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    California Democratic congresswoman Katie Porter blasted a local police department for arresting a man she lived with after he allegedly assaulted a pro-Trump protester in July 2021. Following the incident, Porter sent a scathing text to Irvine Mayor Farrah Khan to tell them that their officers were a 'disgrace.'  The leaked text message was reported by Fox News in September, more than a year after the event, and a little over a month before Porter faces off against Republican Scott Baugh in an attempt to be reelected.  The fight occurred at Porter's first town hall following the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, which was held in Irvine.  Julian Willis was arrested after apparently giving a Trump supporter a bloody nose, he was cited for his alleged role.  Willis' relationship to Porter is unknown at this point. Porter has three children and is described as a 'single mother' in much of her campaign literature.  In 2013, Porter divorced her husband and her children's father Matthew Hoffman having accused him of being mentally and physically abusive to her and her children. ...
    The Syrian Democratic Forces prevented a suicide bombing at the al Hol refugee camp resulting in the deaths of four Islamic State fighters, U.S. Central Command said Thursday. Seven ISIS members, some of whom were wearing suicide vests, drove toward the refugee camp in two vehicles shortly after midnight early Tuesday morning. Roughly 12 miles from the camp near the Um Fakik village, one of the vehicles, which was rigged with explosives, detonated prematurely, alerting Syrian Democratic Forces to the other vehicle. PUTIN'S MOBILIZATION EFFORT IS A SIGN 'MANPOWER IS A PROBLEM,' KIRBY SAYS When confronted, two ISIS fighters wearing suicide vests exited the second vehicle. One detonated his device, while the other was killed before being able to do so. The second vehicle was strapped with at least 50 kilograms of explosives. No Syrian Democratic Forces members were injured in the incident. Four of the seven ISIS fighters were killed, and one was apprehended, CENTCOM said, without explaining the status of the other two people. It also did not provide any details as to their identities. "By taking...
    Pennsylvanians who support legal protections for innocent life including the unborn resoundingly celebrated the spirited showing at Monday’s Pennsylvania March for Life in Harrisburg, the Keystone State’s second such annual event. Thousands of residents marched to the Capitol Building in support of legislation to prevent abortion, an issue that has seen a resurgence of interest since the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion nationwide was nullified earlier this year. Pro-abortion activists held their own rally for Democratic state Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s gubernatorial candidacy the day afterward, drawing few attendees. “Yesterday’s PA March for Life was such an amazing event,” the pro-life Pennsylvania Family Council said in a statement Tuesday. “Thank you to everyone who came out to Harrisburg to stand with us in defense of the unborn!” Current Pennsylvania law permits a mother to have an abortion at any point until 23 weeks into her pregnancy and, in cases in which the woman’s life is in danger, thereafter. Numerous state lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have introduced legislation to either codify abortion rights in the...
    President Joe Biden fretted on Tuesday night to wealthy Democratic donors that he would get nothing done and have to spend all his time wielding his veto pen if Republicans win control of Congress in November. The president, speaking at a fundraiser on Park Avenue hosted by a wealthy Latino activist and attended by actor Robert DeNiro, specifically called out Republican Senator Lindsey Graham's legislation that would ban an abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. 'If they retake the House and Senate it's a different world,' he warned of Republicans. 'I'll be spending all my time with a veto pen.'  He also acknowledged the criticism he received for telling CBS' 60 Minutes that the pandemic is 'over.' But he defended his comment, saying: 'But basically it is not where it was.'  President Joe Biden fretted he would get nothing done and have to spend all his time wielding his veto pen if Republicans win control of Congress in November Actor Robert DeNiro attended a fundraiser with Biden on Tuesday night Biden arrived in New York to attend the annual U.N. General Assembly...
    Democratic candidates have sought to put Republicans on defense over abortion since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, ending constitutional protections for abortion. Many GOP candidates have scrubbed hard-line pro-life positions from their websites as attacks from the left and polls show Democratic voters, particularly women, have been animated by the abortion issue. Oz is among those who have walked back his statements on abortion after winning the Republican primary. Earlier this month he told reporters he does not support criminal penalties for women who sought or doctors who performed abortions. While he identified as "strongly pro-life," Oz said he supports exceptions permitting abortion in cases of rape, incest, or the life of the mother. Fetterman has adopted a stance of abortion on demand with no exceptions. At a debate earlier this year, he said there are no limits on abortion he would support. \u201c"Are there any limits on abortion you would find appropriate?" \n\nPA Democrat John Fetterman: \u201cNo."\nhttps://t.co/WaYJke2I2J\u201d — RNC Research (@RNC Research) 1662337879 "I believe that that is between a woman...
    (CNN)Former President Barack Obama used his remarks at a fundraiser Thursday night for Senate Democrats' campaign arm to warn that "a little bit of malevolence" aimed at attacking democracy "can go a long way."The comments -- made at a fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in New York City where the top ticket cost $50,000 -- come as the former President ramps up his engagement with the 2022 midterms, which will determine control of Congress and key election posts ahead of the 2024 presidential contest.Obama, according to excerpts provided to CNN by a committee aide, told the audience in New York that "one of the things we learned over the last six years is that democracy is not self-executing" and that a little malice does a lot in "dismantling norms, habits, institutions that are the glue to become a big, diverse, multiracial, multicultural democracy on premise in place."CNN reported earlier this week that Obama plans to campaign for a variety of candidates ahead of the November elections, including those in down-ballot races such as secretary of state. It is...
