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    (CNN)Rep. Mike Turner of Ohio, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said the panel's chairman, Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California, has requested that members receive a negative Covid test before they participate in an upcoming committee briefing. Turner, however, said Republicans on the committee will not comply with Schiff's request."The American public does not have this privilege, and we will not comply," Turner said at a GOP news conference on Wednesday. Schiff consulted with the Capitol physician before making the request and cited the recent surge in Covid cases, according to an email his office sent to committee members, which Turner shared with reporters after the news conference. While Schiff has requested a negative test from members, is it not required.This is just the latest example of how Republicans are defying the stepped-up health protocols in the Capitol, much to the frustration of Democrats.Read MoreRepublican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, for example, has accrued $88,000 in fines for refusing to wear a mask on the House floor -- or roughly half her congressional salary. The fines...
    Three Connecticut men have been arrested for allegedly failing to register with the state sex offender registry as required by law. The three men, all of Milford, were arrested on Thursday, Jan. 6 by the Milford Police. The men include: Harun Fountain, age 39, was arrested for failing to verify his address with the state sex offender registry. He was charged with two counts of failure to comply with the sex offender registry and held on a $10,000 bond. James Brennan, age 59, was arrested on a warrant for failing to register his address with the state sex offender registry in 2021. He was charged with failure to comply with the sex offender registry and released on a promise to appear notice. Joshua Hurley, age 27, was arrested on an active warrant for failing to register his address with the state sex offender registry in 2021. He was released on a promise to appear notice. 
    A New York restaurant owner Stratis Morfogen says he will not be complying with the city's vaccine mandate for private sector personnel. "I'm not doing the mandate, and I told Governor [Kathy] Hochul to come and arrest me," Morfogen, owner of the Brooklyn Dumpling Shop, told Tucker Carlson on Thursday's Tucker Carlson Tonight. "I'm not doing it because, first of all, the employees we have, these were our heroes. In [the] early part of COVID, we fed 8,400 healthcare workers." WATCH: DESANTIS BLASTS 'LOCKDOWN POLITICIANS' FOR VACATIONING IN FLORIDA "I'm not firing these people for a jab, for a job," he added. "The government, from our governor to our mayor, they got it wrong from the beginning." Morfogen blasted politicians responsible for ushering in the vaccine mandates for having little-to-no experience running a business, adding that they "never ran a lemonade stand." "They never ran a small business," the restaurant owner explained. "They don't know those sleepless nights, what it takes to run a business." He further explained that New York is putting...
    MIAMI (AP) — Princess Cruises pleaded guilty Wednesday to violating its probation related to previous environmental crimes. Company officials signed a plea agreement in Miami federal court, according to court records. The company must pay a $1 million criminal fine and undertake remedial measures to ensure that it and its parent company, Carnival Corporation, establish and maintain an independent internal investigative office. “Just like individual defendants, corporate defendants must also comply with court orders. They are not above the law,” U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida Juan Antonio Gonzalez said in a statement. “The corporate defendant here ignored the court, choosing instead to thwart the compliance plan that was put in place to protect our environment.” Princess was fined $40 million in 2017 after pleading guilty to felony charges stemming from its deliberate dumping of oil-contaminated waste from one of its vessels and intentional acts to cover it up. As part of its probation, all Carnival-related cruise ships that used U.S. ports were required to comply with a supervised environmental compliance plan. Princess was convicted of six probation...
    (CNN)Members of the House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol Hill insurrection are weighing what options they have to compel their fellow members of Congress to cooperate with their probe. At issue is determining a path that would that would give them the best opportunity to obtain the information and interviews they are looking for by using the powers of the committee at their disposal. The committee is wrestling with whether they have the constitutional right to subpoena their fellow members, and even if they do, if they have an enforcement mechanism in place that will ultimately lead to cooperation. "Well we are exploring it," said Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi who serves as the chair of the committee. "And based off a meeting we will have later this week we will have an answer."Thompson said the committee is waiting for guidance from their counsel to determine their course of action. Read MoreSo far the committee has already attempted to glean that information by sending letters asking for the voluntary cooperation of Reps. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania...
    (CNN)The US Navy will comply with an order from the Hawaii Department of Health to halt operations at its Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage facility at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after a leak late last year contaminated drinking water and sickened military families. Capt. Bill Clinton, director of public affairs and outreach for US Pacific Fleet, confirmed the shutdown Monday.The Navy previously agreed to pause operations at the facility until an investigation into the source of petroleum in the drinking water was completed and said it would contest the order. It also said it would bring in a third party to assess operations and integrity of the facility and to suggest any necessary changes.Hawaii health officials order Navy to clean up contaminated drinking water after families are forced out of their homesThe Red Hill fuel facility, which consists of 20 underground storage tanks, is connected to pipelines that run 2.5 miles inside a tunnel to the fueling piers at Pearl Harbor, according to the Navy.The facility sits 100 feet above the Red Hill aquifer -- which supplies drinking water to...
    Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) repeatedly voted to impeach or hold Obama administration officials in contempt for refusal to cooperate with congressional investigations. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) said Sunday that he will refuse to cooperate with the House investigation into the January 2021 Capitol insurrection. But when Republicans were in control of the House, he was one of the leading voices pushing to punish Obama administration officials he deemed insufficiently cooperative with congressional oversight efforts. In a letter to committee Chair Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Jordan claimed that a request from the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol that he sit for an interview about his conversations on Jan. 6, 2021, with then-President Donald Trump was "far outside the bounds of any legitimate inquiry, violates core constitutional principles and would serve to further erode legislative norms." The Ohio Republican wrote, "The American people are tired of the Democrats' nonstop investigations and partisan witch hunts. ... As you well know, I have no relevant information that would...
    U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan Sunday night released a letter stating he will not comply with the House Select Committee on the Jan. 6 Attack’s request for information, after spending months insisting he has “nothing to hide.” The Ohio Republican is a top Trump ally who admits he spoke with the then-president on the day of the insurrection but in an interview claimed he was unable to recall when or how many times. “The American people are tired of Democrats’ nonstop investigations and partisan witch hunts,” Jordan declared in a letter to Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS). Jordan served as one of the seven majority members of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, one of at least six GOP-led investigations into essentially a congressional attack on the presidential aspirations of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. GOP lawmakers held 33 hearings into Benghazi, the crescendo of which was Clinton’s nearly 11-hour testimony. MSNBC on Monday reported: “If they call me, I got nothing to hide,” the far-right lawmaker said in July. In October, during a House Rules Committee hearing, the Ohioan...
    Metro reduces Metrobus service by roughly 25%, starting Monday, because of rising absenteeism due to COVID-19 illness and exposure. Here are the bus changes, according to Metro: Metrobus will reduce service on weekdays to a Saturday schedule with additional trips on some routes, which is roughly 75% of regular Metrobus service and protects key routes that serve hospitals, grocery stores and other essential destinations. Bus operators will be permitted to bypass customers not wearing masks for their health and safety. Metrobus customers are advised to consider alternative sources of transportation like Metrorail. MetroAccess will reduce shared rides, but will increase accessibility rides. You can find more information about MetroAccess service on the WMATA website. Metrorail will operate on all lines as scheduled. More Coronavirus News Tracking D.C. Metro 24/7 Metro will keep in place weekly COVID-19 testing requirements for unvaccinated workers. Starting Sunday, employees who have failed to comply with the agency’s testing and vaccination policies will be placed on unpaid suspension until they comply. They’ll have 30 days to do...
    Alec Baldwin denied any suggestion that he is not cooperating with law enforcement investigating the fatal Rust film set shooting, calling it “bullshit” and “a lie.” Baldwin posted a video on Instagram following reports that his cellphone had not yet been turned over to officials investigating the Rust shooting, in which cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed. According to the New York Times, authorities in Santa Fe, New Mexico — where the shooting occurred — obtained a search warrant three weeks ago. “Any suggestion that I am not complying with requests or orders or demands or search warrants about my phone, that’s bullshit, that’s a lie,” Baldwin said, adding that the process “takes time” and has to be coordinated between officials where he lives and officials in Santa Fe. “Someone from another state can’t come to you and say give me your phone, give me this, give me that — they can’t do that,” Baldwin said, later adding, “They have to specify what exactly they want. They can’t just go through your phone and take your photos, or your love letters to your wife.” Baldwin went on to...
    Critics of the former president hoped that the charges against Weisselberg would lead to his testifying against Trump, but there has been no indication so far that this might be a possibility. The attorney general's office was also able to force Eric Trump, an executive for the Trump Organization, to testify for the investigation. Here's more about the investigation against the Trump Org.: New York Attorney General Subpoenas Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump www.youtube.com
    Donald Trump's children Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. are refusing to comply with New York Attorney General Letitia James' subpoena.  They were served on December 1, the same day as their father, the New York Times reported. Their participation in the civil probe was revealed in a Monday court filing by Trump Organization lawyers looking to block the former president and his children from speaking with James' investigators. A joint court filing by James and a lawyer for the ex-president's family business sought to update Ivanka and Donald Jr.'s status in the ongoing probe to 'respondents.'  The filing also indicates they could take their own legal actions to fight James' subpoenas as soon as Monday, ABC reported. Trump's youngest adult child, Eric Trump, was questioned in October 2020. For more than two years James has been looking into whether the Trump Organization committed fraud by misrepresenting the value of Trump's real estate assets in statements to banks and tax authorities.  Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. will file motions to quash James' subpoenas soon, it was reported James said...
    Donald Trump, Jr. and Ivanka Trump are refusing to comply with legal subpoenas issued by the New York State Attorney General. AG Letitia James subpoenaed the Trump siblings last month, but according to ABC News court documents say a “dispute has arisen between the OAG and the Individual Trump Parties regarding the Subpoenas.” Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump “will file motions to quash the subpoenas as soon as Monday, the filing indicated.” The subpoenas demand testimony from the adult Trump children in a civil suit filed by James into how the Trump Organization and Donald Trump valued assets. The former president, according to his former attorney Michael Cohen, inflated the value of his real estate holdings when applying for loans or credit, then deflated their value for tax purposes.From Your Site Articles
    Those who are old enough to remember the early 2000s will likely have vivid memories of chain mail - the annoying letters sent via Hotmail, DMs and social media sites with ominous threats about how terrible things will happen if you don't forward it on. It may be a child ghost coming into your room at midnight to kill you, your family being killed in a horrible accident or some more plainly just missing out on good luck if  you don't pass it on. And just like the noughties trends of low-rise jeans, exposed thongs and handkerchief tops, Gen Z TikTokers from around the world are bringing back chain mail but of course with a 2020s twist. Rather than sending physical letters or emails - or even texts -  the latest incarnation is warning that people who don't make a video using certain popular TikTok sounds as the audio will have back luck.  British TikTok user Mia Wardle claimed she had a run of bad luck after failing to use the 'I'm So Lucky' sound on her video  In one...
