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  • Santa Clara County sheriff makes first court appearance for corruption accusations (SF Bay Area, California)

    01/14/2022 12:50:50 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 13 replies
    East Bay Times ^ | January 14, 2022 | Robert Salonga
    Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith made her first court appearance Friday to answer to corruption allegations leveled against her by a civil grand jury that, if they were to be affirmed at trial, would lead to her being expelled from office. Smith did not enter a plea and San Mateo County Judge Nancy Fineman gave her attorneys and prosecuting attorneys at least through April to debate, through legal briefings, the sufficiency of the accusations made by the civil grand jury. In December, the Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury filed official accusations against Smith alleging seven corruption-related acts. Six...
  • Univ. of North Dakota leader defends gender inclusion’ plan

    01/14/2022 12:42:06 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | January 14, 2022 | By JAMES MacPHERSON
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The president of the University of North Dakota on Friday defended a proposal that would allow students to use restrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity, saying the intent is to align the Grand Forks-based school with existing laws and to better protect LGBTQ students from harassment and discrimination. University President Andrew Armacost’s livestreamed presentation came after widespread criticism from state lawmakers, North Dakota’s two Roman Catholic bishops and Grand Forks Mayor Brandon Bochenski, who said in a Facebook post that the gender inclusion policy proposal “spits in the face of everything we believe...
  • COVID-19: Democratic Voters Support Harsh Measures Against Unvaccinated

    01/14/2022 12:39:34 PM PST · by Tench_Coxe · 50 replies
    While many voters have become skeptical toward the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a majority of Democrats embrace restrictive policies, including punitive measures against those who haven’t gotten the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Federal testing website launches next week, 4 tests per home

    01/14/2022 12:33:52 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 65 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | January 14, 2022 | By ZEKE MILLER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal website where Americans can request free COVID-19 tests will begin accepting orders on Wednesday as the White House looks to address nationwide shortages, but supplies will be limited to just four free tests per home. Starting on Jan. 19, the website will provide tests at no cost, including no shipping fee, the White House announced Friday. The White House said “tests will typically ship within 7-12 days of ordering” through the U.S. Postal Service, which reports shipping times of 1-3 days for its first-class package service in the continental United States. Officials said they...
  • Oklahoma State Senator Proposes Law to End Anchor Baby Policy

    01/14/2022 12:32:40 PM PST · by River Hawk · 21 replies
    US Incorporated ^ | January 14th, 2022 | Allan Wall
    Current American policy grants automatic birthright citizenship to babies born to illegal alien mothers. It’s been the practice for decades. A female illegal alien can cross the border, give birth five minutes later, and her child is an American citizen for life. The term “anchor baby” refers to the fact that such babies are “anchored” into the United States, can’t be deported, and their status makes it harder to deport their illegal alien parents. What if a state made a law prohibiting the anchor baby policy? There’s a proposal to do just that in the state of Oklahoma.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Ray Epps’s Attorney Responds to Claims His Client Is an FBI Informant

    01/14/2022 12:22:18 PM PST · by gattaca · 108 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | Jan 12, 2022 | Ken Silva
    The attorney for Capitol Hill protest participant Ray Epps, former FBI agent John Blischak, told The Epoch Times on Jan. 12 that his client has been interviewed by federal law enforcers and “unequivocally, he is not an FBI informant.” Speculation about Epps has gradually built for months, coming to a head when top federal law enforcement officials refused to answer questions about his alleged connections to law enforcement during a Jan. 11 Senate hearing on domestic terrorism. The Democratic-led House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, breach of the U.S. Capitol released a statement following the hearing, claiming to have...
  • The White House just put out a baffling polling memo

    01/14/2022 12:15:55 PM PST · by Magnatron · 47 replies
    CNN Fake News ^ | 14 January 2022 | Lizard Boy
    The White House wants to get something straight: President Joe Biden is unpopular. But he's not that unpopular. Yes, really. Witness a polling memo released Thursday night by deputy White House chief of staff Jen O'Malley Dillon that takes issue with a new Quinnipiac University poll that shows Biden's job approval at a meager 33%. "This week's Quinnipiac poll, just like Quinnipiac's poll for the last five months, is very likely an outlier," writes Dillon. As evidence, she cites the FiveThirtyEight running poll average (of all polls conducted) that shows Biden with an average job approval score of 43%. She...
  • Facebook and Google accused of ‘secret deal’ to carve up ad empire

