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    Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai on Monday urged the United States to take action in helping Afghan girls return to the classroom in the wake of the Taliban takeover as she met with Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Malala, 24, who was shot in the head by an assassin from the Pakistani Taliban nine years ago but survived, said she had come to talk about 'equality in education.' 'But we know that Afghanistan right now is the only country where girls do not have access to secondary education,' she said.  'They are prohibited from learning, and I have been working together with Afghan girls and women’s activists, and there is this one message from them: that they should be given the right to work.  'They should be able to go to school.' Activists have repeatedly sounded the alarm about a sharp erosion of rights since the Taliban seized control of the country in the middle of August, as U.S, troops departed. Education campaigner Malala Yousafzai urged the U.S. to do more in helping girls get back to school in...
    (CNN)Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and members of her staff met virtually Tuesday with the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, Benson spokesperson Tracy Wimmer told CNN.Wimmer did not divulge much from what was discussed in the meeting, but said the topics included the 2020 presidential election and the events leading up to January 6.In addition to Benson, the committee has also interviewed Chris Thomas, a former longtime Michigan director of elections who was brought in during the 2020 election to oversee absentee ballot processing at the TCF Center in Detroit. Thomas said he was interviewed about a month ago by the committee. He said he was asked about his experiences at the TCF Center, including the final day of counting when things got disruptive. He was also asked about whether he had interactions with Republican lawyers who were involved in Michigan, though he said he did not. Michigan was one of several key battleground states won by Joe Biden where former President Donald Trump sought to overturn the 2020 election result, falsely...
    Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger spoke to the House committee investigating the Capitol riot about a Jan. 2 call between himself and Donald Trump in which the former president encouraged him to "find" votes sufficient to sway the Georgia election in his favor. The bipartisan panel interviewed Raffensperger , a Republican, for over four hours Tuesday as it probes the events surrounding the Jan. 6 siege of Congress, which disrupted lawmakers who gathered to affirm President Joe Biden's 2020 election victory. RAFFENSPERGER SAYS HE DIDN'T KNOW TRUMP CALL ON 2020 ELECTION WAS BEING RECORDED “We talked about that and everything else leading into the election," Raffensperger told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "That was their focus, because that was where the greatest disinformation was foisted upon our nation.” During the interview, Raffensperger said that he broadened the scope of the election matters to include Stacy Abram's refusal to concede the 2018 Georgia governor's race and issues surrounding the 2016 election. “I spoke to the January 6th committee to ensure they included the full record of...
    (CNN)Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger spoke with the House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol Hill riot for roughly four hours on Tuesday, according to his office and an aide working for the House panel."I spoke to the January 6th committee to ensure they included the full record of how stolen election claims damage our democracy -- whether in 2016, 2018, or 2020," Raffensperger, a Republican and Georgia's top elections official, said in a statement to CNN."While liberals in Washington, D.C. remain focused on Trump, conservatives should focus on the kitchen table issues that really matter to the American people," he added.Raffensperger told CNN in August that he would talk to the committee if asked to do so.During a now-infamous phone call in January, then-President Donald Trump pressed Raffensperger to "find" the more than 11,000 votes needed to overturn results showing Joe Biden had won the state. Raffensperger refused.Read MoreThe call and the White House's efforts to pressure Raffensperger and Georgia officials to overturn the election have emerged as significant areas of interest to the House select committee.CNN...
              more   U.S. Representative Jody Hice (R-GA-10) has released a new television ad — featuring former President Donald Trump — in his campaign to replace Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. In the ad, Trump endorsed Hice. Trump said Hice will “fight for free, fair, and secure elections in Georgia.” The former president also called Raffensperger one of the worst secretaries of state in America. Hice said in the ad that Georgians must have confidence that voters cast only one legal ballot and that one legal ballot gets counted. Hice elaborated in a new email to supporters. “No one quite understands the disaster that can be caused by a lack of election integrity like Georgians. Brad Raffensperger has failed our state, and we desperately need to elect a leader that will step up and restore confidence,” Hice wrote. “That’s why I am honored to receive the full endorsement of President Donald Trump. President Trump trusts that I will lead with integrity and make every effort in my power to ensure that Georgia has free, fair, and secure elections.” Hice announced in...
              moreby Scott McClallen   Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced that her department has lifted suspensions on the driver’s licenses of more than 150,000 Michiganders after implementing new laws last month. The department lifted the suspensions of 12,000 Michiganders in October. Michiganders who are now eligible for a driver’s license may still need to pay a reinstatement fee or renew or reapply for a license, depending on how long the license was suspended. The Michigan Department of State has canceled infractions on the driving records of more than 350,000 Michiganders; however, many had additional infractions that were not impacted by the change in the law, and therefore their licenses remain suspended. “We’ve continued to analyze the new laws in order to get eligible Michiganders safely back behind the wheel,” Benson said in a statement. “Countless Michiganders need to drive to get to work, get groceries and get their children to medical appointments and I am committed to making government work for all of them.” Letters with more information are being sent to all impacted Michiganders at the address listed on...
