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    Eden Hazard appeared critical of Germany's gesture ahead of their match with Japan, in which the starting XI covered their mouths after being prevented from wearing the 'OneLove' armband to denounce the threat of FIFA sanctions.  The Real Madrid forward claimed that the four-time World Cup winners might have made a better impact had they focused more on winning the game than making a statement in the game, according to RMC Sport.  Players had been warned against wearing OneLove armbands promoting inclusivity at a tournament held in a country with a questionable human rights record, and Hazard admitted he did not want to risk incurring an automatic yellow card.  'Yes, but afterwards they lost the match,' Hazard said, when asked for his thoughts on the gesture made by the German side on Wednesday.  'They would have done better not to do it and to win. We are here to play football, I am not here to send a political message.  'People are better placed for that. We want to be focused on football.'  Several European nations, including England and Wales,...
    Michael A. McCoy/Getty Images President Joe Biden delivered a 20-minute speech Wednesday evening that warned Americans about serious threats to democracy. He cited recent examples of political violence — most notably the attack on the Pelosi family — as well as the grave rise in election denialism. Those threats are real, and urgently important as we approach the first election since Donald Trump sought to overturn the last one. But many in the chattering class, and nattering nabobs of negativism, couldn’t help but ignore the substance of Biden’s speech to instead criticize the message as a losing one politically. Those criticisms miss the point: As I said on Leland Vittert’s On Balance Wednesday night, the speech was far less political than it could have been. Biden focused mostly on polity and civic duty as election day nears. You can watch that video below: Tonight, President Joe Biden delivered an unexpected speech about the threats to American democracy. @LelandVittert dissects some of the presidents comments with @PhilipWegmann and @colbyhall.#OnBalance pic.twitter.com/pYHvoxXOID — NewsNation (@NewsNation) November 3, 2022 There is no...
    Alex Wong/Getty Images Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi spoke about the violent assault on her husband Paul Pelosi for the first time in a grateful letter to her colleagues in the House of Representatives. A suspect named David DePape allegedly broke into Speaker Pelosi’s San Francisco home early Friday morning and violently attacked her husband Paul while asking for the speaker’s whereabouts. He has since been found to hold a raft of MAGA beliefs and grievances promoted by Trump and his supporters. The assault has shaken the political world and sparked blistering denunciations of former President Donald Trump and his political acolytes who have stoked the grievances that fueled the alleged suspect from people like President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. But in a “Dear colleague” letter released Saturday night, Speaker Pelosi expressed gratitude and grace about the response to the shocking attack: October 29, 2022 Dear Colleague, Yesterday morning, a violent man broke into our family home, demanded to confront me and brutally attacked my husband Paul. Our children, our grandchildren and I are heartbroken and traumatized by the life-threatening attack on...
    Screenshot via YouTube White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain violated the Hatch Act, according to the Department of Justice. The Hatch Act prohibits government employees, except for the president and vice president, from engaging in certain political practices such as campaigning. In a Wednesday letter to the America First Legal Foundation (AFLF), first reported by The New York Post and obtained by Mediaite, the head of the Hatch Act Unit at the Office of the Special Counsel (OSC), Ana Galindo-Marrone, wrote that the chief of staff “retweeted a May 22, 2022 message from Strike PAC (@StrikePAC) from his official Twitter account (@WHCOS). The tweet read, ‘Operation Fly Formula delivers 70,000 pounds of infant formula for American mothers and their infants. Thank you @POTUS.’ The tweet also read, ‘Get your Democrats Deliver merch today!’ and included a link to Strike PAC’s online store and an image of the group’s ‘Democrats Deliver’ tshirt.” AFLF sent a letter in June in response to Klain‘s retweet. The OSC letter noted that Strike PAC “is a partisan political group, and according to its website, it ‘supports...
    Former President Donald Trump posted a menacing message to his Truth Social followers on Tuesday claiming there is a “danger from within” in the U.S. and that “something must now be done to rid us of this Cancer.” Trump posted the message above a meme from a user named Tara Wilson. The meme included an image of Trump in the Oval Office and the message: THIS MAN’S FIRST TERM EXPOSED THE MOST IMMENSE DEGENERATION EVER IN THE WHOLE HISTORY OF THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S DISGUSTING, EVIL TACTICS IT WAS IN THAT TIME THEY DRAMATICALLY CHANGED FROM SPITEFULLY INTOLERABLE HYPOCRITES, & DOMESTIC THUGS TO SINFULLY IMMORALLY, TOTALLY HEINOUS INTERNATIONAL TERRORISTS Trump then captioned the meme, writing, “It was during the Trump Administration that the “Deep State” corruption, and pure hatred of our Country, was fully EXPOSED – No longer just a nasty myth, concept, or idea.” “This is yet another great achievement, but something must now be done to rid us of this Cancer that is purposely destroying our Nation. There is far more danger from within than anything coming from...
