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    Georgia Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler is not a fan of the WNBA's decision to have players sport "Black Lives Matter" and "Say Her Name" on their jerseys, and she let the league commissioner know it. The fact that a U.S. senator is publicly calling out the WNBA is interesting enough. What makes Loeffler's complaint carry more weight is she's a co-owner of the WNBA's Atlanta Dream. The senator's statements set off WNBA players, including members of her own team, who have now taken to wearing T-shirts supporting Loeffler's Democratic challenger to their games and demanding that the league strip her of her ownership. And now Loeffler is blasting her players for their...
    Nashville pet clinic has waitlist of 900 cats — and counting — for spay or neuter surgeries 2 organizations are working to revive NYCs Chinatown as it reels from the pandemic and racial stigma Senator Kelly Loeffler blamed out of control cancel culture for the WNBA players public endorsement of her political rival © Provided by INSIDER WNBA players openly rebelled against US Senator and Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler by endorsing her opponent, Reverend Raphael Warnock. Julio Aguilar/Getty Images, REUTERS/Joshua Roberts WNBA players openly rebelled against US Senator and Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler by publicly endorsing her opponent in her upcoming Senate race. Players across the league wore "Vote Warnock" T-shirts before and after Tuesday night's...
    WNBA players openly rebelled against US Senator and Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler by endorsing her opponent, Reverend Raphael Warnock. Julio Aguilar/Getty Images, REUTERS/Joshua Roberts WNBA players openly rebelled against US Senator and Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler by publicly endorsing her opponent in her upcoming Senate race. Players across the league wore "Vote Warnock" T-shirts before and after Tuesday night's games because "he aligns with a lot of the things we align with," Phoenix Mercury forward Brianna Turner said. In a statement released Tuesday evening, Loeffler blamed "out of control cancel culture" for the players' decision to collectively stand against her. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Republican Senator and Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler blamed...
    By: KDKA’s Meghan Schiller HARRISBURG, Pa. (KDKA) — Out of work and headed into debt, U.S. Senator Bob Casey says Pennsylvanians are hurting. “We haven’t seen these numbers in unemployed since the early 1980s and it’s even worse than then,” Sen. Casey said. That’s why he’s pushing for Congress to extend the extra $600 weekly supplement. He talked one-on-one with KDKA’s Meghan Schiller to explain why he thinks people in our area need the cash. “It’s the right thing to do for workers when you have a public health crisis and an economic and jobs crisis,” said Senator Casey. He joined Governor Tom Wolf on a virtual call on Tuesday afternoon to bluntly push for more help for the...
    A crowded Republican Senate primary in Kansas. A "Squad" member facing a rematch. Another chance for a candidate to unseat a longtime Democratic incumbent by running to the left. These are some of the Congressional primary races being held in five states on Tuesday.  In Kansas, 11 Republicans are on the Senate primary ballot, including former Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who lost the 2018 gubernatorial race. Former Senator Bob Dole and allies of the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee have endorsed Representative Roger Marshall. President Trump, who endorsed Kobach in the 2018 race, has not yet waded into the contest.  Republican candidate for governor of Kansas Kris Kobach speaks at a rally with President Donald Trump at the Kansas...
    Johnson's inaccurate statement echoes Donald Trump's claim in March that the virus was on par with, and possibly less deadly, than the flu. Thousands have died since then. From the August 3 edition of "War Room: Pandemic," the podcast started by former Trump White House chief strategist Steve Bannon: RAHEEM KASSAM, co-host: Do you agree with the general thesis that this is effectively the president running against the pandemic here? And this is the enemy that they're setting up for him to face? It's not Joe Biden, it's the coronavirus, the CCCP virus?   SEN. RON JOHNSON (R-WI): Well, they realize that the best way to defeat Joe Biden is to reduce the fear on COVID. If people really looked...
    Barack Obama issued an endorsement list of 118 candidates on Monday morning, including backing Senator Lindsey Graham's Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison. 'I'm proud to endorse this diverse and hopeful collection of thoughtful, empathetic, and highly qualified Democrats,' the former president tweeted. 'If you're in one of their districts or states, make sure you vote for them this fall.' He also urged people to vote by mail, despite President Donald Trump spending the last week railing against the remote voting measure. 'And if you can, vote early—by mail or in person,' Obama posted along with a link to a statement posted on Medium along with his endorsement list. Harrison, who became the candidate after all other candidates withdrew or were disqualified,...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- In this episode of Up Close, New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza speaks on reopening New York City schools in September during a pandemic, and later, United States Senator of New York, Kirsten Gillibrand, will discuss the latest stimulus package.First, It may be one of the most important and critical decisions made during the coronavirus pandemic: A choice to reopen schools to students, continue remote learning at home, or create a hybrid of those two.Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza is in charge of implementing a plan, and Governor Cuomo will announce his decision this week.(Segment 1 featured above:)Also, lawmakers in Washington are busy trying to agree on a new bailout program to help millions of...
    He's getting closer but he's not quite there yet. Joe Biden is unlikely to announce his chosen vice presidential running mate next week, according to a person familiar with the ongoing search. But Biden is expected to begin the process of winnowing a list that still includes several female governors, lawmakers and former federal officials next week when he begins holding interviews with potential running mates, according to a separate person with insight into the Biden vetting process. This person could not say who would be invited to speak with Biden directly about the position.  Get updates from the campaign trail delivered to your inbox This is expected to signify Biden's shortest list of top contenders, whittled down from...
    As Nevada’s COVID-19 deaths set new records daily throughout July, rumors raged that Gov. Steve Sisolak would soon re-close Las Vegas casinos. But that would be too late for 22  dead employees. Donald Trump ignored medical advice and pressed states to “liberate” their economies. The mega-casinos of the famed “strip” responded by ending their 78-day shutdown as fast as a craps shooter can throw dice. There were no rules requiring safe practices. Porter Adolfo Fernandez went back to work June 4 as eager gamblers flooded into Caesars Palace, most following Trump’s example by refusing [...] This Raw Story article is free to Alternet ad-free members. Want to read the full piece? Click to join the movementto restore true progressive journalism....
