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  • Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Signs Sweeping Mask Order Threatening Violators With $500 Fine

    07/11/2020 10:08:35 PM PDT · by lightman · 58 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 10 A.D. 2020 | Tristan Justice
    Michigan’s Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Friday that goes into effect Monday mandating face masks in public indoor and crowded outdoor spaces. It introduces a misdemeanor charge with a $500 fine for violators who refuse. “The heroes on the front lines of this crisis have gone hours without taking their masks off every day, doctors, nurses, child care workers, grocery store workers. We owe it to them to wear our masks when we’re on a trip to the grocery store or pharmacy,” Whitmer said in a press release. “For the sake of your loved ones, let’s all...
  • Supreme Court Decides Half of Oklahoma Has Been an Indian Reservation for Past 113 Years

    07/11/2020 8:47:40 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | July 10, 2020 | Zack Smith
    The Supreme Court issued one of the most consequential decisions of its term on its last day Thursday. No, it wasn’t either of the decisions about President Donald Trump’s tax returns. Instead, it involved a case that received little attention at the time it was argued. But how often can court watchers say that a case stripped a state of its sovereign power to prosecute crimes committed by certain individuals in nearly half of the territory it purportedly controls? Not often—if ever—before Thursday. But that’s exactly what the court did in a 5-4 opinion in McGirt v. Oklahoma that Justice...
  • ‘Let’s cut that crap out,’ Murphy tells critics who say his outdoor mask order is a power grab

    07/11/2020 7:18:19 PM PDT · by Coleus · 35 replies
    Star Ledger ^ | 07.10.20 | Brent Johnson, Sophie Nieto-Munoz
    Gov. Phil Murphy says he has no patience for critics who say he’s acting like a dictator as he orders sweeping restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic — a charge that renewed with his recent order to wear masks outdoors. “People claiming that power’s gone to my head, that I find some joy in making everyone put a face covering on is ludicrous,” Murphy said Thursday night on NJTV. “It’s also irresponsible.” “Let’s cut that crap out,” he added. “Let’s stick to the basics and the facts, and we’ll be a lot better for it.” Murphy made the comments a day...
  • N.J. to borrow billions to help avert public worker layoffs after Murphy, top Democrats cut deal

    07/11/2020 7:13:16 PM PDT · by Coleus · 25 replies
    Star Ledger ^ | 07.11.20 | Brent Johnson,Samantha Marcus, Sophie Nieto-Munoz
    Gov. Phil Murphy and his fellow Democrats who lead the state Legislature agreed to a plan Friday that would allow New Jersey’s state government to borrow up to nearly $10 billion to help make up massive losses in tax revenue wrought by the coronavirus pandemic. Almost immediately, top Republican leaders announced they plan to file lawsuits to prevent the move, calling the plan “clearly unconstitutional.” Murphy said New Jersey is facing possibly a $20 billion hole in its state budget, and borrowing is one of a few necessary moves the state needs to take balance the budget and avoid widespread...
  • 2 police officers killed during shootout in south Texas border city

    07/11/2020 6:35:08 PM PDT · by bitt · 29 replies
    fox13memphis.com ^ | 7/11/2020 | Bob D'Angelo
    <p>MCALLEN, Texas — Two Texas police officers were fatally shot Saturday after reportedly responding to a disturbance call, authorities said.</p> <p>In a Facebook post, the McAllen Police Department identified the two officers as I. Chavez and E. Garza.</p> <p>The officers were shot on the south side of the Texas border city and taken to an area hospital, Lt. Christopher Olivarez, a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety, told The Associated Press. A suspect in the shooting also was shot, Olivarez said, but that person’s condition was not immediately available.</p>
  • Texas Border Patrol agents nab three Muslims from Iran trying to cross illegally into US

    07/11/2020 6:27:04 PM PDT · by bitt · 13 replies
    jihadwatch.org ^ | 7/10/2020 | ROBERT SPENCER
    What could they possibly have been planning? No doubt they just wanted to do the jobs that Americans refuse to take, right? While Leftists continue to deny that border control is a national security issue, recently a Muslim migrant from Jordan named Moayad Heider Mohammad Aldairi was sentenced to three years in prison for sneaking at least six Yemeni Muslims into the United States across the border from Mexico. Their intentions were unlikely to have been benign. Judicial Watch reported back in 2016 that police in a New Mexico border town arrested a woman they described as an “Islamic refugee”...
  • Arrest made in fire at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Ocala