    In this article @CL.1 @LCO.1 watch nowVIDEO2:4602:46OPEC+ agreement to cut oil supply is a 'nothingburger,' says consultancySquawk Box AsiaOPEC+'s decision to implement a small production output cut is more of a political statement and symbolic message sent by the alliance, analysts said. On Monday, the group announced a small oil production cut of 100,000 barrels per day to bolster prices. Just last month, OPEC+ decided to raise oil output by the same target of 100,000 barrels per day. "Essentially, it's like a zero sum for the market," said Ellen Wald, president of Transversal Consulting. "The increase [in oil production] last month was also almost nothing... and now we're talking about taking those away." Wald said the underlying message is more significant than the cut itself. "The symbolic meaning of this cut is, I think, much more important for the market," Wald said, adding that the price of Brent crude was "pushed up so much" following the decision. Oil prices rose about 3% on Monday following OPEC's announcement. The rally has since lost steam, paring gains in Tuesday trade. Brent...
    With inflation still a top issue ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, Democrats have found an unconventional—and potentially risky—place to go on the offensive: the gas pump. Gas stations across the country have already become a partisan battleground, with Republicans mockingly affixing stickers of President Joe Biden on the pump seemingly taking credit for whatever the price is on any given day. But politicians are increasingly using the idle time consumers use to fill up their tanks to hit them with an unexpected political ad. “It's a captive audience,” a Democratic campaign consultant told The Daily Beast, requesting anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on behalf of their candidates. “I mean, everyone—rich, poor, in the middle—needs to buy gas, and for a relatively low cost, you can hold their attention while they're standing at the pump.” The gas station consoles also allow campaigns to re-run ads they’ve already paid for on social media and TV, the campaign consultant explained. And they offer a significant savings when replacing TV ads, especially in a large metro area, where pricing is...
    Donald Trump posted to his social media platform late Monday night an eerie apocalyptic ad calling America 'a nation in decline' - while also promising a political future for himself where he says 'the best is yet to come.' The ad was posted to Truth Social, the former president's own alternative social media platform, just hours after his Mar-a-Lago home in Florida was raided by the FBI - reportedly as part of an investigation into whether he took classified documents with him when he left the White House. Trump's voice narrates the video ad which opens with a jolting clap of thunder over black and white photos of America.  'We are a nation in decline,' Trump said. 'We are a failing nation,' he continues, pointing to high inflation, high energy costs and leaving behind soldiers in Afghanistan.  Trump's voice narrates the video ad which opens with a jolting clap of thunder over black and white photos of America. Donald Trump posted to his social media platform Monday an apocalyptic ad calling America 'a nation in decline' - but promised a political...
    Bo Hines typically begins meetings and telephone calls with possible campaign contributors wryly observing that he and Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) are nothing alike. Hines, the Republican nominee in North Carolina’s new 13th Congressional District, a swing seat, is facing resistance from GOP donors worried that the telegenic 26-year-old is the second coming of Cawthorn. The freshman congressman, 27, was ousted in a May primary after voters and top North Carolina Republicans tired of his immaturity and fixation with political celebrity. Hines is working to convince Republican financiers that beyond superficial similarities, he and Cawthorn are polar opposites. “I am focused on representing the men and women of North Carolina’s 13th to the best of my ability. I have no desire to be a celebrity politician,” Hines said Monday in a statement provided to the Washington Examiner. “I would rather serve my community and work tirelessly to ensure North Carolina’s future is bright and on a path towards prosperity.” Hines’s supporters are doing their part to get the word out as well. “I’ve had the opportunity to get to know...
    RIPON (CBS13) — A school mural in Ripon is causing controversy after some people claim it has a political message. Ripona Elementary School says that the mural was supposed to represent Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, but some believe there is a hidden message in the art. The issue is the rainbow at the top of the artwork that some people believe represents the pride flag used by the LGBTQ+ community. The Ripon Unified School District says that the mural did not follow school guidelines and that the artist changed the artwork.
    ROME (AP) — Pope Francis urged the people and leaders of Congo and South Sudan on Saturday to “turn a page” and forge new paths of reconciliation, peace and development. Francis issued a video message on the day he had planned to begin a weeklong pilgrimage to the two African countries. He canceled the scheduled trip last month because of knee pain that makes walking and standing difficult. In the message, Francis said he was “greatly disappointed” by the turn of events and promised to visit “as soon as possible.” He urged the people of both countries not to allow themselves to be robbed of hope despite the violence, political instability, exploitation and poverty that he said had pained them for so long. “You have a great mission, all of you, beginning with your political leaders: It is that of turning a page in order to blaze new trails, new paths of reconciliation and forgiveness, of serene coexistence and of development,” Francis said. He said political leaders owed the pursuit of such goals to young people who...
    Voters in last week’s elections soundly rejected criminal justice reformers in Orange County and San Francisco, sparking debate about the future of California’s progressive movement and the fate of the recall campaign against progressive Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon. Despite their differences, there is one thing tough-on-crime and progressive factions can both agree on: fear is a great motivator. Whether that fear is well-placed or the product of political spin, voters don’t like to feel unsafe and will mark their ballots accordingly, experts said. “The ‘NIMBYism’ of California is that criminal justice reform is fine and good, as long as I’m not less safe,” said Jodi Balma, a political science professor at Fullerton College. “They want reform in theory, they want reform in the abstract. … For all of California’s progressive reputation, we have always been and always will be tough on crime.” That said, many experts counsel against reading too much into the landslide recall of progressive San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin in one of the nation’s most liberal communities. Boudin faced a well-funded campaign that...