              more   Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat running for governor in 2022, is under fire for her connection to a discrimination lawsuit filed by a former aide to state Senate Democrats. Talonya Adams, a Black woman, alleged that she was underpaid and fired after detailing that she earned less money than her co-workers. In two separate trials, the judicial system has agreed with Adams, recently awarding her $2.75 million in damages. When Adams was fired, Hobbs served as the highest-ranking Democrat in the Arizona State Legislature. She has admitted that she played a role in the decision to fire Adams, but she denied that the termination was motivated by race. Adams has argued Hobbs should not win the competition for governor. Other contenders for the Democratic nomination for governor have slammed Hobbs, contending the latest developments demonstrate that she is unfit for office. “Her campaign has falsely shifted blame and misled voters about her role in the decision to fire Talonya and her ‘voluntarily’ testifying when in fact she was subpoenaed. That’s not the kind of leadership...
              more   The chairman of the America First Policy Institute’s Center for Election Integrity (AFPI) told The Star News Network that he is watching for how elections run in 2022 and 2024 based on lessons learned from the poor handling of the 2020 presidential election. “Look back and see that in 1918 you had the Spanish Flu, then in 1929, you had a complete economic collapse, in 1968, you had the riots, and in 1974, we had the Nixon impeachment—well, in 2020, you had all of those things happening in one year,” said J. Kenneth “Ken” Blackwell, who joined AFPI in July after a long career in public service and academia, including service as Ohio’s secretary of state and as the mayor of Cincinnati. “It was such an opportunity for corruption and corrupting the system,” he said. Blackwell said when he looks at an election’s integrity, he looks at two tracks, the verification track and the chain of custody track. “Rahm Emanuel, when he was President Bill Clinton’s chief of staff, said: ‘Never let a crisis go to waste,’ and...
    (CNN) – Kristina Karamo, the candidate Donald Trump is backing to be Michigan’s next secretary of state, has falsely claimed the former President was the true victor in Michigan in 2020 and has spread the conspiracy theory that left-wing anarchists were behind the January 6 attack on the Capitol. “Based on the series of evidence and knowing how these situations work, how these anarchists operate, I believe this is completely Antifa posing as Trump supporters,” Karamo said on an episode of her podcast the day after the January 6 insurrection. “I mean, anybody can buy a MAGA hat and put on T-shirt and buy a Trump flag.” READ MORE: Former Detroit Police Officer Pleads Guilty To Taking Bribes, 4th Charged In Towing Corruption Probe LANSING, MI – OCTOBER 12: Michigan Secretary of State candidate Kristina Karamo speaks at the Michigan State Capitol on October 12, 2021 in Lansing, Michigan. Several hundred demonstrators gathered at the capitol demanding a forensic audit of the 2020 U.S. presidential election. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images) In fact, hundreds of federal indictments have affirmed since then...
    (CNN)Kristina Karamo -- the candidate Donald Trump is backing to be Michigan's next secretary of state -- has falsely claimed the former President was the true victor in Michigan in 2020 and has spread the conspiracy theory that left-wing anarchists were behind the January 6 attack on the Capitol."Based on the series of evidence and knowing how these situations work, how these anarchists operate, I believe this is completely Antifa posing as Trump supporters," Karamo said on an episode of her podcast the day after the January 6 insurrection. "I mean, anybody can buy a MAGA hat and put on T-shirt and buy a Trump flag."In fact, hundreds of federal indictments have affirmed since then that Pro-Trump supporters attacked the US Capitol to disrupt the certification of Joe Biden's 2020 election win.Karamo has never held elected office or run a statewide race before, but the 36-year-old community college professor has become a leading candidate to be Michigan's GOP secretary of state nominee after receiving Trump's endorsement in September. She's one of several candidates in key battleground states across the country...
    Maine Democrat Secretary of State Shenna Bellows’ communications director allegedly belonged to a private communications channel comprised of leftist organizations that attempted to smear West Virginia Republican Secretary of State Mac Warner over his opposition to federalized elections. According to part of a lengthy public records request filed by the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) and exclusively provided to Breitbart News, Bellows’ Communications Director Emily Cook was reportedly a member of a Slack channel including leftist activists from League of Women Voters, Protect Democracy, Organizing for Action, Greenpeace, Southern Poverty Law Center Action, Code Pink, Oxfam, and many more. Slack is a non-public messaging app often used by businesses and can require two-factor authentication to access. Tucked within the 590-page request, PILF, a law firm wholly dedicated to election integrity, discovered an email to Cook’s state email address received from Slack, updating her on new messages to conversations of which she is a part within the Slack workspace allegedly run by Declaration for American Democracy. The organization describes itself as “an anti-oppression coalition working together to make the promise of democracy real for all...
              moreby Cole Lauterbach   A former adviser to Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs has again won a racial discrimination case against the state official from their time in the state Legislature. A jury sided with Talonya Adams, a former legal advisor to the Arizona Senate Democrats, in her claim that she was discriminated against when she was fired in 2015. Adams, who is Black, was awarded $2 million for being retaliated against and $750,000 for proving she was racially discriminated against. It’s unclear how much Adams will receive, since federal discrimination cases are capped at $300,000 plus legal fees for employers of more than 100 people. Hobbs, who testified at the trial, was the Senate Minority Leader when Adams was fired. The Senate’s defense insisted Adams wasn’t discriminated against on the basis of race since she never brought up the issue, according to court documents. Instead, the defendents said Hobbs and others “lost trust and confidence” in Adams after she miscommunicated issues to the Republican caucus. Adams was fired in February 2015 after she took a leave of absence to tend...