    Snowball-loving Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) promised President Donald Trump that he would kill any bill that would change the names of military bases currently named after Confederate generals. According to the New York Times‘ Maggie Haberman, Trump called Inhofe while he was sitting in a Washington Italian restaurant Wednesday evening. Trump was so loud that the entire conversation was recorded by someone nearby. “The conversation, overheard and recorded by someone in the room, ranged from a discussion about Anthony Tata, the retired Army brigadier general whose nomination for a top Pentagon policy position has become complicated, to Mr. Trump’s desire to preserve the name of Robert E. Lee, a Confederate general, on a military base,” said the report. “We’re gonna...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slithered into the Senate today to appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where he was confronted about the Trump administration’s many questionable foreign policy moves including the dismissal of career diplomats and the decision to withdrawal U.S. troops from Germany. While Pompeo was deflecting questions about his conduct and questionable moves at the State Department, Donald Trump was busy tweeting to the world, wondering if the November election should be delayed. Democratic Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine used his time to ask Pompeo about Trump’s tweet and whether he believes Donald Trump could delay the election. Pompeo replied, “Senator, i'm not going enter a legal judgment on that on the fly this morning.”  Kaine did not let go and noted Pompeo...
    President Trump was overheard on a phone call to Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe asking for assurance that Fort Lee, a U.S. military base that bears the name of the commander of the Confederate Army, Robert E. Lee, would not be renamed. "We’re gonna keep the name of Robert E. Lee?" Trump asked Inhofe, a Republican and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, according to the New York Times. Inhofe was at Trattoria Alberto, an Italian restaurant on Capitol Hill, when he took the call on Wednesday. He replied, "Just trust me. I’ll make it happen." Inhofe put the president on speakerphone, which allowed a nearby diner to record the call. Trump was heard bragging that...
    Joe Biden may be eyeing Sen. Kamala Harris as his pick for Vice President as he was photographed during a Tuesday event holding talking notes about the California lawmaker. The former Vice President revealed he’ll announce his pick for running mate in the presidential election in the first week of August and remained tight lipped on who he might choose. But he was seen holding a note pad that included Harris' name and under it notes that he does 'not hold grudges', likely in reference to their heated clash in a primary debate earlier this year. Under her name he also wrote that Harris 'campaigned with me & Jill', is 'talented', 'has great respect for her' and has been a...
    American forces deployed to the Pacific are "highly vulnerable" to attacks from China, according to a senior GOP lawmaker who fears that Beijing could instigate and win a conflict with the United States. “The first thing that you'd have to do with certain pieces of our equipment is leave the area if China were to escalate this way,” said Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, the top Republican on the Foreign Relations subcommittee for East Asia and the Pacific. “That’s not exactly a position of strength,” he said in an interview with the Washington Examiner. What equipment does he have in mind? “The Navy,” he replied. “You would basically end up in a situation where all of our planning, all of our...
    Getty Guess which finger Kyle Kuzma offered for Senator Tom Cotton? In the past few days, Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton has not done much to endear himself to folks around the country. Cotton said in a recent interview with a paper in his home state, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, that, according to the nation’s Founding Fathers, slavery was, “the necessary evil upon which the union was built, but the union was built in a way, as [Abraham] Lincoln said, to put slavery on the course to its ultimate extinction.” Cotton has been widely pilloried for the remark but perhaps no one put it more succinctly than Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma. Kuzma tweeted a terse response to the “necessarily evil”...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY TREVOR HUNNICUTT AND JAMES OLIPHANT Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden’s search for a running mate for the Nov. 3 election is drawing to a close. Biden has vowed to choose a woman as his potential vice president and has said he will make his announcement in the first week of August. Here are the contenders likely under final consideration: Senator Kamala Harris: Following widespread protests over racial injustice and police brutality, pressure increased on Biden to choose a woman of color. Harris, the daughter of Jamaican and Indian parents, fits the bill. Former national security adviser Susan Rice: Rice,...
    Two women have been arrested for beating Democratic Wisconsin State Senator Tim Carpenter when he stopped to take video of protesters during a chaotic night of violence near the state Capitol last month. Samantha Hamer, 26, and Kerida O'Reilly, 33, were arrested in Madison on Monday on suspicion of being parties to the crimes of substantial battery and robbery with use of force.  They turned themselves in to police after members of the public identified them when police released surveillance images of them during the protests the night of June 23.  Carpenter said he was heading to his office at about midnight when he stopped to take cell phone video of protesters near the state Capitol.  Samantha Hamer, 26, (left) and...
    Prosecutors argued Monday that the sentence for the man who tackled Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and broke his ribs was much too lenient, and a judge agreed with them. Rene Boucher was convicted of assaulting a member of Congress in the November 2017 attack where he tackled Paul from the back over a dispute about yard work. He broke the senator's ribs and left him with a "significant injury that I have lifelong symptoms from," according to a statement in court by Paul. In the original sentencing, Boucher was given 30 days in jail, a $1,000 fine, and 100 hours of community service. But Paul appealed the sentence, saying it was far too lenient....
            by Chuck Ross  Sen. Lindsey Graham on Sunday teased the release of evidence showing that the FBI “lied their ass off” to Congress regarding the reliability of the Steele dossier, which the bureau used as part of its investigation of the Trump campaign. “I will tell you next week what I found,” the South Carolina Republican said in an interview on “Fox Sunday Futures” with Maria Bartiromo. “Here is what I think I’m going to be able to show to the public. Not only did the FBI lie to the court about the reliability about the Steele dossier, they also lied to the Congress. That’s a separate crime.” Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary...
    America is “staring down the barrel of martial law” as it approaches the presidential election, a US senator from Oregon has warned as Donald Trump cracks down on protests in Portland, the state’s biggest city. Related: This is what happens when the War on Terror is turned inward, on America | Hamilton Nolan In interviews with the Guardian, Democrat Ron Wyden said the federal government’s authoritarian tactics in Portland and other cities posed an “enormous” threat to democracy, while his fellow senator Jeff Merkley described it as “an all-out assault in military-style fashion”. The independent watchdogs for the US justice and homeland security departments said on Thursday they were launching investigations into the use of force by federal agents in...
              Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed former Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty and Senator Tom Cotton to the studio. During the third hour, Cotton and Hagerty disclosed their position on China and how they would partner together in the U.S. Senate. Hagerty reiterated his commitment to standing strong behind President Trump against threats both foreign and domestic. Leahy: I’m here with all-star panelist Crom Carmichael and former ambassador Bill Hagerty. Welcome Ambassador. Hagerty: Great to be back. Great to be back. Leahy: And Senator Tom...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — It’s a new call to close most of the California economy back down to all but essential businesses, in the battle against the coronavirus. California State Senator Steve Glazer (D-Contra Costa) is now calling on the Governor to issue hard new regulations for the state to shelter in place again. “The fact of the matter is the virus is spreading out of control,” Glazer said. “If you have cancer in your body you’re not putting a band-aid on a pinky finger to try to solve it. It’s tough medicine.” Glazer’s plan is to reinstate a stay-at-home order that would only allow essential work and trips for food and health care. He wants enforcement to increase for violators...
    House Democrats have passed legislation to remove 15 statues because of their connection to the Confederacy, slavery, or white supremacy, 13 of whom were Democrats. “It’s time to sweep away the last vestiges of Jim Crow and the dehumanizing of individuals because of the color of their skin that intruded for too long on the sacred spaces of our democracy,” Steny Hoyer (D-MD), House Majority Leader, said in a Roll Call report on the legislation. “The American people know, these names have to go. These names are white supremacists that said terrible things about our country,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said in a Just the News report. The bill only names four of the offending statues — Roger B....
    In an update on the status of the next round of stimulus funding for the COVID-19 crisis, a Republican senator confessed the sinister reason his party isn’t a rush to get anything done. Speaking to the Washington Post, Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) confessed it’s because they don’t want to spend the money. “There are some over here that think we benefit from doing nothing because people don’t want to spend any more money,” he said. “I’d say it’s gonna be tough.” It was assumed that Republicans would be more willing to deal because it is an election year, and many are desperate to keep their seats in November. Yet, the unprecedented pandemic and national emergency didn’t seem as urgent as one...
    This week, as federal agents assault peaceful protestors on the streets of Portland and the daily coronavirus death toll exceeded 1,000 Americans, one conservative pundit stood against the real enemy: a liberal woman with green hair. Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema, who is known for her joyful fashion choices, showed up to the Capitol on Tuesday in a dress with floral embroidery, a blue medical mask, and a mint-colored wig. The hairstyle—a long bob with bangs—was sleek and well-maintained. Even if the color was a little Troll doll, the prim blowout looked entirely appropriate. Sinema did not have much to say on the topic, only clarifying to MSNBC reporter Garrett Haake that the shade was “mint green”...
    Organizations Call on Senator Schumer to Fight This Time in Final Negotiation for Them Pro-immigrant organizations ask New York Senator Chuck Schumer for no exclusions. /Archive Photo: ERIK S. LESSER / EFE The CARES Act, the great fiscal aid with which many of the most significant measures for economic relief during the pandemic were put on the table, excluded 3.7 million children. Those are some of the figures Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, put out on Tuesday, before demanding that the next aid package include immigrants and their families. The CARES Act eliminated the possibility that ITIN taxpayers, which is how undocumented immigrants file their taxes, had access to the $...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey will host a roundtable discussion about the return of the MLB on Tuesday. .@MLB is back! To learn more about what is being done to safely resume the game, I’m hosting a virtual panel with @Phillies 1B Rhys Hoskins, @Pirates GM Ben Cherington, and officials from @MLB and @MLB_PLAYERS. Tune in tomorrow at 2:30 PM on YouTube: https://t.co/b60IK8HcdP — Senator Pat Toomey (@SenToomey) July 20, 2020 Pirates General Manager Ben Cherington will join other executives to talk about what the MLB is doing to keep players safe. The event is supposed to start at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Major League season will start Thursday night in Washington, D.C.
    On Monday, Politico reported that Democratic congressional leaders have sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray demanding a briefing on foreign efforts to target members of Congress as part of an influence campaign. “Among the Democrats’ concerns is that a Senate investigation being led by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) has become a vehicle for ‘laundering’ a foreign influence campaign to damage Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, according to two people familiar with the demand,” reported Natasha Bertrand. “Though the letter did not mention the Johnson investigation, it included a classified addendum that the two sources say identified the probe as one of the sources of their concern.” The letter was signed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), House...
    GOP Senator Josh Hawley accused a St. Louis prosecutor of 'targeting' the couple who brandished an AR-15 at Black Lives Matter protesters marching past their mansion, and asked the Justice Department to open an investigation.  In a letter to Attorney General William Barr, Hawley asked that a federal civil rights investigation be launched into the conduct of  St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner over her investigation into Mark and Patricia McCloskey. Hawley claimed that Gardner, a Democrat, 'has abused her power in seizing the McCloskey's guns, investigating the family, and pursuing a possible indictment of the McCloskeys.' GOP Senator Josh Hawley (left) on Thursday claimed an investigation led by St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner into the McCloskey family was...
    MT. LEBANON, Pa. (KDKA) – A local politician who lost her wallet had an unlikely Good Samaritan help her out — the man running against her. Devlin Robinson, a Republican running to be the state senator for the 37th district, shared a story on Facebook about how he found a wallet in the middle of Cochran Road. When he opened it up to find out who he belonged to, he says he found a driver’s license with a familiar face. It turned out the wallet belonged to the state senator currently representing the 37th district — Democrat Pam Iovino. Robinson says he returned the wallet and that “she was thrilled to have it back and I was...
