Monthly Archives: May 2021

UN Security Council To Meet Over Gaza Conflict

Axios reports: The United Nations Security Council was preparing to meet Sunday, as the aerial bombardment between Israel and Hamas between entered a seventh day. Four Palestinians died in airstrikes early Sunday, as Israeli forces bombed the home of Gaza’s Hamas chief, Yehya al-Sinwar, per Reuters. t least 149 people have died in Gaza and 10 others in Israel since …

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GOP Rep Who Sought To Overturn Election Now Says Biden Won (Because Rep Is Now Running For NY Gov)

Newsday reports: Rep. Lee Zeldin, the front-runner to be the Republican nominee for New York governor, acknowledged in a Newsday interview last week that Joe Biden won the presidency and said he won’t call the election “illegitimate,” even though he sought to overturn it. Zeldin edged away from former President Donald Trump in the interview in the Capitol Wednesday just …

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Gay Cops Condemn “Shameful” Ban By NYC Pride

Yesterday NYC Pride announced that police groups are banned from participating in parades and festivals through 2025. From the Gay Officers Action League: The Gay Officers Action League (“GOAL”) is disheartened by the decision to ban our group from participating in New York City Pride. Heritage of Pride (NYC Pride) has long been a valued partner of our organization and …

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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Variety reports: Don Lemon is getting his name above the title on his late-night program on CNN. The WarnerMedia cable-news outlet will rename the two late-evening hours he has hosted for the past several years “Don Lemon Tonight,” replacing “CNN Tonight with Don Lemon.” CNN spokespersons did not respond immediately to queries seeking comment, but the new show moniker reflects …

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Over Half Of NY Adults Now Fully Vaccinated

Gothamist reports: Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday that 51.5% of New Yorkers over the age of 18 have now been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The state also reported 61.4% of adults have received at least one vaccine dose. 49.6% of all New Yorkers have received at least one dose, and 41.3% of all New Yorkers have been fully vaccinated, according …

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Jenner Ad: Help Me Stop “Overbearing Government”

“We’re number one in regulations, we’re number one in taxes and we’re number one in people exiting the state. It doesn’t have to be that way. “They’re leaving for one reason and one reason only, and that is overbearing government, overreaching government, overtaxing us, over-regulating us. “We just have to have a good business environment and less regulations on the …

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CVS, Target, Home Depot Keep Mask Rules For Now

ABC News reports: “Target will continue to require all of our coronavirus safety measures in all stores, including masks and social distancing, while we review guidance from the CDC and evaluate the guidance we offer our team and guests,” Target said. CVS is also keeping its mask mandate as it reviews the CDC’s policy. Home Depot will be keeping their …

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AP: We’re “Horrified” At Israeli Strike On Our Offices

From a statement issued by the Associated Press: We are shocked and horrified that the Israeli military would target and destroy the building housing AP’s bureau and other news organizations in Gaza. They have long known the location of our bureau and knew journalists were there. We received a warning that the building would be hit. We are seeking information …

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Space Force Colonel Fired Over Diversity Complaints

Military.com reports: A commander of a U.S. Space Force unit tasked with detecting ballistic missile launches has been fired for comments made during a podcast promoting his new book, which claims Marxist ideologies are becoming prevalent in the United States military. Lt Col. Matthew Lohmeier, commander of 11th Space Warning Squadron at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, was relieved from …

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Kraken Lawyer Loses Bid For SC GOP Party Chair

Politico reports: Pro-Trump lawyer Lin Wood’s bid to bring “chaos” to South Carolina’s GOP was halted on Saturday when he failed to unseat the party’s chairman after baselessly accusing the incumbent of voter fraud and a host of other slurs. Chairman Drew McKissick’s reelection was not in doubt among knowledgeable Republicans who say the party delegate rules favor longtime insiders. …

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Loony Louie Calls Jailed Rioters “Political Prisoners”

The Houston Chronicle reports: Rep. Louie Gohmert defended people arrested for storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, calling the vast majority of them “peaceful Americans” during an hourlong speech on the floor of the House of Representatives. The Tyler Republican and former judge pointed to some defendants being held for weeks in jail in Washington awaiting trial, calling them …

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WH Expresses Concern To Israel Over Airstrike On Gaza Media Office Tower: Safety Of Journalists Is Paramount

The Hill reports: The White House said Saturday that it communicated its concerns to Israel over an airstrike launched in Gaza that destroyed a building that housed several news organizations, including The Associated Press. The Israeli military defended the strike on Twitter, saying it gave people in the building a warning to evacuate. The military said it was one of …

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Virginia And Maryland Lift Face Mask Mandates

The Washington Post reports: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) said that after midnight Friday, anyone who is fully vaccinated will not be required to wear masks indoors or out, except on public transit, in health-care facilities or in congregate settings. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) is lifting the statewide mask mandate at the same time, coinciding with his earlier plan …

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NYC Pride Bans Police Participation Through 2025

The New York Times reports: New York City’s annual Pride celebration, which began 51 years ago as a defiant commemoration of an anti-police uprising and has evolved into a city-sanctioned equality jamboree, will take steps to reduce the presence of law enforcement at its events. Starting this year, police and corrections officers will also not be allowed to participate as …

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QAnon Rep Accused Of Illegal Homestead Exemption

Atlanta’s ABC News affiliate reports: A Channel 2 Action News investigation has found that Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and her husband have two active homestead exemptions, which is against Georgia law. A homestead exemption is a big tax break any Georgia homeowner is entitled to for their primary residence. It is against the law to file for more than …

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Israeli Strike Destroys Offices Of Multiple Media Outlets

The Associated Press reports: An Israeli airstrike destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed offices of The Associated Press and other media outlets on Saturday, the latest step by the military to silence reporting from the territory amid its battle with the militant group Hamas. The strike came nearly an hour after the military ordered people to evacuate …

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Report: Gaetz Charged Campaign For Party With Hooker

The Daily Beast reports: When Rep. Matt Gaetz attended a 2019 GOP fundraiser in Orlando, his date that night was someone he knew well: a paid escort and amateur Instagram model who led a cocaine-fueled party after the event, according to two witnesses. The Florida congressman’s one-time wingman, Joel Greenberg, will identify that escort to investigators as one of more …

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DHS Warning: Extremists Are Targeting Activist Groups

Talking Points Memo reports: The Department of Homeland Security released a new terrorism bulletin on Friday, warning that far-right extremists are likely to consider attacking protests against police brutality. The bulletin says that domestic violent extremists and white supremacists have been looking for “civil disorder” as an opportunity to commit violent acts “in furtherance of ideological objectives.” That includes targeting …

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Mississippi Supreme Court Tosses Entire Ballot Initiative System Because State Lost House Seat In 2020 Census

The Mississippi Free Press reports: The Mississippi Supreme Court today killed the medical-marijuana program that 68% of Mississippi voters approved in 2020, and with it, the state’s entire ballot-initiative process. The ruling means that voter-driven efforts to adopt early voting and expand Medicaid in the state are also now dead. The language of the law says that citizens collecting signatures …

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Florida Gov Signs $650M Plan To Address Sea Level Rise

Florida Politics reports: Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a pair of bills to address the impact of climate change and sea level rise. The measures were among the Governor’s priorities. House Speaker Chris Sprowls similarly marked them as top priorities. “Today, we probably take the most significant steps that have been taken in Florida in quite some time,” DeSantis said. …

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