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A New York Times report suggests OAN knew its election claims were false when it made them

By Hunter
  • If you are a lawyer representing, say, a voting machine manufacturer suing the Trump-centric propagandist conspiracy network known as OAN, you probably already have today's New York Times story on the network printed out, all the interesting bits highlighted.
  • "In interviews with 18 current and former OAN newsroom employees, 16 said the channel had broadcast reports that they considered misleading, inaccurate or untrue."
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US, China Agree To Work Together To ‘Strengthen’ Paris Agreement

By Shakhzod Yuldoshboev
  • The two countries reaffirmed their commitment “to cooperating with each other” through the international processes, such as “the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement,” the release reads.
  • U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry met with his Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhua in Shanghai for two days of bilateral talks, according to the Saturday press release from the U.S. Department of State.
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Kitchen Table Kibitzing April 18, 2021

  • Letters to the editor are mostly adamant in restricting outdoor pot growing, claiming that pot requires 6 times as much water as vineyards.
  • There are now discussions about cannabis growing in the area, which is legal, and whether vineyards and pot fields can co-exist, and the proper proportions of each.
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Two police shootings, two different outcomes and other commentary

By Post Editorial Board
  • In 2020, former President Donald Trump, supposedly “the embodiment of white diabolism,” won “a greater percentage of Hispanics and blacks than liberal-sensitive Republicans” John McCain and Mitt Romney.
  • The charging decisions in the police shootings of Daunte Wright in Minnesota and Ashli Babbitt in DC were announced within an hour of each other “with strikingly different conclusions,” observes Jonathan Turley at USA Today .
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Boehner: ‘Cruel’ America First Caucus Wants to Stop Country from Being a ‘Land of Immigration’

By Pam Key
  • Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the so-called America First Caucus was “cruel” and defied the concept of America as a “land of immigration.”
  • I wouldn’t call it mainstreamed in our party, but I can tell you that this so-called America First Caucus is one of the nuttiest things I’ve ever seen.
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Arrests of Illegal Aliens Have Dropped Precipitously Under the Biden Administration

By Jose Nino
  • According to a new report by the Washington Times, the Biden administration has substantially slashed the number of illegal alien arrests that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) typically carries out.
  • The following article, Arrests of Illegal Aliens Have Dropped Precipitously Under the Biden Administration, was first published on Big League Politics .
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Backs Court-packing; Says Courts Should Not Overrule Legislature

By Joel B. Pollak
  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has backed Democrats’ effort to pack the Supreme Court by adding four new seats that would be filled by President Joe Biden, arguing the courts should not be allowed to overturn laws passed by Congress.
  • “The idea that nine people, that a nine-person court, can overturn laws that … hundreds and thousands of legislators, advocacy and policymakers drew consensus on … we have to … just ask ourselves, I think as a country, how much does that current structure benefit us?
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My Boyfriend Just Confessed a Profound Betrayal. I Can’t Tell If My Reaction Is Too Much.

By Rich Juzwiak and Stoya
  • I’m still incredibly in love with him and can’t picture my life without him in it, but I’m struggling so hard with my feelings of anger and betrayal, going back and forth between “you will be fine, it’s about working through the issues and building a future together by learning from the mistakes of the past!”
  • Stoya : It’s great to know whether my instincts are correct and advice is sound.
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Setting Foreign Policy Priorities at the Subnational Level

By Belfer Center

On April 13, the American Council on Germany, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, the NVRC, and the Verband Region Stuttgart hosted a discussion with Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) and Cem Özdemir, Bundestag Member (The Greens) about the subnational dimension of foreign policy. The conversation was moderated by Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook, Executive Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project and Executive Director of The Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship at the Harvard Kennedy School and Co-Director of the ACG’s Eric M. Warburg Chapter in Boston.

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NYC EMS Union Boss: Anarchists Targeting Crews in ‘Day to Day Assault’

By Amy Furr
  • Since the beginning of the year, the windows of at least four ambulances have been smashed and vehicles parked outside an EMS [Emergency Medical Services] base in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, have been vandalized, according to Oren Barzilay, president of Local 2507 of the Uniformed EMTs, Paramedics, and Fire Inspectors union.
  • New York City Fire Department ( FDNY ) EMTs and paramedics are being attacked and need help but no one is listening, their union chief claims.
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PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN—Day88—Evening Shade-Sunday

  • National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan: "All we can control is the kinds of investments we make to give the Afghan Security Forces the best chance that they have to defend their country and defend their people." https://t.co/2w9RwkWswG pic.twitter.com/bgWg8t0yx9
  • WATCH: Bass "hopeful" on passing police reform: "Republicans that I am working with are operating in good faith" https://t.co/T68zWONHHC pic.twitter.com/fjI74Kird9
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Dan Snyder, Bruce Allen divorce gets messy

By Thom Loverro
  • The Allen-Snyder breakup may wind up playing out in a courtroom, with the news this week from The Athletic that Snyder is looking to depose his former Putt-Putt buddy in the bizarre lawsuit the owner has filed against an Indian website — Meaww.com — that posted an article last summer suggesting Snyder was somehow involved with the late convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, with no evidence of any such connection.
  • The Allen-Snyder marriage, which began in December 2009, was over when the former general manager turned on his heels and headed past the Washington Football Team owner’s SUV and down the tunnel and out of AT&T Stadium after the final game of the 2019 season, a 47-16 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
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Ex-President George Bush Goes Full Democrat, Calls for ‘Pathway’ to Citizenship for Illegals, Rejects ‘Amnesty’

