Joe.My.God. https://www.joemygod.com LGBT News Wed, 22 Jan 2020 02:37:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Senate Republicans Kill Bid For Mulvaney To Testify https://www.joemygod.com/2020/01/senate-republicans-kill-bid-for-mulvaney-to-testify/ https://www.joemygod.com/2020/01/senate-republicans-kill-bid-for-mulvaney-to-testify/#respond Wed, 22 Jan 2020 02:37:24 +0000 https://www.joemygod.com/?p=272353

The New York Times reports: Senate Republicans blocked a Democratic attempt on Tuesday to issue a subpoena summoning Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, to testify in President Trump’s impeachment trial. The 53-to-47 vote, which fell along party lines, was the latest effort by Democrats to force the inclusion of new evidence …

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The New York Times reports:

Senate Republicans blocked a Democratic attempt on Tuesday to issue a subpoena summoning Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, to testify in President Trump’s impeachment trial. The 53-to-47 vote, which fell along party lines, was the latest effort by Democrats to force the inclusion of new evidence in the proceeding.

Mr. Mulvaney could still be summoned later under Republicans’ proposed rules, but only after opening arguments and a period in which senators can ask questions of the House managers and president’s lawyers is complete.

House Democrats subpoenaed Mr. Mulvaney in the fall during their inquiry, but he defied the order. Any similar attempt by the Senate is likely to set off a legal battle with the White House.

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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread https://www.joemygod.com/2020/01/chatter-away-overnight-open-thread-667/ https://www.joemygod.com/2020/01/chatter-away-overnight-open-thread-667/#respond Wed, 22 Jan 2020 01:00:17 +0000 https://www.joemygod.com/?p=272326

Orlando’s NBC News affiliate reports: A Florida man who co-workers said holds anti-government beliefs is accused of fatally stabbing his pro-President Trump boss during an argument at a construction site, an arrest affidavit said. Mason Trever Toney, 28, was arrested Monday on a first-degree murder charge in the killing of William Steven Knight, according to …

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Orlando’s NBC News affiliate reports:

A Florida man who co-workers said holds anti-government beliefs is accused of fatally stabbing his pro-President Trump boss during an argument at a construction site, an arrest affidavit said.

Mason Trever Toney, 28, was arrested Monday on a first-degree murder charge in the killing of William Steven Knight, according to an Orange County Sheriff’s Office arrest affidavit.

The affidavit said deputies were called to the work site along Florida’s Turnpike near Orlando around 10:30 a.m. and found the 28-year-old Knight lying dead next to an excavator with an American flag thrown on the side of his body.

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New Warren Ad: Trump Fears Me The Most [VIDEO] https://www.joemygod.com/2020/01/new-warren-ad-trump-fears-me-the-most-video/ https://www.joemygod.com/2020/01/new-warren-ad-trump-fears-me-the-most-video/#respond Wed, 22 Jan 2020 00:13:12 +0000 https://www.joemygod.com/?p=272348

Mediaite reports: The presidential campaign of Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) released a new ad today, which aims to bill the senator from Massachusetts as the Democratic candidate President Donald Trump “fears” the most to take on in November. The new ad comes a week after Democratic presidential front runner Joe Biden released a campaign ad …

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Mediaite reports:

The presidential campaign of Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) released a new ad today, which aims to bill the senator from Massachusetts as the Democratic candidate President Donald Trump “fears” the most to take on in November.

The new ad comes a week after Democratic presidential front runner Joe Biden released a campaign ad that boasted the question to President Donald Trump, “Why are you so obsessed with me?”

The short ad features cable news commentary about Warren, with hosts and pundits saying things like “The president is concerned about running against Elizebeth Warren” and “The Trump campaign is internally somewhat concerned about her.”

