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    Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney is calling on U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to investigate low-income drug-pricing practices after The New York Times published a report on practices at Richmond Community Hospital, owned by Bon Secours. “Bon Secours Mercy Health, a major nonprofit health system, used the poverty of Richmond Community Hospital’s patients to tap into a lucrative federal drug program,” The Times said in a Saturday article. According to the report, the health system removed most of the services provided at Richmond Community Hospital, located in a low-income city region. However, the “hollowed-out hospital” has higher profit margins than any other Virginia hospital, with up to $100 million in earnings. Federal drug program 340B allows hospitals in low-income communities to buy drugs at significantly discounted rates. Bon Secours used Richmond Community to buy the drugs, while satellite clinics based out of the hospital but located in suburban areas could then charge higher drug prices to wealthier patients’ insurance policies, The Times reported. In his Tuesday letter, Stoney asked Becerra to investigate the use of 340B in Richmond...
    An Arizona mother and leader of the “Decline to Sign Arizona” movement says there is hope for Arizona’s universal Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) law, as Save Our Schools Arizona (SOSAZ) may not have submitted enough valid signatures to prevent the law from going into effect. “ESA’s for all coming soon! As we patiently await the official word from the Secretary of State’s office, Arizona parents declare the victory over this battle. The 88,866 signatures that were submitted are well below the minimum of 118,832,” tweeted Christine Accurso, the organizer of the movement supporting the ESA. ESAs for all coming soon!As we patiently await the official word from the Secretary of States office, Arizona parents declare the victory over this battle. The 88,866 signatures that were submitted are well below the minimum of 118,832. #Power2Parents pic.twitter.com/DFHMfJlvQA — Christine Accurso (@ArizonaCatholic) September 26, 2022 Accurso submitted a public records request to the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office (SOSO) after SOSAZ submitted the signatures, which turned out to be fewer than estimated. SOSAZ reported submitting 10,200 petitions supposedly containing 141,714 signatures. Beth...
    While Guterres regards the direction of funds from these and other such corporations to the third-world as "the first priority of every government," the "climate-related and justice-based" global wealth redistribution efforts won't stop there. He also proposed a new tax on airline travel, a financial penalty on bunker fuels used by ships, additional taxes on fossil fuel extraction, and taxes on financial transactions. Appropriated funds would allegedly be invested in early warning systems, disaster relief, and the development of infrastructure to withstand additional weather changes. Richard Heede, who runs the Climate Accountability Institute's "Carbon Majors" project, told Ars Technica that while there are presently no mechanisms for the international body to tax oil and gas companies or force payments from them in this manner, "Guterres is correct" to prompt nations to get the ball rolling. Although Guterres implicated entire nations in addition to corporations, it is unclear precisely which wealthy countries he would like to see opt in. China, for instance, boasts the world's second biggest economy, yet it still claims to be a developing country. According to...
    White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre did not have a straight answer on Monday for whether or not U.S. cities are 'safe' amid a spike in crime over the past few years.  'The crime is complicated and multi-faceted,' the press secretary said when asked about the safety of U.S. cities.   '[Biden] inherited a rising crime rate from the previous administration,' Jean-Pierre added. She noted that Republicans voted against the American Rescue Plan, which included $300 billion for state and local governments and could be used to hire more police officers.  'So back to the original question, does President Biden's think America's big cities are safe?' Fox News' Peter Doocy asked the press secretary. 'It's not a yes or no question,' she replied.  'It is very much a question of, what is he done?,' Jean-Pierre continued. 'What matters is that we have the funding and we have done the work, put the policy forward.' White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre did not have a straight answer on Monday for whether or not U.S. cities are 'safe' amid a spike in crime...
    HEALTH Secretary Therese Coffey was slammed ­yesterday for telling patients to just switch GPs if they fail to get a quick appointment. She admitted her two-week target for Brits wanting to see a doctor was not enforceable. 1Health Secretary Therese Coffey was slammed ­yesterday for telling patients to just switch GPs if they fail to get a quick appointmentCredit: PA Ms Coffey had threatened to name and shame GPs who do not meet the “expectation”. But she was accused of being “all words” when it emerged there will be no sanctions if they do not. She said: “One of the points about publishing data by practice is it may give some patients the opportunity to choose to use a different GP.” Shadow Health Secretary Wes Streeting said: “What is the consequence if GPs don’t meet her expectation? READ MORE HEALTH NEWSNEW THREAT New Covid-like virus discovered in a bat - raising fears it could infect humansDRUG DEAL Major prescription change means patients will get some drugs WITHOUT seeing a GP "Her message is, ‘Get on your bike and find...
    In this article SCBFYAntonio Guterres photographed in New York last September. On Tuesday, he said fossil fuel firms and their "enablers" needed to be held to account.John Minchillo | Pool | Getty Images News | Getty ImagesThe U.N. secretary general said Tuesday that developed economies should impose an extra tax on the profits of fossil fuel firms, with the funds diverted to countries affected by climate change and households struggling with the cost-of-living crisis. In a wide-ranging address to the U.N. General Assembly in New York, Antonio Guterres described the fossil fuel industry as "feasting on hundreds of billions of dollars in subsidies and windfall profits while households' budgets shrink and our planet burns." Fossil fuel firms and their "enablers" needed to be held to account, he went on to state. "That includes the banks, private equity, asset managers and other financial institutions that continue to invest and underwrite carbon pollution." It also included what he called "the massive public relations machine raking in billions to shield the fossil fuel industry from scrutiny."More from CNBC Climate:Patagonia founder donates the entire...