    01/14/2022 12:04:29 PM PST · by janetjanet998 · 9 replies
    Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg and his counterpart at Google, CEO Sundar Pichai, secretly struck a deal in 2018 to carve up the digital advertising market between the two tech giants, according to newly revealed allegations from top state law-enforcement officials. Previously, it was reported that the deal was signed by Zuckerberg’s No. 2, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, who moved over to the social network after a stint heading up Google’s online ad sales team, according to the allegations in a lawsuit by a group of state attorneys general. But according to newly unredacted court filings, Zuckerberg and Pichai also signed...
  • DeSantis Says He Regrets Not Opposing Trump Administration’s Lockdown Calls—As Tensions Grow With Ex-President

    01/14/2022 11:48:36 AM PST · by conservative98 · 182 replies
    Forbes ^ | January 14, 2022 | Nicholas Reimann
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said on a podcast episode that aired Friday one of his biggest regrets in office was not speaking “much louder” against the Trump Administration’s calls for lockdowns in the early days of the pandemic, with the comments coming just days after former President Donald Trump appeared to label DeSantis “gutless.” DeSantis said on the conservative podcast “Ruthless” he believes Trump Administration officials like Dr. Anthony Fauci “panicked” as Covid-19 quickly spread around the U.S. in March of 2020, leading to calls for lockdowns. Tensions are reportedly growing between Trump and DeSantis, who was one of...
  • Canadian soccer star Alphonso Davies has heart muscle issue after bout with COVID-19?

    01/14/2022 11:44:01 AM PST · by jerod · 12 replies
    CBC news ^ | 2022-01-14 | The Associated Press
    Puts in doubt his participation in key World Cup qualifiers later this monthAlphonso Davies' return from a bout of COVID-19 has been put on hold, with his Bundesliga team saying the Canadian soccer star shows signs of an inflammation of the heart muscle. The 21-year-old from Edmonton, who also plays for Bayern Munich in the German league, has been sidelined, with his participation in doubt for Canada's World Cup qualifiers later this month. Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann told a pre-match news conference Friday that the problem was detected in the follow-up examination that all players who have had COVID undergo....
  • Youngkin taps critical race theory opponents to lead public education in Virginia

    01/14/2022 11:35:20 AM PST · by TexasGurl24 · 9 replies
    Virginia Mercury ^ | 1/14/2022 | Kate Masters
    Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin has named two women with track records of opposing “critical race theory” — a once obscure collegiate field that’s become a conservative catch-all term for racial equity and diversity initiatives in public schools — to top posts at the Virginia Department of Education. Jillian Balow, formerly Wyoming’s elected superintendent of public instruction, will take on the same job in Virginia, Youngkin announced in a news release Thursday. Jillian Balow, Virginia’s incoming superintendent of public instruction. (Wyoming Department of Education) Before stepping down to join Youngkin’s administration, Balow supported a proposed Wyoming bill that would require K-12 schools...
  • Governor-Elect Glen Youngkin on masks in schools

    01/14/2022 11:32:18 AM PST · by TexasGurl24 · 7 replies
    NBC 12 ^ | 1/14/2022 | Sarah Bloom
    RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Days away from a new administration in the governor’s mansion, we’re getting a closer look at what changes to expect for your kids in school. Governor-Elect Glenn Youngkin has promised to rescind the mask mandate on his first day in office. We wanted to get to the bottom of what that will mean for your students. To get straight to the point - expect some changes. But, it may take some time to get clarity on how those changes are implemented for our kids. “I think parents should be empowered to make decisions for their children,”...
  • Explainer-Oil price spike leaves limited options for Biden

    01/14/2022 11:31:57 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | January 13, 2022 | by Jessica Resnick-Ault
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two months after U.S. President Joe Biden announced an unprecedented effort among major oil consuming economies to work together to bring down rising fuel prices, prices are again approaching multi-year highs. And Biden has few options to stop the rally. Global benchmark Brent crude passed $84 a barrel on Wednesday and leading analysts are forecasting that oil could pass $100 a barrel in the first quarter. Biden spearheaded a coordinated release of oil from strategic reserves with Japan, India, South Korea, Britain and China in November that helped quell prices - even though, in the end,...
  • Border State Rep Reveals What Biden's Border Crisis Is Really About

    01/14/2022 11:30:30 AM PST · by · 4 replies ^ | Jan 14, 2022 | WJ Live
    Spoiler alert: It's not about immigration.
  • Massive California train looting prompts intense criticism of Democrats, Gavin Newsom: 'This is America?'