    Some Washington Republicans gave Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee grudging respect Wednesday for his appointment of state Sen. Steve Hobbs to fill the coming secretary of state vacancy. “The Governor made a choice that seems designed to remove an opponent of his policies from the Legislature,” state House Minority Leader J.T. Wilcox told The Center Square. Wilcox predicted that the Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, pick “also means that one or possibly two seats in the swing 44th [legislative district] will be essentially open in the '22 election.” “Considering that Sen. Hobbs, as Senate Transportation Chair, has been a roadblock to Inslee’s radical scheme for higher transportation taxes, you could say that it was a master political move on Inslee’s part to get rid of Hobbs,” said Luanne Van Werven, a former state representative from Whatcom County and former acting head of the state GOP. “Anything less than a far-left progressive is not welcome in the modern day Democratic Party.” Both Wilcox and Van Werven had previously called on Inslee to appoint a Republican to replace Kim Wyman, the only Republican statewide elected...
    Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeEquilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by Altria — Obama pushes world to do more at COP26 Hawaii governor urges bolder climate action: Net zero is 'not good enough' Washington State Patrol replaces psychologist amid concerns about racial bias MORE (D) has appointed a Democrat to serve as Washington’s next Secretary of State after the Republican incumbent, Kim Wyman, resigned to take a top elections security job in the Biden administration. Inslee said Wednesday he would tap state Sen. Steve Hobbs (D) to take over when Wyman leaves to join the administration next week. Hobbs, 51, will be the first person of Asian descent to hold the office — and the first Democrat to hold the office since 1965. “Steve is a dedicated public servant,” Inslee said in a statement announcing his pick. “Steve has demonstrated political independence. That is crucial during this time of political polarization and distrust. He is a moderate who has worked effectively with people of all political perspectives. He is not afraid to challenge both Democrats and Republicans.” Inslee’s move will anger Washington State...
    Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned allied nations would be prepared to 'take action' if China attacks Taiwan, after back and forth messaging out of the White House.   'There are many countries both in the region and beyond that would see any unilateral action to use force to disrupt the status quo as a significant threat to peace and security,' Blinken said at the New York Times Dealbook conference Wednesday, first reported by Bloomberg. 'And they too, would take action in the event that happened.' Blinken was responding to a question asking for the extent of the US' commitment to Taiwan. The island nation is self-governing but China, which considers it to be part of their territory, is fast encroaching.  State Sec. Antony Blinken The secretary did not go so far as to say the US would deploy its own military in the conflict.  Last month, the White House walked back Biden's most recent commitment to Taiwan.  'Yes,' Biden responded when asked in a CNN town hall about defending Taiwan. 'We have a commitment to that.'  Biden's statement was at...
    [A defense] said once the information is consolidated, the Pentagon will work with the State Department to extract family members who want to leave. The U.S. military will not have a role in actually getting the people out of the country, the official said.The Pentagon does not have a good accounting of how many DOD civilians still have immediate family members in Afghanistan, the officials said. In September, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) wrote Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin urging them to rescue the family members of U.S. service members, and warned what may happen if they do not. "If we abandon the family members of our service men and women in Afghanistan, they will certainly be slaughtered by the Taliban," McCaul wrote.
    The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) filed a lawsuit against Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson on Wednesday, alleging she failed to remove more than 25,000 potentially deceased registrants from voter rolls after being notified of the issue several times. The law firm, which is solely dedicated to election integrity, first reportedly notified Benson about the potentially deceased voters in September 2o2o after extensively reviewing and cross referencing state records. According to the lawsuit, PILF was repeatedly met with resistance by the Secretary of State’s office and was even allegedly denied a records request. As a result of Benson’s refusal to change or comply, the firm had to repurchase voter data reports several times over the course of a year to make sure its investigation was up to date. PILF said in the lawsuit: The Foundation has spent many thousands of dollars reviewing Michigan’s election procedures and documented failures to maintain an accurate and correct voter roll as required by the NVRA [National Voter Registration Act of 1993]. Defendant’s unlawful list maintenance program has forced the Foundation to incur substantial...
    The son of the late Colin Powell delivered an emotional eulogy on Friday about the former general and secretary of state. Powell died on Oct. 18 due to complications from Covid-19 even though he was fully vaccinated. Powell was 84 years old and was immunocompromised from his battles with both Parkinson’s and multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer that attacks white blood cells. Speaking at his father’s funeral at Washington National Cathedral, Michael Powell, who was Powell’s only son, spoke glowingly about his father as a caring and loving parent and leader. “My father made a monumental difference. He lived. He lived well,” he remarked. “I’ve heard it asked ‘Are we still making his kind?’ I believe that the answer to that question is up to us.” “To honor his legacy, I hope we do more than consign him to the history books. I hope we recommit ourselves to being a nation where we are still making his kind,” said Powell. “For as he said in his autobiography, his journey was an American journey.” “Colin Powell was a great lion with a big heart,” he continued, getting choked up. “We will miss him terribly.”...
    ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul picked Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez to be the next secretary of state. The 45-year-old Rodriguez, a Democrat, has served in the state Assembly since 2011, representing East Harlem, parts of Central Harlem and the Upper East Side. Hochul made the announcement Thursday while attending the annual SOMOS conference in Puerto Rico. The decision must now be approved by the New York state Senate.