    07/11/2020 6:23:08 PM PDT · by bitt · 10 replies
    ocala.com ^ | 7/11/2020 | AUSTIN MILLER
    Marion County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a Dunnellon man and accused him of setting a fire Saturday morning inside Queen of Peace Catholic Church. The blaze caused significant damage but no one was injured. In an interview with sheriff’s Detective John Lightle, suspect Steven Anthony Shields said he has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and is not taking his medication. Shields said that what he did “awesome,” and he smiled and laughed while he was questioned at the Sheriff’s Office, according to an arrest affidavit. Referring to himself as the “king” and saying he was on a “mission,” Shields told the...
  • With FEMA aid to rebuild from riots denied, Minnesota looks elsewhere

    07/11/2020 6:16:53 PM PDT · by bitt · 75 replies
    startribune.com ^ | 7/11/2020 | KATY READ
    As Minnesota leaders pondered their next steps, it's not yet clear what other sources of funds they may tap. Denied federal aid to help rebuild burned-out, vandalized businesses in the wake of riots that followed George Floyd’s killing, Minnesota leaders pondered their next steps Saturday. But it’s not yet clear what other sources of funds they may tap. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Friday denied Gov. Tim Walz’s request for nearly $16 million in aid to help rebuild and repair structures in Minneapolis and St. Paul, many of them left in ruins by the riots and fires that...
  • Mueller defends Stone prosecution and says 'his conviction stands' in Washington Post op-ed

    07/11/2020 4:47:59 PM PDT · by libstripper · 62 replies
    CNN, via MSN ^ | July 11, 2020 | Kevin Bohn
    Former special counsel Robert Mueller, in a very rare move, has written an op-ed for The Washington Post defending his office's prosecution of Roger Stone and saying he is still a convicted felon and "rightly so" in light of President Donald Trump's commutation of Stone.
  • Ohio county starts hotline to report people not wearing masks

    07/11/2020 3:52:39 PM PDT · by lightman · 110 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 11 July A.D.2020 | Courtney Astolfi
    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cuyahoga County’s enforcement of Gov. Mike DeWine’s mask order will largely rely upon complaints filed by the public, rather than proactive policing, County Executive Armond Budish announced Friday. Individuals who see others failing to abide by the mask requirement should call in complaints to the county’s new hotline at 216-698-5050, or file complaints online at cuyahogacounty.us/maskexperience. County workers will then contact the subject of the complaints — either individuals or businesses — to let them know a complaint has been filed, Budish said. Complaints also will be forwarded to the Board of Health, and the relevant city...
  • Pardon Michael Flynn. Time for the President to end this highly politicized prosecution.

    07/11/2020 1:15:57 PM PDT · by karpov · 72 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 10, 2020 | WSJ Editorial Board
    The prosecution of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has already exposed the bad faith of the FBI and Justice Department in pursuing him even when they knew there was no basis for an investigation. Now federal Judge Emmet Sullivan is continuing the legal torture by appealing an order from a panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to drop the charges. President Trump should step in now and end this farce by pardoning Mr. Flynn. In an honest process, Judge Sullivan would have signed off on dropping charges once prosecutors and the defense agreed there is no case...
  • Trump campaign selling 'Baby Lives Matter' onesies

    07/11/2020 1:11:57 PM PDT · by MagillaX · 8 replies
    The Denver Channel | June 12th, 2020 | scripts nathional
    President Donald Trump's campaign is selling limited-edition baby onesies on its website with the words "Baby Lives Matter" in the same style and font as the "Black Lives Matter" movement logo.
  • Good riddance anti-Trump Republicans who would rather support Biden, Pelosi and Schumer

    07/11/2020 12:48:52 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 11,2020 | By Newt Gingrich |
    The deep state Republicans are alive and well and doing what you’d expect them to be doing. They are living proof that President Donald Trump is a genuine change agent. The world he is changing is their world, and they hate him for it. In the near future, these deep state Republicans will drop the pretense of still belonging to the Party of Abraham Lincoln and become Democrats. These are, after all, people who have grown deeply uncomfortable not just with President Trump but also with those Republicans (the vast majority) who are comfortable with President Trump (about 88 percent...
  • Ivanka Trump knew ex-spy Chris Steele for nearly 10 years before Russia scandal

