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    President Joe Biden could be grappling with a mutiny among Senate Democrats over Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline as he readies to speak with Vladimir Putin on Tuesday.  Republican Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa indicated in a Fox News Sunday interview that a measure to override Biden's decision to allow the controversial pipeline between Russia and Germany could have support from her colleagues on both sides of the aisle. Former Defense Department official Michèle Flournoy, who appeared alongside her, said the president is still looking at ways to punish Putin over Russia's lightning-fast buildup of troops at the Ukrainian border - and sanctions on energy and the economy aren't off the table. The Nord Stream 2 pipeline, completed in September after, stands to strengthen Russia's leverage against the rest of Europe. Russia is Europe's largest source of natural gas, accounting for 35 percent of the continent's use. Putin's influence in the region stands to rise amid Russia's increasingly hostile stance toward Ukraine over its growing closeness with countries in the European Union and NATO. The pipeline would allow Germany to...
    (CNN)Days after a 15-year-old student allegedly killed four classmates at a Michigan high school, the district's superintendent has requested an independent investigation into the incident -- the deadliest school shooting at a US K-12 campus since May 2018. Ethan Crumbley is accused of carrying out Tuesday's shooting at Oxford High School in suburban Detroit and faces a slew of charges as an adult, including terrorism and first-degree murder, among others. His lawyer entered a not-guilty plea during his arraignment Wednesday.Parents of Michigan school shooting suspect held on $500,000 bond each after manhuntHis parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, were also each charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with their son's alleged actions.The shooting claimed the lives of Madisyn Baldwin, 17; Tate Myre, 16; Hana St. Juliana, 14; and Justin Shilling, 17, authorities said.On Saturday, Tim Throne, who heads the Oxford Community Schools district, detailed in a letter the school's account of several key events leading up to the shooting. Read More"It's critically important to the victims, our staff and our entire community that a full and transparent accounting...
    (CNN)Gen. David Thompson, vice chief of space operations for the US Space Force, said Saturday China is developing its space capabilities at "twice the rate" of the US. On a panel of US space experts and leaders speaking at the Reagan National Defense Forum in a panel moderated by CNN's Kristin Fisher, Gen. Thompson warned China could overtake the US in space capabilities by the end of the decade."The fact, that in essence, on average, they are building and fielding and updating their space capabilities at twice the rate we are means that very soon, if we don't start accelerating our development and delivery capabilities, they will exceed us," Gen. Thompson said, adding, "2030 is not an unreasonable estimate."Gen. Thompson was joined by Rep. Jim Cooper, a Tennessee Democrat who chairs the House Armed Services Committee's strategic forces subcommittee, which helps oversee the Space Force's budget, and Chris Kubasik, president and CEO of L3Harris Technologies, a defense contractor that develops Space and Airborne systems.Cooper said, "Hell yes," when asked if the US is competing in a so-called space race with...
    The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) recently released a critical account of what it was like to brief candidate and President-Elect Donald Trump, characterizing it as the most difficult transition since Richard Nixon. But the document also showed how the Hillary Clinton and Democratic National Committee-funded dossier poisoned the relationship between Trump and the intelligence community (IC), making it more difficult. And it also showed that Trump was a serious and engaged consumer of intelligence during intelligence briefings. The account was published earlier this week on the CIA’s website, and is part of a historical record produced by the CIA on briefing candidates and presidents-elect. The chapter on Trump — titled “Chapter 9: Donald J. Trump — A Unique Challenge” — is the latest update to the book, which is authored by retired career intelligence officer John L. Helgerson. The chapter’s summary stated: The IC’s analysis and collection activities were caught up in partisan political disputes during the campaign, the transition, and after Trump took office. In this awkward atmosphere, Trump nevertheless received 40- to 60-minute intelligence briefings from IC personnel roughly twice...
    Ex-NY Governor Andrew Cuomo's top aide used a MTA official Abbey Collins (pictured) to secretly record his sexual harassment accuser in an effort to discredit her, new documents reveal Disgraced former NY Governor Andrew Cuomo's top aide Melissa DeRosa used an MTA official to secretly record his sexual harassment accuser, a report published by the state Attorney General has revealed. DeRosa allegedly recruited MTA Communications Director Abbey Collins to spy during a secretly-recorded phone call with an ex-staffer by the name of 'Kaitlin' - who was one of Cuomo's sexual assault accusers - in an attempt to discredit her claims against the governor. The scheme was revealed by transcripts from Attorney General Letitia James' office and was confirmed by anonymous sources to the New York Post. During the call between DeRosa and Collins - who shared the same office with Kaitlin during her stint as Cuomo's press secretary from 2015 to 2018 - DeRosa asked Collins to reach out to Kaitlin and secretly record their conversation to find out if she was allied with Lindsey Boylan and Sen Alessandra Biaggi,...
