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  • Limbaugh and Trump fuel coronavirus conspiracy theories news

    Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh is telling his listeners that the coronavirus is a plot to bring down President Trump and attacked the CDC official who warned on Tuesday that the virus will spread in the U.S.

    Wed, 26 Feb 2020 15:28:31 -0500
  • Man gets life for kidnapping stepdaughter, holding her captive for 19 years news

    Henri Michelle Piette kidnapped his victim in 1997, when she was 12, and subjected her to nearly 20 years of physical and sexual abuse before she escaped.

    Thu, 27 Feb 2020 03:36:00 -0500
  • Mexico president ties shootout dead to drug consumption news

    President Andrés Manuel López Obrador suggested Wednesday without offering evidence that most of those who die in Mexico's cartel- and gang-fueled firefights are high on drugs or intoxicated, prompting criticism and questions about whether the claim was accurate. Speaking to journalists in his morning news conference, López Obrador said rising drug consumption rates must be reversed if the country is to guarantee peace and security after years of rising, record-setting homicide statistics. “Just so you have the number, 60% of those who lose their life each day, 60% of those killed in clashes, it is shown that they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but primarily drugs,” the president continued.

    Wed, 26 Feb 2020 18:42:16 -0500
  • Biden says he's not worried about Trump refusing to leave if defeated in November news

    Joe Biden says he isn't worried about the prospect of President Trump refusing to leave his post if he’s defeated in November.

    Thu, 27 Feb 2020 09:40:09 -0500
  • Iran says it won't quarantine any towns or cities, despite recording the most coronavirus deaths outside of China news

    Iran said two people died from the coronavirus the same day it discovered its first case, leaving many questioning the honesty of the official count.

    Wed, 26 Feb 2020 07:01:52 -0500
  • Nigeria's Islamists targeting Christians to provoke religious war, says minister news

    Islamist militant groups in Nigeria have begun targeting Christians in an attempt to provoke a religious war, the information minister said on Thursday. Islamist insurgents in Nigeria have killed around 35,000 people and displaced at least two million in the past decade, driven first by Boko Haram and more recently by its offshoot, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP). "They have started targeting Christians and Christian villages for a specific reason, which is to trigger a religious war and throw the nation into chaos," he told reporters.

    Thu, 27 Feb 2020 12:20:37 -0500
  • Bloomberg offered running mate spot to Andrew Yang, report claims news

    Michael Bloomberg is reportedly trying to convince entreprenuer and former presidential candidate Andrew Yang to join his campaign as his running mate.According to individuals with knowledge of the discussion, aides working with the former New York City mayor reportedly reached out to Mr Yang to discuss how the businessmen could join forces in Mr Bloomberg’s quest for the Democratic nomination.

    Thu, 27 Feb 2020 15:40:25 -0500
  • Coronavirus: latest developments worldwide news

    The list of countries hit by the coronavirus grows. Mecca suspends entry for pilgrims. Several countries close their schools, stock exchanges plunge.

    Thu, 27 Feb 2020 15:54:52 -0500
  • Betsy DeVos orders probe after USA TODAY finds college evidently without faculty, students news

    Betsy DeVos has launched an Education Department investigation after a USA TODAY report showed a college apparently had no faculty or students.

    Thu, 27 Feb 2020 13:29:19 -0500
  • Critic Says Trump Is 'Ignorant' and 'Incoherent' On Coronavirus. Others Call It 'Trump' Virus. news

    Can President Trump keep the American people prepared but not panicked?

    Thu, 27 Feb 2020 11:44:00 -0500
  • Missing Mennonite woman, 27, found dead 250 miles from home news

    Authorities quickly found the missing woman's vehicle at a church near her home, but she was nowhere to be found.

    Thu, 27 Feb 2020 11:09:00 -0500
  • Belarus leader says nation being forced to merge with Russia news

    The president of Belarus said Thursday that his country is "being forced into integration” with Russia and insisted that real integration of the two countries' economies implied “sovereignty and independence” for Belarus. “We remain committed, as always, to real integration without being forced into integration,” President Alexander Lukashenko said at a meeting with Mikhail Myasnikovich, chair of the Eurasian Economic Commission.

    Thu, 27 Feb 2020 07:26:46 -0500
  • Mom Enlisted Son to Murder Husband, Daughter for Insurance Money: Prosecutors news