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LIVE VIDEO: Senate Debates McConnell’s Trial Rules https://www.joemygod.com/2020/01/live-video-senate-debates-mcconnells-trial-rules/ https://www.joemygod.com/2020/01/live-video-senate-debates-mcconnells-trial-rules/#respond Tue, 21 Jan 2020 23:45:22 +0000 https://www.joemygod.com/?p=272220

The New York Times reports: Senator Mitch McConnell has proposed rules for President Trump’s trial that will be debated when the proceedings open at 1 p.m. His plan makes meaningful changes from the precedent in President Bill Clinton’s trial, such as making the trial faster. The impeachment managers from the House, all Democrats, accused Mr. …

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The New York Times reports:

Senator Mitch McConnell has proposed rules for President Trump’s trial that will be debated when the proceedings open at 1 p.m. His plan makes meaningful changes from the precedent in President Bill Clinton’s trial, such as making the trial faster.

The impeachment managers from the House, all Democrats, accused Mr. McConnell of doing the president’s bidding with his proposed rules, calling it a “rigged process” that would “further conceal the president’s misconduct.”


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Senate Republicans Kill Bid For State Department Docs https://www.joemygod.com/2020/01/senate-republicans-kill-bid-for-state-department-docs/ https://www.joemygod.com/2020/01/senate-republicans-kill-bid-for-state-department-docs/#respond Tue, 21 Jan 2020 23:36:18 +0000 https://www.joemygod.com/?p=272343

NBC News reports: Sen. Chuck Schumer has introduced his second amendment, to subpoena State Department documents related to the charges against the president. They are reading the text of the amendment now. Why it’s important: The State Department is in possession of highly relevant records and communications involving officials in the Office of the Secretary …

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NBC News reports:

Sen. Chuck Schumer has introduced his second amendment, to subpoena State Department documents related to the charges against the president. They are reading the text of the amendment now.

Why it’s important: The State Department is in possession of highly relevant records and communications involving officials in the Office of the Secretary as well as officials covering Ukraine who have direct knowledge of the key events in question.

These records were requested as part of the House impeachment inquiry, but the Trump administration refused to produce these and other key documents.

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New York Gov Backs Legal Weed In New Budget Plan https://www.joemygod.com/2020/01/new-york-gov-backs-legal-weed-in-new-budget-plan/ https://www.joemygod.com/2020/01/new-york-gov-backs-legal-weed-in-new-budget-plan/#respond Tue, 21 Jan 2020 23:19:33 +0000 https://www.joemygod.com/?p=272337

Marijuana Moment reports: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) included marijuana legalization in his budget proposal on Tuesday, setting the stage for another reform push in the legislature as the 2020 session gets underway. The move comes as a new poll shows that voter support for ending cannabis prohibition is at its highest level ever …

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Marijuana Moment reports:

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) included marijuana legalization in his budget proposal on Tuesday, setting the stage for another reform push in the legislature as the 2020 session gets underway. The move comes as a new poll shows that voter support for ending cannabis prohibition is at its highest level ever in the state.

“Legalize adult use cannabis,” Cuomo said during his budget speech. “I believe it is best done in the budget. I said that last year. I believe the budget is the opportunity, frankly, to make some tough decisions and work through tough issues that without the budget can often languish, and I suggest that we get it done in the budget.”

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Trump’s Lawyer Supports Criminalizing Homosexuality https://www.joemygod.com/2020/01/trumps-lawyer-supports-criminalizing-homosexuality/ https://www.joemygod.com/2020/01/trumps-lawyer-supports-criminalizing-homosexuality/#respond Tue, 21 Jan 2020 22:35:04 +0000 https://www.joemygod.com/?p=272334

A timely reminder from Right Wing Watch: In 1990, Pat Robertson, the erstwhile Republican presidential candidate and Christian Broadcasting Network founder, placed Sekulow at the helm of a new, Robertson-founded entity, the American Center for Law and Justice. The organization’s stated aim was to act as a counterweight to the American Civil Liberties Union, and …

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A timely reminder from Right Wing Watch:

In 1990, Pat Robertson, the erstwhile Republican presidential candidate and Christian Broadcasting Network founder, placed Sekulow at the helm of a new, Robertson-founded entity, the American Center for Law and Justice.