    “Local sources say there was a huge explosion in the Nance sky. So far, no official source has confirmed or denied the report,” news websites, including Faro News, quoted the agency as saying. The state-run Press TV said the bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a U.S. military base. It comes just days after talks resumed in Vienna over Iran’s nuclear program, with Washington warning that it would not accept Tehran’s continued blockade of talks on the nuclear file. A U.S. official said Saturday: “Washington does not approve of the situation.” Iran It is dragging its feet in the negotiations while accelerating its nuclear program. He added, “Iran’s proposals reflect a withdrawal from all the compromises made in the previous six rounds.” The official noted that the date of the talks was “not important” but that it was important whether Tehran would be active in the talks. Iran “continues to accelerate nuclear program in provocative ways.” On Friday, the United States criticized Iranian officials for not presenting “constructive plans” during talks on the Iranian nuclear file in...
    (CNN)The Biden administration is still seeking a return to mutual compliance to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran but is "preparing for a world in which there is no return" to the landmark agreement, a senior State Department official said Saturday.The official's bleak assessment following the latest round of talks in Vienna echoed strong concerns by US and European officials that the new Iranian negotiating team had not come to the table with "serious" proposals to return to adherence the deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) -- an agreement with which Tehran has moved further and further away from compliance."It is not our preference," said the official, who briefed reporters by phone, referring to a lack of compliance. "Every day that goes by is a day where we come closer to the conclusion that they don't have in mind a return to the JCPOA in short order.""What they have in mind is what you could call their own 'Plan B,' which is to use the talks as a cover, as a front, for continued buildup...
    A 'huge explosion' has reportedly been heard near a nuclear facility in Iran.  There have been reports of a bright light being seen in the sky near the Natanz facility in the Middle Eastern country's Badroud region. It is not yet know what is behind the blast but unconfirmed reports say an unidentified drone was shot down.  Iranian news websites, including Fararunews, stated: 'Local sources have reported hearing a large explosion in the Natanz sky.  'No official source has yet confirmed or denied the report.'  'No exact details are available about this,' the semi-official Fars news agency quoted the local governor of Badrud as saying.  It comes as talks concerning a return to the JCPOA nuclear deal are currently being held in Vienna between Iran and world powers.  There have been reports of a bright light being seen in the sky near the Natanz facility (pictured in 2007) in the Middle Eastern country's Badroud region  Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has called for an 'immediate cessation' of the talks, accusing the Islamic republic of 'nuclear blackmail'. 
    Depart of Justice official Jeffrey Clark speaks during a news conference on September 14, 2020.Susan Walsh/AP Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.Jeffrey Clark, an assistant attorney general in the Justice Department under Donald Trump, played a key role in Trump’s conspiracy to overturn the 2020 election. And new evidence obtained by the House committee investigating the January 6th insurrection suggests he was working more closely with the White House than was previously known. In late December 2020, Clark drafted a letter that he wanted the Justice Department leadership to send to election officials in Georgia falsely stating that “the Department of Justice is investigating various irregularities in the 2020 election for President of the United States” and recommending that Georgia’s legislature convene to overturn Joe Biden’s victory in the state. When DOJ leadership refused to send the letter, Trump considered replacing Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen with Clark. He backed down at the last-minute, but Clark’s maneuvering at the Justice Department amounted to an unprecedented attempt at...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection has postponed a deposition with a former Justice Department official Saturday due to a “medical condition that precludes his participation,” according to a panel spokesman. The committee had scheduled the second interview with Jeffrey Clark, who had aligned himself with former President Donald Trump last year as he tried to overturn his defeat, after Clark declined to answer questions at his first deposition in November. The panel voted Wednesday to recommend contempt charges against Clark but said it would hold off on a vote of the full House and give him a second try. Timothy Mulvey, a spokesman for the committee, said Clark’s deposition has been rescheduled for Dec. 16. “Through his attorney, Mr. Clark has informed the Select Committee of a medical condition that precludes his participation in tomorrow’s meeting and he has provided ample evidence of his claim,” Mulvey said in a statement Friday evening. The former Justice Department official met with Trump ahead of the violent insurrection and unsuccessfully pushed his then-supervisors to publicly announce...
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Fire crews on the scene after an explosion leveled a house in Oklahoma City on Friday could smell gas, a fire official said. Neighbors reported the blast about 3:20 p.m. “It felt like a bomb had happened, a big old bomb,” neighbor Esperanza Hernandez said. “The structure here is pretty much leveled. Our first arriving fire trucks on scene did smell an odor of gas when they first got here,” said Capt. Scott Douglas of the Oklahoma City Fire Department. After gas and electric power to the site was shut off, search dogs were brought in to check for bodies. However, Douglas said a neighbor noted the truck owned by the man who lived alone in the house was missing. “He said, ‘If the truck’s not here, he’s not here,’” Douglas said. “We can’t confirm if anybody was in the house, but the K-9 dogs haven’t found any, and at this time we don’t have any reports of injuries to anyone.” Officials later were able to reach the homeowner in Waco, Texas. The source of the...
