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              moreby Harry Wilmerding   The U.S. economy added 210,000 jobs in November, marking nearly the lowest number of jobs created in a month since President Joe Biden took office in January. November’s jobs report was well below economists’ estimate of 573,000, according to CNBC. Additionally, unemployment fell to 4.2% from October’s 4.6% figure, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The U.S. economy, still recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic but now subject to uncertainty related to the Omicron coronavirus variant, appeared to slow in momentum in November, The Wall Street Journal reported. “Just as Delta derailed the recovery in terms of the labor market, if Omicron behaved like that, I would guess it would hold back any recovery in the labor market,” Justin Weidner, an economist at Deutsche Bank, told the WSJ. “Greater concerns about the virus could reduce people’s willingness to work in person, which could slow progress in the labor market and intensify supply-chain disruptions,” Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said in Senate Banking Committee testimony on Tuesday. The BLS initially reported that 194,000 jobs were added to the economy in September, the lowest...
    The U.S. economy added 210,000 jobs in November, marking the fewest in a single month since President Joe Biden took office in January. November’s jobs report was well below economists’ estimate of 573,000, according to CNBC. Additionally, unemployment fell to 4.2% from October’s 4.6% figure, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (RELATED: MLB Owners Lock Out Players After Failed Contract Negotiations) The U.S. economy, still recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic but now subject to uncertainty related to the Omicron coronavirus variant, appeared to slow in momentum in November, The Wall Street Journal reported. The US economy added 210,000 jobs in November, far fewer than expected as the economy continues to recover from pandemic-inflicted damage https://t.co/3iynpSaXU8 — CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) December 3, 2021 “Just as Delta derailed the recovery in terms of the labor market, if Omicron behaved like that, I would guess it would hold back any recovery in the labor market,” Justin Weidner, an economist at Deutsche Bank, told the WSJ. “Greater concerns about the virus could reduce people’s willingness to work in person, which...
    NEWARK, New Jersey (WABC) -- A Newark police officer was charged with reckless vehicular homicide, prosecutors said, accusing the man of hitting a pedestrian with his personal car and briefly taking the body home, where he discussed with his mother what to do with it.The officer, Louis Santiago of the Newark Police Department, was off-duty when his Honda Accord drifted into the northbound shoulder of the Garden State Parkway around 3 a.m. on Nov. 1, the Essex County Prosecutor's Office said in a news release issued on Wednesday.His car struck Damian Z. Dymka, 29, a nurse from Bergen County.Neither Santiago nor the passenger in his car, Albert Guzman, both 25, called 911 or rendered aid to Dymka, the prosecutor's office said.Instead, Santiago drove away and returned to the scene multiple times before loading the victim into the Honda and driving to the home he shared with his parents in Bloomfield, New Jersey.The two men then discussed what to do with the body with Santiago's mother, Annette Santiago, 53, according to prosecutors.Santiago's father, who is a lieutenant in the Newark Police...
    BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo has tested negative for COVID-19 Wednesday after his French counterpart, whom he met earlier in the week, became infected with the coronavirus. A statement from his office said that De Croo “will continue to do an important part of his work remotely” in line with restrictive measures that the government as a whole took last week. He will have a second test early next week. De Croo met with French Prime Minister Jean Castex for security talks on Monday. That same day, Castex’s daughters tested positive after her father returned from the meeting with De Croo. Castex himself then took two tests that were both positive, his office said. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Illegal migration at the southern border declined in October by nearly 15%, the first significant drop since President Joe Biden took office in January. Data released Monday evening by Customs and Border Protection show that federal law enforcement officials stopped 164,303   noncitizens along the 2,000-mile southern border as they attempted to sneak in between ports of entry or were denied admission at inspection booths. The majority tried to get across the border in areas without a border wall. “We continue to work diligently to identify and dismantle transnational criminal organizations that smuggle contraband and migrants into the U.S. October marks the third straight month of declining unauthorized migrant encounters along the Southwest border — with particularly sharp drops in families and unaccompanied children — and CBP’s workforce continues to work with partners across the federal government and throughout the hemisphere to disrupt the smugglers intent on exploiting vulnerable migrants for profit,” CBP acting Commissioner Troy Miller said in a statement . The October number is down from 192,001 in September and 209,840 in August but far higher than the...
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    Last year's surge in support for big government was driven by Democrats and independents, who opposed how President Donald Trump was handling the coronavirus pandemic. Gallup notes that in times of crisis, Americans tend to favor more government action, as seen in a surge of trust in government after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. However, "all party groups are less likely now than a year ago to favor a more active government role," Gallup finds, with the largest shift in opinion happening among independents. In 2020, 56% of independents said they favored a more expansive role for government compared with just 38% now. In fact, independents have reacted so negatively to government action over the last year that fewer independents today support a more active government role today than before the pandemic in 2019, when 45% wanted bigger government. Asked about the trade-off between taxes and government services, half of Americans say they prefer fewer government services and lower taxes, while only 19% want increased taxes and more services. Twenty-nine percent of survey respondents said taxes and services...