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Former Secretary of State Colin Powell will be remembered Friday at a funeral service in Washington D.C. Powell, who was battling a rare blood cancer, died last month from COVID-19. He was 84 years old. READ MORE: NYC Workers Facing New Friday Deadline To Request Exceptions To Vaccine MandateA four-star general, Powell served as chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and later as the top U.S. diplomat. READ MORE: Children Ages 5 To 11 Start Getting Vaccinated At New York City-Run SitesHe was born in Harlem and raised in the South Bronx. He was a proud graduate of City College, where the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership now bears his name. President Joe Biden is expected to attend the noon service at Washington National Cathedral. MORE NEWS: Police Seek Suspect Wanted In Over A Dozen Knifepoint Robberies In ManhattanCBS News will bring you a special report on the funeral service, and CBS2’s Dick Brennan is in Washington and will have reports on CBS2 throughout the day. 
    Gen. Colin Powell, the influential former secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who died last month, is being honored with a memorial service Friday at noon ET at Washington's National Cathedral. President Biden and first lady Jill Biden are among the guests scheduled to attend. Powell, who played a pivotal policy role during the administration of President George W. Bush, died Oct. 18 at 84 from complications related to COVID-19, his family announced. He was fully vaccinated. He had also suffered from Parkinson's disease and multiple myeloma, according to the family. REMEMBERING COLIN POWELL UPON HIS DEATH: FORMER PRESIDENT BUSH CALLS HIM ‘A GREAT PUBLIC SERVANT’ "We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American," his family said in a statement last month. In this image released on May 28, 2021, Gen. Colin Powell on stage during the Capital Concerts' "National Memorial Day Concert" in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Capital Concerts) Powell, the first Black secretary of state, served in Bush's Cabinet from 2001-2005, including...
                        A lawsuit, initiated by the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF), on Thursday alleges that Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has continuously failed to maintain accurate and current voter rolls, as required by federal law. The suit, filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, details that Benson has failed to remove deceased registrants from the voter rolls. Furthermore, the top elections official has not supplied documents regarding efforts to remove deceased registrants from the voter rolls. “This case is about ensuring that deceased registrants are not receiving ballots,” said PILF President J. Christian Adams. “For over a year, we’ve shared specific data with the Michigan Secretary of State’s Office about the alarming problem of deceased registrants on Michigan’s voter rolls. Secretary Benson has done nothing to resolve the problem and is even refusing to hand over public documents related to these failures. The failure to remove deceased registrants creates an opportunity for fraud and makes Michigan’s elections less secure.” The group alleges that...
    Then-President Trump was "threatening" him and asking him to "fudge" the numbers for the Georgia’s 2020 presidential election last year, Georgia's secretary of state claims in a new book. Brad Raffensperger writes in "Integrity Counts" that Trump asked him to "find" enough votes for him to overtake Joe Biden, who squeaked out a win in the state with 11,779 more votes than Trump.  "For the office of the secretary of state to ‘recalculate’ would mean we would somehow have to fudge the numbers," Raffensperger, a Republican, writes in the book, which came out Tuesday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "The president was asking me to do something that I knew was wrong, and I was not going to do that." In the book, Raffensperger describes himself as a Reagan-style Republican who chose to do the right thing over what would help him politically – while also settling a score against the former president.  TRUMP BACKS CHALLENGER TO GEORGIA'S GOP SECRETARY OF STATE "President Trump is using what he believes is the power of his position to threaten Ryan [Germany, general counsel...
    Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced Tuesday that, starting next week, Michigan residents can choose a non-binary "X" option as a gender on state-issued identification. "I am proud to support Michiganders across the state who for many years have called on the Department of State to provide a non-binary sex marker on their ID that matches their lived reality," Benson said in a press release. "We have been working toward this goal since 2019, when we first removed the barriers for residents to change their sex marker in order to help protect their safety and accurately reflect their identity." BLINKEN: AMERICANS CAN PICK THEIR PASSPORT GENDER The release went on to explain how Benson reinstituted a department policy in 2019 that allows state residents to change the gender on their IDs without having to provide documentation from a doctor or a court. In a photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP) ...
    Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger slammed former President Donald Trump and former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams on Tuesday over pushing false electoral claims. Raffensperger appeared on MSNBC to promote his book about false election claims from Trump and Abrams. The former has falsely claimed that the 2020 election was stolen from him, while the latter has baselessly said there was voter suppression in 2018. Trump lost to Joe Biden, while Abrams lost to Brian Kemp. On Katy Tur Reports, Raffensperger told substitute anchor Chris Jansing that he wrote the book because he wanted “to help people understand that President Trump did lose.” “Every single allegation that was made throughout that period of time, I answer point by point,” he said. “How many dead people voted, less than five; how many felonies voted, less than 74. So there was never enough fraud that would have overturned the results of the race.” Raffensperger continued: But I do share with my Republican friends three key data points: 28,000 people in Georgia skipped the presidential ballot. They didn’t vote for anyone. They didn’t vote for Vice President Biden or President Trump or Jo Jorgensen,...