    National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby scolded Today News Africa chief White House correspondent Simon Ateba for asking if he’s the “second press secretary” at the White House. During Friday’s White House press briefing, Ateba asked Kirby whether Biden thinks Ukraine is winning the war against Russia. He then asked whether Kirby is doing the same job as White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. “There seems to be some confusion about what your role is, what type of question[s] we should ask you. Sometimes you act like the second press secretary,” he said. “Can you explain exactly what your job is at the White House and if you’re the second press secretary, what type of question we should ask you … is it on national security?” Ateba explained that he’s “asking is because almost everywhere I go, I have Black people [are] telling me that the reason you’re at the White House is to undermine the first female Black secretary.” “So can you clarify that?” he asked. Toward the end of Ateba’s question, Kirby looked down, appearing...
    The White House hit back at Republican governors who are sending migrants to Washington, calling their actions 'cruel' and 'inhumane,' on Thursday after dozens were dumped outside the vice president's official residence. Instead, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre shrugged off questions about whether the border was secure to blame the Trump administration for a broken system. It comes as Republicans step up their attacks on the Biden administration for border security as they try to make immigration the theme of November's midterm elections.  'What I can tell you is the record and the process that we have been using to make sure that we do our best to secure the border,' Jean-Pierre said from the podium. 'We do our best to make sure that we fix a broken system that was left behind by the last administration.' She suggested a lengthy but uncertain timeline for fixing a system that she said was in 'fundamental' disrepair.  'We understand it's not like flipping a light switch. This does not happen overnight,' the Biden official said.  'This is an immigration system that is fundamentally...
    Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen admitted on Sunday that a looming recession and higher gas prices are a 'risk' for the Biden administration in the coming months. It's a stark departure from months of talking up the economy in spite of growing concerns from experts and lawmakers and decades-high inflation. Some of the loudest warnings are coming from progressive Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has said for months that Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's interest rate hikes to bring down spending will plummet the country into a recession.   'Of course it's a concern,' Yellen told CNN State of the Union when asked if she shares Warren's fears. 'The Fed is going to need great skill and also some good luck to achieve what we sometimes call a soft landing, which is bringing inflation down while maintaining the strength of the labor market.' The job market's record-setting rebound from the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a bright spot that Biden officials have rushed to point out in an otherwise gloomy economic forecast. And Yellen warned Sunday that other facets of...
    Raytheon and Lockheed Martin jointly produce Javelin antitank weapons that have been used by Ukraine against invading Russian forces. The Hon. David L. Norquist – NDIA’s president and CEO – said of Zelenskyy, "NDIA commends the inspiring and courageous stand that President Zelenskyy, H.E. Roznikov, and all of Ukraine have taken against Russia’s invasion. Together with the administration, Congress, allies, and partners, we will continue to support Ukrainians in their efforts to secure lasting freedom." The conference will be hosted by the Armaments, Robotics, Munitions Technology Divisions, and the Global Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) community. NDIA said of the military conference, "This event will convene a variety of attendees to foster creative interdisciplinary conversation and collaboration. Accordingly, it marks an unparalleled opportunity to maximize your expertise and interests across multiple focus areas by hearing from a team of top leaders in government, industry, and academia amid capabilities briefings, keynote remarks, panels, technical paper presentations, exhibits, and a live-fire demonstration." On the organization's website, the National Defense Industrial Association said it "drives strategic dialogue in national security by identifying...
    Former White House press secretary Jen Psaki previewed what people can expect from her role at MSNBC, saying she hopes to bring a passion for “debunking” and “calling out BS.” “First of all, my business is not rage,” Psaki reportedly said at Vox Media’s Code Conference in Los Angeles. “What I hope to do is bring that passion for explaining things, debunking things, calling out BS when you see it, to my next job.” WATCH: SEN. KENNEDY SUGGESTS WILL SMITH ‘SLAP SENSE’ INTO BIDEN’S TELEPROMPTER Psaki suggested many news stories today create “rage” when they are “lazy and inaccurate” and do not tell the full story. She used the word “bizarre” when describing critics’ analysis of President Joe Biden’s speech in Philadelphia last week in which he said MAGA Republicans are “a threat to our very democracy.” Former White House press secretary Jen Psaki waves goodbye at her last press briefing at the White House in Washington, Friday, May 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) “There’s a tactical component of what he’s saying publicly,”...
    by Madeleine Hubbard   Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has referred four additional people for prosecution after his office found evidence that appears to show they voted in two states. His office partnered with officials in Iowa, Missouri, Nevada and Oregon to find individuals who allegedly voted in another state, then cast an illegal second ballot in Ohio in the 2020 election, LaRose announced Wednesday. Additional prosecution referrals are expected to be made. “Voter fraud is exceedingly rare in Ohio because the word is out – if you try to vote twice, we will catch you,” warned LaRose, a Republican. The Secretary of State’s investigation is part of a larger voter fraud probe in which 15 people have been referred for prosecution over the past month, including 10 illegal migrants. In February, LaRose referred 62 people suspected of election fraud for prosecution. – – – Madeleine Hubbard joined Just the News as a fast file reporter after working as an editor at Breitbart News. Photo “Frank LaRose” by Frank LaRose.        Reprinted with permission from Just the News
    Hillary Clinton, 74, said that she will never run for president again after two failed bids for the White House in 2008 and 2016. The former Secretary of State said that instead she will do everything she can to make sure that the person sitting behind the Resolute Desk 'respects our democracy' – a comment that carries a lot of weight after President Joe Biden was accused of calling Trump supporters a threat to democracy. 'Would you ever run for president again?' CBS reporter Norah O'Donnell questioned Clinton. 'No, no,' she responded. 'But I'm gonna do everything I can to make sure that we have a president who respects our democracy and the rule of law and upholds our institutions,' the former New York senator added. O'Donnell pushed Clinton on whether she would run if Trump entered the race again. 'He should be soundly defeated,' Clinton said after noting she wouldn't be the one to do it. 'It should start in the Republican Party - grow a backbone! Stand up to this guy!' she pleaded. 'And heaven forbid if he...