    The art gallery selling Hunter Biden's paintings saw its federal COVID-19 loan increased from $150,000 to $500,000 after his father took office, it has been revealed.    Public records, seen by the New York Post, show the Georges Bergès Gallery in Soho, New York City, applied for and was granted a $150,000 COVID disaster assistance loan from the Small Business Administration last year. In July 2021 - six months after Joe Biden took office - this figure was then revised, awarding the company another $350,000 and more than trebling the total value of the loan.  Just over two months later, the gallery hosted a pop-up show at the famous Milk studios in Hollywood to sell the president's son's paintings which cost between $75,000 and $500,000. The Soho gallery is also set to hold a New York City show of his work this spring, after it was pushed back from the original launch date this month.  Hunter Biden pictured with ex-Stockton mayor Michael Tubb at his Los Angeles pop-up show on October 1  Georges Bergès Gallery in Soho, New York City (above) which is...
    California Governor Gavin Newsom has lavished praise on Tesla founder and CEO  Elon Musk calling him 'one of the world's great innovators and entrepreneurs' just hours after taking a parting shot at the entrepreneur and business magnate who plans to move the headquarters to Texas.  'I mean what an extraordinary, extraordinary talent,' Governor Newsom said at a bill-signing ceremony in Oakland on Friday afternoon where he thanked Musk and Tesla for investing in California. California is the state where the company was created and opened its first factory.  Newsom had previously said he was 'not worried about Elon leaving any time soon' and the state was committed to the car maker's success. 'We may not be the cheapest place to do business but we are the best place to do business,' he commented last December. At the first few months of the coronavirus pandemic, Musk launched several Twitter tantrums threatening to move his electric car company out of California as a protest against the state’s coronavirus stay-at-home order.  “Frankly, this is the final straw,” wrote Musk in May after officials in Alameda County declined...
    "Battered on trust, doubted on leadership, and challenged on overall competency, President Biden is being hammered on all sides as his approval rating continues its downward slide to a number not seen since the tough scrutiny of the Trump administration," said Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy in comments accompanying the poll results. The Biden administration is currently struggling to pass massive spending bills to mollify the progressive wing of the party. Here's more about Biden's poll troubles: Fox News On Biden's Plummeting Approval: “The Overriding Feeling In America Is Things Ain't Working" www.youtube.com
    The United States homicide rate has reached an unprecedented 100-year record high, and while many news outlets have shed light on the disturbing statistic, New York Times opinion columnist Paul Krugman is exposing the real problem with Fox News' reporting of it. On Wednesday, October 6, Krugman took to Twitter with his take on Fox News' presentation of those statistics. Fox News noted that the homicide rate spiked by a whopping 30% from 2019 to 2020. While the statistic is based on accurate data, Krugman pointed out that Fox News left out one glaring detail: the murder rate spiked during former President Donald Trump's time in office, long before President Joe Biden took office. Krugman tweeted, "To be clear: Fox News isn't stupid. It thinks its viewers are stupid — that they won't notice that Trump was president in 2020, that they'll blame Biden for bad things that happened *before he took office* And Fox News is probably right." To be clear: Fox News isn't stupid. It thinks its viewers are stupid — that they won't notice that Trump...
    MURDERER Ernest Lee Johnson was executed in a Missouri prison today, after the Supreme Court denied a stay of execution in a last-minute attempt from his attorneys to gain clemency. Johnson, 61, died by lethal injection on Tuesday at 6pm at the state prison in Bonne Terre in Missouri. 3Murderer Ernest Lee Johnson is set to be executed on Tuesday at 6pm 3Ernest Lee Johnson will be the fourth death row killing since President Joe Biden took officeCredit: AP In 2019 and again in 2021, Johnson requested a different means of execution, requesting death by gas hypoxia or firing squad. Due to damage from a brain tumor, Johnson and his medical team worried that the chemicals in a lethal injection could trigger incredibly painful seizures. The tumor, and its removal, also resulted in damage to Johnson’s brain, which the inmate’s legal team used to argue against his execution. His attorneys argued that his death would constitute as “cruel and unusual punishment’ under the eighth amendment. His team argued that the pain from potential seizures would be inhumane, and that his...
    The co-founder of Ozy Media allegedly once demanded to see an employee's medical records after she suffered a panic attack and extreme depression after working 18-hour days at the 'abusive' firm. Eva Rodriguez, 24, a creative director for Ozy since 2017, was rushed to the ER and later admitted into a six-week outpatient program for 'extremely depressed people' after the panic attack late last year. 'I felt so helpless because I desperately needed to sleep and take time off, but Carlos had expressed how critical my role is to the show,' Rodriguez told CNN Business in reference to Ozy CEO Carlos Watson. 'And if I didn't do this, the show cannot go on.'  Soon after, she says she got a call from her doctor's office that a 'pushy' and 'aggressive' man claiming to be Ozy's Human Resources director had been asking to review her medical records.  The nurse from the doctor's office told Rodriguez that the man's name was Samir, referencing Ozy's co-founder and COO, who is currently on leave from the company after he allegedly impersonated a YouTube executive...
    Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas assured Congress on Wednesday that the border was “no less secure” under President Joe Biden than under President Donald Trump. The Biden administration has been grappling with a crisis at the southern border since taking office with promises of amnesty for most illegal immigrants already in the country and the swift reversal of many Trump administration immigration policies. “The border is secure. We're executing our plan,” Mayorkas said during testimony before the House Homeland Security Committee. Lawmakers were questioning Biden’s plan after 208,887 people were apprehended at the border, and a surge of Haitian migrants has hit Del Rio, Texas. FIVE REASONS BIDEN’S APPROVAL RATINGS HAVE TAKEN A POUNDING Committee Republicans were skeptical, with border apprehensions hitting a 21-year high and exceeding 1.3 million for 2021 so far. "Mr. Secretary, the question is, is the border more secure now under your leadership?" Rep. August Pfluger, a Texas Republican, asked. "Congressman, it is no less secure than it was previously," Mayorkas replied. There were fewer than 74,000 southwest border land encounters in the last full...
    Congress’s approval rating has dropped 13 points since President Biden took office in January, a Thursday Monmouth University poll revealed. With 35 percent of respondents approving of Congress in January of 2021, the number has since dropped to 22 percent in September. The poll also suggests Congress’s disapproval has also risen from 51 percent to 65 percent, a 14 point increase. Respondents were also also asked if “things in the country are going in the right direction, or have they gotten off on the wrong track?” When Biden took office, 42 percent said they were headed in the right direction. Today, only 29 percent believe the same. The polling comes as Biden has issued 61 executive orders in just over a year of being in office. It seems as though Biden has relied on executive orders that courts have either affirmed or struck down instead of using his self-touted political expertise to wrangle legislation through Congress. During the 2020 presidential campaign, the Washington Post heralded, “Biden is one of the most experienced politicians ever to seek the presidency.” In his inaugural address, Biden acknowledged himself...
    The apprehension of migrants in the Del Rio Sector rose more than 190 percent since President Joe Biden took office in January. The sector is now the scene of explosive numbers of mostly Haitian migrants illegally crossing the border in the region with almost no physical barriers to entry. When President Biden took office in January, Del Rio Sector agents apprehended 11,141 migrants. As of August 31, that number jumped to 32,362, according to numbers released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Wednesday. Obtained by Breitbart News Since the end of August, thousands of mostly Haitian migrants have crossed the border daily. More than 8,000 migrants are currently being held in a makeshift camp under the Del Rio International bridge, Breitbart Texas’ Randy Clark reported on Thursday morning. That number could hit 10,000 before this weekend. During the first 11 months of this fiscal year, which began on October 1, 2020, Del Rio Sector agents apprehended a total of 214,993 migrants making the sector second only to the Rio Grande Valley Sector. Of these 214,993 apprehensions, 83,003 came from...
    A top Florida lawman praised two K-9 officers shot by a carjacking suspect over the weekend and said they may have taken the bullets intended for their handlers.  "There is no doubt that K-9 Ax and K-9 Endo took bullets that were meant for my deputies, because if the deputies would have gone into the woods, the first person to come into contact with [the suspect], without a doubt, would have been shot," Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said at a press conference Saturday afternoon. A Lyft driver told police that shortly before midnight on Friday, he picked up a passenger and drove him to a remote area north of Orlando. The passenger allegedly forced the driver out of the vehicle at gunpoint then fled. The suspect was identified as 21-year-old Shedrick Singleton Jr. The stolen Kia Sedona minivan was located a short time later and the suspect bailed into a wooded area.  next Image 1 of 5 K9 Ax was shot in the face shortly after midnight on Saturday while responding to an armed carjacking call.  (Volusia...
    Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley took a series of extraordinary actions after the Jan. 6th Capitol riot out of concerns an 'unstable' President Trump might undertake military action in a desperate bid to stay in office, according to Bob Woodward's bombshell new book. The efforts included Milley as the top ranking uniformed military official meeting with top military officials in the Pentagon two days after the MAGA riot and telling them to keep him in the process for all military actions, including the use of nuclear weapons. It also included back-channel outreach to Milley's counterpart in the Chinese military to provide reassurances the US would not strike its rival.   'If you get calls, no matter who they’re from, there’s a process here, there’s a procedure. No matter what you are told, you do the procedure. You do the process. And I'm part of that procedure,' he told top US military officials inside the Pentagon's war room two days after the riot. 'You never know what a president's trigger point is,' Milley told them, according to the...
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran says that the head of the International Atomic Energy Organization is arriving in the country for talks with Iranian officials. Kazem Gharibabadi, Iran’s envoy to the IAEA, said in a tweet that Rafael Grossi is arriving Saturday, and will travel to Tehran this afternoon. He’s scheduled to meet Iran’s vice-president and head of the country’s atomic organization, Mohammad Eslami, on Sunday. Gharibabadi also said the two sides will issue a joint statement. It will be Grossi’s first visit to the country’s since new president Ebrahim Raisi took office. Talks between Iran and world powers over limiting Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief have been idle since June, and Raisi took office in August. The two major issues being negotiated are the rollback of American sanctions imposed by former President Donald Trump’s administration after it withdrew from the deal, and the return of Iran to compliance with restrictions imposed on its nuclear program. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Rep. Jody Hice’s (R-GA) office received several delayed and generic responses from the Biden administration’s State Department when it sought urgent assistance from the department for a group of Afghan allies, some of whom had served in critical roles aiding U.S. military during the Afghanistan War. Among the myriad inquiries Hice’s office received on behalf of American citizens and allies desperate to leave Afghanistan after the collapse of its government in mid-August was a request from this particular group, comprised of 25 Afghans, the congressman’s office told Breitbart News. Hice’s team had been among several in Congress fielding calls and emails from either people in touch with those in Afghanistan needing evacuation assistance or the evacuee hopefuls themselves. Guidance during the roughly three-week period from the State Department seemed entirely out-of-touch with the reality on the ground, explained Tim Reitz, Hice’s chief of staff. “All of the information we sent to State really just went into a black hole,” Reitz said of the countless calls and emails his office directed to the department. Breitbart News obtained and reviewed more than...
