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Jared Kushner got $2B investment from Saudi wealth fund despite doubts about his new firm: Report

Jared Kushner got $2B investment from Saudi wealth fund despite doubts about his new firm: Report

Kushner founded a private equity firm, Affinity Fund, just after leaving the White House in the beginning of 2021Jared Kushner secured a $2 billion investment in his private equity firm from Saudi Arabia's state-owned sovereign wealth fund just six months after the end of the Trump administration, a new report claimed on Sunday.Kushner, Donald Trump's son-in-law and former White House senior adviser, secured the massive deal despite being flagged for its 'inexperience' and 'public relations risks' by a panel of economics experts who screen the wealth fund's investments, the New York Times reports.During his time in the White House, Kushner…
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Jan. 6 committee sets surprise hearing for Tuesday after getting ‘deluge’ of fresh evidence

Jan. 6 committee sets surprise hearing for Tuesday after getting ‘deluge’ of fresh evidence

The House Jan. 6 panel on Monday announced a surprise hearing on Tuesday to “present recently obtained evidence and receive witness testimony.”Scrapping plans to pause the explosive sessions until July, the committee abruptly announced plans to continue exposing former President Trump’s scheme to overturn the 2020 election.The subject of the hearings is so far unclear. A spokesman for the panel declined to comment on its substance.The House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the US Capitol in the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, DC. (MANDEL NGAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)Just last week, the panel announced it would…
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Low on troops, Russia plays whack-a-mole with frisky Ukrainians

Low on troops, Russia plays whack-a-mole with frisky Ukrainians

A smashed Russian tank, somewhere in the ... I'm going to guess Kherson front Russia managed to move 20 kilometers from Popasna to the southern outskirts of Lysychansk in six weeks. It managed that task by massing its artillery ahead of its lines of advance, then sending its best infantry (VDV airborne remnants and Wagner mercenaries) back and forth between Severodonetsk and the Popasna advance once artillery had reduced the next objective to rubble.  If Russia wanted to destroy Ukraine’s war-fighting capacity, it would try to surround Ukrainian defenses, choking off avenues of retreat. But earlier efforts to do just that…
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Biden shows off a ghost gun as he implements new rule to crackdown on privately-made firearms

Biden shows off a ghost gun as he implements new rule to crackdown on privately-made firearms

President Joe Biden on Monday took aim at ghost guns, the privately made firearms without serial numbers, using his regulatory power to get around Washington gridlock on the issue.The president showed off one of the gun kits for sale on the internet, pointing out anyone can purchase one and have a gun assembled in under 30 minutes. 'This is the gun,' Biden said during his event in the Rose Garden where he walked over to show off the kit. He lifted the gun in the air to show it more clearly.'It's not hard to put together with a little hand drill at…
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Trump-pardoned NYC real estate executive Alex Adjmi donates $69K to Gov Hochul campaign

Trump-pardoned NYC real estate executive Alex Adjmi donates $69K to Gov Hochul campaign

A scandal-scarred real estate investor who spent time in prison for money laundering forked over $69,000 to Gov. Hochul’s campaign last week — a big financial boost in the final days of the Democratic gubernatorial race, according to state records.Alex Adjmi, who heads the New York City-based real estate company A&H Acquisitions, gave the hefty contribution — the largest amount allowed by law — on Friday, campaign finance filings show.The governor, who’s in the midst of gearing up for Tuesday’s primary election, has faced heat from government ethics watchdogs in the past over her reliance on campaign contributions from real…
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Supreme Court erases another right; new Jan. 6 hearing announced

Supreme Court erases another right; new Jan. 6 hearing announced

The Supreme Court majority ruled that it's okay for school sports coaches to groom your kids with public shows of religion. Well, one particular religion. And it might not be yours. The Supreme Court continued to roll back all the rights you thought you had with a new uniquely dishonest decision allowing your school's sports coaches to promote their own personal religion (so long as it's the right one) to your kids during team sports, and if your kid doesn't comply and is retaliated against by the rest of the team then guess what: That's exactly what the court majority intends.…
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Psaki struggles again to defend VP Harris on face mask issue

Psaki struggles again to defend VP Harris on face mask issue

White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Monday defended Kamala Harris for not wearing a face mask yet again, this time in a video posted by the White House of the vice president going bare-faced indoors.The White House shared a video of Harris, First Lady Jill Biden, Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, and members of Jackson's family gathered around President Joe Biden in the Oval Office without face masks on Friday, celebrating Jackson's confirmation to the Supreme Court.  Harris was deemed a close contact to covid last week after her communications director, Jamal Simmons, tested positive. Psaki repeated her excuse from…
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NYC Mayor Adams still ‘figuring it out’ on latest approach to guns following Supreme Court decision

NYC Mayor Adams still ‘figuring it out’ on latest approach to guns following Supreme Court decision

Mayor Adams and his administration appeared at a loss Monday about what the city plans to do in the face of last week’s Supreme Court decision on concealed firearms — a ruling that almost certainly will pave the way for more people to carry guns in the Big Apple.Last Thursday, hours after the decision became public, Adams and top city officials focused on two areas where the city and state could push back. One is designating certain places in the city as “sensitive areas” where concealed weapons would not be permitted. The other is revamping the NYPD’s licensing process when…
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Biden lands back at the White House as COVID wave sweeps D.C.

Biden lands back at the White House as COVID wave sweeps D.C.

At least 72 people, including members of President Joe Biden's cabinet, senators and top federal staffers, have tested positive for covid following last weekend's white-tie Gridiron dinner.Biden wore a face mask as he arrived back at the White House on Monday after spending the weekend in Wilmington, Del.. He removed it as he walked from Marine One to the Oval Office. He tested negative for covid ahead of his arrival, the White House said.'Ahead of the president's arrival at the White House, he tested negative for covid-19,' the Biden administration said in a statement. The White House has said the testing strategies…
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Less than 90K NYC residents turned out for early voting in this primary election: Board of Elections

Less than 90K NYC residents turned out for early voting in this primary election: Board of Elections

Fewer than 90,000 city residents cast early voting ballots in this month’s primary elections — a measly turnout for races that will decide which candidates get their party’s nod for governor, lieutenant governor and dozens of State Assembly seats.In total, 86,890 people across the five boroughs voted early in the primaries set for Tuesday, according to tallies from the city Board of Elections.June Primary Early Voting Complete!Manhattan - 29,205Bronx - 10,045Brooklyn – 25,644Queens - 17,157Staten Island – 4,839Total Early Voting Check-Ins 86,890*Unofficial & Cumulative Polls Open Tues 6/28 from 6am to 9pmFind your poll site at https://t.co/I4TNpgInSR— NYC Board of…
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Rudy, Rudy, Rudy

Rudy, Rudy, Rudy

Rudy Giuliani was viciously attacked Sunday at a ShopRite grocery store on Staten Island he told The New York Post. It’s a wonder he made it out alive. “All of a sudden, I feel this ‘Bam!’ on my back,” Giuliani said. “I don’t know if they helped me not fall down, but I just about fell down, but I didn’t.” There was a “tremendous pain in my back,” Rudy told the Post. So much pain, he told WABC talk radio, “somebody shot me,” and, “Luckily, I’m a 78-year-old who is in pretty good shape. If I wasn’t, I would have hit the ground and probably cracked…
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Psaki says Republicans are trying to ‘politicize’ ‘broken’ US immigration system and Title 42 expiry

Psaki says Republicans are trying to ‘politicize’ ‘broken’ US immigration system and Title 42 expiry

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki tore into Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill during her Monday news briefing, accusing them of acting in bad faith when attacking the Biden administration for the crisis at the southwest border.It comes as some Democrats in Congress have begun to break from the party line and join virtually every Republican in opposition to President Joe Biden allowing a pandemic-era expulsion policy, Title 42, to expire on May 23.During her press briefing, Psaki acknowledged the immigration system was 'broken' months after Biden's first year in office saw at least 1.78 million border encounters between Customs…
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NYC lawmaker slams ‘outrageous’ lack of monkeypox vaccine

NYC lawmaker slams ‘outrageous’ lack of monkeypox vaccine

The state is being urged to boost supplies of monkeypox vaccine after all the city’s vaccination appointments were quickly booked last week.State Sen. Brad Hoylman is calling on Gov. Hochul and Health Commissioner Mary Bassett to get extra doses from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as soon as possible.“We desperately need additional monkeypox vaccines,” the Manhattan Democrat told the Daily News on Sunday. “It’s an outrage that New York City received 1,000 vaccines for an LGBTQ population that is greater than 700,000 people.”Recent months have seen growing international concern over monkeypox, which spread from central and…
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A reactionary Supreme Court enshrines far-right extremism as law of the land

