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    A COVID-19 testing facility is advertised at Newark Liberty International Airport on November 30, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey.Spencer Platt | Getty Images More than 20 people across 10 U.S. states have tested positive for the omicron variant of the virus that causes Covid-19. The patients range in age, vaccination status and travel history, but none of them have developed severe disease so far. While some patients had recently traveled in southern Africa, where the variant was first detected, others had no travel history, indicating that community transmission is underway in the U.S. "We absolutely have community spread in this country," Dr. Anthony Fauci told Bloomberg Television on Friday. "We don't know how many of them, but there's no doubt there's community spread." Scientists and public health officials are still collecting data on whether omicron is more transmissible, better evades immune protection from vaccines, and/or causes more severe disease than other variants. Those who have tested positive in the U.S. have all shown mild to moderate symptoms and none of the patients have been hospitalized so far, according to the...
    So let’s say that in two weeks, hundreds of Los Angeles city employees still defy the COVID-19 vaccination mandate. What then? Well, we don’t know exactly. Wimpy city officials, who already moved back the compliance deadline in the face of resistance, still haven’t spelled out consequences for those who don’t comply by Dec. 18. Already, some city employees — including firefighters — are off-duty without pay for failing to sign notices informing them of the deadline. For the sake of argument, let’s say that in the Fire Department, where more than 500 members filed a lawsuit protesting the mandate, a few hundred stick to their guns and refuse the jab. I say bye-bye, and good luck finding a firefighting job that pays as handsomely. And let’s hope the Cro-Magnon who allegedly took his mandate notice, wiped himself with it and dropped it on the floor of a station house in Pacific Palisades is the first to go. He’s on administrative leave while the department investigates. Firefighter union president Freddy Escobar warned of a “devastating” public-safety risk if hundreds of firefighters...
    Noting that up to half of all fatal U.S. police use-of-force incidents involve people with disabilities, rights advocates on Thursday voiced serious concerns over what they called the "unacceptable" killing of a wheelchair-bound Arizona man by a Tucson police officer who shot the victim nine times in the back on Monday evening. "The fact that Mr. Richards was a person with a disability is of particular concern because persons with disabilities are more likely to die in an encounter with law enforcement than the general population." Video released by the Tucson Police Department shows TPD officer Ryan Remington walking behind 61-year-old Richard Lee Richards, who is moving at low speed through the parking lot of a Lowe's home improvement center in his motorized wheelchair after being accused of shoplifting a toolbox from the store and brandishing a knife at employees. As Richards slowly heads back toward the store entrance, Remington and another officer, Stephanie Taylor, order him to stop. Richards refuses, and Remington fires eight shots from his handgun at the man's back. Remington briefly pauses as Richards slumps forward...
    Former acting assistant U.S. attorney general Jeffrey Clark, who aligned himself with Donald Trump after he lost the 2020 election, has declined to be fully interviewed by a House committee investigating the January 6 Capitol insurrection.Yuri Gripas/AP Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.On Wednesday, the House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol voted to pursue criminal contempt charges against Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department official who schemed with Donald Trump to overturn the 2020 election results. Clark had refused to cooperate with the committee’s inquiry, citing Trump’s legal efforts to block its probe. Yet before officially requesting the Justice Department to prosecute Clark, the committee did offer him one more chance and asked that he come in for a deposition on Saturday. And Clark has agreed to sit down with the panel. But there’s a catch: his lawyer has indicated he will plead the Fifth Amendment and not answer certain questions. After the election, Clark, the acting head of the Justice Department’s civil...
    City of MinneapolisSaray Garnett-HochuliLast week, the Minneapolis City Council approved the appointment of Saray Garnett-Hochuli as the director of the city’s Regulatory Services department. That puts Garnett-Hochuli in charge of the city’s regulatory arm, which enforces ordinances and codes, like housing and health codes, in order to make the “city safer, healthier and more inviting for all.”  In the announcement of her appointment, the city pointed to Regulatory Services as a department in City Hall that will focus on anti-racism issues — taking the approach that reducing disparities in Minneapolis isn’t just a policy goal but a regulatory task.  Garnett-Hochuli spoke with MinnPost about this approach and her goals for the department and the city. This interview took place during two conversations and has been edited for length and clarity.  MinnPost: Congratulations on the new job. But you’ve been at the department for a while, right? Saray Garnett-Hochuli: Thank you. I was the interim for six months. I was the deputy for about 18 months. So, I’ve been with the department for two years in October.  MP: Along with the...
    President Joe Biden will not be booting out any unvaccinated federal workers until after the holiday season, a new Monday report reveals. The move hasn't been publicly announced yet but was written in a memo to government agencies by the White House's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and obtained by ABC. The directive allows agencies to pause on firing or suspending workers after Biden ordered all federal government employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 22. According to OMB, 92 percent of federal workers already have at least one dose.   Of the 3.5 million federal employees, 96.5 percent have complied with the mandate, meaning they are vaccinated or had their exemption approved. About 4.5 percent - more than 157,000 people - sought exemptions or were already exempt and about 3.5 percent haven't shown a record of vaccination nor sought an exemption.   The OMB news broke just before Biden addressed the nation on Monday over the highly contagious new Omicron coronavirus variant The percentage of federal workers vaccinated is far higher than the national average of roughly 70 percent RELATED...