By Andrew Jose, The Western Journal

Former Republican President George W. Bush, in a Friday piece for The Washington Post, called for granting undocumented aliens within the country a gradual pathway to legal residency and ultimately citizenship. “The help and respect historically accorded to new arrivals is one reason so many people still aspire and wait to become Americans,” Bush, the

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PBS Poll Claiming Americans Reject Transgender Legislation is Full of ‘Euphemisms to Prevent Understanding’

By Rebecca Downs
  • When it comes to being asked "Do you support or oppose legislation that would prohibit gender transition-related medical care for minors," 66 percent of a sample size of 1,066 national adults oppose.
  • Another question is "Do you support or oppose legislation that would prohibit transgender student athletes from joining sports teams that match their gender identity?" Opposition from national adults is at 67 percent, compared to 28 percent who support.
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“Game of Thrones” creator George R.R. Martin opens up about his struggles

By Dan Selcke
  • He confirms that he will be creating "new 'GOT' successor shows (and some non-related series, like 'ROADMARKS') for both HBO and HBO Max." When we heard about the deal, we guessed that Martin would be working on some of the many "Game of Thrones" spin-off series in development, but it's good to have confirmation.
  • " A Song of Ice and Fire " author and " Game of Thrones " creator George R.R. Martin has written an emotional new entry on his Not a Blog .
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Dr. Fauci joining Snapchat to boost vaccine confidence among target demographics in WH media blitz: report

By Yael Halon
  • An unnamed administration official told Axios that the White House plans to launch a targeted "media blitz" on Monday that will target specific demographics who tend to show higher rates of vaccine hesitancy, including Latino and Black communities.
  • White House officials will also reportedly partake in the effort, appearing in interviews with Telemundo, All Ag News and radio host Rickey Smiley, who is popular among Black communities, Axios said.
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CDC: Half of U.S. Adults Have Gotten at Least One COVID Vaccine Shot

By McCaffrey Blauner
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Sunday that 130 million adults in the U.S., or 50.4 percent of the over-18 population, have received at least one COVID-19 immunization shot. Nearly 84 million adults, or 32.5 percent of the population, have been fully vaccinated. The milestone comes just as the global death toll from COVID-19 has broken 3 million, according to Johns Hopkins University. While vaccine reluctance is expected to present a challenge in the coming months, polls show that willingness to get the vaccine is increasing, with one poll showing that the number of adult Americans willing to get the vaccine swelled from 67 percent in January to 75 percent in a more recent poll. U.S. officials have stressed that they do not expect the recent pause imposed on Johnson & Johnson vaccine administration to affect vaccine accessibility, with Dr. Anthony Fauci saying he expects a decision on the single-dose vaccine soon. “I would be very surprised if we don’t have a resumption in some form by Friday,” said Fauci.

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Ashley Rindsberg: NYT Is ‘Godfather of Fake News’

By Deborah Brand
  • “The New York Times is guilty of everything it claims to abhor – patriarchy, fake news and, most egregiously of all, of distorting history,” Israel-based American author Ashley Rindsberg told Breitbart in an interview on Monday.
  • Among the most shocking of the revelations made in the book is that, on the eve of the Second World War, the New York Times reported that Poland invaded Germany—a narrative that was created as part of a Nazi propaganda effort.
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Severed Pig’s Head Left Outside Former Home of Chauvin Defense Witness

By McCaffrey Blauner
AP

A severed pig’s head was found outside a Santa Rosa, California, home that once belonged to Barry Brodd, a retired police officer who recently testified as an expert witness on behalf of Derek Chauvin, the former Minnesota police officer charged with killing George Floyd. Pig’s blood was splattered all over the front of the house and garage, as well as on a nearby statue, where a sign reading “Oink, Oink” had been left behind. Police were called to the scene just after 3 a.m. on Saturday by the home’s current owners, who said a group of people dressed in black had thrown the pig’s head on their front porch and splattered blood on their house. “It appears the suspects in this vandalism were targeting Mr. Brodd for his testimony,” Santa Rosa Police said in a statement.

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Pew: 20% More Americans Call Illegal Immigration ‘Very Big Problem’ Under Joe Biden

By John Binder
  • The latest Pew Research Center survey, conducted from April 5 to 11, reveals the number of American adults who say illegal immigration is a very big problem has jumped 20 percentage points since last year when Trump was in office.
  • Today, 72 percent of Republican voters call illegal immigration a very big problem — a 29 percentage point increase since June 2020 — while 29 percent of Democrats say the same.
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Stephen Miller reemerges to cause problems for Biden

Stephen Miller is back. The former Trump advisor and mastermind of his most debased immigration policies has a new gig, and it involved suing the Biden administration as often as possible. Jean Guerrero, who literally wrote the book on Miller, joined American Voices with Alicia Menedez to discuss what we can expect from his next act. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Repealing Trump’s SALT Cap Deemed Unpopular as It Benefits Rich

By Emel Akan
  • WASHINGTON—A bipartisan group of lawmakers is pushing to eliminate the cap on federal tax deductions for state and local taxes (SALT) but many argue that such a move would massively favor the rich.
  • Lifting the SALT cap would give essentially no benefit to the middle class, contrary to what Democrats and some Republicans have argued,” a Brookings Institution report stated last year.
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John Boehner Blames Obama Speeches For Increasingly Racist GOP Lawmakers

By Todd Neikirk
While promoting his new book, John Boehner has been more than willing to criticize Republicans like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. The former Speaker, though, also has critiques for some of the Democrats he worked with. Boehner took a weird shot at Barack Obama during a Sunday appearance on Meet the Press. During the interview,