    (CNN)Jason Kander became a political star with a blindfold on. In a breakthrough campaign ad, the young war veteran assembled an assault rifle without looking.In conservative Missouri, that marked Kander as a Democrat who could relate to gun owners even as he supported background checks opposed by the National Rifle Association. Though he lost that 2016 Senate race, Kander not long thereafter was launching a presidential campaign with encouragement from none other than Barack Obama.And then, just as suddenly, he abandoned electoral politics -- not because of public setbacks, but because of private pain. In October 2018, he announced his decision to seek mental health treatment for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.The divergence between Kander's outer and inner lives produced his riveting, candid new memoir, "Invisible Storm." Its conclusion is that treatment works. JUST WATCHEDWhat is PTSD?ReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHWhat is PTSD? 01:10Kander waited more than a decade before seeking help himself. He had resisted the idea that his four-month tour as an Army intelligence officer in Afghanistan, ending in February 2007, had caused the fear, anger and insomnia that...
    'A political statement' The HOA letter read, in part, that "the flag on your pole is not a United States flag. It is a political statement. Please remove the flag from your property,” the station said. But DiSario told WCMH he "spent 23 years in the military, and there’s no way, shape, or form that flag is being flown disrespectful at all. It has a 4-by-6 American flag above it, and the police flag is ... 3-by-5 below it. It is not bigger than the top flag." “It represents my son and nothing else," he added to the station. "So I don’t know why everybody is now harassing me that I have to take it down.” What did the HOA have to say? David Dye, Omni Community Association Managers president, told the station the HOA received a complaint about the flag and then sent the letter to DiSario instructing him to take down the flag. “They bought into the community with rules,” Dye told the station. “He agreed by buying in this community...
    As the prospect of a reversal of Roe v. Wade looms, Senate Republicans tried Wednesday to stay on message on the economy, blaming President Joe Biden for rising gas prices. A leaked draft of a majority opinion that would overturn Roe in a case concerning a Mississippi law banning elective abortions after 15 weeks rocked the political world this week, and both sides of the contentious issue are bracing for a reversal, which would send the matter back to individual states to legislate. The 1973 ruling in Roe legalized abortion nationwide, but the new case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, directly challenged the landmark case. BIDEN CONGRATULATES OHIO DEMOCRATIC LAWMAKER FOR BEATING LEFT-WING PRIMARY CHALLENGER Chief Justice John Roberts confirmed the authenticity of the draft but said the document does not constitute the final opinion of the court. Democrats have moved to use the prospect of a reversal of Roe to shift the discussion ahead of the midterm elections to reproductive rights. Analysts predict the midterm elections will favor Republicans due to low approval...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden on Wednesday sharpened the contrast between his policies and what he derided as an "ultra-MAGA agenda" on the right as he looks to hone his midterm message heading into a high-stakes campaign season. The President zeroed in on an economic plan put forward by the leader of the Senate Republicans' campaign arm, Sen. Rick Scott of Florida, which Biden said was "extreme" and would raise taxes on millions of working-class American families. Scott's plan, which has been rebuked by Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell, includes many Trumpian proposals and calls for completing a border wall and naming it after former President Donald Trump. "It's a MAGA agenda all right. Let me tell you about this ultra-MAGA agenda -- it's extreme, as most MAGA things are," Biden said from the White House, referencing Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan. With control of Congress at stake this fall and many Democrats nervous about sky-high inflation and the President's low approval ratings, Biden has shifted his posture and is increasingly going on the offense against Republicans as he tries to...
    Archbishop Justin Welby, the de facto head of the Church of England, has used his Easter message to attack British government plans to transfer some male boat migrants to Rwanda while their asylum claims are processed, claiming the policy “is the opposite of the nature of God”. In a highly political “sermon” preached at the service of Holy Communion at Canterbury Cathedral and broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday morning, the woke archbishop loosely linked the resurrection of Jesus Christ to a number of contemporary political issues he is interested in, including the conflict in Ukraine, “the rising cost of power, fuel, and basic food”, and, of course, immigration. “[T]his season is also why there are such serious ethical questions about sending asylum seekers overseas,” the Archbishop of Canterbury claimed, referring to the Boris Johnson administration’s plans to finally do something about the ever-worsening boat migrant crisis by striking a deal with Rwanda, a safe third country, to host some male asylum seekers while their asylum claims — often bogus — are processed. “The details are for politics and...
    NORCO, Calif. (KABC) -- An Eastvale mother is furious after discovering a video showing her daughter's preschool teacher leading a political chant in which the 4 and 5-year-old students were calling for President Joe Biden to leave office."I was just in shock," said Christina McFadden, who told Eyewitness News the video was posted on a school messaging app that is used to communicate with parents. The incident allegedly happened on Feb. 18 at Turning Point Christian School in the city of Norco."I had to watch it multiple times to realize, is this really happening?" McFadden said.The video lasts only about eight seconds. You can hear a teacher asking the students, "Who's our President." The students then respond in unison, "Biden!" The teacher then asks the students "What do we want to do with him?" and the students respond twice, "We want him out!"McFadden said when she picked up her daughter from school that afternoon, one of the first things she referenced was the chant."The first thing she said to me when I picked her up was 'We want him out,'"...