    Former Trump Department of Justice (DOJ) official Jeffrey Clark has secured a delay for his deposition, initially scheduled for Saturday, due to a medical issue, postponing his effort to plead the Fifth Amendment and avoid criminal prosecution for contempt of Congress.  The move delays the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol as it was poised to forward a resolution to censure Clark for failure to comply with a subpoena.  “Through his attorney, Mr. Clark has informed the Select Committee of a medical condition that precludes his participation in tomorrow’s meeting and he has provided ample evidence of his claim. Chairman Thompson has agreed to postpone the deposition until December 16th. Chairman Thompson wishes Mr. Clark well,” committee spokesman Tim Mulvey said in a statement.   Clark appears to have been a central figure in Trump’s pressure campaign to get DOJ to investigate his baseless claims of election fraud, advocating in favor of sending a letter to states like Georgia encouraging them to delay certification of their election results.  The last-minute rescheduling comes after Clark’s lawyer told the...
    The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot agreed to delay its deposition of former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark, whose attorney said he is dealing with a medical condition that prevented him from showing up this weekend. The deposition will now take place Dec. 16, the panel announced Friday. The medical condition was not disclosed. EX-TRUMP LAWYER JOHN EASTMAN PLANS TO PLEAD THE FIFTH TO THE JAN. 6 COMMITTEE "Mr. Clark has informed the Select Committee of a medical condition that precludes his participation in tomorrow's meeting and he has provided ample evidence of his claim," Tim Mulvaney, a spokesperson for the committee said. "Chairman Thompson wishes Mr. Clark well." The committee moved Wednesday to recommend Congress hold Clark in contempt after he failed to appear in response to a subpoena. Following its recommendation, the committee received a letter indicating that he intended to plead the Fifth Amendment. In response, the committee gave Clark an opportunity to appear Saturday. Key members of the committee indicated that it would likely stop its recommendation to...
    A sick trove of child porn found on Josh Duggar's work computer was protected by the same password used for his family's Instagram account, a court heard today. Prosecutors say Duggar used his business HP to download videos of minors being humiliated and abused but hid his sordid activity behind a device called a Linux partition. The Linux system effectively created a second, secret operating system on the same computer that could only be accessed by rebooting the machine, hitting F9 and manually typing in the password intel1988. It's behind this partition that the government says Duggar used encrypted 'peer-to-peer' software to anonymously search for and download child porn files from the dark web.  The court in Josh Duggar's trial heard Friday that child porn found on his computer was protected by the same password used for his family's Instagram account Josh Duggar and wife Anna are seen arriving for Friday's proceedings at his trial in Fayetteville Arkansas  The couple, pictured with six of their seven young children, subscribed to a service in 2013 called Covenant Eyes that monitors adult...
    Former Trump Department of Justice official Jeffrey Clark’s plans to plead the Fifth to the House’s Jan. 6 committee could complicate DOJ’s willingness to prosecute him for contempt of Congress even as it further hints at potential criminal activity by President TrumpDonald TrumpBaldwin calls Trump criticism following 'Rust' shooting 'surreal' Haley hits the stump in South Carolina Mary Trump files to dismiss Trump's lawsuit over NYT tax story MORE and others in his orbit. On the eve of the committee’s vote to censure Clark for failing to comply with their subpoena after largely refusing to answer their questions, a lawyer for Clark indicated he would like to exercise his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. It’s a remarkable development from a man who became a central player in Trump’s efforts to get DOJ to investigate his baseless claims of 2020 election fraud, including suggesting the department send a letter to Georgia and other states urging them to delay certification of the results. "People sort of talk about the Fifth Amendment without stopping to think about what he is saying if he...
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    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Baltimore Museum Art will display the official portrait of the late Rep. Elijah Cummings later this month before the painting is permanently installed at the U.S. Capitol, the museum announced Friday. Painted by Baltimore artist Jerrell Gibbs, the portrait depicts Cummings in a blue suit holding a gavel in both his hands, inspired by the Justin T. Gellerson photograph on the cover of Cummings’ autobiography, “We’re Better Than This: My Fight for the Future of Our Democracy.” The painting will be on view from Dec. 22 through Jan. 9. READ MORE: University Of Maryland, Men's Basketball Coach Mark Turgeon Mutually Agree To Part Ways, School SaysMaya Rockeymoore Cummings, the lawmaker’s wife, said in a statement she partnered with the museum’s director, Christopher Bedford, and other curators to commission the work. Two other local artists, Monica Ikegwu and Ernest Shaw, were on the short list to capture Cummings’ likeness. “We are exceedingly pleased with the result. Jerrell Gibbs is a masterfully expressive painter and his stunning portrait perfectly captures Elijah’s essence and majesty,” said Rockeymoore Cummings. The...
    Another trailer has dropped for “1883,” and it looks like the show will be very dark. The highly-anticipated “Yellowstone” prequel with Tim McGraw and Sam Elliott premieres December 19 on Paramount+, and it’ll tell the story of how the Duttons ended up in Montana. (REVIEW: ‘Yellowstone’ Stuns With Major Reveal About Jamie And Garrett In ‘Under A Blanket Of Red’) Judging from the latest preview, there’s going to be a ton of blood spilled along the way. Give it a watch below. Does “1883” look awesome or does “1883” look awesome? I think the answer to that is an overwhelming yes. It looks absolutely outstanding. How could anyone watch a preview for this show and not want to pick up a gun and do battle?   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by 1883 Official (@1883official) Plus, the cast is absolutely loaded. Eliott, McGraw and Billy Bob Thorton look outstanding, Faith Hill is great and I’m sure Isabel May will also live up to the hype. No matter how you slice it, Taylor Sheridan...
