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    The Mayor Pete documentary was released on Amazon Prime on Nov. 12  Ethics watchdog Protect the Public's Trust (PPT) filed a lawsuit against the Department of Transportation (DOT) for refusing to respond to their request for documents related to whether taxpayer money was used to produce 'Mayor Pete,' a documentary profiling the DOT secretary currently streaming on Amazon Prime.  The watchdog claimed that the release of the documentary during Buttigieg's time at the helm of DOT rose questions about whether any officials in the department  'improperly used official time and resources to facilitate or promote the film highlighting the Secretary.' The group filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request on Dec. 8 requesting all records since President Biden's Inauguration relating to the 'Mayor Pete' movie.  PPT said that DOT had told the group in early February that it could have records regarding the film to them by the end of the month. But as of Thursday, still no records had been received.  'Despite their earlier pronouncements, DOT seems to want to avoid the transparency that might expose any ethical...
    This is the Titanic hijacking that one or more hackers were able to steal. Ron’s network used for online game Oxy Infiniti was the victim of a major hack, hackers said on Tuesday after hackers stole cryptocurrencies worth about $ 600 million. The fraudster (s) stole a total of 173,699 ethers and $ 22.5 million on March 23, according to Ron. His blog. At current cryptocurrency prices it is $ 615 million or about $ 545 million on the day of the attack. “We are working with executives, cryptographers and our investors to ensure that all funds are recovered or withdrawn,” says the network manager. But “most of the hacked funds are still in the hacker’s wallet,” he adds. One of the biggest attacks This is one of the biggest computer attacks involving cryptocurrencies. A “protocol” hacker Stole the equivalent of $ 600 million To the Poly Network site last August Before sending them back in the next few days. The United States also recently announced Recovered equivalent of $ 3.6 billion bitcoins stolen in 2016 Bitfinex virtual trading...
    Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday abruptly yanked $15.6 billion in covid pandemic relief from the bill funding the federal government after her own Democrats rebelled over how it was being paid for. With Republicans refusing to support any new funding for the pandemic, Democrats decided to take the money from existing programs, including $7 billion set aside under last year's $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid law to help state governments. That brought a wave of fury from many members of Congress - including many Democrats - who objected to paying for the response efforts by cutting state funding. They found out about it when the budget was released at 1:34 am on Wednesday morning. 'This deal was cut behind closed doors, members found out this morning — this is completely unacceptable,' said Democratic Rep. Angie Craig of Minnesota. 'We fought like tooth and nail to get these dollars home to our state governments,' she noted. Speaker Nancy Pelosi abruptly yanked $15.6 billion in covid pandemic relief from the bill funding the federal government after her own Democrats rebelled The White House had...
    The Pittsburgh bridge that collapsed early Friday was in poor condition, and the state did not allocate federal infrastructure funds for its improvement, according to a report. The bridge that collapsed near Frick Park injured ten, several of whom were transported to a hospital, Breitbart News previously reported. NBC News reports: Pennsylvania is set to receive more than $327 million in federal funding for bridge repair and replacement under the infrastructure plan, with about $49 million going to “off-system,” or local, bridges like the Forbes Avenue bridge. But the bridge is not among the highway and bridge projects targeted for federal funding in the state’s 2021 transportation improvement program. City officials haven’t said why the bridge, built in 1970, wasn’t placed on the list for federal infrastructure funding. On a scale from zero to nine, with nine being in excellent shape, the 447-foot bridge “had an overall 4 rating and was listed in poor condition,” the outlet reports. Moreover, the deck and superstructure of the bridge were rated at four out of nine, while the substructure scored a six. President Joe Biden...
    The Small Business Administration last year hurried about $3.7 billion in pandemic relief to companies that were likely ineligible for those funds, according to a new audit. The SBA’s inspector general, Hannibal Ware, said there was an “unprecedented amount of fraud” in the way the agency handled relief funds, and some of the money went to self-employed people whose claims of having more employees were “flawed or illogical.” In 2020, the agency’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program gave out about $210 billion in grants and loans in a rush by the Trump administration to help small companies that the pandemic forced to close for the time being. However,  the audit found that the SBA didn’t check businesses’ information against the Treasury Department’s Do Not Pay system, as required by law. “The severity of this is pretty shocking,” said Greg Reibman, president of the Charles River Regional Chamber, which presents Newton, Needham, Watertown and Wellesley companies. “It’s really unfortunate because that money could have gone to small businesses that really did need it and were qualified to receive it.” An agency...