    On occasion, for professional reasons, I must wade into the right wing-o-sphere. It is filled with the kind of rabid misinformation and fearmongering you might expect. The part that is most bothersome, however, is not that most of the stories are bogus in their presentation, it is that many of the stories are presented with such a bias as to completely change the meaning of the facts within the story. A case in point is a story that was generated from conservative talk radio host Jason Rantz and picked up by Fox News and subsequently pumped into the Apple News feed and Yahoo. The headline was damning: “Seattle 13-year-old watches father die as police funding cuts delay emergency response.” That is awful. So awful that Tucker Carlson gave Rantz a shot at primetime misinformation from the Fox News teat. Everything about this story sounds sad. Have protesters’ calls for police departments to have their funding used towards other social services somehow led to this poor young teen losing his father? Have vaccine mandates by local municipalities led to this child losing his father? No....
    Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that he was “concerned” former President Donald Trump had not yet been indicted. Anchor Dana Bash said, “I want to ask you about something a federal judge said, overseeing some of the January 6 cases. He said in a court hearing this month that the rioters that day were  ‘Called to Washington, D.C., by an elected official prompted to walk to the Capitol by an elected official, those who created the conditions that led to their conduct have in no meaningful measure been held accountable.’ He appears to be referring to former President Trump. Do you believe Merrick Garland’s Justice Department is letting Trump off the hook?” Schiff said, “I am concerned about certain things. In particular, frankly, and this is not January 6 related specifically at least to the violence of that day, but I am concerned that there does not appear to be an investigation unless it’s being done very quietly by the Justice Department, of for example the former president on the phone with the...
              more   The four-week average number of Florida jobless claims reached its lowest mark since before the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Department of Labor (USDL) released the information on Wednesday. The data reflected 5,343 first-time unemployment claims filed in Florida during the week that ended November 20, which dropped the four-week average to 6,045 claims. Prior to March 15th, 2020, the beginning of the pandemic, the four-week average of jobless claims was 5,376. This is slightly higher than the data recorded last week which only reflects one week, but is also slightly less than the four-week average. The beginning of the pandemic caused many businesses to either shut down or scale back. The number of new unemployment claims immediately jumped to 74,313 within the first week, and reached its peak a month later with 506,670 claims for the week ending April 18th, 2020. In a recent press conference highlighting Florida’s job growth and continued decline of the number of unemployment claims, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis stated, “We have a great business environment for (manufacturing). A lot of the places where...
    (CNN)Charles Moose, who helmed the Montgomery County Police Department when authorities arrested the DC snipers, has died, according to a department Facebook post. The 68-year-old passed on Thanksgiving, the department said, citing his wife. "He was a great leader and led our department through the DC Sniper investigation, one of the most difficult crime sprees in our country's history. We send condolences to his wife Sandy and all of his family and friends." Chief Marcus Jones said in a statement. Moose, New York-born and raised in North Carolina, led the department from 1999-2003. Montgomery County State Attorney John McCarthy's office also sent sympathies to Moose's family, lauding the former chief's "service during some of our darkest days. We are forever grateful for his leadership during the 2002 Sniper Crisis," according to a tweet. Read MoreMoose died "while watching football and sitting in his recliner," Sandy Moose said in a Facebook post published by CNN affiliate WJLA. "He called my name, and I came running but it was too late. His body was shutting down," his wife wrote. "It seems so...
    CHICAGO (CBS) – The Chicago Premium Outlet Mall reaches the capacity limit on Black Friday. #APDAlert: The Chicago Premium Outlets Mall has again reached capacity. The entrances have been closed off temporarily and all traffic will be re-directed until further notice. #AuroraBlackFriday pic.twitter.com/dJUbeNzFN0 — Aurora Police Department (@AuroraPoliceIL) November 26, 2021 In a tweet by the Aurora Police Department, doors are closed until further notice and traffic have been redirected.
    Attorney General Merrick Garland is under fire from Republican lawmakers for allegedly politicizing the Justice Department. Rep. Jim Jordan spoke to the Washington Examiner about the Garland school boards memo controversy, saying: “My gut tells me that the main focus was this was politics. And that's what the Justice Department has been under Garland.” He added: “Joe Biden criticizes the Georgia election law, a few months later they sue Georgia. Joe Biden criticizes the Texas pro-life law. Eight days later, they sure Texas. Joe Biden’s White House is working with the National School Boards Association … and, five days later, he issues the memorandum.” Sen. Chuck Grassley, the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, echoed this theme, telling Garland: “Since your confirmation, in less than a year, the department has moved as far left as it can go” and that “you’ve politicized the department in ways it shouldn’t be.” Garland has repeatedly denied politicizing the DOJ. GARLAND MISLEADING ON WHETHER FISA USED AGAINST HUNTER BIDEN’S CHINESE BUSINESS ASSOCIATE, GOP SENATORS SAY When...
    The COVID vaccine mandate President Joe Biden put in place for federal workers has not resulted in any apparent disruption to law enforcement, intelligence-gathering or holiday travel, the White House says.  The administration released an agency-by-agency breakdown of compliance with the order - employees had to show proof of vaccination by Nov. 22 or show their exemption. Of the 3.5 million federal employees, 96.5% have complied with the mandate, meaning they are vaccinated or had their exemption approved with 92% having received at least one COVID vaccination dose.  About 4.5% - more than 157,000 people - sought exemptions or were already exempt and about 3.5% haven't shown a record of vaccination nor sought an exemption.  The highest number of partial vaccinations was at the Agency for International Development, which had 97.8%, followed closely by the Department of Health and Human Services at 96.4% and State Department at 96.1%, according to data released by the Office of Management and Budget.  The agency with the least number of partially vaccinated employees was the Agriculture Department at 86.1%.  The COVID vaccine mandate President Joe Biden...
