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    Maryland’s Republican Governor, Larry Hogan confirmed that he would not support GOP nominee Dan Cox in his election bid to replace him in the upcoming gubernatorial election after his chosen successor lost the primary race. Hogan–a GOP governor in a generally blue state–is deeply popular across Maryland, boasting a 71 percent approval rating. The Governor has been vocal about his disdain for former President Donald Trump, regularly publicly criticizing his behavior in the media. The Governor has gone as far to enact fundraising efforts in support of candidates that Trump has targeted during their election campaign. Hogan’s chosen candidate Kelly Schulz lost in the primary to Cox, a Trump-backed candidate. Currently serving as a state lawmaker in Maryland, Cox has been a loyal supporter of Donald Trump, while notoriously justifying the Capitol riots of January 6th. Cox attempted to launch an impeachment effort against Hogan over his policies on Covid-19 and has been linked to Qanon after speaking at a conference for the conspiracy group. During an interview with Jake Tapper on Sunday, Hogan doubled down against Cox. When asked...
    The USA national team appeared to celebrate World Cup qualification a game too early on Sunday after their 5-1 win over Panama, with players unfurling a banner saying 'QUALIFIED' in front of fans despite their place in Qatar yet to be official. The Christian Pulisic-inspired victory means the United States are on the brink of sealing a place in the tournament later this year but they face one final qualifier against Costa Rica on Wednesday.  A loss of six goals or more would send America into a World Cup play-off, most likely against New Zealand. While such a defeat seems implausible, Pulisic was keen to stress the banner was an honest mistake and not a sign his team are getting ahead of themselves. The USA national side celebrated their Panama win with a banner saying 'QUALIFIED' - even though they could still fail to reach the 2022 World Cup in Qatar Christian Pulisic (second left), who scored a hat-trick in the win, insisted it was an honest mistake and that his side are focused on Wednesday's match against Costa Rica...
    Furious Freedom Convoy protesters have said 'Justin Trudeau must go' and vowed to stay put until he quits after the Canadian Prime Minister dismissed the truckers as a 'few people shouting and waving swastikas'. The Canadian premier, 50, made the comments during a debate in the House of Commons on Monday – sparking outrage among opposition Conservatives and prompting a member of his own Liberal party to resign. Now protesters blockading the border in Coutts, Alberta, have told DailyMail.com Trudeau's description of them is 'preposterous' and vowed to stay put until the former teacher resigns and mask and vaccine mandates are lifted. Jerry Eagles, 35, of Valley View, Alberta, said: 'I would say [Trudeau] is so out of touch with the Canadian people. He doesn't deserve to be our leader. 'Because to call us Nazis – there are so many kids here, people are laughing, so much generosity. To even think of saying such a thing is preposterous. 'He's not a leader. He was brought in by money and privilege and now he needs to go, quite frankly.' Freedom Convoy...
    Dean Mitchell | E+ | Getty Images Most people don't know the first thing about the Secure Act and yet it has great impact on their retirement planning. With little fanfare, the Secure Act (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act) was signed into law on Dec. 20, 2019. It's an important piece of retirement legislation that includes many reforms that could make saving for retirement easier and more accessible for many Americans. For example, the law expanded access to employer-sponsored retirement accounts, raised the required minimum distribution age to 72 and allowed families to use 529 college saving plan funds to pay back student loans. These are all good things for individual investors.More from Advice and the Advisor: What happens if you don't disclose crypto activity to IRS Why asset allocation matters when it comes to taxes 3 key reasons to keep your will and estate plan updated However, there is one potential downside: The Secure Act made a major change for beneficiaries of individual retirement accounts and 401(k) plans. One of the bill's provisions requires that...
    Nearly half the people who undergo teeth-whitening mistakenly believe it is good for oral health, a survey suggests. The treatment, using bleaching gel, carries risks of burning gums, ulcers and increased sensitivity. For these reasons, only qualified dentists are permitted to carry out the cosmetic treatment. A poll of 2,000 Britons by Bupa Dental Care found 40 per cent of those who underwent whitening did so to improve oral health. However, teeth colour gives little indication of gum disease – the top cause of tooth loss. Nearly half the people who undergo teeth-whitening mistakenly believe it is good for oral health, a survey suggests RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next The truth about ivermectin: As Laurence Fox becomes the... DR ELLIE CANNON: The tests are clear, so why is so much... Share this article Share Failing to crush fake Covid news Explaining why the false claims being made about Covid are wrong may not help change people’s minds, research suggests. Scientists at Dartmouth College in the US looked into fact-checking services set up by media...
