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    Shocking footage shows the moment an American Airlines passenger attacked a unsuspecting flight attendant - sneaking up behind him and sucker punching the staffer because he was refused a cup of coffee. The incident transpired on Flight 377 from San Jose del Cabo to LAX on Wednesday after he attempted to relocate to a seat near the first-class cabin, and saw the passenger removed from the plane after it touched down stateside. Upon arriving at the airport, the suspect - 33-year-old Alexander Tung Cuu Lee of Westminster - was detained on suspicion of interfering with a flight crew. If found guilty of the offense, a federal felony, Lee - who allegedly threatened the male attendant before the filmed attack - could face up to 20 years in prison. He is expected to make an initial court appearance in downtown Los Angeles Thursday afternoon. The incident reportedly started after the suspect started nonsensically mumbling to himself about 'killers' aboard the California-bound plane, reportedly whispering, 'there are 10 killers on the plane.' At that point, a female flight attendant reportedly went back to address the man...
    On July 27, 2022, long-time television producer, World War 2 veteran and liberal activist Norman Lear celebrated his 100th birthday. Lear, over the years, has been a major thorn in the side of the Christian Right; he founded People For the American Way back in 1980 specifically to fight the influence of far-right Christian fundamentalists like Pat Robertson and the late Moral Majority founder Jerry Falwell, Sr. in politics — and his organization, in recent years, has been a blistering critic of former President Donald Trump and the MAGA movement. Lear looks back on his political activism and his television career in an essay/op-ed published by the New York Times on his 100th birthday, warning against the “threat of authoritarianism” the United States is facing in 2022. Half a century ago, Lear dramatically changed the face of television comedy. The sitcoms of the 1960s were known for being cute and innocuous; Lear’s 1970s sitcoms — which included “All in the Family,” “Maude,” “Sanford and Son,” “The Jeffersons” and “Good Times” — were edgy, controversial and much more political. “All in...
    (CNN)Is the United States really ready to let the "Merchant of Death" out of prison?Viktor Bout, one of the world's most notorious arms dealers, could be the key to a possible deal with Moscow to win the freedom of basketball star Brittney Griner and another American, Paul Whelan, according to an exclusive CNN report. A "substantial offer" was made to Moscow in June, according to three sources, and President Joe Biden personally signed off on it. To put it mildly, this is a stunning development. The Kremlin has yet to respond. But if the swap goes ahead, it could transform perceptions of how the US deals with governments who detain its citizens overseas, making American travelers more tempting targets. It would also be an act of great humanity by Biden to bring Americans home from hellish Russian prisons.This is one of those problems with no right answer that leaders face. Freeing a prisoner like Bout is a risk. He is not only close to Russian intelligence, but could pose a future threat -- he was convicted in 2011 of conspiracy...
    The US Federal Trade Commission is reportedly reviewing Elon Musk's $44 billion Twitter buyout for potential antitrust concerns. The FTC now has 30 days to consider the deal and decide whether to issue a second request to probe the matter further, although most experts believe there are no antitrust concerns that could block the takeover, according to Bloomberg. However, the anti-monopoly activist group Open Markets Initiative, where Democratic FTC Chair Lina Khan used to work, has urged the agency to block the deal, saying that it 'poses immediate and direct threats to American democracy and free speech.' The group argued that Musk's ownership of the Starlink satellite internet service already gives him control over a key communication platform, and that his purchase of Twitter would be a dangerous concentration of power. Democratic FTC Chair Lina Khan used to work for an activist group that is now calling on the agency to block Elon Musk's Twitter takeover on antitrust grounds The US Federal Trade Commission is reportedly reviewing Elon Musk's $44 billion Twitter buyout for potential antitrust concerns Representative Jim Jordan, the...
    President BidenJoe BidenChina eyes military base on Africa's Atlantic coast: report Biden orders flags be flown at half-staff through Dec. 9 to honor Dole Biden heading to Kansas City to promote infrastructure package MORE is facing the second foreign policy crisis of his presidency and he has no room for error, given that he failed the first test with the ignominious U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Biden will hold a video conference with Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinUkraine rejects claims that it violated Belarus air space Ernst on Russian buildup on Ukraine border: 'We must prepare for the worst' Biden cannot allow his domestic fumbles to transfer to the world stage MORE Tuesday morning. The encounter comes as Russian troops mass near the border with Ukraine. Moscow could invade as soon as next month. A full-blown invasion would be a huge international challenge— and a massive test of U.S. resolve and muscle.  The hope, across the political spectrum, is that Putin can be shunted down an off-ramp before a catastrophic collision takes place. Democrats and Republicans have very different views...