    (CNN)Texas state Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. has voted for anti-abortion legislation more than a dozen times in the last decade. He was one of the state lawmakers who both sponsored and voted for the controversial "Heartbeat Bill," which criminalized abortion as soon as a fetus' heartbeat is detected and did not include exceptions for victims of rape or incest. He also voted for the state's so-called trigger ban, which outlawed the procedure almost entirely upon the fall of Roe v. Wade.He is "the extremist right's trusted vote when it comes to attacking abortion access," one abortion rights advocacy group in Texas proclaimed in 2021. He is also a lifelong Democrat. A CNN analysis of legislative records and reported party affiliations shows that the Republicans passing increasingly strict abortion bans around the country have been joined by scores of unlikely allies: Democrats. More than 140 Democrats from eight of the roughly dozen states with the most restrictive abortion laws voted in favor of the bans, and the vast majority of these state lawmakers were men. Read MoreAll but one of the...
    In a subtle departure from his national image as a liberal champion, Gov. Gavin Newsom successfully pushed state lawmakers to support a series of tough policies in the final weeks of the legislative year that bucked progressive ideals and ultimately could broaden his appeal beyond California. Democratic and Republican lawmakers at the state Capitol heeded his call to extend operations at Diablo Canyon, reversing an agreement environmental groups drove six years ago to shut down California’s last remaining nuclear plant out of safety concerns. The governor won support for his plan to provide court-ordered treatment for unhoused Californians struggling with mental illness and addiction amid outcry from powerful civil rights organizations. Newsom vetoed legislation to allow supervised drug injection sites in pilot program cities, drawing criticism that his decision was politically motivated as speculation swirls around his prospects as a potential presidential contender. “He is making political calculations on all of these decisions in a very deep and nuanced way that considers where he wants to go next,” said Mary Creasman, chief executive of California Environmental Voters. “That doesn’t...
    President Joe Biden accused former President Donald Trump and 'extreme' Republicans of 'semi-fascism' at a fundraiser Thursday evening at a $3.1 million Bethesda, Maryland home.  'What we're seeing now, is either the beginning or the death knell of an extreme MAGA philosophy,' Biden told about 100 wealthy donors. 'It's not just Trump, it's the entire philosophy that underpins the - I'm going to say something - it's like semi-fascism.'  The president warned that not only were reproductive rights on the ballot in November - but gay marriage - and the GOP could, again, go after Obamacare.  'This is not your father’s Republican party. This is a different deal,' he said, repeating a line he's often delivered at fundraisers.  The small gathering in Bethesda, a tony suburb of Washington, D.C., was expected to raise $1 million for the Democratic National Committee and  the Democratic Grassroots Victory Fund.  A member of the U.S. Secret Service stands outside the $3.1 million Bethesda home where President Joe Biden headlined a fundraiser Thursday evening  President Joe Biden, photographed Wednesday at the White House, called the...
    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...
    President Joe Biden will begin a nation-wide tour to rally support ahead of the November midterms but his stops may be missing one thing: the Democratic candidates on the ballot. The president remains on vacation at his beach house in Rehoboth, Delaware, until Wednesday. But he kicks things off his campaign sweep on Thursday evening in Maryland, where he will speak at a Democratic National Committee event - his first political rally in months.  Democrats in that state are largely running against Trump-aligned opponents who face an uphill battle in Maryland, where Democrats outnumber Republicans two to one.  But as Biden prepares to criss-cross the country to try and keep Democrats in control of Congress, the president is also battling low approval ratings and voters who are critical of his handling of the economy.  These are some of the reasons that some candidates for Congress worry that campaigning with Biden will hurt them in the Nov. 8 election, according to more than a dozen interviews with senior Democrats and local campaign officials in battleground states including Pennsylvania and Arizona.  President...
    Liz Cheney has issued a statement denying any conflict of interest between her husband's work and Clark's association with the president's son. "Latham & Watkins has 3000 lawyers and thousands of clients. Mr. Perry has no role at all in any matter involving Hunter Biden,” Cheney's spokesman said. Latham & Watkins has long supported Democratic candidates, according to the New York Post, which referred to the firm as "a Democratic powerhouse." The firm as a whole donated $500,000 to Joe Biden's presidential campaign in 2020, and Clark donated nearly $4,000 to Biden himself. Meanwhile, Liz Cheney's role as the sole representative from the state of Wyoming will soon come to an end. She was soundly defeated by Republican challenger Harriet Hageman in the state primary held on Tuesday. Cheney has not ruled out a possible presidential bid in 2024.
    Washington (CNN)The Democratic chairs of the House Intelligence and Oversight Committees have asked federal intelligence leadership for a congressional briefing and for a damage assessment after the FBI seized 11 sets of classified documents at former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home earlier this week.House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and House Oversight Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney requested Avril Haines, director of National Intelligence (DNI), to conduct an immediate review following the extraordinary search of a former President's home, according to a letter Saturday obtained by CNN. The DNI oversees the intelligence community in the executive branch."Documents show the FBI's search was an evidence-gathering step in a national security investigation about presidential records at Trump's Florida home," Maloney and Schiff wrote. "The facts that are now public make clear that a damage assessment is appropriate."The FBI on Monday executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago, with agents removing 11 sets of classified documents, some of which were marked as "top secret/SCI" -- one of the highest levels of classification. Key lines from the search warrant and receipt for Trumps Florida homeCourt documents unsealed...
    Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) dinged MSNBC guest host John Heilemann for supposedly devoting too much coverage to the news about Donald Trump improperly taking government documents to his Florida estate upon leaving office. The FBI executed a search warrant at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence on Monday, kicking off a firestorm among conservatives. On Friday, the warrant was unsealed by a judge, as well as receipts indicating the materials the FBI removed from the property. The warrant indicates Trump is being investigated for potential violations of federal law, including the Espionage Act. Also on Friday, the House passed the Inflation Reduction Act, a significant legislative victory for President Joe Biden in the realms of healthcare and climate change. The bill already passed the Senate, so it will now head to Biden’s desk for his signature. Heilemann welcomed Maloney to Friday’s edition of Deadline: White House, where he began by asking the congressman for his thoughts on the Trump drama. “Before we get on to your boasting about how great things are going for Joe Biden and the Democratic Party right now,”...
    President Joe Biden and the first family are on vacation at the $20 million Kiawah Island estate of a prominent political donor who has given lavishly to Biden and Democrats, as well as anti-Trump Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY). The 10,500-square-foot, nine-bedroom oceanfront retreat is owned by Maria Allwin, the Connecticut-based widow of real estate and hedge fund manager James Allwin, and she has hosted Biden in years past, including while he was vice president. “They stayed here before and they’re not paying,” a source close to the family told the New York Post. “They’ve never paid. They’re just friends.” Biden asked Allwin if he could stay at her home, the source told the Post. DOJ ORDERED TO RESPOND AFTER REQUESTS TO UNSEAL FBI'S TRUMP RAID WARRANT Biden arrived on the island Wednesday accompanied by first lady Jill, son Hunter, his wife Melissa, and baby Beau. He is expected to stay a week before returning to his home state of Delaware. The White House has disclosed few details of Biden’s vacation and did not respond to questions from the Washington Examiner...
    Washington (CNN)In at least 10 states, the Republican nominee for the job of overseeing future elections is someone who has questioned, rejected or tried to overturn the results of the 2020 election.Secretaries of state will play a critical role in managing and certifying the presidential election in 2024. The distinct possibility that some of these secretaries will be people with a history of election denial is a major challenge for American democracy -- especially because former President Donald Trump, who is widely expected to run again in 2024, continues to pressure state officials to discard the will of voters.More than half of GOP governor nominees have questioned or denied the legitimacy of the 2020 electionThe Republican nominees for secretary of state in the November 2022 midterm elections include three swing-state candidates who have made efforts to overturn 2020 results in their states: Mark Finchem of Arizona, Kristina Karamo of Michigan and Jim Marchant of Nevada.The Republican nominee in Republican-dominated Alabama, Wes Allen, expressed support for a 2020 lawsuit that sought to get the Supreme Court to toss out Joe Biden's...
    Rep. Jerry Nadler and Rep. Carolyn Maloney held a Praise Biden Contest at a debate — one week after they both threw President Joe Biden under the bus at the last debate. Tuesday night was the setting for a rematch between Democratic congressional candidate Suraj Patel and the two incumbents he’s trying to beat in New York’s 12th congressional district, one week after this stunning exchange in the “lightning round” of the last debate: ERROL LOUIS: Should President Biden run again in 2024? SURAJ PATEL: Yes. ERROL LOUIS: Mr. Nadler? REP. NADLER: Too early to say. It doesn’t serve the purpose of Democratic Party to deal with them until after the midterms. ERROL LOUIS: Ms. Maloney? REP. MALONEY: I don’t believe he’s running for reelection. This time around, Patel wasted no time in reminding viewers of the WPIX debate about the debacle. In response to an unrelated question about experience, Patel noted “the rookie on this stage is the only one who didn’t just spend seven days embarrassing themselves by throwing President Biden under the bus for reelection in 2024.” “I mean, from Tucker...
    A straw poll of conservatives revealed on Saturday that Donald Trump retains his strong grip on the party grassroots, but also found that Gavin Newsom is viewed by many as the likely Democratic runner in 2024. Only four percent of attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas Texas thought that President Joe Biden will be on the ticket. In contrast, 37 percent said they believed the California governor - who has been dinging Republican governors in Texas and Florida with newspaper and TV ads - will win the Democratic nomination.  'You're saying it's going to be Gavin Newsom,' said pollster Jim McLaughlin to the crowd.  'What jumps out at me? Only eight percent think it's gonna be Joe Biden.; The White House has repeatedly said that Biden plans to run for a second term, despite misgivings among many in his party who think at age 82 he would be too old for another inauguration. Less surprising was that the overwhelmingly hard right crowd plumped for Trump as the Republican nominee. He won 69 percent to Florida Governor Ron...
    Leading Maryland Democrats, including gubernatorial nominee Wes Moore, comptroller candidate Brooke Lierman, lieutenant governor nominee Aruna Miller and U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen gathered for a photo following a unity rally on Monday. (Maryland Matters/Bruce DePuyt). This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. They are running against Republicans who have described as unelectable extremists. But Maryland Democrats came together on Monday to declare that they will campaign hard between now and November — and that they will not take any race for granted. “We know sane versus crazy is on the ballot,” said Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott (D). “The only way (to win) is that we get out and vote in numbers. We can’t assume anything.” “Don’t take any election for granted,” said Sen. Ben Cardin (D). “We need Team Maryland to fight for the values that are important to our state.” At a two-and-a-half-hour unity rally in downtown Silver Spring, top Democratic officials from around the state pledged to get behind gubernatorial nominee Wes Moore...