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    The gay and transgender ambassador to the European Union Parliament, Riccardo Simonetti, is facing criticism after appearing on a magazine cover as a transgender Virgin Mary. Simonetti is displayed by SIEGESSÄULE MAGAZIN, a German-based queer publication, as the Christian figure in two photos, according to images Simonetti posted to social media Wednesday. On the cover, a bearded and tattooed Simonetti wore the veil and tunic like the Virgin Mary while holding a baby who appears to be Jesus. HOMEOWNER BURNS DOWN HOUSE WHILE FIGHTING SNAKE INFESTATION The second image showed Simonetti in the same attire accompanied by a man, presumably representing Mary's husband Joseph, wearing a pink tunic. "If we ignore the fact that Jesus wasn't white, we could as well believe the Virgin Mary had a beard, why not?" Simonetti posted. The gay and transgender ambassador thanked the publication for the "beautiful images" and said it was an honor to appear on the cover, according to the post. "Feeling very proud and honored to be on the december issue of...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The MTA hosted its 10th annual blood drive Friday for employees and Metro-North commuters. “We’re in an official blood emergency right now,” Elizabeth Hernandez of the New York Blood Center told CBS2’s Leah Mishkin. READ MORE: Students Ride With Santa On NJ Transit's Holiday Train​The blood supply usually drops around the holidays because of travel, bad weather and also flu season. Hernandez says if you add in the pandemic, you hit the drastic blood shortage they’re currently facing. ​Right now, she says they have a just one or two day supply of blood on the shelves. That should be at five to seven days. “Specifically if you’re O negative, please come to Grand Central Terminal and donate blood today,” Hernandez said Friday. Hernandez says in order to supply the 200 hospitals in the Tri-State Area daily, they need to collect about 2,000 blood donations a day. ​”If we don’t have blood drives, we can’t supply the hospitals,” she said. The pandemic has created barriers. “Twenty five percent of our blood collections was within the academic world, and...
    The Houston Astros agreeing to keep Justin Verlander is old news at this point but, now that the MLB lockout is upon us, why isn’t the deal official? After a slew of big MLB free agency moves throughout the league at the end of November, the league is now at the start of what could be a long, arduous lockout. For the most part, though, the mad dash was for teams to make contracts official before the looming lockout. The Houston Astros, however, were not one of those teams. One of the first big dominoes to fall in free agency was Justin Verlander, on the heels of an impressive showcase outing in front of numerous MLB teams, who re-signed with the Houston Astros on a two-year deal. As the lockout became official, though, the Verlander deal was not on the transactions log, the pitcher was not listed on the Astros’ 40-man roster, and there were no indications that the two-year, $50 million deal was made official. Free agency mystery: Justin Verlander’s $50M, 2-year Astros deal (w/opt out) never was announced...
    These steps are part of Biden's winter plan to battle COVID-19, after the Delta variant and now the Omicron variant have disrupted his previous efforts to "shut down the virus." Biden's plan also details steps the administration will take to increase access to vaccine boosters, open family clinics where children can get vaccinated, and tighten travel restrictions by requiring international travelers to test negative within one day of their departure to the United States, regardless of vaccination status. "We will continue to act aggressively. We will continue to follow the science. We will continue to prepare for all scenarios and work day and night to protect the American people, keep our schools open, keep our economy growing, and get this pandemic behind us," the official said. Asked about the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's vaccine mandate, which was suspended pending further litigation after a court order, the official said Biden will urge businesses to comply with his vaccine mandate voluntarily. "We’re asking businesses to step forward and do what’s right to protect their workers and to...
    The House committee charged with investigating the Capitol riot on Wednesday moved to hold a Trump-era DOJ official, Jeffrey Clark, in contempt for refusing to cooperate with its congressional subpoena. The panel, led by chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., unanimously voted to recommend charging Clark, but also conceded in delaying an official House vote on his contempt charge since the ex-DOJ lawyer agreed to be deposed on Saturday. The agreement came after weeks of slow-walking by Clark, who has repeatedly shut down the committee's attempts to uncover his role in backing Trump's election fraud claims. Thompson this week called the Clark's maneuver "a last-ditch attempt to delay." "Even though Mr. Clark previously had the opportunity to make these claims on the record, the Select Committee will provide him another chance to do so," the panel's chairman said. "I have informed Mr. Clark's attorney that I am willing to convene another deposition at which Mr. Clark can assert that privilege on a question-by-question basis, which is what the law requires of someone who asserts the privilege against self-incrimination." Clark,...