    A New Jersey woman faces murder charges after allegedly enlisting her son and his friend to brutally kill her daughter and husband 25 years ago by promising them a cut of his life-insurance policy. Dolores Morgan, 66, and her 47-year-old son, Ted Connors, were indicted by a grand jury Wednesday evening on seven counts, including murder and conspiracy, in relation to the 1994 stabbing death of Ana Mejia and the fatal shooting of Nicholas Connors in May 1995, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office told The Daily Beast.Prosecutors allege that while Connors murdered his father and sister with his best friend, Jose Carrero, Morgan was the true mastermind behind the scheme. After her husband was killed, Morgan allegedly collected a $200,000 life-insurance policy and moved to Florida with her son.Suspect in New Jersey Family’s Torching Is Brother and Business Partner to Victim“Killing for money and drugs, the state’s position, you cannot get more violent,” prosecutor Meghan Doyle said at the pair’s detention hearing after their original arrest in January. “[Morgan] has done nothing but hide her involvement and manipulate the system to ensure she was protected.”Last week, Carrero, 48, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit murder, admitting that both murder plots were hatched on Morgan’s New Jersey kitchen table and that he had witnessed both of the slayings. He is expected to be sentenced to up to 20 years in state prison for his role in the gruesome schemes and has agreed to testify against his former accomplices.Carrero told Superior Court Judge Ellen Torregrossa-O’Connor in February that Morgan offered him up to $3,000 to kill her daughter, Meija, because she believed the 24-year-old had alerted police about her drug dealing, according to the Asbury Park Press. The 48-year-old admitted he held Mejia down and covered her face with his hand, while Connors stabbed his sister to death. Her two children, ages 3 and 1 at the time, were present at the apartment but were left unharmed.Mejia, 24, was found dead inside her Long Branch apartment on Dec. 8, 1994, where she had been stabbed 23 times, authorities said. A white substance was found smeared across her mouth and nose—which was eventually determined to be baby formula, prosecutors said.Estranged Husband, Girlfriend of Missing NYC Teacher Charged With MurderFive months later, Carrero said Morgan asked for his help again: to help her son murder her husband so they collect his life-insurance policy. Prosecutors said that Nicolas Connors, 51, was found dead on a sofa in his Long Branch home with “multiple gunshot wounds to the head” on May 14, 1995. According to Carrero, Conners retrieved a gun and cut a hole through the screen door to make the crime look like a robbery gone wrong. “Dolores Connors wanted him killed for insurance purposes,”' Carrero said.After the murder, Morgan allegedly cashed the $200,000 insurance policy—which Carrero said she originally believed was worth $1 million—and moved with her son to Florida. Morgan, Connors, and his then-girlfriend traveled to the Dominican Republic after the second murder, prosecutors said. During the trip, Connors’ ex-girlfriend told authorities that Morgan said, “We already have two deaths on our hands. We can’t afford another. We can’t afford the police snooping around our house again.”Morgan’s attorney, Jason Seidman, told The Daily Beast on Thursday his client has been cooperative with police “to help capture the killer or killers who took her husband and daughter” and maintains “her innocence as she has for over 25 years.”“She has waited for 25 years to have those responsible brought to justice,” he said, noting that while he normally does not comment on ongoing cases, the state’s decision to put “every moment of this case before the media thus far” has compelled him to speak out. Seidman insisted that Carrero’s “completely inconsistent” confession does not accurately state the chain of events.“They have chosen to run with his story, and turn a blind eye to facts and reason,” he said. “There are no less than 8 people who had either greater motive or better opportunity to commit these murders, including several drug dealers who were out large amounts of money or drugs, based upon the actions of the victim and her boyfriend one week prior to her murder.” Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

    Thu, 27 Feb 2020 16:08:45 -0500
  • One of Iran's vice presidents has been infected with coronavirus news

    Ebtekar, one of Iran's vice presidents, was the English-language spokesperson known to the media as "Mary" during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis.

    Thu, 27 Feb 2020 13:20:25 -0500
  • Over 200 Native Americans Ask Elizabeth Warren to ‘Make Clear Public Statement’ Disavowing Past Claims of Heritage news

    More than 200 Cherokees and other Native Americans sent a letter to Senator Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) urging her to issue a public apology after “vague and inadequate” past steps to apologize for her claims of Cherokee ancestry.“Your history of false claims to American Indian identity and the defense of these claims with a highly publicized DNA test continue to dog your political career,” the letter reads. “For Native Americans, this moment is more than an annoyance; it represents the most public debate about our identity in a generation.”The letter cites reporting detailing how white people have scammed more than $800 million in no-bid federal contracts intended to support minority business owners by falsely claiming Native American and other minority heritages. The scammers routinely cite family legacy and the results of commerical DNA tests to substantiate their claims, as Warren did throughout her career. In light of those similarities, the letter asks for Warren to publicly denounce her family story of Native ancestry.“When you still defend yourself by stating you believed what you heard growing up, you set a harmful example for these white people stealing Native identity and resources with stories very similar to your own,” the letter states.Warren claimed to have Cherokee heritage for many years, which critics have charged allowed her to rise in academia before she entered politics. After withering criticism from President Trump, Warren released an infamous DNA test — which she quietly deleted evidence of a year later — showing that she was between 1/64th and 1/1024th Native American.The Massachusetts Democrat took widespread criticism from Native Americans in the aftermath of her DNA test, and last February she apologized to the Cherokee Nation for publicizing her results.“I am sorry for harm I have caused. I have listened and I have learned a lot, and I am grateful for the many conversations that we have had together,” Warren told the Native American Issues Forum in Sioux City, Iowa, in August.Warren responded to the letter on Tuesday night by reiterating her apologies for promoting herself as Native American, but distanced herself from the letter’s main criticism by saying “my situation differs from these cases because I never benefited financially or professionally” from her claims.In response, three of the authors of the original letter told the Los Angeles Times that they were disappointed Warren did not directly address her family story.“We hope that after further dialogue with the campaign, Warren will bravely and publicly tell the truth about her family,” they said in an email.

    Wed, 26 Feb 2020 10:05:36 -0500
  • Bloomberg campaign reportedly trying to recruit Andrew Yang news

    Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg may be looking for a bump from the Yang Gang.The Bloomberg campaign has been seeking an endorsement from entrepreneur and former 2020 candidate Andrew Yang and even floated him as a potential running made, The Wall Street Journal reports. "Aides to the former New York City mayor reached out to discuss ways the two entrepreneurs-turned-politicians could work together as Mr. Bloomberg seeks the Democratic nomination," the Journal writes, although Yang reportedly "didn't commit to join forces."The Bloomberg campaign told the Journal that Yang isn't being seriously considered to be his running mate, and a senior Bloomberg aide denied to NBC's Josh Lederman that he never was. Since dropping out of the race, Yang has been a contributor for CNN. He recently took part in a CNN discussion about Bloomberg's debate debut, during which he said the former mayor came across as "lethargic and uninterested" and was not "properly prepared." Yang also theorized Bloomberg has no one on his team "who could be like, 'That was terrible. This is going to potentially damage your campaign to a very, very high degree.'" Meanwhile, Bloomberg in an interview with MSNBC on Thursday said he'd "consider everybody" to be his running mate should he win the Democratic nomination, but when asked who he's talked to, he shot back, "Why would I tell you?" More stories from Harvard scientist predicts coronavirus will infect up to 70 percent of humanity The Daily Show's Jordan Klepper and Roy Wood Jr. poll black voters in South Carolina, ask: 'Who is Tom Steyer!?!' What it's like to be in Venice during coronavirus lockdown