    That’s not a parking spot. A driver in Long Island, New York, crashed their car into a Taco Bell before 3:30 in the morning earlier this week. According to local authorities, the driver fled the scene, leaving their car stuck halfway through the restaurant’s front window. Three employees were reportedly in the restaurant at the time of the accident but none of them were injured. (Islip Fire Department) The Islip Fire Department posted about the incident on its Facebook page. According to the post, there were three employees in the restaurant at the time of the accident. Fortunately, none of them were injured. VIRAL TIKTOK SHOWING A DOG CLIMB THROUGH A STARBUCKS WINDOW SPARKS DEBATE The fire department shared photos of the aftermath on social media. The images show a car wedged into one of the dining room’s windows. The vehicle was caught on the window’s ledge and none of the wheels appear to be touching the ground. Inside the restaurant, the front of the car smashed through a seating area and seemingly sent tables and chairs flying. FOLLOW...
    The ranks of those submitting jobless claims tumbled to their lowest level in more than 52 years last week, the Labor Department reported Wednesday. New filings totaled 199,000, a number not seen since Nov. 15, 1969, when claims totaled 197,000. The report easily beat Dow Jones estimates of 260,000. The Labor Department did not indicate any special factors that caused the stunning fall, which could provide an important signal about a jobs market that has been struggling to come back since the Covid-19 shock in March 2020. This is breaking news. Please check back here for updates.TVWATCH LIVEWATCH IN THE APPUP NEXT | ETListen
              more   On his radio program Tuesday morning, Brian Wilson, the host of 99.7 FM WTN’s Nashville’s Morning News, discussed a recent letter distributed by the Metro Health Department addressing the ‘BIPOC’ community encouraging those that have been affected by the Kyle Rittenhouse ruling to seek remedy due to the injustice suffered by the jury and court ruling of the case. WILSON SAID: Unbelievable. It came to us from somebody that asked that their name not be used. This landed in the email boxes of I guess every employee that works for the Metro Health Department. Are you ready? Because I’m just going to read it because it’s just unbelievable. On November 19th, 2021 Kyle Rittenhouse, a young white man who shot and killed two people and wounded one other during last year’s shooting of Jacob Blake by a Kenosha Police Department officer received a non-guilty verdict. I think those facts are. We recognize that these injustices can cause distress and harm for the BIPOC communities and exacerbate trauma instilled daily through acts of racism and the pervasiveness of white...
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren demanded an investigation into the cost of Thanksgiving turkeys on Tuesday, accusing poultry farmers of using monopoly power to jack up prices. Last week the American Farm Bureau Federation said the average cost of this year's turkey feast had jumped by 14 percent. With consumers already facing record gas prices, Warren called on the Department of Justice to act on a 24 percent hike in turkey prices. She called out four big producers - JBS Foods, Tyson, Perdue, and Sanderson - which she said controlled more than half the market. 'Lack of competition in the poultry industry is allowing these massive companies to squeeze both American consumers and farmers to fuel record corporate profits and payouts to shareholders,' she wrote in a letter to the DOJ. 'When companies have monopoly power as massive suppliers, they can jack up prices of the goods they sell.  'And when those same companies have complete or substantial market power as large employers or buyers of inputs, also known as monopsony power, they can suppress their own costs for those inputs, including workers'...
    President Joe Biden’s Department of Education will no longer ask school districts for data pertaining to teacher-on-student sexual assault allegations, according to Fox News. As part of its 2021-2022 Civil Rights Data Collection, the department’s Office for Civil Rights is set to terminate questions put in place by former President Donald Trump Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that sought to provide a fuller understanding of sexual violence perpetrated by teachers and staff against students. The department will no longer ask school districts to “report pending cases or cases in which a school staffer was reassigned to another district school prior to the conclusion of an investigation,” according to the Washington Free Beacon. Though it will still ask districts to report documented cases of rape and sexual assault, the department will no longer report cases in which allegations of sexual assault resulted in the resignation or retirement of school staff. While an Education Department spokesman told the Free Beacon that the changes sought to “reduce burden and duplication of data,” Kimberly Richey, former Trump acting assistant secretary in the Office for Civil Rights,...
    President Biden's Department of Education has proposed rolling back reporting data on the number of alleged sexual assaults and rapes in schools.  The department's Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has proposed new rules to 'retire' data sets, and the proposal is now up for a 60-day period of public comment.    In order to 'reduce the reporting burden,' last week the OCR proposed eliminating accusations of rape or sexual assault. The OCR will still ask schools to submit data on the number of documented incidents of rape or sexual assault within their school system.     However, they will not be asked to report the number of accusations of sexual assault or rape, either student-to-student or staff-to-student, that resulted in resignation or retirement of the accused, or such allegations that resulted in a teacher's reassignment to another school district.    President Biden's Department of Education has proposed rolling back reporting data on the number of alleged sexual assaults and rapes in schools Public schools' mishandling of sexual assault was launched into the spotlight when parents alleged that a school district in Loudoun County, Virginia...