    One of the "things" that angered Manchin, according to Politico, was a statement the White House released about Build Back Better negotiations last Thursday that mentioned Manchin by name three times. Manchin was reportedly informed of the statement beforehand, and he objected to his name being included in the statement, citing concerns of ongoing harassment of his family. Politico explained, "But the statement went out anyway, and contained only Manchin’s name. The senator then snapped at White House aides and told them that he was done negotiating. The West Wing interpreted that as meaning that current talks were done but could pick up again next year." Listen to Manchin's interview below. It begins at the 1:35 minute mark: Anything else? While angry Democrats blame Manchin for sinking the president's agenda, one House Democrat told The Hill Monday that Democrats should look in the mirror. The House Democrat, whom The Hill did not identify by name, said the White House, in fact, is to blame. This is an indictment of the senior...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- An arbitrator has ruled that several unions representing Chicago firefighters and other city employees must follow Mayor Lori Lightfoot's COVID-19 vaccination policy.The ruling means that the union employees will lose pay if they do not receive a first shot by Dec. 31. They must get a second shot by Jan. 31 if they choose a two-dose vaccine.The ruling issued Wednesday applies to the Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 21, Service Employees International Union Local 73, Teamsters Local 700 and Coalition of Unionized Public Employees.The ruling does not apply to members of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police, which has been engaged in a bitter battle with the mayor over the mandate. A Cook County judge suspended the Dec. 31 vaccination deadline for police and sent the issue to arbitration, which begins Dec. 27.The city's law department praised Wednesday's decision, which comes after dozens of firefighters and paramedics who defied the reporting requirement were placed on no-pay status and sent home."The City...
    CHICAGO (AP) — An arbitrator has ruled that several unions representing Chicago firefighters and other city employees must follow Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s COVID-19 vaccination policy. The ruling means that the union employees will lose pay if they do not receive a first shot by Dec. 31. They must get a second shot by Jan. 31 if they choose a two-dose vaccine. The ruling issued Wednesday applies to the Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 21, Service Employees International Union Local 73, Teamsters Local 700 and Coalition of Unionized Public Employees. The ruling does not apply to members of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police, which has been engaged in a bitter battle with the mayor over the mandate. A Cook County judge suspended the Dec. 31 vaccination deadline for police and sent the issue to arbitration, which begins Dec. 27. The city’s law department praised Wednesday’s decision, which comes after dozens of firefighters and paramedics who defied the reporting requirement were placed on...
    One New York gym is refusing to enforce Governor Kathy Hochul's indoor mask mandate about a week after she announced the policy, as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in the Empire State.  World Gym of Greece co-owners Michelle Sember, Ron Sember, and Tim Dougherty joined "Fox & Friends" to address the mandates, why they refuse to enforce the policy, and how it has affected them as business owners.  "Our membership has increased dramatically. We probably get five signups to every one cancellation because of the mask mandate," Michelle said. "They don't agree with us not allowing it, but you know, we have increased our membership." ZELDIN SLAMS NEW INDOOR MASK MANDATE FROM NY GOVERNOR: ‘CONSISTENTLY INCONSISTENT’  Despite the spike in memberships, Ron clarified the overall impact of the pandemic and COVID-19 related mandates on their business has been catastrophic.  New York Gov. Kathy Hochul speaks during a virtual press conference, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, in New York as multiple cases of the omicron coronavirus variant have been detected in New York. (AP Photo) NEW YORK GOV. HOCHUL SLAMMED FOR...
    The mask mandate was announced by Hochul last week in response to rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the state. State officials will re-examine coronavirus conditions on Jan. 15 to determine whether to extend or end the mandate. Any businesses that violate any provision of the mandate are subject to civil and criminal penalties, including a maximum fine of $1,000 for each violation. Local health departments are being asked to enforce these requirements. But some Republican county executives say they will not enforce the mandate. Rockland County Executive Ed Day (R) said Friday that the governor's office did not provide detailed information about the new masking requirements. "I told the Governor’s staff that we cannot and will not enforce this requirement as it currently stands. How do you enforce something that’s based on a press release that does not contain adequate information and explanation?" Day said. "I cannot and will not in good conscience redirect our Health Department to change their focus from the vaccination effort which entailed six clinics over...
    SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) – San Francisco Mayor London Breed on Thursday proposed extending the deadline for the city’s businesses to comply with safety and accessibility changes to parklet structures and other shared spaces by nine months. Back in July, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed legislation authored by Breed to make the Shared Spaces program — a program that allowed businesses to operate in public spaces during the COVID-19 pandemic — permanent. READ MORE: Person Pulled Out of Water Near China Beach in San FranciscoThe legislation also mandated that the more than 2,000 businesses participating in the program update their shared spaces and parklets to meet requirements of the American with Disabilities Act and other fire and safety codes by June 30, 2022. Although the city has been conducting outreach in the last few months to let businesses know about the new changes coming, some businesses have reported needing more time to update their shared spaces areas due to contractor and supply chain issues. Breed is set to introduce legislation to extend the deadline to March 2023 at an...
