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              more   Scottsdale Unified School District Board President Jann-Michael Greenburg refuses to resign after outraged parents discovered a dossier of personal information that he or his father had collected about parents he’d had conflicts with over Critical Race Theory, COVID-19 restrictions and other issues. The rest of the school board voted Greenburg out on November 15 at its meeting, appointing fellow board member Patty Beckman as interim president to serve for the remainder of the calendar year, but Greenburg refuses to resign from the board. Instead, he’s making plans to further his career by running for the board of the Maricopa County Community College District, filing his intent to run on November 3. Scottsdale parent Tracey Davis said in an email to board members on November 23, “In a way [his refusal to resign] is good for those of us who wish to face him at the next board meeting and publicly identify all of the things that he has done against parents and students in our district. As one of “these f***ing people,” I plan to speak for the...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean governing party’s presidential candidate said Thursday he will continue a conciliatory approach toward North Korea if elected and questioned the effectiveness of U.S.-led economic sanctions in pressuring the North to abandon its nuclear ambitions. The comments by Lee Jae-myung, who represents President Moon Jae-in’s liberal Democratic Party, come as nuclear negotiations between North Korea and the U.S. remain frozen over the issue of a relaxation of the crippling U.S.-led sanctions in exchange for steps by North Korea to wind down its nuclear weapons program. Lee has been locked in a tight race in the March election with conservative candidate Yoon Suk Yeol, who has vowed a tougher stance on North Korea and promised to pursue stronger military cooperation with Washington and Tokyo to cope with North Korea’s advancing nuclear threat. In a meeting with foreign media, Lee stressed that South Korea should take a leading role in dealing with North Korea, reflecting concerns in Seoul that it is increasingly losing its voice in international efforts to resolve the nuclear standoff. Lee...
    LONDON (AP) — The men’s Rugby World Cup looks to be heading back to Australia for 2027. Australia was awarded “preferred candidate” status by World Rugby, the sport’s global governing body, on Wednesday. The country last hosted the event in 2003. A final decision will be made in May next year. England was selected as the preferred candidate to host the women’s Rugby World Cup in 2025. World Rugby also said it will enter what the governing body described as “exclusive targeted dialogue” with the United States about hosting the men’s Rugby World Cup in 2031. That would mark the first time the event would be held in North America. Ross Young, chief executive of USA Rugby, called it a “positive next step.” “This targeted dialogue opens a new door for collaboration and progress, ultimately fueling an optimistic future for USA Rugby and the global game,” Young said. The announcements come after a review of the selection process for host countries for World Cups. “The new Rugby World Cup model will see World Rugby take more direct responsibility for the...
    MSNBC anchor Chuck Todd said Tuesday on his show “MTP Daily” that President Joe Biden’s signing of the bipartisan infrastructure bill felt like “an epilogue to the ending” of Democrats’ majorities in Congress. Todd said, “Yesterday that event, I’ll be honest it just felt like an event out of time. That event might have been impactful in August or September or October. It feels more like an epilogue to the ending of what’s going to — might not be a good story for Democrats in 2022.” Political reporter Kelly O’Donnell said, “Well, certainly the White House is trying to capture whatever it can by saying this signing ceremony is a way that Democrats and Republicans came together for a bit of the pomp and ceremony on the south lawn, so they’re going to true to use it. Certainly they have heard the criticism. It has been plenty loud that it could have moved more swiftly and they could have had more political benefit if they had action earlier. Will they take those lessons into the negotiations happening on Capitol Hill this weekend into...
    KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan TV: Top general reappoints himself head of army-run interim governing body, tightening grip 2 weeks after coup. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The beginning of COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 5 to 11 is leading Missouri governments and the state's largest school district to begin planning for the end of mask requirements. Last Thursday, the Kansas City City Council let its mask mandate for adults in public areas expire while renewing the mask requirement for another 30 days for children and adults in schools. Councilmember Heather Hall, one of two voting against the measure, stated city government shouldn’t be involved in this level of public health. “I don't believe people should ever be mandated in a country like America, and I'm not going to support this for that reason,” Hall said. Hall told the council school boundaries overlapping municipal boundaries is creating confusion as children and families struggle to determine mask policies. “I just feel like we should stay in our lane and be a city government,” Hall told the council. “I feel the state and the school boards need to be mandating this.” The Kansas City Star reported a nonprofit group representing parents of students is asking a federal court to...
