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    Appearing on Fox News on Sunday, December 19, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia declared that he remains a “no” vote on the Build Back Better Act of 2021 — a declaration that has infuriated many of his fellow Democrats. The centrist senator cited the cost of the bill and worries about inflation as reasons why he isn’t supporting the bill, but according to HuffPost reporters Tara Golshan and Arthur Delaney, he has privately said that he doesn’t trust poor people to use money wisely. “In recent months,” Golshan and Delaney report, “Manchin has told several of his fellow Democrats that he thought parents would waste monthly child tax credit payments on drugs instead of providing for their children, according to two sources familiar with the senator’s comments. Continuing the child tax credit for another year is a core part of the Build Back Better legislation that Democrats had hoped to pass by the end of the year. The policy has already cut child poverty by nearly 30%.” The reporters add, “Manchin’s private comments shocked several senators, who saw it...
    Ivanka Trump on Friday slammed a government report that charged her billion dollar Farmers-to-Families Food Box Program with wasting taxpayer dollars, delivering rotten food, and being used for political gain by Donald Trump as an attempt to distract from Joe Biden's failures in office.  'It's unfortunate, yet hardly surprising to see the media work hand in hand with congressional democrats in a desperate and transparent effort to distract from the staggering incompetence of the current administration,' a spokesperson for Ivanka Trump told DailyMail.com. No specific actions of the Biden administration were addressed. President Biden ended the Food Box Program in May.  A 46-page report from the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, written by the Democrats on the panel, charges the program with delivering a 'windfall profits to unqualified food distributors who wasted taxpayer dollars.'  The Trump administration also used the Food Box Program for political advantage, the panel said. In its findings, it revealed that in the six weeks leading up to the election, vendors employed by the program were 'required include in all outgoing boxes a letter signed by President Trump in...
    With former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows refusing to cooperate with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s select committee on the January 6 insurrection, the committee is now recommending that the Trump loyalist be held in contempt of Congress. Meadows, however, did share some documents with the committee before he stopped cooperating, and one of them — released on Sunday, December 12 — shows a promise that the National Guard, on January 6, would be on standby to “protect pro-Trump people.” Business Insider’s Kelsey Vlamis reports that according to the document, “Mr. Meadows sent an e-mail to an individual about the events on January 6 and said that the National Guard would be present to 'protect pro Trump people' and that many more would be available on standby.” Meadows sent that e-mail on January 5, the day before then-President Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally and the subsequent storming of the U.S. Capitol Building by a violent mob of Trump supporters. “The context of the January 5 e-mail is unclear, and no additional details about it have been given,”...
    President Biden's gut reaction to the news that a deadly suicide bomb had gone off amid the American evacuation from Afghanistan has been revealed.  During an Afghanistan briefing on Aug. 26, head of US Central Command Gen. Frank McKenzie turned ashen as he was handed a piece of paper. He told the meeting, which he'd called into by video, that a bomb had been detonated near the Hamid Karzai Airport - four services members were already dead, three near dead, dozens more injured.  There were gasps throughout the room and Biden winced before going silent for a long pause. 'The worst that can happen has happened,' the president said once he broke the silence, meeting participants told the New York Times.  The death toll eventually rose to 13 US service members and over 170 Afghans.  The fateful event has since marred the Biden administration's record and defined the frenzied withdrawal that has scored criticism from both sides. Following the attack, which terror group ISIS-K later claimed, the US carried out a retaliatory drone strike, which they initially claimed killed a terrorist...
    Russia is believed to be developing a special Artificial Intelligence (AI) software to predict and then prevent riots and protests in the latest part of a Kremlin crackdown on dissent. The technology will use machine learning to carry out a 'multi-factor, comprehensive analysis of the likelihood of riots and unauthorised public events' taking place and then alerts security services to them. The country's Emergency Situations Ministry is planning to have the technology in place in 2022, according to the Kommersant news website. The software will also analyse news, social media, CCTV and public transport data to foresee upcoming riots, and has drawn comparisons to the Tom Cruise film Minority Report. Russia is believed to be developing a special Artificial Intelligence (AI) software to predict and then prevent riots and protests in the latest part of a Kremlin crackdown on dissent. Pictured: Pro Alexei Navalny protestors clash with police in January following his arrest The 2002 Hollywood blockbuster is set the year 2054, where a specialized police department called Precrime arrests people based on foreknowledge of crimes they are about to commit. ...
    NASA is vehemently denying the Russian claim that the International Space Station has suffered 'bad' cracks on the Zarya module. 'There are currently no issues impacting crew or normal International Space Station operations, and no new potential leak sites have been identified,' a NASA spokesperson told DailyMail.com via email. 'We are in regular coordination for station operations with all our international partners, including Roscosmos.' On Monday, Vladimir Solovyov, chief engineer of Russian rocket and space corporation Energia, said 'superficial fissures' were discovered in some places on the Zarya module, also known as the Functional Cargo Block.  NASA is vehemently denying the Russian claim that the International Space Station has suffered 'bad' cracks on the Zarya module, DailyMail.com has learned The chief engineer of Energia recently said 'bad' 'superficial fissures' were discovered on the module and could spread over time 'This is bad and suggests that the fissures will begin to spread over time,' Solovyov told Russian state-owned news agency RIA. Solovyov added that a significant portion of the equipment on the ISS is aging, having previously warned there could be an...