A reactionary Supreme Court enshrines far-right extremism as law of the land

If Supreme Court conservatives announce that Republican states no longer must abide by federal laws, what then? Where does their power end? The Supreme Court gutted both American privacy rights and public safety with two brazenly far-right rulings last week. They're not done yet; by this time next week, the court is likely to have erased the government's ability to enforce environmental regulations using an equally bizarre far-right theory that could erase the federal government's ability to write any regulations. And at that point, with the help of stonewalling Republican senators, large parts of the United States government simply cease…
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Top physician says maskless Kamala proves current CDC recommendations are a ‘mockery’ 

Top physician says maskless Kamala proves current CDC recommendations are a ‘mockery’ 

A top medical expert Dr. Nicole Saphier tore into the White House for making a 'mockery' of CDC guidelines after Vice President Kamala Harris went maskless despite coming in close contact with Covid-19. 'When the White House defends President Biden hugging Speaker Pelosi and VP Harris removing her mask despite recent close contacts, they are showing what a mockery the current CDC recommendations are,' Saphier, a radiologist and director of breast imaging at Memorial Sloan Kettering Monmouth, told DailyMail.com. 'Not to mention, the excusability of their actions because of “emotional” and “important” events is disrespectful to Americans who have been avoiding such actions…
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Cops throw actress Jodie Sweetin during Roe v. Wade protests

Cops throw actress Jodie Sweetin during Roe v. Wade protests

Los Angeles Police Department officers shoved actor and activist Jodie Sweetin so hard at a demonstration against the overturning of Roe V. Wade on Saturday that she flew several feet before making a hard landing amid the protesters she had reportedly been leading away, video shows.Jodie Sweetin arrives at The Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes afterparty at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Chris Pizzello/Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)In the clip posted by photographer Michael Ade, the “Full House” star is manhandled and shoved by two or three cops, one of whom flings her forcefully…
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Covid US: Just 9% think pandemic is ‘serious crisis,’ according to new poll

Covid US: Just 9% think pandemic is ‘serious crisis,’ according to new poll

Less than one in 10 Americans describe the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic as a 'serious crisis,' according to a recent Axios poll.The latest poll, published Tuesday, also found that about three in four respondents said it was a 'manageable problem' and one in six feel it isn't a problem at all.  Of 1,043 respondents, nine percent - about 93 people - said they would characterize the current COVID status quo as a 'crisis,' with Democrats five times as likely (16 percent) to call it such compared to three percent of Republican respondents.Three percent of Democrats said COVID-19 is currently…
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NY Assemblywoman Chandler-Waterman faces ex-Adams aide in key race

NY Assemblywoman Chandler-Waterman faces ex-Adams aide in key race

Tuesday’s primary election is going to feel like déjà vu for voters in Brooklyn’s 58th Assembly District.Democratic Assemblywoman Monique Chandler-Waterman, who won a special election last month to represent the East Flatbush district, is back on the ballot in Tuesday’s primary to once again face off against Hercules Reid, a former City Hall aide who holds Mayor Adams’ endorsement in the race.In their first matchup in the special election on May 24, Chandler-Waterman cruised to victory with a 61-point margin over Reid, who was running as a third-party candidate in that very low turnout contest.Hercules Reid (left) and New York…
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Russia’s supply and command and control hubs no longer safe from Ukrainian attack

Russia’s supply and command and control hubs no longer safe from Ukrainian attack

HIMARS is finally in action, somewhere in Ukraine Early days of the war, the most videos showed anti-tank missiles like NLAWS, Stugna-P, and Javelins taking out Russian armor and vehicles. Then there was the “vehicles stuck in mud” phase. Eventually, that gave way to supply convoy ambushes. Then artillery strikes, and more artillery strikes. A handful of “commercial drone drops grenade” videos sneak through, but mostly artillery. Lots of artillery strikes. Until … now.  We still have plenty of artillery videos. This is an artillery attrition war, with the skies over Ukraine swarming with drones documenting it all. New Western artillery systems, like…
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Biden’s sister Valerie claims Democrats are MORE ‘pro-life’ than Republicans

Biden’s sister Valerie claims Democrats are MORE ‘pro-life’ than Republicans

Biden's sister Valerie claims Democrats should start saying they are the 'pro-life' party because they're helping women build 'better' lives by backing abortionPresident Joe Biden's sister Valerie Biden Owens said Democrats are more 'pro-life' than their Republican counterparts 'I'm pro-choice, but I remain convinced that Democrats chose the wrong term for our side of the issue,' Owens writes in her new book, Growing Up BidenShe argued Democrats 'should have been pro-life, for we are the ones advocating for a better life' Owens said her feelings about abortion were 'complicated' and said she even sometimes told people she was 'pro-life' 'Sometimes, I even accidentally…
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Ahead of Tuesday’s NY primary, socialists, progressives set sights on incumbent Democrats in Assembly

Ahead of Tuesday’s NY primary, socialists, progressives set sights on incumbent Democrats in Assembly

ALBANY — Upstart insurgents challenging longtime Democratic Assembly members are seeing strength in numbers ahead of Tuesday’s primary.Progressive Assembly candidates hoping to unseat long-serving incumbents say the June 28 contest offers New Yorkers a chance to create a sea change in the Dem-led Legislature and boost the number of left-leaning lawmakers.The Assembly Chamber is pictured during a legislative session at the state Capitol on the last scheduled day of the 2022 legislative session Thursday, June 2, 2022, in Albany, N.Y. (Hans Pennink/AP)“All of these races and insurgent campaigns reflect a need and demand from voters for transformative change,” said Samy…
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EXCLUSIVE Mike Pence will hit back at students who tried to stop him speaking at UVA tonight

EXCLUSIVE Mike Pence will hit back at students who tried to stop him speaking at UVA tonight

Former Vice President Mike Pence will use a speech tonight at the University of Virginia to hit back at students who tried to prevent his appearance and to deliver a defense of free speech on campuses.And to underscore his point he will use the words of Thomas Jefferson, UVA's founder, to remind his opponents that free speech is the 'birthright of all Americans.'It comes after the university's student newspaper last month demanded that the invitation to Donald Trump's vice president be withdrawn - one of a string of controversies over who should and shouldn't be allowed to speak at universities.Protests…
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Women can control ‘intake of semen’

Women can control ‘intake of semen’

Someone needs a middle-school health class refresher.A Utah lawmaker said Friday that women can control their “intake of semen” at a celebratory press conference after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.“I got a text message today saying I should seek to control men’s ejaculations and not women’s pregnancies,” Republican state Rep. Karianne Lisonbee said. “I do trust women enough to control when they allow a man to ejaculate inside of them and to control that intake of semen.”Utah was one of 13 states that set up trigger laws to automatically ban abortion with the deconstruction of Roe v. Wade.…
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Mike Pence says UVA swimmer was cheated out of NCAA victory by transgender Lia Thomas

Mike Pence says UVA swimmer was cheated out of NCAA victory by transgender Lia Thomas

Mike Pence said it was time to defend the integrity of women sports during an appearance at the University of Virginia on Tuesday, saying UVA swimmer Emma Weyant had been unfairly deprived of a title by losing to transgender athlete Lia Thomas.The former vice president was asked about the issue at the end of speech in which he blasted 'woke' campus culture and spoke out against attacks on freedom of speech.  'Emma Weyant won that race,' he said in response to a question about Thomas' win in the 500-yard freestyle race at the NCAA championship last month.Weyant, who took silver in the…
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Off-duty cop punches woman in face at abortion protest in R.I.

Off-duty cop punches woman in face at abortion protest in R.I.