    Lieutenant Governor Winsome Sears (R-VA) said Thursday on Fox News Channel’s “The Story” that President Joe Biden should nominate someone to the Supreme Court that is not divisive.” Sears said, “Many people may not realize that the court was very highly partisan for at least the first 100 years of its existence. Most people remember that FDR wanted to pack the court. He was not successful in doing that. In fact, this president, President Biden, wanted to pack it again. He was rebuffed in that. You know, President Johnson nominated Thurgood Marshall. We all applauded that. We thought that was excellent thing. It helped bring the country together. People started clamoring for a female. They wanted a woman on the court. So we got Sandra Day O’Connor.” She continued, “So what we’re hoping that…if he’s going to pick a woman if he’s going to pick a black woman, that he does pick someone that will respect the Constitution that she will be a qualified candidate. That’s really what we want. You know, it’s not without precedence.” She added, “What we want is someone who respects the Constitution, who is not going to be...
    Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that President Joe Biden’s promise to nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court was not affirmative action. Anchor Margaret Brennan asked, “Your colleague, Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi said, ‘Picking a female black Supreme Court Justice is affirmative racial discrimination.’ He questioned any potential impartiality from any of the candidates named. Nikki Haley, also from South Carolina, tweeted the president should have a race or gender litmus test. President Reagan promised to nominate a woman, Sandra Day O’Connor. Why is this different?” Graham said, “It’s not different to me. Put me in the camp of making sure the court and other institutions look like America. You know, we make a real effort as Republicans to recruit women and people of color to make the party look more like America. Affirmative action is picking somebody not as well qualified for past wrongs.” Discussing South Carolina U.S. District Judge J. Michelle Childs, Graham said, “Michelle Childs is incredibly qualified. There’s no affirmative action component if you pick her. She is highly qualified.”...
    A majority of voters do not think Vice President Kamala Harris has what it takes to hold the nation’s highest office if she had to assume the presidency, a Rasmussen poll released Tuesday found. Fifty-five percent of U.S. voters “don’t think the vice president is qualified for the top job,” and 46 percent say she is “not at all qualified” for the duties of the presidency, according to the poll, which was conducted with 1,000 likely U.S. voters between December 5-6, 2021. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence. Only 40 percent of voters think Harris has the traits necessary to become leader of the free world, including 23 percent who view her as “very qualified.” Only 40% think Kamala Harris is qualified to be [email protected]@POTUS#breakingpollhttps://t.co/IHWZWjIkuw pic.twitter.com/C7tkudWeta — Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) December 7, 2021 Along party lines, 76 percent of Republicans and 49 percent of unaffiliated voters think Harris is “not at all qualified for the job.” Unsurprisingly, 74 percent of Democrats have faith that Harris would make a fine president....
    Fox News star Tucker Carlson has no problem bashing the Biden administration on a nightly basis for imposing vaccine requirements for large companies, likening the policy to tyranny. But when it comes to his own employer’s strict vaccine policy—one that goes even further than the Biden rules by requiring daily COVID testing for unvaccinated staffers—Carlson’s attitude is that he’s “not qualified to speak for the company on this.” Appearing this week on the Vince & Jason Save the Nation podcast (part of The Daily Caller website founded by Carlson), the primetime star was confronted by liberal commentator Jason Nichols over Carlson’s recent assertion that Fox News doesn’t have a vaccine mandate. Last week, President Joe Biden touted his requirement that employees of companies with at least 100 staffers must either be vaccinated or submit to weekly COVID-19 testing. The president, adding that he “always gets a kick out of” this, then erroneously claimed that “Fox News requires vaccinations for all their employees.” (While Fox has boasted that more than 90 percent of its employees are vaccinated, and it requires daily...
    Fox News host Tucker Carlson has been a vocal critic of President Joe Biden’s Covid-19 vaccine requirement for companies with more than 100 employees, but ducked a simple question about his own employer’s policy in a recent podcast. Biden’s policy requires employees to either get vaccinated or be tested at least weekly. It has been met with outrage on Fox News. In comparison, the Fox News policy requires employees to either show proof they had received the vaccine or agree to daily testing. Phrased another way, the employees do not have to get vaccinated and are not required to disclose their vaccination status either way, but must submit to testing if they do not show proof they were vaccinated. Regardless of vaccination status, all Fox employees are encouraged to wear masks if they’re in enclosed areas, like a control room, close to other employees. You don’t have to be rocket scientist to look at those two policies and come to the conclusion that the Fox News policy is stricter than Biden’s. And so far, it seems to be highly successful. According to...