    Amid concerns about Apple's new plan to scan users' photos for child porn, a new report alleges the company has already been scouring emails for such imagery for at least the past two years.  Tech giant has been looking at iCloud Mail for child sex abuse material (CSAM) since 2019, Apple-focused news outlet 9to5Mac confirmed. An iMessage chain surfaced on August 20, in which Apple anti-fraud chief Eric Friedman wrote that the company was unintentionally 'the greatest platform for distributing child porn,' The Verge first reported.  The Apple-focused news website asked Apple how Friedman could make such a claim if the company wasn't scanning iCloud photos.  An unnamed representative confirmed that Apple had been looking at emails on the cloud, as well scanning other data 'on a tiny scale,' but not iCloud photos or backups. Since email is not encrypted, scanning attachments 'would be a trivial task,' 9to5Mac wrote.  Apple has not yet responded to a request for comment from DailyMail.com.  The thread, from February 2020, was part of evidence submitted by Apple as part of the discovery process in the lawsuit...
    A hearing on Thursday determined that Chandler would be held without bond, with the judge citing concerns for her safety as one of the reasons. Screenshot/YouTube - @CwcvilleGuardian Online creator Christine Chandler was arrested on a charge of incest in Virginia this week. In a Thursday bond hearing for Chandler, a judge denied bond due to safety concerns. Chandler's next hearing is on September 16. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Online creator and personality Christine Chandler will be held without bond, after being arrested on a charge of incest this week, following a Thursday hearing where a judge expressed safety concerns for her and the public, the Daily Progress reports.  Since 2007, Chandler has been the subject of a trolling campaign that started on the alt-right website 4chan. Throughout the years, she has been stalked, doxxed, hacked, and had several trolls pose as romantic partners both online and in real life. Last week, a purported phone call leaked online in which someone that was said to be Chandler seemingly admitted to having sex with her mother. Chandler...
    Female colleagues of CNN anchor Chris Cuomo are staying silent about his refusal to address the sexual harassment scandal surrounding his brother - despite many of them being vocal supporters of the #MeToo movement. Chris, 50, was referenced in Tuesday's bombshell report by the New York attorney general, which found 11 women to have credible allegations of sexual assault against his brother Andrew, 63, the governor of New York. Chris had been advising Andrew on media strategy when the allegations were first made in March. In May his behind-the-scenes role was exposed by The Washington Post, and Chris apologized to his viewers and colleagues. Yet for three nights since the report into Andrew was published, Chris has ignored it entirely - despite his network covering it extensively. Chris's decision to dismiss the scandal left some colleagues confused, The New York Times reported.  Chris Cuomo was seen on Thursday waiting to board his helicopter from East Hampton to New York City, to host his CNN show. Once again, on Thursday night, he failed to mention the scandal engulfing his brother...
    Aaron Rodgers reportedly turned down a huge contract offer from the Green Bay Packers. According to BroBible, The Athletic reported that Rodgers was offered a deal that would have made him the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) However, the NFL MVP turned it down because he can’t stand general manager Brian Gutekunst. Reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers is so disgruntled with the Green Bay Packers that he has told some within the organization that he does not want to return to the team, league and team sources told ESPN on Thursday. More on NFL Live now…. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 29, 2021 The issues between Gutekunst and Rodgers have been all over the news the past week, and the star passer wants to find a new team. It’s also been reported that Rodgers wants Gutekunst fired in order for him to return to the team. Aaron Rodgers Reportedly Wants One Major Thing To Happen To Return To The Packers https://t.co/0YN1sxHVKj — Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) May 2, 2021 ...
    Jake Paul. Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images YouTuber and celebrity fighter Jake Paul has been accused of sexual misconduct by two women.  The latest accuser said Paul referred to her as "jailbait" and groped her when she was 17. The allegations were reported on by The New York Times, which corroborated their claims. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Controversial YouTuber Jake Paul is under new scrutiny after two women accused him of sexual assault on social media.  After TikTok influencer Justine Paradise, 24, alleged online that Paul forced her to perform non-consensual oral sex on him, The New York Times' Taylor Lorenz interviewed three of Paradise's friends who corroborated aspects of her account.  The Times investigation into claims against Paul and Team 10, the influencer collective he organized and fronted starting in 2017, follows his long history of controversies. Paul, 24, who has more than 20 million YouTube subscribers and who has made waves as a professional boxer, is ranked by a recent Insider poll as one of the most-disliked influencers.  In an April 13 tweet, Paul...
    Still from Chicago Police body camera footage from the Civilian Office of Police Accountability's (COPA). Civilian Office of Police Accountability An incident report lists Officer Eric Stillman as the victim in an officer-involved shooting that left 13-year-old Adam Toledo dead. A law enforcement expert told Insider that doing so is an "old cop trick" meant to shift culpability from the police. It's "meant to muddy the murky waters," often used in "the aftermath of what we cops call a 'bad shoot,'" he said. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A Chicago Police officer shot and killed 13-year-old Adam Toledo after a foot pursuit on March 29. The Civilian Office of Police Accountability, a police watchdog agency released body camera footage and reports of the officer-involved shooting on Thursday. The report identifies the officer as Eric Stillman, 34, listing him as a victim in an aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer. According to a tactical response report released by COPA, Adam was armed with a semi-automatic pistol, which was "displayed, not used" during the incident. Tom Nolan,...