    GameStop's wild ride on the markets earlier this year was the result of an internet-fueled frenzy of investors, rather than nefarious activity, financial regulators ruled on Monday. The Securities and Exchange Commission have spent months investigating the GameStop phenomena, that saw shares in the gaming stores rocket from less than $20 on January 12 to $483 on January 28. Driving each other on on a chatroom forum called WallStreetBets, the so-called 'Reddit rally' saw shares of GameStop surge 400 per cent in a week, before crashing back to pre-surge levels.  Questions were asked as to whether illegal acts were part of it, but on Monday the SEC said it was legitimate trading, and that the markets were shaken but withstood the pressure.  GameStop, a store supplying computer games and accessories, was struggling at the end of last year. In January the share price rocketed with an unprecedented rally, making some people huge amounts of money and losing vast quantities for others. The SEC has been investigating the wild ride to see if there were any illegal acts, but concluded on...
    Alex and Maggie Murdaugh's marriage was a relationship in crisis as Maggie demanded answers about their dwindling funds and they repeatedly argued over money and his drug use in the weeks before her brutal shooting, DailyMail.com can reveal. A maelstrom of violence, conspiracy and relentless publicity has swirled since Maggie, 52, and son Paul, 22, were found shot dead by dog kennels at the family's hunting lodge in South Carolina. But there has been little real insight into the Murdaugh marriage or family life, until now. Today, DailyMail.com can lay bare the true extent to which the Murdaugh household was fractured, as an inside source speaking exclusively to us, has told of the scenes that they witnessed. According to the source, who has known the family for more than three years and spoke on condition of anonymity, 'Their marriage was absolutely on the rocks.' A source close to the Murdaugh family told DailyMail.com that Alex and Maggie's marriage was in crisis  The couple repeatedly argued over money and his drug use in the weeks before her brutal shooting. According to the...
    Poly Network, the cryptocurrency platform which lost $610 million in a hack earlier this week, confirmed on Friday it had offered the hacker or hackers a $500,000 'bug bounty'. In a statement it thanked the hacker - who it dubbed a 'white hat', sector jargon for an ethical hacker who generally aims to expose cyber vulnerabilities - after he returned the bulk of the funds for 'helping us improve Poly Network´s security'. The network also said it hoped 'Mr. White Hat' would contribute to the blockchain sector's continued development upon accepting the $500,000 reward, which it had offered as part of negotiations around the return of the digital coins. The statement did not specify the form in which it would pay the $500,000. It said the hacker had responded to the offer but did not say if it was accepted. Poly Network, the cryptocurrency platform which lost $610 million in a hack earlier this week, confirmed on Friday it had offered the hacker or hackers a $500,000 'bug bounty' Poly Network communicated with the hacker offering...
    The mayors of the Bay Area’s three largest cities are pushing back after they were denied key affordable housing funds — a shutout they say could cost the region 3,000 desperately needed homes this year and jeopardize future efforts to fight the housing crisis. For the first time in recent memory, no projects in San Jose, Oakland or San Francisco made the list when a little-known state committee that plays a crucial role in affordable housing financing revealed this year’s first round of funding allocations. As a result, four projects in San Jose, five in San Francisco and five in Oakland now are on hold — and possibly won’t get built at all. That’s about 1,600 units for low-income and homeless residents that are stalled. Another 1,400 units, which will need funding later this year, are at risk if the state continues to neglect the Bay Area, local experts say. “We need the state to meet us halfway,” San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said. “And to shut out three cities that have very aggressive affordable housing efforts underway suggests that there is...
    (CNN)Federal investigators looking into Rep. Matt Gaetz's relationships with young women have examined whether any federal campaign money was involved in paying for travel and expenses for the women, a person briefed on the matter said. Investigators are examining whether the Florida Republican engaged in a relationship with a woman that began when she was 17 years old and whether his involvement with other young women broke federal sex trafficking and prostitution laws, according to that source and another person briefed on the matter.Investigators are also pursuing allegations from witnesses and other evidence that Gaetz may have used cash and drugs in his dealings with young women, the sources said. Gaetz showed nude photos of women he said hed slept with to lawmakers, sources tell CNN Gaetz has denied the allegations and has tried to portray the sex trafficking investigation as connected to an alleged extortion plot against him. People briefed on the matter say investigators don't believe the extortion claims are linked to the separate alleged sex crimes investigation of Gaetz that has been ongoing for months. The Gaetz...