    TOKYO (AP) — Fumio Kishida was reelected as Japan’s prime minister Wednesday after his governing party scored a major victory in key parliamentary elections. Elected just over a month ago by parliament, Kishida called a quick election in which his governing party secured 261 seats in the 465-member lower house — the more powerful of Japan’s two-chamber legislature — enough to maintain a free hand in pushing legislation through parliament. The Oct. 31 victory increases his grip on power and is seen as a mandate from voters for his weeks-old government to tackle the pandemic-battered economy, virus measures and other challenges. Later Wednesday, he will form his second Cabinet. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    TOKYO (AP) — Fumio Kishida is reelected as Japan’s prime minister after his governing party’s major win in parliamentary elections. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s weeks-old government cleared its first major test in weekend national elections as his governing party secured just enough seats to maintain a free hand in pushing legislation through parliament. The victory will be a key factor as his government grapples with the pandemic-hit economy, security threats and other challenges. ___ DID KISHIDA’S QUICK ELECTION GAMBLE PAY OFF? Kishida’s governing Liberal Democratic Party lost 15 seats, giving it 261 in the powerful 465-member lower house of Japan’s Diet, or parliament. But that is enough to allow the governing bloc to control all parliamentary committees and easily ram through legislation. Kishda’s embattled predecessor, Yoshihide Suga, resigned after only a year in office as his popularity plunged over criticisms of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and his insistence on holding the Tokyo Olympics despite widespread virus concerns. The Liberal Democrats had feared heavy elections losses had Suga stayed in power. Influential conservatives in the party saw Kishida as a safe successor who wouldn’t challenge party doctrine. He called elections soon after taking office, saying...
    SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia’s prime minister announces resignation following governing party’s losses in local elections. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    GRANADA HILLS, Calif. (KABC) -- Seven employees at Granada Hill Charter High School have been fired from their jobs after refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19.The counselor and six teachers who were terminated said they plan on filing a lawsuit against the school and its governing board."We were given the impossible option of choosing between our deeply held beliefs or our livelihoods," Dr. Angela Karapetyan, a math teacher, said in a statement. "Now we're fighting for our right to preserve both. We are willing to accept any reasonable accommodations including daily testing and wearing masks to protect our students, while also trying to protect our own family's well-being".On Wednesday night, after receiving the recommendation from the school's executive director, the school's eight-member governing board took voted unanimously to dismiss the employees"If you do not get vaccinated, there's a threat our credential will be suspended or revoked," said teacher Zeth Beckman. "That's the reason why I retained my attorney, making sure that they don't do anything to our credential. I think that's ridiculous. It has nothing to do with the way...
    The length of Phil Mickelson’s driver he used in winning the PGA Championship won't be allowed. Bryson DeChambeau can only use a 48-inch driver when he’s competing in Long Drive Association events. Golf’s governing bodies announced a new "model local rule" available Jan. 1 that would limit the maximum length of all clubs except the putter to 46 inches. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXBUSINESS.COM Mickelson uses a 47.5-inch driver — it was 47.9 inches at Kiawah Island when at age 50 he became golf's oldest major champion — and Lefty was not pleased in August when he heard this limit was close to being announced, calling it "pathetic." Mickelson argued that restricted length of a driver would promote a shorter and more violent swing, which would be injury prone, and doesn't allow for the length of arc in the swing to create speed. He also said the "amateur" governing bodies were trying to make golf less fun. But this isn't for everyone, only the elite. A model local rule gives a tour or any other golf organization...
    Planes aren’t flying, inflation’s surging, Americans are being held hostage in Afghanistan, the China Flu continues to rage, and now this incompetent moron we call His Fraudulency Joe Biden has bungled the basics of keeping our supply chain moving. Biden’s trillion-dollar spending sprees, which were not necessary, have resulted in record inflation and price spikes, especially concerning the basics of life in energy and food prices. And yet, he’s still threatening to make things worse by pushing another $3.5 trillion federal boondoggle. Biden spent much of his presidential campaign warning people not to trust Trump’s coronavirus vaccine. Then, after he allegedly won the election, he had to sell the very thing he’d trashed, and now here we are still living with the pandemic because people don’t trust the vaccine. Gee, I wonder why? Biden has not only undermined confidence in the vaccine in every way imaginable, but his push for fascist mandates has also resulted in massive flight delays. If you want to talk about failing at the basics of governing, millions of Americans are now unable to go where...
    Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that the Republican Party was “an autocratic cult around Donald Trump,” and it was “not interested in governing.” Partial transcript as follows: BRENNAN: That’s the challenge is when you’re doing it only on party lines, it once again looks to people at home like, they can’t get along, Washington’s not working again. SCHIFF: Well, look, we have a Republican Party that is now an autocratic cult around Donald Trump. It is not interested in governing. It’s not interested in even maintaining the solvency in the credit worthiness of the country. And we have to recognize that they’re not interested in governing. And so we’re going to govern, we’re going to have to do it. And if we have to do it with our own votes, we will do that. But we need to show that democracy delivers, that it can help people put food on the table, that it can address these huge disparities in income. There’s so much reason why our democracy is at this fragile point right now, and...
    Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSunday shows preview: Senate votes to raise debt ceiling; Facebook whistleblower blasts company during testimony Biden signs bill to help victims of 'Havana syndrome' Facebook whistleblower to meet with Jan. 6 committee: report MORE (D-Calif.) on Sunday called the Republican Party "an autocratic cult around Donald TrumpDonald TrumpNIH director pleads with evangelicals to 'look at the evidence' on vaccines Trump says Grassley has his 'complete and total endorsement' Blinken to hold meetings next week with UAE, Israeli foreign ministers MORE" that is "not interested in governing." "We have a Republican Party that is now an autocratic cult around Donald Trump. It is not interested in governing. It is not interested in even maintaining the solvency and creditworthiness of the country," Schiff, who managed House Democrats' prosecution in Trump's first impeachment trial, said while appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation." "And we have to recognize that they're not interested in governing, and so we're going to govern, we're going to have to do it and [if] we have to do it with our own votes we will do...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington’s tempestuous week of walking, chewing gum, juggling balls and spinning plates at the same time is giving rise to apocalyptic rhetoric about the state and future of the country. Four big things are happening at once, all attended by hyperventilation. The White House talks of a “cataclysmic economic threat” if Republicans don’t start cooperating. Republicans assail Democrats for unleashing a “big-government socialist nation.” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says: “Insanity and disaster are now the Republican Party line.” It’s a contest to see which side can bash back better. This is what governing by crisis looks like. It may be the only way anything gets done. The government has essential housekeeping to do this time of year. Yet no deal comes until it absolutely must. Why act at the 11th hour when you’ve got 59 minutes left? There are a couple of must-do’s. The government needed a law to keep itself open in the budget year that began Friday morning. That happened, with a few hours to spare. It also needs to raise or...
    Democratic Representative Josh Gottheimer, a leader of the moderates, said in a statement it was 'deeply regrettable' that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi broke her commitment to hold a vote on the infrastructure bill claiming 'a small far left faction' of the House blocked the vote. Gottheimer, a New Jersey Democrat, has clashed with those in the 'progressive' wing of the party over the two huge pieces of legislation Democrats are hoping to pass.  Gottheimer urged Democrats to pass the bipartisan infrastructure deal right away and then proceed to focus on the$3.5 trillion reconciliation bill separately.  Democratic Representative Josh Gottheimer, a leader of the moderates, said in a statement it was 'deeply regrettable' that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi broke her commitment to hold a vote on the infrastructure bill claiming 'a small far left faction' of the House blocked the vote Hours later, Gottheimer put out a statement slamming 'this far left faction' accusing them of 'putting civility and bipartisan governing at risk.' But Congressional Progressive Caucus chair Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat from Washington State is pushing for the two to...
    U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., lashed out Friday against a "far-left faction" of the House of Representatives, accusing the group of undermining the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill and forcing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to admit more time was needed to pass the proposal.  He also claimed the progressive Democrats were placing President Biden's entire agenda along with "civility and bipartisan governing at risk."  "I’ve been working around-the-clock to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill, legislation we helped craft back in April with my Senate colleagues," Gottheimer said in a statement Friday. "But a small far-left faction of the House of Representatives undermined that agreement and blocked a critical vote on the President’s historic bipartisan infrastructure bill." PELOSI ADMITS DEFEAT ON INFRASTRUCTURE BILL, SAYS ‘MORE TIME IS NEEDED’ Gottheimer and a group of House moderates had tried to push a quick vote on infrastructure earlier this week.  Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., arrives for a meeting of the House Democratic Caucus on the infrastructure bill in the U.S. Capitol on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021.  (Getty Images) Led by House Progressive Caucus chair Rep....
    Daily Mail columnist Meghan McCain criticized President Joe Biden for doubling down on the Build Back Better agenda instead of governing as a moderate. McCain joined a panel discussion on Sunday’s broadcast of “Meet The Press,” and she argued that Biden had been elected by independents and moderates and his agenda was effectively leaving them behind. (RELATED: ‘Like Jimmy Carter On Acid’: Meghan McCain Unloads On Biden — And Media For Giving Him A Pass) WATCH: “Meghan, I want you to play a reporter here for us, because you may have the best sense of Kyrsten Sinema,” host Chuck Todd noted that McCain had a good personal relationship with Sinema. “That’s the frustration Democrats have. They don’t know what Joe Manchin wants. They don’t know what his bottom line is and they don’t know what her bottom line is.” “Politically in Arizona I think that’s why people like her so much. Anecdotally, conservatives in my life really like her because she’s holding the line for conservatives in a lot of ways,” McCain replied. She went on to note...
    Meghan McCain appeared on Meet the Press Sunday, her first major TV appearance since leaving The View. “It’s good to have a McCain back on Meet the Press,” Chuck Todd remarked as he welcomed her onto the show. The panel proceeded to discuss divisions among congressional Democrats ahead of planned votes on the infrastructure package and the spending bill. McCain, now a DailyMail.com columnist, told Todd that people in Arizona like Senator Kyrsten Sinema, saying that “anecdotally, conservatives in my life really like her because she’s holding the line for conservatives in a lot of ways.” “This distaste and outward hostility towards moderates in the Democratic party surprises me,” she continued. McCain hit President Joe Biden by saying that he ran as a moderate but “the Build Back Better agenda is the most progressive modern agenda of all time.” She claimed it’s not polling well, and got into a Twitter back-and-forth with Jennifer Rubin, who said McCain was lying. tha is false. It is polling well. Why let her come on to lie? — Jennifer pro-voting Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) September 26,...