The organization’s stated aim was to act as a counterweight to the American Civil Liberties Union, and the group went as far as to craft the name to have an abbreviation just one letter different than that of the longtime civil rights legal organization.

Sekulow and the ACLJ have been intensely opposed to laws protecting the rights of LGBTQ people in the U.S. and abroad. The ACLJ argued on behalf of state laws criminalizing gay sex that were overturned by the Supreme Court in 2003. Sekulow has said that the state has a “compelling interest to ban the act of homosexuality.”

The ACLJ and its international affiliates engage in anti-LGBTQ and anti-choice culture wars in the U.S., Africa, Europe and Russia. In Africa, it worked to shape constitutional language in Zimbabwe, where it has fought to maintain criminalization of homosexuality.

From a 2011 Mother Jones report:

Sekulow and his son Jordan opened affiliated offices of the ACLJ in Africa to lobby politicians to “take the Christian’s views into consideration as they draft legislation and policies,” according to ACLJ’s website. ACLJ’s Zimbabwe office has pushed an agenda that backs outlawing same-sex marriage and making sure that homosexuality “remain[s] a criminal activity.” (Zimbabwe had outlawed homosexuality in 2006.)

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe is among the most ruthless dictators in the world—but in 2010 ACLJ-Zimbabwe’s chairman, pastor Alex Chisango, led Mugabe and others in prayer to kick off Zimbabwe’s constitutional reform drive. ACLJ wanted to ensure that, whatever else changed in the country’s constitution, homosexuality remained illegal and same-sex marriage was banned.

From a 2017 Guardian report:

Documents obtained by the Guardian show Sekulow approved plans to push poor and jobless people to donate money to his Christian nonprofit, which since 2000 has steered more than $60 million to Sekulow, his family and their businesses.

Telemarketers for the nonprofit, Christian Advocates Serving Evangelism (Case), were instructed in contracts signed by Sekulow to urge people who pleaded poverty or said they were out of work to dig deep for a “sacrificial gift”.

“I can certainly understand how that would make it difficult for you to share a gift like that right now,” they told retirees who said they were on fixed incomes and had “no extra money” – before asking if they could spare “even $20 within the next three weeks”.

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Virginia Moves To Make Election Day A State Holiday By Removing The Holiday Honoring Confederate Generals https://www.joemygod.com/2020/01/virginia-moves-to-make-election-day-a-state-holiday-by-removing-holiday-honoring-confederate-generals/ https://www.joemygod.com/2020/01/virginia-moves-to-make-election-day-a-state-holiday-by-removing-holiday-honoring-confederate-generals/#respond Tue, 21 Jan 2020 22:09:56 +0000 https://www.joemygod.com/?p=272330

Richmond’s CBS News affiliate reports: The Virginia Senate passed a bill that would eliminate Lee-Jackson Day as a state holiday in favor of making Election Day a state holiday. Celebrated on the Friday before Martin Luther King Jr. Day each January, Lee-Jackson Day honors Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. SB 601, introduced …

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Richmond’s CBS News affiliate reports:

The Virginia Senate passed a bill that would eliminate Lee-Jackson Day as a state holiday in favor of making Election Day a state holiday. Celebrated on the Friday before Martin Luther King Jr. Day each January, Lee-Jackson Day honors Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.

SB 601, introduced by Sen. Louise Lucas [photo], passed the Senate with a vote 22-18. It will now go to the House where Del. Joe Lindsey introduced a similar bill. Both bills would designate Election Day, the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, as a state holiday and remove Lee-Jackson Day as a state holiday.

The governor is expected to sign the final bill.