    As Ethiopia heads towards a potential collapse, the Biden administration worries the situation will turn into another Afghanistan, Axios reported. The government of Ethiopia has called on its citizens to arm themselves as rebels make their way towards the capital, Addis Ababa, Axios reported. The rebels are reportedly from the Tigray region, where concerns have risen about ethnic cleansing and the use of starvation by the government as a tactic of war. State Department officials have issued multiple advisories and held numerous briefings in an attempt to avoid a fallout similar to the evacuation from Afghanistan, Axios reported. Non-emergency staff was ordered to leave the country in early November, a move which the administration hopes will prevent the need for an airlift like the one required in Kabul. “There are no plans to fly the U.S. military into Ethiopia to facilitate evacuations or replicate the contingency effort we recently undertook in Afghanistan, which was a unique situation for many reasons,” a senior State Department official told reporters in a briefing Monday. A member of the Ethiopian Federal Forces holds a...
    \u201cThe only solution is Communist revolution\u201d chants here at Chicago\u2019s protest against the Rittenhouse verdict #Chicago #RittenhouseVerdictpic.twitter.com/5JNm0uFXno — Brendan Gutenschwager (@Brendan Gutenschwager) 1637445099 Other protesters who spoke to local media voiced frustrations using trite talking points. "I'm still very, very disappointed. Just a travesty of justice. The illegal gun possession, the Kenosha police basically deputizing him. All of it is based in racism," one protester told WGN-TV. Another protester told the same outlet the Rittenhouse verdict represents "a green light for more white supremacy vigilante terror."Can the DOJ do anything?Despite demands for DOJ intervention into the decision by 12 of Rittenhouse's peers to conclude he acted in self-defense, thereby making him not guilty of committing murder, it remains unclear what the Justice Department could do, if anything at all. Rittenhouse was never charged with a federal crime, nor did the murder accusations against Rittenhouse invoke violations of federal law. More from WOFL-TV:Rittenhouse was not accused of a hate crime and because he is not a member of law enforcement, he cannot be charged with depriving anyone of their civil...
    A Miami Beach police officer who spent 11 weeks fighting a severe case of COVID-19 tearfully thanked his family, the prayers of his community and the good will of the 'big man upstairs' for helping him pull through upon his release. Officer J.C. Sampedro, who was pushed in a wheelchair out of Broward Health North Hospital wearing an oxygen device on Monday, was overcome with emotion as a crowd of uniformed officers from his department, cheering friends and his children held up handmade signs reading, 'We missed you, Papa Bear,' and 'Love you, Dad.'  'I can't thank you enough,' he said. 'Your prayers were heard and the big man upstairs pulled through.'  Scroll down for video Officer J.C. Sampedro, who was pushed in a wheelchair out of Broward Health North hospital wearing an oxygen device, was overcome with emotion among a crowd of uniformed officers from his department, cheering friends and family 'I can't thank you enough,' Officer J.C. Sampedro (pictured) said. 'Your prayers were heard and the big man upstairs pulled through' Sampedro (pictured, sitting) also a former U.S....
    Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie criticized Joe Biden's Justice Department Saturday on "Watters' World," saying the department's actions are "outrageous."  Christie said Biden's Justice Department seems to have broken its pledge to "never, ever use [the Patriot Act] in a way that was improper or inappropriate." WHITE HOUSE IN CONTACT WITH SCHOOL BOARD GROUP FOR 'WEEKS' BEFORE CONTROVERSIAL 'PATRIOT ACT' LETTER: EMAILS The Patriot Act was supposed to be used to thwart terrorism, Christie continued, not against parents "who are rightfully going and raising concerns to school boards" about their children's education. He faulted the National School Boards Association and the National Teachers Union and called for Garland to "show some integrity and knock it off because his reputation is dropping fast." next Image 1 of 3 Chris Christie. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images) prev next Image 2 of 3 U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland faces reporters as he and FBI Director Christopher Wray (not pictured) announce charges against a suspect from Ukraine and a Russian national over a July ransomware...
    (CNN)A New Jersey Starbucks employee who went to work in November after testing positive for hepatitis A and handled food may have exposed thousands of customers to the virus.The hepatitis A exposure encompasses anyone who visited the Starbucks at 1490 Blackwood Clementon Road on November 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13, according to county spokesman Dan Keashen.The Camden County Health Department was notified of the incident on Wednesday and immediately shut down the Gloucester Township Starbucks location, Keashen told CNN.People who frequented that Starbucks and aren't vaccinated for the hepatitis A are advised to receive the vaccine "as soon as possible but no later than 14 days after contact," the health department said in a news release on Friday."The county health department has been working closely with the patient and the staff at the Starbucks to address the situation," Camden County Health Officer Paschal Nwako said in a news release.CDC panel recommends hepatitis A vaccination through age 18 and for HIV patientsRead More"Our highest priority is ensuring everyone involved remains safe and healthy. The patient is not currently working,...
