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    A group of 160 top recording artists have signed onto a Planned Parenthood letter decrying the coming reversal of Roe v. Wade. The signatories to the letter include pop stars Shawn Mendes, Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, Olivia Rodrigo, and Demi Lovato and actors like Bohemian Rhapsody star Lucy Boynton. Instagram The celebrity protesters have joined Planned Parenthood’s #BansOffOurBodies campaign which launched a full-page ad in the New York Times this week in the wake of the leaked draft opinion that would overturn Roe. The artists — including pro-abortion pop stars Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, and Camila Cabello, and Justin Bieber’s wife, model Hailey Beiber — claim in the letter that “Now we are being robbed of our power” if there is a reversal of Roe. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) “The Supreme Court is planning to overturn Roe v. Wade, taking away the constitutional right to abortion,” the letter claims, according to Rolling Stone. “Our power to plan our own futures and control our own bodies depends on our ability...
    The FBI has opened multiple investigations into parents protesting education policies, including a father who was upset over mask mandates, according to new whistleblower revelations. The FBI’s activities were publicly revealed in a letter Wednesday from Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee to Attorney General Merrick Garland. The specifics of the FBI’s investigations were disclosed to lawmakers by whistleblowers. Garland directed the FBI and the Department of Justice to form a joint task force in October 2021 to investigate threats against school board members after the National School Boards Association asked the Biden administration in a September 2021 letter to investigate parents protesting at school board meetings as domestic terrorists under the Patriot Act. NSBA KNEW ABOUT GARLAND SCHOOL BOARDS MEMO BEFORE IT WAS PUBLISHED, EMAILS SHOW Garland issued the memo forming the task force a week after the NSBA sent its letter. After public outcry, the association apologized for sending the letter and withdrew it as numerous state school board associations announced they were disassociating with the national organization. Despite the NSBA's backtrack,...
    Brueckner, 45, who has embarked on a dedicated letter writing campaign to try to clear his name - was named by Portuguese authorities as an arguido - official suspect - in the McCann case Madeleine McCann suspect Christian Brueckner is 'super-cool, unflappable, calm and collected’ but he’s ‘hiding something’, says a handwriting expert who has examined letters in which he protests his innocence. Convicted rapist and paedophile Brueckner, 45, who has embarked on a dedicated letter writing campaign to try to clear his name - was named by Portuguese authorities as an arguido - official suspect - in the McCann case. Brueckner, who this week had his application for early release from a seven-year jail term for a brutal 2005 sex attack on a 72-year-old woman rejected by the German authorities, has written to MailOnline - along with his supporters around the world - to claim he had nothing to do with Madeleine’s disappearance almost 15 years ago. In all the notes – handwritten in near perfect English – Brueckner explains how he feels he is being ‘persecuted’ by...
    by Bethany Blankley   Fourteen Republican attorneys general, led by Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita, have sued the Biden administration for not responding to a Freedom of Information request related to the Department of Justice calling for surveillance of parents expressing opinions at school board meetings and other forums. The lawsuit follows a chain of events that began last October. It was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana Indianapolis Division. It asks the court to force the Biden administration to respond to the requests for information. It names President Joe Biden, Attorney General Merrick Garland, the U.S. Department of Justice, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona and the U.S. Department of Education as plaintiffs. The coalition, led by Rokita, are from the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Utah. On Oct. 4, Garland issued a memo on the “disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff” and called for the FBI and other federal law enforcement agents...
    President Biden's Education Secretary Miguel Cardona apparently solicited the controversial letter from the National School Boards Association that said threats made by protesting parents should be taken as seriously as domestic terrorism, according to emails released on Tuesday. The NSBA, in an internal memo sent on October 12, revealed that they had held discussions with White House officials before sending the much-criticized letter to President Joe Biden.  Attorney General Merrick Garland later said the letter, setting out worries about threats, was the starting point for plans for a task force to protect members of school boards. Now, emails obtained by Parents Defending Education through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, suggest that Cardona himself was part of the process that led to its production. In an exchange on Oct. 5 email, NSBA Secretary-Treasurer Kristi Swett wrote that the group's interim chief executive Chip Slaven 'told the officers he was writing a letter to provide information to the White House, from a request by Secretary Cardona.' 'Should this allegation be true, it would reveal that this administration's pretextual war on parents...