    However, the insinuation made by Sanchez was disputed by Corey Inganamort – who is the mascot coordinator for the Washington Nationals. “I was in the dugout with the Republicans last night. She is lying,” Inganamort said of Sanchez. “Nothing offensive or misogynistic was said by anybody. In fact, everybody was shocked by what @RepLindaSanchez did.” \u201cI was in the dugout with the Republicans last night.\n\nShe is lying.\n\nNothing offensive or misogynistic was said by anybody.\n\nIn fact, everybody was shocked by what @RepLindaSanchez did.\u201d — Corey Inganamort (@Corey Inganamort) 1659133062 Sanchez has seemingly changed her story. Sanchez gave a second statement where she made the clarification that Republicans did not make crude comments to her, but it was a fan. “It wasn’t the team,” Sanchez told NBC News’ Frank Thorp “It was an obnoxious fan who shouts misogynistic s**t at me every single year." Sanchez refused to repeat what the fan said. "I'm not going to dignify it with a response because it's nasty and it's crude, and it has no place at a charity baseball game," Sanchez...
    Democratic Rep. Linda Sanchez of California Linda Sanchez says she flipped the bird at Republicans because of a 'misogynistic' and 'offensive' comment from the dugout during Thursday night's Congressional Baseball game. The California lawmaker got on first base in a walk in the bottom of the fifth inning with the Democrats trailing 5-0, when her team put in a pinch runner, prompting her to jog off the field. Her gesture was caught on camera as the game was captured on C-Span, prompting a chuckle from commentators.  It drew a slew of responses on Twitter, where users slowed down the tape and were able to get close-up screen grabs of her gloved hand. In a statement she admitted that the middle finger was made in the 'heat of the moment' after a 'misogynistic comment' - but she did not clarify what was said. 'The Congressional Baseball Game is one of my favorite events of the year. It's a great cause and brings both sides of the aisle together for a night off from partisan politics,' she said. 'That is why it really struck...
    Democratic Rep. Linda Sanchez of California gave the finger to the Republican dugout at the congressional baseball game Thursday night – in a flash of tension and poor form at the annual bipartisan event for charity.  Sanchez, who has been in office since 2003, made the obscene gesture while her team was trailing. She got on first base in a walk, when her team put in a pinch running, prompting her to jog off the field. Her gesture was caught on camera as the game was captured on C-Span, prompting a chuckle from commentators. It drew wide comment on Twitter, where users slowed down the tape and were able to get close-up screen grabs of her gloved hand. Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., was caught on camera giving the finger to the Republican dugout during the 87th annual congressional baseball game It all came on a night when Republicans trounced the Democrats 10-0 in the traditional summer ballgame, winning for a second year in a row in a contest that puts the two parties against each other on the field. It...
    Montgomery County council member Tom Hucker has conceded in the race for an at-large seat. Hucker, who currently serves as the District 5 council member in the Maryland county, gave up that seat to launch a short-lived campaign for county executive before shifting tracks to join a crowded Democratic race for the council at-large. Although mail-in ballots are still being counted, early results showed Hucker trailing in sixth place as of Friday evening with about 10.5% of the vote. Evan Glass, Will Jawando, Gabe Albornoz and Laurie-Anne Sayles were the four leaders out of the eight candidates on the Democratic ballot. “While it looks like we came up short, I am proud of the positive campaign we ran and I have nothing but gratitude for all of the people around our great county who supported me,” Hucker said in an email to supporters. “Over the months ahead, I will be doing everything I can to help turn out the vote in support of our Democratic nominees.” Maryland Primary Election Results More Maryland News More Local News
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul are appearing together at the Javits Center Thursday morning to push the city's bid to host the 2024 Democratic National Convention.The city formally launched its bid back in May, proposing Madison Square Garden as the primary event site, with the Javits Center available to host different parts of the convention.The proposal would allow all convention events to take place within a 20-minute walking distance of each other, organizers say."This is the most diverse city in America, and one that reflects the face of not only the Democratic party, but the entire nation," Adams said as the bid was launched. "There is no better place for the DNC to host their convention than New York City."Adams and Hochul were set to discuss the bid beginning at 10 a.m.ALSO READ | Tips to beat the heat, where to find cooling centers as temperatures rise across New York City areaEMBED More News Videos New York City's cooling centers will be open starting Tuesday, July 19th. ----------*...
    (CNN)The conservative-controlled Supreme Court has thrown out Roe v. Wade, rolling back women's rights a half-century. Senate Republicans are using the filibuster to block voting rights, climate legislation and President Joe Biden's sweeping plan to strengthen the middle class. Republican governors like Gregg Abbott of Texas are banning books, while Ron DeSantis of Florida is targeting transgender youth. Meanwhile, many Republicans are still lying about the outcome of the 2020 election -- and, in the case of Missouri Republican Senate hopeful Eric Greitens, suggesting the use of violence against their political foes (Greitens claims he was just being metaphorical). So, with women's and trans rights under assault, the planet on fire and democracy under assault, some Democrats are furious with... Biden. Opinion: Its time for Democrats to take a page from the GOP playbook Really. Read MoreWhy are they mad at Biden? Biden didn't overturn Roe. In fact, he named a brilliant justice, Ketanji Brown Jackson, to the Supreme Court, and he has called on the Senate to drop the filibuster to protect women's right to choose. Biden isn't denying...
    "Just a reminder - if you've been frustrated by the administration's lack of response to Roe, that's because you are, once again, out of step with the mainstream of the party. So just go f*** yourself, and remember - vote in November!" responded screenwriter Josh Olson. "Maybe they’ve consistently been out of step with the Democratic Party because you f***s fundraised off of threats to Roe instead of codifying it and now many of them are facing second class citizenship at best and a death sentence at worst," tweeted health science writer Katie MacBride. "They’ll tell anyone who cares about the issue to go f*** themselves in an attempt to gain credibility with Republicans who would sooner kill them than vote for them," read another angry response. "A party that’s worse than useless at everything but being reluctant collaborators with Christian fascists." Some have seen the increasingly public criticism of Biden as a sign that Democrats are preparing to tank a possible re-election campaign and instead choose a more responsive Democratic nominee for...