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Andrew Cuomo still issuing orders while refusing to answer questions

By Post Editorial Board
  • In fact, the gov hasn’t answered a single in-person question since December, the Albany Times-Union reported, noting that “reporters have been frustrated by this, with many choosing to highlight each day that journalists are barred from Cuomo’s public events, which often take on the tone of political rallies.”
  • On Friday, during a virtual news conference in Buffalo, Cuomo called on only five, hand-picked reporters … who then lobbed softball questions rather than asking any of the obvious and damning ones.
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President Biden’s success is causing Republicans to short circuit

By Sheree McSpadden
  • He pointed to John Cornyn’s complaint that Biden didn’t know how to govern because he wasn’t tweeting enough, and his crazy allegation that VP Kamala Harris was actually the one running things, latching on to the ‘bossy black woman’ stereotype.
  • Republicans are so befuddled by President Biden’s success, it is causing some to spout ridiculous accusations, but others are starting to admit their messaging is all wrong.
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A Guide to Netflix’s Who Killed Sara? For People Who Only Want to Know Who Killed Sara

By Matthew Dessem
  • Sara’s brother Alex (Manolo Cardona in the present-day, Leo Deluglio in flashbacks), tells police he was the person who strapped Sara into the parachute, so when they discover that her harness had been sabotaged, he’s convicted of murder and sentenced to thirty years in prison.
  • I haven’t even gotten into the big game hunting, or the time César got Rodolfo’s wife pregnant, or the way Chema gets iced out of the family business over his sexuality, or the cilice Mariana wears on her thigh, or who tried to kill Sara.
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Chicago prosecutor put on leave after telling judge 13-year-old Adam Toledo was armed when police shot him

By Chris Enloe
  • Assistant State's Attorney James Murphy was placed on paid administrative leave Friday after telling Judge Susana Ortiz that Toledo was holding a gun when police shot him, according to the Chicago Sun-Times .
  • The Chicago Sun-Times similarly reported that one angle of bodycam footage doesn't show Toledo "throwing away the gun, and the boy doesn't appear to be holding a weapon in his raised hands...but another video shows him apparently throwing something through a gap in the fence to the other side — and a video shows an officer discovering a handgun there."
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No One Behind the Wheel in Tesla Crash That Killed Two

By McCaffrey Blauner
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Officials say that no one was in the driver’s seat when a Tesla crashed into a tree in Woodlands, Texas, late Saturday, bursting into flames and killing both male occupants. According to authorities, the men’s wives told investigators that, minutes before the crash, the two had been discussing using the vehicle’s Autopilot function before going for a ride. Physical evidence indicated that one man was in the passenger seat and the other was in the back seat, said officials, though neither could be positively identified because of the duration of the fire. “It took four hours to put out a fire that normally would have taken a matter of minutes,” Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman said. Regulators have expressed alarm about the kind of batteries used in Teslas, warning that they can potentially make vehicle fires more difficult to put out. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it is investigating nearly two dozen crashes involving Teslas potentially using Autopilot.

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Indianapolis shooter bought two rifles. Did red flag laws fail?

By Casey Smith
  • The former employee who shot and killed eight people at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis legally bought the two rifles used in the attack despite red flag laws designed to prevent such purchases, police said.
  • It became one of the first states to enact such a law after an Indianapolis police officer was killed by a man whose weapons had to be returned despite hospitalization months earlier for an emergency mental health evaluation.
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WATCH: Rep. Jim Clyburn Explains Why Chauvin Verdict Could “Start Us on the Journey to Reforms”

By Todd Neikirk
In the next week, there will be a verdict on the Derek Chauvin case. Historically, police officers have not been acquitted in cases like this one. There is, however a cautious optimism that the Minnesota police officer will be convicted. During a Sunday appearance on CNN, Representative Jim Clyburn explained that a guilty verdict in

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These Are The Victims Of The FedEx Facility Shooting

By Krystie Lee Yandoli
  • Sekhon’s 22-year-old son Diljot Sekhon echoed this sentiment about his mother to the Indianapolis Star, saying, “She worked countless hours a week just so that she could provide food for everyone in the house.
  • Nineteen-year-old Samaria Blackwell, who worked at the FedEx facility for two months, was described by her family as “a fun-loving, caring daughter” who was a straight-A student as well as an athlete.
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Rep. Greg Meeks won’t back Biden infrastructure plan without SALT cap repeal

By Carl Campanile
  • Queens Congressman Greg Meeks said Sunday he won’t back President Biden’s infrastructure package unless it includes a repeal of the federal $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions approved in 2017 under former President Trump.
  • Former President Donald Trump’s 2017 tax law limited the amount of state and local taxes — “SALT” — that can be deducted when filing federal taxes.
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Senate Republicans Unable to Cope With Joe Biden’s Ability to do His Job

By Brandon Gage
  • It starts with what they see as some hardwired media narratives they can’t shake: that Biden is a reasonable, deal-making moderate and that Republicans talk about compromise but really just want to obstruct.
  • A confederation of ten Republican Senators known as the G-10 – Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Jerry Moran of Kansas, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Rob Portman of Ohio, Mitt Romney of Utah, Mike Rounds of South Dakota, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, and Todd Young of Indiana – are absolutely miserable because President Joe Biden is not the political boogeyman that their party has made him out to be.
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Hawaii Supreme Court Ends Pandemic-Related Early Prisoner Release