    Former President Donald Trump reportedly skipped over Rudy Giuliani’s interest being his Secretary of State because of the former New York mayor’s drinking habits, among other things. Journalist Andrew Kirtzman, who covered Giuliani for years as a politics reporter in New York, appeared on The Daily Beast’s The New Abnormal podcast to discuss his upcoming book Giuliani: The Rise and Tragic Fall of America’s Mayor. Kirtzman detailed the relationship between Giuliani and Trump throughout the years, saying “there was this kind of need that they both seemed to feel to impress the other. And I think that that still exists to this day.” The book also described Giuliani’s struggles with alcohol. According to a previewed portion published last week, Giuliani fell into a depressed state after his disastrous run for president in 2008. Judith Giuliani, the former mayor’s third wife, told Kirtzman that Giuliani “started to drink more heavily” during this period, and they eventually moved down to Mar-a-Lago and were secretly housed by Trump during his recovery. “It was there that Giuliani kind of was allowed to...
    Kristina Karamo, who is running for the Michigan Republican party's nomination for secretary of state, speaks at a rally hosted by former President Donald Trump on April 02, 2022 near Washington, Michigan.Scott Olson | Getty Images The Republican Party nominee for Michigan secretary of state, who has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump, several years ago threatened to kill herself and her two daughters in response to her husband's request for a divorce, her now-ex-husband alleged in a court filing published Friday. The allegations against Kristina Karamo, which she denied in a statement late Friday afternoon, came to light two months before the election for secretary of state, the top election official of Michigan. Michigan is one of several states that Trump falsely claims he lost due to widespread ballot fraud in the 2020 presidential election against President Joe Biden. Karamo has backed those claims. Trump, when he endorsed Karamo, said, "Good luck Kristina, and while you're at it, check out the fake election results that took place in the city of Detroit." Her ex-husband Adom Karamo made the...
    A SCREAMING woman derailed an interview with the Health Secretary yesterday after she yelled "people have died" and "you've done bugger all" in his face. A shocking video captured the passer-by's furious rant and Steve Barclay's stunned reaction as he spoke outside Moorfields Eye Hospital in Old Street, central London. 4A stranger interrupted Steve Barclay in the street outside Moorfields Eye Hospital in LondonCredit: PA 4She was furious about ambulance waiting timesCredit: PA In the clip, the Cabinet minister is speaking to a PA journalist in the street when he is abruptly approached by the stranger. The unknown woman is visibly seething as she confronts him about ambulance waiting times. At first the Health Secretary - who took up his new post in July - tries to ignore her before she completely stops him in his tracks. Her voice quavers in anger and her arms wave as she spits out her words. Read more Health NewsGROWTH RATE The 3-step plan to boost your manhood - according to the NHSNEW 'DAD'S ARMY' Retired medical staff should be called up to tackle...
    Education Sec. Miguel Cardona on Thursday refused to say how much the White House had projected President Biden's student debt cancellation would cost - despite repeated asks.  'The projections are still coming out depending on how many people take advantage of it,' Cardona said when asked by CNN's John Berman for a number.  'Mr. Secretary what's the range?' Berman pressed.  'Well, like I said, those projections are still coming out,' Cardona said again. 'What we're finding is when the loan payments restart $4 billion is going to go back into it because people are going to start paying. Anyone making over $125,000 will resume payment into their loans.' 'It won't offset the total cost of this over time, how will this be paid for?' Berman asked.  'The projections are still coming out depending on how many people take advantage of it,' Cardona said when asked by CNN's John Berman for a number 'The president has been very clear about reducing the deficit, ' Cardona said. 'Whatever funds go to this loan forgiveness will be offset by the increase in loan...
    "But somebody is paying for it. Who?" Doocy asked again. "Is it wealthy Americans? Is it corporations? Who is paying?" Jean-Pierre, however, never really answered the question. Instead, she claimed Biden's COVID-19 stimulus bill, the Inflation Reduction Act, and "all of this work that this president has done" has produced $1.7 trillion in deficit reduction. The press secretary then abruptly moved on to the next reporter.Has Biden really lowered the deficit by $1.7 trillion?The talking point sounds great. But it's not true. What is true is the deficit has been reduced by about $1.7 trillion between 2021 and 2022 — but not because of Biden. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, government revenues dried up as businesses shut down. The significant reduction in tax revenues combined with the trillions of dollars in pandemic relief caused the national deficit to quickly balloon. This means the deficit was always going to decrease because pandemic-related spending has waned. The Congressional Budget Office explains:CBO projects that the federal budget deficit will shrink to $1.0 trillion in 2022 (it was $2.8 trillion last...