    Patrick Semansky/AP Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.Gen. Mark Milley, speaking before Congress in a Tuesday hearing about Afghanistan, shed light on his much-reported calls with his Chinese counterpart before and after the 2020 election.  Milley, the chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Trump officials, including White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, were aware of the calls, which Republicans have seized on as a reason to dismiss Milley.  “These military-to-military communications at the highest level are critical to the security of the United States in order to deconflict military actions, manage crises, and prevent war between great powers that are armed with the world’s most deadliest weapons,” Milley said.  The calls, which were first reported in Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa’s book Peril, provoked Republican ire that Milley had improperly circumvented the chain of command. But Milley emphasized that he is “specifically directed to communicate with the Chinese by Department of Defense guidance” and his calls were...
    Retired Army Captain Meaghan Mobbs is fighting back against the Biden administration, refusing the request to step down from her position on the military academy advisory board after President Biden asked multiple Trump-appointed members to resign. Biden is now facing backlash from multiple members of the board, including Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer.  "It's imperative that we fight for this," Mobbs said on "Fox & Friends." KELLYANNE CONWAY, SEAN SPICER FIRE BACK AFTER BIDEN BOOTS TRUMP APPOINTEES FROM MILITARY PANELS "One of the last places where we should be politicizing anything is at our United States military academies. … There has been a long tradition of being nonpartisan to ensure that we are offering the best possible advice and instruction to our West Point cadets." Kellyanne Conway, former adviser to President Trump and a member of the Board of Visitors to the U.S. Air Force Academy, fired back at Biden on Twitter saying, "I’m not resigning, but you should."  White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended the decision to oust Trump-appointed board members, saying Biden wants qualified individuals who align...
    Kamala Harris's standing among likely voters is falling as 55 per cent reveal they do not think the vice president is qualified to run the nation as she appears for the first time publicly in six days in pre-recorded remarks for a black journalism conference. When likely voters were asked in a Rasmussen Reports poll released Thursday if Harris is ready to be U.S. president, 47 per cent said she is 'not at all qualified' while 8 per cent said she's 'not qualified.' Only 14 per cent of the 1,000 polled between August 12-15 said she is 'qualified' and another 29 per cent said she is 'very qualified' to run the nation. The latest is down from her April standing, when 49 per cent of respondents said the vice president was qualified to become president. It also comes as questions emerged over Harris' role in the chaotic and bungled U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, which has garnered massive criticism from Democrats and Republicans. Harris boasted she was the 'last one in the room' with President Joe Biden before he made...
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Tulsa attorney whom the American Bar Association rated as “ not qualified ” to serve as a federal judge was tapped Friday by Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt to serve as the state’s next attorney general. After a two-month search that began in May after Republican Mike Hunter stepped down suddenly, Stitt selected John O’Connor, 66, to fill the vacancy, giving the governor an ally in his increasingly contentious relationship with some of the Native American tribes in the state. Stitt and Hunter, both Republicans, occasionally clashed on various matters, including over Stitt’s decision to renegotiate the state’s gaming compacts with Native American tribes. “It was so important to me to find someone who was highly competent in the law, but more importantly, I was looking for someone with high moral character who will do the right things for the right reasons and never for personal gain,” Stitt said after announcing his pick in Tulsa. “As the state’s top law enforcer, we needed someone willing to fight and defend what’s best for all 4 million Oklahomans.”...
    Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), the longtime retiring senator from Alabama, plans to oppose former President Donald Trump in the primary to replace him and attack Trump’s pick for the nomination, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), Breitbart News has learned. Shelby will, in a yet-to-be-published interview with National Journal, attack Brooks as “irrational.” “A lot of people would think so. Look at his record,” Shelby told National Journal’s Matt Holt when asked if Brooks would be an “irrational senator,” a transcript of their conversation provided to Breitbart News shows. Shelby also told National Journal he will “absolutely” be helping his former chief of staff Katie Britt—dubbed the “Alabama Liz Cheney” given her work for swamp consultancies—“everywhere I can.” “I mean, she has to run her own race, I don’t run people’s race. She’s highly qualified, and a very rational person,” Shelby said. While Shelby claims she is “qualified” to be a senator, Trump made clear she is not “qualified to be a senator” in a recent July 10 statement about Britt. Trump said on July 10, shattering the idea that Britt is...