    Civil rights leader the Reverend Jesse Jackson has today weighed into the UK's debate on race, by saying that Britain is the 'mother of racism'. The influential American, 79, said Britain must face up to its role in slavery, as he flatly rejected the findings of the recent report into race and racism in the UK.  It comes after the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, chaired by Tony Sewell, said it could find no conclusive evidence of institutionalised racism in Britain. In its report, the commission also declared that the UK was a model to the world of a successful multi-ethnic society - while accepting that 'overt' prejudice still exists. However, Rev Jackson, who worked closely with civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr, said there was a 'pattern of racism' in the UK. Speaking to Times Radio, he said: 'Britain has a certain responsibility to face up to racism and change it.  Civil rights leader the Reverend Jesse Jackson has today weighed into the UK race row, by saying that Britain is the 'mother of racism' ...
    These Fire Starters Make Starting Fires Quick and Simple, No Matter The Weather Brady wins all-American clash to reach semi-finals © Stephanie Keith/Getty Images A mural painted by artist Kenny Altidor depicting George Floyd is unveiled on a sidewall of CTown Supermarket on July 13, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough New York City. Stephanie Keith/Getty Images The LAPD is investigating an alleged message a group of officers were sharing on Valentine's day. The message featured a photo of George Floyd with the caption, "You take my breath away." Floyd's family and the Los Angeles County DA are speaking out against the message. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating an offensive Valentine's Day post, which was allegedly being passed around by a group of officers. The meme featured a mock valentine photo of George Floyd with a caption that said, "You take my breath away," according to reporting from the Los Angeles Times.  In May 2020, Floyd was killed after then-Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for eight minutes as...
    Van Jones reportedly felt two co-hosts of ABC’s The View were “rude” after his appearance on the show’s Friday, February 5 episode. Page Six wrote that a source close to the CNN host claimed Van was “completely blindsided” by how he was questioned and was “not happy about how the interview went. It was unprofessional.” Page Six reported that View panelists Sunny Hostin and Ana Navarro took Van to task for his praise of former President Donald Trump. In the past, he has applauded the former president’s work with the black community and worked with him on the First Step Act, a prison and sentencing reform bill reported Refinery 29. “[Van] expected a friendly environment, and I don’t think Meghan [McCain] even knew there was anything controversial about him. It was how they asked the questions that were off-putting. It was shocking how intolerant they were,” said the source to Page Six. Another source claimed that Jones was upset by how the interview took shape. He reportedly spoke to The View‘s producers after the taping and told them that he...
    Matthew Chapman November 13, 2020 1:42AM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Raw Story On Thursday, Reuters reported that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told staff that former Trump adviser Steve Bannon has not violated enough rules to be banned from the site. "We have specific rules around how many times you need to violate certain policies before we will deactivate your account completely," said Zuckerberg. "While the offenses here, I think, came close to crossing that line, they clearly did not cross the line." : Bannon, who is currently facing criminal charges for his role in a scam fund to build a border wall that appears to have been funneled into his pocket, caused controversy when he posted a video calling for FBI Director Christopher Wray and COVID-19 task force expert Anthony Fauci to be beheaded. Facebook took down the video — and removed a set of Bannon-controlled pages spreading disinformation about the election — but left up Bannon's main page.   Matthew Chapman MORE FROM Matthew Chapman
    (CNN)The wife of President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Brad Parscale, told police that her husband had made "suicidal comments throughout the week" before he was detained and hospitalized Sunday.Candice Parscale told Fort Lauderdale police officers she believed her husband had shot himself because he was "ranting and raving" about something and was holding a gun. She left the residence and moments later heard a gun cock and then heard what she thought was a gunshot, police reports obtained by CNN said. She had fled the home without her cellphone or other belongings, according to the report. Police on the scene realized Parscale did not shoot himself when they heard him ranting and pacing around the residence and the dog barking frantically, according to the reports. However, they were concerned that he might still try to shoot himself because he was in possession of several firearms and refused to speak to negotiators or to vacate the residence, the report says. Later Monday afternoon, police released video of their contact with Parscale. The video shows Candice Parscale speaking to officers and...
    Savannah Rychcik September 4, 2020 0 Comments Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is coming to President Donald Trump’s defense after The Atlantic released a report that alleges he previously called fallen soldiers “losers” and “suckers.” Appearing on Fox News on Friday, Pompeo claimed he was on the same trip as Trump when he was scheduled to visit the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris in 2018. According to The Atlantic, Trump blamed the weather for the decision to cancel the trip. He also said “the helicopter couldn’t fly” and the Secret Service was not willing to drive him there. Trump reportedly said, “Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers.” On the same trip, Trump called the more than 1,800 marines who died at Belleau Wood “suckers,” the publication reported. Pompeo denied Trump ever made these comments. “I’ve never heard the president use the language that assertively is said in that article about him calling the military ‘suckers’ and ‘losers,'” Pompeo said. He added, “He has always had the deepest respect. I’m...