    Live from Music Row, Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio for another edition of Crom’s Crommentary. CROM CARMICHAEL: Michael, a couple of shows ago we talked about I mentioned that Biden had presented his budget to Congress. Now he’s presented it two months late, but here’s what’s interesting. The assumptions are five months old. So, for example in this year’s budget, he is projecting that inflation will be 2.9 percent. Now, inflation is 8 percent, but his projections are 2.9 percent. In his budget plan, he has 36 tax increases that he says will collect $2.5 trillion. He has a 36 percent corporate tax increase, and he plans to increase taxes on domestic fossil fuels by $45 billion. Now, the media isn’t talking about Biden’s budget at all, but here’s what else is interesting. Biden, right now here are the headwinds that Democrats have going into this election. 88 percent...
    Researchers at Google’s DeepMind AI division reportedly ran a number of experiments where a deep neural network was ordered to distribute resources in a more equitable way that humans preferred. The researchers claim their data shows that AI would do a better job governing America than humans. Vice reports that AI researchers at Google recently posed a new question — could machine learning be better equipped than humans to create a society that equally divides resources in a more fair and equal way? According to a recent paper published in Nature by researchers at Google’s DeepMind, the answer may be yes — as least as far as the study’s participants were concerned. Sundar Pichai CEO of Google ( Carsten Koall /Getty) Sabo mocks Google CEO Sundar Pichai (unsavoryagents.com) The paper describes a number of experiments where a deep neural network was told to divide resources in a more equitable way that humans preferred. The humans in the study took part in an online economic game called a “public goods game.” In the game, players would choose whether to keep a monetary endowment or contribute a...
    Democratic frustration with Joe Biden is boiling over as the midterms approach with many wanting to see a more aggressive, fighter of a president as the clock ticks down to November's election. A litany of complaints has surfaced in the past few weeks about Biden's administration, mainly that it has been too slow to react to major events like the Supreme Court ruling on abortion or hasn't been passionate enough in its response to mass shootings.  One Democratic strategist bemoaned to DailyMail.com that 'this White House is just always like a half step behind.'  'Be the effing president,' the strategist said of Biden. The White House has countered that the president has moved quickly, pointing to the gun legislation that he recently signed into law. But Biden - despite begging from activists - didn't announce plans for executive action on reproductive rights until Friday, two weeks after a Supreme Court ruling that everyone knew was coming. As election worries consume the party, Democrats are showing they want a change from the steady hand the country elected in the wake of...
    West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin was spotted in Idaho on Thursday morning at the annual exclusive event dubbed 'Summer Camp for Billionaires' as his fellow Democrats back home try to salvage President Joe Biden's Build Back Better plan. A person familiar with the conference told DailyMail.com that Manchin is accompanied by his wife and is set to speak on a bipartisan panel.  Republican Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina was also seen there on Thursday, and a spokesperson from his office confirmed to DailyMail.com that he's in attendance. Scott is also due to speak at a Sun Valley panel, Scott's spokeswoman Caroline Anderegg said. The GOP lawmaker was seen in a blue sweater zipped up over what looked like a white shirt. Manchin wore a color-coordinated outfit consisting of a thin navy blue jacket, a light blue-and-white checkered button-down shirt and a pair of jeans. It matches the casual, dressed-down appearance of other global elites photographed heading into Day 3 of the conference. Bill Gates was pictured in an apparent brisk walk on his way to the day's events, opting for...
    D.C. Board of Elections officials say that Kenyan McDuffie, after a failed bid for D.C. Attorney General, has switched his party affiliation in an attempt to grab incumbent Elissa Silverman’s seat this November. McDuffie will be, in some respects, running against Silverman as an independent in the midterm elections this fall — one of two at-large council seats must be held by a candidate who is not part of the majority party. More Washington, D.C. News More Local News The decision comes after McDuffie announced he would be suspending his campaign for Attorney General back in May. His candidacy was successfully challenged by candidate Bruce Spiva in April, with the elections board and, subsequently, the D.C. Court of Appeals ruling that McDuffie was ineligible to run for incumbent Karl Racine’s office. The Washington Post first reported the Ward 5 councilmember’s decision to run against Silverman, citing a text from the councilmember. Anita Bonds was declared the winner of the Democratic primary in for the at-large seat and will face Republiccan Giuseppe Niosi and McDuffie in November. Democratic candidate...
    Republican gubernatorial hopeful Kelly Schulz speaks to reporters outside the State House on Thursday, as Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. listens. (Courtesy Maryland Matters/Bruce DePuyt) This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. Undeterred by shouts and catcalls from supporters of rival Dan Cox — and Cox himself — Republican gubernatorial candidate Kelly Schulz and Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr., denounced a Democratic effort to boost her main rival in the July 19 primary. Hogan, who is term-limited, and his former commerce secretary stood in blistering heat outside the State House, where — surrounded by sign-waving backers — they slammed the Democratic Governors Association’s plan to spend more than $1 million in the weeks leading up to Election Day. According to companies that monitor media spending, the association intends to run an ad called “Meet Dan,” a certain reference to the conservative firebrand. The Frederick County state delegate is one of four Republicans running for governor and, according to one new independent poll, he is the frontrunner....