    Former history teacher and Fox News contributor Leo Terrell fired back Tuesday at liberal actor John Leguizamo's profanity-laced rant against critical race theory opponents issuing a challenge to the Hollywood celebrity on "Fox & Friends" to debate him on the topic. NIKKI HALEY CALLS FOR EVERY GOVERNOR IN AMERICA TO BAN FUNDING FOR CRITICAL RACE THEORY IN SCHOOLS LEO TERRELL: I think he's absolutely wrong. Why should we listen to an actor? Is he qualified? Is he a former professor? Is he a lawyer? Why should 340 million Americans, parents, teachers, students listen to him? He's not qualified to give his opinion on critical race theory. He's not qualified to talk about whether or not it's taught. And he's more than not qualified to claim that it's just a legal theory. It's a base of conclusions without supporting facts. His acting platform does not qualify him to tell parents and teachers and students that critical race theory does not exist. ... I'll tell you exactly what my problem is, not only as a former school teacher, but as a lawyer, a...
    While everyone was rooting for her to become the first female head coach in NBA history, Becky Hammon said she always knew where she stood in the Portland Trail Blazers’ search — and that’s totally fine with her. "I knew I was second; I knew who they wanted," Hammon told CNBC of the search. "And I’m OK with that because every race I’ve gotten into my entire life, I’ve been behind, and I’m OK with that. And that’s just how it is — but at the same time, I’m not ignorant to what I’m going up against." Hammon said she felt the Blazers were "authentic" in their coaching search.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM The San Antonio Spurs assistant coach spoke to CNBC about her experience being considered for the Blazers’ head coach job and why she’s ready for a more prominent role in the league, and said she never pretended she was the favorite heading into the interviews with the team. "I’m not mad," Hammon said. "This is the business, and it’s a very competitive business....
    More On: eric adams Eric Adams says DA candidate’s views on crime fighting ‘no different’ than his Eric Adams’ win in high-crime areas proves liberals are out of touch Clyburn: Adams win in NYC proves ‘defund the police’ Democrat is ‘non-starter’ Letters to the Editor — July 10, 2021 Eric Adams, New York City’s Democratic mayoral nominee and a heavy favorite to win November’s election, said Sunday that cops who follow their department’s rules should be shielded from lawsuits for actions on the job — except for “reckless” conduct like in the death of George Floyd.   “I support it with an asterisk,” Adams, a former cop, said on CNN’s “State of the Union,” when asked about his stance on a potential federal measure on qualified immunity, which Democrats in Congress are mulling repealing as part of their police reform legislation. Qualified immunity is a legal doctrine that shields government officials such as police officers from being personally liable in civil suits if they did not violate the law. Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, said Sunday that if an...
    A potential compromise on the controversial qualified immunity doctrine might not be enough to get progressive Democrats on board with a police reform deal, possibly endangering its passage in the House if too many left-leaning Democrats vote against it.  Punchbowl News reported Wednesday that congressional police reform negotiators are sharing the text of a possible deal and are optimistic it could be finalized soon. Among the details, Punchbowl reported, is a provision that would allow people who say they've had their rights violated by police to sue government entities responsible for officers, like departments or cities, but not individual officers.  But Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J., who was among a group of progressive House Democrats to sign a letter last month saying qualified immunity "must" be eliminated in any reform deal, appeared to pour cold water on the idea in a statement to Fox News Wednesday.  "What we are in search of is the incentive to treat Black men and women with the dignity and respect that their humanity demands. Right now cities have been paying wrongful death suits to...
    Loading the player... House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) says that he would compromise on police reform legislation that did not end qualified immunity—the legal doctrine that protects government officials, in this case, police officers, from civil lawsuits.  “I will never sacrifice good on the altar of perfect. I just won’t do that. I know what the perfect bill will be. We have proposed that. I want to see good legislation. And I know that, sometimes, you have to compromise,” said Clyburn on Sunday’s episode of CNN’s State of the Union.  House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File) “If we don’t get qualified immunity now, then we will come back and try to get it later. But I don’t want to see us throw out a good bill because we can’t get a perfect bill.”  “This Republican Party is losing its way on all fronts and Mitch McConnell is contributing to that in a big way,” House Majority Whip James Clyburn reacts to Sen. McConnell stating that 100% of his focus is standing up to the Biden...