    It’s hard to overstate how bonkers the American left has gone. If conservatives weren’t in such a state of disarray, they would be dominating American politics like never before. President Joe Biden and leading Democrats somehow convinced themselves the 2020 election was a call to fundamentally transform America into a socialist country. They decided countries don’t need borders. They decided police and other law enforcement don’t deserve the backing of elected politicians. They decided the way to overcome racism is by literally dividing people by race. They have implemented policies to deter American energy production and thereby added to an energy price spike. They have implemented policies that take away incentives to work and thereby contributed to a labor shortage. They have even ignored advice from military leaders resulting in the U.S. government abandoning American citizens in a terrorist state. Luckily for anyone who cares about the country’s future, this insanity is still a hard sell to regular Americans. The president’s tanking poll numbers confirm America’s hesitation to buy what the administration is selling. The left is not deterred, though....
    In the beginning, the American military campaign in Afghanistan was officially known as Operation Enduring Freedom. Lofty ideals and ambitions are inherent in such a title, but 20 years later they look hopelessly misplaced. As names go, it now reads like a tragically bad joke. Afghanistan is today a graveyard of Western ideals that many Afghans had come to hold dear. I said sorry to a lot of those people during the 11 days since the Taliban takeover that we stayed in Kabul, a city we have now left. One of the reasons we stayed at the Serena Hotel, in the centre of the capital, is that it’s also home to the Qatari Embassy. The Gulf country has played an enormous role in all of this. The Qataris were the intermediaries as the Americans and the Taliban negotiated the end. We felt that as long as we were close to the Qataris, we would be relatively safe. It was the Qataris who got us out of there. Myself, cameraman Sean Swan and producer Lutfi Abu-Aun are also indebted to the...
    The Taliban are on the march in Afghanistan — and President BidenJoe BidenBriahna Joy Gray: Progressives should celebrate budget passage, remain focused on fight Officials still looking for parents of 337 separated children, court filing says ​​Former U.S. attorney in Atlanta says abrupt resignation stemmed from not peddling Trump voter fraud claim MORE is in a no-win situation. Biden is adamant that he made the right decision when he announced in April that he would withdraw U.S. forces. But the Taliban have expanded their territory as the Americans have left. The prospect of the fundamentalist group retaking control of the nation is very real. The Taliban have claimed nine provincial capitals in just the past week. A senior European Union official has told reporters that the Afghan government retains clear-cut control of only 65 of Afghanistan’s 400-plus districts, according to The Associated Press. The AP also reported that U.S. intelligence believes the capital Kabul could come under pressure from the advancing Taliban forces within 30 days. The American public has no appetite for a continued large-scale commitment in Afghanistan, the...
    TV and streaming picks for Monday, July 19 WATCH THIS: “The Bachelorette” (8 p.m., ABC): With seven men left and hometown dates looming, Brendan and Mike feel the pressure of getting a one-on-one date as the only two yet to have coveted solo time with Katie. Does she choose one of them to join her for a romantic recreation of her beloved hometown? Later, four men join her on an artistic exploration inspired by New Mexico’s own Georgia O’Keefe, and one surprising gent studies the art of cuddling with our Bachelorette. Usually so confident in trusting her gut, Katie is faced with the hardest rose ceremony thus far and finds herself second-guessing her decision. “All American” (8 p.m., The CW): On the season finale, things in Spencer’s life seem to be going right, but everything changes when Billy learns what he has been keeping from him. Jordan and Asher get some unexpected news neither of them were expecting. Coop is excited to go out on tour but is disappointed when no one from her team can accompany her and...
    The lawyer for Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán's wife said that there have been meetings with federal prosecutors which could potentially lead to her release from prison almost a month after she reportedly turned herself in. Defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman told WOR's Len Berman and Michael Riedel in the Morning that he and Emma Coronel have been working to come up with a bail package as she awaits her trial, but he did acknowledged that the government does consider the American-born woman a flight risk.  'She still in custody and you know I'm in negotiations with the government. Things are somewhat slowed down for a bit and I think will probably be quiet for a bit,' Lichtman said during the radio interview Monday.  Without going into details of what Coronel would be willing to offer the government in a bail package, Litchtman said that 'things are moving along and she's not going to be in jail forever.' A government official with knowledge of the case told DailyMail.com on Wednesday that it would be highly unlikely the United States Attorney's Office for the District of...
    New York : President Joe biden achieved his greatest triumph so far with the approval of the American Rescue Plan (ARP), but on his way to boast that triumph, the president faces a campaign of criticism from Republicans about the costs of the financial package. Although he has broad support from Democratic congressmen, President Biden will also face “friendly fire” from the senator. Joe manchin (West Virginia), who has represented the greatest threat to break the minimal majority that leads Chuck schumer (New York). With a message, the president will begin events on Monday to highlight the implementation of the $ 1.9 billion dollar economic plan, the White House confirmed. The tour is called “Help is here”. On Tuesday, the president will travel to Delaware County, Pennsylvania, where he will talk about how the law he signed last Thursday “will help families.” On Wednesday there will be an ‘impasse’, because the president will have a virtual bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of Ireland, Micheál Martin. The agenda anticipates that the president will be in the White House on...