By Matthew Vadum
  • As state and local governments across the United States ease pandemic-related restrictions, the Supreme Court of the State of Hawaii has decided to end a program that allowed for the release of low-level inmates early in hopes of controlling the spread of COVID-19 in the Aloha State’s detention facilities.
  • Concerned about a viral breakout at Oahu Community Correctional Center, the Office of the Public Defender filed a petition with the court Aug. 12, 2020, seeking the expedited release of certain categories of inmates at Hawaii’s community correctional centers and facilities.
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FedEx shooter Brandon Hole was obsessed with ‘My Little Pony’: report

  • Posts on Brandon Hole’s since-taken-down Facebook page appear to indicate he was a member of the "Bronies" community — a group of mostly adult men who are extreme fans of the kiddie toys and animated television show, the Wall Street Journal reported.
  • The name Brony is a mashup between "bro" and "pony" — and the group has a history of extremist tendencies, the outlet said, citing an internal Facebook memo they reviewed that detailed the post.
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BLM Co-Founder Defends Multi-Million Dollar Real Estate Empire as US Faces Housing Crisis

By C. Douglas Golden, The Western Journal

On a scale of 0-$3.2 million, how much do you think Patrisse Khan-Cullors regrets saying she was a “trained Marxist?” It’s not just that it’s bad P.R. coming from a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement. It’s that, if you’re going to spend that much buying up housing stock, you probably oughtn’t also be

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Andrew Cuomo’s energy legacy for New York: Dark days ahead

By Post Editorial Board
  • As of April 30, the Indian Point nuclear plant shuts down for good, thanks to yearslong pressure from Gov. Andrew Cuomo — leaving the state more reliant on power produced by burning natural gas, and making it far harder to reach Cuomo’s zero-carbon-emissions goal.
  • Then again, a state energy panel just put the kibosh on building new natural-gas plants — opening the door to lots of blackouts in the future if Cuomo’s wind and solar plans fall through.
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Cuomo accuser criticizes Yang’s reaction to misogynistic question

By Erin Durkin
  • NEW YORK — Mayoral candidate Andrew Yang said Sunday he “would never endorse any mistreatment of women,” after coming under criticism from one of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s accusers for his reaction in a video when asked if he "choke(s) b----es."
  • Charlotte Bennett, a former gubernatorial aide who has accused Cuomo of sexual harassment, wrote in an op-ed in the Daily News that Yang showed “cowardice” when he laughed off the vulgar question from a man who approached him.
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Kamala Harris set to showcase policy chops by touting Biden infrastructure plan

By Jacqueline Alemany
  • In doing so, she is highlighting at least one piece of the infrastructure plan stemming directly from a 2019 bill she introduced as a former California senator to electrify the nation’s school buses, which make up 90 percent of the nation’s total bus fleet, according to three senior administration officials.
  • Harris will visit Thomas Built Buses manufacturing plant in High Point, N.C., to discuss the $20 billion investment being proposed by the administration to convert the entire U.S. fleet of gasoline and diesel-powered school buses to electric vehicles.
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Fox News’ Chris Wallace Asks GOP Sen. Cornyn If Questioning Biden’s Mental Faculties Is Helpful

By LifeZette
  • After years of members of the media constantly questioning the mental state of former President Donald Trump, Fox News host Chris Wallace appears to suddenly think that questioning the mental faculties of a president is a bad idea now that Joe Biden is in office.
  • On Sunday, Wallace called out Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) over a tweet in which he reportedly suggested that Biden is not actually in charge.
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‘Trying To Create A Civil War’: Calls Grow For Maxine Waters To Be Punished Over Alleged Incitement

By Ryan Saavedra
  • Backlash continued to grow against Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters (CA) on Sunday over remarks that she made late Saturday night where she encouraged activists to “get more confrontational” on “the street” if Derek Chauvin is not convicted of murdering George Floyd.
  • And we’re looking to see if all of this [inaudible] that took place and has been taking place after they saw what happened to George Floyd,” Waters said .
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Climate change: Where China and US find grounds for agreement

By Hyung-jin Kim
  • The United States and China, the world’s two biggest carbon polluters, agreed to cooperate to curb climate change with urgency, just days before President Joe Biden hosts a virtual summit of world leaders to discuss the issue.
  • According to the U.S.-China statement, the two countries would enhance “their respective actions and cooperating in multilateral processes, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement.”
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Kayleigh McEnany Reveals She Warned Reporters Not To Believe Russia Bounties Story

By LifeZette
  • Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has spoken out to say that she warned reporters not to be so quick to buy into a New York Times story about Russia putting bounties on American troops last summer.
  • The New York Times released a report last summer claiming that American intelligence officials had found that Russia’s military intelligence secretly offered Taliban-linked militants bounties to kill the U.S. troops that were still in Afghanistan, according to Newsweek .
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NY state cap blocks Queens charter school for struggling kids

By Carl Campanile
  • A proposed Queens charter school that would enroll only struggling high school students can’t open — because the state Legislature won’t raise the charter school cap on expansion.
  • Urban Dove CEO Jain Nanda said the charter school would serve a pressing need — there are only five other second-chance transfer schools in all of Queens, and none in District 30, where the alternative school would be located.
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Ilhan Omar: Police’s George Floyd trial preparations are ‘military occupation’