    (CNN)House Majority Whip James Clyburn on Sunday said Democrats should not delay new policing reform legislation even if a provision on ending civil lawsuit protections currently afforded to police officers is not included, arguing that the party can push to end qualified immunity at another time. "I would never sacrifice good on the altar of perfect. I just won't do that. I know what the perfect will would be. We have proposed that. I'm willing to see good legislation and I know that sometimes you have to compromise," the South Carolina Democrat told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of The Union." "We got to root out the bad apples, and let's go forward with a good, solid program. If you don't get qualified immunity now, then we'll come back and try to get it later, but I don't want to see us throw out a good bill because we can't get a perfect bill."Progress has been made in bipartisan talks in Congress to overhaul policing, but the issue of ending qualified immunity, which protects police officers from civil lawsuits, remains...
    A Rasmussen Reports survey of 1,000 likely voters shows that a majority — 51 percent — have a negative impression of Vice President Kamala Harris and 43 percent have a “very unfavorable impression” of her. The poll found 46 percent of likely voters have a positive impression of Harris and 28 percent have a very favorable impression of the vice president. Tasnim New Agency reported on the poll, which requires a subscription to access all of the details: A Rasmussen Reports poll released on Monday showed that 41 percent of likely U.S. voters see Harris as “not at all qualified” to take over the responsibilities of the presidency, and 9 precent believe she is “not very qualified.”  The survey on Harris’ readiness for the role of president is especially relevant because Biden is seen by many Americans as unlikely to be physically and mentally able to complete his four-year term. A Rasmussen poll last August showed that 59 percent of voters, including 49 percent of Democrats, didn’t expect Biden to serve his full term if elected in November. Despite being...
    Loading the player... Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri made it clear that she will not compromise her stance on police reform. During an appearance on CNN Newsroom on Sunday, host Abby D. Phillip asked Bush if she’d accept “a qualified immunity alternative that would hold police departments accountable” even if it meant getting the bill passed without receiving all that’s requested. With the recent news of continued police killings of people of color, Bush said she refuses to compromise on her stance in enforcing reform. Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) speaks during a news conference to advocate for ending the Senate filibuster, outside the U.S. Capitol on April 22, 2021 in Washington, DC. With the Senate filibuster rules in place, legislative bills require 60 votes to end debate and advance, rather than a simple majority in the 100 member Senate. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Read More: More than half of NYC corrections officers lied to investigators “We compromise on so much. We compromise, we die. We compromise, we die. We compromise, we die. I didn’t come...
    Chinese officials are demanding President Biden ditch U.S. allies facing economic pressure from Beijing in a testy opening encounter at a high-stakes Alaska meeting characterized by barbs over recent upheaval in the United States. “So let me say here that, in front of the Chinese side, the United States does not have the qualification to say that it wants to speak to China from a position of strength,” Chinese Politburo member Yang Jiechi said. “The U.S. side was not even qualified to say such things even 20 years or 30 years back, because this is not the way to deal with the Chinese people.” That truculent comment came in an off-script contretemps that followed the opening remarks that Secretary of State Antony Blinken and White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan exchanged with Chinese officials in Anchorage. Yang delivered an extensive statement, speaking longer than the two minutes allotted by agreement, according to U.S. officials, featuring jibes about the putative weaknesses of American democracy. “And the United States has its style, United States-style democracy, and China has...
    Erin Farmer has never considered herself obese. The 25-year-old threw shot put in the 2016 U.S. Olympic trials and was a Division 1 athlete for Arkansas State — but the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said she is. Farmer, like 42.5% of Americans, has a body mass index of more than 30, making her eligible for the coronavirus vaccine in her home state. At least 29 states have expanded their vaccine eligibility to people who qualify as obese. When she learned the metric qualified her for the vaccine, Farmer felt a mix of emotions. For one, she was ready to make the obesity label that has followed her throughout her life, usually with negative connotations, work for her. She also felt that though she met the criteria for a person with obesity, it was an unfair categorization. "I was an athlete all my life," she said. "So my weight doesn't really reflect on how I live my life and my lifestyle. I understand that people feel embarrassed about that because...