    HARFORD COUNTY (WJZ) — A Bel Air police officer’s night shift was disrupted on Tuesday when he came across two donkeys roaming on the side of the road. Reportedly, the donkeys escaped from a nearby veterinary hospital but were not patients themselves. The official Bel Air Police Department account posted about the incident the next day on Facebook. “There’s no telling what a shift will bring….,” the post reads. “OFC Walsh was on patrol on Route 24 last night and encountered an unusual road hazard, two very friendly donkeys. With the help of other officers, deputies from Harford County Sheriffs Office and Officer O’Grady who was off-duty and brought her own horse trailer to the location, the donkeys were rounded up and returned home.” The post ends by thanking the Love Leads Project, who reportedly equipped the officers with leashes and ropes in order to tether the donkeys to the guard rail while they waited for a trailer. “This is the first time I’ve come across something like that in 20 years of working this job,” said Sgt. Dave Madden....
    (CNN)One of President Joe Biden's boldest environmental campaign promises was to ban new oil and natural gas leasing on public land and water. But on Wednesday his administration will open more than 80 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico to auction for drilling. The auction is at odds with Biden's climate agenda -- the President has also promised to slash greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 -- and environmental advocates say it could set US climate goals back for years. The administration tried in its first days in office to put a stop to new oil and gas drilling. On January 27, Biden signed an executive order that paused new permits and directed the Department of Interior to launch a "rigorous review" of existing programs related to fossil fuel development. How Bidens infrastructure funding will help the US prepare for future climate disastersBut a lawsuit filed in March on behalf of 13 states led to a judgment that blocked Biden's pause. "Millions and possibly billions of dollars are at stake," Judge Terry Doughty wrote in his ruling....
    The Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) declined to investigate the Border Patrol agents at the center of the 'whipping' controversy, despite President Biden promising he would 'make them pay.'  Photos of agents on horseback corralling Haitian migrants away from the US-Mexico border drew sharp condemnation from Democrats who claimed the images depicted them whipping migrants. Border Patrol agents and Republicans claimed agents were swinging their reins to control their horses.   DHS said in a statement that Customs and Border Protection would handle the incident since the Office of Inspector General had declined to take action, in a show that the inspector general likely didn't believe the incident to be serious.  CBP's Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) will now investigate the Sept. 19 incident in Del Rio, Texas and determine whether disciplinary action is necessary. The news came just before DHS Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas is set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he's likely to face questions about what his agency is doing about the record number of migrants arriving at the southern border.  Mayorkas...
    Seattle leaders are battling over a dramatic proposed cut to the city’s police department as residents face rising crime and other cities reverse the cuts they imposed on law enforcement in the wake of activist demands last year. Seattle City Council members proposed roughly $10 million in cuts to the police department last week. This comes after Mayor Jenny Durkan floated a budget in late September that would have added money to hire more officers and fund hiring incentives to recruit more. Facing many of the same headwinds other metropolitan police departments have confronted over the past year, Seattle has lost more than 300 officers in recent months. REFUND THE POLICE: CITIES BACKTRACK ON 2020 CLARION CALL AMID CRIME SPIKES The staffing shortages have led to severe delays in response times to 911 calls, with some lasting longer than an hour for certain kinds of crimes. Crime in Seattle has climbed steadily as the city has seen an exodus of law enforcement officers. Police leaders in late August reported a 40% increase in 911 calls for shots fired compared...
    A Republican senator demanded the Justice Department reveal all communications agency employees had with The New York Times and the White House regarding the disappearance of a diary belonging to Ashley Biden, the youngest daughter of President Joe Biden. Sen. Tom Cotton sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland on Monday raising concerns about the FBI raids of New York homes of Project Veritas operatives, including the apartment of founder James O’Keefe, activity which The New York Times reported was connected to an investigation into the theft of the diary, excerpts of which were publicly disclosed in the weeks leading up to the 2020 election. Among the questions listed in the letter, which sets a Nov. 19 deadline, were demands for clarity on who was in the loop on the investigation, as well as requests for information regarding the predication of search warrants and regulations with respect to freedom of the press, particularly in light of the Justice Department saying over the summer it would end the practice of seeking court orders for reporter records in leak investigations. ...
              moreby George Neumayr   Joe Biden is systematically eliminating the religious freedom protections that Donald Trump established. The latest example of Biden’s secularist program comes from his Labor Department, which is planning to undo Trump’s policy of defending the religious freedom of federal contractors. Trump’s Labor Department protected federal contractors who “hold themselves out to the public as carrying out a religious purpose.” “Religious organizations should not have to fear that acceptance of a federal contract or subcontract will require them to abandon their religious character or identity,” said Trump’s Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia. Before leaving office, Trump strengthened a Labor Department rule granting exemptions to religious organizations. His Labor Department said the strengthened rule would “correct any misperception that religious organizations are disfavored in government contracting by setting forth appropriate protections for their autonomy to hire employees who will further their religious missions.” Biden’s Labor Department plans to discard that rule. As usual, Biden frames his opposition to religious freedom in terms of eliminating “discrimination.” His Labor Department says that it must scrap Trump’s rule so that “taxpayer funds are not used to...
    By: Erika Stanish FREEPORT, Pa. (KDKA) – Pennsylvania State Police are answering calls in Freeport until further notice after the town’s new police chief quit after one day on the job. READ MORE: At Least One Person Shot, One Person In Custody In Shooting At Upper Burrell BarHe was the only member of the department and according to borough officials, they currently have no full-time police officers. “It’s frustrating to not know what’s happening in your area,” Lauren Edinger, owner of Lucy’s Riverside Café. Edinger told KDKA local residents are just learning of the news. “I feel that it’s crazy that that happened on the 2nd and we’re just now finding out about that on 13th,” Edinger said. Freeport Borough officials told KDKA Saturday that retired Plum Police Sgt. Matthew Feldmeier was hired as the new police chief on Nov. 1. Election Day was his first day on the job. He resigned after that shift, leaving a resignation letter and his badge behind. Borough officials said they have yet to learn why he suddenly resigned. “I believe that we have...