    Former President TrumpDonald TrumpMcAuliffe, Youngkin hold final campaign rallies ahead of tight Virginia governor's race Poll: 50 percent of Republicans don't believe their vote will be counted accurately Overnight Defense & National Security — Sparring over sub deal intensifies MORE demonstrated virtually no knowledge of the conduct of modern elections procedures in a long and rambling phone call with Georgia’s top elections administrator as he ticked off a host of debunked and fanciful conspiracy theories he blamed for his electoral defeat.  The man on the other end of that call in early January, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R), details months of mistruths and disinformation perpetuated by the Trump campaign that led up to their conversation in a new book out Tuesday, “Integrity Counts.”   The book includes a roughly 40-page transcript of the call itself, which shows an increasingly agitated Trump grasping at allegations that Raffensperger and his top deputy systematically refute as then-White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsTrump looks to block 770 pages of records from Jan. 6 panel: court records Subpoenas are a real...
    Antony Blinken on Sunday wouldn't rule out U.S. military action if Iranian leaders do not return to the negotiating table next month to resume discussions to prevent them from developing a nuclear weapon. 'The Iranians have now said that they're coming back to talks toward the end of November – we'll see if they actually do, that's going to be important,' the Secretary of State chuckled when speaking to CBS Face the Nation host Margaret Brennan. While Blinken said diplomacy is the preferred path forward, the administration is also exploring 'other options'. 'We were also looking at, as necessary, other options if Iran is not prepared to engage quickly in good faith,' Blinken said. 'To pick up where we left off in June when these talks were interrupted by the change in government in Iran, and to see if we can get back to mutual compliance – both countries coming back into the agreement as quickly as possible.' When Brennan pushed on if those options included potential military action, Blinken said: 'As we always say, every option is on the...
    The daily briefing by the White House press secretary in the James S. Brady Briefing Room is one of the only major public meetings in the United States to begin without a prayer or moment of silent reflection. Think about that. Elsewhere, across the nation — in dense liberal cities, no less than sparse conservative towns — every gathering of more than a few souls begins with an acknowledgement of God as the Creator. Usually, the name of His son, Jesus, is invoked as well; but our country is a melting pot, and we have adapted by incorporating other faiths into a daily invocation. Except at the White House. Over on Capitol Hill, each day’s session of the House and the Senate begins with a prayer. The moment is missed by many: few members of each chamber attend the opening of any proceedings — or, really, any part of the proceedings, save when there are votes to cast or events of historical importance.  The viewing public rarely tunes in for the invocation — except, suddenly, when it does. During the...
                        Forefront Books is scheduled on Tuesday to release Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s new book, which villainizes former U.S. President Donald Trump and defends the state’s November 2020 election results as authentic. Raffensperger has titled his book “Integrity Counts.” Georgia’s current secretary of state, according to Simon and Schuster’s account, “defended American democracy by refusing to bend to demands that he change the legitimate results of the 2020 presidential election in his state.” “One of the most troubling questions in the wake of the 2020 election, Raffensperger says, is whether America will see every candidate who loses a major election refuse to accept the results and, instead, set out to raise money and build support on unfounded claims of fraud and corruption,” according to Simon and Schuster’s description. “To avoid that prospect, Americans must come to terms with the scope of the problem but doing so won’t be comfortable for either party.” Author Mollie Hemingway said in her new book “Rigged: How the Media, Big Tech and...
    Secretary of State Antony Blinken confirmed Wednesday the State Department is conducting an internal review into the evacuation of Afghanistan. “It’s absolutely critical that we capture and benefit from lessons learned,” Blinken said in a speech at the Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, Virginia, attended by lawmakers, diplomats and others. “Many of you and your colleagues around the world worked with great intensity to help bring to safety more than 120,000 American citizens, foreign partners, Afghans at risk,” he said. “Now we owe it to ourselves, to our Afghan friends and partners, and to the future State Department employees who might find themselves facing a similar challenge one day to capture all that we learned.” A State Department spokesperson told the Daily Caller News Foundation and other outlets last week that the inspector general’s office would investigate the Biden administration’s operations at the end of the withdrawal. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivers remarks on modernizing American diplomacy during a speech from the Department of States Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, Virginia, on October 27, 2021. (Photo by LEAH...
    Washington state Secretary of State Kim Wyman announced Tuesday she is resigning her position to join the Biden administration. That means Gov. Jay Inslee will be able to fill by appointment the one state-wide elected office currently occupied by a Republican, in a role charged with overseeing next year’s midterm elections. “Sec. of State Kim Wyman has remained independent in the face of partisan challenges and has always done what was best for the strength of our democracy,” Inslee wrote on Twitter, after Wyman made it official that she was resigning her office effective Nov. 19 to serve as an election security advisor for the federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Many Washington state Republicans were not happy about Wyman’s career choice. “It is disappointing for the people of Washington state for voted for her three times,” GOP state chair Caleb Heimlich said on FOX 13 News. The GOP chair pointed out that Washingtonians have a long history of electing Republicans as secretary of state. The last time that a Democrat held the office was 1964. “I believe the governor...