    Republican Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Virginia Foxx of North Carolina are seeking access to communications between the Department of Education and the National School Boards Association over a letter from the latter comparing protesting parents to domestic terrorists. In a letter to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona exclusively shared with the Washington Examiner, the representatives demanded the department turn over all communications with the NSBA, the Department of Justice, and the White House regarding the September letter asking President Joe Biden to investigate protesting parents as domestic terrorists. Jordan told the Washington Examiner the push for accountability from the agency is important because “moms and dads should be the ones making decisions about their kids, not the government. This idea that somehow the government is smarter than parents is ridiculous.” NSBA HEAD GOT BIDEN ADMINISTRATION ROLE AFTER CALLING PARENTS 'DOMESTIC TERRORISTS' The NSBA has since apologized for the September letter, which infamously prompted Attorney General Merrick Garland to issue a memo forming an FBI-DOJ task force to investigate parents protesting at school board meetings....
    Four out of the eight members of the U.S Commission on Civil Rights have penned a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, chastising him for his recent memo regarding parents who protest school boards. "We write to express our concerns regarding a recent memorandum issued by your office," the four members wrote in the letter, questioning Garland's motive for issuing the memo which instructed the FBI to take the lead on a task force to address threats against school officials, including creating a centralized way to report such threats. The members who signed onto the letter include Commissioners Peter Kirsanow, J. Christian Adams, Gail Heriot, and Stephen Gilchrist. "Your memorandum did not cite any specific examples of ‘harassment, intimidation and threats of violence’ that would provide any basis for law enforcement action by the Department," the letter read. "We are concerned that much of what the NSBA calls threats and acts of intimidation—and compares to "domestic terrorism and hate crimes"—can be merely classified as political speech." FLORIDA SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION DENOUNCES NATIONAL GROUP'S CALL FOR FEDERAL INVOLVEMENT IN PARENT...
    Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is demanding answers from Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday over his recent Justice Department memo directing FBI and other law enforcement to immediately address a 'disturbing spike' in violent incidents against teachers and other education officials.  The Kentucky lawmaker wrote a letter to Garland disputing his 'ominous rhetoric' over the conflicts between teachers and parents. Schoolboard meetings and other educational settings have become a hotbed for protest for angry parents opposing masks in the classroom and the teachings of Critical Race Theory in public schools.  In his letter, a copy of which was obtained by DailyMail.com, McConnell asserted parents have the right to exercise control over their child's education. 'Parents absolutely should be telling their local schools what to teach. This is the very basis of representative government,' McConnell wrote. 'They do this both in elections and - as protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution - while petitioning their government for redress of grievance.' 'Telling elected officials they're wrong is democracy, not intimidation.' Mitch McConnell sent Merrick Garland a letter on Friday...
    Dina Asher-Smith. Getty/Bryn Lennon Dina Asher-Smith has hit out at the Tokyo Olympics for banning athletes from protesting at medal ceremonies. "I see protesting and expressing yourself as a fundamental human right," she said. Over 150 athletes and organizations have signed an open letter calling for the ban to be lifted. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Great Britain's Dina Asher-Smith has hit out at the Tokyo Olympics for banning athletes from protesting at medal ceremonies. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) had previously banned any kind of protest at the Games, but it relaxed its rules to allow protests before and after events in July. Protests during events, medal ceremonies, and at the Olympic Village remain banned, however. Protests must also not be "targeted, directly or indirectly, against people, countries, organizations and/or their dignity" and cannot be "disruptive." "If you were to penalize someone for standing up against racial inequality, how on earth would that go, how on earth are you going to enforce that?" sprinter Asher-Smith told The Guardian. "Would you revoke someone's medal for saying racism...
