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  • Biden and DNC outraise Trump and RNC during blockbuster fundraising month

    07/01/2020 11:03:49 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 01 2020 | Paul Steinhauser, Nick Givas
    President Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden both set eye-popping fundraising records last month – but Biden’s records were larger. The former vice president’s campaign announced on Wednesday night that they, the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and their joint fundraising committees hauled in a combined $141 million in June, which was by far the campaign’s best monthly figure to date. Biden’s campaign called it a “jaw-dropping sum of money”
  • Starbucks to allow baristas to wear Black Lives Matter attire and accessories after backlash (socially responsible coffee)

    06/12/2020 7:21:28 PM PDT · by sickoflibs · 67 replies
    msn ^ | today | Amelia Lucasstarbucks
    Starbucks said Friday that the chain would allow workers to wear attire and accessories highlighting the Black Lives Matter movement, reversing its prior stance after social media users called for boycotts of the company. Buzzfeed first reported on Wednesday that the coffee chain would not allow its employees to wear Black Lives Matter clothing or accessories, and management justified the decision by saying that such items could be misunderstood and incite violence. While Starbucks has a policy against wearing personal, political or religious clothing or accessories, workers told Buzzfeed that the company hands out buttons and attire celebrating LGBTQ rights...
  • Tucker Carlson’s Fox News Show Loses Disney & Other Advertisers Over George Floyd Killing & Black Lives Matter POV

    06/11/2020 4:48:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 52 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | June 10, 2020 | Dominic Patten
    Tucker Carlson may have one of the most watched shows on cable news, but the Fox News Channel host is losing advertisers – again. Whereas in 2018, over 20 companies yanked their ads after Carlson obtusely proclaimed that the undocumented made America “poorer, and dirtier, and more divided,” this time the exits are over the host’s stance on the death of George Floyd and the nationwide protests that followed against police violence and racism.
  • NBC News Parent Company Comcast Pledging $100,000,000 to ‘Advance Social Justice and Equality’

    06/10/2020 11:00:12 AM PDT · by JV3MRC · 45 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 6/10/2020 | Joseph Vazquez
    The corporate apparatus that oversees NBC News has again revealed itself to be a massive SJW media behemoth. And it is devoting $100 million to prove it.
  • Deborah Batts, federal judge set to oversee Avenatti’s Stormy Daniels trial, dead at 72

    02/03/2020 10:25:49 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 29 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 3. 2020 | Emily Saul
    Manhattan federal court judge Deborah Batts who was slated to oversee Michael Avenatti’s Stormy Daniels-related embezzlement trial, has died. She was 72. The Philadelphia-born jurist, who was the first openly gay member of the federal judiciary, passed away February 2, according to sources familiar with the matter.
  • Anger erupts at U.N. climate summit as major economies resist bold action

    12/14/2019 8:32:51 AM PST · by yoe · 58 replies
    OANN ^ | December 24. 2019 | Matthew Green and Valerie Volcovici
    MADRID (Reuters) – Major economies resisted calls for bolder climate commitments as a U.N. summit in Madrid limped toward a delayed conclusion on Saturday, dimming hopes that nations will act in time to stop rising temperatures devastating people and the natural world.[snip] The annual climate marathon had been due to conclude on Friday, but dragged on with ministers mired in multiple disputes over implementing the Paris deal, which has so far failed to stem the upward march of global carbon emissions.[snip] The Paris process has been weakened by a move by U.S. President Donald Trump to begin withdrawing the world’s...
  • Malaysia rejects ‘less than $2bn’ compensation offer for 1MDB from Goldman Sachs

    11/01/2019 6:39:48 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 11 replies
    offer from Goldman Sachs over the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad fund (1MDB) scandal. The country’s prime minister ­Mahathir Mohamad, who is still demanding $7.5bn (£5.8bn) in compensation for losses incurred, told the Financial Times in an interview yesterday that he was not satisfied with the offer.
  • Malaysia files criminal charges against 17 Goldman Sachs executives

    08/09/2019 4:36:57 AM PDT · by csvset · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9 Aug 2019 | A. Ananthalakshmi
    KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia filed criminal charges on Friday against 17 current and former directors at subsidiaries of Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) following an investigation into a multi-billion-dollar corruption scandal that led to the demise of state fund 1MDB.Those charged on Friday include Richard Gnodde, chief executive of Goldman Sachs International, Michael Evans, president of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA.N) and a former director at Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC, and Michael Sherwood, former vice chairman of Goldman Sachs Group.The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating the bank for its role as underwriter and arranger of the bond offer....
  • U.S. Probes Deutsche Bank's Dealings With Malaysia's 1MDB: WSJ

