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NY Gov. Cuomo Sexually Harassed Multiple Women In Violation Of State And Federal Law

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https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2021/08/03/attorney-general-letitia-james-says-investigation-finds-cuomo-sexually-harassed-multiple-women/

>A new report from New York Attorney General Letitia James finds Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women.

>“The independent investigation has concluded Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, and in doing so violated federal and state law,” James said.

>The report finds the executive chamber was a hostile work environment and 11 allegations of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior leveled against the governor are credible.

>Investigators say that Cuomo engaged in “repeated physical violations” of women, groped an assistant, and allegedly had unwelcome contact with a female state trooper.

>Cuomo also repeatedly made “offensive and gender-based” comments to staffers and employees.

>James said the investigation has concluded, and the allegations are “civil in nature,” though prosecutors are welcome to review the report and make their own decisions about possible criminal charges.

>James said next steps are up to Cuomo, the Assembly, and the public – but the investigation into sexual harassment by the New York Attorney General’s office is over.

>“The report speaks for itself,” James said. “The governor violated state and federal laws.”

>As to the allegations from the 11 accusers against Cuomo, “I believe them,” James said.

>A separate investigation into the governor’s book deal remains open.
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Hear the Profanity-Laced Voicemail that DC Officer Michael Fanone got from a Trump Supporter

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https://www.businessinsider.com/michael-fanone-plays-explicit-voicemail-during-january-6-testimony-2021-7

AUDIO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=259xvOj141o

A police officer in Washington, DC, received an explicit and threatening voicemail from a supporter of former President Donald Trump as he testified before Congress' January 6 commission.

In his testimony on Tuesday, Michael Fanone said Capitol rioters had beaten him unconscious and nearly killed him, Insider's Eliza Relman reported.

Later, in an interview with CNN's Don Lemon, Fanone played a voicemail that he said someone had left while he was testifying.

It contained racist language and homophobic slurs and accused Fanone of acting. It repeated Trump's false claims that the presidential election was stolen, and it threatened violence against Fanone and other officers.

The caller said:

>"Yeah, this is for Michael Fanone, Metropolitan Police officer. You're on trial right now, lying. You want an Emmy? An Oscar? What are you trying to go for here? You're so full of shit, you little faggot fucker. You're a little pussy, man. I could slap you up the side of your head with a backhand and knock you out, you little faggot.

>"You're a punk faggot. You're a lying fuck. How about all that scummy Black fucking scum for two years destroying our cities and burning 'em and stealing all that shit out of the stores and everything? How about that? Assaulting cops and killing people? How about that, you fucker?

>"That was shit on the goddamn Capitol. I wish they would have killed all you scumbags, 'cause you people are scum. They stole the election from Trump and you know that, you scumbag. And fucking too bad they didn't beat the shit out of you more. You're a piece of shit. You're a little fag. You fucking scumbag."

He asked Fanone: "What do you say to that? What do you want people to know? And that idiot?"

"I mean, unfortunately I've come to expect this type of response," Fanone replied.
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Biden raises eyebrows with claim he 'used to drive' 18-wheeler truck

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Forty-eight-year political veteran President Biden raised eyebrows on Wednesday when he claimed to have driven an 18-wheeler truck — a claim the White House struggled to defend.

Biden was visiting a Mack Truck facility in Pennsylvania when he made the claim to have driven the massive trucks before, which require a special kind of license.

"I used to drive an 18-wheeler, man," Biden said on Wednesday in a video posted to Twitter. "I got to."

There is scant evidence that Biden has ever driven an 18-wheeler truck.

When asked if the president had ever driven such a truck, a White House spokesperson pointed to a December 1973 article from the Wilmington Evening Journal that showed Biden rode in an 18-wheeler on a 536-mile haul to Ohio.

Fox News pressed the spokesperson about the president’s claim – noting that riding in a truck is not the same as driving one – at which point the president's spokesperson pointed to a United Federation of Teachers post that touched on Biden driving a school bus in the past as a summer job.

The majority of school buses, on average, "have two axles, with the bigger models having two wheels on the front axle and four wheels on the dual axle, for a total of six wheels," according to SchoolBusFleet.com.

Fox News pressed again about the president’s claim, pointing out that a school bus is not the same as an 18-wheeler truck, but did not receive a response by publishing time.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-claims-driven-18-wheeler
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Oregon GOP state lawmaker who held doors for protesters

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pleads guilty, insists he did nothing wrong

https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/565204-oregon-republican-who-held-open-doors-to-protesters-pleads-guilty

Oregon state Rep. Mike Nearman (R), who in December held open doors for right-wing protesters storming the state's Capitol building, on Tuesday said that though he pleaded guilty to charges he faced as a result of that day, he does not believe that he did anything wrong.