    Thu, 27 Feb 2020 15:58:01 -0500
  • South Korea says flight attendant infected with virus worked Los Angeles route news

    A Korean Air flight attendant who worked on flights between Seoul and Los Angeles subsequently tested positive for the coronavirus, South Korea's disease control agency and sources said on Thursday. South Korea reported 334 additional cases of the new coronavirus on Thursday, the largest daily increase yet, as the U.S. State Department issued a new travel warning for South Korea and a joint military drill was postponed. The new cases bring the total tally to 1,595, giving South Korea the biggest number of infected people outside China.

    Wed, 26 Feb 2020 20:00:58 -0500
  • The Senate Sits on Commonsense Gun Reform While Americans Die news

    An estimated 38,000 Americans have died in gun related deaths since the House passed a bill on gun reform. Why won't the Senate act?

    Thu, 27 Feb 2020 13:57:08 -0500
  • Michelle Obama petitioned to run as vice-president to stop Bernie Sanders, report says news

    Fearing the selection of Bernie Sanders as the Democrats’ 2020 presidential nominee, a growing number of establishment party officials are reportedly considering Sherrod Brown as a late-entry “white knight” with Michelle Obama as a running mate.Other potential candidates floated by the party include Kamala Harris, who dropped out of the race in December, as well as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, according to the New York Times’ interview with 93 party officials, all of whom are superdelegates who could determine the party’s nominee should a candidate emerge without a clear majority of delegate votes.

    Thu, 27 Feb 2020 14:58:38 -0500
  • U.S. Supreme Court dismisses 'D.C. Sniper' Malvo case after change in Va. law news

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday formally dismissed a case in which Lee Boyd Malvo, who was 17 when he took part in the deadly 2002 "D.C. Sniper" shooting spree in the Washington area, was challenging his life without parole sentence.

    Wed, 26 Feb 2020 15:48:04 -0500
  • Republicans to honor girls suing over trans sports policy news

    Three high school runners filed a suit to stop trans students from competing on girls sports teams. The state’s Republicans will honor them next month.

    Wed, 26 Feb 2020 12:16:00 -0500
  • Tennessee mom and grandmother of missing 15-month-old both arrested, in same jail news

    The girl, Evelyn Mae Boswell, remains missing. The sheriff has said that the mother gave information that was not thought to be accurate.

    Wed, 26 Feb 2020 14:46:00 -0500
  • Iran Can’t Hide Its Coronavirus Explosion, But It’s Trying Hard—and Putting the World in Danger news