    Sen. Mitch McConnell both insists the debt ceiling be raised and promises Republicans will block Democrats from doing so. The nation is now used to seeing political standoffs whenever the time again comes to raise the now-infamous "debt ceiling." The nation is also generally aware of the dynamic that plays out each time the United States needs to raise the artificially set debt cap in order to keep paying the bills that Congress itself ordered the nation to pay: During times of Republican governance, Republicans hand out tax cuts to whoever the steady rotation of lobbyists in their offices tell them to, draining federal coffers. During times of Democratic governance, Republicans scream loudly about the money being spent on Actual Things, proclaim themselves outraged at federal deficits, and vow that they will absolutely not be a part of this fine mess that their yesterday selves got us into. I'm not sure there's been any past Republican effort as lazily nihilistic as the one that's currently forming, however. The seemingly unanimous take of Senate Republicans, as guided by (of course) Sen....
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish opposition politicians accused the governing party Thursday of putting Poland’s membership in the European Union in danger after a top party official said “drastic solutions” could be needed amid a conflict with Brussels. Government spokesman Piotr Mueller denied that there is any intention to leave the 27-member bloc, saying: “We will not follow the way of Great Britain.” Ryszard Terlecki, deputy leader of the conservative nationalist governing party, Law and Justice, said Wednesday during a discussion at an economic forum in Poland that the party wants to remain in the EU and have a cooperative relationship with the bloc but that the EU “should be acceptable to us.” “Because if things go the way they are likely to go, we will have to search for drastic solutions. The British showed that the dictatorship of the Brussels bureaucracy did not suit them and turned around and left,” he said, referring to Brexit, or Britain’s’ departure from the bloc. Terlecki, who is also the leader of the ruling party’s group in parliament, spoke after the bloc moved...
    By Kathy Gannon | Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban on Tuesday announced an all-male interim government for Afghanistan stacked with veterans of their hard-line rule from the 1990s and the 20-year battle against the U.S.-led coalition, a move that seems unlikely to win the international support the new leaders desperately need to avoid an economic meltdown. Appointed to the key post of interior minister was Sirajuddin Haqqani, who is on the FBI’s most-wanted list with a $5 million bounty on his head and is believed to still be holding at least one American hostage. He headed the feared Haqqani network that is blamed for many deadly attacks and kidnappings. The announcement came hours after Taliban fired their guns into the air to disperse protesters in the capital of Kabul and arrested several journalists, the second time in less than a week that heavy-handed tactics were used to break up a demonstration. Drawn mostly from Afghanistan’s dominant Pashtun ethnic group, the Cabinet’s lack of representation from other ethnic groups also seems certain to hobble its support from abroad. ...
    TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s outspoken Cabinet minister in charge of vaccinations, Taro Kono, has the most popular support to become the country’s next leader, according to opinion polls released Monday, as potential candidates jockey to replace outgoing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. Kono, 58, a graduate of Georgetown University and fluent in English, is a rarity in Japanese politics, which are dominated by elderly men. He has many fans among younger people, with whom he communicates via social media. He has also served as foreign and defense ministers. Suga’s sudden announcement on Friday that he will not seek another term as head of the governing Liberal Democratic Party in a Sept. 29 vote opened the way for an array of candidates. The head of the governing party is normally elected prime minister by parliament because the party and its coalition partner hold a majority of seats. Suga, who took office a year ago, has faced nosediving popularity over his government’s coronavirus response, which many saw as slow and limited, and for insisting on hosting the Olympics despite widespread opposition over...
    Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson has not been shy about attacking fellow conservatives when he believes they are in the wrong, and that includes House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy — who he slams as a "demagogue" in his September 2 column. According to Gerson, McCarthy seriously crossed the line when he threatened retaliation against any companies that cooperate with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's select committee on the January 6 insurrection. "House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's threat that Republicans 'will not forget' if telecommunications companies comply with requests for e-mail and phone records by the January 6 committee marks a coming out of sorts," Gerson explains. "For years, McCarthy (R-Calif.) has been former President Donald Trump's factotum — a groveler and sniveler, held in obvious contempt by the object of his loyalty. You can usually identify the minority leader in a picture by his hunted expression. But now, McCarthy is emerging as a demagogue in his own right." Gerson continues, "His obstruction of a congressional inquiry is probably a violation of House ethics rules, and maybe even a violation of federal...
    (CNN)Some of the world's best tennis players are congregating in New York for the US Open, the season's final grand slam.They do so at a time when there appears to be a sense of vaccine hesitancy among some of the sport's leading stars.Men's world No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas has been the latest high-profile star on tour to have voiced vaccine hesitancy.Women's world No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka also expressed hesitancy towards inoculation against Covid-19 back in March, saying: "I don't really trust it. For sure, I don't want my family to take it. If I will have to do it, I will really think twice before I take it."Sabalenka's representatives didn't respond to CNN's request for comment on whether her stance had changed ahead of the US Open, where players from the men's ATP Tour and the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Tour will compete at the US Open. Read MoreIn a statement sent to CNN, a ​spokesperson for the WTA said nearly 50% of its players are vaccinated, though it has set a target of 85% by the end of the...
