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Democratic senator blocks 1,123 military promotions over impeachment witness

Yahoo News - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 12:07

Democratic senator blocks 1,123 military promotions over impeachment witnessLieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, who was an expert of Ukraine at the National Security Council, is expected to be promoted to full colonel.


Duckworth threatens to block military nominees unless impeachment witness Vindman gets promotion

Yahoo News - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 11:58

Duckworth threatens to block military nominees unless impeachment witness Vindman gets promotionDuckworth said her blockade on senior nominees would exempt Army Gen. Gustave Perna, nominated to lead the effort to develop a coronavirus vaccine.


‘Horrific’: Dozens of Neighbors Sign Letter Calling Out St. Louis Gun Couple

Yahoo News - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 11:45

 Dozens of Neighbors Sign Letter Calling Out St. Louis Gun CoupleDozens of residents of a St. Louis neighborhood have signed a letter condemning the actions of the couple who brandished guns at Black Lives Matter marchers on Sunday.Mark and Patricia McCloskey, a pair of personal injury attorneys, made headlines this week after they were filmed waving weapons at Black Lives Matter activists who walked in their gated neighborhood en route to a protest at the mayor’s home nearby. Residents of an adjoining gated neighborhood say the couple doesn’t represent the area.The nearly three-dozen signers live on Westmoreland Place. That street and the adjoining Portland Place, where the McCloskeys live, make up a historic gated district in St. Louis’s Central West End.“From many walks of life, people choose to make this neighborhood home for many reasons, including the sincerity, empathy, and neighborliness exhibited by the vast majority of those who live here,” the open letter reads.Neighbors From Hell? The Insane Drama Behind the Gun-Toting St. Louis Lawyer Couple“Some of us choose to speak up following the horrific event that transpired on Sunday evening near our homes. As the undersigned, we condemn the behavior of anyone who uses threats of violence, especially through the brandishing of firearms to disrupt peaceful protest, whether it be in this neighborhood or anywhere in the United States.”Tim Noonan, a Westmoreland Place resident and a signer of the letter, told The Daily Beast he was shocked by Sunday’s confrontation. “I think we, as a group, were absolutely horrified,” he said. “It didn’t speak to the types of values and the approach to building a civil society that we believe in, even from a common-sense view.”The McCloskeys could not immediately be reached for comment. In a a statement to The Daily Beast, the couple's lawyer Al Watkins called the neighbors' letter "disingenuous," citing the gated enclave's private security.Noonan said the community was close-knit, and that after the incident, neighbors began to sound off on the email networks that are more typically used for communicating about trash pickup and Halloween parties.“Peaceful protest should not be met with threat of violence,” Noonan said. “From what we can discern—and of course there are many more facts that need to be put on the table—it was a protest. Even in conditions of civil disobedience, it shouldn’t be met with violence.”The McCloskeys contend that they came outside with guns because they feared the marchers would kill them and their dog and set their mansion on fire. (Footage of the protest shows activists encouraging the crowd to move along, away from the armed couple.) The McCloskeys also noted that the protesters were trespassing on the gated street. Although marchers in the video contested that fact, shouting that they were walking on public sidewalks, the Portland Place couple was correct that local law designates the street as private.Nevertheless, Noonan said, trespassing is not necessarily grounds to draw a gun.“We don’t condone trespassing,” he said, noting that the neighborhood bylaws had specific language about unauthorized entries. “But if that happens in the form of civil disobedience, it cannot ever be met by threat of violence.”This story was updated to include comment from the McCloskeys' lawyer.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


Black cops say discrimination, nepotism behind U.S. police race gap

Yahoo News - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 11:27

Black cops say discrimination, nepotism behind U.S. police race gapThomas Boone has spent 22 years as a police officer in Prince George's County, Maryland, a predominantly Black suburb of Washington, proudly wearing his uniform and driving his patrol car to coach kids' football and basketball teams. "When we go to the grocery store in town, we have to get stopped to be asked, 'Why do you all do this to us?'", said Boone, a lieutenant. Floyd's killing by a white policeman in May has triggered fresh scrutiny of police brutality against African Americans.


Miami-Dade police announce investigation after footage of officer striking Black woman in Miami airport emerges on Twitter

Yahoo News - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 11:22

Miami-Dade police announce investigation after footage of officer striking Black woman in Miami airport emerges on TwitterThe Miami police director ordered an investigation on Wednesday night after a video on social media showed an officer punching a woman at the airport.


FBI tracked Ghislaine Maxwell as she ‘slithered away’ to luxury New Hampshire property

Yahoo News - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 11:00

FBI tracked Ghislaine Maxwell as she ‘slithered away’ to luxury New Hampshire propertyGhislaine Maxwell was being “discreetly” tracked by federal law enforcement as they collected the evidence needed to finally bring charges against her, it has been revealed.Maxwell, the 58-year-old former girlfriend of late accused sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested on Thursday and charged with multiple crimes in relation to the investigation into Epstein’s alleged abuse of minors.