    Share this: Gov. Kathy Hochul took office on Aug. 25, promising New Yorkers she will change the culture of secrecy and unethical behavior in Albany and restore the public’s trust in state government. We look forward to concrete actions to back up those words. After all, Andrew Cuomo said the same thing when he took office 10 years ago. We all know how that ended. Hochul is starting off on the right foot. In her first address as governor, Hochul said her No. 1 priority is managing the COVID-19 pandemic, getting kids back to school safely and distributing vaccine booster shots when approved.
    People are increasingly less happy with the situation in the United States this year. The level of satisfaction dropped in August to 23%, the lowest since President Joe Biden took office in January, according to a Gallup poll released this week. A little more than a quarter of respondents (26%) said COVID-19 was the nation's most important problem, making it the top of the list. "Not long ago, Americans largely thought the worst of the pandemic was behind them, and they were more satisfied with the direction of the country than they had been at any time since March 2020 when the pandemic began," Gallup's description of the poll reads. "Now, as the delta variant continues to spread and COVID-19 cases are surging, Americans' satisfaction has declined." The poll was conducted from Aug. 2-17, meaning most people were surveyed before Afghanistan fell into Taliban control and images of frantic evacuations of U.S. citizens and Afghan allies from the airport in Kabul filled the mediascape. INDEPENDENTS COOLING ON BIDEN SPELLS TROUBLE FOR DEMOCRATS IN 2022 ...
    Share this: Kathy Hochul became the first female governor of New York on Tuesday, vowing to bring new energy and urgency to solving immense challenges as she took over an administration criticized for inaction during Andrew Cuomo’s distracted final months in office. Hochul, a Democrat and former member of Congress from western New York, took the oath of office just after midnight in a brief, private event overseen by the state’s chief judge, Janet DiFiore. At another, ceremonial swearing-in Tuesday morning at the New York State Capitol, Hochul promised a “fresh, collaborative approach” in state government.
    Kathy Hochul swearing in with her husband Bill Hochul and Judge Janet DiFiore. Photo: Hans Pennink-Pool / . “Honored to be officially sworn in as the 57th Governor of New York. I look forward to the full swearing-in ceremony with my family later this morning, and I am addressing the people of New York later today. “ This is how Kathy Hochul announced on Twitter this morning the news that there was assumed office at midnight as governor of New York, after the resignation of Andrew Cuomo, pressured by a report of alleged sexual harassment, among other investigations against him. She was sworn in by Chief Judge Janet DiFiore in a private ceremony at the state Capitol building in Albany. There were her two children Caitlin and Bill, and her husband William J. Hochul Jr., who was the United States Attorney for the Western District of New York from 2010 to 2016. A swearing-in ceremony will take place later today in the same building at 10 a.m. Hochul is scheduled to later meet with...
    A woman from Northeast D.C. pleaded guilty Monday to two assaults that took place over the spring — including one prosecuted as a hate crime. According to the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office, Nicole Gogan, 41, shoved a Postal Service worker who was making deliveries near the 400 block of 4th Street, near Station Park in Northeast, the night of April 6. Gogan used racial slurs against the worker, who is a Black woman. The worker tried to flee, but Gogan chased her and continued to shove her while using slurs, the Attorney’s Office said in a release. Then, on the evening of May 7, Gogan started an encounter with a woman at 12th and H streets in Northeast, and took a fighting stance while yelling, “Do you want to fight?” Gogan was arrested on May 7 and held. Judge Neal E. Kravitz sentenced Gogan to 180 days in jail, with all but 90 days suspended as long as she completes a year of probation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Travis Wolf investigated and prosecuted both matters.
    St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner was already under fire after three murder cases fell apart on her watch and records show that the turnover of prosecutors in her office is greater than 100%. Now, records show her office has been dropping felony cases at a rate more than double the years before she took office. Records from the clerk of the 22nd Judicial Circuit in Missouri show before Gardner took office, the percentage of cases listed as Nolle Prosequi – or no prosecution – averaged 13.5% starting with 2008. The lowest was in 2013, when only 9.8% of the cases were dropped. The highest was 15.5% in 2015. Gardner took over as Circuit Attorney in January of 2017. The jump in no prosecution is first seen in 2018: 22.6%. The following year it hit 31.5%. Last year, 35.8% of the cases had been dropped and by July of this year, 34.4% of felony the cases charged in St. Louis were dismissed. FILE - In a Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 file photo, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner...