    A 51-year-old white male was the victim of an unprovoked stabbing at an AutoZone on August 25. The victim was in critical condition following the attack, but is now expected to recover. The suspect in the case, 19-year-old Jayvon Hatchett, a black male, told police he targeted the suspect, a store employee, because of his white skin, WRBL reports. Hatchett reportedly told police he “felt the need to find a white male to kill” after watching videos of “police brutality” on social media. During court testimony, Columbus Police Sgt. R.S. Mills said “that when he [asked] Hatchett why he stabbed the AutoZone employee, Hatchett said he ‘felt the need to find a white male to kill’ after watching videos of police brutality happening across the country,” the WRBL report said. “Mr Hatchett told me that he had been watching Facebook videos of police shootings in other parts of the country and that he felt compelled to go stab a White male,” testified Sgt. Mills. Meaww outlined the incident, based on multiple reports, as follows: “Hatchett was seen walking into an AutoZone on...
    A white financier who called the police on a black man in Central Park and accused him of threatening her has been charged with filing a false police report.  Amy Cooper was asked in Central Park by birdwatcher Christian Cooper to put her dog on a leash, as park guidelines dictate. In a Facebook post, he claimed the dog was 'tearing through the plantings' in the Ramble area of the park, and told her she should go to another part of the park.  When she refused, he pulled out dog treats, causing her to scream at him to not come near her dog.  Amy then called the police on Christian. Amy Cooper called the police on Memorial Day after Christian Cooper asked her to put her dog on a leash, as per the Central Park rules. Amy accused Christian of threatening her life RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next REVEALED: Birdwatcher Christian Cooper who filmed Central... Amy Cooper who ignited race storm after calling cops on... Share this article Share 'Today our...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City The U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans to release guidance on Tuesday outlining its conditions for approving a vaccine for the coronavirus, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing a summary of the guidance. The agency would require drugmakers to show “clearly demonstrated” proof of a vaccine’s safety and effectiveness through a clinical study, and at least 50% more effectiveness than a placebo, the report said. There is currently no U.S.-approved treatment or vaccine for the respiratory illness that has claimed over 126,100 lives in the country, according to a Reuters tally. More than 100 vaccines are being tested worldwide against the virus, with only a handful in the human testing phase, including candidates from AstraZeneca Plc and Moderna Inc. Experts have suggested that it could take a minimum of 12 to 18 months to guarantee a safe and effective vaccine through clinical trials. The guidance is expected to be discussed by FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn in an appearance before a Senate...
    A Tuesday report from The Daily Beast claims that White House officials were hesitant to tell Donald Trump about the alleged Russian bounties for U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan out of fear he would use social media to spread classified information. “Trump has little patience for intelligence briefings, especially when the news isn’t good for him,” a former Trump administration official said. “These briefings happen irregularly, and are often free-for-alls. He also shows little respect for classified information and might tweet about it — which would in counter to efforts to handle the issue out of the public eye.” It wouldn’t be the first time Trump has shared classified information on social media. As The Inquisitr previously reported, the president said last year that he was within his rights to tweet a classified photo allegedly taken by a U.S. intelligence aircraft. The picture showed the aftermath of an Iran rocket launch accident, and a U.S. defense official reportedly claimed that it came from a classified intelligence briefing. As reported by Business Insider, Trump’s revelation of the allegedly classified photo drew pushback...
    Madison Summers June 30, 2020 0 Comments The Department of Defense (DOD) is denying the reports that allege Russia offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. soldiers. “To date, DOD has no corroborating evidence to validate the recent allegations found in open-source reports,” chief Pentagon spokesman Jonathan  Hoffman said in a statement late Monday. “Regardless, we always take the safety and security of our forces in Afghanistan—and around the world—most seriously and therefore continuously adopt measures to prevent harm from potential threats.” As The New York Times noted in a report on Friday, “Islamist militants, or armed criminal elements closely associated with them, are believed to have collected some bounty money, the officials said. Twenty Americans were killed in combat in Afghanistan in 2019, but it was not clear which killings were under suspicion.” According to The New York Times report on Monday, the president received a written briefing in February on the alleged Russian bounties, citing two officials. Additionally, The Associated Press reports, “Then-national security adviser John Bolton also told colleagues he briefed Trump on the intelligence...
    By Michael Berens and John Shiffman MONTGOMERY, Alabama (Reuters) - Judge Les Hayes once sentenced a single mother to 496 days behind bars for failing to pay traffic tickets. The sentence was so stiff it exceeded the jail time Alabama allows for negligent homicide. Marquita Johnson, who was locked up in April 2012, says the impact of her time in jail endures today. Johnson’s three children were cast into foster care while she was incarcerated. One daughter was molested, state records show. Another was physically abused. “Judge Hayes took away my life and didn’t care how my children suffered,” said Johnson, now 36. “My girls will never be the same.” Fellow inmates found her sentence hard to believe. “They had a nickname for me: The Woman with All the Days,” Johnson said. “That’s what they called me: The Woman with All the Days. There were people who had committed real crimes who got out before me.” In 2016, the state agency that oversees judges charged Hayes with violating Alabama’s code of judicial conduct. According to the Judicial Inquiry Commission, Hayes...