Watch Florida police laugh after shooting protesters with rubber bullets

Yahoo News - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 10:53

Watch Florida police laugh after shooting protesters with rubber bulletsThe department said it is conducting a review of 8,000 minutes of body camera footage, but it is defending the officers involved in the video, first published by the Miami Herald.


Terrifying: Why France Once Pointed Its Nuclear Weapons at Germany

Yahoo News - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 10:53

 Why France Once Pointed Its Nuclear Weapons at GermanyAny Soviet invasion route would have gone through Germany.


US tries to seize Iranian gas heading toward Venezuela

Yahoo News - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 10:46

US tries to seize Iranian gas heading toward VenezuelaU.S. federal prosecutors are seeking to seize four tankers sailing toward Venezuela with gasoline supplied by Iran, the latest attempt to disrupt ever-closer trade ties between the two heavily sanctioned anti-American allies. The civil-forfeiture complaint filed late Wednesday in the District of Columbia federal court alleges that the sale was arranged by a businessman, Mahmoud Madanipour, with ties to Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization. “The profits from these activities support the IRGC’s full range of nefarious activities, including the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery, support for terrorism, and a variety of human rights abuses, at home and abroad,” prosecutor Zia Faruqui alleges in the complaint.


Florida Sheriff Says He Would "Deputize" Gun Owners If Protests Erupt

Yahoo News - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 10:42

A Florida sheriff said he would “deputize … every lawful gun owner in the county” if protests took place in the area. In a video posted on June 30, he said these “special deputies” would “stand in the gap between lawlessness and civility.”

Sheriff Darryl Daniels added: “If you threaten to come to Clay County and think that for one second that we’ll bend our backs for you, you’re sadly mistaken.”

In the video, posted to Facebook, he said, “We’ll protect your constitutional rights as long as you remain under the umbrella of peaceful protest.”

He concluded: “If we can’t handle you … I’ll exercise the power and authority as the sheriff and I’ll make special deputies of every lawful gun owner in this county, and I’ll deputize them to this one purpose: to stand in the gap between lawlessness and civility.” Credit: Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Florida via Storyful


Yes, Iran Has a (Fake) Stealth Fighter

Yahoo News - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 10:34

Yes, Iran Has a (Fake) Stealth FighterA terrible fake.


Feds Arrest ‘Ringleader’ in Attempt to Topple Andrew Jackson Statue Near White House

Yahoo News - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 10:07

Feds Arrest ‘Ringleader’ in Attempt to Topple Andrew Jackson Statue Near White HouseFederal authorities on Thursday reportedly arrested a male suspect they say was the "ringleader" of an effort to destroy a statue of Andrew Jackson near the White House.Jason Carter, whom authorities said is connected to the loose knit anarchist group Antifa, was arrested Thursday morning at his home and charged with destruction of federal property, Fox News first reported. Carter allegedly led the June 22 effort to topple the statue in Washington D.C.’s Lafayette Square near the White House, which protesters said they attacked because Jackson owned slaves and because of his treatment of Native Americans.“They were very organized,” an unidentified federal law enforcement official told Fox News. “Carter was on top of the statue and directing people.""They had acid, chisels, straps and a human chain preventing police from getting to the statue,” the official said.The Justice Department on Saturday announced that four other men face felony destruction of federal property charges for their roles in attacking the statue. According to the department, the four were caught in video footage attempting to pull the statue to the ground.President Trump on Friday signed an executive order to protect American monuments, memorials, and statues in the wake of recent attacks on several monuments of historical figures in cities around the country.“Long prison terms for these lawless acts against our Great Country,” Trump wrote in a tweet announcing the order.At least a dozen other monuments to historical figures have also been targeted, including several Christopher Columbus statues. Statues of Columbus were attacked in recent weeks in Virginia, Massachusetts, and Minnesota as protests continue against racism and police brutality in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis.


Black couple outraged after neighbor calls police on them

Yahoo News - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 10:07

Black couple outraged after neighbor calls police on them
      A Black couple from New Jersey is speaking out about a confrontation with their neighbor that led to police being called.


New York City Schools Preparing For ‘Maximum Number’ Of Students To Return In September, Mayor Says

Yahoo News - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 10:06

New York City Schools Preparing For ‘Maximum Number’ Of Students To Return In September, Mayor SaysMayor Bill de Blasio cited a Department of Education survey that collected responses from more than 450,000 families. He said 75% supported returning to school in the fall.