              more   Republican Al Schmidt, who is the only GOP member with a seat on Philadelphia’s election board, announced on Tuesday that he will resign from his position. Schmidt, who has received harsh criticism from former President Donald Trump, is accepting a position as president and CEO of The Committee of Seventy. The commissioner will step down in the middle of his third term. “It’s been an honor to serve the citizens of Philadelphia for the past ten years as City Commissioner,” Schmidt said in a tweet. I want to thank my staff, department employees, and colleagues for their partnership over the last decade providing the voters of Philadelphia with well-run, secure elections. — Commissioner Al Schmidt (@Commish_Schmidt) November 30, 2021 “I want to thank my staff, department employees, and colleagues for their partnership over the last decade providing the voters of Philadelphia with well-run, secure elections,” he added. Schmidt also had served as a senior analyst at the non-partisan U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). The Committee of Seventy is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization with the goal to...
              moreby Peach Tree Times   An analysis of 2020 election results and individual Georgia Department of Elections data shows a 3,742-vote difference between those marked as having participated in the election and the number of ballots certified as being cast. That’s according to the non-partisan Voter Reference Foundation (VRF), which released an audit of the 2020 race. It compares the state of Georgia’s official certified vote totals to its official individual voter history files, which report who voted– and who didn’t vote– last November. The report said Georgia’s Department of Elections is 3,742 voters short, that it certified a ballot total higher than the number of voters it says voted. VRF Executive Director Gina Swoboda, a former State of Arizona election official, said the discrepancy is unacceptable. “We are publishing official county and state voting records,” Swoboda said. “Basic accounting principles suggest the numbers we are comparing should match and they don’t. We need to get to the bottom of why that is the case.” The Secretary of State’s Office did not respond to a request for comment from Peach Tree Times....
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection will vote on pursuing contempt charges against a former Justice Department official Wednesday as the committee aggressively seeks to gain answers about the violent attack by former President Donald Trump’s supporters. The vote to pursue contempt charges against Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department lawyer who aligned with Trump as he tried to overturn his election defeat, comes as Trump’s top aide at the time, chief of staff Mark Meadows, has agreed to cooperate with the panel on a limited basis. Clark appeared for a deposition last month but refused to answer any questions based on Trump’s legal efforts to block the committee’s investigation. If approved by the panel, the recommendation of criminal contempt charges against Clark would go to the full House for a vote as soon as Thursday. If the House votes to hold Clark in contempt, the Justice Department would then decide whether to prosecute. The panel has vowed to aggressively seek charges against any witness who doesn’t comply as they...
    (CNN)The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol is using Jeffrey Clark's refusal to answer questions during a recent deposition and failure to hand over subpoenaed documents to the panel to justify its plan to refer the former top Department of Justice official for criminal contempt of Congress.The committee's report outlines why the panel believes Clark is a central figure in the run-up to the riot and accuses him of attempting to use Justice Department authority to overturn the election. The request to refer Clark for possible criminal contempt charges helps to clarify the panel's definition of cooperation from its witnesses.The full House would have to vote to hold Clark in criminal contempt of Congress, setting up a referral to the Department of Justice, which would then have to decide whether to prosecute. A decision by Clark's former department to do so would make him the second person to face a serious legal penalty for blowing off the select committee's requests.Former President Donald Trump ally Steve Bannon is currently awaiting trial for a misdemeanor criminal...
    The U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack has just concluded more than four hours of interviewing Georgia’s top elections official, Brad Raffensperger. Then-President Donald Trump threatened the Republican Secretary of State in a telephone call, parts of which were released to the press, during which the desperate losing Trump infamously said, “So look. All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state.” Speaking to Raffensperger indicates the House Committee is investigating the origins of the insurrection far beyond its D.C. roots. “We talked about that and everything else leading into the election. That was their focus, because that was where the greatest disinformation was foisted upon our nation,” Raffensperger told The Atlanta Journal Constitution Tuesday. Back in February Georgia prosecutors had reportedly opened up a criminal investigation into Trump’s demand Raffensperger find him 11,780 more votes. Despite the recorded audio evidence no charges are known to have been filed against Trump for what some say could be criminal solicitation to...
    WORLD CUP hosts Qatar were again caught in a gay rights storm after homophobic comments were screened by the official tournament broadcaster. Former Egypt star Mohamed Aboutrika slammed the Premier League’s Rainbow Laces campaign and called on Muslim stars to boycott it. 2Egyptian Mohamed Aboutrika, left, and Frederic KanouteCredit: Getty 2The Premier League’s Rainbow Laces campaignCredit: Alamy Aboutrika, 43, was speaking on beIN Sport, the Prem’s Middle East broadcast partner which will also be in charge of production for Qatar 2022. In comments that were unchallenged, Aboutrika suggested any campaign on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community was promoting “an unnatural sexuality” and a “dangerous ideology” and urged Muslims to “stand up” against it. His comments provoked an angry backlash and saw beIN rush out a response to insist: “We represent, champion and support causes and interests of every single background and cultural heritage.” But there was no apology and the issue of gay rights in Qatar was further brought into the frame as 2022 World Cup chief Nasser Al Khater was pushed on whether openly gay fans could be themselves...