    On this occasion, Tom Brady will play his 10th Super Bowl, which traditionally closes the season of American Football Professional League (NFL). The debate over who is the best player of all time does not really arise in American football. With six titles, collected under the New England Patriots jersey, he hopes to be brought to seven on Sunday, with Tom Brady almost unanimous. Now 43, the man who dominated the first two decades of the Millennium, in March 2020, surprised everyone by leaving the Patriots after twenty years of good and loyal service and failing to renew himself among the many predicted Buccaneers. Quarterback – that is, the player behind his attacking line and leading the attack with his forward passes, a position Brady holds – has proven the skeptics wrong by leading his new club into the Super Bowl. On Sunday, he could become the second American footballer in history to lead two different title owners. Then? Tom Brady, the oldest player to play in the Super Bowl, is thinking of extending his illustrious life beyond 45, the...
    An American citizen facing trial for his role in Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests claimed he was turned away by the city's U.S. consulate after asking for protection. Ansen Wong, a 20-year-old student activist, was among hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong citizens who rallied in the streets for demonstrations beginning in March 2019.  Wall Street Journal reports that the California-born activist was convicted of criminal damage, similar to vandalism, for his role in the wide scale protests.   Ansen Wong, a 20-year-old student activist and American citizen, said he was denied refuge at the U.S. consulate while seeking protection from prosecution  A demonstrator throws a rock on a footbridge during an anti-government protest near City University in Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong, China His most recent charge of unlawful assembly came after he joined others in a massive pro-democracy protest outside of Hong Kong's legislature last year. 'I am running out of options,' Wong told WSJ. Wong was reportedly in the midst of contesting the charges, but accidentally missed a mandatory court date on the same day he visited the U.S....
    A Cuban American attending President Trump’s rally in Jacksonville, Florida, on Thursday said America “rescued” her parents from communist Cuba and that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) likely does not understand the ramifications of socialism and communism because she has not experienced them herself. “I’m Cuban American. My parents escaped communist Cuba very shortly after the revolution,” Trump rally attendee Emi Chavez-Miller said. “They were teenagers, and they made [it] essentially on their own waiting for the rest of their families to come here. They’ve worked very hard their whole life — four decades now, building a family and becoming American citizens and true patriots of America because they felt like America was a safe place for them and really rescued them from communism,” she explained, adding that she “absolutely just cannot stand to see our country move in a socialist direction” and will “go to [her] grave fighting that.” Chavez-Miller said it is “hard” for her to comprehend how anyone in the country could advocate for socialist or communist policies given the carnage such systems leave behind. “Sometimes, I feel...
    China is using images of TikTok users to improve its facial recognition capacities, according to American lawmakers and analysts monitoring the unfolding dispute over the social media giant’s U.S. operations. “TikTok is a massive repository of data,” the Foundation for Defense of Democracies analyst Emily de la Bruyere, an expert in the links between China’s military apparatus and commercial entities, said of the social media platform. “Facial recognition ... is a big part of it.” That concern has contributed to the U.S. hostility to TikTok, which will be expelled from American app stores next week pursuant to a Commerce Department order unveiled Friday. The app, widely popular as a platform for short videos, has the ability to collect precious bulk data to power technological developments with both national security and economic ramifications. “It’s a lot of data that is tagged on shapes and styles of faces that the Chinese government can’t get in the mainland,” Texas Rep. Will Hurd, a Republican member of the House Intelligence Committee, told the Center for Strategic and International Studies in a...
    (CNN)As the clock ticks toward the scheduled Wednesday night execution of the only Native American on federal death row, attorneys for 38-year-old Lezmond Mitchell are fighting on multiple fronts and pleading directly to President Donald Trump to commute Mitchell's death sentence.Late Tuesday night, the Supreme Court denied Mitchell's motions to stop his execution. His attorneys are still waiting for word from the federal district court in Washington, DC, about their request to halt Mitchell's execution until after his petition to the President for clemency has had more time to be considered. The Department of Justice has opposed his request.Mitchell filed his clemency petition at the end of July asking the President to demonstrate respect for tribal sovereignty by commuting his death sentence to life in prison without the possibility of release. Mitchell argues that since the Department of Justice set his execution date on July 29, his petition for clemency has not been given adequate time for consideration.Mitchell was convicted in connection with the 2001 murders of a 63-year-old Navajo woman, Alyce Slim, and her 9-year-old granddaughter, Tiffany Lee, on...