Lindsey Graham Uses Benghazi to Defend Trump on Russian Bounties

Yahoo News - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 09:49

Lindsey Graham Uses Benghazi to Defend Trump on Russian BountiesSenator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was among the loudest Republican voices in Congress screaming about the attack on U.S. diplomats in Benghazi, Libya back in 2012. But he apparently has no problem with President Donald Trump’s decision to ignore intelligence about Russian bounties on American soldiers in Afghanistan. In fact, during a Thursday morning appearance on Fox & Friends, Graham actually used the Benghazi attack to defend Trump and accuse his Democratic colleagues of hypocrisy.After co-host Brian Kilmeade quoted Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA), who accused Trump of committing “treason,” Graham fired back by asking: “Where were all these Democrats when Benghazi was on fire, when they were calling for help from the consulate? The president of the United States Obama was briefed and went to bed and never called anybody for a day and a half while our people were being slaughtered in Benghazi. Where was the outrage then?!” Graham went on to say that in his view the “conflicting intelligence” in this case “does not justify a nation stage conflict with Russia.” He also defended Trump’s apparent lack of knowledge about the bounties by saying, “You don’t tell the president of the United States everything you would tell a second lieutenant!” Co-host Steve Doocy then gave Graham an assist by adding, “It should surprise anybody that it’s a big story in The New York Times. I mean, that’s what they do! They come up with these big stories to make Donald Trump look bad.” “And it’s all B.S.,” Graham replied. “He wasn’t briefed. And there was no consensus.” While Trump may not have been verbally briefing about the bounties, the intelligence was reportedly in his Presidential Daily Briefing, which he apparently declined to read. Despite this, Graham said Trump has an “unwavering desire and commitment to protecting our troops on the ground.” Fox & Friends ended its interview with Graham by asking about his recent golf outing with Trump. “Who won?” Doocy inquired.“I’ve never seen him play this well,” Graham said with a straight face as the co-hosts giggled. “I mean, he’s got more on his shoulders—I’m hoping, OK, he’s a little distracted. He beat me like a drum.” Jake Tapper Exposes Pompeo, Graham and Giuliani’s ‘Stunning’ HypocrisyRead more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


Priest sues to stop federal execution over coronavirus risk

Yahoo News - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 09:07

Priest sues to stop federal execution over coronavirus riskA Zen Buddhist priest, who is a spiritual adviser to one of three federal death row inmates scheduled to be executed this month, filed a lawsuit Thursday arguing the Bureau of Prisons is putting him at risk for the coronavirus by moving forward with executions during a nationwide pandemic. Dale Hartkemeyer, who goes by the religious name Seigen, argues that he would be putting his life at risk if the federal government proceeds to execute Wesley Ira Purkey, as scheduled on July 15, because of his prior medical conditions including respiratory issues. The 68-year-old is asking a federal judge to delay Purkey’s execution until a coronavirus vaccine is available or there’s a widespread effective treatment.


Amazon fires at 13-year high for June

Yahoo News - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 09:05

Amazon fires at 13-year high for JuneThis early peak indicates a potentially devastating dry season ahead - perhaps even worse than 2019.


He consulted experts when COVID-19 hit. Now, his state is reopening as others shut down.

Yahoo News - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 08:58

He consulted experts when COVID-19 hit. Now, his state is reopening as others shut down.Gov. Phil Murphy was faced with thousands of COVID-19 cases in April — but these days he is cautiously optimistic.


WHO Quietly Changes COVID Timeline following Republican Questioning

Yahoo News - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 08:43

WHO Quietly Changes COVID Timeline following Republican QuestioningThe World Health Organization quietly changed its timeline of the coronavirus pandemic’s first days on Tuesday, clarifying that the Chinese Communist Party never informed the organization of the pandemic on December 31, despite previous claims to the contrary.In the new timeline, which the WHO says has been updated “in light of evolving events and new information,” the organization reveals that its Chinese Office “picked up” an online statement — which has since been deleted — made by the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission describing cases of “viral pneumonia.” The WHO says it also received open-source intelligence suggesting there was “pneumonia of unknown cause” in Wuhan.The additions clarify the WHO’s previous timeline, which simply stated that on December 31, “Wuhan Municipal Health Commission, China, reported a cluster of cases of pneumonia in Wuhan” — implying the report was made to the WHO. In its initial report on the outbreak, the WHO said its China office “was informed” of the unknown pneumonia cases, without clarifying that the information was not provided by the Chinese Communist Party.The lack of clarity led multiple outlets — including Axios, the Washington Post, and the BBC — to report that Chinese authorities told the WHO’s China office about the outbreak on December 31. But an interim report released last month by Republicans on the House Foreign Affairs Committee scrutinized that claim, and argued the CCP never actually told the WHO about the outbreak.“I’m glad to see the WHO and the Chinese Communist Party have both read my interim report on the origins of the pandemic and are finally admitting to the world the truth — the CCP never reported the virus outbreak to the WHO in violation of WHO regulations,” HFAC Lead Republican and China Task Force Chairman Michael McCaul (R., Texas) told National Review. “The question now is whether the CCP will continue their false propaganda campaign that continues to claim they warned the world, or whether they will come clean and begin to work with the world health community to get to the bottom of this deadly pandemic.”The WHO did not respond to a request for comment.McCaul, along with China Task Force member Jim Banks (R., Ind.), have argued that China violated the WHO’s International Health Regulations by failing to be transparent about the origins of the pandemic.


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