    Secretaries of State and other election officials across the country are speaking out about the alarming increase in harassment and violent threats they've faced since former President Donald Trump's 2020 election loss. Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D) detailed her encounter with "armed protesters" that organized outside of her home. Following Trump's loss, protesters reportedly told Hobbs, "Katie come out and play. We are watching you." The Democratic official has also received vicious voice-mail. "You will never be safe in Arizona again," an unknown caller warned in one of the messages. Hobbs also discussed the alarming encounter. "As an elected official, I expected that sometimes I would have constituents who were unhappy with me," Hobbs said. "But I never expected that holding this office would result in far-right trolls threatening my children, threatening my husband's employment at a children's hospital or calling my office saying I deserve to die and asking, 'What is she wearing today, so she'll be easy to get.'" As Trump continued to push the "big lie," election officials on both sides of the political...
    The Biden administration is reportedly in talks to appoint Kim Wyman, a Republican secretary of state who challenged former President Trump's false claims of fraud, to lead efforts to protect elections from interference. It would make Wyman, 59, one of the most senior GOP appointments in the administration. And it would propel her into a prominent position working with election officials around the country at a time when much of her own party has sown doubt about voting integrity. Federal officials have spent weeks in talks with Wyman, Washington state's secretary of state, to become the election security lead for the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, according to CNN. As the most senior official in charge of Washington state's 2020 election, she repeatedly denied Trump's claims that mail-in voting could be abused and pushed back on the idea that increasingly accessibility increased the risk of fraud.   The Biden administration is reportedly in talks with Kim Wyman, the Republican secretary of state in Washington state, to appoint her to a key election security role at the Department...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott appointed an attorney who helped former President Donald Trump try to overturn Pennsylvania's 2020 election results as the next secretary of state. Abbot announced the appointment of John Scott, who was briefly hired by the Trump campaign in its challenge of President Joe Biden's 2020 victory in Pennsylvania, to serve as the state's chief foreign affairs adviser. "John understands the importance of protecting the integrity of our elections and building the Texas brand on an international stage," Abbott said in a statement on Thursday. "I am confident that John's experience and expertise will enhance his oversight and leadership over the biggest and most thorough election audit in the country. I am proud to appoint John as the Texas Secretary of State and look forward to working alongside him to ensure Texas remains the best state in the nation." GOV. GREG ABBOTT EXPECTED TO SIGN TRANSGENDER SPORTS BILL If confirmed by the state Senate, Scott, former deputy attorney general for civil litigation under Abbott, would act as the chief officer overseeing the...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A memorial service for Colin L. Powell, the retired Army general and former secretary of state who died on Monday, will be held Nov. 5 at Washington National Cathedral, a spokeswoman said Thursday. “There will be very limited seating and it will be by invitation only,” Peggy Cifrino said in an emailed statement. Powell died of complications from COVID-19 at age 84. He had been vaccinated, but his family said his immune system had been compromised by multiple myeloma, a blood cancer for which he had been undergoing treatment. The retired Army general was widely praised as a pathbreaker, having been the first Black person to serve as U.S. secretary of state and as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He spent 35 years in uniform, and the story of his rise to prominence as a soldier and a diplomat was a historic example to minorities. He joined President George W. Bush’s administration in 2001 as secretary of state. Powell’s tenure was marred by his February 2003 U.N. address in which he cited faulty information to...
    (CNN)John Scott, the newly appointed top election official in Texas, briefly represented President Donald Trump in his legal challenge of the 2020 election results in Pennsylvania. Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday his appointment of Scott, a Fort Worth attorney, to be the next Texas secretary of state. The position has been vacant since Ruth Hughes resigned from the office in May."John Scott is a proven leader with a passion for public service, and his decades of experience in election law and litigation make him the ideal choice for the Texas Secretary of State," Abbott said in a statement. "John understands the importance of protecting the integrity of our elections and building the Texas brand on an international stage. I am confident that John's experience and expertise will enhance his oversight and leadership over the biggest and most thorough election audit in the country."Scott will serve as the interim secretary of state until he is confirmed by the legislature, which is not scheduled to meet again until 2023. The announcement did not mention Scott's previous work representing the former President. Read...
    Texas Gov. Greg AbbottGreg AbbottThe 10-point Republican immigration plan is punitive and harmful to our country More than 40 Texas hospitals face ICU bed shortages Southwest drops plan to put unvaccinated workers on unpaid leave MORE's (R) pick for secretary of state worked with former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new social media network called 'TRUTH Social' Virginia State Police investigating death threat against McAuliffe Meadows hires former deputy AG to represent him in Jan. 6 probe: report MORE to challenge the results of the 2020 election in Pennsylvania.  Abbott appointed John Scott to fill the role of the Texas Secretary of State on Thursday, putting him in charge of election administration and publishing government rules and regulations, among other things.  "John understands the importance of protecting the integrity of our elections and building the Texas brand on an international stage," Abbott said in a statement announcing Scott's appointment. "I am confident that John's experience and expertise will enhance his oversight and leadership over the biggest and most thorough election audit in the country." The Texas Tribune reported Scott signed on to represent Trump...