    07/11/2020 11:55:04 AM PDT · by LucyT · 17 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 10 December 2019 | Staff
    Ivanka Trump reportedly met with former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele nearly a decade before the 2016 presidential campaign, and was in touch with him for several years before the campaign. Ivanka, US President Donald Trump’s daughter, exchanged emails with Steele but the two never worked together directly, ABC News reported 10 December 2019.
  • CDC’s Diagnostic Test for COVID-19 Only and Supplies

    07/11/2020 9:18:28 AM PDT · by LOC1 · 3 replies
    On June 12, 2020, the FDA granted an amendment to the EUA for the CDC diagnostic test used to detect COVID 19 to address global shortages of materials needed to perform the test. This amendment provides alternatives for processing the test: Four additional extraction reagents were approved that can be used in the existing extraction methods; An additional extraction instrument and associated reagents were approved; and a new process that can be used in place of the extraction method when materials for the current method are limited
  • Newt Gingrich: Good riddance anti-Trump Republicans who would rather support Biden, Pelosi and Schumer

    07/11/2020 9:12:45 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 11, 2020 | Newt Gingrich
    The deep state Republicans are alive and well and doing what you’d expect them to be doing. They are living proof that President Donald Trump is a genuine change agent. The world he is changing is their world, and they hate him for it. In the near future, these deep state Republicans will drop the pretense of still belonging to the Party of Abraham Lincoln and become Democrats. These are, after all, people who have grown deeply uncomfortable not just with President Trump but also with those Republicans (the vast majority) who are comfortable with President Trump (about 88 percent...
  • Fact-checking the White House's statement announcing Roger Stone's commutation

    07/11/2020 8:38:15 AM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 48 replies
    CNN ^ | July 11, 2020 | Marshall Cohen
    President Donald Trump commuted the prison sentence of his longtime friend and political adviser Roger Stone on Friday, days before Stone was required to begin his 40-month prison term for lying to Congress about the Trump campaign's ties to WikiLeaks. The extraordinary act of clemency was announced by White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany. She released a lengthy statement that was littered with lies and false claims about the Russia investigation, special counsel Robert Mueller and the details of Stone's legal case.... Here's a breakdown of 12 baseless claims from the White House statement..... There is no proof whatsoever that...
  • Group to file petition to recall Norman mayor, some city councilors after cutting police budget

    07/11/2020 8:28:23 AM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 34 replies
    KOCO5 News ^ | 07/09/20 | Abigail Ogle
    Norman citizens are uniting to make sure their voices are heard after city leaders cut $865,000 from the police department’s budget. “You’re not helpless. For so long it seems like we were all helpless at the whims of the people in office, but now we’re awake,” Unite Norman leader Russell Smith said. Smith told KOCO 5 that the group has raised closed to $50,000 in just 48 hours and is working to file a petition to recall Mayor Breea Clark and eligible city council members.
  • Wayfair product listings spark child trafficking conspiracy theory

    07/11/2020 8:01:18 AM PDT · by bitt · 80 replies
    nyPOST ^ | 7/10/2020 | Bruce Golding
    A conspiracy theory emerged Friday that the Wayfair online store was using the sale of storage cabinets as a cover for child trafficking — which the home decor company immediately denounced as false. A post on the social media website Reddit noted the high cost of the furniture — along with the fact that each item was identified by a female name — as potential evidence of the purported scandal, Newsweek reported. The prices for the cabinets — called Alyvia, Neriah, Samiyah and Yaritza — ranged from $12,699.99 to $14,499.99 each, according to a screenshot posted in the “r/conspiracy” subreddit....
  • Data suggest Florida's record-breaking coronavirus days may have been inflated by as much as 30%

    07/11/2020 7:36:32 AM PDT · by bitt · 48 replies
    justthenews.com ^ | 7/10/2020 | john Solomon
    The state appears to be posting backlogged cases as if they occurred on the days in question. Florida health officials appear to have inflated recent record coronavirus case numbers there by as much as 30%, according to an analysis of data released by the state's Department of Health. U.S. health officials have been warning for several weeks that COVID-19 case trends in Florida are pointing to a possible looming catastrophe as the state records ever-increasing numbers of the disease. After several months of flat infection rates, positive case results in Florida began rising slowly in mid-June before beginning a steep...