    Iran’s deputy health minister was drenched in sweat at the press conference on Monday where he vehemently denied Tehran was covering up the extent of the coronavirus outbreak. He kept wiping his brow with his handkerchief and was in visible distress as he said quarantines were a “Stone Age” way to address the problem, and Iran doesn’t need them. Then, sure enough, that night he tested positive for the virus himself and put himself in quarantine. The irony of Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi’s case would be funny almost, were Iran’s conspicuous bungling of the coronavirus threat not a menace to the whole region and, indeed, to the world. As The Daily Beast’s partner publication, IranWire, revealed in an exclusive report Thursday, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has tried to address the epidemic by telling doctors to shut up about it, much as Chinese authorities in Wuhan did, disastrously, when the disease was just starting to spread last December.The “official figures” from Iran give the game away. At last count, 16 people have died from COVID-19, but only 95 cases had been confirmed. As Wired UK points out, that would be a death rate of about 17 percent, when the data available from China, where there are huge numbers to work with, suggests the death rate is closer to 2 percent. The statistics don’t add up. Canadian researchers cited by Wired suggest the Iran outbreak probably involves more than 18,000 people, and counting.* * *SILENCING THE DOCTORS* * *Following is the full IranWire article written by Aida Ghajar:IranWire can exclusively report that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have threatened Iranian medical specialists with reprisals if any of them were to disclose information regarding the spread of coronavirus in Iran.A group of specialist doctors met with Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi on Feb. 22, during which they reported on the latest findings regarding the spread of coronavirus in Tehran and other Iranian cities. But soon after the meeting, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) approached the doctors through the health ministry’s security office and warned the doctors not to leak any information from their discussions. The doctors were told that, if any details did leak, they would be held responsible and would suffer the consequences.Despite these threats, the information received by IranWire shows the seriousness of the coronavirus outbreak, especially in Tehran. The doctors who were present at the meeting offered Harirchi their assessment of the official news and figures and told him that the figures published by the government do not match the reality of the situation.As one of these doctors—whose name is withheld because of the threats from the Revolutionary Guards—told IranWire: “The statistics published by the government have nothing to do with reality of the situation and the number of infections is much higher than what the media reports. If things go on like this and if the Islamic Republic does not cooperate with the World Health Organization, we must expect a great disaster in the coming months and, only in Tehran, tens of thousands will be infected by coronavirus. This scientific estimate does not even include other epicenters like Qom. If we cannot come up with a framework to cooperate with the World Health Organization, our situation will become many times worse than in China.”This doctor pointed out that, right now, a number of clinics in Tehran have been quarantined and the government’s attempts to keep the reality of the situation a secret is a “crime” in the legal sense of the word.“Refusing to divulge real information to Iranians and to the international community is officially a crime because it endangers the lives of people not only in Iran but in other countries as well.”Donald Trump Takes Coronavirus So Seriously He Just Put Mike Pence in ChargeIn many countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Canada, Iraq, Turkey, and Lebanon, the first cases of coronavirus infections were brought in by Iranian citizens or by travelers who had visited Iran. This has led many countries to close their borders with Iran, in the air and on the ground.According to this doctor, the outbreak of coronavirus in Iran occurred just after the outbreak in China. “But the problem started when we did not recognize that this virus is the same as China’s coronavirus,” the doctor said. “We made a mistake when we identified it as a variant of influenza viruses.… But, after it became known that it had been a mistake, [officials] continued as before and did not disclose the facts.”* * *THE GOVERNMENT IS CLUELESS* * *The doctor said Iran’s government has no plans for containing the crisis. Officials have “no other choice except secrecy,” he added. “This will disgrace the Islamic Republic, if it becomes known that its government is clueless. But this can lead to a humanitarian disaster.”According to this doctor, after the meeting with the health minister was over, the Revolutionary Guards contacted each doctor who had been at the meeting. “They told us that we will be held responsible for even the smallest leak. But I could not keep silent anymore,” he said.On Monday, two days after the meeting and after the doctors were threatened, Gen. Hossein Salami, the top commander of the Revolutionary Guards, called Health Minister Saeed Namaki and announced that the Guards were ready to provide any and all assistance in fighting coronavirus and preventing its spread.On Feb. 25, in a televised speech, President Hassan Rouhani asked people to trust only statements by the health ministry for information about coronavirus.The Iranian Cyber Police have meanwhile reported that they have arrested a number of “rumor-mongers” about coronavirus since Feb. 21. Gen. Hossein Rahimi, commander of Tehran’s Cyber Police, announced the arrests.“Persons who want to create trouble for the people by spreading rumors and lying in cyberspace must know that the police surveils their behavior and will act against them decisively,” he said.Earlier on Feb. 21, Gholamreza Jalali, commander of Iran’s Civil Defense Organization, accused foreign media of “creating panic” by publishing inaccurate or misleading figures about coronavirus infections. He emphasized that coronavirus must not be turned into a “political crisis.”Jalali is the same official who, after floods had inundated many parts of Iran in early 2019, made strange statements about extreme weather, accusing Israel of “cloud stealing.” He claimed that “joint committees of Turkey and Israel” had stolen moisture and snow from the clouds over Iran.With the Islamic Republic and the Revolutionary Guards turning the coronavirus outbreak into a security issue, by treating infection figures as state secrets, by arresting people for “rumor mongering” and, now by threatening doctors whose duty is to tell the truth about infectious diseases, it seems the experts may be proved right about the likelihood of a humanitarian disaster. If the Islamic Republic continues in this way, we must expect a much bigger disaster than what is happening in China—not only for Iranians but for the world.The Russian Models Instagramming From China's Coronavirus CapitalRead more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

    Thu, 27 Feb 2020 05:26:29 -0500
  • A former Microsoft engineer stole more than $10 million from the company and used it to buy a $1.6 million lakefront home and a Tesla news

    He stole $10 million-worth of "currency stored value," like online gift cards, and resold them online in exchange for bitcoin, a court ruled.

    Thu, 27 Feb 2020 15:26:05 -0500
  • The coronavirus appears to flare up again in some patients, China warns news

    There were more than 82,000 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus spread across every continent except Antarctica as of Thursday morning, plus about 2,800 deaths, and countries are taking drastic steps to contain its spread. Japan told all 12.8 million students in the country's elementary, middle, and high schools to stay home until the end of March; Saudi Arabia banned all foreign pilgrims from visiting the holy city of Mecca for an indeterminate period of time, possibly up through the annual hajj pilgrimage at the end of July; and the U.S. reported its 60th confirmed case and the first not tied to any overseas travel.Since the virus is new, not much is known about it and nobody has built up an immunity, Dr. Dean Blumberg, an infectious disease specialist at UC Davis Medical Center, told CNN. Adding to concerns about the spread of the virus, Chinese health officials said 14 percent of patients in Guangdong province who tested positive for the coronavirus, recovered, and were discharged have tested positive again, BBC News reports. A woman in Japan experience a similar phenomenon, testing positive three weeks after recovering and testing negative.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it's now a question of when, not if, the coronavirus will start spreading among people in the U.S. The patient at UC Davis Medical Center could be the first known case. When that patient transferred from another Northern California hospital to UC Davis on Feb. 19, doctors asked the CDC to test the patient for the coronavirus, which the CDC did not do until Sunday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. You can watch Blumberg and CNN's Dan Simon run through some of what we know and don't know on Thursday's New Day. Peter Weber> A California patient tested positive for coronavirus. The case may be the first US instance of the coronavirus being transmitted by "community spread," meaning the patient wouldn't have had "relevant travel history or exposure to another known patient."> > -- New Day (@NewDay) February 27, 2020More stories from Harvard scientist predicts coronavirus will infect up to 70 percent of humanity The Daily Show's Jordan Klepper and Roy Wood Jr. poll black voters in South Carolina, ask: 'Who is Tom Steyer!?!' What it's like to be in Venice during coronavirus lockdown

    Thu, 27 Feb 2020 07:56:43 -0500
  • US demands China free Swedish bookseller news

    The United States on Thursday demanded that China immediately free Hong Kong-based bookseller Gui Minhai, a Swedish citizen who was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Gui, who was known for publishing salacious titles about China's political leaders, was snatched while on a train to Beijing in February 2018 and this week sentenced on charges of illegally providing intelligence abroad. "We call on the (Chinese) government to release him immediately and unconditionally," State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement that "strongly" condemned the sentence.