    A top Amtrak official has revealed to lawmakers that it may have to cut back rail service next month, citing President Joe Biden's vaccine mandate for federal contractors and others that work with the government. The expected cutbacks in service come a day after Biden proclaimed himself 'Mr. Amtrak' in remarks in Kansas City, and despite Amtrak reporting that 94 per cent of its workers are vaccinated. 'Achieving full service levels, while complying with the vaccination requirement and continuing to prioritize the safety of our customers and employees, is our goal,' Amtrak president Stephen Gardner told lawmakers in prepared testimony. He told the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee that 96 percent of employees had received at least one vaccine dose.   President Joe Biden called himself 'Mr. Amtrak' on Wednesday,.  'We hope that all employees who have already received one vaccination dose, which all employees are required to receive as of today, will be fully vaccinated by January 4,' he said. 'However, because many engineers, conductors and on-board service employees retired or left Amtrak during the pandemic, and we temporarily halted hiring...
    Former Trump White House chief of Staff Mark Meadows is suing members of the House Jan. 6 committee and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, after it emerged on Wednesday he was no longer cooperating with the investigation. Hours earlier, the committee signaled it would pursue a criminal contempt case against him.  In his suit, Meadows accuses the investigators of trying to 'violate' the principle of executive privilege that should protect his communications with Trump. It asks a judge to invalidate two 'overly broad' subpoenas and accuses the committee of overreach by issuing a demand to Verizon for his cell phone records.  'After working with them - trying to work with them - it became obvious over the last 72 hours or so that they continued to plan to delve into both executive privilege and some of the deliberative speech that would have occurred as a result of my interactions with the president and other senior staff and so we had to make the tough decision to say that we're gonna no longer cooperate,' Meadows told the Jenna Ellis show. He said revealing...
    More than 100 Los Angeles city firefighters have been placed off duty without pay for failing to comply with the city’s vaccine mandate, authorities said. In November, the Los Angeles Fire Department sent out notices to 222 firefighters informing them they would be sent home without pay unless they got the vaccine or requested an exemption, an LAFD spokeswoman said. As of Monday, 113 firefighters had failed to respond to those notices, she said. They were placed off duty without pay, but will be allowed to use vacation hours or banked overtime to offset their lost wages. The city, in August, directed its employees to get vaccinated unless they request a medical or religious exemption. Those who haven’t done either by Dec. 18, including firefighters, eventually will be subject to termination, a LAFD spokeswoman said. “The number of firefighters placed off duty changes daily due to members updating their (vaccine status),” LAFD officials said in a statement. “That number will fluctuate.” The union representing firefighters, the United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Local 112, requested a preliminary injunction through the...
    Right-wing lawyer John Eastman, who falsely claimed that Congress did not have to certify Joe Biden’s presidential electoral victory, said on Monday that he had to abide by the subpoena he received from Congress. Eastman, according to a recent book by The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, wrote a six-point memo that stated that Vice President Mike Pence, who oversaw the tallying and certifying of Biden’s victory, could disregard the election results. However, on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight on Monday, Eastman said that there was no going around Congress as it pertained to being subpoenaed last month by the House of Representatives committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. “Why comply?” asked Tucker Carlson. “I mean, honestly, at this point, look, if it’s totally fake. This is just some Soviet show trial, which it is, why would the rest of us have any kind of obligation to play along with it, honestly?” “Well, we shouldn’t but Congress has the power to issue criminal contempt,” responded Eastman. “Normally, those don’t go anywhere and such charades...
    Jan. 6 organizer Ali Alexander, who calls himself the "founder" of former president Donald Trump's "Stop the Steal" movement, announced Saturday that he will comply with a subpoena from the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol insurrection. "You may have missed the news that I've been subpoenaed by the the Democrats' partisan Jan. 6 committee," Alexander said in a video posted to the right-wing social-media platform Telegram. "This is a midterm issue that they want to run on, and what they want to do is paint me as the black face for a white supremacy movement that doesn't actually exist." Speaking in front of a poster of singer Johnny Cash flashing the middle finger, Alexander added that he respects his "fellow patriots" who are defying the committee, but called it "an expensive right" — claiming that it would cost between $250,000 and $500,000 to fight the subpoena. "I frankly don't have that money to spend on legal bills, so for this unselect committee, I will actually be privately deposed in December," Alexander said. "I've asked to make...
    Former Trump campaign advisor Steve Cortes is reportedly leaving his role as prime-time host at Newmax after he refused to comply with the network's vaccine mandate and repeatedly criticized it on social media.   Cortes, who co-hosts Cortes & Pellegrino, a weeknight show with former White House correspondent for One America News Jenn Pellegrino, will be leaving the network in the upcoming days, The Daily Beast reported.  Cortes was hired just six months ago, but sources told the outlet that his relationship with the right-wing network had been largely strained by his relentless comments that the 2020 Presidential election was rigged, and Cortes & Pellegrino's floundering. His refusal to take the vaccine was seemingly the last straw.   The veteran news pundit had voiced on social media his discontent with Newsmax's requirement of proof of vaccination, which followed President Joe Biden's executive order forcing companies with 100 or more employees to obtain proof of vaccination from their workers or subject them to weekly testing and masking.  Cortes, a Trump loyalist, appeared to confirm news that he was leaving Newsmax by tweeting 'Do...