    by Austin Stone   Everyone knows how the 2016 election transformed the American electorate overnight. Many voters were shaken from their “tax cuts and gun rights” slumber and awakened to the decline and corruption of America’s culture, economy, and entire political system. After that election, Republican voters watched many of their own representatives betray the MAGA movement rather than help their constituents change the status quo. Internet searches for the phrase “GOP establishment” increased by a hundredfold. The “deplorables”—also known as the people—laid siege to the elites with tremendous energy. Eventually, the people’s representatives came along as well—or got primaried. To the horror of the liberal media, the MAGA candidate became an archetype for races across the country in 2018, 2020, and now the 2022 midterms. Coveted endorsements from former President Trump dominate news cycles, and Republican politicians compete with each other for conservative cred. The Anti-Defamation League, known for its leftist smear-campaigns, identified over 100 Republican candidates who are “right-wing extremists” running for office this year. I call that a good start. But Republicans’ new wine is still being poured into old wineskins—or, for a...
    Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg ran down and killed a pedestrian on Sept. 12, 2020. This week, South Dakota Department of Public Safety Secretary Craig Price said Ravnsborg received a text message from an unnamed political consultant less than two days after the crash that commented on the political party of Joe Boever, the 55-year-old man that Ravnsborg, a first-term Republican, had killed. “Well, at least the guy was a Democrat,” the message read. Price, in a letter to Speaker of the South Dakota House of Representatives Spencer Gosch, said a study of text messages between the Attorney General and advisers and staff members reveal “disparaging and offensive statements regarding other law enforcement officers, judges, a Supreme Court justice, a legislator, prosecutors, staff members, a former attorney general, and a United States senator.” Price posted the letter on Twitter Wednesday and also issued a press release, as Gov. Kristi Noem’s administration continues to apply pressure in an effort to remove the attorney general. Ravnsborg has rarely spoken to reporters or the public about the fatal crash. He did have a private...
    A CNN panel blasted Stacey Abrams, who is running for governor in Georgia, over a photo taken of her unmasked with masked schoolchildren on Monday's "Inside Politics." CNN host John King said, "One thing she did manage to do is unite Brian Kemp, the incumbent Republican governor, and David Perdue, the Trump-endorsed primary challenger. They both … [said] that she was being a hypocrite." "It was a gift to the … Republicans," he added.  Stacey Abrams (REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage/File Photo) CNN political analyst Zolan Kanno-Youngs said the campaign or Abrams herself should have known better than to retweet the photo.  "If you're running this campaign [or if] you're … Stacey Abrams … you know … that this is going to be something the Republicans will seize on," he said KATHARINE MCPHEE SLAMS STACEY ABRAMS FOR MASKLESS CLASSROOM PHOTO: 'THE HYPOCRISY CONTINUES' He added that it's also an opportunity to encourage mask-wearing, "We're still in a pandemic. You have all of these students behind you as well, and that's something you should want to encourage." After the backlash ensued on Twitter, the...
    (CNN)Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Michael Carvajal is retiring, following months of pressure from some lawmakers seeking his ouster over management issues at the agency. A Bureau of Prisons message to employees on Wednesday said that "after 30 years of service with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), Michael Carvajal, Director, this week notified Justice Department leadership of his plans to retire.""At the request of the Attorney General, Director Carvajal has agreed to continue to lead the agency until a successor is named," the message said. "When his successor has been named, further details regarding Director Carvajal's retirement date will be provided."This story is breaking and will be updated.
    (CNN)At least five conservative radio hosts who warned their audiences against the vaccine have died of Covid in recent months. But the death of Marcus Lamb this week highlights a different network of misinformation that has nearly as broad a reach in conservative circles but receives far less attention in political media: conservative Christian broadcasters. Nicole Hemmer Marcus Lamb, a televangelist who founded the Daystar network and was a major source of Covid-19 misinformation, died after being hospitalized with the disease. Lamb's son, Jonathan, described his father's diagnosis as "a spiritual attack from the enemy... As much as my parents have gone on here to kind of inform everyone about everything going on in the pandemic and some of the ways to treat Covid, there's no doubt that the enemy is not happy about that, and he's doing everything he can to take down my dad." A statement from Daystar Television Network said in part, "The family asks at this time that their privacy be respected as they grieve this difficult loss, and they wish to express their deep...
    (CNN)For those of us who are growing increasingly worried about the prospect of even more deadly political violence in the United States, Tuesday's verdict by a Charlottesville jury -- which held extreme far-right leaders and groups that organized and participated in the violent 2017 rally liable for more than $26 million in damages -- came as very welcome news. The defendants were found liable on state conspiracy and other claims, though the jury said it could not reach a verdict on two federal conspiracy claims. Still, it's a good day when some of the worst people in the country are held accountable and slapped with potentially crippling financial penalties.Frida GhitisThe threat is far from over. But even if defendants don't come up with the millions the jury assessed against them, or the damages are reduced by the court, the trial and its outcome sent a signal that in America, there will be accountability after all for those awful summer days, a message that has been much too scarce since political violence started surging in the past few years.The money may...
