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Karen Bass is seen as a frontrunner in the race to next to Joe Biden on the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential ticket, but the California congresswoman’s standing could be taking a blow after newly emerged video showing her praising the Church of Scientology.

Bass, the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, had been earning some praise from top Democrats and was reported to be on the short list for Biden’s vice presidential pick.

But as Mediaite noted, she was hit with some unexpected news during the vetting process as video emerged of her speaking at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a Scientology church in Los Angeles a decade ago.

The video was first shared by the Daily Caller, noting that Bass spoke at the event along with a number of local leaders. Bass was a member of the state Assembly at the time.

As she spoke at the event, Bass heaped some praise on the church, calling it a model of equal rights.

“The Church of Scientology I know has made a difference, because your creed is a universal creed and one that speaks to all people everywhere,” she said, adding, “The words are exciting of your founder, L. Ron Hubbard, in The Creed of the Church of Scientology: that all people of whatever race, color or creed, are created with equal rights.”


— Eoin Higgins (@EoinHiggins_) July 31, 2020

Critics have painted the Church of Scientology in a very different light, saying that leadership is controlling and aggressive in attacking critics both within the organization and outside of it. Bass’s association with the organization, and the praise that she offered for its approach to human rights, has caused a stir after the video was first released.

The organization, which has a number of A-list celebrities as members, has maintained a strong presence in the greater Los Angeles area, with a number of facilities there.

Many shared the video of Bass’s praise for Scientology on social media, questioning whether it could hurt her standing with Biden’s camp. Bass had reportedly been rising quickly in the race to be included on the party’s ticket, making to the group of three to four finalists that include some very well-known figures like California Senator Kamala Harris. The former vice president has said that he will make his final pick by the end of next week, cementing the ticket ahead of the now-virtual Democratic National Convention being held later in the month of August.

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An elderly ‘Subway Karen’ accused a young girl of being a hacker. She was just watching a YouTube video. Here’s what else caught our attention this weekend:

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A Karen claimed to be with a nonexistent—and already debunked—federal agency, the Freedom to Breathe Agency, all so she could intimidate a worker regarding the store’s mask policy. A male Karen scraped social distancing stickers off another store’s floor in the name of “justice, freedom, and love.” These viral moments had online spectators crying out: Essential workers don’t get paid enough for this sh*t. 

Catch up on another Karen story and more below. 

—Eilish O’Sullivan, news wire editor

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Conspiracy Theorists Are Tying Jake Paul to Pizzagate After FBI raid

The FBI has confirmed that the raid on YouTuber Jake Paul’s home is related to an ongoing investigation into allegations that Paul participated in a riot at a shopping mall in Arizona last June. Paul was not home at the time, and no arrests have been made thus far. Firearms were also reportedly removed from the home as a precautionary measure and are not tied to the investigation. But false rumors swirling on Twitter claim that Paul is instead being investigated for drug dealing and sex trafficking children.


Read the full story here.

—Mikael Thalen, contributing writer



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From Planet Fitness to an Antique Store, ‘DMV Karen’ Loves Harassing Employees at Different Businesses

The “Karen” who went viral last week for refusing to wear a mask in a DMV has a history of harassing employees over mask mandates. Anna Peric, or “DMV Karen” as the internet knows her, has uploaded at least four videos of herself arguing with employees to her Facebook page. Peric has recorded herself at the DMV and Planet Fitness, among other places, refusing to wear a mask. 

Read the full story here.

—Esther Bell, contributing writer



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