    This is the first in a two-part series about letters sent from Darrell Brooks Jr. during his stay in Wisconsin jails. Please check later for more.  FIRST ON FOX – Darrell Brooks Jr., the man behind the Waukesha Christmas parade tragedy, spent nearly two decades dodging child support payments and court appearances related to supporting his son — and during that time he sent the court commissioner overseeing the matter two handwritten notes, including a letter asking for one "more shot" and griping that he was being treated unfairly, Fox News has learned.  Brooks sent the letters to two separate court officials just shy of two years apart, each time from a Wisconsin jail, as the total he owed in child support payments surpassed $17,300, according to court records obtained by Fox News Digital. As of Nov. 16, 2021, Brooks owed $41,239.36 in connection with his paternity case for his son, records show. WAUKESHA CHRISTMAS PARADE SUSPECT DARRELL BROOKS RECEIVED $1K BAIL DESPITE RED-FLAG RATING, COURT DOCS SHOW next Image 1 of 3 Darrell Brooks, charged with killing...
    The United Nations Credentials Committee (UNCC) will vote Tuesday on whether to allow a Taliban-appointed representative to replace the country’s current representative, appointed by the now-defunct government of Afghanistan. The Taliban called on world leaders to accept their representative, Doha-based Suhail Shaheen, as the official Afghan representative in September. The current representative is Ghulam Isacza, who was appointed by the Afghan regime the Taliban overthrew in August and early September. Many in the U.S. have called on President Joe Biden’s administration to take a hard stance against Taliban recognition, arguing the regime has no credibility on human rights issues and cannot be trusted. “Under no circumstance should the United States, or any other country, vote to recognize the Taliban at the United Nations,” Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley told the Daily Caller. “It should not be a difficult decision to keep a group of terrorists out of an organization founded to maintain peace and security.” The U.S., Russia and China are each members of the UNCC, alongside Mexico, Botswana, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Mozambique and Saint Kittz and Nevis....
    A Republican elections official in Philadelphia who was singled out by former President TrumpDonald TrumpPence: Supreme Court has chance to right 'historic wrong' with abortion ruling Prosecutor says during trial that actor Jussie Smollett staged 'fake hate crime' Overnight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table MORE is resigning from his post to join a government watchdog group. Al Schmidt, the only GOP member of Philadelphia’s election board who defended the results of the 2020 presidential election, announced on Tuesday that he is resigning as city commissioner to join the Committee of Seventy as its next president and CEO. “It’s been an honor to serve the citizens of Philadelphia for the past ten years as City Commissioner,” Schmidt wrote on Twitter. It’s been an honor to serve the citizens of Philadelphia for the past ten years as City Commissioner. https://t.co/96AcDNj0Pb— Commissioner Al Schmidt (@Commish_Schmidt) November 30, 2021 He will assume his new role at the watchdog organization on Jan. 3, according to a statement on the group's website. Schmidt, who was reelected as city commissioner in 2019,...
    BORN and raised in the Barbados, Rihanna has been celebrated by the country on numerous occasions throughout the years. On Monday, November 29, 2021, the singer, entrepreneur, and actress attended the nation's ceremony of independence. 2Rihanna was born and raised in the BarbadosCredit: AFP or licensors Was Rihanna declared an official national hero? After almost 400 years, the Barbados officially severed their ties with the British monarchy. The country became a republic and inaugurated their first President ever. During the ceremony on Monday evening, Rihanna was honored by the Barbados' prime minister, Mia Mottley. Mottley named Rihanna a national hero. "On behalf of a grateful nation, but an even prouder people, we therefore present to you the designee for national hero for Barbados, ambassador Robyn Rihanna Fenty," said Mottley. "May you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honor to your nation by your works, by your actions." Since 2018, Rihanna has held the title of Ambassador for Culture and Youth in Barbados. The superstar also has her own holiday in the country, established...
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Rihanna smiled under her face mask as she heard her name called in the pre-dawn hours of Tuesday, but hesitated before she stood up. Before her, top Barbadian government officials encouraged her to join them at a crucial moment in her nation’s history. “You can come my dear,” Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley told the multi-Grammy winner. Rihanna had just been declared a national hero by the Barbadian government and bestowed with a title, “the right excellent,” as the island bade farewell to Queen Elizabeth II as head of state and celebrated becoming a republic for the first time in history. “On behalf of a grateful nation, but an even prouder people, we therefore present to you the designee for national hero of Barbados, Ambassador Robyn Rihanna Fenty,” the prime minister said. “May you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honor to your nation by your words, by your actions, and to do credit wherever you shall go. God bless you, my dear.” Rihanna raised her palm to her heart as she...
