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    The main lobby group for India’s visa workers in the United States is urging its members to repeatedly call the staff members of Florida Sen. Rick Scott, who blocked the fast-track passage of Utah GOP Sen. Mike Lee’s S.386 bill through the Senate on August 5. The online instructions by Immigration Voice urge its members to repeatedly call the office of Scott (R-FL) and to also email the chief of staff, deputy chief of staff, the legislative director and the immigration staffer: Call the Office of Senator Rick Scott at (202) 224-5274 using the following script … …. Write SEPARATE emails to all the staff Write different emails DAILY with different words to explain the issue and...
    Two pro-police organizations are suing Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for blocking them from painting a "Blue Lives Matter" mural outside the NYC police department last month while at the same time commissioning the painting of "Black Lives Matter" murals across the city. The groups, Blue Lives Matter NYC and Standing Up for NYC, filed the lawsuit late Monday night, the New York Post reported. In the suit, they accuse de Blasio and Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg of violating their First Amendment rights by allowing "city property to be used by private speakers" but refusing to allow a similar message to be constructed in support of police. In July, the groups sent a...
    The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has mocked a wedding photo shoot that took place on New York City's usually busy Fifth Avenue. In a viral video posted to TikTok on Sunday, the wedding party is seen strutting down the middle the of the road in Manhattan with official photographers and passersby capturing the moment on camera. But one clip shows an ambulance, city bus, and numerous other cars slowly moving directly behind the group in the footage captioned: 'NYC weddings be like [heart eye emoji].' 'ARE YOU A BUS?' the MTA said in a reply to the tweet on Monday. '(Congratulations and we wish you all the best, but please stay out of the bus lane).' Scroll down for video  ...
    President Donald Trump has been considering new immigration rules that would temporarily ban U.S. citizens and legal residents who may have been exposed to Covid-19 from re-entering the country, The New York Times reports. Under the proposal, if an official “reasonably believes” that the individual has been exposed to or is infected with the coronavirus, the government would have the right to block them from entering the U.S. The publication, which obtained parts of the draft proposal, revealed on Monday that federal agencies have been asked to submit feedback by Tuesday August 11. According to the news source, the draft explicitly outlined that any order that blocks citizens and legal permanent residents must include appropriate protections to ensure that no...
    Donald Trump is considering a new proposal that would prevent U.S. citizens and legal residents from returning to the United States, if it is believed they may be infected with coronavirus. Many countries have already put travel restrictions in place, and some have closed their borders, but most permit their own citizens to return.  Federal agencies have been asked to submit feedback on the proposal to the White House by Tuesday, the New York Times reported on Monday. Donald Trump, pictured on Monday, is said to be considering a proposal to restrict entry to citizens and legal residents The plan would see U.S. citizens barred from entering the country from COVID hot spots Currently the United States bans...
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian court on Monday fined Google 1.5 million roubles ($20,350) after finding it guilty of failing to block content banned in Russia, the Interfax news agency reported. (Reporting by Andrey Kuzmin; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Jason Neely) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    A MSNBC producer left a scathing resignation that blasted the network for "blocking diversity of thought" and "amplifying fringe voices." Ariana Perkary wrote a blog post explaining her reasoning for leaving the media outlet on Monday, citing that the company "forces skilled journalists to make bad decisions on a daily basis." 3Ariana Perkary's last day at the outlet was July 24Credit: Instagram 3She previously worked for MSNBCCredit: MSNBC Sharing a link to her post on Twitter, the former producer explained: "It's not the optimal time for change but the time doesn't feel optional, anymore." Perkary relayed a conversation with a TV veteran who told her that the industry is "cancer and there is no cure." "As it is, this...
    President Donald Trump said Monday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats are blocking the fourth proposed round of aid to Americans suffering the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Trump said he is personally involved in negotiations with Congress, but he dismissed the idea that he should be meeting personally with “Crazy Nancy” Pelosi to break the logjam. “What the Democrats want, they’re slow-rolling it and all they’re really interested in is bailout money to bail out radical left governors and radical left mayors,” Trump said. Trump cited Chicago, Portland, and New York City as examples of poorly run cities that do not deserve a bailout. “We’re really not interested in that,” Trump said. He added that Democrats failed...