    07/11/2019 4:23:39 AM PDT · by csvset · 1 replies
    US News ^ | 11 July 2019 | Staff
    (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether Deutsche Bank AG violated foreign corruption or anti-money-laundering laws in its work for state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), the Wall Street Journal said on Wednesday. The news comes after the bank announced plans to scrap its global equities unit, cut some fixed-income operations and slash 18,000 jobs globally in a 7.4-billion-euro ($8.34 billion) restructuring program. Deutsche Bank's work for 1MDB included helping to raise $1.2 billion in 2014 as concerns about the fund's management and financials had begun to circulate, the newspaper said, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter....
  • SHOCK: Chick-fil-A Has Been Bankrolling the Southern Poverty Law Center(SPLC)

    11/28/2019 6:58:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11/28/2019 | Tyler O' Neill
    Chick-fil-A, once under fire for donating to "anti-LGBT" Christian organizations, has now taken flack for funding seemingly pro-LGBT charities. In a truly shocking development, the fast-food chain even funded the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which is notorious for slandering conservative and Christian organizations by calling them "hate groups" on par with the Ku Klux Klan. While conservative Christians have been defending Chick-fil-A from criticism, the fast-food chain donated to one of their worst enemies.On Wednesday, a Christian non-profit Chick-fil-A once supported called for a boycott of the fast-food chain. "It’s time for Christians to find a fast-food alternative...
  • Rep. Al Green’s Probe into People’s Sexuality

    11/24/2019 11:21:34 AM PST · by The Houston Courant · 8 replies
    The Houston Courant ^ | November 24, 2019 | K. Schleicher
    Rep. Al Green’s Probe into People’s Sexuality Mark Zuckerberg, the creator and CEO of Facebook, which currently has 2.7 billion users around the world plans to launch a digital currency and payment platform named Libra. The establishment of such a product requires consideration of multifaceted ramifications. The House Financial Services Committee is charged with investigating the potential liabilities Libra may impose on competing digital currency, the U.S. dollar and the global commercial system built around it. Mark Zuckerberg appeared before the House Financial Services Committee in Washington D.C. to respond to questions about the new money. Zuckerberg delivered an opening...
  • Why Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream is dead

    09/16/2019 5:42:30 PM PDT · by TBP · 26 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 14, 2019 | Douglas Murray
    At the very moment when the issue of race might at long last have been put to rest, it is now becoming the most important issue of all. The decades since the 1960s saw the growth of “black studies” in American universities. The courses started out in part as a way of de-stigmatizing the group and educating people about a crucial aspect of their history. But, just as a popular strand of feminism turned from celebrating women to vilifying men, a portion of black studies started attacking people who were not black. A discipline intended to de-stigmatize began to re-stigmatize....
  • Woman who claimed Trump forcibly kissed her drops lawsuit

    09/06/2019 6:56:07 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/5/2019 | Josh Gerstein
    A former Trump campaign aide who claimed she was “forcibly kissed” by Donald Trump during his presidential bid has dropped her lawsuit over the episode. Alva Johnson is also dropping another part of her suit that alleged the Trump campaign underpaid women and minority employees. Johnson’s suit grabbed headlines over her assertion that Trump abruptly kissed her as he was getting ready to make a public appearance at a campaign rally in Tampa, Fla., in August 2016. However, the outlook for the legal challenge dimmed in July when lawyers for Trump filed with the court and released publicly a video...
  • Felicity Huffman tells judge she wanted her daughter to 'have a FAIR SHOT' at college acceptance,..