By Valerie Richardson
  • She took aim Saturday at Operation Safety Net, the public-safety response created to handle potential unrest from the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis, an initiative ramped up ahead of schedule after the April 11 death of Daunte Wright, who was shot by an officer in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.
  • The Minnesota National Guard reported that two officers suffered minor injuries after a drive-by shooter in a light-colored SUV fired several shots shortly after 4 a.m. Sunday at an Operation Safety Net team in Minneapolis.
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Minnesota armed carjacker points gun at vehicle during police pursuit, chilling video shows

By Bradford Betz
  • An armed carjacker being pursued by police officers in Minnesota Sunday afternoon was captured on video pointing a gun at an oncoming vehicle before he was reportedly shot by police officers.
  • Video from the Minnesota Department of Transportation shows a man who is being pursued by police jump out of a moving car, run into oncoming traffic, and point a gun at an approaching car on Highway 13 at I-35W.
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Sinn Féin Leader ‘Sorry’ About 1979 Killing of Prince Philip’s Uncle

By McCaffrey Blauner
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Mary Lou McDonald, leader of Irish political party Sinn Féin, told the Irish Times Radio that she is “sorry” for the 1979 Irish Republican Army bomb attack that killed Lord Louis Mountbatten as well as three others. Lord Mountbatten, as well as his grandson, the boy’s maternal grandmother, and a 15-year-old boy were killed when an explosive device planted by a member of the IRA detonated aboard their boat while on a fishing trip off the northwestern coast of Ireland. McDonald's comments came shortly after the funeral of Prince Philip, Lord Mountbatten’s nephew. During a 2015 meeting with Prince Charles, then-Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams indicated that he stood by prior comments that Lord Mountbatten “knew the danger” when he came to Ireland, making McDonald’s statement a notable reversal for the IRA-associated political party.

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Fauci Responds to Attacks from Rep. Jordan and Republican Vaccine Hesitancy

By Peter Wade
  • Fauci explained that Jordan’s point about Covid -19 mitigation efforts such as wearing masks and not gathering in large groups are not “about liberties that were being restricted” as the congressman charged, it’s about saving lives.
  • Fauci continued, “They [Republicans] want to be able to say these restrictions that are put on by public health recommendations are things that they’re very concerned about.
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In Dreams Begin Responsibilities: The Bountiful Life of Vartan Gregorian

By Richard Stengel
  • It’s not a secret that Vartan identified with Andrew Carnegie, the hardscrabble Scottish industrialist who loved reading and vowed if he ever became rich, he would start libraries for poor boys like himself.
  • Like Carnegie, Vartan understood that America was not a country based on a common religion, blood, or background, but an uncommon set of ideas—that all people were created equal, that no one was above the law, that here the people rule—and in many ways Vartan spent a lifetime teaching Americans about their own heritage and what it means to be an American.
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Biden Admin Rips Trump Policy While Insisting POTUS Didn’t Break Vow On Refugees

By Summer Concepcion
Biden administration officials on Sunday defended the President after he faced swift and strong criticism from refugee advocacy groups and Democratic lawmakers for initially signing an order last week that would keep a Trump-era limit on U.S. refugee admissions in place for the fiscal year. The President has since committed to increasing the nation’s refugee cap, but did not provide a specific amount. […]Read more >Similar articles >

Alex Jones Faces a Reckoning

By Elizabeth Williamson
  • The former stand-up comedians mock Mr. Jones for a living on their podcast, Knowledge Fight, but with the end of the Trump era, the duo wonder how long his conspiratorial carrying on can remain interesting, much less culturally relevant.
  • Dan Friesen and Jordan Holmes turned their Infowars-skewering podcast into a business.
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Progressive Independent Media Unite

By Sharon Kyle
  • But for news and commentary providers like Margaret Prescod, Glen Ford, Amy Goodman, Rick Wolff, Eric Mann, Ann Garrison and so many other Pacifica radio hosts making sense of the changes we are seeing in this country would be almost impossible.
  • In the video, Wolff tells us that our views or what we call common sense is shaped by what we learn in our homes, schools, churches, and by the corporate media.
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Kroger closes five stores in California cities that require ‘hero pay’

By Paul Sacca
  • "As a result of the City of Long Beach's decision to pass an ordinance mandating Extra Pay for grocery workers, we have made the difficult decision to permanently close long-struggling store locations in Long Beach," said a spokesperson for Kroger several weeks ago, the Epoch Times reported.
  • Last month, the Los Angeles City Council approved an emergency ordinance to require grocery stores, retailers, and pharmacies with more than 300 employees nationwide, or more than 10 employees on-site, to offer employees an additional $5 per hour in hazard pay during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Here’s the Creepy Thing a Monkey Can Do After Getting One of Elon Musk’s Microchips Embedded in Its Brain

By Taylor Penley

Anyone born before the turn of the century has witnessed the world’s most recent revolution — a technological one, embedded in a virtual reality, but no less real. Many of us watched the rise and fall of dial-up internet, the replacement of the floppy disk and CD-ROM with digital downloads, and we saw our archaic

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Don Jr.’s latest Instagram post comparing his father to Joe Biden astonishes social media

By Vinnie Longobardo
  • The strange thing is, however, the form in which he tried to convince the skeptical public of the truth of his comparative claims — a montage of photos that seem to do less to display Trump Sr.’s greatness than emphasize his hopeless buffoonery.
  • Donald Trump Jr.’s latest Instagram post is getting plenty of reaction from social media users, but perhaps not the kind he had in mind.
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Subway crime still outpacing ridership despite drop in March

By David Meyer
  • Subway crime rates dropped in March compared to the previous month, according to newly-released NYPD stats — but remain far higher than where they stood pre-pandemic.
  • Last month’s 118 major felonies in the subway system were 32.6 percent fewer than the 175 that recorded in March 2020 — half of which the city spent under COVID-19 lockdown, according to stats prepared for Wednesday’s upcoming MTA board meeting.
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Poll: Most Americans want to end lifetime Supreme Court appointments but nix expanded court.