    Arizona Representative Andy Biggs (R-AZ-05) recently pressed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and demanded answers regarding the department’s decision to allow illegal immigrants to fly on commercial airplanes without presenting acceptable identification. “President Biden’s DHS is failing to adhere to its mission of ‘safeguard[ing] the American people, our homeland, and our values,'” Biggs said in a statement. “Transporting potentially tens of thousands of lawbreakers throughout the country — with virtually unknown backgrounds — is a national security risk and defies the recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission. It also incentivizes more illegal immigration to our country at a time when the border has already passed its breaking point.” In a letter co-signed by 23 other House Republicans, including Arizona Representatives Paul Gosar (R-AZ-04) and Debbie Lesko (R-AZ-08), Biggs brought accusations against Mayorkas. The Republicans stated that, in January 2022, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) confirmed to members of Congress that 45,000 illegal immigrants had been allowed to board planes without proper identification between January and October 2021. According to the TSA, acceptable ID includes a driver’s...
    President Joe Biden's secretary of energy schooled a Fox News host on Sunday after he tried to teach her a lesson about how renewable energy works. During a Sunday interview on Fox News, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm told host Trace Gallagher that the administration was promoting renewable energy technologies like wind and solar. "But they're unreliable!" Gallagher interrupted. "Secretary, they're unreliable!" "They're not unreliable," Granholm insisted. "They are unreliable on the grids because it takes a lot of energy -- electricity -- to get them into the grid or fossil fuels to get them onto the grid and if you don't have, at night time, we don't have the battery power to store it," Gallagher opined. "You have to use it or you lose it. And so it's unreliable in states like Texas they found out. And that's a problem because we need to come up with battery power to store that stuff." Granholm responded by pointing out that Texas was one of the largest producers of both wind and solar energy in the country. The clip was posted...
    Arizona’s firebrand Republican gubernatorial candidate is calling on her Democrat opponent, who is also the secretary of state and in charge of elections, to recuse herself from the race. “…Over a year ago we said [Secretary of State Katie Hobbs] should recuse herself,” Lake said on The Charlie Kirk Show alongside Republican U.S. Senate nominee Blake Masters. “I mean, she’s supposed to be helping to make sure we have fair elections, right? And she’s called half of Arizona – she called the Republicans – nazis.” “How do you treat that group of people fairly if that’s how you refer to them?” Hobbs asked rhetorically. “She’s run incompetent elections. I mean, we found out in Pinal County just this last election – the primary election – that one hour into the voting day on election day, they ran out of Republican ballots. Not Democrat ballots. They ran out of Republican ballots. They ran out of ballots at more than a quarter of the polling places. And guess who gave them advice on how many ballots they needed? Katie Hobbs.” At the...
    Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin tested positive for COVID-19 for the second time, making him one of the highest-ranking Biden administration officials to be diagnosed with the disease in recent weeks. Austin, who is fully vaccinated and has received two booster shots, tested positive on Monday morning and is experiencing mild symptoms, the defense secretary said in a statement. The Biden official said he will quarantine at home for the next five days in accordance with recent guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and will maintain his normal work schedule. ​​BIDEN TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 AGAIN: HOW COMMON IS A ‘REBOUND’ INFECTION? "My doctor told me that my fully vaccinated status, including two booster shots, is why my symptoms are less severe than would otherwise be the case. I will continue to consult closely with my doctor in the coming days,” he said in a statement. “Vaccinations continue to both slow the spread of COVID-19 and to make its health effects less severe. Vaccination remains a medical requirement for our workforce, and I continue...
    DeSantis, who has become an immensely popular figure on the political right, is currently seeking re-election during the Sunshine State's gubernatorial election contest. U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist and Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried are the most prominent candidates running in the state's Democratic gubernatorial primary. Earlier this year, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) endorsed Crist. Crist previously served as governor of Florida from early 2007 through early 2011 — he won the governorship as a Republican, then later lost a U.S. Senate bid while running as an independent in 2010. In 2014 Crist lost a Florida gubernatorial election while running as a Democrat. "Now, the gloves are off," Pushaw tweeted regarding her job shift. Pushaw, who is known for being an outspoken critic of the media, told the Daily Wire that the comment was a bit "tongue-in-cheek," pointing out that she does not generally hold back when responding to the media. "Traditionally for a state employee, you don’t have a lot of latitude," Pushaw said, according to the outlet. "But I've been...
    The younger sister of former President Donald Trump's ex-press secretary Kayleigh McEnany is launching a conservatives-only dating app called The Right Stuff, which is being funded by rightwing PayPal founder Peter Thiel and will only allow 'ladies' and 'gentlemen' to join.  Ryann McEnany, 34, from Tampa, Florida, designed the new platform, which is set to launch this September, to help 'young conservatives' find 'people that see the world the right way,' after she said she noticed that other dating apps have 'gone woke.' Created to 'connect people who aren’t offended by everything,' the upcoming app is 'invite only,' so 'not just anyone can join.'  Ryann explained that only 'ladies' and 'gentlemen' who are determined to 'get back to the right way of dating' like her will be welcome to use The Right Stuff, during a recent promotional video which was uploaded to the brand's Twitter page. The younger sister of former President Donald Trump's ex-press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, Ryann McEnany, is launching a conservatives-only dating app called The Right Stuff Ryann, 34, from Tampa, Florida, designed the new platform, which is set...