    (CNN)When a president has to assure Americans there'll be enough turkey for Thanksgiving, it's a sure sign of national malaise.That was the case Tuesday as the holiday season begins with citizens, already wearied by the worst public health crisis in 100 years, now punished by rising prices, the painfully high cost of gasoline and fears that winter's arrival could mean another spike in Covid-19 cases. President Joe Biden's transformational agenda is designed to reorient the economy toward working people. But American wallets and morale are hurting now, so its complex programs, which may take months or years to deliver relief, won't lighten the dark mood music on a holiday he is spending on Nantucket.While there are some strong signs in the economy pointing to job and wage growth, Republicans are seizing upon the country's difficulties to lambast Biden's leadership, increasingly confident of big wins in the House and Senate next year. Every day brings new evidence for their case, with headlines about Dollar Tree raising its eponymous baseline price to $1.25 and with staples like breakfast cereal set to cost...
    (CNN)So much for the Republican Party being all about the future.A week ago, Glenn Youngkin showed his party a new way to win. His triumph in the Virginia governor's race sparked talk of a new GOP surge in the suburbs, of tiptoeing past Donald Trump and of letting 2020 election conspiracies go.But now the party is showing its uglier, and arguably more authentic, face, even as ex-President Trump suffers a rebuke from a court that rejected his bid to keep hundreds of documents related to the US Capitol insurrection secret. Violence is now everywhere in our political debates An Arizona congressman tweeted a photoshopped anime video of himself slaying liberal Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York. Sen. Ted Cruz , a Texas Republican, has reportedly been spitballing about secession. Michigan Rep. Fred Upton shared a vile voicemail branding him a traitor and threatening his family after he was one of the handful of Republicans to vote for a bipartisan infrastructure bill to create jobs mending roads, bridges and airports. And the ex-President himself has taken his incitement and obsessional...
    Nostalgia has been erased in a revamp of the 1980s classic My Little Pony with the once-whimsical characters now pushing progressive political messaging, and the baddies painted as being 'anti-science'.  Netflix's woke My Little Pony: A New Generation introduces its young viewers to themes of tolerance, prejudice and even fascism as it turns the colorful tiny horses into political pawns. The film depicts anti-magic ponies - the 'the baddies' - as ignorant anti-science creatures likely to spread irrational fear and untruths. It also includes a cameo from a character called Deputy Sprout – complete with a tuft of blond mane and bushy eyebrows – who is portrayed as the antagonist.  The entitled and spoiled pony takes a bigoted attitude toward unicorns and the Pegasus, and sets out to battle against them. He later atones for his rage-filled ways after losing the battle to his magical enemies, who outpowered him with their friendly and harmonic ways.  Astute reviewers say the messages contained in the movie are applicable beyond Equestria Pipp Petals (above) is among the characters featured in My Little Pony: The Next...
    With its premiere on Instagram, Angelina Jolie has wanted to focus on the struggle of Afghan women after the recent events in the country. Angelina Jolie: The big star in 100 images. Instagram is now a better place: Angelina Jolie has finally joined the social network with her first official account. And her first publications make it clear that the actress, director and producer has come to the social network to launch important messages. “Right now, the people of Afghanistan are losing the ability to communicate on social media and to express themselves freely,” Jolie wrote in her first post. “So I have come to Instagram to share their stories and the voices of those around the world who are fighting for their basic human rights.” Indeed, that first ‘post’ by Jolie corresponded to a letter from an Afghan girl who recounted her experience, and expressed fear that the Taliban will end his college career. “We are all incarcerated again,” he writes. Along with the images of this writing, the actress and director wanted to share her opinion...
    (CNN)Once a week, sometimes twice a week, the nation hears the official report about the coronavirus pandemic -- straight from the White House.Just as former President Donald Trump owned the first year of the pandemic, Biden owns the second year. And while it's important to have the White House and President out front in a national emergency of this magnitude, it's likely the near total White House domination of the response is widening the unhelpful political divides that are making it harder than it needs to be to fight coronavirus.The briefings are the most evident example.Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, give brief comments about the latest statistics, predict where the pandemic is heading, and discuss a piece of research or two that help explain the latest understanding of Covid-19. CDC scientists recall death by a thousand cuts as they try to rebuild the agencys reputation Read MoreOverseeing all of it is White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeff Zients....
    MSNBC contributor and former FBI official Frank Figliuzzi said Wednesday that Republicans and Vladimir Putin are essentially sending the same message on the January 6th riots. Putin has invoked the Capitol riots when questioned about Russia’s treatment of political opponents, particularly the fatal shooting of Capitol rioter Ashli Babbitt. On Fox News Tuesday night, Tucker Carlson said the Russian leader is posing “fair questions” about that day. Nicolle Wallace talked with her panel about Republicans who have downplayed the events of January 6th, and Figliuzzi said, “This is about preservation of power.” He went on to say that Putin “regurgitated the very same message that we have U.S. congressmen sending, which is that the people that breached the security at the Capitol were simply looking for their political voice.” “Vladimir Putin said that today at his press conference, and these members of Congress who refuse to honor for bravery the Capitol Police officers, who protected those members of Congress, are echoing the same thing as Putin,” Figliuzzi continued. “It’s becoming difficult to understand the difference between whether it’s the message...