    JOE Biden says he is willing to alter income thresholds for the next round of direct payments, in order to secure cross party support. On Monday Biden said he would negotiate over the $1,400 stimulus checks he proposed in his $1.9 trillion Covid relief package. 2Biden is open to altering the income thresholds for direct payment - a demand among some senators reluctant to back his Covid billCredit: Getty Images - Getty 2Biden said he would negotiate over the $1,400 stimulus checks he proposed in his $1.9 trillion Covid relief packageCredit: AFP or licensors The president said he would be open to negotiating the eligibility requirements of his proposed $1,400 Covid stimulus check, after lawmakers said they should be more targeted to lower-incomes. “For example, you know I proposed that we — because it was bipartisan, I thought it would increase the prospects of passage — the additional $1,400 in direct cash payment to folks,” Biden said. “Well, there’s legitimate reason for people to say, ‘Do you have the lines drawn the exact right way? Should it go to...
    Attorney Kathryn Kimball Mizelle just landed a lifetime seat on the federal court at age 33. She’s a card-carrying member of the Federalist Society and the youngest of the already young Trump judges, a lady-in-waiting for a future Republican president to elevate. One of five judicial nominees waved through by the lame duck Senate in a final vote before lawmakers left town for Thanksgiving, Mizelle’s confirmation is the most galling. The brazenness of prioritizing yet more judges while ignoring desperately needed COVID-19 economic relief was on display as Republicans voted in lockstep for Mizelle, the tenth Trump nominee to be rated “not qualified” by the American Bar Association. Mizelle is only eight years out of law school (University of Florida), and the ABA’s standard for a lifetime seat is 12 years of legal experience. She has had four distinguished clerkships, including one for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, but her only trial experience is as an intern before she graduated from law school. She will take her seat on the Eleventh Circuit for the Middle District of Florida having never...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his Republican majority confirmed Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, 33, on Wednesday to a lifetime judgeship on U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. The vote was 49-41 in favor. Confirmed, 49-41: Executive Calendar #894 Kathryn Kimball Mizelle to be U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Florida. — Senate Cloakroom (@SenateCloakroom) November 18, 2020 Mizelle becomes the youngest Trump-appointed judge yet. Many have noted that Mizelle graduated from law school eight years ago. The American Bar Association previously deemed Mizelle, a former clerk for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, “Not Qualified” for a federal judgeship. Mizelle, an associate at Jones Day, previously completed four judicial clerkships (including for Justice Thomas) and served in a number of roles with the U.S. Department of Justice, including in the Eastern District of Virginia from 2014 to 2015. The ABA rating system for judicial nominees focuses “strictly” on a candidate’s professional qualifications for the role such as “professional competence, integrity and judicial temperament,” returning one of three possible outcomes: Well Qualified, Qualified, or Not Qualified. Chair...
    Sen. Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsSunday shows preview: Trump, top Republicans recover from COVID-19; stimulus bill remains in limbo Trump pick noncommittal on recusing from election-related cases Americans want to serve — it's up to us to give them the chance MORE (D-Del.) in an interview on Sunday called Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s positions “disqualifying.”  “I’m going to be laying out the ways in which Judge Barrett’s views, her views on reaching back and reconsidering and overturning long-settled precedent are not just extreme they’re disqualifying,” Coons, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said on “Fox News Sunday,” referring to Barrett's confirmation hearings, which are scheduled to begin this week. “She has views that make her not qualified,” Coons continued, noting that “President TrumpDonald John TrumpNorth Korea unveils large intercontinental ballistic missile at military parade Trump no longer considered a risk to transmit COVID-19, doctor says New ad from Trump campaign features Fauci MORE has said he would only nominate someone who would overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA), taking away health care protections for 100 million...
    Wells Fargo CEO Charles Scharf apologized Wednesday for comments he made suggesting it is difficult to find qualified black executives in the financial industry. Scharf said in a memo to employees 'there is a very limited pool of black talent to recruit from' in corporate America. The memo was written in June, but became public only this week. The comments and similar statements made in a Zoom meeting, reported by Reuters, led to an intense backlash in Washington and on social media. 'Perhaps it is the CEO of Wells Fargo who lacks the talent to recruit black workers,' said Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez of New York, on Twitter. Wells Fargo CEO Charles Scharf apologized for comments he made suggesting it is difficult to find qualified black executives in the financial industry (File image)  'Perhaps it is the CEO of Wells Fargo who lacks the talent to recruit black workers,' said Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez of New York, on Twitter Scharf on Wednesday said in a prepared statement that his comments reflected 'my own unconscious bias.'  'There is no question Wells...