    Washington (CNN)In at least 10 states, the Republican nominee for the job of overseeing future elections is someone who has questioned, rejected or tried to overturn the results of the 2020 election.Secretaries of state will play a critical role in managing and certifying the presidential election in 2024. The distinct possibility that some of these secretaries will be people with a history of election denial is a major challenge for American democracy -- especially because former President Donald Trump, who is widely expected to run again in 2024, continues to pressure state officials to discard the will of voters.More than half of GOP governor nominees have questioned or denied the legitimacy of the 2020 electionThe Republican nominees for secretary of state in the November 2022 midterm elections include three swing-state candidates who have made efforts to overturn 2020 results in their states: Mark Finchem of Arizona, Kristina Karamo of Michigan and Jim Marchant of Nevada.The Republican nominee in Republican-dominated Alabama, Wes Allen, expressed support for a 2020 lawsuit that sought to get the Supreme Court to toss out Joe Biden's...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden on Wednesday is set to sign into law a bill expanding health care benefits to millions of veterans who were exposed to toxic burn pits during their military service. The bill is a major bipartisan victory for Congress and addresses an issue that is personal to the President. Biden has said he believes there may have been a connection between the brain cancer that killed his 46-year-old son, Beau Biden, and the burn pits Beau was exposed to during his military service. Burn pits were commonly used to burn waste -- including trash, munitions, hazardous material and chemical compounds -- at military sites throughout Iraq and Afghanistan until about 2010. These massive open-air burn pits, which were often operated at or near military bases, released dangerous toxins into the air that, upon exposure, may have caused short- and long-term health conditions, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.The bill adds conditions related to burn pit and toxic exposure, including hypertension, to the Department of Veterans Affairs list of illnesses that have been incurred or exacerbated during military service, removing...
    An interview with Adrian Fontes, who modernized Phoenix’s election system and helped hundreds of thousands of new voters during 2020’s pandemic and presidential election. American voters have heard plenty about Republicans seeking high office in 2022 who still deny that President Joe Biden was legitimately elected. They have heard less about the Democratic candidates running against the election deniers, especially in battleground states. This article was produced by Voting Booth, a project of the Independent Media Institute. Adrian Fontes is the Democratic nominee for secretary of state in Arizona, where election deniers recently won the GOP primary for governor, attorney general and secretary of state. In 2020, Fontes was the top election administrator in Maricopa County, or greater Phoenix, which became a major target of Donald Trump’s false claims and bad-faith post-election reviews. He spoke to Voting Booth’s Steven Rosenfeld about his 2022 race and message to Arizona voters. Steven Rosenfeld: Briefly tell us about yourself. You came from a public service family, joined the Marines, became a lawyer, an election official, and more. Adrian Fontes: Thanks for this opportunity....
    As vote-counting continues in Arizona’s Republican gubernatorial election, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, the Democrat nominee, is being slammed for the slow vote count. “Arizona’s glacial vote-counting isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement for how Katie Hobbs would perform as governor,” said John Gabriel, editor-in-chief of Ricochet.  Arizonas glacial vote-counting isnt exactly a ringing endorsement for how Katie Hobbs would perform as governor. — Jon Gabriel (@exjon) August 3, 2022 “We have absolutely no confidence in [Katie Hobbs] overseeing ANY election. It’s unthinkable for her to help supervise one that she is involved in,” Lake’s War Room posted on Wednesday afternoon. We have absolutely no confidence in @katiehobbs overseeing ANY election. Its unthinkable for her to help supervise one that she is involved in. — Kari Lake War Room (@KariLakeWarRoom) August 3, 2022 “The Arizona Secretary of State is running for Governor as a Democrat – in related news, we aren’t getting results in a timely manner,” said former National Intelligence appointee Richard Grenell, who worked for President Donald J. Trump’s administration. The Arizona Secretary of State is...
    (CNN)Two Donald Trump-endorsed Republicans who have embraced the former President's 2020 election lies will win the GOP nominations for US Senate and secretary of state in Arizona, CNN projected Wednesday.Blake Masters, the onetime venture capitalist, will secure the Republican nomination for US Senate, while Arizona Republicans have chosen state Rep. Mark Finchem, an election denier, as their nominee to take the helm of the state's election machinery, CNN projects.Masters will face Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, who was unopposed in his primary Tuesday, in what's expected to be one of the nation's most competitive, and expensive, midterm match-ups, with control of the 50-50 Senate on the line. Masters was chief operating officer of GOP megadonor Peter Thiel's investment firm, and his campaign was backed by more than $15 million in spending by Thiel. Six takeaways from Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Arizona and Washington primariesMasters, who has spread lies about the results of the 2020 election and accused Democrats of trying to "change the demographics" of the country, defeated businessman Jim Lamon and Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, among others, in the...
    "We will pass on this offer," Griffin wrote. "Also please note — we don't coordinate appearances or events of a political nature from the official office. Our role is to serve the people of Florida." \u201cHere's our response to @TheView:\u201d — Bryan Griffin (@Bryan Griffin) 1659382048 Replying to Griffin's post, DeSantis press secretary Christina Pushaw tweeted, "Perfect. There is nothing that infuriates liberals more than seeing their own insane words repeated back to them in black and white." "This is spectacular!" Megyn Kelly tweeted. "This may be one of the greatest emails ever composed," Erick Erickson declared. "A missed opportunity, IMO," Breitbart senior editor-at-large Joel Pollak remarked. "DeSantis would have had the opportunity to speak directly to a skeptical audience." DeSantis, who has become an enormously popular figure on the political right, is seeking another term in office this year. "Liberal media wants to interview Governor DeSantis because his popularity draws ratings," Pushaw tweeted. "But @GovRonDeSantis will not assist failing legacy media outlets in growing an audience for their smear pieces & biased reporting laden with contempt for Americans." \u201cLiberal...