    Former Watergate prosecutor Nick Akerman told CNN’s Jim Acosta on Saturday that the Justice Department “absolutely should” bring a case against former President Donald Trump over Jan. 6, or at the very least, investigate his role. Acosta played the audio recording of Trump defending “Hang Mike Pence” chants on Jan. 6. “He seems to be volunteering some information that he was getting updates on his vice president being chased around the Capitol,” Acosta noted. “Well even better,” Akerman said. “That is an admission that could be used in a criminal trial against Donald Trump. I mean he’s basically admitting to the lie that he’s been spreading from day one about having won the election.” “Two, he’s not really taking any offense at the idea of people were shouting hang Mike Pence,” Akerman added. The former Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of New York went on to argue that combined with reports that Trump tried to pressure Pence to overturn the electoral college vote, makes a “pretty decent” criminal case against Trump. “Why won’t they bring a case against...
    In this article MThe entrances at Macy's are decorated with Christmas decorations on December 04, 2020 in New York City.Roy Rochlin | Getty Images Entertainment | Getty ImagesAs Macy's prepares to release its third quarter earnings on Nov. 18 ahead of retail's biggest season, the most pressing in the litany of investor questions will be: Has Macy's ability to build a dot-com business inside of a legacy brick-and-mortar foundation reached its limit? Macy's, which has said its digital sales will hit $10 billion in 2023, up from $7.6 billion in 2020, will likely say no. But given that Macy's dotcom sales have been outpacing same-store revenues for years — and that the company operates 788 stores across its portfolio — begs another question: Is Macy's current management team, led by the "quintessential department store executive," as one retail investor recently characterized Macy's CEO Jeff Gennette, the best choice for leading the nation's largest legacy department store into the new era of retail that is increasingly sophisticated, digital and dominated by digitally-native competitors like Amazon? Both questions have dogged Macy's since...
    Donald Trump's former spokeswoman at the State Department has taken House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff to task again for his promotion of a dossier used to discredit the former president. Morgan Ortagus was a guest host on The View on Tuesday, and grilled Schiff for his enthusiastic embrace of the discredited document. He dodged her questions, with Ortagus also since taking to Fox News, where she blamed Schiff's enthusiasm for the dossier's widespread coverage in liberal media outlets, and revealed her nerves at getting to confront him on the popular show.  Speaking on Fox News Wednesday, Ortagus said: 'I will say that in the moment, I'll confess, my hands were shaking a little because I knew it was just incredibly important in that moment to be able to hold him accountable, not for the Republican Party but for everybody who wants to seek truth and justice.' She said that Schiff was so 'obsessed' with stopping Trump that he took shortcuts and politicized the intelligence community.   Fox News Network Privacy Policy 'I think the big problem is that we always knew...
              more   Members of the Georgia Department of Education (GDOE) have announced their priorities for the 2022 session of the Georgia General Assembly. The GDOE, among other things, wants Georgia students to focus more on civics and to give parents more power to decide what’s best for their children’s health. This, according to a press release that GDOE officials emailed this month. GDOE officials said in the press release that they want to “strengthen civics education and students’ understanding of American government and our nation’s history.” They also want to provide what they call affordable and high-speed internet to all Georgia families and more resources for students with disabilities. Other listed GDOE priorities for the 2022 legislative session include: • Promote strategies that encourage informed decision-making to ensure the health and safety of students and educators • Promote strategies that recognize the authority of families to make health-related decisions for their children and employees to make health-related decisions for themselves • Foster unity among students, educators, parents, and communities around the common educational challenges facing students by protecting them against...
    The Oklahoma National Guard will not enforce the US Defense Department's Covid-19 vaccine mandate after a change in commanding officers.  Army Brigadier General Thomas Mancino will be the new adjutant general, Governor Kevin Stitt said. He has yet to be confirmed by the state senate.   His predecessor, Army Major General Michael Thompson, said that he found out he'd lost his job via social media.  Thompson was scheduled to transition out of the job in favor of Mancino on January 15, but these changes will now take place as soon as possible.   Thompson is a public supporter of the vaccines, and posted a picture of himself receiving a COVID booster shot in late October on Twitter.  Army Brigadier General Thomas Mancino (pictured right) replaces Army Major General Michael Thompson, who found out he'd lost his job via social media Governor Kevin Stitt (pictured above) announced that Mancino would be taking over two months earlier than previously expected Mancino sent out a memo on his first day on the job saying the state would not enforce Covid-19 vaccine mandates He was asked...
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, say President Joe Biden’s reported plans to give $450,000 payouts to each border crosser subjected to former President Trump’s “Zero Tolerance” policy are “offensive to the American people.” Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Health and Human Services (HHS) are working to settle with a number of border crossers represented by the ACLU, who claim they have suffered trauma as a result of the Zero Tolerance policy. As part of the settlement, attorneys with the DOJ, DHS, and HHS are considering a plan that would give each border crosser about $450,000 and family units about $1 million. The total cost of the payouts would reach $1 billion. In a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, McConnell and Grassley call the payouts “outrageous” and ask, “Are these settlements under consideration or are they not?” “It should not surprise you to learn that we find these reports outrageous. Any settlements to illegal aliens because they violated the law are...