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Senate Republicans Kill Bid For White House Docs https://www.joemygod.com/2020/01/senate-republicans-kill-bid-for-white-house-docs/ https://www.joemygod.com/2020/01/senate-republicans-kill-bid-for-white-house-docs/#respond Tue, 21 Jan 2020 21:46:06 +0000 https://www.joemygod.com/?p=272324

Bloomberg News reports: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer introduced an amendment that would order the White House to produce what could be thousands of pages of documents related to the charges against Trump, including material from Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney. That includes any records related to meetings or calls between Trump …

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Bloomberg News reports:

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer introduced an amendment that would order the White House to produce what could be thousands of pages of documents related to the charges against Trump, including material from Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.

That includes any records related to meetings or calls between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, and any inquiries regarding Ukraine including those related to Joe Biden, his son Hunter and Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings, on whose board Hunter Biden served.

Other records that would be subpoenaed include those of then-White House National Security Advisor John Bolton and Robert Blair, a Mulvaney adviser, that relate to any efforts to coerce Ukraine’s leaders to investigate Biden in exchange for U.S. military assistance and a meeting between Zelenskiy and Trump.

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REPORT: Saudi Prince Hacked Jeff Bezos’s Phone https://www.joemygod.com/2020/01/report-saudi-prince-hacked-jeff-bezoss-phone/ https://www.joemygod.com/2020/01/report-saudi-prince-hacked-jeff-bezoss-phone/#respond Tue, 21 Jan 2020 21:31:05 +0000 https://www.joemygod.com/?p=272319

The Guardian reports: The Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos had his mobile phone “hacked” in 2018 after receiving a WhatsApp message that had apparently been sent from the personal account of the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, sources have told the Guardian. The encrypted message from the number used by Mohammed bin Salman is believed to …

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The Guardian reports:

The Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos had his mobile phone “hacked” in 2018 after receiving a WhatsApp message that had apparently been sent from the personal account of the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, sources have told the Guardian. The encrypted message from the number used by Mohammed bin Salman is believed to have included a malicious file that infiltrated the phone of the world’s richest man, according to the results of a digital forensic analysis.

This analysis found it “highly probable” that the intrusion into the phone was triggered by an infected video file sent from the account of the Saudi heir to Bezos, the owner of the Washington Post. The two men had been having a seemingly friendly WhatsApp exchange when, on 1 May of that year, the unsolicited file was sent, according to sources who spoke to the Guardian on the condition of anonymity.

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HHS Sec: No Need Yet For Obamacare Replacement https://www.joemygod.com/2020/01/hhs-sec-no-need-yet-for-obamacare-replacement/ https://www.joemygod.com/2020/01/hhs-sec-no-need-yet-for-obamacare-replacement/#respond Tue, 21 Jan 2020 21:10:27 +0000 https://www.joemygod.com/?p=272316

The Hill reports: Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar said Tuesday that “there’s really not a need” for the Trump administration to put forward an ObamaCare replacement plan at the moment. Azar was asked where the administration’s replacement for the health law is in an interview on the “Kevin Wall Radio Show.” He …

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The Hill reports:

Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar said Tuesday that “there’s really not a need” for the Trump administration to put forward an ObamaCare replacement plan at the moment.

Azar was asked where the administration’s replacement for the health law is in an interview on the “Kevin Wall Radio Show.” He replied that there is not a need for one until the Supreme Court issues a final ruling on a GOP-backed lawsuit seeking to overturn the law.

“There’s really not a need for a replacement of the Affordable Care Act unless and until there’s a final Supreme Court decision,” Azar said, adding that would be “some time away.” The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to expedite the case, meaning it will not be decided until after the 2020 election.

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Trump Admin To Add Seven Countries To Its Travel Ban https://www.joemygod.com/2020/01/trump-admin-to-add-seven-countries-to-its-travel-ban/ https://www.joemygod.com/2020/01/trump-admin-to-add-seven-countries-to-its-travel-ban/#respond Tue, 21 Jan 2020 20:59:28 +0000 https://www.joemygod.com/?p=272314

From the conservative Washington Examiner: The White House will add seven new countries to its travel ban, including Belarus, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania. Some countries will only face a ban on certain visa categories, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. An updated version of the ban was expected later …

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From the conservative Washington Examiner:

The White House will add seven new countries to its travel ban, including Belarus, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania.