An off-duty police officer punched a woman twice in the face at a pro-choice protest in Rhode Island on Friday night.Jeann Lugo, a Providence cop who was running for a state senate seat as a Republican, slugged Jennifer Rourke, an abortion-rights activist who is running for the same seat as a Democrat, outside the Rhode Island State House in Providence.I'm a reproductive rights organizer & State Senate candidate. Last night, after speaking at our Roe rally, my Republican opponent – a police officer – violently attacked me. This is what it is to be a Black woman running for office.…
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GOP discovers too late that Ukrainian Americans are a key voting bloc in battleground states

GOP discovers too late that Ukrainian Americans are a key voting bloc in battleground states

It’s no secret that Donald Trump has disgracefully debased himself to Putin for years. As Trump’s former White House press secretary admitted, Trump always felt “intimidated” by Putin. However, his continued devotion to Putin has been unforgivable since the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Trump just couldn’t help himself by once again gushing over how Putin is a “genius,” “smart,” and “very savvy” for attacking his neighbor. Even after the war crimes Russian troops committed at Bucha came to light, Trump continued to praise Putin as “driven”—right before directly asking Putin for campaign help by releasing information on Hunter Biden, the president’s…
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Biden accuses Putin of GENOCIDE in Ukraine as he addresses US inflation and rising gas prices

Biden accuses Putin of GENOCIDE in Ukraine as he addresses US inflation and rising gas prices

President Joe Biden on Tuesday seemed to accuse Vladimir Putin of committing 'genocide' in the Ukraine after his administration officials have been careful not to use that word.'Your family budget, your ability to fill up your tank - none of it should hinge on whether a dictator declares war and commits genocide a half a world away,' Biden said during a speech in Iowa on combatting high inflation, which he blamed on Putin's invasion of the Ukraine.On April 4, shortly after pictures of atrocities appeared in Bucha, Ukraine, Biden refused to call it a genocide, instead using the term 'war crimes'…
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Biden signs bipartisan gun measure into law – New York Daily News

Biden signs bipartisan gun measure into law – New York Daily News

President Biden on Saturday signed the most significant gun-violence bill in 30 years into law, then paused briefly to reflect on it.“God willing, this is gonna save a lot of lives,” the president said.President Biden signs into law the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act gun safety bill on Saturday in the White House as First Lady Jill Biden looks on. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)The bill got through Congress in the wake of last month’s mass shootings at a grocery store in Buffalo and an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Those two events horrified the nation enough to get enough Republicans on board…
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MEGHAN MCCAIN: Biden must think Americans are stupid if he believes they blame inflation on Putin

MEGHAN MCCAIN: Biden must think Americans are stupid if he believes they blame inflation on Putin

James Carville, the notorious and legendary Democratic political operative, infamously once said, 'It's the economy, stupid.'He coined the term in 1992 while he was advising President Bill Clinton during his successful run for the White House.Carville was trying to get through to Clinton's campaign staff. He wanted his team to communicate to the public that Clinton was focused on the issues that were most important to them – their bank accounts.Suggesting that your own staff is 'stupid' is one thing.Suggesting that the American people are 'stupid' is another -- and that seems to be President Joe Biden's approach.'I'm doing everything…
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Adams backs ex-City Hall staffer in Brooklyn Democratic feud

Adams backs ex-City Hall staffer in Brooklyn Democratic feud

Mayor Adams is endorsing a former City Hall staffer seeking to topple a pro-Andrew Yang district leader in Brooklyn — a contest that one of the mayor’s top aides has been extensively involved in behind the scenes.The ex-City Hall staffer, Pinny Ringel, is running in Tuesday’s primary against David Schwartz, the district leader of Brooklyn’s 48th Assembly District, which covers swaths of Borough Park, Mapleton and Midwood.Schwartz has been a fierce critic of Rodneyse Bichotte-Hermelyn, the chairwoman of the borough’s Democratic Party and an Adams ally. The mayor’s endorsement gives Ringel a big boost in the final days of the…
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Roe v Wade overturned: Mike Pence calls for NATIONAL ban on abortion after US Supreme Court decision

Roe v Wade overturned: Mike Pence calls for NATIONAL ban on abortion after US Supreme Court decision

Former Vice President Mike Pence lauds SCOTUS ruling that ‘consigned’ Roe v. Wade to the ‘ash heap of history’ and now calls for a NATIONAL ban on abortionFormer President Mike Pence calls for a national ban on abortion following the overturning of Roe v. Wade Roe v. Wade, the 1973 abortion law, was overturned on Friday following a 6-3 vote by the Supreme Court As of June 24, the ban and right to abortion will be left for state lawmakers to decide Pence said in an interview that 'we must not rest and must not relent until the sanctity of life is restored'…
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N.Y. lawmakers to address SCOTUS concealed carry ruling next week

N.Y. lawmakers to address SCOTUS concealed carry ruling next week

ALBANY — State lawmakers will return to work next week to address the Supreme Court’s ruling striking down a New York law limiting the carrying of concealed firearms, Gov. Hochul announced Friday.The governor signed an order mandating a special legislative session in response to the court’s 6-3 decision doing away with the century-old statute.New York State Governor Kathy Hochul (Kevin P. Coughlin/� 2022 Kevin P. Coughlin / State)“The Supreme Court’s reckless and reprehensible decision to strike down New York’s century-old concealed carry law puts lives at risk here in New York,” Hochul said in a statement. “My number one priority…
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US abortion ruling: Jane’s Revenge group vowed ‘Night of Rage’ if Supreme Court reversed Roe v Wade

US abortion ruling: Jane’s Revenge group vowed ‘Night of Rage’ if Supreme Court reversed Roe v Wade

Pro-abortion 'terror group' Jane's Revenge – which has vowed a 'Night of Rage' over the repeal of Roe v. Wade – is most likely a loose-knit assembly of 'anarchist' cells, according to a security expert.The shadowy group relies on inciting people to vandalize and torch pro-life clinics and facilities through calls to arms on its website, says Kyle Shideler, director and senior analyst for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism at the Center for Security Policy, a Washington, DC-based think tank.Jane's Revenge has already firebombed crisis pregnancy centers in the wake of the  the Supreme Court draft opinion leak last month that revealed the…
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What does the gun reform legislation that Congress passed mean for New Yorkers?

What does the gun reform legislation that Congress passed mean for New Yorkers?

Congress passed its first new federal restrictions on guns in nearly three decades on Friday, taking action after mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, New York. Here’s what the landmark vote to approve the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act means for the Empire State.People gather at a memorial for the shooting victims outside of Tops market in Buffalo, New York on May 20, 2022. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)Q: Will the law make it tougher to buy an AR-15 or similar assault weapon in New York?No. The law imposes modestly tougher background checks for those under 21 who want to buy the…
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Beto O’Rourke, Texas Democrat, says Biden needs to be better prepared for the end of Title 42

Beto O’Rourke, Texas Democrat, says Biden needs to be better prepared for the end of Title 42

Beto O'Rourke admitted to having 'very legitimate concerns' about President Biden's border policy during a press conference in Texas on TuesdayDemocrat Beto O'Rourke distanced himself from President Joe Biden's border policies on Tuesday when he said the administration needs to be better prepared before lifting pandemic-era expulsion policy Title 42.There are concerns among state, local and federal officials that letting the rule expire on May 23 as planned will lead to a mass migrant event that would overwhelm border communities and the already-strained Department of Homeland Security. Title 42 was enacted under Donald Trump and allows border agents to turn asylum-seekers…
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NYC Mayor Adams finally registers his Brooklyn apartment building with the city

NYC Mayor Adams finally registers his Brooklyn apartment building with the city

Mayor Adams forgot to register an apartment building he owns in Brooklyn this year, according to the city’s housing database, but quickly resolved the issue as soon as it was brought to his attention on Thursday.The building on Lafayette Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant — which Adams has owned for nearly two decades and rents out as three separate apartments — was cited by the Department of Housing Preservation and Development on Feb. 25 for not being registered with the agency as required by law, city records show.Although the violation is still listed as unresolved in the HPD’s database, Adams spokesman Fabien…
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‘The biggest and most profound scandal in American history’

‘The biggest and most profound scandal in American history’

xTrump was persuaded by an argument that boils down to: "This will damage your brand" https://t.co/rFODDAolea— Dr. Jorge A. Caballero stands with 🇺🇦 (@DataDrivenMD) June 23, 2022 Tommy Bennett/twitter: Justice Kavanaugh's concurrence in Bruen is a perfect example of what @barryfriedman1 @susansmelcer @WashUChancellor and I call a "pivotal concurrence." cornelllawreview.org/2020/07/29/div… What's that, you ask? 🧵 Bruen was decided by a vote of 6-3. Importantly, all six members of the majority also signed onto the majority _opinion_. The general rule is that an opinion that garners the votes of a majority of the court is binding law. So we can ignore the concurrences, right? Not so fast.…
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‘Feminist’ Pro-life activist admits she’s lost ‘lots of friends’ and gets death threats

