging sexual harassment, the...
    On Friday’s broadcast of the Fox Business Network’s “Varney & Co.,” Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) said that given the “disaster in Afghanistan,” and President Joe Biden’s previous statements that he didn’t support a vaccine mandate, the timing of his vaccine mandate makes one wonder if the mandates are designed to change the subject from Afghanistan. Ricketts said, [relevant remarks begin around 1:00] “Well, you certainly have to wonder about the timing of this, especially after President Biden, last December, said he did not believe that we should be mandating vaccines. And now, with the disaster in Afghanistan, just how poorly that whole thing was handled, you have to wonder if that’s what the White House was thinking. Because, again, this really is not in line with what we’re trying to do with regard to bringing people along to get the vaccines.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
    The pandemonium playing out in Afghanistan is giving at least one Trump supporter some ideas.   Some fans of the former president still believe he rightly won the 2020 election and will be reinstated, and at least one is threatening a Taliban-style coup if President Biden and Congress 'don't get their heads out of their butt.'  'I don't think there's going to be a 2024 election until we get the 2020 results,' Stephen Palmer, donning a graying beard, a vest with patchwork and a camouflage hat with an American flag on it, said outside of an 'America First' rally hosted in Des Moines, Iowa by Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Ga., and Matt Gaetz, Fla. on Thursday 'There's no way at this point to overturn the 2020 election, right?' CNN's Donie O'Sullivan asked the Trump super-fan.   'There's always a way,' Palmer replied, referencing the Arizona election audit.  Results from the highly criticized election audit were due Monday, but two members of the five-person audit team were 'quite sick' after testing positive for Covid-19.  'There's millions of guns here. You know, it took...
    CNN correspondent Jim Acosta said Friday on “The Situation Room” that if former President Donald Trump does political rallies this summer, “you have to wonder” if there will be riots like January 6 at the U.S. Capitol. Anchor Wolf Blitzer said, “How incredible is it to see some of these Republicans actually going along with all these conspiracies?” Acosta said, “They’re living in a different world. They’re in the Q-niverse, I guess you could call it. It’s important to note at the beginning of January 6, some of these same Republicans were blaming it on Antifa. Now they’re blaming it on members of the FBI. You have to wonder who’s next?” Referencing a video of the Capitol riot, Acosta said, “This is disturbing, Wolf. Donald Trump is going to get back out on the campaign trail, stoking these same kinds of passions we saw on January 6. You have to wonder whether or not it’s going to lead to scenes like this.” He continued, “Remember what happened on January 6th? He gave this speech. He riled up this crowd and sent...
    More On: the masters How an American helped Hideki Matsuyama become historic Masters champion Japanese golfer makes history with Masters win Golfer goes barefoot again, slams clubs in Masters fiasco Tom Brady calls Masters contender during rain delay AUGUSTA, Ga. — This Masters had all the makings of a magical week for Jon Rahm. The 26-year-old Spaniard arrived to Augusta National as a first-time father, his wife Kelley giving birth to their son, Kepa, last week. He played well enough to remain on the cusp of contention to win his first green jacket, but Rahm could never put it all together. He closed on Sunday with the low round of the day, a 6-under-par 66, and looked for a little while like he might post a number that would draw the attention of eventual winner Hideki Matsuyama — if he could get to 8-under. In the end, though, Rahm would finish 6-under and in the top 5, which wasn’t of much consolation to him. “It’s almost like a shoulda, coulda, woulda, right?’’ Rahm said. “Each day, I’ve played better...
    Q: Twice we have lost out on purchasing a home due to a 10% overbid. Even crazier, these properties were already overpriced when they came on the market. Is the buyer or buyer’s agent orchestrating this ridiculous overbidding? Our buyer’s agent said she would not engage in such reckless homebuying representation. Granted, it is commendable to have a buyer’s agent who looks out for our best interest. But soon this ludicrous process of obscene overbidding in neighborhoods with excellent schools will price us out.  Of course, we can buy similar homes in equally appealing neighborhoods in other cities for 60% or 70% of these prices. We could place our children in private schools in these less expensive towns. By avoiding the bidding frenzy for excellent public schools, we’ll save money over time, but it also means driving to and from private schools.  Are we just unlucky to twice go up against 10% overbidding? Is this likely to happen to us a third time? And is the buyer or the buyer’s agent structuring this high-stakes overbidding? A: It is often...
    Mayoral candidate and former de Blasio legal counsel Maya Wiley took a series of sharp shots at her ex-boss during an event Thursday to launch her 2021 campaign. “When I am mayor you will never have to wonder who is in charge,” the 56-year-old civil rights lawyer said at the campaign announcement in front of the Brooklyn Museum. “You will never have to question whether anyone is listening, whether the mayor even wants the job. You will never have to ask yourself whether you matter. “You’ll never have to wonder whether I’m in Iowa,” she quipped, drawing laughter from the crowd at the allusion to de Blasio’s failed 2020 presidential run when he was stuck in the Hawkeye State during a Big Apple blackout in July 2019. She took the shots in front of her senior adviser Jon Paul Lupo, who ran de Blasio’s short-lived presidential bid. Other one-time de Blasio backers including City Hall communications staffer Alison Hirsh and pal Patrick Gaspard are also involved in Wiley’s 2021 effort. Her reference to “whether the mayor even wants the job”...
    Sir Jeremy Farrar said today the US President's enthusiasm about hydroxychloroquine had held back global efforts to find Covid-19 treatments Donald Trump's endorsement of hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus wonder drug has slowed down global efforts to beat the disease, a UK Government scientist suggested today. Sir Jeremy Farrar implied the US President's enthusiasm about the anti-malaria drug — which has since been proven not to have any effect on Covid-19 patients — 'delayed and slowed down our progress in developing treatments'. Trump first touted hydroxychloroquine in April, saying there were 'very strong signs' it could treat the viral disease based on limited anecdotal reports from US doctors and poor studies. But last month, Oxford University's Recovery trial, the biggest in the world, stopped enrolling participants to its hydroxychloroquine arm after concluding that it showed no clinical benefit. President Trump has also admitted to taking the drug as a preventative therapy, to stop him from getting infected from the disease in the first place. Trials are currently ongoing to see if the tablets can work in this way. Sir Jeremy,...
    Stevie Wonder is calling on people to vote in order to end what he calls “systemic racism, police brutality, and economic repression of black and brown people.” The iconic singer also suggested that black Americans today are still fighting for their freedom, just as they were in 1865. “This last Friday many of celebrated Juneteenth, I did. And yet, so many others didn’t, and haven’t,” said Stevie Wonder in a video poster to Twitter on Tuesday. “As a matter of fact, there are three states that still do not recognize it. North Dakota, South Dakota and Hawaii.” Watch below: The Universe is Watching Us.Stevie Wonder @ 2 am. pic.twitter.com/Fmf0kjId4V — Stevie Wonder (@StevieWonder) June 23, 2020 The Grammy-winning singer, who helped headline a Hillary Clinton campaign event (“She’s With Us” concert), in June 2016, suggested that black Americans today are still fighting for the end of slavery. “How did it feel to celebrate freedom that we’re still fighting for? It felt and feels too familiar. I know that dance, I’ve heard those songs. It was an 18 year fight to get Dr. Martin...
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