    "They will tell you they implemented stop, question, and frisk. They used it, as it should be used, in a racially neutral manner. It's perfectly constitutional," Kennedy said. Contrary to his claim, New York City's stop-and-frisk policy, which allowed law enforcement officers to briefly detain, question, and search people on the basis of "reasonable suspicion" that they had committed a felony or were about to do so, was ruled unfair to minority populations as well as unconstitutional by a federal judge in 2013. Stop-and-frisk policies were often used in racial profiling by law enforcement. The vast majority of the people stopped by the police were Black or Latino. "Under Bloomberg, NYPD increased stop and frisk from 100,000 stops to nearly...
    Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivers his concession speech after results are announced in the Alabama GOP primary runoff election, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/Julie Bennett) MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Jeff Sessions took the stage with the same sense of conviction he had displayed in giddier times at a Mobile stadium almost five years ago, declaring once more that Donald Trump’s vision was right for America. Yet the political circumstances were far different Tuesday night for the longtime Alabama senator who was the president’s first attorney general. Read More: GOP spending $20M on alleged voter suppression for the 2020 election The boisterous throngs that had greeted Trump and Sessions at an August 2015 rally...
    LeBron James, Adrian Wojnarowski. Getty/John McCoy/YouTube/ESPN LeBron James has shared his support for Adrian Wojnarowski, the ESPN reporter who was suspended after saying "f--- you" in an email to Missouri Senator Josh Hawley. Wojnarowski sent the email to Hawley in response to a letter which criticized NBA commissioner Adam Silver and the league's relationship with China.  "#FreeWoj" James tweeted.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. LeBron James has shared his support for Adrian Wojnarowski, an ESPN reporter who was suspended without pay after saying "f--- you" in an email to Missouri Senator Josh Hawley. On Friday June 10, Hawley's office sent a mass email to the press criticizing NBA commissioner Adam Silver and the league's decision to...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City An uptick in crime in parts of Brooklyn and Harlem — paired with the movement to defund the police — has led to a different approach from communities of color hoping to stop the violence. At the corner of 143rd Street and Malcolm X Boulevard on July 11, Iesha Sekou, the founder of Street Corner Resources, did what her organization has done for the past 18 weeks: allow the youth of Harlem to talk about how to make their community safer, sans NYPD.  Among those on hand Saturday night to hear that message were Mayor Bill de Blasio and City First...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It was the question asked repeatedly during the first days of the riots: where is the National Guard? When the Guard showed up in force the Saturday after George Floyd’s death the violence eased dramatically. On Thursday at a Republican Senate hearing, lawmakers challenged leaders about the timing on some of the decisions made early on. In the hours after the Minneapolis third precinct fell, the number of National Guard troops the state was considering deploying jumped from just 200 to 700  — 700 is the number of guardsmen trained in civil disturbances. “As bad as Thursday night was, I wasn’t quite comfortable with going to the governor and saying ‘hey let’s bring on less trained soldiers,”...
    Democratic Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal doesn’t think college football should happen in the fall. There are nonstop debates about what will happen with America’s favorite sport as we continue to wage war against coronavirus. The Ivy League has already canceled sports in the fall, and tBlumenthal wants the rest of college football to do the same. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) Blumenthal told USA Today the following about football in the fall and the Ivy League’s decision: It’s about the money. And if the other schools fail to follow the Ivy League’s lead, it will be only because of the money. And, in fact, it will be another misguided act in a long litany...
    Sen. Marsha Blackburn called for Rep. IIhan Omar to resign from her seat in Congress following comments Omar made insisting the current economic and political system in the United States be replaced with something more equitable. "IIhan Omar took an oath to defend and protect the Constitution, not shred it," Blackburn tweeted. "Omar and her Marxist comrades are a threat to our Democracy." Ilhan Omar took an oath to defend and protect the Constitution, not shred it. Omar and her Marxist comrades are a threat to our Democracy. Omar should resign.https://t.co/ujBGxbWXtR— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) July 7, 2020 In a speech Tuesday, Omar warned that the current system of government in the U.S. is fundamentally flawed...
    Sen. John Kennedy slammed an ambitious bill proposed by Democrats to defund police departments and provide reparations by those who have been victims of law enforcement violence. "[The bill] is clearly a serious effort to compete in the woke Olympics," Kennedy told Fox News's Trace Gallagher on Wednesday. "I'd give it, I don't know, 9.7. As an American who feels gratitude, not hatred from my country, though, the only way I know how to improve their bill is with the shredder." The bill, spearheaded by Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley, would create sweeping legislative changes such as reallocating funds from federal and local police to social welfare, healthcare, education, and environmental programs. The bill also would introduce...
    Rep. Doug Collins is challenging Republican Senator and Atlanta Dream owner Kelly Loeffler from the right in a razor-tight special election. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts Business Insider Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler — who co-owns the Atlanta Dream — came out against the WNBA's plan for players to wear "Black Lives Matter" and "Say Her Name" warm-ups on Tuesday. In a letter to WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert, Loeffler said the league's embrace of the social justice movement endorses a "particular political agenda" and "sends a message of exclusion." An outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump, the Republican Loeffler is in the midst of a hotly-contested special election in which fellow Republican Doug Collins is challenging her from the right....
    (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the "Reliable Sources" newsletter. You can sign up for free right here.The highest-rated host on the highest-rated cable news channel in the country again attempted to smear a double amputee US Army veteran as an anti-American fanatic on Tuesday. In a reprehensible monologue, Tucker Carlson claimed from his Fox News perch that Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth actually "despise[s]" America. Carlson shamelessly called Duckworth a "coward," a "fraud," and a "callous hack," among other things.For those not familiar with Duckworth, here's a brief history of her service: She was awarded the Purple Heart after she lost her legs in 2004 when an RPG hit the helicopter she was co-piloting during the Iraq...