    Former President Donald Trump trashed Gen. Colin Powell on Tuesday, one day after he died due to “complications from COVID-19.” “Wonderful to see Colin Powell, who made big mistakes on Iraq and famously, so-called weapons of mass destruction, be treated in death so beautifully by the Fake News Media,” Trump wrote in a statement. “Hope that happens to me someday. He was a classic RINO [Republican In Name Only], if even that, always being the first to attack other Republicans.” “He made plenty of mistakes, but anyway, may he rest in peace!” the former president concluded. Trump criticized Powell throughout his presidency, calling him “a real stiff who was very responsible for getting us into the disastrous Middle East War” in 2020 upon learning the retired general planned to vote for now-President Joe Biden. Powell came under fire during former President George W. Bush’s time in office for pushing unsound intelligence while advocating for the Iraq War. He spoke to the United Nations in 2003 and described alleged Iraqi weapons programs, which was later revealed to be wrong. Former US Secretary...
    COLIN Powell, the first black US Secretary of State, said "don't feel sorry for me" in his final interview before he died of Covid complications. Powell passed away at age 84 on October 18, nearly three months after his phone interview with journalist Bob Woodward. 4'Don't say no and don't feel sorry for me,' Colin Powell said a few months agoCredit: Getty 4Bob Woodward, pictured, last interviewed Colin Powell on July 12, 2021Credit: Getty As Powell spoke about his health issues, in the July 12 audio obtained by CNN, the retired four-star general told Woodward: "Don't say no and don't feel sorry for me, for god's sakes. I'm (almost) 85 years old. "I haven't lost a day of life fighting these two diseases. I'm in good shape." Powell was interviewed for the Watergate journalist's most recent book "Peril," which dubs the time around the 2020 election "one of the most dangerous periods in American history." As Powell, who has Parkinson's, talked about his personal struggle with multiple myeloma, a type of cancer he was diagnosed with nearly two years ago,...
    Colin Powell, the first Black U.S. secretary of state, died on Monday at the age of 84 due to complications from Covid-19. And the American politician's Aussie connection has now been revealed, with his cousin Marcia Hines releasing a statement about his death on Tuesday. The 68-year-old singer, who was born in Boston and moved to Australia in 1969, said: 'Not only are my family sad to hear of Colin's passing, he will be missed by all fair-minded humanitarians throughout the world.'  Australian-American singer Marcia Hines has paid tribute to her cousin Colin Powell, the first Black U.S. secretary of state, who died on Monday at the age of 84 due to Covid complications The former Australian Idol judge also shared a loving tribute to Powell on Instagram. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next EXCLUSIVE: Marcia Hines reveals she'd be 'honoured' to... Australian Idol host James Mathison is praised by fans for... Packing it in: How Australian Idol host James Mathison now... The Masked Singer SPOILER: Viewers are convinced they've... Share this article Share 'Remembering...
    To the foreign policy hawks who saw war as an easy move in America’s global chess game, Colin Powell had a warning. ‘You break it, you own it,’ the four-star general famously told President George W Bush, invoking what came to be known as his ‘Pottery Barn Rule’ after the US home-furnishing store that insisted shoppers paid for breakages. Colin Powell spent four decades in public life during which he became America’s top black soldier and later Secretary of State. He was mourned around the world after he died yesterday from Covid-19 complications. Despite being fully vaccinated, the 84-year-old’s immune system had been weakened by a battle against blood cancer. He was also suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Powell was for years a bulwark of reassurance that, whatever lunacy was gripping the White House, there was at least one grown-up in the room. There was one major exception to this rule – one he regretted for the rest of his life. This was his ill-judged and badly informed 2003 speech to the United Nations in which he claimed there was irrefutable...
    CHARLEROI, Pa. (KDKA) – Former Secretary of State General Colin Powell is being remembered as a soldier and statesman. One person who knew him well is western Pennsylvania native and retired Army General Gus Pagonis. KDKA’s Ross Guidotti spoke to Pagonis about Powell’s legacy and what he meant to him as a friend and fellow soldier. Powell once said he considered the leadership of Charleroi native Gus Pagonis as being one of the main factors Operation Desert Storm was the decisive military campaign it was. On Monday, Pagonis had high words of praise right back at Powell, a man he called a great American. READ MORE: Eradicate Hate Global Summit's Opening Day Features Keynote Speakers George W. Bush And Tom RidgeBeing Vietnam veterans and general officers, Powell and Pagonis had known each other for some time. It was during Operation Desert Storm however where Pagonis was tasked by the joint chiefs of staff Chairman General Colin Powell and General Norman Schwarzkopf to move 500,000 American troops and their equipment halfway around the world. Powell would later say that herculean effort...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Former Secretary of State Colin Powell died Monday morning due to complications from COVID-19. Powell was a classic American success story. The trailblazing former statesman and top soldier helped shape our national security. READ MORE: SEPTA Educating Riders On How To Use Emergency Call Button On Trains Following Reported Rape Onboard Train In Upper DarbyWhen President George W. Bush appointed Powell as secretary of state in 2001, he became the highest-ranking African American official in the history of the United States. A true American success story who went on to be celebrated a year later in the City of Brotherly Love. In 2002, Powell was awarded the Philadelphia Liberty Medal for his leadership in the war on terrorism, his efforts in the Middle East, and his concern for human rights. The Liberty Medal wasn’t Powell’s only Philadelphia connection. Years earlier in 1997, Powell became the voice of Philadelphia’s first talking pedestrian traffic signal, telling pedestrians when they could safely cross a bustling North Broad Street near Temple University. Powell’s recording played until the spring of 2006. Powell...