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is getting some big endorsements in her re-election bid.Congressmen Bobby Rush, Danny Davis and Congresswoman Robin Kelly are all voicing their support for the first-term mayor. Lightfoot is one of at least eight candidates in the race.SEE ALSO | Chicago mayor election: Lori Lightfoot officially begins reelection campaignThe endorsement of Robin Kelly is especially noteworthy as she's also the chair of the Democratic Party of Illinois, but there's an effort among some party elites to have her replaced.Congresswoman Kelly is at the center of a behind-the-scenes party power struggle with Governor JB Pritzker."Well, you know, people have the right to endorse who they want to endorse and be with who they want to endorse," Kelly said.Pritzker is not just focusing on his own reelection, but also on endorsing and providing financial support to candidates running for spots on the Democratic Central Committee, which will be voting on a new party chair later this summer.Last year, Pritzker supported Chicago Alderwoman Michelle Harris, who lost to Kelly.On Thursday, Pritzker dodged questions about whether he's planning...
    Former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton chided an interviewer when asked Wednesday if she would be supporting President Joe Biden in 2024. 'Look, I would endorse our sitting president - yes of course,' Clinton told NBC's Yamiche Alcindor. 'This is a silly question.'  Clinton said she believed Biden is the 'person most likely to win.'  'Joe Biden beat - in a huge landslide victory in the popular vote - Donald Trump,' the former secretary of state and first lady said. 'I think that says a lot.'    Former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton chided NBC's Yamiche Alcindor for asking her if she would support President Joe Biden in the 2024 race. 'Look, I would endorse our sitting president - yes of course,' Clinton said, adding, 'This is a silly question'  Yamiche Alcindor (left) asked Hillary Clinton (right) backstage about 2024 but also interviewed her at the Aspen Ideas Festival where Clinton gave her thoughts on the Supreme Court's decision to overrule Roe v. Wade  Alcindor also told Andrea Mitchell, who was anchoring MSNBC, that Clinton responded with an 'absolutely not' when asked if...
    Washington (CNN)Rep. Judy Chu of California was among the more than 100 people arrested at an abortion rights protest in Washington, DC, on Thursday, according to a statement from her office. "When I first heard Roe was overturned, I immediately thought of who would be most harmed by this decision: a young girl who is a survivor of rape, a woman who cannot afford to travel to another state to access critical care, an expecting mother with an ectopic pregnancy whose life is in danger because she cannot have an abortion," the Democratic congresswoman said in a statement Thursday. "So, when I think of all these women -- and more -- the decision to join in a peaceful demonstration to make clear we will not allow the clock to be rolled back on abortion rights was easy."Thursday's protest joins a number of demonstrations across the nation in recent days in the wake of the Supreme Court's reversal of Roe v. Wade. The ruling last week ended a person's federally protected right to an abortion, leaving the matter to the states....
    An abortion rally turned violent on Friday after an off-duty police officer, who is running for a Rhode Island State Senate seat, punched his Democratic opponent after she spoke at the event. The alleged assailant, Jeann Lugo, has now dropped out of the race. “I’m a reproductive rights organizer & State Senate candidate. Last night, after speaking at our Roe rally, my Republican opponent—a police officer—violently attacked me,” Jennifer Rourke said in a tweet on Saturday. “This is what it is to be a Black woman running for office. I won’t give up,” she added. I’m a reproductive rights organizer & State Senate candidate. Last night, after speaking at our Roe rally, my Republican opponent – a police officer – violently attacked me. This is what it is to be a Black woman running for office. I won’t give up.pic.twitter.com/ZREDP2dvXY — Jennifer Rourke (@JenRourke29) June 25, 2022 Rourke recalled the incident while speaking to the Daily Beast over the weekend. “After giving a speech, she said, she stepped aside and noticed an altercation taking place involving a counter-protester,...
    The incident. As seen on video, a man struck a woman during a pro-choice protest outside of the Rhode Island State House in Providence on Friday night. Jennifer Rourke, the Rhode Island Political Cooperative Chairwoman and a Democratic candidate for the state Senate, says she is the woman in that footage. Her attacker was her Republican opponent Jeann Lugo, she said. Lugo, an officer for the Providence Police Department, has announced that he dropped out of the race for Senate District 29. He was off-duty at the time of the incident, officials said. Lugo now faces charges and is on paid administrative leave from the department. Moment @JenRourke29 struck by who appears to be her Senate opponent @JeannCLugo pic.twitter.com/kJd64rRO1B — Bill Bartholomew (@BillBartholomew) June 25, 2022 Other Twitter users either tagged or quote-tweeted him when referring to the incident from Friday, but his account is defunct as of Sunday afternoon. Following last night’s incident Providence Police Officer Jeann Lugo has decided to end his campaign for State Senate. https://t.co/85tDFTWu9H — Alex Malm (@alex_malm1) June 25, 2022 “I’m a reproductive...