By JOE GANDELMAN, Editor-In-Chief
  • A majority of Americans want to end lifetime appointments for U.S. Supreme Court justices, according to an Ipsos poll for Reuters, though less than half are in favor of other efforts to reform the judiciary.
  • The national opinion poll, conducted on Thursday and Friday, found that 63% of adults supported term or age limits for Supreme Court justices.
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President Biden strikes down a key source of Donald Trump’s depravity

By Ron Leshnower
  • Under the Biden rule, the Title X program would let more abortion clinics receive funding to provide free or subsidized contraception and other healthcare services to approximately 4 million Americans per year who can’t otherwise afford it.
  • On January 28, Biden signed a memorandum aimed at extricating every last bit of misogyny that Donald Trump spent four years trying to cement into our laws.
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One America News Network Stays True to Trump

By Rachel Abrams
  • Months after the inauguration of President Biden, One America News Network, a right-wing cable news channel available in some 35 million households, has continued to broadcast segments questioning the validity of the 2020 presidential election.
  • In interviews with 18 current and former OAN newsroom employees, 16 said the channel had broadcast reports that they considered misleading, inaccurate or untrue.
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Florida GOP Proposes Inspecting Teens Junk

By The Damage Report
  • "The GOP-controlled Florida House on Wednesday passed controversial legislation banning transgender athletes from playing girls’ sports, shifting attention to the state Senate where final approval is needed to send the bill to Gov. Ron DeSantis.
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Ex-President George Bush Calls for Gradual Path to Citizenship for Illegal Immigrants

By Andrew Jose

Former Republican President George W. Bush, in a Friday piece for The Washington Post, called for granting undocumented aliens within the country a gradual pathway to legal residency and ultimately citizenship. “The help and respect historically accorded to new arrivals is one reason so many people still aspire and wait to become Americans,” Bush, the

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Mysterious Aircraft Spotted Near Area 51 Seen in New Pictures

By Garion Frankel

Area 51 has long been a place of mystery, intricately tied to secret government projects and legends about the presence of extraterrestrial life. The movie “Independence Day” heightened its presence in popular culture. The “Storm Area 51” meme solidified that presence. I highly doubt there are aliens at Area 51. In reality, the military most

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Biden Team Sends Stern Threat to Russia Over Navalny’s Health

By Andrew West
The following article, Biden Team Sends Stern Threat to Russia Over Navalny’s Health, was first published on Flag And Cross. While every nation on this planet likely harbors some sort of terrible secret, or some evil underpinnings, no one plays the role of internationalbad guy quite like Russia does. The enormous nation has no real qualms about the world knowing its business, and Vladimir Putin has held onto power for as long as he as by doing thebare minimum required to keep him from being called a dictator. Beyond that, the nation appears fond of strongman-shenanigans like poisoning and jailing dissident journalists like Alexi Navalny, […]Read more >Similar articles >

What Does Bill Gates Plan to Do After He Vaccinates the World Population?

By Dr Steven F Hotze MD
  • You are probably well aware that family members, friends, your doctor, your employer, businesses and government agencies will attempt to coerce and force you to take the experimental COVID-19 mRNA gene modification injection, so don’t you think it’s important for you to make an informed decision?
  • They social distance, lockdown, become obsessed about germs, wash their hands incessantly, and stand in line to “be saved” by an experimental COVID-19 mRNA gene modification injection.
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Activists Question Whether Police Reform Bills Are Enough

By Steve Eder, Michael H. Keller and Blacki Migliozzi
  • Amber Widgery, a policy expert at the organization, said many of the laws — restricting the use of force, overhauling disciplinary systems, installing more civilian oversight and requiring transparency around misconduct cases — give states far more influence over policing practices that have typically been left to local jurisdictions.
  • Maryland’s new laws contain a range of provisions to rein in policing: a body-camera requirement for officers regularly interacting with the public, prison sentences of up to 10 years for violations of the state’s use-of-force policy, and restrictions on so-called no-knock warrants.
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WHOLE. NEW. BALLGAME. ACA enrollment is BACK & it’s a #BFD now. Here’s 10 key things to know:

  • All 50 states + DC have re-opened enrollment on their respective ACA exchanges in response to both the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the American Rescue Plan (ARP), which substantially expands and enhances premium subsidies to millions of people!
  • Once the COVID-19 Enrollment Period ends in your state, you won't be eligible to enroll for ACA-compliant major medical coverage for the rest of the year unless you qualify for a 60-day Special Enrollment Period (SEP) due to a qualify life event like losing your employer-provided healthcare coverage, getting married/divorced, moving, giving birth/adopting a child, turning 26 or becoming ineligible for Medicaid.
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Joaquin Castro Begs Joe Biden to Expand Catch and Release of Border Crossers

By John Binder
  • In early 2020, former President Trump invoked the CDC’s Title 42 authority that gives federal immigration officials the ability to quickly detain and return border crossers to their native countries.
  • The move, as Castro admits, would allow thousands of border crossers who would otherwise be returned to their native countries to make asylum claims and secure release into the U.S. interior.
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Medical bankruptces are still high, even with Obamacare. That’s why we need national, single-payer health care.