    Thu, 27 Feb 2020 16:55:47 -0500
  • Moscow rounds up stray animals, kills rats over coronavirus fears news

    Moscow authorities are rounding up stray animals and exterminating rats as a precaution against the new coronavirus, actions that animal rights campaigners decried as cruel and scientifically groundless. Russia has imposed an array of measures to stop the virus gaining a foothold in Russia, ranging from restrictions on flights to China and South Korea to visa curbs for Iranian and Chinese citizens. "We are currently carrying out a large-scale complex (of measures) for the total deratization of the city, catching wild animals, strays," Elena Andreeva, the Moscow head of the Rospotrepnadzor consumer health watchdog, was quoted as saying by the RIA news agency.

    Thu, 27 Feb 2020 06:48:11 -0500
  • Congress eyes billions in funding to fight coronavirus news

    Capitol Hill negotiations on emergency spending to combat the coronavirus outbreak are likely to produce a bill that's double or even triple the $2.5 billion plan requested by President Donald Trump just days ago. Both the Democratic-controlled House and GOP-held Senate are eager to complete work on the measure in the next two weeks. All sides say the $2.5 billion White House coronavirus plan — of which only $1.25 billion would be new funding — is inadequate.

    Thu, 27 Feb 2020 14:28:55 -0500
  • Bloomberg tumbles heading into Super Tuesday news

    Sources close to Bloomberg's campaign acknowledge his polls are not looking good.

    Thu, 27 Feb 2020 04:30:00 -0500
  • No, Michael Mann, You Aren’t Going to ‘Ruin’ this ‘Filthy Organization’ news

    A  few days before launching his lawsuit against what he called “this filthy organization,” Michael Mann wrote that there “is a possibility that I can ruin National Review.” Nearly a decade later, we are still fighting his attempt to do precisely that.From the beginning of this affair, National Review has maintained that the case that Mann filed is frivolous, malicious, corrupt, and lacking entirely in legal justification. We maintain that still. The Supreme Court has ruled that the First Amendment is predicated upon “a profound national commitment to the principle that debate on public issues should be uninhibited, robust, and wide-open,” and that matters of political dispute are in consequence exempt from superintendence. By attempting to litigate against his critics, Michael Mann has chosen to stand firmly on the other side of that national commitment. Were he to prevail, he would set a host of terrible precedents against free inquiry and open argument, and in favor of censorship.That this case has been open-and-shut from the start was obvious not only to National Review, but to all who believe in the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press — which is why the amicus briefs that have been filed in our behalf range so widely across the political spectrum.We’ve said we’d use every tool and argument at our disposal to defeat Mann, and that’s what we’ve done. Mark Steyn posted the blog item in dispute in July of 2012. Mann sued in October of that year, and we filed our first motion to dismiss in December of 2012.When that was denied by the trial court, we filed a motion to reconsider. When that, too, was denied, we appealed to the D.C. Court of Appeals — twice. This brings us to 2014. After oral arguments, the Court of Appeals sat on the case for two years. Then, the court denied our appeal. This was in December of 2016. Because the opinion had myriad obvious flaws, we petitioned for a rehearing. Incredibly enough, the court then delayed for yet another two years. When the court finally issued an amended opinion, all it did was add one footnote and amend another.Because the amended opinion didn’t fix any of the flaws of the original opinion, we petitioned for a rehearing yet again. This, too, was denied. Then, last May, we filed a cert petition before the U.S. Supreme Court. All indications are that the court seriously considered it, before denying the petition (with Justice Alito issuing a strong dissent).Now, we are back in the trial court, with expensive and time-consuming discovery underway.Mann’s plan to “ruin” us, as he put it in an email produced under discovery, is plainly to get to a trial with a politically sympathetic D.C. jury and hope that the finer points of the law and the First Amendment are lost. (Short of that, he is surely happy for the case to drag out further, draining us of energy and resources.)But it’s clear that the case should never get to that point — hence our latest motion. Under the First Amendment, Mann has to prove that National Review published the Corner post with “actual malice.” That would require him to show that National Review actually believed that the post was “false” (or likely false) at the time of publication. That is absurd for a number of reasons, including -- given the nature of The Corner -- we didn’t even know about the post until after it was published. The case against National Review is thus nonsensical at its core. It is also barred by a federal statute, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects online publishers for hosting content posted by outside contributors.To be clear, the content of the post itself is also plainly protected First Amendment speech, as we have argued consistently and at length from the first letter our lawyers wrote in response to Mann’s initial legal threat to our brief before the Supreme Court.So far, the courts have, to quote Churchill, elected to “go on in strange paradox, decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent.” They brushed past the anti-SLAPP statute that was designed to prevent this from happening. Our hope is that the same won’t happen with Section 230, which is also meant to protect the free-speech rights of online publishers.It is a matter of considerable irony that the only “malice” that the discovery process has uncovered is that exhibited by Michael Mann. When planning his suit, Mann described National Review as a “threat to our children,” beholden to “greedy fat cat corporate masters.” His stated intention was to bring us “down for good.” Needless to say, this is not how a country with a First Amendment or a culture of free speech is supposed to work. It’s past time that this suit is dismissed as incompatible with both, and a failure on the facts and the law.

    Thu, 27 Feb 2020 15:48:47 -0500
  • Church denied 8-year-old boy First Communion because he's autistic, New Jersey family says news

    "Our son is being shunned from the Catholic faith due to his inability to communicate," said the boy's father, Jimmy LaCugna.