    Scientists are trying to understand a mutation of the novel coronavirus seen around the globe that some believe could make the virus more contagious, according to a report. The mutation of the coronavirus, officially designated D614G or "G" for short has been found to affect the virus's spike protein, which is a structure that allows it to enter human cells. The more effective the spike protein, the easier it can enter a host's body. Research has suggested that the mutation, which changes amino acid 614 from “D” (aspartic acid) to “G” (glycine).might make the spike protein more effective, which enhances the virus’s infectiousness, according to the Washington Post. CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS EXPERIENCING 'TERRIFYING' HOSPITAL DELIRIUM: REPORTS Researchers have found that out of the roughly 50,000 genomes of the new virus uploaded to a shared database, about 70 percent carried the mutation. “The epidemiological study and our data together really explain why the [G variant’s] spread in Europe and the U.S. was really fast,” Hyeryun Choe, a virologist at Scripps Research, told the paper. “This is not just accidental.” Choe was the lead author of an unpublished study on...
    DONALD Trump speaks to Vladimir Putin "like two guys in a steam bath" and branded German leader Angela Merkel "stupid" to her face, it's been alleged. The unverified claims come in a report which says the US president is often "outplayed" by the Russian leader during their one-on-one chats. 5Credit: AFP or licensors The CNN report  - by legendary Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein - is said to be based on sources with access to hundreds of private phone calls involving foreign heads of state. It paints a picture of a president bending over backward to win the approval of his hardline Russian counterpart. The report also claims during the classified calls, Trump brags about his success and characterizes his predecessors as "imbeciles' and weaklings." It also alleges he told former British Prime Minister Theresa May she was "weak" and called German leader Merkel "stupid" during one meeting. 5Credit: Reuters 5Credit: EPA One of Bernstein's sources claimed Trump once told May she lacked courage and would "get nasty with her" on the phone. Trump is also said to have called her...
    Coronavirus — Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. (Salvatore Di Nolfi / Keystone via AP) The coronavirus pandemic is far from coming to an end any time soon, according to the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “This is not even close to ending,” Tedros said during a press conference in Geneva on Monday. “Although many countries have made progress around the world, the pandemic is actually accelerating. We are all in this together and we are in this for the long term, ”said Tedros. “We have already lost a lot, but we cannot lose hope.” Tedros also said Tuesday marks six months since the WHO first received reports of cases of pneumonia in China from an unknown cause, which would later be identified as caused by a new coronavirus infection. “The six months of the outbreak coincide with reaching 10 million cases and 500,000 deaths,” Tedros said Monday. “This is a time for all of us to reflect on the progress we have made and the lessons we have learned, and to re-commit to doing...
    Authorities in the California Bay Area said Monday that they are investigating another incident where a person is accused of intentionally coughing on someone during the deadly coronavirus outbreak. The most recent incident occurred when police said an unidentified woman intentionally coughed on a bartender, NBC Bay Area reported. The woman was aggravated that she was told to put on a mask and to stop hugging people at the establishment, the report said. “With her mask down she leaned over and coughed on him, and it was an audible/obvious cough – and before I even had to tell her to leave – she was on her way out showing her middle fingers,” Misha Marotta, a bartender at James Gate Restaurant and Pub in Belmont, told the station. The bar released a video of the alleged incident in hopes to identify the woman. It is unclear if the bartender will press charges. GET THE FOX NEWS APP Last week, police in San Jose said they were searching for a woman who appeared to cough on a 1-year-old at a Yogurtland...
    The Defense Department said late Monday that there is “no corroborating evidence” to support the explosive New York Times report last week that said the Russian military offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The report sent shock waves through Washington and prompted President Trump to outright deny knowing anything about the intel cited in the report. “To date, DOD has no corroborating evidence to validate the recent allegations found in open-source reports. Regardless, we always take the safety and security of our forces in Afghanistan—and around the world—most seriously and therefore continuously adopt measures to prevent harm from potential threats,” Jonathan  Hoffman, the chief Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement. The New York Times, citing unnamed officials, reported Friday that it is believed that some “Islamist militants” or “criminal elements” collected payouts. The report pointed out that 20 Americans were killed there in 2019. It was not clear if any of those deaths were the result of a bounty. VideoRobert O’Brien, the national security adviser, said in a statement that since the allegations in the report...
    White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said during a press conference on Monday that there is no intelligence community “consensus” to confirm the allegations that the Russian government offered bounties to Taliban-linked militias. The New York Times reported on Saturday that a Russian military spy unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militias for killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Roughly 22 U.S. service members were killed in Afghanistan in 2019. President Donald Trump disputed the report on Sunday, claiming that he, Vice President Mike Pence, and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows were not briefed about the report. The president criticized the New York Times for quoting an “anonymous source.” “Probably just another phony Times hit job, just like their failed Russia Hoax,” the president remarked. …Nobody’s been tougher on Russia than the Trump Administration. With Corrupt Joe Biden & Obama, Russia had a field day, taking over important parts of Ukraine – Where’s Hunter? Probably just another phony Times hit job, just like their failed Russia Hoax. Who is their “source”? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2020 McEnany said...