By Letters to the Editor
  • Regarding the disagreement between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) over whether to use a forthcoming spending package to strengthen the Affordable Care Act or expand Medicare eligibility and coverage, I’d like to highlight a relevant article.
  • We spend more on health care per capita than any other nation yet our quality of life is no better.
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Federal Judge Orders Minnesota Law Enforcement to Stop Assaulting, Harassing Journalists at Protests

By Lana Shadwick
  • A federal judge issued an order stopping Minnesota law enforcement officials and their agents, employees, and representatives from harassing and physically assaulting journalists covering the Daunte Wright protests.
  • Journalists say police officers pepper-sprayed and shot them with rubber bullets, and detained, and engaged in “other acts impeding the press’s ability to observe and report about protests and law enforcement’s interaction with protestors.”
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Republicans play a shell game with bipartisanship

By James Downie
  • “Senator Coons, you and I were talking a few weeks ago and you suggested a segment with Senator Cornyn and you about bipartisanship,” Wallace said, “and specifically about a plan you were both working on to take on China.
  • This is in fact the first part of the GOP shell game when it come to bipartisanship: Opposition to a Democratic bill doesn’t need substantive reasons or counterproposals.
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Court Order Protecting People Displaying Press Passes and Covering Protests in Minnesota

By Eugene Volokh
  • Plaintiffs commenced this lawsuit in June 2020 alleging that the State Defendants engaged in a pattern and practice of infringing the constitutional rights of members of the press who were documenting the protests that followed George Floyd's death.
  • If property seized in connection with the lawful arrest of a Journalist is needed for evidentiary purposes, the State Defendants shall promptly seek a search warrant, subpoena, or other court order to authorize the continued seizure of such property.
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Racism is a choice

By Letters to the Editor
  • But such defining choices are for the Trump supporters to make — and can only be helped by clear and honest information.
  • Bravo to Michael Gerson for his April 13 op-ed, “ Carlson’s racist rhetoric gives new life to Trumpism .”
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Fear of ‘the other’ is nothing new

By Letters to the Editor
  • On July 9, 1938, the proceedings of the Evian Conference show that Peruvian delegate Francisco García Calderón Rey cited the limited immigration quotas of the United States as “an example of caution and wisdom” in defense “of their Nordic heritage and of the Anglo Saxon race against invasion by other peoples.”
  • At the Evian Conference of 1938 in France, a stillborn attempt by Western democracies to provide refuge for threatened Jews in Germany and Austria, all delegates criticized German actions but would not allow increased immigration to their own countries.
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Biden hopes to pass more bills in first 100 days

By PBS NewsHour
  • And last, and I think we have to remember this especially, the Biden people know that history says they're going to lose those majorities in Congress in the midterms.
  • First, the Biden people are very aware that Obama may have asked for too little in 2009, which did not prevent a slow, weak, politically damaging recovery.
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Report: Biden Admin Demands Israel Stop ‘Bragging’ About Disabling Iran’s Nuclear Facility

By Deborah Brand
  • The U.N. nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, said that Iran had begun enriching uranium to 60 percent — dangerously close to weapons-grade — at an “aboveground facility” at the Natanz facility, confirming an earlier statement made by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani who said the move came as a direct response to Israel’s “ nuclear terrorism ” at the plant days earlier.
  • The Biden administration has delivered a “sharp rebuke” to Israel for undermining its position in talks with Iran by its “embarrassing chatter and bragging” about the bomb at the Natanz nuclear enrichment plant, Israel’s Channel 12 reported Friday.
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Exclusive – Mike Garcia: The Pandemic Was an ‘Insidious Encroachment on Our Bill of Rights’

By Jacob Bliss
  • Boyle said Garcia led the charge in California, having Republicans win back seats previously won by Democrats.
  • All 330 million of us hostage to what members of congress are going to do relative to their vaccination choice, is staggering and it’s an extension of what we see here in California every day, but ah, we’ve got to really be paying attention here, as Americans and double down on our constitutional rights.”
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For the First Time Ever, Less Than Half of Americans Belong to a House of Worship

By Grant Atkinson

For the first time since Gallup has been measuring churchgoers in the United States, less than 50 percent of Americans say they are members of a house of worship. The results, released last month, come from a 2020 survey. “U.S. church membership was 73% when Gallup first measured it in 1937 and remained near 70%

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Pelosi renews call for Congress to investigate the Capitol insurrection

By Katelyn Burns
  • The letter, sent to mark 100 days since the attempted revolt, indicated that Pelosi recently sent another proposal to Republican House leadership seeking to create a formal group in the vein of the 9/11 Commission.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) renewed her call for a congressional commission to investigate the January 6 Capitol insurrection in a “Dear Colleague” letter sent to her Democratic House colleagues Friday.
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Photos from my constitutional

By whyevolutionistrue
Here are two photos from my afternoon walk through Hyde Park. Why is the street in front of our local shopping center lined with garbage trucks? I suspect it’s to form a barricade in case of rioting over the shooting of Adam Toledo, 13, by a cop several weeks ago. The bodycam footage was released by the city on Thursday, and one could interpret it as the shooting of an unarmed suspect whose hands were up. It in fact was such a shooting, but it happened so fast (less than a second) that it’s not clear whether the cop violated protocol Something not scary but sweet: a three legged dog being taken for a walk by its three-legged owner. It had […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Maxine Waters Urges Anti-Cop Protesters to ‘Get More Confrontational,’ Take Action if Chauvin Trial Doesn’t Go Their Way