    Thu, 27 Feb 2020 17:27:00 -0500
  • US Army, Marines want to make the Hellfire missile replacement more deadly at sea news

    After working out kinks related to the Hellfire missile replacement's lethality in a maritime environment, the Army and Marine Corps are heading into more tests of the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile against targets at sea.

    Thu, 27 Feb 2020 16:45:59 -0500
  • A Florida woman is being accused of zipping her boyfriend into a suitcase and leaving him to die news

    Sarah Boone, 42, claimed it was just an accident. But police saw troubling videos of her taunting him as he struggled to get out of the luggage.

    Wed, 26 Feb 2020 12:21:20 -0500
  • People can get the coronavirus more than once, experts warn — recovering does not necessarily make you immune news

    People who have gotten the coronavirus before could still get it again. This happened to a tour guide in Japan.

    Thu, 27 Feb 2020 14:51:00 -0500
  • Mexican state oil firm Pemex losses $18.3 bn in 2019 news

    Mexico's state oil company Pemex on Thursday reported losses of 346 billion pesos ($18.3 billion) for 2019, a 92 percent increase on last year's deficit. Pemex said the results were due to the burden of $105 billion in debt, a drop in crude sales and an increase in tax payments. "The most important variables that explain this situation are the fall in the price of the Mexican (crude) mix for export; lower reference prices for petrol and diesel; and the reduction in the volume of sales both nationally and for export," Pemex said in a statement.

    Thu, 27 Feb 2020 16:42:27 -0500
  • Ukraine Is Getting Stronger: What If It Could Take on Russia? news

    Or is that just silly?

    Wed, 26 Feb 2020 15:59:00 -0500
  • Democratic candidates' drilling ban would cost U.S. economy $7 trillion: oil group news

    Banning hydraulic fracturing and halting new drilling on federal land would cost the U.S. economy $7 trillion in the next decade and kill millions of jobs, the U.S. oil industry’s main lobby group said on Thursday in a report targeting the climate plans of top Democratic presidential candidates. The report from the American Petroleum Institute underscores mounting concern in the U.S. drilling industry over the possibility a candidate in favor of rapidly ending the fossil fuel economy to fight global warming will win the Democratic Party's nomination to face Republican President Donald Trump in the November election.

    Thu, 27 Feb 2020 12:36:03 -0500
  • Fourth Diamond Princess passenger dead after coronavirus quarantine, reports news

    Four passengers from the Diamond Princess have died after being quarantined for coronavirus according to reports.

    Wed, 26 Feb 2020 16:03:44 -0500
  • Seattle Is Socialism’s Laboratory, and It’s Not Pretty news

    Democratic socialists are in the middle of a hostile takeover of the Democratic Party. Led by the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign and the “squad” of newly elected congresswomen, the hard-left coalition has laid out an ambitious agenda to transform the United States into a democratic socialist nation. While many commentators have dismissed the rhetoric around the Green New Deal, Housing for All, and End Cash Bail as pie-in-the-sky abstraction, in Seattle, the socialist coalition is quickly translating this agenda into a political reality.After the socialist Left’s stunning victory over business-backed moderates in last year’s municipal elections, Seattle has effectively become the nation’s laboratory for socialist policies. Since the beginning of the year, the socialist faction on the Seattle City Council has proposed a range of policies on taxes, housing, homelessness, and criminal justice that put into practice the national democratic-socialist agenda. In the most recent session, socialist councilwoman Kshama Sawant and her allies have proposed massive new taxes on corporations, unprecedented regulations on landlords (including rent control and a ban on “winter evictions”), the mandated construction of homeless encampments, and the gradual dismantling of the criminal justice system, beginning with the end of cash bail.Seattle’s socialists have established a narrative that provides the rhetorical basis for their policies. They argue that the corporate-technological elite, led by companies such as Amazon, has hoarded the rewards of the digital economy and created widespread misery for workers, renters, and people of color. As Seattle-based commentator and Marxist theoretician Charles Mudede has written: “We are in the 21st century. We are in one of the richest cities on earth. And yet, the old war between those who employ labor and those who sell their labor is still very much with us.”In the socialist vision, the “new class war” is now entering a more direct phase of conflict. They have launched a political campaign to dramatically curtail the power of corporations, landlords, and traditional neighborhood interests, and to build a coalition of socialists, progressives, unions, and the dispossessed that is capable of achieving power. In short, the solution to the class war is to win the class war.While conservatives and moderates have typically dismissed the socialist movement as a “big-city problem,” the new socialist agenda is no longer confined to the municipal boundaries of places such as Seattle, San Francisco, and New York. Increasingly, the hard-left coalition has turned these cities into “laboratories for socialism,” with the goal of eventually commercializing their policies through the national Democratic Party. Already, Bernie Sanders, the current front-runner in the Democratic primary, has proposed a nationalized version of the Seattle agenda: Tax Amazon, enact national rent control, construct public housing, and end cash bail.But Seattle’s socialists have gone one step further. In order to consolidate their newfound power, the progressive-socialists have begun to manipulate the democratic process in their own favor: first, by providing all Seattle voters with $100 in taxpayer-funded “democracy vouchers,” which are easily collected by unions, activists, and socialist groups; and second, by implementing a ban on corporate spending in local elections by companies like Amazon. At the same time, black-bloc activists and Antifa militants intimidate any potential opposition by disrupting events, vandalizing homes, and even orchestrating death threats against political adversaries.What can opponents of socialism do? First, recognize that it must be fought on all fronts. While the socialists form a small minority of the national electorate, they have demonstrated the capability of seizing power in America’s major cities, which are home to much of the digital “means of production” in tech, media, advertising, entertainment, and research. The business sector in cities such as Seattle must recognize that the progressive-socialists are no longer interested in gaining reasonable concessions; they intend to overthrow capitalism itself.Over the past decade, the dominant corporate strategy has been to quietly advocate for neoliberal economic policies, while pandering to the cultural mandates of “diversity and inclusion.” That era is now over. As the experience in Seattle reveals, the socialist Left cannot be appeased on cultural issues — they are fighting a war against capital and they intend to win it.If the business sector wants to protect its own interests, it must rapidly adapt to this new reality. It’s no longer enough for local Chambers of Commerce to drop leaflets before local elections; they must build a permanent counterbalance to the progressive-socialists. They must begin by commissioning original policy research, funding local neighborhood groups, and building a political alliance of conservatives, moderates, and old-line liberals. In other words, they must reestablish a balance of power in America’s cities.If nothing is done, the laboratories of socialism in America’s cities will become a national problem. It’s time to shut them down.