    ANTHONY JOSHUA could soon be ordered to fight Daniel Dubois after the WBA banished their 'interim' titles. The governing body recently announced they would scrap the widely unpopular and largely meaningless secondary belts. 4Anthony Joshua could soon be ordered to fight Daniel DuboisCredit: Instagram / @anthonyjoshua 4Daniel Dubois was stripped of his WBA interim beltCredit: Getty Images - Getty Among those effected were Dubois, 23, and Chris Eubank Jr, 31, who were both interim title holders. The WBA are now instead set to elevate the stripped champions to mandatory challengers. It means Dubois, or 'Regular' champion Trevor Bryan, 32, could find themselves ordered to fight for Joshua's belt. But both heavyweight contenders face a wait to be called to challenge AJ, with the WBA second in line. Joshua's last fight was against IBF mandatory Kubrat Pulev, 40, in December which he won in nine rounds. Right after, he was immediately ordered to face WBO No1 Oleksandr Usyk, 34, in a mandated defence, set for September 25 at Tottenham's stadium. 4 Most read...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — A Ramsey County judge has ruled that permit holders will not be allowed to carry handguns at the Minnesota State Fair this year. The Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus and others sought a temporary injunction prohibiting the fair from enforcing its handgun ban. According to court documents filed Wednesday, Judge Laura Nelson denied the caucus’ motion. Attorney Scott Flaherty, who represents the gun owners, argued that the ban violates Minnesota statutes governing carry permits and the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. He said the question isn’t whether allowing guns onto the fairgrounds is good public policy, it’s whether the ban is legal. But attorney Leah Janus, who represents the fair’s governing body, the State Agricultural Society, argued that fair officials have the authority under state law to impose rules they deem necessary to protect the “health, safety and comfort” of visitors. She also argued that a 2017 Court of Appeals decision that affirmed the Metropolitan Airports Commission’s ban on guns at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport set a precedent that directly applies to the fair. (©...
    (CNN)A six-year corruption investigation into bribery schemes in multiple world football organizations ended Tuesday. The US Department of Justice awarded $201 million to FIFA, international football's governing body; CONCACAF, the confederation overseeing football in North and Central America along with the Caribbean countries; CONMEBOL, the governing confederation in South America, and other affected entities. The DOJ determined the organizations had been victims of decades-long bribery schemes that have corrupted football and stunted the game's development."I am delighted to see that money which was illegally siphoned out of football is now coming back to be used for its proper purposes, as it should have been in the first place," said FIFA President Gianni Infantino. "The truth is that, thanks to (US Justice Department) intervention back in 2015, we have been able to fundamentally change FIFA from a toxic organisation at the time, to a highly esteemed and trusted global sports governing body."FIFA corruption probe targets World Cup of fraud, IRS chief saysThe probe resulted in charges levied against more than 50 people and corporations from more than 20 countries, the DOJ...
    TOKYO (AP) — The IOC gave itself more power Sunday to remove sports from the Olympic program. The International Olympic Committee voted in the new powers amid prolonged issues with the leadership of weightlifting and boxing. Both sports already had their quota of athletes cut for the 2024 Paris Olympics and weightlifting could be dropped entirely. The Olympic Charter was amended so the full IOC membership can remove a sport if its governing body does not comply with a decision made by the IOC executive board or if it “acts in a manner likely to tarnish the reputation of the Olympic movement.” The IOC widened its authority by adding a “but not limited to” clause that goes beyond the stated reasons for removing a sport. The executive board, which is chaired by IOC President Thomas Bach, also got new powers to suspend a sport or event discipline from the Olympics if its governing body refuses to comply with a decision. The need for new rules was presented to the membership by IOC vice president John Coates, who also leads the...
    If Joe Biden stands for one idea, it is that our system can work. We live in a big, diverse country, but good leaders can bring people together across difference to do big things. In essence, Biden is defending liberal democracy, and the notion that you can’t govern a nation based on the premise that the other half of the country is irredeemably awful. The progressive wing of the Democratic Party is skeptical: The Republican Party has gone authoritarian. Mitch McConnell is obstructionist. Big money pulls the strings. The system is broken. The only way to bring change is to mobilize the Democratic base and push partisan transformation. If all you knew about politics is what goes on in the media circus, you’d have to say the progressives have the better argument. Donald Trump, Tucker Carlson, Marjorie Taylor Greene — healthy bipartisan compromise seems completely hopeless with this crew. But underneath that circus, there has always been another layer of politics — led by people who are not as ratings-driven, but are more governance-driven. So over the past 20 years...