‘Feminist’ Pro-life activist admits she’s lost ‘lots of friends’ and gets death threats

A 'feminist' pro-life activist has hit back at critics who have told her to stop 'bringing US politics' to the UK and has said she will not stop campaigning- despite losing friends and being inundated with rape and death threats. Eden McCourt, 23, from Croydon, has been involved with anti-abortion activism since she was a teenager after she found out that her parents were encouraged to abort her late disabled sister who had Patau syndrome.Her parents went ahead with the pregnancy by the editorial assistant was left distressed by the laws surrounding abortion in the UK and said that she wants…
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Senate OKs landmark gun violence bill, House passage is next – New York Daily News

Senate OKs landmark gun violence bill, House passage is next – New York Daily News

The Senate easily approved a bipartisan gun violence bill Thursday that seemed unthinkable a month ago, setting up final approval of what will be Congress’ most far-reaching response in decades to the nation’s run of brutal mass shootings.After years of GOP procedural delays that derailed Democratic efforts to curb firearms, Democrats and 15 Republicans decided that congressional inaction was untenable after last month’s rampages in Buffalo and in Uvalde, Texas. It took weeks of closed-door talks but a bargainers from both parties emerged with a compromise embodying incremental but impactful movement to curb bloodshed that has come to regularly shock…
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Supreme Court erases a century of gun laws; witnesses testify on Clark’s role in coup

Supreme Court erases a century of gun laws; witnesses testify on Clark’s role in coup

Jeffery Clark was eager to give Trump what he wanted: A Department of Justice that would use Trump's false hoaxes to provide cover for Republican states to nullify the results of their elections. On Wednesday the FBI raided his home. In another ruling relying on historical errata of the 1600s to nullify laws passed centuries later, Supreme Court conservatives overturned a New York law that put limits on who can carry concealed handguns. The families of future mass murder victims can rest assured that their loved ones did not die in vain, but as a nod to the beliefs of 17th…
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Biden calls Zelensky and offers over $800m in weapons as Putin plans to intensify Donbas attacks

Biden calls Zelensky and offers over $800m in weapons as Putin plans to intensify Donbas attacks

President Joe Biden spoke to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday to tell him the United States was sending another $800 million in weapons to help him fight off Vladimir Putin's forces. The two leaders spoke for nearly an hour, from 11:41 am ET to 12:39 pm ET, according to the White House.'I just spoke with President Zelenskyy and shared with him that my Administration is authorizing an additional $800 million in weapons, ammunition, and other security assistance to Ukraine,' Biden said in a statement on the call.The new round of assistance comes as Russia is beefing up forces for a new…
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Supreme Court strikes down New York concealed gun law in 6-3 decision

Supreme Court strikes down New York concealed gun law in 6-3 decision

The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that New York’s century-old concealed-carry handgun law violates the Second Amendment, a finding long feared by local officials who viewed the law as a linchpin in efforts to curb the proliferation of pistols on New York City streets.The 6-to-3 decision, which was the court’s most significant gun-rights ruling in more than a decade, rejected the state’s Sullivan Act, a regulation that limited concealed-carry handgun licenses to New Yorkers with specific self-defense needs.The court’s conservative majority was widely expected to gut the gun law after hinting at their opposition during oral arguments in the fall.…
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Follow along with the Jan. 6 committee for its fifth day of hearings, #2

Follow along with the Jan. 6 committee for its fifth day of hearings, #2

On the fifth day of hearings, the January 6 committee will give to America: evidence of former President Donald Trump’s attempt to co-opt the Department of Justice as he sought to overturn the results of the 2020 election. The hearing on Thursday begins at 3 p.m. ET and a link to the committee’s live-stream is available below. Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger is expected to lead a portion of the hearing and direct questions to a panel of three witnesses: former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, former deputy acting attorney general Richard Donoghue, and Steven Engel, the former lead at the…
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2024 Presidential Primaries: Mulvaney says THE ROCK, Tim Scott and Ron DeSantis are threats to Trump

2024 Presidential Primaries: Mulvaney says THE ROCK, Tim Scott and Ron DeSantis are threats to Trump

Trump's ex-Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney says THE ROCK, Sen. Tim Scott and Gov. Ron DeSantis are the only 'Republicans' who can give the former president a real challenge for the White House in 2024Former acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney handicapped the 2024 Republican primary for Politico's Playbook Mulvaney name-dropped three candidates he believed could give his former boss, ex-President Donald Trump, trouble 'DeSantis could give him a run for his money. Tim Scott can give him a run for his money Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson could give him a run for his money,' he said By Nikki Schwab, Senior…
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Trump tried to influence the Department of Justice to overturn the 2020 election: Jan. 6 committee

Trump tried to influence the Department of Justice to overturn the 2020 election: Jan. 6 committee

The Jan. 6 committee on Thursday will examine former President Trump’s unprecedented effort to rope the Justice Department into his scheme to hold onto power despite losing the 2020 election.In the panel’s latest explosive hearing, former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen will detail the ex-president’s push to get him to back outlandish claims of widespread vote fraud — or replace him with a lackey.“The former president (told) the public that the election was corrupt and stolen,” Rosen said in an opening statement. “That view was wrong then and it is wrong today, and I hope our presence here today helps…
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Saudi TV mocks Biden as forgetful old man who needs to be helped by Kamala Harris played by aman

Saudi TV mocks Biden as forgetful old man who needs to be helped by Kamala Harris played by aman

Saudi TV mocks Joe Biden as a forgetful old man who falls asleep at the podium, wanders off and needs to be helped around by Kamala Harris character played by man in dragSaudi TV show mocks Biden as sleepy and forgetful in SNL-style skitKamala Harris is played by a black man in drag who has to correct his gaffes  Biden has history of verbal gaffes that prompt questions about his mental acuityTV show is produced by Saudi government-owned television stationRelations between the US and Saudi Arabia are going through difficult spell By Walter Finch For Mailonline Published: 10:27 EDT, 13 April 2022…
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‘Give them the benefit of the doubt’

‘Give them the benefit of the doubt’

Mayor Adams vowed Wednesday to give Department of Correction officers “the benefit of the doubt” when they call out from work despite concerns that hundreds of them are abusing the agency’s sick leave policy in a manner that’s exacerbating the increasingly deadly crisis on Rikers Island. Absenteeism in the Correction Department ranks has been a major problem for the city during the pandemic, with former Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration alleging that nearly 1,000 officers faked sickness to avoid going to work last year, worsening conditions at Rikers, where at least 16 inmates died in 2021. But, visiting Rikers on…
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Jan. 6 probe to add new public hearings; Republicans targeting parents of trans kids

Jan. 6 probe to add new public hearings; Republicans targeting parents of trans kids

The Jan. 6 committee says that working through new coup evidence will require additions to the planned hearing schedule The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 coup attempt will be adding more public hearings to its schedule due to the continued revelation of new evidence; those hearings will be held "later in July," says committee chair Bennie Thompson. In the meantime committee members are being provided with beefed-up security due to threats of violence by pro-coup Trump supporters. Singled out as the possible avenue through which coup supporters were supposed to slip fake lists of electors to Vice President…
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Biden heads to North Carolina to tout work on supply chains as polls give him 33% approval rating

Biden heads to North Carolina to tout work on supply chains as polls give him 33% approval rating

Biden heads to North Carolina as he steps up domestic travel to tout his success on supply chains and fight back against dire 33% approval ratingJoe Biden flies to Greensboro, North Carolina, on Thursday morning The president is stepping up domestic travel to tout his policy winsHe will highlight work to strengthen supply chains during his visitIt comes amid worries that Democrats are heading for wipeout in the midtermsA poll published a day earlier showed Biden's approval rating at 33 percent By Rob Crilly, Senior U.S. Political Reporter For Dailymail.Com Published: 07:57 EDT, 14 April 2022 | Updated: 08:31 EDT, 14 April…
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Congress inches toward bipartisan compromise gun measure after mass shootings in Texas, Buffalo

Congress inches toward bipartisan compromise gun measure after mass shootings in Texas, Buffalo

Congress inched towards the enactment of a bipartisan gun law on Wednesday taking its first modest step in decades to curb the only-in-America epidemic of mass shootings that culminated with last month’s bloody shooting sprees at a Buffalo supermarket and a Texas elementary school.Hailing the proposed bill as “common-sense” and “life-saving,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) vowed to push the bill through the evenly divided upper chamber with some Republican support by the end of the week.“Congress is on the path to take meaningful action to address gun violence for the first time in nearly 30 years,” Schumer said…
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Trump complains Kevin McCarthy should have put Republicans on the January 6 committee