    Police are currently investigating a shooting that took place during a fight. The incident took place around 8:20 p.m., Friday, July 30, in Sullivan County. Police responded to a 911 report of a fight in progress on York Avenue in the Village of Monticello.  While on the scene, officers received a second 911 report of a 25-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the leg, at 29 York Ave., said Monticello PD Lt. Mark Johnstone. The victim was transported to Garnet Catskill Medical Center, Harris campus by Mobile Medic Ambulance and then flown to Westchester Medical Center, police said.  Anyone with information about this incident can call Monticello Police in confidence at 845-794-4422.  Assisting Monticello Police at the incident scene were the NYSP, Sullivan County Sheriff Office, and the Sullivan County District Attorney Office.
    The brother of Chasten Buttigieg said he and Pete Buttigieg had 'lost touch with reality' after complaining they could barely afford to live in Washington, D.C., despite earning hundreds of thousands of dollars. The transport secretary's income has come under intense scrutiny after his husband told the Washington Post the couple could afford only an 800ft, one-bedroom apartment - which the paper said was advertised for about $4500. Ryhan Glezman, a pastor in Michigan, said his brother Chasten Buttigieg's comments would upset Americans surviving on much less money. 'It saddens me to see my brother submitting to the victim mentality that distorts your view of reality,' he said. 'Living a victim mentality will suck the joy out of life and that is what I see happening with these comments. 'When you’re making over 200k a year along with book sales and feel like you cannot afford to live then you have lost touch with reality.' Rhyan Glezman, a pastor in Michigan, said he was saddened by comments his brother Chasten Buttigieg made claiming that he and his husband could...
    The US military on Tuesday carried out an airstrike against terrorist militants in Somalia — the first such strike in the country since President Joe Biden took office in January. The airstrike targeted al Shabaab fighters in the city of Galkayo, which is in the central part of the country on Africa’s east coast, Reuters reported, citing a statement from the Pentagon. It’s unclear if anyone was killed or wounded in the strike. Al Shabaab is linked to Al Qaeda, the terrorist organization founded by Osama bin Laden, and has long tried to overthrow Somalia’s government and obtain political control in the nation. The US frequently targets members of the organization in airstrikes, but Tuesday’s operation was the first one since Biden had been sworn into office in January. Al Shabaab is responsible for a number of high-profile bombings and other attacks in Somalia — most recently carrying out a suicide bombing earlier this month that killed nine people in the Mogadishu, the country’s capital. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP In that bombing, an al Shabaab militant...
    THE killer of YouTuber Bianca Devins allegedly took selfies next to her dead body and shared them online after reportedly filming a video showing the teen being murdered. The influencer, who was 17 at the time, was slain by Brandon Clark in July 2019 in his car after returning from a concert in New York City. 4YouTuber Bianca Devins was killed by Brandon Clark in July 2019 after returning from a concert in New York CityCredit: Instagram 4Clark, who was 21 at the time, reportedly filmed himself having sex with the teen then slit her throatCredit: Oneida County Jail Clark, who was 21, reportedly filmed a video showing the teen being murdered. It's alleged he took selfies next to the influencer's dead body and then distributed them online. The images circulated on social media following her death, according to reports. The Oneida District Attorney's office reportedly used the video and images to secure a guilty plea from Clark last year. Bianca's family was reportedly promised that the video would be taken down and never released. It comes as a lawsuit accuses...
    A court-appointed investigator on Tuesday released a sweeping report on the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the city attorney’s office, finding that attorneys participated in a scheme to settle litigation sparked by a faulty billing system and turn around the DWP’s battered image. The “evidence supports a finding that the city directed and assisted in the city suing itself with a sham lawsuit,” wrote investigator Edward M. Robbins in a 595-page report. Robbins found that the scheme allowed opposing attorneys to ultimately collect $19 million in fees, an amount he called “excessive, unjustified and a misappropriation of taxpayer funds.” Following the botched rollout of a new DWP billing system that overcharged a wide swath of customers, the city in 2015 sued PricewaterhouseCoopers, blaming the consulting firm for the debacle. At the same time, DWP customers filed a class-action lawsuit against the city. While PricewaterhouseCoopers was defending itself in the lawsuit brought by the city, its lawyers uncovered evidence in the DWP class action. The firm alleged in court documents that the city took part in a...
                      by Kaylee Greenlee  More than 3,200 migrants were attacked in Mexico while waiting to enter the U.S. since President Joe Biden took office, an advocacy organization announced Monday. Around 3,250 asylum-seeking migrants who were either prevented from entering or expelled from the U.S. to Mexico were targets of kidnapping, rape, human trafficking, sexual assault and armed assault from Jan. 20 through June 17, according to advocacy group Human Rights First. “Violent attacks against asylum seekers and migrants unable to reach safety in the United States due to the failure of the Biden administration to uphold refugee law and restart asylum processing continue to rise,” the organization said in a statement. #NEW: In our latest report, weve tracked 3,250 attacks against refugees expelled to or blocked at the U.S.-Mexico border since @POTUS took office in January 2021. Thats ???? from the 492 attacks wed tracked in April. More here: https://t.co/zjH0MTy6eX pic.twitter.com/xT41flVaW1 — Human Rights First (@humanrights1st) June 22, 2021 A seven-year-old from Honduras was reportedly expelled with her mother to Nogales, Sonora, and...