    A lengthy June report on the equity provisions adopted by the 2021 Minnesota Legislature included one topic perhaps not expected among issues like promoting teachers of color, housing aid, and expanding the working family tax credit: Self-storage reform. Rep. Esther Agbaje, a DFLer from Minneapolis, said the mundane and seemingly everywhere storage buildings are sometimes used by people in desperate situations: those who have lost homes, been evicted from apartments or are in the midst of domestic violence crisis. Often coinciding with those issues are financial problems that make it more likely they can’t pay the monthly rent. When that happens, they become subject to the remedy for nonpayment under Minnesota law for self-storage facilities: owners are able to lock out renters out and ultimately auction off their property (think A&E’s “Storage Wars”).  It’s a result that can fall especially hard on people already facing hardship. “These are people who could currently be homeless and need a place to put their belongings,” Agbaje said. “Sometimes, if victims of domestic violence are trying to escape their situation, they need a storage...
    A high school biology teacher in Arizona filed a lawsuit against the Phoenix Union High School District on Monday, claiming that the board’s decision to impose indoor mask mandates violated a state law. Douglas Hester, who teaches Biology 1 and 2 at Metro Tech High School, sued the school district, its governing board and its superintendent. The case will be adjudicated by the Maricopa County Superior Court, according to The Arizona Republic. The school district had approved a face-covering mandate during its governing board’s emergency meeting Monday, which became grounds for Hester’s lawsuit, The Arizona Republic reported. (RELATED: Group Of Mississippi Parents Ask Governor To Sign EO Banning Mask Mandates) The high school teacher argued in the lawsuit that the board did not possess the legal authority to mandate masks, as such a decision runs contrary to Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Dacey’s June 15 executive order that had barred educational institutions in the state from requiring COVID-19 vaccination or masks from students before allowing them to attend classes in-person. “What is important is making sure that the government is not above...
    Part of the World Archery Federation's tweet. Photo by World Archery Federation / Twitter The World Archery Federation has posted a tweet that contains a font associated with racism. The organization made the tweet in support of South Korea's archery team at the 2020 Olympics. However, as Reuters points out, the font has perpetuated racist stereotypes. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The World Archery Federation posted a tweet Monday that celebrated South Korea's Olympic team, but the post contained a font associated with racism. South Korea has returned three gold medals in the archery events at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. In the men's bracket Kim Je-Deok, Kim Woo-jin, and Oh Jin-hyek delivered championship performances. In the mixed bracket Kim Je-deok and An San took gold, while An San, Jang Min-hee, and Kang Chae-young did so in the women's bracket. The women's team in particular traditionally dominates the archery field. South Korea has now won nine out of nine events since the competition was added to the Olympic program ahead of the 1988 Games in Seoul....
    A top Australian gymnast who narrowly missed out on a finals berth at the Tokyo Olympics has hit back after the sport's governing body declared it  'just wasn't our night'. Georgia Godwin was in finals contention right up until the final subdivision on Sunday night, when she was edged out by competitors from Brazil and Germany. When the competition drew to a close near midnight, Gymnastics Australia released a statement which read: 'Not our night tonight unfortunately', revealing that Godwin and her teammate Emily Whitehead had ranked 37th and 44th out of the 80 gymnasts competing for a spot in the all-around finals.   Georgia Godwin (right) and Emily Whitehead (left) were selected to represent Australian gymnastics at the Tokyo Olympics Due to sport specific rules which mean only two gymnasts from each nation can progress to the next round, Godwin was in fact just shy of progressing and will now act as a third reserve in the case of injuries before the medaling events. Gymnastics Australia's announcement has been described as 'tone deaf' by critics who argue both women...
    Bots force shutdown of emergency U.S. passport application system Volunteers hunting for Mexicos disappeared become targets RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislation to replace the North Carolina High School Athletic Association with a new commission to administer interscholastic sports advanced through another Senate committee on Thursday. © Provided by Greenville-N.bern-Washngtn WITN-TV WITN The Senate Finance Committee recommended the measure, which would create a panel of 17 educators, athletic directors and coaches chosen by the governor and legislative leaders called the North Carolina Interscholastic Athletic Commission. An education committee approved the bill on Wednesday. We spoke to Pitt County Senator Don Davis Thursday to learn more about what is going on in the Senate. He was part of the finance committee hearing the proposal. He said the proposal needs to clear the Senate rules committee before it goes to the Senate floor for debate. If it clears those hurdles then it would have to go through the House of Representatives and finally the Governor’s desk to officially remove the NCHSAA as the governing body for high school sports in the state....
    Fox News host Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonTexas Democrat tweets picture of breakfast to Fox News: 'You should pay me' CNN: Tucker Carlson 'furious' at Fox News execs for not defending his NSA spying claims Rand Paul requests probe into allegations NSA spied on Tucker Carlson MORE blasted the Republican party in a new interview published this week, calling the GOP "inept" and lacking in ability to govern.   "First of all, they’re inept and bad at governing,” Carlson told Time Magazine. “The party is much more effective as an oppositional force than it is as a governing party.” Carlson said that the GOP lacked a substantial policy platform in the run up to the 2020 elections and suggested that this lead to the loss of control of the federal government.  “What’s the point in having a convention or a political party more broadly if you can’t be bothered to define what it is you stand for? I found that contemptible," he said.  Carlson, the highest-rated host on cable television, and one of the most influential voices on the American right, separately dismissed rumors that have circulated in recent...