    The WNBA players union tweeted "E-N-O-U-G-H! O-U-T!" in response to the Trump-supporting senator's latest comments against Black Lives Matter. REUTERS/Mary F. Calvert WNBA players are calling for Atlanta Dream owner and US Senator Kelly Loeffler to be banned from the league after her recent comments on the Black Lives Matter movement. Loeffler came out against the WNBA's plan for players to wear "Black Lives Matter" and "Say Her Name" warm-ups because it endorses a "particular political agenda" and "sends a message of exclusion." The WNBA players union tweeted "E-N-O-U-G-H! O-U-T!" while individual players wrote that it was "sad" and "hurtful" to hear Loeffler's stance on the issue. The league has responded to calls for the Republican senator's expulsion...
    Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) told Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in the most recent episode of “Verdict,” co-hosted by The Daily Wire’s Michael Knowles, that the United States would be better off working to “create the future” rather than attempting to “reframe the past.” Instead of tearing down statues in the name of social justice, the senator suggested, we should be putting more up in honor of American heroes who promoted civil rights. Scott’s remarks come as radical activists have torn down statues across the country of Confederate figures, former U.S. Presidents, black abolitionists, religious figures, and explorers. “I also think the country is better off trying to create the future than reframe the past,” Scott said. “We spend almost too...
    The Trump administration on Tuesday officially withdrew the US from the World Health Organization, a senior administration official told The Hill, breaking ties with the public health body as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spike around much of the world. “The United States’ notice of withdrawal, effective July 6, 2021, has been submitted to the UN Secretary-General, who is the depository for the WHO,”the official said. Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, tweeted that the administration informed Congress of the withdrawal. “Congress received notification that POTUS officially withdrew the U.S. from the WHO in the midst of a pandemic. To call Trump’s response to COVID chaotic & incoherent doesn’t do it justice....
    Former Obama National Security Adviser, Susan Rice, is moving up the ranks in the race to be the vice-presidential pick for Joe Biden’s 2020 election campaign. Sources say that Rice and Biden’s chemistry is a big factor in her consideration. “I know they have a good relationship — perhaps the best relationship of anyone on the list,” a source close to the Biden campaign told The Hill. “They’ve known each other for years, they’ve worked alongside each other and she’s been tested in a way that a lot of folks on the list just haven’t been.” Im proud to endorse @JoeBiden for President. Here he is comforting me on 1/4/17 just after my mother passed away. There is no...
    Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., defended President Trump’s Fourth of July speech amid withering criticism from liberals – and an uneasy silence from some conservatives – that Trump’s speech was divisive instead of unifying. Calling it “absolutely one of the best that he has given,” the Tennessee Republican on Sunday praised the president’s message for reminding “the American people and that we are unique.” “I thought the speech was absolutely one of the best that he has given and how appropriate that he reminded the American people and that we are unique and that you can bet on hope or you can bet on fear,” Blackburn said during an interview on “Sunday Morning Futures.” She added: “In this country, you have the ability...
    Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., pledged on Sunday that the names of U.S. military bases named after Confederate leaders will be changed, and slammed President Trump for his threat to veto a defense funding bill if the names of the bases are changed. Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Reed – the ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee – said a Trump veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) would be “reckless” and akin to “abandoning the troops.” “It would be reckless,” Reed said. “You would be abandoning the welfare of the troops, their pay raises, their quality of living, the housing improvements to be made, the platforms they need, the ammunition that they’ll need." He added: “All of...
    While the rebels were defeated more than 155 years ago, it’s clear from Donald Trump and his GOP cult that the Confederacy has survived. Watching Trump’s hate-filled presidency—preventable mass death, raging indecency, and incitement of violence—has been a reality check.  Trump’s deadly pandemic neglect and his project of disunion in America are treason metastasized yet again in an America that exists halfway between Jefferson Davis and George Wallace. In a devastating rebuke on Twitter, Trump was recently asked to pick a flag: Old Glory or the Stars and Bars—the “very fine people” whose bigoted hate crimes Trump has egged on. This is the right question, and, unfortunately, America has still not extinguished the influence of the Confederacy now inbred in...
    Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) announced his intention to introduce a bill to “ban the sale of middle seats through this pandemic” after posting a picture of his experience on a crowded flight this week. Merkley on Thursday posted a picture on social media of what appeared to be a packed flight, writing, “@AmericanAir: how many Americans will die bc you fill middle seats, w/ your customers shoulder to shoulder, hour after hour.” “This is incredibly irresponsible. People eat & drink on planes & must take off masks to do so. No way you aren’t facilitating spread of COVID infections,” he said: .@AmericanAir: how many Americans will die bc you fill middle seats, w/ your customers shoulder to shoulder, hour after hour....
    (CNN)A United States Senator said he would introduce a bill to ban the sale of middle seats during this coronavirus pandemic, one day after he criticized American Airlines for selling the middle seats of a flight he had boarded, calling it "incredibly irresponsible" and warning it was contributing to the spread of the disease.Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley, a Democrat, tweeted an image showing his packed flight on Thursday. Most of the passengers in the photo were blurred out, but it's clear some were wearing masks and many of them were in the middle seat."@AmericanAir: how many Americans will die bc you fill middle seats, w/ your customers shoulder to shoulder, hour after hour. This is incredibly irresponsible," he tweeted. "People...
    (CBS Local)– This year has been unlike any other in many ways, and the major political implications at the national and local level make it even more interesting. In addition to the presidential election, many Senators like Joni Ernst from Iowa are up for re-election. Senator Ernst, a Republican, has represented Iowa since 2015 and is the first female combat veteran to ever be elected to the United States Senate. The Iowa Senator wrote all about her journey, from growing up on a farm in Iowa, to serving the country on the battlefield and in the Senate in her new Simon & Schuster book “Daughter of the Heartland: My Ode To The Country That Raised Me.” “I lived and was raised...
    The only black Republican Senator, Tim Scott of South Carolina, has denounced a video that was shared by President Trump on Twitter on Sunday morning where one pro-Trump protester could be heard yelling 'white power.'   Scott admitted to watching the clip in its entirety which he described as 'terrible' and 'inappropriate.' 'The truth of the matter is when you hear things like that racist chant towards white power, we should have the same response with the same type of energy that we have for those folks we know have been disadvantaged for so long,' Scott said on CBS Face The Nation. U.S. Senator Tim Scott, the only black Republican in the Senate, said Donald Trump's retweet of a video...