Nearman, 57, made his remarks during an interview with conservative talk show host Lars Larson following his sentencing.

“I don’t think I committed a crime, and I don’t think I did anything wrong,” Nearman said.

Footage of Nearman opening a door to the building and allowing multiple protesters, some whom were armed with pepper spray and rifles, was obtained by the Oregonian in December. As the video circulated, several of Nearman's colleagues and community members called for him to resign and be billed for the damage caused.

The Republican lawmaker was charged with two misdemeanors, first-degree official misconduct and second-degree criminal trespass, in May.

On Tuesday, Nearman pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charges and was sentenced by a Marion County judge to complete 80 hours of community service and pay $2,900 in fines. He was also banned from entering the Oregon Capitol building for 18 months, according to The Washington Post.

He said that he took the plea deal in order to bypass incurring additional legal fees.

“The legal bills were stacking up,” he told Larson. “It made more sense to pay and do a little community service rather than pay twenty or thirty thousand more to attorneys.”

Nearman also told Marion County Circuit Judge Cheryl Pellegrini on Tuesday that he did not know at the time of the December incident that protesters would do damage.
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3 Far Right Wing Republican states now account for 40% of all Trump Virus Cases in the United States

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https://www.yahoo.com/news/florida-missouri-and-texas-now-account-for-40-percent-of-new-us-coronavirus-cases-172032337.html

WASHINGTON — Just three states are now driving the pandemic in the United States, as the divide between vaccinated and unvaccinated regions of the country becomes ever more stark, as the more transmissible Delta variant of the coronavirus spreads.

Forty percent of all new cases this week have been recorded in Florida, Texas and Missouri, White House pandemic response coordinator Jeff Zients revealed at a press briefing Thursday.

Florida alone accounts for 20 percent of all new cases nationally, Zients pointed out, a trend that has stretched into its second week.

Zients added that “virtually all” hospitalizations and deaths — a full 97 percent — are among unvaccinated people. “The threat is now predominantly only to the unvaccinated,” he said. A few vaccinated people do experience so-called breakthrough infections, but they tend to experience only mild COVID-19 illness, or no illness at all.

Encouragingly, Zients said the five states that have experienced the most significant rise in infections — Arkansas, Louisiana, Florida, Nevada and Missouri — all also saw vaccination rates beat the national average for a second week in a row. But because immunity takes two weeks to develop, and the Delta variant spreads so rapidly, the benefits of the increased uptake of vaccinations may not be evident right away.

Singling out the three states where infections are now spiking could have the effect of putting pressure on elected officials there to do more to encourage vaccinations.

Florida’s governor, Ron DeSantis, is a Donald Trump loyalist who is widely expected to seek the presidency in 2024. His handling of the pandemic is coming under new scrutiny with the recent rise in cases.
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Obama to hold Super Spreader Event

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Former President Obama is reportedly planning a party on Martha’s Vineyard for dozens of guests to celebrate his 60th birthday – and presumably also for the backlash he’s getting for having a mass gathering during the summer COVID-19 outbreak.

Obama and his family have in recent summers spent time on the island off of the Massachusetts coast and in 2019 bought a $11.75 million home in the Edgartown section.

Guests will reportedly be asked to take a coronavirus test and be vaccinated ahead of the event.

"Will the media cover this as the next big super-spreader event?" tweeted Brent Bozell, founder of the Media Research Center.

The recent spike in COVID-19 cases, attributed to the emergence in the U.S. of the high-contagious delta variant and roughly 50% of the population being unvaccinated, has resulted in numerous orders across the country for residents to again start wearing a mask, though essentially indoors. Among those reportedly being invited are Hollywood stars Oprah Winfrey and George Clooney, and the 90’s grunge band Pearl Jam has also reportedly been asked to perform.


https://whdh.com/news/obama-to-hold-60th-birthday-bash-on-marthas-vineyard/

https://news.yahoo.com/obama-lightfoot-bowser-democrats-ignore-163700354.html

https://www.masslive.com/coronavirus/2021/08/former-president-barack-obama-to-hold-outdoor-60th-birthday-party-on-marthas-vineyard-as-mass-nation-grapple-with-covid-delta-variant.html

https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/coronavirus/obama-hold-60th-birthday-bash-vineyard-amid-covid-outbreak-dozens#article
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Democrat Division Continues Over Eviction Moratorium

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Infighting is running rampant within the Democrat Party as members struggle to unify under Joe Biden. Over the weekend, progressive Democrats began attacking their own colleagues as the nationwide eviction moratorium expired Saturday. Democrat division has prevented the House from extending the measure.