    A black man erupted a group of Black Lives Matter activists, many of whom were white, for blocking a road in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, saying that they were obstructing his ability to go to work so he could provide for his family. “Hey look, I understand the [inaudible], I appreciate it, but I got to go to work, I’m black,” the man said. “I got to go to work. I got bills. I got kids. Get the f*** out my way. I’m about to air this b***h out. I got to go to work.” Human Events Managing Editor Ian Miles Cheong tweeted out a video of the incident, writing, “A black man got out of his car in Austin...
    By Ricardo Brito BRASILIA (Reuters) - A Brazilian Supreme Court judge slapped Facebook with a 1.92 million reais ($367,710) fine on Friday for not complying with an order to block globally certain accounts controlled by supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro implicated in a fake news inquiry. Justice Alexandre de Moraes had ruled a day earlier that Facebook and Twitter failed to comply with orders to block the accounts because they were only blocked within Brazil, but remained accessible with foreign IP addresses. On Friday, he ruled that Facebook must pay the fine for not complying and face further daily fines of 100,000 reais per day if it does not block the accounts in question globally. Before the fine was announced,...
    LIVING on a busy street or in a house overlooked by other buildings can make you feel like you don't have an ounce of privacy in your own home. But savvy shoppers have found a clever way to keep prying eyes out of their home thanks to an IKEA bargain buy - and it only costs £3.50. 3 A savvy shopper tookCredit: Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK The bargain buy in question is Ikea's Schottis blinds, which cost £3.50 for a 90cm x 190 cm set. Though the price might be low, shoppers claim the quality is high and they are able to enjoy the benefits of natural light while shutting out nosy neighbours. Taking to the Facebook group...
    During a Wednesday hearing on anti-Semitism, a Twitter representative defended the social media company's decision not to block tweets from Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei calling for genocide, but at the same time flagging tweets from President Donald Trump. A Twitter spokesperson attempted to justify censoring President Trump, but also putting no restrictions on the tweets written by Khamenei. Ylwa Pettersson, Twitter's head of Public Policy and Philanthropy for the Nordics and Israel, spoke about online anti-Semitism with Israel's Knesset Committee for Immigration, Absorption, and Diaspora Affairs. Arsen Ostrovsky, international human-rights lawyer and executive director of the Israeli-Jewish Congress, asked Pettersson why several of President Trump's tweets have been flagged, but there haven't been any consequences for...
    Do you look at the calendar on your phone and think, “HOW is it still 2020?” Or are you unable to do that because of the obnoxious robocalls and texts dropping onto your screen? As if we don’t have enough going on this year, it seems like the uninvited notifications from spammers, scammers, and randos will never cease (there were over 58 billion calls in 2019 alone!). Give yourself the gift of one less thing to deal with and download Call Control.  With the help of their AI-based technology, you can give robocallers, your ex, or your racist uncle the boot. Call Control has helped block over one billion calls so far, halting everything from annoying telemarketers to despicable identity thieves for more than 12...
    According to a report from the Washington Post, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has been pleading for money from the Republican National Committee to help bolster the struggling campaigns of some of his colleagues in the House — only to be ignored. Following the “Blue wave” 2018 midterm election that resulted in the Republican Party losing control of the House, McCarthy has been attempting to stop the bleeding in 2020 in what is expected to be a high-turnout election with an embattled Donald Trump at the top of the ticket. The report notes that McCarthy has asked the RNC which is flush with cash for a check for the National Republican Congressional Committee multiple times, only to be given a...
    TONI KROOS says Gareth Bale is "still mad" at Real Madrid for blocking his exit. Los Blancos bigwigs were said to have stood in the way of the Welshman's lucrative transfer to Chinese side Jiangsu Suning last summer. 1Gareth Bale is reportedly "mad" at Real Madrid for blocking his exit to China Following the escalation of Bale's public battle with coach Zinedine Zidane, Suning emerged as a top contender to take him away from La Liga. A massive £1million-a-week three-year contract was reportedly agreed between player and club. And yet it was Madrid who pulled the plug. Real club president Florentino Perez decided that letting their former record signing leave on a free transfer was unacceptable. And Bernabeu midfield maestro Kroos, reckons there...
    A conservative women’s group sued Mayor de Blasio and the city Department of Transportation for allowing a Black Lives Matter mural to be painted in front of Trump Tower — but blocking them from doing a similar mural. In the suit filed Thursday night in Manhattan federal court, Women for America First said they sent a letter to the mayor requesting permission to paint a mural of their slogan — “Engaging, Inspiring and Empowering Women to Make a Difference!” — on a roadway in Manhattan. They said they never heard back from the mayor about their request. The nonprofit, which is based in Virginia, said in their suit that they were led to believe that “there is no ‘application process’...