              more   Bernie Kerik, former New York City Police Commissioner, will testify before the January 6th Committee, according to a letter from Kerik’s attorney obtained by Politico. The group of lawmakers on the committee allege that Kerik was present at a meeting at the Willard Hotel on January 5, discussing multiple issues with Rudy Giuliani and others. However, according to Kerik’s attorney, he was not present at the meeting. After Kerik detailed he would comply with the subpoena, former President Donald Trump contended that the legislators will be provided with a different set of information. “The Unselect Committee issued a subpoena to Bernie Kerik, an American Patriot and great former Police Commissioner of New York City, for its Jan. 6th Witch Hunt, but didn’t realize what they were demanding is a massive trove of evidence of Voter Fraud,” Trump said in a statement. “Bernie wants to comply with the subpoena with a public hearing, and asked me to waive attorney-client privilege so Bernie can testify and provide documents, which I grant him. The Unselect Committee will not like what they...
    Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday blessed former New York City Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik's decision to play ball with the January 6 committee, claiming Kerik comes armed with a 'massive trove of evidence of voter fraud' 'Bernie wants to comply with the subpoena with a public hearing, and asked me to waive attorney-client privilege so Bernie can testify and provide documents, which I grant him,' Trump said in a statement. 'The Unselect Committee will not like what they asked for!'  Kerik was among six witnesses the select committee subpoenaed on November 8, which also included longtime Trump spokesman Jason Miller, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, ex- National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, campaign official Angela McCallum and lawyer John Eastman.  Former President Donald Trump (left) on Wednesday blessed former New York City Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik's (right) decision to play ball with the January 6 committee, claiming Kerik comes armed with a 'massive trove of evidence of voter fraud' Politico reported Tuesday that Kerik's attorney had informed the committee that his client planned to comply with the subpoena.   'The Unselect...
    "Notwithstanding the significant issues outlined above, Mr. Kerik still intends to comply with the subpoena. However, we will need additional time to comply due to the volume of documents and privilege issues," Parlatore said. Former Trump campaign official Stephen Bannon refused the subpoena from the committee on the basis of a similar claim of executive privilege. That argument was rejected by the House of Representatives, who voted for him to be held in contempt of Congress. Bannon was indicted by a federal grand jury and he was arrested over the charges. He has warned that the incident would become the "misdemeanor from hell" for the Democrats. Kerik was pardoned by Trump in 2020 over felony charges that included tax fraud and lying to White House officials. He had served a four year prison sentence for the convictions. Here's more about the Jan. 6 Committee: Jan. 6 Committee Issues Subpoenas To Proud Boys, Oath Keepers www.youtube.com
    (CNN)Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik is demanding an apology from the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, but does intend to comply with a subpoena he has received from the panel, according to his lawyer.Kerik worked alongside his longtime friend Rudy Giuliani, a former attorney for former President Donald Trump, in the weeks after the presidential election to find any evidence of voter fraud that would swing it for Trump. There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election.In a Tuesday letter to select committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, Kerik's lawyer Timothy Parlatore asked for additional time to comply with the panel's requests so that they can go through requested materials and sort out any potential privilege claims with attorneys for the former President.The committee subpoenaed Kerik earlier this month, in part, because it alleged he had attended a meeting at the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC, on January 5 in which Giuliani; former Trump adviser Steve Bannon; John Eastman, an attorney who worked with Trump's legal team; and...
    LONDON (AP) — WhatsApp is adding more details to its privacy policy and flagging that information for European users, after Irish regulators slapped the chat service with a record fine for breaching strict EU data privacy rules. Starting Monday, WhatsApp’s privacy policy will be reorganized to provide more information on the data it collects and how it’s used. The company said it’s also explaining in more detail how it protects data shared across borders for its global service and the legal foundations for processing the data. WhatsApp is owned by Facebook, now renamed Meta Platforms. With the update, users in Europe will see a banner notification at the top of their chat list that will take them to the new information. WhatsApp is taking the action after getting hit with a record 225 million euro ($267 million) fine in September from Ireland’s data privacy watchdog for violating stringent European Union data protection rules on transparency about sharing people’s data with other Facebook companies. The chat service said it disagreed with the decision, but it has to...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) continues to battle against the Biden administration over vaccine mandates and is advocating using federal coronavirus funds to pay fines directed to Florida businesses that defy the federal vaccine mandate, which was originally slated to go into effect January 4, barring any legal challenges. Speaking at a dinner hosted by the National Federation of Independent Business’ Florida chapter this week, the Florida governor said, “If it gets to the point where they are trying to enforce, my view would be ‘don’t comply’ and we would support the Legislature taking some of the stimulus money and using it to pay off the fines that business incur.” According to Politico’s Florida Playbook: A defense fund— This is the second time DeSantis has floated the idea of having Florida taxpayers offset any fines (a “defense fund,” he called it previously) placed on businesses, if they do not comply with the rule put in place by the federal agency that oversees workplace safety rules. The governor noted the law is on hold due to an appeals court ruling and he predicted that...