    Ross D. Franklin/AP Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.Arizona could be gearing up to elect a 2020 election denier to the position responsible for overseeing future elections. Republican State Rep. Mark Finchem is a huge proponent of the lie that former President Trump won the 2020 election. Politico called him a “poster child” for this lost cause. He supported the slapdash GOP review of all the votes cast in Arizona’s Maricopa County in 2020, and he called for decertifying the results in that state. He’s backed by Trump, Michael Flynn, and the MyPillow guy, Mike Lindell. And he appears close to winning the Republican nomination for Arizona secretary of state. Polling for the race is scarce, but a recent survey of 502 likely Republican voters showed 32 percent supporting Finchem—a significant lead over competitor Beau Lane, who came in at 11 percent. To give you an idea of the stakes in the general election: During the last secretary of state election in 2018, when Democrats had more of an edge nationwide than is expected...
    (CNN)Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough on Sunday pushed back against Senate Republicans blocking passage of the administration-backed PACT Act, warning that if the chamber passes GOP senators' proposed amendment to the legislation aimed at providing care for veterans exposed to toxic burn pits, "we may have to ration care for veterans."McDonough told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" that a proposed amendment from Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey would put "a year-on-year cap" on what the VA can spend to care for veterans suffering from exposure to burn pits and sunsets the fund after 10 years, telling Tapper, "I can't, in good conscience, do that, because the outcome of that will be rationing of care for vets, which is something I just can't sign on.""This has been the No. 1 priority for President Biden," McDonough said, touting executive action steps the Biden administration has already taken to remove the burden of proof for veterans seeking care for toxic exposure. "I guess what I'd say is, these folks have waited long enough. Let's just get it done, and also...
    According to a report from the Washington Post, former Colorado county clerk Tina Peters has raised enough donations to pay the $256,000 fee to pay for a recount after coming in third in a recent primary election. Peters, who was indicted by a grand jury in March on ten counts, including breaching the security of Mesa County elections systems, has been a major proponent of claiming that Donald Trump lost the 2020 presidential election due to fraud. Her legal woes and election conspiracy mongering didn't keep her from running for her position again where she came in a distant third to winner Pam Anderson, who received 43 percent of the vote to Peters' 28.3 percent. Following her election loss, Peters proclaimed, "We didn’t lose, we just found evidence of more fraud … they’re cheating and we’ll prove it once again.” Making good on her threat to contest the election results, the former county employee raised the needed $256K needed for the secretary of state to order a recount, with Peters claiming she raised the money legally "from individual donors who...
    Washington (CNN)Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, a leading election denier who lost last month's Republican primary for secretary of state, has paid the required amount for a recount of the contest. The Colorado Secretary of State's Office confirmed that it "received and accepted the required funds for a discretionary statewide recount," which the office told CNN cost Peters $255,912.33."The recounts will be conducted in accordance with the law, and will be finished by August 4," Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold said in a statement Thursday. The official results of the Secretary of State Republican primary show Peters trailing leading candidate Pam Anderson by 14 percentage points.A proponent of former President Donald Trump's election fraud conspiracy theories, Peters is accused of violating security procedures for Mesa County voting equipment, which allegedly resulted in confidential information being posted online. An arrest warrant was issued for Peters last week after she was accused of violating a judge's order to have "no contact with employees from the Clerk and Records Office." An email from Peters, which was obtained by CNN, was sent to...
    The House Jan. 6th Committee has interviewed former Trump Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin as part of its probe, as the panel tries to untangle discussions about use of the 25th Amendment to remove a president from office. The panel has already spoken to Mnuchin, CNN reported, after already interviweing other acting cabinet heads and working to bring in other top officials. The last days of the Trump administration featured a string of resignations, although Mnuchin stayed on until the end. Mnuchin, who ran fundraising for the Trump campaign before taking the plum post, was in Israel during the riot, and on Jan 7, 2020 he condemned 'rampage' at the Capitol and called for 'continued work on the transition' to Biden administration.' Former Trump Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was interviewed by the House Jan. 6th Committee as it looks at internal maneuvering and the 25th Amendment A day later, the Washington Post reported that Mnuchin 'has been personally involved in discussions about invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office, but is highly unlikely to pursue that extraordinary course of...
    Pete Marovich, Pool/Getty Images. Former President Donald Trump’s top trade advisor and MAGA loyalist, Peter Navarro has a new book releasing in September and a sneak peek revealed he is already dreaming up his ideal cabinet for Trump in 2025. This dream cabinet for Trump’s second term includes returning choices such as former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson for the Department of Health and Human Services and former Chief of Staff to Acting Secretary of Defense Kash Patel for Director of National Intelligence. Navarro’s list also included new faces like former New York State judge turned Fox News host, Jeanine Pirro to head the Department of Justice as Attorney General. Pirro, one of the cohosts of The Five, regularly makes controversial statements, recently deciding to ignore the separation of church and state claiming that the United States was “founded on Judeo-Christian Ethics.” Navarro argues in his book that Trump was weighed down by “bad personnel” during his term in the presidential office and intends to avoid this next term, assuming Trump wins in 2024. The former Trump...