Some countries will only face a ban on certain visa categories, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. An updated version of the ban was expected later this month.

President Trump confirmed plans to name additional countries but refused to reveal them in an interview Tuesday with the Wall Street Journal on the Davos sidelines.

The original report is behind the WSJ’s paywall.

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Eight Senators Bend Trial Rules With Apple Watches https://www.joemygod.com/2020/01/eight-senators-bend-trial-rules-with-apple-watches/ https://www.joemygod.com/2020/01/eight-senators-bend-trial-rules-with-apple-watches/#respond Tue, 21 Jan 2020 20:34:48 +0000 https://www.joemygod.com/?p=272311

Roll Call reports: The rules of decorum state that senators can’t use phones or electronic devices in the chamber during President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, but what about Apple Watches? At least eight senators had them strapped on their wrists in the chamber at the start of the trial Tuesday, despite guidelines from Senate leadership …

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Roll Call reports:

The rules of decorum state that senators can’t use phones or electronic devices in the chamber during President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, but what about Apple Watches?

At least eight senators had them strapped on their wrists in the chamber at the start of the trial Tuesday, despite guidelines from Senate leadership that all electronics should be left in the cloakroom in the provided storage.

Republican Sens. Mike Lee [photo] of Utah, John Thune of South Dakota, Jerry Moran of Kansas, John Barrasso of Wyoming, John Cornyn of Texas, and Tim Scott of South Carolina all are wearing them on the floor. Also spotted with the smart watch: an aide to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

Also spotted wearing the watches were Senate Democrats Michael Bennet and Patty Murray.

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Senate Dems Win Two Trial Concessions From GOP https://www.joemygod.com/2020/01/senate-dems-win-two-trial-concessions-from-gop/ https://www.joemygod.com/2020/01/senate-dems-win-two-trial-concessions-from-gop/#respond Tue, 21 Jan 2020 20:17:11 +0000 https://www.joemygod.com/?p=272309

CNBC reports: Senate Democrats won two key changes to the rules of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial as proceedings kicked off Tuesday afternoon. The changes will permit each sides’ opening arguments to span three days, instead of two, and will also admit materials into evidence from the House investigation into Trump last fall. The surprise …

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CNBC reports:

Senate Democrats won two key changes to the rules of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial as proceedings kicked off Tuesday afternoon.

The changes will permit each sides’ opening arguments to span three days, instead of two, and will also admit materials into evidence from the House investigation into Trump last fall.

The surprise last-minute changes were revealed Tuesday afternoon during a formal reading on the Senate floor of the resolution governing the rules of the trial. A spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer later confirmed the changes to CNBC.

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Warren Vows DOJ Task Force On Trump’s Corruption https://www.joemygod.com/2020/01/warren-vows-doj-task-force-on-trumps-corruption/ https://www.joemygod.com/2020/01/warren-vows-doj-task-force-on-trumps-corruption/#respond Tue, 21 Jan 2020 19:50:24 +0000 https://www.joemygod.com/?p=272306

Axios reports: 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren pledged Tuesday to start an independent Justice Department task force if elected to investigate possible corruption by members of the Trump administration “to restore public confidence in government and deter future wrongdoing.” While presidents historically have avoided large-scale investigations of their predecessors, Warren’s message tracks with her …

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Axios reports:

2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren pledged Tuesday to start an independent Justice Department task force if elected to investigate possible corruption by members of the Trump administration “to restore public confidence in government and deter future wrongdoing.”

While presidents historically have avoided large-scale investigations of their predecessors, Warren’s message tracks with her anti-corruption stance — as she has previously pledged to institute a huge set of reforms to increase government transparency and peel back power from lobbyists.