Trump complains Kevin McCarthy should have put Republicans on the January 6 committee

Donald Trump says Kevin McCarthy made a mistake by boycotting the January 6 investigation and says he should have appointed other Republicans to the select committee after his picks were snubbed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.The former president told Punchbowl News on Tuesday afternoon that it would be good to at least 'have a voice' on the panel as it conducts very public and televised hearings.'Well, I think in retrospect, I think it would have been very smart to put' Republicans on the committee 'to just have a voice,' Trump said.'I wasn't involved in it from a standpoint so I…
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NYC Mayor Adams, officials unveil low-income housing where South Bronx juvenile jail once stood

NYC Mayor Adams, officials unveil low-income housing where South Bronx juvenile jail once stood

The site of a South Bronx juvenile jail where Mayor Adams was once incarcerated as a teen will now serve as affordable housing for Bronx residents — a transformation Adams described as his “favorite project” at a Wednesday unveiling ceremony.The Spofford Juvenile Detention Center closed in 2011, and on Wednesday, Adams and several other top city officials were there to celebrate what’s risen in its place: a 183-unit affordable housing development, the first phase in a broader plan to repurpose what was once a notorious corner of the Bronx.“I was housed here as a juvenile at Spofford and now we’re…
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Bus from Texas drops migrants in Washington DC after Greg Abbott pledge

Bus from Texas drops migrants in Washington DC after Greg Abbott pledge

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said it was 'nice' that Texas was giving migrants a free ride on Wednesday when asked about the news that the first bus had arrived from Texas at the nation's capital after Gov. Abbott's new immigration plan to fight back at what he says is the federal government's lax border policies. The Republican governor announced last week that he would direct the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to charter busses to send migrants released from federal custody into Texas to Washington, D.C. The first bus pulled up around 8 a.m. on Wednesday just blocks away from…
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Trump, Giuliani targeted Atlanta poll workers Lady Ruby Freeman, Wandrea Shea Moss: Jan. 6 committee

Trump, Giuliani targeted Atlanta poll workers Lady Ruby Freeman, Wandrea Shea Moss: Jan. 6 committee

Wandrea (Shaye) Moss decided to be a Georgia election worker because her grandmother told her about the brave struggles of their African-American ancestors to win the right to vote.The Atlanta woman told the Jan. 6 committee on Tuesday that she proudly delivered absentee ballot applications to hospitalized and disabled voters. Moss also mailed documents to people who didn’t have laptops or printers.Wandrea "Shaye" Moss, a former Georgia election worker, testifies while her mother, Ruby Freeman listens, as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol continues to reveal its findings of a year-long investigation at…
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Civil rights lawyer Ben Crump compares Michigan cop who shot black man dead to Russian soldiers

Civil rights lawyer Ben Crump compares Michigan cop who shot black man dead to Russian soldiers

The high-profile attorney representing the family of a black man who was shot in the back of the head by a white cop following a traffic stop in Michigan has compared the violence used by the American police officer to that of Russian soldiers in Ukraine.'Right now our leaders in the United States of America are condemning Russian soldiers for shooting civilians in Ukraine in the back of the head,' civil rights attorney Ben Crump said during a Thursday afternoon press conference. 'Why aren't we condemning police officers here in the USA shooting unarmed, black civilians in the back of the…
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Senators say agreement on gun violence compromise is at hand

Senators say agreement on gun violence compromise is at hand

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate bargainers reached an agreement Tuesday on a bipartisan gun violence bill, the parties’ top two negotiators said, teeing up votes this week on an incremental but notable package that would stand as Congress’s response to mass shootings in Texas and New York that shook the nation.Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), said his chamber would begin debating the measure right away and move to final passage “as quickly as possible.”“This bipartisan gun-safety legislation is progress and will save lives. While it is not everything we want, this legislation is urgently needed,” said the New York Democrat.Senate…
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Biden says he’s ready to go to Ukraine after telling troops he wasn’t allowed to cross Polish border

Biden says he’s ready to go to Ukraine after telling troops he wasn’t allowed to cross Polish border

President Joe Biden said on Thursday he would like to visit the Ukraine and confirmed a report his administration is having conversations about sending a senior official to war-torn Kyiv.'We're making that decision now,' Biden said when asked if a top member of his administration would make the trip.But when asked if he'd like to go, the president said: 'Yeah.'It's not the first time Biden has expressed his interest in making such a trip. While visiting U.S. troops in Poland last month, Biden lamanted he couldn't cross the border into the Ukraine, saying 'they' wouldn't let him.'They will not let me,…
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City panel approves rent hikes up to 5% in stabilized apartments

City panel approves rent hikes up to 5% in stabilized apartments

The powerful panel that sets housing costs in about 1 million rent-regulated apartments in the city voted Tuesday night to approve the largest increases in almost a decade: 5% for two-year leases and 3.3% for single-year leases.The Rent Guidelines Board — trying to balance pandemic challenges facing renters and inflation pumping landlords’ operating costs higher — voted 5-4 to approve the controversial plan during a raucous meeting at Cooper Union in Manhattan.“I believe this that this proposal best balances the need of owners who must pay for costs that increasing significantly as well as those of tenants who are still…
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Republican National Committee votes to WITHDRAW from the presidential debate panel

Republican National Committee votes to WITHDRAW from the presidential debate panel

Republican National Committee votes to WITHDRAW from the presidential debate panel to 'find new and better platforms' after Trump claimed there has been constant anti-GOP biasRNC voted resolution requiring candidates to sign agreement that would bar them from sanctioned debates if they take part in 'unsanctioned' debates RNC Chair McDaniel said group would find 'newer, better debate platforms'She called bipartisan debate commission 'baised' Trump pulled out of second debate in 2020 after it went virtualHe has long railed against moderators including former Fox moderator Chris Wallace By Geoff Earle, Deputy U.S. Political Editor For Dailymail.com Published: 14:26 EDT, 14 April 2022 | Updated:…
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Trump and his campaign bullied election workers in failed efforts to overturn the 2020 election

Trump and his campaign bullied election workers in failed efforts to overturn the 2020 election

The House select committee investigating the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, took aim at former President Donald Trump’s pressure campaign to bully Republican state officials and local election workers into “finding” enough votes to flip states he lost in the 2020 elections or name bogus slates of electors.Trump had a “direct and personal role” in the effort to force state and local officials to overturn the 2020 election, said Vice Chair Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), and it “deserves” the attention of the DOJ.[ Trump urges Georgia official to ‘find’ votes to overturn election results: report ]“The system held, but…
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Sen. Ron Johnson seems to have been caught red-handed by Jan. 6 committee with fraudulent docs

Sen. Ron Johnson seems to have been caught red-handed by Jan. 6 committee with fraudulent docs

Sen. Johnson has been doth protesting too much about the severity of the Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021, for some time now. He has argued that white people cannot break the law the same way Black people can break the law; he’s alternately argued that there was no “insurrection” at the Capitol building in the first place; and he has done all of this while being secretly recorded telling people that he knows and doesn’t “believe” the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent. Trying to overturn the election while knowing and believing that the election was legitimate is the definition…
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Biden meets Spot the robo dog during visit to North Carolina

Biden meets Spot the robo dog during visit to North Carolina

Biden says he has created 7.9million jobs in office - more than any other President - and says Americans are getting back to work after watching Spot the robot dog strut around a labJoe Biden bragged he's created 7.9 million  jobs while in officePresident was in Greensboro, North Carolina, to tout his economic record He visited a robotics lab and met Spot the robotic dog Biden didn't interact with the robotic caine but did tell him: 'Spot, I tell you what, be nice to me on the way out'Biden watched yellow and black mechanical dog trot back and forth The president is stepping…
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Garland jets into Ukraine for talks on Russia war crimes

Garland jets into Ukraine for talks on Russia war crimes

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland jetted into Ukraine on Tuesday in a surprise visit for talks with prosecutors on Russian war crimes.The top U.S. law enforcement official made the unannounced trip to the war-ravaged country to discuss efforts hold Russia accountable for the unprovoked invasion of its neighbor.“The United States is sending an unmistakable message: There is no place to hide,” Garland said. “We will... make sure that those who are responsible for these atrocities are held accountable.”In unannounced trip, Attorney General Merrick Garland Visits Ukraine, Reaffirms U.S. Commitment to Help Identify, Apprehend, and Prosecute Individuals Involved in War Crimes…
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California Democrat says ‘you need an interpreter’ to understand Korean-American Rep. Michelle Steel