    As promised, the U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack is continuing its work over the summer. Its latest focus: obtaining witness testimony from Trump cabinet officials and other top Trump administration officials, including Mick Mulvaney, Mike Pompeo, Steve Mnuchin, Elaine Chao, Betsy DeVos, Chad Wolf, John Ratcliffe, and Robert O’Brien. CNN reports Trump’s former OMB director and acting White House Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney, today is testifying before the Select Committee. ABC News adds that “Trump’s former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who reportedly discussed the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment with then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, recently sat with committee investigators for a transcribed interview.” Former Trump Attorney General Bill Barr testified before the Committee in early June. READ MORE: ‘New Subpoenas Have Been Issued’: J6 Committee Announces ‘We Will Reconvene in September’ With More Hearings Pompeo is “expected to speak” with the Committee soon, although his interview has not been officially scheduled. “Committee investigators are not only focused on the discussions surrounding the 25th Amendment that occurred within the Cabinet, but also Cabinet members’...
    Former President Donald Trump never issued orders to ready 10,000 troops ready to be deployed to the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, former acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller told congressional investigators. This assertion, revealed by the Jan. 6 committee on Tuesday, clashes with claims made by Trump and his allies, as they argue this was a step the former president did take to protect lawmakers on the day the Capitol riot disrupted lawmakers as they met to certify President Joe Biden's 2020 election victory. “I was never given any direction or order or knew of any plans of that nature. I was surprised by seeing that publicly,” Miller told the Jan. 6 committee in video testimony. “Obviously, we had plans for activating more folks, but that was not anything more than contingency planning. There was no official message traffic or anything of that nature. … That was not part of my plan or the Department of Defense’s plan.” 187 MINUTES: SIX KEY MOMENTS FROM HOUSE JAN. 6 HEARING ON TRUMP’S TIMELINE Former White House chief...
    Michael DeRosa, first lady Jill Biden's press secretary, is departing the White House First lady Jill Biden's press secretary Michael DeRosa is leaving his post at the White House amid a flurry of communication staff departures. LaRosa's departure is no surprise, a White House official told CNN, claiming that the East Wing has known about his resignation for several weeks. His extension in the first lady's office came due to a desire for LaRosa to assist with three high-profile foreign trips. The latest staff exit continues to fuel speculation of troubles inside the White House with staffing, especially when it comes to the executive communications team. Earlier this summer, Biden lost his Press Secretary Jen Psaki, and her Chief of Staff Amanda Finney followed her out the door. Shortly after in early July, White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield left the administration. A person familiar with next steps said that LaRosa is staying in D.C. to join the public affairs firm Hamilton Place Strategies as managing director. He has not yet weighed in publicly on his impending departure from the...
    U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg on Sunday made the case to safeguard “marriages like mine” while criticizing Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) for saying voting to protect same-sex marriage is a “stupid waste of time.” “If he’s got time to fight against Disney,” Sec. Buttigieg told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday, when asked his reaction to Rubio’s “waste of time” comment. “I don’t know why he wouldn’t have time to help safeguard marriages like mine. But this is really, really important to a lot of people. It’s certainly important to me.” “I started my day as I tried to do on weekends, I tried to give Chasten a little bit of a break and do breakfast with both of our our twins,” Secretary Buttigieg said, sharing a personal moment, referring to his husband and their two children. “And that alone is no small thing as every parent with small kids knows.” READ MORE: Pete Buttigieg: 'I'm glad to have a president who can ride a bicycle' “It was one of those days where the tray table wasn’t quite fitting into...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- If your driver's license or state ID is about to expire, you now have more time to get it renewed.Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that the expiration dates for driver's licenses, ID cards and learner's permits are being extended until December 1.The previous extension was set to end on July 31.However, the extension does not apply to commercial driver's licenses or CDL learner's permits.
    WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.; Gov. Larry Hogan, R-Md.; former Vice President Al Gore; White House COVID-19 response coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha. __ NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Gore; Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va.; Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. __ CBS’ “Face the Nation” — Jha; Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.; Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo; Ukrainian Ambassador to the U.S. Oksana Markarova; Miami Mayor Francis Suarez. ___ CNN’s “State of the Union” — Hogan; Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo.; Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. ___ “Fox News Sunday” — Cheney; Jha. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Jay Carney, the former Obama White House press secretary, is leaving his role as an Amazon executive to lead Airbnb's policy team. Carney, who served as Amazon's senior vice president of global corporate affairs, announced on Friday that he is leaving the Big Tech e-commerce platform to become Airbnb's global head of policy and communications. OAN FACING FINANCIAL LIFE SUPPORT AS VERIZON DROPS NETWORK Carney's job will be to "ensure that as Airbnb grows, we strengthen the communities we are in," Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky said in a press release. "Jay has worked at the highest levels of both government and technology. When you combine that with the two decades he spent on the ground as a journalist, he brings a deep understanding of the needs of multiple stakeholders." "The potential for travel to promote economic and social good has never been greater," Carney said in a statement. "I'm thrilled to be joining Airbnb to help guide its work to connect communities and people through travel, drive economic participation, and help us discover that while our...