    Reuters July 21, 2020 0 Comments The White House is not blocking funding for more coronavirus testing requested by President Donald Trump’s fellow Republicans, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on Tuesday. “No one is blocking any money from testing. One of the things I would add is that this is an ongoing negotiation. We’re just in the early days of that. Currently in the federal coffers we have $10 billion…unspent that is allocated for testing,” McEnany said at a press briefing. (Reporting by Lisa Lambert and Alexandra Alper, Editing by Franklin Paul) Categories: News Tagged: Coronavirus Outbreak, Donald Trump, Kayleigh McEnany, White House Responses Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. © 2020 - IJR GDPR...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House is not blocking funding for more coronavirus testing requested by President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on Tuesday. "No one is blocking any money from testing. One of the things I would add is that this is an ongoing negotiation. We're just in the early days of that. Currently in the federal coffers we have $10 billion...unspent that is allocated for testing," McEnany said at a press briefing. (This story has been refiled to add dropped letters in quote) (Reporting by Lisa Lambert and Alexandra Alper, Editing by Franklin Paul) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    ‘We Warned Them’: Dallas Police Chief Had Nearly 700 Protesters Taken Into Custody For Blocking Highway
    California Congresswoman Maxine Waters appears on video posted on social media jumping out of her SUV to the aid of a black motorist pulled over by cops during a traffic stop in Los Angeles this weekend.  The black Democrat told the person filming her that the cops had 'stopped a brother,' and that she was going to see what they were doing. She also mentioned she was threatened with a ticket for pulling over the way she did. A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Sheriff's Office told DailyMail.com that the motorist had been pulled over as part of a burglary investigation about 8.30am Friday. California Congresswoman Maxine Waters appears on video (pictured) posted on social media jumping out of...
    Multiple Georgia mayors are pushing back against Gov. Brian Kemp for ordering local governments to rescind mask mandates. Several Democratic mayors on Thursday blasted Kemp after he issued an order requiring them to withdraw mask mandates in their cities, accusing him of politicizing the coronavirus pandemic. “It’s my belief that the city of Atlanta still has the appropriate standing to mandate masks, especially as it relates to buildings and places that we own and operate," Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said during a virtual press conference. "You all know I love to quote Audre Lorde. She says, 'I am deliberate and afraid of nothing.' So I am not afraid of the city being sued. And I'll put our...
    Savannah, Georgia Mayor Van Johnson unloaded on his state’s governor on Thursday for a decision to overrule any local mask mandates or other public health regulations to stop the spread of the coronavirus in the state. Georgia just broke a new, single-day record for new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday with 3,568 positive tests — two days after setting its last single-day record. And its latest official case count marks a roughly 450% rise in Covid-19 infecting from one month ago. And Johnson’s criticism his is far from the first time George Governor Brian Kemp has come under fire from one of his state’s local leaders during the pandemic. Back in April, the mayor of Albany, Georgia publicly called out...
    The suit seeks to have DeVos' policy repealed and replaced by an earlier rule created under former President Barack Obama. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra alleges that DeVos rewrote the rule to protect predatory for-profit colleges, adding that her update makes it nearly impossible for cheated students to get their federal loans forgiven. "They rigged the system against students, flat and simple," Xavier Becerra said in a call with reporters. The Education Department did not immediately comment on the suit. The dispute stems from a policy known as borrower defense to repayment, which allows borrowers to get their federal student loans erased if their colleges made false claims to get them to enroll. The Obama administration expanded the policy to...
              Pro-abortion advocates praised a Trump-appointed judge for blocking Tennessee’s Heartbeat Bill from becoming law. U.S. District Judge William “Chip” Campbell in Nashville blocked the pro-life measure just hours after Gov. Bill Lee signed it into law Monday. Campbell’s mother, Beth Campbell, serves as a Republican National Committee member for Tennessee, the Tennessee Republican Party confirmed. “An activist judge barely waited until the ink was dry to promote his own pro-choice view. We cannot allow the lives of unborn children to be jeopardized by radical judges. As your Senator, I will only vote to confirm justices who stick to the Constitution,” said Manny Sethi, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate. An activist judge barely...