    More than 3,200 migrants were attacked in Mexico while waiting to enter the U.S. since President Joe Biden took office, an advocacy organization announced Monday. Around 3,250 asylum-seeking migrants who were either prevented from entering or expelled from the U.S. to Mexico were targets of kidnapping, rape, human trafficking, sexual assault and armed assault from Jan. 20 through June 17, according to advocacy group Human Rights First. “Violent attacks against asylum seekers and migrants unable to reach safety in the United States due to the failure of the Biden administration to uphold refugee law and restart asylum processing continue to rise,” the organization said in a statement. #NEW: In our latest report, we’ve tracked 3,250 attacks against refugees expelled to or blocked at the U.S.-Mexico border since @POTUS took office in January 2021. That’s ???? from the 492 attacks we’d tracked in April. More here: https://t.co/zjH0MTy6eX pic.twitter.com/xT41flVaW1 — Human Rights First (@humanrights1st) June 22, 2021 A seven-year-old from Honduras was reportedly expelled with her mother to Nogales, Sonora, and the pair were allegedly kidnapped and tortured for two weeks...
    Former President Donald Trump and his top aides repeatedly pushed the president's claims of election fraud in written missives to top Justice Department officials in the final days of Trump's presidency, a tranche of documents released by House Democrats reveals. One such push came just an hour before Trump announced attorney general Bill Barr was stepping down from his post – and when to Jeffrey Rosen, the official taking over on an acting basis.  One top DOJ official, Richard Donoghue, described the idea of election fraud being run out of Italy to Jeffrey Rosen, who was to be acting attorney general, as 'pure insanity.' President Donald Trump and his top aides pushed voter fraud claims in Trump The pressure campaign, which came before and after the New Year and before Congress met to count the electoral votes Jan. 6th, all came as Trump repeated his claims of a stolen election and he and his allies sought to keep him in power through recounts, audits, and 'kraken' lawsuits. Some of the claims had already been or were soon to be tossed out...
    Favorable ratings of the U.S. have started to rebound after declining considerably during Donald Trump's four years as president. The United States' image around the world has improved sharply since President Joe Biden took office, according to new surveys conducted in 16 countries, including many long-standing allies of the U.S. The Pew Research Center surveys show majorities of the citizens across the countries — more than 6 in 10 in each — express confidence in Biden to "do the right thing" in world affairs. Biden arrived in Britain on Wednesday on the first leg of his first overseas trip, hoping to reestablish the United States' global standing and reinforce partnerships with key European allies. Favorable ratings of the U.S. have started to rebound after declining considerably during Donald Trump's four years as president, growing as much as 30 percentage points since last year in partner nations like France and Germany. In 2020, positive views of the U.S. reached or neared low points in these two countries, as well as the...
    More On: Movies ‘Superbad’ character McLovin turns 40, Seth Rogen and fans celebrate JoJo Siwa begs producers to pull hetero kiss from upcoming film Taylor Swift cast in David O. Russell’s upcoming period film AMC stock surges as company pledges to ‘go on offense’ It was a scary good weekend for horror sequels at the box office as movie-goers return to theaters while COVID-19 pandemic restrictions subside. “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” took the top spot for the week with a $24 million haul, ousting last week’s leader “A Quiet Place Part II,” which took in $20 million this week and $88.6 million over two weeks, according to Comscore. Disney’s “Cruella” was third with $11.2 million domestically and “Spirit Untamed” took in $6.2 million for the fourth spot in its opening weekend. “Cruella” has had $43.6 million in total domestically, Comcast said. “Raya and the Last Dragon,” another Disney film, was fifth for the week with $1.3 million, and $53.5 million since its opening. The third installment of “The Conjuring” – and the first not directed...
    By Mallory Simon, Sara Sidner, Julia Jones and Jason Kravarik | CNN A normally orderly school board meeting in this small city began with an unusual warning that there should be no clapping or shouting. But things soon became so contentious that the meeting was brought to a halt for a 10-minute cooling-off period. The tension had been building for weeks. Hours before the meeting, a group of students, retired teachers, and parents held a small demonstration at the high school, expressing their discontent with just one person: school board member Amy Facchinello. Depending on who you ask, she’s either a QAnon sympathizer who poses a threat to the truth, and therefore to the education of the town’s children, or a hard-working woman being attacked for her partisan views. Students and protestors opposing Facchinello are asking her to step down after then-high school senior Lucas Hartwell found social media posts alluding to QAnon on her Twitter account dating back to 2017, when the QAnon conspiracy theory first entered the American lexicon. “It’s a platform that’s based on everything a school...