California Democrat says ‘you need an interpreter’ to understand Korean-American Rep. Michelle Steel

A California Democrat challenging GOP Rep. Michelle Steel is under fire from Republicans for seemingly poking fun at the Korean-American congresswoman's accent by telling a crowd that 'you need an interpreter' to understand her. While speaking at an April 7 meet and greet in the Congregation B'nai Tzedek synagogue in Fountain Valley, California, Jay Chen was asked by a member of the crowd, 'if you listen to one of her town hall meetings, she doesn't speak very well, so is there any way to get her to agree to a debate?' 'Yeah, so she just had another town hall the other day.…
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Tenants in 1 million NYC rent-regulated apartments likely to see hikes as guidelines board vote looms on Tuesday

Tenants in 1 million NYC rent-regulated apartments likely to see hikes as guidelines board vote looms on Tuesday

Tenants who live in approximately one million rent-regulated apartments in New York City will find out Tuesday night how much their rents will go up in the coming months — a decision that’s certain to take on larger than normal significance given the sky-high inflation both tenants and landlords are now facing.The final decision will be made by the city’s Rent Guidelines Board on Tuesday night and set the threshold on how far landlords can go in demanding more cash from tenants.In a preliminary vote last month, the board set the range on rent increases for one-year leases between 2%…
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J pod orcas form a sleeping line while newest calf romps during nostalgic 8-day visit to SJI

J pod orcas form a sleeping line while newest calf romps during nostalgic 8-day visit to SJI

The undisputed star of the week was the pod’s newest member: J59, a still copper-colored calf recently confirmed to be a female, the second offspring of J37 Hy’Shqa. She put on a show for people on shore, breaching repeatedly, as well as romping in the water with her family and rubbing among them as they tried to form a sleeping line. But most of all, the long stay was a welcome sign of progress in the battle to make the Southern Residents’ historical summertime habitat a viable place to forage again. After the horrid summer of 2016—when key members of…
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China tears into ‘condescending’ U.S. after lawmakers take trip to Taiwan

China tears into ‘condescending’ U.S. after lawmakers take trip to Taiwan

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian warned that the U.S. is 'going down the wrong and dangerous path' China is fighting mad after a bipartisan group of U.S. senators made a surprise visit to Taiwan. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian warned that the U.S. is 'going down the wrong and dangerous path' by not adhering to the One China principle. Zhao called the visit 'condescending' and 'irresponsible.' Senators Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), Bob Menendez (D., N.J.), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Ben Sasse (R., Neb.), Rob Portman (R., Ohio), and Representative Ronny Jackson (R., Texas), all went on the trip. They traveled…
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New York’s Republican candidates for governor joust in 2nd debate

New York’s Republican candidates for governor joust in 2nd debate

The second TV debate in New York’s Republican primary race for governor began with COVID comity and ended in acrimony Monday as candidates took swings at Gov. Hochul and each other with early voting underway.In a burst of bitterness between two of the leading candidates, Harry Wilson and Rep. Lee Zeldin lobbed insults and questioned each other’s character as the 90-minute debate drew to a close.“They should issue a restraining order against Lee Zeldin to not go within 50 miles of Albany, so he doesn’t hurt American and New York families any more than he already has,” said Wilson, a…
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Democratic mega-donor Ed Buck, 67, is jailed for 30 years for supplying dangerous drugs to gay men

Democratic mega-donor Ed Buck, 67, is jailed for 30 years for supplying dangerous drugs to gay men

Democratic mega-donor Ed Buck has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after being convicted of supplying dangerous drugs to gay men - with two overdosing.The 67-year-old was slapped with the jail term over the deaths of 26-year-old escort Gemmel Moore and 55-year-old porn actor Timothy Dean.The judge on Thursday slammed the 'horrific' and 'reprehensible' crimes but refused to lock him away indefinitely.She said the fact Buck was abused by his father and a priest when he was a child were 'mitigating circumstances'.Meanwhile the victims' family and friends burst into tears as they gave moving testimony at the court in downtown…
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NYC Mayor Adams raises cash from crypto execs in Hamptons amid push for Hochul to veto crypto-mining ban

NYC Mayor Adams raises cash from crypto execs in Hamptons amid push for Hochul to veto crypto-mining ban

Mayor Adams rubbed shoulders with cryptocurrency industry executives at a campaign fundraiser in the Hamptons over the weekend — on the heels of urging Gov. Hochul to veto legislation that would ban a type of crypto-mining that puts a strain on the environment.The Friday night fundraiser at a beachfront house in Southampton was attended by roughly 20 people, most of whom contributed the maximum $3,700 allowed by law, said Brandon Charnas, who helped host the shindig.Charnas, the co-founder of Current, a real estate firm that represents and has brokered deals for several major crypto investment companies, said Adams stuck around…
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Michelle Pfeiffer, Viola Davis and Gillian Anderson star in drama about presidents’ wives

Michelle Pfeiffer, Viola Davis and Gillian Anderson star in drama about presidents’ wives

We’re once, twice, three times a First Lady: Michelle Pfeiffer, Viola Davis and Gillian Anderson star in drama about the most influential presidents' wivesThe three Hollywood stars are transformed in the ten-part series, The First Lady Michelle Pfeiffer is transformed into Betty Ford , Viola Davis plays Michelle Obama and Gillian Anderson portrays Eleanor Roosevelt in the programme It will be available in the UK this summer on streaming service Paramount Plus By Kamal Sultan For The Daily Mail Published: 20:18 EDT, 15 April 2022 | Updated: 20:22 EDT, 15 April 2022 They are three of Hollywood’s finest leading ladies.So it is only fitting…
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Trump trashes Rep. Kevin McCarthy for ‘very, very foolish decision’ to shun Jan. 6 committee

Trump trashes Rep. Kevin McCarthy for ‘very, very foolish decision’ to shun Jan. 6 committee

Former President Trump derided Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) for the House minority leader’s “very, very foolish decision” not to participate in the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.“Unfortunately, a bad decision was made. This Committee - it was a bad decision not to have representation on this Committee,” Trump told far-right-wing podcast host Wayne Allyn Root. “That was a very, very foolish decision.”Trump praises Jim Jordan while trashing McCarthy’s decision to pull out of the J6 Committee: “Unfortunately, a bad decision was made. This Committee - it was a bad decision not to have representation on…
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A look back at how Americans celebrated Juneteenth over the last two years

A look back at how Americans celebrated Juneteenth over the last two years

While Joe Biden only officially declared Juneteenth a holiday in 2021, the day has been celebrated across the country for years.  In order to celebrate the beauty of freedom and what Juneteenth encompasses, Daily Kos has compiled clips from the last two years of celebrations across the country. x WATCH: 94-year-old Texas activist Opal Lee reacts to the moment the House passed the bill making June 19th, aka #Juneteenth, a federal holiday.This will be the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was established in 1983. pic.twitter.com/3MKeGINsKM— CBS Mornings (@CBSMornings) June 17, 2021 Source link
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Biden laughs with New Hampshire’s Republican Gov. Chris Sununu

Biden laughs with New Hampshire’s Republican Gov. Chris Sununu

President Joe Biden laughed and chatted with Chris Sununu upon his arrival in New Hampshire on Tuesday just a few weeks after the Republican governor described Donald Trump as 'f***ing crazy.'Biden touched down in Portsmouth to tout his infrastructure law. Sununu greeted him on the tarmac as he has on past presidential visits. The governor will not be attending Biden's speech.But the two men appeared jovial in their greeting of one another: a long handshake, Biden patted the governor's arm, Sununu leaned over to whisper in the president's ear. Biden made brief remarks at the airport as he was preparing to…
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What voters need to know before the June 28 primary

What voters need to know before the June 28 primary

The first of two primaries is just days away and New York voters are facing multiple elections this year thanks to a confusing and drawn-out redistricting process that flipped the Empire State’s election calendar on its head.A sign directs voters to a polling location. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images)Early voting starts on Saturday, June 18, and runs through Sunday, June 26. Primary day is June 28.Find your poll site hereMonday, June 20: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Tuesday, June 21: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.Wednesday: June 22: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.Thursday, June 23: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.Friday, June 24: 7:00 a.m.…
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No, Ukraine isn’t suffering 1,000 casualties per day