    09/06/2019 10:42:50 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 77 replies
    Daily Mal ^ | 9/6/19 | Leah Simpson
    as prosecutors call for actress to spend just ONE MONTH in jail after she pleaded guilty in admissions scandal Felicity Huffman has been recommended to spend just one month in jail in connection to the college admissions scandal where she pleaded guilty in April to mail fraud and honest services fraud. The actress wrote in a letter delivered to a Boston judge on Friday that believed she was giving her daughter with a learning disability a 'fair shot' by paying $15,000 for a SAT test to be corrected to help Sophia gain entry to the University of Southern California. After...
  • Retiring state Sen. Wesley Bishop subject of federal criminal probe, SUNO records show

    08/31/2019 10:40:34 AM PDT · by bgill · 3 replies
    nola ^ | Aug. 30, 2019 | Gordon Russell
    State Sen. Wesley Bishop, a Democrat from New Orleans who recently announced he would not seek re-election after eight years in the Legislature, is under federal investigation for possible payroll abuse, records show. Bishop serves as associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at Southern University at New Orleans. In a series of stories last year, WVUE-TV Fox 8 reported that Bishop had been paid for 122 days of sick leave at SUNO while attending hearings in Baton Rouge in his capacity as a lawmaker. The station raised questions about whether the roughly $50,000 in sick leave payments were legal or...
  • Dems tried to ‘blackmail’ casino owner to let employees unionize, conservative group claims (WI)

    08/23/2019 6:12:41 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 6 replies
    Roll Call ^ | August 23, 12019 | Griffin Connolly
    A conservative watchdog group is asking the Office of Congressional Ethics on Thursday to review whether 14 Democratic lawmakers and one Republican inappropriately used their office to try to coerce a Las Vegas casino mogul into allowing his employees to unionize. In May, Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan and 13 other Democrats wrote a letter to Frank Fertitta III, the CEO of the Las Vegas-based casino management company Red Rock Resorts Inc., urging him to “respect the rights of employees” at the company “to form a union and collectively bargain.” Republican Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania sent Fertitta a similar letter...
  • Kaepernick attorney slams Jay-Z for 'cold-blooded' deal to promote social justice with NFL

    08/20/2019 9:10:37 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | John Bowden - 08/20/19 | John Bowden - 08/20/19
    An attorney representing former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sharply criticized rapper Jay-Z on Tuesday after Jay-Z met with NFL officials to speak about social justice issues while Kaepernick remains unemployed. SNIP Mark Geragos, who is representing Kaepernick in his dealings with the NFL, told ABC News that the partnership amounted to crossing an "intellectual picket line." "This deal between Jay-Z and the NFL crosses the intellectual picket line," Geragos told ABC. "I can confirm to you that the deal was already done prior to any conversation that [Kaepernick] had with Jay-Z and he certainly didn’t have any conversations...
  • Illinois state Sen. Tom Cullerton indicted

    08/03/2019 10:01:17 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 17 replies
    Chicago Business.com ^ | 8/2/2019 | A.D. QUIG
    A federal grand jury indicted Illinois State Sen. Thomas Cullerton this morning on embezzlement charges related to a job with Teamsters Local Union 734. Prosecutors allege he received $275,000 in salary, bonuses, health and pension benefits for “little or no work” as a union organizer. The Villa Park senator, 49, worked for the union before assuming office in November 2012. In a statement, Cullerton’s attorney denied any wrongdoing and suggested Cullerton was the victim of Teamsters boss John Coli. Coli is cooperating with federal investigators as part of a plea deal in an extortion case related to Cinespace Studios on...
  • Jesse Jackson, others plan rally for Kim Foxx after criticism in handling of Jussie Smollett case

    03/31/2019 4:07:27 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 58 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 31, 2019 | AP
    CHICAGO (AP) – The Rev. Jesse Jackson and other clergy are planning a rally in support of Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, who’s faced criticism since her office dropped charges against actor Jussie Smollett. Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH Coalition says the civil rights leader will join fellow clergy, elected officials, attorneys and community activists for a Monday morning rally at the Chicago Temple supporting Foxx. Jackson says in a statement that the criticism of Foxx is “unreasonable, unjustified and politically motivated.”
  • Where's the money? China accuses rich nations of 'backsliding' on climate change aid pledges

    12/14/2018 10:04:09 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    National Post ^ | December 14, 2018 | by Jeremy Hodges
    China accused some of the richest nations in the world of “backsliding” on pledges to clean up pollution and provide $100 billion a year in climate-related aid by 2020. The comments at a United Nations conference on global warming in Poland spearheaded a push by a group of the 49 Least Developed Countries for clarity on when those promises will be fulfilled. Industrial nations remain about $30 billion short of their pledge to ramp-up climate-related aid to $100 billion a year by 2020. Developing nations are resisting measures that would ensure transparency in the way greenhouse gas emissions cuts are...