Politics

Legalized Weed Initiative To Appear On Arizona Ballot

Tucson’s ABC News affiliate reports: The Arizona Secretary of State’s office certified signatures for the marijuana legalization ballot measure. Secretary Katie Hobbs announced it will now be placed on the general election ballot in November as Prop 207. The initiative would legalize the possession and use of recreational marijuana for adults ages 21 years or older and allow those to …

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De Blasio Sued For Denying “Blue Lives Matter” Mural

The New York Post reports: A pair of pro-cop groups are suing Mayor Bill de Blasio after being denied a Blue Lives Matter mural akin to the one Black Lives Matter had splashed across Fifth Avenue, The Post has learned. The lawsuit, filed late Monday by Blue Lives Matter NYC and Standing up for NYC in the Southern District of …

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Lebanese PM And Government Resign After Blast

Gulf News reports: Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab, submitted his resignation on Monday to Lebanese president Micheal Aoun since a deadly blast blamed on state negligence ripped through the capital. The explosion, along with a severe economic crisis, has been widely blamed on decades of corruption and misrule by Lebanon’s entrenched political class. Lebanon’s cabinet faced mounting pressure on Monday …

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World Leaders Pledge $300M To Aid Beirut [VIDEO]

Reuters reports: World leaders and international organizations pledged nearly $300 million in emergency humanitarian aid to Beirut in the wake of the devastating explosion, but they warned on Sunday that no money for rebuilding the Lebanese capital will be made available until the country’s authorities commit themselves to the political and economic reforms demanded by the people. Over 30 participants …

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Over 1300 Detained In Belarus Election Eve Crackdown

Reuters reports: Authorities in Belarus on Saturday detained Maria Kolesnikova, a prominent member of the opposition campaign challenging President Alexander Lukashenko in a presidential election, the campaign team said. Human rights groups say more than 1,300 people have been detained in a crackdown ahead of Sunday’s election in an attempt to clamp down on street protests that pose the biggest …

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Protesters Battle Beirut Police After Explosion [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports: Security forces in Beirut fired tear gas at protest crowds as mourning turned to anger over the huge blast that leveled parts of Beirut earlier this week and left a shattered city casting blame on the country’s leaders. Activists have called for protests in the central Martyrs’ Square later Saturday in further evidence of the rage …

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Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate Cancels Rally Appearance After Being Bitten By Bat, Gets Rabies Vax

The Independent reports: An election campaign, so the common refrain goes, is not for the faint hearted: it needs hard work, good luck and a thick skin. In Jo Jorgensen’s case, it also requires a vaccine shot for rabies. The Libertarian Party’s US presidential candidate has had to cancel her appearance at a rally in Louisiana so she can get …

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Joe Arpaio Loses Bid To Win Back County Sheriff Job

Phoenix’s Fox News affiliate reports: The Associated Press is reporting that former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has lost his bid to return to the office. Arpaio was one of three candidates in the GOP primary for the position. The other prominent candidate in the race was Jerry Sheridan, who was his former right-hand man. Had Arpaio win the GOP …

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Lebanon President Knew About Explosives Last Month

The Associated Press reports: Lebanese President Michel Aoun knew about the huge stockpile of explosive material stored at Beirut’s port nearly three weeks before it blew up, he said Friday, adding he had ordered action be taken about it at the time, although the top leader also said he had no authority over the facility. “Do you know how many …

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Twitter To Label Posts From State-Run Media Outlets

Like most of their recent changes, this is long overdue: Twitter will start labeling the accounts of media outlets affiliated with the governments of countries on the U.N. National Security Council, it announced Thursday. The new labels won’t apply to all media outlets that receive government funding — only “outlets where the state exercises control over editorial content through financial …

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Beirut Crowds Mob French President As He Offers Help

CNN reports: Large crowds mobbed French President Emmanuel Macron in Beirut as he toured a neighborhood of the Lebanese capital devastated by Tuesday’s massive explosion. “Revolution, revolution!” people chanted, as shock at the devastation in the city gave way to anger on Thursday. New information reveals that Beirut officials had ignored repeated warnings about a stockpile of dangerous chemicals linked …

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Missouri Becomes Sixth Red State To Expand Medicaid

Forbes reports: Voters in Republican-leaning Missouri supported a ballot measure to extend Medicaid benefits to more than 200,000 low-income adults in the latest vote testing the popularity of the Affordable Care Act during the Covid-19 pandemic. The vote by a narrow margin of Missourians to expand Medicaid under the ACA is a political blow to Republican Gov. Mike Parson, who …

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Former Spanish King Appears To Flee Country [VIDEO]

The BBC reports: Spain’s former King Juan Carlos has left the country for an unknown destination, weeks after he was linked to an inquiry into alleged corruption. Juan Carlos, 82, announced the move on Monday in a letter to his son, Felipe, to whom he handed power six years ago. He said he would be available if prosecutors needed to …

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Bolsonaro: I’ve Got “Mold” In My Lungs, Wife COVID+

CNN reports: Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday he felt weak and might have “mold in the lung” having spent weeks in isolation after catching Covid-19. In his first Facebook live video since recovering from Covid-19, Bolsonaro said: “I’ve just taken a blood exam. I was a bit weak yesterday. They have also found a bit of an infection. …

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Notre Dame Won’t Host First Debate Due To COVID

Politico reports: The Commission on Presidential Debates, the nonprofit that has conducted the general election debates for decades, announced on Monday that Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic will co-host the first presidential debate on Sept. 29 between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. The debate will be held on the Health Education Campus, a joint …

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Ex-Dem Rep Busted In 70s “Abscam” Scandal Charged With Eight Felony Counts Of Bribery And Ballot Stuffing

The Philadelphia Enquirer reports: A former congressman convicted in the 1970s Abscam investigation was charged Thursday with new allegations that he bribed a poll worker to stuff ballot boxes in local elections. Federal prosecutors alleged that U.S. Rep. Michael “Ozzie” Myers, now working as a campaign consultant, paid a South Philadelphia judge of elections to fraudulently add votes to candidates …

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Former Redskins Unveil Temporary New Team Name

ESPN reports: Effective immediately, Washington will call itself the “Washington Football Team” pending the adoption of a new name, the franchise announced. This is not a final renaming and rebranding for the team; this is the name it wants to use until pending adoption of a new name at some point. The team will continue the process of retiring the …

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Ukraine President Ends Hostage Standoff By Complying With Demand To Promote 2005 Joaquin Phoenix Movie

The BBC reports: A stand-off in Ukraine has ended with security forces freeing 10 hostages from a bus in the city of Lutsk and detaining the gunman, after a bizarre intervention by the president. Pictures showed the gunman lying on the ground after his arrest. Just before the man’s arrest, President Volodymyr Zelensky agreed to comply with his demand to …

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro Has Second Positive COVID Test

Reuters reports: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has had another positive result for the novel coronavirus in the third test he has taken since falling ill on July 7, a secretariat of the Communications Ministry said on Wednesday. “The test carried out on the president yesterday, on the 21st, showed a positive result,” a statement said. “President Bolsonaro is still in …

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Kanye West Claims He’s Seeking Divorce, Wife Kim Kardashian Begs For Empathy For His “Bipolar Disorder”

Page Six reports: Kanye West claimed he is trying to divorce his wife, Kim Kardashian, while also accusing her mother, Kris Jenner, of engaging in “white supremacy” in the latest rant from the outspoken rapper. “I been trying to get divorced since Kim met with Meek at the Warldolf [sic] for ‘prison reform,’” West wrote on Twitter early Wednesday. West …

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