No, Ukraine isn’t suffering 1,000 casualties per day

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visiting troops on the front lines. I’m a sucker for these kinds of videos:  x That moment when you get a short break from the frontlines and can go home on a surprise visit to your girlfriend.🇺🇦 pic.twitter.com/L2voxNjVKf— Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24) June 15, 2022 x A happy moment of a Ukrainian soldier meeting his family between rotations. In 2-3 days he will go back to the frontline. pic.twitter.com/s6a1Z9pfml— Euromaidan Press (@EuromaidanPress) June 17, 2022 The joy is real, yet tempered with the realization that soon enough, their loved ones will be back the worst danger imaginable.…
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GOP votes to REMOVE Trump’s ex-State spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus from the Tennessee primary ballot

GOP votes to REMOVE Trump’s ex-State spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus from the Tennessee primary ballot

Republican party votes to REMOVE Trump's ex-State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus from the Tennessee primary ballot because she only just moved to the stateTennessee's state GOP voted to remove Trump-endorsed Morgan Ortagus from the 5th congressional district primary ballotOrtagus served as State Department spokesperson under Donald Trump and is also a Navy Reserves officerTwo other primary candidates, Robby Starbuck and Baxter Lee, were also removed from the ballotTrump's influence in the GOP is being put to the test as those within the party are breaking from the former presidentBy Katelyn Caralle, U.S. Political Reporter For Dailymail.com Published: 09:09 EDT, 20 April…
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Jan. 6 hearings will focus on Trump effort to pressure state officials to overturn election

Jan. 6 hearings will focus on Trump effort to pressure state officials to overturn election

The January 6 select committee will present testimony on Tuesday on how former President Trump launched a campaign to pressure state election officials through lawsuits, political pressure and direct phone calls to overturn the 2020 presidential election, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, (R-Ill.) said.Kinzinger appeared Sunday on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopolous” to talk about the committee’s work, revealing that he — one of only two Republicans on the panel — and his family had received a death threat several days ago.The committee meets next on June 21 at 1 p.m. to hear from witnesses who saw firsthand how the former…
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New anthology series The First Lady explores the colourful lives of three

New anthology series The First Lady explores the colourful lives of three

Affairs, alcoholism, racism, cancer battles – the White House has had brushes with them all. And not just through the Presidents who’ve lived within its walls, but through the wives who moved in with them. Now an epic TV anthology offers a fascinating insight into US politics through the lives of three presidential spouses who made just as much of an impact as their husbands through their campaigning and enduring legacies. Ten-part series The First Lady – the highlight of launch week for new on-demand channel Paramount+ – stars Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt, Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford and Viola Davis…
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Right-wingers harass Dan Crenshaw at Texas Republican event

Right-wingers harass Dan Crenshaw at Texas Republican event

They were itching for a ballroom brawl.Right-wing internet personalities attempted to confront Rep. Dan Crenshaw at Texas’ Republican Party convention Saturday, calling him “eyepatch McCain” and saying he should be “hung for treason.”Videos posted by the combative conservatives showed Crenshaw walking through a convention center while they hurled insults at him. Crenshaw’s security team manhandled the hecklers to keep them from reaching the congressman.“Dan Crenshaw is a traitor!” shouted a man in a pro-Donald Trump hat. “He needs to be hung for treason!”Crenshaw was quiet at the convention center but responded on Twitter with a schoolyard taunt.“This is what happens…
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Discrimination in mortgage lending persists due to Trump. Now Biden’s working to combat it

Discrimination in mortgage lending persists due to Trump. Now Biden’s working to combat it

Before we can talk about the present and future of the fight against discrimination in the mortgage lending market, we need to talk about the history, and that history centers on redlining. There’s no better primer on that history than Ta-Nehisi Coates' masterful presentation on the topic, which he included in a larger essay laying out the case for reparations. Whites employed every measure, from “restrictive covenants” to bombings, to keep their neighborhoods segregated. Their efforts were buttressed by the federal government. In 1934, Congress created the Federal Housing Administration. The FHA insured private mortgages, causing a drop in interest…
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Remote workers claim skyrocketing gas and childcare costs under Biden make commuting too expensive

Remote workers claim skyrocketing gas and childcare costs under Biden make commuting too expensive

Remote employees are blaming Biden-fueled inflation rates and skyrocketing costs of gas and childcare for their continued to need to work from home. Now that coronavirus positivity rates are low, remote work proponents are no longer blaming their desire to stay home on safety concerns, but instead on the financial impacts of their daily office routine, which is far pricer than when the U.S. shut down in March 2020.Consumer prices reached 8.5 percent last month, nearly double what were in March 2021, and the highest inflation rate increase the country has seen since 1981. Employers across the nation are reportedly struggling to…
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Crime, guns Democrats’ focus in NY gubernatorial debate

Crime, guns Democrats’ focus in NY gubernatorial debate

ALBANY — Crime and gun violence took center stage as Gov. Hochul and her challengers, Rep. Tom Suozzi and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, squared off against one another Thursday for a second and final time ahead of the Democratic primary.During the hour-long debate, Suozzi tried to land some rhetorical punches on Hochul by accusing her of not doing enough to tackle the crime problem.(L-R) U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY), Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and Gov. Kathy Hochul debate in the race for governor on Thursday night. (Craig Ruttle/Getty Images)“This happy talk that the governor is doing is not realistic. It’s…
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Thousands of Kansas cattle died due to heat and humidity changes

Thousands of Kansas cattle died due to heat and humidity changes

Cattle dealing with drought. I’ve taken time to enjoy some of the farm life over the last few months, at least off and on. We take time to care for horses, our chickens, and a few other animals. In more rural Kansas, the horses are at a point where thanks to the heat and high humidity, they need aggressive water planning as well as more frequent “spray downs” because trees that would traditionally provide cover aren’t doing as well in the last year. This situation is being mirrored in all areas of animal management in Kansas, and over the last week, the devastating snap from…
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General in charge of US nuclear weapons briefs Defense Secretary Austin regularly amid Russia fears

General in charge of US nuclear weapons briefs Defense Secretary Austin regularly amid Russia fears

Pentagon's top general in charge of nuclear weapons is briefing Defense Secretary Austin up to three times a week and are more concerned Russia could use their arsenal than at any point since the Cold WarUS has not seen indications Russia is preparing to use nuclear weapons CIA Director William Burns has said Putin may resort to tactical nukes out of 'desperation' amid military setbacks in Ukraine Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the military is monitoring the issue 'every single day'Austin is being briefed two or three times a day, officials told CNN By Geoff Earle, Deputy U.S. Political Editor For Dailymail.com Published:…
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NYC Council Speaker Adams rebukes Councilmember Vickie Paladino for disparaging remarks about drag queens reading to kids – New York Daily News

NYC Council Speaker Adams rebukes Councilmember Vickie Paladino for disparaging remarks about drag queens reading to kids – New York Daily News

Council Speaker Adrienne Adams slammed fellow Councilwoman Vickie Paladino (R-Queens) on Thursday for attacks she made against a city-funded program where drag queens read stories to elementary school kids.Earlier this week, Paladino tweeted that any schools in her Council district participating in the program — which she labeled “drag queen degeneracy” — would risk losing their funding.(L-R) Councilmember Vickie Paladino (R-Queens) and Speaker of the New York City Council Adrienne Adams (D-Queens) (NYDN Staff and Getty/Getty Images for Brooklyn Academ)“Adult drag performers have NO BUSINESS in our schools, and they will not be in my district. Period,” she wrote.Her remarks…
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Americans are paying attention to Jan. 6 hearings and overwhelmingly support inquiry

Americans are paying attention to Jan. 6 hearings and overwhelmingly support inquiry

In addition, support for arresting the insurrectionists last year dropped considerably among Republicans and independent voters in the months following the event. From January to July 2021, a Daily Kos/Civiqs survey found GOP support for arrests dropped 35 points to 55%, while independent voters' favoring arrests dropped 22 points, from 91% to 69% (still high, but not nearly as high). Not surprisingly, Democrats remained pretty stable, with 97% still backing arrests in July. But new polling taken in the days following the Jan. 6 committee's first hearing suggests the panel's inquiry has grabbed the attention of nearly two-thirds of Americans—including…
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ICE, CBP could run out of money by JULY if Title 42 ends and Biden considers asking for MORE funding