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Police Busted Two Russian Spy “Plumbers” At Davos https://www.joemygod.com/2020/01/police-busted-two-russian-spy-plumbers-at-davos/ https://www.joemygod.com/2020/01/police-busted-two-russian-spy-plumbers-at-davos/#respond Tue, 21 Jan 2020 19:33:57 +0000 https://www.joemygod.com/?p=272303

The Daily Beast reports: Police in Switzerland reportedly uncovered a Russian spying operation in Davos, where world leaders are meeting this week for the annual World Economic Forum. Police arrested two Russian men in the Alpine town last August after they were alerted to their suspiciously long stay in the resort. The men had allegedly …

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The Daily Beast reports:

Police in Switzerland reportedly uncovered a Russian spying operation in Davos, where world leaders are meeting this week for the annual World Economic Forum. Police arrested two Russian men in the Alpine town last August after they were alerted to their suspiciously long stay in the resort.

The men had allegedly claimed diplomatic protections, but had not officially been registered. Swiss police and federal officials suspected that the two Russian men were intelligence agents posing as plumbers in order to bug the town with surveillance equipment.

The Guardian reports:

“We did not receive any information about this from Swiss authorities. There is no evidence of spying,” Russian embassy spokesman Stanislav Smirnov said. “I don’t rule out that it may have been people with Russian diplomatic passports – they do not necessarily need to be accredited in Switzerland,” Smirnov said.

Asked why one of the men had claimed to be a plumber, Smirnov said it may have been a “stupid joke” by the man. Tages Anzeiger said the men may have been preparing a wiretapping or hacking operation in Davos, and cited several sources saying that Russian officials “threatened diplomatic consequences if the men were arrested”.

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US Sees First Case Of Potentially Lethal Coronavirus https://www.joemygod.com/2020/01/us-sees-first-case-of-potentially-lethal-coronavirus/ https://www.joemygod.com/2020/01/us-sees-first-case-of-potentially-lethal-coronavirus/#respond Tue, 21 Jan 2020 19:06:54 +0000 https://www.joemygod.com/?p=272300

The New York Times reports: A person in Washington State is infected with the Wuhan coronavirus, the first confirmed case in the United States of a mysterious respiratory infection that has killed at least six people and sickened hundreds more in Asia. The man is a resident of Snohomish County, Wash., who experienced symptoms after …

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The New York Times reports:

A person in Washington State is infected with the Wuhan coronavirus, the first confirmed case in the United States of a mysterious respiratory infection that has killed at least six people and sickened hundreds more in Asia.

The man is a resident of Snohomish County, Wash., who experienced symptoms after returning from a trip to the region around Wuhan, China, where the outbreak began. He was hospitalized with pneumonia last week, and infection with the coronavirus was confirmed on Monday afternoon.

Local officials declined to identify the patient, who was said to be quite ill. News of the first case in the United States comes amid growing evidence that the virus spreads from person to person, although it is not clear how easily.

Newsweek reports:

A coronavirus outbreak in China is causing officials in the United States to screen at-risk passengers at three major airports in an effort to reduce the virus from spreading.

Chinese authorities reported there have been more than 300 cases of coronavirus and at least three deaths. Following the disease spreading outside of China’s borders, the World Health Organization (WHO) will conduct an emergency meeting on Wednesday to determine if the outbreak constitutes an international emergency.

Officials will only be testing passengers at San Francisco International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and Los Angeles International Airport because they receive the most travelers from Wuhan.

NPR reports:

Chinese authorities are trying to control the flow of people in and out of the eastern city of Wuhan, where a strain of the coronavirus was discovered last month. Wuhan’s mayor has asked residents to stay in the city to try to prevent the spread of the virus, which can cause respiratory symptoms such as pneumonia.

“Cars may be randomly tested in case wild animals, a potential source for the virus, are transported, and tour groups are prohibited from leaving the city,” NPR’s Amy Cheng reports from Beijing. Cases of coronavirus, named 2019-nCoV, have also been confirmed in Japan, Thailand and South Korea.