    TOKYO (AP) — Tommie Smith, John Carlos and Gwen Berry are among the more than 150 athletes, educators and activists who signed a letter Thursday urging the IOC not to punish participants who demonstrate at the Tokyo Games. The five-page letter, published on the eve of the Olympics, asks the IOC not to sanction athletes for kneeling or raising a fist, the way Smith and Carlos did at the 1968 Mexico City Games. Berry, the American hammer thrower who triggered much of this debate, has said she intends to use her Olympic platform to point out racial inequality in the United States. She turned away from the flag when the national anthem played while she was on the medals stand at the Olympic trials last month. The IOC has made changes to its Rule 50 that bans political demonstrations at the Games, and has said it will allow them on the field, so long as they come before the start of action. Players from five Olympic soccer teams took to their knees Wednesday before their games on the opening night...
    More On: olympics Fans banned from Tokyo Olympics as Japan declares COVID state of emergency The incredible backyard bond of a Mets prospect and the Olympics’ best pole vaulter Gregg Popovich would’ve ‘begged, cried’ to persuade Kevin Durant on this Letters to the Editor — July 7, 2021 More than three dozen Republican House members have penned a letter to the US Olympic Committee to express their concerns about American athletes holding political protests at the summer games in Tokyo — singling out hammer thrower Gwen Berry who turned away as the national anthem was played during the national trials last month. The 39 Republicans wrote to US Olympic and Paralympic Committee Chair Susanne Lyons and CEO Sarah Hirshland, urging them to comply with Rule 50 of the International Olympic Committee’s charter that prohibits political expression by athletes, Fox News reported on Thursday.  “We are deeply concerned by the growing trend of American athletes taking advantage of the international platform afforded by the Olympic games to perpetuate divisive, hateful and anti-American ideologies,” the letter signed by the 39 Republicans said. Along with...
    Sen. Marco Rubio criticized one of America’s largest and most elite consulting firms Saturday for forbidding employees to participate in protests supporting a Russian opposition leader. The Florida Republican denounced McKinsey & Company in a letter sent to Global Managing Partner Kevin Sneader for preventing the staff from publicly supporting Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny after he was poisoned and detained by Russian President Vladimir Putin. “[I]t strains credulity to believe the managing partner of Russia and CIS incorrectly characterized how McKinsey policy sought to interact with the Putin regime in his original email,” Rubio wrote. “Despite efforts to correct public perception now, this episode raises serious questions about McKinsey’s core values and corporate culture.” “It is no secret that McKinsey maintains close business ties to Russian government agencies and Kremlin-linked companies,” Rubio continued. Sen. Rubio sent a letter to #McKinsey & Co after the company’s Moscow office told its employees they could not participate in peaceful protests supporting #Russian opposition leader #AlexeiNavalny. Read more????https://t.co/qONHjnZoSG — Senator Rubio Press (@SenRubioPress) January 24, 2021 Rubio has previously criticized the...
    By Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber MOSCOW (Reuters) - Belarus basketball star Yelena Leuchanka has twice represented her country at the Olympic Games, but until this year she had always stayed out of politics. That changed abruptly when her country was engulfed by protests. When she joined a street demonstration against President Alexander Lukashenko, one of the country's best known athletes found herself arrested and jailed in a lice-ridden cell. Released after 15 days, the former center who played four seasons in the U.S. Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) has added her name to an open letter of protest signed by nearly 1,000 Belarusian sports figures. "I want us to be free in a new Belarus, where we can freely express our opinions and not be afraid to be fired, imprisoned, fined, beaten or intimidated for it," the 37-year-old Leuchanka told Reuters. The open letter condemns the Aug. 9 presidential election won by Lukashenko as fraudulent and demands a re-run. It calls for the release of all those detained during more than 11 weeks of street protests and strikes against the veteran leader....
    A dispute over a contract bid involving a state-funded hemp research center is testing the industry's relationship with Colorado agriculture regulators and Governor Jared Polis's administration. The creation of a state Hemp Center of Excellence by the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) was stipulated in a bill introduced in 2018 by state senator Don Coram, a hemp grower himself; the idea was to help direct U.S. Department of Agriculture-approved research, outreach and educational efforts for the state's hemp industry. But when the contract for the Hemp Center's initial management was awarded not to a hemp entity but to the Marijuana Policy Group, a firm that specializes in THC-related work, several influential industry members and trade organization reps — most of whom are ardent supporters of Polis's political career — called foul. In a July letter protesting the MPG's selection, over 100 hemp industry members and organizations, including Coram, voiced their concerns related to "potential government ethics violations, conflicts of interest and/or criminal behavior in regards to the contract awarded to Marijuana Policy Group for the Hemp Center of Excellence."Related Stories Colorado-Based Hemp...