    Mark Meadows Steve Bannon has surrendered to the FBI following a contempt of Congress indictment. Still, more such indictments need to follow because Bannon’s not the only Trump loyalist who has defied a subpoena from the select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has also fully earned a contempt of Congress charge. Typically, Bannon took the attention-grabbing route in responding to his Jan. 6 subpoena. He said from the beginning that he would not comply, and claimed executive privilege, even though—in addition to President Joe Biden, the actual president who determines executive privilege, saying he would not assert executive privilege—Bannon had not been a White House aide since 2017, long before the events in question. Donald Trump has no right to executive privilege here. Steve Bannon really has no claim. By contrast, Meadows strung the select committee along, saying he was negotiating the terms of his deposition and what documents he would hand over. Eventually, the committee lost patience with this and demanded that he appear on Friday, Nov. 12. Meadows did not appear....
    Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images. The Covid-19 pandemic has sparked an endless stream of wild conspiracy-mongering and misinformation, and one of the latest bits of quackery to bubble up from the fetid depths of the internet is a claim by an anti-vaccine osteopathic doctor that bathing in a concoction that includes baking soda and Borax can “detox” the body and undo the vaccine. Before we go any further, we’ll go ahead and spoil the ending: it is absolutely impossible to undo a vaccine and this alleged “detox” bath is potentially dangerous. Please don’t try this at home, or anywhere, at any time, whatsoever, period. It’s a very bad idea. NBC investigative reporter Ben Collins reported on a widely-circulated TikTok video posted by Carrie Madej, whom he describes as “an osteopathic internal medicine doctor who has propagated a variety of debunked theories about the Covid vaccines and posted to Twitter about a variety of other conspiracy theories, including QAnon.” Quick thread: There is, finally, good news from the anti-vaccine beat. It’s wrapped in some bad news. The good: Mandates are working. Anti-vaxxers...
    The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) tweeted a release Tuesday advising city residents to “cooperate and comply” when being robbed. The release begins: Due an increase in violent street robberies, Robbery-Homicide Division has become aware of an ongoing crime trend of follow-home robberies. Suspects have been locating victims in Los Angeles, following them, and then committing the robberies as the victim arrives home or at their business….These crimes have occurred throughout the City of Los Angles as well as neighboring cities. Different suspects have been identified and arrested for these types of crimes. LAPD then uses the release to outline seven points conveying the department’s advice for what city residents ought to do in response to the robberies. Point five on the release says, “If you are being robbed, do not resist the robbery suspects; cooperate and comply with their demands. Be good citizens.” California is one of the most stringently gun-controlled states in the Union. The state has had universal background checks and an “assault weapons” ban since the 1990s. LAPD vehicle (LADOT/Flickr) Moreover, the state limits the number...
    A nonprofit Christian conservative group filed a lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of 35 U.S. Navy SEALs claiming they were wrongfully denied COVID vaccination exemptions on religious grounds, and that the Defense Department's mandate violates their First Amendment rights.  The suit, which lists 35 unnamed service members, argues that the Pentagon is overstepping its bounds as a federal body and is infringing upon their constitutional rights, with the Navy requiring them to be fully vaccinated by November 28 - after they have been denied a religious exemption for getting the jab. According to the filing, which was obtained by DailyMail.com, the SEALs behind the suit are all Christian and are pushing back against the mandate because it contradicts 'their sincerely held religious beliefs.'  It is estimated that about 99.4% of the U.S. Navy is vaccinated, according to Defense Department data. The Department of Defense oversees multiple branches of the US military, including the Navy, and is named in the suit obtained by DailyMail.com The First Liberty Institute filed on behalf of the group. The organization is the country's largest nonprofit legal firm...
    Monday, Nov. 8 is the deadline for federal employees to receive their final vaccination against COVID-19, under President Joe Biden’s mandate. Discipline could begin Tuesday. The mandate requires federal employees be fully vaccinated, which occurs two weeks after the injection, or have an approved religious or medical exemption, by Nov. 22. That means, an employee would have to receive a single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine or the second of two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, by the end of Monday, Nov. 8. The Office of Personnel Management says agencies can begin imposing disciplinary action starting Tuesday. OPM is suggesting progressive disciplinary measures, with the hopes that employees will choose to comply with the mandate during the process. Under progressive discipline, an agency can counsel an employee on the reasons behind mandated vaccination, followed by a short suspension, up to termination. Failing to comply with a federal vaccine mandate is considered an act of misconduct. OPM says there is legal precedent for punishing federal employees who don’t get vaccinated. OPM has been recommending agencies require vaccinations before new hires...
    Over 250 students at a university in New Mexico have failed to comply with a vaccine mandate that required them to be fully inoculated by Friday, the Albuquerque Journal reported. The news outlet reported that 256 students at the University of New Mexico’s campuses failed to get the COVID-19 vaccine or even attempted to address the university's requirements ahead of a Friday deadline. The university required that students either get inoculated or request an exemption for the jab. Those who received an exemption are required to provide proof of a valid COVID-19 test on a weekly basis. Students can undergo regular weekly testing if they have either not received a vaccine or an exemption, but this policy only applies in the fall semester, according to the news outlet.  A spokesperson for the university, Cinnamon Blair, told the Albuquerque Journal that 164 students who failed to comply with the university’s vaccine mandate came from the school’s Albuquerque campus. However, the majority of students at its campuses have complied with the vaccine mandate. The latest data from the university indicates roughly...