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NEW YORK: Guilty Plea In Anti-Gay Hate Crime Assault https://www.joemygod.com/2020/01/new-york-guilty-plea-in-anti-gay-hate-crime-assault/ https://www.joemygod.com/2020/01/new-york-guilty-plea-in-anti-gay-hate-crime-assault/#respond Tue, 21 Jan 2020 18:56:47 +0000 https://www.joemygod.com/?p=272297

Syracuse.com reports: A couple were leaving a Breaking Benjamin rock concert during the state fair in August when one man slung an arm over his boyfriend. That simple act triggered a hate-filled attack by a drunken stranger that included gay slurs, an unprovoked punch to the face of one victim and a shattered window to …

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Syracuse.com reports:

A couple were leaving a Breaking Benjamin rock concert during the state fair in August when one man slung an arm over his boyfriend.

That simple act triggered a hate-filled attack by a drunken stranger that included gay slurs, an unprovoked punch to the face of one victim and a shattered window to the car belonging to the other victim, authorities said.

Nicholas Ferlenda, 28, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two hate-crimes, assault and criminal mischief, for the Aug. 24 attack in the parking lot outside the amphitheater. Ferlenda’s antagonism lasted for at least half an hour, police said, starting with the punch and ending with the broken window as the couple waited to leave the parking lot.

Under the plea deal, Ferlenda will serve six months in prison providing he does not re-offend before his sentence begins. If he does, he faces up to eight years.

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#ILikeBernie Hashtag Trends After Hillary Clinton’s Diss https://www.joemygod.com/2020/01/ilikebernie-hashtag-trends-after-hillary-clintons-diss/ https://www.joemygod.com/2020/01/ilikebernie-hashtag-trends-after-hillary-clintons-diss/#respond Tue, 21 Jan 2020 18:20:14 +0000 https://www.joemygod.com/?p=272291

Newsweek reports: Supporters of Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders took to Twitter to post their love and support for the independent senator from Vermont after former presidential opponent Hillary Clinton trashed him in a new documentary. “Nobody likes him,” Clinton said in the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Less than impressed by Clinton’s criticism, many …

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Newsweek reports:

Supporters of Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders took to Twitter to post their love and support for the independent senator from Vermont after former presidential opponent Hillary Clinton trashed him in a new documentary. “Nobody likes him,” Clinton said in the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Less than impressed by Clinton’s criticism, many of Sanders’ supporters quickly made the hashtag #ILikeBernie trend on Twitter.

“@HillaryClinton thanks for the motivation. Every time you trash him, I will give more #iLikeBernie #RespondWithSolidarity,” Los Angeles Chargers running back Justin Jackson tweeted, sharing a screenshot showing that he had just contributed to Sanders’ campaign.

The hashtag is currently #5. Hillary is #6.

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Amazon Tests Hand-Scan Retail Payment System https://www.joemygod.com/2020/01/amazon-tests-hand-scan-retail-payment-system/ https://www.joemygod.com/2020/01/amazon-tests-hand-scan-retail-payment-system/#respond Tue, 21 Jan 2020 17:52:10 +0000 https://www.joemygod.com/?p=272288

CNBC reports: Technology giant Amazon is working to allow customers to connect their credit card information to their hands, so that they can scan for purchases with their palms at checkout areas in physical stores. While Amazon’s plan is in the early stages, the company has reportedly begun working with Visa on testing out the …

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CNBC reports:

Technology giant Amazon is working to allow customers to connect their credit card information to their hands, so that they can scan for purchases with their palms at checkout areas in physical stores.

While Amazon’s plan is in the early stages, the company has reportedly begun working with Visa on testing out the terminals, and has discussed the project with Mastercard, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Synchrony Financial.

The hand-scanning terminals produce a photo of a person’s palm that will be connected with the person’s credit card.

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