    ELMAU, Germany (AP) — The Latest on the G-7 summit, the annual meeting of the leading democratic economies, which this year is being held in Germany’s Bavarian Alps: U.S. President Joe Biden has arrived in Germany’s Bavarian alps for the annual meeting of the leading democratic economies, with the war in Ukraine and its consequences taking center stage. Biden and his Group of Seven allies plan discussions on how to ensure energy supplies and tackle inflation against the backdrop of Russia’s invasion. The G-7 summit also aims to make sure that the global coalition working to punish the Kremlin for the four-month-old war holds firm. Biden was to begin his visit Sunday with a bilateral meeting with the summit’s host, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. In the afternoon Biden was to meet in both formal and informal settings with the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the European Union. ___ Follow AP’s coverage of the G-7 summit: https://apnews.com/hub/g-7-summit Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) dropped a new campaign ad on Wednesday and took a not-so-subtle swipe at his own Democratic Party and its leader President Joe Biden. Kelly is considered to be one of the most vulnerable incumbents this election cycle and clearly is working to distance himself from his party, which is currently tied to a sagging economy and high inflation. “Arizona families are facing tough choices, like how to fill the gas tank and the grocery cart. … We can’t afford to wait this out. So I’m pushing for solutions today, even if it means taking on my own party,” Kelly says in the ad. The ad shows images of people filling up their gas tanks accompanied by a headline from Fox News that reads “Democratic Sens. Kelly, Manchin press Biden over Gulf oil leases.” Kelly tying himself to West Virginia, conservative Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) says a lot about how the Kelly campaign reads the current political climate in Arizona. Kelly, a former astronaut and the husband of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords who was...
    \u201cEarlier this evening, while at Fourth Street Live, Mayor Fischer was punched by an individual. The Mayor is doing fine. LMPD is investigating & will release further information as it becomes available. Anyone with information can call our anonymous tip line at 502-574-5673.\u201d — LMPD (@LMPD) 1655600350 Greg Gitschier — a former Secret Service agent and former bodyguard of the mayor — told WHAS-TV that "it's becoming an upside-down world because lines that were never crossed so much in the past now seem to no longer matter." Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer addresses punch, no arrests made still youtu.be 'Just peacefully protesting, nothing to see here'Many commenters unleashed mockery on Louisville police's Facebook post about the punch, with most of the derision directed toward Fischer, implying that the mayor's policies led to the physical attack on him. "Karma. What you allow will continue. You have allowed crime to run unabashed. It will continue," one commenter wrote. "Just peacefully protesting, nothing to see here," another commenter quipped. Others told city police that Fischer wants them to "stand down"...
    Chris Licht, the new president of CNN, is continuing his turn away from the network's prior lean toward liberals in an attempt to remake the network in the wake of its collapse under his predecessor Jeff Zucker. Licht, 50, has reportedly told his staff to no longer use the phrase 'the big lie' to refer to ex-President Donald Trump's phony claims about fraudulence in the 2020 election results.   The wording is a popular one for the network. According to Mediaite, the phrase has been said 168 times in the first half of June alone.  Hosts like Reliable Sources' Brian Stelter are often fond of the phrase to the point where they use it prominently in graphic packages and chyrons.   Licht was asked to opine on the term during a conference call Tuesday with the network's management and the producers of various shows.   Chris Licht, the new president of CNN, is continuing his turn away from the network's prior lean toward liberals in an attempt to remake the network in the wake of its collapse under his predecessor Jeff Zucker Licht,...
    Two top-ranking Democratic lawmakers are pushing to add more gender-neutral bathrooms in the Capitol. Reps. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts and Hakeem Jeffries of New York argue adding single occupancy restrooms wil benefit members of the transgender, gender nonconforming and disability communities.  'Implementing single-use restrooms will make a visible difference in the lives of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, as well as other marginalized communities, including people with disabilities, older adults, and parents of small children,' they write.  There is one single-occupancy restroom in the Longworth House Office Building but none in the other two House office buildings.  The lawmakers were showing their support to a request from staff for more such bathrooms and their letter came on the same day President Joe Biden held an event for Pride Month at the White House.  'Concern over the lack of appropriate facilities is shared by our staff and visitors who have relayed to us their stories and experiences, including Members of the LGBT Congressional Staff Association,' the two Democratic lawmakers wrote to Rep. Zoe Lofgren, the chair of the House Administration Committee,...
    (CNN)Supreme Court justices are facing protests from outside their newly fortified perimeter -- and from within -- as they finish an epic session destined to transform the law in America. The warnings from dissenting liberal justices battling the conservative supermajority have become overt. Justice Sonia Sotomayor referred last Wednesday to "a restless and newly constituted Court" that "sees fit ... to foreclose remedies in yet more cases" in a decision limiting civil lawsuits against federal agents who violate constitutional rights. What would it mean if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. WadeA week earlier, the three on the left described a decision staunching certain claims of ineffective trial counsel in capital case as "perverse" and "illogical." Conservative justices, for their part, have aired their grievances in public settings. Clarence Thomas spoke in May of the "distrust" among the justices, and Samuel Alito recalled the past wound of an "indefensible" opinion. Meanwhile, their three dozen law clerks, the workhorses of the building, are beleaguered by an investigation into a leaked early copy of the opinion in an abortion rights case to...
    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — J. Joseph “Joe” Grandmaison, a larger-than-life Democratic operative who ran numerous campaigns and served as an appointee under three presidents, has died. He was 79. Grandmaison died from the effects of Parkinson’s disease Saturday at Wentworth Senior Living, his brother said. “With the passing of Joe Grandmaison, New Hampshire has lost a political legend,” said U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. Grandmaison led a number of campaigns and was an informal adviser on others. He was credited with counseling Democrat Bill Clinton to declare victory early in the evening in the New Hampshire primary. Clinton declared himself the “comeback kid” by taking second place, and went on to the first of two terms in the White House. He grew up on working class neighborhood known as Crown Hill in Nashua, which shaped him. “He never stopped believing that not everybody in life gets dealt a fair hand, and that government needs to be there in order to deal with the adversity or unfairness that most people experience at some time,” said his brother, Phil Grandmaison. “That’s why...