    Newsmax host and former Donald Trump adviser Steve Cortes indicated in a Tweet that he will not “comply” with any vaccine mandate handed down by any organization, just hours after his network announced its own in light of coming OSHA rules. Mediaite reported exclusively on Friday that Newsmax would be implementing their vaccine mandate in compliance with President Joe Biden and his administration imposing a mandate on companies over 100 employees, which is set to go into effect on January 4th. That requirement, which comes in the form of an “emergency” order through OSHA, has been halted temporarily by the Firth Circuit, which issued a stay on Saturday. Steve Cortes, a former CNN contributor, had railed against mandates less than 24-hours before the news broke on the new company policy, saying that Biden is pushing the United States toward “full-on medical apartheid.” In his tweet Friday night, Cortes repeated that phrase, writing that he won’t comply with “any organization’s attempt to enforce Biden’s capricious & unscientific Medical Apartheid mandate.” That phrasing is plainly directed at Newsmax, which specifically blamed...
    ROSELLE, Ill. (WLS) -- Large companies across Illinois are now grappling with new federal regulations from the Biden administration that will require mandatory COVID vaccination or testing starting Jan. 4, 2022."Hopefully employees will get vaccinated first or cooperate with mandatory testing," said Kyle Winchester, vice president of operations for M&R Printing Equipment.Business executives have been planning for several months for how to implement the OSHA requirements, which were formally announced Thursday. Now part of the concern is how this will impact the ability of companies to keep employees who might resist the mandates.READ MORE | Most US employees must get shot or test weekly for COVID by Jan. 4At M&R in Roselle, the warehouse employs about 300 workers. About 80% are vaccinated. The federal mandate means they now have more to do."We will make sure they are aware of the policy well in advance so we'll put more communication out starting next week as to what is going to happen and the dates. And then we will provide locations for where they can go get vaccinated," said Kyle Winchester, VP...
    Businesses with 100+ employees will have until Jan. 4 to implement President Joe Biden’s mandate requiring workers to be fully vaccinated or undergo weekly COVID testing, senior administration officials said. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which operates under the Labor Department, issued the new rules after the president announced his plan in September. Unvaccinated workers are required to start wearing masks by Dec. 5 and must provide weekly negative COVID-19 tests following the Jan. 4 deadline, officials explained. OSHA’s vaccine and testing requirement will affect 84 million employees across the country, according to one senior administration official. The official also noted that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will implement a rule mandating that health care workers at places participating in Medicare and Medicaid by fully vaccinated. The CMS rule will affect more than 17,000 employees, according to officials. These rules coincide with the Biden administration’s other mandate that requires employees of federal contractors to be fully vaccinated, and officials explained that the deadline for all new rules is Jan. 4. Previously, the deadline for federal...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A member of the University of Minnesota’s men’s gymnastics team has filed a lawsuit against the university. Last year, the university eliminated the team in a cost-cutting move and also to meet Title IX requirements. Evan Ng was a men’s gymnast at the university, before his program was cut along with men’s tennis and indoor track and field. Evan Ng (credit: CBS) The lawsuit, which is directed at the Board of Regents, Athletic Director Mark Coyle, and University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel, alleges that the men’s programs were cut based on a “misguided, unlawful, and unconstitutional attempt to comply with Title IX” RELATED: Alumni Fight To Bring Gopher Men’s Sports Back It was filed by the Pacific Legal Foundation on behalf of Ng, who is now a sophomore at the university. Ng and his attorneys believe that the decision to eliminate the men’s sports means the university has essentially implemented quotas based on sex for athletic teams, which they believe is a violation of the constitution. “When the university announced the men’s gymnastics team would be eliminated, my...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — City officials are developing contingency plans to head off a shortage of first responders if the resistance to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate continues. There are still thousands of firefighters, emergency medical technicians and others first responders who are resisting Mayor Bill de Blasio‘s orders to get the vaccine. The mayor, however, remains resolute — no shot, no job. But whether it affects public safety remains to be seen, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported Thursday. READ MORE: FDNY Unions Protest Vaccine Mandate For NYC Workers, First Responders: 'We Currently Have A Staffing Shortage As It Is'New York City will still have fire trucks and ambulances to respond to emergencies after the vaccine mandate goes into effect on Friday, just fewer of them. The FDNY is preparing contingency plans to operate 20 fewer fire companies, though there are usually two companies in each fire house, and 100 to 150 fewer ambulance tours per day if first responders remain adamant about not getting the COVID vaccine. “The department, Commissioner Nigro and his whole team, I think, are very able to put...
    DALLAS (AP) – A federal judge has rejected a bid by pilots to block Southwest Airlines from imposing a vaccine mandate, saying the airline is within its power to require vaccination as a safety measure. U.S. District Judge Barbara Lynn denied the request by the airline’s pilot union to issue a temporary restraining order against the airline’s requirement. READ MORE: Ira Morya Davis Of Irving Found Guilty Of Wire Fraud Violations The judge said Tuesday that Southwest is within its authority to require vaccinations to improve safety and maintain its operations. READ MORE: Arath Jauregui Arrested At Texas-Mexico Border For 2018 Teen HomicideSouthwest Airlines asked its employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to comply with a Biden administration requirement for federal contractors including airlines that have contracts with the government. In recent days, the airline has weakened the requirement by saying workers who fail to comply won’t be fired. Southwest has openly encouraged employees to ask for a medical or religious exemption from being vaccinated if they object to getting the shots. MORE NEWS: Houston Woman And Boyfriend Arrested After Child's...