    Ludacris: Twitter / 2021 World Series Film: ShoutFactory Atlanta native and Grammy winning recording artist Ludacris is the narrator for the official 2021 World Series film from MLB. The two-disc blu-ray+DVD combo pack, DVD and digital rental will be available Tuesday, December 14. Early access to digital downloads for purchase begins today, November 30. “The 2021 world series collector’s edition: The Atlanta Braves” an 8-disc complete game set on blu-ray will be available for Braves Country on December 14. For Hank Aaron. For Phil Niekro. For Braves Country. The Atlanta Braves are 2021 World Series Champions, proving that it is anyone’s game once the Postseason begins. On December 14, Braves Country will have the opportunity to relive all the exhilarating drama and unforgettable moments with “THE 2021 WORLD SERIES,” the official 2021 World Series Film from Major League Baseball. Narrated by Braves fan and multiple Grammy Award®-winner Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, the pulse-pounding film will be available everywhere on December 14, 2021 on a two-disc Blu-ray+DVD combo pack and DVD from Shout! Factory and Major...
    BEIRUT (AP) — A tanker truck distributing water at a sprawling camp housing families of Islamic State group members in northeast Syria rammed into a tent, apparently by accident, killing three women and injuring two children, a Kurdish official inside the camp said Tuesday. Al-Hol camp in Syria’s Hassakeh province is controlled by U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters and the number of residents of the tent settlement rose sharply in early 2019 during the last days of IS in Syria before its defeat in March that year. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations, said the accident occurred Monday night inside al-Hol camp that houses tens of thousands of people, mostly women and children. The three women and two children were from the same Iraqi family. the official said. He said the children were taken to a hospital for treatment without giving details about their condition. Some 50,000 Syrians and Iraqis are housed inside a large part of the camp. Nearly 20,000 of them are children. Most of the rest are women, the wives and widows...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden heads to Minnesota on Tuesday to tout the benefits of his new bipartisan infrastructure law as the focus turns now to how the massive piece of legislation will be implemented.One White House official told CNN that part of the focus of the nationwide tour the President and other top officials are embarking on is to showcase how the administration will "hit the ground running to make sure the impact of these investments are delivered on task, on time, and on budget.""The tour will emphasize that the Biden-Harris Administration will collaborate with federal, state, and local partners across public and private sectors to operate as one team with one mission: Work together to deliver concrete results and get the job done for the American people," the official said. The President and Democrats in Congress are hoping Americans will see tangible benefits from the law ahead of next year's midterm elections. Biden has tapped former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to oversee the implementation of the roughly $1 trillion law. Landrieu's appointment underscores just how much of a heavy...
    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The president of a club enduring a COVID-19 outbreak is planning to sue the Portuguese league official who said his team wanted to play last weekend despite having only nine players. Belenenses kicked off on Saturday and trailed Benfica 7-0 by halftime. The match was abandoned early in the second half after Belenenses went down to six players. Health authorities later determined that 13 cases of the new omicron variant were detected within club members. Benfica released a statement on Monday lamenting “one of the saddest episodes in the history of Portuguese soccer.” Belenenses president Rui Pedro Soares said he will take legal action because the report prepared by the league official inaccurately said the club was OK with playing the match despite the situation. “What is written there is false,” Soares told CMTV in an interview late Monday. “I said it was shameful and I was outraged for having to play. I said that in the presence of the police, firefighters and referees. We will see in the courts what really happened.” Soares...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto lit the Shamash candle on the city’s Menorah on Monday evening. The Menorah has been set up at the City-County Building. (Photo Credit: The Next PGH) The Shamash is the ‘helper’ or ‘servant’ candle. Chabad of Squirrel Hill also participated in the Menorah lighting.
              moreby J.D. Davidson   FirstEnergy, the company at the heart of a $60 million bribery scheme that led to the indictment and ouster of Ohio’s House speaker, did not charge customers to fund stadium naming rights, according to a recent report by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). The audit examined records for Cleveland Illuminating Co., Ohio Edison, Toledo Edison and FirstEnergy Corp., according to a news release, and confirmed no payments were booked into accounts held by FirstEnergy’s three Ohio utilities, meaning no costs were passed onto customers. Promotional advertising is not eligible to be included in regulated utility rates, according to PUCO. The Cleveland Browns play in FirstEnergy Stadium on the banks of Lake Erie. The audit was requested by Democratic state lawmakers. FirstEnergy agreed to pay $102 million over 17 years for naming rights to the stadium. FirstEnergy agreed earlier this month to pay customers $306 million in credits on their electric bills after the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel reached a settlement with the energy company. FirstEnergy also agreed in July to pay $230 million and cooperate...
    BANGKOK (AP) — Legal official: Myanmar court postpones verdict in case against ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to allow new testimony. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    By Mary Clare Jalonick | Associated Press WASHINGTON — A House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection will vote Wednesday to hold a former Justice Department official in contempt, demanding criminal charges against a defiant witness for a second time as lawmakers seek answers about the violent attack. The committee on Monday scheduled a vote to pursue contempt charges against Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department lawyer who aligned with President Donald Trump as he tried to overturn his election defeat. If approved by the panel, the recommendation of criminal contempt charges would then go to the full House for a vote and then to the Justice Department. Clark appeared for a deposition Nov. 5 but told lawmakers that he would not answer questions based partly on Trump’s legal efforts to block the committee’s investigation. The vote will come as the panel is also considering contempt charges against former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, who was Trump’s top aide the day that hundreds of his supporters violently attacked the U.S. Capitol and interrupted the...