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — In her political return to a state where she campaigned heavily ahead of the 2020 election, Vice President Kamala Harris told a gathering of South Carolina Democrats how appreciative the White House is for the key support that ultimately led to the Biden administration. “We see how South Carolina brings critical representation to the presidential nominating process,” Harris said. “And we see how South Carolina Democrats set President Joe Biden and me on a path to the White House. … Thank you, South Carolina.” Her appearance, Harris’ first to a state-level party event since taking office, at times was reminiscent of the stump speeches that comprised her 2020 campaign in the state. Harris campaigned heavily in South Carolina during her own 2020 White House bid but left the race before the state’s first-in-the-South primary, unable to achieve significant polling support or break through in a field that at one time included two dozen Democratic hopefuls. During that campaign, Harris worked to develop networks among Black voters often not elevated in the state’s political campaign, such...
    President Joe Biden will spend the weekend partying with Hollywood elites at a chic Los Angeles fundraiser as American families everywhere face yet another round of sticker shock as inflation hits a new record. Biden is reportedly attending a fundraiser this weekend held by Democratic mega-donor billionaire Haim Saban and his wife, Cheryl. U.S. President Barack Obama participates in a conversation with Saban Forum Chairman Haim Saban. (Pete Marovich/Getty Images) The fundraiser will raise money for the Democratic National Committee’s Democratic Grassroots Victory Fund, with tickets starting at $1,000 per person and going as high as a whopping $36,500, according to a report from Deadline. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) is reportedly expected to attend the glitzy fundraiser. Biden, who is in L.A. for the Summit of the Americas, will party the night away as average Americans continue to  suffer under his presidency. As Breitbart News reported, inflation hit a new high in May with prices soaring a stunning 8.6 percent, defying the prevailing media narrative that inflation had cooled off a bit. Food prices rose even more, with the price of...
    Democratic Rep. Lucy McBath recalled the 2012 murder of her 17-year-old son during Thursday's House Judiciary Committee hearing on gun control.  'Do we have the courage right here in this body to imagine the phone call parents in Uvalde received last week?' she asked. 'The phone call that confirmed our fear - our singular fear that my child is dead. That I was unable to protect them. Because I know that phone call,' the Georgia lawmaker said.  McBath's son Jordan Davis, who was black, was murdered by a white man at a Florida gas station following an argument over the volume of Davis' music.  Michael David Dunn fired his gun at Davis and three other teenagers, killing Davis.  McBath's political career was propelled by her national reputation as a gun control advocate in the wake of Davis' death.  At Thursday's hearing she remarked that that the Buffalo supermarket shooter was inspired by the 'same racially motivated violence' that got her son killed.  McBath also went after Republican lawmakers who proposed an amendment to the bill that would bar red flag...
    One Republican lawmaker showed off his guns over Zoom, while Democrats blasted their GOP colleagues for allowing mass shootings to happen due to their resistance to gun control laws, during Thursday's heated House Judiciary Committee hearing.  Lawmakers held a markup session for the 'Protecting Our Kids Act,' which combines eight pieces of legislation in the latest Congressional gun control push on the heels of mass shootings in Buffalo, Robb Elementary School in Uvalve, Texas and Wednesday night's killings in Tulsa.  The bill would raise the purchasing age of certain semiautomatic centerfire rifles from 18 to 21 - as the shooters in Buffalo and Uvalve were both 18. It also goes after high-capacity magazines, ghost guns and bump stocks and mandates certain requirements for firearms storage on residential facilities.  Republican Rep. Greg Steube of Florida displayed his own collection of guns over Zoom during Thursday's heated House Judiciary Committee hearing marking up gun control legislation 'I'm at my house, I can do whatever I want with my guns,' Rep. Greg Steube told Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee during Thursday's House Judiciary Committee hearing  Republican Rep. Ken Buck of...
    Madrid (AP) — Spain’s armed forces have fired an army captain after a video showed some 30 soldiers of the officer’s unit kneeling in front of the Valley of the Fallen mausoleum, the most potent existing symbol of the dictatorship of late Gen. Francisco Franco. The Defense Ministry said Thursday the captain was dismissed within hours of the video being posted on social media and that an investigation into the incident would be completed within 48 hours. The video posted by a pro-democracy army group showed the soldiers kneeling with rifles in their hands on the steps at the mausoleum’s esplanade as a priest blessed them. Many people viewed the video as tarnishing Spain’s claim to be a secular state, and several political parties have demanded an explanation from Defense Minister Marita Robles. The grandiose mausoleum — with a towering cross that is visible from kilometers (miles) away — was Franco’s burial place and has always been a revered shrine for his extreme right-wing followers. The current Socialist-led coalition government ordered the removal of Franco’s remains in 2019 under...
    As he first publicly sought donors for his family foundation, and privately began weighing the possibility of making a third run for the Oval Office, former Vice President Joe Biden was more than a little rusty at fundraising. “You all look dull as hell, I might add,” Biden told a group of would-be donors at a Biden Foundation event in 2017. “The dullest audience I have ever spoken to. Just sitting there, staring at me. Pretend you like me!” Five years and more than $1 billion later, Biden and his team still haven’t quite gotten the hang of keeping donors happy. Texts go unanswered, advice goes unheeded, and outreach from the president’s senior advisors is, in the words of multiple organizers and fundraisers, “nonexistent.” But with Democrats staring down the barrel of a potentially historic defeat in the midterm elections in November, fundraisers frustrated both with the administration’s failure to achieve its policy goals and its steadfast refusal to keep them in the loop are slowly thawing their icy attitude towards the White House—if only to save the country. “There...