              RICHMOND, Virginia – The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted to pass by indefinitely and create a joint House-Senate sub-Committee to further discuss a bill to end the qualified immunity defense for law enforcement. The motion to pass by indefinitely was agreed to by a vote of 12-Y 3-N with six Democratic Senators voting alongside their Republican peers on the prevailing side. The bill’s sponsor from the House, Del. Jeff Bourne (D-Richmond City, was able to address the Committee members at the beginning of the meeting. “Mr. Chairman, members of the committee we have had and continue to have the opportunity to really move the ball forward on justice reform in Virginia,” Bourne said. “I would submit this is one of the most consequential bills that we will deal with and while there will not be a panacea for black and brown communities across Virginia, this [bill] will make their lives a little better.” Many of the senators on the Judiciary Committee are also practicing lawyers and had lots of concerns with the language...
    "Ms. Mizelle has a very keen intellect, a strong work ethic and an impressive resume. She presents as a delightful person and she has many friends who support her nomination. Her integrity and demeanor are not in question. These attributes however simply do not compensate for the short time she has actually practiced law and her lack of meaningful trial experience," Randall Noel, the chair of the ABA's Standing Committee, wrote in the letter to Graham and Feinstein. Mizelle is now the 10th Trump judicial pick to be deemed not qualified by the ABA — a departure from past presidents, who had few if any judicial nominees earn that rating. Former President Barack Obama, for example, did not nominate any judges the ABA deemed to be "not qualified." Other Trump judicial nominees who earned "not qualified" ratings include Justin R. Walker, who Trump first nominated as a judge to the Western District of Kentucky despite the fact that he never tried a case. "Based on review of his biographical information and conversations with Mr. Walker, it was challenging to determine...
    White House trade adviser Peter Navarro pushed for hydroxychloroquine on CNN Wednesday night in a wild interview with CNN’s Erin Burnett, despite previous statements by public health officials — including the president’s own testing czar — saying they can’t recommend it as a treatment. Immediately after the Navarro interview, Burnett brought on Dr. Jonathan Reiner, former Bush White House medical adviser and current CNN medical analyst, to respond. And Reiner immediately unloaded on Navarro for speaking outside his area of expertise: “No one should care what I think about economic or trade policy because, to use Mr. Navarro’s words, that’s not my lane. And I don’t give a damn what thinks about clinical trials evaluating this agent because he’s not qualified to have an opinion.” “Five randomized clinical trials show the drug doesn’t work,” he continued. “You don’t get to have an opinion about science. You only get to have facts. He doesn’t have the facts. He doesn’t have any idea what he’s talking about. This drug can hurt people.” You can watch above, via CNN. Have a tip...
    A female rapper has died after having a botched cosmetic surgery performed by a gynaecologist. Fernanda Rodrigues, 43, also known as Mc Atrevida, underwent the butt augmentation surgery at a clandestine aesthetic clinic in Rio de Janeiro.   She died days after undergoing a liposculpture procedure which removed excess fat from her back to inject into her glutes. Fernanda Rodrigues, 43, pictured, also known as Mc Atrevida, underwent the butt augmentation surgery at a clandestine aesthetic clinic in Rio de Janeiro She died days after undergoing a liposculpture procedure which removed excess fat from her back to inject into her glutes. The mother-of-one was admitted to Evandro Freire Hospital, in Ilha do Governador Police are investigating why the cosmetic clinic, which did not have a health license, was still operating despite being banned months before Complications set in two days after the procedure and she complained of severe pains in her back and painful inflammations in her body. The mother-of-one was admitted to Evandro Freire Hospital, in Ilha do Governador on July 26 and taken to intensive care but...
    Actor Earl Cameron, Trailblazing Star of Doctor Who and The Dark Man, Dies at 102 Think tank explains why its pointless to delist Chinese companies from U.S. stock markets Leclerc says Ferraris pace not even close to expectation By Alan Baldwin © Reuters/LOREN ELLIOTT Formula One F1 - Australian Grand Prix (Reuters) - Ferrari had warned their car was off the pace but Charles Leclerc said Saturday's qualifying for the season-opening Austrian Formula One Grand Prix was not even close to expectations. The Monegasque was on pole at the Red Bull Ring last year but this time qualified seventh, his quickest flying lap nearly a second slower than Valtteri Bottas who took the top slot for Mercedes. Leclerc's team mate Sebastian Vettel, a four-times world champion with Red Bull, failed to make even the top 10 and will start 11th. "Unfortunately that's where we are at the moment, but we need to stay positive in these moments that are very hard to find any positives," said Leclerc. "We cannot get demoralised by today's result but today's result is not...