    The Long Island high schooler protesting his district’s hybrid learning model by repeatedly going to school on his mandated remote learning days was hit with a one-year suspension on Tuesday. Maverick Stow, 17, a senior at William Floyd High School, was notified of the decision in a letter from the district’s superintendent following a Monday disciplinary hearing. The decision left Stow “upset,” according to his lawyer, Christopher Ross. “For three days of wrongdoing, it doesn’t seem like the punishment fits the crime.” “The school lacks an appreciation for the way he’s looking at it. He’s fighting to be in school,” Ross said. The saga began last Tuesday when Stow, scheduled to learn remotely, showed up to class anyway, which landed him a five-day suspension. Stow, who argues online learning is ineffective, went back to school the next day and left after the district called the cops on him. On Thursday, Stow was charged with third-degree criminal trespassing for yet again showing up school grounds. For the remainder of the school year, Stow will be taught virtually, according to his...
    Dozens of Republican House lawmakers on Thursday requested the Department of Justice to investigate individuals or groups funding and organizing the ongoing riots and civil unrest. Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) led the total of 50 lawmakers in sending a letter to Attorney General William Barr calling for those behind the riots to be investigated. “We write to share our deep concerns regarding the ongoing violence that has gripped American cities and threatened the rule of law across our nation,” the letter reads. “ANTIFA and other left-wing anarchist groups have unleashed a barrage of totalitarian attacks on our country in recent months, including accosting a sitting U.S. Senator, hijacking peaceful rallies, organizing armed riots, destroying property, burning buildings, stealing livelihoods, and spreading hate.” Rep. Buck said of the letter in a statement: “ANTIFA and other far-left anarchist groups have wreaked havoc on our nation for far too long. Americans deserve to feel safe and secure in their own communities. It is time that AG Barr and the DOJ take action to investigate and prosecute the groups responsible for these violent riots. I am proud...
    The Wall Street Journal's opinion section had a scathing response Thursday to the 280 staffers who had signed a letter this week claiming it pushed 'misinformation'.  In a note published by the section's editorial board late Thursday night, the fiery rebuttal vowed that the opinion section wouldn't 'wilt under cancel-culture pressure' following the protest letter sent to publisher Almar Latour.   The board said that it would not be responding directly to staffers who signed the letter but hoped to reassure readers that it will continue to fight back against 'a culture of growing progressive conformity and intolerance'.   The Wall Street Journal's opinion section published a scathing rebuttal following a protest letter from journalists in other sections who accused it of pushing 'misinformation' The letter was sent to publisher Almar Latour (pictured) and leaked to the press It added that the opinion section answers to publisher Latour  and that the 'anxieties' of the signers 'aren’t our responsibility in any case'.    The board said that it had been 'gratified' by the 'outpouring of support' following the leaking of Tuesday's letter.  'But the...
    More than 280 journalists at The Wall Street Journal and its parent company Dow Jones penned an extraordinary letter to their publisher protesting the spread of 'misinformation' in the paper's opinion section.  In the letter sent to Dow Jones CEO Almar Latour on Tuesday, the group of reporters, editors and other employees called for a clearer divide between the paper's news and opinion divisions and raised alarm about the accuracy of the latter division.   'Opinion's lack of fact-checking and transparency, and its apparent disregard for evidence, undermine our readers' trust and our ability to gain credibility with sources,' the letter states.  'Many readers already cannot tell the difference between reporting and Opinion. And from those who know of the divide, reporters nonetheless face questions about the Journal's accuracy and fairness because of errors published in opinion.' The employees cited several examples of offending articles, including a column Vice President Mike Pence wrote last month, in which he said panic over a second wave of coronavirus cases was 'overblown' and argued that the Trump administration's handling of the pandemic has been...
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