    Minnesota State Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka told “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Sunday that he thinks Minneapolis City Council members’ plan to dismantle police departments “makes absolutely no sense.” “In Minneapolis-St. Paul, we had over a thousand buildings damaged or destroyed in the riots because there were not enough police here, and then what do they want to do? They want to defund or dismantle the police,” Gazelka,  a Republican, said. “It makes absolutely no sense, the direction they’re trying to go.” Gazelka made the comments two days after City Council members voted unanimously to amend the city’s charter to remove the mandate for a police department – the first step toward disbanding it in the wake of George Floyd’s death. The amendment proposed the city replace the police department with a Department of Community...
    Sen. Lamar Alexander said President Trump has an opportunity to convince millions of people to wear masks and contain the spread of the coronavirus just by leading by example. "I wish the president would wear a mask when it's appropriate because millions of Americans admire him," the Tennessee Republican told CNN's Inside Politics on Sunday. "And they would follow his lead. And his experts have told all of us that — that, social distancing, and washing your hands is the way we can contain the disease, to go back to school and back to work." Alexander has been seen wearing a mask along with many other lawmakers in compliance with public health guidelines to help prevent the spread COVID-19....
    Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., accused China on Sunday of using the coronavirus pandemic as a cover to make power grabs in contested regions along its borders. Referring to recent actions Beijing has taken in the South China Sea and in the Himalayas along its border with India, Cotton said that with the world’s attention focused on the global public crisis, China has been busy making territorial grabs. “The Chinese Communist Party is certainly using the pandemic to try to assert claims and take very aggressive action against almost all of its neighbors,” Cotton said on “Sunday Morning Futures.” “China has essentially invaded India, an ally of ours, and they've killed 20 Indian soldiers.” He added: “Mainland China is in the...
    Retiring Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) implored President Donald Trump to publicly wear a mask on Sunday in order to cool the politicization of mask-wearing, appealing to the president’s vanity in the process. With coronavirus cases and hospitalizations surging across the nation and states pulling back on reopening their economies, Alexander was asked by CNN’s Manu Raju on Sunday morning about the president’s resistance to symbolically embrace a basic safety protocol. “You, I see you wearing your red-and-black plaid mask throughout the capitol, your staff does as well,” Raju noted on CNN’s Inside Politics. “The president, however, he refuses to wear one. The vice president continues to say this is an issue states should decide. Should the White House do more...
    Amid Donald Trump’s recent decline in the polls, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley begged White House officials to hold an intervention with the president to save his chances of winning reelection in November, Raw Story reported. “Will somebody with access to the Oval Office read the WSJ editorial ‘The Trump Referendum’ to President Trump,” Grassley wrote. “We won’t have more good SCOTUS justices or the best economy in 50 years like we have had if he doesn’t follow that advice.” The Wall Street Journal op-ed in question — penned by the publication’s editorial board — argued that Trump has failed to create a vision for his second term and convey it to the American public. As reported by Raw Story, the...
    Sen. Chuck Grassley, the president pro tempore of the Senate, begged President Trump in a Friday tweet to read a Wall Street Journal op-ed that predicted Joe Biden would be the next president.   'Will somebody w access to the Oval Office read the WSJ editorial 'The Trump Referendum' to President Trump. We won't [have] more good scotus justices or the best economy in 50 years like we [have] had if he doesn't follow that advice,' Grassley wrote.  Pundits Tucker Carlson and Joe Scarborough also chimed in Friday, with Carlson opining Trump 'could well lose' and Scarborough theorizing that Trump didn't want four more years.   Sen. Chuck Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, sent out a tweet telling President Trump to...
    Virginia state Sen. Jennifer McClellan’s gubernatorial campaign announced Friday it has raised $275,000 in her first week as a candidate for next year's Democratic primary. The haul puts McClellan in a strong position for what's likely to be a crowded Democratic field with potential candidates like former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, state Attorney General Mark Herring and Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney. Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy (D), the only other Democrat to announce her candidacy thus far, has not disclosed initial fundraising totals. Foy’s political action committee, the Virginia for Everyone PAC, had $36,395 cash on hand as of March 31, according to the Virginia Public Access Project. McClellan’s PAC, Virginia United PAC, had $67,405 cash on hand....
    On Wednesday, California Democrats voted to reverse the state’s ban on racial preferences, reinstating affirmative action and de-facto racial discrimination by ratifying Assembly Constitutional Amendment 5 (ACA5). The measure, which “would reintroduce racial preferences for who gets a state job or contract, or who is admitted to a state university,” as The Wall Street Journal editorial board puts it, will be on Californians’ ballots come November. If it passes, the state’s 24-year old ban on affirmative action will be reversed. The amendment was ratified in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a black man who died last month after a troubling arrest captured on viral video. The officer at the center of the arrest, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with second-degree...
    Democratic Senator Joe Manchin was one of three senators in his caucus — along with Alabama Senator Doug Jones, also a Democrat, and Senator Angus King, independent from Maine — who voted in favor of debating a Republican police reform bill this week. Most Democrats voted against moving forward, arguing that the measure did not go far enough to address police brutality. But Manchin believed he wouldn't be able to explain a decision not to advance the measure to his constituents back in West Virginia.  "As a Democrat we have to understand we're not in the majority in the Senate," Manchin said in an interview with CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent Major Garrett for this week's episode of "The Takeout" podcast....
    Sen. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonCruz urges Trump to support Israeli annexation Protesters try to bring down statue of Andrew Jackson near White House Roberts sparks backlash from conservative senators with DACA ruling MORE (R-Ark.) issued stinging criticism aimed at local Washington, D.C. city officials on Thursday during a speech opposing the District of Columbia's bid for statehood. The Arkansas Republican questioned the leadership of Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) and former Mayor Marion Barry (D), who died in 2014, during a speech on the Senate floor. "Would you trust Mayor Bowser to keep Washington safe if she were given the powers of a governor? Would you trust Marion Barry?" Cotton asked. Bowser's office did not immediately respond to a request for...