    During the last few weeks, we’ve witnessed a burst of violence, destruction and the brazen flaunting of the rule of law unprecedented in modern American history. The fabric of our society – of our country – seems to be fraying. As a farm boy born in the 50’s into poverty on a rural farm, I saw how ugly racism was up close. As a 26-plus year Air Force officer, I saw the greatness of our nation up close too. Today, as a father and grandfather, I worry about the country they will inherit. And, as a member of Congress, I listen to the speaker of the U.S. House blame Senate Republicans for the murder of George Floyd, and it makes me sick. LEE GREENWOOD COLLABORATES WITH US AIR FORCE SINGERS AND HOME FREE FOR NEW VERSION OF 'GOD BLESS THE USA' Here are a few observations, from my perspective, about where we stand as a country on this Independence Day weekend, at this pivotal time in American history. The Confederate flag is not patriotic. The Confederate States of America went to war with the United...
    President Donald Trump’s plans to kick off Independence Day with a showy display at Mount Rushmore are drawing sharp criticism from Native Americans who view the monument as a desecration of land violently stolen from them and used to pay homage to leaders hostile to native people. Several groups led by Native American activists are planning protests for Trump’s July 3 visit, part of Trumps “comeback” campaign for a nation reeling from sickness, unemployment and, recently, social unrest. The event is slated to include fighter jets thundering over the 79-year-old stone monument in South Dakotas Black Hills and the first fireworks display at the site since 2009. But it comes amid a national reckoning over racism and a reconsideration of the symbolism of monuments around the globe. Many Native Americans activists say the Rushmore memorial is as reprehensible as the many Confederate monuments being toppled around the nation. “Mount Rushmore is a symbol of white supremacy, of structural racism that’s still alive and well in society today,” said Nick Tilsen, a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe and the president...
    A 76-year-old American senior citizen, who was jailed in Spain for smuggling 5lbs of cocaine became an unwitting drugs mule after suffering a brain injury, the US said.  Victor Stemberger, from Virginia, is in a Spanish jail a year after flying into the country with cocaine expertly sewn into bubble jackets in a bag.  The US Justice Department has advised Spain it believes Stemberger was duped into acting as a drug mule for a West Africa criminal network. The family of the pensioner, who suffered a significant brain injury 15 years ago, said he knew nothing about the drugs.  Stemberger was allegedly first reeled into the scam through emails inviting him into a multimillion-dollar business opportunity.  Victor Stemberger (pictured with his wife Han), 76, from Virginia,  who was jailed in Spain for smuggling 5lbs of cocaine, became an unwitting drugs mule after suffering a brain injury, the US said He pitched himself as perfect for the job and boasted of his credentials as 'an experienced businessman who does what he says he will do, and executes flawlessly, according to...
    By STEPHEN GROVES SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s plans to kick off Independence Day with a showy display at Mount Rushmore are drawing sharp criticism from Native Americans who view the monument as a desecration of land violently stolen from them and used to pay homage to leaders hostile to native people. Several groups led by Native American activists are planning protests for Trump’s July 3 visit, part of Trump’s “comeback” campaign for a nation reeling from sickness, unemployment and, recently, social unrest. The event is slated to include fighter jets thundering over the 79-year-old stone monument in South Dakota’s Black Hills and the first fireworks display at the site since 2009. But it comes amid a national reckoning over racism and a reconsideration of the symbolism of monuments around the globe. Many Native American activists say the Rushmore memorial is as reprehensible as the many Confederate monuments being toppled around the nation. “Mount Rushmore is a symbol of white supremacy, of structural racism that’s still alive and well in society today,” said Nick Tilsen, a member...
    By STEPHEN GROVES | The Associated Press SIOUX FALLS, S.D.  — President Donald Trump’s plans to kick off Independence Day with a showy display at Mount Rushmore are drawing sharp criticism from Native Americans who view the monument as a desecration of land violently stolen from them and used to pay homage to leaders hostile to native people. Several groups led by Native American activists are planning protests for Trump’s July 3 visit, part of Trump’s “comeback” campaign for a nation reeling from sickness, unemployment and, recently, social unrest. The event is slated to include fighter jets thundering over the 79-year-old stone monument in South Dakota’s Black Hills and the first fireworks display at the site since 2009. But it comes amid a national reckoning over racism and a reconsideration of the symbolism of monuments around the globe. Many Native American activists say the Rushmore memorial is as reprehensible as the many Confederate monuments being toppled around the nation. “Mount Rushmore is a symbol of white supremacy, of structural racism that’s still alive and well in society today,” said Nick...
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