By Jack Davis

If anti-police protesters don’t get what they want from the justice system, they need to become “more confrontational,” Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California said Saturday. Waters attended an anti-police protest in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, which on Saturday marked a week of protests over last Sunday’s police shooting of Daunte Wright. Wright, 20, who is

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Our new maps show which congressional districts have gotten redder or bluer since 2008

By David Jarman
  • While the large majority of districts have stayed red or blue from year to year, this analysis made explicit the pattern of affluent suburbs moving in the Democratic direction over the decade and rural Midwestern areas moving in the Republican direction.
  • In our first map shown at the top of this post which shows every district equally sized (you can find a larger version here ), we’re taking a simple approach to the question: Did each district get redder or bluer at the presidential level, over the period from 2008 to 2020?
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After Crushing Vaccinations, Israel Lifts Outdoor Mask Mandate

By McCaffrey Blauner
Amir Cohen/ REUTERS

On Sunday, Israel ended its outdoor mask mandate and reopened schools for the first time since September 2020. The past months had seen the country distinguish itself as a world leader in vaccinations, with 56 percent of the population now fully vaccinated according to The New York Times. Israel has been making rapid steps towards re-opening, introducing a “green pass” system that allows people who have been vaccinated or had a prior infection to dine indoors, attend sports events, religious services, and other large gatherings, and stay in hotels. Israeli health expert Eran Segal of the Weizmann Institute of Science projected that around 85 percent of the 16-and-older population are already immune from either prior infection or from vaccinations. However, in a recent interview, Israel’s coronavirus czar Prof. Nachman Ash expressed concern over a new variant that he said may be able to cause infection in vaccinated people.

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Letters to the Editor — April 19, 2021

By Post readers
  • As your editorial notes: Rhetoric from elected officials regarding the unnecessary, and devastating, shooting of Daunte Wright by an officer of the Brooklyn Center Police Department has caused rioting and looting on businesses and residents of that city.
  • The Issue: Media and politicians’ reaction to the police shooting of Daunte Wright.
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US, China Agree to Cooperate on Climate, Beijing’s Actions Are Key

By Nicole Hao
  • The United States and China, the world’s two biggest carbon emitters, have agreed to cooperate on climate change with seriousness and urgency, according to a joint statement issued on April 17.
  • “This [the cooperation] includes both enhancing their respective actions and cooperating in multilateral processes, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement,” said the statement, released by the U.S. State Department.
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China’s third phase of genocide denial: Attacking those who speak the truth

By Fred Hiatt
  • We know this thanks to Radio Free Asia reporter Gulchehra Hoja and her colleagues, to a few dogged academics and to dozens of survivors and exiles who have bravely given testimony.
  • At first, when a few brave journalists at Radio Free Asia began alerting the world to the terrible events unfolding in western China, China’s Communist rulers denied that anything at all was taking place.
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Minnesota National Guard soldiers injured in drive-by shooting attack in Minneapolis

By Paul Sacca
  • "A light-colored SUV fired several shots" at a security team involved with Operation Safety Net, a "joint effort among the Minneapolis Police Department, Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, the State of Minnesota and local jurisdictions" to " ensure the safety of the public during the trial of Derek Chauvin; committed to protecting people, property, and freedom of speech."
  • A neighborhood security team comprised of Minnesota National Guardsmen and Minneapolis Police Department officers were reportedly fired on around 4:19 a.m. on Sunday near Penn Avenue and Broadway Avenue in Minneapolis.
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BLM Co-Founder Defends $3 Million Real Estate Empire as Americans Face Unprecedented Housing Crisis

By C. Douglas Golden

On a scale of 0-$3.2 million, how much do you think Patrisse Khan-Cullors regrets saying she was a “trained Marxist?” It’s not just that it’s bad P.R. coming from a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement. It’s that, if you’re going to spend that much buying up housing stock, you probably oughtn’t also be

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Blinken: U.S. will ‘monitor’ Afghan security after withdrawal

By KayAdmin
  • Biden's pledge to withdraw troops from Afghanistan: "We went to Afghanistan 20 years ago, and we went because we were attacked on 9/11… we achieved the objectives that we set out to achieve." https://t.co/SU8sA3lmXX pic.twitter.com/W9zp8moZQh
  • Joe Biden’s Secretary of State Tony Blinken has claimed a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan would not compromise the security of that country.
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Minneapolis Drive-By Leaves 2 National Guardsmen Injured as Imminent Chauvin Decision Threatens to Ignite City

By Andrew Jose

Unidentified assailants in a drive-by shooting Sunday fired at a team of Minnesota National Guard and Minneapolis Police Department officials keeping the peace in Minneapolis during the ongoing Derek Chauvin trial. Two Guardsmen received “minor injuries” in the attack, which occurred about 4:20 a.m. near the intersection of the city’s Penn and Broadway avenues, according

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Biden wasn’t really ready ‘on Day 1.’ His stumble on refugee numbers shows why.

By James Hohmann
  • As a candidate, Biden emphasized his experiences as vice president and as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to insist he would be fully prepared “on Day 1.”
  • After retreating from his own plan to lift his predecessor’s cap on refugees for the rest of this fiscal year, from 15,000 to 62,500, the new president faced more blowback from congressional Democrats on Friday than he has at any moment since taking office.
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New Conservative Group Gets Creative – And Controversial – In Its Effort to Block Biden Agenda

By Erin Coates

A new conservative research group is using creative and controversial tactics to cause trouble for the Biden administration. “I see the group right now as getting up every morning and with the goal of making it as difficult as possible for the Biden administration and their allies on the Hill to implement their agenda,” American

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