    (CBS4) – A landmark public land and conservation bill, sponsored by Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, could be on President Trump’s desk by August. The Great American Outdoors Act passed the Senate last week and the House is expected to take it up before its summer recess. “I’m proud to have worked closely with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass this historic conservation bill,” Sen. Cory Gardner (R) said. Photo of Gunnison river taken by Paul Chenault of Hotchkiss. The bipartisan bill is hailed as the most significant conservation bill in more than 50 years. It permanently authorizes the Land and Water Conservation fund and guarantees the $900 Million the fund is allocated per year; a first...
    (CNN)John Thune, despite being the second-ranking Republican in the Senate, keeps a pretty low profile nationally.So when the South Dakota senator says something -- especially about President Donald Trump -- he's worth listening to.Which brings me to a comment Thune made to CNN's Ali Zaslav on Wednesday in response to a question about Trump's sinking poll numbers. (Bolding is mine.)"You know these polls are a snapshot in time, and the electorate, as we know, can be very fluid," said Thune. "But I do think it's a message that, you know, there needs to be certainly a change in probably strategy as far as the White House's messaging is concerned."Thune is 100% correct -- at least if Trump's goal is to...
    A WISCONSIN state senator was brutally attacked by protesters outside of the State Capitol building on Tuesday night — and was left with a bruised body and possibly a concussion. Tim Carpenter, a 60-year-old Democratic state senator, said he was assaulted after he took a cellphone video of protesters during a night of violent demonstrations. 7 Democratic Wisconsin state senator is seen here after collapsing on Tuesday nightCredit: wkow 7 Carpenter seen after getting assaulted by a 'mob' of protestersCredit: wkow Per a video he posted on Twitter on Wednesday, Carpenter appeared to be filming protesters who suddenly run up to him and demand he stop recording. “I took this pic- it got me assaulted & beat up. Punched/kicked in...
    Wisconsin protesters toppled statues, vandalized buildings and are accused of assaulting a Democratic state senator on video at the State Capitol Tuesday night after daylong protests turned violent. Both Gov. Tony Evers and Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway condemned the violence and destruction Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for the protest group issued a list of demands. PROTESTERS ATTACK STATE SENATOR IN CHAOTIC NIGHT AT CAPITOL: REPORT The violence began after a group of 200 to 300 protesters marched through downtown Madison, initially blocking intersections and obstructing driveways, Madison Police Department said in an incident report. The situation escalated when the group reached the State Capitol grounds. Statues of Lady Forward, and Col. Hans Christian Heg, who fought and died during the Civil War on the...
    Republican Sen. Martha McSally of Arizona proposed a generous tax credit to incentivize Americans to travel within the United States as a way to boost the tourism and hospitality industries that have been suffering since the COVID-19 outbreak began, Fox News reported. What's the plan? McSally proposed the American Tax Rebate and Incentive Program Act, also referred to as the American TRIP Act. The bill would amend the Internal Revenue Service code to create a tax break of up to $4,000 for individuals or $8,000 for joint filers for eligible expenses related to personal domestic travel. The bill would also allow for an additional $500 tax credit per dependent child. Eligible expenses include food and beverages, lodging, transportation,...
    Crowds outside the Wisconsin State Capitol tore down two statues, attacked a state senator and threw a Molotov cocktail into a government building amid protests following the arrest of a Black man who shouted at restaurant customers through a megaphone while carrying a baseball bat. Officers inside the Capitol used pepper spray to repel protesters who were trying to gain entry into the historic center of state government, Madison police said. Gov. Tony Evers on Wednesday said he was prepared to activate the Wisconsin National Guard to protect state properties. “What happened in Madison last night presented a stark contrast from the peaceful protests we have seen across our state in recent weeks, including significant damage to state property," Evers...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Crowds outside the Wisconsin State Capitol tore down two statues, attacked a state senator, threw a Molotov cocktail into a government building and unsuccessfully tried to break into the Capitol building amid protests following the arrest of a Black man who shouted at restaurant customers through a megaphone while carrying a baseball bat. Police officers inside the Capitol used pepper spray against protesters who were trying to gain entry into the historic center of state government, successfully repelling them, Madison police said. Gov. Tony Evers on Wednesday said he was prepared to activate the Wisconsin National Guard to protect state properties in the wake of the violence. “What happened in Madison last night presented a stark...
    A Republican senator has proposed a $4,000 tax incentive for Americans to go on vacation in a bid to reboot the tourism sector after the coronavirus pandemic.    Martha McSally's bill - the American Tax Rebate and Incentive Program Act, or American TRIP Act - would also offer an $8,000 deduction for couples and an additional $500 per child.   The credit would cover expenses on food, hotels, transportation and entertainment through the end of 2021 - but only for vacations that are within the United States and at least 50 miles from home.   The Arizona senator said the tourism sector in her state was suffering a 35 per cent unemployment rate because of the economic standstill caused by the pandemic. ...
    A night of unrest in Madison, Wisconsin, left two statues destroyed, windows smashed and a Democratic state senator hospitalized after he was attacked by a group of protesters near the state Capitol. State Sen. Tim Carpenter said he had been heading into work late Tuesday when he stopped to take a video of protesters gathered outside the Capitol. ‘I don’t know what happened … all I did was stop and take a picture … and the next thing I’m getting five-six punches, getting kicked in the head,’ Carpenter, 60, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Video footage captured by the senator shows hundreds of protesters chanting in the street, before two white female activists break from the pack and charge towards...
    A Democratic state senator in Wisconsin said he was assaulted by protesters and “kicked in the head” on Tuesday night when he filmed a contentious demonstration outside the state Capitol. State Sen. Tim Carpenter (D) said he was heading to the Capitol to work late when he stopped to snap a photo of protesters who suddenly confronted him.  “Punched/kicked in the head, neck, ribs. Maybe concussion, socked in left eye is little blurry, sore neck & ribs,” he wrote on Twitter. The lawmaker's tweet was in response to an image from WKOW reporter Lance Veeser who shared a picture of a man identified as Carpenter lying in shrubs. “We called paramedics. An ambulance is here now,” Vesser wrote. In the...