    Grand Blanc, Michigan (CNN)A normally orderly school board meeting in this small city began with an unusual warning that there should be no clapping or shouting. But things soon became so contentious that the meeting was brought to a halt for a 10-minute cooling-off period. The tension had been building for weeks. Hours before the meeting, a group of students, retired teachers, and parents held a small demonstration at the high school, expressing their discontent with just one person: school board member Amy Facchinello. Protesters line up with signs expressing their disagreement with school board member Amy Facchinello.Depending on who you ask, she's either a QAnon sympathizer who poses a threat to the truth, and therefore to the education of the town's children, or a hard-working woman being attacked for her partisan views. Students and protestors opposing Facchinello are asking her to step down after then-high school senior Lucas Hartwell found social media posts alluding to QAnon on her Twitter account dating back to 2017, when the QAnon conspiracy theory first entered the American lexicon. "It's a platform that's based...
    Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced Friday that he will lead the prosecution of a former suburban police officer who is charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of Daunte Wright. Former Brooklyn Center officer Kim Potter, who is White, fatally shot Wright, a 20-year-old Black motorist, on April 11. The city's police chief, who has since stepped down, had said he believed Potter meant to use her Taser instead of her handgun. Emotional funeral honors Daunte Wright 02:06 Ellison said he took the case at the request of Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, after another prosecutor, Washington County Attorney Pete Orput, gave the case back to Freeman's office. Orput first took the case under an agreement in which prosecutors in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area share one another's criminal cases involving police officers. But after Orput charged Potter with manslaughter, he came under intense pressure from activists calling for more serious charges, with frequent demonstrations outside his home. Orput had said publicly that he believed manslaughter was the appropriate charge. In a statement Friday, Orput said he...
    (CNN)Federal prosecutors seized 18 electronic devices belonging to Rudy Giuliani and more than one of his employees when they raided his home and office last month, according to a new court filing.The letter, dated April 29, had been previously filed publicly with many redactions. The new filing, with fewer redactions, sheds a little more light on the government's investigative steps.It indicates that prosecutors obtained electronic devices belonging to multiple people who worked for Giuliani Partners but it does not say specifically how many. NY attorney general has been looking into the taxes of Trump Organization CFO for months, sources sayGiuliani previously said on Fox News that the FBI took seven or eight electronic devices when they arrived at his apartment to execute the search warrant. His attorney, Robert Costello, previously said they also took the laptop belonging to Giuliani's assistant when they searched his office.The bulk of the now revealed material relates to a covert search of Giuliani's iCloud account in 2019. Giuliani's lawyers are arguing that search was illegal and prosecutors should not be able to review the...
    Two deputies who failed to adequately respond to the massacre at Marjory Stoneman High School three years ago in Parkland, Florida, should get their jobs back, according to a judge. The ruling has nothing to do with their conduct that day, however, and instead relates to a clerical error and the timing of their dismissals. Brian Miller and Joshua Stambaugh were fired in the aftermath of the Valentine's Day shooting in 2018, which left 17 people dead. Sergeant Miller, the first supervisor to arrive on scene, stood outside of the school and hid behind a car for 10 minutes while the massacre was taking place, while Stambaugh, who was off-duty at the time, observed the massacre from a nearby highway. He initially drove to the school upon the call of shots fired before hiding behind his truck for five minutes, then retreating to the highway.  Broward Circuit Judge Keathan Frink ruled Thursday to uphold the deputies' previous reinstatements, saying they are entitled to get their jobs back, as well as back pay and other pay for accrued sick time, vacation...
    More than 2,100 children who were deported with their families from the United States returned alone, according to new statistics. The families were turned back almost immediately under a ruling introduced by Donald Trump, and maintained by Joe Biden, called Title 42. The ruling is an emergency COVID-19 measure, that allows swift deportation without the usual lengthy legal process. However, between January 20 and April 5, Border Patrol agents came across at least 2,121 unaccompanied migrant children who had been previously expelled, NBC News reported.  A migrant baby is seen being picked up by the Texas Rangers along the Rio Grande An asylum-seeking family is pictured on Wednesday, having crossed into the United States In this March 30, 2021, file photo, young unaccompanied migrants, from ages 3 to 9, watch television inside a playpen at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, the main detention center for unaccompanied children in the Rio Grande Valley, in Donna, Texas. The lone children, unlike adults and families, will not be expelled. More than 400 lone migrant children are arriving every...
    SOUTHEAST TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – San Jacinto County and Montgomery County Detectives are searching for potential victims of former reserve Texas Peace Officer David Lynn Turner, who’s facing two counts of sexual assault. David Lynn Turner of Houston (credit: San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office) Detectives said Turner, who’s from Houston,  targeted several of his victims through various social media platforms and dating app. READ MORE: Tarrant County DA Declines To Seek Death Penalty For Man Accused In 1974 Killing Of Teen He’s alleged to have driven the women to remote locations in San Jacinto County, and surrounding counties, under the guise of “Ghost Hunting” where he would then sexually force himself upon the women in various ways. Turner is very familiar with law enforcement, having worked over two years as a reserve Texas Peace Officer in Harris County between 2012 and 2015. As a result of the joint investigation, Turner was arrested on May 4, 2021, charged with two counts of sexual assault, and is currently in the San Jacinto County Jail with a $500,000 bond. READ MORE: Even A Texas Twister...