    The NFL will not allow players to swap jerseys post-game, as it would bring players within six feet of each other. Unfortunately, so does football. Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images NFL players, reporters, and fans roasted a new rule from the league that would ban post-game jersey swaps between players. The rule is intended to ensure that social distancing measures are maintained whenever possible. Given that players will have just finished a three-hour slog of bodies against bodies, the rule seems incongruous with the realities of the coming season. Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson called the rule "DAMN SILLY," while San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman said it was "a perfect example of NFL thinking." Visit Insider's...
    A viral video shows the moment a woman violently attacked two protesters with a hockey stick in Winnipeg, Canada on Saturday after they obstructed her path while driving through the area. In the footage a woman who appears to be white leaps out of her vehicle and heads directly for Theo Landry, an African-Canadian nurse who was taking part in the Are You Listening Manitoba rally for Black and Indigenous Lives at the Manitoba Legislature. His friend is seen coming to his defense and images show the woman, who is Native American, sustained head injuries in the brutal attack where they were subjected to racial slurs. A larger group of people had earlier taken part in a round dance at the...
    Photo by Dave DeckerIn response to protesters allegedly blocking roads, the St. Petersburg Police Department announced today that they will now enforce stricter pedestrian traffic rules. “For the safety of pedestrians and the community, St.Petersburg officers will be enforcing pedestrian traffic rules,” said a statement.  “At first, officers will hand out flyers (see attached file) to educate and warn pedestrians, including protesters.  Citations will follow later this week with a $62.50 fine.” The department says they will now focus on the following laws:  -Must use sidewalk when possible, Florida Statute 316.130 (3) -May not obstruct or hinder traffic, Florida Statute 316.2045 (1) -Must obey traffic signals, Florida Statute 316.075 (1) (C) 2b “Recent national incidents of vehicles striking protesters who were blocking roadways highlight the...
    THE US is considering a ban on TikTok and other Chinese social media apps amid concerns over security, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said. The comments follow claims that users' data collected from the video-sharing app is routinely shared with the government in Beijing. 1 The US is considering a ban on TikTok and other Chinese social media apps amid concerns over securityCredit: Getty Images - Getty Last week saw the Indian government ban 59 Chinese phone apps, including TikTok, saying that data from the apps was used illegally and was a threat to national security. There are calls for a similar move in Australia after a series of cyber attacks on the country's public institutions were linked to...
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Thursday he will introduce legislation that will block federal funding for states that do no protect their historical monuments and statues. "I’ll be introducing legislation to withhold funding from states and cities where leaders fail to uphold the law,” McCarthy said during a press briefing Thursday. “The mobs that Democrats encourage, suppress speech and punish those who speak out.” McCarthy’s announcement follows nationwide demonstrations against systematic racism in the U.S., with many calling for the removal of all confederate statues, and some even calling for the removal of any statue with relations to slavery. The protests were brought on following cellphone footage that was released showing the death of George Floyd while in police...
    By Joseph Ax (Reuters) - Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's campaign on Tuesday criticized U.S. Senate Republicans for blocking legislation to require campaigns to report offers of foreign election help to the FBI, saying it could open the door to interference in the 2020 contest. Senator Mark Warner, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Republicans had stripped language he added to an intelligence bill intended to prevent actions like those by Russia that U.S. intelligence services concluded were an attempt to undercut Republican President Donald Trump's rival in the 2016 campaign. "This action today can only raise questions about partisan motivation in leaving open the channels for hostile foreign government intervention in our election process," Biden...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Friday slammed Minority Leader Chuck Schumer as a “total hypocrite” for preventing a vote on a Republican police reform bill. Schumer (D-NY) led Democrats on Wednesday to block the bill responding to the killing of George Floyd by Minnesota police. Schumer said it didn’t go far enough and House Democrats passed a broader bill on Thursday. McConnell alleged in a Fox News Radio interview that Schumer had an eye on the election and tried to “airbrush” bill author Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) out of the debate. Scott is one of three black senators, the other two being Democrats. “It was an inconvenient truth for Chuck Schumer that Tim Scott was the author of...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Friday slammed Minority Leader Chuck Schumer as a “total hypocrite” for preventing a vote on a Republican police reform bill. Schumer (D-NY) led Democrats on Wednesday to block the bill responding to the killing of George Floyd by Minnesota police. Schumer said it didn’t go far enough and House Democrats passed a broader bill on Thursday. McConnell alleged in a Fox News Radio interview that Schumer had an eye on the election and tried to “airbrush” bill author Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) out of the debate. Scott is one of three black senators, the other two being Democrats. “It was an inconvenient truth for Chuck Schumer that Tim Scott was the author of the...