    Joy Behar mocked Republicans during Monday’s broadcast of “The View,” suggesting that those who refused the coronavirus vaccine did so for political reasons. Behar argued that public safety measures should not be political, claiming that refusing the vaccine was like “cutting off your nose to spite your face.” (RELATED: ‘There’s No Liberal Bias’: Joy Behar Claims News Outlets Are ‘Basically Balanced’ Except For Fox And MSNBC) WATCH: “So with 100 million people vaccinated, Joy, what do you make of people who aren’t getting the message?” cohost Whoopi Goldberg asked. “I mean, what part of this don’t people get?” “Whoopi, aren’t these the same people who wanted to have herd immunity by opening up the restaurants and having super spreaders? Aren’t these the same people who won’t take the vaccine which would actually lead to herd immunity?” Behar responded with a series of questions. “Are they waiting for some divine intervention? Because if they are, I say unto them, we have it. It’s called a vaccine.” Behar went on to say that she did not understand why anyone would...
    A rally in support of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Moscow, Jan. 23, 2021. (Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images) With international pressure building over Russia’s continued imprisonment of dissident Alexi Navalny, Russian President Vladimir Putin went after his critics Wednesday in a fiery state of the nation speech, warning countries who attempt to meddle not to cross unspecified “red lines,” without mentioning his domestic political antagonist by name. As Putin spoke, protests broke out across Russia, where demonstrators chanted “Let Navalny go!” in reference to Putin’s most vociferous critic and the man believed to have been poisoned by Russian operatives last summer with Novichok, the Cold War-era neurotoxin developed in the former Soviet Union. Navalny, who on Friday ended a three-week-old hunger strike and is said to be close to death, was very nearly killed by the exposure to Novichok, whose use as a means to exterminate political enemies first came to light in the 2018 poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury, England. Before that, says professor Gregory Koblentz, deputy director of the Biodefense Graduate Program at George Mason...
    The second vice president of the Government and leader of Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, announced this Monday that will cede the leadership of United We Can to the Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, to face Isabel Díaz Ayuso in the regional elections on May 4 as a candidate for the purple formation. In a video aimed at the militancy, Iglesias has indicated that the time has come to make courageous decisions before the political moment and believes that “the people of Podemos” and of the left want her to be the candidate for the next general elections. Specifically, Churches has conveyed to the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, his intention to leave his position Minister of Social Rights at the end of the campaign, a position that will be held by Secretary of State Ione Belarra. The news has caused a stir in the Spanish political landscape, which has already been agitated after the succession of motions of no confidence last week. The Madrid president, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, has not been slow to pronounce on the matter, reiterating...
    BEIRUT (AP) — It’s an expression of anger but also of helplessness: Anti-government protesters in Lebanon are burning tires to block key roads, releasing dense palls of smoke that rise above the capital Beirut and other parts of the country. The tactic has become the hallmark of a new flare-up of demonstrations against an intransigent political class that appears to do little as its country slides toward the political and economic abyss. Lebanon is mired in the worst economic crisis in its modern history, and the situation has been exacerbated by pandemic restrictions and an overwhelmed health care sector. “The fire releases our anger. It quiets our hearts,” said Mounir Hujairi, a 23-year-old protester from Baalbek in northeastern Lebanon, who juggles his time between low-paying day jobs and protests. The tire soot and smoke blacken the faces of protesters in anti-virus masks at make-shift roadblocks that cut off traffic around Beirut and between cities. The persistence of the protesters and the daily burning of tires underscore how intractable the country’s problems have become. Anti-government rallies first began...
    Feliciano López gives a political leader something to talk about with his message: "Represents me"
    Getty Jeremy Lin. Though LeBron James hasn’t been overly political on a specific issue over the last few months, he still finds himself as a topic of political conversations. A.C. Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic recently called the Los Angeles Lakers star out for mixing politics with sports. Ibrahimovic’s comments made the rounds and many athletes responded. One former NBA player whose message stuck out was Jeremy Lin’s. He defended LeBron in an Instagram Story, via Lakers Daily. InstagramScreenshot of Jeremy Lin’s Instagram Story. Lin was recently in the news for political reasons when he alleged that opposing players have called him “coronavirus” during games. Politics and the NBA have become more intertwined than any other sports league in America. Players are likely to stay political whether people like Ibrahimovic like it or not. ALL the latest Los Angeles Lakers news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Lakers newsletter here! Join Heavy on Lakers! LeBron Defended HimselfLeBron has been called out for his politics a number of times in the past, but that hasn’t...
    Risto Mejide has interviewed this Monday Tatiana Ballesteros, the author of the viral video Hello 2021, in which he points to the political class for their management of the coronavirus pandemic. The writer’s message reached seven million views on YouTube, and continues to circulate on social networks. The 28-year-old criminologist and philosopher assures that she feels tired after a year of pandemic: “It is like a cry of ‘enough is enough’ to the situation we have. I see that it is difficult for my mother to pay the freelance fee, and what sanitary friends are overwhelmed, seeing how they are laughing at us. “ However, he stressed that there is “no interest behind” the video. He assures that his words came “from the soul” and that it was not conceived with “a political objective”: “There is nothing strange behind it. Let them realize that we are tired.” The writer has confirmed that she has received an offer from some political parties to use her video, although she has rejected it.“Let no political party take ownership of those words because...