    Despite being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Colin Powell's age and medical history put him at risk of severe disease and death. Powell, who was the first Black Secretary of State and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, died from complications of the virus on Monday, his family said in a statement. He was 84 years old, severely immunocompromised because he had been treated for multiple myeloma - a cancer of white blood cells in bone marrow - and suffering from Parkinson's disease. 'The main issue is that he had an unlucky confluence that gave him a perfect storm for being at severe risk despite being fully vaccinated,' said Dr Peter Chin-Hong, an infectious disease specialist at the University of California, San Francisco. Doctors say that although Powell's breakthrough infection resulted in his death, cases such as these are quite rare. They explained to DailyMail.com why his conditions put him at increased risk of death - and why it doesn't mean that COVID-19 vaccines are ineffective. Colin Powell, the first black Secretary of State, died of COVID-19 complications on Monday, despite being fully...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Former Massachusetts senator and Secretary of State John Kerry reacted to the death of Colin Powell Monday due to complications from COVID-19, calling Powell a “patriot.” Powell, 84, was the first Black secretary of state. His family said the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was fully vaccinated. Powell’s wife, Alma, also had a breakthrough COVID case, but responded to treatment. READ MORE: Massachusetts House Sets Nov. 1 COVID Vaccination Proof Deadline For Lawmakers, StaffPowell served in top roles under four presidents, first as national security adviser to President Ronald Reagan, and then as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President George H.W. Bush and President Bill Clinton, the first African-American to hold the role. Powell then was tapped by President George W. Bush as secretary of state. READ MORE: Massachusetts Residents Urged To Get Flu Shot Along With COVID Vaccine Or Booster“He was a patriot – the real kind,” Kerry said in a statement. “He measured patriotism in service to the country, not the words about the country. He was a person...
    President BidenJoe BidenManchin lays down demands for child tax credit: report Abrams targets Black churchgoers during campaign stops for McAuliffe in Virginia Pentagon, State Department square off on Afghanistan accountability MORE has ordered flags at the White House and federal buildings be flown at half-staff until Oct. 22 in honor of former secretary of state Colin PowellColin Luther PowellGen. Milley faces his toughest day yet on Capitol Hill Civil rights museum to honor Michelle Obama, Poor People's Campaign In Afghanistan, lines between aid and government agendas are blurred MORE. “General Colin Powell was a patriot of unmatched honor and dignity. The son of immigrants, born in New York City, raised in Harlem and the South Bronx, a graduate of the City College of New York, he rose to the highest ranks of the United States military and to advise four Presidents. He believed in the promise of America because he lived it. And he devoted much of his life to making that promise a reality for so many others,” Biden said in a proclamation issued Monday afternoon by the White House....
    Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday mourned the passing of Gen. Colin Powell, calling him an "extraordinary leader and a great man" who was "beloved" at the State Department.  Powell, who served as secretary of State during former President George W. Bush’s first term,  died Monday at 84 from complications related to COVID-19, his family announced. He was fully vaccinated, but in recent years had been treated for multiple myeloma, a blood cancer, longtime aide Peggy Cifrino told The Associated Press. COLIN POWELL, FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE, DEAD AT 84 FROM COVID-19 COMPLICATIONS "Secretary Powell was beloved here at the State Department, at C Street, and at our embassies and consulates around the world," Blinken said Monday. "He gave the State Department the very best of his leadership, his experience, his patriotism—he gave us his decency, and the State Department loved him for it." Blinken said under Powell’s leadership, the career workforce was "empowered." "Secretary Powell trusted the career workforce here. He empowered them," Blinken recalled. "He didn't bother with formalities and he wasn't overly concerned with hierarchy, either. He wanted...
    Secretary of State Antony Blinken marked the death of “legendary” U.S. diplomat and first black Secretary of State Colin Powell on Monday, praising the general-turned-diplomat for his decades of service to the country. Powell died Monday morning from “complications from COVID-19,” according to a post signed by his family on his official Facebook page. The post noted that Powell, 84, was fully vaccinated against the disease. “He was fully vaccinated,” the Facebook post read. “We want to thank the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center for their caring treatment. We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American.” WATCH: Blinken gave a speech celebrating Powell at the Department of State Monday, saying that he and many others at the State Department are deep admirers of Powell. Powell first entered government through the military, serving two tours in Vietnam and ultimately overseeing Desert Storm in Iraq. (RELATED: Colin Powell: Bush Was A ‘Perfect American’) “By the time he retired from the military, he was arguably the most respected and celebrated American in uniform,” Blinken...
    Colin Powell has died at age 84, his family announced Colin Powell, the Harlem-born son of Jamaican immigrants who was awarded military honors for saving fellow soldiers from a burning helicopter crash and went on to become the first black Secretary of State, has died at age 84. He was fully vaccinated but died of COVID-19 complications, his family announced on Facebook.  'General Colin L. Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, passed away this morning due to complications from Covid 19. He was fully vaccinated. We want to thank the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center for their caring treatment. We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,' the Powell family wrote.  A larger-than-life figure across global community, Powell rose from modest means to oversee some of the most significant foreign policy shifts across the late 20th and early 21st centuries.   The retired four-star general's decades-long legacy was marred by a 2003 speech to the United Nations Security Council in which he claimed Iraq...
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