    Thu, 27 Feb 2020 08:16:42 -0500
  • Man who faked being gay to gain lesbian's trust is convicted of raping her news

    In Georgia, where the attack took place, rape can carry a sentence of 25 years to the death penalty.

    Thu, 27 Feb 2020 12:38:00 -0500
  • Pope Francis 'sick' a day after meeting masked Ash Wednesday audience news

    Vatican officials have refused to comment on whether Pope Francis has been tested for coronavirus, confirming only that the pontiff skipped a planned Mass for the start of Lent due to a slight illness. “This morning the pontiff did not go to St. John Lateran basilica for the Penitential Mass with Roman clergy,” Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said in a statement given to the Telegraph. “Due to a light indisposition he preferred to stay near [his Vatican residence] Santa Marta. Other duties are proceeding regularly.” Mr Bruni declined to respond to the question of whether or not the pontiff had been or will be tested for coronavirus, which has infected 650 people in Italy and caused disruption across the north of the country. Concern over the Pope's well-being circulated on social media after he was seen coughing and blowing his nose during Ash Wednesday celebrations, in which he greeted people without a mask.

    Thu, 27 Feb 2020 09:44:08 -0500
  • Indonesia Readies Bill on New Capital as Jokowi Seeks Funds news

    (Bloomberg) -- Follow Bloomberg on LINE messenger for all the business news and analysis you need.Indonesia is ready to seek parliamentary approval for a bill to accelerate the construction of a new capital that’s drawn interest from investors across the world, according to President Joko Widodo.The National Development Planning Agency may submit the bill to the parliament this week, Jokowi, as the president is known, told a cabinet meeting in Jakarta on Wednesday. The bill, once passed by lawmakers, will serve as the legal basis for the new capital, he said.Jokowi urged ministers to expedite mapping of the project to determine the role of the private sector in financing the construction of the yet-to-be named capital on Borneo island. The government aims to start the construction of basic infrastructure later this year, he said.Why Indonesia Is Shifting Its Capital From Jakarta: QuickTakeThe bills on capital relocation along with job creation and taxation are part of the sweeping reforms pushed by Jokowi to boost investment and growth. The new capital, to be built at a cost of about $34 billion, has already drawn interest of investors from China, the Middle East and the U.S., according to officials.“The concept of the new capital development as a smart metropolis has been noticed by the world and countries have even started to express their interest,’ Jokowi said. “That’s why we need to prepare details for the partnerships with other countries. I want us to take steps to accelerate the process.”The masterplan for the capital will be ready and the government will offer health, education and entertainment clusters to private investors, Planning Minister Suharso Monoarfa told reporters. A ground-breaking ceremony for the new administrative headquarters will be held this year, he said.Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, SoftBank Group Corp. founder and Chief Executive Officer Masayoshi Son and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair are part of an advisory panel on the new capital headed by Jokowi. The country has hired McKinsey & Co. to review the master plan.Jokowi is counting on private and state-owned entities to bear about 80% of the cost of building the capital. Authorities will move the capital in phases from 2024, with the new city eventually becoming home to as many as 6-7 million people.Indonesia has identified about 256,000 hectares of land for the new capital on the island of Borneo -- about four times the size of Jakarta. Regular flooding in the Jakarta metropolitan area, home to almost 30 million people, and the need to spread economic growth beyond the main Java island have prompted Jokowi to fast-track the capital relocation.(Updates with minister’s comment on investment in sixth paragraph)To contact the reporter on this story: Tassia Sipahutar in Jakarta at ssipahutar@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Thomas Kutty Abraham at, Karlis SalnaFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    Wed, 26 Feb 2020 04:46:41 -0500
  • A Chinese destroyer fired a weapons-grade laser at a US surveillance aircraft, US Navy says news

    "Weapons-grade lasers could potentially cause serious harm to aircrew and mariners," US Pacific Fleet said.

    Thu, 27 Feb 2020 20:22:25 -0500
  • Virus detected in sub-Saharan Africa, global stocks tank news

    Nigeria reported the first new coronavirus case in sub-Saharan Africa on Friday, as global stock markets tanked on deepening fears of a pandemic and the World Health Organization warned against the "fatal mistake" of complacency. The virus has killed more than 2,800 people and infected over 83,000 worldwide -- the vast majority in China -- since it emerged apparently from an animal market in a central Chinese city in late December. The number of new deaths and infections has been tapering off in China, following unprecedented quarantine efforts locking down tens of millions of people in the worst-hit cities.

    Fri, 28 Feb 2020 02:39:57 -0500
  • Crime Against Humanity: China Has Never Forgotten Japan's Bloody Assault On Nanking news

    A combination of factors led to some of the worst atrocities in history.