    Violent rioters in Wisconsin reportedly attacked an openly gay Democrat state senator on Tuesday night as they engaged in the destruction of property outside the Wisconsin State Capitol. The riots reportedly began after an African-American man was arrested earlier in the day after he entered a restaurant shouting at people while on a megaphone and carrying a baseball bat. “During the melee late Tuesday, Democratic state Sen. Tim Carpenter was assaulted after taking a photo of protesters,” USA Today reported. “Protesters, chanting for the release of the man who’d been arrested earlier, also broke glass at the Tommy Thompson Center on West Washington Avenue and smashed windows at the Dane County Jail and at the state Capitol before police arrived...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Crowds outside the Wisconsin State Capitol tore down two statues and attacked a state senator amid protests following the arrest of a Black man who was at a restaurant with a megaphone and a baseball bat. Video released by the Madison Police Department shows the man talking through the megaphone Tuesday while walking near the restaurant’s outdoor patio. He goes inside and says he’s “disturbing” the restaurant. The unrest followed weeks of mostly peaceful protests of the death of George Floyd, who died on May 25 in Minneapolis after a white police officer used his knee to pin down the handcuffed Black man’s neck even after Floyd stopped moving. Late Tuesday in Madison, Democratic state Sen....
              Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed Tennessee state Senator Kerry Roberts (R-Springfield). During the third hour, Roberts weighed in on the recent Fetal Heartbeat Bill surprisingly passed at midnight in the Tennessee General Assembly this week. Roberts discussed the issues with the constitutionality of the COVID-19 Liability bill which would hold businesses harmless should anyone contract the virus after a visit to their establishment. Leahy: We are joined by our good friend state Senator Kerry Roberts. Good morning Kerry. Roberts: Good morning. How are you...
    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY)  trashed Senator Tim Scott’s (R-SC) policing bill  as “deeply flawed and not salvageable” in a tweet in which he also posted a joint letter with Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), blasting the legislation.  The trio’s letter, addressed to Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), suggested the reform bill was a non-starter that was “so threadbare and lacking in substance that it does not even provide a proper baseline for negotiations.” Scott announced the legislation last week along with six other GOP Senators, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). In  a press release, Scott, who is black, argued that “action must be taken to rebuild lost trust between communities of color...
    When she first applied, they wrote “n ….” in her garden. Upon arriving at Congress, he had to disconnect his phone because the calls he received made his collaborators cry. Even when he entered the Senate, Washington was another place where the police stopped him. Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina has always been reluctant to talk about race, but now he can no longer help it and tries to make his Republican Party understand what it is to be an African American who sees the lights from the rearview mirror. policeman. In an interview with the Associated Press Scott said that the police stopped him “more than 18 times.” “I tell myself how blessed and fortunate I am to...
    A politically embattled Republican senator wants to send the public on vacation on the government’s dime in an effort to spur domestic spending. Arizona Republican Sen. Martha McSally, on Monday, introduced the American TRIP Act, which would give U.S. taxpayers $4,000 each in vacation tax credits for costs such as lodging, entertainment, flights, food, and more. Couples would receive $8,000 plus $500 per child. McSally is in a difficult reelection battle against Democrat Mark Kelly, who leads her in a RealClearPolitics poll average by 10 percentage points. “The tourism and hospitality industries were among the hardest hit sectors across the country, and their revival is critical to our economic recovery,” McSally said in a statement. “My legislation will...
    Sen. Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsDems request watchdog probe use of federal law enforcement in DC during Floyd protests Bipartisan bill introduced to provide 0B in relief for restaurants Schumer faces tough choice on police reform MORE (D-Del.), a close ally and friend of former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump seeks to rally base with immigration full-court press Trump says Obama may have committed treason Poll: Biden leads Trump by more than 20 points on race and policing MORE, expressed openness in an interview with Politico Monday to ending the use of the filibuster in the Senate if Biden is elected president, despite expressing skepticism about such a step in 2019. Even if the Democrats retake the majority in the...
    Republican Indiana Sen. Mike Braun will unveil legislation Tuesday to scale back qualified immunity for police, making him the first Republican Senator to do so.  Braun’s bill will tackle the controversial qualified immunity doctrine, which renders officers immune from civil suits unless the officer violates a “clearly established” right that a “reasonable officer” who was on the scene would have known. (RELATED: Majority Of Voters Support Major Police Reforms, But Not ‘Defund The Police,’ Poll Shows) A lone Republican senator, Mike Braun (R-Ind.), will today unveil a new bill to reform qualified immunity for law enforcement. https://t.co/BVIIqCkTmj — Senator Mike Braun (@SenatorBraun) June 23, 2020 Under the senator’s Reforming Qualified Immunity Act, officials would only be allowed to claim...
    While many argue that social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter need to do a better job of policing content posted by President Donald Trump and his allies, Trump supporters have a very different view. They claim that those outlets are discriminating against Republicans and violating the First Amendment protections. Far-right Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia made such claims during a recent appearance on Fox News — and a well-known conservative journalist, David A. French, is schooling her on what the First Amendment actually does. Loeffler told Fox News: “It’s very clear that there needs to be strong action, and that’s what I’m taking. I’m taking strong action to protect the 1st Amendment — the freedom of speech for all...
    On Thursday, as part of her effort to “appropriately observe Juneteenth” on Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered the removal of portraits in the Capitol of House Speakers who had served in the Confederacy. Actor James Woods, whose disdain for Pelosi has been on display many times before, fired a salient question at her, tweeting, “How about your buddy, KKK leader Robert Byrd?” How about your buddy, KKK leader Robert Byrd? https://t.co/8DmX8YVyOX — James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) June 18, 2020 Byrd, the longest serving senator and member of Congress in U.S. history, served as Senate Majority Leader between January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1989and Senate Minority Leader between January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1987. Once a member of the KKK, he wrote...