    More On: elizabeth warren Elizabeth Warren enters the GameStop fracas with open letter to SEC Wall Street’s luck has run out with Biden’s SEC head Gary Gensler Elizabeth Warren is releasing a new book in 2021 Schumer urges Biden to cancel millions in student loan debt Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Thursday that US financial regulators must “get up off their rear ends” and devise new restrictions in response to the GameStop stock-buying struggle, claiming the retail investors involved in the saga were manipulating the market. An array of left- and right-wing populists cheered the GameStop-buying push as a retail investors having an opportunity to compete with wealthy hedge funds that were “shorting” the company’s stock. But Warren said it shows the ease of manipulating stock value. “This should be a warning bell,” Warren said Thursday morning on MSNBC ahead of a House Financial Services Committee hearing featuring the CEOs of companies involved in the struggle. “What happened with GameStop is not just about GameStop. It is the warning bell that we have a stock market that is...
    The billionaire head of hedge fund Citadel and the CeO of Robinhood are set to testify Thursday that they did not collude to disadvantage investors during the GameStop saga in January that sent stock prices rocketing and then crashing downward. 'I want to be perfectly clear: we had no role in Robinhood's decision to limit trading in GameStop or any other of the 'meme' stocks,' Citadel CEO Ken Griffin said in prepared testimony. Griffin's testimony describes the stunning volume of trading that took place as Reddit groups and small investors pushed up the price of the stock, with some trying to take a toll on hedge funds that shorted the stock. Financial Services Committee chair Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) blasted hedge funds in a statement last month. She has organized hearings over the GameStop trading saga that begin Thursday 'During the period of frenzied retail equities trading, Citadel Securities was the only major market maker to provide continuous liquidity every minute of every trading day,' said Griffing. 'On Wednesday, January 27, we executed 7.4 billion shares on behalf of retail...
    A former Northwestern University cheerleader is suing the school and demanding a jury trial, claiming she was sexually harassed and even groped by athletic department donors while she and her teammates were 'presented as sex objects' at various school fundraising events. Hayden Richardson, 22, who cheered at Northwestern from 2018 until last year, told Inside Edition that then-Wildcats cheerleading coach Pamela Bonnevier required the squad to 'mingle' with intoxicated fans at events without security.  'I was taking photos with fans that were grown men and they would put their hands too low,' Richardson said. 'Our coach [Bonnevier] condoned that behavior. She put us in these environments where she knew what was going on and she didn't do anything to stop that.'  Bonnevier has not worked at the school since October, Northwestern has confirmed, but it is unclear if these allegations played a factor in her tenure coming to an end. She has not offered a public statement since the lawsuit was filed on January 30.   Hayden Richardson is demanding a jury trial, claiming she was sexually harassed while cheerleading...
    FDU looks to extend streak vs Bryant When to get a COVID-19 vaccine: A state-by-state guide The majority of Americans were forced to withdraw from their retirement in 2020, survey says © Provided by Business Insider See which retirement plans are best for you. Alistair Berg For many Americans, the pandemic has caused a major setback in their retirement plans. Nearly 60% of Americans withdrew from their retirement accounts during the pandemic, according to a recent survey. Most withdrawals from retirement accounts in 2020 represented significant amounts of money. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Nearly 60% of Americans withdrew from their retirement accounts during the pandemic, according to a recent survey from finance magazine Kiplinger and Personal Capital, a wealth management organization. Load Error The pandemic caused many people to borrow from their future in order to meet everyday needs throughout state shutdowns and the highest number of job losses since the Great Depression. According to the survey, in 2020, most people between the ages of 50 and 74 were forced to drain funds...
    The controversial stock trading platform Robinhood is denying accusations that it forced users to sell shares of GameStop this week - unless those shares were bought using borrowed funds.  'Claims that Robinhood proactively sold customers' shares outside of our standard margin-related sellouts or options assignment procedures are false,' a Robinhood spokesperson told DailyMail.com on Saturday. Buying shares 'on margin' means using funds lent from the broker, and it is not unusual for brokers to automatically liquidate such shares if an account falls below minimum balance requirements. On Robinhood, users need an account balance of at least $2,000 to trade on margin. The statement sheds some new light on the surreal events of the week, in which GameStop shares surged as part of a campaign promoted on the message board Reddit to decimate hedge funds that had bet heavily against the struggling video game retailer.  Robinhood's restrictions on GameStop shares spurred furious accusations that the company was trying to tank the stock for nefarious purposes, but Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev strongly denied the allegations, saying the company clamped down in order...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A man was indicted on federal charges this week on charges that that he conspired with his U.S. Postal worker brother to sell government stimulus checks that were stolen from the mail. The indictment was returned by a grand jury on Monday. Akeem Kosoko, 26, is charged with one count of conspiracy to steal mail and government funds, three counts of embezzlement of government property, and three counts of receipt of stolen mail, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. Kosoko is accused of conspiring with his brother, who was a mailman, to have U.S. Treasury checks taken from the mail and sold to others. These were the checks issued last year as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Kosoko’s brother, Ahmed Kosoko, 35, of Chicago, was charged previously in a federal criminal complaint with one count of conspiracy to steal mail and government funds. Prosecutors released photos they said showed Akeem Kosoko withdrawing illicitly obtained stimulus funds from an ATM and showing off cash and receipt. Akeem Kosoko allegedly withdrawing illicit...