    An indicted clerk in Mesa County, Colo., is wanted for arrest again after allegedly violating certain conditions of her previous bond. According to The Daily Sentinel, Tina Peters is said to have violated her bond when she "included Director of Elections Brandi Bantz in an email she sent in the wee hours of the morning Wednesday to counties across the state in an attempt to get them to conduct a recount of her loss in the June primary race to be the GOP nominee for secretary of state." On Thursday, July 21, another warrant was signed for her second arrest. READ MORE: FBI raids homes of Colorado MAGA county clerk and Lauren Boebert’s former campaign manager: report Per the news outlet, Peters was prohibited from contacting anyone in the clerk's office as a result of being charged with nearly a dozen felony and misdemeanor counts. Peters is facing a total of 10 counts for "tampering with election equipment and misconduct." The bond also includes specifications on who Peters was supposed to distance from. Bantz, who was appointed to...
    A WOMAN lay dead in her flat for two years until her skeletal remains were finally discovered after neighbours noticed a smell, an inquest heard. Shelia Seleoane, 61, was found lying on her side with her remains partially covered by her faded blue pyjama bottoms and a white top. 4Police broke in to discover Sheila dead in her flatCredit: SWNS The medical security was identified by her dental records and police found no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death, Mail Online reports. An inquest was told Sheila's body was discovered in February 2022 after neighbours noticed a foul smell coming from her flat in Peckham, South East London. Medics found she likely died in August 2019 but her body was so decomposed, a cause of death could not be determined. The hearing was told Sheila had visited her GP in the months before her death complaining about feeling "wheezy". Read more newsIN THE DOCK Woman, 31, in court charged with murder of man, 57, found in sleepy village Sheila's last rent payment to Peabody Housing was in August 2019 and attempts...
    President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, July 21, according to White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. He was experiencing “mild symptoms” and has begun taking Paxlovid, the Pfizer antiviral drug designed to reduce the severity of the disease. His trip to Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania has evidently been canceled as he “will isolate at the White House and will continue to carry out all of his duties fully during that time. He has been in contact with members of the White House staff by phone this morning, and will participate in his planned meetings at the White House this morning via phone and Zoom from the residence," White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said. Biden, 79, is fully vaccinated, and he received his second booster shot on March 30.
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday morning, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre announced. The White House says he is experiencing mild symptoms. Per CDC guidelines, President Biden will isolate at the White House, continuing all of his duties fully while in isolation. READ MORE: Sixers Announce Plans To Explore Building New Arena In Center City“He has been in contact with members of the White House staff by phone this morning and will participate in his planned meetings at the White House this morning via phone and Zoom from the residence. Consistent with White House protocol for positive COVID cases, which goes above and beyond CDC guidance, he will continue to work in isolation until he tests negative. Once he tests negative, he will return to in-person work,” a statement from Jean-Pierre said. READ MORE: Wawa Teams Up With Cape May Brewing Company To Make Peach-Flavored Hard Beverage 'Shore Tea'The White House will provide a daily update on the President’s status. His last COVID-19 test was on Tuesday and he had a negative result....
    DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s secretary of state’s office on Wednesday said it has told two candidates who lost their Republican primary races last month that it will not conduct a recount of those races because they failed to pay the required amount by the deadline. The office informed Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, who lost her race for the GOP nomination for secretary of state, and state Rep. Ron Hanks, who fell short in his bid for the party’s U.S. Senate nomination, that it was moving forward finalizing the results of the primary. Neither candidate paid the $236,000 that was due by July 15 for the recount. Both Peters and Hanks have promoted the false claim that President Joe Biden did not actually win his election against former President Donald Trump in 2020, and they also claimed widespread fraud led to their losses in the GOP primary. They are part of a growing number of deniers of the outcome of the 2020 election also questioning their own primary losses. In letters sent Tuesday to the secretary of state, the two...
    Joe Biden would be nearly 82 years old during the next presidential inauguration Bill Clinton's former Labor Secretary has joined a growing chorus of Democrats urging their party to look beyond President Joe Biden in 2024. Robert Reich, who served in Clinton's Cabinet from 1993 until 1997, wrote an op-ed in The Guardian on Sunday bluntly titled, 'As a 76-year-old let me say: Joe Biden is too old to run again.'  'It’s not death that’s the worrying thing about a second Biden term,' he wrote of the 79-year-old commander-in-chief. 'It’s the dwindling capacities that go with aging.' If the president runs and wins a second term, he would be nearing 82 when taking the oath of office - surpassing his previously held record for the oldest person ever sworn in.  In his op-ed, Reich conceded that the president has appeared to evade certain hallmarks of aging such as shrinking height, and rising Air Force One likely doesn't take as much of a toll as commercial air travel would on an everyday septuagenarian. But, the former Clinton official speculates, a gradual loss...
    Two Tennessee libraries recently received Training Opportunities for the Public (TOP) grants for technology upgrades, according to press releases by the Tennessee Secretary of State’s office. White County Public Library was awarded a $9,301 TOP Grant to provide improved internet access and ease of use for its patrons. Senator Paul Bailey, Representative Paul Sherrell, and Secretary of State Tre Hargett traveled to the library to deliver the grant. “The White County Public Library is working to increase digital literacy and accessibility with computer training for their patrons, improved internet availability at the library and by offering hot spots and a solar electronic device charging station,” Secretary Hargett said in a statement. “Thank you to Sen. Bailey and Rep. Sherrell for making this grant possible that helps local libraries provide technology services to their communities.” Tellico Village Public Library was also awarded a TOP Grant of $17,414 to increase internet access for their patrons. Lt. Governor Randy McNally, Representative Lowell Russell, and Secretary of State Tre Hargett traveled to the library to deliver the grant. “Technology now drives so much of...