    Less than a week after the Government Accountability Office said the Internal Revenue Service cut stimulus checks to 1.1 million dead people, a report Monday from Erin Collins, the National Taxpayer Advocate said the federal tax collector also sent approximately 74,000 checks to people who have locked up by law enforcement. The National Taxpayer Advocate is an office that is independent of the Internal Revenue Service, although the two agencies frequently collaborate. “ ‘The National Taxpayer Advocate recommends the IRS not spend its resources pursuing enforcement actions against a decedent’s estate or a family member who received an EIP for a decedent.’ ” Like the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, Collins noted how dead people received stimulus checks. (The new report said the IRS issued 965,000 checks, compared the 1.1 million checks counted by the GAO.) It’s “unclear what the IRS will do” if taxpayers don’t return stimulus payments, Collins said in a footnote. If the IRS had information someone was dead and still paid stimulus money. “However, if the IRS made the payment despite having information...
    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany faced a barrage of questions Monday about why the White House was not briefed by intelligence on a report claiming Russia paid Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. During a press briefing, McEnany repeatedly asserted there was “no consensus” on the validity of such reports and said the president was only briefed on verified intelligence. The press secretary added that the intelligence community is fraught with “dissenting opinions” in regards to the Russian bounties. The claim "would not be elevated to the president until it was verified," McEnany added. The press secretary added that the New York Times, which broke the story, “erroneously reported” that the president had been briefed on the intelligence when neither he nor Vice President Pence had been briefed. RUSSIAN SPY UNIT PAID TALIBAN TO ATTACK US TROOPS, US INTELLIGENCE SAYS McEnany noted “there’s no stronger advocate” for members of the military than President Trump and said he has been “extremely strong” on Russia, “imposing sanctions on hundreds of Russian individuals, expelling dozens of diplomats, closing two Russian consulates, withdrawing...
    Carlos Carrasco is ready to launch again | David Maxwell / . Cleveland Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said Monday that Venezuelan pitcher Carlos Carrasco is fully recovered from his elbow injury and ready to join team training this week. The possibility of seeing Carrasco on the opening day roster of 30 players is still a question mark, as he may need more recovery injections into his injured elbow in mid-March. However, the delay of the campaign by COVID-19 has worked in its favor. Antonetti said Carlos Carrasco and Tyler Naquin ready to go. #Indians – Tom Withers (@twithersAP) June 29, 2020 The Indians will be extremely cautious with Carrasco, who plans to be at some point in the short 60-game season in the team’s rotation.
    Beijing (AFP) – Chinese authorities are carrying out forced sterilisations of women in an apparent campaign to curb the growth of ethnic minority populations in the western Xinjiang region, according to research published Monday. The report, based on a combination of official regional data, policy documents and interviews with ethnic minority women, has prompted an international group of lawmakers to call for a United Nations investigation into China’s policies in the region. The move is likely to enrage Beijing, which has denied trampling on the rights of ethnic groups in Xinjiang, and which on Monday called the allegations “baseless”. The country is accused of locking more than one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities in re-education camps. Beijing describes the facilities as job training centres aimed at steering people away from terrorism following a spate of violence blamed on separatists. Now a report by Adrian Zenz, a German researcher who has exposed China’s policies in Xinjiang, says Uighur women other ethnic minorities are being threatened with internment in the camps for refusing to abort pregnancies that exceed birth quotas....
    By RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A nursing assistant who worked while sick likely brought the coronavirus into an Iowa nursing home where fifteen residents later died, according to a new state inspection report. The employee was allowed to keep working because the Crystal Heights Care Center in Oskaloosa failed to adequately screen staff for symptoms at the beginning of their shifts, inspectors wrote. Rather than have an employee take temperatures and ask health questions, those arriving were “permitted to self-screen” without independent monitoring, their investigation found. “The lack of effective screening resulted in a staff member being able to work while knowingly ill and failing to report it,” the inspection report said. “The spread of COVID-19, once introduced to the facility, was rampant.” A total of 79 residents and staff members at the home have tested positive for the virus, one of the state’s largest nursing home outbreaks to date, the Iowa Department of Public Health says. Fifteen residents died and the other 64 who were infected have recovered. Among the dead was 86-year-old...
    A new Russia-involved scandal has erupted over a New York Times report claiming that the U.S. concluded “months ago” that a Russian spy unit linked to past assassination attempts covertly offered rewards to Taliban-linked militants in Afghanistan last year to kill Americans — and President Trump knew about it. “The intelligence finding was briefed to President Trump, and the White House’s National Security Council discussed the problem at an interagency meeting in late March,” the Times reported, citing unnamed officials. The report prompted an “outraged” rebuke from Joe Biden, who called the administration’s response a “betrayal” to the country, but President Trump and other White House officials say that he was never briefed on the matter, suggesting either false claims by sources or members of the intelligence committee withholding information from the president. “The United States concluded months ago that the Russian unit, which has been linked to assassination attempts and other covert operations in Europe intended to destabilize the West or take revenge on turncoats, had covertly offered rewards for successful attacks last year,” The New York Times reported Friday....