    More On: eric adams De Blasio says NYC may need to ‘reassess’ ranked-choice voting Eric Adams blew an ‘opportunity of a lifetime’ to hire more cops: Curtis Sliwa Eric Adams’ smart talk on guns and policing goes national ‘Biden of Brooklyn’: Eric Adams rejects president’s call for more cops Eric Adams offered Democrats a politics lesson during an appearance Tuesday on “The View,” where he warned against using slogans such as “defund the police.” “I say to the Democratic Party, ‘If you allow slogans to direct how we govern our city…we’re going to make a big mistake. That can’t happen and I’m not going to allow that to happen in my city,” he said on ABC’s “The View.” He made the remark after the show’s conservative co-host Meghan McCain said to the retired NYPD captain: “You spent much of your campaign denouncing liberal slogans like ‘defund the police.'” She then asked Adams if he agreed that Democrats “are going to lose if they lean too far left and assume voters of color will lean that far left with them?”...
    Today Americans across the country are celebrating the freedom that was first born when we became a nation, free from British rule. In our post-modern world, many citizens do less celebrating and more complaining about the limitations they feel the government places on their freedoms. It seems counterintuitive, but in fact for freedom to exist, there must be a governing body. God’s Kingdom illustrates this truth for us.   Some view the governing authority of heaven as a limitation on freedom as well. For those yet to experience freedom in Christ, it may seem like a long list of dos and dont’s, but for those who the Son has set free indeed, we are dependent upon the principles of truth set forth in God’s Word. While as mortals, we struggle to understand that submitting to authority is necessary to have freedom, God in his infinite wisdom sets this blueprint before us in the spiritual realm.   There is one thing that America and God can agree on. Freedom does not...
    More On: poland Polish church report lists sex abuse of over 300 children Endangered corpse flower blooms in Warsaw, drawing crowds Probe launched after possible mass grave found near Auschwitz Parachute fail crashes soccer game in Poland BRUSSELS, June 30 – The European Union’s executive is considering legal action against Poland over “LGBT-free” zones set up by some local authorities there, two officials told Reuters. The EU says LGBT rights must be respected in all member states, but Poland’s ruling nationalist party has made anti-gay policies part of its governing platform. In March it explicitly banned same-sex couples from adopting children, while more than 100 towns and areas have declared themselves “LGBT-free”. “We are checking if there is a violation of EU treaties” in the creation of those zones, said one EU official, adding the process has not yet been completed. A second official confirmed the Brussels-based executive is looking into the issue. Known as an infringement procedure, such a legal action would challenge Poland to eliminate the zones which, if not complied with, could lead to hefty fines. Over 100 towns in Poland have declared themselves “LGBT-free”. Agencja Gazeta via REUTERS Asked to comment, a Polish government spokesman said: “There are no laws...
    In the realm of governing, large metro areas serve as a petri dish for democracy—sorting out what ideas sell best to a diversity of voters and which policies actually deliver the desired results. In the early aughts, the Republican Party was still competing in that marketplace of ideas in big cities and states like California and New York, where the metros can dominate a statewide election. As The New York Times points out, Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger secured the California governorship in a 2003 recall election, defeating Democrat Gray Davis by winning 45% of the vote in Los Angeles County and three-fifths of the vote in San Diego County. In New York City, GOP Mayor Rudy Giuliani passed the baton in 2001 to then-Republican Michael Bloomberg, who ultimately shed his GOP party affiliation in 2007 and registered as a Democrat in 2018. But today, Republicans are so out of step with the times that they're not even viable in big-city races, not to mention the governorships in most of the country's large progressive states. Massachusetts' Republican Gov. Charlie Baker stands out as a rare...
    Fox News chief political anchor Bret Baier joined "America Reports" Tuesday to discuss Vice President Kamala Harris seemingly laughing off questions about visiting the US-Mexico border to witness the migrant crisis firsthand. BAIER: This is the difference between campaigning and governing and sometimes it's pretty stark. Campaigning, candidate Kamala Harris went to the border numerous times and said she’s standing with the immigrants and standing with the migrants who she said are being targeted by the Trump Administration, that they should be allowed in. Now she makes a statement, "don't come," you will get turned away at the border. It's not happening when they come to the border. That is not what's transpiring from everything we've seen with reporters on the ground there. What is really interesting is the progressive side and the push there. Also what's interesting is her answers that devolve into the laugh that really does not help her politically at all. WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW BELOW: VideoThis article was written by Fox News staff.