Several Democrat lawmakers, including congressman Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), accused members of their own party of privately trying to kill the bill because of their connections to special interests. The California lawmaker asserted that there’s more than frustration; there’s outrage.

“Some Democrats privately have tried to kill this bill because of special interest of relators and other groups,” stated Khanna. “And it’s unconscionable that we don’t have a vote on the House floor, that we’re protecting some members behind closed doors and aren’t being transparent. It’s just wrong.”

These accusations of backdoor corruption by the Democrats come as the National Association of Realtors lobbied just last week against extending the eviction moratorium.

https://twitter.com/TheWeekMSNBC/status/1421264446496944132

https://www.oann.com/democrat-division-continues-over-eviction-moratorium/
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An Activist Who Helped Persecuted Belarusians Flee The Country

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Is Found Hanged

https://www.npr.org/2021/08/03/1024199180/belarus-activist-dead-ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine — A Belarusian activist who ran a group in Ukraine helping Belarusians fleeing persecution was found dead in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, local police said Tuesday.

Vitaly Shishov, leader of the Kyiv-based Belarusian House in Ukraine, was found hanged in one of the city's parks not far from his home, police said in a statement.

A probe has been launched, with police investigating whether it was a suicide or a murder made to look like suicide, head of Ukraine's National Police Igor Klymenko told reporters on Tuesday.

The Belarusian House in Ukraine reported Monday that Shishov had gone missing during a morning run. The Belarusian human rights center Viasna cited Shishov's friends as saying that he has recently been followed by strangers during his runs.

The Belarusian House in Ukraine helps Belarusians fleeing persecution with their legal status in Ukraine, accommodation and employment.

There have been protests against the authoritarian leader of Belarus since last year
In Belarus in recent weeks, authorities have ramped up the pressure against non-governmental organizations and independent media, conducting more than 200 raids of offices and apartments of activists and journalists in July alone, and detaining dozens of people.

Authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko has vowed to continue what he called a "mopping-up operation" against civil society activists whom he has denounced as "bandits and foreign agents."

Lukashenko faced months of protests triggered by his being awarded a sixth term in an August 2020 vote that the opposition and the West saw as rigged. He responded to demonstrations with a massive crackdown that saw more than 35,000 people arrested and thousands beaten by police.

Sandy hook lawyer says lawsuit is to financially ban guns

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https://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Remington-Arms-Co-offers-millions-to-settle-16344515.php
>“Since this case was filed in 2014, the families’ focus has been on preventing the next Sandy Hook. An important part of that goal has been showing banks and insurers that companies that sell assault weapons to civilians are fraught with financial risk,” said Josh Koskoff, an attorney for the families, in a statement.
Just proving once again the point of these frivolous lawsuits and the NY law and the Cal case going forward is for democrats to use extragovernmental action to ban guns via killing the companies with legal fees
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City of Anaheim bans republican event

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lol
https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/anaheim-venue-cancels-america-first-rally-after-concerns-from-city/2640942/

An Anaheim venue canceled an “America First” rally scheduled for Saturday night that would have featured speeches by Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Georgia, and Matt Gaetz, R-Florida.

“A planned America First rally at a private venue in our city is cancelled. The city of Anaheim shared public safety concerns with the operator, and those concerns are shared by the operator,” Anaheim officials said in a statement Saturday morning.

The event had already been canceled at two previous venues, in Laguna Hills and Riverside. It was scheduled to take place at the Anaheim Event Center at 2232 S. Harbor Blvd.

The rally was initially planned for the Pacific Hills Banquet & Event Center in Laguna Hills, but canceled there because “we just want to stay clear of that,” general manager Javad Mirtavoosi told the OC Register last week.

It was then shifted to the Riverside Convention Center, but officials with the Raincross Hospitality Corp., which manages and operates the city-owned center under contract with the city, told city officials Friday night the event would not take place.

“I recognize this was a divisive issue in our community, and I am glad it has been resolved,” Mayor Patricia Lock Dawson said. “I commend Raincross Hospitality Corp. for this decision.”
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