    The Pentagon is emphasizing the importance of building up its bases in Guam and Australia to situate themselves better against China . The move, first announced by a senior defense official to reporters on Monday, is an outcome of the global posture review, which the Department of Defense launched shortly after Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was confirmed to the position last February. PENTAGON MAKING SPACE ASSETS APPEAR 'LESS JUICY' FOLLOWING RUSSIA MISSILE TEST “Direction from the GPR will strengthen the department's focus on China by reducing posture requirements in other theaters to enable improved warfighting readiness and increase activities in the Indo-Pacific,” said the official who briefed reporters on the conclusions of the review. The official explained that many of the details of the new plans and recommendations will remain classified. The review directs the Pentagon to enhance "infrastructure in Guam and Australia" and to prioritize "military construction across the Pacific Islands," the official said, adding that it should be "seeking greater regional access for military partnership activities." Mara Karlin, performing the duties of deputy undersecretary of defense for policy,...
    The House of Representatives select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol is scheduled to vote on Wednesday on whether to recommend criminal contempt charges for former Department of Justice official Jeffrey Clark, who served under former President Donald Trump. The committee has also threatened to do the same against former Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. Like Clark, Meadows has refused to provide information to the committee despite being subpoenaed by the committee. Were the committee to pass the resolution recommending charges against Clark for criminal contempt of Congress, the full House would vote on it. Ultimately, the Department of Justice would have to decide whether to bring such charges. Last month, former Trump senior adviser Steve Bannon was indicted by the DOJ following the House recommending criminal contempt charges over refusing to cooperate with the committee. Watch above, via CNN. Have a tip we should know? tips@mediaite.com
    Jeffrey Clark, once a DOJ official under former President Donald Trump, may soon face a criminal contempt of Congress charge. The Jan. 6 Committee will vote Wednesday on whether it should refer Jeffrey Clark, a Trump-era official, to the Department of Justice for criminal contempt of Congress after he—for weeks—failed to comply with a subpoena from the investigatory body. A meeting will be held at 7 p.m. this Wednesday where committee members will vote on a report detailing the ways in which Clark, once the acting attorney general for the Justice Department’s (DOJ) civil division, refused to cooperate with the congressional probe into the deadly Capitol attack. A Senate Judiciary Committee report from Democrats released earlier this year unveiled a variety of emails and other correspondence where Clark appeared ready to oust then-acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, at Trump’s urging, to install himself in Rosen’s place. Clark is also under scrutiny for his shilling of Trump’s lies about the 2020 election to state officials. In its Oct. 13 subpoena, the Jan. 6 Committee requested Clark provide testimony and records related...
    NEW YORK (AP) — A labor official is confirming a new union election for Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama based on objections to the first vote. The rare move was first announced on Monday by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, which spearheaded the union organizing movement. A National Labor Relations Board spokeswoman confirmed the decision. The move is a major blow to Amazon, which had spent about a year aggressively campaigning for warehouse workers in Bessemer to reject the union, which they ultimately did by a wide margin. But even with a second election, labor experts say a union victory is a long shot. Amazon will likely appeal and try to delay another vote. And even when an election is held, workers may chose to vote against joining a union again. Last time around, 1,798 workers rejected the union and 738 voted in favor of it. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    NEW YORK (AP) — Labor official confirms new union election for Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama based on objections to first vote. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    A top Biden administration official said the president is prepared to release more crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to lower prices after it announced a 50 million barrel release last week. Amos Hochstein, the senior energy security adviser at the State Department, said opening the reserve was among the tools the administration had at its disposal and "will be available again" if necessary. Hochstein made his comments during an interview with CNBC on Monday, drawing a distinction between the 32 million barrels to be made available under the Energy Department's exchange authority and the 18 million to be offered to companies in an accelerated sale. HOW BIDEN'S STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE SALE WILL WORK AND WHAT IT WILL DO “Remember, this was not a 50 million barrel release; 30 million barrels were an exchange where companies and traders can take the oil now and return it over a scheduled period of time. That means the Strategic Petroleum Reserve will be replenished,” Hochstein said . “And therefore, we have more flexibility to be able...
    (CNN)The Pentagon will focus on building up bases in Guam and Australia to better prepare the US military to counter China, a senior defense official said on Monday.The moves have been prompted by the Department of Defense's global posture review, which President Joe Biden ordered Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to undertake shortly after taking office in February. Austin started the global posture review in March. The review is classified, but a senior defense official provided some details about the review's findings.The Indo-Pacific region was a major focus, because of Secretary Austin's emphasis on "China as the pacing challenge," for the Department, the senior defense official said. Taiwan scrambles fighters to see off Chinese warplanes as Xi meets top brassThe Biden administration has made countering China its main foreign policy priority as tensions have increased with Beijing, particularly over the issue of Taiwan and senior Pentagon officials have publicly expressed alarm about China's efforts to upgrade and modernize its military. Last month Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said China had successfully tested a hypersonic...