    01/14/2022 11:15:27 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 88 replies
    Fox ^ | 01 14 2022 | Brandon Gillespie
    Critics excoriated California Gov. Gavin Newsom and his fellow Democrats Thursday over a set of videos showing the shocking aftermath of looted trains in Los Angeles. The videos, posted on Twitter by local CBS photojournalist John Schreiber, showed massive amounts of opened packages, cardboard, and packaging materials strewn around the tracks. "Keep hearing of train burglaries in LA on the scanner so went to [Lincoln Heights] to see it all. And… there’s looted packages as far as the eye can see. Amazon packages, [UPS] boxes, unused Covid tests, fishing lures, epi pens. Cargo containers left busted open on trains," Schreiber...
  • Why Spanish-language voting ballots are critical for democracy, advocates say

    01/14/2022 11:15:20 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    ABC News / Disney ^ | January 14, 2022 | By Abby Cruz andCristina Corujo
    As the midterm elections approach later this year, some states and jurisdictions have required voting ballots to be made available in other languages besides English. The Latino population continues to grow in the United States and some counties have mandated that ballots in Spanish are available at polling sites. However, Spanish and non-English ballots are not required across the nation, though some advocates say that multilingual ballots are critical for democracy. "We need to have bilingual ballots, bilingual material across the country, it should be a national requirement and a national norm," said Domingo Garcia, the national president for the...
  • Trump cheers as pro-impeachment Republican Rep. John Katko announces retirement: 'Great news, another one bites the dust.'

    01/14/2022 11:10:41 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 21 replies ^ | 1/14/22 | Bryan Metzger
    Republican Rep. John Katko of New York announced on Friday that he's retiring from Congress at the end of his term, which former President Donald Trump is touting as "great news." "Great news, another one bites the dust," Trump said in a brief statement following the announcement. "Katko, from Upstate New York, is gone!"
  • Craft cannabis industry in California is 'on the brink of collapse,' advocates say

    01/14/2022 11:08:11 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    NBC News / Comcast ^ | January 14, 2022 | By Alicia Victoria Lozano
    LOS ANGELES — Cannabis advocates, small farmers and business owners called Thursday for an overhaul of the California marijuana tax system as they struggle to keep afloat amid rising operating and regulatory costs. They gathered outside the State Capitol in Sacramento to make their case and warn that the industry could collapse if steps aren't taken soon. “We’re here today because the craft cannabis industry here in California is in crisis and on the brink of collapse,” said Amber Senter, a co-founder and the executive director of Supernova Women, a nonprofit organization that works to create opportunities for people of...
  • Indonesian woman flogged 100 times for adultery, man gets 15 lashes

    01/14/2022 11:04:33 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    An Indonesian woman has been flogged 100 times in Aceh province for adultery while the male involved, who denied the accusations, received just 15 lashes. Ivan Najjar Alavi, the head of the general investigation division at the East Aceh prosecutors’ office, said the court handed down a harsher sentence for the woman after she confessed to investigators she had sex outside of her marriage. Judges found it difficult to convict the man, who was then the head of the East Aceh fishery agency and also married, because he denied all wrongdoing, Alavi said. Aceh is the only region in Muslim-majority...
  • Baltimore state’s attorney indicted on federal charges

    01/14/2022 11:01:43 AM PST · by bitt · 13 replies
    nypost ^ | 1/14/2022 | Reuters
    Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, the city’s top prosecutor, was indicted on Thursday on federal charges of perjury and filing false mortgage applications related to her purchase of two Florida vacation homes. Mosby, a Democrat elected to her post in 2015, is accused of falsely claiming twice to have suffered a work-related financial hardship from COVID-19 in order to request early withdrawals totaling $90,000 from her city employee retirement account. In both instances, the indictment stated, Mosby fraudulently cited a federal CARES Act provision allowing for emergency distributions of up to $100,000 from her retirement plan in the event of...