    JoJo Siwa has hit back at 'mean' critics after being accused of having a young dancer perform in blackface in her latest music video, which she released on Juneteenth.  The 17-year-old singer's circus-themed video for her song 'Nonstop' features dancers dressed up as various animals, including Dance Moms star Lilliana Ketchman as a monkey. The white dancer, who just turned 12 this week, wore dark brown face makeup and ears.  While the comments on the video have been disabled, critics have been taking to Instagram and Twitter to call JoJo out for putting 'a little girl in blackface' dressed as a monkey — an animal that has historically been used to dehumanize Black people through racist imagery and caricatures.  Scroll down...
    The House on Friday failed to override President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump administration calls for Supreme Court to strike down ObamaCare Trump says there will be 'retribution' for those who deface monuments White House task force tracking coronavirus spikes even as Trump says virus is 'going away': report MORE's veto of bipartisan legislation that would have overturned new regulations from the Education Department to restrict access to federal student loan forgiveness. The vote is a win for Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosDeVos issues new rule ordering more coronavirus relief to private schools The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump turns to immigration; primary day delays expected This week: Congress set for showdown on police reform legislation...
    SAN FRANCISCO -- A San Francisco man found himself blocked from entering his own apartment complex parking garage Tuesday.Some of the 20-minute confrontation was caught on camera, including the apparent assault of a bystander who jumped in to help. The man in the video has since been fired from his jobMichael Barajas, a Berkeley graduate and community educator for a biopharmaceutical company, says he used his remote to open the garage door to the parking garage at his apartment complex Tuesday after coming home from buying groceries.A white SUV with Florida plates pulled in ahead of him and instead of proceeding forward, stopped at the entrance of one of the building's garages--blocking Barajas from going inside."His immediate reaction was 'hey...
    SAN FRANCISCO -- A San Francisco man found himself blocked from entering his own apartment complex parking garage by a couple who is caught on camera and later seen what appears to be assaulting a bystander who jumped in to help.Michael Barajas, a Berkeley graduate and community educator for a biopharmaceutical company, says he used his remote to open the garage door to the SOMA Residences where he lives on Tuesday evening after coming home from buying fruit.A white SUV with Florida plates pulled in ahead of him and instead of proceeding forward, stopped at the entrance of one of the building's garages, and stopped Michael from going inside."His immediate reaction was 'hey you f**king criminal, you're not coming in...
    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., told "America's Newsroom" that Senate Democrats do not want a police reform bill passed because they intend to spend the months leading up to the 2020 election “arguing that the Republicans are standing in the way." Rubio said it's an "electoral strategy" by the Democrats to pass their own House bill and then blame Senate Republicans for failing to act. On Wednesday, the Republican-authored police reform bill, spearheaded by Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., failed in a Senate test vote after Democrats opposed the bill on the basis it did not go far enough, an apparent impasse just weeks after George Floyd's death in Minneapolis police custody led to calls for new legislation. Rubio said Democrats will not “allow movement on a bill because...
    A steroid found to help severely ill coronavirus patients does nothing to help people with milder cases, a new study suggests. Last week, British researchers published preliminary findings showing that  dexamethasone reduced death rates among patients on ventilators and those on supplemental oxygen without ventilation. But, in the full report released this week, results showed that patients not receiving any type of oxygen support fared better when receiving usual care rather than the drug. Since the early findings were first announced, demand for dexamethasone has surged by 610 percent, in some cases outstripping supply of the medication.  Last week, UK researchers revealed that dexamethasone, a steroid, reduced death rates by one-fifth in those receiving supplemental oxygen (left) and by...
    Sens. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., slammed Senate Democrats on "Hannity" Wednesday for blocking a police reform bill introduced by Scott, who called Democrats' actions "despicable." "I think the president's response to this situation has been nearly perfect," Scott told host Sean Hannity. "I asked for certain things in the executive order. He went further. I didn't ask for a national database. I thought that was outside of our reach. The president said, 'I want to solve this problem.' And he did. "All we needed to complement the president's executive order," Scott went on, "was the Democrats to show and be counted. Just a few Democrats, not 46. Just seven Democrats and we couldn't get seven people to come to the table. SENATE...
    Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., told "Your World" Wednesday that she was "disappointed" that Senate Democrats had blocked debate on a Republican police reform bill. "I'm disappointed, obviously, in the comments of Senator Durbin, but I'm more disappointed in the fact that the Democrats wouldn't join together to bring to the Senate floor a debate on probably the most important issue that's facing us and [certainly] one of the most difficult ones," Capito told guest host David Asman. SENATE REPUBLICANS' POLICE REFORM BILL FAILS ON TEST VOTE AMID DEM OPPOSITION Capito was also reacting to remarks made last week by Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who used the word "token" to describe the bill authored by Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., the lone...
    Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., told “America's Newsroom ” Wednesday that congressional Democrats would rather keep the “police reform issue alive until November” than work with Republicans on a “bipartisan basis." “They’re ending the debate on something that’s putting communities at risk, police officers at risk, and future [George] Floyds at risk,” said Tillis, who alleged that Democrats believe “for some perverse reason” that putting off police reform helps them in November at the “expense of community safety.” “I think it is a disgrace,” Tillis added. POLICE REFORM LEGISLATION FALTERS IN WASHINGTON AHEAD OF WEDNESDAY TEST VOTE Tillis spoke hours before Senate Democrats blocked debate on a police reform bill authored by Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., sparking a furious war of words on the floor...
    Sen. Tim Scott called out Democrats for blocking a Republican-authored police reform measure, arguing party lawmakers refused to debate the measure simply because it was written by the GOP in a presidential election year. Scott, who is black, delivered an impassioned floor speech denouncing Democrats for blocking the JUSTICE Act, which would have banned police chokeholds, expanded police body camera use, and required new reporting by law enforcement on the use of force. “They’ve decided to punt this bill until the election. You know why?" he said. “Because they believe the polls reflect a 15-point deficit on our side, therefore, they can get the vote they want in November. All they have to do is win the election,...
    Democrats are positioning themselves to block the Senate Republicans' police reform bill before it even hits the floor for debate as they claim the legislation does not go far enough, especially in banning cops' use of chokeholds. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell needs 60 votes for the Senate to begin negotiations on the bill, which was authored by the sole Black GOP Senator Tim Scott – but Democrats are signaling they will not let the debate commence. There was no Democratic input in the bill, and many claim that McConnell is not prepared to negotiate on additional measures or those already included. Notably, the Republican version of the legislation includes a stipulation where police officers can only use a chokehold...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Venezuela is accusing the United States of blocking its ability to pay over $21 million in dues to the United Nations causing the loss of its voting rights in the General Assembly. Venezuela’s U.N. Ambassador Samuel Moncada asked U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a letter circulated Monday to redouble efforts to enable it to pay. He said U.S. sanctions “have prevented us from successfully transferring the required funds to United Nations bank accounts located not only in the United States but also in other countries.” “Each and every time we have attempted to wire-transfer the resources,” Moncada said, “the transactions have been rejected or sent back to our bank accounts – in the best scenario –...
    By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Venezuela is accusing the United States of blocking its ability to pay over $21 million in dues to the United Nations causing the loss of its voting rights in the General Assembly. Venezuela’s U.N. Ambassador Samuel Moncada asked U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a letter circulated Monday to redouble efforts to enable it to pay. He said U.S. sanctions “have prevented us from successfully transferring the required funds to United Nations bank accounts located not only in the United States but also in other countries.” “Each and every time we have attempted to wire-transfer the resources," Moncada said, “the transactions have been rejected or sent back to our bank accounts...
    This is the moment a black woman is berated by an angry white man who she claims accused her of selling drugs out of a stolen car.  Nakida Clarke, from Houston, Texas, shared footage of her encounter with the middle-aged man who flew into a foul-mouthed rage when she parked outside his house. Despite the video clearly showing ease of access, the man exploded at her for 'blocking his mailbox' and stood in front of her vehicle so she could not leave.  With her restless young son in the back, Clarke tries to remain calm as the resident brands her 'dead meat' and spiels off threats of court and even jail.  But she later made her true feelings known in...
    The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a lawsuit against a county in Virginia for blocking a nonprofit from building an affordable Islamic cemetery for Muslim residents. The U.S. District Attorney for Eastern Virginia G. Zachary Terwilliger filed the lawsuit Friday, saying that by blocking the All Muslim Association of America (AMAA) from building an Islamic cemetery on its own land, Stafford County is impeding on the "free exercise of the religion of the All Muslim Association, in violation of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000." According to the DOJ complaint, since 1989, the AMAA has provided "low-cost burial services to members of the Islamic faith who live in the Commonwealth of Virginia, State of Maryland, District of Columbia,...
    Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, in an opinion objecting to the complex result of the court's Thursday decision stymieing President Trump's effort to end an Obama-era program that protected children who illegally arrived in the U.S. as children from deportation, criticized his fellow justices for avoiding a "politically controversial" decision and showing "timidity" in not striking down the policy. Thomas was joined in his partial dissent by Justice Samuel Alito and Justice Neil Gorsuch in what was a 5-4 decision. Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote his own partial dissent. "Today’s decision must be recognized for what it is: an effort to avoid a politically controversial but legally correct decision," Thomas wrote. "The Court could have made clear that the solution respondents seek...
    The COVID-19 pandemic has made simple, everyday activities suddenly seem a lot more complicated — ones grocery shopping, for example. Given the number of King Soopers stores and other markets declared outbreaks by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the act of filling a cart with food suddenly seems like a dangerous activity, even for many of those who wear masks and practice social distancing. So what do you do if a customer without a facial covering is blocking the aisle and seems completely oblivious (and possibly even hostile) to the needs of anyone else in the vicinity? Do you just wait until the person moves on, even though that could take somewhere north of forever and lingering will...
    Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials have blocked immigrants at one of the most notorious detention facilities in the nation from making calls to advocates out of supposed “safety concerns,” The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. “It was not immediately clear to what behavior or incidents the statement referred.” What is known is that Otay Mesa Detention Resistance and Pueblo Sin Fronteras have been critical to the survival of detainees at California’s Otay Mesa Detention Center, helping them with funds for commissary, being a sympathetic ear, and shining a light on the inhumane conditions inside. Now, that lifeline is being blocked. “This is dangerous because we don't know what abuses are happening inside if we can't receive calls,” Otay Mesa Detention Resistance tweeted. Officials at the for-profit prison...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- All westbound lanes of I-80 on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has been shut down by protesters.As of 4:45 p.m. Sunday, the upper deck of the Bay Bridge, just west of Treasure Island, were being blocked by protesters.The metering lights at the Bay Bridge toll plaza on the Oakland side have been activated, the CHP advises.Traffic is backed up for six miles past Emeryville.The CHP says the Fremont Street, Harrison Street and Fifth Street off-ramps from the bridge are blocked and arrests have been made. Officials are not confirming the exact number.Follow ABC7 News' live Bay Area traffic cam here.Stay with ABC7 News for the latest details on this developing story.
    An anti-China advocacy group that includes former White House adviser Steve Bannon is calling on the Trump administration to exclude Chinese companies from US financial markets, as the White House studies new ways to crack down on China. In a letter dated Thursday, The Committee on the Present Danger: China (CPDC) urged Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to make the move in light of a recent Senate report that found deficient oversight of Chinese state-owned telecoms companies operating in the US. It also comes after President Trump tasked a working group on financial markets, which includes Mnuchin, with studying US-listed Chinese companies with an eye to protect American investors. China hawks in Washington have raised concerns that US investors in Chinese...
    "The View" co-hosts Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg mocked President Trump on Monday over the way he responded to the ongoing protests related to George Floyd's death. Behar took issue with the White House erecting a fence to keep people back during demonstrations. "Where is there to begin? ... I mean, there was the Bible photo-op which irritated evangelicals even, some of them. There was the hiding in the bunker. Where was Melania and Barron?" she said, referring to the first lady and Trump's son. "Were they down there with him? I wasn’t sure, and then my fave, building a fence around the White House. I mean, he finally got his fence. I wonder if the Mexicans are paying for it, and my heart burst with joy when I saw...
    He referred to the bill, which was approved by Congress with bipartisan support, as "my CARES Act." That same day, he announced that Lexington, Kentucky, would receive more than $478,000 thanks to his legislation, repeating the same language nearly verbatim. A day earlier, he had bragged of nearly $2 million in coronavirus relief funds for the city of Louisville. But while he has been claiming credit for federal funds for his state, McConnell has been also been blocking vital funds for Kentucky and the rest of the country. In May, the House of Representatives passed another coronavirus relief bill, the HEROES Act, which would provide an additional roughly $1 trillion to state and local governments. At least 21.5 million Americans...