    COVID-19 has caused libraries around the US to stay closed since mid-March. Less than two-thirds of Americans in rural areas have broadband internet connections at their homes. The Markup has written about the ways in which libraries are attempting to keep their patrons online. It’s well worth a read. In the town of Cherokee, Iowa, about 40 percent of school-aged kids have no internet access. Tyler Hahn, director of the Cherokee Public Library, told The Markup that many of the services he previously provided to the town’s residents have had to take new forms. The library has left Wi-Fi on 24/7, and kids sit in the parking lot to use their phones. Hahn has helped older patrons access the internet by shouting instructions through the building’s windows. “We have a lot of people who switched from shopping in stores to using Amazon for the first time in their lives, said Hahn. “Through the window, we were walking them through the steps.” People have also come to the library to ask Hahn for the phone number to call to apply for...
          Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Monday. We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the daily co-creators, so find us @asimendinger and @alweaver22 on Twitter and recommend the Morning Report to your friends. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each morning this week: Monday, 125,803.   Countries have now confirmed more than 10 million cases of COVID-19 with more than 500,000 fatalities and no end in sight (Reuters). In the United States, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar warned Sunday that “the window is closing” to beat COVID-19. In the United Kingdom, the phrase used over the weekend by scientist Sir Jeremy Farrar to describe risks this summer for parts of England was “on a knife edge.”    In Florida, where coronavirus infections are notching daily records, Mariely Ferraro, 40, a heart-monitor technician, used a different word to describe a disease she contracted seven weeks ago, along with her entire family:...
    Charles Webb, the author whose first novel, “The Graduate,” inspired the 1967 Oscar-winning movie starring Dustin Hoffman, is dead at the age of 81 due to a blood condition. His death was confirmed by longtime friend and journalist Jack Malvern writes Deadline.HOW 'THE GRADUATE' STAR ANNE BANCROFT AVOIDED BEING TYPECAST AS MRS. ROBINSON Webb, who died on June 16th in Eastbourne, England, said that the iconic book and subsequent film were based on real-life experiences from when he was growing up in Los Angeles, though he also claimed that it was not autobiographical. Though his book became famous, the eccentric Webb earned only $20,000 from the film rights and chose to live a life that wasn’t filled with the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. West Palm Beach, USA - September 17, 2011: This is a studio shot of a vintage VHS tape of the movie, The Graduate, starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross. This is an Embassy Pictures production directed by Mike Nichols. “Millions and millions were made from ‘The Graduate’ and here I am searching around for...
    By Stephen Grey, Andrew MacAskill, Ryan McNeill, Steve Stecklow and Tommy Wilkes LONDON (Reuters) - On Friday, Feb. 21, Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England, was in a cheerful mood. It was near the end of the school half-term holiday. He wrote on an official blog that there had been no new positive cases of the new coronavirus that week in the United Kingdom. It was a "testament," he said, "to the robust infection control measures" and the "diagnostic and testing work" at laboratories nationwide. Selbie, who joked when he took his then £185,000-a-year job in 2013 that his public health credentials could be fitted "on a postage stamp," headed a government agency with a mission to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies. He was now facing an epochal one. Public Health England (PHE) is a cornerstone of the UK's state-run health system; Selbie reports directly to the government's health minister, Matt Hancock. The agency is much smaller and has a lower profile than the vast National Health Service (NHS) that oversees Britain's hospitals, clinics and...
    BOSTON - Communities of color in Boston are disproportionately affected by evictions in the city, with some of the highest rates in Black communities, according to a new report released Sunday.   Seventy percent of market-rate eviction filings occur in neighborhoods where a majority of residents are people of color, though only about half of rental housing is in these neighborhoods, according to three years of data by MIT researchers and a housing justice organization. The problem has only been exasperated by the coronavirus, which saw a spike in eviction filings before the state issued a moratorium in April. Almost 80% of those suspended cases were in communities of color.   “The COVID crisis acts as an accelerator. It exposes the fault lines in our housing system,” said Lisa Owens, the executive director City Life/Vida, whose group helped produce the report. “This is what you get when you don't address generations of systemic racism.”   The racial disparity in Boston evictions is part of a nationwide trend and mirrors findings in cities across the country and in Washington state. Much of the research has...
    In 2006, the Federal Bureau of Investigation knew America’s police forces had a white supremacist problem. But the internal report the agency compiled that year was so heavily redacted that almost no one knows what it contained.  Now, amid national protests over police violence against people of color and scrutiny of racist cops, lawmakers are pushing for the report’s full release. A nearly-blank version of the October 2006 report, titled “White Supremacist Infiltration of Law Enforcement” has circled the internet for years, after it was released in a Freedom of Information request. The few un-redacted lines are worrying: in addition to warning of historic attempts by groups like the Ku Klux Klan to gain employment with police, it refers to white supremacist leaders’ “recent rhetoric” calling on followers to infiltrate police forces.  As the country grapples with racist policing—both overt and in the form of unconscious but often-deadly biases—28 members of Congress are calling on the FBI and Justice Department to release the full, un-redacted document, which some experts say is more relevant than ever. “This report is more than...