    BALTIMORE (AP) — The lone Republican member of Maryland’s congressional delegation has donated a large share of his 2020 campaign account to fellow conservatives and supporters of former President Donald Trump. The Baltimore Sun reports that the $325,000 that Rep. Andy Harris donated to other candidates and organizations was more than he spent on his own fundraising, campaign commercials or staff. Recipients of Harris’ contributions included Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Georgia Republican whose promotion of violent and hateful conspiracy theories led to the House voting earlier this month to remove her from committee assignments. Harris reported raising $1.5 million overall and spending $984,000 of it during 2019-20. He separately donated $70,000 through his political action committee, Chesapeake PAC. “In his own district, which is very conservative, he is able to blast out his own message,” said Roger E. Hartley, dean of the University of Baltimore’s College of Public Affairs. “What he’s also able to do is really deepen the political message in other parts of the nation.” Harris, who is serving his sixth term in the House, ended the...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Reopened schools can help address disparity Re. “Coronavirus: Rich Bay Area kids head back to class, others stay home,” Page A1, Feb. 11 : How is it fair for me to go to in person school while other children don’t have the option? It’s not. Every kid should go to school if they can stay safe by following all the rules given by the teachers, no matter where they live. I think the open schools should invite kids from the closed schools. My school has plenty of room because only half of the students came back. And if somehow the classrooms get filled up, kids can definitely work outside where there is plenty of room on the school playground. I have been back for almost an entire month. This is a huge improvement, and I want all kids to have the same opportunity. Leo Breidenbach Saratoga Despite hiccups, critics, vaccine effort advancing Being older than dirt, I was able to sign up through a...
    Yesterday, Egyptian Foreign Minister Same Shoukri confirmed that talks on the Ethiopian Renaissance dam file “did not produce anything definite and did not yield the desired results.” Ahmed Hafeez, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, said this was during a telephone call from Minister Sukri to Finnish Foreign Minister Becca Havisto about the latest developments in the Horn of Africa, especially the developments related to the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam file. According to a spokesman, Egypt relied on the success of the EU’s efforts to manage the Renaissance dam file, but the talks did not produce anything definitive and did not yield the desired results. Felix CCKD for CAF. The spokesman added that “Egypt has stressed the need to reach a legal agreement before implementing the second phase by initiating a serious negotiation process that takes into account the interests of the three countries,” affirming its desire to reach a fair and balanced agreement. Follow our latest local and sports news and the latest political and economic developments via Google News Share Print Facebook Twitter Center Pin...
    China reaffirmed its stance as a “friendly neighbor of Myanmar” on Monday hours after Myanmar’s military staged a coup, detaining the country’s top government officials and declaring a one-year state of emergency. “We have noted what happened in Myanmar, and we are learning more information on the situation,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a routine press briefing on February 1. “China is a friendly neighbor of Myanmar. We hope that all parties in Myanmar will properly handle their differences under the constitutional and legal framework and maintain political and social stability,” he added. “As Myanmar’s largest trading partner, China’s trade volume with Myanmar accounts for more than 33 percent of Myanmar’s total trade volume, according to data released by China’s Ministry of Commerce in 2020. Therefore, a stable political situation in Myanmar is conducive to exchanges and development between the two countries,” the Chinese state-run Global Times noted on Monday. Myanmar’s military executed a coup in the early hours of February 1. Soldiers detained Aung San Suu Kyi, who led Myanmar as state counsellor — a role similar...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A historic election cycle came to an end with the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. President Biden called for unity in his inauguration address, but that got us thinking: is unity even possible right now?We decided to continue our 'Dear Democracy' conversation with members of the Bay Area. ABC7's Wayne Freedman talked to people on both sides of the political spectrum about where we go from here to deal with our polarized political atmosphere in the Bay Area and across the country.VIDEO: Dear Democracy: Bay Area weighs in on Capitol chaos EMBED More News Videos After a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol and forced lawmakers to flee, we're all left wondering what's next. How people interpret it depends on their political predispositions. ABC7's Wayne Freedman sought opinions from the right and the left.
    Joe Biden delivered his inaugural address as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday.  In recognition of the mood of the country and the gravity of the moment, President Biden spoke of how "few people in our nation's history have been more challenged or found a time more challenging or difficult than the time we’re in now."  Generally, the speech was inclusive, hopeful and empathetic. Biden also underscored the need for unity to solve our most urgent problems – a pandemic, an economic crisis, racial inequities, and instability on the world stage – and he made broad references to the need to reject polarization and political divisiveness.  LESLIE MARSHALL: BIDEN'S FIRST 100 DAYS – HERE'S THE BIPARTISAN, UNITED EFFORT THE NATION CAN EXPECT "For without unity, there is no peace, only bitterness and fury. No progress, only exhausting outrage. No nation, only a state of chaos. This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge, and unity is the path forward," Biden said.   In many ways, the newly inaugurated president’s speech was one that all Americans who have felt disillusioned by the political partisanship of recent years could be pleased to hear.  CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR...
    Our capital city is currently under military occupation. By Inauguration Day, there are expected to be more than 26,000 armed federal troops in Washington. No living American has seen a moment like the one we're watching now.  For comparison, Lyndon Johnson sent a total of 13,600 federal troops and Army National Guardsmen to Washington to quell the race riots that followed the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Those riots injured hundreds of people and killed at least 13. In 1864, as the Civil War raged on the other side of the Potomac and Americans died every day in large numbers, there were fewer federal troops protecting Washington, D.C., than there are tonight. But according to our current leaders, the so-called "insurrection" of Jan. 6 was much worse than any of that. So in response, they have assembled the largest military presence in Washington in all of American history during peacetime. It's truly a national force, with Guardsmen from every state in the Union as well as Puerto Rico. The question is, why?  For decades, Washington, D.C., had the highest per-capita law enforcement presence in the country...