    Kenneth Braithwaite, the navy secretary under President Donald Trump, spent more than $2.3 million on air travel for the approximately eight moths he was in office.  Braithwaite served as the Navy's most senior civilian from May 29 until Joe Biden took office on Jan. 21. During that time, Braithwaite embarked on 22 foreign and domestic trips – more than any other senior Pentagon civilian, USA Today reported. The navy secretary was traveling even as other Defense Department officials stayed grounded because of the coronavirus pandemic.   He defended his journeys, saying they were necessary to bolster the Navy.   'I am extremely proud of the record of accomplishments of Our Sailors and Marines during my tenure as Secretary, especially following such a tumultuous chapter in the Navy's recent history of crisis following crisis as compared to our other services,' Braithwaite wrote to USA Today in an email. 'I submit it's impossible to lead men and women deployed around the world from behind a desk in Washington.' Kenneth Braithwaite, the navy secretary under President Donald Trump, spent more than $2.3 million on...
    Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) took a private jet to Florida in March, violating the spirit of her orders for everyone else not to travel. Deadline Detroit reported Whitmer “asked a group of wealthy Detroit businessmen to provide a private plane they share” so she could travel to Florida. She later said it was so she could visit her “ailing” father. “We wondered why she reached out to us instead of booking a private charter,” one of the owners said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “You can’t tell a governor no. Who needs that kind of trouble?” Reporting for Deadline Detroit, Charlie LeDuff said Whitmer spent four days in Florida, not the two she claimed: She flew on the businessmen’s Gulfstream G-280 twin jet. It was cold and clear on the morning of March 12 when she lifted off from Lansing and it was warm and sunny when she touched down in West Palm Beach at 9:37 a.m., federal flight records show. She left West Palm Beach on Monday March 15 at 4:37 p.m. She touched down at 7:01...
    BILL and Melinda Gates agreed that he could enjoy yearly getaways with his ex-girlfriend, whose picture he kept in his office, a 1997 article revealed. Bill, 65, and venture capitalist Ann Winblad, 70, dated in the eighties and broke up once he met Melinda in 1987 – but an interview in the late nineties indicated that their friendship continued after the split. Read our Bill Gates live blog for the very latest news and updates... 12Venture capitalist Ann Winblad, 70, dated Bill Gates in the eightiesCredit: Getty 12Bill, 65, split up with Winblad when he met Melinda in 1987Credit: Getty In a 1997 Time Magazine interview, Bill described calling up his ex-girlfriend to see what she thought about him tying the knot with Melinda. "When I was off on my own thinking about marrying Melinda, I called Ann and asked for her approval," he said, after it emerged that he'd made a pros and cons list about getting hitched. His ex confirmed that she approved of it and Melinda allowed her husband to continue his annual...
    During CNN’s coverage of President Joe Biden’s speech before Congress on Wednesday, CNN reporter Daniel Dale stated that Sen. Tim Scott’s (R-SC) response to Biden’s speech didn’t have anything that was flat-out untrue, but we should note for context that the percentage of students attending schools that offer in-person instruction has doubled since Biden took office, and that while Scott’s claim that less than 6% of Biden’s infrastructure package goes to roads and bridges is true, “we should also note that doesn’t mean the rest of the plan is not infrastructure or lefty pipe dreams.” Dale stated, “At first glance, I didn’t see anything flat false in it. I do want to note a couple of quick things for context. Sen. Scott decried the pace at which schools have been re-opened, and he’s entitled to do so. That’s opinion. But we should note that the percentage of public school students now attending schools that offer in-person instruction is now 65%, according to one data tracking company, about double the 33% from the week Biden was inaugurated. Scott also said that...
    Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) addresses the virtual DNC convention on August 20, 2020 By Aliyah Chavez Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said at her first White House press briefing, “how monumental this week has been for Indigenous representation.” She was the latest Cabinet member to take questions from reporters on Day Two of President Joe Biden’s climate summit. There are so many firsts associated with Haaland's appointment. She is most likely the first Native American to brief the national press corps from the White House podium. Besides answering questions from three reporters, she also outlined the work Interior has completed in recent days and addressed the need to strengthen tribal sovereignty. Many of Haaland’s updates revolved around national parks, given the commemoration of National Park week this week. Haaland, Laguna Pueblo, outlined a Friday morning announcement of 16 new additions to the National Park Service’s Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, a program that preserves and promotes the history of sites that served as shelters to enslaved African Americans hoping to gain their freedom. The 16 new sites join nearly 700 others in...
    A POST Office worker took his own life after being wrongly accused of stealing £60,000 and dipping into his own savings to make up deficit. Dad-of-two Martin Griffiths, a postmaster for 20 years, killed himself in 2013 at the age of 59. 7Former post office workers celebrate outside the Royal Courts of Justice, London, after having their convictions overturned by the Court of AppealCredit: PA He worked at a branch in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, when he was accused of taking money. A defective accounting system had wrongly showed a shortfall of £61,000. Mr Griffiths delved into his own savings to make up for the deficit, his family said. The turmoil lasted for four years, between 2009 and 2013, which had a huge impact on his physical and mental health, relatives added. His sister, Jayne Caveen, said last year that the "bloody faulty computer system killed my brother". Mr Griffiths is one of several Post Office workers who...
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