    Thu, 27 Feb 2020 01:00:00 -0500
  • Duterte says Philippines can 'survive' without America news

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said his country’s security forces can fight insurgents and Muslim extremists without American military help, in a defense of his recent decision to terminate a U.S. security pact.

    Thu, 27 Feb 2020 10:36:20 -0500
  • Coronavirus: How Fox News and other right-wing media endanger our health news

    Despite steady warnings from health organizations worldwide, right-wing media are clogging airwaves with conspiracy theories and inaccurate reporting.

    Thu, 27 Feb 2020 19:04:31 -0500
  • China reports rise in new coronavirus cases, warns of risk of rebound news

    SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - China reported 433 new cases of coronavirus infections on Feb. 26, the National Health Commission said on Thursday, up from 406 a day earlier, with a cluster of new cases in Beijing raising concerns about the management of employees returning to work. The total number of confirmed cases on mainland China has now reached 78,497, the Commission said, though the number of new deaths on Wednesday stood at 29, the lowest daily rate since Jan. 28. The outbreak has now killed a total of 2,744 people in China.

    Wed, 26 Feb 2020 20:40:06 -0500
  • Daughter of Mexico drug lord 'El Mencho' busted trying to see brother 'El Menchito' in court news

    Jessica Oseguera Gonzalez was arrested on the property of the federal courthouse in Washington on Wednesday, law enforcement officials told NBC News.

    Thu, 27 Feb 2020 16:30:00 -0500
  • The Sinister Sanders Child-Care Plan news

    Bernie Sanders announced a “universal child care” proposal at the end of his wide-ranging 60 Minutes interview with Anderson Cooper. The plan would guarantee “every child in America free full-day, full-week, high-quality child care from infancy through age three,” and the campaign estimates that it would cost taxpayers 1.5 trillion dollars over ten years. But aside from being prohibitively expensive and distressingly vague, the plan looks an awful lot like social engineering.Start with the price tag. After failing to explain how he would pay for his expansive agenda — “I can't rattle off to you every nickel and every dime,” Sanders told Anderson Cooper in a disastrous moment of candor — the Sanders campaign released a partial list of pay-fors the day after the interview, laying out the cost of the senator’s major proposals alongside the tax hikes a Sanders administration would pursue to finance its domestic agenda. The campaign pegged the child-care proposal at a $150 billion annual price tag, more expensive than current federal outlays on unemployment insurance and the SNAP program combined.Add the child-care initiative to the bevy of programs Sanders has already promised to enact as president, and the fiscal feasibility of a child-care proposal grows more uncertain.The nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget released their analysis of Sanders’s universal child-care plan yesterday, and raised concerns that the Sanders campaign was overestimating federal receipts from its proposed “tax on extreme wealth”:> Based on the work of economists Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman, the Sanders campaign estimates this wealth tax would raise $4.35 trillion. This would be enough to finance Senator Sanders's $1.5 trillion universal child care and pre-K plan, his $2.5 trillion housing plan, and $350 billion of his Medicare for All plan (note that our analysis previously assumed he would dedicate $800 billion, not $350 billion, to Medicare for All).> > In our assessment, however, Senators Sanders’s wealth tax is likely to raise significantly less than advertised due to high levels of tax avoidance and the erosion of taxable wealth over time. We believe the wealth tax is likely to raise roughly $3.3 trillion. Assuming the proceeds are distributed evenly, that would leave the universal child care and pre-K plan nearly $400 billion short.As a point of reference, that $400 billion shortfall is larger than the sum total currently allotted to all federal welfare programs combined.While Sanders’s innumeracy was perhaps to be expected, the senator’s defense of the child-care plan on the merits was surprising. For a candidate with well-documented disdain for corporate America, it was strange to see how much of Sanders’s child-care proposal was concerned with the “career outcomes” of “mothers” who — heaven forfend — make “career sacrifices in order to care for their children.” The Sanders campaign presents female labor participation growth as one of the central selling points for its child-care scheme: “Mothers,” the campaign proclaims, “are 40 percent more likely than fathers to report a negative impact on their career outcomes due to child care considerations,” making the institution of a government-funded child-care scheme a “moral responsibility.” The campaign presents the welfare of the children whose stay-at-home parents enter the workforce as an ancillary concern.The Sanders campaign hardly seemed to consider — or, worse, seemed to have considered and proceeded to ignore — the possibility that those mothers making “career sacrifices” might want to raise their own children. As a 2015 Gallup poll found, 56 percent of mothers with children under the age of 18 said they would rather remain at home than enter the workforce, if given the choice. Instead, the socialist appears eager to incentivize more mothers to join the workforce, whereupon they will be presumably “exploited” by the “greedy” corporations the senator has spent a lifetime deriding.Most alarming is the power the senator’s plan vests in the federal government to insert itself into the child-rearing process. Sanders proposes a one-size-fits-all, government-funded child-care model, with no provision for those parents who wish to remain at home. If the Sanders campaign were simply concerned about the costs associated with raising children — both in the home and at a day-care center — it could have proposed a subsidy that also conferred benefits to stay-at-home parents or to relatives providing child care. But the social-engineering component of the plan is unmistakable, as Sanders would essentially create a scheme to augment the “career outcomes” of mothers who might otherwise raise their children at home, thereby boosting enrollment in government-funded child-care centers. Of course, all of those child-care centers will be subject to “quality standards” concocted in Washington.The implications of Sanders’s child-care agenda are clear enough. Right in the heart of the proposal, the Sanders campaign acknowledges that “ages 0 through 4 are the most important years of human life intellectually and emotionally.” Parents ought to be the ones to impart their values to their children in such a formative window, not a Sanders-administration functionary.

    Thu, 27 Feb 2020 15:35:40 -0500
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