    Fox News host Tucker Carlson argued the arrival of thousands of National Guard troops in Washington, D.C., ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration is a "message about power." His 22-minute monologue on Monday made the case that the deployment, captured in harrowing images of the nation's capital in lockdown ahead of a transfer of presidential power, is needlessly large. "So, no matter what they are telling you, those 26,000 federal troops are not there for your safety," Carlson said. "Instead, unmistakably, the Democratic Party is using those troops to send the rest of us a message about power. We're in charge now. We run this nation from Honolulu to our colony in the Caribbean and everything in between, very much including where you and your family live. Do not question us. Men with guns enforce our decrees. We control the Pentagon." After the Capitol Hill siege by Trump supporters on Jan. 6, concerns increased that a bigger threat could be in store during Biden's inauguration, which is set for Wednesday. In preparation, the Secret Service, which is the lead agency...
    President Trump released a video Wednesday evening denouncing last week's riots at the U.S. Capitol and declaring that no true supporter of his could support political violence. "Mob violence goes against everything I believe in and everything our movement stands for," Trump said in a message from the Oval Office.  "No true supporter of mine could ever endorse political violence," Trump said. "No true supporter of mine could ever disrespect law enforcement or our great American flag. No true supporter of mine could ever threaten or harass their fellow Americans. If you do any of these things, you are not supporting our movement. You are attacking it and you are attacking our country. We cannot tolerate it." His comments were posted from the White House's Twitter account just hours after 10 House Republicans joined Democrats in impeaching the president. Trump's personal account has been banned by Twitter. TRUMP DOES NOT HAVE FUTURE IN REPUBLICAN PARTY AFTER CAPITOL RIOT: REP. NANCY MACE Both Democrats and Republicans have suggested Trump incited violence with statements he made before the riot. In her resignation letter,...
      Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images We now turn to Mediaite’s new segment we call “Tone Watch!” [Motion Graphics and Swoosh Sound Effects] The newest craze sweeping the nation?  Assessing the rhetorical tone of President Donald Trump! Now that he’s admitted to leaving the White House on January 20th in a super sweet and heartfelt video message sent Thursday night, many are wondering, is this a new tone? Did Trump finally “become president: in the 11th hour of his term?! OR, was that message a performative and phony acting job designed to get those pesky 25th amendment invokers off his presidential back?! It’s really impossible to know, but that’s why the game is so much fun! Well, there’s a new clue for political media analysts to devour. In just the second Tweet after Twitter suspended him for ostensibly inciting an insurrection on the Capitol Building after his ironically titled “Save America Rally,” Trump appears to be more comfortable with a belligerent tone of power. Trump reminded his audience of the number of “American Patriots” who voted for him, calling their’s a “GIANT...
    C-SPAN anchor Steve Scully has been reinstated by the network just months after he was suspended for lying that his Twitter account had been hacked when he sent a message to a critic of President Trump just before he was set to moderate a debate. Scully, who was placed on administrative leave in October, will initially return to an off-camera role. No date has been set for Scully’s return to on-air programming. The political editor had sent a tweet to Anthony Scaramucci, a former White House communications director, after the president called him a 'Never Trumper' on Fox News. But amid a backlash over his impartiality ahead of a planned presidential debate, he lied and said his account had been hacked. He later admitted he had sent the tweet, and was suspended. ‘Steve Scully, who was placed on administrative leave in mid-October for Twitter-related controversies in conjunction with the second presidential debate, is returning to duty at C-SPAN beginning this week,’ the network said in a statement. ‘His initial assignments will be off-air producing for C-SPAN television and resumption of...
    Russian TV bosses are to be 'punished' after Vladimir Putin's head was cut off during a broadcast of the president's New Year's Eve message. The Kaliningrad-based station blamed a 'technical glitch' rather than a political protest for the embarrassing scandal. Only the lower half of Putin's head was visible as he gave his longest-ever New Year's message from the Kremlin. The president's address is traditionally broadcast a few minutes before midnight in each of Russia's 11 time zones, and is on par with the Queen's Christmas Day message in Britain.  Editors at Kaskad TV realised the error and aborted the broadcast on both television and the internet, replacing it with music. 
    Atlanta (CNN)The message on the two trucks with the blue electronic billboards was hardly subtle and impossible to miss as they rolled through the busy streets of Atlanta. Drivers paused at lights, pulled out their cell phones to take pictures and watched the bright lights pass by. The backs and sides of each truck were outfitted with flashing LED lit political ads measuring roughly 10-feet wide by 6-feet tall. Their message, "Vote Democrat, Get $1200," was very big indeed."This story isn't so much about the big money, it's about the big message" said Jon Jones as he tailed his two electronic billboard trucks. Jones is the man behind "Relation PAC" a new and relatively small super PAC, or political action committee, entering the fray ahead of Georgia's Senate runoff races on January 5. While personal donations to political campaigns are capped at $2,800, PACs can receive unlimited funding from individuals, corporations, unions and other groups. In other words, they're a good way to get lots of money without naming names. With control of the US Senate at stake, Georgia's two...
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