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A former candidate for the New York state senate charged in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol asked people to delete videos and photos of him inside the building after his friends began to get arrested. Daniel Christmann was taken into custody Wednesday on charges of disorderly conduct, entering a restricted building and demonstrating in a Capitol building, according to the Department of Justice. Federal authorities said several people reached out to investigators with the FBI to provide information on Christmann's participation in the riot.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department's refusal to defend a Republican congressman accused in a civil lawsuit of helping to incite the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol could hamper former President Donald Trump's legal defense in the same case, experts said. The department late Tuesday told a federal judge it had declined https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-justice-dept-wont-defend-republican-lawmaker-capitol-riot-lawsuit-2021-07-28 a request by Representative Morris "Mo" Brooks to grant him immunity by covering him under the Westfall Act, which shields federal employees from being sued for their words or actions in the course of their employment. Experts said the move appeared to send a message to Trump, a co-defendant in the case, ruling out immunity when it warned that inciting an attack on Congress "is not within the scope of employment of a Representative - or any federal employee."
When asked by a caller if Cramer could be the one to "leak" the name of the officer who fatally wounded Capitol rioter Babbitt, the senator responded, "Why would I do that?" The caller continued to push back, claiming he has "the right to know" because he is a "citizen of the United States." Cramer replied that not only is he himself unsure of the officer's identity, but he believes that information is unnecessary because Babbitt was a "criminal" violating officers' orders.
Alaska experienced one of its largest earthquakes in decades on Wednesday night. The 8.2 magnitude earthquake, which also sparked fears of a possible tsunami, hit at 10:15 p.m. local time, and its epicenter was 65 miles off the Alaska Peninsula village of Perryville, according to the Alaska Earthquake Center. The quake is the largest since 1965, according to United States Geological Survey earthquake records for Alaska.
Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was defrocked after a Vatican investigation confirmed he had sexually molested adults as well as children, has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy during a wedding reception in the 1970s, court records show. Court documents obtained by The Boston Globe shows that McCarrick is charged with three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14. McCarrick is the first cardinal in the U.S. to ever be criminally charged with a sexual crime against a minor, according to Mitchell Garabedian, a well-known lawyer for church sexual abuse victims who is representing the man alleging the abuse by McCarrick.
Donald Trump's advisers are angry at David McIntosh, president of the conservative Club for Growth, for persuading the former president to endorse a losing candidate in the special election for Texas' 6th District. Why it matters: Susan Wright's defeat Tuesday in a Republican runoff with Navy veteran Jake Ellzey dealt a blow to Trump's aura of invincibility as a Republican kingmaker. Trump advisers and allies have been ambivalent about the Club's advice and thought he should stay out of this Republican-on-Republican contest.
Cyber Ninjas, the firm leading the Arizona Senate's audit of Maricopa County's 2020 election, released a list of its "sponsors" on Wednesday after months of criticism over a lack of disclosures about the sources of funding for the controversial review. Doug Logan, the CEO of Cyber Ninjas, said the audit effort received $3.25 million from the America Project, nearly $1 million from America's Future, over $600,000 from Voices and Votes, $550,000 from Defending the Republic, and $280,000 from LDFFTAR/EIFFTAR. All of the supporters listed are conservative groups, some with Trump allies such as retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and attorney Sidney Powell attached to them, a review by the Washington Examiner found.
Aspiring Florida rapper Money Mitch died from a self-inflicted gunshot after a shootout with Palm Beach sheriff's deputies attempting to arrest the 23-year-old on outstanding warrants. During a press conference Friday afternoon, Palm Beach Sheriff's Office Deputy Chief Frank DeMario said the MC, born Marcus Pettis, was under surveillance for his possible involvement in a murder investigation. About 10 minutes to four, our tactical unit was surveilling a suspect for murder.
A strong and shallow earthquake of magnitude 8.2 struck the Alaskan peninsula late on Wednesday, prompting tsunami warnings in the U.S. state and heightened surveillance across the pacific.
Thylane Blondeau – who was once dubbed "the most beautiful girl in the world" continues to show why the moniker still sticks when she was photographed beach-bound on Tuesday at Club 55 beach in Saint Tropez. The 20-year-old French model, who shot to stardom when she was named the "most beautiful girl in the world" at the age of 6, hit the sun and waves in a pastel purple top and white bottoms as she waded with a male companion. Blondeau currently boasts over 4 million Instagram followers and is the founder of the clothing brand No Smile.
A federal appeals court said former U.S. President Donald Trump and his adult children cannot move into arbitration a fraud lawsuit accusing them of exploiting their family name to promote a marketing scam targeting the poor and working class. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said the plaintiffs' agreements to arbitrate claims against the multi-level marketing company American Communications Network did not extend to the Trumps, who had not signed those agreements. Lawyers for the Trump family did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Wednesday's 3-0 decision.
Organizers in Wisconsin postponed the biggest air show in the U.S. as a severe storm system threatened the Midwest with potentially hurricane-force winds, tornados, hail and thunderstorms overnight. Threat level: More than 5.9 million people could be affected by the storm system — which saw the EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, postpone events due to be held Wednesday until the following evening amid the threat of 90 mph winds. Storms moving through southern Wisconsin were bringing "damaging winds along the line" and the threat of tornadoes in the southeast of the state on Thursday morning, according to the NWS.