    Wednesday, Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) warned of consequences if qualified immunity were ended for law enforcement during an appearance on the Fox Business Network. Braun explained to host Maria Bartiromo there was a middle ground to be reached on liability and the job of policing. However, he told how the absolute dissolution of qualified immunity would result in fewer people seeking out a career in a potentially hazardous occupation. “I look at this in running a company for 37 years before I became a senator, every business has inherent liabilities to what they do,” Braun said. “And the business of law enforcement has got to be one of the most difficult and tricky ones out there because you suit up, your life is at risk every day, you never know what’s going to happen. But when you evolve through the judicial review that’s kind of protected unions to be able to maybe not have that accountability and transparency, you do not want your entity to be stigmatized by cases of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks.” “And when you get...
    Republican Indiana Sen. Mike Braun will unveil legislation Tuesday to scale back qualified immunity for police, making him the first Republican Senator to do so.  Braun’s bill will tackle the controversial qualified immunity doctrine, which renders officers immune from civil suits unless the officer violates a “clearly established” right that a “reasonable officer” who was on the scene would have known. (RELATED: Majority Of Voters Support Major Police Reforms, But Not ‘Defund The Police,’ Poll Shows) A lone Republican senator, Mike Braun (R-Ind.), will today unveil a new bill to reform qualified immunity for law enforcement. https://t.co/BVIIqCkTmj — Senator Mike Braun (@SenatorBraun) June 23, 2020 Under the senator’s Reforming Qualified Immunity Act, officials would only be allowed to claim qualified immunity if their conduct had previously been authorized or had been found Constitutional by a court of law, the Washington Post reported. Under the legislation, an official’s good faith belief that their conduct was lawful would not render them immune to a civil suit.  “When I talk about reforming it, it’s this simple: make sure that in these egregious...
    Despite the over two weeks of protests stemming from the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the Supreme Court refused to review a case that is directly applicable to police misconduct, NPR reports. READ MORE: Breonna’s Law passed unanimously by Louisville city council The doctrine of qualified immunity allows police to avoid prosecution in many misconduct cases. The Supreme Court developed the doctrine which is as follows: in a case of alleged police brutality was there excessive force and if so, did police recognize it as such because it violated a “clearly established” court ruling that expressly forbade such actions? NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 02: NYPD officers block the entrance of the Manhattan Bridge as hundreds protesting police brutality and systemic racism attempt to cross into the borough of Manhattan from Brooklyn after a citywide curfew went into effect in New York City. Days of protest, sometimes violent, have followed in many cities across the country in response to the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25th. (Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images) The...
    In comments at Monday's press briefing, White House Press Secretary seemed to rule out the possibility that the White House would support any police reform legislation that would eliminate or reduce "qualified immunity" for police officers. During the course of a response to a question about Democratic proposals for criminal justice reform that have been floated in the wake of the civil unrest following the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd, McEnany noted that she hadn't spoken with President Donald Trump about the specifics of the proposal and that he had not reviewed them, but that the bill would be unlikely to obtain the president's support because of several "non-starters," including reform to the doctrine of "qualified immunity." The doctrine of "qualified immunity" is not currently codified in federal law, and was, essentially, created by judges as an interpretation of 42 USC 1983, which permits United States citizens to sue agents of the government for deprivation of their constitutional rights. Although the statute does not contain this language, federal courts have decreed that police officers...
    Sen. John Kennedy said on Wednesday that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was correct when he said that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio failed to handle the riots that broke out in the Big Apple. “I’m really worried about the cops and the peaceful protesters and the businesses in New York,” Kennedy, R-La., told “America’s Newsroom.” Kennedy continued, “And I don’t know what planet Mayor de Blasio parachuted in from, but I don’t see him carrying his happy a** down there, trying to protect people.” “He needs help to protect everybody, the peaceful protesters, the cops, and the business owners and if he doesn’t realize he needs help, then he’s not qualified to run a hot dog stand as far as I am concerned,” Kennedy said. WITH NYC UNDER ATTACK, DE BLASIO'S HANDLING OF NYPD FUELS LONG-RUNNING TENSIONS WITH POLICE The two leaders have long had a difficult relationship, but it spilled out into the open on Tuesday after a night of rioting tore through the city, with Cuomo saying “the NYPD and the mayor did not do their job...
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