    Oregon’s COVID-19 relief fund that earmarked millions for black residents and business owners has been halted due to lawsuits led by one Mexican-American and two white business owners who allege racial discrimination. The state of Oregon had set aside $62milion of its $1.4billion federal pandemic relief money to help its black business owners, community organizers and residents going through hardship after data suggested coronavirus disproportionately infected and killed black people. However, the remaining $8.8million is on hold as the relief fund faces legal challenges – and the litigation could take years. The first lawsuit came from the white owner of logging company Great Northern Resources, which is based in the city of John Day. It was later joined by Walter Leja, the 62-year-old white owner of Dynamic Service Fire and Security, a small electrical services company in Salem. Maria Garcia, the Mexican American owner of Revolucion Coffee House in Portland, has filed one of two lawsuits against Oregon for discrimination for earmarking $62milion of its $1.4billion federal pandemic relief money to help black business owners and residents She...
    The wife of former Rep. Duncan Hunter has filed for divorce after 22 years of marriage and more than a year of separation amid a corruption scandal that landed them both felony convictions.   Margaret Hunter filed for divorce on November 20 in San Diego Superior Court, according to online records. The filing comes just over a year since the couple pleaded guilty to misappropriating more than $150,000 of Duncan Hunter's campaign funds for personal expenditures, such as lavish holidays and heft bar taps. Duncan was also accused of using the funds on extramarital affairs.  The 44-year-old stated that she's was ending her marriage to Duncan, 45, because of 'irreconcilable differences,' and requested joint legal custody of their 17- and 14-year-old daughters. Their oldest son is an adult. Margaret Hunter is seeking physical custody of their daughters, with reasonable visitation with their father, court records state. She has also asked the court to award her spousal support and attorneys fees and costs to be paid by her husband.  Margaret Hunter (left) filed for divorce from shamed former Republican congressman Duncan...
    Convicted killer Scott Peterson, death row inmates and thousands of other prisoners have together received more than $140 million in COVID unemployment benefits in 'the most significant fraud on taxpayer funds in California history', according to state investigators.  A group of state and federal prosecutors on Tuesday warned that up to $1 billion in payments may have been made by the state's Employment Development Department to inmates incarcerated in California's prisons and jails from funds designed to provide financial relief to struggling residents during the pandemic.   The shocking revelation led Governor Gavin Newsom to announce the introduction of a taskforce to investigate and tackle the alleged fraud among the prison population. Under state law, claimants of the unemployment debit card must be actively seeking work and be available to accept employment.  In the eight months since the pandemic began ravaging America and shuttered much of the economy, the state has paid out around $110 billion to jobless Californians.  The system is overwhelmed with about 580,000 claims - many of which will be legitimate - stuck in a backlog.  However, while many newly-unemployed residents...
    Where there’s a will, there’s a way to defraud the U.S. government. A couple from Ashburn, Virginia has been charged with collecting more than $1.4 million from a coronavirus relief program, WAVY reported. The married couple, 43-year-old Monica Jaworska and 42-year-old Tarik Jaafar, were arrested at John F. Kennedy Airport after the U.S. Department of Justice determined they had provided more than a dozen falsified loan applications to the Paycheck Protection Program. DOJ officials said the couple was arrested before they could flee to Poland. More from WAVY: Jaworska and Jaafar reportedly submitted a total 18 PPP loan applications to 12 financial institutions in the names of four business entities between April and May. Investigators learned that four of those applications were approved by three financial institutions, which disbursed $1,438,500 in loans to the couple. Some of the funds were frozen but prosecutors with the Eastern District of Virginia say Jaafar succeeded in withdrawing at least $30,000 in cash. If convicted, Jaworska and Jaafar each face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. The Associated Press reported that an...
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