    A new digital ad campaign hit the internet highlighting embattled Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s "rules for thee, not for me" governing style during the COVID-19 pandemic. Get Michigan Working Again, an arm of the Republican Governors Association (RGA), announced the new online ad blitz in a press release on Thursday. "Gretchen Whitmer has shown zero respect for Michiganders throughout the pandemic, constantly living by her own set of rules while they were forced into lockdowns," said RGA spokesperson Chris Gustafson. "People are sick of Whitmer’s and her administration’s intrepid hypocrisy and will vote to fire the damn governor come next November," he added. ‘POSSIBILITY’ MICHIGAN GOV. WHITMER ‘UNDERCOUNTING’ COVID-19 NURSING HOME DEATHS: LAWYERS The new ad blasts Whitmer for the multiple scandals that have plagued her administration, including when her husband tried to take their family boat out on the water before Memorial Day last year during Michigan's lockdown measures, some of the strictest in the country. Whitmer was also slammed in the ad for her controversial private jet trip to visit her ill father in Florida earlier this year,...
    Lisa Cook, associate professor at the Michigan State University, arrives for dinner during the Jackson Hole economic symposium, sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, in Moran, Wyoming, on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018.David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images The Democratic chairman of the Senate Banking Committee sees economist Lisa Cook, an advocate for remedying racial and gender income inequality, as his top choice to fill the remaining vacancy on the Federal Reserve's governing board, people familiar with the matter told CNBC. If nominated and confirmed, Cook would be the Fed board's first Black woman. A staffer familiar with Sen. Sherrod Brown's thinking said the Ohio lawmaker supports Cook's candidacy for the Fed's Board of Governors based on her expertise, research, and lived experience as a woman of color. Cook is a professor of economics and international relations at Michigan State University. She is also a member of the steering committee at the Center for Equitable Growth, a progressive Washington-based think tank that counts several of President Joe Biden's top economists among its alumni. Other congressional staff...
    President Joe Biden’s Republican critics charge that he has foisted a “bait and switch” on voters — that he campaigned as a moderate but veered abruptly to the left after he arrived at the White House. “The bait was he was going to govern as bipartisan, but the switch is he’s governed as a socialist,” House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy of California complained last month. “He talks like a moderate but is governing to satisfy the far left,” Senate Republican chief Mitch McConnell of Kentucky chimed in. They’re right on one count: Biden is pushing an ambitious progressive program while making it sound, well, moderate. But their charge of false advertising is bogus. Biden never concealed his big-government goals; they were all in plain sight in his platform. It’s still on the campaign website for anyone who wants to check. Candidate Biden called for more than $4 trillion in new federal spending, beginning with an immediate stimulus to help the economy recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. It included massive proposals to combat climate change, rebuild infrastructure, reduce poverty, subsidize child...
    WASHINGTON - Long before police brutality emerged as a dominant public issue in the United States, Cynthia Lee, a George Washington University professor and an expert on race and self-defense, devoted much of her research to deadly police shootings of unarmed Black men and women.  In a 2004 study, she concluded that stereotypes about African Americans, often working at a subconscious level, influenced a police officer's split-second decision about whether to use deadly force, accounting for the disproportionately large number of Black victims in police shootings.  In 2018, she authored a groundbreaking law journal article on reforming laws governing police use of deadly force. Most states, she learned, allowed police officers to use deadly force as long as they had a "reasonable belief" in the need for such action.   This standard, however, allowed juries to believe that an officer's use of force was justified even if it wasn't necessary or proportional. Lee's solution: changing the law to make it equally important to assess whether an officer's actions leading up to a shooting were reasonable, and requiring the use of force to be necessary, proportionate and based on an immediate need.   At the time she wrote...
    The White House is defending ethics waivers for ex-union officials, saying they are "in the interest of governing." The Biden administration has come under scrutiny from Republicans on Capitol Hill after its decision to circumvent federal ethics rules to staff former union officials in senior posts. BIDEN WAIVES ETHICS RULES FOR FORMER UNION BOSSES WHO NOW WORK IN WHITE HOUSE Beginning in early March, the White House waived certain rules for former labor union personnel to fill Biden’s transition teams and government vacancies, who would have otherwise been prevented from communicating with their old unions. A so-called ethics waiver lifts constraints imposed on members of the executive branch to work with previous colleagues or clients who might benefit from their closeness to White House authority. White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked about the waivers during Monday's news briefing. "I will reiterate ... the president signed an executive order requiring all appointees across the federal government to sign the most stringent ethics code ever adopted by any White House," Psaki said. Psaki elaborated, saying that when it is "necessary and in the public’s interest,"...
    Former Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that President Joe Biden is governing like self-identified Democratic Socialists Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Progressive Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), which he called “way out socialist liberal.” Christie said, “When you look at what’s going on here, what’s going on is that Joe Biden ran as a moderate uniter, and he is now governing as a Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, way out socialist liberal. And so, I’m willing to let that take some time for Americans to have to sink in.” He continued, “The American people are still focused on COVID, on the pandemic. And as far as that bill goes, the president is getting a little bit better, Martha. You know, he had a COVID-19 relief bill where only 10% of the money was spent on health care. He’s now proposed an infrastructure where 24%, 25% is actually infrastructure, and we’re applauding that because the first bill was so bad. Look, he’s got to start telling the truth to the American people, and he’s got to start governing...
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