    Seattle residents said Sunday that despite rumors that the city was going to reclaim the “occupied” area known as CHOP, little has changed on the ground and the “security” at the protest zone has actually gotten more “contentious” with residents who live nearby. “They won’t let people in the neighborhood sometimes at night,” Matthew Ploszaj, who lives there, told KOMO News. He told the station that he supports the Black Lives Matter movement, but said it is a “terrible precedent” that “any political message can come in and occupy a neighborhood.” VideoMayor Jenny Durkan said last week that the city is working with the community to bring the “Capitol Hill Occupied Protest” zone to an end and that police soon would move back into a precinct building they had largely abandoned in the area. Durkan also vowed to address some of the protesters’ demands, including investing more in Black communities, reimagining policing in cooperation with community leaders, and pushing for accountability measures and statewide reform of police unions. The KOMO report indicated that any city action would be a Herculean task. Some...
    President Trump late Sunday said U.S. intelligence could not confirm an explosive story that Russian military officials offered bounties to militants linked to the Taliban to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The New York Times, citing unnamed officials, reported Friday that it is believed that some “Islamist militants” or “criminal elements” collected payouts. The report pointed out that 20 Americans were killed there in 2019. It was not clear if any of those deaths were the result of a bounty. TOP CONSERVATIVES WANT ANSWERS “Intel just reported to me that they did not find this info credible, and therefore did not report it to me or @VP. Possibly another fabricated Russia Hoax, maybe by the Fake News @NYTimesbnooks, wanting to make Republicans look bad.” TASS, the state news agency, reported that the Russian Foreign Ministry called the reports “information fakes.” A Taliban spokesman also denied any truth to the report. Thomas Joscelyn, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a think tank, told the Wall Street Journal that “Moscow’s willingness to embrace the Taliban openly and...
    (CNN)A group of people threw glass bottles and other debris at New York City Police Department vehicles early Sunday morning in Harlem after police responded to a "shot spotter activation," according to NYPD Sgt. Mary Frances O'Donnell."Shot spotters" are meters placed across New York City that detect the sound of gunshots. After determining the approximate location of the shots, the meters relay information to 911 operators, who initiate a police response, an NYPD spokesman said.As US cities cut police budgets, the nations largest force faces financial reckoningO'Donnell said that while a preliminary investigation of the shots fired resulted in the discovery of several spent shell casings and two fired bullets, no injuries were reported as a result of the shots.Police tried to disperse a crowd of approximately 500 people who were gathered in the vicinity of where NYPD officers had responded, but "several individuals threw glass bottles and objects at the officers," O'Donnell said."Additional police units were requested to the scene and verbal orders to disperse were issued to the large group. The officers' attempts to move towards the crowd...
    BEIRUT (AP) — A missile exploded earlier this month near the convoy of former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri while he visited a mountainous area in the eastern Bekaa Valley, a Saudi-owned TV station reported Sunday. Hariri’s office in a statement said most of the report carried by Al-Hadath TV station was “generally correct.” The blast reportedly occurred some 500 meters (yards) away from Hariri’s motorcade on June 17. Hariri was returning from a visit to the top Sunni cleric in the Bekaa valley, days after sectarian tensions and rare clashes in Beirut sparked by Lebanon’s ongoing economic and financial crisis, the worst in decades. Hariri, himself a Sunni Muslim, had resigned in late October following nationwide protests against the country’s ruling elite, who demonstrators blame for decades of corruption and mismanagement. Al-Hadath TV reported that the explosion occurred as Hariri’s convoy of some 30 vehicles was returning to Beirut after the meeting with sheikh Khalil al-Mais in the eastern village of Makseh. The report said security forces searched the area and found the remains of a missile. It added...
    John Bolton claimed Sunday morning that Donald Trump denying a report claiming he knew Russia paid the Taliban to kill U.S. troops is ‘unconnected to the reality,’ but asserts this is the standard for the president.  'There's a lot we don't know so we should be cautious, but from what we do know from the president's own tweets this morning, to me it looks like just another day at the office in the Trump White House,' Bolton told NBC News' Meet the Press. The former national security adviser is on a media tour promoting his new book, 'The Room Where it Happened: A White House Memoir,' about his 17 months as one of Trump's top aides. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanded that Trump confront the Russians, telling ABC News on Sunday that his denial of the report is 'as bad as it gets.' 'This is as bad as it gets and yet the president will not confront the Russians on this score – denies being briefed, whether he is or not, his administration knows,' Pelosi told This Week host George...
    BOSTON (AP) — Communities of color in Boston are disproportionately affected by evictions in the city, with some of the highest rates in Black communities, according to a new report released Sunday. Seventy percent of market-rate eviction filings occur in neighborhoods where a majority of residents are people of color, though only about half of rental housing is in these neighborhoods, according to three years of data by MIT researchers and a housing justice organization. The problem has only been exasperated by the coronavirus, which saw a spike in eviction filings before the state issued a moratorium in April. Almost 80% of those suspended cases were in communities of color. “The COVID crisis acts as an accelerator. It exposes the fault lines in our housing system,” said Lisa Owens, the executive director City Life/Vida, whose group helped produce the report. “This is what you get when you don’t address generations of systemic racism.” The racial disparity in Boston evictions is part of a nationwide trend and mirrors findings in cities across the country and in Washington state. Much of the research has found...