ICE, CBP could run out of money by JULY if Title 42 ends and Biden considers asking for MORE funding

Immigration agencies could run out of funds by the middle of summer if migration skyrockets like projections show will happen once Title 42 is lifted next month.President Joe Biden is preparing to ask Congress for more money to cover the potential shortfall of hundreds of millions of dollars, administration officials say, according to NBC News.Internal projections show that operations for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) would completely run dry by as early as mid July.July 2021 was the month with the highest number of southern border crossings with CBP apprehending 213,593 migrants that month…
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New Yorkers support newly enacted gun and abortion laws: Siena poll

New Yorkers support newly enacted gun and abortion laws: Siena poll

ALBANY — Most New Yorkers have no problem with the state’s strict new gun laws enacted weeks after 10 people were killed during a mass shooting at a Buffalo supermarket.A new Siena College poll released Thursday found that 76% voters believe a new law requiring a permit to purchase a semi-automatic rifle and raising the age to buy such weapons to 21 will be good for the state.Similarly, about 79% of those surveyed want to see the Supreme Court uphold New York’s decades-old law requiring a license to carry a concealed handgun.Even gun owners support the new restrictions, the poll…
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Heart attacks in Democrat-voting southern California jumped 53% following in the 2020 US Election

Heart attacks in Democrat-voting southern California jumped 53% following in the 2020 US Election

Heart attacks in Democrat-voting Southern California spiked 53 per cent following the 2020 U.S. presidential election, a study says.But in Northern California — where almost half of counties voted for Trump — they rose by a lower 32 per cent.Researchers at Kaiser Permanente — the largest health system in the state — monitored hospitalizations for heart problems among 6.4million patients over a five-day period two weeks before the election. They then tracked admissions for five days immediately after ballots were cast. Southern California also had bigger surges in heart failure — where the muscle stops pumping efficiently — and stroke rates…
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Mayor Adams blames cuts to NYC swim classes on ‘national lifeguard shortage’

Mayor Adams blames cuts to NYC swim classes on ‘national lifeguard shortage’

Mayor Adams blamed a reduction in the city’s swimming programs on a “national lifeguard shortage” on Wednesday, but said he’s still searching for ways to ensure swimming lessons are available to city kids this summer.“The shortage of lifeguards is a national problem,” Adams said at an unrelated afternoon press conference in the Bronx. “Previous administration did not do training, swimming training also because of the shortage.”Hizzoner said his administration plans to “think outside the box” to persuade high school swim team members to join the city’s lifeguard ranks.A lifeguard looks on as people visit Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York…
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Today’s new weapons announcements are far more significant than critics think

Today’s new weapons announcements are far more significant than critics think

Amber waves of grain, somewhere on the eastern Donbas front The United States and several of its Western allies announced a new round of military (and humanitarian) aid for Ukraine.  United States, $1 billion: 18 155mm Howitzers; 36,000 rounds of 155mm ammunition; 18 Tactical Vehicles to tow 155mm Howitzers; Additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems; Four Tactical Vehicles to recover equipment; Spare parts and other equipment. Two Harpoon coastal defense systems; Thousands of secure radios; Thousands of Night Vision devices, thermal sights, and other optics; Funding for training, maintenance, sustainment, transportation, and administrative costs. Germany 3 MLRS M270…
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January 6 committee is considering rewriting the 1807 Insurrection Act

January 6 committee is considering rewriting the 1807 Insurrection Act

The House committee investigating the January 6th insurrection is talking about rewriting the 1807 Insurrection Act, which gives president wide authority to deploy the military within the United States to respond to a rebellion.The discussions are preliminary, The New York Times reported, as some see a doomsday type scenario where a future rogue president may try to use the military to stroke an insurrection but others worry about removing the power of a president to quickly deploy armed troops, as presidents did in the Civil War and civil rights eras.Donald Trump never invoked the law as president. But he threatened to…
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Japan toughens defamation laws after reality star’s suicide

Japan toughens defamation laws after reality star’s suicide

Japan has criminalized online insults in the wake of a reality star’s suicide. Cyberbullying is now punishable by up to a year in prison, according to a new law passed by the Japanese Parliament. The statute of limitations also increased, from one year to three, and the fine expanded to a maximum of 300,000 yen, about $2,220. Hana Kimura died by suicide in 2020. (Twitter) The move, which has raised concerns about free speech, was in response to the suicide of Hana Kimura, a professional wrestler and reality star who took her own life in 2020 at age 22 after…
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Loudermilk gets caught lying; Republicans refuse to certify Republican primary results

Loudermilk gets caught lying; Republicans refuse to certify Republican primary results

Loudermilk conducts tour as unidentified participant takes photographs of a stairwell. Security checkpoints and tunnel access locations were also photographed. Newly released security footage is raising questions about a tour Republican Rep. Barry Loudermilk conducted on Jan. 5, 2021, just one day before the Jan. 6 coup attempt. It's not just Loudermilk's previous denials that look suspicious, but one tour participant's apparent focus on photographing key access points, offices, and security stations—and was a day later filmed outside the Capitol shouting threats directed towards House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other prominent Democrats. The Republican Party-promoted hoax disputing the results of…
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Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot told she has a nerve to speak of re-election as crime soars

Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot told she has a nerve to speak of re-election as crime soars

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is taken to task over city's spiraling crime by reporter who tells her she's got a nerve to speak of running for re-electionOn Tuesday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot got into a testy exchange with William J. Kelly when he called her out for saying that things are going well in the city'Every time you have a press conference you say crime is down, the economy is booming,' the reporter says before he is disrupted by LightfootKelly then goes on to list a series of recent crimes and businesses who are looking to leave the city because of…
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Ron DeSantis welcomes ‘African American’ Elon Musk’s support

Ron DeSantis welcomes ‘African American’ Elon Musk’s support

The GOP is welcoming diversity.Speaking at a press conference in Madeira Beach, Fla., on Wednesday, Ron DeSantis was asked about a tweet billionaire Elon Musk posted in which the entrepreneur said he’s leaning toward voting for the Florida governor if he runs for president in 2024.DeSantis, whose name is frequently bandied about as a presidential contender, said he’s more so focused on the gubernatorial election in 2022, but seemed to appreciate the gesture.“With Elon Musk, what I would say, is I welcome support from African Americans, what can I say?” the conservative leader replied.Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at Miami's…
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Russia sanctions Kamala, husband Doug, Mark Zuckerberg and others for pushing ‘russophobic agenda’

Russia sanctions Kamala, husband Doug, Mark Zuckerberg and others for pushing ‘russophobic agenda’

Russian President Vladimir Putin's government sanctioned 29 more prominent Americans after the autocrat claims to have successfully tested an ICBM dubbed 'Satan 2'Russia is sanctioning 29 more prominent Americans on Thursday including Vice President Kamala Harris, her husband Doug Emhoff, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over their alleged roles in pushing a 'Russophobic agenda.' The Kremlin announced it was hitting back at President Joe Biden's 'constantly widening' net of sanctions against Russian officials, their families, businessmen and cultural figures by adding more than two dozen American public figures to its own 'stop list.'In addition to Harris and Emhoff, Russia is targeting…
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NYC Mayor Adams endorses Gov. Hochul in Democratic primary

NYC Mayor Adams endorses Gov. Hochul in Democratic primary

Mayor Adams endorsed Gov. Hochul for reelection at a Manhattan union hall on Wednesday, describing her as an “amazing governor” and painting their partnership as an “unprecedented” departure from historic discord between their two posts.“We need a worker. We need someone with a vision, someone who knows how to roll up their sleeves and get stuff done in the State of New York,” Adams told a cheering crowd of union workers in Midtown. “Let’s put Kathy Hochul back into the Governor’s Mansion.”New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams join hands after Adams endorsed Hochul Wednesday morning. (Luiz C.…
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The Ukrainian counteroffensive in Kherson is driving Russia back along a broad front

The Ukrainian counteroffensive in Kherson is driving Russia back along a broad front

Ukrainian soldiers fire French Caesar SPG at Russian positions in eastern Ukraine. June 15, 2022. We’ve talked many times about the fog of war, but when action is underway—that’s when the fog really rolls in. If an area is stable for several days, enough calls to residents of the area, videos from soldiers at the front, snapshots, and geolocated scenes of destruction can merge together to give a fairly accurate idea of positions for forces on each side. That line of control can be sketched in neatly. When forces are moving, villages are being captured and recaptured, and other locations…
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