    The US embassy compound in Yemen has been overrun by Iran-backed Houthi rebels who also took a number of Yemeni employees there hostage, the State Department confirmed on Thursday. Biden administration officials are demanding the insurgents release all the staff they took prisoner there as well as the equipment they took and that they vacate the property immediately.  'We are concerned that Yemeni staff of the U.S. Embassy in Sana’a continue to be detained without explanation and we call for their immediate release. The United States has been unceasing in its diplomatic efforts to secure their release,' a State Department spokesperson told DailyMail.com. The official said the majority of them have already been set free but that 'the Houthis continue to detain additional Yemeni employees of the Embassy.' 'We are also concerned about the breach of the compound that had been used by our Embassy prior to our suspension of operations in 2015. We call on the Houthis to immediately vacate it and return all seized property,' they said. 'The U.S. government will continue its diplomatic efforts to secure the...
    Seattle has become so dangerous that the city can no longer protect its own employees, with security guards now escorting them after they finish work. King County's new 'walking bus' will debut on November 15, and see council workers based in Downtown Seattle and nearby Pioneer Square escorted to a nearby train station and ferry terminal each evening. An announcement on King County's official website says: 'King County is launching a 'Walking Bus' pilot program where county employees can join their colleagues and a Facilities Management Division (FMD) Security Escort each evening walking to the King Street Station and the Coleman Dock from the downtown campus.' No provision has been made for private sector workers also based in the same area, which hit the headlines a day after Seattle announced it was cutting $10 million from the city police department's $400m budget. That has outraged both pro-police advocates and defund the police campaigners, after the city vowed to hack 50 per cent off its policing budget after George Floyd's murder.  The walking bus announcement also makes no mention of spiraling...
    Legal experts are well aware of the fact that the wheels of the justice system turn slow but some are still wondering about the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) sluggish movement toward indicating former President Donald Trump. In New York, prosecutors have been moving forward with its investigation into the Trump Organization. In Atlanta, the local prosecutor is reportedly convene a special grand jury for her investigation into Trump's effort to overturn the election. But the DOJ has remained silent. Now, legal experts are wondering why as they inquire about the timeline of a possible indictment for the former president. "Atlanta is moving faster than DC. Where oh where is Merrick Garland? The DOJ seems strangely AWOL," Laurence Tribe, a legal scholar who taught Garland at Harvard Law School, tweeted. Atlanta is moving faster than DC. Where oh where is Merrick Garland? The DOJ seems strangely AWOL.https://twitter.com/dannyhakim/status/1457043392974794754\u00a0\u2026 — Laurence Tribe (@Laurence Tribe) 1636239917 Speaking to Insider, one Democratic lawyer, said to have inside connections, wondered why the DOJ hasn't made more of an effort to uncover what Trump...
    HARVEY, Ill. (CBS) — Olivia Cobbins was hired to crack down on police corruption in Harvey – but only after a few months on the job, she resigned in disgust. Cobbins talked exclusively Wednesday to CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov about what she claims is rampant, ongoing misconduct in the south suburb. READ MORE: University Of Chicago Graduate Who Was Shot And Killed In Robbery Is Identified As Dennis Shaoxiong Zheng; Vigil Held At Site Of His Murder“My passion is police reform,” Cobbins said. And that passion is why Cobbins said she signed on in August as the head of internal affairs for the Harvey Police Department. The former Chicago Police officer said she had Mayor Christopher Clark’s blessing to clean up misconduct. But this week, with less than three months on the job, Cobbins handed in her letter of resignation. “I couldn’t stand – in the position that I was in, as a woman, and as a police officer – and see the level of corruption and misconduct in Harvey,” Cobbins said. “I couldn’t stay.” In her letter,...
    Carlos Watson records a TV debate for Take On America With OZY at The Bently Reserve on October 29, 2018 in San Francisco, California.Kimberly White | Getty Images Scandal-plagued Ozy Media is being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to a new report. Federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of New York have contacted at least one firm that dealt with Ozy, while the SEC has reached out to two companies that talked about investing in Ozy, The New York Times reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter. It was not immediately clear what the investigations were focused on, according to the newspaper. Ozy retained attorney Andrew Levander of the firm Dechert, the Times added. Levander didn't immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment. Ozy told staffers it was shutting down in early October, following several days of negative media attention. The controversy was triggered by a Times article that described how Ozy's operating chief, Samir Rao, impersonated a YouTube executive on a conference call with Goldman Sachs, which was considering investing...
    Crime-ravaged Portland's police department has just 788 sworn cops - the lowest number since 1989, when the city's population was 35 per cent lower.  Worrying new official statistics show that the officers must try and police the city's 662,549 residents, meaning there is just 1.2 cops for every 1,000 people.  The number of cops has dropped by 146 from the 943 who worked for the department in 2020, and remains down on the 886 who worked there in 2019.   The last time there were such low numbers was in 1989, when just 742 cops patrolled the city's streets. But back them, just 430,657 lived in the Oregon city, meaning the department wasn't as overstretched as it is now.   The short-staffed department was defunded to the tune of $15 million in June 2020, in the wake of George Floyd's murder.  It has also been hit by a number of laws and measures aimed at reducing its ability to intervene in crime, even as Portland sees murders soar to an all time high. There have been 77 homicides in the city so far...