Fully vaccinated people who are in areas with high or substantial COVID-19 transmission levels should wear masks in indoor public settings, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. The recommendation was included in the CDC's updated guidelines for people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The agency also recommended universal masking at schools, and that fully vaccinated people take additional precautions and be tested after three to five days following known exposure to the coronavirus.
A dirty clay tablet inscribed with one of the world's oldest poems was looted from Iraq, smuggled into the U.S. and turned over to a London auction house before it landed in the hands of a large arts and crafts retailer for the purchase price of $1.7 million. A federal judge in the Eastern District of New York ordered Hobby Lobby on Monday to give up the rare cuneiform tablet bearing a portion of the Epic of Gilgamesh. The retail giant had bought the tablet for the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., where it was seized in 2019.
Republican U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace, of South Carolina's First Congressional District, accused Democratic U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of an “insane power grab” after the House reinstated a mask mandate amid a rise in COVID-19 cases. “Madam Speaker, your insane power grab is showing,” Mace tweeted on Thursday morning. The tweet and video from Mace came after Dr. Brian P. Monahan, the top doctor in Congress, recommended a return to masks in the Capitol.
“If I came here with my arm in a sling or bandage around my head, would that give me more credibility?” Dunn asked CNN. A Black Capitol Police officer who testified on Tuesday before the House select committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection on Capitol Hill is responding to right-wing critics questioning his integrity. The 13-year veteran officer's character has been assailed by pundits on Fox News, including Tucker Carlson, who called him “an angry, left-wing political activist.”
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Six months ago, Dr. Sarah Fortune could see an end to the pandemic. Wednesday morning, Fortune, chair of the immunology and infectious diseases department at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, woke up with "existential dread" about the future of Covid-19. Fortune supports the new guidance, which has been widely praised by experts like her, saying it will surely save lives.
The chief of police in Aurora, Colorado, is apologizing after video of a brutal arrest captured on the body cameras of two officers was released Tuesday. The body cam videos showed officers attempting to arrest three men with outstanding felony warrants last Friday. When two fled the scene, Kyle Vinson was left sitting alone.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy sidestepped a question about whether he still thinks former President Donald Trump bears responsibility for the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, saying that information he learned since then backs up his pivoting to place blame on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for security failures that day. “I think from the standpoint that we wanted to make sure that resources were brought here as fast as possible,” McCarthy said at a press conference on Thursday. “Lo and behold, the information we have today — I didn't know at that moment in time that Pelosi had been passed a note to call the National Guard,” he continued.
Why in the world won't some of my conservative friends mask up and vax up, even as Kansas City renews its mask mandate as of next Monday? Or that 83% of new COVID-19 cases are the delta variant, which is a rabid new critter that the vaccinated can still spread? While the Moderna vaccine is 72% effective against the delta variant, and Pfizer/BioNTech's is 88% effective, you'll notice that neither is 100%.
Donald Trump threatened primary opponents to any GOPers backing the bipartisan infrastructure deal. The former president has railed against negotiations, warning Republicans to abandon the talks. Former President Donald Trump left no words unspoken in his most direct attempt yet to tank President Joe Biden's $1 trillion infrastructure deal.
Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon protested outside Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's office in New York, saying she was "losing hope" in the Democrat's leadership. The demonstration, billed as a gathering in favor of Medicare for All, took place outside the congresswoman's office in Bronx, New York, on Monday. Sarandon railed against all members of "the Squad," an ultra-liberal wing of the Democratic caucus in the House, calling out Ocasio-Cortez by name.
The planned withdrawal of Texas and Oklahoma from the Big 12 Conference won't be an easy one. Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports reported the Big 12 plans to make the departure of Oklahoma and Texas for the Southeastern Conferences “as difficult as possible” by invoking the “'disinterested directors' clause in its bylaws.” The other eight Big 12 schools, including Kansas and K-State, would be considered the “disinterested directors,” because they have no personal interest in seeing Texas or Oklahoma leave the conference.
The Federal Election Commission has fined Sen. Rand Paul's 2016 presidential campaign committee $21,000 for how it handled certain financial contributions, according to documents The Courier Journal obtained. The penalty stemmed from a complaint the late J. Russell Lloyd, the Louisville Democratic Party's former chairman who died early last year, filed in November 2016, according to a letter the FEC recently sent that was addressed to Lloyd. The complaint and the FEC's subsequent inquiry concerned a political action committee called Freedom for All Americans, which used to be known as Rand Paul for President Inc. and was the Kentucky Republican's principal campaign committee during his presidential run in 2015 and 2016.
“[The program] stands likely to leave millions of families — disproportionately the poorest and most fragile ones — behind.”
“[Paying] families monthly, instead of one lump sum ... will provide parents with more stability knowing when cash is coming.”
“More parents will disappear from the workforce, and more children will be locked into dependency.”
“Poverty is a political choice, not an inevitability.”
“Time is running out. There are only six months until monthly payments of the credit cease."