    DALLAS (AP) — A federal judge has rejected a bid by pilots to block Southwest Airlines from imposing a vaccine mandate, saying the airline is within its power to require vaccination as a safety measure. U.S. District Judge Barbara Lynn denied the request by the airline’s pilot union to issue a temporary restraining order against the airline’s requirement. The judge said Tuesday that Southwest is within its authority to require vaccinations to improve safety and maintain its operations. Southwest Airlines asked its employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to comply with a Biden administration requirement for federal contractors including airlines that have contracts with the government. In recent days, the airline has weakened the requirement by saying workers who fail to comply won’t be fired. Southwest has openly encouraged employees to ask for a medical or religious exemption from being vaccinated if they object to getting the shots. Dallas-based Southwest is giving employees until Nov. 24 to provide proof of vaccination or request an exemption. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast,...
    Los Angeles city employees who have not been vaccinated will have to fork over $130 each week to cover COVID-19 testing but will have a longer deadline to get the shots or lose their jobs, according to a plan passed by lawmakers Tuesday.  City workers originally had until Oct. 20 to get fully vaccinated but now they have until Dec. 18. During the extended period, unvaccinated workers will have $65 deducted from their paychecks twice a week to cover the cost of weekly testing, or $260 per pay period.  JOHN OLIVER SAYS ‘F---ING’ LET POLICE OFFICERS REFUSING VACCINE QUIT A sign displays the types of COVID-19 vaccination doses available at a Walgreens mobile bus clinic on June 25, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. City employees have until Dec. 18 to comply with a vaccina requirment under a plan passed by lawmakers Tuesday.  (Mario Tama/Getty Images) The plan was approved in a 13-0 vote. Councilman Jose Buscaino was absent from Tuesday's meeting and Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas is suspended after being charged in a federal corruption probe.  The city has been...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- With Los Angeles set to enact a proof of vaccination mandate for indoor restaurants on Nov. 8, whether local In-N-Out restaurants will comply remains unclear.Meanwhile, another Bay Area In-N-Out Burger is in trouble for not conducting vaccination checks on its customers.San Francisco had previously shut down an In-N-Out in that city for failing to perform the checks. Now one of the burger chain's locations in Contra Costa County has been fined twice for the same reason."As a company, In-N-Out Burger strongly believes in the highest form of customer service and to us that means serving all customers who visit us and making all customers feel welcome," an In-N-Out corporate executive said in statement. "We refuse to become the vaccination police for any government."In an interview with San Francisco's KPIX, customer Michelle Woolard described vaccine mandates as "government overreach.""We're eating here tonight because we ant to support In-N-Out," she said.
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Bill de Blasio‘s COVID-19 vaccine mandate is generating major pushback from public employee unions. They are are vowing legal action and predicting dangerous staffing shortages that could impact the safety of city residents. Most of the union leaders CBS2’s Marcia Kramer spoke to on Wednesday said they have members who simply don’t want to put the vaccine in their bodies. That includes cops, firefighters, sanitation workers, and emergency medical personnel. A shortage in each of those agencies would be felt by city residents. And if de Blasio can’t find some way to get them to go along, agencies could be faced with a dramatic drop in city services. “Thousands will walk off from EMS. Thousands of others will walk from fire. Thousands of police officers will walk off,” said Oren Barzilary, president of Local 2507, which represents EMTs and paramedics. READ MORE: Mayor De Blasio Announces Vaccine Mandate For All New York City Municipal Workers, Including First Responders Barzilay said he has met with dozens of angry emergency medical workers, who, for a variety of reasons,...
    The Department of Education is facing backlash for requiring school systems to comply with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance in order to obtain coronavirus relief funding. No Left Turn in Education (NLTE), a parents' group opposing critical race theory and other controversial ideas, noticed the criteria in an application Virginia submitted for relief.  Both that application and the department's website specify that school systems should use Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds in order to comply with CDC guidance.  "No Left Turn in Education is concerned by the CDCs constantly changing guidance over masks in K-12," said Yael Levin, who leads the group's Virginia chapter.  VIRGINIA COUNTY DIRECTING $20M OF COVID RELIEF TOWARD ‘EQUITY,’ ‘SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL’ PROGRAMS She said it was troubling that the federal government is "bypassing state and local education agencies by offering taxpayer money to guarantee compliance with universal masking through 2023 while allowing parents to believe that their voices would be heard and that they will be able to maintain parental authority when it comes the medical decisions for their children."...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Advocate Aurora Health has fired about 440 staffers who were noncompliant with the hospital system’s COVID-19 vaccination policy. In a statement issued Tuesday, the hospital system reported that 99 percent of its staffers are compliant with the requirement to get vaccinated for COVID-19. READ MORE: Dixmoor Sends Plea For Help As Water Pressure Down To A Trickle In Parts Of South SuburbBut about 440 staffers – amounting to 0.6 percent of the workforce and nearly half of whom were per diem employees – were not in compliance, the hospital system said. READ MORE: Man Shot And Killed In Logan SquareThus, those employees have been fired. MORE NEWS: Police Warn Of String Of Armed Robberies At Downtown 7-Eleven StoresAdvocate Aurora Health is based in Downers Grove and Milwaukee and operates 26 hospitals in Illinois and Wisconsin.