    (CNN)The US Department of Justice has launched an investigation into whether the Alabama Department of Public Health and the Lowndes County Health Department have put Black residents at a higher risk of disease by failing to properly rid their communities of raw sewage.This is the first environmental justice investigation the Justice Department has conducted under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits recipients of federal funding from engaging in discrimination. Lowndes County is between Selma and Montgomery. Residents of the area, historically called "The Black Belt," are predominately Black and have a median income of roughly $30,000, according to Kristen Clarke, the leader of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.Many of them live in rural areas that aren't connected to the sewer system and cannot afford to install or maintain their own septic systems, which can cost up to $70,000, Clarke added.Lowndes County residents alerted the Justice Department to allegations that Alabama's health department was "well aware of the disparate burden" that Black residents bear in accessing safe wastewater-management systems, Clarke said.Read More"We've also received allegations...
    THE COLONY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The Colony Police Department responded to the death of a 12-year-old child Monday, Nov. 8 at local hotel and at this point do not suspect foul play. The child’s family said the 12-year-old had been sick for several days, according to investigators. READ MORE: Haltom City Mom Susan Reynolds Accused Of Falsifying Children's Medical History, Soliciting Donations On Their BehalfPolice said the child became unresponsive and the parents called 911. READ MORE: Dallas Real Estate Developer Ruel Hamilton Sentenced To 8 Years In Prison For Bribing 2 Former City Council MembersAround 1 p.m., The Colony Fire Department responded and confirmed the child had died. MORE NEWS: Child Tax Credit: When Will You Get Your November Payment?The Colony Police Department is investigating the child’s death with assistance from Denton County forensic investigators and the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office.
    Of the committee's two Republican members, Rep. Adam Kinzinger has already announced he will not be running in 2022. On Monday afternoon, the House Select Committee on Jan. 6 issued a new round of subpoenas. Included in the net this time were: Trump Campaign Manager Bill Stepien, best known for his involvement in Chris Christie’s “Bridgegate” scandal, and for not having bothered to vote in 2016. Former Trump adviser Jason Miller, who founded a right-wing alternative to Twitter but couldn’t get Trump to use it, and left a spot at CNN after he was accused of slipping his pregnant mistress an abortion pill. Trump’ executive assistant for the campaign, Angela McCallum, who served as the “war room” chief for the two failed GOP Senate candidates in Georgia and who made some very suspect calls to Michigan. Disgraced former General Michael Flynn, best known for being an absurd jackass pardoned by Trump after lying to the FBI, and for his ongoing tour in which he cheers on violence and conspiracy theories alongside MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell. Former Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik, who was facing four felony counts...
    The City of Summerville is gearing up for the 2021 Christmas Parade, to be held on Friday, December 3, at 7:00 p.m. This year’s parade theme is “An Old Fashioned Christmas”. Mr. John Turner will serve as the 2021 Parade Grand Marshal. The city encourages church groups, civic organizations, clubs, schools, and business to participate with floats and various parade entries. Trophies will be awarded by the Summerville Recreation Department for the top 3 float entries and prize monies in the amount of $250.00 for 1st Place, $100.00 for 2ndPlace, and $75.00 for 3rd Place will be awarded by Summerville Main Street. Parade Registration cost is $25. To register as a participant or for additional information contact the Summerville Recreation Department at 706-859-0910. Summerville Main Street will present live musical entertainment in front of the Chattooga County Courthouse beginning at 5:00 p.m. until the start of the parade.  Downtown businesses and restaurants invite the public to shop and enjoy a meal before or after the parade.
    The White House on Monday batted away questions about controversial plans to pay compensation to families separated at the border - just days after President Biden said he was in favor of payments to people who suffered under the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy. Last week Biden said reports he was planning to pay as much as $450,000 to separated families were 'garbage' before apparently backtracking. The result has been an administration under pressure from both left and right to explain its plans.  But White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre offered no further clarity when asked about the issue during the daily briefing on Monday.  'I will direct you to the Department of Justice for any specifics on that,' she said.  'You've asked us this question.  'We have answered it and I will refer you to the Department of Justice on any specifics.' White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre referred questions about compensation for separated families to the Department of Justice. It comes after a series of reversals about whether the administration was planning to pay...
    (CNN)Former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark tried to help former President Donald Trump steal the 2020 election under fraudulent pretenses, and Clark has refused to cooperate with the January 6 select committee, without any legitimate legal justification. Now, the committee and the Justice Department need to fire back and impose real consequences on Clark for his lawlessness.In late December 2020, as Trump flailed about wildly trying to contest his election loss, Clark served as a would-be saboteur inside the Justice Department. According to ABC News, Clark drafted a bogus letter claiming that the Justice Department had identified "significant concerns that may have impacted the outcome of the election in multiple States, including the State of Georgia."This was, of course, pure nonsense. The Justice Department had no evidence to support these purported "significant concerns" about election fraud, and none has emerged since then. Trump Justice official Jeffrey Clark, who pushed election fraud claims, stonewalls House January 6 committeeActing Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and Acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue, placing truth and duty to the public over blind loyalty to...